Myanmar 10 day small group tour

A ten day, small group tour starting in Mandalay and ending in yangon, staying in hotels along the way. Really enjoyed all the boat trips on this itinerary.
Mandalay Monywa Bagan Kalaw Inle Lake Yangon
US $1260 excluding flights
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10 Days
Small group
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Price includes: Accommodation with daily breakfast; Domestic Flights; Expert Local Guides in all areas; Ground Transport (car / boat) ; All activities mentioned; Entry Fees; Cooking class with lunch in Inle Lake Single Room Supplement : US$ 250
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Description of Myanmar 10 day small group tour

This Myanmar holiday is a ten day small group tour, fully guided by local experts, and covering a large part of the country, using private transfers and one domestic flight between Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake) and Yangon at the end of the trip. We pride ourselves on offering an itinerary that really taps into the country’s culture, with Mandalay getting it all off to an exciting start, as it is considered by many to be Myanmar’s cultural capital. It is also a sacred city, with many monasteries and pagodas to visit, and our guests get a chance to walk up Mandalay Hill, a place of pilgrimage for many. It is also a wonderful place to experience a Myanmar sunset.

Our next stop is Monywa, a picturesque stop off en route to the more famous town of Bagan, but a very pretty and typical Myanmar town on the Chindwin River. Monywa is famous for its magnificent Thambuddhe Pagoda but also for the fact that it is bedecked with neem trees, and has the nickname Neem City. From here, we take a 2.5 hour boat trip on the Ayerarwaddy River to Bagan, which is a wonderful way to arrive in this city that literally glistens with cultural magnificence, with thousands of temples and pagodas stretching to the horizon.

A very different cultural side can be seen at Kalaw, a former British hill-station but where the surrounding mountains are home to the Palaung, Danu and Pa-O tribes. On this part of the journey you also get a fantastic view of Mount Popa, where pilgrims climb 777 steps to the top of this extinct volcano to worship at the summit’s shrine.

One of the final highlights on this trip is at Inle Lake, famous for its floating villages and markets, and where we will get a chance to see local artisans at work, visit the stunning wooden floating monastery and also see the famous ‘leg rowing’ fishermen. Your final day is in our formal capital and still very much the heart of the country, Yangon, with many stunning sites to visit including Shwedagon Pagoda, as well many aspects of daily life in this vibrant city.

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US $1260 excluding flights
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Price includes: Accommodation with daily breakfast; Domestic Flights; Expert Local Guides in all areas; Ground Transport (car / boat) ; All activities mentioned; Entry Fees; Cooking class with lunch in Inle Lake Single Room Supplement : US$ 250
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2 Reviews of Myanmar 10 day small group tour

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2020 by

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

Myanmar is still one of those countries that are off-the-beaten-track. In some ways and in the best sense, it was like stepping back into the 19th century, into another time and another world. From Mandalay, the city name itself echoes its poetic charm, to Yangon, we travelled through a rich and varied landscape. Every day provided its own unique interest. Of special interest to me was the wide variety of trees everywhere, as I am a tree lover. Overall, very satisfied with this exotic experience.

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

Travel light, bring dollars, money goes a long way here. Make sure the bills are clean, without any stamps, and as new as possible. It will affect the exchange rate and in some cases, they will refuse the bills if they are too old or wrinkled.

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

Absolutely, case in point was the lunch that we had in the middle on Lake Inle in a private house on stilts where I actually went into the kitchen with grandma and cooked my own noodles, after having eaten her vegetable tempura and dumplings. The food, the views from the hour porch, and the overall ambiance was stunning, an unforgettable experience.

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

This holiday was totally unique, the ten-days was the perfect getaway from work, just what I needed. We spent an extra day in Mandalay at the start ad two days in Yangon at the finish to top off the experience. We were sorry to leave which kinda says it all. Kudos, by the way, to the local tour group, whose guides were charming, fluent in English, and quite knowledgeable. They even laughed at my jokes, God love them.

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Reviewed on 10 Mar 2018 by

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

This country is simply gorgeous... You feel suspended between legend and reality! The locals are special people, always ready to welcome you with a smile. It's still a country unknown to the big tourism, but I hope more and  more people will decide to discover this amazing country.

