Incredible Myanmar unplugged
An extraordinary and complex land where nature and culture never ceases to surprise you , Myanmar or Burma as it was called, is a truly offbeat destination that is textbook unexplored. Slowly gaining popularity among backpackers to explore before it gets hit by the touristy crowd in the future, we capture the history, culture, food, secretive spots, and of course, loads of madness. Myanmar is scattered with pagodas and predominantly Buddhist. It is very normal to see the monks walking around everywhere and having a hearty laugh and breaking bread with locals. Mind you, we are going to go all the way from the north to the south of this country – it isn’t very big though. But this encapsulates the real feel of Burmese culture. Considering that the country is still in it’s raw natural best, there can be sudden changes in the itinerary and well, some long hauls as well – but this is what makes backpacking awesome! We go with the flow!
We start off with the exciting crossover to Myanmar by land from Imphal over to Tamu. Tamu is the border town between India and Myanmar – which is an experience in itself. There is an instant change in feel. Tamu is a busy little place which marks our official entry into this country. Without further ado, we head to the magnificent Mandalay. There is so much to do around Mandalay. We shall definitely not miss the Kuthodaw pagoda all in white, and well, it is spot on clean! There are way too many hidden waterfalls and lakes in the forests around Mandalay. Be it the Dee Doke waterfall or the Inle lake near Mandalay, we are going to go crazy in the midst of untouched natural beauty in Madalay. Trust me, you would want to just live here. The people and the food is incredible – be it the tea leaf salad (there are more wierd ones!), their flat bread, pe byouk, their curries, and lots for those fish lovers. People are extremely warm and are always ready to share their culture with you.
With a heavy, but curious heart, we head off to the one place that every person would have surely seen on postcards – Bagan! We have all seen the en number of pagodas all over this ancient city – for the record there are over 2000 pagodas!! On our bikes, we head off to explore the pagodas having incredible conversations with the monks – maybe play around with those monk kids too! The party is not yet over people!! The next stop on our sojourn is the top city of Yangon. Popularly known as Rangoon, this is where all our cultural immersion meets the unbeatable end to our trip. Do not even think that we shall miss the golden pagodas here! As our signature Backpack With Prat style, we party till we drop, as we take off for Imphal once again to bid farewell to an unforgettable experience in incredible Myanmar.
IncludedIncredible Myanmar unplugged
- Ancient Buddhist temples
- Connect with local cultures and interesting people
- Delicious local Burmese food - why not experiment right?!
- Hidden and secretive waterfalls and lakes
- Connecting with the Bermese monks
- Staying in monasteries and offbeat places
- Local transport that gives a chance to chat up with locals
Start place and end place: Imphal
How to get to Imphal:Imphal is well connected to all the capital cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore etc. by flight. There are multiple flights each day. It is not easily accessible by road. You have to come via Guwahati and then change multiple buses to reach Imphal - if you feel adventurous, and have plenty of time in hand, go for it!
Visa:Visa for Myanmar is quite easy. It is an online evisa which can can be applied for 3 days before departure. You can check this link for the evisa: https://evisa-myanmar.net/step_1
- Transport from Imphal and back to Imphal
- 5 breakfasts
- Permits and fees
- Shared accommodation in offbeat places
- Transport within Myanmar
- Activities and an unforgettable experience
- If anyone would like to hop on to the hot air balloons
- Food not included
- Entry fees to some pagodas
- Personal medicines
Cancellation policy:Indian trips and tours:
- Upto 2 months before the event, full refund
- Between 2 months and upto 15 days before event, 50% refund
- Less than 15 days, no refund
- Upto 2 months before the event, 75% refund
- Between 2 months and upto 1 month before the event, 50% refund
- Less than 1 month, no refund
Weather:The weather will be pleasant. There could be slight rainfall. Temperatures would be a minimum of 25 degrees. It does get cooler at night.
What to carry
- Comfortable and light clothes
- Comfortable shoes
- Flip-flops - yep, it's all super comfy!
- Rucksack with rain cover
- Day pack
- Water bottle (1 litre)
- Rain jacket/ poncho
- Personal medicines