11 days – all you want to see
All you want to know about Myanmar/Burma in a short time on a well chosen tour – Myanmar at a glance. And if you feel like enjoying a beach break, you can extend your journey at Ngapali Beach.
Route: Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Kalaw – Inle Lake – Yangon – (plus: Holiday extention at Ngapali Beach)
On arrival, welcome at the airport and transfer to downtown with a brief introduction enroute.
Then, explore this fascinating Yangon taking in the city’s best examples of British colonial architecture and the winding city streets. Then, take a stroll to Indian Quarter, local markets offer an insight into local life ,contemporary art galleries.
Transfer to hotel for check in.
Afternoon return to the city to witness the most sacred Buddhist site in all of Burma—Shwedagon Pagoda. Also known as the Golden Pagoda, the 2,000-year-old hilltop temple complex covers more than twelve acres and dominates the Rangoon skyline.
Overnight in Yangon – 2 nights
Accommodation: Hotel G or similar
Hotel G is newly renovated small boutique hotel with 4 star facilities which made the best of its space mixed with local arts & modern decoration. Morning view to the brilliant streets from the morning restaurant gives amazing ambience. Location is walking distance to all attractions in down town.
Today transfer to train station for a short train ride towards north of Yangon.
Observe the activities inside the train equally entertaining to the outside landscapes, local attractions, markets and tiny quarters. Afterwards, a stop at Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts and arts.
In the afternoon, pay a visit to Dala, Located on the other side of the Yangon River. Take local ferry across the river. Enjoy river life along the river. There is a collection of produce and food vendors on the left side of the jetty that makes for some good photo opportunities. You can also spend a bit of time watching the boat traffic on the river and the daily activity on the jetty, as local manufactured goods and produce are hand (or rather, shoulder) -carried along the ramp to load and unload the ferries and cargo vessels that facilitate commerce. Take trishaw to visit Dala. Observe local daily life and friendly people. (boat fare and trishaw ride by own account)
Return to the city later in the afternoon to visit 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 through 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. Your return way to hotel on your own.
Transfer to the airport for flight to Bagan in the morning (about one hour).
On arrival, explore temples
Your discovery in Old Bagan begins with some of the site’s most impor tant 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 ch ange 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.
Overnight in Bagan – 2 night
Accommodation : Royal Bagan Hotel or similar
Offering an outdoor pool and views of the pool, Royal Bagan Hotel is set in the Nyaung Oo. Tastefully decorated rooms are big, comfortable, clean and big windows offer enough day light.
The on-site restaurant, which has dining areas both indoors and on the rooftop terrace, serves local dishes. The property has a 24-hour reception, a billiards table and bicycles for rent. There is free parking available.
The guest rooms come with a flat-screen satellite TV, a seating area and a minibar. Featuring a shower, the en suite bathroom also has free toiletries.
Hotel is just 10 minutes rides from Shwe Si Gone Pagoda and Nyaung Oo market.
Then, visit one of the villages learn the process of creating “Poneyay Gyi (pea powder paste) and see how local plum jam is made & packed.
Start with an excursion to village market in Nyaung Oo (not for shopping) and nearby villages to learn agriculture production and village life.
Our first visit to Nyaung Oo market. Locally grown crops, rattan items, tea leaves, and colorful traditional clothing are on sales, a great opportunity to mingle with the locals and wander among stalls.
The people here are very friendly and will greet you with warm smiles as they going about their business.
We will then visit another village to observe about producing various items from the toddy palm trees . Learn the collecting of the liquid to produce drinks, sugars and products from toddy palm leaves . Then, meet the people in the farming to share practices of seasonal plantations such as sesame and various kinds of beans. Back to hotel after lunch to escape the heat.
Later in the afternoon,take a boat ride (own expense) on the significant Irrawaddy River to see intricate carvings at Kyauk Gu U Min. Return to Bagan by boat as the sun sets over the Irrawaddy.
A STOP YOU WILL REMEMBER FOR SURE – MOUNT POPA
Set off your journey towards Mandalay.
Make a stop at Mt. Popa,a 1,518m high extinct volcano to enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding area. The views are pleasant – a mixture of palm trees, villages and paddy fields dominate the landscape.
Arrive Mandalay and transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Mandalay – 2 nights
Accommodation : The Link 83 Mandalay Boutique Hotel or similar
The hotel is strategically located in the heart of Mandalay, within walking distance of city’s best shops and attractions. It is the perfect base from which to visit this unique city. Being newly finished building; it can offer the most comfortable experience and the latest amenities. The Guest security is a focus of the hotel.
Discovery on Mandalay Hill,
Royal Palace where Burma’s last two kings lived, Mandalay’s backstreets to wonder cottage industries and sunset from 200 years old U Bein bridge.
Depart Mandalay on your 6 hour drive to Kalaw.
The road takes you into the Shan Hills. The scenery is interesting - endless paddy fields in the morning and rolling hills in the afternoon, as the road climbs into the mountains of southern Shan State.
Late afternoon, arrive in Kalaw, a former British hill station tucked amid the Shan Hills. Enjoy the cool, refreshing air and relaxed atmosphere of this charming town.
Transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Kalaw – 2 nights
Accommodation : Dream Mountain Resort or similar
Dream Mountain Resort , its European style appointed rooms with large window and balcony make your feeling romantic.European style building surrounded by pine trees and green mountain and its atmosphere will give you relaxation.
Fullday trek to nearby tribes.
Met up with your trekking guide at hotel on the following morning 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)
A short orientation tour of the town to see some colonial architecture, old train station in Kalaw,
Pindaya cave with its multi- chambered caves filled with hundreds of Buddha relics & tiny traditional Shan paper and umbrella workshop in Pindaya.
After lunch, continue by road to Nyaung Shwe beside glorious Inle Lake.
Board boat to transfer to hotel on the shore.
Overnight in Inle Lake – 2 nights
Accommodation: Inle Cottage Boutique Hotel or similar
Inle Cottage boutique is situated near downtown area of Nyaung Shwe. Tastefully decorated cozy style chalets are big, comfortable, clean and big windows offer enough day light. All rooms have air conditioning and wifi access. Rooms are complete with modern amenities and have garden view, some rooms offer overlooking view to Shan mountains.
Hotel is just 2 minutes away from the jetty.
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 farmers grow a surprising variety of fruit and vegetables. 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.
Transfer to the airport for flight to Yangon (one hour flight).
On arrival, transfer to the international airport to connect your international onwards flight.
- Tour for min party of 2 people/pax
- Price per person based on twin/double sharing basis
- 10 Nights 3 star hotel accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- 1 lunch during trekking
- All transfers and transport in private air conditioned vehicle
- Private touring with local English speaking guide
- Entrance fee
- Sunset boat tour
- circular train ride
- 1 Inle boat tour
- Cool tissue and mineral water during touring
- Hotel (3 star charming in good location)
Excludes: 2 local flights (Yangon – Bagan, Heho-Yangon)
Validity : from 1st April to end of Sep 2018 (except 12 to 17 Apr 2018)