DESTINATION - MYANMAR TRIP NOTES

Trip Notes: Myanmar (Burma) trip notes 



 

Something about our tours

Myanmar is one of the most interesting places to explore in Asia. In every sense travel to Myanmar is not only a voyage into different geographic region, but also traveling back in time.

 

Themes

Relax, Cultural and adventerous.

 

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DAY-TO-DAY ITINERARY FOR MYANMAR TOUR


Day 1 Saturday Yangon

Arrive Yangon International Airport.Meet and greet. Transfer to hotel and check-in. Refresh and rest. Late afternoon city tour followed by welcome drinks and dinner at Karaweik Palace, overlooking to the Royal Lake and Shwedagon tower. The dinner is served with fine Burmese food and an amazing cultural show.

(D)

 

Day 2 Sunday, Yangon

Buffet breakfast at hotel. After breakfast , drive to Chaukhtathgyi Pagoda. It is the fourth larg- est colossal reclining Buddha in Myanmar and 67m long. Then Bogyoke Aung San Market(Scott Market) which has many traditional goods and jewelries. Lunch at restaurant. Then sightseeing to “Shwedagon Pagoda” before the sun set and enjoy the beautiful stupa while it changes col- ours of the shining of gold in different tones ac- cording to the radiant of the setting sun. Dinner at restaurant.

(B, L, D)

 

Day 3 Monday, Yangon - Bagan (Fly)

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Depending on the flight time, transfer to the airport for domes- tic flight to Bagan. Transfer to hotel and check- in. Afternoon tour to include Nyaung Oo Local market, Shwezigon Pagoda (the prototype for later Myanmar Stupa), Wetkyi Inn Gubyuaukgyi Temple which is famous for the wall-paintings of 13th century and Htilominlo, one of the biggest Temple. Then Khay Min Ga Temple noted for its panoramic view of the area's numerous temples and Htilominlo, the last Burma style temple built in Bagan, Enjoy the amazing sunset from the sec- ond highest pagoda of Bagan, the “Shwe Sandaw Pagoda”. Return to hotel. Dinner.ples of this nature only appeared during the Late Bagan period and the Mahabodhi is the only one of this style in Bagan. Passing through Tharabar Gateway you arrive into Old Bagan proper. Lunch at restaurant. Continue to Ananda Temple, with four standing Buddha images. Thatbyinnyu Pa- goda, famous for its height, Sulamani Temple built in 12th century and Dhammayangyi Temple (the most massive). Enjoy sunset at Bu Pagoda on the river bank.

(B, L, D)

 

Day 4 Tuesday, Bagan

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Then transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Thandwe. Transfer to resort at Ngapali beach and check-in. Lunch. Enjoy your stay at Ngapali Beach. Dinner at resort.(B, L, D)

 

Day 5 Wednesday, Bagan

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Then drive to Mahabo- dhi Temple, inspired by the Mahabodhi at Bodh Gaya in India, this temple was built during the reign of King Nantaungmya (1211 – 1234). Temples of this nature only appeared during the Late Bagan period and the Mahabodhi is the only one of this style in Bagan. Passing through Tharabar Gateway you arrive into Old Bagan proper. Lunch at restaurant. Continue to Ananda Temple, with four standing Buddha images. Thatbyinnyu Pa- goda, famous for its height, Sulamani Temple built in 12th century and Dhammayangyi Temple (the most massive). Enjoy sunset at Bu Pagoda on the river bank.

(B, L, D)

 

Day 6 Thursday, Bagan -Mandalay

Early departure from hotel. Transfer to port for Ayeyarwaddy River cruise to Mandalay. Embark on boat at 0600, continental breakfast served on departure. Sit back, relax and see another aspect of Myanmar with this fascinating all day journey. There are two short stops (10 minutes each) at the villages of Myin Mu and Pakokku along the river. Arrive in Mandalay at approxi- mately 1800 and transfer to hotel. Check-in, then dinner at restaurant.

(B, L, D)

 

Day 7 Friday, Mandalay

Buffet breakfast at hotel, then excursion to Min- gun by boat. Afterwards excursion by coach to the former Royal Capital of Innwa [Ava], taking a small boat for a few minutes to Maha Aung- mye Bonzan Monastery, ruins of ancient Ava Watch Tower, fort walls and brick causeway, and Bargaya Teak wood Monastery. Then proceed to Sagaing by driving across the 1 kilometer long bridge over the Ayeyarwaddy River to Sagaing Hills, with numerous Pagodas and monasteries and a retreat for Buddhist devotees. After sight- seeing return to Mandalay. Dinner in restaurant.

(B, L, D)

 

Day 8 Saturday, Mandalay - Lake Inle

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Heho. On arrival drive to the Nyaung Shwe jetty then take boat on Inle Lake to resort hotel and check-in. Lunch. After- noon sightseeing to Phaungdawoo Pagoda, the main attraction that houses five small Buddha images. Follow by Nga Phe Chaung Monas- tery, an attractive wooden monastery built on stilts over the lake at the end of the 1850s and where you can see the popular jumping cats leap through hoops. Silversmith ateliers and silk or Lotus weaving cottage industries are among the most fascinating attractions in the area. Return to resort.

