Thailand – Myanmar – India

8 Days - 7 Nights Bagan, Golden Rock (Kyaiktiyo), Hpa-an, Kalay, Kayin State, Mae Sot, Magway Region, Mandalay Division, Mon State, Myawaddy, Naypyidaw, Pakkoku, Sagaing Division Border Cross Tour

Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the captivating landscapes and cultural treasures of Myanmar. From the border crossing at Mae Sot/Myawaddy to the majestic temples of Bagan, and from the vibrant city of Mandalay to the enchanting town of Kalay, each destination unveils its own allure. Immerse yourself in the serenity of ancient monasteries, witness breathtaking sunsets over picturesque landscapes, and explore bustling local markets teeming with vibrant colors and flavors. With knowledgeable guides at your side, seamless border crossings, and captivating experiences at every turn, this tour promises an adventure filled with discovery, cultural immersion, and unforgettable memories.Myanmar Border CrossingsMyanmar shares borders with India, Bangladesh, China, Laos, and Thailand. Citizens of many countries can easily obtain an eVisa for tourism or business purposes. The eVisa can be used to enter Myanmar through various air and land entry points.Currently, travel between Myanmar and Thailand, as well as Myanmar and India, is unrestricted. However, crossing the border with Laos is challenging due to its remote location and uncertain permission requirements. Moreover, the borders with Bangladesh and China are closed to foreigners.The eVisa system in Myanmar is straightforward and applicable at the two Indian-Myanmar border points and all Thai-Myanmar border points except Htee Kee/Phunaron, where a regular paper visa must be obtained in advance. To apply for an eVisa, eligible travelers need a valid passport, an email address, and a debit or credit card. The online application process takes only a few minutes, requiring personal and passport information. Once approved, the eVisa is sent to the traveler via email, and a printed copy should be presented at the specified border crossings.With an approved eVisa, travelers can enter Myanmar through eight different ports, including three airports (Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw, and Mandalay) and five land border crossings (Myawaddy, Tachileik, Kawthaung, Rihkhawdar, and Tamu).Please note that entering Myanmar with a personal vehicle (motorhome, car, or motorbike) requires special permission and the presence of a guide and, at times, a Ministry of Hotels and Tourism liaison officer. We have extensive experience in route planning, guiding, accommodation, and logistics for overland trips in Myanmar, and we are available to assist you. Permit processing for such trips typically takes at least one month. It is important to note that cycling groups also require permission for border crossings in Myanmar. Similar to other modes of transportation, cyclists need to obtain the necessary permits to enter the country through designated border points. The permission process for cycling groups may have specific requirements and procedures that need to be followed. To ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience, it is recommended to seek updated information and assistance from the relevant authorities or tour operators familiar with Myanmar’s regulations regarding cycling group border crossings.For more up-to-date information, please feel free to contact us.

Travel itinerary

  • Day 01: Mae Sot/ Myawaddy arrival – Hpa Ann

    As you approach the Mae Sot/Myawaddy border check-point, get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey filled with excitement and discovery. Welcoming you with open arms, a friendly team consisting of a knowledgeable local English-speaking guide and an expert driver will be by your side, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free border crossing. They’ll take care of all the necessary paperwork, leaving you free to relax and fully immerse yourself in the adventure that lies ahead.

    After a short break to rejuvenate, it’s time to explore the enchanting Karen State in Myanmar. The vibrant city of Hpa An eagerly awaits your arrival, offering a captivating blend of cultural marvels and natural beauty.

    Upon reaching your hotel, take a moment to settle in before embarking on an enthralling tour. Begin by immersing yourself in the serene beauty of Kyaunkamlab Stupa, a haven of tranquility where spirituality and peaceful surroundings converge. Next, venture to Lumbini Garden, nestled at the foot of Mount Zwekabin. Prepare to be amazed by the sight of 1,000 Gantgaw trees adorned with exquisite Buddha statues, a testament to unwavering devotion.

