Spiritual Expedition

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SPIRITUAL EXPEDITION

Meditate with us in this sacred trip!

Myanmar has been very proud of its religion, Buddhism, for many centuries. In order to show honor and respect to the revered Buddha, they created tons of pagodas and Buddha images in the country. Come explore the sacred statues and relics of the country and listen to the oldest of tales about how these figures were built.

INCLUSIONS
ITINERARY
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TRAVEL TIPS
INCLUSIONS

  • 10x 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; 1 x Lunch; 0 x Dinner)
  • All entrance fees as per program, tours and sightseeings including special activities:
  • 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
  • Boat excursion in Inle Lake
  • Homecooked Lunch in Inle Lake
  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Yangon
  • Visit of the Golden Rock
  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Bago

ITINERARY

DAY 1  – MANDALAY (B/-/-)

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 2: 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 3:  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 4 –  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 5 – BAGAN (B/-/-)

If you wish, 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 6 – FLIGHT TO HEHO – INLE LAKE (B/L/-)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival to heho airport transfer to nyaung shwe (inle lake). 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 Phaung Daw Oo pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern shan state, boat construction workshop at Nampan village and Nga Phe Kyaung monastery one of the oldest monasteries on the lake. Arrive at an intha house where you’ll be welcomed for a “home cooked meal”. Moving to Inpaw Khone, a small village with teak stilt houses on the lakeside, learn more about the local traditional weaving technique, which remain unchanged discover a cheroot factory and observe local burmese roll cigars by hand.

 

 DAY 7 – 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 8 – HEHO – FLIGHT TO YANGON (B/-/-)

Upon arrival in Yangon, 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 Aung 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 9: YANGON – GOLDEN ROCK (B/-/-)

Early morning pick-up from hotel and drive to Bago. Visit of Thamanay Buddhist Monastery located at the entrance of Bago city, where 150 monks live and study, then to the tallest pagoda in Myanmar the Shwemawdaw Pagoda. Continue drive to Kyaikhtiyo for  The Golden Rock,  a steep and rough 11km road to upper level point, going there you need to ride with open trucks (no roof).  Upon arrival on top, get a breath of fresh air and be amazed at the golden pagoda on top of a golden boulder, perched on a sheer cliff, as if defying gravity. Enjoy the panoramic sunset view at the top, where you can also see surrounding hills and jungle.

 

DAY 10 – GOLDEN ROCK – BAGO – YANGON (B/-/-)

Drive back to Yangon, then stop to Bago to visit the second largest reclining Buddha in the world the Shwethalyaung, opposite of it you can find the Mya Thar Lyaung, that is unlike other reclining buddhas, this can be found in the open and not being sheltered in a temple. Next, we are going to Kyaik Pun Pagoda, a small Buddhist monastery near Bago, known for its four towering images of the Buddha. Stop at the Htauk Kyan Allied War Cemetery, a cemetery for Allied soldiers and to Hintha Gon Paya where you can see Bago Me Daw Gyi a “nat tree shrine” that is located at the entrance of the pagoda. 

 

DAY 11:  YANGON – INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE (B/-/-)

Day at your leisure until time for check out. Then, transfer to the International Airport for your departure.

EXCLUSIONS

  • All International flight tickets to/from 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)
  • 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