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Myanmar in Depth

Duration
10 Days
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This emerging and exciting destination has an myriad of treasures waiting to be discovered. Experience the colonial city of Yangon, the temples of Bagan and Mandalay and the beauty of Inle Lake.


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 the first full day visiting the diplomatic area with its rich colonial architecture, the Sule Pagoda which is 2500 years old, the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda with its 6 storey high Reclining Buddha statue, General Aung San’s House Museum opened in 2012 (General Aung San was the father of Aung San Suu Kyi and is considered the Father of modern-day Myanmar), Kandawgyi Lake with its impressive royal Barge 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 the Nyaung-U local market after which commence exploration of some of the many temples including the gold-leafed Shwezigon Pagoda dating back to the 12th Century, the Gubyaukgyi Pagoda, a 13th Century temple known for its wall paintings and the Htilominlo Pagoda which is 3 storeys high and made of red brick and the highly revered Ananda Temple, known as one of the finest, largest, and best preserved of the Bagan temples.  Have lunch and head to a lacquer ware shop. Bagan is famous for its artistic handicrafts and you can observe the process of how each piece is made. At the end of the day relax on a pony cart ride where you can watch the sun go down with a panoramic view of the magnificent ruins.

The next day brings a visit to MountPopa, a short drive from Bagan. This once volcanic mountain is 1500 metrs/4980 feet high and has an interesting temple on the top. Climb the 777 steps to the summit and have lunch at the restaurant at the top while enjoying the view. Later return to Bagan and in the evening enjoy a cruise along the IrrawaddyRiver to again watch the dramatic sunset.

Manadalay, 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 Amarapura just outside Mandalay and see the U-BeinBridge, the longest bridge in the world made of teak and spend time at the traditional silk weaving factories. Drive to Mandalay and check in to your hotel. Later, after lunch, visit the Mahumuni Pagoda, a major pilgrimage site and a sacred icon, second only after the Shwedigon in Yangon. Also visit the Golden Palace Monastery and the Kuthadaw Pagoda before heading up Mandalay Hill for an amazing view not only of the city but of the wonderful sunset.

Next day, a flight to Heho and then drive two hours to Pindaya, famous as a pilgrimage site and for its limestone cave with its 8000 images of Buddha.  In the evening, enjoy a stroll around this beautiful city.

The next morning, 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. Here 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. Also visit the village of Inn Paw Khone to see how intricate silk products are made. Stay overnight in the InleLake area,

The following day brings a visit to 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 your hotel.

Drive back the next morning to Heho for your flight back to Yangon. There is time later to visit the NationalMuseum. After lunch, have time at the Scott Market with its cobblestoned streets and colonial architecture where you can buy antique Burmese handicrafts and jewellery. Also visit Chinatown with its fruit and flower markets.

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$ 2,973

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Day 1

Arrive Yangon

Upon arrival into Yangon, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Duration2 Nights
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Chatrium Hotel Yangon

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    Chatrium Hotel Yangon is a beautiful city resort located right in the heart of the Yangon City, along the western shore of Royal Lake (Kandawgyi Lake) and Kandawgyi Natural Park. The property is facing towards the magnificent Shwe Dagon Pagoda. The hotel was built in ...

    Chatrium Hotel Yangon is a beautiful city resort located right in the heart of the Yangon City, along the western shore of Royal Lake (Kandawgyi Lake) and Kandawgyi Natural Park. The property is facing towards the magnificent Shwe Dagon Pagoda. The hotel was built in Colonial Style with revived Asian and Eastern architectural design featuring the splendour of bygone days. The traditional décor and the gallery-like atmosphere of the lobby area, together with outstanding service from the staff, assure an experience true to the spirit of traditional Asia.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Yangon

Today begins with a Yangon city tour which will take you to the diplomatic area, highlighting some of the rich colonial architecture dating back from the British occupation to the downtown area. Stops will be made at famous landmarks including the Sule Pagoda, which is over 2500 years old and occupies the centre of the city. This is an important space in contemporary Burmese politics, ideology and geography. Continue onto the beautiful Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, famous for its Reclining Buddha.

After lunch, visit the General Aung San House Museum which is a museum dedicated to General Aung San, considered to be the Father of modern-day Burma. Established in 1962, the two-story museum was Aung San's last residence before his assassination in July 1947. It is a colonial-era villa, built in 1921, where his daughter Aung San Suu Kyi grew up as a child. His place in history as the Architect of Burmese Independence and a national hero is assured both from his own legacy and due to the activities of his daughter. For many years, the museum was opened only for three hours each year. The museum formally reopened on 24 March 2012. There will be time for a photo stop at Kandawgyi Royal Barge. Before sunset, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most famous landmark in Yangon and the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese. It is 99 metres and dominates the skyline of the city. Enjoy dinner at local restaurant before returning back to your hotel.

