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Explore the diverse culinary heritage of Myanmar with influences from India, China, and Thailand. Taste and cook your way through Yangon, Bagan, and Inle Lake, the highlights of Myanmar. Tour the city of Yangon, explore the ancient pagodas of Bagan, & experience life on Inle Lake by boat. Visit a local winery, cook with locals in their homes, and revel in the history the country has to offer on this 9 day tour of Myanmar
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  • Experience cooking Burmese-style in a Yangon restaurant
  • Explore the market and learn how to cook in the dry zone of Bagan
  • Taste the wines from Inle Lake's Red Mountain Winery
  • Cook a traditional Shan meal with a native Intha from Inle Lake
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Activity Level: Easy Active

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Day 1: Arrive Yangon

Arrive Yangon, meet your guide and head to your hotel. 


Day 2: Yangon Cooking Class and Walking Tour | Shwedagon Pagoda

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
For your first introduction to Burmese food, take a cooking class at local Yangon Restaurant. Visit a local market to pick the ingredients and then head to the kitchen to prepare a Burmese meal. Learn about the staple dishes of Myanmar like Mohinga (noodle and fish soup), Biryani (mixed rice), Pe Byouk (boiled peas). The chef will explain various cooking techniques and meals with their influences from Thailand, India and China to help you become a Master Chef for Burmese cuisine!

After lunch, take a walking tour of Yangon, exploring the city's unique colonial-era architecture. Yangon has one of Asia’s most impressive collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century buildings, religious and secular.  At a relaxed pace explore the back streets taking a step back in time. Your walk ends with a drink at a cozy cocktail lounge in an renovated Colonial building on Merchant Street.

At sunset, head to one of the most important sights in Myanmar, Shwedagon pagoda, which is said to enshrine strands of Buddha's hair along with some other holy relics. The evening light and illuminated golden facade offers a most picturesque view of this over 2000 year old pagoda.  Shwedagon Pagoda is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupa is encrusted with over 400 diamonds.  Explore the hundreds of other colorful temples, stupas, and statues surrounding the base of the pagoda.

Day 3: Fly Bagan | Pagodas of Bagan

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
This morning fly to the ancient city of Bagan.

Meet your guide and head out explore the former 9th century capital: home to the largest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagaodas, and stupas. Climb to the top of a pagoda to get an impressive view over the archeological complex with thousands of pagodas built during the 9th through 13th centuries. Not only is the view amazing, but this allows you to plan your day by pointing out the temples you want to visit. During the kingdom's peak in the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan, of which the remains of over 2200 temples and pagodas still stand today. Your guide will help you narrow it down, but places like the Ananda, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani, and Thatbyinnyu will certainly impress you. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant.

Later in the afternoon continue the tour by horse cart to Pyathagyi pagoda for sunset with some refreshing drinks served! 

Day 4: Market & Dry Zone Cooking Class

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
This morning, meet your guide and go to Nyaung U market with a shopping list to find find all kinds of fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and meat. Learn about the different ingredients  to choose the best vegetables and meat for your lunch.

Back to the kitchen to prepare lunch with a local chef while learning about the cuisine of the region. A lot of the dishes in this area of the country (also called “the dry zone”) are based on simple food that can be preserved easily for a long time without fridge. It’s a poor part of the country and 24 hour electricity is scarce so many dishes are based on beans, tamarind and curries.

In the afternoon, hop on a bike to explore Bagan's stunning landscape of ancient temple ruins that seem to be spread around randomly in between toddy palms and bamboo huts. Take your time to get to know some of the most spectacular sceneries of ancient temples and with the freedom of the bike you can stop any time to take a photo or just relax.

Day 5: Myinkaba Market | Royal Cooking

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
This morning, eat like a king! The last king of Bagan, Narathihapati, was famous for his enormous appetite and he ordered that every meal should include 300 different dishes! Today you are going to discover what kind of food he must have eaten and learn more about herbs and greens at the market in Myinkaba. Also, visit a home-based cottage industry producing tamarind paste and candies. Try the various flavors, from sweet to bitter, that make up typical Burmese ingredients in a local monastery. Enjoy a lush meal the last king of Bagan would have savored, minus about 100 dishes.
Free afternoon to explore or relax at your hotel.

