ESSENTIAL MYANMAR (8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS)
YANGON – BAGAN – MANDALAY – INLE LAKE – YANGON DAY 1 ARRIVAL YANGON [-/-/-] ARRIVAL YANGON Mingalabar and welcome to Myanmar! The former capital Yangon, also known as Rangoon, remains Myanmar largest city and continues to be the country's the most important commercial hub and gateway for most of its international visitors. Its colonial background and religious legacy make it one of the most mesmerizing and genuine places in all of Southeast Asia. Upon arrival at the airport you will be warmly welcomed by your Myanmar GREENCANAL MYANMAR guide who will take you to your hotel for check in. Lunch on own account We’ll start things off this afternoon with a trip to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda to see a 70 meter long reclining Buddha statue around the size of a blue whale. Head to Yangon’s bustling and vibrant city center. Be sure to make a photo stop at Sule Pagoda, downtown’s symbol whose construction dates back to over 2,000 years ago. And finally don’t forget to glance through the extensive collection of Myanmar crafts and merchandise located at the vivacious Bogyoke Market (the market is usually closed on Mondays as well as public holidays). No Myanmar expedition can be considered truly great if it’s lacking a visit to the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda. Ready for an amazing experience? The visual delights present there alone, are worth the trip. Witness the colors transform on the 100-meter chedi which is literally enclosed in over 40 tons of gold leaf. Shwedagon is largely considered to be the most important religious site for the Burmese; most visitors report that the trip is extremely memorable and still etched into their minds. After a day full of excitement head back to your hotel for comfort and relaxation. Dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Yangon
DAY 2: YANGON-BAGAN [B/-/-] YANGONNYAUNG After enjoying your breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to Bagan. Welcome to Bagan, known to be one of the greatest architectural sites in Asia. When Bagan was the centre of Myanmar from the 11th to 13th centuries the monarchs built multitudes of massive stupas and pagodas, scores of which are still present on the shores of the Irrawaddy River. The majesty of Bagan with more than 4000 red brick temples on a plain of the size of Manhattan island is one of the highlights of a Myanmar
holiday that will soothe the eye of every traveller. First thing on your agenda in the morning is a visit to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for a closer look at Bagan’s affluent past. Continue to Wetkyi-In, Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with beautiful jataka wall paintings and the stylish Htilominlo Temple revered for its excellent plaster carvings and glassy sandstone decor. Lunch on own account This particular afternoon adventure will begin with a trip to a traditional lacquer workshop. Here you can watch the manufacture of one of Myanmar’s most familiar handicrafts. Afterwards we’ll continue to Ananda Temple, which is considered to be an architectural work of art and is certainly one of Bagan’s most gorgeous temples. Constructed in an earlier “Mon” style, Ananda houses two distinctive Buddha images. Their expressions also appear to transform, according to the space from which the statue is seen. From this location we will journey on by horse cart for an excursion that passes Thatbyinnyu, the tallest temple in Bagan, gigantic Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork, and of course, Sulamani Temple. Take pleasure in an extraordinary sunset over the plains, which will be viewed from the higher verandas of one of these 3 temples. Dinner on own account Overnight stay in Bagan DAY 3 BAGAN [B/-/-] After a filling breakfast it’s off to the vibrant Nyaung Oo Market, where the locals come to trade fresh produce and other goods daily. We’ll jump on over to Ngat Pyit Taung Monastery and investigate the caves at hand, we might even possibly learn more about the local customs and values. This will be followed by a visit to the monastic primary school where we will see some neighborhood children in their classrooms. Most of these children come from severely disadvantaged environments; yet they remain hopeful. Donations are always welcomed by the school. Lunch on own account This afternoon’s activities will begin with a walk through Myinkaba village where you will also have the chance to examine the village itself as well as the local craftsmen. Learn more about the local culture with a visit to two workshops producing Bagan's most famous products: lacquer ware and wood crafts. Watch as the skilled craftsmen use techniques passed down through generations to create beautiful items. There are also various monuments positioned around Myinkaba village. You’ll carry on to Manuha Temple (constructed in 1059!) and investigate the Nanbaya Temple, a distinctive sandstone shrine, which according to myth, was the bastion of King Manuha. Then it’s off to Bupaya Pagoda or Mingala Zedi Stupa to catch the sunset over the celebrated Ayeyarwaddy River. Dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Bagan OPTION: HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE OVER BAGAN The morning will start off with an exciting hot-air balloon ride above the Bagan countryside. You will observe one-of-a-kind views when the sun begins to rise over the Irrawaddy River and various stupas in the region. You’re simply not going to find many other opportunities like this on Earth. (Only available from October/November through March)
