October 16 - 30, 2022
October 16 - 30
Be inspired by the monasteries, pagodas and stupas in Bago, Mingun, Amarapura and Mandalay. Cross the Gok Teik Viaduct on train. Take a stroll through countryside villages. Visit markets and workshops. Walk over a hundred year old teak U-Bein Bridge. Take on river cruises on Dotawaddy and Irrawaddy Rivers. Bicycle amongst the pagodas and stupas in Bagan. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen of Inle Lake. Ride on the Yangon Circular Railway.
- 14 nights in 3-star or 4-star accommodations.
- 17 meals: Breakfast (14), Dinner (3)
- Services of a deaf Tour Leader on call 24 hours a day.
- Services of local deaf and/or hearing guides.
- All transportation expenses.
- All admission fees for attractions and museums mentioned in the itinerary.
- Most tips, except for your Tour Leader.
- Informative travel preparation packet.
- Pre-tour and/or post-tour itinerary consultation.
- $100 discount per person on your next regular tour.
- Domestic and/or international airfares.
- All other meals not mentioned in the itinerary and personal expenses.
- Single entry Myanmar tourist e-Visa.
- Travel Insurance.
- Any COVID-19 related tests.
Per person, double occupancy.
SEE ICONIC SIGHTS
Be inspired by the spectacular golden Shwedagon Pagoda, full of golf and gems. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen on Inle Lake.
CONNECT WITH LOCALS
Meet deaf locals, including a local deaf guide during the entire tour. Witness how locals go about with their lives on the Circular Railway. Quietly observe monks with their daily monastic rituals.
JUMP INTO ADVENTURES
Ride on a hot air balloon over the majestic temples in Bagan. Enjoy a bicycle ride through pagodas. Walk across the 100 year old teak bridge.
EXPLORE HIDDEN GEMS
Walk over the 170 year old teak wood U-Bein Bridge. Walk in the countryside taking in a few local villages. Explore a few of the hundreds of temples and pagodas in Bagan. Pass villages built on stilts on Inle Lake.
15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS
DAY 1 - 4
DAY 1 - Arrival into Yangon. Meet your deaf guide at the airport and check into your hotel. Short walk about. Welcome dinner. Stay in Yangon for 2 nights.
DAY 2 - 2 hour drive to Bago, formerly known as Pegu. Capital of the Mon Kingdom in the 15th century. Visit Kyaly Khat Wai Monastery during lunch time. Shwethalyaung, the 180 foot long reclining Buddha. The Mon style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated in Myanmar. Hintha Gon Paya. Kanbawzathadi Palace. Kyaik Pun Pagoda with 4 sitting Buddhas. On way back to Yangon, we stop at the Allied War Cemetery near Htaukkyan, the final resting place for over 27,000 allied soldiers who fought in Burma.
DAY 3 - After breakfast, we fly to Lashio, then drive about 3 hours to Hsipaw. Stay in Hsipaw for 2 nights.
DAY 4 - Head out into the countryside on foot, taking in a few local villages and some lovely scenery. In the afternoon, we jump in a small local boat for a ride on Dotawaddy River.
DAY 5 - 8
DAY 5 - Depart Hsipaw on a private bus through Kyauk Mae to Naung Pain. Board a train. Cross the beautiful Gok Teik Viaduct. Upon arrival at Naung Cho, we transfer back to private bus towards Pyin Oo Lwin. Explore the charming town with eclectic architecture of colonial buildings. Overnight in Maymyo .
DAY 6 - Morning departure to Mandalay for 1.5 hours Visit the nunnery at Saging Hill before seeing the local life at Saging Market. International Meditation Center. See silversmiths and pottery village. Walk over the 100+ year old teak U-Bein Bridge and enjoy the magnificient sunset. Stay in Mandalay for 2 nights.
