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, the tour is built for members of ORTS ( Oriental Rug & Textile society) we have limited places are available for 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 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 • Yangon • Mawlamyine • Mudon • Hpa An • Mawlamyine • Yangon • Bagan • Mandalay • Inle Lake • Yangon • London
(Meals: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
Departure on Emirates Airlines from Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Newcastle..
Morning arrival in Yangon. Transfer to the hotel. ALater visit the historic Shwedagon Pagoda which towers almost 98 meters (326ft) above the green cityscape of Yangon. One of the wonders of the religious world, it is believed to have been built more than 2500 years ago and is a testament to the faith of the Burmese. This magnificent building is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the Stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds; the largest which is a single 76 carats. One of the most magical times to visit the paya is early evening as the sun is about to set Dinner at Green Elephant Restaurant. Stay at the Rose Garden Hotel for 1 night. D
After breakfast depart from your hotel at 8 AM to Mawlamyine. The journey will take approx 7 hours. Stops will be made the Taukkyan War Cemetery, the final resting place for thousands of Allied soldiers who lost their lives during the Burma and Assam campaigns of WWII and Thaton to visit the local pagoda and colonial building in the town. Ovenight at Mawlamyine Strand hotel B, D
After breakfast transfer to Mudon which is well known for cotton weaving. Visit the Mon weaving workshop and Mudon market. Later visit the reclining Buddha at Win Sein Taw Ya, a small settlement 20km south of Mawlamyine. At just over 170 meters in length, this Buddha is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Return back to Mawlamyine to take the boat from Mawlamyine to Hpa An. Boat journey takes 4 hours.Stay 2 nights at the Hotel Kwekabin. B, D
Hpa –An, the capital of Kayin State. Hpa-an has one of the most picturesque settings of any Burmese state capital lying along the south bank of the Thandwin or Salween River and with limestone outcrops surrounding the town on all sides. Across the river is Hpan Pu Mountain, and to the south is the spectacular Zwegabin, sacred mountain of the Karen people and which features on the state flag.
After breakfast visit the Eain- Du Kayin village where you can learn about Kayin costume weaving techniques. Later visit the Kawgun cave where you can find thousands of tiny clay Buddhas and carvings plastered all over the walls and roof of this open cavern. B, D
After breakfast visit the Hpa Ann market twhere you can shop for traditional hand woven Karen Longyis and other local crafts. Later in the afternoon drive back to Mawlamyine intime to catch the afternoon flight back to Yangon. Stay at the Rose Garden Hotel for 1 night. B, 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. B, D
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.
Begin 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.
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. B, D
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.
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, 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, 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. Stay at the Rose Garden Hotel for 1 night. B
With its impressive collections, the National Museum offers an excellent introduction to Burmese history throughout the ages. Highlights include the Lion Throne (Sihasana) belonging to the last King of Myanmar, King Thibaw Min and a stunning collection of ceremonial dresses. Later visit Bogyoke Aung San Market, still commonly known by its old British name of Scott Market. Dinner at Le Planter Restaurant. Late night transfer to airport for departure flight. B, D
Depart Yangon early mornnig on Emirates Airlines flight back to London or regional UK airports.
- How to Book this Tour
- Travel Insurance
The Cost - MAIN TOUR (07 - 21 NOVEMBER 2018)
Per Person sharing twin or double room £2685.00
Single Room Supplement £830.00
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.