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14-Days 13-Nights Trip In Burma

DAY-1, YANGON ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, welcomed by our tour guide, transferred by car to and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

DAY-2, YANGON SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast, today sightseeing in Yangon City, founded by King Alaungphaya in 1755, symbolizing " the Peace ", includes a street market in China Town, Synagogue,  a walk around downtown near Sule Pagoda dotted with such remaining British colonial buildings as Yangon city hall, High Court, Mahabandula park, Telegraph Office, Post Office, etc., explore the scenic Yangon River shore around Sintoutan Jetty and observe the grass-roots level people there before lunch. Afternoon visit to the Bogyoke Aung San Market aka Scott's Market, 68m-long Chaukhtatkyi  Reclining  Buddha Image, 100-m-high Shwedagon Pagoda, heavily gilt, decorated with pure gold plates, precious, semi –precious stones, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

B=Breakfast,

Day-3, YANGON-AMARAPURA-MANDALAY (B)

After breakfast & check-out, transfer to the Yangon Airport for a morning flight to Mandalay, direct visit en route in the Immortal Amarapura city, to Mahagandayon Monastery of cir 1,500 Buddhist monks in their preparation for the last meal of the day in long lines, a silk weaving cottage industry, then Gold Leaf Beaters‘, the only manufacturing place in the world of the thinnest handmade Burma’s gold leaf before lunch. Afternoon visit in Mandalay to the Shwekyaung teak wood monastery, the only remaining building from the Mandalay Palace with beautiful woodcarvings, UNESCO’s-world-memory Kuthodaw Pagoda aka the world’s biggest book, the Mandalay Hill to enjoy the panoramic view, check in & overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.

B=Breakfast

Day-4, MANDALAY-MINGUN-U PEIN BRIDGE-MANDALAY (B)

After breakfast, morning visit to Mingun Village. It’s 10-minute-car drive from the hotel to Mandalay jetty, take a private chartered boat there for 1-hr cruise up the Irrawady River, then on foot to visit such sites as Mingun Unfinished Pagoda, 90-ton-weighed Mingun Bronze Bell, Myantheindan aka Hsinphyume Pagoda with nice view up there, an Ox & cart drive for fun, then cruise back to Mandalay for 45-minutes, lunch time. Afternoon visit to Mahamuni Bronze Buddha Image before enjoying the sunset by boat at U Pein Bridge in Amarapura city then back to Mandalay, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.

B=Breakfast

DAY-5, MANDALAY-BAGAN (DAY CRUISE) (B,L)

After breakfast & check-out, enjoy the Mandalay-Bagan stately cruise which takes about 10 hours, it’s a relaxing voyage to enjoy the beautiful scenery on both sides of the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Taking such a voyage, one can understand how important & useful the river is for the people living off it. The holy River, which begins & ends in Burma, plays a very important role in the civilizations of Burmese people. After reaching Bagan, the renowned archaeological site in Southeast Asia for its late 11th, 12th and 13th centuries religious monuments, drive to check-in at the hotel in Bagan, dinner time and overnight stop there.

Remark: One riverside village at off-the-beaten-track is to be explored. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch on board the boat,

DAY-6, BAGAN SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast, morning visit in Bagan includes Shwesandaw Pagoda to enjoy the panoramic view, the 11th century Shwezigon Stupa, Nyaung-U farmers’ market, the most beautiful Ananda Temple, Myingaba Gupyaukgyi Temple with early 12th century murals, lunch time. Afternoon visit to Bagan’s unique lacquerware cottage industry to observe the hand-made lacquer-wares process, horse & cart drive for an hour in the ancient archaeological site through a local village to one temple to enjoy the sun down from its upper terrace, then back to the hotel, dinner time and overnight in Bagan.

Remark: For conservation reason, if going up to the upper terraces of the pagodas in Bagan isn’t permitted, man-made earth- mounds must be used for panoramic view & sunset. B=Breakfast

DAY-7, BAGAN-POPA-BAGAN (B)

After breakfast, a morning country 1-hour-car-drive to the extinct volcano “ Mt.Popa “, 45-km to the south-east of Bagan, the oasis in the dry zone & the home for the pantheon of 37 Nats. Stop en route at a toddy-palm climber's hut to see how to tap sap from the toddy palm's fronds, how palm sugar, liquor are made from the sap collected, how to make ox-pressed sesame, peanut cooking oil, making toys from toddy leaves, at Mt.Popa, walk up and down the wine-glass shape Popa Taungkalap , lunch at Popa Mountain Resort enjoying the fantastic panoramic view  before driving back to Bagan to enjoy a private local sunset cruise with light refreshments on the Irrawaddy River,  dinner time and overnight at the hotel.

B=Breakfast

DAY-8, BAGAN-INLE LAKE (B)

After breakfast & check-out, transfer to the Bagan Airport for a morning flight to Heho in Shan State, 1-hour-car drive to the Inle Lake of 45 square miles, noted  for its floating gardens of mainly tomatoes with other seasonal vegetables plus flowers, unique leg rowers, fishermen fishing by traditional way, etc.,.  On the way, visit Shwe Yanpyay wooden monastery & pagoda of glass mosaic, built to commemorate the 1st meeting venue between the British Officials and the Saopha of Nyaungshwe in 1886. Visit by boat the villages of weavers well-known for lotus-fabrics, blacksmiths, cheroot rollers, boat-makers, then drive to the hotel through the floating garden, dinner time and overnight at the hotel.

B=Breakfast

Day-9, INLE-INDEIN SIGHTSEEING (B,D)

After breakfast, by boat, visit the tribal people’s every-5-day market  before proceeding for 1-hour-boat drive to explore on foot the Indein Pa-O tribal village dotted with almost 2,000 pagodas of 17th, 18th  centuries in different sizes, lunch time, explore Silversmiths’ village, arts & crafts shop where there are long-necked Padaung women, the well-known Phaungdawu Pagoda, then a boat drive through the stilt Inthas’ villages in the lake, watching the traditional / modern way of fishing, enjoying  the farmers taking the weeds from the lake bed, to be used as natural fertilizers for farming on the floating gardens, visit 200-year-old-ancient-Ngaphechaung-wooden monastery housing a beautiful collection of Buddhist shrines decorated with wood-carvings & glass mosaic, drive back to hotel, dinner time and overnight in Inle Lake.

B=Breakfast

Day-10, INLE-SAMKA-PHEKHON-LOIKAW (B)

After breakfast & check-out, 4-hour-boat drive southward to Phekhon in the enchanting waters of the Inle Lake enjoying the authentic jaw-dropping scenery. After 2-hour drive or so, visit Samka village , Tharkong village respectively on the east & west bank of the Inle Lake, dotted with lots of mostly 16th, 17th century pagodas in different sizes, some of them are in the water, local brewery, lunch time, then proceed to Phekhon City , on the way, stop at one village monastic school to observe how our education system is related to the Buddhist monastic life since time immemorial, then 45- minute Phekhon-Loikaw car drive and enjoy sunset at Taungkwe Zedi offering 360 degree bird's eye view of Loikaw, dinner time and overnight in Loikaw.

B=Breakfast

Day-11, LOIKAW-PANPET SIGHTSEEING (B)

Morning sightseeing in Loikaw after breakfast, includes the central Loikaw market, Taguntaing/ Banner or Totem Posts of animism, the ancient Haw or the remaining palace of the former Kayah Saopha, which is nowadays used as a Buddhist monastery, the Kayah cultural museum, weaving cottage industry, time for lunch, then 1-hour- or-so-car-drive from Loikaw to Pan-pet village of Kayan Padaung tribe, where there are quite a number of Kayan - Padaung women in their traditional dress & brass rings around their necks, legs and wrists, have a stroll there for an hour or so to observe their way of life before driving back to Loikaw, dinner time and overnight there.

B=Breakfast

Day-12, LOIKAW-YANGON-GOLDEN ROCK (B)

After breakfast & check-out , transfer to the Loikaw Airport for a morning flight to Yangon, thence-from about 4-hr-countryside-car-drive to (a) the Kinpun base camp of the worldwide-known Kyaikhtiyoe Pagoda with its precarious balancing position on the the base cliff edge connected with the main pagoda platform with the iron bridge, to take 45-minute-public-open-hill-truck to (b) the hill-truck station near the Golden Rock Pagoda. Then 3-minute-walk to the hotel for check-in, which is 10-minutes-walk away from (c) the Kyaikhtiyoe pagoda. En route to Golden Rock, visit the Golden Banyan Treethe Htaukkyan War Cemetery well-maintained by the British Common Wealth, Kyaikpun Phaya with 9.5-m- high-4-seated-Buddha images, lunch is on the way to Kyaikhto, dinner at the hotel and overnight at the Golden Rock.

Remark: The main thing today is the sunset at Golden Rock.

B=Breakfast

Day-13, GOLDEN ROCK-BAGO-YANGON (B)

After breakfast & check-out, 5-minute walk from the hotel to the public-hill truck station for the 45-m-truck drive to the base camp,  leave for Bago in our waiting car down there__ about 105-km, 2-hr drive__, along the Kyaikhto-Waw-Bago route, visit en route the rubber plantation to see how the rubber sap is collected to make the rubber sheets, photo stop at the dry fish village at Waw City. In Bagao, before or after lunch, a photo stop at Shwehmawdaw Pagoda, visit the reconstructed partially finished Kambawzathadi Palace, the symbol of the broadest 16th century 2nd Burmese empire, Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha, then 2-hour drive to Yangon along the Bago-Helgu-Yangon route of 80-km, time for dinner and check-in & overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

B=Breakfast

Day-14, YANGON DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Yangon International Airport to take the International flight to your next destination.

