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2021 Tours Coming Up 
2022 Tours Coming Up 
MYANMAR (BURMA) 
The Golden Myanmar
Overview 
DATES & COST 

January 24 - February 5, 2022
13 Days / 12 Nights

Tour starts and ends in Yangon

$5,100 per person / double occupancy
$1,460 optional single supplement
$300 additional night at Sule Shangri-la Hotel in Yangon (single or double room, includes airport transfer)
Includes all fees and taxes

TOUR DIRECTOR 
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TOUR MAP 

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Myanmar is a truly unique, blossoming East Asian flower. Previously known as Burma, the country has been inaccessible to travelers for decades, and the isolation left it untouched by the outside world. As a consequence, its landscapes, colorful cultures and strong beliefs remain refreshingly unspoiled, and are a true gem among other countries of the region. Though a beautiful country, it is the genuine delight, wonder and the friendliness of the locals that make it one of the most appealing countries in Asia.

Myanmar is literally scattered with gold. The fertile lands along the banks of the Ayeryarwady River are littered with pagodas, some shiny, others deepened to a rich patina over the years. The country's sublime landscapes, captivating history, serene people and the deeply Buddhist culture make it a mythical place like no other. Myanmar is brimming with treasured sights: from sunset over the Shwedagon Pagoda and gold-gilded Buddhas in Yangon to dawn breaking over the magical stupas and temples of Bagan, to gliding across the glassy surface of Lake Inle. If Bagan is the historic heart, and its 2,230 temples rival Angkor Wat, then the tranquil Inle Lake is the spiritual magnet, and of course the royal capital Mandalay, forever immortalized in Kipling's evocative writing, is the country's cultural soul. During our exploration of Myanmar, we'll discover the quietly proud country of wonder and mystery, unfolding into a patchwork of dream-like landscapes and unforgettable views dotted with golden pagodas. Myanmar will excite, impress and intrigue you, and you will find the kind of Asia here that no longer exists in other places. Renowned in the annals of global adventurers a century ago, Myanmar has opened its doors again, and we're sure you'll agree with Rudyard Kipling, who wrote, "This is Burma, and it is unlike any land you know about." That was in 1898, and it's still true today.

During the Golden Myanmar Tour, we will experience the best that the country has to offer. The tour will take us into the depths of a country emerging from decades of isolation and onto the edge of one of the world’s greatest archaeological marvels. Now is the moment to visit this extraordinary land, scattered with gilded pagodas, where the traditional ways of Asia endure and areas that were previously off-limits, are opening up. Myanmar will stay with you forever.

  • While in Yangon, we will take a guided tour of the city, exploring the Sule Pagoda and the Shwedagon Pagoda.
     
  • While in Bagan, we will have an archeological tour of the most important sites on the Plain of Bagan: the Shwezigon Pagoda, the Ananda Temple, the Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi Temple, and the Dhammayangyi Temple. We'll take a side trip to Mount Popa to view the enigmatic monasteries topping the extinct volcano, and take an in-depth look at the Myanmar countryside, as we visit the friendly locals in their homes. We'll take the sunset cruise on the Ayeryarwaddy River, admire the elaborate murals in the Myinkaba Gubyaukgyi Temple and learn about the painstaking process of lacquerware making and decoration.
     
  • While in Mandalay, we will explore the Kuthodaw Pagoda, with its 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures, we'll visit the intricately carved Golden Teak Monastery, once part of the Mandalay Palace, the Mahagandayon Monastery, where we'll watch hundreds of Buddhist monks in their daily life, and take a side trip to Inwa on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River, where we'll tour, by horse-drawn carriage, the Nan Myint Tower and the Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery, famous for its ornate woodcarvings and elaborate teak posts. We'll visit a coffee plantation and the National Kandawgyi Gardens. We'll see Sagaing, the spiritual center of Myanmar, with hundreds of stupas, monasteries and temples and we'll admire the picturesque U Bein Bridge, illuminated by the setting sun.
     
  • While in Inle Lake, we'll tour the revered Buddhist Caves in Pindaya, we'll spend a day exploring the serene Inle Lake by a private boat, stopping to visit the Hpe Nga Chaung village with its old Buddhist monastery, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the Inn Thein Pagoda complex to view the hundreds of small stupas emerging from massive vegetation. We'll admire the leg-rowing fishermen, and their floating gardens built with water hyacinth and lake mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles, and we'll shop at a floating market. We'll even visit the Red Mountain Winery and taste the Myanmar wine.
     
  • Throughout the tour you will dine in carefully selected restaurants and sample many delicious dishes typical of Myanmar's exceptional, innovative cuisine.

