Quintessential Myanmar 7 days
Among South East Asian nations, Myanmar is the largest one, sharing borders with Thailand, Laos, India and China. It is special and unlike any other with beautiful scenery…
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Quintessential Myanmar 7 days
• Visiting three key destinations of Myanmar: Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake
• Going through various changes in scenery, from region to region, lowland to highland
• Understanding why Myanmar is called the golden land with its countless pagodas and temples
• Observing the making process of traditional products like lacquer ware and wine
Among South East Asian nations, Myanmar is the largest one, sharing borders with Thailand, Laos, India and China. It is special and unlike any other with beautiful scenery, rich culture, and hospitable people. After this seven day trip, surely you will bring back home the most authentic experiences in this expressive land, with its three most important destinations: Yangon, Bagan, and Inle Lake
06 night hotel accommodation
Daily western style breakfasts
Private transport in air-conditioned vehicles
03 domestic flights: Yangon – Nyaung U, Nyaung U – Heho, Heho – Yangon
Domestic airport & government taxes
Local English-speaking guides
Water & tissues on coach
Entrance fees, performances
Boat fee in Inle
International flights to/from Yangon
Visa stamp fees
Early check-in & late check-out surcharge
Meals not mentioned
Drinks not mentioned
Tips & gratuities for guide and driver
Activities:Yangon arrival, hotel transfer, hotel check-in, half-day city tour
Included:Airport pick-up, tour guide, ground transportation, entrance fee, hotel in Yangon
Upon your arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and then transferred to your hotel for check in.
Afternoon is time for our half day Yangon city tour, starting by visiting Sule Pagoda which is Myanmar’s oldest pagoda of 2,500 years old. Next, we will drive you to Karaweik Hall, a gold gilded magnificent palace in ship design located on Kandawgyi Lake, a landmark of Yangon. This floating barge is an ideal spot to capture the peacefully setting of the lake, with its tree-lined shores.
As the sun is about to set, experience the wonder of the 98 meter high Shwedagon Pagoda, being left breathless with its vivid color and sacred atmosphere.
Stay overnight in Yangon.
Yangon - Flight to Nyaung U - Bagan
Activities:Fly to Nyaung U, drive to Bagan; access Bagan’s pagodas; see sunset on Ayeyarwaddy River
Included:Breakfast, airport transfer, flight ticket Yangon – Nyaung U, tour guide, ground transportation, entrance fee, hotel in Bagan
After having breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for a domestic flight to Nyaung U. As you arrive, we will drive you to your hotel in Bagan to check in. After that, discover Bagan – the land of thousands antiquated pagodas, one after another among green bushes.
Start our trip by visiting Shwezigon Pagoda, the first gold pagoda built in Burma enshrining Gautama Buddha’s relics and Ananda Temple, the home of four huge Buddha standing statues – each faces one of the four cardinal directions. Afterward, more temple visitations are carried out as we take you to Gubyaukgyi Temple at Myinkaba – an Indian style pagoda built in 1113 whose exteriors are still in good condition, Htilominlo Temple whose name means ”blessings of the three worlds” containing four Buddha images facing four directions on its first floor, and Sulamani Temple – a Buddhist edifice rebuilt in 1994 from which Htilominlo Temple was built after.
To finish your day in Bagan, enjoy sunset along the Ayarwaddy River.
Activities:Explore Nyaung U Market, Phan Saw village, lacquerware workshop, Bagan Archaeological Museum, Buddhist temples; enjoy sunset
Included:Breakfast, tour guide, ground and water transportation, entrance fee, hotel in Bagan
After having breakfast, wander around Nyaung U market and then walk to Phaw Saw village to see how locals live their life. Next, move to Minnanthu village to visit two of its pagodas: Lemyethna Temple whose name means ’four-sided pagoda’ as it owns four entrances at four cardinal directions – each one leads to a giant pillar holding four Buddha images; and Payathonzu Temple – containing three temples joint via narrow passages, its name means ’temple of three Buddhas’. Stop by local lacquer ware workshop to observe how skilled craftsmen make this part of Bagan’s fame.
In the afternoon, head to Bagan Archaeological Museum where you can learn a lot about the history, people and culture of Myanmar as well as Buddhism through a rich diversity of exquisite Buddha images and huge sandstone inscriptions. Next, visit Manuha Temple – a two-storey rectangular edifice containing three sitting Buddha images and a statue of Buddha accessing Nirvana and Dhammayazika, a five-sided pagoda complex where in each side there is a small temple housing a Buddha statue.
Highlight of today tour is the breathtaking sunset view at Shwesandaw Pagoda, the second tallest Buddhist construction in Bagan.
Overnight in Bagan.
Bagan - Flight to Heho - Nyuang Shwe (Inle Lake)
Activities:Fly to Heho, drive to Nyaung Shwe, access Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, sail to Inle Lake
Included:Breakfast, tour guide, airport transfer, Mandalay-Heho flight ticket, entrance fee, ground transportation, boat fee, hotel in Inle
In the early morning, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Heho, the primary air gateway to Inle Lake. It takes one hour to drive from Heho to Inle; along the way, soothe yourself with cool weather and peaceful settings. Drop by a Shan paper umbrella workshop to how skillful locals are to create these amazing handcrafts. Also, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which was constructed completely from teak and painted red.
