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In search of mesmerizing Myanmar

10/Days  Flexible & Private Tour
 YangonBaganPakkokuMonywaMandalayInle LakeYangon
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For all who never ever visited Myanmar, the trip was specially create to bring you a good chance to explore the country fully in which you all of country's signatures are to be introduced. Within the period of 10 days, step by step, we will take you to discover all significant historical and cultural beauty of the country from the wondrous Shwedagon pagoda in first landing destination of Yangon to mysterious archaeological zone in old Bagan and poetic sunset over the U Bein bridge or incredible way of floating life in Inle Lake. It is with hope that each destination with its own color and character will leave you all priceless memories that last forever.

Highlights

  Explore Yangon with its colonial British influence and the world-famous heritage Shwedagon pagoda

  Visit impressive ancient monuments in Bagan

  Enjoy scenic overland drive throughout from Bagan to Mandalay

  Visit Pakkoku town known for weaving & cheroots making

  Discover Phowintaung cave of masterpiece in Monywa

  Sight-see in Mandalay to see famous pagodas and monasteries

  Meditate in magical sunset over U Bein bridge

  Enjoy gentle boat trip to Mingun land

  Attend vibrant and lively floating market in Indein village

Tour Summary

By Day Transfer Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Yangon Arrive Yangon, check in hotel, walk down streets, visit colonial...
Day 2 Bagan Fly to Bagan, visit Nyaung U market, Bagan's key ancient monuments... B
Day 3 Mt. Popa Drive to visit and climb up Mt. Popa, stop by sugar factory on the... B
Day 4 Pakkoku, Monywa Drive to Monywa via Pakokku, visit weaving & cheroot workshops, have... B
Day 5 Monywa Tour around Monywa, explore Phowun Taung caves, Mohnyin Than Buddha... B
Day 6 Sagaing, Amarapura, Mandalay Drive to Mandalay, drop by Kaungmutaw pagoda, visit the local village... B
Day 7 Mingun Sail downstream to Mingun, visit unfinished Pahtodawgyi Pagoda &... B
Day 8 Inle Lake Fly to Heho, drive to Inle Lake, en-route drop by Shan paper umbrella... B
Day 9 Indein Sail to Indein village, discover the ruined pagodas with thounsands... B
Day 10 Yangon Fly back to Yangon, depart B
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    Arrive Yangon, check in hotel, walk down streets, visit colonial buildings, Chaukhtatgyi Temple, Sule Pagoda, enjoy sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda

Mingalaba! As you show up in Yangon airport, you will be greeted and welcomed by our guide and driver and then transferred to your hotel. After check-in and relaxation, we commence city tour around 3:00 pm in the afternoon. Firstly, we head to Yangon's colonial buildings, take a walking tour to get a sense of Yangon's beauty with its picturesque lakes, verdant parks as well as its charming people. Next up, visit Chaukhtatgyi Temple which holds the biggest reclining Buddha statue in Southeast Asia. Afterwards, wander around Sule Pagoda which is Myanmar's oldest pagoda of 2,500 years old. When the sun sets, you will experience the wonder of this inspiring pagoda, being left breathless with its vivid color and sacred atmosphere at Shwedagon Pagoda. After a long day, have a good night at your hotel in Yangon.

Meals are on your own account.

Uncover the diverse history and culture of Yangon

Welcome to Yangon - the biggest and most bustling city in Myanmar, a unique city in Southeast Asia with all nostalgic colors of time and culture reserved over centuries. If you are interested in colonial era architecture, a stroll down Yangon's colonial buildings will definitely blow you away by well-reserved images from the 20th century, with decaying facades filled with old paint and small trees squeezing through those little cracks. Moreover, proud of rich cultural tradition, Yangon will amaze you with plenty of spiritual relics where you can experience the importance of Buddhism to the Burmese’s lives: tranquil Chaukhtatgyi Temple containing an over-200-feet-long reclining Buddha, the octagonal-shaped 2500 year old pagoda Sule Pagoda located in the heart of the city, and especially the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda - the massive 99 meter high gold plated pagoda with the diamond studded spire on top of a small hill in downtown Yangon. And don’t miss chance to meditate in pagoda’s mystical atmosphere beautifully lit up after dark.(Note: Selected schedules will be appropriately handpicked according to specific package)

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    Fly to Bagan, visit Nyaung U market, Bagan's key ancient monuments including Shwezigon pagoda, Ananda temple, Gubyaukgyi, Htilominlo, Sulamani temples and sunset in Ayarwaddy River

