Myanmar

Myanmar

BaganWe can put this trip together for you and a group of your friends at any time of the year. Contact us at travel@patandmikestravel.com for details.

The food is outstanding, the hotels excellent, and the shopping fantastic. The diverse sights will dazzle your senses. The aromas, sights, and sensations are spellbinding.

It is filled with a rich, geophysical and ethnic diversity, and the friendly hospitality of its people will captivate you.

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Yangon

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Yangon (Rangoon): Walk the streets of Old Yangon to see leafy lanes and byways filled with enormous timber mansions, decorated in unique Myanmar style, where British captains of industry once lived. See century-old buildings with magnificent architecture, reminders of Yangon’s past. The number of colonial buildings still standing in downtown Yangon is nothing short of spectacular. Myanmar’s isolation from the rest of the world during the years after independence resulted in a unique preservation of many of its old buildings. It is heartening to see that at last, many of them are restored to their former beauty. Yangon’s colonial streets are a showcase of the best, or most ostentatious, of colonial architecture—an exuberant display of wealthy and designer dexterity. The influence of Victorian and Edwardian architectural details soon made a deep impression on the local and Indian craftsmen who embraced the styles wholeheartedly. Yangon is perhaps the last authentic example of an Asian tropical city still featuring its former colonial origins, huge parks, shady trees and lakes and its religious monuments. Of those monuments, the most legendary, graceful and majestic of all, is the Shwedagon Pagoda built around 2,5000 years ago. We enter and exit Myanmar from Yangon.

Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock): Although small in size, this pagoda has been recognized as one of the wonders of Southeast Asia and certainly qualifies as one of the wonders of the world. Its unique position is at the apex of a huge boulder that is now gilded gold, which precariously balances on the steep edge of a separate rock table and overhangs it by nearly half its length. It is amazing that this position has been maintained for centuries despite several violent earthquakes. It is nothing short of spectacular!

Mandalay: Start humming the song “On The Road to Mandalay, where the flying fishes play,” etc. The road to Mandalay is what the British called the Irrawaddy River, which was then the only way to get from Rangoon to Mandalay when Burma was a colony of theirs. The Brits built more than 650 river boats to haul cargo and people up and down this 1,200-mile-long river.  Mandalay is the second-largest city in the country and the major market city for upper Myanmar. It is also the gateway for trade to India and China. We’ll see many monuments and pagodas, of course. The view from the top of Mandalay hill is outstanding. The area offers handicrafts, waterfalls, a botanical garden, ancient cities, and the world’s largest hanging un-cracked bell (90 tons). It is from here we will board our little chartered boat for an outstanding ride up the river to Bagan.

Bagan: One of the richest archaeological and historical cities in Asia, Bagan is a large area with more than 2,000 pagodas and temples all set in a vast plain beside the legendary Ayeyarwaddy River. During the Bagan Era (11th-13th centuries), the Burmese language was written for the first time. Bagan was the origin of Buddhism, as still practiced nowadays, and was the seat of religious learning for clergy and laity. The view of sunrise and sunset from the top of the temples is breathtaking. You can enhance your visit here by taking the optional early-morning balloon flight over Bagan (approximately $300).  This area will be one of the many highlights of the trip.

Inle (or sometimes spelled “Inlay”) Lake: This beautiful mountain lake is roughly 12 miles long and of outstanding beauty within its natural surroundings. One of its many unique features is the cultivation of floating gardens where flowers, as well as tomatoes and cucumbers, grow. The local villages are colorful and fun to visit. The beauty of sunrise and sunset with the Shan mountain range as a backdrop to the lake enchants everyone! We will have a chance to see the unique floating villages built on stilts, the famous floating markets, and the well-known leg rowers standing at the stern of their slender boats and rowing with one leg. We’ll observe the weaving of beautiful silks with patterns and motifs unique to this region. The most famous pagoda in this area is the Paungdaw-oo pagoda. Another highlight is the Jumping Cat monastery.

Ngapali Beach (optional extension): The end of the trip is a great time to relax, and you’ll love spending three easy nights and two days at one of the outstanding beach resorts in Asia. The beaches are almost uniquely unspoiled in this part of the world. Relax in the shade of palm trees, wander along the silver sands, watch the fishermen at their daily catch, swim (ocean or pool), golf, get a massage, go fishing, or just let the breezes of the Bay of Bengal clear your mind. In the world of stress we live in, this is an outstanding oasis of relaxation. Like our previous travelers, you won’t want to leave!

 

 

 

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