Burma Cultural Holiday
It’s an agreeable holiday for newcomers who want to feel the incredible culture of these great destinations; moreover, getting to know the local people will be one of the best Myanmar travel experiences.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
- Travel local communities and experience unique cultural activities during your two-week holiday in Myanmar, Burma.
- Visit an unusual place of monastic education (school) for a local educational experience and real Myanmar culture in Mandalay.
- Cross over the famous Gokteik Viaduct in northern Shan State and take horse-drawn carriages for the clip-clopping ride around Pyin Oo Lwin. The city was once the capital of British Burma.
- Exploring temples in archaeological Bagan is one of the best Myanmar travel experiences for history geeks.
- Experience the watery world of local culinary and the technique of leg rowing – the symbol of Inle Lake, where one of Myanmar’s unique stilt houses destinations.
- See the authentic culture and the traditional lifestyles of the ethnic groups of the edge of Inle Lake and Loikaw, home to the famous Kayan ‘long-necked’ women.
- Tour Myanmar’s most iconic landmark, Shwedagon Pagoda, and do some sightseeing in the downtown area around Yangon.
- 13 nights 4/5 stars accommodation with daily breakfast ( Twin/ double sharing based)
- All transfer and sightseeing by air con car as mentioned in itinerary
- 3 domestic flights as mentioned in itinerary
- Fantastic train ride from Pyin Oo Lwin to Gokehteik Viaduct
- Entrance fees for the visit as in itinerary
- English speaking tour guide (station) service for 13 days
- Boat excursion trip from Mandalay to Mingun
- Cooking class experience in Inle lake
- Visit to the wine garden in Taunggyi
- Sunset boat trip in Bagan
- 5 dinners and 12 lunches during the trip
- International air tickets and airport departure tax
- Meals & Beverages which are not mentioned
- Visa fees and arrangement
- Personal expenses and mini bar charges at hotels
- Early check in and late check out charges
- Camera fees and other expenses not mentioned in itinerary
Mandalay (L, D)
Picked up at Mandalay airport by our guide and transfer to the hotel for check-in. After refreshment, we will meet in the lobby and start evening exploration to go around Mandalay Hill, famous cultural Heritage site of Mandalay including the Kuthodaw Pagoda (the world’s most significant book, UNESCO cultural heritage site) and then go up to the hilltop (790 feet) to overlooks the entire city of Mandalay and feel the sunset. It is where visitors can see the ancient square of Mandalay’s Royal Palace, the many pagodas sprinkling the area, and more. Then continue for your dinner and we, MUL will serve for dinner tonight at restaurant.
Hotel check-in time is after 12:00 am.
Mandalay City (B, L)
From the hotel, we transfer you to the jetty then take a boat down to Mingun village, another bank of the Irrawaddy river. Many will opt to head for the Mingun pier, and there you can view the Mingun Pahtodawgyi, an enormous stupa which would have been the biggest in the world if it was completed. The world’s most massive and largest ringing bell which is believed to weigh some 200,000 pounds and the white Hsinphymae Pagoda with its most notable architecture and attractions are the unique experiences of various pagodas and historical relics near Mandalay.
After the tour to Mingun, return to Mandalay where you’ll visit some optional unusual places for your local cultural experiences. Visit the Monastic Education after lunch. The monastic Education (School) system in Myanmar is a traditional education system with a very long history. Nowadays, the monastic schools assist in providing basic education demands of the country especially for children from needy families and orphans — filling the significant gap in the formal education system. You can study how is the life there and to interact with the student kids.
If it is school off day, we will have an optional activity instead of visiting Monastry. Learn about the city’s gold-leaf making industry, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, a marble workshop and other handicrafts shop.
Ava-Sagaing-Amarapura (B, L)
After the breakfast, we will take a full-day tour of the three ancient royal capitals surrounding Mandalay: Sagaing, Ava, and Amarapura. Then start driving to Ava and will make a horse-cart ride into the remains of the city of Ava, the capital from the 14th to the 18th century. Here we will visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the famous Maenu’ brick monastery. Continue drive to Sagaing, where you can see uncountable white-and-gold Stupas glitter on waves of green Sagaing hill and the whole scene is enthralling. Then continue towards to Amarapura, royal capital from 1783 until 1859, where highlights will include a visit to a traditional silk weaving workshop and the world’s longest teak footbridge U Bein Bridge of shallow Taungthaman Lake.
