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Myanmar Family Adventure

Now is the right time to visit this beautiful and still untouched corner of South East Asia. Offering the absolute best of Myanmar, this wonderful journey will take you right into the heart of a friendly land, where exceptional hospitality is guaranteed. Our adventure begins in the charming colonial city of Yangon before flying to Mandalay to explore this city set on the banks of the Irrawaddy. The highlights are numerous - we enjoy the view of the city from Mandalay Hill, the collection of alms at Amarapura and the 600 painted pagodas and monasteries at Sagaing. Bagan is considered by many to be the finest collection of temples in Asia and savouring the sunrise from the upper terrace of the temple is an experience not soon forgotten. Continuing to Mount Popa and Inle Lake we get off the beaten track and see real culture and traditions of Myanmar on a walk on the Shan Plateau to our monastery or homestay. Inle Lake is the grand finale with its bustling local markets, handicrafts, stilted villages and breathtaking views.

Inclusions

8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinners
3 star comfortable accommodation on twin share basis
Airport arrival transfer (day 1 only)
Basic homestay whilst walking at Inle Lake
Internal flights Yangon/Mandalay and Bagan/Heho/Yangon valued at $US255
Expert local bilingual guides
Private vehicles
Porterage on walk
Sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary
Medical kit
Hightlights
Wander through the colonial charm of Yangon
Witness the sunset from the top of Mandalay Hill
Attend a morning alms collection at a monastery outside Mandalay
Visit the worlds largest bell in the ancient city of Mingun
Walk amongst the wonders at Sagaing, home to 600 pagodas and monasteries
Discover one of the finest collections of temples in South East Asia at Bagan
Explore the mysterious Shwe U Min cave, home to thousands of Buddha images
Walk through the beautiful scenery of the Shan Plateau to Inle Lake and stay with a local family on its shores
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
9
Price From
AUD $2,790
Start Location
Yangon, Myanmar
End Location
Myanmar
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
4 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
07 Apr 201815 Apr 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
14 Apr 201822 Apr 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
23 Jun 201801 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
30 Jun 201808 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
04 Aug 201812 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
22 Sep 201830 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
29 Sep 201807 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
22 Dec 201830 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
12 Jan 201920 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
06 Apr 201914 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
13 Apr 201921 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
22 Jun 201930 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
29 Jun 201907 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
03 Aug 201911 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
21 Sep 201929 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
28 Sep 201906 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
21 Dec 201929 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
On arrival in Yangon International Airport, meet your guide and driver for a private transfer to your hotel in Yangon. Rest of day is free at your own leisure.
Day 2
So what's behind the golden fa ade of the Shwedagon Pagoda? During this interactive half day tour we take you through the back door and show you the full history of the pagoda, the daily life of all people living in the immediate surroundings of the pagoda and a deeper insight in the Buddhist religion and how the spiritual belief is mixed with the belief in nats the Myanmar spirits. An intriguing half day tour starting from the bottom of the hill and passing the workshops, markets and monasteries which will be useful or even essential to understand more of the country during the rest of your journey. The tour includes a traditional Burmese breakfast, offerings to monks and the pagoda, feeding the turtles living nearby, then have together with your parents a "treasure" hunt at the local market: the guide will give you 3 pictures of local household items and ask you to find out what these 3 very different local items are used for, a visit to a fortune teller and a Burmese lunch: Yangon Taing Yin Thar The only place in Yangon offering traditional food from all over the country. Taung Yin Thar means "tribes" and the food reflects that. We have pre-selected some of the best dishes for you including several salads from all over the country and Shan style grilled fish. Overnight at Clover Hotel or similar
Day 3
