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Essential Myanmar

Come to one of the less visited countries in Southeast Asia in complete luxury in our Myanmar In Style tour. Start with Yangon and visit its many pagodas and animated streets.

Day 1: Arrive Yangon                      

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your Guide who will accompany you as you transfer to your hotel.

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.  myanmar day 1

After lunch, we’ll visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. A visit to Kyaukhtatgyi provides a great overview of Buddhism with murals depicting the life of Buddha. The feet of the statue are carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gathering to pay homage and pray. Continue to a local tea shop for a chance to experience an integral part of Burmese life: drinking tea! Select from an array of snacks and enjoy a coffee or tea as you sit amid businessmen, friends and families who gather at the tea shop to socialize or conduct business.

Next your guided tour goes to Kandawgyi Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. Here you will see the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge, with the vast lake and views of Shwedagon in the background. Depending on the day of your visit, Kandawgyi may be busy with local families who come here on the weekend to relax in the fresh air.

From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend states that the original structure was built 2500 years ago then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 8-sided central stupa is 99 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas and your guide will show you around the massive complex, explaining why this temple is so revered. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.

Overnight in Yangon.

Distances and journey time:

Yangon Airport to Yangon city centre (20 km): 30 – 60 mins

Day 2: Yangon – Bagan

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for a flight to Bagan (Nyaung Oo).

From the 11th to 13th centuries, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers constructed thousands of huge stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Myanmar day 2

On arrival, your journey begins with a visit an elevated temple from where you will have a panoramic view of the magnificent plains of Bagan. Continue with a visit to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan’s rich history. Then, visit to nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple, noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.

This afternoon begin with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples.  Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed.

From here, travel by horse cart for a tour passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple.

Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.

Overnight in Bagan.

Distances and journey time:

Nyaung U Airport to Old Bagan (9 km): 20 mins

Nyaung U Airport to New Bagan (12 km): 20 mins

Day 3: Bagan  

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Balloon Experience Over Bagan – Start your morning with an incredible hot-air balloon flight over Bagan’s temple-studded plains. Pastries, croissants, coffee and tea are provided while the balloon is inflated.  Climb aboard before gently rising above thousands of gilded stupas and earthen temples all back-dropped by the impressive Irrawaddy River.  A truly unforgettable and unique experience. (Note: available only from late- October to late-March; all flights weather permitting

After breakfast, visit the colorful Nyaung Oo Market where villagers gather every day to buy and sell their produce and other goods.  Continue to Myinkaba village and take a short walking tour to explore the temples of Manuha and Nan Paya.

Explore more temples in the area, visit more craft shops or return to your hotel for a break to relax from the midday heat.

This afternoon, continue to the rural village of Minnanthu, one of Bagan’s least visited areas.  Here you will explore temples such as Payathonzu, Lemyentha and Nandamannya before heading to the riverside pier.  Board a local boat for a slow cruise down the Irrawaddy River.  As you cruise the waters, observe the lifestyle of the fishermen and riverside villagers as well as enjoying the unique perspective of Bagan’s temples.

Return to your hotel this evening.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 4: Bagan – Mandalay      

Early this morning transfer to the airport for a flight to Mandalay.

Upon arrival, begin your sightseeing tour of Mandalay with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda. This pagoda is home to one of the country’s most revered Buddha images which, over the years, has been covered with gold leaf, giving it an almost ‘lumpy’ texture. Mandalay is well known for its skilled craftsmen and as you tour traditional workshops, you will learn more about the city’s cottage industries. Observe the production of wood carvings, kalaga tapestries, and gold-leaf where the techniques remained unchanged from those used centuries ago to craft items for the Royal Court.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY:  Make your own marionette- Visit a local craftshop, choose your marionette’s design (clothes, face, body) and make your own unique souvenir. The entire process takes around 1 hour and is suitable for adults and children.

This afternoon, continue your tour of Mandalay with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’. Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. This grand teak building is known for its exquisite woodcarving.

