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Myanmar Golden Rock Trek (Up -Hill)

Yangon - Myanmar Tours - Huong Viet TravelDay 1 – Yangon – Bago – Kyaikhto (L,D)
After breakfast, depart for Bago (1.30 hours drive), it is an ancient capital known as Ramadesa. En-route visit at Shawnyaung Bin Nat Shrine to appeal for a safe journey and allied war memorial at Htauk Kyant. After that, proceed to Bago, visit Kyaik Pun; built by King Dhamazedi, it consist of four 30 m high Buddha images, Shwemawdaw Pagoda- is said to be over 1000 years old and originally built by the Mon King. Then, visit Shwethalyaung Buddha- it is huge reclining Buddha image and longer than Buddha image at Wat Pho in Bangkok.
After lunch, commence your trip to Kyaikhto (approx. 2.30 hours drive). Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy your day leisurely and freely with some activities like swimming or soothe your skin and muscle with traditional massage.
Dinner and overnight stay at Sane Le’ Tin Garden Hotel.

Golden Rock - Myanmar Tours - Huong Viet TravelDay 2 – Kyaikhto – Golden Rock (B,L,D)
After early breakfast, drive to Saung Daing Gyi village; it is like a base camp and situated at the foot of the mountains range. You will be welcome by local area expert and porters who are travelling together with you to Golden Rock. Porters will carry your luggage, foods and necessary materials for you to be comfort and easy trek to Golden Rock. Then, follow the foot path of the hunters in the untouched and unspoiled natural dense forest; you need to cross over Dhanyin Mountain, Inner and Outer Mya Seinn Mountains and Ye Thea’ Mountain before Golden Rock. (Approx. 7-8 hours trek) Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and enjoy the magnificent over the mountain ranges.
Dinner and overnight stay at Mountain Top Hotel.

Kyaikhto - Myanmar TourDay 3 – Golden Rock – Kyaikhto (B,L,D)
Observe fantastic sunrise view at the hill top. After early breakfast, sight seeing around the Golden Rock and Street Market nearby. Then, your down hill trek begins and follow the route of old pilgrimage path to Kimpun Base Camp. Along the way, you can enjoy scenic beauties, natural forest, charming stream and water falls at Ye Myaung Gyi. (3-4 hours down hill trek)
Upon arrival, transfer to Kyaikhto for your stay at Sane Le’ Tin Garden Hotel. Enjoy your day leisurely with the activities like swimming or soothe your skin and muscle with traditional massage. Moreover, there will be a special farewell dinner and overnight at Sane Le’ Tin Garden Hotel.

Day 4 – Kyaikhto- Yangon (B,L)
After breakfast, enjoy the day freely at the hotel. After lunch, transfer back to Yangon.

Cost in US$ per person in the party (valid 30 Sep’09)

MYANMAR GOLDEN ROCK TREK (UP-HILL)

Standard

2 pax

545

3 – 4 pax

493

5 – 6 pax

408

7 – 10 pax

405

11 – 15 pax

354

Single supplement

58

Our services include:

* 3 nights accommodation in half double/twin at selected hotel category with Abf
* Meals as indicated in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
* English-speaking guide
* Porters
* Water and drinks during trek
* All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers except in Kyaikhtiyo where transfers by open non-air-conditioned vehicles
* Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program

Our services do not include:

* Other meals not indicated in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
* Entrance fees for the sites not mentioned in the program
* Drinks and Personal expenses
* Any other items not mentioned in the included services
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the constant fluctuations of the world oil prices, local suppliers are liable to raise their contract rates without notice due to fuel increases. We always do everything we can to absorb such increases, however in some cases it can be impossible for us to operate the file without incurring a loss. In such cases we reserve the right to increase our price if necessary. This will always be with a minimum advance notice of 30 days.
We apologize for any inconvenience that may arise from these conditions. However we hope your clients understand that in this increasingly uncertain world, such measures are necessary and that by guaranteeing the price with full payment in advance, they at least have some control over the cost of their holiday.

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Burma is Back

Burma or Myanmar?

Schwedagon Pagoda glows in the floodlights - Myanmar Tours - Huong Viet Travel

A lot can be read into what you choose to call the country. Burma is the historic British name, but the old ruling military junta officially renamed it Union of Myanmar in 1989. The NLD does not recognize the legitimacy of that government to have changed the name. Many countries, including the UK, continue to use Burma, viewing use of Myanmar as tacit approval of the government, whereas the UN has adopted Myanmar as it believes all member states have the right to choose their names. However, Burma is not an inclusive term, but refers to the Bamar people, ignoring the many other peoples living within the borders. However, for the most part, local people call it Myanmar.

In 2010, Myanmar received only 300,000 foreign visitors (excluding border tourists on visa runs). Contrasted with Thailand’s 14 million tourists, you could be forgiven for thinking that you are headed to an undiscovered paradise. However, visitor numbers to Burma have exploded this year, and some of the tourist infrastructure is struggling to cope, with many of the hostels fully booked. On the other hand, the bus network has rapidly improved. Direct routes now link the major tourist sights, and a new highway joins Yangon and Mandalay via the new capital of Nay pyi daw, slashing journey times. In addition, there is free transport to and from bus stations often located unhelpfully far out of town.

As in other Southeast Asian countries, your guesthouse can sell you almost anything you could want, from bus tickets and tours, to bike hire and money changing. There are also numerous agencies willing to help if you are trying to spread your spending or are looking for something specific. This makes getting around surprisingly easy, if painfully slow, and you are free to wander in the central core of the country, where Myanmar’s big sites are contained in a triangle – eight to ten hours either side of Mandalay.

Several factors generally combine to keep travelers in the central core of the country. There is little chance to dawdle as travelers are only issued one-month visas. In addition, there are stringent requirements for permits to visit outlying areas, and restrictions that make entering Burma overland from any of its neighbors almost impossible. With minorities making up a third of Myanmar’s population, but concentrated in states on its borders, there are a number of wars and insurgencies being fought at the fringes of the country. Just a few months ago, civil unrest broke out between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims for the second time this year.

