Best of Burma 9 Days

Best of Burma 9 Days: Private Tour

Price from US$ 1689 / PP

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be picked up & transferred to the downtown by our tour guide & driver. Yangon is the largest city of Myanmar & perhaps the best preserved example of a European colonial capital in Southeast Asia. Enjoy a half day city tour including the SULE PAGODA which is well-known for its octagonal- shape. The pagoda is said to enshrine a hair of the Buddha. Next, visit KANDAWGYI LAKE, one of two major lakes in Yangon, located east of the Shwedagon Pagoda. The lake is best known for its karaweik (at its southeastern tip), a replica of a traditional Burmese royal boat. After that, visit BOGYOKE AUNG SAN MARKET (Scott Market) which is known for its handicrafts, clothing and fabrics. Then visit the SHWEDAGON PAGODA. No visit to Myanmar is complete without a visit to this 2,500 pagoda since it is the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site for the people of the Union of Myanmar & one of the wonders of the religious world. It is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds.

Remarks: If your flight arrives in Yangon in late afternoon. Only Airport pick up and transfer to the hotel activities in Day 1. All other activities will move to 2nd Day. It meant, you will not miss any activities of the Tour.

Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

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Accommodation: RGN City Lodge Hotel 3* or similar

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan, the ancient city with more than 2000 pagodas and temples. On arrival in Bagan, pick up from the airport & then visit SHWEZIGON PAYA (pagoda, stupa or zedi), one of the most significant religious buildings in Myanmar. It is a prototype for later stupas built throughout the country and marked an important development in the relationship between traditional Burmese religion and Theravada Buddhism. The pagoda is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha. Proceed to GUBYAUKHYI TEMPLE at Wetkyi-Inn. This temple with its impressive architecture was built in the early 13th century and has great colourful painting about the previous life of Buddha. Next, visit Ananda Pahto, one of the finest, largest & best preserved of the Bagan temples. Continue to GUBYAUKGYI TEMPLE at Myinkaba. It was built in 1113 by Kyansittha's son Rajakumar, on his father's death. The inner sanctum is decorated with frescoes, which have been restored. Under each painting is an account, in ancient Mon script, of the tale it depicts. After that, visit the MANUHA TEMPLE enshrining the unusual combination of 3 seated and one reclining image Buddha. Then visit the stunning SHWESANDAW PAYA. It is not only Pyay’s major point of interest, but also one of the country’s biggest Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Just over 3 feet taller than the main zedi at Yangon’s Shwedagon, the Shwesandaw stupa follows the classic Burmese design seen at Bagan’s Shwezigon.

End of the day with a visit to one of the LACQUERWARE WORKSHOP in the villages around Bagan to learn about the painstaking process of lacquer ware making and decoration.

Overnight in Bagan.

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Accommodation: Floral Breeze Hotel 3* or similar

Today enjoy a day trip to Mount Popa which is about 50km away from Bagan. A two to 3 hour hike up to the peak will reward you with a spectacular view. If the weather is clear you might even spot the temples of Bagan. Mt Popa's spiritual importance is expressed by the many golden stupas along the way and on top of the crater rim. The flanks of the volcano are covered by dense vegetation, a paradise for bird watchers and botanists. You can also observe many curious monkeys on the way to the top. The upper third of the climb is bare and it can get very hot even in December / January. On top there is a stunning must-see Buddhist monastery with shrines for the 37 nats and a spectacular view over the region, accessible by taking 777 steps.

Continue and explore the local life in the unspoiled Burmese town Salay, the oldest surviving wooden monastery, with beautiful carvings of court life and scenes from the Ramayana. Then visit the market and the Thar Ta Na Yaung Chi monastery, which also serves as orphanage.

Overnight in Bagan.

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Accommodation: Floral Breeze Hotel 3* or similar

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay, the second largest city in Burma. On arrival, drive straight to AMARAPURA and visit MAHAGANDAYON MONASTERY where you will see the monks and novices lining up to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists at mid-morning. Next, head to SAGAING, a religious and monastic center, with numerous Buddhist monasteries. Visit some of the most famous temples including TUPAYON PAYA and HSINMYASHIN PAYA, the Pagoda of many Elephants. Cross the Irrawaddy River by ferry to INWA. Take a leisurely horse-cart ride around the peaceful countryside to visit BAGAYA KYAUNG monastery, MAHA AUNGME BOZAN KYANG and NAN MYINT TOWER. En route, stop and explore how local artisans make the alms bowls out of iron. Then return to AMARAPURA. Visit the U BEIN’S BRIDGE, which is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world.

Overnight in Mandalay.

