Myanmar Adventure

Myanmar Adventure information and booking

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$2690
  • Duration
    12 days
    Days
  • Group size
    5-16
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Introductory
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 12 day trip
  • 2 day trek
  • 10 nights hotel
  • 1 night monastery or homestay
Equipment Required
There is no specialized equipment required for this trip. A comprehensive list of recommended gear will be provided on booking.

Highlights

  • Wander through the colonial charm of Yangon
  • Witness the sunset from the top of Mandalay Hill
  • Attend a morning alms collection at a monastery outside Mandalay
  • Visit the worlds largest bell in the ancient city of Mingun
  • Walk amongst the wonders at Sagaing, home to 600 pagodas and monasteries
  • Discover one of the finest collections of temples in South East Asia at Bagan
  • Explore the mysterious Shwe U Min cave, home to thousands of Buddha images
  • Walk through the beautiful scenery of the Shan Plateau to Inle Lake and stay with a local family on its shores

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Now is the right time to visit this beautiful and still untouched corner of South East Asia. Offering the absolute best of Myanmar, this wonderful journey will take you right into the heart of a friendly land where genuine hospitality abounds. Our adventure begins in the charming colonial city of Yangon, before flying to Mandalay to explore this city set on the banks of the Irrawaddy. The highlights are numerous - we enjoy the view of the city from Mandalay Hill and the 600 painted pagodas and monasteries at Sagaing. Bagan is considered by many to be the finest collection of temples in Asia, and savouring the sunrise from the upper terrace of a temple is an experience not soon forgotten. Continuing to Mount Popa and Inle Lake we get off the beaten track and see the real culture and traditions of Myanmar with a walk on the Shan Plateau to our monastery or homestay. Inle Lake is the grand finale with its bustling local markets, handicrafts, stilted villages and breathtaking views.

What's included

  • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Comfortable accommodation on twin share basis
  • Airport transfers (day 1 and 12 only)
  • Basic homestay walking the shan hills
  • Internal flights yangon/mandalay and bagan/heho/yangon valued at $us255
  • Expert local bilingual guides
  • Private vehicles
  • Porterage on walk
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Medical kit