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Day 3

Yangon to Bagan

Today you will fly to Bagan. Upon arrival, you will be met by Goway's local representative and transferred to your hotel. On the way you will visit Nyaung-Oo Market and after some refreshments, you will stop at the Shwezigon, Gubyaukgyi and Htilominlo Pagodas. You will also visit the Ananda Temple before proceeding to a local lacquer ware store, where the process of making each piece can be seen. At the end of the day, take a pony cart ride to watch the sunset at one of the pagodas.

Bagan, the Wonder of Asia is one of the must see destinations of Southeast Asia, along with Angkor Wat and Borobudur. The sheer scale of this treasure of ancient civilization is almost beyond description. Spread across 40 square kilometers, Bagan seems even more stupendous than Angkor because none of it is hidden by jungle. Looking at the expanse dotted with towering stone and brick temples one can imagine the once teeming metropolis of exquisite wooden palaces, monasteries, shops and homes that existed before Kublai Khan conquered Bagan in 1287. Now, well-tended by a devout local population, Bagan's temples have weathered the centuries, invasions and earthquakes surprisingly well. Each structure is unique, all have stories to tell and surprises to be revealed to the careful observer.

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Duration2 Nights
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Myanmar Treasure Resort

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    Myanmar Treasure Resort (Bagan) is situated inside the Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone, within easy reach of all tourist sites in the locality. Surrounded by swaying palms and landscaped gardens, the hotel complex is a graceful blend of traditional magnificence and contemporary elegance.

    Myanmar Treasure Resort (Bagan) is situated inside the Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone, within easy reach of all tourist sites in the locality. Surrounded by swaying palms and landscaped gardens, the hotel complex is a graceful blend of traditional magnificence and contemporary elegance.

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    • Laundry facilities
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Day 4

Bagan Mt Popa Bagan

Begin with a morning drive to Mount Popa, the once volcanic mountain which can be seen from the Irrawaddy River as far away as 60 KM in clear weather. En-route stop at a palm plantation to see how a locals extract sugar. Arrive at Mount Popa, and climb up the top of the mountain (777 steps in total). Have lunch at Popa mountain Restaurant and spend some time at leisure. Afternoon, drive back to Bagan. In the early evening enjoy a private cruise along the Irrawaddy River to see Bagan as the sun goes down with a panoramic view of the magnificent ruins. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at your hotel in Bagan.

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Day 5

Bagan to Mandalay-Amarapura

Today starts with a short early morning flight to Mandalay, the second-largest city in Myanmar and the last royal capital. It is located on the banks of the Irrawaddy, considered the centre of Burmese culture. On arrival transfer to Amarapura, 11 km south of Mandalay and one of the capitals of the third Myanmar Empire. It is now a township of Mandalay. Visit the U Bein Bridge (the longest teak bridge in the world) and explore traditional silk weaving factories in Amarapura for which the township is known for. Then drive to Mandalay and transfer to your hotel for check-in. After lunch, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, a sacred icon. The image is considered to be the greatest in Myanmar next to the Shwedagon. Also visit the historical Golden Palace Monastery (Shwenandaw Monastery) and Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the world's largest book. Drive to the top of Mandalay hill for a beautiful view of the sunset over Mandalay. Have dinner and transfer to your hotel in Mandalay.

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Duration1 Night
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Best Western Eastern Palace Hotel

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    Eastern Palace Hotel is located in the heart of the Mandalay's main business and historical district. Delivering Myanmar's unique and courteous hospitality, this elegant upscale hotel will delight both business and leisure travelers with spacious accommodation, a broad array of leisure facilities, extensive meeting space ...

    Eastern Palace Hotel is located in the heart of the Mandalay's main business and historical district. Delivering Myanmar's unique and courteous hospitality, this elegant upscale hotel will delight both business and leisure travelers with spacious accommodation, a broad array of leisure facilities, extensive meeting space and international dinning choices. Eastern Palace Hotel is the ideal choice for all travelers to Mandalay.

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Day 6

Mandalay to Heho to Pindaya

Today you will be transferred to airport for your flight Heho. On arrival into Heho, proceed overland to Pindaya (about a two hour drive) which is famous for its limestone caves. Have lunch at local restaurant and continue on to see Pindaya Cave, a Buddhist pilgrimage site. The interior of the cave contains over 8,000 images of Buddha. Later you will have a chance to learn about traditional paper and umbrella making and then you are transferred back to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a leisurely stroll around the beautiful city with dinner and overnight at your hotel in Pindaya.

