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Myanmar Essential 10 Days / 9 Nights

- Yangon and its colonial architecture, Bagan and its mysterious forest of temples, Mandalay and its historical heritage and finally the Inle Lake and its unique local life. - Diversity of means of transportation: tuk-tuk, pirogue, domestic flight, coach, carriage, small boat, walking, train… - Diversity of activities: visits of local markets, cultural tours, tasting of local delicacies, visit of many temples and pagodas. - Well-chosen hotels downtown. - English speaking tour guides, skilled in group management.

DAY 1

YANGON Arrival

Mingalabar and welcome to Myanmar! The ancient capital Yangon, also known as Rangoon, is still the country's economic center and the gateway for most of international travelers. Its colonial past and its religious heritage makes one of the most fascinating places in Southeast Asia. At the airport, you will be warmly greeted and transferred to your hotel (check-in from 14h. Earlier subject to availability). Walk on the Mahanbandola Street where the Immanuel Baptist Church, built in 1830, is located. Continuing to walk through narrow streets teeming with markets and food stalls. Through the street named Pansodan, you will have the opportunity to observe many shops which sell used books and photocopied books before heading to the Supreme Court, the imposing offices of the Inland Water Transport and the even more sumptuous headquarters of the Myanma Port Authorityavant. Your next stop will be below of the majestic Strand Hotel. Pursuit of your journey on Strand Road, you will discover the Customs House and the courthouse, an impressive building with columns. Back to the north of the city on Bank Street that will bring you on Sule Pagoda Road where you can consult one of the many “fortune tellers” who shelter under trees. Photo stop at Sule Pagoda, a symbol of the city, built 2,000 years ago. Continuing to Mahanbandoola Road crossing two lively districts: Chinatown and Little India. Exploring Golden Street shops of Shwe Bontha Street and take a look at the synagogue Moseh Yeshua on 26th Street. When you will be on Theingyi Zei market, please do not hesitate to discover the cures of Chinese traditional medicine. Then direction Anawratha Road which brings you to Sri Kali temple, the most colorful Hindu temples in Yangon. Lunch and dinner at leisure. Night in Yangon Read more

INDEIN
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DAY 2

YANGON flight MANDALAY

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight towards Mandalay. Arrival, greeting by your tour-guide and transfer towards the city. Visit of Amarapura, the penultimate royal capital of Myanmar. Amarapura means "city of immortality", even if its period as the capital was relatively brief. You will start by Mahagandayon Monastery, which houses more than a thousand young monks. Then you will join the legendary U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world, built in 1782. Enjoy the special atmosphere at the sunset. Lunch and dinner at leisure. Night in Mandalay. Read more

MANDALAY
DAY 3

MANDALAY

Visit of the Mahamuni Pagoda with its highly revered Buddha, entirely covered in gold leaf filed by devotees over the centuries. Followed by the visit of a craft workshops in Mandalay, which is known to be the finest in the country: wood sculpture, Kalaga tapestries, gold leaf manufacture. Then visit of the Kuthodaw Pagoda, often called "greatest book in the world" for its 729 collection of marble slabs in which are engraved the teachings of Buddha. Road towards the impressive Shwenandaw monastery ("golden monastery"), the last structure of the Royal Palace to have survived from the 19th century, famous for its wood carvings... In the afternoon road towards Yankin hill, east of the city. Along the way stop in one of the numerous monasteries where most of the 350 monks study English but are rarely able to practice it with foreigners. Time to chat with those monks, warm and unforgettable encounters. From there you will take the stairs towards the top of the hill to appreciate a panoramic view over the city and a beautiful sunset. On the way down you will be just in time for the daily psalmody of the monks, a real spiritual experience. Road back towards the city. NOTES: • During the visit of the monasterie, all have to behave respectufully. • No alcohol and smoking within the enclosure of the monasteries. Meals at your expense. Night in Mandalay. Read more

MANDALAY
DAY 4

MANDALAY - BAGAN

In the morning, discovery of the life on the river banks. Visit of a local market where are sold many kind of exotic vegetables and fruits. From there, transfer towards Paleik where you will assist in a special ritual in the snake temple. You will join the local pilgrims in bathing the pythons, a ceremony unique to this village. Road to Bagan via a fascinating road throughout magnificent sceneries. Meals at your expense. Night in Bagan. Read more

