Mystical Myanmar

Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay & Inle Lake plus Bangkok optional extension

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13 days from $3699 $3399
per person, double occupancy, including airfare*
Book by Dec. 15, 2015 to save up to $300!


Style Small Group Tour
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates: Select a departure from February – May 2016
Price Includes
  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles or New York JFK via China Airlines including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All intra-Myanmar flights and ground transportation
  • Accommodations at superior & deluxe hotels
  • 24 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, & 7 dinners
  • High Tea at historic Strand Hotel
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking tour guides and local guides
Departs Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK) (flight schedule)
Highlights Yangon, the Temples of Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, day cruise from Mandalay to Bagan on the Irrawaddy (Ayarwaddy) River. Bangkok optional extension
Themes Active,  History & Culture,  Premium
What to Expect This fast-paced, escorted tour involves a significant amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, requiring a high level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip.
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Mystical Myanmar tour itineraryMyanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a land of timeless beauty, where visitors can still experience what Asia was like before modern times encroached on ancient cultures. Having been isolated from the world for many years, Myanmar has remained a lush, tropical garden of a country, where amazing natural beauty, Buddhist spirituality, warm, gentle people, and a unique culture make it among the most remarkable of destinations. If truly exotic is your type of trip, join us in Myanmar. Want more? Extend your stay with a post-tour to the bustling city of Bangkok. But, don't wait too long to reserve your spot. Our groups are small, our prices are exceptional, and space is definitely limited.

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Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Booking Discount: Book by 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 15 to save up to $300 per person!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Dec 15
Mon Jan 25 2016 Sat Feb 6 2016 $3699 $3399 Closed
Mon Feb 22 2016 Sat Mar 5 2016 $3699 $3399 Available
Mon Mar 21 2016 Sat Apr 2 2016 $3699 $3399 Available
Mon Apr 18 2016 Sat Apr 30 2016 $3699 $3399 Available
Mon May 16 2016 Sat May 28 2016 $3699 $3399 Available

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers. Contact us about prices and availability.

Options & Fees

Seperately Paid Fees
Myanmar Visa1 (paid separately) +$65
Myanmar Departure Tax2 (paid separately) +$10

1. All visitors to Myanmar must obtain a visa. Comprehensive visa instructions will be included in your confirmation packet.

2. Payable in USD cash at Yangon Airport. Bills must be in "like new" condition, without stains or creases.

Mystical Myanmar
Rooming selection
Double occupancy included
Single occupancy +$1199
Bangkok Post-Tour Extension1
Bangkok Extension from LAX +$449
Bangkok Extension from JFK2 +$699
Rooming selection
Double occupancy included
Double occupancy included
Single occupancy- LAX +$249
Single occupancy - JFK +$399

1. The Bangkok extension is subject to availability and requires that your flights be confirmed separately by the airlines. Please note that it typically takes 3 to 5 business days to confirm your extension flights with the airline, and that we will notify you immediately upon confirmation of the flights. This extension also requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. For JFK passegners, the extension must be arranged on a custom basis to be coordinated with China Airlines' schedule; please contact us for details

2. Due to the JFK flight schedule for the Bangkok extension, 2 additional nights are included in the price.

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Los Angeles (LAX) included
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call us one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Standard Deposit $600


Day 1: Depart USA. The first leg of your mystical journey to Myanmar begins as you check in for your flight to Yangon, Myanmar, via Taipei, Taiwan.

Day 2: En route. Cross the International Dateline and lose a day. (You'll recover this day on your return trip).

Day 3: Yangon. Arrive this morning in Yangon, the main gateway and capital city of Myanmar. After completing immigration and customs formalities, transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a traditional High Tea at the famous Strand Hotel before taking a trishaw ride viewing Yangon’s colonial buildings en-route to your hotel. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Accommodations: Sule Shangri-La.

