Myanmar is a special place to come in which best of the past is still preserving. It does make a fascinating time to discover Myanmar by tripping from awe-inspiring Buddhist monument well blended with impressive colonial architecture in Yangon, enigmatic ancient temples scattered across the countryside in Bagan, history-stained relics in Mandalay to idyllic floating life in Inle Lake. But the land is not golden literally, most memorable of all are the endearing locals who have nothing but exceptional warmth and kindness, always greeting visitor with a sincere smile.
|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|
Meals9 breakfasts, lunch, dinner
AccommodationHotel (10 nights),
TransportCar, Plane, Boating
Flights1. Fly from Yangon to Bagan (1h20m)2. Fly from Mandalay to Heho (30 m)3. Fly from Heho to Yangon (1h10m)
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)
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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