Arrive in Yangon
Maingalarpar (Hello in Burmese)
Parallels and Meridians welcome you to Myanmar. You can get some rest today so we can start off fresh tomorrow. Overnight in Yangon.
Largest city of Myanmar
Our journey through Myanmar starts today. Let’s start by exploring Yangon. We will start with the Karaweik Royal Barge – a beautiful golden floating palace which is also a popular place to eat. Afterwards, we will visit the Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha, famous for its magnificent reclining Buddha statue, followed by the Botataung Pagoda: the Buddha’s relics are enshrined here and its lavish gold decoration will surely dazzle you. After this we can take a stroll around the harbor, see the Stand Hotel and also get a glimpse of the colonial past of downtown Yangon. Later in the evening you can visit the Bogyoke Market and also see the Shwedagon Pagoda if you wish to – it’s at its most beautiful at sunset. Overnight in Yangon.
Yangon – Mandalay
The last royal capital of Myanmar
We will be taking a flight to Mandalay this morning after breakfast. After checking into our hotel, we will immediately head out to do some sightseeing. We begin by going to the Mahamuni Pagoda, which has plenty of Buddha images covered in ornate gold leaf, a product of the renowned craftsmanship of the city. To find out more about this, we will then visit the city’s cottage industries to get acquainted with the skills of Mandalese craftsmen. After lunch we will visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose grounds hold the world’s largest book! A visit to the Shwenandaw Monastery, which has beautiful teak carvings and architecture, is in order, while the day will be rounded off with a sunset walk to the peak of Mandalay Hill to enjoy the views of the city – a fitting way to complete a busy day. Overnight in Mandalay.
Mandalay – Amarapura – Mandalay
In and around Mandalay
Today we will go for an excursion around Mandalay. We will visit Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing. In Amarapura we can explore the silk-weaving factories and U Bein (a wooden bridge). After this we leave for Ava, which was the capital from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century. Here we will travel by traditional horse and carriage to visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the town’s Royal Palace and fort. After lunch we will cross the bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. Here we will stop to see the pagodas and monasteries, which include the Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda and U Min Thone Sae’ Pagoda. At sunset we will walk along U bein bridge, which gives stunning views. Overnight in Mandalay.
Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay
The beauty of the Irrawaddy
After breakfast we will be transferred to the Mandalay jetty where we will have a private local boat waiting for us for a river cruise. It will be a very interesting and relaxing day as we gently cruise along the scenic Irrawaddy River to Mingun. The places we will be visiting in Mingun are Mingun Pahtodawqyi and the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda. The Mingun Bell, which is the world’s largest undamaged ringing bell, is also worth witnessing. Later we shall return to Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay.
Mandalay – Sagaing – Bagan
Cruising on the river
After breakfast, we are transferred to the Sagaing jetty to take a cruise at 10 in the morning to Bagan. In the afternoon we will stop at Yandabo village, which is famous for pottery, and is also the site of a treaty between the British East India Company and the Burmese Kingdom of Ava in 1826. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included. Overnight on the boat.
Arrive in Bagan
Temples of Bagan
Early morning will see us cruising downstream to Bagan. We shall disembark at Bagan Aye Yar jetty. Later in the day we will do some sightseeing of Bagan, starting with the Ananda temple, which contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the angle from which the statue is viewed. We will then go on a horse and cart which will pass the highest temple in Bagan, Dhammayangyi Temple, as well as Sulamani Temple. We will also get an opportunity to enjoy a lovely sunset from the upper reaches of one of the temples. Overnight in Bagan.
History of Bagan
After breakfast we will visit the vibrant and colorful Nyaung Oo Market, a fine opportunity to experience local culture at first-hand, as this is where local people come to buy and sell fresh produce and other goods. A visit to the Golden Stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda will help you understand Bagan’s history. The nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi is also famous for its mural paintings. In the afternoon we will visit a workshop where lacquerware is produced. Following this we will board a local boat for an unhurried cruise down the Irrawaddy River. While cruising along the river we can get an uninterrupted and authentic glimpse of village life and beautiful temples. Overnight in Bagan.
