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  • Myanmar Overview

    Code: MCT03 - Duration: 6 Days
    Start: Yangon | Finish: Yangon
  • 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 Overview is designed for those who have limited holiday time to get the complete view of Myanmar within 6 days. The first two days are spent to discover two of Myanmar’s iconic former capitals full of spectacular natural sightseeing and magnificent pagodas – Yangon and Bagan. Continue the trip in Mandalay – the last Royal Capital of Myanmar located nearly 700km north of Yangon. The last destination is Inle Lake with numerous villages on stilts and floating gardens against the hazy mountain ranges.

    Highlights:

    • Discover the bustling former capital Yangon with its magnificent and holy pagodas, incredible giant Buddhas
    • Explore the sacred and ancient land Bagan with over 3000 temples and monasteries
    • Gain a deeper understanding of local life 
    • Cruise on the tranquil Inle Lake and experience the unique lifestyle of local floating farmers
    • Charming hotels in great locations
    • Comfortable & spacious vehicle for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:Myanmar Overview 6 days

    Day 1: Yangon Arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 2: Yangon - Flight to Bagan (B/-/-)
    Day 3: Bagan - Flight to Mandalay - Amarapura - Mandalay (B/-/-)
    Day 4: Mandalay - Flight to Heho - Nyaung Shwe - Inle Lake (B/-/-)
    Day 5: Inle Lake - 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: Yangon Arrival (-/-/-)

    Yangon - Airport: 14km, ~15min drive

    Karaweik HallUpon arrival at Yangon 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.

    Our afternoon sightseeing tour starts with Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda, a huge reclining Buddha, Karaweik Hall, a Royal floating barge on the Royal Lake for a photo stop and, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda described by Somerset Maugham: "The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city." This massive bell-shaped stupa rises nearly 100 meters above its hill-top surroundings. 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. Shwedagon has become the symbol of Myanmar. Enjoy the sunset over the Pagoda.

    Meals Included: None
    Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

    Day 2: Yangon - Flight to Bagan (B/-/-)

    Yangon - Bagan: 682km, 1h10min flight

    baganMorning after breakfast, you will be transferred to airport for flight to Bagan. On arrival in Bagan, visit Bagan with a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples, such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; the Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes; the Ananda Temple, with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior and the Shwe Gu Gyi Temple, noted for its fine stucco carvings and panoramic views of the area’s many monuments.

    In the afternoon, we visit Myinkaba, two km south of Bagan. This village is well known for its lacquer ware workshops and has also a number of interesting temples, as Nanphaya Temple, said to have once been the residence of King Manuha and Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, which has very nice frescoes inside.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

    Day 3: Bagan - Flight to Mandalay – Amarapura – Mandalay (B/-/-)

    Bagan - Mandalay: 293km, 25min flight

    amarapuraMorning after breakfast, you will be transferred to airport for flight to Mandalay, the city of the last Myanmar Kings. Upon arrival, we drive to Amarapura, the "City of Immortals" and visit the 150 year old Mahagandayon monastery, and famous Buddhist learning center. It is home to a thousand monks, who will form a procession as they go to take their noon and final meal of the day. Amarapura was the capital of upper Burma until 1850. As was the custom, most of the important wooden palaces and monasteries were taken down and transported to the new capital in Mandalay. Apart from Pagodas that have survived, the ancient art of silk and cotton weaving, using handlooms, is very much alive and visit U Bein wooden bridge, over 150 years old, which is still in use.

    In the afternoon, we visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, originally built by King Bodawpaya in 1784, hosting the revered Mahamuni image, cast in the 1st Century and now covered in thick gold leaves; Shwenandaw monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings; Atumashi monastery (Incomparable Monastery); Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s Biggest Book for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures and finally climb Mandalay Hill for the sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

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

    Mandalay - Heho: 323km, 30min flight

    inle lakeMorning after breakfast, you will be transferred to airport for flight to Heho in Shan State. Upon arrival, we drive to Nyaung Shwe (appr. 1 hour), a small town at the northern end of Inle Lake. From here take a boat for the excursion on Inle Lake (25 km) famous for its unique one-leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life. Continue visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda housing five sacred and almost shapeless Buddha images, contorted because of the quantity of applied gold leaf, gifts from the believers. The Buddha images are purported to have come here in the 12th Century.

    In the afternoon, we proceed to the silk weaving village of In Phaw Khon and visit Nga Phe Chaung, the biggest and oldest monastery around Inle Lake.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake

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

    Heho - Yangon: 700km, 1h20min flight

    inle lake Morning after breakfast at hotel, we enjoy an excursion to Indein around 1 hour drive from Inle lake to see the ancient Bagan and Shan style pagodas, built during Bagan Period, passing the beautiful scenery with tall grasses and little water steps. The ruin pagodas, hide in the bushes will give you an impression of you were in the 12th - 13th Centuries ago.

    In the afternoon, we transfer to Heho airport for the flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for check-in.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

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

    yangonAfter breakfast at hotel, we continue sightseeing of Yangon: Sule Pagoda , dating back over 2000 years, the Mahabandoola Park with its Independence Monument and walk around the downtown area and the sprawling Bogyoke Market. Afternoon transfer to airport for flight back home. 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
    • Boat trip on Inle Lake
    • Flights: Yangon – Bagan; Bagan - Mandalay; Mandalay – Heho; Heho – Yangon (Air Bagan or Air Mandalay
    • Porter fees at airports
    • Water and cool tissues

    Exclusion:

    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • Early check-in, late check-out
    • Personal expenditures such as camera fees, tips, laundry service, etc.
    • Personal insurance (compulsory)
    • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
    • International air fare to/from Yangon
    • Visa and visa arrangement
    • Departure tax of US$10/person
    • Compulsory dinner for Christmas & New Year

    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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