myanmar2In this long tour of Myanmar 16 day /15 night with the route Yangon, Kyaikhtiyo, Bago, Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin, Bagan, Popa, Kalaw, Inle Lake, Ngwesaung beach and back to Yangon. A leisure tour at the famous un-spoilt white sand beach named Ngwesaung. Myanmar's little-known secret is its beautiful coastline fronting the Indian Ocean. At Ngwesaung lies an unspoilt white sand beach, 15 kilometres long and bordered by tall swaying palms.

Route: Yangon, Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), Mingun, Bagan, Mt Popa, Heho, Inle Lake and Ngwesaung Beach

 

check16Inclusive:

• 15 nights in stated hotel accommodation with breakfast
• Transfer & transportation by private air-con saloon
• Domestic airfares for Yangon-Mandalay, Bagan-Heho-Yangon
• Boat fares for Mandalay-Bagan, Mingun, Inle, Indein
• Horse-cart for sunset in Bagan & Pyin Oo Lwin
• Meal 1 Shan dinner in Inle
• Sightseeing with station English speaking guide except in Ngwe Saung
• All entrance fees.

stop16Exclusive:

• Visa fee
• Yangon int'l airport departure tax USD10/pax
• Other personal expenses & personal travelling insurance
• Services not mentioned in the itinerary
• Tips and gratuities to guide and driver

 

noteItinerary:

Day 1: Yangon

(Suggest to fly by PG703, dep.1705 / arr.1755 BKK-YGN. Ticket not included in the package price.)
Upon arrival in Yangon (Rangoon), you are met and transferred to your city hotel. You meet your tour guide for a briefing of your Myanmar program and then are at leisure.
Welcome dinner with cultural performance at the Karaweik Roylal Barge "floating" restaurant on the Kandawgyi Lake.
Overnight in Trader's Hotel, Yangon.

Day 2: Yangon – Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) (Breakfast)

Breakfast at your hotel. A city tour will acquaint us with the major sights of Yangon city. Shwedagon Pagoda dominates the skyline and the ubiquitous Karaweik Hall sits on the Royal Lake. There is also time for you to explore this fascinating city full of dilapidated colonial edifices. In the afternoon we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Mandalay. We use a private airline in Burma and not the government one. Generally the pilots are expats. Mandalay is situated near the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River. Upon arrival we proceed to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), the former hill resort of the British preserved as it was once been, a drive of about 2 hours.
Overnight at Pyin Oo Lwin Hotel, Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo).

Day 3: Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) - Mandalay (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Burma's most famous hill station, Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin), provides an escape from the heat of the plains. Established during the colonial era, it is today a crossroad for traders coming over from China and this is reflected in its colourful market. Time permitting, you may explore surroundings in a local horse-drawn carriage called a 'myin-lay'. English-style country mansions and Chinese temples dot the hillsides in a place rightly called the 'vegetable garden' of Burma. We return to Mandalay where the rest of the day is spent touring by visiting various temples, including the Kuthodaw Pagoda that claims to house the world's largest 'book'. Time permitting, it is a challenging walk up Mandalay Hill (236 metres), but the views from the summit are breathtaking, and along the way there are many shrines of religious significance. After sunset descend and return to hotel.
Overnight at Mandalay Hill Resort, Mandalay.

Day 4: Mandalay – Mingun by Boat (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. We make our way down to the city's lively waterfront which offers an interesting backdrop as we take a boat trip up the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun - the site of the world's largest pagoda (albeit unfinished!) and the world's largest unbroken bell. Mandalay was a former capital of Burma; however the surrounding countryside contains many towns that could lay claim to that same title at some stage or another in the past. We embark on a tour visiting the remnants of one of these once-great cities, Amarapura. Weather permitting, we may also view a spectacular sunset over the 200-year-old U Bein all-teak wooden bridge.
Overnight at Mandalay Hill Resort, Mandalay.

Day 5: Mandalay - Bagan (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. We spend almost an entire day on a boat (Shwekinari or Malikha) as we cruise down the Ayeyarwaddy River from Mandalay to Bagan (about 9 hours). Boat departs the jetty at about 6.30am. Along the way, we witness the idyllic way of life that epitomizes parts of rural Burma in the form of small fishing villages that lie along the riverbanks. In the late afternoon we arrive in Bagan, one of the most impressive archaeological wonders of Asia. (Due to the unpredictable nature of ferry operations on the Ayeyarwaddy River between April and October, it is possible that some services may be cancelled. Some of these cancellations may take place at the last minute. If this is the case we will then fly to Bagan instead. There will be no extra cost for this flight.)
Overnight at Amazing Bagan Resort, Bagan.

Day 6: Bagan – Tour (Breakfast)

Breakfast t the hotel. The sights of Bagan are explored from dawn to dusk. Nyaung U's lively market contrasts with the resounding silence of the plains littered with over 4000 temple ruins, including Gawdawpalin, Thatbyinnyu, Ananda and Shwezigon - all names of temples and pagodas that bear testament to a glorious past. The area is also famous for producing lacquer-ware that is available in the stalls amidst the ruins. There is also a chance to do some of our exploration by horse and cart. Condition permitting, we may enjoy a breathtaking sunset viewed from one of the ruins or from Bupaya Paya. Overnight at Amazing Bagan Resort, Bagan.

