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Myanmar Introductory


6 days 5 nights

Code MCT129

Category Myanmar Classic Tours

  • Difficulty Level 2
  • Rating Popular
  • Trip Starts From Yangon
  • Trip Ends At Yangon
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Yangon Bagan Mandalay Inle Lake
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Overview

An introductory trip of Myanmar, offering pagodas, temples, rivers, archeological wonders, and vibrant markets of the three most-visited cities of Myanmar: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake.

We fly from Bangkok to Yangon, the capital city of Myanmar, and explore its archeological and architectural wonders. From Yangon, we take flight to Bagan, an enchanting town with thousands of huge temples and stupas scattered along the bank of Irrawady River. We explore the massive ruins and some outlying villages.

Another short flight brings us to Mandalay, where we visit the ancient city of Amarapura. We will visit its ancient monasteries and temples and we will also have opportunity to hike a hill and enjoy the sunset view. From Manadalay, our next destination is Inle Lake in the north, where we explore the life in the islands and the lakeshores and we take return flight to Yangon and, after a night stop there, we will fly back to Bangkok.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 Flight from Bangkok to Yangon

You can book your flight to Yangon on your own, or ask us for help. Bangkok is the best international gateway city for flights to Myanmar. Upon arrival at Mingaladon airport of Yangon (previously known as Rangoon), we are met by our local guide and transferred to our hotel. After some rest in the hotel, we can begin to explore this 2,500-year-old capital city of Myanmar.

It is a fascinating mix of the scenes from a bygone era and the modern pulse of bustling streets; serene temples and impressive colonial edifices. We begin from the gilded Sule Pagoda and the impressive Karaweik Hall on the Royal Lake. We follow these with a visit to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, which dominates the skyline of city. This masterpiece houses an intricate complex of smaller pagodas and Buddha images.

Overnight at Summit Park View or Inya Lake or Clover City

Meals : Breakfast
Day 02 Flight from Yangon to Bagan

After breakfast, we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Bagan. Upon arrival at Bagan airport, our local guide meets us and takes us to our hotel. Soon we set out to explore the archeological wonders of Bagan. It flourished from the 11th through 13th century, and thousands of magnificent stupas and temples were constructed during those 200 years. Many of them are still standing, in all their glory, along the banks of Irrawady River.

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

Overnight at Bagan River View Hotel, Bagan Thande or Thazin Garden Hotel

Meals : Breakfast
Day 03 Flight from Bagan to Mandalay and visit Amarapura

Today we take a short flight to Mandalay, the former capital city of Myanmar. On arrival we are driven to visit Amarapura, one of the ancient cities of the area. The spectacular teak bridge of U Bein and the famous Mahaganda Monastery are some of the major attractions in Amarapura. We pass by the serene countryside on our way to Mandalay Township. This delightful town has plenty to offer to the visitors; Mahamuni Pagoda, the fabulous Kuthodaw Pagoda, often called “the world's largest book," and the wooden monastery of Shwenandaw Kyaung, just to name a few. Later in the day, we hike Mandalay Hill for a beautiful, panoramic sunset views.

Overnightat Ayarwaddy River View Hotel or Mandalay City Hotel

Meals : Breakfast
Day 04 Flight to Heho and transfer to Inle Lake

We have a short flight to Heho. We meet our local guide and head for Inle Lake, beautiful with calm waters dotted with patches of floating vegetation and fishing canoes. The lake is surrounded by high hills from all sides, with 17 villages on the lakeshores and in the islands. The villages are mostly inhabited by Intha ethnic people. We take the boating trip and enjoy the spectacular scenery and observe the skilled fisherman using their leg-rowing technique to propel themselves around the lake. We visit the floating gardens, a floating market, and an Intha village around the lake. Please, note that markets do not take place on full moon days. We will also visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery.

Overnight at Paradise Inle Resort or Golden Island Cottages

Meals : Breakfast
Day 05 Flight back to Yangon

After breakfast, we travel by boat, then car, to the airport for flight to Yangon. Time permitting, we can still explore Yangon — perhaps the colossal reclining Buddha of Chaukhtatgyi in a quiet, open-air pavilion, or the National Museum with its lovely collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Burmese culture. We can also take leisurely stroll on our own in Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market. When it’s airport time, our guide will transfer us back to the airport for our flight to next destination.

