Colorful Myanmar

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The Fishermen of Innlay ( 2010 Innlay lake )
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COLORFUL MYANMAR

Explore the most colorful places in Myanmar!

Submerge yourself in the vibrant traditions and cultures of the different ethnic groups of Burma. This is your chance to meet the kind and friendly people of the Kayan tribe in Loikaw. Learn their customs and beliefs, as well as their way of living. 

We will also not  miss out on the other must see places in Myanmar including the urban city of Yangon, the peaceful waters of Inle Lake, the oldest and most ancient pagodas of Bagan and the religious city of Mandalay.

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ITINERARY
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TRAVEL TIPS
INCLUSIONS

  • 11x nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, service charge and tax included in twin/double sharing room
  • All transfers by comfortable air-conditioned cars as per itinerary with mineral water and cold towels (2 bottles of 500ml water per person/day)
  • English speaking guides (other languages available with surchage)
  • Meals as per itinerary (daily Breakfast; 4 x Lunch; 0 x Dinner)
  • All entrance fees as per program, tours and sightseeings including special activities:
  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Yangon
  • Village tour in Loikaw
  • Boat excursion in Inle Lake
  • Homecooked Lunch in Inle Lake
  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Mandalay
  • Ava Boat and Horse Carriage
  • Mingun Boat
  • Full-day sightseeing tour Bagan
  • Ebike ride in Bagan
  • Sunset cruise in Bagan

ITINERARY

DAY 1 – YANGON (B/-/-)

Feel as if you’ve transferred back through time; enjoy more of the, ”colonial architecture”, walk through the impressive city hall, superior high court which has a grand clock tower that faces the independence monument, an obelisk structure that stands 165 ft tall. Then, visit of the most popular bazaar in yangon, the Bogyoke Uung San market. For the highlight of the day “Walking tour of Shwedagon Pagoda” which rises an impressive 322 feet (98 meters) from its base and is said to have been covered with tons of pure gold.

DAY 2: YANGON- FLIGHT TO LOIKAW – VILLAGE VISIT (B/L/-)

Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Loikaw. Then, visit to Ngwe-taung dam where many farmlands are being irrigated with the water from Ngwe Taung dam. For an hour drive more, 10 miles from Ngwe-taung, there we reach to a point from where start trekking to Pan-pat padaung villages. The village is about 2 to 3 miles away from main road. At the top of each village, there is a stone column which is to mark the generation of their ethnicity. Picnic lunch box will be served on the way.

DAY 3: LOIKAW – VILLAGE VISIT  (B/L/-)

Drive to Di-Mor-So, about 12 miles from Loikaw, and watch Di Mor So local market where you will have a chance to taste the local wine (called khaung yee).  Drive through beautiful countryside to visit Dawdama Gyi and Dawsopyar villages where you will be greeted by the Kayan tribe women. Picnic lunch box will be served on the way. Then, head back to Loikaw for a tour of the museum to learn about local hand weaving.

DAY 4: LOIKAW – NYAUNG SHWE (B/L/-)

Around 7 AM, you will leave Loikaw by car and be transferred to Pekon Jetty – around 45 min drive. Here you will get on boat and take a journey of 1.5 hrs until you reach Phayartaung village. Upon arrival to Phayartaung Village check-in to the resort and after transfer by car around 2 hrs to Lisu Village with visit of Limestone Cave on the way there. In Lisu Village, enjoy delicious lunch prepared with love by a local family in their own house. After lunch explore the village up to the View Point. On the way back to the resort, visit a Pa-o village and hot springs. Then, transfer to Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake).

DAY 5 – INLE LAKE (B/L/-)

An active adventure awaits today with a boat trip through rural villages on Inle Lake.  Admire the beautiful floating gardens and also witness the locals with their unusual technique of traditional fishing method, the one-legged rowing. Visit of the Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, a small but elegant monastery with a beautiful red-painted teak building.  for lunch, a Homecooked Lunch will welcome you in a traditional Intha House. Continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda the holiest religious site in Southern Shan state. Visit to Inpawkhon, the famous weaving centre of the Intha people (locals of Inle Lake). Visit of the “jumping cat monastery’, Nga Hpe Kyaung, a monastery formerly renowned for its jumping cats, trained to leap through hoops during the slow hours between scripture recitals.

 DAY 6- INLE LAKE (B/-/-)

Visit of the morning market in Inle Lake, one of the popular attractions of Inle Lake, is the 5-day rotating market that rotates through five different sites around the lake area.  Boat ride to Indein the home of the Pa-oh tribe. Along the way, you will be greeted by many ancient pagodas in many shapes and sizes and in various states of preservation. Upon arrival, explore the area on foot and visit a local school.  Have a stroll Nyaung Ohak, and discover the impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas.

DAY 7  – HEHO – FLIGHT TO MANDALAY (B/-/-)

Transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Mandalay.  Experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay including of the most revered religious monument in Myanmar – “Mahamuni Pagoda & Mahamuni Buddha Image”. In the afternoon we are going to visit Golden Palace Monastery, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda which is also called “the world’s largest book”, named after the 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. Proceed  to Mandalay Hill to enjoy the the panoramic view of the city. At the top, you will be welcomed by clusters of pagoda and monasteries. Drive to Amarapura – famous for its weaving and the most beautiful and expensive clothes are hand embroidered. Continue to 200-year-old U Bein teak bridge for sunset viewing, built in 1782 and the oldest teak bridge in the world is made from the remains of a royal palace.

