Burma Discovery

10 days culture & local experience

10 DAYS CULTURE & LOCAL EXPERIENCE

This tour introduces the inspiring towns, culture and the real taste of authentic people throughout the whole country. Take the opportunity to mingle the diverse architecture of the city, magnificent Shwedagon pagoda and bustling Indian town in Yangon.

Continue to Shan Hill to explore British Hill station, Kalaw and cruising the Inle Lake by private boat to explore ways of Ihtha life , floating garden and hidden Indein pagoda complex.
Discovery on Royal Palace, 200 years old bridge, some cottage industries and Mandalay Hill in Mandalay. Wonder Bagan ancient temples and nearby villages to see local products and daily life. Your tour will conclude in Yangon with a visit to colorful Chinatown with some foodies and a glass of beer on the last eve.

Route: Yangon – Kalaw – Inle Lake – Mandalay – Bagan – Yangon

Tour Details

Day 1 - Yangon - Arrival

Arrival at Yangon. On arrival, you will be welcome and transfer to downtown with a brief introduction enroute.

Check in at hotel (guarantee early check in)
Start your exploration of Yangon with a walking tour taking in some of the best examples of the city’s wonderful colonial architecture, the lovely Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument as well as the lively Indian Quarters. Later this afternoon, take a walk along the promenade of Kandawgyi Lake.
Finally, end the day at the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon’s crowning glory.

Overnight in Yangon – 1 night
Accommodation: The Cloud 10 Boutique Hotel or similar

Charming characteristic cozy style accommodation,located in quite place near German embassy. Hotel strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach to magnificent Shwedagon pagoda,Kangawgyi lake & garden and Chaukhtetgyi reclining Buddha. Modern bathrooms with en suite showers and toilets match international upscale hotel standards. All rooms have air conditioning and free wifi access. Breakfast served at balcony facing to the garden gives relaxing ambiance.

Day 2 - Yangon - Kalaw

Flight to Heho and continue to Kalaw – Kalaw explorer including lunch

Transfer to airport for flight to Heho (1 hour flight).
On arrival at Heho, a scenic drive to Kalaw. Meet up with your trekking guide at hotel for a full day trek in the hills beyond Kalaw, hiking amidst beautiful landscapes and remote hilltribes - a special experience of culture and nature. Traverse gentle rolling green hills peppered with farms and villages. Stop in hill tribe villages, where the way of life has remained untouched by time. Along the way, enjoy lunch in a local house, before heading back to Kalaw for the night (lunch included). Trekking grade : easy to moderate

Overnight in Kalaw – 1 night
Accommodation : Dream Villa Hotel or similar

Local family running  “The Dream Villa Hotel ” is also a great example for the upcoming private hotel “industry” in the country: tastefully furnished colonial style charming accommodation .All rooms offer overlooking view to lush grounds, pine trees and mountain. are  very spacious, spotless, bright rooms decorated with local craft and bathrooms.  The hotel has integrated all of the modern comforts, including from coffee/tea making facilities to mini bar. The restaurant serves both traditional and more western oriented food of a very good quality.

Hotel is walking distance to the market ,town center and nearby tribes.

Day 3 - Kalaw to Nyaung Shwe, gate way to Inle Lake via a stop at Pindaya Cave

Collect your luggage and take a short orientation tour of the town to see the some colonial architecture and the charming old train station before heading to Pindaya.

The drive passes through rolling hills used as farms and a lot of activity planting or harvesting the crops depending on the time. Visit Pindaya with its complex of multi-chambered caves filled with hundreds of Buddha relics.. A stop is made at a small workshop to see how traditional Shan paper and umbrellas are made using the bark of the mulberry tree. Continue overland to Nyaung Shwe, gateway to Inle Lake.
Arrive Nyaung Shwe check in at hotel, on the edge of beautiful canal

Overnight in Nyaung Shwe – 2 nights
Accommodation: Golden Empress Hotel or similar

“The Golden Empress Hotel” is also a great example for the upcoming private hotel “industry” in the country: successful (local) style with teak rooms facing to the garden. Likewise tasteful are the partly simple but modern rooms. Each room offer big window with enough day light and small balcony facing to the garden. And for sure, the owners have an eye for little details, which make this place so special.

Day 4 - Discovery on Inle Lake

A day touring around beautiful Inle Lake by local boat. Along the way you will gain a fascinating insight into life on the waterways of Inle Lake, passing fishermen famous for their curious ‘leg-rowing’ technique and lush ‘floating gardens’ where local fa

Your first stop will be the region’s morning market, which rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5-day rhythm and which is a chance to meet some of the people who gather here from the surrounding hilltribe villages.
See the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, then visit some villages known for their local crafts including those which specialize in the production of handmade ‘cheroot’ (typical Burmese cigars)
Cruise along foliage cloaked canals to the lakeside village of In Dein in the afternoon. Here you will explore the ancient stupas of Nyaung Ohak and Shwe Inn Thein Paya. The structures date from the 17th and 18th centuries and while some have been restored.
You will also have time to take a stroll around this enchanting village before cruising back to the shore.

