Thursday, November 5, 2009

28. Nov 2009. Yangon-Bagan-Lake-Inle 5D/4D by Simon

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Nov 5, 2009 Tour Package:

5 Days 4 Nights Package to Myanmar

Day 01: Bangkok - Yangon

Arrive to Mingaladon International Airport. Please look for your guide who holding the signboard with your name and transfer to centrally located hotel in Yangon. After lunch, guide will accompany for sightseeing of Reclining Buddha (Chauk Htat Gyi) which is of 70m stretch. Visit down town area of Yangon City and pay homage to Shwedagon Pagoda, the golden dome rise 98m. Stay overnight in Yangon.

Day 02: Yangon - Bagan

After breakfast take a morning flight to Bagan, one of the biggest archaeological sites in Asia. Arrive to Nyaung Oo Airport. Visit Nyaung Oo Market, then excursion to Shwezigon Pagoda,prototype of later Myanmar Stupa, and other famous Pagoda in Bagan. Afternoon visit to traditional handicraft (lacquer ware work shop).In the evening sunset view from Shwesandaw. Stay overnight in Bagan.
Day 03: Bagan - Pindaya - Inle

After breakfast transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport for flight to Heho. Upon arrival, proceed by road to Pindaya Cave passing the beautiful hill road. Pindaya is renowned for the extensive lime stone cave, a unique site housing 8000 of ancient Buddha statues lie within. Afterward, visit to traditional hand-crafted Shan paper and umbrella workshop. Drive to Inle Lake, check-in and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04: Inle

After breakfast sightseeing boat trip to Inle Lake, a stunning grand lake each side is banked by tall hills and community of small villages. Visit to local workshops which include silk weaving,silver smiting, cotton weaving, cheroot (Shan traditional cigar) and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, which accommodates a collection of legendary golden statues of Buddha. Stay overnight in Inle.

Day 05: Inle - Yangon

After breakfast transfer to Airport for flight to Yangon. Arrive Yangon, continue to Singapore.
Price for Package: 785 SGD per person (minimum 6-8 pax group)
Price for Package: 1,290 SGD per person (single accompany)

Price include:
1. Accommodation at mention hotel with breakfast
2. All transfer in private air condition car
3. Tours as mention in itinerary with entrance fee
4. English speaking station guide
5. Domestic air ticket RGN-NYU-HEH-RGN
6. Full board meals

Price exclude:
1. Places not mentioned in itinerary
2. Visa to Myanmar at 45 SGD per person
3. International air ticket SIN-RGN-SIN by Silk Air 365 SGD (valid till Feb, 2010)
4. Departure tax at Yangon airport 10 USD per person

Hotel Names:
1. Yangon: Park Royal Hotel
2. Bagan: Bagan Thande Hotel
3. Inle: Golden Island Cottage

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

27. Lake Inle - Bagan 5 Days 4 Nights

Oct 23, 2009.


The Strand Hotel is a unique hotel full of colonial and Burmese history and is in the same class as the Raffles Hotel, Singapore. It appeals greatly to older couples who have travelled many times and do not want a modern common-looking 5-star hotel. Myanmar Treasure Resorts as a group offers upscale hotel accommodation in Lake Inle and Bagan. The Lake Inle Resort villas by Lake Inle are up to international hotel standards of a boutique hotel and is rated 4.5 stars.

5 Days / 4 Nights

14 Dec 09 Arrive Yangon (_,_,_) (MI 512, 09:20)
(Mon) Upon arrival at Yangon Int'l airport, welcome by our local guide and transfer to hotel and check-in at hotel.
Today's tour includes: Thanlyin's Kyaik Khauk Pagoda and Kyauktan Island's Kyaik-Mhawwun Yele Pagoda. Lunch at Monsoon Restaurant.
Then special evening visit to the great Shwedagon Pagoda.
Welcome dinner at Karaweik Palace Restaurant with cultural show.
Overnight at The Strand Hotel in Yangon.

15 Dec 09 Yangon- Bagan (by W9 009, 06:40-07:25) (B,_,_)
(Tue) Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to airport to fly for Bagan. Arrive Bagan and transfer to check-in at Hotel. Visit Nyaung Oo market, Shwezigon Pagoda, Kyansittha U-Min, Lawkanda Pagoda, Lacquerware Industry, Gubyaukgyi Temple, Htilominlo Temple, Ananda Temple, Thatbyinnyu Temple, Dhamayangyi Pagoda and Shwesandaw Pagoda to see sunset view.
Lunch at Sunset Garden Restaurant.
Dinner at Nanda Restaurant with puppet show.
Overnight at Myanmar Treasure Resorts in Bagan.