DAY 4 BAGAN–MANDALAY [B/-/-] BAGAN-MANDALAY After enjoying your breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to Mandalay. Welcome the Mandalay! Mandalay, the second largest city of Myanmar and one of the
ancient royal capitals is often perceived and described in literature as Asia at its most traditional, timeless and alluring but those who go meet a booming and vibrant city located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. However, despite the energy and thriving business it's where the cultural heart of Myanmar lies and tradition of music, dance and drama are still alive. Your exciting tour of Mandalay will kick off with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda. This pagoda houses one of the country’s most honored Buddha images, completely covered in gold leaves that are every day applied to the statue by male devotees. Mandalay is famous for its expert craftsmen and as you explore these traditional workshops you’ll discover why this is the case. See the manufacture of wood carvings, kalaga tapestries, and gold-leaf first-hand; and bear in mind the methods used in their creation are the same as those used ages past in the Royal Court. Lunch on own account In the afternoon your incredible tour of Mandalay will continue with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda (where the 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures there are collectively called the ‘World’s Biggest Book’). Then it’s off to Shwenandaw Monastery, (the solitary enduring structure from the Royal Palace of the 19th century). This impressive wooden edifice is recognized for its wonderful woodcarvings. Finish things off with a trip to the summit of Mandalay Hill as the sun starts to sink and catch stunning sunset views of the town as well as the Irrawaddy River. Dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Mandalay.
DAY 5 MANDALAY–AMARAPURA–AVA–SAGAING-MANDALAY [B/-/-] The day will begin with an expedition to investigate the previous capitals of Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing. The first visit will be to Amarapura’s Mahagandayon, a renowned Buddhist monastery, home to more than a thousand monks. You will be attending an extraordinary ritual, which is known as an alms collection. All the monks will assemble and walk in procession to receive their last meal of the day donated by devotees from all over the world. Afterwards you’ll carry on to a silk workshop known for their exquisite merchandise. Then it’s on to Ava which was the standing capital from the 14th through the 18th centuries. Travel in a traditional horse and carriage to the wooden Bagaya Monastery renowned for its extraordinarily elaborate woodcarvings. Be sure to check out the Nanmyint Watch Tower - also called “the leaning tower of Ava“ - which is what’s left from the remnants of the ancient palace and Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery. Lunch on own account The afternoon’s activities will kick off when you cross the bridge over the Irrawaddy River in to Sagaing. With 600 ivory colored pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is generally seen as the spiritual hub of Myanmar and claims residence to around 3,000 monks and nearly 100 meditation shrines. Once the sun starts to set, you’ll want to stroll along the legendary U Bein Bridge, which was built in 1782 when Amarapura was the Royal center of attention. It spans 1.2 km across the shallow Taungthaman Lake and is said to be the longest teakwood bridge worldwide. Enjoy this very special atmosphere as the late afternoon sun casts long shadows and illuminates the local people heading home (if there is no sunset visible due to bad weather conditions you’ll be visiting
the bridge after the Amarapura stop in daytime). As a stunning day comes to an end head back to Mandalay for the night. Dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Mandalay
OPTION: WASHING OF THE BUDDHA’S FACE (EARLY MORNING) Get up very early this morning (4 am) and transfer to the Mahamuni Pagoda to witness the ritualistic washing of the Buddha's face. This ritual commences every morning at 4 am or 4.30 am when monks wash the face and brush the teeth of the Buddha image. It’s performed for over an hour by a senior monk dressed in monastic attire, assisted by several lay helpers, dressed in white and wearing formal headdress.
