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Travel to Myanmar and discover a country of mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the friendliest folk you’ll ever meet. From the golden-gilded Buddhas in Yangon and the magical temples of Bagan to the tranquillity of Inle Lake, Myanmar will excite, impress and intrigue you. A visit to Myanmar is to experience the South East Asia of twenty years ago, full of rarely seen sights and generations of stories just waiting to be told. Come and discover a little bit of Myanmar magic with us.

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL TO YANGON (-/-/-)

Land at Yangon International Airport by FLIGHT TBC. After immigration and luggage collection, meet with your English-Speaking Guide in front of arrival hall and be transferred to the hotel for check-in. Dinner on your own account

DAY 2:  YANGON (B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, experience 30 minutes on Yangon’s circular train used daily by local people. Visit one of the most major bazaars in Yangon the, Bogyoke Aung San Market (closed on Mondays and holidays) A place that surely you don’t want to miss. It is known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets, variety of handicrafts, gems and jewel shops, art galleries, clothing and garment stores, traditional medicine, local delicacies and even foreign goods. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. After lunch, travel back in time and enjoy amazing ,,Yangon’s Colonial Architecture”  Explore impressive City Hall, Superior High Court, Independence Monument, General Post Office, House of Customs and the Strand Hotel, which is a Victorian style building which opened in 1901. All of these in the heart of the city, surrounded by a number of sacred pagodas and well-maintained parks. OPTIONAL TOUR (9 USD per pax): Visit of “Secretariat Office”, which has been sealed for many years and just recently unlocked for public access. Finish the day by walking tour and watching sunset over the magnificent golden dome of Shwedagon Pagoda rises an impressive 98 meters from its base and is said to have been covered with tons of pure gold, along with numerous precious stones such as jade, rubies, sapphires and diamonds. After the tour, return to the hotel and dinner on your own account.

DAY 3:  YANGON – FLIGHT TO HEHO – INLE LAKE (B/L/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Heho – FLIGHT TBC/ YANGON – HEHO (1hr 10’). Upon arrival to Heho Airport, transfer to Nyaung Shwe (around 1h 30’) – getaway to Inle Lake. On the way, stop at a local bamboo umbrella factory where you will have a chance to make your own umbrella and take it away as a souvenir. Upon arrival to Nyaung Shwe get a board of local boat and start exploration of Inle Lake known for one-leg rowing fishermen, beautiful floating gardens and villages and always smiling Itha people. During the trip we will get off shore and visit the main sanctuary of the lake, the ,,Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda” and ,,Nga Hpe Kyaung”, one of the oldest monastery in the lake, renowned for its rich history and architectural structure. For lunch stop at the floating village and enjoy “Homecooked Lunch with local family”. After the tour boat transfer to the hotel, check-in and dinner on your own account.

DAY 4: INLE LAKE (B/L/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast visit famous 5-day rotating Nampan market – one of the most popular attractions. After boat trip 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. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. After lunch visit Inpawkhon – the famous weaving centre of the Intha people; lotus silk weaving workshop; cheroot factory and silversmith workshop at the end. After the tour return by boat back to the hotel and dinner on your own account.

DAY 5:   INLE LAKE – HEHO – FLIGHT TO MANDALAY (B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Mandalay – FLIGHT TBC/  HEHO – MANDALAY (30’). Upon arrival to Mandalay direct transfer to visit Golden Palace Monastery – a superb example of a traditional wooden building & Kuthodaw Pagoda which is also called “the world’s largest book”, named after the 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. OPTIONAL TOUR (5 USD per pax): After lunch experience the most revered religious monument in Myanmar – “Mahamuni Pagoda & Mahamuni Buddha Image”;  Continue to Amarapura – famous for traditional hand crafts and workshops including woven silk; Kalaga tapestries and Gold leaf work shop.  Enjoy sunset at the oldest teak wood bridge in the world U Bein. After the tour transfer to the hotel for check-in and dinner on your own account

