Essential Myanmar

A wonderful combination of Myanmar’s major sightseeing with visits to Inle Lake, Bagan and Mandalay included. You will experience the best on offer in these cities and be enthralled in the feeling of stepping back in time while you travel around Myanmar.

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Day 1: Arrive Yangon

On arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.

Hotel: Sule Shangri-La Yangon, 2 nights

Day 2: Yangon

Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon), the capital of Myanmar is also called the “Garden City of the East” because of its many parks and beautiful lakes. This morning visit the Botataung Pagoda, which is hollow and you are able to walk through and see many ancient relics and artifacts. We then visit downtown Yangon and from here we walk along Pansodan street to view its many large colonial buildings which are still in use today. It is also interesting to see the sidewalk markets including those selling old books and magazines dating from the 1960’s to today. We will then visit China town before going to the famous Scott Market, a sprawling complex which was built in 1926 and it is noted for its variety of handicrafts and other items which provides an excellent opportunity for a shopping spree. This afternoon sightseeing includes the colossal reclining Buddha Chaukhtatkyi, and the National Museum, which is filled with artifacts and cultural exhibits of Myanmar. We finish our tour with a visit to the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda which towers over all of Yangon. It is perhaps the most beautiful pagoda complex in all of Asia and is one sight that no visitor to Myanmar should miss.

Day 3: Yangon – Heho – Inle Lake

You will be transferred to Yangon Domestic Airport early this morning for your flight to Heho. On arrival in Heho, you will be met and transferred transferred to the unique and magical Inle Lake. Located about 900 meters above sea level and 20 km long by 6 km wide. On arrival at Nyaung Shwe Jetty, we start our sightseeing tour by long tailed boat to Innpawkhone Village where you can see the lotus and silk weaving industries. Our next visit is to Nanpan to see traditional boat making and cheroot (Burmese cigar) making factory. We then continue our visit to the Phaungdaw U Pagoda and if time permits, take a short visit to the Leshae Village where you can see the making of a Buddha image from dried flower powder. Later visit the ‘jumping cats’ monastery and the floating gardens. Transfer to the Inle Lake Princess for check-in.

Hotel: Inle Lake Princess, 3 nights

Day 4: Inle Lake

This morning visit the moving 5 days market (if today coincides with a good Inle market day) and then take a small canal leading to the Pa-oh Village of Indain. On the way, stop at Ywarma Village where you can see a silver smith and the Padaung tribes. Then, continue to the Indain area on foot, strolling around the village, visiting a local school if we have chance. Here you can climb the covered stairway to the top of a hill which is covered with picturesque ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below.

Day 5: Inle Lake

After breakfast, travel by boat to the southern end of Inle Lake for a journey to Sangha and Thakong Villages. This relaxing boat journey (about 3 hours one way) enables us to get off the beaten path and see unspoiled culture and the traditional life-styles of the ethnic groups living in the area. On the way we will visit Kyauktaing, a shan village who live on earthenware pottery works. On our trip we will see beautiful landscapes, flowering trees and settlements dotting both sides of the canal.

Day 6: Inle Lake – Heho – Bagan

You will be transferred to Heho Domestic Airport early this morning for your flight to Bangan. On arrival in Heho, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, sightseeing highlights include the Sulamani Temple built by King Narapatisithu; Dhammayangyi Temple, a massive later period temple with the finest brickwork in Bagan, and Thatbyinnyu Temple which towers above other monuments of Bagan. We can also visit a Thanaka museum, dedicated to the tree bark and root of the Thanaka tree used in making a fragrant white colored paste which Myanmar women wear for skin beauty and protection from the sun. Visitors can learn how to make and apply the Thanaka paste. As the day wanes we will be at Bupaya, a Pyu-style stupa located on the banks of the Ayeyawady River.

Hotel: Aureum Palace Resort & Spa Bagan, 3 nights

Day 7: Bagan

Start our visit to one of Asia’s most stunning archeological destinations with its more than 3,000 pagodas doted the plains along the legendary Ayerwaddy River. Sightseeing include some of Bagan’s most distinctive pagodas such as Shwezigon, a prototype of later Myanmar stupas and Wetkyi-in- Gubyaukgyi, a 13th century ‘cave temple with fine wall paintings. One of the most outstanding is the magnificent Ananda Pagoda, one of the most revered pagodas in all Myanmar and containing four tall standing Buddhas within.

This afternoon we continue our sightseeing of more Bagan impressive pagodas and temples. Sightseeing highlights includes Manuha Temple built by King Manuha to represent his displeasure of captivity, Nanpaya close behind the Manuha and which is also Bagan’s first “gu-style” (cave) shrine and next to visit Gubaukgyi Temple, in the old Bagan village of Myinkaba, is an early period temple with well-preserved paintings inside. After that we will visit a lacquer ware craft shop to see the process of hand-making these beautiful pieces. Then visit Lawkananda Pagoda, a riverside stupa rich in history and where the sunset views are excellent.

Day 8: Bagan

After breakfast take a leisurely drive (about one hour) through the Bagan countryside to Mt. Popa, which supposedly rose from the ground in a massive earthquake in 442 BC. Mt. Popa is famous as the abode of the Nats (Spirit Gods) and for its panoramic view of the local tropical region. There is a volcanic plug with a temple on top that we can walk up to if we like (777 steps ! ) On the way to Mt. Popa we will visit a local toddy palm farmer at his hut and see how he collects the toddy palm from the palm trees to make the strong alcoholic toddy palm drink and also the toddy palm sugar candy. Return back to Bagan.

Day 9: Bagan – Mandalay

You will be transferred to Bagan Domestic Airport early this morning for your flight to Mandalay. On arrival in Mandalay, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternonn visit the highly revered Mahamuni Pagoda with its sitting Buddha covered in gold leaf. A particular highlight is the beautiful Shwenandaw Monastery, one of the last wooden monasteries in Myanmar. Next we visit the intriguing looking Kuthodaw Pagoda, renowned as the World’s largest book for its 729 stone slabs containing the entire Buddhist scriptures. If time permits we will go atop Mandalay Hill for a view over the city and the Irrawaddy River.

Hotel: Sedona Hotel Mandalay, 2 nights

Day 10: Mandalay

After breakfast transfer to Mandalay jetty where we board our private boat. Take a short and pleasant ride up the Ayerwaddy River to the ruins of the Mingun pagoda. The site of what would have been the world’s largest pagoda had not King Bodawpaya died in 1819 thus halting all further work. Later an earthquake in 1838 split the monument and reduced it to partial rubble. Nonetheless, the mammoth base of the unfinished pagoda is still a very impressive sight as we approach from the river. Nearby we can also visit the Mingun Bell, moved from the pagoda after the earthquake and now hangs in a new shrine building. It is said to be the largest hanging un-cracked bell in the world. Return to Mandalay.

Day 11: Depart Mandalay

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to Mandalay International Airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Yangon:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

Meals:10 breakfasts
Transport:Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Flights: Flight Ticket: Yangon – Heho – Bagan – Mandalay
Accommodation: 10 nights
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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