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NORTHERN SHAN STATE BY TRAIN
(4 Days and 3 Night)

ITINERARY

Traditional horse cart in Pyin oo LiwinDay 1: MANDALAY - PYIN OO LWIN

This morning, leave Mandalay for a scenic two-hour drive to the former British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin (also known as Maymyo) located on a plateau 1,000m above sea level. Many reminders of the colonial era are still present in Pyin Oo Lwin, including brick and timber houses.

Pyin Oo Lwin is home for many ethnic tribes as well as a considerable numbers of Nepalese and Hindu who migrated during the British occupation, famous for its climate weather.

Enjoy a traditional horse cart and carriage ride through town. Stop at the Botanical Gardens, 432 acres of leafy gardens home to a diverse mix of botanical species from around the world. The Gardens were established by Sir Harcourt Butler, former Governor of Burma.

Continue to the local market to see the multicolor flowers and vegetables on sale.

Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.

Day 2: PYIN OO LWIN - HSIPAW (B, L)

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the railway station for a 6-hour train journey to Hsipaw. The scenic journey crosses the famous Gokteik Viaduct which spans a 300-meter deep gorge in the Shan mountains.

Lunch-box on board.

Arrive this afternoon in Hsipaw, a pleasant small town on the banks of the Dokhtawady River. Take a short evening walk around Hsipaw.

Overnight in Hsipaw.

Hsipaw in MyanmarDay 3: HSIPAW (B, L)

Breakfast at a local restaurant.
This morning, take a light trek around Hsipaw with a local guide. You will pass paddy fields, seasonal cultivations, green mountains and stop in several villages along the way. Enjoy a picnic lunch during the trek.

This afternoon, return to Hsipaw by local boat on the Dokhtawady River.

Overnight in Hsipaw.

Day 4: HSIPAW - MANDALAY (B)

After breakfast, stroll around the Hsipaw market and visit the Shan Haw. This palace is one of the last remaining examples of a traditional Shan Palace and now serves as a small museum.

Depart Hsipaw early this afternoon for the six-hour drive to Mandalay, via Pyin Oo Lwin

RATES AND CONDITIONS

ACCOMMODATION

First Class Option

City Hotel Room Category
Pyin Oo Lwin Kandawgyi Hill Resort or Aureum Palace

ROH or Deluxe Room

Hsipaw Mr Charles Guest House Junior Suite

Standard Option

City Hotel Room Category
Pyin Oo Lwin Royal Park View or Win Unity

Standard Room or Superior Room

Hsipaw Mr Charles Guest House Junior Suite

Pricing sheet: in US$ per person
(Rates are valid 1 October 2010 - 30 Apr 2011)

Hotel

Category

1 2 3-4 5-6 7-10 11-15 Single Supplement
First Class 855 455 429 319 315 249 65
Standard 799 550 389 294 295 219 32

NOTE: Package based on service of 1 English speaking guide throughout trip, except for base 1 pax (different guide at each place).

INCLUDING:
- 3 nights accommodation on half-twin room basis with daily breakfast
- English-speaking guide from Mandalay
- Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers
- Train Pyin Oo Lwin - Hsipaw
- Local guide in Hsipaw on trekking day
- Horse cart tour in Pyin Oo Lwin
- Local boat on the Dokhtawady River
- Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program

EXCLUDING:
- Meals other than mentioned  (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Drinks and personal expenses
- Tips and porters at the hotels
- Any other items not mentioned

Supplement guide other languages:

Language Supplement per group program ( US$ per package)
French /German / Italian / Spanish     316
Russian   345/ package (2-10 pax)
Russian 404 package (11 & up pax)

REMARK: The above mentioned supplement for language guide apply starting from 2pax traveling. For 1 pax, TBA on adhoc basis.

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR MYANMAR: 
1.         Please note that credit cards and traveler cheques are not accepted in Myanmar and that visitors must be bring sufficient cash (best in US Dollars, but Euros also increasingly accepted) to change and make any purchases and payments. Please bring new US Dollar bills ("big heads" instead of "small heads") and with series numbers not starting with CB as these are not accepted in Myanmar due to rumours these series are counterfeit.
2.         Furthermore please inform passengers that they should NOT change money at the exchange booth at the airport just after immigration, as the market rate in town is MUCH better.
3.         A surcharge might apply for peak season dates (Water Festival 12-18 April, X?Mas, New Year, etc.
4.         Travelers to Myanmar are required to have a travel insurance covering the cost of medical evacuation flights.
5.         Visas are required by all visitors to Myanmar. A visa must be obtained before entering Myanmar or On Arrival Visa is available at all international airports (Yangon & Mandalay). The visa application form is also available at all international airline linked with Myanmar or on-line. To apply on arrival visa, one must have 2 passport photo (4x6 cm) taken within last 6 months and passport must be valid 6 months after arrival date. For more detail information, please contact
Sales@huongviettravel.com 
6.         The schedules of domestic flights in Myanmar are provided as an indication only. Once a booking is confirmed we can provide more precise timings, but these remain nevertheless subject to change without notice by the airlines until traveling date. It might therefore in some cases be necessary to amend your program and itinerary due to such schedule changes. We thank you for your understanding.


               
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