What you get
Myanmar. Tribes, pristine beaches and treasures of Pagan kingdom
Myanmar recently opened to the world after decades of military dictatorship. Let`s discover the most impressive authentic places before crowds of tourists arrive!
- Meet the unforgettable sunrise among thousands of Buddhist stupas in Bagan, the capital of the ancient Pagan kingdom
- Visit the "long-necked" Karen women and watch unusual Inta fishermen on Inle lake
- Walk to the top of the sacred hill near the world-famous town of Mandalay
- Enjoy the pristine beaches of Ngapali without tourist industry and crowds of visitors
- Watch Buddhist rituals at Shwezigon and Shwedagon stupas covered in pure gold
The price of the trip includes:
- Two domestic flights;
- Accommodation in double/twin rooms of tourist class hotels during the entire trip;
- Breakfasts in some hotels;
- All transportation including buses, boats, taxi;
- Professional guiding services.
What is NOT included:
- Flight to Mandalay and from Yangon back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
- Visa to Myanmar ($50);
- Insurance (mandatory);
- Entry tickets to temples, parks and other attractions;
- Rent of motorbikes;
We arrive in Mandalay and check into a hotel in the city center. This is the mysterious city made famous by George Orwell and his Burmese Days novel and poems by Rudyard Kipling! We begin our group trip to Myanmar with a walk through the former royal capital with a visit to the royal palace. Surrounded by a river and moats, it was built recently - in the 19th century. The last king who lived here - Thibaw Min was overthrown by the British conquerors in 1885 and sent to exile in India. The palace was used by the new owners as a fortress, and now it has become a museum.
After lunch we drive to the sacred hill of Mandalay Hill near the city. It is known for dozens of Buddhist monasteries, stupas and statues of Buddha. It is interesting that in the temples, next to the statues of Buddha, there are also statues of pagan deities. Yes, Buddhism in Myanmar got mixed with more ancient religions.
Burmese people from all over the world come to the hill to make a ritual walk around each shrine, light incense and stick the finest gold plate as an offering. Locals look vivid - they wear traditional longyi sarongs and smear thanaka on their faces - a yellow paste from the bark of the tree of the same name that protects the skin from the tropical sun.
In the morning we leave for the ancient capital Mingun near Mandalay. Here we will continue our guided tour to Myanmar. Mingun is known for one of the most beautiful stupas in the world, and certainly the most unusual in Myanmar - Mingun-paya. King Bodawpaya, an ardent Buddhist who dreamed of building the largest pagoda in the world, began to build it in the 18th century. This grandiose structure was supposed to be 150 meters tall! But court astrologers predicted that the king would die as soon as the stupa was completed. Therefore, Mingun-paya was never finished, and several earthquakes left deep cracks on its body.
Fortunately, the grim prediction did not involve the Mingun bell - another project of King Bodawpaya. It weighs 90 tons and is recognized as the largest ringing bell in the world! We walk to another unusual pagoda - snow-white Hsinbyume. It looks more like a cloud on the banks of the river, especially if you see it against the background of Mingun-paya. Built by order of the grandson of Bodawpaya, King Bagyidaw, in honor of his wife who died in childbirth. This pagoda symbolizes the sacred mountain Meru - the center of all material and spiritual worlds in both Buddhism and Hinduism.
In the evening, we take a bus or train to Bagan (5 hours on the way) and check into the hotel.
Day 3 - 4
Even people far from Asia have heard of the ancient Pagan kingdom. And our guided tour to Myanmar has taken us to its capital - Bagan! In the morning we leave the hotel and plunge into unhurried local life. We take a walk outside the city, where hundreds of Buddhist temples and stupas stretch out on endless fields. In ancient times, wealthy citizens of the kingdom built temples here to gain good karma. As a result, already in the 13th century there were thousands of them. Only one fifth has survived to our time. But to see all of it we need to rent electric mopeds. We drive along dirt paths, exploring temples along the way, and observe an incredibly beautiful sunset. Those who wish can fly to the sky in a hot air balloon to enjoy stunning views.
In the morning we wake up before dawn to meet the first rays of the sun among Buddhist temples. We walk to the Shvezigon pagoda, covered with real gold. The capsule with a part of the Buddha’s body is laid in the foundation of this structure. Buddhist monks and lay people go around the stupa three times clockwise and perform other rituals. Very close to this abundance of gold lies a simple village. Locals live in traditional wooden houses, with buffaloes graze nearby, and keep chickens. What a contrast! We discover the local bazaar, taste delicious fresh sugarcane juice. In the evening we take a night bus to Inle Lake.
In the morning we check into a hotel, board traditional boats and set off to explore the villages on Inle Lake. We will see simple wooden houses on stilts, floating gardens where locals manage to grow vegetables and beans and a very simple life of people, many of whom still live without electricity.
We observe how men from the Inta tribe fish. They are also called one-legged fishermen, because they stand in the boat on one leg and hold the oar with the other leg. With their free hands they hold round nets.
We will also visit the village of the Karen people, where women still wear heavy metal neck rings. According to tradition, a girl puts on the first ring around her neck at a very young age, and periodically adds new ones until she gets married. A neck that seems long is considered beautiful by the Karen. Contrary to the myth widespread among foreigners, neck rings pose no harm. Many Karen women remove them after years of wearing without any consequences. We will also visit a unique factory where threads are woven from lotus stalks.
Day 6 - 7
We continue our small group trip to Myanmar and in the morning fly to Thandwe, a city off the coast of the Indian Ocean. We check into a hotel near one of the most beautiful beaches of Southeast Asia - Ngapali. Decades of military dictatorship and remoteness from large cities have kept these beaches pristine - there are almost no hotels and tourists. Pure clear water, white sand, palm trees and authentic villages of fishermen and peasants. Locals are very friendly. Few people know that Myanmar has such amazing beaches! But soon everything can change here ...
We relax on the beach, explore the jungle, enjoy picturesque sunsets and the freshest seafood. If you wish, you can enjoy traditional local massage and spa treatments.
Day 8 - 9
In the morning we fly to Yangon, the capital of Myanmar and check into a hotel in the center. We walk around the city, admiring the British colonial architecture, and the traditional street bazaars of fresh vegetables and fruits. Bazaars are also known for their abundance of freshly made popular Burmese dishes - mohinga fish soup with chickpeas, rice noodles and coconut milk, and a traditional salad of fermented tea leaves. Lovers of exotic foods can try a salad of pork ears and cabbage. There is nothing more cooling than a traditional dessert made from rice flour, sago, agar-agar and coconut milk with ice.
At sunset, we go to the main Buddhist shrine of the country - the Shwedagon pagoda. Inside this huge stupa, which is visible from all over Yangon, are eight hairs of Buddha. Burmese people believe that these particles of the body of the great saint and teacher can heal people from all diseases!
After sunset, local lovers of evening entertainment head to Chinatown. We follow them. This area boasts famous cafes, a night market, and karaoke bars. Great place to enjoy local beer and observe the local life. The next morning we go to the airport and fly home. Our group trip to Myanmar has come to an end. Thank you for discovering this authentic country with us!
Is this trip for you?
Citizens of most countries need a visa to Myanmar.
Visa can be obtained online and costs $50.
We provide free visa consulting for our clients.
Hot air baloon trip over Bagan
Price: + $300
Sunrise baloon flight over stunning Bagan. (Price for one person).
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