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The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

12 Days, Yangon to Yangon
The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

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Try on a new kind of adventure and immerse yourself in the warm and mysterious culture of Myanmar (Burma). Cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River to the ancient city of Bagan, read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 11 nights accommodation (Hotels (11 nts)).
  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private bus/van, plane, boat, walking).
  • Arrival transfer.
  • Internal flights.
  • Tour of Mandalay.
  • Boat trip and tour of Mingun village.
  • Burmese cabaret performance.
  • Visit Sagaing and the ancient city of Amarapura.
  • Visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery and talk with a monk.
  • Irrawaddy River boat trip.
  • Guided tour of Bagan archaeological zone.
  • Visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery.
  • Tour Nyaung Shwe by trishaw.
  • Boat tour of Inle Lake including floating villages and markets.
  • Visit a cheroot factory.
  • Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the Nge Phe Chaung Monastery.
  • Tour Shwedagon Pagoda.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 210-275 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Yangon
Day 2 Yangon/Mandalay
Day 3 Mandalay
Day 4 Mandalay
Day 5 Mandalay/Bagan
Day 6 Bagan
Day 7 Bagan
Day 8 Bagan/Inle Lake
Day 9 Inle Lake
Day 10 Inle Lake/Kalaw
Day 11 Kalaw/Yangon
Day 12 Depart Yangon
Departures
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  • Start
  • Finish
  • Mon, 20 Nov '17
  • Fri, 01 Dec '17
  • Mon, 18 Dec '17
  • Fri, 29 Dec '17
  • Mon, 25 Dec '17
  • Fri, 05 Jan '18
  • Mon, 01 Jan '18
  • Fri, 12 Jan '18
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  • Fri, 19 Jan '18
  • Fri, 19 Jan '18
  • Tue, 30 Jan '18
  • Mon, 12 Feb '18
  • Fri, 23 Feb '18
  • Sun, 18 Feb '18
  • Thu, 01 Mar '18
  • Mon, 12 Mar '18
  • Fri, 23 Mar '18
  • Mon, 16 Apr '18
  • Fri, 27 Apr '18
  • Mon, 15 Oct '18
  • Fri, 26 Oct '18
  • Mon, 05 Nov '18
  • Fri, 16 Nov '18
  • Mon, 19 Nov '18
  • Fri, 30 Nov '18
  • Mon, 17 Dec '18
  • Fri, 28 Dec '18
  • Mon, 24 Dec '18
  • Fri, 04 Jan '19
  • Mon, 07 Jan '19
  • Fri, 18 Jan '19
  • Fri, 18 Jan '19
  • Tue, 29 Jan '19
  • Mon, 11 Feb '19
  • Fri, 22 Feb '19
  • Sun, 17 Feb '19
  • Thu, 28 Feb '19
  • Mon, 11 Mar '19
  • Fri, 22 Mar '19
  • Mon, 15 Apr '19
  • Fri, 26 Apr '19
  • Mon, 14 Oct '19
  • Fri, 25 Oct '19
  • Mon, 04 Nov '19
  • Fri, 15 Nov '19
  • Mon, 18 Nov '19
  • Fri, 29 Nov '19
  • Mon, 16 Dec '19
  • Fri, 27 Dec '19
  • Mon, 23 Dec '19
  • Fri, 03 Jan '20
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Yangon
  • Mandalay
  • Bagan
  • Inle Lake
  • Kalaw
  • DAY 1 Arrive Yangon

    Arrive any time today. An arrival transfer is included.

    Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned. You are free to relax and explore the city. Following a group meeting, we have an optional group dinner where you can sample some of the local cuisine.

    Private Vehicle
    Yangon International Airport - Yangon
    Arrival transfer included.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h18:00
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Yangon/Mandalay

    Fly to Mandalay and explore this ancient city, including the Golden Palace Monastery, Kuyuk Taw Gyi Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, and Mahamuni Temple. Climb Mandalay Hill for magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. This evening, visit a local home and enjoy a local comedy cabaret performance by the infamous Moustache Brothers.

    Plane
    Yangon - Mandalay 1h30m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Private Vehicle
    Mandalay International Airport - Mandalay
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Mandalay Hill Climb
    Mandalay Hill - Mandalay
    Enjoy the climb up this 240m (790 ft) hill known for the plethora of pagodas and monasteries sitting atop it. Enjoy the view you've earned on the steep hike. Of course, if you prefer to save your energy, feel free to take the elevator to the top.

    Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) Visit
    Mandalay
    Enjoy your visit to this stunning monastery, known as the "Golden Monastery," that was originally part of the royal palace at Amarapura. Admire its delicate wood carvings of Buddhist myths. The monastery is a fantastic example of traditional Burmese architecture.

    Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda Visit
    Mandalay Hill - Mandalay
    View the massive marble Buddha at this beautiful pagoda. The marble is from Sagyin quarry and took 10,000 men almost two weeks to transfer from the riverside to its current location.

