Myanmar & Highlights - Sun N' Sea Tours

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9 days, 8 nights
Yangon, Myanmar

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Highlights of Myanmar

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Myanmar & Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive YANGON  
Day 2 YANGON
Day 3 Yangon, MANDALAY
Day 4 MANDALAY
Day 5 Mandalay, BAGAN 
Day 6 BAGAN
Day 7 Bagan , Heho , Nyaung Shwe, INLE LAKE 
Day 8 INLE LAKE, Canoe Tour, In Dein & Ywama
Day 9 Inle, Heho, YANGON, departure  

Day 1 Arrive YANGON  

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your guide who will accompany you as you transfer to the hotel. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.

After lunch break,  we’ll visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. A visit to Kyaukhtatgyi provides a great overview of Buddhism with murals depicting the life of Buddha. The feet of the statue are carved with traditional symbols and many locals often gather to pay homage and pray. Continue to a local tea shop for a chance to experience an integral part of Burmese life: drinking tea! Select from an array of snacks and enjoy a coffee or tea as you sit amid businessmen, friends and families who gather at the tea shop to socialize or conduct business.
Next, your guided tour goes to Kandawagyi Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. Here you will see the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge, with the vast lake and views of Shwedagon in the background. Depending on the day of your visit Kandawgyi may be busy with local families who come here on the weekend to relax in the fresh air.
From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend states that the original structure was built 2500 years ago, then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 8-sided central stupa is 99 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas and your guide will show you around the massive complex, explaining why this temple is so revered. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.

Yangon
Yangon

Day 2 YANGON

Day to stroll the city on your own. 

Yangon
Yangon
Breakfast

Day 3 Yangon, MANDALAY

Early this morning, transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, begin your sightseeing tour of Mandalay with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda. This pagoda is home to one of the country’s most revered Buddha images which, over the years, have been covered with gold leaf giving it an almost ‘lumpy’ texture. 

Mandalay is well known for its skilled craftsmen and as you tour traditional workshops, you will learn more about the city’s cottage industries. Observe the production of wood carvings, kalaga tapestries, and gold-leaf where the techniques remained unchanged from those used centuries ago to craft items for the Royal Court.

This afternoon, continue your tour of Mandalay with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’. Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. This grand teak building is known for its exquisite woodcarving. Head to the top of Mandalay Hill as the sun begins to set to enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River.

Yangon Mandalay
Mandalay
Breakfast

YANGON -> MANDALAY ~ 1.20mns flight 

Day 4 MANDALAY

Day to explore the city on your own.  

Mandalay
Mandalay
Breakfast

Day 5 Mandalay, BAGAN 

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan (Nyaung Oo). From the 11th to 13th centuries, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers constructed thousands of huge stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.  

On arrival, your journey begins with a visit to an elevated temple from where you will have a panoramic view of the magnificent plains of Bagan. Continue to the colorful Nyaung Oo Market where every day the locals come to buy and sell fresh produce and other goods before visiting the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan’s rich history. Then, visit to nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.

This afternoon,  begin with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples.  Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed.

From here, travel by horse cart for a tour passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.

Mandalay Bagan
Bagan
Breakfast
MANDALAY -> BAGAN ~ 30mns flight 

Day 6 BAGAN

Day to explore the town on your own.   

Bagan
Bagan
Breakfast

Day 7 Bagan , Heho , Nyaung Shwe, INLE LAKE 

After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung U Airport for a flight to Heho. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to Nyaung Shwe, set on the shores of beautiful Inle Lake and the main town in the region. It’s a picturesque drive; along the way you will pass many farmers bringing their crops to the roadside by ox-cart, for collection by wholesalers from as far afield as Yangon or China. You’ll immediately notice the refreshing difference in climate as well, with Heho sitting at an altitude of over 3000 feet.

