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The Best of Myanmar

With this trip, you will have the unique opportunity to experience Myanmar off the beaten track. Through local encounters, you get insights into the real everyday life. They listen to the young monks at the evening prayer and take an exciting train ride over the legendary Gokteik Bridge. They dine at the nuns in Nyaung Shwe to make contact with the ethnic Pa-Oh minority and the soft trek to the village. Fly back to Yangon for departure flight.

DAY 1

ARRIVAL MANDALAY

Upon arrival at Mandalay International Airport, you will be received with a warm «mingalabar» and transferred to your hotel. Just before sunset, it is called "City of Immortality" after Amarapura. The first thing you can do here is a stop at a weaver known for its exclusive products. Continue to the Mahagandayon Monastery and as soon as the sun begins to sink, a short walk will take you to the legendary U Bein Bridge. Distance: 1,5 hours, 50 Km Lunch and dinner on your own account. Overnight in Mandalay. Read more

MANDALAY, 2 NIGHTS
DAY 2

MANDALAY - YANKIN HILL

Visit the royal city of Mandalay, including the Mahamumi Pagoda, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, often referred to as "The World's Greatest Book", and the Shwenandaw Monastery. To the east of the Mandalay Forts is the Yankin Hill. When visiting a monastery, you will gain insights into the monastic life and practice a little English with the monks. Afterwards, enjoy a unique view from the top of the hill (about 45 minutes ascent). Again, you will listen to the monks' evening prayer. Return to Mandalay. Driving distance: 1 hour, 20 Km Lunch and dinner on your own account. Overnight in Mandalay. Read more

MANDALAY
DAY 3

MANDALAY - PYIN OO LWIN

Numerous remains of the colonial period, such as brick and half-timbered houses, can still be found in Pyin Oo Lwin. First, you should visit the local market with its many flowers and colorful vegetable varieties. Then take a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride through the city. Stroll in the botanical garden with its 432 hectares of land. On the way back, you should not forget to stop at the notorious Candacraig Hotel, which is the oldest hotel in Myanmar. Driving distance: 2 hours, 70 km Lunch and dinner on your own account. Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin. Read more

PYIN OO LWIN , 1 NIGHT
DAY 4

PYIN OO LWIN - GOTEIK VIADUC

Transfer to the old British train station for an enchanting train journey with the Mandalay-Lashio train over the impressive Gokteik Bridge, built by the well-known Pennsylvania Steel Company at the beginning of the 20th century when Burma was still part of India. At noon, the train arrives at Naung Pain Station, from where you will return to Mandalay. Train journey: 2 hours, 54 km; Driving distance: 4,5 hours, 130 km Packed lunch on the train. Dinner on your own account. Overnight in Mandalay. Read more

MANDALAY, 1 NIGHT
DAY 5

MANDALAY - MONYWA

This morning we will have an exciting trip to Monywa. On the way, stop at the Thanboddhay Pagoda, a huge temple that shelters more than 500,000 images of Buddha. In the afternoon, cross the Chindwin River and continue to Po Win Taung. The breathtaking 947 sandstone caves, which are located in the surrounding mountains, include the best collection of murals and Buddha statues throughout Southeast Asia. After the many experiences of the day you will reach Monywa for the night. Driving distance: 3.5 hours, 140 km Lunch and dinner on your own account. Overnight in Monywa. Read more

MONYWA , 1 NIGHT
DAY 6

MONYWA-PAKOKKU-BAGAN

After breakfast, drive along the river to Pakkoku. This path takes you through some authentic traditional villages, where you will still see peasant palms climb up to siphon the juice so you can produce palm tree sugar from it. In the afternoon, take a local boat which takes you downstream to Bagan. On the way there you will stop at the Kyauk Gu U Min Temple. Once you have reached the coast of Bagan, you will be taken to your hotel. Driving distance: 3 hours, 96 km Lunch and dinner on your own account. Overnight in Bagan. Read more

BAGAN , 2 NIGHTS
DAY 7

BAGAN

OPTION: HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE OVER BAGAN The morning will start off with an exciting hot-air balloon ride above the Bagan countryside. You will observe one-of-a-kind views when the sun begins to rise over the Irrawaddy River and various stupas in the region. You’re simply not going to find many other opportunities like this on Earth. (Only available from October/November through March) The majestic Bagan is one of the highlights on every Myanmar trip and will delight every vacationer. Climb to a surrounding temple and enjoy a panoramic view of the plain of Bagan. From here, head to the Ananda Temple and the village of Myinkaba. You have the chance to visit two more smaller temples (Manuha and Nan Paya). Next, visit two workshops where Bagan's most famous products are made - lacquer and woodware. With the horse-drawn carriage it is now through the breathtaking pagoda field and Tempellabyrinth Bagans during sunset. Lunch and dinner on your own account. Overnight in Bagan. Read more

