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Burmese Days is a delightful 5-day Myanmar tour program that immerses you in the essence of Myanmar. Traveling across the major cities of Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake, you can expect to see a country that has not changed significantly since George Orwell's famous classic Burmese Days. However, it is imperative that you discover for yourself Myanmar's wondrous sights and friendly people in order to fully experience the charm of this captivating country.
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Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your Guide who will accompany you as you transfer to your hotel.
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.
Venture downtown to explore the city centre and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia. You’ll start at the post office – a lovely historic building- and walk to SulePaya in the middle of downtown, passing by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument along the way. Then visit Little India and Chinatown, a colorful cacophony of restaurants, temples and markets. Reach Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, where there is time to browse through the dozens of stalls and shops. This is Yangon’s best market for handicrafts and other goods. (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays).
Continue to a local tea shop for a chance to experience an integral part of Burmese life: drinking tea! Select from an array of snacks and enjoy a coffee or tea as you sit amid businessmen, friends and families who gather at the tea shop to socialize or conduct business.
Next your guided tour goes to Kandawgyi Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. Here you will see the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge, with the vast lake and views of Shwedagon in the background. Depending on the day of your visit, Kandawgyi may be busy with local families who come here on the weekend to relax in the fresh air.
From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend states that the original structure was built 2500 years ago then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 8-sided central stupa is 99 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas and your guide will show you around the massive complex, explaining why this temple is so revered. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.
Overnight in Yangon.
After an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Yangon's Mingaladon Airport for a flight to Bagan (NyaungOo).
Today’s excursion visits a range of sites, providing a great overview of Bagan’s history, culture and local lifestyles.
The journey begins at Thagyar Pone Temple, a temple with spectacular views over the surrounding plains. This is the perfect introduction to the grandeur and scope of Bagan’s architecture. Next continue to Ananda Temple, one of the most revered temples in Bagan, which is quiet in the morning, before all the tour buses arrive.
Afterwards we will go to Myinkaba Village and Gubyaukgyi Temple, noted for its beautiful mural paintings on its inner walls and well-preserved plaster carvings on its exterior. Nearby is Manuha Temple and Nan Paya Temple, two smaller temples with nice Buddha statues and stone work.
Then, learn more about the local culture with a visit to two workshops producing Bagan’s most famous products: lacquer ware and wood crafts. Watch as the skilled craftsmen use techniques passed down through generations to create these beautiful items. Take a break with lunch (Client’s account) and then return to your hotel for a short rest, escaping the extreme heat of the midday sun.
Board a private river boat and set off upriver toward KyaukGu U Min. Throughout your Irrawaddy river cruise you will be treated to fabulous scenes of life on the water: fishermen, local ferry boats, riverside villages and views of the Bagan temples. You’ll stop at SaeLan village and go ashore for a short walk. SaeLan is typical of the riverside villages along the Irrawaddy. The friendly people work as farmers and fishermen, living a simple but happy life. (SaeLan village visit available depends on water level)
Continue by boat to KyaukGu U Min on the eastern side of the river where a five to ten minute walk takes us to the temple. After your exploration of KyaukGu U Min, you’ll return to the boat for a relaxing cruise back to Bagan (around 1 hour). Transfer back to your hotel upon reaching Bagan.
Overnight in Bagan.
OPTIONAL SPECIAL DINNER IN BAGAN
Starting in October, the luxury river cruiser Belmond Road to Mandalay will open its doors to a limited number of outside guests on Friday and Saturday evenings for an exclusive dining experience mid-river near Bagan. Diners will have the opportunity to experience Belmond’s signature five-star service and cuisine while enjoying our newly-renovated dining venue on the Observation Deck, the largest outdoor space on any ship in Myanmar. The Road to Mandalay Grill is the perfect spot for an unforgettable meal in one of the country’s most incredible cultural destinations.
Contact our travel consultant for more details.
After breakfast, transfer to NyaungOo Airport for a flight to Heho.
From Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads to NyaungShwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. We will also stop in NyaungShwe for a trishaw tour around town, winding our way through the quiet streets past nunneries, monasteries and local houses. Visit the ‘tomato’ house where the lake’s freshly picked produce is sorted and distributed up country. If the local market is being held in town, we will also stop in for a visit.
Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles.
Continue to PhaungDawOo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf.
Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand.
If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.
Overnight on Inle Lake.
After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day).
Then, continue to the western banks of the lake and travel down a small canal to Indein. Indein is a Pa-Oh village known for its stupa-covered hill at AlaungSitthou. Spend time exploring Indein on foot, strolling around the village and making your way to the top of Alaung Sitthou where you can wander amid the weather-beaten stupas and enjoy magnificent views of the lake below.T
his afternoon, transfer to Heho Airport for the flight to Yangon. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Yangon.
Depending on flight time, there may be time to embark on one of our half day tours. These unique ‘insiders’ tours offer something for everyone (note: supplemental charge will be applied)
Blessings Trail: Discover the rich mixture of cultures and religions in Yangon with this half day walking tour. Visit Hindu Temples, Synagogues, Churches and Mosques as well as unique Burmese spiritual places including nat shrines and fortune tellers. Along the way, we’ll also explore markets, tea shops and other lively local sites in the busy downtown area.
Yangon for Foodies: Get a taste for Burmese food and culture with our half day guided ‘Yangon for Foodies’ tour. Visit some of the city’s best fresh markets, sample tasty treats, sip a cuppa with the locals in a tea shop and enjoy a traditional curry lunch. From the sweet (fried donuts) to the strange (fermented tea leaf salad), you’ll get to try it all! (Lunch included)Pilgrimage Tour: Trace the path of a Yangon legend that stretches back 2000 years on our guided
Pilgrimage Tour. Visit three stupas where many years ago sacred Buddha relics, brought from India, were enshrined by two merchant brothers. Join local pilgrims on this fascinating spiritual journey. (Note: although this program visits Shwedagon Pagoda again, we will visit it in the morning when the activities and atmosphere is very different to seeing it in the evening)
Art Gallery Tour: Explore traditional and modern Burmese art with a guided tour of Yangon’s art scene. Visit a selection of local galleries displaying paintings, sculptures and photographs from famous art pioneers and emerging young artists.
Transfer to the Yangon airport in time for your departure flight.
PRIVATE TOUR RATE: Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person double occupancy, 3 star hotels, applied for HIGH SEASON from 01 Oct 2016 to 30 April 2017
Land Tour/ pp
3 Domestic Flights/ pp
PRIVATE TOUR RATE: Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person double occupancy, 3 star hotels, applied for LOW SEASON from 01 May 2016 to 30 Sept 2016
Land Tour/ pp
3 Domestic Flights/ pp
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