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SEA-02 Myanmar (Burma) “…quite unlike any land you know about”

  • Price from: 2610USD per person
  • Trip day:12 days 11 nights days

 

  

  Highlights: Yangon, Shwedagon, Mandalay, Ava ancient city, U Bein Bridge, Pyin U Lwin hill-station, Irrawaddy boat trip, Ruins of Bagan, Mount Popa, Kalaw, Pindaya cave temple, Lake Inle, local markets, local train ride, Shan Plateau, traditional hill-tribes, local food, beach extension

  From the faded Victorian splendor, and breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda, of Yangon, (Rangoon) to the ancient cities of historic Mandalay, the incredible temples of Bagan and the colonial hill-stations, myriad traditional hill-tribes and justly celebrated Lake Inle of the picturesque Shan Plateau. We’ll explore this incredible country by local train; rickshaw, horse and cart, Irrawaddy cruiser, canoe, bicycle and on foot and by road with the emphasis, as usual, on both famous sites and discovering the local culture; bustling markets, authentic cuisine and incredibly friendly people that comprise this highly varied and truly fabulous country. South East Asia as it used to be – an unforgettable trip!

 

  Included in the price:

  * 11 nights accommodation in hotel/chalet/guesthouse

  * Daily meals out of hotel (as detailed in the tour description)

  * Admission charges where applicable as shown in the tour description

  * English-speaking local guide

  * A/C tourism transportation in the program

  * Service charges for baggage handling between airports/train stations and hotels

  * Service charge and Government tax

 


 

  Not included in the price:

  * International or domestic flights and tax

  * Personal consumption

  * Visa fee

  * Tips for drivers, guides and hotel porters

 

 

  Airfare: Heho/Yangon/Mandalay: 160USD p/p

 

  easy – 3 hours hiking on day 9

Payment should be finished four weeks before the arrival of the group.

Cancellation: You may cancel your confirmed booking, but this must be in written letter (email or fax). But if cancellation occurs after your confirmation to book the tour, or if you fail to pay the full cost of the tour within the specified time, you will be liable to pay cancellation charges.

Cancellation charges are as follows:

  • No less than 30 days before arrival: $150 per person
  • 30 to 15 days before arrival: $300 per person
  • 14 to 7 days before arrival: 60% of the full payment per person
  • 6 to 0 days before arrival: 100% of the full payment per person

 Traveler substitutions are considered reservation cancellations and are subject to the above cancellation fees. After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

Refunding: If you have paid for the tour but then have to cancel it more than 15 days before the start of your tour, we will refund all the payment except the deposit ($300 per person). If cancellation has to be made within 15 days, we will charge some cancellation penalty as well as the deposit, according to how much we have to pay to our suppliers. We will try our best to decrease your loss because we know it's not your purpose to cancel it.

Day 1: Arrival Yangon
Morning arrival in Yangon, (Rangoon), via Bangkok and check-in to a comfortable, downtown hotel close to the famous Scott Market. Time to relax before a fascinating and unusual train journey on the Yangon circular line. The (very) slow local train completes a loop through the suburbs and outlying villages providing an original and ‘behind the scenes’ view of local life and Yangon City – a great introduction to Burma - before a sunset visit to the incredible Shwedagon Temple – Burma’s most sacred and certainly one it’s most awe inspiring, sites.
Overnight in Yangon
Day 2: Yangon - Mandalay B/L
Morning flight to Mandalay, and time to relax or explore the area before an afternoon trip to the nearby ancient city and former 14th to 19th century capital of Ava (Inva). Discover the ruined city, temples and villages by horse and cart before a sunset visit to the iconic U Bein Bridge – reputed to be the longest wooden bridge in the world.
Overnight in Mandalay
Day 3: Mandalay B/L
Day tour and scenic drive to the old British hill-station of Pyin U Lwin located on the edge of the Shan Plateau. The small town’s 1,200m altitude meant it was a popular and cool retreat for the former British colonists and many historic buildings remain as well as its famous botanical gardens and nearby waterfalls. We’ll time our return journey for a sunset visit to Mandalay Hill and the spectacular view over the town, Irrawaddy River and neighbouring mountains.
Overnight in Mandalay
Day 4: Mandalay - Bagan B/L
Early morning departure by boat down the Irrawaddy River to Bagan; bucolic river scenes, mountain views and a great way to arrive in the historic, ancient city. Late afternoon orientation visit to the site of the ruined 11th to 13th century capital – still containing over 2,000 chedis, stupas, pagodas scattered across a riverside plain and certainly one of the most incredible sites of South East Asia!
Overnight in Bagan
Day 5: Bagan B/L
Visit Bagan at your leisure: with a map, hat and torch (to discover temples’ hidden stairways), roam the country lanes by bicycle, hire a pony and trap, visit the best known temples or find some hidden chedis of your own. Rise early to take in dawn or sit out the hot part of the day by the pool – your guide will be on-hand to advise and recommend but we’d like to let you visit this phenomenal site at your own leisure and pace.
Overnight in Bagan
Day 6: Bagan - Kalaw B/L
Morning departure by road, heading eastwards to the distant Shan Plateau. Our first stop will be Mount Popa – one of the country’s most sacred sites located on the summit of an extinct volcano which rises dramatically - near vertically - from the plains below. Local style lunch in the town of Meilktila before a scenic climb up the Plateau itself to our destination, the charming little town and old hill-station of Kalaw.
Overnight in Kalaw
Day 7: Kalaw - Pindaya - Kalaw B/L
Day trip through the picturesque countryside of the Shan Plateau taking in, firstly, one of the local farmers’ markets before heading to the town of Pindaya to visit the spectacular Shwe Umin cave temples. Lunch by the lake and a chance to check out the traditional umbrella making which Pindaya is also famous for. Afternoon return to Kalaw and some time to wander the small town and perhaps check-out the market or sit in a local tea shop and watch the world go by?
Overnight in Kalaw
Day 8: Kalaw - Nyuangshwe B/L
Morning hike through the surrounding hills to visit one of the local Paluang hill-tribe villages; a scenic walk, mountain views, visit to the village and chance to meet some its friendly inhabitants! Afternoon transfer to Nyuangshwe – gateway town to the famous Inle Lake - and some free time to explore the lively market town.
Overnight in Nyuangshwe
Day 9: Nyuangshwe B/L
Day boat trip around the picturesque lake including visits to: a lakeside village market, a traditional hand rolling cheroot factory, a fascinating lotus weaving project and the unusual floating gardens.
Overnight in Nyuangshwe
Day 10: Nyuangshwe B/L
Morning departure across the lake and up river to the small lakeside village of Indein from where we’ll hike through the picturesque landscape to visit the site of a ruined Shan city – known as the ‘Shan Bagan’ – where myriad ruined stupas dot the lush vegetation. Return to Nyaungshwe for lunch and an afternoon at leisure.
Overnight in Nyuangshwe
Day 11: Nyuangshwe - Yangon B/L
Free morning at Lake Inle to do your own thing: cycle to the extraordinary Red Mountain Winery, check out the local market, visit a local village by canoe or just relax in a tea shop before an afternoon return flight to Yangon.
Overnight in Yangon
Day 12: Departure Yangon B
Free time to perhaps do some last–minute shopping or souvenir hunting at the famous Scott Market and end of tour.
 
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