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Fascinating Land Travel & Tours' Itinerary

Itinerary FLT 06

[Name] Myanmar exploration IV

16 Days / 15 nights (For those who want to explore classic and remote sites including a beach)

Day 1. Yangon arrival
Day 2. Yangon - Heho - Pindaya - Kalaw (by flight and car)
Day 3. Kalaw (hiking)
Day 4. Kalaw - Nyaung Shwe / Inle Lake (by car and boat)
Day 5. Inle Lake - Indein (by boat)
Day 6. Inle Lake - Sanghar (by boat)
Day 7. Inle Lake - Nyaung Shwe - Kakku - Aye Thar Yar (by boat and car) (trekking to Kakku is possible at additional cost)
Day 8. Aye Thar Yar - Mandalay (by local train, flight and car)
Day 9. Mandalay (by car)
Day 10. Mandalay - Bagan (by boat Shwe Keinnary)
Day 11. Bagan (by car)                   ("Balloons over Bagan" is possible at extra cost)
Day 12. Bagan (by car)
Day 13. Bagan - Thandwe (Ngapali Beach) - (by flight)
Day 14. Ngapali Beach
Day 15. Ngapali Beach
Day 16. Thandwe (Ngapali Beach) - Yangon (by flight) - International Departure in the evening

An additional day (Day 17.) in Yangon of course is possible if guests wish to have more time at the end in Yangon for shopping etc.


Day 1. Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be welcomed by your FLT Tour guide and transferred to the hotel. Visit Yangon city center with many colonial style buildings, Sule pagoda, the reclining Buddha image of Chauk Htut Gyi, Karaweik Hall, a floating barge on Kandawgyi Lake and stroll around Scott (Bogyoke) Market with hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores. Your visit today will conclude with the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most awesome and spectacular monuments of Buddhists.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 2. After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Airport for domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival to Heho drive by car to Pindaya (60 km - 2 hours) passing through beautiful scenery of Shan State. Visit a local village on the way.
In Pindaya visit Pindaya cave, 160 m deep inside, enshrining 8,000 Buddha images. Your visit will also include traditional Shan Paper making industry.
In the afternoon drive to Kalaw (52 Km - 1.5 hours), which is situated nearly 1,500 Meter above sea level, a charming former hill station with pine forests.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Kalaw.

Day 3. After early breakfast, walk up to Taung Ni Village (9 km - nearly 3 hours per way) where the animist Palaung ethnic group is living. You will pass tea- and orange plantations and other crops. On half way, you will reach to Peinnebin Village. There is a long house, where 5 - 6 families live together in 1 big (long) building.
Continue your trekking trip up to Taung Ni Village with beautiful landscape on the way going to this village.
After seeing the village life you will have a very basic lunch which is arranged by your trekking guide at the village.

An additional local trekking guide will accompany you today in addition to your tour guide.
Afterwards walk back to Kalaw.
Lunch provided, Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Kalaw.

Day 4. After breakfast at the hotel, drive by car to Nyaung Shwe (65 km - 2 hours + diversion to the cave) passing through beautiful scenery of Shan State. You may stop at Aung Ban, a regional trading center for agricultural products.
From Aung Ban continue to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway to the Inle Lake and transfer to your hotel (1 hour by boat before dawn if your hotel is located on the Lake).
Depending on your arrival time to the Lake, in the afternoon you can still make an excursion on the Lake.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Inle Lake.

Day 5. After breakfast at the hotel, visit the five day's market at nearby village (if coinciding with market day schedule). Continue your journey to the Western bank of Inle Lake upstream on a creek to get to Indein Pagoda where thousands of Shan style stupas exist. You will also get a chance to stroll around bamboo forest and visit local villages to experience village life of tribal people.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Inle Lake.

Day 6. After breakfast at the hotel, start your private long-tail boat trip to Sanghar village (preferably guests should stay at Golden Island Cottages - from there it is 30 km - 2 hours per way).

Sanghar was in the 18th century one of the larger cities in Shan State. The highlights of this site are the remote village, stupas that sometimes get flooded in the rainy season and water lilies growing in mass. Have lunch at Thar Kaung village and visit a basic local rice liquor distillery and return to your hotel. The trip leads you through very interesting landscape, the lake becomes a creek to widen to a lake again before Sanghar.

An additional, mandatory Pa-O guide will accompany you in addition to your tour guide.
Lunch provided, Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Inle Lake.

