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What’s included

  • An English speaking Burmese leader throughout
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option) and UK Departure Tax
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Hotel Sule Shangri La or similar in Yangon on bed & breakfast on twin-share basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Outside of Yangon, comfortable hotel accommodation on full board, twin-share basis.
  • Lodge or home-stay accommodation where specified
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

Chin Hills & Kalaw Trek Adventure Special

Walking & Trekking

Burma (Myanmar) | Walking & Trekking

Chin Hills & Kalaw Trek
Moderate

Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

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Grade: Moderate ? Moderate
Duration:  18 days from the UK  
On trek: 7 days (4+3)

Flight inclusive from £3,325,
Land only from £2,595

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This fabulous trip offers two great off the beaten track treks in Burma.

Highlights

  • Two treks in the beautiful Burmese countryside
  • Stay in traditional tribal villages
  • Trek to the summit of Mount Victoria
  • Sightseeing in Bagan, Inle Lake and Yangon

Reviews          

All of it was perfect. So well organised. A great balance between basic living in the homestays and the luxury of a hot shower and toilet with a seat in hotels and lodges. The boat rides across Inle lake came as an unexpected surprise. The trekking went through stunning and varied countryside. Nyi Nyi the guide was awesome. Outstanding subject knowledge, sense of humour, very very kind and caring,...
Ms D, London

An excellent trip. We had extraordinary exposure to village life and remote people. We had an excellent and memorable experience
Mr K, South Gloucestershire

The guides were all good. What I enjoy about travelling with Mountain Kingdoms, are the interesting locations, attention to detail and tourism with a conscience
Mr S, London

The culture of the Chin Hills is unique and it felt a real privilege to visit such an extraordinary region. The lovely Kalaw to Inle trek took us through gorgeous rolling countryside, past tea gardens and fields of vegetables and flowers, interspersed with occasional forested ridges.
A Sainsbury, former Mountain Kingdoms Operations Managers

Really good holiday, packed a lot into the time. Both treks were lovely and Nyi Nyi is an excellent guide.
Dr T, Wiltshire

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Our holiday combines two treks in the beautiful Burmese countryside. Firstly we travel to the Chin Hills, a fascinating and remote region far from the normal tourist route. Here we stay in traditional tribal village houses and absorb the unique Chin Hills culture. Women have intricately tattooed faces and smoke pipes, while most men carry a gun and hunt in the jungles. Our trip to the Chin Hills will culminate with an ascent of Mount Victoria, 3,180m/10,433ft, climbing through fine forest ringing with birdsong. On reaching the summit we will be rewarded with stunning views.

Travelling south to the town of Kalaw, a very pretty and laid back hill station, we will experience authentic Burmese village life as we trek through gorgeous rolling countryside, past tea gardens and cultivated fields interspersed with occasional forested ridges. On the last day of the trek, as we crest the final ridge we see the waters of Inle Lake glinting far below.


At a glance

Grade: Moderate
Moderate

Duration:  18 days from the UK  
On trek: 7 days (4+3)

Max. Altitude: 3,180m/10,433ft Mount Victoria, Day 9

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 8

Land only joining city: Yangon

Accommodation types: Hotels, Village Houses

Meal arrangements: 15 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 13 Dinners

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Yangon. Sightseeing including Shwedagon Pagoda.
3-4
Fly to Bagan, explore some of the many temples scattered over these plains.
5-6
Drive to Mindat. Begin the Chin Hills trek.
7-10
Trek in the Chin Hills, including to the summit of Mount Victoria. Return to Bagan.
11
Fly to Heho and drive to Kalaw. Sightseeing.
12-14
Trek to Inle Lake.
15
Sightseeing at Inle Lake.
16-18
Fly to Yangon. Sightseeing. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Leader: Local leader, Burma
Local leader, Burma

Your trip will be escorted throughout by an English speaking Burmese guide. Our Guides are all licensed to guide throughout the country and receive regular ‘top-up’ training. In addition to English, many guides will speak the dialects used by some of the ethnic groups you will encounter in rural areas – further adding to the interest and enjoyment of your holiday.


