Soft Adventure in Myanmar

Tour code : BFF007

Day 1Yangon Arrival

Mingalar-bar! Upon your arrival to Yangon International airport, you will be welcomed by BFF Travel guide and transfer to your hotel.

Special evening we visit to the 2,500 years old magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda sheathed in 11 tons of pure gold and 4,350 diamonds weighing 1800 carats! At sunset, the Shwedagon offers visitor a spectacular show of lights and shadows. Overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 2Yangon - Heho - Kalaw (Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp), By Flight

Breakfast at the hotel. We transfer to the airport for flight to Heho – a quiet transit town with one of the few airport links in the beautiful hills of Shan State. After arriving and we take an hour drive to Kalaw – a former British colonial hill station where ambassadors would spend the summers enjoying the crisp mountain air and sipping on gin tonics. Upon your arrival to Kalaw, transfer to the hotel for check-in.

After that, we continue drive to Green Hill Valley elephant camp. During driving, we enjoy the beautiful scenic panoramic view of vegetation changes from pine wood to teak and bamboo forests. On arrival their team will be welcomed and made the briefing about the elephant and take a walk to the elephant village and see the life of mahouts with their families. Next we take a walk to the river where you will have an opportunity to participate in feeding and washing the elephants. Then, we take a walk around the forest area and spot butterflies, birds, orchids and take a ride on the elephant back. Enjoy your lunch with panoramic views at the main camp. In the late afternoon we return back to Kalaw and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Kalaw.

Day 3Kalaw Day Return Trekking

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Our journey begins with a day return trek to Taryaw through the misty hill station and the pine forest. The authentic Palaung tribes village called Taryaw is about 9km north east of Kalaw. Passing through the Pine woods and by side of small mountain spring is a bit shady but sometimes it could be muddy. (Please bring a rough trekking boots.) After 2 ½ hours trek, we will reach to the village where you will see the Palaung ladies with their traditional costumes, tea leaf plantation and making cheroot raping using cordial leaves baking on the oven. In the afternoon we return back to Kalaw.Overnight stay in Kalaw.

Day 4Kalaw - Shwe Nyaung - Inle Lake, By Train

After your breakfast at the hotel, we take a morning walk to Kalaw Market where ethnic minority groups gather for trading. We proceed to Kalaw train station where we have a chance to journey Shwe Nyaung by local train through countryside to experience local travel lifestyle. During train riding, enjoy the some great views of the surrounding jungle landscape. After arriving to Shwe Nyaung, we continue drive to Nyaung Shwe and transfer to Inle Lake by private boat for hotel check-in. Overnight stay in Inle Lake.

Day 5Inle Lake Sightseeing

After your breakfast, we embark on morning exploration of Inle Lake visiting the following places like unique leg-rowers and scenic beauty, fishing canoes using special methods for fishing and collecting seaweed, lakebed mud etc. to make floating gardens. A visit to well-known Nga Pe Chaung monastery and Silver Smith factory. Proceed to Cheroot making factory, Boat making carpentry workshop, Silk weaving factory. We complete a day with a visit to the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. We end our day with magnificent sunset canoe ride with boatmen who gracefully navigate and row perched on one leg. Overnight stay in Inle Lake.

Day 6Inle Lake Sightseeing

After breakfast, we explore by boat, following the currents of a small river to reach the Indein village, located at the western side of the lake. Passing Nyaung Ohak Monastery and follow a stair path lined up with many hundreds of wooden columns, you finally will reach the impressive Shwe Indein Pa-O complex. From the hillside you have great view over the lake area. On the way back to the boat, walk through a romantic bamboo forest at the riverside, where you may observe local people having a bath. On the way you can visit Myaynigone village and Lotus fiber weaving factory (Ann's). Overnight stay in Inle Lake.

Day 7Inle Lake - Heho - Bagan, By Flight

Breakfast at the hotel. We transfer to Heho airport for flight to Bagan. Bagan is a spectacular plain stretching away from the Ayeyarwaddy River, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Although human habitation at Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian era, Bagan only entered its golden period with the conquest of Thaton in 1057 AD.

After the hotel check-in, we start our journey to Ancient Kingdoms of Bagan with a visit to Shwezigon Paya, a prototype of the Burma style of stupas and Gubyaukhyi Temple at Wetkyi-Inn which was built in the early 13th Century and repaired in 1468. The great colourful painting about the previous lives of the Buddha and the distinguished architecture make this temple an interesting site for a visit. Next we visit to the refined Htilominlo temple well known for its old mural, fine plaster carving and glazed sandstone decoration. Continue your visit at Ananda temple, a masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas and an adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Proceed to the towering Thatbyinnyu Temple is the tallest in the complex, measuring 61m and take in Dhamayangyi Temple, the largest of all Bagan’s many temples. Enjoy sunset viewing on one of the most magnificent temple terrace. Overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 8Bagan Sightseeing

Breakfast at the hotel. We continue visit to the Manuha Temple, built by the Mon king in the 1300s to represent his time in captivity under the Bagan King. Next we visit to the Thanaka Museum and a Cigar Work Shop where we learn respectively about the traditional uses of the fragrant thanaka paste and how Burmese make the local cheroot cigars. Then, we visit to Nyaung U Market – the largest market in the Bagan region, gives us a glimpse into local life. Next, we visit to Minnanthu Village where we learn how Bagan’s famous lacquer ware crafts are produced. Lacquer ware is one of the best possible souvenirs of Myanmar. A pleasant stroll will take you through a village. Explore local cheroot making by using maize leaf, cooking oil production in local method, cotton waving and more… Overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 9Bagan - Yangon, By Flight

Breakfast at the hotel. We fly back to Yangon and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Your day tour in Yangon starts with Sule Paya stupa – built over 2,000 years ago and the beautiful Mahabandula Park with the Independence Monument. Next we visit to the bustling Bogyoke (Scotts) Market – one of famous markets where hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of color. (Please note that the market is closed on Mondays and on public holidays.) We continue visit to Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda which houses a 70m long Reclining Buddha image. We end our day with the green Kandawgyi Park and its highlighted Karaweik barge – a replica of the royal barge. Overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 10Yangon - Dala – Yangon

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. We start journey with a ferry ride across the Yangon River with local folks going about their daily business –trishaw drivers, peddlers, green grocers etc. After arrive to Dala jetty, your trishaw will await you and start your exploration of this charming small town. During trishaw riding, you will see with a black smith beating his wares for the farmers and town’s folks, a century-old wholly-gilded monk in his quaint monastic compound, a colorful market, people fetching water from ponds/reservoirs and monks reciting their lengthy prayers. We hope this excursion will surely give you with great experiences and warm feeling as you encounter the friendly villagers. Then we return back to Yangon.

In the late afternoon, we visit to China Town where the Chinese community built their residences, clan associations, temples, offices and shops. Overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 11Yangon Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. We transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight.