Charming Myanmar (8 Days)


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 Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Inle Lake – Indein – Yangon

 Day – (1)   Arrival Yangon & Yangon Sightseeing                                      

Upon arrival to the YANGON, meet our guide at airport and transferred to your hotel. Journey will begin colonial-style city center of Yangon. We visit the golden SULE PAYA stupa – built over 2,000 years ago, and the focal point of numerous historical events in the city – CHAUK THAT GYI pagoda to view its magnificent reclining Buddha, and KARAWEIK HALL to marvel at the uniquely decorated “hamsa-bird-shaped” floating barge on KANDAWGYI (ROYAL) LAKE. We visit BOGYOKE (SCOTTS) MARKET, where hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of color. We complete the day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the SWEDAGON PAGODA, a gleaming bell dome structure that dominates the city’s skyline. Legends state that the sacred hairs of the Buddha are enshrined here. The Shwedagon is an iconic symbol of the country, a sight not to be missed.

Stay overnight at Hotel in Yangon.

 

Day –2:  Yangon – Bagan Flight & Bagan Sightseeing                                  

 After breakfast, transfer to Yangon domestic airport for 1hr flight to BAGAN. Since flights normally arrive to Bagan early morning we will enjoy first some sightseeing and check in to your hotel after lunch. Start with a visit to the magnificent gold gilded SWEZIGON STUPA purported to contain a holy tooth relic of the Buddha and erected to a location chosen by royal white elephant. We continue to MYINGABA GU BYAUKGYI TEMPLE housing the best preserved mural paintings in Bagan. Our next stop is NYAUNG OO MARKET, the largest market in Bagan. Enjoy a cup of Myanmar tea with your guide in a TEA SHOP and get a feel of local life in Bagan.

Next, we continue to family run CHEROOTS “Myanmar cigars” workshop. The ladies will be happy to teach you how to roll one. On our way to Old Bagan we will make a stop at the THANAKA HOUSE for a brief introduction to traditional make-up of Myanmar, the yellow paste that you will often see applied on the cheeks of ladies and children. In old Bagan, we climb up to the terrace of SHWE SANDAR temple, the highest in Bagan, and delight with panoramic views over temple dotted plains of Bagan and the Ayeyarwaddy River. From here we continue to one of the most impressive temples of Bagan the DHAMMAYANGYI, known for its fine brick work and legends of cruel king who constructed it.

In the afternoon, we journey to MYINGABA VILLAGE and learn how famous Bagan lacquer-ware crafts are produced and decorated with traditional methods. Next, we will visit the beautiful HTILOMINLO temple. If lucky you might be able to see local artists making sand paintings here. We conclude the day’s sightseeing with a visit to beautifully symmetric ANANDA TEMPLE with its four standing Buddha images inside and continue by decorated horse cart to witness a magical sunset behind the temples (weather permitting).

Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day – (3)   Bagan – Mandalay Flight & Mandalay Sightseeing                               

 Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Bagan airport for morning flight to MANDALAY. Upon arrival to Mandalay we drive 40km/ 1hr to Mandalay city and take a morning stroll through the lively ZEGYO MARKET in the heart of the city to experience authentic local life in Mandalay. We continue to the ARTISAN QUARTERS, where some of the oldest craftsmanship is showcased dating back to last kingdom of Myanmar. We observe the process of pounding gold leaf, detailing teakwood carvings and embroidering Myanmar tapestry. We also see how bronze and marble Buddha statues are carved, cast and molded.

Next, we proceed to the highlights of Mandalay: the sacred MAHAMUNI PAGODA, housing one of the most significant Buddha images in the country, covered in several tons of gold leaf and the crown prize in long past wars between competing Myanmar kingdoms; the GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY, the only surviving Royal Palace building in Mandalay, offering a glimpse of the original style and architecture of the Myanmar royals; and lastly, the KUTHODAW PAGODA, a compound housing Buddha’s teachings carved in the sacred Pali script on stone slabs and regarded as the world’s largest book in terms of surface area. We end our day with sunset panoramic views over city skyline on MANDALAY HILL, the highest point of the city.

Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day – (4)  Mandalay – Sagaing – Ava – Amarapura Sightseeing                               


After breakfast, transfer 15km to AVA (INWA), the ancient capital of the Shan and Burmese Kingdoms for over four centuries. We cross over the Myint Nge River by ferry and explore the small roads of Ava by horse cart. We visit the BAGAYA TEAK MONASTERY, over three hundred years old yet well preserved and still in use by local monks; the NANMYIN WATCH TOWER, the last standing structure of the Ava dynasty palace compound also known as the “Leaning Tower of Ava”; and the MAHA AUNGMYE BONZAN MONASTERY building with its graceful curves and archways. We continue to the ANCIENT KINGDOM OF SAGAING, located across the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. From the SAGAING HILLS.

