11 days culture & local experience
11 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 tribes and a night spent at village on the way from Kalaw to Inle
- cruising the Inle Lake by private traditional wooden 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.
Yangon – Kalaw – Inle Lake – Mandalay – Bagan – Yangon
Arrival at Yangon. On arrival, you will be welcome and transfer to downtown with a brief introduction enroute.
Check in at hotel.
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
Flight to Heho and continue to Kalaw.
Transfer to airport for flight to Heho (1 hour flight).
On arrival at Heho, scenic drive to
Kalaw, a former British hill station tucked amid the Shan Hills. Enjoy the cool, refreshing air and relaxed atmosphere of this charming town.
Overnight in Kalaw – 1 night
Accommodation : Dream Mountain Resort or similar
Local family running Dream Mountain Resort 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.
One of the best ways to connect with a culture is to travel through local villages and stay with a family.
2 day trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake by passing from one village to another will give you a tremendous perspective of live here – without judgement only watching to understand and staying present to take in every moment.
Met up with your trekking guide at hotel for your 2 day trek in the hills beyond Kalaw, hiking amidst beautiful landscapes and remote hilltribes - a special experience of culture,nature and daily life. 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 we stay overnight in home stays with local families who will also cook for you delicious homemade Shad food. Each day will involve around 5-6 hours of trekking up/down the hills and through the valleys.
Trekking grade is from easy to moderate.
Overnight in Village – 1 night
Your 2 days trek end today. We will arrive at jetty and board to Nyaung Shwe jetty by boat by enjoying scenery beauty of lake and mountain.
Overnight in Inle Lake – 2 nights
Accommodation: Inle Cottage Boutique Hotel or similar
Recently opened “ Inle Cottage Boutique Hotel ” is an unique well design blended with landscape located next to a dusty and noisy street; however amazingly quiet inside compound with lovely garden.
Each room with a nice wooden balcony offer very good view and enough day light. Tastefully decorated cozy style cottages are big, comfortable, clean and big windows offer enough day light. Modern bathrooms with en suite showers and toilets match international upscale hotel standards. All rooms have air conditioning and wifi access. Restaurant decorated with local crafts serves a variety of dishes and will give you a nice friendly family atmosphere. Overlooking view to the mountains from the restaurant terrace is really amazing. Hotel is walking distance to the market, town cente ,jetty to the Inle Lake and nearby villages.
Berge , Höhlen und der Inle Lake – was für ein Programm für diesen tag. Hier zeigt sich die Natur Burmas von seiner üppigen, abwechselungsreichen Seite. Und am Abend können Sie die Stille des Inle Lakes genießen.
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.
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. A stop is made at 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.
Then, continue to Mandalay via Ywa Ngan road.
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.
Overnight in Mandalay - 2 nights
Accommodation: The Link 83 Boutique Hotel or similar
A very modern hotel, in the centre of chaotic Mandalay. Rooms are well appointed, quiet, very comfortable bed and offer city view and some rooms offer amazing sunset view through the window.Location is walking to Zaygyo market and couple of restaurants
Begin your sightseeing tour of Mandalay with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, second most sacred image in Myanmar and venture through local cottage industries such as stone Buddha sculptures, puppets, wood carving etc.
After lunch, visit Mandalay Royal Palace, where Burma's last two kings lived and Golden Palace monastery filled with glimpse of the architecture, artistry and history of the old palace.
Then, continue to Kuthodaw pagoda, well-known as “the world’s largest book” and end the day with a sunset view from the top Mandalay Hill.
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.
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.
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: Cloud 10 Boutique Hotel or similar
Transfer to the airport for international departure flight.
If you have a late departure you can enjoy another half day on your own in the "old capital".