15 Days Discover Myanmar with charming Colonial town & Northern Hill tribes

Duration

: 15 Days / 14 Nights

Destination

: START |MANDALAY . PYIN OO LWIN . HSIPAW . BAGAN . KALAW . PINDAYA . INLE LAKE . MANDALAY| FINISH

Trip Overview

: Travel to the former British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin, situated on a plateau 1000m above sea level.
Explore the beautiful town by horse and carriage ride, passing historical houses from the British colonial era.
Road from Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw via a short train ride over the famous Gokteik Viaduct, which spans a 300-metre deep gorge in the Shan mountains.

3 day trekking adventure through the green hills and jungle, climbing hills and descending with spectacular panoramic views along the way. Spend 2 nights at traditional homestay lodgings, sharing dinner with your host family.

Discovery on Royal Palace, 200 years old bridge, some cottage industries and Mandalay Hill in Mandalay
Cruising through the Ayeyarwaddy river from Mandalay to Bagan

Wonder Bagan ancient temples and nearby villages to see local products and daily life.
Road from Bagan to Kalaw. endless paddy fields in the morning and rolling hills in the afternoon, as the road climbs into the mountains of southern Shan State.

Kalaw, a small town perched on the western edge of the Shan Plateau that is surrounded by lush hills is ideal for hiking.
cruising the Inle Lake by private boat to explore ways of Ihtha life , floating garden and hidden Indein pagoda complex.

Your tour will conclude in Yangon with a visit to British colonial architecture, lively streets, local markets, contemporary art galleries and Shwedagon Pagoda

Day 1 Arrival Mandalay & continue to Pyin Oo Lwin by road

On arrival, welcome at the airport & drive through beautiful countryside to the former British hill station of Maymyo, now called Pyin U Lwin. Situated 1000m above sea level, this was a popular retreat for the British residents of Mandalay, looking to escape the stifling summer heat. Today, this delightful town still has a pleasant atmosphere and some great colonial era architecture.

On arrival, check in at hotel.

Later in the afternoon, free at leisure to take an orientation tour of the town by car and horse-drawn carriage (idea only), including a visit to the beautiful botanical gardens. (No guide today)

Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin - 1 night


Day 2 Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw

Depart this morning on a local train to Naung Pein Village, passing over the staggering Gokthiek Viaduct (about 3 hours).

It is also a good idea to catch the train from Naung Cho if you prefer shorten ride (1.5 hour ride). The train is very simple and the ride is rather bumpy, but it’s well worth forgoing a little comfort for this wonderful insight into local life and the wonderful scenery along the way.

On arrival at Naung Pein, continue by road to the charming market town of Hsipaw.

Visit Nine Buddha Hill later in the afternoon, 2 kilometres from town centre, to watch the sunset over Hsipaw and the Dokhtawdy river.

Overnight in Hsipaw – 1 night

Day 3 Hsipaw to Tai village by trek

At 0730 am, your local guide will meet you up at hotel to set off a light trek from Hotel along flat path through Tai (Shan) Villages and seasonal vegetable crops, rice paddy along natural spring and stream for 1 hour to reach foot-hill. Walk up along steady uphill path through hill crops and Tai villages at lower part of mountain for couple of hours to reach Palaung (minority) village and have lunch break.

Take afternoon walk for sightseeing around in the village and through tea plantation, hill cultivation. Meet ethnic tribes (Ladies are with their traditional costume) in the evening and try to understand their conversation and way of life.
Dinner and Overnight at local family’s home. (Lunch, Dinner included)

Trekking duration : 5-6 hours
Trekking grade : Easy

Day 4 Tai village to Hsipaw


After local breakfast, walk down-hill back to the hotel along the path which local guide will choose different way and village for some part of trek (accept in monsoon).
Arrive at hotel around noon.

Overnight in Hsipaw - 1 night (Breakfast included)

Trekking duration : 3-4 hours
Trekking grade : Easy
Note : This program operates from mid September to end of March.

Day 5 Hsipaw to Mandalay by overland drive




Hsipaw to Mandalay by overland drive.

A stop at Pyin Oo Lwin to observe about flower , fruits & seasonal plantation growing in this region.
Continuing to Mandalay.

