Relics of Buddhism
Life on the lake
Plains of pagodas
Discover the cultural capital
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
4 to 12
Rail, Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
|13 Jan 2019||25 Jan 2019||Available||AUD $5,410|
|03 Feb 2019||15 Feb 2019||Available||AUD $5,110|
|03 Mar 2019||15 Mar 2019||Available||AUD $5,110|
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]
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
At sunset we'll experience one of Yangon's true highlights, the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. [B,L]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]