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Thứ Năm, 2 tháng 8, 2018

Obtain myanmar Visa via eVISA

Early Sep 2014, burma Government officially launched a portal for e-Visa application which is expected to supply quick and easy services to tourists planning adventure to burma. Today we are going to contain a quick landscape of the procedure and core regulations.
In recent years, myanmar has become a new tourist attraction. In order to proposal convenience for oversea tourists traveling to myanmar, the government of this nation now supplies e-Visa service for foreign travelers since Sep 2014. This is some information for you about burma e-Visa service.
Myanmar visa

HOW tremendous COUNTRIES be able to APPLY FOR burma E-VISA?

On very first launch, the system accepts the application from citizens of 43 countries. Since Nov 2014, the list added 24 more countries. Totally, the system could process the application from 68 countries at quick and convenience. E-Visa now has been extended up 32 more countries, made the total up to 100 countries. You may scan whether your nationality is listed via this this link.

E-VISA myanmar APPLYING PROCEDURE

To obtain a myanmar E-visa, you have to access http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ and accomplish 4 following steps:
Step 1: Fill in the secure online visa form
The applicant is required to enter all the necessary information in the visa form.
Step 2: Confirm and pay
The applicant needs to verify all the information entered is correct before proceeding to the following step. Make the payment with Credit Card. An acknowledgment email with application reference code will be sent to applicant's email.
Step 3: Get approval letter within three (03) days
The approval process may bring up to three (03) working days. The applicant will receive e-Visa approval letter via email once approved. Print out the approval letter and take along with the passport. You will need to present it upon arrival.
Step 4: Get e-Visa stamped upon arrival
Upon arrival to burma Immigration checkpoint, present e-Visa approval letter and passport to Immigration officer and get the passport stamped.

burma VISA APPLYCATION FEE

Fee for a tourist Visa online is US$50 (S$62.52) and Visa valid within 28 days. This applies for Single Entry only. In case, you are not sure about the form filling, HIT burma will do this on your behalf and pay the fee. Please kindly, pay all online credit cart online payment fees if any.
Myanmar Visa on arrival


unique NOTICES ON YOUR myanmar VISA APPLICATION

1. Adventurer visa issued with e-Visa system will be launched at 06:00 on 1st September 2014.
2. Regarding the information of e-Visa is on website www.evisa.moip.gov.mm and the information of restricted area on www.mip.gov.mm.
3. You may apply as next procedures:
- Your passport validity have to possess AT LEAST 6 MONTHS.
- You ought to present one COLOR photo (4 cm X 6 cm) taking during 3 months and return ticket.
- The length of stay is 28 days from the date of arrival in burma.
- You pay the application fee, US$ 50 by using Visa, Master, Amex, and JCB - Credit/ Debit.
- You will not be refunded whether e-Visa is granted or not.
- The system will reply the information if the application is received or not within 1 HOURS.
- The processing time is maximum 03 DAYS WORKING for granting e-Visa or not.
- The validity of e-Visa approval letter is 3 MONTHS from the issued date. If it is expired, the entry will be denied.
4. If the applicant mentioned children under 7 years antique who is accompany with him/her, you ought to put the name of that child, date of birth in the minor block of the application form.
5. The applicant should complete independent private data whether the passenger is FIT or package adventure.
6. Duration of visa validity you could only use single entry. Do not permit to enter again.
7. For initial, passengers with e-Visa are only permitted to enter at Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw airports.

8. The passengers from international cruise ships may NOT use eVisa for their entry via sea ports. Please contact to the ships or a tours operator in myanmar to complete your visa procedure.
9. If the decision is not allowed to entry, you may return by the identical flight.
10. Ordinary passport holders from the next countries are giving visa exemption for 14 days: Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Brunei.

Should you inclue any question or concern, please contact us or call to our most convenient diplomatic office (refer myanmar Embassies list here)
Important Annoucement:
myanmar Government stopped all Visa On Arrival process for tourists from visit Agents. All tourists are advised to process their burma visa directly at the sole online portal address: www.evisa.moip.gov.mm. Be aware of the websites claim that they could process Visa On Arrival for you!

Reveal Secrets of Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle, where myanmar, Laos and Thailand intersect, is steeped in history and indigenous culture. Historically this region has been well-known as a hot hub of opium planting, but now it has become an charming tourism area in Indochina.

How to reach the Golden Triangle

This region belongs to Shan state, which is located in eastern burma and has borders with countries of Laos, Thailand and China. There are some brilliant towns in the Golden Triangle that should be paid attention, including Kyaing Tong (or Keng Tung), Tachileik and Mongla.
To arrive the Golden Triangle, travelers be able to carry a flight from Mandalay, Yangon or Heho to Tachileik or Kyaing Tong; then from Tachileik and Kyaing Tong, travelers could transfer to other areas.

What to do and go to in the Golden Triangle

Overall, there are two main activities in this region:
  • go to Burmese pagodas, monasteries and churches.
  • Trek to unique hill tribe villages and explore crafts.

1. Kyaing Tong (or often called Kyaing Tung or Keng Tung) town
This is the capital city of the Golden Triangle which is bordered by China, Laos and Thailand. The city is surrounded by beautiful mountains and forests. Kyaing Tong was shut for tourists for many years due to opium trafficking. Nowadays, it rivals other regions of myanmar offering some of the most pretty spectacle in the country.
Kyaing Tung Trekking

Kyaing Tong is a historical area where you are able to discover old Buddhist temples and other religion constructions. This is also an ideal destination for trekking and exploring minorities' cultural diversity, lifestyle and custom.
These are some interesting places travelers may adventure in Kyaing Tong.
  • Lonely Tree Hill (or One Tree Hill): Travelers will experience a beautiful sunset on this hill where a lone, 245-year-old Kanyin - Byu (DipterocarpusSpp) tree stands.
  • Kyaing Tong Central Market: This is a bustling and colorful place, where diverse hill tribes converge to purchase and sell their wares. On the market, travelers can soak up the local atmosphere and capture colorful photos.
  • Traditional Water Buffalo Market: This unique market is for buying and selling healthy buffaloes used for farming, transportation, getting milk and meat.
  • Loi Mwe: This hill station is 33km away from Kyaing Tung. Loimwe means "misty mountain". It is at an altitude of over 1,600 meters above see-level. It has the rich view and the temperate climate. This area has remained British architectural constructions, with the Catholic Church built in 1929 and many colonial buildings. Besides, in Loi Mwe, you could go to Loi Mwe lake and Four-country Friendship pagoda. The way leading to Loi Mwe passes through forests, terraced rice fields. On the way, you can stop to explore villages of the Lahu, Wa and Akha.
  • Ka Bar Aye Pagoda (WatPratartJomDoi): Historical "Ka Bar Aye" Pagoda is on top of a hill with eye-catching landscape. Reaching here, you will pass rubber plantation and seasonal cultivation fields.
  • MaHa MyatMuNi Pagoda: The Pagoda festival is held annually in November. Its space is serene that is appropriate for praying and meditation.

Besides, you be able to adventure other well known places in Kyaung Tung, including Wat Inn Monastery, Pha Lian Monastery, Jom Kham Monastery & Pagoda, Satuyatha Thumingala Pagoda, Standing Buddha Image (or Yat Taw Mu Buddha Image), Naung Tong Lake, Roman Catholic Mission (R.C.M) Church, Golden Triangle Golf Club and Mya Shwe hot spring.
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Hill races in Kyaing Tong are really original. Travelers may encounter different ethnic minorities, like the Ann (or Eng, who have a love for black teeth and tobacco chewing), Akha, Akhu, Lahu, Shan, Loi, Wa, Palaung, Kala and Lisu. You may trek to these villages and experience the life of locals. Specially, yous could encounter craftsman and find out crafts of hill tribes like weaving, pottery, Shan blacksmith or Shan traditional lacquer ware.
These are some villages near Kyaing Tong travelers can trek to.
  • Pottery village Yan Gone, where you may observe the handcrafted earthen pots of Shan tribe and search for Shan pottery.
  • Ho Kyin villages: It is a typical Akha race village with colorful dresses. They believe in different religions (Buddhist, Animist and Christian) and their traditional costume.
  • Na Phi Phank village, where Lahu and Akha tribes live together
  • MongZine (Khun Village), where you can find traditional Lahu knives made by Lahu blacksmith.
  • Gon Shan village: You be able to see extraordinary long house in here.
  • Pin Tauk: In this area, you will see silver headdress “Akha tribe”, which has glorious culture and timeless tradition, “black teeth” Eng tribe and rice-distillery Shan villages.
  • Kong Pack (Lahu Shee): Ascending hill to “LahuShee” village, you could admire striking scenery and golden rice fields at over 1500 meters above sea level. Descending, you could visit Wan NoungSar “Silver Palaung” village.
  • Wan Nyet - Wan Sheng: This place is near China border with attractive spectacle. You can walk round to get to wooden Monastery of the Loi over 385 years old and Wan Seng Monastery, and witness Loi (Lwe) tribe living in typical long-houses with traditional life-style.

