This tour to Myanmar enable students to uncover the spiritual life in fabulous ancient pagodas, the peaceful ways of life in floating gardens, undertake a service-learning project to assist a rural community. Students are engaged in fun, cultural interactions and interesting visits combining with some significant activities which are engaging and stimulating.
Students can take a chance to get a deeper understanding of rich history, magnificent temples and authentic lifestyles of local people. Interestingly, this trip offers ample opportunity for travelers to immerse themselves in hustle and bustle markets, which can help them to see daily rustic commerce and outdoor adventure activities.
Upon arrival at Yangon International airport( arrival time 9 am ) , teachers and students will be welcomed by our tour guide and will transfer students to the hotel for check-in. It is the time for students to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast , relax and refresh.
Later at 12 pm Visit to Min Nan Thu Village explore and visit Lacquer ware and wooden handicrafts . For children with an artistic streak, a lesson in making traditional lacquerware is an excellent Burmese experience. Lacquer is a type of varnish made from tree sap and used to coat beautiful objects made from wood – such as ornamental boxes, bowls and buttons. Each object requires many coats of lacquer, and a really high-end, intricate piece can take up to a year to complete! After a tour of the workshop, where you’ll observe every stage of the process in action, one of the craftsmen can help you paint your own traditional design on a coaster, ready to take home as a souvenir.
At 2 30 pm Break for lunch .
A late after noon tour to the Shwedagon Pagoda to see Yangon’s most famous temple as the sun sets and the golden spires of the temple glow. Overnight in Yangon.
You can get to see the Ananda Temple to have a glimpse of the architectural masterpiece and four standing giant Buddha Statues.
Highlight our afternoon sightseeing with a visit to the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, where is home to the massive reclining Buddha image. At the feet of the statue carved with special design characterized the exquisite Burmese art. Students can get a deeper understanding of it as they listen to our guide. After that, students will be transferred to Karaweik Hall, which is the huge golden barge floating over the Kandawgyi Lake. It a great chance to take photos of students with their friends and teachers.
After that, we take students to Thatbyinnyu- the highest temple in Bagan, where they can have ample opportunity to learn the history and cultural significance of this pagoda. In the late afternoon, students can experience an unforgettable sunset over the plains from one of the sunset hill viewpoints in Shwedagon pagoda. Return to the hotel in the evening and a group of students will be served a scrumptious dinner.
The second day in Bagan, after breakfast at the hotel, our guide and driver will take students to one of the monasteries in Bangan. It is a chance for them to know more about culture and religion in Myanmar. Then, students will have a chance to enjoy special catered lunch at Monastery.
In the late afternoon, our bikes are ready to explore the nearby villages of Bagan. It is an amazing activity for students simply because cycling is a fantastic way to enjoy breathtaking views and get an authentic experience. They will pass through the ancient temples along the way and en-route stops walking around the local villages. Then, they will have an opportunity to socialize and interact with the local farmer’s house. Interestingly, balloon experience over Bagan promises to be a highlight of any trip to Myanmar. We always pay much attention to safety as students boarding the balloon, and all activities are followed by the guidance of our guides.
In the evening, our guide will drop students off at the hotel and serve them a delicious dinner.
After having breakfast, students will pay a visit to Sat-Sat Yo village. It takes about nearly one hour drive from Bagan to here. This village became a famous tourist site, where children wear an ancient hairstyle called “Sanyitwyne”.
A delicious lunch will be served before our guide takes students to Mount Popa, which is a place of great importance to the Burmese and the home to ancient Burmese spirits. After that, we will drive back to Bagan. Along the way, we stop at a local village to watch demonstrations of toddy and jaggery (palm wine and palm sugar) production.
We will transfer teachers and students to the hotel to enjoy dinner and stay overnight in Bagan.
Complete amazing days in Bagan, today we will transfer students to Heho. Upon arrival, students will be served a refreshing breakfast before exploring the huge meandering maze made up of numerous caves in Pindaya Cave. After that, head to the nearby village to get the authentic experience and contact with the locals to learn how they make bamboo hats, pottery, umbrella, and shan paper.
After having lunch, we will head to the Danu Village House from downtown areas by car. It is a great time for students can see how to make tea leaf salads by Danu lady and they also join to get the first-hand experience. In fact, Pindaya has acquired a reputation for having the best tea leaf salads and the best soy products in Myanmar. Students and teachers have a chance to try different styles of tea leaf salads in a simple style and in Danu style salad, fried soybeans and other traditional snacks with Shan Tea.
Most importantly, students can take a great chance to interact and socialize with the local family. They will explain about tea process and introduce students to tea plantations, how tea grow and how to pick tea leaves. As the sun begins to set, head back to Kalaw and we have dinner here.
Today, we will take students to Magway Elephant Camp to get a glimpse of the elephant trainer’s lifestyle. Then, we will transfer to the river to get a deeper understanding of wild life in general and elephant in particular, and nature conservation. Interestingly, it is also a great opportunity for students to wash elephants like their owned pet, and participate in planting the regional tree. These activities absolutely an authentic experience for students.
After that, we will return to the main camp to relax and enjoy dinner before transferring to the hotel for check-in.
Today, students will be transferred to the poetic Inle Lake after breakfast. We stop at the traditional village on the lake to explore the beautiful lotus weaving, blacksmith production, handicrafts, and wooden handlooms. It is a great chance for students to learn about unique methods of creating floating gardens and houses.
Afterward, we will take students to Nyaung Shwe to attend a cooking class. Students can visit the local market with local people to buy some ingredients to prepare for the class.
Then, students can learn how to cook local cuisines with the guidance of cooking mentors. Students and teachers will enjoy lunch before transferring to Inle Lake to capture stunning landscapes. Moving to the lake, we will pass through villages to witness floating gardens and stilted houses and then we will stop at Nam Pan village to observe the cheroot making factory and wooden boat making. In the late afternoon, students will have a chance to catch a beautiful sunset before transferring to the hotel. After that, students have delicious dinner and stay overnight hotel in Inle Lake.
The last day in the tour students can enjoy leisure time after their breakfast in the morning until the driver comes to pick students up to transfer them to the Yangon International Airport for a flight to our departure ( 11 am ) . Student trip ends. We hope students have had a memorable and meaningful trip to Myanmar!