BAGAN
DAY 5

BAGAN

Head to a high point overlooking the plain of Bagan. From here, you can discover the Ananda Temple, one of the highest in Bagan. We will ensure that you arrive there before the majority of visitors, allowing you to enjoy in peace the splendor of the temple. You will then continue your trip in the valley dotted with temples of different architectural styles. Life haven’t stopped along the temples and you will witness many families and farmer executing daily activities. Assist in a Buddhist ceremony in one of the temples. Around 10.30am you will make offerings to the monks and will in return receive a benediction from them. Road towards Myinkaba village for a walk and to meet local craftsmen, memorable meeting with the locals that will help you understand the culture. You will then visit the Gu Byaukgyi temple and its beautiful mural paintings along with Nan Paya temple, one of the most ancient in the area. Visit of a lacquer workshop in order to discover the traditional techniques leading to one of the most popular artisanal product of the country. Late afternoon horse carriage ride throughout the area and its temples. Visit of Thatbyinnyu temple, the highest in the area, Dhammayangyi temple and its surprising patchwork of bricks and finish with the Sulamani temple for sunset. Meals at your expense. Night in Bagan. Read more

BAGAN
DAY 6

BAGAN - KALAW

Road towards Kalaw, a 6 hour journey across small mountain roads along local villages and countryside. Many stops along the way to capture the mind-blowing sceneries. Kalaw is an ancient climatic station where British officers came to escape the heat of the valley. Arrival to Kalaw in the afternoon and time at leisure to stroll in the charming little mountain town. Lunch and dinner at your expense. Night in Kalaw. Read more

KALAW
DAY 7

KALAW - INLE LAKE

Stroll in the local market of the city followed by a transfer towards the train station. Boarding on a train to Shwe Nyaung surrounded by spectacular mountain sceneries. Upon arrival, transfer towards Nyaung Shwe hamlet, gateway to the Inle Lake. Boat trip to reach and visit the main sites of Inle Lake. You will be astonished by the calm waters of the lake and the beautiful landscape of mountains in the background. Along the way you will pass by several lakeside villages of Intha, with the opportunity to observe their amazing floating gardens and unique style of Inle fishermen who row standing with one leg. Visit of Nga Hpe Chaung monastery and its collection of statues of Buddha. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the main sanctuary of the lake that houses five sacred Buddha images covered with gold leaf. You will also discover the varied crafts of Inle, visiting the village of Inpawkhone known for its weaving lotus fibers, cheroots workshop (Burmese cigars), or silver workshop. Picnic lunch during the tour. Dinner at your expense. Nuit on the lake. Read more

INLE LAKE
DAY 8

INLE LAKE - INDEIN

After breakfast you will visit the Lake market (closed the days of new moon and full moon). Every day, the inhabitants of the lake and members of the surrounding tribes attend the market exchange goods. Aboard a pirogue way towards the house of an Intha family, unique experience. The Inthas, an ethnic minority living on the lake have the particularity having houses on stilts on the lake itself and grow floating gardens. Lunch will be cooked before your eyes. Homestay lunch. An hour long boat trip will take you to Pa-Oh village. Stroll in the village before getting to the summit of the hill. At the summit you will see about a hundred ruins of pagodas eaten by the vegetation. This site is one of the most impressive around the lake, covered with lichen and plants. On the way back, possibility to stop at the Inthar Heritage House to learn more about the indigenous culture of the area. Transfer back to the hotel. Meals at your expense. Night on the lake. Read more

INDEIN
DAY 9

INLE flight YANGON

Transfer towards Heho airport for your flight towards Yangon. Greeting at the airport and transfer to the city. Visit the Kyaukhtatgyi pagoda that holds a reclining Buddha of 70 meters. Then towards the Royal Lake located in Kandawgyi Park, popular among locals, especially early in the morning and during sunset. From the shore you can admire the Karaweik Palace, a replica of a royal boat, before visiting one of the holiest sites of the country: the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda. The best time of day to visit is late in the afternoon when the last rays of sun decorate its gilded stupa and gives it a magical glow. At nightfall, visit Chinatown and its Chinese temple Khen Hock Keong with statues of dragons that guard the entrance. Change of scenery guaranteed! Taking the opportunity to explore the night market where vendors sell all kinds of fruits, vegetables and many other products. Lunch and dinner at leisure. Night in Yangon. Read more

YANGON
DAY 10

YANGON flight YOUR CITY

Unfortunately it is time to say goodbye to one of the most fascinating countries on earth. Transfer towards Yangon international airport without tour-guide. Check-in and boarding for your return flight.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 2
Location YANGON
Hotel RENO
Day 3
Location MANDALAY
Day 5
Location BAGAN
Day 7
Location KALAW
Day 8
Location INLE LAKE
Day 10
Location YANGON
Hotel RENO
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 2
Location YANGON
Day 3
Location MANDALAY
Day 5
Location BAGAN
Hotel AREINDMAR
Day 7
Location KALAW
Day 8
Location INLE LAKE
Day 10
Location YANGON