Why Burma is different

Mandalay - Myanmar Tours - Huong Viet Travel

But Burma is a fascinating country and a joy to visit, in part because foreign tourists are still, at the moment, such a novelty. There is none of the hassle you get elsewhere in the region, and very little crime aimed at backpackers. This is despite the fact that with no banks that accept foreign cards, every traveler is obliged to carry all cash for their entire stay in clean, crisp, new US dollars. Keeping them pristine enough for anyone to accept is all part of the challenge, as at every transaction your money will be scrutinized for the smallest mark, nick, or tear.

Even the hawkers at tourist sites only half-heartedly offer you their wares, before switching to more interesting topics like where you come from and how old you are. People stop you in the street just to ask how you are. You wait for the ulterior motive, for the offer of a guide, to take you to a relative’s shop, or to exchange money, but it rarely comes. Often, having inquired about your country of origin, there is a nod, a flash of a smile, and then they are gone.

Until recently, almost all tourists were obliged to start and finish their visits in Yangon, as Rangoon is now known. However, Air Asia now offers an international flight direct into Mandalay three times a week, giving future travelers the option of spending their entire stay upcountry where the bulk of the sights are. This would be a shame, as Yangon is still very much worth a visit. It is home to the Shwedagon Pagoda, a thousands-of-years-old gilded stupa that shines in the bright tropical daylight. Set on a hill in the center and visible from everywhere in the city, at night it is lit up and glows like a beacon. Walking inside the enormous complex, barefoot and surrounded by shining marble and gleaming gold, you forget you are in the center of the dirt and bustle of one of the biggest cities in the country, as birds wheel overhead, monks pray, pilgrims pass, lovers stroll, and children play.

In contrast, the city of Mandalay is neither as romantic, nor as exotic as Kipling’s title would have you believe. These days it is a crowded, polluted city of a million people. The Royal Palace of the last Burmese kings burned down during WWII fighting between Britain and Japan. While there are a number of old temples and monasteries sprinkled throughout the city, its real draw, other than being at the end of the easiest and smoothest bus ride you will experience in Myanmar, are the ruined and abandoned royal capitals that surround it. Although eyebrows were raised at the junta’s decision to spend billions on the new capital, it is in line with long-held Burmese tradition for each new dynasty to build a new capital.

These periodic building booms have left a number of ruins for tourists to explore, including the temple-topped hill of Sagaing, blessed with fantastic views over the Irrawaddy River, where an entire family queued to have their photos taken with us. Further upriver, workmen and boats marshall huge cargoes of teak on its way from the highlands to the coast. Nearby, the remains of Inwa are visited by horse and carriage, as huge stone temples dot a huge area of paddy fields, the wooden houses in-between having long-since rotted away. At Amarapura, U Bein’s Bridge is the longest teak bridge in the world. As it winds its way picturesquely across the lake, it is crossed by schoolchildren and monks, while fishermen stand up to their noses in water in its shade, waiting for a bite.

Bagan

Bagan - Myanmar Tours - Huong Viet Travel

Bagan is Myanmar’s top sight. The headline story of a plain sprinkled with over four thousand temples built more than one thousand years ago would grab anyone’s attention. But don’t come here expecting another Angkor. Instead, the authorities have applied a unique philosophy to the ruins, which is to reconstruct them all as good as new. The reconstructions have received some criticism for paying no attention to original designs or  construction techniques. In such an active earthquake zone, many of the temples appear to have been little more than bare foundations when reconstruction began, but you are now confronted with newly-cemented, good-as-new temples.

The advantage this gives is an incredible view from afar at sunrise or sunset, as you look over a mist-shrouded plain studded with thousands of spires. However, up close many of the temples disappoint: instead of clambering through atmospheric ruins, you will be cycling between twenty-first century buildings.

Lake Inle

Inle Lake - Myanmar Tours - Huong Viet Travel

Lake Inle is a stunning place to be. Among the communities on the lake, it is still possible to visit ancient temples which do look their age and retain their atmosphere and mystique. But even here we saw some of these starting to be rebuilt with fresh concrete. Hiring a motor canoe in town to visit the surrounding communities is easy, as everyone has a boat and is keen to take you out. The lake fishermen are famous for their unique leg-rowing technique, allowing them the vantage point to spot fish while they row and to plunge their wicker-basket nets in to snare them.

While many of these villages are heavily-geared to the tourist trade, they also afford the opportunity to meet Shan and Pa-Oh people who come to the markets to trade. Lake tours invariably involve trips to various factories and “shopping opportunities,” but in contrast to other countries, there is no pressure to buy. For once being afforded the time to actually watch the manufacturing processes of lacquerware, gold leaf, silk, carvings, paper umbrellas, and boatbuilders without being hurried through to the inevitable shop, it was a very interesting experience, and a relief not to have to fend off the heavy sales techniques prevalent elsewhere in Asia.

The food at Inle is incredible. I enjoyed freshly-caught lake fish every day, be it grilled, stuffed, curried, or smoked. There is also a local Myanmar vineyard that is a popular cycle ride away, as well as hot springs and picturesque teakwood-temples to keep you interested away from the lake. Inle is the perfect place to relax before braving the overnight bus back to Yangon.

Burma is a fascinating country. Its turnaround has been startlingly fast: expect to see Aung San Suu Kyi’s face adorning everything from carrier bags to t-shirts. As more and more travelers tag it onto their Southeast Asian trips, expect visitor numbers to go through the roof. But If you do decide to visit, be aware of the implications of your trip, and try to be careful where you spend your money. Having been closeted from the outside world for so long, people seem genuinely happy to see a foreigner and are pleased for the opportunity for their views to be heard. In terms of politics and freedoms, Myanmar still has a long way to go, but if it’s on your list, now is the time.

