13 Days Authentic Myanmar (Budget tour)

Duration

: 13 Days

Destination

: START | YANGON – INLE LAKE – BAGAN - MANDALAY - MRAUK U – SITTWE - YANGON |FINISH

Trip Overview

: This tour introduces the inspiring towns, culture and the real taste of authentic people.

Take the opportunity to mingle the diverse architecture of the city, magnificent Shwedagon pagoda and bustling down town in Yangon.

Travel like local from Yangon to Nyaung Shwe, gate way to Inle Lake, Inle Lake to Bagan and Mandalay to Mrauk U by express night bus. Traveling by bus at least one way is the simples way to get around Myanmar if you are on a budget.

Cruising the Inle Lake by private boat to explore ways of Ihtha life , floating garden and a typical local lunch at local home.

Wonder Bagan ancient temples and nearby villages to see local products and daily life.

Travel by public ferry boat between Bagan and Mandalay and Mrauk Oo to Sittwe. Experience river life of Ayeyarwaddy and Kaladan river.

Discovery on Royal Palace, 200 years old bridge, some cottage industries and Mandalay Hill in Mandalay.

Mingle the diverse architecture of the old cities, its culture, nature and unusual riverside villages in Mrauk U.

Discover open air fish market, view point of SIttwe beach , meet friendly locals, products and spicy local dishes in Sittwe.

Day 1 Arrive Yangon International airport.






Pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Yangon – 1 night

Day 2 Explore Yangon and night bus to Inle Lake


Your first leg of Yangon will begin with a visit to Shwedagon pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site in all of Burma. Also known as the Golden Pagoda, the 2,000-year-old hilltop temple complex covers more than twelve acres and dominates the Rangoon skyline
Then, take a walk through the city center, taking in colonial buildings and the bustling markets offer an insight into local life ,contemporary art galleries, over 100 year old beautiful Rangoon Synagogue to hear the brief history of Burmese Jewish Community and some interesting stories.
Transfer to highway bus station in the afternoon.
Night bus to Inle lake.
Overnight onboard.

Day 3 Explore Inle Lake by private boat




Arrive Inle Lake early in the morning. Take tuk tuk (your own account) for transfer to your hotel.
After refreshing up, take a walk to jetty for discovery on Inle Lake by boat.
Discover the culture wonders, natural beauty and unique lifestyles of Inle Lake on this full day excursion. Travel by private, long tail boat and wind through stilted houses to hidden craft shops, venture ashore to see jungle-shrouded temples, dine on traditional Inthar cuisine and witness the fishermen of Inle.

Day 4 Take local night bus from Inle Lake to Bagan



Free at leisure to do numbers of things in and around Inle Lake. Why not hire a bike to explore Khaing Daing Hot Spring , a visit to Red Mountain Vineyard to see wine making process and tasty , take a Shan cooking lesson or visit a local orphanage , sunrise balloon over Lake & Mountain, a trek to Pa O tribes ?

Please note : some of these options should be booked in advance.

Take night bus from Inle Lake to Bagan (ETD 2000 –ETA 0430)
Overnight onboard

Day 5 Arrive Bagan – Explore by e-bike or car with driver

Arrive Bagan. After refreshing up, begin your exploration of the site with visits to some of the site’s most important monuments such as Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi Temple and Sulamani Guphaya Temple. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece.
Built 1105 AD in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance and angle from which the statues are viewed.

Afternoon visit to nearby village to learn village life. Observe the process of creating “Poneyay Gyi (pea powder paste) and see how local plum jam is made & packed. The people here are very friendly and will greet you with warm smiles as they going about their business.
Sunset from one of the monument and back to hotel.

Overnight in Bagan – 2 nights

Day 6 Free at leisure in Bagan






Today, you will be free at leisure to do do numbers of things. Why not to take some optional tours such as Sunrise balloon tour, fullday tour to Mount Popa and nearby villages, a visit to bustling Pakokku and a boat trip to Kyauk Gu U Min?

Day 7 Travel from Bagan to Mandalay by public ferry boat

Depart Bagan by public ferry boat. (approx. ETD 0600- ETA 1800)
There are fishing boats and locals washing and drying their clothes. The views from the boat is impressive; hilltop pagodas, bustling harbours and unique riverside living.

Board to your upstream river trip to Mandalay. It takes normally fullday
This journey on the Irrawaddy River is an attraction in itself and can be done in both directions. Enjoy beautiful scenery along the way, scattered farms come and go on the sandy and somewhat arid riverside, buffalo plough fields, kids play, small huts and wooden fishing boats, women trek here and there with agriculture bulks balanced on their heads. Lunch is served onboard.

Arrive Mandalay. (Lunch included)
Note: the boat journey is available from Oct to end of Mar. The boats stop sailing from April to Sep due to water level.
Overnight in Mandalay – 2 nights

Day 8 Discovery on Mandalay



Discovery in Mandalay on arrival begins with a visit to ancient royal capital of Amarapura to witness the world's longest teak bridge over Thaungthaman Lake, lively Jade market & Mandalay’s backstreets to wonder cottage industries.

Afternoon tour to Royal Palace where Burma's last two kings lived and Mandalay Hill to see the best view over Myingyan plain and Shan mountain.

Day 9 Take night bus from Mandalay to Mrauk U






Free at leisure in the morning.
Take overnight bus from Mandalay to Mrauk U (ETD 1300 – ETA 1300)
Overnight onboard

Day 10 Arrive Mrauk U early in the afternoon.

After refreshing up, explore temples by your own to nearby temples.

