Myanmar 9 day highlights tour

“The good news is you can discover Myanmar’s gorgeous highlights in nine days, meeting its people and trying local food, too, on this tailor made trip.”

Highlights

Yangon | Bagan | sunset cruise on Irrawaddy River | Mount Popa | Mandalay | Amarapura | U Bein Bridge | Innwa | Sagaing | boat trip to Mingun | Pindaya | boat trip on Inle Lake | Indein Village

Description of Myanmar 9 day highlights tour

Discover the breathtaking temples, pagodas, small villages and vibrant cities of Myanmar on this 9 day highlights tour. It’s ideal for couples, families, solo travellers or even small groups (6-10 persons), with a great mix of places to visit. The Golden Land rarely fails to deliver unforgettable experiences and memories that will be treasured.

Begin in Yangon, where there are many different experiences to enjoy, including the Burmese architecture of the Downtown Area, learning about the Jewish community that once lived here at Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, and an array of temples at Shwe Dagon Pagoda.

Next, travel to Bagan, with its scattered temples and long history. All the temples of Bagan are impressive, but Htilominlo Temple is famous for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations while the large Manuha Temple is home to large and beautiful images of Buddha. Visit Bagan’s market, Manisithu Market, crowded with locals here from nearby villages. You’ll find delicious seasonal produce, and traditional sweets and products. Photographers will love it here. Also, take time to visit Shwe La Yaung Lacquer Ware Workshop, which is a chance to see the fascinating process behind this amazing craft. Round off the final day in Bagan with a magical sunset cruise along the Irrawaddy River.

In Mandalay, we will see the monks at Mahar Gandar Yon Monastery going about their daily lives and enjoy the sunset at U Bein Bridge, near Amarapura. In Pindaya, we can spend some time wandering through this very impressive pilgrimage site and exploring its famous limestone caves. In Inle, we will take a boat trip to discover floating islands and gardens and see the Intha people practising their unique, traditional fishing style.

The hospitality of the local people and hosts you meet on this holiday will stay with you forever and you will enjoy learning more about a different culture and ways of living. Spending time with local people and tasting traditional cuisine in local restaurants are important highlights of this holiday.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Myanmar 9 day highlights tour

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Environment

Preserve cultural heritage site:

In this tour, we let our guests visit famous cultural heritage sites such as Shwedagon Pagoda, MusmeahYeshua Synagogue, Bagan, Mingun and other places and our entrance fees will provide to maintain these vital monuments. Myanmar is one of the religious countries and so in order not to have the conflict with local, our guide will share tips when visiting those important religious and cultural sites. Example, we advice what we ware when our guests visit those sites and monuments. We provide the towel to clean guests feets after visited the sites since guests have to take-off their shoes when we visit those sites.

Water saving and Say no "plastic."

On arrival of guests, we give recycle bags that they can use when they go shopping and can say "no" plastic. Moreover, we are planning to provide the aluminum bottle to bring water during tour since we should reduce the plastic bottle of water during the tour before. Our guest may bring water from the hotel and so that we can reduce usage of the plastic bottle on tour. We are planning to start this end of April 2018.

We try to use local transports such as trishaw, horse-cart, and biking in our itinerary to reduce energy use and preserve the environment as well. We try to use the suppliers such as hotel, and guides have knowledge about sustainable travel and who are trying to practice those. We send our sustainable policies to our suppliers and encourage them to participate with us together.

Community

Communities

We know where to find all things local and we support and recommend our neighbors, spreading the tourism income to those most in need. We use local tour guides for each destination rather hiring only guides from main cities like Yangon, Mandalay in order to spread tourism contributions to local people.

In Bagan area, we have participated in “Free-plastic Bagan” campaign in order to educate people the damage to the environment by plastics. We provide the fund to print out the vinyl and education message and spread around the area and we, our team, sometimes participate and garbage collecting activities around the Bagan area. We employ only local people for our operations by giving the fair price for their work and we do respect human rights for each and everyone who are working with the company. We provide necessary training according to the need at our office and even to local guides and communities. Our guides are local and so they know their places well and as our policies for local economy support, our guides always bring guests to only locally own art and crafts shops in order to sustain jobs and cultural diversity. We do work to create the relationship between our guests and local communities so our guides explain to our guests about local culture, traditions in advance in order not to have the conflict with local and serve as translators to talk with locals. Our guides will teach some useful local language to greet to locals so that they can get a good start with the locals and locals love it.

