Feel like you have a done that been there feeling in Asia? Traveled Thailand? Marked off Indonesia on your bucket list? Why not head to Myanmar?
Besides mega stunning scenery stately temples, ancient stupas and the cordial Burmese, whose life is guided by the teachings of Lord Buddha, await your visit. Myanmar is irrefutably one of the most authentic places on earth where nature and ancient culture has largely been spared from the urge of modernism. Go and enjoy and add an experience of a lifetime.
Days 1 - 2 - Mandalay (Day 2: B)
Your guide welcomes you at the airport and takes you to the hotel. After lunch you go explore this cultural capital. Your first stop: the Mahamunipagoda and her beautiful Buddha statue. Next on the programme is the Mahagandayon pagoda. The day ends in Amarapura near the famous U Bein bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world.
The next day you star with breakfast. You may wish to explore Ava and Mingun (optional at €152/p.p.EXMDL002). These ancient cities were once the capitals of Myanmar thanks to their location on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River. So what better way to see then than by boat? First you sail direction Mingun where you visit the old town and the Mingun Pagoda. Then you drift downstream towards Ava, nibbling your picnic lunch. You explore the former capital of Ava and its ancient ruins by horse carriage.
Day 3 - Mandalay - Bagan (B)
After breakfast you drive to Bagan by car. This gives you the opportunity to discover the pristine interior of the Ayeyarwaddy valley. On the way to Bagan you make a stop at the Paleik snake temple, famous for its 3 pytons that guard the temple and receive food and a wash every morning. This neighborhood you will discover unspoilt, overgrown ruins. "Mini-Bagan" is rarely visited, yet a true gem. From Paleik you head to Popa where you will visit the Temple of the 37 "nats" or spirits ... A mysterious temple on top of a mountain that overlooks the magnificent countryside.
Newly introduced on your programme is a stop at the Minzontaung Wildlife Sanctuary. The Burmese star tortoise is an endangered species originally from the dry zone in Myanmar and in urgent need of protection. The Minzontaung Wildlife Sanctuary has been doing an excellent job in breeding tortoises and setting them back out in the wild. You overnight in Bagan.
Days 4 - 5 - Bagan (B - L)
In the morning you walk up to one of the temples to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and admire the impressive scenery dotted with pagodas and shrines. Today you will visit the finest mongst them in the company of your guide: Ananda Dhammayangyi, Sulamani and Thatbyinnyu. Lunch is served at a local restaurant, and around 4 o'clock you exchange your car and driver for a horse drawn carriage ride to Pyathagyi.From the pagoda you watch the sunset while you sip a refreshing drink.
Day 5 is spend at leisure. What better way to conclude your stay in Bagan than with by attending a romantic sunset on the Ayeyarwaddy River? During this absolutely recommended excursion (€ 45/pers. EXBGN001) you will sail to a sandbank in the middle of the river and sip a cocktail while you admire the stunningly deepening colours of an unforgettable sunset.
Day 6 - Bagan - Heho - Kalaw (B - L)
Today you board your domestic flight to Heho. Here your local guide takes you on a pleasant trek through the beautiful, wooded countryside of Kalaw. At the end of your hike, you prepare your lunch in the company of a local mountain tribe. Then you visit a project for the conservation of elephants, under the experienced guidance of Burmese youngsters. Here the animals are safeguarded from poachers and danger. You help prepare their meals, feed and bathe the elephants. A unique experience! You jopurney back to Kalaw aboard a pick-up truck.
Day 7 - Kalaw - Inlemeer (B - L)
Transfer by car and boat to the world-renowned idyllic Lake Inle. Onboard of a private boat, yu sail past the amazing floating gardens, discover local crafts and sail along the famous ‘leg rowers’. You visit a traditional market and meet Shan and Pa-O hill tribes who do their weekly shopping here. Lunch. Afterwards you visit the most sacred place in the region, the Daw Oo Pagoda Phaung with its five gilded statues of Lord Buddha.
Day 8 - Lake Inle - Heho - Yangon (B - L)
In the morning you fly via Heho to Yangon. Your guide greets you at the airport and takes you on a quest to the most important monument of the city, the Shwedagon. This 2500 year old temple complex is the main shrine of Myanmar, eight central gilded stupas, each 99 feet high, and 64 smaller stupas rich. Should you wish to do so, you may bring offerings. Lunch followed by an afternoon at leisure to explore the city at your own pace.
Day 9 - Yangon (B)
- All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid for at least 6 months at the date of arrival and a visum which can be purchased online via the official webpage http://evisa.moip.gov.mm. more info on http://www.embassyofmyanmar.be .
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+4,5 h (summer); +5,5 h (winter)
Myanmar Kyat (MMK); 100 000 MMK = 64.09 EUR - 1 EUR = 1560.35 MMK (01/05/2020)
Myanmar has a tropical climate. Dry season runs from November to February, the hot season from March to May and the rain season from June to October.
Average Max. Temperatures (°C):
- 8 nights accommodation including breakfast in listed hotels or equivalent
- Your domestic flights Nyaung U (Bagan) - Heho - Yangon
- Your private transport with English speaking guide
- Entry fees to programmed sites and activities
- All listed meals (B= breakfast; L= lunch)
- A contribution to the elephant conservation project in Kalaw
- A stop at the Minzontaung Wildlife Sanctuary and its endangered Birmese star turtles
What's not included?
Your international flights and your return flight from Yangon; mandatory Gala dinner prices on festivals, on 24/12 and on 31/12. Tipping.
Good to Know
Is this nine-day tour too short for you? Would you like to stay longer? Browse to our extended 14-day programme, The Highlights of Myanmar XL or design a custom-tailored trip together with your Connections travel consultant or destination expert! Fancy a few days at the beach? Why not book a beach extension at Ngapali Beach? Your travel consultent will gladly assist!