Intriguing Land of Pagodas (10D9N)

Depart Singapore:

25 December 2015 (Friday)

 

Depart Yangon:

03 January 2016 (Sunday)

 

Trip Type:

This is a sightseeing trip Sightseeing

 

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Myanmar, the Golden Land of Southeast Asia, has been closed to the outside world for the longest time one can remember.

Access to Myanmar used to be restricted but this has since changed since 2010. Even though this shy beauty has been out of the tourism radar for ages, its centuries-old temples and pagodas and retro towns that seem stuck in a time warp, have propelled Myanmar to be the current darling of the travel set.

Everybody wants to have a glimpse of the grandeur of this Golden Land and there are so much more to offer.

Join us in this intriguing tour to see for yourself the marvels of Yangon, Mrauk U, Bagan and Inle, the unusual tourist circuit that wow us with its off the beaten track’s experiences.

 

Itinerary 

Day 1 (25 Dec): Arrival at Yangon

  • Yangon CityDepart Singapore for your international flight to Yangon.
  • Upon arrival, meet up with your tour representative.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Yangon and rest for the night.
  • Overnight in Yangon.

Meals provided: -
Accommodation: Pleasant View Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, Yangon

 

Day 2 (26 Dec): Yangon – Sittwe – Mrauk U

  • Kaladan RiverAfter breakfast, depart Yangon for your morning domestic flight to Sittwe.
    • Depart Yangon: 1130am
    • Arrive Sittwe: 120pm
  • Upon arrival, proceed for your boat ride to Mrauk U.
    • Duration of boat ride: around 5 hours
  • Lunch will be provided onboard.
  • Enjoy the leisure boat trip along the Kaladan River through the several villages, farming, fishermen and big number of birds.
  • Overnight in Mrauk U.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Vesali Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Mrauk U

 

Day 3 (27 Dec): Mrauk U

  • Chin Tribe WomenEarly in the morning, drive to Shwe Taung Pagoda to catch the beautiful sunrise which is legendary.
  • After sunrise, drive back to the hotel for breakfast.
  • After breakfast, depart for Nann Kyar village.
    • Duration of drive: around 30mins
  • Followed by a boat ride from Nann Kyar village to Chanke village where you will see the tattoo-faced Chin tribes women.
    • Duration of boat ride: around 2 hours
  • After a great day interacting with the Chin tribes, proceed back to Mrauk U.
  • Upon arrival at Mrauk U in the late evening, kickstart your inspiring tour around Mrauk U.
  • 90000 TempleVisit 80000 Temple which is also known as Shitthaung Temple. It is a very well preserved and famous temple in Mrauk U and houses 80,000 Buddha images.
  • Visit Andaw Thein which contains a tooth relic of the Buddha originated from Sri Lanka.
  • Visit Lay-myat-nar temple, a four-sided temple with four entrances, one to each cardinal point and eight seated Buddhas round a central column.
  • Visit Htote-kan-thein, a fortress temple built on raised ground where the name means “Cross-Beam Ordination Hall”.
  • Visit 90000 Temple also known as Koe-Thaung temple. While the 80000 temple was built by King Min Bin, 90000 temple was built by his son, King Min Dikkha who wanted to outdo his father’s temple.
  • Overnight in Mrauk U.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Vesali Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Mrauk U

 

Day 4 (28 Dec): Mrauk U – Sittwe – Yangon

  • Sittwe Fish MarketAfter an early breakfast, check out of the hotel at 5am.
  • Transfer to the boat stand for the boat trip back to Sittwe to catch the domestc flight back to Yangon.
  • Upon arrival at Sittwe, visit Sittwe Fish Market, a very local fish market that is loud and lively.
  • Catch the fishermen at work who bring their catch ashore early in the morning.
  • After the visit to the fish market, depart Sittwe for your domestic flight to Yangon.
  • Upon arrival at Yangon at around 6pm, transfer to the hotel and rest for the night.
  • Overnight in Yangon.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Pleasant View Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, Yangon

 

Day 5 (29 Dec): Bagan

  • Ananda TempleAfter breakfast, depart Yangon for your morning domestic flight to Bagan.
  • Upon arrival at Bagan, begin your fun bike tour around Bagan.
    • Note: Those who do not wish to do the bike tour can choose to travel via car.
  • Visit Shwezigon Pagoda which sets the prototype of Myanmar stupas. It is believed to have enshrined a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha.
  • Visit Ananda Temple, a highly revered temple of Bagan which is an architectural wonder in a fusion of Mon and Indian style of architecture.
  • Overnight in Bagan.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: 
Zfreeti Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, Bagan

 

