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Myanmar

Asia

Starting at $2731pp

  • Purposeful Itinerary

Myanmar is a county of amazing contrasts and delights to explore. With 2000 pagodas, temples and monasteries it is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia. But there is more to this enchanting destination; rural village life, interesting markets, artisan workshops, and floating gardens provide the backdrop for immersing yourself in the enchanting culture and people.

Each of our itineraries has unique offerings allowing for cultural engagement and community give-back. Here are some of the things that will make your trip to Myanmar special.

Age Related Activities

Children Under 12

- Htwe Oo Myanmar Traditional Puppet home

- Visit an Elephant Camp, an excellent example of eco-tourism in Myanmar, Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp is an ecological project to take care of retired elephants that used to work in the timber business.

Teen Itineraries

- Inle Lake Kayaking Experience. Paddle south through tranquil stilt villages and floating tomato gardens, all against a backdrop of the beautiful Shan Mountain

Adult Itineraries

- Dinner at the Le Planteur, Pre-dinner lecture on “The Political Climate Change in Myanmar” by Dr. Khin Zaw Win (politically active since the foundation of NLD in 1988). Khin Zaw Win is currently the Director of the Tampadipa Institute, working on policy advocacy and capacity building since 2006

Key Itinerary Content

Travelers will complete a trip planning questionnaire that will allow Global CommUnity to fully customize their trip according to their family interests.

7 Day Trip Highlights

  • Visit the historic Shwedagon Pagoda which towers almost 98 meters (326ft) above the green cityscape of Yangon
  • Walk the hustle and bustle of Yangon’s China town
  • Visit Htwe Oo Myanmar traditional puppet theatre and see how their puppets are handmade, then experience a puppet show
  • Learn how Shan paper and umbrellas are made
  • Soar on a hot air balloon ride over Myanmar
  • Bike ride through the back roads and witness some of Myanmar’s greatest architectural wonders while connecting with locals along the path
  • Learn to prepare, cook and eat a classic Shan meal
  • A ride on the slow-moving Yangon Circular Railway, a fantastic opportunity to observe commuter life in Myanmar’s largest city
  • Explore Bogyoke Aung San Market
  • Explore Gubyaukgyi with its excellent stucco carvings, the impressive Htilominlo Pahto and Ananda Pahto

3 Day Extension Highlights

Rest and Relax in Nagapali

Settle in to Ngapali, Myanmar’s premier beach resort with a pristine, palm-fringed, white sand beach and crystal-clear waters. It’s the perfect place to unwind after time spent exploring the cultural heartland of the country. Set in Rakhaing state and facing the Bay of Bengal, Ngapali retains its fishing-village roots – a benefit you’ll quickly realize as you indulge in fresh and delicious local seafood. You may explore the rural fishing village where locals bring in the catch of the day or take a snorkeling trip to nearby Pearl Island.

CommUnity Impact Opportunities

Shop at Hla Day

Purchase beautiful souvenirs and contribute to a good cause at the same time. Hla Day, a not for profit shop that was established to help independent local artisans build strong and profitable craft businesses.

Sanon Training Restaurant

The Sanon Training Restaurant is operated by the MYDI (Myanmar Youth Development Institute). MYDI conducts Sanon as a non-profit social enterprise organization in Bagan. Their goal is to empower a generation of young people to become Myanmar’s industry leaders in hospitality and tourism.

Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp

Spend the morning touring this stellar example of eco-tourism in Myanmar, an ecological project designed to care for retired elephants that used to work in the timber business. Help the camp staff bathe and feed the elephants and connect with these gentle giants.

Preparing for Myanmar

To enter Myanmar, you must have a valid passport with at least six months remaining validity and a valid visa. You should apply for your visa at a Myanmar embassy or consulate abroad before you arrive in Myanmar.

Myanmar has a monsoon climate with three main seasons. The hottest period is between February and May, when there is little or no rain and temperatures can rise above 40°C (104°F). The rainy season is generally from May to October, giving way to dry, cooler weather from October to February.

Myanmar is a suitable destination for the whole family.

Myanmar's festivals, such as Thingyan in mid-April with its throwing of water, and Taunggyi's fire-balloon festival in October or November, can be a lot of fun. Ask us about other festival you should not miss!

 

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