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  • Secret of Myanmar

    Code: MCT04 - Duration: 10 Days
    Start: Yangon | Finish: Yangon
  • As one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world, Myanmar offers all the traditional delights of Asia. Secret of Myanmar will take you to the most wanted sites of this mysterious country within 10 days. We start the trip with a visit to historical Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the most revered Buddhist temple in Burma. Followed by exploration of Inle Lake where you can observe villages built on stilts and the unique leg-rowing fisherman. We then visit Mandalay with the magnificent views over Mandalay hill at sunset and wonder at the panoramic view of the famous Plains of Bagan. Let join with us on this tour to get in touch with the locals and understand the rich culture of this amazing country.

    Highlights:

    • Discover the bustling former capital Yangon with its magnificent and holy pagodas, incredible giant Buddhas
    • Cruise on the tranquil Inle Lake and experience the unique lifestyle of local floating farmers
    • Take a leisurely walk along the world longest teakwood bridge of U Bein 
    • Explore the sacred and ancient land Bagan with over 3000 temples and monasteries
    • Climb up to the top of Popa to admire the wonderful panoramic view
    • Charming hotels in great locations
    • Comfortable & spacious vehicle for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:Secret of Myanmar

    Day 1: Yangon Arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 2: Yangon - Flight to Heho - Inle Lake (B/-/-)
    Day 3: Inle Lake (B/-/-)
    Day 4: Inle Lake - Heho- Flight to Mandalay (B/-/-)
    Day 5: Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay (B/-/-)
    Day 6: Mandalay - Amarapura - Sagaing (B/-/-)
    Day 7: Mandalay - Flight to Bagan (B/-/-)
    Day 8: Bagan - Mt.Popa - Bagan (B/-/-)
    Day 9: Bagan - Flight to Yangon (B/-/-)
    Day 10: 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

    yangonUpon 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.

    This afternoon, we enjoy a walk through downtown Yangon where most of the colonial buildings such as city hall, Mahabandoola Park, high court and telegraphic office are holding an elegant beauty of Yangon. Make a stop at the Strand Hotel and feel the warmth and atmosphere of British era. Continue visit to Pansoedan jetty serving locals living across the Yangon River. In the evening visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda of Rudyard Kipling fame and one of Myanmar’s most sacred places. The massive bell shaped stupa is plated with gold and the tip of the stupa is set with diamonds and rubies, sapphires and topaz – a stunning sight as the sun sets and a most fitting place to begin our trip in this “Golden Land”. Transfer to your hotel for overnight.

    Meals Included: None
    Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

    Day 2: Yangon - Flight to Heho – Inle Lake (B/-/-)

    Yangon - Heho: 432km, 1h flight

    inle lake tonkin travelAfter breakfast at hotel, our driver will meet and transfer you to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and transfered from Heho airport down into the valley to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake and board your own local boat to your hotel. Continue from your hotel, we travel by long-tailed boat across the lake to Indaing, at the western end of Inle, for one of the most scenic trips on the Lake.   Passing through the busy village of Ywama, the largest on the Lake, with many channels and tall teak houses on stilts; enter a long, often tree-lined canal, either side of which farmers  cultivate their land against the backdrop of the Shan Hills.

    Disembark at the jetty and walk for 15 minutes through Indaing village to reach the 14th - 18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak.  Many pagodas here remain charmingly un-renovated, with plants and even small trees growing out of them, making the area very atmospheric. A covered walkway popular with souvenir stallholders leads up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather-beaten 17th - 18th century zedi; some newly reconstructed. Returning to the river you have the possibility of walking along a lovely shady path for 30 minutes to the Intha village of Sema. From here continue by boat downstream past Yethar village, watching local life on the banks and birds in the trees until rejoining the Lake near Phaung Daw Oo Paya.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake

    Day 3: Inle Lake (B/-/-)

    inle lake , tour in myanmar Morning after breakfast, we explore a 5-day rotating market (if your visit coincides with the schedule) which offers an insight into the life of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha people who come to these markets to sell and buy goods. Enjoy a full day boat trip on Inle Lake - a photographer’s dream. Its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic hills provide the perfect backdrop. See the lake’s unique ‘leg rowers’ - Intha fishermen who row standing up with one leg wrapped around a single oar, leaving their hands free to manipulate the conical fishing net. Stop at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Visit a traditional silk-weaving workshop which uses wooden handlooms, and a blacksmith’s forge. Pass endless floating gardens, where Intha lake dwellers grow fruit and vegetables. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest on the lake, where you can see exquisite Buddha statues which are more than 200 years old.  Return to your hotel by boat as the sun lowers and the light softens over the lake.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake

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

    Heho - Mandalay: 223km, 30min flight

    mandalayAfter breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your early morning flight to Mandalay. On your arrival, visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, to admire the perhaps most venerated image in Myanmar, which is covered in over 15 cm thick gold leaves. Every day at 4:00 AM, many worshippers come here to observe the unique face-washing ceremony. On your way, make a stop to contemplate the laborious process of Gold-Leaf Beating, where gold is painstakingly hammered into tissue-thin squares.

