Myanmar Ethnics and Tribe Adventure 9 days

Routing: Yangon – Inle Lake – Mandalay – Bagan –Yangon

Best Highlights of the tour


  • The magic moment when sunset over giant Shwedagon pagoda
  • Explore the British colonial relics of Yangon
  • Visit Nampan village for the oldest pagoda of Inle lake
  • Reach to Pindaya for the cave with thousand statues
  • Overview of Mandalay from Sagaing hill
  • Get around Mandalay for the world recorded ringing bell and book
  • Enjoy panoramic sunset over U Bein bridge the longest teak wood bridge
  • Cool retreat at once British hill station at Pyin Oo Lwin
  • The land of thousand stupas in Bagan and enjoy horse cart ride
Explore the inside of Myanmar ethnics in our amazing adventures starting up at Yangon – Shwedagon diamondized top roof pagoda. Next stop will be the famous lake, Inle at over 1000meter height to ocean water level where you can visit several villages of tribe minorities and explore their culture. Unveiling the tradition customs on floating market in Inn Thein or studying the traditional craft village in Pindaya are all the intersting experience to explore the ethnic lives. Moving up north of Myanmar to Pyn Oo Lwin, the ancient capital will absolutely amaze you with relics of Royal belief and British colonial style architecture. On the way back to Yangon, we will fulfill your profound impression of Myanmar with wonderful adventures in semi-dessert area, Bagan.

Day 01 : Yangon arrival (D)
Upon arrival at Yangon airport, you will be greeted for the hotel transfer. Enjoy your first visit to Shwedagon, Chaukhtatgyi, Ngatatgyi pagoda which features the holy pilgrimage sites with golden stupas and diamondized spires. Join us for the welcome dinner with exceptional cultural show.
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Meal: Welcome dinner


Day 02 : Yangon – Inle Lake (B) (Flight)
Explore the most historical part of Yangon with a leisurely walk from Sule pagoda to British colonial buildings including City Hall, Emmunuel Church, Strand Hotel. Head north for the flight to Heho. Experience the authentic taste of daily life today as you board a small motorized boat for a cruise on Inle Lake. The image of Intha one leg rower, floating vegetation, stilt villages and Jumping Cat pagoda will color your day on Inle Lake.
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake
Meal: Breakfast


Day 03 : Inle Lake sightseeing – Pindaya – Inle Lake (B)
Visit one of the most unique market on Inle lake which happens 5 days in different villages in Inlayarea : the Indein market. There is no better chance to behold the scene of Pa-O, Padang tribes in their traditional dresses. Our guide will offer you some visit to local habitat of Pa-O people in Indein.
Today we will take you to Pindaya. This mountainous area is famous for its cave which is full of Buddha statues. As you travel further into Shan state, you will encounter different ethnic minorities. Take a breathtaking walk to visit local villages, experience the way local people plan tea, rice, flowers. Return to Inle Lake and overnight there.
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake
Meal: Breakfast

Day 04 : Inle Lake – Mandalay (B) (Flight)
We will continue our trip to Nampan village in the morning. The village is situated to the south of Ywama village. The whole village is situated on the stilts over the water, which is a traditional way of building houses in Inle Lake. The oldest pagoda in Inle Lake, Alodaw Pauk Pagoda, is situated in Nampan. This pagoda enshrines a gem-encrusted Shan style Buddha stupa. Rest at your own leisure before taking the flight back to Yangon. Transfer to Heho for a flight to Mandalay.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
Meal: Breakfast

Day 05: Mandalay Ancient Capital (B)
Start your sightseeing today with a boat ride upstream to Mingun, home to Uncomplete Wall, Sandamuni pagoda and Mingun ringing bell. Our local expert will be pleased to introduce you the life of people who live on the banks of Irrawaddy river. Venture outside the city to the Buddha land of Sagaing. This religion hub presents the education formonks with different level. After visiting Sagaing University, we will proceed to visit Buddha cave and Kaunghmudaw Paya, Tupayon temple where you can enjoy the great view of Mandalay. This after noon we will travel to Amarapura to discover the Maha Ganayon Kyaung lake and the nearby monastery. Enjoy a walk over U Bein bridge, the longest teak wood bridge in Myanmar. We will discover the royal Mandalay vestiges and relics covering imperial Palace, Golden Palace Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda also known as the world biggest book. The highlight of this day is the panoramic sunset from the peak of Mandalay Hill.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
Meal: Breakfast