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A Moment Of Vietnam & Cambodia

Day 1: ARRIVAL – HO CHI MINH CITY (-/-/-) Saigon city
Upon arrival, you will be welcome by our guide & driver at airport then driven to your hotel for the check-in.
The rest of time, you will be free on your own to refresh after a long flight.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: HALF-DAY OF SIGHTSEEING + CU CHI TUNNELS (B/-/-)
In the morning, after having breakfast you will be picked up at hotel then take a half-day of city tour around Ho Chi Minh City with visits of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office, a lacquer-ware factory, and the bustling Chinatown with Binh Tay Market, Thien Hau Pagoda is not be missed as well.
Cu Chi tunnelIn the afternoon, you will be transferred about 30km north-west of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi town. Cu Chi tunnels were used as the base from which the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968. The Cu Chi Tunnels consist of more than 200km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels, the tunnels are between 0.5 to 1m wide, just enough for a person to crawl along.
Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3: FULL-DAY TO MY THO + BEN TRE (B/L/-) Mekong
In the morning, you will be transferred to My Tho, take a boat trip downstream to Ben Tre through floating market, where you have the opportunities to meet the locals there to learn about their daily life in Mekong Delta then take an outlook of natural sceneries along banks of river with coconut candy mill, fruit gardens followed by fruit tasting, rice paper mill… Biking or sitting on horse carriage to weave around the zigzag village roads. Later on, we will enjoy a lunch served at a local restaurant on island with local specialty of “Deep fried Elephant – Eared fish”. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 4: HO CHI MINH CITY – PHNOM PENH (B/-/-)
At leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for departure flight to Phnom Penh.
PhnomPhenhUpon arrival at Phnom Penh Airport by morning flight, you will be welcome by our friendly tour guide then accompany you to the hotel. The capital city of Phnom Penh was once considered the loveliest city of Indochina. Despite its recent turbulent history, it still maintains considerable charm. A city tour acquaints us with some major sights of Phnom Penh. This morning start visit Wat Phnom (rebuild in 1434, 1806, 1894 and 1926), a small hill crowned by an active Wat (Pagoda) marks the legendary founding place of the Phnom Penh. Then visit Yeay Penh’s statue (grand mother Penh) at southwest of the hills, who found four statues of the Buddha and she was build a hill or Phnom in AD 1372 for placed a shrine on top to the house the precious artifacts. The Victory Monument, build in 1955, it is the symbolize Cambodian Independence regained from French colonialism in 1953. Then visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21 prison). This prison was a high school, and used as a prison by Pol Pot’s security forces and became the largest center for detention and torture during the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Lunch at local restaurant on your own.

PM: In the afternoon, visit National Museum, it was build in 1917and designed in Khmer style by famed French architect Georges Groslier & Ecole Des Arts. The museum has a good collection of Khmer sculptures dating from the pre-Angkor period (4th centuries) to post-Angkor period (14th centuries). Then visit Royal Palace; built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, Silver Pagoda, Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. When you exit from the Royal Palaces, Then continue your visit to the riverfront, it is the most popular place for the tourist. The view of the confluence of Mekong and Tonle Sap River is the geographically unique.
O/N at hotel.

Day 5: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel
AM: Visit the notorious Killing Fields ” Choeung Ek” 15km southwest of Phnom Penh. This one is the site of brutal executions of more than 17,000 individuals, most of whom first suffered through interrogations, torture and deprivation in Toul Sleng Prison during Pol Pot regime (From 1975–1979). Then return back on the way drop and visit to the handicraft shop, spa and vocational training restaurant. This place was created in 1996 by Pour un Sourire d’ Enfant (PSE) http://www.pse.asso.fr. Is the NGO that aims to rescue Cambodian children who are forced to scavenge through the rubbish dumps to survive, especially around Steung Mean Chey garbage dump in Phnom Penh. Today we prefer you to have your own lunch over there.

Angkor WattPM: Visit Central Market (Phsar Thom Thmei), the distinctive art-deco styling of this market makes it stand out among the architecture of Phnom Penh, where you can shop for souvenirs, clothes, jewelry, silver products, then transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for short flight to Siem Reap. On arrival met and transfer to hotel for check in. The town of Siem Reap is our base for visiting the world famous temples of the ancient city Angkor, which is home for the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire dating from 802 AD to 1350 AD. This stunning and extensive site sprawls through the dense jungle, over an area of 60 square miles
O/N at Siem Reap

Day 6: SIEM REAP (B/-/-)
(Optional tour to view sunrise at early morning will be paid by yourself)
Breakfast at hotel
AM: Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch at local restaurant on your own.

PM: Visit Angkor National Museum & to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology, visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sun set view form Bakheng Hills. Dinner and enjoy with Aspara Dance Show at local restaurant, O/N at Siem Reap.
(Optional tour with either elephant or balloon riding will be paid by yourself)
O/N at hotel.

Day 7: SIEM REAP – Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast hotel
AM: Visit Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, built in late 12th century C.E. the most distant temple on the grand circuit, small but classic. Preah Khan temple, Built by the King Jayavarman VII. Lunch at local restaurant on your own.

PM: Visit the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang (“The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Ta Keo, constructed in late 10th early 11th century C.E, the first temple to be constructed wholly of sandstone. Then transfer to Siem Reap Airport for departure to next destination by evening flight.

INCLUDING:
– Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
– Domestic air-ticket: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap.
– Accommodation in hotels (shared twin room)
– Meals as indicated: B = breakfast, L = lunch or D = Dinner
– English or French speaking guide
– Entrance fee to indicated sights
– Boat trip in Mekong

EXCLUDING: International flight (Ho Chi Minh – Phnom Penh), Other meals, tip, drinks, airport tax, single room, personal expenses, insurance…

Cost in US$ per person in the party (valid     30 Sep’12)

A MOMENT OF VIETNAM & CAMBODIA

Standard

First

Superior

2 pax

    653     702     891

3 – 6 pax

    597     646     831

7 -10 pax

    492     540     736

11 – 14 pax

    458     501     692

15 – 19 Paxs

    445     495     696

20 – Upwards

    429     478     671

Single supplement

    125     170     352

Full board supplement

    150     150     150

NOTES:
– FOC means Free Of Charge applied to the tour leader escorting the group of 15 people & onwards.
– Standard Class is applied to 2-star hotels
– First Class is applied to 3-star hotels
– Superior Class is applied to 4-star hotels
– Deluxe Class is applied to 5-star hotels

NOTE: The supplement for the current airfare (Ho Chi Minh – Phnom Penh) is US$ 175/person (This airfare could be changed at the time of booking or issuance without prior notices)

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The Lost City Of Mrauk U Tour

 Overview

maraukIn 1431, King Min Saw Mon established as the capital of the last unified Arakanese Kingdom. An important trading port with links to Portugal, the Netherlands, Arabia, Persia and India, the city eventually reached a size of 120,000 in the mid sixteenth century.

