Rejser til Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar er sandsynligvis den bedst bevarede hemmelighed i Sydøstasien. Landet, som før hed Burma, er et helt fantastisk rejsemål med rigtig mange seværdigheder, der giver en reel fornemmelse for landet. Burma ligger imellem den tibetanske højslette og den malaysiske halvø omkranset af bjerge mod nord, vest og øst.

De fantastiske templer ved Bagan, der ligger spredt ud over en enormt støvet slette, er en af Asiens store historiske steder. Der er også mulighed for at udforske fjerntliggende stupaer og se en herlig solnedgang over templernes tage.

Yangons arkitektur tager dig tilbage til den tid, hvor det britiske styre regerede landet. Bygninger fra kolonitiden ligger side om side med de gamle buddhistiske monumenter, der fortsat anvendes i dag.

Udforsk de gamle klostre og besøg de lokale landsbyer på Inle Lake, og tag et dyk ned i landets fortid i den kongelige by, Mandalay.

Vi besøger områder, der sjældent om nogensinde, får besøg af vestlige turister. Burma byder på et eventyr, der er meget svært at finde i andre sydøstasiatiske lande.

Grupperejse 1 ► Burma – Off the beaten track
Grupperejse 2 ► En rejse rundt i det gyldne land

Grupperejse 1 ► Burma – Off the beaten track

Generel information om grupperejser i Myanmar

Happy Lama Travels eksklusive grupperejser i Myanmar foregår i små internationale grupper med lokal engelsktalende rejseleder. Derfor er rejsebeskrivelserne på engelsk.

En lokal rejseleder kender sit land bedre end en dansk rejseleder. Det er desuden vores erfaring at en lokal rejseleder giver dig et bedre indblik i, hvordan livet leves i Myanmar.

Passer rejsedatoerne dig ikke eller vil du selv have maksimal indflydelse på dit rejseprogram – Kontakt os hvis du ønsker et tilbud på en individuel rejse i Myanmar.

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Trip Summary

Isolated for decades, Burma holds a wealth of cultural and historical treasures, and this trip spends time exploring its rich heritage and culture. Our tour covers the main highlights of the country but also includes some hidden gems and areas that rarely see Western tourists. From chaotic and charming Yangon, where we take a spiritual Shwedagon tour, to the Shan villages, local schools, and the grave of the first prince of Hsipaw, this tour really goes beyond the tourist trail. You have the chance to go trekking to the hill tribe villages in Kyaukme and take a spectacular train crossing over the mighty Gokteik Viaduct. Add in a cycle tour of Mandalay and a visit to a conservation project for retired elephants run by locals around Kalaw, and you can see why this tour is so different. A highlight for most travellers will be left until near the end of this trip. Bagan is one of the most spectacular sites in Asia, a vast collection of ancient temples which rise out of the dusty plains next to the Ayeyarwaddy and make for superb exploration. Burma is one of the most stunning parts of Asia.

Fitness*** | Adventure*** | Culture***** | History**** | Wildlife**

Day 1 – Yangon

Arrive in Yangon and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore. Overnight at Aung Tha Pyay Hotel or similar.

Yangon
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a delightfully ramshackle city. Founded in the 18th century and becoming an important port it was destroyed by fire and then again suffered during the Second Anglo-Burmese War in the 19th century. Much of downtown Yangon hosts a splendid array of colonial style architecture dating back to the British occupation, including the wonderfully picturesque City Hall and the High Court. Many streets are thronged with people buying from the numerous stalls set up alongside the pavements, selling everything from fried insects to engine parts. Central Yangon contains the wonderfully gaudy Sule Pagoda, an ancient structure in the middle of a busy intersection, which gives a great picture of how Myanmar melds ancient spirituality and modern day commercial interests. The jewel in Yangon’s crown is however the Shwedagon Pagoda, a collection of stupas encrusted in gold which attracts pilgrims from all over Myanmar ,and is said to contain hairs from Buddha. Containing numerous images of nats (spirits) and Buddha himself, Shwedagon is immensely important for the Burmese people, and is where Aung San Suu Kyi addressed a crowd of hundreds of thousands demanding democracy from the military regime.