    Kuthodaw Pagoda Visit
    Mandalay Hill - Mandalay
    Visit this stunning pagoda with its gold and white buildings in a traditional Burmese style. Kuthodaw Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa that claims the honour of housing the world's largest book. A spiritually significant place for followers of Theravada Buddhism, this site will be fascinating to all visitors regardless of religion.

    Mahamuni Pagoda (Buddha Temple) Visit
    Mandalay
    Visit the 100-year-old legendary Arakan Buddha, which stands at 3.5m (11.5 ft) tall. Made of bronze and covered in gold leaf, this gorgeous Buddha is a major pilgrimage site. Gaze up at the stunning statue and learn more about the significance of this temple.

    Burmese Political Satire Performance
    Mandalay
    Visit a local home and enjoy a performance by the infamous Moustache Brothers. Banned from performing in public due to their political views, the Mandalay-based trio incorporate music, skits, and dance into their comedy cabaret which is presented in English but follows a traditional Burmese art form called a-nyeint pwe. This very unique experience offers local insight into the political climate of Myanmar (especially interesting in light of the recent election) and allows locals to share their views on current affairs. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Mandalay

    Take a boat to the village of Mingun to visit the pagodas and local craftspeople. Visit the spiritual centre of Burma at Sagaing and the ancient royal capital of Amarapura.
    Embark on a boat trip up the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to the riverside village of Mingun, enjoying the picturesque scenery of this river and the lifestyles of the local people who live and work on these waters. We continue by road to Sagaing. After lunch we visit Amarapura, a former capital whose name means "city of immortality."

    Mingun Village Boat Trip and Visit
    Mingun
    Take a relaxing boat trip in this serene village. Visit the Mingun Bell, which weights more than 87 tonnes and is more than 3.7m (12 ft) tall. It's the world's largest uncracked bell and it's in good ringing condition.

    Sagaing Hill Visit
    Sagaing
    Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar. It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centres. Visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae while in the area.

    Amarapura Visit
    Amarapura
    Explore Amarapura, the former capital whose name means "city of immortality." Visit a silk-weaving workshop and then visit Mahagandayon monastery, where over 1,000 monks reside. Enjoy the magnificent view from U Bein Bridge, which is over 200 years old and made of teak.

    Private Vehicle
    Mandalay
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Mandalay

    Continue exploring Mandalay and take some free time on your own.

    Free Time
    Mandalay Afternoon
    Enjoy some time exploring the markets, colonial era houses, and botanical garden in this cool and comfortable town.

    Optional Activities
    Botanical Garden Visit

    Pyin Oo Lwin District
    Walk through the lush foliage and enjoy the flora and fauna of this beautifully groomed botanical garden. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Mandalay/Bagan

    Relax and watch the sights on a full-day cruise down the Irrawaddy River to ancient Bagan.

    After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the jetty for the boat to Bagan (Nyaung Oo). The journey takes 7-11 hours depending on the time of year and water level. On board there is a small cafe selling drinks and light meals (sandwiches, snacks and instant noodles usually).

    Private Vehicle
    Mandalay 15m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    Mandalay - Nyaung-U 11h-12h 177km
    Enjoy a relaxing day floating down the Ayeyarwady. Watch daily life unfold along the river as you cruise by, taking a well-deserved rest from the hustle and bustle of exploration. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Bagan

    Explore the ancient sites of Bagan including Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-in) cave temple, and Manuha and Nan Paya temples. Also visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery where we have a talk with a monk on Buddhism and daily life.

    Enjoy two days exploring Bagan, the first (and very beautiful) capital of the Burmese and founded in the 11th century. This is one the most important temples and pagoda complexes in Asia. We'll wander local markets, historical pagodas, a handicraft workshop, a local monastery, and ancient temples. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.

    Bagan Guided Tour
    Nyaung-U
    Enjoy a guided tour of beautiful Bagan, starting off at an elevated temple with a panoramic view of the city. Visit the colourful Nyaung Oo Market and the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction to Bagan's rich history. Explore 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.

    Private Vehicle
    Bagan
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Kyan Sithar Umin Monastery Visit
    Bagan
    You're invited to the Kyan Sithar Umin monastery to discuss Buddhism and daily life with one of the resident monks. You'll come away feeling at peace and in a new frame of mind. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Bagan

    You have the option to take a hot-air balloon flight over the plains of Bagan.

    Optional Activities
    Balloons Over Bagan

    Bagan
    320USD per person
    Wake up early and enjoy light refreshments before your launch. Take to the air with a skilled pilot and experience the early morning beauty of Bagan. Drift over villages, temples, and serene landscapes as the sun rises in the sky. After landing, toast the unforgettable journey with a glass of champagne.
    Please note that passengers must weigh less than 125kg (280 lb) to participate.
    Travel to the outskirts of town to a village in the middle of a toddy palm farm. Watch as the locals scale the trees and harvest the juice of the palm fruit and then process it into alcohol or molasses.

    Toddy Palm Farm Visit
    Nyaung-U
    Learn more about this plant, which is important to Burma. It's also used to make palm wine.

