Myanmar Explorer


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Myanmar emanates the exotic glamour of a relatively undiscovered destination. Enchanting, unique and dripping with cultural riches, exploring this magical country and discovering a heritage so far removed from our own can only be immensely rewarding.

Places Visited

Australia - Singapore (1N) - Yangon(3N) - Bagan (2N) - Mandalay (2N) - Kalaw (1N) - Nyauang Shwe (2N) - Australia

Day 1: Fly to Singapore
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Singapore for an overnight stay at an airport hotel. Brisbane and Perth passengers may depart on Day 2 on a day flight to Yangon (no overnight stopover in Singapore required).
Day 1: Fly to Singapore
Day 2: Singapore to Yangon
Fly to the vibrant city of Yangon for a two night stay.
Day 2: Singapore to Yangon
Day 3: Discover Yangon
Head downtown to the Central Post Office from where you will begin your our walking tour. Encompassing the colonial highlights and more traditional architecture, stroll Strand Road and Pansodan Street before admiring the Sule Pagoda and City Hall. Visit the National Museum and browse in the Bogyoke Market. Finally explore Shwedagon Pagoda whose huge golden stupa dominates the city’s skyline. This is Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist site and is purported to have four relics of former Buddhas enshrined within.
Day 3: Discover Yangon
Day 4: Fly to Bagan
Fly to Bagan. Upon arrival, visit Nyaung U Market and Shwedagon Pagoda, where a replica of Buddha’s tooth is enshrined. Later visit Htilominlo Pagoda, Ananda Temple and take a short drive through the scenic countryside to Phwar Saw village. Enjoy a spectacular sunset from Aureum watch tower.
Day 4: Fly to Bagan
Day 5: Mt Popa
Travel to Mt Popa, an extinct volcano. Return to Bagan, stopping at a typical local village and a toddy palm plantation. This afternoon cruise on the Irrawaddy River to enjoy the sunset.
Day 5: Mt Popa
Day 6: Mingun & Ava
Fly to Mandalay and transfer to Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwe Inbin Monastery, the Golden Palace Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda. Set sail up the Irrawaddy River to Mingun to visit one of the world’s largest bells, Hsinbyume Paya, and the imposing Mingun Pagoda. Visit a silk workshop before finishing the day on Mandalay Hill.
Day 6: Mingun & Ava
Day 7: Amarapura & Mandalay
Drive to Amarapura and vist Mahagandayon Temple, a place of monastic study and home to several thousand young monks. Carry on to the lovely teak wood Bagaya Monastery. Transfer to Ava. Board a horse-drawn carriage to see the sights of this former royal capital – Nanmyint Watch Tower, Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery and Bargayar Monastery. Visit the Sagaing Hills before proceeding to the U Bein Bridge for a sunset boat ride.
Day 7: Amarapura & Mandalay
Day 8: Kalaw hill station
Fly to Heho and visit Pindaya Caves, home to thousands of Buddhist images placed here by pilgrims over the centuries. Visit a Shan umbrella and mulberry paper production business. Venture through the Shan Hills to Kalaw, a lively market town where many local minority people come to trade.
Day 8: Kalaw hill station
Day 9: Journey to Inle Lake
Visit Pinmagon Monastery to see the Bamboo Buddha, an eight foot Buddha image made of bamboo strips, before visiting the colonial Catholic King Church and the local market. Drive to Inle Lake. The lake is best known for the extraordinary ‘Intha’ people, who live on and around the water, and their unique rowing technique. Visit the Shwe Yan Pyae monastery before spending the night near Inle Lake.
Day 9: Journey to Inle Lake
Day 10: Explore Inle Lake
Transfer by boat to the western shore of the lake to explore the crumbling Indein Pagoda complex. Walk to a nearby villages to see the locals farming with traditional techniques. Pass through the rice fields to Saema to meet the friendly villagers. Visit the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, one of Myanmar’s most scared shrines before admiring the collections of ancient Buddhas at Nga Phe Monastery. Finally visit the weaving village of Inpawkhon.
Day 10: Explore Inle Lake
Day 11: Fly to Yangon
Fly to Yangon and upon arrival visit Gaba Aye Pagoda. Later you’ll visit Botataung Pagoda and Nanthida Jetty. This evening, stroll around Chinatown and through the night markets.
Day 11: Fly to Yangon
Day 12: Depart Yangon
Enjoy the morning at your leisure before you are transferred to Yangon airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
Day 12: Depart Yangon
Day 13 Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.
Day 13 Arrive Australia

Tour prices are per person, twin share

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Additional Price Information:

Single Hotel Room Option from $980
Land Only (Yangon to Yangon) 11 days from $4,439 per person (includes tipping)
Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and tipping. Subject to change
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 1300 318 203. Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visa in the price of our tour for Australian passport holders. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call Australia – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 61, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in Myanmar and you will find high quality coverage. Myanmar has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Burma is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost.

Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.

Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

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This tour is ideal for those looking for a comprehensive tour of Burma's main cities and scenic areas. We have designed this tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the main highlights of the country, important religious sites and Burma's stunning natural scenery.

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