  1. Day 1 - DEPART LONDON

    Fly London to Yangon by overnight flight.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - ARRIVE YANGON. SUNSET VISIT TO SHWEDAGON PAGODA.

    You will be met and transferred to the Hotel Sule Shangri-La, a good standard hotel conveniently situated in the heart of the city. International flights normally arrive by midday so you will have time to rest for a while before venturing out for some sightseeing.

    Later in the afternoon a guide will take you to the Shwedagon Pagoda. Famous worldwide, the golden stupa of Shwedagon ("shwe" means golden) is considered the 'heart' of Buddhist Burma. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings, shrines and statues. There are always many Burmese people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon and it's a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by. The transformation from late afternoon light to evening, further adds to the spectacle and atmosphere of this wonderful temple complex.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Sule Shangri La Or Similar, Yangon
  3. Day 3 - FLY TO BAGAN. VISIT MARKET, BAGAN SIGHTSEEING, SUNSET PAGODA VISIT

    After breakfast you will be transferred back to Yangon airport for your local flight to Nyaung U, the airport for Bagan. This flight takes about one hour. As you will arrive here quite early in the morning your rooms at the hotel will probably not be vacated yet so you will enjoy some sightseeing before you go there. In Bagan more than 3,000 temples, of all shapes and sizes and many dating back to the 11th-13th centuries, are scattered across the plain amongst acacia trees and toddy palms making it one of the most extraordinary and culturally important places in Burma.

    Firstly you will visit the colourful local market. In this very busy and friendly market, fish and other river produce are much in evidence along with vegetables, household goods and clothing. If you have arrived in Burma without a hat this is just the place to buy one. After your visit there it is just a short drive to visit the beautiful and impressive gilded Shwezigon Pagoda built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th Century. From here you move on to visit the Ananda Temple, a striking temple famous for its four giant standing Buddhas - your guide will point out how one Buddha gives the strange illusion of seeming to be solemn when viewed from close up but as you move further away it becomes more jovial until when seen from a distance the Buddha figure appears to be positively beaming! At this temple you can also see some very ancient and beautiful carved statues set in niches around the perimeter. Your morning sightseeing ends with a visit to Ku Byauk Gyi temple, possibly the most atmospheric of Bagan's temples with its exquisite painted murals of scenes from Buddhist legends, life and folklore, many of which have recently been beautifully restored.

    You will have time to relax at your hotel before later, in the cool of the afternoon, you will take a walk to visit more of Bagan's many temples and pagodas in the east of the plain ending with a visit just before dusk to a stepped pagoda from where you will get some wonderful sunset views. Walking is a good way to explore Bagan, allowing you to get away from other visitors and see some less visited villages and temples. You will walk through several small villages and along the way see elements of daily life such as bullock carts, zebu cattle and herds of goats. You pass by several smaller pagoda complexes to reach the massive Dhammayangyi Pahto. Built by King Narathu in the 12th century, legend has it that the king dictated that mortar should not be used to build the brick structure and that furthermore the bricks must fit together so as not to allow a pin to pass between them. Certainly this unfinished pagoda boasts some of the finest brickwork in Bagan. You will then walk on to reach your viewpoint for sunset. After sundown you meet your vehicle again and return to your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Thazin Garden Hotel Or Similar, Bagan
  4. Day 4 - WALKING TOUR OF BAGAN. AFTERNOON AT LEISURE.

    Bagan is located in Burma's dry zone and temperatures in Bagan are typically higher than in areas such as Mandalay and Inle Lake. The best time to explore on foot is therefore in early morning or late afternoon. Today you'll have an early breakfast with the aim to start a morning walk at around 8.30am.

