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Private Myanmar (Burma) Sample Program (12 days)

Wanna Tours Thailand

Yangon, Myanmar To Yangon, Myanmar

Valid for Departures Now Through: 22 Feb 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Yangon, Myanmar
The Strand Hotel, Yangon None

Yangon Arrival.

On arrival at Yangon International Airport you will be met by our Wanna Tours Myanmar Guide and transferred to The Strand Hotel, Yangon, where your reservation is for the next 3 Nights in a Deluxe Suite and includes breakfast.

En route to the Hotel, your Guide will give you an introduction to Myanmar and your Program.

Day 2
Yangon, Myanmar
The Strand Hotel, Yangon Breakfast, Lunch

Private Walking Tour of Colonial Yangon & Shwedagon Pagoda

This morning we have a Private Walking Tour of the Colonial Architectural Buildings.

Yangon retains one of the most complete ensembles of colonial architecture in the world. This walking tour in Yangon reveals some of the heritage buildings and the rich history of their functions up to the present day. During your walk you will be brought back to a different time and memories from the past will come alive

We transfer from your hotel to Yangon City Hall, located at the heart of the colonial-era city. Built in 1936 by Myanmar architect U Tin, it is a massive building with traditional tiered roofs, a combination of European design and engineering technology with traditional Myanmar flourishes. Nearby is the former Immigration Department. This building was designed in 1910 to be the country’s most upmarket department store, Rowe & Company. With its corner tower and top-floor balconettes, the structure retains an air of its former opulence. Proceed to the High Court, a 1911 brick building designed by the architect John Ransome, and another example of the grand Imperial style.

Continue to Strand Road, home of the former New Law Courts, built in 1931 with an imposing colonnade of Ionic columns. Next stop is the 1916 Custom House, a large building with an elegant white tower and double-faced clock above the entrance. The Art Deco period MPA is noted for its imposing square corner tower, wave-inspired stuccowork, and bas-relief sculptures of sailing vessels. The former Irrawaddy Flotilla Company’s graceful white building and colonnaded façade is another landmark.

Walk past the red brick General Post Office and back to the luxurious Strand Hotel, built in 1901 by the Sarkies brothers. Here you’ll enjoy well-earned refreshments (non-alcoholic) in the Bar.

After Lunch at the Hotel, this Afternoon we visit Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake to take photographs over the lake towards Karaweik Hall and Shwedagon. Then, continue visit Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments.

The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 metres above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold and is the very heart and soul of Buddhist Myanmar.

Make sure to spend time here watching the Burmese come to pray and make offerings; it is an unforgettable experience. After that return back to Hotel.

Day 3
Yangon, Myanmar
The Strand Hotel, Yangon Breakfast, Lunch

Yangon as a Local.

This morning we can visit some of the different types of markets. (to your interest) You will be able to experience the locals bargaining and trading their products in sometimes hectic atmosphere.

While Scott’s Market is a must for almost all tourists, some of the other markets like the Indian Market or the Vegetable & Fruit Market still kept their original vibe and a your visit will be a great opportunity to enlarge your impressions of an original Myanmar – Also the famous Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Public Holidays) gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts.

After Lunch, at a local restaurant, we transfer to Yangon’s Central Station take a 30-45 minute train ride on the Circle Line. Opened in 1961, this slow moving, wooden seated and always crowded train carries an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people a day around the city.

This is life the way the locals live it, and it’s a great way to participate very naturally, be prepared to be thrown into the midst of local life, chat to curious travelers and stand for some of the journey with priority given to roof high sacks of vegetables heading to local markets.

On completion, we visit Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda to see a huge reclining Buddha image. Later we drive to the jetty along Strand Road and walk along Yangon River to see the busy harbor area, from where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and for upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River. Visit Botathaung Pagoda, located close to Yangon River and said to contain Buddha relics, before we return to hotel

Day 4
Yangon, Myanmar
Bagan, Myanmar
Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort Breakfast, Lunch

Fly to Bagan & Bagan's Principle Monuments.