(B, L, D)

 

Day 9 Sunday, Lake Inle
After buffet breakfast at resort, enjoy a boat tour to Indeinn at the western end of the Lake where you can watch the farmers cultivate their products. Visit the 16th century pagoda complex of Indeinn. Lunch at restaurant. Observe the life style of the lake dwelling, leg-rowing Intha people. The net they use to cast down for fishing in shallow water is also something interesting to attract the tourists. Return to resort and dinner.

(B, L, D)

 

Day 10 Monday, Lake Inle
After breakfast, take an excursion by boat onInle Lake to SAGAR - full day boat trip. Samkar (also spelt Sargar or Sankar) village is located in the Deep South, around 3-hours boat drive from Nyaungshwe.Sagar has been a thriving town of yet another Shan Sao Bwa (heredity prince), and hardly ex- plored by tourists. The boat journey to Sagar is simply enjoyable for those who love nature with hazy Blue Mountains, dotted floating farms and different kinds of indigenous and migra- tory birds. Visit several villages of Inthars, ever happy and content people. The impressive ruins of Sagar, welcoming Pa O villagers, and pleasant boat journey will make a rewarding day excur- sion away from the tourist crowd and the usual sights of Inle Lake. Transfer to hotel in town of Nyaung Shwe.

(B, L, D)

 

Day 11 Tuesday, Lake Inle - Ngapali Beach (Fly)

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Then transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Thandwe. Transfer to resort at Ngapali beach and check-in. Lunch. Enjoy your stay at Ngapali Beach. Dinner at resort.

(B, L, D)

 

Day 12 Wednesday, Ngapali Beach

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Full day free time for swimming, relaxing, shopping, individual sight- seeing, massage etc. Lunch and dinner at resort.

(B, L, D)

 

Day 13 Thursday, Ngapali Beach

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Full day free time for swimming, relaxing, shopping, individual sight- seeing, massage etc. Lunch and dinner at resort.

(B, L, D)

 

Day 14 Friday, Ngapali Beach - Yangon (Fly)

Buffet breakfast at hotel. After breakfast, trans- fer to the airport for domestic flight to Yangon. Transfer to hotel and check–in. Free time for shopping, individual sight-seeing, massage etc. Farewell dinner at restaurant.

(B, L, D)

 

Day 15 Saturday Yangon

Departure.Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning free time for shopping etc. Early lunch then transfer to Yan- gon International Airport for departing flight.End of service.

(B)

This itinerary is correct at the time of issue and in good faith but is liable to change at any time or place for any reason.

(B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)

 

Also available to purchase

For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip.
 

Itinerary disclaimer

Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.

 

Culture shock rating

Expect some culture shock. You'll be exposed to signs of poverty and access to services may be sporadic. The food will be quite different to home and English speakers harder to find. Respecting the local culture will make it easier to fit in and really experience the location.
 

Physical rating

These trips are a relaxing break. You don't have to worry about doing anything physically demanding unless you want to. There will be few small treks, people willing to do it can go for it or else can sit back in the hotel or coach/bus.

 

Included activities

Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.

 

Optional activities

Selections of optional activities are available and tour leader will brief you on it, these activities can be taken at your personal expense and shall be paid directly. Please do not hesitate to ask the tour leader for it.

 

Money Exchange

The official currency of Sri Lanka is the Burmese Kyat (MMK).

The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), which are readily available in most towns.

Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange, so please bring clean bills, and small denominations are most useful.

While traveller's cheques have security advantages exchanging them can be a lengthy process, commissions can be high and they can be difficult to change in rural areas, on weekends and public holidays. The use of credit cards is also an option, mainly to major hotels/establishments.

 

Spending money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

 

Tipping

If you are happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations. We recommend that all tips are given to the intended recipient by a group leader, from the Tip Kitty.

Departure tax

All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.

 

Important notes

HOT/ COLD WEATHER:
For instant weather updates please check this LINK

 

AGE RESTRICTIONS
Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 5. Please note that anyone aged under 18 must be accompanied by (and share accommodation with) a parent or legal guardian.

 

LOCAL PARTNER
This trip is operated by Irregular tours – New Delhi, India Office.

 

Group size

Maximum of 22 travellers per group.

 

Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.

Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

Single travellers

Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation however, we have single supplement options. We will try our level best to adjust you with any other solo traveler, but if not please be prepared to pay single supplement.
Travelers opting for single supplement will be provided Single room at all places.

 

Meals introduction

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will take you to restaurants to try during your trip. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company.

Please Note: The brochure prices for the tour include all the meals as per itinerary.

 

Meals

All meals as per itinerary

Transport

Private Bus, Deluxe Houseboat.