Day 7. After breakfast at the hotel, transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe and drive by car to Kakku Pagoda complex in the territory of the Pa-O ethnic group (70 km from Nyaung Shwe - 2.5 hours). The highlight of this site is the 2,500 temples and stupas aligned in rows, in a 1 sq-km area. Huge and shady Banyan trees and charming Pa-O villages surround it.

An additional, mandatory Pa-O guide will accompany you in addition to your tour guide.

In the afternoon, drive back via Taunggyi to Aye Thar Yar.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Aye Thar Yar Golf Resort

Remark: if guests stay at a hotel in Nyaung Shwe, a return to the hotel is possible and Kakku can be done as day-trip from Nyaung Shwe.

Remark: For guests in very good physical condition, we can arrange trekking from Inle Lake to Naung Khe village (500 Meters difference in elevation - 4 hours fast walking) uphill to continue from there by your car to Kakku. The car will carry your luggage. This is possible at additional cost. The rest of the day from viewing Kakku is the same as above.

Day 8. After breakfast at the hotel, take the train from Shwe Nyaung Station towards Heho / Aung Ban if you are interested in experiencing a really local and basic train ride crawling up from the Inle Lake plains into the mountains. Please do expect a bumpy but unforgettable ride. Your car with the luggage will go parallel and wait at Heho station. Depending on the actual arrival time, you may continue the train ride up to Aung Ban, return to Heho airport by car for your domestic flight to Mandalay airport.

After arrival in Mandalay car and guide will be at your disposal for sightseeing as you wish for rest of the day.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Mandalay.

(The train ride is not comfortable; therefore not every guest will opt for it. Alternatively you could take an earlier flight to Mandalay and do sightseeing in Mandalay in the afternoon.)
Please be advised that trains never go by schedule and may be cancelled altogether.

Day 9. After breakfast at the hotel, visit Amarapura (former capital) with Mahaghandayone Monastery, where thousands of monks are taking their meals in total silence as well as 200 years old U Bein Bridge.

You will walk over to the end of the bridge and come back by riding a small rowing boat OR alternatively visit U Bein bridge in the evening and use the boat to enjoy the Sunset at U Bein bridge.

You will also see the most revered Buddha Images of Mahamuni Pagoda Visit will also include a silk weaving factory.
In the afternoon visit Golden Palace monastery with impressive wood (teak) carvings. Continue to see the world's largest stone slab book of Kuthodaw Pagoda. Sunset over Mandalay Hill or visit the Night market.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 10. Take away breakfast and very early morning transfer to the jetty for the boat "Shwe Keinnary" to go downstream on Ayeyarwady River to Bagan. Enjoy a relaxing day with the landscape passing by and observing the people's life along the river. There is an air-conditioned room available. The trip takes approximately 10 - 12 hours depending on the river conditions and water levels.

Upon arrival to Bagan, transfer to the hotel.

Car and guide will be at your disposal for a first sightseeing.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 11. After breakfast at the hotel, visits to the most significant Pagodas and Temples of Bagan including Shwezigone Pagoda, built in the early 11thcentury, Ku Byauk Gyi, a temple with superb mural painting and Ananda temple with four standing Buddha Images and a huge teak door.
After lunch, visit to one of the lacquer-ware workshop. Visit will follow to Manuha temple, built in Mon style, Nanbayar Temple with a unique sand stone monument. Your visit will also include Myinkaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple, a temple known for its mural painting.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 12. After breakfast at the hotel, visit the site of Tayoke Pyay Temple and some further Temples as you wish. The visit will also include Bagan Archaeological Museum where various styles of Buddha Images and hair knot styles are displayed.
After lunch, continue to a farming village around Bagan to know life of local people and local rice-noodle making. Few tourists go to those villages, you have time to explore the village life. In the late afternoon, return to Bagan.
Remark: Rice-noodle making at Taung Bi farming village is from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. But guests should check with guide / driver first whether it is worth going there on the particular day.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 13. After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Nyaung Oo (Bagan) airport for your domestic flight to Thandwe (Ngapali Beach). Upon your check in, your tour guide's service ends.
On arrival to Thandwe airport, transfer to your hotel on seat-in-coach basis.
Rest of day at your leisure.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Ngapali Beach.

In case that there is no direct flight from Bagan to Ngapali on the day you are traveling, you may have to fly via Yangon.
If guests would prefer to go to Ngwe Saung Beach, you can fly from Bagan to Yangon and continue by car (230 km - 5 hours) to Ngwe Saung Beach via Pathein town.

