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Myanmar Culinary Tour

Destinations : Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Yangon

Duration: 10 days

Food, fun, and lots of local interactions–our Myanmar Culinary Tour offers a unique insight into the country’s people and food. Traveling to Mandalay, Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake the itinerary mixes classic touring with culinary activities. Venture through vibrant fresh markets, prepare lunch with a local family, take a trishaw tour of popular tea shops, and of course, sample loads of tasty treats along the way.

The detailed program

Day 1 : Yangon Arrival

Mingalabar and welcome to Myanmar. Your 10-day Myanmar Culinary Adventure commences in Yangon, the former capital. An introductory walking tour will get your taste buds watering as you walk through the streets of vibrant downtown visiting markets, Little India, and Chinatown. Your guide will explain the various exotic fruits and vegetables on sale and buy lots of snacks for you to sample. An evening meal will introduce you to foods from Myanmar’s more remote areas- a mix of unique flavours and textures from around the country.

Overnight in Yangon

 

Day 2 : Yangon Street Food Tasting

Again today we hit the streets to discover the wonderful street food of Yangon. Thanks to its diverse population, you’ll taste influences from neighboring countries as well as from further away. You will also be treated to your first curry meal, a staple of the Myanmar diet, and a tea shop visit where you will rub shoulders with the locals. An afternoon of sight-seeing takes you to Yangon’s most important sites, concluding with a sunset visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.

  • Overnight in Yangon

Day 2 : Yangon Street Food Tasting

Again today we hit the streets to discover the wonderful street food of Yangon. Thanks to its diverse population, you’ll taste influences from neighboring countries as well as from further away. You will also be treated to your first curry meal, a staple of the Myanmar diet, and a tea shop visit where you will rub shoulders with the locals. An afternoon of sight-seeing takes you to Yangon’s most important sites, concluding with a sunset visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.

Overnight in Yangon

Day 3 : Yangon – Bagan

Today, head north to Bagan, home to more than 2,000 religious monuments built between the 9th and 14th centuries. Spend the day exploring the villages and temples, including highlights such as the Ananda Temple, the Shwesandaw Pagoda, and the Shwezigon Pagoda. An afternoon boat trip takes you up to an unusual cave temple, the Kyauk Gu Temple. When on the Irrawaddy River, you see the importance the river plays in the lives of Bagan’s people–providing sustenance, enabling transport, and serving as a vital water source.

 

Overnight stay in Bagan

Day 4 : Cooking Class at a Local House

We delve back in to the local food scene this morning starting with a visit to a vibrant market. Then we travel to a house in a nearby neighbourhood where you partake in a fun, hands-on cooking course. Alongside your friendly host, prepare a traditional lunch using locally-sourced ingredients and then enjoy the fruits of your labor at mid-day. This afternoon venture to the outskirts of Bagan to see the production of toddy juice into items such as alcohol, sugar, and molasses. Return back to the temple plains in the late afternoon for a relaxing horse-drawn carriage ride to a prime sunset-viewing location.

  • Overnight stay in Bagan

Day 4 : Cooking Class at a Local House

We delve back in to the local food scene this morning starting with a visit to a vibrant market. Then we travel to a house in a nearby neighbourhood where you partake in a fun, hands-on cooking course. Alongside your friendly host, prepare a traditional lunch using locally-sourced ingredients and then enjoy the fruits of your labor at mid-day. This afternoon venture to the outskirts of Bagan to see the production of toddy juice into items such as alcohol, sugar, and molasses. Return back to the temple plains in the late afternoon for a relaxing horse-drawn carriage ride to a prime sunset-viewing location.

Overnight stay in Bagan

Day 5: Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura

Fly to Mandalay, a city renowned throughout Myanmar as having the best tea shops and local food. After a filling tea shop breakfast, head to the top of Mandalay Hill for fantastic views of the sprawling city and then explore some of the well-known monuments such as Kuthodaw Pagoda and the Shwenandaw Monastery. Enjoy a fresh curry at lunch before continuing to the south of the city to see traditional handicrafts and the famed Mahamuni Buddha image. Your day comes to a close as you watch the sun set at the 1.2-kilometer-long teak U Bein Bridge followed by dinner at a popular local barbeque.

