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4-Day Exploring Pyin Oo Lwin, Gokteik Viaduct and Hsipaw, Myanmar

Created with Sketch. Mandalay–Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)–Hsipaw
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Duration

4 Days 3 Nights

Group Size

Max 20 People

Guide

English Speaking Station Guide

Pick Up Time

8:00 am

Pick Up Point

Hotel In Mandalay

Drop Off Point

Hotel In Mandalay

Validity

All Year Round (private Tour – Daily Departure)

Description

The rolling hills of the Shan State with its luscious plantations are wonderful places to learn more about the rural life and the beauty of the land population. Scenic villages, colorful markets and, last but not least, the scenic train ride on Gokteik Railway will enchant you.

Highlights

  • Extended tour from Mandalay to the former colonial town, Pyin Oo Lwin
  • Visit the flower city by horse-drawn stage coach
  • Visit the famous National botanical garden
  • Train ride experience passing over the amazing Gokteik railway viaduct
  • Experience short hiking and visit in Hsipaw

Hotels to be used (Subject to change if fully booked)
Notes : If the hotels we mentioned below are fully booked in the period you are staying, there may be some changes.

Pyin Oo LwinWin Unity Hotel (Deluxe room) or similar
HsipawMr. Charles Hotel (Deluxe room) or similar

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Overland from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin. Visit and overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.
Day 2Pyin Oo Lwin-Naung Pain (by train) via Gokteik Viaduct. Naung Pain-Hsipaw (by car)
Day 3Short hiking and visit in Hsipaw
Day 4Drive back from Hsipaw to Mandalay

Know Before You Go (Additional Info)

  • As you will be visiting religious sites, please wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees, and remember to take off your shoes and socks when entering pagoda areas.
  • During Water Festival between 12 to 18 April, most of the restaurants, shops, markets and Museums are closed. Normal tourist sites such as Pagodas, Temples and parks are open but are very crowded. Driving through the city area and to the tourist sites will be difficult due to traffic as most of the people participate in the famous water-festival. You cannot avoid of getting wet if you get out of the car or walk on the roads because everyone throws water to each other during this festival. People drive through the city in open cars and there are lots of stages shows, entertainments and funs along the roads.

Pick Up Time

8:00 am

Cancellation

Cancellation charges are calculated from the day the written notification is received by the clients or agent as a percentage of the net total tour price as shown, plus any surcharges (e.g. ticketed air sectors and other penalties imposed by suppliers, such as hotels):

  • Within 31-22 days prior to arrival date: 30% of package price
  • Within 21-15 days prior to arrival date: 50% of package price
  • Within 14-8 days prior to arrival date: 75% of package price
  • Within 7 days prior to arrival date: 100% of package price

Remark

“Minimum days to book before departure : (10 Days)”

Important Notes:

There may be changes to estimated prices depending on air fuel cost, domestic airfares, US$ exchange rates and festive season surcharges. All supplemental cost to be advised.

Hotels’ normal Check in time is 1400 hrs and Check out time is 1200 noon.

Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road and/or river conditions, flight schedules and room availability. No refund shall be made for any change during once you have started your tour in Myanmar.

Price per person based on two person tour (twin hotel room sharing basis). Larger groups will pay less per person, single person purchase will mean a higher price.

If you wish come to Myanmar during Water Festival between 12 to 18 April, tour price will change and we will let you know the extra charges.

Additional charges during Festive Season: Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.

Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.

All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking.

Nonrefundable deposits may be required.

Itinerary

Day 1 Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

From Mandalay, drive up into the hills from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), a former British Hill Station (approx. 67 km - 2 hours). The road winds steeply through flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. Visit the local market. Drive through Maymyo on a horse drawn "stage coach", giving you the chance to admire the brick and timber houses, complete with English style gables, turrets and chimneys. Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit the tiny Forestry Museum (if open) and the National Kandawgyi Gardens, which were laid out by Sir Harcourt Butler, the former governor of Burma – flower beds are similar to those you would find in an English country garden! The garden has recently been renovated and is now called “Kandawgyi National Botanical Garden”. Take a short “jungle” walk on a wooden path leading through rain forest trees. Drive to the Candacraig Hotel, built in 1905 in the style of an English country home. Time for a coffee or tea and opportunity to take photos of this classical place. Dinner by own account and accommodation at Hotel, in Maymyo.

Day 2 Pyin Oo Lwin – Naung Pain – Hsipaw (B/-/-)

Transfer to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) Railway station for an adventurous train journey to Naung Pain. The train passes over the amazing Gokteik Railway Viaduct. When the Pennsylvania Steel Company built the viaduct across a 300-meter deep gorge a century ago, it was the second highest bridge in the world. The view from the train is fascinating and the scenery is beautiful. Lunch at local restaurant by own account.
Leave the train at Naung Pin and continue by car to the town of Hsi Paw (approx. 65 km - 2 hours), stop at Bawkyo pagoda. It is the most revered Pagoda in northern Shan State – equivalent to Inle Lake’s Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda in the southern half of the state. Dinner by own account and accommodation at Hotel, in Hsipaw (accommodation is simple and basic).

Day 3 Hsipaw (B/-/-)

Wake up in the early morning and take a short walk to the candle light shan market (these days it is with battery lights). It is the best to see in the early morning when Shan and other tribal people from nearby villages come to trade. The market starts early around 3.30 am and closes by 6 am. Return to hotel. After breakfast at hotel, visit to Altar of Spiritual being (Nat Con of Ko Myo Shin and Pa Le Yin). Lying in a valley, Hsipaw is a good place for easy day hikes. You will spend the day to hike to Shan Villages. To catch a great sunset in Hsipaw, walk to Nine Buddha Hill (Koe Su Mountain), first cross the bridge towards the Lashio road, and drive about 20 minutes. Dinner at hotel or local restaurant. Accommodation at Hotel, in Hsipaw (accommodation is simple and basic).

Day 4 Hsipaw – Mandalay (B/-/-)

Drive back to Mandalay (approx. 205 km – 5½ hours). On the way stop at Kyaukme a pleasant town with a majority of Shan and Chinese and Indian traders. Visit some local houses where families produce dried milk flat, Chinese silver and gold paper which are used for funeral. After lunch, drive continues to Mandalay passed by Pyin Oo Lwin. Lunch at local restaurant. Arrived Mandalay in the late afternoon, transfer to your hotel in Mandalay (Accommodation by own account)

Include

  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast as specified
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned
  • car/minibus/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Train ticket (Maymyo to Naung Pain)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned
  • Transfers and tours with English speaking stationed guide
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling

Exclude

  • Services not mentioned in our itinerary
  • Accommodation in Mandalay
  • Visa fee
  • Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry, etc
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

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