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Luxury cruise from Mandalay to Bagan, enjoy the best of Bagan, Inle Lake and Yangon: 14 days

Experience the very best of Myanmar with a luxury 4 night cruise from Mandalay to Bagan on the serene Irrawaddy River. Explore the majesty and local culture of Bagan before flying to Myanmar's water wonderland - Inle Lake. Finish off your Myanmar journey in the former capital Yangon. 

Myanmar is a treat for your senses - from the food, to the people, culture, spectacular temples and beautiful countryside ~ travelling here is an experience not to be missed.

Please note: The cruise does not run from March to the end of July as during this time the Irrawaddy River dries up and become unnavigable. Cruises resume in August when the rains come and bring the river back to life. 

This is a Small Group Tour with your own guide, driver and a maximum of 10 people (often less). The exception to this is the Pandaw cruise which will include more people. If you would like to make this tour a Private Tour, please contact us for a quote. We also offer Tailor Made Tours  to Myanmar. 

* Price includes 2 domestic flights, 13 nights' accommodation including a 4 night cruise, transfers, guides, 28 meals and more. Price does not include return international flights from your country of origin.

We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from Australia to Yangon are approximately $800-$1000 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw! 

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Day 1: Arrival in Mandalay

Welcome to Mandalay! Mandalay is the second largest city of Myanmar and is one of the ancient royal capitals. It is often perceived and described in literature as Asia at its most traditional, timeless and alluring. Those who go are also met by a booming and vibrant city located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

Upon arrival at the Mandalay International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the city which is about a one hour drive from the airport. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at your leisure. 

Overnight in Mandalay: Sakura Princess Hotel Mandalay - Superior Room (3 star); Best Western Plus Eastern Hotel - Deluxe Room (4 Star); Mandalay Hill Resort, Superior Palace View (5 Star)

Day 2: Marvel at Mandalay ~ giant Buddha, world's biggest book and so much more!

Begin your tour of Mandalay with a visit to the Mandalay Palace Kyauktawgyi Pagoda where you will find a giant Buddha carved from one marble block.

Then proceed to Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as 'The World’s Biggest Book' for its collection of 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings.

The final stop of the morning is Shwenandaw Monastery, the Golden Monastery which is the only enduring structure from the Royal Palace of the 19th century. This impressive structure is celebrated for its remarkable woodcarvings.

In the afternoon continue your guided tour with a visit to the Mahamuni Pagoda. This pagoda houses one of the country’s most honored Buddha images, completely covered in gold leaves that are every day applied to the statue by male devotees.

There are also many craft workshops in Mandalay - gold leaf making, tapestries, wood carvings or marionettes and should you wish and if time permits, a visit can be arranged. Explore Sulamani Pagoda, Mandalay Palace and end the day enjoying the sunset from Mandalay Hill.

Overnight in Mandalay: Sakura Princess Hotel Mandalay - Superior Room (3 star); Best Western Plus Eastern Hotel - Deluxe Room (4 Star); Mandalay Hill Resort, Superior Palace View (5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Day in Mandalay and then commence your 4 night cruise

Spend the day at leisure in Mandalay before being transferred to the Mandalay Sagaing Jetty at 5pm to board your cruise. 

Your cruise is with Pandaw Cruises and with them you will journey down the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to Bagan.

Pandaw Cruises are known for their beautiful ships finished in teak and brass built by traditional craftsmen. The ships are of the colonial-era character and with ultra-shallow drafts they can travel to remote area of the river that are not able to be reached any other way. Passengers have described being on board Pandaw ships more like "being a guest on a private motor yacht than a on a cruise ship. This is a luxury experience and a beautiful way to see the gorgeous river settings. 

Your ship will be either RV Orient Pandaw, RV Katha Pandaw, RV Kalaw Pandaw or RV Kha Byoo depending on availability. Please refer to the "MORE INFO" tab on this page for more details about these river cruise ships and the inclusions.

Enjoy dinner on board. 

Overnight on the Pandaw Cruise: Main Deck (3 Star); Upper Deck (4 and 5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4: Cruise to the Sagaing Hills, Ava & Amarapura

This morning enjoy an offshore excursion to the picturesque Sagaing where pagodas and monasteries crowd the hills. Another of Myanmar's ancient capitals, the hills along the riverbank are home to hundreds of white, silver and gold pagodas. 

