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9-Day Myanmar Discovery Including Biking and Soft Trekking, Myanmar

Created with Sketch. Yangon–Bagan–Mandalay–Mingun–Inle Lake
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Duration

9 Days 8 Nights

Group Size

Max 20 People

Guide

English Speaking Station Guide

Arrival

Yangon Airport

Departure

Yangon Airport

Validity

Not Operate In Raining Season (june To September)

Tour Customize

Your Specific Requirements Can Be Mentoned In The Booking Form

Tour Price (Validity: Until March 31, 2021)

Per person in shared Twin room in USD with English speaking Stationed guides

Supplement for Single room: USD 255 net per person

The tour prices are not applicable during Water Festival between 12 to 18 April. There will be supplement for fuel charges travelling during Water Festival which will be advised upon request.

Our tour prices are subject to change in case of increase in, ground transportation cost, entrance fee, etc. Deposits will have to be applied to secure bookings at the time of booking. Some Hotels will have Compulsory Dinners Policies on Christmas Eve (24 Dec) and New Year Eve (31 Dec) which will be advised upon booking.

Minimum days to book before departure : ( 10 days ) , Max. passengers : 20
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Description

In this tour, you will visit the most important places in Yangon (The Commercial City) in South Myanmar, Bagan (The first Capital of the Myanmar Kingdom as well as a World’s Heritage Site), Mandalay (the last Royal Capital of Myanmar Kingdom) in Central Myanmar and Inle Lake (the 2nd largest Lake above 880 m above sea level) in the Eastern Myanmar, Shan State.

You will also experience biking in Bagan and soft trekking in Inle Lake.

A perfect opportunity to get an interesting insight of the most stunning and remarkable must-see sites in Myanmar

You will be fully satisfied as your experienced guide shares not only the history but also the culture and religion of the city and its people.

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Highlights

  • Exploring the colonial heritage centre of Yangon with visit to its stunning religious sites
  • Visit Shwedagon, the most admired Pagoda in Myanmar. Enjoy sunset from the Pagoda and watch the tradition of people
  • Sightseeing in the stunning pagodas-filled Bagan with loads of ancient architectures and historical background
  • Experience the biking in around ancient Bagan (easy ride for 3 hours), Enjoy the Horse cart ride and Sunset Boat tour in Bagan,
  • Sightseeing in the former royal capital Mandalay and the old cultural cities just beyond the outskirt area
  • Enchanting Inle Lake discovery with stops at the most important highlights on the lake
  • Experience the soft trekking at Inle Lake (Easy track about 2 ½ hours)

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.

YangonJasmine Palace Hotel (Superior room) 3.5/4 * or similar
BaganRazagyo Hotel (Superior room) 3* or similar
MandalayHotel Sakura Princess (Superior room) 3* or similar
Nyaung Shwe81 Central Hotel (Superior room) 3* or similar

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Yangon and Yangon sightseeing (By car)
Day 2Yangon-Bagan (By morning flight) & Bagan sightseeing (By car)
Day 3Morning biking & evening visits by horse cart in Bagan (By bike & horse cart)
Day 4Bagan-Mandalay (By morning flight) & visit in Mandalay (By car)
Day 5Mandalay-Mingun-Amarapura (By car)
Day 6Mandalay-Heho (By morning flight) & boat trip in Inle Lake (By car & boat)
Day 7Morning Soft Trekking in Inle Lake & boat trip to Indein (By boat)
Day 8Heho-Yangon (By morning flight) & Yangon sightseeing (By car)
Day 9Departure Yangon

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.
  • Please note the Bogyoke Market and Museums are closed on Mondays and public holidays.
  • 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 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.

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)”

Child Policy:

The price for children under 2 years old will be advised upon request when sharing the existing bedding with parents. Supplements for extra bed or baby cot may apply.

Children between 02-11 years of age at the time of travelling are granted a discount rate (mentioned in child price) when traveling with minimum 2 adults and sharing the existing bedding with parents. Supplements for extra bed or baby cot may apply.

When one adult is traveling with a child between 02-11 years old, the full charge of an adult price is applied.

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.

Please note that for the Trekking in Inle Lake, you will need to buy the extra light food and soft drinks in Nyaung Shwe for the trekking trip. In the villages walk through, you cannot buy anything. There is no shop, restaurant, phone etc.

