Beautiful Myanmar Tour

Overview

Explore the enchanting tapestry of Myanmar's four major destinations, each a captivating chapter in this remarkable country's story. Begin your journey in Yangon, the gateway to Myanmar, where the resplendent Shwedagon Pagoda graces the skyline, earning its place among the world's most wondrous landmarks. Venture further to Bagan, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2019, where countless ancient temples and pagodas rise from the landscape, echoing the whispers of history. Mandalay, the cultural heart of Myanmar, beckons with its rich heritage and masterful handicrafts, once serving as the kingdom's final royal capital.
Lastly, Inle, nestled in the Shan region, unveils a breathtaking canvas of natural beauty. Here, the Inle Lake glistens amidst the towering Shan mountains, while vibrant ethnic tribes adorn themselves in colorful costumes, adding a vivid cultural flourish to the picturesque landscape.

Starts/Ends: Yangon/ Yangon
Tour Duration: 09 days 08 nights

BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 01: Yangon arrival
Day 02: Yangon – Mandalay – Amarapura - Mandalay
Day 03: Mandalay – Mingun - Mandalay
Day 04: Mandalay - Bagan
Day 05: Bagan visit
Day 06 – Friday : Bagan – Heho - Nyaung Shwe - Inle
Day 07: Indein – Inle – Indein
Day 08: Inle - Nyaung Shwe - Heho – Yangon
Day 09: Yangon Departure

 Duration: 9 day
 Category: Classic Tours, Family Tours, Photo Tours

Itinerary

Day 01: Yangon arrival

As you step off your flight at the Yangon International Airport, our friendly English-speaking guide will extend a warm greeting, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey. You'll be whisked away to your hotel, but the adventure begins even before you unpack. Embark on an illuminating orientation tour through the vibrant streets of Yangon, a sneak peek into the city's soul, before you finally check in at the hotel. The excitement of your Yangon sojourn awaits, promising an enchanting overnight stay in this captivating city.

Day 02: Yangon – Mandalay – Amarapura – Mandalay (B, L)

Upon your arrival, we embark on a journey back in time, driving to Amarapura, the historical capital that witnessed the establishment of the first British embassy in Myanmar way back in 1795. Our first stop is the iconic U Bein teak bridge, a marvel of engineering that has gracefully stood for over two centuries, claiming its fame as the world's longest teak footbridge. Take a leisurely stroll along its weathered planks, relishing the splendid panoramas of idyllic farms and meandering streams that embrace it.

Our adventure continues as we visit one of the serene monasteries, a sanctuary for countless monks. If time allows, you may have the privilege to witness a sacred ritual - the monks' lunch offering, their final meal of the day. From here, we proceed to immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of Mandalay, where we'll encounter the Mahamuni Pagoda, home to one of Myanmar's most revered religious icons.

(Note: The visit to the monastery is subject to its current policies.)

Our journey then takes us to Ava (Inwa), the ancient capital city, just a 30-minute drive away. Crossing the river, we'll hop on a horse cart for a brief ride to reach a magnificent teakwood masterpiece, the Bagaya Monastery, where awe-inspiring woodwork and 267 intricately carved pillars await your admiration. Not far from here, the ruins of Maenu Okyaung, a monastery constructed from bricks and stucco, offer another glimpse into the area's rich history.

After this immersive exploration, we return to Mandalay, leaving you with a well-deserved evening of leisure to savor. Rest easy and dream of the wonders that await in this enchanting city, for the night holds our respite in Mandalay.

Day 03: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay (B, L)

After a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel, the day's adventure unfolds as you head to the jetty, the portal to a vibrant river world waiting to be explored. A local private boat whisks you away on a picturesque one-hour journey to Mingun (11 km away), unveiling a captivating tapestry of river life. Here, you'll witness the graceful dance of small longtail boats, bamboo rafts, and bustling ferries, as they ferry goods up and down the river, immersing you in the authentic rhythms of local existence.

Upon arrival in Mingun, your first stop is a true marvel—the Mingun Bell, a behemoth weighing over 87 tons and towering at a staggering 3.7 meters. It's a record-holder as the world's largest uncracked bell, a symbol of extraordinary craftsmanship.

Next, you'll be awed by the architectural elegance of the Hsinbyume (Ma Thein Tan) Pagoda, a resplendent white-washed temple designed to mirror Mount Meru's grandeur. As you gaze upon the mighty, unfinished Mingun Pagoda, once intended to be the world's largest, you'll be transported to a world of historic ambition and enduring beauty.

 

Cruising along the tranquil river, you'll make your way back to Mandalay.

In the late afternoon, you'll embark on a journey through some of Mandalay's most revered landmarks, starting with the ShweKyaung, the Golden Palace Monastery, a splendid example of traditional wooden architecture.

Continue your exploration with a visit to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, a place that houses the world's largest book. Picture 1,460 pages of monumental marble, each measuring three and a half feet wide, five feet long, and five inches thick. These pages, each standing upright on its own stand, span an astonishing 13 acres. The weight of history and knowledge bears down on you as you stand amidst this literary marvel.

