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10 Day Exciting Culinary Tour to Discover the Tastes and Flavors of Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar

Sightseeing and Culinary Tour in Myanmar

Let’s embark on a culinary-themed trip to discover the tastes and flavors of Myanmar. With teashops hawking British-influenced sweet tea and noodle shops serving delicacies from Shan state, Myanmar is a fascinating melting pot for the senses—especially your taste buds!

Highlights

  • 3 cooking sessions
  • Visit morning markets to see local fresh produce
  • Street food tour to sample traditional Burmese snacks and noodle dishes
  • Visit Htilominlo Temple, which is popular for its architecture
  • Visit major pilgrimage site of Mahamuni Pagoda
  • Experience Inle Lake boat tour
  • 6 nights accommodation

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5 days with instruction
Group size: 4-20 participants
Airport transfer included: Yangon International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00

For this tour, you may opt for a stay in four-star or five-star hotels where you will spend 6 overnight stays (included in the price).

Four-star hotels

  • Yangon: Jasmine Palace Hotel, Superior Room
  • Bagan: Bagan Thiripyitsaya Resort, Deluxe Room
  • Inle Lake: Amata Garden Resort, Deluxe Room
  • Mandalay: Eastern Palace Hotel, Deluxe Room

Five-star hotels

  • Yangon: Novotel Yangon Max Hotel, Deluxe Room
  • Bagan: Aureum Palace Resort, Deluxe Room
  • Inle Lake: Aureum Resort & Spa, 2nd Row Villa
  • Mandalay: Hilton Hotel Mandalay, Deluxe Room

In case of full booking, the accommodations may change to other hotels of similar quality. Single supplement for four-star hotels is available at 317 USD and 550 USD for five-star hotels.

You will spend 3 nights on the overnight bus. Fares are not included in the price.

  • Yangon - Bagan: 26 USD / one way ticket
  • Bagan - Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake): 20 USD / one way ticket
  • Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake) - Mandalay: 20 USD / one way ticket

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Yangon

Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be welcomed by a local guide at Yangon International Airport and be transferred to your hotel in a center area. Welcome dinner with show at Karaweik hall. Overnight in Yangon.

  • Meal: Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Please note hotel check-in time is from 14:00

Day 2: Yangon city tour - street food - Yangon bus station

Breakfast at the hotel. Then, you'll take a tour around the city center which is filled with various historical and colonial buildings. Then, visit Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha: 230 feet (70 meters) long in the pose of rest, the original image was built in 1907.

The street food tour starts from Lucky 7, a popular local teashop where you’ll soak in the city’s traditional culture over a cup of Burmese tea. Strong tea taken with sugar and condensed milk is a culinary preference that the Burmese adopted from the British more than a century ago.

Sample some traditional Burmese snacks and noodle dishes while you’re here. You can try some mont leit pyar (bean and sugar dumplings), mont pyar tha let (rice pancakes), mohingar (Myanmar’s national dish: rice noodles in fish soup), shwe htamin (golden sticky rice) and own noe khauk swe (noodles with coconut soup and chicken).

From here, you’ll head to 999 Shan Noodle to try a bowl of Shan noodles, the staple of Myanmar’s largest minority group. A popular breakfast item, Shan noodles can be eaten as a soup or salad and are delightful at any time of day!

On the way, you’ll pass two grand colonial buildings, the Secretariat building, and St Mary’s Catholic church.

In the afternoon, pass Sule Pagoda, City Hall, and Mahabandoola Park on your way to Little India. Believe it or not, during British rule there were more Indians living in Yangon than Burmese. Many of their descendants still live here today. You’ll stop at a local restaurant to try some of the Indian-influenced snacks that are now popular among the Burmese.

After filling up on these scrumptious snacks, you’ll hop on the trishaw for one final stop, Chinatown. Take a route through the lively evening market in China Town and enjoy the local foods and Chinese foods. After dinner, drive back to Yangon Highway bus compound and leave to Bagan by overnight bus at 21:00. Overnight on the bus.

