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Burma - The Golden Land (Myanmar)

Trip Length

Trip Code

17 days PABG

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Burma

Start City

End City

Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)
Burma - The Golden Land (Myanmar)

The glories of this ancient land (now known as Myanmar) are revealed to travellers in this comprehensive landmark journey. Travelling by road, by air and on water, we discover why the country is often dubbed the Golden Land. We start in Rangoon, a city crowned by the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, then fly to Mandalay, before journeying on the Irrawaddy River down to the fabled 11th century capital, Pagan. The Inle Lake region exudes tranquillity and enables us to sample the hospitality of the Shan people. Kyaiktiyo is home to the fabled Golden Rock, whilst Bago was once the centre of an ancient Mon kingdom and contains one of the largest reclining Buddhas in the world. You end your journey by relaxing on a coastal resort on the Indian Ocean, enjoying the unspoilt and almost deserted beach with pure white sands and crystal-clear tropical waters.

Why we love it:

Burma - The Golden Land (Myanmar)


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Rangoon (Yangon)

Accommodation: Summit Park View or similar, Yangon

Activities:

Day 2: Rangoon (Yangon) - Mandalay

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Oway Hotel or similar

Activities:

Day 3: Mandalay

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Oway Hotel or similar

Activities:

Day 4: Mandalay

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Oway Hotel or similar

Activities:

Day 5: Pagan (Bagan)

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Sky Palace Hotel or similar, Bagan

Activities:

Day 6: Pagan (Bagan)

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Sky Palace Hotel or similar, Bagan

Activities:

Day 7: Pagan (Bagan)

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Sky Palace Hotel or similar, Bagan

Activities:

Day 8: Inle Lake

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Khuang Daing Resort or similar, Inle Lake

Activities:

Day 9: Inle Lake

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Khuang Daing Resort or similar, Inle Lake

Activities:

Day 10: Trekking - Inle Lake

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Khuang Daing Resort or similar, Inle Lake

Activities:

Day 11: Kyaiktiyo

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Mountain top Hotel or similar, Kyaikhtiyo

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Day 12: Pegu (Bago) - Rangoon (Yangon)

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Summit Park View or similar, Yangon

Activities:

Day 13: Bassein (Pathein) - Ngwesaung

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Sunny Paradise Resort or similar, Ngwesaung beach

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Day 14 - 15: Ngwesaung

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Sunny Paradise Resort or similar, Ngwesaung beach

Activities:

Day 16: Rangoon (Yangon)

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Summit Park View or similar, Yangon

Activities:

Day 17: Rangoon (Yangon)

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:


Your Trip

What's Included

Transport

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


What to know

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Burma
Visas for Burma should be obtained prior to departure (unless on a Burma sailing trip, in which case please see below information on Burma sailing trips). If your country of residence has a Burma consulate the process of obtaining a visa prior to departure is quite simple. For a select few nationalities you may be required to provide a letter of invitation from a local Burmese ground operator. In such cases please contact your booking agent who should be able to organise one of these letters on your behalf.

Visas on arrival to Burma are currently unavailable. You should obtain your visa prior to departure.

If you are a New Zealand client please note that you will need to send your visa application through to the Myanmar Embassy in Canberra Australia.

The above information has been put together as a guide. We do endeavor to update this information as much as possible but it’s also important that you check for yourself as visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

BURMA SAILING: If you are travelling on our Burma Sailing trip ex Thailand (GTYH), your visa will be issued as a group visa on arrival at the border crossing between Thailand/Myanmar.

Please bring:

2 photocopies of the front page of your passport

2 passport photos

Crisp USD for fees

The cost of a 30 day Tourist Visa is US$30 and all travellers must pay an additional US$20/day Mergui Archipelago park fee. Please allow approximately US$200 (which should cover any unforeseen increases).

