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Essential Myanmar 9 days

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Get up close to the golden city, and merge in a city mixing spirituality and architectural beauty. Explore Mandalay and its treasures such as the Kuthodaw Pagoda and admire the details of its magnificent architecture. Discover the hidden gems of the city before heading to Amarapura, a former royal capital, and experience a late afternoon around the U Bein Bridge watching the sun casting long shadows and illuminate the people on their way back home.
  • Explore Myanmar’s most precious treasures the plain of Bagan. Largest archaeological site in Myanmar, the plain covers around 40km square and is a testament to the population’s Buddhist belief. Witness the remains of the past and enjoy the amazing view on the 2000 pagodas stretching in the horizon as far as the eyes can see. End your day by watching the sun setting down and shine through the shapes of the temples.
  • Get off the beaten track and discover Kalaw and its lush green atmosphere. Experience rural Myanmar and the local charm through beautiful trekking paths in the Burmese mountains.
  • Why not adding a lake to this breath-taking mountain view? Explore the Inle Lake, located in the middle of a mountainous environment. Cruise past floating villages and discover the everyday life on houses on stilts.
  • Stroll around the local village of Indein and enjoy a mesmerizing view on the placid around on top of the summit. Explore and trek around the village to discover Sae Ma village and have a taste of the daily lifestyle of Burmese rural inhabitants.
  • End up in the mystic city of Yangon and explore its treasures such as the Shwesandaw Pagoda also called the golden Pagoda and make a time leap and discover the colonial quarter and its gems. Explore pagodas, cathedrals, mosques and synagogues and witness a multicultural and cosmopolite city.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1MADALAY - Arrival

A Hanoi Voyages representative will welcome you when you arrive at the airport and transfer you to your arranged accommodation where check-in time is 14:00 pm.

Let the excitement commence!

Day 2Mandalay - Amarapura - U bein Bridge

Explore highlights of the largest city, known as the “Golden City”, and also the cultural and religious center of Buddhism in Myanmar:

  • The Atumashi and Shwe Nandaw monasteries to see beautiful and extremely fine hand carved teak motifs that adorn these magnificent architectural buildings which house incredibly beautiful marble sculptures.
  • Kuthodaw Pagoda, a set of Buddhist stupas that house the largest book in the world, a vast collection of seminal texts engraved on marble headstones, each nestled in a small white temple, a total of 729 in all.
  • The Arakan Pagoda, also known as the Mahamuni Pagoda, that houses a Buddha from the ancient Arakan Kingdom, conquered by the Burmese. This highly revered Buddha is endlessly being covered in gold leaf.

Heading to Amarapura, Myanmar penultimate royal capital

  • Stop at a silk weaving workshop known for their exquisite merchandise
  • Stroll along the legendary U Bein Bridge and enjoy special atmosphere as the late afternoon sun casts long shadows and illuminates the local people heading home

Overnight in Mandalay

Day 3Mandalay - Bagan

Explore the life at the river during a nice walk along the majestic Irrawaddy River and visit a local market where all kinds of exotic fruit and vegetables are sold. This is a great opportunity to gather some unique impressions off the beaten track as there is barely any tourist coming here.

Travel to Paleik, which is known locally as the home of the snake temple:

  • Able to witness a snake washing which is supposed to bring fortune if lucky enough
  • Explore the ancient Ava temples that can around Paleik

Afterwards, enjoy the beautiful landscape along a new, scenic road to Bagan

Overnight in Bagan

Jour 4Mandalay – Temps libre (Visite du jardin botanique de Kandawgyi - Pyin Oo Lwin)