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Pindaya Inle Inn

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    Pindaya Inle Inn


    Pindaya Inle Inn Hotel is conveniently located in Pindaya close to Pindaya cave with its thousands of Buddha statues. Hiking and trekking in the surrounding countryside are features of this area of Myanmar and the Inle Inn is a welcome home for the weary after ...

    Pindaya Inle Inn Hotel is conveniently located in Pindaya close to Pindaya cave with its thousands of Buddha statues. Hiking and trekking in the surrounding countryside are features of this area of Myanmar and the Inle Inn is a welcome home for the weary after a long day exploring. The Inle Inn provides comfortable accommodation in well maintained motel style units surrounded by idyllic gardens.

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Day 7

Pindaya to Inle Lake

Drive to Nyaung Shwe (approximately 2 hours), which is the gateway to Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar located in the middle of Myanmar. This freshwater lake is 22 KM in length and inhabited by many different tribes. The first stop will be the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda located on Inle Lake. It houses five small gilded images of Buddha, which are covered in a gold-leaf application. Continue onto NgaHpe Kyaung Pagoda, famous for its collection of antique Buddha images and statues. Lunch will be at local restaurant. Proceed to Nampan Village where locals make cigars and boats and also the silk weaving village, Inn Paw Khone to see how the intricate silk products are produced. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in the Inle Lake Area

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Duration2 Nights
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Pristine Spa and Resort

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    Pristine Lotus Spa Resort is situated at Inle Lake, in the magestical country of Myanmar. An easy distance from the nearest airport at Heho, Pristine Lotus Spa Resort takes full advantage of its lake side setting. The design of the 49 private villas allows for ...

    Pristine Lotus Spa Resort is situated at Inle Lake, in the magestical country of Myanmar. An easy distance from the nearest airport at Heho, Pristine Lotus Spa Resort takes full advantage of its lake side setting. The design of the 49 private villas allows for privacy and luxury amongst a lush tropical landscape that is frest with gentle lake breezes and open to inspiring and endless views fo the lush valley. Positioned at a rare vantage point, Pristine Lotus Spa Resort's main facilities and villas are gracefully laid out over a landscaped hillside that gently slopes into the lake and the Shan hills beyond.

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Day 8

Inle Lake to Inndein

This morning visit the village where the five day market is held. You can observe the local colourful tribes. Continue onto the Inndein Temples Complex. Here you will see wooden stupas which have been overtaken by banyan trees. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and visit the floating gardens and houses on a traditional canoe ride. Evening at leisure at your hotel. Dinner and overnight in the Inle Lake Area.

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Day 9

Inle Lake to Heho to Yangon

This morning transfer to Nyaung Shwe and continue the drive to Heho for your short flight back to Yangon. On arrival, visit the National museum famous for the Lion Throne. Have lunch and afterwards you have time to shop in the 70 year old Scott market (also known as the Bogyoke Aung San Market) where you can buy antique Burmese handicrafts, jewellery, art and other traditional goods. It is a major bazaar with inner cobblestone streets and colonial architecture. Also visit the flower and fruit market in China town. Tonight, have dinner at a local restaurant, then transfer to your hotel in Yangon.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Chatrium Hotel Yangon

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    Chatrium Hotel Yangon



    Chatrium Hotel Yangon is a beautiful city resort located right in the heart of the Yangon City, along the western shore of Royal Lake (Kandawgyi Lake) and Kandawgyi Natural Park. The property is facing towards the magnificent Shwe Dagon Pagoda. The hotel was built in ...

    Chatrium Hotel Yangon is a beautiful city resort located right in the heart of the Yangon City, along the western shore of Royal Lake (Kandawgyi Lake) and Kandawgyi Natural Park. The property is facing towards the magnificent Shwe Dagon Pagoda. The hotel was built in Colonial Style with revived Asian and Eastern architectural design featuring the splendour of bygone days. The traditional décor and the gallery-like atmosphere of the lobby area, together with outstanding service from the staff, assure an experience true to the spirit of traditional Asia.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 10

Yangon Departure

Today transfer to the Yangon airport for your departure flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

9 nights accommodation, domestic air flights in Myanmar, transfers, sightseeing by private vehicle with driver, English speaking guide, and meals as indicated.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Travel insurance, Gratuities, items of a personal nature and drinks.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

*Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share in low season. Subject to availability.

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