Day 06 : Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin – Bagan (B) (Flight)
Depart this morning from Mandalay on a scenic two-hour drive to the former British hill station of Maymyo, now officially called Pyin Oo Lwin.  The town is located on a plateau 1000m above sea level and renowned for its cooler temperatures and lush foliage. Many reminders of the colonial era are still present in Pyin Oo Lwin, including brick and timber houses with British names and the Botanical Gardens to the south of town. Visit the local market in the center of the town near the clock tower where a colorful array of items are for sale including locally-produced
This afternoon, enjoy a traditional horse and carriage ride through the town to see the historical houses including Candacraig, built in 1905.  Your horse and carriage will drop you off at the 175-hectare Botanical Gardens where you can take a relaxing walk though the beautifully-landscaped gardens. Return to Mandalay then board the flight to Bagan in the late afternoon.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Meal: Breakfast


Day 07 : Bagan Heritage tour (B)
Spend your full day exploring the remainder of Bagan which consists of more than 2500 temples andpagodas. This archaeological site brings us to the scared history of ancient Bagan capital with thedevelopment of Buddhism. As we travel further into the land of temple spires, Htilomino, Gawdamgangyi, Ananda and Shwezigon temples will attract your sense of curiosity with a profound impression. The highlight of this day is the sunset from the second highest temple the Shwenandaw.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Meal: Breakfast


Day 08 : Bagan City Tour – Yangon (B) (Flight)
Today, we bring you a new sense of travel with a horse cart ride along the off-beaten-track temples and visit Manuha village where local people make cigar, weaving silks in their traditional way. You are invited to join them for their plantation. Rest at your leisure before embarking a flight back to Yangon.
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Meal: Breakfast


Day 09 : Yangon departure (B)
A guided tour this day will take you to Sule pagoda and the downtown of Yangon. Take your time for some souvenir at Scott market, the biggest market in Yangon famed for gems, jewelry, wood products and handicrafts. Leaving Yangon for your home with your beautiful memory of Myanmar!
Accommodation: Not available
Meal: Breakfast
Group size Price guide (USD/person)

Services and Activities included:

1. Tour start and ends at Yangon Airport - Myanmar
2. You will be escorted by private English speaking guides (on spots).
3. Your car is private with air-conditioning.
4. 04 Domestic flights included are from Yangon - Inle, Inle - Mandalay, Mandalay - Bagan and Bagan - Yangon
5. Meals are daily breakfasts and 01 welcome dinner
6. Boat trips as mentioned in itinerary
7. Entrance fees where requested.
8. Horse cart riding for surrounding excursion as indicated
9. Your accommodation are twin sharing, 3 star standards
10. This tour is subject to single supplement if requested
11. Trip price valid until 31 December 2014. Traveling on Christmas Eve and New Year Eve may subject to surcharge


Note: Myanmar Now is changing day by day since our country opens, the price of the tour may change at the visiting time. Please feel free to contact us for price while proceeding with the tour.

Tour Exclusions:

Visa arrangement, Drinks when you are traveling, personal expenses and others not mentioned

Best time to go this tour
Period for best enjoy: from October to February because this is the coolest time of the year. You can easily enjoy outdoor activities and sightseeing
Period for best value: remain time of the year when is considered as low season and you can enjoy discounts and offers. Please note:
From March to May is dry season. In semi-dessert areas such as Mandalay or Bagan, they can be very hot, but other higher areas such as Inle lake, weather is still cool and comfortable
From June to September is monsoon season. In coastal regions, like Yangon, and hilly places, such as Inle lake, you may be caught by heavy, sudden rains but in Mandalay or Bagan it hardy sees rainfall during this time

Physical rating of this tour: 3 stars
These trips are a relaxing break. You don't have to worry about doing anything physically demanding unless you want to.
Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
it will raise your heartbeat. Some moderate physical activities such as several walking in fairly distance are included. A good level of fitness is required
Be prepared for some serious physical activity. The majority of activities included on this trip will be challenging. The fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy your holiday.
Our highest physical rating. Get ready for a heart-pumping adventure with plenty of challenges and some extreme conditions. You'll be required to be seriously fit for this trip as difficult activities are included.
For the trek on this trip the general rule is you will need to be very fit and the more preparation you have done for it, the more you will enjoy it. You will be walking with your day pack, with the possibility of extreme variations in temperature. We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Doing mountain walks or climbing long stair cases with a pack is good preparation (try putting a few bricks in your pack for real training). Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trek to its fullest.