B=Breakfast

9-Days 8-Nights Trip to Burma’s Two UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites

DAY-1, ARRIVAL YANGON

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, welcomed by your tour guide, transferred to the hotel for check-in there, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Day-2, YANGON SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, start the full-day sightseeing in Yangon City, the name given by the founder of the Third Burmese Empire, King Alaungphaya, in 1755, symbolizing " the Peaceful City ", by paying a visit to a street market in China Town, walk in & around the downtown near Sule Pagoda dotted with such remaining British colonial buildings as Yangon city hall, High Court, Mahabandula park, Telegraph Office, Post Office, etc., explore the Yangon river shore around Sintoutan Jetty by the Yangon River for the scenery & for observing the people at the grassroots level, time for lunch. Afternoon visit to the Scott Market aka Bogyoke Market to browse the shops selling a variety of things including souvenirs, 68m-long Chaukhtatkyi Reclining Buddha Image, 100-m-high  Shwedagon Pagoda towering the sky line of Yangon, heavily gilt, decorated with pure gold plates, other precious, semi –precious stones including the 76-carat diamond & the best sight of Burma, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Yangon. B=Breakfast

Day-3, YANGON-BAGAN SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Yangon Airport to take a morning flight to Bagan. Morning visit there starts with Shwesandaw Pagoda to enjoy the panoramic view of Ancient Bagan archaeological site, the massive 11th century Shwezigon Stupa, Nyaung-U farmers’ market, the most beautiful Ananda Temple, Myingaba Gupyaukgyi Temple with early 12th century murals, time for lunch. Afternoon visit to Bagan’s unique lacquerware cottage industry to observe the process of making lacquerwares by hand without using any machines, then horse & cart drive for an hour or so in the ancient archaeological site through a local village to one temple to enjoy the sun down from its upper terrace, then drive back to the hotel, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel. B=Breakfast

Remark: For conservation reason by Archaeological Department, going up to the upper terraces of the pagodas in Bagan may not be permitted & in this case, man-made earth- mounds are to be used instead, for panoramic view & sunset!

Day-4, BAGAN-POPA-BAGAN(B)

After breakfast at the hotel, a morning country drive to Mt.Popa, the oasis in the dry zone in the central Burma & the home for the pantheon of 37 Nats worshipped by most of the animists as well as  Buddhists in Burma. It is 45-km to the south-east of Bagan, at least one hour by car. On the way, stop at a toddy-palm climber's hut to see how to tap sap from the toddy palm's fronds, how jaggery or palm sugar, liquor are made from toddy palm sap, how to make ox-pressed edible oil of sesame & peanut, and making toys from fresh tender toddy leaves, at Mt.Popa, walk up and down Popa Taungkalap, which is in the shape of a wine-glass  caused by a geological formation  during a volcano explosion & a part of Mt. Popa and time for lunch, before driving all the way back to Bagan to be in time for enjoying  a private local sunset cruise with light refreshments on the mighty Irrawaddy River and then time for dinner and overnight at the hotel. B=Breakfast

DAY-5, BAGAN-PYAY SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast and check-out at the hotel, 7-hr-car drive in the morning to Pyay aka Prome during the British colonial days, from where the most ancient historical sight in Burma known as Sriksetra or City of Splendor in Sanskrit, dated back to 2nd_9th Century AD, 8 km (5 miles) to the southeast of it, in the village of Hmawza, with the prototypes of Stupas and Temples (2 types of Pagoda) built in the Pyu Period, can be visited. Prome is situated 260 km/160 miles northwest of Yangon on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, on the way, make photo stops if something interesting is seen and at Prome we visit such places of interest as Shwesandaw Pagoda, Phayagyi dating back to 7th century AD before or after check-in at the hotel, time for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Prome. B=Breakfast

DAY-6, PYAY-HMAWZA-AKAUKTAUNG SIGHTSEEING (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, morning car-drive to the ancient Pyu sight called Sriksetra in the village of Hmawza to explore the worth-visiting places, by car, (1) Phayamar in the paddy field outside the present-day Hmawza village, (2) Sriksetra Museum, from there take an Ox-cart to explore such interesting places as (3) the Ruined Palace Complex, (4) East Zegu, West Zegu Pagodas, (5)the remaining Pyu Cemetery, Be Be Temple, Leihmyethna Temple and Baw Baw Cylindrical Stupa in a straight line not far from one another, (6) the Rahanta Gate and Rahanta Cave Temple, time for lunch before proceed to visit Akauktaug to explore the Buddha statues in different sizes, in various positions on the steep-rock-face then drive to make an overnight stop at the Bago Yoma Eco Resort in the forest, dinner time and overnight there at the resort. B=Breakfast

DAY-7, PYAY-BAGO YOMA TREKKING & ELEPHANT CAMP (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, about 3-hour morning trek in the peaceful forest for a round trip and the highlight of it is the Bird’s-eye view point named Sai Kya, an ideal vintage point for the nature lovers to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Bago Yoma Mountain ranges shrouded in mist and streams meandering through the forest reserves. The terrain is a little steep but it’s worth doing for anyone loving to walk to enjoy the nature, time for lunch before proceeding to visit the elephant camp by the river shore of the Irrawaddy, enjoy time there and then back to the hotel, dinner time and overnight at the Bago Yoma Eco Resort. B=Breakfast

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After breakfast at the hotel, we are trekking to one of the hidden treasures in Bago Yoma, known as the Chin Ye waterfall. It’s about one hour & half trekking distance from the Eco-Resort and it’s worth doing to enjoy once-in-a-life time experience. Naturally landscaped in three tiers, the picturesque waterfall is sparkling in sunlight shining through leaves from surrounding trees. Get soaked in the natural cold running water in the wonderful landscape of the Bago Yoma for a perfect experience to be felt, time for lunch before proceeding to visit the elephant camp by the river shore of the Irrawaddy, enjoy time to your heart’s content there and then back to the hotel, dinner time and overnight at the Bago Yoma Eco Resort. B=Breakfast

Day-8 PYAY-YANGON (B)

After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, drive all the way back to Yangon for 6-hours more or less, on the way, if we see something interesting, make photo stops, stop at Htaukkyant War Cemetery well maintained by the British Commonwealth  check-in at the hotel, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Yangon. B=Breakfast

Day-9 YANGON DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Yangon International Airport to take an International flight to your next destination. B=Breakfast

Naga New Year Festival 2020

Day-1,(13-Jan-2020), MANDALAY-KHAMTI-LAHE (L,D)

After breakfast at hotel, car transfer to the Mandalay airport to take an afternoon flight to Khamti. Arrive at Khamti Airport, from there drive to Khamti where we have lunch before proceeding , in a 4WD car for 4 hours in minimum, to Lahe where the Naga New Year festival is to be held, check in at the guest house, relax for the rest of the day, dinner time & overnight there. L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day-2,(14-Jan-2020), LAHE-NAGA CEREMORIAL POLE (B,L,D)

After breakfast, visit the festival ground to watch the Naga traditional Pole erecting ceremony, which is participated by various Naga clans in their colourful traditional costumes in different designs, then enjoy the entertainments, sports events performed by the Naga clans, then by 4WD car to the small Naga villages of Yaungkon, Santon, Makyan, where Yaungkon and Makyan Naga sub-tribes live, to observe their way of life by having a walk in these villages when we get there by car, the scenery on the way & there, is also breathtakingly beautiful, lunch boxes taken with us are to be enjoyed at one of these villages, then  drive back to Lahe, dinner time and overnight at the guest house in Lahe. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

 

Day- 3,(15-Jan-2020), NAGA TRADITIONAL NEW YEAR FESTIVAL (B,L,D)

Afterbreakfast, the official opening ceremony of Naga New Year begins on the festival ground early in the morning by the speeches delivered by the invited State Guests, the Naga Chiefs. Enjoy the traditional New Year Food and rice wine with the Naga community elders. Ceremonial dances, playing traditional percussion instruments, parade processions and sports competitions are to be enjoyed the whole day. In the evening, by a large bonfire, everyone can participate and enjoy in welcoming the Naga New Year by dancing around the bonfire together with different Naga sub clans in their finerey. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be enjoyed at Lahe, make an overnight stop at Lahe. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day- 4,(16-Jan-2020), LAHE-KHAMTI-MANDALAY (B,L)

After breakfast & check-out at the guest house, leave Lahe for Khamti in 4WD cars for 4 hours at least, Lunch will be on the way or at Khamti, then transfer to the Hkamti Airport to take the evening flight back to Mandalay, car-transfer to the hotel in Mandalay, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch

FEP 012 (Naga New Year Festival)

14-Days / 13-Nights Trip in Off-the-beaten-tracks of Burma

( Yangon, Mrauk-U, Chin & Naga New Year Festival at Layshi / Leshi )

DAY-01, (06/JAN/2019), Sun                 YANGON ARRIVAL (D)                   By Int’l Flight/ Car


Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, welcomed by our tour guide, transferred to the hotel for check-in there, then relax for the rest of the day, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.  D=Dinner

 

 


 


DAY-02, (07/JAN/2018),Mon         YANGON-SITTWE (B,L,D)                      By Flight/Car


After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Yangon Airport to take a morning flight to Sittwe, the capital of the Arakan State ( aka Rakhaing ) , transferred to and overnight at the hotel in Sittwe, time for lunch. The places of interest in Sittwe to be visited include the cultural museum, Mahakuthala monastery displaying antiques collected in the Rakhaing State, the view point on the seaside to enjoy the scenic spot, a walk along the river side to observe the way of life of the people there, dinner time and overnight at the hotel in Sittwe.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

 

 


DAY-03 ,(08/JAN/2018),Tues            SITTWE –PONNAGYUN- MRAUK U SIGHTSEEING (B,L,D)        By Car/Boat


After breakfast at the hotel, early morning visit to the central Sittwe market on foot to see the fish market there where an auction of fish freshly caught, can be observed together with the morning activities at the market, then walk back to the hotel for breakfast and check-out to drive for an hour or so to Ponnagyun to take cir 3-hour-fantastic- Ponnagyun-Mrauk-U –private cruise, depending on tide, on the Kaladan River, enjoying the breathtakingly beautiful scenery brought to life with the villagers’ daily activities  such as bathing/swimming , washing clothes, fishing traditionally and children playing happily, farmers working on the farms on the shore , etc., . In fact, it’s a stately-cruised-interesting-relaxing voyage  and upon arriving at Mrauk-U, the Arakanese kings’ forgotten ancient kingdom (1429–1785 ) dotted with ancient religious monuments in different sizes of 600 years old, check-in, dinner time and overnight at the hotel there in Mrauk-U. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


