Fisherman on Inle Lake

Mystical Myanmar

Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay & Inle Lake plus Bangkok optional extension

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13 days from $3799 $3499
per person, double occupancy, including airfare
based on Sep. 19, 2016 departure from LAX or JFK*
Book by Sep. 20, 2016 to save up to $300!

Overview

Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 8 open departures, September 2016 – April 2017
Highlights Yangon, the Temples of Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, day cruise from Mandalay to Bagan on the Irrawaddy (Ayarwaddy) River. Bangkok optional extension
Price Includes
  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles or New York JFK via China Airlines including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All intra-Myanmar flights and ground transportation
  • Accommodations at superior & deluxe hotels
  • 24 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, & 7 dinners
  • High Tea at historic Strand Hotel
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking tour guides and local guides
Departs Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK) (flight schedule)
Themes Active,  History & Culture,  Premium
What to Expect This fast-paced, escorted tour involves a significant amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, requiring a high level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip.
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Mystical Myanmar tour itinerary Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a land of timeless beauty, where visitors can still experience what Asia was like before modern times encroached on ancient cultures. Having been isolated from the world for many years, Myanmar has remained a lush, tropical garden of a country, where amazing natural beauty, Buddhist spirituality, warm, gentle people, and a unique culture make it among the most remarkable of destinations. If truly exotic is your type of trip, join us in Myanmar. Want more? Extend your stay with a post-tour to the bustling city of Bangkok. But, don't wait too long to reserve your spot. Our groups are small, our prices are exceptional, and space is definitely limited.

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Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Sep 20
Mon Sep 19 2016 Sat Oct 1 2016 $3499   Available
Mon Oct 17 2016 Sat Oct 29 2016 $3799 $3499 Available
Mon Nov 14 2016 Sat Nov 26 2016 $3799 $3499 Available
Mon Dec 5 2016 Sat Dec 17 2016 $3799 $3499 Available
Mon Feb 6 2017 Sat Feb 18 2017 $3799 $3499 Available
Mon Feb 27 2017 Sat Mar 11 2017 $3799 $3499 Available
Mon Mar 20 2017 Sat Apr 1 2017 $3799 $3499 Available
Mon Apr 17 2017 Sat Apr 29 2017 $3799 $3499 Available

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability.

Options & Fees

Seperately Paid Fees
Myanmar Visa1 (paid separately) +$65
Myanmar Departure Tax2 (paid separately) +$10

1. All visitors to Myanmar must obtain a visa. Comprehensive visa instructions will be included in your confirmation packet.

2. Payable in USD cash at Yangon Airport. Bills must be in "like new" condition, without stains or creases.

Mystical Myanmar
Rooming selection
Double occupancy included
Single occupancy +$1349
Bangkok Post-Tour Extension1
Bangkok Extension from LAX (and JFK Oct 2016 onwards) +$449
Bangkok Extension from JFK (Through Sep 2016)2 +$699
Rooming selection
Double occupancy included
Double occupancy included
Single occupancy- LAX +$249
Single occupancy - JFK +$399

1. The Bangkok extension is subject to availability and requires that your flights be confirmed separately by the airlines. Please note that it typically takes 3 to 5 business days to confirm your extension flights with the airline, and that we will notify you immediately upon confirmation of the flights. This extension also requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. For JFK passegners, the extension must be arranged on a custom basis to be coordinated with China Airlines' schedule; please contact us for details

2. Due to the JFK flight schedule through September 2016 for the Bangkok extension, 2 additional nights are included in the price.

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Los Angeles (LAX) included
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Deposit $1000

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Check in for your flight to Yangon, Myanmar via Taipei

Day 2: En route

  • Cross the International Dateline and lose a day (which you'll recover on your return)

Day 3: Yangon

Accommodations: 2 nights Sule Shangri-La or similar, Yangon.

  • Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel
  • Afternoon traditional High Tea at the Strand Hotel
  • Trishaw ride to view Yangon's colonial buildings
  • Remainder of the day at leisure

Smiling young woman, YangonFull Day Itinerary: Arrive this morning in Yangon, the main gateway and capital city of Myanmar. After completing immigration and customs formalities, transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a traditional High Tea at the famous Strand Hotel. Hop into a trishaw for a view of Yangon's colonial buildings en route to your hotel. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.

Day 4: Yangon

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Visit Kalaywa Monastery
  • City tour of downtown Yangon
  • Visit to the Mary Chapman School for the Deaf
  • Sunset tour of the Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Welcome dinner at Le Planteur

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, visit Kalaywa Monastery, home at any one time to between 800 and 1500 monks and novices. Witness the morning ceremony of alms giving, as well as a tour around the monastery to observe the everyday lives of monks. Later, explore downtown Yangon, including the landmark 2,000 year old Sule Pagoda, and pass by the city's colonial buildings such as the High Court Building. Spend some time exploring Myanmar's largest selection of handcrafts at the Bogyoke Aung San Market, also known as Scott Market.

Shwedagon PagodaEnjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to China Town and a special visit to the Mary Chapman School for the Deaf. Visit Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset, one of the religious wonders of the world. Towering above Yangon, the pagoda is believed to have been built more than 2,500 years ago and is a testament to the faith of the Burmese.

