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Myanmar “Hot Air Balloon Festival”EA10

◆ Be overwhelmed by the splendid Hot Air Balloon Festival in Taunggyi
◆ Discover the breathtaking temples of Bagan
◆ Be overwhelmed by the great golden Shwedagon Pagoda
◆ See the world largest bell in Mingun
◆ Experience the tranquility floating life on Inle Lake

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Highlights

◆ Be overwhelmed by the splendid Hot Air Balloon Festival in Taunggyi
◆ Discover the breathtaking temples of Bagan
◆ Be overwhelmed by the great golden Shwedagon Pagoda
◆ See the world largest bell in Mingun
◆ Experience the tranquility floating life on Inle Lake

Itinerary

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  • day 1Yangon Arrival

    Min ga la ba! Welcome to Yangon, Myanmar! You are greeted by your guide and driver at the international airport for your transfer to the hotel.

    You will be given a short orientation tour to enjoy your first glimpse at the unique charm of the capital. You'll immediately experience first-hand the warmth and kindness of the local people.

    Visit Shwedagon Pagoda, a glittering golden stupa (dome-shaped Buddhist shrine) towering 99.4 m with a perimeter measuring 432.8 m, studded on the pinnacle with priceless gems. To Buddhists, the Golden Shwedagon is the most holy place of worship because it enshrines the sacred relics of the three earlier Buddhas and Eight Hair Relics of Gautama Buddha, the Supreme Self-Enlightened.

    Overnight in Yangon

  • day 2Yangon (B)

    After breakfast, drive to the famous Strand Road. A walk along Yangon River brings you into contact with the daily activities of local people at this busy jetty area. Continue to the city centre to see Yangon's architectural mixture: the historic Post Office, gilded Sule Paya, the heritage Strand Hotel, Maha Bandula Park & Independence Monument.

    Visit the vibrant Little India and Chinatown with numerous street vendors, markets and temples. Take a break at a local teashop and sip your hot tea in Burmese style while observe the local life passing by.

    En-route to Yangon city centre you will pay a visit to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda. At Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, you will view a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. The pagoda's murals depicting the life of Buddha provide a great overview of Buddhism, and there are often locals gathering to pay homage and pray.

    Browse through Bogyoke Market. Formerly known as Scott's Market, it is considered Yangon's best market for handicrafts.

    Overnight in Yangon


    Note: Bogyoke Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays.

  • day 3Yangon - Heho - Taunggyi - Hot Air Balloon Festival (B)

    Take the morning flight to Heho, and drive to Taunggyi, the capital of Southern Shan State and a former British hill station. Take part in the Hot Air Balloon Festival, enjoying the unforgettable party atmosphere. You can see the different colors and patterns that are made in by local people with their collections of lighted candles.

    The Hot Air Balloon is the most spectacular event of the year held every November in Taunggyi, commonly called the Taunggyi Tazaungdaing Festival. Thousands of local pilgrims and international tourists choose to visit Taunggyi, especially to watch scores of giant paper animals being inflated and floated off into the sky. The competitions run during the day and at night when the sky is colorfully illuminated with hot air balloons. Day balloons are usually in the form of Pagodas and animals such as elephant, dragon or ducks while the night balloonsare  usually in the shape of rugby ball with huge elongated paper balls with small lighted multicolored paper lanterns hung around their sides. You'll be astonished as you watch fireworks set off from mid-air.

    Overnight in Nyaung Shwe

  • day 4Inle Lake (B/L/)

    After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the jetty for a boat ride across Inle Lake. Stretching 22.4 km long and 10.2 km wide, Inle Lake is shallow and very picturesque. The lake is studded with floating islands formed with plant growth and lush vegetation.

    Today, you will have a full day transported by the Inle Lake Explorer. Take a boat ride around tranquil villages on stilts and floating gardens, and see Intha fishermen using their unique leg-rowing technique and fishing.

    You'll visit with Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake with dozens of ancient Buddha statues, known for having trained cats to jump through hoops.

    Followings are quick visits to a variety of traditional handicraft workshops: cheroot making, blacksmithing, and weaving 'silk' from lotus stems.

    Finish your interesting day by taking a visit to Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the main sanctuary by the lake, which houses 5 sacred Buddha images.

    Overnight in Inle Lake

  • day 5Inle Lake - Kakku - Inle Lake (B)

    Driving further to Kakku, you can lose yourself among thousands of ancient stupas and admire the intricately detailed carvings on the structures. You'll visit a Pa Oh village and be introduced to the tribe's customs and lifestyle.

    The rest of day is free at your leisure.

    Overnight on Inle Lake

  • day 6Heho - Mandalay (B)

    Take the boat from your hotel to Nyaung Shwe, and then continue by car to the Red Mountain Estate vineyard and winery, one of the country's only winemakers. Its small outdoor tasting room offers a commanding view over the terraced vineyard, along with a wonderful breeze. Beyond the rolling green hills you can see Inle Lake, and on clear days you can also glimpse the surrounding mountains.

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar and last capital of Myanmar Kings.

    You are met at the airport and transfered to your hotel in town. Enjoy a relaxing shower and spend the rest day at your own pace

    Overnight in Mandalay

  • day 7Migun Village - Mandalay (B/L)

    After breakfast, transfer to the jetty to take a boat trip on the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun, 11 km upriver from Mandalay. View the Mingun Bell, which weighs 90 tons and is perhaps the world's largest. The beautiful Hsinbyume Paya (also known as Myatheintan Pagoda) was modeled after the mythical Mount Meru. The Mingun Paya, believed to be the world's biggest pagoda, is an overwhelmingly massive structure even though it remains unfinished. If time permits, visit some local handicraft workshops of silk weaving, mats and alms bowls

    In the afternoon, visit the Mahamuni Pagoda which houses one of Myanmar's most sacred Buddha images covered with thick layers of gold leaf.

    Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings which are mostly done on teak wood; the renovated Atumashi Monastery, a completely unique structure billed as the 'world's largest book.' Kuthodaw Pagoda houses the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs. Climb to the top of Mandalay Hill, a vantage point for panoramic views of the city and spectacular sunsets.

    Overnight in Mandalay

  • day 8Ava - Sagaing - Amarapura (B)

    Take the local ferry to the former capital of Inwa (Ava), located on an island between the Ayeyarwaddy and the Myitnge Rivers, 21km south of Mandalay. Have a horse cart ride through the ancient city walls to visit Maha Aungmye Bonzan, a unique brick and stucco monastery. Climb to the top of Nanmyin Watchtower to take in some lovely views over the river. Continue to the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung, formerly the "monastic college" for the royals. If time permits, visit some local handicraft workshops of silk weaving, mats and alms bowls.

    Drive to Sagaing, 20km southwest of Mandalay. The picturesque Sagaing Hill, widely regarded as Myanamar's living centre of Buddhism, is the site of numerous pagodas and monasteries. Visit the glittering Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thonze Pagoda.

    Continue to Amarapura via the Ava Bridge, built by British engineers. Visit a weaving workshop and walk across the U Bein Bridge, the world's longest teak bridge stretching 1.2 km, to enjoy fabulous views of the countryside and encounter the friendly locals.

    Overnight in Mandalay.

  • day 9Mandalay - Bagan (B)

    Today, you head out to the airport for our flight to Bagan. Bagan is among the richest archaeological sites in Asia with thousands of temples, stupas and pagodas spread along the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River.

    In the afternoon, take a horse cart tour to visit Ananda Temple, a masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and an adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Next is the towering Thatbyinnyu Temple, the tallest in the complex, measuring 61m. Take in Dhammayangyi Temple, the largest of all of Bagan's many temples. Climb up one of the monuments to enjoy sunset above Bagan plain and Ayeyarwady River.

    Overnight at hotel in Bagan

  • day 10Bagan (B)

    Optional excursion: What could be more exciting than flying above the majestic site of Bagan in a hot air balloon!!! Float in the gondola dangling beneath a hot air balloon for an inspiring overview of fields of thousand-year-old pagodas and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River while watching the sun rise slowly above distant mountains. Upon landing, our retrieval vehicles will be on hand shortly to serve champagne and refreshments before returning you to your hotel.

    All: Browse the colorful Nyaung U Market where residents from surrounding villages gather to buy and sell foods, crafts and other goods.

    Shwezigon Pagoda, a prototype of later Myanmar stupas, and then tour a lacquerware workshop where you will learn about Myanmar's tradition of producing lacquerware. Continue to the cave temple of Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi, featuring fine mural paintings of Jataka (depicting the various stories of the Buddha's life) scenes. 

    Overnight in Yangon

  • day 11Bagan - Yangon (B)

    Free at leisure until we take you to the airport for your flight to Yangon.

    Take the afternoon flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, take some time to relax after your long journey or wander around Bogyoke market and purchase handmade souvenirs for your friends and relatives.

    Overnight in Yangon

  • day 12Yangon Departure (B)

    This morning is free at your leisure in Yangon to do some last-minute shopping before flying back home or on to your next destination. We wish you a pleasant flight.

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Price Included/Not Included

  • ◆ 11 nights’ shared Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast at the below indicated room types (see hotel category list below) (check in time is 14:00 and check out time is 12:00 noontime)
  • ◆ All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles (types of vehicles depending on the number of pax):
  • ☆ 1-2pax: car of 4 seats
  • ☆ 3-7pax: van of 6/9 seats
  • ☆ 8-12pax: coach of 20-24 seats
  • ☆ 13-20pax: coach of 30-35 seats
  • ◆ Local ENGLISH speaking guides
  • ☆ Yangon: 1 guide
  • ☆ Shan State: 1 guide
  • ☆ Mandalay & Monywa: 1 guide
  • ☆ Bagan: 1 guide
  • ◆ All entrance fees as program
  • ◆ Private boat in Inle Lake
  • ◆ Horse carriage fee in Ava, Mandalay
  • ◆ 02 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only
  • ◆ Airfares (international and domestic)
  • ◆ Meals (lunch and dinner)
  • ◆ Drinks
  • ◆ Visas to Myanmar
  • ◆ Mineral water beyond that supplied
  • ◆ Tips
  • ◆ Early check in or late check out
  • ◆ Insurances
  • ◆ Optional excursions and activities
  • ◆ Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • ◆ Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)
  • ◆ Peak season surcharges if any
  • ◆ All not mentioned above

Notice

1. The above tour prices are based on our current transportation rates. Increasing petrol rates might affect our transportation and boat fees, in which case we reserve the right to revise our current rates. If any increase should arise we will of course keep you well informed.

2. Availability: Please note that if a certain hotel is not available at the time of booking, then we will gladly make alternative suggestions in the same category. We will advise you accordingly with the surcharge if any. As a result, we would highly appreciate it if you could advise us to block rooms soonest possible to guarantee the rooms and rates in period of high and peak season

3. All the above points of interest are open for visit based on current updates. In case of closure for construction or any other reason, we will replace with a similar point of interest

4. Above itinerary is based on the current flight schedule. In case of flight changes, the itinerary will be changed accordingly.

5. No early check in or late check out is included except those indicated in the program. Generally, the check in time is 14.00pm and check out time is 12.00pm.

6. Visas into Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia are required except for countries who have signed the visa exemption contracts. Please contact us for visa information details.

7. Compulsory dinners on Dec 24th (Christmas), Dec 31st (New Year) or Vietnamese Lunar New Year will be advised at time of booking.