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HANDS TO PROFICIENT EXPEDITION 10DAY 9NIGHTS

CODE GCHPE10D9N
DESTINATION Myanmar
CATEGORY Classic
DURATION 10 days 9 nights
TOUR DETAILS

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Myanmar is a potential destination to go for in every occasion thank for its fresh atmosphere, holy experience and very rustic memory that absolutely win your heart and soul at the very beginning moments you present in this amazing country. Discover the highlight of the region and explore other part of the world culture.

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Yangon Bagan Inle Lake

DAY 01: Yangon Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your Guide who will accompany you as you transfer to the hotel.

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.

This afternoon, your journey begins with a visit around the city and its highlights.   We will take a short tour of downtown Yangon, walking around Mahanbadoola Park, SulePaya and the main historic, colonial buildings in the city centre. We then visit a local tea shop for your first taste of Burmese tea. Tea shops are a central part of Burmese life, where locals gather to chat and enjoy snacks throughout the day.

Late this afternoon, visit Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar.  The central stupa is 90 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf.  As the sun begins to set enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pagoda and surrounding skyline before transferring back to your hotel.

A welcome dinner this evening will be held at Monsoon Restaurant, serving delicious Burmese cuisine as well as other Asian favorites.

Overnight in Yangon
Meal included on this day: None

 

Day 02: Yangon - Dhala – Twante - Yangon

This morning we cross over the Yangon River to explore two local villages rarely visited by tourists. The contrast between the buzz of Yangon and the tranquility of these two villages is dramatic, but a good example of rural life in Myanmar.

First we transfer to the Yangon jetty and take a local ferry across the Yangon river to Dhala (approximately 10 minutes). The ferry is the main method of travel for locals going between the two destinations and a mini-market atmosphere is usually occurring on the deck. We’ll spend time exploring Dhala’s busy port and side streets before continuing by local jeep to Twante (20km, approximately 1.5 hours) Twante is at the top of the Irrawaddy Delta region and is a vital waterway between Yangon and Pathein. It is famed for its pottery and as we pedal around the village we’ll stop to see the local craftshops and try our hand at making our own pottery. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant in Twante.

This afternoon return to Yangon by road.

Overnight in Yangon
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 03: Yangon - Bagan

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Bagan. 

From the 11th to 13th centuries, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers of constructed thousands of huge stupas and temples many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

We’ll check in to the hotel and then set off for a day of sightseeing. Your journey begins with a visit to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan’s rich history. Then, visit to nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings and the elegant HtilominloTemple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. We’ll enjoy lunch today at Sunset Garden (or similar)

This afternoon begin with a visit to AnandaTemple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed.  Neighboring AnandaOkkyaung is one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period and is filled with intricate paintings. 
   
From here, travel by horse cart for a tour passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple.

Time permitting, enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.

Overnight in Bagan
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 04: Bagan

OPTION: Start your morning with a hot-air balloon flight over the plains of Bagan.   Enjoy the fabulous views as the sun rises over the stupas and IrrawaddyRiver.  This is truly an unforgettable and unique experience! (Note: available only from October to March)                                                         

Today take a break from temple touring in the morning with a visit around Bagan’s local villages. Start at the NyuangOo morning market where locals gather every day to buy and sell everything from fresh produce and meats to flowers and pottery. There are many food stalls around as well as tea shops, a great vantage point for watching the busy morning market. Then learn the interesting process of creating “Poneyay” (pea powder paste) and see how local plum jam is made and packed. In addition, visit workshops of two of the region’s best known products: handmade lacquer ware and wooden handicrafts. In addition, you will visit the villages and observe about how Cartwrights make a traditional bullock carts, still used by farmers and locals throughout the country. 

At midday stop for lunch (client’s account).This afternoon, continue to the rural village of Minnanthu, one of Bagan’s least visited areas.  Here you will explore temples such as Payathonzu, with its unusual architecture and Tantric Buddhism influence, Lemyentha and Nandamannya. 

As the day comes to a close, board a local boat for a cruise along the Irrawaddy River watching the sun set over the riverside villages and temples. This evening enjoy a performance of traditional Burmese dance and music while dining at The Beach Bagan.

Overnight in Bagan
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 05: Bagan - Heho - Pindaya

This morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho, in the Shan State. Transfer by road to Pindaya (1.5 hours), a scenic drive that takes you through many Pa-Oh villages and farms.                                                

Reaching Pindaya at midday, stop for lunch at Green Tea Restaurant (or similar) for a delicious meal of local Danu and Shan dishes.

After checking in to the hotel transfer to the Pindaya Caves and explore the multi-chambered caves filled with hundreds of Buddha statues. There are also fabulous views of the Pindayalake and surroundings from the caves.

On the return to the hotel, stop to visit a local workshop making umbrellas and paper from the pulp of mulberry trees.

Overnight in Pindaya
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 06: Pindaya - Trek - NyaungShwe - Inle La

After breakfast set off on foot for a short trek through the Pindaya Hills. Pass through villages of the Danu and Palaung people.                                        

The trek takes around 4 hours in total, including a lunch stop in a village or monastery. The last part of the return to Pindaya will be by horsecart.

