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  • Myanmar at a Glance

    Code: MCT01 - Duration: 6 Days
    Start: Mandalay | Finish: Vietnam
  • The enormous charms of both the country and the people have made Myanmar a paradise to discover. You will be amazed at its archaeological sites, gilded temples, wealth of cultures, colorful festivals and emerald green landscapes. Myanmar at a Glance 6 Days is a perfect introduction to the best kept secrets of Asia. Start the tour in the former royal capital Mandalay, we will have chance to enjoy the fascinating sunset over U Bien Bridge well known as the longest teak bridge in the world. From here, enjoy a private local boat excursion along the Aveyarwaddy River to Mingun. The trip is continued in Bagan – Myanmar’s former capital full of spectacular natural sightseeing and magnificent pagodas. We end the trip in Inle Lake with numerous villages on stilts and floating gardens against the hazy mountain ranges before flying back to Yangon for your flight to next destination. Have a great trip!

    Highlights:

    • Enjoy the fascinating sunset over U Bien Bridge - well known as the longest teak bridge in the world
    • Observe the life of the Ayeyarwaddy River and its tranquility during the excursion to Mingun and the world's largest ringing bell
    • Explore the sacred and ancient land Bagan with over 3000 temples and monasteries
    • Cruise on the tranquil Inle Lake and experience the unique lifestyle of local floating farmers
    • Explore the village of Indein with over one thousand ruined pagoda of 11th century
    • Bargain with charming local artisans, shopping at Yangon's oldest market
    • Discover the bustling former capital Yangon with its magnificent and holy pagodas, incredible giant Buddhas
    • Enjoy a sunset over the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, a landmark of Myanmar and one of the greatest wonders of the world.
    • Charming hotels in great locations
    • Comfortable & spacious vehicle for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:Myanmar at a Glance 6 days

    Day 1: Mandalay - Arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 2: Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay by boat - Flight to Bagan (B/-/-)
    Day 3: Bagan (B/-/-)
    Day 4: Bagan - Flight to Heho - Inle Lake (B/-/-)
    Day 5: Inle Lake - Indein - Heho - Flight to Yangon (B/-/-)
    Day 6: Yangon - Departure (B/-/-)

    • Ability to change the direction of the program
    • Possibility of an extension in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia or Vietnam 

    Notes:

    - We specialize in “tailor-made” tours for groups of two or more. We carefully inspect each step of your journey from the accommodation to the perfect guide to suit your needs
    - The itinerary is open to modification to fit your personal travel needs
    - Modifications to the itinerary may increase the price of the package
    - For the price of this trip, just ask for a quote by clicking on "TOUR PRICE"

    - If you are looking for a trip modified to your requirements, please send us your needs by filling out the form in Customize your trip” 
    - We will contact and send you a quote, excluding holiday period, within 48 hours of receiving your request. 

  • Day 1: Mandalay - Arrival (-/-/-)

    Mandalay - Airport: 38km, ~35min drive

    Upon arrival at Mandalay airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel by our guide and driver. After making sure of your successful hotel check-in, they will be pleased to leave you free time for your own lunch and leisure to recover after the long flight.

    mandalayMandalay is the second largest city and consist of many interesting edifices of cultural and religious importance. This afternoon, we'll start our exploration with a walk down the marble carving street, where thousands of Buddha images are carved. This afternoon before the sunset, you may visit the traditional cotton and silk weavers whose ancestors used to weave magnificent robes for the royalty. The weaving of silk long is so intricate and colorful that they can only complete an inch a day, it is truly amazing. Also, at Amarapura, you will visit the famous Mahagandayon monastery, probably the largest Buddhist University in the country where you can witness thousands of monks studying together. Enjoy the sunset with a visit to the most picturesque U Bein Bridge on Taungthaman Lake, a half-mile long teak walkway also known as the longest teak bridge in the world.