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee
  • Domestic flights

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

REVIEWS

4 Reviews

Marie Lampreia, France

Les plus : Le voyage c'est aussi ceux qui vous permettent de comprendre le pays et les gens avec lesquels vous êtes. De ce point de vue notre guide et notre chauffeur ont été parfaits. Nous avons aimé les grandes 'balades' dans la nature, les rencontres avec les habitants dans les villages, les superbes paysages. La ville de Sapa, comme hors du temps, entre Annecy et Shangri Là. La balade sur le lac Thac Ba a été un vrai bonheur. Fruit d'un barrage hydraulique, le lac est d'une grande beauté avec ses ilots plantés et ses pêcheurs. Dépêchez vous d'y aller avant qu'il ne devienne aussi fréquenté d'Halong ! La baie d'Halong terrestre est également un beau souvenir, plus calme que la baie maritime et très impressionnante aussi. Villages sympa. Les moins : Les distances ne sont pas très grandes dans le nord, mais le temps pour les parcourir est très grand : 5 heures pour 130 km ! Des routes très difficiles et pas mal de fatigue. Heureusement voiture climatisée ;-) La baie d'Halong restera un souvenir un peu mitigé : que des bateaux touristiques, aucune jonque et peu de pêcheurs. Heureusement nous avons eu un très beau temps et un beau coucher (et lever) de soleil. La navigation au petit matin est plus belle que celle du soir. Elle est moins encombrée. Nous avions emmené des petits cadeaux pour les populations rencontrées mais nous ne nous sommes pas sentis heureux de distribuer ainsi. Nous ne sommes pas certains que cela soit agréable pour les gens. Commentaire : 15 jours au départ d'Hanoi vers les montagnes et Sapa et retour par la baie d'Halong maritime puis la terrestre. Nous avons aimé les grandes 'balades' dans la nature, les rencontres avec les habitants dans les villages, les superbes paysages. Nous avons eu la chance de participer à une fête dans un village. Nous avons dansé autour du feu et sauté en rythme au dessus des bambous. C'était gai et bon enfant. La balade sur le lac Thac Ba a été un vrai bonheur. Fruit d'un barrage hydraulique, le lac est d'une grande beauté avec ses ilots plantés et ses pêcheurs. Dépêchez vous d'y aller avant qu'il ne devienne aussi fréquenté d'Halong ! Les distances ne sont pas très grandes dans le nord, mais le temps pour les parcourir est très grand : 5 heures pour 130 km ! Des routes très difficiles et pas mal de fatigue. Heureusement voiture climatisée ;-) . La baie d'Halong restera un souvenir un peu mitigé : que des bateaux touristiques, aucune jonque et peu de pêcheurs. Heureusement nous avons eu un très beau temps et un beau coucher (et lever) de soleil. La navigation au petit matin est plus belle que celle du soir. Elle est moins encombrée. La baie d'Halong terrestre est également un beau souvenir, plus calme que la baie maritime et très impressionnante aussi. Ici les villages sont moins austères. Nous avons pris le temps de comprendre l'histoire, d'écouter et d'aimer ce pays. Read more

Faustine Auclain, France

Les plus : Le voyage a été conforme à mon attente, varié,authentique,proche des habitants qui sont très accueillants,les guides et les chauffeurs étaient de vrais professionnels. Les moins : Rien Commentaire : Tout s'est très bien passé, tout le monde était disponible,gentil,ponctuel. J'ai particulièrement apprécié la diversité du voyage,la cuisine vietnamienne,la qualité des hébergements en hôtel et chez l'habitant. Mes coups de cœur sont Angkor,Hoï An, le Nord et ses paysages,la baie d'Halong en jonque privée. Read more

Jean Marinier, France

Les plus : Ce que nous avons le plus aimé sont les paysages magnifiques et variés, la gentillesses des habitants, Les moins : Le moins serait peut-être la chaleur et la sur-fréquentation de la baie d'Halong. Commentaire : Pour nous il s'est agi d'un dépaysement total et s'est ce que nous en attendions. Nous avons été conquis par ce pays où les paysages sont grandioses, les habitants d'une gentillesse naturelle. Même si la vie est complètement différente de ce que l'on connaît en France, on s'y sent tout de suite très bien et sans aucun sentiment d'insécurité, bien au contraire. Quant à l'organisation, tout a été parfait et le programme établi a été respecté à la lettre, il faut dire que notre interlocuteur sur place, Quynh Anh, est extraordinaire, d'ailleurs nous avons souhaité la rencontrer en personne pour la remercier. Read more

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