Light and balloons in Myanmar means spiritual festivals and picturesque view for travelers. Indeed, you will find extraordinary experience traveling through the cultural hub Yangon for Thadingyut and Floating Light festivals, to the candlelight market of Hsipaw and Tanggyi’s Balloon festival which feature fireworks. In Myanmar, every soil contains a part of the inhabitants’ spirituality. Stupas and temples are adorned on all corners of this land. On this trip you will have the chance to visit some of the most sacred destinations of the country, like the Sagaing spiritual capital of 600 ivory colored pagodas and monasteries, or the Kakku Pagoda complex of over 2000 stupas.
Mingalabar and welcome to Myanmar! Arriving at Yangon - the commercial hub and international gateway, you will be warmly welcomed by your guide who will help you with hotel check-in. The afternoon is free for relaxing after the long flight.
Join in Thadingyut festivals when all buildings are illuminated. This is not only joyous but also a “Thanksgiving” for the local. Visit the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda to see the colors transformation of the 100-meter chedi enclosed in 40 tons of gold leaf.
Shwe Kyin Floating Light Festival awaits you at Bago. A less extravagant than Loy Krathong, but intimate indeed. There are rowing races during the day but the highlight of the festival occurs only after darkness falls when hundreds of lit candles on paper boats are released onto the water.
Flight to Mandalay which was once the ancient capitals. Vibrant yet timeless, this cultural hub of Myanmar still reserved the traditional arts. Take off to the Mandalay Hill in the afternoon for a spectacular panoramic view of the hazy blue Shan Hills, the Mandalay Palace, and the Ayeyarwady while the sun starts to sink.
Visit the greatest of the great today, from Kyauktawgyi Pagoda -the pagoda of the Great Marble Image to Kuthodaw Pagoda - “The World’s Biggest Book” and the Shwenandaw Monastery, the Golden Monastery that dates back to 19th century. Sail along the legendary U Bein Bridge to catch the iconic sunset scene.
Crossing Irrawaddy to Sagaing spiritual capital of 600 ivory colored pagodas and monasteries where 3,000 monks reside. Stroll through the local market then take a relaxing boat trip to Mingun to admire the Mingun Paya, the Mingun Bell, and the Hsinbyume Pagoda which was believed to be the center of the universe.
Embark on a picturesque drive to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) for various remnants of the colonial period, now the sanctuary for numerous tribal groups. Take pleasure going around town on a horse carriage. Visit Botanical Gardens that nurture various plants from around the globe. Stop by at the oldest hotel in Myanmar - Candacraig Hotel dating back to 1904.
Take off on the Mandalay-Lashio train in a timeless fashion. Take a quick stop at the renowned and impressive Gokteik Bridge. Arrive at Naung Pain station and disembark to Hsipaw. Head to Thein Daung Pagoda (Five Buddha Hill) for panoramic views of the village and the surrounding mountains.
Walk through the ‘candlelight market’. Set off for a boat journey along the Dokehtawaddy River to a fruit plantation and a 150-year old monastery. Go for a swim at the confluence of the Dokehtawaddy River. Visit the hill tribe village before departing back to Hsipaw, along the road you can observe various factories around.
Farewell to Hsipaw as you will transport back to Mandalay in the morning. Upon arrival, there’ll be ample time to go for an evening walk to shake off the effects of today’s journey.
Depart for Monywa - a characteristic Burmese on the eastern banks of the Chindwin River. On the way, stop by Thanboddhay Pagoda, an enormous Buddhist temple and Boditahtaung Pagoda. Set off for Po Win Taung that contains exotic mural paintings. Tread to Shwe Ba Taung where the temple is carved into the cliffs.
Departure for Pakokku - a thriving market on Irrawaddy river, with a few quick stops at Ah Nyeint, Ah Myint and “Ma U Ah Le” villages. Boarding a trip downriver to Bagan. Stop at Kyauk Gu U Min temple of exquisite stone carvings along the way.