Head to the top of Mandalay Hill as the sun begins to set to enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Distances and journey time:

Mandalay Airport to Mandalay city centre (41 km): 60 mins

Day 5: Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing – Mandalay

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Mahamuni Face Washing – Wake up early this morning (around 0400) and catch a local taxi to Mahamuni Pagoda (without guide). Every morning before dawn, the monks wash the face of the ‘lumpy’ Buddha image with special fragrant water and brush its teeth. The ritual takes around one hour and is a unique insight into Buddhism. Return to your hotel around 0730 for breakfast.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Balloon Experience Over Mandalay – As your hot-air balloon rises against the backdrop of Mandalay Hill, the first site to greet you is 729 white pitaka pagodas housing the world’s largest book.  Drifting above the vibrant city you’ll witness barefoot monks collecting alms, bustling morning markets, boats coming alive on the Irrawaddy River and U Bein Bridge in Amarapura.    (Note: available only from late- October to late-March; all flights weather permitting)
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After breakfast at the hotel, depart for an excursion around Mandalay to explore the former capitals of Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura.

This morning, cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar.  It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers and you will visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae.

We’ll also visit Sagaing’s local market, a typical Burmese market that few tourists visit. Here you will find a range of items for sale including locally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts. We will also stop at a small pottery village to see the process of making the ubiquitous water pots found throughout Myanmar.

Then continue south of the city to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries, where a short ferry ride will take us across the river to where our horse and carriage are waiting. Visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. There are many small villages located amid Ava’s ruins and as you travel by horse and cart you’ll get a glimpse of local life in the Burmese countryside. We’ll stop for lunch in Ava before returning to our car.

Return toward the city and stop at Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’. First visit a silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products. After touring this tranquil site, continue to U Bein Bridge for a walk along this 200 year-old teak bridge. The bridge was constructed of 984 teak posts that were once part of the deserted Inwa Palace. It is 1.2 kilometers in length, making it the world’s longest teak span. Enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Distances and journey time:

Mandalay-Amarapura (13 km): 30 mins
Mandalay-Sagaing (21 km): 50 mins

Day 6: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake

After breakfast, transfer to Mandalay Airport for a flight to Heho.

From Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads 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. We will also stop in Nyaung Shwe for a short walk around town and visit to the colorful market if it is being held that day.
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Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. 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. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, 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 the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand.

If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.

Overnight on Inle Lake.

Distances and journey time:

Heho Airport to Nyaung Shwe (28 km): 45 mins

Nyaung Shwe Jetty to Hotel on Inle Lake (10 – 20 km): 30 – 60 mins

Day 7: In Dien – Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon 

After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day).

From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of In Dein.  Explore the area on foot, strolling around the village and wander through the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area. Alaung Sitthou is filled with picturesque ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below.

After today’s tour, drive to the Heho Airport for the flight to Yangon and upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 8: Depart Yangon            

Depending on flight time, there is an option to take a ride on Yangon’s Circle Train in the morning.

This morning transfer to Yangon Railways station to take a unique ride on the city’s circular train ride through the outskirts of town (20-30 minutes ride). This slowly traveling train gives you unique opportunity to observe the lively, colorful lifestyle of the local people.  Disembark at the Kyi Myin Daing market where you can peruse the various stalls and interact with the friendly vendors before transferring back to Yagnon.

This afternoon, visit Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, where you can browse through the wide selection of Myanmar handicrafts and other goods before transferring to Yangon International Airport for your onward flight. (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays)

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ACCOMMODATION

STANDARD OPTION

City Hotel Hotel Category Room Category
Yangon Hotel Grand United (Ahlone) First Class Superior
Bagan Arthawka Standard Deluxe
Mandalay Hotel My World Standard Superior
Inle Lake Royal Inle Hotel Standard Deluxe

 

STANDARD PRICING: in US Dollars per person for shared twin/double
Rates are valid until 30 September 2016

Number of Persons 1 2 3-4 5-6 7-10 11-15 SGL Supp
1 Oct 2015 -30 Apr 2016 1939 1167 1078 913 907 820 236
1 May 2016 -30 Sep 2016 1538 830 758 609 605 517 201

