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Hilltops & Hinterlands

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18 Day



Sampan’s “Hilltops & Hinterlands” 18 Day Journey is for those travellers who have digested the guidebooks and read the reviews but are now keen to try something slightly different. This is a journey for travellers looking for an expansive trip that stretches the limbs while broadening the mind; a journey that gets the blood racing, and habitually surprises - in a good way.

Commencing in Mandalay, this journey will avoid the tourists traps where there are more cameras than locals, before heading up to the pretty British Hill Station of Pyin Oo Lwin. The train over the Gokteik Viaduct will take you to Hsipaw to commence a two day hike, before trying even more adventurous activities in Lashio.

After 48 hours in Yangon guests will journey down to the glorious Golden Rock in Mon State, followed by an exploration of the caves of Hpa An, and finally the town of Mawlamyine - the first British capital of Burma and a short drive from the Western Terminus of the Burma Death Railway.

Photo: Ann Wang

At a glance . . .


DAY ONE

Arrival Mandalay

Upon arrival in Mandalay you will be greeted at the airport and taken into the city. This first day you will be left at leisure.

DAY TWO

Mandalay

Today you will be taken to watch monks receiving their morning alms in Sagaing, before exploring the history of Burma’s final royal city.

DAY THREE

Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin

Drive up into the hills to the former British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin. Visit the Botanical Gardens and nearby waterfalls.

DAY FOUR

Pyin Oo Lwin - Gokteik - Hsipaw

Take the train over the Gokteik Viaduct. You will reach the sleepy town of Hsipaw - a former Shan princeton - mid-afternoon.

DAY FIVE

Hsipaw

Trek up into the hills surrounding Hsipaw and spend the night in a local village.

DAY SIX

Hsipaw

After a hearty, local-style breakfast, you will start walking back down to Hsipaw. This afternoon you can visit the “East Haw”, the former residence of Hsipaw’s last Prince.

DAY SEVEN

Hsipaw - Lashio

Today you will travel along the old Burma Road to the town of Lashio.

DAY EIGHT

Lashio

In the environs of Lashio try your hand at mountain-biking, stand-up paddle boarding, and waterfall jumping.

DAY NINE

Lashio - Yangon

Fly to Yangon, staying in the hippest hotel in town.

Photo: Harry Carr-Ellisson

 

DAY TEN

Yangon

This morning you will be taken on a street food tour of Yangon breakfast eateries. In the afternoon you will be left at leisure to recover from all the food.

DAY ELEVEN

Yangon - Mt Kyaikhtiyo

Today you will drive down into Mon State and then hitch a ride on a truck up to the Golden Rock atop Mt Kyaikhtiyo. Overnight at the summit.

DAY TWELVE

Mt Kyaikhtiyo - Hpa An

Travel into Kayin (Karen) State and the verdant landscape of Hpa An.

DAY THIRTEEN

Hpa An

Explore the caves and mountains surrounding Hpa An.

DAY FOURTEEN

Mawlamyine - Hpa An

This morning you will take a boat down to Mawlamyine, capital of Mon State, stopping of at the monastery of an audacious Mon entrepreneur from the colonial era.

DAY FIFTEEN

Mawlamyine - Thanbyuzayat - Mawlamyine

Today you will visit the Western Terminus of the Burma Death Railway, where thousands perished during its construction in the Second World War.

DAY SIXTEEN

Malawmayine - Bilu Kyun - Mawlamyine

Visit the entreprising island that some believe will one day be Myanmar’s answer to Hong Kong.

DAY SEVENTEEN

Mawlamyine - Yangon

Take the train north back to Yangon

DAY EIGHTEEN

Yangon Departure

Today you will be left at leisure on your last day in Myanmar, before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

Have a closer look at this journey on our
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Climate

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC
Maximum average temperature (C) Precipitation (mm)
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    22
    3
  • Hsipaw
    25
    2
  • Mawlamyine
    32
    3
  • Yangon
    32
    8
  • Mandalay
    28
    7
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    24
    7
  • Hsipaw
    28
    10
  • Mawlamyine
    33
    8
  • Yangon
    35
    8
  • Mandalay
    31
    5
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    27
    12
  • Hsipaw
    27
    9
  • Mawlamyine
    34
    11
  • Yangon
    37
    16
  • Mandalay
    36
    6
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    29
    62
  • Hsipaw
    34
    79
  • Mawlamyine
    35
    62
  • Yangon
    37
    28
  • Mandalay
    37
    33
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    28
    241
  • Hsipaw
    33
    136
  • Mawlamyine
    32
    506
  • Yangon
    33
    247
  • Mandalay
    36
    147
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    26
    239
  • Hsipaw
    31
    221
  • Mawlamyine
    29
    903
  • Yangon
    30
    453
  • Mandalay
    35
    151
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    25
    188
  • Hsipaw
    30
    264
  • Mawlamyine
    28
    1117
  • Yangon
    30
    501
  • Mandalay
    34
    76
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    25
    257
  • Hsipaw
    30
    263
  • Mawlamyine
    28
    1241
  • Yangon
    30
    503
  • Mandalay
    33
    115
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    26
    253
  • Hsipaw
    31
    150
  • Mawlamyine
    30
    666
  • Yangon
    30
    313
  • Mandalay
    33
    151
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    25
    202
  • Hsipaw
    30
    127
  • Mawlamyine
    31
    202
  • Yangon
    32
    150
  • Mandalay
    32
    141
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    23
    93
  • Hsipaw
    27
    72
  • Mawlamyine
    32
    33
  • Yangon
    32
    53
  • Mandalay
    30
    45
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
    22
    19
  • Hsipaw
    25
    15
  • Mawlamyine
    31
    13
  • Yangon
    32
    18
  • Mandalay
    28
    15