15-Day Tour

Trip cost – $3,400 (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

Accommodation is on a double occupancy basis and if you are traveling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another traveler of the same gender. If there is no one of the same gender with whom to pair you, you WILL be required to pay the single supplement.

If you decide at the booking stage that you want a single room throughout the tour, you can purchase the “single supplement”. If you wish to purchase the single supplement you can purchase for an additional $700.

What is included :

  • 14 nights accommodation (Double occupancy, breakfast included)
  • Local guide throughout
  • Private ground transportation in private mini-bus
  • Most activities (As noted in itinerary)
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches
  • International airport arrival transfer
  • 2 domestic flights

What is not included :

  • Most dinners and some lunches
  • Optional activities
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • International airport departure transfer
  • International flight
  • Supplementary insurance

Balloons over Bagan

Activity Cost – $350 This must be purchased in advance as this activity sells out very quickly. You cannot purchase this activity while on the trip. This activity must be purchased 5 months prior to the trip start date. If you decide to book this activity and it is 5 months or less before the trip start date please enquire by email with us before booking so we can check availability.

Balloons Over Bagan Website

  1. Each group consists of 4 – 12 travelers.  We prefer small group travel because based on our experience, large groups are less easily able to integrate into a society and generally have less authentic contact with the locals.

    A small group number also means that tour group members will receive more personal treatment by the tour guide who can more thoroughly attend to the needs of each person. Small tour groups are also more mobile and flexible as travel plans can be more easily altered en route. If the group discovers a special event or festival that they would like to attend, and it is not covered in the original tour itinerary, it is possible to change the itinerary.

  2. Our trips are more like gatherings and our philosophy is : Come as a stranger, leave as a friend! Past travelers have told us that the group dynamic was one of the highlights of the trip.

    Most of our travelers are in their late-30s to late-60s with many being solo female travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the energy created by the group.

    Check out the pictures from our last trips to get an idea of the group dynamic by clicking HERE.

  3. While most daily activities in the planned program are already included in the price, some activities are optional and will be at your own expense. Please see the itinerary tab for some possible optional activities and excursions. Most of them can be arranged with short to little notice and the local guide will be able to help you make necessary arrangements.

  4. No, our tours don’t include international airfare so your flight arrangements are completely up to you. If you’re looking for cheap flights and reliable service, our travelers’ favorite over the years is Skyscanner.

    We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and to be well-rested for the first few days of your tour if your schedule/budget allows for this.

    Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation from us which will be sent to you after paying your deposit.

  5. We are very selective when choosing the accommodation for each tour and we are very proud of our hotel selection. Some of these hotels are boutique hotels and others are family-owned, just like ourselves.

    *Please note that the hotel in Mindat will be very basic. Mindat is located in Chin State which only opened to tourists a few years ago and the infrastructure for tourism (i.e. hotels) is still very basic. However, the hotel in Chin State will not be at all similar to the other hotels that we’ll be staying at throughout the tour. We will stay in this cultural heart of the country for 2 nights where very few travelers have ever been before!

    If you would like to arrive early or stay later in Myanmar, we can help you book extra nights outside of the tour in the tour-designated hotel. Otherwise, you’re welcome to book your own accommodation pre- or post-tour.

  6. The official currency of Myanmar is the Burmese Kyat (MMK) and 1 USD ≈ 1525 MMK. While smaller denomination USD bills ($1, $5, and $10) are sometimes accepted as legal tender, MMK are used more frequently.

    • Exchanging money : You will need to carry some local currency with you during this trip as we will head off to small villages where cards are not be accepted. If you choose to exchange money, we recommend you to do so at the airport or at the bank where you will find the best rates. Bring larger denomination bills ($50 and $100) as they tend to get a better rate. You will be able to exchange more money if needed later, at a poorer exchange rate. Please note that you should never exchange money on the street because this is the easiest way to get scammed.
    • Withdrawing money : There are a good number of ATMs in the major cities, however it is best not to rely on this as your main source of funds. Foreign cards may not always be accepted and machines often have power issues. If using ATMs, we suggest pulling larger amounts to minimize fees on the transaction.
    • Paying in credit card : Major credit cards are accepted in some hotels and reputable shops (Visa and Mastercards only) but not in smaller merchants.
    • Foreign fees : Additional fees will usually be charged when withdrawing money or paying in credit card so please check with your financial institution before you travel. It’s also a good idea to inform your bank that you are traveling overseas to ensure that they don’t block your ATM/credit cards.