Day 14. After breakfast at the hotel, day at your leisure at Ngapali Beach
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Ngapali Beach.

Day 15. After breakfast at the hotel, day at your leisure at Ngapali Beach
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Ngapali Beach.

Day 16. After breakfast at the hotel, your hotel will transfer you to Ngapali (Thandwe) airport on seat-in-coach basis for your domestic flight to Yangon.
The car and a guide are at your disposal until your international departure in the evening.
A day-use room will be provided in a hotel near the airport till your international departure.

Remark: Depending on the season, the same day connection may be very risky! Please ask us if it is safe at the intended time of travel.

An additional day (Day 17.) in Yangon of course is possible if guests wish to have more time at the end in Yangon for shopping etc.

Hotels Yangon Kalaw Inle Lake  Aye Thar Yar
Standard Hotel Bahosi Dream Villa Motel 81 Hotel Inlay Aye Thar Yar Golf Resort (Dlx)
Middle Panorama Hotel

Pine Hill Resort

Dream Mountain Resort

 
Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort

La Maison Birmane - Inn & Boutique

Aye Thar Yar Golf Resort (Jun. Suite)
Deluxe Savoy Hotel

The Governor’s Residence

Sule Shangri-La Hotel

Amara Resort  

Inle Princess Resort

Viewpoint Lodge

Pristine Lotus Spa Resort

Aye Thar Yar Golf Resort (Eden Suite)

 
Hotels Mandalay Bagan  Ngapali
Standard

Hotel G-Seven

Arthawka Hotel

Linn Thar Oo Lodge
 
Middle

Mandalay City Hotel

 Bagan Thande Hotel Pleasant View Resort
Amata Resort
Deluxe Rupar Mandalar Resort

Mandalay Hill Resort

Tharabar Gate Hotel

Aye Yar River View Resort

Aureum Resort & Spa (Ngapali)
Sandoway Resort

 

PRICES

 
Validity: Prices are valid during the high season from 01 October 2017 until 30 April 2018 (there might be surcharges during peak season times, e.g. Christmas and New Year and depending on the hotels chosen - please inquiry with us for your travel date). Please ask for discounted rates for the low season.
All prices are in USD per Person

 
Days Tour

code

for 1 person for 2 persons
(in twin share room)
for 3-4 persons
(in twin share room)
Std Mid Dlx Std Mid Dlx Std Mid Dlx
16 FLT

06

  4,055.-- 5,450.-- 7,310.-- 2,460.-- 3,130.-- 4,065.-- 2,170.-- 2,850.-- 3,780.--
Single supplement for FLT 06 per single rooms required 477.-- 1,190.-- 2,120.-- 477.-- 1,190.-- 2,120.--

 

Add on for German speaking through-out tour guide: 210.-- USD for the whole tour (not per person). Tour guides speaking other languages can be arranged - please check with us)



Included:

  • Accommodation (twin shared room)

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • English speaking local "through out" guide including all miscellaneous cost for the guide except at the beach.

  • Additional local trekking guide in Kalaw, additional mandatory local guide in Sanghar and Kakku.

  • Lunch during Kalaw trekking.

  • Entrance fees and camera fees

  • Domestic airport tax

  • "Balloons over Bagan" if booked

  • Transport (domestic flights as advised / car-, train- and cart transport as mentioned in the itinerary / all airport- and jetty transfers as mentioned

  • Luggage handling

  • Airport transfer in Thandwe (Ngapali) on seat-in coach basis

  • Boat "Shwe Keinnary" (Formerly a public boat)

  • Bottled drinking water & refreshing towels in normal quantities

Excluded:

  • International airport tax (it is included in your ticket price)

  • Personal expenses such as beverages, laundry and souvenirs and tips

  • Meals (Lunch / Dinner)

  • trekking to Kakku unless booked

  • Personal insurance

  • Visa fees for Myanmar

  • International flights

  • Tour Guide will not join you from Bagan airport to the beach unless booked.

  • Excess Baggage (domestic flights allow up to 20 kg per person only)

  • Any official fees introduced or increased after our offer.

  • Fuel surcharge for domestic flights if applicable

  • If guests wish to alter the itinerary, extra charges may apply.

• Kindly keep in mind that our itineraries might need to be amended on short notice depending on changes to flight- and boat schedules, condition of roads etc.



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Last Updated : 09 May 2017