Trekking, Hill Tribes, Elephants and more, Myanmar

Leah and Bill had traveled extensively though South East Asia for many years. In this trip, we had set up hotel accommodations, and all internal transportation (flights, cars, and boats). Guides for the road trip to the South, the hill tribe treks in Kalaw and Keng Teng well as Elephant Camp were pre arranged. Major cities were meant for self discoveries. They traveled easily, with support as needed, and with independence. (I would only recommend this if you are an experienced traveler).

Day 1, Arrival into Yangon

Meeting services on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2, Yangon

shwedagon-sunset-sm-2-bill-fultonA car with driver is at your disposal today for a city tour.

Day 3 & Day 4, Yangon – Mawlamyaing

Meet your driver and guide at the hotel lobby at about 0800hr and drive to Mawlamyaing with visits in Bago on the way covering Kyaikpun Buddha, Shwethalyaung, Shwemawdaw, and KanbawzathadiPalace site – if time’s available enjoy sunset from Yankin Hill - overnight in Mawlamyaing.(2 days of guided travel around Mawlamyaing)

Day 5, Mawlamyaing to Hpa An

Check out of hotel, drive to jetty for a private boat trip to Hpa An in the morning – then visit around the town to see Shwe Yin Myaw, Boddhi Tataung, and Kyaukkalat.(Driver will meet you in Hpa An with your luggage).

Day 6, Hpa An – Yangon

Return to Yangon with short visits on the way including Kawkoon and King Brothers caves.

Day 7, Yangon – Kalaw

Flight is included from Yangon to Heho.

Meet your driver at the hotel at 8:45am> and transfer to the airport for flight above. On arrival Heho welcomed by local guide at the airport and drive 2-hrs to Pindaya and visit the caves and then 1.5hr drive to Kalaw for overnight stop. (Guided)

Day 8, Kalaw Trekking

trek-kalaw-ad-hazra-goodTrekking trip to Palaung villages in the western ridges of Kalaw. (Guided). There are various levels of treks to surrounding villages. Treks vary in distance and elevation. Discuss with your guide and be prepared for 6 - 7 hours of trekking. Comfortable walking shoes, water, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses will be required.

Day 9, Kalaw (Elephant camp)

Day trip to Elephant Camp visit including Car + Lunch. This is a private elephant camp for retired elephants set in 150 beautiful acres which the management is trying to conserve.

Day 10, Kalaw to Inle Lake

Meet your driver at the hotel at about 0830am and drive 2-hrs to Nyaungshwe docks and transfer to the hotel on the lake by boat – after a brief rest, boat tour on the lake with your boat driver (no guide)

Day 11, Inle Lake

The boat driver will be at your disposal today for a full day boat tour to 5-day market at Mine Thauk village, villages on the stilts, famous pagodas, and Inn Dein ruins (no guide)

Day 12, Inle Lake – Keng Tung

Flight from Heho to Keng Teng is included.

weaver-lily-collage-sm-b-fultonMeet your boat driver at the hotel at about 0915am and boat transfer to Nyaungshwe docks where the driver is waiting there to take you to Heho airport for check-in at 11:15am.

Welcomed by local guide at the airport and late afternoon visits to town’s many Wats and NaungTongLake (guided in Keng Tung).

Day 13, Keng Teng - Trek

Keng Tung – Pindauk area trek to see Eng, Silver Palaung, Lahu, and Akhar ethnic tribes’ villages (guided)

Day 14, Keng Teng – Trek

Drive towards the Chinese border and visit the Loi villages of Weng Nyut and Weng Seng (guided)

Day 15, Keng Teng – Mandalay

Flight from Keng Teng- Mandalay is included.

umbrella-maker-collage-sm-b-fultonHalf day visits to main market, buffalo market, and Akhi village before transfer to airport for flights above. On arrival Mandalay> welcomed by driver at the airport and transfer to hotel in Mandalay (guided in Keng Tung only)

Day 16, Mandalay – Bagan

Express boat from Mandalay to Bagan is included.

Meet your driver at the hotel at about 0500hr and transfer to the jetty for express boat to Bagan which leaves around 0630am – welcomed by driver at the Bagan jetty and transfer to the hotel in Bagan (no guide)

Day 17, Bagan

bagan-with-goats-ad-hazraCar and driver available for full day visits to temples at Bagan. with your driver and the car (no guide).

Day 18, Bagan - Yangon

Flights from Bagan to Yangon is included.

Half day visits with your driver and car and then transfer to airport for flight above. On arrival Yangon welcomed by your driver at Yangon airport and transfer to hotel in Yangon.

10 Feb, Yangon - Home

Transfer to airport for your flight home.