Bagan - Popa- Bagan
Extinct volcano of Mt. Popa
Today after a delicious breakfast we will be driving to Mt. Popa (45kms/1hr 30mins). It is an extinct volcano which now has a shrine. After a long yet rewarding climb of 777 steps, the view at the top and the summit shrines are nothing less than exquisite. During our journey to Mt. Popa we also have the pleasure of witnessing the local life of the villagers along the way. After this incredible journey we will head back to Bagan. Overnight in Bagan.
Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake
Myanmar’s most spectacular lake
Today we board our flight for Heho from Bagan Airport. Upon arrival at Heho we will drive to Nyaung She, which is the gateway village to Inle Lake. On the way we stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay monastery. When we reach the edge of Inle Lake we will take a private motorboat to head out onto the lake, undoubtedly Myanmar’s most spectacular. Here we will get an opportunity to see and observe the Intha people in a bucolic setting. There are floating villages to explore, including Inpawkhon, Se Gaung, and Nan Pan, and pagodas such as the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. We end our day by visiting the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, where the interiors of the monastery vividly illustrate the history of Buddhism in Myanmar – if you’re an animal-lover, you may be happy to hear there are also numerous cats who roam the grounds of the monastery! Overnight in Inle Lake.
Inle - Indien - Inle
Pagodas of Indein
After a hearty breakfast we will leave for some sightseeing in and around Inle Lake. We will visit the Indein Pagodas, which have some spectacular wall paintings. Later we shall pay a visit to the local market, before returning to Inle Lake and further exploring the floating villages and their plantations. Overnight in Inle.
Inle Lake – Ngapali
Time for some beach
Today we will be flying to Thandwe. Upon arrival in Thandwe Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to Ngapali Beach, a 20 minute drive. Ngapali Beach is a spectacular and pristine stretch of white sand, prettily lined by coconut palms. One can easily do snorkeling here as the waters are very clean. There are also plenty of small islands nearby to which one can take a boat and explore. Overnight in Ngapali.
White sandy beaches
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure on the beach. Overnight in Ngapali.
Another day at the beach
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure on the beach. Overnight in Ngapali.
Ngapali – Thandwe – Yangon
Back to Yangon
The morning is kept at leisure for you. Later in the afternoon you will be transferred to Thandwe Airport to board a flight to Yangon. Upon arrival at Yangon Airport you will be driven to your pre-booked hotel. Overnight in Yangon.
Departure from Yangon
See you soon
Today our Myanmar odyssey comes to an end. We hope you enjoyed your trip and have a safe onward journey. We hope to see you again soon!
(From May 01, 2018 – September 30, 2018)
|01 pers||$ 5,358||$ 6,130||$ 7,294|
|02 – 03 pers||$ 3,101||$ 3,494||$ 4,076|
|04 – 06 pers||$ 3,064||$ 3,457||$ 4,033|
|08 – 12 pers||$ 2,693||$ 3,086||$ 3,669|
* price per person
(From October 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019)
|01 pers||$ 6,464||$ 7,906||$ 9,376|
|02 – 03 pers||$ 3,698||$ 4,426||$ 5,146|
|04 – 06 pers||$ 3,654||$ 4,382||$ 5,110|
|08 – 12 pers||$ 3,290||$ 4,018||$ 4,738|
* price per person
THE PRICE INCLUDES
- Accommodation in hotels listed in a double room with breakfast.
- Ground transfers by private car with an English speaking driver in an Air-conditioned Car.
- Flights – Yangon to Mandalay, Bagan to Heho, Heho to Thandwe, Thandwe to Yangon.
- Boat ride – Mandalay to Mingun, Sagaing to Bagan, Nyaung Shwe to Inle Lake.