    Starting your walk you pass through the ruined city walls of Old Bagan at Tharabar gate. In the niches on the eastern side of the gate you'll see two statues representing Nat (spirits). A total of 37 Nat are worshipped in Burma and you'll see local people stopping here to make small offerings before continuing on their way. Within the city walls you'll see Pitaka Taik, originally built as a library, before walking across to Thatbyinnyu Temple, the tallest in Bagan. Close by is Nat Hlaung Kyaung the only Hindu temple in the group and opposite Nga kywe Nadaung, one of the oldest stupas in Bagan dating from the 10th century; the glazed green bricks used are still very much visible and it is a perfect example to show the evolution of the stupa. The final temple before exiting the city walls on the southern side is the 11th century Pahto Tha Myar where natural lighting illuminates a Buddha statue and some wonderful 11th century frescoes can be seen.

    You continue your walk, at times skirting the main road and other times following sections of it to arrive in Myinkaba village, the centre for lacquer craftsmanship - perhaps Bagan's most famous export (apart from sunset photographs of temples of course). Here there is a chance for refreshment at a local tea-stall before visiting Mahua Paya, a Mon period temple with a large reclining Buddha almost hidden away at the rear of the temple, and nearby Nan Paya. You'll meet your vehicle here and return to your hotel for lunch.

    You will have the afternoon at leisure to prepare to head off into the wilds or for some shopping.

    Tonight you'll have dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy a traditional puppet show.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Thazin Garden Hotel Or Similar, Bagan
  5. Day 5 - DRIVE TO MINDAT 1395m/4576ft. 100 MILES/7 HOURS

    Today after breakfast you will make the 7 hour drive via the town of Pauk to arrive at Mindat by late afternoon. An hour out from Bagan you cross the Ayeyarwaddy River by a newly constructed bridge. From here the next 38 miles to reach Pauk are through a sparsely inhabited region and the road can be bumpy and very dusty with some rivers to cross. You will have lunch in a local restaurant in Pauk. After lunch you continue for the final 60 or so miles. The green Kyautko Valley is a welcome sight after hours of relatively dry and arid landscape. From here on the air becomes pleasantly cool for the next couple of hours as you wind uphill into the Chin Hills to reach Mindat, the provincial capital.

    Mindat town is a pleasant laidback place that feels reminiscent of an Indian hill station, being built on many different levels on the hillside with a main street lined with shops and stalls and many picturesque wooden houses.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mountain Oasis Or Local Guesthouse, Mindat
  6. Day 6 - VISIT MINDAT MARKET AND LOCAL PLACES OF INTEREST. PM START CHIN HILLS TREK. TREK TO KYARDO.

    In the morning you will visit the local market. A noodle soup breakfast in an atmospheric local café along with all the locals is a fun way to start the day while watching the world go by.

    You will then have the morning to explore the town. Nearby Mio Oo Pagoda boasts a small replica of the Golden Rock and walking up to the summit of the hill you can get your first distant views of the distinctive pyramid of Mount Victoria. Later you may also visit some local weavers and a small 'museum' featuring local artefacts and memorabilia. You will then have an early lunch at a restaurant in town.

    After lunch you will drive downhill in about 30 minutes to a large British built Bailey Bridge. Here you will meet your porters who will take your bags and other necessities for the trek. All the loads will be organised and you will then set off on trek. You cross the suspension bridge and follow the road for a short way until it bends left and you continue on up the valley by a foot trail. After a while you arrive at a suspension bridge which you cross and then start to climb along the valley side. You arrive at the village of Loat Pe and climb further to arrive, after a total of 3 hours walking, at the village of Kyardo where you will stay for the night. Kyardo does not have any direct road so is fairly typical of many of the villages you will visit in the Chin Hills and the villagers still live very much as they have since time immemorial. The wooden houses here are mostly built on stilts and there is a small wooden church as many of the inhabitants of the Chin Hills are Christian rather than Buddhist. Here as in other villages you will see corn stored off the ground to keep it away from animals, stone graves where they bury their dead and elaborate carved wooden sacrificial posts. These posts are part of complex ritual relationship which the local people, in common with the peoples of eastern Indian states such as Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, have with the local semi wild cattle called mithun. The mithun (Bos Frontalis) are distinctive cattle with pale socks and triangular shaped sharp horns and are venerated as sacred by the Chin people and are an important part of their culture, rituals and traditional life. The mithun roam free in the forest only occasionally being brought into the villages. They are sacrificed as part of local festivals, religious rites or marriages and then their skulls will be exhibited on the fronts of houses. In coming days you may well also see the wooden troughs in the forest where the villagers feed these cattle salt as well as catching the occasional glimpse of the cattle themselves.

