Tours & River Cruises

Tours in Myanmar / Burma

Community Exploration

Community Exploration

13 Days/ 12 Nights

from Yangon / to Bagan

Tour Highlights
• Explore the city of Yangon
• Learn about local beliefs and spiritual life in Loikaw
• Enjoy an Ox-Cart Ride
• Visit the Karen (long neck) tribe and learn about their culture
• Trekking in the mountains
• Visit a magnificent Sagar (Sankar), a site of over 100 Buddhist stupas rising from the lake
• Observe the fascinating lives of the the peoples in Inle Lake
• Marvel at the impressive temples and monasteraries in Mandalay
• Dolphin watching on the Irrawaddy River
• Explore the ancient city of Bagan
This unique and personal 13-day adventure will you closer to a country that has so long been closed to the outside world. Visit and discover peoples and communities that still preserve a way of life that is centuries old. Along the way you will visit the most inspiring and stunning historical and cultural places and sites that have shaped this country into one of the most diverse, interesting and unique in the world. If you love history and culture and meeting new people then this is the tour for you!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Yangon (-/L/-)

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to the hotel. After check in, you will visit city center and stroll around Mahabandoola Park’s formerly known as Fitch Square since before 1895, colonial The High Court built in 1911, and the city hall built in 1936. Next, travel on foot around the downtown with various historical buildings. Then you will have lunch at popular tea shop to enjoy Burmese tea and its traditional culture brought to Myanmar by the British over one century ago. You may choose from a variety of traditional snacks and noodles. Some of the famous dishes are: Mont Pyar Tha Let (rice pancake), Mont Leit Pyar (wanton-like parcels of bean and jaggery), Shwe Htamin (Golden sticky rice), Mohingar (rice noodle with fish soup- Myanmar’s ‘national’ dish) and Own Noe Khauk Swe (yellow noodle with chicken and coconut soup).

After lunch, you will visit the Mawtin Jetty and witness the busy riverside activities on Yangon River. Peruse the daily market of fruits, sweets and other foodstuffs. Travel to Chinatown for another market visit and sample traditional Chinese delicacies. Venture through the stalls selling everything from flowers to seafood, spices to fresh tofu. Nearby is 19th Street a popular place to have draught Myanmar Beer, together with vegetable and meat sa-tays (BBQ), in the evening. Dinner this evening is at your leisure.

Overnight in Yangon

(Your hotel room is available from about 2.00 pm available. Your luggage may already be parked in the hotel and is a former reference of rooms subject to availability on arrival.)

Day 2: Yangon- Loikaw (-/-/D)

After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Loikaw. You will be picked up from the airport, the capital of Kayah state where houses to Padaung tribes. Arrive at Loikaw in the late afternoon. Afterwards, you will be welcomed at the Community Centre. Visit the Kayhtoebo site and Hunting Shrine, to learn about local beliefs and spiritual life. In addition, enjoy an Ox Cart ride, via the Lotus Pond to the scenic 7 Lakes. Here, guests enjoy a delicious Kayah Barbecue with cultural exchange. (Note: if 1 to 3 guests, will eat in a local home).

Overnight in Loikaw.

Day 3: Loikaw- Pampat- Loikaw (B/L/-)

Start your day with local colorful market of Loikaw and Taung Kwe Pagoda, then drive by car to Pampat village where you meet Padaung tribes. The trip starts with a visit to Rang Ku hamlet, where guests can meet the famous Kayan people (popularly known as Long Neck Karen), who are a symbol of Kayah state. Enjoy learning a few words of Kayan language and interacting with these fun-loving and artistic people. There are opportunities to buy local handicrafts.

Next, guests arrive at Pemsong village, to enjoy a Short Trek, of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, lead by local community tour guides. Your local guides will present special places along the route which are important to local people and their way of life. A highlight of the trek is a breathtaking, 360 degree view of the surrounding, mountains. Enjoy pack lunch or a special Jungle picnic. Then back to your hotel.

In the afternoon, you will visit a local musician’s house, listen to traditional Instruments and try your hand playing them. Visit a traditional, Kayah house and meet the house owner. Learn about traditional Kayah dress, and try it on.

Overnight in Loikaw.

Day 4: Loikaw- Hpekhon- Sagar- Inle  (B/-/-)

After breakfast, you will start by road towards Hpekhon where you’ll take a boat to Sagar village for around 2 hours ride. On the way, visit a magnificent Sagar (Sankar), a site of over 100 Buddhist stupas rising from the lake. Then visit Tarkhaung pagoda complex. You will enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful natural scenery along the lake until you reach the Inle Lake by another two and half hour boat drive. Start your exploration over the charm of Inle Lake on your private boat. The lake is surrounded by Shan Mountains. It is the home of Inn Tha people who are famous for their unique one-leg rowing practice. Lake dwellers cultivate fruits, vegetables and flowers in pictures que floating gardens. As a very first site, visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. This famous Pagoda festival is held around September and October of every year.