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Accommodation: Shwe Ingyinn Hotel 3* or similar

Today we continue the tour to MAHAMUNI PAYA, the most important Buddhist site in the city. Mahamuni Paya is a large complex south of the centre. At the heart of the pagoda is a 3.8 metre-tall Buddha figure. Male devotees visit to apply gold leaf to the figure; women are not allowed within the inner area and instead hand their gold leaf to a male assistant. The figure itself is said to weigh six tones and the gold leaf covering it adds another two tones. At 4 am each day crowds gather while the face, pretty much the only part not covered in gold leaf, is washed. If you can get up in time then it’s fascinating to witness.

After that, head to SHWENANDAW KYAUNG Temple, a grand example of 19th century Burmese teak architecture, and the most significant of Mandalay's historic buildings. Next, visit KYAUKAWGYI PAYA, the pagoda of the “Great Marble Image,” situated near the southern entry to Mandalay Hill. Continue to the elegant SANDAMANI PAYA Pagoda. The primary attraction of this place must be the 1774 marble slabs; all inscribed with commentaries on the Tripitaka, which sre the Buddhist religious writings. Then visit KUTHODAW PAYA which is also known as the world’s biggest book. In the afternoon, take a boat ride away from Mandalay, along the Ayeyarwady River to the little town of MINGUN. The main attraction of Mingun is the ruined Mingun Paya, an functioning Buddhist temple with the remains of a massive stupa begun by King Bodawpaya in 1790. The temple was not completed, due to an astronomer claiming that, once the temple was finished, the King would die. You will also have chance to wander all over the village and explore the daily life of the local people. Then turn back to hotel by boat.

Overnight in Mandalay.

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Accommodation: Shwe Ingyinn Hotel 3* or similar

In the morning leave Mandalay for Kalaw, an old hill station with a laid back atmosphere, refreshing climate and scenic views. Many of Kalaw’s original colonial-era buildings remain, and it is also known as Myanmar’s trekking mecca.

Overnight in Kalaw.

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Accommodation: Dream Villa Hotel 3* or similar

After breakfast at hotel, we head up a hill to THEIN TAUNG PAYA Temple for some pretty fantastic views of Kalaw below. Next, walk pass AUNG CHANG THA ZEDI, a glittering stupa covered in gold- and silver-coloured glass mosaics. Continue to the DHAMMA YON two-storey temple and its nice views of the town, Dhamma Yanthi Paya and the ruins of the Hsu Taung Pye Paya. After that, visit HSU TAUNG PYE PAYA and NEE PAYA with its gold lacquered bamboo Buddha. Visit the CHRIST THE KING CHURCH, a brick Catholic Church under the supervision of the Burmese Father Paul, and the Italian Father Angelo Di Meo, who have been in Myanmar since 1931. Trek to the villages inhabited by people of the Palaung and Pao tribes in the surrounding plateau before journey depart from Kalaw to Inle Lake by car and boat.

Overnight in Inle Lake.

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Accommodation: Mount Inle Hotel 3* or similar

After breakfast at hotel, enjoy a morning boat cruise on Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar which contains a number of endemic species. You will have chance to enjoy the spectacular scenery & see the Intha fishermen rowing flat-ended canoes with one leg while using both hands to fish. Visit the floating gardens bursting with tomatoes, beans and other products. After that, visit a colourful market and an Intha village around the lake. Continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, an important religious site in the Shan State, INN PAW KHON VILLAGE & NGA PHE KYAUNG MONASTERY. Then transfer to Heho Airport for the flight to Yangon. On arrival in Yangon, pick up & transfer to hotel for check in.

Overnight in Yangon.

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Accommodation: RGN City Lodge Hotel 3* or similar

Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for the departure flight.

End of services. Good bye and see you again in the next adventures with Legend Travel Group!

Airport transfer included!

What's Included

Accommodations based on twin/double sharing with daily buffet breakfast. All taxes and service charges included.

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Basic 3 stars Hotels Accommodation:

Yangon: RGN City Lodge Hotel 3* or similar (Superior Room)

Bagan: Floral Breeze Hotel 3* or similar (Superior Room)

Mandalay: Shwe Ingyinn Hotel 3* or similar (Superior Room)

Inle Lake: Mount Inle Hotel 3* or similar (Superior Room)

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Please be aware that all accommodations are subject to change until 4-6 weeks before the departure date. Final accommodation details will be provided to you with your finalised travel documents.

Included:

Internal Flights: Yangon - Bagan; Bagan - Mandalay; Heho - Yangon (economy class, included airport taxes and service charge)

Packed Luggage 20kg + Handing Luggage 7kg

Professional English speaking tour guide en-route.

Daily breakfast in the hotels along the Tour.

Entrance fees (except museum)

Boat trips as mentioned

One purified drinking water and one refreshment tissue per person per day

Private A/C vehicle en-route

Plane

Travel Insurance is not covered by Legend Travel Group

Other meals not mentioned

International Flights to/from Myanmar

Pre, post tour accommodation

Air-Balloon Tour in Bagan

Christmas  & New Year Eve

Visa fee entry Myanmar

Personal Expenses such as drinks, tips, camera fees, laundry service, phone charges, etc.

