Price £2,995 per person
A 19 day tour A 19 day tour full of exciting adventures from South to North Myanmar.
YANGON – BAGAN – INLE – PINDAYA – KALAW – THI THEIN – MONASTERY STAY – BOAT RIDE TO INLE – MANDALAY – AMARAPURA – MINGUN – HSIPAW – MAYMYO – PUTAO.
Price includes : Private car and English speaking local guides, hotels with daily breakfast, internal flights, flight Mandalay/Bangkok, visits and admission fees, boat rides, train journey Kyauk Mae-Naung Cho, lunch during visits, visa to Myanmar.
Price excludes : International flights, other meals, tipping and any service not specified.
Single supplement £895
DDeparture every Sunday ( Oct – May only )
Day 1 Scheduled flights to Yangon.
DAY 2 YANGON (-/-/-)
Arrive Yangon International Airport. Meeting with guide and transfer to Inya Lake Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Yangon.
DAY 3 YANGON (B/L/-)
Full day guided city tour of Yangon colonial city centre including the National museum and the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda to view the Reclining Buddha. After lunch excursion in downtown Yangon to view the Sule Pagoda, Mahabandoola Park, Scott market, India town and China town and the floating barge on Kandawgyi lake. Late afternoon transfer to the incredibly impressive Buddhist shrine of Shwedagon Pagoda. At sunset its gilded stupa, bathed in the fading rays, takes on a magical glow. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 4 YANGON/ BAGAN (B/L/-)
Early breakfast at the hotel before transfer to airport for the flight to Bagan. Transfer to your Hotel before embarking on a tour in the archaeological zone : Shwezigone Pagoda, the prototype of the first Myanmar Stupa, Kyansittha Umin, a tunnel bearing interesting features of fine mural paintings; Wetkyi – In Gyubyauk Gyi, a temple dedicated to Jataka Science, Htilominlo temple with its pilaster carving and Tharaba Gate, Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece of a Greek Cross and four huge standing Buddha images, Dhamayangyi massive brickwork temple, Manuha Temple with gigantic Buddha images. Evening enjoy a magnificent sunset view over Bagan from Shwesandaw Temple. Overnighht at Bagan Thande Hotel.
DAY 5 BAGAN (B/L/-)
After breakfast visit the colourful Nyaung Oo market and rest the the day explore the remaining temples & pagodas: Mingalazedi, Gubyaukkyi, Law-ka-nanda, Shwegugyi & Thatbyinnyu temples, Natlyaung Kyaung, and Pahtotharmyar. Lunch at local restaurant.
In In the afternoon, explore the countryside village of Minn Nan Thu, the least visited temple area in Bagan. Observe the local farmers’s way of life and visit to some of the most interesting temples such as Payathonzu, with its unusual architecture and Tantric Buddhism influence, Lemyethna and Nandamannya temples. Time permitting stop at MyinKaBa village to see lacquer-ware family workshops. Enjoy a last memorable Bagan sunset from a temple top. Overnight at Bagan Thande Hotel.
DAY 6 BAGAN / HEHO – PINDAYA – KALAW (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Heho, Shan State known for its colourful market, lake sceneries, country sites and especially its people, a mixture of tribal races.
Visit Pindaya Shwe U Min Pagoda (Golden Cave Pagoda) with thousands of Buddha images placed by pilgrims before continuing to Pindaya lake, paper & umbrella making industry.
Continue by road (about 1.5 hours) to Kalaw, surrounded by dramatic views of mountains, flowing rivers, tribal villages and bamboo groves. Situated at 1,300 m altitude, Kalaw has a cool temperature and is an ideal place for trekking trips. The population is a mix of Shan, Indian Muslims, Bamars (Myanmar) and Nepalis (Gurkhas retired from British military service), many of whom are missionary educated. This is a great place to relax for a while and enjoy the slow pace of life. You will find a number of churches such as Christ the King church and other British style buildings. Tudor-style houses sit amongst English rose gardens, making an interesting contrast to the traditional Burmese villages that surround the town.
There are still plenty of examples of Asian architecture in and around Kalaw. An interesting example is the Hnee Phaya, which is an old and highly revered pagoda featuring a Buddha image made from woven strips of bamboo. Also worth visiting is the Shweumin Pagoda, which is built inside a natural limestone cave. There are a number of Buddha images inside the cave that were commissioned by King Narapataesithu. Overnight at Amara Resort
Day 7 KALAW (Trekking)– Baw Nin Khong – THI THEIN (B/L/D)
After breakfast drive to Baw Nin Khong village (approx 1 hour). Walk to Khone Hla village via Tun Khong. After a break proceed to Pauk To village. After lunch, continue to Thi Thein. Total walking time : 3 hours. Dinner and overnight in a monastery or village house.
