Culture & Relaxation

Myanmar Highlights Expedition6 Days, 5 Nights

Ancient Kingdoms, Archeological Treasures, Bustling Markets




Highlights in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Heho Village & Inle Lake

Visit the golden Sule Paya stupa – built over 2,000 years ago and the focal point of numerous historical events in Yangon. Marvel at the uniquely decorated “hamsa-bird-shaped” floating barge on KANDAWGYI (Royal Lake). We visit Scotts Market, where hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of color. Fly to Bagan where you will visit GUBYAUKGYI (Wet-Kyi-Inn), a 13th-century ‘cave temple’ with an Indian-style spire. Interesting local markets, handicrafts and learn how Burmese sand paintings are created. You will view the DHAMAYANGYI TEMPLE, the largest and widest temple all of the temples in Bagan!

After you arrive in Mandalay, you will experience authentic local life while you enjoy a morning stroll through the lively Zegyo Market in the heart of the city to experience. There is a good opportunity to do a little shopping at Artisan Quarters, where oldest craftsmanship is showcased, some dating back to last kingdom of Myanmar. We observe the process of pounding gold leaf, detailing teakwood carvings and embroidering Myanmar tapestry. 

Visit the bustling main Heho market, the meeting point for different ethnic minority groups of the surrounding areas to trade handmade goods and locally grown produce (on market days only). Enroute to Inle Lake, we stop at a local family workshop to learn how Shan umbrellas and paper are made by traditional methods using the fibres of the mulberry tree. Next, we take a 1-hour drive to Inle Lake

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Tour Itinerary & Map (below)


