5 Days | 4 Nights Fun-filled Myanmar for the Family

Myanmar is a fascinating destination for a family holiday as it has everything for everyone – from culture and history to immersion in the local way of life.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Asian Trails Myanmar’s programme promises five days of fun – exploring the ancient city of Bagan and scenic Inle Lake famous for its floating villages and the traditional lifestyle of the Intha people. Along the way visit temples, small villages and markets.

Highlight is an overnight stay at the community-based tourism project at Magyikan Village south of Bagan where you live like the locals, joining them in games, treasure hunts and boats rides.

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TRAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 of 5 Days | 4 Nights Fun-filled Myanmar: Culture and history

Day 1

ARRIVAL BAGAN – BAGAN                                                                                    [-/L/-]

Guests are requested to book an early morning flight to Nyaung U Domestic Airport. Private transfer from this domestic airport to your booked accommodation by air-conditioned vehicle to Bagan. Located east of Bagan, the transfer will take approximately 20 minutes to reach your accommodation in either Old or New Bagan.

 After check-in procedures at your booked accommodation are completed, with the assistance your guide, we immediately head out to a local market for a fun-filled treasure hunt, particularly interested for the children. The whole family are handed out a map of the market and require using this map to find the various treasures that are ‘hidden’ in the market. Marked by little flags, the hunt for finding the most flags within the set time will be crowned Bagan treasure champion for this day! After this leisurely race, we head out to some of the region’s highlights, starting with Bagan’s main temple. The Shwezigon Pagoda’s name was derived from Ground of Victory Jeyyabhumi, and was associated with the two great kings Anawrahta and Kyansitta for their backing of the Buddhist religion. Up until today, the 11th century Shwezigone Pagoda towers majestically over the town centre, casting a gilded hue over its residents and visitors.

Next continue to Ananda Temple, one of the most revered temples in Bagan and which is in general quieter in the morning than in the afternoon. Bagan’s Ananda Temple has taken a special spot in the landscape of pagodas and temple ruins. Constructed during the 11th century, it is one of Bagan’s best known and most beautiful temples. Especially its four magnificent standing Buddha images make it worth a visit.

Lunch is included at a local restaurant

Staying true to ancient techniques and respecting the work of generations of handicraft masters, Bagan’s Myinkaba Handicraft village is a testament on how local craftsmanship prevails in a rural setting, particularly when it comes to the creation of stunning lacquerware products. We take a look into the workshops and see how craftsmen work their skills on freshly-created lacquer. We offer a hands-on approach, suitable of the kids and parents on how to make your own lacquerware souvenir.

Looking for seeking a perfect ending after a perfect day in and around Bagan? Seeing the sun setting from the banks from the Irrawaddy River fills that void accurately. Home of various temples and pagodas, the place to watch the end of the day delivers just that piece of natural magic before heading back to your Bagan accommodation.

No dinner is included on this day, on own arrangement

Overnight at your booked accommodation in Bagan

Day 2 of 5 Days | 4 Nights Fun-filled Myanmar: Culture and history

Day 2

BAGAN – SALE – MAGYIKAN VILLAGE                                                                 [B/L/D]

Breakfast is included for the whole family

The day starts with a one-hour drive south to Sale, a small local town along the banks of the Irrawaddy River. The journey takes guests through small villages, including the thriving local market at Chauk and a few interesting monasteries known for their sacred Buddha images. In particular, the wood carvings at the Yoke Sone Monastery are among the finest in the country.

A local lunch is served along the Irrawaddy river bank. This stop takes in a small museum which houses antiquities and artefacts that provide an insight in the affluence of what once was the home of a wealthy local businessman. Continuing the journey, the five pagodas, constructed by five brothers, at Shin Pin Sar Kyo remain untouched by tourism. This is the site where former King Anawratha welcomed the teachings of Lord Buddha into the region.

Cycling offers a route to new perspectives of the local area and as we take to two-wheels we will find secret shortcuts through bean and peanut plantations, rice paddy fields and rustic, local settlements. We make a stop at a traditional brick factory to see how local commerce is handed down from generation-to-generation. ‘Magyikan Village’ (also called Tamarind Lake Village) will be our final stop. This is where a CBT project provides direct support to the numerous families in this community. We then check in to the simple rooms, specifically built for this project to accommodate visitors. Here you will live like a local and be served a home-cooked dinner.

Overnight stay at the community-based-tourism project at Magyikan Village.

Day 3 of 5 Days | 4 Nights Fun-filled Myanmar: Culture and history

Day 3

 MAGYIKAN VILLAGE – BAGAN                                                                                [B/L/-]

A simple breakfast is served at the village

Every day in Magyikan Village starts early. After breakfast, guests are free to wander around the village and meet with village chiefs who are happy to explain how the CBT project came to life and how it provides support to residents. You can follow one of the locals into the fields to witness how the community provides for all families in a sustainable manner that also has great respect for the environment. We then leave our new friends and head back to Bagan for a late morning arrival. A main source of income for villagers comes from keeping toddy palm plantations. Around Bagan, several of these plantations dot the semi-arid landscape and seeing the labour-intensive climbing work going into maintaining their livelihood makes for an educational stop.

