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Myanmar in Depth

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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$ 2,531

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Day 1

Arrive Yangon

On arrival at Yangon Airport, you will be met by your local Destination Asia tour guide and transfer to your hotel.

Duration2 Nights
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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 2

Yangon

After breakfast at your hotel, depart with your guide and explore the downtown area of the city. Sightseeing this morning will include the 2000-year-old Sule Pagoda, one of the city's most endearing landmarks and an opportunity to view the splendid colonial buildings that still dot this part of the city including the City Hall and the High Court Building.

Sightseeing will continue with an excursion to the huge reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Kyi. One of the country's most stunning reclining Buddhas, the serene face is topped by a crown encrusted with colourful precious stones.

After lunch at local restaurant and sightseeing will continue to General Aung San's Museum. General Aung San was a key figure in the country's struggle for independence and his former house is now a museum with some interesting memorabilia on display to include family photographs and other personal effects. When the sun starts to set and the air gets cooler, have a stroll through Kandawgyi Park and enjoy the changing light over Shwedagon Pagoda which is located just behind the park. Once it is dark the illuminated stupa forms the perfect backdrop for a picturesque walk.

Later visit the historic Shwedagon Pagoda which towers almost 98 meters (326ft) above the green cityscape of Yangon. One of the wonders of the religious world, it is believed to have been built more than 2500 years ago and is a testament to the faith of the Burmese. This magnificent building is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the Stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds; the largest which is a single 76 carats. One of the most magical times to visit the paya is early evening as the sun is about to set; to witness the serenity and calmness that abounds at this time of the day is an experience that will remain for a very long time.

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Day 3

Yangon to Bagan

Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan.

Begin the morning with a visit to nearby Phwar Saw Village, which afford the opportunity to witness rural Burmese life. En route you will be able to stop at the interesting market at Nyaung Oo to see the variety of fresh produce for sale and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan.

The rest of the day will be dedicated to exploring the temples and the surrounding area. Sightseeing will include Gubyaukgyi with its excellent stucco carvings, the impressive Htilominlo Pahto and Ananda Pahto which is one the best preserved temples in the archeological zone.

Later this afternoon there is an another chance to re-visit the temples, this time by Horse Cart which affords the opportunity to explore some of the lesser visited areas which cannot be reached by more conventional modes of transport.

The only way to truly appreciate the scale of the site is atop one of the temple and early evening presents the perfect opportunity to watch the sunset and take in the enormity of the surrounding area. Lunch and Dinner will be at local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Amata Garden Resort

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    Situated 2.6 km from Manuha Temple, Amata Garden Resort Bagan in Bagan features rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi. 3 km from Dhammayazika Pagoda, the hotel offers a garden and a terrace. The restaurant serves European and Asian cuisine. At the hotel every room ...

    Situated 2.6 km from Manuha Temple, Amata Garden Resort Bagan in Bagan features rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi. 3 km from Dhammayazika Pagoda, the hotel offers a garden and a terrace. The restaurant serves European and Asian cuisine.

    At the hotel every room includes a balcony with a garden view. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom. Guest rooms include a desk.

    A buffet breakfast is available daily at the property. Amata Garden Resort Bagan offers an outdoor pool. The reception can provide advice on the area in order to help guests plan their day.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Air Conditioning
    • Business Centre
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Spa and Wellness Centre
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 4

Bagan

Today is a free day at leisure, however, if you choose you can prebook a optional balloon ride over Bagan or Bagan sunset bike tour.

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Day 5

Bagan to Mandalay-Amarapura

This morning, transfer to the airport to connect your flight to Mandalay. Meaning 'City of Immortality', Amarapura was Myanmar's penultimate Royal Capital and the last stop today before returning to Mandalay.

Sightseeing will include the iconic U Bien's Bridge, which spans Taungthaman Lake and is the longest teak footbridge in the world. It is often busy with locals'commuting' back and forth which makes for an attractive photo opportunity. Sightseeing today will include the spiritually important Mahamuni Pagoda, which houses one the most famous seated Buddha images in all Myanmar. Continue to the Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery), an imposing teak monastery-temple that was originally built within the palace complex but subsequently dismantled and rebuilt some years later.

Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda which is said to house the world's largest book on account of the 729 marble slabs that are inscribed with Buddhist scriptures. Finish the day with a drive to the top of Mandalay Hill for sunset and a panoramic view of the city.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Best Western Eastern Palace Hotel

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    Best Western Eastern Palace Hotel



    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

This morning you will be transferred to Mandalay airport in order to connect with your onward flight to Heho. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by your local guide and transferred to Pindaya passing through some of the most fertile and lush scenery in Myanmar along the way. Then, visit one of the biggest caves of the area. Set high on a limestone ridge above Pone Taloke Lake, Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Cave is filled to bursting point with buddha images in an astonishing variety of shapes, sizes and materials, many beautifully adorned with beaten gold. At the latest count, all Pindaya caves contained more than 8700 statues in total, some left centuries ago by Burmese pilgrims and others newly installed by Buddhist organizations.

After lunch at local restaurant, drive to the starting point from Pindaya by car 5 minutes. Drop from the bus and start walking to the village about 1 hours by passing through mangoes, some crab apple trees and other seasonal crops arrive to the Danu Village of Tha Yet Kone Village, where villagers are making hand-made Bamboo Hat. Continue to walk up the hill by crossing some tea plantation and some crab apple trees through some local farm and enjoy the beautiful panoramic view over Pindaya Town and small lake, about 30 minutes arrive to Kyae Dwe Kone Village which Danu people are producing potato chips. The villages is situated on the hill and surrounding by big Bamboo forest. You can curious about how they make chips. Then walking down the hill about 30 minutes to the Shwe Oo Min Cave by passing through some tea plantation, coffee plant and overlooking a picture square lake. Come back to Pindaya on foot about 30 minutes or by car 10 minutes.

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Duration1 Night
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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

After breakfast, continue the journey to Inle. Transfer to your private boat and venture onto the lake. Firstly visit the five ancient gold-covered Buddha images at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest monastery on the lake.

Continue sightseeing with a visit to the temple at Nga Hpe Kyaung on the eastern side of the lake, which houses an impressive collection of ancient Buddha images. After lunch at a local restaurant there will be the opportunity to visit Nampan village to see local cigar (cheroot) making and then continue to Inn Paw Khone, a small village that specializes in silk weaving.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Pristine Spa and Resort

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    Pristine Spa and Resort



    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

The local 5-Day Market rotates between towns in the Inle Lake region. The market is a great place to observe local life with many of the ethnic minorities attending to buy and sell their goods.

After exploring the market and perhaps buying the odd local handicraft or two, it is time to continue to the ruined stupas and temples at the lake-side village of Inndein. A covered walkway leads to the main Shwe Inn Thein Paya, from where (weather permitting) there are great views across the lake.

There will also be the opportunity to visit a floating garden and it goes without saying any visit to the lake would not be complete without witnessing the unique technique of leg rowing which is so synonymous with Intha fisherman.

The day will end with a tranquil canoe ride to witness life in one of the floating villages that are scattered throughout the lake.

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Day 9

Inle Lake

Breakfast at your hotel. Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon. With its impressive collections, the National Museum affords an excellent introduction to Burmese history throughout the ages. Highlights include the Lion Throne (Sihasana) belonging to the last King of Myanmar, King Thibaw Min and a stunning collection of ceremonial dresses.

There will also be time to explore Bogyoke Aung San Market, still commonly known by its old British name of Scott Market. Undoubtedly offering the largest selection of handicrafts in Myanmar, the market is a great place to discover a bargain and have fun haggling with the local traders.

The last sightseeing will continue to China Town.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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

At leisure until the final transfer to the airport.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Meals are shown as itineraries
  • Entrance fees
  • Transfers, sightseeing by air conditioned vehicle with driver
  • Domestic flights as outlined in itinerary
  • Private boat and canoe ride in Inle Lake
  • Sunset boat and Pony Cart in Bagan
  • Local English speaking guides

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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 inquire.

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