Experience Myanmar’s Culture, Crafts & Communities

10 Days / 9 Nights

  Yangon - Mandalay - Inle Lake

10 Days / 9 Nights

Experience Myanmar’s Culture, Crafts & Communities

  Yangon - Mandalay - Inle Lake

Delve into the culture of this fascinating country on a ten-day journey through Yangon, Mandalay and Inle Lake. Receive a customised gift from a local artist, indulge in traditional sweets produced by a female entrepreneur and embark on a boat ride with an Inle canoe lady; this trip puts a focus onto the ventures run by the strong and creative women of Myanmar. Explore a variety of traditional crafts and experience Myanmar’s spiritual side with a meditation course at a Buddhist nunnery. Complete with bustling markets, incredible sunsets and a cheeky visit to a local vineyard, discover a different side to this magical country.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Receive a unique present, customised with the help of a local female artist
  • Visit a Buddhist nunnery and take part in a fascinating meditation practice
  • Learn how local fabric is produced at a fair trade and organic dye weaving studio
  • Support local women and explore an authentic village by canoe
  • Cycle to a local vineyard and indulge in a few glasses of wine whilst enjoying the sunset over Inle Lake

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation at selected hotels with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • English-speaking stationed guides in each destination
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
  • Boat ride and bike as mentioned
  • Flights according to the program
  • Drinking water and wet tissues

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Visa
  • Please make sure you have 6 months passport validity. We can help for visa on arrival if requested
  • Early/late check in/out service at hotels (surcharge if requested)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Services and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of personal nature
  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory)

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Yangon

DAY 1 - Yangon

Welcome to Myanmar! Spend the first day touring downtown Yangon. Whizz past some of the striking colonial era buildings lining the streets and stop to take a photo of the impressive City Hall before heading to Bogyoke Aung San Market. Also known by its British name ‘Scott Market’, the huge, covered bazaar comprises a plethora of shops, offering everything from jewellery, art and handcrafts to puppets, clothes and food. Weave through the rows of stalls and pick up a souvenir, practice haggling skills or refuel with a delicious avocado shake. Before leaving, receive a blank purse or scarf and tomorrow get the chance to personalise this gift with the help of a local artist.

Continue this city exploration and visit the Shwedagon Pagoda. Undoubtedly one of the country’s most famous and revered sites, admire the gigantic golden stupa and its diamond encrusted spire. As dusk sets in, take part in an enchanting oil lamp ceremony and help light the hundreds of lamps that encircle the pagoda, making for a magical sight.

DAY 2

DAY 2 - Yangon

After a laid-back breakfast at the hotel, head to Hledan Market. Witness the bustling local life and admire the diverse range of produce before visiting the Myanmar Gems Museum. Dedicated to Burmese gem stones, admire the collection of sapphires, jade and the famous ruby “pigeon blood” in their raw state and peruse the many precious, finished jewellery products.

Don’t forget to bring the gift from the previous day, as the next destination is Nge’s Customized Art shop. Here, consult with the artist and discuss design ideas of how to personalise your scarf or purse. Leaving the gift in the artist’s skilful hands, continue to Tree Food shop. This company crafts traditional Burmese sweets from toddy palm juice, infused with different flavours. Meet the owner Cho Le Aung, a young entrepreneur, and taste a couple of pieces of sugary and tangy jaggery whilst learning about her background and passion for food.

DAY 3

DAY 3 - Yangon – Mandalay – Mingun

Wake up early and head to the airport to fly to Mandalay. Set at the foot of a hill, the city is centred around the reconstructed Royal Palace and serves as the economic and religious centre of upper Myanmar. Upon arrival, embark on a tour of some of the town’s most notable landmarks; start at the reverent Mahamuni Pagoda, home to an enormous seated, golden Buddha statue, and continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda to witness the world’s largest book, consisting of 729 marble slabs inscribed with sacred Buddhist text. Lastly, marvel at the beautiful teak carvings that decorate the walls of the Shwenandaw Monastery – the only remaining structure of the original Royal Palace.