DAY-04, (09/JAN/2018),Wed               MRAUK U SIGHTSEEING (B,L,D)                By Car/On Foot


After breakfast at the hotel, a morning visit to Mrauk-U local market to see the everyday people’s ways of life before proceeding to explore the area dotted with such ancient worth-visiting monuments as Lay Mro period Pisi Pagoda with 5 sandstone Buddha images strategically located on the mound with nice view up there, the 16th century Koethaung Temple well-known for 90,000 Buddha images in different sizes, Sandamuni monastery-cum-museum exhibiting an interesting collection of the historic ancient artifacts found out in & around ancient Mrauk-U, a walk to a beautiful lake and its nearby village where one can see how the drums & fans are traditionally made by hand, time for lunch. Afternoon visit to the ancient archaeological site scattered with such monuments as the 16th century magnificent landmark Shithaung Temple boasting 80,000 Buddha images in different sizes, in the shape of the fortress with interior tunnel of maze decorated with stone carving reliefs, the Htukan Sima well-known for its sandstone reliefs with different hair styles of those days, visit a Thet/Sak tribal village to observe one of our almost extinct ancient tribes there, enjoy the sunset from the hillock near the Ratanabon Pagoda, dinner time and overnight at the  hotel in Mrauk-U. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


DAY-05, (10/JAN/2018),Thurs             MARUK U- CHIN VILLAGE-MRAUK U (B,L,D)              By Car/On Foot


After breakfast at the hotel, at least half an hour car-drive to Poe-phuy-kyun village, where we take about 2 &1/2 -hour-small-private-locally-used-boat trip upstream on the beautiful Lemyo/Lay Mro River to 3 Chin Tribal villages of tattooed-face Chin women by the river shore and we are going to explore them on foot. The scenery along the river is charming and idyllic, sometimes bamboo rafts are coming down the river, villagers are collecting stones & sand from the river bed for commercial purpose, fishing, swimming, washing their clothes by the river shore, etc. At the Chin tribal villages, we can observe the Chin women whose faces are beautified with colourful tattoos in the designs of spider-webs representing their specific clan, also their way of life, lunch will be enjoyed at one of the Tattooed –faced-Chin-women’s villages, after exploration there, all the way back to the hotel in Mrauk-U by boat, by car, then dinner time and overnight stop at the hotel in Mrauk-U. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner



DAY-06, (11/JAN/2018),Fri     MRAUK U-SITTWE-YANGON-MANDALAY (B,L,D)                                                                                                                                         By Boat/Car/Flights


After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, we leave Mrauk-U in the morning for Sittwe by car for 3-and half hours or so, on the way, visit the Vesali village, the former ancient kingdom ( 327- 818 AD), Mahamuni Buddha Image at Kyauktaw, believed to be the original Buddha image cast of Bronze during the time of Gotama Buddha, lunch time, proceed to Sittwe, on the way, stop at Kyamathauk village to visit one weaving cottage industry where the traditional Rakhaing clothes are produced on hand-woven looms , then transfer to the Sittwe Airport to take the evening flight back to Yangon to be in time there for the connecting Yangon-Mandalay flight, dinner time and overnight there in Mandalay.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

 

 


Day-07, (12/JAN/2018),Sat             MANDALAY-HOMALIN-HTAMANTHI-LESHI (B,L,D                                                                                                                                                          By Flight/Car/ Ferry


After breakfast & check-out at hotel, car transfer to the Mandalay airport to take a morning flight to Homalin. Arrive at Homalin Airport, from there drive for about 2-hours in a 4WD car to Pint Mar Village, which is on the east bank of the Chindwin River, opposite to Htamanthi village on the west bank, cross the Chindwin River for half an hour more or less by ferry to Htamanthi villge, where we have our simple lunch before proceeding in a 4WD car for 3 more hours in minimum, to Leshi where the Naga New Year festival is to be held, check in at the guest house, relax for the rest of the day, dinner time & overnight there.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner



DAY-08, (13/JAN/2018), Sun        LESHI-NEARBY NAGA VILLAGES SIGHTSEEING (B,L,D)                                                                                                                                                           By Car/On Foot


After breakfast, , a 4-wheel-car drive to the small Naga villages of Chera, Sheinshi, Sappya, Deindalein, where Makuri and Para, Tangun Naga sub-tribes live, to observe their way of life by having a walk in these villages when we get there by car, the scenery on the way & there, is also breathtakingly beautiful, lunch boxes taken with us are to be enjoyed at one of these villages, then  drive back to Leshi, dinner time and overnight at the guest house in Leshi.       B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


DAY-09, (14/JAN/2018),Mon        LESHI- NAGA CEREMORIAL POLE (B,L,D)         By Car/On Foot


After breakfast, visit the festival ground to watch the opening ceremonies (1) of the decorated entrance to the festival ground (2)  of erecting traditional spiritual bamboo pole (3) of the religious wooden pole, which are participated by various Naga tribal clans in their colourful traditional costumes in different designs, then enjoy the entertainments, sports events performed by the Naga clans, time for lunch, visit by car to (4) the beautiful Chaungson aka Matugi, which is an idyllic picnic spot for the local tribes there, drive back to Leshi, dinner time and overnight in Leshi.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


DAY-10, (15/JAN/2019),Tues            NAGA TRADITIONAL NEW YEAR FESTIVAL (B,L,D)                                                                                                                                                           By Car/On Foot


The official opening ceremony of Naga New Year begins on the festival ground early morning with the speeches of the invited state guests, the respective Naga tribal chiefs from the Naga land. Enjoy the traditional New Year Food and rice wine with the Naga community elders and invited guests from the government departments & the participants. Ceremonial tribal dances, playing traditional percussion instruments, parade processions and sports competitions could be seen. In the evening, by a large bonfire, everyone can participate and enjoy to welcome the Naga New Year by dancing around the bonfire. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be enjoyed at Leshi, make an overnight stop at Leshi.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


DAY-11, (16/JAN/2019), Wed                        LESHI-HOMALIN (B,L,D)                         By Car/Boat



After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, leave Leshi for Htamanthi in 4WD cars for 3 hours at least, then before or after lunch, take a public shuttle boat for about 4-hours down the Chindwin River, to Homalin, enjoy the river life on the biggest tributary of the Irrawaddy River such as bamboo rafts, gold-panning sites on the sandy bank, fishermen fishing, village maids washing clothes, bathing, children swimming joyfully, etc.,.Upon arrival in Homalin, check-in at the guesthouse, explore the town on foot, dinner time and overnight in Homalin.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

 


DAY-12, (17/JAN/2018), Thurs             HOMALIN-MANDALAY SIGHTSEEING-YANGON (B,L,D)                                                                                                                                                     By Flight/ Car


After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, transfer to the Homalin Airport to take a morning flight to Yangon via Mandalay. Arriving at the Mandalay International airport, drive to the Mandalay city to visit, before or after lunch, the Golden Palace Monastery aka Shwekyaung, which is the only remaining building from the original Mandalay Palace, the biggest book in the world aka Kuthoudaw Pagoda of the world memory list of UNESCO, Gold leaf Beaters’ where the thinnest handmade gold leaf in the world is produced, 1.2-km long U Pein Bridge, which is the longest teak-wood bridge , then drive back to the Mandalay airport to catch the flight back to Yangon, then from the Yangon airport to the hotel, car-transfer to check in at the hotel in Yangon, dinner time and overnight in Yangon. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner Remark: Today sightseeing depends on the available flight time!


Day -13, (18/JAN/2019), Fri               YANGON SIGHTSEEING (B,L,D)                       By Flight/Car


After breakfast at the hotel, start the full-day sightseeing in Yangon City, the name given by the founder of the Third Burmese Empire, King Alaungphaya, in 1755, symbolizing ” the Peaceful City “, by having a city-walk in & around the downtown of Yangon near Sule Pagoda dotted with the remaining British colonial buildings, visit Synagogue which is the only remaining Jewish  temple in Burma, Sinoutan jetty by the Yangon River to observe & to take the photos of the grass-root level of Yangonians, visit  Bogyoke Aung  San  Market aka  Scott Market to see the everyday people there, time for lunch. Afternoon visit  to 66-m-long-Chaukhtatkyi Reclining Buddha Image, Shwedagon Pagoda, almost 100-m high towering the sky line of Yangon, heavily gilt, decorated with pure gold plates, other precious, semi –precious stones & the best sight of Burma, time for international Buffet dinner with cultural show at Karaweik Palace Restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


Day -14, (19/JAN/2019), Sat                    YANGON SIGHTSEEING DEPARTURE (B,L)                                                                                                                                                               By Car/Int’l Flight


After breakfast & check-out at the hotel, morning car drive to Kalaywatawra monastery, a home for hundreds of Buddhist monks, to be in time there to see the long line of the Buddhist monks full-fledged & novices, for their preparation of the last meal of the day , visit its nearby nunnery, photo stop at Aung San Suu Kyi’s house, time for lunch, after that stop at the biggest marble Buddha statue then transfer to the Yangon International Airport to take the international flight to your next destination .

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch

“End of our services”

Trip report on 6 nights 7 days in the Fabulous Naga Land from February 28th to March 6th, 2018

Day-1,Wednesday, 28th February, 2018, Yangon-Mandalay by pm flight

In the morning, at 08:45, we left home to take an hour-car drive through the heavy traffic to the domestic terminal at Yangon International Airport to catch Rgn-Mdl flight, Y5-505, 11:00_12:25, operated by the private-owned Golden Myanmar Airlines. As usual, we were given snacks, soft drink, tea, coffee on board the aircraft, ATR-72. Arriving at the Mandalay International Airport, we took a private taxi from the Mandalay airport taxi stand to drive for an hour to check-in at the Yadanar Theingi Hotel, which is good for the price & located at the downtown of the Mandalay city, where we had our lunch, took a rest for a couple of hours at the hotel and met our old friend from Mandalay we haven’t met for quite a long time enjoying conversation over soft drinks & coffee , before we had a walk in the nearby streets of the hotel looking for & trying at several ATM machines to take some money as you could imagine, some of the machines did not properly work or run out of money, had dinner at the Panyoma Indian restaurant recommended by my Indian-food-crazy cousin, bought a new belt-bag at a shop at the Ocean super market on the outskirt of Mandalay by taking a taxi, India-made Tuk Tuk back & forth as the zipper of my old one no longer worked, then slept a sound sleep at the hotel in peaceful Mandalay, the last royal city of the last two Burmese Kings, Mindon & Thibaw before the whole Burma was annexed into the British India Empire in 1886.

