Myanmar exploration II

Itinerary 04

Myanmar exploration II

13 Days / 12 nights (for people who want to see both, classic sites and less touristic areas and would like to combine their trip departing to Northern Thailand

***A pre arranged permission for the border crossing is needed. Therefore a booking at least 45 days ahead of your arrival is required ***

In 2012, visiting surrounding villages outside of Kyaing Tong were at times NOT allowed – please check with us for latest status

The length of your stay in Kyaing Tong may need to be extended due to flight availability to Kyaing Tong. Flights are not operated daily.

Day 1. Yangon arrival

Day 2. Yangon – Twante potteries (by car)

Day 3. Yangon – Bagan (by flight)

Day 4. Bagan – Sale – Bagan (by car)

Day 5. Bagan (by car) (“Balloons over Bagan” is possible at extra cost)

Day 6. Bagan – Mt. Popa – Kalaw (by car)

Day 7. Kalaw (hiking)

Day 8. Kalaw – Pindaya – Inle Lake (by car)

Day 9. Inle Lake (by boat)

Day 10. Inle Lake – Sanghar (by boat)

Day 11. Inle Lake – Heho – Kyaing Tong (by car and flight)

Day 12. Kyaing Tong (hiking)

Day 13. Kyaing Tong – Tachileik (by car), departure to Mae Sai (Thailand)

Day 1. Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be welcomed by your FLT Tour guide and transferred to the hotel. Visit Yangon city center with many colonial style buildings, Sule pagoda, the reclining Buddha image of Chauk Htut Gyi, Karaweik Hall, a floating barge on Kandawgyi Lake and stroll around Scott (Bogyoke) Market with hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores. Your visit today will conclude with the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most awesome and spectacular monuments of Buddhists.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 2. After Breakfast at the hotel, drive by car (over 1 hour on a partly rough road) to Twante town via Hlaing Thar Yar Bridge. There are beautiful, old-fashioned potteries and kilns spread in one part of town. The buildings are large houses with thatched roofs. All the work in those family businesses is done manually. Daily-use items like pots and big earthen pots are produced there.

After lunchtime, drive back to Yangon.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Yangon.

Alternative against additional charges: From Twante jetty take a private boat to Yangon jetty. The boat trip takes around 2 hours through Twante canal. On your arrival to Yangon jetty, your car will pick you up and transfer to your hotel.

Another alternative against additional charges: There is private boat running between Yangon and Twante, offering a package. Guests can go with this new boat and do sightseeing in Twante by horse cart and return to Yangon by that boat. The boat is supposed to run daily from October to April but depending on demand. You may have to charter the whole boat in case there is no other booking. Lunch will be hosted on board.

(Guests arriving to Myanmar on Day 1 on a morning or mid-day flight will follow the above-mentioned program. But if you arrive to Myanmar only in the evening, you will do Yangon sightseeing on Day 2 instead of Twante potteries)

Day 3. After breakfast at the hotel, transfer by early morning flight to Bagan. Continue the day with visits to the most significant Pagodas and Temples of Bagan including Shwezigone Pagoda, built in the early 11thcentury, Ku Byauk Gyi, a temple with superb mural paintings and Ananda Temple with four standing Buddha Images and a huge teak door.

After lunch, visit one of the lacquer-ware workshops. Visit will follow to Manuha Temple, built in Mon style, Nanbayar Temple with a unique sand stone monument. Your visit will also include Myinkaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple, a Temple known for its mural paintings.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 4. After breakfast at the hotel, proceed by car to Sale (1.5 hours south of Bagan) on the banks of Ayeyarwady river. There is the beautiful Sale Yoke Sone Monastery with beautiful wood carvings and motifs. Rural life can be seen around town.

After lunch, return to Bagan by car and continue sightseeing there as you wish.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Bagan.

Alternative against additional charges: In the afternoon, return by private boat on the Ayeyarwady river upstream to Bagan and enjoy the sunset on the Ayeyarwady river.

