Tours in Myanmar

Yangon – Heho – Kalaw (Elephant Camp) – Inle Lake (soft trekking) – Yangon

Destination: Yangon, Heho, Kalaw (Elephant Camp), Inle Lake (soft trekking)
Tour Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Tour Code: SS - 18

Your experience of Inle Lake will continue to the local house of an Intha family who will welcome you to the preparation of the feast, you will sit down together and enjoy a delicious lunch.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Yangon arrival & sightseeing (by car)

Yangon – Heho – Kalaw (Elephant Camp) – Inle Lake (soft trekking) – Yangon

Upon arrival at Yangon Interantional Airport, welcome by Shooting Star Travel’s local guide by holding placard which the name on it. Then transfer to hotel for check in.

After check in, visit Chaukhtatgyi (Reclining Buddha) to see see 70-meters long colossal reclining Buddha, visit Kandawgyi Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. Here you will see the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge and the vast lake with views of Shwedagon in the background.

From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar and one of the wonders of the world. It is belived to have been built more than 2500 years ago. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point for sunset. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Day 2: Yangon – Heho - Kalaw (by flight & car)

Yangon – Heho – Kalaw (Elephant Camp) – Inle Lake (soft trekking) – Yangon

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for fly to Heho. Drive to Kalaw. You will head to magwe village, situated on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River. From here you will take a leisurely walk to a beautiful elephant camp. In the camp you’ll have the opportunity to meet the majestic elephants and lend a hand feeding them.

Then you’ll climb aboard one of the enormous animals for a 30-minute jungle trek. You’ll also have the chance to watch the mahouts (elephant handlers) bathe the elephant in the river. After your close encounter with the giant pachyderms, a delicious lunch will be served in the main camp. Should you wish, you are also welcome to assist the camp in their quest to sustain the forest and eco-system by planting a tree.

Fully sated from lunch, you’ll then have the chance to relax and enjoy your stay at the camp surrounded by beautiful nature until going back to your hotel where again you’ll have the evening to spend at your leisure. Overnight at hotel in Kalaw.

Day 3: Kalaw – Nyaung Shwe – Inle Lake (by car)

Yangon – Heho – Kalaw (Elephant Camp) – Inle Lake (soft trekking) – Yangon

After breakfast at hotel, this morning you’ll depart from your hotel early in the morning to visit the local market in Kalaw. Your guide will then transfer you to the Kalaw train station, a building that has remained unchanged from the time of British rule, and ensure you board the train to Shwe Nyaung at 9:30 Am.

The scenic train journey should see you arrive in Shwe Nyaung around 1 pm. On arrival you will be met and transferred by your next expert guide and private car to visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery and see its superb collection of Buddha effigides and intricate, beautiful carvings. You will then have the opportuniry to stop at Red Mountain Estate, one of Myanmar’s top vineyards, to sample the local wine grown using grapes from France, harvested by people from the Pa-Oh hill tribe. You’ll be able to enjoy a leisurely guided tour to the picturesque grounds and vines which are complemented by the stunning backdrop of the Shan Mountains and Inle Lake.

After you have digestd both the fabulous wine and stunning views, you will then be transferred to your hotel on Inle Lake where your evening will be yours to spend at your leisure. Overnight at hotel in Inle Lake.

Day 4: Inle Lake sightseeing (by boat)

Yangon – Heho – Kalaw (Elephant Camp) – Inle Lake (soft trekking) – Yangon

After breakfast at hotel, you’ll venture out to explore Inle Lake. Your excursion will stary at a morning market (the aearlier your departure time, the better), that achanges its location around the lake on a five-day basic. Here the communities which inhabit the lake region, including local hill tribes such as the Pa-Oh, Intha and Shan People, all come to trade their handmade wares and farmed goods with each other.

From the market you will then continue to the center of Inle Lake in your private motorboat, passing floationg garden houses built on stilts inhabited by the local Intha people, and the famous “Leg-rowing” fishermen who make their living from the lake’s plentiful supply of fish. Along the way can visit a floating tomato garden a unique site. Your experience of Inle Lake will continue to the local house of an Intha family who will welcome you to the preparation of the feast, you will sit down together and enjoy a delicious lunch.

After lunch you’ll continue to the famous Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, famed for its collection of ancient Buddha effigies collected from the lake and surrounding regions. Finally, you will continue by boat to Inpawkhone where you can observe Intha locals engaged in the art of traditional silk weaving. You’ll also have the chance visit a cheroot factory, where cigars are still made by hand in the traditional way. Overnight at hotel in Inle Lake.

Day 5: Inle Lake (soft trekking)

Yangon – Heho – Kalaw (Elephant Camp) – Inle Lake (soft trekking) – Yangon

After breakfast at hotel, your guide will collect you from your hotel early so that you can venture our to Magyigone village on the eastern shores of the lake – the starting point for your full day trek to the Pa-Oh villages. We recommend a sturdy pair of walking shoes today and plenty of sunscreen.

The walk though the lush landscape will take approximately 4-5 hours, passing thourth Pa-Oh and Intha villages such as Moe Gong, Don-Tha Kaaw, Tat-Gyi and Hti Ne before making a stop for lunch. You can take time to relax as you dine on traditional dishes cooked from deliciously fresh produce and explore the quaint Pa-Oh village.

Once you’ve had the chance to re-energize, you’ll set off on a trail baqck to the lake via the villages fo Kan Tha Paw, Sun Pin and Naung Kan. Depending on tour pace, you should arrive in Nampan village between 4 and 5 Pm, where your boat will be waiting to transfer you back to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Inle Lake (or) Nyaung Shwe.

Day 6: Inle Lake - Yangon (by flight & car)

Yangon – Heho – Kalaw (Elephant Camp) – Inle Lake (soft trekking) – Yangon

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Heho airport for flight back to Yangon.  Arrive Yangon and check in to hotel. After check in, continue to a local tea shop for a chance to experience an integral part of Burmese life; drinking tea! Select from an array of snacks and enjoy a coffee or tea as you sit amid businessmen, friends and families who gather at the tea shop to socialize or conduct business.

Continue to the National Museum. There is no other site with better display of Myanmar’s history, culture, literature and national races than this five story National Museum. And visit Botahtaung Pagoda, a famous landmark on Yangon’s waterfront; Nanthida Jetty and you will see people coming and going for work on either side of the Yangon River. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Day 7: Yangon sightseeing & Departure (by car)

Yangon – Heho – Kalaw (Elephant Camp) – Inle Lake (soft trekking) – Yangon

After breakfast at hotel, shopping in the Bogyoke Market formerly “Scott Market”, where you can get a wide range of Myanmar handicraft, jewelries, fabrics, lacquer wares and so on. (Note : Market is closed on Mondays and Public Holidays)

Depanding on your flight time, visit Kaba Aye (World peace) Pagoda, it was also known as the “World Peace Pagoda” and Mahapsana Guha Cave, where the sixth Buddhist synod took place. Proceed to Kalaywa Tawya Monastery to see the daily life of the monks.

Transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure. If time permit, on the way visit to Kyauktawgyi Pagoda also known as Lawka Chanther Arbayar Laba Muni Buddha Image at Minn Dhamma Hill, there is an Elephant house where the three white elephants are kept.