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Magical Myanmar (12 days) - October/November 2017 - SOLD OUT

Price A$4,954


Destination

YangonBaganMandalayPyin Oo LwinInle LakeNgapali


Category
Group Tours

Duration
12 days 11 nights
Tour Details

29 October - 9 November 2017  A$4,954 plus air

Myanmar (Burma) has been mostly hidden from the outside world for many years, but gradually, the wonders of this magical land are beginning to reveal themselves. 

With its rich history, diverse landscape and culture, there’s much to discover. So why not take a step back in time and join us on our voyage to an unspoilt Asia? 

Our journey starts in Myanmar’s Yangon (Rangoon - the previous captial). A mix of colonial architecture, modern high-rises and gilded Buddhit pagodas define it’s skyline and thousands of pilgrims make their annual voyage to this fascinating city, full of Buddhist sites. 

From Yangon we fly north west to Bagan. Incredibly, between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2,200 temples and pagodas still survive. Enjoy a spectacular balloon ride across the region for a bird’s eye view of this amazing landscape. 

From Bagan our group then heads to Mandalay. Once the royal capital of the country, Mandalay is a feast for the eyes with its pagodas, monasteries and palaces dating back hundreds of years. 

Next we head to the beautiful lnle Lake, staying on the edge of the water before a relaxing stopover at Ngapali Beach to relax, unwind and contemplate this fascinating country. 

All in all, an amazing 12 days of discovering Asia as it used to be.  Will you join us?

SOLD OUT 

 

Day 1: Arrive in Yangon

Today we arrive in Yangon where we’ll be met by our guide at the airport and transferred to our hotel. 

Tonight we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. 

Accommodation: Taw Win Garden (Deluxe Room)

Meals : Dinner
Day 2: Yangon sightseeing

Our first full day on tour starts with breakfast at the hotel before we head out to explore. Although Yangon is no longer the official capital of the country it is still one of the most dynamic and busiest cities in the country. Today we’ll explore it’s many cultural and historical highlights with a visit to the downtown area where we’ll stop for some photos at the Town Hall and spend some time in the old streets, lined with colonial buildings. We also visit the colossal reclining Buddha of Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda and take a stroll in the park at Kandawgyi Lake. Then it’s off to spend some time at the Botataung Pagoda and jetty. In the afternoon, you’ll get the chance to grab a bargain at Scott Market and as the light fades, you can take in the spectacular view of the lit up Shwedagon Pagoda. This is the most important Buddhist site in the country and is said to hold strands of Buddha’s hair amongst other relics. The spire reaches up to 110m, is encrusted with diamonds and covered by gold plate. 

Accommodation: Taw Win Garden (Deluxe Room)

Meals : Breakfast
Day 3: Bagan Sightseeing

After breakfast we’ll be transferred to the airport, where we hop on a short flight to Bagan. Here the landscape is a sea of stupas and temples. This ancient city and important archaeological site once held more that 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries. With the ravages of time only 2,200 temples survive. We’ll get the chance to explore some of the last of the remaining temples and enjoy a spectacular sunset over this incredible landscape from the top of the Shwesandaw Pagoda. 

Accommodation: Myanmar Treasure Resort (Superior Room)

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: Tant Kyi Taung

Day 4 begins with a wonderful treat, when we enjoy a balloon ride over Bagan. Agreed by many to be the best way of seeing this fascinating ancient city, we’ll watch the landscapes drift by and enjoy the serene atmosphere of being up high, above it all. After we touch back down, we’ll celebrate with a glass of champagne!

Next we take a short drive to the nearby jetty and board a local boat to the Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda, perched on a hill on the western side of Irrawaddy River. The temple is said to house a tooth relic from Buddha, donated by a Sri Lankan king. Then it’s back to Bagan where we continue on to Manuha Temple, a small square shaped building that is steeped in legend. Next we head to Myinkaba village where we visit an ancient temple and pop into a local craft shop, where lacquer ware is expertly made by hand. 

Accommodation: Myanmar Treasure Resort (Superior Room)

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5: Mandalay river cruise

After breakfast we board a river cruise ship and set sail on a delightful trip to Mandalay. The slower pace of travel gives you an opportunity to watch the countryside unfold and discover a more traditional way of life, unchanged over time. We arrive in Mandalay late afternoon. Please note, the cruise is a full day cruise and can last up to 12 hours dependent on water level! 