    In the evening the villagers may dress in traditional dress to show you some of their traditional dances and perhaps share a glass or two of local hooch.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Village Homestay
  7. Day 7 - TREK TO AYE. 5-6 hours walking.

    In the morning you will probably be woken early by the sounds of the village coming to life with the noise of pigs and cockerels, the voices of villagers and the dawn chorus of birdsong. You will have a good breakfast, pack your gear and then set off on the day’s walk. You begin with a slight descent reaching a small river after 20 minutes. A suspension bridge takes you across the river from where you hike for a further hour to the village of Shame. The trail becomes a dirt road that passes through several more villages including Yet Thar, Ma Shi Yaw and Warm where you will stop to enjoy a picnic lunch. Setting off again through the pine forest, it takes around two and a half hours to reach the village of Aye. Climbing above the main village you come to your lodging for the night which was supposedly built on the site of a former British camp. The facilities are basic but the rooms have mattresses and you may even get a hot shower which they offer in rudimentary shower cubicles.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Aye Lodge, Or Similar
  8. Day 8 - TREK TO DO NUU 1,845m/6,053 ft. 6-7 hours walking

    After breakfast you set off again, descending in about 10 minutes to the houses of Aye village and then leaving the road along a pleasant track with views across to Mount Victoria and the Nat Ma Tuang National Park. You walk through fine forest where you may see the mithun which roam here. The path goes gently up and down and you pass through several interesting villages. You continue through extensive forest of rhododendron and will see or hear lots of birds along this stretch. Several streams cross your path and there are slippery sections where you will need to watch your footing. After about 4½ hours you reach the village of Htang Om, high above the valley - you will probably have lunch here. From this village the trail rather unexpectedly takes off very steeply uphill toward the ridge on your right for about 1½-2 hours but then mercifully levels off to take you past a farm where they grow cabbages and other vegetables. Past here you soon join a wider more level path and then after a further 45 minutes walking arrive at the village of Do Nuu at 1845m/6053ft. Do Nuu is a very attractive village set on a wide, open meadow below the ridge top but high above the main valley. Here you will stay in a local house. A few minutes further on is a small monastery with a water tap.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Village Homestay
  9. Day 9 - TREK TO SUMMIT OF MOUNT VICTORIA (3,180m/10,433ft), 6-7 HOURS, AND DRIVE TO KAMPALAT

    You start your day with a lovely walk for about 30 minutes out of Do Nuu village enjoying fine open views. Joining a jeep track you then take a path up through fine virgin forest of pine, rhododendron and bamboo all hanging with lichen, re-crossing the jeep track from time to time. The forest is full of birds and there are plant species here which are only found here in the Chin Hills. After a couple of hours walking the way becomes steeper as you gain height on the mountain, again through good forest and jungley bamboo to reach an open ridge top with fine all round views. From here you can see Mount Victoria in the distance. You drop down to join a track and then head toward the summit, bypassing Mount Christian on the way. Unfortunately, although the forest and views along the way are exceptional, a track has been bulldozed through here which slightly diminishes the pristine feel of the walk, but walking on this track brings you in 2 hours along the ridge and up to the summit of Mount Victoria - a total of 6½ hours from Do Nuu. The main summit of Mount Victoria is crowned by a flagpole while a little lower down is a golden pagoda. The all-round views from the summit are really stunning and a fitting reward for the efforts of the ascent. Your vehicles will meet you here and you will drive down, off the mountain, to your guest house in Kampalat, a drive of about 1½-2 hours.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Pine Wood Villa Or Mountain Oasis Resort, Kampalat
  10. Day 10 - VISIT KAMPALAT TOWN (1380m/4527ft) AND DRIVE TO BAGAN. 6-7 hours