The city offers the visitor many chances to study the cultural and a proud heritage handed down to the present day Rakhine generation by their forefathers. Mrauk U can rightfully be claimed as the “Open-air Museum” of the arts and culture of the people of Rakhine.

Starting from Sittwe, capital of the Rakhine state, you will uncover the traditional local lifestyles in this town that is located at the mouth of the Kaladan River by the Bay of Bengal. Often overlooked as a convenient stopping point for Mrauk U, Sittwe will reward you with visions of a colorful hinterland seaport with abundance of fish and crops.

Cruising upstream along the Kaladan River on a private boat, you will arrive at Mrauk U archaeological park. The ancient city is now deserted but the ruined temples form an impressive and extensive stone record of a kingdom once one of the most important and powerful in the Indian Ocean.

The most impressive of these historical edifices is the Shitthaung Temple, a fortress-like temple known for its labyrinth of tunnels while the Andawthein Ordination Hall, Ratanabon Pagoda, Dukkhanthein and Laymyetnha are other sites of cultural and archaeological value. A return boat journey via Kaladan River will bring you back to Sittwe.

ITINERARY

yangon-bigDay 1 – YANGON – SITTWE (L,D)
Upon your arrival in Sittwe from Yangon, we will bring you to Noble Hotel. In Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state, you will explore a city with a mixture of Indian and Southeast Asian influences by the Bay of Bengal. Marvel at the many varieties of fish sold at the lively fish market and deepen your understanding of Rakhine culture at the Cultural Museum.
Overnight in Sittwe.

Day 2 – SITTWEMRAUK U (B,L)
Following breakfast, cruise upstream along Kaladan River on boat trip to Mrauk U, a major archaeological site in Myanmar. Arriving in
Mrauk U at midday, you will witness the former grandiose of this ancient town, famed as Myanmar’s second eminent temple site after Bagan, during your visits to Koethaung Temple, Pitakataik Library, Laungbanpyauk Pagoda, Yadana Mannaung and Sakaya Mannaung Pagodas.
Overnight in Mrauk U.

sittwe_towerDay 3 – MRAUK U (B,L,D)
Today, after enjoying the sunrise over the misty hills of
Mrauk U, we will bring you to experience the local lifestyles at the market before exploring the ruins of the Royal Palace and Archaeological Museum. Observe the exemplary skills and art display in Mrauk U’s most significant monument – Shitthaung Temple, which contains a remarkable collection of Arakanese Buddha images and relief in its maze-like and fortress-like layout. Further your understanding of Mrauk U’s history by exploring the unique stone carvings in the multi-spire Andawthein Ordination Hall, the circular Ratanabon Pagoda, vaulted passages with impressive stone sculptures in the huge fortress-like temple of Dukkhanthein and the first erected pagoda at Laymyetnha.
Overnight in Mrauk U.

Day 4 – MRAUK U – SITTWE – YANGON (B,L)
Today, we will head back to Sittwe on a ferry speedboat (or chartered local boat) along the Kaladan River. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant in Sittwe before transferring to Sittwe Airport for your flight to Yangon.

Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.

RATES AND CONDITIONS

ACCOMMODATION

DELUXE OPTION

City Hotel Room Category
Sittwe Noble Hotel Superior (Standard class category)
Mrauk U

Mrauk U Princess

Village House (Deluxe category)

STANDARD OPTION

City Hotel Room Category
Sittwe Noble Hotel Standard
Mrauk U Nawarat Hotel

Superior

Pricing sheet: in US$ per person
(Rates are valid 1 October 2010 – 30 Apr 2011)

Hotel

Category

1 2 3-4 5-6 7-10 11 -15 Single Supplement
DELUXE 1965 1175 1010 825 785 725 150
Standard 1720 1030 869 685 645 588 45

 Note: Package based on service of 1 English speaking guide throughout trip, except for base 1 pax (different guide at each place).

Supplement guide other languages:

Language Supplement per group program ( US$ per package)
French /German / Italian / Spanish     80
Russian 140  / package (2-10 pax)
Russian 180 package (11 & up pax)

Remark: The above mentioned supplement for language guide apply starting from 2pax traveling. For 1 pax, TBA on adhoc basis.

Our The Lost City of Mrauk U Tour includes:
– 3 nights accommodation on half twin room basis with daily breakfast
Service of an English-speaking guide throughout the trip (from Yangon to Yangon)
Meals as mentioned
All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles where available with drivers
Fees for local chartered boat from Sittwe – Mrauk U
Fees for local ferry speedboat from Mrauk U – Sittwe (or local chartered boat)
Entrance fees for visits mentioned

Our The Lost of Mrauk U Tour excludes:
International ticket to/from Yangon
International Airfare – Click here for rates
Domestic flights RGN-AKY-RGN including insurance surcharges & current fuel surcharge
Drinks and personal expenses
Tips for porters at the hotels
Other services not clearly indicated in the Inclusion Package above edule changes. We thank you for your understanding.

Creating Unique Touring Experiences
All the touring itineraries on this website have been carefully crafted by our in-country management teams and represent a series of experiences we can certainly recommend. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveler. Our consultants are waiting to hear from you so that we can tailor or custom design a Myanmar tour to your individual specifications.

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR MYANMAR: 

1.         Please note that credit cards and traveler cheques are not accepted in Myanmar and that visitors must be bring sufficient cash (best in US Dollars, but Euros also increasingly accepted) to change and make any purchases and payments. Please bring new US Dollar bills (“big heads” instead of “small heads”) and with series numbers not starting with CB as these are not accepted in Myanmar due to rumours these series are counterfeit.
2.         Furthermore please inform passengers that they should NOT change money at the exchange booth at the airport just after immigration, as the market rate in town is MUCH better.
3.         A surcharge might apply for peak season dates (Water Festival 12-18 April, X?Mas, New Year, etc.
4.         Travelers to Myanmar are required to have a travel insurance covering the cost of medical evacuation flights.
5.         Visas are required by all visitors to Myanmar. A visa must be obtained before entering Myanmar or On Arrival Visa is available at all international airports (Yangon & Mandalay). The visa application form is also available at all international airline linked with Myanmar or on-line. To apply on arrival visa, one must have 2 passport photo (4×6 cm) taken within last 6 months and passport must be valid 6 months after arrival date. For more detail information, please contact
Sales@huongviettravel.com 
6.         The schedules of domestic flights in Myanmar are provided as an indication only. Once a booking is confirmed we can provide more precise timings, but these remain nevertheless subject to change without notice by the airlines until traveling date. It might therefore in some cases be necessary to amend your program and itinerary due to such schedule changes. We thank you for your understanding.

