Tuesday, September 13, 2016

242. Myanmar Travels - Mohnyin township and jade and gemstone mining

Visited Mohnyin. A bustling town in Kachin State.

6 hours' drive to Hpakant which was famous for landslides killing several hundred itinerant miners. Met a restaurant owner who had worked in Hpakant for 14 years as a supervisor and met his wife there. His 2 sons and daughters are with him, now running this shop near Myitkyina University.

For young men who needed money, they just go to Hpakant to be a miner. Earned some money and come back to Mohnyin. When money runs out, go mining again. Diseases like malaria and typhus still exist. Malaria causes fever, muscle aches  and shivering chills - wrapped with blankets but drugs will cure this.

The Myanmar Gems Enterprise under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation had issued a moratorium on new licences in July pending a review of mining laws after Hpakant landslides and calls for reforms.

321 jade mining jade and gems block  permits will expired in September and not renewed until by-laws to the Myanmar Gemstones Law have been passed. Licences are required for mining. Unlicensed operators will be arrested and in any case, do not have the heavy equipment to do the mining. Hpakant is jade rich but I cannot visit it as it has malaria. Other licences are in Mohnyin township, Sagain Region's Hkamti township, Mogok and Shan State's Mine Shu.

As a tourist, I travel on the main roads and villages and have not seen a glimpse of the mines which are deep in the jungles.  

Monday, September 12, 2016

Paradise Hotel Nyaung Shwe, Myanmar Sep 11-12, 2016 visit

Pl give last image to Myint Myint who is with her brother

Saturday, December 19, 2015

241. Motorcycle tour through Myanmar from Thailand to India

  05 Jan’ 2016 Program    : Motorcycles Tour in Myanmar for 5 bikers
Tour Duration    : 15 Days / 14 Night
Tour Palace         : Myawaddy-Maesout-Kyaikhtiyo-Bago-Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Amarapura-Innwa-Kalay-Tamu-Mandalay-Kalaw-Pindaya-Inle-Indein-Kyaing Tong-Tachilek Exit to Thanland
Day 01 : Myawaddy-Maesout-Kyaikhtiyo (by Motorcycles) (With English Speaking Guide)
Arrive Kyaikhtiyo, Waiting our English speaking guide and our staff. And then our coach has to stop at Kinpun Base camp. From there you have to use an open truck which is normally used for hilly track up to the hermit “Yathae Hill”. On arrival at the hermit “Yathae Hill”, they will have to trek about one hour up hill. For those, who don’t want to climb, are carried on stretchers by porters to the Pagoda. It can also reach by trekking from the base camp.  Overnight at  Hotel in Kyaikhtiyo. (_,_,_)
Day 02 : Kyaikhtiyo-Bago-Yangon (by Motorcycles) (With English Speaking Guide)
After breakfast at Hotel, return by coach to Yangon. En route visit at Bago, the ancient Mon Capital, 80 Kilometers  northeast of Yangon. Sightseeing tour highlights include Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated pagodas in Myanmar,  Shwethalyaung , the world’s most beautiful Reclining Buddha; Wood curving industry and Kyaikpun Pagoda. On the way back to Yangon visit the Allied War Cemetery at Htaukkyant. Enjoy lunch at restaurant in Bago. Upon arrival at Yangon transfer to Hotel and check in. Overnight at  Hotel in Yangon.(B,_,_)
Day 03 : Yangon Sightseeing (by Motorcycles) (With English Speaking Guide)
Breakfast at hotel and start Some highlights of Yangon sightseeing starts from Sule Pagoda-the heart of downtown, the Independence Monument in Mahabandoola Park, National Museum: the main museum of Myanma’s Art, history and culture that has an extensive collection of artifacts from around the country. Lunch  at local restaurant. Afternoon visit to China Town & Indian Town and special evening visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda: one of the wonders of the world, and it is built more than 2500 years ago. Overnight at Hotel in Yangon. (B,_,_)
Day 04: Bagan Sightseeing (by Motorcycles) (With English Speaking Guide)
After early morning breakfast at Hotel, drive motorcycles by Bagan, sightseeing tour starts with local market and the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigone Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century. Htilominlo which is the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan with old murals and friezes and Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece with four huge standing-Buddha images seated figures around the interior gallery. Afternoon  visit a local lacquareware factory, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani Temple and sunset from the Shwesandaw Pagoda. Overnight at Hotel in Bagan. (B,_,_)
Day 05 : Bagan Sightseeing (by Motorcycles) (With English Speaking Guide)
Breakfast at hotel start Bagan Full day Sightseeing. Overnight at hotel in Bagan. (B,_,_)