Overnight in Mandalay – 2 night

Day 6 Explore Mandalay with your local guide

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel at approximately 8.30am. Your first visit to second most sacred image in Myanmar, Mahamuni Pagoda,nearby cottage industries and a lively Jade market in the morning.

Drive out of the city, across the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing Hill, widely regarded as the religious centre of Burma. The area is covered with over 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, and is home to over 3,000 monks and nuns.

On the return , a stop at Amarapura, famous for its 200 year-old teak bridge which spans over 1.2 km and offers fabulous views of the surrounding farmlands and streams.

Day 7 Boat trip from Mandalay to Bagan (lunch onboard)

Transfer to jetty. There are fishing boats and locals washing and drying their clothes. The views from the boat is impressive; hilltop pagodas, bustling harbours and unique riverside living.

Board to your journey to Bagan (downstream). This journey on the Irrawaddy River is an attraction in itself and can be done in both directions. Enjoy beautiful scenery along the way, scattered farms come and go on the sandy and somewhat arid riverside, buffalo plough fields, kids play, small huts and wooden fishing boats, women trek here and there with agriculture bulks balanced on their heads.

The boat leaves Mandalay at 07.00am and it should arrive in Bagan approx. at 16.30pm.

Overnight in Bagan – 3 nights

Day 8 Free at leisure to explore Bagan among temple on your own.

Optional sunrise balloon tour

Around 0530 hours the Balloon over Bagan shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel (to be reconfirmed the exact pick up time with balloon travel desk by phone). You will drive to the departure ground of the Balloons. While the team makes the Balloon ready to go, you enjoy some refreshments, but you can also take great pictures of this event. Then, depending on the wind, you will over fly Bagan for about one hour, and enjoy spectacular views of the ancient Kingdom of Bagan in your hot air balloon! The tour ends…..where ever the wind has brought you. A glass of sparkling wine ends this fantastic event….and the shuttle bus then brings you back to your hotel.
Leisurely breakfast at hotel.

Why not taking an electric bike or horse cart to explore around Bagan later in the afternoon.

Day 9 Bagan local experience with your local guide

You will be met by your local guide at hotel lobby to start with an excursion to village market in Nyaung Oo and nearby villages.

Learn the village life and agriculture productions such as the process of creating “Poneyay Gyi (pea powder paste) and see how local plum jam is made & packed and the products from the toddy palm trees and the collecting of the liquid to produce drinks, sugars and products from toddy palm leaves . Then, meet the people in the farming to share practices of seasonal plantations such as sesame and various kinds of beans. where people earning by producing various items from the toddy palm trees .

Back to hotel after lunch to escape the heat.

Later in the afternoon,take a lovely boat ride on the significant Irrawaddy River to see intricate carvings at Kyauk Gu U Min. Return to Bagan by boat as the sun sets over the Irrawaddy.

Day 10 Overland drive to Kalaw via a stop at Mt. Popa

This morning, start the day with a drive towards Mount Popa, a 1,518m high extinct volcano. On arrival, enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding area. Learn about nats and nat worship as you climb the stairs to the top . The view over the Myingyan Plain from the top of the volcanic peak is very impressive.

Then, continue a full day's drive to Kalaw. This road takes you through the dry-zone of Myanmar.The scenery is interesting - endless paddy fields in the morning and rolling hills in the afternoon, as the road climbs into the mountains of southern Shan State. The roads leading to Kalaw offers breathtaking sights of the landscape.

Late afternoon, arrive in Kalaw, a former British hill station tucked amid the Shan Hills. Enjoy the cool, refreshing air and relaxed atmosphere of this charming town.

Overnight in Kalaw – 1 night.

Day 11 Kalaw to Nyaung Shwe, gate way to Inle Lake via Pindaya cave with your local guide


Collect your luggage and take a short orientation tour of the town to see the some colonial architecture and the charming old train station before heading to Pindaya.

The drive passes through rolling hills used as farms and a lot of activity planting or harvesting the crops depending on the time. Visit Pindaya with its complex of multi-chambered caves filled with hundreds of Buddha relics.. A stop is made at a small workshop to see how traditional Shan paper and umbrellas are made using the bark of the mulberry tree. Continue overland to Nyaung Shwe,gate way to Inle Lake.

