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Myanmar Discovery (Burma)

Hidden from the West for many years, Myanmar (formerly Burma) remains a touch mysterious. Join us as we explore the hustle and bustle of Yangon, relax on majestic Inle Lake, visit mystical Bagan and discover exotic Mandalay.Floating Gardens & MarketsOur tour starts in Yangon, known locally as Rangoon. We journey to the Pindaya Caves which contain more than 8,000 statues and images of Buddha. The caves are nestled on a beautiful ridge overlooking a lake. We travel to a beautiful highland lake Inle Lake. We'll spend two days here exploring the floating gardens and markets, visiting a local silk weaving village and discovering the hidden Indein temple complex.Magical BaganBagan is built on the plains of the Ayeyarwaddy River, and the area here is dotted with thousands of 800 year-old temple ruins. Our touring of this area includes several of the most important pagodas and we end the day with a panoramic view, watching the sun set over this mystical landscape.Exotic MandalayExotic Mandalay is the last capital of Royal Burma, and its cultural and spiritual centre. We travel to the base of Mandalay Hill and visit the Golden Teak Monastery and Kuthodaw Paya - world's biggest book. We also visit scenic Pyin Oo Lwin, originally a Shan Danu village but later chosen as a colonial British hill station for its cooler climate.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Myanmar. Taxes included.
  • 3 economy-flights within Myanmar
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water-based activities, rickshaws & tuk tuks)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $70pp prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 10 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally-based guides throughout
  • National guide throughout

Sightseeing:

Relics of Buddhism

  • Discover the hidden treasures of Yangon by Circular Train, including the bustling market and the ruins of Nagar Glass Factory.
  • Visit the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset.
  • Discover the beautiful Pindaya Caves, a Buddhist pilgrimage site filled with statues and images of Buddha.

Life on the lake

  • Cruise past Inle Lake's floating market and gardens. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery. See the Inthar People and the unique 'leg-rowing fisherman' on the lake.
  • Enjoy a home hosted Inthar meal in the farming village of Kayla.
  • Cruise across Inle Lake to its western shore and visit the hidden Indein temple complex.

Plains of pagodas

  • Explore the spectacular pagoda-dotted plains of Bagan including, Shwezigon Pagoda, Ananda Pagoda, Thatbyinnyu Pagoda and Dhammayangyi Pagoda. Visit a laquerware workshop and enjoy a Sunset Cruise along the Irrawaddy River.
  • Visit the colourful Nyaung-U Market before stopping at the small town of Set Set Yo to learn how this isolated village has and continues to survive completely separate from civilised society.
  • Explore Mt Popa, an extinct sheer-sided volcano and famous pilgrimage site for locals, home to Myanmar's most important nats (spirits).
  • Watch a demonstration of the process used to press palm juice and oils from native plants.

Discover the cultural capital

  • Explore Mandalay by Tri-shaw, and end the day at Mandalay Hill at sunset for panoramic views over the Palace, city and the Irrawaddy River.
  • Visit the former British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin.
  • Explore Sagaing and Amarapura, two of the ancient capitals of Myanmar.
  • Mingle with the locals and witness breathtaking views at sunset from the famous U Bein Bridge in Mandalay.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
13
Price From
AUD $5,695
Start Location
Myanmar (Burma)
End Location
Myanmar (Burma)
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
4 to 12
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise, Rail, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
11 Nov 201823 Nov 2018Fully BookedAUD $5,110 
13 Jan 201925 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $5,410
03 Feb 201915 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $5,110
03 Mar 201915 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $5,110
ItineraryExpand
Myanmar Discovery (Burma)
Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Yangon

Welcome to Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before this evening's group welcome dinner. [D]

Day 3. Yangon

Special Experience: Board Yangon's circular train and discover some of the city's best-kept secrets. Watch the changing scenery as the train rumbles along the track and observe the bustling activity at each station. Stop in Hledan and walk to the local market before continuing to the surreal ruins of the Nagar Glass Factory, torn to shreds by Cyclone Nargis
in 2008.

At sunset we'll experience one of Yangon's true highlights, the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. [B,L]

Day 4. Yangon - Bagan

This morning we travel to Bagan, a spectacular plain dotted with thousands of pagodas and temple ruins. We'll explore the pagodas of Shwezigon Paya and Ananda Temple, and stop for a photo at Thatbyinnyu. We also visit a lacquerware workshop. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy River this evening. [B]

Day 5. Bagan

Special Experience: We begin the day at the colourful Nyaung-U Market before exploring the isolated village of Set Set Yo, which to this day survives completely separate from civilised society.

We'll then visit the solitary peak and pilgrimage site, Mount Popa, considered the home of Myanmar's most important nats (spirits). This afternoon we'll visit a rural village to see the local way of life and watch a demonstration of the process used to press palm juice and oils from native plants. Tonight we'll experience a traditional cultural performance over dinner at Bagan's Golden Palace. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Bagan - Heho - Pindaya

We fly to Heho then travel to Shwe U Min Paya and the Pindaya Caves, nestled in a limestone ridge overlooking Pone Taloke Lake. The beautiful caves are full of statues and images of Buddha and are a place of meditation. [B,D]

Day 7. Pindaya - Inle Lake

After breakfast we make our way to Inle Lake - a magnificent highland lake dotted with floating gardens and fishing cans. We'll visit villages known for their silk weaving and cheroot (Burmese cigar) making, as well as Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. [B]

Day 8. Inle Lake

We'll then cruise across Inle Lake to the hidden Indein temple complex, with hundreds of small stupas. We'll wander past rice paddies, the market and visit the local school on our way. [B,L]

Special Experience: Discover the life of the Inthar people during a home-hosted meal in the farming village of Kayla, where houses are supported by bamboo poles over the lake.

Day 9. Heho - Mandalay

We fly to Mandalay, the last capital of Royal Myanmar (and one of the country's largest cities). We'll take a trishaw to visit the Golden Teak Monastery and Kuthodaw Paya - the world's biggest book! Our day ends at Mandalay Hill where we watch the sun set over panoramic views of the palace and city, and the Irrawaddy River. [B,L,D]

Day 10. Mandalay

We visit scenic Pyin Oo Lwin, originally a Shan Danu village but later chosen as a colonial British hill station due to its cooler climate. We'll also explore the Botanical Gardens, developed using Turkish prisoners of war during WWII. [B,L]

Day 11. Sagaing & Amarapura

Today we discover two of Myanmar's ancient capitals. First we depart for beautiful Sagaing, stopping at the village of Shan Kalay Kyun to stroll through the plantations and see craftsmen at work making furniture and casting bronze. We'll then discover some of the beautiful pagodas that are peppered across Sagaing's verdant hill and enjoy the sweeping views over the city. This afternoon we'll visit some exquisite silk-weaving workshops in Amarapura.

Special Experience: Stop at the famous U Bein Bridge to experience a stunning sunset.

Tonight we'll meet for a group farewell dinner. [B,L,D]

Day 12. Depart Mandalay

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 13. Arrive Australia