Day 06 : Bagan-Mandalay  (by Motorcycles) (With English Speaking Guide)
Early morning breakfast at hotel, drive to Mandalay. Arrive Mandalay, start visit Mahamuni Pagoda with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves. Then a short visit to gold leaf making industry, and stone carving factory. Lunch at nice local   restaurant. Afternoon sightseeing starts with Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carving, and later Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is known as the World’s largest book, being the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs. Continue to Mandalay Hill to enjoy spectacular sunset view. Overnight  at Hotel in Mandalay. (B,_,_)
Day 07: Mandalay-Amarapura-Innwa (by Motorcycles) (With English Speaking Guide)
After breakfast, excursion begins to the North part of Mandalay: Amarapura  where the arlms offering ceremony of Mahagandayon Monastery, and the 150 years old U Bein teak bridge, built in 1851 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Lunch at nice local restaurant.Visit continues to Ava, an ancient city, palace site, the Bagaya monastery: one of the biggest wooden monastery of Myanmar. Overnight at  Hotel in Mandalay. (B,_,_)
Day 08 : Mandalay-Sagaing-Kalay (by Motorcycles) (With English Speaking Guide)
Early morning breakfast at hotel, continue drive motorcycles by Kalay and shot visit Sagaing. Continue, drive to Kalay .Overnight at hotel in Kalay. (B,_,_)
Day 09 : Kalay-Tamu (by Motorcycles) (With English Speaking Guide)
Morning breakfast at hotel , drive to Tamu. Arrive Tamu and sightseeing. Overnight at hotel in Tamu. (B,_,_)
Day 10 : Tamu-Mandalay (by Motorcycles) (With English Speaking Guide)
Early Morning drive motorcycles by Kalay to Mandalay. Arrive Mandalay then transfer to hotel check and relax time. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.(B,_,_)
Day 11 :Mandalay-Kalaw-Pindaya (by Motorcycles) (With English Speaking Guide)
Early morning drive Mandalay to Kalaw and Kalaw short sightseeing. Continue, start drive to Pindaya. Overnight at hotel in Pindaya. (B,_,_)
Day 12 : Pindaya-Inle (by Boat) (With English Speaking Guide)
After breakfast, transfer Inle you can explore the life style of Shan ethnic such as PaO, Danu and Inthar who came to sell their goods at the 5-Days market ( on market day only), then visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery before transferring to Nyaung Shwe. Then proceed to Inle lake which is the unique tourists’ site and check in at the Hotel. After lunch, visit to the most famous Paungdaw Oo Pagoda, Nga Pe Chaung (Jumping Cat) monastery and enjoy the life of Innthar (villager) who row the boat with their legs, fishing canoes using special fishing methods. Overnight at Hotel in Nyaung Shwe. (B,_,_)
Day 13 : Inle-Indein  Sightseeing ( by Boat) (With English Speaking Guide)
After breakfast, start your boat trip to Inle lake where you can see the fishermen who are the unique lake rower(or) Intha. Then visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, situated in the middle of lake which is the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. You can also explore you visit to see traditional handicrafts-silk weaving and blacksmith shop, Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery. On the way back to your Hotel, there are floating gardens. Overnight at Hotel in Nyaung Shwe. (B,_,_)
Day 14 : Inle-Kyaing Tong (by Motorcycles) (With English Speaking Guide)
Early morning breakfast at hotel, then drive Inle to Kyaing Tong on the way sightseeing Taunggyi. Arrive Kyaing Tong and hotel check in. Overnight at hotel in Kyaing Tong. (B,_,_)
Day 15 : Kyaing Tong-Tachilek-Thailand (by Motorcycles) (With English Speaking Guide)
Morning  breakfast at hotel, your motorcycles by Tachiled to Thailand and back to your country. Have a safe trip.