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A first-timer’s guide to Myanmar

Things are changing rapidly in Myanmar (Burma), politically and for tourists, so it’s an exciting time to visit. But information can be difficult to access once inside the country, so it really pays to research beforehand. As Myanmar struggles to meet demand by would-be tourists, two travellers share the benefit of their recent experience in this enchanting country

First impressions

On leaving Yangon’s modern-looking airport, it quickly becomes apparent that Myanmar’s largest city is quite unlike anywhere else we’ve visited in Southeast Asia. Ancient cars, designed for the left-hand side of the road, are driven on the right. Taxi drivers’ lips and gums are stained red by chewing betel leaves. Periodically, they wind down the window (if there is one) to spit large quantities into the gutter.

Motorbikes are banned in Yangon, and outside rush-hour, the streets can seem eerily quiet, especially when walking by huge buildings deserted by the military government when they relocated to Naypyitaw, 200 miles to the north. Aside from this, it seems little has changed in Yangon in the last half-century. There are few brands that a foreign visitor would recognise, no ATMs they can use, and English is not widely spoken or understood.

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In several of the conversations we did have, throughout Myanmar we had the surprising experience of being enthusiastically thanked for visiting the country. Independent travel is easy to organise and it’s what most younger visitors – usually couples in their late 20s or 30s – opt for. It also puts money in the pockets of local people: guest house receptionists, tea shop waiting staff and bus drivers.

Travelling around Myanmar

Buses between the main tourist destinations typically leave dusty out-of-town stations (access by cheap taxi) with useful regularity. It’s helpful to book tickets a day or so in advance – the buses usually travel fully laden. Numerous independent travel agents and even guesthouses can help with this. The journeys can be long – 12 or more hours between Inle Lake and Yangon – but are perhaps shorter than you may be told. We arrived three hours early on two occasions (a mixed blessing when scheduled to arrive at 6.30am).

Buddhist temples and monasteries dominate Myanmar’s cities and countryside, architecturally, spiritually and culturally. You won’t want to miss Shwe (‘Golden’) Dagon in Yangon, Bagan’s scarcely believable number of temples or the three old capitals near smoggy Mandalay. Equally, the serenity of Inle Lake, with its unique leg-paddlers and much more, must be experienced.

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It’s not difficult to get off the beaten track, even in popular areas. Arguably the best way to experience Bagan is to do so independently, following one’s instincts. Hire a bike or even horse and cart and venture down quiet sandy lanes, and have an ancient temple all to oneself. In Inwa, near Mandalay, we made our own way on foot through fields and villages, discovering abandoned temples, chuckling locals and rural life. If trekking for three days through villages and farmland to Inle Lake isn’t challenging enough for you, consider the less explored countryside around Hsipaw to the north.

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Where to stay and how to pay

Accommodation prices are on the rise, by up to 50% since our guide’s publication three months earlier. But Myanmar is still a very affordable place to visit. Food, drink and travel are inexpensive. It’s possible to enjoy Myanmar on US$30 a day. The cost of relaxing at Ngapali Beach is significantly higher.

In the peak January to February season, we heard it’s necessary to book accommodation a couple of days in advance. In March, which traditionally sees slightly fewer tourists, we had no trouble organising accommodation on the day, although we did encounter several fully-booked guesthouses and hotels. If your choice of accommodation is important to you, book ahead, preferably by phone. (Most don’t have email.)

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Don’t bother trying your foreign SIM card either; it won’t work. You can call from your guesthouse lobby, or from a ‘public’ phone on the street. Residential-style phones can be found on street-side tables and in shops. You make a call and pay the attendant a small amount, usually 100 kyat (‘chat’) per minute.

Which brings us on to the peculiar situation regarding money. It is still true that you must bring pristine US dollars, with no folds, tear or marks. However, the banks, and by extension the government, have taken a step towards reality and will now sell you kyat at a rate that more truly reflects the real value, something that was previously only attainable on the black market. The banks gave around 815 kyat to the dollar, barely lower than the offers from street dealers of dubious virtue, and a much lower risk of being conned.

Aside from black market money changing, you’re unlikely to run into any trouble in Myanmar. The police and military seem to be keeping a low profile. You’re more likely to see posters and T-shirts featuring National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It’s an exciting time in Myanmar’s history, and an ideal time to visit.

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Out of the shadows: a new dawn in Burma

Whether or not to travel to Myanmar (Burma) remains a difficult question. The country is ruled by the longest-lasting military dictatorship in the world and economic sanctions have been in place against it for decades. For many years, the democratic opposition – led by Aung San Suu Kyi – said it was unethical for travellers to come here, that they would lend moral and financial support to the regime in doing so.

Yet in the summer of 2011, Aung San Suu Kyi declared that she wanted foreign travellers to visit Burma. The daughter of a hero of Burmese independence and a Nobel laureate herself, Suu Kyi is the political conscience of her country. Her only caveat was that visitors should avoid the tourist establishments that have close ties with the military regime. If you do decide to go, advance planning will ensure your trip is as ethical as possible (see our tips on travelling to Burma responsibly).

Visitors to Burma are rewarded with that sense of a first trip overseas: the gasp of tropical air on the runway, and the palpable remoteness from home. In this excerpt from a longer piece by Marcel Theroux, first published in Lonely Planet Magazine, we discover three of Burma’s most breathtaking sights.

Mandalay

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The heat, smells, street life and colours of Mandalay are intoxicating. Girls with cheeks smeared with thanaka (sunblock made from ground tree bark) balance two to a bicycle. Barefoot monks holding alms bowls share the streets with scooters, battered cars and cycle rickshaws. Street vendors cook mohingar, a spicy fish broth, over charcoal stoves for breakfast.

