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Burma Family Holiday

This is an enlightening holiday which is beautifully designed to offer you a great time with your family. Burma (Myanmar) Family Holiday allows you and your children enjoying the architectural marvels of Yangon, interesting traditional puppet show, unique Inle fishing technique, amazing Bagan temples and vivid local life of Burmese.

Tour length: 12 days / 11 nights
Tour Type: Holiday
Cities: Mandalay, Bagan, Kalaw, Inle Lake, Yangon
Price: Contact us
Activity Level: Regular itinerary

Day by Day Tours

yangon-mandalay-bagan-inleDay 01: Yangon Arrival
Day 02: Yangon – Twante Biking
Day 03: Yangon – Mandalay visit
Day 04: Mandalay city tour
Day 05: Mandalay – Bagan on Irrawaddy River
Day 06: Bagan sightseeing
Day 07: Bagan – Mt.Popa
Day 08: Bagan – Heho – Pindaya
Day 09: Pindaya Trekking
Day 10: Pindaya – Inle Lake
Day 11: Inle Lake – Indein Market – Yangon
Day 12: Yangon departure ( or go to Ngapali Beach)

Tour Prices (US$/person)

Group of 02 persons  : OnRequest
Group of 04 persons  : OnRequest

Important notes:
Surcharge in Peak Times eg: Christmas, New Year Eve, and Water festival may be applicable.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Transportation: A/C
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Water on tour
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Service charges and taxes 10%

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance
  • International Flights
  • Other transfer not mentioned
  • Tips for guides, driver
  • Personal expenses
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Visa arrangement
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DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 01: Yangon Arrival

As your family arrive in Yangon, our driver and tour guide will welcome you for the first touch to Myanmar ( Burma), transferring to your hotel.

Let your children learn about this fascinating city with the first visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most impressive golden site in Yangon which dominates the skyline of Yangon by its miracle flash.

Dinner with cultural show in Karaweik Place features the highlight of this evening.

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Shwedagon pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Day 02: Yangon – Twante Biking

A half day tour crossing Yangon river to reach Twante where your family start biking on village paths to learn about local life. After visit to Shwe Sandaw pagoda, Baung Daw Gyoke Pagoda. After lunch, we visit to local market and observing at the fruit and vegetables lay out in baskets on the ground, dried fish, and tethered poultry.

Return to Yangon to enjoy the busy market by China town, one of the best place to enjoy delicious Myanmar food.

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Twante Township, Yangon, Myanmar

Day 03: Yangon – Mandalay visit

After breakfast, we will take a flight to Mandalay, the northern hub of Myanmar. Upon arrival you will drive to the picturesque ancient capital of Ava which is best explored by horse cart.

After that, a short car travel will bring you to the Buddhist town of Sagaing, home to a remarkable number of temples and monasteries. The hill in the centre of town is well worth climbing up if the kids are feeling energetic; you follow the pilgrims up a long stair case and can stop off along the way on the benches that line the route to get your breath back and admire the view. If you are all feeling a little more lazy, you can take the car. The views from the top of the myriad temples and the slow waters of the Irrawaddy are incredible.

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Sagaing, Mandalay, Myanmar

Day 04: Mandalay city tour

This morning, we embark a boat up the Irrawaddy to Mingun. The children will enjoy watching the great variety of wooden boats and bamboo rafts that trade on the river, carrying produce to distant markets. Mingun is home to an ancient brick pagoda that towers 50m over the river, and is home to the world’s largest intact bell.

In the afternoon, we enjoy a styled trip by rishaw of Mandalay to explore Kuthodaw pagoda, known as the biggest book in the world. We will invite you to try the Burmese tea at a traditional teashop before we continue he sightseeing to Mandalay to capture the sunset this day.

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Mingun Pahtodawgyi, an immense, unfinished pagoda.

Day 05: Mandalay – Bagan on Irrawaddy River

Spend your day cruising downstream Irrawaddy where you have plentiful photographic opportunities to capture the life on the river banks.

Late afternoon, Bagan, an ancient capital will welcome you by its some 2500 pagodas and temples.

