Burma is a magical country where people kiss by sniffing, there are eight days in a week, and the major unit of currency has been determined by astrology! Fairy tale pagodas in cotton candy colors of pink and blue dot the landscape, people cover their face with white powder from the bark of a tree, and clouds and mist cast a romantic tropical haze over the country. It is a country caught in a time warp, isolated from the rest of the world for more than 30 years, and is leaping precipitously into modernity. Each day new shops spring up. Modern hotels are under construction in every city. Restaurants are catering to a rapidly growing tourist market.
Myanmar is the largest country in Southeast Asia – twice as large as Vietnam and approximately the size of Great Britain and France combined. Within the borders are as many as 135 nationalities each with their own languages and dialects. The history of Myanmar dates back before the time of Buddha in the fifth century BC. In the early 1800s after a series of wars, Myanmar became a British Colony, and only on January 4, 1948 it became a sovereign independent nation. During World War II, Myanmar suffered terribly and was occupied by the Japanese from 1942 until the return of the Allied forces in 1945.
This trip covers some of the highlights of Burma, traveling from Yangon, at the mouth of the Irrawaddy River; up to Bagan, a city of 5000 pagodas; farther north to Mandalay and the ancient kingdom of Amarapura; east to Taungyii, and Inle Lake in Shan State; and back down to Yangon.
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Land Cost: Starting At $3595 per person*
*Based on 4-6 People (excluding international air)
Experience & Explore
- Day 1
Arrive in Yangon. Spirit of Myanmar sunset at Shwedagon and dinner at House of Memories.
- Day 2
Yangon touring – train ride. Hledon Market and return by train. Walking tour of city including colonial buildings, Scotts Market, Palm Reading or National Museum, Meditation Center. Late afternoon to learn Chinlone with a master.
- Day 3
Fly to Bagan and explore the area, including cave temple, sunset boat ride on the Irawaddy and home hosted dinner.
- Day 4
Fly to Mandalay and enjoy a city tour, particularly of the handicraft workshops and Zeigyo Market. Sunset at Mandalay Hill and Marionette Show.
- Day 5
AM bathing of Buddha at Mahamuni Paya. Head out to Amarapura and Sagaing Hills; Fly to Heho and drive to Inle Lake.
- Day 6
Tour the lake and floating gardens, visit Ywar Ma and workshops, meet with local fishermen, cooking class.
- Day 7
Visit Taungyi, fly back to Yangon. Enjoy a farewell dinner at Le Planteur.
- Day 8
Transfer for your flight home.
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