DELICIOUS MYANMAR: A CULINARY JOURNEY

Vineyards, teashops, fish markets and street food vendors. Taste all of Myanmar on a deeply cultural, massively flavorful culinary holiday.

8 Days, 7 Nights     FROM US$ 1,209 PER PERSON

If you’re a foodie or culture hound in search of bold new flavors and unexpected pairings, you’ve come to the right place. A Myanmar culinary holiday will treat you to some of the most exciting flavors in Southeast Asia as you discover a cuisine that’s heavily influenced by the different players in Myanmar’s long and storied history. With teashops hawking British-influenced sweet tea and noodle shops serving delicacies from Shan state, Myanmar is a fascinating melting pot for the senses—especially your taste buds!

Starting in Yangon, you’ll go on an unforgettable food tour of this lively city’s most popular teashops, where you’ll try iconic Burmese dishes and rub shoulders with locals. Then, you’ll be whisked to Bagan’s enigmatic landscape of ancient stupas, where you’ll explore temple ruins and local cuisine. In Mandalay, observe skilled artisans at work, and at Inle Lake, relax on a leisurely lake cruise that will take you deep into the stilted, floating and watery world of the Inthar people.

Your Myanmar culinary holiday will also leave you with a few practical skills: a local chef will show you the ropes on how to make traditional regional dishes. And of course, no culinary tour of Myanmar is complete without a wine tasting high over Inle Lake. After tasting some of Myanmar’s finest fare and quirkiest snacks, you’ll return to Yangon with a deeper appreciation for the myriad flavors and cultures that make up this intriguing country.

 

“If you love food and culture, this tour is for you. Myanmar has some of the most unique and exciting cuisine in Southeast Asia.”

Wai Lin, Backyard Travel Myanmar Specialist

UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES

Take a cooking class and pick your own organic ingredients at the Inthar Heritage House
Enjoy lunch in the home of a local villager after exploring Bagan’s ancient temples
Relax as you pass stilted villages and floating gardens on a cruise across Inle Lake
Indulge in a wine tasting with spectacular views at the Red Mountain Estate Vineyards

Daily Itinerary

DELICIOUS MYANMAR: A CULINARY JOURNEY

  • Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Yangon

    Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

    You’ll begin your culinary holiday in Myanmar early this evening with a trishaw tour of local teashops and regional specialties. En route, you’ll also see many of the iconic landmarks of Yangon.

    You’ll start at Lucky 7, a popular local teashop where you’ll soak in the city’s traditional culture over a cup of Burmese tea. Strong tea taken with sugar and condensed milk is a culinary preference that the Burmese adopted from the British more than a century ago. However, green tea is still served complimentary at most local teashops to cleanse the palate after drinking the sweet tea. Sample some traditional Burmese snacks and noodle dishes while you’re here. You can try some mont leit pyar (bean and sugar dumplings), mont pyar tha let (rice pancakes), mohingar (Myanmar’s national dish: rice noodles in fish soup), shwe htamin (golden sticky rice) and own noe khauk swe (noodles with coconut soup and chicken).

    From here, we’ll head to 999 Shan Noodle to try a bowl of Shan noodles, the staple of Myanmar’s largest minority group. A popular breakfast item, Shan noodles can be eaten as a soup or salad and are delightful at any time of day! On the way, you’ll pass two grand colonial buildings, the Secretariat building and St Mary’s Catholic church.

    Next, you’ll pass Sule Pagoda, City Hall and Mahabandoola Park on your way to Little India. Believe it or not, during British rule there were more Indians living in Yangon than Burmese. Many of their decendants still live here today. We’ll stop at a local restaurant to try some of the Indian-influenced snacks that are now popular among the Burmese.

    After filling up on these scrumptious snacks, we’ll hop back on the trishaw for one final stop, Chinatown. We’ll take a route through the lively night market, then head to 19th street, which is renowned for its barbecue stalls. Enjoy succulent skewers of meat and vegetables grilled to perfection and wash it down with a cold Myanmar Beer.

    Overnight in Yangon.

    Meals included: Dinner.

    Portrait of young monkView of Sule Pagoda Road in Downtown Yangon, MyanmarMyanmar Street, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Day 2: Yangon - Bagan

    Today after breakfast, we’ll catch a flight to Bagan from Yangon International Airport.

    Bagan is a deeply historical city that’s home to a veritable forest of stupas and temples. Serving as the capital of Myanmar from the 11th to 13th centuries, Bagan still retains many of the religious structures built by the kingdom’s devout rulers.

    Today you’ll explore Bagan’s most iconic pagodas. You’ll start at Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of Burmese stupas, then continue on to the enigmatic cave temple of Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, which houses exquisite jataka murals. You’ll also visit Htilominlo Temple, renowned for its plaster carvings and glazed sandstone flourishes.

    For lunch, you’ll be treated to a meal of authentic local dishes at the home of a local villager.

