10 Day: Discover Myanmar


    This programme is ideal for those visiting Myanmar for the first time, and also includes a stop at a beach resort.

    • From: Contact us for details.

    Highlights:
    Yangon, Heho, Inle Lake, Sittwe, Mrauk U, Thandwe (Ngapali Beach).

     


    Discover Myanmar Itinerary


    Day 1: Arrive Yangon

    Yangon is a city where contemporary and colonial Myanmar continue to coexist decades after British departure. It is a handsome city with a history of over two millennia, though it has been a capital for a mere 100 years. Rebuilt on a grid plan in the 1850s, the wide tree-lined boulevards are bordered by fine stone buildings. In the 1880s, Yangon was renowned as “the Queen of the East”. Today, Yangon bustles without urgency, high-rise buildings, traffic jams or department stores. Instead, small shops sell everything from antique lacquerware to silver-backed dressing table sets left over from colonial days.

    Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

    This afternoon start your sightseeing with a visit to Botataung Pagoda. This 131 foot stupa is unusual in that it is hollow and visitors are able to walk around inside. The original pagoda was destroyed in 1943 when it took a direct hit from an Allied bomb. During the cleanup a golden casket containing a hair and two other relics of Buddha were found.

    Then continue on to visit the Sule Pagoda. If the Shwedagon is the soul of Yangon, then the Sule is its heart. For centuries it has been the focus of much of the social and religious activity of the city. The British established the pagoda as the centre of the urban area when they structured their grid-street system around it in the mid-19th century. The 157 foot pagoda remains the tallest building in the town area.

    At sunset visit the Shwedagon Pagoda. This architectural masterpiece is a golden fantasy of gilded stupas, serene Buddhas and mythical beasts said to be 2,500 years old. According to legend, eight hairs of the last Buddha are enshrined within. On the outside the stupa is plated with 8,688 solid gold slabs while the tip is set with 5,448 diamonds and 2,317 rubies, sapphires and topaz. A huge emerald sits in the middle to catch the first and last rays of the sun.

    Overnight: The Strand Hotel



    Day 2: Yangon - Heho - Inle Lake

    In the morning you are transferred to the airport to fly to Heho. Upon arrival you are met and transferred to Inle Lake, surrounded by the Shan Hills.

    Afternoon sightseeing will include a visit to the Phaung Daw U Pagoda. This pagoda enshrines five golden Buddha images carried back to Myanmar by the 12th century King Alaungsithu upon his return from the Malay Peninsula. The images were deposited in a cave near the lake and were not rediscovered until centuries later. Since their relocation to this pagoda, however, they have been covered with so much gold leaf that they look more like balls of gold than Buddha figures.

    Next you will see some Shan handicrafts.

    Inle Lake on the Shan Plateau is an oasis where you will see the unique methods of farming and fishing which sustain the local residents.

    Surrounding the lake is a wide belt of silt and tangled water hyacinths which, over time, creates a thick humus-like layer. The government sells plots of this floating land to be farmed by the villagers. Women tend the plots from boats and grow cauliflower, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, beans and eggplant.

    Fishing is done by means of a conical trap containing a net that the fisherman thrusts to the bottom of the lake when he sees movement. All this is done while the fisherman perches precariously on the boat’s stern with one foot and twists his other leg around a long oar that he uses to propel the boat!

    Visit the Jumping Cat Monastery. This wooden monastery, built on stilts over the lake, got its name from the monks who train their cats to jump through small hoops. Here you will see impressive Buddha images in Shan, Tibetan, Bagan and Inwa styles on a highly ornate wood and mosaic pedestal.

    Overnight: Inle Princess Resort
    Meal Plan: B,L,D



    Day 3: Inle Lake

    Begin your day with a visit to the five day market. This rotating market changes locations every five days and is where the local hill tribes come to buy and sell their goods. Items range from handmade crafts to produce grown on the floating gardens. Take notice of the colourful outfits worn by the different hill tribes as they barter in this lively setting.

    Continue to the Sikat-style silk weaving industry at Inn Paw Khone Village.

