HIGHLIGHTS OF BURMA
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 – YANGON (B/-/-)
Feel as if you’ve transferred back through time, as you enjoy more of the colonial architecture of the city of Yangon. Pass through the City Hall, flanking the arched entrance are two Nagas, serpents from Buddhist and Hindu mythology. The Superior High Court which has a grand clock tower that faces the Independence monument, an obelisk structure that stands 165 ft tall. There are more unique structures like the General Post Office, House of Customs and the Strand hotel. 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, along with numerous precious stones such as jade, rubies, sapphires and diamonds.
DAY 2: YANGON – FLIGHT TO MANDALAY (B/-/-)
After breakfast at the hotel, 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”. Several shops around the temple sell offerings for the buddha image such as incense sticks, candles and flowers. In the afternoon, we are going to visit the Shwenandaw Monastery also known as the “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 sunset and panoramic view of the city. At the top, you will be welcomed by clusters of pagoda and monasteries.
DAY 3: MANDALAY- AVA- AMARAPURA (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we are going to 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. This monastery religious lecture hall in the eastern side of the monastery has a seven-tiered roof. 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 that resembles Bagan with elevation. This pretty, friendly town is a majo monastic centre. Then, visit KyaukMyaung Village, which is a famous pottery village where the majority of the 15,000 residents who live there participate in the San Oh, or pottery, industry. Continue to 200-year-old U Bein teak bridge, built in 1782 and the oldest teak bridge in the world is made from the remains of a royal palace.
DAY 4- MANDALAY – FLIGHT TO BAGAN (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to domestic airport for a flight to Bagan. Start exploring the ancient pagodas of Bagan, Shwezigon Pagoda– this huge gold-plated pagoda glimmering in the sun, is one of the oldest monuments of Bagan. Visit of Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi, noteworthy for its mural paintings and frescoes. Manuha Temple, built in Mon style in 1059 that enshrines four large gold painted images of the Buddha. Then, continue to Ananda Temple, with four standing Buddha images at its corners. Htilominlo, a majestic 46-meter high structure with glazed sandstone decorations. Ride an Ox-cart going to Thatbyinnyu Temple one of the highest monuments of Bagan that towers above other nearby temples and pagodas. An unfinished huge pyramid like structure, the Dhammayangyi Pahto contains images of the Gautama Buddha and the future Maitreya Buddha. Sulamani temple was known as “crowing jewel” because of its finest ornamental works. Set out on a boat cruise and enjoy the vivid sunset view in Irrawaddy River.
DAY 5 – BAGAN (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of the lively & colorful local market, “Nyaung U Market”. Visit of Myinkaba, a little village notable for its traditional Mon-style lacquerware. This has been home to family-run lacquerware workshops for generations. Enjoy the creative experience and have something truly unique to take home with you! 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. Men are also hardworking and usually busy, spending most of their time in the blacksmith or cartwright. Rest of the day at your leisure.
DAY 6 – BAGAN – FLIGHT TO HEHO – INLE LAKE (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival in Heho Airport, transfer to a drive to Nyaung Shwe where Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar is located. (approximately 1hr drive). An active adventure awaits today with a boat trip through rural villages on Inle Lake. Set out on a boat ride and 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. A Homecooked Lunch will welcome you in a traditional Intha House. Trip to the main sanctuary of the lake, the 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 7- INLE LAKE (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. 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. Meet the Padaung, an ethnic tribe that wears silver ring necklaces to have longer necks. The tribe has preserved their unique customs until today including wearing many necklaces to have longer neck. 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 – FLIGHT TO YANGON – DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. From Nyaung Shwe, transfer to Heho Airport by car. Transfer directly to international airport Yangon for departures.
- 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
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