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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Upon arrival to the Yangon Airport, you will be welcomed by your Myanmar English speaking station guide and our journey begins with a tour through the colonial-style city center of Yangon. We visit the golden SULE PAYA stupa – built over 2,000 years ago and the focal point of numerous historical events in the city –CHAUK THAT GYI pagoda to view its magnificent reclining Buddha, and KARAWEIK HALL to marvel at the uniquely decorated “hamsa-bird-shaped” floating barge on KANDAWGYI or Royal Lake. We visit BOGYOKE Bogyoke or (Scotts Market), where hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of color. We complete the day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the SWEDAGON PAGODA, a gleaming bell dome structure that dominates the city’s skyline. Legends state that the sacred hairs of the Buddha are enshrined here. The Shwedagon is an iconic symbol of the country, a sight not to be missed. 
(Please note that the market is closed on Mondays and on public holidays)
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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
After breakfast, we transfer to Yangon airport for the domestic flight to NYAUNG U/ BAGAN.
Upon arrival, a visit to the NYAUNG U MARKET, the largest market in the Bagan region, gives us a glimpse into local life. We also see how cottage industries like brick making and are carried out with traditional methods. We continue to the gold gilded SWEZIGON STUPA, purported to contain a holy tooth relic of the Buddha. And then KYANSITHA UMIN. Next, we visit GUBYAUKGYI (Wet-Kyi-Inn), this 13th-century ‘cave temple’ has an Indian-style spire like the Mahabodhi Paya in Bagan. HTILOMINLO TEMPLE to learn how Burmese sand paintings are created. The day’s temple tour ends with a visit to the beautifully symmetric and majestic ANANDA TEMPLE with its four standing Buddha images that seem to gaze at the viewer with fixed serenity wherever the viewer stands. And then DHAMAYANGYI TEMPLE, the largest and widest temple all of the temples in Bagan and SULAMANI TEMPLE. Proceed to BUPAYA or SHWESANDAW PAGODA to watch the sunset over the famous Ayeyarwaddy River.
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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
After breakfast, we transfer to Bagan/Nyaung U airport for the domestic flight to MANDALAY. Upon arrival, we enjoy a morning stroll through the lively ZEGYO MARKET in the heart of the city to experience authentic local life. We continue to the ARTISAN QUARTERS, where some of the oldest craftsmanship are showcased dating back to last kingdom of Myanmar. We observe the process of pounding gold leaf, detailing teakwood carvings and embroidering Myanmar tapestry. We also see how bronze and marble Buddha statues are carved, cast and molded. Next, we proceed to the major highlights of the city: the sacred MAHAMUNI PAGODA, housing one of the most significant Buddha images covered in several tons of gold leaf and the crown prize in wars between competing kingdoms; the GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY, the sole surviving Royal Palace building in Mandalay, offering a glimpse of the original style and architecture of the Myanmar royals; and lastly, the KUTHODAW PAGODA, a compound housing Buddha’s teachings carved in the sacred Pali script on stone tablets and regarded the world’s largest book in terms of surface area. We end our day with sunset panoramic views over city skyline on MANDALAY HILL, the highest point of the city.   
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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
This morning after you enjoy breakfast, you will transfer to Mandalay airport for the domestic flight to Heho, a quiet transit town with one of the few airport links in the beautiful hills of Shan State. We will visit the Heho MARKET, a common meeting point for various ethnic minority groups of the surrounding areas to trade in handmade goods and locally grown produce.  Enroute to Inle Lake, we stop at a local family workshop to watch how Shan umbrellas and paper are made by traditional methods using the fibres of the mulberry tree. Next, we take a 1-hour drive to wonderful Inle Lake, here you board a boat for a lovely cruise on the lake and you will visit PHAUNGDAW OO PAGODA, the home of some of the country’s most sacred Buddha statues covered in gold leaf by devout followers. We also make a visit to the Inpawkhon Weaving Village. Here its remincient of the industrial revolution to learn how local silks, linens and lotus fabrics are handmade and crafted. You will enjoy a delicous lunch at a local restaurant on the lake with vegetables that were grown on the lake. At Nampan Village, local craftsmen show you how Burmese cigars, or “cheroots,” are traditionally packed and rolled. These are the tastiest cigars ever, whether you smoke or not. 
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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
After breakfast we journey out by boat, following the currents of a small river to reach the INN THEIN PAGODA COMPLEX, a site that makes us feel as if we’ve stepped through a forgotten portal in time. To access the complex, we walk through verdant bamboo groves that open up to a field covered with the ancient pagodas constructed over 1,000 years ago. We boat back to the Inle Lake. And then transfer to Nyaung Shwe town and 1hr drive to Heho airport for the domestic flight to YANGON. Upon arrival, we transfer to your hotel.
* Read "Good to Know" for hotel name options in each location
 

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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer to Yangon airport for your international departure flight.
 

Good to Know

Tour Availability

This tour is available to operate between October to May. Like all Myanmar tours, please book at least 2 months in advance as the hotels get busy. 

An Easy and Fast Online Visa Application for Myanmar

  • http://evisa.moip.gov.mm 
  • You must travel to Myanmar within 90 days of Visa application
  • Foriegners can stay in Myanmar for up to 28 days
  • Please ensure that your passport has sufficient validity (over six months) before traveling to Myanmar. 
  • Other convient for purchasing your Myanmar entry visa http://myanmar.visahq.com/

Adventure Travel

Road conditions vary in Myanmar. Communications, electricity supply and standard of lodging and local services are often not up to western standards. Travel times and schedules are subject to changes without prior notice. TourChoice and the tour guides reserve the right to amend touring schedules and itinerary if needed before and while on tour.  But the guides definitely do their best. 

Getting to Yangon By Air

If you arrive from Bangkok, then Bangkok Airways is a good option with a 90 minute flight from Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok's main international airport. Air Asia flies to Yangon from Bangkok as well from Don Meung Airport. The cost of these flights is between $110 to $130. 

International connections to Yangon are available from Hong Kong with Tiger Air, Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines, China Eastern, Vietnam Airlines and several other choices. Yangon is also well serviced out of Japan, Korea and Tawian. Thai Airways, Air Ana, Korean Air and Singapore Airlines all service Yangon.

