Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar, is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia.
The country is bordered by the People's Republic of China on the northeast, Laos on the east, Thailand on the southeast, Bangladesh on the west, and India on the northwest, with the Bay of Bengal to the southwest. One-third of Burma's total perimeter, 1,930 kilometers (1,199 mi), forms an uninterrupted coastline.


Myanmar, formerly known as Burma and sometimes called 'The Golden Land' because of the excessive use of gold leaf on its temples and buildings, is a country with a rich diversity of culture and people. Its impressive heritage spans over 2,000 years and boasts some of Southeast Asia's most adorned temples and wats. It is situated along the eastern coast of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea and its northern borders stretch all the way up to the Eastern Himalayan mountain range.


Yangon formerly known as Rangoon, is the capital city.  It is a city of Buddhist temples and open-air market.  It has a population of over two million.  Mandalay is the old royal city of Myanmar.  It is rich in palaces, temples and pagodas and is the main center of Buddhism and Burmese arts. There are several excellent craft markets and there are thriving stone-carving workshops and gold-leaf industries. The city is named after the Mandalay Hill.


Climate & Weather

Myanmar has three seasons, the very hot summer from March to May, the wet and humid monsoon from May to October and the cold, dry winter from November to February. Average daily temperatures usually reach around 85°F (30°C) while the evenings are slightly cooler. During the winter season, average temperatures are around 75°F (25°C) with evenings dropping to 57°F (15°C).  Please visit http://www.wunderground.com for more details on weather.

Customs and Formalities

Two bottles of liquor, two cartons of cigarettes or 100 cigars and half liter of perfume are allowed per person. Jewelry, cameras, electronic equipment and other valuables should be declared at customs upon arrival. Purchases of locally bought goods may require receipts upon departure.


What to bring

Lightweight cottons and linens throughout most of the year are required.  Warmer clothes are advised for the cooler period and evenings.


Currency, Exchange and ATM

The official currency is the Kyat (MMK) pronounced 'Chat'. The best currency to travel on in Myanmar is the US Dollar.  Very few major hotels, airlines, shops and restaurants accept credit cards and ATM is generally not available. It is advisable to carry cash.


Heath Requirements

Visitors should drink only boiled or bottled water and avoid ice drinks.  Basic medical facilities are available in Yangon  and Mandalay,  Comprehensive medical insurance is advised.


Airport Tax

Departure tax is US$10.


Internet cafes are widely available in Mandalay and Yangon.


Burmese is the official language, yet English is widely spoken and understood.


Local Time and Working Hour

Local time is GMT +6.5.

Banking hours:  Monday to Friday 10:00am to 2:00pm

Shopping hours:  Monday to Sunday 8:00am to 8:00pm

Passport and Visa

All travelers entering Myanmar require a passport and a tourist visa, which is valid for 28 days. Travelers must hold confirmed return or onward tickets.  Australian nationals require a passport and a visa to enter Myanmar.


The local food is usually hot and spicy. Fish, rice, noodles and vegetables spiced with onions, ginger, garlic and chillies are the common local ingredients.  The specialties are spicy vegetarian rice salad and fish soup with noodles.  Tea and local made beer are popular.

Post and Telecommunications

The international dialing code for Burma (Myanmar) is +95.  Public telephone booths can be found on nearly every street corner as well as at railway stations and airports.


Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. European plugs with two circular metal pins as well as British style plugs with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade are used.


Traditional handicrafts and jewelries are the common items available in the market.  Shops are generally open Monday to Sunday from 8:00am to 8:00pm. 

Bargaining & Tipping

Tipping is greatly appreciated, but not necessary. Tipping 5% on a meal is acceptable.  Porters, drivers and tour guides expect a small tip. 


All of the above information is accurate at the time of publication.



Tour code: VI-2005 


Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo - Bago - Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Amarapura - Mandalay - Heho - Kaung Dine - Inle Lake - Pindaya - Heho - Yangon
Private tour, daily departure
English speaking guide
Meals B&B




DAY 01: YANGON  (-/-/-)
Arrive in the land of the golden pagodas and golden dreams. TheShwedagon Pagoda will be on top of your sightseeing list in the city of Yangon.


Make your own pilgrimage up to the mystical Golden Rock and perch precariously high on the edge of the hill.

Travelling back to Yangon and crossing the Sittaung Bridge you will reach Bago. Withness the world's highest "Shoemadoo" (Shwemadaw Pagoda) and the massive Shwetalayaung Buddha.


DAY 04: YANGON - BAGAN (B/-/-)
Flights to Bagan are always early but you will be rewarded. Enjoy the whole day at the most extensive achaeological site in Asia to visit some of the 2,000 temples.


You will learn a lot about the daily life of monks and nuns from Mahagahdayone Monastery, widely known to be the most disciplined monastery in the country. On the U Bein Bridge in Amarapura you will find peace and time to reflect the ideas of Buddhist religion.


Air Mandalay will take you to Shan State. In a long-tailed Sampa on the Inle Lake, rimmed by blue mountains, you will see that life here still follows ancient, traditional patterns. Floating gardens, one leg-rowers, villages on stilts and, all around, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, wonderful monasteries, and the reflection of the clouds.


A visit of the Pindaya caves, hosting more than 8,000 Buddhas. In the evening you will be back to the bustling city of Yangon.


A visit to the outstanding National Museum with its ornate treasures.


Valid from 01-Apr-2014 to 30-Sep-2015

All prices are per person





Standard (2 star)




Superior (3 star)




First (4 star)





Price includes:
Bed & breakfast in double sharing room, local guide throughout the tour, domestic flights by Air Mandalay or Yangon Airways, air-con car/van throughout the tour, upon truck for base camp - hermit hill - base camp, entrance fees as indicated in our itinerary, boat on Inle Lake, porter fees at the airports, jetties and for Kyaikhtiyo.

Price excludes:
International flight to/from Yangon, visa fees, international airport tax, early check-in and late check-out, porter fees at the hotels, tips, beverages, bank handling fees, Balloon over Bagan ride, etc.

Hotels used for Superior class

City Hotel & room type Website
Yangoon Thamada / Superior Not available
Kyaikhtiyo Golden Rock Hotel / Standard room


Inle Lake Paradise Inle Resort / Superior


Mandalay Mandalay City Hotel/ Superior


Bagan Thazin Garden Hotel/ Superior


Hotels used for First class
City Hotel & room type Website
Yangoon Inya Lake Hotel /Superior


Kyaikhtiyo Golden Rock Hotel / Deluxe room


Inle Lake Inle Resort/ Duplex


Mandalay Mandalay Swan Hotel/ Junior Suite


Bagan Bagan Thande Hotel/ Deluxe


Hotels used for Deluxe class
City Hotel & room type Website
Yangoon Traders Hotel / Deluxe


Kyaikhtiyo Golden Rock Hotel / Deluxe room


Inle Lake Inle Resort/ Deluxe Villa


Mandalay Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel/ Deluxe


Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sakura Hotel/ Deluxe River View


A:Available - This tour is available for booking.
R:On Request - This tour is on request only
All prices are per person.
If you are interested, please contact your local agent to make the booking or alternatively email us at reservations@toursite.com.au