Services Includes:
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in Hotel including daily breakfast
  • English Speaking Throughout Guide fees
  • Police Officer Fees
  • Permission Fees
  • Kyaikhtiyo Truck fees
  • The whole trip saloon car for Guide and Police Officer
  • bottles of mineral water & 1 pack of cold tower on car daily throughout the trip

Services Excludes:
  • Visa fee for Myanmar
  • International flight
  • Innwa hors-cart
  • Meals
  • Accident Insurance
  • Entrance fees/Zone Fees
  • Beverages, laundry service, etc.
  • Personal expenses such as video and camera fee, tips
  • Any other items not mentioned in the services includes

Hotel to be Used:
Hotel Name & Category  3 Star
City Golf Resort Hotel or (Similar hotel)
Mountain Top Hotel or (Similar hotel)
Sky Palace Hotel or (Similar Hotel)
78 Hotel or (Similar Hotel)
Taung Zalatt Hotel

Shwe Okker Hotel
Conqueror hotel  or (Similar Hotel)
Paramount or (Similar Hotel)
Kyaing Tong
Princess Hotel or (Similar hotel)

Tour Selling Price Base on 3* Hotel
(05)per pax
Single Supplement
USD 1950 per person


Att :   MR.KONG YUEN  SING & Group                                                                       Date : 05 Jan’16
Ref :   Invoice for Motorcycles Tour                                                                              Tour Code : ECO-010116

No of pax
No of RM/Night
Rate (US$)

Hotel, Whole day car, Guide Service, Permission

Motorcycles Tour (29 Jan’16 to 13 Feb’16)
15 Days
USD 1950






Deposit Policy
Please be informed that certain hotels in Myanmar have a strong cancellation policy, therefore we are obliged to ask you the 100% payment in advance before you travels as follows
A 100% deposit is required in order to make the necessary, reservation. Then your reservation status will be forwarded to you.
***In case of any cancellation happens from your part after making any tour reservation with us, file handing and services fees of USD 100 will be charged by Design Travel Pte Ltd

Cancellation Policy
Concerning the confirmed reservation received from the hotel parts, please refer the cancellation policy as the following paragraph as well as the policy of the hotel. For the cancellation of the tour after making necessary reservation accordingly, a cancellation fee will be charges as follows.
***60 to 45 days prior to arrival date ,there will be 30% of the total tour fare.
***45 to 30 days prior to arrival date, there will be 50% of the total tour fare.
***30 to 20 days prior to arrival date, there will be 100% of the total tour fare.                        



Dec 18, 2015

1. 5 men riding BMW gs motorcycles into Myanmar from Thailand.  Enter Myanmar thru road at Mae sot/Myawaddy border.
2. Bikes go to the Golden Rock - Yangon

3. Check whether the bikes must not be allowed to go inside downtown Yangon and other places in Myanmar.
4. Then go to Bagan-Mandalay-Tamu/Moreh(Indian border)-Inle Lake-Kyaing Tong-Tachilek(exit to Thailand).
5. Your agency to obtain government and other permits for 5 bikes to enter and exit Myanmar.
6.  Provide an itinerary for the trip inside Myanmar (3-star hotels, double rooms) and English-speaking guide.
7.  About 14 days from January 29, 2015. 
Please advise as to whether 14 days of motorbike riding is sufficient for the trip to above-mentioned places. Thank you..

