Mysterious Myanmar Tour (13 nts 14 days)
Tour Code: YM001 – Yangon, Inle, Mandalay, Maymyo, Bagan, Yangon.
Tours operate: between the months of: October to March.
Tour price based on 9 – 12 persons per tour
From: US$2,620.00 per person twin share (deluxe room)
Day 1 Saturday: Yangon
Arrive at Yangon (Mingaladon International Airport). Spend two nights at your Hotel where your Tour Director will familiarise you, with the rest of the tour group.
Day 2 Sunday: Yangon
A coach trip to the Scott Market in down town Yangon and spend a few hours being amazed by the products on offer, from precious stones to stunning oil paintings. Visit the famous Karaweik floating restaurant and tourist lookout on Kandawgyi Lake. An evening visit to the mesmerising “Shwe Dagon Pagoda”, made with pure gold and over 79,000 diamonds and other precious stones. Watch the transformation of its Golden stupa glowing as the sun sets.
Day 3 Monday: Yangon/Inle Lake
Leave Yangon behind and travel by air to Inle lake. After settling in at the Hotel, a short (1 hour) coach trip brings you to the mountain city of Taunggyi. Stroll around the market, followed by a visit to the first winery in Myanmar. The Aythaya Vineyard Estate, sits up on the hill side enjoy an evening meal here then relax and take in the panoramic views of Inle lake and surrounding landscape, while sampling some of the fine wines produced here.
Day 4 Tuesday: Inle Lake
Enjoy a boat trip up the unique Inle Lake where you can see the famous Intha fishermen rowing their boats with one leg and one arm while fishing. Visit the bustling markets near the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and relax as you glide through the canals of floating lotus plants, used by the local Intha people to spin a fine silk yarn and weave garments on looms from a bygone era. Visit the “Jumping Cat Monastery” and visit the old forge and watch as they manufacture metal products for the local and tourist markets.
Day 5 Wednesday: Inle Lake
We leave Inle Lake aboard a morning flight to Mandalay. Visit the Kings Palace with it’s impressive 8 mile moat and magnificent buildings. The Palace was last used by the Burmese King Thebaw who with his family, was exiled to India by the British in 1885, never to return to Burma.
Day 6 Thursday: Inle Lake/Mandalay
Coach trip to Mandalay Hill walk the gentle climb to the top and experience the panoramic view of the vast Mandalay plain. Visit the jade market and watch the local craftsmen cut intricate pieces from solid blocks of locally mined jade. Later stop by the side of the road and be part of a truly amazing scene, as you watch hundreds of stone masons crafting by hand, everything from giant Buddha’s, to beautiful figurines from sandstone and marble.
Day 7 Friday: Mandalay/Maymyo
Less than two hour drive up in the mountains to the east of Mandalay is Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin). A former hill station, used by the British in the 1800’s to escape the oppressive heat of Mandalay during the hottest times of the year. A visit by coach to the beautiful Kandawgyi Gardens, where you can enjoy a leisurely drive by electric cart and take in this unique and tranquil botanical parkland with it’s stunning Orchid garden and other flora and fauna.
Day 8 Saturday: Maymyo
Visit the renowned Dat Taw Cyaik Water Falls in Anisakhan. A great opportunity to experience this spectacular waterfall, which is rarely visited by tourists. However the long and steep walk down to the falls is only for the relatively fit. Those who do, will be rewarded for their effort by the sheer splendour of the falls when they are in full flow. Later, visit Maymyo’s vibrant markets, where you can have fun bargaining with the local vendors, for anything from exotic fruit and vegetables to freshly caught fish, as well as many other local spices and delicacies. For those who prefer to do their own thing, there are many additional options, such as hiring a bicycle for a leisurely cycle around town, or golf at the local eighteen hole golf course. Maymyo is famous for a number of things, from locally grown strawberries (when in season) to beautiful flowers grown locally for the markets in Mandalay, to hand knitted woollen jumpers hanging in rows on the shop fronts along the main street.
Day 9 Sunday: Maymyo/Mandalay
Depart Maymyo by coach to return to Mandalay. An exciting boat trip across the Irrawaddy river and visit the “Mingun Bell” one of the most famous bells in the world, it is the third largest bell in the world and the largest bell that is still fully intact and in use to this day. The bells weight is 90.55 metric tons.
Day 10 Monday: Mandalay/Bagan
Depart Mandalay by coach, for a trip through the country side to Bagan On the way stop at one of the local family run palm tree oil harvesting business’s, where they gather the liquid from the famous “Burmese Palm trees” and make traditional products such as sugar and distilled alcohol, so sampling the various products is a must! In the early evening a visit the Bagan Tower where you can watch the sun going down over the vast landscape of both old and new Bagan. Ruling over Burma from the Eight till the Twelfth century this ancient capital, known as the city of Golden Pagodas, is one of the oldest cities in Myanmar and boasts the most Pagodas anywhere in the country.
Day 11 Tuesday: Bagan
The best way to see this amazing ancient city is to take a leisurely bicycle ride, electric cycle or hire one of the many local horse and carts. Take in the awe inspiring ambiance of Old Bagan at your leisure. Later, watch a traditional Burmese Puppet Show while you enjoy an evening meal.
Day 12 Wednesday: Bagan
Visit the Archaeological Museum which is situated within Old Bagan city near the Gawdawpalin Temple and look at the ancient manuscripts from the twelfth century in four different ancient languages. This area is known for their beautiful hand made lacquer ware. It can take from 6 months to a year to complete an intricate detailed piece. We will visit a lacquer ware studio where you will see this beautiful art being created. Each piece is unique and you will have the opportunity to purchase an item which will hold your memories of Bagan forever.
Day 13 Thursday: Bagan/Yangon
Flight to Yangon. After settling into the Hotel in Yangon overlooking beautiful Inya Lake, you may like to take a stroll along the shores of the lake, mingling with the locals. Or even, venture back into the bustle of Yangon for some last minute sight seeing and souvenir shopping at the Scott Market, or spend the afternoon relaxing in the beautiful gardens surrounding the Shwe Dagon Pagoda.
Day 14 Friday: Yangon
Last day in Yangon to say goodbye to this beautiful Golden country and catch your flight home from the Yangon International Airport.
Inclusions/Exclusions & price guide
The local currency is the Kyat, (pronounced chat). 1 USD is equal to 900 Kyat (approximately) which is the only foreign currency accepted in Myanmar. There are ATM’s available and credit cards can be used mainly at Hotels Major Cities and the International airport.
Arrival & departure transfers.
All internal flights.
Hotel & airport transfers.
Tour Director fluent in English.
4 & 3 1/2 star accommodation with breakfast.
Coach trips (air conditioned)
Boat & ferry fees.
International airfares (optional) from your country of origin to & from Yangon.
Tips and gratuities.
Passport & Visa documents.
Incidentals including sunscreen & insect repellent & other personal items.
Based on 14 Day Tour, Twin Share Deluxe Rooms in 4 & 3 1/2 Star Hotels.
Tour starts Yangon & ends Yangon.
Price for Land only starts US$2,620.00 per person based on 9 – 12 person Tour.
As a guide: International return flights depart Sydney daily to Yangon via Singapore, prices start around $1400.00 (high season)
All Tours start on a Saturday arriving in Yangon approximately 6:45pm. (Times vary due to Airlines flight schedule changes)
International travellers and tour members booking international flights independently from cities other than Sydney, may chose to book Singapore Airlines (please check flight details) to ensure arrival in Yangon in time to catch the complimentary courtesy bus to your Hotel.