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Burma Unveiled (Myanmar)

Trip Length

Trip Code

12 days PABU

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Burma

Start City

End City

Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)
Burma Unveiled (Myanmar)

The glories of this ancient land (now known as Myanmar) are once again revealed to travellers in this 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, one of many groups that contribute to the ethnic diversity of this colourful country.

Why we love it:

Burma Unveiled (Myanmar)


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Rangoon (Yangon)

Accommodation: Summit Parkview Hotel or similar

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: Rangoon (Yangon)

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Summit Parkview Hotel or similar

Activities:

Day 12: Rangoon

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:


Your Trip

What's Included

Transport

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

Please note that visa requirements can and do change. It is essential that you confirm requirements with the nearest relevant embassy or check with your travel agent before you travel. At the time of writing, a visa is required by most travellers visiting Burma (Myanmar) including Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, Germans, Irish, British and Canadians. All other nationalities should check the Burma Embassy or Consulate in their country for up-to- date visa information/>

Effective as of 01 September 2014, some nationalities including Australians, Canadians, Germans, Dutch, New Zealanders, British and Americas can obtain a tourist visa using a new eVisa system. For information on obtaining an eVisa visit website www.myanmarevisa.gov.mm.

*Important to note when applying for an eVisa: - Passport validity must have at least (6) months validity from date of return. - You will need to present one colour photo (4cm X 6cm) which has been taken within the last 3 months and a copy of your return ticket. - Length of stay is 28 days from the date of arrival in Myanmar. - The eVisa fee is US$50 per person, payable by credit card (note: visa fee is non-refundable should the eVisa be denied) - The processing time is approximately 5 working days for granting an eVisa however we recommend allowing longer in the event of delays. - The validity of an eVisa letter is 3 months from the date of issue. You will be denied entry if you attempt to enter on an expired eVisa. - eVisas are applicable for single entry into Burma only and you will not be permitted to re-enter on an eVisa that you have previously entered on (multiple entries not possible) - eVisas are only obtainable if you are arriving into Yangon International Airport. If arriving into another Burma entry point you will need to pre-obtain your visa before departure via a Burmese Embassy. - Despite having been issued an eVisa Immigration personnel will check the Interpol black list and Myanmar black list and you may be denied entry.

This information was correct as of 21 August 2014 – please check the above website for further information as this new system is further developed.

Nationalities who are unable to obtain an eVisa should contact the Burma embassy in their country of residency.

Note - you may be requested to provide a letter of invitation from a local Burmese ground operator. In such cases please contact Peregrine/Gecko’s to attain this letter and we will forward to you.

Visas on arrival in Burma are currently unavailable - you should obtain your visa prior to departure.

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 on this sailing trip 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.

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 of January 2014 the cost of these flights were 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 balloonung 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

20 June 2014


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