Day 1:Yangon, Myanmar Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, a gleaming gold spire that towers above the city. Its relics of past Buddhas make this the most sacred of Burmese pagodas. Then onto the National Museum for an orientation to this mystical country. Stay: Governor’s Residence, Yangon Day 2: Bagan Explore the Shwezigon Paya Pagoda, built in 1090. Visit the Gubyaukhyi Temple at Wetkyi-Inn, built in the early 13th century, to see the colorful painting about the early life of Buddha; and then see the Gubyaukgyi Temple at Myinkaba. Breakfast Served. Stay: Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort, Bagan Day 3-4: Amanpura Mandalay Visit Amanpura and explore the Mahagandayon Monastery. Stop at the most famous temples, such as Tupayon Paya and Hsinmyashin Paya (The Pagoda of Many Elephants). The last capital of royal Burma, Mandalay is one of the largest cities in Myanmar, and its cultural and spiritual center. Visit the Mahamuni Paya Temple, with its image of Buddha covered in six inches of gold leaf.Breakfast Served. Stay: Sedona Hotel, Mandalay Day 5-6: Heho Inle Lake Enjoy a boat excursion on Inle Lake - calm waters dotted with patches of floating vegetation and fishing canoes. Visit the floating gardens, a floating market and an Intha village.Breakfast Served. Stay: Inle Lake View Resort, Kaung Daing Village Day 7: Yangon This morning travel by boat and then drive back to Heho for your flight south to the fertile delta of the wide Yangon River to the city of Yangon. The afternoon is at your leisure.Breakfast Served. Stay: Governor’s Residence, Yangon Day 8: Yangon Departure Today bid farewell to this exotic land. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination. Breakfast Served.
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Myanmar is your destination if you appreciate splendorous images and stunning scenery. You need look no further if you are interested in awe-inspiring cultural devotion and legendary historical testimony. Celebrated timeworn pagodas, magnificent holy shrines, and stunning natural scenery cover the landscape and await you at every turn. Amazingly, all this opulent beauty was shielded from the eyes of Westerners until recent years. You’ll gaze upon the fabled temples of old Burma and be inspired by their golden stupas and mosaic-inlaid art. The countryside and people of Myanmar are a part of a world that you would never dream of missing. Step back in time and treat your senses to the sights, sounds and tastes of this marvelous region.
What to Know
When at a store be wary of fanciful offers of jade or other gems as some are filled with worthless rock or concrete mixture. And never buy gems on the street.
About the Destination
Now is the moment to visit this extraordinary land, scattered with gilded pagodas, where the traditional ways of Asia endure and areas previously off-limits are opening up.
In a nation with well over 100 ethnic groups, exploring Myanmar can often feel like you've stumbled into a living edition of the National Geographic, circa 1910! The country, for instance, has yet to be completely overwhelmed by Western fashion – everywhere you'll encounter men wearing skirt-like longyi, women smothered in thanakha (traditional make-up) and betel-chewing grannies with mouths full of blood-red juice. People still get around in trishaws and, in rural areas, horse and cart. Drinking tea – a British colonial affectation – is enthusiastically embraced in thousands of traditional teahouses.
Thankfully, the pace of change is not overwhelming, leaving the simple pleasures of travel in Myanmar intact. You can still drift down the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River in an old river steamer, stake out a slice of beach on the blissful Bay of Bengal, or trek through pine forests to minority villages scattered across the Shan Hills without jostling with scores of fellow travellers. Best of all you'll encounter locals who are gentle, humorous, engaging, considerate, inquisitive and passionate – they want to play a part in the world, and to know what you make of their world. Now is the time to make that connection.
Things to Do
Myanmar is still pretty undeveloped in terms of tourism. There are plenty of historic attractions to explore, see, and marvel at. But there are very few activities that visitors can enjoy – Myanmar is not the destination, for thrill-seekers. A visit to Myanmar is more about seeing the country and meeting the people. No doubt, if the country continues to open up to the West and the world, this will also change the face of tourism in Myanmar. The best way to enjoy the many cities and towns of Myanmar is basically to walk. Cars and vehicles are limited, which makes walking easy – nothing like the traffic jams and pollution in other Southeast Asian cities. In fact, in Yangon it is illegal to ride motorcycles in city limits. Yangon, Mandalay, and Bagan can easily be explored on foot. If too tired or too hot, just flag down a tri-shaw, rickshaw, or taxi, which are inexpensive forms of transportation. Yangon has five 18-hole golf courses for golfing enthusiasts to enjoy. Unlike in western nations, playing golf is cheap in Myanmar, however, rounds should be booked in advance. The oldest club is the Yangon Golf Club, which was established by the British in 1909. Other golf clubs in Yangon are: Pan Hlaing Golf Club, YCDC Golf Club, Myanmar Golf Club, and Yemon Island Golf Resort. For those wanting to visit Myanmar specifically to play golf, can arrange tours through GOLFnTours. Thanks to the many expats living in Yangon, there are several recreation and sports clubs, which visitors can also use, but you should check in advance for day-use/non-member policies. Special events are usually open to non-members. Options include the American Club, British Club, and Australian Club. Many of the hotels in Yangon also have pools and sports clubs. Sailing on Inya Lake in Yangon is a popular past-time on weekends and an activity that visitors to Myanmar can enjoy as well. The Yangon Sailing Club, which dates back to 1924, at the lake offers sailing boat and rowing boat rentals, as well as sailing lessons for beginners. On many weekends, there are sailing races on the lake, which are also fun to watch. There are also nice walking trails around the lake to enjoy. Equestrians will be happy to know that there are horse riding possibilities at the Yangon Equestrian Club. The club is located roughly 12 miles outside of Yangon and offers a range of riding options, for beginner to advanced, as well as lessons. Ayeindamar Travels & Tours organizes special equestrian tours for avid riders, not only Yangon, but also in Mandalay and the Shan state. Elephant riding is becoming a popular activity on offer with tour companies offering eco-tours in Myanmar. Elephants have played an important role in Myanmar, both in military use, logging, and ceremonial use. Today, although some elephants can still find work, many are being used for tourism purposes. Myanmar Heritage Travels & Tours offers, daytrips to elephant camps or longer elephant tours. On the other hand, Myanmar Travel Expert offers elephant trekking tours through some of the most beautiful mountains in Myanmar
How to get there
We recommend flying into Yangon International Airport. Yangon is where your adventure begins.
- 10 Sleeps
What is Included
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by a private deluxe A/C vehicle
- Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing in each city
- Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
- Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
- Local taxes
- TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)
Rates Do Not Include:
- International flights and departure taxes
- Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.
- Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
- Optional excursions
- This tour doesn't have fixed departure dates. Instead, the departure dates can be customized. The final departure dates will depend on the client's preferences and availability of accommodations and/or other components of this tour.
- The rates of this tour can be changed without prior notice
- This tour is offered by the Tour Operator, not by aSuiteStay
- All information about this tour is provided and updated by the Tour Operator, not by aSuiteStay.
Myanmar tourist visa is required for citizens of United States, United Kingdom and France.
Rate of $2,145 USD is subject to change.
Rates are based on availability and season. All rates are quoted in USD. Some packages are customizable. Final pricing depends on add-ons.
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