GET READY TO JOIN THE BEST TRIP ACROSS MYANMAR!
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 at FLIGHT EK 388 AT 16:45 PM, after immigration and luggage collection meet with your guide in front of arrival hall and be transferred to the hotel for check-in and dinner on your own account .
DAY 2: YANGON (B/L/-)
In the morning, experience 30 minutes on Yangon’s circular train using daily by local people. After cross Yangon River and experience the real Myanmar way of life in Dalah. Upon arrival on the other side, Trishaw drivers will take you to the Local Orphanage to interact with childrens and their teachers. Visit one of the Yangon region’s best kept secrets, the Baungdawgyoke Pagoda (Dalah’s snake temple). Return back by ferry to Yangon for 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. Also, included 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.
DAY 3: YANGON – FLIGHT TO HEHO – INLE LAKE (B/L/-)
Transfer to the domestic airport for your domestic flight to Heho. On your way to Inle Lake, 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 Intha people. Lunch stop at the floating village and enjoy Homecooked Lunch with local family. 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.
DAY 4: INLE LAKE (B/L/-)
Visit the famous 5-day rotating Nampan market – one of the most popular attractions. 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. Upon arrival, explore the area on foot and visit a local school, Nyaung Ohak, and discover the impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas. From Nyaung Ohak, go to Shwe Inn Thein with second group of pagodas. After lunch, visit Inpawkhon – the famous weaving centre of the Intha people; lotus silk weaving workshop; cheroot factory and silversmith workshop at the end.
DAY 5: INLE LAKE – HEHO – FLIGHT TO MANDALAY (B/L/-)
Transfer to Heho airport for your domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, 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. After lunch, experience the most revered religious monument in Myanmar – Mahamuni Pagoda & Mahamuni Buddha Image; and after 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 the U Bein.
DAY 6: MANDALAY – AVA – MINGUN (B/L/-)
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, surely the ancient architecture of the building will amaze you. Next, visit to the “leaning tower” Nanmyint, one of the only structures remaining from King Bagyidaw’s palace. 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 back to Mandalay and enjoy the panoramic view over the city from Mandalay Hill.
DAY 7: MANDALAY – FLIGHT TO BAGAN (B/L/-)
Transfer to Mandalay Airport for your domestic flight to Bagan. 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. After lunch, continue to Ananda Temple; Htilominlo Temple; Thatbyinnyu Temple one of the highest monuments of Bagan; Gawdawpalin Temple, Dhammayangyi Pahto Temple & Sulamani Temple. Relax on a 30-minute Horse carriage throughout the ruins of Bagan. At the end of the day, enjoy marvelous sunset view from one of the elevated temples.
DAY 8: BAGAN (B/L/-)
Visit of the lively & colorful local market, Nyaung U Market followed by lacquerware workshop of the Myinkaba village. After lunch, 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. Be greeted by women who enlist traditional rolled cigars (also known as cheroot) in an outdoor living room. Around 4 PM, set out on a boat cruise and enjoy the vivid sunset view over Irrawaddy River During the cruise, have a delicious cocktail as you 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.
DAY 9: BAGAN – FLIGHT TO YANGON (B/L/-)
Transfer to Bagan Airport for your domestic flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, direct transfer to visit the famed reclining Buddha (Chauk Htat Gyi) which measures up to 66 meters long, making it one of the largest Buddha in Myanmar. Stroll in one of the lush green lake parks in Yangon, the Kandawgyi Park which gives you an amazing view of the replica of the royal barge, the Karaweik Palace, which is renowned for its grand figure of legendary bird couple. After lunch, visit one of the most major bazaars in Yangon the, Bogyoke Aung San Market– 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. After dinner (own account), transfer directly to Yangon International Airport for your departure by FLIGHT EK389 at 2:10 AM (DAY 10).
ROUTE: YANGON | INLE LAKE | MANDALAY | BAGAN
May 2019: 11 / 19 / 22 / 25
June 2019: 02 / 22 / 30
July 2019: 06 / 14 / 18 / 20 / 25 / 28
August 2019: 10 / 17 / 24 / 31
September 2019: 07 / 14 / 21 / 28
October 2019: 05/ 12 / 19 / 26
November 2019: 02 / 09 / 16 / 22
December 2019: 07 / 14
January 2020: 18
February 2020: 01 / 08 / 15 / 22 / 29
March 2020: 07 / 14 / 21 / 28
April 2020: 04 / 25
SURCHARGE: (DOMESTIC AIRFARE)
4x Domestic Flights : Routes: Yangon – Heho / Heho – Mandalay / Mandalay – Bagan / Bagan – Yangon
VALID FROM MAY 2019 – SEPTEMBER 2019 :
- KBZ Airline – $ 371 per person
- Mannyadanarpon Airline – $ 298 per person
VALID FROM OCTOBER 2019 – MARCH 2020:
- KBZ Airline – $ 410 per person
- Mannyadanarpon Airline – $ 315 per person
- 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 Throughout Guide (From Day 1 – Day 9) / other languages available
- All tours and sightseeing’s with entrance fees as per program included
- 10% service charges, 5% prevailing government tax
- All International flight tickets to / from Myanmar
- 4 x Domestic flights as follows:
- Yangon – Heho / Heho – Mandalay / Mandalay – Bagan / Bagan – Yangon
- 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
CLOVER HOTEL 3*** | Yangon
This trendy hotel is the ideal place to enjoy a relaxed stay in Yangon, eat good Myanmar food, or sip a cocktail whilst admiring the breathtaking views of Shwedagon Pagoda.
AMAZING HOTEL 3*** | Nyaung Shwe
Nestled in the heart of Nyaung Shwe Town, the Hotel Amazing Nyaung Shwe is a landmark, combining the best of traditional Myanmar architectural style with all modern conveniences.
THIRI THITSAR HOTEL 3*** | Mandalay
Located in Mandalay, Thiri Thitsar Hotel provides air-conditioned rooms and a bar. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and a concierge service.
AMAZING HOTEL 3*** | Bagan
The Amazing Bagan Resort promises each guest with unsurpassed ambience and personalized service altered to the individual’s needs.
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.
ROYAL NADI RESORT 4**** | Nyaung Shwe
Royal Nadi Resort provides many boutique and furnished rooms which offers Mountain View and Lake view. The hotel is also on standby to serve you with our best and genuine services offering complete facilities to support your extraordinary trip.
YADANARPON DYNASTY HOTEL 4**** | Mandalay
Decorated with a contemporary implement to enjoy the outdoor age of Yadanarpon Dynasty. Three stories building design is nested with Villas, improved a beautiful green around.
THIRIPYITSAYA SANCTUARY RESORT 4**** | Bagan
The Bagan Thripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort has facilities and amenities to fulfill Guests’ desire for comfort and relaxation, as well as services to meet their every need. Internet service is available at lobby area. All these are presented with the warm and sincere hospitality of the Resort staff, who only seek to please and assist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Ask before taking a photo; the Burmese can be very shy.
- Locals love a good smile, so make sure you return it as often as you can.
- Don’t point at things (ie. in a market place) with your foot. This is considered very disrespectful.
- Cover your head, shoulders and knees. when visiting religious sites. Visitors must also remove shoes and socks before entering temples.
- The people of Myanmar really appreciate it when tourists take part in their local traditions.
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