This evening take a relaxing boat ride on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River, provided the river is not too high stop for a cocktail on a sandbank in the middle of the river. Relax on this sunset cruise with a cocktail and some snacks while you cruise the river.

Day 6: Fly Inle Lake | Nyaugn Shwe | Winery Tour

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Take a morning flight to Inle Lake. On the drive from the airport you can get a better understanfing of how people live in conjunction with this beautiful highland lake is located in the heart of the Shan Plateau at 3000 feet (900m). The lake is inhabited by many different ethnic groups, the predominate being the Intha, known for leg rowing their boats while fishing.

On the way from the airport to the lake visit the Buddha museum which is housed in the former palace of the last Shan prince of this township, Mr Sao Shwe Thaike, who later became the first prime minister of Myanmar after independence. Stop for a traditional Shan lunch at a canal-side restaurant and then continue the tour to the local market looking for some traditional Shan cotton and Shan traditional dresses.  Continue on to visit  Shwe Yan Pyay monastery with its oval windows and ancient teak wooden facade gives you the opportunity for some great pictures.

Tour the lakeside town of Nyaung Shwe by the canals that weave through buildings, streest and floating gardens to see more of the local Intha life from the water. Disembark from your boat for a visit to the Red Mountain Estate Winery. Explore the vineyards and enjoy a wine tasting with a lovely view of the surrounding mountains.

Day 7: Pagoda Forest | Floating Gardens

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, head out on to the on the western bank of Inle Lake to the village of Indein, a typicaly lake-side town. On a hill next to town is a cluster of hundreds of ancient stupas overgrown with trees and bushes, making it look like a “pagoda forest”. Hike up the hill and weave your way through the pagodas to a great view of Inle Lake and the hills beyond. After your hike enjoy a home-cooked lunch served in a local house.

Board a canoe and paddle to the village of Nampan, a traditional Inle Lake village, with its wooden houses all built on stilts. Navigate your way through the canals and under bridges connecting neighborhoods to see hand-made cheroot (traditional local cigar) factories and the oldest pagoda on the lake, the Alodaw Pauk Pagoda, with its large gem-encrusted golden shrine.

Just to the north of the village, explore floating gardens where the Intha people grow a variety of vegetables and flowers, both for their own consumption and to export around Myanmar. This method of agriculture is another unique aspect of life on the lake, as the villagers harness nature to develop these gardens over many generations.

Day 8: Homegrown Shan Cooking Class

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Today meet Tin Tin, a native Intha from Inle Lake who will share her traditional Shan recipes in her family's house built on stilts over the lake. It’s not a Master Chef course from a Michelin restaurant owner but it’s simple, tasteful, home-cooked food from a local lady who has been cooking for her family her whole life and enjoys it! Visit the local market to find all ingredients, go by boat to Tin Tin's house and help her prepare everything while you learn about her life and her cuisine. Of course the class ends with a very tasteful lunch with your newly made friend.

Your guide and boat are available for the rest of the day for additional visits on the lake or return to your hotel to relax in the slow pace of life on the lake.

Day 9: Fly Yangon | Burmese Mythology | Dinner at LinkAge | Fly home

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After breakfast transfer to airport and fly to Yangon.

Discover Yangon in its most mysterious yet superstitious way, your guide will take you on a walking tour to learn about the Nat spirits that owe their origins to Burmese mythology. The belief is that this form of animistic worship was created from karmic martyrdom, and even today the Nat belief still exists alongside Theravada Buddhism. After your tour, you will experience their story told the traditional way, by puppets! The art of Yoke Thé  (marionette puppetry) which has been in Myanmar since 17th century.  

Before you depart mystical Myanmar, enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant run by a volunteer organization, Forever Humanitarian. This restaurant helps disadvantaged street kids by providing them with training in resturant hospitality, cooking, and also provides them with lodging, food and clothing. 
Transfer to airport and fly home.


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  • Internal Flights: Yangon-Bagan; Bagan-Inle Lake; Inle Lake-Yangon


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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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