Culture & Beach in Myanmar
It’s a harmonious holiday for newcomers who want to feel Myanmar’s authentic culture and idyllic turquoise Ngapali beach; 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.
- Visiting the traditional artist community in Mandalay for local cultural experiences.
- Exploring temples in archaeological Bagan is one of the best Myanmar travel experiences for history geeks.
- Experience the watery world of farming tradition, and the technique of leg rowing – the symbol of Inle Lake, where one of Myanmar’s unique stilt houses destinations.
- Tour Myanmar’s most iconic landmark, Shwedagon Pagoda, and do some sightseeing in the downtown area around Yangon.
- This luxury journey will engage to travellers to untouched beauty of Myanmar, and its traditional culture before relaxing at Ngapali beach.
- 13 Nights (3 stars) accommodation with daily breakfast (Twin/ double sharing based)
- Transfer and sightseeing by air con car as mentioned in itinerary
- 4 domestic flights as mentioned in itinerary (Bagan-Heho-Yangon-Ngapali-Yangon)
- Entrance fees for the visit as in itinerary
- Fantastic boat trip in Inle lake and Indein village
- A taste of Inle wine of one glass
- Full day boat trip to Bagan from Mandalay (or) by car
- English speaking (station) tour guide service for 9 days (No guide service for Day 4, 6, 11, 12, 13)
- Meals: mentioned Breakfast (B), lunch (L), dinner (D) as in itinerary (9 lunches, 3 dinners)
- Cultural activities in Mandalay
- Sunset boat ride in Bagan
- International air tickets and airport departure tax
- Visa fees and arrangement
- Personal expenses and mini bar charges at hotels
- Camera fees and other expenses not mentioned in itinerary
- Guide service for Day 4, 6, 11, 12, 13
- Lunch and dinner unless specify
- Early check-in and late check-out charges at hotels
- Drinks and beverages
- All activities and services in Ngapali except accommodation
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.
Sagaing-Inwa (Ava) - 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 City (B, L, D)
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 the traditional artist community (Dance, Music and Marionette) for your local cultural experiences. It’s a local home-based activity that promotes and benefit traditional/indigenous arts and culture, as well as being a self-supportive tool for them to sustain the intangible cultural heritage.
And you can study as well how is the life there and to learn from those traditional artists.
As an optional activity, Learn about the city’s gold-leaf making industry, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, a marble workshop and other handicrafts shop.
Mandalay - Bagan (B, L)
Continue your trip to Bagan from Mandalay (with the boat trip if it’s during the winter) with private car to study the life of the people out of the cities. After Check-in Bagan Hotel.
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. Dinner at the outside of the hotel to explore what is Bagan’s nightlife of the ancient pagodas with its brightness.
Bagan Leisure day (B)
Enjoy a free day and continue your own 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 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 local tribal villages, 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 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 (B, L)
We provide to experience Inle’s farming activity for the half day. This morning begins with an excursion to experience the traditional agricultural methods of the Inle Lake area. We take you first to the located place where the village of the farmer demonstrator to enjoy the scenery and observe the traditional ways of life there. Continue to the floating land where the residents rely upon the fertile soil to grow an abundance of vegetables which are then later sold and distributed throughout the Shan State. Join farmers in the fields how they used the floating land for their agricultural purpose, to pick vegetables, and learn more about the day-to-day activities of these communities.
Back to your hotel and relax after you have been together with the Inle’s farmers. Then visit again for your experience of the local people in their prominent handicraft workshops 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.
Inle Lake-Yangon by flight (B, L)
Fly to Yangon and visit the highlight of Yangon city. You can explore the city centre where colonial buildings are located. Worth seeing including the Chaukthatgyi pagoda with the 65 m long reclining Buddha image, Karaweik Hall; the royal replica, Shwedagon pagoda complex; the largest temple in Myanmar is covered with a thick layer of gold leaf and brilliant gemstones. Our tour guide will lead you the whole day. Overnight is at a hotel in Yangon.
Yangon – Ngapali by flight (B)
In the morning, fly to Ngapali beach and you will be picked up and check in at the hotel in Ngapali. During your days in Ngapali, we provide no activities, and you may have rest time as you please. Only accommodation will be arranged at the hotel in Ngapali.
Ngapli (leisure time) (B)
Leisure time and we will arrange accommodation only with no other services.
Ngapali-Ygn- International Departure (B)
In the morning take a domestic flight to Yangon (need to inform flight time to the hotel reception in advance to arrange airport transfer), and our tour guide will meet you at Yangon airport to help you with international flight check-in.
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.
- Mandalay: 3 nights at Hotel Yadanarbon
- Bagan: 3 nights at Zfreeti hotel
- Inle Lake: 3 nights at Golden Island Cottages hotel
- Yangon: 1 night at Reno hotel
- Ngapali Beach: 3 nights at River Top Lodge
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 (email@example.com).
You are suggested to carry slipper and something to protect from the sun and the dusts.
If your travel date is in raining season (June to September) we suggest you to carry rain coat for you.
Regarding to our religious matter, Shorts or sleeveless tops and shoes are not allowed to enter place of Pagodas and Religious area.
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.