Early morning transfer to Yangon Airport for your direct flight to Bagan.

Scattered around a 26 sq. km plain surrounding the Ayeyarwady River are the magnificent red brick temples and pagodas left from the religious fervor of the Kings of Bagan during the period 1057-1287 AD. In addition to the impressive architecture, inside are colorful murals and exquisite Buddha statues, and from the summit, awesome views showing the immense expanse of the Bagan era temples.

Upon arrival in BAGAN, we start our sightseeing at the busy local market continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples in Bagan. These include Shwezigon Pagoda, a huge gilded zedi built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, Gu Byauk Gyi, a 13th century temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes and the immediately recognizable Ananda Temple; one of the finest and largest temples with its 170 ft shimmering gold spire and four huge standing-Buddha images and numerous seated figures arranged around the interior gallery.

We check in at Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort around lunch time, where your reservation is for the next 2 Nights in a River View Suite and includes Breakfast.

After lunch at the Hotel, we can visit a lacquer craftsman's workshop in nearby Myingaba village. Sightseeing continues with visits to Manuha Temple, built in Mon style in 1059, Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument that is said to have been the palace of King Manuha and Myingaba Gu Byuk Kyi Temple (under the protection of UNESCO), noted for its ancient mural paintings.

Observe a sunset in the vicinity of Bagan's ancient monuments.

Day 5
Bagan, Myanmar
Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Balloons over Bagan, Rural Bagan & Sunset Boat Trip

Balloons over Bagan

Around 05.30am the Balloons over Bagan shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel (your guide will tell you the exact pick up time). 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 in time for Breakfast. (October -March as available)

This morning visit Min Nan Thu Village area by horse-cart. Visit Tayokepyay Temple, Phaya Thone Zu and Nandamanya Temples (noted for exquisite 13th century murals) and Kyat Kan Cave monastery, a famous meditation center in Bagan. Visit farming villages around Bagan.

We stop for Lunch at Ayeyarwady River Terrace, a nice river view restaurant and in the afternoon, an excursion to the nostalgic Nat Htaung Kyaung, a monastery famous for woodcarvings, built in 1781 by a group of monks. Admire the monastery's collection of ancient Buddha statues and lacquer boxes.

Later in the afternoon we transfer from your hotel to the jetty where you board a Private Wooden Boat. Travel 30 minutes upstream, turning to glide downriver while watching the sun lower towards the horizon and set peacefully over the Ayeyarwady River.

A drink and light snacks will be served on board,

Day 6
Mandalay, Myanmar
Bagan, Myanmar
Mandalay Hill Resort Breakfast, Lunch

Fly to Mandalay. Mandalay’s Ancient & Royal Capitals.

After breakfast, we transfer to Bagan Airport your morning direct flight to Mandalay.

Although Mandalay City has a few highlights such as Kuthodaw Pagoda and Mandalay Hill, it is the ancient capitals, battered stupas and sights outside of the city which are the main attraction.

Upon arrival at Mandalay Airport, we drive to Amarapura, the penultimate Royal Capital and lying 11 km south of Mandalay. Here we visit Mahagandayon, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study and the 150-year-old U Bein teak bridge, built in 1851 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital by staking 1060 teak posts over the wide Taungthaman Lake to connect two villages. One of the most photographed spots in Myanmar and well worth spending time walking across the bridge. Afterwards visit Bagaya Monastery, with a superb collection of Buddha statues before driving into Mandalay city and transfer to Mandalay Hill Resort, where your reservation is for the next 2 Nights in a Junior Suite and includes breakfast.

After lunch at the Hotel, this afternoon, we visit Mahamuni Pagoda with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves, , Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung (Golden Monastery), a superb example of a traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda (known as the world’s largest book), consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures.

Day 7
Mandalay, Myanmar
Mandalay Hill Resort Breakfast, Lunch

Private Boat Trip on the Ayeyarwady River & Mandalay Palace

This morning we stop at the Zeycho vegetable market as we transfer to the jetty for our Private Boat Excursion up the Ayeyarwady River to Mingun, site of the world's largest intact bronze bell, 3.7 meters high and weighing 87 tons.

