best of myanmar

Best of Myanmar

Best of Myanmar exciting program is most used by first time visitor to Myanmar and gives the traveler fascinating access into highlights of the country’s 4 major destinations – Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake and visits to the nearby ancient cities of Amarapura, Sagaing and Mingun. Recommend for first time travelers to Myanmar.

9 Days/ 8 Nights: Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – Irrawaddy River – Mingun – Heho – Inle Lake – Heho..

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Trip Name: Best of Myanmar
Type of trip: Private
Trip Duration: 9 Days/ 8 Nights
Starting: Yangon City, Myanmar
Finishing: Yangon City, Myanmar
Trip Grading: Moderate walking
Destinations: Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – Irrawaddy River – Mingun – Heho – Inle Lake – Heho..
Flexibility: This sample itinerary can be amended accordingly to meet your expectation.

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: Yangon
Day 2: Yangon – Bagan
Day 3: Bagan & Villages
Day 4: Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura
Day 5: Mandalay – Irrawaddy River – Mingun
Day 6: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake
Day 7: Inle Lake – Indein
Day 8: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon
Day 9: Yangon – Departure

Vietnam Great Tours™ Bespoke Style Suits Everyone

Flexibility: The sample itinerary can be modified to suit your interests, budget as well as your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.

Tailor-Made Journey: This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of the trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

Commitment to Excellence: We enjoys excellent relationships with all of the highly regarded hotels and finest properties in our destinations as well as with service suppliers so that we are able to negotiate the most attractive prices for our clients, which enables us to provide exclusive holidays and affordable special offers. We create one-of-a-kind vacations for groups and individuals. We love our destinations and do our best to make sure that our customers feel the same way. Our job is to make sure that everyone gets the right balance of comfort and excitement to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Day 1: Yangon
Upon your arrival in Yangon, welcome by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy private tour and drive through downtown to explore the city centre and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia. You’ll start at the post office – a lovely historic building, passing by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument along the way. Then visit famous Chauk Htat Kyi, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. The feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gathering to pay homage and pray. Photo stop at the Karaweik Hall royal floating barge. Nothing will prepare you for Shwedagon Pagoda, with its glittering gold stupa. At the pagoda observe local pilgrims and monks offering their devotions and enjoy the amazing sunset view at Shwedagon pagoda.

Day 2: Yangon – Bagan
Early morning flight to Bagan. Begin our exploration by visiting a busy local market and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan. You will spend the day exploring the architectural masterpieces of this amazing town by visit to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples. Then get to learn more about the local culture with a visit to two workshops producing Bagan’s most famous products: lacquer ware and wood crafts. Watch as the skilled craftsmen use techniques passed down through generations to create beautiful items. In the late afternoon climbing to the top of the Temple for sunset views. Sit back relax and be amazed by the beauty of Bagan as you watch the sun slowly set behind the ancient Pagodas.

Day 3: Bagan & Villages
More than just temples, our tour introduces you to provide a great overview of Bagan’s history, culture and local lifestyles. Today see the real way of life for most Myanmar people by visiting villages near Bagan to view the local lifestyle. Then you will explore Bagan from a different perspective as you explore the area by Pony cart. The cart can explore areas that cars are unable to enter giving a different feel of Bagan. In the late afternoon transfer to jetty where a private wooden river boat is waiting. Sitting under the shade or on the open-deck you’ll be treated to fabulous views as you cruise down the Irrawaddy River to Shwezigon Pagoda. A private boat tour on the river during sunset time will hopefully show you a spectacular sunset. Relax and enjoy the scenery.

Day 4: Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura
Transfer to the airport for your flight to legendary Mandalay, a city of great cultural importance. This morning visit the second most sacred image in Myanmar next to the Shwedagon Pagoda is the Mahamuni Pagoda. Visit local artisan’s workshops of gold leaf making, woodcarving and marble carving. Next visit Golden palace Monastery famous for its intricate woodcarvings. Continue to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is known as the world largest book due to the Buddhist scripture carved on 729 marble slabs. Before sunset visit a 200-year-old teak bridge, the most photographic site in Myanmar.

Day 5: Mandalay – Irrawaddy River – Mingun
After breakfast you’ll board a private local boat for a trip up the Irrawaddy to Mingun (45 min each way). Visit the Mingun Bell which weighs more than 87 tons and being the world’s largest intact bronze bell, the unfinished Mingun Paya (built with the intention of being the world’s biggest pagoda). Mingun’s other highlight is the Hisnbyume Pagoda, a white-washed temple built to resemble Mount Meru. Throughout Mingun there are small neighborhoods crafting traditional basketry and other artistic items and there is plenty of time to stop and interact with the craftsmen and friendly locals.After returning to Mandalay in the afternoon continues sightseeing and visits the ruined remains of the Royal Palace. This evening, enjoy a commanding overview of the city from the Mandalay Hill.

Day 6: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake
After breakfast, fly to Heho, gateway to Inle Lake. From Heho drive to NyaungShwe where we pick our boat & transfer to your hotel for check in. Enjoy the full day tour by private boat in Inle lake. Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most holy religious site in southern Shan State. Be amazed by the local handicrafts, silk weaving, wooden handlooms and traditional blacksmith methods along the way. Visiting Inle Lake is not just about being on the water but also about discovering the Shan and Intha villages on the banks of the river. Pass the endless floating gardens, houses, monasteries built on stilts on the lake. Stop at Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery then proceed to Nampan village and see local cheroot factory (where the Burmese cigars are made) and canoe carving.

