Yangon colonial strand lobby honeymoon luxuryAMARAPURA

I dream of Burma

Go back to a time when Myanmar was called Burma during this 13-day dreamy journey through the best of the country. Watch the sunrise over Bagan’s temples as you sample champagne during a hot air balloon ride, get-off-the-beaten track in the pristine Shan State, and try the legendary afternoon tea at the colonial Strand Hotel.

Language spoken on tour

English

Places visited

Mandalay Ava Sagaing Amarapura Bagan Heho Inle Lake Tuangyi Kakku Thandwe Ngapali Beach Yangon
Days

13

Type of tour

Private

Hotel

From

US$4103

highlights

Itinerary

Day 1 : Welcome to Mandalay

Welcome to Mandalay, the cultural heart of the country, filled with Buddhist monasteries, exotic temples and glittering pagodas. Upon arrival to Myanmar, our driver will transfer you from the airport to Rupar Mandalar Resort. Your day is free at leisure to explore the sites of Mandalay on your own or to relax at the hotel until the evening performance at the Mandalay Marionette Theatre where you can see the traditional art form of puppetry alive and well.

Meals: No meals

Accomodation: Rupar Mandalar Resort

Day 2 : A tour of ancient Burmese capitals ending at the iconic Ubein Bridge

Rise and shine for a big breakfast before leaving the hotel to discover the ancient capitals of Ava, Sagaing, and Amarapura on this full-day tour from Mandalay.

See the teak monastery Bagaya Kyaung and the former royal monastery of Maha Aungmye Bonzan in Ava. Learn more about the national religion in the living center of Buddhism, Sagaing, where there are over 600 white-coloured pagodas and monasteries housing over 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers.

And finally, gaze at the beautiful handmade silk weavings at a local workshop in Amarapura before visiting Maha Aungmye Bonzan and the largest teak bridge in the entire world, the U-Bein Bridge. Enjoy a stroll across the bridge and observe the comings and goings of the local people, or perhaps sit yourself in a small rowboat to watch the glorious sunset from a different vantage point.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Rupar Mandalar Resort

Day 3 : Jet down to Bagan and learn how to cook Burmese favourites

Let us whisk you away to the impressive archaeological site of Bagan today on a 30-minute flight from Mandalay. Built between the 11th and 12th centuries, this ancient city is a bucket-list destination, often compared to the impressive ruins of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. The flat green plains are usually covered with a romantic fog in the morning that slowly dissipates as the sun rises higher and higher in the sky. In every direction, an uncountable number of temples and stupas poke through the mist in a dusty earth-colored red.

Learn a bit more about Burmese culture with a trip to Nyuang-U Market with your guide as you pick out the ingredients needed for your cooking class today. A local chef will teach you how to prepare a selection of dishes and courses from the appetizer to a succulent dessert which you will get to enjoy when you dine on your creations over lunch. The rest of the day is free at leisure to enjoy your hotel or explore on your own.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 : Sail above Bagan in a hot air balloon at sunrise

Rise before the sun to partake in a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the stunning landscape, lush jungle, and thousands of Buddhist temples, pagodas, and stupas rising out of the mist of Bagan. The morning calm gives way to brilliant colours and a beaming sun as you glide through the air in your hot air balloon. Land on firm ground as day breaks and an alfresco breakfast with champagne is prepared for you.

Return to the hotel in the mid-morning and relax at leisure until an afternoon tour of many important sites in Bagan by the charming horse-drawn carriage, starting with Ananda and Dhamayangi Temple. Stop at the ancient Buddhist Shwezigone Pagoda and Gu Byauk Gi Pagoda with its beautiful mural paintings. As the sun begins to set and the heat fades, marvel at the gorgeous pinks, purples, reds, and oranges appearing in the sky above the Shwe Sandaw Pagoda in a sunset experience like no other.

Balloon Rides are only available from the beginning of October until the beginning of March.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 : Chat with monks over an afternoon tea

Rest up this morning after the previous day’s tour learning about the history of Bagan. Your morning is free to relax at your hotel or perhaps to revisit your favourite temples from yesterday.

At 1pm, your guide will come to pick you up for a truly magical experience. Visit a local monastery open to outsiders and learn about the daily lives of Buddhist monks in Myanmar, where you are able to answer questions through your guides and gain deep-insight into the lives of the Myanmar faithful, many who have chosen this path from a young age. When the time is right, you will be invited to have a tea or coffee under the shade of a nearby tree to end the experience.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 : Spend time on Inle Lake observing local life

This morning take a one-hour flight from Bagan’s Nyuang-U Airport to Heho in the Shan State. Upon arrival to Heho, our driver will transport you to the gorgeous boutique Inle Princess.

Take a private trip to the gorgeous Inle Lake and view the powerful image of fisherman gliding along the water with their unusual rowing techniques, casting glittering nets to find food. Pass by villages inhabited by local people with the houses built on stilts and floating gardens and visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, well-known for not only its Shan-style Buddha statues but also the resident cats who have been trained to do various tricks.