This evening join your fellow passengers for a welcome dinner at Le Planteur, one of the most elegant restaurants in Yangon.

Day 5: Yangon & Mandalay

Accommodations: 1 night Mandalay Hill Resort or similar. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Transfer to airport for flight to Mandalay
  • Tour the Shwenandaw Kyaung, the Golden Palace Monastery
  • Visit a traditional silver crafts workshop
  • View the iconic U Bein's Bridge, the longest wooden bridge in Myanmar

Golden Buddha, Maha Muni PagodaFull Day Itinerary: After an early breakfast, transfer to Yangon airport for your flight to Mandalay. The last capital of the third Myanmar Empire, Mandalay is the second largest city both a bustling commercial and ancient cultural center. The city is well known for woodcarving and tapestries and other traditional crafts. Upon arrival, visit the spiritually important Maha Muni Pagoda, housing one of the most sacred statues of Buddha in Myanmar. The statue is said to have been brought to life after seven embraces by the Buddha, and is referred to as Maha Muni Sacred Living Image.

Golden Palace MonasteryProceed to the Shwenandaw Kyaung, the Golden Palace Monastery, famous for its intricate woodcarvings. Continue your tour of Mandalay at Amarapura, Myanmar's penultimate Royal Capital. Enjoy a visit to a traditional silver crafts workshop and meet the local artist. End the day at the iconic U Bein's Bridge, the longest wooden bridge in Myanmar, crossing the Taungthaman Lake and curved to withstand the wind and waves. Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6: Mandalay & Bagan

Accommodations: 3 nights Bagan Lodge or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Full day cruise on the Irrawaddy River
  • Evening at leisure

Mt. SagaingFull Day Itinerary: After an early breakfast, transfer to the jetty and board the ferry boat and enjoy a full day cruising down the Irrawaddy River, the longest river in Myanmar. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Irrawaddy as you sail by the fascinating scenes of Mt. Sagaing, Pakokku, and Myaingyan. Arrive in Bagan and transfer to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Day 7: Bagan

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Visit the most significant and well preserved pagodas, including Shwezigon, Gubyaukgyi, Htilo Minlo Pahto and the amazing Ananda Pahto Temple
  • Visit a local village school to donate lunch to the children
  • Dine on local specialties with a family in their home

Shwezigon PagodaFull Day Itinerary: Known as the city of four million pagodas, Bagan is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia. Bagan is also famous for its artistic handicrafts and master craftsmanship of lacquer-ware. Today, you will visit the most significant and well-preserved pagodas, including Shwezigon, Gubyaukgyi, Htilo Minlo Pahto and the amazing Ananda Pahto Temple. Later, visit a local village school to donate lunch to approximately 300 children.

After lunch in a local restaurant, check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

This evening presents a marvelous opportunity to dine "Burmese" style as you enjoy the company of a local family and enjoy a dinner of freshly prepared local specialties at their home.

Optional Excursion: Mt. Popa, $65 (purchased locally). This morning, take part in an optional tour to Mt. Popa, an extinct volcano with spectacular views. Along the way, see plantations of palm trees, and the remains of a petrified forest. Observe the Nat Shrine with its display of mannequin-like figures which is also a popular pilgrimage site. This excursion will operate with a minimum of 5 persons.

Day 8: Bagan

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Visit Phwar Saw Village and stop at the bustling market of Nyaung Oo
  • Explore more of Bagan from a traditional pony cart
  • Traditional marionette show and dinner at Nanda Restaurant

BaganFull Day Itinerary: This morning, stop at Nyaung Oo, a bustling market rich in a variety of fresh produce. Visit the nearby Phwar Saw Village, where you will witness rural Burmese life.

After lunch at a local restaurant, explore Bagan and some additional temples which cannot be reached with conventional modes of transport, from the perspective of a traditional pony cart. End the day watching the sun set over the Bagan, from the top of a temple. This evening enjoy a traditional marionette show at Nanda restaurant.

Day 9: Bagan, Heho & Inle Lake

Accommodations: 2 nights Pristine Lotus Spa Resort or similar, Inle Lake. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Transfer from the hotel to your morning flight to Heho
  • Visit the Shwe Yan Payae monastery
  • Take a private boat tour to visit five ancient gold Buddhas at Phaung Da woo Pagoda monastery
  • View the temple at Nga Hpe Kyaung

Rower on Inle LakeFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, transfer to Bagan airport for your flight to Heho. Upon arrival, drive to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway to Inle Lake. A prime attraction of the Shan State, Inle is a vast, picturesque lake surrounded by hazy-blue mountains. Inle Lake is famous for its native lake-dwellers, the Inthas, and their unique way of rowing their boats balanced upon one leg.

Visit the Shwe Yan Payae monastery, famous for its unique oval windows. Then, transfer to a private boat and venture onto the lake. Visit the five ancient gold-covered Buddha images at Phaung Da woo Pagoda, the holiest monastery on the lake.