    After lunch, we’ll visit Ananda Temple, an early Bagan masterpiece built in the 12th century. You’ll also visit Ananda Ok Kyaung, a rare brick monastery that still survives from the early Bagan period, and Thatbyinnyu, the tallest temple in Bagan. Next, enjoy a tour through the stupa-studded landscape in a horse-drawn carriage. En route, you’ll pass Taungbi village, Sulamani Temple and Dhammayangyi Temple, famed for its brickwork.

    Finally, watch the sunset over Bagan from an atmospheric vantage point: the upper terrace of an ancient temple.

    Enjoy the evening at your leisure, however we suggest dinner at Nanda restaurant, which serves Burmese cuisine in traditional daung-laan style.

    Overnight in Bagan.

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

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  • Day 3: Bagan

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Balloons Over Bagan
    See Bagan in flight! Start the morning with a hot-air balloon ride over Bagan’s temple-studded plains. Enjoy a breakfast of croissants, pastries, coffee and tea while your balloon is inflated. Then hop aboard, rise above thousands of stupas and temples, and gaze at the breathtaking views over the Irrawaddy River. (Note: This activity is only available from late October to late March; all flights are weather permitting.)

    After breakfast, go on a guided exploration of Nyaung Oo Market. Your guide will point out and explain the different varieties of herbs, produce, chilis, pastes and local sauces used in Burmese cuisine. Then, with a little help, you’ll pick out the best and freshest ingredients for your next activity: your Burmese cooking class.

    You’ll be transferrred to a local restaurant and meet the chef who will be your teacher for the day. Learn traditional techniques to prepare your ingredients, using tools like the pestle and mortar. You’ll also learn about the different cultural influences of Myanmar cuisine. For lunch, you’ll sit down and feast on the iconic Burmese dishes that you just prepared.

    After lunch, we’ll see a local cottage industry in action: you’ll visit a shop that makes pe chaung, a popular local snack made from chickpeas.

    Next, your Myanmar culinary tour heads outside city limits to a palm garden, where you’ll visit the family of a toddy palm climber. Observe the climbers’ simple way of life, and see their skill as they collect juice from the fruit and process it into alcohol, molasses and other items.

    In the afternoon, we’ll drive back to Bagan and visit a workshop that creates lacquerware. You’ll see local artisans at work, drawing intricate patterns and decorative figures by hand. As the sun begins to set, we’ll head to the Irrawaddy River and enjoy a river cruise, drinking in twilight views of the surrounding villages and temples.

    Overnight in Bagan.

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

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  • Day 4: Bagan-Mandalay

    Today after breakfast, your culinary holiday in Myanmar will bring you to Mandalay, Myanmar’s cultural capital. From Nyaung Oo Airport, it’s an hour-and-twenty-minute flight to Mandalay.

    On arrival, you’ll jump into the local culture with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, which is famed for its gold-leaf-covered Buddha statue. Continue on an insightful tour of traditional artisan workshops, discovering why Mandalay is considered Myanmar’s center of skilled craftsmanship. You’ll witness artisans creating Kalaga tapestry, gold leaf and marble masonry.

    We’ll take a quick snack break to try another Burmese culinary treat: le phet thoke. This salad made from fermented tea leaves can be eaten as snack, dessert or a meal with rice. The tea leaves are first pounded with garlic, chilli, salt and lime juice, creating a sour, slightly spicy taste. These are sealed in a glass bottle and left to preserve for several months. The tea is then mixed with beans, roasted peanuts and sesame. Sometimes it’s mixed with sliced cabbage, tomatoes or dried shrimp. No matter what version you try, it’s lovely!

    For lunch, we’ll head to a local teahouse to indulge in two of Mandalay’s most famous dishes: Mandalay monte and khotaung monte. Teahouses in Mandalay serve as places to socialize and do business as much as they are places to eat. Over lunch, you’ll see many locals gather here to chat and eat, and you may even see a car salesman or real estate broker spend the entire day at the shop in the hope of finding new customers.

    After lunch, visit Kuthodaw Pagoda and see the world’s biggest book—729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures—and Shwenandaw Monastery to see its famous woodcarving.

    To end the day, enjoy a view of the sunset from Mandalay Hill.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Mandalay Nightlife via Motorbike
    Explore lively enclaves of Mandalay’s nightlife on the back of a local motorbike. While your experienced driver navigates the bustling streets, you’ll admire the twinkling scenery, enjoy the cool breezes and meet friendly locals at Mandalay’s best restuarants, bars and night markets.

    Overnight in Mandalay.

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

    Locals and monk at Mandalay Mahamuni Pagoda, Myanmardreamstimelarge_22969974Traditional Myanmar girl with ‘Thanakha’ facepaint, Myanmar
  • Day 5: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake

    Today after breakfast we’ll head to the airport for the short flight to Heho. From Heho, it’s a scenic, one-hour drive to reach Nyaung Shwe, our jumping off point to Inle Lake.

