We love Myanmar so much we want to take you there.
This summer, for the very first time, we’re organizing a trip to Myanmar.
We’d love to show you around this wonderful country, home to four of our hostels across Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake! Could it be the warmth of its inhabitants, the incredible food that blends together Indian and Thai cuisines, the 2000+ pagodas, one more beautiful than the other, the breath taking views, the charm of the local traditions still uncontaminated by tourism, or a mix of all of these things, that represent the essence of what we would like to find ourselves in front of when we travel.
We’re allergic to safari-holidays and organized tours.
We’re not tourists, we’re travelers.
We, Ostello Bello’s staff, can’t wait to leave and catch up with our Burmese colleagues, who will be keeping us company throughout these weeks.
We’ll be moving together from one stop to the next, but that doesn’t mean we’re clingy, at all.
We’ll be flexible and open to the possibility to include, even if just for a day, new travel buddies that we’ll meet along our way.
We’ll take care of transportation, recommending activities and pointing out the best spots, multiplying your opportunities to discover incredible places and people – and of course we’ll be sleeping in the best hostels in Myanmar 😉
For the rest of it, you’ll be completely free to choose how you want to spend your days… nobody will judge you if you want to float around Ostello Bello Bagan Pool’s swimming pool all day!
Then we’ll catch up in front of a pint.
(By the way: every evening in the hostel you’ll get a couple of free drinks, to make everything more Bello)
Yangon has Myanmar’s principal airport and is where our adventure will begin. We’ll meet up before sunset at the Shwedagon Pagoda, to get started in style. There, after dropping off our bags, we’ll take in the beauty, stretch our legs and start to get to know our new travel buddies in front of a delicious aperitivo.
*the standard pass includes the night bus from Yangon to Mandalay. For those who choose to travel by plane, the extra charge includes a night in a hostel in Yangon.
Founded in 1857 by Emperor Mindon Min, the city owes its name to Mandalay hill, a panoramic spot with a wonderful view over the city. The view must have always been spectacular, since legends say that Buddha himself loved to walk there. Some of the most famous places of worship in the country are around Mandalay: the Shwenandaw Kyaung monastery, the Mahamuni Pagoda and the Kuthodaw Paya, also known as“the biggest book in the world” because of the 729 marble stems engraved with the sacred Buddhist scriptures. Mandalay is often underrated and many just think of it as somewhere to pass through, but since we’ve been living here we’ve discovered that there’s much more than what’s showcased in the guide books, and we want to let you in on it too!
Activities around Mandalay
When you’ll have had enough of pagodas, you could go for a walk through the Zay Cho market, with its big baskets filled with colourful fruit and vegetables, learn a local artisan’s tricks, enjoy a romantic stroll on Mandalay Hill during sunset or along the world’s longest wooden bridge, sing your heart out at a Karaoke KTV, explore the three historic capitals around Mandalay, take a boat ride up to the incredible Mingun Temple, roll over laughing at a local comedy show or enjoy the thrill of seeing us in our swimming costumes as we jump into the DeeDoke waterfalls. They say the rooftop parties at Ostello Bello Mandalay are the best in the country…
Transportation from Mandalay to Bagan can be by bus (about 4 and a half hours) or by boat, depending on the weather. It’s a really nice trip, but if you’d rather fly there is a further additional charge of €100.
“Imagine all of the medieval European cathedrals concentrated into an area as big as Manhattan: you’ll start to get an idea of Bagan’s King’s ambitions.” Bagan’s Valley of the Temples might be Myanmar’s main attraction. In this area you’ll find the most spectacular pagodas, some are extreme, like the one perked on the top of a volcano, Mount Popa, more than 1500 meters above sea level. We won’t hide that it does take a bit of a climb to reach it.
Activities around Bagan
Here you can choose if you feel like saying hi to some monkeys, going on a bike tour of the pagodas, enjoying a boat ride at sunset or sunrise, going for lunch at our manager Rosta’s in-laws’, as you can imagine he’s settled down wonderfully, practicing some yoga, visiting the marvelous Kyat Khayon cave monastery, bargaining at the Nyaung U market, visiting Action Aid’s HQ, feeding some cute turtles, enjoying a traditional Burmese massage, or going for a nice home dinner at our friend Ba Chit’s. During the evening Ostello Bello Bagan is livened by a bunch of great events our super staff puts together.
Extra activities not included in the price:
Spend a whole day alongside Action Aid volunteers
*The standard pass includes the night bus from Bagan to Nyaung Shwe. For those who choose to travel by plane, the extra charge includes a night in Ostello Bello Bagan.
Visit Inle Lake and you will instantly feel in a Miyazaki movie. The landscape, the bamboo villages built on water, the floating tomatoes plantations and the local dancing fishermen will leave you speechless. Inle Lake is a magical place – especially so at sunrise and sunset, when everything turns pink and you’ll feel without a worry in the world. It’s the second biggest lake in Myanmar and in 2015 it was the first area in the country to become a UNESCO world heritage site as part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, thanks to the great quantity of its endemic species.
Activities around Inle Lake
We’d be crazy if we didn’t recommend some boat tours in the area, even if you can choose to dedicate yourself to the noble art of food at a local cooking school, or learn to make tofu in a Tofu Village, or why not visit the most important winery in Myanmar, go to the night market, enjoy a traditional puppet show, or enjoy a meal at our fishermen friends’ place. For the more adventurous, we can venture into a two day hike from Kalaw to Inle and go exploring in a kayak or by bike. We’d hate to show off, but the aperitivos at sunset from Ostello Bello Nyaung Shwe are pretty incredible. It’ll be really tough to say goodbye after all these adventures, but we can fill up on food all together with a wonderful Burmese last supper at our favourite restaurant.
Extra activities not included in the price:
A visit to Green Hill Valley elephant sanctuary, where the big boys are finally treated right.
*The standard pass includes the bus ride or the flight from Nyaung Shwe to Yangon on the thirteenth day. If you’ll be needing to spend a night in Yangon we can help you find accommodation.
If you’d like to carry on traveling without going back to square one we’ll give you an equivalent ticket for your next stop.
Round 1: 25 July – 6 August
Round 2: 8 August – 20 August
For us traveling is fundamental, and Myanmar is so beautiful we’d like to take all of our friends. This is also why we care about maintaining a reasonable price
MYANMAR PASS – only for this summer €699
The standard pass includes all of the internal transportation, the accommodation, the cost of all of the recommended activities as well as a lot of food, free drinks and most importantly our magnificent company.
If you like to fly, we recommend travelling by plane* instead of bus. You can also enjoy an additional night in the hostels!
If you’re traveling as a couple and want a little privacy, you can choose to sleep in a double room**
*If you choose to fly instead of travel by night bus from Yangon to Mandalay, from Bagan to Inle and from Inle to Yangon, the additional charge is of 300€
NB: Transportation from Mandalay to Bagan can be by bus (about 4 and a half hours) or by boat, depending on the weather. It’s a really nice trip, but if you’d rather fly there is a further additional charge of €100.
**If you choose to sleep in a double room, the additional charge is of 150€/person for all nights
since it’s not an organized tour, everyone is free to find the insurance they prefer. The most popular among travelers is World Nomads, you can find all of the info at this link.
You’ll need a passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of the trip
A visa for Myanmar is usually obligatory, take a look at this website to find out what the conditions are for your nationality.
There are no obligatory vaccines
Thanks, you’re a star!