U Bein Tour

U Bein Tour

Myanmar Street Food and Cooking Tour – 9 days

Myanmar Street Food and Cooking Tour . Amazing discover Myanmar street food and cooking Burmese cuisine with your own hand. Take this adventure – take truly images of Myanmar with us.

Day 1: Yangon arrival (-)

Mingalarpar! Welcome to golden land of Myanmar!
Upon Arrival, our guide will welcome you for your hotel transfer. Enjoy your very first visit to the most outstanding monument in Yangon: Shwedagon Pagoda. This is a prominent historical site where you can enjoy panoramic view of the city and experience the local religion.
If you wish stay for dinner at one of the Thai, Burmese or Chinese restaurants here or take a short drive to Le Planteur or The Strand Grill, two top restaurants in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon – City tour (B/L)
This morning, we explore the charm of Yangon city starting from Sule pagoda to Colonial buildings including City Hall, Emmanuel church.
Then you will have lunch a local teashop to enjoy Burmese tea and its traditional culture.  You will visit to a popular tea shop which has a variety of Burmese traditional snacks and noodles. We’ll have tea and an assortment of snacks and noodles. Some of the famous dishes are: Mont Pyar Tha Let (rice pancake), Mont Leit Pyar (wanton-like parcels of bean and jaggery), Shwe Htamin (Golden sticky rice), Mohingar (rice noodle with fish soup- Myanmar’s ‘national’ dish) and Own Noe Khauk Swe (yellow noodle with chicken and coconut soup).
In the afternoon, we will do some shopping at Scott market, the biggest market in Myanmar, being famous of its gems, jewelry, handicrafts then to Chinese temple and town.
Nearby is 19th Street, a popular place to have draught Myanmar Beer, together with vegetable and meat sa-tays (BBQ), in the evening. Enjoy a beer and a light snack here.
Day 3: Yangon – Bagan temple plain (B/L).
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to the ancient capital of Bagan, one of Asia’s most extraordinary destinations. Head into the vibrant Nyaung Oo Market, the economic center of Bagan. At this bustling market, locals meet daily to buy and sell a variety of goods, from fruit and vegetables to clothing, china, and lacquerware.
Our guide will show you different kinds of herbs and vegetables which are used for Burmese cooking.
Next we’ll visit a Pone Yay Gyi shop, Bagan’s most famous food treat
Continue to the gold-plated Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan’s greatest reliquary, built to house relics of the Buddha brought from abroad.
Lunch at La Min Thit Burmese restaurant
Next, drive to the small village of Wetkyi-in to see the wonderful Kubyaukgyi Temple, renowned for its ancient murals.
Take a horse-cart ride to Ananda Temple, home to four great, gilded Buddha statues.
Day 4: Bagan – Tour (B/L)
Spend your full day exploring the remainder of Bagan which consists of more than 2500 temples and pagodas. This archaeological site brings us to the scared history of ancient Bagan capital with the development of Buddhism.
For lunch we head out of town to a palm garden and visit the family of toddy palm climber. It is a good opportunity for you to observe simple ways of life of toddy climbers and their daily routine in the palm garden.
As we travel further into the land of temple spires, Htilomino, Gawdamgangyi temples will attract your sense of curiosity with a profound impression. The highlight of this day is the sunset from the second highest temple the Shwenandaw.
Day 5: Bagan – Mandalay – Mingun – Royal Ancient Palace (B/L) 
Board the flight to Mandalay in the morning. Start your sightseeing today with a boat ride upstream to Mingun, home to Uncomplete Wall, Sandamuni pagoda and Mingun ringing bell.
Our local expert will be pleased to introduce you the life of people who live on the banks of Irrawaddy River.
Take a break from sightseeing to discover another uniquely Burmese culinary treat: Le Phet Thoke. Eaten as snack, as a desert or even together with rice for a meal Le Phet Thoke, is a local salad made from fermented tea leaves.
Lunch we will stop at Min Thiha tea shop, which is a popular tea house in Mandalay serving two of the city’s most famous dishes: Mandalay Monte and Khotaung Monte.
After lunch, we will discover the royal Mandalay vestiges and relics covering imperial Palace, Golden Palace Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda also known as the world biggest book. The highlight of this day is the panoramic sunset from the peak of Mandalay Hill.
Day 6: Mandalay Ancient Capitals ( Inwa & Sagaing) (B) 
Our guide meets you at your hotel and transfer you to a local market with a shopping list prepared by our chef. Spend time exploring the stalls where fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and meats are for sale as well as chilies, pastes and other sauces used in local cuisine. Your guide will explain the various ingredients and help you pick out the plumpest chicken, freshest fish and finest vegetables to use in your cooking class.
Return to the local restaurant where you will meet the local chef.  A cooking area is set-up for the class. Along with the chef, prepare the ingredients and use traditional techniques (such as mortar and pestle) to cook several Burmese favorites. During the demonstration you will also learn more about the cuisine of Myanmar, its influences and the typical eating habits of the local people.
After having prepared the dishes it’s time to sit down and enjoy a feast of freshly prepared delights. Enjoy your lunch.
This afternoon, we will travel to Ava, Amarapura to discover the Maha Aungmye Bonzan, Gabaya Monastery, Leaning Nam Myint Tower and the nearby attractions. Enjoy a walk over U Bein bridge, the longest teak wood bridge in Myanmar.
Day 7: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake (B/L)
Embarking on a flight to Heho, you will enjoy a scenic drive to Nyang Shwe.
Start with a visit to the Nyaung Shwe morning market where locals gather every morning to buy and sell fresh produce from the lake and its surroundings.
Then you will embark on a beautiful boat trip to explore the life of Intha people whose image exposes vividly through one leg rower.
Proceed to a traditional Inthar House at Tharlay village where you will spend time preparing the dishes with the family
Spend our time to know about local traditional work such as making boat, black smith, silk weaving and enjoy the uniqueness of Jumping Cat pagoda. Come back to your resort for an awesome sunset time.
Day 8: Inle Lake – Indein – Pa O village – Fly to Yangon (B/L)
Visit one of the most unique market on Inle lake which happens 5 days in different villages in Inlayarea.
From the market, we continue by boat to Khaung Daing village on the northwest coast of the lake. This village is famous for its traditional Shan tofu – fried tofu crackers and folded, triangular tofu treats. We’ll be able to watch (and perhaps participate!) as they sift the soy beans, boil them, mash them into balls then form tofu cakes to dry in the sun. This is a fabulous taste of local life on Inle Lake.
Proceed to Nyaung Shwe – have lunch at View Point Restaurant.
Then visit Red Mountain Estate Vineyards and Winery, which is located at the north eastern part of Inle Lake. Enjoy magnificent view of Inle Lake and its stilt villages while you taste Red Mountain Estate wines. You will also observe the grape varieties grown in the estate. 
Transfer to airport for flight to Yangon.
On arrival, get a pick up to hotel.
Day 9: Yangon – Departure (B/L)
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning, you will start with a visit to a local market with an experienced chef.
Here you will learn about the various spices, vegetables and other ingredients used in Burmese cuisine and select and buy the necessary items for your personal cooking lesson. Return to Monsoon Restaurant where your qualified chef will guide you through the preparation of several popular Myanmar dishes. Then enjoy your own prepared delicious Burmese meal.
Relax till meet our driver to take a transfer airport for your next flight.
End of our Myanmar Street Food and Cooking Tour.