Overnight stay in Mandalay

Day 6 : Tea Shop Tour in Mandalay – Sagaing

Hope you are hungry this morning! We set off on a local trishaw to discover the secrets behind some of Mandalay’s most beloved foods. A local food enthusiast shares his neighbourhood’s best tea shops, markets, and food stalls with you; and, of course, you’ll sample lots of treats en route. The afternoon is filled with a visit to Sagaing, the Buddhist center of Myanmar. You’ll visit some of the more famous pagodas and enjoy spectacular views from the top of Sagaing Hill before returning back to the eastern side of the river.

  • Overnight stay in Mandalay

Day 6 : Tea Shop Tour in Mandalay – Sagaing

Hope you are hungry this morning! We set off on a local trishaw to discover the secrets behind some of Mandalay’s most beloved foods. A local food enthusiast shares his neighbourhood’s best tea shops, markets, and food stalls with you; and, of course, you’ll sample lots of treats en route. The afternoon is filled with a visit to Sagaing, the Buddhist center of Myanmar. You’ll visit some of the more famous pagodas and enjoy spectacular views from the top of Sagaing Hill before returning back to the eastern side of the river.

Overnight stay in Mandalay

Day 7 : Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake

Our last stop on this culinary adventure is Inle Lake. This morning will be spent in the town of Nyaung Shwe, a hub for trade and distribution of the fresh produce grown on the lake. Indulge in a gourmet Shan meal and then board a long-tailed wooden boat to cruise out onto the lake itself. Observe the daily activities of the local leg-rowing fishermen and see their “floating gardens” as you make your way to your lakeside hotel. 

 Overnight stay at Inle Lake

Day 8 : Inle Lake

Spend this day traveling by boat around Inle Lake, taking in the many sights and sounds. Depending on the day, you may catch the lively morning market and see hill tribes from the region converge to buy and sell produce. You will visit the main attractions such as the Nge Hpe Chaung and Phaung Daw Oo Monasteries interspersed with stops in local villages and handicraft workshops. Be sure to have your camera charged as it is a very photo-worthy day!

  • Overnight at Inle Lake

Day 8 : Inle Lake

Spend this day traveling by boat around Inle Lake, taking in the many sights and sounds. Depending on the day, you may catch the lively morning market and see hill tribes from the region converge to buy and sell produce. You will visit the main attractions such as the Nge Hpe Chaung and Phaung Daw Oo Monasteries interspersed with stops in local villages and handicraft workshops. Be sure to have your camera charged as it is a very photo-worthy day!

Overnight stay in Inle Lake

Day 9 : Inle Lake – Indein

Today venture further away from the main part of Inle Lake with an excursion to Indein, a stupa-covered hill on the southwest of the lakeshores. A short hike will lead you to a local village followed by a visit to an Inthar family house. The Inthar are the lake’s indigenous people and live in houses on stilts over the water. You’ll have the unique opportunity to prepare a meal in a family kitchen before returning to the main part of the lake and back to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Inle Lake

Day 10 : Inle Lake – Heho –  Yangon Departure

You’ll return to Yangon this morning by flight and have the day free at leisure until your onward international departure.

Day 10 : Inle Lake – Heho –  Yangon Departure

You’ll return to Yangon this morning by flight and have the day free at leisure until your onward international departure.

Price Includes:
  • Accommodation in a shared twin room with a daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Activities and sight-seeing as mentioned in the program
  • Local English-speaking station guides (different guides in each destination – one guide per town)
  • Ground transportation with air-conditioned vehicles (where available) with drivers on touring days
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in the program (except camera fees)
  • 2 cooking classes in Bagan and Mandalay
  • Boat tour to Kyauk Gu Temple in Bagan
  • Horse-drawn carriage in Bagan
  • Trishaw in Nyaung Shwe
  • Private, motorized boat at Inle Lake
  • Drinking water and moist towelettes on touring days
Price Excludes:
  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfares with neither Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Asian Wings, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Air KBZ nor Man Yadanarpon Airlines (please refer to the airfare table)
  • Visa fee for Myanmar
  • Tour options (quoted separately)
  • Transfer for dinners if meals are not included in the itinerary.
  • Drinks during meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, laundry, etc.)
  • Peak season surcharges (Myanmar Water Festival, Christmas, New Year, etc.)
  • Christmas and New Year compulsory dinner supplement (TBA at time of booking)
  • Early check-in and late checkout from the hotel
  • Tips for guides, drivers, and other suppliers
  • Any other services/items not mentioned in inclusions

yangon

Mandalay

Inle Lake

Bagan

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