Accommodation: Mandalay City Hotel (Superior Room)

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6: Amarapura-Inwa sightseeing

Mandalay is the last of the royal cities and is encompassed by smaller capital cities, dotted around its edges. This morning we visit Amarapura, with its working monastery dating back to 1783 and walk along the U Bein Bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in the world. Later we travel to Sagaing, a former Shan capital in the 14th century with many impressive stupas scattered on its hill, and then to the Inwa where we’ll see the ‘leaning tower of Ava’ and the elegant, teakwood monastery, Bagaya Kyaung. 

Accommodation: Mandalay City Hotel (Superior Room)

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7: Pyin Oo Lwin

After breakfast we drive to Pyin Oo Lwin, a former British Colonial Hill Station. Originally named Maymyo, after the British General who founded the town, it is renowned for its beautiful botanical gardens that were built by Turkish prisoners of war during the First World War. Other highlights include the Purcell tower, the morning vegetable market and the hilltop pagoda of Naung Kan Gyi Paya, from where the entire town can be seen. After spending the day in this picturesque town, we return to Mandalay.

Accommodation: Mandalay City Hotel (Superior Room)

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8: Inle Lake

Today we being with a flight to Heho, the gateway to Inle Lake. Our boat ride takes us across the lake, where we pass by floating gardens filled with fruits and vegetables that provide an income to the lake dwellers. We’ll enjoy a delicious boat lunch on the lake before we visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, famed for its five small gold-gilded Buddha images, now covered in so much gold leaf they are more like round balls! We’ll visit traditional handicrafts villages and the Nga Pe Kyaung Monastery, better known as the ‘Jumping Cat’ Monastery. Although the performing cats no longer remain, the monastery houses an impressive collection of Buddha images. 

Accommodation: Golden Island Cottages (Superior Room)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9: Indein - Inde Lake

Day 9 begins with a visit to one of the local markets. It’s held daily, but the location of the event rotates through five different sites around the lake area, which means each of them host a roaming market every fifth day. We’ll get to experience the local way of life as the tribal residents come to these markets to sell their commodities. Watching the workers hand roll Burmese cigars is a real treat! In the afternoon, we cruise by small boat to Indein, nestled on the banks of the lake. The village is famous for its overgrown and mystifying 16th century stupas as well its artisan handicrafts. 

Accommodation: Golden Island Cottages (Superior Room) 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10: Ngapali

Today we’ll be met by our guide and transferred to the airport for our flight. On arrival at Thandwe, we’ll be met and transferred to Ngapali beach. 

Accommodation: Pleasant View Resort (Deluxe Beach Front Sea View Room) 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 11: Ngapali

Today is free to explore the stunning surroundings of Ngapali Beach, with its pristine, palm-tree-fringed white sand and clear waters of the Bay of Benga. 

Accommodation: Pleasant View Resort (Deluxe Beach Front Sea View Room)

Meals : Breakfast
Day 12: Depart Yangon

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for your flight home or onto further adventures. 

Meals : Breakfast

Taw Win Garden Hotel, Yangon: Offers an extensive range of health & recreation facilities, including a fully equipped gymnasium, sauna, in-door Jacuzzi, massage & spa treatment and salon services. Taw Win Garden Hotel has 513 spacious guest rooms and suites, each furnished with contemporary decor and furnishing with a Shwedagon Pagoda, Garden and City View. All rooms are provided with full amenities and facilities with spacious balcony and bathroom.

Myanmar Treasure Resort, Bagan: Located just five minutes away from the ancient monuments and pagodas, this modern resort in New Bagan offers contemporary comforts with scenic views of the city. Built with traditional Bagan brickwork, the rooms and suites are adorned with teak carvings and Myanmar art pieces. The classically themed rooms are also equipped with modern facilities including air conditioning. The hotel is set in a landscaped garden with palm trees and beautiful flowers and features a 30 feet pool and pool restaurant. 

Mandalay City Hotel, Mandalay: An urban resort hotel which has undertaken a recent renovation, including installation of new air conditioners, closet and luggage rack, double layer curtains, furniture and a new elevator for the comfort of guests staying at the upper floors. The 69 rooms are modern and spacious and the hotel pays special attention to relaxation and guests' needs with its restaurant City Café, which offers delicious meals and snacks.