    After breakfast you will drive the short distance down into Kampalat town, originally built by the British, and like Mindat, a pleasant spread out hill town. After time for a quick look around Kampalat you start the long drive back to Bagan. This is a full day's drive and the roads may often be bumpy and dusty depending on how recently they have been resurfaced. It is approximately 1 hour from Kampalat to Saw and then a further 3½ hours to Kazunma junction and then a further 2½ hours via the town of Chauk back to Bagan. You will have lunch in a local restaurant on the way.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Thazin Garden Hotel Or Similar, Bagan
  11. Day 11 - MORNING FLY TO HEHO, DRIVE TO KALAW (1,309m/4,297ft.) EXPLORE TOWN. AFTERNOON WALK 3-3½ hour walk.

    You make the short transfer to Bagan airport for your onward flight to Heho (1¼-1½hrs.) Your flight may touch down in Mandalay en-route but you'll remain on board whilst some passengers disembark and others board. Upon arrival in Heho, you'll be met and will make the short one hour drive up from the plains to Kalaw, a former British Hill Station. The air will feel noticeably fresher and cooler in Kalaw. This is a very attractive town with pleasant scenery and many attractive colonial houses which would not look out of place in Surrey. This town has a multi-ethnic feel to it and is home to a large population of Nepali and Indian Hindus. On arrival you can visit the busy, colourful and friendly market, the railway station with its echoes of the Raj, the so called 'Bamboo Strip Buddha' with its ancient Buddha statue, the Buddha lined caves at Shwe Oo Myin Paya pagoda as well as having a look at some of the old colonial houses which dot the hills. You may have lunch in the Everest Restaurant, run by a Nepali family who claim to have originated from a village near Pokhara.

    In the afternoon you will go for a short walk in the nearby countryside. From the monastery, above town your walk begins with a downhill stretch before levelling out to pass through a pretty landscape of terraced fields of ginger, garlic, tomatoes, beans, cabbages and through orange groves. The ethnic group here are mainly Taungyoe and en route you'll see their traditional way of life and agricultural ways. The surrounding hills are forested with pine trees and at about the half way point you reach a Nepali homestead, which differs in style from the hill-tribe homes. You continue through pretty countryside before you rendezvous with your vehicle for the short transfer back to your hotel. This walk will take around 3-3½ hours and involves about 250m/820ft of ascent/descent.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Pine Hill Resort Or Amara Mountain Resort Or Similar, Kalaw
  12. Day 12 - START TREK TO INLE LAKE. TREK TO LAMING VILLAGE 5-6 hours walking.

    After a good breakfast you will head off for your next adventure. This trek to Inle Lake is different to the Chin Hills trek as it is much less remote and takes you through a very pretty pastoral countryside and some busy villages. You will meet your local guides for this next section and you may have time for another visit to Kalaw's busy market. Your walk then takes you up and down through the forested hills around Kalaw and through terraced fertile fields. After about 3 hours you arrive at the little settlement of Myin Daik with its quaint railway station at 1358m/4457ft where road side stalls sell fruit and vegetables and flowers grown in the surrounding area. You will probably have lunch here. Your afternoon's walk follows for a short way along the railway line and you then continue ahead across beautiful rolling open countryside and fertile farmland where you will see ox carts, buffalo used for ploughing, local people working in the fields, school children and friendly villagers. You pass through several villages and finally cross a tarmac road to arrive at Laming, your overnight stop for the night, about 2-3 hours from Myin Daik. Laming is an attractive friendly village of Danu people and you will stay for the night in the house of a local family.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Village Homestay
  13. Day 13 - TREK TO PATTU PAUK