Day 6 (30 Dec): Bagan

  • Shwesandaw PagodaAfter breakfast, begin part two of your bike tour.
  • Visit Dhamayangyi Temple, the largest temple in Bagan, built by King Narathu to atone for his sins of killing his own father, brother and wife.
  • Visit That Byin Nyu, the tallest temple in Bagan at 201 feet high.
  • After the bike tour, take a horse cart to ShweSanDaw for amazing sunset.
  • ShweSanDaw is the second tallest pagoda in Bagan and is the best spot for sunrise and sunset.
  • Back to your hotel.
  • Overnight in Bagan.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Zfreeti Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, Bagan

 

Day 7 (31 Dec): Bagan – Inle – Indein – Sunset canoe ride

  • Indein Pagoda ComplexAfter breakfast, depart Bagan for your domestic flight to Heho, the gateway for your excursion to the picturesque Inle.
  • Along the way, photo stop at Shweyanpyay wooden monastery, a very beautiful 200-yr old wooden monastery with exquisite glass mosaics.
  • Upon arrival in Nyaung Shwe, transfer to your hotel on the Inle Lake by motor boat.
  • Check in to your hotel and have a quick freshen up.
  • Visit Phaw Daw Oo Pagoda, which houses 5 small Buddha images and are much revered by the lake dwellers.
  • Inle leg rowersVisit Indein Pagoda Complex where about 1,094 stupas are located. These stupas were believed to have been built between the 17th and 18th century.
  • Cruise through the floating gardens and stilt-house villages along the way where a lot of vegetables and fruit are grown.
  • Back to the hotel in the evening.
  • Switch to a canoe boat and enjoy sunset onboard the canoe boat with the amazing leg-rower.
  • Overnight in Inle Lake.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: 
Paramount Inle Resort (traditional inthar cottage) or similar, Inle Lake

 

Day 8 (01 Jan): Inle – 5-Days Market – Khaung Daing Natural Hot Springs – Vineyard

  • 5 Day MarketsAfter breakfast, visit the local “5 Day Markets” where the hill people will rotate between  5 different locations over a 5 day period, hence the name. It is a good opportunity to meet many different local tribes at this market.
  • Visit Khaung Daing Hot Springs where you can soothe your tired muscles and soul at the hot springs after days of travelling.
  • Visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, nicknamed “the Jumping Cat Monastery” because of the numerous cats hanging around in the monastery which are trained to jump through a hoop.
  • Drive to a vineyard to get some wine-tasting. A refreshing experience since Myanmar is known more for her tea plantations.
  • Back to the hotel by boat.
  • Overnight in Inle Lake.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Paramount Inle Resort (traditional inthar cottage) or similar, Inle Lake

 

Day 9 (02 Jan): Inle – Yangon

  • Shwedagon PagodaAfter breakfast, depart Inle for your domestic flight to Yangon.
  • Visit Sule Pagoda, a more than 2,500 year-old stupa, located in the centre of the city.
  • Visit Scott Market, the largest and most interesting market in Yangon. Shop till you drop here at the wide array of souvenir and gem stalls.
  • Visit Chinatown, bustling with many local food stalls and Chinese temples.
  • Visit Shwedagon Pagoda, a gilded pagoda and stupa of 99m high. It is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar with relics of the 4 past Buddhas enshrined within.
  • Overnight in Yangon.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: 
Pleasant View Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, Yangon

 

Day 10 (03 Jan): Departure from Yangon

  • After breakfast, depart for the airport for your international flight home, bringing back sweet memories of Myanmar.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price from:

Adult Twin (Price Per Pax)

SGD 3,899.00

Adult Single (Price Per Pax)

SGD 4,409.00

(Price differs according to the number of pax. For solo traveller or bigger group, please contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

 

Package Inclusions

  • 1 English-speaking local tour guide
  • All airport transfers by a private air-conditioned car/van/coach
  • All domestic flights (5 flights):
    • Yangon – Sittwe, Sittwe – Yangon, Yangon – Bagan, Bagan – Inle, Inle – Yangon
  •  Transportation for excursions in private air-conditioned car/van/coach, motor boat, canoe boat, horse cart, bike
  • All accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with daily breakfast at 3-star hotels
  • Porter fee at the airports
  • A bottle of water per day
  • Entrance fees to indicated sights

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore – Yangon – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Visa fee (USD 50.00; apply prior to travel)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, shopping and etc.)
  • Additional meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Tipping or gratuities for drivers/guides
  • Optional tours/activities

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Flight cost and information as at 12 Oct 2015. Subject to availability and change.

 

25 Dec 2015

Singapore (SIN) to Yangon (RGN):

Myanmar Airways International (8M 232) 1345hrs – 1515hrs

 

03 Jan 2016

Yangon (RGN) to Singapore (SIN):

Myanmar Airways International (8M 231) 0810hrs – 1240hrs

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and baggage and excluding miscellaneous): SGD421.00

 

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