Burma to Myanmar: An Essential Travel Experience
As Rudyard Kipling rightly puts it, this land is quite unlike any other. The name might change (Burma to Myanmar), but the ethos, people, temples, rivers, mountains, forest, beaches and the land are distinctly unique. As the nation slowly emerges from the military rule to a fledgling democracy, there are so many stories to be experienced and told. From Burma to Myanmar travel experience is our attempt to discover and explore these stories about this unique land.
This is Burma and it will be quite unlike any land you know about.Rudyard Kipling, Letters from the East, 1898
- Destination: Myanmar
- Nearest City (Airport): Yangon
- Dates: On request
- Duration: 8D/7N (customisable on request)
- Months: October to May
- Level: Easy
- Guide: Available
- Price: On request
In search of the stories from Burma to Myanmar, we would travel across the country. We would explore the architecture and culture with world famous golden Shwedagon Pagoda and visit Bagan and get stunning with its spectacular massive ancient temples. We would bike around Bagan and visit the villages and the markets to experience the local lifestyle. We would capture the mystery and romance of Mandalay and observe the influences of other cultures in the region. We would explore the tranquil waterways of Inle Lake through floating gardens and villages, and back in Yangon experience the nostalgic and faded colonial charm of the buildings and streets in the city.
- Day 1 / Yangon
- Upon your arrival in Yangon, welcome by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy private tour and drive through downtown to explore the city centre and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia. You’ll start at the post office – a lovely historic building, passing by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument along the way. Then visit famous Chauk Htat Kyi, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. The feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gathering to pay homage and pray. Photo stop at the Karaweik Hall royal floating barge. Nothing will prepare you for Shwedagon Pagoda, with its glittering gold stupa. At the pagoda observe local pilgrims and monks offering their devotions and enjoy the amazing sunset view at Shwedagon pagoda.
- Day 2 / Yangon – Bagan
- Early morning flight to Bagan. Begin our exploration by visiting a busy local market and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan. You will spend the day exploring the architectural masterpieces of this amazing town by visit to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples. In the late afternoon climbing to the top of the Temple for sunset views. Sit back relax and be amazed by the beauty of Bagan as you watch the sun slowly set behind the ancient Pagodas.
- Day 3 / Bagan (Bike tour)
- More than just temples, our tour introduces you to provide a great overview of Bagan's history, culture and local lifestyles. Today see the real way of life for most Myanmar people by visiting villages near Bagan to view the local lifestyle. Then you will explore Bagan from a different perspective as you explore the area by bicycles or e-bikes. In the late afternoon transfer to jetty where a private wooden river boat is waiting. Sitting under the shade or on the open-deck you’ll be treated to fabulous views as you cruise down the Irrawaddy River to Shwezigon Pagoda. A private boat tour on the river during sunset time will hopefully show you a spectacular sunset. Relax and enjoy the scenery.
- Day 4 / Bagan – Mandalay - Amarapura
- Transfer to the airport for your flight to legendary Mandalay, a city of great cultural importance. This morning visit the second most sacred image in Myanmar next to the Shwedagon Pagoda is the Mahamuni Pagoda. Visit local artisan’s workshops of gold leaf making, woodcarving and marble carving. Next visit Golden palace Monastery famous for its intricate woodcarvings. Continue to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is known as the world largest book due to the Buddhist scripture carved on 729 marble slabs. Before sunset visit a 200-year-old teak bridge, the most photographic site in Myanmar.
- Day 5 / Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake
- After breakfast, fly to Heho, gateway to Inle Lake. From Heho drive to NyaungShwe where we pick our boat & transfer to your hotel for check in. Enjoy the full day tour by private boat in Inle lake. Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most holy religious site in southern Shan State. Be amazed by the local handicrafts, silk weaving, wooden handlooms and traditional blacksmith methods along the way. Visiting Inle Lake is not just about being on the water but also about discovering the Shan and Intha villages on the banks of the river. Pass the endless floating gardens, houses, monasteries built on stilts on the lake. Proceed to Nampan village and see local cheroot factory (where the Burmese cigars are made) and canoe carving.
- Day 6 / Inle Lake - Indein
- Begin your day with a visit to the market, which rotates locations every five days and where hill tribe people dressed in colorful, traditional outfits — as they barter for goods and produce. We continue our sightseeing in Inle Lake, maneuvering by boat though long, scenic channels. We will visit the fascinating village of Indein, with its complex of ancient shrines and stupas and walk though exotic colonnades of stairways and shop stalls. We’ll visit the “long neck” tribal women, and weaving and craft villages perched on stilts. See the lake’s unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. It is a feast for the senses and a photographer’s dream.
- Day 7 / Inle – Heho – Yangon
- Morning flight back to Yangon. Then enjoy a visit to Scott Market, the sprawling 75-year-old Market. At the market you will find a whole variety of interesting Burmese souvenirs, from lacquer ware to gems & jewelry – bargain at the stores to fully experience the Burmese market atmosphere! Drive through the city and observe the influences of other cultures in the region. Intersperse in the tour are various religious sites such as the St Mary's Cathedral, built in 1899, and the Buddhist landmarks of Sule Paya and over 100 year old beautiful Rangoon Synagogue. In there you will have the opportunity to meet with Trustee of the Synagogue to learn the Jewish Life in the Pagoda Land. Then visit Little India and Chinatown – stop to greet the vendors and let them introduce you to their wares – some familiar, some exotic.
- Day 8 / Yangon – Departure
- After breakfast, day at leisure until transfer to airport for International departure flight.
- Accommodation with breakfast.
- All transfer and sightseeing by private air conditioned car.
- 4 Domestic air tickets (Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Inle – Yangon).
- Private boat ride in Mingun and Inle.
- Bikes or E-bikes in Bagan.
- Sunset boat in Bagan.
- All entrance fees & all zone fees.
- Experienced English speaking local tour guide in each city.
- Government tax & Service charges.
- Meals & Drinks (Lunch & Dinner).
- Visa arrangements.
- Other personal expenses.
- Items not mentioned in inclusions.
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