Old Burma Road Tour to Burma, Yunnan (South China) and Eastern Tibet 23 Day Adventure Tour for only
$6,475 per person twin share
This Price includes airport taxes and levies This is a wonderful ‘off the beaten track’ tour mainly visiting the fascinating hill tribe areas of north east Burma and south west China, particularly along the historically important Old Burma Road. The price includes all of the following:
Air fares with Singapore Airlines into Yangon and out of Kunming, plus three flights within Burma and one flight within China.
A 9 day tour of Burma (Myanmar) including 2 days in Bagan inspecting its fantastic UNESCO World Heritage Park temple complex.
An 11 day tour of Yunnan province in southern China, including the wonderful towns of Lijiang, Dali and Zhondiang on the Eastern Tibetan plateau, the original ‘Shangri La’.
A 2 day stopover in Singapore.
Good accommodation, mainly 3 to 4 star.
Most meals and entrance fees to many attractions.
All transport and transfers.
Prepaid gratuities to the tour guides and drivers.
Services of Burmese & Chinese tour guides, and if there are 12 or more tour participants there will be an Australian tour escort. If you don’t have a tour partner but wish to travel at twin share rates we will try to match you up with another traveler, but this is not guaranteed. For a single room there is an extra charge of $1340.
Tour departs Australia 9th March and returns 31st March 2017
Itinerary for Old Burma Road Tour - March 2017 Note:
Meals are included in the itinerary as B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Depart Brisbane at 9.10am on SQ 256, arriving in Singapore at 3.10pm. Depart Melbourne at 11.30am on SQ 238, arriving in Singapore at 4.10pm. Depart Sydney at 12.15pm on SQ 232, arriving in Singapore at 5.35pm. All passengers will be transferred to our Singapore hotel for a two night stay.
Singapore Today is at leisure in Singapore. During your stay you will receive the benefits listed below: 50% discount on the a la carte food menu (food only) at the designated food outlet in the hotel.
Free unlimited rides on SIA Hop-on tourist bus. Singapore Cable Car (round trip). Free admission to several attractions; National Orchid Garden, Singapore River Cruise, Jurong Bird Park, The Singapore Zoo, Singapore Flyer, Malay Heritage Centre, Gardens by the Bay and Universal Studios Singapore. Discounts on shopping, dining, sightseeing tours and attractions as listed in SIA Boarding Pass Privileges program.
Please note that the inclusions provided in Singapore are subject to change. 11.03.17 (L/D)
Singapore - Yangon Transfer to Singapore Airport, departing at 7.55am on Singapore Airlines flight SQ 998, arriving in Yangon (Rangoon) at 9.20am. Upon arrival we will be met by our guide and taken on an orientation drive which will help us familiarise ourselves with the historic buildings from colonial days and the Sule Pagoda in the heart of Yangon. Take a short walking tour of downtown Yangon and browse the hundred stalls of Bo Gyoke Aung San Market (also known as Scott's Market). This evening we visit Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world's most spectacular religious monuments, surrounded by an array of temples, shrines and pavilions. The golden dome of Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 metres above its base and is covered with 60 tonnes of pure gold. Afterwards we return to the hotel. Lunch and dinner today will be in local restaurants. Accommodation: Avenue 64 Hotel or similar
Yangon - Heho - Pindaya - Inle Lake Today we transfer to the airport for our flight to Heho. Upon arrival in Heho we have a 90 minute scenic drive to Pindaya, via Aung Ban. Visit the Pindaya Caves, which is home to 6,000 Buddha images and stalagmites. Observe how the paper parasols are being made at a small workshop at the foot of Shwe Oo Min Hill. After lunch at a local restaurant we have a two and a half hour drive to Inle Lake, followed by a boat trip to the hotel on the lake. Dinner this evening is at the hotel.
