LOCAL LIFE EXPERIENCE
What’s a more exciting way to travel a country?
Of course, mingling with the locals! Join this trip and experience how it is to live in the rural areas of Myanmar. Meet the rare Kayan tribe and learn their oldest customs and beliefs. Experience living in a local house or even spending a night in the monastery. Journey along the Shan hills and learn how the Myanamar people spend their simple everyday lives.
- 8x nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, service charge and tax included in twin/double sharing room
- 1x night accomodation in a local house or monastery
- 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; 6 x Lunch; 0 x Dinner)
- All entrance fees as per program, tours and sightseeings including special activities:
- Full-day sightseeing tour of Yangon
- Village tour in Loikaw
- Boat excursion in Inle Lake
- Homecooked Lunch in Inle Lake
- Visit of Pindaya caves
- Trekking in Kalaw
Ngwe-taung dam where many farmlands are being irrigated with the water from Ngwe Taung dam. For an hour drive more, 10 miles from Ngwe-taung, there we reach to a point from where start trekking to Pan-pat padaung villages. The village is about 2 to 3 miles away from main road. At the top of each village, there is a stone column which is to mark the generation of their ethnicity. Picnic lunch box will be served on the way.
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. for lunch, a Homecooked Lunch will welcome you in a traditional Intha House. Continue to 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.
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.
- All International and domestic flight tickets to/from/within 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)
- Ballooning in Bagan
- 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