PEOPLE OF MYANMAR

Trip Facts

Starts FromYangon
Ends inYangon
Country Visited Myanmar
Best Time Dec-Feb, Mar-Apr
Price (per person) Fr $ 2,295
Single supplement $595
Internal airfare (per person) Included*

Tour Overview

Burmese culture is largely influenced by it’s neighboring countries, which are manifested in language, dance, music, cuisine. Nevertheless despite all these diversities of lives Burmese people seemed to be intrinsically friendly and polite. They are ever willing to welcome you with open arms and make one feel at home. Join us in our People of Myanmar package to mingle with Burmese people and experience their friendliness. By the end of trip chances are you will have a handful of Burmese people in your friend list…

Private journey   |   Based on double occupancy   |   *Internal airfare subject to change

Day 1: Arrive Yangon

Arrive Yangon. Transfer to hotel.

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 2: Yangon (Breakfast: Hotel)

Sightseeing in Yangon (full day)

Yangon lies in the fertile delta of southern Myanmar, on the wide Yangon River. The city is filled with tree-shaded boulevards, while shimmering stupas float above the treetops. The city became the capital only in 1885, when the British completed the conquest of Upper Myanmar and Mandalay’s brief period as capital of the last Burmese kingdom ended.
Start the day at the Sule Pagoda, a gleaming octagonal pagoda that stands squarely at the centre point of the city. Afterwards, visit the National Museum (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) to gain an insight into Myanmar. See the eight meter high Sihasana Lion Throne, used by the last Burmese king, and other fascinating artefacts from Burmese history and culture. Enjoy a break at Bogyoke (Scott) Market, a pleasant covered market containing crafts from all corners of Myanmar, gems, fabrics and more. (The market is closed on Mondays and public holidays).

In the afternoon, visit some of the more well-known pagodas, including Botataung Pagoda, named after the 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha from India over 2000 years ago. Visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, a reclining Buddha that is almost as large as the enormous figure of Shwethalyaung Buddha in Bago. It’s housed in a large metal-roofed shed on Shwegondaing Lan, only a short distance north-east beyond the Shwedagon Paya. Finally, continue to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of any visit to Yangon. Towering over the city, this pagoda is the most sacred spot in the country, built to house eight hair relics of the Buddha. The Shwedagon and surrounding shrines are at their most beautiful during the sunset hour, as the golden stupa reflects the changing colors of twilight.

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 3: Yangon (Breakfast: Hotel)

Excursion to Dala and Twante

Cross the Yangon River by local ferry, observing the local morning activities on the jetty and along the shores. After reaching Dala, take a trishaw ride past the local fish market, through green areas, and past teashops. Visit the Shwesandaw Pagoda for a dose of local legend. Afterwards, return to Yangon on the way to catch the ferry, and upon arrival at Yangon jetty, proceed by vehicle to Twante. After visiting another pagoda, also called Shwesandaw and the third tallest in the country, explore the daily life of the town itself, stopping to see local cottage industries including bamboo raft making. Finish your visit of the town at the Oh Bo pottery quarter, and observe a demonstration of the local pottery techniques. On the way back to Yangon, visit the Indian inspired Paung Daw Gyoke Pagoda.

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 4: Yangon - Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin (Breakfast: Hotel )

Transfer to airport for flight from Yangon to Mandalay (flight duration: 1h 15min). Met and transferred to to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.

Day 5: Pyin Oo Lwin - Mandalay (Breakfast: Hotel )

Sightseeing in Pyin Oo Lwin

Pyin Oo Lwin was originally a Shan Danu village, but following the influx of Asians during the British colonial era, it is now home to around 5,000 Nepalis and 10,000 Indians. For many years it was a British hill station as due to the altitude, even at the height of the hot season, it is pleasantly cool and the air is fresh.

Visit the Botanical Gardens, which feature wide expanses of manicured grass, large flowerbeds, natural forest, rose gardens and an orchid house. Enjoy the views of the town from the tower in Botanical Garden. Colonel May used Turkish prisoners of war to develop this 237-acre botanical garden during WWII. See the Purcell Tower, situated near the entrance to the town. The tower was a gift from Queen Victoria, who offered an identical tower to Cape Town in South Africa.
South of the central area is the Church Of The Immaculate Conception, which features a large brick sanctuary with a belltower and cruciform floor plan. The vaulted wooden ceilings and well-appointed interior are impressive.