Day 2 – Yangon

This morning we visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. You will learn about the history of the pagoda, the daily lives of the people living in the immediate surroundings and a deeper insight into the Buddhist religion and how the spiritual belief is mixed with the belief in nats – the Myanmar spirits. Pass workshops, markets and monasteries along the way. The tour includes a traditional Burmese breakfast, offerings to monks and the pagoda, and a visit to a fortune teller. The afternoon is free to discover downtown Yangon with all its heritage buildings on your own. You may wish to revisit Shwedagon in the evening to see this magnificent pagoda illuminated in all its glory. Overnight at Aung Tha Pyay Hotel or similar (B)

Day 3 – Yangon to Lashio and Hsipaw

This morning transfer to Yangon airport for a flight to Lashio . We then travel by road to Hsipaw. On arrival set off on a guided walk (approximately 4 hours) through panoramic scenery with paddy fields and seasonal crops, small creeks, Shan villages, local schools (we will hopefully get an opportunity to visit a school), the grave of the first prince of Hsipaw, a local nunnery, and a wooden monastery. Learn about Shan life and see and witness first hand traditional industries like cheroot (cigar) rolling and bamboo weaving. Overnight at Mr. Charles Hotel or similar (B)

Day 4 – Dokthawaddy River trip

This morning travel by boat along the Dokthawaddy River through beautiful mountain scenery. As we cruise at a leisurely pace you will be able to witness traditional village life from the water in this fascinating part of Myanmar. After the boat ride we take a short walk for about an hour to visit a 150 year old Shan monastery in the forest. There is time for swimming (optional) at the river confluence before returning to Hsipaw for an afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Mr. Charles Hotel or similar (B)

Day 5 – Kyaukme and Trekking

Early this morning we take a local bus from opposite the impressive post office. Stopping at local villages the bus journey is a great opportunity to interact with local people. Along with the locals themselves expect to be surrounded by (or sit on top of) vegetables, rice and anything else you can imagine! After a couple of hours we arrive in Kyaukme. We then start the day’s walk (approximately 4 -5 hours) in the mountains surrounding Kyaukme. During the trek,well get a good insight into the life of the Palaung people living in the area. We have lunch in one of the Palaung villages where people live according to century old traditions. Overnight at a local hill tribe village house. (Sleeping bag, mosquito net and mattress provided).

Optional: People who choose not to go on the trek can stay at the One Love Hotel in Kyaukme (see day 6) – please advise us when booking. Any day excursions and meals will need to be booked and paid for locally.

Day 6 – Kyaukme trekking

We spend the day walking amongst the hill tribe villages around Kyaukme. A simple lunch will be served at a local house in the village. Late in the afternoon we will head back to the hotel in Kyaukme. Overnight at the One Love Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 7 – Kyaukme to Pyin Oo Lwin and Mandalay

This morning we have some free time to explore the town with its colonial buildings and the busy and colourful market. Later we take a spectacular train journey crossing the mighty Gokteik Viaduct, once the second highest railway bridge in the world. The train leaves at 1105 and you will need to leave enough time to make sure you are at the Kyaukme train station which is about a 10 minute walk from the guesthouse. Staff from the guesthouse will walk with you and give you your train ticket. If you prefer not to walk you can hire a motorbike taxi with trailer. Against a backdrop of mountain scenery the train will pass small villages and towns where vendors will board the train to sell drinks and local snacks. We should arrive in Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) – the former summer capital for the British colonial administration- around 4pm but be prepared for some delays. On arrival we will continue by private car to Mandalay. Overnight at Emerald Land Hotel or similar. (B)

Tip:
Visit the Kyaukme market in the morning and buy water, biscuits and bananas for your lunch on the train today. Please note that the train also has only hard wooden seats!