Visit Shitthaung Pagoda known as "80,000 Images" , erected in 1536, after King Meng Ba conquered Bengal, Doketanthein, Andawthein, ordination hall with tooth relic, and Yadanabon stupa, heap of Jewels and gems.
The temples are very different to Bagan, much more simple in appearance and made of stone rather than brick. Some of them look more like forts or pill boxes to be honest. There are also far fewer of them, but the landscape is also different, with myriads of small hills meaning the whole site has a very different look to Bagan.
As the sun sets you have the perfect photo opportunity to witness the brilliance of Mrauk U temples and historic landmarks.

Overnight in Mrauk U – 2 nights

Day 11 Mrauk U exploration with your local guide

This morning, extend your visit with your local guide to small village where you will get a firsthand glimpse of authentic riverside village culture. Laughing with locals, navigating narrow alleyways, walking in the village by passing plantation and traditional weaving will create memories to last a life time. Back to Mrauk U in time for lunch.
Return to the city in the afternoon to see Kothaung temple which was built in 1553 and shrine of 90000 buddha images. Yadana Manaung Zedi , Zina Manaung Zedi ,famous collection of Vesali Buddhist artifacts can be seen at Bandoola Monastery, Dukkhanthein temple,vaulted passages with impressive stone sculptures in the huge fortress-like temple, Laymyetnha temple, Pitaka taik and Laungbanyauk.

Sunset from one of the famous monument.

Day 12 Travel from Mrauk U to Sittwe by public ferry boat




Take public ferry boat from Mrauk U to Sittwe (ETD 0600- ETA 1000, approx. 4 hours). Enjoy local activities onboard and river life along the Kaladan River.
Arrive Sittwe.
Take a stroll along the busy streets later in the afternoon to see activities of the town.
Overnight in SIttwe – 1 night

Day 13 Fly Sittwe to Yangon. Departure

This morning,you will be met with your driver for a visit morning open fresh market where all kinds of fish, seafood ,vegetables are on sale.
Then, take a drive along the Strand Road past fishing boats to The Viewpoint , at the mouth of Kaladan River. There are some interesting shale and sandstone rock formations, as well as fabulous views over a black sand beach stretching for miles towards Bangladesh along the edge of the Bay of Bengal. Then, drive through the town to see picturesque colonial buildings built in British days, local style houses, local family business of fried fish snack (papara) and pork sousage and nearby fisherman village to witness the same daily routines .
Then, return to the hotel to collect your luggage and transfer to Sittwe airport. Your trip in Myanmar conclude here.

Fly from Sittwe to Yangon. On arrival, connect your international flight to home.

Price

Price 685 per person based on 2 person tour (twin hotel room sharing basis) during low season (May-Sep 17 ) & please contact us surcharge for high season from October & onwards.

Larger groups will pay less per person, single person purchase will mean a higher price.

Hotel option - standard category

Yangon – Hotel @ Yangon Heritage , Standard room, www.hotelyangonheritage.com
Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe) - Trinity Family Inn, Standard room, www.facebook.com/Trinity
Bagan – Ruby True Hotel, Superior room, rubytruebagan.com
Mandalay – Ma Ma Guest House, Superior room, mama-guesthouse.com
Mrauk U – Shwe Thazin Hotel, Standard room, www.shwethazinhotel.com
Sittwe – Hotel Memory, Standard room, http://hotelmemorysittwe.com

Inclusion


9 nights accommodation with daily breakfast at small charming hotel and 3 night onboard
Transfers and sightseeing by private air-con vehicle with drivers, as mentioned in program
1 lunch onboard from Bagan to Mandalay
Bus ticket from Yangon to Inle Lake, Inle Lake to Bagan, Mandalay to Mrauk U
1 day private boat tour in Inle Lake
Private transportation from Bagan to Mandalay by car with driver
1 Day bike tour in Bagan and Mrauk U
1 day English speaking guide service in Mrauk U
One local flight from Sittwe to Yangon
Cool tissue and mineral water during touring.

Exclusion

Meals not mentioned above
Entrance fees
Transfers not mentioned above
English speaking local guides service not mentioned above
Any other services not mentioned above
Personal expenses
Tips and porters

Important Note

• Bus routes are run by a variety of different private companies, and they serve most parts of Myanmar– with the exception of some border and mountian areas. Traveling by bus is recommended for major long routes such as Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake. The long-distance buses on major routes in Myanmar are modern, air conditioned vehicles. On most major routes it is possible to choose between different levels of luxury, which is reflected in the price of the ticket. VIP buses (sometimes called Express buses, although they are not always faster) are very comfortable, usually having reclining seats and 2+1 seating (as opposed to the usual 2+2). Many bus schedules operate over night, which allows you to make the most of your days. Most longer journeys feature at least one refreshment stop. These offer you the opportunity to stretch your legs and get a drink and a bite to eat; if you are travelling to or from Yangon, most buses stop for half an hour at 115 Mile, a large complex of restaurants and hotels on the main Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw-Mandalay Expressway (2.5 hours north of Yangon). Buses do not have toilets on board.
We recommend this itinerary for young traveler and sportive travelers.

The above itinerary is indicative and some details may change according to conditions and availability; you will always be informed of such changes.

There may be changes to estimated prices depending on air fuel cost, domestic airfares, US$ exchange rates and festive season surcharge. All supplemental cost to be advised.
This program is not recommended from mid April to mid September due to weather.
Rakhine is developing region and its tourism infrastructure may not match tourist standard.

Would you like to extend your tour to the Northen Shan State or to combine with any other places? Our travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you, along with any other travel, accommodation or activity requirements you may have. Just fill out the ‘Any further queries’ box after you have clicked on the ‘Book Tour’ button.


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