14 Days

The People of Myanmar

Welcome to The People of Myanmar

Day (1) Arrival Of Myanmar ( D ) 

After you arrive in Myanmar landing at the Yangon airport, your Immersive Golden Land Travels’ expert will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. There are no activities scheduled for this day, allowing you to relax, and catch up from jet lag to in preparation for the upcoming week’s activities. Dinner will be served at the hotel.  

Overnight: Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar

   
   

Day (2) Explore Yangon  & Inya Lake ( B / L ) 

After having breakfast at the hotel, you will have an introduction to Myanmar culture, custom, and a brief history by an Immersive Golden Land Travels’ expert. Following this introduction, we will begin a walking tour of the city of Yangon. The walking pace will allow you to interact with the people who frequent the daily hustle and bustle of the city, as well as study the architecture of British colonial buildings and cobblestone streets which are from the era when Britain ruled Myanmar. Note: when the British ruled  Myanmar the country was named Burma.

After walking the city, you will visit the Bogyoke Aung San market.  This market is one of the largest indoor markets in Southeast Asia. As you explore you will find treasures which include antiques, Burmese handicraft,  jewelry shops, art galleries, and clothing stores.

By now you will have surely worked up an appetite allowing you to enjoy a delicious Burmese lunch.  As the afternoon heat rises, you will return to your hotel to relax, with the option of enjoying a swim in the hotel pool.

In the evening we will travel to Inya Lake which is the largest lake in Yangon.  It is a famous location for romance in popular culture. As we drive to the lake, we will stop at Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese politician, diplomat, author, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The house is where she remained under house arrest for almost 15 of the 21 years from 1989 to 2010.  Entrance into the house is not permitted.

As we visit Inya Lake, you will see how young Burmese enjoy and relax with their friends around the lake. This is a good time to meet people and have conversations, as they have an entirely unique perspective on their rapidly developing country. Then, before heading to dinner, we will visit the most famous house in Myanmar, called House of Memories which is where the former office and residence of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s father, General Aung San conducted his work.  He served as the 5th Premier of the British Crown Colony of Burma from 1946 to 1947.  He was known as a revolutionary, nationalist, and as the founder of the Army “Tatmadaw”  and is considered the Father of the Nation of modern-day Myanmar.

Overnight: Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar

   
   

Day (3) Art and Film ( B/ L ) 

After preparing for the day, we head to a local tea shop to have a taste of local snacks and Burmese sweet tea set in a typically crowded tea-shop. It’s a place where you can observe and understand how an average person lives. The teahouses of Myanmar are an institution with its own culture, tradition, and history. On every corner, at every market, this is a place of business, serious conversation, and casual gossip.  It is one of the few places in the world where the tea leaf itself is eaten; in the form of Laphet, pickled tea leaves.

Following your tea, we will visit local art galleries to understand the importance and variety of traditional and modern-day Burmese arts. Prior to 2011, most artistic expressions were either banned or highly censored. Hear directly from artists about their experience creating art during the censored period and how their experience has changed over the past decades.  After visiting the galleries and meeting the artists, have lunch, then return to your hotel.

In the evening you will have a unique opportunity to meet filmmakers and discuss the complexities of storytelling in an emerging democracy, learn the art of storytelling from a local expert and view some of their impressive video works. 

Following your visit with the filmmakers,  you will go to see a wonder of the world: the Shwedagon Pagoda. Officially named Shwedagon Zedi Daw and also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda, it is a gilded stupa. There is a local saying that a trip to Myanmar is not complete unless you visit the Shwedagon Pagoda. The 326-foot-tall pagoda is situated on Singuttara Hill and dominates the Yangon skyline. According to historians and legends, the pagoda was built 2500 years ago. Today it is an important religious site for worshiping and contains 6th and the 21st-century mixture of art which can still be seen. Dinner will follow before returning to your hotel.

