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Day 1: Yangon Arrival
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, our staff will be waiting for you inside to assist with all necessary airport formalities including luggage handling. Pass through all authority counters with our staff assistance and arrive at the arrival lounge where your guide will welcome you with a flower garland.
Transfer to The Strand, an elegant hotel in downtown Yangon which was built in 1901.
After checking in to your hotel, we take a short walking tour of downtown (note: car at disposal if you wish to do tour by car) The walk takes around one hour and passes by fading colonial buildings such as the Post Office, City Hall, Customs Office and local residences. You’ll visit Mahabandoola Park and Sule Pagoda before stopping for a cup of tea or coffee at a Let Ywae Sin Tea Shop, a local favourite. Continue a bit further to the old railway station before reaching Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market. Spend time browsing through the wide selection of local handicrafts and other goods (Note: closed on Mondays and public holidays) before transferring back to the hotel.
This evening enjoy a delicious welcome dinner at The Strand.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon - Bagan
This morning fly to Bagan in central Myanmar. Upon arrival it is a short drive to your riverside hotel for check in (early check in is subject to availability). Spend time relaxing or go for a swim in the pool.
At midday depart for lunch at a nearby restaurant (own account) and an afternoon of sightseeing.
Explore the town of Nyaung U and neighboring villages where you will learn about their traditional livelihood. Learn the interesting process of creating pone yeh gyi (pea powder paste) and see how local plum jam is made and packed. In addition, visit workshops of two of the region’s best known products: handmade lacquer ware and wooden handicrafts. In addition, you will visit the villages and observe about how Cartwrights make a traditional bullock carts, still used by farmers and locals throughout the country.
Then travel by horse carriage among the temples passing a variety of monuments, local houses and farms. Watch the sunset from one of the elevated temples before returning to your hotel.
Overnight in Bagan.
Day 3: Bagan - Embark on RV Paukan
This morning after breakfast transfer to the Bagan jetty to check in to your cabin on board the RV Paukan.
After completing all registration and procedures the RV Paukan guide will lead a shore excursion of some of the many temples and craftshops of Bagan.
Dinner will be held at a local restaurant before returning to the ship for your overnight.
Overnight onboard RV Paukan.
Day 4: Cruising
OPTION: Start your morning with a hot-air balloon flight over the plains of Bagan. Enjoy the fabulous views as the sun rises over the stupas and Irrawaddy River. This is truly an unforgettable and unique experience! (Note: available only from October to March)
USD 285.- per person
This morning the boat casts off around 10.30 for a full day of cruising (111 Kilometres; 12 hours). Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you slowly make your way northwards.
In this evening we stop at Shwe Pyi Thar Village and you can visit around the village on foot.
The boat will moor here overnight. After dinner a puppet show will be performed in the village or on the sundeck.
Overnight onboard RV Paukan.
Day 5: Cruising
This morning reaching Yandabo, a riverside village specializing in pot making. The village is also the site where the peace treaty was signed in 1826 to end the first Anglo-Burmese war.
We go ashore for a walk through Yandabo, stopping to visit one of the pot-making workshops. There is also a chance to go to the local school and monastery to learn more about life along the river.
The ship will cast off in this afternoon and cruise upstream to Myin Mu jetty.
Dinner will be served on board and the boat will moor here for the evening.
Overnight onboard RV Paukan.
Day 6: Cruising
This morning 1 ½ hour drive to Monywa, a typical Burmese town on the banks of the Chindwin River, visit Po Win Taung . This extraordinary complex consists of 947 sandstone caves dug out of the hills and contains what is considered by archaeologists to be the richest collection of mural paintings and Buddhist statues in Southeast Asia.
After visiting Po Win Taung, continue a few hundred meters away to Shwe Ba Taung. Spend time exploring this interesting site where monasteries and temples are carved out rocky narrow cliffs.
After lunch 2 hours drive to Sagaing where your cruise is waiting.
Dinner and overnight onboard RV Paukan.
Day 7: Cruising
Your last day of cruising day, tour begins with Mingun. Unlike Ava and Amarapura, Mingun was not a royal capital yet has many interesting sites to see. You’ll visit the Mingun Bell which weighs more than 87 tons and is more than 3.7 metres tall. This is the world’s largest uncracked bell. Just south of the bell you’ll also visit Mingun Pagoda, a giant brick structure built in the late 1700s and although it was unfinished due to economic troubles it is still an impressive site. Stop as well at a ‘home for the aged’ to visit with the residents.
After lunch continue a tour of Ava, travelling by local horse cart to visit the quiet streets of the former capital. Stop at sites such as 200 year old teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, Nanmyin watchtower and Me Nu Ok Kyaung monastery.