Shwedagon PagodaDay 4: Yangon. After breakfast, visit Kalaywa Monastery, which is home, at any one time, to between 800 to 1500 monks and novices, and witness the morning ceremony of alms giving, as well as a tour around the monastery to observe the everyday lives of monks. Later, explore downtown Yangon including the landmark 2000 year old Sule Pagoda; pass by the city’s colonial buildings such as the High Court Building. Spend some time exploring Myanmar’s largest selection of handcrafts at the Bogyoke Aung San Market, also known as Scott Market.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to China Town and a special visit to the Mary Chapman School for the Deaf. Visit Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset, one of the religious wonders of the world, towering above the cityscape of Yangon and is believed to have been built more than 2500 years ago and is a testament to the faith of the Burmese. This evening join your fellow passengers for a welcome dinner at Le Planteur, one of the most elegant restaurants in Yangon. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Golden Buddha, Maha Muni PagodaDay 5: Yangon & Mandalay. After an early breakfast, transfer to Yangon airport for your flight to Mandalay. The last capital of the third Myanmar Empire, Mandalay is the second largest city both a bustling commercial and ancient cultural center. The city is well known for woodcarving and tapestries and other traditional crafts. Upon arrival, visit the spiritually important Maha Muni Pagoda, housing one of the most sacred statues of Buddha in Myanmar. The statue is said to have been brought to life after seven embraces by the Gautama Buddha, and is referred to as Maha Muni Sacred Living Image.

Golden Palace MonasteryProceed to the Shwenandaw Kyaung, the Golden Palace Monastery, famous for its intricate woodcarvings. Continue your tour of Mandalay at Amarapura, Myanmar’s penultimate Royal Capital. Enjoy a visit to a traditional silver crafts workshop and meet the local artist. End the day at the iconic U Bein’s Bridge, the longest wooden bridge in Myanmar, crossing the Taungthaman Lake and curved to withstand the wind and waves. Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodations: Mandalay Hill Resort Breakfast, lunch & Dinner provided.

Mt. SagaingDay 6: Mandalay & Bagan. After an early breakfast, transfer to the jetty and board the ferry boat and enjoy a full day cruising down the Irrawaddy River, the longest river in Myanmar. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Irrawaddy as you sail by the fascinating scenes of Mt. Sagaing, Pakokku, and Myaingyan. Arrive in Bagan and transfer to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. Accommodations: Bagan Lodge . Breakfast & lunch provided.

Shwezigon PagodaDay 7: Bagan. Known as the city of four million pagodas, Bagan is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia. Bagan is also famous for its artistic handicrafts and master craftsmanship of lacquer-ware.

Today, you will visit the most significant and well preserved Pagodas including Shwezigon, Gubyaukgyi, Htilo Minlo Pahto and the amazing Ananda PhatoTemple. Later, visit a local village school to donate lunch to approximately 300 children.

After lunch in a local restaurant, check-in at your hotel, and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

This evening presents a marvelous opportunity to dine ‘Burmese’ style as you enjoy the company of a local family and enjoy a dinner of freshly prepared local specialties at their house. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Optional Excursion: This morning, take part in an optional tour to Mt Popa, an extinct volcano with spectacular views. Along the way, see plantations of palm trees, and the remains of a petrified forest. Observe the Nat Shrine with its display of mannequin-like figures which is also a popular pilgrimage site. This optional excursion can only be purchased locally and will operate with a minimum of 5 persons. ($65)

Day 8: Bagan. This morning, stop at Nyaung Oo, a bustling market rich in a variety of fresh produce. Visit the nearby Phwar Saw Village, where you will witness rural Burmese life.

After lunch at a local restaurant, explore Bagan and some additional temples which cannot be reached with conventional modes of transport, from the perspective of a traditional pony cart. End the day watching the sun set over the Bagan, from the top of a temple. This evening enjoy a traditional marionette show at Nanda restaurant. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Inle LakeDay 9: Bagan, Heho & Inle Lake. After breakfast, transfer to Bagan airport for your flight to Heho. Upon arrival, drive to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway to Inle Lake. A prime attraction of the Shan State, Inle is a vast, picturesque lake surrounded by hazy-blue mountains. Inle Lake is famous for its native lake-dwellers, the Inthas, and their unique way of rowing their boats balanced upon one leg.

Visit the Shwe Yan Payae monastery, famous for its unique oval windows. Then, transfer to a private boat and venture onto the lake. Visit the five ancient gold-covered Buddha images at Phaung Da woo Pagoda, the holiest monastery on the lake.