    Pro Tip: US dollar bills for exchange in Myanmar must be in perfect condition! Bills should not have blemishes of any kind like creases, marks, folds or tears as may be exchanged at an unfavorable rate or not accepted at all. Also, bills that are pre-2006 or without the letters AB and CB at the start of the serial number may not be accepted. Euros are also generally accepted as an exchange currency and typically do not have to be in as good condition as USD.

  7. As most components of your tour have been prepaid, you will only need money for lunch and dinners and any optional activity you may want to participate in. If you are an avid shopper or enjoy a cocktail in the evening, these costs are incurred at your own expense.

    Below are some average prices for food and drink for one person.

    Lunch + drink 6,000 MMK
    Dinner + drink 15,000 MMK
    1 Pint of beer 1,800 MMK
    Total Per Day 22,800 MMK

    Approximate exchange rate 1 USD ≈ 1525 MMK. Please note that this is only an estimation and on some days you’ll spend more (or shop more) and less on others. 

  8. All visitors for tourist purposes need a visa to travel to Myanmar. Travelers from Australia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada and the United States must obtain a visa, which can be applied for online prior to arrival. Your visa will be single-entry and valid for a stay of up to 90 days. To apply online for the visa on arrival, please click on the link below :

    Republic of the Union of Myanmar Visa on Arrival e-Application

    If you are not a citizen of one of the above-mentioned countries, please check with the nearest Burmese embassy or consulate for information on visas and travel to Myanmar.

    As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

  9. When using your phone overseas, be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming prices. When you land in Myanmar, you will usually get a message from your provider that will give you the price of data, calls and texts in that country. See the example below :

    Welcome to Myanmar! Your plan gives you unlimited data at up to 2G speeds and texts at no extra cost. Calls at 20 cents/min. Want our fastest data and unlimited calls? Get an International Pass for just $5/day. 

    You may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts and data.  Otherwise, all hotels we will be staying at will offer wifi and inexpensive internet cafes in town as well. Please keep in mind that internet speeds in Myanmar is not what you may be used to at home, especially in rural areas such as in Chin State where connection may be weak if not absent.

  10. Voltage for outlets is 230V. North American voltage is generally 110V. Therefore, you will need a converter for your travels. Adapters will be necessary to adapt your plug into the outlet, but these may not convert the voltage so both devices are necessary.

    The plug facilities have 2-prong outlets with two round prongs in line, which look like this: 

  11. Myanmar’s weather is warm to hot year round. Temperatures go down during the rainy low season from May to September; raise to their highest temperatures during shoulder season in October, November, March and April; and then are right in the middle during the peak season in December and February. June to September are the months where the rain is at its highest, known as the monsoon. However, rain gear is essential year-round as tropical weather can be unpredictable.

    Below are average low and high temperatures (in Fahrenheit) as well as rain levels for Myanmar.

    Pro TIP : To convert to Celsius, subtract 30, then divide by 2. While not exact, this simple formula will give you a close estimation.

  12. Temperatures in Myanmar can vary depending on the region, but are generally are warm/hot during the day and slightly cooler at night. Bring a good rain jacket as tropical weather can sometimes be unpredictable.