Accommodation: Inle Resort or similar 13.03.17 (B/L/D)
Inle Lake Visit a colourful local market in the Inle Lake region. Afterwards we take an excursion by boat to the Indein Pagoda Complex and follow a stair path lined with magnificent columns to the top. We have lunch at a local restaurant and then continue on the tour, seeing the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life. The highlights on the lake are Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, Nga Phe Chaung Monastery with a collection of ancient Shan-style Buddha images and other sights such as blacksmiths, silversmiths, weaving looms, etc. This evening we enjoy dinner at the hotel. Accommodation: Inle Resort or similar
Inle Lake - Heho - Bagan After breakfast we transfer by boat to Maing Tauk village located on the eastern shore of the lake. We have a one hour walking tour through the village and up a hill under the shade of the trees to a stupa and the adjacent monastery which is also a meditation centre. The moment we arrive we will feel a sense of serenity and peacefulness. If you wish, a monk will introduce you into the world of meditation and give you a lecture on the way body and mind flows together as one. Descend back to the village with the possibility to visit an orphanage on the way. Total walking time is about two hours, partly up-hill (not steep). The altitude difference is less than 100m. Continue by boat to a local restaurant built on stilts over the lake for lunch. This afternoon we transfer by boat and road to Heho Airport for our flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan we transfer to the hotel for a two night stay. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant. Please note that flights times often vary, therefore the itinerary may have to be adjusted to suit any change in flights times. Accommodation: Thazin Garden Hotel or similar
Bagan The highlights on this morning's tour include Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of pagodas in Myanmar, Wetkyi-in Gu Byauk Gyi Temple with fine tempera mural paintings depicting the life stories of Buddha and Ananda Temple, the most aesthetically beautiful monument in Bagan. We then enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant. In the afternoon, you may take a siesta or visit a lacquer craftsman's workshop to discover the intricate process of making lacquer wares. Continue to Manuha Temple with a large seated Buddha Image, enshrined in a relatively small sanctum, illustrating the melancholy of a confined king and Nanbaya Temple with noted perforated windows and friezes, a unique sandstone monument that is said to have been the residence of King Manuha. Next, we will proceed to Myingaba Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, a Mon-style temple renowned for its fine frescoes and preserved by UNESCO. We visit Bupaya on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River which is a perfect spot to enjoy a boat tour and view the magnificent sunset. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant. Accommodation: Thazin Garden Hotel or similar
Bagan - Mandalay After breakfast we transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport for our flight to Mandalay. On our Mandalay tour we visit one of the most revered religious monuments in Myanmar, the Mahamuni Pagoda. We also visit the Shwe Inbin Monastery, the Golden Palace Monastery, a superb example of a traditional wooden building, and Kuthodaw Pagoda, which houses the world's largest book consisting of 1460 pages of stone tablets. We also visit a traditional hand woven silk workshop as well as a gold-leaf manufacturing workshop. After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue on an excursion to the former Royal Capital of Inwa, reached by a short boat trip. We travel by horse-drawn carriage to visit Nanmyint Watch Tower, the remains of the palace building nicknamed 'the leaning tower of Ava', Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, built of brick and stucco and Bargayar Monastery, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. On the way back to Mandalay we stop at the 200 year old U Bein teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the Royal Capital. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant. Overnight in Mandalay. Accommodation: Hotel Yadanarpon Dynasty or similar
Mandalay - Maymyo Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we leave Mandalay for a scenic drive to the cool hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) with its lovely lake and waterfalls, botanical garden and colonial era buildings. We visit Anisakan, located on the way to Maymyo, to see how the local people go about their day. Explore the town centre by horse-drawn carriage. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Our sightseeing continues to the National Kandawgyi Garden, the beautiful botanical gardens of Pyin Oo Lwin. The cooler weather allows many flowers and fruits, commonly found in the temperate climates, to thrive there. Enjoy dinner and overnight at our hotel in Maymyo. Accommodation: Aureum Resort or similar
Maymyo - Hsipaw This morning we will transfer to the train station and enjoy a four hour train ride including a part crossing over the Goikteik Viadukt built in 1903 by Pennsylvania Steel Company across a 300 metre deep gorge. It was once the second highest bridge in the world and the view from the train is fascinating and the scenery is beautiful. The train stops at many local stations and passes very slowly. We alight the train at Naung Pain Station and continue to Hsipaw. Alternatively, if the train is not operating on this day, we will travel by road to Hsipaw. If time permits, we also visit Hsipaw Haw. Also known as East Haw, the house is surrounded by a large compound and guarded by tall tamarind trees and was the residence of famed Shan Prince Sao Kya Seng. Both lunch and dinner will be in local restaurants. Overnight at the hotel in Hsipaw. Accommodation: Hsipaw Resort or similar
Hsipaw - Lashio - Muse/Ruili Border, China In the early morning we visit the local market in Hsipaw. Afterwards we proceed on a two hour drive to Lashio. If time permits we visit Quan Yin San Temple, possibly the biggest Chinese style temple within Myanmar and Susana Pagoda to enjoy the
nice view over Lashio and the surroundings. Lunch is taken at a local restaurant. Afterwards we drive in a northerly direction along the Burma Road, towards the Muse/Ruili border. After completing immigration facilities at the border we will meet our Chinese tour guide on the China side who will escort us to Ruilli where we will have a city tour and visit the local park and night market. Accommodation: Jingcheng Hotel or similar 20.03.17 (B/L/D)
