February 10th to 25th
Described by Rudyard Kipling as ‘a land, quite unlike any other’ our newest Great Road Journey visits Myanmar. Full of friendly welcoming people together with some of the most fascinating sights in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is an ideal self drive destination. Together with our India trip in 2006 and Vietnam in 2012 we believe our 2018 tour of Myanmar was another world first because, as far as we know, no other company has run a self drive tour using Myanmar registered vehicles. As a self drive destination, Myanmar really does tick all the boxes. There are good roads with beautiful scenery, interesting and unique places to visit, and quality accommodation.
Day 1 – 10th February Depart UK and Fly to Yangon, formerly Rangoon.
Day 2 – 11th February Transfer to the hotel. Dinner in the hotel
Day 3 – 12th February Welcome briefing in the followed by a morning tour of Yangon and a free afternoon. Late afternoon – vehicle handover. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 4 – 13th February – Depart Yangon calling in to the outskirts of town to visit the commonwealth cemetery then on to Taungoo via the former capital city of Bago. Dinner in the hotel 344kms
Day 5 – 14th February Taungoo to Nyaung Shwe via Nay Pyi Taw. The only way to fully understand the new capital city of Nay Pyi Taw is to go there. I’ve never been anywhere quite like it. There is a choice of museums including the slightly whacky defense museum which is one of the largest museums in Myanmar with over 600 acres of exhibits. Dinner in the hotel. 391kms
Day 6 – 15th February Nyaung Shwe – Day off visiting Inle Lake. Travelling four to a long tail boat we take a morning tour on Inle lake visiting various places of interest. In the afternoon there is an optional visit to nearby Indien or simply relax in the beautiful hotel. Dinner in the hotel. Zero miles
Day 7 – 16th February Nyaung Shwe to Mandalay – On the way to Mandalay we stop at Pindaya Cave which contains over 8000 statues of Buddha – very odd but a must see. In the evening when you reach Mandalay you can drive straight to the top of the hill to watch the sunset. Dinner in the hotel 235kms
Day 8 – 17th February Mandalay – Day off and free evening with the option to take a boat tip on the Ayerwaddy River to visit the world’s largest pile of bricks and the world’s second largest bell. Zero Miles
Day 9 – 18th February Mandalay to Monywa – Numerous visits including the world’s longest teak bridge, the world’s second tallest standing Buddha and a monastery with over 500,000 buddha statues. What for? I’ve no idea. 160kms
Day 10 – 19th February Monywa to Bagan – A lie in before the relatively short drive to Bagan 170kms
Day 11 – 20th February Day off Bagan. Like Nay Pyi Taw you need to see Bagan to fully appreciate it. Imagine a vast landscape with over 2000 temples all approximately 1000 years old. If you fancied a balloon flight this is the day you would do it. Free evening to eat at one of the many local restaurants.
Day 12 – 21st February Bagan to Pyay – not the most inspiring drive of the trip as this is a transit day heading back south. Nevertheless, the scenery is pretty enough to enjoy and there are some interesting sights at the end of the day in the old former capital of Pyay. 340kms
Day 13 – 22nd February Pyay to Ngwe Saung – continuing to head south about mid-afternoon we arrive at the beach to stay at a hotel with a gorgeous pool and an empty beach – free evening 350kms
Day 14 – 23rd February Ngwe Saung – Day off on the beach – Farewell dinner – Zero Miles
Day 15 – 24th February Ngwe Saung to Yangon – Dinner in the hotel 260 kms
Day 16 – 25th February Transfer to airport for flight home.
BOOKING INFO AND COST
Cost: £3785 per person based on two people sharing a vehicle and accommodation.
• All transfers
• All accommodation – based on two people sharing
• Breakfast and most dinners (see itinerary)
• Hire of an SUV for the duration of the event
• Fully comprehensive insurance with £300 excess
• Entrance fees to most places of interest
• All route books and necessary maps
• The Great Road Journey’s team doing their utmost to ensure you have an unforgettable holiday
• Travel Insurance
• Optional balloon flight
• Flight – the current cost of the (Economy Class) flight is approximately £600 per person
What happens next? Send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details. Alternatively call me for a chat on 01458 224109 or 07831 477746 and I’ll be happy to discuss the trip in more detail.
A deposit of £750 per person will be required upon booking. The balance will be due one month before departure. In the meantime you’ll receive regular updates from us guiding you through everything you need to know including information on booking flights.
What is it like to self drive Myanmar?
There is no traffic in Myanmar. Well that is a slight exaggeration because Yangon can be horrendously congested but once out in the country the roads are very quiet. The road condition is, in the main, good and compared with other countries such as Vietnam or India you can maintain a faster average speed.
Are the police friendly?
Yes. It is highly likely you will be stopped by the police at least once during your visit but you will find them friendly and helpful.
What is the accomodation like?
The standard of hotels is excellent.
Are temples and monasteries open to men and women?
It is fair to warn you that there are a couple of places (and only a couple) where women are banned from the inner sanctum of the temples. Any ‘must see’ is open to all.
How do I fly to Myanmar?
Flights (from the UK)usually go via one of the Asian destinations such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Hong Kong or via the Arab countries such as Qatar or Dubai.
Mynamar has a lovely variety of cuisine being a combination of Myanmar, Chinese & Thai and many restaurants will specialise in one or the other.
Can I get a simcard or use Wifi?
A sim card with full data is cheap and easy to get. Wifi is good in most of the hotels we visit.
What vehicles are provided?
The vehicles we are using are a mixture of SUV, people carrier and double cab type vehicles. The age rage is vast ranging from 2 to 15 years old.
They are comprehensively insured with £300 excess.