LUXURY FAMILY ADVENTURE
12 Days/11 Nights

This 12 day trip includes a huge variety of luxurious adventures in Myanmar, taking in Mandalay, Kalaw, Inle Lake, Bagan and Ngapali Beach. The journey includes an Eco-friendly elephant refuge where families can participate in daily routines, it includes trekking in the Shan Hills, interacting with the local hill tribes, learning all about local cuisine, cycling in Bagan and even snorkeling off a private beach.

 
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Designing perfect voyages for our guests is our prime aim and hence we are always open to tailoring our travel products to suit individual requirements. We, however, reserve the right to change any arrangement (including tours, programs, prices and services) in the best interest of our guests, with or without prior notice.

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The Team - Voyages2Treasure

 

Day 1: Arrive Mandalay                                                                                               

(L, D)

Upon arrival meet your guide and driver and transfer to Mandalay.

Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar and was the country's last royal capital. Visit the Mandalay Palace walls, where King Thibaw, the Last King of Myanmar once inhabited.

If time permits, take a trip to the top of Mandalay Hill or visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, known to locals as the ‘biggest book in the world’ for its 729 marble slabs of Buddhist scriptures.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Dinner at Canal.          

Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 2: Mandalay – HEHO – Green Hill Elephant Camp - Kalaw                          

(B, L, D)

Transfer early this morning to Mandalay airport for your flight to Heho.

After arriving at HEHO airport, transfer to Green Hill Elephant Camp.

Put on your hiking boots for a short walk through the Green Hill Valley. The camp is a family owned refuge for Elephants that are rescued from the logging industry. Most elephants at the camp are ‘senior citizens’ and have been ‘retired’ by the government. The family at Green Hill has adopted and cares for the elephants at the refuge. Encourage the children to feed, bathe, and help with the caretaking. After lunch at the camp, plant a tree and contribute to the reforestation of the Green Hill Valley.

Lunch at Green Hill Elephant Camp.

Arrive at Kalaw in the late afternoon.

Kalaw is a beautiful hill station in the midst of rolling hills and pine forests. It once served as a summer resort during the colonial era. After checking into your hotel, enjoy a leisurely afternoon.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Kalaw.

Day 3: Kalaw - Trek – Nyaung Shwe – Inle Lake                                                           

(B, L, D)

After breakfast visit the morning market in Kalaw. On market days, the hilltribes of surrounding villages gather to buy and sell their products and crops. The market is a fascinating mix of people and goods.

Next, you will embark on a 3-4 hour trek to Myin Ma Tee Cave, passing local villages along the way. Upon entering the 1000 year old natural cave, you will not only walk among stalactites and stalagmites, but Buddha images and statues that were created and placed inside the cave since the  17th century.

Afterwards take a scenic one-hour drive that 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. We will also stop in Nyaung Shwe for a short walk around town and visit to the colorful market if it is being held that day.

Transfer by boat to Inle Lake.

Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 4: Inle Lake – Fishing and Cooking Class                                                      

(B, L, D)

After breakfast, transfer on board your private boat for Inle Lake. 

This morning we will join a local fisherman for an educational experience. The fisherman will showcase how they use traditional techniques, rowing one-legged and  corraling fish into their handmade nets. But please don’t attempt this local technique, as it takes a lifetime to master the balance. Instead, use a traditional fishing pole and try to catch lunch. Whether or not your fishing expedition is successful, this will be a memorable encounter with the Inthar fisherman.  Afterwards, motor to Inle’s floating gardens. These gardens are a large part of the region’s economy as the produce is shipped to the four corners of Myanmar.  Your guide will provide an insightful glimpse into how the gardens are created and harvested. You will have an opportunity to pick your own choice tomatoes for your upcoming lunch. If it is open that day, visit Nampan market and food shop for the day’s menu. Next, proceed to a traditional Inthar House at Tharlay village where you will spend time preparing the dishes with a local family. It’s a unique chance to spend time with the locals and learn about their cuisine and culture. Together you’ll prepare local delights including Inle Style Tomato Salad and other Inthar dishes. Then your lunch will be served on a low table and enjoy your lunch sitting on the floor the local way.  

