This 6-day itinerary, Exploring the Tattooed Tribes of Chin State, takes you through the ethnic villages of the northwestern region of the country. Visit Yangon, Nyaung Oo, Kyunchaun, Mindat, Kyardo, Kanpetlet, Kyunchaun and Bagan, to gain a whole new cultural perspective. Chat with local tribes and trek across the lush rolling hills as you enjoy your Myanmar adventure.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
Arrive in Yangon, the country’s former capital, filled with beautiful colonial-style buildings. Stroll through downtown to see old homes and the gorgeous architecture amidst the busy city life. In the afternoon, enjoy shopping at Scotts Market. Pay a visit to Chauk Htat Gyi to see the massive reclining Buddha. Learn about a culture within a culture as you wander through Yangon’s own Chinatown. Spend the night at a hotel of your choice.
Fly to Bagan and climb into a jeep. Enjoy the scenery as you sit back on the way to Mindat, a little town sitting at nearly 5,000 feet elevation about 4.5 hours away. You will see the heart of the central dry zone and several toddy plantations. Once in Mindat, you’ll spend the night in a welcoming local guest house.
Learn about the daily lives of the Mon Chin, Dai Chin and Magan Chin tribes people during your time in Mindat. The women have intricately-tattooed faces and the people still don their colorful, traditional dress. Sit down for a meal at one of the flat stone tables created near the tribe’s houses. Visit Kyardo after a pleasant trek from Mindat. Meet members of the Mon tribe and learn about their ways of life - many of the men still wear only loincloth. See where the tribe makes sacrifices, their stone table cemetery and learn about their burial traditions using small pots. Return to Mindat and retire to your guesthouse.
Take a two-hour trek to the Chait River. Along the way, you’ll pass through the Chin’s mountain cultivation farm. After crossing the river, travel up on foot for four hours to the Aye Village, a small off-the-beaten-path village dotted with little wooden huts. Walk beneath the towering pines before retiring for the night, at either a local house or setting up camp in a tent.
Enjoy a savory breakfast before beginning your journey to Bagan by jeep. Delight in the panoramic view of Chin Hill and Mindat as the sun rises across the sky. After a seven-hour drive through the countryside. Reach Bagan that evening and relax at a local hotel.
Experience Burmese culture at its finest as you visit the old-world temple of Sulamani and the neverending Dhamanyan-gyi temple famous for its intricate brickworking. Visit a handicraft shop specializing in lacquerware, a unique craftsmanship in the Myinkaba village. That afternoon, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Yangon to begin your trip home.
Located in a lotus garden not far from the Shwedagon Pagoda is The Governor's Residence. Once a governor's mansion, it has since been converted in to a 49-room hotel, a 30-minute drive from Yangon airport (RGN). Located in the hotel are two restaurants; the Mandalay Restaurant serves Asian and European cuisine and the Mindon Lounge is a comfortable spot to sit indoors overlooking the garden, or outdoors, and enjoy a refreshment. While there is a swimming pool and massage treatments are offered, there is no spa. The Governor’s Residence has a fitness center and WiFi is available anywhere on hotel grounds, in addition to having a business center for Internet and email access.
This elegant 32-room colonial palace, built at the height of the British rule in Burma, is reminiscent of the romantic era of Graham Greene and W. Somerset Maugham. It remains an oasis of tranquility in an ever-changing and bustling Rangoon. The Strand was previously part of the Aman group, and is still of Aman caliber in its splendid suites, delicious food and superb service. It is now a part of the GHM Group, which is an Aman affiliate. The hotel offers two dining options, The Strand Café, which features Burmese cuisine, and The Strand Grill, which is said to be one of Yangon’s finest dining venues. A business center is available for Internet and email access with professional secretarial services. The hotel has The Strand Boutique for shopping and The Strand Spa Suite for spa treatments. The hotel is a 30-minute drive from Yangon International Airport (RGN).
The Rosewood Yangon's historic building on Stand Lane was originally built in 1927 as the New Law Courts, and in partnership with the Yangon Heritage Trust, it has been carefully restored it from the inside out to preserve its Burmese spirit and the grandeur of its past. The property offers 209 spacious rooms and suites with classic décor and high ceilings. There are five distinct dining venues including a residential-style tea lounge and patisserie, a modern Chinese restaurant, a convivial bistro, an intimate bar and cigar lounge, plus a panoramic rooftop bar boasting sweeping views of the city and the Yangon River. Accommodations at Rosewood Yangon include a variety of room and suite types, all of which are elegantly appointed and feature touches like Juliet balconies, sun terraces, french doors, garden spaces, and more. Recreational options include Sense: A Rosewood Spa, a rooftop infinity pool and a fitness studio. Meeting and function facilities include a ballroom, bridal suite, function salon, three meeting rooms and an outdoor deck.
