Taking part in this Turquoise Sea of Myanmar trip, you will unwind from the travels throughout Myanmar and relax at sublime Ngapali beach. Fly to the best beach in the country and chill out at a fantastic luxurious resort. Get massage or some relaxation treatments to calm down from your activities. Go snorkelling, a great way to observe the beautiful tropical fish in the pristine waters.
Make oneself well-rested on the white sand beach, enjoy the turquoise Sea and listen to the ocean waves. Feel the tranquility and gentle breeze through the palm trees.
The couples or the families can relax or walk on the secluded beach, only sharing with a few other tourists. Reconnect with the nature and temporarily move away from the urban environment.
Enjoy the amazing clear water. Visit nearby islands and do water sport activities with the family and friends and take bonding time with them.
Interact with the local people. Visit nearby fishing villages to see more local people. Learning local knowledge and sharing within the couple or family members make relationship closer.
Fully relax and recharge staying in the nice resorts will reboot you and your travel partners or your family self-care and own well-being.
Start your first day in Yangon by heading over to the downtown and the ancient octagonal-shaped Sule Paya located in the very centre of Yangon. It is surrounded by the busy streets and colonial buildings such as the Supreme Court and Yangon City Hall.
Continue to the Botahtaung Pagoda close to the Yangon Jetty. There is a sort of mirrored maze inside the stupa, with glass showcases containing many of the ancient relics.
Stop by a street café to take a taste of the delicious local Shan noodle dish accompanied with some spring rolls and Shan tofu for filling lunch.
Afternoon visit is the vibrant Bogyoke (Scott) Market which has the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts.
In the evening, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, the 'heart' of Buddhists in Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,600 years old and it is always crowded with many people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon especially on Full Moon days and religious days.
Start your first day in Bagan by exploring and mingling with the local people at Nyaung U local market which has the wet market section selling the local produce from meat, fish to vegetables and another section selling the items such as rattan products, handicrafts and cotton clothing.
Then see the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, where the 37 pre-Buddhist 'Nats' were first officially endorsed by the Barmar monarchy. Although the entrances of the pagoda is packed with the gift shops which will spring the intense experience, the inner platform is undisturbed and filled with the colourful structures and statues. The size of the pagoda and overall scale of the complex is not large and more intimate.
Stop by one of the local eateries as they offer plenty of great food in different cuisines including local food and fusions.
Next stop is Htilominlo Paya situated close to the road between Nyaung U and Bagan, built by king Nantaungmya in 1218 and traces of old murals are also still visible. Continue to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery with beautiful, well-preserved 18th century murals.
In the afternoon, visit Dhammayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170, which is famous for its interlocking mortar-less brickwork.
Then board a private boat to experience the sun setting up past the brink of the river, to capture the most picturesque scene; and to observe the local life along the river bank, the habitat of birds and surrounding nature.
Start your first day in Mandalay by a visit to Shwenandaw Monastery (Golden Palace Monastery) which is a museum as well as an ancient wooden monastery. The building is covered inside and out with carved teak panels of the stories of Buddha’s life times. It once was also part of the royal apartment of King Mindon. The inside of the small monastery is greatly gilt with gold and decorated with glass mosaic work which offers an impression of what the real old palace would have made or seemed originally.
Then continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda (also known as the Maha Lawka Marazein Pagoda), located at the foot of the Mandalay Hill is the pagoda complex which has been dubbed 'the world's biggest book', for standing around the central stupa are 729 marble slabs on which are inscribed the entire Tripitaka. Each slab is housed in its own individual small stupa. The long white rows of the stupas are a sight to be worth photographed and walking around the aisle and being immersed in the beauty of the whole place is a great delight. At the pagoda, there is an opportunity to experience applying Thanakha, a natural sunblock traditionally wore by Burmese women.
Proceed to Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, which is essentially interesting for the huge seated Buddha image carved from a single block of pale green marble. The pagoda was started constructed dating back from 1853 but not until 1878 when it was completed. The marble stone block was said to be transported by ten thousand people, and it took two weeks to have the stone block rearranged from the Ayeyarwaddy River to the present location.
The last but not least is to view the superb sunset at Mandalay Hill and enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the city ornamented with the colour of twilight and dusk after sunset.
Start with a sightseeing by boat on the beautiful Inle Lake which is home to Inthar national race, many of whom live in stilted houses built over the water. Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar, stretches 11 miles (17.7 km). It is mesmerizing to see the leg rowers casting over the conical fishing net on the glistening lake while balancing on one leg on the wooden boat. The other leg is wrapped around the long single paddle which tucked neatly under the arm. Observing and photographing with awe at the leg-rowers putting on the right amount of pressure on the free leg, while their other leg steers, turns and uses the paddle to slow the boat down is always occurred.
The boat trip will continue along the tangles of the water hyacinth leaves and floating gardens.
The unique floating islands are tethered by the bundles of weeds, mud and bamboo poles. Inthars living on the lake harvest three crops of tomatoes, eggplants, other fruits and vegetables every year. They sell their produce which grow on these highly-nutritious gardens at the 5-day markets in towns and villages around the lake.