Upon arrival at Bagan airport, meet with the guide and transfer to Minnanthu. Starting with picnic lunch, Minnanthu is probably the favourite temple area amongst frequent Bagan visitors and you know why? It's quiet, it's a beautiful area and the temples here are often completely deserted. The guide brings you by car to this forgotten part of Bagan and will spread out a blanket and serve you a great picnic lunch in this historical setting before or after visiting 2 or 3 ancient temples ruins in this area. Continue to Mt. Popa. Mount Popa is one of the places to be visited in the surroundings of Bagan as it is the birth place of the 37 "nats" of Myanmar which are the protective spirits. Overnight at Popa Mountain Resort or similar
Day 4
Ghosts, superstitious kings, brutal conquerors and other scary stories. The history of the Bagan temples and the Bagan kingdom ds not only have a sunny side from the glory days but has also seen a lot of bloodshed in the past. During this half day tour, our guide will bring you to all places with a scary history and tell you hair rising myths and anecdotes. Is the spirit of the Tharaba gate really the soul of a person buried alive inside the doorpost? How many construction workers had their arm chopped of at that stone at Dhammayangyi stupa? And are there still ghosts here at night? The guide will tell you all during this tour around Bagan, give you an insight in the behaviour of kings and queens during this period and explain what happened when the Mongols invaded. Especially children and families will love this tour (the guide adapts the story depending on children's age and makes sure it is not too scary... Free at leisure at pool in the afternoon.
Day 5
An ideal excursion on your second in Bagan when you feel like you have seen most of the temples (or at least enough) and also want to discover a bit more of the Myanmar country side. We go by private car to Kyauk Gu Ohnmin cave temple that rarely sees foreign visitors, continue to Pakkoku and visit a local slipper factory, the market and see where the famous Pakkoku blankets are made. A private boat is ready for you at the jetty in Pakkoku for a leisurely 2 hour trip downriver. Bagan curries from the dry zone served at a monastery The dry zone (as the area around Bagan is called) is not known for its fertile lands as the main crops grown are rice, peanuts, sesame seeds and tamarind. The food created from it is delicious though and we will serve you some beautiful food in a traditional monastery. In the afternoon your guide and driver will show local village life in the dry zone and we will visit later in the day a lacquer ware workshop in Myinkaba village. Overnight at Thazin Garden Hotel or similar
Day 6
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho. Upon arrival at Heho airport, meet with the guide and transfer to Inle Lake. The ruins of Indein & home cooked food with a local family & can trip floating gardens. In the south of the lake the ruins of Indein are certainly worth a visit. Partly covered by vegetation the area looks like a "pagoda forest". We will walk about 1 hour to enjoy a fantastic view over the lake. A home-made cooked lunch is served in a local house. We continue towards the Nam Pan village for a very interesting trip going local with a small can. Whenever you are tired peddling yourself we continue by motorboat back to your hotel. Overnight at Hupin Hotel Khaung Dine or similar
Day 7
One of the distinctive hill tribes from Shan State are the Pa O who are known for their navy blue clothes and colourful red or orange turban and their good farming and trading skills. During this day trekking you get to know life as the Pa O live it and will visit their villages in the hills, eat their food and have the chance to dress like a Pa O (fun, at least for the picture!). We start with a 15 minutes horse cart ride from the hotel in Nyaung Shwe (or a boat ride from your hotel on the lake) and begin with a 2, 5 hours walk (a bit uphill) to arrive in a Pa O village where you have time to talk with the monks, visit a local school and where you will be invited to wear the traditional dress. Continue about 30 minutes (mainly flat) and arrive in a village where a traditional Pa O lunch is served. Inle Lake area - Pa O tribal food The tribe with the indigo dresses and the colourful orange or red head turban are not only good farmers and negotiators at the market. They also prepare excellent food. You will try in a local house in a Pa O village a freshly prepared lunch with pumpkin, ginger and other ingredients from the field. Time to relax and prepare for the afternoon walk which is about 2, 5 hour with stunning views on the lake and plantations with crops like ginger, garlic and turmeric. Just before boarding the boat to bring you back to the hotel we stop for a last beautiful view over the lake as a reward for having passed the Pa O experience. Overnight at Hupin Hotel Khaung Dine or similar
Day 8
Breakfast at the hotel. Have a free day at leisure. Overnight at Hupin Hotel Khaung Dine or similar
Day 9
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Yangon. Car and guide is available in Yangon until your departure flight.