  • Meal: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch at a local restaurant, and dinner in street food style.

Day 3: Arrive in Bagan - Mount Popa

Upon arrival in Bagan (NyaungOo), a local guide will pick you up at the bus compound and transfer you to a local breakfast shop. After that, you will start today's sightseeing.

Drive straight to Mount Popa. it is an extinct volcano with its shrines dedicated to animist spirits known as ‘Nats’. If you have enough energy, you can climb up to the top of the volcanic plug, as you can see the nice panoramic view from the top of the mountain. On the mountain top, reach a monastery and temple complex with shrines to the 37 nats to visit and take in a spectacular view over the region.

Back to Bagan at the end of the journey, you will stop at the toddy tree climber’s huts on the way and learn how they climb up the trees, collect the sap, and boil the ingredients to produce palm sugar. Then, visit a local palm tree plantation to learn how toddy palm juice and sugar are produced.

Return to Bagan and enjoy dinner with a puppet show at Nanda restaurant. Overnight in Bagan.

  • Meal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4: Bagan - Bagan bus station

Breakfast at the hotel. Then, you head into the vibrant Nyaung Oo Market, the economic center of Bagan. At this bustling market, locals meet daily to buy and sell a variety of goods, from fruit and vegetables to clothing, china, and lacquerware. Your guide will show you different kinds of herbs and vegetables which are used for Burmese cooking.

Enjoy lunch in the home of a local villager in Bagan. Learn about traditional Burmese dining in this local culinary adventure! Using fresh local ingredients, many from organic farms within the Bagan monument zone, you will prepare a four-course meal together with the village cooking team in your Bagan cooking class.

Afternoon sightseeing will start at Htilominlo Temple for its architecture. Bu Lei Thee Pagoda officials currently do not allow people to climb up so you can visit the nearest temple only. Then, visit Ananda Temple which is one of Bagan’s best known and most beautiful and symmetrical structures with the layout of a Greek cross and then you will have a walk through the cluster of Buddhist religious monuments in Bagan.

Then continue to Shwesandaw Pagoda. From here, travel by horse cart for a tour passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.

You will transfer to Highway Bus station and proceed to Nyaung Shwe (gate of Inle Lake) by overnight bus (JJ Express). Overnight on the bus.

  • Meal: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch and dinner at local restaurants.

Day 5: Arrive in Inle Lake

Upon arrival in Nyung Shwe, you will head to a local restaurant for breakfast before moving on to Inle Lake. Later, enjoy a boat ride on Inle Lake and discover its calm serenity, still waters, and colorful brush strokes of floating vegetation and slow-moving fishing canoes.

Rolling high hills hug the lake on all sides, as the lake's shore and islands host 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people. Enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery and meditate on the one of a kind skill of the local fishermen who make use of their legs in a unique rowing technique to glide themselves gracefully around the lake.

Visit the enchanting floating gardens, a teeming market, and an Intha village around the lake. The day also includes a visit to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in the Inle Lake area.

  • Meal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at local restaurants.

Day 6: Inle Lake

After breakfast, you will head out to a cooking class in Inle Lake. Visit the morning market where locals gather every morning to buy and sell fresh produce from the lake and its surroundings. Return to the restaurant or local house and start preparing to learn traditional local typical foods. Enjoy your meal afterward.

For the cooking session, please choose either one of the menus as below:

Option 1

  • Tempura
  • Tomato soup
  • Fried fish (Inle style)
  • Chicken curry (traditional)
  • Fried veg
  • Fruits
  • Tea and coffee

Option 2

  • Fish curry
  • Dumpling (Pork, banana leaves)
  • Steam fried chicken (Inle style)
  • Mixed veg
  • Potato catalase
  • Soup
  • Tea and coffee
  • Dessert

Option 3

  • Inle stuffed fish
  • Sweet pork
  • Chicken tofu
  • Long bean salad
  • Bitter bean soup
  • Dessert
  • Tea and coffee

In the afternoon, move on to visit one of the most unique markets on Inle lake which happens five days in different villages in the Inle area). From the market, you continue by boat to Khaung Daing village on the northwest coast of the lake. This village is famous for its traditional Shan tofu – fried tofu crackers and folded, triangular tofu treats. You’ll be able to watch (and perhaps participate!) as they sift the soybeans, boil them, mash them into balls then form tofu cakes to dry in the sun. This is a fabulous taste of local life on Inle Lake.

