Burmese Wonders- A Secret Retreats journey -
This journey has been personally designed by Aung Myat Kyaw
Highlights of the Journey:
Highlights of the Journey:
- Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
- Mandalay (Last capital of the Burmese kingdom)
- Yandabo Village (a charming rural village on the Irrawaddy river).
- Bagan (Over 2,000 temples and pagodas spread an area of 40sqkm)
- Inle Lake (inhabited by the Intha people living on floating villages and houses on stilts)
Myanmar (Burma), the Golden Land, bordered by the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal to the south and the Himalayas at the north is a land rich in natural beauty, ancient cultures and steeped in history. A land that still in parts remains mysterious and undiscovered, a land of breathtaking beauty and charm that offers the traveler a glimpse of a traditional Asia unchanged for centuries. With this journey, we welcome you to experience Myanmar, the golden land of pagodas.
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First stop of the tour will be lunch at the Padomar restaurant for a truly home-style taste of Myanmar cuisine. After lunch you will visit the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda. The Buddha image we see today is almost 66m long and 17m high and adorned with 108 auspicious signs. Our next stop is the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda. Covered with hundreds of gold plates and with the top of the stupa encrusted with 4,531diamonds the largest of which is a 72 carat diamond, it is clearly one of the wonders of the religious world. Shwedagon Pagoda is a repository of the best of Myanmar’s heritage – architecture, sculpture and arts - and consists of hundreds of colorful temples, stupas, and statues that reflect this heritage of the last 2,500 years.
Before returning to your hotel a table is reserved for dinner at Seeds Restaurant and Lounge (a member of Secret Tables) by the Inya Lake, in a lush, green, tropical garden (additional charge applies).
You will return to Mandalay by boat and enjoy lunch at Mandalay Kitchen a local eatery, set within a traditional teakwood building overlooking the river.
After lunch you will visit the Maha Muni Buddha image. Thousands of colourfully dressed faithful venerate Mahamuni's 13ft-tall seated Buddha, a nationally celebrated image that is believed to be some 2,000 years old. Centuries of votary gold leaf applied by male devotees (women may only watch) has left the figure knobbly with a 6inch layer of pure gold. You will visit some handicraft workshops to see artisans at work using techniques that have remained unchanged for centuries before visiting the Shwenandaw Monastery, the most significant of Mandalay's historic buildings. The Golden Palace Monastery remains the sole major survivor of the former wooden Royal Palace built by King Mindon in the mid-19th century. And the last visit of the day is Mandalay Hill, the perfect vantage point for views over Mandalay. Dinner at the hotel.
You will then be heading to Yandabo village, about 3hrs drive, taking in lunch along the way at a local eatery. Yandabo is a small, rural village and you will be able to walk among the villagers' houses, watch them patiently working clay into earthenware pots and enjoy sitting on the river's shore to watch the sunset. Dinner will be prepared at Yandabo Home on the wooden deck overlooking the river.
The afternoon’s visit will be to Pan Nyo Village by boat to see their agricultural way of life. Here they cultivate rice and plant seasonal vegetables and fruit. You will have time to explore the village before returning to Yandabo Home for dinner.
Lunch in a local restaurant beside the river, before visiting a lacquer-ware factory - Bagan is the centre for traditional lacquer-ware in Myanmar. You will then visit Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and Thatbyinnyu, the tallest of Bagan’s temples, from where you will enjoy the spectacular sunset. Dinner at the hotel in your preferred setting, in the garden, at the terrace, or by the pool.
Lunch will be served at Salay House which is situated on the riverside on Salay’s historic strand, a heritage site from the British colonial period. On the way back to Bagan by car, you will pass through Chauk City where the Burma Oil Company was established in 1886.
Dinner at Nanda Restaurant, famous for its Myanmar Marionette shows accompanied by a live traditional Burmese orchestra.
Lunch will be served at the Green Tea Restaurant in their open-air dining room which is set over the lake (a gastronomic picnic lunch can be prepared by Pindaya Farm House’s chef for an additional supplementary charge). After lunch you will check-in to Pindaya Farm House, a traditional Shan farmhouse located just outside the town. After check-in, you will visit the famous Shwe Oo Min Natural Cave pagoda (Pindaya Cave), an enormous limestone cavern filled with thousands of gilded Buddha statues. Dinner at the Pindaya Farm House.
Lunch will be at Inn Thar Lay restaurant, set on stilts over the lake and serving classic Shan dishes. After lunch you will tour the lake taking in sights of local life from the lake residents’s floating gardens to seeing the local fishermen employing their unique methods of fishing on the lake, and a chance to visit the local weaving village of Inpawkhone to see local craftspeople at work.
You will also visit the Phaung Daw U Pagoda, one of Myanmar’s most revered shrines, and the Ngaphae Chaung monastery, a Shan teak wood monastery built in 1850 on stilts over the lake and famed locally for its feline residents. Dinner at Inle Princess Resort.
Indein is a small market town off the western side of Inle lake set between two groups of ancient pagodas. The site is believed to date back to the 3rd century BC when the Indian emperor, Ashoka, sent monks out to spread Buddhism across Asia. Enigmatic ancient ruins crumble alongside complete and renovated stupas where architectural styles from across the centuries of the more than 1,000 stupas combine to make this a photographer’s paradise.
Lunch will be at Mr Toe Restaurant, local fare using fresh herbs and vegetables grown on the lake. The restaurant is located next to the Phaung Daw Oo pagoda offering stunning views of the temple. After a leisurely lunch you will take the boat back to your hotel for a relaxing afternoon followed by dinner at the Inle Princess Resort.
based on 2 people sharing the same room
(Valid for travel before 30 April 2019)
The total price includes:
Accommodation for two (twin sharing) with breakfast.
All meals where specified in the programme (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner).
All road transfers and excursions as specified, in private car or air-conditioned van.
All internal transfers (flight, car, boat).
Service charges and baggage handling (maximum 20 kg).
An English-speaking guide service for all excursions.
All excursions as specified in the programme.
All entry fees.
The total price does not include:
Meals not specified in the programme.
All services not specified in the programme.
Fees for Myanmar visas (approx. 50 USD per person, apply online or at the Burmese Embassy).
Porterage fees and excess baggage handling fees (where baggage exceeds 20kg per person).
Video and camera tax.