What you get
Myanmar. Iconic sights and wild beaches
“This country is not like any other,” wrote Rudyard Kipling about Myanmar. This trip is a venture into a completely different, exotic life and holy sites, which only recently opened to foreigners.
- Walk around the colonial cities of Mandalay and Yangon.
- Ride electric motor bikes between thousands of Bagan’s stupas and enjoy an unforgettable sunrise.
- Visit the wooden houses of the tribes that live on Inle Lake, meet the "long-necked" women and watch the fishermen of the Inta tribe.
- Sunbathe on Ngapali beach with white sand, clear water and no tourists.
- Try tea leaf salad and traditional fermented fish soups.
We arrive in Mandalay and check into a hotel downtown. This city once has been the royal capital and a major center of the British colony. We begin our walk in the center, observing local life and people. They wear traditional long skirts longyi and cover their faces with thanaka – a yellow ground bark paste, that protects their skin from the tropical sun.
We visit the royal palace that belonged to the last Burmese monarchs. It had been constructed in the 19th century, but underwent destruction during World War II and has been rebuilt later.
We take our shoes off to walk to the top of the sacred Mandalay Hill. We pass dozens of monasteries and hundreds of Buddhist stupas on the way, watching young monks playing football in their orange robes. We enjoy sunset on top of the mountain and enjoy lovely views of the city and the entire valley.
In the morning we go to the ancient capital Mingun in Mandalay’s suburbs. Here we see the Mingun-Paya, which is carved from a rock and has the height of a sixteen-story building. It was planned as the world’s largest stupa. But the fortune teller told the king that he would die as soon as the construction would be completed, so the stupa was never finished. A gigantic Mingun bell stands next to the stupa. With its 90 kilograms it is one of the world’s heaviest functioning bells.
We will also see one of the most unusual Myanmar pagodas – snow-white Hsinbyume. It is dubbed the Taj Mahal of Myanmar, because, like the famous Indian mausoleum, this pagoda was built by the king in honor of his wife, who died in childbirth.
In the afternoon we take a bus or a train to Bagan (5 hours on the way) and check into a hotel.
Day 3 - 4
The temple city of Bagan, which once was the capital of the ancient Pagan kingdom, occupies an area of almost 70 square kilometers – not every modern town reaches this size! Seven centuries ago, there were more than ten thousand temples, pagodas, and monasteries here, but only one fifth of them survived. We rent electric bikes and ride them along unpaved dusty trails exploring the territory and visiting the biggest temples and stupas.
We enjoy the sunset among the most beautiful Pagan pagodas and observe hot air balloons, flying over ancient sights. If you wish you can also book a seat in a basket and get a bird’s-eye view of the ancient temples.
In the morning we wake up before dawn and come back to Bagan to greet the first sunrays. Then we head to a small nearby town to see the golden Shwezigon Pagoda. It is believed to contain a bone and tooth of Buddha. Buddhist pilgrims from around the world come here to pay respects and perform rituals. Just outside there is a very authentic village with traditional wooden houses.
In the evening we take a night bus to Inle Lake.
We arrive early in the morning and check into a hotel. We will spend this day on boats, discovering local way of life. Some of villages here still exist without comforts of civilization, and houses have no running water and electricity. The life of these Burmese people is strongly connected to the lake – on its surface, they build their homes and even construct artificial islands, where they grow beans and vegetables.
We meet fishermen of the Inta tribe, who move along the lake, standing in a boat on one leg. Another leg is wrapped around an oar, so their hands are free to install nets.
We spend time with one of Karen tribes, known for their women with long necks. Since childhood they wear metal neck-rings, and it makes women’s necks look unnaturally long. We also visit a unique factory where threads are produced from lotus stems.
Day 6 - 7
In the morning we will take a flight and check into a hotel on the shores of the Indian Ocean. We will live near one of the most beautiful beaches of Southeast Asia - Ngapali. White sand, transparent turquoise water, palm trees ... And there are practically no tourists here. Yes, few people know about this beach paradise in Myanmar!
We will relax on the beach, take in a walk in the jungle, enjoy picturesque sunsets and seafood. Those interested can try the traditional local massage and spa treatments.
Day 8 - 9
In the morning we fly to Yangon and check into a hotel. We walk in the center, exploring one of the world’s most atmospheric cities. Here the historical heritage: Buddhist monuments, colonial architecture and traditional street markets meets the signs of modern time: business centers and traffic jams.
In the afternoon we will visit one of the Buddhism architecture wonders – the Shwedagon Pagoda. This huge structure, encrusted with gold and gems, may be seen from almost any part of Yangon. It is believed to contain eight hairs of Buddha, which the Buddhists believe to heal the sick. Enjoy sunset views from the pagoda.
In the evening we come to the local Chinatown. After sunset shops and cafes fill up with visitors, cooks prepare aromatic dishes, street vendors begin to sell fresh fruits and vegetables.
Next morning we go to the airport and fly back home.
Подходит ли вам это путешествие?
Стоимость путешествия включает:
- Two domestic flights;
- Accommodation in double/twin rooms of tourist class hotels during the entire trip;
- Breakfasts in some hotels;
- All transportation including buses, boats, taxi;
- Professional guiding services.
What is NOT included:
- Flight to Mandalay and from Yangon back home;
- Visa to Myanmar ($50);
- Insurance (mandatory);
- Entry tickets to temples, parks and other attractions;
- Rent of motorbikes;
.Citizens of most countries need a visa to Myanmar.
Visa can be obtained online and costs $50.
We provide free visa consulting for our clients.
Hot air baloon trip over Bagan
Price: + $300
Sunrise baloon flight over stunning Bagan. (Price for one person).