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Myanmar Highlights
Yangon to Yangon
Duration: 9 days
Tour code: TRSH

Highlights

  • Spend an afternoon touring the temple town of Bagan by bicycle. This is a fantastic way to see the thousands of spectacular temples, stupas and pagodas
  • Join a homegrown master of Burmese cuisine as you stock up on market ingredients, cook up a storm in a cooking class, then feast on the results – all the while supporting a community library initiative
  • Enjoy an action-packed activity schedule in Mandalay. Visit the magnificent Mandalay Palace, tour a local village and monastery, and discover the hill-top pagodas of Sagaing
  • Explore Inle Lake on a peaceful canoe trip, followed by a boat tour of its floating islands and local village industries
  • Be dazzled by Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset. Myanmar's religious crown jewel comes alive in the dusk, with thousands of glittering diamonds on its golden stupa

Discover the magic of Myanmar on a nine-day journey through some of its very best sights. Bookend your adventure in beautiful Yangon, where the golden Shwedagon Pagoda glitters in the sunset, and experience the many facets of Myanmar's heart and soul in between – tranquil temples, home-cooked cuisine, heartwarming villagers, grassroots culinary wizardry, floating lake islands and handmade local industry. Many modes of transport, from plane to bike to canoe, make for a convenient, exhilarating and authentic adventure across this mythical land.

What's included?

Meals

8 breakfasts, lunch

Transport

Bicycle , Boat , Canoe , Plane , Private minbus

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights)

Included activities

  • Bagan - Temple bike tour
  • Bagan - Local cooking class
  • Mandalay - Shwenandaw Teak Monastery
  • Mandalay - Boat trip to Mingun
  • Mandalay - U Bein Bridge
  • Myin Ma Hti - Myin Ma Hti Cave & Village
  • Inle Lake - Boat trip & village tour
  • Inle Lake - Canoe tour
  • Yangon - Shwedagon Pagoda and oil lamp lighting

Itinerary

Day 1
Yangon
Min Gala Ba! Welcome to Myanmar. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. After the meeting, there's an optional group dinner – a great chance to chat with fellow travellers and enjoy sumptuous Myanma cuisine, which draws variously on Mon, Indian and Chinese flavours.

Optional activities:

  • Yangon - Bogyoke Market (Scotts Market) - Free
  • Yangon - Sule Pagoda ($3000)
  • Yangon - Let Yangon Take You For a Ride Urban Adventure ($33)
  • Yangon - Myanmar Gems Museum & Gem Market ($5000)

Stay: Hotel (1 night)

Day 2
Bagan
Take an early morning flight to Bagan (approximately 1.5 hours). This famous archaeological site, located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River, is where Theravada Buddhism was first introduced to the Kingdom. It was once the site of 10,000 temples, pagodas and monasteries; it still boasts a staggering 2,000 brick and gilded ruins. After arriving this morning, your leader will take you on a half-day bicycle tour of the stunning UNESCO site. Seeing these marvels on two wheels is ideal, as the site is quite spread out. You'll witness the grandeur of Ananda Temple and more.

Included activities: Bagan - Temple bike tour

Optional activities: Bagan - Dandaree Culture Show ($50)

Stay: Hotel (1 night)

Meals: breakfast

Day 3
Bagan
Take a cooking class with a friendly, community-minded culinary expert this morning. Visit the local market to stock up on produce, then head to the kitchen to cook up a storm. Take the opportunity to ask your host about any mysterious ingredients you might see in the marketplace – she's a wealth of knowledge. As well as a chance to cook and taste real home-cooked Myanma cuisine, it's a good cause, with part of the proceeds going towards a local children's library initiative. Enjoy the fruits of your labour for lunch.

Included activities: Bagan - Local cooking class

Optional activities:

  • Bagan - Shwezigon Paya - Free
  • Bagan - Dandaree Culture Show ($50)
  • Bagan - Lacquer Ware Workshop Visit - Free

Stay: Hotel (1 night)

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 4
Mandalay
Drive to Mandalay by private minibus (approximately 5 hours). Though it's mostly a hub for day trips, the enchanting and evocative former royal capital has many lovely churches, temples and mosques to discover. Enjoy free time exploring or simply relaxing this afternoon.

Optional activities:

  • Mandalay - Moustache Brothers ($8000)
  • Mandalay - Mandalay Hill ($1000)

Stay: Hotel (1 night)

Meals: breakfast

Day 5
Mandalay
Embark on a morning boat trip up the famous Ayeyarwady River to Mingun (approximately 1 hour each way). Here you will find a small handful of impressive pagodas. Spend some time exploring, then return to Mandalay. In the afternoon you will visit the Mandalay Palace and Shwenandaw monastery. In the late afternoon, head out of the city and witness the awesome sunset over the U Bein Bridge.

Included activities:

  • Mandalay - Shwenandaw Teak Monastery
  • Mandalay - Boat trip to Mingun
  • Mandalay - U Bein Bridge

Optional activities: Mandalay - Gold Leaf Pounding Workshop - Free

Stay: Hotel (1 night)

Meals: breakfast

Day 6
Inle Lake
Today is a full day of travelling by private bus to Nyaung Shwe (approximately 9.5hrs). Enroute you will stop in at Myin Ma Hti Cave and the Myin Ma Hti Village. This evening arrive at Nyaung Shwe, your gateway to Inle Lake, a picturesque and culturally fascinating area. Settle into your hotel, then enjoy free perhaps visit the . The town has a relaxed atmosphere and is pleasant to walk around. Perhaps visit the bustling night market this evening, or enjoy a cool drink in one the local bars and strike up a conversation with one of many fellow travellers floating around town.

Included activities: Myin Ma Hti - Myin Ma Hti Cave & Village

Stay: Hotel (1 night)

Meals: breakfast

Day 7
Inle Lake
In the morning you will explore the lush waters of Inle Lake by canoe. Then continue by motorised boat for a sightseeing tour. You will stop in to see the local cigar makers, silk and lotus weavers, and see the unique floating gardens. This tour is a fascinating insight local handmade traditions. Even the floating gardens require considerable manual labour to make. Local farmers collect weeds from the depths of the lake, then fashion them into gardens with the help of bamboo poles as anchors.

Included activities:

  • Inle Lake - Boat trip & village tour
  • Inle Lake - Canoe tour

Optional activities:

  • Inle Lake - Bicycle hire ($3000)
  • Inle Lake - Red Mountain Estate Winery Tasting ($3000)
  • Inle Lake - Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery - Free

Stay: Hotel (1 night)

Meals: breakfast

Day 8
Yangon
Catch a morning flight to Yangon. After settling into your hotel, head out to see the holiest shrine in the country, the Shwedagon Paya. This gilded pagoda is studded with nearly 5,000 diamonds and a number of gems, and is said to contain eight hairs of the Buddha. It’s a particularly impressive sight at sunset when the stupa begins to shine in the fading light of the day.

Included activities: Yangon - Shwedagon Pagoda and oil lamp lighting

Stay: Hotel (1 night)

Meals: breakfast

Day 9
Yangon
Your trip comes to an end today and you are free to depart at any time.

Optional activities:

  • Yangon - Hands-on Yangon Urban Adventure ($81)
  • Yangon - Yangon's Streets By Night Urban Adventure ($40)

Meals: breakfast

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