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Classic Burma Spice - 14 Days - Yangon to Yangon

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It might be the classic Burma that many perceive as the highlights of ancient Burma. So be it. But have it with the Go Beyond Spice. The special side trips, the bike tours, and the local transportations. Your guarantee to meet the locals at eyelevel.
You begin in Yangon, a town with a sense of years in solitude. Explore the local markets and have mohinga in the early morning. Off to Kipling's Mandalay you go for a slow bike ride in the outskirts. In Bagan you explore its myriads of temple ruins and enjoy the fine sunsets. Only to finish off in Inle Lake, home to floating islands best discovered by boat. Try your hands on the delightful Burmese cuisine for a spicy addition to your explorations.

Included: Meals: 11 x breakfast, 1 x lunch.
Accommodation: 2 nights in overnight bus and 11 nights at various hotels.
Transportation: Yangon – Mandalay – Bagan – Nyaungshwe – Yangon. Various tours and transfers according to itinerary.
Tours/Explorations: According to itinerary.

There is no overall guide on the tour. There will be drivers who speak limited English and English-speaking tour guides according to itinerary.
Not included: · Drinks
· Tips for your guides
· Tours and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
· Entrance fees where applicable
· Visa to Myanmar
· Self-transfers and free day transportation highlighted in the itinerary
All other expenses not stated as included in the above

· The classic road through Burma with Go Beyond spices added.
· Guided bicycle tour in the morning to get to know Mandalay in a different way.
· Discover the legendary temples of Bagan by bike and tranquil Inle with its floating gardens.
· Explore Yangon in the early morning and the local market, monks and mohinga life.
· Try your hands on the Burmese cuisine through a friendly cooking course.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Yangon

    Yangon. It oozes of exotic spices, the British colonial era and years in solitude. Now, a good mix of past and present, so clearly of Asian heritage and so very much its own. After being transferred from the airport, spend the rest of your day wandering Yangon's downtown on your own. Take in the city from above by climbing Sakura Tower where you will find a restaurant on the 22nd floor. Or simply stroll the city roads to get closer to life at street level.

    Practicalities:
    Accommodation: Overnight at central hotel in Yangon.
    Transport and Guide: Your guide will meet you in Yangon airport and transfer you to your hotel (remember to make us aware of your arrival time and details in advance). The rest of the day is at your own arrangements.

  • Day 2: Yangon.

    Insider morning tour to the local markets, monks collecting alms in the morning and a bowl of Mohings for breakfast
    What's happening in the streets of Yangon when most other people are still sleeping or taking their shower? You're going to find out soon. Your guide will take you through the morning traffic to Yangon's main fish market. Located on the Yangon River, the offloading point is alive 24 hours a day and will also be bustling when you arrive. Chilly ice block trucks, fish piled in colorfull plastic baskets and hard working young guys making their way through the market with today's catch.
    Continue to a 24 hours open vegetable market and try the famous Burmese breakfast called Mohinga (a mild fish soup with noodles and crackers). By that time the monks are walking through the streets of Yangon to collect their alms and you will wait for them to pass and donate a bit of food to them. Walk through the fruit and vegetable market before heading back to your hotel (around 09:30 am) to have your full western breakfast.

    You will have the rest of the day and evening at your convenience to explore Yangon's backstreets and colourful street life. Pay a visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda and marvel over the city's colonial heritage. Hang out at a corner when the sun sets and be seated for a spicy roadside dinner surrounded by nothing but friendliness and smiles.

    Practicalities:
    Meals: Breakfast included.
    Accommodation: Overnight at central hotel in Yangon.
    Transport and Guide: Your guide will pick you up at 06:30 and together you go by van to the markets.
    Transport not included: Transport during your free day explorations.

  • Day 3: Yangon time to explore and overnight bus to Mandalay

    Appreciate a slow morning on your free day to further explore quirky and colonial Yangon. With its sense of years in solitude, and leftovers from the British colonial era. Yet, so clearly of Asian heritage and so very much its own.
    Seek towards the local Morning Market for a colourful morning rush, and stroll by the Strand Hotel to be swept back to the colonial past. Stock up for your overnight bus ride with delicacies and snacks from the street stalls and local mom and pop stores.

    Wave goodbye for now to Yangon and leave the bustling city behind as your overnight bus slowly takes you from urban to outskirts.

    Practicalities:
    Meals: Breakfast is included.
    Accommodation: Overnight aircon bus.
    Transport and Guide: You will be picked up from your hotel by your guide in Yangon at 18:00 and transferred to Yangon bus station. Your public overnight aircon bus to Mandalay departs at 21:00. Expected arrival in Mandalay tomorrow at 06:00 in the morning.

  • Day 4: Mandalay time to immerse in the colonial city

    As you arrive Mandalay it will be just in time for the perfect sunrise. Still a bit tired you will appreciate a pre-arranged transfer to take you to your hotel. Here you can store your belongings before new adventures await you just beyond your doorstep.

    Just the name, Mandalay, has a touch of old colonial days, Kipling, a fragment in a song. But today Mandalay is a modern metropolis, and the Chinese influence is enormous here. The hill above Mandalay is with its fine pagodas and monasteries a pilgrimage place for devoted Buddhists. The cuisine here is fine; the nightlife is possibly the liveliest in Burma. But you can also find small local markets, old teashops, and slowness. And you have the entire afternoon and evening free to explore just that.

    Practicalities:
    Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
    Transport and Guide: Your guide and driver will pick you up upon arrival at Mandalay bus station around 06:00 and transfer you by car to your hotel.

  • Day 5: Mandalay and a magnificent morning bike tour

    "Magnificent Mandalay Mornings". By bike. Escape the hustle and bustle of the dusty city and discover the tranquillity and charm of the Mandalay countryside. You will visit fresh markets, cottage industry, farming villages and return to Mandalay after having made a genuine connection to the Myanmar outskirts, life beyond the cityscape.

    You will have the rest of the day at your convenience to explore urban Mandalay. Hire a blue "bemo" and explore the U-Bein bridge for sunset. As the sun casts it last rays and the locals cross the bridge there is no place more beautiful than being in one of the small boats. A magnificent view that will stay with you forever.

    Practicalities:
    Meals: Breakfast is included.
    Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
    Transport and Guide: Transfer by motorbike (your driver may speak limited English) from your hotel to and from the starting point of the bike tour. Bike Mandalay in the morning with your guide. Expect to be back at your hotel around noon.

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Child age: 2-11 years. Child price: Refer to rates. Please be aware of: Biking is generally not recommended for children below 11 years. As an alternative horse cart or Tuk Tuk can be arranged at no extra charge. Please let us know in advance to allow for arrangement.

Overnatning

11 nights in standard room with aircon, private bathroom and toilet and breakfast included (check in normally at 12:00 noon). 1 night in overnight bus from Yangon to Mandalay and 1 night from Nyaungshwe to Yangon.

Transport

Public bus/car, private car, bicycle and local taxi.

Sæson

All year. The best time to visit is from November to February when it is dry and temperatures are at their lowest. Day temperatures are around 20-25 degrees, while night temperatures in December – January can drop to below 10 degrees. The rainy season runs from the end of May until the end of September and can bring heavy and regular rainfall. From Mar to May the temperature can rise to above 40 degrees.

Ekstra information

Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, Nyaungshwe, Yangon

Respectable clothing covering your shoulders and knees, mosquito spray and sun spray.

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