- Entrance fees at sites, museums and shows mentioned in the program
- English Speaking Guide
- All applicable taxes
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- International Flight & Airport taxes (International)
- Insurance and visa costs
- Expenses of Personal nature
- Camera and Video charges
- Tips to guides and drivers (allow about 5 $ / day / person)
- Any other Expenses that are not mentioned above
YOUR HOTELS (or similar):
Each destination has a unique character, a story. So we choose the most beautiful destinations, we also choose the most charming hotels for you. In addition, we will offer you options to choose from depending on the style of travel that suits you. You will stay in comfortable, deluxe, luxury or ultra luxury hotels depending on your budget.
- Visa and Travel Formalities
- Accommodation and transportation
- Flights & Land Package
- Our guides
- Insurance and Unforeseen Circumstances
A country that kept to itself, Myanmar, formerly Burma, now shares its treasures with the world. Cultivating fantastic architectural heritage sites, scenic lakes and a remarkable local lifestyle, this is a country that will overwhelm you in all ways possible. Visit the Temples of Bagan, the beautiful Inle Lake surrounded by authentic stilt houses and be a part of the 51,419,420 people living everyday in this breathtaking place.
The Burmese population is also known for their artistic side. The silk weaving, pottery, tapestry, jewelry and manufacturing of gold leaf are the know-how of the beautiful community of Myanmar. And if generosity is considered an art, then this is easily one of them as we add to the list of qualities held by the locals.
The tradition and culture of a nation lies in its festivals that are celebrated throughout the year. Here are a list of festivals you can choose from while planning your travel to Myanmar:
Thadigyut Festival of Light: This is a celebration commemorating the descent of Buddha from heaven. It is usually celebrated with candles, colored lights and lanterns with the streets sprawling with food stalls, and open air dance and music all through out the festive season. It is usually celebrated around September or October.
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival: One of the biggest Buddhist festivals in Myanmar, celebrated over a span of 20 days, while parading 4 Buddha images — the fifth one is usually left behind to guard their place during the celebrations. This is usually celebrated around September or October.
Thingyan New Year Water Festival: This is the most important festival in the Buddhist calendar. Similar to their neighboring countries, Myanmar celebrates the Buddhist New Year with water for about 5 days in April.
Taunggyi Balloon Festival: The city of Taunggyi is famous for this festival; consisting of balloon competitions through out the day and night, the balloons are shaped into pagodas, animals and other objects. Fireworks are also a major component to this festival. This beautiful festival happens in November.
For most trips, your passport will be enough. It must be valid for up to six months after your return trip. Passports can be easily obtained from your municipality, although there may be delays during holiday periods and holidays. Note that the passport is also required for children. For some destinations, it will be mandatory to send us a copy of your passport immediately after booking a trip.
There are a handful countries that do not need visa to enter Myanmar, and others that are required to have visa and can avail E-visas (online) for 28 days with the following as pots of entry:
- Yangon International Airport
- Mandalay International Airport
- Nap Pyi Taw International Airport
Visa on arrival will also be available in several border check points. For more information please visit http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/index.aspx
We recommend you to get your visa 4 to 6 weeks before your arrival.
Minors traveling with an adult: Parents
When a minor is traveling with a parent, the officials at the airport might ask for proof of documents to confirm your relationship. Some countries require certificates such as a birth certificate. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country of destination regarding the requirements.
Minors traveling with an adult: Others
When a minor is traveling with someone other than the parents or a family member, some countries require a declaration by the relatives to give permission for this trip. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country of destination regarding the requirements.
Each destination has a unique character, a story. So we chose the most beautiful destinations, we also handpicked the most suitable hotels for your comfort. In addition, we offer options to choose according to your budget and travel style that suits you.
We offer three options in MOST of our programs:
Simple and comfortable – These are clean and comfortable hotels. As per P&M standard, they fall into a 2-3 star categorization.
