Essential Burma Tour

One of the most best Burma Tours featuring a glimpse of the country for short time. The tour starts from Yangon with a highlighted visits to Shwedagon, Sule pagodas then the must-see attractions of the area. From here you fly to Bagan where thousands of pagoda impresses you by their sizes and history. Conclude your time by Inle, the second biggest lakes in Burma with unique Intha fisherman.

Start : Yangon (Myanmar)
Finish :Yangon (Myanmar)
Tour Type : Classic Tours
Transportation used : Private transfer, cruise, and domestic flights 
Place to visit : Yangon – Bagan – Inle Lake
 

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Hightlights:

  • The Golden Land Yangon 
  • Famous Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Ancient Bagan, one of Asia’s most popular archaeological destinations
  • Visit Intha people who are unique for their leg rowing

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Day 1 Arrival in Yangon

Welcome to Burma, the country of unlike beauty !

Upon arrival, our driver will take you to your hotel for leisure. If time permits, we explore Shwedagon, the biggest pagoda in Yangon which is really outstanding with golden flash and rich Buddha stories. Welcome dinner in centre restaurant.

Accommodation: Yangon Hotel
Meal: welcome dinner

Day 2 Yangon – Bagan sightseeing

Rise up early for a flight to Bagan in the morning.

Enjoy your full day discovering the highlights of Bagan which boasts soe 2500 temples and ruins. This famous archaeological site brings us to the holy history of ancient Bagan capital with the development of Buddhism .As we travel further into the land of temple spires, Htilomino, Gawdamgangyi, Ananda and Shwezigontemples will attract your sense of curiosity with a profound impression.The highlight of this day is the sunset from the second highest temple the Shwenandaw.

Accommodation: Bagan hotel
Meal: breakfast

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Sunset in Bagan, Myanmar

Day 3 Bagan – Mt. Popa

Depart Bagan in the morning for a scenic drive to Popa where you will have chance to behold the stunning panoramic mountain view and see the impressive site of Popa Kalat, known as te most sacred site for meditation in Myanmar.

On the way back, we visit some Bagan lacquer centre where people produce the best lacquer items. Enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise on Irrawaddy river.

Accommodation: Bagan hotel
Meal: breakfast

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Mt. Popa , Bagan, Myanmar

Day 4 Bagan – Inle Lake sightseeing

After breakfast, we fly to Heho for a breathtaking driver to Nyang Shwe town. Connect your travel with a styled boat trip  to explore the life of Intha people whose image exposes vividly through one leg rower.

Our guide will show you the traditional work of making boat, weaving silk, black smith and making cigar in Inle Lake. The boat will take you through different lush floating vegetation and get to know the local life.

Accommodation: Inle Lake Hotel
Meal: breakfast

Day 5 Inle Lake – Indein Market – Yangon

We leave your resort this morning by boat to reach the rotating market of Indein which attracts different hill tribes in Shan State including Pa-O, Padaung, Intha people who come to the market in their traditional customs. Your guide will will demonstrate the uniqueness of Indein goods which are exposed in the fair.

After the market, we proceed to Indein ruin, the most famous site to experience the highlights of regional Buddhism then visit Pa O villages. Taking the flight back to Yangon. Transfer to your hotel

Accommodation: Yangon Hotel
Meal: breakfast

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Fishermen woring on Inle Lake, Myanmar

Day 6 Yangon city tour

After breakfast, we start exploring the centre of Yangon with a guided walk through colonial buildings, Emmanuel Church, Sule Pagoda and enjoy a styled high tea in Strand hotel or mingle with local in the traditional Burmese tea shop.

We will have time to buy souvenirs at Scott, the biggest market of Burma before having your departure flight.

Accommodation: not included
Meal: breakfast

Inclusions

  • All hotel rooms as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 03 domestic flights as mentioned
  • Meals as mentioned ( you can add meals if you prefer)
  • English speaking tour guide ( other language, please contact us)
  • ntrance fees and zone fees
  • Boat trips as mentioned

Exclusions

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks and personal expenses

Essential Notes

Passports and Visas
The first thing goes first. You definitely must obtain valid VISA in order to travel into any country and so is Myanmar (Burma). Unless your country is in VISA exemption list, it is your responsibility to get valid VISA before arrival. There are two ways to get Myanmar VISA:
Go to Myanmar Embassies and Consulates in your home country and you will be guided procedure. You may want to check the list of countries where Myanmar has embassies and consulate offices.

Obtain VISA On Arrival (VOA). For tourists coming from countries has no Myanmar Diplomatic Rep offices, you can obtain VOA online via www.myanmarevisa.gov.mm – the official portal for VOA by Myanmar government. The portal launched in Sep 01, 2014 and took its pilot operation for a month. Providing you encounter any issue, please contact us for support.

Climate & Clothing
Generally speaking, Myanmar is a tropical country with rather hot weather. Sometimes in year or in some Northern places, temperature cools down but not that can be called cold. Roughly saying that the best time to travel Myanmar is from Oct to March due to dry and cool season. Other months, however, you may get very nice deals of promotion.

For clothing: comfortable clothes, absolutely. We suggest you should take at least one long pan, a long skirt and a sleeve top because we will visit some religious site and many of them require proper code of dress.

All of temples and pagodas require you enter with bare feet. A pair of sandals is highly recommended.   

Cell Phones & Calling Cards

You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. Myanmar service is dominated by the GMS technology standard, while some of the world such as U.S uses the incompatible CDMA standard. We suggest that you should check carefully or you may incur high international roaming fees. 

We said previously “the SIM card in Myanmar is not very popular and still quite expensive”. But now, forget it! SIM cards in Myanmar now are cheap and easy to buy in any main city as cheap as about US$ 02 each. Cell phones, even smart phones are available on sales widely.

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another

When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number. Country Code of Myanmar is 95. 

Wireless Internet Access
Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the internet via a wireless network access point (or hotspot). Wifi is now popular in most hotels from three stars up. Most of them are supplying Free Wifi but some may incur extra charges. We suggest you should ask the receptionist before.

Cards and Currency
Myanmar’s national currency, the KYAT (pronounced chat, abbreviated in MMK) is divided into the following banknotes: K1, K5, K10, K20, K50, K100, K200, K500 and K1000. 

We once said “ATMs are still very hard to come” but from my latest inspection of Myanmar, the country now starts using ATMs. Most three stars hotels up often have at least one AMT machine right at their lobbies. Main hotels now accepts credit cards payment.
Anyway, we suggest you should bring with some cashes just in case. Local buying there accept Burmese and US dollars widely. However please pay at attention when bring US notes with you:

  • The US$ notes must be new.
  • The US$ notes torn, marked, folded will not be accepted.
  • The US$ notes having series before 2003 backward may not accepted.

You are allowed to bring up to US$ 5000 in cash per person to enter Myanmar.

Trip Preparation

A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. We suggest you should taking a checklist below:

  • Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. 
  • Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order.
  • We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement.
  • You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. 
  • We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. 
  • Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. 

Happy Travelling with Burmatours Asia!