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Burma

Lands of Charm and Cruelty - Stan Sesser

Golden Earth - Norman Lewis

Myanmar (Burma) - Lonely Planet

Nat-Pwe: Burma’s Supernatural Sub-Culture - Yves Rodrigue

Outrage: Burma's Struggle for Democracy - Bertil Lindner

Culture Shock! Burma - Saw Myat Yin

The Glass Palace - Amitav Ghosh

Freedom from Fear & Other Writings - Aung San Suu Kyi


Important Information

Fellow Travellers
On this trip you may link up with passengers on other Peregrine tours and you may also be accompanied by like-minded travellers from our sister company Intrepid.

Travelling During the Monsoon
Please note that the months between May and September constitute the monsoonal wet season. Most of our tour will be generally unaffected, but the range of activities available in the beach area down south (Ngwesaung) will be much more limited. During this time we will arrange visits to local villages where you can see how the villagers go about their daily lives.

Burma's Beach Areas
Burma's attraction lies in the fact that it is much less developed that other countries in South East Asia. Please note that this applies particular to the beach areas in the south. Do not expect the standards and level of infrastructure that you get in places like Thailand and Bali. Expect facilities to be much more basic in Burma, therein lies the charm!

Burma Flights
Although all attempts are made to secure air tickets for our groups, due to the way in which airlines in Burma manage their seat allocations, last-minute changes to internal flights are common and our groups may be re-booked on to an earlier or later flight times than originally scheduled. There may also be instances where the group has to be split over different flights throughout the day. In the event that this happens, group members could be unaccompanied on the flight, but will be assisted by additional tour escorts on departure and arrival at both ends. We appreciate your patience with this unavoidable situation.

Local Tour Leaders
By employing and training local guides to lead our group holidays, there is a two-fold benefit. Firstly, we provide employment opportunities for the local community. Just as importantly is the benefit to you, the traveller. Your tour leader’s friendship, humour, passion and intimate knowledge of the region will be key factors in making your holiday a success.

Mobile Phone and Internet Coverage
Until recently there was little or no mobile phone coverage or internet access coverage in Burma, but this is also now changing rapidly. Both are now widely available, most of the time and in most locations.

Hot-air Ballooning in Pagan
There is a company which operates hot air ballooning flights in Pagan. Such flights only take place around sunrise for about an hour and are entirely subject to suitable weather conditions, especially low wind conditions and good visibility. In the hotter times of the year, the number of passengers who can be carried within required safety parameters reduces considerably. Peregrine do not organise or book these balloon flights, and we recommend that you book well in advance to travelling, due to the popularity of this activity. The one company running these flights is called 'Balloons over Bagan': http://www.easternsafaris.com/balloonsoverbagan_home.html

As at January 2014 the cost of such flights was about US$320. Such flights are not part of any service offered by Peregrine and any participants will be required to sign indemnity releases provided by the ballooning company.

Breakfasts

The standard of hotel breakfasts provided in Burma often does not meet the expectations of many of our travellers. It is certainly not up to the high standards encountered elsewhere in Asia. The food provided in Burma is often basic and plain. Tourism is still in its infancy and much of the country's tourism industry is still learning how to cater for the needs of foreign tourists. We ask you for your patience and understanding with regard to this.

Burma is a Developing Country
Please note that Burma is a developing country whose infrastructure, values, customs and standards may differ from what you expect in your homeland. Expect poor road conditions and be prepared for some inconveniences such as restaurants and tourist sites being closed from time to time. Sometimes the transportation may be altered or the itinerary may be changed due to circumstances beyond our control. It is also presently experiencing an unprecedented rapid increase in tourism. Burma does not have the infrastructure to deal with this sudden influx and demand for hotels is outstripping supply, therefore resulting in overbooking and hotels not honouring established contracts. As a result some tour groups may be moved from original hotels to other hotels that can accommodate our groups. We will always endeavour to secure alternative hotels of similar standards, but this may sometimes result in our groups having to stay away from the centre of town.

This is an adventure trip and we hope to expose you to all aspects of the local culture. Please be open-minded.

Local Emergency Contact
In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, please call the Peregrine Burma (Myanmar) emergency contact number: +95 1 420254468.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

10 July 2014


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