Myanmar, Natural & Spiritual Beauty of Burma

Package Includes

  • Small groups of 10-18 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip international flights LAX-Yangon
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  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 4 Intra-flights
  • 12 nights in First Class accommodations that evoke the local character
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 27 meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners (including a home hosted dinner with a Bagan family, and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Bottled water during sightseeing excursions. Bottled water, coffee, and tea with all meals
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size of 10-18 travelers, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Observe the intricate process of ikat, turning lotus stems into thread and weaving lotus thread into fabric.
  • See firsthand how traditional Inle Lake boats are made.
  • Try your hand at rolling a typical cheroot, or Burmese cigar.
  • Learn how to prepare local chicken curry and sweet cakes during a cooking class with an Intha local.
  • Start your day with some quiet meditation led by a Buddhist monk.
  • Browse the colorful and bustling markets of Inle Lake, Bagan, and Yangon.
  • Meet some women from the Padaung tribe, known for the brass-ring necklaces that seem to stretch their necks.
  • Meet the young student monks at Mahagandayon monastery.
  • Explore some of Bagan’s 2,200 temples - spread over a vast Irrawaddy plain - by horse-drawn cart.
  • Relax during a soothing sunset cruise on the fabled Irrawaddy River.

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    DAY 1, Sunday - Depart the USA
    Depart the USA for Yangon, Myanmar. Your overnight flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for the journey. Please note that your flight may depart just after midnight. Be aware, if it does, you must check in at the airport the evening prior to your departure date

    DAY 2, Monday - Arrive Yangon
    Arrive today in Yangon, Myanmar’s former capital where vestiges of British rule lend a colonial accent to a decidedly Buddhist city. We have the day to rest after the journey, and this evening we’ll gather for a welcome briefing and dinner at our hotel
    Overnight: Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Yangon
    Meals: Dinner