    Next visit Nampan Village where you can witness traditional village life on the lake and observe a blacksmith’s and boat builder's workshop. You can also have a go at trying to make a cheroot, the famous Burmese cigar, in a cheroot factory.

    Overnight: Inle Princess Resort
    Meal Plan: B,L,D



    Day 4: Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon

    This morning, cruise through a densely forested river to visit Indein which is situated on a hillside in the southwestern corner of Inle Lake. Then wander through this typical lakeside village while observing the lives of the local people. Walk through a bamboo grove and up a beautiful stairway lined with wooden columns to old Shwe Inn Dein, an impressive and thankfully unrestored collection of ancient Shan style stupas. At the top there is a stunning view out across the lake and beyond, to the hills in the east and the rolling countryside to the west.

    After lunch at Golden Island Cottages, you are transferred to the airport to fly back to Yangon. Arriving in the evening you are met and driven to your hotel.

    Overnight: The Strand Hotel
    Meal Plan: B,L



    Day 6: Mrauk U

    After breakfast at the hotel, visit Shittaung Temple which means the temple of 80,000 images and was built by King Min Ba Gree in 1533 AD. Continue to Htutkan Thein, Andaw Thein and Thet Village to meet the Rohinga tribe (ethnic Bangladeshis). Then visit the temple of 90,000 images, Koe Thaung Temple, which was built by King Min Teikkha of the 22nd Mrauk U dynasty.

    This afternoon visit the informative Mrauk U Museum and then climb the Haritaung Pagoda for a breathtaking view of Mrauk U at sunset. The rolling hills, medieval pagodas and simple village life offer the perfect panorama of rural life.

    Overnight: Mrauk U Princess Hotel
    Meal Plan: B,L,D



    Day 7: Mrauk U

    After breakfast, stop at a local market to buy some medication for the Chin village before boarding a boat for the trip to the tattooed village. Sit back and enjoy the tranquil scenery as you potter along the Lemro River en route to the Chin hills. Pass by numerous villages that seemingly have not changed in centuries and witness the traditional river lifestyle.

    Stop en route for a picnic by the river. Enter the wonderful jungle-clad Chin hills rising from the river bank which roll their way across to India and Bangladesh. Arrive at the village of Sin Ge and see the few remaining Chin ladies with their tattooed faces. This is a dying custom in the Chin state as young girls today opt to not tattoo their faces. Give some medication to the village head. Then proceed for a short walk through the jungle to the villages of Kyee Chaung and Kone Chaung for some tea and photo opportunities before heading back to the boat and starting your return journey back to Nam Gya Village. En route there will be ample opportunity for some lovely photographs of the sunset on the river.

    Overnight: Mrauk U Princess Hotel
    Meal Plan: B,L,D



    Day 8: Mrauk U - Sittwe - Thandwe (Ngapali Beach)

    This morning, journey back to Sittwe by boat and upon arrival transfer to the airport to a lunchtime flight to Thandwe.

    Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the hotel.

    Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach.

    Overnight: Sandoway Resort
    Meal Plan: B



    Day 9: Ngapali Beach

    Day at leisure to relax on the beach.

    Overnight: Sandoway Resort
    Meal Plan: B



    Day 10: Depart Yangon

    This morning, you are transferred to the airport to fly back to Yangon.

    Upon arrival in the afternoon, visit the National Museum, the showpiece of which is the Lion’s Throne. The throne, made of wood and inlaid with gold and lacquerwork, is a striking example of the Myanmar art of woodcarving. The throne was taken from Mandalay in 1886 by the English but later returned in 1964 as a goodwill gesture.

    Then stop at the Reclining Buddha Pagoda which is actually not a pagoda, but a pavilion housing a 230 foot statue. Also within the pagoda enclosure is a centre devoted to the study of sacred Buddhist manuscripts. About 600 monks live in the monastery and spend their days studying and meditating.

    Afternoon transfer to the International Airport for your departure flight.