DAY 7 - Board a private chartered boat for a cruise on Irrawaddy River towards the former capital of Mingun. Walk through the village to see the massive Mingun Pahtodawgyi, also known as the world’s largest unfinished stupa. The 90 ton Mingun Bell, which was the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell until 2000. Hsinbyume Paya. Return to hotel for a short rest before starting out again in Mandalay with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda (with 729 stupas covering 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures – which earned the title of “World’s Biggest Book”). Be awed by the exquisite teak woodcarving at Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. Free time to shop at Zaycho market before going to Shwe Kyin Monastery to see the monks attending their evening reciting ceremony.
DAY 8 - Morning drive to the 18th century capital, Amarapura. Attend the daily meal of over thousand monks at the country’s largest monastery: Mahagandayon. Visit a silk weaving workshop, the craft speciality of Amarapura. After lunch, 4 hour drive to Mt. Popa with a stop at a village enroute for a walk. Arrive at the viewpoint of Mt. Popa before walking for 25 minutes to our resort. Overnight in Popa.
DAY 9 - 12
DAY 9 - Toddy palm groves and jaggery cottage industry before visiting Kyaukpadaung Market, Popa Village and the famous Popa Taung Kalat, a volcanic plug with a monastery on the summit. Drive to Bagan with a stop at Pyi Farm. After check in at hotel, we travel on horse carts passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple; the cursed Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork and Sulamani Temple. Enjoy a sunset over the plains dotted with hundreds of pagodas and stupas from the upper terrace of one of the temples. Stay in Bagan for 3 nights.
DAY 10 - Nyaung Oo Market, where the locals come to buy and sell fresh produce and other goods every day, is the first thing we see in the morning before going over to Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction to Bagan’s rich history. Visit a traditional lacquerware workshop. After lunch, we see Ananda Temple with two unique buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy River.
DAY 11 - Optional unforgettable and unique hot-air balloon flight over the plains of Bagan in the early morning. Explore the caves to observe the local traditions and spiritual beliefs of the Burmese at the Ngat Pyit Taung Monastery. Afterwards, we visit the Monastic Primary School to observe local children studying their lessons. After lunch, we continue to the rural village of Minnanthu, one of Bagan’s least visited areas. Explore temples such as Payathonzu with its unusual architecture and Tantric Buddhism influence, Lemyentha and Nandamannya. Enjoy a bicycle ride through pagodas before climbing up to an upper terrace at one of the temples for an unforgettable sunset.
DAY 12 - Fly from Bagan to Heho, then drive to Nyaung Shwe, gateway of Inle Lake. Stop at the wooden Shuwe Yan Pyay Monastery enroute. Upon arrival at a jetty, we board a private motorboat for a ride on Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud anchored to the bottom by bamboo poles. Visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which houses dozens of Shan Buddha images. Continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold. Explore the local crafts with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone as well as blacksmith and boat building factories. If time allows, we enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages from Theyloo to Myinaung. Stay at Inle Lake for 2 nights.
DAY 13 - 15
DAY 13 - Visit the lake’s morning market, which rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm. From the middle of the lake, we continue down a small canal leading towards the Pa-oh Village of In Dein. Wander around through the area on foot – village, school and Alaung Sitthou, which is filled with picturesque ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below. Return back to Inle Lake. Paddle your own canoes for an hour and enjoy the sunset over Inle Lake.
DAY 14 - Fly from Heho to Yangon. After arrival, we start out walking in Sule. Yangon City Hall. Musemeah Yeshua Synagogue. Fruit market, Hindu temple and see the porters at the old harbor. Bogyoke Market. Have some coffee or beer at Thiripyitsaya Sky Bistro at Sakura Tower. In the afternoon, we go to Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda to learn about Buddhism before walking around Kandawgyi lake from the east side to the west side. Have a coffee or tea break before heading over to Shwedagon Pagoda until after sunset. Farewell dinner. Overnight in Yangon.
DAY 15 - Morning ride on the Yangon Circular Railway. The slow non-airconditioned traveling train gives us an unique opportunity to observe the lively and colorful lifestyle of the local people. Disembark and explore at Insein Market before returning back to Yangon. Later in the afternoon, we transfer to the airport for your flights back home.