Day 5 - Overland journey from Nyaung Shwe to Mandalay

Depart Nyaung Shwe on your 6 hour drive to Mandalay following a narrow hilly road through the evergreen Shan Hills offering picturesque vistas of local villages and farmlands

The views are pleasant – a mixture of palm trees, villages and paddy fields dominate the landscape.
Make a stop at the ancient royal capital of Amarapura where we can walk along U Bein Bridge, a 200 year-old teak bridge which spans over 2 km and offers fabulous views of the surrounding farmlands and streams before transfer to the city.
Arrive Mandalay and check in at hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Emperor or similar (2 nights)

Charming characteristic local style accommodation, tastefully decorated with teak wood interior and local crafts. Hotel is easy access to many attractions. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, private bath room and free wifi access.

Day 6 - Manadalay Explorer

Begin your sightseeing tour of Mandalay with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, second most sacred image in Myanmar and a lively Jade market in the morning.

Then, venture through the backstreets to see some cottage industries in action, such as the making of sugarcane candy and famous Myint Myint Khin Htoe Mote (oily snacks with seeds) and La Mote.
After lunch, continue your tour of Mandalay with a visit to Mandalay Royal Palace, where Burma's last two kings lived. End the day with with a sunset view from Mandalay Hill.

Day 7 - a scenic drive from Mandalay to Bagan and the wonder of Mt. Popa

Set off for a scenic journey to Bagan.

This road takes you through the dry-zone of Myanmar – in summer brown and deserted – in winter green with rice fields. Witness local activities on the bus and scenery of Myingyan plain & white temples.
Make a stop at Mt. Popa, a 1,518m high extinct volcano to enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding area Arrive at Bagan in time for sunset.

Overnight in Bagan – 2 nights
Accommodation : Ruby True Hotel or similar

Close to the pagodas of the old city, this hotel in New Bagan sits in a pretty private garden and offers guests a quiet, relaxing stay. The archaeological zone of Old Bagan, only a 20-minute ride away by pony cart, is one of Myanmar’s most impressive historical sites with many unique temples and ancient art. The Ruby True Hotel has private villas furnished with local teak wood and equipped with modern amenities. It also serves international and local cuisine in its on-site restaurant.

Day 8 - Bagan Discovery

Optional sunrise balloon tour.

Around 0530 hours the Balloon over Bagan shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel (your guide will tell you the exact pick up time). You will drive to the departure ground of the Balloons. While the team makes the Balloon ready to go, you enjoy some refreshments, but you can also take great pictures of this event. Then, depending on the wind, you will over fly Bagan for about one hour, and enjoy spectacular views of the ancient Kingdom of Bagan in your hot air balloon! The tour ends…..where ever the wind has brought you. A glass of sparkling wine ends this fantastic event….and the shuttle bus then brings you back to your hotel.

Your discovery in Old Bagan begins with some of the site’s most important monuments such HtilominloTemple, , one of the greater temples of Bagan, Ananda temple, an architectural masterpiece, built 1105 AD in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance and angle from which the statues are viewed. Continue to Thatbyinnyu Temple standing within the city walls, rises to a height of 201 feet above the ground and overtops all the other monuments, Gubyaukgyi Temple which dates back to the 13th century AD and Sulamani Guphaya Temple.
You will return to your hotel for a couple of hours to escape the hottest part of the day.
Later this afternoon, end the day atop a pagoda which affords a magnificent sunset view of Bagan's temple studded plains.

Day 9 - fly from Bagan to Yangon. Further exploration in Yangon

Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Yangon.

Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Yangon.
On arrival at Yangon, transfer to down town. A visit to National Museum to observe an 8 meter- high Golden Lion Throne and Mandalay Royal Regalia.
After lunch, explore the famous Scott Market (closed on Monday and public holidays), a sprawling complex built in 1926 and noted for its variety of handicrafts, art galleries and other items which provides an excellent opportunity for a shopping spree .
Later in the afternoon, a transfer to brilliant China town to experience local street foods in the road side market at 19th Street (in Chinatown, west end of downtown), a popular place to find inexpensive local draught Beer, together with vegetable and meat sa-tays (BBQ). Venture into the stalls selling everything from flowers to seafood, spices to fresh tofu. Try a range of local delicacies with a couple of local beer and soak up Yangon’s atmosphere at night.
Return way to hotel on your own.

Overnight in Yangon – 1 night
Accommodation: The Cloud 10 Boutique Hotel or similar

Day 10 - Yangon departure

Transfer to the airport for international departure flight.

If you have a late departure you can enjoy another half day on your on in the "old capital".

Facts

from $534.00

  • per person/pax based on twin/double shared room for min party of 2
  • 9 nights standard hotel accommodation
  • breakfast daily
  • local boat transport
  • 1 day trekking in kalaw including 1 lunch and trekking guide
  • transfer, transport air-conditioned vehicle
  • cool tissue and mineral water during touring

Excludes: 2 domestic flights (Yangon to Heho, Bagan to Yangon)

Validity : from 1st April to end of Sep 2018 (except 12 to 17 Apr 2018)

 

Locate us on map
No.184,Sule Pagoda Road (next to Police Station)
Kyauktadar Township
Yangon Myanmar / Burma
(+95)1398263, (+95)9250311652, (+95)9799113436


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