Burma Cultural Holiday
This 14 days Group Sharing Tour is going to start on 5 Nov, 2018, 6 Dec 2018 and 7 Feb 2019. This tour will cover Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin, Hsipaw, Bagan, Pindaya and Inle lake.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
As a newcomer of adventure traveller, you may feel with the incredible culture of the mysterious nation of wonderful Myanmar (Burma). And what awesome they are: Inle Lake’s unique floating gardens, the great imperial ruins of ancient Bagan, the real Myanmar culture in Mandalay and beautiful scenery of Shan State. This tour is MUL’s group tour and station tour guide will lead you to more exploration in Myanmar. If you are curious about Myanmar culture and history, you may ask questions in advance or to our guide. Whether you are exploring alone or with friends, it’s good value, and an excellent way to meet new people. This trip will engage to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as experiencing new cultures.
We offer Hot Balloon tickets for Bagan, and Inle lake on request. Please contact us in advance.
|5 Nov 2018||1350||385||Available|
|6 Dec 2018||1350||385||Available|
|7 Feb 2019||1350||385||Available|
What are the highlights of the Program?
- MUL Group tour by minibus
- Experience about Myanmar culture and history
- An excellent way to meet people from other countries
- Boat trip experience from Mandalay to Bagan (only cool season)
- Easily book online in advance
- Worry free, and all your travel is arranged
- Multi day trip
- 13 nights accommodation with daily breakfast (Twin/ double sharing based)
- All transfer and sightseeing by air con car as mentioned in itinerary
- Two domestic flights (Bagan – Heho – Mandalay)
- Fantastic train ride from PyinOoLwin to Gokehteik Viaduct
- Full day boat trip to Bagan from Mandalay
- English speaking station tour guide service for 11 days (Except for Day 7,13,14)
- Boat excursion trip from Mandalay to Mingun
- 5 Dinners and 6 Lunches as mention in the itinerary (B, L, D)
- Entrance fees for the visit as mentioned in itinerary
- International air tickets and airport departure tax
- Drinks & Beverages
- Lunch and dinner unless specified
- Transportation for dinnfers unless specified
- Visa fees and arrangement
- Personal expenses and mini bar charges at hotels
- Camera fees and other expenses not mentioned in itinerary
- Airport transfer in Yangon on Day 14 for Optional Plan
- Early check-in and late check-out charges by hotels
Mandalay arrival (D)
Picked up at Mandalay airport by holding a sign board with client’s name on it and then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Evening at 3:00 pm, we will meet in the lobby and start evening exploration to cultural heritage site including Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Mandalay hill for a spectacular sunset over the city. Then enjoy welcoming dinner with the group at the restaurant. Overnight will be at M3 hotel in Mandalay.
Hotel check-in time is after 2:00 pm.
Mandalay City and Mingun (B, L, -)
We will pick up at the hotel and transfer to jetty then take a boat down to Mingun village, another bank of Irrawaddy river. Here you can view the MingunPahtodawgyi, an immense stupa which would have been the biggest in the world if it was completed. You can also see the world’s largest ringing bell and the white Hsinphymae Pagoda with beautiful architecture. After the tour to Mingun, return to Mandalay where you’ll visit some optional places. Learn about the city’s gold-leaf making industry, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, marble workshop and other handicrafts shop. Overnight will be at the hotel in Mandalay.
Special Activity: Today special activity is visiting to the home of Myanmar harpist and to learn the local artist’s life. She will play a song which is a very classical of Myanmar for you.
Ava-Sagaing-Amarapura (B, -, -)
Today we will take a full-day tour of the three former royal capitals surrounding Mandalay: Sagaing, Ava, and Amarapura. We will start driving to Ava and will take 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 silk weaving workshop and U Bein Bridge. Crossing the Tangthaman Lake, U Bein Bridge is the longest and oldest teakwood bridge in the world. Overnight will be at the hotel in Mandalay.
Mandalay – Hsipaw (B, -, -)
Early this morning you will be transferred to PyinOoLwin and take a train ride over famous Gokehteik 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 see the stunning scenery and amazing 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 continue to Hsipaw. You will get Hsipaw in the evening and take a rest at your hotel. Overnight will be at Mr. Charle hotel in Hsipaw.
Hsipaw (B, L, D)
This morning you will visit for a half-day boat trip to the starting point of Dothawaddy river (confluence) is an enticing option. While you are on a boat trip can explore charming Shan village with traditional houses and the beautiful river junction. You can also see the typical Shan style Monastery by walking approx; 45 mins crossing pineapple plantations and fields. Come back and afternoon visits the highlights of Hsipaw. The Palace of the last Shan Prince is the first interesting place for traveller who comes to Hsipaw and also a chance to explore a little Bagan (where many small ancient stupas existed), Nat Shrine and local market. Even you can view the sunset from the top of the Hill in the evening. Overnight will be at the hotel in Hsipaw.