The boat trip is interesting as you see all types of wooden boats and bamboo rafts, carrying goods up and down the river(approx one hour each way) Also visit the huge but unfinished Mingun Paya (built with the intention of being the world's biggest pagoda) and the beautiful Hsinphyushin Paya.

We return to Mandalay and after lunch at a local Restaurant, this afternoon we visit the newly renovated Mandalay Palace, See the old palace walls, the city gates with their crowning wooden pavilions and the surrounding moat which are still present an impressive scene of the Mandalay Palace. Also visit the Cultural Museum in which you will see some remains of the last Myanmar throne inside the palace ground.

We then stop at local workshops to see Kalaga tapestries being made, gold leaf being beaten into paper-thin pieces.

In the late afternoon we can visit Shwe Kyin Monastery to observe student monks start their evening prayers just before Sunset..

Day 8
Inle Lake, Myanmar
Mandalay, Myanmar
Inle Princess Resort Breakfast, Lunch

Fly to Heho. Red Mountain Estate Vineyard & Transfer to Inle Lake.

After Breakfast & Check out, we transfer to Mandalay Airport for your Domestic direct flight to Heho

On arrival at Heho Airport we transfer by road (approx. 1 hour drive), down into the valley to Nyaung Shwe on the edge of Inle Lake, stopping on the way to visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery. From Nyaung Shwe continue by car to the Red Mountain Estate vineyard and winery.

Located near Inle Lake, The Red Mountain Estate produces the best wines of the country. You arrive at the vineyard and enjoy wine-tasting with Lunch. The small outdoor tasting room provides a commanding view over the terraced vineyard as well as a wonderful breeze. Beyond the rolling green hills you can see shimmering Inle Lake, and on a clear day you can also enjoy the surrounding mountain landscape.

On completion, we return to Nyaung Shwe and board your own local boat to take you to Inle Princess Resort, where your reservation is for the next 3 Nights in a Lake Front View Chalet and includes Breakfast.

Inle Lake is simply magical; located at 1,000 metres, its calm waters are dotted with Intha stilt house villages, floating vegetable gardens and fishing canoes against the back drop of the beautiful Shan hills. Motorized boats are the means of transport across the lake although the Intha people get around in traditional flat bottomed boats using a unique and skillful form of leg rowing.

Day 9
Inle Lake, Myanmar
Inle Princess Resort Breakfast, Lunch

.Exploring Inle Lake

This morning we have the option to explore one of the 5-day markets (on market day only).

By visiting 5-day markets, you will get insight into the life-style of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha inhabitants who came to these markets to sell their goods.

Later we arrive at the village of Maing Thauk on the edge of Inle Lake by boat. Walk up a dirt track through the village and continue up the hill to a stupa which has fantastic views out over the lake and surrounding hills. The walk takes around 2 hours round trip and, although uphill, the route is not steep.

After an Exotic lunch on floating restaurant, this afternoon, we enjoy another boat trip to Indaing at the western end of Inle for one of the most scenic trips on the Lake.

Passing through the busy village of Yawama, the largest on the Lake with its many channels and tall teak houses on stilts, enter a long often tree lined canal towards Indaing Jetty with farmers cultivating their land on either side under the backdrop of the Shan Hills.

After disembarking it is a 15 minute walk through Indaing village to reach the 14-18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak; many pagodas here remain charmingly unrenovated with plants and even small trees growing out of them making it very atmospheric. A covered walkway, leads up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather beaten zedi; some sadly reconstructed although the views from the top make it worth the ascent.

Returning to the river jetty we take our long-tailed boat back along the canal to the Lake and our Resort

Day 10
Inle Lake, Myanmar
Inle Princess Resort Breakfast, Lunch

Private Cooking Class

This morning we have Private Shan Cooking Class at View Point Restaurant in Nyaungshwe ,

Leaving around 08.30am, we visit the local market with the Head Chef of the restaurant to purchase the food to be prepared for a special luncheon. The chef explains how to shop, traditional bargaining and explains the ingredients being purchased.