An hour outside Mandalay is a ferry crossing to Ava, once one of Burma’s greatest royal capitals. The red-brick entrances to Ava still stand, and there’s an old watchtower in its centre. And just across the Irrawaddy from Ava, more than 2000 Buddhist temples dot the hillsides of Sagaing, their gilded roofs dazzling through the trees. Low chanting is audible from an open window as nuns memorise their scripture.

Yet it’s not all work. One Saturday night, I count 54 monks in a tea shop watching a match between Manchester United and Everton on TV. They sit in disconcerting silence until Manchester United score, whereupon they all applaud happily.

Inle Lake

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Nearly 200 miles southeast of Mandalay lies Inle Lake. It’s an hour or so by plane across a landscape of tiny fields, huts and temples, a place without water or electricity where agriculture takes medieval forms. Long and tapering, Inle is a place of heartstopping beauty. Its limpid water, ringed by velvety green mountains, is full of floating villages and old temples.

 

Several different groups live around Inle: the Taungyo, the Pa-O and the Intha, whose houses are built on stilts on the lake itself. The modest Intha houses in Pauk Par village are made from woven bamboo and thatched with wild grass. The Intha wear bamboo hats and sell fish and vegetables from the lake’s floating gardens. Intha fishermen are famous for their gymnastic style of rowing – they stand on one leg and paddle with the oar braced against the other.

Bagan

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Bagan is the outstanding cultural monument of Burma. The city is only 80 miles from Mandalay, but the road is so bad that most visitors choose to fly or travel by boat – which is a day’s journeying down the Irrawaddy.

Cycling along the dusty paths of Bagan, you are quickly lost among the thousands of pagodas that cover the plains beside the Irrawaddy. They’re all of different sizes – from just a few metres in height to more than 60 metres. Many are shaped like bells, but others are more outlandish: Thammayangyi is a pyramid with stepped sides like a Mayan temple’s, while Ananda’s central golden stupa resembles a Fabergé egg. In the delicate 11th-century frescos within Loka Hteik Pann pagoda, the faces and postures of two dancers reflect the area’s historic links with India. And inside the old city walls lie the remnants of a single Hindu temple.

At sunset, the red bricks of the temples at Bagan turn a fiery pink against the backdrop of acacia and cassia trees. As the sun sinks below the horizon, the wind freshens slightly and bells on the golden umbrellas above the pagodas begin to tinkle.

 

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Is Myanmar’s Mrauk U the ‘next Angkor Wat’?

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Myanmar (Burma) is becoming the new hotspot destination of Southeast Asia. Now that the US has re-established diplomatic relations with the newly civilian government and the National League for Democracy has dropped its long-standing travel boycott, tourism has tripled, with visitors zeroing in on attractions like Yangon’s 2000-year-old gold-covered Shwedagon Paya, the floating markets of Inle Lake, and Bagan’s 4000 ancient temples.

Some visitors dub Bagan as the ‘next Angkor Wat‘ and it is a wonderful site, particularly when you explore outer temples with a flashlight and a sense of imagination. But after updating Lonely Planet’s guidebook to Myanmar twice, I’d have to admit it’s not even my favorite ruin in the country. I prefer Mrauk U, an elusive kingdom-turned-village in the hills of Rakhaing State near the Bangladesh border. Practically severed from road access with the country, Mrauk U is the timeless home to 700 ancient temples that serve as a backdrop to a still-active village life of goat herders, cauliflower farmers and passing monks.

Burma goes slow, Mrauk U slower. It’s one of my favorite places in the world.

 

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Seeing temples

Rising beside canals and in between rolling hills, Mrauk U’s 700 temples date from the city’s heyday from 1430 to 1784, when emperors sent navies to conquer nearby ports and hired Japanese samurai for bodyguards. You can tour the site by a rented bike, or on a jeep or horse cart tour (from US$10 or US$15 a day).

The usual starting point is in the ‘north group,’ around the 16th-century Shittaung Paya – where you pay a US$5 zone fee to visit all of Mrauk U. Across the road is the more interesting Dukkanthein Paya, a bunker-style site with a spiraling passageway inside lined with Buddhas and fun models of Mrauk U’s ’64 traditional hairstyles’. (It’s shown behind the well in the video, above.)

Make sure to reach the earthquake-damaged Kothaung Paya, named for its supposed 90,000 images – many seen in an encircling walkway. Just south, across the dirt path, is what appears to be a hill, but is the overgrown site of Peisi Daung Paya, with a wonderful panorama of village life.

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Chin villages

Most of Chin State, just north of Rakhaing, can only be visited by special permit, but it’s possible to visit a few Chin ethnic villages from Mrauk U on a day trip. It’s great fun just for the journey, which involves a five-mile ride to the clear Lemro River, and a three-hour chugging boat ride past peanut farms to villages such as Pan Mraun.

The Chin are famous for the tattooed faces of the women, though only older women have them anymore. There’s no electricity or running water out there. Before going, it’s worth asking at the guesthouse for suggestions on possible donations (eg anti-malarial medicines, available in Mrauk U, are in very short supply in the Chin villages). A full day trip, with guide and boat, should cost about US$100.

Where to stay

Mrauk U only has running electricity from 7am to 3pm and 6pm to 11:30pm, though some guesthouses use generators at night. Our favorite hotel is the Shwe Thazin, with air-conditioned rooms from US$50.

A simpler option I’ve enjoyed – along with the little toads that sometimes hop around the lobby – is the friendly Golden Star Guest House (tel 95-43-24200, ext 50175). Rooms start at US$5. Staff will bring hot water in buckets if you like.

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Getting there

Half the fun of visiting Mrauk U is getting there. From Yangon, flights on Air Bagan and Air Mandalay go to the historic port city of Sittwe on the Bay of Bengal. As soon as you land, you’ll get many offers for boat services to Mrauk U. Private boats fit up to six people and are about US$120 round trip, including a few days’ time at Mrauk U. The government’s ferry (tel 95-43-23382) is bigger, slower, goes just twice weekly, but more comfortable and costs only US$4 one way. Plus you might get offered fried crickets at one of the local stops.

