Myanmar Discovery Travel

Introductory Myanmar

13 days/ 12 nights

The 'big-four', Kalaw & Sagar

Senior trip

from 519 USD/ pax
Just like an assorted dish, this tour lets you taste the varied flavors of Burma: the seasoned metropolis, the untamed trekking routes, the religious towns and the swamped villages which speak thousands of years of history. You will do a lot of walk-and-talk in this introductory course to Myanmar.
 
Wonder what awaits you in your coming 13 days in Myanmar?
  • The former capital Yangon, deep-rooted in its intriguing history
  • Bagan, the impressive forest of temple with which others just pale in comparison
  • Inle Lake, well-known for its untamed natural beauty as well as delicate crafts
  • Mandalay, the last royal citadel with one-of-the-kind architectural complexes

itinerary

Arrive in Yangon, the former administrative seat and the reigning commercial capital of Myanmar. Take a short relax at the hotel and start the tour of art and culture round the city. First, hold your breath through the ascension to the upper floors of Pansodan gallery, the creeping 20th-century museum.  Then head up to Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda which demonstrates Myanmar’s everlasting obsession with Buddhism as the seventy-meter reclining Buddha statue. Stroll around the Kandawgyi Lake and admire the Karaweik, a golden barge in the shape of a mythical bird. As the dusk settles on the city, prepare for an unexpected awe as the sight of Shwedagon Pagoda renders you speechless. The pagoda represents an epitome of Buddhist worship as Myanmar people centre their life around this monument. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Today we will keep going the tour round the ancient capital of Burma, futhermore , you will get the chance to enjoy a fascinating boat tour to discover the real life of a typical village by Yangon. In the morning, sightsee Bogyoke Market, formerly Scott Market. Then take the local “circular train” for a 3-hour ride through the city and the rural areas around to observe the vibrant and colorful life of local people. In the afternoon, boat transfer to Dalah, a small village on the other side of the Yangon River, ride in a rickshaw and visit of a candle factory. Back to Yangon, spare some time to dig into the relics of Downtown Yangon under the British Domination Era with the treasure that the city often underrated. Overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Prepare your luggage carefully for the flight to Bagan, a must-see destination during your culture trip of Burma. A whole day dedicated to the discovery of the area with the most impressive archaeological site in Asia. About forty kilometers from the left bank of the legendary Irrawaddy River, over 2000 temples, pagodas and stupas of all sizes and shapes emerge here and there, out of sight. A visit the temples plain by carriage will gice you a good chance to gently sightsee the most well-noted pagodas such as  the temple of Ananda with a long-lasting history and that of Thatbyinnyu whose top of 62 meters dominates the other temples of Bagan. By late afternoon, climb up the top of Pyathatguy pagoda to watch mesmerizing sunset over the stunning temples area. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

In addition to the remarkable temple complex, Bagan is also well-known for its authentic life of the residents in the villages around. Thus, the day tour will begin with the discovery of the colorful and lively Nyaung Oo market, still very authentic with its wide variety of goods. Transfer by boat to visit a Burmese village, discover their agricultural lifestyle. Continue with the visit of Min Nan Thu villages and Phwa Saw, specialized in making ox-cart wheels and lacquer ware, here you could try yourself to creat unique souvenirs for your relatives. If time permits, discover the agriculture activities of a local village nearby to have a real experience of Burmese farmers’ farming techniques. Back to the hotel at the end of the day. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.

Visit Kalaw, the former holiday resort of the English. Located on the Shan plateau, Kalaw is a peaceful place with a pleasant smell of the pines and an atmosphere reminiscent of the colonial era. It is sometimes called “the City of Pines” because of many thriving pine trees there. For this day tour, let’s take some pleasant walks round the town center to be immersed in the various types of religious sites like with 500-year-old bamboo Buddha, Shwe U Min pagoda, a cave filled with golden Buddha images and Christ the King Church, a typical ruin of Christian worship in this town under British colonial times. Overnight at hotel in Kalaw.

Be ready for a long trekking tour from Kalaw to Inle, one of the most popular preferred by tourists. During the trek, you will have the opportunities of breaking through the forest and being enchanted by the lively scene of rolling mountains, line with tea bushes here and there. Trek for around 2 ½ hours until you reach the village of Palaung ethnic with their unique architectures – the long houses used to host seven to eight families. Observe the distinct costume of the Palaung women, which consists of bright red tube dresses and heavy silver hoops adorning their waist.  Drop by the two other villages of Palaung on the trekking route to break at a local house for a chat and local life exploration. Reach Pyin Thar Village, inhabited by the ethnic Danu, after around four to five hours of trekking. Homestay overnight.