    TRAVEL UPDATE: Myanmar is a country very much in transition. It is emerging from decades of isolation, unforgiving military rule and savage corruption, and with Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy now at the helm, Myanmar is slowly embracing democracy and redefining its national identity. But things move at a snail’s pace, development is slow, and the politics of many ethnic tribal regions is complicated. This is a difficult period for the country and the people of Myanmar, and tourism can have a valuable impact on its people. The beautiful Myanmar, with its golden pagodas and ancient towns, still has a non-democratically elected government, and corruption and human right abuses continue. Since 2017, the persecution of the Rohingya, an Islamic people who live in western Myanmar, has made headlines around the world, with some describing the brutal massacres as genocide. Many are calling for a tourism boycott of Myanmar, but we do not believe that this will have the desired impact at all. With the recent decrease in travel and many Burmese people depending on tourism for survival, withdrawing would harm their livelihood even more. Rather than impacting the government, jobs would be lost, and it's the citizens, the vast majority of whom have absolutely nothing to do with the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine, who would suffer. This is a political crisis, and it needs a political solution, and not visiting it will not make any difference to the corrupt leadership.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE  
  • 12 nights at modern 5 star hotels in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake
     
  • Airport transfers on arrival and on departure
     
  • Four domestic flights including all fees and taxes
     
  • All transportation in Myanmar in a private, air-conditioned motor coach
     
  • Meals throughout the tour, at fine hotel dining rooms and local restaurants: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners, including drinks and bottled water at all meals
     
  • Bottled water and cold towels on days when touring by bus
     
  • All sites and attractions' fees and admissions, as described in the tour's itinerary
     
  • All restaurants', guide's and drivers' gratuities
     
  • All taxes, fees, fuel charges and supplements
     
  • Private local guides throughout the tour and an experienced Tour Director
NOT INCLUDED  

Additional/optional costs may include: Myanmar visa fee, optional travel insurance, optional single room supplement, optional early arrival accommodations, early hotel check-in / late hotel check-out, porterage gratuities, overweight luggage fee on domestic flights, optional Tour Director's gratuity, optional hot air balloon ride in Bagan, meals not included in the itinerary, telephone charges, laundry, minibar, and personal expenses.

The cost does not include international airfare to and from Yanogon.

HIGHLIGHTS  
  • Visiting a country so pristine, raw and untouched that it's hard to believe that it actually exists
  • Meeting some of the planet's friendliest people
  • Seeing the thousands of stupas that dot the Bagan countryside
  • Exploring the poetic water world of Inle Lake by boat
  • Visiting the iconic Mandalay and its temples
  • Strolling through the fading glories of Yangon
  • Admiring the surreal Mount Popa Monasteries
  • Touring the golden temples scattered throughout the countryside
  • Shopping for fine quality, artisan made lacquerware, puppets, wood carvings and kalaga tapestries
What Makes This Trip Special  
  • Accommodation at the centrally located, 5 star hotels throughout the tour
  • Meals at upscale restaurants including drinks throughout the tour
  • Knowledgeable and passionate local guide
  • An experienced Tour Director
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned bus throughout the tour
  • Inclusion of 4 domestic flights at no additional cost
  • Inclusion of all restaurants', guides' and drivers' gratuities
  • Exclusive experiences, not available to larger groups
  • A small group of maximum 16 women
  • No forced shopping
Testimonials 

Of course, the balloon sunrise ride over Bagan was the best experience. The group of women was fabulous – so fun. The country was beautiful , interesting and delicious. The places we visited and the hotels were perfect, Inle Lake is not to be missed! The 100s of pagodas and temples were beautiful, and ancient Buddhas were amazing! I had no idea how delicious the food in Myanmar was. We visited agricultural areas, big cities and the iconic Inle Lake. – Risa from New Jersey

It was very interesting and well-coordinated. I enjoy archeology and Myanmar was incredible! Can’t say enough good things about our in-country tour guide, his knowledge and great attention to each of us enhanced our visit. We felt welcomed and left with a better understanding of the country and its people. Wonderful trip. – Joan from Florida

Excellent! Saw many different aspects of the culture and history while meeting the locals and participating. – Deb from Florida

It was a great tour with a terrific bunch of women. Our local guide was amazing. Having such a small group made us all closer.  It was a wonderful experience to visit a country just opening up. I was actually surprised at how modern it was in places – a country of contrasts. – Adrianne from Florida

A trip of a lifetime. This trip greatly exceed my expectations. – Vera from Illinois

This was one of the best tours I have taken to date. I was unsure what to expect as I was new to Sights and Soul, but I was extremely impressed by everything from the tour leader, to the hotel choice, and to the overall management of the tour.  I highly recommend Sights and Soul! – Afua from New York

Seeing Myanmar was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed the location, friendly people and the ladies I traveled with. Thank you for another memorable holiday. Well organized and thought-out as always! – Michelle from BC, Canada

I feel that S&S Travels is well worth the money. They’ve put together a great trip. I can always count on them. Just wish they went to more destinations. – Dianne from Alaska

I love S+S tours! I’ve made life long friends. I sleep in luxury, but experience real cultural experiences. And Myanmar was a fantastic place to visit. The people were exceptional! – Diane from Colorado

Wonderful trip, lots of new things to experience. Wonderful people – extremely interesting. – Judy from Oregon

The tour was at a good pace with enough free time to explore or go to a spa. Mr. Oo and Becky were a perfect team to guide this group. I laughed quite a bit, learned a lot about Myanmar and truly loved the opportunity to visit this beautiful country. – Elizabeth from Connecticut

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