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Mysterious Myanmar 13 Days / 12 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. - Trekking away from mass tourism in stunning scenaries. - Diversity of means of transportation: tuk-tuk, pirogue, domestic flight, coach, carriage, small boat, walking… - Diversity of activities: visits of local markets, cultural tours, tasting of local delicacies, trekking, visit of many temples and pagodas. - Well-chosen hotels downtown and an unforgettable night in a monastery. - English speaking tour guides, skilled in group management.

DAY 1

YANGON WELCOME

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). 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. Lunch and dinner at leisure. Night in Yangon. Read more

YANGON
DAY 2

YANGON - BAGAN

After breakfast, transfer towards the airport for your flight towards Bagan. Arrival and greeting by your tour-guide. Welcome to Bagan, known to be one of the greatest architectural sites in Asia. When Bagan was the center of Myanmar from the 11th to 13th century, monarchs have built numerous stupas and pagodas, most of them are still present on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. The splendor of Bagan with over 2000 temples in red brick that rise from a desert plain, representing size of Manhattan Island, will be one of the highlights of any trip to Myanmar. 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. Late afternoon, you will be driven to the pier where a small private wooden boat waits for you. Sitting in the shade or on the open deck, you'll get a wonderful view of the Irrawaddy River. Relax on board while enjoying the rays of the sunset on the calm waters of the river. This boat trip will be an alternative to temple visits and offer you a different perspective of Bagan. Preparing to land before returning to your hotel in the evening. A perfect end to the day! Meals at your expense. Night in Bagan. Read more

BAGAN
DAY 3

BAGAN

After breakfast, visit Nyaung Oo a lively market where locals come every day to exchange fresh produce and other goods. Then, begin your discovery with a visit to the famous Shwezigon pagoda built in 11th century by King Anawrahta. Then departure to a small village via dusty roads and shady paths lined with temples and monasteries. Explore the village to discover the lifestyle of the Bagan’s people. You will continue to discover less known monuments and protected from mass of tourists, it according to your wishes for the rest of the morning. If you want, a short excursion can be organized to visit a small series of monuments that will offer you a unique perspective of Bagan. At the end of the afternoon, stroll in a carriage through the temples of Bagan, including Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in the region, Dhammayangyi with its impressive brick assembly and Sulamani. From a high point overlooking the plain, enjoy the sunset over the pagodas of Bagan. Lunch and dinner at leisure. Night in Bagan. Option: Hot air baloon over Bagan The morning will begin with a hot air baloon ride over the countryside of Bagan. You will observe the sun rise on the Irrawaddy River and the various stupas of the region. You are not ready to find this kind of show on Earth ... (Only available from October / November to March. In case of last minute cancelation due to bad weather conditions the full payment of this activity will be refunded) Price: 292 USD per pax. Includes transfers, breakfast with a glass of champagne, photos and CD. Extra USD 11 per pax in holiday season (December 20 to January 5). Read more

BAGAN
DAY 4

BAGAN - MANDALAY

Early morning, transfer towards Bagan’s boat jetty and boarding on a boat towards Mandalay via the Irrawaddy River. During the cruise, you will be able to relax on the deck or inside the boat. Drinks can be purchased on board. This all day long cruise is a great way to witness the local life on the river banks. Cruising through the countryside you will see farms and villages all surrounded by typical Burmese landscapes. Along the river you will meet fishermen using traditional techniques, boats transporting goods such as wood or gasoline or even villagers get to the river banks to do laundry and kids who get freshen up. Arrival to Mandalay and transfer to your hotel. Lunch on the boat and dinner at leisure. Night in Mandalay. Read more

MANDALAY
DAY 5

MANDALAY - AMARAPURA

Your day will begin with Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, known as the Pagoda called 'big marble Buddha', a giant Buddha carved in a block of marble who has required the work of 10,000 men to carry him to the river bank. 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. Then visit of 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... 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. 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 at the hotel. Read more

