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Discovering Myanmar (Youth Only) NEW

Trip overview

A country that is still largely untouched by Western influences and where age old traditions are held strong and protected. It will not be hard to revel in the mythical wonders of Myanmar, once you have seen Bagan and its many temples, the leg-rowing fishermen of Inle Lake and the mystifying Golden Rock.

*Youth group trips are only open for 18 to 35 year-olds.

Highlights

  • Make friends with like minded people while travelling in a small youth group with an average of 8 people
  • Watch the sunrise overlooking Golden Rock temple
  • Experience the life on Inle Lake
  • Visit the home of thousands of temples in Bagan

What’s included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast at the hotels
  • Local English speaking guides
  • All transfer and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned
  • Special Express Bus (Yangon – Inle – Bagan – Yangon)
  • Boat ride Inn Wa & U Bein Sunset
  • Horse cart in Inn Wa
  • Head of Trip (HOT) throughout

Itinerary

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Day 01 -Arrive Yangon (Yangon International Airport)

Begin your travel to Myanmar its former capital city Yangon and hit the road to Bago. Once the capital of southern Myanmar, it offers many religious sites making it a great first stop in the land of faith and age-old traditions.

Kyaik Pun Paya or the Four Seated Buddha is made up of four giant Buddha statues sitting back to back. Visit the Mon Weaving Village and watch some serious handwork of the cotton weavers. Then watch a gathering of monks having lunch at Kya Kha Wain Kyaung Buddhist Monastery. Also on the agenda, the Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha statue, Kanbawzathadi Palace and Hinthargone Hill which is the home of the highest pagoda in Myanmar.

We spend the night in Kin Pun, a camp for the Golden Rock or as locals call it Kyaikhtiyo.

Wake up early for stunning sunrise views of the Golden Rock, a boulder covered with sacred gold leaf balanced on the edge of a cliff. To reach the Golden Rock, ride at the back of an open truck as we pass lush forests and navigate the winding road. This is one of Myanmar’s most sacred religious sites and it has been a place of worship for more than 2600 years. Watch devotee pilgrims cover the boulder with gold leaf and burn incense.

As we make our way back to Bago, we stop by the British War Cemetery near Tauk Kyan town. There are only three of such cemeteries in the country and this is the largest one.

After dinner, we board the bus to Inle Lake. So pack a pillow and comfy blanket and settle in for the night.

Wake up at Naung Shwe bus station and drive to the jetty. Navigate the vast Inle Lake on boat and get a glimpse into the lives of the Intha people. Watch the leg-rowing fishermen and visit the floating gardens and markets.

The Phaung Daw Oo Paya is a must see when visiting Inle Lake. Famous for its five ancient Buddha images heavily gilded with gold leaf by devotees. Last stop of the day is the Nga Hpe Kyaung monastery. This 19th-century monastery is built on stilts and famous for its jumping cats and collection of Buddha statues and pagodas.

This morning starts off with a drive to Pindaya caves, another pilgrimage site. Your journey up will be welcomed by a giant spider statue, which traces back to a local legend on how the cave got its name. The interior of the caves is lined with thousands of Buddha images in a variety of poses dating as far back as 1750.

Enroute the bus station, we will pick up two new skills. One, bamboo umbrella making at Nget Pyaw Taw village. Two, bamboo hat making at Ye Chan Sin village.

Tonight, make yourself comfortable for an overnight bus ride to the temple town of Bagan.

This is the main reason to visit Myanmar for many, and with good reasons too. Home to thousands of temples, Bagan is filled with gold and brick steeples as far as they eye can see. A day may not be enough to see it all but we have our favorites.

Nyaung U town’s main religious site, the Shwezigon Paya has Bagan’s largest surviving bronze buddhas. Ananda Pahto is a must see because it is one of the largest and best preserved among all the Bagan temples. One of the highest monuments in Bagan is the Thatbyinnyu temple towering just over 60 meters. Last but not least is Gubyaukgyi or the Great Painted Cave Temple. As its name suggests, visitors are drawn here by the well-preserved paintings dating back to 1113.

The Bagan exploration continues with the Manuhar Pagoda and the Dhamagyi temple. We then head to Bagan’s most famous sunset-viewing spot, the Shwesandaw Pagoda for a great ending to a great day.

There is more of Bagan for us to see. Kicking it off with Lakhwananda which translates to “joy of the world”, a pagoda built on the bank of Ayeyarwaddy river. Among many other historical sights in Bagan, we visit Nathlaung Kyaung, the only remaining Hindu temple in Bagan.

Admire some of the best brickwork in Bagan and one of its most attractive temples, as we explore at Sulamani Temple. There’s still time to slot in a couple more pagodas and temples before we catch the sun setting from Pya Thet Gyi temple.

We say farewell to Bagan and depart for Yangon in the evening by bus.

The last day of your travel to Myanmar adventure sees you arriving in Yangon. Making the most of your remaining time in the country, we check out some of the attractions in Yangon, including Shwe Taw Myat Pagoda, Maha Pasana Cave, Sule Pagoda, Mahabandoola Park and Botataung Pagoda. Wrapping things up with some shopping at Bogyoke Aung San Market, with its endless selection of handicrafts and souvenirs.

Then, it’s off to the airport for the flight home.

 

 

Travel Tips

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Neck pillow
  • Light Jacket
  • Some temples may require to wear descent clothing

The currency of Myanmar is called the Burmese Kyat. It may be difficult to find ATM machine around Myanmar, thus it is recommended to bring cash into Myanmar. Most money changer around Myanmar accept USD, Euros and Singapore Dollar.

Myanmar has two distinct season; dry and wet. The dry season runs from October through to May and the wet season starts from June to early October. The average temperature in Myanmar can varies between 30 to 35 celcius.

 

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