The Shan Hills & the Loikaw Loop

Padaung family outside Loikaw
Padaung family outside Loikaw
  • Tour Information
  • Guide Price

    From £3,595 per person, based on 2 sharing for departures in April.

  • What´s Included
    • Return international flights
    • 14 nights’ accommodation
    • Breakfast daily, ** lunches & * dinners
    • Private transfers and tours
    • Private English speaking guides
  • Departure Information

    Daily departures year-round. Best weather is between October and April. 

    Flight options available:
    • UK regional departures
    • Cabin upgrades
    • Alternative carriers

An off-the-beaten track tour, focusing on some little visited areas around the plains and hills of central Myanmar, including some which have only recently become open for foreign visitors.

This itinerary takes in a thorough exploration of the Shan Hills around Kalaw and Pindaya, plus an exciting overland journey across the central plains from Mandalay to Bagan, stopping overnight at Monywa en route.

As Myanmar continues its slow and steady process of opening up to the world, we can expect to see numerous areas become available for exploration. One such is the Kayah state capital Loikaw, home to some fascinating tribal areas and the midway point of a fantastic loop from Kalaw and up through to Inle Lake.

  • Day
  • Itinerary
  • 1
  • Fly London Heathrow – Bangkok: with Thai Airways.
  • 2
  • Bangkok - Mandalay: Fly on to Mandalay, with Thai Airways. Arrive and check-in to your hotel.
  • 3
  • Mandalay: A morning boat trip to Mingun, with city tours in the afternoon.
  • 4
  • Mandalay - Monywa: Drive to Monywa, arriving in time to explore the city.
  • 5
  • Monywa - Bagan: Finish your excursions around Monywa, then head on to Bagan.
  • 6
  • Bagan: A full day exploring the ancient city of Bagan
  • 7
  • Bagan: A full day at leisure to enjoy your hotel or explore independently.
  • 8
  • Bagan - Pindaya: Fly to Heho and drive north to Pindaya for some light trekking.
  • 9
  • Pindaya - Kalaw: Visit the famous Pindaya caves, before driving on to the colonial hill station of Kalaw.
  • 10
  • Kalaw - Loikaw: Head south, leaving Shan behind and entering Kayah state. Explore the area and meet the locals en route.
  • 11
  • Loikaw: A full day visiting Padaung villages in and around Loikaw.
  • 12
  • Loikaw – Sagar – Inle Lake: A breath-taking boat journey through Pekon and Sagar lakes before arriving in Inle.
  • 13
  • Inle Lake: A full day sightseeing around Inle Lake.
  • 14
  • Inle Lake: Day at leisure, with guide and boat at your disposal.
  • 15
  • Inle Lake - Yangon: Fly to the capital Yangon for an overnight stay.
  • 16
  • Yangon - Bangkok - London Heathrow: Return from Yangon to London Heathrow, via Bangkok, with Thai Airways.
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