This afternoon drive to NyaungShwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. (approximately 2.5-3 hours). Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, transfer by boat or car (depending on time) to the lakeside hotel for check in.

Overnight in Inle Lake
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 07: Inle Lake - Sagar- Inle Lake

Set off this morning for your lakeside hotel for Sagar, the far southern region of Inle Lake.                                   

Very few tourists make the trip down to this region yet it is one of the most beautiful places in the Shan State with the mountains forming a backdrop for the small villages and fishermen on the water. The area was only recently opened to tourists in 2003.

The boat journey takes 2.5-3 hours but is full of fabulous views and home to many unique species of birds, both indigenous and migratory. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride! If there is a 5-day market en route, a stop will be made to explore the morning activity.

Upon arriving in Sagar area there are several stops that will be made (the order will depend on the time, other tourist boats and activity in the villages) The main highlight for many travelers are the ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar- 108 stupas from the 16-17th centuries that are partially underwater for a few months a year. There is also a local monastery and village that can be visited here.

Continue to the village of Thaya Gone, home to Pa-Oh, Shan and Inthar people and known for its production of local rice wine. Watch the process of distillation and then sample some of the local brew if you wish. In Thaya Gone there is also the chance to climb to the top of a small hill which there are great views of the lake and surrounding villages.

Another stop will be made in SaeKhaung Pottery Village to see the crafting of oil and water pots as well as the natural, underground kilns used by the villagers. On the western shores of the Sagar area is Tar Kaung, a series of more than 200 stupas which also make a fabulous photo stop.

Lunch will be arranged along the way (either picnic lunch or local lunch at a small restaurant)

Around 2.30 the boat will begin its journey back to the main section of Inle Lake. Traveling back in the afternoon the light has shifted and the route looks much different on the return, with different activities occurring on the water and in the villages. Rice noodles can be seen drying in the sun, spun cotton is hung out to dry and kids are returning from school at this time of day.

Return to the hotel early this evening in time to freshen up and watch the sunset.    

Overnight in Inle Lake
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 08: Inle Lake - Inthar House - Inle Lake

After breakfast travel by boat to KaungDhine village on the eastern shores of Inle Lake. The people living here are known for their delicious soy bean crackers, tofu and other treats.                                    

Walking around the village you can observe all steps of the process of creating these local items. Then continue south on the lake to visit the many cottage industries on the water such as cheroot making, lotus weaving and blacksmiths.

Midday a special lunch is arrange in the house of an Inthar family. Feast on delicious local specialties such as stuffed fish and salads prepared by the family in their traditional kitchen. Return to the hotel mid-afternoon.

Optional: take a short bike ride along a quiet road leading from the hotel to Red Mountain Wine Estate. The ride passes by villages growing sugar cane and other items, schools and small temples. Arriving at the winery there is an optional wine tasting and fabulous views of the lake below.

Overnight in Inle Lake
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 09: Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon

This morning transfer back to Heho for the flight to Yangon and upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. The afternoon is free for last minute shopping or sightseeing.                               

Around 6pm, transfer downtown for a fun, evening tour of the city. Take a local trishaw to China Town, travelling along Strand Road and passing near SulePaya for photos of the illuminated stupa before continuing on to 19th Street in the heart of China Town.

Chinatown is a lively place in the evening and we’ll take a short walking tour along 19th Street and its environs. Dozens of vendors set up satay stalls and other snack stalls here in the evening and it is a popular spot for locals to gather, have a drink and chat with friends. Sample some of the local treats as we walk through the bustling streets.

Around 19.30, transfer by car to Pandomar restaurant for a farewell dinner.

Overnight in Yangon
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10: Yangon - Departure

Depending on flight time, there is an option to take a ride on Yangon’s Circle Train in the morning.           

You will transfer to Yangon Railway station to take local circular train journey to the outskirts of town (45 minutes ride). The slowly traveling train gives you a unique opportunity to observe the lively and colorful life of the rural Burmese people.  Disembark to visit Insein market where a variety of street vendors sell colorful wares.  Enjoy exploring the market and meeting the friendly locals before returning by road to Yangon.

This afternoon, visit Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, where you can browse through the wide selection of Myanmar handicrafts and other goods before transferring to YangonInternationalAirport for your onward flight. (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays)

Meal included on this day: Breakfast

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • International ticket to/from Yangon
  • Domestic flights (rate: please refer to our flight tariffs)
  • Meals other than mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Visa arrangements for Myanmar
  • Fuel Surcharge for domestic flights
  • Visits not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips and porters at the hotels
  • International departure Airport Tax Yangon (USD 10/pax at present)
  • Any other items not mentioned

OUR SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE: 

  • International ticket to/from Yangon
  • Meals other than mentioned (B= breakfast, L= lunch, D = dinner)  
  • Visa arrangements for Myanmar 
  • Visits not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips and porters at the hotels
  • International airport departure tax Yangon (USD 10/pax at present)
  • Any other items not mentioned

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