After lunch continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Then, you will visit around the Thar Lay village to meet with friendly local Inthar people.

Then 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.

In the late afternoon return to the jetty at Nyaung Shwe. Have a look through the day market if it is open.

Dinner at Golden Kite.

Overnight on Inle Lake.                                              

Day 5: Inle Lake – Trek                                                                                                

(B, L, D)

After breakfast, head to Inle’s surrounding hills for a fantastic 4 – 5 hour day trek.  There are plenty of fantastic day treks around the hills surrounding Inle Lake. The landscape is beautiful with gentle rolling green hills alternating with farms and villages.

With your guide you will transfer to the start point of your trek and spend the day hiking over undulating hills. As you walk along, pass through local hill tribe minorities and observe their unique cultures.

When hiking around Inle Lake, at times you will have sweeping views of the lake below, a different vantage point from which to appreciate the water’s beauty.

Afterwards visit Mine Thauk village on the eastern shores. The people living here are known for their delicious soy bean crackers, tofu and other treats. Walking around the village you can observe all steps of the process of creating these local items.

Packed Lunch. Dinner at Hotel.

Overnight on Inle Lake.

Day 6: Inle Lake - HEHO – NYU – Mount Popa - Bagan                                       

(B, L, D)

Transfer by car from your hotel to Heho airport and fly to Nyaun U airport. Your car will be waiting to take you to Mount Popa.

Mount Popa soars 650 metres up out of the plains and the temple is populated by Burma’s most revered Nats (spirits/local deities). From here you can climb the almost 900 stairs to the top of Popa Taung Kalat. Along the way you will pass dozens of nat shrines and many  local pilgrims who come to honour these spirits. But please make sure to have a tight grasp on your camera or any other personal effects as the local monkeys can be mischievous.

Lunch at local restaurant.

On the ride to Bagan, you will recognize that the environment has changed drastically from the rolling hills and pine forests of the Shan State, you have reached the plains of Bagan where the weather is drier and the roads are lined with toddy palm trees. The toddy-palm plays an important role in Myanmar rural life. Beyond creating juice and sugars for the people, it also provides shade as well as materials for making household utensils, homes and medicines. You will have a chance to stop and observe the process of creating toddy juice.

Reach your hotel in Bagan, check in and relax. After freshening up we’ll head out for dinner at a local restaurant.

Dinner at Beach Bagan.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 7: Bagan- Biking the temples                                                                                

(B, L, D)

Start the day biking around the plains of Bagan- we’ll visit a mix of villages, markets and of course temples.

Begin with a visit to the colourful Nyaung Oo Market where every day the locals come to buy and sell fresh produce and other goods.  Continue to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction into Bagan’s rich history. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples.  Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed.

This afternoon begin with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. After a short tea break, head to a temple to enjoy the sunset views over the plains.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 8: Bagan – NYU – SNW - Ngapali                                                                

(B,L)

After Breakfast, transfer to Nyaung U Airport.

Upon arriving at Thandwe Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to Ngapali Beach, a 20 minute drive.

Ngapali Beach is a quiet 3-kilometer stretch of white sands lined by coconut palms.  The warm, clear waters are perfect for water sports. Spend the afternoon swimming, snorkelling or rent a bicycle and take a ride along the shores.

Overnight in Ngapali.

Day 9: Ngapali – Adventure Boat Cruise – Private Beach                                                         

(B)

Free day on the beach. Optional Adventure cruise to Private beach.

Optional: After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the nearby jetty to board your private boat.

Your boat will head to the tiny fishing village of Maung Shwe Lay. This is an authentic glimpse at the local life of this charming beach town. Maung Shwe Lay was unknown to foreigners until it was discovered in March ’12. The people are friendly, the area is pure, and the experience is authentic.

