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Myanmar in 2 weeks

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GROUP SIZE: 6-24 | 13 DAYS

Myanmar in 2 weeks

Here you can find the day-to-day description for Myanmar in 2 weeks

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Yangon

Yangon

Yangon is a mix of the English colonial past and golden pagodas. Yangon is a city that seems to be hectic, but feels very rural. |Myanmar

Mandalay

Mandalay

Mandalay has always been the city where you'd go to enjoy a puppet- on-the-string play. On the other side of the river, you can admire the Burmese variation of the Tower of Babel, Mingun.|Myanmar

Bagan

Bagan

Bagan consists of an area of 40 km² with many impressive, very old Buddhist temples and Stupas. They are the most beautiful od all of Myanmar. |Myanmar

Kalaw

Kalaw

Kalaw is an old colonial English garden with the typical houses, inhabited by the Burmese and surrounded by colourful minorities like Palaung, Danu and Pa’O. |Myanmar

Inle Lake

Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Yangon Yangon
2 Public transport Yangon - Mandalay Overnight bus to Mandalay
3 Mandalay – Mingun and Mandalay visits Mandalay
4 Mandalay - Visit ancient cities - Mandalay Mandalay
5 Public transport Mandalay - Bagan Bagan
6 Bagan Bagan
7 Bagan Bagan
8 Bus Bagan - Mount Popa - Kalaw Kalaw
9 Walk Trekking to Palaung village Kalaw
10 Bus Kalaw - Pindaya - Inle Lake Inle Lake
11 Inle Lake Inle Lake
12 Bus, Plane Inle Lake - Heho flight to Yangon Yangon
13 Yangon End tour Yangon

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Day 1: Yangon

Welcome to Myanmar!

Your tour begins in Yangon, where you can use your hotel room from check in time (12.00 hrs at noon) on day 1. Your travel companions will also arrive today, the exact time will be depending on their flight schedule. You will meet your English speaking tour leader at 12.00 hrs noon on day 1 in the lobby of your hotel in Yangon and will have the rest of the day to get acquainted with your new surroundings.

Day 2: Yangon - Mandalay

Free day in Yangon. Take today to start to have a good look around the city. It is a beautiful, friendly city with various attractions including the golden Shwedagon Pagoda, which is easily the most stunning. Some of the other beautiful pagodas include Sule or the Botataung.

Walking between the pastel coloured colonial houses, you will get used to your new environment. Take time out to enjoy a cup of tea in a teahouse, chatting with the locals, who will be most interested in you.

In the evening you will transfer to the bus station and take the overnight public bus to Mandalay, where you will spend the night on board.

Day 3: Mandalay – Mingun and Mandalay visits

After arriving into busy Mandalay and transferring to your hotel, you will have free time to explore. Mandalay is a city full of life, with much to see. The cityscape is dominated by Mandalay Hill (230 meters), especially pleasant at sunset. The Mandalay Palace lies close to the city centre and is also worth a visit. The palace is only accessible to tourists by one of the four sides (Eastern gate).

Visit Mingun by boat, especially picturesque in the rainy season. You will see semi-submerged villages and simple fishing boats and some beautiful pagodas in Mingun itself.

The most important religious building in Mandalay is the Mahamuni Pagoda. It is 3.8 m high and covered with several inches of gold leaf. In the south of the city you will find the bustling neighbourhood artists: sculptors, wood carvers, gold leaf makers, silk and cotton weavers, copper and silversmiths.

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Day 4: Mandalay - Visit ancient cities - Mandalay

Free day. The streets of Mandalay are dominated by numerous tricycles and old cars. It offers a colourful example of the mix of Myanmar's many ethnic minority groups. Although we have plenty of time here, you'll still have to choose from the many attractions of the city and its surroundings.

Outside the city you can go on an optional excursion to the ancient royal cities: Amarapura (Taungmyo), Sagaing and Ava (Inwa). Since the fall of Bagan, the cities of Ava, Amarapura and Sagaing were constantly changing places as the capital of Myanmar. Now you can visit excavations and temples in these ruined cities and you'll marvel at the grandeur of these places. Amarapura is famous for the interesting U Bein bridge, the longest teak footbridge in the world (1200 m) on the nearby lake. Sagaing is a perfect spot to spend the morning watching the mendicant monks.

Day 5: Mandalay - Bagan

Today we travel by public air-conditioned express bus to the ancient city of Bagan. In its' heyday, Bagan was a sprawling city with thousands of temples, pagodas and ruins of pagodas, which will still get your imagination going! Bagan was founded in 848 as a walled city. It developed in a glorious and mighty manor under the great king Anawratha. There were huge temple complexes built of gleaming white stone, brick and dark hardwood.

In many of the temples beautiful murals can be found. The king conquered the land of the Mon in the south and took the royal family back with him, but also artists, craftsmen and Theravada Buddhism. The combination resulted in an unprecedented construction of pagodas, a habit that later kings continued. Due to the dry climate, a great many of these ancient buildings remain in good condition.

Day 6: Bagan

You are free today to explore. Hiring a bike or a horse and cart simply must be done in Bagan. It is wonderful to travel at your own pace, enjoying the beauty of the landscape. It's just like a fairytale! Maybe you want to make a plan in advance as to which buildings you want to see, because it is impossible to visit all of Bagan and its surroundings, in its' entirety! The Ananda Temple (1091) should be on your list. According to legend, King Kyanzittha was so impressed by this extraordinary whitewashed building, he executed the architect to avoid duplication. In some temples you can see beautiful Buddha statues and murals (take a torch!).

