The Flavours of Myanmar Experience 

Description

 

Discover the tastes and flavours of Myanmar with this unique, culinary-themed trip. Frequent the teahouses of Yangon, learn how to cook traditional Burmese dishes in Bagan, sample local specialties in Mandalay, and then continue to Inle Lake, home of the Intha people, before returning to Yangon.

Itinerary

 

Day 1

  • On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in.

  • Relax at the hotel or take a walk on the nearby streets and explore this historic city.

  • Late afternoon, transfer to one of Yangon's finest restaurant, located on the edge of the Inya Lake, where you will enjoy a delightful welcome dinner at Le Planteur Restaurant.

  • Overnight in Yangon.

  • The former capital of Myanmar, Yangon is a bustling city featuring colonial architecture and ancient pagodas. Rangoon remains the commercial centre of a country steeped in mystique and rooted in tradition. Relatively unexplored by tourists, this magical country is now opening up, offering a unique opportunity to discover a culture that is a world away from our own. 

 

Day 2

  • After breakfast, transfer to Monsoon Cooking School.

  • Learn how to cook and enjoy the taste of traditional Myanmar food with the chef at Monsoon. The class will take about 3 hours. You will have your own cooking for lunch as well as additional Myanmar dessert and tea / coffee.

  • After lunch tour around the city centre which is filled with various historical and colonial buildings.

  • Stop at the Sule Pagoda which is a 2200-year-old temple surrounded by government buildings. Then, head to Mahabandoola Park, where Independent Monument stands.

  • Continue your tour by passing City Hall on the way to the Botahtaung Pagoda. It is situated downtown beside the Yangon River.

  • Next, visit the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, one of Myanmar's more beautiful reclining

  • Buddha’s which is topped by a crown encrusted with diamonds and other precious stones. The feet of the statue is carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gather to pay homage and pray.

  • Complete your day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda, a gleaming bell dome structure that dominates the city’s skyline. Legends state that the sacred hairs of the Buddha are enshrined here. The Shwedagon is an iconic symbol of the country, a sight not to be missed.

  • Dinner at Shan Yoe Yar Restaurant.

  • Overnight in Yangon.

 

Day 3

  • Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan.

  • Upon arrival in Bagan, proceed on a sightseeing tour, starting with the busy local market and continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century.

  • See 13th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha 'Cave' Temple.

  • Continue to Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi In village), another 'cave' temple with fine frescoes of the 'Jataka Tales'.

  • Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes.

  • Visit the Taungphi village to see old monasteries, which have beautiful Khone Baung dynasty frescoes.

  • Lunch at Ayeyarwaddy River Terrace Restaurant, a nice restaurant overlooking Irrawaddy River serving delicious Asian food.

  • In the afternoon, continue visit to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddha’s, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals.

  • Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters - Thatbyinnyu known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144.

  • Continue to Mingalazedi, the last of the large Pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture.

  • Enjoy sunset at one of the monuments along Irrawaddy River.

  • Dinner at The Secrets Home Restaurant.

  • Overnight in Bagan.

Day 4

  • Enjoy a cooking class (Pennywort Cooking Class) at the Kuthodaw library runs by the charismatic Ms May. She welcomes you in her small garden and typical Bagan house and introduces the ingredients that you will use for today’s class to prepare delicious Burmese recipes. Besides the plants in her garden, the most important ingredient Ms May uses is her love of food and sharing it. She graduated in bio-gardening in Thailand and is an ardent promoter of pesticides and fertilizers free agriculture.

  • The daytime course includes a visit to the market to shop for ingredients (with accommodations made for vegetarians and dietary restrictions), followed by a walk back to May's house for preparation – using charcoal fires to make curries, soups, salads and other dishes.

  • After the cooking class, sit and take the time to savour today’s creations. It's a great way to learn more about Burmese food, customs and culture, and May gives back to the community, with 20% of earnings going towards a town library.

  • In the afternoon, an excursion to the nostalgic Nat Htaung Kyaung, a monastery famous for woodcarvings, built in 1781 by a group of monks. Admire the monastery's collection of ancient Buddha statues and lacquer boxes.

  • Return by boat on the Irrawaddy River at sunset while slowly sipping cocktail and local snacks on board.

  • Dinner with puppet show at Nanda Restaurant.

