Kunming to Yangon

Overlanding is an incredible way to see South East Asia! As the world's leading overlanding operator, Dragoman continues push the boundaries in South-East Asia with our fantastic itineraries throughout the region and running our pioneering trips through Myanmar since 2013, the world's first company to do so. Take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. This epic trip takes you right to the heart of the magical country of Myanmar (also known as Myanmar) - until recently a very reclusive and difficult-to-visit country, Myanmar is slowly beginning to welcome tourism, and this itinerary takes you to some of its most wonderful highlights and hidden gems! We begin in the delightful city of Kunming, and travel through the stunning landscapes of southern China to visit the fantastic town of Dali, famous for its ancient pagodas and unique Naxi culture. Crossing into Myanmar, we will get the opportunity to explore the tribal villages of the remote Shan state, wild camp in some Buddhist monasteries en route and visit the colonial outpost of Pyin U Lwin, before heading to the truly magnificent former royal capital of Mandalay! We'll then journey west past many incredible cave temples and ancient pagodas, and take a spectacular boat trip along the beautiful Ayeyarwady River to the archaeological wonder of Bagan, one of the most phenomenal historical sites on Earth. We'll get the opportunity to trek in the amazing hills of Kalaw and visit the floating markets on the serene Inle Lake, before overlanding through the bizarre official capital of Naypyidaw to the incredible city of Yangon and its iconic Shwedagon Pagoda. Join us for this unforgettable Asian overlanding adventure!

  • Duration: 22 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Trekking, Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, Historical Sites, Parks & Nature Reserves
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 158331
  • Starts: Kunming, China
  • Finishes: Yangon,
You will Visit
  • Kunming
  • Dali
  • Ruili
  • Hsipaw
  • Pyin U Lwin
  • Mandalay
  • Monywa
  • Pakkoku
  • Ayeyarwady River
  • Bagan
  • Kalaw
  • Inle Lake
  • Naypyidaw
  • Yangon



Day 1: Kunming

Border information: if joining in Kunming, you will most likely enter China at Kunming Changshui International Airport (IATA code: KMG).

Today will be a free day to explore the city of Kunming until the evening. There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kunming before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kunming.

In Kunming we will stay in a comfortable hotel.


Day 2-3: Dali

This morning we start out journey with a drive to the beautiful lakeside town of Dali. We will have a free afternoon to explore on arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours in a locally charted bus. (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the following day we will have a free day in Dali to enjoy the many optional activities available in the area, including taking a boat ride out on Lake Er Hai or taking the cable car up Cangtang Mountain.

In Dali we will stay in an excellent hostel in private or shared rooms.


Day 4: Kunming

Today we wil travel back to Kunming in the afternoon where we will prepare to leave for Myanmar the next day. 

Estimated Drive Time - 4 -5 hours ( in a locally chartered bus )

In Kunming we will stay in a comfortable hotel. 


Day 5-6: Hsipaw

Border information: Exit China at Kunming, enter Myanmar at Mandalay.

Today we will take a short flight from Kunming to Mandalay in Myanmar. Once we arrive we will make our way to the laid-back Shan village of Hsipaw in private chartered transport.

Estimated Drive Time - 5 - 6 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day for exploration of the area, and will hopefully have the opportunity to take a boat trip on the lake or head out on a day trek to the hill-tribes of the area.

In Hsipaw we will stay in a hotel.


Day 7: Pyin U Lwin

Today we will continue to the scenic hill town of Pyin U Lwin in the Shan highlands above Mandalay, where we will have a chance to explore the town and the beautiful botanical gardens.

In Pyin U Lwin we will stay in a good hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).


Day 8-10: Mandalay

Today we will have a free morning to further explore Pyin U Lwin, before our short drive to the enchanting and evocative former royal capital of Mandalay.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).

On our first full day here we will have a guided tour that includes a morning visit to Mandalay Hill, the world's largest book, the Golden Palace and the Mahamuni Pagoda, before finishing the day at the beautiful U Bin bridge in time for sunset.

On the following day we will have a second full day in Mandalay to freely explore the incredible city.

In Mandalay we will stay in a comfortable hotel.


Day 11: Monywa

This morning we will continue our journey to the town of Monywa, stopping en route to visit the Thanboddhay Pagoda and the Hpo Win Daung cave temples. 

In Monywa we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).


Day 12: Bagan

Today we make our way to the ancient town of Pakhan Gyi and the attractive town of Pakokku, where we board a boat to take us on a journey down the Ayeyarwady River to Bagan.

In Bagan we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours( in a locally chartered bus ).


Day 13-14: Bagan

Bagan is situated on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River and is home to the largest cluster of pagodas, Buddhist temples, stupas and ruins in the world - a place that has to be seen to be believed.

We will have 2 full days in Bagan, in which time we have a guided tour of the temple complexes and visit the 10th-Century old town of Bagan, including a visit to a local handicraft workshop. There will also be plenty of time for free exploration of the area.


Day 15: Kalaw

Today we will drive to the hill station town of Kalaw, where we will hopefully catch the lively market and explore the town.

In Kalaw we will stay in a good hotel in the town.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).


Day 16-18: Inle Lake

Today we have the opportunity for a day walk in the hills surrounding Kalaw, before returning in the afternoon for the short drive to the beautiful Inle Lake, a real highlight of a visit to Myanmar. The area is full of amazing floating gardens and can be explored by bike or on a long-tail boat.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).

On the following day we will have a full day tour around Inle Lake by long-tail boat to the floating farms and markets.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the area by bike, hike in the surrounding hills, or visit the local wineries and hot springs.

In Inle Lake we will stay in a local guesthouse.


Day 19: Naypyidaw

Today we will drive to the unique, bizarre and half-empty Myanmar capital of Naypyidaw, a city constructed in secret during the early 2000s. Here we will have the opportunity to explore the city in the truck.

In Naypyidaw we aim to stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).


Day 20: Yangon

Today we will complete our drive to Yangon, where we will have a free afternoon to explore or visit the Scott market.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).

In Yangon we will stay in a comfortable hotel.


Day 21: Yangon

Today we will have a guided tour of old Yangon, the Kandawgyi Lake, the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda and the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. You are then free to explore the city on your own.


Day 22: Yangon

Border information: if leaving in Yangon, you will most likely exit Myanmar at Yangon International Airport (IATA code: RGN).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Yangon. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

If are continuing to Bangkok, today you will move on to the town of Kyaikhto.

    • Trek out to remote hill tribe villages around Hsipaw in Burma's Shan State
    • Head out on a day trip to some of the main sights of Mandalay, including Mandalay Hill, the Kuthodaw and Mahamuni Pagodas, the Shwenandaw Kyaung Golden Monastery and U Bein bridge

    • Visit the incredible Hpo Win Daung cave temples and explore their Buddha staues and painted murals
    • Take a boat trip down the mighty Ayeyarwady River to arrive in Bagan

    • Take a day tour around the multitude of historical sites in and around the ancient capital of Bagan
    • Explore the famous floating markets of Inle Lake by long-tail boat
    • Enjoy a tour of Yangon, including the Kandawgyi Lake and the famous Shwedagon Paya temple
    Tour Staff
    • 2 crew, plus 1 local crew in China, Burma & Thailand
    • 0% Camping - 100% Hotels
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