Magnificent Myanmar


Exotik Tours is giving intrepid travellers the opportunity to experience mysterious Myanmar as part of a new cruise and land package added to its Asia program.

The 10-day, nine-night “Magnificent Myanmar” package, which features one special departure this year on Oct. 10, starts from $3,199 per person (land and cruise only) and features two nights in Yangon, one night in Bagan, two nights aboard the RV Orient Pandaw travelling upstream to Mandalay, two nights in Mandalay and two nights on the shores of Inle Lake at the Pristine Lotus Spa Resort.

The price includes accommodation at four-star hotels, the cruise, all domestic flights, airport transfers, sightseeing with English-speaking guides, 12 meals, and visits to such sights as the Sule Pagoda, the Sihasana Lion Throne, the Botataung Pagoda, the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda (home of the reclining Buddha), and the Shwedagon Pagoda in Bagan; extensive sightseeing in Mandalay, including Mahamuni Paya, Shwen, Daw Kyaung, Kyauktawgyi Paya, Kuthodaw Paya, as well as an excursion to Amarapura, Sagaing, and Inwa, three former royal capitals, and much more.

In Inle Lake, the tour visits 17 villages on stilts that are still mostly inhabited by the Intha people, and stops at the enchanting floating gardens, a teeming market, and visits to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Paw Khon Village (lotus and silk weaving villages), and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, among other places.

“This is a great tour for people who have ‘been there, done that’ and are in search of something completely different,” said David Boigné, vice-president of Exotik Tours. “Having essentially been closed off from the rest of the world for nearly half a century, a tour here makes for an unprecedented travel opportunity – the chance to experience this magical place while it is still largely undeveloped and unspoiled.”