A beautiful and culturally rich country cursed for decades with a brutally oppressive regime, Myanmar (Burma) has in recent years been making headlines for its tentative steps towards democracy.
Following the softening and then removal of a fifteen-year tourism boycott led by the National League for Democracy
– Myanmar’s leading political opposition party
– tourist numbers have swollen but the infrastructure has not yet grown to accommodate them all.
Although this means that finding a cheap bed is harder than before, it does make this a fascinating time to discover Myanmar’s glittering golden stupas, bountiful rice fields, enigmatic ruined temples and picturesque mountain paths. Most memorable of all, though, are the encounters with people eager to introduce foreigners to their country and their culture. What remains to be seen is whether today’s modest political reforms translate into lasting change.
- Tour Includes
- 04 night’s accommodation in Twin / Double room with daily breakfast.
- Excursions with English-speaking station guides – different guide at each place.
- All transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles with driver only.
- Private long tail boat for Inle Lake excursions.
- Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program (except Museum).
- 1 bottle of drinking water and refreshing towel during excursions.
- Domestic flights in economy Class for Yangon – Bagan – Heho - Yangon with domestic airport tax.
- Tour Does Not Includes
- Visa arrangements for Myanmar (must be arranged in advance !!).
- All meals not mentioned in the itinerary or marked as optional or suggested.
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone calls, drinks, tip...).
- Personal insurances (repatriation for injury or death, third party, cancellation insurance), theft, loss and damage luggage insurance.
- Early check-in and late check-out at the hotels.
- Porters charges at airport and hotels and tips (e.g guides and drivers).
- International departure Airport Tax Yangon.
- Entrance, road and parking fees on unguided tours; as well as all camera and video camera fees.
- Visits not mentioned in the program and any other items not mentioned.
YANGON | BAGAN | INLE LAKE | YANGON ( 5D / 4 N)
Day 01 Yangon Arrival
Arrive to Yangon. Meet at Airport and transfer to the Hotel. Guided tour with private car to downtown Yangon . Stop at Royal Lake where we can admire the view of the Karaweik Hall overlooking this scenic lake . Visit World Famous Shwedagon Pagoda (Stupa). Walk around the pagoda platform- its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa in surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon, and it's a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 Yangon - Bagan
Transfer to airport by car with driver only. Yangon - Bagan by flight. English speaking station guide will wait at airport and transfer to hotel. Visit the ancient capital of 'Bagan' and its architecture from 10 -13century AD. When you talk about Bagan, it is needless to say about Buddhism that flourished together with Bagan culture. Sightseeing in Bagan includes Nyaung Oo Market; a village market where you can find from wet market of fish and meat to house hold things like ratten baskets, cotton wear and antiques, Shwezigon Pagoda; prototype golden stupa, Gubyaukgyi Temple; small temple good for panoramic view and famous for it's frescoe paintings of 12th century. Check in at hotel & rest. Afternoon visit, Ananda Temple; the most beautiful temple with 4 standing Buddhas in four cardinal points, history or lord Buddha and outside of the temple is decorated withTerra-Cotta worriers in green glaze plaques. Visit Lacquerware Factory and stroll around the village of Myinkaba, visit Manuha Temple; the temple of captive king of Tha-ton, and Pyattadagyi Temple for panoramic view of the city. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Day 03 Bagan - Heho - Inle Lake
Transfer to airport by car with driver only. Bagan - Heho by flight. English speaking station guide will wait at airport and drive to Nyaung Shwe. You'll feel a total difference atmosphere and ambience from Middle part of Myanmar. The Inle Lake is surrounded by mountains and situated 3000ft above sea level. Travelling on the lake is an exhilarating experience for nature lovers and a chance to observe the unique traditions of the Intha people. Wonder unique leg rowing fishermen, floating firms , houses and monasteries on the stilt etc.
Visit most venerated 11 Century Phaungdaw Oo pagoda housing five sacred Buddha Images, the weaving village, Se Gaung Village, famous for the blacksmith work and Nan Pan Village with cheroot making and Ngaphechauung; a museum like monastery where old belongings of many monasteries are restored. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 Heho - Yangon
Transfer to airport by car with driver only. Heho - Yangon by flight. English speaking station guide will wait at airport and transfer to hotel. Visit Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Image, and then we make a short stop at the Royal Lake where we can admire the view of the Karaweik Hall overlooking this scenic lake. Afterwards, Then, the tour leads along Strand Road, into Mahabandoola Street, through Indiatown and Chinatown, past Sule Pagoda with its golden chedi, which makes a useful landmark in downtown Yangon and then Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 Yangon Departure
In the morning, a short walking Colonial building tour in downtown Yangon. Later visit to Bogyoke Market (former Scott market), and then transfer to airport for departure flight.