Day 8 – Mandalay explored by bike

This morning we explore Mandalay by bike. The ride starts in the back lanes of town, passing markets and through lively neighbourhoods heading for the north east of the city. After a short ride we find ourselves in the true countryside where farmers tend to their fields, and villagers go about their daily rituals, often stopping to wave as we pass by. We make some interesting stops, first at a market to learn about the different produce on sale, and then to see bamboo being woven which is used to construct everything from roofs and walls to fans. We take a walk through a typical central Myanmar village and learn about their way of life and their different crops. On our way back to town we stop at a tea shop for a refreshing drink and snacks. We return from our ride around noon and take you by motorbike back to the hotel. Please note: you should wear clothing suitable for this activity: quarter length pants, shorts, t-shirts are all advisable, as are comfortable closed shoes. Sunscreen and hat are a must. Your afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps take a taxi later in the afternoon to the village of Amarapura and watch the sunset from the charming U Bein Bridge. Overnight at Emerald Land Hotel or similar (B)

Day 9 – Mandalay to Bagan

This morning we take the public bus to Bagan where we arrive at lunchtime and transfer to the hotel. This afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour with a guide who will show you the best known temples of the area. We start by climbing a pagoda to get a first impressive view over the whole plain. From here the guide plans his way to some of the other impressive temples that have been here for hundreds of years. Places like the Ananda, Dhammayangyi and Thatbyinnyu will certainly impress you. Overnight at Thande Nyaung U or similar (B)

Day 10 – Explore Bagan

Today is a free day in Bagan to discover its delights at your own pace. You can rent a horse cart, a bicycle or an electric bike or if you book early enough (at least 6 months is a good guide) you may be able to take a spectacular early morning balloon ride over the Bagan plain. Overnight at Thande Nyaung U or similar (B)

Day 11 – Bagan to Kalaw

This morning we have a long drive (around 6 hours) to an elephant conservation project near Kalaw. If time allows after the journey we will take a wonderfully peaceful walk in the forest before encountering the elephants and their mahouts. The project was started by local school friends with a focus on protecting the local environment, elephants and the traditions of local people living in the area. The project includes a natural environment for retired working Asian elephants and helps the local population through education and micro finance. We will learn about the elephants and have time to help wash them in the river and feed them in beautiful surroundings. We will also have lunch at the project in its perfect natural setting before continuing on to Kalaw. Overnight at the Dream villa hotel or similar (B)

Day 12 – Kalaw to Inle Lake

This morning transfer to Inle Lake. Before arriving at the lake we visit a recently set up vineyard, one of only a couple in the whole country. We visit the ruins of Indein, partly covered by vegetation and which until recently lay undiscovered. If time allows we will take a short walk to enjoy a fantastic view over the lake and visit a school in Tha Ley village. A home-made cooked lunch will be served in a local house. We continue towards the Nam Pan village for a very interesting trip by small canoe exploring the side channels and observing village life. Overnight at Hupin Kaung Dine Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 13 – Inle Lake

Enjoy a full day exploring this magical lake by boat. We discover its natural beauty, visit the floating gardens, see some of the famous leg rowing fishermen, and have a cup of tea at a local home. Around the lake, traditional markets are held in different villages according to a 5-day rotating schedule. Today we visit one of these colourful markets frequented by Shan and PaO people. We also visit a local cheroot factory (where Burmese cigars are made), floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Intha Heritage house – where Burmese cats are bred – and if there is time a weaving factory. Overnight at Hupin Kaung Dine Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 14 – Inle Lake via Heho to Yangon

This morning transfer to Heho airport for a flight back to Yangon and on arrival transfer to the hotel. The rest of your day is free in Yangon. Overnight at Aung Tha Pyay Hotel or similar (B)

Day 15 – Yangon Departure

Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)

Grupperejse 1 ► Burma – Off the beaten track
Grupperejse 2 ► En rejse rundt i det gyldne land

Grupperejse 2 ► En rejse rundt i det gyldne land

Generel information om grupperejser i Myanmar

Happy Lama Travels eksklusive grupperejser i Myanmar foregår i små internationale grupper med lokal engelsktalende rejseleder. Derfor er rejsebeskrivelserne på engelsk.

En lokal rejseleder kender sit land bedre end en dansk rejseleder. Det er desuden vores erfaring at en lokal rejseleder giver dig et bedre indblik i, hvordan livet leves i Myanmar.

