MYANMAR – Incentive – 6 Days / 5 Nights

 

Day 1: Yangon
Upon arrival in Yangon International airport, you will be welcomed by your English-speaking guide and will then be taken to the restaurant for lunch.
You will then check in in your hotel. After that, you will be taken downtown and start your tour on Mahabandola Road where the Immanuel Baptist Church, originally built in 1830, is located. Continue east passing a couple of alleyways crammed with food stalls and markets. Turn right onto Pansodan Street with its many stalls selling second-hand and photocopied books. You will pass the High Court Building, the grand Inland Water Transport offices and even grander Myanmar Port Authority building until you’ll reach Strand Road. You will finally head out to the famous Shwedagon pagoda, a must-see in Yangon.

Option: Oil lamp ceremony at Shwedagon pagoda
At the end of Shwedagon visit, create a memorable evening with a beautiful ceremony Illumination 1000 oil lamps. Offering oil lamps upon Shwedagon’s platform is a distinguished event that is steeped in the Buddhist belief in earning merit through performing good deeds. A typical ceremony begins with the local monks chanting “sutras”, a blessing that bestows a lifetime of good health and happiness.

Meals included: Lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

Note: Hotel rooms will be available after 14:00

 

Day 2: Yangon – Inle Lake
In the early morning, you will be taken to the airport for the flight to Heho. From Heho you will experience a lovely scenic drive (32 kilometers – 1 hour) to Nyaung Shwe, gateway village to Inle Lake. Upon reaching the edge of the lake, you will board a private motorboat and begin heading out onto Inle Lake where your hotel is located. You will pass several villages that are built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Then, a 1-hour boat ride down a small canal will take you to the Pa-Oh village of Indein, positioned on the western shores of Inle Lake. The Indein Pagoda complex is undoubtedly one of the most amazing sites around the shore of the lake and it consists of hundreds of small stupas overrun by moss and greenery.

Option: Lunch at Private Intha House. Privatization only for the group.

You will then be back at your hotel for check-in and free time at your leisure until dinner.

Option: Shan-themed dinner with night market. Traditional dance of Shan and Pa-Oh during dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

 

Day 3: Inle Lake – Bagan
You will visit the 5-day market on Inle Lake. The position of the market changes each day to another village and is visited every day by the locals of the lake, as well as ethnic minorities from the surrounding villages and mountain regions where their wares come from. You will stop at the weaving village Inpawkhone, which is known for its silk weavings with lotus stalks across the country.

Option: Witness the incredible spectacle of long-tail boats being rowed by dozens of oarsmen who use remarkable balance to stand and steer the boat by using their legs. This event traditionally occurs only once a year but is specially arranged in the middle of the lake for the group to witness.

You will then travel back to Nyaung Shwe, and then to Heho airport where you will take a flight to Bagan via Mandalay. Upon your arrival in Bagan, you will be taken to the hotel for check-in.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

Note: the market is open every day, except on new moon and full moon days

 

Day 4: Bagan
The morning will start off with an exciting hot-air balloon ride above the Bagan countryside. You will observe one-of-a-kind views when the sun will begin to rise over the Irrawaddy River and various stupas in the region.

Option: Breakfast at a small monastery (max. 30 pax)
After a short drive you will reach a small monastery in the middle of nature for a cup of coffee or tea and a small breakfast to admire a breathtaking sunrise over the temples of Bagan.

You will then travel back to your hotel for some free time until lunch.
In the afternoon, learn more about the local culture with a visit to two workshops producing Bagan’s most famous products – lacquer ware and wood crafts. Watch in amazement as the skilled craftsmen use traditional techniques passed down through generations. From there you will journey on by horse cart for an excursion that passes Thatbyinnyu, the tallest temple in Bagan and the gigantic Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork, among others. Take pleasure in an extraordinary sunset from the upper terrace of one of the surrounding temples.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

Note: The hot air balloon ride is only available from October to March; in case of cancellation on spot due to unfavorable weather conditions, the full amount will be refunded

 

Day 5: Bagan
Enjoy a half-day excursion by e-bike, battery-powered scooters that are a quiet, non-polluting way to explore the plains of Bagan. No pedaling will be required, which makes this adventure less strenuous than a regular biking tour yet still will give the freedom to enjoy the sites at a slower pace. After getting accustomed to the bikes accelerator and brakes, set off through the temple plains. Visit a selection of historic architectural monuments and pass through villages and farms not easily accessible by car or bus.

Option: Food donation to the monks

After lunch, you will enjoy some free time at the hotel during the hottest hours in Bagan. Then embark for a 20 to 30-minute cruise along the Irrawaddy River, which will allow you to experience the stunning sight of Bagan’s temples. After the short cruise, cocktails and snacks will be served on a sandbank located right in the middle of the River.

Option: Chin Lone (Traditional Cane Ball Game) demonstration by local players
Watch a game of traditional cane ball, known as Chin Lone in Burmese. Two teams of 3 players will compete, using their feet and bodies to volley a rattan ball over a net. The coordination and precision of the Chin Lone players are incredible and guests will be welcome to join in the game.

After your refreshing cocktail, you will enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner. To finish the evening, a DJ will play international music. Enjoy a totally chilled and relax evening at your private cool party, with great music.

Option: Launch your sky lantern

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

 

Day 6: Bagan – Yangon
You will be taken to Thandwe airport for a flight to Yangon. Upon your arrival, you will travel by bus from the airport to a hidden train station. Embark upon the local “Circular Train”, which runs from/to Yangon’s Central Station to/from Insein station. The slowly travelling train will give you a unique opportunity to observe the lively and colorful life of the rural Burmese people. After around 35 minutes in the train, you will disembark at another hidden station and head out to the Bogyoke Market, better known under the name of “Scott Market”. Take some time to stroll through the stalls filled with handicrafts and do your last minute shopping.
You will then have free time at your leisure until your return flight.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Note: The Scott Market is closed on Mondays and during the holidays

Option: Beach stay extension
Ngapali is the perfect beach break – stretching as far as the eye can see, the beach’s white sandy coastline is truly a tropical paradise. Spend your days lazing under palm trees, swimming in the pristine waters of the Bay of Bengal or discovering nearby islands by boat. The white sands are soft and, even at peak season, you will not have trouble finding a quiet stretch of beach. With its westward facing orientation, Ngapali Beach is also home to some of the most spectacular sunsets in Asia. If you are seeking a change of pace and a relaxing end to your Myanmar holiday, then Ngapali Beach is the ideal solution.