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  • An English speaking Burmese leader throughout
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  • 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 Trek Adventure Special

Walking & Trekking

Burma (Myanmar) | Walking & Trekking

Chin Hills Trek
Moderate

Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

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Grade: Moderate ? Moderate
Duration:  16 days from the UK  
On trek: 5 days
walks on: 2 days

Flight inclusive from £3,325,
Land only from £2,545

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This fabulous trip combines visits to Bagan and Inle Lake with a superb off-the-beaten-track trek.

Highlights

  • Trek in the beautiful Chin Hills
  • Stay in traditional tribal villages
  • Walk 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.
A Sainsbury, former Mountain Kingdoms Operations Manager

Really good holiday, packed a lot into the time. The trekking was lovely and Nyi Nyi is an excellent guide.
Dr T, Wiltshire

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With its fascinating ethnic diversity, a landscape which stretches from the Indian Ocean to the high Himalaya and a stunning abundance of gilded temples and monuments, Burma also offers many attractions which are not necessarily what one would expect from this wonderfully diverse country. This fabulous new trip to Burma offers two great off the beaten track treks which give some real insights into real Burmese back country village life.

Firstly, after a short stay in Bagan, you travel to the Chin Hills, a fascinating and remote region far from the normal tourist route.  The culture of the Chin Hills is unique and this trip offers a great opportunity to visit an extraordinary region. The peoples of this region have in many ways more in common with the tribes of north east India such as Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh than with the rest of Burma, sharing many common customs and beliefs.  It is a long drive to get to the region which ensures that not many tourists visit here. Mindat and Kampalat, the towns where the trek starts and ends will seem familiar to anyone who has visited a hill station in India. On trek you will stay in traditional Chin tribal villages. Here the people follow a very traditional life style, many women have intricately tattooed faces and smoke pipes and most men carry a gun and hunt in the jungles. Our trip to the Chin Hills will culminate with an ascent of Mount Victoria where you climb through fine forest ringing with birdsong and will finally be rewarded with great all round views from the summit. In the villages you will stay in very simple local accommodation, either in local lodges or in peoples’ houses, but taking your own cooks along with you are guaranteed excellent food.

After your trek in the Chin Hills you fly south to Inle Lake where you will have time to relax and enjoy this beautiful area before returning to Rangoon (Yangon) and then home.


At a glance

Grade: Moderate
Moderate

Duration:  16 days from the UK  
On trek: 5 days
walks on: 2 days

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

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: 13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Arrive Yangon. Sunset visit to Shwedagon Pagoda.
3-4
Fly to Bagan. Sightseeing and walking tour of Bagan.
5
Drive to Mindat. Explore town.
6-9
Trek through villages in the Chin Hills staying in homestays.
10
Trek to the summit of Mount Victoria, 3,180m/10,433ft. Descend and drive to Kampalat.
11
Visit Kampalat Town. Drive to Bagan.
12-13
Fly to Heho. Drive to Inle Lake. Visit 5 day market and boat trip on lake.
14-16
Fly to Yangon. Afternoon walking tour. Fly to London.
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: Overnight Flight London To Yangon
  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, sightseeing and sunset pagoda visit.
    chin hills and kalaw trek bagan temple paul and deane.

    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, 1,395m/4,576ft - 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 - Morning in Mindat. Drive to Toun Pan village – 1½ hours. Trek to Hla Ma Sin,1,800m/5,905ft - 2 hours.
    chin hills and kalaw trek kyardo chin hills s vincent.

    In the morning you may visit the local market. A noodle soup breakfast in an atmospheric local café along with all the locals can be a fun way to start the day while watching the world go by. After breakfast you will then have some time 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 might also visit some local weavers and a small 'museum' featuring local artefacts and memorabilia.

    Later you will drive for 1½ hours into the Chin Hills to reach the settlement of Toun Pan from where you will have great views to Mount Victoria. You start your trek from here. This first day's walk will be an easy 2 hours hike downhill to reach Hla Ma Sin village, 1,800m/5,905ft, passing another small village on the way.

    Here you will sleep either at a local village house or at the church/school (depending on the size of your group). In the evening your guide will prepare a tasty Chin curry for you.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Village Homestay
  7. Day 7 - Trek to Dak, 1,600m/5,249m – 6 hours.

    In the morning you will again have some lovely views. After a good breakfast you trek through mountain forest to the small settlement of Thun, where you may rest for a while. Then, following a long ridge, you reach the big village of Shak. Shak consists of an old and a new village section (very typical for Chin state), divided by a mountain stream. Here you will have lunch at a local home before continuing your trek down to the Man River, which you cross on a spectacular suspension bridge.