Passer rejsedatoerne dig ikke eller vil du selv have maksimal indflydelse på dit rejseprogram – Kontakt os hvis du ønsker et tilbud på en individuel rejse i Myanmar.

asien@happylamatravel.com

Denne rejse kombinerer Myanmar med Thailand

Trip Summary

For the first time in centuries it is possible to cross the border between Burma and Thailand overland, something many people have dreamt of but until very recently has not been possible. Be one of the first to travel this unique route crossing the Htee Khee border to Dawei which connects the more remote areas of Mon State and Kayin State. These are very much more undiscovered areas of Burma offering spectacular scenery and intriguing tribal culture dating back for centuries. The Mon are believed to be one of the first civilisations in this part of the world. The rich culture can still be seen in the daily lives of local people with their specific sarongs, traditional food, language and musical instruments. The Kayin are one of the indigenous tribes of the jungle known for their traditional boxing skills. The area offers beautiful natural scenery with traditional villages and waterways surrounded by spectacular limestone mountains. The Kayin has its own separate language and traditions, whose origins are still very much uncertain to experts. We continue to Bagan via the new capital Nay Pyi Daw, before being treated to the fertile lands of the Shan mountains. The final highlight of the trip is to discover an off the beaten track and only recently accessible part of Eastern Shan state where we can interact with local tribes such as the An(Anu) people, Akha people, Lahu people and Palaung (silver) people. You will learn about their cultures and religion (Buddhist, Christian and Animist). As well as the rich culture you will enjoy scenery from emerald rice paddies to sweeping mountain vistas. We will also enjoy some walking amongst these little visited villages. In Keng Tung you will do a full day bike tour to explore the city and its surroundings and discover the British influence in the area. After Keng Tung, you will journey to Tachileik and cross the border into Thailand (Mae Sai). This is an unforgettable overland journey through an exciting and mostly unexplored part of Burma.

Fitness*** | Adventure**** | Culture***** | History**** | Wildlife**

Day 1 – Bangkok

Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Galleria 10 hotel or similar.

Day 2 – Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Dawei

An early morning start to drive to the Thai/Myanmar border at Baan Phu Nam Ron. After immigration meet your local Myanmar guide at the border town of Htee Khee where we commence the journey to Dawei. We share a ride in a minibus with local people and the journey should take about 3-4 hours through the southern plateau passing through jungle and mountainous terrain on a winding and sometimes quite bumpy road. On arrival in Dawei transfer to your hotel. Overnight at the Shwe Maung Than Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 3 – Dawei

Today we explore Dawei and its surroundings. Learn about the history of the town and its buildings. We will take a stroll through the busy and colourful market. Continue to Shwe Taung Sar Pagoda and the museum to see collections of bronze coins, vases, portraits and large wooden ancient Buddha images displayed. We can also visit the ancient monastery. After a home cooked lunch prepared by a local family we visit the reclining Buddha statue built on the hill east of Dawei and then we take a walk up the mountain to hopefully view a magnificent sunset from the top of Sapar Taung Mountain. After our walk we return to the hotel. Overnight at Shwe Maung Than Hotel or similar (BL)

Dawei
Dawei, known as Tavoy in colonial times is the capital of Thanitaryi division. The town was one of the first cities settled by the British after the first Anglo-Burmese war; as a result the towns have a long history and very interesting architecture typical of the colonial era.

Day 4 – San Lan Village

This morning we set off early first by tuk tuk to the busy central market. We continue to Long Lone Township where our trekking begins. We walk through lush green forest over undulating terrain for around 2 hours with time for rests. We arrive at Shan Maw shore where we have a short stop at a local bamboo cottage and have some green tea. We continue the trek for a further half an hour or so where we reach a picturesque gulf overlooking the fishing village of San Lan Village, characterized by its bamboo huts on the beach. We stroll through the village to observe the local fishermen going about their daily tasks. We should also be able to visit some local people in their homes. There will also be an opportunity for swimming today. After our visit to San Lan we head back to Long Lone Township and back to Dawei. Overnight at Shwe Maung Than Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 5 – Dawei - Mawlamyine