Deluxe – In this option, we offer a mix of charming and deluxe hotels. Some of them are heritage palaces, which are now famous contemporary hotels. As per P&M standard, they fall into a 4-5 star categorization.
Luxury – For the ultimate luxury holiday, we have a collection of rustic, chic and stylish hotels combined with laid back indulgence and unmatched amenities. These international favorites are the best in the destinations.
The roads Myanmar on an average are good, however it will deteriorate as you approach the villages. Floods are a common thing during the wet season.
Transport is a very significant part of your trip to Myanmar. We ensure the quality of the vehicles and the drivers are trained to show you the best landscapes, rural life, by the side of highways, and be attentive to all your requirements. The local traffic is chaotic, but you will certainly enjoy the journeys with our expert and hospitable drivers. All our trips are inclusive of transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary contracted and we will not surprise you by asking any additional fees for your small wishes.
The airline and the flight schedules are subject to change. P&M will keep you informed about the latest changes in the schedule, if any.
The price in the website are indicative and may change as per the latest amendment given by the hotels or suppliers. However, P&M will honor the rates once they are offered to you and you have made the payment for the package, even partially. In the case of international or domestic flights, the additional airport taxes that are imposed by local authorities shall be passed to you.
It is also possible to book international flights with P&M. Since we have good connections with several airlines, we will be happy to assist you for your requirements.
These people are our most amazing assets, taking you on beautiful trips with P&M. Who can explain a city or town better than the locals? This is why we always work with the locals carrying a passion for their culture. Their knowledge of destinations is immaculate; eagerly indulging you to experience the journey of the moment. All destinations, most of the cities and towns have English-speaking local guides. These guides are employed by our local agents and get regular training’s pertaining to our requirements. We evaluate their performance after each trip based on your feedback’s.
The services of local guides are included in the program (if opted by you in the package). They not only show you around the city but also purchase the tickets at the monuments. They are available to answer any of your travel related queries.
Although P&M pays them with the standard rates of travel-based companies, they expect a tip at the end of the trip. We recommend a tip of 5 €/ day/ person.
Although our travels are organized with detailed planning, the climate and other factors may change due to some unforeseen events. These however, should not spoil your travel or ruin your fun. In case such circumstances arise, be assured that you have 24/7 P&M support staff ready to offer the most suited solutions to your problems. We do our best to provide the quickest resolutions; nevertheless, we are not responsible for any factor beyond our control.
Myanmar is characterized by a tropical climate, influenced by the monsoons:
- From mid-October to mid-January: dry season.
- From February to April: summer.
- From May to mid-October: wet season.
It is always advisable to do a few routine checks before traveling to any destination outside the home country. Below mentioned are a few vaccines that is recommended before traveling to Myanmar:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Yellow Fever
It’s a good idea to consult your government’s travel-health website before departure.
Credit cards & ATMs
Credit cards are not really an option here, however, small withdrawals can be done in the major cites. Currency exchange is possible at the airport and the cities as well.
Mobile in Myanmar
Tourists can buy a local sim card from the arrival terminals of all airports or at the border checkpoint. Prepaid phone cards are available in the towns, with several outlets.
The local cuisine is very simple and in some cases, looks like the Indian cuisine. In hotels and restaurants, you can find traditional Chinese dishes, Indian with a local touch or less “strong”, as well as European cuisine, particularly French and Italian. Local specialties found in the streets, we do not recommend it for hygienic reason.
Light cotton clothes are recommended while in Myanmar. It is also advisable not to wear short or widely open tee shirts. In religiously places it is best to cover yourself properly as a sign of respect.
There is no reason for you not to take your electrical items due to electrical outlets; the markets have adapters you can purchase.
The access to the internet is very controlled, nevertheless, there are many internet cafes in town. The hotels in Yangon will have WiFi.
What makes Parallels and Meridians different?