Day 7: Bagan – Mt Popa - Bagan

Breakfast at the hotel. We drive for an hour before arriving at Mount Popa, an extinct volcano that is home to the local spirits (ancient nat). For the energetic, there is a chance to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the hill. The view from here is spectacular. Returning to Bagan, we visit a local village along the way to observe the lifestyle of the people and see them clamber up palmyra trees to get the juice from the flower-bud to produce toddy and make jaggery. Return to Bagan and be free to further explore this amazing area. You may hire a bicycle and enjoy seeing more of the archaeological sites. Overnight at Amazing Bagan Resort, Bagan.

Day 8: Bagan – Heho for Inle Lake (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. We board a plane and fly to Heho, which is situated in the Shan plateau. From here, we drive through picturesque countryside and rolling hills to our hotel situated on Inle Lake not far from the main township of Nyaungshwe. We enjoy two nights staying at a lovely lakeside resort. Visit Kaung Daing and the nearby Hu-Pin hot springs complex which is delightful during the cold season Nov-Feb. (Three kinds of facilities are at three different fees payable directly at the door – the private pool of steaming mineral water is at USD8-10)
Overnight at Paradise Inle Resort, Inle Lake.

Day 9: Inle Lake (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. A full day is spent on the lake exploring the floating gardens and catching sight of the local Intha fishermen who are well-adept at rowing with their legs as they use their hands to fish. These people are different from the Shans and they originated from the south of the country. The lake is also home to a wide array of bird-life including egrets, cranes, ducks, storks and birds of prey. See the jumping cats trained by the monks at Nga Hpe Kyaung monastery among the ancient Buddha images of Shan, Tibetan, Bagan and Inwa styles sitting on enormous ornate wooden pedestals. Ywama village has an interesting floating market held once every five days and an even more interesting inland market also on a five-day rotation basis drawing tribal people down from the hills to trade in livestock and produce. The holiest temple on the lake in the southern Shan State is Phaung Daw Oo Paya where each October a big festival with boat racing and parading of the five precious Buddha images is held. In Nampan village is peaceful has the Alodaw Pauk Pagoda which is the oldest on the lake housing a gem-encrusted Shan-style Buddha. See also the local production of cheroot in the small factories in Nampan. In the neigbouring village of In Phaw Khone skillful villagers weave ornate fabrics using the stems of lotus plants on bamboo looms.
Overnight at Paradise Inle Resort, Inle Lake.

Day 10: Inle Lake – Trekking (Breakfast/Dinner)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast we transfer to the Indein ruins complex (approx. 45 minutes). There we will find the pagoda and stupas built in the 8th century. Here you can enjoy rows of shops along the corridor uphill or just marvel at the surroundings. After spending some time we will start our walk to Yankin, Pa O and Taung Yoe tribe villages (1.5 km, approx. 45 minutes). Along the way we explore the mystery of more than 300 ancient stupas around the village and then continue towards to a Buddhist monastery (1 km, approx. 30 minutes) and head north to Naydaw (1.5 km, approx. 45 minutes) to Taung Yoe ethnic tribe village through farm land and bamboo forest. Then we go through a valley to Indein (3 km approx 45 minutes) where we will meet our boat and return to hotel. This evening we enjoy a traditional Shan dinner and get to sample some of the local style culinary specialties.
Overnight at Paradise Inle Resort, Inle Lake.

Day 11: Heho - Yangon – Ngwesaung Beach (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we transfer to Heho Airport for the flight back to Rangoon. Upon arrival we are met by our private vehicle and travel by road to Ngwesaung beach. Turning our attention towards the delta region, we head west and drive for three-and-a-half hours to the port city of Bassein (Pathein), which is famous for its colourful hand-painted umbrellas. We see how these parasols are made on a visit to a local factory, before catching a ferry across the river and continuing on to our little tropical paradise on the coast.
Overnight at Bay of Bengal, Ngwesaung Beach.

Day 12-15: Ngwesaung Beach (Breakfast)

Another 4 nights at the beach hotel with daily breakfast. Burma's little-known secret is its beautiful coastline fronting the Indian Ocean. At Ngwesaung lies an unspoilt white sand beach, 15 kilometres long and bordered by tall swaying palms. We have a chance to relax for a few days, staying in the lush settings of the resort. Here we have the chance to swim in the waters of the warm, blue tropical sea. We can also visit small fishing villages and local markets, explore the countryside by bicycle and enjoy optional boat trips to the beautiful off-shore islands (cost not included).
Overnight at Bay of Bengal, Ngwesaung Beach.

Day 16: Ngwesaung - Yangon - Departure (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. We depart after breakfast and drive for approximately four hours back to the capital. Along the way we stop at an elephant camp to observe these huge animals at close quarters.
(There is an optional elephant ride for an hour that takes you through a dense forest. Pay directly to the mahout.)
Upon arrival back in Yangon, continue to the airport for the flight to Bangkok.
(Suggest flying by PG704, dep.1845 / arr.2040, YGN-BKK.)

End of Programme