     

Overnight: Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar

   
 

Day (4) Train to Mawlamyine ( B / D ) 

Leave the hotel around 7 am in the morning for the Yangon train station to catch a train to Mawlamyine. This will be a pleasant trip as it crosses some of the most beautiful routes in the country. Mawlamyine is the capital of the Mon State and is the fourth largest city in the country with a population of 326,000. It was a British capital after the First Anglo-Burmese War in 1824-26 and served as their capital from 1827 to 1852.

The train ride takes approximately 7-9 hours. As it travels towards Mawlamyine you will travel through the countryside dotted with hundreds of villages, crop fields, flora and fauna, and wildlife. The experience of traveling through Myanmar by train harkens back to a time when the train was the only way to travel.  You will definitely be transported back in time and feel you are a part of Myanmar’s history.

You should expect to reach Mawlamyine in the late afternoon and drive directly to your hotel to check in, have dinner and get ready for a big day tomorrow.

Overnight: Hotel in Mawlamyine, Myanmar

 

 


   

Day (5) Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery & The Dead Railway ( B/ L ) 

Leave the hotel early in the morning to visit a bustling and colorful local market. Afterward, we will drive to the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery. While on the way to Thanbyuzayat, we will stop to see one of the largest Buddhas in the country, located in Mudon.

The Thanbyuzuyat War Cemetery is called: Death Railway, otherwise known as a Prisoner of War Cemetery constructed at the end of the Burmese’s involvement, during the Second World War, of the railway construction. It is a Burma-Siam(Thai) railway, built by the Commonwealth, the Dutch and American prisoners of war, and was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Myanmar (then Burma).  During its construction, approximately ten thousand war prisoners and civilians died and were buried along the railway. 

At the end of the day, you will return to your hotel to relax before going out to visit the Kyaithalain Pagoda where you will watch the sunset from the top of the hill, followed by dinner situated along the Mawlamyine River.

   

Overnight: Hotel in Mawlamyine, Myanmar

 

 


   

Day (6) World’s Largest Reclining Buddha & Hpa An ( B / D ) 

Leave the hotel after breakfast for the World’s Largest Reclining Buddha who is named  “Win Sein Tawya”.  At this site, you will be able to explore the paintings which represent the holy history of the Buddha and his teachings. This is a good time to learn and understand the history of Buddha if you are interested. Following this, you will have lunch.  Continue to Hpa An, which is the Capital of the Karen State and contains some of Myanmar’s most beautiful mountains, landscapes and natural caves in all of Southeast Asia. 

Once you reach Hpa An you will check into your hotel to relax. In the evening you will have the chance to walk around in town and visit with a native Hpa An to learn about his life, family, and thoughts about Myanmar’s past and present. Dinner will follow.

 

Overnight: Hotel in Hpa An, Myanmar

 

 


 

Day (7)  Visit a  School and Hpa An Caves (B/L)

Leave the hotel in the morning, to visit a remote Karen private school. (Note: Karen is the name of the state.) Because this school is located far outside of the town’s limits, it struggles financially for funds to sustain teaching classes to the students. Meet with the students and headmaster, then explore this charming Karen village to experience the villager’s livelihoods and the surrounding lands. Afterward, the school will cook regional food for your lunch and for the students. After your school meeting, you will go to a set of caves which are many centuries old, followed by a return to your hotel. Enjoy a relaxing dinner at the hotel.

 

Overnight: Hotel in Hpa An, Myanmar

   
   

Day (8)  Hap An to Golden Rock ( B/ L )

Wake up early and drive for 2.5 hrs to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda or Golden Rock.  After reaching the foot of the mountain you will take a truck then a cable ride climb to the top of Golden Rock.  Here you will find your hotel, check-in and freshen up for an evening walking tour of the Golden Rock. During your walk, you will meet with the community and wait for a most stunning sunset from the top of the Golden Rock Pagoda. This will be followed by dinner. Return to your hotel allowing you to go to bed early, ready for an early wake-up for tomorrow.

