Yolo - Adventures in gold

  • Yolo
  • Veranstalter: Yolo
  • Angebotsnummer: 191572
  • Reisedauer: 15 Tage
  • Reise Land: Myanmar
  • Termine: 47 Termine im Zeitraum vom
    08.10.2020 - 11.12.2021
  • Teilnehmerzahl: min. 1 max. 15
  • ab € 1.919
  • zur Buchungsanfrage
Was die Bergmänner im ruhrdeutschen Pütt, sind die Blattgold-Schläger in Myanmar. Mit Vorschlaghämmern hauen sie die Klumpen platt, damit es zum Baumaterial von Tausenden Pagoden wird, die über die Silhouetten der Städte einen heiligen Schein werfen. Diese Reise gibt dir ein Leuchten deiner Kindheit zurück: den Glauben, dass es Wunder gibt.

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Tag 1 Yangon
Min Gala Ba! Welcome to Myanmar. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We’ll be collecting/checking insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader. If you have free time to explore before the meeting, we recommend stepping out onto the streets of Yangon. Why not take the Yangon Circle Line train for a three-hour local journey, or head over to Bogyoke Market and haggle with the locals? There’s also Sule Paya Pagoda, a 2000-year-old golden temple, and the Gems Museum, which houses some of the world’s largest sapphire, ruby and jade pieces. You may need a taxi to travel between some of these attractions; a one-way trip should cost about MMK 4,000. 

Tag 2 Yangon
Start the day with a city walking tour of Yangon. Your leader will show you the city centre full of hustle and bustle of local life, street food and the shadows of the colonial time. In the afternoon, We also head down to Kandawgyi Lake, where you’ll see Karaweik Hall, a reconstruction of a golden royal barge floating on the eastern side. Then visit the holiest shrine in the country, the Shwedagon Paya. This gold-gilded pagoda is studded with diamonds and gems, and said to contain eight hairs of the Buddha. It’s a particularly impressive sight at sunset when the lights come on and the stupa shines beautifully.

Tag 3 Bagan
Rise for a very early start today, for your morning flight to Nyuang-U (about one and a half hours). From there, transfer to the ancient city of Bagan (about 20 minutes). Bagan is an archaeological site where Theravada Buddhism was first introduced to the Kingdom. It was once the site of 10000 temples, pagodas and monasteries and still has over 2000 brick and gilded ruins. You’ll start your visit with an orientation tour of the town and visit the archaeological site tomorrow. After the orientation tour, head to the nearby Shwezigon Paya, one of the town’s main Buddhist sites, also incorporating a compound dedicated to the pre-Buddhism deities, the 37 Nats.

Tag 4 Bagan
Spend the day sightseeing in Bagan, where you’ll be given a bicycle and joined by a local guide. You’ll see many of the large and impressive temples such as Ananda Pahto, Htilominlo Temple, That Bin Nyu Paya (the highest pagoda in Bagan), Dhammayangyi Pahto and Shwesandaw Paya, as well as some of the smaller hidden gems. Exploring the temple site by bike is a great way to take in the atmosphere of this amazing place. There are also many opportunities to climb stairs to vantage points and capture some magical views. After touring the temples, head back to the hotel for a short rest before heading out again to see the enormous Shwe Sandaw Pagoda at sunset.

Tag 5 Bagan/Myaing
Enjoy a free morning in Bagan. You may like to spend more time exploring the stalls at the archaeological site, the cafes in town, or the nearby Nyaung U Market – one of the more interesting markets in the country. Other places of interest include the Archaeological Museum and the Royal Palace and taxis to these local sites cost around MMK5000. In the afternoon, you’ll leave Bagan and get transferred to Myaing where we have developed a community-based tourism project to support local livelihoods with sustainable employment opportunities in tourism. Have dinner in our purpose built community lodge.

Tag 6 Myaing
Head out on a bicycle today and ride around the nearby villages. Stop at the first village and enjoy a presentation about the project from a local member of the community (your leader will translate). The activities and meals are shared among four nearby villages so that they all benefit from the project. It’s also a great opportunity to practice your Burmese. Visit a thanaka farm and try out the genuine product that you’ll see on the faces of many Burmese, then ride to a second village and learn about the local farming and seasonal crops. Return to the lodge, where you’ll help out with a tree planting project, then enjoy dinner in the evening cooked by some of the local villagers. Perhaps take this opportunity to interact and share your own culture with the locals.

Tag 7 Mandalay
Wake up early this morning and cycle to the small, 170-year-old wooden monastery nearby. A couple more minutes on the bike and you’ll stop at a village for a simple local breakfast prepared by the residents. This is another great chance to strike up a conversation and practice your language skills. After breakfast you’ll cycle to another village and visit a women’s cooperative to learn about their weaving, sewing and craft. Pedal back to the lodge mid morning and bid farewell to the community. Travel on a private bus towards Mandalay with a lunch stop en route. Along the way, you’ll visit the beautiful Sagaing Temples, a collection of gilded stupas on the nearby hills. Total driving time from the community lodge to Mandalay is about six hours.