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

I would suggest to be ready to discover a new and simple way to live. A lot of legends mixed with a smiling reality.

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

I have been at lunch in a beautiful house on stilts and the couple of owners have been so lovely! The lunch was delicious, so I am happy I could benefit them.

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

10 days Myanmar tour with Asian tour has been an amazing experience! My guides were really careful to help me and show me everything this beautiful land offers.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


This program is crafted in a way that is environmentally, culturally and socially responsible. As we know, “Flying” is one of the fastest growing sources of CO2, we include only one essential air travel in this program. Travel by land and water transport instead of flights, passengers can taste more deeply to natural beauties, scenery, villages, ways of life, local culture and also have more chance to interact with local people whilst maintaining and/or improving the environment.
We design this tour to ensure every traveller has authentic interactions with local people, businesses, transportation, and food and drink. All our tours and activities are run by local experts, who are trained on initiatives of Sustainability Management and Responsible Travel practices. We also educate local community and raise awareness about the environmental issues and responsible behavior.
We distribute useful information sheet to our passengers which provides tips to travellers on best practices while travelling (codes of conduct / guidelines for sensitive excursions or activities). And well inform to our clients about sustainable offers such as sustainable accommodations and excursions, activities etc..
Here below are some points of this small group focus on environmental sustainability and improvement :
- Less air travel program for environmental sustainability.
- River journey up the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to the riverside village of Mingun, enjoying the picturesque scenery of this river and the lifestyles of the local people who live and work on these waters. Unlike Amarapura, Mingun was not a royal capital yet has many interesting sites to see. The entry fee we pay in this area is used for maintaining the area and environment.
- In Monywa, cross the Chindwin River by ferry and proceed to Po Win Taung by local open-air jeep. This extraordinary complex consists of 947 sandstone caves dug out of the hills and contains what is considered by archaeologists to be the richest collection of mural paintings and Buddhist statues in Southeast Asia. We make donations and co-operations with local authorities for sustainability of sandstone caves, mural paintings and the area.
- In Bagan area, visit a rural, locally-owned toddy-palm climber’s hut to see how to tap toddy wine from the fronds, toddy factory and road-side shop. Buying products here supports the local economy and preserves the local environment.
- Cooking class in Inle Lake, conducted by local people of the area, uses locally-sourced products, sustaining the environment and contributing to the local economy.
- Yangon Heritage Walk highlights the historical importance of the colonial-era heritage buildings and the need for their preservation.


Our guides inform travellers about the best places to consume from local sources during the visit. We introduce our passengers to local artists, productive projects and social cooperatives, promoting fair trade. All of the projects that are included in our tours and trips find another fundraising source in responsible tourism. Moreover, our passengers are invited to make additional donations and purchases to the social projects we visit, as a way of showing gratefulness for receiving us and in order to contribute to their mission and sustainability.
Furthermore, our trips contribute to diversify the local economies, to give employment to local communities as well as motivations for younger people.
Here below are some highlights of this small group focus on community and community development:
- Visiting Mahagandayon Monastery in Mandalay, and offering a monk is contributing to local education and the monastery.
- Visiting local workshops in Mandalay, Bagan and Inle lake are where your contribution will directly help the local economy.
- Boat trip in Mingun, Inle Lake and Pakokku to Bagan are conducted by local people. Enjoying this activities is contributing for development of local community directly.
- Enjoying local tea and snack in Bagan and Cooking class with lunch in Inle Lake effect mainly benefit to local community whilst clients can learn more deeply to local ways of live without negative impact.
- Hla Day Gift shop is Yangon provide a sustainable market place, business and design training to support the livelihoods of local producers, many of whom are struggling to overcome disability, exclusion and poverty. It is a non-profit social enterprise and work together with Myanmar artisans, disadvantaged groups and small local businesses to design, develop and sell quality handmade products with a contemporary twist.

As a company, we mainly support orphanages at present. We work with our local suppliers closely, encouraging them to implement to our Code of Conduct. We trust in these local suppliers do their utmost to respect and achieve the standards we set out. We have a responsibility towards society to be a good corporate citizen, from a sustainable supply chain to ethical human rights.

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