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Highlights of Myanmar

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,036

This emerging, exciting destination offers its many treasures including the spires, parks and old streets of colonial Yangon, the amazing temples of Bagan and Mandalay and beautiful Inle Lake.


This is a small group (maximum 16) experience staying in moderate and first class accommodations.

Myanmar, formerly Burma, is now more politically relaxed. The charms of both the country and the people are enormous. Myanmar is one destination where the local inhabitants make a difference. Not only are they friendly and charming but also considerate and engaging. Just observe the smiles.  The country itself is immersed in the Buddhist religion which permeates everyday life.

The largest city, Yangon can be either viewed as a decaying city or can be a glimpse into a bygone era when colonial rule influenced everything. Everywhere, you will see wandering monks dressed in burgundy robes.

During your stay in Yangon, you will spend time visiting the diplomatic area with its rich colonial architecture and the Indian and Chinese quarters, the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda with its huge seated Buddha and the Shwedigon Pagoda, a most amazing religious complex which dominates the skyline and is the most sacred Buddhist temple in the country (a pagoda is not an apt description; it is more a small city containing many pavillions and shrines, most decked in gold leaf. It sits on top of a hill and its jungle of spires can be seen everywhere. 

Fly the next morning to Bagan, the former capital of the country. Bagan has to be seen to be believed with the world’s largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas and temples some dating back to the 11th Century. Everywhere you look is a spire-fringed skyline. On arrival, visit some of the major temples including the gold-leafed Shwezigon Pagoda dating back to the 12th Century. Later enjoy a ride by horse cart and watch the sunset over the many temples.

The following day brings further exploration of the temples including Thagyar Pone, with its magnificent views across the countryside and the highly revered AnandaTemple, known as one of the finest, largest, and best preserved of the Bagan temples. . Bagan is famous for its artistic handicrafts and you can observe the process of how each piece is made with a visit to a workshop.  Later, enjoy a boat cruise on the IrrawaddyRiver stopping at a local village.

Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city and former capital, is the next stop after a short flight from Bagan. Mandalay contains half of the country’s monks. The city is dominated by Mandalay Hill. One is rewarded by a visit not only for the view but also by all the interesting pagodas and temples. On arrival, visit Ava, an ancient capital from the 14th to the 18th Centuries. Sightseeing will be in a horse drawn carriage to visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery followed by Mandalay Hill and the Golden Palace Monastery and the Kayuktawgyi Pagoda with the World’s largest book of over 700 stone slabs. Time allows for wandering around a local market. Walk along the U-BeinBridge, the longest bridge in the world made of teak spanning over 2 kilometres/1.2 miles. Afterwards head to Sagaing Hill to see hundreds of white-washed pagodas and 3000 monks in a religious centre.

Fly the next morning to Heho and then drive to Inle Lake, Myanmar’s second largest freshwater lake which is 22 kilomertes/13 miles in length. The shores of the lake are inhabited by many ethnic tribes who earn most of their living from fishing. Have a cruise on the lake and visit the ornate Phaun Daw U Pagoda located on the lake with its several golden Buddha images. Then continue to the Nga Phe Kyaung Pagoda, famous for its collection of ancient Buddha images and statues. Next is the village of Nampan where the locals make cigars and boats. Stay overnight in the InleLake area,

The following day visit the five day itinerant market in Inndein where you can see colourful local tribes. Visit also the InndeinTemple complex with its wooden stupas. Also see the floating gardens and houses of the locals and have a traditional canoe ride. Return later to Heho airport for the return flight to Yangon and overnight.

The following day is sadly your last in Myanmar as you return to Yangon airport.

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,036

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Yangon

Upon arrival in Yangon you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight meet your tour leader (or local guide) and the rest of the group in the reception area of your hotel for a welcome drink and a tour briefing. This is a great chance to get to know your fellow travellers and talk about the adventure that awaits you.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Summit Parkview

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    The first international hotel in Yangon, Summit Parkview Hotel is the preferred choice among business and international travellers from all over the world. Facing the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, the Summit Parkview is the majestic jewel of the city that has over 2,500 years of history. ...

    The first international hotel in Yangon, Summit Parkview Hotel is the preferred choice among business and international travellers from all over the world. Facing the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, the Summit Parkview is the majestic jewel of the city that has over 2,500 years of history. The hotel is 25 minutes away from the Yangon International Airport, a short distance from the business district and major sightseeing places. Summit Parkview offers the convenience and comfort for their guests.

