Drive crossing into Myanmar is crossing into history. Navigate the lush and remote highlands through the legendary Burma Road, a well-traveled supply route during World War II. It is a country of date back to the centaury, powered by ox-driven carts and steel bicycles. You will be sharing the road with bikes, chickens, pigs, dogs and ox carts on the narrow roads often crowded with people. These streets often dwindled down to remote, bumpy dirt paths, and beyond those paths often lay what amounted to mud slicks and switchbacks.
The routes: As Myanmar is rapidity opening up to the rest of the world, there are some new initiatives being taken by the government which include some new destinations just added up in the existing Caravan routes.
Route # 01:Drive into Myanmar from Thailand via Mae Sot/Myawady common border crossing point. Travel through the country and leave from Htee Kee (Dawei)/ Phu Nam Ron (Kanchanaburi) border crossing point in to Thailand or vice versa.
Route # 02:Drive into Myanmar from Thailand via Mae Sot/Myawady common border crossing point. Travel through the country and travel further north to Muse via Mandalay, Lashio and cross in to China via Muse/Ruili border crossing point or vice versa.
Route # 03: Drive into Myanmar from Thailand via Mae Sot/Myawady common border crossing point. Travel further north to Mandalay and then west via Monywar to Kalaymyo then in to India via Tamu/Moreh common border crossing point or vice versa.
Route # 04: Drive into Myanmar from Thailand via Phu Nam Ron (Kanchanaburi) Kanchanabury/ Htee Kee (Dawei) border crossing point. Travel further north to Mandalay and then west via Monywar to Kalaymyo then in to India via Tamu/Moreh common border crossing point or vice versa.
Route # 05: Drive into Myanmar from China via Ruili/Muse common border crossing point. Travel through south within Myanmar, turn west from Mandalay and further north – west to Tamu from where in to India state of Assam via Tamu/Moreh common border crossing point, or vice versa.
Route # 06:Drive into Myanmar from India via Moreh/Tamu common border crossing point, travel west to Tedim, further west to Reh and drive back into India via Rihkhawdar/ Zokhawthar common border crossing point, or vice versa.
Route # 07:Drive into Myanmar from India via Moreh/Tamu common border crossing point, travel south-east to Monywar, turn east to Mandalay and further north in to China via Muse/Ruili common border crossing point into China via Muse/ Ruili common border crossing point or vice versa.
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A deposit of 30% of your trip cost per person is require to secure your booking. The balance will need to be settled 15 day before commence of trek. Bookings made within 15 days must be paid in full at the time of booking.
Prices quoted are net basis and valid according to the date specified on the printed tariffs, quotation, invoice etc. Myanmar Hill lodges (Myanmar Highland Eco-adventures) warrants that the prices or rates quoted are correct at the time of issuance but are subject to change in line with market, tax or currency fluctuation.
All cancellations must be advised in writing and are accepted from the date the written confirmation is received and applied cancellation as below.
30 days before trip date: you will lose your deposit
15 days and less before the trip date: 50% of the total cost per person
Less than 7 day before trip date: no refunds will be made
If reservations are cancelled (or) no-show: no refunds will be made
If the change is minor we will endeavor to make the change at no further cost to you. If the change requires more work than we impose you an appropriate charge ask you to pay the charge before we action the change. Please note we may not be able to accommodate your request during “high occupation period”. In such case we will not be responsible for any lost or additional costs incurred. Should trip be cancelled after deposit cancellation fee may applies.
There is no limitation on the group size on this program, however Myanmar Hill Lodges (Myanmar Highland Eco-adventures) reserves the right to combine in order to form a decent group on same departure.
No refunds will be considered any unused service after commencement of the tour, trek or expeditions regardless of the reason whatsoever.
Some comfortable cotton long sleeves pants and shirts and a lightweight jacket or windbreaker will be useful to tackle variety of weather pattern. A thick sweater or fleece sweat shirt would be ideal to wear in the evenings, when temperatures decline considerably.
Such as flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries, lighter, pocketknife, reading and writing material and personal first aid kit would be essential for your convenience.
A pair of sun glass and hat is essential for your protection from sun. You will also need some sun screen to protect against sunburn.
It’s important to keep insect repellent to keep the insects away.
It depends on the route chosen. Hotel accommodation will be available while in towns and cities with facilities such as en-suite private bath with running hot and cold shower and daily breakfast. Guesthouse accommodation where available in the remote areas where you may have to share common bath and toilet and breakfast usually served at local tea shops. Limited amount of hot water will be supplied for face wash in every morning. On request we will arrange tented accommodation in the wildness areas.
Between November and March is the best time to travel to Myanmar. Mostly clear skies, warm during the day and cool evenings. Average temperature would be between low 10/15 and high 25/30 degree Celsius. Temperature steadily decreases between late December and early February. Between April and August will be monsoon where we have rain almost all part of country. September and October will be a window season with greener environment.
Depending on the route chosen, road and weather condition, estimate daily drive time would vary between shortest 3 hour and longest will be 8 hour. We also need to allocate some time to enjoy the nature and interact with friendly locals. Day normally starts at 8 or 9 in the morning follow by breakfast. We try to reach our destination well in time to relax and engage activities like social, cultural interaction.
Most of our program focuses on cultural and ethnic value thus your trail going across tribal activities, which allow you social interactions with local. Sights and sounds may differ from one to another routes but one thing remain same is that you will experience something that cannot be found in tourist guide books.
Myanmar, being poor in terms of infrastructure owing some of the challenging roads network. Depending on the route chosen, you will experience fair amount of off-road driving experience. Both your vehicle and you need to be fit with physical and mentally for this venture.
A hot breakfast usually is served in the mornings, lunch usually is simple, light and serve during mid-day. Dinner will be more extensive.
What about guides?
We provide English language guide. Upon advance request we will be able to arrange other language guides at additional cost.
All our guides are qualified in wilderness first aid, and carry a basic medical first aid kit.
This program is suitable to anyone with normal health and fitness condition. However older clients or clients with pre-existing medical conditions may require a doctor’s letter confirming their fitness for the trip. During your visit you are under the direction of your trip leader and he/she has total authority to determine your suitability to participate.