Proceed to Nyaung Shwe. Then visit Red Mountain Estate Vineyards and Winery, which is located in the northeastern part of Inle Lake. Enjoy the magnificent view of Inle Lake and its stilt villages while you taste Red Mountain Estate wines. You will also observe the grape varieties grown in the estate.

Dinner will be at Red Mountain Estate Vineyards and Winery. Overnight in the Inle Lake area.

  • Meal: Breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner at local restaurants.

Day 7: Inle Lake at leisure - Nyaung Shwe bus station

Breakfast at the hotel. It’s your own leisure today to explore the town and surrounding area. Check out at noon. Late afternoon, head to Nyanung Shwe Bus Station for your onward transfer to Mandalay. Overnight on the bus.

  • Meal: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch and dinner at local restaurants.

Day 8: Arrive in Mandalay

On arrival, you will have breakfast at a local restaurant before visiting Amarapura. Mandalay is Myanmar's cultural capital. The nature focus of the city is an abrupt hill, rising above a vast moated and walled square.

Then, you’ll drive to Amarapura, a former capital whose name means "city of immortality". First, visit a silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products and then visit Mahagandayon Monastery, when over one-thousand monks reside. Continue to U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest and 200-year-old teak bridge. Enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams.

In the afternoon, you'll first visit Mahamuni Pogada, 13 feet high sated Buddha image which is one of Myanmar's most famous. Continue your tour of Mandalay with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title "world’s biggest book".

Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th-century royal palace. This grand teak building is known for its exquisite woodcarving. Dinner at a local restaurant to taste Mandalay style’s Shan Curries and Myanmar beer. Overnight in Mandalay.

  • Meal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at local restaurants.

Day 9: Mandalay

After breakfast, you will head out to a cooking class in Mandalay. Visit the morning market with the tour leader and back to the restaurant. Afterward, you start learning about traditional local typical foods. Enjoy lunch after cooking class. From there, head to the top of Mandalay Hill to enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River. Overnight in Mandalay.

  • Meal: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch and dinner at local restaurants.

Day 10: Mandalay - Yangon departure / Thandwe

Today is your leisure at the hotel before the transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon or Thandwe.

  • Meal: Breakfast at the hotel.

Location

This tour takes place in Myanmar. Starting from Yangon, you will visit Bagan, Inle Lake, and Mandalay.

Food

Meals as outlined in the itinerary are included in the price. On this tour, you will have the chance to try local dishes such as mont leit pyar (bean and sugar dumplings), mont pyar tha let (rice pancakes), mohingar (Myanmar’s national dish: rice noodles in fish soup), shwe htamin (golden sticky rice) and own noe khauk swe (noodles with coconut soup and chicken).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Bagan

On this tour, you can enjoy a hot air balloon ride in Bagan. Starting at dawn, this ride is available at an extra cost.

Inle Lake area

Inle Horse Club

Visit the Inle Horse Club for an equestrian adventure exploring the Inle Lake region. You can experience the areas natural beauty and cultural attractions from horseback or a local horse-drawn cart. The six-acre Inle Horse Club plays host to nine friendly horses in an idyllic setting of dragon fruit trees, wildflowers, and a small, shimmering-blue lake.

Relax at Inle Horse Club with drinks, snacks and local cuisine served at open-air veranda cafe. The cafe is a perfect place to view sunsets over the local pagoda and Shan hills at the end of the day. The beautiful horses, photogenic horse club, and professional service will ensure you have an equestrian adventure at Inle Lake that you will never forget. The location is 20 minutes' drive from Nyaung Shwe Town by Tot Tot.

