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The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar (Burma)

The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

Hiking
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Start: Yangon
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End: Yangon

With its warm people and mystical culture, find enchantment in Myanmar.

Activity
Hiking
LocationMyanmar (Burma)
Duration12 days
Start / EndYangon / Yangon
Tour operatorG Adventures

Myanmar (Burma)

The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

Hiking·
12 days·G Adventures
Start: Yangon
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End: Yangon

Description

Journey into the Land of the Golden Pagodas on a 12-day adventure in Myanmar (Burma). Cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River to the ancient city of Bagan, home to over 2,200 temples and pagodas. Drift to the floating villages on serene Inle Lake. Visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery to meet a Buddhist monk, and climb Mandalay Hill for lovely views of the surrounding countryside. With its warm people and...

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Itinerary

Day 1Yangon
Arrive any time today. An arrival transfer is included. Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned. You are free to relax and explore the city.
Day 2Yangon/Mandalay
Fly to Mandalay and explore this ancient city, including the Golden Palace Monastery, Kuyuk Taw Gyi Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, and Mahamuni Temple. Climb Mandalay Hill for magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
Day 3Mandalay
Take a boat to the village of Mingun to visit the pagodas and local craftspeople. Visit the spiritual centre of Myanmar at Sagaing and the ancient royal capital of Amarapura. Embark on a boat trip up the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to the riverside village of Mingun, enjoying the picturesque scenery of this river and the lifestyles of the local people who live and work on these waters. We continue by road to Sagaing. After lunch we visit Amarapura, a former capital whose name means "city of immortality."
Day 4Mandalay
Continue exploring Mandalay and take some free time on your own.
Day 5Mandalay/Bagan
Relax and watch the sights on a full-day cruise down the Irrawaddy River to ancient Bagan. After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the jetty for the boat to Bagan (Nyaung Oo). The journey takes 7-11 hours depending on the time of year and water level. On board there is a small café selling drinks and light meals (sandwiches, snacks and instant noodles usually).
Day 6Bagan
Explore the ancient sites of Bagan including Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-in) cave temple, and Manuha and Nan Paya temples. Also visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery where we have a talk with a monk on Buddhism and daily life. Enjoy two days exploring Bagan, the first (and very beautiful) capital of the Burmese and founded in the 11th century. This is one the most important temples and pagoda complexes in Asia. We'll wander local markets, historical pagodas, a handicraft workshop, a local monastery, and ancient temples.
Day 7Bagan
Travel to the outskirts of town to a village in the middle of a toddy palm farm. Watch as the locals scale the trees and harvest the juice of the palm fruit and then process it into alcohol or molasses. You have the option to take a hot-air balloon flight over the plains of Bagan.
Day 8Bagan/Inle Lake
Travel by plane, bus, and boat to serene Inle Lake. En route, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, Nyaung Shwe by cycle rickshaw, and observe floating villages and gardens. This morning, fly from Bagan to Heho and then travel by road to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. Also visit around Nyaung Shwe by cycle rickshaw, passing the many monasteries and cruising along quiet residential streets. We then board a boat and set off down the canal toward the main part of the lake, passing villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people.
Day 9Inle Lake
Explore the lake by boat and visit the morning market, floating villages, and a cheroot factory, as well as the Phaung Daw Oo pagoda and Inthien temple complex. Along the way, visit the home of a local chef and learn the basics of Burmese cooking. Sit back and relax in this charming setting on Inle Lake and enjoy a scrumptious home-cooked meal. Depending on its location, we start with a visit to the morning market, which rotates locations on a five-day basis. (Note: there are no markets on full-moon or dark-moon days.) Our boat then takes us down a winding river to Inthien, with its one thousand stupas dotting the hillside. Back out onto the lake we visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main pagoda and monastery, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. Mid-day, we are welcomed into a local chef's home and enjoy a home cooked meal of traditional Burmese dishes. This is a memorable demonstration and meal and a chance to learn more about family life and traditions in Myanmar.
Day 10Inle Lake/Kalaw
Travel by boat and bus to the cooler air of this former British hill station. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon.
Day 11Kalaw/Yangon
Fly back to Yangon and visit the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, then take some free time to explore and shop in the old capital. Tonight, enjoy a lecture and farewell dinner at a G Adventures for Good-supported project — LinkAge Restaurant. This social enterprise trains local youth for careers in the hospitality industry.
Day 12Yangon
Depart any time today.

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Accommodation

Hotels (11 nts).

What's Included

Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Kyan Sithar Umin Monastery Visit, Bagan Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Burmese Cooking Demonstration, Inle Lake Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Yangon Talk and Dinner, Yangon Your G for Good Moment: LinkAge Restaurant, Yangon. Arrival transfer. Tour of Mandalay. Boat trip and tour of Mingun village. Visit Sagaing and the ancient city of Amarapura. Irrawaddy River b... Read more

Meals Included

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

What to Take

We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as you are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to fit with you in buses or on trains.... Read more
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