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 Classic Tour (10 days/9 nights)
(Yangoon, Inle Lake, Mandalay and Bagan, Myanmar)
Private tour, daily departure
English speaking guide
Meals B&B
Trip code: VI-2002

 




Day 1: Yangoon (no meals)
The beginning of an exiting 10 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 - Pindaya (1/2 Day Trekking) (B)
Yangon Air will take you to Shan State, some call it "Switzerland of Myanmar" (?)…A half day trekking around Pindaya will bring you to the villages of Danu and Taung Yoe.

Day 3: Pindaya - Nyaung Shwe (B)
A visit of the Pindaya caves, hosting more than 8,000 Buddhas will compensate you for the three and a half hours ride on a bumpy road! Late afternoon you will arrive by car to sleepy village of Nyaung Shwe. The old Shan 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 sampan 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 and all around, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and wonderful monasteries, and the reflection of the cotton wool clouds - that's magic!

Day 5: Nyaung Shwe - Heho - Amarapura - Mandalay (B)
Morning flight by Yangon Air will take you to the city of Myanmar Kings. Breathe the unpolluted air on the wooden U Bein Bridge in Amarapura and visit the famous hand weavers: How exiting to watch the skill of the threads being tied! Back to Mandalay, a visit to Mahamuni Buddha image will realize you why Myanmar is known to be the Golden Land. Excursion to the handicraft centers like wood carving, marble carving, tapestry work, gold leaf making and bronze casting and…and…and…you are back to the centuries before 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 Pahtotawgyi Pagoda. Just be happy to see the world's largest ringing bell! In the afternoon don't miss the revered Mahamuni Buddha image and the 729 stone slabs of Kuthodaw Pagoda with the entire Buddhist scriptures. The climb of 1,729 steps to the Mandalay Hill will reward you with a firm and sound sleep.

Day 7: Mandalay - Sagaing - Mandalay - Bagan (Flight) (B)
In the morning, drive to Sagaing, 21 km southwest of Mandalay, You can visit the lively market of Sagaing. Then proceed to Kaunghmudaw, an enormous dome shape Pagoda and after a short visit to the silversmith home industry proceed to Sagaing Hills, a retreat for Buddhist devotees with numerous Pagodas, monasteries and nunneries. In the afternoon transfer to Mandalay airport for the flight to Bagan. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 8: 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 - finally now you know that you must go barefooted in all pagodas.

Day 9: 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 Pagoda in the hub of the city, the sprawling Bogyoke Market, China Town - but at sunset you will find your rest at the Shwedogon Pagoda, the highlight of your wonderful journey.

Day 10: Yangon - 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-2015

All prices are per person

 

Single

Twin

 

Standard (2 star)

$2895

$1800

 

Superior (3 star)

$3115

$1950

 

First (4 star)

$3435

$2150

 

 

 

Valid from 01-Oct-2014 to 31-Mar-2015

All prices are per person

 

Single

Twin

 

Standard (2 star)

$3000

$1830

 

Superior (3 star)

$3335

$1985

 

First (4 star)

$3700

$2350

 

 

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 / Superior Not available
Pindaya Golden Cave Hotel/ Superior

www.GoldenCaveHotel.com

Inle Lake Paradise Inle Resort / Superior

www.inleparadise.com

Mandalay Mandalay City Hotel/ Superior

www.mandalaycityhotel.com

Bagan Thazin Garden Hotel/ Superior

www.thazingardenhotel.com


Hotels used for First class
 

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

http://inyalakehotel.com/

Pindaya Inle Inn/Superior

www.inleinnpindaya.com

Inle Lake Inle Resort/ Duplex

www.inleresort.com

Mandalay Mandalay Swan Hotel/ Junior Suite

www.mandalayswanhotel.com

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

Pindaya Conqueror Hotel/ Deluxe

www.conquerorhotel.com

Inle Lake Inle Resort/ Deluxe Villa

www.inleresort.com

Mandalay Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel/ Deluxe

www.mandalayhillresorthotel.com

Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sakura Hotel/ Deluxe 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