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Celebrate Myanmar New Year! - 7 days and 6 nights
   

Starts: Beijing;                  Ends: Beijing
Itinerary: Beijing / Yangon / Ngwe Saung / Yangon / Beijing
Duration:  07 Days / 06 Nights



Thin-gyan is a word derived from Sanskrit "sankranta" meaning the end of the past year and the beginning of the new year. Since the beginning of March, the weather has been hot, dry and the whole countryside lies parched and barren. The harvest has been gathered and celebrated at the festival of full moon of Tabaung in March. It is now nearly the middle of April.The astrologers have published broadsheets in which the details of the New Year are given. The king of the Gods, Thagyamin, is coming down to the earth on his annual visit. He will come and spend the last two days (sometimes three) of the old year in the abode of human beings. The exact moment of his departure will bring in the New Year. The Feast lasts for three days (sometimes four), and the day of his arrival is known as the Day of Decent. The day of his departure is the Day of Ascent. And the day in between (sometimes two days in between) is called the Day of Sojourn. Come mid-April and you will hear festive music, merry shouts and shrieks. Everyone joins in with his or her share of fun. Even tourists on erstwhile visits and diplomats or foreign guests find Thingyan a festival for all to enjoy. 
 

Highlights

  • Yangon - Welcome dinner of delicious Burmese cuisine,
  • Yangon - Open-air truck at 'Thingyan Festival',
  • Yangon - Water festival together with locals,
  • Yangon - The Shwedagon Pagoda,
  • Ngwe Saung - Beautiful beaches,  

Starts: Beijing;                  Ends: Beijing
Itinerary: Beijing / Yangon / Ngwe Saung / Yangon / Beijing
Duration:  07 Days / 06 Nights

Day 01: Beijing – Yangon (D)

  • Morning: your own transfer to catch the flight to Yangon
  • Flight:CA905; 0835 / 1345; daily departure except every Mon. & Fri.;
  • Welcomed by your guide at Yangon airport and transfer to your hotel to check in
  • Today is Thingyan Akyo Day (the eve of Thingyan). This day starts with merit making and religious activities. However by the evening, the celebrations begin! Small wooden stages fill the streets and villages where they host performances of song and dance. Most of the places in Yangon celebrate by throwing water on to one another
  • After lunch at the hotel, start your tour of Myanmar with a visit to the main sites of Yangon. Walk around the city center near the magnificent Sule Pagoda and continue with a walking tour through the downtown streets. Explore the incredible mix of faded colonial buildings, houses of worship, street markets, river jetties and busy local life
  • This evening enjoy a welcome dinner of delicious Burmese cuisine at Monsoon restaurant
  • Overnight in Yangon

Day 02: Yangon (B, D)

  • Breakfast served at your hotel
  • Today is Thingyan Akya Nei (the day of Thingyan), the liveliest celebration. After a symbolic cannon fire to start the day, people come out with pots of water which they playful throw onto each other. They are metaphorically 'washing away' the sins of the previous year and the boisterous celebrations are enjoyed by all
  • After breakfast, our guide will greet you at the hotel with an open-air truck to enjoy the 'Thingyan Festival' like the locals. Most of the roads in Yangon will be crowded with people as they drive from one location to another to splash and be splashed. Many platforms and stages are set up along the roads, where the locals gather to dance and throw water on passing cars
  • The atmosphere is very festive with a lot of singing and dancing, in both traditional and modern style. You will have an opportunity to enjoy the water festival together with local by visiting around the stages and platforms in Yangon and splashing water one another from the water tank on open truck.
  • Explore at your own pace- the driver will stop as often as you like for breaks or for dancing. Along the way stop for lunch (own account) at one of the many roadside stalls or return to your hotel for a quieter setting
  • Relax this evening with dinner at your hotel
  • Overnight in Yangon

Day 03: Yangon –  Ngwe Saung (B)

  • Breakfast served at your hotel
  • Today is Thingyan Akyat Nei and the celebrations continue After enjoying the Thingyan festival in Yangon, head to the beaches of Ngwe Saung Beach to celebrate at a different pace
  • Early this morning (around 0630) depart from your hotel by private chauffeured car to Ngwe Saung, approximately 190km (4-5 hour drive) from Yangon
  • Along the way to Ngwe Saung, you will see people splashing water at one another in every town and village. Stop if you wish to join in the revelry
  • Upon reaching the coast line in Ngwe Saung you will transfer to the hotel for check-in. The remainder of today is at your leisure on the beach
  • Overnight in Ngwe Saung

Day 04: Ngwe Saung (B)

