Textiles of Myanmar
A masterclass in applied arts.
A Group Tour Specially Prepared for Oriental Rug and Textile Society.
Wednesday 07 November – Wednesday 21 November 2018
Please note: This tour is for a maximum group size of 16, exclusive for the members of ORTS ( Oriental Rug & Textile society) until end September 2017 after which if any places are available they will be given to non-members on first come first served basis. Please contact us if you are not a member of ORTS but wish to join the tour.
On the ORTS tour of Myanmar, you’ll have the opportunity not only to see the country’s architectural masterpieces, but also to learn about Myanmar’s intangible cultural heritage. You will meet the skilled women weavers of War Bo, traditional Mro blanket makers, embroiderers and weavers in the tapestry workshop at Aung Nan, and the lotus silk weavers of Inn Paw Khone. You’ll see artisans producing traditional lacquer ware, learn to identify different intricate designs, and in the National Museum see the finest examples of applied arts and ceremonial dresses.
To make the most of Myanmar’s extraordinary culture, the tour itinerary includes a number of multi-sensory highlights. You’ll dine on sumptuous Burmese dishes at Yangon’s Green Elephant Restaurant, and take afternoon tea at the magnificent Governor’s Residence, a throw-back to colonial times. In Bagan you will ride amongst the temples by horsedrawn cart before dining with the silhouetted towers and stupas as your backdrop, local dancers and musicians adding to the atmospheric setting. And when you reach Inle Lake, you’ll enjoy a masterclass in Shan cookery, led by a passionate chef in her home.
Immerse yourself in the living culture of Myanmar with Textiles of Myanmar: A Masterclass in Applied Arts.
London • Sittwe • Mrauk u • Chinn village • Bagan • Mandalay • Heho-inle lake • London
(Meals: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
Departure on Emirates Airlines from Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Glassgow or Newcastle..
Morning arrival in Yangon. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon explore Bogyoke Aung San Market, still commonly known by its old British name of Scott Market offering the largest selection of handicrafts in Myanmar, the market is a great place to discover a bargain and have fun haggling with the local traders. Later visit the National Museum. With its impressive collections, offers an excellent introduction to Burmese history throughout the ages with a stunning collection of ceremonial dresses. Dinner at Green Elephant Restaurant. Stay at the Rose Garden Hotel for 1 night. D
After breakfast transfer to the airport for short flight to Sittwe. This afternoon, you will visit Buddhistic Museum and Rakhine State Cultural Museum in Sittwe, the state capital, is the largest city in Rakhine and has been an important settlement for more than a thousand years. Take a stroll along the Strand Road to the Fakir Point for a glimpse of the sun setting over the Bay of Bengal. Ovenight at Hotel Memory. B, L, D
After breakfast transfer by boat to the War Bo village which is known as weaving village in Rakhine state. The women in this village are well known in Rakhine state as skilled weavers and their intricate designs.
Afternoon, you will transfer by boat to Mrauk U. (5 hours by boat). Stay 3 nights at the Mrauk U Princess Resort.
Situated in western Myanmar near the border with Bangladesh, the ancient Buddhist city of Mrauk U served as a capital of the Rakhaing state from 1430 to 1784. At its peak it was a vast and powerful city with trading links as far afield as Portugal, Spain, Holland and the Middle East. With its serene landscape, ancient temples & pagodas, rural villages and meandering river, Mrauk U is a picture perfect destination and a delight to explore. B, L, D
TAfter breakfast, drive to the Mro Community and learn about weaving traditional Mro blankets and baby-carriers. Rest of the day is dedicated to exploring the temples that literally dot the surrounding landscape. Your day will end with a climb to the top of Haritaung Pagoda for a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside at sunset B, L, D
This morning travel by boat along the Lemro River to visit the sparely populated Chin state (a journey of approximately 2 hours). The trip affords the opportunity to witness life on the river and en route the scenery is dramatic and often changing. Upon arrival at the village of Pan Paung there will be time to wander around and
see the few remaining Chin ladies with their tattooed faces. This is a dying custom in the Chin State Then continue to San Gel Village Kyee Chaung and Kone Chaung villages for some tea and a chance to meet the local population. Return to Mrauk U early evening. B, L, D
After an early breakfast return by boat (5 hours) to Sittwe to board flight back to Yangon. Later visit the historic Shwedagon Pagoda which is believed to have been built more than 2500 years ago and is a testament to the faith of the Burmese. Stay at the Rose Garden Hotel for 1 night. B, L, D
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to connect your flight to Bagan. The rest of the day will be dedicated to exploring the temples and the surrounding area. Sightseeing will include Gubyaukgyi with its excellent stucco carvings, the impressive Htilominlo Pahto and Ananda Pahto which is one the best preserved temples in the archeological zone.