    As the day unfolds, take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets of Hpa-An, discovering hidden treasures along the way and soaking up the town’s delightful ambiance. As the sun starts its descent, make your way to the picturesque Shwe Yin Myaw Pagoda, nestled on the banks of the majestic Than Lwin River. Here, you’ll witness a mesmerizing sunset, as vibrant colors paint the sky in a breathtaking display.

    Retire to the comfort of your hotel room, ready to embrace the adventures that await you in Hpa An and beyond. Get a good night’s rest, for tomorrow promises even more remarkable experiences.

  • Day 02: Hpa Ann – Golden Rock

    After a breakfast at your hotel, start your day by basking in the warm morning sun and taking in the picturesque scenery from the Town Hall area. Then, prepare for a vibrant and immersive experience as you delve into the colorful central market, where a myriad of sights, sounds, and aromas await your senses.

    Next on the agenda is a visit to the awe-inspiring Kawgun Cave, located just outside Hpa-An in the charming Kawgun Village. This natural limestone cave stands tall at 200 feet and stretches 300 feet in length. As you approach the entrance, marvel at the rock face adorned with clay Buddha images that have withstood the test of time since the 15th century A.D., during the Hanthawaddy period.

    Continuing your journey, make your way to the renowned Bayint Nyi Naung Gu, a natural limestone cave famous for its hot springs, believed to possess healing properties. Visitors from the surrounding area flock to experience the rejuvenating powers of the springs, which are divided into three pools – one for monks, one for men, and one for women. En route to your next destination, make a stop at the captivating Shwe Sar Yan Pagoda in Thaton.

    As the day progresses, embark on a scenic drive to Kyaikhtiyo, a sacred Buddhist site nestled in Myanmar’s Mon State. Perched atop Mount Kyaiktiyo, you’ll discover the mesmerizing Golden Rock, a massive boulder delicately balanced on the cliff’s edge and adorned entirely with shimmering gold leaf. To reach the Golden Rock gateway compound, enjoy an adventurous 30-45 minute open-air truck ride along a winding and bumpy road. From there, a short walk will lead you to the magnificent Golden Rock itself, topped by a glistening stupa that houses a sacred Buddha hair relic. This remarkable site holds great significance as a pilgrimage destination and reflects the deep-rooted traditions and devotion of the local people.

    As the sun begins to set, prepare to witness a breathtaking spectacle at Golden Rock, where the golden hues mingle with the natural beauty, creating an otherworldly ambiance. Let the rock’s shimmering splendor captivate your senses as you bid farewell to the day. Spend a restful night at a hotel in the enchanting surroundings of Golden Rock, knowing that more extraordinary experiences await you on your journey.

    Optional cable car: There is also an optional cable car ride available, which is Myanmar’s first cable car, and it shuttles up to eight people in each of the 44 cable cars from Yathetaung camp to the Golden Rock compound, taking around 8-15 minutes. From here, you can walk a few minutes to reach Golden Rock.

    Note: The transportation by open truck to Golden Rock tends to be crowded and cramped. The trucks may also be shared with other tourists and the locals. Also, the walk from the open truck drop-off point to the pagoda can be up to 20 minutes or 45 minutes, depending on the hotel’s location.

  • Day 03: Golden Rock -Naypyidaw

    Start your day with a satisfying breakfast, energizing yourself for the adventures that lie ahead. Today, you’ll be embarking on a captivating journey to Naypyidaw, the magnificent capital of Myanmar since 2005, known as the “Abode of Kings.” Brace yourself for a long but enthralling drive, as you traverse scenic landscapes that unfold like living tapestries.

    Throughout the journey, numerous stops are planned to ensure you don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of your surroundings. Pause and take in the awe-inspiring landscapes, capturing photographs that will forever remind you of these unforgettable moments spent in this remarkable land.

    As you arrive in Naypyidaw, prepare to be amazed by the majestic Uppatasanti Pagoda. Stand in awe of its grandeur, allowing the serene atmosphere to envelop your senses and instill a sense of tranquility within you. Afterward, make your way to your hotel, completing the check-in process and settling into the luxurious comfort it offers.