This morning we can visit some more local markets or you can explore by yourself. Later we transfer to the bus station to take an air-conditioned bus on the journey north to Mawlamyine through the southern plateau. The air conditioned bus will leave from Dawei around 2pm and takes around 8 hours. On arrival in Mawlamyine transfer to the hotel. Overnight Shwe Myint Moh Tun Hotel or similar (B)

Day 6 – Mawlamyine

After breakfast we visit the Seindon Mibaya Monastery with its magnificent wood carvings. Continue to Ni Paya for fine views over the city and we take a walk to examine some of the buildings of the city and the architecture from the colonial days. Renowned writers such as Orwell and Kipling lived in the city. We also visit the first Baptist church. Later we will visit the Mon Museum which has some interesting displays demonstrating the rich Mon culture. Lunch will be taken in a local home with Mon specialities. The afternoon will be at leisure. Overnight at Shwe Myint Moh Tun Hotel or similar (BL)

Seindon Mibaya Monastery
The last king of Myanmar, at the palace in Mandalay, came to power by killing many of the rival heirs to the throne at the end of the 19th century. Queen Seindon escaped and moved to what was called Moulmein in that period and became a Buddhist nun till her death (her tomb is in the compound in one of the nunneries). She built the Seindon Mibaya Monastery in Mawlamyine which is very fine example of architecture in the original Mandalay palace and has magnificent woodcarvings and other decorations. It’s a monastery so beautiful that one could actually call it a museum.

Day 7 – Mawlamyine - Golden Rock (Kyaikhtiyo)

This morning we transfer to Kyaikhtiyo and visit the important pilgrimage site of the remarkable Golden Rock. The visit involves around a 1.5 hour walk and there will be plenty of time to explore the pagoda and its surroundings. Overnight at Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar (BL)

Golden Rock
The Golden Rock is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Myanmar Buddhists and maybe one of the strangest sights for visitors to Myanmar. Balanced on the edge of a mountain, over many years the rock has been totally covered with gold leaf by pilgrims.

Day 8 – Golden Rock (Kyaikhtiyo) - Nay Pyi Daw

Today we transfer to Nay Pyi Daw a journey of around 5 hours. On arrival transfer to your accommodation and later we can explore the town including the market. Alternatively you can have this afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Nay Pyi Daw or similar (B)

Nay Pyi Daw
Nay Pyi Daw is a new capital city of Burma established in the early 21st century to serve as the country’s new administrative centre.

Day 9 – Nay Pyi Daw - Bagan

Today we transfer to Bagan. The journey should take around 5 hours. On arrival we transfer to the hotel before taking some time to visit some of the wonderful temples in Bagan. Overnight Kumudra Hotel or similar (B)

Bagan
No words can do Bagan justice. A vast plain dotted with innumerable stupas and temples, Bagan’s heyday was between the 11th and 13th centuries, when King Anawahrata embarked upon a massive programme of building that now fills approximately 40 sq. km. on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy. Highlights include the temples of Thatbyinnyu, Ananda Pahto, Shwesandaw and the mighty Dhammayangyi, situated in the middle of the plain. Many temples contain images of the Buddha while others are decorated with ancient frescoes. While some see relatively high numbers of tourists, others remain tantalisingly unexplored and it is quite easy to find yourself the only person there, marvelling over the wonders of an ancient civilisation. Exploring these temples, finding your way through winding and darkened corridors to emerge onto a terrace with spectacular views over the whole area, is one of the highlights of travel within the whole continent of Asia. Watching the sun set and cast a dim yellow glow over hundreds of stupas glittering throughout the plain, is a breathtaking experience not easily forgotten.