    Below are a few things that we suggest bringing to make your trip more comfortable :

    • Sunglasses/hat
    • Flashlight/headlamp
    • Thin shawl/scarf (to cover shoulders in temples) 
    • Light, warm jacket (for cooler weather in Chin State)  
    • Bathing suit
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Flip flops/sandals
    • Mosquito repellent (DEET strength) 
    • Sunscreen (Biodegradable, if possible)
    • Small, across the shoulder day bag or small backpack
    • Any prescription medication and over the counter medicine
  13. Myanmar does not have a strong tipping culture. In restaurants, taxis and for personal services, all tips are at your discretion and if you do decide to tip, around 10% of the total bill is appreciated. Many locals, especially those working in the service industries, are quite poorly compensated for their work, so tipping helps them earn decent wages.

    Tipping your tour guide : If you feel he/she did an exceptional job, then you can tip anywhere from 10% – 15% of the total cost of the tour. 

  14. Almost all of the hotels on this trip offer laundry services at a fee, if needed.

  15. Travel to almost all parts of Myanmar is safe while the country is still marked as higher levels of caution apply in some parts of the country. With Myanmar’s recent opening to the tourism world a few years ago, it began to emerge from a half-century of isolation and oppressive government policies. While Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake should use normal safety precautions, more retreat parts of the country are still unlikely to explore.

  16. When making your reservation, please notify us of your specific requests such as gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, etc. Alternative options will always be possible throughout the tour although options might be limited.

  17. Please review the CDC Health Information for Travelers Website before traveling to Myanmar to see any recommended vaccinations.

    If you suffer from pre-existing medical conditions or are concerned about what vaccinations may be right for you, we strongly advise that you check visit a medical professional or your personal physician before your trip.

  18. Yes, we offer private tours to Myanmar for groups of 4 or more people. The itinerary can be entirely tailored to your needs while you will enjoy a personalized experience with our guides and your friends and family.

    Please contact us at info@globe-drifters.com for more information or call us at any time at: +1 (561) 313 4860.

  19. Our friendly team is here to answer all of your doubts or questions! Feel free to reach us at any time by email at: info@globe-drifters.com or call us at any time at: +1 (561) 313 4860.

  20. The water is safe to brush your teeth with, but it is not recommended for drinking. The bottled water is very cheap, but please make sure to recycle. As in many Southeast Asian countries, Myanmar has a very serious plastic waste problem, but unfortunately, there are not many water refill stations. One thing you can do to help alleviate the plastic problem is to turn down plastic bags when making a purchase and to place the items in your purse/daypack.

Visa

All visitors for tourist purposes need a visa to travel to Myanmar. Travelers from Australia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada and the United States must obtain a visa, which can be applied for online prior to arrival. Your visa will be single-entry and valid for a stay of up to 90 days. To apply online for the visa on arrival, please click on the link below :

Republic of the Union of Myanmar Visa on Arrival e-Application

If you are not a citizen of one of the above-mentioned countries, please check with the nearest Burmese embassy or consulate for information on visas and travel to Myanmar.

As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

Flights

If you’re looking for cheap flights and reliable service, our travelers’ favorite over the years is Skyscanner. Once you have booked your flights, please forward your flight information to us. You will be given the hotel name and address in both English and the local language prior to arrival to show the taxi driver. Your arrival and departure city is Yangon.

*Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation email from us which will be sent to you within 1 ~ 2 business days after booking the trip.

You’ll find lower temperatures during the rainy low season from May to September; very hot temperatures during shoulder season in October, November, March and April; and warm to hot temperatures during the peak season in December and February. June to September are the months where the rain is at its highest. However, rain gear is essential year-round as tropical weather can be unpredictable.

Below are average low and high temperatures (in Fahrenheit) as well as rain levels for Myanmar.

Pro TIP : To convert to Celsius, subtract 30, then divide by 2. While not exact, this simple formula will give you a close estimation.

The hotels and accommodations in which you will be staying in Myanmar are handpicked by us. They are usually locally-owned or family-run hotels rather than big chains with hundreds of rooms and big crowds of tourists. We try our best to select accommodations with impeccable service as well as old world charm and that are centrally-located.

*Please note that the hotel in Mindat will be very basic. Mindat is located in Chin State which only opened to tourists a few years ago and the infrastructure for tourism (i.e. hotels) is still very basic. However, the hotel in Chin State will not be at all similar to the other hotels that we’ll be staying at throughout the tour. We will stay in this cultural heart of the country for 2 nights where very few travelers have ever been before!