NOTICE TO TOURIST VISA APPLICANTS

1. You will need the following before you apply:

a. Your passport validity must have at least (6) months.

b. You have to upload one COLOR PHOTO (4.6 cm X 3.8 cm) taking during last (3)months.

c. Visa, Master, JCB credit cards for the Online Visa payment.

2. A proof of return ticket from Myanmar must be attached to the application.

3. A proof of hotel booking must be attached to the application. Tourists must stay in registered hotels, motels, inns, guest house and resort during your stay in Myanmar.

4. Travelers must have the following documents:

a. A certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19 at least 14 days before arrival to Myanmar, with one of the following vaccines which has been approved by the Ministry of Health (MOH). Vaccine Certificate must be attached to the application. (The name of vaccine, country and date(s) of vaccination must be clearly stated in the certificate, along with the particulars of the travelers according to their passport.)

- CoronaVac (Sinovac Biotech Ltd.)၊

- AstraZeneca or Covishield (AstraZeneca & University of Oxford/SK Bioscience (Korea) /Siam BioScience/ Serum Institute of India (SII))၊

- Pfizer- BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine or Comirnaty (Pfizer Inc., & BioNTech)

- Janssen or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson & Johnson)

- Moderna (ModernaTX, Inc.)

- Sinopharm or COVILO or BIBP-CorV (Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co., Ltd)

- Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) (Gamaleya National Research Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology)

- Sputnik Light (Gamaleya National Research Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology)

- Covaxin by Bharat Biotech

- Myancopharm by Ministry of Industry, Myanmar

- Nuvaxovid (NVX-CoV2373) vaccine, Novavax Co.,Ltd

- COVOVAX (NVx-CoV2372), Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd.၊

- CorBEvax TM, Biological E, Limited

(Children under 12 years old are exempted from this requirement, if they travel with fully vaccinated parent(s) or guardian(s). The name of vaccine, country and date(s) of vaccination must be clearly stated in English, along with the particulars of the travelers according to their passport.)

b. Inbound Travel Accident Insurance Policy with COVID-19 coverage purchased from Myanma Insurance. Insurance Certificate must be attached to the application. (Detailed information can be obtained at the Myanmar Insurance’s website www.mminsurance.gov.mm and the insurance can be purchased online at www.mminsurance.gov.mm/inbound-travel-accident-insurance.)

5. Travelers must present a printed copy of each document mentioned in the paragraph 1 to airline staffs upon check-in before boarding the aircraft destined for Myanmar as well as to the respective airport health authorities upon arrival to Myanmar.

6. Travelers must submit a Health Declaration Form to the respective airport health authorities upon arrival to Myanmar. (A legal action will be taken against a traveler, if he or she provides any incorrect information in the Health Declaration Form.)

7. Travelers shall be subject to a thermal screening and necessary health check to be conducted by the respective airport health authorities, upon arrival to Myanmar.

8. Travelers must undergo a COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) at the place designated by the Ministry of Health and airport authorities and must bear the cost of 15,000 MMK.

9. Travelers shall report to the respective health authorities if they have developed signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during their stay in Myanmar. (Contact details of the respective health departments can be obtained from the designated hotels.)

10. Travelers shall be immediately isolated and taken to a hospital or treatment center or hotel designated by the MOH as per health protocols, if they are found to be symptomatic of COVID-19 or they are tested positive for COVID-19 during the RDT test.

11. If the result is negative, travelers are allowed to go about their activities.

12. Travelers must strictly follow the instructions made by the respective health authorities. Any breach will result in legal action in accordance with the existing laws and procedures.

13. The stipulations are subject to change depending on the COVID-19 situation.

60 days or more prior to departure 5% of the cost of the tour is forfeited

30-59 days prior departure: 10% of the cost of the tour is forfeited

15-29 days prior to departure: 20% of the cost of the tour is forfeited

7-14 days prior to departure: 50% of the cost of the tour is forfeited

Within 6 days prior to departure: 90 % of the cost of the tour is forfeited

Child under 5 years old is = 50% Adult`s cost.. Sharing the same existing bed with parents

Child from 5 - 11 years old = 75% Adult`s cost. Private Bed (extra Bed) within the same room as parents

Child from 12 - up = 100% Adult`s cost. Private Bed (extra Bed) within the same room as parents

Triple room = 3 Persons sharing one room (01 Double Bed + 01 Single Bed)

Sun Glasses

Sun Block

Wide Brim Hat

Insect Repellent

Swimming Suits

Warm Clothes (winter time from November to April)

Original Passports

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