    Along the way today you may see 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 often sacrificed as part of local festivals, religious rites or marriages and then their skulls will be exhibited on the fronts of houses. In villages along the way you may also see elaborate carved wooden sacrificial posts which are evidence of this complex ritual relationship which the local people have with the mithun, in common with the peoples of the neighbouring eastern Indian states such as Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. 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.

    Ascending up on the other side of the river, you will reach the beautifully located settlement of Htwa Lo, and one hour later after an easy hike down the mountain, you reach the confluence of three small streams, an excellent spot for a refreshing dip. It is then 30 minutes to reach Dak village, the largest village in the area.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Village Homestay
  8. Day 8 - Trek to Ma Htler Am Nu, 1,945m/6,053ft – 6 hours.

    Today you trek even deeper into the remote Chin Mountains. Firstly you will have time for some exploration round Dak village. You then follow a narrow trail for 2 hours with great views, to reach the next settlement of Hla Ruon, which received its first foreign visitors ever in February 2017. From there it's a steady up and down, crossing a suspension bridge on the way, to reach Khen Hle village. There are great views here of the surrounding area, with the Maan River far below you. You will have a tasty lunch and in the afternoon hike through beautiful rhododendron forest, almost level along a long ridge, so very enjoyable walking, to reach Ma Htler Am Nu village in the late afternoon.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Village Homestay
  9. Day 9 - Trek to Mo Kyor Village, 2,210m/7,251ft – 6-7 hours.

    This morning starts with a steep, but not too long climb up a mountain ridge, a ridge which divides the Mindat and Kampalat districts, ascending on the other side to Phan Um village, an area inhabited by an ethnic group known as the Uppu. Depending on how long the climb has taken you, and the season, you will have lunch here or at the next village Khau Leng, which is an hour away.

    In the afternoon it's a steady uphill to reach Mo Kyor village on the southern side of Mount Victoria, from where you will have fantastic views at sunset. You might even be able to get a cold beer here - yes, there's a tiny shop there. Then rest well for to prepare for the ascent tomorrow and your last day of trekking.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Village Homestay
  10. Day 10 - Trek to the summit of Mount Victoria, 3,180m/10,433ft. Descend and drive to Kampalat - approximately 7 hours.

    Have a good breakfast this morning to prepare for the ascent ahead. Firstly you trek up to the last small settlement of Khun, on the southern slopes of Mt. Victoria at 2,300m/7,546ft altitude. From here you start the final ascent to Mount Victoria, which you will reach around lunch time. 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. Lunch will be waiting for you at the summit, and it will be very well-deserved after your last 5 days exploring the remote attractions of southern Chin.

    From the summit it is an easy 2 hours descent to the area called 'Basecamp', where your transport will be waiting to deliver you to the resort in Kampalat, a drive of about 1½-2 hours. Here a soft bed, hot shower and dinner will be waiting.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Pine Wood Villa or Mountain Oasis Resort, Kampalat
  11. Day 11 - Visit Kampalat Town, 1,380m/4,527ft, 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
  12. Day 12 - Fly to Heho - 1 hour, and drive to Nyaung Shwe on Inle Lake.

    You will transfer to the airport after breakfast to fly to Heho and will then drive to Nyaung Shwe. Locally known as 'Jetty Town', Nyaung Shwe is a bustling hub of activity for both locals and tourists alike. Here you will board one of the local motor-powered longboats which will take you across the lake for 20-30 minutes to reach your hotel.

    Inle Lake is a magical place. Located at an elevation of 1,000m/3,281ft, 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.

    In the afternoon you may relax at your hotel or your guide may take you for some local sightseeing.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Inle Lake Resort or Similar, Inle Lake
  13. Day 13 - On Inle Lake. Visit 5 day market and boat trip on lake.

    Today you will have a day to relax and explore the lake.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. There are then several options for your time on the lake.

    You might choose 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 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.

    Alternatively you could go by boat to visit Inthein village on the western side of the lake. Access to this area is via a long channel leading inland from the main lake. The journey here is particularly scenic and during later afternoon you may well see farmers bringing their oxen, or buffalo down to the water to cool off. Above the jetty and small village stands a partly ruined pagoda complex (Shwe Inn Thein Paya), reached via a long covered walkway. There are good views from the top and you can descend via an alternative route, bringing you back to the village through a mature bamboo forest.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Inle Lake Resort or Similar, Inle Lake
  14. Day 14 - Fly from Heho to Yangon. Afternoon walking tour.

    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
  15. Day 15 - Depart Yangon and fly to London.
    chin hills and kalaw trek inle lake boat ride s harbert.

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight to London.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  16. Day 16 - 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

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees for Burma
  • Lunch and evening meals in Yangon
  • Tips


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

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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