Tuesday, October 21, 2014

226. Myanmar tour 13D/12N Dec 19-31, 2014

(4 N/5 )
13 days/12 nights Myanmar Tour in December 19 - 31, 2014
Yangon-Mandalay-Pyin Oo Lwin-Bagan-Mt.Popa-Inle-Mt.Kyaikthtiyoe-Yangon-Yangon

Day 1        (19.12.14)     (Friday)       Arrival Yangon
(SQ 998,  09:20AM)  (_,_,_)                          _                                                                     
Arrival at Yangon international airport by Singapore Airlines at 9.20 am. Our guide will meet you and drive you to the hotel for checking in. After a short rest, start the sightseeing from Chauk Htat Gyi, reclining Buddha. Then we visit the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, the world greatest pagoda gilded with golden leaves. There, you will see pilgrims offering flowers, incense sticks and candles to the Buddha Images and appreciate part the Buddhism culture of the Myanmar people. After that we visit a royal floating barge on Kandawgyi Lake for your photography stop. There will be traffic jams in downtown Yangon nowadays. You will see very old apartments besides the and new buildings and hotels, as Yangon is now developed by investors after the removal of US sanctions.  In the late afternoon, we send you back to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Day 2              (20.12.14)     (Saturday) Yangon-Mandalay  (ETD 5:00 PM)    (B,_,_)                                                                     
After a hotel breakfast, a morning visit to Sule surroundings,Mahabandoola Park with the Independence Monument, colonial buildings such as City Hall, High Court and the Ports. If time permits, we visit the Bogyoke market to visit the various arts stalls, food, clothing, jewellry, crafts and souvenior retailers. You can buy gifts such as Myanmar paintings of your tour for friends at home. After lunch, we go to the Yangon train station to take the train to Mandalay overnight. Our local guide will accompany you on the train ride. 
Day 3              (21.12.14)    (Sunday)  Arrival Mandalay-Amarapura-Mandalay(by train/by car)(B,_,_)                                                                     
Morning your train arrives in Mandalay. Your train guide will introduce another local guide. Check-in at hotel before sightseeing of the Mandalay surroundings such as the Maha Gandaryon Monastery, the Buddhist University and the silk and cotton weaving outlets, Then to U Bein Bridge, 1.2 km long teak bridge, Mahamuni Pagoda, You will see a Buddha Bronze Image which was casted during Buddha’s life time, with a reproduction of his features.

Afternoon, you will visit Mandalay Royal Palace, Zaygyo market, Shwenandaw Monastery noted for its wood carvings. The Autumashi (Incomparable) Monastery which is declared National Treasure and Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s biggest book for its stone slabs of Buddhist Sculptures. We go to Mandalay Hill which has a panoramic view of Mandalay City. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
Day 4              (22.12.14)    (Monday)  Mandalay-Pyin Oo Lwin-Mandalay (by car)     (B,_,_)                                                                                       
           After hotel breakfast, we go to the famous Botanical Garden in Pyin Oo Lwin which is a popular hill station about 69km away from Mandalay.The British colonial officers used to stay there to escape the summer heat of Yangon. In the Garden, you will see different kinds of  floral species and many exotic fruits, flowers and shady trees. View roadside vendors, villages and the surrounding coffee plantations and military bases, a car drive back to Mandalay. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.

Day 5              (23.12.14)    (Tueday)  Mandalay-Bagan       (by boat)     (B,_,_)                                
After hotel breakfast, a car transfer to the jetty for your Bagan boat trip. Sight-seeing of the hills, mountains and villages on your boat cruise with many good sights for photography. In the evening, you arrive at the Nyaung Oo jetty & the local guide will take you to check-in at the hotel.Overnight at Hotel in Bagan. 

Day 6              (24.12.14)    (Wednesday) Bagan sightseeeing    (by car)   (B,_,_)                             After hotel breakfast, you will visit Bagan, the richest archaeological site in Asia where thousands of temples, pagodas and ruins can be seen. Sightseeing include : Shwezigon pagoda, the prototype of later Myanmar stupas, built in early 11th century; Wetkyi-inn Gubyaukgyi temple, with fine mural paintings of Jakata scenes.

Afternoon, you will visit the Archaeological Museum, Anada temple, architectural masterpiece: Anada Okkyaung, a monastery with 18th century mural paintings and Thatbyinyu, the highest temple in Bagan where you will have a sunset view of Bagan surroundings and take great photographs. Let your guide know early if you wish to book a balloon flight over Bagan. This balloon flight, at your expense, may be fully booked or not available, depending on the weather. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Day 7          (25.12.14)   (Thursday)       Bagan-Mt.Popa     (by car)                   (B,_,_)
After hotel breakfast, a morning drive to Mt.Popa which rises 1518 meter from the flat surroundings. It is a core of an extinct volcano and is believed to be the abode of  the legendary “Nats” or the Spirit Gods. It is equivalent to the "Mount Olympus". Climb up the steps to the top of Mt Popa.
On the way to Mt. Popa, you will visit the Toddy field to observe how the locals make Jeggery, Toddy Juice and Peanut Oil. Then,overnight at a cool hill resort near Mt.Popa.