    The rest of the day is yours to savor at your own pace. Take the opportunity to unwind, relax, and immerse yourself in the unique charm of Naypyidaw. Explore the city, discover hidden gems, or simply indulge in moments of quiet reflection. Let the allure of this remarkable capital city captivate you as you create memories that will last a lifetime. Enjoy a restful overnight stay in Naypyidaw, rejuvenating yourself for the adventures that await in the days to come.

  • Day 04: Naypyidaw – Mandalay

    Embark on a captivating journey today as you set your sights on Mandalay, the vibrant heart of Upper Myanmar. Situated on the eastern bank of the majestic Irrawaddy River, this bustling city stands as a gateway to the wonders that await in the upper region of the country.

    As you delve into the cultural tapestry of Mandalay, you’ll uncover its illustrious past as the seat of the Konbaung Dynasty, the final independent kingdom of Burma. The city takes its name from the iconic Mandalay Hill, a towering natural landmark that reaches a height of 236 meters and promises breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

    Prepare to be captivated by remarkable sites, starting with the revered Shwenandaw Monastery. This magnificent wooden structure, adorned with intricate carvings, offers a glimpse into the grandeur of the past, transporting you to a bygone era. Continue your exploration at the awe-inspiring Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to a collection of marble slabs meticulously inscribed with the Buddhist Scriptures, earning it the title of the “world’s largest book.”

    Immerse yourself in Mandalay’s vibrant craftsmanship as you visit a gold leaf making workshop. Witness the artisans delicately crafting shimmering works of art, showcasing their mastery of this time-honored craft. Continue your journey to the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda, where you’ll find the holiest Buddha statue in Mandalay, and discover the intricate stone-carving techniques that give life to this extraordinary place. Alternatively, meander along the renowned street of stone sculptors, where you’ll witness the skillful hands of local artisans transforming stone into mesmerizing works of art.

    A short drive away lies Amarapura, the former ancient capital affectionately known as the “Beautiful Town” in Sanskrit. Immerse yourself in its timeless beauty as you visit temples and small pagodas, each carrying whispers of history. Don’t miss the chance to experience the enchantment of walking across the iconic U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teakwood bridge, gracefully spanning the serene Taungthaman Lake.

    As the day comes to a close, retreat to your accommodations in Mandalay, where you can reflect on the cultural splendors you’ve encountered throughout the day. Rest and rejuvenate, for tomorrow promises even more discoveries as your adventure in Mandalay continues.

  • Day 05: Mandalay -Myingyan -Bagan

    Awaken to a delightful breakfast, readying yourself for a captivating journey to Bagan, a destination of unparalleled beauty and one of the world’s most extraordinary archaeological sites. Bagan’s allure lies in its expansive collection of over 2,200 temples, a mesmerizing sight that unfolds amidst lush greenery on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River. As you approach this mystical place, the misty mountains in the distance create a breathtaking backdrop, enchanting all who have the privilege to visit.

    As you make your way to Bagan, be prepared to traverse untouched local villages and immerse yourself in the picturesque countryside of Myanmar. A stop at a village cottage industry provides a unique opportunity to learn about regional products and witness the traditional process of extracting juice from palm trees, which is then transformed into rich brown sugar – a true taste of local craftsmanship.

    Upon arrival in Bagan, your exploration of this magnificent town commences. Begin by visiting the awe-inspiring Shwezigon Pagoda, often hailed as the “golden sandbank.” This ancient temple complex not only showcases Bagan’s architectural splendor but also served as a significant influence on Burmese pagoda styles for centuries.

    Continue your journey to the remarkable Ananda Temple, a masterpiece of Mon architecture. Renowned for its grandeur, impeccable preservation, and revered status, it stands as a testament to the finest craftsmanship of Bagan’s golden era. Next, behold the monumental Dhammayangyi Temple, renowned for its imposing structure and enigmatic, bricked-up inner passageways. Uncover the temple’s intriguing history as you venture into its ancient corridors, unveiling the mysteries that lie within.