Tag 8 Mandalay
This morning your leader will take you on a walking tour of Mandalay. After seeing the town close up, you’ll take a boat down the famous Ayeyarwady River to Mingun. Here you’ll see the Mingun Pahtodawgyi, an enormous stupa which would have been the largest in the world if it had been completed. You’ll also see the world’s largest ringing bell and the beautiful white Hsinphymae Pagoda which sits nearby. After the excursion to Mingun, return to Mandalay where you’ll have some free time to do some optional activities. Perhaps find some quiet moments at the ancient Sweinbin Teak Monastery, or try your hand at gold leaf making in the Gold Pounders District. There’s also the Mahamuni Buddha Temple, an important pilgrimage site complete with giant golden Buddha. Tonight visit Mandalay Hill, which is where Lord Buddha is said to have left a footprint. Stay here for sunset and to enjoy views over the glittering stupas and vibrant mosaics of the city at this magical time of day. For some extra entertainment in the evening, why not catch a traditional show by the Mandalay Marionettes, or a non conformist comedy show by the Moustache Brothers?

Tag 9 Kalaw
Today will be a long day of driving towards Kalaw. Along the way, you’ll visit the U Bein Bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in the world. You then head onto the Great Road of China, a new superhighway built by the Chinese. Finally, make your way into the mountains of Shan state and experience the stunning scenery of the area.

Tag 10 Kalaw
Today is a full day of hiking around the hills around Kalaw (approximately 6 hours). A local guide will take you to a tea plantation and some small villages. Stop and chat with locals along the way and have lunch at one of the small settlements. This experience will take you off the beaten track and away from the tourist throng. If there’s time in the evening, you might like to visit some of the lovely pagodas around town as well as a local market.

Tag 11 Inle Lake
Leave Kalaw for Nyuangshwe today, where you’ll be spending time around Inle Lake. You’ll set off across the mountains and farms and stop off at the Pindaya Caves, one of the Golden Caves in Shan state. Pilgrims flock here to worship the 8,000 golden Buddha images within the caverns, tunnels and chambers of the huge limestone cave. The drive will take you to the resort town of Nyuanshwe which will be our base for the next few days as we explore Inle Lake.

Tag 12 Inle Lake
Start the day by heading out in a motorised boat. You’ll see local life on the lake, including fisherman who use a distinctive leg-rowing technique on their boats, floating tomato plantations and cottage industries such as silversmiths, weavers and cigar makers. If you’re lucky, you might even see the rotating market which circles the lake every five days. Here you can buy traditional wares produced by the locals. Stop for a home-cooked lunch at a village near the lake and sample the regional specialities. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Paya, the most religious site in the region and take a quick look inside at the various images of Buddha. You can also see a golden barge which is used during Phaung Daw Oo festival. Make a few more stops at local villages to meet the locals, then head back to your accommodation in Nyaungshwe.

Tag 13 Inle Lake
Enjoy a free day around Inle Lake. Perhaps visit the Mingala morning market or Nyuangshwe’s oldest Buddhist monastery, Yadana Man Aung Paya. For those wishing to venture further afield, you could hire a bike and cycle to the nearby hot springs, villages or temples. Perhaps visit a nearby winery to sample a local drop, or take boat trip to the Indein temple complex and nearby villages. The price of these activities will depend on the number of people joining. Ask your leader about doing these optional activities.

Tag 14 Yangon
Bid farewell to the splendour of Shan state and make your way to the airport in Heho. From here, take a onehour flight back to the hustle and bustle of Yangon. The journey ends with an optional final dinner and night out on the town in Yangon.

Tag 15 Yangon
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. As there is plenty to see and do in Yangon we recommend extending your stay a few extra days to make the most of all it has to offer. Perhaps do some of the activities suggested at the beginning of the trip, or ask your leader to arrange something for you.

Leistungen:
 
  • Abenteuerreise mit maximal 12 Teilnehmern
  • Jede Reise findet statt
  • Englisch sprechender, einheimischer Guide in internationaler Reisegruppe
  • Unterkunft: 12 x Hotel, 2 x Community Lodge
  • Transport: Bus, Flugzeug, Reiseminibus, Fahrrad, Truck, Longtail Boot
  • Mahlzeiten: täglich Frühstück, 3 x Mittagessen, 2 x Abendessen
  • Aktivitäten laut Tagesprogramm
  • Eintrittsgelder
  • 100 m² Regenwald 4 you (Jedem Gast schenken wir im Regenwald von Ecuador ein Grundstück, das Jahr für Jahr den CO2-Ausstoß seiner Reise kompensiert. Eingetragen auf seinen Namen und auf ewig seins.)
  • Highlights: Yangons goldene Shwedagon-Pagode. Myanmars Hochkultur in Bagan. Mandalay, die letzte Hauptstadt des Königreichs Myanmar. Tee mit Einheimischen in einsamen Bergdörfern.


Nicht eingeschlossene Leistungen:
 
  • Einzelzimmerzuschlag: 299 € (kein Einzelzimmer am Tag 6 möglich)
  • Langstreckenflug Frankfurt - Yangon und zurück: z.B. mit Emirates, Vietnam Airlines, Qatar oder Thai Airways ab 999 € 
  • Rail & Fly innerhalb Deutschlands (2. Klasse): 89 €, auf Anfrage
  • Flughafentransfers im Zielland: Hintransfer Flughafen Yangon zum Starthotel 22 € pro Auto (bis zu 2 Personen), Rücktransfer: Vom Endhotel zum Flughafen Yangon 22 € pro Auto (bis zu 2 Personen)
  • Vor- bzw. Anschlussübernachtung im Tourhotel Preise pro Nacht und pro Person (exkl. Frühstück): Vorübernachtung 33 € p.P. im DZ,66 € im EZ; Anschlussübernachtung 33 € im DZ, 66 € im EZ
  • Bitte beachten: Bei Vor- und Anschlussübernachtung ist ein halbes Doppelzimmer nicht buchbar 


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