TRAVEL THE WORLD THE JEWISH WAY
TRAVEL THE WORLD THE JEWISH WAY

Myanmar with Extension to Thailand

9/16 days

Preview

A beautiful and culturally rich country cursed for decades with a brutally oppressive regime, Myanmar (Burma) has in recent years been making headlines for its tentative steps towards democracy. Following the softening and then removal of a fifteen-year tourism boycott led by the National League for Democracy.
Now it is a fascinating time to discover Myanmar’s glittering golden stupas, bountiful rice fields, enigmatic ruined temples and picturesque mountain paths. Most memorable of all, though, are the encounters with people eager to introduce foreigners to their country and their culture.

Thailand is the travel hub of Southeast Asia. With its lush jungles, famed beaches, world-class diving, amazing food, and cheap prices, Thailand attracts visitors from all walks of life.

Friendly and fun-loving, exotic and tropical, cultured and historic, Thailand radiates a golden hue from its glittering temples and tropical beaches to the ever-comforting Thai smile.

Itinerary

Day 1 Tuesday: Arrival Yangon
Our journey begins on arrival to Yangon, the capital of Myanmar. After arrival to Yangon, transfer to hotel.

Day 2 Wednesday: Yangon
After breakfast City orientation tour Yangon; Sule Pagoda, Colonial Building in city center, Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha and Karaweik Royal Barge on Kandawgyi Lake. PM sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda. Bogyok Aung San (Scott) Market, it the city busiest & liveliest bazaar.

Day 3 Thursday: Yangon – Heho
This morning we will transfer to the airport and fly to Heho. Drive to Pindaya and visit magnificent PINDAYA CAVE, well known for its countless Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over many centuries; the amazing traditional Shan PAPER-MAKING and BAMBOO UMBRELLA and BAMBOO HAT MAKING Workshops. Drive down to Nyaungshwe on the edge of INLE LAKE, across the Shan Plateau, through fields of mountain rice. En route visit SHWEYANPYAY MONASTERY. Continue to INLE LAKE, well known for its unique leg rowers and scenic beauty with wonderful floating Gardens.

Day 4 Friday: Inle Lake
Take a boat trip to Indein VILLAGE, the west coast of Inle Lake. And then visit SHWE INDEIN PAGODA to see old stupas; take a walk and cross BEAUTIFUL BAMBOO FOREST and SMALL DAM. Continue to visit BAMBOO SHEET HAT MAKING WORKSHOP. Afternoon, visit traditional pure SILK WEAVING FACTORY in INPHAWKHON Village and NGA PHE CHAUNG MONASTERY, a beautiful old teak wood building with beautiful antique Buddha statues. Return to hotel and prepare for Shabbat.

Day 5 Shabbat: Inle Lake
After Shabbat services we’ll take a walking tour near the hotel.

Day 6 Sunday: Heho – Bagan
After breakfast we will fly to Bagan. Upon arrival we will visit a local market, which is a combination of wet bazaar for locals and souvenir/crafts market for tourists. Proceed to the 12th Century Shwezigon Pagoda and discover its nine amazing features. Continue to the 13th Century Cave Temple of Gubyaukyi Pagoda in Wetkyi-In Village with fine frescoes of scenes from Jataka. Drive further southwest to visit Htilominlo Temple built during the reign of King Htilominlo (also known as Nandaungmya) in 1211. The temple was damaged in the 1975 earthquake and subsequently repaired. In the evening will take an enjoyable horse cart ride to temples for watching a sunset from the top of one of the pagodas.

Day 7 monday: mt. Popa
This morning we will enjoy a half day tour to MT. POPA, the core of an extinct volcano last active 250,000 years ago, known as the ‘Mt Olympus’ of Myanmar, the abode of Myanmar’s most powerful NATS, the most important NAT Worship Centre. Visit the Nat worship shrines, stupas and monasteries at the summit. Enjoy sunset from Popa Mountain Resort. In the afternoon visit Ananda Okkyaung, which is one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period, and Ananda Pagoda, the best preserved masterpiece of the Mon Architecture. They will also visit Thatbyinnyu temple, built in the mid-12th century during the reign of King Alaungsithu, recorded as the tallest temple in Bagan is shaped like a cross, but is not symmetrical. Continue to visit Dhammmayangyi – the largest of all the temples in Bagan.

Day 8 Tuesday: Bagan – Mandalay
Today we will fly to Mandalay. Upon arrival our half day tour includes Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite woodcarving. Next stop at Atumashi Pagoda, the Kuthodaw Pagoda with its 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures (known as the world’s biggest book). Enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill.