16 Dec 09 Bagan-Mt. Popa (by car) (B,_,_)
(Wed) After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Mt.Popa which rises 1518 metre from the flat surroundings. It is a core of an extinct volcano and believed to be the abode of the legendary “Nats” or the Spirit Gods.
On the way to Mt. Popa, en route stop at Toddy field to observe how to make Jaggery, Toddy Juice and Peanut Oil.
Lunch at Mt. Popa Resort.
Dinner at Mt. Popa Resort.
Overnight at Popa Mountain Resort on Mt. Popa.

17 Dec 09 Mt. Popa-Bagan -Heho-Inle Lake (by W9 141, 08:05-08:45) (B,_,_)
(Thu) After early breakfast at hotel, drive back to Bagan to fly to Heho for Inle Lake.
Then drive to Nyaung Shwe pier and transfer to hotel by boat.
Today tour includes: visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, wonderful floating gardens, Nga Phe Chaung (Jumping cats’) Monastery, silversmith workshops, traditional weaving industry, blacksmith and cigar making factory by private boat.
Lunch at Ann's Restaurant.
Dinner at Hotel.
Overnight at Myanmar Treasure Resorts on Inle Lake.

18 Dec 09 Inle Lake-Heho-Yangon (by W9 009, 09:25-10:20) (B,_,_)
(Fri) Yangon Departure (by MI 517 or MI 519)
Breakfast at hotel. Then transfer to Heho airport for fight back to Yangon. Lunch at Royal Thanzin Restaurant. Visit Myanmar Gems Museum before departure flight.

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

26. Ecotourism travel to Lake Inle for 2009

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4 Days / 3 Nights

Day 01 Arrive Yangon
Arrive in Yangon and transfer to hotel. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is still a relatively quite and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes Yangon one of the most fascinating and authentic capitals of South-East Asia. After lunch, a city tour includes Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda’s 70m long reclining Bouddha, downtown Yangon with its faded colonial atmosphere, and then visit Shwedagon Pagoda. After visiting Shwedagon Pagoda, a wonderful dinner invitation awaits you at Karaweik Palace- a restaurant located on the Royal Lake where you can also enjoy traditional dance show. Overnight in Yangon.
Option : Open Bar classique with DJ. 20USD per person

Day 02 Yangon-Bagan
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Yangon International Airport for the flight to Bagan. Thousands of ancient stupas and temples in this area make Bagan, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia. From the 11th till 13th century, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers of constructed huge stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy river. On the arrival, morning sightseeing features the colorful Nyaung Oo market , the Shwezigon Pagoda and its magnificent golden stupa, Wetgyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jatakas murals paintings and the elegant Htilominlo temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazes sandstone decorations. Lunch at one of the river view restaurant. After lunch, observe the process of traditional lacquerware, one of the best-known Myanmar handicrafts and speciality of Bagan. After that visit Ananda temple, an architectural masterpiece of the early-style temple with two original standing Bouddha images whose facial exprerssion change depanding on the distance the statue is viewed from. After that stroll around one of the typical village Pwa Saw and enjoy the village life. At the end of the day with a horse cart, touring among Thanugbi village, Sulamani Temple and the massive Dhammayangyi noted for its remarkable brickwork. Enjoy the sunset over the site from one of the temple. Return to hotel. In the evening a moonlit longyi party held with a traditional puppet performance. Overnight in Bagan.
Option : Longyi Party for longyi – 10USD per person, during the dinner, every participant can take photo with traditional dress, and all the photo will be presented to the groups upon departure day.USD 200 per group.

Day 03 Bagan – Heho-Inle Lake
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport for the flight to Heho. From Heho, enjoy a scenic drive to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway to InleLake, one of Myanmar’s Best known sights. On arrival at Nyaung Shwe village, proceed to the jetty and transfer by motor boat to the hotel situated in the lake. Lunch at Nanpam.An afternoon sightseeing tour by boat includes the chance to see the leg-rowing fishermen and the floating gardens, built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. The tour also includes a visit to Paung Daw Oo Pagoda, the weaving village of Inpawkhon and the newly opened ara In Dein. Return the hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner at your hotel and enjoy your evening by lakeside . Overnight at Inle Lake.

Day 04 Inle Lake- Heho – Yangon
After breakfast, visit a local market to observe the many difference minority coming down from their mountain villages to sell their goods. And then transfer to the airport to Yangon. Arriving to Yangon around 12 noon and lunch at Kandawgyi park. After that transfer back to the airport to Singapore. < Upon arrival from Heho, our company staff will make a pre-check in for the group.

Tariff period between 1 October 2009 – 31 March 2010.
Hotel based on 4 Star Hotel ( price in USD )
16-24 pax 25-30 pax Single Supplement
535 510 100

During Christmas and New Year Eve, there is compulsory gala dinner which we will advise one month a head of the season.

FOC policy-
For every 15 paying pax (15+1 ), 1 pax F.O.C on half twin basic.

