It is absolutely a ultimate journey to Myanmar that leave no stone unturned. The comprehensive 13-day itinerary starts in Yangon with its beautifuly and well-preserved colonial buildings and the shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda. Visit the Golden Rock on your pilgrimage trip to Kyaikhtiyo. You will also travel to visit Lake, Inle - home to pagodas and monasteries and more than 200 small villages, and the Intha, the local people, are famous for developing the eccentric method of rowing with one leg. Next is Putao in the north where you will spend 3 nights in the wonderful lodge for some adventures in the mountains and forests. After Putao, visit Mandalay, you will visit 3 capitals in one destination. The trip is not complete without visiting Bagan where you will explore the magnificent temples of, scattered over the 26 square mile site along the river banks or the Irrawaddy. A sunrise balloon ride over the temples can be organised upon request. Before you hit the beach visit Mrauk U, another town with extraordinary temples and pagodas which is a lot less frequented. Finish the journey with 3 nights on beautiful Ngapali beach, a 3 km stretch of white sand and clear turquoise waters, at Sandoway Resort.
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Mingalabar Myanmar, Welcome to Yangon - the Garden City of the East.! You are met and welcomed by a local tour guide on arrival. Privately transferred to the downtown city hotel. Checking into your accommodation and refreshen for a while and then you will go out with our tour guide for a quick city orientation. Your driver and guide will bring you into the city centre for its myriad architectural and historical treasures. Start at the colonial post office before walking to Sule Paya, a giant golden pagoda that marks the city centre. Along the way, you’ll pass the Strand Hotel and its stonework detailing, the verdant Mahabandoola Garden and the impressive Independence Monument. You’ll then finish with Little India and Chinatown’s colourful cacophony of restaurants, temples and markets.
Breakfast at your hotel. Your full-day city tour will begin with Shwedagon Pagoda. If Sule Paya is impressive, this is doubly so, rising almost 100 metres above the city and entirely resplendent in nearly 30 tons of gold leaf. After taking in the city views, move on to visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda and its giant reclining Buddha. Here, you’ll gain an insight into the nation’s religion – Theravada Buddhism – before continuing on to a more recognisable part of life, the humble Burmese tea stop. You’re next leg will then see you to the National Museum whose artefacts span 19th century kingly dynasties, archaeological treasures and artistry from throughout the country’s rich history. Before a visit to some of the city’s famous, highly-energised markets, you’ll stop for a breather at Kandawagyi Park and on a Circle Train tour of the city’s lesser-visited suburbs. Return to your hotel, with time to relax. Overnight in Yangon.
Note: Optional signature exprience with “Elephant Coach” - a restored antique Chevrolet bus shall be arranged upon request.
Breakfast at hotel and we will go straightly to the airport to take a scheduled flight to Heho. Met and welcomed by a local representative upon arrival. Privately transferred to Pindaya, driving through the mountain fields of the Shan Plateau will bring you to the magnificent Pindaya Caves. Home to thousands of Buddha images, labyrinthine chambers are carved out of a limestone ridge, overlooking a picturesque lake. You’ll also have a chance to learn about the local paper crafts with a house visit before you move on to the century-old Sing-gaung Monastery. Finish the day by driving to Nyaungshwe – Inle Lake’s largest village and the former capital of the Shan kings – where you’ll board a boat to transfer to your waterside accommodation.. Your evening is free. Overnight at hotel.
Your next full day tour will take you – via boat cruises and lakeside drives – to wooden monasteries, complete with intricate Buddha carvings, and across the lake itself. Here, a private motorboat will bring you alongside the Inthar people that punt using their legs to reach fishing spots, floating gardens and stilted villages. You’ll also stop off at PhaungDaw Oo Pagoda, the lake's main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images and the royal barges used during the pagoda's annual festival. Compare it to the more humble beauty of the local crafts on offer at your next stop – a lotus flower weaving workshop and a cheroot factory where cigars are still hand rolled.
Wake early for a morning market visit where you’ll see the Pa-oh, Inthar and Shan peoples – sometimes in traditional dress – congregate on the lakeshores. From here, journey by canal on to Indein where you’ll have some time to explore on foot, visit a local school and walk among Alaung Sitthou, a stunning collection of ancient stupas. From here, summit a short staircase to views out over the town to the lake beyond. Should time allow, stop at Inthar Heritage House to learn more about the history and culture of the lake's indigenous people and enjoy a coffee and cake snack.
Breakfast and followed by a private transfer to the airport to fly to Putao. Met and welcomed upon arrival. Checking into your bugalow at a very unique Malikha Lodge. The Malikha Lodge is situated on the mountainside above the Nam Lang River, overlooking forested slopes and lush rice terraces, the Lodge is superbly private. Its bungalows are scattered through exotic gardens, while cosily intimate shared spaces let you relax by the fireside after a satisfying day of trekking, biking, rafting or kayaking through the surrounding landscape.