Kyaing Tung Trekking fields

Other villages you may choose for your trekking tours: Phata (Akha), Pang Ma Phai (Akha), Joe Phyu (Wa), Wan Lun (Shan), Ho Lup (Akha), Nang Cho (Wa), Pan Wai (Lahu) and Nant Lin Taung (Eng).
2. Tachileik (Thailand Border)
Tachileik is the border town of myanmar with Thailand, one of the Asia highway passing through burma. Around this town, you be able to get to burma - Thailand Friendship Bridge, Shwedagon pagoda, Chinese Monastery, Ho Nam Monastery, Lang Taung Pagoda, Maha Myat Muni Monastery, Temple of the Enrobed Elephant, Wan Tong Two Dragon Monastery, Wan Pong Port, Ta-lot market, Morning market and Padaung tribe villages.
  • Tachileik’s replica of the Shwedagon Pagoda – a renowned gilded stupa in Yangon, grounds showcase sculptures of mythical creatures. It has statues of Buddha’s disciples flanking a large golden Buddha and striking views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Karen hill tribe (or Padaung tribe) is well-known by their long-necks. Traditionally, the woman has lengthened their neck by the way of wearing heavy brass coils, which express beauty and tribal identity. You should be respectful as walking their village and shoot limited photos. On villages, you may purchase handicrafts from local artisans.
  • The local market has diverse goods, from modern clothing and DVDs to crafts and thanaka – a yellowish face powder commonly used as makeup by Burmese women and girls.
  • Particularly, you be able to bring a boat on captivating Mekong river and find the view point on the bank where the three countries actually meet.

3. Mong La (China Border)
Mongla is a Chinese border town, where has Loi villages. The scenery along the road to Mongla is wonderful with radiant landscape and mountains. From this town, you be able to visit the glamorous Wood Monastery built over 300 years ago and set your foot to Loi villages that is rarely visited by foreigners.
About some highlights of this area, you may uncover typical houses of "Tai Lue" (Lueshan) villages, Two-country Friendship Pagoda, Drug Museum, the local market, Mong Ma village the wildlife market.
Kyaing Tung Trek adventures

How to Planning Your myanmar journey

A little planning and preparation will help your trip much more enjoyable. Here are our advice and guide step by step for those one looking and planning for a perfect burma holiday.

Step 1: Get a myanmar journey idea


myanmar (Burma) is the largest country in mainland of South East Asia. You want to get to to burma? Obviously, Yes. But...where or which particular places in Myanmar? Uhm...oh...
myanmar (Burma) is the largest country in mainland of South East Asia. You want to get to to Myanmar? Obviously, Yes. But...where or which particular places in Myanmar? Uhm...oh...If that question may make you confused, let's travel our Maps of Highlights page. This page should be the original destination you could want to start with.
This page shows you the most famous destinations of myanmar on an interactive map. You could have a visible understanding of where is where and by a single click on each place name, our website leads you to introductory post of this site that guides you the most highlight features of the site.
If your desired places, by any chance, does not include on this page, don't hesitate to drop us an email at info(at)myanmartour(dot)com. We own them all here.

Step 2: Pick a tour or tailor-made it as your wish

After getting the places you want to go, go back to our adventure packages list where you can notice several trips under four main themes: Classic packages - for general visit purposes and anyone can carry them, Luxury holidays - with remarkable, unique services for generous pocketing travellers, journey tours - for trekking, hiking, biking fans (some of the adventures are very hard and not recommended for all physical levels. If you are not sure, please contact to our support team) and Excursions - for in-depth explorations to a specific place.
What if I don't such as any adventure samples or such as some of them? - Adventure our Tailor Made tool, send your request and our Support team will do this for you right away. The amazing news is that all our myanmar packages is private tour, then you may customize it to whatever you want.

Step 3: Obtain Visa and Book International flights

Now you own two ways to obtain Visa to burma. The primary is to travel a myanmar Diplomatic Rep Office in your home country - check up the list here. The second is Visa On Arrival which is easier and cheaper. From Sep 01, 2014, myanmar government launched eVisa portal for foreign citizens from over 100 countries. The official website is www.evisa.moip.gov.mm. Online payment by credit/debit cards is accepted.
following, you should book international flights early in order to get your favorite flight and splendid prices. You can choose any airline but the thing you should pay attention is transit time. Some just take few hours. Some be able to bring up to a day. In this situation, you should manage a hotel close to the airport for resting. This is just a small point in your trip but fails to do so, your burma trip becomes hard right from the begin.
Here is the list of the most famous transit cities for flights to Myanmar:
- Singapore - for passengers mostly coming from Australia.
Click here for hotel list close to the Singapore airport.
- Bangkok - for passenger mostly coming from European countries.
Click here for hotel list near the Bangkok airport.
- Hongkong - for passenger mostly coming from the USA.
Click here for hotel list near the Hongkong Airport.
- Kunming, China - for passengers from China.
Click here for hotel list near the Kunming Airport.


Step 4: go to Light and Neat

Pack things for up to two weeks get to is not easy if you want to keep it neat and light. The general advice is just to bring really primary things, otherwise, you could find your trip heavy all the times and increase the risk of losing your own items. Take a landscape of our suggestions below:
  • Several weeks prior your trip, make a list of what you will need to pack.
  • make sure your own documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order.
  • We offer that you make photocopies of passports, visas, individual ID and any other important visit documents and pack them separately from the originals. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll inclue copies for easier reporting and replacement.
  • You be able to consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names.
  • We suggest that you pack a portable alarm clock.
  • Avoid placing valuables like cameras in your checked luggage.



We found an very interesting and detailed post on packing your lugguage guide by an adventure expert here. The list is really useful for any traveler.


Step 5: Well-prepared for Culture Crash

myanmar is an Asian country not open to the world until just a few recent years. You should prepare for the difference in numerous aspects of your home country. For example: the price of the hotel is particularly as high as in the Western hotels but the conditions and standards be able to be rather far from those hotel standards (more on myanmar accommodation); you may meet Burmese men with black teeth because of chewing betel tradition or wearing long skirts - called "longis"; you can fly on free seat domestic flights and stop at the midway for transferring and collecting more passengers (more details here) etc... There are numerous other things. But if you get on well with these features, you will be awarded back to warm, honest, friendly burmese people and a featured culture that was hardly seen in other parts while traveling in Asia.

The Second Largest Ringing Bell - Mingun

Mingun bell is stored at Pahtodawgyi pagoda in Mingun, a town in Sagaing Region, located 11 km up the Ayeyarwady River on the west bank from Mandalay, burma. With a short drive out of Mandalay you may reach to the bell and spent some hours to admire the biggest bell of the world till 2000.