Includes Excludes
(1) 3 night accommodations with daily breakfast (1) visa fees
(2) 3 domestic flights (2) international flights
(3) sightseeing with local tour guides (3) Personal expenses ( drinks/laundry/souvenirs)
(4) all entry and zone fees (4) tipping at hotels and guides
(5) ground transports ( car / boat ) (5) airport departure tax (USD 10 per person)
(6) porter charges at airport and jetty
(7) meals ( lunch & dinner )

Yangon Grand Plaza Park Royal Hotel
Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sakura Hotel
Inlay Myanmar Treasure Resort Hotel

Day 01 Lunch -Green Elephant Dinner- Karaweik Barge
Day02 Lunch – Sun Set Riverview Dinner-Thiripyitsaya Hotel
Day03 Lunch – Nan Pam restaurant Dinner-Hotel
Day 04 Lunch – White Rice

Above quotations are a guideline for planning. They are subject to changes in exchange rates and peak season increases. Final quotations will be discussed. Please tel: +65 9668-6468 or e-mail to

Friday, July 3, 2009

25. Procession - Becoming a novice monk?

Sat Jul 4, 2009
To: Shirley

Around Dec 30, 2008, I saw a procession along the road from Pyin Oo Lwin to Mandalay. Boys of around 7 years old sitting on ponies lead by man to a temple probably. Young girls in their best dresses sitting in carriages. White cows pulling several carts and slowing traffic. Golden umbrellas. Flowers and lots of people. Long procession. Dust. Diesel smoke. Extremely colourful. Something important was going on.

My tour guide was unable to explain to me in English as to what's was happening. He was a man of few words. The driver could not speak English well.

From what I read, I presume the boys were being sent to become novice monks. The girls were to have their ears pierced for wearing of ear rings. And one other reason.

I shall be most grateful if you will explain to me what's the tradition. My Canon EOS 40 D camera broke down. Camera just would not focus after the Myitkyina trip a few days ago. Maybe the rocky trip in Myitkyina upset the branded Canon digital camera lost its focus bearings. I was cursing as I expect a branded new camera to be reliable. Lesson learnt: Always carry a backup camera on your tour. Have a Plan B.

Picture from Yangon International Airport's Wall painting is similar to what I saw. Some artists have painted such scenes too.

Will be great if your father can explain in English the custom and tradition of what I saw.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

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Friday, April 10, 2009

23. Inle Lake - Ecotourism


The Legendary Golden Land ‘the Land of Pagodas’, a country of friendly and generous people-this is still the Myanmar of today.

The Union of the Myanmar is a Vast land of 676577 Sq Km, comprising seven Division & seven State with over one hundred national groups. The name Myanmar embraces all the nationalities with the major races being the Bamar, the Kachin, the Kayah, the Kayin, the Chin, the Mon, the Rakhine and the Shan. Shan state lies in the eastern, most part of the union of Myanmar.

More then 50 national races of Shan people are stay together in Shan state. There are many tourist attraction place in Shan state. Such as the tranquil summer resort of Kalaw, the mythical caves of Pindaya, the ancient Pagodas of Kekku, the border towns of Tachilike, Mong La and Muse, the famous Inlay Lake & Floating market in Nyaung Shwe. And the indigenous Shan nationals. The Shan plateau possesses cultural ,historical, religious and ecotourism attractions of domestic and international travellers.

Among them, Inlay Lake is very famous and interesting place. Inlay lake is an ecotourism destination in Myanmr, famous for its fishermen who row with their one leg locked around a long oar and the other foot firmly gripping the flat stern of the boat.

Inlay Lake is situated in the heart of the Shan state, the (22)km long and (10)km wide.

In Inlay lake, the following places are normal visiting for travellers. Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda; Phaung Daw Oo pagoda is one of the famous Principle Pagodas in Myanmar which house five Buddha images. This Pagoda is the main attraction of Inlay Lake and is situated in the middle of the lake.

Inn Paw Khon Village ; -Typical Handicrafts, work shop and sales centre.
-Silk & Cotton fabric
-Iron Smith

Once Five Day Market
- Nam Pan Market ; The Largest Market in Inlay Lake
- Maing Thouk Market , Khaung Dine Market, Pagoda Market, Floating Market, Nyaung Shwe Market, Inn Dein Market, Thann Taung Market, Taung To Market & Shop Keepers
And Customer are selling & buying by Boat.

Religious Buliding ; Buddhist monestry are in every villages in Inlay Lake. Mosque are in MainThouk Village and Nyaung Shwe Town . Church is in Naung Shwe Town.

Handicraft work shop; Pottery (Kyauk Tai Village), Sliver & Gold Smith, Shan paper (Heya Yarma Village).
Padaung House ; Padaung Laday (Long neck Lady) in Nampan village, Heya Yarma village.

Other activities ; Canoe boat, Trekking, Excursing to InnChan (Floating garden).

