Culinary Myanmar Tour

Culinary Myanmar Tour

This nine night itinerary takes you on a culinary tour through Myanmar.

Discover how food plays a significant role in daily life as you taste your way through this mesmerising country. Sample local delicacies at bustling markets, visit palm farms and cook upa store at a cooking class. You’ll also have the chance to delve into the country’s history and culture as you explore the temples of Bagan, the streets of Mandalay and the shores of Inle Lake.

Tour highlights

    • Walk the streets of Yangon on a culinary tour 
    • Visit local markets and sample local delicacies 
    • Take a hot air balloon ride over Bagan 
    • Rub shoulders with locals in Mandalay at a traditional curry house 
    • Learn to cook Myanmar dishes on a two hour cooking class in Sagaing 
    • Sit down to lunch in the middle of Inle Lake


Day 1 - Arrival into Yangon

Arrival into Yangon

Touch down in Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, where you’ll be warmly welcomed by your guide and taken to your hotel to check in prior to your culinary city tour. Your introduction to Myanmar’s food culture begins in the bustling all day market, Theingyi Zay. Walk the streets of Little India, sampling dosa (a type of pancake) and fried bean treats. Continue through China Town with its colourful stalls of fruits, flowers and vegetables and local houses selling fresh noodles, sausages and dumplings. You’ll have the chance to taste the dessert-drink falooda and other sweet treats at Yangon’s famous dessert shop. In the evening sit down to dinner and an explosion of flavours from different regions around the country.

Day 2 - Explore Yangon


Start the day with a morning visit to one of the local markets where everything from peppers to pickled tea are sold; settle rumbling stomachs at one of the city’s best noodle houses for a steaming bowl of mohinga. Travel by ferry from Pansadan Jetty to the low-lying township of Dhala, touring the colourful markets, Buddhist temples and rural neighbours from the back of a trishaw (rickshaw). Return to Yangon for lunch a traditional Myanmar curry shop alongside hungry locals before continuing your city tour with a stop at the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda and the incredible 70 metre long reclining Buddha, roughly the size of a blue whale! Head uptown to take in the Royal Lake and Pangan’s legendary Shwedagon Pagoda – this gleaming golden temple is one of Myanmar’s most important religious sites, making for a memorable visit.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 - Explore Bagan

Yangon - Bagan

Set your alarm for an early morning internal flight to Bagan. One of the highlights of any trip to Myanmar, this Manhattan-size ancient city is dotted with over 2,000 red brick temples. During your tour you’ll visit some of the most iconic temples and pagodas of different architectural styles and religious importance; you’ll also stop at a monastery to receive a special monk’s blessing. After a lunch of traditional-style curries from an open-air kitchen drive through the countryside to the rustic village of Minnanthu where you’ll discover a number of temples and the Kyat Kan Cave monastery. Return to Bagan, hopefully in time to catch an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the elevated temples.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - Explore Bagan


Take to the skies for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a hot air balloon ride over Bagan – look out over the temples and plains as the sun begins to rise. Have breakfast back at your hotel before being collected by your guide for a tour of the Bagan area, starting with a trip to Nyaung U Market. Head out into the countryside to visit a toddy farm (a kind of palm tree) – see how local farmers harvest and process the juice to produce alcohol, sugar and molasses. Walk through Myinkaba village and witness craftsmen use techniques passed from generation to generation to create lacquer ware and wood crafts. You’ll then carry on to a number of temples and stupas, including the Myazedi (Jade) Stupa with its 12th century inscriptions. End the day watching the sunset as you cruise along the Irrawaddy River.

Please note that the hot air balloon rides are only available October – March and is at an additional charge of £185pp (subject to change).

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 - Explore Mandalay

Bagan - Mandalay

Today starts with an internal flight to the city of Mandalay, immortalised in the words of Rudyard Kipling. Before touring this booming city on the banks of the Irrawaddy River pop into a local tea shop for a morning snack of mee shay, a signature Mandalay noodle dish. Feeling energised, you’ll walk up Mandalay Hill for panoramic views over the city. Descend to Kyauktawgyi Pagoda which houses a giant Buddha carved from a single block of stone, Kuthodaw Pagoda with its collection of marble slabs and the Shwenandaw Monastery. Lunch is at a traditional curry house before continuing your guided tour with visits to the Mahamuni Pagoda and local workshops where tapestries and marionettes are made. Drive out to Amarapura to see where a thousand young monks live and study and watch the shadows falls over the teakwood U Bein Bridge. In the evening sit down with local Mandalay citizens for an atmosphere dinner of barbeque and noodle dishes.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Visit Sagaing

Mandalay - Sagaing - Mandalay

Discover the buzz of activity at Mandalay’s vibrant morning market where fresh produce and meat are sold alongside spices, slippers and Buddhist donation items. You’ll then embark on a two hour cooking class, assisting in preparing Myanmar delicacies before sitting down to a feast of your home-cooked dishes. Cross the river to Sagaing, a spiritual hub with 600 ivory coloured pagodas and monasteries and home to nearly 3,000 monks. The last stop of the day is a pottery village where tradesmen manufacture water pots using traditional methods.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 - Explore Pindaya

Mandalay - Heho - Pindaya

Once again begin your day with a flight, this time into the heart of Shan State. Upon landing travel by road through windy roads through mountain ranges to the Pindaya on the banks of the Botoloke Lake where farmers and hill tribes come to buy and sell. After checking into your hotel, spend the afternoon with a local family to learn about the growing of tea and production of Myanmar’s famous tea leaf salad. Later in the day visit the unique Pindaya Caves said to have been formed more than 200 million years ago; walk past the Shwe U Min Pagodas, giant white stupas climbing high out of the ground, as you enter the opening of the cave. Dinner this evening is a selection of local Danu food at a family-run restaurant.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Explore Inle Lake

Pindaya - Inle Lake

Hit the road and drive through the countryside to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Here you’ll purchase items for a donation to local nunnery before being welcomed by the nuns for a delicious meal and the chance to learn about their lives and role in Myanmar society. Following your lunch board a private motorboat for a tour of the lake, passing stilted villages, fishing canoes and floating gardens.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 - Explore Indein

Inle Lake - Indein - Inle Lake

Your morning starts with a stop to Inle Lake’s rotating market where local people come to sell and trade. The day’s tour continues with visits to the Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda where sacred image of Buddha are decorated in gold leaf. Discover the arts of lotus flower weaving and cigar making before a memorable lunch aboard a rice carrier boat in the middle of the lake. Travel by boat down a small canal to the Pa-Oh village of Indein; climb the hill behind the village to the summit and be greeted by a statue of Buddha sitting among stupa ruins. On your return, time permitting, stop off at the Inthar Heritage House to learn about the history and culture of the lake’s indigenous people.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 10 - Depart Myanmar

Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon Departure

After breakfast travel by boat and car to Heho Airport in time for a short flight to Yangon. Here you’ll have the services of a driver and guide until your international flight back to the UK. If you would like to extend your trip in Myanmar, please speak to one of our travel specialists.

INCLUDES : Breakfast


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