Continue your cruise down the Irrawaddy River to Ava, or Inwa as it is also known. This is like a trip back in time and the splendour of the past is evident in this ancient city. Then travel by coach to the ancient city of Amarapura and enjoy the sunset on the scenic U Bein Bridge. Built in 1782, it spans 1.2 km across the shallow Taungthaman Lake and is said to be the longest teakwood bridge worldwide. Enjoy the late afternoon beauty as the sun casts long shadows and illuminates the bridge.

Overnight on the Pandaw Cruise: Main Deck (3 Star); Upper Deck (4 and 5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Continue to cruise down Irrawaddy River to Yandabo

Enjoy the morning relaxing in the comfort of your cruise boat and the passing scenery as you cruise down the river. Arrive at the picturesque Yandabo and explore the village famous for its production of terracotta made from the riverbank clay. Spend the rest of the day on board the cruise. 

Overnight on the Pandaw Cruise: Main Deck (3 Star); Upper Deck (4 and 5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Cruise on to Pakokku and Bagan

Continue your cruise to Pakokku, a quiet and traditional town. Visit the local markets and town centre by tuk tuk before continuing on to Bagan. Arrive in Bagan in the afternoon and explore a selection of the 3,000 plus monuments by coach. 

Bagan is known to be one of the greatest architectural sites in Asia. When Bagan was the centre of Myanmar from the 11th to 13th centuries the monarchs built multitudes of massive stupas and pagodas, scores of which are still present on the shores of the Irrawaddy River. The majesty of Bagan, with more than 4,000 red brick temples on a plain the size of Manhattan island is one of the highlights of a Myanmar holiday.

Overnight on your Pandaw Cruise: Main Deck (3 Star); Upper Deck (4 and 5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Enjoy some morning excursions in Bagan before disembarking 

Enjoy a morning excursion in Bagan - this fascinating city is sure to wow your senses. Also visit a lacquer workshop to witness a traditional craft of Myanmar. Then continue back to the ship for lunch. Your time aboard the cruise now ends and after disembarkation you will be transferred to your hotel.  

Overnight in Bagan: Bagwa Theiddhi Hotel - Superior Room (3 star); Amata Garden Resort Bagan - Deluxe Room (4 Star); Aye Yar River View Resort - Deluxe Room (5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 8: Explore the best of Bagan 

Discover more of Bagan with an introduction to Burmese culture. See traditional craftsmen at work and travel up the mighty Irrawaddy River to a decidedly unusual ‘cave’ temple. Your first port of call is an elevated temple with panoramic views of the Bagan plains. This viewpoint will give you a taste of the sheer number of temples as well as some of their distinctive styles. From here, look around the Ananda Temple – one of the most exalted of Bagan’s temples. The tour will reach this point before the majority of tourist arrive, enabling you to enjoy the splendour of the temple in relative tranquility.

Continue to various other temples dotted around the temple plains to experience a variety of architectural styles in the area as well as the artistic wonder of the 9-14th centuries. Traveling amid the temples you will get a taste of rural Bagan life in this ‘living museum’ setting where farmers and families work amongst the monuments.

In the afternoon head back to your hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure relaxing or as you wish. 

Overnight in Bagan: Bagwa Theiddhi Hotel - Superior Room (3 star); Amata Garden Resort Bagan - Deluxe Room (4 Star); Aye Yar River View Resort - Deluxe Room (5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 9: Temples & local life in Bagan

Optional tour: Start the morning with an exciting hot-air balloon ride above the Bagan countryside. You will observe one-of-a-kind views when the sun begins to rise over the Irrawaddy River and various stupas in the region. This option is available from October / November through to early April depending on weather conditions. The cost is USD329 per person and the tour departs around 5.30am. The balloon ride is a highlight for many people who visit Myanmar. You can read more about the itinerary here.