It’s not advised to take a boat after dark (I once saw washed-up luggage of a tourist boat that capsized in a sudden storm – its riders just offshore, but they couldn’t see their way in the pitch dark and drowned; the ferry is more stable in winds). If you stay in Sittwe, the best option is the Shwe Thazin Hotel. And try to fit in the amazing morning fish market before heading out.

A bonus beach stop

Because most flights between Yangon and Sittwe stop in Thandwe, near the gold-sand beaches of Ngapali, many visitors consider doubling up the Rakhaing experience by spending a few days in Mrauk U, and adding a couple more at Ngapali afterwards. It’s a laid-back, stunning spot, with horse carts sometimes using the beach, and not much else. The specialty here – other than reasonable half-day snorkel tours – is the squid. You’ll see the lights of squid boats come on as the sun sets on the horizon, and find superb squid with garlic sauce at open-air restaurants along the town’s lone road. Seriously, it’s the best food in the country.

A favorite mid-range spot is the Royal Beach Motel, with rooms from US$40.

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More information

You can get a good sense of Mrauk U in two days, though three is better if you plan a day trip to see the Chin villages. A good private travel agent in Yangon can help with details including ferry times, flight reservations, even a guide if you like. The best choice is Good News Travel

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Five must-follow Myanmar travel tips

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Stroll past Yangon’s Bogyoke market and it’s impossible not to detect the fast-paced change that is sweeping through Myanmar (Burma). Government-backed banks on the market’s fringes are finally selling Kyat at a market rate, while hawkers openly tout Aung San Suu Kyi T-shirts and National League for Democracy (NLD) mugs.

Yet for all this, and the cautiously welcomed decision by the government to allow wider press freedom, Myanmar is still a very different place to travel than its Southeast Asian neighbours, lacking the widespread infrastructure and western comforts found over the border in Thailand. However, follow these tips and you’ll be certain to get the very best out of this stunning destination.

1. Pack noise-cancelling headphones

Before you leave for Myanmar, be sure to spend any extra cash on a decent pair of noise-cancelling headphones, essential for cutting out the booming, distorted sound of the TV on long-distance bus rides. Buses are by far the cheapest way to travel in Myanmar, meaning 52-seat coaches are chock full of locals looking to be entertained. The Burmese are fanatical about music videos starring perfectly coiffed but unlucky-in-love boys, soaps centring on love triangles at street corner tea stands, and lengthy clips of Buddhist chanting. All bases are covered, at ear-splitting volume, whether on a short hop from Yangon to Bago or on the epic ten-hour west-east route from Bagan to Inle Lake. On overnight buses, the TV can be left on until as late as 1am.

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2. Go veggie

Burmese food can be every bit as delicious as its Thai and Vietnamese cousins. But eating meat here can be a chastening experience. According to one Bagan cafe owner, chickens can be kept for as long as 15 years before being slaughtered when they finally stop laying eggs. We don’t need to tell you that the meat is hardly succulent and tender. Similarly, a short walk through Nyaungshwe market’s meat stalls is fascinating, but won’t leave you hungry for beef. Instead, go veggie. Thanks to the huge Buddhist population, options are plentiful. The ethnic Shan food is especially good for non-meat eaters, with hearty noodle broths supplemented with super-fresh greens, many grown on the floating fields around Inle Lake.

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3. Wear shoes at all times

All Asian cities can feel grubby in rainy season. But Yangon suffers especially during the wet months of June to September. Wearing shoes is vital at this time. Not only will it stop your feet from getting soaked, you’ll also avoid any nasty stubbed toes on the uneven pavements, of which there are many. The city has largely been left to its own devices by the government since the capital was moved to Nay Pyi Taw in 2005. Rubbish goes uncollected, many sidewalks are simply muddy paths and rats scavenge openly in side streets. Sandals are not a smart idea if you’re even slightly squeamish about what you might tread in. Ditch them and you’ll be able to stride fearlessly through this delightful, crumbling colonial city.

4. Check your cab has got a handle to hold on to

Owing to economic sanctions imposed by the West since the military crackdown of 1988, taxis in Myanmar are by and large ageing white Toyota Celica estates. Car imports are heavily restricted and only the very richest manage to get hold of swanky new 4x4s. While the engines of these old motors still purr thanks to Burmese mechanical nous, they’re obviously well behind the safety-focused cars of today. Seat belts on back seats are notable by their absence, so before you slide in and get driven off into the chaos of Yangon’s roads, be sure to check your cab at least has a handle for you to grab hold of when flying round corners or overtaking colonial-era trucks on single lane highways.

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5. Never sit down on hired bikes

Hiring bikes is one of the best ways to see rural Myanmar, giving a great insight into areas well away from the major cities of Yangon and Mandalay. But if you want to enjoy sitting down for a meal after a long day’s ride, then be sure to stand on the pedals as often as you can while you’re out sightseeing. This is especially true on the rutted roads around Nyaungshwe, a truly bone-shaking experience that’ll be made all the more uncomfortable if you use the saddle. It might seem more awkward, but you’ll be skipping some of the harshest saddle sore imaginable come the evening.

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Ngwe Saung Beach Break

  Day 1: YANGON – NGWE SAUNG  

Ngwe Saung BeachThis morning you will be picked up from your hotel for the drive through the Irrawaddy Delta to Ngwe Saung.

Ngwe Saung, which means Silver Beach, is located about 5-6 hours drive from Yangon on the beautiful Bay of Bengal and features 14 kilometers of sandy beaches. 

Arrive this afternoon in Ngwe Saung.
Overnight in Ngwe Saung.

 

Day 2: NGWE SAUNG (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel and day at leisure in Ngwe Saung.

Overnight in Ngwe Saung.

Day 3: NGWE SAUNG (B/-/-)

Pathein 1Breakfast at the hotel and day at leisure in Ngwe Saung.

Overnight in Ngwe Saung.

Day 4: NGWE SAUNG – PATHEIN – YANGON (B/-/-)

After breakfast, enjoy a few more hours of relaxation before departing for Yangon late this morning.

On arrival Yangon, transfer to either your hotel or to the airport for your onward flight.

