Try on a new kind of adventure and immerse yourself in the warm and mysterious culture of Myanmar (Burma). Cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River to the ancient city of Bagan, home to over 2200 beautiful temples and pagodas. Explore the floating villages on serene Inle Lake. Visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery to meet a Buddhist monk and climb Mandalay Hill to reflect on serene views of the surrounding countryside. Come to a special place and create some new favourite memories.
Duration: 12 Days
Activities: Local Culture & Cuisine, History
Guide (Language): english
Start City: Yangon, Myanmar
Guaranteed Departure: No
Physical Demand: Light
Trip Rating: 0%
Trip ID: 155162
End City: Yangon, Myanmar
|Duration: 12 Days||Guaranteed Departure: Yes|
|For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History||Physical rating: Light|
|Accommodation standard: Moderate%||Traveller Tour Rating: 0%|
|Your Guide: English speaking||Tour code: 155162|
|Starts: Yangon, Myanmar||Finishes: Yangon, Myanmar|
Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned. You are free to relax and explore the city. Following a group meeting, we have an optional group dinner where you can sample some of the local cuisine.
Please note that most nationalities requires a visa to enter Myanmar (Burma); please double check this with your travel agent or local Myanmar Embassy prior to your arrival.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Arrival transfer included.
Fly to Mandalay and explore this ancient city, including the Golden Palace Monastery, Kuyuk Taw Gyi Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, and Mahamuni Temple. Climb Mandalay Hill for magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. This evening, visit a local home and enjoy a local comedy cabaret performance by the infamous Moustache Brothers.
Mandalay Hill Climb
Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) Visit
Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda Visit
Kuthodaw Pagoda Visit
Mahamuni Pagoda (Buddha Temple) Visit
Burmese Political Satire Performance
Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Embark on a boat trip up the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to the riverside village of Mingun, enjoying the picturesque scenery of this river and the lifestyles of the local people who live and work on these waters. We continue by road to Sagaing. After lunch we visit Amarapura, a former capital whose name means "city of immortality."
Mingun Village Boat Trip and Visit
Sagaing Hill Visit
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the jetty for the boat to Bagan (Nyaung Oo). The journey takes 7-11 hours depending on the time of year and water level. On board there is a small café selling drinks and light meals (sandwiches, snacks and instant noodles usually).
When water levels are insufficient for the boat, we will use the bus for that part of the journey. Boat cancellations typically happen between April and September.
Ayeyarwady River Cruise
Private Vehicle (0.25 hour(s))
Enjoy two days exploring Bagan, the first (and very beautiful) capital of the Burmese and founded in the 11th century. This is one the most important temples and pagoda complexes in Asia. We'll wander local markets, historical pagodas, a handicraft workshop, a local monastery, and ancient temples. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.
Bagan Guided Tour
Kyan Sithar Umin Monastery Visit
You have the option to take a hot-air balloon flight over the plains of Bagan.
Toddy Palm Farm Visit
This morning, fly from Bagan to Heho and then travel by road to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. Also visit around Nyaung Shwe by cycle rickshaw, passing the many monasteries and cruising along quiet residential streets.
We then board a boat and set off down the canal toward the main part of the lake, passing villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people.
Nyaung Shwe Visit
Plane (1.75 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.75-1.00 hours)
Board a boat and set off down the canal toward the main part of Inle lake. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles.
Boat (1.00 hour(s))
Depending on its location, we start with a visit to the morning market, which rotates locations on a five-day basis. (Note: there are no markets on full-moon or dark-moon days.)
Our boat then takes us down a winding river to Inthien, with its one thousand stupas dotting the hillside. Back out onto the lake we visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake's main pagoda and monastery, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. Mid-day, we are welcomed into a local chef's home and enjoy a home cooked meal of traditional Burmese dishes. This is a memorable demonstration and meal and a chance to learn more about family life and traditions in Myanmar.
Morning Market Visit
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Visit
Nga Phe Chaung Monastery Visit
Cheroot Factory Visit
Burmese Cooking Class
Travel by boat and bus to the cooler air of this former British hill station. Take a half-day hike and enjoy lunch in the hills around Kalaw. Visit villages that have been helped by the Rural Development Society, a community-based organization that provides water, builds schools and libraries, and finances small-scale community projects.
Local Burmese Village Trek
Boat (1.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Fly back to Yangon and visit the Shwedagon Pagoda. Enjoy free time to explore and shop in the old capital.
Shwedagon Pagoda Visit
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Transfer to hotel.
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Trip Name: The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)
Duration: 12 Days
From Price: 3599
Trip Code: 155162
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