MYANMAR FAMILY HOLIDAY

This guided tour will introduce you to the cultural highlights and most famous destinations in Myanmar. From the bustling streets of Yangon to the awe-inspiring temple plains of Bagan.

Experience the different life and culture on our Myanmar Family Tour, make new friends and meet the friendly locals, learn about the magical legends and tales of the mighty kingdoms and mysterious spirits and their worshipers. Explore temples of Bagan on e-bikes and take snapshots of magical sunsets from a temple top. In Kalaw you can hike nature trails and visit some of the minority villages. On a visit to Magwe Elephant camp learn from “oozies” elephant care takers how to feed and wash the animals. Help the reforestation project and plant a tree. Before returning back home enjoy beach time, play games, swim and snorkel in the clear waters of Myanmar’s premier, Ngapali Beach.

PRICE:From
DURATION:7 Days / 6 Nights
TOUR STYLE:Cultural & Heritage
DESTINATIONS:Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake,
TOUR CODE:
DEPARTURES:Daily (Private Departures)
STARTS:In Yangon
ENDS:In Yangon
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At a glance

Highlights

  • Colonial Yangon & Swedagon Pagoda
  • Temples of Ancient Kingdom of Bagan
  • Mesmerizing Inle Lake, minorities & boat trips

Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1: Arrival. Yangon sights and highlights
  • DAY 2: Flight to Bagan. Bagan temples & arts
  • DAY 3: Bagan local life & e-biking
  • DAY 4: Flight to Heho & boat excursion on Inle Lake
  • DAY 5: Indein, Cottage Industries, leg rowers boat ride
  • DAY 6: Free time to explore lake. Pm flight to Yangon
  • DAY 7: Transfer to Yangon airport for your flight

Tour Details

On arrival to Yangon airport, Discovery DMC guide will welcome you with name signboard and transfer to your hotel. After freshening up we begin our Myanmar adventure with a short drive to Kandawgyi Park and lake to see golden goose “hamsa bird” shaped Karaweik hall. There is a play park nearby for small kids and lake side restaurants and cafes for snacks.

We continue with a short drive to a local quarter nearby and hop on tree wheeler bicycle taxi “trishaw” for a ride through local neighborhood teeming with life. From here we continue to the foot of the Singuttara Hill and one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda, nearly 100m tall gleaming bell dome structure decorated with gold and gemstones rising above the city.
Legends state that the sacred hairs of the Buddha are enshrined here. Thus you will see many Buddhist devotees and pilgrims of all ages spending time at the pagoda. After finding our your zodiac animal and pouring a few cups on your corner Buddha we can stop by and feed the turtles and carp fish living in a nearby pond or walk through fascinating and lively market street full of flowers and shops selling offerings and souvenirs to the pilgrims.

Early evening enjoy 1hr Myanmar marionette theatre show and after the show you will have opportunity to try yourself and learn how the puppets are made.

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

Enjoy breakfast and then transfer to the airport for the 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 to trade handmade goods and locally grown produce (on market days only). En route to Pindaya, we stop at a local family’s house to learn how Shan umbrellas and paper are made by traditional methods using the fibres of the mulberry tree. We then transfer 1.5hrs to Pindaya for a visit to its 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. Unless you could find the secret passage we will continue with drive to Kalaw for overnight stop.

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

After breakfast at your hotel we transfer 25km/ 45min from Kalaw to the Magwe Elephant Camp on a winding road descending to forested valley. On arrival info briefing and refreshment before we walk to nearby river where you will have an opportunity to participate in feeding and washing the elephants. Participate in tree planting in reforestation efforts and walk around the conservation area and spot butterflies, birds, orchids and take a ride on the elephant back. (weather and elephants health condition providing) Enjoy lunch with panoramic views at the camp head quarter before transferring back to Kalaw in the afternoon. Rest of the day is free for exploring Kalaw town and surroundings.

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

Activities day in Kalaw. Hike to the viewpoint through forested track climbing to the summit ridge of mountain range near Kalaw and enjoy lunch at Nepalese family’s hut. You could alternatively take bicycles or tuk tuk and explore the countryside roads around Kalaw, ride to a man-made lake in the middle of nearby forest reserve, or simply relax and enjoy facilities and slow paced life of Kalaw hill station town where many colonial era mansions still remain until today.

