14 Days from$2200 p/p in USD
DeparturesJan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Guided, Small Group
This incredible birding tour explores the major birding sites of Myanmar, from the lowland forest of Hlawga National Park and freshwater Inle Lake to the mountains of Natmataung National Park. Search for Myanmar’s endemic and near endemic birds, along with other Southeast Asian & Himalayan species.
Safari types:Birding Safari
Getting around:Transfer Vehicle
Start/end:Start in Yangon International Airport, end in Yangon International Airport
- Two nights in Yangon – opportunity to marvel at the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda
- Hlawga National Park – localized Davison’s Bulbul, other lowland forest birds
- Best birding sites around Kalaw – near endemic Burmese Yuhina, other sought-after species
- Inle Lake – Jerdon’s Bushchat, Collared Myna, water birds
- Ancient city of Bagan – rich archaeological site with over 2000 ancient monuments dated from 9th to 12th AD
- Bagan – endemic species such as Burmese Bushlark, White-throated Babbler, Hooded Treepie, and Jerdon’s Minivet
- Four nights in Natmataung National Park – endemics, widespread Asian mountain birds and Himalayan species including highly sought-after endemic White-browed Nuthatch and Burmese Tit
- December 1st 2019
- January 1st 2020
- February 1st 2020
- March 1st 2020
Your date of travel
This means the date of your arrival in an appointed city in Myanmar, where your tour starts and commencement of services. Be sure to get to Yangon (the appointed city) when you choose the international airlines for your trip.
Getting to Myanmar by air
Most international flights arrive at Yangon, a few international flights land at Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw airports. The most common and best way to enter Myanmar by air is via Bangkok to Yangon (Myanmar), though there are other regular direct flights to Myanmar with several other Asian regional cities including Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
RATES – PER PERSON USD
From USD 2,200 per person
Single supplement USD 480
All tour prices are subject to increase without notice if foreign exchange rates change prior to departure. However, once we have received your deposit for any tours you have booked, that land price is guaranteed, and any subsequent land cost increase are at our expense, not including surcharges and government tax increases. Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing a room. Single room supplement will be mentioned where applicable.
- 13-nights in twin-bedded rooms with private en-suite bathrooms at simple hotels with breakfasts
- Three-way domestic flights (YGN-HEH/HEH-NYU/NYU-YGN)
- A local English speaking bird guide
- Airport transfers by private air-con vehicle
- Ground transportation by private air-con vehicle
- Birding by boat on the Inle Lake
- Entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Bottled drinking water daily
- International flights & airport taxes
- Travel insurance and visa
- Meals (lunch & dinner)
- Optional activities
- Extension trips
- Tips, drinks, personal spending
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Myanmar Birding Tours‘
- All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
- ‘Myanmar Birding Tours‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
- All itineraries are subject to availability
Day by Day Overview
Upon arriving at the Yangon International Airport, a private transfer will take you to your hotel. Those who have arrived by mid-afternoon will have the opportunity to visit the massive, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, a stunning sight and still a vital center of Myanmar Buddhists.
We drive north toward the park of Hlawga on the outskirts of bustling Yangon and spend the day birding in mixed lowland forest in the park. Search of the localized Davison’s Bulbul and other lowland forest birds.
Departing Yangon, we travel north on a short domestic flight to the eastern mountains of Myanmar, arriving at the gateway airport of Heho in southern Shan State. A short drive brings us to the former colonial hill station of Kalaw where we spend two days exploring the best birding sites around Kalaw. There’s a chance to see the highly localized near endemic Burmese Yuhina along with other sought-after species.
Early in the morning we take a drive to Inle Lake, the second largest fresh water lake in the country. The ecosystem of the freshwater lake is home to over 200 bird species and about 79 migratory birds. The lake is famous for its leg-rowers who stand on a tiny boat and use one leg to row an oar, which you cannot find anywhere else in the world. We spend the day birding by boat on the lake in search of the highly localized Jerdon’s Bushchat, Chinese Grass-babbler and near-endemic Collared Myna, along with a bounty of other wetland species.
We depart on a morning flight heading north towards Bagan in the central dray zone of Myanmar. The ancient city of Bagan is the richest archeological site in Southeast Asia and dotted with over 2000 well preserved ancient temples and pagoda dating back from 9th to 13th century. We will spend two days birding among those countless red brick temple and pagodas, searching for its dry zone’s specialties. On one afternoon, we’ll take a short boat trip to a grassy island in the middle of Irrawaddy River to search for its specialties like River Lapwing, Yellow-eyed and Striated Babblers, desirable White-tailed Stonechat, and Yellow-breasted Bunting. If time permits while we are in Bagan, we’ll go to a temple to enjoy the beautiful sunset from an upper terrace of the temple, making it an unforgettable travel experience.
Leaving Bagan behind, we take a long drive heading west towards the national park of Natmataung in the Chin Hills, in which the seldom-visited Mt. Victoria is situated. The Chin Hills are mountain ranges that consist of a southern extension of the eastern Himalayas. We make our way through Nagabwet Forest Reserve and see the landscape gradually grow moister. We make some stops along the way to see the scarce and habitat-specific White-rumped Falcon, along with other lowland specialties. We arrive in Kanpetlet in the evening and stay for four nights at a mountain lodge set inside the national park, situated at about 1400m (4200ft) above sea level.
We spend three full days birding in the national park of Natmataung that is ornithologically considered to be the best birding region of the country for a variety of habitats ranging from mixed oak and rhododendron forest, montane bamboo, pine forest, thick secondary growth with tall grass and scrub, semi-cultivated fields and grasslands. We concentrate our efforts on searching for highly sought-after endemic White-browed Nuthatch, Burmese Tit and along with other Asian mountain birds & widespread Himalayan species.
Descending from the Chin Hills, we make our way back to hot and dry Bagan. We’ll leave early to spend our limited time birding in the dry dipterocarp and mid and low-altitude deciduous forest that is found along the way in search of Gray-headed, Blossom-headed, Alexandrine, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Himalayan and Greater Flamebacks, Greater Yellownape, Collared Falconet, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Red-headed Trogon, Large Woodshrike, Large Cuckooshrike, Brown-cheeked Fulvetta, and Blue-throated Flycatcher. We arrive back and stay overnight at a hotel in Bagan.
A private transfer will take you to Nyaung Oo airport for your domestic flight back to Yangon. Afterwads there’s free time at the hotel in Yangon or time to explore.
Enjoy free time at your hotel before your transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight home.