Hotel Used For above cost
Yangon: Central Hotel or similar
Bagan: Umbra Hotel or Gracious Hotel
Inle: Paradise Hotel (Nyaung Shwe) or Paramount Inle Hotel
Though no longer the capital, YANGON remains Myanmar’s commercial heart and also the core of its spiritual life, thanks to the glorious Shwedagon Paya (Pagoda), while its colonial-era buildings (decaying as many of them may be) give the downtown area a historical charm which new capital Nay Pyi Taw – and Mandalay for that matter – will never possess. Whether you get lost in the city’s animated markets, seek out beer and barbecue in Chinatown, visit Hindu temples or take an eye-opening ride on a commuter train, Yangon’s streets provide a vibrant and engaging introduction to the country.
Most travellers spend most of their time downtown, in the grid of streets north of the Yangon River that has Sule Paya at its heart. The main reason to head out of the downtown area is Shwedagon Paya, although there a number of other attractions further north including the shady shores of Kandawgyi Lake, busy (but almost tourist-free) Hledan Market and the enormous marble Buddha at Kyauk Taw Gyi.
The sheer scale of BAGAN (formerly known as Pagan), which covers 67 square km and includes more than two thousand Buddhist structures, is almost impossible to take in. Individual temples, stupas and monasteries impress in different ways – for their evocative frescoes, their imposing bulk or their graceful simplicity – but it’s the broader sweep that tends to stay etched in visitors’ memories: the spectacle of hot air balloons rising from behind stupas at dawn, the cool, calm relief of temple interiors in the heat of the day, or grand sunset vistas viewed from terraces.
The main transport hub is Nyaung U, which is the nearest thing here to a large town, although once you get off the main roads it quickly feels like a village. It’s where most budget travellers base themselves, and has by far the largest range of restaurants.
Southwest from here is Old Bagan, an area that includes the site of the old walled palace and has the greatest concentration of must-see temples and pagodas – they’re packed in to the extent that you can walk between them, unlike in other parts of Bagan. The government expelled the residents of Old Bagan in 1990 partly so that it could be converted into a tourist zone, and today the only life in its streets consists of wide-eyed foreigners taking in the sights.
New Bagan, a dusty and not especially engaging grid of streets to the south, was where the residents were relocated. It’s worth passing through even if you aren’t staying in one of its mid-range hotels, though, as there are a few impressive temples in the area.
A large part of the pleasure of Bagan lies in exploring and visiting buildings as they catch your eye, but if time really is limited, then don’t miss Shwezigon Paya, Ananda Pahto, Shwesandaw Paya and Dhammayangyi Pahto. At sunset everyone rushes to find temples which can be climbed for good views: Shwesandaw Paya and Pyathada Paya are particularly popular, while quieter options include Buledi, though there are many more.
Vast and serene Inle Lake is one of the undoubted highlights of most trips to Myanmar. Its attractions are not just in its considerable natural beauty, however, but also in the stilt villages of the Intha (“Sons of the Lake”, descendants of Mon people from the far southeast), for whom it is home.
While the lake is very firmly on the beaten path, it’s big enough that you only really notice how many other foreigners are around when your boat pulls up at one of the stops. Even the markets are aimed more at villagers of the various ethnic groups that live in the area – among them Shan, Pa-O, Kayah and Danu – than they are at tourists.
A typical day-trip, taken in a long, narrow boat with a noisy outboard motor, will stick to the northern reaches of the lake. It will include visits to small workshops in stilt villages, some of the most interesting being cheroot making in Tha Lay and lotus fibre weaving in In Paw Khone, plus one or more pagodas and probably a market. You are also likely to see fishermen using traditional conical nets, propelling their boats using a distinctive leg-rowing technique, and other Intha residents of the lake tending to fruit and vegetables on floating gardens.
Heho is a small town in Kalaw Township, Taunggyi District, Shan State of Myanmar (formerly Burma). It is the primary air gateway to tourist areas such as Inle Lake.
Heho is connected by NH4 to Sakangyi and Taunggyi, the capital of the Shan State in the east. A dirt road northwest from Heho leads to the old silver-lead mines of Maw Son (Baw Zaing).
- Costs valid from 01 Nov 2015 to 31 March 2016.
- Above costs does not apply for peak season from 23Dec 2015 to 10Jan 2016, please ask for new quotation for that period.
- Travelers travelled during Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve, there will be compulsory dinners for these auspicious days, dinner rates will be informed accordingly.
- Domestic airfares are subject to change without prior notice, will inform and collect if the airlines announce fuel surcharge, airport tax, etc etc.
- Note: All museums close every monday and tuesday in Myanmar