Relax at the hotel pool for your first night in Bagan.

Optional: a scenic drive along Irrawaddy River with different village visits is also a very good choice this day.

Day 06: Bagan sightseeing

Be ready for a fascinating discovery day to uncover the glorious temples of Bagan. Building started in the 11th century, and there are hundreds of temples spread over a huge plain, some crumbling and in disrepair, others in good condition with intricate carvings and miniature paintings covering the interior. Depending on the age of your children the site can be visited either by bike or by horse cart. Everyone in the family will love exploring the area, finding little nooks and crannies and following hidden staircases to incredible viewpoints.

Sunset in Bagan is undoubtly a highlight of your days in Bagan.

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Sunrise in Bagan, Myanmar

Day 07: Bagan – Mt.Popa

This morning, we will be watching sunrise over Bagan (optional) and back to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast at hotel, we head to Mt. Popa about 48 km south east of Bagan. Mt. Popa, known as the abode of Nats (spirits) – a collection of 37 magical spirits both feared and honoured by some Myanmar people and the nat museum, which houses 37 life-size nat statues sculpted from teak. It’s time to climb for 777 steps to the summit. Proceed to Popa Mountain Resort ( 1hr drive ) for our lunch. The restaurant offer a great view to the Popa summit that stands straight from the central plain. After lunch, return drive back to Bagan. On the way back, enroute stop at village cottage industry to learn the regional product as well as to watch the collection of juice from the palm trees, and its conversion to brown sugar. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.

Day 08: Bagan – Heho – Pindaya

Leave Bagan for a flight to Heho then proceed ton Pindaya. It takes about 2½ hours but there are plenty of chances to stop along the way to admire the view.

Once you have arrived in Pindaya you can climb the hillside to the Pindaya caves, set on a limestone ridge overlooking a lake. The caves themselves are packed with Buddhist figures; keep the kids entertained by asking them how many Buddhas they can count and come armed with a torch so that they can peer into the dark corners.

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Pindaya, Myanmar

Day 09: Pindaya Trekking

After breakfast, we prepare our belongings then depart for trek into the hills of Shan States.

Your day is filled up with cultural interaction, amazing mountainous views and a great chance to learn about tea culture in this area.

Your family is invited to participate some interesting farming activities with local families. Return to your hotel.

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Farm House in Pindaya, Shan State, Myanmar

Day 10: Pindaya – Inle Lake

An car journey from Pindaya to Nyang Shwe town to enjoy the boat trip in Inle Lake.The children will enjoy the extraordinary ‘Jumping Cat’ monastery where cats have been trained to jump through hoops Continue your sightseeing to see vegetable gardens floating on the waters of the lake and scenic stilt houses. The children will also enjoy watching the lake’s unique ‘leg rowers’; the local fishermen have a very unusual style of rowing, with one leg wrapped around the paddle, leaving the arms free to cast the net.

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Floating village on Inle lake, Myanmar

Day 11: Inle Lake – Indein Market – Yangon

We leave your resort this morning by boat to reach the rotating market of Indein which attracts different hill tribes in Shan State including Pa-O, Padaung, Intha people who come to the market in their traditional customs. Your guide will will demonstrate the uniqueness of Indein goods which are exposed in the fair.

After the market, we proceed to Indein ruin, the most famous site to experience the highlights of regional Buddhism then visit Pa O villages. Taking a flight back to Yangon

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Indein Village, Inle lake, Myanmar

Day 12: Yangon departure ( or go to Ngapali Beach)

Free at leisure or visit the less-visited site of Yangon city before you take the departure flight.

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Tour Prices (US$/person)

Group of 02 persons  : OnRequest
Group of 04 persons  : OnRequest

Important notes:
Surcharge in Peak Times eg: Christmas, New Year Eve, and Water festival may be applicable.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Transportation: A/C
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Water on tour
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Service charges and taxes 10%

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance
  • International Flights
  • Other transfer not mentioned
  • Tips for guides, driver
  • Personal expenses
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Visa arrangement
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Essential Notes

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 by clicking here.
  • 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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