    A visit to Myinkabar Village will provide you with the opportunity to witness the meticulous artistry of lacquerware, one of Myanmar’s most cherished handicrafts. Marvel at the skill and dedication displayed by local artisans as they create these exquisite pieces of art.

    Your journey then takes you to the captivating Manuha Temple, constructed in the Mon style in 1059, and the fascinating Nanbaya Temple, believed to have once served as the palace of King Manuha. Each of these structures holds tales of the past, waiting to be discovered by curious explorers like yourself. Uncover the awe-inspiring frescoes adorning the interior walls of Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, one of Bagan’s hidden gems. These well-preserved paintings, the oldest in the Bagan region, provide a captivating glimpse into the artistic prowess of the ancient kingdom.

    Before the day draws to a close, pay a visit to Nat Hlaung Kyaung Temple and Bu Paya Pagoda, each offering their own unique charm and beauty. Finally, indulge in a truly mesmerizing sunset experience as you board a boat, gracefully gliding along the Ayeyarwady River, witnessing the sun’s majestic descent, painting the sky with vibrant hues. Overnight in Bagan, where dreams intertwine with the remnants of a glorious past.

  • Day 06: Bagan – Pakkoku – Kalay

    As the sun begins to paint the sky with vibrant hues, seize the opportunity to witness a secret sunrise in Bagan, a truly magical experience that will leave you in awe. Drink in the breathtaking views, marveling at the ethereal beauty that unfolds before your eyes. After this enchanting start to the day, return to your hotel, ready to savor a delicious breakfast that will energize you for the adventures ahead.

    Bid a fond farewell to the mesmerizing temples of Bagan as you embark on a journey to Kalay via Pakkoku. Along the way, make stops at the most captivating local market, immersing yourself in its vibrant atmosphere. Indulge your senses as you navigate the bustling aisles, discovering local flavors, and admiring the intricate crafts on display. Gain a deeper understanding of the region’s cultural tapestry through engaging interactions with the local community.

    Venture into local factories, where you’ll witness firsthand the traditional craftsmanship and industries that thrive in this region. Observe skilled artisans as they breathe life into their creations, unveiling the secrets behind their time-honored techniques.

    Continuing your journey, be prepared to traverse scenic landscapes and pass through charming towns. Take advantage of intermittent stops to capture the beauty that surrounds you, immortalizing the moments in photographs that will forever transport you back to this captivating land.

    As you arrive in Kalay, a town filled with its own unique charms, check into your comfortable hotel. Take this opportunity to unwind, relax, and reflect on the day’s adventures. Let the warm ambiance of your accommodation embrace you, ensuring a restful night’s sleep, as tomorrow holds the promise of new adventures and discoveries in the captivating town of Kalay. Allow yourself to be captivated by the essence of this remarkable place and the treasures it holds.

  • Day 07: Kalay – Tamu (Moreh) – Departure

    As a new day dawns, prepare for an early departure from Kalay as you bid farewell to the captivating town. Your path leads you towards the Tamu (Moreh) border, a gateway that marks the transition from Myanmar to the next phase of your adventure. Along the journey, be prepared to traverse picturesque landscapes, where nature’s beauty unfolds before your eyes, and pass through charming towns that hold their own unique allure.

    Upon arriving at the Tamu Border, you’ll be greeted by your knowledgeable local guide, a trusted companion throughout your journey. With their expertise, they will guide you through the necessary procedures and paperwork, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free departure from Myanmar. Rest assured that every detail will be taken care of, leaving you free to embrace the excitement of crossing boundaries and venturing into new territories.

    Your guide will be by your side, providing all the necessary assistance and ensuring that your transition across the border is smooth and efficient. They will answer any questions you may have and cater to your needs, ensuring that you embark on the next phase of your journey with confidence and ease.

    With the support of your dedicated guide, embrace a new adventure that awaits you beyond the border.

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