 

 

Day-2,Thursday, 1st March 2019, Mandalay-Khamti by AM Flight
Early in the morning, we left Yadanar Theingi Hotel with our hotel-provided-breakfast boxes to take an hour-drive car to the Mandalay Airport to be in time for Mdl-Khm flight, UB-677, 07:30-08:45, run by Myanmar National Airlines, MNA. After the check-in procedure, the clearance of security & immigration, we had our breakfast over coffee at an expensive cafeteria at the airport inner waiting lounge before boarding the ATR-72 for our half-an-hour-delayed flight, caused by being foggy in Khamti, bound for Khamti. As usual, we were treated with tea, coffee, soft drinks, snacks on board the aircraft. Arriving at the small Khamti Airport, collecting our checked-in bags brought by the airport loaders from the plane, taking an airport taxi for 10-minutes to Myanandaw Guest House, so far regarded as the best in this area though it has simple basic rooms with the attached bathrooms but no AC & no breakfast, we checked in at the guest house. Without taking a break, after leaving our bags at the guest house, we went on foot for at least half-an-hour to see U Khanda, who belongs to Heimi/Haimi Naga clan and is a Chairman of the Naga Literature and Cultural Association, Khamti, at his office which lies at one corner of the festival ground located at Ziphyukon Ward to discuss with him for almost 2 hours, what we could do, where we could visit and the do’s & don’ts we should know in advance in this virgin land for us in dealing with the Naga Tribe, not to cross the line or not to cause the cultural shocks by mistake, that might be unknowingly caused by just a sheer lack of knowledge of their cultures. Then we were shown around the compound and allowed to take pictures of the following:
   (1) “The photos hang on the wall of the small office” including one photo of the former Burmese leader, U Nay Win dressed up in the Naga traditional clothes, wearing the decorated Naga headgear with boar-fangs & bird-feathers, holding spear, hanging knife on his waist, in a happy smiling pose.

   (2) “The ceremonial drum”, which is the hollow dugout-tree-trunk, used for the yearly held Naga new year festival.

(3) “ Pang ” one of the different names of Morung Institution *, with the beautifully-decorated façade of wooden posts or planks, on which are the hand engraved figures of monkey, ape, crocodile, tiger, boa-constrictor, a couple of hornbills, quail, buffalo-horn, boar-fangs, elephant-tusks, gong, spears, chopper, axe, a head-gear-with-bird-feathers-&-boar-fangs, a scantily-clad bearded-mustached Naga man with earspools, necklaces, armlets & a scantily-dressed Naga woman wearing a necklace and earspools, holding a spear and a chopper with a gong on a piece of cloth, just in front of her genital.

* The Morung was a key institution in Naga society of the past. It was a kind of youth dormitory, a large building decorated with elaborate carvings. But its function went far beyond providing separate shelters for adolescent boys and girls who lived and slept in it until marriage. It was also used as a guard-house during times of war when warriors stayed in it. That was why the Morung was built next to the village gate or at the strategically most advantageous place. But more important is that it was in the Morung that traditional knowledge, skills and customs were transmitted from generation to generation. ( Naga, A people struggling for self-determination by Shimrei Chon Luithui & IWGIA 2001)
(4) “The decorated posts” at one corner of the compound, set up on such previous special occasions as the new year festival when animals sacrifice is also done part of the tradition.

Then we left on foot for lunch at Ywa-U Burmese Restaurant, led by U Khanda, on the way, making a photo stop at “ one more beautifully designed Pang ” in the compound of the former natural leader of the Naga tribe living in Khamti, who is said to do a lot for the development of the Naga people living in this area during his life time. After having lunch, U Khanda went back home in a different way and we walked along the Chindwin bank, through the area around the Khamti market where we bought, at one shop, coffee-mix, biscuits & other presents for a Naga village we planned to visit in the late afternoon, back to our guest house and took a rest for a few minutes. At about 3 p.m, our rented-4WD-car driver picked us up at our guest house first, then picked U Khanda up at his office, who was in his traditional jacket, before we headed to Lawe village of Yawngkon Naga, which was about half an hour drive on the outskirt of Khamti, driving past the Khamti Prison where the driver loaded off the bag of the ordered stuff taken away by the prison warden. When we got to the village, we stopped the car at the village chief’s house, walked for a couple of minutes to the village Buddhist monastery to pay respect to the senior Naga monk living there alone, supported by the village community. We offered him some of what we bought from the market plus cash and the Buddhist monk recited some Buddhist scriptures and wished us all the best in life, that what we need, of course. After talking to the monk and having a nice conversation with the village administrative team who waited for us at the monastery, we started to explore the village on foot, we visited just the 3 houses and we were warmly welcomed, treated well to local tea plus “khaungrei”, which is alcohol (made from millet) and though I don’t drink liquor, just to show my respect to their local tradition, I tasted it just a bit and I felt it’s extraordinarily good. After leaving the monastery, we walked past the village chief’s house, we saw his mother and requested her to allow us take the picture of her with the tattoos decorated on her face but as she was too shy to be taken picture, we didn’t. Then at the first visited 2-storied-stilt house made of bamboo, wood and thatch, we took pictures of a senior Naga man aged a bit over 80, still in good shape & healthy, who came from the remote Naga land bordering India, to settle in this village for the rest of his life, who used to be a hunter and tries to speak Burmese barely enough to communicate with us but the village chief & U Khanda interpreted what he said to us, we also took some photos of his wife whose face has tattoos but in blurred condition, we gave them some money out of respect & affection. At our 2nd visited house, where we were given tea & alcohol, we took pictures of the Naga woman, the hostess of the house and she also has tattoos on her face, we gave her some money & food from the airline, she and her grandchild ate it with great enjoyment then we walked back to the Village Chief’s house, enjoyed a cup of tea offered and gave him the remaining presents bought from the market for the villagers to be distributed by him, we also gave him a longyi ( Burmese nether garment ) for his personal use. Then we drove all the same way back to our guest house, dropped U Khanda at his office, said good-bye & thanks to him. Arriving back at the guest house, paid the driver his car rental fee to visit the village, took a rest, had a shower, ate out at the neighbouring Kachin restaurant called “Malikha” and collecting information on all the possible ways of travelling in the Naga land from one of the restaurant owners who used to be in the tourism industry, then walked back to the guest house and made an overnight stop there in Khamti.

Day-3, Friday, 2nd March, 2019, Khamti_Htamanthi_ Leishi, By Boat / In A 4WD Car
At 05:45, we left the guest house, on foot, had whatever is available for breakfast at a local tea shop, which is 5-minutes away from the guest house and near the jetty where we took the upper/first class of one private-company-operated public boat leaving for Htamanthi at 06:45 downstream in the Chindwin River, for 4 hours more or less, taking pictures and enjoying the river life of bamboo rafts drifting downstream, small gold-panning sites on the sandbar, herds of buffaloes relaxing along the banks, village maids washing clothes, bathing with the children playing, swimming, fishermen fishing with their fishing nets cast or set up with the plastic bottles or buoys, lively water fowls in carefree manner , etc.,. During the cruising time, to use one of the 2 small roofless-squatting toilets at the bow of the boat needs a skill as one has to walk along on the narrow ledge of either side of the boat, holding the wooden or bamboo hand rail on the roof-edge of the boat, to get there either to urinate or defecate. Here the first class means about 4 or 5 rooms of cir 6 ft long, 6 ft wide and 3 ft high each with bamboo mat to sleep/sit uncomfortably on it just behind the boat captain’s room, and the normal cushion seats with the backrests for the ordinary class, both classes are uncomfortable but no choice if we want to be on the famous Chindwin River, which is the biggest tributary of the Irrawaddy River, the longest river of Burma. In other words, there is no chance to stretch your legs during the 4-hour-Khamti-Htamanthi cruise but the scenery along the river-cruise course is beautiful to make up for your suffering. The boat fare for both classes is fair and reasonable.
At about 11:00, our boat landed at Htamanthi, we got off the boat, inquired about the transports of motorbike, 4WD car to proceed to Leishi, had lunch at one local restaurant while we were waiting for any available 4WD car, collecting more information about the trip to Leishi from the mother & daughter, who are the restaurant owners. In the end, with the help of the porter Zaw Zaw, who can always be found in & around the jetty & car terminal of Htamanthi, we got the India-made-4WD jeep (Mahindra Bolero Camper) owned & driven by a young Naga man, Ko Lupaut, sharing with 2 more passengers____ (1) one Naga girl of 6th standard student, who was going back to her far-away-village in the direction of Leishi after her final school exam in Monywa, where she studies at a free boarding school, (2) with one middle-aged man, who was going back to Leishi working there as an engineer at the road construction company ltd., owned by a Naga family, if I’m not wrong. Both the car and the driver have no official licenses and the seating plan is 2 passengers are to sit on 1 seat originally designed by the car factory only for 1 passenger next to the driver, 4-passengers are to sit on a long cushion with backrest just behind the driver’s row & big enough in maximum only for 3 passengers. At the back of the car in the open space, there are 4 more passengers and cargoes + luggage which are also loaded on the car roof just above our the seats of the driver and ours__ the car is a sort of double cab.
It took 3-hour drive from Htamanthi to Leishi, on the way, made an half-an-hour break at one tea shop located at 25th mile, where I had instant noodle soup, tea and my two travel companions had tea to freshen us up. And we noticed that many trucks, 4WD cars & light trucks fully loaded with the Naga tribal people of Tangkhul clan, are coming down from the opposite direction with the flags representing this subtribe to go to Phaphoat Naga village by the Chindwin River, where the festival will be held for the religious and cultural gatherings for 7 days and each one takes 3-days with a day break in between. Phaphoat village is just a bit more than 2 hours downstream on the Chidwin River from Htamanthi in the direction of Htamanthi- Homalin. We thought of going there if time & chance permitted us after our main mission of survey trip along the route of Khamti-Htamanthi-Leishi-Htamanthi-Homalin was successfully over.
We got to Leishi, one of the 3 townships in the Naga self-administered zone since 2008 when the military-drafted Constitution stipulated it together with other 5 more self-administered zones of a few more tribes, which is at an altitude of 5,000 ft / 1,524 m above the sea level, composed of the several Naga villages, populated with roughly more or less cir 30,000 people. We drove straight to the Yedaung Village to stay at the best guest house of Tangkhul Naga, U Shida, the 3-storied ( the British way ) “View Point Guesthouse” on the summit of the low lying hill, compared to the higher elevated downtown of Leishi, where there is the Naga New Year festival ground with “ Pang ”, a line of 2 restaurants and a couple of the grocery shops and 1 clothes shop which is a stone throw-away from the others. As the 5 or 6 rooms with the attached bathrooms at the guesthouse were already occupied, we had no choice but to be content with the 2 rooms with a public bathroom outside, for our 2 nights stay there __ no AC & no breakfasts. Normally there are some more homestays in Leishi and accordingly uncomfortable compared to the 2 year-old View Point Guesthouse but it takes half-an-hour to walk all the way up from this guesthouse to the festival ground of the downtown where the restaurants are located, though they seem to be not that far from each other. Anyway, the guesthouse provides the stay-guests with the car transports back and forth for breakfast & dinner twice a day. After check-in, a rest for a while, having a shower at the guesthouse, we left the guesthouse by car past the festival ground to the only beauty parlour, where our driver dropped us and drove back to the guesthouse, of a couple who do not always seem to be at the shop even in the working hours for the reasons they know and we saw it already closed so one of our lady trip participant didn’t get a chance to shampoo there. After eating fritters at a shop nearby the beauty parlour, and collecting information from the shop keeper who is Burmese, we walked back to “Myat Restaurant”, one of the 2 restaurants just opposite the “ Pang “ on the festival ground, stopped to take nice pictures of the ranges of the hazy rolling mountains in the distance from the top of hill with the helicopter landing spot made for the state leaders/guests, not far from the restaurant, then had our delicious dinner of fried chicken, fried fish fillet and Mithun (a.k.a ‘Cattle of Mountain’) meet curry with the steamed rice for my travel companions and for me is steamed rice mixed with table salt & cooking oil, before walking back to the guesthouse for half an hour or so in the darkness, and had a sound slept for our first night in Leishi.