    This is another lovely day's walking through pretty farmland. After about 2½ hours you come to the village of Paw Kai, the first Pa O village you visit. The Pa O are one of the major ethnic groups of Shan State and are identified by the colourful turbans which are worn by both men and women. Leaving the village you walk through more rolling countryside with lush fields of potatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, chillis and rice to reach the village of Kone HLa where you may have lunch in a local house. You then walk across more rolling hills before your route takes you through two limestone crags. Along the way, amongst all this rural prettiness you may also see evidences of local industry, with small scale lime kilns, people making baskets out of the locally grown bamboo and the open shaft of a coal mine.

    Passing through a narrow notch in the second limestone crag you arrive at your stop for the night at the village of Pattu Pauk. This is a thriving and very picturesque village surrounded by a large grove of swaying bamboo and backed by high limestone cliffs. The village is well known for its basket making. There is a small café as you enter the village where cold beer may be available!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Village Lodge
  14. Day 14 - TREK TO INDAING IN 5-6 HOURS.VISIT PAGODA, BAMBOO FOREST AND TAKE BOAT ACROSS INLE LAKE.

    From Pattu Pauk you walk through fields to reach Hti Taing monastery in about 40 minutes. This is a large and very picturesque monastery - if there was no space in the lodge or a local house in Pattu Pauk then you may stay here as the monks offer accommodation to trekkers on this route. From the monastery your path takes you gently uphill in more pretty countryside with good views, especially back the way you came. Eventually you will crest a ridge where you leave the last few days behind and can see Inle Lake glinting below you in the distance. You descend on a gravel road to Than Kha Mauk where there are couple of tea houses where you can take refreshment. You then start a long descent mostly on a red earth trail through scrub. Below you will see a knoll crowned by many small golden stupas - you are heading to Indaing which is over to the right of this knoll. Finally you arrive at a gravel road where you turn right and walk in 15 minutes or so to the village of Indaing. You cross over a wooden bridge and turn right to arrive at the entrance to Indaing's famous pagoda. You will have lunch in a restaurant in Indaing and will then have time to visit the pagoda which is reached up a long shaded walkway passing picturesquely crumbling stupas as you ascend to reach the pagoda on the top, with its many gilded stupas and tinkling bells. There are good views from the top of this hill and you could return down by way of the nearby bamboo forest.

    You then board your boat to travel to Inle Lake which is reached via a long channel which weaves through jungle, bamboo and reeds to reach the main lake. You then travel across the lake to your hotel, passing by farmers cultivating their floating tomato fields and boats paddled by the famous leg rowers of Inle Lake.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Inle Lake Resort Or Similar, Inle Lake
  15. Day 15 - EXPLORATION OF INLE LAKE (1,000m/3,281ft). VISIT FIVE DAY MARKET AND WALK TO ALAE MYANG

    Today you will have a day to relax and explore the lake. Inle Lake is a magical place. Located at an elevation of 1000m/3281ft, its calm waters are dotted with Intha stilt house villages, floating vegetable gardens and fishing canoes against the back drop of the beautiful Shan Hills, which offer some delightful walks. Motorized boats are the means of transport around the lake although the Intha people get around in traditional flat bottomed boats using a unique and skilful form of leg rowing.

    You may prefer just to relax at your hotel but there are also activities if you want them. Firstly you may visit a five day market. These markets are a particular feature of Inle Lake life and happen on a rotating basis so your guide will let you know whether there is one convenient for you to include today.