Day 7: Inle Lake – Indein
Begin your day with a visit to the market, which rotates locations every five days and where hill tribe people dressed in colorful, traditional outfits — as they barter for goods and produce. We continue our sightseeing in Inle Lake, maneuvering by boat though long, scenic channnels. We will visit the fascinating village of Indein, with its complex of ancient shrines and stupas and walk though exotic colonnades of stairways and shop stalls. We’ll visit the “long neck” tribal women, and weaving and craft villages perched on stilts. See the lake’s unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. It is a feast for the senses and a photographer’s dream.

Day 8: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon
Morning flight back to Yangon. Then enjoy a visit to Scott Market, the sprawling 75-year-old Market. At the market you will find a whole variety of interesting Burmese souvenirs, from lacquer ware to gems & jewelry – bargain at the stores to fully experience the Burmese market atmosphere! Drive through the city and observe the influences of other cultures in the region. Intersperse in the tour are various religious sites such as the St Mary’s Cathedral, built in 1899, and the Buddhist landmarks of Sule Paya and over 100 year old beautiful Rangoon Synagogue. In there you will have the opportunity to meet with Trustee of the Synagogue to learn the Jewish Life in the Pagoda Land. Then visit Little India and Chinatown – stop to greet the vendors and let them introduce you to their wares – some familiar, some exotic.

Day 9: Yangon – Departure
After breakfast, day at leisure until transfer to airport for International departure flight.

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. The prices quoted are in US dollars and are charged on a per person basis. The final price quoted will be based upon the total number of travelers in your private group, the dates chosen, the total days of travel and the grade of hotel rooms chosen, together with any other detailed services. Please click on the “Customized” button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

Cost Included
• (8) Nights’ accommodation with breakfast
• All transfer and sightseeing by private air conditioned car
• 4 Domestic air tickets (Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Inle Lake – Yangon)
• Private boat ride in Inle Lake
• All entrance fees & all zone fees
• Experienced English speaking local tour guide in each city
• Government tax & Service charges

Not included
• Meals & Drinks
• Other personal expenses.
• Tip to Driver and Guide

The hotels listed below are our suggestions for the best value on this tour. However, Vietnam Great Tours offers many more options of hand-picked hotels, with different “star ratings”, allowing you to customize the vacation to meet your taste and budget. Please contact us for with your questions and requests.

LIST OF HOTELS

LOCATIONS

FIRST CLASS CATEGORY

3-STAR HOTEL

SUPERIOR CATEGORY

4-STAR HOTEL

DELUXE CATEGORY

5-STAR HOTEL

Yangon New Aye Yar Hotel or Asia Plaza Hotel or Central Hotel or similar Rose Garden Hotel or Taw Win Garden Hotel or Hotel Parami or similar Sule Shangri La Hotel or Chatrium Hotel or Kandawgyi Palace
Bagan Bawga Theddi Hotel or Shwe Yee Pwint Hotel or similar Thiripyitsayar Sanctuary Resort or Bagan Thande River View or similar Bagan Lodge or Tharabar Gate or similar
Mandalay Mandalay City Hotel or Ayeyarwaddy River View Hotel or Gold Yadanar or Hotel Yadanarbon Amazing Mandalay or Triumph Hotel or simlar Mandalay Hill Resort or Sedona Hotel
Inle Lake Royal Inle Lake or Paramount Inle or Paradise or Inle Apex Inle Resort or Amata Garden Hotel or Pristine Lotus or similar Inle Princess or Myanmar Treasure or Novotal Hotel

ABOUT HOTELS:

We, at Vietnam Great Tours, are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. As the hotel cost will be the major expense of your vacation in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, it is essential that all of the hotels chosen by us are the highest quality for the price paid. All of our prices are based on twin, double or queen shared rooms.

BELOW IS AN EXPLANATION OF THE HOTEL “STAR” RATINGS:

First Class/ 3 Star 
The First Class/ 3 Star Hotels are good value and normally centrally located. They all have comfortable en-suite rooms, good amenities and public areas to relax in. They are usually family run hotels, so offer great personalized service for your enjoyment and comfort. Most first class properties offer an in-house restaurant, and some may even have a swimming pool!

Superior/ 4 star
The 4* superior Hotels offer a wide range of services. Many superior hotels feature a choice of several in-house restaurants. In addition virtually all of them have a swimming pool. Some may even feature a spa or health club. This grade of hotel offers more for your enjoyment and comfort, while still remaining affordable.

Deluxe/ 5 Star 
These 5* Deluxe hotels are usually owned by Worldwide, well known Hotel chains. The deluxe hotels feature excellent locations, offer the highest standards of service and facilities, and are known as the best hotels in each region. Facilities such as swimming pools and spas are the norm, and guest rooms are luxurious. These hotels offer first class service and amenities throughout.

Special note:

List of hotels is recommended by Vietnam Great Tours™. Please feel free to advise hotels you prefer in each category or combine hotels category at your wish (tour price will be changed accordingly)

Please note that all of our trip are privately designed. So that price includes the above-mentioned hotels, activities, and transport, and visits to attractions are by private car and guide unless otherwise stated. Your guide will pick you up from lobby of your hotel in the morning. The guide will confirm the pick-up time the day before. If you prefer to start next day’s trip earlier or a little later, please feel free to tell your guide.

  

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