    After lunch and a short rest, we continue our trip to the Mandalay Palace & Fort, which contains the best portrays of the old golden days of Mandalay Kingdom. In this afternoon, our excursion in Mandalay brings you to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures received the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’. Your next destination will be the Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the Royal Palace of the 19th century, known for its exquisite woodcarving.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

    Day 5: Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay (B/-/-)

    mingunAfter breakfast at hotel, we travel to the jetty to take a ferry boat up the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun. After taking one hour boat ride, start our exploration with a visit to the huge but unfinished Mingun Pagoda which was said to be the biggest pile of brick in the world. Continue to the beautiful Hsinbyume pagoda, Settawya pagoda and Myatheindan pagoda with seven concentric terraces at the base. Then stream down to Mandalay by downstream river and transfer to the hotel in Mandalay. In the evening, go to Mandalay Hill, a vantage point for panoramic view of the city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

    Day 6: Mandalay - Amarapura – Sagaing (B/-/-)

    amarapuraAfter having breakfast, we will cross the bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. And then visit Ywahtaung village, Kaungmudaw Pagoda; an enormous solid dome-shaped Pagoda and picturesque Sagaing Hills, the religious center of Myanmar. Continue to Amarapura, an ancient capital of Myanmar, where we can observe the life of over 1000 monks at Mahagandayon. Later visit the traditional handicraft workshops such as, marble carving, gold leaves beating. To round off the day, enjoy the beautiful sunset over the 200 years-old U Bein Wooden Bridge, which the shallow Taungthman Lake is crossed by a long and rickety teak bridge, curved to withstand the wind and waves. During the dry season, the bridge crosses mostly dry land.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

    Day 7: Mandalay - Flight to Bagan (B/-/-)

    Mandalay - Bagan: 293km, 25min flight

    baganMorning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Mandalay airport for flight to Bagan. Upon arrival at Nyaung U Airport, start your tour at the busy local market and continue to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples in Bagan. These include Shwezigon Pagoda, a huge gilded zedi built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, Gu ByaukGyi, a 13th century temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes, and the immediately recognizable Ananda Temple; one of the finest and largest temples with its 170 ft shimmering gold spire and four huge standing-Buddha images and numerous seated figures arranged around the interior gallery. We then proceed to a lacquer craftsman's workshop in nearby Myingaba village. Sightseeing continues with visits to Manuha Temple, built in Mon style in 1059, Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument that is said to have been the palace of King Manuha and Myingaba Gu Byuk Kyi Temple (under the protection of UNESCO), noted for its ancient mural paintings. Enjoy sunset at one of the monuments along Ayeyarwady River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

    Day 8: Bagan - Mt.Popa - Bagan (B/-/-)

    Bagan - Mt.Popa: 46km, ~1h drive

    popaMorning after breakfast, we drive out of Bagan to visit Mt.Popa (46km- 1hour), home to Myanmar's intriguing 'nats' (spirits). The 777 steps and path climb steeply up Mount Popa – an energetic climb rewarded by fabulous views from the top.

    On the way back to Bagan, we stop to see the local people producing sugar from the toddy palm trees. This afternoon back to Bagan, rent a bicycle or hire a horse cart and lose yourself amidst the crumbling spires in this fabulous place.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

    Day 9: Bagan - Flight to Yangon (B/-/-)

    Bagan - Yangon: 630km, 1h46min flight

    baganToday, experience the unrivalled majesty of thousands of ancient temples drifting below you in your style, comfort and safety by “Balloons Over Bagan” (optional tour) and return to your hotel for breakfast. There are over 2000 religious monuments in Bagan. Obviously, one can’t finish seeing all. You may see more/less temples at your own pace. Feel free to adjust with your guide/driver as today is reserved all for you. And you then may wish to relax by the pool at the hotel or visit more famous temples among the lot.

    This afternoon, we will visit Phwarsaw village to learn the simple life style of people. There you will see traditional ways of hand loom weaving and daily life of the people. In the evening we transfer to Nyaung U airport and fly back to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

    Day 10: Yangon - Departure (B/-/-)

    After breakfast at hotel, you have free time at your own pleasure to explore the town before transferring to the airport for your flight 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, Mingun
    • Flights: Yangon – Heho; Heho - Mandalay; Mandalay – Bagan; Bagan – 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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