After breakfast visit the Nyaung Oo Market, where the locals come to trade fresh produce and other goods daily. From here explore Old Bagan starting with a visit to the renowned Shwezigon Pagoda, constructed by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century. Travel down dusty lanes and tree shaded roads past temples and monasteries to a small village. Explore the village on foot, getting a glimpse of local life. Continue to lesser-known monuments in the area for the remainder of the morning, selected based on your interest. If you wish, a short walk can be arranged through a series of smaller monuments which allows for a unique perspective of Bagan.

From here journey by horse cart for an excursion that passes Thatbyinnyu, the tallest temple in Bagan, the gigantic Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork, and of course, the well-known Sulamani Temple. Take pleasure in an extraordinary sunset from the upper terrace of one of the surrounding temples.

Overnight in Bagan: Bagwa Theiddhi Hotel - Superior Room (3 star); Amata Garden Resort Bagan - Deluxe Room (4 Star); Aye Yar River View Resort - Deluxe Room (5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 10: Fly to Heho, enjoy short drive and then board motorboat to Inle Lake

This morning transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Heho (40 minute flight). From Heho, it is a scenic one-hour drive to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake.

Here you will board a private motorboat and go to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. The calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic hills provide the perfect backdrop. Observe the daily activities of the local leg-rowing fishermen and see their ‘floating gardens’, which are built up from strips of water hyacinth, earth and anchored to the bottom of the lake with bamboo poles.

Visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which houses many early Shan Buddha images. In the past this temple was known for its ‘jumping cats’ but these days there are only a few felines roaming around and none are jumping any more. Finally, proceed to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, which contains five sacred images of Buddha decorated in gold leaf.

There are also many traditional crafts originating on Inle Lake and, should you wish it can be arranged for you to visit one of the workshops - woven items from lotus silk, boat builders (depending on the time of year), a cigar making workshop, blacksmiths or even silver smiths.

Overnight in Inle: Royal Inlay Hotel (Nyaungshwe) - Superior Room (3 star); Amata Garden Resort Inle - Deluxe Room (4 Star); Novotel Inle Lake - Junior Suite (5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 11: Visit morning market followed by day exploring the surrounds of Inle

Today begins with a visit to the lake’s morning market (the market is open every day apart from new moon and full moon calendar days). The market is a hive of activity as the lake's residents gather to buy fresh produce and other goods in the early morning hours.

Continue with a 1-hour boat ride down a small canal that will take you to the Pa-Oh village of Indein, positioned on the Western shores of Inle Lake. Take a leisurely stroll around the village before ascending the moss-covered stairway to the top of a hill. Once you’ve arrived at the summit, you will be greeted by an iconic Buddha image which sits enshrined among hundreds of stupa ruins and overgrown shrubbery. Then it’s time to embark on a gentle 45 minute trek to Sae Ma village. Along the way, you can enjoy the natural beauty, panoramic vistas and the shade of the bamboo grooves. Upon arrival at the village, observe the daily lifestyles of the rural inhabitants.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure.

Overnight in Inle: Royal Inlay Hotel (Nyaungshwe) - Superior Room (3 star); Amata Garden Resort Inle - Deluxe Room (4 Star); Novotel Inle Lake - Junior Suite (5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 12: Fly to Yangon and enjoy and afternoon of sightseeing

Breakfast will be served at your hotel before driving by a combination of boat and car to the Heho Airport (1-1.5 hour) for a short flight back to Yangon (around 1 hour). Upon arrival at Yangon airport you’ll be greeted by your guide and driver then transferred to your hotel in Yangon.

In the afternoon begin your sightseeing of Yangon with a visit to the 70-metre reclining Buddha at Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda. Then head to Chinatown for a change of scenery and check out the dragons and incense of the colourful Khen Hock Keong Chinese temple. Explore the vibrant street stalls where vendors sell all kinds of fruit, vegetable and other goods or simply walk around and soak in the atmosphere of this little China in Yangon.

Resume your sightseeing with a visit to the gleaming royal barge at Kandawgyi Park. Then, as the sun begins to set, travel to the resplendent Shwedagon Pagoda. Begin at the eastern entrance to find a row of shops at the base of the temple selling various religious items such as monks robes, alms bowls, offerings, incense and other Buddhist objects. Continue up the stairs to the main platform of Shwedagon where you will gaze in awe at the 100-metre gold-covered chedi (stupa).

