Myanmar for food lovers

Trip ideas
Duration (in days): 8

From: Yangon

To: Yangon

From

£880

Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
Get a quote
or Call +44 1273 320580
 

Overview

Myanmar, one of South-east Asia’s most intriguing & authentic destinations presents this 8 day trip designed to showcase the highlights of Myanmar alongside a foodie themed itinerary. Enjoy lunch in local teashops, experience meals with the villagers and explore locally grown produce at the colourful markets, take part in a traditional cooking class and learn how to make a series of Inthar and Burmese dishes alongside students from the vocational training centre as well as learning about this rich and rewarding culture.

Starting in Yangon you will spend your time visiting local tea shops sampling a variety of traditional Burmese snacks and sweets before heading to the banks of the Yangon River to experience the bustling market and another chance to sample the local produce! Next stop is Bagan and a chance to visit the spectacular pagodas that make the city so famous as well as an opportunity to take part in a cooking class and learn the skills for yourself! Mandalay and Inle Lake offer scenic views, traditional culture and a chance to mix with the locals as well as a visit to a vineyard where you can taste the local wines and observe the grapes growing in the estate.

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

Highlights

  • Sample Burmese tea in a traditional teahouse
  • Explore Bagan’s most important pagodas
  • Mingle with the locals at the food markets along the banks of the Yangon River
  • Take part in a wine tasting at the Real Mountain Estate & Winery, Inle Lake
  • Learn how to make Burmese dishes at a cooking class
  • Visit Shwedagon Temple, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar
Myanmar for food lovers | map

Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief:

  • 1 night Yangon
  • 2 nights Bagan
  • 1 night Mandalay
  • 2 nights Inle Lake
  • 1 night Yangon

 

Day 1: Arrive Yangon

On arrival into Yangon you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

After check-in you will be taken on a walking city tour around Sule Pagoda and Mahabandoola Park taking in the historical buildings before enjoying lunch in a local teashop where you can sample Burmese tea and a selection of local snacks and noodles. After lunch it’s off to Mawtin Jetty to the bustling market set up on the banks of the Yangon River, after exploring the foodstuffs on offer you will get the chance to head into Chinatown before experiencing dinner at 19th Street, a popular spot for meat and vegetable satays as well as draught Myanmar beer!


Day 2: Yangon to Bagan     

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bagan. On arrival you will be collected by your car and private driver and taken into the city to explore some of Bagan’s most important pagodas, starting with the Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of Burmese stupas, and ending with the elegant Htilomino Temple, noted for its fine plaster carvings.

Lunch is served at a local village where you will be treated to authentic local food in a traditional home before heading to Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, where you will enjoy a horse and carriage tour through the temple studded landscape.

After watching the sunset over Bagan from one of the upper terraces the rest of the evening is free at leisure.


Day 3: Bagan

Today you have the opportunity to try out some traditional Burmese cooking for yourselves! Firstly, a visit to the colourful Nyaung Oo Market where you will pick out your fresh ingredients ready to use in your cooking lesson. Your cooking class will take place in a local restaurant, and you will not only get the chance to learn cooking techniques but also about Burmese culture and ways of life.

After a lunch of your delicious home cooked offerings it’s time to head out of town to visit a palm garden, paying a visit to the family of a toddy palm climber, who will provide a fascinating insight into the daily life of these workers and explain how they collect the juice from the toddy fruit and process it into molasses, alcohol and other items. 

In the afternoon its back to Bagan and a cruise down the Irrawaddy River, offering magnificent views of the temples and riverside villages as the sun starts to set.


Day 4: Bagan to Mandalay

After breakfast your driver will collect you for your transfer to the airport and onwards to Mandalay, Myanmar’s cultural capital.

On arrival you will be greeted and taken on a sight-seeing tour; visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, famous for its venerable statue of Buddha covered in gold leaf, and take a tour of the traditional workshops learning about crafts such as marble masonry and Kalaga tapestry.

For lunch you will stop at a popular tea house that serves two of Mandalay’s most popular dishes: Mandalay monte & khotaung monte. Tea houses in Mandalay are used as a hub for socialising and doing business so this is a great opportunity to see how the locals live and soak up the atmosphere.

After a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda you will get to enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill to complete your day.


Day 5: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake

A private driver will collect you for your flight to Heho this morning. On arrival enjoy a scenic drive in a private car to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway to Inle Lake, where you will pay a visit to the morning market and witness the locals gathering to buy and sell fresh produce from the lake. Take a trishaw ride through the quiet streets before enjoying lunch at View Point, which specialises in creative Shan tapas.

After lunch you will be taken to the Red Mountain Estate Vineyards & Winery, located at the north-eastern part of Inle Lake; here you can enjoy magnificent views of the stilted villages whilst sampling the local tipple and observing the grape varieties grown in the estate. A private cruise is last on the agenda today and a chance to observe the leg-rowing fishermen and their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud, anchored to the bottom with wooden poles.

Tonight is spent at Inle Lake.      


Day 6: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon

After breakfast visit the daily market on the lake before heading to Inthar Heritage House, which serves as a restaurant, training centre, organic garden and even a home for Burmese cats! The host and chef will take you to a classroom and brief you before taking you to the organic garden to forage for fresh ingredients before teaching you how to prepare a series of traditional Inthar and Burmese dishes, which you will of course get to enjoy for lunch afterwards.

This afternoon comprises of a visit to the village of Inpawkhone to observe the traditional silk weaving techniques of the Inthar people, a trip to a cheroot factory where Burmese cigars are rolled by hand and a journey round Khaung Daing village, famous for its traditional Shan Tofu, where you will get a chance to watch and even participate in the creation of this local delicacy.      


Day 7: Inle Lake – Heho - Yangon

A private transfer will escort you to the airport after breakfast today for your flight back to Yangon. On arrival you will be greeted and taken to catch the circular train, a unique opportunity to witness the lively and colourful life of the rural Burmese people.

After lunch the afternoon is at leisure to explore the city or relax at your hotel.      


Day 8: Depart Yangon

Your day is free today for a final explore of Yangon, a private car will escort you to the airport in time to meet your onward flight arrangements.   


  

 

Info

Myanmar (Burma) is South East Asia’s second largest country. Decades of military dictatorship has left Myanmar as one of the least developed and probably least known countries in the region.  November to February is a great time to visit.  Between February and May temperatures soar, and the monsoon runs from late May to November.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you               

What's included: 

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals & beverages as mentioned in the itinerary
  • English-speaking station guides
  • All transfers & excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles & driver
  • Horse cart tour in Bagan
  • Private local boat for sunset in Bagan & Inle Lake excursions
  • Porter fees at airport
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in the programme
  • Water & refreshing towels on touring days

Not included: 

  • International & domestic flights
  • Visa arrangements
  • Any meals not mentioned in the programme
  • Any excursions not mentioned in the programme
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities

Accommodation

7 nights in 3* accommodation. Accommodation in this standard includes:


  • Hotel Umbra, Bagan

  • Hotel My World, Mandalay

  • Royal Inlay, Nyaung Shwe

 

Request a quote