Myanmar

Yangon & Shan State Adventure

Description

With jaw-dropping vistas, undiscovered wild, ancient tribes and mouth-watering cuisine, it is unlikely that the largest state of Myanmar will ever disappoint. Tour Mandalay’s Shan State and explorer a range of exciting experiences that we feel best shows off this magnificent part of the country.

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.

  • Overnight in Yangon.

  • The former capital of Myanmar, Yangon is a bustling city featuring colonial architecture and ancient pagodas. Rangoon remains the commercial center 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, you will be met and drive downtown to the Central Post Office from where you will start your walking tour.

  • Walk along Strand Road passing by the landmark Strand Hotel and the Pansodan Jetty. See the daily life of the local people including workers, busy street vendors and the shoppers during rush hour.

  • Go up Pansodan Street, famous for some of Yangon’s most impressive colonial buildings.

  • Arrive at Mahabandoola Road from where you have the perfect view on Sule Pagoda, City Hall and the High Court. Cross the greens of Mahabandoola Garden and continue to 31st street well known for second hand book shops as well as typical historical shop houses.

  • Continue your walk by discovering the gold shops of Shwe Bontha Street and from there head to Bogyoke (Scott's) Market with hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores (closed on Mondays and on public holidays).

  • In the afternoon, cross to the animated Indian District of Anawrahta Road to reach a Hindu Temple.

  • Stop for a refreshing drink at a typical Myanmar tea shop crowded with people who have completed the day’s tasks.

  • Go further down on Kon Zay Dan Street and complete your walking tour in the busy area of Chinatown visiting a Chinese Temple.

  • Drive to the Shwedagon Pagoda and visit one of the world’s most spectacular monuments. View the sunset here, spend time walking around and exploring this amazing site, then return to your hotel.

  • Total walking time approximately: 4½ h.

  • Overnight in Yangon.

 

Day 3

  • 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.

  • Transfer from Heho airport to Pindaya (approximately 45 minutes), an attractive drive up into the hills and across the Shan Plateau, through fields of mountain rice.

  • Visit magnificent Pindaya Caves, set in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake, where thousands of different types of Buddha images are on display in the various cave chambers.

  • Afterwards, continue to local workshop where Shan paper and parasols are made.

  • In the afternoon, drive from Pinday to the former British hill station of Kalaw (approximately 1 hour 15 minutes) a charming town featuring British-style bungalows set in leafy surroundings. Overnight in Kalaw.

 

Day 4

  • Day 1 of Shan Hills Trekking

  • After an early breakfast, we will drive 40 minutes to Thayatpu Village and start your walking tour to La Mon Kwe village, en-route passing through some interesting scenery on a narrow, winding and bumpy road through the Shan Hills.

  • Continue your trek to Palaung Villages on the rim of the mountains.

  • Simple boxed lunch will be provided.

  • Enjoy trekking through mountain plantations and the scenic surroundings.

  • Proceed to War Kyi Myaung village.

  • Simple dinner will be served.

  • Overnight stay at the old monastery* in the village.

 

* Sleeping facilities are local style. Simple mattresses on floor with bed linen, pillows and blankets in a shared room. Personal mosquito nets are also provided.

 

Day 5

  • Day 2 of Shan Hills Trekking

  • After a local style breakfast, hike through Shan local villages, which sit on the mountainous area dotted with farms and bamboo forests. Trek through Ye U villages and finally you will reach Khaung Daing Village located beside a magnificent lake.

  • Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

  • After lunch embark on an afternoon exploration of Inle Lake, populated with floating islands and gardens made from the naturally tangled roots of water hyacinth plants and reeds. Delight in the picturesque sights of fishermen who balance and row with one leg, a technique indigenous to the Inn Thar minority group who do this only on Inle Lake.

  • Overnight on Inle Lake.

 

Day 6

  • 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.

  • Continue by long-tailed boat across the lake to Indein, 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 Indein village to reach the 14th - 18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak. Many pagodas here remain charmingly untouched, 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 continue by boat downstream past Yethar village, watching local life on the banks and birds in the trees until rejoining the Lake.

  • Stop at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State.

  • Today, you are invited to join a family for lunch. You will enjoy a traditional Intha meal cooked by your hosts according to their family recipes. Take a look around the house, peek in the kitchen to discover some traditional cooking techniques and share a convivial moment with the inhabitants of the lake.

  • Continue to Nampan village, meeting with residents to witness traditional Ikat weaving techniques firsthand.

  • 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.

  • Overnight on Inle Lake.

 

Day 7

  • Board a long tail motorboat for a journey to Sagar, a sleepy village at the far southern reaches of Inle Lake. The boat trip takes 2.5-3 hours and passes through stunning scenery, with lush mountains forming a backdrop for the small villages and fishermen on the water. Relax and enjoy the passing views.

  • Arrive at Sagar and start exploring the various sites on the water’s edge.

  • Visit the iconic ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar, a collection of 108 stupas dating back to the 16th century. Several months a year, the water level rises and partially submerges the stupas thus giving them their nickname. Go ashore near to the stupas and take a walk through the compound and its neighboring village.

  • Continue to the village of Thaya Gone, home to Pa-Oh, Shan and Intha people. The village is famous for its high-quality, homemade rice wine. Watch the process of distillation and then sample some of the local brew.

  • In Thaya Gone there is also the chance to climb to a hilltop for sweeping views of the lake and surrounding villages.

  • Nearby is Sae Khaung, a small pottery village. Take a walk through the village to see the underground kilns and traditional tools needed to create oil and water pots. One last stop will be made in Tar Kaung, a series of more than 200 stupas set on the western shores of the lake.

  • Around 2.30 the boat will begin its journey back to the main section of Inle Lake. Although the route is the same as in the morning, the trip takes on a different feeling. The afternoon light casts a different glow on the lake and there is usually more activity in the villages.

  • Arrive at the hotel in time to freshen up and watch the sunset.

  • Overnight on Inle Lake.

 

Day 8

  • 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 home.

Myanmar

April to September 2020 From

R 23 629.00*

per person

October 2020 to March 2021 From

R 25 167.00*

per person

10 Days / 9 Nights

Validity: Immediately - March 2021

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

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)

  • 1 night at monastery in shared room (sleeping facilities are local style)

  • 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

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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