The far reaches of Myanmar does not have hotels, so for a truly authentic and adventurous experience, either stay in a tented camp or a homestay in a traditional local family home. Although the accommodation is basic, traveling these remote areas make truly memorable experiences.
Set back in 27 acres of lush, tropical gardens, The Aureum Palace Hotel is a tranquil retreat in the heart of Bagan. Spacious villas lace the resort’s expansive gardens and are lavishly appointed with hand-crafted teak furnishings, antiques and local artifacts. Dining options are extensive. For traditional Myanmar and Thai cuisine, visit The Shan, or for Italian cuisine and wines, dine at Casa D’Enzo. Casual cocktails and lighter fare are available at the resort’s many outdoor patios and cafes and poolside dining is available throughout the day. The Spa at the Aureum Palace offers aromatherapy treatments and massage by appointment. There is a swimming pool and fitness center, as well as a business center for Internet access.
Take a 10-day journey to one of Southeast Asia’s most mysterious countries: Myanmar. You’ll discover the charming nation’s most adored destinations, flying in a hot-air balloon over Bagan’s temple-studded plains, observe expert leg-rowers at Inle Lake, circumambulate gilded temples, and get to know the people and their livelihoods.
Experience the heart of both Buddhism and Myanmar’s enriching heritage on this 12-day expedition across the country, whether you are witnessing a breathtaking sunset at the golden Shwedagon Pagoda, marveling over the carvings decorating the walls of the Kawgun Cave, or discovering enlightened Buddhist meditation practices at the Pha Auk Forest Monastery.
Experience mysterious Myanmar from top to bottom on this thrilling 14-day journey through its hotspots. You’ll take in the temples of ancient Bagan, interact with locals at a local silk weaving factory, and cruise down the calm waters of Inle Lake, all the while spending your nights in some of Myanmar’s best hotels.
Discover Myanmar's charming Putao region on this exciting 5-day luxury journey. Have close encounters with local Lisu, Rewang and Shan villagers, explore the Nam Lang River, take a scenic cruise down the Malikha river, and see the area by bike, while staying at the cozy Malikha Lodge.
Explore Myanmar’s great outdoors on this exhilarating 14-day adventure. You’ll make friends with local villagers, check out Bagan’s 2,000 temples, cruise down the legendary Inle Lake, raft the exciting Malikha river, and stay in some of Myanmar’s most luxurious hotels, like the iconic Governor’s Residence.
Spend 9 luxurious days taking in Myanmar’s ancient culture in ancient Mruak U, and lazing on its stunning coastline on beautiful Ngapali beach. You’ll meander through age-old temples and palaces, make friends with Chin tribespeople, and enjoy free time looking out upon the Bay of Bengal, while staying in luxury hotels.
Discover the history, industry, and beautiful nature of Central Myanmar (Burma) on this exciting six-day adventure. You’ll visit a colonial outpost in Pyin Oo Lwin, a local gem mining area, and spend a few days cruising down the Ayeyarwady river to enjoy encounters with its eponymous dolphins.
Discover Myanmar’s hidden hilltribes in the country’s Shan state on this whirlwind 4-day luxury adventure. You’ll make friends with the traditional tribespeople, and learn about their day-to-day lives, rituals, customs, and more, while staying at the peaceful New Kyaing Tong Hotel.
On this 12-day luxury private jet adventure, stroll the streets of emperors in Vietnam, visit old-word temples scattered across Southeast Asia, and try your hand at bargaining with the locals at different fresh markets. This trip hits all of Southeast Asia’s must-see destinations, traveling from Thailand to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. See isolated cities and towns not frequented by the average traveler, made accessible by a private jet.
Spend 5 days discovering the stunning hidden treasure that is the Mergui archipelago and this luxury Myanmar trip. You’ll dive at one of the world’s best dive sites, while staying on a luxurious private liveaboard boat, enjoying fun beachside activities, and meeting members of the Sea Gypsy clan.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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