Myanmar (Burma) Travel Agents Fam Tour 2016


Myanmar (Burma) Travel Agents Fam Tour 2016

Overview

The trip takes you to the garden city of Yangon of bygone colonial era, the vast plains of Bagan dotted with more than 2000 ancient temples, the former capital of Myanmar- Mandalay-the second capital of Myanmar, the Pindaya Caves with 9000 Buddha images and Kalaw with the colonial flairs Kalaw where you take a short village hike. We also visit the Inle Lake where we cruise on boats to visit the villages with bamboo stilt houses in the islands and lakeshores and learn the vibrant lifestyle and culture on the waters!
 
On this trip, we will explore the golden Pagodas,  have plenty of opportunity to meet the ethnic people, experience the Buddhist monastic life, rituals in the temples and take a light village hike.
 
Travel agents meet in Yangon. You can bring one companion. Minimum group size 8 and maximum 16.

Detailed Itinerary

  • 13 Jun 2016 ~Arrive in Yangon on your own

    • Upon arrival,take a cab to the hotel. A meet and greet assistance at the airport and transfer costs $50 (Car with a driver and English speaking Guide).You have free day this afternoon. In the evening, you will join the group for welcome dinner in a local restaurant where you can also enjoy folklore dances.

      Overnight hotel.
      Meals: Dinner
  • 14 Jun 2016 ~Flight to Bagan

    • After an early morning breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan (Nyaung Oo). Its about 1 hr 20 minutes long flight.On arrival,we set out to explore the archaeological wonders of Bagan town that flourished from the 11th through 13th century and thousands of magnificent stupas and temples were constructed during 200 years; many of which are still standing with all glory along the banks of Irrawady River.

      We visit the vibrant market of Nyaung U before and drive to the archaeological zone. We visit the temples and pagodas of Shwezigon, Gubyaukgyi, Htilominlo, Ananda, Thatbyinnyu Sulamani, Dhammyangyi which speak of their glorious past. In the evening, we enjoy the spectacular sunset from the terrace of Myaukguni Temple and conclude the tour of the day.

      Overnight hotel in Bagan.
      Meals: Breakfast
  • 15 Jun 2016 ~Bagan - excursion Mt Popa

    • This morning, head southeast 48 km (30 miles) to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with a height of 1518 m (4,979 ft). We climb to the top of the volcano ridge and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding. Mount Popa has played an important role in Myanmar culture, religion and history since earliest times as it’s believed to be the abode of the “Nats”, ancient Burmese animist spirits.As we climb the stairs to the top, we will get to learn about the Nats and Nat rituals.

      We will have lunch break in a local restaurant (pay on your own) and then transfer back to hotel. Late afternoon, you will be taken for hotel inspections (optional) and actually we may stop in some hotels along the sightseeing course.

      Overnight in Bagan.
      Meals: Breakfast
  • 16 Jun 2016 ~Bagan - Mandalay - Excursion Mingun

    • After breakfast, we are transferred to the airport for flight to Mandalay-Myanmar’s second largest city after Myanmar.

      Upon arrival, we visit Mahamuni Paya enshrined with the Mahamuni Image-covered in over 6 inches of gold leaf. The image is probably the most revered Buddhist image in entire Myanmar. Devotees flock to the shrine at four in the morning to observe the unique face-washing ceremony. En route to the pagoda, we will stop at a workshop to observe the laborious process of gold leaf making. We may also stop by a craft shop.

      We continue on to the Golden Teak Monastery, built entirely of golden teak with intricate carving. The monastery was once the part of Mandalay Palace, used by King Mindon and his chief wife as their private chamber. Next, we will visit Kyaukawgyi Paya-known for a seated Buddha, carved out of a single marble block. The Kuthodaw Paya-a huge walled temple complex at the base of the southeast stairway to Mandalay Hill. Kuthodaw Paya was built by King Mindon at about the same time as the Mandalay Royal Palace.

      This afternoon, we take a ferry up the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to a laidback riverside village of Mingun and enjoy the serene beauty of the river and the lifestyles of the local people who live and work on these waters. It takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to arrive at Mingun but we can see the attractions of Mingun luring us from far away.We will visit the 12 feet high and 87 ton Mingun Bell, which is definitely the world's largest bell. Just south of the bell lies Mingun Pagoda-a giant brick structure which was built in 1700s but was never completed due to economic troubles but it is still an impressive site. Mingun's other attraction that we don’t want to miss is the Hisnbyume Pagoda-a white-washed temple built to resemble Mount Meru. Mingun is full of small neighborhoods crafting traditional basketry and other artistic items and we will have plenty of opportunity to stop by and interact with the craftsmen and friendly locals.