DAY 6:   MANDALAY – AVA – MINGUN (B/L/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast depart to explore Ava (Mouth of the lake) popular for Me Nu Ok Kyaung (Me Nu’s Brick Monastery) and an authentic teakwood masterpiece the Bagaya Monastery. Next, visit to the “leaning tower” Nanmyint, one of the only structures remaining from King Bagyidaw’s palace. Lunch will be served at local restaurant After lunch, transfer to Mandalay jetty for relaxing 1 hour cruise to Mingun. Upon arrival visit Pahtodawgyi Pagoda– well known for being the world’s largest unfinished pagoda; Hsinbyume Pagoda and the heaviest functioning non-cracked bell in the world the Mingun Bell.  After the tour return to Mandalay and enjoy the panoramic view over the city from Mandalay Hill. Dinner on your own account

DAY 7: MANDALAY – FLIGHT TO BAGAN (B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast, transfer to Mandalay Airpor for your domestic flight to Bagan – FLIGHT TBC/ MANDALAY- BAGAN (40’) Upon arrival to Bagan direct transfer to visit Shwezigon Pagoda an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists; Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi, noteworthy for its mural paintings & Manuha Temple. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. After lunch, continue to Ananda Temple; Htilominlo Temple; Thatbyinnyu Temple one of the highest monuments of Bagan; Gawdawpalin Temple, Dhammayangyi Pahto Temple & Sulamani Temple. (OPTIONAL E-BIKE RENTAL during temple sightseeing: 6 USD per pax) At the end of the day enjoy marvelous sunset view from one of the elevated temples. After the tour transfer to the hotel for check-in and dinner on your own account. OPTIONAL (17 USD per pax): Dinner with an entertaining traditional puppet show

DAY 8: BAGAN (B/L/-)

OPTIONAL – only in high season: ,,BALLOONS OVER BAGAN” – Get the best views of Bagan’s 2,000 temples and pagodas, all of which are nigh on impossible to visit on land, during an extra-special hot-air balloon flight. (Duration approximately: 45min-1hr)

Get this unique and exhilarating soaring experience of a lifetime. The flight would be early in the morning for you to watch the unparalleled beauty of the sunrise along the thousands of stupa and the Irrawaddy River.

Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast visit of the lively & colorful local market, “Nyaung U Market”. Afterwards, visit a lacquerware workshop. You will be welcomed in Min Nan Thu Village, a traditional craft village in Bagan. Meet the friendly villagers and get a glimpse of their daily routine. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. OPTIONAL (supplement 17 USD per pax) : Lunch in a monastery with monk blessing. Around 4 PM set out on a boat cruise and enjoy the vivid sunset view over Irrawaddy River. Enjoy the panoramic view of the setting sun. Apart from the river and the sunset, while on the boat you will also discover the riverside temples and villages, including the local peoples’ long-legged wooden houses roofed with palm leaves. After the cruise return to the hotel and dinner on your own account

DAY 9: BAGAN – FLIGHT TO YANGON (B/L/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast transfer to Bagan Airport for your domestic flight to Yangon – FLIGHT TBC / BAGAN – YANGON (1h 20’)  Upon arrival to Yangon direct transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure by FLIGHT TBC .

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ROUTE: YANGON | INLE LAKE | MANDALAY | BAGAN 

May 2020: 08 /  15 /  22  / 29

June 2020: 05 / 12 / 19 / 26

July 2020: 10 / 17 / 24 / 21 / 

August 2020: 07 / 14 / 21 / 28

September 2020: 04 / 11 / 18 / 25

October 2020: 09/ 16 / 23 / 30

November 2020: 06 / 13 / 20 / 27

December 2020: 04 / 11 / 18 / 25 

January  2021: 08/ 15 / 22 / 25

February 2021: 05 / 12 / 19 / 26 

March 2021: 05 / 12 / 19 / 26 

April 2021: 02/ 09/ 23 / 30

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS EXCLUDED IN PACKAGE PRICE ABOVE VALID FROM MAY 2020 – MARCH 2021:

