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Taste of Myanmar Tour – 8 Days

Central Myanmar, Eastern Myanmar
  • 01Sunset at U Bein Bridge
  • 01Sunset at U Bein Bridge
  • 01Inle Lake
  • 01Mandala
  • 01Inle Sagar Pagodas
  • 01Inle & Sagar
  • 01Inle & Sagar
  • 01Bagan Highlights
  • 01Bagan Highlights
  • 01Bagan Highlights
  • 01Bagan Highlights
  • 01Bagan Highlights
  • 01Mandalay Mahar Myat Muni Pagoda
  • 01Mandalay Mahar Myat Muni Pagoda
  • 01Little Monks
  • 01Bagan Pagoda
  • 01Fishing-Boat-in-Sunset
  • 01Dhammayazika at Dusk Bagan
  • 01Bagan Bullocks
  • 01Bagan Highlights
  • 01Bagan Highlights
  • 01Hot Air Balloon Over Bagan
  • 01Hot Air Balloon Over Bagan
  • 01Hot Air Balloon Over Bagan
  • 01Hot Air Balloon Over Bagan
  • 01Hot Air Balloon Over Bagan
  • 01Hot Air Balloon Over Bagan

This compact Myanmar tour to the, “big four” destinations covering the, most popular cultural highlights of the country. Your trip starts from British administration constructed capital city, Yangon (Rangoon); where we visit the magnificent gold plate and gemstone decorated Shwedagon pagoda; take a stroll through quaint old quarter of Yangon enjoying sights and sounds of this bustling city.

Our journey continues northbound to Ancient Kingdom of Bagan, the greatest archeological treasure of Myanmar with over 4000 pagodas and temples ruins located on the plains Bagan by the Ayeyarwaddy River (Irrawaddy). Bagan was during its heyday one the greatest kingdoms in the World and is truly a magical destination to visit. From Bagan we continue to Mandalay for exploring Ancient Capitals of Myanmar (Burma) all situated near current Mandalay City. We visit; the last remaining palace building; centuries old teak wood monastery; the sacred Mahamuni Buddha’s temple; observe traditional gold leaf pounding, carving, tapestry and weaving in local workshops. We explore ruins of Ava kingdom by horse carriage and enjoy spectacular sunset from the Ubein teak bridge. (weather permitting).

From Mandalay we fly to Heho in Shan State, and explore the beautiful Inle Lake region inhabited by minority peoples. By Inle we visit Myanmar premier vineyard, markets, floating gardens and cultural highlights on the lake and vicinity. From Shan State we fly back to Yangon where we finish our Myanmar journey. Connect to your next destination or commence with your extension program.

Shwedagon pagoda

The sacred Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is believed to enshrine buddha’s hairs and is covered in gold and decorated with gemstones.

DAY 1 > YANGON LIFESTYLE CITY TOUR

On arrival to Yangon airport, you will be welcomed by Discovery DMC guide with a sign board and your name on it. Transfer to your hotel for check-in. After freshening up we will visit some of Yangon’s highlights; a walking tour to the quaint Yangon old quarter, built during the British colonial era unveils many charming historical buildings that are still located here. During our stroll through bustling market streets full of merchants and food stalls, we can visit some art galleries displaying talented local artists works. Enjoy a tea break at the Rangoon Tea Salon and try out one of the 16 different kinds of teas accompanied by the local favorite snack “La Phet” tea leaf salad.

Next we visit one of Asia’s architectural landmarks, the elegant Strand Hotel built by the Armenian Sarkies brothers like its sister property the Raffles Hotel in Singapore and continue our walk our walk through the city center passing mosque, Hindu temple and Jewish synagogue to Yangon’s to the bustling Bogyoke (Scotts) market, where hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of colour. (Please note that the market is closed on Mondays and on public holidays. Our vehicle will be nearby at all times so you can opt for driving anytime instead of walking.)

We take a short “trishaw” bicycle taxi ride through a local neighborhood off the beaten trails. At the root Singuttara hill we take a walk through lively streets filled with local fresh produce, and small shops making and selling all kinds of merchandise for Buddhist pilgrims. We complete the day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda, a gold covered bell dome structure that dominates the city’s skyline. Legends state that the sacred hairs of the Buddha are enshrined here. The Shwedagon is an iconic symbol of the country, a sight not to be missed.

Meals included:                –
Overnight stay:
                In Yangon, in hotel.

 

Bagan

Bagan


DAY 2 > EXPLORING KINGDOM OF BAGAN

After breakfast at hotel we begin our journey into the Ancient Kingdoms of Bagan. The Dhamayazeka Zedi is our first visit, providing panoramic views of the temple studded plains of Bagan. We continue to the Archaeological Museum and the gold gilded Swezigon Stupa, purported to contain a holy tooth relic of the Buddha. Not far from the stupa, the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple is a sight to behold, housing Bagan’s best preserved mural paintings of the Buddha’s Jataka re-incarnations. Next, we learn how Bagan’s famous lacquer ware crafts are produced in Myingaba Village, and then visit Htilominlo Temple to learn how Burmese sand paintings are created. The day’s temple tour ends with a visit to the beautifully symmetric and majestic Ananda Temple with its four standing Buddha images that seem to gaze at the viewer with fixed serenity wherever the viewer stands. For sunset, a bullock or horse cart ride around the temples offers unparalleled photo opportunities of one of the richest archaeological treasures in Southeast Asia as the sun dips behind the temple ruins (weather permitting).

