Tast the best foods of Myanmar

DELICIOUS MYNAMAR

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DELICIOUS MYNAMAR

Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights

Departure from Yangon

 

DAY 1: YANGON
DAY 2 : YANGON-BAGAN
DAY 3: BAGAN
DAY 4: BAGAN-MANDALAY
DAY 5: MANDALAY–HEHO–INLE LAKE

DAY 6 : INLE LAKE–HEHO-YANGON

DAY 7: YANGON

DAY 8: YANGON


Itinerary

Itinerary in details:

 

DAY 1: YANGON
Upon arrival, meet your guide who will transfer you to your hotel.
Formerly known as ‘Rangoon’ in its days as a British colony, the city has many fine old colonial buildings. Yangon also has a rich spiritual heritage, reminders of which are spread throughout the city in the form of temples and pagodas. After checking in, visit Sule Pagoda. Take a stroll around Mahabandoola Park’s colonial courthouse and city hall, before walking to the main colonial area and discovering its many old buildings.
Lunch will be at a local tea shop, Shwe Yi. The British introduced the practice of drinking strong tea with condensed milk and sugar over a century ago. Green tea is still drunk, often after the strong tea in order to wash it down. Try an assortment of snacks and noodles here, including rice pancakes, golden sticky rice and ‘Mohingar’, Myanmar’s national dish, rice noodles in a fish soup. Shwe Yi tea shop is famous for its Kyauk Pa Daung Palartar, which should be tried while you’re here.
After lunch, head to the Yangon River to see riverside life by the busy Mawtin Jetty. Next we’ll go to Chinatown; a great place to try out some other local foods, including meat and vegetable satays and draught Myanmar beer. Dinner is at your leisure this evening, so you can stay in Chinatown or if you prefer, your guide can recommend somewhere else.

 

DAY 2 : YANGON-BAGAN
After breakfast, take the short hop flight to Bagan. Once at Bagan meet your guide, who will take you around its wonderful scenery and architecture.
See the glittering Shwezigon Pagoda, before visiting the cave temple filled with exquisite murals at Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi. Next is more interesting craftsmanship with the fine plaster carvings of Htilominlo Temple.
For lunch we will stop at Shwe Myanmar; a popular place where visitors come mainly for the delicious curry they serve.
Visit Ananda Temple and its nearby monastery, then further explore Bagan in a horse carriage. Clopping along, you’ll pass through the village of Taungbi; see the highest temple in Bagan, Thatbyinnyu; and the enormous Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its intricate brickwork.

 

DAY 3: BAGAN
Optional hot air balloon trip over Bagan: A once in lifetime experience, take an unforgettable hot air balloon ride over the temples of Bagan at dawn. Available from October to March only, the 45minute to 1-hour flight glides over temples, stupas, villages and dependable on the wind, the Irrawaddy River.
After breakfast, we’ll go to lively Nyaung Oo Market where your guide will help you to discover the many herbs and vegetables used in Myanmar cuisine. After this, 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. Many pilgrims buy the famous paste in Bagan as a treat to take home to their families.
Next, see the making of another local specialty, Pe Chaung; a brittle bean snack. Drive on to a local village where the people make a range of products using the juice of the palm tree, including sweet molasses and wine. See the farmers as they climb the trees to collect the juice. Lunch will be prepared for you by a local family, which you can enjoy in the shade of the palm trees.
Visit a workshop next producing lacquer ware. Bagan is famous for this craft, and the skills involved are constantly being refined and passed down from generation to generation. Board a local boat next for a cruise down the Irrawaddy River. See the sun set from the river as you pass riverside villages and temples.