Now you are at Inle Lake, one of the most renowned destinations of Myanmar. Take a boat to reach your hotel and check in. Discover how amazingly beautiful the lake is through a boat trip, catching into sight the scenic settings of lush green floating gardens, lovely villages and pagodas nearby.
Stay overnight in Inle.
Activities:Explore ancient stupas and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery at Indein, visit vineyard
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included:Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour guide, ground transportation, entrance fee, hotel in Taunggyi
After having breakfast, start your full day of sightseeing at local floating market where various goods made by Shan State’s hill tribe people can be found. Then, sail across a small canal for about 40 minutes to reach Indein village located at the lake’s western bank. As you arrive, take a march on a covered stairway leading up to see the ancient stupas as well as its surrounding settings – which is quite worthy, bringing you a tranquil and nostalgic feeling.
In the afternoon, visit Nga Phe Kyaung which is much known as ’Jumping Cat Monastery’ with its cats taught to jump through hoops and expressive Buddha images of different styles. Next, proceed to the northeastern shore of Inle Lake and taste wines from Red Mountain Estate – Myanmar’s best known vineyard.
Stay overnight at hotel in Inle.
Inle Lake - Flight to Yangon - Afternoon City Tour
Activities:Yangon flight, afternoon city tour (workshops, Kyauktawgyi Pagoda)
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included:Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour guide, airport transfer, flight ticket Heho – Yangon, ground transportation, entrance fee, hotel in Yangon
After breakfast, say farewell to Inle Lake as we drive you to Heho Airport for a returning flight to Yangon. Upon arrival at your hotel in Yangon, check in and have lunch.
In the afternoon, we will take you to some famous workshops of the city which make jades, gems and jewelries. Afterward, head to Mindhamma Hill to contemplate the world’s largest Buddha marble statue placed in Kyauktawgyi Pagoda (named Lawka Chantha Abaya Laba Muni) and observe the white elephants – a sign of peace and prosperity
Have dinner and stay overnight in Yangon.
Activities:Transfer to airport, depart
Included:Breakfast, tour guide, entrance fee, airport transfer
Spend your day as you wish before transferring to Yangon International Airport and taking the departure flight
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.
We pick hotels for you based on:
Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.
3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.
4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.
5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience
The Prices showed on our system is in USD (United State Dollar), INCLUDED Tax and Service Charge but EXCLUDED Bank Fee. Please check carefully the inclusion and exclusion of services before booking. Included and excluded services will also be listed in our confirmation email.
– Price is in United State Dollar (USD)
– Price is based on Double/Twin Occupancy accommodations.
– Price does NOT include surcharges for Bank Fee and other surcharges if any.
Before making a reservation, please check the price of the tour by filling the number of pax, choosing the departure date, and clicking “Check Rates” button in “Check Rates” tab. Click “Book It” button to reserve the accommodation type you prefer for the tour and process to the next step. Please select the optional transfer services or extra services of your choice from the list then click ‘Add To Cart’ button to navigate to the next step.
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Note: An automatic email will be sent to your email address and our salespeople will soon contact you regarding the reservation. In the meantime, you have successfully sent your request to us. Please remember to utilize our “Book Together” feature in reservation process to have more savings.
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Step 1: Check Rates
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Tips: To get more special discounts, please take a look at ‘Trip saving for booking together’ section where you can check rates and get a discount for booking 02 services at the same time. The discount amount ranges from US$3 to US$60 per room per night (hotel) or per pax (tour).
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This step meets your needs in booking optional services like transfer, visa, kayaking or other interesting activities related to your current booking.
Tips: Don’t forget to book hotels, tours together in this step! It’s a smart way to get more savings.
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If the services are fully booked and are not available, we will inform you and suggest other options. In case you no longer want to book these services, we will refund all of the deposit amount.
Notice: Your booking will NOT be confirmed until we send you the Confirmation email. The remaining balance can be paid later – before departure date. For some urgent bookings or special types of promotion, 100% of the total cost will be required.
Step 5: Final Payment
The full payment must be made before your departure date. The exact deadline will be confirmed by our travel consultant depending on each service you booked.
The remaining balance can be paid by Cash (VND, USD, AUD, EUR) or by credit card. For the customers who’re going to stay in Hanoi, we are able to setup a direct meeting to collect the final payment.
Notice: Payment by cash on arrival is only applied for trips starting from Hanoi and the arrival date is before the payment deadline (confirmed by our travel consultant). All currencies are exchanged by local rate.
At the end of booking process, on the “Make a booking” page, you can enter any special requests into the “Special Request” box before submitting your booking. Another easy way is sending us your special request directly by email.
The deposit is required to guarantee your reservation (tours, hotels, transfer, etc.). After receiving your deposit, we’re going to reserve the services for you. So the deposit is required to secure your booking. Normally, 30% of total cost will be required for deposit at the booking time. For some urgent cases or special types of promotion, we will require full payment at the booking time. Learn more: how to pay deposit
Normally Journey Expedition Travel includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.
It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.
Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.
Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.
If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs
You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility
All tour guides of Journey Expedition Travel are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.
Private Tour Guide
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.
If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.
Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.
Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.