Next stop is to see Lotus Silk Weaving at one of the lotus, silk and cotton hand-weaving shops. Kyaing Khan and In Paw Khone villages are the main ones which have many weaving shops. The shops have a live demonstration of the lotus weaving process by using all hands and traditional tools. The first step is cutting lotus stems into small pieces and extracting silky filament. The second step is to produce a single fine thread by moistening the fibers and rolling them together. About 4000 lotus stems to be used and a day spent for one scarf. The next step is spinning the fresh lotus threads into reels by a hand-made wheel. Finally the scarfs, bags and clothes are made by using the old hand looms.
Stop by Inthar Heritage House for delicious Inthar lunch. The restaurant serves up authentic Inthar food on a veranda overlooking the lush Shan hills. Fish, turmeric and the rice powder are the main players of traditional Inthar cuisine. At Inthar Heritage House, the fresh vegetables are gown in their own organic garden. There are interesting local dish such as banana flower salad with lime and basil, or spring onion fritters. Stuffed Fish or rice power with spring onion wraps are very popular dishes. The fish is marinated with salt, lemon juice and turmeric; and stuffed with fried ginger, lemongrass, tomato, chilli, garlic and coriander. After being tied with strings and fried, the famous Inle stuffed fish dish is ready to savour.
After lunch, it is the bonding time with the Burmese Cats from Inthar Heritage. The pure-bred cats are brought back from UK and Australia to stay back in their original land. Traditional Inthar art, culture and architecture will be learned through touring around the house, library and souvenir shop. The heritage house is designed and built by the inspiration of Inthar culture.
In the afternoon, visit the very famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda which is one of the sacred sites in Shan region. Seeing the huge religious building with the golden stupa on top glinted in the sunlight from afar is an amazing sentiment. Inside the center of the pagoda building is a decorative shrine with a stand, on which the five ancient golden Buddhas are kept. The Buddha images are over 800 year old and have been applied with so many gold leaves by the Buddhist devotees daily that it is impossible to see their original structure. The large golden barge, a replica of a royal barge of King Alung Sithu is kept next to the Paung Daw Oo Pagoda. The barge is used annually during the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival to carry the four of the Buddhas and tour around over twenty villages towed by over fifty long boats, each with around forty leg-rowers, dancers and music performers.
The last stop for the day is the teak Nga Phe Kyaung (Cat jumping) Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake in which numerous huge ancient Buddha images are kept. The cats will still be found in the monastery but they no longer jump or entertain the visitors.
Start sightseeing one of the local five-day markets which rotate among the villages in regular order - one village becomes the host of the market every 5th day. Exploring these markets will lend insight into the life-style of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Inthar inhabitants, who come to these markets to tout their wares, from silverwares, jewllery, cotton scarfs, Shan style trousers and bags or sell their fresh produce grown by Inthar. You will be able to observe the customs and traditional dress of these various groups, a colourful sight to behold. Nampan and Indein five-day markets are the well-known ones.
Then proceed to the Indein pagoda complex - an archaeological site where hundreds of Shan-style pagoda ruins are situated on a sloping hill, some entirely hidden by vigorous bush and foliage and some of the pagodas dating back to 17th and 18th centuries. True to the meaning of Indein in Burmese which is shallow lake, the village is situated in the shallow part of the lake and some distance away from the main route.
Behind the Nyaung Oak (a group of Banyan trees) village, the first set of crumbling ancient pagodas are found. The stucco carvings of mythical animals, celestial beings and chinthe (mythical lion) can still be seen but mainly in destruction. After climbing along the stairway from Nyaung Oak, there is a second set of ruined ancient pagodas of Shwe Indein. The passageway is one of the longest in the whole Myanmar and filled with stalls selling handicrafts. The view from the top of Shwe Indein Pagoda is breathtaking.
Today, transfer to the airport to take a domestic flight from Heho to Thandwe. Arrive at Thandwe Airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure.
Today, transfer to the airport to take a domestic flight from Thandwe to Yangon.
This morning, start your visit to Dala located across the river from Yangon. Take a 10-minute ferry ride at the Pansodan Pier in downtown Yangon which is very close to Sule Paya. Local commuters on the ferry are interesting sights to be seen. In Dala, take trishaw ride to explore the markets, teashops, local houses, farms and pagodas. It is one of the best trips around Yangon to experience the local ways of lives.
In the afternoon, enjoy some precious time together as a couple at a hotel. Go swimming a few laps and relaxing by the pool. Have a fantastic memorable dinner prepared by En Route.
Say goodbye to your guide to depart Yangon. Take sweet memories of family bonding and travelling together in Myanmar back home. En Route will always make the unforgettable travel experience that lasts a life time.
Silken white sands, clear blue waters and some unbeaten seafood options, make this place a little strip of heaven. Some fantastic luxurious resorts can be found at Ngapali Beach, the best in the country, but thankfully not too many as to crowd the beautiful shoreline. Ngapali is stunning spot for a relaxing end to a rigorous sightseeing tour of the country, or even a purely direct option for those wanting an unadulterated beach holiday with a splash of unique culture.
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