  • Pyin Oo Lwin est une ancienne station climatique du centre de la Birmanie dotée de nombreux bâtiments coloniaux. Située non-loin de Mandalay dans le centre du pays, la ville est aussi un endroit charmant doté d’un jardin botanique magnifique qui lui permet de passer dans de nombreux films et clips birmans.
  • Après un bon petit-déjeuner nous partons à pieds en direction du jardin botanique.
  • Sur la route nous croisons rapidement un petit marché assez pittoresque, le marché de Pyin U Lwin
  • Et puis, visite du jardin botanique de Kandawgy qui témoigne de cette vitalité avec ses espaces fleuris, son petit lac charmant, ses bosquets de bambous, ses 144 espèces d’arbres , son exposition de papillons et d’ orchidées , etc .
  • Un parc animalier permet aussi de rencontrer des espèces intéressantes, notamment des toucans, des paons, etc , dans la volière , des cygnes noirs dans le parc , etc
  • Magnifique jardin botanique, très bien entretenu, où vous aurez tout loisir de vous promener au milieu de très nombreux massifs fleuris.
  • Retour à hotel à Mandalay
  • Nuit à l’hôtel à Mandalay

Day 5Bagan - Kalaw

Leave Bagan and start off the day with an overland trip (6 hours) to Kalaw, founded as an upper station by British officials who wanted to escape the plain’s heat to find pure air, a pleasant atmosphere, lush green and great trekking paths

  • Pass through the Shan hills on a winding road and gather amazing impressions of the rural Myanmar
  • Explore the town ad breathe in the local charm

Overnight in Kalaw

Day 6Kalaw - Inle Lake

A short visit to the local market then be transferred to Kalaw train station for a journey to Aung Ban through magnificent mountain scenery.

In Inle lake, finding yourself surrounded by a completely aquatic landscape, see how everyday life is transformed by its proximity to, and dependence on water.

  • Cruise past floating villages and note the bamboo houses on stilts, specially designed to avoid flooding and their “floating gardens”
  • Observe the daily activities of the local leg-rowing fisherman
  • Visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which houses loads of early Shan Buddha Images
  • Learn about traditional Intha handicrafts such as incredible woven items from lotus silk, boat builders, cigar making workshop, blacksmiths or even silversmiths

Overnight in Inle

Day 7Inle Lake - Indein

Visit lake’s morning market (the market is open every day apart from dark moon and full moon calendar days). The market’s location rotates between the lake’s villages in a 5 day schedule and is also visited daily by the lake’s inhabitants as well as the surrounding natives who also come to sell and trade their wares.

Head to Pa-Oh village of Indein, located on the western shores of Inle Lake on an hour boat ride down a small canal

  • Stroll around the village and ascend to the summit for mesmerizing views of the placid surroundings
  • Visit Indein Pagoda complex which is undoubtedly one of the most amazing sites around the shore of the lake and it consists of hundreds of small overrun stupas
  • Embark on a gentle trek to Sae Ma village, observe the daily lifestyles of the rural inhabitants
  • Learn more about history and culture of the lake’s indigenous people and taste a delicious coffee and cake at Inthar Heritage House

Overnight in Inle

Day 8Inle Lake - FLY - Yangon - Highlights

Enjoy the last boat ride to Nyaung Shwe then be transferred to Heho airport to settle into a morning flight to Yangon. Arrive and be welcomed by our guide and be transferred to the center to explore the capital city of Myanmar.

  • Visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda to see a 70m long reclining Buddha statue around the size of a blue whale
  • Catch a view of Karaweik Hall, a reproduction of a royal barge and enjoy a spectacular view of the Golden Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Visit legendary Shwedagon Pagoda, the most important religious site for the Burmese, witness colors transform on the 100m chedi which is literally enclosed in over 40 tons of gold leaf
  • Check out the dragons and incense of the colorful Khen Hock Keong Chinese temple
  • Explore the vibrant street stalls where vendors sell all kinds of fruit, vegetable and other goods or simply just walk around and soak in the atmosphere of this little China in Yangon.

Overnight in Yangon

Day 9Yangon - Departure

Free time until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight

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Extension

CRUISE ON AYEYARWADY – MANDALAY TO BAGAN 5 days/4 nights

The Spirit

Discover Myanmar from the riverside while you are passing by famous old capitals on your way from Mandalay to Bagan. Your trip will end in Bagan, where you will discover some of the 2.000 temples and pagodas.  

