Myanmar's Leg Rowing Festival

10 days from $3,940 per person*
  • Take part in one of the world’s most fascinating festivals, Myanmar’s Hpaung Daw U.
  • Soar high over the ancient temples of Bagan in a hot air balloon.
  • Marvel at the sights of the Leg Rower's Running Race.
  • Experience the traditional culture of Inle Lake with private guide.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Travel deep into the heart of Myanmar and celebrate the Burmese leg rowing tradition on Inle Lake. Explore Yangon, Bagan & Inle Lake on this luxury private guided tour.

Inle is a magical world of floating gardens, Buddhist stupas, and tranquil villages built on stilts. More than 100 Buddhist shrines and monasteries surround the mystical lake. For 18 days in October, this ceremonial Hpaung Daw U Festival attracts great numbers of Inthas and Shan peoples, who turn out in their best clothes to celebrate the Buddhist Lent. This spiritual pageant is true cultural nirvana. Watch as a golden barge holding four Buddhas is towed by ornamented leg-rowers from your own private boat with expert guide. Go ashore to take part in the eclectic festivities with monks & locals alike, from magic shows, dancing, leg rowing races and fireworks to fortune tellers, blessings and Burmese banquets. Plan your visit to coincide with Thadingyut, the festival of lights, and experience Myanmar at its most fascinating.

This year the Myanmar’s leg rowing festival will be held between October 2-19, 2016.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Yangon
    Yangon
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 2 Yangon to Inle Lake
    Yangon to Inle Lake
    • Tour - Private - City Tour with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Yangon - Inle Lake [(1hr)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 3 Inle Lake
    Inle Lake
    • Leg Rowing Festivities - Boat/Guide
  • Day 4 Inle Lake
    Inle Lake
    • Tour - Private - A Day on the Lake with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Inle Lake
    Inle Lake
    • Tour - Private - Indein Ruins & Local Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Inle Lake to Bagan
    Inle Lake to Bagan
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Experience Shan Culture with Lunch & Wine Tasting - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Inle Lake - Bagan [(1hr)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Bagan
    Bagan
    • Ballooning over Bagan - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tour - Private - Bagan Explorer with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Bagan
    Bagan
    • Tour - Private - Markets, Monasteries, Boat Ride to 12th Century Hidden Cave Temple with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tour - Private - Sundowners on a Sandbank - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Bagan to Yangon
    Bagan to Yangon
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Picnic in Minnanthu - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Bagan - Yangon [(1.5hrs)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 10 Yangon
    Yangon
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
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Day 1: Yangon

For your added comfort, your guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it. Your guide will assist you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Belmond Governor`s Residence (5*)

Belmond Governor's Residence is located within the elegant Yangon Embassy Quarter and close to the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. It is just ten minutes from the city centre and 30 minutes from Yangon airport. The hotel is perfectly placed for enjoying Yangon's great cultural attractions. The golden pagodas, fascinating National Museum and lively Bogyoke Market, piled high with local handicrafts, gems, and antiques. Set in a verdant garden dotted with lotus pools, the hotel is truly magical. Dinner is served alfresco in the balmy evening air by lantern-light, as tropical fragrances scent the breeze.

Yangon
Yangon
Belmond Governor's Residence
Belmond Governor's Residence

Day 2: Yangon - Inle Lake

Yangon is a sprawling city with a relatively small downtown area including several markets, colonial buildings, the Yangon River, and a very green area with tree-lined streets and several lakes. During this full day tour you will be shown the different faces of Yangon from the landmarks to the hidden markets that have only seen a few westerners. During the day you will visit the Sule Pagoda, colonial downtown, the harbor, Yangon Tea House, and one of the colorful local markets. The reclining Buddha will be visited just before taking a tasteful lunch of typical dishes from tribes from all over the country like Kachin, Shan, and Rakhine. A local market will lead you to a small station where you will take the famous circular train that will bring you right behind Bogyoke Aung San market before heading back to your hotel. The tour includes a drink at the Rangoon Yangon Tea House and lunch at a local restaurant.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Yangon to Inle Lake. Flight time is approximately 1 hour.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Villa Inle Resort (4*)

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 Thauk, the property features 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, Wi-Fi access and lakefront balconies. The hotel restaurant and bar is the ideal place to unwind at the end of the day, sipping a cocktail or eating the Shan or Inle Lake traditional food as the sun sets above the lake.

