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Myanmar, or Burma is one of the least known countries in Asia, but it’s rich history, traditions, and breathtaking natural wonders and culture will impress even the most experienced travel-buff. You will get to enjoy busy markets, countryside villages, and colonial architecture in the cities, monasteries and ancient temples. Myanmar welcomes you on the crossroad of two of the world's great civilizations, China and India, but offer you a completely authentic experience found nowhere else.
Check into your hotel. We are happy to organize airport pickups if needed
We start with a walking tour to Yangon's old quarter, built during the British colonial era. Stroll through bustling market streets full of merchants and food stalls. Sample tea and snack in the fashion of locals in one of the tea shops of Yangon. Passing one of Asia's architectural landmarks, the elegant Strand Hotel we walk to Pansondan Jetty and cross Yangon river to Dala village and embark on a tour by trishaw bicycle taxi that weaves through small lanes, market streets and friendly village neighborhoods. After couple hours tour we return to Yangon for lunch. In the afternoon we explore the multicultural city center with churches, mosques, Hindu temples and Buddhist pagodas next to one another. Visit the Bogyoke Market, where hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of color.
We complete the day with a visit to one of the world's most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda, a magnificent gold covered bell dome structure that dominates the city's skyline. The Shwedagon is an iconic symbol of the country, a sight not to be missed.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for the 30min flight to Heho - a quiet transit town with one of the few airport links in the beautiful hills of Shan State. Visit the bustling Heho Market, the meeting point for different ethnic minority groups of the surrounding areas to trade handmade goods and locally grown produce. En route to Inle Lake, we stop at a local family workshop to learn how Shan umbrellas and paper are made by traditional methods using the fibers of the mulberry tree. Next, we take a 1-hour drive to Inle Lake that descends through the valley with views of the Shan mountains and rice paddy fields. After checking into the hotel, we embark on afternoon explorations of Inle Lake, populated with floating islands and gardens made from the naturally tangled roots of water hyacinth plants and reeds.
In the morning we journey out by boat, following the currents of a small river to reach the Inn Thein, a site that makes us feel as if we’ve stepped through a forgotten portal in time. To access the complex, we walk through verdant bamboo groves that open up to a field covered with the ancient pagodas constructed over 1000 years ago. We take the boat back to the lake and visit a weaving and blacksmiths village to learn how local fabrics and tools are made. As an extra treat, we stop at the Inn Thar house built over the lake, reintroduction project of rare pure breed Burmese felines to Myanmar. At Nampan village, local craftsmen show us how Burmese cigars, or “cheroots,” are traditionally packed and rolled.
After breakfast transfer to Shwe Nyaung Train Station. We take the train to Kalaw and enjoy a scenic ride. The afternoon is free for cycling or hiking or just relaxing.
In the morning, we transfer to Heho airport for a 30min flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival to Mandalay your will be transferred to Mandalay city where we can enjoy a morning stroll through the lively Zegyo Market in the heart of the city to experience more authentic local life in Mandalay. We continue to the Artisan Quarters, where some of the oldest craftsmanship is showcased dating back to last kingdom of Myanmar. We observe the process of pounding gold leaf, detailing teakwood carvings and embroidering Myanmar tapestry. We also see how bronze and marble Buddha statues are carved, cast and molded. Next, we proceed to the highlights of Mandalay: the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda, housing one of the most significant Buddha images in the country, covered in several tons of gold leaf and the crown prize in long past wars between competing Myanmar kingdoms; the Golden Palace Monastery, the only surviving Royal Palace building in Mandalay, offering a glimpse of the original style and architecture of the Myanmar royals.
After breakfast at the hotel, we embark on a journey to Ancient Kingdoms of Myanmar near Mandalay. The day starts with a 1-hour cruise across the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River (Irrawaddy) to the quaint village of Mingun, known for its massive unfinished pagoda dramatically cracked in half by an earthquake in the 1800s; another attraction is Mingun’s bronze bell, believed to be largest un-cracked bell in the world. We continue to the Ancient Kingdom of Sagaing, located across the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. From the Sagaing Hills, we enjoy views of the hillside dotted with countless pagodas and pay a special visit to a monastery to learn about the life of Buddhist devotees. We continue to another beautiful ancient capital, Amarapura, famous for its textile industries. Continuing to the Ubein Bridge, a simple yet remarkable teak structure that spans 1,2 km over Taungtaman Lake, we have the option to be rowed onto the calm waters. Ubein Bridge, silhouetted by the setting sun, is a magical experience and a photographer’s dream.
Today we transfer to airport for 1hr flight to Bagan. Upon arrival to Bagan airport, we begin our journey into the Ancient Kingdoms of Bagan. The Dhamayazeka Zedi is our first stop, providing panoramic views of the temple studded plains of Bagan. We continue to the Archeological Museum and the gold gilded Swezigon Stupa, purported to contain a holy tooth relic of the Buddha. Not far from the stupa, the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple is a sight to behold, housing Bagan’s best preserved mural paintings of the Buddha’s Jataka re-incarnations. Next, we learn how Bagan’s famous lacquerware crafts are produced in Myingama Village, and then visit Htilominlo Temple to learn how Burmese sand paintings are created. The day’s temple tour ends with a visit to the beautifully symmetric and majestic Ananda Temple with its four standing Buddha images that seem to gaze at the viewer with fixed serenity wherever the viewer stands. For sunset, a bullock or horse cart ride around the temples offers unparalleled photo opportunities of one of the richest archeological treasures in Southeast Asia as the sun dips behind the temple ruins.
Our guided Bagan E-bike journey starts from your hotel or with short transfer to the tour starting point. The following should be considered as a general outline that our guides will follow unless alterations are requested by the travellers. Today's Bagan ride will lead us to small hidden neighborhoods and trails to experience authentic local life of Bagan and some of the lesser known temples as well as some of the most famous sights of Bagan.
After breakfast, we transfer you to the airport for the flight to Yangon. On arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening we visit the lively China Town area where evening market and food stalls and street restaurants pop up after 5pm.
Departure form Yangon. Airport transfer available upon your request.
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Faralong.com’s tours are divided into three Service level categories and five Physical Activity categories:
Accommodation in simple guesthouses or hotels when away from developed travel areas, or trekking off the beaten track.
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.
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.
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.
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Otherwise, you will be accommodated in the same room with another traveler of the same sex.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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