Bagan is not only famous for its temples and pagodas but also for its artistic handicrafts and lacquer ware and after a break for lunch at a local restaurant, there will be the opportunity to visit a local workshop where the process of making these interesting items can be seen. The only way to truly appreciate the scale of the site is atop one hill and early evening presents the perfect opportunity to watch the sunset and take in the enormity of the surrounding area. Stay at the Myanmar Treasure Resort for 2 nights.
Known as the city of four million pagodas, Bagan is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia and with over 2000 pagodas, temples and monasteries to explore, there is certainly plenty to keep one occupied. But there is more to this enchanting destination; rural village life, interesting markets and artisan workshops to name but a few. The temples at Bagan can only be described as amazing and enchanting, a place still largely unaffected by the 21st century where nobody leaves disappointed. D
TBegin the morning with a visit to nearby Phwar Saw Village, which afford the opportunity to witness rural Burmese life. En route you will be able to stop at the interesting market at Nyaung Oo to see the variety of fresh
produce for sale and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan. Later this afternoon there is an another chance to re-visit the temples, this time by Horse Cart which affords the opportunity to explore some of the lesser visited areas which cannot be reached by more conventional modes of transport. Finish the day with a relaxing sunset cruise on Irrawaddy River before returning to your hotel.
This evening enjoy a unique dinner with the temples of Bagan as your back drop. The specially prepared dinner will be served in an atmospheric setting and accompanied by traditional Burmese music and dance. B, L ,D
After breakfast transfer to the airport to connect your flight to Mandalay. On arrival, visit the Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery), an imposing teak monastery-temple that was originally built within the palace complex but subsequently dismantled and rebuilt some years later. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda which is said to house the world’s largest book on account of the 729 marble slabs that are inscribed with Buddhist scriptures.
This afternoon visit Amarapura. Meaning ‘City of Immortality’, Amarapura was Myanmar’s penultimate Royal Capital and the last stop today before returning to Mandalay. Amarapura is famous for textile weaving. Lon Tayar Acheik from Amarapur is popular all over the country and you will have a chance to visit Thein Nyo weaving workshop. After that continue to the iconic U Bien’s Bridge, which spans Taungthaman Lake and is the longest teak footbridge in the world. It is often busy with locals ‘commuting’ back and forth which makes for an attractive photo opportunity. Stay at the Eastern Palace Hotel for 2 nights.
The last capital of the third Myanmar Empire, Mandalay is situated in the centre of the country. With the remains of the old Royal City, sacred monasteries and numerous other places of interest, Mandalay is a showcase for Myanmar art and architecture and is known as the country’s cultural capital. B, L, D
Starting with a journey across one of the few bridges that spans the mighty Ayeyarwady River, sightseeing today will concentrate on attractions outside of the city.
Once a capital of an independent Shan kingdom, the numerous white-and-gold stupas that adorn Sagaing Hill are an enthralling sight. Sagaing is considered to be the living centre of Buddhism in Myanmar and the hundreds of monasteries and temples reverberate with the echoes of cymbals, gongs and Pagoda bells. There will be time to explore and also take in the fantastic view of the river below.
