Myanmar River and Beach 15 days

Routing: Yangon – Bagan – Monywa – Madalay – Inle Lake – Thandwe – Yangon

Best Highlights of the tour


  • See local lives of cities along Irrawady River : Yangon, Bagan and their iconic sites
  • Visit British colonial buildings in Yangon
  • See exotic trading atmosphere of riverside Nyaung U market
  • Boat ride across Irrawady river to Monywa
  • Drive along Chinwind river for Phowin Hill to visit its 15th century relics
  • Boat ride for Mingun and Sagaing
  • Reach to floating hotel in Inle lake by motor boat
  • Witness the one leg rowing fishermen in Heho
  • Leisure stay and swimming in emerald water of Ngapali
Irrawaddy and Chinwind is mother rivers of Myanmar. This Myanmar adventure will take you along this giant rivers adding with a leisure stay in Ngapali beach for relax. Kick off our tour from downstream of the river, Yagon we will fly upstream to Bagan where you will visit the land of over 2500 stupas along river bank. Then we cross the second important river of Myanmar, Chinwind, for Phowin Hill. The last stay in two water areas of Inle Lake and Ngapali beach will be a true leisure

Day 01: Yangon arrival (D)
Warm greeting to Myanmar – the land of golden pagodas and temples
A transfer is included from Yangon airport to your hotel. You then have unforgettable sightseeing tour to visit sparkling Shwedagon, Chauktatgyi, Ngatatgyi temples.
Our welcomed dinner will be served with fine Burmese buffet and beautiful cultural show.
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Meal: Welcomed dinner


Day 02: Yangon City Tour (B)
This day is to explore the charm of Yangon city starting from Sule pagoda to Colonial buildings including City Hall, Emmanuel church.... to Chinese temple and town.
In the afternoon, we will do some shopping at Scott market, the biggest market in Myanmar, being famous of its gems, jewelry, handicrafts...
Accommodation:  Hotel in Yangon
Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Yangon  – Bagan (B) (Flight)
After the early flight in the morning, we will land in the land of Buddhism, recognized as World Heritage with more than 2500 pagodas of temples. Our very first destination is Nyaung U market where local people with thanakha face, exotic trading atmosphere gives you the real impression of Burma life.
Spend the rest of the day to learn about Buddha life starting from Shwezigon to Sulamani, Htilomino and Gawdawpalin temples.
A horse cart ride into secluded trails of Bagan concludes your sightseeing day.
Relax on the peak of Shwesandaw, the second highest temple in Bagan for the awesome sunset.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Meal: Breakfast


Day 04: Bagan Sightseeing (B)
Spend your full day exploring the remainder of Bagan which highlights the other stunning and mythical temples. This archaeological site brings us to the scared history of ancient Bagan capital with the development of Buddhism. As we travel further into the land of temple spires, Manuha, Gawdamgangyi, Ananda and Lawkananda temples will attract your sense of curiosity with a profound impression.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Meal: Breakfast


Day 05: Bagan – Pakkoku – Monywa (B)
Today, we will cross the mighty Irrawaddy River in Pakkoku to enter the land of Monywa, famed for Mohnyin Thambuddhei Paya. On the way, you are offered to make visits to local villages where your visit will be the highlight of their day.
We will study about local life and join their daily work.
Upon arrival, we will visit the town and rest.
Accommodation: Hotel in Monywa
Meal: Breakfast


Day 06: Monywa – Mandalay (B)
Another day on the car from Monywa to Chindwin river.
Our visit today focuses on the Phowin Hill where there is a complexion of Buddha statues and Shrine which dated back to 15th century. Continue our scenic drive to Mandalay city.
Free to enjoy Mandalay night market.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
Meal: Breakfast


Day 07: Mandalay Ancient Palace (B)
We will spend the full day discovering the ancient Royal Palace, known the last imperial kingdom of Burma. Here we have a chance to uncover the glorious history of king Mindon in 1857. After that, we will learn about the biggest book in the word which is carved into 729 stupas in Kuthodaw pagoda. Visit Sandamuni, Atumashi. The highlight of this day is the sunset time on the top of Mandalay Hill.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
Meal: Breakfast


