Overview

This 4-day exploration will take you on a journey to one of the most romantic lands in Myanmar - Inle Lake - home to stunning floating villages, exquisite local culture and stunning natural landscapes. Along with a discovery of some hidden caves, temples and pagodas, a beautiful boat trip along Inle Lake will be definitely the highlight of your trip.

Highlights

  • Best known for its sacred grottoes, Pindaya is a beautiful location to discover rural Shan State
  • Inle Lake - an idyllic destination where clear waters, mountains backdrops, floating gardens, and stilted villages co-exist
  • Discover the fascinating ancient ruins of Kakku
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Trip Code: VNZA-838

Trip Duration: 4 Days

Starting: Inle Lake, Myanmar

Finishing: Indein, Myanmar

Destination: Myanmar

Type of trip: Classic

Theme: Nature, history, culture

Ages: All ages

Group Size: Variable upon your inquiry

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As arriving at the airport, you will be transferred to the Pindaya caves. Set deep in the hillsides, the caves contain some 6000 Buddhas of various sizes, which are made of white marble, bronze or plaster, and coated with gold leaf. Keep driving to the magical Inle Lake – the jewel of Shan State. Visiting the lake, you not only have a chance to immerse in the charming scenery of the lake but also get an insight into the local culture and history.

Overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake.

After breakfast, set off your amazing journey with a boat trip on the stunning Inle Lake. Inle Lake is the country's second-largest lake and features floating villages, gardens, various tribes nearby and fishermen who row with their legs. You will pass through several villages that are built on stilts over the lake and the ‘floating gardens’ which are built up from strips of water hyacinth and earth then anchored to the bottom of the lake with bamboo poles. You will also see the leg-rowing fishermen of the lake who steer their boats with incredible balance. 

En-route, you will take in beautiful sights of some of the lake’s most renowned sites. Make a stop to visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda -the most highly revered monastery in the Inle Lake area. It houses five ancient images of the Buddha that are completely covered in gold leaf. You also visit the nearby Nga Phe Chaung Monastery an attractive wooden monastery built on stilts over the lake at the end of the 1850s. The monastery is also known for a collection of old Myanmar’s Buddha images from different areas that are worth seeing. Your last stop is Nam Pan village where you will learn about the local life through a visit to the cotton and lotus weaving factories and cigar making houses.

In the late afternoon, return to the hotel.

After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel for a beautiful excursion today. Set off from the low-lying lands at Inle Lake toward Taunggyi, then head into the rolling hills toward the east of the lake.

Along the way, you could see spectacular views of the railway line and small villages inhabited by Pa-Oh people. Spend time taking in the tranquil scenery in Taunggyi.

After two hour drive, you will reach Kakku which is home to Asia’s largest and most spectacular wonders. The Pagoda complex has over 5200 stupas with origins dating back centuries ago. Wander throughout the temples, take your time to enjoy the wonder and awe of this site and discover the intricate carvings and details on the structures.

You will not only have a chance to visit the temples, but also nearby villages to have a better understanding of the locals’ lives and customs. Afterward, drive back to Inle Lake.

In the morning, depart for a trip to the local market which takes place once every five days. This is the meeting point of the locals around the region to buy and sell their fresh produce.

Afterward, make your way to the Pa-Oh village of Indein. Indein is one of the small villages of Inle Lake located on the western bank of the lake. Here you will explore the ancient temple of Indein as well as enjoy the peacefulness of the village.

After lunch, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary(B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Private tours and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private transportation with air-conditioning
  • Airport pick up and drop off transfer in Inle Lake
  • Boat trip as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Inle zone fee

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Other meals which do not mention in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tipping for guides and drivers
  • Compulsory personal travel insurance
  • Myanmar Visa fees (contact our travel consultant for further information)

Meals

  • Breakfast: 3
  • Lunch: 3
  • Dinner: 0

Transport

  • Private car
  • Boat

Included Activities

  • Inle Lake sightseeing
  • Visiting Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda & Nga Phe Chaung Monastery
  • Exploring Nam pan village
  • Kakku discovery
  • Experiencing a local market

Special Note:

Our prices are valid for daily departures (except some special case as explained below) for groups from 1 to 6 pax. If your party has more than 6 adults, please send us an email, we will advise our best price for your group.

