9 Days- 8 Nights
Day 1: Arrive in Yangon
Arrival at Yangon international airport. After
custom and immigration procedures, welcomed by
local English-speaking tour guide and then
transfer to hotel for check-in. Orientation tour
starts with drive through the colonial style
downtown, the Chinatown area and the Indian
quarter. Visit Yangon's historic landmark, the Sule Zedi with its golden
octagonal pagoda. Continue to Botataung pagoda,
located close to Yangon River and said to
contain Buddha relics. Stop alongside Kandawgyi
(Royal) Lake to take photographs over the lake
with Shwedagon in the backgrouond. Enjoy the sunset at Shwedagon
pagoda, the famous stupa with
gilded gold leaves, as it stands majestically is the
very heart of Buddhist
Myanmar. The pagoda is believed to be 2,500
years old and and its massive structure is surrounded by
dozens of intricately decorated buildings and
statues. There are always many Myanmar people
praying and making offerings at Shwedagon, and
it's a fascinating place to spend time watching
the spectacle at this remarkable monument. Return to your hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon- Bagan by
transfer to Yangon airport for flight to Bagan.
Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check-in.
Full day guided Bagan sightseeing tour with a
visit to the golden pagoda of Shwezigon, Pagan's most important
reliquary shrine - look out for images of 37 "Nats"
housed in a small hall. See 12th century
frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansitta
"Cave" temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi, another
"cave" temple with fine frescoes of "jataka
tales". Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar
style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and
friezes. Pass through Tharaba Gateway into Old
Bagan. In the afternoon, visit Ananda temple, a
whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with
four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick
monastery from the early Bagan period with
well-preserved murals. Marvel at the
tallest temple measuring 61 meters - the Thatbuinnyu,
known as the "temple of omniscience" and dating
from 1091. Next, visit Dhamayangyi, a
massive-looking temple dating from end of 12th
century and famous for its interlocking
mortar-less brickwork. Continue to
Mingalarzedi, the last of the large pagodas
built in the 13th century, representing the
pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Then,
visit local lacquer workshop to watch craftsmen
skillfully making this most famous of Bagan's
handicrafts. Short ride by horse cart at sunset time
to climb to the top of Shwesandaw
stupa to enjoy the magnificent views over Pagan's
temples and the Ayeyarwady River. After sunset return to
hotel for overnight.
Day 3: Bagan sightseeing
Breakfast at hotel. Full day sightseeing with early
morning visit to Nyaung-U local market, then
continue to Sulamani, one of Pagan's great
two-storied Bamar style temples with 4
seated Buddha images. Next visit Lemethna temple,
topped by an Indian-style spire similar to
Ananda. From here proceed to the three shrines of Payathonzu
which are connected by passages adorned with
Mahayana Tantric mural paintings. Follow with a
visit to the Nandamanya temple containing fine frescoes and erotic murals.
Next take a break from
temples and wander through the village of Minnanthu to see how the local people live. In
the afternoon, visit Abeyardanar, a temple with
frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the gods
of Indian mythology. Continue to Nanpaya temple,
built in the Mon style with intricate stone
carvings, and said once to have been Manuha's
residence. See the four Buddha images in
Manuha's pagoda and then, stop at Myazedi stupa
to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing
inscriptions written in four languages. Last,
admire the fine stucco work at Gubyaukgyi (at
Myinkaba village). Finally return to hotel and
rest of the day at your own leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Bagan.
Day 4: Bagan- Mandalay by
at hotel. Morning transfer to Bagan airport for
flight to Mandalay. Full day sightseeing in
Mandalay starting with the ancient city of Amarapura,
where you will visit Mahagandayon Monastery,
home to more than 800 monks and whom you may see
having their morning meal. Continue to nearby U-Bein
Bridge, over a kilometer long and made
entirely of teak. Take a walk along the
bridge to Kyauktawgyi Pagoda; inside note mural
paintings from 19th century.
Check-in at hotel in late morning. Continue
sightseeing with gold leaf making work at Mahamuni
pagoda, home to Mandalay's holiest Buddha
statue. Stop nearby to view stone carving. Then,
visit Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden
building with intricate carvings, which was once
King Mindon's home. Continue to see "world's
largest book", it being the Buddhist Scriptures
inscribed on marble slabs at Kuthodaw pagoda.