Day 08: Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing (B)
Commence your day  with a board 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.
As the boat travel downstream, we will visit Sagaing Hill with its highlights: Buhhda University, Buddha Cave and viewing point where you can enjoy the panorama of Mandalay.
Free to visit Mandalay night market.
Accommodation: Hotel in Sagaing
Meal: Breakfast


Day 09: Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya (B) (Flight)
Today we will take a flight to Heho where your guide awaits to transfer 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...
Accommodation: Hotel in Pindaya
Meal: Breakfast


Day 10: Pindaya – Inle Lake (B)
With 1 hour drive, you will arrive in Nyang Shwe town. Start boarding the boat to do sightseeing in Inle Lake from stilt villages of silk weaving, black smith and boat making.
The sightseeing covers the cultural interaction with local people and the unique Jamping Cat pagoda.
Relax by the lake when the sunset comes.
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake
Meal: Breakfast


Day 11: Inle Lake – Kakku – Inle Lake (B)
In Shan state, Pa-o tribes still keeps their culture distinctive and intriguing. An adventure to their real word with our local guide will exposes you some of their highlighted customs and lifestyle.
The trip this day lasts for 8 hours driving but the compensation of beautiful landcapes, unique culture is huge.
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake
Meal: Breakfast


Day 12: Inle Lake – Ngapali (B) (Flight)
A short flight from Heho will take you to Ngapali Beach, the most beautiful beach in Myanmar with coconut groves and Treasure island.
Free at your leisure to enjoy the beach and your resort.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ngapali
Meal: Breakfast


Day 13: Ngapali Beach (B)
Free at your own to visit Ngapali fishing village, Thandwe town or immerse in scuba diving in the most pristine coves of Bengal Bay.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ngapali
Meal: Breakfast

Day 14: Ngapali – Yangon (B) (Flight)
Rest and unwind until our driver come to pick you up for the flight to back to Yangon. Free at leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Meal: Breakfast


Day 15: Yangon departure.
Free to visit the city on your own or do shopping until our driver come to pick you up for your flight back home.
Hotel: 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. (Not throughout ).
3. Your car is private with air-conditioning.
4. 04 Domestic flights included are from Yangon - Bagan, Mandalay - Heho, Heho - Ngapali and Ngapali - Yangon
5. Meals are daily breakfasts and 01 welcome dinner
6. Boat trips as mentioned in itinerary
7. Entrance fees where requested.
8. Your accommodation are twin sharing, 3 star standards
9. This tour is subject to single supplement if requested
10. 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 travelling, 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.
Our adventures under the 5th grade will required you to be very fit and the more preparation you have done for it, the more you will enjoy it. 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. 

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 you and your fellow passengers tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes. There's no obligation to do this though.

Meals included and additions: 
14 breakfasts and 01 dinner included
Meals additions to this tour: 10US$/person for lunch and 12US$/person for dinner or total: 286US$/person

Important notes
ACCOMMODATION IN MYANMAR:
As tourism infrastructure is starting to develop, you may find the accommodation standards to be lower than in other Asian countries such as Vietnam and Thai land. Since Myanmar 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 travelers. 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 BALLOONING IN MYANMAR:
There is two companies which operates hot air ballooning flights in Myanmar - one in Bagan and one in Mandalay. The one at Bagan is much more popular and well known. 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.
If you miss hot air balloon in Bagan you may get luck with this service in Mandalay. There is another company operates. Price often costs you about 300$ per person.

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 information. 

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. 
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. Travelers 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:

15 days 14 nights


Activity:

Culture Tour, Boat Ride, SightSeeing, Beach Relax, Nature Explore,


Group size:

Min: 2

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Max: 12


Transportation:


  • Physical Grading:

    Accommodation:


  • Day by Day Program:


    Day 01: Yangon arrival
    Day 02: Yangon City Tour
    Day 03: Yangon – Bagan
    Day 04: Bagan Sightseeing
    Day 05: Pakkoku – Monywa
    Day 06: Monywa – Mandalay
    Day 07: Mandalay Tour 
    Day 08: Mingun – Sagaing 
    Day 09: Mandalay – Pindaya 
    Day 10: Pindaya – Inle Lake
    Day 11: Kakku Excursion
    Day 12: Inle Lake – Ngapali
    Day 13: Ngapali Beach
    Day 14: Ngapali Beach – Yangon
    Day 15: Yangon departure

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