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  Pedal through the outskirts of the city on this half day Mandalay bike tour for a chance to see a different side of the city.  Sharing the road with oxcarts and cyclists, pass through small villages, monasteries and markets with plenty of opportunities to stop for photos or chat with locals.
Stop at a morning market, the popular pilgrimage spot of Yankin Hill, the meditation retreat of Yeh Dagon Hill and stop at a small village making traditional paper fans.

Mandalay: Cycling tour
 
     

  The Mandalay Jade Market is an experience that brings history, culture and modern Myanmar life together in a truly authentic experience.  Browse the workshops and stalls with their locally mined white, yellow and green jade.  See the stones in various stages of production, from uncut stones to beautifully crafted jade jewelry. Watch as craftsmen cut and polish jade and gems and shoppers haggle with merchants for the best quality goods.  End your half day with tea, snacks and curries at a nearby tea shop.
Mandalay: Jade Markets
   
     
    Connect with Myanmar's spiritual culture with a meditation course.  Travel to a tranquil forest monastery in Sagaing - a town brimming with over 600 monasteries and nunneries.  Learn traditional meditation techniques (controlled breathing and mantras to help quiet internal thoughts) from a local master then seek inner peace with a practice session in an individual niche.  Following this unique glimpse into Myanmar's Buddhist beliefs, continue exploring the many religious sites of Sagaing.
Mandalay: Meditation at Sagaing Hill
   
     


Experience the morning activities of Mandalay's residents on this unique early (4 am) morning guided tour.  At Mahamuni Pagoda watch the monks and devotees gather to wash the statue's face and clean his teeth - a morning ritual.  Continue to an urban neighbourhood to witness the daily alms collection by the monks.  After these beautiful ceremonies head to the city's main market followed by breakfast at a tea shop (an assortment of local dishes).
Mandalay: Mahamuni Pagoda
   
     

  Climb on the back of a motorbike with your experienced driver and zip through the streets for an unforgettable evening.  Cruise along the moat, marvelling at illuminated temples and other landmarks.   Explore the colourful night market with your guide and visit a local beer station - the perfect place to try local cuisine and observe everyday life.  Your evening ends with a choice of local entertainment such as karaoke, the famous 'Moustache Brothers' comedy show or a traditional marionette performance.
Mandalay: Motorbike Night Experience
     
    Cycle through one of Asia's most impressive archaeological sites, riding through narrow lanes and sandy paths that crisscross the temple zone.  Pedal from temple to temple, stopping to explore the most famous pagodas (Dhammayangyi and Ananda) and discover many hidden gems in between.  Choice of electric bike, mountain bike or simple local bike.
Here, amid the fields and far from tourists the size and scope of Bagan can truly be appreciated.

Bagan: Temples by bike
   
     
    Escape by boat, travelling up the Irrawaddy River past rural scenery and villages to the remote Kyauk Gu U Min - a unique pagoda built into the side of a cliff.
Disembark from your wooden motor boat for a short walk to the temple to explore the exquisite stone carvings depicting religious figures and flowers on the door.  Learn the legend behind the cave - believed to have been build for the locals to hide from the invading Mongols.

Bagan: Kyauk Bu U Min temple by boat
   
     

  Drive to a small village not far from the main temple sites, yet far from the tourist crowds.  Walk through a village and witness the daily activities of the residents and learn about their beliefs, traditional culture and way of life.
Sit down in the shady grounds for tea and traditional snacks at the village's monastery, during your break from the temple touring learn more about the lives of Buddhist monks and the role they plan in Myanmar society.

Bagan:  Burmese Temple Tea Party
   
     
    Discover the secrets behind the famous lacquerware of Bagan.  Step into a local workshop with a renowned artisan and view each stage of the process unfold.  Learn the craft's history from its 12th century arrival in Myanmar and how it has evolved over time, from the tightly woven bamboo base, to the layering of locally harvest sap, to the drying, polishing, further coating and the final etching and painting.  Cap off the experience with a hands-on course to create a unique handmade souvenir.
Bagan: Lacquerware artisan visit
     

  Experience the essence of Inle Lake on this half day kayaking tour.  Paddle away from the main body of the lake and into small villages teeming with life.  View up close the stilted houses, floating gardens and leg-rowing fishermen for which Inle is known.  Visit a local cheroot (hand rolled cigar) workshop. 
Once on kayak, weave through the back canals, before paddling to Mine Pyo village with a break in a family home for tea and local snacks.

Inle Lake: Village life by kayak
   
     
  Cycle through Inle Lake's picturesque landscape to the Red Mountain Winery. Discover a different side of Inle Lake on your leisurely bike ride.  Plenty of great photo opportunities as this area is home to a diverse mix of hill tribes and ethnic groups with their traditional dress.
On arrival at the winery take a tour of the facilities to learn about this joint venture with locals and a French wine expert, followed by time to unwind and enjoy the views and your wine tasting experience before your return cycle.

Inle Lake: Red Mountain Wine & Cycle
     

  Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Yangon at night, starting with a sunset cruise along the Yangon River followed by a trishaw ride to bustling Chinatown.  Mingle with locals over a delicious BBQ dinner then dance the night away at one of the city's bars.  Tour starts at 4 pm with the cruise.  After sunset return to dry land for a pedal-powered trishaw ride through the streets to Chinatown and a walk to 19th Street BBQ stalls followed by a post dinner drink at a live music venue.
Yangon: Cruise, Trishaw & BBQ
 
     

  Partake in one of Myanmar's most beautiful ceremonies as you join locals and monks to illuminate hundreds of small lamps at the base of Shwedagon Pagoda.  Having walked around and learned the importance of this glittering monument, return to a small pavilion to receive a  candle.  Led by a monk, light these delicate lamps one by one creating a line of wavering flames which illuminate the base of Shwedagon.  Step back and soak in the serene atmosphere with local saying their evening prayers.
Yangon: Shwedagon Pagoda ceremony
   
     
    Eat your way through this night tour - travel through the streets and alleys by open air trishaw passing many of the city's landmarks shimmering under the lights.  Enroute stop at some of the best local eateries and sample a wide variety of local cuisine - accompanied by a guide who will explain the dishes.  Try 'mont pyar tha let (rice pancake), mont leit pyar (wanton-like parcels), shwe htamin (golden sticky rice), 'mohingar' (rice noodles with fish soup - Myanmar's national dish) and 'own noe khauk swe (yellow noodles in chicken & coconut soup).
Yangon: Foodie tour-downtown delicacies

 

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