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

240. Travellers' tips

Tour Manager
1. At the end of each day, write down the itnerary for the next day with details of the timing. Each person take a snapshot of it withmobile phone. Check weather report, remind to bring sunblock or umbrella.
2. Few optional tours or even none - so pricier package.
3. Good food and accommodation.

1. Scan travel insurance and passport copies
2. Keep money and credit card separate
3. Don't antagonise the robber
4. Don't key personaldate at an internet cafe
5. Don't help strangers with their bags esp. at customs' checkpoints
6. Avoid being flashy
7. Get travel insurance including agency insolvency.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

234. July 23, 2015 quotation. Which domestic airlines? Quotation for Yangon-Bago_Bagan tour for 4 pax

On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 1:56 PM, Kong Yuen Sing <99pups@gmail.com> wrote:

The following is the quotation for Yangon-Bago-Bagan tour as an alternative to the first quotation.

Yangon-Bago-Bagan Tour for 4 pax

(06Days/05Nights program in Myanmar)

Yangon –Bago – Bagan - Yangon

Day 01  Arrival Yangon (By Morning Flight)

Day 02  Yangon – Bago – Yangon (By Car)                         (B)
Day 03  Yangon – Bagan (By morning flight)                      (B)
Day 04  Bagan – Mount Popa – Bagan (by Car)                   (B)
Day 05  Bagan – Yangon (By Morning Flight)                      (B)

Day 06  Yangon Departure (By Morning Flight)                   (B)
(B=Breakfast at Hotel)

The price nett per pax in USD: (Breakfast basis) (Validity - May to July 2015)
Based on 4 Pax, USD. 762 nett per pax in Twin/Double sharing room with breakfast
Single supplement is USD. 158 per pax

Services Included:
- Accommodation in Twin/Double sharing room with breakfast - Meals (Breakfast Only) - Internal Transfer and Transportation with private air conditioning car (Hi-Ace, 7 Seater)
* 2 Domestic Flights (Yangon to Bagn and Bagan to Yangon)
- Entrance fees  for the visits (Shwedagon and Chaukhtatgyi Entrance Fee, Bago Zone Fee, Bagan Zone Fee)
- English speaking station guide fees in each city (One guide in each place)

- Passenger service charges at the domestic airports
- Porter charges at the airports  

Services Excluded:

-Meals (Lunch and Dinner)
-International Flight Fare -Visa Fees
-Video and Camera Charges
-Personal Expenses & Drink
-Any other items not mentioned in services included. 

Hotels to be used:
In Yangon : Taw Win Garden Hotel, Deluxe room (www.tawwingardenhotel.com)
In Bagan : Bawga Theiddhi Hotel, Superior room (www.bawgatheiddhihotel.com)

If you accept our proposals, please confirm me with the arrival and departure dates with flights to/from Yangon, the clients’ name, passport numbers and nationality in order to continue the necessary reservations.
If you need more information, please feel free to contact me at any time and looking forward to hearing from you soon.

On Sun, May 10, 2015 at 7:56 AM, Kong Yuen Sing <99pups@gmail.com> wrote:
Pl let me know urgently if quotation is OK. Valid for May - June 2015.

May 2015 tour: Yangon – Thanlyin – Inle – Yangon – Bago – Yangon

Design Travel Pte Ltd
1002 Toa Payoh Lor 8, 01-1477, Singapore 319074Tel:  +65 9668-6468, 6254-3326
May 10, 2015


(06Days/05Nights program in Myanmar)

Yangon – Thanlyin – Inle – Yangon – Bago – Yangon

Day 01  Arrival Yangon (By Morning Flight) from Singapore

Day 02  Yangon – Thanlyin – Yangon (By Car) (B)

Day 03  Yangon – Heho – Inle (By Kanbawza Airways, K7 255, 07:00-08:10) (B)

Day 04  Inle – Indein – Inle (B)