Arrive Nyaung Shwe check in at hotel, on the edge of beautiful canal
Overnight in Nyaung Shwe – 3 nights

Day 12 Discover floating garden , Intha fisherman & villages with your local guide

Around 0800 am, you will be met by the guide this morning for a day touring around beautiful Inle lake by local boat by passing fishermen famous for their curious ‘leg-rowing’ technique and lush ‘floating gardens.

Wonder the region’s morning market if available,Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, then visit some villages known for their local crafts including those which specialize in the production of handmade ‘cheroot’ (typical Burmese cigars).

Cruise along foliage cloaked canals to the lakeside village of In Dein in the afternoon. Here you will explore the ancient stupas of Nyaung Ohak and Shwe Inn Thein Paya. The structures date from the 17th and 18th centuries and while some have been restored.

You will also have time to take a stroll around this enchanting village before cruising back to the shore.

Day 13 Inle Lake - free at leisure



Today free at leisure to do numbers of things in and around Inle Lake.

Why not hire a bike to explore Khaing Daing Hot Spring , a visit to Red Mountain Vineyard to see wine making process and tasty , take a Shan cooking lesson or visit a local orphanage , sunrise balloon over Lake & Mountain, a trek to Pa O tribes ?

Please note : some of these options should be booked in advance.

Day 14 Fly to Yangon. Explore bustling Yangon by your own


On arrival at Yangon, you will be welcome & transfer to hotel.

Explore Yangon by your own (idea only!).

Take a stroll to British colonial architecture , Indian Quarter ,local markets offer an insight into local life and contemporary art galleries.

Afternoon return to the city to witness the most sacred Buddhist site in all of Burma—Shwedagon Pagoda. Also known as the Golden Pagoda, the 2,000-year-old hilltop temple complex covers more than twelve acres and dominates the Rangoon skyline.

Day 15 Depart Yangon

Transfer to the airport for international departure flight to home.

Prices

Price USD 1540 per person based on party of 2 (twin hotel room sharing basis) from October 2017 to March 2018.
There is surcharge for peak season if your travel period falls on 24 Dec and 31 Dec.

Larger groups will pay less per person, single person purchase will mean a higher price.

Hotel Option: Middle range boutique accommodation

Pyin Oo Lwin – Royal Park View Hotel royalparkview.hotelspyinoolwin.com
Hsipaw – Riverside@Hsipaw Resort www.hsipawresort.com
Mandalay – Eastern Palace hotel www.easternpalacehotels.com
Bagan – Bagan Thande Hotel www.thandehotel.com
Kalaw – Dream Mountain Resort https://www.priceline.com/dream-mountain-resort-kalaw-shan
Inle Lake – Golden Island Cottage www.gichotelgroup.com
Yangon – Hotel @ Yangon Heritage www.hotelyangonheritage.com

Inclusion

13 nights hotel accommodation
1 night at local home
Daily breakfast
Private touring with air conditioned vehicle with driver as specified
Local English speaking guide for touring as specified above
1 boat tour in Inle Lake
Local ferry boat between Mandalay and Bagan
2 days trekking in Hsipaw with trekking guide
1 Lunch , 1 Dinner as specified
Train ticket from Pyin Oo Lwin to Naung Pein
Cool tissue and mineral water during touring

Exclusion

Meals (not mentioned above)
Entrance fees
Any other services not mentioned above
Personal expenses
Tips and porters

Important Notes:

Ferry boats between Mandalay and Bagan do not operate from April to September. We will replace by overland drive for traveling period from April to September.

The above itinerary is indicative and some details may change according to conditions and availability; you will always be informed of such changes.


Would you like to extend your tour to the beautiful and relaxing Ngapali Beach or somewhere else ? Our travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you, along with any other travel, accommodation or activity requirements you may have. Just click on the ‘Enquiry’ button. Please feel free to contact us

Booking condition

Reservations should be made as earlier as possible and 20% deposit is required UPON booking confirmation.
Paid deposit is refunded if the tour is cancelled 60 days prior to your travel date.
Names as per passport, passport numbers and nationality are required at time of booking.
Second deposit 50% is requested 60 days prior to your travel date
Balance 30% is one month prior to your arrival date

Cancellation

20% cancellation within 60 days
50% cancellation within 31 days
75% cancellation within 21 days
100% cancellation within 14 days

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