Explore Burma off the beaten track, and fall in love with the country and its people. Some parts of the country, you can easily explore on your own while more remote areas are better done on a tour.
Here are our top three travel routes to explore Burma, combining tours beyond the beaten track, and own time to explore the classic highlights.
(Find an interactive map in the bottom of the page, where you can find the 3 travel routes)
(1) Trek in the Umphang Jungle and enter Burma through the backdoor
From metropolis Bangkok over Umphang’s jungle life, before you enter Burma through the Backdoor. Go where only a few have been before you. Have time to explore the classic Burma before your flight takes you from Mandalay to Chiang Mai, and your onwards journey through South East Asia.
ROUTE: Bangkok to Chiang Mai (North Thailand) via Umphang Jungle and Burma’s backland
TRAVEL TIME: 26-30 Days
WHO? Explorative travellers, who are keen on remoteness, adventure and great experiences. Not recommend for little travellers.
WHEN? Year round but the best time to go is November to March when the weather is mostly dry and the temperature not too high.
WHAT ELSE? Remember to get your visa in advance. This can be obtained at the embassy in Bangkok, and normally takes 1 working day.
Day 4-9: Umphang Jungle Trekking from Bangkok to Mae Sot
Day 9-15: Burma Backdoor Explorer from Mae Sot to Yangon
Day 15-25: **Own time** to travel in Burma from Yangon to Mandalay – to explore the classic highlights of Inle Lake and Bagan, or to go remote in the Shan State
Day 25: Flight from Mandalay to Chiang Mai – See flight times
Day 25-28: Urban Arrival in Chiang Mai
(2) Fly into Yangon and explore the remote Shan State
Touch down in urban Bangkok before you start your Burma journey in Yangon – a charming city embracing its colonial past and fast-paced future. Head North into the beautiful and remote Shan State for local life and mountain trekking, before you end in Mandalay and have time for self-explorations. Fly from Mandalay to Chiang Mai and continue your Asian trails.
ROUTE: Bangkok to Chiang Mai (North Thailand) with flights & explorations in the Shan State
TRAVEL TIME: 22-26 Days
WHO? Curious travellers, who are keen on exploring the fine remote Shan State, yet make the most of their time in Burma. Flights to connect for convenience.
WHEN? Year round but the best time to go is November to March when the weather is mostly dry and the temperature not too high. The Shan State is also good in the traditional wet season (European Summer), where the mountains are green and the views fantastic.
WHAT ELSE? When you fly into Burma, you can get a visa on arrival if you fill in an electronic form in advance. Be careful to use THIS visa page only, as many scams are out there.
Insider tip: Fly Emirates & Qatar Airways into Yangon and take Bangkok later on your journey.
Day 4: Flight from Bangkok to Yangon – See flight times
Day 5-14: Shan State Adventure from Yangon to Mandalay
Day 14-21: **Own time** to travel in Burma – how about exploring the classic highlights of Inle Lake and Bagan?
Day 21: Flight from Mandalay to Chiang Mai – See flight times
Day 21-24: Urban Arrival in Chiang Mai
(3) Enter Burma in the far North and trek the tribes-country of Kengtung
After a soft landing in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, enter Burma through the northernmost point, and reach far-flung Kengtung, luring with beautiful hill tribe trekking and colonial charm. End in Inle Lake and have time to explore the country before you end in Yangon and fly back to Bangkok.
ROUTE: Bangkok to Bangkok via Chiang Mai, cross into Burma via the Eastern Shan State.
TRAVEL TIME: 20-24 Days
WHO? Adventurous travellers, who are keen on exploring a remote corner of the Shan State, a colonial centre for minorities and tribes.
WHEN? Year round but the best time to go is November to March when the weather is mostly dry and the temperature not too high. The Shan State is also good in the traditional wet season where the mountains are green and the views fantastic.
Day 4: Night train to Chiang Mai – Contact us for train times & booking
Day 5-8: Urban Arrival in Chiang Mai
Day 8-14: Kengtung Trekking & Inle Lake from Chiang Mai to Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake)
Day 14-22: **Own time** to travel in Burma – to explore the classic highlights of Bagan and head southwards to colonial and charming Yangon.
Day 22: Flight Yangon to Bangkok – See flight times
Use the interactive map below to see the 3 travel routes:
PLEASE NOTE – currently all 3 travel routes and points of interest are visible in the map. For your convenience, use the icon in the upper left-hand corner to choose between the 3 travel routes.
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