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

DAY 1 – YANGON (B/-/-)

Feel as if you’ve transferred back through time; enjoy more of the, ”colonial architecture”, walk through the impressive city hall, superior high court which has a grand clock tower that faces the independence monument, an obelisk structure that stands 165 ft tall. Then, visit of the most popular bazaar in yangon, the Bogyoke Uung 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.

 

DAY 2: YANGON- FLIGHT TO LOIKAW – VILLAGE VISIT (B/L/-)

Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Loikaw. Then, visit to 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.

 

DAY 3: LOIKAW – VILLAGE VISIT  (B/L/-)

Drive to Di-Mor-So, about 12 miles from Loikaw, and watch Di Mor So local market where you will have a chance to taste the local wine (called khaung yee).  Drive through beautiful countryside to visit Dawdama Gyi and Dawsopyar villages where you will be greeted by the Kayan tribe women. Picnic lunch box will be served on the way. Then, head back to Loikaw for a tour of the museum to learn about local hand weaving.

 

DAY 4: LOIKAW – NYAUNG SHWE (B/L/-)

Around 7 AM, you will leave Loikaw by car and be transferred to Pekon Jetty – around 45 min drive. Here you will get on boat and take a journey of 1.5 hrs until you reach Phayartaung village. Upon arrival to Phayartaung Village check-in to the resort and after transfer by car around 2 hrs to Lisu Village with visit of Limestone Cave on the way there. In Lisu Village, enjoy delicious lunch prepared with love by a local family in their own house. After lunch explore the village up to the View Point. On the way back to the resort, visit a Pa-o village and hot springs. Then, transfer to Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake).

 

DAY 5 – INLE LAKE (B/L/-)

An active adventure awaits you today with a boat trip through rural villages on Inle Lake.  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.

 

DAY 6- INLE LAKE (B/-/-)

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.  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 7 – INLE LAKE – PINDAYA – KALAW (B/-/-)

Today, you will be transferred to to explore a limestone cave filled with thousands of Buddha statues and local handicraft umbrella workshop. Then, continue to Kalaw and check in at the hotel.

 

DAY 8 – KALAW – TREKKING (B/L/D)

Transfer to Lamine village by car as this is starting point of your trekking and it would take 45 minute. Then start Trekking for 2 hours (7KM) to Pinnwe and Pawke village Continue to Kone Hla village 5km and it will take about 1hr and 30mins. Lunch stop at Kone Hla village and after lunch take a leisure time for one hour. Then excursion to Pattu village 7km and it will take about 2hrs and 30mins. Upon arrival to Pattu village, enjoy your dinner. (note: you can also choose to spend the night in a monastery, but this is not guaranteed)

 

DAY 9 – MORNING TREKKING – NYAUNG SHWE (B/L/-)

Breakfast at community house or monastery. After breakfast, you will start to trek to Kyauk Su village, is 5.5km and it will take about 1hr and 30mins from Pattu . Have a short break at Nan Yoke village in small shop. Then continue trekking to Tongle (jetty) 8km and it will take about 2hrs.  Enjoy your Lunch at jetty and after take your boat and transfer to Nyaung Shwe (around 1 hour). Upon arrival to Nyaung Shwe check-in to the hotel.

 

DAY 10 – HEHO – FLIGHT TO YANGON – INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE (B/-/-)

Transfer to Heho Airport for your flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival, control transfer from the domestic terminal to the International Airport for your departure.

  • 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:

  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