DAY 8 THI THEIN – KYAUK SU – NGUE – THAN DAUNG (B/L/-)
After breakfast half an hour walk to Kyauk Su followed by another 2.5 hours trekking trip to Than Daung via Ngue village. Picnic lunch. Board a boat at Than Daung jetty for a lake journey to the Inle Resort. Overnight at Inle Resort.
Day 9 INDEIN (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day lake excursion and environs by longtail boat including the five-day market ( subject to availability ) before heading to Indein, a 16th century temple site recently discovered. In the afternoon, visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the old Nga Phe Monastery with a beautiful collection of antique Buddha statues, but is more famous for its unique jumping cats that jump through hoops in the air !! Last visit of the day is traditional Intha Silks weaving village and the production of Inpawkhone & Burmese cigars in the cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. Overnight at Inle Resort.
DAY 10 INLE LAKE – HEHO / MANDALAY (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Time at leisure in the morning before boat transfer to Nyaung Shwe jetty for a 40 min drive to AyeTharYar vineyard for lunch. Then, transfer to Heho airport for flight to Mandalay. Transfer to Mandalay City Hotel.
DAY 11 MANDALAY ~ Mingun – Ava – Amarapura (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to Jetty. Enjoy an hour boat ride on the Ayeyarwaddy river to Mingun passing by picturesque river scenes of the local people’s daily life. Unlike Ava and Amarapura, Mingun was not a royal capital yet has many interesting sites to see. Visit the unmissable Mingun Bell weighing more than 87 tons and is more than 3.7 metres tall, the world largest uncracked bell, Hisnbyume unfinished Pagoda built as one of the world’s largest chedis by king Bodaw Phaya. Back to Mandalay for lunch then drive to another old capital, Innwa (Ava), a small town close to Amarapura. Visit Nan Myint watchtower, Maha-Aung-Mye-Bonzon monastery and Bagara monastery and also a small workshop where alms bowls are made for monks.
Then, drive to Amarapura for famous Mahaghandayone Monastery where one may observe the daily life of young monks studying Buddhism. At sunset take a nice stroll on the most famous U Bein teak bridge across the Taungthaman Lake. Overnight at Mandalay City Hotel.
DAY 12 MANDALAY – HSIPAW (B/L/-)
After breakfast, 5 hour drive to Hsipaw, (a pleasant small Shan town on the bank of the Dokhtawaddy river). En route enjoy the breathtaking sceneries of Shan state and learn about the life of different highland tribes. After Lunch, visit around Hsipaw to see the remnant of old Shan Princes who governed the city until 1962. Visit a few home industries like basket making, Pauk Pauk Soke making etc. Overnight at Charles Guest House.
DAY 13 HSIPAW– KYAUK MAE (by car) - PYIN OO LWIN (Maymyo) by train
Breakfast. Time permitting, enjoy a stroll in Hsipaw market. One hour dive to Kyauk Mae station. Enjoy a spectacular 4 hour train ride, at one point crossing the famous Gokteik viaduct. Picnic lunch on train Rejoin your car and driver at Naung Cho & drive on to Pyin Oo Lwin. Overnight at The Aureum Resort Hotel .
Day 14 PYINN OO LWIN – MANDALAY (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Many reminders of the colonial era are still present in Pyin Oo Lwin, including brick and timber houses. Enjoy a traditional horse and carriage ride through the town and walk around the beautiful recently renovated Botanical Gardens. Visit the local market in the centre of the town near to the clock tower. In the afternoon take an excursion to the impressive Pwe Kauk waterfalls, north of Pyin Oo Lwin. In mid-afternoon, two hour drive to Mandalay. Transfer to hotel & check-in. Panoramic sunset view from the top of Mandalay Hill. O/N at Mandalay City Hotel.
DAY 15 MANDALAY / PUTAO (B/L/D)
Morning Mandalay sightseeing tour including Maha-myat-muni Pagoda (the most revered Buddha image in Mandalay), Kuthodaw Pagoda, also known as the world’s largest book, a collection of more than 700 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings, Shwe-nan-daw Kyaung (the Golden Teak Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings). Later transfer to airport for flight to Putao via Myitkyina). Welcome to Putao! After setting in your chalet, walking tour in and around Putao. Dinner and overnight at Putao Trekking House.
DAY 16 PUTAO ( B/L/D )
Full day excursion to Machanbaw, Namkham along upper Malikha river.
DAY 17 PUTAO/MANDALAY (B/L/-)
Fly back to Mandalay .Overnight at Mandalay City Hotel.
Day 18 MANDALAY/BANGKOK (B/-/-)
Transfer to airport for flight home via Bangkok
Day 19 Arrive home