12-Day Myanmar Foodie’s Delight

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 12 Days

tour highlights

  • Experience in the colorful life of the region through animated markets
  • Cooking classes and demos exploring traditional cuisines
  • Explore stunning pagodas, colonial architecture, handicraft workshops, and remote hill villages



tour details

Myanmar people love eating and sharing dishes. You will discover a new cuisine, from tradition to agent and fusion with Mediterranean flavours. Indulge into local specialties and learn how food is prepared in this part of the world. You also will enjoy local food in the many food stalls in the city.

Meet on arrival at Yangon International Airport and transfer to hotel.
Afternoon visit to Khaing Khaing Kyaw central kitchen, which produce about 5000 set of meals per day. Enjoy the dinner there.
Accommodation at Belmond Governor's Residence (Deluxe Garden View) or similar, in Yangon.
Mid-morning, transfer to enjoy cooking lesson at Monsoon Cooking Class around 11:00hours. Learn how to cook and enjoy the taste of traditional Myanmar food with the chef at Monsoon. The class will take one and half hour. You will have your own cooking for lunch as well as additional Myanmar dessert and tea / coffee.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of this picturesque garden city that includes the old colonial-style city centre and gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years. Visit Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world's most spectacular religious monuments is saved until late afternoon when the light is at its most magical. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base is covered with 60 tons of pure gold and is the very heart and soul of Buddhist Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa in surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. It is always full of people praying and making offerings, and is a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by.
In the evening you will visit China Town, another chance to try local and Chinese delicacies. Venture through the stalls selling everything from flowers to seafood, spices to fresh tofu. Nearby is 19th Street, a popular place to have draught Myanmar Beer, together with vegetable and meat sa-tays (BBQ), in the evening. Enjoy a beer and a light snack here. Transfer to Hotel after enjoying beer & light snack at 19th Street.
Dinner and accommodation at Belmond Governor's Residence (Deluxe Garden View) or similar, in Yangon.
Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan, visit busy Nyaung Oo Market to see the locals as they complete their daily shopping, strolling through the market stalls offering local produce, traditional clothing, and woven bamboo baskets. You will also see women selling thanaka bark, which is ground and mixed with water to create the yellow paste that women and girls wear painted on their cheeks and face as a decorative and cosmetic cream. Afterward, you'll learn about the making of Bagan's most famous food, 'Pone Yay Gyi' at a local shop. This black paste is made from soy beans and you'll get to see how it's made, from the raw soy beans through to the finished product. Try out the popular dish of Pone Yay Gyi salad here, where onion, dry shrimp, green chilli and peanut oil are added to the paste. Lunch at Sanon Restaurant.
In the afternoon, visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon Pagoda, a huge gilded zedi built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, Gu Byauk Gyi, a 13th century temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes, and the immediately recognizable Ananda Temple; one of the finest and largest temples with its 170 ft shimmering gold spire and four huge standing-Buddha images and numerous seated figures arranged around the interior gallery. Later, a visit to a lacquer craftsman's workshop in nearby Myingaba village. Sightseeing continues with visits to Manuha Temple, built in Mon style in 1059, Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument that is said to have been the palace of King Manuha and Myingaba Gu Byuk Kyi Temple, noted for its ancient mural paintings. Observe a sunset in the vicinity of Bagan's ancient monuments. Dinner at local home.
Accommodation at Thiripyisaya Sanctuary Resort (Deluxe River View Room) or similar, in Bagan.
Optional morning program: Diethelm Travel is offering a unique opportunity to see the ancient city of Bagan from a different perspective. With 'Balloons Over Bagan' you get a magnificent birds-eye view of thousand year-old pagodas, temples and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. The champagne flights at sunrise last just under one hour and take off daily from October through March. The balloon is guided by gentle winds not exceeding 24 km/h. Eight passengers plus a pilot fit into the balloon's basket.