Mandalay – the historic Gokteik Viaduct - Pyin Oo Lwin (B, L, D)
Early this morning you will be transferred to Pyin Oo Lwin and traversing the historic Gokteik Viaduct. The whole train ride will take about 4 hours. The bridge itself is in a beautiful location and exciting which is over hundred-year-old and built by the British in 1901. The train is slow and bumpy, but it will be a crazy trip through the countryside with an opportunity to see and talk to local travellers. The main attraction is to understand the stunning scenery and to amaze the old Gokehteik Viaduct. You will enjoy the beautiful and breathtaking view crossing at the Gokteik Viaduct. When you arrive at Naung Pain station, the private car is waiting for you to turn back to Pyin Oo Lwin, the city is once the capital of British Burma, 67 km far away from Mandalay. As a local experience of the past, we will arrange the vibrantly painted horse-drawn carriages for the clip-clopping ride around the town (or) city’s botanical garden and go to the dinner. Then take a break at your hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin.
Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay - Bagan (B, L)
Check-out after breakfast and visit some localities at the hill station city where there have many colonial buildings. You will have beautiful scenery, friendly people and a fantastic experience. You will go directly to Mandalay Airport in the evening. Continue your trip to Bagan with the afternoon flight from Mandalay. After Check-in Bagan Hotel, dinner at the outside of the hotel to explore what is Bagan’s nightlife of the ancient pagodas with its brightness.
Bagan (B, L, D)
Bagan, thousands of temples on the plains of ancient capital and it is one of Asia’s most stunning archaeological sites. Explore the most beautiful and historically significant temples with your tour guide who will give you detailed insights and take you to the lesser-known areas. Visit a traditional lacquer ware factory and have the chance to buy unique, finely-crafted, locally produced products. Enjoy a fantastic sunset on the boat in the Irrawaddy river with the guide, and you will have pleasure time during the eventful evening. Then continue for your dinner and we, MUL will serve for dinner tonight at restaurant.
Enjoy a free day and continue your exploration of this gorgeous area with the typical e-bike or take some time to relax on your way. We recommend you to enjoy dinner this evening at hotel’s dinner place where they used to set the Shore of Irrawaddy River.
Bagan-Heho-Pindaya -Inle Lake (B, L)
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for a short flight to Heho, pick up by our tour guide and transfer to Pindaya, a peaceful lakeside town in the Shan hills. Along the way, you can see rice fields and agricultural farms as far as the eye can see. Visit Pindaya caves where more than 8000 Buddha images exist. Pilgrims flock to the caves and install new Buddha images within this complex of tunnels and chambers. Then head to Nyaung Shwe and continue to wine garden at TaungGyi for your evening pleasure. Your accommodation is in a unique stilt hotel of Inle Lake, near Nam Pan village.
Inle Lake with Local culinary chef (B, L)
Means of Cookery class in Inle lake is not only for the training of the traditional curry but also take you through most experience about the Inle Lake and feel you like a local in a real kitchen of the very community floating house.
In the morning after your early breakfast at your hotel, the chef himself will take you to the market for the discovery of local products which we bring back to the kitchen of the house. Then prepare a Shan lunch with guidance from the chef. Afterwards, sit down to enjoy your Shan culinary repast. An aperitif, local wine is offered to help things along. It’s a tremendous half-day outing that informs you the basics of Inn-Thar (what they call the people from Inle Lake) cooking along with the authenticity of the community. Back to your hotel and relax. Then visit again for your experience in the farming life of the local people in their water garden before the sunset.
Inle Lake-Indein (B, L, D)
Explore the Lake by Boat at Sunrise (or) at your floating hotel in the middle of the Inle Lake. After your breakfast, our tour guide will lead you to visit by boat and soft trek along the rural life of Kyae Paw Khon village and proceed to Indein village where famous for its significant small pagodas located on the western of the lake. Then continue the visit to Inle Lake, the unique environment, lovely and atmospheric Inle Lake and leg rower boat fisherman. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, a famous principal shrine with five Buddha images which become the stone shaped by the sheer volume of gold leaf applied by devotees. Producing gold and silverware is a long tradition of Local people here around Inle Lake. And also you can visit weaving from lotus fibres, cheroot making, etc. Today you will discover many local traditional handicrafts and the ways of life there on your private boat which is the best way to experience Inle Lake. Take a break a while after lunch. In the afternoon, Loaf around at the pleasant restaurant near Inn Paw Khon village where most away from the noise of motorised Boat, feel the sunset there and dinner synchronically with famous local wine (or) Training for an unusual technique of Leg Rowing – the Symbol of Inle Lake, before canoeing along the pleasant part of the Lake.