 

Our prices are not valid for some special occasions and peak season as below:

° Christmas and New Year (normally, there will be surcharged for Gala Dinner on 24.Dec and 31.Dec Eves – applied for 4 and 5-star hotels)

° Easter Holidays: some 5-star hotels in Hoian will be surcharged for Easter Holidays

° Vietnam Lunar New Year – from 25.Feb.2020 – 03.Mar.2020 – if you travel during this period, there will be surcharged for some services – we will advise you clearly at the time of booking

Cancellation by Customer

Should you need to cancel your holiday once it has been confirmed, the party leader must immediately advise us in writing sent to us via fax or email. The following cancellation charges will be applied:

  • More than 21 days prior to departure: The total of deposit paid to us (30% of the Tour value).
  • 7- 21 days  prior to departure: 50% on total value of the trip charged, due to hotel charges for no-shows and organizing fees.
  • Within 1-6 days  prior to departure: 100% on total charged.
  • No-Show: 100% on total charged.

Note: Insurance premiums and amendment charges are not refundable in the event of cancellation.  

Cancellation of domestic or international flights:

If the cancellation occurs after a deposit was paid to the Airlines, a cancellation fees, of 25 – 40 % of the airfare for the domestic flight and USD30 – 50/pax for the international flight, is required (according to the policy of the Airlines).

Unused services:

No refunds or exchanges can be made with respect to accommodation, meals, sightseeing tours, transport or any other services, included in the tour price, but not utilized by the tour members. 

Children Policy

For children, please note:

  • Children under 2 years old: Free of charge (maximum 2 adults with 1 child under 2 years old)
  • Children from 2 to 5 years old: 50% price of adults
  • Children from 5 to 11 years old: 75% price of adults
  • Children from 12 years old: as adult

Reviews

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Rosh & Betti

Guest Country: Durban, South Africa

Travel Dates: October 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

Vietnam tours have been awesome, especially Ashley Trang, the agent assigned to us. After finding this tour company on Facebook and making contact with them, Ashley immediately responded to my query. She worked tirelessly and efficiently to make sure that she catered to our every need and requirement. With her advice and expertise we here able to put together an itinerary, that has allowed us to have the best experience of this beautiful country, people,food and sights.

Our trip went without hitches from being transferred to airports and awesome hotels, organised private tours with knowledgeable English speaking tour guides and plenty free time with the best advice to explore at our leasure.

Ashley paid us a personal visit at our hotel in Hanoi, a gesture beyond her scope of duty. We have left Vietnam with very pleasant memories and will definitely recommend Vietnam Tours to family and friends.

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Lauren B

Guest Country: Johannesburg, South Africa

Travel Dates: October 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

I booked my tour and from the moment of first contact Trung was amazing. He put together a bespoke tour for us that included everything we wanted to see (Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An). The hotels were great, perfectly located and all the staff were incredibly helpful and went out of their way to make our stay memorable. The day tours and experiences were exactly what we were looking for and far exceeded our expectations. It truly was an amazing tour we will never forget.

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Philip Nel

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: October 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam and Cambodia

From day one the tour planning with Ashley from Vietnam tours was perfect and we had no trouble with pic-ups, tour guides and accommodation. The tour was informative and most enjoyable. We could not have asked for a better and more professional tour adviser than Ashley for the company. We had the best in 15 days what Cambodia and Vietnam could offer!!

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Annette R

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: September 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

Will Nguyen was an absolute star! From putting together an unforgettable 7 days as per our requirements to making sure we have arrived in Vietnam and follow up messages to make sure everything is going as planned during our whole trip.

Thanks for an absolute best of our lifetime experience!!!

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A Response from Seni World 30/08/2019

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A Response from Seni World 07/12/2018

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