Meals introduction
While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

Meals included and additions: 
08 breakfasts and 01 dinner included
Meals additions to this tour: 10US$/person for lunch and 12US$/person for dinner or total: 165US$/person

Important notes
ACCOMODATION IN MYANMAR:
As tourism infrastructure is starting to develop, you may find the accommodation standards to be lower than in other Asian countries. Since Burma has recently become a popular tourist destination, pricing is also inflated due to demand, and at times our hotels can change as bookings are bumped by hotels charging a higher price to other travellers. Please be patient with any last minute hotel changes, and please be aware that often although the price of the accommodation is quite high due to demand, some hotel standards can be quite basic.

HOT AIR BALOONING IN BAGAN:
There is a company which operates hot air ballooning flights in Bagan. Such flights only take place around sunrise for about an hour and are entirely subject to suitable weather conditions, especially low wind conditions and good visibility. In the hotter times of the year, the number of passengers who can be carried within required safety parameters reduces considerably. It is not possible for us to make bookings for hot-air ballooning in advance of our arrival in Pagan. If any clients wish to make a booking at that time, we can then provide contact details for the ballooning company who can then advise if they have any vacancies for the following day. As at March 2013 the cost of such flights was about US$300. Such flights are not a part of any service offered by Peregrine and any participants will be required to sign indemnity releases provided by the ballooning company.

Passports and Visas 
It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel and a visa if required. Please check whether your nationality in Myanmar Visa exemption list, otherwise you do need to have your VISA done before going. Please check the information at our Myanmar Visa guide for specific. 

Cell Phones & Calling Cards 
You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. Myanmar service is dominated by the GMS technology standard, while some of the world such as U.S uses the incompatible CDMA standard. We suggest that you should check carefully or you may incur high international roaming fees. 
However, the SIM card in Myanmar is not very popular and still quite expensive. You may need to check with your service providers for roaming fees when taking tours to Myanmar
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number. Country Code of Myanmar is 95
 
Wireless Internet Access 
Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the internet via a wireless network access point (or hotspot). WiFi access in hotels and/or cruise lines often involves a fee which, in some cases, can be very expensive. 
Please ask your hotel receptionist to avoid unexpected charges.
 
Credit Card Usages and Currency 
Myanmar’s national currency, the kyat (pronounced chat, and abbreviated K) is divided into the following banknotes: K1, K5, K10, K20, K50, K100, K200, K500 and K1000. Travellers should ensure they arrive in Myanmar with their entire travel budget in US dollars, as ATMs are still very hard to come by (although this may change)
For credit/debit cards, surprised tourists in Yangon found themselves helpless when trying to use them. However, a couple of high-end hotels in Yangon and Mandalay are able to accept credit cards, and sometimes give cash back. This is done via a processing system linked outside the country, Singapore or Vietnam, and is at the mercy of internet connections
  
Trip Preparation 
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. 
If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage.

Tour at Glance

Trip Duration:

9 days 8 nights


Activity:

Hiking, Boat Ride, SightSeeing, Trekking, Nature Explore, Homestay,


Group size:

Min: 2

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Max: 12


Transportation:


  • Physical Grading:

    Accommodation:


  • Day by Day Program:


    Day 01 : Yangon arrival (D)
    Day 02 : Yangon – Inle Lake (B) (Flight)
    Day 03 : Inle Lake sightseeing (B)
    Day 04 : Inle Lake – Mandalay (B) (Flight)
    Day 05 : Mandalay Ancient Capital (B)
    Day 06 : Pyin Oo Lwin – Bagan (B) (Flight)
    Day 07 : Bagan Heritage tour (B)
    Day 08 : Bagan  – Yangon (B) (Flight)
    Day 09 : Yangon departure (B)

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