Myanmar Culture Tour
Myanmar Culture Tour
Myanmar Culture Tour

Myanmar Culture Tour

True Myanmar culture, from Yangon to Mandalay

Tour price

We’ll keep slashing the price as others join this tour.

2 people
$1 545
per
person
3 people
$1 425
per
person
4 people
$1 310
per
person
5 people
$1 247
per
person
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$1 545
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Tour duration
10 days
Max participants
20
Difficulty
Easy
Service level
Comfort +

What's it really like?

Myanmar, or Burma, is a magnificent country almost untouched by Western culture, fashion and trends. People getting around on horse-pulled carts, wearing traditional clothing and makeup is a common sight, especially in rural areas. Myanmar has a strong cultural heritage, which shines through anywhere you go in the country – busy markets, countryside villages, colonial architecture in the cities, monasteries and ancient temples. The stunning and serene landscape of Myanmar will welcome you with lush greenery and picturesque lakes and rivers.

Tour highlights

  • The tranquil Inle lake
  • Colorful local markets
  • Striking Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Fascinating hill tribe villages
  • Historic temples and monasteries

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Day 1

Arrive in Yangon

Arrive in Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon - a quiet and charming city with impressive colonial and spiritual heritage. Check into your hotel. We are happy to organize airport pickups if needed.

Accommodation
Hotel
Day 2

Heho and Inle Lake

This morning we’ll visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. Continue to a local teashop for a chance to experience an integral part of Burmese life: drinking tea. Lunch at Feel Myanmar Restaurant 9 miles from your way to Yangon airport for your flight to Heho.

Upon your arrival to Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery.

After reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people.

 

Activities
Visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, Flight to Heho, Visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 3

Inle Lake and Indein

After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5-day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of In Dein. Explore the area on foot, stroll around the village and wander through the beautiful Alaung Sithu area. Lunch at Inthar Heritage House.

Later, explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.

Activities
Inle Lake tour
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 4

Kalaw

In the morning, transfer to Kalaw, a former British hill station. The scenic drive takes you into the heart of the Shan State, passing pine forests, rolling hills and small towns along the way. Kalaw is a charming little town with a mix of local and colonial-style houses. After checking in to your hotel, you may wish to enjoy a stroll around town or simply relax at your hotel.  

Then you will transfer to the start point of your trek and spend the day hiking over undulating hills. As you walk along, you pass through local hill tribes and observe their unique cultures. Picnic lunch will be served during the trek. Remaining day is at your leisure.

Activities
Hiking
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 5

Mandalay

Early this morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, begin your sightseeing tour of Mandalay with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda. This pagoda is home to one of the country’s most revered Buddha images. Lunch at local restaurant.

This afternoon, continue your tour of Mandalay with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda and the Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. Head to the top of Mandalay Hill as the sun begins to set to enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River.

Activities
Flight to Mandalay, Mandalay sightseeing
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 6

Mandalay

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the jetty to 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.

Your visit begins with the famous Mingun Pahtodawqyi. Continue your visit at the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda, and see the Mingun Bell which weighs 90 tons and is considered the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell.

Return by boat to Mandalay for the night, after lunch at a local restaurant.

Activities
Boat tour, Mingun sightseeing
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 7

Bagan

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan (Nyaung Oo).

On arrival, your journey begins with a visit to an elevated temple from where you will have a panoramic view of the magnificent plains of Bagan. Continue with a visit to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction to Bagan’s rich history. Then, visit the nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite Jataka mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. Lunch at La Min Thit.

This afternoon begins with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. From here, travel by horse cart for a tour passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple.

Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.

Activities
Flight to Bagan, Bagan sightseeing
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 8

Bagan

In the morning, visit the colorful Nyaung Oo Market where villagers gather every day to buy and sell their fresh produce and other goods. Continue to Myinkaba village and take a short walking tour to explore the temples of Manuha and Nan Paya.  

In the afternoon, continue to the rural village of Minnanthu, one of Bagan’s least visited areas.  Here you will explore temples such as Payathonzu, Lemyentha and Nandamannya before heading to the riverside pier. Board a local boat for a slow cruise down the Irrawaddy River.  As you cruise the waters, observe the lifestyle of the fishermen and riverside villages as well as enjoying the unique perspective of Bagan’s temples.

Activities
Bagan sightseeing, Boat cruise
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 9

Yangon

This morning after your breakfast, transfer to Nyaung U airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon your arrival, transfer to Insein Train station. Disembark at Yangon central railways station to start your architectural walking tour. The walking tour will cover the central districts of downtown. The highlights include City Hall, Stand hotel and the former Minister’s office. Interspersed in the guided walk are various religious sites such as the St Mary’s Cathedral, and the Buddhist landmarks of Sule Paya. Lunch at a local restaurant.

Our final visit will be Bogyoke Market, where you can browse through the wide selection of Myanmar handicrafts and other goods before transferring to your hotel.

This evening transfer to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. The 8-sided central stupa is 99 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.

Activities
Flight to Yangon, Yangon sightseeing
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 10

Depart from Yangon

Departure from Yangon. Airport transfer available upon your request.