Today, you will learn how to cook Myanmar dishes at Acacia Cooking Class where you will enjoy your own cooking of authentic Myanmar food.
An afternoon excursion to the nostalgic Nat Htaung Kyaung, a monastery famous for woodcarvings, built in 1781 by a group of monks. Admire the monastery's collection of ancient Buddha statues and lacquer boxes. In the late afternoon you are transferred from your hotel to the jetty where you board a private wooden boat. Travel 30 minutes upstream, turning to glide downriver while watching the sun lower towards the horizon and set peacefully over the Ayeyarwady River. A drinks and light snacks will be served on board. Dinner at Aye Yeik Thar Yar Restaurant.
Accommodation at Thiripyisaya Sanctuary Resort (Deluxe River View Room) or similar, in Bagan.
Transfer to Bagan Airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Mandalay, a highlight of which is the Mahamuni Pagoda, home to a spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves. Mandalay's cottage industries, such as gold leaf being beaten into wafer thin pieces and famous Mandalay Htoe Mont & Hla Mont making. Take a break from sightseeing to discover another uniquely Burmese culinary treat: Le Phet Thoke. We will stop at Min Thiha tea shop, which is a popular tea house in Mandalay serving two of the city's most famous dishes: Mandalay Monte and Khotaung Monte. Tea houses in Mandalay are always full with local people; it is a place not only for having tea, but also for socializing as well as doing business. For example, a car or real estate broker will sit at the tea shop for whole day long in hopes of finding potential new customers. Enjoy this typical Mandalay atmosphere while you are having lunch.
In the afternoon, you'll take a trishaw ride to Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the Theravada Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 729 marble slabs, giving rise to its nickname 'the world's largest book'. Next visit beautiful teak-carved Shwenandaw Monastery, the only Royal Palace building to survive World War II bombing. Atop Mandalay Hill lie glittering glass-studded temple walls which reflect the evening glow as you watch the sunset.
Dinner and accommodation at Mandalay Hill Resort (Deluxe Mandalay Hill View) or similar, in Mandalay.
From Mandalay, drive towards the former royal capital of Innwa (Ava) located on an island between the Ayeyarwady and the Myitnge Rivers. A local ferry carries you to the island where your horse cart and driver await you - no cars are allowed here. Pass through the ancient city walls to visit the brick and stucco monastery of Maha Aungmye Bonzan (also known as Ok Kyaung) before continuing to the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung. If time permits, visit some village homes to see local handicrafts such as silk weaving, cane mats and alms bowls. Lunch at Small River Restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit picturesque Sagaing, perhaps the living centre of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. The hills here are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Continue to Amarapura, to visit to Shan Kalay Kyun Village, located south west of Mandalay on an island. Walking around the village, we can observe the famers and fishermen's way of life, the seasonal farming plots where they grow peanuts, corn, water melon, cucumber and many other vegetables. Take a sunset stroll on U Bein Bridge, which at over a kilometre is believed to be the longest teak bridge in the world. Return to your hotel in Mandalay. Dinner at Daung Lann Gyi Restaurant.
Accommodation at Mandalay Hill Resort (Deluxe Mandalay Hill View) or similar, in Mandalay.
Drive up into the hills from Mandalay (80 Km, about 2 hours) for a full day visit of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), a former British hill station. Visit the local market, where you might see locally-grown fresh strawberries and other vegetables, originally introduced for cultivation by homesick colonials. Drive through the charming town in a horse-drawn 'stage coach', giving you the chance to admire the colonial-era red brick and half-timbered houses, complete with English-style gables, turrets and chimneys. The tall steeple of All Saints Anglican Church, founded in 1912, is a local landmark. Also visit the large and colorful Chan Tak Buddhist Temple, built by Yunnan immigrants to the town. Lunch at Indian Restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit the tiny Forestry Museum (if open) and the National Botanical Kandawgyi Gardens, which were laid out by Sir Harcourt Butler, a former Governor of Burma - the flower beds are similar to those you would find in an English country garden! Take a short 'jungle' walk on a wooden path leading through rainforest trees. Make a teak break stop at Golden Triangle caf'e9 & bakery before returning to hotel. Dinner Feel Restaurant.
Accommodation at Aureum Governor House (Presidential Suite) or similar, Pyin Oo Lwin
Morning Hiking around Pyin Oo Lwin.
Drive approximately 50 minutes from Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) to Banbawe village, on the road towards Naung Pain and Hsipaw. Turn off onto a dirt track for 10 minutes to start your walk from the village of Kyu Inn, an area rarely visited by tourists, despite its proximity to Maymyo. Here you'll have a great opportunity to see and experience rural life unchanged over centuries. Walk for approximately 2-2'bd hours on gently undulating paths through the two farming villages of Kyu Inn and Inn-wine, and the village of Htone Kone, where the villagers make lime by baking limestone in kilns. The villagers are mostly Shans with a few Burmese whose seasonal crops include rice, sunflower, maize, sugar cane and pigeon beans. At the end of the hike, there is an optional steep scramble down to Inn-wine waterfall, surrounded by dense jungle. Climb back up to the track, where the car is waiting to drive you back to Maymyo. Lunch at Pan Taw Win Restaurant.
On the way back to Mandalay, stop at a At a locally owned winery in Pyin Oo Lwin called Ngwe Nan Taw (Silver Palace Wine), where the winemaker takes a rather experimental route by producing damson wine. Damson is a stone fruit which resembles a plum and the resulting wine has a higher level of acidity than grape wines. Arrive Mandalay and transfer to your hotel. Dinner at Bistro @ 82 Restaurant.