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Yangon
You should arrive by midday and upon arrival, you will be greeted by our representative who will transfer you to your centrally located hotel. We will have an important tour briefing, so check with reception for the time and location. It is recommended that you have lunch before hand as immediately after the meeting we will head out for some sightseeing. Yangon downtown is unique with much of its colonial-era architecture still standing. You find one of Asia’s most impressive collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth- century buildings, religious and secular. Starting in the early afternoon this walking tour will take you through downtown Yangon, focusing on its old colonial buildings. Your guide will walk you through the back streets in a relaxed tempo and explain you the history of each building some of them empty, some getting restored and some used for different purposes than when built. This walk along the streets of Yangon will at least architecturally take you a step back in time. Overnight: Yangon, Clover Hotel City Centre
Day 2 Shwedagon Pagoda, fly to Mandalay
So what’s behind the golden façade of the Shwedagon Pagoda? During a half-day tour we take you through this wonderful site and show you the full history of the pagoda, the daily life of all people living in its immediate surroundings and a deeper insight in the Buddhist religion and how the spiritual belief is mixed with the belief in nats – the Myanmar spirits. An intriguing day starting from the bottom of the hill and passing the workshops, markets and monasteries which will be useful or even essential to understand more of the country during the rest of your journey. The tour includes a traditional Burmese breakfast, offerings to monks and the pagoda, a visit to a fortuneteller and a Burmese lunch. We will visit to Insein market on the way to airport. Flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival in Mandalay airport, meet with the guide and transfer to the hotel. Overnight: Mandalay, Ayarwaddy River View Hotel PLEASE NOTE: The Shwedagon pagoda will be under maintenance between Sept. 2014 - Feb. 2015. It will have partial scaffold but still can be viewed.
Day 3 Ancient cities - Amarapura, Sagaing and Mingun
Mandalay and the other former royal capitals around it have all been capital cities for one major reason: they are situated on the Ayeyarwaddy River (Irrawaddy). Feel the breeze of the river and imagine how it must have been to arrive by boat at the court of Ava. From the jetty in Mandalay we go upstream to visit the Mingun Pagoda; it shows a big crack caused by an earthquake and houses a giant bronze bell. Lunch will be taken onboard. We take a leisurely boat cruise downstream to Sagaing passing the temple dotted hills where we stop and visit the Setkyar Thida nunnery. We continue by boat to Ava, horse carts are ready to take us around this magnificent site past ancient temple ruins that used to be majestic buildings. We continue to Amarapura by private vehicle. The old capital of Amarapura is a very quiet village nowadays where you only hear the sound of the weaving machines. We visit one of the small weaving factories and walk over U-Bein Bridge. Overnight: Mandalay, Ayarwaddy River View Hotel
Day 4 To Mt Popa
We will visit to Paleik on the way to Bagan. This is an ideal excursion in the morning. The snake temple in Paleik is known for the 3 pythons sleeping at the Buddha statue. Lesser known are the ancient temple ruins in the same area, many of them over 200 years old and partly overgrown by vegetation. It’s a sort of “mini Bagan” and you probably find yourself alone, feeling like the first foreigner ever to discover this place, surrounded by temples. After visiting Paleik we continue to Popa. Mount Popa is one of the places to be visited in the surroundings of Bagan as it is the birth place of the 37 “nats” of Myanmar which are the protective spirits. Lunch is served at Popa Mountain resort .Overnight: Mt Popa, Mt Popa Resort
Day 5 Mount Popa -Bagan
Journey by road to Baga where an experienced guide will show you the best known temples of the area. We start the day climbing a pagoda to get a first impressive view over the whole area. From here the guide plans his way to some of the other amazing temples that have been here for hundreds of years. Places like the Ananda, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani, and Thatbyinnyu will certainly impress you. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant and around 4pm we continue the tour by horse cart to Pyathagyi pagoda for sunset. Oh… we forgot to mention the best part of this tour; whenever you see a temple you like, just ask you guide to stop to have a look at it – simply pick your own favorite temple. Overnight: Bagan, Bawga Theiddhi Hotel
Day 6 Bagan
We love Bagan, even more then Angkor Wat, not just because of the beauty of each temple and not just because of the lack of hordes of tourists. We like Bagan most because of the stunning landscape of ancient temple ruins that seem to be spread around randomly in between toddy palms and bamboo huts. During this half day tour on a bike, your guide will show you some of the most spectacular sceneries of ancient temples and the best of all is that you can stop any time, any minute to make some beautiful pictures. Overnight: Bagan, Bawga Theiddhi Hotel * There might be an opportunity during our stay in Bagan to take a hot air balloon trip over the plains of Bagan - sunrise or sunset for 45mins (Oct to Mar only - optional) * This must be booked in advance, please contact World Expeditions for details.
Day 7 Fly to Heho, transfer to Kalaw to start your trek
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Heho (approx 40mins). Upon arrival we journey by road to Kalaw where we begin our trek. Pass through pine forests, orange and tea plantations, while passing through local villages. Visit a Palaung village to see simple village life. For your trekking we have chosen an area north of Kalaw which doesn’t see many foreign visitors and offer stunning mountain panoramas. The first stop will be at a local community living in the mountains and mainly depending on agriculture. A simple lunch will be taken half way in a local house. We continue walking for a few more hours passing tea plantations and will then arrive at a Palaung village with a small monastery at the edge of the mountain with beautiful views over the forest. Overnight: Homestay Trekking approx 4-5 hours.
Day 8 Trek to Kalaw
Wake up in the morning by the sounds of a small Palaung village in Shan state coming alive. The sun will slowly start warming the ground and a local breakfast is served for you. We continue trekking today through a different routing and learn on the way more about local agriculture methods. Today, most part of the trekking is going downhill through tea plantations and the forest. We will have a picnic lunch prepared for you at a beautiful spot and continue our walk towards Kalaw where we will arrive in the early afternoon so we still have enough time to explore this charming, former Hill station from the British. Overnight: Kalaw
Day 9 Bike or Hike to Inle Lake
Probably the best way to arrive in Inle Lake, mountain bikes are ready for you to start a 4-hour biking trip to Indein. You may prefer to hike instead. Both options are catered for on this day. Biking or hiking through numerous Pa O villages in an area where few foreigners have been before is a great experience. Stop on the way to enjoy the fantastic views over the lake and the Shan countryside. Lunch is included in a local village and at the end of the trip we visit the ancient ruins of Indein. From Indein we continue to our hotel by private motorboat where your luggage is already delivered in the room. Overnight: Inle Lake, Paramount Inle Resort.
Day 10 Inle Lake
In the south of the lake the ruins of Indein are certainly worth a visit. Partly covered by vegetation the area looks like a pagoda forest. We walk about 1 hour to enjoy a fantastic view over the lake. A homemade cooked lunch is served by a local family in their house. We continue towards the Nam Pan village for a very interesting trip going local with a small canoe. Whenever you are tired peddling yourself we continue by motorboat back to your hotel. Overnight: Nyaung Shwe, Paradise Hotel
Day 11 Drive to Heho, fly to Yangon
Inle Lake in southern Shan State is a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan villages. On the lake itself the Intha people have been living for many centuries in villages built entirely on stilts. Today you ride a private motorboat around the lake. Discover its natural beauty, visit the floating gardens, see some of the famous leg rowers, and have a cup of tea at a local family’s house. On and around the lake, traditional markets are held in different villages according to a 5-day rotating schedule. Today we take you to visit one of these colourful markets frequented by Shan and PaO people. We certainly also visit a local cheroot factory (where the Burmese cigars are made), floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Intha Heritage house - where the Burmese cats are bred. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Yangon. Overnight: Clover City Center, Yangon
Day 12 In Yangon, trip concludes
The trip will conclude after breakfast. If you are departing Yangon, transfer to the airport.