Magical Myanmar Xmas Special

Myanmar (Burma)

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Myanmar (Burma): Magical Myanmar Xmas Special

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“Hi, it's u­­­s, Georg­i­n­a, Bri­tt­a, and ­Lee­ Lin­g­”

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Seeing hot-air balloons flying over Bagan is one of the iconic images of Myanmar/Burma. The massive scale of the over 3000 temples on the Bagan plain means that you can only truly witness the scale of it all from the air, and slowly floating over is the best way of doing it.

Inle Lake, which measures 22 km long by 10 km wide, and sits in a valley between two mountain ranges, feels like a different world to the rest of Myanmar; in villages and towns across the lake, wooden houses are built high on stilts and fishermen steer their one-man boats with a unique rowing style, wrapping one leg around their oar.

Itinerary

Day 1 
Arrive Mandalay, visit U Bein bridge (world longest teak bridge) with 1086 teak posts and 1.2km long over 160 years old. Visit some temples depending on time. Transfer to hotel – though is not in the central area but review for their food is super with friendly staff and bike rental is free.

Day 2 – Cruise to Bagan (B/L)

After breakfast, transfer to jetty for boat excursion to Bagan, enjoy the beautiful senses along the Ayeyarwady River, arriving Bagan in the evening around 5pm. We then drive to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano over 1500m high, which is about 48km south east of Bagan, have dinner and enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Day 3  – Optional Hot Air Balloon at around USD300 (B)

Set out at sunrise for Balloon over Bagan and back to hotel for breakfast around 9am or so. We would go on horse cart around Bagan (some may chose E-bike with top-up of USD6 if don't mind dust), roam around some temple sites with the horizon stretching for miles around, the panoramic view is just as awe inspiring as sunset.

We'll also visit the infamous WetgyinnGuByaukGyi Temple, admire the mural painting of Iataka scenes under UNESCO protection We shall have lunch along the way. At around 4pm, we'll do what the local love to do, chill out on the beach at Ayarwaddy river bank.

Day 4 – Kalaw sighseeing (B)

After breakfast, drive to Kalaw for about 5.5 hours. High up in western Shan State, Kalaw is an old hill station with a laid back atmosphere, with refreshing climate and scenic views. Many of Kalaw's original colonial-era buildings remain. We would run some sightsee around Shweumin natural caves; taking along the up-and-down meandering roads of Kalaw to have the panoramic view of Kalaw; visit an old colonial style buildings from a hillock opposite Kalaw, enjoying nice view at Kalaw Hill Lodge.

Day 5 - Kalaw trekking (B/L/D)

We will embark on a 20k moderate trek through the hills of Kalaw with steady pace. Learn about vegetations with information of the inhabitants of Kalaw and the work they do. Visit tea harvest process and a traditional village, stop for traditional lunch, continue down the other side of the mountains back into Kalaw...Beautiful scenery, takes about seven hours, a good days walk.

Day 6 - Kayaking in Inle Lake ; Cycle for Wine Factory - (B)
Morning drive to Inle, check in hotel. Spend some time exploring the big lake on our own Kayak, meet the lake dwellers, Intha people with their unique leg rowing boating, glide through narrow waterways between high mountains to quiet and peaceful villages and be closed to nature. Later in the day we will cycle around Nyaunghswe; visit wine factory in Red Mountain for sunset view.

Day 7 - Inle sightseeing and night bus to Mandalay (B)

A boat trip to villages in Inle is beyond your imagination. Gazing at the blue hazy mountains, feeding groups of water birds that are chattering here and there on the Lake, scattering floating vegetations and happy-and-content Inthas (native to the Lake Inle) in their leg-rowing small boats...real appetizing those who are hungry for nature and cleanly environs.

We would come to the floating garden called Kyun-Hmyaw, a built-up from strips of water hyacinth and mud, dredged from the lake bed, which breaks down into a rich humus, taking 50 years to produce layer of 1m thick. We will soak in the enchanting sunset view over Inle Lake.

Night bus to Mandalay around 7 hours.

Day 8 - (B)
After breakfast check in airport by 10:50am

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Air Ticket around SGD730 subject to change; price always goes up nearer to the date

NOTE: Seat is based on 1st payment 1st served

Maximum 15 pax

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Things to consider:

- Respect the locals by having a sarong handy to cover knees when entering temples, preferably keeping shoulders covered at all times

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