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Myanmar Wanderer Kunming - Yangon

22 DAYS THROUGH China, Myanmar
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
$3,095 (USD) + 670 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
22 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Private bus, Boat, Canoe, Flight
CREW:
1 Dragoman crew, 1 local crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
0%
100%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZKY
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Visit the Yunnan University Wu Mayao Museum of Anthropology in Kunming

  Optional experience the ancient art of cormorant fishing on Lake Erhai

  Explore the many activities of Dali

  Trek out to remote hill tribe villages around Hsipaw in Burma's Shan State

  Relax in colonial atmosphere of Pyin U Lwin

  Head out on a day trip to some of the many sights of charming Mandalay

  Watch traditional Burmese music and dance at Mandalay's Mitha Theatre

  Visit incredible Hpo Win Daung cave temples

  Take a boat trip down the mighty Ayeyarwady River to arrive in Bagan

  Day tour and time to cycle around the historical sites of ancient Bagan

  Trek through the hills surrounding Kalaw

  3 nights to explore Inle Lake & visit the famous floating markets by long-tail boat

  Drive around the bizarre and half-empty Myanmar capital of Naypyidaw

  Tour of Yangon, including the Kandawgyi Lake and the Shwedagon Paya temple

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Itinerary

Please note that for some, or all of this trip you will be travelling on private transport with local leaders and not on a Dragoman Truck with Dragoman Crew.
Day 1 - Kunming ( 22nd Nov 2018 )

Border information: if joining in Kunming, you will most likely enter China at Kunming Changshui International Airport (IATA code: KMG).

Today will be a free day to explore the city of Kunming until the evening. There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kunming before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kunming.

In Kunming we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Overnight stay in Yunnan's laid back capital, Kunming

CNY 6
Visit the Yunnan University Wu Mayao Museum of Anthropology in Kunming, and learn all about the history of the province
Free
Learn all about the area's minorities at the Yunnan Provincial Museum, and visit the nearby markets
Free
Day 2-3 - Dali ( 23rd Nov 2018 to 24th Nov 2018 )

This morning we start out journey with a drive to the beautiful lakeside town of Dali. We will have a free afternoon to explore on arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours in a locally charted bus. (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the following day we will have a free day in Dali to enjoy the many optional activities available in the area, including taking a boat ride out on Lake Er Hai or taking the cable car up Cangtang Mountain.

In Dali we will stay in an excellent hostel in private or shared rooms.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Time for sightseeing in the lakeside town of Dali, home to the minority Bai people

CNY 40
Experience the incredible ancient art of cormorant fishing with the fishermen of Xizhou on Lake Erhai
CNY 100

Learn how to make dumplings and traditional Yunnanese cuisine at one of Dali's fantastic cooking classes

CNY 150

Discover the ornate 9th-century Three Pagodas of Chongsheng, some of the tallest pagodas in China's history and the symbol of Dali

CNY 120

Head out by bicycle to explore the region in depth and visit various Bai villages and Qing Dynasty bridges en route

CNY 50
Day 4 - Kunming ( 25th Nov 2018 )

Today we wil travel back to Kunming in the afternoon where we will prepare to leave for Myanmar the next day. 

Estimated Drive Time - 4 -5 hours ( in a locally chartered bus )

In Kunming we will stay in a comfortable hotel. 

Day 5-6 - Hsipaw ( 26th Nov 2018 to 27th Nov 2018 )

Border information: Exit China at Kunming, enter Myanmar at Mandalay.

Today we will take a short flight from Kunming to Mandalay in Myanmar. Once we arrive we will make our way to the laid-back Shan village of Hsipaw in private chartered transport.

Estimated Drive Time - 5 - 6 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day for exploration of the area, and will hopefully have the opportunity to take a boat trip on the lake or head out on a day trek to the hill-tribes of the area.

In Hsipaw we will stay in a hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities
Trek out to remote hill tribe villages around Hsipaw in Burma's Shan State
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a boat trip from Hsipaw to explore the nearby Shan villages

MMK 10000
Day 7 - Pyin U Lwin ( 28th Nov 2018 )

Today we will continue to the scenic hill town of Pyin U Lwin in the Shan highlands above Mandalay, where we will have a chance to explore the town and the beautiful botanical gardens.

In Pyin U Lwin we will stay in a good hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a train along the famous railway between Hsipaw and Pyin U Lwin, a remarkable piece of engineering that brought trade and control to the region during the colonial era
USD 2

Freely explore the old hill station town and the botanical gardens at Pyin U Lwin

MMK 5000
Day 8-10 - Mandalay ( 29th Nov 2018 to 1st Dec 2018 )

Today we will have a free morning to further explore Pyin U Lwin, before our short drive to the enchanting and evocative former royal capital of Mandalay.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).

On our first full day here we will have a guided tour that includes a morning visit to Mandalay Hill, the world's largest book, the Golden Palace and the Mahamuni Pagoda, before finishing the day at the beautiful U Bin bridge in time for sunset.

On the following day we will have a second full day in Mandalay to freely explore the incredible city.

In Mandalay we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Head out on a day trip to some of the main sights of Mandalay, including Mandalay Hill, the Kuthodaw and Mahamuni Pagodas, the Shwenandaw Kyaung Golden Monastery and U Bein bridge

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out for an colourful evening performance of traditional Burmese music and dance at Mandalay's Mitha Theatre
MMK 8000

Take a boat trip to see the colossal uncompleted stupa at the Mingun archaeological site near Mandalay

MMK 5000

See the famous anti-government comedy show from the Moustache Brothers

MMK 8000
Day 11 - Monywa ( 2nd Dec 2018 )

This morning we will continue our journey to the town of Monywa, stopping en route to visit the Thanboddhay Pagoda and the Hpo Win Daung cave temples. 

