per person, twin share
14 Nights | Treasures of Myanmar
Begin your independent travel to Myanmar with a step back in time with a stay at the elegant Strand Hotel as you explore Yangon and marvel at the Shwedagon Pagoda. A flight to Mandalay awaits to spend time discovering this northern city to experience the temples and traditional way of life.
Next we take you off the beaten track, usually on a cruise aboard a day boat, down stream on the Irrawaddy river* from Mandalay to Yandabo Home, near the village of Pan Nyo.
During the afternoon and the following morning you will explore this remote village and the surrounding farmlands enjoying the isolation and hospitality at Yandabo Home. The next day you will continue your river journey downstream* to the intriguing town of Bagan.
Bagan, where over 2,000 stupas and temples are dotted amongst the surrounding farms and villages is a treasure trove of discovery. Your accommodation in Bagan is in a palace hotel with views to the surrounding fields, and nearby stupas.
If Began is not beguiling enough for you… a short flight brings you Heho where you will be besotted by the charm and beauty of nearby Inle Lake. During your time at the Inle Princess resort your private touring will be by long tail boats with your drivers navigating across the lake past floating farms, villages and fishermen. Your stay on the edge of Inlay lake is a definite highlight of your visit to Myanmar and will be etched in your memory for years to come.
To conclude your Myanmar stay you will again luxuriate at the beautiful Strand Hotel in Yangon.
(* As the water levels are not always favourable, the journey from Mandalay to Bagan via Yandabo Village may need to be taken by road).
- Private arrival transfer from Yangon International airport to The Strand hotel.
- 2 nights at The Strand Hotel – Superior suite
- Breakfast daily at The Strand Hotel
- Yangon Colonial and historical centre – Markets – Golden Pagoda tour
- Private transfer from The Strand Hotel to Yangon domestic Airport
- Economy class flight from Yangon to Mandalay including luggage
- Private Transfer from Mandalay domestic Airport to the Mandalay Hill Resort
- 2 nights Mandalay Hill Resort – Corner Suite room with executive lounge access
- Breakfast Daily at Mandalay Hill Resort
- Near Mandalay excursion to Ava (Inwa) – Sagaing – Amarapura – Ubein Bridge tour including lunch.
- Mandalay to Yandabo by cruise (subject to river levels) alternate travel by road transfer
- 1 night Yandabo Home
- Breakfast included at Yandabo Home
- Discover Yandabo village morning
- Irrawaddy ferry from Yandabo to Bagan – Subject to river levels
- Arrival transfer from Bagan ferry terminal to the Aureum Palace Bagan
- 4 nights Aureum Palace – Orchid / Jasmine lake view rooms
- Breakfast daily at Aureum Palace
- Discover Bagan temple tour
- Bagan – Mount Popa – Bagan tour including lunch with evening Sunset Cruise
- Choice of tour – Off the beaten track around Bagan
- Private transfer from your palace hotel to Bagan Domestic Airport
- Economy class flight Bagan to Heho with luggage
- Private scenic transfer by road and boat to Inle Princess Inle Lake
- 4 nights Inle Princess resort – Lake House
- Breakfast Daily at Inle Princess resort
- Local market – Traditional Floating Craft Villages
- Shan Cooking Class morning tour (Including lunch)
- Indein village & ancient Shwe Inn Thein pagodas (Including Lunch)
- Bonus – The Inthar Life exploration tour
- Private boat and road transfer to Heho airport
- Economy class flight from Heho to Yangon with luggage
- Private transfer from Yangon Domestic airport to The Strand Hotel
- 1 night The Strand Hotel Superior Suite
- Farewell evening dinner at The Strand Hotel
- Breakfast daily at The Stand Hotel
- Private transfer from The Strand Hotel to Yangon International Airport
Low Season from $4624 per person twin share
High Season from $ 5326 per person twin share
01 April until 30 September 2019
01 October 2019 until 30 March 2020
15 /03 /2020
unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.
DAY 1 YANGON Arrival to Myanmar
On arrival to Yangon you will transferred from Yangon International airport to The Strand hotel by private vehicle. The Strand Hotel – Superior suite
DAY 2 YANGON (B) Yangon Colonial-historical centre – Markets – Golden Pagodas tour
After breakfast, you will be met to begin your private tour. Firstly around the city centre which is filled with various historical and colonial buildings. Stop at the Sule Pagoda which is a 2200-year-old temple surrounded by government buildings. Then, head to Mahabandoola Park, where Independent Monument stands.Continue your tour by passing City Hall on the way to the Botahtaung Pagoda. It is situated downtown beside the Yangon River. Next, visit the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, one of Myanmar’s more beautiful reclining buddhas which is topped by a crown encrusted with diamonds and other precious stones. The feet of the statue is carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gather to pay homage and pray.
DAY 3 YANGON - MANDALAY (B)This morning tale your private transfer from The Strand Hotel to Yangon domestic Airport for your Economy class flight from Yangon to Mandalay including luggage. On arrival to Mandalay you will have a private transfer from Mandalay domestic Airport to your Mandalay Hotel. Mandalay Hill Resort – Corner Suite room with executive lounge access
After breakfast at the hotel, we embark on a private journey to the Ancient Kingdoms of Myanmar near Mandalay. We transfer 15km to Ava (Inwa), the ancient capital of Shan and Burmese Kingdoms for over four centuries. Crossing the Myint Nge River by ferry, the small roads of Ava are explored by horse and carriage. Visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery, a typical Burmese monastery with two buildings, one for the Buddha and another for the monks living there. There are many small villages located amid Ava’s ruins. While exploring the area by horse and cart, get an up-close glimpse of local life in the Burmese countryside.