After lunch in a local restaurant, see the temple at Nga Hpe Kyaung, which houses an impressive collection of ancient Buddha images. Then there will be an opportunity to visit a floating garden before proceeding to the hotel for check in and dinner. Accommodations: Pristine Lotus Spa Resort. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Rower on Inle LakeDay 10: Inle Lake. This morning, visit one of the most interesting markets in Myanmar, one of the Shan "5-Day Markets," so called because the Shan people rotate between 5 different locations over a 5 day period. Life in the Shan State remains very traditional, and these markets are a great way to experience the life of the Shan tribes, who still wear their customary tribal garb. Next, visit the stupa ruins and temples of Inndein. A covered walkway leads to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, affording beautiful views of the lake. The temples of Inndein have been left in their natural state and the views are enough to take your breath away.

After lunch at a local restaurant, stop at Nampan village to see local cigar making, and then continue to Inn Paw Khone, a small village that specializes in silk weaving.

The day ends with a tranquil canoe ride to witness life in one of the floating villages that are scattered throughout the lake. Tonight, dinner will be at your hotel. Breakfast, Lunch & dinner provided.

Smiling young woman, YangonDay 11: Inle Lake, Heho & Yangon. In the morning return to Nyaung Shwe by boat, then drive to Heho for the return flight to Yangon. Continue to your hotel for check-in, and relax for the remainder of the day. Accommodations: Sule Shangri-la or similar. Breakfast provided.

Day 12: Yangon. Enjoy the day at leisure to explore Yangon on your own. Perhaps spend the day shopping or exploring the city's many ancient pagodas. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at L’Alchimiste. Breakfast & dinner provided

Day 13: Yangon/USA. After breakfast this morning, bid farewell to the Mystical lands of Myanmar as you transfer to the airport in Yangon to board your flight to the USA via Taipei. Arrive in the USA later today. Or take advantage of your already included airfare, and extend your stay to Bangkok, Thailand. Breakfast provided.

Bangkok Optional Post-Tour Extension

Why not take advantage of your already included international airfare and add three days in exotic Bangkok, bustling capital of Thailand? You'll return to the U.S. three days after the return dates shown.  For JFK passengers, the Bangkok Extension must be coordinated with China Airlines' JFK schedule; please contact us for details.

Chao Phraya River at night, BangkokDay 13: Yangon/Bangkok. This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight from Yangon to Bangkok, bustling capital of Thailand, situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Upon arrival, you'll be escorted to your deluxe, centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to take in your new surroundings and explore the city independently. Your hotel boasts a prime location within walking distance of many attractions.
Accommodations Chatrium Riverside Hotel. Breakfast provided.

Wat Phra KaewDay 14: Bangkok. After breakfast enjoy a half day of sightseeing the major landmarks of Bangkok. Begin the day with a visit to the Grand Palace, which for 150 years functioned as the home of the King and his court as well as the entire administrative seat of government. Within its grounds, you'll also visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) built to house a large Buddha image carved from a solid piece of green jadite (jasper). Then board a typical long-tailed boat that will take you through Bangkok’s waterway on the Thonburi canals. You will enjoy picturesque sights and scenes of traditional Thai canal life with houses on stilts, hidden temples, floating groceries and water taxi. Breakfast provided.

Floating MarketDay 15: Bangkok. Enjoy a full days at leisure to discover Thailand's vibrant capital at your own pace. Bangkok offers no shortage of shopping, dining, and sightseeing. Your hotel concierge will gladly offer suggestions for independent exploration or join an optional full day sightseeing excursion.

Often called the "Venice of the East" for its network of canals (klongs), Bangkok can also be explored by boat. From this vantage point, you can gain close-up views of traditional Thai life. And of course, no visit to Bangkok would be complete without a visit to the colorful Damneon Saduak floating market, held daily. It is an experience not to be missed! Breakfast provided.

Day 16: Bangkok/USA. After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport to board your return flight to the USA, via Taipei. Breakfast provided. Passengers returning to JFK have an additional two nights included to accomodate China Airlines' flight schedule.


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The Friendly Planet staff was responsive to questions and concerns. Everything promised occurred as it was promised and there were some nice bonuses added by our local tour guides. We are flat out impressed at the quality of this trip given the very reasonable price. Our guide for Borneo was great. Our guide for Bangkok was thorough and took good care of us. Batang Ai was the real highlight of the whole trip. The hotel and the visit to the Iban longhouse village were great experiences. The hotel in Kuala Lumpur was the top of the trip. Our tour guide was excellent and added an additional half day tour to our itinerary (for a fee) as well as a Malaysian dinner and show (no additional charge).

Carolyn Kostelecky

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