Exotic Myanmar with Inle Lake 11 days


Bordering Tibet, India, Bangladesh, China, Laos, and Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) is the largest country in Southeast Asia. This package takes you most of over 4000 stupas scattered throughout the country, it symbolizes the wealth and history of the country. Built mainly during the Pagan period of Burma, stupas, and pagodas were erected by their rulers to worship their Pagan gods. Heavily influenced and diversified by these neighboring countries, Myanmar is a melting pot of all things Asia.

TRAVEL PERIOD:
December 01-15, 2017
Jan 10 - December 31, 2018

High Season: ($250)

June 15 - Aug 15, 2018

Dec 15 - 31, 2018

Hotel LAX/SFO JFK Single Supp.
VAR A $2,464 $2,564 $712
VAR B $2,830 $2,2930 $912

*Price per person based on double occupancy

Day 1: Departure

Depart from LAX/SFO/JFK for international flight. 

DAY 2: YANGON

Arrival in Yangon
Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met by our guide who will be carrying an ICS Travel Group sign which will note your name. Your guide will present you with a welcome packet including all necessary documentation and vouchers and all contact information of your guide and local offices.
Transfer (1.5 hours)
Overnight in Yangon

DAY 3: YANGON

Sightseeing in Yangon by Circular Train (non-air conditioned) (3 hours)
Begin the day's tour at the colourful Hledan market which almost always bustling in the early hours of the morning. From there, embark on Yangon's circular train. The train weaves through Yangon's main townships and districts in a rough circle; this train is the lifeline for many of the working classes and offers an unparalleled insight into the lives of the Burmese. Observe the students and workers in their daily commute and the vendors and hawkers plying their trade.
Visit Botataung Pagoda (1-2 hour)
The Botataung Pagoda was named after the 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha brought from India over 2000 years ago. This ancient monument was completely destroyed during Wwii. It was then rebuilt in a very similar style to its predecessor, however this particular iteration is hollow and one can walk through it.
Visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda (30 minutes)
The reclining Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda in Yangon which is almost as large as the enormous figure of Shwethalyaung Buddha in Bago. It's housed in a large metal-roofed shed on Shwegondaing Lan, only a short distance north-east beyond the Shwedagon Paya. Surprisingly, this huge figure is little known and hardly publicised at all- if the chance to go to Bago to see the Shwethalyaung was missed, then don't pass on this opportunity to witness this colossal image.
Visit Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market (Close on Mondays and public holidays) (30 minutes)
Explore the Bogyoke Aung San Market, also known as Scott Market, which contains over 2000 stalls and is the best place in Yangon to browse through the complete range of local handicrafts.
Visit Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset (2-3 hours)
The highlight of any trip to Yangon is a visit to the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda, which dates back about 2500 years and was built to house eight sacred hairs of the Buddha. Its bell-shaped superstructure, resting on a terraced base, is covered in about 60 tonnes of gold-leaf, which is constantly being replaced.
Overnight in Yangon

DAY 4: YANGON - BAGAN

Transfer (1.5 hours)
Flight from Yangon to Bagan
Transfer (5 kms)
Visit Shwezigon Pagoda (Shwezigon Pagoda is closed due to renovation. It can be visited from the outside) (30 minutes)
The Shwezigon Pagoda's graceful bell shape became a prototype for virtually all later stupas all-over Myanmar, and the pagoda originally marked the northern end of the city of Bagan.
Visit Htilominlo Temple (30 minutes)
Visit Htilominlo Temple, a two storey red brick temple built by King Htilominlo around 1211. It is one of the larger temples of Bagan reaching 46 metres and commanding the road from Bagan to Nyaung-U.
Visit Manuha Temple (30 minutes)
The Manuha Temple was built in 1059 by King Manuha, the King of Thaton, who was brought captive to Bagan by King Anawrahta. It enshrines the unusual combination of 3 seated and one reclining image Buddha. It is said that this temple was built by Manuha to express his displeasure about his captivity in Bagan.
Excursion to Salay (4 hours)
Explore local life in this unspoiled Burmese town of Salay. Visit the Yoke Son Kyaung, the oldest surviving wooden monastery, with beautiful carvings of court life and scenes from the Ramayana.  Continue to wander around the town and the market. Visit Mann Paya, located at the west of Payathonzu is a modern pagoda housing a 6m gold Buddha made of straw lacquer. As the story goes, the Buddha image was originally located near Monywa, and it was washed downstream during an 1888 monsoon all the way to Salay. Ask for a peek inside from the latched door out the back.
Overnight in Bagan

