Trip to BurmaJourney to Burma
Myanmar - The Lost Eden
Few non-Burmese still find their way to Burma. Yangon, the thrilling capitol, to the historic town of Bagan and from historic Mandalay to gorgeous Inle Lake in eastern Burma. This is a great 8 day excursion from where you can decide whether you want to end a seaside vacation in Burma or return for more adventure in Thailand.
You' ll be taken to Panorama which is a good coach category accommodation in the centre of Yangon. Indulge yourself and be welcomed with a cup of tee in Burma's historical Beach Hotels. At night we go to the beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma's principal shrine, where the natives are praying and sacrificing.
Accommodation in the Panorama Hotel or similar. In the early hours after breakfasts we will fly to the Yangon International Airfield in Bagan (80 minutes). After arriving at Nyaung Oo International we go directly to the Kumudra Hotel (Junior Suite), where there is room for a refreshing and refreshing drink. We spend the whole afternoon discovering Bagan.
It has Southeast Asia's biggest collections of shrines and palagodas. Anyone who is not very interested in Buddhism must give in when they visit Bagan. Next to the colourful Nyaung Oo Square we will see the Shwezigon Pagoda, Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi, a cavern with very nice and striking mural paintings, the stylish Htilominlo Monument (famous for its gypsum carvings) and finally the Tharaba Gate.
Later, we will see Ananda Okkyaung (one of the few preserved early Bagan bricks monasteries), the Thatbyinnyu Pagoda (the highest in Bagan at 61 metres) and the Dhammayangyi Temple (famous for its impressive masonry). Watch the sun set on one of the highest temple in Bagan. Accommodation in Kumudra Hotel (Junior Suite) or similar.
Following breakfasts we shall be visiting the town of Myinkaba to observe the tradition of lacquerware, one of Myanmar's most famous crafts and a speciality of Bagan. Visiting Myinkaba Gubyaukkyi (a much Hindu-influenced temple) and the Manuha-tempple, which was constructed by the captive King Thaton. We' ll be visiting some of the most interesting monasteries like Payathonzu, Lemyethnar, Sinbyushin, Nandaminnya and Minnanthu Cloister.
Accommodation in Kumudra Hotel (Junior Suite) in Bagan or similar. We will drive to Nyaung Oo International for a brief trip to Mandalay. Once we have checked in at the Emerald Land Inn we take a sightseeing trip with the Mahamuni pit. Well-known for its Buddha sculpture with its golden leaves.
Finally we go to the Zegyo area. Accommodation at Emerald Land Inn or similar. The Mahagandayone convent, where more than a thousand friars are living and studying. We then drive to U Bein over the Taungthaman Lake, the longest teenak deck in the word. We' ll also see the Atumashi Convent (the unique monastery) and the Kuthodaw Pagoda with 729 plates of Buddhist writing (known as the greatest novel in the world).
Accommodation at Emerald Land Inn or similar. We' ll ride for an hours and end at Nyaung Shwe Pier at Inle Lake. And Inle Lake is another high point of this Burma-journey. There are those who call it Burma's Venice equivalents. We' re going on a round tour of Lake Inle all afternoon on a personal canoe.
There is a swimming town near Ywama (the "inner city" of the lake) where you can have luck and enjoy a swimming school. Included in the tour are a tour of the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, a tour of the Inpawkhon community, which earns its livelihood by weave, and a tour of the Jumping Cat Cloister.
Above all, however, we experience the kind of community living on the sea as it develops near our vessel. Accommodation at Sky Lake Inle Resort (superior room) or similar. We will take a personal ferry to Nyaung Shwe Steg and then back to Heho Airport, which flies to Yangon.
On your return you will spend the night at the Panorama Hotel. After that we see Rangoon's emblem, the Sule Pagoda, and then Botataung Pagoda, Chinatown and the Pomoran. Accommodation in Panorama Hotel (deluxe room) or similar. Mornings we will see the lying Buddha Chaukhtatkyi and then the Karaweik Royale Barque (a regal swimming boat on Lake Kandawgyi).