AMARAPURA
DAY 6

SAGAING - AVA

You will begin the day with a stroll in the big morning market nearby the city center. Along with your guide you will explore the numerous food stalls filled with fruits, vegetables, spices, meat and many other eatables. Stop for a cup of Myanmar milk tea in a local tea shop, favorite activity of locals. Crossing the bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. With 600 pagodas and ivory monasteries, Sagaing Hill is considered as the spiritual center of Myanmar and claims to be the residence of nearly 3,000 monks. You will visit pagodas Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin, U Min Thone Sae and Shin Nan Pin Gyaing. You will continue through the Sagaing market. We will drive to a small village of potters to watch craftsmen work according to traditional techniques. Road to Ava which was the capital of the country from the 14th to 18th century. You will cross the river by local ferry and reach your carriage to go to the wooden monastery of Bagaya, famous for its wood carvings. Then, you will see Nanmyint Tower - also known as "leaning tower of Ava" - one of the vestiges of the ancient palace and Maha Aungmye Bonzan monastery. Lunch and dinner at leisure. Night in Mandalay. Read more

MANDALAY
DAY 7

MANDALAY flight HEHO - PINDA

Transfer to Mandalay airport for your flight to Heho. Road to Pindaya to visit of the famous caves of Pindaya, a unique site older than 200 million years which houses within thousands of golden Buddha statues. To visit these caves you must go through the pagodas of Shwe U Min - the white giant stupas surmounting the place. Pindaya is also known for its red lacked paper umbrellas reserved for monks, you will visit a local workshop to discover the traditional techniques of making of this craft. Lunch and dinner at leisure. Night in Pindaya. Read more

PINDAYA
DAY 8

PINDAYA - MONASTERY NIGHT

After breakfast, walk towards Htut Ni village. On the way you will meet many members of the Danu ethnic minority, leaving mainly on agriculture of seasonal products. The path goes through spectacular tea plantations before hitting See Kya village located in a thick forest in the mountain. Greeting by a host family and homestay lunch. After lunch, road towards Yazakyi village where you will get the chance to meet members of the Palaung community, one of the first to settle in Myanmar, warm encounters with the locals. Arrival in Taung Myint Gyi and more specifically to its monastery where you will spend the night and enjoy dinner, unforgettable experience. Approximately 4.5 hours walk. 40% uphill; 30% flat; 30% downhill Homestay lunch and dinner at the monastery. Night at the monastery. Notes: Common room with mattresses on the ground, pillow and cover. If necessary mosquito nets will be provided. Common bathroom and bathing with a bucket. Read more

MONASTERY
DAY 9

TAUNG MYINT GYI - PWE PYIAT

Magical wake up in this village where life starts early in the morning, to enjoy the first few fresh hours of the day. After breakfast in the monastery you will get back on your trek. Walk towards Ya Gyi village followed by a slightly downhill route towards Pwe Pyat. You will be astonished by the beautiful sceneries around you. Your trek will end in Pwe Pyat village. 2.5 hours walk. 100% downhill. Transfer to the village of Nyaung Shwe, gateway to Inle Lake (32 km - 1 hour drive). Possibility to stop along the way to visit local traditional paper crafts factories. Visit the teak monastery of Shweyanpyay. 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. Breakfast at the monastery. Lunch and dinner at your expense. Night on the lake. Read more

monastery
DAY 10

INLE LAKE

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. 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. Transfer to your hotel. Lunch and dinner at your expense. Night on the lake. Read more

INLE LAKE
DAY 11

INDEIN

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 12

HEHO flight YANGON

Transfer towards Heho airport for your flight towards Yangon. Greeting at the airport and transfer to the city. 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. 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 13

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 BAGAN
Day 5
Location MANDALAY
Day 8
Location PINDAYA
Hotel INLE INN
Day 10
Location INLE LAKE
Day 13
Location YANGON
Hotel RENO
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 2
Location YANGON
Day 3
Location BAGAN
Hotel AREINDMAR
Day 5
Location MANDALAY
Day 8
Location PINDAYA
Hotel INLE INN
Day 10
Location INLE INN
Day 13
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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