Lunch is served en route at a local restaurant

In the early afternoon, you reach your booked accommodation in Bagan. The rest of the afternoon is completely at leisure. Containing the largest collection of Buddhist temples, pagodas and religious buildings in the world – Bagan is also one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia, with some of the structures dating back to the 11th century. Set on the bank of the Irrawaddy River, this is a must-see destination.

No dinner is included on this day, on own arrangement

Overnight at your booked accommodation in Bagan

Day 4 of 5 Days | 4 Nights Fun-filled Myanmar: Culture and history

Day 4

BAGAN – HEHO – INLE LAKE                                                                                  [B/L/-]

Breakfast is included for the whole family

After checking out of your hotel in Bagan, a private transfer from your Bagan accommodation to Nyaung U Domestic Airport for your flight to Heho by air-conditioned vehicle. Located east of Bagan, the transfer will take approximately 20 minutes to reach the airport for your flight.

Arrival at Heho’s Domestic Airport where you will be welcomed by your guide and driver. From here, private transfer from this domestic airport to your booked accommodation by air-conditioned vehicle to Inle Lake. Located 30 kilometres north of Nyaung Shwe / Inle Lake, the transfer will take approximately 1 hour to reach your accommodation along the Inle Lake shores. En route, we admire one of the local handicraft traits of the Shan. Masters of handicraft, umbrella making is merely one of the traits of the native inhabitants of this Myanmar state where these skills are transferred from generation to generation. Using local materials, this small workshop in Heho showcases some of the finest examples.

As most of the Inle Lake resorts are only accessible by boat, the sailing trip from Nyaung Shwe to your Inle Lake Resort will give you immediately an introduction of the magic of one of Myanmar’s most scenic tourism spots. Situated in Shan State lies picturesque Inle Lake, famous for its floating villages, market gardens and the traditional lifestyle of the Intha people who reside in traditional wooden homes built on stilts. This destination is an important global biosphere reserve and has been designated as such by UN cultural agency UNESCO. Traveling by private motorboat, get up close with the famous leg-rowing Inthar fishermen before the team at your lakeside resort welcome you with a Burmese smile.

Lunch is included at the resort

In the late afternoon, you will proceed to one of the floating villages and learn how to paddle the canoe and how to use wooden sling shot. Then, meet with local Inn Thar Children for the ‘Clay Pot Hitting’ competition. Judges will first explain rules and regulations of the competition. Two children will sit in a canoe together with a local paddler at the chosen place and be provided with an outline map of the canoe route within the village area on the water. They have to find the route by themselves with only the assistance of the map. Finally, they have to find another canoe, carrying a certain number of clay pots arranged in a line as targets. From their own canoe, the teams have to hit clay pot with given wooden sling shot on another canoe.

A judge will record the number of hit pots and let the canoes return to the starting point. The team who hits the highest number of clay pots and oar back to starting point in the fastest time within 20 minutes will be announced as the winner.  A winning prize will be offered to the winner team. This competition is based not only on fun but aims most of all at creating friendship between the local and visiting children.

After completing all challenges, the family will be offered a broad selection of local snacks and tea at one of Inn Thar House together with the rest of the local children. Even not speaking the same language, you will clearly understand each other through play and collaboration.

No dinner is included on this day, on own arrangement

Overnight at your booked accommodation at Inle Lake

Day 5 of 5 Days | 4 Nights Fun-filled Myanmar: Culture and history

Day 5

INLE LAKE – HEHO – DEPARTURE                                                                        [B/L/-]

Breakfast is included for the whole family

After breakfast and checking out of the resort, transfer by boat to explore more sights and sounds of Inle Lake. A highly revered pagoda at Myanmar’s Inle Lake and one of the largest temples in the area is the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. Its five large Buddha images completely covered in gold leaves forms the main attraction of this spiritual sanctuary from the 18th century. We continue next to the Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, a truly stunning example of a wooden monastery in the heart of Inle Lake. Also known as the Jumping Cat Monastery as it was home to a large cat population, the monastery’s collection of Buddha images is worth seeing. We end the morning the silk weaving village of Inpawkhon. Skilled artisans show their craftsmanship for transforming handmade silk strings in colourful fabric with often unique patters and increasingly using other materials such as cotton and even lotus roots to create masterpieces.

Lunch included at a local restaurant

After lunch, head out by boat to the Nyaung Shwe boat terminal where your driver will wait for you. Following disembarkation from the long tail boat, a private transfer from Nyaung Shwe to Heho Domestic Airport by air-conditioned vehicle will follow. Located 30 kilometres north of Nyaung Shwe, the transfer will take approximately 60 minutes, well in time to catch your flight to your next destination in Myanmar.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by car / mini-van with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Mai areas and restricted to main hotels only.
  • Regions outside the central business district such as Mae Rim, Hang Dong, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng and Chiang Mai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We regret that are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Chiang Mai area.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • The road up and down Doi Angkhang is not suitable for large coaches; for group travel, note that the group needs to be split up into mini-vans. We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation.
  • For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Due to the absence of ATM machines and credit cards payment portals, we highly recommend to bring sufficient cash with you. Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is recommendable to bring a jacket / sweater with you as temperatures on Doi Angkhang are often much cooler than around Chiang Mai.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package.
  • Any changes in accommodation outside 48 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 48 hours may be on request.

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