Stop by Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main shrine, before visiting a cheroot workshop where Burmese cigars are rolled out by hand and a workshop where the iconic Shan parasols are carefully created.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Inle Princess Resort

Day 7 : Explore the 5000 hidden stupas of Kakku

Travel deep into the Shan hills today to the hidden ‘forest of temples’ of Kakku. Cross local minority villages and untouched scenery before reaching Kakku where more than 5000 stupas from the 11th century rise high from the ground to the sky. Wander through the mysterious ruins before returning to the hotel to enjoy the rest of your day free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Inle Princess Resort

Day 8 : Catch a flight to Thandwe for some time on the beach

Return to Heho Airport for a domestic flight to Thandwe this morning to unwind in style in the Rakhine State’s premiere beach getaway, the lovely Ngapali Beach. Bask in the sun as you admire the intense sunsets, sparkling turquoise seas, untouched beaches and super-fresh seafood in one of Myanmar’s truly scenic treasures. Upon arrival to Thandwe, a driver will bring you to your luxury accommodation Ngapali Bay Villa & Spa to complete the check-in process. Have the day free to enjoy your plush surroundings in style.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Ngapali Bay Villa & Spa

Day 9 : A day at leisure in Ngapali

The day is free to appreciate the many services, on-site activities, and amenities of your luxurious accommodation. Lay on the beach or try your hand at kayaking and snorkeling in the lovely clear waters.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Ngapali Bay Villa & Spa

Day 10 : A day at leisure in Ngapali

Enjoy another day free at leisure to unwind and relax in paradise. Optional activities include a day-trip to the stunning Pearl Island with a picnic lunch or cultural immersion in the local fishing village of Jatetaw.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Ngapali Bay Villa & Spa

Day 11 : Return to the capital, Yangon

Enjoy a free morning until your early afternoon flight from Thandwe to Yangon.  Upon arrival to Yangon, our driver will transfer you to your city accommodation for your final afternoon in Myanmar. Check-in to the stylish colonial Strand Hotel and choose between an English or Burmese afternoon-tea set to rest after a busy day of travelling, having the rest of the evening free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: The Strand Hotel Yangon

Day 12 : Tour the glittering sights of Yangon

Enjoy a morning free at leisure to relax and appreciate the 5-star services and amenities in your hotel until an afternoon tour of Yangon’s famed cultural and historical attractions on a private tour. Visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, home to a 70-meter-long reclining Buddha, as well as the beautiful Sule Pagoda, Kandawgyi Park, and the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda as the sun begins to set.

Enjoy an evening dinner at Karaweik Palace, a glittering replica of the Pyi Gyi Mon Royal Barge which was used by Burmese kings of old to travel around the kingdom. Feast on an international buffet as you watch a glamourous cultural show featuring traditional dances and elaborate costumes.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accomodation: The Strand Hotel Yangon

Day 13 : Time to say good-bye

Your day is free until your transfer to Yangon Airport for your onward booked travel arrangements.

Meals: Breakfast

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Why book this tour

  •  Feel the colonial heritage of Yangon’s historical Strand Hotel
  • Meet Buddhist monks in an ancient monastery for tea and snacks in Bagan
  • Sunbathe on the soft powder beaches of Ngapali
  • Premium value at an affordable price
  • 5% off total package when you book and pay deposit 60 days before arrival

Tour information

General information

Hotel

Important notes

Services included

  • Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast
  • Domestic flights (economy class) as mentioned
  • Tours as per itinerary with local English speaking guide
  • All transfers and transportation with air-conditioned vehicles
  • All boat trips as program
  • All entrance fees as program
  • Meals as indicated in the program
  • A bottle of mineral water per day tour
  • Balloon trip in Bagan

Services excluded

  • Airfares (international) and airport taxes
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Meals other than mentioned in the program
  • Visa fees, travel insurances
  • Additional transfer required due to emergency situation
  • All services which are not mentioned in “services included”

 

General information

Services included

  • Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast
  • Domestic flights (economy class) as mentioned
  • Tours as per itinerary with local English speaking guide
  • All transfers and transportation with air-conditioned vehicles
  • All boat trips as program
  • All entrance fees as program
  • Meals as indicated in the program
  • A bottle of mineral water per day tour
  • Balloon trip in Bagan

Services excluded

  • Airfares (international) and airport taxes
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Meals other than mentioned in the program
  • Visa fees, travel insurances
  • Additional transfer required due to emergency situation
  • All services which are not mentioned in “services included”

 

Hotel
Important notes

About this tour

  • This itinerary is a privately guided relaxed tour through some of Myanmar’s major attractions, allowing more time in each destination to fully immerse into the culture
  • An airport arrival and departure transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum of 15 days prior to travel
  • Please ensure your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining at the time of your departure and that the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets
  • This package requires a visa to Myanmar
  • Hot Air balloon rides can be cancelled for safety or operational reasons. Although the weather in Myanmar during the flying season is very stable, there are occasions when the fight is cancelled for the safety of passengers, pilots and crew members. If this happens, Mundo Asia takes responsibility to change to an alternative option, such as a later flight in Bagan or a different location where hot air balloon rides are offered, or a new activity altogether
  • This trip involves many cultural experiences which take place often barefoot. You’ll be visiting many religious sites where you must remove all footwear before entering. In places like Bagan, you may need to climb steep steps (sometimes without railing) barefoot, but the views are well worth it
  • Myanmar is a conservative country so take care to pack loose, lightweight, long clothing to be respectful and keep cool in the predominantly hot climate

 

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