Day 10 – Bagan

Today we will enjoy some cycling in the surrounds of Bagan. Our first stop is the Z-Craft Jetty in Old Bagan. We will visit a busy market where locals bring their merchandise from across the river. We take a short boat ride across to SeLan village on the other side of the Ayeyarwaddy River. We spend some time cycling through the vegetable plantations and rural scenery observing local life. Arrive at Myitchay village where we can visit some local industry such as cane/bamboo. After lunch we cycle south around 10km’s to Kyaung Chaung Jetty where our boat will be waiting for us to bring us back to Old Bagan. The rest of the day will be at leisure to explore some of the many incredible temples. Please note you should wear clothing suitable for this activity. Closed shoes are recommended. Overnight Kumudra Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 11 – Bagan - Heho - Inle Lake

This morning we transfer to the airport for an internal flight to Heho. On arrival we transfer to Nyaung Shwe on the periphery of Inle Lake. We visit the Buddha museum which is housed in the former “Haw” (palace) of the last Shan prince of Nyaung Shwe. After lunch at a local restaurant we take a stroll around the local market and visit the ancient teak wooden Shwe Yan Pyay monastery with its photogenic oval windows. Later we take to the water exploring small canals and the floating gardens to get a feel for local Inthar life. Today ends with a visit to one of Burma’s only vineyards where you can taste some wine and relax with a great view. Overnight at Paradise Nyaung Shwe Hotel or similar (BL)

Inle Lake
Enormous Inle Lake is one of Myanmar’s key attractions. With a shoreline littered with stilt villages, it is famous for its fishermen, who row their boats using their legs – an amazingly photogenic sight. A boat trip around the lake reveals small villages with water buffalo wading into the water, and wooden monasteries that have been here for centuries. The surrounding area is mountainous and home to the Pa-O people, among other ethnic groups, who can be found wearing their traditional headgear.

Day 12 – Nyaung Shwe - Pha Lan

Today we start a real adventure through Eastern Shan state by 4 wheel drive through an area only recently opened up to tourism in 2014, where infrastructure is very basic and where local people have had very little contact with Westerners. On the way we pass some of the most beautiful scenery in Myanmar, through forested areas that have remained largely untouched. The road follows the infamous route for opium couriers using mules to pass goods through the famous Golden Triangle. By late afternoon or early evening we arrive at Pha Lan and a simple dinner will be served at a village house. Overnight in the village at the house of a village elder (Very basic facilities and shared bathroom) (BLD)

Day 13 – Pha Lan - Keng Tung

After a simple breakfast we continue on our adventure weaving through the mountains passing remote Shan villages. After around 8 hours travelling through this remarkable landscape we reach Keng Tung. Overnight at Amazing Keng Tung Hotel or similar (BL)

Eastern Shan State
Following in the trails of the BBC Top Gear team, Eastern Shan state has been closed to tourists until as recently as 2014. It is only now that the area can be visited with special permits. The region is stunning with high mountains and sweeping vistas around every turn. The area is home to fascinating hill tribes, who have had very little contact with Westerners. Certainly it would be not exaggerating to say that this is a truly pioneering journey on a route that will certainly yield many fascinating travel stories at the dining table when you’re back home.

The facilities during the trip through Eastern Shan state are very basic. In the local homestay mosquito nets and blankets are provided, bathroom facilities are either at a communal village well or in the river while the food will be rice, noodles and locally prepared meals by your guide.

Day 14 – Keng Tung

After breakfast transfer to Pin Tauk, in beautiful countryside where we will enjoy a 5km trek through 3 local villages, Pan Lac (Ann), Won Lar (Akha) and Nam Lin Mai (Ann) giving you a chance to meet and learn about the different minority people in the area. Returning to Pin Tauk, we drive to some more villages. A simple lunch will be served during the trek. Later we return to Keng Tung. Overnight at Amazing Keng Tung Hotel (BL)

Day 15 – Keng Tung - Bangkok

Early this morning visit the local market in Keng Tung and try a local Shan breakfast. Later we transfer to Tachileik (around 5 hours) and cross the border into Thailand (Mae Sai), and continue to Chiang Rai airport for your late afternoon flight back to Bangkok and transfer to a hotel close to the airport. Overnight hotel close to the airport (B)

Day 16 – Departure Bangkok

After breakfast the morning is at leisure. Later you will be transferred to Bangkok Airport for your international flight home. For those that wish extension arrangements can be made in Thailand (B)

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