The Mingun temple is a monumental uncompleted stupa began by King Bodawpaya in 1790. It was not completed, due to an astrologer claiming that, once the temple was finished, the king would die. The completed stupa would possess been the largest in the world at 150 metres (490 ft). Visiting Pahtodawgyi pagoda you could see huge cracks which were affected by the earthquake of 23 March 1839
King Bodawpaya also had a gigantic bell cast to go with his huge stupa, the Mingun Bell weighing 90 tons, and was the largest ringing bell in the world till 2000. That is the must seen place when you consider spending some day in Mandalay, burma. The weight of the bell in Burmese measurement, is 55,555 viss or peiktha (1 viss = 1.63 kg), handed down as a mnemonic "Min Hpyu Hman Hman Pyaw", with the consonants representing the number 5 in Burmese astronomy and numerology.
The bell was said to inclue been cast on the opposite side of the river and was transported by using two boats, which after crossing the river, proceeded up two specially built canals. The canals were then dammed and the bell was lifted by raising the water level by the addition of earth into the blocked canal. In this way the bell was originally suspended.
The Mingun Bell was knocked off its supports as a result of a grand earthquake on 1839. It was resuspended by the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in March 1896 using screw jacks and levers using funds from public subscription. The party to celebrate was attended by numerous and an hourly boat was required to carry visitors from closeby Mandalay.
Mingun Bell remain the biggest ringing bell over the world with the ellipse one at 116 tons built in China.
How to carry a tour there:
Pahtodawgyi pagoda, Myanmar
Pahtodawgyi pagoda overview

Mingun bell photo in 1880
Mingun photo in 1880s

Mingun bell
the bell today

Thứ Tư, 1 tháng 8, 2018

How to Get splendid myanmar Train Ride

It is not that bad for short myanmar train ride upto 3-4 hours, even it is very fun and brings you real scenery of local citizen. We recommend the train rout Mandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin for any train adventure fans because its radiant view along the way and the splendid experience of real Burmese lives.
You will need flying to Mandalay to carry this tour. The train will begin from Mandalay station to Pyin Oo Lwin. We offer this because, this train takes you to the most breathtaking bridge of myanmar - Gokteik viaduct. As one of the most great construction and the highest bridge for trains of burma, Gokteik is located at the central region of this nation, from about 100 km northwest of Mandalay city, between Pyin Oo Lwin town (the summer resort of British before) and Lashio town. Being completed at 1900, it had been the widest and highest bridge for train. Travelers may go through this creepy viaduct by departing from Mandalay or Pyin Oo Lwin toward northern Nawnghkio.

Train to Pyin Oo Lwin

When passing this over-100-year-old bridge, trains will move at the identical speed of walkers to avoid strong concussions which can destroy it and to guarantee safety. It takes 25 minutes to go through Gokteik. The majestic viaduct as well as spectacular forest scenery will create impressive photos for travelers. When the train just leaves the bridge, passengers should not put cameras into bags, because the train from the north could run back immediately. Meanwhile, travelers be able to bring some photos of an entire train which is crossing the bridge.
Gokteik Viaduct Myanmar

The train totally takes around 4 hours. You should stay in Pyin Oo Lwin one night for a cool retreat. The following day you may go further north for a myanmar trekking tour to explore mountain tribes. Even if not, this train ride is a fanstatic way to experience very featured mode of transportation in burma prior you getting back to Mandalay. We recommend this train ride for all types or travelers with any physical levels.

Obtain myanmar Visa via eVISA

Early Sep 2014, burma Government officially launched a portal for e-Visa application which is expected to supply quick and easy services to tourists planning visit to myanmar. Today we are going to inclue a quick view of the procedure and core regulations.
In recent years, burma has become a new traveler attraction. In order to propostion convenience for oversea tourists traveling to burma, the government of this nation now supplies e-Visa service for foreign travelers since Sep 2014. This is some information for you about burma e-Visa service.
Myanmar visa

HOW many COUNTRIES can APPLY FOR burma E-VISA?

On very first launch, the system accepts the application from citizens of 43 countries. Since Nov 2014, the list added 24 more countries. Totally, the system be able to process the application from 68 countries at quick and convenience. E-Visa now has been extended up 32 more countries, made the total up to 100 countries. You be able to scan whether your nationality is listed via this this link.

E-VISA burma APPLYING PROCEDURE

To obtain a burma E-visa, you must access http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ and accomplish 4 next steps:
Step 1: Fill in the secure online visa form
The applicant is required to enter all the necessary information in the visa form.
Step 2: Confirm and pay
The applicant needs to verify all the information entered is correct before proceeding to the following step. Make the payment with Credit Card. An acknowledgment email with application reference code will be sent to applicant's email.
Step 3: Get approval letter within three (03) days
The approval process can carry up to three (03) working days. The applicant will receive e-Visa approval letter via email once approved. Print out the approval letter and carry along with the passport. You will need to present it upon arrival.
Step 4: Get e-Visa stamped upon arrival
Upon arrival to myanmar Immigration checkpoint, present e-Visa approval letter and passport to Immigration officer and get the passport stamped.

myanmar VISA APPLYCATION FEE

Fee for a traveler Visa online is US$50 (S$62.52) and Visa valid within 28 days. This applies for Single Entry only. In case, you are not sure about the form filling, HIT myanmar will do this on your behalf and pay the fee. Please kindly, pay all online credit cart online payment fees if any.
Myanmar Visa on arrival


unique NOTICES ON YOUR myanmar VISA APPLICATION

1. Adventurer visa issued with e-Visa system will be launched at 06:00 on 1st September 2014.
2. Regarding the information of e-Visa is on website www.evisa.moip.gov.mm and the information of restricted area on www.mip.gov.mm.
3. You can apply as following procedures:
- Your passport validity must possess AT LEAST 6 MONTHS.
- You have to present one COLOR photo (4 cm X 6 cm) taking during 3 months and return ticket.
- The length of stay is 28 days from the date of arrival in burma.
- You pay the application fee, US$ 50 by using Visa, Master, Amex, and JCB - Credit/ Debit.
- You will not be refunded whether e-Visa is granted or not.
- The system will reply the information if the application is received or not within 1 HOURS.
- The processing time is maximum 03 DAYS WORKING for granting e-Visa or not.
- The validity of e-Visa approval letter is 3 MONTHS from the issued date. If it is expired, the entry will be denied.
4. If the applicant mentioned children under 7 years antique who is accompany with him/her, you ought to put the name of that child, date of birth in the minor block of the application form.
5. The applicant should complete private independent data whether the passenger is FIT or package tours.
6. Duration of visa validity you be able to only use single entry. Do not permit to enter again.
7. For initial, passengers with e-Visa are only permitted to enter at Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw airports.

8. The passengers from international cruise ships may NOT use eVisa for their entry via sea ports. Please contact to the ships or a tour operator in myanmar to complete your visa procedure.
9. If the decision is not allowed to entry, you could return by the same flight.
10. Ordinary passport holders from the next countries are giving visa exemption for 14 days: Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Brunei.

Should you have any question or concern, please contact us or call to our most convenient diplomatic office (refer myanmar Embassies list here)
Important Annoucement:
burma Government stopped all Visa On Arrival process for tourists from go to Agents. All tourists are advised to process their burma visa directly at the sole online portal address: www.evisa.moip.gov.mm. Be aware of the websites claim that they be able to process Visa On Arrival for you!

Thứ Ba, 31 tháng 7, 2018

[PHOTOS] Portraits of myanmar (Burma) by Our Customer

SEA WANDER tour is honored to introduce portraits of burma with attractive photos by Michael Kennedy - who traveled with us in November, 2016 and shared these striking images.
Kennedy was a professional photographer for 20 years, primarily a photojournalist. He achieved publication in many newspapers and magazines, including Sports Illustrated, a outstanding American magazine.
Kennedy stepped away from that world for 15-years to be a high school English teacher. He is now retired, and never far from a camera.

Kennedy was an awesome customer that we were very lucky to meet. Each email he sent reflected his enjoyable sense of humor, and they were always so pleasant to read. He rated us a five-star experience upon arriving home from his myanmar trip. Read the blog of his myanmar journey on our website or in Trustpilot .


Acknowledgment - All photos displayed here are the work of Michael Kennedy. SEA WANDER has permission to post these photos on our websites and channels only. All other use of these photos must inclue the consent of Michael Kennedy.

Myanmar Women on train
Myanmar Taxi Driver Myanmar 91 Years old woman

Myanmar Man in a Van

Myanmar Woman with Tanaka

Myanmar Long NeckMyanmar Nun

Myanmar Bhudda

Myanmar Wedding couples

Myanmar Generation Gap

Burma Domestic Flights Updates

Due to the bad street infrastructure, traveling in myanmar by domestic flights may be the most comfortable choice to access main visiting places. However, the flight within this country very much different from other countries in South East Asia. Here are some remarkable points for travelers visiting to burma.