They then return to the ViewPoint kitchen, where the Chef begins the basic lessons and prepares the meal with you. At the conclusion, enjoy a special aperitif in the kitchen before going to the open dining room so you can enjoy the lunch you have prepared

After Lunch, this afternoon is at your leisure – Or available for further sightseeing which could include:

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State and the boat construction workshop at Nampan village as well stopping to see some traditional handicrafts - silk weaving on wooden handlooms in Inpawkon village, a cheroot workshop and a blacksmith shop.

Also Option to continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake and where inside its large wooden meditation hall and are over 200 year old ancient Buddha statues.

Returning back to the hotel the beauty of sunset over Inle Lake enchants all visitors.

Day 11
Yangon, Myanmar
Inle Lake, Myanmar
The Strand Hotel, Yangon Breakfast, Lunch

Fly to Yangon. At your leisure in Yangon..

After Breakfast & Check out we travel by boat to Nyaungshwe and then proceed by car to Heho Airport, for your Morning direct flight to Yangon.

On arrival in Yangon we drive to Downtown Yangon for Lunch at Le Planteur, Yangon’s finest and most established French Restaurant.

After lunch, we transfer to again to The Strand Hotel, Yangon, where your reservation is for Tonight in a Deluxe Suite and includes breakfast.

The rest of your afternoon is at your leisure or available for any other local sightseeing to your interests - Your Guide and car remain at your disposal and specific interests can be discussed with your Guide.

Day 12
Yangon, Myanmar
None Breakfast

Depart Yangon

After Breakfast & Check Out, we transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure flight

Please note that to comply with International check-in requirements you will need to be at the Check-in counter at least 2 Hours prior to departure – Your guide will co-ordinate timing, etc. once you are here.

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Description

This 12 Day Sample, Private Myanmar Program covers the 4 Principle destinations in Burma Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay & Inle Lake for the First Time Visitor.

With your own Personal Guide throughout your trip in Myanmar, at a comfortable pace and with our Special Features & Highlights of :


Yangon

  • Private Walking Tour of Colonial Yangon

  • The Amazing Sight of Shwedagon Pagoda

  • Yangon as a Local


Bagan

  • Bagan's Principle Monuments.

  • Balloon over Bagan**(Operates October -March as available)

  • Sunset Boat Trip


Mandalay

  • Mandalay’s Ancient & Royal Capitals.

  • Private Boat Trip on the Ayeyarwady River  


Inle Lake

  • Red Mountain Estate Vineyard

  • Exploring Inle Lake by Boat

  • Private Cooking Class


Naturally since all our Programs are privately operated and tailor-made to your requirements - if you or your Clients want to change anything or request any specific items, we will be happy to make the necessary adjustments (where feasible !) and quote accordingly.


We must stress again that – everything we do is operated by our own Guides and Tailor-made for your Clients Trip, our programs, by their very nature, makes them  quite flexible, Clients can discuss specific details of the sightseeing with their Guide on arrival who will cater to their interests wherever possible.


While you could book this Program as it is, we would, more usually, incorporate this into an overall Private Program for your Clients, tailored directly to their needs and for example, if you wanted to combine this with a week Bangkok & Chiangmai Thailand trip – this would then also make for a Perfect SE Asia Program


  • Specific costs will vary dependent on Dates of Travel, International Arrival & Departure Flight Times, Number of Clients in the Party,

Availability of Hotel Accommodation & Room Category, etc.

  • Please contact us with the above information and we will be happy to prepare a suitable proposal for you.

  • Please Remember the more information you give us at the outset - The better we can prepare our Private Program Proposal for you.

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We are a fully licensed & registered independent tour operator based in Chiangmai, Northern Thailand. For over 25 years we have been offering private, tailor-made, escorted tour programs for FIT & small group VIP clients throughout Thailand. As well as Cambodia, Laos & Myanmar (Burma).

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We can also accept Payment by American Express Card (We cannot accept any other cards),

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