We continue to the Ancient Kingdom of Sagaing, located across the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. From the Sagaing Hills, we 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.The beautiful ancient capital, Amarapura, famous for its textile industries is your next visit. There you will visit a cottage industry workshop to learn how Myanmar longyis and traditional fabrics are woven.
DAY 6 MANDLAY - YANDABO (B) Mandalay to Yandabo by ferry boat (subject to river levels)
Early morning transfer to the banks of the Ayeyarwady River to catch the ferry-boat to Bagan. The scenery along the Ayeyarwady is timeless – oxen working the fields, water buffalo wallowing in the mud, golden pagoda spires, fishermen, villagers bathing in the river and, of course, every type of boat and river craft that you can imagine.
You should arrive in Yandabo Village around midday, a village on the bank of Ayeyarwady River between Bagan and Mandalay. It is historically recognized for the signing of the Yandabo Treaty which took place under a tree on the riverbank in 1826 between the British and Royal Burmese House-hold of Ava. It is also a well-known place for making pots from the riverbank clay. Upon arrival in Yandabo village for check in.
In the afternoon, proceed to Pan Nyo village, along the riverbank of Ayeyarwady River is worthwhile visiting to observe the daily life style of local people, where about 4,000 water buffalos are used to cultivate the land. They cultivate rice, plant seasonal vegetables and fruits, etc. You reach this village by taking a small boat to cross the big river. Yandabo Home
DAY 7 YANDABO - BAGAN (B) Discover Yandabo morning ferry boat to Bagan.
This morning, enjoy a leisurely walk through the picturesque Yandabo village, where almost every person in the village is somehow involved in producing water pots. Learn about this profession and if you like you can even try to mould your own pot. Visit the local school, chat up with people while sipping a cup of tea in one of the local homes.
Return to hotel, freshen and enjoy the peaceful place on the banks of this magic river while waiting for the ferry to Bagan. The ferry will arrive in Yandabo before midday. Leisurely sailing downriver to Bagan, arrive Bagan in the late afternoon and transfer to your hotel. Should the river levels not be favourable alternate travel by road will be arranged.
Arrival transfer from Bagan ferry terminal and transfer your Bagan accommodation. Aureum Palace – Orchid / Jasmine lake view rooms
DAY 8 BAGAN (B) Discover Bagan tour.
Pick up from your hotel from where you start your private tour with a visit to the Nyaung U market, the largest market in the Bagan region which will give you a glimpse into local life.Continue with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples in Bagan. These include the Shwezigon Pagoda, a huge gilded temple built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century and Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-Inn), a 13th century temple with exquisite murals of the ‘Jataka Tales’ (scenes from the life of the Buddha). Continue to the eminent Ananda Temple; one of the finest and largest pagodas, with a 51-metre (170-foot) shimmering gold tip plus four huge standing-Buddha images and numerous seated figures arranged around the interior gallery.
Today, you will be met and transferred for your private journey to Mt Popa, an extinct volcano. After paying respects to the Nat Shrine at the foot of Mount Popa, you will climb the 777 steps to reach the mountain top monastery where powerful spirits are said to live.Enjoy lunch at Popa Mountain Resort.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight Operated: Daily between October & March, 5.30 to around 8.00 or 8.30am Price per person: US$285 approximately AUD $ 415.Imagine floating over thousand year old pagodas and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River, as the sun rises slowly from the horizon over the misty fields and temples. The magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for centuries. One of the most remarkable sights in Asia, where ancient temples dot the landscape as far as the eye can see. The flight duration is approx. 45min to 1hr depending on wind and air currents and other local factors. Balloons team will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to the launch site. After briefing session, set off for the spectacular flight. Upon landing enjoy glass of champagne and light snack prior transfer back to your hotel.
DAY 13 INLE LAKE (B,L) Shan Cooking Class morning tour (Including lunch)
After breakfast, you will by picked up by boat by either Mr. Min or his lovely wife, your chef for the cooking class this morning. First, you will visit the Mingalar market or 5-day rotating market. The chef explains how to shop, traditional bargaining and explains the ingredients being purchased.Then, you will drive for about 15-20 minutes to a beautiful “hidden” place on the lake.After a cup of tea, you will start with the cooking class and learn how to prepare 8-10 special Shan dishes. The Shan cuisine is famous for its refined taste and the possibility to make amazing dishes with just a few local ingredients. At the end, you will sit down to enjoy what you have created for lunch. You will also get a very nice recipe book of all the dishes to take home to impress your family and friends about your cooking. After lunch, you can go on a short canoe trip around the area to see some of the floating gardens and villages and back to the resort .Inle Princess resort – Lake House
After breakfast travel by private long-tailed boat across the lake to Indein, at the western end of Inle, for one of the most scenic trips on the Lake. Passing through the busy village of Ywama, the largest on the Lake, with many channels and tall teak houses on stilts; enter a long, often tree-lined canal, either side of which farmers cultivate their land against the backdrop of the Shan Hills.Disembark at the jetty and walk for 15 minutes through Indein village to reach the 14th – 18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak. Many pagodas here remain charmingly unrenovated, with plants and even small trees growing out of them, making the area very atmospheric. A covered walkway popular with souvenir stallholders leads up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather-beaten 17th – 18th century zedi; some newly reconstructed.
Your final journey on Inle Lake as you take your private boat from Inle Princess Resort to your road transfer to Heho airport. Economy class flight from Heho to Yangon with luggage. On arrival take your private transfer from Yangon Domestic airport to The Strand Hotel. Tonight you will have your Farewell to Myanmar evening dinner at The Strand Hotel. The Strand Hotel – Superior suite
DAY 16 YANGON - HOME (B)
Today check out and take your private transfer from The Strand Hotel to Yangon International Airport for your onward flight
MEALS = B: breakfast - L: lunch - D: dinner
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