PAPER TICKET REPLACED BY E-TICKET


Up to 2014, you might not see any “paper ticket” in other Southeast Asia countries. However, some myanmar domestic airlines used them till early 2015. And especially, if you had lost the ticket,you would inclue had to buy a new one. So we used to advise our travelers to keep the airline tickets carefully.
You be able to see a photo of paper tickets by one of SEA WANDER staff on her inspection in late 2014 below.
The airlines very well catching up with the speed of myanmar improvement as a whole. Not too long since Air Bagan and Air KBZ started to use e-Ticket system. Now most of the airlines in burma use e-ticket issuing system that is more convenient in no doubt.

Myanmar Domestic Flights
Flight within Myanmar
This boarding pass for a flight from Mandalay to Yangon but it stopped en-rout at Bagan airport. The sticker indicated which passengers were going to land in Yangon.

BOOKING TICKET IN myanmar DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

At the present time in burma, the electronic ticket is used commonly however most airlines do not yet offer online booking with secure payment gateway. The online payment by cards can finish up to 4 - 5% surcharge for card processing fee. Then SEA WANDER strongly offer you should book your burma flights locally. Moreover, the domestic flights within myanmar sometimes cancel with very short realize that severely impacts to your burma travel plan. A local agent is much more effective in dealing with this issue and rearranges another flight as well as amend all services accordingly.
Where to book
There are several ways to book locally.
Hotel – You be able to performance your travel plan to your hotel concierge. They will research the options and book flight tickets on your behalf as a small commission.
travel Agent – Contacting a local burma tours operator is another great picking who could support you fantastic booking in grow.
International booking engine - Priceline.com is a huge name for ticket and hotel bookings. You may book from your home country too. Only route between Yangon - Mandalay available and vice versa.
Plan and purchase – You may blog flight schedules online then confirming with the airline office by a phone call. You will need to travel the office or have it sent to you to make payment and purchase the ticket.
If you know exactly your go to plan, you may purchase your tickets at the airport when you arrive in myanmar. Remember to transfer from international terminal to domestic terminal to buy.
When to book

Generally, as early as possible. Mostly we suggest our customers should book weeks in make progress. If it is a holiday or festival or peak days,a month advanced booking is highly recommended.
Most the domestic adventurer flights depart around the same time. Thus, even if the airline you opt is sold out, you can purchase the ticket at the identical time, destination or itinerary of other airlines. Moreover, in case that a flight has to cancel due to some unexpected reasons, the carrier often works with others to move your booking to the soonest flight schedule.

Currency
Tickets are quoted and paid for USD. If you try to pay by myanmar Kyat, you quiescent must exchange the currency BACK to USD to buy the ticket.

ROUTES AND SCHEDULES

Most burma adventurer destinations are accessible by a plane including Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake and Ngapali of which Yangon and Mandalay own international checking counters. One thing you need to pay attention when booking is how numerous LAYOVERS in each route because this be able to add a significant amount of time for the adventure.
Most of the carriers operate as commuter planes and circle around primary tourism destinations of Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, and Inle Lake. Some can skip a city or fly to other directions. Therefore, you should know surely the route and not just the direction, to avoid the case that you may disembark at a wrong place. However, you will be attached STICKERS on your chest to verify which flight you are on.
fly within Myanmar

burma domestic airlines is small with a few airplanes ( 2 - 3 we must say) so most routes are only available once a day or less. From Yangon, you usually leave in the morning and come back in the afternoon.
You should prepare, plan and be ready in the situation of DELAY. They usually expect until ultimate minutes to notice how numerous travelers book, and unless there are enough passengers, they will CANCEL. In recent year, thanks to numerous tourists get to to myanmar, flight cancellation is not taken site frequently anymore. They be able to cancel because of weather as well, particularly during the heavy fog of winter months or low cloud during the rainy season.
At rushed destinations, they will simply REGROUP PASSENGERS from different flights onto one flight, so Air Bagan, Asian Wings, and air Mandalay, for instance, will use just one plane, so even if you book with Asian Wings, you may be on a Mandalay flight. Similarly, if there are insufficient citizen on a Yangon - Mandalay flight, they will combine it with a Yangon – Bagan flight, so you will find that you stop at Bagan too.

Prepare for myanmar Traveling in Water Festival

Thingyan, burma Water Festival, takes destination toward the end of the hot, dry season and ushers in the burma New Year. This biggest festival is the best occasion for travellers who are seeking for authentic images of Asia

Water Festival Timing and Meanings?

Water festival is also known as Thingyan festival that is originated from the Buddhist version of a Hindu myth. Annually, water festival goes to mid April. This is the biggest festival in a year of Burmese. All citizen is off from their work to reunite with families and pay their careness to elder citizen.
Water festival is held in one of the hottest time with a meaning of using water to wash out bad lucks, so that good lucks to come.
>> Thingyan Eve (14 April): this day is for many religious activities. And by nightfall, locals begin their real fun time of festival by starting music, song and dance.
>> Water festival day (15 April): This day was taken because it was the day Thingyan truly arrives as Thagyamin makes his descent from his celestial abode to earth.
>> Water festival day (16 April): this day is Thagya Min returns to the heavens, the last day of the water festival. During water festival, the government also relaxes some restrictions of gathering.
>> New Year Day (17 April): This day is for local visiting elder people and relatives. Younger people often perform hair washing for the elder in traditional manner with shampoo beans (Acacia rugata) and bark.

How the overall settings of myanmar Water Festival?

The offices are closed, banks are closed too. There is no public transport as well as major personal transport companies are also off. That means there is hardly overnight buses to connect long distances.
There are no train operating during those days, even you are well ready to take the hardest train tours – possibly all over Asia.
The sole point sounds great in transportation is domestic airlines working. But the ticketing offices are closed. Booking flights in expand are extremely advised.
Restaurants are closed, too. The best choice is eating at your hotels, inns or hostel because those accommodation types keep open.

visit to burma in Water festival – Yes or No?

No – there are numerous reasons to say “NO”
  • The high possibility of services insufficiency be able to occur more often. That be able to lead to some surcharges from hotels or services quality downgrade.
  • You may get trouble in finding ideal modes of transport while domestic flights can beyond budget limits.
  • Delays in flights or documentary processing like Visa approval could incur and make effects to your plan.

Yes – there are many MORE reason to say “YES”
  • This is the biggest festival in myanmar (Burma) - yes, one single in a year
  • One of the most fascinating festivals in Asia and most typical ceremony in tropical, hot country.
  • Witness or even participate in preparing activities with busy atmosphere.
  • Music, song and dance all night long to welcome the most important day of festivals.
  • There is no worries, no difference but just HAPPY.
  • Get into a “water fight”. There is no boundary between foreigners and locals.
  • Enjoying for featured experience in a year is definitely worthy to scarify some usual comfort.

tips to get to in water festival
  • Booking in progress few weeks or even month ahead will settle down the services insufficiency issue.
  • travel by air whenever and wherever possible but stay still a day previous and AFTER the festival time as the transportation services are flocked up by locals.
  • make sure to get your Visa done prior festival time.
  • Prepare for plastic bags or waterproof items to protect your electronic devices.
  • Plenty of easy-to-dried clothes to alter several times.
  • Prepare yourself mind to get involved in the biggest festival in the year and accept for all possible services changes and alternatives.

Water festival coincides with Easter holiday in Western countries. Are you ready to get wet in Easter holiday with SEA WANDER ? Drop us an email at info@seawander.asia or contact us for more information here.

Beautiful view of Shan State

Shan state located at North East of the country may make the best attraction of any cultural and natural exploration to myanmar due to its hidden natural beauty with special Shan ethnic lifestyle.

Stupas at Kakku

The stupas at Kakku were built upon an area designed to look such as the Buddha's footprint. The stupas at Kakku were built upon an area designed to look such as the Buddha's footprint. Thought to have been originally constructed in the 16th Century, the origin of the stupa fields is currently unknown. The Stupas of Kakku are a short drive from Taunggyi, capital of the mountainous Shan State, and are best visited in March, when an annual festival takes destination.

Curious Fish, Fascinating people Home at Inle Lake.

