Myanmar

7-Day Reliving The Burmese Colonial Days

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 7 Days

tour highlights

  • Colonial heritage walking tour in downtown Yangon
  • Observing the finest architecture at Salay Yokesone Monastery
  • Stay with Lei Thar Gone family in Yenanchung and help the children in need
  • Witnessing the oil installation and learning about the old stories of Chauk and Yenangyaung

tour details

This specially designed tour is an excellent opportunity to explore the ancient city Bagan and its surrounding to get the authentic experience of discovering the old Burmese colonial days in upper Myanmar. Explore authentic places off the beaten track of upper Myanmar while mindfully enjoying the nature and the heritage leftovers ever since the old colonial days. Make a change with Lei Thar Gone family in Yenanchaung supporting a private school of over 100 children in need. Walking tour of the colonial heritage buildings in the bustling downtown of Yangon.

Meet on arrival at Yangon International Airport and transfer to your hotel. (Your room might not be ready for check-in; international check-in time is 14:00 hours). Lunch at Pansuriya Restaurant.
Yangon's heritage buildings are all located in the down town area: Yangon City Hall, located at the heart of the colonial-era city. Built in 1936 by Myanmar architect U Tin, it is a massive building with traditional tiered roofs, a combination of European design and engineering technology with traditional Myanmar flourishes. Nearby is the former Immigration Department. This building was designed in 1910 to be the country's most upmarket department store, Rowe & Company. With its corner tower and top-floor balconettes, the structure retains an air of its former opulence. Proceed to the High Court, a 1911 brick building designed an outstanding example of the grand Imperial style.
Continue to Strand Road, home to the three-storey former New Law Courts, built in 1931 with an imposing colonnade of Ionic columns. Next stop is the 1916 Custom House, a large building with an elegant white tower and double-faced clock above the entrance. The Art Deco period Myanmar Port Authority is noted for its imposing square corner tower, wave-inspired stuccowork, and bas-relief sculptures of sailing vessels. The former Irrawaddy Flotilla Company's graceful white building and colonnaded fa'e7ade is another landmark. Walk past the red brick General Post Office to the luxurious Strand Hotel, built in 1901 by the Sarkies brothers, Armenian hoteliers. Here you will enjoy well-earned refreshments in the Bar. After that, transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation at Savoy Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, Yangon
Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan, proceed on a sightseeing tour, starting with the busy local market at Nyaung Oo. Continue with visits to a selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon, Bagan's most important reliquary shrine - look out for images of the 37 'nats' (spirits) housed in a small hall - and Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-Inn village), a cave temple with fine frescoes of the 'Jataka Tales'. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar-style temple built in Bagan, which boasts old murals and friezes. Your visit continues to Ananda Temple, a masterpiece of Mon-style architecture with four huge standing Buddhas and an adjacent brick monastery with well-preserved 18th century murals. Stop for a photo of Bagan's tallest temple; 61 metre-high Thatbyinnyu, known as the temple of omniscience which is dating from 1144. Lunch at Teak House Restaurant.
Next visit Moe Moe Lacquer ware factory where you will learn how this delicate art is made. Sightseeing continues with visits to Manuha Temple, built in the Mon style in 1059; Nanpaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument said to have been the palace of King Manuha, and Gubyaukgyi (Myingaba) under the protection of UNESCO and noted for its ancient mural paintings. Enjoy sunset at one of the monuments along Ayeyarwady River.
Accommodation at Villa Bagan (Deluxe Room) or similar, Bagan
