Myanmar with your family
This trip combines some free time and some hotels with swimming pool, so parents and kids can fully enjoy their holidays !
You will land at Yangon International Airport, and the person in charge will welcome you.
You can drop off luggage at your hotel before exploring Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the former capital of Myanmar (Burma), but which remains the economic heart of the country with its 6 million inhabitants.
the city is quite extensive, but the sites not to be missed are found mainly in the south, around the old colonial district (Downtown) and Kandawgyi Lake.
in the colonial district, you can walk on foot to observe various buildings, more or less in good condition, some being renovated. The most impressive are “Yangon Region Court Building,” “Supreme Court of Burma Building”, “Port Authority Building,” and especially “The Secretariat”, in which he was assassinated General Aung San on July 19, 1947.
You can then amble through the stalls of Bogyoke market (Scott or market). You can find everything there, mainly handicrafts from various states of the country.
In the late afternoon, when the sun begins to set, you will discover the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar symbol and highest place of pilgrimage of the country. The site is constantly visited by local, family or couple, to pray or simply rest.
You will have the morning free to relax with family or do not do the day before visits.
After the free lunch you will be taken to the Yangon airport for a domestic flight to Mandalay, usually around 14h. You will be welcomed and you will reach the city center, located about 1 hour drive. Free evening for a first discovery as you wish
Mandalay is the second largest city. It is located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River and the foothills of the Shan state. There you will find many historic buildings, as it was repeatedly capital of kingdoms at different times. The second most sacred pagoda is located in Mandalay: Mahamuni pagoda and Buddha image covered with tons of gold leaf.
The center is made of parallel and perpendicular streets, so we found it easily, and often falls on the impressive citadel of the royal palace, made perfect square of walls 2 km long.
in this part of town, you can visit the monastery Shwenandaw, made entirely of teak. It was originally inside the royal palace, but was dismantled and rebuilt outside the Thibaw king who did not appreciate. Near the monastery, you will also discover the Kuthodaw Pagoda, white. She is known as “the world’s largest book,” because it is composed of 729 small stupas with inside writings taking a collection of Buddhist texts.
In the late afternoon, climb to the top of the Mandalay hill (240m high), by car or via the stairs for the bravest. The hill is home to several monasteries, statues, pagodas. The view from the top is magnificent: you see the city, the river, the first mountains of the Shan state.
In the morning, you will join in the vehicle the banks of the Irrawaddy River to board a small private boat you will sail north, until Mingun. There are about 45 minutes of sailing.Accost you and leave on foot discover the site, which houses an impressive pagoda built in 1790, but unfinished: the Bodawpaya pagoda, the name of the same king. It is split in several places due to an earthquake in 1839. A huge bell is also on site. It was to be part of the pagoda. Nearby, you can visit the Hsinbyume pagoda, white, before joining your small boat to descend on Mandalay.
After lunch, you will leave the river from Mandalay via the Ava bridge until Sagaing Hill, which was capital of the kingdom of the same name from 1315 to 1364. the site is a place of pilgrimage and teaching of Buddhism to Burma, so there are many monasteries and pagodas. At the top of the hill you will have a lovely view of the river and its bridges, and on the roofs of many pagodas.
Late afternoon, you cross back over the river to the lake Taungthaman and discover the famous bridge U Bein built entirely of teak in 1849 and has a length of 1.2 km. Stroll to sunset.
Leave the Mandalay morning and permanent animation from the central plain of Myanmar and discover local life in the countryside. There are about 4 hours drive to Pakokku, a town on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. You can take breaks on the course. A Pakokku, a small private boat will be waiting for you down the river for 2 hours. You will then arrive in Bagan, Myanmar pearl. You then reach your Bagan hotel for a first free visit or enjoy the pool.
You will discover this morning one of the most beautiful sites of Myanmar, and certainly the best known: the plain of Bagan. There are thousands of temples, more or less large, more or less in ruins over a large area on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. The construction date is between the 11th and 13th century. Some are really majestic, like Gu Byauk Gyi temple which houses many ancient paintings on its walls. Manuha the pagoda is also interesting, with its very square shapes. It is in the same area Nan Paya temple near the river.