Inle Lake certainly holds the distinction of being the highest lake in myanmar and home to some unlikely fish. At an altitude of just over 800 meters, the lake is one of the most unique ecosystems in burma (Burma), playing home to mollusc and fish species that can't be found anywhere else in the world.

Hidden Gems: Lashio

Lashio lies near the Chinese border with burma and is a surprisingly grand city for its remote location. It is the capital of the Shan Province and a hive of activity. The city itself is the beginning of the once infamous “Burma road." It was built to serve the Allied forces in burma and extends all the way to central China and the city of Kunming. The major attraction in Lashio is a Buddhist Temple. The Mansu temple is about 5 kilometers out of town and easy to reach by bicycle or taxi. It blends in perfectly with the scenery and, as with much of Lashio, the Chinese influences are clear in the design work.

Hidden Gems: Kyaing Tong

Kyaing Tong (or variously Kengtung, Chiang Tung, Kengtong, or Cheingtung depending on the local dialect being spoken) is a small town in Shan State. It’s worth noting that Kyaing Tong was until fairly recently in the center of the “Golden Triangle”. The area has only recently been opened to tourists. So when you decide to get to, you’ll be among the first foreigners for numerous years to set foot in this friendly, rural community.

Astonishing 8,000 statuses in Pindaya Caves

The Pindaya Caves are set in the hills of Shan State close to Pindaya, a small city with a spidery legend. The best places to go to here is one of the three major caverns at Pindaya, only the southernmost cave is currently open to the public. It extends back into the hillside for about 500 feet or so. What makes it unique is not the cave itself but the 8,000 or so images of Buddha enshrined there. They were placed in the cave during the late 18th and early 19th centuries in the main. This reflects a very different Buddhist branch to main stream of burma.

Hidden Gems: Kalaw

Kalaw is a hill town located on the rolling hills of the Shan Plateau. It is a former colonial British hill station and there are some interesting colonial remains to realize. Primarily, however, Kalaw is fast developing a reputation for its hiking potential in the charming and scenic mountains. The weather is cool and the spectacle is a captivating combination of pine forests and bamboo groves. Notably it is located to the west of striking Inle Lake and many travelers are now hiking between the two.

Walking at Yangon British Colonial Streets

Yangon, the biggest city and the former capital of burma, is a wonderful destination to adventure. This city has the most colonial buildings in Southeast Asia and is regarded as “London” of this region. Hidden behind these red bricks and pastel-painted stucco facades are mysteries from a forgotten era when Yangon was the most cosmopolitan and thriving city in Southeast Asia.
yangon city tour
High Court Building, formerly known as the Parliament for Justice, built in 1914, previous World War I

British burma existed for just above a half century (1885 – 1942), but Outer myanmar was the British colony from 1852. Yangon colonial buildings constructed in late 19th century, and truly great about their various styles and structure. The British Raj disapproved of blending styles within a single city’s architecture. They told their consulting architect James Ransome “not to put up any Mongrel buildings”, and guided him to style “Calcutta Classic, Bombay Gothic, Madras Saracenic, Yangon Renaissance”.
Downtown Yangon, the central business district, such as an open-air museum, looks refreshingly different from every other broad city in Southeast Asia. Block after block of constructions feature columns, domes, balconies, art deco trim, and even a clock tower.
These structures include civic and governmental buildings, concentrated in eastern Sule Pagoda. Street names here are reminiscent of London: Strand street, Bank street, Merchant street, Pansodan road (or Phayre street); while the atmosphere makes remember the past Shanghai, Hong Kong or Singapore.
“Yangon has captured a sense of time that has been lost in Singapore and Hong Kong." said Ian Morley, an assistant professor in the history department at Chinese University of Hong Kong. "You (Yangon’s residents) possess this downtown environment, which is relatively intact. It's got a sense of historical integrity as it was built from the late 1800s and early 1900s."
The century-old buildings had the fashions of the decade, commonly combining the latest European styles with oriental influences, creating a dramatic and eclectic cityscape. This durable architectural heritage recalls images of English cities like London or Liverpool. Apartment buildings painted pale blue and green, with shuttered windows, filigree balconies and steep wooden stairs. In this extraordinary collection, some elegant, some imposing, some delicate. Even, citizen can be found several of most excellent Victorian Architecture of London quiet standing at this global-half side.
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An original colonial building
The most prestigious business address was Lower Pansodan road. Broad banks, offices and department stores filled majestic buildings. Strand Hotel is a featured mansion by its liveried doormen, ancient floor tiles and whirling ceiling fans. With the new investment, it once again become a magnet for wealthy travelers. Another reminder of great British burma is Pegu Club, where British imperial officers used to smoke cigars, played billiards, and sip their global cocktail - gin, lime juice, orange curaçao and bitters.
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Strand hotel, Victorian-style, built in 1896 is the most prominent and expensive hotel in Yangon

"The identical economic influences that built the broad old mills and commercial firms of Manchester's city centre and Sheffield University's red-brick buildings after the industrial revolution helped to build colonial Yangon, and the physical resemblances are startling," said Dr. Su Lin Lewis, a fellow at the Institute of Historical Research in London. "In contrast, the city's narrow apartment buildings have resonances in downtown Calcutta and Chinese shop-houses in Penang and Singapore. The whole of Yangon is so featured and evocative it can be used as a film set."
"Yangon's heritage buildings are an important part of the city's and the country's history and possess a wealth of cultural capital," Dr. Lewis added. "They may become a draw for tourism as well as for creative development – some inclue already been restored as restaurants and hotels, but there's also room to restore them as museums, galleries and office buildings."
However, due to the economic development in Yangon recently, some colonial buildings disappeared, even a whole of a street. They are threatened by demolition to make way for new office blocks and shopping mall.
In 1996, the Yangon City Development Committee issued a heritage list that includes 189 buildings that cannot be changed or demolished without the committee's permission. “This has helped to ensure the survival of tremendous of the city's most important old buildings”, said Dr. Zaw Win, the YCDC's chief engineer, “although many, especially those owned by relocated government ministries, contain been left to decay.”
Yangon colonial-era buildings are as memories of days gone by. They are valuable because they have unique antique architectural features. They reflect images of the former Yangon, which had ever been a prosperous and busy city, a key note in international trade and finance networks. Yangon’s old-style colonial architecture is priceless, which needs to be researched and preserved.

Even though the capital of burma was moved to Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon is the most important port for any trips to burma due most airlines scheduling their routs in and out from Yangon. A city journey in Yangon is a must for all travellers with Shwedagon pagoda - the iconic symbol of burma as well as a walk along colonial streets to recal Victorian time. You can combine Yangon journey with other places for a complete myanmar package or take a sole Yangon excursion by referring here!

Thứ Hai, 30 tháng 7, 2018

Top Three Places for Balloon in burma

The primary Myanmar’s commercial balloon ride was taken destination in 1999. Since that time, balloon rides possess become a highlight in myanmar journey. These balloons were made by British and inclue a perfect safety record. They usually do not run in summer.

Seawander.asia has the honor to introduce three hot balloon ride places to travelers: Bagan, Mandalay, and Inle Lake.

1/ Balloon over Bagan
Bagan became the central powerbase in middle 9th century under King Anawratha. The antique city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom from 9th to 13th century, the first kingdom unifying the regions, which would be later into state of the art myanmar today. Bagan is located in Mandalay region.
On an exclusive balloon rides, travelers may contemplate the unrivalled overview of all Bagan ancient city, along with Ayeyarwady river in the west and mountains in the east.
Balloon over Bagan Myanmar

From high altitude, thousands of various temples, stupas and other historic sites with variety of shapes and sizes reveal imposingly. On balloons, you can find the golden Shwezigon, the original Buddhist temple, while listen to stories about the King Anawratha, who built Shwezigon in 1057 and started the Burma’s temple building habit, which lasted over 230 years. Stupas after stupas, temples after temples appear breathtaking, the series of old images drift below you. A balloon ride is the greatest way to capture entirely the majesty of the temple complex, rather than a go to from ground.
Bagan view from Balloon

The pilot will lead you to Ayeyarwady river, you be able to realize the local life. Panoramic view also comprise green fields and mountains. You be able to catch glimpse of the volcanic Mt. Popa to the east and Taungyi Taung on hilltop.
Sunrise is the most pretty time to take a Bagan balloon ride, to feel slowly the luxurious and secretive Bagan unfolds under your eyesight.