For the trekking tour the following items are essential:

  • good walking shoes
  • first aid kit (our guide will provide)
  • mosquito repellent

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Yangon + City Tour (-/-/-)

Arrival Yangon International Airport by morning flight. You will be welcomed by our guide after clearing immigration and customs control and transfer to hotel. Arrival hotel and check-in (only if the room is available as normal check in time is 1400 hrs). Time to relax.
In the afternoon, the sightseeing tour includes the old colonial-style city center, the Chinatown area and the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years. A photo stop at the Karaweik Hall royal floating barge. The tour continues to Chauk Htat Gyi, a huge reclining Buddha image. Drive to the Eastern entrance of Shwedagon pagoda and walk through the small shops where monk accessories, Buddha statues, flowers etc. are sold. The entrance is always very busy with sellers and Myanmar visitors. Then visit Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments, will conclude the tour of this picturesque Garden City. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. Enjoy sunset from the pagoda. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel, in Yangon.

Day 2 Yangon – Bagan (By Flight) (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan (approx. 0630/0750 hours - direct). Upon arrival in Bagan, sightseeing tour starting with visits to local market and a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, see 13th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha 'Cave' Temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi Inn village), another 'cave' temple with fine frescoes of the 'Jataka Tales'. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes and Ananda Temple with four huge standing-Buddha images and numerous seated figures arranged around the interior gallery. Check into your hotel late morning.
In the afternoon, an excursion by boat to the nostalgic Nat Htaung Kyaung, a monastery famous for woodcarvings, built in 1781 by a group of monks. Admire the monastery's collection of ancient Buddha statues and lacquer boxes. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Bagan.

Day 3 Bagan (B/-/-)

Information:
Cycles are the local “sit up and beg’ style without gears but with a basket to put water/camera etc. Children’s bikes are available size-wise for the over 10 year olds. No helmets. Cycling on the sand tracks is an art! As Bagan’s climate is a dry heat, cycling is not arduous and we can arrange the timing to avoid the heat in the Summer months. Take sunscreen, a hat and water.

Cycling is a really fun way to explore the delights of Bagan without being intrusive and to absorb its charm and serenity. Cycling across this stunning pagoda filled plain scattered with acacia and toddy palm trees, bullock carts, zebu cattle, goat herds and villages, you have the chance to stop at some lesser visited temples as well. You can stop at as many or as few pagodas as you wish and the opportunities for taking amazing photographs is unlimited.

Morning Biking Tour 3 hours easy ride 2/3rd on tarmac and 1/3rd on sand tracks.
This morning start your cycle ride on tarmac along the peaceful dual carriageway before turning onto a sand track near Ananda (½ Km) Temple. Our first stop is at Dhammayangyi (¼ Km) a massive temple visible for kilometers and known locally as “Bad Luck temple”; dating from 1170 it is famous for its interlocking mortar less brickwork. Continue cross country to Dhammayazaka (2 Km) where if you wish, you can ascend the temple for a panoramic view. On rejoining tarmac, turn right to New Bagan (3 Km) where you can stop for a refreshment either in the village or over the Ayeyawaddy River. Heading north back to Old Bagan on the tarmac road, we stop at Myinkaba Village (2 Km) and Gubyaukgyi Temple admiring the fine stuccowork on the outside and the beautiful mural painting inside. If willing, you can visit to a lacquer craftsman's workshop in nearby Myinkaba village.

In the afternoon, visit Min Nan Thu Village area by horse-cart. Visit Tayokepyay Temple, Phaya Thone Zu and Nandamanya Temples (noted for exquisite 13th century murals). Visit farming villages around Bagan. Enjoy the sunset on one of the sunset hills. Both Lunch and Dinner at local restaurant (By own account). Accommodation at Hotel, in Bagan.

Day 4 Bagan – Mandalay (By Flight) (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Bagan Airport for domestic flight to Mandalay (approx. 0805/0835 hours – direct). From the airport, start your morning Mandalay sightseeing tour with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves. Stop to see stone carving and, later, to see gold leaf being beaten into wafer thin pieces. Check into your hotel late morning.
In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carvings, which was once King Mindon's home. Continue to see the 'world’s largest book', being the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs, at Kuthodaw Pagoda. Visit Kyaukdawgyi Pagoda to see a large Buddha statue carved out of a single block of local marble. Enjoy spectacular views at sunset from Mandalay Hill, where there are interesting glass-studded temples. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel, in Mandalay.

