Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar, is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia.
The country is bordered by the People's Republic of China on the northeast, Laos on the east, Thailand on the southeast, Bangladesh on the west, and India on the northwest, with the Bay of Bengal to the southwest. One-third of Burma's total perimeter, 1,930 kilometers (1,199 mi), forms an uninterrupted coastline.

 

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma and sometimes called 'The Golden Land' because of the excessive use of gold leaf on its temples and buildings, is a country with a rich diversity of culture and people. Its impressive heritage spans over 2,000 years and boasts some of Southeast Asia's most adorned temples and wats. It is situated along the eastern coast of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea and its northern borders stretch all the way up to the Eastern Himalayan mountain range.

 

Yangon formerly known as Rangoon, is the capital city.  It is a city of Buddhist temples and open-air market.  It has a population of over two million.  Mandalay is the old royal city of Myanmar.  It is rich in palaces, temples and pagodas and is the main center of Buddhism and Burmese arts. There are several excellent craft markets and there are thriving stone-carving workshops and gold-leaf industries. The city is named after the Mandalay Hill.

 

Climate & Weather

Myanmar has three seasons, the very hot summer from March to May, the wet and humid monsoon from May to October and the cold, dry winter from November to February. Average daily temperatures usually reach around 85°F (30°C) while the evenings are slightly cooler. During the winter season, average temperatures are around 75°F (25°C) with evenings dropping to 57°F (15°C).  Please visit http://www.wunderground.com for more details on weather.


Customs and Formalities

Two bottles of liquor, two cartons of cigarettes or 100 cigars and half liter of perfume are allowed per person. Jewelry, cameras, electronic equipment and other valuables should be declared at customs upon arrival. Purchases of locally bought goods may require receipts upon departure.

 

What to bring

Lightweight cottons and linens throughout most of the year are required.  Warmer clothes are advised for the cooler period and evenings.

 

Currency, Exchange and ATM

The official currency is the Kyat (MMK) pronounced 'Chat'. The best currency to travel on in Myanmar is the US Dollar.  Very few major hotels, airlines, shops and restaurants accept credit cards and ATM is generally not available. It is advisable to carry cash.

 

Heath Requirements

Visitors should drink only boiled or bottled water and avoid ice drinks.  Basic medical facilities are available in Yangon  and Mandalay,  Comprehensive medical insurance is advised.

 

Airport Tax

Departure tax is US$10.

Internet

Internet cafes are widely available in Mandalay and Yangon.

Language

Burmese is the official language, yet English is widely spoken and understood.

 

Local Time and Working Hour

Local time is GMT +6.5.

Banking hours:  Monday to Friday 10:00am to 2:00pm

Shopping hours:  Monday to Sunday 8:00am to 8:00pm

Passport and Visa

All travelers entering Myanmar require a passport and a tourist visa, which is valid for 28 days. Travelers must hold confirmed return or onward tickets.  Australian nationals require a passport and a visa to enter Myanmar.


Food

The local food is usually hot and spicy. Fish, rice, noodles and vegetables spiced with onions, ginger, garlic and chillies are the common local ingredients.  The specialties are spicy vegetarian rice salad and fish soup with noodles.  Tea and local made beer are popular.

Post and Telecommunications

The international dialing code for Burma (Myanmar) is +95.  Public telephone booths can be found on nearly every street corner as well as at railway stations and airports.

 Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. European plugs with two circular metal pins as well as British style plugs with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade are used.

Shopping

Traditional handicrafts and jewelries are the common items available in the market.  Shops are generally open Monday to Sunday from 8:00am to 8:00pm. 

Bargaining & Tipping

Tipping is greatly appreciated, but not necessary. Tipping 5% on a meal is acceptable.  Porters, drivers and tour guides expect a small tip. 

 

All of the above information is accurate at the time of publication.

Myanmar Exclusive (12 days/11 nights)
(Yangoon, Kalaw, Nyaung Shwe, Mandalay and Monywa, Myanmar)
Private tour, daily departure
English speaking guide
Meals B&B
Trip code: VI-2003  

 




Day 1: Yangoon (no meals)
The beginning of an exiting 12 days tour in the land of golden pagodas and golden dreams starts with a tour in the amazingly green city of Yangon.

Day 2: Yangoon - Heho - Kalaw (B)
Yangon Air will take you to Shan State, some call it "Switzerland of Myanmar" (?)... One and a half hours drive from Heho is formers British hills station town, Kalaw. Cool, spring-like weather, pine forests, tea plantations and colourfully clad hill tribes make this town to a natural magnet for tourists.

Day 3: Kalaw - Pindaya - Nyaung Shwe (B)
A visit of the Pindaya Caves, hosting more than 8,000 Buddhas, will compensate you for the one and a half hours ride on a bumpy road! In late afternoon you will arrive by car at the sleepy village of Nyaung Shwe. The old palace of the last Shan prince, who was Myanmar's first president, will bring you back to the times of the old Burman.

Day 4: Inle Lake (B)
Don't forget your sun lotion! A whole day excursion in a long-tailed sampa on the Inle Lake, rimmed by blue mountains, will show you that life here still follows ancient, traditional patterns. Floating gardens, one leg rowers, villages on stilts, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, wonderful monasteries, and the reflection of the cotton wool clouds - that's magic!

Day 5: Nyaung Shwe - Heho - Mandalay (B)
Morning flight by Yangon Air will take you to the city of Myanmar's kings. A visit to the Mahamuni Buddha image will make you realize, why Myanmar is known to be the "Golden Land". Excursions to the handicrafts centers with wood carving, marble carving, tapestry work, gold leaf making and bronze casting and...and...and...You are back to the centuries before the industrial revolution.