DAY 5: BAGAN

Explore Ancient Bagan by Electric Scooter (Clients who wish to book and participate in this activity will be requested to sign an ICS release form either prior to arrival or on the ground before commencing the tour)
Enjoy the freedom of a regular bicycle, but without the effort, on this fun tour of the ancient city of Bagan. Hop on your eco-friendly electric scooter and take a relaxing ride through Bagan stopping every now and then to explore the temples, take pictures, and hear the relevant history and stories behind the ancient ruins.  Pass through the magnificent Tharabar Gate and visit the 201-foot-tall Thet Bi Nyu Temple; and Dhamayangyi Pahto, the largest temple in Bagan. Cycle to the beautifully preserved Ananda Temple. The combination of standing Buddha images, stone sculptures, sandstone reliefs, exquisite terracotta tiles, and teak wood carvings make this one of the finest and most revered of the Bagan temples. Stop at a tea shop to refresh yourselves with some Myanmar tea and snacks. Then continue to the sleepy village of Myinkaba where you can watch local artisans creating beautiful lacquerware in the many workshops.
Overnight in Bagan

DAY 6: BAGAN - MANDALAY

By vehicle from Bagan to Mandalay with sightseeing at Mount Popa (8 hours)
A curiously cylindrical hill rising sharply from the surrounding plain, Mount Popa is considered to be the home of Myanmar's most important nats (spirits). Visitors ascend up a winding covered staircase encircling the mountain, observed by the curious monkeys that populate the area. At the top is a monastery and temple complex, with shrines to the 37 nats and a spectacular view over the region.
Overnight in Mandalay

DAY 7: BAGAN - MANDALAY

Excursion to Amarapura and Sagaing (6 hours)
In the morning, head to Amarapura former royal capital, and the Mahagandayon Monastery to observe monks and novices as they line up to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists. Afterwards, visit the nineteenth century Pahtodawgyi Paya and the reconstructed Bagaya Kyaung, a close cousin to the monastery of the same name in Inwa (Ava).  Pause to enjoy the atmosphere of U Bein Bridge, a picturesque teak bridge which extends over one kilometre across Taungthaman Lake, and the highlight of any visit to Amarapura.
Continue to Sagaing, another former royal capital and the spiritual centre of Myanmar. Hundreds of stupas, monasteries, temples and nunneries are to be found in Sagaing Hill, sometimes known as a living Bagan. Thousands of monks and nuns retreat here for meditation and contemplation. Stop at some of the most famous temples such as Sun U Ponya Shin Paya, U Min Thonsei paya and Kaung Hmu Daw Paya.
Sightseeing in Mandalay
Visit Mandalay Palace (Myanansankyaw Golden Palace or Hmannandawgyi (Glass Palace)) (1 hour)
Visit Mahamuni Paya (30 minutes)
Mahamuni Paya was originally built by King Bodawpaya in 1784 when a road paved with bricks was constructed from his palace to the paya's eastern gate. The centrepiece of the shrine is the highly venerated Mahamuni image that was transported to Myanmar from Mrauk U in Rakhaing in 1784.
Visit Shwe Inn Bin Monastery (30 minutes)
Shwe Inn Bin Monastery: A Chinese merchant, U Set Shwin, married a local Burmese lady and with his newly acquired fortune built a monastery for his religious wife. It is built of teak, has Burmese carved doors and paintings depicting General Prendergast negotiating with court ministers prior to King Thibaw's exile.
Visit Mandalay Hill at sunset (1 hour)
Visit Mandalay Hill and take an easy climb up sheltered steps to experience panoramic views over the palace, Mandalay and the paya-studded countryside. The famous hermit monk, U Khanti, is credited with inspiring the construction of many of the buildings on and around the hill in the years after the founding of the city.
Overnight in Mandalay