Day-4, Saturday, 3rd March, 2018, Leishi- Nearby Naga Villages + Chaungson at Matugi
Early in the morning, Ko Htein, Managing Director of U Shida’s construction company called Saramayri Strength Company Limited, came to ask us whether or not we would take their car service to visit the nearby Naga villages which we discussed with him the previous night. In fact, he explained us yesterday where we could visit during our stay in Leishi and we told Ko Htein, we decided to take their car service for their offered fare to visit the 4 Naga villages to the north-west of Leishi and to visit “ Chaungson at Matugi plus Neihtwettaung ”, which perhaps can be translated into English as “ the confluence of the creeks/streams plus the Sun Rising Mountain “. Our driver-cum-auto mechanics, Ko Linn and three of us, first went by car for breakfast at Zaw Café near Myat Restaurant at the festival ground, where we had Shan noodle and Indian flat bread aka paratha/prata with boiled pea in oil, seasoning over tea/coffee & green tea and only in this morning, could our lady be able to shampoo at the only and one beauty parlour in Leishi after her breakfast while we were waiting for her at the café. Then we started our wonderful car drive along the beautiful peaceful scenic mountainous route, going up and down the mountains for at least 2 hours to Chera, the last small Makuri/Makury Naga village in the Burma territory with the military guard post on the way to & not far from India.
We got off the car and thought of exploring the village by ourselves on foot but fortunately we met, by chance, a middle-aged Naga man in the casual dress, whose Burmese name is U Myint Aung of Makury clan and he inquired us our purpose to come here and we said to him we wanted to observe the way of life of the villagers living here as we haven’t been here before and this is our first time to be in the Naga Land even though we’ve been to most of the places in Burma. Accompanied by him, we had a stroll in the village and we stopped at, in front of one house where two women were spinning for weaving and their neighbouring old lady was sitting next to them, perhaps chatting with them, we took some pictures of them especially that of an old lady and we gave her one blouse with the name of our travel agency, Far East Princess Travel. We left them to visit a house of a Makuri Naga family of 3, a mother, a daughter and a father who is then not at home but working at their family owned farm outside the village. It’s a small simple low lying 1-story-house made of bamboo walls, thatch roof and the wooden posts, on the levelled natural ground smoothed with mud like an Indian way of levelling the ground with mud. There’s a fire place almost at the centre of the house with a hanging sooted bamboo rack above, tied with the ropes to the ceiling, to store food, next year crops and others. We sat on the low stools, talking over green tea offered by the daughter and mother and I took some pictures of them and their house. In fact, the mother who might be 70 years old did not keen on being taken photo as she said she was too thin and she might look like a monkey or a dog in the picture but I know for sure, for me, how beautiful she is in her age and I complimented her beauty. After staying there for few minutes, we continued to walk and met the middle-aged village administrator, Mr. Kathau and some more villagers, we greeted one another and he took us to a nice neat & tidy wooden house used for a village assembly hall, we were seated on the long bench just outside the house in a small clean open courtyard, treated to instant coffee mix and green tea and we had an interesting talk, then we went to meet his blind mother with blurred tattoo on her face at her house just a minute walk down from the assembly house while we experienced a day of sunny spells and sudden showers just for a while. We were invited inside her house and we spent few more minutes talking, drinking green tea, taking pictures of her.
Then we said a goodbye to them after giving them some presents including FEP Travel T-shirts before we left by car for another Makuri Naga village,“Sheinshi”, all the same way back in the direction of Leishi. U Myint Aung was given a lift in our car as he’s going to Leihsi and we were lucky as he helped us interpreting in talking to the villagers who don’t speak Burmese. After less than half-an-hour car drive, we got off the car to visit one house just off the road, where we met a senior Naga Lady alone, with tattoo on her beautiful face, as the other family members were working on farm that might be far from the village. We greeted her and we felt that she was good natured, we gave her as a present, a scarf with FEP Travel’s name sewed on it and we took nice pictures of her before we continued to walk up the hill slope where the small main village with few houses stands on. We walked and took pictures of the surrounding beautiful sceneries and met another old Naga woman with blurred tattooed face who was about to go to the forest to collect firewood, she was happy to be taken pictures by herself and with us and invited us to her house. We were also pleased to accept her invitation. We were joined by a young pastor who was assigned to be at this village for a year and he’s been here just for a few days if I’m not wrong and he’s a sociable young man and happy to receive us in such a remote area of Burma where only very few local & foreign tourists have ever visited. As usual, local green tea was offered to all of us by the charming hostess and we talked for few minutes before we left her house, then walked through this small village back to the car to continue our expedition to another Para Naga village of “Sappya” . Arriving there, we got off the car to walk down/up in and among the houses built on the slope of the hill, we saw a woman working on her farm just next to her house, she was farming mainly tapioca with the other crops and invited us to her house for green tea. We went inside her house, saw 2 children, sat around the low lying table & talked to her over the green tea for a few minutes. We got a handful of her tea leaves as a gift and in return, we gave a pocket money to her eldest child in return for their friendliness & hospitality. Then we left her house, continued to walk, taking pictures of houses, that of a sitting Naga woman in her courtyard who was smiling at us and telling one of her nephews to bring very low lying stool for us to sit on but we said no-thanks, kept on walking and we noticed some villagers were helping the village pastor building his house up on the top of the hill. Then we left for the fourth & last Para Naga village of “Deindalein” for our today itinerary, which is nearest to Leishi. When we got there, the whole village was silent and there seemed to be nobody there, but we saw a group of young children playing and one of them was running very fast barefoot like a marathoner away from our car to his house as he might think that our car is coming straight towards him. We got off a car and had a quick walk in the village to explore it and drove all the way back to Leishi for less than half-an-hour to “Sisiwan Restaurant” near the beauty parlor. The restaurant is run by U Kyusihtaung, who is a Makuri Naga clan and a chairman of the Naga Literature and Cultural Association in Leishi and we had our nice late lunch there.
After lunch, we drove for 45 minutes or so all the way down to the famous idyllic picnic spot known as Chaungson, Matugi, where there is a hydropower station. As the roadbuilding in some parts of the driving route was still in the process, it needs a professional driver and a good 4WD car which was not used in our case but thanks to our skillful driver Ko Linn, the trip was safe for us. Ko Linn is from Monywa and has been here in Leishi for 8 years by the time we met him, working for U Shida as a versatile not just as a mechanics-cum-driver, he’s such a nice sociable friendly chap, informative and have a sense of humour too and you won’t be bored travelling with him and all of us acknowledged that he’s a good travel companion. We were also amused with his first experience of trip to Leishi with his friends/colleagues of 7 or 8 auto-technicians from an Automobile Repair Shop in Monywa township, they were brought by U Shida to work for him at his workshop. He then thought of going back home on his way from Monywa to Leishi out of fear as he heard people there saying that the Naga tribes are cannibals or man-eaters who are fond of eating the flesh of human beings then he realized later that they were just pulling his legs. Ko Linn said most of the newly built road in Leishi and its surroundings were/have been done by him, i.e done by his boss’ construction company. We enjoyed very much Chaungson, which is in fact a stream with a couple of bamboo bridges built across it to join both sides of the stream. We went inside the compound of the hydropower station and looked around, then we headed to the stream and took a lot of pictures there including a herd of buffaloes relaxing by the bank of the stream while Ko Linn was washing his car caked with dust with the stream water, we saw a couple of fishermen fishing in the stream and a woman bathing and washing there. After enjoying time there for half an hour or so, we drove all the way back to Leishi and on the way, we saw 3 women going back home from their farms on foot with the bamboo baskets full of the vegetables and our driver greeted them as one of the women is a mother of a girl working for U Shida’s family and we gave them a lift and only 2-women joined us and 1-woman preferred to walk as she had a problem with a motion sickness with a car ride but her basket was brought in the car. On the way, at one village, the 2 women got off and one of them gave some vegetables to Ko Linn for U Shida’s family. We finally got back to the guesthouse, had a shower before we ate out at Myat Restaurant and car transports back & forth, were as usual, provided by the guesthouse and U Shida’s wife joined us with her nephew who was to be taken back to her mother’s house which is not far from the restaurant. Before dinner at the Myat restaurant, we went to see U Kyusihtaung, chairman of Naga Literature and Cultural Association at his house after our telephone appointment was accepted by him just few minutes before we left the guesthouse. Part of his house is used as the restaurant where we had our today delicious lunch, and another part of it, is English language Centre run by his youngest brother who speaks English well. We were received by the 2 brothers and we explained to them our reason to come here and out future plans in Leishi where the Naga New Year Festival is expected to be held on January 15, 2019 and I believe that they were happy to give us their hand regarding our trip planning for our potential foreign tourists to visit it. His youngest brother is willing to be in the tourism industry for himself and for the other younger Naga generation interested in this field of work. It can be imagined that Naga land is so far still isolated from the other parts of Burma. After a good conversation with them for 45 minutes or so, we left them for dinner at the aforesaid restaurant. I didn’t know why I felt yesterday dinner seemed to be better for me here at the same restaurant, then we called our driver who said to meet us at his boss’ wife’s daughter’s house which is not far from the restaurant, we walked out of the restaurant to them and we met them at a clothes shop and we drove back to the guesthouse and before we packed our bags & slept there for one more night, we met U Shida to settle with him the 2-night-accommodation bill plus the car fare for that day visit to the Naga villages & Chaungson through online Wave Money to his son in Monywa as we didn’t have enough money in cash left.