    Meals Included: None
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

    Day 2: Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay by boat – Flight to Bagan (B/-/-)

    Mandalay - Bagan: 293km, 25min flight

    mingunAfter breakfast at hotel, we transfer to visit to Shwenandaw Kyaung- the original Royal Apartment of Grand Mandalay Palace. Then continue to The Word’s largest Book called Kuthodaw Pagoda with 729 stone tables with the inscription Buddhist Scripture then back to hotel to check out and then drive straight to jetty where to take a ferry boat to Mingun, 11 km upriver from Mandalay on the western bank of Ayeyarwaddy River.

    After taking the boat trip for about 45 minutes, you can walk and start your tour includes the Mingun Pagoda, unfinished pagoda which might have been the biggest pagoda in the history of Buddhism, Mingun bell, the world largest ringing bell, and Myatheindan Pagoda. Then take a downstream cruise Mandalay and lunch is served on boat. Upon arrival at Mandalay, you will be transferred to Mandalay International Airport to your flight to Bagan. Check-in at your hotel in Bagan for overnight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

    Day 3: Bagan (B/-/-)

    bagan tour in myanmar - tonkin travelThis morning after breakfast, we visit Minnanthu village. Visit Tayoke PyayPayathonzu and Nandamanya Temples (noted for exquisite 13th century murals) and Kyat Kan Cave Monastery, a famous meditation centre in Bagan. Visit farming houses around Bagan.

    In the afternoon, we enjoy an excursion to the beautiful Nat Htaung Kyaung, a monastery famous for wood carvings, built in 1781 by a group of monks. Admire the monastery's collection of ancient Buddha statues and lacquer boxes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

    Day 4: Bagan - Flight to Heho – Nyaung Shwe – Inle Lake (B/-/-)

    Bagan - Heho: 301km, 50min flight

    inle lakeToday you are transferred to Mandalay international airport for your early flight to Heho. Upon arrival to Heho airport, we take a scenic one hour drive which leads to small town Nyaung Shwe- the major gateway to Inle Lake. On the way to Nyaung Shwe, you will visit Shwe Yan Pyay Wooden Monasterywith unique oval shaped window, dating back to over 140 years ago. Then directly transfer to boat stand in Nyaung Shawe and board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, famous for its unique one-leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life.

    Afternoon sightseeing will include with the excursion to weaving village of Inpawkhone and Cheroot factory where the typical Burmese hand rolled cigars are med by hand. Then continue to Pahung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Next, we will visitNga Hpe Chaung Monastery, known as “Jumping cats” monastery. To round off the day, we take a sightseeing tour around the floating gardens areas of Inle Lake on which seasonal vegetables are grown from the boat.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake

    Day 5: Inle Lake-Indein - Heho – Flight to Yangon (B/-/-)

    Heho - Yangon: 700km, 1h20min flight

    inle lakeMorning after breakfast at hotel, we take an excursion to Indein – a hidden corner of Inle Lake. It’s covered here with thousands of the ancient Bagan and Shan style pagodas, built during Bagan Period.

    Upon arrival to Indein, heading off to ancient pagoda complex walking through shady bamboo groves and then transfer back to boat in Nyaung Shwe. From here proceed to Heho Airport to catch the flight back to Yango. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for check-in.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

    Day 6: Yangon - Departure (B/-/-)

    yangonToday is the last day of your trip and also the day to explore the most highlights of Yangon. Our first destination is Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments. It’s famous for the golden dome pagoda where you can see the local ways of life and belief. If time permits we can drop by the Kalaywa Tawya Monastery Education centre where more than 1000 monks and nuns studying Buddhist scriptures. Orphans from all over Myanmar are brought here to be cared for. We then head to Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda (the huge reclining Buddha Statue in length of 72 meters long) and then drive back to hotel to check out.

    Our last destination is Scott Market- the major shopping centre in Yangon. Souvenirs, Myanmar arts & handicrafts, Lacquer ware, wood & ivory carvings, tapestries, silver & brass ware, silk & cotton fabrics, jewellery & precious stones are available at reasonable prices. Then drive straightly to Yangon International Airport to fly to your onward destination. End of our services./.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Prices

    This trip is private and therefore can be altered to suit your needs, date of commencement and budget requirements.

