Discover the rich history, traditional culture and natural beauty of Myanmar on a custom 2 week honeymoon of a lifetime! This adventure is sure to fulfill your sense of wanderlust, as you journey through new lands, meet new people and visit unforgettable sights. With daily tours, you will be guided through the country by a local expert, learning new things every step of the way. Explore city highlights, marvel at the beauty and diversity of the temples as you fly above Bagan, encounter wildlife and immerse in the local communities. You will be leaving Myanmar with a new understanding, great appreciation and beautiful memories!
Welcome to Myanmar! Upon arrival at the airport in Yangon International Airport, clear Immigration and Customs and proceed into the arrivals area, where you will be greeted by your private guide and driver for your hotel transfer. When you reach your hotel, check in, get settled and enjoy your first evening! (This service is on a private basis.)
Yangon, also known as Rangoon, is Myanmar’s largest city and most important commercial hub, located in lower Myanmar at the convergence of the Yangon and Bago rivers. This former Burmese capital artfully combines tradition, culture and modernity and is home to the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, standing 99 meters high and dating back more than 2000 years. Pilgrimages and pagoda festivals abound, co-existing with modern day life that takes place in the ubiquitous tea shops found along the leafy avenues and fin-de-siecle architecture. Often called “the Garden City of the East," nature lovers will enjoy the city’s stunning lakes, verdant tropical trees and spacious parks.
Yangon is a sprawling city with a relatively small downtown area, which includes several markets, colonial buildings, the Yangon River and a very green area with tree-lined streets and several lakes. During this full day tour, you will be led through the different faces of Yangon, from the famous landmarks, to the hidden markets hardly ever seen by westerners.
Throughout the day, you will have the chance to visit the Sule Pagoda, colonial downtown, the harbor, the Strand and one of the colorful local markets. The reclining Buddha will be visited just before a delicious lunch is served. This meal will be comprised of typical dishes from tribes of all over the country, such as Kachin, Shan and Rakhine. A local market will lead you into a small station, where you will board the famous circular train, which will bring you right behind Bogyoke Aung San market. Enjoy one last exploration here, before heading back to your hotel. This excursion includes a drink at the Gekko, a cozy restaurant on Merchant Street in a historical building, as well as the lunch at a local restaurant. (This service is on a private basis.)
Early this morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Yangon and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival in Mandalay, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and guide for an exploration of the city. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today's tour is the perfect introduction to Mandalay. You will start with a visit to the old capital of Amarapura, in a quiet village where you will hear the sound of the weaving machines. Continue walking through the famous Mahagandayon monastery complex wandering with hundreds of monks, visit a 100 year old weaving vocational training institution and walk over U-Bein Bridge, where you will taste a sip of Mandalay rum, which has been produced since 1886!
Next, your tour continues to the Mahamuni pagoda to have a look at this century’s old Buddha statue originating from Mrauk Oo. It is a very lively temple compound where men can stick gold leaves to the Buddha statue. The Mahamuni is also an excellent place to shop around for the perfect Buddha statue (bronze or wood). If you can’t find what you are looking for, there's no need to worry, as you will have time to find a marble statue at the next stop, which is the marble carving street, before heading back to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
Mandalay, the last royal capital of Burma, lies in central Myanmar on the eastern bank of the Irrawaddy river. The name "Mandalay" evokes visions of rich history and exotic cultures. However this relatively young royal city, considered by many to be the heart of Burmese culture, was built in 1857. Mandalayans are known for their generous and charitable nature primarily due to the fact that the area holds the world's largest number of monks to be found in any one place. A long procession of monks doing their alms-receiving-rounds in the mornings is a common sight in Mandalay.
King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat were the last king and queen of Burma until being sent to exile in India. It is believed that King Thibaw became king in 1878 after 79 other candidates were brutally murdered by his wife and mother-in-law. The famous book “The Glass Palace” by Amitav Ghosh describes this history in detail. You will start by visiting inside the Mandalay fort and exploring the rebuilt palace that was designed by King Mindon (King Mindon was the penultimate king of Burma from 1853 to 1878. He was one of the most popular and revered kings of the country). From here, you will continue to visit the most beautiful part which is the wood-carved Shwenandaw monastery just outside the palace in which king Mindon lived and died.