Day-5, Sunday, 4th March, 2018, Leishi-Htamanthi-Phaphoat, By Car/Boat
We woke up early to our alarm mobile set up at 05:30, had coffee & tea with biscuits offered only today by the guesthouse and then at 06:45, started our car drive for 3 hours or so to Htamanthi with 7 more passengers who were the ten-standard-students’ final exam invigilators from the State Ministry of Education, assigned to be at different cities during the exam period. Two women of them__one of them is quite big and quiet compared to her friend___, who could manage to sit on one seat, to our surprise, in the first row next to the driver, who was the same Naga owner-driver Ko Lupaut, who drove us to Leishi 2 days ago and we did book him for our return since then, 3 of us took the 2nd row behind, which is normally for 4 passengers and accordingly we paid of course for 4-pax and at the back in the open truck, are the rest of the passengers with luggage and some cargoes. The other woman who is neither big not small and loves to talk a lot, entertained all of us joking most of the driving hours and all of us had a good talk and we didn’t feel bored thanks to this lovely talkative chatterbox. She also said to us that my cousin and I should not go to one Naga village to the south-west of Leishi near Indian border because of the possible danger we might face but we’re not that sure whether she was serious or not.
We made a break at the same tea shop at 25th mile for half an hour or so but this time, we didn’t eat there, instead we tried another one across the road, adjacent to the first one. We ordered the instant noodle soups for us because we had a very light breakfast at the guesthouse in Leishi and we were hungry, I got some nice pictures of an old Naga woman sitting by the fire in the kitchen where our food was prepared. We had our noodle with a great relish over green tea. In fact, we noticed that tea plantation has organically been done a lot in the Naga Land and the taste of green tea there for me is up to my expectation ___very good taste! At the tea shop, we met a group of Naga people who were going to the Tangkhul Naga clan’s religious and cultural festival held at Phaphoat village by the Chindwin River, our friendly talkative Naga lady introduced us to a middle-aged Naga pastor among them who is said to be her uncle and he showed his friendliness to us and then we continued to drive to Htamanthi for about 1-&-1/2 hours. We had our early lunch at the same restaurant, explored Htamanthi on foot, while we were waiting for any available shuttles cruising downstream in the Chindwin River. Then we took one shuttle with the help of Zaw Zaw and for this time even though we thought of taking any vacant upper class room but all were occupied so we had no choice just to take normal seats for three of us at the back of the boat. After sitting there for few minutes, because the 3 guys sitting near us were smoking which I could not put up with, we decided to move to the vacant seats at the front of the boat and we made a good move as we could enjoyed the fresh breeze there with no toxic smoke. After almost 3 hours cruise, if I remembered right, our boat landed at Phaphoat village, we got off the boat bringing our bags by ourselves, walked for 3 minutes to the village entrance, took a rest at a tea shop which is one of the houses in the front row facing the river, we talked to and inquired the tea-shop owners and the others sitting there for the festival and for our one-night homestay at the village as we knew this in advance that there are no guesthouses there. I had my noodle soup and my two travel companions had coffee which I tasted a bit. We were taken by one villager to the festival ground, he left us with a young man called Ko Nay Linn Htun, who was the secretary of the Information and Public Relation of the festival and who, in turn, took us to the festival chairperson, U Pan Aung and another Chairman Emeritus in their makeshift tent of bamboo and thatch by the entrance of the festival ground. After realizing our purpose of visiting their festival and after learning that we were acquaintances of the heads of the central committee of the Naga Literature and Cultural association of the whole of the Naga Land, they were also happy with our visit there and willing to give us a helping hand. As usual, we were given cups of green tea during our conversation while U San Hlaing, who was a designer for the decorations of the festival stage and others, came to see us and we learnt that we were to sleep at his house that night and we also realized that his house is just behind the tea shop where we had had our coffee & noodle soup before. Then U Pan Aung showed us around the festival ground where we saw and took the pictures of the following:
 (1) A Stage with a podium for a speaker and lectern to stand on, with the musical instruments behind,
 (2) A covered-makeshift hall just in front of the stage, for the people to listen to a priest’s lectures or to watch the performance on the stage ,
 (3) The temporary bamboo-thatch shops selling souvenirs, traditional Naga clothes, plastic toys for children, a few food stalls selling fritters, popcorn and others.
(4) Two long rows of the low-lying bamboo and thatch makeshift camps to be used as lodgings for the Tangkhul Naga clan coming from cir 25 villages in the Naga highland in the far north-west of Burma bordering India.
(5) 4 or 5 water tanks made of thick plastic tarpaulins to store water for cooking, washing kitchen utensils mainly for the campers. To wash clothes and to have a bath, they go to the river.
(6) A building of bamboo & thatch used as the centre for Information & Public Relations, where U Pan Aung and his team stationed themselves.
After exploring the festival ground, U Pan Aung took us to the Kitchen, which in fact, was temporarily made for the festival in the compound of the ground of the church that is just a simple stilt wooden house with corrugated iron sheet roof for their Sunday school. We were introduced to the cooking team taking care of the merrymakers for two meals a day and we took some pictures of the kitchen, its team and its surroundings. As U Pan Aung was quite busy, he left us and we went inside a home-shop just across the street, opposite to the church ground, to check out what was available there, we didn’t buy anything and we were offered to relax at a place in the compound where there was a square-shaped wooden table with 2 benches. We sat there for few minutes and a friendly house owner came to have a chat with us and again we inquired him about the information of the village and the festival and we realized that was the 1st time for the festival as the festival is rotating on the yearly basis and we also learnt that he has been studying by himself to be a traditional physician. Then we explored the village on foot by ourselves along the street by the river shore all the way to one end of the village, taking photos including the photos of some Naga men having their hair cut in their traditional hairstyle for the festival, of children and women in their traditional dress. We saw women and men going to the river to have a bath, we walked up the hill with the church on its top and some houses up there and the panoramic view form there is fantastic. Some young men from the houses came to greet us and we relaxed, took pictures, enjoyed our time there until U Pan Aung called us to join him for dinner at the ground of the church, where we had our dinner together with U Pan Aung at the temporarily made long benches and tables for the diners just below the stilt religious building. The food simply prepared for all the diners were 1 main dish of pork, 1 soup and a too-much-spicy eatable called Shwe-hlan-bo with steamed rice but as one of us doesn’t eat pork, she was given fried egg that was shared by U Pan Aung as he doesn’t eat meat and we will never forget Shwe-hlan-bo which is for us similar to spicy fishpaste salad with very hot chilli. He introduced us some diners coming after us and we were left there after dinner as U Pan Aung had a lot to do for the festival. In fact, he said they’d been preparing for the festival for one month by then. We went out and had a conversation with the traditional physician, who was guessed to be a sort of black magician by one of our trip participants then we went again to the village-front tea shop to have coffee until a handsome young Naga man, Ko Maung Maung, who is U San Hlaig’s nephew, with his friends came to take us to his uncle house helping to carry our bags and he was friendly to offer us his help if there was anything he could. We met U San Hlaing at his house and his nephew introduced us to his uncle saying that his uncle was the house owner & took care of the decoration of the festival and his uncle said to him that we had already known each other through U Pan Aung’s introduction before. After leaving our bags there and saying thanks to both of them, we went to the physician’s house again and then to the main entrance of the festival ground where we saw the young Naga maids all in their finery, taking pictures of themselves and we took pictures of them and also with them. Then we noticed that the guitarists on the stage stopped their playing guitars as the announcements of the beginning of the group dance competition from 7 villages for that day, came from the Information and Public Relations. It was done in turn __one village after another__, coming out of the crowd, dancing around the table where the 3 male referees were sitting on the chairs to make judgements for the winning groups under the light installed at the top of the wooden post.
We went to the dancing ground sitting near the dancing place taking pictures of the dancers until the competition was over. The dancers are beautifully dressed up in their traditional colorful clothes which are so beautiful for us and dazzling in the electric light which is enlightened more by the light of the moon and the stars in the beautiful starry sky. We donated some money for the festival at the Information counter with the help of U Pan Aung and we said thanks to him and we told him we were leaving the next day early in the morning by whatever available boat to Homalin. After saying good night and good bye to him, we left for U San Hlaing’s house to sleep there for that night. We were given 2 rooms up stair, where the blankets, pillows were on the mat prepared for us, we saw some were sleeping on the down stair when we walked up through the wooden staircase that joins the up and down stairs. For me, I had had a sound sleep after a tiring but interesting long day ___all the way from Leishi by car, by boat plus our more than half-day-nice experience of the festival plus the village life there__ but I learnt the next day that my cousin could not sleep well caused by the noise from the pigeons sleeping in the ceiling right above him.