    Prices vary due to a number of specifics:

    • Seasonal: during high season (October-April), the prices of services are generally higher when compared to the low season (May-September).
    • The number of participants: the more of you that travel together the less you will pay!
    • The choice of hotels: Fairly obvious one here; a 5-star hotel can cost ten times as much as a 2 star hotel.
    • The activities during the trip: Two trips on the same itinerary and of the same length can have two different prices depending on the number and nature of activities included.
    • The booking date: In some cases, booking your trip late can drastically affect prices due to their low availability.

    Inclusion:

    • Accommodation as recommended or similar category according to availability.
    • Transfers according to program by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver except free day
    • English-speaking guide’s assistance at every stage
    • Meals as indicated in program (B: Breakfast /L: Lunch / D: Dinner)
    • Entrance fees for attractions included in the program
    • Local private boat cruise in Inle Lake and Mingun
    • Flights: Mandalay – Bagan; Bagan – Heho; Heho – Yangon (Air Bagan or Air Mandalay)
    • Water and cool tissues
    • Government taxes & service charge

    Exclusion:

    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • Early check-in, late check-out
    • Personal expenditures, tips
    • Personal insurance (compulsory)
    • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
    • International air transfers associated with airport taxes
    • Visa and visa arrangement (available upon request)

    Booking

    Here are 2 steps to book your trip with Tonkin-Travel:

    Step 1. Focus on your travel program:

    You can choose this trip as is or customize it to your specific desires. Just click on the “Customize this trip” tab and fill in the form. One of our travel consultants will contact you within 48 hours to develop the travel program based on your specifications.

    Step 2. Booking:

    • Following the first step, tour program is selected and we access the rates.
    • Upon confirmation of the trip, the registration must be accompanied by a deposit up to 25% of the total estimate.
    • For programs with private junk (cruise) and/or 5 star hotels, the deposit is represented by 30% of the total estimate.
    • Tonkin-Travel carries out the booking process upon receipt of the deposit. Confirmation of these reservations is sent to customer within 10 days via email

    Nature of travel

    This trip is private. That implies:

    • You will be escorted by a private guide and driver. This approach guarantees a smooth trip with fewer organizational constraints.
    • You will be the master of your trip. We guarantee flexibility in organizing visits at your request.
    • Our services will be personalized according to your desires. Thus the proposals in this package are not fixed and you can bring suggest all the desired changes.
    • You receive individualized care: ample food, organizing small events (anniversary, honeymoon, etc.), targeted information, followed necessary modifications, etc.

    Accommodation

    • Accommodation is an important expenditure of your trip. When you choose a luxury trip for example, the accommodation can represent three quarters of the price. Thus, your choice of hotels is closely related to your budget.
    • Tonkin-Travel has negotiated rates with a wide range of hotels from 2 to 5 stars.
    • In some places you will have the option to choose ‘home-stay’. Although this provides less comfort that a hotel it is a truly authentic experience and highly recommended for at least one night of your journey.

    Transport

    All transfers during your trip are covered by private vehicle with driver, unless otherwise indicated in our offer. We ensure that our vehicles are new and comfortable. Fuel, tolls, accommodation, compensation and the driver are included in our offer. Only gratuities are not included and are at your discretion.

    The size of the selected vehicle is based on the number of tour participants according to the following quality standards:

    No. of participants

    2 pax

    3 pax

    From 4 to 7 pax

    From 8 to 14 pax

    From 15 to 20 pax

    Vehicle size

    Car 4-7 seats

    Car 7 or minivan 
    16 seats

    Minivan 16 seats

    Bus 24 seats

    Bus 35 or 45 seats

    Domestic flights

    If your trip includes domestic flights if any, they will be operated by Vietnam Airlines, the largest airline in Vietnam. The fleet consists mainly of Airbus and Boeing. On some short trips, the company operates 72 ATR and some Fokker.

    Rail transport

    Train travel can be offered (particularly between Hanoi-Lao Cai and Hanoi-Hue). Travelling at a speed of 60km/h on average it is not necessarily the fastest but an interesting experience nonetheless.

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