Myanmar

Myanmar

Taste of Myanmar Tours – 5 days

Taste of Myanmar Tours Ideal package for the first time travel to Myanmar. We offer a very classic tour with limited time budget but still passing best parts of this amazing country.

Day 1: Yangon arrival
Arrival at Yangon International Airport and welcome by our well experienced English tour guide. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Visit the old Colonial-style City Centre, the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over two thousand years, Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda where the biggest reclining Buddha image in Myanmar (73m long) situated.
Proceed to Bogyoke Market used to be called Scott Market, the largest market in Yangon with time to browse among the hundreds of stalls for souvenir bargains, arts & crafts souvenir shopping centre and China Town in the late evening. Enjoy our welcome dinner for the very first taste of Burmese cuisine.
Meal: Welcome dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Day 2: Yangon – Bagan
Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Bagan. Arrive Bagan and check in at the hotel. Bagan, one of Asia’s most popular archaeological destinations and one out of two most pre-eminent religious old cities in South East Asia. The sightseeing starts with most distinctive pagodas such as Shwezigon Pagoda – the holiest one believed to be enshrined with Buddha tooth and hair; Gubyaukgyi Temple (Wetkyiinn village) – the 13th century ‘cave temple’ with fine frescoes of scenes from Jakatas; Ananda Temple – one of the masterpieces surviving and remaining in Bagan and considered to be in the Mon architecture style; Thatbyinnyu Temple- the highest building on the Bagan plain. Enjoy sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River from Shwesandaw Pagoda (or Bupaya).
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan


Day 3: Bagan Sightseeing

Start sightseeing with a visit to Nyaung Oo market – a typical local market; Kyansittha Umin, Manuha, Nanbaya, Dhamanyangyi Temple- built by King Narathu in 12th century which displayed the finest brickwork in Bagan. Continue to Myinkabar Gubyaukgyi Temple- well known for its wall painting depicting scenes from the Jataka, and a visit to the lacquer ware factory followed by a visit to local village. Take a sunset boat cruise on the Irrawaddy River to discover the local life and view the sunset.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

Day 4: Bagan – Mandalay
Transfer to Airport & take the morning flight to Mandalay; the spiritual heart of Myanmar. Upon Arrival, drive to Amarapura- the “City of Immortals” and visit the 150 year old Mahagandayon Monastery, a famous Buddhist learning centre. It is home to a thousand monks, who will form a procession as they go to take their noon and final meal of the day at 10:30. Continue to 200 year-old U BEIN Teak Bridge built in 1782.
Proceed to visit Atumashi Monastery – the “Incomparable Monastery”, Shwenandaw Monastery- noted for its exquisite wood carvings and Mahamuni Pagoda, originally built by King Bodawpaya in 1784, hosting the revered Mahamuni image, cast in the 1st century and now covered in thick gold leaves. In the late Afternoon, Kuthodaw Pagoda- known as the world’s biggest book for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures and visit Mandalay Hill to admire the sunset and panoramic view of the City.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay


Day 5: Mandalay – Yangon – Departure

After your breakfast. Transfer to Airport for your domestic flight back to Yangon. Upon Arrival, visit Shwedagon Pagoda – described by Somerset Maugham: “The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city.” This massive bell-shaped stupa rises nearly 100 meters above its hill-top surroundings. Wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, temples, and Buddha images, and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe. Shwedagon has become the symbol of Myanmar. Leisure on your own time before transfer to airport for departure flight out.
Meal: Breakfast

 

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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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