Savour Myanmar Cuisine
Embark on a wonderful excursion to Burmese culinary with our 9 days in Myanmar. It is an outright indulgence for all five senses. This exclusive program will offer an opportunity to not only visit appealing landscapes but also enjoy appetizing dishes.
Start your culinary tour of 9 days in Myanmar at Yangon. Arrival in Yangon, warmly welcomed by our driver and transfer to hotel. Free time for your own discovery of the city to get the feel of the daily life of locals. Despite being a bustling city, Yangon has an intriguing charm of grandiose religious sites, verdant parks, and unique colonial buildings. Have a welcome dinner at Karaweik Palace, taste the flavour of Burmese cuisine while enjoy many traditional entertainment. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Start your city tour to be immersed into the rendezvous of antique and cosmopolitan Myanmar. Firstly, board the local “circular train” that goes around the city, crossing the city center and surroundings, giving you the opportunity to observe the vibrant and colorful life of Yangonnais. Next, visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda and its great Reclining Buddha which is fortunately softened by the good-naturalness of its expression! Continue with the National Museum, the country’s principal cultural museum, which houses an extensive collection of Burmese artifacts.
When the sun moves slowly westward, it is time to stroll along China Town that houses decrepit colonial buildings, an abundance of small shops, street vendors. We will end the day with an extended visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments. The massive gilded stupa rises up to 99 meters. Observe local pilgrims and monks offering their devotions and enjoy the amazing sunset view at the pagoda. After dinner, transfer by night bus to Bagan. Overnight on bus.
Arrive at Bagan in early morning, welcomed by our guide and transfer to the hotel. Day dedicated to explore Bagan, the ancient capital of Bagan Kingdom. The golden, red-brick, and white stupas create one of the most extraordinary sites in Asia. First, transfer to Min Nan Thu and Phwa Saw vIllages, which are well-noted for the traditional crafts of oxcart wheel-making and lacquer ware, two of the best-known handicrafts of Myanmar. Stop at a family lacquer ware workshop to watch their producing process.
In the afternoon, enjoy the visit to main temples and pagodas by horse-cart and car: Ananda, one of the most remarkable and venerated temples throughout Myanmar with four standing Buddhas, Dhammayangyi, the largest structure of Bagan dating back to 19th century, Thatbyinnyu, the highest pagoda of the whole Bagan, with a height of 62 meters (if time permits). Late afternoon, climb up to a tall temple to enjoy the sunlight shower the whole plain. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Refresh this day by a morning visit to lively Nyaung U market, a whirlwind of colours from fresh vegetables and fruits to locals handicrafts. Then transfer to Mount Popa (50 kilometres to south east of Bagan). This volcanic-top monastery is considered as the cradle of Nats worship, a local animist spirit. Climb up 777 steps to the shrine, learn about nats and nats worship as you climb pass many shrines and meet local pilgrims. Enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding areas. On the way back to Bagan, stop at Shwe Hlaing village to observe the traditional production of palm toddy.
Afternoon, take part in a cooking class to have a taste of local cuisine cooked by yourself. Immersing in various activities during this class: from choose ingredients, prepare them and cook them. During the demonstration, you will also learn more about Burmese cuisine. After cooking the dishes, it’s time to sit down and enjoy the feast of freshly prepared. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Greet the morning by boarding a boat tour to Pakokku upstream the Irrawaddy River (about 2h on boat), an amazing opportunity to get the feel of local life on the river when pass through local markets, gardens and traditional villages. Once arrival, visit to a cheroot manufacturer (Burmese traditional cigar) and the local thanaka market. In the afternoon, meet our driver and head up to Mandalay. Drop at a local tea shop for some tea and snack. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
A day dedicated to explore the last royal city of Myanmar. Visit Royal Palace, the resident of King Mingdon and his wives; Shwenandaw Monastery, a masterpiece of intricate teakwood carving; Kuthodaw Pagoda, well-noted as the world largest book with its 729 slab stones.
Transfer to Sagaing, a hill studded with white and golden pagodas. Visit Buddha cave, and U Min Thonze Pagoda, Soon U Pon Nya Shin Pagoda, Tupayon Temple where you can enjoy the great view of Mandalay. Late afternoon, continue to Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’ for a walk along the 200 year-old teak bridge U Bein. Enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
Take a morning flight to Heho. On arrival, drive to Inle Lake, a little paradise nested amongst mountain ranges of Shan State. It is a tranquil setting where stilt houses and religious shrines rise above the water, and Intha fishermen operate their boats with the unique technique of one-leg-rowing. Take a canoe tour to Indein, enjoy the riverside landscapes along the picturesque stream where water buffaloes are bathing with tranquil villages nearby. On arrival at the site, 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. Enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional Shan cuisine including the signature of Shan tofu, Shan rice and green tomato salad. Transfer back to Inle, overnight at hotel in Inle.
Greet the morning with a visit to a local market, held alternatively every 5 days in different places round the lake. Meet variety of hill tribes and immerse in the authentic life of the locals. Then board a private motorboat to head out to Inle. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake such as the weaving village of Inpawkhone, the Ywama Village where goldsmith and silversmith are born. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest site of the lake and surrounding areas, which houses five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, the monastery of jumping cats.
Late afternoon, join an e-bike tour along the lakeside to explore the modest and peaceful life of the residents. On the way, stop at Red Mountain Estate Vineyard and Winery to visit the grapes plantation and enjoy some local wine. It must be a very memorable experience for you to be immersed in the romantic atmosphere of sunset time. Overnight at hotel in Inle.
Transfer to airport for a morning flight to Yangon. Free time before your departure flight.
End of your 9 days in Myanmar of Burmese culinary excursion.
|Number of people||6 pax||4 pax||2 pax|
|Price per person||$519||$615||$810|