Continue to Nga Phe Kyaung monastery, where an extensive collection of Buddha images is made of different materials.

Overnight on Inle Lake.

Day 5:  Inle Lake (B/-/-)

After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day).

From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of In Dein.  Explore the area on foot, strolling around the village, visiting a local school, and wander through the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area.  Here you can climb the covered stairway to the top of a hill which is covered with picturesque ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below.

After enjoying your visit to In Dein, return to your boat.

If time permits, visit Kaung Daing Village which is famous for the rice crackers, tofu snacks and fried beans production. You can also visit a popular hot spring about 40 minute-walk from the village.

Depending on your choice of interest, you can stop at several workshops on and around the lake such as paper making, blacksmith, gold and silversmith workshops, boatbuilding and cheroot making workshops etc., if time permitting. Silk weaving industries are among the most fascinating attractions in this area.

Overnight on Inle Lake.

Day 6: Heho – Mandalay (B/-/-)

After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Mandalay. Arrive at Mandalay your tour guide will pick you up the airport and then across the Ayeyarwady on a bridge to Sagaing. The built-up with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries hills of Sagaing is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar, 3,000 monks live here and there are 100 meditation centers. You will visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae. A local market in Sagaing you visit, the way a typical Burmese market, the places where few tourists. Here you will find a wide selection of local products such as pottery, silver jewelry and other products. They also hold in a pottery village to see how the ubiquitous water pots that can be found throughout Myanmar, are produced. From there, the route continues south to the city of Inwa (Ava), capital from the 14th to the 18th century, where you can catch a short crossing by ferry to the other river bank – Visit the old, built of wood monastery Bagaya and the remnants of the Royal Palace and Forts. Amid the ruins in Inwa (Ava) there are many small villages, so you can see during your carriage ride an insight into local life in the middle of the Burmese get landscape. On the way back to Mandalay, stop in Amarapura, a former capital, whose name means “City of Immortality” means. First you will visit a silk weaving, excellent handmade products manufacturing (no obligation to buy). Subsequently, the monastery Mahagandayon on the program, in which more than 1,000 monks, you will enjoy this quiet environment before you drive to U Bein bridge and there can take a walk on the 200 year old building.

The bridge consists of 984 posts from teak, which once true part of the abandoned palace of Inwa (Ava) and has a wingspan of 1.2 km the longest teak bridge in the world. Enjoy strolling across the bridge great views of the surrounding area.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 7: Mandalay – Dolphin Watching Trip (B/L/D)

After Breakfast, drive from Mandalay to Singu… When you arrive in Singu, then take the fisherman’s boat to Sithe for watching Irrawaddy Dolphin. Along the way, you can experience the local fisherman’s life & feel the Beauty of Irrawaddy River. Upon arriving the Sithe Village, have a Village food as a lunch. After the lunch, for the good digestion take the village walk & learn how to make Chaoutte. Around the evening, Depart to Myit Ken Gyi not only for relaxation but also for swimming at the River. Dinner will be served on the boat which provided by Villager.

Overnight at on Boat.

Day 8: Dolphin Watching Trip (B/L/D)

Before the sunrise, you can experience the cooperative fishing with the villagers. And the back to village to have the breakfast. After the Breakfast depart to Shwadae. Upon arriving the Shwadae, your guide will take you to to tour pottery village & walking around the villages. Lunch at the Myay Zun Village. There, you can visit temple with village guide & know the facts about the River & you can also learn about different fishing methods. And you can practice the fishing with the boat.

Go back to village and overnight.

Day 9: Dolphin Watching Trip (B/L/D)

After the breakfast, depart for Sein Pa Kone or Sin Kyun or Aye Kyun. Learn about a new activities in the village. Lunch at village and drive back to Mingun and then to Mandalay.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 10: Mandalay – Bagan

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Airport for the flight to Bagan. During the 11th to 13th centuries, Bagan was the capital of Myanmar. During this time thousands of ancient stupas and temples were constructed. This is one of Asia’s most remarkable important sites. Many of these structures still stand today along the Irrawaddy River. You will begin your exploration with a visit to Shwezigon Pagoda, which is the prototype of the first Myanmar Stupa. Then visit Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jatakas murals paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple renowned for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. Enjoy Village lunch at local village & feel the taste of local style curry.

