ANCIENT KINGDOM OF BAGAN
Explore the remnants of the ancient civilization of the fallen kingdom of Bagan!
One of the world’s most recognized archeological site that is often compared to the Angkor Wat of Cambodia, Bagan has more than 2,000 temples and pagodas strewn across endless dry, barren plains.
This sacred place can offer you one of the best sunrise sceneries on the planet. Words won’t be enough to describe the sublime atmosphere of the sun rising over the landscape dotted with thousands of temples, stupas and monastic structures.
- 2x nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, service charge and tax included in twin/double sharing room
- 2x domestic flight tickets within Myanmar / Routes: Yangon – Bagan / Bagan – 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; 0 x Lunch; 0 x Dinner)
- All entrance fees as per program, tours and sightseeings including special activities:
- Full-day sightseeing tour Bagan
- Ebike ride in Bagan
- Sunset cruise in Bagan
- Myinkaba Village lacquareware workshop
- Thanaka & Longyi demonstration
DAY 1 – FLIGHT TO BAGAN (-/-/-)
Transfer to Yangon Domestic Airport for a flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan, “Sightseeing of the most Ancient pagodas of Bagan on Ebikes”. Start with the Shwezigon Pagoda– this huge gold-plated pagoda glimmering in the sun. Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi, noteworthy for its mural paintings and frescoes that depict scenes from the Jataka tales. Learn at the lacquerware workshop of the Myinkaba village, notable for its traditional mon-style lacquerware. Continue to Manuha temple, built in Mon style in 1059 that enshrines four large gold painted images of the Buddha. Ananda temple, with four standing buddha images at its corners. Htilominlo, a majestic 46-meter high structure and Thatbyinnyu temple an unfinished huge pyramid like structure, Lastly, to the Dhammayangyi Pahto contains images of the Gautama Buddha and the future Maitreya buddha, side by side. Set out on a boat cruise and enjoy the vivid sunset view in the mighty Irrawaddy River.
DAY 2 – BAGAN (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of the lively & colorful local market, Nyaung U Market. Blend and experience the locals’ daily lives as you visit this bustling and vibrant market. You can almost find everything here from vegetables, seafood and poultry, also there is a section selling handicraft, traditional clothing (locals call it “Longyi”) and as well as antiques. Learn how to wear a longyi and thanaka. 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. Cheroot cigars are made with some tobacco leaves but they also have lots of other ingredients too which can vary. 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 3 – BAGAN – DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure until check out for your flight back to Yangon.
- 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