   

Overnight: Hotel at Golden Rock, Myanmar

 

 


   

Day (9) Drive to airport & fly out Bagan (B/L) 

Wake up early this morning and catch the sunrise on the top of Golden Rock before leaving for your next destination. Once you arrive at the bottom of Golden Rock, drive directly to Yangon airport for 2.45 hours to catch a flight to the city of Bagan.

Bagan is the most magical and impressive point in Myanmar. Here you will be among 3000 temples built in the 10th to late 13th centuries all within in a 16 sq km. It is known as the Bagan Archaeological Area.

After landing at Nyaung U Airport (Bagan) we will drive directly to your hotel to relax after a long day of traveling. In the evening you will go out to see the sunset on top of a hill where you can view the temples of the Bagan against the setting sun. Afterward, return to your hotel for dinner and an early evening.  

 

Overnight: Hotel in Bagan, Myanmar    
   

Day (10) Morning Market, Orphanage & Bagan Temples (B / L ) 

 

Leave your hotel after having breakfast for the Nyaung U market. It is the largest market in Bagan where you can shop for local goods and meet the shopowners who all have interesting stories to tell. Afterward, you will visit an orphanage where over one hundred orphans live and receive their education. The children come from all locations in Myanmar.  Sadly, for the children many of them have lost both parents, some have only one parent who cannot afford to keep them, and others have been abandoned.

The founder of this orphanage has given these children hope and nurturing life. During this visit, you will learn more about the individual children. Also, have a conversation with the founder who can tell you the history and how the orphanage is managed; e.g. schedules, course work, games and answer your questions. We recommend you offer a bag of rice or school supplies to the children as a gift, of course, this is optional.

Following the orphanage, we will tour the temples of Bagan, have lunch and head back to your hotel to relax, and freshen up to avoid the afternoon heat. In the evening you will take a private boat to watch the sunset on the mighty Irrawaddy River. You will have dinner at a restaurant along while watching a delightful Burmese Puppet show. Some people believe that the traditional Myanmar puppets have been carried with the culture of the country for thousands of years, perhaps since the 11th century. 

Burmese puppets are carved from wood, polished before being sanded and painted with various natural areas. Then they are dressed in costumes with jewellery and other accessories. Each puppet is usually made from 17 to 19 pieces of wood and moved by 11 strings (the most complicated can be up to 16 ones). Burmese people believe that puppets also have spirit. Therefore, when designing and shaping the characters, it is the soul and liveliness that play major parts instead of the outside appearance.

Overnight: Hotel in Bagan, Myanmar 

   
   

Day (11) Visit a village & Drive to Mandalay (B/L)

 

After having breakfast, you will bicycle ride through the temples to a village where you can learn about Myanmar artwork, craftwork and other items such as lacquerware, and cigars. Explore the village, to see and learn how the processes work, then continue cycling to a restaurant for lunch, followed by returning to your hotel to fresh up or take a quick shower before checking out the hotel.

Once you have checked out, drive to Mandalay for 3.5 hours by private vehicle. You will reach Mandalay in the late afternoon. Check into your hotel, then afterward have dinner at the hotel and go to bed early to recharge yourself for a big day tomorrow. 

 

Overnight: Hotel in Mandalay, Myanmar

   
   

Day (12) Visit Amarapura and Monastic School (B / L ) 

 

Wake up early this morning and leave the hotel, after breakfast, for the Mahagandayon Buddhist Teaching monastery, which is the second largest monastery in the country. Witness 1300 monks lined up to have their last meal of the day in total silence. After seeing this peaceful event, meet individual monks to discuss in depth the teachings of Buddhism and understand the daily routines of the monks.

Once you have finished visiting at the monastery you will walk 1.2 km on U Bein, the world’s longest teakwood bridge. This will be followed by returning to your hotel till we meet again in the evening, to visit a local monastic school where young teenagers come to learn. While visiting the school you will meet with the abbot who is the founder of the school.

Afterward, we will drive to River Front to watch the sunset and view the many different types of people who work and live on the banks of Irrawaddy River. This will give you a good sense of how a fraction of the Burmese people live, work and raise families. Dinner will follow.