    We’ll start our journey at the Nyaung Shwe morning market, where local vendors sell fresh catches from the lake and produce from the nearby farms. We’ll continue by trishaw, passing many monasteries to the canal where you’ll see boats coming in from the lake to unload vegetables. We’ll wind through quiet streets and stop at the “tomato house,” where tomatoes are sorted and priced.

    Today, we’ll have lunch at View Point, a wonderful dining venue that specializes in creative Shan tapas. It’s considered one of the best restaurants in the Inle region.

    After lunch we’ll continue to Nyaung Shwe for a wine tasting amidst magnificent views. At the Red Mountain Estate Vineyards and Winery, you’ll gaze out over the stilted villages of Inle Lake, sample local wines and learn about the grape varieties grown on the estate.

    To wrap up the day, you’ll board a private boat for a late afternoon cruise on Inle Lake. As you explore this vast, watery world, you’ll see entire villages built on stilts, Myanmar’s famous leg-rowing fishermen, and floating gardens built from strips of water hyacinth, mud and bamboo poles.

    Overnight in Inle Lake.

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABurmese fisherman at Inle lake, MyanmarTradition of people on Inle Lake, Myanmar.
  • Day 6: Inle Lake-Heho-Yangon

    Today after breakfast, your culinary Myanmar holiday will give you the chance to be immersed in the local Inthar culture. First, we’ll dive into the lively hustle and bustle of Inle Lake’s morning market. This market is unique in that it rotates every five days among the villages surrounding the lake.

    Next, we’ll visit the Inthar Heritage House, a beautiful cultural center that is considered Inle’s most progressive organization. This restaurant, vocational training center, organic garden and safe haven for Burmese cats focuses on preserving local, Inthar culture.

    Then, a local chef, your instructor for the day, will present you with an apron and recipe book (both are for you to keep). You’ll then head to the center’s three organic gardens to pick fresh ingredients for the dishes you’ll cook. Typical dishes include potato curry, fried spring onion and Burmese chicken, long bean salad and mint fish soup. After you’re finished cooking, sit down at the table to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

    After lunch, we’ll head to Inpawkhone Village to see traditional Inthar silk weavers at work. Inpawkhone is also known for its unique technique of weaving lotus flower stems to create a high-quality material that has become famous throughout Myanmar.

    For a final taste of local life near Inle Lake, we’ll visit a cheroot factory, where workers roll local Burmese cigars by hand, then continue by boat to the lakeshore village of Khaung Daing. This village is famed throughout the country for its traditional Shan tofu, which come as folded tofu treats and fried tofu crackers. Observe—or even participate in—the processing of the soy beans to make these popular snacks, and of course don’t forget to try a couple!

    Overnight Inle Lake.

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

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  • Day 7: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon

    This morning after breakfast, we’ll transfer back to Heho Airport for our return flight to Yangon. From Yangon International Airport, we’ll transfer directly to Insein Train Station to catch one of Yangon’s best options for slow travel: the circular train. This local, unhurried train provides a unique opportunity to observe the lifestyles and daily rhythms of rural Burmese life.

    We’ll get off the train at Hledan Market and transfer to Thiri Mingalar, a labyrinthine wholesale market just outside Yangon. You’ll see produce from all corners of Myanmar being traded here to be shipped to smaller markets throughout the city.

    Enjoy a traditional Burmese lunch at Khaing Khaing Kyaw Restaurant, a local favorite. After you’re sated, you’ll have the afternoon free to spend at your leisure.

    In the late afternoon, you’re in for a special treat: a twilight visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s most revered Buddhist temple. According to legend, the original structure of the pagoda was built some 2,500 years ago, and was renovated numerous times before the 15th century when it took its current shape. The magnificent, central stupa is octagonal, gilded in gold leaf and stands 99 meters tall. It is surrounded by no less than 64 smaller stupas. You’ll get a privately guided tour around this massive complex, with historical explanations and insight into why this temple is so revered.

    From Shwedagon, continue to Kandawgyi Park, a popular spot in the evening for its fresh air and the many dining choices around the park. You’ll find many photo opportunities here, including the illuminated Karaweik Royal Barge floating on the lake and Shwedagon Pagoda. After a leisurely stroll, you can opt to stay for dinner at one of the many restaurants in the area, or to dine at Le Planteur or The Strand Grill, two of Yangon’s best restaurants, which are just a short drive away. (Optional dinner will be at own expense.)

    Overnight in Yangon.

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

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  • Day 8: Yangon

    Today will be free to spend at your leisure. Feel free to explore Yangon on your own before your scheduled transfer to Yangon Airport for your departure flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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This Myanmar culinary holiday can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

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Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
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Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

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Domestic and international flights
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Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)



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