In the afternoon, visit Ananda, an architectural masterpiece of the early-style temple and Ananda Okkyaung is one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period and Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple to represent the Ultimate Omniscient Wisdom of Buddha. From Thatbyinnyu, travel by horse carriage tour through the traditional village of Taungbi to see the lifestyle of locals, Sulamani Temple and the massive Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork. At the time of evening, everyone should try the enchanted Sand Bank Cocktail at the dry land along the Irrawaddy River and enjoy the sunset. This evening is free at your leisure.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 11: Bagan (B/L/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the vibrant Nyaung Oo Market. Enjoy this immersion into local life as villagers from the surrounding areas sell their goods and produce. Then you drive to the near Ngat Pyit Taung monastery and visit the temple caves. Continue to the Monastic Elementary School and see kids playing, learning and talk to them with the help of your guide. Bring some gifts for them (school books you can buy in Nyaung U or somewhere in Myanmar). And you can make the donation to monks & enjoy the lunch with the children at the monastery. Next, visit a Pone Yay Gyi (Bean Paste) shop and witness the production of Bagan’s most famous treat.

This afternoon, board a private river boat and set off along the Irrawaddy River which is considered to be the life stream of Myanmar, You will cruise upriver toward Kyauk Gu U Min. Throughout your cruise you will witness everyday Burmese life on the water: fishermen, local ferry boats, riverside villages and views of the Bagan temples. You’ll go ashore at Sae Lan village and explore a typical riverside village along the Irrawaddy. The friendly people work as farmers and fishermen, living a simple but happy life.

Overnight in Bagan

Day 12: Bagan – Yangon (B/-/-)

This morning transfer to the Airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival your guide and driver will greet you and transfer to your hotel for check in. After freshening up, you will transfer to Yangon Railway station to embark upon a circular train journey to the outskirts of town (20-30 minutes ride) to observe the lively and colorful life of the rural Burmese people. Disembark to visit Kyi Myin Daing market and enjoy exploring the market and meeting the friendly locals before returning by road to Yangon. Finally continue to China Town where people are in different life style and a chance to visit a historical Chinese Temple on the Strand Road which was the first temple founded in Myanmar. Return to your hotel.

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 13: International Departure (B/-/-)

After breakfast, depending on your flight time, you will transfer to Yangon International airport to your own forward flight.

Rates & Services

Rates: 20.04. 2016 – 30.09.2016

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room(single traveller) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 2.702
Hotel Category Superior 2.778
Hotel Category First Class 3.154
German Guide supplement USD204/group
Note: All prices are subject to change in case of increase to fuel surcharges, taxes, transportation cost, entrance fees etc. Prices also may vary during the period of New Year (30Dec-02Jan), Chinese New Year and Water Festival.

Rates: 01.10. 2016 – 30.04.2017

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room(single traveller) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 2.791
Hotel Category Superior 2.900
Hotel Category First Class 3.407
German Guide supplement USD204/group
Note: All prices are subject to change in case of increase to fuel surcharges, taxes, transportation cost, entrance fees etc. Prices also may vary during the period of New Year (30Dec-02Jan), Chinese New Year and Water Festival.

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For rates for 3 or more travellers in one booking, please inquire with our team.

Services included in our rates:
• Accommodation with breakfast on double/twin occupancy (Single supplement varies)
• Private transfer with air-conditioned as specified in the itinerary
• All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
• Domestic flights
• Private motor boat at Inle Lake and Kyauk Gu U Min
• English speaking station guide
• Meals that mention in the program
• Circle train in Yangon
• 2 bottles of water & 2 cooling towels per person / day
• Porter fees at airport and jetty
Services NOT included in our rates:
• Visa to Myanmar
• International airfares
• Meals, if not otherwise mentioned
• Early check in and late check out
• Separate arrival/departure transfer
• Personal expenses (laundry, beverages, phone bill, camera fee…)
• Travel insurance
• Tips
• Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (eg. typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.
• Any extra surcharges or fees (e.g. peak season, historical sites, camera/video fees etc)
Travel dates [&] minimum no. of travellers:
• any day departure
• no minimum number of travellers
• this tour is a private tour and you will not be travelling with people other than those you booked with
As this is a private tour, you can depart on the day of your choosing and alter the daily sightseeing program to suit your interests. Inquire with our team to extend this tour or to combine it with our other programmes.

Our Selection of Hotels for You

Hotel Category Standard:
Yangon: Hotel Bahosi  (Deluxe Room)
Loikaw: Kayah Resort ( Deluxe Room)
Inle Lake: Royal Nadi Hotel (Superior Room)
Mandalay: Hotel Yadanarbon MDL (Superior Room)
Bagan: Razagyo Hotel (Superior Room)
Hotel Category Superior:
Yangon: Reno Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Loikaw: Kayah Resort ( Deluxe Room)
Inle Lake: Inle Resort (Garden Cottage)
Mandalay: Yadanarbon Dynasty (Deluxe Room)
Bagan: Hotel Yadanarbon Bagan(Deluxe Room)
Hotel Category First Class:
Yangon: Chatrium Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Loikaw: Kayah Resort ( Deluxe Room)
Inle Lake: Myanmar Treasure Resort (Deluxe Lake View)
Mandalay: Mandalay Hill Resort (Deluxe Room)
Bagan: Aureum Palace Hotel (Deluxe Room)

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