Myanmar Culture Tour
Central, Myanmar (Burma)
Central, Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar sits at the crossroads of Asia’s great civilisations of India and China, and stretches from the islands of the Andaman Sea in the south up into the Eastern Himalayan mountain range. There are still large regions that are thickly forested and thinly populated. In between are magnificent and ancient Buddhist temples of rich and glorious heritage spanning more than two thousand years.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: IN MYANMAR AND EXPLORE ANCIENT PAGODAS, TEMPLES & PINDAYA CAVES.
This is the most comprehensive tour of Myanmar (Burma) and includes the country's most popular destinations. All touring is with your own private guide and driver, and accommodation is at luxury hotels. This tour is perfect for those who like to understand its history and culture visiting off-the-beaten track destinations, including Amarapura and Minguin.
Begin your private tour in Yangon, the capital city of Myanmar. Travel to the awe-inspiring Bagan, where thousands of pagodas and temples stretch from the Ayeyarwady River out across miles of arid plains. Tour the structures, built between the 11th and 13th centuries when Bagan was a major Buddhist centre of Southeast Asia, and learn about the history carved in their layered facades, painted in their interior frescoes and sculpted in their Buddhist statues.
Travel to Mandalay, the real heart of Myanmar (Burma), for this was the capital until the British captured and exiled King Thebaw in 1885. Here, they feel, their culture centres, as it once did in earlier capitals - in Amarapura, Sagaing, Ava, and classical Bagan. All of which we will visit.
Next, visit the magnificent Pindaya Caves, set in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake. Then continue to the massive fresh water Inle Lake, rimmed with high hills, stilted villages and crumbling stupas. Its calm waters are dotted with floating gardens of fruit and vegetables and fishing canoes known for its unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar.
Continue to the massive fresh water Inle Lake, home of the Intha people. Rimmed with high hills, stilted villages inhabited by the Intha people, known for leg-rowing their flat-bottomed boats. For many travellers, Inle is heaven on earth, a place to while away the days canoeing, cycling and walking through the lush countryside. For others, it is a place to meditate.
Finish the tour in Yangon that still maintains its colonial charm with wide tree lined avenues, tranquil lakes, and gracious turn of the century architecture. With your private guide visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda that dominates the city skyline and visit many shops of Scott Market, to buy Myanmar’s precious stones – rubies, sapphires and jade. And we know a good place to go at night time, when Chinatown comes alive with its pungent aromas and delicious street food.
Due to the lack of travel services in Myanmar most airlines fly via Bangkok, Kaula Lumpur or Singapore. It is best to check prices for flights to Bangkok and from there to Yangon return as buying two tickets can be cheaper. We suggest that you book in advance to get the best rates for flights.
Getting Around: The most efficient way to get into town from the airport is by taxi. Not all local drivers speak English or take foreign currency so it is best to take a taxi provided by the taxi counter at the airport. Airport transfers can also be arranged by AwimAway. If you book your transfer with us then one of our drivers will be waiting for you at the airport. If you book your tour with us then your private car and driver will be available to you for sightseeing excursions or shopping trips at your convenience, and can be used to travel throughout Myanmar by road.