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Discover the enchantment of Myanmar, a land of ancient traditions, glittering stupas, Buddhist pagodas, stunning landscapes and friendly people. Experience Myanmar highlights on our 11 days Burma Family Beach Vacation. Wander the streets of Yangon with its faded colonial architecture, discover the sea of stupas and temples at Bagan plain. Watch the one-legged rowers on Inle Lake. Then fly to Thandwe to enjoy white stand and clear waters of the Bay of Bengal. Spending 02 days of relaxation at the best beach in Myanmar.
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Day 01: Yangon Arrival – Yangon City Tour
Mingalabar! Welcome to Myanmar! Upon arrival Yangon International Airport, our Asia Senses guide and driver will pick up then transfer you to your hotel for check in. Freshen up and relax at the hotel. Depend on your actual arrival time, some soft sightseeing for an orientation tour is suggested.
Start our first day tour with a soft sightseeing of Yangon’s cultural and historical highlights. First, we take a visit to Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda which is built in 1966 and houses a striking reclining Buddha image that measures an impressive 65 metres long and 16 metres high. Then take a stroll at the Kandawgyi Garden, where Karaweik Hall also known as Karaweik Palace is one of Yangon’s many landmarks. From a distance the Karaweik Hall looks like a huge golden barge floating on Kandawgyi Lake, glittering in the sun. After that, we visit Bogyoke Market - Scott Market (closed on Mondays and public holidays) where you can find largest selection of Myanmar handicrafts and souvenirs from lacquerware and Shan shoulder bags to puppets and jewellery, slippers, longyi etc.
In the late afternoon, take in the spectacular view of Shwedagon Pagoda all lit up against the night sky. Shwedagon is one of most important Buddhist sites in Myanmar. The massive 99 meter high gold plated pagoda with the diamond studded spire set on top of a small hill in downtown Yangon. Its massive bell-shaped golden spires are plated with 60 tons of gold, while the tip of the stupa is inset with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topaz. Wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, temples, and Buddha images, and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe.
Today, you will catch a domestic flight to Bagan. On arrival in Nyaung U airport, you will be welcomed by our local guide and transferred to the hotel for check in.
After a short break at your hotel, take your choice of car ( as regular) or electric bicycle for our Bagan exploration today. We begin our sightseeing tour by visiting Nyaung-Oo morning market which offers a colourful display of fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish and textiles. Morning time is the best time to visit market, you would see it at its liveliest and ways of life of local people. Then cycle to Bagan central to visit towers, pagodas and magnificent temples including Shwezigon Pagoda, served as a prototype for later stupas built throughout the country, Ananda Temple which is considered to be one of the most surviving masterpiece of the Mon architecture. Also known as the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. Then, we move to visit Thatbyinnyu Temple - the tallest temples of all monuments in Bagan; 61m high overlooking the Bagan scene. Afterwards, take a break at the local coffee shop to have cold drink under the shade or return to hotel to relax.
In the afternoon, we will drive Myingabar village to visit a Lacquer Ware Workshop - one of Myanmar's most treasured handicrafts. We continue to visit Dhammayangyi temple - one of massive temples in Bagan. It was built in 12th century by Narathu King. It is infamous for its mysterious, bricked-up inner passageways and cruel history. To finish our today’s tour, take a visit to Shwesandaw pagoda, a perfect spot to enjoy a magnificent sunset. Enjoy sunset from the temple then ride back to the hotel.
In the evening, stroll through the town, meet and chat with local people. Enjoying some Myanmar dishes and Myanmar beer at local restaurant. Overnight in Bagan hotel.
Bawga Theiddhi Hotel Bagan
Day 03: Mt. Popa Day Trip
This morning, we will take a short transfer to Mount Popa, a volcano 1518 metres above sea level, and located in central Myanmar about 50 km southeast of Bagan in the Pegu Range. Mount Popa is known as the home of the “Nats” spirits among the locals. The Popa Taungkalat shrine is the favoured home of 37 Mahagiri Nats or aminist spirit entities. To reach the top, you need to remove shoes and socks and climb the 777 steps to the summit. Along the way, we will stop to visit a village and watch the collection of juice from palm trees and its conversion into palm sugar.
Then, we drive back to Bagan and take a relaxation at hotel to avoid the heat in Bagan.
In the afternoon, we will ride through villages which are located in Bagan. Stroll around villages to have a better understand of locals’ daily life. Then take a visit Nat Hlaung Kyaung temple and enjoy the sunset at Bu Paya pagoda. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Bawga Theiddhi Hotel Bagan
Day 04: Bagan – Fly to Inle Lake
After early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Nyaung U airport for an early morning flight to Heho airport. From Heho, we will take a scenic one-hour drive to Inle lake, one of Myanmar's most anticipated destinations and all the hype is justified. The lake is 22km long, and is densely inhabited by many different tribes in Taunggyi Dist of Shan State. On the way, we will stop to visit “Shwe Yan Pyay” monastery which is just a short walk north of the Nyaungshwe town.