By vehicle from Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) to Mandalay

Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 6: Mandalay (Breakfast: Hotel)

Sightseeing in Amarapura and Mandalay

The last capital of royal Burma, Mandalay is still one of the largest cities in Myanmar, and a cultural and spiritual centre. Neighbouring Sagaing is home to over sixty per cent of the country’s monks, while the artisans of Mandalay continue to turn out the finest crafts in Myanmar. In the morning, head to Amarapura, also a former royal capital, and visit Mahagandayon Monastery; in the morning, monks and novices line up to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists. Pause to enjoy the atmosphere of U Bein Bridge, a picturesque teak bridge which extends over one kilometre across Taungthaman Lake, and the highlight of any visit to Amarapura.
From Amarapura, turn back to Mandalay itself, stopping first at Mahamuni Paya. The Mahamuni image enshrined here is perhaps the most venerated image in Myanmar, covered in over 15 cm of gold leaf. Worshippers flock daily to the shrine at four in the morning to observe the unique face-washing ceremony. En route to the pagoda, stop to observe the laborious process of gold-leaf beating, where gold is painstakingly hammered out into tissue-thin squares. Continue to Shwenandaw Kyaung, or the Golden Teak Monastery. Built entirely of golden teak, this intricately carved wooden monastery was once part of the Mandalay Palace, used as private apartments by King Mindon and his chief queen. Afterwards visit Kyauktawgyi Paya, famous for its monumental seated Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. Continue to Kuthodaw Paya, known also as “the world’s biggest book”. Around the central stupa are miniature pavilions, each housing a slab of marble numbering altogether 729, these slabs are inscribed with the entire Tripitkata, or Buddhist scriptures. The final stop is at Shwe Kyin Old Monastery, an old monastery at the base of Mandalay Hill, which was built during the period of King Mindon.

Visit Mandalay Hill at sunset

Visit Mandalay Hill and take an easy climb up sheltered steps to experience panoramic views over the palace, Mandalay and the paya-studded countryside. The famous hermit monk, U Khanti, is credited with inspiring the construction of many of the buildings on and around the hill in the years after the founding of the city.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 7: Mandalay - Heho - Pindaya (Breakfast: Hotel )

Transfer to airport for flight from Mandalay to Heho (flight duration: 30 mins)

Drive from Heho to Pindaya

Visit Pindaya Caves

Pindaya Caves are ensconced in a limestone ridge overlooking the lake. Inside the cavern there are more than 8000 Buddha images made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement, and they are arranged in such a way as to form a labyrinth throughout the various cave chambers. See the Shwe U Min Paya, a cluster of low stupas just below the ridge near the Pindaya Caves. Beginning on the full moon of Tabaung (February/March), Pindaya hosts a colourful pagoda festival at Shwe U Min.

Visit local market and paper umbrella factory

Overnight in Pindaya.

Day 8: Pindaya - Inle Lake (Breakfast: Hotel)

Transfer (by private vehicle) from Pindaya to Inle Lake.

Excursion by boat on Inle Lake

Enjoy a boat ride on Inle Lake and discover its calm serenity, still waters and colourful brush strokes of floating vegetation and slow moving fishing canoes. Rolling high hills hug the lake on all sides, as the lake’s shore and islands host 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people. Enjoy the awe inspiring scenery and meditate on the one of a kind skill of the local fishermen who make use of their legs in a unique rowing technique to glide themselves gracefully around the lake. Visit the enchanting floating gardens, a teeming market and an Intha village around the lake. The day also includes a visit to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Paw Khon Village (Lotus and silk weaving villages) and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery.

Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 9: Inle Lake - Heho - Kengtung (Breakfast: Hotel)

Transfer by boat

By vehicle from Inle Lake to Heho

Flight from Heho to Kengtung (flight duration: 35 mins)

Transfer

Sightseeing in Kengtung

Visit Wat Jong Kham

Wat Jong Kham features a tall gilded zedi topped by a gold hti inlaid with silver, rubies, diamonds, sapphires and jade, and hung with tiny golden bells. Legend says that Jong Kham dates to a visit by Gautama Buddha and that the zedi contains six strands of his hair.