Then we travel by boat and car to Amarapura, another former capital. Walk along the famous teak bridge of U Bein with unforgettable sunset view.
The boat will moor at Sagaing. After dinner enjoy a dance and theatre performance on the Sundeck.
Overnight onboard RV Paukan.
Day 8: Disembark – Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake
After breakfast, disembark the RV Paukan and meet with your guide to transfer to Mandalay’s airport.
From Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images.
If time permits, enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.
Overnight on Inle Lake.
Day 9: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake
After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day).
Continue along Inle Lake, passing villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf.
Stop for lunch in a local family’s house for a taste of authentic Inthar dishes.
Prepare your lunch with a local family! This cooking course is a fun and interesting way to learn about the traditional flavors and preparation techniques of Burmese Cuisine. Join a local Inthar family in their kitchen to cook local dishes then sit on the floor at a round table and dine in the local way.
Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand.
Overnight on Inle Lake.
Day 10: Inle Lake – Sagar – Inle Lake
Set off this morning for your lakeside hotel for Sagar, the far southern region of Inle Lake. Very few tourists make the trip down to this region yet it is one of the most beautiful places in the Shan State with the mountains forming a backdrop for the small villages and fishermen on the water. The area was only recently opened to tourists in 2003.
The boat journey takes 2.5-3 hours but is full of fabulous views and home to many unique species of birds, both indigenous and migratory. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!
Upon arriving in Sagar area there are several stops that will be made (the order will depend on the time, other tourist boats and activity in the villages) The main highlight for many travelers are the ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar- 108 stupas from the 16-17th centuries that are partially underwater for a few months a year. There is also a local monastery and village that can be visited here.
Continue to the village of Thaya Gone, home to Pa-Oh, Shan and Inthar people and known for its production of local rice wine. Watch the process of distillation and then sample some of the local brew if you wish. In Thaya Gone there is also the chance to climb to the top of a small hill which there are great views of the lake and surrounding villages.
Another stop will be made in Sae Khaung Pottery Village to see the crafting of oil and water pots as well as the natural, underground kilns used by the villagers. On the western shores of the Sagar area is Tar Kaung, a series of more than 200 stupas which also make a fabulous photo stop.
Lunch will be arranged along the way (either picnic lunch or local lunch at a small restaurant).
Around 2.30 the boat will begin its journey back to the main section of Inle Lake. Traveling back in the afternoon the light has shifted and the route looks much different on the return, with different activities occurring on the water and in the villages. Rice noodles can be seen drying in the sun, spun cotton is hung out to dry and kids are returning from school at this time of day.
You’ll reach your hotel early this evening in time to freshen up and watch the sunset.
Overnight in Inle Lake.
Day 11: Inle Lake – Yangon
This morning transfer to Heho for the flight to Yangon where upon landing you will transfer to the hotel for a chance to freshen up. (note: early check in is subject to arrival).
We then set off for more sightseeing in Yangon, starting with a visit to Kandawgyi Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. Here you will see the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge, and the vast lake with views of Shwedagon in the background. Depending on the day of your visit Kandawgyi may be busy with local families who come here on the weekend to relax in the fresh air.
Make a stop at a local tea shop for a chance to experience an integral part of Burmese life: drinking tea! Enjoy a coffee or tea as you sit amid businessmen, friends and families who gather at the tea shop to socialize or conduct business.
From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend states that the original structure was built 2500 years ago then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 8-sided central stupa is 99 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas and your guide will show you around the massive complex, explaining why this temple is so revered. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.
This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at Le Planteur.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 12: Yangon Departure
The remainder of today is at your leisure for additional sightseeing or shopping before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.
For those with more time we recommend joining one of our exclusive day trips to further explore the wonders of Yangon. Below are just a few ideas you may enjoy- ask your travel consultant for more details or additional ideas.
- Art and Antiques Tour: This full day tour reveals the city’s rich history through its art and antiques. Visit several antiques shops tucked away in a residential neighbourhood where the goods echo the years past. Dine at a 100-year old colonial house filled with furniture and remnants of General Aung San’s revolutionary period and spend the afternoon exploring the city’s art galleries.
- Yangon for Foodies: Get a taste for Burmese food and culture with our half day guided ‘Yangon for Foodies’ tour. Visit some of the city’s best fresh markets, sample tasty treats, sip a cuppa with the locals in a tea shop and enjoy a traditional curry lunch. From the sweet (fried donuts) to the strange (fermented tea leaf salad), you’ll get to try it all! (Lunch included).
- Dhala- Colours of the Countryside: Cross the Yangon River by local ferry to visit Dhala, a typical delta village. Travel by trishaw to the daily market and the monasteries, winding around local neighbourhoods and quiet laneways along the way.