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Wonders of Myanmar – Myanmar Family Holiday Tour – 13 Days

Mount Popa, Southern Myanmar
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For families that enjoy Adventures and fun experiences. We at DMC have created a fully guided and well planned tour so your family can enjoy your holiday without any worries. Our professional guides will make sure that you and your family are in good hands all the time.

On this fun filled Myanmar family holiday we travel to ancient land of great Burmese kingdoms filled with traditions, legends and beliefs that are very different to any other country. You will gain knowledge of these agent times and hear interesting legends along the way.

A wonderful country Where bicycle taxis are still common, men wear ”skirts”(longyis), ladies paint their faces with make-up made of tree bark and where people are very welcoming and friendly.

On this journey we take a boat trip to find the Irrawaddy dolphins that often help fishermen catching fish. We also visit an elephant camp near Kalaw. There you will get a chance to ride and give bath to the elephants. In Bagan we recommend to travel like Phileas Fogg, with a hot air balloon a wonderful flight over the ancient ruins of the kingdom.

Myanmar is a welcoming and safe country to travel and full of wonderful things to see and experience. Our company has a long experience of organizing Taylor-made trips all around Myanmar. DMC professional team will help you find hotels suited best for your family and guide you trough an unforgettable family holiday.

Yangon

Colonial architecture in Yangon.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO YANGON [-/-/-]

On arrival to Yangon airport, Discovery DMC guide will welcome you at Yangon international airport with name signboard and transfer you to your hotel. After freshening up at hotel we begin our Myanmar adventure with a short drive to Sule Pagoda at the heart of the city where we begin walking tour to the Colonial quarter of the British built Rangoon, passing many beautiful heritage buildings and bustling market streets.

Enjoy a tea break at the Strand Hotel, a luxury & land mark property in Yangon with over 100 years of history. Some of the country most famous artists works are on display here in the River Art gallery. We complete the day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda, a gleaming bell dome structure that dominates the city’s skyline.

Legends state that the sacred hairs of the Buddha are enshrined here. Just outside Shwedagon Pagoda we stop by a pond to feed the fish and turtles and continue to fascinating and lively market teeming with life. Like local pilgrims we buy some offerings that you can give to your birthday (weekday) Buddha.

  • Meals included:
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Yangon

Yangon

Colonial heritage Yangon

DAY 2: YANGON LIFESTYLE TOURING [B/-/-]

After breakfast we transfer to Nanthida jetty and cross the Yangon River with a local ferry to Dala village. In Dala we take bicycle “Trishaw” taxis and travel to local neighborhoods to observe typical Myanmar country side life. We make stops at Buddhist monastery and visit a local school. We can often see here local boys playing “Chinlon” . Game similar to volleyball but played with feet rather than hands.

We can make stop at local black smiths shop to see how iron is being forged to tools. From Dala we continue by local taxi to Twante a pottery village with many kinds of  workshops. We can also see how terracotta pots are made by hand and why not try to make your  own.  After simple lunch at local restaurant we return to Dala by car and cross the river with ferry back to Yangon and transfer to hotel for relaxation. Rest of the day is free for relaxing by hotel swimming pool.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Yangon

Inle Lake Inn Thar

Inn Thar fisherman sorting nets on Inle Lake.

DAY 3: YANGON – INLE LAKE [B/-/-]

Enjoy breakfast and then a car transfers you to the airport for flight to Heho, a quiet transit town with one of the few airport links in the beautiful hills of Shan State. Visit the bustling main Heho Market, the meeting point for different ethnic minority groups of the surrounding areas who are trading handmade goods and locally grown produce (on market days only).

En route to Inle Lake, we stop at a local family work shop to learn how Shan umbrellas and paper are made by traditional methods using the fibers of the mulberry tree. In Nyaung Shwe we visit tomato house and feed the seagulls like locals when we catch a boat to the lake.

On the lake we will see floating gardens/ islands where the vegetables of Inle Lake are grown. We will make a stop at the Nga Phe Kyaung monastery also known as the jumping cats monastery.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice by Inle lake

Inle Lake Inn Thein

Inle Lake, Inn Thein.

DAY 4: INLE LAKE & INN THEIN [B/-/-]

After breakfast we journey out by boat, following the currents of a small river to reach the Inn Thein Pagoda complex, a site that makes us feel as if we’ve stepped through a  time portal to different era. To access the complex, we walk through verdant bamboo groves that open up to a field covered with the ancient pagodas constructed over 1,000 years ago.

After observing the mysteries of Inn Thein we take boat back to the lake and visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the home of some of the country’s most sacred Buddha statues covered in gold leaf by devout followers. We also make a visit to the Inpawkhon weaving village to learn how local silks, linens and lotus fabrics are handmade and crafted.