Day 5 Mandalay – Mingun – Amarapura (B/-/-)

After breakfast, excursion by boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun about 11 km (1 hour) upriver from Mandalay. Visit will start with the Mingun Bell, a magnificent sight of world's largest un-cracked bell weighing 90 tons. Visit Settawya Pagoda and will continue with Hsinbyume Pagoda as well as the unfinished Mingun Paya, built as one of the world's largest chedis by King Bodawphaya. Return back to Mandalay. Lunch at local restaurant (by own account).
In the afternoon, excursion to Amarapura 15 km from Mandalay visit Bagaya Monastery will delight you with an interesting collection of Buddha statues and observe the beautiful sunset at the 200-year-old U Bein teak bridge in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was Royal capital before returning to Mandalay. Since then it is noted for silk and cotton weaving. Visit a traditional hand-woven silk workshop. Both lunch and dinner to your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Mandalay.

Day 6 Mandalay – Heho – Nyaung Shwe – Inle Lake (By Flight) (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival in Heho, drive to Nyaung Shwe. On the way, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery. Transfer to hotel for check in (if rooms are available). Then headed to the jetty and start Boat trip on Inle Lake – a photographer's dream, its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic high hills provide the perfect backdrop. See the lake's unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State.
After lunch, hen see traditional handicrafts – silk weaving on wooden handlooms and a blacksmith shop. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake. One can see ancient Buddha statues which are more than 200 years old. Boat ride back to the hotel via the floating gardens. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel, in Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake.

Day 7 Inle Lake (Soft Trekking) – Inndein (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. Explore one of the 5-day markets (on market day only). By visiting 5-day markets, clients will get insight into the life-style of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha inhabitants who came to these markets to sell their goods. Arrive at the village of Maing Thauk on the edge of Inle Lake by boat. Walk up a dirt track through the village and continue up the hill to a stupa which has fantastic views out over the lake and surrounding hills. The walk takes around 2 hours round trip and, although uphill, the route is not steep. Return back to the shore and board your boat.
In the afternoon, we tailed boat across the lake to Inndein at the western end of Inle for one of the most scenic trips on the Lake. Passing through the busy village of Ywama, the largest on the Lake with its many channels and tall teak houses on stilts, enter a long often tree lined canal towards Indaing Jetty with farmers cultivating their land on either side under the backdrop of the Shan Hills. After disembarking it is a 15 minute walk through Indaing village to reach the 14-18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak; many pagodas here remain charmingly un-renovated with plants and even small trees growing out of them making it very atmospheric. A covered walkway, popular with souvenir stalls leads up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather beaten zedi; some sadly reconstructed although the views from the top make it worth the ascent. Returning to the river jetty we take our long-tailed boat back along the canal to the Lake. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel, in Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake.

Day 8 Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon (By Flight) (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, transfer to Heho Airport for domestic flight to Yangon (approx. 0955/1105 – direct). Arrive Yangon Airport and then visit Kaba Aye (World Peace) Pagoda and Mahapasana Guha Cave, where the Sixth Buddhist Council took place. Visit to Gems museum (or) National Museum can be made (if opens). Transfer to your hotel for check in.
In the afternoon, visit Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Public Holidays) to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Yangon.

Day 9 Yangon Departure (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Yangon Airport for your International departure flight.

End of our services:

Include

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary,
  • Accommodation with breakfast at hotels as specified,
  • All domestic airfares (Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Heho-Yangon)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program,
  • Transfers and tours with English speaking stationed guides (you will meet with different guides at different destinations) (OR) English or other language speaking throughout guide with a supplement if requested
  • Insurance surcharge on Domestic Airlines in Myanmar,
  • Bike Rental Charges in Bagan and private boat rental charges in Inle Lake,
  • Trekking Guide service,
  • Purified Drinking Water (local brand) 1 Bottle and 1 Snow Towels daily,
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling

Exclude

  • Services not mentioned in our itinerary,
  • Meals not specified (lunch & dinner),
  • Visa fee for Myanmar,
  • International airport departure tax,
  • International flight tickets to/from Yangon,
  • 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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