  • Overnight in Bagan.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY:

  • Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

  • Operated: Daily between October and March, 5.30-8.00 or 8.30am 

  • Imagine floating over thousand year old pagodas and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River, as the sun rises slowly from the horizon over the misty fields and temples. The magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for centuries. One of the most remarkable sights in Asia, where ancient temples dot the landscape as far as the eye can see.

  • The flight duration is approx. 45min to 1hr depending on wind and air currents and other local factors.

  • Balloons team will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to the launch site.

  • After briefing session, set off for the spectacular flight.

  • Upon landing enjoy glass of champagne and light snack prior transfer back to your hotel.

 

Day 5

  • After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for domestic flight to Heho, a quiet transit town with one of the few airport links in the beautiful hills of Shan State.

  • On the way to Inle Lake, stop at a local family’s house to see Shan umbrellas and paper making using traditional methods and fibres of the mulberry tree.

  • Next, we take a 1-hour drive to Inle Lake that descends through the valley with views of the Shan mountains and rice paddy fields.

  • On the way to Nyaung Shwe, gateway town of Inle Lake, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, old wooden monastery with the oval-shape windows where novices sit and study and pose for the photographs. Besides the monastery, the whitewashed brick and cement temple in a separate compound is a unique to Myanmar and you couldn’t find an identical architecture in all of Myanmar.

  • In the afternoon, drive to the Red Mountain Estate vineyard and winery. Located near the Inle Lake, the Red Mountain Estate produces the best wines of the country.

  • You will bike up to the vineyard and sit down for wine tasting.

  • Lunch at Red Mountain Restaurant.

  • The small outdoor tasting room provides a commanding view over the terraced vineyard as well as a wonderful breeze. Beyond the rolling green hills you can see glistening Inle Lake and on a clear day you can also enjoy the surrounding mountain landscape.

  • Rest of the afternoon, time to stroll around the charming village of Nyaung Shwe or enjoy bicycle tour on the edge of the lake. Dinner at Viewpoint Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Inle region serving Western and Shan fusion.

  • Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.

 

Day 6

  • The Shan cuisine is famous for its refined taste and the possibility to make amazing dishes with just a few local ingredients.

  • After breakfast, you will by picked up by tuk tuk by either Mr. Min or his lovely wife, your chef for the cooking class this morning.

  • First, you will visit the Mingalar market or 5-day rotating market. The chef explains how to shop, traditional bargaining and explains the ingredients being purchased.

  • Then, you will drive for about 15-20 minutes to a beautiful “hidden” place on the lake.

  • After a cup of tea, you will start with the cooking class and learn how to prepare

  • 8-10 special

  • At the end, you will sit down to enjoy what you have created for lunch.

  • You will also get a very nice recipe book of all the dishes to take home to impress your family and friends about your cooking.

  • After lunch, you can go on a short canoe trip around the area to see some of the floating gardens and villages.

  • Then, enjoy 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.

  • Continue to Nampan village, meeting with residents to witness traditional Ikat weaving techniques first-hand.

  • Continue to Inpawkhon village, where you interact with locals, immersing yourself in village life.

  • Visit a boat builder’s workshop, blacksmith shop and cheroot making factory, where you can try your hand at making the fabled Burmese cigar.

 

Day 7

  • After breakfast, transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe and overland to Heho Airport (32 km – 1 hour) for a domestic flight back to Yangon and with connecting flight to next destination.

Myanmar

April to September 2020 From

R 20 280.00

per person

 October 2020 to March 2021 From

R 21 102.00

per person sharing

*All above pricing is based on 3* accommodation and 1 traveler, inquire with us for 4* accommodation and bigger groups.

7 Days / 6 Nights

Validity: Immediately - March 2021

Including

  • 6 nights’ shared Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast at the indicated room types (see hotel category list) (check in and check out around noontime)

  • All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles (types of vehicles depending on the number of pax)

    • 1-2pax: Saloon car or similar

    • 3-5pax: Hiace car of similar

  • Local ENGLISH speaking station guides

  • All entrance and zone fees as program

  • Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in the program (local food) 

  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day, on bus, on days of transfer and sightseeing only tour 

 

Excluding

  • Airfares (international and domestic)

  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)

  • Drinks 

  • Visas to Myanmar

  • Mineral water beyond that supplied

  • Tips

  • Early check in or late check out

  • Insurances

  • Optional excursions and activities

  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation

  • Items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, beverages…)

  • Peak season surcharges if any

  • All not mentioned above

Surcharges apply for high season or late bookings. Prices are in ZAR, subject to availability & tax fluctuations.

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