What better way to enhance your travel experience than to engage with local experts in the fine arts, history, culture, cuisine and more?
- SUNSET COCKTAIL CRUISE ON AYEYARWADY – BAGAN (map)
Embark on a sunset cruise on the Ayeyarwady River, and observe the riverside coming to life in beautiful warm evening hues at dusk. The view over the plain of temples is magni cent and will leave a lasting memory of the ancient city of Bagan.
- A MORNING IN THE LIFE OF THE LOCALS – YANGON (map)
Start your day like a local in Yangon. Wake up early for tai-chi with a local practitioner, then head to the Shwedagon Pagoda and join the locals at the tea shop for Myanmar’s most famous breakfast, the Monthinkhar. Then join the Yangonese in another important daily ritual – making offerings to the temple. After, continue on with your day.
- STREET FOOD EXPLORATION OF CHINA TOWN
A walk through China town offers the experience of loud fire crackers exploding, paper money and incense being burned along shop fronts as crispy roasted duck, suckling pig and sultry dim sum steam away under the mandarin writing on shop fronts. Explore a visual assault on your senses of smell, sight and taste through these bustling streets, as hawkers sell their wares and ancient Buddhist and Confucian rituals take place side by side while people sit and eat some of the tastiest and eye opening foods in Myanmar. Giant tiger prawn skewers or perhaps a traditional Chinese style BBQ all await as your guide discusses the history of the area and purchases some local snacks for you to try along the way.
- PRIVATE WINE TASTING – NYAUNG SHWE (map)
The Red Mountain Estate is renowned for growing some of the best Moscato grapes outside of Europe. A private tour of these stunning vineyards offers guests the chance to learn about the varieties of grapes and how the soil and vines are maintained in a tropical environment. Sample key red and white wines of the season and don’t forget to try the local canapes which are paired with the wine.
- MYANMAR PUPPET THEATRE – YANGON (map)
Before electricity and TV came to Myanmar, puppet theatres were the highlight of entertainment as the sun went down. Expert puppet masters used to spend a lifetime as an apprentice, learning the ancient art of puppetry, including designing and carving the intricate wooden puppets, making their bright colorful clothing and learning how to master the rapid moves and dances passed down to them through generations. Fast, fun and often full of laughter and drama, the theatre in Yangon was set up to preserve this once thriving source of entertainment and to teach the younger generation the art of puppetry.
- NOVICE CEREMONY IN BAGAN – BAGAN (map)
While in Bagan – the land of temples – witness the spiritual Novitiation Ceremony where a boy becomes a monk. This is an important rite-of-passage in Buddhism and our visit to the temple will include a donation of necessary supplies for the new monk.
- SHAN COOKING CLASS – INLE LAKE (map)
Shan Cuisine is unique in Myanmar and often is more about the use of vegetables and spices similar to the south of India, compared to the more robust and hearty dishes found elsewhere. Learn the art of Shan cooking from an experienced trained Shan chef as after an exploration and buying trip to the local fresh markets. On return our chef will go through the recipes in an easy step by step the process for each dish. Delve in and enjoy the fruits of your labor to conclude the class.
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