DAY 6 MANDALAY–INLE LAKE [B/-/-] MANDALAY-HEHO After enjoying your breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to Heho. From Heho, you will experience a lovely scenic one-hour drive (32km – 1 hour) which leads to Nyaung Shwe, gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, you will have an opportunity to visit rural workshops that specialize in traditional Shan paper and unique handcrafted umbrellas. Also, be sure to stop in at the teak monastery of Shweyanpyay to witness the intricate wood carving artwork and craftsmanship of the monks there. Upon reaching the edge of the lake, you will board a private motorboat and begin heading out onto Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular and breathtaking sights. Along the way you will pass several villages that are built on stilts over the lake, which are inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the daily activities of the local leg-rowing fishermen and see their ‘floating gardens’, which are built up from strips of water hyacinth, earth and anchored to the bottom of the lake with bamboo poles. Lunch on own account After checking into your hotel you will also visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which houses loads of early Shan Buddha Images. This particular monastery is also famous for its unique ‘jumping cats’ which have been trained to jump through hoops in mid air. Then you’ll continue on to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main haven, which contains five sacred images of Buddha decorated in gold leaf. Don’t miss to explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where traditional Burmese cigars are handmade. Dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Inle Lake
DAY 7 INLE LAKE–INDEIN–HEHO–YANGON
After breakfast you’ll pay a visit to the 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. A 1-hour boat ride will take you to the Pa-Oh village of Indein, one of the small villages positioned on the western shores of Inle Lake. Take a leisurely stroll around the village and the neighborhood school before ascending the moss-covered stairway to the top of a hill. Once you’ve arrived at the summit, you will be greeted buy an iconic Buddha image which sits enshrined among hundreds of stupa ruins and overgrown
shrubbery. Here, from the peak, you will also be rewarded with mesmerizing views of the placid surroundings. The Indein Pagoda complex is undoubtedly one of the most amazing sites around the shore of the lake and it consists of hundreds of small stupas which are overrun by moss and greenery. Lunch on own account Once the day’s tour is finished, you’ll drive to the Heho Airport for a short flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival at Yangon airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your entire disposal. Dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Yangon
OPTION: YANGON WALKING TOUR OFF THE BEATEN PATH After being picked up from your hotel you will be transferred to Botathaung Pagoda which is in the vicinity of the Yangon River. Afterwards we’ll hire a local trikshaw for a brief ride to the dynamic Indian District of Anawratha Road. We will also pass many shops along the way until we reach the Hindu Temple located there. Refreshing drinks will be available at any of the characteristic Myanmar tea shops in the area. Stroll down Kon Zay Dan Street and explore the side streets until your reach Chinatown. The evenings here are punctuated by the exciting Night Market (where vendors selling all kinds of goods congregate). Before we head off back to the hotel there will an additional photo opportunity at the enlightened Sule Pagoda.
DAY 8 YANGON DEPARTURE [B/-/-] YANGON DEPARTURE Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel. Depending on your flight schedule it's time to bid farewell from this amazing country. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to do as you please until your departure flight. In good time your private car will transfer you to Yangon International Airport. OPTION: YANGON TRAIN ADVENTURE (HALF DAY) On this particular morning you will glimpse into the daily activities of Myanmar’s biggest city. Embark upon the local “Circular Train”, which runs from Yangon’s main railway station around the assorted neighbourhoods in town as well as the borders surrounding the city itself. This train travels at a deliberately slow pace which provides you with time to really enjoy your surroundings and get a clear overview of the city. The day will start off after you’ve been picked up from your hotel and moved over to Yangon’s Central Station for your excursion (about 40 minutes, please take note that the trains are very simple, and used by many locals during the day). Get off to visit Insein market; you will certainly find some interesting merchandise here. Continue further exploration of the market, when you are finished we’ll return to Yangon via the main road. This itinerary is subject to changes without prior notice, depending upon flight changes, delays or
cancellations, weather and road conditions, availability of rooms or any other unanticipated events.
TOUR COST The total costing for the above itinerary is found below. All prices offered are only valid for tourists with passport of Vietnamese Nationality. All prices are quoted net in USD and are subject to change should costs from suppliers increase due to inflation, currency depreciation and fuel surcharges or any other events that are outside of our company’s control. A surcharge might apply for peak season dates (Water Festival 12-18 April, X’Mas, New Year, etc.). TOUR PACKAGE
HOTEL2 person per private tour Person SELECT 4* HOTEL1,528 LUXURY HOTEL 5*1,885 Prices are per person, based on twin share accommodation, above mentioned number of passengers and below stated choice of hotels. All prices offered are only valid for tourists with passport of Vietnamese Nationality.
