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Fascinating Burma
(20 days / 19 nights trip)

Myanmar formerly known as Burma is one of the few truly original travel experiences remaining in this much-traveled world. Decades of isolation have preserved here many of the traditional features that have been lost in other Asian countries. Fascinating Myanmar is a carefully designed single-country program giving an in depth picture of the wealth of cultural and scenic attractions this country has to offer.

Brief itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at Yangon. Visits
Day 2: Yangon- flight to Sittwe
Day 3: Sittwe - Mrauk U. Visit Mrauk U
Day 4: Mrauk U
Day 5: Mrauk U– Village Chin- Mrauk U
Day 6: Mrauk U- Sittwe- flight to Yangon, stop in Ngapali
Day 7: Yangon- flight to Mandalay
Day 8: Mandalay- Mingun-Ava- Amarapura- Mandalay.
Day 9: Mandalay- Moniwa
Day 10: Moniwa- Pakkhoku- Mount Popa
Day 11: Mount Popa- Salay- Bagan
Day 12: Bagan. Guided tour
Day 13: Bagan. Guided tour
Day 14: Bagan- flight to Heho- Pindaya- Inle
Day 15: Inle- Indein- Inle
Day 16: Inle-Sagar-Inle
Day 17: Inle-Heho- Golden Rock
Day 18: Yangon- Golden Rock
Day 19: Golden Rock- Bago-Yangon
Day 20: Yangon. Departure flight. End of voyage.

 

Day 1: Arrival at Yangon. Visits
On arrival at the airport, you are met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Visit Yangon: Walking through the old colonial quarters, visit the Sule Pagoda. Late afternoon visit the Shwedagon Pagoda. Shwedagon is the most sacred pagoda as it enshrines the relics of the three earlier buddhas and the eight hairs of Gautama Buddha, it rises 99.4 meters and glittering in gold. Lunch and dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Yangon- flight to Sittwe
After breakfast visit Yangon: the Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha and the Scott Market. Flight to Sittwe in the late morning with the guide. Arrival in Sittwe, the port city of Rakhine State closed to India that combine Burmese, Bengali and Chinese, it will give you another view of Burma. In the late afternoon, visit Sitwee: Payagyi Pagoda which contains a large bronze Buddha of more than 8 tons, the Museum established in a Buddhist monastery that has a superb collection of ancient Buddhist statues and votive tablets or clay pipes. Lunch and dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Sittwe.

Day 3: Sittwe - Mrauk U. Visit Mrauk U
After breakfast in the early morning, set off by car to visit the main market of Sittwe, where fishermen, town and rural people come to buy and sell fish and general supplies. Transfer by boat  to Mrauk U, about 72 km - 5 hours journey up river to the last royal capital of Rakhine. Fruits and mineral water aboard. Arrival in Mrauk U, and visit  Shittaung temple, a shrine of 80,000 Buddhas, the adjacent Anndaw Thein Temple, Lay Myant Nar and the Pitaka Taik, explore a typical village of the Shakama (Thet) minority. And then transfer to Shwe Gau Taung Pagoda hill for enjoying the sunset. Have a picnic lunch aboard. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Mrauk U
Continue the discovery of Mrauk-U: Laymyetnha temple (1430, first temple built in Mrauk U), Ratanamanaung Pagoda. Visit the The Sakyamanaung temple at Mrauk U who was built in 1629. Then visit the Archaeology Museum, just inside the Royal Palace has a collection of artifacts from the Mrauk U sites. Visit the monasteries of Letkaukze and Bandola with many ancient statues . Diner and lunch at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Mrauk U– Village Chin- Mrauk U
Take a traditional boat trip along the Laymyo river to Chin village where you’ll meet tattooed Chin tribes women. The villagers make their living by fishing, agriculture and weaving fabrics. Some of the ladies in this village have their faces tattooed since their childhood. The patterns of tattoo on their faces vary from one village to another. Picnic lunch before the road to Mrauk U

Day 6: Mrauk U- Sittwe- flight to Yangon, stop in Ngapali
Departure by boat early in the morning (6.00 am) to Sittwe. You will arrive in Sittwe at noon and prepare for the flight to Yangon at 2 PM or 3 PM. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch take the flight from Sittwe to Yangon, transit in Ngapali. Transfer from the airport in Yangon to your hotel. Diner in a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Note: Mrauk U is located in the area of heavy rainfall during the monsoon and is not feasible in good conditions between June and October.

