EXPEDITION ON EXOTIC TRAILS

This is the ultimate sightseeing trip of Myanmar!

Explore the best tourist spots in the country. From the golden pagodas that reaches the skyline of the bustling city of Yangon, going to the religious city of Mandalay that is also known as the “last royal capital”, to the ancient of thousand temples of the Kingdom of Bagan and finally, flow together with the tranquil waters of Inle Lake. 

  • 7x nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, service charge and tax included in twin/double sharing room
  • 4x domestic flight tickets within Myanmar / Routes: Yangon – Mandalay / Mandalay – Bagan /  Bagan – Heho (Inle Lake) / Heho (Inle Lake) – Yangon
  • 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 Yangon
  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Mandalay
  • Hand-weaving and silk embroidery workshop in Mandalay
  • Ava Boat ride
  • Horse Carriage in Ava
  • Full-day sightseeing tour Bagan
  • Lacquerware demonstration in Bagan
  • Sunset cruise in Bagan
  • Homecooked lunch in Inle lake
  • Boat excursion on Inle lake

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO MANDALAY (B/-/-)

Land at Mandalay International Airport , meet & greet with your English speaking guide and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

DAY 2:  MANDALAY – INNWA – AMARAPURA (B/-/-)

Today, we will explore Innwa. As a first sightseeing, we will visit Bagaya Monastery where you can see the 267 gigantic teak wood posts and you can study the beautiful Myanmar architectural works such as carvings, reliefs of birds and animals. After that, we will head to Queen Mae Nu’s brick monastery decorated with fine stucco sculptures. In the evening, we will back to Mandalay, on the way visit to Amarapura – an ancient capital built on the advice of astrologers. Proceed to U Bein Bridge to take a walk and built. It is an old wooden bridge across the Taung Thaman Lake which is built over 200 years ago and 1.2km long. 

DAY 3: MANDALAY – HOMALIN – METTA CRUISE  (B/L/D)

In the morning transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight to Homalin. Upon arrival to Homalin Airport, transfer to jetty and embarkation on Metta Cruise (Private charter) (NOTE: Private charter includes all off-shore activities, full board & All non-alcoholic drinks all day provided). After safety instructions and introductions, start sailing on the beautiful river Chindwin. Both sides, you will see the jungles which are filled with rare and beautifully grained hardwoods such as teak, Pyingado and Padauk, as well as Thanakha, the tree with the fragrant bark grinded to a paste and used as a cosmetic and sunscreen. Arrive at Phar Bote in the late afternoon, where you will explore the life of former Naga tribes who were famous as head hunters way back in time.

DAY 4: METTA CRUISE – PHAR POAK – TONHEIK VILLAGE (B/L/D)

Set sail through the wonderful sceneries of Chindwin River. Visit Pharpoke village on the way. This is a very interesting Tankho Naga Village, on the west bank of river. The children can’t speak Burmese but speak Naga language. They built their traditional homes and are preparing for the 50th Anniversary of founding that village in 2009. If time permits, a visit will be made also to Maung Khan village. A big village with many shops. 

DAY 5: METTA CRUISE – TONHEIK VILLAGE – MAWLAIK (B/L/D)

Visit Thaung Htut village, then hike up a peak of the hill and enjoy the best panoramic view seen from the hill at the west bank of the river. Excursion will be made in the village and visit “Police Pagoda” just adjacent to the police station and “Four Storey Monastery” with beautiful ceilings which are lacking the maintenance.  Visit Mawlaik on the West bank of river, a small delightful town set on a hill, it is a pretty spot with old colonial style buildings and pretty houses. Walk along the harbor, visit central market with a horse cart and the clock tower.

DAY 6: METTA CRUISE – MAWLAIK- KALEWA (B/L/D)

Main focus of the day would be Kalewa , a small town which is still the trading post between Myanmar and India, and this town rests at the point where the Myit Tha River with its source in India joins with the Chindwin. Kalewa is right at the foot of the Western Mountain Ranges that loom over the town, the pagoda on the hill and the placid waters of the river. Apart from the monsoon season of June to October when rainfall can reach up to 60 inches, the market of wholesale and retail goods is a bustling place for traders of two countries to meet. Visit trading areas of the town, sit down in the central tea shop, where you will see a lot of traders doing business.

DAY 7: METTA CRUISE – KALEWA – MINGIN  (B/L/D)

One enchanting town is called Mingin, with various temples and wooden houses that have stood for over a hundred years. The Min Kyaung or King’s Monastery is their pride of place especially as it houses old and beautiful Buddha images. Just a short ride away from Mingin is Kyidaw, where the Shwe Zawar Yaw Monastery is the prestige of the villagers. Shwe Zawar means figures painted out of gold leaf on a flat surface, and the monastery walls are covered with these in a rare example of this artwork, which is usually seen on small utensils such as lacquer bowls or trays. Yaw is the name of a large part of this region where fine hand-woven cotton or silk with distinctive designs are woven, and coloured in black or deep red with organic dyes. Cruise on while sampling the amazing scenery as we pass through jungle clad gorges. Enjoy a local ‘tea-shop’ experience in Maukkadaw, there are also chances to pay a visit to the local school.