Visit Kyaukdawgyi pagoda to see a large Buddha
statue carved out of a single block of local
marble. Enjoy spectacular views at sunset from
Mandalay Hill where there are interesting
glass-studded temples. Return to your hotel for
overnight stay in Mandalay.
Day 5: Mandalay- Mingun- Ava (Innwa) – Mandalay
This morning enjoy a boat trip to Mingun, the site of a brick
pagoda towering 50 meters above the Ayeyarwady
River, and home of the world's largest intact
bell. The boat trip is interesting for all types
of wooden boats and bamboo rafts, carrying goods
up and down the river. Return back to Mandalay
at noon. In the afternoon, continue sightseeing
- after crossing small canal,
visit town of Ava (Innwa) by horse-cart, located on an
island between the Ayeyarwady and the Myitnge
river. You will pass through its ancient city walls to visit a
brick and stucco monastery called Mahaaungmye
Bonzan (also known as Ok Kyaung). Continue to
Nanmyin Watch Tower- the climb to the top offers
lovely views over the river. See also the
impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung.
Time permitting, visit homes in the village to
admire local handicrafts, such as silk weaving,
cane mats weaving, and manufacturing of alms bowls.
Last enjoj spectacular sunset at
U-Bein Bridge. Return to your hotel and
overnight stay in Mandalay.
Day 6: Mandalay- Heho- Pindaya- Nyaung Shwe by
flight and car
Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to Mandalay
airport for fight to Heho, upon arrival, drive
towards Pindaya, located on the mountain top of
1,300 meters above sea level; on the way visit
at markets in Shan state. Upon arrival check into hotel,
the visit the famous
natural limestone caves with sacred Buddha
images inside which are known as ShweOoMin
pagoda. Next visit some local homes where families
produce Shan paper and parasols. Also enjoy walking
around the lake, under the colossal Banyan trees
dating back over 300 years. Relax under cool
ambiance of the hills, before going down to
the valley of Nyaung Shwe on the edge of Inle
Lake; on the way visit Shwe Yan Pyae pagoda,
for its beautiful mosaic decorations on inner
Check-in at hotel in Nyaung Shwe on the banks of
Inle Lake. Overnight stay at Hotel in Nyaung
Day 7: Inle Lake by car
at hotel, then enjoy a boat trip on Inle Lake – a
photographer's dream, its calm waters are dotted
vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic
high hills provide the perfect backdrop. Visit
local "five-day" market where colorful hill
tribes meet to socialize. See the
lake's unique "leg rowers"- Intha people row
standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar.
Visit Phaung Daw Oo pagoda, the holiest
religious site in Shan State. See traditional
handicrafts – silk weaving on wooden handlooms
and a blacksmith shop. In the afternoon, visit
the hidden treasures of Indein pagodas, dating
back to 17th century, much destroyed by time.
Pass endless floating gardens, where fruits and
vegetations are grown. Return to hotel at the
moment of beautiful sunset. Overnight stay at
hotel located on the lake.
Day 8: Inle Lake- Heho- Yangon by boat and
Breakfast at hotel. This morning, transfer to
Heho airport by car. Fly back to Yangon. Upon
arrival, transfer to hotel for check-in. At your
in the afternoon and for the rest of your time
in Myanmar; stroll around Yangon, or rest. Overnight
stay at hotel in Yangon.
Day 9: Yangon Departure
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Yangon airport
for your flight to next destination.
Myanmar Optional Tours and Extensions
*Tours are private with daily
departure from Yangon.
*Tours can be customized.
*We always use private domestic
*Ground transportation from most
reliable service providers in the
*Hotels are superior category or as
*Meals, except daily breakfast at
hotels, are normally not included.
*Entrance fees to sites and
monuments are normally excluded.
*Quotations are based on
English-speaking guides only (other
language-guides on request.)
*Government tax & service charges
*On arrival visa for Myanmar.
*Regional air ticketing reservations
*Special permit assistance for
remote areas & border entry from
*Incentive arrangements &
documentation program assistance.
*Special offers for travel
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