After having breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for a domestic flight to Nyaung U. As you arrive, we will drive you to your hotel in Bagan to check in. On the way we drop by Nyaung U market to see people trading varieties of fresh foods and local products. Then start our trip by visiting Shwezigon Pagoda, the first gold pagoda built in Burma enshrining Gautama Buddha's relics and Ananda Temple, the home of four huge Buddha standing statues - each faces one of the four cardinal directions. Afterward, more temple visitations are carried out as we take you to Gubyaukgyi Temple at Myinkaba - an Indian style pagoda built in 1113 whose exteriors are still in good condition, Htilominlo Temple whose name means "blessings of the three worlds" containing four Buddha images facing four directions on its first floor, and Sulamani Temple - a Buddhist edifice rebuilt in 1994 from which Htilominlo Temple was built after. To finish your day in Bagan, enjoy sunset along the Ayarwaddy River

Lunch and dinner are on your own account.

Discover local values and historical treasures in the ancient kingdom of Bagan

Bagan - among the most significant archaeological South East Asia sites is one of the densest concentrations of temples and pagodas with about 2,000 monuments remain in various states of repair. Once arriving in Bagan, grasp a terrific chance to see how local life is going through in Nyaung U market: the atmosphere in a Burmese market, regional products, fresh veggies, fine rice, unique local suncreen, etc. Continue the visit to important Buddhist constructions of Bagan: Shwezigon pagoda - the huge gold plated pagoda which is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha, Ananda temple - a gorgeous white temple with coppery golden top - the finest and most beautiful temple in Bagan. Moreover, the further exploration in the legendary Gubyaukgyi, Htilominlo and Sulamani Temples will truly be a step back in time between historical architecture, old murals, plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.   After a long day, soothe your soul in peace and enjoy the sunset along the Ayarwaddy River. 

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    Drive to visit and climb up Mt. Popa, stop by sugar factory on the way back to Bagan

After healthy breakfast, meet up your guide and we spend one hour driving from Bagan to Mt. Popa. It is believed that Mt. Popa is the core of an extinct volcano last active 250000 years ago. The fertile earth on the slope and the surrounding plains has covered with a large number of rare plants such as orchids and a profusion of tree. Perhaps, the best feeling is when we reach the top of Mt. Popa after 30- minute climbing up. Near Mt. Popa, we can visit the sugar factory to know how they make sugar from palm tree. In the afternoon, we drive back to Bagan and spend a free afternoon for relax.

Warm note: From October to March, you can request a hot-air balloon ride which takes you above the charming Bagan plain and the impressive Ayeyarwaddy River to watch sunrise. Remember to get up early.

Lunch and dinner are on your own account.

Trek up and enjoy spectacular views on the top of the holy Mt. Popa

Mt Popa - a solitary peak topped by gold stupas, is well-known as the birth place of Myanmar’s ‘nats’ or spirits. (50 kilometers southeast from central Bagan ~ 1.5 hours to get there by car). To reach the top, you need to remove shoes and socks and climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak.  Along the way, there are a multitude of cunning monkeys expecting treats. Sometimes these mischivous hosts can get a little aggressive so it's recommended to take well care of your possessions. Enjoy your reward once conquering the climb with with stupas glistening gold and nothing-can-beat views from the top. 

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    Drive to Monywa via Pakokku, visit weaving & cheroot workshops, have sunset over Chindwin river in Monywa

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Pakokku, 30km northwest of Bagan. Visit the weaving and Cheroot (tobacco) workshops; explore Monywa. Enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Chindwin River from the river bank.

Lunch and dinner are on your own account.

Discover special little Pakokku

There is no better way to to begin your new day by an exciting adventure through Bagan's outskirts, travel across the longest bridge over Irrawaddy River to discover Pakokku an unspoilt small town with its authentic culture and rich agriculture. After having a walk with lots of laughs and funs around the local market teeming with locals trading locally-grown peanuts, sesame and rice, to fish and vegetables and textiles, we will continue to visit hand weaving and tobacco workshops and see skillful young women with their deft hands creating such exquisite products. On the way north to Monywa in late afternoon, there is nothing quite ideal as to stop by the river bank and absorb the spectacle of sunset over the Chindwin River. 

