Burma Adventure

Comfort, Yangon to Yangon

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After decades of controversy, friendly Burma (also known as Myanmar) is opening up to travellers, which means the adventurous can experience a curious nation unbiased by hordes of tourists. This 12-day adventure offers comfort level hotels and travel between sights by plane, boat and private buses or vans. Discover the floating gardens of Inle Lake, incredible ruins of ancient Bagan, ancient capitals around Mandalay and the refreshing hill station of Kalaw. Not all of Asia follows the same beat; join in Burma's unique rhythm.

What’s included

  • Arrival transfer
  • Tour of Mandalay including Golden Palace Monastery, Kuyuk Taw Gyi Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Mahamuni Temple
  • Boat trip and tour of the Village of Mingun
  • Visit the spiritual centre of Burma at Sagaing and the ancient city of Amarapura
  • Excursion to Pyin Oo Lwin
  • Irrawaddy River boat trip
  • Guided tour of Bagan archaeological zone
  • Visit a local village and toddy farm for demonstrations and a local lunch
  • Visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery
  • Tour Nyaung Shwe by trishaw
  • Boat tour of Inle Lake including floating villages and markets
  • Visit a cheroot factory
  • Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the Nge Phe Chaung Monastery
  • Tour Shwedagon Pagoda
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Enjoy connecting with burmese culture by meeting local people
  • Explore the pagodas and monasteries of this ancient land
  • Visit a toddy farm and have a local lunch
  • Step back in time at bagan's archaeological zone
  • Explore floating villages and daily life on tranquil inle lake

Itinerary

Day 1 Yangon Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned. You are free to relax and explore the city. Following a group meeting, we have an optional group dinner where you can sample some of the local cuisine. Additional Notes: Please note that most nationalities requires a visa to enter Myanmar (Burma); please double check this with your travel agent or local Myanmar Embassy prior to your arrival. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Arrival transfer included. Private Vehicle
Day 2 Yangon/Mandalay (1B) Early this morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay. Transfer to the base of Mandalay Hill and visit Shwe Nandaw Kyuang (Golden Palace Monastery), which is noted for its intricate wood carvings and to Kayuk Taw Gyi Pagoda,, to view the huge marble Buddha. Then visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to ‘the world’s largest book’, a collection of more than 700 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. We then continue to Mahamuni Pagoda which is known for its lumpy Buddha statue. You can also visit some of the craft shops in the area. In the late afternoon head to Mandalay Hill to walk (or take the lift) to the top to see the views over the city, countryside and Irrawaddy River. Included Activities: Mandalay Hill Climb Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) Visit Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda Visit Kuthodaw Pagoda Visit Mahamuni Pagoda (Buddha Temple) Visit Kuthodaw Pagoda Visit Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
Day 3 Mandalay (1B) Embark on a boat trip up the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to the riverside village of Mingun, enjoying the picturesque scenery of this river and the lifestyles of the local people who live and work on these waters. We continue by road to Sagaing. After lunch we visit Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’. Included Activities: Mingun Village Boat Trip and Visit Sagaing Hill Visit Amarapura Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 4 Mandalay (1B) Take a scenic 2 hour drive to the former British hill station of Maymyo, now officially called Pyin Oo Lwin. Visit the local market in the center of the town where a colorful array of items are for salem including locally produced jam and fruit wines. This afternoon is free to explore. We recommend a traditional horse and carriage ride through the town to see the historical houses including Candacraig, built in 1905. You can get your horse and carriage to drop you off at the 175-hectare Botanical Gardens where you can take a relaxing walk though the beautifully landscaped area. Included Activities: Pyin Oo Lwin Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Mandalay/Bagan (1B) After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the jetty for the boat to Bagan (Nyaung Oo). The journey takes 7-11 hours depending on the time of year and water level. On board there is a small café selling drinks and light meals (sandwiches, snacks and instant noodles usually). Additional Notes: When water levels are insufficient for the boat, we will use the bus for that part of the journey. Boat cancellations typically happen between April and September. Included Activities: Ayeyarwady River Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 6 Bagan (1B) Enjoy 2 days exploring Bagan, the first and most beautiful capital of the Burmese, which was founded in the 11th century. This is one the most important temples and pagoda complexes in Asia. We set off on a full day exploration of Bagan where we'll wander local markets, historical pagodas, a handicraft workshop, a local monastery as well as various ancient temples. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples. You have the option to take a hot-air balloon flight over the plains of Bagan. Included Activities: Bagan Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 7 Bagan (1B, 1L) At midday, transfer to the outskirts of town to a village in the middle of a toddy palm farm. Watch as the locals scale the trees and harvest the juice of the palm fruit and then process it into alcohol or molasses. This evening we are welcomed into a local family's home and enjoy a home cooked meal of traditional Burmese dishes. This is a memorable dinner and a chance to learn more about family life and traditions in Myanmar. Included Activities: Toddy Palm Farm Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 8 Bagan/Inle Lake (1B) This morning, fly from Bagan to Heho and then travel by road to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. Also visit around Nyaung Shwe by cycle rickshaw, passing the many monasteries and cruising along quiet residential streets. We then board a boat and set off down the canal toward the main part of the lake, passing villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Included Activities: Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) Visit Nyaung Shwe Visit Transport: Plane (1.75 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s)) Board a boat and set off down the canal toward the main part of Inle lake. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles Boat (1.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Inle Lake (1B) Depending on its location, we start with a visit to the morning market, which rotates locations on a 5-day basis. (note: there are no markets on full moon or dark moon days). Our boat then takes us down a winding river to Inthien, with its one thousand stupas dotting the hillside. Back out onto the lake we visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main pagoda and monastery, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. Included Activities: Morning Market Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Visit Nga Phe Chaung Monastery Visit Inpawkhone Village Visit Cheroot Factory Visit Transport: Boat
Day 10 Inle Lake/Kalaw (1B) Travel by boat and bus to the cooler air of this former British hill station. Opt for an afternoon trek. Transport: Boat (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 11 Kalaw/Yangon (1B) Following breakfast, we drive to Heho airport for our flight over the length of Burma back to our starting point at Yangon. Visit Shwedagon Pagoda then the afternoon is yours to explore the markets and sights of Yangon with plenty of time for some last minute shopping before our final night dinner together. Included Activities: Shwedagon Pagoda Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s)) Plane (1.00 hour(s)) Transfer to hotel. Private Vehicle
Day 12 Yangon (1B) Depart any time today. Included Activities: Departure Day
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