Every year we try to plan at least one overseas “roadtrip” for your members. The focus is cultural exposure, photography opportunities, and keeping the price low. For 2014, Myanmar will be our destination. Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip, prepared by Santa Maria Travel & Tours in Yangon. The itinerary is still open for discussion. The price for the current itinerary is USD $1990 (not including international airfare) for four people (double occupancy) or UDS$1920/person if six people go (double occupancy). The price includes:

  • All hotel accommodations including breakfast
  • All domestic transportation such as:
    • o Air‐conditioned car for all transfers and sightseeing programs
    • o Ferry boats, horse carts, local public transport as stated in the itinerary
    • o Domestic flights using private airlines only (Air Mandalay, Asian Wings, Air Bagan)
  • English Speaking Guide service throughout
  • All entrance fees worth US$58pp, excluding museum admission fees
  • All Prevailing taxes

Airfare is currently at about $1200 from LAX and SFO. It is about $1600 from Seattle. This could rise over Christmas and early January which is peak season in Myanmar.

 

Activity Transportation Hotel
Yangon arrival in the morning – after a brief rest, shoot at downtown and major pagodas including great Shwedagon Car Summit Parkview Hotel/4*+/Superior Room
Yangon – drive to Golden Rock in the morning with shooting at local market and a large monastery in Bago – continue to the base camp, drive to the middle camp by public transport (45‐min ride) and 40‐min hike to the summit (palanquin available) – sunset photography at Golden Rock temple and
stay overnight on top of the mountain
Car, local bus (lorry) Mountain Top Hotel / 2* / Standard Room
Golden Rock – optional sunrise shoot and return to Yangon with visits en route and at Bago – optional sunset / night shoot at Shwedagon pagoda – overnight in Yangon Car, local bus (lorry) Traders Hotel/5*/Deluxe Room
Yangon – fly to Mandalay in the morning – typical Burmese village and alms bowl making shooting on the way from airport the city – in the afternoon, visit Golden Palace monastery, King Mindon’s palace, the world biggest books, and Mandalay Hill top for sunset shoot Car, flight Mandalay City Hotel / 3* / Superior Room
Mandalay – morning shoot at the backstreet Zaycho market area – then private boat trip to Mingun village on Ayerwaddy river – return to Mandalay and sunset photography from U Bein footbridge Car, boat Mandalay City Hotel / 3* / Superior Room
Mandalay – leave Mandalay for Monywa in the morning – on the way, shoot at Gold leaf beating place, Mahamuni temple, and monastery shooting at Amarapura’s Mahagandaryon monastery – then buggy tour on the island of Inwa and shoot at massive teak monastery where little monks are studying – drive to Sagaing and shoot at pink‐rob nuns at a nunnery – another 2 hours drive to Monywa for overnight stop Car, ferry boat, horse cart Win Unity Hotel / 3* / Deluxe Gardenview
Room
Monywa – transfer to jetty in the morning and cross Chindwin river by ferry boat – local jeep trip to interesting Po Win Daung caves and visit – return to Monywa to visit Thanboddhay temple and then drive to Pakokku on the western bank of Ayeyarwaddy river – private boat journey to
Bagan and enjoy sunset from the boat – overnight in Bagan
Car, boat, ferry
boat, local jeep
Bagan Thande Hotel Riverside / 3* / Deluxe
Garden view room
Bagan – sunrise shoot and have breakfast – full day Bagan temple tour and shootings at local market and lacquer ware factory – sunset shoot from Shwesandaw’s terraces Car Bagan Thande Hotel Riverside / 3* / Deluxe
Garden view room
Bagan – another sunrise shoot from different temple by using horse cart – drive outside Bagan and shoot at toddy farmhouse and Kyaukpadaung Market (off‐the‐beaten track) – then drive to Mt Popa and visit – on the way back shoot at typical Burmese village if times permissible and last sunset shoot from different temple top Car, horse cart Bagan Thande Hotel Riverside / 3* / Deluxe
Garden view room
Bagan – fly to Heho early in the morning – drive to
Nyaungshwe docks and boat trip to the Inle Lake – after check‐in at the hotel, shoot on the main lake and villages on the stilt
Car, boat, flight Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort/3*/Deluxe Room
Inle Lake ‐ visit 5‐day market (couldn’t give the name without the tour dates) and Inn Dein ruins – also shoot at the Padaung longneck place, major pagodas and monasteries – overnight in Inle Lake Boat Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort/3*/Deluxe Room
Inle Lake – shoot at another 5‐day market and the remaining highlights – transfer to Nyaungshwe in the afternoon and free at leisure (or) walking tour of photo‐friendly town Boat Amazing Nyaungshwe Resort / 2*+ / Deluxe
Room
Nyaungshwe – early morning monks alms collection shoot, tomatoes jetty and warehouses, and Shweyanpay monastery – in the afternoon, transfer to Heho airport and fly back to Yangon Car, local pickup truck for monastery shoot Traders Hotel/5*/Deluxe Room
Yangon free and easy self‐organized visits in the downtown sections ‐ pick up from the hotel and transfer to Yangon airport for your departure flight Car for airport transfer only

 


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