Myanmar holiday, small group tour

“A fascinating and well-priced introduction to Myanmar, packed with highlights, from the temples of Bagan to tranquil Inle Lake, on this 13-day small group tour.”


Yangon | Shwedagon Pagoda | Bagan | ferry cruise up the Ayeyarwady River | Mandalay | U Bein Bridge | Kalaw | Inle Lake and Mingala Market

Description of Myanmar holiday, small group tour

Get up-close and personal with the culture, people and rural beauty of Myanmar on this 13-day small group tour, beginning and ending in Yangon. Discover a capital city packed with beautiful pagodas, astounding giant Buddhas and countless historical sites, before journeying through Bagan and its complex of thousands of pagodas. You’ll also cross the longest teak bridge in the world near Mandalay and spend time at magical Inle Lake, where floating markets, leg-rowing fishermen hunting for carp and a mix of ethnic minorities combine to create a unique destination. Mix in delicious food, breathtaking landscapes and people who are both curious and welcoming, and you have a country that never fails to amaze and delight.

You’ll need a bit of stamina to get the most from this adventure, both to handle some of the long days travelling and fully enjoy the day’s walking through the hills and villages of Kalaw – one of the highlights of the trip. An experienced tour leader helps you appreciate the history and culture of this lovely country, but there’s plenty of time free to explore at your own pace. You have two days in Bagan and can choose to take a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the site, or hire a bicycle, which is a magical and leisurely way to access its 2,000 brick and guilded ruins. Accommodation is in hotels throughout and you travel by boat, bus, ferry and one internal flight, between Inle Lake and Yangon.

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Holiday type

Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your holiday not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are travelling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are travelling through. All solo travellers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travellers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Myanmar holiday, small group tour

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


We encourage all our passengers to take steps to ensure that their trip is environmentally responsible as possible. You will receive a reusable cloth bag, made by a women’s cooperative based in a less developed region just outside Pakkoku, Myanmar. This bag has a dual purpose, to support a community based organisation, as well as to help reduce the plastic bag waste that is a growing problem in Myanmar. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with the appropriate disposal of rubbish en route, recycling wherever possible and we encourage all our travellers to use refillable water bottles with purification tablets rather than contributing to the rapidly escalating problem caused by the copious number of plastic bottles discarded globally.

Travel by local transport where ever possible, between Yangon and Bagan, and travel by public boat on the Ayeryarwaddy River from Bagan to Mandalay. Public transport is also the most environmentally sound method of travel, so we try use it where ever safe and practical.


After years of control by the military junta, we were prompted to return to Myanmar in 2010 following the release of the former leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi, from house arrest and the subsequent call from her party to end the travel. By reintroducing our grassroots style of travel, we can contribute to improving the circumstances of the Burmese people by way of initiating a two-way exchange. Firstly, resuming trips will give them a chance to interact with visitors from other countries, thus giving a rare glimpse into life and governance in other parts of the world, and secondly, taking travellers to Myanmar will help to build awareness of the complex issues this country continues to face, as well as positively contributing to the economy.

As a company our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$5 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar. In Myanmar we support the development of women-led Self Help Groups (SHG) in conjunction with partners ActionAid Myanmar. Donation will be directly contributing to the “revolving loans fund” managed by the SHG’s. Borrowing money from one of the SHG’s enables women to invest in their existing or new businesses – mainly agro-based activities or traditional handicrafts production. This will empower the women as they gain access to capital and are involved in the decision making process of managing the loan fund. Through this process, communities will gain greater confidence and skills needed to engage and communicate their needs with relevant service providers.

We recruit all of the staff you will encounter on this trip from Myanmar, actively creating employment and benefitting local families. Your group leader, driver and any one-off site guides you meet will all be local. A secondary benefit of this is that it enables us to give you the best holiday experience possible by making the most of their vast local knowledge that overseas guides just don’t have. They can direct you to the best stalls for authentic handicrafts, the best restaurants and cafes and tell you the ‘must see’ sights that haven’t yet made it into the guide books.

2 Reviews of Myanmar holiday, small group tour

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Trek in Kalaw and the day on Inle Lake.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Not to be put off visiting Myanmar in any way; the people are genuinely very friendly and there was no evidence of any reasons not to visit (as per some media reports.)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The holiday certainly benefited local people as all excursions, trips and visits to restaurants were provided by the local people. Not so sure about reducing
environmental impact as there were no obvious alternatives to some of trips (eg flying from Inle Lake to Yangon, or buying water in plastic bottles). It would
be great if the local people were more aware about the impacts of litter (particularly the impact of plastic litter) on the enviroment, but I am not sure how tourists can have an impact here.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent value for money and extremely well organised.

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

It’s hard to tell. The holiday has been amazing: the group was getting along very well, the tour guide did an amazing job and we saw one of the most beautiful lands on heart with the kindest people you will ever meet.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Bring just temple clothes and flip flops.
Forget shorts and tank tops.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, I do. Myanmar lives on tourism but unfortunately doesn’t have enough.
Burmese people are the nicest I have ever met and I am glad I have been able
to contribute, even just a little bit. We reduced our environmental impact as much as we could and I believe we’ve been an example for several locals too.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

One of the best experiences in my life.
Thank you!

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