- Explore the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, a famous landmark of Myanmar
- Experience an amazing boat trip
- Immerse in local living style in Shan and Innthar (Myanmar ethnic group) villages
- Venture to the floating gardens and local workshops in the lake
- Interact with local communities in villages around Samkar Lake
This tour is highlighted on/off the beaten track of Inle which supports communities by creating jobs and benefits for local people. It supports the development of several villages in Samkar Lake Region through enhancement of their cultural and natural heritage. The villages and Samkar Lake have been untouched by tourism development, and you can get there by a beautiful boat trip from bustling Nyaungshwe city. You can combine the trip to include two States, Shan and Kayah, to explore this amazing country. The most remarkable features are the leg-rowing fishermen on Inle Lake, Shan State and exotic Padaung Women with Brass Rings on the necks in Loikaw, Kayah State.
Day 1: Yangon Arrival and Sightseeing
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, our tour guide will welcome you and drive to your hotel for check-in. After a short break at hotel, your day starts with the downtown exploring the city center and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites filled with historical buildings. Most of the buildings have a faded colonial charm which you cannot see elsewhere in Asia, the post office, for instance, – a lovely historic building. Admire the faded grandeur of Strand Hotel and witness a historical moment inside the Mahabandoola Garden: the Independence Monument tells a colourful story of struggle for independence. Then, visit the famous Chauk Htat Kyi Pagoda - 70-meter long reclining Buddha with the soles of the statue carved with reliefs of traditional symbols. Continue to the Bogyoke (Scotts) Market (closed every Monday and on public holidays), the finest place for shopping in Yangon due to is one-stop function for both locals and foreigners to get incredible bargains on myriad local products (Myanmar souvenirs, lacquer ware, tapestry, gems & jewelry and etc.). In the evening, you can visit the 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, which enshrines strands of Buddha's hair and other holy relics. You can also observe the local pilgrims and monks offering their devotions. At the same time, you can enjoy the amazing sunset view from Shwedagon pagoda. Enjoy your night at a hotel in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon - Loikaw (Flight), Sightseeing in Loikaw
After breakfast, our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer you to airport for a flight to Loikaw. Upon arrival at Loikaw Airport, our stationed guide will welcome you and take you on a visit to Htee Se Khar Waterfall which is situated 15 miles north of Loikaw city, full of natural wonders surrounded by lush green forests and then to Kayah cultural Museum, which displays traditional dresses, handicrafts and culture. In the evening, enjoy the sunset from the top of the Taung Kwe Pagoda perched atop a fissured-outcrop definitely a site of historical and cultural interest in Kayah State. Enjoy your night at a hotel in Loikaw.
Day 3: Visit to Panpet and Hta Nee La Leh (Community Based Tourism)
After breakfast, our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and later head to the Salong Kana, which is one of the five hamlets of Pan Pet community, considered to be the homeland of Kayan, or ‘Padaung Women with Brass Rings on the Neck’. The brass rings worn by some Kayan ladies have become an iconic symbol of Myanmar. You will have a chance to explore ‘behind the scenes’ by visiting the Kayan homes to observe the making of Kayan bracelets, weaving traditional textiles, carving wooden statues and weaving bamboo. After visiting the villages, a short drive to Pemasong hamlet. On arrival, the community guide will welcome you and lead you along a nature trail, for approximately 2 hours. Finally, you will arrive at a beautiful viewpoint, with a panoramic view of the mountains, paddy fields and 5 hamlets of Pan Pet. At the meeting point, our vehicle will be waiting to head to Hta Nee La Leh which is a rustic farming village with traditional Kayah totem poles. After a short visit in Hta Nee La Leh, return to hotel and enjoy your night in Loikaw.
Day 4: Loikaw – Pekon – Samkar Lake (Thar Ya Khone and Khon Thar Village) - Inle Lake
After breakfast, our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and drive to Pekon Jetty on approximately an hour boat trip Samkar village. Along the way, you can experience the amazing landscape surrounding Pekon Lake. On arrival at Samkar village, the friendly local community guide will welcome you and begin 1.5-hour walking tour of Samkar village to discover the famous stupas and get hands-on bamboo weaving workshop. In the afternoon, enjoy a home-cooked traditional lunch at a local family’s home in Thar Ya Khone village. After lunch, you will get a free time to explore Thar Kaung Pagoda with a local tour guide. In the late afternoon, on board to traditional wooden canoe tour of the floating pagodas near Thar Ya Khone village with a local community guide and pilot. It takes about 45-minute engine-free quiet tour of placid stretch of water submerging ancient pagodas. You can even try rowing the canoe yourself. In the evening, take a boat to Inle Lake and check in at your hotel and enjoy your night on Inle lake.
Day 5: Sightseeing on Inle Lake, Heho - Yangon (Flight)
After breakfast, our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby. Enjoy your full day exploring Inle lake. Begin your morning with Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda- a major tourist attraction, Nampan village- famous for cheroot (traditional cigarette) factories and the weaving village of Inpaw Khon - also a popular tourist attraction, famous for its weaving workshops and products of multi-colored fabrics on looms made from bamboo poles lashed together with rope and extend your visit to traditional blacksmith workshop. In the late afternoon, transfer to Nyaung Shwe jetty and upon arrival, our waiting vehicle will drive you to Heho airport for a flight to Yangon (approximately one hour). Upon arrival at Yangon airport, transfer to your hotel and enjoy your night in Yangon.
Day 6: Yangon Departure
After breakfast, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer you to Yangon international airport for your departure flight.
What is included in the tour
- All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car as detailed in our itinerary
- Accommodation with breakfast at 3* hotels as specified
- Domestic flight tickets and airport taxes
- Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally stationed guides
- All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
- Boat trip Pekon – Samkar - Inle Lake
- Samkar CBT day tour package
- Soft trekking in Panpet – Hta Ne Na Le on day 3 with lunch and local trekking guide
- Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
- If there are 16 people and above we will grant 1 FOC for tour leader in single room.
What is NOT included in the tour
Services not mentioned in our itinerary
Lunch and dinners for the whole trip
Myanmar Visa fees
International flight tickets to and from Yangon
Expenditure of a personal nature (Such as: uses of mini-bar and refrigerator, laundry service, telephone call and etc...)
Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)