B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Myanmar is still mysterious, untouched, and unspoiled. 80 to 89% of the population are Buddhists. Welcome to Myanmar to discover its breath-taking beauty and feel the warmth and charm of its people. Mingalarbar!
NOV 22 – DEC 6, 2017
Day 1-2 | Nov. 22 – 23| Honolulu ─ Taipei
We start our vacation by boarding an international flight bound for Southeast Asia. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane. We arrive at Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan, with a connecting flight to Yangon.
*** Meet at the airport on Nov. 8 Night since the flight leaves at Midnight. ***
Day 3 | Nov. 24| Taipei ─ Yangon| (D)
Yangon, previously known as Rangoon, is a former capital of Burma (Myanmar) and the capital of the Yangon Region. Yangon is a relatively quiet and charming city and its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating, authentic capitals of Southeast Asia. Upon arrival in Yangon, an Air & Sea Travel Center representative will greet and escort us to our hotel.
**Hotel Accommodation: The Kandawgyi Palace Hotel or similar
Day 4 | Nov. 25| Yangon ─ Bagan| (B, L, D)
In the morning, we transfer to the airport for a flight to Bagan, the capital of several ancient kingdoms in Burma. Upon arrival at Nyaung U airport, we will take a tour to Nyaung Oo Market; Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype for later Myanmar pagodas built by King Anawrahta; Ananda Temple – King Kyansittha’s masterpiece and the crowning achievement of the early style temple of architecture; and Kyansitha Umin. Then, we will have an evening visit to Lacquer-ware Making Home Cottage and Myinkaba Gubyaukgyi Temple, which is famous for its wall paintings depicting scenes from the Jataka. We will also go to Sulamani Temple and Dhamanyangyi Temple for a sunset view of Bagan from Shwesandaw Pagoda.
**Hotel Accommodation: Aureum Palace Resort or similar
Day 5 | Nov. 26| Bagan| (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will start our sightseeing by visiting Minanthu Village to observe the daily life of the people. Next, let us take a glimpse of the three shrines of Payathonzu Pagoda which are connected by passages adorned with Mahayanist or Tantric mural paintings. Visiting Nandamanya Pagoda is a must, with its fine frescoes and an unexpectedly erotic mural. In the afternoon, we will visit the Laymyathna Pagoda, one of the original pagodas at the time of the founding of Mrauk-U. The monastery has figures of celestial gods such as Indra guarding the doors and depictions of the Birth Stories of Lord Buddha. Then, we can see the typical Myanmar villagers’ life in Phwasaw Village. Free leisure time after lunch. In the evening, we will visit Manuha Temple, a small ancient temple in Myinkaba village, on the right side of the road going south from the walled city of Bagan. In the evening, enjoy the Sunset Dinner Cruise on Ayeyarwaddy River.
Day 6| Nov. 27| Bagan ─ Mandalay| (B, L, D)
This morning, we will fly to Mandalay, the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Burma. Upon arrival, we will visit Mahamuni Image – a bronze cast of Buddha made during the lifetime of Buddha himself, Golf Leaf making cottage, Tapestry works, Wood carving & bronze casting workshops, Marble carving workshop, and Silk weaving home cottage. After lunch, free leisure time in the hotel. Enjoy an early evening visit to Mandalay Palace before ending the tour at Mandalay Hill to watch the sunset and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
**Hotel Accommodation: Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar or similar
Day 7| Nov. 28| Mandalay ─ Amarapura ─ Mingun ─ Mandalay| (B, L, D)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will travel to the royal capital of Amarapura – an ancient capital built on the advice of astrologers. Tour highlights are: Mahagandaryone Monastery – where one may observe the daily life of the monks studying Buddha’s scriptures and U Beins Bridge – 1.2 km long wooden bridge that is over 200 years old. After lunch, we will proceed to Mingun to see the world’s largest ringing bell and Cruise down the Ayeyarwaddy River. We will enjoy sightseeing at Mingun Village before returning to Mandalay by Boat, enjoying the scenic river views and sunset.
Day 8 | Nov. 29 | Mandalay ─ Heho ─ Inle Lake| (B, L, D)
This morning, we will transfer to Tada Oo International Airport for the flight to Heho. Upon arrival, enjoy a scenic drive to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s best-known sights. The Intha people, a tribe of Mon descent, mostly inhabit the lakeshores and floating villages. Upon arrival at Nyaung Shwe Village, transfer by Boat to start a sightseeing tour of Inle Lake including a chance to see the leg-rowing fishermen. Continue to see the Floating Gardens, built from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. There are also Floating Villages like Ywama, the lake’s downtown, where a floating market is held every five days. In the afternoon, proceed to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the weaving village of Inpawkhon and the Jumping Cat Monastery.
**Hotel Accommodation: Novotel Inle Myat Min Resort or similar
Day 9| Nov. 30| Inle Lake ─ In Dein ─ Inle Lake| (B, L, D)
After breakfast, visit In Dein, south of the lake, by Motor Boat. From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to the Village of In Dein, a recently opened area in Shan State. After a walk around the village, passing a local school, take the covered stairway to the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area where ancient stupas are partly covered by vegetation. There is a magnificent view over the lake from here. Continue our visit of the lake on a Boat Ride and in the afternoon we transfer back to our hotel.
Day 10 | Dec. 1 | Inle Lake ─ Heho ─ Yangon| (B, L, D)
Today, we will fly back to Yangon. Upon arrival, we will visit Myanmar’s holiest monument, the Shwedagon Pagoda with its golden stupa covered with 60 tons of pure gold leaf. In the afternoon, we can enjoy last minute shopping at Bogyoke Market, formerly Scott’s Market. It is a well-known market where we will find varieties of local and foreign goods in one single place. Tonight, a Farewell Dinner is arranged at Karaweik Berge Restaurant with a Traditional Culture Show.
**Hotel Accommodation: The Kandawgyi Palace Hotel or similar
Day 11 | Dec. 2| Yangon|(B)
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you can explore the charming city on your own or relax and wander around the hotel.
Day 12 |Dec. 3|Yangon ─ Bangkok|(B)
After enjoying the hotel breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for the flight to Bangkok, the capital and most populous city of Thailand. Upon arrival, an Air & Sea Travel Center representative will greet and escort us to our hotel.
**Hotel Accommodation: Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit or similar
Day 13-14 |Dec. 4 – 5|Bangkok|(B)
Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. Founded in 1782 by King Rama I, Bangkok is home to more than eight million people. The capital’s proper name is Krung Thep – the “City of Angels.” After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we will have two days of leisure. Explore the charming city on your own or relax and wander around the hotel.
Day 15|Dec. 6|Bangkok ─ Honolulu|(B)
We will take a flight back to Honolulu via Taipei, taking home lasting memories of a magnificent adventure.
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** After August 15, 2017, $500 deposit per person is non-refundable.
**Within 70 days prior departure, 50% of total price plus any other service fee caused by the cancellation;
** Within 30 days prior to departure or withdraw during the tour shall be regarded as willingly give up all rights concerned, 100% of total price, and request for the other service as substitute shall not be accepted.
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Price from: $3,888.00
Includes: Tax and fuel surcharge
(SINGLE SUPP: $1100)