After a chance to explore Nyaung Shwe, board a small boat and proceed onto Inle Lake. The narrow channels widen as you approach the lake proper, and you’ll soon be crossing the broad & (usually) tranquil waters, with hills and mountains surrounding you in every direction. The panorama is simply breath-taking, a mood only enhanced as you pass the fishermen deploying their unique foot-rowing technique. The region is home to at least eight different tribes, who live both on and beside the lake. Inhabitants of this region rely on the lake in a variety of ways, be it for transport, food or income. 

During the afternoon, you will visit a floating vegetable garden and several minority villages, including Inpawkhone, a floating village famed for its weaving. You will also have the chance to learn about the traditional fishing methods used by the native Intha people. Later, there will be time to visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, with its famous five golden statues that are paraded around the lake throughout the fortnight-long festival of Hpaung Daw U, and the old teak Ngaphechaung monastery.

Upon arrival at your resort, the remainder of your day is at leisure. Get ready for one of life’s great sunsets!

Bagan Heho Nyaung Shwe Inle Lake
Inle Lake
Breakfast

BAGAN -> HEHO ~ 40mns flight 

Day 8 INLE LAKE, Canoe Tour, In Dein & Ywama

After breakfast, it’s back on the water, cruising in a southerly direction along the western bank towards In Dein and Ywama. En route, stop at one of the small lakeside villages, such as Minethauk or Nampan, and transfer to a smaller canoe to take a tour, guiding between the houses with ease thanks to the expertise of your boatman. 

Having switched back to your motorised transfer, continue to In Dein and Ywama; passing along a narrow canal, as far as a small Pa O minority tribe village. Disembark at the central marketplace and follow the old covered path that leads to a 13th century monastery, and the very impressive ruins of over a hundred ancient pagodas, some still well hidden by the lush deep vegetation all around….Upon reaching the main stupa atop a hill, stop to enjoy sensational views of the surrounding mountains, and down the valley to Inle Lake in the distance. Return to the lake and transfer back to your resort.

Inle Lake
Inle Lake
Breakfast

Day 9 Inle, Heho, YANGON, departure  

This morning transfer to the Heho airport for your flight to Yangon. Connect to your onward flight. 

Inle Lake Heho Yangon
Breakfast

HEHO -> YANGON ~ 1.10mns flight 

Rates (per person in USD)

Accommodation 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax or more
High Season
MID-RANGE 2,280 1,420 1,318 1,234 1,205 1,176
SUPERIOR 2,386 1,526 1,423 1,340 1,310 1,282
Low Season
MID-RANGE 2,173 1,312 1,210 1,126 1,097 1,068
SUPERIOR 2,206 1,345 1,243 1,159 1,130 1,101
HIGH SEASON : JAN – APR & OCT - DEC, 2017
LOW SEASON : MAY – SEP, 2017

ACCOMMODATION SELECTION: 
MID-RANGE 
Yangon : Rose Garden hotel – Superior room
Mandalay : Bagan King – Superior room
Bagan : Bagan Thande hotel -  Superior room
Inle : Inle resort  -  Deluxe room

SUPERIOR 
Yangon : Chatrium Hotel -  Deluxe room
Mandalay : Rupar Mandalar resort – Deluxe room
Bagan : The hotel @ the Tharabar Gate -  Deluxe room
Inle : Pristine Lotus Spa resort - Duplex Cottage 

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Inclusions
English speaking, local guide where required 
All accommodation listed in double/twin share with breakfast 
Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles 
All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary 
Boat trip wherever it has 
All meals listed 
Government tax 
Exclusions
Visa 
International arrival & departure flight ticket and airport tax 
Domestic flights within Myanmar (to be quoted by the booking) 
Any meals not listed in the itinerary 
Drinks, other than water on activity days 
Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tips…)
Peak-season surcharge & compulsory meals to be advised at the time of booking 
Travel insurance  & other services not listed in “inclusive”
Remarks
The itinerary is flexible, depending on arrival or departure flights of passengers 
Ground operator reserved the right to amend or adjust itinerary to match with real situation
The confirmation is subject to the availability at the time of booking

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