As the day draws to a close, you'll ascend Mandalay Hill to catch the last rays of the sun casting a golden hue over the city and the sprawling countryside. The view from Mandalay Hill is nothing short of magnificent, a fitting finale to your day of exploration. Rest easy as the night blankets Mandalay in its embrace, promising more adventures to come.

Day 04: Mandalay – Bagan (B, L)

Prepare for a journey through time as you embark on a road trip from Mandalay to the mystical land of Bagan, where history breathes life into the stones and temples (approximately 4 hours on the road). The day starts early, with a delectable breakfast at your hotel, followed by check-out. With a private car and driver at your service, you'll traverse the scenic route to ancient Bagan, pausing for a delightful lunch at a local eatery, immersing yourself in the flavors of the region.

 

As the sun begins to dip below the horizon, you'll arrive in Bagan, a place of profound historical significance, so remarkable that it has earned its place on UNESCO's prestigious list of world heritage sites. After settling into your new abode, take a moment to unwind and soak in the ambiance of this ancient land.

Come evening, the adventure truly begins with a visit to a charming temple complex comprising Payathonzu, Lemyentha, and Nandamannya Temples, each offering breathtaking panoramic vistas of the sprawling plains. These temples provide a mesmerizing introduction to the grandeur and architectural brilliance that defines Bagan. As you embark on walking tours within this stunning temple complex, you'll discover an array of opportunities for capturing remarkable photographs, immortalizing the enchantment of Bagan's heritage.

 

With the night embracing Bagan, you'll find a restful haven for the evening as you prepare for the next chapter in your exploration of this extraordinary land.

 

Day 05: Bagan visit (B, L)

Embark on a captivating journey through the enchanting realm of Bagan, where the past and present converge in a tapestry of vibrant experiences. Begin your day at the bustling Nyaung-U morning market, where locals converge to weave a colorful tableau of fruits, vegetables, rice, and handcrafted treasures. Join them in their pursuit, immersing yourself in the lively atmosphere of this vibrant marketplace.

Your quest continues with a visit to the resplendent Shwezigon Pagoda, a magnificent testament to King Anawrahta's vision in the 11th century. This bell-shaped, gilded sanctuary serves as the archetype for countless pagodas that followed, making it a spiritual cornerstone and a hub of pilgrimage in Bagan. Gaze upon the golden majesty of the pagoda, sensing the profound tranquility it radiates.

Following this awe-inspiring visit, set your course for the architectural masterpiece that is the Ananda Temple. Crafted in 1091 by Kyansittha, it stands as one of Bagan's finest, largest, and most impeccably preserved temples. Ananda is believed to embody the boundless wisdom of the Buddha, a symbol of profound enlightenment. Capture the breathtaking panorama of Bagan's temple-strewn landscape in photographs, a moment etched in memory.

After a delectable lunch, indulge in an afternoon of relaxation back at your hotel, allowing the day's enchantments to seep into your senses.

Bagan is not only a realm of pagodas but also a sanctuary of craftsmanship, particularly the intricate art of lacquerware. Venture to the charming village of Myinkaba, where a legacy of tradition unfolds, revealing the meticulous process behind these exquisite creations.

To navigate the ancient wonders of Bagan, choose to explore in the style of the past or embrace the future with a horse cart or an E-bike, traversing the Archaeological Zone. Your quest culminates atop the Sunset Hill, where the setting sun casts a resplendent glow upon the ancient temples and pagodas. The sky's fiery hues mirror the grandeur of this spiritual landscape, and as the sun bids adieu, you'll return to your haven for the night, your heart brimming with the magic of Bagan.

Day 06 – Friday : Bagan – Heho - Nyaung Shwe – Inle (B, L)

As the sun heralds a new day, commence your morning with a delightful breakfast at your lakeside retreat. Today's adventure takes you on a mesmerizing journey across the waters of Inle Lake, aboard a traditional long-tailed boat bound for the enchanting village of Indein, nestled at the lake's western fringes. This voyage promises to be one of the most scenic and captivating trips you'll ever undertake on these tranquil waters.

Setting out from the bustling village of Ywama, the largest settlement on the lake, you'll navigate a labyrinth of channels, surrounded by imposing teak houses perched atop sturdy stilts. The ambiance is a fascinating blend of everyday life and stunning natural beauty. As you meander along, a picturesque canal comes into view, often adorned with a canopy of trees. On both sides, diligent farmers toil the fertile land, creating a captivating contrast against the backdrop of the Shan Hills.

Upon reaching the jetty, embark on a 15-minute stroll through the charming Indein village, where the passage of time seems to stand still. Your ultimate destination is the mesmerizing pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak, spanning the 14th to the 18th centuries. A covered walkway, bustling with souvenir vendors, leads you to the Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of time-worn zedis from the 17th and 18th centuries, some of which have been lovingly restored.

Your journey continues with a visit to a cheroot-maker's workshop, where the art of crafting traditional Burmese cigars comes to life in the skillful hands of artisans. You'll also pass by a traditional blacksmith's forge, a testament to the enduring craftsmanship of the region.