What's included?

  • Accommodation in a double room
  • 5 lunches and 9 breakfasts
  • Domestic flights
  • Transportation (excl. airport transfers)
  • English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees

Not included

  • Flights to/from destination
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Gratuities to local staff
  • Airport transfers

Tour provided by

Exo Travel
Exo Travel

Fact sheet

Disclaimer

Please note that information provided in this fact sheet is subject to change. Faralong.com can not take responsibility for third party information and its changes. However, we do aim to update this page as often as possible. Nevertheless, we strongly encourage to check all important travel info such as visa regulations and travel info from the respective channels in your country.

Tour Provided

The name, address and emergency contact numbers of the local tour operator will be released to the clients after the final payment has been done.

We would like to assure you that all of our partners are well-known and respected in their field of work. Faralong.com is a part of the Summit Travel Group, who has been partnering with these service providers for years.

Service and Physical Activity Levels

Faralong.com’s tours are divided into three Service level categories and five Physical Activity categories:

Service Levels

Basic
Accommodation in simple guesthouses or hotels when away from developed travel areas, or trekking off the beaten track.

Standard
Accommodation in local 3-4* hotels suitable for the destination. All hotel categories are set by the local standards. Please note that in some countries the hotel standards do not coincide with those on an international level.

Comfort
Accommodation in international chain hotels, upmarket lodges or local 4-5* hotels. All hotel categories are set by the local standards. Please note that in some countries the hotel standards do not coincide with those on an international level.

Physical Activity

1 (Easy) - These tours are suitable for everyone and include a decent amount of walking.

2 (Medium) - These tours are suitable for everyone and include day hikes on various terrain, which are normally not mandatory.

3 (Hard) - These tours are suitable for people with an average fitness level and include day hikes and treks to various places, which are a mandatory part of the program.

4 (Very hard) -These tours are suitable for people with an intermediate level of fitness and include challenging treks on various terrain.

5 (Extreme) - These tours are suitable for people who are looking for some serious challenges. Have a good look at the program and do some research before committing to one of these tours.

All necessary information regarding a specific tour is displayed on the tour page.

What's included

All tours on Faralong.com include accommodation, local transport (excluding airport transfers if not stated otherwise), meals as specified, English speaking guide and all entrance fees.

If there are any changes to the inclusions, then they are all noted on the tour page.

What's not included

None of the tours on Faralong.com include international flights to/from the destination, travel insurance (mandatory), visas if necessary, gratuities to local staff, personal expenses, optional activities or airport transfers (if not stated otherwise).

If there are any changes to the list of services not included in the tour, then they are all noted on the tour page.

Single Travellers

If you are traveling alone and would like to have your own room, then please add a Single Supplement from the Extra Services when booking or if not available, send us an email at travel@faralong.com.

Otherwise, you will be accommodated in the same room with another traveler of the same sex.

Tour Cost and Group Size

The final cost of the tour is determined 45 days before departure when the group is automatically closed. Until that point, in case of vacancies, it is possible to join the group and, therefore, lower the cost for everyone.

The maximum group size is always noted in the pricing scheme on the tour page. Please note that all of our tours are guaranteed from two travelers.

Our pricing scheme applies to private groups as well and no extra charge is applicable. The maximum group size, however, stays the same as stated in the pricing scheme.

Confirmations

All confirmations, joining instructions and tour operator contacts are made available after the final payment has been received by Faralong.com.

If a confirmation is needed for visa application purposes before the final payment has been made then, please let us know by email at travel@faralong.com.

Itinerary

The itinerary of a tour can be found on the particular tour page.

Please note that all itineraries are subject to change in case of unforeseen circumstances. The security and well-being of our clients always comes first to us and all of our esteemed partners.

Tour Leader

All tours on Faralong.com include the services of an English-speaking tour leader/guide/driver.

At this point in time, we are unfortunately unable to provide these tours in other languages.

Travel Documents

Please make sure that all of your travel documents are up to date and valid before departure.

Note that in some cases, a passport has to be valid up to 6 months after departing the destination. Be sure to check visa and other travel regulations from your local government offices well in advance.

Health

Please make sure that you check the vaccination requirements or your destination well in advance. Some countries might have mandatory vaccination rules and it is solely up to you to abide to them.

In case of high altitude trekking, please consult your doctor before making a booking. It is important to us and in regards to everyone’s safety that every group member is fit to take on the challenge.

In some cases, Faralong.com is allowed to require a doctor’s note from the client that states their ability to take part in a tour with high physical activity level.

Weather

It is advisable to check the weather forecast of your destination a few days prior to departure.

Problems

Our and our local partners’ goal is to make everything go without any problems. However, sometimes the odds may not be in our favor and something may happen.

In case of problems on the road, please notify your tour guide first. It is important to give the local provider a chance to make things right.

If the problems can not be solved, please let us know by email at travel@faralong.com. Be sure to give us an overview of the problem, your contact details and your booking reference.

In case of emergencies, it is mandatory to call the emergency number of our local tour provider. This number will be given to you with the confirmations and joining instructions, after making the final payment.