Day 5. After breakfast at the hotel, visit the site of Tayoke Pyay Temple and some further Temples as you wish. The visit will also include Bagan Archaeological Museum where various styles of Buddha Images and hair knot styles are displayed.

After lunch, continue to a farming village around Bagan to know life of local people and local rice-noodle making. Few tourists go to those villages, you have time to explore the village life.

In the late afternoon, return to Bagan.

Remark: Rice-noodle making at Taung Bi farming village is from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. But guests should check with guide / driver first whether it is worth going there on the particular day.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Bagan.

If guests wish, they can see the panoramic view of Bagan in the early morning by taking “Balloons over Bagan” at additional cost. The journey with the balloon is around 45 minutes, provided that weather conditions permit the journey.

Day 6. After early breakfast at the hotel, proceed by car to Kalaw (320 km – 8 hours driving). After 45 km it is possible to visit Mt. Popa on the way, which is regarded as the abode of “Nat” (spirits) culture in Myanmar. Mt. Popa is an extinct volcano with spectacular views over the plains of Bagan region. You will have to climb up 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak to see the panoramic view (requires very good physical condition).

Continue your journey to Kalaw through the plains and later up in to mountains. Kalaw is situated nearly 1,500 Meter above sea level, a charming former hill station with pine forests.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Kalaw.

(For people who wish to travel more comfortable, above driving to Kalaw can be substituted by a flight from Bagan to Heho at a slight surcharge).

Day 7. After early breakfast, walk up to Taung Ni Village (9 km – nearly 3 hours per way) where the animist Palaung ethnic group is living. You will pass tea- and orange plantations and other crops. On half way, you will reach to Peinnebin Village. There is a long house, where 5 – 6 families live together in 1 big (long) building.

Continue your trekking trip up to Taung Ni Village with beautiful landscape on the way going to this village.

After seeing the village life you will have a very basic lunch which is arranged by your trekking guide at the village.

An additional local trekking guide will accompany you today in addition to your tour guide.

Afterwards walk back to Kalaw.

Lunch provided, Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Kalaw.

Day 8. After breakfast at the hotel, drive by car to Pindaya (52 km – 1.5 hours) passing through beautiful scenery of Shan State. Visit a local village on the way.

In Pindaya visit Pindaya cave, 160 m deep inside, enshrining 8,000 Buddha images. Your visit will also include traditional Shan Paper making industry. In the early afternoon continue by car to Inle Lake (90 km – 3 hours) and transfer to your hotel (1 hour by boat before dawn if your hotel is located on the Lake)

Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Inle Lake.

Day 9. After breakfast at the hotel, the excursion on the lake by private long-tail boat will include a visit to the local markets (if it coincides with five day’s market), the weaving village of Inn Pawkhone and a cheroot rolling workshop as well as the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. You will also see floating gardens, leg rowers, local fishing methods and village life of Inle Lake. Visit will conclude with a 150 years old wooden monastery, Nga Phae Chaung Monastery filled with beautiful Buddha images in various styles. This place was famous as jumping cats Monastery, nowadays you may see the cats jumping occasionally only.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Inle Lake.

Day 10. After breakfast at the hotel, start your private long-tail boat trip to Sanghar village (preferably guests should stay at Golden Island Cottages – (30 km – 2 hours from Golden Island Cottages). Sanghar was in the 18th century one of the larger cities in Shan State. The highlights of this site are the remote village, stupas that sometimes get flooded in the rainy season and water lilies growing in mass. Have lunch at Thar Kaung village and visit a basic local rice liquor distillery and return to your hotel. The trip leads you through very interesting landscapes, the lake becomes a creek to widen to a lake again before Sanghar.

An additional, mandatory Pa-O guide will accompany you in addition to your tour guide.

Lunch provided, Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Inle Lake.

Day 11. After breakfast at the hotel, transfer by car to Heho airport for your domestic flight to Kyaing Tong, the capital of Eastern Shan State. Main attractions there are the primitive hill tribes such as Khun, Akha, Shan, Wa and Lahu. You can explore the town and one tree hill, with old big trees and a view over the area and Naung Tone Lake in town.