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    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Newsstand

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Day 2

Yangon

Start your exploration of Yangon with a walking tour, taking in a number of the best examples of the city's magnificent colonial architecture. Wander the fascinating backstreets of the downtown area, teeming with local life and stop along the way to take a break for lunch at a great local restaurant (own expense) where you can sample some authentic Burmese specialties. Finally, end the day at the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon's crowning glory. Watch the changing colours of this stunning temple as the sun sets behind its enormous spire.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Yangon To Mandalay

Early this morning, fly to Mandalay. Upon arrival, start your visit with the lively Jade Market buzzing with traders and workers cutting and polishing jade. Continue with a wander through the backstreets behind the market, revealing a number of cottage industries which have been operated by the same families for generations. Here you will see various snack foods made by hand, produced in vast quantities, packaged-up and sent for sale to local markets and to other parts of the country. Continue with an afternoon city tour including the Royal Palace, Shwe Nandaw Kyuang (Golden Palace Monastery), noted for its intricate wood carvings, and Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the "World's Largest Book", a collection of some 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Yadanarpon Dynasty Hotel

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    Yadanarpon Dynasty Hotel is located close to the Mandalay Royal Palace in a peaceful, quiet area. The hotel is three stories, surrounded by beautiful greenery, and offers 58 rooms. Amenities include an in-house restaurant and a roof terrace.

    Yadanarpon Dynasty Hotel is located close to the Mandalay Royal Palace in a peaceful, quiet area. The hotel is three stories, surrounded by beautiful greenery, and offers 58 rooms. Amenities include an in-house restaurant and a roof terrace.

    Facilities

    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Air Conditioning
    • Baggage storage
    • Breakfast In The Room
    • Car Rental Available
    • Concierge
    • Daily Housekeeping
    • Gift Shop/Boutique
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Newspapers
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Pets Not Accepted
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Ticket Service

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Day 4

Mandalay

Head out of Mandalay to Sagaing Hill, widely regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar. Sagaing Hill is covered with over 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, and is home to over 3,000 monks and nuns. Here you will visit a local nunnery where you will contribute food at the daily alms offering before joining the nuns for lunch. After lunch, there will be a chance to interact with the nuns and learn something about their lives of spiritual devotion. Continue to U Bein Bridge, a 200 year-old teak bridge which spans over 1.2 km and offers fabulous views of the surrounding farmlands and streams. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon or early evening.

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Day 5

Mandalay to Bagan

Head off very early this morning to board a local boat for a full-day cruise on the Irrawaddy. Sit back and relax as you observe life along the Irrawaddy: oxen working the fields, water buffalo wallowing in the mud, golden pagoda spires, fishermen, villagers bathing in the river and, of course, every type of boat and river craft that you can imagine. Arrive in Bagan as the sun sets and transfer to your hotel. ***Please note: the cruise to Bagan is subject to cancellation if river conditions are unfavourable. In the event that this cruise is cancelled, transport to Bagan will be by flight.

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Duration2 Nights
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Thazin Garden Hotel

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    Thazin Garden Hotel


    Thazin Garden Hotel, Bagan is a Grand Stadium on the high plain surrounded with ancient Pagodas and ruins. Thazin garden Hotel consists of 28 superior rooms, 15 Garden View Deluxe rooms and 17 Pagoda View Deluxe rooms. With a relaxing setting, the Thazin Garden Hotel's ...

    Thazin Garden Hotel, Bagan is a Grand Stadium on the high plain surrounded with ancient Pagodas and ruins. Thazin garden Hotel consists of 28 superior rooms, 15 Garden View Deluxe rooms and 17 Pagoda View Deluxe rooms. With a relaxing setting, the Thazin Garden Hotel's on-site bar offers a choice of premium beverages. Room service is provided 24 hours a day, and a wide selection of dining options can also be found in close proximity to the hotel.