Next, you will continue to the lesser-known Setkyathiha pagoda with the 5 meter high bronze sitting Buddha statue that was brought by king Thibaw to Mandalay just before the beginning of the war. The royal family collected many religious artifacts and handicrafts made in Mandalay and you will have the opportunity to visit some of the old workshops where gold leaves are made, woodcarvings are created and kalagas (tapestry) are weaved with silver or gold colored thread. End today's excursion with a lunch of traditional Mandalay curries. After lunch, your driver and guide are available for additional visits around Mandalay until 6:00 PM. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today it's time to say goodbye to Mandalay as you head to the next part of your honeymoon adventure. Today your guide will meet you at your hotel in Mandalay and you will travel by car to Bagan. During the journey, you will visit Paleik and Mt.Popa. The snake temple in Paleik is known for the 3 pythons sleeping at the Buddha statue that are being washed and fed daily by local worshippers. Lesser known are the ancient temple ruins in the same area, many of them over 200 years old and partly overgrown by vegetation. It’s a sort of “mini Bagan” and you probably find yourself alone, feeling like the first people ever to discover this place, surrounded by temples.
Next, you will visit Mount Popa is one of the places that simply cannot be missed, as it is the birthplace of the 37 “nats” of Myanmar, which are the protective spirits. Enjoy lunch at the Popa Mountain Resort before embarking on the 3 hour hike up Mt.Popa. The views on top will be worth the effort! After enjoying your beautiful surroundings, you will head to your hotel in Bagan.(This service is on a private basis.)
Located on the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) river in central Myanmar, Bagan is famous for its picturesque Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins, more than 2,000 covering an area of 16 square miles many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. Every day you are not in Bagan should be a reminder that you're not there, taking pictures of it at sunrise, and exploring new pagodas in the balmy afternoons. Bagan at dawn really is a photographer's paradise you will remember for the rest of your life.
Today, you will embark on a full day tour by car through Bagan. You will start the morning with a visit to the busy market in New Bagan. The market is a very lively affair when people from all around town come and buy their vegetables, herbs and meat and other ingredients for dinner. Next, you will head to the Taungbi village where you will visit the old wooden monastery built for royalty and two temples that are not well known but certainly worth a visit.
Your experienced guide will show you the best known temples of the area. Climb a pagoda, to reach a breathtaking view over the entire area. From here, you will explore other amazing temples that have been here for hundreds of years. Places like the Ananda, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani, and Thatbyinnyu that will certainly impress you.
Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant and around 4:00 PM, you will continue the tour by horse cart to Pyathagyi pagoda. At the pagoda, you will have the opportunity to admire the sunset with some refreshing drinks! Oh, and of course the best part of this tour...whenever you pass by a temple that interests you, just ask your guide to stop to have a look at it! One of the many luxuries of private tours...the fact that you can cater it to your personal requests. After your excursion, you will be transferred back to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today, embark on one of the many highlights when visiting Myanmar. Early this morning before sunrise you will be picked up at your hotel and driven to the launch site for a spectacular hot air balloon ride over the temple zone in Bagan. The mostly British balloon pilots are operating each balloon under highest UK safety standards. Take the ride of your life as you watch the sun rise against the famous cultural heritage site - a view that is simply breathtaking. After floating in the air, you will land safely and be welcomed back on the ground by a smiling crew, cold champagne and beautiful memories.
After your unforgettable morning, you will enjoy a taste of the local cuisine. The last king of Bagan was famous for his enormous appetite and he even demanded that every meal should include 300 different dishes! Today, you are going to discover what kind of food he must have eaten, to become so obsessed. You will learn more about herbs and greens at the market in Myinkaba, visit home-based cottage industries, where products like tamarind paste or candies are made and visit the Mingalazedi pagoda, which was built by the last king. in a local monastery you will have the chance to satisfy your senses with the various tastes of typical Burmese ingredients, from sweet, to bitter. End your excursion with a meal, just as the last king of Bagan would have requested it - only a bit more moderate - with “only” 30 different dishes to try! Cheers!