This afternoon, start with a visit to Aung Nan Tapestry workshop. A Kalaga (in Burmese) or embroidered and-woven tapestry is one of the popular handicrafts of Mandalay. Finish the day with a drive to the top of Mandalay Hill for sunset and a panoramic view of the city. B, L, D
After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to the Mandalay airport to connect your flight to Heho. Nyaung Shwe is the gateway to the lake and upon arrival at Heho airport you will be met and transferred to this small, but attractive town. After a brief visit to Shwe Yaung Pyae Kyaung Monastery, which is famed for its unique oval windows, transfer to your private boat and venture onto the lake. Continue sightseeing with a visit to the temple at Nga Hpe Kyaung on the eastern side of the lake, which houses an impressive collection of ancient Buddha images. Then visit the five ancient gold-covered Buddha images at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest monastery on the lake. Stay at the Myanmar Treasure Inle Resort for 2 nights. B, L, D
The local 5-Day Market rotates between towns in the Inle Lake region. The market is a great place to observe local life with many of the ethnic minorities attending to buy and sell their goods.
Later enjoy a master class in Shan Cookery at a local home. The chef explains how to shop, traditional bargaining and explains the ingredients being purchased. The cooking class then returns to the kitchen, where the chef begins the basic lessons and prepares the meal with the class. At the conclusion, everyone enjoys a special aperitif in the kitchen before going to the open dining room so all can enjoy the lunch they prepared.Continue to Inn Paw Khone, a small village that specializes in silk & louts weaving and then continue to Inn Paw Khone, a small village that specializes in lotus silk weaving.
There will also be the opportunity to visit a floating garden and it goes without saying any visit to the lake would not be complete without witnessing the unique technique of leg rowing which is so synonymous with Intha fisherman. B, L, D
Morning at leisure. Afternoon you will be transferred to the airport to connect your flight back to Yangon with onward connecting flight back to the UK. B, L, D
Depart Yangon early mornnig on Emirates Airlines flight back to London or regional UK airports. B, L
- How to Book this Tour
- Travel Insurance
The Cost - MAIN TOUR (07 - 21 NOVEMBER 2018)
Per Person sharing twin or double room £2895.00
Single Room Supplement £985.00
Extenstion tour to Mawlamyine & Hpa an (20 - 23 November 2018)
Per Person sharing twin or double room £585.00
Single Room Supplement £170.00
Emirates Airlines Air Fare (Economy Class) per person from £595.00*
Flight prices are a guideline and only and are subject change at the time of booking.
Domestic flights in Economy Class
Accommodation with private facilities on twin, double sharing and single room basis as per the itinerary.
Daily breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as specified in the itinerary
All transfers and sightseeing by an air-conditioned coach.
Sightseeing arrangements with expert local English speaking escort
Entry fee at monuments and places of interest.
Tips and gratuities to guides/drivers/porters/hotel, restaurant or boat staff
Complimentary mineral water while onboard for transfers & sightseeings
Full ATOL & ABTA bonding
Cost does not include:
Visa fee for Burma. Currently £18 approx
- Travel Insurance
Any expenses of a personal nature.
- To book this tour , please compete the booking form, sign and e-mail it to us. A non-refundable deposit of £500.00 per person is needed at the time of booking. Balance payments will be due 8 weeks before departure. You can make the deposit payment by debit card or electronic transfers to our bank. Credit card payment will be charge at 2% extra. Our Bank details are on the booking form. Bookings are confirmed on first come first served basis. When the tour is full we will take about 5 additional names on the waiting list to replace their booking with any cancellations etc.
- If you wish to join the tour and fly from any country other than United Kingdom please contact us for land only arrangements.
It is essential to have adequate insurance in place before your departure. This should be appropriate for your age, health and destination you are visiting.
- It includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover.
- It provides cover for your whole trip (whether one day or over a year).
- It covers you for all activities.
- Disclose pre-existing medical conditions.
- Take your policy number and the 24-hour emergency contact numbers with you.
- If you are making multiple trips we recommend that you take a yearly travel insurance policy.