    Facilities

    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Playground
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 6

Bagan

Eat breakfast as the locals do and chow down on delicious noodles at a local tea house. Later, start your discovery of Bagan with some of this magnificent ancient city's most important monuments such as Shwezigon Pagoda, and famous Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece. Built 1105 AD in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance and angle from which the statues are viewed. This afternoon visit the charming Minnathu village. The people here are very friendly and will greet you with warm smiles as they going about their business. You will make a stop at the village blacksmith who still makes wagon wheels and more by hand. Continue with a visit to the imposing 12th century Dhammayazika Paya, known as the "bad luck temple", then stop at a neighbourhood workshop or two to see how some of the local handicrafts are made such as lacquer ware and wood carvings. End the day with a short climb to the top of one of Bagan's monuments for a stunning sunset view of this vast ancient city.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Bagan to Inle Lake

This morning catch a flight to Heho airport, then drive to Pindaya to visit Plan Bee - a bee-keeping project that empowers and improves the livelihoods, nutrition and food security for thousands of vulnerable people, with a particular focus on vulnerable women and landless households in Myanmar. Continue to Nyaung Shwe beside Inle Lake, and board a local boat to begin your exploration of this beautiful series of waterways. Along the way you will gain a fascinating insight into life on the waterways of Inle Lake, passing fishermen famous for their curious leg-rowing technique, and lush floating gardens where local farmers grow a surprising variety of fruit and vegetables. You will make a couple of stops at villages known for their local crafts, such as the weaving village of Inpawkhone, a Silversmiths' village, and a community which specialises in the production of hand-made "cheroot" (typical Burmese cigars). This evening you will spend the night at a lovely hotel on the shores of Inle Lake.

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Duration2 Nights
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Inle Resort and Spa

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    The Inle Resort & Spa is a deluxe boutique resort, distinctive among its peers, in a unique tourist destination. Blessed by location, typical in outlook and differentiated by service, Inle Resort & Spa offers a holistic guest experience that is invigorating to the senses and ...

    The Inle Resort & Spa is a deluxe boutique resort, distinctive among its peers, in a unique tourist destination. Blessed by location, typical in outlook and differentiated by service, Inle Resort & Spa offers a holistic guest experience that is invigorating to the senses and yet rich in culture and adventure.

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Day 8

Inle Lake

Start the day with a visit to the region's morning market, which rotates its location around the lake's villages in a 5-day rhythm and is visited by all kinds of people from surrounding villages and hill tribes. The market is not just a place for trade, it is also an important central meeting place for the locals in the region (***please note: as the morning market changes location regularly, this visit may be conducted on an alternate day). Continue to Intha Heritage House, home of the Inle Heritage project which operates a number of programmes aiming to preserve the culture of the Intha people and support the local communities living in the Inle Lake region. Here you will enjoy lunch in a beautiful setting and learn about the many programmes operated by Inle Heritage from traditional arts/crafts preservation projects, to vocational training, to environmental and sustainable farming programmes. Later, cruise along foliage cloaked canals to the lakeside village of In Dein. Here you will explore the ancient stupas of Nyaung Ohak and Shwe Inn Thein Paya. The structures date from the 17th and 18th centuries and while some have been restored, many of the intricately carved stupas are crumbling, weather beaten and choked with Banyan tree roots and other thick foliage. These crumbling remains of a glorious past are hauntingly beautiful in their ruined state.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 9

Inle Lake to Yangon

This morning, transfer to Heho for your flight back to Yangon. The afternoon is free for your own exploration. This evening, celebrate the end of your journey with a farewell dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Summit Parkview

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    The first international hotel in Yangon, Summit Parkview Hotel is the preferred choice among business and international travellers from all over the world. Facing the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, the Summit Parkview is the majestic jewel of the city that has over 2,500 years of history. ...

    The first international hotel in Yangon, Summit Parkview Hotel is the preferred choice among business and international travellers from all over the world. Facing the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, the Summit Parkview is the majestic jewel of the city that has over 2,500 years of history. The hotel is 25 minutes away from the Yangon International Airport, a short distance from the business district and major sightseeing places. Summit Parkview offers the convenience and comfort for their guests.

    Facilities

    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Newsstand

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Day 10

Depart

Today, transfer to the airport for your onward travel.

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DEPARTURES:

2016: Dec 5, 17

2017: Jan 14, 28; Feb 11, 25; Mar 18; Apr 8; Oct 21; Nov 4, 18; Dec 2, 16

2018: Jan 13, 27; Feb 10, 24; Mar 17; Apr 7; Oct 20; Nov 3, 17; Dec 1, 15

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Meals as specified
  • 3 internal flights
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Local boat transport
  • Small group touring and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Western tour leader based on a minimum 7 travellers
  • Porterage and incidental tipping
  • Arrival and departure transfers

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfares and airfare taxes
  • Tipping of local guides, drivers and western tour leaders
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Park fees unless stated

DOCUMENTATION:

Please note that proof of comprehensive travel insurance coverage is required for this tour (not included).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

TB TRAVELIYAN17SG: HOM C
18 Nov 2017
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