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    Tour around Monywa, explore Phowun Taung caves, Mohnyin Than Buddha pagoda & Boditahtaung pagoda

After breakfast at the hotel, explore great PhowunTaung Caves system with around 900 sandstone caves containing many carved Buddha images and well preserved mural paintings, the copper open mines and Mohnyin Than Buddha Pagoda, Boditahtaung Pagoda which houses the largest reclining Buddha image in Myanmar and the largest standing Buddha in the world nearby, Laykyun Setkyar.

Lunch and dinner are on your own account.

Breathe in the Monywa countryside ambience

Leaving the toursity cities full of swaths of tourists, a journey to small town will offer you the relaxing feel and tranquil time that can't be compared. Located on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River, in the middle way from Bagan to Mandalay, Monywa makes it a perfect stop for incredibly peaceful landscape. Within the vicinity of Monywa, you will soon explore extremely interesting sights such as a remarkable archaeological site of Phowintaung caves with preserved ornate mural paintings and hundreds of Buddha statues dating all the way back to the 14th century; a humongous Maha Bodhi Tataung pagoda featured by the 2nd largest standing Buddha in the world and Mohnyin Than Buddha Pagoda where more than 500,000 Buddha images are seated.

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    Drive to Mandalay, drop by Kaungmutaw pagoda, visit the local village of Ywadaung village and learn how they make traditional silver wears, view the beautiful city on top of Sagaing Hill, move to Amarapura and enjoy beautiful sunset at U Bein bridge

Travel to Mandalay. Upon arrival, visit its Kaungmutaw pagoda which is famous for its large white-washed edifice and 151-foot high dome, modeled after the Great Stupa in Sri Lanka. Then we head to Ywadaung village, traditional silver wears village and picturesque Sagaing Hill. Later on, we move forward to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayon monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery in Myanmar accommodating more than a thousand young monks. Lately, watch the unforgettable sunset over the iconic U Bein bridge.

Lunch and dinner are on your own account.

In search of Mandalay's serenity

Welcome to Mandalay – the city of culture located in the right heart of Myanmar.  Unlike other lively tours in modern cities, your excursion in Mandalay will take you to the outlying areas with fantastic mixture of nature and culture: Riverside hills dotted by gold stupas and pagodas named Sagaing, incredible view over Manday across Ayeyarwaddy River from the hill top, brilliant U Min Thonze Cave Temple and Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, amazing golden Buddha statue at Mahamuni Buddha Temple. Moreover, a stop at Mahagandayon Monastery is truly worth your time in Mandalay, impressing you by the calm atmosphere when humble monks in red robes lining up silently for lunch ceremony.  After all, a stunning sunset over the iconic U Bein Bridge will definitly blow you away after a long day tour. 

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    Sail downstream to Mingun, visit unfinished Pahtodawgyi Pagoda & giant bell, continue to Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw pagoda and finish in Mandalay Hill at sunset

This morning we will be driven to Mandalay pier, and then embarked on a private boat upstream to Mingun. Our first stop in Mingun is the world’s largest unfinished Pahtodawgyi Pagoda. The pagoda's lower terraces feature slabs of marble bearing depictions of important scenes from the Jataka, literary works concerning the previous lives of the Buddha. Inside the temple, you can see an inscription stone that details the history of the temple's construction. Leave the pagoda, we will head to Mingun Bell which has a weight of 90 tons. After lunch break, we continue our journey to Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery, and a gold leaf beating workshop. We also go to Kuthodaw pagoda which houses the world’s largest book stand upright, setting in stone in the grounds. At dusk, if weather is fine, it would be an interesting end for the fourth sightseeing day if we climb up to the Mandalay Hill to enjoy the beautiful sunset and the panorama of the city behind. 

Lunch and dinner are on your own account.

Enchanted by Mandalay - the city of fine arts

Surrounded by dozens of monasteries and pagodas, Mandalay is described for a long time as the city of arts, architecture and significant charms  in Myanmar. The further you go, the more likely you are to fall in love with this land. Passing the 40km-long way by car and boat to Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, your mind will soon be filled with all surprise and excitement when visiting Mingun Temple with the giganic Mingun Bell (you can gong it for some luck). On the way back from the charming pagoda, it is time for a peaceful walk exploring Mandalay Palace where the last King lived in and the nearby finely carved teak wooden Shwenandaw Monastery, followed by a visit the local workshop and learn how fine and thin gold leaves are made then plastered on to temples and Buddha statues. Let’s save the best for last by getting lost in the white field of 729 shrines lining up straightly before enjoying tranquil sunset from the top of Mandalay Hills and looking back all the places you passed along the busy but wonderful day.     