    Meal Plan: B


     

    To book or customise this itinerary call: 01227 671 154


    More in this category: 11 Day: Best of Myanmar »

    East & Asia Hotels & Itineraries:

    • Title
    • Random
    • Ideal for first time visitors to Thailand, this programme includes the vibrant capital city of Bangkok, the culturally rich northern
      Read More

      10 Day: Thailand

    • This programme is ideal for those visiting Myanmar for the first time, and also includes a stop at a beach
      Read More

      10 Day: Myanmar

    • A classic itinerary covering all the highlights of Myanmar - ideal for first-time visitors to the country. From: Contact us for
      Read More

      11 Day: Myanmar

    • Ladakh is the perfect place to witness the unmatched beauty of nature. Much of it is over 3000m in altitude.
      Read More

      12 Day: Land of Lamas

    • The combination of history, architecture and cultures make this a rewarding region to visit. This itinerary can be customised to
      Read More

      14 Day: Rajasthan Desert

    • This itinerary is ideal for the first time visitor to China, taking in many of the major highlights of the
      Read More

      15 Day: Best of China

    • This journey combines Ladakh with the holy Sikh city of Amritsar and the mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh This itinerary
      Read More

      15 Day: Steps to Heaven

    • This itinerary is ideal for the first time visitor to China, taking in all the major highlights of the country.
      Read More

      17 Day: Classic China

    • New meets Old as you travel back in time on this stunning journey of discovery through Rajasthan's Palaces and its
      Read More

      20 Day: Rajasthan

    • Slow down and explore southern India, a land and way of life that has changed little for 100’s of years.
      Read More

      7 Day: Kerala

    • This classic India Tour should be on every travellers list. From: £585pp for 6 nights. Enquire Now   Highlights: Taj
      Read More

      7 Day: India

    • It is estimated that over the past hundred years tiger populations have decreased by around 95% and that there are
      Read More

      7 Day: Tiger Trails

    • Visit some of the most important Buddhist sites as well as the Himalayan Zoological Park, which has successfully bred endangered
      Read More

      8 Day: Eastern Delight

    • Enjoy the very best of Indian culture, art and music plus a sublime boat ride on the Ganges River. From:
      Read More

      9 Day: India

    • Peaceful and scenic, river cruising offers a smooth, gentle ride along the world’s most remarkable waterways. From: Contact us for
      Read More

      La Marguerite

    • Twelve charming suites with a cheeky 1950s ambiance line a lovely nullah (dry riverbed) surrounded by forest. From: $410pp All
      Read More

      Baghvan Jungle Lodge

    • The Banjaar Tola is a Taj Safari Lodge set along the banks of the Banjaar River near the Kanha National
      Read More

      Banjaar Tola Lodge

    • On 26 April 2007 HRH Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO unveiled the Golden Eagle, a new train that brings unprecedented
      Read More

      Golden Eagle Train

    • A stunning safari camp in the heart of India. From: Rs 9,100pp All Inclusive. Special Offers Available. Call for details.
      Read More

      Jamtara Wilderness

    • Pashan Garh, meaning ‘stone house’, draws inspiration from the dry-packed stone houses of north-central India. From: $420pp All Inclusive. Special
      Read More

      Pashan Garh

    • Modern comfort in an ancient wilderness, the Shangri-La Express guarantees you good living even in the remotest places. From: $2599pp
      Read More

      Shangri-la Express

    • The Oberoi, New Delhi, reflects the capital city's spirit in a blend of tradition and contemporary sophistication. This establishment has
      Read More

      The Oberoi New Delhi

    Tailor-made for you

    •  Your Safari is just that. Each safari we create is built around you and your requirements.

    •  Select your preferred style of accommodation and explore at your own pace.

    •  Co-create your perfect trip with the help of our experts.

    Expert Advice

    •  All of our advisers are well travelled and know their areas inside out.

    •  All calls are answered instantly by a destination expert who will help you from start to finish.

    •  Get the most from your time and budget.

    Personal Service

    •  The details make the difference. All our accommodation, drivers and guides have been carefully selected by location and service as well as their contribution to conservation or the community.

    •  Our business depends on recommendations. We go the extra mile to give you a trip to remember.

    Would you like to make a booking?


    We would be delighted to hear from you! Please call any of the numbers below or fill in the contact form with your requirements and we will be in touch.

    From the UK

    Call: 01227 671 154

    From the USA

    New York: (646) 513-4227

    From South Africa

    Cape Town: 021 300 2166