Highlights of Myanmar 11 Days

$3,299.00

Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Ava, Sagaing, Heho, Inle Lake

Practically closed to tourism for over 50 years, Myanmar is an increasingly popular destination in Southeast Asia. Known for a myriad of awe-inspiring temples, monasteries, and other religious sites, tourists are also attracted to the colonial architecture of the cities and the everyday lifestyle of the people.

Myanmar food is enjoying a growing reputation. Based around rice, a main is served with numerous and varied side dishes – like a Korean meal but without the spice and kimchi! Salads with noodles or rice are common, as is seafood in coastal areas. A soup or broth is commonly served with meals.

Travellers may also be interested in traditional lacquerware, hand-woven textiles, and hammered silver or cast bronze souvenirs.

Highlights

  • Uncover Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) through its impressive Buddhist relics such as the Giant Marble Buddha statue & Royal White Elephant, and Shwedagon Pagoda.
  • Experience the the golden Shwezigon Pagoda and more in the magnificent city of Bagan.
  • Explore the famous ancient capital Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city and a UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site, visiting the ancient city of Amarapura, Mya Nan San Kyaw Mandalay (Royal Palace), Golden Palace Monastery (built completely from teak wood), and the Shakyamuni Buddha statue.
  • EXCLUSIVE to this itinerary, save travel time with the comfort of internal flights (instead of coach transportation) between Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle, & Yangon.

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Departures

2017 Package Price Single Supplement
23 Sep 11 Nov* From $3,299
per person twin share
$800
28 Oct* 25 Nov*
* Peak season surcharge: $300

Package Inclusions:

  • International airfares and taxes flying Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific or Thai Airways (subject to availability)
  • Domestic airfares and taxes flying Air Yangon, Air Mandalay, Air Bagan and Asian Wings
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double share)
  • Coach transportation
  • Sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • English speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia AUD110/person
  • Myanmar visa AUD75/passport
  • Personal expenditure

Hotel Accommodation

Location Accommodation Local Rating
Yangon Hotel Grand United Ahlone
Bagan Hotel Yadanarbon
Mandalay Oway Grand Hotel
Inle Lake Paramount Inle Resort

Arrive at Yangon International Airport. Our representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Then, head out for a welcome dinner at a restaurant. Yangon lies in the fertile delta of southern Myanmar, on the wide Yangon River. The city is filled with shaded boulevards, while shimmering stupas float above the treetops. The city became the capital in 1885, when the British completed their conquest of Upper Burma and Mandalay’s brief period as the capital of the last Burmese kingdom ended.
Myanmar Yangon Temple Sunset
Your sightseeing today commences with visits to the Sule Pagoda, then MahaBandoola Park, where you will see the Independence Monument, City Hall, High Court, and many colonial-style buildings. Hop on a rickshaw and ride around the colonial area with a stop at a local teashop to enjoy Burmese tea. Continue along the famous Strand Road and visit bustling Yangon Harbor. In the afternoon, we take an excursion to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, which is located on top of Singuttara Hill, where many local Buddhists come to worship. Shwedagon Pagoda is thought to have been built between the 6th and 10th centuries; however it has been rebuilt many times. It is here that eight strands of Buddha’s hair are said to be kept. The pagoda is covered in gold and contains diamonds, rubies, and emeralds.
Myanmar Yangon Shwedagon
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to Bagan, capital of the Bagan kingdom, which united the regions that later became Myanmar. Between the 11th and 13th centuries, more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, monasteries and monuments were constructed on the plain. Invasions, wars, and natural disasters have reduced most of these to rubble, but today Bagan is still home to more than 2,200 standing ancient religious monuments, and is Myanmar’s greatest architectural site. Enjoy a full-day Bagan sightseeing tour with a visit to the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan’s most important reliquary shrine – look out for a shrine with 37 “nats” (spirits) housed in a small hall. Continue to Gubyaukgyi, a temple in the Mon style, with 547 fine frescoes of Buddhist jataka tales. UNESCO and the UNDP completed an extensively restoration of Gubyaukgyi in 1991. In the afternoon, visit Manuha Temple with gigantic Buddha statues, a captive king’s impression of life in prison. Then we go on to Nanpaya, an early style of temple, with the finest stone carvings, followed by Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture, with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era, with well-preserved murals. Then, visit the central market and lacquer-ware manufacturing village – Myinkaba.
Myanmar Bagan
Today we travel to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano, and challenge ourselves to climb the 777 steps to the animist shrine at the top of the volcanic plug. Lunch at the beautiful Popa Mountain Resort. In the afternoon, drive to Salay and visit Yokesone Monastery, the oldest surviving wooden monastery hall, built on 154 teak posts, and with beautiful wood carvings decorating the outer walls. Return to Bagan through Chauk, where you will see the old Burma Oil installation of ‘nodding donkeys’, and along the banks of the Ayeyarwady River.
Mount Popa
This morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Mandalay, located 668 km north of Yangon and the last capital of the Burmese Kingdom. Upon arrival proceed overland to Amarapura to visit the 200-year-old U Bein teak bridge, which dates from 1782 when Amarapura was the royal capital. Make a visit to Mahagandaryone Monastery the largest teaching monastery in Myanmar. Every day at around 10:30am, up to 700 monks queue up for their morning meal ritual. Next we visit Bagaya Monastery with a superb collection of Buddha statues. Afternoon we contemplate the spectacular Buddha image covered in thick layers of gold leaves at the Mahamuni pagoda, Shwe Inbin ‘Golden Palace’ Monastery. Later we head to Shwenandaw Monastery, part of the palace complex, until it was dismantled and reassembled on its present site in 1880 as a monastery. This wooden structure is carved all over with beautiful motifs and mythical creatures. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, often called the world’s largest book (a set of 729 huge stone slabs on which the Buddhist scriptures are inscribed). Finish the day with a visit to Mandalay Hill to watch the sunset over the city plains. Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay.
Myanmar U Bein Teak Bridge
Excursion to the former royal capital, Ava (Inwa) starts with a short boat trip. Next we enjoy a horse cart ride to Nanmyint Watch Tower, the remains of the palace building nicknamed “Leaning tower of Ava”, then on to Maha Awingmye Bonzan and Bargayar (‘Starflower’) Monasteries The former isfamous for its structure of brick and stucco in imitation of traditional wooden monasteries, and the latter for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and 257 huge teak posts. Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay.
Bargayar Temple Mandalay
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Heho. Upon arrival we enjoy a drive to Pindaya through the picturesque countryside of Shan State. Visit Pindaya’s limestone cave with its maze of chambers displaying more than 8,000 Buddha statues, and local handicraft workshops producing Shan paper made from mulberry bark, and traditional umbrellas made from the same paper that are used by monks all around the country. Continue the trip to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s best-known sights. Accommodation: Hotel at Inle Lake.
Myanmar Monks
We travel by boat to the middle of the lake then continue down a small canal to the village of In Dein. After a walk around the village, we take the covered stairway to the beautiful Alaung Sitthou where ancient stupas are partly covered by vegetation. Alaung Sitthou offers a magnificent view over the lake. Return to the hotel early in the afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Accommodation: Hotel at Inle Lake.
Inle Lake Shan State Myanmar
Fly back to Yangon in the morning. Visit the colourful Theingyi Market to experience local life and shopping opportunities. Shop in the Bogyoke Market, formerly “Scott market”, featuring a wide range of Myanmar handicrafts, including jewellery, fabric, gold, jade, and lacquerware. Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Myanmar Crafts
The morning is spent at leisure before transferring to Yangon Airport for your homebound flight.
Arrive home today.