Burma Cultural Holiday
Visit Mandalay and around | Exploring temples in archaeological Bagan | Experience of Inle Lake | home to the famous Kayan’ long-necked’ women in Loikaw | visit Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
Highlights of BURMA’s CULTURAL HOLIDAY
- Travel local communities of Mandalay and experience unique cultural ventures during your two-week holiday in Myanmar, Burma.
- Exploring temples in archaeological Bagan is one of the best Myanmar travel experiences for history geeks.
- Experience the watery world of Inle Lake, where one of Myanmar’s unique stilt houses destinations.
- home to the famous Kayan’ long-necked’ women and interact a pure culture and the traditional lifestyles of the ethnic groups in Loikaw,
- Tour Myanmar’s most iconic landmark, Shwedagon Pagoda, and do some sightseeing in the downtown area around Yangon.
- 12 nights 3/4 stars accommodation with daily breakfast ( Twin/ double sharing based)
- All transfer and sightseeing by air con car as mentioned in itinerary
- Domestic flights from Loikaw to Yangon
- Intercity transfer by private car (Mandalay-Bagan-Kalaw)
- Entrance fees for the visit as in itinerary
- English speaking (station) tour guide service for 10 days except for Day 4, 7 and 13)
- Boat excursion trip from Mandalay to Mingun
- Exploration by a private boat trip in Inle lake
- Cooking class experience in Inle lake
- Sunset boat trip in Bagan
- Community visit in Kayah
- 1 dinners and 10 lunches during the trip as mentioned in itinerary (B,L,D) B=breakfast, L-lunch, D=dinner
- 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
- Any service on Day 6 in Bagan
Arrival to Mandalay
Picked up at Mandalay airport by our guide and transfer to the hotel for check-in. After refreshment, meet in the lobby and start evening exploration to go around Mandalay Hill, famous cultural Heritage site of Mandalay including the Kuthodaw Pagoda (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.
Hotel check-in time is after noon.
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, is the unique experiences of various pagodas and historical relics near Mandalay.
After the tour to Mingun, return to Mandalay, 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 – Bagan (B, L)
Continue your trip to Bagan from Mandalay (with the boat trip if it’s during the winter fall from October to March estimately) with private car. The Journey is to study the life of the local people out of the cities. You can stopover anywhere when you desire. ( Private car will take more or less 4 hours and if you take the boat it will take the whole day start from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm)
Bagan (B, L)
Bagan, thousands of temples on the plains of the 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 a pleasant time during the eventful evening.
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. End your last day in Bagan is to stay at your hotel’s dinner place where they used to set the shore of the Irrawaddy River.
Bagan - Heho - Pindaya - Inle (B, L)
After breakfast, continue your trip to Shan state with the Private car , pick up by the dirver without tour guide. The car will stopover in some touristic spots including Kalaw and some hillside green fields of local villages. Then to Pindaya, a peaceful lakeside town in the Shan hills. Along the way, visit the Pa-O and Danu tribal villages of Pwehla, as well as rolling fields of dry cultivated mountain rice and potato 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 Nam Pan village for your accommodation, where is in a unique stilt hotel of Inle Lake.
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. Afterward, 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 of 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 the farming life of the local people in their water garden as an experiential visit 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 with the rural life of Kyae Paw Khon village and proceed to Indein village where is famous for its significant small pagodas located on the west 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 that 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 fibers, 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.
Explore Haw, the former palace of the Kayah prince, Kayah Museum and see some of the artefacts of this state and Taung Kwe Pagoda in Loikaw if the time is permitted to visit at this evening.
Kayan Village (B, L)
Today the sightseeing begins at 08:00
Begin the day with a visit 30-minute outside of Loikaw to the Demawso market (only open Mon. Wed. and Sat). This local market attracts tribes from the surrounding area selling unique wears, including the local Kyaung-yay wine. Local women line up with batches of homemade wine, each offering free samples to any interested customes. After deciding on a particularly tasty one, customers will make their purchase., filling up containers they brought themselves.
Following the market visit, drive out the countryside for a leisurely walk through local village and farmland. After an hour, reach the Pan Phet village. Most of the inhabitants of Pan Phet are of the Padaung tribe. The Padaung women are famous for the many golden neck rings they wear. Thought the traditional is dying out, most women over 40 in the village can still be seen wearing these heavy accessories. There will be a unique chance to interact with these ladies a strill through the village. A few roadside stalls have opened to cater to tourists here. So there wil be a few chances to pick up some locally sourced souvenirs and refreshments.
Aftr leaving the village, take the hour return to the car and head for a late lunch.
In the evening, we will head to a jetty on the outskirts of the city. Your private motorboat cruises on the Bilu River which meanders its way through the heart of Loikaw and out into the countryside. We’ll pass under the city’s many bridges; witness locals washing cloths and bathing in the river and finish the 45-minute journey at Thatta bilu village where our vehicle will be waiting to take us back into town.
Overnight in Loikaw.
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 the 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 thousand 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 practiced 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 Mandalay) 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 smart and excellent hotels for our valuable clients to secure in every condition except under some experiential and local activities. If in case, the mentioned 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 Summit Parkview hotel
- Mandalay: 3 nights at Triumph hotel
- Bagan: 3 nights at Amazing Bagan Resort
- Inle lake: 3 nights at Golden Island Cottages
- Loikaw: 2 nights at Golden Sky 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 in advance upon your preferences.
Note: If your travel dates are fallen during X’s Mas and New Year, our tour price can 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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