We believe that holidays should be planned thoughtfully. Hence, we spend a good amount of time planning and offering you products considering your requirements. Amazing journeys begin the moment you contact us for a personalized trip. We design programs exactly as you wish; you will always remain a partner in making it a dream holiday.
What can I expect in a holiday with Parallels and Meridians?
Our trips bring you closer to the local community and culture as you will be taken to some of the places where no tourists have gone before. Our travel experts are always in search of something new, inspirational and entertaining. These ideas are intricately designed around your style of travel, creating a perfect trip for you.
How do you create a style of travel?
People are different, and so are their ways of traveling. We speak to several people from different walks of life, locals, travelers, families, and even bloggers, to get a better idea on the ways they prefer to travel. The styles of travel are created through their contributions and the expertise of our travel designers. It is our success formula in making exceptional trips for you.
Why do you make the trips participative?
In our small endeavor to support the local community, we found this as the most encouraging and heartfelt experience for both our guests and ourselves. We don’t indulge into activities with big charitable organizations, but quietly do our bit with the help of our guests. Our projects are humble and mostly recommended by our guests. For example, teaching basic French to the drivers (while traveling with him) actually came from one of our guest.
What are the different hotel combinations you offer?
Each destination has a unique character and history, so do their hotels. We have selected the best hotels as per your style and budget. We offer 3 options in most of our programs:
Simple and comfortable – These are clean and comfortable hotels. As per P&M standard, they fall into a 2-3 star categorization.
– In this option, we offer a mix of charming and deluxe hotels. Some of them are heritage palaces, which are now famous contemporary hotels. As per P&M standard, they fall into a 4-5 star categorization.
– For the ultimate luxury holiday, we have a collection of rustic, chic and stylish hotels combined with laid back indulgence and unmatched amenities. These international favorites are the best in the destinations.
How many beds can we have in a room?
A room will usually have a double bed. Most hotels will be able to add one extra bed.
If we’re traveling as a family, can we have interconnected rooms?
Some hotels offer interconnected rooms. If they don’t have, we ask them to provide two rooms next to each other or on the same floor.
Can I choose my own set of hotels?
Yes, you can. Just send us your wish list and we will do our best to fulfill your requirements.
What is the category of hotels included in the itinerary on the website?
You will have the option to choose the categories of the hotels you want to stay in. There are a few exceptions, however, some places like villages in Rajasthan or hiking tents in Bhutan will not offer you luxury. We will clearly advice you on this.
How does Parallels and Meridians choose the hotels?
We choose hotels based on our personal experiences. We will not recommend a hotel unless we have stayed there ourselves or have it recommended by our contributors.
What kind of vehicle do you provide?
Generally, this depends on the number of people. We provide cars for two people and micro van for three and more people. All our vehicles have air-conditioning.
Can we choose our own type of vehicle?
Yes, you can. Just let us know while sending us the information for your trip.
Are we sharing the car with someone else?
No. The car is for private use and you will share it only the people you are travelling with.
Does the car stay at my disposal every day?
Yes, it does. Our drivers are flexible and will remain at your disposal.
Do we have a guide in every city?
Yes, a guide will be provided to you in each city unless there is no visit scheduled.
How do you select your guides?
We select guides who understand your interests and requirements. They carry a flair for their culture and tradition, offering the best experiences to our clients. All our tour guides are locals, have professional licenses and are known for their passion and knowledge of the destination. We only hire highly rated guides with years of experience.
How do I plan my trip with you?
Once a program is picked from the website and the query form is filled, our travel experts will start working on the program. They will carefully prepare a tailor-made itinerary for you and will present it in details. Your itinerary will be refined and polished until you are satisfied and happy to book with us. As it is very important for us to understand your requirements, please do not hesitate to ask questions and voice your concerns or desires.
I like one of your family programs. Can it be tailor-made for a couple?
Yes, it can. All our programs can be further tailored for your specific requirements. You will be amazed to see the countless possibilities in our programs as per your style.
Can I make my own itinerary?
