Inside Burma Tours

Small Group Tour IBT Classic

Hands On Burma

14 Nights: from US$4777 Trip Code: HOB

From pottery to temple vistas, cooking classes to bathing elephants, this is a culturally immersive hands on tour that will show you the true heart of Burma and its people. Read more >

Rudyard Kipling once said "This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about." From marionette making to learning fishing techniques, from bathing with elephants to interactive cooking classes, and from luxury resorts to over water villas, this 15-day Hands On Burma tour is indeed quite unlike any other.

Beginning in the busting ancient capital of Mandalay, you'll enjoy a breakfast with locals in one of the city's famous tea shops, learn the ancient art of making marionettes, explore the famous historical sites of the city and take a boat trip up river into the rural countryside for a day with local fishermen.

The stunning temple landscape of Bagan awaits where, as well as exploring some of the most spectacular of these ancient sites, understand local arts and culture with visits to lively markets, monasteries and artisan workshops.

A short flight brings you to Kalaw, an old British Hill Station with lush mountain scenery. Modern day it is host to the Green Hill Elephant Camp, an ethical sanctuary set up to take care of retired elephants, where you will spend a day shadowing the mahouts, feeding and bathing these majestic creatures.

The next stop is the spectacular Inle Lake where you will learn about life on one of the most diverse lakes in Asia with a day learning fishing techniques, farming on the floating gardens and cooking with locals. Also pay a visit to one of the most impressive vineyards in Burma for some indulgent wine tasting whilst watching a spectacular sun setting over the surrounding plains.

After a stop at the little visited Sagar, with its fascinating sunken stupas emerging from the water, continue into the rural to Loikaw, a little-known and little-visited gem in the Kayah State countryside. Kayah State is packed with rolling hills, waterfalls, caves and lakes - and as one of the least-populated states in Myanmar, it's the perfect place to get back to nature. Here you will visit ethnic villages, learn about local cottage industries, take part in making the traditional Kayah sausage and getting your hands coloured at a dyeing workshop.

The tour ends in Yangon but the activities don't stop there. Hop on the Circle Train and take in the fascinating townships around the city buzzing with activity. Spend time walking amid market stalls examining the fruits, produce and meats on sale while chatting with friendly locals. Jump on a local boat and cruise down river to the village of Twante, where local potters work with traditional tools and local kilns and materials. Once there, you'll visit with community artisans and not only see some of their products, but also learn how their work is produced. Fancy getting your hands dirty? Then participate in a literal hands-on lesson as you test out their traditional pottery methods.

The tour draws to an end watching the sun setting over the majestic Swedagon Pagoada, the perfect ending to your interactive and cultural adventure through this country; truly unlike any other.

Important Practical Information

Group Size: 4 - 14

Single Supplement: A mandatory single supplement is applicable for all single travellers and will guarantee a single room for all nights of the tour.

Accommodation: At all night stops on the Hands On Burma tour your room will have full en-suite facilities (attached bath, shower and toilet).

Transport and Luggage: Please note that we use a range of transportation methods on tour - planes, boats and private coaches. There will be occasions where you may have to carry your bags for short distances, so please ensure you pack with this in mind.

International Flights: This tour starts in Mandalay and finishes in Yangon.

Check-in: Please note that check-in at the Mandalay hotel is from 2pm. (You can, however, securely leave your luggage at the front desk at any time).

At a glance

What's Included >

What's included

  • 14 nights' hotel accommodation
  • All transport between destinations (including airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Meet-and-greet upon arrival at Mandalay International Airport
  • Breakfast every day, eight lunches and three evening meals
  • All excursions and experiences included (except those described as optional) as outlined in the day- by-day itinerary
  • Full-time services of your tour leader
  • An expert local guide in most destinations
  • InsideBurma Tours complimentary Info-Pack
  • Tips for local guides and coach drivers

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Entrance fees or additional transport costs not outlined, or described as optional in the day- by-day itinerary
  • All drinks and any meals not outlined above
  • Any tips for hotel porters, your tour leader and others

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Tour Price Information

  • Tour Price: From US$4777
  • Single Supplement: US$1128

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share pp US$113 Single pp US$224
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share pp US$71 Single pp US$143

Tour Highlights

  • Learn the ancient art of marionette making
  • Bathe with elephants in Kalaw
  • Take part in traditional cottage industries in Loikaw
  • Participate in a pottery lesson in the picturesque village of Twante
  • Meet with local artisans in Bagan
  • Be taught fishing techniques, floating garden farming and cooking with locals at Inle Lake
  • You can also get Hands on in our other destinations: Vietnam, Cambodia and Japan. Ask us!

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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Single supplement from £778

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