Explore the majestic Bagan today. Begin with panoramic views of the Bagan plains on a high temple, then look around the Ananda Temple. Immerse yourself in the serenity of Bagan. Drive through the countryside to the rustic village of Minnanthu to discover centuries-old temples and visit the ‘Myanmar’s Rosetta Stone’
Start the day with a trip through the vibrant Nyaung Oo Market. Proceed to Old Bagan and visit the renowned Shwezigon Pagoda, constructed in the 11th century. Board a private wooden riverboat for a cruise along the Irrawaddy River. Around sunset, come to a private dinner on the bank to eat under the starry sky
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and then transfer without a guide to the airport for your flight to Thandwe - Ngapali. Be met by a representative of the hotel at the airport and transferred to the hotel in Ngapali for checking in.
Unwind by the beach as your own will today
Unwind by the beach as your own will today
A free day to explore the beach and its surrounding
Flight to Heho (via Yangon), in the heart of the Shan State. From Heho, you will experience a lovely scenic one-hour drive which leads to Nyaung Shwe, gateway village to Inle Lake. Then you will be transferred with a guide by boat to the hotel on Inle Lake for check-in.
Board your InDevi boat which, in Myanmar, means “goddess of the lake”. Pay a visit to the lake’s morning market and along the way, you will pass stilt villages of the local Intha people. You will also visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda which contains sacred images of Buddha in gold leaf.
Visit the Pa-Oh village of Indein and adore the iconic Buddha image sitting amongst hundreds of stupa ruins. Embark on a trek to Sae Ma village to observe the daily lifestyles of the rural inhabitants. If possible, stop at the Inthar Heritage House to learn more about the history and culture of the local people.
Embark on a longtail boat headed south to Loikaw and down to the village of Sagar. The “sunken” stupas of Sagar are extraordinary as these 108 stupas, dating back from the 16th and 17th century, are partially submerged for a few months every year. Proceed to the village of Phae Khone for a drive to Loikaw
Head to the South of Loikaw to visit the Kayaw and Padaung hill tribe villages. Distances are long in this part of the country, but the colorful landscape in the background will keep you entertaining on the way. Visit Pan Pei village before going back to Loikaw to explore Taung Kwe monastery and pagoda.
Journey to South East of Loikaw to visit the Kayar Hill Tribe villages: the Daw Ta Ma Gyi Kayar and Ta Nee Lar Lae. A journey rich on culture and encounters is coming to an end. You will drive back to Loikaw, enjoying the untouched landscapes of Kayah State, a place like nowhere else in the country
Go on a scenic drive to Taunggyi. Stop at magnificent Kakku Pagoda complex of over 2000 stupas. Proceed to the small cave at the village of Htan-Pha-Ya famous for Buddha images adorning its walls. Take part in the Balloon Festival at Taunggyi, which features fireworks and a hot air balloon contest.
Breakfast will be served at your hotel before being transferred without a guide to Heho airport for a short flight to Yangon. Upon arrival at Yangon airport, you will directly connect with your flight back home
I was traveling with my 8 year old son for 4 days in Myanmar and everything was perfect starting with our travel agent, from the guides waiting for us in every airport to the program. The trip was planned by our wonderful trip-planner Quynh Hoa. In a very short notice she organized a fantastic ...
I was traveling with my 8 year old son for 4 days in Myanmar and everything was perfect starting with our travel agent, from the guides waiting for us in every airport to the program. The trip was planned by our wonderful trip-planner Quynh Hoa. In a very short notice she organized a fantastic private trip starting 1 day in Yangon, 2 days in Bagan and 1 day at Inle Lake. Hoa was very patient and at no time I felt pressure to commit. She did an absolutely great job of responding to our needs and develop a travel plan that was very unique. At all time she was attentive to the fact that I was traveled with a child and I felt very safe and my son and I were just so excited to visit and explore Myanmar. In Bagan we visited Pagodas and temples, local markets, small villages, traditional lacquer- and sand painting workshops (my son even got to make his own sand painting). We had a journey by horse cart and saw beautiful sunsets. We were also blessed with a Hot air balloon flight above the Bagan country side. Wow. At Inle Lake we cruised on the canals and saw beautiful landscapes, Leg-rowers, fishermen, floating gardens and stilt houses. We visited villages, boat builders, cigar workshop and silver smith. The guides and drivers were absolutely great. They were very flexible and attentive to our needs during the day. Furthermore the guides were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Our trip to Myanmar was amazing - just too short. We had an unforgettable time. I have missed Myanmar badly since we came back and wants to go back to see and experience more of this wonderful country. The trip was perfect and I can highly recommend it to everyone.READ MORE
We hired Exotic Voyages to organize our trip to Myanmar. Neither my wife nor I had been there, although we have a number of friends who have been. We wanted to stay off the beaten path. Also, I do medium format, fine art photography so we asked for some special routing. Thuy did a spectacular ...
