Myanmar Discovery

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Priced from $4,895   Days: 13

This private guided tour takes you through rarely visited parts of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma and now officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.  You'll travel by private vehicle, bicycle, and boat as you tour this beautiful country rich in jade, gems, natural gas and oil, fruits, local weavings and wildlife.  The country is diverse in climate as well as religion; Buddhists, Christians, Muslims and Hindus live in this ancient country that includes a dry zone in the middle of the country, wetlands, jungles, and 1,200 miles of outer coastline.

Our trip will take us off the beaten path as much as is possible in a country where many areas are off limits to tourists.  We visit local markets, monasteries, wetland parks, and the famous temples, including the Kyauk Gu Ohnmin cave temple, rarely seen by tourists. We spend several days at Inle Lake with its charming villages on stilts. We see a large variety of birds on several birding excursions in the jungles, wetlands, and dry zones.  Another highlight of the trip is a stop at an elephant conservation region, dedicated to the protection of elephants, their habitat, and the local population.  You will have time interact with the elephants, and learn how education and microfinance are breaking the cycle of poverty.

  • Itinerary
  • Date - Rates
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Itinerary:

Day 1 - Bangkok

Arrive Bangkok International airport where the hotel representative will be waiting to help you onto the hotel shuttle bus for the trip to your hotel.  Best Western Premier Amaranth Hotel. (Lodging included, no meals on this day.) 

Day 2 - Bangkok to Yangon 

Depart early for a short flight to Yangon (not included). On arrival, your guide will meet you and take you to the small colonial downtown area of Yangon to begin your city tour. Here, there are many hidden markets not frequented by tourists.  You will also see the harbor area, The Strand, and the Shwedagon Pagoda.  There is time to take the famous circular train behind Bogyoke Aung San market and back to your hotel.  Overnight Kandawgyi Palace Hotel. (L)

Day 3 -Yangon - Bago - Golden Rock

Breakfast, then an early start to drive east from Yangon by private car with an English speaking guide.  The first stop will be at a local monestary where young boys are taken care of by the monks and given an education. A second stop is at the Kyatkha Waine monastery, one of the largest in the country.  We continue to Kinpun where you head up to Golden Rock, a well known Buddhist pilgrimage site. The rock appears to defy gravity from where it is perched, looking like it will roll down the hill at any moment. Legend has it that the rock is balancing on the hair of Buddha.  Overnight at Mountain Top Hotel  (B,L)

Day 4 - Golden Rock - Moe Yun Gyi

We will go back to Golden Rock for another pilgrimage to the balancing rock before heading to the Moe Yun Gyi wetlands, a national park with 125 different species of birds. Included is a boat ride with a birding guide on board.  Overnight in simple huts with simple private bathrooms.  (B,L)

Day 5 - Moe Yun Gyi - Taungoo

Breakfast at the hotel before we enjoy another boat ride in the Moe Yun Gyi wetlands, where we have good opportunties to spot a large variety of waterfowl. We continue on by vehicle to the ancient city of Taungoo where we check in on arrival. Overnight Royal Kaytumadi Hotel. (B,L)

Day 6 - Taungoo - Mt. Popa

After breakfast, the morning drive takes you from Taungoo to Mt. Popa. Driving time is about 6 hours, so we have ample opportunity to enjoy the countryside scenery and notice the difference in vegetation as we drive through the dry zone ecosystems.  On arrival you will enjoy  a nice lunch and an optional 3 hour easy hike through the Mt. Popa National Park. Overnight Popa Mountain Resort (B,L)

Day 7 - Mt Popa - Bagan

The guide will pick you up after breakfast at your hotel for the overland drive to Bagan (about 2 hours). Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Burma.  The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan from the 9th-13th century. There are many temples rising from the earth rising above the tree tops, with mountains for a backdrop. You will start by climbing to the top of a pagoda to get your first impression of the various temples. Temples include Anada, Sulamani, Dhammayangyi and Thatbyinnyu - all have been here for hundreds of years. The day ends with a horse cart ride to Pyathagyi pagoda to watch the sun setting over the ancient region. Overnight in the Areindmar Hotel  (B,L)

Day  - 8 - Bagan

You have the option of starting your day with an early morning hot air balloon ride over the temples (not included in rate), for some excellent photography opportunities.  The day's main excursion is to see more of the Myanmar country side.  You will go to the  Kyauk Gu Ohnmin cave temple, rarely visted by foreigners.  There is also time to stop at a local slipper factory, the market, and the place where colorful Pakkoku blankets are made. Lunch is served on a 2 hour downriver trip, headed for the local village of Myinkaba where we visit a lacquerware workshop. Overnight Areindmar Hotel  (B,L)

Day 9 - Bagan - Heho - Kalaw

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a short flight to Heho (included). On arrival transfer to Kalaw for some light trekking in the forest, keeping your eyes open for elephants. A local group from Kalaw has set up a project to protect elephants, their habitat, and the tradtions of the local people. You can hike for 30 minutes to 5 hours in this natural Asian jungle. The afternoon is spent washing and feeding the elephants. Overnight Kalaw Hotel (B,L).

