The mysteries of Myanmar (Burma) are reflected in its ancient monuments, pristine natural beauty, people’s deep faith in Buddhism and untouched culture. These things are fragile, precious and maybe fading soon as Myanmar continues to open up to mass tourism. Go now before the rest of the world does!
This Easter, travel to Myammar (Yangon-InleLake – Bagan) with Jumbo Golf. Apart from astonishing natural beauty, timeless landscapes, unparalleled cultural heritage, you will also encounter some of the most welcoming and hospitable people in the world.
This trip is much more than the usual superficial vacation. You will immerse in the wonderful sights, culture and lifestyle experience that Myanmar has to offer. Our archaeologist-turned-tour guide will take you to explore the fascinating ruins of Bagan. A group of young villagers will give you a ride on their leg-rowing canoes to visit their villages on InleLake, giving you insights into their daily life. A lunch treat prepared by one of the boatmen’s mother will round off the off-the-beaten-track exploration. A behind-the-scene discovery of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda will deepen your appreciation of the spirituality at this special venue.
Besides, there will be many special moments for keen photographers to relish – Inspirational sunrise and sunset sceneries from the different vantage points of, large city and lake-centre; beautiful backdrops of pagodas, Buddhist stupas and ancient archeological ruins; colonial architectures; natives at work and at play; colorful sights of bazaars and street side stalls……
For golfers, there are thankfully decent golf courses (only two courses are handpicked among the 60+ courses available to ensure quality) in Myanmar where they can enjoy game of golf or two.
Accommodation will be arranged at the best five-star hotels there are in the country to give you the comfort and luxury you deserve. Our travelers will also dine in style at characterful restaurants under a charming, romantic atmosphere.
We will be flying by Dragonair and as the airline’s direct flight services to Myanmar are limited to only a brief period in the early part of 2013, you are strongly advised to take advantage of these services if you plan to travel to Myanmar in 2013.
Join us for this magical trip through a fascinating country!
(Yangon- Inle Lake – Bagan)
HKD 20,680 / per person
KA250 HKG/Yangon 2120/2335
Day 1 Hong Kong – direct flight to Yangon
You will be met at HK airport by our professional tour guide and assist you board the KA flight
Depart from Hong Kong at 9:20 pm by Dragonair
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your five-star hotel.
Stay in Sedona Hotel/Kandawgyi Palace
Day 2 – Yangon “No.1 golf club in Myanmar & Shwedagon sunset viewing”
Tee off at Pun Hlaing Golf Club after breakfast.
Located about 19 km from downtown Yangon and 20 minutes from the airport, this beautiful 18 hole championship golf course was designed by Gary Player, one of the world’s legendary golfers. Overlooking the magnificent Hlaing River and Pun Hlaing River, its manicured fairways roll and meander past menacing bunkers, towards lustrous greens-all/ Pun Hlaing Golf Club was selected as the country's host venue for the ASEAN Foreign Minister' Retreat in 2001, Putra Club 2005 and many other diplomatic missions and tournaments.
After the game, join a half-day city tour to take in the bustling sights of downtown Yangon.
Yangon (also known as Rangoon, literally: "End of Strife") is a former capital of Burma (Myanmar) and the capital of Yangon Region. Although the military government has officially relocated the capital to Naypyidaw since March 2006, Yangon, with a population of over four million, continues to be the country's largest city and the most important commercial centre. Although Yangon's infrastructure is undeveloped compared to those of other major cities in Southeast Asia, it has the largest number of colonial buildings in the region today.
Visit the most prominent Shwedagon Pagoda, the oldest Sule Pagoda, the oldest in the country and a masterpiece of Indian architectural style. You’ll find yourself amidst a giant collection of Burmese history, art and ethnology, and enjoying the sunset under the shadow of spectacular pagodas.
Photo call: Once in a lifetime opportunity to take pictures of yourself with the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda as a backdrop.
Enjoy dinner at our handpicked restaurant in Yangon
Stay in Sedona Hotel/Kandawgyi Palace
Day 3 Yangon – InleLake region “Tranquil setting in natural scenery + Winery Visit”
Check out of your hotel after breakfast for a morning game of golf at an international golf course near the airport.
Board a domestic flight to Heho, a small Shan town of nearly 1300 meters above sea level. Then transfer to Nyaung Shwe, a tourist hub just a few km north of InleLake. On the way, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery. Built in the early 19th century, it is a very interesting red painted teak wood building with oval windows, and richly decorated with mosaics and golden ornaments.
Photo call: the Monastry has oval windows, some open and some covered with stained glass pieces, very unusual compared to other monastries in the region.
On reaching the Inle Lake region, head for the Ayer Thar Yer Mountain Estate, the only vineyard in Myanmar and one that is built atop a hill. Owned by a German winemaker, they churn out various types of Western-style wines reminiscent of Tuscany. An informative wine-tasting is obviously part of your visit as well as a tour through the vineyard, both conducted by professionals in their field.
From the vineyard, enjoy the breathtaking sunset scenery before we head for our dinner at a refined restaurant in town.
Stay in a luxury resort in Nyaung Shwe.