A full day of hiking through the different tribal villages in the area awaits you after you have your breakfast. You will get to meet the tribes Lisu, Rawang, and Shan. Amongst the scenery and other things, hiking is a unique way of meeting local people and getting an insight on their daily lives. Along the way you may meet a hunter who would let you play with his crossbow, a Christian church may invite you inside for tea, and even meet an old war veteran and admire is 1942 medals. Across the plains from the villages, stupas, and a Shan monastery, by a duck filled pond under the shade of bamboo groves, your lunch will be served. The hike then continues across suspension bridges to Machanbaw where Malikha Lodge’s jeep awaits with a trunk of cool beer and beverages for your drive back to the lodge. Dinner will take place at the Lodge.
Breakfast at the lodge. Today you will have the opportunity to experience and learn about life in Mulashidi village and the Putao Valley and view some of the cottage industries. For early birds there is also the chance to visit the Putao market, to try a steaming bowl of Shan noodle soup for breakfast and to practice your haggling skills over spectacular Rawang village headman woven hats, colourful longhis and fine baskets. Lunch at Malikha Lodge.
In the afternoon, we have many bike and trek routes to follow with our guides from the Lodge – we discuss and arrange these upon our guests’ arrival dependent on their level of fitness and special interests. Returning to the Lodge in the evening to a huge, hot bath in our fabulous teak bathtubs and/or a massage from our own spa staff in Bungalow is a very welcome treat. The last evening we invite our guests to a hosted group dinner in the Main Lodge. Overnight at the Malikha Lodge
After a final leisurely breakfast at Malikha Lodge, check out and transfer to Putao Airport to connect with your onwards flight in the direction of Mandalay. Upon arrival you will be met and transfer on a private vehicle to the hotel for checking in. The day begins with a comprehensive tour to see Mandalay's major attractions and highlights. Visit Mandalay Palace and Fort which is sprawling south of Mandalay Hill, was home to the last two royal kings of Burma. You will be able to visit the Hall of Victory or Glass Palace, Mye Nan Pyathat temple and Nan Myint Saung watchtower where you can climb the spiral staircase to get views of the city. After the visit to Mandalay Palace and Fort, depart for Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin), a former British hill station two hours north of Mandalay. The journey takes you from the dry plains around Mandalay to the green hills of the Shan plateau, passing through quiet towns and rural villages. In afternoon, you'll visit Shwe In Bin Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda, as well as local artisans making gold leaf and amazing stone carvings. This adventure is a great introduction to Mandalay and its fascinating history. Back to hotel and spend your evening relaxing. Overnight at hotel
Breakfast at hotel and today will take you back in time. Make your way south of Mandalay to the ancient capitals of Sagaing, Inwa and Amarapura. Visit the pagoda sprinkled Sagaing Hill, an important religious and monastic centre, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns. Here we will visit a Monastic school where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the residents and understand the teachings of Buddhism. Afterwards, take in the views from the top of the hill on the terraces of the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda which are truly breathtaking. Next is Amarapura, was once known as 'The City of Immortals'. Today, the leisurely 'clack-clack' from the looms of the cotton and silk weavers has replaced the noisy bustle of this former capital. Visit the U Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset. This long teak bridge snakes across the Taungthaman Lake. After sunset, return to the hotel where you will spend your last night. Evening is free. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast and then you will be transferred to the airport to catch a scheduled flight to Bagan. Upon arrival you are met by a local tour guide and you will be privately transferred to hotel. You will be at leisure for the remainder of morning. This afternoon is spent with a comprehensive cultural tour to see Bagan's historic temples and highlights. The excursion begins with a visit to Tayoke Pyay Temple. You will be taken to visit temples around Minthu village including Thamanpaya, Thambula and Payathonzu.Next, visit the most beautiful temple in the region, the Ananda Temple. It is the largest, best preserved and most revered of all the temples in Bagan and it is believed that the temple was built around 1105 by King Kyanzittha. You will continue the exploration with a visit temples and pagodas nearby Ananda Temple. End the day viewing the sunset over the plains and temples of Pagan from one of the smaller temples to avoid crowds. Back to the hotel and you will spend your evening relaxing. Overnight at hotel.
Enjoy your hearty breakfast at hotel and today is spent with a comprehensive full day tour of Bagan. We will continue with another excursion begins with a visit to Nyaung U market, before continuing to Shwezigon Pagoda, which was built as the most important religious shrine. You will then visit Hnget Pyit Taung, a hillock on which a pagoda built by King Pyusawhti stands. The tour ends at Lawkananda Pagoda which is located close to New Pagan Township. Lawkananda pagoda was built by King Anawrahta during his reign in 1059 on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. It is believed the Buddha's tooth relic is enshrined inside the pagoda and it is still used as an everyday place of worship. Return to your hotel and you will spend your evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Please note: Optional Sunrise Balloon Over Bagan will be arranged upon request
Breakfast and airport transfer to fly to Yangon where you will connect your outbound flight to next destination.