The afternoon invites you to delve into the leisurely pace of life on Inle Lake. Experience the unique charm of the Inle Canoe Lady, where local women, who typically work at the cigar workshop, offer their rowing skills in traditional canoes. Glide through the intricate network of waterways, passing houses on stilts and the captivating floating gardens maintained by the "Intha" people who call the lake their home. It's a journey through a world suspended over the tranquil waters.

As the day transitions into evening, return to your hotel, where you have the freedom to bask in leisure and savor the moments you've collected. The night unfurls over Inle, casting a veil of tranquility, promising a restful overnight stay amid this enchanting landscape.

Day 07: Indein – Inle Lake – Indein (B, L)

As the sun heralds a new day, commence your morning with a delightful breakfast at your lakeside retreat. Today's adventure takes you on a mesmerizing journey across the waters of Inle Lake, aboard a traditional long-tailed boat bound for the enchanting village of Indein, nestled at the lake's western fringes. This voyage promises to be one of the most scenic and captivating trips you'll ever undertake on these tranquil waters.

Setting out from the bustling village of Ywama, the largest settlement on the lake, you'll navigate a labyrinth of channels, surrounded by imposing teak houses perched atop sturdy stilts. The ambiance is a fascinating blend of everyday life and stunning natural beauty. As you meander along, a picturesque canal comes into view, often adorned with a canopy of trees. On both sides,

diligent farmers toil the fertile land, creating a captivating contrast against the backdrop of the Shan Hills.

Upon reaching the jetty, embark on a 15-minute stroll through the charming Indein village, where the passage of time seems to stand still. Your ultimate destination is the mesmerizing pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak, spanning the 14th to the 18th centuries. A covered walkway, bustling with souvenir vendors, leads you to the Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of time-worn zedis from the 17th and 18th centuries, some of which have been lovingly restored.

Your journey continues with a visit to a cheroot-maker's workshop, where the art of crafting traditional Burmese cigars comes to life in the skillful hands of artisans. You'll also pass by a traditional blacksmith's forge, a testament to the enduring craftsmanship of the region.

The afternoon invites you to delve into the leisurely pace of life on Inle Lake. Experience the unique charm of the Inle Canoe Lady, where local women, who typically work at the cigar workshop, offer their rowing skills in traditional canoes. Glide through the intricate network of waterways, passing houses on stilts and the captivating floating gardens maintained by the "Intha" people who call the lake their home. It's a journey through a world suspended over the tranquil waters.

As the day transitions into evening, return to your hotel, where you have the freedom to bask in leisure and savor the moments you've collected. The night unfurls over Inle, casting a veil of tranquility, promising a restful overnight stay amid this enchanting landscape.

Day 08: Inle - Nyaung Shwe - Heho – flight to Yangon (B, L)

Begin your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel, savoring the flavors of the morning as you prepare for the next leg of your adventure. A journey awaits as you transfer to Heho Airport, where you'll take flight to Yangon, a short yet scenic 75-minute voyage.

Upon your arrival in Yangon, the vibrant city will unfold before your eyes. The day commences with a visit to the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, home to a colossal reclining Buddha that stretches an impressive 217 feet in length, making it one of Myanmar's most monumental marvels. The sheer magnitude of this sacred sculpture is bound to leave you awestruck.

Your next stop is a captivating photo opportunity at the Karaweik Royal Barge, a concrete replica of a regal vessel that majestically graces the eastern edge of a tranquil lake. This intricately crafted structure serves as a testament to Myanmar's rich cultural heritage.

The highlight of your day unfolds as you step into the renowned Bogyoke Market, also known as Scott Market. Here, hundreds of shops beckon with a treasure trove of offerings, from delectable foods to intricate crafts and exquisite precious stones. It's a sensory delight, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant pulse of the city's commerce and craftsmanship.

As the sun begins its descent, you'll make your way to the splendid Shwedagon Pagoda, a resplendent icon sheathed in gold. This extraordinary monument, believed to have graced Yangon for over 2,600 years, stands as one of the city's premier attractions. Its towering spire reaches a majestic 326 feet into the sky, drawing pilgrims and travelers from across the globe. The pagoda's ethereal beauty takes on a mesmerizing glow in the waning light of the setting sun, creating an unforgettable tableau.

After relishing the breathtaking sunset backdrop of the Shwedagon Pagoda, you'll be chauffeured back to your hotel for check-in, marking the end of an eventful day. The evening is yours to savor at your own leisure, with the vibrant memories of Yangon to keep you company. Rest easy in this city that never ceases to amaze, for your overnight stay promises rejuvenation and contemplation.

Day 09: Yangon Departure (B)

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport and onward flight to return your next journey.

Important Information

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Price Includes

 Accommodation with daily breakfast in double / twin shared room
 Meal: as mentioned in the program (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner. Foods only)
 Airport transfers & Transport by air con. vehicles as per program
 Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified.
 Local English-speaking guide as per program
 All boat trip as mentioned in the program.
 Cold water and towel during tours
 Souvenir gift.

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