Day 9 Wednesday: Mandala – Amarapura – Ava
Morning excursion to AMARAPURA, 11km south of Mandalay. This trip will take you to MAHAGANDAYON MONASTERY where more than a thousand monks live and study, to see their last meal of the day in total silence. Continue to visit U BEIN WOODEN BRIDGE built in 1782 and observe Myanmar traditional hand-woven silk workshop. Continue to AVA, tour highlights include the 27-metre-high Masonry Watch Tower, the NANMYIN (or) the “Leaning Tower of AVA”; MAHA AUNGMYE BONZAN OK KYAUNG, a brick and stucco Monastery; AVA BAGAYA MONASTERY built with 276 teak pillars and observe Myanmar traditional Alms bowls workshop. Afternoon across AVA Bridge, built by British engineers, to visit picturesque SAGAING HILL which is perhaps the living center of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. Hillsides are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Continue to visit KAUNGHMUDAW Pagoda, with its huge egg – shaped dome in Ceylonese style. In the evening, enjoy the sunset from the SAGAING HILL. BACK TO MANDALAY.
Day 10 Thursday: Mandala – Flight Back Home
Transfer to airport for flight back home

Extension to Thailand:

Day 1 Thursday: Mandala – Flight To Thailand, Chiang Mai
Transfer to airport and fly to Chiang Mai which has a rich cultural and agricultural heritage, and is famous for the production of high-quality handicrafts.

Day 2 Friday: Chiang Mai
Today we will visit the villages in Sankampheng before continuing to Wat Doi Suthep. The temple is located near the top of Doi Suthep (Mt. Suthep) and was built as a Buddhist monastery in 1383.
Return to hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
Day 3 Shabbat: Chiang Mai
After Shabbat services we’ll take a walking tour near the hotel.

Day 4 Sunday: Chiang Mai – Long Neck Tribe – Chiang Rai
Today we will visit the long neck tribe to see women wear the brass neck coils. After the tour we will continue to Chiang Rai.

Day 5 Monday: Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle
Today we travel to Doi Tung for a visit to the Royal Development Project. The late Princess Mother of Thailand initiated this project to help the struggling local people to educate and empower themselves to be economically self reliant. Visit an Ahka village to see the local people wearing their bright colorful headdresses. Then we drive to Chiang Saen, the former capital of the first Thai Lanna Kingdom. Transfer to a long-tailed boat and cruise along the Mekong River towards the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge. We end the day with a ride on elephants…

Day 6 Tuesday: Chiang Rai – Bangkok
City tour starting with Bangkok’s most well known fruit and flower market, Pak Klong Talad. Continue by local Tuk Tuk to Wat Pho, Bangkok’s oldest temple which features the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand. Wat Pho is also famous for Thailand’s first University, and is a center for traditional Thai massage. Take a ferry across to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and its impressive ceramic covered Pagoda.

Day 7 Wednesday: Bangkok – Flight Back Home
This morning we will visit the floating market at Damnoen Saduak, for an early morning visit before the crowds arrive. The colorfully clad merchants at this lively market paddle along the congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. Later continue to the Grand Palace which served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid 20th century. The most famous building on the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. At the end of the tour transfer to Bangkok airport for our flight back home.

Dates & Prices
Tour Code Departure Return  
MYTH17/2 08/08/2017 08/17/2017 Book this tour
MYTH17/3 10/31/2017 11/09/2017 Book this tour
Tour Code Departure date Air + Land * Land only * Single Room**
MYTH17/2 08/08/2017 4280 $ 935 $
MYTH17/3 10/31/2017 4110 $ 1120 $

Myanmar Price Land Only – 8/17-8/24: $3,460
Tour Guide: Rona Michelson

Myanmar Price Land Only – 11/9-11/16: $3,290
Tour Guide: Menachem Fogel
 


* Price per person in USD Iin double or twin room.

** Supplement for single room.

* Price of tour is subject to change due to change in Air Fare.

 

Need to Know

Price Includes:

  • Domestic flights & local taxes as per the itinerary
  • 4* Hotels wherever available
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Comfortable air conditioned touring coach
  • Half Board throughout plus supplies to make sandwiches for lunch
  • English-speaking local guides and a professional experienced guide
  • Local English-speaking Guides as required
  • Tips for local service providers

Price Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Visa to Myanmar
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Shows and evening entertainment not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for Tour Guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)
  • Miscellaneous expenses such as departure fees, visas, security surcharges etc.

Important to Know:

  • There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
    The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays.
  • These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.

We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.

On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.

Hotels:
It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:
A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 90 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.

• 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 60-90 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
• 30-60 days prior to departure: $1,000 + $100 per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund
• We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance encompassing both cancellation and medical insurance is very important and we cannot stress that enough. We strongly recommend that our clients are adequately insured when travelling.

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