Today, you will visit the Minnanthu temple. Considered the favorite temple among frequent Bagan visitors, it is a quiet, beautiful area that is often completely deserted. Your guide will take you by car to this forgotten part of Bagan and will spread out a blanket for a picture perfect picnic. You will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch, right in the midst of this historical setting. You will also have the opportunity to visit two or three other ancient temples ruins in the area. Today is sure to be an unforgettable and tasty experience! (This service is on a private basis.)
This morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Bagan and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival in Heho, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to the elephant camp for a memorable wildlife encounter. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today, your specially trained Elephant conservation guide will take you for a rewarding day in the Kalaw forest. You will have the chance to encounter elephants, their mahouts and people living in the surrounding areas.
Young tourism professionals from Kalaw, are the ones who decided to create this project in the local area. The project focuses on protecting the nature, elephants and traditions of the local people. In a major part of this private protected forest, the nature can grow undisturbed, creating a natural habitat for animals that could otherwise be easily hunted. The project includes creating a natural environment for some Myanmar elephants, as well as helping the local population to grow out of the vicious circle of poverty, through education and micro finance.
Once you have arrived, you will embark on your trek through the forest. Walks lasting anywhere from 30 minutes, all the way up to 5 hours are possible, you will just need to let us know what you prefer. Following the paths and alongside your guide, you will eventually find yourself in the natural surroundings of the jungle. Enjoy a delicious lunch of local specialties (often from Nepalese origin), served in a traditional village, amidst the nature of the jungle, or at the camp. After lunch, it will be time to start interacting with the fascinating elephants! You will have the chance to assist the mahout by washing and feeding these incredible creatures. After your unforgettable day, say goodbye to your new friends and walk back to the main road to meet your driver and continue by car to your hotel.
Sitting at an elevation of 4300 feet, the peaceful hill station of Kalaw offers a lush, cool respite from the heat of the plains. Known for its trekking, Kalaw is also interesting culturally with a diverse population of Shan, Indian Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims as well as Nepali Gurkhas who came to Kalaw to build the roads and railway line under British rule. Kalaw is the main setting of the novel “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” by Jan-Philipp Sendker.
Today you will be transferred to the picturesque colonial train station in Kalaw to board the 11:00 AM train that brings you over the mountains and through the valleys towards Inle Lake. A unique local experience that offers great views and a glimpse of local life in the Shan hills. Arrival in Shwe Nyaung is estimated at around 2:00 PM however it could be delayed if the trains stops longer than normally in local hill tribe villages to load local goods – a colorful sight! Upon arrival in Shwe Nyaung, a driver will greet you at the station and transfer you to your hotel.
Magical Inle Lake is a vast natural freshwater lake located in the heart of Shan State, part of Shan Hills in Myanmar bordering Laos and Thailand. It is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an estimated surface area of 44.9 square miles, and one of the highest at an elevation of 2,900 feet. A wonderful watery world of floating gardens, stilted villages and crumbling stupas, Inle Lake is a place to be savored. Watch the unique leg-rowers of the Inthas, the native lake dwellers. Revel in colorful floating markets, meditative monasteries and interesting hill tribe villages in the surrounding mountains.
Inle Lake, in the southern Shan State, is a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan villages. On the lake itself, the Intha people have been living for many centuries in villages built entirely on stilts on the lake. Today, you will be transferred by private motorboat around the lake. This tour will allow you to discover the natural beauty of the lake, visit the floating gardens, see some of the famous leg rowers and have some tea at a local family’s home.
On and around the lake, traditional markets are held in different villages according to a 5-day rotating schedule. You will have the opportunity to visit a colorful market frequented by Shan and PaO people living nearby. You will also be guided on a visit to a local cheroot factory, (where the Burmese cigars are made), floating tomato gardens and the beautiful Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. During this excursion, you will also stop at an Intha house, where a traditional lunch will be served to your liking. If you want, ask your guide to take you to a weaving factory as well, before you are returned to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
In the south of Inle Lake, the ruins of Indein are certainly worth a visit during your stay. Partly covered by vegetation, this area looks like a “pagoda forest”. You will spend about an hour today, walking around the lake to enjoy the fantastic views and beautiful surroundings, before indulging in a home-made lunch at a local's home.