Accommodation at Mandalay Hill Resort (Deluxe Mandalay Hill View) or similar, in Mandalay.
Transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight to Heho. Arrive Heho airport and drive to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake, stopping on the way to visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery. Leave Nyaung Shwe and board your own local boat to take you to visit to the village until you reach to the Hidden Intha Village House where you can enjoy a walk in a luxuriant bamboo forest on the waterside of a clear stream. You will be welcomed by house owners at this lively house and experience the traditional dining.
After lunch, the boat will take you to the hotel on the lake. This afternoon, enjoy boat trip on Inle Lake - a photographer's dream. Its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic hills provide the perfect backdrop. See the lake's unique 'leg rowers' - Intha fishermen who row standing up with one leg wrapped around a single oar, leaving their hands free to manipulate the conical fishing net. Stop at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State.
Visit a traditional silk-weaving workshop which uses wooden handlooms, and a blacksmith's forge. Pass endless floating gardens, where Intha lake dwellers grow fruit and vegetables. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest on the lake, where you can see exquisite Buddha statues which are more than 200 years old. Return to hotel.
Dinner and accommodation at Inle Princess Resort (Lake House) or similar, in Inle Lake
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Inle Heritage House around 10:00. Upon arrival, guests will receive welcome drink (Shan tea, fresh juices). The staffs will then show the guests the cooking area. Next the chef of the Inle Heritage House will present you the menu, give details about the class, ingredients and cooking methods. After this introduction, they will show you their vegetable gardens and pick the ingredients for the meal. Back to the kitchen, clean the vegetables and start cooking, with step-by-step demonstration of the chef. As soon as dessert is ready, you can sit down and enjoy the meal you just cooked yourself.
In the afternoon, travel by long-tailed boat across the lake to Indaing, at the western end of Inle, for one of the most scenic trips on the Lake. Passing through the busy village of Ywama, the largest on the Lake, with many channels and tall teak houses on stilts; enter a long, often tree-lined canal, either side of which farmers cultivate their land against the backdrop of the Shan Hills. Disembark at the jetty and walk for 15 minutes through Indaing village to reach the 14th - 18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak. Many pagodas here remain charmingly unrenovated, with plants and even small trees growing out of them, making the area very atmospheric. A covered walkway popular with souvenir stallholders leads up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather-beaten 17th - 18th century zedi; some newly reconstructed. Returning to the river you have the possibility of walking along a lovely shady path for 30 minutes to the Intha village of Sema. From here continue by boat downstream past Yethar village, watching local life on the banks and birds in the trees until rejoining the Lake near Phaung Daw Oo Paya.
Dinner and accommodation at Inle Princess Resort (Lake House) or similar, in Inle Lake
Transfer to Heho Airport (25 km - 1 hour). Return domestic flight to Yangon. Lunch at Aung Thukha Restaurant; enjoy an authentic Myanmar food at a typical local restaurant. Very busy place with many kind of delicious dishes are displayed. No menu but you can just point out what you want to eat.
Balance of the day at leisure to pursue individual interests. The Diethelm Travel tour guide and car remain at the clients' disposal for further sightseeing or shopping. Until 1800hrs within city area. Dinner at Le Planteur Restaurant.
Accommodation at Belmond Governor's Residence (Deluxe Garden View) or similar, in Yangon.
Transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure flight back home.

includes

Our tour prices are included of:

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch and D= Dinner)
  • All fees for cooking classes
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides
  • Boat trips in Inle Lake as specified
  • Horse carts fees
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


excludes

Not included are:

  • Domestic airfare (Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Heho-Yangon)
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Optional Balloon flight at sunrise in Bagan
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Peak season in general is between 15 December to 15 January and 13-17 April
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

notes

Notes:

  • Hotel prices for packages are quoted bases on hotels as mentioned or similar. Higher or lower categories can be requested and the price will be adjusted. The hotels featured in the package tour are subject to availabilities at the time of booking.
  • Meals at respective hotels are also included in the hotel prices if the itineraries mention lunch or dinner at hotel.
  • Additional charges during Festive Season: Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.
  • Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.
  • All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking. Nonrefundable deposits may be required.
  • Domestic airfares are quoted separately and subject to change in case of increases imposed by the airlines (ie. taxes, fuel costs, etc.).
  • There are 8 different airlines operating on the domestic route in Myanmar. Each company has slight different airfares and this pricelist is based on average airfare. Diethelm Travel will book the most convenient and direct routing. The final price can be confirmed once the tickets are booked and issued depending on available booking class and seat availability.







Tour code: MMR12CUL

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