Ruilli - Tengchong After breakfast at the hotel we travel approximately 210km to Tengchong. We drive through magnificent scenery full of villages and rice terraces. En route we stop and visit an old Qing Dynasty residence in Lianghe. Accommodation: Sightseeing Hotel or similar
Tengchong After breakfast we drive 15 minutes to visit Henshun, a typical historical town. Henshun looks like it is out of an ancient Chinese picture book and is one of the most beautiful towns remaining in today's China. We walk into town along the cobbled-stone alleyways up to the square where a small market is held every day. Glance through some of the entrance gates into courtyards where residents trade their goods and wares. We also visit the museum of the Yunnan-Burma AntiJapanese War, a remarkable place of interest explaining the geopolitical importance of the Burma Road. Then we visit the World War II cemetery and Dieshuihe Waterfall Park. Accommodation: Sightseeing Hotel or similar
Tengchong - Baoshin - Dali Breakfast is at the hotel. Today's scenic journey of about 360kms is through an ethnically diverse region inhabited by Burmese, Dai and Jingpo people. Part of the road is a new highway and part is the Old Burma Road. We stop at Baoshan and have a short break at a coffee farm, where we can taste some local coffee. We cross the Lancang Jiang (Mekong) River and arrive late in the afternoon in Dali, at the intersection of the Burma Road and the Yunnan-Tibetan Highway. The town is located on the southern tip of the picturesque Er Hai Lake. Accommodation: Landscape Hotel or similar
Dali Breakfast at the hotel. The historical city of Dali is 400 kms west of Kunming and is the birthplace of Yunnan's ancient culture and capital of the former Nan Zhao and Dali Kingdoms. Surprisingly Dali is considered to be the first capital of the Thai people before their migration south to the present Thailand, Laos and North West Vietnam. We visit the morning market and a Bai traditional house in Xizhou Bai Village. Then we cruise on Er Hai Lake, one of the biggest freshwater lakes in China, with its stunning mountain backdrop and beautiful islands. In the afternoon visit the three old pagodas, symbols of outstanding technology. Enjoy free time in the fascinating old town of Dali. Accommodation: Landscape Hotel or similar
Dali - Lijiang This morning after breakfast we leave Dali by road for Lijiang, a journey that takes approximately 4 hours. On the way we stop at the Bai minority village of Zhoucheng, famous for its accomplished batik technique. A sightseeing tour of Lijiang includes the Black Dragon Pond Park, renowned for over 500 kinds of flowers and various famous pavilions, including the famous Moon Embracing Pavilion. We visit the ancient city, which is considered the 'Oriental Venice', a picturesque mountain town of stone and tiles and laced with canals, which became a World Heritage Site in 1997. Drinking an optional cup of coffee beside a small swift canal would be a very pleasant thing. Accommodation: Wangfu Hotel or similar
Lijiang Take the chair lift up to Yunshan Meadow to view the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. It is a famous mountain with 13 peaks resembling jade pillars. We will enjoy the mountain show 'Impressions of Lijiang', a cultural show demonstrating the traditions and lifestyle of the Naxi, Yi & Bai people. The show takes place inside Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Park in an outdoor theatre specifically designed to showcase the mountain which is used as a breath-taking backdrop. The performers include 400 local folk in various ethnic costumes performing folk songs, dances and rituals, and 100 horses. Next we visit a Bashai village with its temple frescoes and Yufeng Monastery, famous for its ancient camellia tree with 10,000 blossoms. Accommodation: Wangfu Hotel or similar
Lijiang Today is at leisure to enjoy fascinating Lijiang. Accommodation: Wangfu Hotel or similar
Lijiang - Zhondiang Transfer to Zhondiang, also known as the original Shangri-La, on the eastern Tibetan plateau. En route have a bird's eye view of the first bend of the Yangtze River and visit Tiger Leaping Gorge, claimed to be the deepest gorge in the world. Accommodation: E-Outfitting Star Boutique Hotel or similar
Zhondiang Visit Songzam Monastery, resembling the Potala in Lhasa. It was built by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century and has a current population of about 700 monks. It is the holy temple for Tibetans in this area. Later we travel for approximately one hour to Nixi Pottery Village, where we will have a chance to see the local people making pottery in the traditional way. We walk around the traditional Tibetan village to learn the lifestyle of the local people. Finally visit the colourful local market where you may find some interesting things you have never seen before. Accommodation: E-Outfitting Star Boutique Hotel or similar
Zhondiang - Kunming Today we transfer to the airport for our flight to Kunming, Yunnan's capital. Upon
arrival we are transferred to the Stone Forest, one of China's most remarkable natural phenomena. It consists of 80 hectares on innumerable bizarre shaped limestone cliffs and peaks created by wind and water erosion, some 200 million years old. It is home to the Sani minority. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner. Accommodation: Jinjiang Hotel or similar 30.03.17 (B)
Kunming - Singapore - Australia Today we have a mid morning transfer to the airport for our flights home. Depart Kunming at 1.10pm on Silk Air flight MI 913, arriving in Singapore at 5.15pm. Sydney passengers depart Singapore at 8.15pm on SQ 221, arriving in Sydney at 6.55am the next morning (31.03.17). Melbourne passengers depart Singapore at 9.15pm on SQ 227, arriving in Melbourne at 7.40am the next morning (31.03.17). Brisbane passengers depart Singapore at 9.30pm on SQ 235, arriving in Brisbane at 7.05am the next morning (31.03.17).
Conditions for Macleay Valley Travel's Old Burma Road Tour Deposits and Payments - A non-refundable deposit of $400 per person is payable within 7 days of booking. This deposit is not refundable should you later cancel. The balance is payable in full 10 weeks prior to departure. Refunds and Cancellations - Cancellations after final payment will result in a refund limited to whatever we can recoup from the airline. Insurance - Adequate travel insurance is essential. We can arrange this for you if desired. Macleay Valley Travel offers Suresave Travel Insurance. Please note that we can only process your travel insurance when we have received full payment for the insurance and the signed Suresave Travel Insurance application form, located on the last page of the Suresave Travel Insurance information booklet. Until this time the travel insurance cannot be processed and will not be valid. 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