Golden Island Cottages, Inle Lake: Renovated in 2013, the Golden Island Cottages provides easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. Also within easy reach are Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, Nga Hpe Chaung, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, daily housekeeping and taxi service. Rooms include television LCD/plasma screen, complimentary instant coffee, complimentary tea and free welcome drink.

Pleasant View Resort, Ngapali: Offers guests unique views of the wonderful Ngapali Beach and breathtaking sunsets. The resort is nestled between the Rakhine Yoma Hills and the Bay of Bengal. The 42 deluxe rooms are comfortable yet charming. 

Weather

Myanmar is an all year round destination. Hilly regions in the north and northeast enjoy cool temperate weather. Rainfall is also very low in central regions the rainy season.

Vaccinations

Most travelers will need vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid fever, and polio, as well as medications for malaria prophylaxis and travelers’ diarrhea. Other immunisations may be necessary depending upon the circumstances of the trip and the medical history of the traveler. Insect repellents are recommended, in conjunction with other measures to prevent mosquito bites. All travelers should visit their personal physician 4-8 weeks before their trip. The sun can be remarkably hot and a hat and high-factor block cream is advisable.

Currency

Myanmar currency is known as “ Kyat “ which comprises 100 pyas. Foreigner are recommended to bring US Dollars into Myanmar because they are easily exchangeable into Foreign Exchange Certificate (FEC) or Myanmar kyat at the Yangon International Airport or money changers. Euros may also be exchanged into FEC or Myanmar kyat at money changers. Please be warned that torn, dirty and stained notes might not be accepted. Visa card is accepted by most hotel’s and a few restaurants and shops, and the service charges may vary from 20 to 40 percent. Only a few restaurants and hotels accept credit cards, and the service charges may vary from 20 to 40 percent. Myanmar currency is known as "Kyat" which comprises 100 pyas.

Electricity

When you plan to bring some electronic devices, make sure that these work with our Domestic power A.C 220 - 250V 50Hz. The Power Line is 440V.

Visas

Australians require a visa to enter Burma. Visa information for travellers from Australia is available on the ‘Visa’ section of the website of the Embassy of The Republic of the Union of Myanmarin Canberra. The Myanmar Government has introduced an eVisa program which allows tourists and business travellers to apply online via the website of the Ministry of Immigration and Population.

Travel to and within Burma is strictly controlled by government authorities. Australians have been deported and detained for visa offences.

As visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice, you should always contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of The Republic of the Union of Myanmar for the most up to date information.

Make sure your passport has at least six months' validity from your planned date of return to Australia.

Tour inclusions:

  • Accommodation based on a sole-use throughout at above selected hotels with daily breakfast.

  • Your own room – always!

  • Early check-in and late check-out is subject to availability with surcharge

  • Two’s a Crowd tour host from Australia.

  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy. Additional premium may be payable if over 59 years, have an existing medial condition or wish to extend your travel dates.

  • Check in 1400hrs and check out 1200hrs

  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with driver for travel, transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary

  • Services of local English speaking tour guide during the sightseeing / excursions

  • Entrance fee to the monuments as per the Program (one visit per monument)

  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner) §§ Welcome dinner at local restaurant

  • Hot Air Balloon ride over Bagan

  • Private boat transfers and tour in Inle

  • All Domestic flight tickets with airport taxes

  • Assistance on arrival & departure

  • All current applicable taxes

Tour exclusions:

  • Porterage at the Hotels/Airports/Railway Stations

  • International Airfares & Airport taxes (we can assist with all airfare bookings)

  • Visas (we can provide advice on visa)

  • Early check in or late checkout

  • Meals other than specified above

  • Tips & Gratuities

  • Travel & Medical Insurance

  • Camera and video permits

  • Expenses incurred due to flight / train cancellation or delay

  • Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, camera fees, mini bar, etc.

  • Any optional excursion or tour.

  • Myanmar Visa Fees & Myanmar Visa Service Fees.

Pricing correct as at 1st March 2017 and is subject to change until paid in full. Deposit and final payments are not refundable. Please see our Terms & Conditions on our website for more information.

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