Taste of Burmese cuisine (6D5N)
Besides the beautiful scenic spots in Burma, let's get a taste of Myanmar cuisine with an exclusive Bagan cooking class. Shopping at the market and learning traditional cooking techniques and prepare a tasty local lunch with a local family.
DAY1 : YANGON (L + D)
Collect from Yangon airport with guide and transfer to a local restaurant for lunch. Next, visit Bogyoke (Scott’s) market (closed on Monday and public holiday). Arrival at the hotel and check-in. After, visit a huge reclining Buddha of Chaukhtatgyi, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments and the tour of this picturesque Garden City. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. Dinner Show at Kraweik restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Yangon.
DAY2 : YANGON – MANDALAY – MINGUN – MANDALAY (B + L + D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Yangon airport for the flight RGNMDL. Collect from Mandalay airport with guide and transfer to Mayangyan Pier. Boat trip to Mingun, located across the Ayeyarwaddy River and in northern Mandalay, and discover local life along the river Pathodawgyi, regarded as one of the world’s largest pile of brick, would be one of the wonders of the world if it were completed; The Mingun Bell, considered the world’s largest uncracked bell and the Myatheindan pagoda, the center of the universe in Buddhist-Hindu cosmology. Back to Mandalay. Lunch at a local restaurant. After, visit Mahamuni Buddha Image is decorated with gold leaf, jewelry, rubies, and sapphires and the image is also crowned. Arrival at the hotel and check-in. In the afternoon, visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, a masterpiece of Myanmar's latest kingdom architecture in teak and carved wood; The Kuthodaw pagoda, recognized as the world's largest book and Mandalay Hill, considered as a natural watchtower in the plain of Mandalay, to admire the sunset. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
DAY3 : MANDALAY – AMARAPURA – SAGAING – MANDALAY – BAGAN (B + L + D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Then drive to Amarapura, sightseeing tour that includes Mahargandaryone Monastery, typical monastic school, silk weaving factory, and the U Bein Bridge, the world's longest teakwood bridge on Taungthaman Lake. Continue to Sagaing, former capital of Shan Kingdom and Myanmar Kingdom. Sagaing is today the religious center of Myanmar thanks to more than 400 monasteries distributed in the hills. After crossing the Inwa Bridge (also called Sagaing Bridge), you can visit Sagaing Hill by truck. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then transfer to Mandalay airport for the flight MDLNYU. Collect from Bagan airport with guide and transfer to a local restaurant for dinner. Arrival at the hotel and check-in. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.
DAY4 : BAGAN (B + L + D)
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, sightseeing tour with the busy local market and continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, Gu Byauk Gyi, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes, Khay Min Ga Temple, noted for its spectacular panoramic view of the area’s many monuments and Ananda Temple with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit a lacquer craftsmen’s workshop in nearby Myinkaba village and sightseeing to Manuha Temple, built in mon style in 1059, Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument, said to have been the palace of King Manuha and Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi temple, noted for its ancient mural paintings. In the evening, carriage ride to admire the sunset from the hills or the platform. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.
DAY5 : BAGAN (B + L + D)
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, go to the local market with a local family to learn the ingredients for making traditional Burmese dishes. Then you will learn how to prepare some of their traditional family dishes, and you will be having lunch with the family after cooking. Most Burmese women cook without written recipes and the best way to learn is to look and measure with their eyes the amount of ingredients. They learned from their experiences, well acquired from their mothers, aunts and friends. The lack of a specific recipe should not be confused or underestimated regarding delightful cooking, in so far as Myanmar cooks can create as many delicious dishes as famous chefs can do in Chinese or Indian restaurants. Burmese people eat large meals twice a day.
Rice (htamin) and curry (hin) are always used in meals. are Sometimes they eat this kind of large meal at breakfast. Myanmar's food consists mainly of fatty curries, salads with fresh or boiled vegetables, various types of salted fish recipes and soups. Herbs and spices are always used like: gin, turmeric, garlic, onion, chilli, lemongrass and coriander. For main courses, there is not much choice because they come from common meats like fish, chicken, pork, shrimp and mutton. The main ingredient in Myanmar curry is Nga-pi, a paste made from salted, fermented fish that are added in almost dishes. The slide dish is Balachaung, Burmese dried shrimp relish.
After lunch, visit Tayokepyay Temple in the village of Min Nan Thu, Phaya Thone Temples Zu and Nandamanya. Then transfer to Bagan airport for the flight NYURGN. Collect at the Yangon airport with guide and transfer to a local restaurant for dinner. Arrival at the hotel and check-in. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.
DAY6 : YANGON – DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time until transfer to Yangon airport for the flight back home.
END OF EXCURSION
B : Breakfast
L : Lunch
D : Dinner
- English/French speaking guide as mentioned in the program.
- All transfers by private air-conditioned minibus.
- Sightseeing tickets and boat trips as mentioned in the program.
- Accommodation at hotel with daily breakfast as mentioned in the program.
- Domestic air tickets RGNMDL, MDLNYU, NYURGN.
- Meals as mentioned in the program.
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED :
- Personal expenses, tips, beverage.
- International air tickets.
- Entry visa in Myanmar.
- Travel insurance.
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