As an extra treat, we stop at a house for Burmese cats built over the lake, where we see the preservation efforts and reintroduction of this rare pure breed of cats only seen in Myanmar.

At Nampan village, local craftsmen show us how Burmese cigars, or “cheroots,” are traditionally packed and rolled. We end our day with magnificent sunset canoe ride with boatmen who gracefully navigate and row perched on one leg.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice by Inle lake

Trekking in Kalaw

Kalaw Sesame fields

DAY 5: INLE LAKE – PINDAYA – KALAW [B/-/-]

After breakfast we transfer back to Nyaung Shwe and drive to Pindaya approx. 2.5 hours for a visit to its breath taking limestone caves. According to local legends there is a blocked secret passage in the cave leading to the ancient kingdom of Bagan. Another legend tells of seven princesses bathing in a lake and how they were captured by a giant spider and trapped in the cave to be rescued by Prince Kummabhaya of Yawnghwe. Sculptures of the spider and the prince aiming with his bow and arrow have been added in recent times at the entrance of the covered stairway to the caves. After cave visit we continue to British administration built hill station town of Kalaw.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Kalaw

Kalaw Elephant Camp

Kalaw Elephant Camp

DAY 6: KALAW – ELEPHANT CAMP [B/-/-]

After breakfast we take a stroll through the morning market of Kalaw to see what kind of merchandise the local town people and tribal folks are selling and buying. From Kalaw we drive 25km/ 45min to the Green Valley Elephant Camp. A conservation project created for looking after retired forestry elephants.

As we descend winding road from Shan state to Magwe division vegetation changes from pine wood to teak and bamboo forests. On arrival you will receive info briefing and refreshments before we walk to nearby river where you will have an opportunity to participate in feeding and washing the elephants.

Walk around the conservation area and spot butterflies, birds, orchids and take a ride on elephants back. (weather and elephants health condition providing) Enjoy lunch with panoramic views at the camp head quarter and continue with 5 hour drive to Mt Popa.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: At Mt Popa Resort perched on hill side with views to the Popa mountain.

Mount Popa

Mount Popa

DAY 7: MOUNT POPA & BAGAN [B/-/D]

Breakfast at hotel and a moment to enjoy great morning views over the mountain. Mt Popa is a volcanic plug created millions of years ago from a volcano eruption and one of the popular pilgrimage sites of ‘Nat’ spirits’ worshipers in Myanmar. After hearing Nat stories and legends from our guide, we can take a climb of 777 steps leading to a little temple located on top of the mountain.

You can feed snacks to the monkeys on the way but be careful of not going too near. From Popa we drive to Bagan 1.5 hour/50 km and make stop in a local rural village to see how people live in the country side. Our next stop is at palm sugar producing family’s hut.  You will see how the palm sugar is produced and toddy harvested from a sugar palm tree.

After check in to your hotel in Bagan you can take a break for swimming pool. Late afternoon we drive to tree nursery and help the local community by planting a tree. From here we continue to Old Bagan and take an ox or a horse cart ride through the mystical archaeological zone and end our day with magnificent sunset views from temple terrace or roof top. This evening we enjoy dinner and traditional marionette (puppet) show at a local restaurant in Bagan.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, dinner in a local restaurant
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Bagan

Bagan

Bagan

DAY 8: BAGAN [B/-/-]

We enjoy a breakfast at hotel and take half day Bagan sightseeing with bicycles or electric bikes. We will visit a lacquer ware workshop and learn how fine cups are made of horse hairs and bamboo and then decorated with gold and carvings.

Today’s visits includes Thanakha house where we see how Myanmar make up is made out of a tree bark. At Htilominlo temple we will see local artists in action, making sand paintings. The next destination is  Ananda temple with large standing Buddhas with different facial expressions. We also visit a local school and meet the students and continue to the golden Shwezigon Stupa.

The king of Bagan let his white elephant chose location for building a stupa where Buddha’s tooth was treasured inside. We will make quick stop at noodle makers house at Taung Bi village. Late afternoon we drive to boat jetty and embark on a relaxing sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy river accompanied with snacks and refreshments.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner in a local restaurant
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Bagan

Mahamuni Pagoda Mandalay

Mahamuni Pagoda,Mandalay

DAY 9: BAGAN – MANDALAY [B/-/-]

After breakfast you will get a car transfer to airport for flight to Mandalay. Discovery DMC local guide will welcome you at Mandalay airport and transfer you to Mandalay city 40km/1hr to your hotel. After check-in you can enjoy a stroll through the lively Zegyo market in the heart of the city to experience authentic local life.

The journey continues to the Artisan quarters, where some of the oldest craftsmanship’s are showcased dating back to last kingdom of Myanmar. We observe the process of pounding gold leaf, detailing teak wood carvings and embroidering Myanmar tapestry. We also see how bronze and marble Buddha statues are carved, cast and molded.