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TRIP INCLUSIONS

  • Hotel rooms based on twin/ double sharing
  • Domestic flights
  • Private transfer by A/C verhicles
  • English speaking guide
    (Other language guide, please request)
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary
    (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Entrance fees where applied
  • Water and tissues
  • Service charges and taxes

TRIP EXCLUSIONS

  • Visa arrangement (now with Evisa – see Trip Notes)
  • Flights in/out Myanmar
  • Meals not mentioned in program
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Others services not indicated

Passports and Visas

The first thing goes first. You definitely must obtain valid VISA in order to travel into any country and so is Myanmar (Burma). Unless your country is in VISA exemption list, it is your responsibility to get valid VISA before arrival. There are two ways to get Myanmar VISA:
  • Go to Myanmar Embassies and Consulates in your home country and you will be guided procedure. You may want to check the list of countries where Myanmar has embassies and consulate offices
  • Obtain VISA On Arrival (VOA). For tourists coming from countries has no Myanmar Diplomatic Rep offices, you can obtain VOA online via www.myanmarevisa.gov.mm – the official portal for VOA by Myanmar government. The portal launched in Sep 01, 2014 and took its pilot operation for a month. Providing you encounter any issue, please contact us for support.

Climate & Clothing

Generally speaking, Myanmar is a tropical country with rather hot weather. Sometimes in year or in some Northern places, temperature cools down but not that can be called cold. Roughly saying that the best time to travel Myanmar is from Oct to March due to dry and cool season. Other months, however, you may get very nice deals of promotion.
For clothing: comfortable clothes, absolutely. We suggest you should take at least one long pan, a long skirt and a sleeve top because we will visit some religious site and many of them require proper code of dress.
All of temples and pagodas require you enter with bare feet. A pair of sandals is highly recommended.

Cell Phones & Calling Cards

You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. Myanmar service is dominated by the GMS technology standard, while some of the world such as U.S uses the incompatible CDMA standard. We suggest that you should check carefully or you may incur high international roaming fees.
We said previously “the SIM card in Myanmar is not very popular and still quite expensive”. But now, forget it! SIM cards in Myanmar now are cheap and easy to buy in any main city as cheap as about US$ 02 each. Cell phones, even smart phones are available on sales widely.

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another

When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country’s Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number. Country Code of Myanmar is 95.

Wireless Internet Access

Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the internet via a wireless network access point (or hotspot). Wifi is now popular in most hotels from three stars up. Most of them are supplying Free Wifi but some may incur extra charges. We suggest you should ask the receptionist before.

Cards and Currency

Myanmar’s national currency, the KYAT (pronounced chat, abbreviated in MMK) is divided into the following banknotes: K1, K5, K10, K20, K50, K100, K200, K500 and K1000.
We once said “ATMs are still very hard to come” but from my latest inspection of Myanmar, the country now starts using ATMs. Most three stars hotels up often have at least one AMT machine right at their lobbies. Main hotels now accepts credit cards payment.
Anyway, we suggest you should bring with some cashes just in case. Local buying there accept Burmese and US dollars widely. However please pay at attention when bring US notes with you:
  • The US$ notes must be new.
  • The US$ notes torn, marked, folded will not be accepted.
  • The US$ notes having series before 2003 backward may not accepted.
You are allowed to bring up to US$ 5000 in cash per person to enter Myanmar.

Trip Preparation

A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. We suggest you should taking a checklist below:
  • Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you.
  • Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order.
  • We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. If you lose the originals while traveling, you’ll have copies for easier reporting and replacement.
  • You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names.
  • We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock.
  • Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage.

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