With Myanmar opening to the outside world, visitors are discovering a cuisine that's been largely hidden from sight for the past 50 years. With an emphasis on rich, predominately savory/salty flavors, influences from South and Southeast Asia and a repertoire of ingredients not found in any other cuisine, there's much to discover. From Tea leaf salad to Shan-style rice, from Burmese curry to Nangyi thoke, every visitor to the country should seek them out.
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Mingalabar Myanmar, Good Morning Yangon - the Garden City of the East.! You are met and welcomed by a local tour guide and driver upon arrival in Yangon, the former capital city of Myanmar (Burma). Private hotel transfer in the city center. After your room installation, you will relax for a while before the guide come and pick you up for a short city orientation. Next is spent with a nice introduction of Yangon by visiting Sule pagoda - a 2,5000 year Burmese stupa, which is located in the heart of the city, an important religious site. Continue to the Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, a 213-foot-long statue with an expressive enamel face. View the story of the Buddha’s life embossed on the soles of the statue’s staggered feet. Stop a local Tea House to experience what locals do when exploring the city and followed by a stroll through Scott Market amid shops filled with antiques, old coins, Burmese jade and handicrafts. Back to hotel to relax.
"Go there at night" is absolutely worth for visitors who want to see the best of Shwedagon Pagoda, then this evening is spent with a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda. You will have a great opportunity to see Yangon's most famous temple as the sun sets and the golden spires of the temple glow. Alongside an expert guide, visit the pagoda to learn about the history, religious significance and daily prayers that the pagoda welcomes each day. You will have the opportunity to participate in candle lighting, with your guide there to explain the meaning behind this cultural tradition. A truly moving experience at one of Myanmar's most awe-inspiring temples! Back to hotel and the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and this morning is spent with an interesting market visit and hand-on cooking demonstration to learn Burmese way and culture. Before we get started in the kitchen, we'll walk to our local street market to give you an insight into how market life works in Yangon and see all the fresh ingredients. We do all the prep so you can focus on cooking along with us. Learning how to make unique Myanmar salads, curries and traditional desserts. After we've all finished the cooking lesson we can sit down and enjoy eating the meal in our comfortable dinning room. A digital copy of the recipes will be sent to you so that you can recreate the three course meal at home after the cooking class.
After your lunch, relax for a while with a hot cup of tea then we continue touring the city again. On a downtown walking tour you’ll pass the crumbling colonial buildings that line the city’s streets. Your private guide will take you to important attractions like the National Museum, the magnificent reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi, and Botataung Pagoda. Back to hotel and remainder of the day will be spent relaxing. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and today you will say goodbye Yangon and fly to Heho. You will be met and greeted by a local tour guide. Private transfer to hotel where you will stay for 2 nights. Baggage is left at the hotel and you will follow your tour guide to explore the famous and intimate Inle Lake on the full day tour. The best way is to explore Inle Lake with a private boat. We'll take you to the ruins of Indein, the vast floating gardens and the awe-inspiring teak of the Nga Phe Chaung Monastery. We've mapped out the perfect day for you that'll include the best lunch on the lake. On the tour, you will visit the ruins of Indein on the south side of Inle Lake, exploring the broken temples with our guide. Cruise past the floating gardens of Inle Lake and witness the one-legged fishing. Enjoy lunch at the best restaurant on the lake. Cruise back to your hotel as the sunsets, casting a glorious glow over the lake. Your evening is free. Overnight at hotel.
Enjoy your hearty breakfast at hotel and you will start the day with your tour guide on a private boat to take a real trip off the beaten path to see the best part of Inle Lake. We will travel southward to the southern end of the lake. The journey is half the fun. You’ll pass sugarcane plantations, bamboo forests, and much more before being greeted by stupas rising out of the water in this largely untouched Pa-o village which is situated on the Shan mountain range. Lunch included in the tour. You will experience the traditional ways of life of Shan, Pa O and Intha ethnic group. Get to the starting point at eastern shore of Inle Lake, This hiking tour offers not only to enjoy nature but you also become acquainted with the centuries old Pa O culture. You will see how the Pa O tribes live their daily lives in harmony with nature and their farm work. Back to hotel and you will spend your evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel followed by a private transfer to the airport to take a flight to Bagan. Met and welcomed by a local tour guide then again you will enjoy a short drive to hotel. Checking into your accommodation. Relax for a while, then you and the tour guide and driver will begin a comprehensive tour to see Bagan's historic temples and highlights. The excursion begins with a visit to Tayoke Pyay Temple. You will be taken to visit temples around Minthu village including Thamanpaya, Thambula and Payathonzu. The morning ended with a quick visit to a local village nearby so that you can encounter with friendly locals as well as see their daily life. Back to hotel to have lunch and relax.