 

Group leader

All group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Irregular Tours endeavors to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.

Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Irregular tours we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

 

Joining point

Panorama Hotel - Yangon

No.294-300, Pansodan Street,, Yangon KYAUKTADA TOWNSHIP, , MYANMAR, Myanmar (Burma)Ph: +95 1 253 077

 

Arrival complications

We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your group trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader.

 

Finish point

Panorama Hotel - Yangon

No.294-300, Pansodan Street,, Yangon KYAUKTADA TOWNSHIP, , MYANMAR, Myanmar (Burma)Ph: +95 1 253 077 

 

 

Emergency funds

Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.

 

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.

We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.

 

BURMA (MYANMAR):
Australia: Yes - in advance
Belgium: Yes - in advance
Canada: Yes - in advance
Germany Yes - in advance
Ireland: Yes - in advance
Netherlands: Yes - in advance
New Zealand: Yes - in advance
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: Yes - in advance
United Kingdom: Yes - in advance
USA: Yes - in advance

 

If your country of residence has a Burma embassy the process should be straight forward. But for some nationalities you may be requested to provide a letter of invitation from a local Burmese ground operator. In such cases please contact Intrepid to attain this letter and we will forward to you.

 

Visas on arrival to Burma are currently unavailable. You should obtain your visa prior to departure. In special circumstances, Intrepid can help to provide a visa on arrival, and only if there is no Burmese Embassy in your home country. We also cannot help with a visa on arrival if you are within a month of departure. If you would like us to help with visa on arrival, please contact us.

 

Issues on your trip

While we always endeavor to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

 

What to take

What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we recommend keeping the weight under 15kgs.

 

CLOTHING:
During the wildlife drives in open jeeps/canter (especially from October to mid March) it can be rather chilly so please pack warm clothing. It may also be a good idea to take a smart casual outfit for an evening out. South India in general has moderate climate, thus cotton is the best bet, however, carry couple of pullovers just in case.

 

WATER BOTTLE:
Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 liter plastic bottle takes 2 liters of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Please avoid the purchase of bottled water by using the chemically sterilized water stored in the purpose-built storage tank or in water jerry cans in your overland vehicle. You're free to refill your bottle as many times a day as you like.

 

Health

All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Irregular tours reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

 

Drinking water

As a rule we recommend you don't drink tap water, even in hotels, as it contains much higher levels of different minerals than the water you may have at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn't serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it's enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Bottled water is widely available and your leader can recommend safe alternatives when available. Water consumption should be about 3 litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhea blockers are available from many pharmacies.

 

Safety

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safekeeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Irregular tours itinerary, and Irregular tours makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

 

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you be covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also cover personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

When travelling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and your leader has seen the insurance company’s 24-hour emergency contact number.

 

Responsible Travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimize the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative and you should dress accordingly. To respect the local culture and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. As a guideline, shoulders and knees at the minimum (and everything in between including midriff and cleavage) should be covered at all times. Wearing shorts and singlet tops is not appropriate and may well restrict your entry into sites of a religious nature, family homes, and will limit your local interaction opportunities in general. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly warm climate.

 

A couple of rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

 

Feedback

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Myanmar Lake Inley

Myanmar Lake Inley

Gay group tour to Myanmar/Burma

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Gay group tour to Myanmar/Burma

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Gay group tour to Myanmar/Burma

Bagan

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Gay group tour to Myanmar/Burma

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Gay group tour to Myanmar/Burma

Mandalay

Mandalay

Gay group tour to Myanmar/Burma

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Gay group tour to Myanmar/Burma

Myanmar

Myanmar

Gay group tour to Myanmar/Burma

Myanmar

Myanmar

Gay group tour to Myanmar/Burma

Dates -

14th mar 2020

13th mar 2021

 
Prices -

Price per person twin sharing: USD 3500
Single Supplement: USD 1234

 

Booking conditions and Trip Notes


*Booking Conditions

*Back to Itinerary

 

3. Highlights
  • 3 days exploring Lake Inle

  • 3 days relaxing and enjoying at beautiful Ngapali beach

  • Explore the magnificent temples of Bagan

  • Admire Yangon’s golden Shwedagon Pagoda

  • Relax on a riverboat cruise to from Bagan to Mandalay

4. All this is included

 

  • 14 nights accommodation based on half twin sharing rooms with daily breakfast

  • All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers

  • English speaking guide service throughout in sightseeing

  • days (Except Ngapali Beach)

  • Domestic flight tickets for Yangon – Bagan, Mandalay – Heho

  • – Thandwe – Yangon, including taxes

  • Boat fees for Inle, Mingun

  • Day boat cruise on Ayeyarwaddy River from Bagan to Mandalay

  • Entrance fee and Zone fee

  • Meals (Lunch + Dinner) as per itinerary

  • All government tax and service charges

  • Experienced gay tour manager

 

Please note:-
International flights and travel insurance is not included in the brochure cost.
 

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