In the afternoon, you will go discover the old Bagan, fully walled part originally. There are still many remnants of the ramparts. You will visit at your own pace Bu Pagoda, a river, the temple Shwegugyi Temple, the Temple Maha Bodhi. Then you will reach the temple That Byin Nyu, the highest of Bagan, built in 1144. Finally you reach the end of the afternoon the temple Dhammayangyi Temple, the largest in its form, and Shwesandaw pagoda.
You will have all the free day is to enjoy your hotel or to rent a bike or electric bike to wander as you wish on the plain. If you prefer, you can visit with guide and car (surcharge) to go on a little further away temples (Temple Pahto Thamya, Sulamani the temple, etc.) and discover workshops lacquer crafts deemed Bagan.
In the morning, you will be dropped at the airport for your domestic flight to Heho.
On arrival at Heho airport, you will go to the north by a beautiful mountain road to reach the village of Pindaya (1:30 drive away). You will visit the natural caves which contain over 8,000 Buddha statues. You can also walk around the lake in Pindaya and its local market. Then join in the afternoon the village of Nyaung Shwe on the shores of Inle Lake (2h30).You will end free day.
You will go by canoe in the morning from the dock of your hotel or those of the village of Nyaung Shwe to spend a day on Inle Lake. The setting is beautiful. A lake at about 1200 meters above sea level, surrounded by green hills. An ethnic group lives on the lake and its shores, the Intha ethnicity. So you will stroll in the dugout in villages on stilts, seeing the people in their daily lives, and through the floating gardens (various fruit and vegetable crops which are then sent across the country).
You will then discover the Phaung Daw U Pagoda , main pagoda of the area of the lake. She sheltered 5 small statues of Buddha. They are so covered with gold leaf it is now 5 “golden balls” no longer having the form of statues. You will meet Burmese (s) throughout the region who come to pray here.
In the afternoon, your boatman will continue to introduce you to various monasteries on stilts, various craft workshops scattered throughout the villages. The most impressive craftsmanship in manufacturing fabrics and garments made from fiber lotus stems. The departure to the hotel or the village will be in the middle of the afternoon because there is often 1h of navigation, and it’s a pretty cool area from October to March when the sun begins to set .
Inle Lake and its surroundings are known for the cycle markets. The cycle lasts five days and is very accurate always, based on the lunar calendar. Every day, so there 3 or 4 markets in villages in this region of Shan state (north of Pindaya Loikaw to south), and your boatman so you take the morning to a market that takes place today . The market can be floating or on the banks. It does not lose its charm, because still we observe all sellers arriving by boat.
In the afternoon, after lunch free in a restaurant on stilts, you will continue to sail on the lake to reach his west part of the village Indein. To get there, you will pass by many small canals in the middle of plantations, the opportunity to see people in their daily activities. Indein is renowned for its archaeological site of the Pao ethnic group, a set of white stupas ,, more or less in ruins, overgrown, adding to the charm of the site. The site is at the top of a hill and therefore offers beautiful views of the surroundings. The return will be by canoe from the point where you filed the boatman.
You will have the whole day free, without transport, to discover the Inle Lake and its surroundings as you wish. You can go to the local markets, rent bikes, go relax in the hot springs, do a wine tasting, etc. We can arrange if needed.
In the morning you will be taken to the Heho airport for your domestic flight to Yangon. You will arrive in Yangon at 11am. According to schedule your international flight, you can have a car with driver available (surcharge).
Table prices per person (to be confirmed depending on dates and availabilities)
|2 persons||3 people||4 people||5 people|
|(1 double)||(1 triple)||(2 doubles)||(1 double +1 triple)|
|3 Star Hotel||1075 US$||990 US$||940 US$||875 US$|
|4 Star Hotel||1610 US$||1470 US$||1480 US$||1380 US$|
|English-speaking guide option||55 US$ / jour|
|Franchophone guide option||1350 US$|
|The price includes :||The price does not include :|
|Accommodation with breakfast in a double or twin||English or French speaking local guide|
|Domestic flights and boats mentioned||Entrees on sites|
|Car with driver available from 08.30 to 18.30 approximately (except days off)||Day meal and evening|