Later in the day, drive to a nearby jetty and embark on a boat ride along the Irrawaddy River until reaching the small town of Mingun. It’s famed for its monumental, but unfinished pagoda, which was built by King Bodawpaya in the 18th century. Meant to become the greatest stupa in the world, construction was stopped after the king received the prophesies of his own death upon completion. A spectacular sight all the same, also visit the gigantic Mingun Bell that had been cast to adorn the stupa. On showcase at a nearby pagoda, it is the second largest ringing bell in the world.

DAY 4

DAY 4 - Mandalay

After breakfast, set out on a scenic drive to the Sagaing Buddhist Nunnery. Upon arrival at the monastery, meet the Abbess of the Nunnery, clad in rich sanguine robes, and learn about life at this serene place. Home to several thousand nuns, all dressed in beautiful pink and orange robes and sporting shaved heads, get the chance to ask questions about their daily lives and learn about the traditions of Buddhism. Wander through the picturesque gardens before taking part in a 30-minute meditation session guided by the nuns themselves. Finish this spiritual excursion with a communal lunch at the monastery.

After this captivating experience, head to U Bein Bridge for sunset. Considered the longest teakwood bridge in the world, this iconic structure is one of the most photographed sites in the country. Sit back and watch as people on their way home from work cross the stilted wooden bridge and turn into silhouettes against the spectacular orange glow of the setting sun. Don’t forget the camera!

DAY 5

DAY 5 - Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya

Board a plane to Heho. From here, continue the journey onward to Pindaya to visit the town’s famous caves. Nestled in the surrounding hillsides, the main limestone cave is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site and contains thousands of gilded Buddha statues. Listen to the captivating folk stories surrounding the cave and take in the spectacular vistas over the countryside. On the way back, stop at a small family workshop and learn the intricate processes of producing handmade paper from mulberry tree bark as well as crafting traditional Shan umbrellas.

DAY 6

DAY 6 - Pindaya – Inle Lake

Embark on a tea experience at an authentic Danu tribe village. Enjoy a warm welcome and taste two types of tea leaf salads, different traditional snacks and a cup of Shan tea, before exploring the village. Get to know a local family and visit a tea plantation to learn about the processes involved in producing tea.

Next, hit the road and travel to Nyaungshwe and visit Sunflowers, a fair-trade and organic dye weaving studio. This social enterprise collaborates with local hand-loom weavers all over the country. Peruse their range of beautiful, quality textiles, including scarves and shawls, made from lotus, silk and cotton dyed with natural materials, such as flowers, roots, nuts and berries.

DAY 7

DAY 7 - Inle Lake

Enjoy a laid-back breakfast before exploring the Five-Days Market. Rotating through five different lakeside locations every day, this local market serves as a hub for the different tribal residents to sell their produce.

Next, hop onto a boat and embark on a relaxing ride across Inle lake. Witness the iconic fishermen and their unique, one-legged rowing style and pass by floating gardens, filled with fruits and vegetables that provide an income to the lake dwellers. Stop at the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and explore the monastery, which houses five Buddha images, fully covered in gold leaves before continuing the journey to a cigar making workshop. From here, embark on a canoe ride to explore Pauk Par Village with Inle Canoe Lady, an enterprise that provides additional income to the local women working at the cigar workshop.

DAY 8

DAY 8 - Inle Lake

Spend a relaxed morning strolling through town and taking in the blissful atmosphere of the laid-back countryside before setting off on a bike ride in the afternoon. Around 3pm, hope onto a bicycle and cycle along the banks of the lake and up into the hills until reaching the Red Mountain Estate Vineyard & Winery. Set in the mountains at an altitude of 1,000 metres, the conditions are ideal for winemaking, and the estate produces some of the best wine in the country. Get the opportunity to explore the grounds of the factory and observe the production of Cabernet and Sauvignon, before kicking back and watching the setting sun glistening on the surface of the lake. Accompany this wonderful experience with some light snacks and taste some of the different wines of the vineyard.

DAY 9

DAY 9 - Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon

Travel back to Yangon by car and plane. On the way to the hotel, revisit Ms. Nge’s Customized Art shop and pick up a beautifully decorated, personalised memento from this trip. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, picking up some more souvenirs, strolling through town or just relaxing at the hotel.

DAY 10

DAY 10 - Yangon

Transfer to the airport to catch an onwards flight.

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