  • Meals included:                Breakfast at hotel
  • Overnight stay:                 In a hotel in Bagan

 

Mandalay

Mandalay

 DAY 3 > MANDALAY HIGHLIGHTS                                        [B/-/-]                      

After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to Bagan airport for a 30 min flight to Mandalay. Transfer 40 km/1 hour to Mandalay City where enjoy a morning stroll through the lively Zegyo in the heart of the city and making stops at Burmese snacks and “thanaka” (make up) stalls. We continue to the artisan quarters, where some of the oldest craftsmanship is showcased dating back to last kingdom of Myanmar. 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 highlights of Mandalay: the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda, housing one of the most significant Buddha images in the country, covered in several tons of gold leaf and the crown prize in long past wars between competing Myanmar kingdoms; the Golden Palace Monastery, the only 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 slabs and 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.

  • Meals included:                Breakfast at hotel
  • Overnight stay:                 in Mandalay in hotel

 

Ubein Bridge Mandalay, Myanmar

Ubein Bridge at sunrise, Mandalay, Myanmar

DAY 4 > ROYAL KINGDOMS AVA (INWA) – SAGAING – AMARAPURA & UBEIN BRIDGE      [B/-/-]

After breakfast at the hotel, we discover the ancient kingdoms of Myanmar near Mandalay. First we drive 15km to Ava (Inwa), the ancient capital of the Shan and Burmese Kingdoms for over four centuries. We cross over the Myint Nge River by ferry and explore 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 Aungmye Bonzan Monastery building with its graceful curves and archways. We continue to the Ancient Kingdom Of Sagaing, located across the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. From the Sagaing Hills, we enjoy magnificent views overlooking the river and hill side covered with countless pagodas. Sagaing being one of the most important Buddhist centers in Myanmar we take the opportunity to visit a monastery or nunnery and learn about daily life to the devotees.  We continue to another beautiful ancient capital city, Amarapura, famous for its weaving traditions and Ubein Bridge, a simple yet strong teak structure that spans 1,2 km over Taungtaman Lake. The bridge silhouetted by the setting sun is one of the most magical experiences in Myanmar and a photographer’s dream.

  • Meals included:                Breakfast at hotel
  • Overnight stay:                 in Mandalay in hotel

     Inle Lake

    Fisherman acrobatics at Inle Lake


DAY 5 > INLE LAKE & RED MOUNTAIN ESTATE WINEYARD        [B/-/-]  

Enjoy breakfast and then transfer to the Mandalay airport for the 30 min flight to Heho, a quiet transit town with one of the few airport links in the beautiful hills of Shan State. On the way to Inle Lake, we stop at a local family’s house to see Shan umbrellas and paper making using traditional methods and fibres of the mulberry tree. Next, we take a 1-hour drive to Inle Lake that descends through the valley with views of the Shan mountains and rice paddy fields. Near Inle Lake, we visit the Red Mountain Estate to tour of the lush vineyard situated on the side of mountain, taste some of Myanmar’s premiere wines, and observe the different aging methods completed in their cellar cave. We embark on afternoon explorations by boat on Inle Lake, populated with floating islands and gardens made from the naturally tangled roots of water hyacinth plants and reeds. Delight in the picturesque sights of fishermen who balance and row with one leg, a technique indigenous to the Inn Thar minority group who do this only on Inle Lake. Visit the centuries old Nga Phe Kyaung monastery with beautiful Shan style Buddhas inside.

  • Meals included:                Breakfast at hotel
  • Overnight stay:                 On shore or on Inle Lake
Inle Lake Inn Thein

Inle Lake, Inn Thein.

DAY  6 > INLE LAKE & INN THEIN                                   [B/-/-]                                                    

After breakfast we journey out by boat, following the currents of a small river to reach Inn Thein, a site that makes us feel as if we’ve stepped through a forgotten portal in time. To access the Inn Thein archaeological site we walk through verdant bamboo groves that open up to a field covered with the ancient pagodas constructed over 1,000 years ago.  Continue by foot or by boat along tree shaded creek to Sae Ma village for a visit to local school. Meet the teachers and students, for a hello before taking a boat back to Inle Lake.

Rest of the day is for lake explorations, learn how the floating islands and cultivation’s are shaped and tended, marvel at lotus thread and garments making in Inn Phaw Khone village, visit the Ywama village known for its silver smith traditions. Time permitting we can visit the Burmese cats at Inn Thar Heritage House and end the day with scenic canoe ride propelled by leg rowers.

  • Meals included:                Breakfast at hotel
  • Overnight stay:                 On shore or on Inle Lake

 

Kalaw local train

Kalaw local train.

DAY 7 > INLE LAKE – KALAW BY TRAIN         [B/-/-]

After breakfast short drive to Shwe Nyaung and board the slow morning train to Kalaw. During the 3 hour ride the train will climb up to Shan highlands and plateau. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills and fertile farming land and mingle with the friendly locals. You will arrive to Kalaw lunch time. Explore Kalaw town, former summer hill station of the British and then transfer to Heho airport 45 min-1hr for your flight (1 hour) to Yangon. This evening visit Chinatown & 19th street where you will find many exotic street stalls and BBQ and beer stations.

  • Meals included:                Breakfast at hotel
  • Overnight stay:                 in Yangon in hotel
Yangon

Colonial heritage Yangon.

DAY 8 > DEPARTURE                                                    [B/-/-]                                                            

Free at leisure until transfer to Yangon airport for your onward flight.

  • Meals included:                Breakfast at hotel

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