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    Fly to Heho, drive to Inle Lake, en-route drop by Shan paper umbrella workshop & Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, boat trip around Inle Lake, explore Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda & floating villages

Morning fly to Heho, the primary air gateway to Inle Lake. It takes one hour to drive from Heho to Inle; along the way, soothe yourself with cool weather and peaceful settings. Drop by a Shan paper umbrella workshop to how skillful locals are to create these amazing handcrafts. Also, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which was constructed completely from teak and painted red. Show up in Inle Lake, we take a boat to visit Inle Lake with floating villagesfloating gardensfloating markets, several traditional villages such as weaving. The most special sight on Inle Lake is floating gardens where the local use the water hyacinth combining with seaweed on the bottom of the lake to keep the soil to grow more vegetables such as tomatoes, mint, etc. Up and down the lake have many temples, monasteries with golden pinnacles brightening on the sunlight. Discover Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda where houses the five Buddha images. These images are covered with gold in order to make visitors not be able to see the original form. Leave Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, we continue to Ywa Ma village and Kay Lar Village before move to your hotel and check in.

Lunch and dinner are on your own account.

Immerse in the wonderful floating life in Inle Lake

Upward the western of Shan state is the pictureque Inle Lake –  the Venice of Myanmar. Stepping off Nyaung Shwe marina, you will take a motorized boat to navigate through stilt villages, floating garderns and meet locals who spend their entire lives on the water. Passing Ywa Ma village and Kay Lar Village where Intha people built their unique houses with long straight wooden poles stretching into the lake bed, it is your tranquil time in relaxed atmostphere of thelocally significant Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and get to unfold the interesting story of the five Buddhas inside. As the dawn is coming and the warm light turns the still surface of the lake a golden colour, just pause for a while and cherish true value of unforgetable moment.

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    Sail to Indein village, discover the ruined pagodas with thounsands stupas, explore traditional Blacksmith and Shan Cheroot workshops

After breakfast at the hotel, visit a local market in (if open). Boat trip to Shwe Inn Thein situated on west shore of Inle Lake, with a stair path leading to the mysterious Inn Dein Pagoda; discover local traditional Blacksmith workshop and Shan Cheroot (tobacco) making. Free afternoon at hotel and overnight in Inle Lake. 

Lunch and dinner are on your own account.

Indulge in a trip to the graceful Indein

Indein is a small village West of Inle Lake which is renowned for the floating market and impressive ancient stupas with Banyan trees growing out of them. From Inle Lake, by just a scenic 8-kilometer boat ride through a long narrow canal, you soon reach the lively floating ‘5-day market’ rotated every five days around five different villages in Inle. This is a beautiful opportunity to experience the diversity of Inle ethnic, witness their day-to-day life and make their unique fair on the water trading all local products. A drop-in visit to local workshops will excite your curiosity about lotus weaving, cheroot cigarettes making in various size and flavours and diligent hand crafted silver work. Lastly, don’t forget to discover old ruined pagodas dated back to the 13th century and admire their incredible beauty even in bad condition. The impressive image of stupas after stupas decaying due to constant exposure to humidity still pose irresistible charm will leave you with nothing but thrills. 

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    Fly back to Yangon, depart

After breakfast, check out your hotel, transfer to Heho airport and take a flight back to Yangon. Find your way to connect departure flight home later on. Tour ends.

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Inclusions

Meals
9 breakfasts, lunch, dinner
Accommodation
Hotel (9 nights),
Transport
Car, Plane
Flights
1. Fly from Yangon to Bagan (1h20m)
2. Fly from Mandalay to Heho (30 m)
3. Fly from Heho to Yangon (1h10m)
Included Services
  •   9-night hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  •   Private transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  •   03 domestic flights: Yangon – Nyaung U, Mandalay – Heho, Heho – Yangon
  •   Domestic airport & government taxes
  •   Road taxes
  •   Local English-speaking guides
  •   Water & tissues on coach
  •   Zone fees, entrance fees, private boats in Mingun and Inle Lake
  •   Our personal assistance

Exclusions

  •   International flights
  •   Travel insurance
  •   Visa stamp fees
  •   Early check-in & late check-out surcharge
  •   Personal expenses
  •   Meals, drinks not mentioned
  •   Tips & gratuities for guide and driver