After a simple breakfast, depart towards Htee Thein. Witness a change of scenery as the vegetation carpet becomes sparse, with less big trees to provide shade. Remember to wear light, breathable clothes and a wide-brim hat. On the way, pass the village of Myin Ma Hti Village to visit its scenic hill and its huge cave. This thousands-year-old natural is 300 meter long with various side caves holding stalactites, natural formations and very ancient gilded Buddha images. Break for picnic lunch at the Pa-Oh village of Konlon which takes its name from the deceased venerable Monk Konlon whose body is preserved in the village. Then move further to the east where you will encounter more villages of the Pa-Oh and Taung-Yo. As the night settles in, stop at Htee Thein Monastery for dinner and overnight.

On the last day of trek, hit the road whose scenery has completely changed from leafy to almost barren. The trip from Htee Thein Monastery to In Dein jetty on the southern tip of Inle Lake will take roughly four hours. Visit the villages of Pa-Oh people on the way, namely Kyauksu, Nangyoke and Taungmouk. See Pa-Oh in their distinctive costumes: indigo-dyed clothes and usually red turban. Enjoy a pleasant change in surrounding as the heated barren landscape is gradually replaced with the lush vegetation of the outskirts of Inle Lake. Then arrive at Indein jetty where you can board a boat to Nyaungshwe and start your exploration of the gem of Shan Plateau. Overnight at the hotel in Inle.

Say hello to the morning in Inle by enjoying the refreshing air with gentle breeze rustling the immense water surface of the lake and magnificent mountain range faraway. A tasty breakfast is waiting for you. After that, take a motor-boat ride to discover the wonderful lake which is well-noted for its lakeside villages with their various traditional crafts. The excursion through the green lush floating gardens is one of the charms of the lake. On the boat, you could watch local fishermen with the typical fishing techniques. They row standing by winding one leg around a paddle while holding their basketry fish trap. Visit the Monastery of jumping cats, housing a superb collection of typical Buddha statues of Shan region and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the main sanctuary of the lake if you are interested in. Overnight at hotel in Inle.

The day is dedicated to the discovery of Sagar, the ancient royal city of the Shan ethnic group. Located in the southern part of Inle Lake, this little-known archaeological site was flooded in the middle of the twentieth century. The transfer to Sagar is done by motor boat (6 hours round trip) through small rivers and many lakeside villages, including those of ethnic Shan, Pa-oh and Intha.  Upon arrival in Sagar, visit its must-see places. The city of Sagar is rich in history that was special and made it a sacred place. The remains are nestled in the woodlands around or buried under water: stupas, temples and pagodas are back from the wild, having suffered the ravages of time and vegetation. Back to Inle Lake at the end of the afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Inle.

Take a morning flight to Mandalay, one of the only two places among Burma travel destinations to receive international flights. Be heartily greeted by your guide and check in at your hotel. Considering your time budget, pay a visit to landmarks of Mandalay: the Royal Palace where King Mindon and his many wives resides; the Shwenandaw Monastery which dodged bombing destruction and survived as the building of historic importance in Mandalay. Ready your cameras and make sure you return home with photos of the largest book in the world in Kuthodaw Pagoda. After coming home, tell your acquaintances that the book is printed on 729 carved marble headstones, not paper. Drop by Mahamuni with the famous Buddha image which is considered one of five Buddha images taking after the real Buddha in the world. Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.

Take a morning tour of Mandalay Jade Market, the center of gemstones trading in the Northern of Myanmar, and then boarding a boat to Mingun, the ancient village to the northwest of the city. Visit the Pahtodawgyi ruins, widely known as the largest pagoda built in red bricks – if it had been accomplished,  the world largest bells – Mingun Bell and Hsinbyume Pagoda. Back to Mandalay and get your energy for the afternoon trip to Sagaing. Climb up the Mount on the highest hill where the U Ponya pagoda is located. From above 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 at hotel in Mandalay.

Free day for relaxation and shopping. Depending on your schedule, transfer to the airport for your departure flight back to your country.

budget ideas

Number of people6 pax4 pax2 pax
Price per person$519$615$810
The price is determined based on twin/ double room (2 star).

What's included

  • Domestic flights Yangon/ Bagan, Bagan/ Heho, Heho/ Mandalay
  • 2 nights with breakfast in a double room in standard hotels. If you want to stay in superior hotels, please contact us
  • All excursions and visits mentioned (entry fees included)
  • The services of an English speaking guide for each region
  • Private transfers with driver; 2 bottles of water/person every day

What's not included

  • International airfare and taxes airport
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa-on-arrival
  • Tips, drinks and personal expenses
  • Services and activities not included in the program

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