Inle Lake Tour

Inle Lake Tour

Photography with Balloon in Bagan and Inle – 7 days

Photography with Balloon in Bagan and Inle . Brand-new Balloon in Inle lake and famed balloon over Bagan are the only service that offers visitors an unparalleled aerial view of the region’s stunning landscape from hot air balloons. It defenitely completed chances for photography.

Day 01: Arrival in Yangon by flight (D)

Upon arrival in Yangon, you will receive a warm welcome of our tour guide and he will help you transfer to the hotel for check-in. The first day is for some short visits to outstanding religious sites in the city. Firstly, we drive to Sule Zedi where a sacred hair relic of Lord Buddha and other relics are enshrined. Our second stop is Chaukhtatgy Temple which has one of the biggest and most graceful Reclining Buddha statues in South East Asia. Afterward, we boat alongside Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake to take some photos before welcome dinner.
Stay overnight in Yangon.

Day 02: Capturing Yangon’s highlights (B)

Today, we will take a deeper insight view to Yangon. Start with a visit inside Shwedagon Pagoda – the iconic symbol of Myanmar, also Yangon’s the most popular pagoda. It is a great cone-shaped Buddhist monument that crowns a hill about one mile north of the Cantonment. Annually, many Myanmar people come here to pray and make offerings.
Our next chance for photography is colonial streets. Yangon city boasts a real charm of British Colonial vestige with its remained buildings including High Court, Accountant General Office, Rander House, Emmuanual Church, Inland Water, Scott’s market, famous Strand Hotel, etc.
The pleasant walk in Yangon Downtown will lead you to China Town and Indian Quater where you can observe their daily life with street vendors, markets and temples.

Day 03: Yangon – Bagan temple plain (B)

Boarding a morning flight to Bagan, the sarced land of Buddhism.
Located on the southern part of Irrawaddy river bank, Bagan occupy 16km2 with more than 2500 pagodas and ruins. The architecture and religious art vary from one to another, featuring the uniqueness of Myanmar with amazing beauty.
This day, we will venture into the heritages of Shwezigon, Ananda and Htilomino pagodas – the  most popular ones in Bagan for pagoda photo shooting.

Day 04: Balloon Over Bagan – Horse cart ride Bagan (B)

In the early morning, we take a sunrise Balloon flight over the plains of Bagan. From above looking down, Bagan is beautiful as a watercolor picture. Along two banks of the gentle Ayeyarwady River are small villages hiding in the bamboo trees. The top of golden pagodas glistens under the sunlight. The flight surely gives you interesting and unheard-of experience of the country of Myanmar.
We will spend the rest of our day, discovering the way local people make lacquer ware and Nyang market. Nyang U market is a traditional activities remains at its origin for years. This is a really a place where you can capture the daily life of local people.
The highlight of this day focuses on the Balloon Ride over Bagan where you are to admire the spectacular of Bagan on air while floating with the wind and the sunset over Irrawaddy River. Gliding scenes of temples, river and specially sunset will be captured into your camera.

Day 05: Bagan – Heho – Inle lake by flight

In the early morning, we take a flight to Heho. From here, we drive to Inle Lake via the Beautiful landscape of Shan state and make check- in hotel procedure. Our hotel is located on the surface of Inle Lake by a motorized boat.
Before moving to some highlights of Inle Lake, we will boat around the Lake to get its overall view. Inle Lake has long been considered “Venice of Myanmar”. On the surface of the lake, you can see floating villages, floating gardens, floating markets, several traditional villages such as forging, lotus-weaving, cheroot making and so on. The most special sight on Inle Lake is floating gardens where the local use the water hyacinth combining with seaweed on the bottom of the lake to keep the soil to grow more vegetables such as tomatoes, mint… Up and down the lake have many temples, monasteries with golden pinnacles brightening on the sunlight.
Our first stop is Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda where houses the five Buddha images. These images are covered with gold in order to make visitors not be able to see the original form. Leave Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, we continue to Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery before turning back to your hotel.
Stay overnight on Inle Lake.

Day 06: Inle Lake Balloon Ride 

From Oct 2014, we offer you brand new and unforgetable of Balloon over Inle Lake. The biggest lake of Myanmar surrounded with layered moutains now are captured all in your eyes. You might see stilted houses hidden in jungle, occasional festivals, one-leg rowing boats and even bird sanctuary. Learn more about Balloon over Inle Lake here
The rest of the day is an trip to Indein where houses to hundreds of ancient brick stupas and pagodas dated back to 17th century. To complete the day, we will enjoy the beautiful sunset from the beautiful pagoda hill.
Stay overnight on Inle Lake.

Day 07: Inle – Heho – Yangon by flight

After breakfast at hotel, we will transfer back to Heho and take a flight to Yangon. At Intel’ Yangon Airport, you will be await for flying back to home countries.

 

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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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