Overnight in Yangon: Grand Laurel Hotel - Superior Room (3 Star); Esperado Hotel Yangon - Deluxe Room (4 Star); The Rose Garden - Superior Room (5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 13: Enjoy a day at leisure in Yangon

Spend the day at leisure in Yangon.

Overnight in Yangon: Grand Laurel Hotel - Superior Room (3 Star); Esperado Hotel Yangon - Deluxe Room (4 Star); The Rose Garden - Superior Room (5 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14: Time to go home or onto your next adventure

Today the tour ends. After breakfast you will be taken to the airport in time for your flight. 

Meals included: Breakfast 


* All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard and location will be booked.

  • 14 day tour of Myanmar travelling to Mandalay, Bagan, Inle & Yangon.
  • 13 nights' accommodation including a 4 night cruise.
  • 4 night luxury cruise down the Irrawady River from Mandalay to Bagan including Sagaing, Ava (Inwa), Yandabo and Pakokku with shore excursions and many other inclusions. 
  • 27 meals included (daily breakfast, 10 lunches and 4 dinners)
  • 2x domestic flights: Bagan to Inle and Inle to Yangon.
  • All transport throughout the tour (as per itinerary). 
  • All airport transfers – your tour guide will be there to meet you on arrival and get you to the airport on time for your departure.
  • English speaking guide (in each location you will have a different guide).
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
  • Bottled mineral water on tour days. 
  • Visit Mandalay, its many pagodas and monasteries including the giant marble Buddha at Kyauktawgyi pagoda.
  • A 4 night cruise on the luxury and small boat Pandaw Cruises. Cruise the serene Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to Bagan.
  • The pagoda packed hills of Sagaing.
  • The ancient city Ava, the scenic Amarapura where you can watch the sun go down behind the U Bien bridge.
  • Shore excursions to Yandabo and Pakokku.
  • Visit Bagan where hundreds of Buddhist monuments and pagodas rise from the surrounding forest. This is a sight not to be missed. Enjoy a tour of many of the temples. 
  • Discover local life in Bagan with the Nyaung Oo Markets and a trip to a small village and a horse and cart ride. 
  • Discover the beauty of Inle Lake with its floating gardens, spectacular scenery and unique leg-rowing fishermen. 
  • A city tour of Yangon, including the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda - a highlight of Myanmar. 

Travelbay Myanmar - 14 Day Best of Burma Cruise and Tour 

Detailed map of cruise:

Please note: Pagan is used interchangeably with Bagan. 

Travebay Myanmar 14 Day Cruise & Tour -Cruise Map

How to get there:
This tour starts in Mandalay and ends in Yangon, Myanmar.

Travelbay works together with an excellent corporate flight booking company and is happy to provide you with a quote and organise your flights. We charge a $50 booking fee for this service. Alternatively, if you would like to arrange flights yourself you can find more information and suggestions here.

If you are wanting to know more about how far it is between destinations and how long your flight will take, you can visit and use their trip calculator.

To help you calculate the time difference we recommend World Time Buddy.

Visa information: 
If a visa is required for any country you are visiting it is each travellers responsibility to ensure they have obtained a valid visa prior to travel. Every country has different requirements and it also depends on the nationality of the passport you are travelling on. 

To find out the visa requirements for your destination, you can check here with Visalink.

If a visa is required you can use the services on the same link, or you may wish to apply directly yourself.

In addition to the above link, we have provided some more information on visas here: Visa Information page

Please note: Every country has different visa requirements and charges. To support we attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit.

Currency information:
The currency used in Myanmar is the Kyat.

Only USD and Euro can be exchanged in Myanmar - not AUD.  

There are many ATMs in Myanmar where you can withdraw a maximum of 500,000 Kyat at any one time (minimum of 50,000). 

We recommend letting your bank know that you will be travelling to Myanmar to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.

Cruise information:

Travebay Myanmar 14 Day Cruise & Tour -

This tour includes a 4 night cruise with Pandaw Cruises. If you would like to cruise with another company please let us know as we can arrange this and will need to change the itinerary and departure dates accordingly. 