In various places in Bagan, booklets are for sale with information on the main temples. To witness the beautiful sunrise/sunset you can visit one of 5 specially made ''Sunset Hills''. In the evening you can eat on the river by the light of oil lamps and candles.

Day 7: Bagan

Further explore the sights of Bagan! The various monuments adorn the UNESCO World Heritage List. There is so much to see that even though you have plenty of time in Bagan, you will still have to make some choices!

If you are overloaded by all the temples, you can rent a boat in the village of Nyaung-U and watch the activity on the water. You can also enjoy reading a book whilst sitting in one of the teashops. Besides her temples Bagan is also famous for beautiful lacquerware. In the village of Myinkaba you can get an idea of how long this process takes.

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Day 8: Bagan - Mount Popa - Kalaw

We continue today with a private bus venturing east to Kalaw. Along the way you will visit Mount Popa. On this striking rock there is a monastery and some pagodas. These are the houses of the nats, the 'spirits'. There are 37 nats, that the Buddhists should regularly consult and to whom they offer sacrifices. Mount Popa is where the Mahagiri nat resides and kings from all over central Burma would come to consult with Mahagiri.

There is a 777 strong staircase if you should choose to climb up. Superstition forbids wearing red or black or green dress otherwise you risk upsetting the spirits!

At the beginning of the evening you arrive in Kalaw, formerly a popular British 'Hill Station'. You'll find beautiful British 'colonial' houses, pagodas, monasteries, churches, mosques and temples.

Day 9: Trekking to Palaung village

In the hills around Kalaw there live various hill tribes, each with their own language, dress and culture. With any luck you will see the special, rotating, colourful market, here every five days but never on a fixed weekday. It could also be that you find a similar market in Pindaya or Inle Lake, but that remains to be seen!

Accompanied by a local guide, you'll head off for a walk to a Palaung village (included in your tour price). The Palaung women wear colourful blue and red clothes. In the villages you draw a lot of attention and the local guide will tell you about the traditional customs of the inhabitants. In this environment 'tanapet' is grown, the raw material for making the local cigars. During the walk, you walk over ruts and by beautiful rice fields and bamboo forests. The terrain is slightly hilly, sometimes dense and sometimes completely open so you can enjoy views. Note: Those who do not want to walk, can of course remain in Kalaw.

Day 10: Kalaw - Pindaya - Inle Lake

Your tour bus will drive you to Pindaya. Along the way you see Pa'o minorities at work everywhere. In the Pindaya Caves (entrance fee not included) there are more than eight thousand Buddha statues in all different shapes and sizes. These are donations from pilgrims and kings from different periods and some are hundreds of years old. Once you enter the cave, the gold leaf radiates towards you. Some images are only seen when you enter the very dark and damp caverns, so for these a flashlight is convenient.

You drive to the charming town of Nyaung Shwe, access point to the Inle Lake. Just before the village you pass Shwe Yan Yagh, the wooden monastery with its large, oval-shaped windows, that is renowned by photographers. Shan cuisine is very famous in Myanmar, especially the fish from the lake, which is very tasty. At night you should definitely try a fish dish at one of the many local restaurants.

Day 11: Inle Lake

Free day at Inle! Between high mountain ranges lies the beautiful Inle Lake. It is known for its Intha-fishermen, using their legs to steer and fishing with conical nets. Take a long, relaxing boat trip on the lake to get the best idea of everyday life. You'll travel through channels and creeks, under wooden bridges, by floating villages with their floating gardens filled with purple water hyacinths, an unforgettable experience!

The Inle Lake is also home to the wooden Ngahpe Kyaung, the charming monastery of the 'jumping cats' (although dwindling in numbers!), that is certainly worth a visit. Around the lake you can visit the local people displaying their skills, such as silversmiths, silk weavers and cigar makers.

Furthermore, the photogenic countryside is ideal for hiking and cycling trips.

Day 12: Inle Lake - Heho flight to Yangon

Today you will transfer to Heho airport for your flight back to Yangon where, depending on the time of your flight, you will still have time to spend the last of your kyats. The large Bogyoke Aung San Market has almost everything, from souvenirs to medications. In the town are two large lakes. From the terrace of the luxury Karaweik restaurant, built in the shape of a boat, you can watch the sun set into the water with the mighty Shwedagon in the background.

Perhaps you are tired of the city? then you can explore the surrounding countryside. A fun excursion is a visit to Twante. This rural village is two hours by boat from Yangon and is known for its pottery and weaving. It is also an ideal place to say goodbye to the Burmese countryside.

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Day 13: Yangon

The last day of your tour. You can use your hotel room in Yangon until check out time (most times at 12.00 hrs noon). We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Myanmar.

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When booking your tour, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 13) is not included.

FESTIVAL TRIPS

On the trips departing on 28 September 2017 and 17 October 2018 you can visit the PAUNG DAW OO FESTIVAL around Inle Lake. *

On the trips departing on 21 October 2017 and 12 November 2018 you can visit the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Taunggyi, (Inle Lake area). This excursion will only take place in the evening.*

* Your tour leader will offer this as an optional excursion.

The itineraries can be modified during festival trips. For more information about the various festivals please look under the heading 'Festivals' under the 'More Info' tab.


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