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Adventures in Shan State
Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin – Hsipaw – Lashio – Kalaw – Pindaya – Inle Lake – Yangon

Top Highlights Attractions

  • Travel by train over the Gokteik Viaduct
  • Make a stop at Aniskan Waterfall in Pyin Oo Lwin
  • Stay the night with a local Shan family while trekking in Kalaw

Home hosted meal was wonderful

Day 1 – Arrive - Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin
Arrive into Mandalay and be met by our English speaking guide. From here you will be transported by car to Pyin Oo Lwin, an hour and a half trip through lush green rolling hills. Upon arrival at this old British hill station, enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Overnight – Hotel Pyin Oo Lwin
Day 2 – Pyin Oo Lwin
Following a leisurely breakfast, make your way to the nearby Anisakan waterfall. This beautiful natural waterfall is reachable via a steep walking trail through forest. The ascent back to the road is a litter harder, but there are plenty of teashop breaks available. For the afternoon, stroll around the botanical gardens before returning to your hotel. Overnight – Hotel Pyin Oo Lwin
Day 3 – Pyin Oo Lwin – Hsipaw
Wake early and make your way to the local train station. From here, board your train to Hsipaw, and travel along one of the world great rail journeys across the Gokteik Viaduct. The journey will take around 8 hours, travelling through the magnificent Shan countryside. Upon arrival in Hsipaw have the evening at leisure to explore this quaint town. Overnight – Riverside @ Hsipaw Resort
Day 4 – Hsipaw
For breakfast, make your way to a local teashop to try the national dish mohingya. A local trekking guide will meet you here, and take you on a days trek around Myanmar. Walk through paddy fields, up hills, through local villages and past waterfalls. Lunch will be served at a local families home. In the afternoon, make your way back to Hsipaw by canoe, along the river. Overnight – Riverside @ Hsipaw Resort
Day 5 – Hsipaw – Lashio - Kalaw
Quickly visit the local market at Hsipaw this morning, and then take a car ride to Lashio, a market town situated 2 hours North. From here, board a flight to Heho and make your way to the Green Hill Valley Elephant Sanctuary. Feed, interact, and bath the retired elephants here, a truly rewarding experience. Continue your journey to Kalaw in the afternoon. Overnight - Amara Mountain Resort
Day 6 – Kalaw - Homestay
Following a good nights sleep, today you begin your trek through the Shan mountains towards Pindaya. Your local trekking guide will meet you at the hotel and explain the route. You will make your way through local ethnic villages, over streams and high into the Shan mountains. Tonight, you will sleep in a local family homestay, where you can chat with the homeowners, and learn much about the local way of life. Overnight - Homestay
Day 7 – Kalaw – Pindaya
Continue your trek today, making your way gradually to Pindaya. You should arrive just after lunchtime. Make your way to your hotel and relax, you’ve made it! Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, to continue exploring the Shan mountains, or relax at your hotel. Overnight – Pindaya Inle Inn
Day 8 – Pindaya – Inle Lake
Following breakfast, go to the famous Pindaya Cave, containing thousands of Buddha images, left here over hundreds of years. Explore the caves, finding small cubbyholes and meditating monks throughout. After this, transfer to Inle Lake by car, a 2 hour car journey. Upon arrival board a boat to your hotel here. Overnight – Pristine Lotus Inle Resort
Day 9 – Inle Lake
A full day on the lake, spent with your guide, exploring the many wonders by boat. Pass by floating gardens, through villages on stilts, and explore the many local workshops. Overnight – Pristine Lotus Inle Resort
Day 10 – Inle Lake
Today, you will be supplied with bicycles, to make your way around the lake using a different mode of transport. Your guide will lead the expedition. Gradually make your way into the surrounding hills, and find a picnic laid out for you, for an incredible lunch overlooking the lake. Make your way back to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Overnight – Pristine Lotus Inle Resort
Day 11 – Inle Lake – Yangon – Depart
The perfect way to end your tour. Wake at the crack of dawn, and take a balloon ride over Inle Lake. The views are absolutely breathtaking. The ride will take just under an hour, and will undoubtedly be the highlight of your trip to Myanmar. Return to your hotel, and make your way to Heho airport for your flight to Yangon. Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.