Due to the water levels the cruise does not operate from April to the end of July.

Travelbay Myanmar 14 Day Best of Burma Tour.

Travelbay Myanmar 14 Day Best of Burma Tour.

The staterooms onboard are built in the colonial era character and they are one of the celebrated features of the Pandaw ships. 

Travelbay Myanmar 14 Day Best of Burma Tour. 

The experience on Pandaw is an outdoor, fresh air experience. The promenade decks and the vast observation deck make for a wonderful setting where you can relax in comfort and enjoy the riverside panoramas unfold before your eyes. The Irrawaddy river is one of the great rivers of Asia. 


All main meals are included in the cruise and great choice of local cuisine and exotic foods are on offer. Ingredients are sourced as locally as possible, always in accordance with strictly-monitored environmental health standards.

Breakfast is a buffet, while lunch features a buffet, plus soup, salad and a desert table, with the main course served at the table. Dinner is by waiter-service at the table.

Individual dietary preferences can be catered for. Passengers who prefer not to be served hot or spicy foods are offered delicious European-style alternatives and vegetarians are especially well catered for. Other special diets may be accommodated, by prior arrangement. 


  • Fruit and flowers on arrival
  • Kimonos and slippers
  • Spa-branded amenities
  • Unlimited mineral water
  • Welcome cocktail party
  • Signature hors d’oeuvres at cocktails each evening
  • Afternoon tea with cakes or cookies when cruising
  • Cookery demonstrations and classes using local produce
  • All scheduled excursions
  • At least two cultural performances per cruise
  • Tour of the engine rooms, galley and working parts of the ship
  • Film presentations on local culture and history
  • Sodas, beers and local spirits 
  • Cold towels on deck all day
  • Jugged coffee, tea and tisanes on deck from sunrise till sunset
  • Crew gratuities are included in your cruise program price


Excursions ashore are a key part of any Pandaw river expedition. There is at least one stop a day, and usually twice. The expert guides will accompany you on these explorations ashore or you are welcome to make individual excursions as there are no issues of safety or security in any of the ports we visit.

  • All scheduled excursions are accompanied by members of the crew with first aid kits, water and cold towels
  • Entrance fees for sights included in the itinerary
  • Comprehensive fact sheets or 'trip books' provided
  • Passengers can visit Pandaw Charity projects along the way and interact with the local communities who welcome us
  • There is an opportunity to travel to local markets with the Pandaw Head Chef at least once during the cruise programme
  • We provide crew assists for those who require them in areas where river banks are steep and slippery
  • While individual excursions are encouraged, passengers are asked to rejoin the ship at the appointed time to avoid delays in our schedule

Travelbay Myanmar 14 Day Best of Burma Tour.

For more information on the cruise, you can visit their website here

Tipping and tour guides:
A few customers have asked us about tipping. Really this is a personal matter, not obligatory and at your discretion.

Some like to provide the tour guide with a few dollars a day and a little less for the driver. If you love your guide you can of course offer more – it really is up to you.

Tour guides will not generally join you when eating – you are welcome to invite them though if you feel to.

Vaccination information:
Travelbay recommends you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels.  Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information. 

Electricity and Adaptors
A useful resource to find out what plug or adaptor you might need for any country can be found by clicking here: and then selecting the country or countries you are visiting.

Myanmar has a monsoon climate with three main seasons - cool, hot and rainy. 

Cool (and dry) season: The cooler months are from October to February. The average temperature is around 18 - 24°C. This is a popular time to travel in Myanmar and coincides with the peak season.

Hot, dry season: March to May. In March the temperatures start to climb, leading up to the next rainy season at the end of May. It’s hot in most of the country during this time and the rains come at the end of May. The average temperature is around 25 - 36° and can reach 40°C.

Rainy season: June to October. This is the monsoon season. From June to August the rain can be intense. This season brings frequent and heavy downpours of rain, mainly in the afternoon and evening especially in the Bay of Bengal coast, in Yangon and the Irrawaddy Delta, the rest of the country is drier. The weather is more humid at this time making travel less comfortable. The rains give way to dry weather in October and the temperatures begin to lower.