    DAY 3, Tuesday - Explore Yangon
    We begin our day-long exploration among the gilded stupas of the Shwedagon Pagoda, a wonderland of towering spires, saffron-robed monks, and glittering statuary. History says this pagoda is 2,600 years old, making it the world’s oldest. Over the centuries, neither earthquake nor social turmoil has destroyed its grand structures. We’ll also see Chaukhtatgyi Paya, or the Reclining Buddha, and visit Sule Pagoda, believed to enshrine a strand of Buddha’s hair. After lunch, browse the hallowed corridors of the National Museum, featuring historical exhibits of rural life, traditional musical instruments, and ornaments used in royal ceremonies. Later this evening, dinner is on your own
    Overnight: Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Yangon
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 4, Wednesday - Fly to Inle Lake/Visit Phaungdaw U Pagoda
    We fly to Heho this morning, arriving in time for lunch at our resort. This afternoon, visit the Phaungdaw U Pagoda, where five small Buddha images are covered in gold leaf. Pilgrims visiting this revered site might drape a small robe around each image, then add the anointed robe to their altars at home
    Overnight: Pristine Lotus Resort, Inle Lake
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 5, Thursday - Discover Inle Lake Culture
    Inle is Myanmar's second largest lake and one of its highest at 2,900 feet. Many of its people - known as the Intha - are self-sufficient farmers. We spend today on a boat tour getting to know the people and culture of these remote and tranquil shores.One of the most distinctive features of Inle Lake is the tradition of leg rowing. Tall reeds once required fishermen to stand in their boats to see. So they wrapped one leg around their oar and pushed it through the water while balancing with the other. We’ll witness another tradition unique to this region at Inn Paw Khone Village: the art of ikat - weaving threads created from lotus stems into scarves and other fabrics. More stops along Inle’s shores reveal delightful snapshots of daily life. See firsthand how the small fishing boats we've been seeing are built. Gather leaves for a lesson in rolling a Burmese cheroot (or cigar). Learn about Burmese cats at the Heritage House. For lunch, chicken curry with sanwin-ma-kin (sweet cakes) - and a cooking lesson - are on the menu at Inn Thar Lay. This afternoon, we stop to admire places of prayer at Leshae Village and the Jumping Cats Monastery, where monks have taught resident cats to literally jump through hoops. We return to our resort in time for dinner on your own
    Overnight: Pristine Lotus Resort, Inle Lake
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 6, Friday - Board Boat for Indain/Visit Padaung Tribe Women
    Meditation is a central part of the Buddhist religion, which is practiced by 89% of the Burmese. Begin your day with a Buddhist monk to experience this ancient tradition firsthand. Later, board a boat to visit Indain and its 17th-century pagoda. Then we stop to visit women from the Padaung tribe, known for wearing multiple brass coils that appear to lengthen their necks. Many believe the women wear these heavy rings to enhance their beauty, yet others have said they do so in order to decrease their attractiveness to men from other tribes. We return to our resort after lunch and have the remainder of the afternoon free
    Overnight: Pristine Lotus Resort, Inle Lake
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 7, Saturday - Visit Mine Tauk Orphanage/Fly to Mandalay
    After breakfast, we travel to the village of Mine Tauk. Here, we pause to visit a local orphanage. After time to chat with the children and staff here, we proceed to the Heho airport for our flight to Mandalay, the country’s cultural and religious heart. Tonight at our resort, we’ll savor a traditional Burmese barbecue and a cultural performance
    Overnight: Mandalay Hill Resort, Mandalay
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 8, Sunday - Explore Mandalay
    It was Rudyard Kipling who originally wrote of "the road to Mandalay." We spend today exploring its many bustling and intriguing roads, visiting a few of its 700 pagodas. We begin at Mahamuni Pagoda. It is said that only five true images of Buddha exist – two in India, two in paradise, and one at Mahamuni. We’ll learn about the sacred meaning of this gilded likeness. Later, visit Shwenandaw Monastery and admire its intricate teak carvings. We finish our morning at Kuthodaw Pagoda, often called the “world's biggest book.” The 729 stone slabs that surround it are each etched with an inscription that, taken together, read as the entire Buddhist scriptures. We’ll have lunch at a local restaurant. Then stop by the flower and jade market to browse the vibrant and fragrant stalls. Dinner is on your own tonight
    Overnight: Mandalay Hill Resort, Mandalay
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 9, Monday - Mandalay at Leisure
    Most of today is free for you to discover Mandalay as you wish. Mid-afternoon, we gather for a visit to Amarapura, the ancient royal capital set on the Irrawaddy River. Some of its impressive stupas and monasteries remain. Later, we meet some young student monks at the Mahagandayon monastery. Conclude our afternoon at the U Bein Bridge, a simple yet sturdy all-teak footbridge across the serene Taungthaman Lake. We arrive in time for a stunning sunset
    Optional: Mingun Tour (AM)
    Overnight: Mandalay Hill Resort, Mandalay
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 10, Tuesday - Fly to Bagan/Tour Ancient City
    Once the grandest religious city in all of Asia, Bagan boasted 10,000 temples across a vast Irrawaddy River plain. About 2,200 remain, but the site is no less spectacular. We’ll take our introductions via a traditional mode of transportation: a horse-drawn cart. Our visits include Ananda Temple, a remarkably ornate structure known to some as the 'Westminster Abbey of Burma;' Shwezigon Paya, a colossal gilded treasure; and Toyokpyi Pagoda. Tonight, dinner is on your own at our hotel
    Overnight: Bagan Hotel River View, Bagan
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 11, Wednesday - Browse Market/Ascend Mt. Popa/Explore Medicinal Museum and Plantation
    We start today at the Nyaung U Market, where local artisans and farmers congregate. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture. Then, we ascend the dramatic, volcanic Mount Popa, or “mountain of flowers,” allegedly home to powerful spiritual beings known as nats. We’ll learn more about them at the Temple of the Nats. Then continue to the Medicinal Museum and Plantation, where curative herbs and plants are chronicled.For dinner, we’ve been invited by a local family into their home to see how the Burmese live today. It’s sure to be an eye-opening and rewarding meal
    Overnight: Bagan Hotel River View, Bagan
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 12, Thursday - Explore Bagan/Enjoy Sunset River Cruise
    Mid-morning, we set out to visit the village of Myingaba and the Gubyaukgyi Pagoda. This “great painted cave temple” displays well-preserved paintings of flowers and animals. We also discover the narrow passageways of Pathothamyar Pagoda. After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll have free time before embarking on a sunset river cruise along the Irrawaddy River. Dinner tonight is on your own
    Overnight: Bagan Hotel River View, Bagan
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 13, Friday - Fly to Yangon/Explore Scott Market
    We return to Yangon this morning. En route to our lunch stop in Chinatown, we’ll pass by the residence where Aung San Suu Kyi was under house arrest for 15 years. After lunch, a stop at the Bojyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) gives us a final glimpse of Myanmar’s rich and colorful culture. Tonight, we gather for a special farewell dinner
    Overnight: Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Yangon
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 14, Saturday - Depart for the USA
    Transfer to the airport for our flight home
    Meals: Breakfast

