Essential Myanmar Tour
MYANMAR TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Opened to tourists in 2010, this beautiful country is still relatively untouched by tourism compared to its Asian neighbours. Join other Solo Travellers in exploring the Colonial city of Yangon and marvel at the 2000 year old Shwedagon Pagoda. Continue onto the ancient city of Bagan and cycle between the thousands of Buddhist temples, pagodas and stupas before heading to Mandalay, the second largest city in Burma, where you will experience panoramic views of the city at sunset. We also stop in Kalaw, where you will be able to hike in the beautiful forests, visit the Pindaya caves and enjoy breathing in the fresh mountain air. The final stop on this amazing Myanmar tour is Inle Lake, where you will see the famous Burmese fishermen, floating islands and the incredible scenery that surrounds the lake itself.
Price from: £1299.00
15 Mar 2018 – 25 Mar 2018
01 Nov 2018 – 11 Nov 2018
Day 1 - Arrive Yangon
Arrive at Yangon International Airport and proceed to your hotel for check-in. Your local guide will meet you there. Dinner will be arranged for your first night in Myanmar.
Day 2 – Yangon
Kick start your Myanmar tour with a journey through the colonial-style city centre of Yangon. Visit the golden Sule Paya stupa, built over 2000 years ago, visit the Chauk That Gyi pagoda, to see its magnificent reclining Buddha, and Karaweik Hall to marvel at the uniquely decorated hamsa-bird-shaped floating barge on Kandawgyi Lake. Take a trip to Bogyoke Market before finishing up the day at one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda. The 2000 year old gold structure dominates the city’s skyline and is a site not to be missed.
Day 3 – Yangon / Bagan
After breakfast, transfer to Yangon airport for a domestic flight to the Ancient Kingdom of Bagan, an absolute highlight of this Myanmar tour. Visit the Nyaung U Market before starting the temple tour of this beautiful area. Begin at the gold gilded Swezigon stupa, claimed to contain a holy tooth relic of Buddha, continue to Kyansitha Umin, and Gubyaukgyi, an Indian-style ‘cave temple’. You will also visit Htilominlo, Dhamayangyi, Sulamany and Manuha Temples, before finishing the tour at the beautifully symmetric Ananda Temple. For sunset, take a horse cart ride around this ancient city for unparalleled photo opportunities at one of the richest archaeological treasures of Southeast Asia.
Day 4 – Bagan / Popa / Bagan
After breakfast, a 90-minute drive takes you to Mount Popa, a Burmese spiritual epicentre. Pay respects to the Nat Shrine at the foot of Mount Popa before climbing 800 steps to the pagoda atop the mountain where you can admire the views of the surrounding plains and farm lands. In the afternoon, visit a family-run Toddy Shop to observe the process of making the caramel-like toddy candies from the sap of the toddy palms before heading back to Bagan.
Day 5 – Bagan / Mandalay
After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung U airport for a domestic flight to Mandalay. Experience authentic local life as you stroll through the lively Zegyo Market in the heart of the city. Continue on to the Artisan Quarters, to see craftsmanship dating back to the last Kingdom of Myanmar. Next, visit the major highlights of Mandalay; the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda, housing one of the most significant Buddha images; the Golden Palace Monastery, the only surviving Royal Palace building in Mandalay; and lastly, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, a compound housing Buddha’s teachings carved into stone tables. End this fascinating day with panoramic views of the city’s skyline as you watch sunset on Mandalay Hill.
Day 6 – Mandalay / Amarapura / Ava / Sagaing / Mandalay
After breakfast, travel to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayon Monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study. Continue to the 200-year-old U Bein teak bridge, before visiting a traditional hand-woven silk workshop, for which the city is famous, and Bagaya Monastery to see it’s superb collection of Buddha statues. Continue travelling to Ava (Inwa), the ancient capital of Shan and Burmese Kingdoms. Exploring the city of Ava by horse cart, you will visit the Bagaya Teak Monastery, over 300 years old and still in use by local monks; the Nanmyin Watch Tower, also known as the ‘Leaning Tower of Ava’; and the Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, a 300-year-old architectural wonder. Our final stop on this day is at the Ancient Kingdom of Sagaing, located across the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. From the Sagaing Hills, enjoy views of the hillside dotted with countless pagodas and pay a special visit to a monastery to learn about the life of Buddhist devotees for sunset. Transfer back to Mandalay.
