HIGHLIGHTSExplore in-depth the local food and culture of Myanmar
DURATION9 days / 8 nights
DEPATURESDaily on a Private basis
PRICE FROMOn request
- Professional English speaking guide
- Driver and a/c vehicle
- Entrance fees as per itinerary
Day 01: Yangon
Upon arrival to Yangon airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel.
Enjoy a traditional Burmese style lunch at Feel restaurant which offers a variety of Burmese traditional cuisine such as noodles, fish- and meat curry, yellow lentil soup, a variety of salads and different desserts. Afternoon the tour through Yangon’s city starts with the visit of Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years and the magnificent reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi. After a photo stop at the Karaweik Hall, a barge on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake, stroll through the Bogyoke (Scotts) market (closed on Mondays and on public holidays) with hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores. Complete your first day in Myanmar with an extended visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda. Experience a East Meets West Dinner – a fusion of taste – at Le Planteur, the best restaurant in Myanmar. Overnight stay at Chatrium Hotel or similar. LD
Day 02: Yangon-Bagan
After breakfast start your day by exploring the best of Myanmar’s food. Visit one of the main morning markets in China town on 18th Street. Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables as well as fish and meat are offered to sell by many vendors, including – among the variety of dipping Sauces – the famous Balachaung (a mix of fish paste, chili and garlic). At one of the busy noodle shops, where workers and students have their breakfast before starting the day, you will have the opportunity to get in contact and interact with local people. From China town proceed to the Indian quarter – a short journey between two different cultures and visit the colourful “Iron“ market”. Your lunch based on Bariani (yellow rice dish with chicken or mutton will be served at one of the typical Indian restaurant. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for a domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, visit the most significant pagoda of Bagan the Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine. Dinner and overnight stay at Aureum Palace Hotel or similar. BLD
Day 03: Bagan
Today after breakfast you will visit the colourful Nyaung Oo Market and have a stop at one of the tea shop to taste a cup of sweet Burmese tea (called le peth). After that visit BuLei Thee Pagoda, noted for its panoramic view of the area’s numerous monuments and Ananda Temple, with four standing Buddha images.
Enjoy lunch at a typical Burmese restaurant, which is popular with local pilgrims, and taste a variety of Burmese dishes. Among them vegetable tempura and “Pone Yay Gyi” a specialty from Bagan – dark brown colour bean paste served with onions and rice.
In the afternoon learn of manufacturing Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts and visit a lacquer ware craftsmen’s workshop in nearby Myinkaba village. Later continue to Manuha Temple, built in Mon style in 1059 and explore the Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument which according to legends used to be palace site of the King Manuha. Visit Archaeological Museum housing countless beautiful Buddha images of made of bronze, stone and lacquer. Complete the day by watching sunset over the majestic Ayeyarwaddy River from a temple top.
Dinner at a riverside restaurant and overnight stay at Aureum Palace Hotel or similar. BLD
Day 04: Bagan-Mandalay
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Thereafter experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay. The Shwe Inbin Monastery; the Golden Palace Monastery, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda the world’s largest book made of marble. Visit also one of the most revered religious monuments in Myanmar, the Mahamuni Pagoda. Mandalay is also a major crafts center; visit a Kalaga tapestries craftsmen’s shop before proceeding to Mandalay Hill for sunset. Lunch will be to your own account. Dinner at “A little bit of Mandalay” restaurant and overnight stay at Mandalay Hill Resort or similar. BLD
Day 05: Mingun – Mandalay-Amarapura
After breakfast an excursion by boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River will take you to Mingun, about 11 km (1 hour) upriver from Mandalay. Your visit will start with the Mingun Bell, a magnificent sight of the world’s largest un-cracked bell weighing 90 tons. Visit Settawaya Pagoda and continue to Hsinbyume Paya as well as the unfinished Mingun Paya, built as one of the world’s largest stupa by King Bodaw Paya. Return by boat to Mandalay and proceed by car or bus Amarapura, 15 km from Mandalay. Visit Bagaya Monastery, an interesting collection of Buddha statues. Afterwards observe a beautiful sunset at the 200-year-old U Bien teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the Royal capita. Head then back to Mandalay. Lunch at own expense & dinner at Mandalay Hill Resort. Overnight stay at Mandalay Hill Resort or similar. BD
Day 06: Mandalay
A Day in a life of a Monk
Pick up at your hotel and transfer to a traditional Mandalay neighborhood to participate in Soon Offering. Soon offering is practiced throughout the country when monks line up along to streets to receive food donations from local people. Return to hotel for breakfast. Before becoming a monk one has to visit a monk accessory shop as 8 items are needed before joining a monastery. We will visit such a shop and then continue to an astrologer (please note that the astrologer might ask for a donation directly from clients). It is of utmost importance to join monkshood on a suitable date and the astrologer will explain the philosophy and how such a date is calculated. Continue to a monastery where you will observe the educational as well as religious side of monkshood and see how the monks eat the last meal of the day in total silence. Return to your hotel. The rest of the day it’s free at your leisure. Dinner and overnight at Mandalay Hill Resort or similar. BD
Day 07: Mandalay-Heho-Inle Lake
After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival, drive to Nyaung Shwe (32 km – 1 hour) and transfer to your hotel by boat.
Time for an excursion by boat on the Inle Lake. See the famous Inntha leg rowers, floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and magnificent scenery. You will visit the Phuangdaw Oo Pagoda, one of the most sacred shrines in Myanmar, dating back to the 18th century; the weaving village of Inpawkhon and one of the local markets in the Inle Lake region (on market days only).
Taste”Meeshay” a typical shan noodle soup and more at the Bamboo grove lat Bunkan Village.
Travel by boat to the Southern part of the Inle Lake and dock by a natural canal, well aside from the busy and often traveled parts of the lake. Your local style lunch is set in the middle of nature; by a bamboo grove, a meadow, canal and paddy fields. You can see locals gliding by in their boats while enjoying your outdoor lunch in the shade of the bamboo grove. The food is typical Shan cuisine. Dinner and overnight stay at Inle Princess Resort built on stilts over Inle Lake or similar. BLD
Day 08: Inle Lake
After breakfast board a boat to the Western Shore of Inle Lake, where you will find the beginning of a stair path leading to the Inn Thien Pagoda complex.
Visit a traditional Inn Thar village where most of the houses are built on stilts over the Inle Lake and join a cooking lesson in an Inn Thar House. The cook will show how to prepare local curry (usually fish ball curry) prepared in traditional ways. You will be welcomed to participate in the cooking activities. This cooking class is a unique event and unforgettable experience. You will eat your own cooked lunch. The rest of the day it’s free at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at Inle Princess Resort built on stilts over Inle Lake or similar. BLD
Day 09:Inle Lake-Heho-Yangon
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Yangon. The rest of the day is at your leisure for relaxing, shopping or sightseeing until transfer to the airport for your next flight. The guide and car remain at your entire disposal until your international departure flight or you may like to extend your stay in Yangon. B