From the end of September and October the rains are less intense and you will most likely experience more sunshine. The temperatures are generally lower and more pleasant at this time. The average temperature is around 24 - 29°C.

Peak season: Peak travel time in Myanmar is from November to February.

March, April and October are also good times to travel as the weather is not too hot nor is it the rainy season.

June to the end of September is considered the low season which coincides with the monsoon season.

Our beach tours do not run from May until October and our tours with a river cruise do not operate from May until the end of July.

The New Year Holidays and Water Festival fall in the middle of April and during this time many people travel home to their families. If you do wish to travel at this time there will be a high season surcharge of around 50%.

In Inle in October there is the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival and in Taunggyi in November there is the Hot Air Balloon Festival. Travel to these places during these festivals will incur a high season surcharge.


  • It is advisable to bring comfortable lightweight, loose fitting, cotton clothing and long-sleeved items for protection from mosquitoes and the sun. A hat and high-factor sun block is advisable for protection against the hot sun when sightseeing.
  • T-shirts and knee length shorts are acceptable for visiting temples or pagodas. The dress code for pagodas and monasteries prescribe decent apparel, no footwear is allowed when visiting pagodas and monasteries. Shoes are generally removed at the entrance to pagodas.
  • Evenings in the hill stations and on Inle Lake can be quite chilly so bring a sweater or other warm clothing if visiting these areas. This applies especially for the winter months November-February for treks and the Inle Lake area where early morning boat rides can be quite cold.
  • Shoes (and socks!) must be removed before entering any religious building or private home. It is therefore useful to wear shoes without too many laces and which can easily be taken off.
  • Myanmar is a country deeply respectful of their religious and cultural traditions. Please kindly note a few things as below:
    • For men and women when you wear Myanmar dress, which is sold ready to wear, make sure you do not wear it carelessly such as unbuttoned or with your knee showing.
    • Wearing short skirts or shorts or showing too much skin can be considered insulting to the locals. When visiting pagodas and temples, pleas ensure your legs and arms are covered.

Population of Myanmar: 54.4 million

Language: Burmese

Predominant religion: Around 90% of the population follows Buddhism

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Terms & Conditions

Booking Process:

Upon purchase of your tour online you will immediately receive a receipt and order confirmation. Travelbay will contact the tour operator to confirm availability for all accommodation and transportation for your tour.

As soon as we have confirmed the dates (usually within 48 hours sometimes a little longer at weekends) we will email you your booking confirmation.

We will request further information from you to ensure that all your personal preferences are taken care of. This will include details such as your accommodation preferences, dietary requests, allergies, health issues, emergency contact and any special requirements. We will also request copies of the passport for each traveller so that we can organise and book all the flights that are listed as being included in the price of this tour.

Very Important:

It is extremely rare for any of these tours to not have availability (as we remove them when full) however, it is important to note that your dates are only confirmed once we have been in touch with you to confirm availability. Therefore, please wait on purchasing your international flights until you have received booking confirmation from us.

In the unlikely event that there is no availability on your chosen date we will offer you alternate dates. If these do not suit we will fully refund your payment.

Booking Information:

  • Quoted prices are per person
  • Booking valid for selected and booked travel dates.
  • Please book at least 40 days prior to your desired date of travel.
  • Bookings are subject to availability.
  • Child pricing: Please contact us for child pricing.  
  • Minimum group size is 2.
  • Maximum group size is 10. Please contact us if your group is larger than 10 people. 
  • The listed "Price per person ~ single room" relates to having your own room for the tour (with a minimum of 2 people on the tour). If you are a single traveller please contact us for a single traveller price. 
  • If you would like to arrive before the start of tour or leave later and require extra nights’ accommodation, please contact us and we can arrange it for you at very reasonable rates.
  • Prior to completion of your booking we take great care to go through all the details together with you until we get everything exactly as you would like it. At that point we confirm your booking and the details and you pay for it. If after payment, you decide to make further changes we will do what we can to accommodate them and will also need to charge an additional $50 administration fee.