Day 7 – Mandalay / Heho / Kalaw
After breakfast, transfer to Mandalay airport for a domestic flight to Heho. Visit the bustling Heho Market, the meeting point for different ethnic minority groups of the surrounding areas to trade handmade goods and locally grown produce. On the way to Kalaw, stop at a Local Family Workshop to learn how Shan umbrellas are made using traditional methods and fibres from the mulberry tree. After arriving in Kalaw and checking into the hotel, you can spend the afternoon relaxing in the fresh mountain air or, if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, try hiking around Kalaw’s beautiful forest vistas (local guides can adjust the duration and difficulty of the hikes to meet your wishes).
Day 8 – Kalaw / Pindaya / Inle Lake
After breakfast, embark on a morning walk to the Kalaw Market, join in the ubiquitous tea culture of the Burmese people at a local tea shop, and sample local pastry delicacies. After driving for 1.5-hours across the Shan highlands you will reach the Pindaya Caves, unique for housing thousands of Buddha images and stalactite formations. Another 2.5-hour drive will bring you to the beautiful Inle Lake, where you will see floating islands and gardens made from the naturally tangled roots of water hyacinth plants, fishermen who balance and row with one leg; a technique used only by the Inn Thar minority group on Inle Lake, and beautiful scenery all around the lake itself.
Day 9 – Inle Lake
After breakfast, visit the Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, home to some of the country’s most sacred Buddha statues. Next, a visit to Inpawkhon Weaving Village, to learn how local silks, linens and lotus fabrics are made. As an extra treat, you will stop at a house built over the lake for Burmese Cats to see the preservation efforts and reintroduction of this rare pure breed of felines to Myanmar. The final stop is at Nampan Village, where local craftsmen will show you how Burmese cigars are traditionally packed and rolled.
Day 10 – Inle Lake / Inn Thein / Yangon
For the last full day of your Myanmar tour, you will take a boat journey down a small river to reach the Inn Thein Pagoda Complex, a site which will make you feel as though you’ve stepped through a forgotten portal in time. To access the complex, you’ll walk through lush bamboo groves that open up to a field covered with ancient pagodas, constructed over 1,000 years ago. In the evening, transfer to Nyaung Shwe by boat, before driving to Heho airport for a domestic flight to Yangon.
Day 11 - Depart Yangon
After breakfast, you will have the day at leisure until you depart for the airport for international flights home.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE MYANMAR TOUR
- Private tours and transfers with air conditioned vehicles
- Domestic flights within Myanmar
- All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
- English speaking local guides
- Sharing a twin room at three star hotels with breakfast
- Boat rental at Inle Lake
- Horse and cart in Bagan
- 2 bottles of water & 2 refreshing towels per passenger each day
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved for the Myanmar Tour on payment of a deposit of £200.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
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- The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks before travel.
- Flights are not included in the cost of this trip and will need to be booked separately. Please do not book flights until we have given the go-ahead. Feel free to ask us if you need any help with booking.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
Trip Type Cultural
Group Size Maximum of 12
Physical Rating Moderate
Currency & Spending Money Myanmar Kyat & US Dollars / Spending £25 and upwards per day
Hosts A local guide will be your point of contact for this trip.
Clothing Please be advised that you should keep your shoulders covered and trousers or shorts below the knee – this is essential at religious sites and respectful everywhere else.
Health Make sure you have plenty of mosquito repellent with you, wear this both day and night to prevent bites. Always seek medical advice from your doctor or travel nurse a minimum of 8 weeks before you travel and make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations.
Single Supplement £299
Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for Myanmar before your departure date.