  • KBZ Airline – $ 420 per person

    4x Domestic Flights in Myanmar: Yangon – Heho / Heho – Mandalay / Mandalay – Bagan / Bagan – Yangon)

SURCHARGE: BALLOONING OVER BAGAN

  • $ 300 per person

INCLUSIONS:

  • 8 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in twin/double sharing rooms
  • Half board as mentioned as per itinerary (daily Breakfasts; 7 Lunches; 0 Dinners)
  • All transfers by comfortable air-conditioned car/minivan/bus as per itinerary and confirmed number of participants with mineral water and cold towels (2 bottles of 500ml water per person/day)
  • English Speaking Stationed Guide (Different guide each city)
  • 10% service charges, 5% prevailing government tax

EXCLUSIONS:

  • All International flight tickets to / from Myanmar
  • Entrance Fees mentioned as surcharge
  • 4 x Domestic flights as follows: Yangon – Heho / Heho – Mandalay / Mandalay – Bagan / Bagan – Yangon
  • Visa stamping fee to Cambodia, $30/entry 
  • Visa to Myanmar @ USD 50 per person, can be applied online at http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/
  • Early check-in (before 14:00) and late check-out (after 12:00) charges by the hotel
  • Individual expenses of guests not mentioned in the itinerary (laundry, minibar, extra food and beverages 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 over Bagan
  • Any other cost not mentioned in the Inclusions

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation of confirmed tours & packages are subjects to cancellation fee as follows:

  • Up to 31 days prior to arrival: no charge
  • From 30-22 days prior to arrival:   30 % of the total tour price
  • From 21-15 days prior to arrival: 50 % of the tour price
  • From 14-8 days prior to arrival:  75 % of the tour price
  • No show & within 7 days prior to arrival:  100% charge

**NOTE SURCHARGE FOR COMPULSARY MEALS WILL APLY IF TRAVELLING DATES FALL ON HOLIDAYS**

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS EXCLUDED IN PACKAGE PRICE ABOVE VALID FROM MAY 2020 – MARCH 2021:

  • KBZ Airline – $ 420 per person

    4x Domestic Flights in Myanmar: Yangon – Heho / Heho – Mandalay / Mandalay – Bagan / Bagan – Yangon)

SURCHARGE: BALLOONING OVER BAGAN

  • $ 300 per person

INCLUSIONS:

  • 8 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in twin/double sharing rooms
  • Half board as mentioned as per itinerary (daily Breakfasts; 7 Lunches; 0 Dinners)
  • All transfers by comfortable air-conditioned car/minivan/bus as per itinerary and confirmed number of participants with mineral water and cold towels (2 bottles of 500ml water per person/day)
  • English Speaking Stationed Guide (Different guide each city)
  • 10% service charges, 5% prevailing government tax

EXCLUSIONS:

  • All International flight tickets to / from Myanmar
  • Entrance Fees mentioned as surcharge
  • 4 x Domestic flights as follows: Yangon – Heho / Heho – Mandalay / Mandalay – Bagan / Bagan – Yangon
  • Visa stamping fee to Cambodia, $30/entry 
  • Visa to Myanmar @ USD 50 per person, can be applied online at http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/
  • Early check-in (before 14:00) and late check-out (after 12:00) charges by the hotel
  • Individual expenses of guests not mentioned in the itinerary (laundry, minibar, extra food and beverages 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 over Bagan
  • Any other cost not mentioned in the Inclusions

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation of confirmed tours & packages are subjects to cancellation fee as follows:

  • Up to 31 days prior to arrival: no charge
  • From 30-22 days prior to arrival:   30 % of the total tour price
  • From 21-15 days prior to arrival: 50 % of the tour price
  • From 14-8 days prior to arrival:  75 % of the tour price
  • No show & within 7 days prior to arrival:  100% charge

BOTAHTAUNG HOTEL 3*** | Yangon

A newly build 3 star hotel offers modern and stylish rooms with smart features come along with safe box, minibar and vinyl floors. The suite rooms have a living area. The private bathroom is complete with shower and toiletries.