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Reviewed on 01 Dec 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was all wonderful, but probably Inle Lake and seeing the beautiful scenery in Shan state was the highlight. Closely followed by Ayewaddy boat trip from Mandalay to Minggun and back.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Think about whether there are any specific sights you want to see beforehand, as there will have lots of suggestions. The local guides are always happy to adapt the tour to your wishes and to recommend places to eat in the evenings. Give yourself enough time to relax alongside the sightseeing.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, my tours employed local guides and drivers, and enabled me to visit places where local crafts are made and sold. There was opportunity to buy from a range of people. I was able to learn about plants and animals in the various places I visited and to eat locally sourced produce. I'm not 100% sure how best to recycle plastic bottles etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was great, and everything worked really smoothly. My guides were lovely and went to a lot of trouble to ensure my holiday was a wonderful experience.

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The balloon trip over Bagan was quite simply stunning: the views plus the serene silence as you float over the temples and pagodas. The interaction with the
retired elephants at Green Valley Elephant Camp was extraordinary but, at the same time, quite humbling to be so close to these gentle, magnificent animals.
Green Valley is not an elephant attraction (no rides or trick displays) but a care home for retired elephants and a centre for us to learn more about them.
Helping to bathe an elephant in the river was a never to be forgotten experience.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Myanmar is a wonderful country with many, many treasures and, in our case, 4 domestic flights (some very early departures). The trip, therefore, can be
exhausting but extremely rewarding. After reviewing the itinerary, we added an extra night to our holiday to make it less intense so we a

ctually had a 10 day trip. It was a good decision as it gave us a bit of relaxation time.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes definitely. All the guides and drivers were local to the areas we were visiting. We were able to explore and buy in the same markets used by local villages.
Our guides, on our request, took us to local homes were we purchased directly art and craft work. The fee for visiting Green Valley goes completely towards
the care and upkeep of the elephants. We were also asked to plant a sapling each as part of the effort to replenish the forest. All the hotels were also making
efforts to reduce the use of plastic.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic, amazing, brilliant, and however many other superlatives you can think of. But also insightful. The flexibility of the local guides on our private tour
for two meant that we could change the daily schedule as we wanted. This enabled us to opt to see more of the local way of life rather then just being bussed from one site to the next as with other larger tour groups. Also, we cannot praise the local travel company, too highly. From the initial contact right
the way through to the end of the trip. Communication was easy and prompt with the operator being very receptive to the changes we wanted to make to the
initial trip proposals and taking on board our requirements for customisation and flexibility. The guides were professional, good English speakers and very
knowledgeable. The drivers, too, were also professional and skilled. The office was in frequent contact with both ourselves and the guides to ensure that the trip was meeting our expectations. The schedules of domestic flights in Myanmar can be changed at very short notice but the guides always checked with the airline to ensure our flights were departing as planned. In short, the operator did everything possible to ensure a worry free trip for us which meant we could fully enjoy the many amazing sights and experiences of Myanmar.

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Wow! Such a difficult thing to decide! The sunrise hot air ballooning over the pagodas in Bagan was just awe inspiring! Also on my last day my guide and I went to visit one last pagoda and there were thousands of nuns waiting to receive a donation. The sight of all the nuns, aged from very young to very old, sitting or standing quietly was incredible.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Get rest beforehand! I was exhausted at the end of it- nut in a good way! There is lots of travelling- 3 domestic flights and some long days travelling. But it is so
worth it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. the guides and drivers were all local and we visited local restaurants for lunch and other tours. I was given a water bottle at the start of the trip and a bag to add purchases. Some long drives, but that meant we didnt fly which probably helped a bit.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic! Myanmar is my favourite Asian destination- and I've lived in Asia for 10 years!!! The operator was brilliant from the start of my researching holidays-
always in communication with me. The drivers and guides were informative and friendly. Just brilliant. Would definitely use them again, when I return to
Myanmar

Reviewed on 03 Feb 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Bagan was stunning, especially at sunrise.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just do it! Despite the negative news coming out of Myanmar it’s a wonderful country and the people are so kind and friendly.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we seemed to visit local places a little off the tourist trail. All guides and drivers were also local to the cities we visited.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic.

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Trekking Inlay Lake in Myanmar. It was like a journey back in time.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Certainly benefited local people through the money we spent there, including directly benefiting families in small and more
remote villages.


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fabulous! .It was one of the best trips I've taken because of the combination of the depth of knowledge I gained about Myanmar's
history and current socio-political context, a range of fun activities, delicious food, and great value for money.

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