DAY 8: METTA CRUISE – MINGIN – KIN  (B/L/D)

Another fascinating aspect of the Chindwin region are the small towns and villages that give an insight into the way of life of these proud by friendly people. They are proud of their heritage, and while living with less material comforts, their integrity and faith in themselves give them the dignity of royalty. The tiny Kin Village is a place of devout Buddhists who are proud of their wonderful monasteries, built both in traditional carved teak and in brick colonial styles. The wooden steps of the jetty are long, where children sit to watch the boats passing by. Water levels differ hugely between summer and monsoon seasons and the steps offer a grandstand view of the river.

DAY 9: METTA CRUISE – KIN – KANI – MONYWA (B/L/D)

Call in Kani, a small town on the west bank in the late morning. The town of Kani has been known all through Myanmar history as birthplace of learned nobles and wealthy merchants. The nearby Mahu Mountain Range is the location of the Alaungdaw Katthapa Wild Life Park where endangered tiger roam freely. The jungles are filled with rare and beautifully grained hardwoods such as teak, Pyingado and Padauk. 

DAY 10: METTA CRUISE  – MONYWA – DISEMBARK IN BAGAN (B/L/-)

Set sail in the early morning. Just 12 miles down from Monywa, there is an interesting village called Amyint, specializing in bamboo-ware products. Have a delightful stroll among the ruins and pagodas from 17th-19th Century. A visit to Yandapo village will be made in the afternoon. Historically, the village was famous for the second Englo-Burmese War treaty that takes place in the village. The village is famous for making drinking water pots. In the late afternoon, arrival to Bagan, disembarkation from the boat and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

DAY 11:  BAGAN (B/L/)

If you wish to, you can participate in a ballooning ride over Bagan. Then, sightseeing Tour of Bagan Masterpieces Pagoda while riding E-bikes. We are going to visit Shwezigon Pagoda, built in King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; and Ananda Temple, with four standing Buddha images & Htilominlo Pagoda. Lunch at typical wooden monastery altogether with monks including monk blessing & offering.  After lunch, explore the Myinkaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple, a temple noteworthy for its mural painting under the protection of UNESCO and 30 min horse cart ride. Late afternoon transfer to jetty get on board of a traditional teak boat for 1 hour sunset trip.

DAY 12: BAGAN – TRANSFER TO SOR LANG VILLAGE (B/L/D)

Today will start your 4 Days/3 Nights Trekking Program – DISCOVER CHIN HILL ‘MOTHER EARTH” MOUNTAIN. Around 8 AM depart to Sor Lang Village – around 4 hrs drive from Bagan.  Upon arrival to the village check-in to the community Lodge. After you will join the lunch – traditional Chin food at the Community Lodge. The afternoon offers time to meet the friendly Sor Long villagers who will guide you around their village observing of Chin Nature and Culture, Panoramic view and feeling to nature sense. They will proudly showcase some of their local customs and talk about the famous Chin facial tattoos. The village musicians will treat you to a musical rendition of a bamboo flute, played through the nose. Traditional Chin Dinner with the community.

 DAY 13: TREKKING TO MOUNT KHAW NAU SONE (NAT MA TAUNG/MT VICTORIA) (B/L/D)

Traditional Chin style breakfast at the Community Lodge.  After breakfast, we drive to base camp about 17 kilometres away from the community lodge. At base camp we prepare for a trekking adventure up Khaw Nau Sone. This walk will take approximately four hours. A packed lunch will be taken at the top of the mountain, where you can enjoy the fresh air with a 360 degree view of the Chin hills.  Return to base camp for a scenic drive back to Kanpletet, where we will visit one or two Chin ethnic tribes if time permits. Here you will encounter Nga, Muun, Daai, Uppu and Yin Do women with different facial tattoo patterns. You can see the tattooed face woman who play flute by her nose. Return back to *Community Lodge and Traditional Chin Dinner with the community. After dinner, the villagers will entertain you with their ** Cultural dancing

 DAY 14:  TREKKING – VILLAGE VISITS – KAW LONG WATERFALL (B/L/D)

Traditional Chin style breakfast.  After breakfast, proceed to Kaw Long Waterfall (If will take about 2 to 3 Hours Trekking). On the way, visit to the Oak Pho Village and Ma kyaut Arr Village for observe to study way of life of chin ethnic tribes. After continuous proceed to KawLong Waterfall.  Boxed Lunch will be taken at the Kawlong Waterfall. After lunch enjoy your time in waterfall and after return back to “Sor Long Community Lodge”. Rest of the day at leisure.  Traditional Chin Dinner with the community.

 DAY 15: CHIN – BAGAN – FLIGHT TO YANGON (B/-/-)

Traditional Chin style breakfast.  After breakfast,  transfer to Bagan. Then, transfer to Nyaung U Airport for your domestic flight to Yangon.  Upon arrival to Yangon Airport transfer to Shwedagon Pagoda for ,,Shwedagon Pagoda Sunset Tour”. Observe locals & monks offering their devotions as the sun set across the golden pagoda.

DAY 16: CHIN – BAGAN – FLIGHT TO YANGON (B/-/-)

 In the morning ,,Yangon Heritage Walking Tour”. The walking tour will start downtown and will include sights such as colonial-era buildings, colorful religious buildings and the glittering Sule Pagoda. A walk along these lively streets will reveal scenes of daily life with stalls selling a variety of snacks, fruits and dry goods and residents gathering for cups of tea or rushing off to catch a bus to work. This tour includes also visit of Scott’s Market and stop at famous Strand Hotel for drink (your own account). In the afternoon, transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight.

 

  • 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

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