Being a country of rich culture, alluring scenery, and hospitable people, Myanmar is an inviting destination for anybody. It is astounding to see that the Myanmar today is still full of legends and gold pagodas, gold palaces - a legendary golden land. This 8-day packages showcases the hidden gems of Myanmar, from its impressive collection of world-famous pagodas from the very past such as Shwedagon, Shwezigon to its pristine landscapes and light-hearted people. As the lenghth of trip allows, you could have chance to explore and get to understand the fascinating country unhurriedly and intensively with series of iconic highlights such as Shedagon pagoda, Ananda temple, mighty Irrawaddy river, Mandalay Hill, Indein's stupa jungle and many more.
|Day 1||Yangon||Welcome airport pickup, hotel check-in, Yangon city tour|
|Day 2||Bagan||Morning fly to Bagan, tour to Nyaung U market & Bagan series of...||B|
|Day 3||Mt. Popa||Visit Mt. Popa & sugar factory||B|
|Day 4||Mandalay||Morning drive to Mandalay, take a round trip to Mandalay countryside...||B|
|Day 5||Mingun||Morning boat trip to visit Mingun unfinished pagoda, explore further...||B|
|Day 6||Inle Lake||Morning fly to Heho, visit Pindaya cave, Shan Umbrella making...||B|
|Day 7||Indein||Morning attend 5-day floating market, sail to visit Shwe Indein...||B|
|Day 8||Yangon||Morning fly back to Yangon, depart||B|
Meals7 breakfasts, lunch, dinner
AccommodationHotel (8 nights),
TransportCar, Plane, Horse-cart, Boating
Flights1. Fly from Yangon to Bagan (1 hour 20 minutes)2. Fly from Mandalay to Heho airport (30 minutes)3. Fly from Heho to Yangon (1 hour 10 minutes)
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)
Being known as one of the successful empire over Myanmar history, Bagan is like a miniature representing ancient prosperity and power of Burma with over 2,000 well-preserved stupas, pagodas and temple. Entering the land and visiting main attractions, exquisite and graceful architecture offerred by aging monuments along with interesting stories behind will amaze any passionate travellers. Afternoon trip to Bagan lacquerware house is another worthwhile stop to see how finest lacquerware products are made all by hands and get to know why Bagan is the famous centre of thriving lacquerware industry in Burma.
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.
Far away from the hustle of Mandalay, there lies a forgetten ancient capital of Ava where you could enjoy a bumpy but delightful ride on a horse cart (a popular local transport) and discover quaint rural landscape dotted with ruined temples, brick monasteries or the well-preserved remains of the outer city walls or pleasant view of farmers working on their private land. This is a great opportunity to gather some unique impressions off the beaten track.
Sailing upwards the mighty Irrawaddy river from Mandalay, Mingun unfinished pagoda will soon catch your eyes in with its massive compound setting near the riverbank. Get off the boat, we will take you to discover all secrets behind the largest pagoda in the country and probably in the world if finished, the overriding ambition of King Bodawpaya, the reason why it was eventually left abandoned, the great architecture from finest brick works and the largest working giant bell inside. If you wish, it is also possible to climb to the top of pagoda and have splendid views of surrounding landscape.
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.
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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