    You might also like to take a walk near the lake. One of the prettiest walks in the area is from Thalee Oo to Alae Myang. You take a boat to the jetty at Thalee Oo village, which in common with other lakeside villages has a water section as well as a land based one, both with their own monastery. You begin your walk on a flat and shady bullock cart road through the heart of the village. Thalee Oo is an Intha village whose population lives mainly off the land, growing peanuts, tomatoes, garlic, sugarcane, rice and vegetables. This walk is not only extremely pretty, with traditional bamboo houses on either side but also has good views across cultivated fields to Inle Lake and the Shan Hills behind. You walk through the village and then climb uphill, passing a monastery, to reach the small Pa O village of Ywa Thit renowned for its weaving of bamboo baskets. From here you may admire the stunning view of Inle Lake and the Shan Hills before descending to the village of Alae Myaung and back to the lakeshore and your boat. This walk takes around 2-2½ hours with 200m/650ft of ascent.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Inle Lake Resort Or Similar, Inle Lake
  16. Day 16 - FLY FROM HEHO TO YANGON. SIGHTSEEING IN YANGON.

    Today you have a final boat trip across the lake to the small town of Nyaung Shwe. Here a vehicle will meet you to take you the short distance to Heho Airport (25 km - 1 hour). It is then around a one hour flight back to Yangon. After checking in to your hotel your guide and driver will take you to the main downtown area in time for lunch.

    In the afternoon you will have a walking tour round some of the historic downtown area of Yangon, beginning at the river front. Facing the river are some of British Rangoon's most impressive colonial era buildings including, the Myanmar Port Authority, the General Post Office and the nearby Strand Hotel. Across the road, the banks of Ayeyarwaddy River are a hive of activity with porters loading huge sacks of rice, street vendors, trishaws and ferry passengers all going about their daily business. Moving on you'll enter Chinatown where unpaved streets are lined with old wooden shuttered houses and shop fronts. Here you'll see Chinese medicine shops and the colourful vegetable, fruit, fish and meat markets. A short distance beyond lies the Indian Quarter, where the small side-roads are full of shops selling Indian spices and ingredients used in cooking. Then you walk down Shwe Bontha, perhaps the most photogenic of all the city centre streets, with its leafy sidewalks, pavement tea-shops and fine buildings. This is the area where gold merchants buy and sell in a local version of a stock exchange. Walking through Mahabandoola Garden, you'll see Sule Pagoda and City Hall before walking north to Bogyoke (Scott) Market. Your walk will end at a café here, with time for those who wish to finish any last minute souvenir shopping in the market before your waiting driver takes you back to your hotel. If there was insufficient time on Day 2 to make the visit to Shwedagon Pagoda this afternoon's walk will be shortened slightly in order to allow for a visit today instead.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Sule Shangri La Or Similar, Yangon
  17. Day 17 - DEPART YANGON FOR HOME

    You will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight to London.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In Flight
  18. Day 18 - ARRIVE UK

    Today you will arrive back in the UK.

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What’s included

  • An English speaking Burmese leader throughout
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option) and UK Departure Tax
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Hotel Sule Shangri La or similar in Yangon on bed & breakfast on twin-share basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Outside of Yangon, comfortable hotel accommodation on full board, twin-share basis.
  • Lodge or home-stay accommodation where specified
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

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  • Travel insurance
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  • Lunch and evening meals in Yangon
  • Tips


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Overall score:           (Based on 5 reviews)

Stunning countryside          

All of it was perfect. So well organised. A great balance between basic living in the homestays and the luxury of a hot shower and toilet with a seat in hotels and lodges. The boat rides across Inle lake came as an unexpected surprise. The trekking went through stunning and varied countryside. Nyi Nyi the guide was awesome. Outstanding subject knowledge, sense of humour, very very kind and caring, astute to the individual needs of the people in the group. Hugely professional and conscientious. A true Buddhist. Thank you very much for providing a trip to the remote world in Chin.

Chin Hills and Kalaw trek          

Really good holiday, packed a lot into the time. Both treks were lovely and Nyi Nyi is an excellent guide.

attention to detail was excellent          

The guides were all good. What I enjoy about travelling with Mountain Kingdoms, are the interesting locations, attention to detail and tourism with a conscience.