Bird Watching ; the Inlay Lake gives an ideal opportunity for bird watching.

Inlay and its Environs ; Taunggyi, a splendid cool, pine clad natural resort is the capital of Shan state, located in the eastern part of the Union of Myanmar. Being situated over 1400 meters. (4712 foot) above sea level. Taunggyi is an ideal tourist destination known for its scenic beauty and pleasant climate, Taunggyi stays colourful with lovely flowers, pine trees and green orchids, cool the whole year round for travellers especially during the summer.

One exciting scene in Taunggyi is the early morning activities of the hilltribes. They bring down their crops as early as down for sale in the market. The crops available are ripe strawberries, colorful flower and fresh vegetables.

Hot Air Balloon festival ; The most spectacular event of the year is the Hot Air Balloon festival held every November in Taunggyi commonly called the Taunggyi Tazaungdaing Festivals. This Festival also includes the celebration of Tazaungdaing with Kaktein (Offering of monk robes).

Heho - Gateway to Inlay ; Heho is are gateway to the Inlay Lake, especially for those who travel by plane. This town is located halfway between Aung Ban and Shwe Nyaung Junction south to Nyaung Shwe and Inlay Lake.

Kalaw - a popular hill resort town; Kalaw is another peaceful and tranquil summer resort, located (71)km west of Taunggyi .Beautiful and cool with fragrant pinewoods and lovely walks makes Kalaw perfect for trakking and indigenous cultural experience. The road from Kalaw to pindaya is an exciting experience of panoramic views.

The town Pindaya ; Pindaya is about (45)km by car from Kalaw and only about (2) hours drives from Heho Air port. This town is (1183) meters above sea level. The foot of a western Cave of mountain which are over (1525) meter high.

The road from Kalaw to Pindaya passes through the little town of Aung Ban ,which is famous for its sweet tangerine groves. The scenic road between AungBan and Pindaya also passes through villages where Shan, Pa O, Palaung, Bamar, Inther and Danu people live.

Trekking Pindaya - Kalaw and the surrounding hills; on the mountain range around Kalaw are the village where trekking is an experience which varies from one day to five days study the traditional costumes of the Palaung people in Taraw village, a tourist attraction which has kept its ancient look.

The sight of tea plantations and other seasonal crops, quiet parkways are there, except for the chirping of the birds.

Trekking along the path from Kalaw to the Inlay Lake is even more interesting. Enjoy the unspoiled natural scenery of Inlay Lake which leads to Kakku Pagoda complex.

Compiled by Management Team of the Myanmar Treasure Resorts, Inle. 08/04/09.

Monday, April 6, 2009

22. Lake Inle Tour for 10 single couples

10 couples
The purpose of the tour is to make it relaxing and enjoyable. Getting to know each other far away from the concrete jungles of Singapore. Not to visit as many places as possible. Time out and be one with nature - crystal clear waters of Lake Inle, blue skies, blue green mountains and golden sunset, breathing in unpolluted fresh air. Friendly villagers. No high rises. Peace of mind away from deadlines.
Day 1 - May 28, 2009
Singapore - Yangon (ETA 9.30 am). Yangon - Heho Airport (ETA 5 pm). Heho-Myanmar Treasure Resorts Inle, - (ETA 7 pm, dinner in Hotel).

Day 2 - May 29, 2009
9 am Breakfast

10 am - Relaxing Lake Inle Boat Tour and photography of sceneries. Vist tomato and other farms, one-legged fisherman and nearby villages. Ask the boat man to stop if you wish to take certain scenes.

1 pm - Lunch near the Phaung Daw U Pagoda. Visit the Pagoda - one of the 3 principal shrines in Mynamar. Houses five 12th century Buddha Images).

3 pm - Visit Cat Jumping Monastery (160 years old) and visit surrounding villages.

6 pm - Evening Lake Tour to appreciate the beautiful sunset in serene mountain and clear water surroundings, take photographs

8pm - Dinner.
Day 3 - May 30, 2009
Late breakfast and lunch combined. Relax.

12 noon. Half-day trip to visit hill tribe areas. Trekking along the blue mountains by Lake Inle.

6pm Dinner at a good restaurant.
8pm Back to Hotel. Relax.

Day 4 - May 31, 2009
After breakfast, go to Heho Airport and Yangon. Return to Singapore.

Please keep your notebooks, handphones and PDAs in Singapore. They may not work in Lake Inle.

Myanmar Treasure Resorts, Inle is an upscale hotel (5-stars).
Tel: +65 9758 7551, 9668 6468
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A few pictures of a custom tour of Lake Inle for small groups/families in October 2008 by Fairness Travels for asiahomes are shown at:

Lake Inle Travels will be most enjoyable and memorable for Singaporeans - young and old couples. To make a booking or enquire further, tel: +65 9758 7551, 9668 6468, e-mail now!