the secret Asia kept to itself

Imagine a land of pristine teak rainforests still dominated by indigenous tribes emulating the life, habits and traditions of their ancestors. A land where fisherman row their boats with gentle feet moves in a constant defy of gravity, women of shinny long necks gracefully plow the fields, monkeys walk us up millenary temples and the trains dance their way through mountain tracks.

“This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about...”

This is, quintessentially, a country of contrasts. Between the vivid green of its rainforests and its arid central lands, the extreme wealth hidden in its soil and the modest life still enjoyed by the large majority of its population; the irresistible attraction to the former colonial empires and the complete isolation it was subjected over the last 50 years. Still, as for an unexplainable karma, has transformed that isolation in open-mindedness, violence in an ecumenical spirituality and oppression into a hospitality unparalleled in all Asia.

Burma, the secret Asia wanted only for itself, an incredible new world Outlines dares you to enter.

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November 25 to December 10

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distance. 1600km    

type. Cultural / Nature / Adventure    

difficulty. medium    

visa. necessary (online application available)

starting point



15 days / 14 nights


€ 1.563


  • Mandalay, the last royal capital. Built in the banks of the Irrawady River and centred around the walls of the royal palace, arguably the best Burmese attempt of combining the modern and ancient times.

  • Watch the sunset from the centenary U Pein Bridge, the longest teak wood bridge in the World, after a day exploring the ancient capitals of Mingun, Inwa and Amarapura;

  • Board the Dancing Train to travel the railway between Mandalay and Hsipaw through the northern hills and across the dramatic Gokteik viaduct, considered one of the most spectacular train rides in the World;

  • Explore the remote and pristine mountains of Hsipaw (northern Burma) on a 3 days trekking, sharing the day-to-day life of the local ethnic minorities that replicate still today the lifestyle and traditions of their ancestors;

  • Dive in the bucolic lifestyle of the Inle Lake, exploring its itinerant markets, floating agricultural fields, the ancestor fishermen’s foot paddling of an impossible balance and the traditional lotus flower weaving workshops;

  • Live a lifetime experience by spending the night in a true Buddhist monastery;

  • Dig deep off the beaten track, crossing the Inle, the second and third lakes to find the traditional Padaung villages and the impressive long neck women in their unique poise going through their day-to-day life;

  • Bagan, the land of a thousand temples, arguably the most spectacular temple complex in the world;

  • Indulge yourself in one of the most iconic hot balloon rides in the world in a exquisite flight through the temples of Bagan and experience a unique sunrise (optional);

  • Take your shoes off, a deep breath and climb the 777 steps separating the earthly world from the 37 nat spirits resting in Mount Popa, a spiritual journey shared with pilgrims, wild monkeys and a stunning landscape;

  • Refuse to face reality just yet and soak in this incredible experience while relaxing at the untouched beaches of Ngapali (optional extension).


hotel, B&B, local home stay and Buddhist monastery

number of participants

4 to 8


local transports (bus, train, boat, taxi)


  • airport Pick up and drop off

  • all governmental taxes applied to enter the tourist areas crossed during the journey (Mandalay, Inle Lake and Bagan)

  • 3 days trekking in the Hsipaw mountains w/ local guide, including 6 meals w/ local families

  • private boat during the 3 days spent in the Inle, Second and Third lakes

  • English speaking guide during the first day in Bagan

  • accommodation in hotel and B&B, breakfast included (10 nights)

  • accommodation w/ local families in the Hsipaw mountains or at a Buddhist monastery, breakfast included (2 nights)

  • outlines leader in charge of the organisation and escorting the group

  • transportation between all destinations and activities included in the program

  • welcome pack

  • travel insurance

Not included

  • meals not mentioned in the program

  • other activities and places not mentioned in the program

  • personal expenses and donations

  • flights to and from Mandalay (about 800€)


  • extension to Ngapali beach

  • hot balloon ride over Bagan

  • visits to museums

  • photo coverage of the entire trip

  • single supplement

Additional info

population. 51.5 million    

capital. Yangon    

area. 676,578 km2    

language. Burmese    

hour. +6:30 GMT    

electricity. 220v    

currency. kyat

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