      We take the ferry ride back at dusk enjoying the beautiful colors of the water.

      Overnight in Mandalay.
      Meals: Breakfast
  • 17 Jun 2016 ~Mandalay - excursion Sagaing, Ava & Amarapura

    • After breakfast, we visit the three former royal capitals, Amarapura, Sagaing, and Ava, each with its own charm and atmosphere. We begin from Amarapura and visit Mahagandayon Monastery where we watch monks and novices lining up to receive their daily alms and food from faithful Buddhists. We continue on to Sagaing, the spiritual center of Myanmar, abundant with hundreds of stupas, monasteries, temples and nunneries.

      We cross the river by ferry to the ancient capital of Inwa, ituated on the shores of the Irrawaddy River which is now a quiet rural oasis. We enjoy a leisurely horse carriage ride in the peaceful countryside and visit the beautiful teak wood monastery. On the way, we stop at a workshop where locals make the famous alms bowls out of iron.

      We conclude the day at U Bein‘s Bridge in Amarapura. U Bein’s Bridge is a picturesque teak bridge which extends over one kilometer across Taungthaman Lake. At dusk, the bridge is swarmed by monks and local people as they stroll home or linger to enjoy the colors of the sunset.

      Overnight in Mandalay.
      Meals: Breakfast
  • 18 Jun 2016 ~Mandalay - Heho - Pindaya - Kalaw

    • This morning, transfer to airport for your flight to heho. Upon arrival Heho, lead a scenic drive to Kalaw.

      On the way to Kalaw, enjoy a scenic drive to Pindaya through the picturesque countryside of Shan State. Visit Pindaya’s limestone caves where hundreds and thousands of Buddha images in various size and shape are installed since the 11th century. Its maze of chambers displaying more than 8,000 Buddha statues and local handicraft workshops producing Shan Paper made from mulberry bark and traditional umbrellas.

      Kalaw, situated at an elevation of 4000-ft on the western edge of the Shan Plateau, served as a popular retreats during British Era. It is still a peaceful and quiet place with an atmosphere reminiscent of those colonial days. The small population here is a mix of Shan, Indian Muslim, Bamar and Nepali ethnics.

      Sightseeing in Kalaw such as NEE PAYA: located west of the town, it features a gold lacquered bamboo Buddha.

      Overnight in Kalaw.
      Meals:Breakfast
  • 19 Jun 2016 ~Kalaw - Inle Lake

    • After breakfast, trek near Kalaw before heading to Inle Lake.

      TREKKING: the plateau near Kalaw is inhabited by people of the Palaung and Pao tribes. Intha, Shan, Taungthu, Taung-yo, Danu. Kayah, Danaw and Bamar people occupy the mountains to the north and east. One of the main sources of income is the cultivation of 'thanaq-hpeq' (a large leaf used to wrap Burmese cigars).

      Now, we head to the lake and arrive at Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people.

      If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.

      Overnight on Inle Lake
      Meals: Breakfast
  • 20 Jun 2016 ~Inle Lake - excursion Indein

    • After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day).

      Afterwards, visit down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of In Dein. Explore the area on foot, strolling around the village, and wander through the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area. Here you can climb the covered stairway to the top of a hill which is covered with picturesque ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below.

      Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand.

      Continue along the lake for additional sightseeing before returning to your hotel .

      Overnight on Inle Lake.
      Meals: Breakfast
  • 21 Jun 2016 ~Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon

    • After breakfast, drive to the Heho Airport for the flight to Yangon.

      Upon arrival, your guide and driver will pick you up at the airport and then visit Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, where there is time to browse through the dozens of stalls and shops. This is Yangon’s best market for handicrafts and other goods. (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays).

      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, and the vast lake with 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.

      Overnight in Yangon.
      Meals: Breakfast
  • 22 Jun 2016 ~Depart

    • After breakfast at your hotel, transfer on your own to the airport in time. A car with driver and English speaking guide, it costs $50 if we are to arrange it for you.
      Meals:Breakfast

Trip Info

Trip includes

  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis in first class hotels.
  • Daily breakfast at your hotel.
  • English-speaking accompanying local guide.
  • All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Private motorized boat in Inle Lake.
  • Horse cart tours in Ava and Bagan.
  • Entrance fees for the visits as mentioned in the program.
  • Water and refreshing towels.
  • Porter fees at airports.
  • Internal Airfare (Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Heho-Yangon)

Trip does not include.