Day 8         (26.12.14)    (Friday)           Mt.Popa-Bagan   (by car)                      (B,_,_)
After hotel breakfast, drive back to Bagan. Our car driver will show you the arts and crafts shops, the the Irrawaddy River and the new Bagan town. You can visit the Htilominlo Temple with its plaster carvings, Gawdaupalin and the Tharabar Gate, Myazedi Pagoda, Shwegugyi Temple and Shwesandaw Pagoda, Dhammayangyi Temple. Please let the local guide know if you wish to take a horse carriage ride or cycle your rented bicycle ride around the town, at your own expense. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

Day 9         (27.12.14)    (Saturday)       Bagan-Heho-Inle    (by flight/by car/by boat)                   (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.

Day 10        (28.12.14)    (Sunday)          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 the market places in the afternoon.

Overnight at Hotel in Nyaung Shwe (or)Inle Lake.

Day 11     (29.12.14)   Monday)                         Inle-Heho-Yangon-Mt.Kyaikhtiyoe (by flight/by car/by truck)          (B,_,_)
After hotel breakfast, a morning transfer to the airport for flight back to Yangon.When you arrive at Yangon airport, the car & local guide will take you directly to Kyaik Hto for sight-seeing of the Mt.Kyaikhtiyoe (Golden Rock), It is 3615 ft above sea level and was built on the   huge steep rock overlooking the panoramic view over the Sittaung river valley, green forest and beautiful mountain ranges. Leisure walk around the hilly areas.  Overnight at hotel near the Golden Rock Pagoda.

Day 12     (30.12.14)     (Tuesday) Mt.Kyaikhtiyoe-Bago-Yangon    (by truck/by car)          (B,_,_)
After hotel breakfast. a truck ride downhill to the Kinpun base camp and depart by car to Yangon.
On the way, you will  visit 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.  Overnight at hotel in Yangon.    
Day 13    (31.12.14)     ( Wednesday)   Yangon departure      (SQ 997,10:25 AM)             (B,_,_)
After hotel breakfast, transfer to airport for your departure flight at 10.25 am


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. 



19 Dec 2014 Arrival Yangon            (SQ 998, 09:20 AM)
20 Dec 2014 Yangon-Mandalay       (ETD 05:00 PM)
21 Dec 2014 Arrival Mandalay-Amarapura-Mandalay         (by car)
22 Dec 2014 Mandalay-Pyin Oo Lwin-Mandalay                (by car)
23 Dec 2014 Mandalay-Bagan         (by boat)
24 Dec 2014 Bagan sightseeing       (by car)
25 Dec 2014 Bagan-Mt.Popa           (by car)
26 Dec 2014 Mt.Popa-Bagan           (by car)
27 Dec 2014 Bagan-Heho-Inle         (by flight/by  car/by boat)
28 Dec 2014 Inle-Indein-Inle            (by boat)
29 Dec 2014 Inle-Heho-Yangon-Mt.Kyaikhtiyoe     (by flight/by car/by truck)
30 Dec 2014 Mt.Kyaikhtiyoe-Yangon                    (by truck/by car)
31 Dec 2014 Yangon departure                            (SQ997,10:25 AM)

Tour Fare   : USD 4760 net per person. (Based on one pax).

Services Include:

*11 nights accommodation in air-conditioned single room, including breakfast.
*One night on train (local guide accompanies on overnight train till arrival at Mandalay).
*Sightseeing and transfer with air-conditioned car.
*Train tickets for Yangon-Mandalay trip.
*Boat tickets for Mandalay-Bagan trip.
*Open-truck fee for driving you up and down Mt.Kyaikthiyoe (Golden Rock) from base camp with other tourists sharing the same truck.
*Domestic airfares for Nyaung Oo-Heho (Bagan to Lake Inle) and Heho-Yangon (Lake Inle to Yangon) with airport tax.
*Private boat excursion in Inle Lake.
*English station speaking guide. (Different guide at each place).  Remark: 20 Dec 2014. a local guide for the overnight train trip from Yangon to Mandalay.
*All zone and admission fees.

Yangon            :    Shwedagon pagoda
Mandalay         :    Zone Fee
Pyin Oo Lwin    :   Botanical Garden
Bagan              :     Zone Fee
Inle                  :     Zone Fee
Kyaik Hto       :      Kyaikhtiyoe pagoda admission fee

Services Exclude:

*International airfares.
*Myanmar entry visa.
*Video and camera fees.
*Meals (Lunch and Dinner). Local guides will recommend good eateries or eateries of your choice.  
*Personal expenses e.g. laundry service, tips, beverage, drinks.
*Insurance (medical,travel,properties)
*Any items not mentioned in the "Services Include"

4-star hotels to be used are ;

Yangon      :        Sule Shangri-La Hotel       (Deluxe Room)
Mandalay   :        Mandalay Hill Hotel          (Superior Room)
Bagan        :        Aureum Palace Hotel         (Deluxe Room)
Inle            :        Aureum Resort Hotel         (Villa)
Mt.Popa    :         Popa Mountain Resort       (Superior Room)
Kyaik Hto  :        Mountain Top Hotel          (Deluxe Room)

Quotation is valid for 7 days from Oct 22 to 29, 2014. December is a peak tourist season and hotel bookings need to be confirmed now.

If you accept the quotation, please transfer payment of USD 4760 to:
Design Travel Pte Ltd,  DBS Bank, Singapore,
Current Account Number:  0005-000883-01-0-022 USD

DBS Bank Ltd
12 Marina Boulevard, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, Singapore 018982

1002, Toa Payoh Lor 8, 01-1477, Singapore 319074.
Tel +65 9668-6468 (or SMS for faster reply),  9668-6469, 6254-3326. Mr David Sing,

Nov 18, 2014

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