Day-6, Monday, 5th March, 2018, Phaphoat- Homalin by boat
We woke up early in the morning at 05:45 to our set alarmed mobile, after freshening ourselves up and saying good bye to the hostess of the house who also woke up early to prepare tea/coffee for us, but we didn’t take it as we didn’t want them to take the trouble for us and left for the village-front tea shop for the last time to have a cup of coffee and to wait for the downstream shuttle to Homalin. While one of us was waiting at the tea shop, my cousin and I went to the morning street market just a stone-throw distance from us and took pictures there, then back to the tea shop until the shuttle came. The shuttle was not that comfortable with the very low roof, there are no seats but to sit on the floor, which is, in fact, the hull of the boat. The downstream with this small shuttle took 3 hours or so and we got to Homalin on the east bank of the Chindwin River in the end. We got off the boat and we walked in the strand street to Rati Guesthouse, the best one in Homanlin according to my cousin’s online research. We checked in at the hotel and we collected the information on Homalin from the young receptionist who was willing to answer our questions, then after having a shower at our room with AC & attached bathroom, we ate out for lunch at one local restaurant, “Super Win “, two of us went to the restaurant in advance and one of us went to get cash from the only one ATM machine at the only existing KBZ bank in the town, with a mechanical error that we realized when we got back to Yangon 10 days later. What happened was that my cousin first tried for the maximum amount of K.300,000 to be taken out of the machine but it’s shown on the screen of the ATM machine as “ Insufficient amount “ in his account, but in reality, the amount was already reduced from his account by the bank. So he tried for the less amount, K.100,000 for the 2nd time, and it worked. After that he came to join us at the restaurant for his lunch and said to us what happened with the ATM machine and he didn’t understand why he could not get his intended amount from the machine even though he knew he had enough cash in his account. After lunch we went back to the hotel to have a rest for a couple of hours as there was not much to do in this town and on the way back, we checked another guesthouse, “Myittashweyi” overlooking the Chindwin River on the strand street, which is not too bad in this remote area and should be in the 2nd priority compared to Rati, as there were no other choices then in Homalin apart from these two guesthouses for accommodation.
After a rest, we came down from our room and we met the young owner and from him, we collected the information on the best possible transports for the coming Leishi Naga Festival in January 2019 and also for our next day car transport from the guesthouse to the Homalin Airport. Then we walked to the same bank to get more money from its ATM machine, then proceeded to walk to the only recommended soft drink shop in this town, called “Htin Paw” also on the strand street overlooking the Chindwin River, had our drinks there and walked back along the strand street to our guest house, on the way, we made a stop at a post office to greet the post master, a colleague of the uncle of one of our travel companions but we didn’t meet her as she already went out to have her daily walk for exercise. While one of us went ahead of us to the guesthouse we stayed, for a rest, two of us walked past the guesthouse to explore the area a bit more, then I went down to the edge of the river for the sunset, taking sunset pictures with an old woman working on the peanut field as a foreground while my travel companion went back to the guest house. Before the sun set completely, I called my travel companions to enjoy the sunset with me, then we had dinner together at the nearby restaurant and made an overnight stop at the guesthouse.
Day-7, Tuesday, 6th March, 2018, Homalin-Mandalay-Yangon
We woke up in the morning, freshened ourselves up, went out to the nearby Shan food stall recommended by the same young receptionist of the guesthouse, to have breakfast there but the food there was not up to our taste, walked to a tea shop to have Indian flat bread aka paratha/prata with boiled pea in oil, seasoning over tea/coffee & green tea and then went back to the guesthouse, finished the packing of our luggage and were ready for check-out after settling the room & minibar bill. At 10 am, we took a Pajero booked through the guesthouse the previous day for K.10,000 to Homalin airport, it’s just less than 10 minutes drive. The procedure of check-in at the airline counter of Myanmar National Airways and the clearance of immigration and security there in terms of both in manpower and in machine, was not as systematic as in the other airports of Burma but as we know things can get done in the end in one way or the other. When we asked the staff from the MNA for the flight on time or not, they told us it would be half an hour delay because of the bad weather and we realized it’s foggy again. Then 2 of us got out of the airport’s inner waiting lounge after requesting the airport security to explore the shops and restaurants outside on the other side of the road, just in front of the airport. We browsed them and sat at one restaurant to have baked dried snake-headed fish over green tea and then went back to the waiting lounge and took the 1-hour-20-minute flight to Mandalay, where we had lunch at the airport restaurant, “ Café Espace ” at the outer lounge inside the building of the Mandalay airport and waited for 3-hours there, then went to our gate at the inner waiting lounge after the procedure of security check, check-in at the GMA (the Golden Myanmar Airlines ), and then one more security check and immigration clearance, to catch the 1-hour-20-minute flight back to Yangon after 1-more waiting hour before boarding the plane for our flight. Arriving at the Yangon International Airport, collecting our luggage and took a taxi back home for 1 hour.

Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions of Tours

Far East Princess Travels Co., Ltd. (hereinafter called FEP Travels Co., Ltd.) and its Clients / Agents agree to follow the terms and conditions of any types of tours operated by FEP Travels Co., Ltd., set out below, without exceptions.

Price

All tour prices quoted to the Clients / Agents, are on a net basic and in US$ currency, valid to the dates specified on the FEP Travels Co., Ltd.’s printed tariffs, quotations, invoices. FEP Travels Co., Ltd. guarantees that the quoted tour prices are correct at the time of issuance but subject to change in accordance with the current changes of fuel oil price rises, market, tax or currency fluctuations.

Group Discount

Every group of 16 paying trip-members, will be given 1 complimentary ( i.e, 1 FOC ) subject to a maximum limit of 2 members but there might be exceptional cases.

 

Reservations & Payments

Reservations are to be made to FEP Travels Co., Ltd. Office in Yangon, Myanmar.

5 Ground Floor, 3rd Natchaung Street, Natchaung Quarter, Tamwe Township, Yangon, Myanmar

Tel : (+95-1) 540473; (+95-9) 73020867, 30399921

Fax : (+95-1) 540473

Trip Advisor: www.tripadvisor.com/Far_East_Princess_Travel

Email : [email protected], [email protected]

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Upon confirmation of a tour reservation, a down-payment of 20% is requested to be transferred to the account of FEP Travels Co., Ltd. Half of the remaining tour cost is required to be settled after the successful confirmation of the reservations with hotels, airlines and other services inside Myanmar, done by FEP Travels Co., Ltd., otherwise FEP Travels Co., Ltd. may treat the reservation as being cancelled by the clients / agents. Then the last payment is to be done at least 10 weeks prior to clients’ arrival.

Payments can be settled in cash and by the bank transfer. Full payment is required 10 weeks prior to the clients’ arrival. If booked less than 10 weeks from the clients’ arrival, in the first place, 20% down-payment is to be done upon tour reservation confirmation from clients’ side and then the remaining 80% payment is required to be settled as soon as the successful confirmation of the tour reservations inside Myanmar done by FEP Travels Co., Ltd. Any charges of the bank transactions of the tour cost, are requested to be paid by the clients / agents.

Cancellations

There will be no cancellation fees for any reservations which are 45 days or more prior to the clients’ arrival unless there are any advanced payments already paid in advance by FEP Travels Co., Ltd. according to the different policies of hotels, airlines, cruises and other contractors of FEP Travels Co., Ltd.

Cancellation Policy of FEP Travels Co., Ltd.
45 days prior to arrival………………… .Nil
45 to 30 days prior to arrival………… 30% of full tour cost
29 to 15 days prior to arrival………… 50% of full tour cost
14 days prior to arrival………….. ……..100% of full tour cost

Special Conditions under circumstances

FEP Travels Co., Ltd. reserves the right to change its cancellation policy depending on the respective cancellation policies of airlines, hotels and cruises, etc working with it. FEP Travels Co., Ltd. will inform you either by emails or by other means as prompt as possible in case the above mentioned conditions of its cancellation policy, need to be modified accordingly.

Refund

After the clients’ travel commencement for the bought package tour, no refunds either in full or in part, will be given for any unutilized services included in the program / itinerary for any reasons.

Liability

FEP Travels Co., Ltd., acts as a travel agent for their valued clients, providing accommodations, transportations, guide services and others. FEP Travels Co., Ltd., shall not, in any events, be liable or responsible for the clients’ injury, accidents, losses, property damages, transport delays or failures caused by such calamities as strikes, wars, severe bad weather, civil disturbances, other natural causes which are beyond our control. However, FEP Travels Co., Ltd., will endeavor to keep the agreed original trip plans to the best of its knowledge, giving the first priority to our clients’ satisfaction.

Claims

Any disputes, claims and litigation regarding the unsatisfied services of FEP Travels Co., Ltd., shall, in the first place, be settled by way of friendly negotiation and mutual understanding. In case such efforts would fail, these shall be finally settled by valid current laws of the Union of Myanmar. All claims are requested to be sent in written forms or by e-mails within 30 days to FEP Travels Co., Ltd., after the end of the Services.

Disclaimer

In case of sudden price increases or surcharges levied by suppliers such as, but not limited to, fuel surcharges, government tax increases or other unforeseen price increases, FEP Travels Co., Ltd., reserves the right to alter the tour prices quoted to the clients / agents.