Day 10 - Kalaw - Inle Lake

Breakfast at your hotel and on to Inle Lake where you can ride bikes to Indein.  The path is fairly flat and mostly downhill, and you will pass numerous Pa'O villages with fantastic views of the lake and surrounding area. This area is not often seen by foreign travelers so it is a rare, unique experience.  If biking is not for you, you can go by vehicle.  Lunch is included at a local village before continuing on by private motorboat to your overnight destination at Shwe Inn Tha Hotel (B,L)

Day 11 - Inle Lake

In the morning after breakfast, a day on the lake is planned where the villages are bult on stilts and where the Intha people have lived for centuries. A private boat will take you around the lake where you also experience the floa ting gardens, see famous leg rowers and have a cup of tea with a local family. Traditional markets are held on a rotating schedule so you will visit one of the colorful markets frequented by Shan and Pa'O people. You will visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Intha Heritage House and a weaving factory, if you'd like. Overnight Shwe Inn Tha Hotel (B,L)

Day 12 - Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon

Half day sightseeing with a birding guide through the Wetland Bird sanctuary before heading to the airport for your flight to Yangon and transfer to your hotel. Ovenright Kandawgyi Palace Hotel  (B,L)

Day 13: Yangoon - home

Transfer to Yangoon airport and fly home. (B)

Add an extension to Cambodia's Siem Reap, the gateway to the Angkor region with its famed temples, including Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom.

Add an extension to Thailand to complete your tour of Southeast Asia. 

Date - Rates:
DATES:

Tours operated weekly year round

2015/ 2016  Rates: 

 March - September 30, 2015

$4,895 

 October 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016 

$5,595

 

Rates are per person based on double occupancy in US dollars.  

 

INCLUDED IN TRIP COST

  • Hotel or lodge accommodations as listed on itinerary double-occupancy room with private bath.
  • Meals as noted on itinerary (B – Breakfast; L – Lunch; D – Dinner)
  • Tour Guide/driver
  • All ground transportation as noted on • itinerary
  • WiFi services at hotels and lodges when available
  • Flight from Bagan to Heho
  • Airport transfers as indicated

 NOT INCLUDED:

  • International airfare
  • Beverages 
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, tips, mail, phone calls, etc.
  • Tips to tour leader (if applicable) & Hotel staff
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, or baggage insurance (Note: this optional coverage is highly recommended and can be purchased through IWA)
  • Visa fees
  • Hot air ballooning $550 per person
  • Airfare from Bangkok to Yangon:  From $200 per person subject to change without notice.
Tour Details

Registration: To confirm your space on this tour, please send a deposit of 30% to our office. Balance is due 120 days prior to departure. 

Cancellation Policy: In the event you must cancel your reservation, refunds will be made according to the following schedule: Deposit 30% non-refundable. 90 to 61 days prior to departure, 50% of total is non-refundable; less than 60 days prior to departure, 100% non-refundable.

Insurance: Because many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the running of this trip, we must adhere to the above policy. In addition, please be aware that many insurance policies do not cover illness and accident expenses outside of the U.S., and Medicare does NOT cover any such expenses at all. In light of this, we strongly recommend trip cancellation and supplemental insurance.

A travel insurance form will be sent to you upon registration, or you can purchase it from our site by clicking on the "Purchase Travel Insurance" in the left-hand column. Our insurance carrier is Travelex.

 

Lodging:

Kandawgyi Palace

Kandawgyi Palace  Myanmar

Areindmar Hotel

 

Myanmar Areindmar  hotel  

 

Areindmar Hotel, deluxe room

 

Myanmar Areindmar deluxe  

 

Mountain Top Hotel

 

 

Myanmar mountain  top  

 

Shwe Inn Thar

 

Myanmar Shwe  Inn Thar  

 

 

 

Map:

Myanmar Discovery

Myanmar Discovery Map

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