After lunch on the boat, enjoy an afternoon of swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, and fan fishing in a truly unspoiled region of Asia. Your private boat will take you to a private beach where you can spend your afternoon at leisure.   

Overnight in Ngapali.

Day 10: Ngapali – Free Beach day                                                                                           

(B)

A day at your leisure.

 Lay on a beach chair and sip on fresh coconut water while the children swim and play in the sand or we can arrange another boat tour to visit nearby islands. You can also return to your private beach near Maung Shwe Lay.

Day 11: Ngapali – SNW – RGN – Yangon                                                            

(B,L,D)

Transfer to Thandwe airport and fly to Yangon. Upon arrival, your guide and driver will be waiting to greet you.

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.

After lunch we’ll visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. A visit to Kyaukhtatgyi provides a great overview of Buddhism with murals depicting the life of Buddha, the feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gathering to pay homage and pray.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

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.

Dinner at Monsoon.          

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 12: Depart Yangon                                                                                                            

(B)            

Today is at your leisure until transferring to the airport for your onward flight.

RATES AND CONDITIONS

ACCOMMODATION

City

Hotel

Room Category

Mandalay

Mandalay Hill Resort

Deluxe

Kalaw

Amara Mountain Resort

Deluxe

Inle Lake

Inle Princess Resort

Superior Bungalow

Bagan

Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort

Deluxe

Ngapali Beach

Amara Ocean Resort

Superior

Yangon

Governor’s Residence

Deluxe

 

In US Dollars per person for shared twin/double

 

Period

1

2

3-4

5-6

7-10

11-15

16+

Single Supplement

 

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

 

Note:

  • Surcharges or compulsory meals may apply for holiday periods like Christmas, New Year, Water Festival, etc.

Our services include:

  • 11 night’s accommodation in a shared twin room or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • English-speaking guide station guides (1 guide per location)
  • All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers
  • Horse cart tour in Ava & Bagan
  • Private local boat for Inle Lake excursions
  • Porter fees at airports
  • Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program
  • Water and refreshing towel
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Our services do not include:

  • International ticket to/from Yangon
  • Domestic flights (rate: please refer to our flight tariffs)
  • Meals other than mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Visa arrangements for Myanmar
  • Fuel Surcharge for domestic flights
  • Visits not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips and porters at the hotels
  • Any other items not mentioned
  • 3.5% Govt. Taxes.

ADDITIONAL AIRFARES

ROUTE

AIRLINE

USD / Person

Yangon - Mandalay

 

On Request

Mandalay – Heho

Air Bagan, Air KBZ, Air Mandalay,
Yangon Airways or Asian Wings Airways

On Request

Heho – Nyaung U

On Request

Nyaung U – Thandwe

 

On Request

 

Thandwe - Yangon

On Request

Note: All airfares are subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.

 

“This itinerary may alter due to local conditions, the strength of the group and other unexpected circumstances. We will do our very best to adhere to the set itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, your biking or trekking guide will have the final say.”

FORM REQUIREMENTS: Participants in any adventure travel will be required to complete and submit a signed terms and conditions agreement including the voluntary participation, assumption of risk, release from liability and hold harmless provisions.  Where minors are involved, parental or guardian permission may also be required.  Travel documentation will not be released unless these forms are complete.

TARIFF REVIEW CLAUSE FOR MYANMAR / EFFECTIVE APRIL 20, 2012

  • A very strong and continuous increase in demand for travelers to Myanmar leads to price increases of most suppliers and services for several months. This concerns the accommodation but also transport (air, land, rail and boats), restaurants, guides, entrance fees and taxes visits. These increases may occur without notice, effective immediately, and in proportions that we are no longer able to support.
  • As of April 20, 2012, any proposed tariff will be definitively confirmed after booking services and payment of a reservation deposit of 50% of tour price to enable us to secure bookings and prices.
  • 20% of the booking fees will be non – refundable.
  • In the absence of the booking fees, we reserve the right to revise the rates or cancel the services.

 
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