DAY 1. MANDALAY – SAGAING & AVA  Board the luxurious cruise on the riverside of Mandalay. Today you will head to Sagaing and the former royal capital of Ava.  

DAY 2. AVA – YANDERBO  The cruise will continue to the village, Yanderbo. You can explore the village on foot while looking at the techniques and skills to produce a variety of pots. Try yourself to work on of these pots. The evening with an open-air cinema under the stars on the sun deck showing classic movies.

 

DAY 3. PAKOKKU – BAGAN  The stop of today is the old trading town on the western riverbank of the Ayeyarwady, Pakkoku. Right before arrival, you will see the longest bridge in Myanmar. Pakokku is also well known for the production of tobacco, so if you look for buying Burmese cigars, this is the place. In the afternoon you reach Bagan, the city with over 2.000 temples, stupas, and pagodas. 

DAY 4. BAGAN  The morning starts at the Nyaung-U market, which is a Burmese market where everything is offered. After the market, you visit the revered Shwezigon Pagoda and stop at a lacquerware workshop, which is a must-see. In the afternoon you can see an exploration of Myinkaba Village, where the Manuha Pagoda from 1059 is located.

DAY 5. BAGAN  Enjoy a last breakfast on board before your cruise ends and your journey on the land of Ancient Capitals is over or can be continued with one of our other extensions offered.

BANGKOK – A Vibrant City. 3 Days/2 Night

The spirit

Spice your holidays by stepping in a vibrant city, mixing modernity and spirituality. Stroll around golden temples and palaces. Get a shopping session through all of the markets of the city, and end your trip experiencing the Thai lifestyle for three days.

DAY 1. BANGKOK ARRIVAL  Spice up your holidays and step into the vibrant city of Bangkok. After a short flight from Phnom Penh, settle in your hotel and start your Thai adventure. Relax and enjoy the amenities of your hotel before having dinner on the rooftop of one of Bangkok’s skyscraper.

DAY 2. BANGKOK – HIGHLIGHTS   After breakfast, visit the highlights of the city such as the Grand Royal Palace complex which includes the Royal Palace and the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew (known for the Statue of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho, a giant house of the lying Buddha or the Beautiful part of the Khlong with a mix of old wooden houses and new modern mansion. On the evening enjoy a drink on the rooftop of a bar and have a taste of Bangkok’s nightlife.

DAY 3. BANGKOK – MARKETS  After breakfast, relish the taste of the local snack and photograph the Maeklong railway market, slow down on the waterway to the picturesque floating market of Damnoen Saduak and experience the vibrancy of Bangkok daily routine.

BEACH BREAK – White sand and palm trees. 4 Days/3 Nights

The Spirit

Enjoy the white sand between your toes while laying under a palm tree with a drink in your hand. The undiscovered beaches in Myanmar are worth a visit for relaxation and cultural experience. Go for a dive or snorkeling and take a local fishing boat to quiet areas of the ocean.  

NGWESAUNG BEACH  Start a beautiful day with the fresh atmosphere on the beach. Walk along on white sand and play in the waters of the Bay of Bengal. Lovers Island is a remarkable place you should not ignore when having a chance to visit here. Experience parties on the beach with campfires and fishing. Hire a boat with a guide to some of the islands that are located a few kilometers offshore. Here you can snorkel in the crystal clear water  

NGAPALI BEACH   Find a sweet spot on the beach, relax on Pleasant View Islet to enjoy the serene atmosphere of the Bay of Bengal. Discover the world under the beach by diving or snorkeling and visit nearby Pearl or ZalatHtone Islands. If you would like to explore the surrounding village, you can hire a bicycle. Biking is the best way to enjoy the serene atmosphere and the slow pace of life in the country. Take a trip to the fishing village of Jate Taw, which offers a slice of local life. Have fun and get on a local fishing boat tour, when you need a break from swimming and tanning at the white beaches.

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