Myanmar (Burma) Discovered Itinerary

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Day 1
YANGON
Upon arrival in Yangon you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the afternoon exploring the bustling streets of Yangon. The old colonial buildings lining the streets give you a feeling of years gone by. Visit the old harbor district which gives you an insight into the lives of merchants dealing in all sorts of daily necessities. In the evening enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants and the night view of Swedagon Pagoda.
Accommodation: Grand United Hotel
Meals: Dinner

Day 2
YANGON – INLE LAKE
This morning you will board a flight to Heho Airport followed by a short drive  to Nyaung Shwe from where boats depart to Inle Lake. Watch the impressive floating gardens and practice your “one legged” rowing, the typical style employed by the boatmen on the lake. Overnight in Inle Lake.
Accommodation: Royal Nadi resort
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3
INDEIN
After breakfast take a boat trip to Indein Village., famous for its Pagoda Complex. The pagodas here are said to be built between the 17th and 18th centuries. You will then have a chance to see how the boats of this region are made, visit a Burmese cigar factory and witness how Buddha images are made from dried flower powder in nearby Leshea Village. In the evening return to the hotel at Inle.
Accommodation: Royal Nadi Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4
INLE LAKE – KENGTUNG
Early morning departure for Kengtung. The main city in the east of the Shan state, it is a great place to visit Ethnic tribes and minorities and experience their way of life. Take it easy today, freshen up at the hotel and take a walking tour around town. Visit Nyaung Tong Lake and Wan-Pauk, the village of the Palaung wearing their typical red cloth and silver waist bands. Overnight in Kengtung.
Accommodation: Amazing Kyaing Tong Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5
KENGTUNG
After breakfast today, we will begin our trek to Pin Tauk,  Akha and Ann tribe villages.  You will enjoy a packed lunch at the Pin Tauk Waterfall. After Lunch travel to Wan Kan Village. Taste traditionally made rice wine in the village. Continue trekking to several Shan villages and return to Kengtung to spend the night.
Accommodation: Amazing Kyaing Tong Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Box

Day 6
KENGTUNG – MANDALAY
Spend a day at leisure and enjoy the sights in Kengtung before traveling to your hotel in Mandalay.

Accommodation: Shwe Ingyinn Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7
MANDALAY – AMARAPURA
After breakfast we leave for Amarapura. This is the home of Mahagandayon Monastery, a school for young monks as well as the U Bein Bridge which is the longest Teakwood bridge in the world. Return to Mandalay and visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, highly revered for holding one of the 5 statues likening the Buddha crafted during his lifetime. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, where worlds’ largest book is kept in the form of 79 stone slabs. Visit a gold leaf hammering craft shop and finally enjoy the sunset from high up on Mandalay Hill.
Accommodation:Shwe Ingyinn Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8
MANDALAY – MONYWA
This morning we depart for Monywa. The interesting 4 hour drive includes a visit to Sagaing, a drive over the 1 kilometer long bridge across the Ayeyarwaddy River to Sagain Hills, covered with ancient Pagoda’s, Monasteries and retreats for Buddhist devotees. We continue on to Monywa, a typical town along the bank of the Chindwin River. Visit Thanbottay Pagoda with 8465 small stupas rising up to richly decorate the central Stupa, very reminiscent of the Borobudur in Java. Then travel to Bodditataung Pagoda which is made unique by a grove of Banyan trees each with a Buddha image at it’s foot. Finally have a look at local craft such as cotton blanket weaving and lacquer ware workers at Kyaukkar Village. Enjoy the sunset at Alantayar Pagoda and overnight at Monywa.
Accommodation: Win Unity Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9
MONYWA – BAGAN
After breakfast we will transfer to the jetty to cross the Chindwin River. Disembark at Po Win Taung to view the amazing Buddha images carved from the stone inside cave formations. All across the hills there are 450.000 images scattered throughout caves small and big. Continue to Shwe Ba Tuang nearby where not only the images but also the monasteries and temples are carved out of the narrow cliffs.
Afterwards board the motorized boat to cross the Ayeyarwaddyriver and reach Bagan for the evening
Accommodation: Razagyo Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10
BAGAN
After breakfast explore the Ruins of Bagan. Take a bicycle and travel across the relatively flat roads. Bagan is the biggest Buddhist archeological site in the world, with over 2200 buildings recognized as inheritance of mankind by Unesco. Traveling by bike not only lets you see these buildings, but also ride into some of the small villages to interact with the people still living here.
Accommodation: Razagyo Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11
BAGAN – MT. POPA – YANGON
By far the best way to view Bagan is from the sky. So today we enjoy a hot air balloon flight for a bird eye view of the ancient city. Watch the landscapes drift by and enjoy the serene atmosphere. (NOTE: The Balloon Flight over Bagan is an optional extra charge of US$380 and must be booked in advance). And then, proceed to, Mt. Popa, a dead volcano crowned with a monastery built on top of the volcanic plug. Climb the 777 steps of the stair case leading up to Popa Taungkalat Monastery. The Monastery is dedicated to the 37 ancient deities, the Nats. In the afternoon return to Bagan and transfer to Airport, fly back to Yangon with the evening flight and overnight in Yangon.
Accommodation: Grand United Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Karaweik Royal Barge Farewell Dinner

Day 12
YANGON – DEPARTURE DAY
Have the day free at leisure until transfer time. Transfer to Yangon International Airport for the departure flight.

INCLUSIONS

INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP

  • Accommodation based on twin share at above selected hotels (single room supplement may be available up on request)
  • All transfers as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicle
  • All airport transfers with English speaking guide
  • Domestic Flight
  • Sightseeing, activities and entry fees as outlined in the itinerary
  • Hot Air Balloon Flight over Bagan is an optional extra charge of US$380 and must be booked in advance
  • Boat cruise
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a fully experienced local bi-lingual guide

NOT INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP

  • International Airfare
  • Visa fees – each member of the group must carry a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months beyond the duration of your trip) and have obtained the appropriate visas
  • Tips, personal telephone charges.
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory) – You will need to give the policy number prior to departure
  • Items of a personal nature; postage, drinks and souvenirs, camera fees
  • All drinks including water, soft drinks and alcohol
  • Additional optional activities and entrance fees during free time
  • Hot Air Balloon Flight over Bagan is an optional extra charge of US$280 and must be booked in advance
  • Other meals not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Medical Advice – Please refer to your GP or local travel clinic for up to date travel health advice for the area(s) you are visiting.

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Food & drinks – All food quality is carefully selected following the true local tradition.
  • Local Guide – The group will be accompanied by a local English speaking guide. Our guides are highly professional, very friendly with an extensive knowledge of the area. They know every hidden corner and will give you the opportunity to experience all the unspoiled places and the real culture of the region.
  • Transport – A private bus and driver will be available for the group for its everyday transfers and transportation of luggage.
  • Please be aware that flight times, hotels and all other logistics, services and days of travel are subject to change. Where flights are cancelled or delayed we will endeavour to secure alternative arrangements of similar value as noted in our booking conditions.
  • The travelling times mentioned within this dossier are approximations only. These times will vary according to weather, road, traffic or any other prevailing conditions.
  • This itinerary and supplementary information has been complied in good faith and was accurate at time of writing.
  • Please ensure you have the correct visas for travel. Women’s Own Adventure is not responsible if you enter a country and do not have the correct visa.