CULINARY MYANMAR – FOOD TOUR

10 Days | yangon - bagan - inle lake - yangon

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.

A Gastronomic adventure to Myanmar’s diverse destinations and savouring their unique cuisines. On this Myanmar foodie tour you will snack and dine at many locals and our favourite eateries and at home as guest of a local family. Myanmar Culinary food tour covers the most famous cultural highlights of the country Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake. You can conveniently combine your trip with a beach extension to Myanmar’s pristine Ngapali Beach.

PRICE:From
DURATION:10 Days / 9 Nights
TOUR STYLE:Cultural & Culinary
DESTINATIONS:Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake,
TOUR CODE: MMFD10D
DEPARTURES:Daily (Private Departures)
STARTS:In Yangon
ENDS:In Yangon
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At a glance

Highlights

  • Savouring diverse cuisine of Myanmar
  • Learning local dishes in fun cooking class
  • 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: Full day Yangon and Dala explorations
  • DAY 3: A.m. flight to Bagan. Bagan introduction
  • DAY 4: Bagan temples & highlights
  • Day 5: A.m. flight to Mandalay. Visit city highlights
  • Day 6: Cooking class & ancient royal capitals
  • Day 7: A.m. flight to Heho. Boat trip over Inle Lake
  • Day 8: Cooking class & visit to the vineyard
  • Day 9: Inle Lake highlights boat tour
  • Day 10: Flight to Yangon

Tour Details

Upon arrival at the Yangon International Airport you will be welcomed by Discovery DMC guide and a signboard with your name on it and transferred to hotel. In the afternoon, after some rest and freshening up we will start our introduction to the rich food food culture of Myanmar with a walking tour in a vibrant and lively center of the city situated around the ancient Sule Pagoda. Many charming historical buildings are located there dating back to the times of the British Burma.

Our walk begins from the colorful Konezaytan street and down to the bustling Teingyi Zay. We watch vendors at numerous little street shops preparing all kinds of traditional Burmese and Indian style dishes as we cross the “Little India” quarter and head further eastwards in the direction of “China Town”. There, colorful street stalls are always full of fruits, vegetables and flowers at any time of the day.

Your guide will show you some of the local favorite shops selling varieties of noodles, meat satay and refreshing juices. As the day approaches its end we continue to the 19th street with an array of BBQ shops and draft beer stations to see the popular after-work meting point for the locals before returning back to hotel.

This evening a welcome dinner will be served at Shan Yoe Yar restaurant offering a wide variety of traditional Shan dishes from the vast region in the Eastern Myanmar – a great place to sample culinary traditions of indigenous peoples of the country at the beginning of your journey.

  • Meals included: Dinner
  • Overnight stay: Hotel in Yangon
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Wake up early in the morning so that you can try your first Myanmar breakfast and mingle with the locals in a popular tea shop. Start the day local way and taste staple national dishes like mohinga soup or oun nouk khauswe coconut noodles together with a cup of sweet tea.

After the breakfast shop we continue down to the Pansodan Jetty and take a ferry across Yangon River to the little town of Dala lying on the opposite bank from Yangon downtown. From the jetty start on your tour by trishaw, a three-wheeled bicycle taxi that maneuvers you through small lanes, lively market streets and friendly village neighborhoods. In Dala you will have an opportunity to observe the daily activities of locals and get a feel for the authentic rural lifestyle of Myanmar. We will then have break for a revitalizing cup of fresh sugar cane juice before returning to Yangon in the early afternoon.
Enjoy today’s lunch in the all-time local’s favorite Feel Restaurant and get your introduction to typical Myanmar curry dishes that are served in a peculiar fashion with an array of accompanying soups, salads and sauces.

After lunch we continue to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda to view its magnificent 70 meter long reclining Buddha and later make a stop at Kandawgyi Park located on the banks of the Royal Lake for a photo of an intricately decorated “hamsa-bird-shaped” floating royal barge replica.

We complete today’s explorations with a visit to the iconic symbol of the whole country – the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda. This gleaming golden stupa rises high in the sky and can be seen from almost every part of the city. Ancient legends say that the sacred hairs of the Buddha are enshrined here.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch
Overnight stay: Hotel in Yangon

Early in the morning transfer to the airport and flight to Bagan. There you will be welcomed by our guide who will take you then to a view point pagoda and explain the history of an ancient kingdom of Bagan, one of the most notable powers of its time. Most of historical temples and stupas in sight date back to 11th – 13th centuries, the period when the kingdom of Bagan was at its strongest. This archeological valley that presently numbers more than 2000 monuments is truly a highlight not to be missed on a journey to Myanmar. Today you will explore some of the finest temples in Bagan and marvel at their unique murals and stucco decorations. Our specialist guide with share an insight to old building techniques and architectural diversity of Bagan.
Around noon time we’ll take shelter under the shades of trees in the vicinity of a beautiful Ananda Temple. Traditional food stalls here offer a variety of curries and its a good opportunity rub shoulders with the locals during busy lunch hours.

After lunch continue with visits to the most notable temples around Myinkaba village and old Bagan area to visit local artist making sand paintings and observe how Bagan’s famous lacquerware items are made. In the late afternoon enjoy a horse cart ride through the rustic landscape of a lesser known parts of Bagan’s archeological wonderland to witness a magical sunset from the upper terrace of a temple.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch
Overnight stay: Hotel in Bagan

 

Enjoy breakfast and then transfer to the Bagan 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).  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. After checking into the hotel, we embark on afternoon explorations of 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.

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 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. We 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. We end our day with magnificent sunset canoe ride with boatmen who gracefully navigate and row perched on one leg.

Free time for exploring the Inle lake in the morning. After lunch in Nyaung Shwe we drive 1 hour to Heho airport for afternoon flight to Yangon. Upon arrival to Yangon we transfer to our hotel. Rest of the evening is free for relaxing & own Yangon explorations.

Free time for exploring the Inle lake in the morning. After lunch in Nyaung Shwe we drive 1 hour to Heho airport for afternoon flight to Yangon. Upon arrival to Yangon we transfer to our hotel. Rest of the evening is free for relaxing & own Yangon explorations.

Free time for exploring the Inle lake in the morning. After lunch in Nyaung Shwe we drive 1 hour to Heho airport for afternoon flight to Yangon. Upon arrival to Yangon we transfer to our hotel. Rest of the evening is free for relaxing & own Yangon explorations.

Breakfast at your hotel and free time until transfer to Yangon airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast at your hotel and free time until transfer to Yangon airport for your onward flight.

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

  • 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.

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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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