Inle Lake
Inle Lake
Villa Inle Resort
Villa Inle Resort

Day 3: Inle Lake

The Leg Rower’s Running Race is extremely unique at Inle Lake, especially during the Inlay Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival. It is one of the most attractive events in this region that is a sight not to be missed by anyone visiting Myanmar. These famous leg rowers compete against each other, dressed in their full pageantry and ceremonial splendor while skillfully navigating the lake by rowing in a standing position on the prow of their long, flat bottomed boats, with one leg wrapped around an oar that is pivoted on their hip. This is the same way these fishermen fish on a daily basis, by posing very sturdily so as to plunge a fish trap into the shallow waters beneath their boat. Women still row in a customary style, holding the oars while sitting in the boat. This type of rowing technique takes some serious balance and coordination and people from nearby villages come to pay homage and witness this phenomenal act during the festivities.

Accommodation: Villa Inle Resort (4*)
Leg Rower's
Leg Rower's

Day 4: Inle Lake

Inle Lake in southern Shan State is a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan villages. On the lake itself the Intha people have been living for many centuries in village built entirely on stilts on the lake. Today, you will be taken by private motorboat around the lake to discover the natural beauty of the lake, visit the floating gardens, see some of the famous leg rowers and have some tea 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 be taken to visit a colourful market frequented by Shan and PaO people living nearby. You will certainly also visit a local cheroot factory (where the Burmese cigars are made), floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, an Intha house where a traditional Intha lunch is served and if time permits a weaving factory.

Accommodation: Villa Inle Resort (4*)
Village on the Lake
Village on the Lake

Day 5: Inle Lake

In the south of the lake, the ruins of Indein are certainly worth a visit. Partly covered by vegetation, the area looks like a pagoda forest. You will walk about an hour to enjoy a fantastic view over the lake and visit a school in Tha Ley village. A homemade cooked lunch is served by a local family in their house. Continue towards the Nam Pan village like the locals, in a small canoe. Whenever you are tired of paddling yourself you can continue by motorboat back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Villa Inle Resort (4*)
Indein Ruins
Indein Ruins

Day 6: Inle Lake - Bagan

As described in many books, the Shan culture is very interesting and rich and especially in Nyaung Shwe you still get a bit of the feeling of the former Shan kingdom of Nyaung Shwe. Begin with a visit of the Buddha museum which is housed in the former “Haw” (palace) of the last Shan prince of Nyaung Shwe (Mr. Sao Shwe Thaike, who later became the first prime minister of Myanmar after independence). Enjoy a nice Shan lunch at the Viewpoint restaurant and then continue the tour to the local market looking for some traditional Shan cotton and Shan traditional dresses. A visit to the ancient teak wooden Shwe Yan Pyay monastery with the oval windows gives the opportunity for some great pictures. You will be peddled around some small canals and pass floating gardens in a small wooden boat for about half an hour to see more of the local Shan life from the water. End the tour with a visit and some wine tasting of the excellent wines at the Red Mountain winery in Nyaung Shwe.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Inle Lake to Bagan. Flight time is approximately 1 hour.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Aureum Palace (4*)

Set within Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone amongst the ancient temples of The Kingdom of Bagan, Aureum Palace is a resort with a luxury spa set amidst 27 acres of tropical landscaped gardens which offers the ultimate in relaxation for guests seeking a unique experience for the historical traveler. Antiques, artifacts and local arts uniquely adorn each property, complementing the majestic ambiance of the resort and surroundings. Bedrooms are spacious and elegant with all modern facilities: bathrooms are large and lavishly equipped with luxurious amenities. Indoor or al-fresco dining options and bars, cultural entertainment or rest by the poolside for ultimate repose.