BAGAN
DAY 8

MANDALAY - HEHO - INLE LAKE

Flight to Heho and drive to Inle Lake. On the way you have the opportunity to visit workshops specialized in the traditional manufacture of Shan paper and handmade umbrellas. In Nyaung Shwe you visit a nunnery to get to know the everyday life of the nuns. For lunch, they will prepare a delicious lunch for you in their small kitchen. In the afternoon you will go on boats and sail across the freshwater lake. On the way, stop at PhaungDawOo Pagoda and in a weaver village. Driving distance: 1 hour, 30 km Lunch at the nunnery. Dinner on your own account. Overnight on the Inle Lake. Read more

INLE LAKE , 3 NIGHTS
DAY 9

INDEIN - INLE LAKE

After breakfast, you will board a more wooden motorized boat and drive across Lake Inle, one of Myanmar's most spectacular and breathtaking sights. They paid a visit to the morning market at the lake. A one-hour boat trip down a small canal takes you to the Inde-Pa-Oh village that is located on the western shores of Inle Lake. The Indein pagoda complex is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable sights on the shores of the lake. Lunch and dinner on your own account. Overnight on the Inle Lake. Read more

INLE LAKE
DAY 10

DAY RETURN TREKKING - INLE LAKE

Even before dawn, enjoy the silence of the morning and a fantastic sunrise with a hot cup of coffee on the lake. On the way they stop in one of the surrounding villages and watch the busy morning village life. After a strenuous breakfast, your hiking tour begins through picturesque scenery. On your way you pass some remote Pa-Oh villages, which have hardly seen foreigners yet. Afterwards, you will return to the lake, where your boat is waiting for you. Hiking: 5.5 - 6 hours, 30% mountainous, 70% level Lunch package for lunch. Dinner on your own account. Overnight on the Inle Lake. Read more

INLE LAKE
DAY 11

INLE LAKE - HEHO - YANGON (B

After breakfast drive to Heho airport. Flight to Yangon and transfer to the hotel. In Yangon, visit the Kyaukhatgyi Pagoda. Afterwards, make a short stop at Kandawgyi Park, which is very popular with the locals. Take a look at the Karaweik Hall, a reproduction of a royal barge and enjoy the view of the Shwedagon Pagoda. Watch the colors of the 100 meter high stupa embedded in 40 tons of gold leaf. Lunch and dinner are on your own account. Overnight in Yangon. Read more

YANGON , 1 NIGHT
DAY 12

YANGON DEPARTURE

Unfortunately, it is already time to say goodbye to one of the most impressive and enchanting country in the world. Transfer to Yangon International Airport, check-in for flight back.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location MANDALAY
Day 3
Location PYIN OO LWIN
Hotel WIN UNITY HOTEL
Day 5
Location MONYWA
Day 6
Location BAGAN
Day 8
Location INLE LAKE
Day 11
Location YANGON
Hotel RENO HOTEL

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Overnight stay with breakfast in above mentioned hotels or alternative hotels depending on availability
  • Domestic flights with Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Asian Wings, Golden Myanmar Airways, Air KBZ
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Transport and transfers in private vehicles with driver on excursion days
  • Local English speaking guides (stationary guides) per town / city
  • Entry fees for the visits mentioned in the itinerary (except camera fees)
  • Horse-drawn carriage ride in Bagan / Ava / Pyin Oo Lwin
  • Train ride in Pyin Oo Lwin
  • Private motorboat at Inle Lake
  • 1 bottle of drinking water per day and refreshing towels

Package excludes

  • International flight to / from Myanmar
  • Visitation fee for Myanmar
  • Optional excursions / activities (shown and calculated separately)
  • Evening transfers to local restaurants if dinner is not included in the confirmed program
  • Drinks during meals (to be paid directly on the spot)
  • Tips generally (for guides, drivers, restaurants, luggage carriers in the hotel, etc.)
  • High season surcharges (Christmas, New Year, Myanmar New Year)
  • Mandatory dinners on the 24th and 31st of December (extra charge for booking)
  • Entry fees for visits not mentioned in the itinerary
  • travel, luggage and health insurance
  • Expenditure of personal nature (laundry, gifts, etc.)
  • Other services not included in "Included or Included in Price"

REVIEWS

4 Reviews

Rand Morimoto , United States

We LOVED this trip, the communications from Su throughout the planning process and through the details was VERY helpful, the hotels exceeded our expectations, the mix of pagodas along with Cooking Class, Elephants, Electric Bikes, lunch on the boat, etc and all of the guides (particularly Lin Lin in Yangon) made the trip the best ever! We are very pleased, thank you!!! Su was awesome, he helped put together the right mix of activities, great locales, and was extremely responsive to even our last minute questions, was exactly what we needed! Read more

Amanda Herrald, Australia

Was really impressed how nothing was too much trouble. Communication was excellent Rate Su very highly. Extremely helpful and flexible. Any questions or changes were no trouble

Liz Siddons , Canada

I had the most fantastic trip! I saw everything I wanted to see and lots that I didn't know I wanted to see. Everything went smoothly. Hotels and guides and drivers were all great. Travel arrangements all worked well with no delays. Very pleased with all aspects of my trip. Su was great with organising my trip. Always very prompt with replies and planned a trip that suited me perfectly. Read more

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