THE SECRETS OF CHIN

  
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This tour takes visitors to the least developed state of Myanmar, Chin state in the West of the country bordered by Bangladesh and India. Chin is sparsely populated and has its land covered by densely forested hills, mountains and rivers making it an ideal place for nature lovers. Climb Mount Victoria, discover remote villages, meet friendly Chin people, tattooed women with extraordinary stretched ear lobes and much more....

Price £1,695 per person. CODE MCH.

MANDALAY - BAGAN – KANPETLET – MINDAT – MONYWA

Best time to go : November – March only

Price includes : Visa for Myanmar, private a/c 4WD vehicle, hotels as specified with daily breakfast, lunch at local restaurant and lunch box during excursions, dinners in Kanpetlet & Mindat, English Speaking local guide, Bagan zone fee and admission fee to Nat Ma Taung National Park in Chin State, internal flight Mandalay/Bagan, pick-up truck and porter fees for excursions to Phoe Win Hill & Shwe Ba Hill in Monywa.

Price excludes : International flights to/from Mandalay, other meals, drinks, tipping and any sevrice not specified.

DAY 01 Fly to Mandalay.

DAY 02 MANDALAY (B/-/-)
On arrival at Mandalay international airport go through Immigration & Customs before meeting with our representative for the transfer to Yadanarpon Dynasty Hotel in the city centre. Rest of the day is at leisure.

DAY 03 MANDALAY/BAGAN (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Car transfer to the airport for a morning flight
to Bagan for a free day. Overnight at Areindmar Hotel.
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DAY 04 BAGAN – KANPETLET (B/L/D)
After breakfast, car journey to Kanpetlet via Chauk, Seik Phyu and Saw. This 7 hour drive will take you down from the flat and dry plain of Bagan region to Chin state. On the way you will see many teakwood distribution places, and oil wells (the latter only around Chauk). Lunch enroute in one of the local restaurants. Arrive in Kanpetlet in late afternoon. Dinner & overnight at The Floral Breeze Resort.

DAY 05 MOUNT VICTORIA (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a scenic drive up to the base camp. There start an easy hike about 3 miles up to the Mount Victoria peak, the highest in Chin state (over 3,000 m ). Picnic lunch and spend some time bird watching before walking down. Back to Kanpetlet on the same route. Dinner & overnight at The Floral Breeze Resort.

DAY 06 KANPETLET - MINDAT (B/L/D)
visit asia - tours to asiaAfter breakfast, leaving Kanpetlet for Mindat (about 3 hrs drive). Visit a local weaving workshop and meet the women who can play flute with their nose. Lunch during visits. Dinner & overnight at Mountain Oasis Resort.

DAY 07 MINDAT - PAN OLK VILLAGE (B/L/D)
Breakfast served at a local teashop. Enjoy a stroll in the local market, where you have the chance to meet Chin women with their tattooed faces. In the old times the most beautiful girls used to tattoo their faces to escape kidnapping by the king who would make them his concubines. However according to other sources of information, the locals believed that after death, the soul would travel to Mount Meru and a woman without tattoo on her face would not be allowed access through the mountain gate. After lunch at a local restaurant drive for half an hour on a scenic mountain road to the Pan Olk village. Walk around to see more traditional Chin houses, women with tattooed faces, and ancient stone tombs. The villagers cremate the dead and put the belongings of the deceased in the tombs together with the ashes. Return to Mindat and enjoy the sunset over the Chin Hills. Dinner & overnight at Mountain Oasis Resort.

DAY 08 MINDAT – PAKKOKHU – MONYWA (B/L/-)
Prepare for an approximate eight hours drive from Mindat to Pakokku where we stop for lunch and a brief visit to the local market and Shwe Mu Daw pagoda. Continue by road to Monywa. Overnight at Win Unity Resort Hotel.

DAY 09 MONYWA – MANDALAY (B/L/-)
visit asia - tours to asia visit asia - tours to asia After breakfast visits to the main attractions in Monywa including Thambuddhei Paya temple, a Buddhist temple with a huge stupa resembling Indonesia's Borobudur. It dates from 1303, although it was reconstructed in 1939. It is said to contain over 500,000 images of Buddha. Close by is the Bodhi Tataung Laykyun Setkyar Standing Buddha statue, the second-tallest statue in the world, at a total of 129 m. Then drive to the west bank of the river and join a pick up truck for a ride up to Pho Win Hill and Shwe Ba Hill on the west bank of Chindwin river. There are about 900 sandstone caves which contains many carved Buddha images and well preserved mural paintings. Some caves have beautiful exterior decorations and contain large collections of ancient Buddha images some of which have been covered in gold leaf by local pilgrims. The tour finishes with a visit to local fruit & vegetable farms. Lunch during visits. Later in the afternoon continue by road to Mandalay. Overnight at Yadanarpon Dynasty Hotel hotel.

DAY 10 DEPARTURE (-/-/-)
After breakfast transfer to Mandalay International airport for flight home or extension to Inle lake.