Yangon

Welcome to one of Yangon’s most beautiful heritage boutique hotels. Just moments from the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda and the nearby People’s Park, this hotel is located in a quiet and leafy residential area of Yangon, in the center of the city, making it the perfect base for exploring the city or enjoying a relaxing stay.

The pool & spa facilities offer an ultimate enjoyment and relaxation surrounded by a green oasis of nature.

 

Inle Lake

Sitting right on the lake waters, the resort offers an elegant combination of traditional local life style and the comforts of modern accommodation to capture a tradition held long and true. An ideal location to view this splendid and unique area as it allows you a peek into the lives and traditions of the Inthas, (literally meaning ‘Sons of the Lake’) propelling their boats using their unique leg-rowing technique and the opportunity to experience their genuine hospitality.

The resort offers you choices of cultural and traditional entertainment, a unique dining experience overlooking the lake with the mountains beckoning.

Taunggyi

This hotel is located up the hill that overlooks city view with quiet courtyard and ideal for travelers to recharge with the view of surrounded mountains.
All 58 rooms offer the highest comfort accommodations to make each guest’s stay memorable and a modern décor feel.

The hotel is located 15 min drive away from Aythaya Vineyard where you can sip and enjoy the best quality wine while viewing the panorama view surrounded by ranges of mountains.

Mandalay

This beautiful resort lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill, with panoramic views of a myriad of pagodas and faces the distinctive architecture of the Royal Palace and it’s beautiful moat.

The resort’s accommodation facilities offer 206 guest rooms and suites, comfortably equipped with modern amenities. From each room guests can experience the spectacular views of Mandalay Hill, the Royal Palace, the famed Irrawaddy River and the city of Mandalay.

Bagan

This hotel is a ѕрrаwlіng rеѕоrt of impressive dеѕіgn, including a long ѕраrklіng рооl framed bу ѕwауіng раlmѕ аnd рhоtоgеnіс brick buіldіngѕ thаt mіmіс old Bagan аrсhіtесturе. You’ll enjoy the experience of one of the most luxurious resort here at Bagan.

Thе dеluxе rооmѕ, suites and bungаlоwѕ take their іnѕріrаtіоn from traditional Bagan аrсhіtесturе, which іѕ ѕhоwсаѕеd alongside соntеmроrаrу еlеgаnсе in stylish іntеrіоrѕ оf rісh woods аnd soothing grееnѕ. The nearby 18-hole golf course make this hotel an ideal place to stay for golf lovers. The hotel offers a beautiful outdoor swimming pool to relax.

Kanpetlet

This hotel offers the panoramic view of Chin Mountains, and is the preferred year round getaway for guests visiting Mt. Victoria. The newly constructed units are presented as individual traditional-style villa in the middle of the lush nature.

The surroundings offer studding viewing of the natural mountain scenery, bird watching and observing the hidden world of Chin people and their ways of life.

Mindat

The hotel is located at the top of a mountain overviewing the valley of Mandalay. It offers a 360 degree terrace where you can enjoy both stunning sunrises and sunsets and wake up with a stupendous view over the soft blue curves of the surrounding mountains.

Mindat is one of the most exclusive and hidden treasures of Myanmar, only accessible to visits since a few year and filled with local culture and traditions. One of the most incredible of those is the story behind the tattooed-face women of the village…

*Please note that the accommodation will be very basic due to a very limited supply in Chin State, being open to tourism since a few years only. Hot water will be limited to specific times of the day and rooms have the very essential amenities. 

Insurance

We recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance for your trip. We work with Travelex, which offers travel protection plans to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. Otherwise, you are welcome to shop around online for a provider and policy that best suits your needs.

For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click on the image below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792. Globe Drifters’ reference location number is 09-0984.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 E7N

Vaccinations

Below is information from the CDC and its recommendations regarding vaccinations for travel to Myanmar :

CDC Myanmar