Hsipaw - PyinOoLwin – Mandalay (B, -, -)
In the morning checking out hotel and drive back to Mandalay. You can make a stop at PyinOoLwin on the way back to Mandalay. Visit some spots at the hill station city where many colonial buildings are located. PyinOoLwin is once the capital of British Burma, 67 km far away from Mandalay. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery, friendly people and amazing experience. You will arrive back to Mandalay in the evening. Overnight will be at M3 hotel in Mandalay.
Mandalay - Bagan by boat (B, L, -)
Early morning transfers to the jetty and goes by boat down the mighty Irrawaddy River, providing a chance to relax and take in the slow pace of riverside life. On the way along the river, you can see a local village life and beautiful scenery. Lunch is included on the boat. Overnight will be at Zfreeti hotel in Bagan.
Remark: Mandalay to Bagan boat is available in cool season and if it is not cool season we will arrange by car to Bagan instead of boat trip.
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. Visit a traditional lacquer ware factory and have the chance to buy unique, finely-crafted, locally produced products. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Bagan (B, -, -)
Enjoy a free day and continue your exploration of this gorgeous area or take some time to relax on your own way.
Bagan-Heho- Pindaya by flight (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for a short flight to Heho, from where it is a few hour drive through to Pindaya, a peaceful lakeside town in the Shan hills. Along the way, visit the Pa-O and Danu tribal villages of Pwehla and JiChanzi, 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 labyrinth of tunnels and chambers. Then head to NyaungShwe and overnight will be at hotel in NyaungShwe.
Nyaung Shwe - Sagar village by boat (B, L, D)
This morning, set off your journey for Sagar- located in a Southern region of Inle Lake. This quaint town is still unfamiliar to many tourists, but it is now one of the beautiful places in Shan State which feature charming and rustic beauty of landscapes and the locals. Your boat takes about 3 hours, but you are awarded fabulous views of various species of birds. Upon arrival in Sagar, start your excursion with a variety of stops. One of the highlights of the region you should not miss is the “sunken” stupas of Sagar submerged by the lake a few months a year. You could also visit a local monetary and villages before continuing onto the village of Thaya Gone. Visiting the village, you have a chance to take a closer look at unique making process of rice wine. The next stop in your journey will be SaeKhaung Pottery Village where you will be enchanted by various pots with different sizes and shapes. Make a photo stop at Tar Kaung to admire a wide range of stupas. In the afternoon, turn back to Inle Lake. Along the way, you have a chance to observe a busy life of the locals on the lake and admire stunning sunset when a day comes to a close. Overnight will be at the hotel in NyaungShwe.
Inle Lake - Indein (B, -, -)
Start today by heading out in a motorised boat. You’ll see local life on the lake, including the fisherman who uses a unique leg-rowing technique on their boats, floating tomato plantations and cottage industries such as silversmiths, weavers and cigar makers. Here you can buy traditional wares produced by the locals. Visit PhaungDawOoPaya, the most religious site in the region and take a quick look inside at the various images of Buddha. You can also see a golden barge which is used during PhaungDawOo festival. We will also visit Indein on the western banks of the lake; this intricate pagoda complex has hundreds of Shan style stupas clustered together on the hillside. I am sure it will be a good place for fantastic photographic opportunity for you. Overnight will be at hotel NyaungShwe.
Inle Lake – Mandalay by flight (B)
Today we will take a domestic flight and fly back to Mandalay (by default). Our car will pick you up at Mandalay airport and drop at your hotel only. Depend on arrival time to Mandalay airport you may have free time, and we suggest you to explore more about the city or anywhere you interest on your own way. Overnight will be at M3 hotel Mandalay.
Optional Plan: Please request in advance if you would like to continue to Yangon (instead of Mandalay) we will provide domestic flight from Heho to Yangon, airport pickup in Yangon and one-night accommodation at Esta hotel in Yangon only. Air port transfer in the next day for departure is not included in our price.
Mandalay (B). Depart any time
Have your Breakfast at the hotel and our small group tour finish this morning. We will arrange transfer service (in Mandalay only) to the airport to connect with your international departure flight.
We use good and clean hotels for our valuable clients and our online price are based on the standard hotels (see more) categories as we intend for the most pleasure for all travelers. If the mentioned hotels are fully booked on your travel date, then we will try to book alternative hotels which are in the same level.
|Destination||Hotel Name||No. of Night|
|Mandalay||M3 hotel||5 nights|
|Hsipaw||Mr. Charle||2 nights|
|Bagan||Zfreeti hotel||3 nights|
|Nyaung Shwe||81 hotel||3 nights|
If you book this tour during water festival (13 to 18 April 2019), our tour price will be changed and kindly contact us for the extra charges. If you have any more question please contact us this email ([email protected]).
You are suggested to carry slipper and something to protect from the sun and the dusts.
If your travel date is raining season (June to September) we suggest you to carry rain coat for you.
We can arrange optional Balloon ride over the Bagan and Inle lake (only in cool season) depend on your request. Spaces are limited and advance booking is needed.