Extraordinary region          

The culture of the Chin Hills is unique and it felt a real privilege to visit such an extraordinary region. The lovely Kalaw to Inle trek took us through gorgeous rolling countryside, past tea gardens and fields of vegetables and flowers, interspersed with occasional forested ridges.

Memorable experience          

An excellent trip. We had extraordinary exposure to village life and remote people. We had an excellent and memorable experience.


Extend your holiday

Hpa-An extension, Burma
  • Visit Hpa-An, the capital of the beautiful Karen State
  • Stay in an idyllic boutique lodge at the foot of Mount Zwegabin
  • Visit the precariously positioned Golden Rock in Kin Pun

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We are delighted to offer an exciting new extension in Burma to visit Hpa-An, the capital of Karen State lying south east of Yangon. Hpa-An is a charming town set on the banks of the mighty Salween River, one of the great rivers of south east Asia which rises in Tibet and flows down to the Andaman Sea. This is an incredibly beautiful region of green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts.

As an additional attraction on this exciting extension you will stay at a charming recently opened boutique lodge, the Hpa-An Lodge, which offers a very high standard of accommodation and is already receiving glowing reports from all who visit it.

We offer two versions of this extension, with one including a visit to the Golden Rock in Kin Pun.


Ngapali Beach Extension
  • Relax in style at a Ngapali beach resort, perfect to add on to your Burma trek or tour
  • Choice of hotels, from mid-range to luxury
  • Spa treatments are available

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Ngapali Beach, with its pristine white sand and sparkling turquoise water, is the best in the country and a perfect way to end your holiday in Burma.


Balloons over Bagan - extension
  • Spectacular sunrise views over the temples of Bagan
  • Excursion lasts 2.5 – 3 hours, with an hour-long balloon flight and refreshments afterwards
  • Balloons take off daily from October through to March.

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Visitors to Bagan now have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the ancient Kingdom of Bagan in a hot air balloon. The world-famous archaeological site of Bagan is known for its marvellous sunsets and sunrises, mostly enjoyed from the top of one of the monuments but a balloon flight gives you the chance to see Bagan from a bird’s-eye view.


Golden Rock, Burma - extension
  • Walk 4km to reach the top of Golden Rock, for an unforgettable sunrise or sunset
  • Three day extension visting pagodas and giant buddha's as well as the Golden Rock
  • Available to add to your Burma holiday between October and May

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Extend your stay in Burma with a visit to the Golden Rock of Kyaikhtiyo, one of the most revered pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. Perched on the edge of a ledge at a height of 1,100m, the precariously positioned gold-plated boulder is said to maintain its balance thanks to a single hair of the Buddha being enshrined inside the pagoda.

During your three-day extension, you’ll also visit pagodas, stop off at the Allied War Graves Cemetery at Htauk Kyan, see reclining Buddhas and drop in at local villages before returning to Rangoon for your final night in what will have been a memorable trip to Burma.


Angkor Wat extension
  • Visit Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom, the Bayon and more. Each of these sites has its own individual charm.
  • Flights to Siem Reap from either Burma or Bangkok.
  • All entrance fees, guides and transport during your time in Cambodia.
  • Three nights stay at a lovely Boutique hotel with a pool and friendly staff.

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Angkor Wat is the largest religious building in the world. The name translates to ‘The temple that is a city’ and after a visit to this amazing site you will understand why.

During your four days here you will have the chance to spend time not only at Angkor Wat but also the atmospheric ruins of Ta Prohm where the jungle has taken over the temple, the epic Angkor Thom, the enchanting Bayon and much more besides. Each of these sites has its own individual charm and will leave you with memories to last a life time. Angkor could be described as a giant game of one-upmanship with each successive king trying to out do the previous with a larger and more impressive temple, culminating in Angkor Wat. This four day extension can be added on to all our Burmese trips and any of our holidays ending in Bangkok.


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