In Monywa we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the incredible Hpo Win Daung cave temples and explore their Buddha staues and painted murals

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the stunning 14th-century Thanboddhya Pagoda and see its colossal golden stupa and incredible 580,000 Buddha statues
MMK 3000
See the Laykyun Sekkya Buddha statue near Monywa, which at 116m is the second tallest statue in the world (if time allows)
Free
Day 12 - Bagan, Ayeyarwady River, Pakkoku ( 3rd Dec 2018 )

Today we make our way to the ancient town of Pakhan Gyi and the attractive town of Pakokku, where we board a boat to take us on a journey down the Ayeyarwady River to Bagan.

In Bagan we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours( in a locally chartered bus ).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take a boat trip down the mighty Ayeyarwady River to arrive in Bagan

Included in Kitty

Take a day tour around the multitude of historical sites in and around the ancient capital of Bagan

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

See the sunrise over Bagan from an unforgettable morning balloon flight (weather-dependent)

USD 330
Day 13-14 - Bagan ( 4th Dec 2018 to 5th Dec 2018 )

Bagan is situated on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River and is home to the largest cluster of pagodas, Buddhist temples, stupas and ruins in the world - a place that has to be seen to be believed.

We will have 2 full days in Bagan, in which time we have a guided tour of the temple complexes and visit the 10th-Century old town of Bagan, including a visit to a local handicraft workshop. There will also be plenty of time for free exploration of the area.

Day 15 - Kalaw ( 6th Dec 2018 )

Today we will drive to the hill station town of Kalaw, where we will hopefully catch the lively market and explore the town.

In Kalaw we will stay in a good hotel in the town.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the fascinating Pindaya Caves near Kalaw and marvel at the array of statues within
MMK 10000

Head out for a day of hiking in the stunning hills surrounding Kalaw

MMK 5
Day 16-18 - Inle Lake ( 7th Dec 2018 to 9th Dec 2018 )

Today we have the opportunity for a day walk in the hills surrounding Kalaw, before returning in the afternoon for the short drive to the beautiful Inle Lake, a real highlight of a visit to Myanmar. The area is full of amazing floating gardens and can be explored by bike or on a long-tail boat.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).

On the following day we will have a full day tour around Inle Lake by long-tail boat to the floating farms and markets.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the area by bike, hike in the surrounding hills, or visit the local wineries and hot springs.

In Inle Lake we will stay in a local guesthouse.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the famous floating markets of Inle Lake by long-tail boat

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Learn how to prepare a variety of local Shan specialities at a cooking class near Inle Lake
MMK 15000

Freely explore the area by foot and head out on a day hike in the beautiful hills around Inle Lake

MMK 10000

Hire a bike to explore the wineries and hot springs near Inle Lake

MMK 4000
Day 19 - Naypyidaw ( 10th Dec 2018 )

Today we will drive to the unique, bizarre and half-empty Myanmar capital of Naypyidaw, a city constructed in secret during the early 2000s. Here we will have the opportunity to explore the city in the truck.

In Naypyidaw we aim to stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).

Day 20 - Yangon ( 11th Dec 2018 )

Today we will complete our drive to Yangon, where we will have a free afternoon to explore or visit the Scott market.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).

In Yangon we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Enjoy a tour of Yangon, including the Kandawgyi Lake and the famous Shwedagon Paya temple

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore Yangon's famous Bogyoke (Scott's) Market

Free
Day 21 - Yangon ( 12th Dec 2018 )

Today we will have a guided tour of old Yangon, the Kandawgyi Lake, the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda and the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. You are then free to explore the city on your own.

Day 22 - Yangon ( 13th Dec 2018 )

Border information: if leaving in Yangon, you will most likely exit Myanmar at Yangon International Airport (IATA code: RGN).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Yangon. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

If are continuing to Bangkok, today you will move on to the town of Kyaikhto.

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Trip Notes
Departing: 22 Nov 2018
Returning: 13 Dec 2018
Duration: 22 days
Route: Kunming - Yangon
$3,095 USD + $670 Kitty (USD)
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WHAT OUR PASSENGERS SAY

The crew are nice - I like Helen and Duncan!
Stefan W
Miu in Myanmar was great. He told us a lot about Myanmar, he was well informed, sweet, helpful and very friendly.
Stefan W
Both leaders were very enthusiastic and keen to ensure everyone was always ok. We felt that they worked very hard to deliver a good experience.
Nicholas G
The leaders were both excellent and went out of there way to make the whole holiday run smoothly.
Keith D
The whole team were friendly and helpful
Keith D
The crew were a good partnership showing friendliness and alert at all times.
Maheshkumar P
I think Duncan and Helen were great together. Even when they didn't have to they invited the group out where ever they were headed to on free days and free nights. Both really friendly went out of their way for everyone.
Lisa N
Duncan and Helen are a good team. Helen I believe is a group leader as well as a driver, she has a strong personality.
Christina B
A very professional and helpful crew
Anthony W
Jason was invaluable in China: quiet and friendly and yet negotiated our trip with aplomb with the Chinese authorities.
Maheshkumar P
Our local guide in Myanmar was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his work and showing our group around Myanmar. If you had any questions he was very happy to help. Myself and 2 others got up early to go hot air ballooning over Bagan and he got up at 5am to make sure everything went smoothly. I didn't spend as much time with the local guide in China but he seemed very knowledgable and was great at ordering during group meals in China.
Lisa N
Our Myanmar guide Mr Win was a good guide - very approachable and knowledgeable and a funny man!
Anthony W
I particularly liked Mew, the Burmese guide as he really went to every effort to ensure we were having a good time.
Jessica G
Crew worked hard to make the trip the best.
Gwen D