Inle-Sagar-Pekong-Loikaw (B, L)
Travel by boat to Sagar village and Thakong Villages. This relaxing boat journey enables us to get off the beaten path and see the unspoiled culture and the traditional lifestyles of the ethnic groups. And go to Pekon and drive to Loikaw. If, the time is permitted to visit Haw palace and Taung Kwe Pagoda in Loikaw.
Kayan Village (B, L, D)
Head by car to the south of Loikaw, home to the famous Kayan ‘long-neck’ women (the ladies who wear brass rings around their neck to stretch them). In the Kayan village of Pan Pet, you will have the option of short or long treks to feel the village life. Visit Hta Nee La Lae village which is a simple farming village with traditional kayah totem poles.
Loikaw - Yangon (flight) (B, L)
This morning we will take a domestic flight to Yangon (by default). The private car and the local guide will pick you up at Yangon airport and drop at your hotel first to see the check-in availability.
Then sightseeing to the Downtown area around Sule Pagoda and include a walking tour around nearby attraction of British colonial style buildings such as Yangon City Hall, Rowe & Co Building, Telegraph Office, High Court Building, Rander House, Sofaer & Co. building, Myanma Port Authority building and other exciting attractions. Then proceed to Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott’s Market, closed on every Monday & Public Holidays) where are convenient for one-stop shopping such as clothes, traditional handicrafts, foods and thousands of Gem Stores with a fair price.
Before the late afternoon, visit and explore Myanmar’s most iconic landmark Shwedagon Pagoda which is rich with distinctively Burmese symbolism, then glimpse into how Buddhism is practised in Myanmar, from the basics of Theravada to the traditional belief in nats, or spirits. You’ll find people praying at shrines, monks washing the images, and offerings of fresh flowers, hundreds of candles, and a unique spiritual atmosphere.
Optional Plan: Please request in advance if you would like to continue to Mandalay (instead of Yangon) we will provide domestic flight from Heho to Mandalay, airport pickup in Mandalay and one-night accommodation in Mandalay only.
Yangon. Depart any time (B)
Have your Breakfast and leisure at the hotel to prepare for your departure.
We will arrange a transfer service to the airport to connect with your international departure flight.
We use excellent and decent hotels for our valuable clients to secure in every condition except under some experiential and local activities. If in case, the mentioned following hotels are not available on your travel dates with the valid reasons, then we will try to maintain alternative hotels which are at the same level.
- Yangon: 1 night at Sedona hotel
- Mandalay: 3 nights at Hilton hotel
- Bagan: 3 nights at Bagan Thande
- Inle lake: 3 nights at Golden Island Cottages
- Loikaw: 2 nights at Golden Sky hotel
- Pyin Oo Lwin: 1 night at Win Unity hotel
Anyhow, if you do not satisfy the HOTEL we provide though we fitted the prime one in every destination, you are still welcome to address upon your preferences.
Note: If your travel dates are fallen during X’s Mas and New Year, our tour price will be changed with the prior notice. If you have any more question please contact us this email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We suggest you to carry slipper and something to protect from the sun and the dusts. Shorts or sleeveless tops and shoes are not allowed to enter place of Pagodas and Religious area.
We operate this tour in privately as we, MUL considered to the privacy of the travellers and not sharing with other travelers. But solo traveler can still book for this tour with reasonable (solo) price by choosing 1 pax at our checkout page.
We have three season in Myanmar, October to February is Winter (cold) season with average temperatures 20-24 C, March to May is Summer (hot) season with average temperatures 30-35 C) and June to September is the Monsoon (rainy) season, with high rainfall and average temperatures 25-30 C.
We offer this tour all year round and the best season to do this tour is Winter season (Oct – Feb).
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