Myanmar Off The Beaten Track Adventure: Shwedagon pagoda - Yangon
Travelers visit to Shwedagon, the most outstanding pagoda, dominating the skyline of Yangon with a magical golden flash. Then they enjoy the panoramic sunset, from the peak of Mandalay Hill.

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Activity/Tour


Enjoyable trekking in Hsipaw for natural forest and to Shan people villages
Meeting Palaung (long-neck) people while hiking at Kyaukme
Breathtaking train crossing via Gokteik Viaduct which was constructed in 1901
Most favorite trekking from Inle lake to Kalaw
Feeding elephants at Kalaw Camp and overnight in a monastery

Typical Day


Day 1: Yangon Arrival

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. Afternoon, experience the full history of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, the daily lives of local people living in the immediate surroundings and a deeper insight to the local spiritual beliefs in Nats ��" the Myanmar spirits. The tour begins from the bottom of the hill, passing local workshops, markets and monasteries. Participate in popular local activities that include offerings to the pagoda, a visit to a traditional medicine shop, and a chat with a fortune teller. Overnight in Yangon.
Meal: Welcomed dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Day 2: Yangon city tour

Start early this morning at 6.30 am with a visit to the bustling fish market on the Yangon River. Continue to a vegetable market and sample the famous Burmese breakfast called Mohinga, a mild fish soup with noodles and crackers. By this time, the monks are walking through the streets to collect their alms and you have the opportunity to donate some food to them. Head back to your hotel for a full western breakfast and later, explore the different faces of Yangon from famous landmarks to the hidden markets that have seen few westerners. Starting from a famous tea shop in the 1960s, you will visit the Sule Pagoda, colonial downtown, the harbour, the historic Strand Hotel and the Kandawgyi Lake. Stop over at the reclining Buddha before taking the famous circular train which takes you right behind the Bogyoke Aung San market. Overnight in Yangon

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Day 3: Yangon to Lashio to Hsipaw

Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Lashio. Upon arrival at Lashio, you will be met by our representative and proceed to drive about 1.5hours to Hsipaw. If time permits, you will take an easy walk in a nearby village. Overnight in Hsipaw.

(Important Note: There are no daily flights to Lashio. If your flight is not available, you will fly from Yangon to Mandalay and take a scenic 6 hours drive to Hsipaw with stops along the way).

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hispaw

Day 4: Hsipaw exploration

After breakfast, take a boat ride up the Dokthawaddy River through the amazing scenery of mountains, plantations and rural village life. You will get out of the boat for an hour’s walk to visit a 150 years old Shan monastery in the forest. If desired, you may swim at the river confluence. On the way back to Hsipaw, visit a charming traditional Shan village and learn more about their culture. In the afternoon, walk through a panoramic scenery of paddy fields and other seasonal crops. Passing by small creeks, Shan villages, local schools, the grave of the first prince of Hsipaw, a local nunnery as well as a wooden monastery. Learn about the life of Shan people around Hsipaw and see some home-based industries like cheroot (cigar) rolling and bamboo weaving. Hear why each Shan village has a spirit house built at the entrance of the village. Overnight in Hsipaw.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hispaw

Day 5: Hsipaw to Kyaukme

This morning, visit the local market in Hsipaw and continue by car to Kyaukme for about 1 hour. On arrival, start trekking through the mountains surrounding Kyaukme. You will get an insight to the life of the Palaung people living in the hills. Enjoy lunch (excluded) in one of the Palaung villages where you can still find people who have never seen a western foreigner and live by century old traditions. Overnight in Kyaukme in a very simple guest house.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Guesthouse in Kyaukme

Day 6: Kyaukme to Pyin Oo Lwin

In the morning, you have some free time to explore the town with its colonial buildings and a colorful market. Transfer to the train station and board the train for a 3 hour ride to Pyin Oo Lwin, crossing the mighty Gokteik Viaduct which was constructed in 1901 by constructors from the Pennsylvania Steel company and was once the second highest railway bridge in the world. The train will also pass by spectacular mountain scenery and small villages where vendors will enter the train to sell drinks and local snacks. At around 2pm, you will disembark from the train and continue another hour by car to Pyin Oo Lwin. Visit the botanical gardens and some of the colonial houses this town is famous for. Overnight in Pyin oo Lwin.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin

Day 7: Pyin Oo Lwin - Mandalay

In the morning depart for Mandalay by car for about 1.5 hours. Visit the exquisite Shwenandaw pagoda and Kuthodaw pagoda, often referred as the “world’s biggest book.” Hike up the Yankin Hill to see Nga Yant Min (King of Mudfish) Cave and receive meritorious prosperity by pouring water over the fish statues. Afternoon, you will check in at your hotel before exploring Amarapura, the 18th century capital of Myanmar on bicycles. Stop along the way at a local teashop and visit a colourful market. Continue to Mahamuni pagoda, the most sacred temple in Upper Myanmar. Visit a local weaving workshop and see how tiny bits of gold are flattened into thin gold leaves where locals paste them onto Buddha images. Walk over the famed U-Bein Bridge, a 158 years old teak wood bridge - the longest teak bridge in the world. Return to hotel by your bicycle. Overnight in Mandalay.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

Day 8: Mandalay to Bagan

Your morning is free to relax at the hotel or explore Mandalay city on your own. Transfer to the airport for your noontime flight to Bagan, the most famous archaeological zone in Myanmar. On arrival in Bagan, you will be taken to a temple with a good view over the Bagan archaeological zone. Learn the history of this ancient capital which was a central power base in the mid 9th century under King Anawratha, who unified Burma under Theravada Buddhism. You will also visit other remote temples and enjoy a spectacular sunset view over thousands of temple ruins. Overnight in Bagan.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

Day 9: Bagan temple tour

An optional hot-air balloon ride at dawn is available, but pre-booking required (does not operate between April 1st and October 15th). Enjoy breathtaking views of the temple-studded landscape of Bagan. The dry, arid conditions have uniquely preserved more than 4000 stupas and temples built here between the 11th and 13th centuries.

Explore the less visited temples today by mountain bikes along small unpaved lanes. Stops are made to enjoy some of the most spectacular views of ancient temples and you can stop whenever you wish for more photo opportunities. Arrive at noon at a temple in Minnanthu area where a picnic lunch is awaiting. After, continue by your bike to explore some of most famous temples before returning to your hotel.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

Day 10: Bagan to Heho to Kalaw

Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Heho. Upon arrival, drive another 2 hours to Kalaw, at 4300 ft above sea level. Kalaw was once a favourite hill station for British administrative officials and a summer resort. On arrival in Kalaw, your guide specialized in elephant conservation will welcome you and start a half day trek through the forest. Along the way, learn about the different vegetation and animals in this area. Arrive in a local village and meet the village elders before helping to prepare a typical local dinner.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Kalaw

Day 11: Kalaw elephant camp

Wake up to a local village style breakfast in the jungle. This morning, you will visit an elephant camp and be a mahout for half a day. Learn the basic commands to give an elephant, help to feed and wash the elephants. After a simple lunch at the camp, you will drive back to Kalaw. Rest of the afternoon is free at leisure to explore this charming hill station. Overnight in a local monastery in Kalaw.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Local monastery in Kalaw

Day 12: Kalaw to Inle Lake

Today you will cycle about 4 hours from Aung Ban to Indien, south of Inle Lake. The trip is mostly off-road and technically easy with most of the roads flat or downhill. You will bike through numerous Pa O villages where few foreigners are seen. Stop on the way to enjoy the fantastic views over the lake and the Shan countryside. Lunch is served in a local village before visiting the ancient ruins of Indein, which are partly covered by vegetation and resemble a “pagoda forest”. After, continue to your hotel by private motorboat and relax with a spectacular sunset view over the lake.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake

Day 13: Inle Lake to Heho to Yangon

Transfer to the airport for your short flight to Yangon. Upon arrival be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a 1 hour foot massage and continue to Bogyoke market for some last shopping. The rest of the day is free for your last night in Burma. Overnight in Yangon.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Day 14: Departure from Yangon

Spend some last free time to explore the city on your own way until our guide and driver get you to transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Our services end here.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Not available

Age range, type of group


Family, couples, singles, kids

Sleeping and meals


WHAT IS INCLUDED
Private English speaking guides.
The support of Elephant trainers
Private car with air-conditioning.
Train tickets from Yangon to Taungoo
Train tickets from Pyin Oo Lwin to Mandalay
Balloon ride in Bagan values 300$/person
Daily breakfasts and 01 welcome dinner
Entrance fees where requested.
Twin sharing, 3-star standards rooms
Camping lodge at basic, clean conditions
Monastery overnight permission
Service charges and taxes

Policies & Restrictions


WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Visa arrangement (now with Evisa)
Drinks during tours
Personal expenses
Travel insurance
Others not mentioned

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Other Information


Passports and Visas

The first thing goes first. You definitely must obtain valid VISA in order to travel into any country and so is Myanmar (Burma). Unless your country is in VISA exemption list, it is your responsibility to get valid VISA before arrival. There are two ways to get Myanmar VISA:
Go to Myanmar Embassies and Consulates in your home country and you will be guided procedure. You may want to check the list of countries where Myanmar has embassies and consulate offices.
Obtain VISA On Arrival (VOA). For tourists coming from countries has no Myanmar Diplomatic Rep offices, you can obtain VOA online. The portal launched in Sep 01, 2014 and took its pilot operation for a month. Providing you encounter any issue, please contact us for support.

Climate & Clothing

Generally speaking, Myanmar is a tropical country with rather hot weather. Sometimes in year or in some Northern places, temperature cools down but not that can be called cold. Roughly saying that the best time to travel Myanmar is from Oct to March due to dry and cool season. Other months, however, you may get very nice deals of promotion.
For clothing: comfortable clothes, absolutely. We suggest you should take at least one long pan, a long skirt and a sleeve top because we will visit some religious site and many of them require proper code of dress.
All of temples and pagodas require you enter with bare feet. A pair of sandals is highly recommended.

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.
We said previously “the SIM card in Myanmar is not very popular and still quite expensive”. But now, forget it! SIM cards in Myanmar now are cheap and easy to buy in any main city as cheap as about US$ 02 each. Cell phones, even smart phones are available on sales widely.

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another

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 is now popular in most hotels from three stars up. Most of them are supplying Free Wifi but some may incur extra charges. We suggest you should ask the receptionist before.

Cards and Currency

Myanmar’s national currency, the KYAT (pronounced chat, abbreviated in MMK) is divided into the following banknotes: K1, K5, K10, K20, K50, K100, K200, K500 and K1000.
We once said “ATMs are still very hard to come” but from my latest inspection of Myanmar, the country now starts using ATMs. Most three stars hotels up often have at least one AMT machine right at their lobbies. Main hotels now accepts credit cards payment.
Anyway, we suggest you should bring with some cashes just in case. Local buying there accept Burmese and US dollars widely. However please pay at attention when bring US notes with you:
The US$ notes must be new.
The US$ notes torn, marked, folded will not be accepted.
The US$ notes having series before 2003 backward may not accepted.
You are allowed to bring up to US$ 5000 in cash per person to enter Myanmar.

Trip Preparation

A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. We suggest you should taking a checklist below:
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.
We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. 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. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names.
We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock.
Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage.

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Map Legend
Shwedagon
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Imppression of Adventure Myanmar
Level 2, no 17/167, Tay son street, Hanoi, Viet Nam
Shwezigon
Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Inle Lake
He Hoe, Myanmar (Burma)
Royal Palace
Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)




Nearby Attractions & Services

DescriptionDistance
yangon
1
Bagan

Mandalay

DescriptionDistance
Inle lake, Heho

Kalaw

Putao



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