To the north of Yangon (Rangoon) lie the Irrawaddy plains, holding not only important populations of declining waterbirds, but also supporting no less than four endemic species (the striking Hooded Treepie, Jerdon’s Minivet, White-throated Babbler and Burmese Bush Lark), which are confined to the dry forest and thorn scrub characteristic of this endemic-rich area. A good proportion of our time will be spent in the southern end of the eastern mountains known as the Chin Hills, in the vicinity of Mount Victoria. These mountains form part of the Eastern Himalayas, another endemic-rich bird region that also sustains several species only seen by a handful of intrepid birders during the past 70 years. These include White-browed Nuthatch, Mount Victoria Babax, Burmese Bushtit, Black-bibbed Tit and Chin Hills Wren-Babbler. Our final destinations will be in the southern Shan State situated in the mountains of central Burma. Here we will explore the broad-leaved forests around Kalaw for Burmese Yuhina, another range-restricted species, and a good selection of other hill forest birds. Lastly, we will visit Inle Lake to search for the highly localized Jerdon’s Bushchat and near-endemic Collared Myna amongst a wealth of interesting wetland species.
Tour Dates: 4th to 17th January (14 days)
Tour Price: US$4,450 * £2,860 * €3,400 * ZAR40,220 per person sharing (see below) US$400 approximate cost of domestic flights
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size: Limited to 8 participants and 1 M17026 leader
4th January-Arrival in Yangon and visit Shwedagon Pagoda
5th January-Yangon to Bagan
6th January-Bagan area
7th January-Bagan to Mt. Victoria
8th to 11th January-Mt. Victoria area
12th January-Mt. Victoria to Bagan
13th January-Bagan to Kalaw
14th January-Kalaw area
15th January-Kalaw to Inle
16th January-Inle area and flight back to Yangon via Heho
17th January-Yangon area (Hlawga Park) and depart
The fee for the Myanmar (Burma) – Endemics of Remote Asia tour is US$4,450 * £2,860 * €3,400 * ZAR40,220 per person sharing. (Please note: this does NOT include the internal flights as mentioned in the itinerary. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +- US$400. We can book these flights on your behalf at no extra charge.)
The single supplement cost is US$275 and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
This tour fee includes:
•All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 14;
•Bottled drinking water;
•All lodgings as per itinerary;
•Ground transportation and boat trips mentioned in the itinerary;
•Reserve entrance fees;
•Guiding services of a M17026 leader and local guides; and
•Tips for local guides and services.
The tour fee does not include:
•ANY flights, including the domestic flights mentioned in the itinerary (see above);
•Any beverages (including mini-bar charges at hotels);
•Special gratuities; and
•Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Approximate flight and single supplement rates have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated M17026 leader at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your M17026 leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.
•A fair amount of time is spent in vehicles and we do also undertake 3 internal flights, as we do have to cover fair distances in order to get to the best birding areas. The more luggage you pack, the less room there is in the vehicle (plus you may also have to pay for overweight luggage on flights!), so it is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg (44lbs) for check in luggage and 8kg (+-18lbs) for hand luggage.
•Leeches do occur in some of the reserves; encountering them really depends on how much recent rain there has been. If you do have leach socks, it might therefore be a good idea to bring them along; otherwise, tucking your long pants into your socks is usually sufficient to deter them from latching on.
•Fitness: This Myanmar tour does not require a high level of fitness but participants should be in good general health as most of the birding will be done on foot, and may require walking for several hours at a time. However this will generally be done on flat, easy trails and downhill along quiet back-roads. Should you have any physical limitations, please notify us in advance of departure. Please also note that for much of the tour you will be far away from modern medical facilities.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
The first day of the tour is essentially an arrival day and you are free to arrive at any time on this day. Please note however that lunch on day 1 is included in the tour price and we will do some birding around town in the afternoon, as well as visit the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda in the early evening of the first day. The tour will conclude after lunch on day 14 in Yangon. It is recommended that you book your international flight to depart no earlier that the late afternoon/early evening on this day. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the M17026 office.
Yangon is the main port of entry for international flights in Myanmar and is well serviced by many of the world’s major airlines. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. We can, however, book the internal flights on your behalf. IMPORTANT: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the M17026 office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
Tour Price: US$4,450 * £2,860 * €3,400 * ZAR40,220 per person sharing (see below)
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