Visit Standing Buddha Statue

Visit Thit Ta Pin Taung (Lone Tree Hill)

Thit Ta Pin Taung is Diefero Capus Tree well over 200 years old and was planted by King Alaung Phaya, the founder of third Myanmar Dynasty. Enjoy views of the town from here. The tree is located to the south of the Central Market.

Overnight in Kengtung.

Day 10: Kengtung (Breakfast: Hotel )

Sightseeing in Kengtung

Tucked away in the far eastern corner of Shan State, Kengtung is a sleepy but historic centre for the state’s Khun culture, surrounded by Wa, Shan, Akha and Lahu villages. It is a very scenic town as it is built around a small lake and is dotted with ageing Buddhist temples and crumbling British colonial architecture. Visit Naung Tong Lake, located in the centre of town, is a pleasant area to stroll around, and is a perfect place to soak up the atmosphere of this sleepy town, dotted with examples of colonial architecture and numerous tea shops, where the locals end their work day. At night, there are a few street vendors selling food in the area for any late night food or local whiskey indulgences. Head to Wat Pha Jao Lung, a 19th century temple which got its Burmese name Maha Myat Muni from a 1920 replica of the Mandalay Maha Myat Muni image. Also visit the Yan Gone Pottery Village to observe traditional Shan methods of pottery manufacturing.

Overnight in Kengtung.

Day 11: Kengtung (Breakfast: Hotel / Lunch: Meals incl. in itinerary (Myanmar) )

Excursion to Ho Kyin to visit Akha villages

Travel by vehicle outside Kentung, and trek for about an hour and a half to the Akha villages of Ho Kyin. The Akha have no written language so their history, traditions, colourful legends, proverbs and rituals have been handed down from one generation to the next by word of mouth. Akha are able to at least recite the male line of their family back to the beginning. After exploring the village continue for another half hour to Na Phi Phank village, home to both Lahu and Akha peoples. Continue past two more Akha villages and continue by vehicle to the Khun village of Mong Zine to observe how local blacksmiths make traditional Lahu knives. Return to Kengtung by vehicle.

Overnight in Kengtung.

Day 12: Kengtung - Yangon (Breakfast: Hotel )

Morning at leisure

Transfer to airport for your flight from Kengtung to Yangon (flight duration: 1h 15min)

Transfer to hotel.

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 13: Yangon (Breakfast: Hotel )

Transfer to airport for your flight back home.

DayCityHotels
1-3YangonHotel Grand United Ahlone Beach
(Deluxe Room)
or
Esperado Lake View Hotel
(Deluxe Room)
4Pyin Oo LwinKandawgyi Hill Resort
(Deluxe Garden View Room)
or
Win Unity Hotel
(Deluxe Room)
5-6MandalayShwe Ingyinn Hotel
(Superior Room)
or
Mandalay City Hotel
(Superior Room)
7 PindayaConqueror Resort Hotel
(Superior Room)
or
Pindaya Inle Inn
(Bamboo Hut)
8Inle LakeParamount Inle Resort
(Superior Teak Wood Room)
or
Ananta Inle Resort
(Deluxe Room)
9-11KengtungPrincess Hotel Kyaing Tong
(Superior Room)
or
Amazing Kyaing Tong Resort
(Deluxe Room)
12Yangon Hotel Grand United Ahlone Beach
(Deluxe Room)
or
Esperado Lake View Hotel
(Deluxe Room)
  • – Accommodation in hotels as outlined or similar category

    – Daily breakfast

    – All transfers within the journey including airport pick-up and drop-off

    – Internal airfare on economy class as below:

    • From Yangon to Mandalay
    • From Mandalay to Heho
    • From Mandalay to Heho
    • From Kengtung to Yangon

    – All entrance fees

    – English speaking tour guide

    – Government taxes

  • – International air ticket (we will be glad to help you book your flights)

    – Expenses of personal nature like beverages, room service, telephone calls, porterage, laundry etc

    – Any meals except mentioned in quote include/program

    – Gratuity to driver/s, guide

    – Visa fee

    – Travel insurance (highly recommended – click here for details)

    – Any other services/items/activities not mentioned in quote include

    – Additional expenses due to events beyond our control i.e. flight delays, natural calamities etc.