Overnight at Summit Park View or Inya Lake or Clover City Hotel

Meals : Breakfast
Day 06 Yangon-departure

Transfer to the airport for flight back home or next destination.

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip includes

  • Accommodation on choice of your hotels.
  • Daily breakfast in the hotel.
  • All transfers and tours by a private vehicle.
  • English speaking local guides.
  • Sightseeing admission fees.
  • Internal airfares Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay and back to Yangon.
  • All sightseeing as per itinerary.

Trip does not include

  • Lunch and dinner.
  • International airfare to Yangon and return.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Drinks, tipping, laundry, phone and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Extra expenses or loss due to nature and unforeseen events due to nature and unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, illness, accident, civil unrest etc.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Myanmar Visa.

Note on the Itinerary

We will try our best to adhere to the itinerary but for various reasons such as flight cancellation, weather problem or other reasons beyond our control, itinerary is subject to change. The hotels listed are our preferred properties and are subject to change.

Best time to Travel

The best time to travel to Myanmar is from November through February. The weather is wonderfully cool both during the day and at night. You will enjoy wonderful sunny days. The country is vibrant green right after the long monsoon rains. The chances of rain is very slim or none. October and March are also fine but slightly warmer. The hottest months are April and May, temperature exceeding 100 °F, particularly the areas of Bagan and May and also the humidity is very high. The monsoon begins from mid-May or early June and lasts through early summer. During monsoon time, it's a bit cooler but the roads become impassable.

Passport, Visa and Travel Documents

You will need to apply Myanmar Visa beforehand from the nearest Myanmar Embassy. Remaining validity on your passport must be 6 months on the last date of the tour and make sure you have enough blank pages for visa stickers, arrival and departure seals.

Accommodation

Accommodation will be in mid-range to first class hotels where choices are available and the best available in the remote areas with limited choices. All the hotels do provide en suite bathroom with running hot and cold water. 

Meals

Trip includes daily breakfast only in the hotel. Usually, there will be full breakfast but some hotels do provide continental half breakfast only. During the tour, there will be lunch breaks. You need to budget US$ 12-15 per meal.

Guides

Your tour is escorted by English speaking local Guides whom you will meet at the airport upon arrival. Guide and driver are not the same person and guides in difference cities will be different persons, especially when you are taking flight from one city to another.

Vehicle

Depending on the group size, we use Japanese or Korean made Sedan Cars, SUV, Minivan or coach. Our vehicles are clean, well maintained and drivers are trained to drive the western travelers.

Trip Difficulty Level

This is basically motor vehicle based tour, suitable for travelers of all ages with normal health condition. There are some optional village hikes, which are easy and less than two hours with few exceptions. If you are not used to hiking, you can always skip it.

But travelers are advised to stay fit and start some mild exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling at least 2-3 months ahead of the trip. The more physically fit you are, the more you will enjoy the trip.

Booking and Cancellation

When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking. A non-refundable deposit of US$ 300 is requested at the time of booking. Deposit can be charged on your credit card.

Balance Payment

Balance payment is due 90 days prior to your departure. Depending on the number of applicants, we may set an early payment date. Credit card payment attracts additional fee 3.5%.

Cancellation fee

  • 90 day prior departure: US$ 150 administrative fee.
  • 60 days prior departure: US$ 300 per person or 25% of the trip 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%.

Travel Protection Plan

While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, and flight cancellation or missed connection or loss of baggage etc. that may cause interruption or 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 tour 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.

Accomodation

Superior

Yangon: Jasmine Palace or Sedona Hotel

Bagan: Bawga Theiddhi Hotel

Mandalay:Hotel Amazing Mandalay or Bagan King

Inle Lake:Pristine Lotus or Myanmar Treasure

Deluxe

Yangon: Chatrium Hotel or Sule Shangrila

Yangon: Aureum Palace Hotel or Areindmar Hotel

Bagan: Mandalay Hill Resort or Rupar Mandalay Resort

Mandalay:Hotel Amazing Mandalay or Bagan King

Inle Lake:Sanctum Inle Resort or Inle Resort or Spa

Note: Hotels listed above are our preferred properties and are subject to availability.

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