Luke Nguyen’s Wonders of Myanmar with Inle Lake
APT’s Ambassador uncovers a special place where traditional ways of life remain as you cruise the Irrawaddy River. Then step into the world of Inle Lake.
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Luke Nguyen’s Wonders of Myanmar with Inle Lake Itinerary
Day 1: Depart London
Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Myanmar.
Day 2: Arrive Yangon
Be met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. Accommodation: Two Nights, Yangon, Sule Shangri-la Hotel.
Day 3: Yangon
Take a short ferry ride to the rural village of Dala. Situated in the heart of Yangon, this village allows you to experience an authentic way of life for the local Burmese people. Hop on a trishaw, where your driver will take you to a candle-making workshop. You’ll also see how the villagers make crafts by utilising materials from a recycling workshop. Later, the Shwedagon Pagoda awaits.
Day 4: Yangon, Magwe, Embark Ship
Today your Irrawaddy River adventure begins. Board your included charter flight to Magwe, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your floating hotel for the next seven nights. This afternoon, visit Myathalon Pagoda, located atop a hill overlooking the Irrawaddy River. Take in the views and explore the pagoda, constructed with thousands of solid gold bricks and home to numerous shrines devoted to nats (Buddhist spirits). On the riverbank you will also see a statue of General Aung San ‘Bagyoke’, founder of the modern Burmese army. You’ll also visit a Buddhist nunnery before experiencing the lively downtown area. Accommodation: Seven Nights, Irrawaddy River, RV Samatha
Day 5: Salay
Arrive in Salay, a religious village that boasts more than 50 monasteries. Visit Yoke Sone Kyaung. Built in 1882, it’s the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery. Continue to Man Paya Pagoda, home to Myanmar’s largest lacquer Buddha image dating back to the 13th century.
Day 6: Bagan
This morning, capture your first glimpse of World Heritage-listed Bagan, with more than 2,200 sacred stupas, many dating as far back as the 11th and 13th centuries. Journey to New Bagan and experience a traditional elephant dance before visiting a lacquerware workshop. This afternoon, explore some of the stunning temples including the well-preserved Ananda Temple, affectionately known as the ‘Westminster Abbey of Myanmar’.
Day 7: Bagan, Pakokku
You have the option to experience a bird’s-eye view of the stunning plains of Bagan aboard a hot air balloon (own expense). After lunch on board, travel to the village of Pakokku and explore local workshops including cheroot (cigar) and textiles, including the famous Burmese sarong – the longyi.
Day 8: Yandabo
Cruising further upstream, see the amazing view of the confluence of the Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers. Later in the afternoon, disembark in Yandabo, a village known for its fine terracotta wares. See a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans and gain a glimpse into village life.
Day 9: Sagaing, Mingun
Disembark in the former Royal capital of Sagaing, famous for its monasteries. Visit the gilded Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, where you can take in breathtaking views over Sagaing. Afterwards, visit a silversmith workshop where items such as jewellery, bowls, and Buddha images are made. Later, cruise to Mingun and explore the massive ruins of Pathodawgyi (Unfinished Pagoda). Afterwards, see the towering bronze bell, then continue to Myatheindan Pagoda. Tonight, enjoy an onboard cultural show from the Mandalay Fine Art School.
Day 10: Mandalay, Amarapura
On a Mandalay discovery, visit the Mahamuni Buddha, Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthadaw Pagoda and attend a gold leaf workshop Later, travel to Amarapura and visit a silk workshop before arriving at U-Bein Bridge. Thought to be the world’s oldest and longest teak-wood bridge, U-Bein spans 1.2 kilometres across Taungthaman Lake.
Day 11: Mandalay, Disembark Ship, Heho, Inle Lake
Disembark your ship and board your included flight to Heho, where you’ll then set off to explore a local family-run workshop famous for making Shan paper. Afterwards, travel to the small town of Nyaung Shwe situated on the edge of Inle Lake. You’ll then transfer to your hotel, where the remainder of the day is yours to relax. Accommodation: Three Nights, Inle Lake, Sanctum Resort
Day 12: Inle Lake
Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, which houses five small golden Buddha images. Continue to Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, the oldest and largest monastery on the lake. It’s then time for a special dining experience at Inthar Heritage Restaurant. The owners have utilised their old family recipes to offer you a modern twist on the region’s cuisine. Following lunch, visit some of the local manufacturing workshops in the area including a silk factory, which is unique to the region as they use the silk spun from the stem of a lotus flower.
Day 13: Inle Lake
Board a local boat and cruise past the floating gardens. You may even spot the local fisherman using the iconic one-legged fishing technique. Then travel to Indein Village to see the Shwe Indein Pagoda. Traverse narrow canals, gliding by paddy fields along the river banks. A gentle walk up a hill will bring you to hundreds of ancient stupas. You’ll also have the time for some retail therapy with a stop at a local market on your way back to your boat. After lunch, visit a local manufacturing workshop and perhaps meet some people from the Padaung Tribe, known for the women wearing the brass coils around their necks. Return to your hotel to take in a final sunset over Inle Lake before your farewell dinner.
Day 14: Inle Lake, Heho, Depart Yangon
Board a coach to Heho, where an included flight returns you to Yangon where your journey concludes.
Day 15: Arrive London
- Visit a street food market with Luke and learn about the local flavours .
- Watch the sunset over the plains glittering in gold from a viewing platform, complete with a glass of wine.
- Learn Luke’s cooking secrets with a demonstration onboard your ship.
- All accommodation with selected meals
- Return flights from the UK
- Overseas transfers
- Special Signature Experiences and guided excursions
- Freedom of Choice excursions and dining in selected locations
- APT Tour Director
- Port charges and tipping where applicable