After lunch in a local restaurant, see the temple at Nga Hpe Kyaung, which houses an impressive collection of ancient Buddha images. Then there will be an opportunity to visit a floating garden before proceeding to the hotel for check-in and dinner.

Day 10: Inle Lake

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Morning visit to the “5 Day Markets”
  • Visit the stupa ruins and temples of Inndein
  • Local cigar making at Nampan Village
  • Tour Inn Paw Khone, a small village that specializes in silk weaving
  • Evening canoe ride to the floating villages

Full Day Itinerary: This morning, visit one of the most interesting markets in Myanmar, one of the Shan "5-Day Markets," so called because the Shan people rotate between 5 different locations over a 5 day period. Life in the Shan State remains very traditional, and these markets are a great way to experience the life of the Shan tribes, who still wear their customary tribal garb. Next, visit the stupa ruins and temples of Inndein. A covered walkway leads to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, affording beautiful views of the lake. The temples of Inndein have been left in their natural state and the views are enough to take your breath away.

Inle LakeAfter lunch at a local restaurant, stop at Nampan village to see local cigar making, and then continue to Inn Paw Khone, a small village that specializes in silk weaving.

The day ends with a tranquil canoe ride to witness life in one of the floating villages that are scattered throughout the lake. Tonight, dinner will be at your hotel.

Day 11: Inle Lake, Heho & Yangon

Accommodations: 2 nights Sule Shangri-La or similar, Yangon. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer from your hotel for your flight back to Yangon
  • Remainder of the day at leisure in Yangon

Full Day Itinerary: In the morning return to Nyaung Shwe by boat, then drive to Heho for the return flight to Yangon. Continue to your hotel for check-in, and relax for the remainder of the day.

Day 12: Yangon

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Full day at leisure to explore Yangon
  • Farewell dinner at L'Alchimiste

Full Day Itinerary: Enjoy the day at leisure to explore Yangon on your own. Perhaps spend the day shopping or exploring the city's many ancient pagodas. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at L'Alchimiste.

Day 13: Yangon/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport in Yangon and board your flight to the USA, via Taipei
  • Arrive in the USA later today

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast this morning, bid farewell to the mystical lands of Myanmar as you transfer to the airport in Yangon to board your flight to the USA via Taipei. Arrive in the USA later today. Or take advantage of your already included airfare, and extend your stay to Bangkok, Thailand.


Bangkok Optional Post-Tour Extension

Why not take advantage of your already included international airfare and add three days in exotic Bangkok, bustling capital of Thailand? You'll return to the U.S. three days after the return dates shown. For JFK passengers, the Bangkok Extension must be coordinated with China Airlines' JFK schedule; please contact us for details.

Day 13: Yangon/Bangkok

Accommodations: 4 nights Chatrium Riverside Hotel or similar, Bangkok. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Day at leisure to explore Bangkok

Chao Phraya River at night, BangkokFull Day Itinerary: This morning, transfer to the Yangon airport for your flight to Bangkok, bustling capital of Thailand, situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Upon arrival, you'll be escorted to your deluxe hotel, which boasts a prime location within walking distance of many attractions. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to take in your new surroundings and explore the city on your own.

Day 14: Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Half day Bangkok sightseeing tour

Wat Phra Kaew, BangkokFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast enjoy a half day of sightseeing the major landmarks of Bangkok. Begin the day with a visit to the Grand Palace, which for 150 years functioned as the home of the King and his court as well as the entire administrative seat of government. Within its grounds, you'll also visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) built to house a large Buddha image carved from a solid piece of green jadite (jasper). Then board a typical long-tailed boat that will take you through Bangkok's waterway on the Thonburi canals. You will enjoy picturesque sights and scenes of traditional Thai canal life with houses on stilts, hidden temples, floating groceries and water taxi.

Day 15: Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Full day at leisure

Floating market  © Tourism Authority of ThailandFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy a full days at leisure to discover Thailand's vibrant capital at your own pace. Bangkok offers no shortage of shopping, dining, and sightseeing. Your hotel concierge will gladly offer suggestions for independent exploration or join an optional full day sightseeing excursion. Often called the "Venice of the East" for its network of canals (klongs), Bangkok can also be explored by boat. From this vantage point, you can gain close-up views of traditional Thai life. And of course, no visit to Bangkok would be complete without a visit to the colorful Damneon Saduak floating market, held daily—an experience not to be missed!

Day 16: Bangkok/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport and board your return flight to the USA, via Taipei
  • Passengers traveling through Oct 1, 2016 and returning to JFK stay two additional nights due to China Airlines' flight schedule

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When I called with a few additional questions, your staff answered them completely. They were friendly, professional and very helpful. Both Matt and Chi, our tour guides, were fantastic. They both made sure that we were well taken care of at all times. Chi was so much fun to be around. He went out of his way to see that we all had a perfect trip. He helped us plan evening events so our group could see the area at night. Just can’t say enough good things about Chi! You are so lucky to have him as a guide. Also, the hotel in Bako was fantastic! We have traveled with you in the past and been very happy with Friendly Planet. Again you exceeded our expectations; we consider this one of our best vacations ever! We look forward to traveling with Friendly Planet again. THANK YOU!

Susan L. Bowers

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