Myanmar

4-Day Pindaya Caves – Inle and Sagar Journey

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 4 Days

tour highlights

  • Admire the magnificent limestone Pindaya Caves
  • Explore the traditional cultures of various tribes throughout the region
  • Enjoy fine local food throughout the day
  • Relax amid the stunning scenery of Inle Lake, known as a truly magical place



tour details

Adventure through the hilly countryside of Pindaya before settling into the magical atmosphere of Inle Lake. Your adventure begins in the hills of the Shan Plateau, through fields of mountain rice. The Pindaya Caves are one of the first stops, with a stop at a Shan paper and parasol workshop coming soon after. Next, a short trek will take you to a traditional Danu village and a visit to a tea plantation garden to see Shan green tea produced. The next day, you’ll reach Inle Lake, known as one of the region’s most picturesque places. There, you’ll visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, stop at a boat construction workshop, and watch silk weavers at their work. The following morning, you’ll travel to Sagar and Thakong in the southern part of the lake, visiting markets and local workshops.

Transfer from Heho airport to Pindaya in your private vehicle (approximately 1 hour 45 minutes), an attractive drive up into the hills and across the Shan Plateau, through fields of mountain rice. Lunch at Green Tea Restaurant.. Visit magnificent Pindaya Caves, set in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake, where thousands of different types of Buddha images are on display in the various cave chambers. Enjoy a short trek through the hills to the village of the Danu tribe. You will pass through the farming where the Danu cultivates cheroot, tea, damsons and mangoes on the hillsides. Stroll along the village. Then, visit one of the tea plantation gardens to observe how they produce the famous Shan green tea. Enjoy green tea with snack and chat with the villagers. Afterwards, continue to local workshop where Shan paper and parasols are made. Visit the Plan Bee Beekeeping Center and discover the amazing world of beekeeping and the story for Shan honey. Each year, Shan produces around 1500 tonnes of niger honey every year and around 100 tonnes of mustard honey. Experience the feel and tastes of Myanmar honey and participate in fun workshops and activities for adults and children.
Accommodation at Inle Inn Pindaya (Bamboo Hut) or similar, Pindaya.
From Pindaya drive down into the valley to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake, and board your private local boat to take you to your hotel. Inle Lake is simply magical. At 1000 metres elevation, the temperatures are pleasant, and the calm waters are dotted with Intha stilt house villages, floating vegetable gardens and fishing canoes, set against the back drop of the beautiful Shan hills. Motorised boats are the means of transport across the lake, although the Intha people get around in traditional flat bottomed boats using a unique and skilful form of leg rowing. Lunch at Golden Kite, Nampan.
In the afternoon, we visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, home to five gold leaf-covered Buddha figures, and the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. We also visit the boat construction workshop at Nampan village and stop to see some traditional handicrafts - silk weaving on wooden handlooms in Inpawkhon village, a cheroot-maker's workshop and a blacksmith's forge. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake, where you can see exquisite Buddha statues which are more than 200 years old. Return to your hotel by boat as the sun lowers and the light softens over the lake.
Accommodation at Nyaung Shwe City Hotel, Inle Lake (Deluxe Room) or similar, Nyaung Shwe.
Continue and travel by boat via Nampan to Sagar (approximately 2'bd to 3 hours) and Thakong, a rarely visited area south of Inle Lake. Explore the 5-day rotating market (if your visit coincides with the schedule) a fascinating insight into the life-style of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha people who visit these markets to buy and sell. Then, visit Kyauktaing, a Shan village where earthenware pottery is produced. At nearby Kyainkhan visit a family who produce monk's robes made of fabric woven from thousands of lotus stems. In Thakong, observe local methods of producing alcohol fermented and extracted from bran rice. The day offers an insight into the unspoiled culture and traditional life-style of the ethnic Pa-O and Intha inhabitants around Sagar. Enjoy the beautiful landscape, trees and numerous settlements dotted on both sides of the canal. Lunch at Little Lodge of Samkar.
Late afternoon return to the hotel. (Note: During this tour, you will be exposed to a lot of sun, do carry a hat and bring along sun cream.)
Accommodation at Nyaung Shwe City Hotel, Inle Lake (Deluxe Room) or similar, Nyaung Shwe.
In the morning, transfer to Heho airport for your onward flight.

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 and L=Lunch)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides
  • Boat 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
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • 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.

Tour code: HEHDI4PIS

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