Day 4 Inle LakeRegion “Leg-rowing fishermen in action + floating garden”
After breakfast, join a canoe cruise around InleLake, a freshwaterlake located in the Nyaungshwe Township. It is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an estimated surface area of 116km2, and one of the highest at an altitude of 880m.
Photo call: You can take pictures of the leg-rowing fisherman in action on the lake with their fishing nets and lines, and our boat driver would slow down and pause just to ensure you capture the exotic images from the best angles.
Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the villagers’ life and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles
Photo call: Great opportunities to snap pictures of them harvesting tomatoes (you’ll need to have the boat take you to the area on the where vegetables are grown right upon a lake).
Enjoying authentic home-cooked Burmese food prepared by a housewife on a stilt house from a lakeside village will be a highlight of the tour. The dishes are simple but delicious, though mildly spicy, with great flavors and less greasy than restaurant food, prepared from the freshest ingredients.
Sightseeing highlights in the afternoon include Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, a sacred stupa housing five Buddha images; a silk-weaving village famous for is lotus fabrics weaving technique; a cigar factory; and residents of the lake with their floating gardens and floating markets.
Dinner at the resort
Stay in Aureum Palace/Myammar Treasure Resorts, InleLake.
Day 5 InleLake Region “Indein’s ancient stupas ruins + bamboo forest”
After breakfast, visit a five-day traditional market at a village on the lake or on the shore of the lake
Photo call: Some tribal ladies wearing colorful ethnic costumes can also be seen at the market selling their farm produce and travelling back on foot to their home villages with the purchases they made.
Lunch will be arranged in a stilt house restaurant by the canal.
After lunch, you will be taken to another part of InleLake by motor boat, where you’ll find yourself amid the ruins of ancient stupas. On the way, the boat passes the large lush Myanmar bamboo forests.
Photo call: Get off the beaten track at Indein to allow yourself compose a picture featuring different pagodas, some more intact than others, within the same frame.
Stay in Aureum Palace/Myammar Treasure Resorts, InleLake.
Day 6 InleLake region – Bagan “Amazed by the 2000 some ruins of temples, pagodas and stupas + terrace dining by IrrawaddyRiver”
Free to explore the wonderous charms of InleLake by trekking and biking.
In the afternoon, board a domestic flight to Bagan, As the day draws to a close upon our plane arrival at Bagan, we’ll quickly proceed and sit quietly atop one of the taller structures to watch the sunset. The sky is aglow with warmth and color as the stupas turn to silhouettes and all finally fades to black. As the temple bells chime, a feeling of the utmost peace descends.
As our guide used to work for Unesco and has profound knowledge of Bagan archeological, painting and history, he is sufficiently knowledgeable and experienced to make our trip to Bagan richly informative and very enjoyable.
Dinner in the terrace of a restaurant overlooking the IrrawaddyRiver with view of a brightly-lit pagoda under a starry night with a romantic atmosphere
Stay in Aureum Palace/Myammar Treasure Resorts, Bagan
Day 7 Bagan. “Awesome sunrise scenery + ever-changing glowing colours of pagodas as viewed from the river boat”
Bagan’s rustic charms continue to beckon.
Rise early to catch the awesome sunrise scenery at the top of Shwesandaw Pagoda for a 360 view of the temples dotting Bagan.
You are sure to get a cardio workout trying to reach the pinnacle of this building. It’s tricky, too, because the steps heavenwards get progressively narrower.
Photo call: Lensmen start gathering at 5pm to reserve a good spot
If time permits, before we head back to the Hotel for a sumptuous breakfast, pay a visit to colorful Nyaung Oo Market where every day the locals come to buy and sell fresh produce and other merchandize..
Our typical daily routine during the trip will provide breaks at the Hotel between activities in a day to avoid the heat, especially during noon, and fatigue. We would take a late breakfast or an early lunch so as to save time for our tour members who will be given sufficient rise after rising early in the morning for sightseeing activities.
Before we enjoy the sunset from Ayeyarwaddy river, we’ll go to Kyauk Ku Umin(Cave) by an hour and 15 min on a boat. Visit the cave where nice Buddha statues reside and feel the richly cultured atmosphere of Bagan. On the way back, enjoy the sunset from the boat, where you can witness people bathing and washing their clothes along river banks.
Photo call: Lensmen can get ready for ever-changing glowing colours of pagodas as viewed from the river boat.
Dinner at a refined restaurant in Bagan.
Stay in Aureum Palace/Myammar Treasure Resorts, Bagan.
Day 8 Bagan “Farewell to Land of thousandsBuddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries”
About 4,000 ancient temples and stupas still adorn the vast arid plain of Bagan. Of these, about 2,000 of them are well preserved. Views across the red brick Pagodas are stunning and quite unforgettable.
This morning begins with the visit to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an understanding of Bagan’s rich history.
Proceed to AnandaTemple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples.
Photo call: Photography enthusiasts will have a choice of several best angles to snap images of three towers aligned closely with each other in the same photo frame.
Visit an ancient pagoda hidden in a cave, with rich motifs and inscriptions that reveal Bagan’s cultural and historical heritage.
In late afternoon transfer to Bagan airport for a domestic flight back to Yangon. Depart for your return flight to Hong Kong.
Day 9 Bagan – Yangon – Hong Kong
Arrival at HKG in early morning of Saturday. Home sweet home.
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