 

 DAY 4: BAGAN-MANDALAY
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a short flight to Mandalay.
Begin your tour with the revered Buddha image at Mahumani Pagoda. Learn more about the craftwork for which Mandalay is famous by visiting workshops and cottage industries. You’ll see gold-leaf techniques, wood carving and kalaga tapestry weaving.
Try another Burmese food now; La Phat Toke. This is a salad made from fermented tea leaves which have been mixed with salt, garlic, lime juice and green chilli. Beans, peanuts and sesame are added, along with other ingredients depending on taste, and the dish is eaten as a snack, a dessert, or even with rice as part of a main meal.
Go to a popular tea house for lunch. Tea houses are centre of social and commercial life in Myanmar, and Min Thiha Tea Shop is no exception. You can see all kinds of people here, from business people and brokers to students and families all doing their daily business or just relaxing and socializing. Try the Mandalay Monte or Khotaung Monte here.
After lunch, see the ‘World’s Biggest Book’; the 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scripture at Kuthodaw Pagoda.
Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the top of Mandalay Hill as the sun begins to set.
Your evening is free at leisure. We recommend a trip to Chapatti Corner, where people gather to enjoy the many Indian foods on offer here, such as biryani and mutton curry.

 

DAY 5: MANDALAY–HEHO–INLE LAKE

Take the short flight to Heho this morning. From here, it is a scenic one-hour drive to the village of Nyaung Shwe, the gateway to the magnificent Inle Lake.
Head out onto the lake in a private motorboat, passing floating garden houses built on stilts and the famous ‘leg-rowing’ fishermen who make their living from the lake’s plentiful supply of fish.
Visit a floating tomato garden. Meet the farmers and learn how they grow tomatoes and other plants on the lake.
Make lunch with a local Inthar family at their house next. Join them in their kitchen and learn about the ingredients and cooking of Inthar cuisine, before joining them at a traditional round table to enjoy the food.
You have a chance to see more of Myanmar’s rich craft heritage next, in a visit to the weaving village of Inpawkhone. Also visit a cheroot factory, where the cigars are still made by hand in the traditional way.

 

DAY 6 : INLE LAKE–HEHO-YANGON

After breakfast, see the lake’s lively morning market; where the community of the lake, including local hill tribes, all come to trade with each other. It’s a bustling centre of activity with many interesting sights.
Continue by boat to the northwest side of the lake and the village of Khaung Daing. The village is famous for its traditional tofu treats. You can watch as the triangular treats and fried tofu crackers are made by hand, and of course you’ll get the chance to give them a try.
Next, visit the Red Mountain Estate Vineyards and Winery, where you can try out their wines and learn how their different grape varieties are grown.
After the drive back to Nyaung Shwe, enjoy lunch at Viewpoint Restaurant, which serves some of the best Shan food in the country. Take a stop to see the beautiful Buddha images and carvings of Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, before transferring to Heho airport for your flight back to Yangon.

 

DAY 7: YANGON

Meet an experienced local chef this morning. They will take you to a local market and help you to select ingredients to be used in cooking. After the market, head to the place where your chef will teach you how to make several Myanmar dishes. Once you’ve made your dishes, you can try them out for lunch. (Note- Graceworks Myanmar Cooking Class only operates on Wednesday and Friday or by appointment (except Sunday) Min 2 Pax)
Visit Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, where locals come to pay respect to the 70 meter reclining Buddha. There are some interesting murals here depicting the life of Buddha, which your guide will be happy to tell you about. Next, visit Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered site in Myanmar. Walk around the huge complex and its 65 stupas. The central stupa is 90 meters tall and gilded with gold-leaf. See the sunset from here, overlooking the city.
Afterwards we’ll to go the green expanse of Kandawgyi Park. The park is a popular place for people to come on an evening to relax and dine at one of its many restaurants. It houses the Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge; and also a large lake with views of Shwedagon Pagoda.

 

 DAY 8: YANGON
Your day is free at leisure until you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

 


Inclusions

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels  
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Service of English speaking guides in every location
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

Exclusions

  • Domestic & international flights
  • Departure taxes if applicable
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa fees (contact us for further information)

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