Depending on the arrival time of your flight, you can still visit a Palaung ethnic village nearby (Palaung are wearing red clothes and lacquered waist-bands) or visit town area.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Kyaing Tong.

Day 12. In the very early morning, visit the colourful market in Kyaing Tong.

Return to your hotel for your breakfast.

Then proceed to Loimwe (33 km – 1 hour) where a number of colonial buildings and a century old Catholic Church exist. Continue visit to nearby ethnic villages (Ann, Wa, Lahu tribes) on foot.

Return to Kyaing Tong in the late afternoon.

Please arrange for your lunch in advance (not included), e.g. through your guide!

Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Kyaing Tong.

Day 13. After breakfast drive to Tachileik (160 km – 4 hours) and cross the border bridge to Mae Sai to depart for Thailand.

End of our service!

Remark: At least one day more in Kyaing Tong surely would not be a mistake.

Hotels Yangon Bagan Kalaw Inle Lake Kyaing Tong

Standard East Hotel Bagan Umbra Hotel Dream Villa Motel Golden Empress Hotel Private Hotel

Middle Sedona Hotel (Yangon)

Traders Hotel / Kandawgyi Palace Hotel

Bagan Thande Hotel

Bagan Hotel River View

Hill Top Villa Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort

Inle Resort

Princess Hotel

Deluxe Savoy Hotel

The Governor’s Residence

Tharabar Gate Hotel Amara Resort Pristine Lotus Spa Resort

Inle Princess Resort



Validity: Prices are valid during the high season from 01 October 2013 until 30 April 2014 (there might be surcharges during peak season times, e.g. Christmas and New Year and depending on the hotels chosen – please inquiry with us for your travel date). Please ask for discounted rates for the low season.

All prices are in USD per Person

Days Tour


for 1 person for 2 persons

(in twin share room) for 3-4 persons

(in twin share room)

Std Mid Dlx Std Mid Dlx Std Mid Dlx

13 FLT


4,440.– 5,315.– 6,710.– 2,515.– 2,935.– 3,680.– 2,150.– 2,580.– 3,325.–

Single supplement for FLT 04 per single rooms required 395.– 850.– 1,500.– 395.– 850.– 1,500.–

Add on for German speaking through-out tour guide: 130.– USD for the whole tour (not per person). Tour guides speaking other languages can be arranged – please check with us)


Accommodation (twin shared room)

Breakfast at hotel

English speaking local “through out” guide including all miscellaneous cost for the guide

Additional local trekking guide in Kalaw, Sanghar and Kyaing Tong.

Lunch during Sanghar trip and Kalaw trekking.

Entrance fees and camera fees

Domestic airport tax

“Balloons over Bagan” if booked.

Transport (domestic flights as advised / car-, boat- and cart transport as mentioned in the itinerary / all airport- and jetty transfers as mentioned)

Luggage handling

Bottled drinking water & refreshing towels in normal quantities

Permit with Myanmar authorities to cross the border overland to Thailand.


International airport tax (it is included in your ticket price)

Personal expenses such as beverages, laundry and souvenirs and tips

Meals (Lunch / Dinner)

Personal insurance

Visa fees for Myanmar

International flights

Any cost on the Thailand side when crossing the border

If the border crossing would be impossible (e.g. border is closed) due to authorities, any additional costs for returning to Yangon and departing from there are excluded

Excess Baggage (domestic flights allow up to 20 kg per person only)

Any official fees introduced or increased after our offer.

Fuel surcharge for domestic flights if applicable

If guests wish to alter the itinerary, extra charges may apply.

• Kindly keep in mind that our itineraries might need to be amended on short notice depending on changes to flight- and boat schedules, condition of roads etc.

Important Remark:

In case of changes in government policies (e.g. sudden closure of border crossing possibilities) there might be considerable extra cost for returning to Yangon and exiting Myanmar by flight to Bangkok. This risk and additional cost is to be borne by the guest.