Day 05  Inle – Heho – Yangon (By Kanbawza Airways,  K7 223, 09:40-10:50) – Bago – Yangon (By Car) (B)

Day 06  Yangon Departure (By Morning Flight) (B) to Singapore

(B=Breakfast at Hotel)

The price nett per pax in USD: (Breakfast basis) (Validity - May & June 2015)

Based on 4 Pax, USD. 973 nett per pax in Twin/Double sharing room with breakfast

Services Included:
- Accommodation in Twin/Double sharing room with breakfast
- Meals (Breakfast Only)
- Internal Transfer and Transportation
* Private air conditioning car (Hi-Ace, 7 Seater)
* Domestic Flights (Yangon to Heho and Heho to Yangon)
* By private boat excursion in Inle Lake

- Entrance fees as per mentioned program
- English-speaking guide fees throughout the trip

- Passenger service charges at the domestic airports
- Porter charges at the airports and Jetties

Services Excluded:

-Meals (Lunch and Dinner)
-International Flight Fare (Singapore-Yangon-Singapore)
-Visa Fees
-Travel Insurance
-Video & Camera Charges
-Personal Expenses & Drink
-Any other items not mentioned in services included.

Hotels to be used:

In Yangon : Summit Parkview Hotel, Superior room (www.summityangon.com)
In Inle : Golden Island Cottage II, Superior room (www.gichotelgroup.com)

Payment to be paid in full to Design Travel Pte Ltd within 7 days of confirmation.
Pl note that the quotation is valid for May-June 2015 travel.
You will book your own flights to Yangon and back
Pl tel 9668-6468 if you have any queries

On Wed, May 6, 2015 at 4:19 PM, k wrote:
Just wondering if we are missing out on  Bagan.
Anyway pl send your quotes pl. Notice a number of meals are not included? Thks

On Tue, May 5, 2015 at 7:20 PM, Kong Yuen Sing <99pups@gmail.com> wrote:
What other optional destinations? Pl let me know as the country has many areas of interest. 

On Wed, May 6, 2015 at 10:14 AM, k
Hope to receive today.
Including other Optional destinations from Yangon

On Sun, May 3, 2015 at 8:50 PM, Kong Yuen Sing <99pups@gmail.com> wrote:
Will update you within next 2 days as today is Monday - start of work for the Myanmar agents. They had their 10 days off, for the Water Festival New Year.

On Mon, May 4, 2015 at 11:02 AM, k wrote:
any updates?

On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 5:44 PM, k wrote:
1. Flights included? What airline. Lunch and Dinners excluded?
2.what is the price/pax based on twin sharing 
I will come by this morning at your office to collect hard copies of proposal and price. Am mtg my other friends tonight

On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 3:02 AM, Kong Yuen Sing <99pups@gmail.com> wrote:

   April 28, 2015

Thank you for your phone call. The proposed not rushed hurried itinerary is a draft for your discussion with your friends:

6D/5N Yangon-Bago_Inle Lake 4 men.

Day 1. Sin - Ygn.  Overnight in Ygn.
Day 2. Ygn - Thanlyn-Ygn. Ovenight in Ygn.
Day 3.  Ygn - Inle Lake. Overnight in Inle Lake.
Day 4. Inle Lake. Overnight in Inle Lake.
Day 5. Inle Lake to Ygn-Bago. Overnight in Ygn.
Day 6. Ygn to Sin. Morning flight.   

Details are as follows:

Day 01                        Arrive Yangon              (By morning flight)           (_,_,_)

Upon arrival at Yangon Int'l airport, welcome by our local guide and transfer to hotel.On the way,Lunch at local restaurant.Arrive to hotel and check-in at hotel.Sightseeing Include  : Sule Zone and Maharbandoola park.You will see  many watch-repairers, photo-shop and Astrologer Palmist Shop at  sule surrounding.And then you shouldn’t fail to enjoy the attraction of City Hall and other colonial buildings.Then visit Special Tour Highlight  :  The Great Shwedagon Pagoda.
Overnight at  hotel in  Yangon.