    • 13 nights' accommodation. 
      • Check-in & check-out time: generally, check in is after 2 pm and check out before 12 pm. Early check-in and late check-out are subject to room availability and may generate additional full day room rate.
    • 4 night cruise from Mandalay to Bagan.
    • 27 meals as per itinerary.
    • 2 domestic flights: Bagan to Inle, Inle to Yangon. 20kg checked baggage, 7kg hand baggage. These flights will be with Air KBZ. 
    • Free wifi available at the hotel lobby.
    • Free local SIM card for each person to use whilst in Myanmar. This comes with a small amount of credit and allows you to connect to the internet (3G SIM card). 
    • English speaking guides (in each location you will have a different guide).
    • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
    • All airport transfers.
    • Please note: There is one airport transfer on arrival and one airport transfer on departure for the group booked. If within your group you will be arriving separately, please contact us for a quote.
    • All transport as per itinerary. 
    • Taxes and service fees.


    • International airfares to and from Myanmar.
    • Meals not outlined in the itinerary.
    • Drinks for all meals.
    • Compulsory Christmas and New Year dinner surcharge. This applies for the following departure dates:
      • 16 December 2017
      • 30 December 2017
    • Myanmar Visa (please see the MORE INFO tab for more information on visas).
    • Optional hot air balloon ride in Bagan. Charge of USD329 per person payable directly to the tour operator. Available from October to early April and is dependent on weather conditions. 
    • Tips and gratuities.
    • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry etc.
    • Others not indicated in the inclusions.

    General Terms & Conditions:

    • Your contract with Travelbay commences upon us providing you with a booking confirmation (not upon payment).
    • By purchasing this tour you confirm that you have read, understood and agree to these terms and conditions.
    • All prices we list are in AUD unless otherwise stated and include GST where payable.
    • This package, including any unused portion, cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.
    • Some accommodation providers may require that you present a credit card or cash deposit upon check-in to cover any additional expenses that may be incurred during your stay, for example mini-bar. You are responsible for the payment of any such additional expenses.
    • Please check baggage allowance prior to travel. The allowance may vary according to the destination, airline, cruise or coach operator. You are responsible for any excess baggage fees.
    • Travelbay recommends travel insurance. We would be pleased to provide you with a quote and support you in your insurance needs. Please click here or contact us on 1800 020 020.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid visa, if required. Please click here for more information on visa requirements.
    • Passport and visa regulations can change and it is your responsibility to ensure that you possess the relevant travel documents before you travel. Delays can be experienced in obtaining a passport or visa, so you are advised to apply in plenty of time. We accept no responsibility in any regard in relation to customers who are denied entry to a country because they do not possess the correct travel documents.
    • It is also your responsibility to ensure that you hold a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your date of return. If you hold multiple passports, you may be required to present your passport of residence on departing that country. If you hold a passport for a country to which you are travelling, you may be obliged to produce that passport on entering the country. Accordingly, you could be obliged to carry more than one passport when travelling overseas. You should make your own enquiries in relation to your specific circumstances and requirements.
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    • When purchasing flights, cruises and other carriage and travel services, the name on the passport must match the name on the ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid. If, after purchasing products or services but before traveling, any member of your party changes their name you must notify the relevant carrier, or us, immediately so that the necessary changes can be made to your documentation. You may incur a fee.
    • Travelbay recommends you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels.  Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information. For those of you who have any medical conditions please also ensure you are fit to travel and have all the medication you need with you. Recommended inoculations for travel may change and you should consult your doctor for current recommendations before you depart. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet all health entry requirements, obtain recommended inoculations, take all recommended medication, and follow all medical advice in relation to your trip.
    • Many but not all suppliers have facilities for people who require assistance. If you have any disabilities or require special assistance, please let us know at the time of booking so we can check if suitable services are available.
    • It is your responsibility to review travel prohibitions, warnings, announcements and advisories issued by the relevant government agencies prior to booking travel or departing to international destinations. For Australian travellers, information on conditions in various countries and the level of risk associated with travel to particular international destinations can be found on the Australian Government's travel advisory and consular assistance service website currently located at For travellers from other countries we recommend you check the travel recommendations of your country.
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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 1 review
    Great holiday

    Overall can only recommend this tour. All the accommodation was great, especially the boat.