https://botahtaunghotel.com/

81 CENTRAL HOTEL 3*** | Nyaung Shwe

Located at Myo Lal Quarter, the heart of Nyaung Shwe, we offer a sophisticated blend of contemporary Burmese style, contemporary comfort and privileged services. Modern touches such as English-speaking staff, free breakfast and modern design are complimented by the timeless appeal of hospitality and cool breezes.

http://81hotel-inlay.com/

HOTEL YADANARBON 3*** | Mandalay

Hotel Yadanarbon is the perfect place to experience Mandalay and its surroundings. The hotel’s strategic and convenient location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest and to the city’s must-see destinations. All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. Other facilities at this hotel include a 24-hour Front Desk, Roof-top Restaurant, Swimming Pool and Free Wi-Fi access.

https://hotelyadanarbonmandalay.com/

HOTEL UMBRA 3*** | Bagan

Bagan Umbra Hotel is located within 2 kilometres from the ancient capital of Myanamar: Old Bagan, one of the richest archeological sites in Asia from 10th to 13th century and Nyaung U Airport. From the hotel you can enjoy the landscape of the ancient town.

http://baganumbrahotel.com/

SUMMIT PARKVIEW HOTEL 4**** | Yangon

Experience the graciousness of Myanmar’s warm hospitality at Summit Parkview, situated near the “Heart” of Yangon, only walking distance to the Shwedagon Pagoda. 

https://summityangon.com/

AMATA INLE RESORT 4**** | Inle Lake

With panoramic views of the majestic mountains and the glistening waters of Inle Lake, the outdoor swimming pool welcomes you on the terrace of hotel’s garden lake front view. This open air terrace offers the ultimate privilege to escape from everyday life and enjoy a relaxing moment in a well-being and peaceful oasis in the heart of Inle Lake.

https://www.amatainleresort.com/

EASTERN PALACE HOTEL  4**** | Mandalay

astern Palace Hotel provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a fitness centre and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel features an indoor pool and an ATM.

http://www.easternpalacehotels.com/

AREINDMAR HOTEL 4**** | Bagan

Areindmar Hotel is nestled among the temples of New Bagan, just south of the city walls of the ancient capital. Featuring 50 deluxe rooms around a large, leafy central courtyard, Areindmar is designed for travellers looking for an oasis of green to after exploring the wonders of this historic area.

http://areindmarhotel.com/

CHATRIUM ROYAL LAKESIDE HOTEL 5***** | Yangon

Escape to Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon and enjoy a getaway like no other; experience spacious rooms with stunning views of the Shwedagon Pagoda, a holistic spa promising true rejuvenation, dining venues serving exotic culinary creations and stylish function spaces for all your event needs.

https://www.chatrium.com/chatrium/royallakeyangon

NOVOTEL INLE LAKE HOTEL 5***** | Nyaung Shwe

Treat yourself to tranquility at Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min hotel. Choose from an airy suite looking onto the resort’s lush gardens, or a spacious villa right on the water. The infinity pool invites you to soak up the views, and the sunset on the lake provides an unforgettable backdrop to your holidays or meetings at Novotel.

https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-9395-novotel-inle-lake-myat-min/index.shtml

MERCURE MANDALAY HILL RESORT 5***** | Mandalay

The 12-acre Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort is set at the foot of Mandalay Hill. It offers panoramic views of pagodas as well as the distinctive architecture of the Royal Palace and its beautiful moat. Mandalay is a 1-hour flight from Yangon and 20-minute fl ight from Bagan. It is within close proximity to some of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the world.

https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-A3M8-mercure-mandalay-hill-resort/index.shtml

THE HOTEL @ THARABAR GATE 4**** | Bagan

The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate is located in the most unique Archeological Site of South East Asia, Old Bagan; the Ancient capital of the Burmese Empire. Surrounded by hundreds of ancient temples and pagodas, you will be enchanted by its breathtaking views.

https://www.tharabargate.com/

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