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(Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake, Ngapali Beach)
Romance is in the air as you float gently into the sunrise over fairy-tale pagodas on an early morning hot air balloon ride.
From relaxing foot massages in Yangon and picnicking amongst ancient temples in Bagan, to sitting hand-in-hand on a gentle cruise across Inle Lake and relaxing on the picture-perfect beaches of Ngapali, this romantic getaway will have you falling in love with Myanmar from start to finish. Led by your expert private guide and driver, delve into the secrets of this time locked world. Make your way from temple to temple by bicycle, sip succulent wines during a private wine tasting, feast on delicious dinners under the stars, meet fabled leg-rowing fishermen, and sink your toes into stunning white sand beaches. With a storybook ending in a private 5* beach bungalow, this is a perfectly calibrated combination of adventure, relaxation & romance.
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Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.
Built in 1901 the Strand Hotel endures as a Myanmar landmark with its three-stories of Victorian colonnaded charms. This luxury resort offers large suites with lazily whirring ceiling fans, teak floors, and luxurious bathrooms. All rooms are tastefully furnished with a touch of colonial style and are equipped with up to date amenities. Adding to the splendid old-world ambience is a valuable private collection of local art and antiques. From the famous Strand Bar, move on to The Café that peers onto the street or to the famous Strand Grill with its elegant Bagan prints, chandeliers, and glass roof. Take pleasure in an afternoon tea or enjoy Burmese music in the Lobby Lounge.
An excellent half day tour at the end of your trip to Myanmar starting (or ending) with a lunch at Sharky’s restaurant – a local entrepreneur who is growing organic vegetables and producing locally made French cheese, ham, and other delicious food. An hour and s half foot massage is what you deserve after a long trip to Myanmar and afterwards your specially selected shopping guide will bring you to whatever shop you like to find your final souvenirs to bring home. Whether it is shopping for a longyi (local sarong), umbrella’s, old books, gold leaves or even a trishaw (bicycle taxi) or a contemporary painting, your specialist will know where to find it!
At the end of the day many Yangonites leave their office and on the way back home they stop for some shopping, catch up with friends at a tea shop, visit a pagoda or go to a beer station. This is exactly what you are going to do as well this evening. The highlight of the tour will be the evening visit to the illuminated Shwedagon Pagoda – a magic and mystical moment at a time that it’s not very busy on the main platform. After the pagoda visit there will be local snacks to be tasted as well as a local draft beer or a fresh lime juice. The tour includes drinks at the highest tower in Yangon, a walk over the night market in downtown, tea and snacks as well as a simple local dinner shared with some locals.
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. An early wake-up call is planned at 6:00 AM and the guide is expecting you in the lobby of your hotel at 6:30AM. Start your monring with a visit to the fish market on the Yangon River when it’s already busy. Next, continue to a vegetable market which is open 24 hours a day and try 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, you will wait for them to pass and donate some food to them. Continue to the fruit and vegetable market before heading back to your hotel around 9:30 AM to have your full western breakfast.
Fly from Yangon to Bagan.
Start a boat ride on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River with wine and canapés on a sandbank in the middle of the river (if the river is not too high). A private boat tour on the river will hopefully show you a spectacular sunset while your guide is serving wine and snacks.
The Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort offers a little piece of tranquil paradise in Bagan. This unparalleled Resort and Spa set amid 27 acres of tropical landscaped gardens offers the ultimate in luxury for guests seeking an exceptional and unique vacation experience. Museum quality antiques and artifacts adorn each villa, complementing the majestic ambiance of the resort. Bedrooms are spacious and elegant while bathrooms are large and lavishly equipped with five-star amenities. Indulge yourself in the culinary pleasures of The Shan or The Veranda restaurants, or privately dine on your villa’s terrace for al-fresco dining. Allow yourself to unwind and feel at peace with yourself and with nature in this serene and awe-inspiring setting.
One of the many highlights when visiting Myanmar is taking a hot air balloon ride. In the early morning, before sunrise, you will be picked up at your hotel and driven to the launch site for a spectacular hot air balloon ride over the temple zone in Bagan. The mostly British balloon pilots are operating each balloon under the highest UK safety standards and the views you will get are breathtakingly spectacular. After floating in the air and following the wind you will land safely and be welcomed back on the ground by a smiling crew serving cold champagne before taking you back to your hotel. Please note, this is optional and is not included in the tour price.
You will fall in love with Bagan, even more than Angkor Wat, not just because of the beauty of each temple and the lack of hordes of tourists but mainly because of the stunning landscape of ancient temple ruins that seem to be spread around randomly in between toddy palms and bamboo huts. During this half day tour on a bike, your guide will show you some of the most spectacular sceneries of ancient temples and the best of all is that you can stop any time to make some beautiful pictures.
Minnanthu is probably the most favourite temple area amongst frequent Bagan visitors and you know why? It’s quiet, it’s a beautiful area, and the temples here are often completely deserted. Your guide will bring you by car to this forgotten part of Bagan and will spread out a blanket and serve you a great picnic lunch in this historical setting before or after visiting 2 or 3 ancient temples ruins in this area.
Fly from Bagan to Inle Lake.
The Red Mountain Estate has been producing quality Myanmar wine like Shiraz, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay since 2006. You will have a tasting of the different wines while enjoying great views over Inle Lake. After, you will continue by car to the wine cellar of the Inle Princess Resort for an exclusive dinner including wine.
Villa Inle Resort & Spa is located beside the cultural and natural icon that is Myanmar’s Inle Lake. Spread over more than 20 acres on the eastern fringe of the lake near the village of Maing Tauk, the property features 16 secluded lakeside villas. All villas at Villa Inle Resort & Spa are designed to harmoniously blend in with the natural environment and feature hand-selected local paintings and antiques, high wooden ceilings, spacious living areas and well appointed bathrooms. Rooms include king size beds, air conditioning with heating facility, LCD television, WiFi access and lakefront balconies. Hotel Restaurant serves Western & Shan, Myanmar and Inthar cuisine. The hotel also features a spa services on site.
Inle Lake is a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan villages. On the lake itself the Intha people have been living for many centuries in villages built entirely on stilts on the lake. Today, you'll be taken by a private motorboat around the lake to discover its natural beauty, visit the floating gardens and hopefully see some of the famous leg rowers as well as enjoy tea time at a local family’s house. On and around the lake, traditional markets are held in different villages according to a 5-day rotating schedule and today you will visit a colourful market frequented by Shan and Pao people living nearby. Afterwards, visit a local cheroot factory where the Burmese cigars are made, floating tomato gardens, Intha Heritage house where the Burmese cats are bred, and if wanted, you can visit a weaving factory. Return to your hotel around 4:00 PM, in time for sunset.
Fly from Inle Lake to Ngapali Beach.
The Amara Ocean Resort is located at the pristine beach of Ngapali, Burma´s most beautiful region of Indian Ocean coastline. Guests enjoy the utmost privacy in the 28 Luxury Bungalows, built in traditional style, that are scattered among a wide palm grove. The views from each Bungalow of the Andaman Sea and the Rakhine Mountains will take your breath away.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Fly from Ngapali Beach to Yangon.
Enjoy the usage of a private vehicle with English speaking driver and guide at leisure for a half day in Yangon.
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