We hired Exotic Voyages to organize our trip to Myanmar. Neither my wife nor I had been there, although we have a number of friends who have been. We wanted to stay off the beaten path. Also, I do medium format, fine art photography so we asked for some special routing. Thuy did a spectacular job of responding to our needs and?developed a travel plan that was unique. It was just the two of us and three different guides to help us across many places in Myanmar. We went to Yangon, Kalaw, Heho, Inle Lake, Mandalay, and Bagan. Lots to see. Our guides were fantastic. We had a great time. We had not used Exotic before, but would definitely use them again! Nicely done. Visited November 2018 This review was originally posted on TripAdvisorREAD MORE
We have nothing but praise for Exotic Voyages and their good service. All our guides were wonderful and we had an amazing ten days feeling well looked after and learning so much. Their promptness in organising our tour with short notice was much appreciated as was their kind patience and ...
We have nothing but praise for Exotic Voyages and their good service. All our guides were wonderful and we had an amazing ten days feeling well looked after and learning so much. Their promptness in organising our tour with short notice was much appreciated as was their kind patience and assistance as we struggled to pay them due to difficulties with our banks security and communication processes. Visited September 2018 This review was originally posted on TripAdvisorREAD MORE
We have just returned from a fantastic trip to Myanmar and Thailand- all arranged by Exotic Voyages. Everything was smooth - right from our initial travel enquiry. Our travel agent was very helpful and gave so much advice so we could plan the trip we wanted. All went well on our holiday - excellent ...
We have just returned from a fantastic trip to Myanmar and Thailand- all arranged by Exotic Voyages. Everything was smooth - right from our initial travel enquiry. Our travel agent was very helpful and gave so much advice so we could plan the trip we wanted. All went well on our holiday - excellent guides, drivers, pick up, hotels etc. Cannot fault the service. We will be using this company again next year. Cannot recommend highly enough. Visited August 2017 This review was originally posted on Trip AdvisorREAD MORE
This trip of a lifetime was made perfect by Andy and Bui Ly of Exotic Voyages. I had a rough outline of places and sights we wanted to visit and see, but they put it all together and not one minute detail was forgotten. Every time we arrived in a new place, we were met by a guide and driver, ...
This trip of a lifetime was made perfect by Andy and Bui Ly of Exotic Voyages. I had a rough outline of places and sights we wanted to visit and see, but they put it all together and not one minute detail was forgotten. Every time we arrived in a new place, we were met by a guide and driver, starting in Myanmar with Jen, Nang Khin, Thinn Myo, and Son Mayo. Thanks also to Pong and Kee Lee in Thailand, Linn in Laos, Ky, Phu, Minh, and Tri in Vietnam, and Channak, Sophy and York in Cambodia. Some of the many outstanding experiences were the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the picnic in the bamboo forest at Inle Lake, the sunrise balloon ride over Bagan, the cooking schools in Thailand, Hoi An and Hue in Vietnam, and of course the day as owner of an elephant in Chang Mai. Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom excursions were followed by a picnic and massage in a forest. Halong Bay and the Float House on the River Kwai were other exceptional experiences. All of our accommodations were exceptional, and we did in fact feel like VIP Ten Plus clients! The Jahan cruise on the Mekong, and the beach stays at Ngapali, Song Saa, and Phuket were delightful interludes during a very packed itinerary. We had many amazing meals, but the best was our experience at Raffles in Phnom Penh where we were served a five course meal which was out of this world. Thanks again to Andy and Bui Ly, and particularly for taking the time on a Sunday to have coffee with Ellen and I in Hanoi. Truly, Exotic Voyages and their staff go above and beyond in many ways. Visited March 2017 This review was originally posted on Trip AdvisorREAD MORE
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