Day 6: Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay (B)
"Men may come and men may go, but I flow on forever"... the Ayeyarwaddy is humming. Don't ask why the king didn't finish the biggest temple in the world, the Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, just be happy to see the world's largest ringing bell! In the afternoon don't miss the 729 stone slabs of the Kuthodaw Pagoda with the entire Buddhist scriptures. The climb upwards the 1,729 steps to Mandalay Hill will reward you with a firm and sound sleep.

Day 7: Mandalay - Sagaing - Monywa (B)
Today you will learn a lot about the daily life of monks and nuns. Neither need to get up as early as them nor to stay for years in one of the 400 monasteries in the Sagaing Hills, the heart of the Buddhist religion. Continue travelling to the center of Chindwin Valley, which is worth a visit. Attributes start here with more, most, bigger, largest...500,000 Buddha images, 806 stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures, 1,000 Banyan trees and the largest Reclining Buddha...

Day 8: Monywa - Pakokkou - Bagan (B)
Have a lovely day driving along the country roads. En route stop at villages and everywhere people delighted to have their pictures taken! A visit to Pakangyi - said to be the place of skillful quibblers in Myanmar - to see the huge monasteries, supported by the hundreds of teak pillars, is in order. Here in Pakokku you will see an ornamental backdrop of a throne of a Buddha image - the most amazing, marvelous, wonderful, excellent, perfect and splendid wood carving you have ever seen.

Day 9: Bagan (B)
Enjoy the whole day at the most extensive archaeological site in Asia. Among the 2,000 temples you will see Ananda, Shwezigon, Thatbinnyu, and, and, and... Some you can walk to, others are best visited by bicycle or pony cart. Walking, bicycle or pony cart riding - finally now you will know that you must go barefooted in all pagodas.

Day 10: Bagan - Mt. Popa - Bagan (B)
En route to Mt. Popa you will visit some villages and watch the collection of juice from palm trees and its conversion into palm sugar. Rising out of the shimmering heat, the solitary volcanic crag of Mt. Popa is home to Myanmar's most powerful "nats".

Day 11: Bagan - Yangoon (B)
Today Yangon Air will bring you back to the modern city of Yangon, leaving the tranquillity behind you. Busy street scenes dominate the city. Botataung and Sule pagodas in the center of the city, the sprawling Bogyoke Market, Chinatown,... - but at sunset you will find your rest at the Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of your wonderful journey.

Day 12: Yangoon - Departure day (B)
A visit to the outstanding National Museum with its ornate treasures will give you the impression that you haven’t seen enough. Well - always welcome again.


  

Valid from 01-Apr-2015 to 30-Sep-3015

All prices are per person

 

Single

Twin

 

Standard (2 star)

$3545

$2090

 

Superior (3 star)

$3850

$2225

 

First (4 star)

$4160

$2405

 

 

 

Valid from 01-Oct-2014 to 31-Mar-3015

All prices are per person

 

Single

Twin

 

Standard (2 star)

$3675

$2160

 

Superior (3 star)

$4005

$2310

 

First (4 star)

$4350

$2485

 


Price inclusive

  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a double room.
  • Domestic flights by Air Bagan, Air Mandalay or Yangon Airways
  • Private boat on Inle Lake and to Mingun
  • Private boat from Pakokk to Bagan
  • Air-con car throughout the tour
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary (please note: guides will be on hand from pick-up until guests' return to their hotel or reaching their destination). Free days or part days will not include the services of a guide unless requested and included in the final itinerary.
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
  • porter fees at the airports and jetties..
  • VAT and other taxes

 

Price exclusive 

  • International flight tickets and airport tax from/to Yangoon
  • Visas
  • Dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Camera fees (if any)
  • Intl. airport tax
  • Insurance.
  • Early check-in and late check-out

 

Hotels used for Superior class
 

City Hotel & room type Website
Yangoon Thamada Hotel / Superior Not available
Kalaw Hill Top Villa / Superior

www.hilltopvilla.net

Inle Lake Paradise Inle Resort/ Superior

www.inleparadise.com

Mandalay Mandalay City Hotel/ Superior

www.mandalaycityhotel.com

Monywa Monywa Hotel/ Superior Not available
Bagan Thazin Garden Hotel/ Deluxe

www.thazingardenhotel.com


Hotels used for First class
 

City Hotel & room type Website
Yangoon Inya Lake Hotel / Deluxe

http://inyalakehotel.com/

Kalaw Hill Top Villa / Superior

www.hilltopvilla.net

Inle Lake Inle Resort/ Duplex

www.inleresrot.com

Mandalay Mandalay Swan Hotel/ Junior Suite

www.mandalayswanhotel.com

Monywa Win Unity Hotel/ Superior Not available
Bagan Bagan Thande Hotel/ Deluxe

www.hotelbaganthande.com

Hotels used for Deluxe class

 

City Hotel & room type Website
Yangoon Traders Hotel / Deluxe

www.shangri-la.com

Kalaw Amara Resort/ Deluxe

www.amara-resort.com

Inle Lake Inle Resort/ Deluxe Villa

www.inleresort.com

Mandalay Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel/ Deluxe www.mandalayhillresorthotel.com
Monywa Win Unity Hotel/ Deluxe Garden View Not available
Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sakura Hotel/ Deluxe with River view

www.bagan-thiripyitsaya-sakura-hotel.com


A:Available - This tour is available for booking.
R:On Request - This tour is on request only
All prices are per person.
If you are interested, please contact your local agent to make the booking or alternatively email us at reservations@toursite.com.au