DAY 8: MANDALAY - HEHO - INLE LAKE

Transfer (1 hour)
Flight from Mandalay to Heho
By vehicle from Heho to Inle Lake (1.5 hours)
Transfer by boat (1 hour)
Excursion by boat on Inle Lake
Enjoy a boat ride on Inle Lake and discover its calm serenity, still waters and colourful brush strokes of floating vegetation and slow moving fishing canoes. Rolling high hills hug the lake on all sides, as the lake's shore and islands host 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people. Enjoy the awe inspiring scenery and meditate on the one of a kind skill of the local fishermen who make use of their legs in a unique rowing technique to glide themselves gracefully around the lake. Visit the enchanting floating gardens, a teeming market and an Intha village around the lake. The day also includes a visit to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Paw Khon Village (Lotus and silk weaving villages) and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery.
Overnight in Inle Lake

DAY 9: INLE LAKE

Excursion by boat on Inle Lake to Indian with sightseeing at Mine Thauk Village (6 hours)
Travel by boat to the western shore of the lake to a stairway leading to the hidden Indian temple complex. Located on the shore of the lake, this site consists of hundreds of small stupas overgrown by moss and greens. Continue to visit Mine Thauk Village by boat.
Overnight in Inle Lake

DAY 10: INLE LAKE - HEHO - YANGON

Transfer by boat (1 hour)
By vehicle from Inle Lake to Heho (1.5 hours)
Flight from Heho to Yangon
Assistance with terminal change (domestic/international) (30 minutes)

DAY 11: DEPARTURE

Check out of the hotel and transfer to airport for your departure flight back home.

  • Roundtrip Airfare from LAX/SFO/JFK
  • English-speaking guide.
  • Accommodation in hotels as mentioned above or equivalent.
  • Meals according to itinerary / Breakfast box in lieu of ABF when early morning flight.
  • Flight ticket(s) as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Flight from Yangon to Bagan
    • Flight from Mandalay to Heho
    • Flight from Heho to Yangon
  • Porter fees at the airport in Myanmar where guide service is booked.
  • Current fuel surcharges are included, however, these are subject to change prior to tour start date.
  • Train ticket(s) according to the itinerary.
  • Boat ticket(s) according to the itinerary.
  • Ground transportation in private A/C vehicle.
  • 1 complimentary bottle of drinking water and 1 cold towel per person per half day tour/ 2 bottles of water and 2 cold towels per person per full day tour.
  • Sightseeing incl. admission fees according to itinerary.
  • International and domestic airport taxes included in ticket.
  • Visa fees
  • Travel/Medical Insurance (recommended)
  • Tips & gratuities to the guides and drivers
  • Other personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, shopping, etc.
Places VAR A Hotels VAR B Hotels Nights
Yangon

Hotel Grand United Ahlone Branch 3*

Deluxe

Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon 5*

Deluxe Room :ROH  

3
Bagan

Amata Garden Resort Bagan4*

Amata Deluxe  

Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort4*

Deluxe River View  

2
Mandalay

Bagan King Hotel3+*

Deluxe  

Mandalay Hill Resort4*

Superior Palace View  

 

 

2
Inle Lake

Amata Garden Resort Inle Lake4*

Deluxe Lake Side View

Inle Princess Resort5*

Mountain Houses  

2

Starting $2,464.00
per person based on double occupancy

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