FEP Travels Co., Ltd., also reserves the right to change any trip arrangements (including itineraries, transports, prices and other services, etc) in the best mutual benefits of both its clients & FEP Travels co., Ltd, with or without prior notice under circumstances.

It may substitute transportation (any other means of transportation) when necessary due to circumstances beyond its control.

 

FEP Travels Co., Ltd. Office, Yangon, Myanmar

5 Ground Floor, 3rd Natchaung Street, Natchaung Quarter, Tamwe Township, Yangon, Myanmar

Tel : (+95-1) 540473; (+95-9) 73020867, 30399921

Fax : (+95-1) 540473

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International Flights

International Airlines

International airlines from (Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Bangladesh) countries for and near have landed in Yangon.

 Thai Airways International (TG)

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Yangon Office

Thai Airways International (Reservation/Ticketing)
#1101 Sakura Tower, 339 Bogyoke Aung San St., Kyauktada 11182, Yangon, Myanmar.
Tel: (+95-1) 255492-255496, (+95-1) 255499
Fax: (+95-1) 255223
Email: [email protected]

Web site : http://www.thaiairways.com

 

Bangkok Airways (PG)

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Yangon office

Tel : (+95-1) 255 122 , (+95-1) 255 265
Fax :   (+95-1) 255 119
E-mail : [email protected]
Address : 0305, 3rd Floor, Sakura Tower, 339, Bogyoke Aung San Road, Kyauktada Township,Yangon,Myanmar
Office Hours :   9:00 am to 5:00pm  Weekday
9:00 am to 1:00 pm  Saturday
9:00 am to 5:00pm Holiday
Closed on Sunday
Web site:http://www.bangkokair.com

 

Nok Airlines (DD)

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Yangon Office

Ground Floor, 0105, Sakura Tower, No.339, Bogyoke Aung San Road, Kyauktada Township, Yangon, Myanmar.

Tel : (+95-1) 255 050 / (+95-1) 255 021 .

Fax : (+95-1) 255 051

Open Sales : 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday to Friday) / 9:00 am to 12:00 am (Saturday)
Office Hours : 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (Monday to Friday) / 8:30 am to 1:00 pm (Saturday)
                      Closed : on Sunday and public holiday
Web site: http://www.nokair.com/

 

Air Asia (FD)

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Yangon Office

No. 37, Level 1, Room-111, La Pyae Wun Plaza, Alanpya Pagoda Road, Dagon Township, Yangon, Myanmar.
Office Hours:   9:00am-5:00pm (Monday-Friday)
                          9:00am-2:00pm (Saturday)
Web site: http://www.airasia.com/

 

Myanmar Airways International (8M)

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Yangon Office

Address:  08-02, SakuraTower, 339 Bogyoke Aung San Road,Yangon, Myanmar.
PublicRelations
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (+95-1) 255-260 . Fax: (+95-1) 255-305
Reservations
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (+95-1) 255-260 . Fax: (+95-1) 255-434
Customer Support Center
Email: [email protected]. [email protected]
Tel : (+95-1) 255-440 (5 Hunting Lines)
Web site: http://www.maiair.com/

 

Silk Air (MI)

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Yangon Office

Reservations & Ticketing Office

Tel: (+95-1) 255 289
Fax: (+95-1) 255 290
#0202, Sakura Tower No. 339, Bogyoke Aung San Road, Kyauktada Township, Yangon 11182, Myanmar.
Office Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00pm (Monday to Friday)
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: Closed

Airport Office

Tel: (+95-1) 533 237
Fax: (+95-1) 533 236
Office Hours: Daily: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Web site: http://www.silkair.com/

 

Jetstar Airways (3K)

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Tel: (+95-9) 42111 6662, (+95-9) 42111 6663

Office hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm (Monday to Friday)

Web site: http://www.jetstar.com/

Singapore Airlines (SQ)

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Yangon

Reservation & Ticketing Office
0202, Sakura Tower No 339, Bogyoke Aung San Road, Kyauktada Township, Yangon 11182,
Myanmar.
Tel: (+95-1) 255 289
Fax : (+95-1) 255 290
Office Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ( Monday to Friday) ,
                        Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday Closed

Airport Office

Telephone: (+95-1) 533 237
Fax: (+95-1) 533 236
Office Hours: Daily: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Web site: http://www.singaporeair.com/

Malaysia Airlines (MH)

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Yangon office

Sales: (+95-1) 387647
Reservations: (+95-1) 387648
Admin: +95-1) 387645
Fax: (+95-1) 241124
Business Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday)
                               8:30 am to 12:30pm  (Saturday)
Sunday/Public Holiday: Closed
Web site:  http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/

 

China Airlines (CI)

China Airline

Sales agent(Yagon) 

Sein Chit Travel & Tour Services Ltd.

353/355 Bo Aung Kyaw Street, Yangon, Myanmar
Tel : (+95-1) 240399/245484
Fax : (+95-1) 246330

Email: [email protected]

Web site: http://www.china-airlines.com/

 

Indian Airline (IC)

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75, Shwe Bonthar Street, Pabedan Township, Yangon, Myanmar.

Tel: (+95-1) 253 598 , (+95-1) 254 758
Office Hours: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm ( Monday to Saturday)/ Closed on Sundays and Holidays
Web site: http://www.airindia.in/

 

 Vietnam Airlines (VN)

Vietnam Airlines

#1702, Sakura Tower, 339 Bogyoke Aung San Street, Kyauktada Rownship, Yangon, Myanmar

Tel: (+95-1) 255 066 / (+95-1) 255 088 / (+95-1) 255 0068
Fax: (+95-1) 255066
Web site:  http://www.vietnamairlines.com/

 

Emirates (EK)

Address:  6th floor, Tower 1
Myanmar Center (HAGL)
192 Kabar Aye Pagoda Road
Bahan Township
Yangon, Myanmar

Tel:        +9519345311 
Working hours:  13:30 to 17:00 (Monday to Friday)

 

Qatar Airways (QR)

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Yangon Office

Rooms no. 22,23,24, 2nd Floor, Centrepoint Towers, No.65, Corner of Sule Pagoda Rd and Merchant St.,

Kyuaktada Township, Yangon, Myanmar.

Tel: (+95-1) 379 845

Fax: (+95-1) 379 730

Office Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday to Friday)

9:00 am to 12:00 am (Saturday)

Web site: http://www.qatarairways.com/

 

Dragon Air (KA)

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Yangon office

Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited, Unit 1107, 11th Floor, Sakura Tower
339 Bogyoke Aung San Road, Kyauktada Township, Yangon
Union of Myanmar
Tel: 95-1-255320 / 95-1-255321 / 95-1-255322 / 95-1-522323

Reservations: Tel: 95-1-255320 / 95-1-255321 / 95-1-255322 / 95-1-255323 Ext. 101 & 107
Fax: 95-1-255329

Airport Name: Yangon International Airport

Baggage Services: Myanmar Airways International (GHA of Dragonair)
Tel: 95-1-533200 / 95-1-533206 / 95-1-533209 / 95-1-533211

ANA airlines (NH)

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Yangon office

0201, 2nd Floor, Sakura Tower 339, Bogyoke Aung San Road, Kyauktadar Township, Yangon, Myanmar.

Tel: (+95-1) 255-412/13 (Reservations/Ticketing)

Office hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday to Friday) / Closed Sat, Sun, & Holidays

web site: http://www.ana.co.jp/

 

Air China (CA)

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Yangon Office

No. B-(13/23), Shwe Kanayei Housing, Narnattaw Road, Quater No.7, Kamayut Township, Yangon, Myanmar.

Tel: (+95-1) 505024, (+95-1) 500952

Fax: (+95-1) 505023

Web site:  http://www.airchina.com/

 

 

 

Domestic Flights

Domestic Airlines
Air Kanbawza, Myanmar National Airlines, Yangon Airways, Golden Myanmar Airways and Mann Yadanarpon Airlines, are privately operated airlines flying throughout Myanmar. Generally, the maximum allowed weight for the checked-in baggage per person is 20-kg for the domestic flights and within this weight, it’s no problem whether or not it’s 1 or more than 1 piece of baggage and that for the hand-carry bag is 7-kg.

Air KBZ (K7)

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Head Office

33-49, Corner of Bank Street & Maha Bandoola Garden Street, kyauktada Township, Yangon 11182, Myanmar.
FFP Member Assistant: (+95-9) 43120159
Office : (+95-1) 372977~80
Reservation : (+95-1) 373766
Facsimile : (+95-1) 372983
Email : [email protected]
Web site: http://airkbz.com/

Myanmar National Airlines (UB)

Myanmar national airlines

Central Sales Office
104 Kanna Road, Kayauktada Township, Yangon, Myanmar.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (+95-1) 378 603, (+95-1) 377 840
Web site:  http://www.myanmaairways.aero/

Yangon Airways (YH)

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Head Office
No.166, Level -5,MMB Tower,Upper Pansodan Road, Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township, Yangon, Myanmar.
Hunt Line: (+95-1) 383 100
Flight Enquiry: (+95-1) 383 107
Tel: (+95-1) 383 101-106, 379 940
Fax:(+95-1)383 109, 383 152
E mail: [email protected] , [email protected], [email protected]
Airport Tel: (+95-1) 533 258, 533 259, 700 264, 700 272, 09-5011999
Fax: (+95-1) 533 258
Web site:  http://www.yangonair.com/

Golden Myanmar Airlines (Y5)

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Head Office
Address: Ground Floor, Sayar San Plaza, University Ave Road, Bahan Tsp, Yangon, Myanmar.
Tel: (+95-1) 8604035 ~ 38, (+95-1) 401484
Fax: (+95-1) 8604051
Hot Line: (+95-9) 400 448 999, (+95-9) 400 446 999 , (+95-9) 400 447 999
Web site:  http://www.gmairlines.com/
Airport Office
Tel: (+95-1) 533272, (+95-9) 73256919

Mann Yadanarpon Airlines (7Y)

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Head Office
No.3, Thalarwaddy Street, 7th Mile, Mayangone Township, Yangon.
Tel : (+95-1) 656969
Fax : (+95-1) 656998
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.airmyp.com/