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

After breakfast 1.5 hr drive to Inn Thein passing through fertile farming region. Cabbages, gourds, courgettes, cauliflower and garlic grow well here. As we get closer to Inle Lake small hills grow to mountains and we will pass over them and descend down to Inle Lake valley and visit Inn Thein,a site that makes us feel as if we’ve stepped through a forgotten portal in time. 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. From Inn Thein we continue by boat to the lake following a winding river shadowed by bamboo groves and will have home cooked lunch in a house built on stilts over the lake. This afternoon we will do sightseeing on the lake and marvel at the skilled Inn Thar fishermen balancing on one foot on their canoes and locals tending their floating farms where most of Myanmar’s tomatoes come from. As 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 felines to Myanmar. The Burmese are very friendly and like to climb, so don’t be scared if a cat will climb up to your shoulder to cuddle. 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 on shore of the Inle Lake

Wake up by the beautiful Inle Lake and get ready for the day’s activities. Enjoy hiking or cycling excursion by the lake there are several options depending how long and hard you want to go. We can organize catered picnics or special floating lunch on the lake or cooking classes in Nyaung Shwe where you will go with local chef to the Nyaung Shwe market and get back to the restaurant to prepare food. The two Myanmar’s premier wine estates are located near the lake and can be visited as part of days’ cycling excursion. Tasting and food is available at both Red Mountain and Ayethaya wine yards.

This day will be customized to meet your family needs and likes.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel on shore of the Inle Lake

After breakfast, transfer 1 to Heho airport for flight to Bagan. Bagan is the greatest of all Kingdoms in Myanmar. Thousands of brick constructed temples remain as a reminder of its by gone glory over thousand years ago. Our journey to Ancient Kingdoms of Bagan starts with a visit to the beautiful gold gilded Swezigon Stupa purported to contain a holy tooth relic of Buddha. The location of the stupa was chosen by royal white elephant. Next to the Shwezigon our guide will share the stories of Nat spirits who used to be real people that had faced sudden destiny and became saints. We continue to Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple to see best preserved mural paintings in Bagan and then continue to Nyaung Oo Market, the largest market in Bagan. Enjoy refreshment or a cup of Myanmar tea with your guide in a tea shop and get a feel of local life in Bagan. Next we continue to the Thanaka House. Thanaka make-up of Myanmar, the yellow tree bark paste that you will often see applied on the cheeks of ladies and children. In old Bagan we climb up to the terrace of Shwe Sandar temple, the highest in Bagan, and delight with panoramic views over temple dotted plains of Bagan and the Ayeyarwaddy River.

From here we continue to one of the most impressive temples of Bagan the Dhammayangyi, known for its fine brick work and legends of cruel king who constructed it. In the afternoon we journey to Myingaba Village and learn how famous Bagan lacquer-ware crafts are produced and decorated with traditional methods.

Next we will visit the beautiful Htilominlo temple. If lucky you might be able to see local artists making sand paintings here. We conclude the day’s sightseeing with a visit to beautifully symmetric Ananda Temple with its four standing Buddha images inside and continue by decorated bullock cart to witness a magical sunset behind the temples (weather permitting). Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with traditional Myanmar puppet show.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Bagan

Yangon

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JASMINE PALACE HOTEL

Comfort

Modern city hotel in Yangon with excellent location. Jasmine Palace Hotel presents good value and high standards is the perfect base for exploring the city’s highlights.

Bagan

Bagan Umbra Hotel

HOTEL UMBRA

Comfort

Charming garden resort near Old Bagan. Hotel Umbra is one of our favourite hotels in Bagan. It was recently renovated and reconstructed. Particularly the Grand deluxe rooms are nice with modern and spacious facilities.

Inle Lake

RED CANAL HOTEL

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Mandalay

RED CANAL HOTEL

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What's Included

  • WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR COSTINGPrivate 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
    Meals as specified in the itinerary
    Luggage handling fees at airports
    NOT INCLUDED IN TRIP COSTINGVisa 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
  • Private tours and transfers with air-conditioned vehicles as specified in our itinerary
  • 2 bottles of water & 2 refreshing towels per passenger per day
  • Lodging with breakfast as specified in the itinerary
  • Luggage handling fees at airports
  • Entrance fees or zone fees
  • English speaking guide(other languages guide can be provide with additional charges)

What's Not Included

  • Visa to Myanmar (note that pre-arranged visa is required for tourists)
  • All entrance fees or zone fees
  • Domestic Airfares (always quoted and mentioned separately from tour package price)
  • International air fares
  • 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
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and expenses of personal nature
  • Camera & video fees. Some of the sites visited may ask small fees for photographing and video recording.

Tips & gratuities

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The program worked out just great with fantastic guides and drivers, always on time and so friendly and knowledgeable. I will definitely recommend this to friends and colleagues who want to travel to Myanmar and are limited on time.

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