Afternoon continues with the most beautiful temple in the region, the Ananda Temple. It is the largest, best preserved and most revered of all the temples in Bagan and it is believed that the temple was built around 1105 by King Kyanzittha. You will continue the exploration with a visit temples and pagodas nearby Ananda Temple. End the day viewing the sunset over the plains and temples of Pagan from one of the smaller temples to avoid crowds. Back to the hotel and you will spend your evening relaxing. Overnight at hotel.
For a more intimate and luxurious experience, This is a special parting gift provides a lasting memory with your friends, family or your lovers. Drifting serenely in a balloon over Pagan (Bagan) as the sun rises and seeing its myriad pagodas and temples dotted in the plains below is one of the most memorable experiences on your journey through Myanmar.
Early wake up and you will be picked up from your hotel between 5:30 am and 6:00 am, and taken to the launch site where tea and coffee is served while the crew prepare the balloons. Watching the inflation of the balloon and experiencing lift-off is spectacular. The balloon ride starts at dawn and lasts for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. On landing, you will be served a light champagne breakfast before transferring back to the hotel at approximately 8:30 am. Warm clothing is recommended, as it can be quite chilly. Back to hotel to relax for a while.
Tour of Bagan continues with another excursion begins with a visit to Nyaung U market, before continuing to Shwezigon Pagoda, which was built as the most important religious shrine. You will then visit Hnget Pyit Taung, a hillock on which a pagoda built by King Pyusawhti stands. The tour ends at Lawkananda Pagoda which is located close to New Pagan Township. Lawkananda pagoda was built by King Anawrahta during his reign in 1059 on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. It is believed the Buddha's tooth relic is enshrined inside the pagoda and it is still used as an everyday place of worship.
In afternoon you will enjoy very delightful, hands-on cooking course run by the charismatic Burmese people in Bagan. Before cooking class, you will be escorted by Chef to pay a visit to the market to shop for ingredients, followed by a walk back to cooking venue for preparation – using charcoal fires to make curries, soups, salads and other dishes. It's a great way to learn more about Burmese food, customs and culture. Enjoy your meal prepared by yourselves and relax for a while before we will take you back to your hotel to relax. Overnight at hotel
Breakfast at hotel, private transfer to the airport to take a flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival you will be met and transfer on a private vehicle to the hotel for checking in. The day begins with a comprehensive tour to see Mandalay's major attractions and highlights. Visit Mandalay Palace and Fort which is sprawling south of Mandalay Hill, was home to the last two royal kings of Burma. You will be able to visit the Hall of Victory or Glass Palace, Mye Nan Pyathat temple and Nan Myint Saung watchtower where you can climb the spiral staircase to get views of the city. After the visit to Mandalay Palace and Fort, depart for Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin), a former British hill station two hours north of Mandalay. The journey takes you from the dry plains around Mandalay to the green hills of the Shan plateau, passing through quiet towns and rural villages. In afternoon, you'll visit Shwe In Bin Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda, as well as local artisans making gold leaf and amazing stone carvings. This adventure is a great introduction to Mandalay and its fascinating history. Back to hotel and spend your evening relaxing. Overnight at hotel
Breakfast at hotel and today will take you back in time. Make your way south of Mandalay to the ancient capitals of Sagaing, Inwa and Amarapura. Visit the pagoda sprinkled Sagaing Hill, an important religious and monastic centre, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns. Here we will visit a Monastic school where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the residents and understand the teachings of Buddhism. Afterwards, take in the views from the top of the hill on the terraces of the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda which are truly breathtaking. Next is Amarapura, was once known as 'The City of Immortals'. Today, the leisurely 'clack-clack' from the looms of the cotton and silk weavers has replaced the noisy bustle of this former capital. Visit the U Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset. This long teak bridge snakes across the Taungthaman Lake. After sunset, return to the hotel where you will spend your last night. Evening is free. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast is followed with a private transfer to the airport to fly back to Yangon where you will connect your outbound flight to next destination. Your 9-day Myanmar Culture and Culinary Experience Holiday ends today.