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Inle Lake – The Gems of Myanmar

Place to visit :Yangon – Heho – Inle lake – Yangon
Tour Type : Classic Tours
Price From: 530$
Physical rating : Moderate
Duration: 4 days 3 nights
Tour Style: Private

Day by Day Tours

yangon-inlelakeDay 01: Yangon Arrival – Sightseeing (D)
Day 02: Yangon – Heho – Inle Lake (B)
Day 03: Inle Lake – Indein – Yangon
Day 04: Yangon – City Tour – Departure

Tour Prices (US$/person)

From May to September
Group of 02 persons  : US$ 610
Group of 04 persons  : US$ 530
Single Supplement: US$ 80

From October to April
Group of 02 persons  : US$ 625
Group of 04 persons  : US$ 545
Single Supplement: US$ 95

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

Inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Domestic flights
  • 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 – Sightseeing (D)

Welcome to golden land,

Upon arrival, Myanmar tour guide will meet you at airport after your easy visa procedure. Spend about 45 minutes on car, we will reach to Yangon city Center.

The city’s historical colonial and religious influences have survived despite its status as a rising Southeast Asian city, making for a truly unique experience.

Walk through downtown a diverse mix of faded colonial architectures from the British times, and high-rises built by more recent investors.

Then, we will visit Sule Pagoda – a religious and historic site, built in the early 3rd century which located in the heart of downtown Yangon.

Late afternoon, visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda of Rudyard Kipling fame and one of Myanmar’s most sacred places. The massive bell shaped stupa is plated with gold and the tip of the stupa is set with diamonds and rubies, sapphires and topaz – a stunning sight as the sun sets and a most fitting place to begin our trip in this “Golden Land”.

Enjoy a very nice welcome dinner with Burmese cuisine at a local restaurant.

Shwedagon Pagoda – the most important religious site in Yangon and all of Myanmar.

Meal: Welcome Dinner. Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Day 02: Yangon – Heho – Inle Lake

Get up early in the morning and take a flight to Heho – Inle Lake.

After a transfer to Nyaungshwe town, we wil have a private wooden motorboat for a full day excursion on Inle Lake. Explore villages built on stilts and floating gardens, getting a chance to learn about the life and culture of the lake’s residents. Stop in at workshops making incredible hand-woven silks and fabrics created from the fibers of the lotus flower.

We will also visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda where we can join local devotees as they come to pay homage to this sacred site. If time allows, there will also be a stop at Nge Phe Chaung, a wooden monastery with a remarkable collection of Buddha images.
Inle lake.

Inle lake.

Meal: Breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

Day 03: Inle Lake – Indein – Yangon

Take a visit to the market which is a Inle five day rotation market most fascinating to watch the daily life of the minorities and their activities. Continue our excursion by motorized boat to Indein pagoda complex, in the south-west of the lake. The boat leaves the lake and enters a narrow canal with a beautiful natural environment to continue to a small Pa O tribe village.

From the village, follow an old covered path to a 13th century monastery and the very impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas, some hidden in the vegetation. The main stupa-area on the top of the hill offers breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and down to the valley and the lake in the far distance.Late afternoon, take a flight back to Yangon.Free at night.

Ancient Pagodas in Indein Ancient Pagodas in Indein

Meal: Breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Day 04: Yangon – City Tour – Departure

Arrive in Yangon in early morning, we will have a breakfast in a local restaurant. After breakfast, we will visit Botataung Pagoda- believed to be a sacred hair of Gautama Buddha. The Botataung Pagoda is hollow inside and you can walk through it. It’s a sort of mirrored maze inside the pagoda with glass show-cases containing many of the ancient relics and artifacts which were sealed inside the earlier pagoda. Above this interesting interior. the golden pagoda spire rises to 40 metres (132 feet).

Then, followed by a visit to Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple – famous for its huge image of Reclining Buddha, built in 1966 replacing the old image built in 1907 by Sir Hpo Thar.

Do some shopping in Scott Market – the biggest market in Myanmar for your souvenirs before transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

End of services.

 Little boy on the Yangon Circle Line Train
Little boy on the Yangon Circle Line Train, wearing thanaka

Meal: Breakfast.  Accommodation: N/A

TOUR ENDS

Tour Prices (US$/person)

From May to September
Group of 02 persons  : US$ 610
Group of 04 persons  : US$ 530
Single Supplement: US$ 80

From October to April
Group of 02 persons  : US$ 625
Group of 04 persons  : US$ 545
Single Supplement: US$ 95

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

Inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Domestic flights
  • 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.

Happy Travelling with S.E.A WANDER ASIA!

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