    Mingun Tour
    Mingun TourDay #9 01 Sep 2013 - 10 May 2014           $49
    Enjoy a visit to Mandalay jetty where you take a short ride upriver to Mingun, the site of what would have been the world's largest pagoda had not King Bodawpaya died in 1819 thus halting all further work. Later an earthquake in 1838 split the monument and reduced it to partial rubble. Nonetheless, the mammoth base of the unfinished pagoda is still a very impressive sight as we approach from the river. Nearby we can also visit the Mingun Bell, moved from the zedi after the earthquake and now hung in a new shrine building. It is said to be the largest hanging un-cracked bell in the world.

    Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Yangon


    This first class hotel overlooks Kandawgyi Lake.

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    Pristine Lotus Spa Resort, Inle Lake


    This first class resort has magnificent views of Inle Lake.

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    Mandalay Hill Resort, Mandalay


    This first class hotel is located nearby the Mandalay Royal Palace.

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    Bagan Hotel River View, Bagan


    This superior tourist class hotel is located at the edge of the Legendary Ayeyarwaddy River.

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    *Not Included:
    Prices do not include optional tours, Myanmar visa fees, gratuities for guides/tour managers.

    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include intra flights Yangon-Heho, Heho-Mandalay, Mandalay-Nyaung U, Nyaung U-Yangon. This package is based on flights via China Airlines. Please note, the return flight via Taipei, Taiwan includes an extended layover of approximately 7 hours.

    It is recommended that passengers purchase optional tours prior to departure. Payment for tours purchased locally can only be made by cash.

    Accommodation Details:
    Mar 9 departure will be accommodated at the Inle Garden Hotel in Inle Lake.

    Mar 9 and Mar 30 departures will be accommodated at the Amazing Bagan Resort in Bagan.

    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

    Is This Trip Right for You?

    This is a moderately active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. The overall pace is moderate - with 3 three-night stays, 1 two-night stay, and 1 one-night stay. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions.

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    Know Before You Go
    Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
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    Passports and Visas
    It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel and a visa if required. Please check the information at www.gate1travel.com/visas.aspx for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has unstamped visa pages.

    Entry Requirements:
    US citizens require a passport valid for six months beyond travel dates.
    Trip Preparation
    A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. As for the liquid containers, we suggest that you squeeze out excess air from those containers and place into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

    Cell Phones & Calling Cards
    You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. U.S. service is dominated by the CDMA technology standard, while most of the world uses the incompatible GSM standard. Some U.S. providers do offer GSM, but you may incur high international roaming fees. With GSM, however, you can often choose to have your phone unlocked and then add a local SIM card for lower fees. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally.

    When calling the U.S. from a foreign country, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel’s reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges.

    Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another
    When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number.
    For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If the international number you wish to call starts with a 0 (zero), you must drop this starting digit when dialing the number.

    Wireless Internet Access
    Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the internet via a wireless network access point (or hotspot). WiFi access in hotels and/or cruise lines often involves a fee which, in some cases, can be very expensive. Availability of WiFi varies by country, hotel and/or cruise line. Even if WiFi is available, signal strength is subject to local conditions and not guaranteed. Internet availability on cruises is unpredictable due to the ship frequently changing locations while sailing through multiple countries. Passengers requiring internet access may seek out internet cafes or may be able to locate free WiFi hotspots such as libraries or coffee shops. Hotspots can often be located and planned in advance via an online search. Planning ahead may help avoid unnecessary fees.

    Staying Healthy While Traveling
    All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal health-care provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or theWorld Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

    There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.

    • Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
    • Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
    • If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
    • Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
    • Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellant (for both active and warm destinations).
    • You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.

    Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment - Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at: http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements.

    Climate & Clothing
    Myanmar - Myanmar has three seasons: Hot (March to mid-May), Rainy (mid-May to September) and Winter (October-February). Some religious sites may require modest dress (no shorts, short skirts or sleeveless tops) and easily removable footwear is recommended if removing shoes is required.

    Myanmar Average Temperatures: http://www.gate1travel.com/weather/asia-pacific/default.aspx#myanmar-weather