After lunch, you will continue towards the Nam Pan village on a small canoe, to experience the local's mode of transportation. If you get tired from peddling, you will have the option of riding a motorboat instead, where you will then be transferred the rest of the way to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day free at your leisure. (This service is on a private basis.)
Enjoy this free time to relax and relish in your beautiful surroundings. Normal check-out time at your hotel (11am or 12 noon), but you can leave your bags at reception until it's time for your transfer to the Heho airport this afternoon for your flight back to Yangon.
On arrival in Yangon, you'll be met by a driver and transported to your hotel. Enjoy your last night in Myanmar!
Sadly, your Myanmar journey must come to an end today. However, you will be leaving with irreplaceable memories and experiences to cherish for the rest of your life.
Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Yangon and transferred to the Yangon airport in good time for your departure flight home. We hope you had an incredible honeymoon and we wish you safe and pleasant travels onward! (This service is on a private basis.)
Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon is a beautiful luxury city hotel in the heart of Yangon (formerly Rangoon), Myanmar’s premier city, located just 30 minutes from Yangon International Airport and pleasantly sited along the western shore of Royal Lake (Kandawgyi Lake) and Kandawgyi Natural Park. Facing the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, the luxurious accommodation comprises 303 spacious rooms including 37 exquisite suites, while facilities include 3 restaurants, 2 bars, meeting & conference facilities, spa, health club and a pool garden. Built in colonial style and one of Myanmar’s heritage hotels, the property has been revived with Asian and Eastern architectural design features, and offers full amenities of true international standard. In ambience, the hotel has the concept of a city resort, reflecting the ease and comfort of a bygone era in Burma, while service is distinguished by the traditional warm hospitality of the people of Myanmar to meet the needs of both business and leisure travelers.
Myanmar is like no other place on earth. Renowned as “The Golden Land” a name inspired by Marco Polo to describe the dramatic view of the gold-spired pagodas that can be found throughout the country. Mandalay, the former capital city of the Myanmar Kingdom, is a spectacular destination for historical and cultural travelers. Mandalay Hill Resort lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill with a panoramic view of a myriad of pagodas and faces the distinctive architecture of the Royal Palace and its beautiful moat. Your visit enhanced by the fun-loving hospitable people of Myanmar whose lives remain simple and relaxed will become treasured and timeless memories. Just one hour by air from Yangon and twenty minutes flight from Bagan, Mandalay lies within reach of some of most remarkable archaeological sites in the world that has inspired visitors to Myanmar for nearly a thousand years.
Acknowledged by many to be the best resort hotel in Myanmar, this sprawling property of 114 upscale rooms overlooks a breath-taking scene of Bagan’s pagoda-studded landscape across a lotus-dappled lake. The towering teak-pillared grand lobby and the restaurant lend regal splendor to its 72-room complex of villa-type super-deluxe accommodation, all of which are equipped with top-of-the-line amenities and equipment. The hotel is complete with an extensive spa facility, banquet facilities, a fully equipped fitness centre, a sauna, a nightclub, a business centre with broadband connection and a huge swimming pool which affords a stunning view of Bagan’s pagoda landscape. The hotel is poised to become a major player in not only the upscale but also the upper mid-range market with the addition of the 42-room deluxe complex to its room inventory.
The Royal Kalaw Hills Resort is a unique 19th Century mansion located at the base of Kalaw Hills. The main building was originally built in 1928 and renovated to its original looks. It is the perfect base to visit colonial railway station, Kalaw market, Shwe Oo Min Pagoda, Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp and Pine Forests at mountainside. With 14 boutique rooms, all with mountain views makes it the perfect place to enjoy the best of the area.
A destination as removed from the wider world as Inle Lake demands a resort where detachment is a priority. Where simplicity is the essence of elegance. Where contemplation, not bustle, reigns supreme. At the Sanctum Inle Resort, arches and cloisters reference the monastic life, opening the doors on a more contemplative experience of travel. With a design that celebrates the fundamentals, that merges the spiritual and the secular, the past and the present, East and West, the hotel is a gateway to one of the Asia’s most fascinating locales. Stay in one of four classes of rooms and suites; eat from menus that span Eurasia; and explore the wonders of Inle, and the quietude cultivated by one of Myanmar’s most ambitious new hotels.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.