Essential Myanmar

1520€

11 nights / 12 days

Myanmar is an almost unspoiled jewel in South-East Asia. Slowly opening up to tourism after decades of political struggles, the people of Myanmar welcome you to their country. In Myanmar you will find incredible natural beauty, amazing temples and the most inviting and friendly people anywhere in Asia. The pagodas of Bagan are at least as impressive as Angkor Wat, with almost 5000 scattered around a vast area, easily to explore with an e-bike. Cities as Yangon and Mandalay offer a landscape of Buddhist temples and pagodas, British colonial architecture and busy streets. The west coast harbors beautiful beach resorts with white sandy beaches and palm trees. Inle Lake will offer you a view of entire villages built on stilt in a lake where people make a living weaving silk from lotus stems. Myanmar is an amazing county, you have to see and experience it yourself to believe it.

Itinerary

Day 1: Mandalay

After the introduction in our hotel we will visit the following sites using our private bus: Shwenandaw Palace Monastery, Kuthodaw pagoda and Mandalay Zay Gyo Market. The market is your first chance to find some nice souvenirs. We will pay a visit to Mandalay Hill and the monasteries and pagodas in the surrounding area in the evening before sunset.

Day 2: Mandalay

On day 2 we start with a visit to the gold leaf shops, then we drive to very sacred Mahamuni Pagoda. You will see many Burmese families coming here to spend the day. We continue with a quick stop at the Marble Street where numerous Buddha statues are being made and will drive to Amarapura to visit some renounced monasteries. After that we visit Inwa, an old capital in the 17th,18th centuries and U Bein bridge over sunset.

Day 3: Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin

By bus we will make our way east toward Pyin Oo Lwin, the former summer retreat of the British colonialists, who used it get away from the heat of Mandalay. After checking into the hotel you can go for a walk around the town or join the bus for a visit to the botanical gardens, at the other side of town.

Day 4: Pyin Oo Lwin to Mandalay & Sagaing

By bus we drive back toward Mandalay where we will arrive around lunch time. After lunch we will visit Sagaing on the other side of the river. Sagaing is an important religious and monastic center and houses numerous monasteries, pagodas and temples. If time allows we will continue our way to visit Mingun Pagoda, an enormous structure built out of brick. The pagoda is damaged by earthquakes, but still standing and very impressive. We will spend the night in our hotel in Mandalay.

Day 5: Bagan

Leaving Mandalay behind us, we will make our first stop in Mongywa to visit the giant Laykyun Setkyar Buddha statue, the second highest Buddha statue in the world with a height of 129 m (31 floors). We will then continue on our way to Bagan, certainly one of the highlights of this travel. The Bagan Archaeological Zone is equally as impressive as Angkor Wat in Cambodia, with over 2.200 temples and pagodas still standing of over 10.000 that were constructed in this area. Many of them were destroyed in earth quakes. We will be spending the next two full days in Bagan for sightseeing.

Day 6: Bagan

You can get around here on foot, bicycle or rent an e-scooter. At sunset you have to try and find the best spot for your photos.

Day 7: Bagan

Last day in Bagan

Day 8: Bagan to Kalaw

From Bagan we will leave for Kalaw by bus, en route we make a stop at the spectacular Mount Popa and its iconic Buddhist monastery. After climbing all the steps to the top, the views you will find are spectacular. At the end of the day, and after long climb uphill we will arrive in the charming mountain town of Kalaw, another popular place for the former British colonialists.

Day 9: Kalaw

Today is a free day again so everyone is free to do what he/she wants. Maybe do a day-trekking, cooking class, whatever you feel like.

Day 10: Inle Lake

From Kalaw we will take our bus and drive to Nyaung Shwe, which is the main town a little north of the lake, where we move into our centrally located hotel. But on our way there we will first visit Pindaya Caves, an astonishing collection of Buddha statues inside a cave. The rest of the day is free to explore the town and local market. Another option is to take a bicycle and discover the surrounding area of the lake.

Day 11: Inle Lake

Today we will organize a boat trip on the lake for all our travelers. On this boat trip we will see life as it happens in the towns that are literally built on stilt in the lake.

Day 12: Inle Lake to Mandalay

From Nyaung Shwe we will use our bus to drive back to Mandalay. Depending on when your flight is, you can enjoy the rest of the day in Mandalay for those last minute souvenirs or you can make your way to the airport.

Includes

What is included in the price?

Transportation according to program

11 Overnight stays for the 12 day travel

All breakfasts

Tour leader

Local English speaking guide

Boat trip on Inle Lake

A visit to the Royal Heart Shelter and Animal Rescue on the 12 day travel


What is not included?

International flights

Meals, unless mentioned otherwise (but we will direct you to vegan restaurants)

Entrance fees (unless mentioned otherwise)

Visa for Myanmar

Travel insurance (mandatory)

Cancellation insurance (optional)

Spending money

Tips

For spending money you should count on an average of € 125,- per person per week. In this amount are included costs for food and drinks, entrance fees, additional excursions and personal tips. Souvenirs are not included in this amount as this very much depends on the person.

Tipping in Myanmar is common and often a necessary part of peoples income. For common expenses such as tipping in hotels and our bus driver and guide, a joint pot will be used for which a contribution is requested from all participants. For the 23 day travel to Myanmar this will be € 50,-,