Day 7: Yangon- flight to Mandalay
After breakfast, transfer to airport for the flight Yangon-Mandalay. On arrival in Mandalay, a vehicle is waiting for you to drive you to the city. The first visit of the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Burma depend on the arrival time. Visit the Mahamuni Buddha Temple, discovery of the Gold Leaf Manufacture, Shwenandaw Monastery, it’s a monastery made entire out of teak wood with beautiful intricate carvings. Visit the Kuthodaw Paya, Kyauktawgyi paya temple, Sandamuni paya and the Mandalay hill: it’s a 230-meters hill located near Mandalay. On the hill, you will have a panoramic view on the fortress and the whole city. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Mandalay- Mingun-Ava- Amarapura- Mandalay.
After breakfast, cruise on the Irrawaddy River until Mingun village. The Mingun temple is a monumental uncompleted, due to an astrologer who claimed that, once the temple was finished, the king would die. Then a carriage tour in the old princely town of Ava. On the way back, stop in Amarapura and crosse the U Bein bridge. Amarapura is a township of Mandalay, bounded by the Ayeyarwady River in the west. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
                                                             
Day 9: Mandalay- Monywa
Road departure to Monywa, located 136 km northwest of Mandalay on the eastern bank of the River Chindwin. Visit silversmiths and craftsmen of the pagoda Thanboddhay which was built in 1303 but has been restored several times. The current building dates from 1939 and houses more than 500 000 sculptures, relics and other sacred objects. Continue to visit the Cave-temples of Po Win Taung. which were probably inhabited from the beginning of human appearance in Myanmar. Some of these caves are now filled with paintings and old Buddhas. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel

Day 10: Moniwa- Pakkhoku- Mount Popa
Afterbreakfast. Departure by road (3-4 hours) to Pakkhoku. Cruise by private boat from Irrawaddy river to Bagan ( about 2 hours ). It is the country's largest river and most important commercial waterway. Then continue the road (1 hour) to the Mount Popa, it’s a 737 meter sheer-sided volcanic plug. Mount Popa is a place of pilgrimage since it’s the most important place of worship of the Nats from the country. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel

Day 11: Mount Popa- Salay- Bagan
After breakfast, departure for discovery of Mount Popa Mountain or Flower Mountain. Then drive to visit Salay, an important center of Buddhism in Myanmar with many active monasteries.
Salay, many years ago, created its own unique style of Bagan-era architecture. While visiting Salay you will learn more about monastic life, Burmese Buddhism and this unique architectural style as you visit several sites including Salay is Yoke Sone Kyaung monastery, one of the oldest wooden halls in the area. Then go to Bagan at the end of the after-noon. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Bagan. Guided tour
After breakfast, departure to visit Bagan, it’s an ancient city in the Mandalay Division of Burma. Visit the archaeological site of Old Bagan - Minkaba and Thiripyitsaya: Htilominlo Temple and the Sarabha Gate. Visit the Mahabodhi Temple and the Gawdawpalin from 13th century. Then visit the Thatbyinyu Temple built in the mid-12th century, Shwegugyi temple, Ananda Okkyaung Monastery, Ananda Temple, it’s a Buddhist temple built in 1105.The temple layout is in a cruciform with several terraces leading to a small pagoda at the top covered by an umbrella known as hti, which is the name of the umbrella or top ornament found in almost all pagodas in Myanmar, a Lacquerware workshop, Myazedi Pagoda, the Kubyaukky temple, the Nanpaya Temple, it was built using mud mortar, stone, and brick, and was used as the residence of Manuha. You can visit to the Abeyadana temple and the East-west Petleik Temple. Lunch at a local restaurant and diner in Nandar restaurant watching the puppet show. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Bagan. Continue the visit
After breakfast, visit the archeological site of Bagan (Nyaung U and Minanthu):the Shwezigon Pagoda - a famous Buddhist temple, built in the 11th century. It is a prototype of Burmese stupas, and consists of a circular gold leaf-gilded stupa surrounded by smaller temples and shrines, the Kyanzittha Umin monastery. Then visit the Nyaung U local market, there is a section selling rattan items, another selling tealeaves - a delicacy in Myanmar, yet another selling clothes. Visit the Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi temple, bouddha Shibin Thalyaung, the Shwesandaw Pagoda, this pagoda contains a series of five terraces, topped with a cylindrical stupa, which has a bejewelled umbrella. Lawkahteikpan temple, Dhammayangyi temple and the Sulamani temple. Then visit the Payathonzu temple, it is unique in the sense that the temple consists of three temples conjoined through narrow passages. The interior of the temple contains frescoes, believed to be Mahayana and Tantric in style, the Payathonzu temple and the Tayok Pyre temple – built in the 13th century, which has retained its beautiful sculptures and stucco exterior offers an exceptional view of the temples and farm activities of shepherds and small farmers in Bagan at sunset. Diner and lunch at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Bagan- flight to Heho- Pindaya- Inle
Take a morning flight to Shan and the Inle Lake. On arrival at the Heho airport, your vehicle is waiting to take you to the village Pindaya. Discovery of the famous caves: the 8000 buddha's cave. Then you will visit a handicraft production of Shan Paper. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then you will take the road to Inle. Stop in Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, it’s a red painted, teak-wood building is an interesting architectural structure on its own. Lunch and dinner at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Inle- Indein- Inle
After breakfast, take a motorized pirogue to visit the Inle Lake. It’s a freshwater lake, situated over 800 meters above sea level and surrounded by mountains, it is mainly populated by Inthas "The son of Lake" living on the shores or in houses on stilts and cultivate many varieties of flowers and vegetables on floating islands made ​​up of land and water hyacinth. Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the Jumping Cat Monastery, the Indein Village and the the silk-weaving village In Paw Khon. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Inle-Sagar-Inle
After breakfast, departure on boat to the south of the Inle Lake, with a local guide. Discover magnificent lake scenery surrounded by green hills along the route to access Sankar, also known as Sagar, who was a city Shan princes from the sixteenth century, the site visit. The lake is 13 miles long, and is densely inhabited by many different tribes. Visit the market.  Every 5 day all the hill tribe people come down from the mountains to buy and sell their goods, such as many different hand made items. The market place is alive with activity and the hill tribe people wear their colorful, uniquely woven national costumes decorated with artistically designed jewelry. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17: Inle-Heho- flight to Yangon
Breakfast at hotel, then transfer to the airport (Heho) for the flight Heho-Yangon. Transfer from airport to your hotel. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel

Day 18 : Yangon- Golden Rock
On the way, visit the four large Buddha statues at Kyaikpun Pagoda near Pegu.
The Arrival at the pilgrimage village is a starting point for the famous Golden Rock. We take a truck until the road Yathetaung platform (the only way to access the site). It will take about 1 hour walking up the hill of the golden rock Kyaiktiyo that rises to 1100 meters. The famous 'Golden Rock' is a sacred, massive gold-leafed boulder delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff near the top of Mt. Kyaik htie yoe and it is one of the most revered Buddhist shrines.
Discovery of the pavilions which burns incense brought by pilgrims from all over Burma on this high place of worship that brings the Burmese minorities and many converted to Buddhism and visit the shrines where there is great fervor that mixes Buddhist worship, the spirits, local superstitions and ancient traditional medicines
You will enjoy the sunset at the Golden Rock that offers an exceptional view of the peaks Mon and Karen.
Lunch at a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Kyaktiyo.

Day 19: Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon
After breakfast, you walk down the hill and take a truck to pilgrimage village. Then depart with vehicle for Bago, ancient capital of Mon Kingdom in 15th century, which knew a great prosperity during almost 300 years. Enjoy the Bago sightseeing including Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha (54 meters long), the Kyatkatwine Teaching Monastery (one of the largest monasteries in Myanmar, thousands of monks receive their education at Kyatkatwine) and the Shwemawdaw Pagoda (the pagoda can be seen from as far as 6 miles outside the city). Lunch at a local restaurant. Then drive back to Yangon. Diner and overnight at hotel.

Note:
- It is possible to use a sedan chair to climb the golden rock - Kyaiktiyo (supplement on place)
- There is a big pilgrimage in December and a festival of Lights in Kyaiktiyo for the full moon (Tazaungmon) in November

Day 20: Yangon. Departure flight
Free Day in Yangon. Lunch and dinner on your own. Transfer to the airport. End of your trip.

