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ABANG - The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

Journey into the Land of the Golden Pagodas on a 12-day adventure in Myanmar (Burma). Cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River to the ancient city of Bagan, home to over 2,200 temples and pagodas. Drift to the floating villages on serene Inle Lake. Visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery to meet a Buddhist monk, and climb Mandalay Hill for lovely views of the surrounding countryside. With its warm people and mystical culture, find enchantment in Myanmar.


National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Kyan Sithar Umin Monastery Visit, Bagan National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Burmese Cooking Demonstration, Inle Lake National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Yangon Talk and Dinner, Yangon G Adventures for Good: LinkAge Restaurant, Yangon
Arrival transfer
Tour of Mandalay
Boat trip and tour of Mingun village
Visit Sagaing and the ancient city of Amarapura
Irrawaddy River boat trip
Guided tour of Bagan archaeological zone
Toddy palm farm visit
Taungkalat Monastery and Mount Popa area visit
Visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery
Tour Nyaung Shwe by trishaw
Boat tour of Inle Lake including floating villages and markets
Visit a cheroot factory
Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the Nge Phe Chaung Monastery
Tour Shwedagon Pagoda
Internal flights
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $3,255
Start Location
Yangon, Myanmar
End Location
Yangon, Myanmar
Age Range
Min :12
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Discovery, Small Group
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
15 Oct 201826 Oct 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,255 
05 Nov 201816 Nov 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,255 
19 Nov 201830 Nov 201814AUD $3,255
17 Dec 201828 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,255 
24 Dec 201804 Jan 20199AUD $3,442
31 Dec 201811 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,255 
07 Jan 201918 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,255 
18 Jan 201929 Jan 201916AUD $3,829
11 Feb 201922 Feb 201912AUD $3,829
17 Feb 201928 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,255 
11 Mar 201922 Mar 201916AUD $3,829
15 Apr 201926 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,255 
14 Oct 201925 Oct 201916AUD $3,599
04 Nov 201915 Nov 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,255 
18 Nov 201929 Nov 201916AUD $3,829
16 Dec 201927 Dec 201916AUD $4,049
23 Dec 201903 Jan 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,255 
Day 1 - Yangon
Arrive any time today. An arrival transfer is included.
Day 2 - Yangon/Mandalay
Fly to Mandalay and explore this ancient city, including the Golden Palace Monastery, Kuyuk Taw Gyi Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, and Mahamuni Temple. Climb Mandalay Hill for magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
Day 3 - Mandalay
Take a boat to the village of Mingun to visit the pagodas and local craftspeople. Visit the spiritual centre of Myanmar at Sagaing and the ancient royal capital of Amarapura.
Day 4 - Mandalay
Continue exploring Mandalay and take some free time on your own.
Day 5 - Mandalay/Bagan
Relax and watch the sights on a full-day cruise down the Irrawaddy River to ancient Bagan.
Day 6 - Bagan
Explore the ancient sites of Bagan including Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-in) cave temple, and Manuha and Nan Paya temples. Also visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery where we have a talk with a monk on Buddhism and daily life.
Day 7 - Bagan
Travel to the outskirts of town to a village in the middle of a toddy palm farm. Watch as the locals scale the trees and harvest the juice of the palm fruit and then process it into alcohol or molasses.
Day 8 - Bagan/Inle Lake
Travel by plane, bus, and boat to serene Inle Lake. En route, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, Nyaung Shwe by cycle rickshaw, and observe floating villages and gardens.
Day 9 - Inle Lake
Explore the lake by boat and visit the morning market, floating villages, and a cheroot factory, as well as the Phaung Daw Oo pagoda and Inthien temple complex. Along the way, visit the home of a local chef and learn the basics of Burmese cooking. Sit back and relax in this charming setting on Inle Lake and enjoy a scrumptious home-cooked meal.
Day 10 - Inle Lake/Kalaw
Travel by boat and bus to the cooler air of this former British hill station. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon.
Day 11 - Kalaw/Yangon
Fly back to Yangon and visit the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, then take some free time to explore and shop in the old capital. Tonight, enjoy a lecture and farewell dinner at a G Adventures for Good-supported project LinkAge Restaurant. This social enterprise trains local youth for careers in the hospitality industry.
Day 12 - Yangon
Depart any time today.