This morning, drive out of Bagan to its countryside. On the way before arriving into Salay, make a stop at Chauk, an old quiet town where you will see old Burma Oil installations (nodding donkeys). Witness the oil fields which is presently a major source of income for the town and get inspired by the old stories. Visit the local market in Chauk. Proceed to Salay, the area is rich in history with many beautiful British-Burma era buildings, as well as several ancient monasteries and pagodas. The rural nature of the town of Salay is a refreshing alternative to the hustle and bustle of Bagan for those seeking to explore Myanmar. Visit Yokesone Monastery, built on 154 teak posts and known for its 130-year-old beautiful wooden carvings of the Jataka Tales (stories from the Buddha's life) which decorate the outer walls. Lunch at Salay House, formerly the 1906 British-Colonial building used to be a trading company. This restored riverside warehouse is filled with antiques to recreate the flavour of this historic time period. Learn and explore how British-Burma operated with displays and information panels. After lunch a short walking tour in the village to see the houses from colonial time and also visit the U Bo Kyi's House, (the colonial house where U Bo Kyi, the donor of Salay Yokesone Monastery used to live). Continue drive towards Shin Pin Sar Kyo Pagoda built by King Nara Patisithu in the 11th century with the unique paintings in different styles of three periods (Bagan, Pinya/Inwa, Kong Baung) from 11th to 18th centuries. The temple was decorated with paintings, glass mosaic and hundreds of the teak pillars. Afterward return to your guest house.
Accommodation at Salay Riverview Inn (Deluxe Riverview Room), Salay
After breakfast, drive out of Salay all the way down to Yenanchaung, a town of oil stream in Myanmar. Yenanchaung is the fourth biggest city in Magway Division where General Aung San gathered his secondary level education. For centuries, the dominant industry in the area has been petroleum. It began as an indigenous oil industry, with hand-dug wells; from 1755 onwards, early British soldier-diplomats began to note its existence. Observe the town where you will see smiling faces everywhere. Proceed to Lei Thar Gone Guest House, sits on a hill with beautiful natural surroundings, comfortable rooms with amazing views. More than a guest house, they support the local school 'Light of Love private high school' where over 100 of children in need. Lei Thar Gone family encourages the (CBT) community based and sustainable tourism. Your stay with the family run guest house helps fund the school and makes you part of their story. Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, explore the local villages on foot. Many small villages are hidden from view but can be discovered in the immediate surroundings of Lei Thar Gone. Cottage industries of bamboo thatching and brick making thrive, there are fishermen, cattle herders and farmers on the fertile river plains. And from everywhere curious and friendly children come running to greet strangers. Enjoy the rest of the day at the cosy guest house and take your chance to enjoy the most stunning moment at Yenanchaung which is the sun falling behind those beautiful green farms.
Accommodation at Lei Thar Gone Guest House (Superior Room), Yenanchaung
This morning, visit the Light of Love Private High School (LOL), situated next to the Guest House. Be prepared: The preschool-kids will come running for you, hug you and practice their English with you. Visit to the school (closed on weekend and public holidays). Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, drive out of Yenanchaung to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar's intriguing 'nats'. The steps and path wind steeply up Mount Popa - an energetic climb rewarded by fabulous views from the top. You will see nat-shrines (spirits) at the foot of the distinct volcano of Mt. Popa and will be told different stories about the Myanmar spirits.
Accommodation at Popa Garden Resort (Deluxe with Balcony) or similar, Popa
This morning, drive back to Bagan and on the way visit the palm plantation and see the toddy palm wine and candy making workshops as well as the skilful toddy-palm climber collecting the wine on top of the tree. Upon arrival in encounter the rural farming lifestyle on your way. Visit Myingaba village by horse cart. Visit Tayoke Pyay, Payathonzu and Nandamanya Temples (noted for exquisite 13th century murals) and Kyat Kan Cave Monastery, a famous meditation centre in Bagan. Visit farming houses around Bagan. Lunch at Sanon Restaurant.
In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to the beautiful Nat Htaung Kyaung, a monastery famous for wood carvings, built in 1781 by a group of monks. Admire the monastery's collection of ancient Buddha statues and lacquer boxes. Transfer to your hotel afterwards.
Accommodation at Villa Bagan (Deluxe Room) or similar, Bagan
This morning, transfer to Nyaung U airport for domestic flight to Yangon. The tour guide and car remain at the disposal for further sightseeing or shopping until transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure flight or extend your journey.

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
  • 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-Yangon)
  • 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.
  • 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: PKMCRBCB

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