  • Breakfast served at your hotel
  • The fourth day of the festival is called Thingyan Akyat Nei and the celebrations continue
  • Enjoy a full day on the beach at Ngwe Saung. Swim in the ocean or opt to relax in the sun at your seaside hotel. There are still celebrations of the festival here but on a much smaller scale
  • Overnight in Ngwe Saung

Day 05: Ngwe Saung (B)

  • Breakfast served at your hotel
  • On the fifth day, Atet Nei, the last day of water throwing continues...
  • Full day free for you to enjoy the sunshine, sea and beach
  • Overnight in Ngwe Saung

Day 06:  Ngwe Saung  –  Yangon (B, L)

  • Breakfast served at your hotel
  • Today is the last day of Thingyan, Hnit Hsan Ta Yet Nei, the actual New Year Day. After days of boisterous water throwing and merry-making, peace prevails on New Year day. All Buddhists throughout the country rededicate themselves to follow the peaceful path of Buddha by showing respect to elders, cleansing Buddha images and cleaning the pagodas
  • After a leisurely breakfast at the seaside, you will be transfer back to Yangon (4-5 hours drive). Stop for lunch en route in the town of Pathein
  • Upon arrival in Yangon, check-in at your hotel.
  • This afternoon, visit Shwedagon Pagoda to observe the Buddhist way of life and meritorious deeds of Myanmar people. As it is Myanmar New Year Day, the pagoda will be busy with merit seekers. Observe the locals as they release birds from their cages or release fish in to nearby lakes and ponds. These acts are ways for the Buddhist people to 'earn merit', an important aspect of their religion. Devout Buddhists also spend the day taking care of old friends and family members, washing and bathing them with special soap made from acacia fruit and the bark from the linden tree
  • Overnight in Yangon 

Day 07:  Yangon – Beijing (B)

  • Breakfast served at your hotel
  • Free in the morning until your transfer to Yangon airport for your return flight back to Beijing
  • Flight:CA906; 1445 / ww15; daily departure except every Mon. & Fri.;
  • *end of service *
  • *B- Breakfast; L-lunch*; * CA - Air China*

Price Information:

Tour Duration: 07 Days / 06 Nights
Tour Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Tour Price: Available upon Request

Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.

                                                                         Superior Class Accommodation
City
Hotel Name & Website
Room Type
Package Price
Yangon
Deluxe room
Ngwe Saugn
Deluxe Sea View
                                                                          Deluxe Class Accommodation
City
Hotel Name & Website
Room Type
Package Price
Yangon
Deluxe Garden View
Ngwe Saugn
Ocean View Bungalow

Included Services:

  • All flights mentioned in the trip in economy class with ticket tax and Beijing airport tax.
  • Accommodation at selected hotels with daily breakfast.
  • Private professional English speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing
  • All private transfers mentioned in the trip with air-conditioned vehicle.
  • All meals mentioned in the trip(B - breakfast; L- lunch)
  • First entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the trip.

Excluded Services:

  • Meals not mentioned above.
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers and hotel porters.
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • International departure Airport Tax Yangon (USD 10 per person at Yangon Airport)
  • Visa arrangements for Myanmar
  • All expenses not mentioned above.
  • Myanmar visa 

Important Notes for Myanmar:

  • Please note that credit cards and traveler cheques are not accepted in Myanmar and that visitors must be bring sufficient cash (best in US Dollars, but Euros also increasingly accepted)
  • To change and make any purchases and payments. Please bring new US Dollar bills ("big heads" instead of "small heads") and with series numbers not starting with CB as these are not accepted in Myanmar due to rumors these series are counterfeit.
     
  • Travelers to Myanmar are required to have a travel insurance covering the cost of medical evacuation flights.
  • Visas are required by all visitors to Myanmar. A visa must be obtained before entering
  • Myanmar or On Arrival Visa is available at all international airports (Yangon & Mandalay).
    The visa application form is also available at all international airline linked with Myanmar or on-line. To apply on arrival visa, one must have 2 passport photo (4x6 cm) taken within last 6 months and passport must be valid 6 months after arrival date.
     
  • The schedules of domestic flights in Myanmar are provided as an indication only.
  • Once a booking is confirmed we can provide more precise timings, but these remain nevertheless subject to change without notice by the airlines until travelling date. It might therefore in some cases be necessary to amend your program and itinerary due to such schedule changes. We thank you for your understanding.

Myanmar Visa Information:

  • Entry Visa to Myanmar is required before entry. Travelers to Myanmar are required to hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond the completion of their visit and must contain a valid visa
  • actual Passport
  • two photos with white background & 2 inches
  • one application form
  • work certification in English
  • E-ticket coupon
  • 5- 8 working days (every 09:00am – 11:30am)
  • visa fee: RMB200/ per person
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