RATES AND CONDITIONS

ACCOMMODATION

DELUXE OPTION

City Hotel Room Category
Ngwe Saung

Bay Of Bengal

Bengal Suite

SUPERIOR OPTION

City Hotel Room Category
Ngwe Saung The Palm Beach

Sea View (Ocean Front View)

Pricing sheet: in US$ per person
(Rates are valid 1 October 2010 – 30 April 2011)

Hotel

Category

1 2 3-4 5-6 Single Supplement
First Class 1060 535 405 399 245
Standard 940 479 419 319 145

NOTE: This program is only available October – April due to rainy season closures.
NOTE: Surcharges may apply for holiday periods like Inle Lake Festival, Christmas, New Year, Water Festival, etc.
For group size of 7 or over, please contact us for pricing information

INCLUDING:
– 3 nights accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
Transfers and transportation with private A/C vehicles

EXCLUDING:
International ticket to/from Yangon
English-speaking guide Service
Meals other than mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Visa arrangements for Myanmar
Visits not mentioned in the program
Drinks and personal expenses
Tips and porters at the hotels
International departure Airport Tax Yangon (USD 10/pax at present)
Any other items not mentioned

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Northern Shan State By Train

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 Day 1: MANDALAY – PYIN OO LWIN

Pyin Oo Lwin - Myanmar ToursThis morning, leave Mandalay for a scenic two-hour drive to the former British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin (also known as Maymyo) located on a plateau 1,000m above sea level. Many reminders of the colonial era are still present in Pyin Oo Lwin, including brick and timber houses.

Pyin Oo Lwin is home for many ethnic tribes as well as a considerable numbers of Nepalese and Hindu who migrated during the British occupation, famous for its climate weather.

Enjoy a traditional horse cart and carriage ride through town. Stop at the Botanical Gardens, 432 acres of leafy gardens home to a diverse mix of botanical species from around the world. The Gardens were established by Sir Harcourt Butler, former Governor of Burma.

Continue to the local market to see the multicolor flowers and vegetables on sale.

Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.

Day 2: PYIN OO LWIN – HSIPAW (B, L)

Hsipaw Mosque - Myanmar ToursAfter breakfast at hotel, transfer to the railway station for a 6-hour train journey to Hsipaw. The scenic journey crosses the famous Gokteik Viaduct which spans a 300-meter deep gorge in the Shan mountains.

Lunch-box on board.

Arrive this afternoon in Hsipaw, a pleasant small town on the banks of the Dokhtawady River. Take a short evening walk around Hsipaw.

Overnight in Hsipaw.

Day 3: HSIPAW (B, L)

Breakfast at a local restaurant.
This morning, take a light trek around Hsipaw with a local guide. You will pass paddy fields, seasonal cultivations, green mountains and stop in several villages along the way. Enjoy a picnic lunch during the trek.

This afternoon, return to Hsipaw by local boat on the Dokhtawady River.

Overnight in Hsipaw.

Day 4: HSIPAW – MANDALAY (B)

Mandalay - Myanmar ToursAfter breakfast, stroll around the Hsipaw market and visit the Shan Haw. This palace is one of the last remaining examples of a traditional Shan Palace and now serves as a small museum.

Depart Hsipaw early this afternoon for the six-hour drive to Mandalay, via Pyin Oo Lwin

 

RATES AND CONDITIONS

ACCOMMODATION

First Class Option

City Hotel Room Category
Pyin Oo Lwin Kandawgyi Hill Resort or Aureum Palace

ROH or Deluxe Room

Hsipaw Mr Charles Guest House Junior Suite

Standard Option

City Hotel Room Category
Pyin Oo Lwin Royal Park View or Win Unity

Standard Room or Superior Room

Hsipaw Mr Charles Guest House Junior Suite

Pricing sheet: in US$ per person
(Rates are valid 1 October 2010 – 30 Apr 2011)

Hotel

Category

1 2 3-4 5-6 7-10 11-15 Single Supplement
First Class 855 455 429 319 315 249 65
Standard 799 550 389 294 295 219 32

NOTE: Package based on service of 1 English speaking guide throughout trip, except for base 1 pax (different guide at each place).

INCLUDING:
– 3 nights accommodation on half-twin room basis with daily breakfast
– English-speaking guide from Mandalay
– Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
– All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers
– Train Pyin Oo Lwin – Hsipaw
– Local guide in Hsipaw on trekking day
– Horse cart tour in Pyin Oo Lwin
– Local boat on the Dokhtawady River
– Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program

EXCLUDING:
– Meals other than mentioned  (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
– Drinks and personal expenses
– Tips and porters at the hotels
– Any other items not mentioned

Supplement guide other languages:

Language Supplement per group program ( US$ per package)
French /German / Italian / Spanish     316
Russian   345/ package (2-10 pax)
Russian 404 package (11 & up pax)

REMARK: The above mentioned supplement for language guide apply starting from 2pax traveling. For 1 pax, TBA on adhoc basis.

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR MYANMAR: 
1. Please note that credit cards and traveler cheques are not accepted in Myanmar and that visitors must be bring sufficient cash (best in US Dollars, but Euros also increasingly accepted) to change and make any purchases and payments. Please bring new US Dollar bills (“big heads” instead of “small heads”) and with series numbers not starting with CB as these are not accepted in Myanmar due to rumours these series are counterfeit.
2. Furthermore please inform passengers that they should NOT change money at the exchange booth at the airport just after immigration, as the market rate in town is MUCH better.
3. A surcharge might apply for peak season dates (Water Festival 12-18 April, X’Mas, New Year, etc.
4. Travelers to Myanmar are required to have a travel insurance covering the cost of medical evacuation flights.
5. Visas are required by all visitors to Myanmar. A visa must be obtained before entering Myanmar or On Arrival Visa is available at all international airports (Yangon & Mandalay). The visa application form is also available at all international airline linked with Myanmar or on-line. To apply on arrival visa, one must have 2 passport photo (4×6 cm) taken within last 6 months and passport must be valid 6 months after arrival date. For more detail information, please contact
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6. The schedules of domestic flights in Myanmar are provided as an indication only. Once a booking is confirmed we can provide more precise timings, but these remain nevertheless subject to change without notice by the airlines until traveling date. It might therefore in some cases be necessary to amend your program and itinerary due to such schedule changes. We thank you for your understanding.

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