Tour price
(Price per person in US $)
Valid till 30thSeptember  2017

 Hotel category

Group
of 2

Group
of 3- 5

Group
of 6- 9

Group
of 10-15

Group
of 16-19

Group more than 20

Sgl
Sup

Standard

5.090

4.655

3.978

3.542

3.510

3.428

1031

Superior

6.287

5.850

5.173

4.832

4.706

4.686

2.163

Deluxe

6.894

6.464

6.008

5.477

5.357

5.268

2.738

Note: Supplement will be added to the price of the trip during Christmas and New Year period (from the 24 of December 2016 to the 05th of January 2017), and also during the Tet Holiday from the 27th of January to 05th February 2017

Name of city/ List of hotels

Standard

Superior

Name of city/ List of hotels

Yangon  

Panorama Hotel**
(Superior room)

Summit Park View Hotel*** 
(Superior room)

Savoy Hotel****
(Deluxe room)

Sittwe

Sittwe Hotel**
(Junior Suite)

Sittwe Hotel**
(Junior Suite)

Sittwe Hotel**
(Junior Suite)

Mrauk U

Nawarat Hotel**
(Superior room)

Mrauk U Princess Resort***
(Village House)

Mrauk U Princess Resort***
(Village House)

Mandalay

Silver Star**
(Superior room)

Mandalay City***
(Superior room)

Mandalay Hill Resort****
(Deluxe room)

Popa     

Mont Popa Resort****
(Deluxe room)

Mont Popa Resort****
(Deluxe room)

Mont Popa Resort****
(Deluxe room)

Bagan

Arthawka**
(Deluxe room)

Amazing Bagan Hotel***
(Deluxe room)

Tharabar Gate****
(
Deluxe room)

Inle 

Paradise Hotel-Lac Inle**
(Superior room)

Sky Lake Resort***
(Superior room)

Inle Resort****
(Deluxe room)

Rocher d’Or

Kyaiktiyo Hotel**
(Superior room)

Kyaiktiyo Hotel**
(Superior room)

Mountain Top***
(Deluxe room)

 

The price is included:

The price is excluded:

  • Accommodation based on twin sharing room including breakfast
  • Domestic flight in economy class of local agent airline
  • Transfer of hotels-Airport- hotels with a private car
  • English speaking guide
  • Visit with private car, private boat as program
  • The Puppet Show in the restaurant Nandar in Bagan.
  • All meals mentioned in the program
  • Frais d’entrées des sites et pagodes mentionnés dans le programme.
  • International flights, airport taxes, visa
  • Drinks, tips and any personal expenses
  • Visa Fees & Travels insurance
  • Thecostsof photos inthePagoda 
  • Bike rental or Carriages
  • Supplement for single room
  • Meals mentioned free
  • Other services are not mentioned above including

 

Additional Remarks:
Itinerary is subject to change depending on the confirmed flights, road conditions, and room availability.
Hotels listed in above might not be upto standard of your expectation, especially in the remote area where limitation of accommodation.
Prices are subject to change in case of VAT or other tax increases and USD currency fluctuations.

Observations:

The proposed trip has been tailored with great and professional care for your group only, and per your request such as the number of participants, the holiday period, the category of hotels ect. Your trip will be definitive after your confirmation and your deposit.

The hotels mentioned in the above list is for your reference only, They can be replaced by another hotel of similar quality and rating, in case the hotels are fully booked or have any “force majeurs”.
Please note that check-in time is from 14 pm and latest check-out time is at 12 am.

Domestic flights are provided by the local airline of the country you visit. The flight times may be changed without prior notice. Mandarin Road VOYAGE can not be liable for these force majers.

In general, all information in this document are only valid at the time when we make the trip for you. It can be changed for reasons beyond the control of Mandarin Road VOYAGES, such as : acts of God, acts of government, war (whether declared or not), threat of war, other hostilities, terrorist activity, civil strife, strikes, riots, fire, thefts, epidemics, quarantine or medical regulations, natural and nuclear disaster, medical or customs regulations, technical or administrative problems with transport, change or cancellation of International or domestic air/ train/ boat. We’ll inform you as soon as possible.

For your safety:
Health: No vaccinations are required. However, we advise you to update your vaccinations classics (diphtheria, tetanus, typhoid, polio, hepatitis). Appropriate antimalarial treatment may be necessary. Please seek advice from your doctor. Remember to go to the dentist before your trip.  Please read carefully GENERAL INFORMATION on our website.

Food/ Water: The Vietnamese cuisine is healthy, copious and fine. Westerners will find common ground with their daily food, but also typical Asian tastes.
For water, we recomment you buy bottled water (mineral water or purified). Please note that the tap water in hotels is not always drinkable.

However, please rest assured that we’ll make your trip wonderful and satisfactory.

Have a nice trip with Mandarin Road !