 

FIRST CLASS OPTION

City Hotel Hotel Category Room Category
Yangon Taw Win Gardens First Class Deluxe City View
Bagan Shwe Yee Pwint First Class Deluxe
Mandalay Bagan King First Class Deluxe
Inle Lake Golden Island Cottages First Class Superior

 

FIRST CLASS PRICING: in US Dollars per person for shared twin/double
Rates are valid until 30 September 2016

Number of Persons 1 2 3-4 5-6 7-10 11-15 SGL Supp
1 Oct 2015 -30 Apr 2016 2116 1273 1180 1016 1007 921 295
1 May 2016 -30 Sep 2016 1567 840 763 624 618 541 262

 

SUPERIOR OPTION

City Hotel Hotel Category Room Category
Yangon Chatrium Hotel Superior Deluxe
Bagan Ariendmar Superior Deluxe
Mandalay Mandalay Hill Resort Superior Superior
Inle Lake Inle Resort Superior Royal Villa

 

SUPERIOR PRICING: in US Dollars per person for shared twin/double

Rates are valid until 30 September 2016

Number of Persons 1 2 3-4 5-6 7-10 11-15 SGL Supp
1 Oct 2015 -30 Apr 2016 2750 1568 1475 1315 1308 1217 633
1 May 2016 -30 Sep 2016 2023 1094 1012 866 859 778 438

 

DELUXE OPTION

City Hotel Hotel Category Room Category
Yangon The Strand Hotel Deluxe Superior Suite
Bagan Aureum Palace Hotel Deluxe Jasmine/Orchid Villa
Mandalay Mandalay Hill Resort Superior Deluxe Hill View
Inle Lake Villa Inle Resort Deluxe Lake Front Single Villa

 

DELUXE PRICING: in US Dollars per person for shared twin/double

Rates are valid until 30 September 2016

Number of Persons 1 2 3-4 5-6 7-10 11-15 SGL Supp
1 Oct 2015 -30 Apr 2016 3631 2005 1915 1755 1746 1660 1083
1 May 2016 -30 Sep 2016 2783 1446 1356 1198 1191 1102 803

 

Note:

  • Surcharges or compulsory meals may apply for holiday periods like Christmas, New Year, Water Festival, etc.
  • All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions, tour attractions, tours and flight schedules.

 

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • English-speaking station guides (different station guide in each destination)
  • Porter fees at airports
  • All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Private motorized boat in Inle Lake and sunset cruise in Bagan
  • Horse cart tours in Bagan & Ava
  • Entrance fees for the visits as mentioned in the program (Shwedagone Entrance Fee, Bagan Zone Fee, Mandalay Zone Fee, Sagaing Zone Fee, Inle Zone Fee)
  • Water and refreshing towels

 

Our services do not include:

  • International ticket to/from Yangon
  • Domestic flights (Please refer to the supplement table below)
  • Meals other than mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Visa arrangements for Myanmar
  • Visits not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips and porters at the hotels
  • Credit card fees (4%) or bank transfer fees for non-cash payments
  • Any other items not mentioned

 

Optional Tours

DAY ACTIVITY USD / Person
Day 3 – Bagan Balloon Experience Over Bagan 275
Day 4 – Mandalay Make Your Own Marionette 17
Day 5 – Mandalay Mahamuni Face Washing 15
Day 5 – Mandalay Balloon Experience Over Mandalay 240

 

Note: Please confirm these services with your Travel Consultant at time of booking
Rates are valid from 1 October 2015 to 30 April 2016
ADDITIONAL AIRFARES

ROUTE AIRLINE USD / Person
Yangon – Nyaung U Air Bagan, Air KBZ, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways or Asian Wings Airways 106
Nyaung U – Mandalay 60
Mandalay – Heho 59
Heho – Yangon 106

 

Note: All airfares are subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
Supplement guide other languages:

Language Supplement per group per program USD
French /German / Italian / Spanish 620 per package
Chinese/ Russian 820/package

 

Supplement for English speaking throughout guide: 460 USD /package

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Essential Myanmar