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To the Land of Green Ghosts

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15 Day



"I didn’t want to leave this imperfect paradise, yet the very pleasure I took in it somehow rekindled my childhood tendency to imagine what other paradisal places there might be in the world..."

So writes Pascal Khoo Thwe in his famed memoir "From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey". Pascal is from the Kayan-Padaung ethnic group, and was born in Phekon in Kayah State.

This journey will take you to Kayah State, as well as the “Grand Four” destinations of Myanmar, allowing you to escape the track well-trodden and to engage and interact with the people and place of the country on their own terms, in their own time. Preference is given to local food and where possible you will be travelling on two wheels or two legs.

The journey begins in Yangon, where you will not only explore the history of the city through the architecture and House of General Aung San, but also take a close at the country’s difficult present at the AAPP Museum for Political Prisoners. Next travel onto Bagan and Mandalay, avoiding the crowds by spending some time at Sagaing, the kernel of Buddhism in Myanmar. From Inle Lake you will travel down to little Kayah State, climbing hills, descending down caves, and trying your hand at making the fiery Kayah pepper sausage.

At a glance . . .


DAY ONE

Yangon Arrival

Today you will be greeted at Yangon Airport and be taken to your hotel in the heart of the city

DAY TWO

Yangon

Visit morning markets in downtown Yangon, walk along the glorious Pansodan Street, and visit the Museum for Political Prisoners. You will be taken to Shwedagon Pagoda at dusk.

DAY THREE

Yangon - Bagan

Fly to Bagan and right away commence your exploration of Burma’s most magnificent Empire.

DAY FOUR

Bagan

Take a tour around Nyaung U on scooters, seeing a less-commonly visited side to Bagan.

DAY FIVE

Bagan - Mandalay

Spend the day travelling up the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mandalay.

DAY SIX

Mandalay - Sagaing - Mandalay

Today you will explore the imperial history of Mandalay before visiting the nearby town of Sagaing. Enjoy sunset at Amarapura & the U Bein Bridge.

DAY SEVEN

Mandalay

This morning jump on a bicycle and explore the environs of Mandalay, making regular stops to enjoy the delights of Mandalay’s teashops.

 

DAY EIGHT

Mandalay - Inle Lake

This morning you will fly to Heho. You will be taken on to Nyaung Shwe - the “gateway to the lake” - and be left at your leisure.

DAY NINE

Inle Lake

Explore Inle by boat and meet the Inthar fishermen who call this region home.

DAY TEN

Inle Lake - Samkar - Phekon - Loikaw

Travel south of Inle by boat and into Kayah, Myanmar’s smallest state.

DAY ELEVEN

Loikaw - Pan Pet - Loikaw

Today you will hike around the villages of Pan Pet before enjoying sunset atop Kya Hill, looking over Kayah.

DAY TWELVE

Loikaw

This morning you will be shown how to make your own Kayah sausage. Visit some caves outside of Loikaw before returning in the evening to barbeque your sausage and enjoy it on the banks of the lake in the centre of the city. 

DAY THIRTEEN

Loikaw - Yangon

Drive to Loikaw Airport to catch your return flight to Yangon.

DAY FOURTEEN

Yangon Departure

Today you will be left at leisure to explore Yangon on your own.

DAY FIFTEEN

Yangon Departure

Enjoy your final day in Myanmar before being transferred to Yangon Airport to catch your departure flight.


Have a closer look at this journey on our
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Maximum average temperature (C) Precipitation (mm)
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    26
    8
  • Yangon
    32
    8
  • Bagan
    26
    0
  • Mandalay
    28
    7
  • Inle Lake
    25
    4
  • Loikaw
    29
    2
  • Yangon
    35
    8
  • Bagan
    29
    2
  • Mandalay
    31
    5
  • Inle Lake
    26
    4
  • Loikaw
    32
    6
  • Yangon
    37
    16
  • Bagan
    32
    3
  • Mandalay
    36
    6
  • Inle Lake
    30
    12
  • Loikaw
    33
    35
  • Yangon
    37
    28
  • Bagan
    35
    8
  • Mandalay
    37
    33
  • Inle Lake
    31
    50
  • Loikaw
    30
    144
  • Yangon
    33
    247
  • Bagan
    33
    56
  • Mandalay
    36
    147
  • Inle Lake
    29
    190
  • Loikaw
    28
    186
  • Yangon
    30
    453
  • Bagan
    32
    57
  • Mandalay
    35
    151
  • Inle Lake
    28
    238
  • Loikaw
    27
    166
  • Yangon
    30
    501
  • Bagan
    32
    32
  • Mandalay
    34
    76
  • Inle Lake
    27
    263
  • Loikaw
    27
    215
  • Yangon
    30
    503
  • Bagan
    32
    67
  • Mandalay
    33
    115
  • Inle Lake
    27
    308
  • Loikaw
    28
    195
  • Yangon
    30
    313
  • Bagan
    32
    78
  • Mandalay
    33
    151
  • Inle Lake
    27
    285
  • Loikaw
    28
    153
  • Yangon
    32
    150
  • Bagan
    30
    56
  • Mandalay
    32
    141
  • Inle Lake
    27
    208
  • Loikaw
    27
    45
  • Yangon
    32
    53
  • Bagan
    28
    16
  • Mandalay
    30
    45
  • Inle Lake
    25
    85
  • Loikaw
    25
    7
  • Yangon
    32
    18
  • Bagan
    26
    5
  • Mandalay
    28
    15
  • Inle Lake
    24
    14