    Private Vehicle
    Bagan
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Free Time
    Bagan Evening
    Enjoy some free time to explore this beautiful city. The morning begins with more sightseeing, the schedule to be set by the guide and group depending on their interests. We recommend a visit to one of the morning markets as well as more temples. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Bagan/Inle Lake

    Travel by plane, bus, and boat to serene Inle Lake. En route, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, Nyaung Shwe by cycle rickshaw, and observe floating villages and gardens.

    This morning, fly from Bagan to Heho and then travel by road to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. Also visit around Nyaung Shwe by cycle rickshaw, passing the many monasteries and cruising along quiet residential streets.

    We then board a boat and set off down the canal toward the main part of the lake, passing villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people.

    Plane
    Nyaung-U - Heho 1h45m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Private Vehicle
    Heho - Nyaungshwe 45m-1h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Nyaung Shwe Visit
    Nyaungshwe
    Visit Nyaung Shwe by trishaw, passing the many monasteries and cruising along quiet residential streets. You'll also visit the tomato house where the lake's freshly collected produce is sorted for distribution up country.

    Boat
    Nyaungshwe - Inle Lake 1h
    Board a boat and set off down the canal toward the main part of Inle lake. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Inle Lake

    Explore the lake by boat and visit the morning market, floating villages, and a cheroot factory, as well as Phaung Daw Oo pagoda and Inthien temple complex. Along the way, visit the home of a local Chef and learn the basics of Burmese cooking. Sit back and relax in this charming setting on Inle Lake and enjoy a scrumptious home-cooked meal.

    Depending on its location, we start with a visit to the morning market, which rotates locations on a five-day basis. (Note: there are no markets on full-moon or dark-moon days.)

    Our boat then takes us down a winding river to Inthien, with its one thousand stupas dotting the hillside. Back out onto the lake we visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake's main pagoda and monastery, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. Mid-day, we are welcomed into a local chef's home and enjoy a home cooked meal of traditional Burmese dishes. This is a memorable demonstration and meal and a chance to learn more about family life and traditions in Myanmar.

    Boat
    Inle Lake
    Climb aboard and get your float on.

    Morning Market Visit
    Inle Lake
    Explore this daily market, which attracts people from the lake's shore who gather to buy and sell their wares. Keep an eye out for Pa-Oh, Inthar, and Shan people in their traditional outfits. Wander amid the stalls where your guide will explain what the local produce and goods for sale are.

    Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Visit
    Inle Lake
    Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda monastery. While open to everyone, only men are allowed to place a gold leaf on the images. Look through the shops selling traditional Shan and Burmese items.

    Nga Phe Chaung Monastery Visit
    Inle Lake
    This beautiful monastery houses dozens of amazing Shan Buddha images.

    Cheroot Factory Visit
    Inle Lake
    Learn about how these typical Burmese cigars are rolled by hand at a factory where they're produced.

    Burmese Cooking Class
    Inle Lake
    Visit the home of a local chef to learn about the basics of Burmese food, cooking and daily life. Sit back and relax is this charming setting on Inle Lake and enjoy a scrumptious home-cooked meal. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 10 Inle Lake/Kalaw

    Travel by boat and bus to the cooler air of this former British hill station. Take a half-day hike and enjoy lunch in the hills around Kalaw. Visit villages that have been helped by the Rural Development Society, a community-based organization that provides water, builds schools and libraries, and finances small-scale community projects.

    Boat
    Inle Lake - Nyaungshwe 1h
    Climb aboard and get your float on.

    Private Vehicle
    Nyaungshwe - Kalaw 1h30m-2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Local Burmese Village Trek
    Kalaw
    Take a hike and enjoy a local lunch in the hills around Kalaw visiting villages that have been helped by the Rural Development Society, a community-based organization which provides water supply, microfinance, libraries, and schools to rural areas. Learn about this amazing organization and meet local people who have benefitted and become better able to support their families and their community.

    Optional Activities
    Trekking

    Kalaw
    Lace up your boots and get ready to enjoy a trek. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Kalaw/Yangon

    Fly back to Yangon and visit the Shwedagon Pagoda. Enjoy free time to explore and shop in the old capital.

    Private Vehicle
    Kalaw - Heho 45m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Plane
    Heho - Yangon 1h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Private Vehicle
    Yangon International Airport - Yangon
    Transfer to hotel.

    Shwedagon Pagoda Visit
    Yangon
    Enjoy your visit to this gorgeous pagoda, which is believed to be 2,500 years old. The central stupa, glittering in the soft morning light, is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues and is considered to be the symbol of Yangon. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Depart Yangon

    Depart any time today.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 210-275 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. MONEY: Note that it is best to travel with US dollars in cash when visiting Myanmar. There are no ATMs and the use of credit cards and travellers checks is virtually impossible, as very few places are willing to accept them. Please arrive with enough US dollars, in good condition, to last you the length of your stay. Changing money into the local currency, kyat, is a good idea for small transactions and can be done upon arrival at any of the various money changers in town. Please note that if carrying US Dollars, they should be in excellent condition (ie- without any small tears, creases, marks or faded in any way) and printed recently (after the year 2001).

  10. LUGGAGE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS: Please note, there may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 15 kg (33lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.


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