Khaung Daing hot spring

To get here, leave Nyaung Shwe by the Teik Nan bridge and follow the road as it turns first left, then right onto a long straight tree-lined stretch overlooking marshland on both sides. After three kilometers or so, the roads climb up a way to meet the north-south Khaung Daing to Heho road. On the corner is a friendly cafe/beer station, well placed after the climb. Left takes you down towards the hot springs with wooded hills, some stupa-topped, on your right, and the lake off to the left. Also on the left are the well laid out, well-organized.

Cooking class

The boatman will come and pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the “Golden Moon Restaurant” in Ywama Village (Inle Lake). The chef will show the different kinds of herbs and vegetables which are used for Burmese cooking. Learn about traditional Burmese dining in this local culinary adventure!

Using fresh local ingredients, many from organic farms within the Bagan monument zone, you will prepare the main dishes, side dish, and soup. After that enjoy your lunch there and transfer back to the hotel.

Nyaung Shwe market

Day market is hard to miss: it’s that vivid green square thing stuck smack bang in the middle of the little town. This is the permanent, daily market, open from early morning to mid-afternoon. Officially known as Mingalar Market, it offers the usual mix of fruit and veg, household goods, fishing equipment, clothing, motorbike parts, and just a smattering of souvenir-type stalls. Around the edge (it borders Lan Ma Daw and Yone Gi streets), are tea shops, barbers, grocery stores, and karaoke bar. While the market all winds down mid- to late-afternoon the restaurants, tea shops and karaoke bar (not recommended) are open until the evening.

Night market: You can also enjoy the night market in Nyaung Shwe. Nyaungshwe just recently launched a daily night market, located in the town’s sports field. In the park, you’ll find local kids squealing on see-saws while their parents prepare sizzling dishes al fresco. It’s the best place in town to people watch and offers a great opportunity to mingle with locals who come here to squat on plastic chairs and enjoy a cheap feast.

It is busy with vendors offering a wide variety of food including Shan noodles, hot pot, and grilled foods. Next to the market, you can find a fun open bar called ‘Peter Tapas and Grill’. In the market, the cocktails were cheap, ranging from 2000 to 5000 kyats. The bar also has special seasonal cocktails like an avocado margarita, strawberry mojito, and fresh juices a swell.

Beach relax

After the tour, you can extend the trip for three or five days to relax at Ngapali Beach. For more information, please send an inquiry.

What's included

  • English-speaking station tour guides
  • 6 nights accommodation on twin / double sharing basis
  • Daily breakfast at hotels
  • Breakfast at local restaurants (day 3, day 5, day 8)
  • Meals indicated in the detailed program
  • Entrance tickets according to the itinerary
  • Mandalay Hill up truck (6 people and above)
  • Inle Lake boat fee
  • Cooking classes as per program (day 4, day 6, day 9)
  • Private air-conditioned transfers
  • 2 bottles of water and 2 cold towels per person per full-day tour
  • Entrance fee and show tickets according to the itinerary
  • 1 FOC for tour leader in a single room

What's not included

  • International, domestic flights, and airport departure tax
  • Overnight bus (Yangon - Bagan - Inle Lake - Mandalay)
  • Internal flight (Yangon - Bagan - Inle Lake - Mandalay - Yangon)
  • Meals not mentioned in the detailed program
  • Vietnam visa arrangement and stamp fee
  • Balloon ride in Bagan
  • Early check-in, late check-out surcharge
  • Tipping for guides, drivers, restaurants
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the program

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Yangon International Airport Airport transfer included: Yangon International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.

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Pricing information

The tour costs do not include the festive season surcharge (if any) and compulsory meals for 24 and 31 December 2020. The extra fee will be advised upon booking.

In case of the sharp increase in fuel cost, the price will be adjusted accordingly. An additional surcharge may be applicable for bookings that fall within the peak season dates such as Christmas, New Year, and Lunar New Year (TET festival).

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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