2/ Balloon over Mandalay
Mandalay is the Myanmar’s central culture and education, as well as an important trade and social hub. As a crowded city, it is really busy, but also extremely interesting to adventure.
Founded over 155 years ancient by King Mindon, the city has retained the antique Palace, surrounded by an extensive moat and city wall.
uncover Mandalay, there is no better way than by a balloon ride, which makes the whole of historic Mandalay open up below your eyes: temples, people, and hidden sights. Highlights include Mandalay Hill tower in the north, Ayeyarwady river in the west and U Bein Bridge in the south.
The balloons will bring off at the morning, when the view engulf in mist. Travelers will encounter different scenes: hasty life on streets, bustling trade’s residents at markets, holy space in temples, and monks walking in long queues with bare foot on ground.
Balloon over Mandalay

In Ayeyarwady river, herds of buffaloes wade in stream. Boats of all shapes and sizes load fully goods and passengers. You may observe frenetic traffic in this plentiful river.
U Bein Bridge close to Amarapura is the world’s longest teak footbridge, mild curving 1,300 yards, spanning over Taungthaman lake. If possible, pilots will lower the balloon close to the lake’s surface, you be able to watch the enchanted and quiet spectacle of calm water-face, prior to bringing you back to land nearby.

3/ Balloon over Inle Lake
Spectacular, uncommon and incredible, Myanmar’s Inle Lake is one of the most featured places in our planet. The balloon adventure officially launched in Oct 2014 (details here) will overture you a panorama about this salient lake along with the silent life here.
Leg-rowing fishermen, stilted villages, floating vegetable gardens, up-and-down boats and layered mountains surrounding the lake are the most common scenes in Inle Lake. The aerial expedition will begin in early morning, when mist covers everywhere and the sight is magical.
Balloon over Inle Lake

When the Inle balloon lifts slightly off the ground, amazing sights disclose in front of your eyes. The flight moves at diverse heights above the water-face. The whole of immense Inle lake, mountains and marshes will be embraced into your vision. This is awesome! If being a cultural curious person, you be able to observe overall the local living activities, from stilt dwellings, primitive boats or motorized canoes carrying tourists along primary canals. Specially, you will be surprised by well-killed Intha fishermen, who row their skiffs by one leg while casting their nets, using legs to control other fishing tools.
Immersing serene markets. You could meet Inle’s famous festivals. The balloons also glide slowly through bird sanctuaries and teak monasteries. Possibly, you will say “hello” to Ywama village, well-known by its tall teak stilted houses and its floating market; or wave your hands to Maing Thauk, the particular village with its wooden bridge.

Shwedagon Pagoda - Golden Icon of burma

No trip to myanmar can complete without a get to to the 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda, which enshrines strands of Buddha's hair and other holy relics.
Located west of the Royal Lake on 114 -acre Singuttara Hill in Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred and impressive Buddhist place for the citizen of the Union of burma. From a humble beginning of 8.2 meters, the Shwedagon Pagoda today stands close to 110 meters. Shwedagon Pagoda is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds; the largest of which is a 72 carat diamond. It is clearly one of the wonders of the religious world.

Shwedagon Pagoda is a repository of the best in myanmar heritage – architecture, sculpture and arts. The Shwedagon Pagoda consists hundreds colorful temples, stupas, and statues that reflects the architectural era spanning nearly a 2,500 years. To understand this monumental work of art and architecture, you should take an insider's sight of this glorious symbol of Buddhism to the lives of the myanmar people. Shwedagon Pagoda forms the focus of religious as well as community activities – the bustling of devotees and monks washing the statues, offering flowers, worshiping, and meditating. Shwedagon Pagoda is administered by the Board of Trustees of Shwedagon Pagoda.

In the pagoda, there are 8 planetary posts corresponding to 8 planets and 7 days in the week; Wednesday is divided into two (A.M. And P.M.). These post are marked by animals that express the days – Tiger for Monday, Lion for Tuesday, Tusked Elephant for Wednesday morning, Tuskless Elephant for Wednesday afternoon, Rat for Thursday, Guinea Pig for Friday, Nāga or Serpent Dragon for Saturday and Galon for Sunday.

Burmese people believed there were 7 planets of astrology — Moon (Monday), Mars (Tuesday), Wednesday morning (Mercury), Wednesday afternoon (Rahu), Jupiter (Thursday), Venus (Friday), Saturn (Saturday) and Sun (Sunday). It is important to the Burmese to know on which day of the week they were born, as this will determine their exact planetary post among the 8 posts to hold traditional rites and pray.



Updated Note Feb 2015: Shwedagon pagoda is undergoing renovation and most parts are covered with bamboo sticks. The renovation is supposed to complete around April 2015. During this time, HIT myanmar is very sorry for any inconvenience caused to passengers visiting this destination.

For your visiting information

Opening Hours: 04:00 - 22:00 hrs daily, except on the following days that Shwedagon Pagoda is open 24 hours:
1.Waxing Day of Tabaung – the day previous full moon day of the myanmar Lunar month Tabaung (around March) and
2.Waxing Day of Wakhaung – the day prior full moon day of the myanmar Lunar month Wakhaung (around June which is the beginning of the Buddhist Lent).

Entrance Fee: $8.00 per person
Shwedagon pagoda has 4 entrances: East, West, South and North. All foreigners have to enter through South Gate to purchase tickets while Burmese could get into via the remaining gates without fee.
Dress code: wear trousers or at least knee length shorts or skirt; t-shirts with elbow length sleeves are also expected and you are expected to be barefooted when entering Shwedagon Pagoda.
Yangon Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon

Shwedagon Pagoda


Visiting tip: Morning at Shwedagon is believed as the most scared and stunning moment. Rise up early, walk to the pagoda and await for the sun puts the original light in a purer morning through golden roof; you will get the extraordinary, magical image of the pagoda that is not normally seen.

Chủ Nhật, 29 tháng 7, 2018

Top 3 Pagodas ought to Seen in Bagan myanmar

Bagan, burma has over 2,200 stupas and pagodas. It can take you several days to uncover them all. Here is top three most important pagodas that you should never miss when visiting Bagan - the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site.

Ananda Temple

This is the Bagan's holiest temple, built by the third king, Kyan-zit-tha in 1091. Ananda comes from the Pali word "anantapannya", which means "boundless wisdom". The temple houses four Buddhas facing the cardinal directions, which represent the four Buddhas who possess attained Nirvana. The fifth, Maitreya, is yet to appear. This is the most important temple in all out of thousand stupas in Bagan.
Location: Left side on the southern stretch of the Bagan-Nyaung Oo Rd. Just before the road heads to Tharaba Gate of antique Bagan.
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Shwesandaw Temple

This is the "sunset temple", because you will stay here to view the spectacular Bagan sunset. This surely suggestion the best chance for photography. You will encounter tremendous other foreign tourist as well as local Burmese gather here for most striking moment of the day. You should get here early to climb up to the top levels and keeps a kind place. The top levels are small and space is scarce. The climb up is a reasonably easy 5 minute walk up a flight of stairs, but the steps get narrower and steeper near the top. Not recommended for those with vertigo, but if you can make the climb, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking sunset as the temples and landscape are set ablaze in golden sunrays. A fantastic compromise is to climb to the 3rd or 2nd highest level, where the steps are much more manageable than the topmost level, is less crowded, and the scenery is just as splendid. It starts getting crowded here as early as 4:30pm, so if you could not make it as early as said, consider taking a sight from the Shwe-Gu-Gyi temple closeby instead (easily passable if on bike).
Shwesandaw-temple-Bagan

Shwezigon Temple

This gourd-stupaed golden pagoda is the primary and prototype monument (including for the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda of Yangon) built in burma style in 1087. Appareantly, it is rather like to Shwedagon pagoda, but its history and story ara always attract adventurer to adventure. Careful on the stall vendors, they are the pros employing hard sell psycho tactics.
Location: Heading south, right side on the northern stretch of the Bagan-Nyaung Rd. After passing the bus station. A long covered walkway with souvenir stalls starts from the street to the compound.
Shwezigon-temple-Bagan

Bagan is one of the most well known places in burma then all packages adventure often include an excursions to Bagan. Depending on your interest of temples, pagodas and Buddhism, we can manage the lenght of stay accordingly or add some extra, active activities for best various experiences.

