Myanmar Culinary Delights
The culinary excursion gives you the chance to experience the most typical Burmese traditional flavor from a food tour along the streets in Yangon, a stop to taste some local wine in Red Mountain Estate at sunset by Inle Lake, a special breakfast on the floating boat on the water to the exciting cooking class in Bagan.
Yangon, the biggest city of the country will be the first destination of the trip in Myanmar. Welcome by our guide and transfer to hotel. Depending on the time of arrival, city tour to discover the ancient Burmese capital (1862-2005). Start your excursion by visiting the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda with the largest reclining Buddhist image (70 m). Then sightsee the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered which casts the gleaming shadow over Kandawgyi Lake nearby. There are some options for dinner at a local restaurant with various tasty dishes or at Karaweik luxury restaurant, where you could enjoy many types of Burmese traditional entertainment during the meal. Overnight in Yangon.
Greet the morning by a visit to Bogyoke market (Scott market) which gives you the largest selection of Myanmar handicrafts and souvenirs. Then board the local “circular train” that goes around the city to observe the vibrant and colorful life of Yangonnais. After that, transfer to Dalah, a small village on the other side of the Yangon River, take a rickshaw ride and visit a candle factory. Late afternoon, take a stroll around the colonial complex in the downtown. At night, take part in the street food tour round the city to be immersed in the tasty dishes coming from all parts of the country such as Mohingya, curries and various snacks (samosa, nann, poori) served with the local beverages. Overnight in Yangon.
Morning flight to Heho. Meet our guide and head up to Pindaya, the untouched site offering so many ideal trekking options. On arrival, take a tour to the famous Pindaya Cave by horse-cart. Stop at the hill foot and climb up the 200-step stairway leading to the entrance of the limestone cave where 15m high Shwe U Min pagoda is located. Start to explore the cave which dates back to million years ago including numerous small caves filled with thousands of Buddha images in various sizes. Back to the town center to sightsee some handicrafts workshops of Shan people and parasols. Drop in a tea shop for some tea leaf salad, the typical speciality of Shan Highland. Overnight in Pindaya.
Join the half-day trek tour in Pindaya to explore pristine landscapes and the authentic flavor of Danu tribal ethnics. The Danu minority who speaks the archaic Burmese is easily recognizable by their black outfit studded with colored sequins. The route passes through green tea plantations, the Shan state’s renowned specialty in Burma. En route you could catch farmers with their buffaloes still widely used for agricultural works in the fields. Stop for a picnic lunch before following a different route to come back Pindaya. On the way back, we will visit a family to taste a cup of green tea and soy crackers. When you approach Pindaya, transfer to the hotel by Inle Lake by a 2-hour drive. Overnight in Inle.
Greet the morning on the water by having breakfast on a floating boat with a menu of typical Shan food, namely Shan noodles. Then join the boat tour to discover the Inle Lake with floating stilt houses and floating gardens where original techniques of early crops namely tomatoes and lettuce is lively presented. The lake is populated by Inthas very famous with the unique rowing technique. Back to the starting point of the boat tour and take a short drive to Red Mountain Estate in Nyaung Shwe in the afternoon. Explore the charming vineyards and enjoy the appealing flavor of Burmese wines while watching the mesmerizing sunset with the atmospheric view over the lakeside area. Overnight in Inle.
Visit a local market (if the day coincides with market days) which is held alternatively every 5 days. The markets gathering people from the surroundings are held either on the lake or on the mainland. Discover the authentic life of the locals. Continue a canoe tour to Indein, enjoy the riverside landscapes along the picturesque stream with bathing buffaloes. Climb up the hill where the ancient pagodas complex Indein has been located since 17th century. Some pagodas are being restored, but most of them are still in the abandoned condition like ‘Indiana Jone’. Relax and have a picnic lunch in the shadow of a bamboo forest near Indein to enjoy the refreshing air during the meal time. Overnight in Inle.
Morning flight to Mandalay, the cultural center and the second biggest city in Myanmar. Begin the half day city tour. Make the discovery of the last royal city before the British conquest – the Royal palace, a symbol of the formerly prosperous dynasty under the reign of the last two kings. Take a visit to Maha Muni Pagoda, the second most revered pagoda of Burma, Kuthodaw Pagoda – the largest book in the world comprising a total of 729 marble slabs and Shwenandaw monastery – one of the best religious building in teak wood with the ancient architecture of Burmese. Dinner at a local restaurant or street food tour as your wish to taste the typical flavour of Mandalay’s dishes. Overnight in Mandalay.
Take a morning tour of Mandalay by visiting Jade market, and then boarding a boat to Mingun. Sightsee Hsinbyume Pagoda, the world largest bell and Pahtodawgyi ruins which is widely known as the largest pagoda built in red bricks – if it had been accomplished. In the afternoon, transfer to Sagaing by car to sightsee the Buddha cave and U Min Thonze Pagoda. Climb up to the Soon U Pon Nya Shin Pagoda where you could enjoy a remarkable panorama of hundreds of pagodas and monasteries perched on the hills bordering the Irrawaddy. Late afternoon, transfer to Amarapura, walk on the U Bein Bridge, the oldest and the longest teak bridge in the world, watch magnificent sunset. Overnight in Mandalay.
Morning flight to Bagan, relax and then discover the most impressive archaeological site in Asia, a must-see destination by horsecart. Over 2000 temples, pagodas and stupas of various sizes and shapes emerge here and there, out of sight. Different from the Buddhist pagodas gilded with a huge of gold, Bagan religious structures are mainly built of brick. Visit Ananda temple, one of the most venerated temples throughout Myanmar with four standing Buddhas, Dhammayangyi pagoda, the largest structure of Bagan dating back to nineteenth century and some other typical pagodas of the complex. At the end of the day, climb up Pyathada pagoda to watch sunset. Overnight in Bagan
Greet the dawn with the refreshing air and enjoy the view over the immense place of temples. A hot air balloon ride in the early morning may be considered if you like. Begin the exploration by sightseeing a toddy palm farm where you could see the farmers working on palm juice extraction to turn it into alcohol, sugar or molasses. Lunch at the edge of the farm in a modest hut to have the best experience of the residents’ eating manner. Transfer to visit Min Nan Thu villages and Phwa Saw village, specializing in making lacquer, here you can try yourself to create some products as souvenirs. In the end of afternoon, take boat trip to enjoy sunset. Overnight in Bagan.
In the early morning, head up to Nyaung U market which remains very authentic with a wide variety of local goods to shop necessary food according to the shopping list from our chef. The guide will assist you to take all the fresh ingredients including meat, fish and local vegetables. Return to a local restaurant to meet the chef for the cooking class. Here you will learn some traditional cooking techniques and practice them to make the dishes by yourself. During the class, you also get some interesting knowledge of Myanmar cuisine, its influences and the typical eating manners of the local. After accomplishing all the dishes, it is the right time for you to enjoy lunch which is served with freshly prepared delights. Overnight in Bagan.
Free morning to relax. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Yangon.
End the food tour in Myanmar.
|Number of people||6 pax||4 pax||2 pax|
|Price per person||$519||$615||$810|