Yes, you can. Simply fill the form or send us e-mail at email@example.com
How do you decide your pricing?
The itineraries in the website have indicative pricing which may change as per your personalized travel request. We choose the most important sightseeing, destinations, guides and hotels, which makes a great holiday experience for our guests. As we do not want to surprise you with hidden costs, we always include essential costs in the program. Although we are not necessarily the cheapest, we do aim to offer exceptional overall value for money and rely on our clients for repeat business and recommendations for your future dream holidays.
Can I adjust my budget?
Of course, our experts can share plenty ideas with you, fitting your budget. However, we make sure that quality is never compromised. We immediately inform you with our inability to offer you something that is below standard or of low quality. It is always better to say no than to regret a bad holiday experience.
What is included in the cost of your packages?
Our services start the moment you arrive at your destination, where a representative will be awaiting your arrival. All accommodations, transfers, local flights as well as arranged activities, unless otherwise specified will be included. Our trips are on breakfast-only basis except some special meals like welcome lunch or a special farewell dinner.
Why don’t you offer trips on full board?
We could; however, you will agree with us that everybody has different tastes. Moreover, the local cuisine is also an important aspect of your trip. Why should we charge you extra for some meals in hotels and expensive restaurants, when you can enjoy the spontaneity of discovering restaurants on your own? This is why we intentionally refuse to include all meals in our itineraries. If you are on a safari or a trekking trip, all meals are included as these are remote areas without restaurant alternatives. In lieu of this, you will receive a list of recommended restaurants, where you can have a taste of authentic cuisines.
How do I get the assurance of my travel safety?
Having our headquarter in France, P&M provides all necessary financial and legal guarantees to our travelers. You not only get the best travel programs from us but also experience a memorable and safe travel arranged by our local correspondents with 24/24 assistance. To ensure that all our local agents offer best services, quality travel and assurance, we have an office in India supervising all the activities in Asia. In addition, for your peace of mind, we support you with a range of insurances to meet your needs.
Who will be taking care of my trip when I am on the go?
You will have a dedicated travel expert from the first moment of contact. The travel expert will work with you before and during the trip.
What are the different modes of payment you accept?
The different modes of payment we accept are bank transfer and online payment by credit or debit card. You can pay either 30 or 50% at the time of the booking and the remaining, one month prior to your travel.
How secure is my credit card for online payment?
As your trusted partner P&M guarantees secure payment via secure payment platform enabling you to make transactions by credit card or debit card. The credit or debit card details are never reserved with us for your complete peace of mind.
Where can I see the reviews on P&M?
All reviews given by our travellers are regularly uploaded to our website. Furthermore, many of our guests have shared their experiences with P&M at the sites of Trip Advisor and Trust Pilot. We are proud to share with you that; – 98% of our travelers rated our services excellent or very good – 97% of our travelers recommend our agency to their friends – 98% of our travelers would be willing to repeat the experience with P&M.
Traveling with us is the best way to come closer to the daily life of the locals. Impart your knowledge, skills and art with them. If you are an artist, a photographer, a cook or whichever skills you have that can be shared with the local community, please feel free to tell us about them, and we will organize a special activity for you at a right place to support them. In our very first communication with you, we will ask your interest and if you are willing to participate in an activity for even just one hour.
In 2016, our participants have already taught over 400 hours, the equivalent of 17 days!
Our conscious tourism does not end there; we constantly propose new participatory activities:
There are many young kids who aspire to take the job of ‘guide’. We are helping them to speak better English, or teaching them skills and techniques of travel guiding.
Post the earthquake, life is still struggling in Nepal. We are helping some small shops and businesses to get into the mainstream; not by giving money, but improvising some ideas to run their business more effectively.
“In your route, though you choose to take part in any one of these options, your trip will be the same number of days and the price will not change under any circumstances.”
How much do you donate?
Nothing Actually. We just need little bit of your time and involvement.