We visit a monastery in Sagaing to learn about the life of Buddhist devotees and continue to well-known SILVERSMITH VILLAGE near Sagaing. We continue to another beautiful ancient capital city, AMARAPURA, famous for its weaving and textile industries. There, we visit a cottage industry workshop to learn how Myanmar longyis and traditional fabrics are constructed. We continue to the UBEIN BRIDGE, a simple yet strong teak structure that spans 1,2km over Taungtaman Lake. The bridge silhouetted by the setting sun is one of the most magical experiences in Myanmar and a photographer’s dream.

Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day – (5)  Mandalay – Heho Flight & Inle Lake and Red Mountain Vineyard      

 Enjoy breakfast and then transfer to the airport for the FLIGHT TO HEHO, a quiet transit town with one of the few airport links in the beautiful hills of Shan State. Visit the bustling main HEHO MARKET, the meeting point for different ethnic minority groups of the surrounding areas to trade handmade goods and locally grown produce (on market days only). En-route to Inle Lake, we stop at a LOCAL FAMILY WORK SHOP to learn how Shan umbrellas and paper are made by traditional methods using the fibres of the mulberry tree. Next, we take a 1-hour drive to Inle Lake that descends through a valley with views of the Shan mountains and rice paddy fields. Near Inle Lake, we visit the RED MOUNTAIN ESTATE to tour of the lush vineyard situated on the side of mountain, taste some of Myanmar’s premiere wines, and observe the different aging methods completed in their cellar cave.

We embark on afternoon boat explorations of INLE LAKE, populated with floating islands and gardens made from the naturally tangled roots of water hyacinth plants and reeds. We visit NGA PHE KYAUNG also known as the jumping cat’s monastery and delight in the picturesque sights of fishermen who balance and row with one leg, a technique indigenous to the Inn Thar minority group who do this only on Inle Lake.

Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day – (6)   Inle Lake & Indein Sightseeing                                                        

 After breakfast, we journey out by boat, following the currents of a small river to reach the INN THEIN PAGODA COMPLEX. We walk through verdant bamboo groves that open up to a field covered with the ancient pagodas constructed over 1,000 years ago. We boat back to the lake and visit PHAUNGDAW OO PAGODA, the home of some of the country’s most sacred Buddha statues covered in gold leaf by devout followers. We also make a visit to the INPAWKHON WEAVING VILLAGE to learn how local silks, linens and lotus fabrics are handmade and crafted.

As an extra treat, we stop at a house for BURMESE CATS built over the lake, where we see the preservation efforts and reintroduction of this rare pure breed of felines to Myanmar. At NAMPAN VILLAGE, local craftsmen show us how Burmese cigars, or “cheroots,” are traditionally packed and rolled. We end our day with magnificent SUNSET CANOE RIDE with boatmen who gracefully navigate and row perched on one leg.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day – (7) Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon                                                  

 After breakfast, we transfer to Heho airport for the next connecting flight to YANGON. In Yangon transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is free for own explorations and shopping.

Overnight at Hotel.

 

 Day – (8)   Yangon International Departure                                         

 Free at leisure until transfer to Yangon airport for your onward flight.

***End of our services***

 

Included Services:

  • 07 Nights accommodation with sharing Twin/Double basic
  • All the transfers and excursion with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers
  • English speaking station guide (different guide in different city except)
  • Domestic flights (Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Heho-Yangon)
  • Horse cart in Bagan
  • Horse cart & ferry boat services for Ava visit
  • Private boat services in Inle Lake & Indein visit
  • Entrance fees for visiting places in the program
  • Water and refreshing towel in touring days
  • Services mentioned in the program

 Excluded Services:

  • International flight in/out
  • Wine testing in Red Mountain Estate
  • Porter charges at airports and jetties
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Supplement cost for Christmas and New Year Eve Dinners
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses
  • Visa and Insurance fees
  • Any other items and services not mentioned in the program

 

Please Note!: If some of the hotels below are fully booked, we will arrange for you another hotel with the same star rating within the same area

Accommodation in sharing Twin/Double room (3 Stars Category)

CityHotel NameHotel CategoryRoom Category
YangonHotel Grand United***Superior
BaganBagan Umbra Hotel***Deluxe
MandalayMandalay City Hotel***Superior
Inle LakeGolden Island Cottage***Superior

 

Accommodation in sharing Twin/Double room (4 Stars Category)

CityHotel NameHotel CategoryRoom Category
YangonSummit Park View Hotel****Superior
BaganBagan Thande Hotel****Superior
MandalayEastern Palace Hotel****Deluxe
Inle LakeAmata Garden Resort****Deluxe

 

 Accommodation in sharing Twin/Double room (5 Stars Category)

CityHotel NameHotel CategoryRoom Category
YangonChatrium Hotel Royal Lake*****Deluxe
BaganAureum Palace Hotel*****Deluxe
MandalayMandalay Hill Resort*****Superior
Inle LakePristine Lotus Spa Resort*****Inle Lotus Villa

 


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