Jumping Cat Monastery in Inle Lake

The must-seen destination for any adventure to Inle Lake, myanmar is jumping cat monastery. The monastery is not only unique itself in architecture but the fantastic train of such the lazy creature as cats to become professional entertainers
Nga Phe Kyaung is a wooden monastery, which was built on stilts on Inle Lake, burma just north of Ywama. This monastery was built in 19th-century on stilts with an amazing collection of Buddha statues. The monastery set on wooden and mosaic pedestals that are hundreds of years old. The most known for characteristic of this monastery is for its cats that were trained by the monks to jump through small hoops.

The monastery has indeed become a nice of refuge for cats. The monks carry tender loving care of their four-legged friends, and much to the enjoyment of the spectators the cats performed tricks: for a piece of food they jump through rings which the monks hold up high.

Updated on August 2014 by seawander.asia : the cats at the monastery now contain not jumped any longer because their trainer – a monk – had passed away. Now you could visit this site for featured architectural piece of the wooden monastery and play around with mysterious but attractive cats. We be able to manage a jumping cat performance at a local restaurant, please contact us!

Jumping cat monastery Inle lake

Jumping cat pagoda myanmar

Jumping cat pagoda inle lake

Thứ Bảy, 28 tháng 7, 2018

Golden History of Mon people and Kingdom

The Mon is a small ethnic group living in Southern part of myanmar. The people has their contain interesting history and culture. This is a snapshot about their golden age when they ruled burma
The Mon are an ethnic group of myanmar (Burma) living mostly in Mon State, Bago Region, the Irrawaddy Delta and along the southern border of Thailand and myanmar. One of the earliest peoples to reside in Southeast Asia, the Mon were responsible for the spread of Theravada Buddhism in Indochina. The Mon were a major source of influence on the culture of myanmar. They speak the Mon language, an Austroasiatic language, and share a common origin with the Nyah Kur people of Thailand from the Mon mandala (polity) of Dvaravati.
The eastern Mon assimilated to Thai culture long ago. The western Mon of burma were largely absorbed by Bamar society but continue fighting to preserve their language and culture and to regain a greater degree of political autonomy. The Mon of myanmar are divided into three sub-groups based on their ancestral region in Lower Myanmar: the Man Nya from Pathein (the Irrawaddy Delta) in the west, the Man Duin in Bago in the central region, and the Man Da at Mottama in the southeast.

Mon Kingdom or Hanthawaddy Kingdom

Kingdom of the Mon people, who were powerful in the whole myanmar (Burma) country from the 9th to the 11th and from the 13th to the 16th century and for a brief period in the mid-18th century. The Mon migrated southward from western China and settled in the Chao Phraya River basin (of southern Thailand) about the 6th century AD.
After the Mon moved westward into the Irrawaddy River delta of southern burma in the ensuing centuries, they acquired Theravāda Buddhism. By 825 they had firmly established themselves in southern and southeastern burma and founded the cities of Pegu and Thaton.
About the identical period, southward-migrating Burmans took over lands in central burma and established the kingdom of Pagan. In 1057 Pagan defeated the Mon kingdom, capturing the Mon capital of Thaton and carrying off 30,000 Mon captives to Pagan.

After the fall of Pagan (1287) to the invading Mongols, the Mon, under Wareru, regained their independence and captured Martaban and Pegu, thus virtually controlling their previously held territory. The next 200 years witnessed incessant warfare between the Mon and the Burmans, but the Mon managed to retain their independence until 1539, when they came under the domination of Toungoo myanmar. In 1757, after a revelation, Burmans permanently took over the Mon. The Mon now still centred in southeastern burma, though their numbers are small compared to those of the ethnic Burmese.

Brand New burma River Cruise Opens for Bookings

SEA WANDER proudly introduces newest, top luxury cruise in myanmar - Anawrahta (formerly Shin Arahan), a masterpiece of combining between traddional Buddhist ideas with mordern British technology of ship building

Shin Arahan Cabin - Luxury Myanmar Cruise


With the largest cabin space on the Irrawaddy, and the highest crew to passenger ratio, The Anawrahta offers the finest onboard experience in myanmar. This impressive vessel is initiated with a name after an 11th century monk, Shin Arahan, popular his courage and wisdom. However, as respect for the ethnic minorities and sensitivities within the country that do not use the religious personages, the cruise company decided to change its name in to "Anawrahta" cruise.

Anawrahta cruise is the perfect vessel on which to find out Myanmar’s mighty Irawaddy River. Built to resemble a British colonial paddle steamer, the elegant 65-meter-long, Anawrahta river cruise features three spacious decks and 23 luxurious cabins. With its gleaming white rails, polished lacquer, intricately carved woodwork and shining brass, The Anawrahta takes guests back in time to an era of bygone elegance.
Built : 2015
Port : Yangon / burma, and other Irrawaddy river ports depending on season
Cruising Area: Irrawaddy River and Chindwin River
Vessel’s Registry: myanmar
Type of Vessel : River Cruiser
Length : 65 meters / 213 feet
Beam : 14 meters / 45 feet
Draft : 0.9 meters / 3 feet
Gross Tonnage: 650 tons
Cruising speed : 12 knots
Electricity : 220 Volts
Engines : 2 Caterpillar
Generators: 3 Caterpillar
Water : Reverse osmosis cultivate with UV filtration and ozone treatment
AC : Centralized air-conditioning system throughout the vessel, personal control in each cabin
Laundry : Full laundry service on board
Internet : Wifi-internet in public areas, connectivity depending on 3G coverage
Safety : International safety criteria, including smoke and fire alarm system throughout the ship, emergency lighting systems, emergency communication system, evacuation equipment, Defibrillator (AED) on board, crew is trained on primary aid.
Crew : 38 crew members, including Cruise manager and English speaking guides
Capacity : 46 Passengers
enjoy the comforts you’d expect in a fine resort on land with a waterfront view that’s constantly changing. When building the Anawrahta, we sourced materials, handicrafts and fine arts from the best artisans and artists throughout the country. The independent staterooms and public venues showcase the talent of local artists, tremendous of whom employ traditional skills passed down for generations.
Shin Arahan Luxury Double cabin

Deluxe Stateroom
The Anawrahta’s 16 beautifully appointed deluxe rooms are decorated with original handicrafts, locally-carved wood panels and richly-textured fabrics inspired by the brocade of Burma’s ethnic minority groups. Big windows and serene colors inspire total relaxation.
Size: 32 square meters / 344 square feet.
Junior Suites
Named after some of the most magical temples in Bagan, the Anawrahta offers three Junior Suites: the Ananda, the Bupaya and the Mauna. Combining dark, regal wood with the bright oranges, saffrons and greens of the floral offerings presented at temples, these suites propostion a comfortable seating area and a personal balcony from which to enjoy the lush beauty of the Irrawaddy.
Size: 48 square meters / 517 square feet.
Executive Suites :
Located on the Terrace Deck, each of our two Executive Suites is a spacious 59 square meters, including an indoor seating area and a private balcony. Polished wood, locally-made brocade and artefacts collected in Mandalay, Bagan and Yangon create a relaxing yet exotic ambiance. These suites are named after two of Bagan’s most intriguing temples, the Hindu temple of Nanpaya and the Buddhist temple of Sulamani.
Size: 59 square meters/635 square feet, including 16.5 square meters/177 square feet of balcony space.
Royal Suites
The Anawrahta cruise offers two opulent Royal Suites, the Yazakumar, named after a Bagan Dynasty prince known for his filial love and piety,and the Arahan. Equipped with a individual terrace and a private Jacuzzi, these prominent suites feature elaborate woodcarvings, fine works of Burmese art, and handmade artefacts commissioned throughout myanmar.
Size: 86 square meters / 926 square feet, including a terrace of 29 square meters / 312 square feet balcony with a own Jacuzzi
Anawrahta cruise proposal 3 programs setting the most luxury burma tours: Golden Land Voyage sailing between Mandalay and Bagan 5 days, fantastic Irrawaddy sailing between Yangon and Bagan 8 days and Exotic Chinwind river 12 days sailing between Mandalay and Bagan.
  • The very original embarkation is Exotic Chinwind at 19 Sep 2015
  • next is Golden Land Voyage on 11 Oct 2015
  • And primary embarkation of fantastic Irrawaddy river on 15 Oct 2015