Bagan
Bagan
Aureum Palace
Aureum Palace

Day 7: Bagan

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.

A full day tour by car with an experienced guide through Bagan will show you the best known temples of the area. You will start the day climbing a pagoda to get an impressive view over the whole area. From here your guide plans his way to some of the other amazing temples that have been here for hundreds of years. Places like the Ananda, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani, and Thatbyinnyu will certainly impress you. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant. Around 4:00PM, you will continue the tour by horse cart to Pyathatgyi pagoda to catch the sunset with some refreshing drinks served. 

Accommodation: Aureum Palace (4*)
Ballooning over Bagan
Ballooning over Bagan
Bagan Temple
Bagan Temple

Day 8: Bagan

This is an ideal excursion in Bagan when you feel like you've seen most of the temples (or at least enough) and also want to discover a bit more of the Myanmar countryside. Go by private car to Kyauk Gu Ohnmin cave temple that rarely sees foreign visitors. Continue to Pakkoku and visit a local slipper factory, the market, and see where the famous Pakkoku blankets are made. A private boat is ready for you at the jetty in Pakkoku for a leisurely two hour trip downriver while lunch is being served on board. In the afternoon your guide and driver will take you to see local village life in the dry zone and later in the day, visit a lacquer ware workshop in Myinkaba village.   

Stay at least 2 nights in Bagan, one to see the sun go down from the top of an ancient temple, the other one to take a boat ride on the mighty Ayeyarwady River and have some sundowners on a sandbank in the middle of the river (if the river is not too high). A private boat tour on the river during sunset time will hopefully show you a spectacular sunset while your guide will be serving cocktails and some snacks.

Accommodation: Aureum Palace (4*)
Lacquer Workshop
Lacquer Workshop
Ayeyarwady River
Ayeyarwady River

Day 9: Bagan - Yangon

Minnanthu is probably the most favorite 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.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Bagan to Yangon. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Belmond Governor`s Residence (5*)
Bagan
Bagan

Day 10: Yangon

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation:
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Belmond Governor`s Residence (5*): Yangon

Belmond Governor's Residence is located within the elegant Yangon Embassy Quarter and close to the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. It is just ten minutes from the city centre and 30 minutes from Yangon airport. The hotel is perfectly placed for enjoying Yangon's great cultural attractions. The golden pagodas, fascinating National Museum and lively Bogyoke Market, piled high with local handicrafts, gems, and antiques. Set in a verdant garden dotted with lotus pools, the hotel is truly magical. Dinner is served alfresco in the balmy evening air by lantern-light, as tropical fragrances scent the breeze.

Belmond Governor's Residence
Belmond Governor's Residence

Villa Inle Resort (4*): Inle Lake

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 Thauk, the property features 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, Wi-Fi access and lakefront balconies. The hotel restaurant and bar is the ideal place to unwind at the end of the day, sipping a cocktail or eating the Shan or Inle Lake traditional food as the sun sets above the lake.

Villa Inle Resort
Villa Inle Resort
Villa Inle Resort
Villa Inle Resort

Aureum Palace (4*): Bagan

Set within Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone amongst the ancient temples of The Kingdom of Bagan, Aureum Palace is a resort with a luxury spa set amidst 27 acres of tropical landscaped gardens which offers the ultimate in relaxation for guests seeking a unique experience for the historical traveler. Antiques, artifacts and local arts uniquely adorn each property, complementing the majestic ambiance of the resort and surroundings. Bedrooms are spacious and elegant with all modern facilities: bathrooms are large and lavishly equipped with luxurious amenities. Indoor or al-fresco dining options and bars, cultural entertainment or rest by the poolside for ultimate repose.

Aureum Palace
Aureum Palace
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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