Meeting Point

Your first tour guide and driver will meet you t at the airport in Yangon. For this reason, we need to know your flight arrival and departure details in advance. Your tour starts after airport pick up.

Three Hotel Options: Superior Class, 1st Class & Deluxe Class

* Note: When booking this tour, please chose your accommodation class from drop down menu on booking form and enter your choice in the comments box on the booking page also.

Yangon Hotels

  • Superior Class - Reno Hotel (superior room)
  • 1st Class -  Kandawgyi Palace Hotel (superior room)
  • Deluxe Class - Governors Residence (deluxe room)

Bagan Hotels

  • Superior Class - Zfreeti Hotel (superior room)
  • 1st Class - Bagan Thande Hotel (deluxe garden view)
  • Deluxe Class - Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort (deluxe river view)

Mandalay Hotels:

  • Superior Class - Yadanarporn Hotel (superior bungalow)
  • 1st Class - Mandalay Hill Resort (superior room)
  • Deluxe Class - Mandalay Hill Resort (deluxe room)

Inle Lake Hotels:

  • Superior Class - Hupin Khaung Daing Hotel
  • 1st Class - Pristine Lotus Spa Resort (villa room)
  • Deluxe Class - Inle Princess Resort (lake front view room)

Terms & Conditions

Booking the Tour:

  • Minimum 2 persons per booking. Prices USD, per person
  • Suggest booking a minimum of 2 months in advance during high season (October 1 to April 30) 
  • Allow up to 48 hours for TourChoice.com to confirm your booking after you submit your request to us. Myanmar tours inovling hotel and flight resevations take longer to confirm
  • The tour price is inclusive of local taxes, VAT 10%

Payment Terms:

  • We accept secure payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal
  • TourChoice does not receive any customer sensitive data from credit card processing companies
  • Prepayment in full once your reservation has been confirmed by TourChoice.com if booking is 5 weeks or less in advance of tour start date.
  • Full payment must be paid 5 weeks prior to departure or the booking will be cancelled and the deposit forfeited
  • If booking more than 5 weeks in advance a 30% deposit is required after your tour has been confirmed
  • A booking voucher & invoice will be emailed to you immediately upon confirmation of your reservation
  • Please read about TourChoice.com's unique consumer protection
  • Please bring US cash to Myanmar, clean new fresh bills 

Domestic Airfares in Myanmar

Myanmar Highlights Tour involves 4 domestic flights in Myanmar. The cost of these 4 flights combined is $400 per person over and above the tour price. Please read the itinerary for more information. We use one of these airlines, Air Kanbawza,  Yangon Airways, Mann Yadanarpon Airlines. 

Refund / Cancellation Policy:

If guests cancel after booking and after deposits are paid, refunds and cancellations are processed as follows:

  • 61 days or more prior to tour start date, full refund less 5%.
  • 60 – 31 days prior to arrival, the 30% deposit will be forfeited.
  • 30 – 15 days prior to arrival, 50% of the tour cost will be forfeited.
  • 14 days or less prior to arrival, 100% of the tour cost will be forfeited. 

Insurance:

We recommend that you buy your own personal trip cancellation insurance for your own protection. You should also buy insurance coverage appropriate for medical, travel coverage and  personal liability which should include travel repatriation. The tour operator or tour agent cannot be held responsible for personal loss or injury where customers choose not to secure such insurance coverage.

Important Note about Myanmar  

Myanmar is going through changes at a rapid pace.  Hotel capacity can become scarce during peak visiting periods. This is why booking in advance is very important. 

Many of the hotels require now up to 50% deposit to guarantee bookings. Last minute bookings during December and January can experience challenges with some local hotels, airlines and transportation suppliers. In Myanmar, sudden rate increases can be applied without prior notice. We try to avoid these problems by booking in advance.   

Your participation in this Myanmar tour implies your understanding of this condition. 

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