Get your cameras ready as we head to Bagan, the ancient and the most beautiful city of Myanmar which is home to 4446 Pagodas dating back to more than 1500 years. Spend some time on the banks of Ayarwaddy river and Inle Lake where everything is sold on boats!
Your driving skills will be put to test as you drive through the hilly terrains and dusty roads not to forget the 100 Iron bridges that you will be driving through all within a distance of 100 km! Drive to the brand new capital city of NayPyiDaw which is not even 50% occupied but still boasts of swanky hotels and convention centres. The Mandalay Yangon 16 lane express way will give you that rare chance in Myanmar to hit the gas and soak in the country side as we drive from Mandalay to NayPyiDaw on our way towards Yangon, famously known as Rangoon. No matter where you have been, no matter where you are planning to go, there is no place as magical, as mysterious, as welcoming as Myanmar.
Dates: 19th Sep 2015 – 01st Oct 2015
Duration: 12 nights/ 13 days
Route: Imphal – Kaley – Mandalay – Inle Lake – Yangon – Bagan
Cost = Rs. 2,00,000 (per person)
The Itinerary for Myanmar Road Trip 2015.
We get together in Imphal where all participants get to know each other. We will discuss the plan for the days ahead over a Gala Dinner and spend the night in the beautiful city of Imphal. Overnight at Imphal.
Distance: 250 kms
The journey begins. We start early in the morning towards the India-Myanmar border. It will take us a few hours to reach the Moreh border where our team from Myanmar will be waiting to help us clear the border formalities. Once we cross the border and enter Myanmar, you will straightway be given a taste of Myanmar. Literally! Have lunch in a local Burmese restaurant before heading towards Kaley, our first stop in Myanmar. It has been a long day. We will check in the hotel, have dinner and relax. Overnight in Kaley.
Kaley – Mandalay
Distance: 370 kms
After an early breakfast, we start driving from Kaley towards Mandalay. Negotiate the dusty roads, river crossings, hilly terrain and just when you feel that you have had a fair share of adventure the Burmese way, we will stop for a tea break in the small town of Gangaw. After a well deserved break, we will continue towards Pale’, have our lunch which is served in a unique Burmese style and continue driving towards Mandalay. Check in at the hotel. Overnight in Mandalay.
The second largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar, Mandalay is also the religious hub of the country. Half of Myanmar’s monks reside in and around Mandalay. For Indians, Mandalay is also a special place as Shri Bal Gangadhar Tilak was imprisoned to solitary confinement in Mandalay Jail from 1907 to 1913. There is lot to do and see in Mandalay. Souvenir shops, silk weaving units, the incredibly beautiful Golden Palace and Golden Monastery, the Worlds Largest Book and so much more.
Try the local food on the streets, look around the city and after spending the entire day wearing your tourist hats, head back to your hotel in the evening. Enjoy a lovely Thai dinner in the hotel and later, feast your eyes at the beautiful night scene of the Irrawaddy River. Overnight at Mandalay.
Mandalay – Inle Lake
Distance: 270 kms
We’ve had enough rest and we have enough sightseeing, well, for a while atleast! Tme to wake up, get ready, eat an early breakfast and hit the road! We are going to drive to the small, serene world of Inle Lake. You could mistake it for the Venice of Myanmar! The drive to Inle will be mild and smooth. We will reach Inle by evening and have dinner in our hotel. Try a local Burmese beer, you will be surprised how good it is! Overnight in Inle.
Time to dawn those tourists hats again! Today you are going to experience Inle Lake, a place that is unique, that has no match anywhere else in the whole world. This fresh water lake is a world on its own. Shops, restaurants, food and craft markets, tobacco units, silk weaving, Pagodas and of course the fishermen who have their own signature style of fishing where they use their feet to control the fishing nets! You are going to see it all today. We will lunch at a gorgeous floating restaurant when we are able to find some time out from looking around! Back to the hotel in the evening. Overnight at Inle.
Inle – Yangon
Distance: 700 kms
Get ready to hit the gas as we drive on the 16 lane Yangon Mandalay expressway to Nay Pyi Daw, the new capital city of Myanmar. A new city where you will find everything from 5 star hotels, concert halls, restaurants, swanky buildings. The only thing you will not find is people! The city is only 50% occupied! After lunch, we will continue driving towards Yangon or as we still love to call it, Rangoon! Overnight in Yangon.
After breakfast, the first stop has to be the Great Shwe Dagon Pagoda. Spend a few hours in awe at the sight of this magnificient Pagoda and then head to the White Elephant Zoo. Tired? Hungry? Let’s go for lunch to a famous Indian Restaurant. After lunch, we will visit the Bogyoke Market and shopping. By evening, we will get back to the hotel and relax for a while before we enjoy a lovely dinner and cultural show. Overnight at Yangon.
Yangon – Bagan
Distance: 620 kms
Let’s start heading back. We will start our journey towards Bagan right after an early breakfast. Stop at Pyay for lunch and then we will take a short break at Magway. We will reach Bagan by evening, check in at the hotel and relax. Overnight at Bagan.
You have no clue what you are going to witness today. Bagan, the jewel of Myanmar, a small town home to 4446 Pagodas. No matter where you look, all you will see is ancient, magnificient temples all around you. It is like a sea of temples, pagodas and you just have to be there to feel the calm, the peace, the vibrations of this holy land. Lunch will be in a beautiful setting at a river view restaurant. Later in the evening, relax and watch a puppet show before dinner and retire for the night.
Bagan – Kaley
Distance: 375 kms
Journey back home begins. After breakfast, we will start driving back towards Kaley stopping for lunch on the way at a local restaurant. Reach Kaley and check in at the hotel and relax. Overnight at Kaley.
Kale – Imphal
Distance: 250 kms
Motherland is calling! We begin our drive back to India, reach the border, complete the formalities and drive back to Imphal. Let’s all get together on this last evening, reflect on the last 10 days, exchange numbers, look at the pictures and have a great evening together. Overnight in Imphal.
We shook hands on day one but today, we will all be hugging each other goodbyes. Depart with memories for life and a promise to meet soon for the next unique expedition!
- Route Planning and Research.
- Back up team with a crew vehicle
- Special overland permission to drive Indian Registered Vehicle in Myanmar.
- Security deposit for temporary import of the vehicle in Myanmar
- Royalty Fee to Ministry of Tourism
- Liaison Officer from Ministry of Tourism
- Government Tax and Service Charge
- Guests Assistance through immigration and custom clearance at Tamu-Moreh border both on arrival and departure
- Temporary driving licence
- Third party insurance
- Local guidance and support from experts.
- Road books, maps and wireless radio sets for every vehicle.
- Accommodations (twin shared )
- Meals (breakfast / lunch / dinner & tea breaks )
- Entrance & Toll fees in Myanmar
- Adventures Overland merchandise.
- Currently applicable taxes and service charge.
- Your own international or domestic passenger flights.
- Meals and drinks not mentioned.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Vehicle, Fuel or any fuel additives.
- Insurance, tips, personal phone calls.
- Insurance and documentation costs such as travel insurance, visa applications etc.
- Vehicle servicing, repairs, toll taxes in India, traffic lines.
- Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill-health, vehicle breakdown or repairs, damage accruing from land blocks, bad weather etc.
- Additional accommodation charges due to unforeseen delays in the journey.
- Any charges for carrying video camera or still camera.
- Any hotel, subsistence or other costs incurred prior to the official start date of an expedition and after the official end date of the expedition.