On arrival Nyaungshwe town, transfer by local boat to the hotel in Inle Lake. Check in hotel and take a short break. Then, we take an excursion by boat on Inle Lake will include seeing the famous leg-rowing fishermen, local methods of fishing and see their floating villages & gardens filled with fruits and vegetables that provide an income to the lake dwellers. The highlights including Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda the holiest religious site in Southern Shan State, which is famous for its five small gold-gilded Buddha images, now covered in so much gold leaf they are more like round balls and Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, better known as the Jumping Cat Monastery. Although the performing cats no longer remain, the monastery houses an impressive collection of Buddha images. We also visit handicraft workshops such as blacksmiths, silversmiths, weaving looms, etc.
Take a visit to the lake’s five-day market for unique insight into the local cultures of the area. The market is called “five-day market” because the local people rotate between 5 different locations over a 5-day-period. Villagers from the surrounding hill tribes come to the market to sell and trade tomatoes, eggplants, scallions, peppers, betel, beans, garlic to cheroots. There are some people selling lacquerware, Buddha statues, carvings, longyis, Shan bags, textiles, ornamental objects and other hand-made goods for both local use and trading. (Note: the market is daily open except on dark moon day and full moon day).
From the market, we continue broad down a small canal leading to Indein village. On arrival village, we will visit Nyaung Ohak and Shwe Inn Thein, two groups of ancient pagodas. Many of these 16th century stupas have been untouched for centuries, left to the overgrown jungle. Others have been restored and gleam brightly next to their crumbling neighbours. Explore the area on foot and wander through the beautiful pagodas. Then, climb up to the top of a hill which is covered with picturesque ancient stupas. Enjoy magnificent views of the lake below from this vantage point. After enjoying the visit to Indein, return to the boat. Continue along the lake for additional sightseeing before returning to the hotel in the afternoon.
Overnight on Inle lake hotel.
Ann Heritage Lodge
Day 06: Inle Lake Soft Trekking - Red Mountain Winery
This morning, we will take a short boat transfer to Thale U Alemyaung Village, which is located near the lake. On arrival village, we will take a soft trek to Intha village, passing sugar cane, garlic and onion plantations and remote homesteads. On the way, stop to visit a local family for a refreshing tea and a chat with them for better understanding about their culture. Stroll through village, observe daily activities of local villagers.
After that, we will cycle along the banks of Inle Lake and up into the hills to reach Red Mountain Estate Vineyards & Winery, one of Burma’s two wineries. Located 1,000 meters above sea level, Inle Lake is also the perfect place for winemaking in tropical Myanmar with locally grown grapes, sourced from Italy, France, Spain and Israel. The vineyard is founded in 2002, the winery employs French and Australian know-how and French, Spanish and Israeli vines to knock out some fine and varied vintages. Take a stroll through the grounds and in the factory, observing the production of Cabernets and Sauvignon and then sit down to take a try. Enjoy 4 different wines, with a light snack, as you watch the sun glisten on the calm waters of Inle.
Overnight at hotel on Inle Lake.
Ann Heritage Lodge
Day 07: Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach
Free at leisure until our guide come to pick up and transfer you to Heho airport for your domestic flight to Thandwe. Upon arrival, the staff from hotel will welcome at airport then transfer you to hotel for check in. Relax on Ngapali beach, one of best beaches in Myanmar. Overnight at Ngapali seaside resorts.
Ngapali beach in Myanmar is one of the best beach travel destinations in Asia with its pristine, palm-tree-fringed white sand, the clear waters of the Bay of Bengal. The warm, clear waters are perfect for water sports such as snorkeling and there are several small offshore islands which can be reached by boat.
Enjoy a full day relaxing on the beach, or take an excursion to one of the nearby islands or snorkeling spots. Overnight in Ngapali hotel.
Thande Beach Hotel
Day 10: Ngapali - Fly back to Yangon
This morning, you will be transferred to Thandwe airport for your flight back Yangon. Upon arrival, the guide will pick up and transfer you to the hotel in Yangon’s downtown for check in. After a short break at your hotel, we will take a brief Yangon introduction by walking tour at old colonial style in city’s downtown. We will visit Sule Pagoda known in Burmese as the Kyaik Athok Zedi, is surrounded by busy streets, a market and colonial era buildings. After that, we walk around and take some photos of Yangon City Hall, Yangon Region Court, and Independence Monument which is located in Maha Bandula Park.
In the evening, after a quick spin through the streets of Yangon from your hotel, begin your evening exploration with a soft trek to Yangon Chinatown where you’ll find vendor after vendor of charcoal grills, cooking all sorts of meats, veg and marinades from shop house, barbecue restaurants. Sit down at our vendor of choice and refresh with a cold beer or soft drink. Let your knowledgeable guide pick out the best BBQ choices and make some suggestions of your own from the wide variety of meats and vegetable pairings on offer. End the evening with a short stroll to the fruit vendors for dessert.
Overnight in Yangon hotel.
Hotel Grand United (Ahlone Branch)
Day 11: Yangon Departure
Free at leisure until our guide come to pick up and transfer to Yangon International Airport for your onward flight. End services! See you again in your next Burma (Myanmar) Family Tours with us.