Next, we proceed to the major highlights of the city: the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda, housing one of the most significant Buddha images, covered in several tons of gold leaf and the crown prize in wars between competing kingdoms; the Golden Palace Monastery, the sole surviving Royal Palace building in Mandalay, offering a glimpse of the original style and architecture of the Myanmar royals; and lastly, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, a compound housing Buddha’s teachings carved in the sacred Pali script on stone tablets its regarded as the world’s largest book in terms of surface area.

We end our day with sunset panoramic views over city skyline on Mandalay Hill, the highest point of the city and visiting wish fulfilling Buddha.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mandalay

Ubein Bridge at sunrise, Mandalay, Myanmar

Ubein Bridge at sunrise, Mandalay, Myanmar

DAY 10: AVA (INWA) – SAGAING – AMARAPURA – UBEIN BRIDGE [B/-/-]

After breakfast at the hotel, we embark on a 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, and then exploring the small roads of Ava  by horse cart.

We visit the Bagaya teak Monastery, over three hundred years old yet well preserved and still in use by local monks; the Nanmyin watch tower, the last standing structure of the Ava dynasty palace compound also known as the “Leaning Tower of Ava”; and the Maha Aung mye Bonzan Monastery, a 300-year old architectural wonder with graceful archways.

We continue our days adventure 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.

We continue to another beautiful ancient capital, Amarapura, famous for its textile industries. There, we visit a cottage industry workshop to learn how Myanmar longyis and traditional fabrics are woven.

Continuing to the Ubein bridge, a simple yet remarkable teak structure that spans 1,2km over Taungtaman Lake, we have the option to be rowed onto the calm waters. Ubein Bridge, silhouetted by the setting sun, is a magical experience and a photographer’s dream.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mandalay

Ayeyarwady River

Ayeyarwady River

DAY 11: MANDALAY – SHINEMAGA – MYIT KAN GYI [B/L/D]

After Breakfast you are transferred to a boat jetty from your hotel where you will cruise upstream 3.5-4hrs to Shinemaga, a small riverside community along the Ayeyarwaddy river. There you can take a walk through local market and neighborhoods observing the local life. From here we continue upstream the river and afternoon have a walking tour at Myintkangyi village.

Late afternoon we will make dolphin watching excursion with local fishermen and their boats near the village and return back to our boat for sun downers.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: On our simple wooden river boat with shared facilities

Mandalay Mingun-Pagoda

Mandalay Mingun Pagoda

DAY 12: KANPHYU – MINGUN – MANDALAY [B/L/-]

Early wake up and more dolphin watching before breakfast. Today we will visit Kann Phyu village across the river and its warm hearten elderly peoples’ home and a monastery. We sail downstream approx. 3hrs to Mingun and visit unfinished Mingun pagoda cracked by an earth quake, the Mingun bell which is considered as largest unbroken bell in the world and the impressive Hsin Phyu Shin king’s pagoda. After the sights at Mingun we sail across the Irrawaddy River to Mandalay where our river journey ends. From the jetty a car transfers you  to your hotel in Mandalay.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch
Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mandalay

Mandalay

Mandalay

DAY 13: MANDALAY [B/-/-]

Breakfast at hotel and free at leisure until a car arrives to transfer you to Mandalay airport for your onward flight.

SUPERIOR HOTELS
Yangon: Green Hill Hotel 3*+
Inle Lake: Shwe Inn Thar Hotel 3*
Kalaw: Pine Hill Resort 2*
Popa: Popa Mountain Resort 3*
Bagan: Thazin Garden Hotel 3*
Mandalay: Shwe Taung Tarn Hotel 3*

DELUXE HOTELS
Yangon: Kandawgyi Palace Hotel 4*
Inle Lake: Pristine Lotus Resort 4*
Kalaw: Amara Mountain Resort 4*
Popa: Popa Mountain Resort & Spa 3*
Bagan: Tharaba Gate Hotel 4*
Mandalay:Mandalay Hill Resort 4*+


Contact Discovery DMC reservations department for prices! 

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR COSTING

  • Private tours and transfers with air conditioned vehicles as specified in our itinerary
  • 2 bottles of water & 2 refreshing towels per passenger per day
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guides (other language guides available with additional cost)
  • Lodging with breakfast as specified in the itinerary
  • Luggage handling fees at airports

NOT INCLUDED IN TRIP COSTING

  • Visa to Myanmar (note that pre-arranged visa is required for tourists)
  • International air fares or domestic air fares (always quoted and mentioned separately from tour package price)
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Peak season surcharges & Compulsory dinners during Xmas & New Year’s
  • Early check-in, late check-out. Normal check out time from hotels in Myanmar is 11am or 12 o’clock noon
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending
  • Camera & video fees. Some of the sites visited may ask small fees for photographing and video recording.
  • Tips & gratuities