CATEGORYLOCATION HOTELROOM YANGONPARK ROYAL HOTELSUPERIOR SELECT
BAGANMYANMAR TREASURE RESORT BAGANSUPERIOR MANDALAYMANDALAY HILL RESORT SUPERIOR INLE TREASURE INLE RESORT DELUXE YANGONSTRAND HOTEL SUPERIOR SUITE BAGANAUREUM PALACE BAGAN ORCHID VILLA
MANDALAYRUPAR MANDALAR RESORT DELUXE INLE AUREUM RESORT & SPA INLE TWIN VILLA (LAKE)
AIRFARE YANGON–NYAUNG U Included NYAUNG U-MANALAY Included MANDALAY-HEHOIncluded HEHO-YANGONIncluded VALIDITY: 01 OCT 2011 – 31 MAR 2012 Prices are per person per flight. Rates are subject to change without prior notice. Prices are per person. Supplemental charges for transfer and guide might be applied if mornings/afternoons are free at leisure in your itinerary. Please check with us at the time of booking.
OPTION BALLOONS OVER BAGAN HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT OVER BAGAN (2 person) 290 VALIDITY: 15 OCT 2011 â€“ 31 MAR 2012 Prices are per person per service unless otherwise stated above. Prices are per person per service unless otherwise stated above.
RATES INCLUDE Accommodation on shared twin room basis with daily breakfast Meals as mentioned in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D= Dinner) Activities and sightseeing as mentioned in the program English speaking guide throughout (from Yangon to Yangon) Ground transportation with air conditioned vehicle (where available) with drivers. Entrance fees for visits mentioned in the program (except camera fees) Private motorized boat in Inle Lake Horse cart tour in Bagan Water and refreshing towels on touring days. Domestic airfares (please refer to the airfare table). Domestic airport departure tax at all domestic airports (1000 Kyat per person). RATES EXCULDE International airfare International airport departure tax in Yangon (USD 10.- per person) Visa fee for Myanmar Tour options (quoted separately) Drinks during meals Travel insurance Personal expenses (souvenirs, laundry etc.) Christmas and New Year compulsory dinner supplement (TBA at time of booking) Early check in and late check out from hotel Tips for guides, driver and other suppliers Any other services/items not mentioned in inclusions
IMPORTANT NOTES RESERVATION Please note that no reservation has been made yet at this stage. Upon receipt of a written confirmation of your tour program, we will proceed with the bookings subject to availability. CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT Please note that the official check-in time at all hotels is 14:00hrs and the official check-out time 12:00hrs. Early check-in and late check-out are subject to availability and additional charge. HOTEL CATEGORIES
There is no official hotel accreditation system in Myanmar, and all hotel categories on our website are rated by the team at GREENCANAL MYANAMAR. We base our judgment on the international hotel criteria – travelling every inch of this incredible land and have experienced the service of each hotel first hand. Instead of opting for a ‘star rating’ system, we have chosen four categories to judge the accommodation: SELECT: Select hotels are overall comparable to a 4-star hotel service. They are run very well and offer an impressive array of premium services at reasonable cost. You simply can’t go wrong! LUXURY: These are the very best hotels available in Myanmar; while they are very nice they are not comparable to 5-star luxury chains in other countries. Some hotels may be classified as luxury not due solely to the amenities but also for their historical significance as well (an example would be a colonial hotel). FLIGHT SCHEDULES It is important to understand that domestic flights schedules in Myanmar are sometimes erratic and unreliable. Indicated timetables in your itinerary are to be considered as a guideline only and subject to change without prior notice until the actual flight date. Therefore, please understand that last minute changes might occur due to above mentioned unforeseen circumstances. TRAINS Trains in Myanmar are extremely unreliable and not according to international standards. The interiors may leave much to be desired; you may face broken chairs and inappropriate and unhygienic toilets. However, if you seek a more in-depth experience about the “real Myanmar” and the chance to meet Myanmar people it is a good introduction to the country. In case delays or irregularities we will amend your itinerary in the best possible way.
GENERAL TRAVEL TIPS & INFORMATION FOR MYANMAR not yet comparable to other more established tourist destinations. Therefore, we would like to ask you to travel with an open mind and consider that minor inconveniences are an integral part of your travel experience to Myanmar. Myanmar cannot be used to withdraw money. Visitors must bring sufficient cash (best in USD but also EUR is more and more accepted). All notes must be in pristine condition (no creases, fold lines, blueprints, etc.). Make sure serial numbers do not begin with CB as this will possibly result in the bill’s rejection due to rumours these series are counterfeit. rates are extremely unfavourable while the rates in town are much higher. easiest visa to obtain a tourist visa is directly at the Myanmar Embassy. Please be advised that a single entry tourist visa’s validity expires 90 days after issue and only allows a 28 days visit. If the country you are living in doesn’t have a Myanmar Embassy, you can either send your application to the closest country with such a representation or ask us to arrange a Visa on Arrival (VOA).
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