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Experience Yangon Circular Train

With as cheap as about one US dollars, a foreigner be able to enjoy true essence of Yangon local life with a train ride through pretty rural landscapes.
While Yangon is a fast-paced, chaotic city to get lost in, riding the Circle Line train provides a window into the daily routine of the burma citizen away from the commercial center of the country. Train Circle, which has existed since British colonial times, marks an primary cultural feature to Yangon citizen.
The train begins from Yangon Central Railway Station to Mingaladon Railway Station near Yangon International Airport, via Insein to the west and Okkalapa in the east. When you arrive at the station, train guards will immediately point you in the right direction of the traveler ticket booth as you pass through the aged platforms, rusting antiquated trains and families sleeping rough on any spare space available.
Myanmar Station
The carriage rocks and rumbles as you slowly make your way through 45.9 kilometres of track via 39 stations which form a loop around Yangon. Stopping at each and every station for only a minute or two, citizen clamber on with only seconds to spare, lugging on more belongings than you could squeeze into an average sized car boot. The train returns back to Yangon’s city station prior making the identical journey over and over again throughout the day (about 20 times with 100,000 to 150,000 sold per day), until the early afternoon. The loop, which takes about three hours to complete, is a good way to notice a cross section of life in Yangon.
The train schedule is from 3:45 am to 10:15 pm daily. The cost of a ticket for a distance of 15 miles is one hundred kyats - local myanmar currency (approx. Nine US cents), and that for over 15 miles is two hundred kyats (about 18 US cents). For our customers, mostly foreigners, you will pay 1 USD or 1200 Kyat in a little ticket office on platform seven in Central Railway Station regardless of the length of the tour and ticket is valid for the whole day. That’s great way to find the views of Yangon surrounding changing at each stop.
Yangon Circle Train Myanmar

Some words of Train Circle in myanmar history

Yangon Circular Railway was built during colonial times by the British for short transfer around the city. In July 2011, the Ministry of Rail Transportation announced that it intended to privatize the Yangon Circular Railway, since the government-run system operates at a loss for the government.
In December 2012, Japan International Cooperation Agency began its collaboration with Yangon City Development Committee to advance a master plan for the Greater Yangon region, including the issue of public transport.
While train adventure in burma generally is a real issues that need your consider much, Yangon Circular train is amazing method for those one who want to experience something truly local. The train experience of 45 minutes up to 2-3 hours is interesting experience because of its uniqueness that you never see in other parts of South East Asia countries, let alone Western ones.
Suggested tour:
We suggestion a package journey to experience tremendous modes of transport in burma including air visit, train ride, local bus adventure, boat cruising combining with easy hiking to experience best parts of this good country.
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Thứ Sáu, 27 tháng 7, 2018

Flying over Inle Lake, myanmar by Hot Air Balloon

Inle Lake is the largest lake of burma, nested among mountains of the Shan State. Inle lake is often known as the top places in myanmar for trekking and adventures. Adding more activities to adventure lovers, Holiday Indochina - MyanmarTour.com - introduces a new product – Inle hot air balloon – for new and unique experience when travelling to myanmar

How the trip look like?

The passengers will rise up early for being collected from hotel and transfer by boat to the balloon point. The morning mist of the lake is also a considerate image to enjoy the trip from beginning. Arriving in the balloon checking point, an experience UK-licensed Commercial Balloon Pilot will provide a comprehensive safety briefing. After that, the balloon will take off gently. The flight duration is about 1 hour

Balloon in Myanmar

What is the highlights?

The passenger will certainly relax the best panoramic spectacle of the lake when the balloon gets the canon height. Depending on the wind, the landscape could be various with:
- Motorized canoes transporting visitors along the main canal from Nyaungshwe on a day’s expedition
- Intha fish men is rowing the boats with one legs
- The layered mountain surrounding the lake
- Floating vegetables and gardens
In some occasions of festivals or better weather with strong winds, the passengers will contain lucky chances to witness:
- Inle famous festivals at hidden villages under the shadow of the mountain
- Across the bird sanctuary
- Or even to even to Ywama village with its tall teak stilted houses and its famous floating market.
The passengers booking Balloon trip will relax fresh tee, coffees and light cake previous taking off. After landing, enjoy fresh water, fruit juice, fruit and a celebratory champagne style chilled gleaning wine in glass flutes whilst the enthusiastic crew pack the balloon away.

Is that trip safe?

All pilots are UK-licensed Commercial Balloon Pilot who are well trained and experienced with balloon ride control.
If the winds are too light for the balloon to cross the lake, the pilots are experienced enough with advanced practiced to land the balloon at the top a purpose-built floating balloon platform that follows the balloon all the time. The balloon will then be “sailed” back to shore, adding an extra dimension to morning’s flight.

How to book?

The trip is taking the very original flight on Oct 2014. And now open for booking via our website Seawander.asia. With new hot air balloon trip in Inle, now passengers own more options to carry balloon ride: in Bagan, in Mandalay and in Inle Lake (Myanmar)

Request us by mail at info(at)seawander(dot)asia

Thứ Năm, 26 tháng 7, 2018

Train travel - Real journey in burma

Train get to in myanmar may be a true tour trip if you are not well papeared and accept for real infrastruture conditions in burma. However, it can be very fun and featured experience that you may never find in another country

If thinking about experiencing several modes of transport in burma, traveling by train may be an unforgettable experience to them. Depending on your physical condition, this may make your myanmar tours from challenging to adrenaline bumping adventures. However, train riding be able to be the best way to attempt challenging experiences as local citizen. Let look into this deeper with MyanmarTour.com's real experience in our FAM trip on Aug 2014 to decide this adventure suits you or not.
Train in Myanmar
SEA WANDER inspect trip on Aug 2014. Train from Yangon - Mandalay in 15 hours. This official helped us very much to keep our door locked (actually fastened !?!) during the night trip.
Myanmar Travel by Train
The most well known and possibly longest rout train is Yangon – Mandalay. It departs at 5 pm, ends at 8 am of the following days and takes 15 hours sharply. If you have to get this thoughtful of trip, be sure that you are strong enough to survive when the trip finishes. Generally, Myanmar’s trains are ancient. The railway tracks were degraded seriously and the carriages shake so intensively that it is impossible to read or even walk. Throughout the way, trains shake continuously, sway left to right, then jump up to down. It will be very much beyond your imagination and completely in the opposite side to trains visit in Vietnam or any other SEA countries. Inside cabins, fans – yes, soft berth – yes, air conditioners – no, lock – kinda…yes, actually a hook which easily loose off because of train shaking. The tips is to try to look for some fasteners to keep the door “locked” (!?). The train moves rather fast but due to the rail way condition that makes the whole carriage bounce steadily. (View clip details here)
myanmar train travel in Mandalay

So that is the review, let answer fundamental questions:
- Is it cheap? Yes, definitely around US$ 40 compare to a flight at around US$ 110 to US$ 120.
- How is its hard level? Challenging to adrenaline bumping.
- Is it worth to experience? Very much depends. If you are very interested in real local life, very great health, hunger for real adventure, the answer is yes. Otherwise, believe about it again.
- Roughly pick one word, do you suggest it for regular travel? Nope.
- Is there any alternative inexpensive such as this? Yes. VIP buses, overnight drive at around US$ 20-30/person per way. State of the art vehicle, smooth street, business seats and lavatory installed.
- I am a bit worried but it sounds so fun, I just want to experience train a little bit. What do you recommend? Ok. Take a shorter train like from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin or Yangon Circle Train
A deluxe, premium train might be launched around Oct – Nov 2014 with an expectation of more convenient and easier ride. This information probably take happiness for travelers who tend to carry a burma journey in the future, and also overture more choices for them, comfortable feeling or interestingly challenging feeling as local people.

burma now is changing so fast, so stay tuned and keep updated with us!