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Myanmar - Beyond the tourist trail - Small Group Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination(s): Myanmar  
Specialty Categories: Sightseeing   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2399 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2874 US Dollar (USD)


Day 1 - Yangon. Arrive in Yangon and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore. Overnight at Aung Tha Pyay Hotel or similar.

Day 2 - Yangon

This morning we visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. You will learn about the history of the pagoda, the daily life of all people living in the immediate surroundings of the pagoda and a deeper insight into the Buddhist religion and how the spiritual belief is mixed with the belief in nats – the Myanmar spirits. Pass workshops, markets and monasteries along the way. The tour includes a traditional Burmese breakfast, offerings to monks and the pagoda and a visit to a fortune teller. The afternoon is free to discover downtown Yangon with all its heritage buildings on your own. You may wish to revisit Shwedagon in the evening to see this magnificent pagoda illuminated in all its glory. Overnight at Aung Tha Pyay Hotel or similar (B)

Day 3 - Yangon to Lashio and Hsipaw

This morning transfer to Yangon airport for a flight to Lashio . We then travel by road to Hsipaw. On arrival set off on a guided walk (approximately 4 hours) through panoramic scenery of paddy fields and seasonal crops, small creeks, Shan villages, local schools (we will hopefully get an opportunity to visit a school), the grave of the first prince of Hsipaw, a local nunnery, and a wooden monastery. Learn about Shan life see and witness first hand traditional industries like cheroot (cigar) rolling and bamboo weaving. Overnight at Mr. Charles Hotel or similar (B)

Day 4 - Dokthawaddy River trip

This morning travel by boat along the Dokthawaddy River through beautiful mountain scenery. As we cruise leisurely you will be able to witness traditional village life from the water in this fascinating part of Myanmar. After the boat ride we take a short walk for about an hour to visit a 150 year old Shan monastery in the forest. There is time for swimming (optional) at the river confluence and on the way back to Hsipaw we visit a charming traditional Shan village where you will gain an insight into Shan life. Your afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at Mr. Charles Hotel or similar (B)

Day 5 - Kyaukme and Trekking

We take an early morning local bus from opposite the impressive post office. Stopping at local villages the bus journey is a great opportunity to interact with the locals. Along with the locals themselves expect to be surrounded (or sit on top of) by vegetables, rice and anything else you can imagine! After a couple of hours we arrive in Kyaukme. We then start the days walk (approximately 4 -5 hours) in the mountains surrounding Kyaukme. During the trek , you will get a good insight into the life of the Palaung people living in the area. We have lunch in one of the Palaung villages where people live according to century old traditions.

Optional: People who don’t want to go on the trek can stay at the A Yone Oo guesthouse in Kyaukme (see day 6) – please advise us when booking. Any day excursions and meals will need to be booked and paid for locally. Overnight at a local hill tribe village house (BL) (Sleeping bag, mosquito net and mattress provided)

Day 6 - Kyaukme trekking. We spend the day walking amongst the hill tribe villages around Kyaukme. A simple lunch will be served at a local house in the village. Late afternoon we will head back to the hotel in Kyaukme. Overnight at the A Yone oo guesthouse (BL)

Day 7 - Kyaukme to Pyin Oo Lwin and Mandalay

This morning you have some free time to explore the town with its colonial buildings and the busy and colourful market. Later around 11 am we take a spectacular train journey crossing the mighty Gokteik Viaduct, once the second highest railway bridge in the world. Through a backdrop of mountain scenery the train will pass small villages and towns where vendors will enter the train to sell drinks and local snacks. We should arrive in Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) – the former summer capital for the British colonial administration around 4 pm but be prepared for some delays. On arrival we will continue by private car to Mandalay. Overnight at Emerald Land Hotel or similar (B)

Day 8 – Mandalay explored on bike

This morning we explore Mandalay by bike. The ride starts in the back lanes of town, passing markets, lively neighbourhoods heading for the north east of the city. After a short ride we find ourselves in the true countryside where farmers tend to their fields and villagers go about the daily rituals often stopping to wave as we pass by. On our way back to town we stop at a tea shop for a refreshing drink and snacks. We return from our ride around noon and take you by motorbike back to the hotel. Overnight at Emerald Land Hotel or similar (B)

Day 9 – Mandalay to Bagan

This morning we take the public bus to Bagan. We arrive in Bagan at lunchtime and transfer to the hotel. This afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of Bagan. The guide will show you the best known temples of the area. We start by climbing a pagoda to get a first impressive view over the whole plain. From here the guide plans his way to some of the other impressive temples that have been here for hundreds of years. Places like the Ananda, Dhammayangyi and Thatbyinnyu will certainly impress you. Overnight at Thande Nyaung U or similar (B)

Day 10 – Explore Bagan

A free day in Bagan to discover its delights at your own pace. You can rent a horse cart, a bicycle or an electric bike or if you book early enough (at least 6 months is a good guide) you may be able to take a spectacular early morning balloon ride over the Bagan plain. Overnight at Thande Nyaung U or similar (B)

Day 11 - Bagan to Kalaw

This morning we have a long drive (around 6 hours) to an elephant conservation project near Kalaw. If time allows after the journey we will take a wonderfully peaceful walk in the forest before encountering the elephants and their mahouts. The project was started by local school friends with a focus on protecting the local environment, elephants and the traditions of local people living in the area. The project includes a natural environment for retired working Asian elephants and helps the local population through education and micro finance. You will learn about the elephants and have time to help wash them in the river and feed them in beautiful surroundings. We will also have lunch at the project in its perfect natural setting before continuing on to Kalaw. Overnight at the Dream villa hotel or similar (B)

Day 12 - Kalaw to Inle Lake

Morning transfer to Inle Lake. Before arriving at the lake we visit a recently set up vineyard, one of only a couple in the whole country. We visit the ruins of Indein, partly covered by vegetation and whcih until recently lay undiscovered. If time allows we will take a short walk to enjoy a fantastic view over the lake and visit a school in Tha Ley village. A home-made cooked lunch will be served in a local house. We continue towards the Nam Pan village for a very interesting trip by small canoes exploring the small channels and observing village life. Overnight at Hupin Kaung Dine Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 13 - Inle Lake

Enjoy a full day exploring this magical lake by boat. We discover its natural beauty, visit the floating gardens, see some of the famous leg rowing fisherman, and have a cup of tea at a local home. Around the lake, traditional markets are held in different villages according to a 5-day rotating schedule. Today we take you to visit one of these colourful markets frequented by Shan and PaO people. We also visit a local cheroot factory (where the Burmese cigars are made), floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Intha Heritage house - where the Burmese cats are bred - and if time, we visit a weaving factory. Overnight at Hupin Kaung Dine Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 14 - Inle Lake via Heho to Yangon. This morning transfer to Heho airport for a flight back to Yangon and on arrival transfer to the hotel. The rest of your day is free in Yangon. Overnight at Aung Tha Pyay Hotel or similar (B)

Day 15 - Yangon Departure. Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Please note that payments will be taken in Sterling GBP and USD prices are based on current exchange rates

Single supplement $475

-Arrival and departure transfers
-Domestic flights
-All accommodation on twin share basis
-Services of English speaking guide / tour leader where mentioned
-Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
-Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary

-International flights
-Any airport taxes
-Travel Insurance

About This Supplier
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Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Jan 2009
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M19089 is a UK based tour operator founded in 2004. The company offers a range of unique, flexible guided private and group tours to a growing number of exciting destinations. Much of the company's product, including the sale of tours in Sudan, Myanmar, Comoros and Sierra Leone is a first in the UK market. The...

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