Day 02            Yangon-Thanlyin-Yangon         (by car/by boat)                  (B,_,_)

After breakfast at hotel,morning excursion trip to Thanlyin crossing Thanlyin Bridge. It was an important  trade centre in the 11th century under the Portuguese. Places of interest include Old Portuguese buildingskyaikkhauk pagoda and Yele pagoda on a small island at Kyauktan.Proceed to interesting National Races village.After sightseeing,return to Yangon.
Overnight at  hotel in Yangon.   

Day 3       Yangon - Inle Lake   (B,_,_)
After hotel breakfast, a morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho which is near Inle Lake. At the Heho airport, the local guide will meet you and drive you for check-in at the hotel in Inle Lake. Sightseeing includes Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, Ngaphechaung Monastery once famous for its dancing cats, silversmith workshops, traditional lotus weaving factory,  blacksmith and cigar making factory. You will see the floating garden homes of Inle Lake, the farms and villages. Overnight at Hotel in Inle Lake.

Day 4                Inle-Indein-Inle     (by boat)                               (B,_,_)
After hotel breakfast,  a visit to Shwe Indein Pagoda Complex to view the ruined 17th century stupas including the beautifully carved mythical and celestial beings of stucco. On the boat ride, you will see the famous leg paddling fishermen fishing in the Inle Lake, Some trekking along the base of the green hills to trek past villages and visit the market places and villages in the afternoon. Overnight at Hotel in Inle Lake.    

Day 5. Inle Lake to Yangon   (B,_,_)
After hotel breakfast, a morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Yangon. Visit to Bago, the ancient Mon Capital. Sightseeing includes: Shwemawdaw which is  one of the most venerated pagodas in Myanmar; Shwethalyaung with its life reclining Buddha image and Kayikpun Pagoda which was built in the 15th century by  King Damazedi famous for its background story of 4 gigantic sitting images back to back. Different villages and the countryside can be seen during the car ride.  Overnight at hotel in Yangon.    

Day 06                        Yangon Departure          (by morning flight)       (B,_,_)
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Yangon Int'l airport for departure flight. 


Room Type
1. Yangon

Summit Park View


      2.  Inle Lake                      Golden Island Cottage (Superior Room) (www.gicmyanmar.com)

Services Include:

*      05 nights accommodation in air-conditioned on twin or double sharing basic with including breakfast.
*      Sightseeing and transfer with air-conditioned car.
*      Short way transfer boat  
*      English speaking guide.
*      All zone and admission fees for the visit.

 Yangon            :          Shwedagon pagoda
Thanlyin           :          Kyaikhauk pagoda and Yele Pagoda
                                     National Races Village                                                           

Services Exclude:

*      International Airfares.
*      Myanmar entry visa.
*      Video and camera fees.
*      Personal expenses and drinks (laundry service, tips, beverage, pure drinking water, souvenirs etc…..)
*      Meals ( Lunch &  Dinner) .
*      Insurance (medical,travel,property,etc………..)
*      Any items not mentioned in the services included.


1.  The local guide will advise you on good places for lunches and dinners or let him or her know early if you have you own favourite eateries and food and beverage.

2. If you want a more leisuredly tour with less visits to the numerous pagodas or prefer to spend more time in certain places for photography, let the local guide and driver know early.

3. If you like to visit certain places, let the local guide and driver know early. 

Prices are not confirmed in this draft itinerary. Pl let me know the number of rooms, and hotels you would like us to book. Pl contact me by phone/sms to 9668 6468
David Sing
Design Travel Pte Ltd
Tel: +65 9668-6468

Kong Yuen Sing <99pups@gmail.com>

Jul 23, 2015 6:25 AM (0 minutes ago)

Daniel, jasonxll
Flights are included in the quote. As to the airlines, it is not possible to say now till we know the dates. Much depends on the vacancies. Pl let me know which airlines you want and I will check for you. Thank you