  • International airfare to/from Yangon.
  • Lunch and dinner.
  • Myanmar Visa.
  • Drinks, tipping, laundry, phone and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Extra expenses or loss due to nature and unforeseen events.
  • Emergency medical transportation and evacuation expenses.
  • Travel health and trip cancellation insurance.
  • Tips and porters at the hotels.
  • Early check in and late check out for hotels.
  • Any other items not mentioned.

Activity Level

This is basically motorvehicle based sightseeing with short hiking in Kalaw village. The trip includes boat trips, horse cart rides and village walking tours and short hikes. All travelers of regular health are able to go on this trip.

Weather & Climate

June is the month of change, as summer makes way for the south-west monsoon, bringing cooler temperatures and more rainfall. In reality June is often a very pleasant month to travel as the weather can remain relatively dry and the sky-high temperatures of the past few months are subdued.  Showers tend to be relatively short lived, increasing in intensity as we head towards July.

The central plains to the south of Mandalay remain the hottest and driest region of the country, with temperatures still in the low to mid 30’s°C (86's °F). Elsewhere the mercury tends to hover below  30 °C (86°F).

Hotels

The hotels on this trip are first class properties with adequate amenities and facilities. You will have private bathroom with running hot water. If listed hotels are not available under circumstances we will provide you the best available alternative.

  • Rose Garden Yangon

    Rose Garden Yangon
  • Aye Yar River View Bagan

    aye yar river view
  • Yadanarpon Hotel Mandalay

    yadanarpon hotel mandalay
  • Dream Mountain Lodge Kalaw

    dream mountain kalaw
  • Pristine Lotus Resort Inel Lake

    pristine lotus resort inlelake <

Meals

The trip includes daily breakfast at your hotel and one welcome dinner. Please, budget $10 or so per meal. Most hotels have on-site restaurants and tourist class restaurants in town that cater local Myanmar cuisine, oriental and weatern style dishes.

Tour Guide

Your trip will be led by a local English speaking expert tour leader.

Airfare/Arrival and Departure Transfers

International airfare is not included in this trip. You need to arrive in Yangon on your own on 13 Jun and depart on 22 Jun. If you want to book meet and greet service at the airport, it costs $50 for a Sedan car with driver and guide. There are no sighseeing scheduled on the first day and the last day.

Internal aifare within Myanmar is included in the trip cost.

Passport  and visa

Remaining validity on your passport must be minimum 6 months on the last day of the trip and make sure you have minimum 1 blank visa page for Myanmar. You can apply eVisa for Myanmar online. The visa expires in 90 days from the date of issue and so its advisable that you apply visa within 90 days before the travel date.

Booking/Deposit/payment schedule

US$ 300 per person. It can be charged on credit card. Balance payment is due 90 days prior departure. Balance payment by credit card attracts additional 3.5% fee. We reserve the right to refuse certain form of payment at our discretion.

Booking Deadline

29 Feb 2016

However, there is chance that the trip  will be full before the official deadline or we lose seats on the airplane. So, please do not wait until the last hour to be disappointed!

Balance Payment

The balance and final payment is due 90 days prior departure. The payment schedule may vary with customized and private trips on case to case basis. Credit card payment attracts additional fee 3.5%. Card holder also must be the traveler. We reserve the right to refuse credit card or certain form of payment at our discretion. Payment within 90 days prior departure may be subject to late fees and has to be made through wire transfer or cashier’s check.

Group Size

The trip is guaranteed with minimum 8 participants and maximum 16. Tour will cancel failure to meet the minimum group size. So, do not purchase your international airfare until 15 Mar, 2016

Cancellation and Refund

Notice of cancellation and refund request must be received in written form. Cancellation fee structure has been listed below:
180 days prior departure: No penalty.
90 days prior departure: US$ 150 (Administrative Fee)
60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 300 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
Less than 30 days: 100%
Airfare cancellation fee will be as per respective airlines policy. Some hotels may ask a non refundable deposit which will be communicated to you accordingly.

Travel Protection Plan

While Far & High Adventure Travel does everything to ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as planned, there is always a chance of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, flight cancellation, missed connection, or loss of baggage etc. which may cause interruption, delay or total cancellation of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation or medical transportation when you get ill or involve in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. Far & High's trip cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses and so we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions.

Any questions?

Please, call 1866 838 5818 (Toll free from USA & Canada) or email: [email protected]

Travel Agent Eligibility

You must be an active and full time travel agent and a member of IATA, IATAN, CLIA, ASTA, OSSN or TRUE. A agent is allowed to bring one companion who could be a friend, family or a client.

Dates & Prices

Trip Cost

Travel Agent $1265. Companion $1365
Private Single Room Supplement $ 400
(Land+Internal Airfare within Myanmar only)

Trip Date

13-22 Jun 2016


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