With abundant opportunities for cultural interaction, from craft workshops to meals in the homes of locals, this Journey to Myanmar will open doors to the unique lifestyle of this beautiful country!
Provided by the Friendship Force club of Myanmar.
Live With a Local
- By meeting and interacting with the locals, ambassadors will gain a knowledge of the customs and lifestyles of the locals.
- Ambassadors can help in the transition to a democratic society, which is slowly happening in Myanmar with the subsequent reduction and elimination of internal conflicts which have plagued the country for a very long time.
- Assist students in an English class in Yangon and learn about their lives.
- Have lunch as guests in a remote village near Inle Lake, and walk through remote towns, farms, schools, etc.
- Have a meal in one of the Inle Lake boatman’s homes.
- Visit a remote village and farm near Bagan.
- Enjoy a dinner party with the Bagan locals.
- Feed the monks on their daily rounds in a monastery in Mandalay.
- Farewell dinner with the locals in Mandalay.
- Shwedagon Pagoda – the most revered pagoda in Myanmar covered in gold where ambassadors will experience Buddhism.
- Enter monasteries and nunneries.
- Experience Yangon’s circular train followed by a visit to a suburban market.
- Be involved in the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival – considered to be the most spectacular festival in Asia.
- Use some free time for shopping, massages in Inle Lake, bike rides in Bagan, watching sunrises and sunsets in Bagan, and finding interesting places to eat.
What an incredible tour. To meet and get to know the people was so insightful. This is the way to travel. There were so many ways that we were able to understand their way of life, Buddhism, their food etc. Well done. The best tour I have experienced. - 2014 Ambassador,
13 Days / 12 Nights Program and Itinerary:
October 2, 2017 – October 14, 2017
Coordinator: Ian Stanford
All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.
Day 1 - Monday, October 2
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Welcome dinner and overnight will be at your hotel in Yangon.
Day 2 - Tuesday, October 3
Neighborhood stroll and banana and coconut market.
Lunch at Feel Restaurant
Visit your first Buddha
Karaweik Palace Restaurant.
Day 3 - Wednesday, October 4
Interact with the locals in an English class.
Walking tour of Old Rangoon’s colonial centre.
Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott’s Market).
Day 4 - Thursday, October 5
Yangon – Heho – Pindaya – Nyaung Shwe
Fly to Heho
Craftsman making parasols
Day 5 - Friday, October 6
Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake)
Trishaw to the jetty and long tail boat to Inn.
Dein Weaving house and Padaung women.
Jumping Cat Monastery, Floating Gardens and Inthar’s stilt houses.
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Burmese cheroot cigar makers and lotus weaving village.
Visit one of your boatmen’s homes for dinner.
Day 6 - Saturday, October 7
Transfer by toke-toke for an 8 hour soft walk.
Inn Thar and Taung Yoe tribal villages.
Lunch and talk with the locals in one of their homes.
Wine tasting at a winery.
Day 7 - Sunday, October 8
Nyaung Shwe – Kalaw
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival
Fly to Bagan
Day 8 - Monday, October 9
Visit a subsistence living but happy village.
View Mt. Popa monastery from Popa Mountain Resort.
Visit a toddy palm farm.
View a beautiful sunset over Bagan.
Day 9 - Tuesday, October 10
Bagan (Plain of Merit)
Optional viewing of Bagan by peddle bike or battery scooter.
A lacquerware workshop.
Ananda Temple and Shwesandaw Pagoda.
A home-hosted dinner with the locals.
Day 10 - Wednesday, October 11
Bagan – Mandalay
Fly to Mandalay.
Myeceta Monastery – feed the monks.
Boat trip to Ava (Innwa).
Bargayar Monastery and Nanmyint Watch Tower.
Maha Aung Myay Bon Zan Monastery.
Swon Oo PonNya Shin Pagoda.
U Bein Bridge at Amarapura.
Day 11 - Thursday, October 12
Mahamuni or Payagyi.
Gold-leaf making workshop.
Golden Palace Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda.
Free afternoon and dinner.
Day 12 - Friday, October 13
Mandalay – Mingun
Boat to Mingun.
Chinthes Hsinphyumei Pagoda.
Day 13 - Saturday, October 14
Mandalay – Departure
Morning free until transfer to the airport.
$2650 USDPrice Includes: FFI fees; private airport transfers and tours with English-speaking local guides in air-conditioned coaches as per the itinerary; domestic flights, ferry, boats and horse carts; standard rooms at hotels with breakfasts as per the itinerary; meals as specified in the itinerary; all entrance fees; bottled water; baggage handling. Single Supplement $490 USD
Know before you goThere is no overnight home hospitality on this Journey, as home hosting is not permitted in Myanmar. However, there will be plenty of opportunities to interact with locals throughout the Journey.
Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.