 

Overnight: Hotel in Mandalay, Myanmar

   
   

Day (13) Full-day touring a county village ( B/L) 

After breakfast at your hotel, your first stop will be the colorful Zay Cho market. It is said to be the busiest market in the country. It is where all goods imported from every part of the country, such as crops, furniture, hard or soft materials, clothes, local snacks, Burmese fabrics and more, arrive.  To add, many items from China and India can be found at Mandalay as the port city is nestled between these two countries. Explore the hustle and bustle of this big market and see how locals purchase and resell their goods. It is an impressive site for photographers so don’t forget your cameras.

Continue to the Mayachan boat jetty to catch a boat to Mingun which is located on the west bank of the Irrawaddy River. The Mingun temple was intentionally built as the world’s largest religious site in 1790 but sadly the donor passed away before finishing his greatest project. Although he could not complete his dream it is still one of the largest temples in the world with a height of over 100 meters.  It is impressive to see local visitors pay their respects. When you are finished visiting the temple, continue to another amazing site, that of the “Mingu Bell” which is made of bronze and weighs 90 tons and was built in the same period of the Mingun temple. Today, it’s believed to be the world’s largest uncracked bell.

Next, you will board a truck to transfer you to the beginning of your trekking path which you will begin hiking for two hours before reaching a village, where you will have lunch. Lunch will be special as you will be the guest at a villagers’ house, who will have prepared a delicious meal for you.  Following lunch, you will have the opportunity to explore the village, visit a school, meet the people, and meet the local chief to have a cup of tea at his house. Following this, you will have a chance to hop onto an Ox-cart to visit the village farms while enjoining the scenery. This will be a unique opportunity for all.

Say goodbye to the community, then head back to your hotel to refresh up, opt for swimming followed by a relaxing dinner at the hotel.

 

Overnight: Hotel in Mandalay, Myanmar

 

 


Day (14) Fly home ( B/ ) 

 

As your program ends today,  Immersive Golden Land Travels’ guide will transfer you to the Mandalay International Airport. If anyone on the program would like to continue to say in Myanmar on your own or would like to travel to other parts of Southeast-Asia we are happy to help, assist or advise.

There is a saying: All good things come to an end. And so we at Immersive Golden Land Travels must say ‘Tar Tar’ which is goodbye in Burmese. Have a safe flight and we hope to see you and serve you again.

Program Includes

  • Accommodation at 3-star hotel for 13 nights
  • Breakfast includes daily
  • All entrance fees as stated in the itinerary
  • Costs for all ground transportation as listed in the itinerary
  • Costs for all activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Full-time tour guide

Program Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Domestic Airfares
  • Visa Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch, Dinner, and Drinks
  • Personal expenses such as phone bill, laundry, snack, tips, etc.
  • Items  which are not listed within the provided itinerary as ‘provided’

Note: Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience as outlined for your daily activities on the provided itinerary. However Immersive Golden Land Travels Co,.Ltd reserves the right to cancel your program, alter activities or substitute your program for safety reasons due to unpredictable weather and/or local circumstances. 

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Rate: All rates at Immersive Golden Land Co.,Ltd are non commissionable, and already include a 10% service charge & 5%  government tax.

Payment: Immersive Golden Land Co.,Ltd requests prepayment for all bookings. Full payment is required 30 days before a programs begins.

Child Policy: Immersive Golden Land Co.,Ltd provides 100% Free Of Charge (FOC) for child under the age of 2. We charge 75% for a child (usually under the age of 8) who can stay with parents sharing a bed for accommodations.

Complimentary: Immersive Golden Land Co.,Ltd  provides 1 FOC to a program leader for a group of minimum 15 Pax.

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1). Within 30 – 15 days, before the program starts, would be charged 25%

2). Within 14 – 8 days, before the program starts, would be charged 50%

3). Within 7 days, before the program starts, would be charged 100%

4). No show would be charged 100%

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