DAY 8: MANDALAY- AVA- SAGAING (B/-/-)

Visit Mahagandayon – a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study- watch the monks queue up for their main meal of the day. Continue drive to Ava – also known as “Inwa” is Myanmar’s most famous old capital, and is situated 20 kilometres south of Mandalay.  Upon arrival, transfer to a boat ride to explore Ava (Mouth of the lake) and visit the teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery while riding on a Horse Carriage. Visit of the Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery – also known as the Brick Monastery. Then, go for a drive going to Sagaing, a religious pilgrimage centre afterwards visit KyaukMyaung Village, which is a famous pottery village.

DAY 9 – MANDALAY  – FLIGHT TO BAGAN (B/-/-)

Relax on a 1hr cruise going to Mingun, once you reached Mingun, you will be welcomed by the sheer size of Pahtodawgyi Pagoda– well known for being the world’s largest unfinished pagoda. Then just a short walk from it, go to Hsinbyume Pagoda, this may be a lot smaller than the Pahtodawgyi Pagoda but it is just as impressive because of its pure white color which makes it absolutely stunning. Next, you might want to snap a photo with the heaviest functioning non-cracked bell in the world the Mingun Bell. This afternoon, transfer to Mandalay Airport for your flight to Bagan and upon arrival check in to your hotel. 

DAY 10 – BAGAN (B/-/-)

Sightseeing of the most ancient pagodas of Bagan while riding on e-Bikes, start with the Shwezigon Pagoda– this huge gold-plated pagoda glimmering in the sun. Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi, noteworthy for its mural paintings and frescoes that depict scenes from the jataka tales. Manuha temple, built in mon style in 1059, Ananda temple, with four standing buddha images at its corners, Htilominlo a majestic 46-meter high Thatbyinnyu temple one of the highest monuments and Dhammayangyi temple contains images of the Gautama buddha and the future Maitreya buddha. Set out on a boat cruise and enjoy the vivid sunset view in the mighty Irrawaddy river.

DAY 11 – BAGAN (B/-/-)

If you wish, you can participate in ballooning over bagan to watch the sunrise. Morning at your leisure. Visit of the colorful “Nyaung U market”. You can almost find everything here from vegetables, seafood and poultry, also there is a section selling handicraft, traditional clothing (locals call it “longyi”) and as well as antiques. We will teach you how to wear a longyi.  Learn at lacquerware workshop of the Myinkaba village, notable for its traditional mon-style lacquerware.

DAY 12 – BAGAN – FLIGHT TO YANGON – INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE (B/-/-)

Day at your leisure until time for check out. Then, transfer to Nyaung U Airport for your flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival, control transfer from the domestic terminal to the International Airport for your departure.

 

EXCLUSIONS

  • All International and domestic flight tickets to/from/within Myanmar
  • Visa to Myanmar @ USD 50 per person, can be applied online at http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/
  • Individual expenses of guests not mentioned in the itinerary (laundry, minibar, extra
  • food and beverage out of formed menus or not mentioned in the INCLUSIONS.)
  • Tip for guides & drivers, bellboys, boats, restaurants (suggested at USD 6/pax/day)
  • Personal travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)
  • Ballooning in Bagan
  • Any other cost not mentioned in the Inclusions

TRAVEL TIPS

A Tourist Visa is required for Myanmar. You can process it online for an e-visa prior to travel. (Cost US$50)

Low Season (May–Sep)

The southwest monsoon starts mid-May and peaks from July to September. The dry zone between Mandalay and Pyay gets the least rain. Rain can make roads impassable anywhere (especially in the delta region).

Shoulder Season (Oct–Nov, Mar–Apr)

March to May Yangon often reaches 104ºF (40ºC). Areas around Bagan and Mandalay are hotter. Cooler in the hill towns of Shan State. All forms of transport booked solid during Thingyan in April.

High Season (Dec–Feb)

Rains least (if at all, in some places) and is not so hot. Book accommodation and transport well ahead for this busy travel season.

Do’s and Don’ts:

  1. Ask before taking a photo; the Burmese can be very shy.
  2. Locals love a good smile, so make sure you return it as often as you can.
  3. Don’t point at things (ie. in a market place) with your foot. This is considered very disrespectful.
  4. Cover your head, shoulders and knees. when visiting religious sites. Visitors must also remove shoes and socks before entering temples.
  5. The people of Myanmar really appreciate it when tourists take part in their local traditions.

Simple Phrases:

Hello = Min ga la ba

Thank you= Je zu tin ba deh

Sorry= Sorry ba (There is no Burmese word for an apology)

Yes, Answer in the positive = Ho deh

I don’t understand = na ma le bu

Please wait = Kan na leh

It’s Ok, No Worries = Ya ba deh

It is good = Kaung deh