Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Inle Lake – Indein – Yangon
09 Days – 08 Nights
Day1: Arrival Yangon & Yangon City Tour (-,-,-)
Upon arrival, you’ll greet by your guide who will accompany and transfer you to your hotel.
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.
(Early check-in is subjected to room availability)
This afternoon, we’ll take a tour around the city center which is filled various historical and colonial buildings partly by car or partly on foot. We’ll first visit Sule Pagoda which is a 2200-year-old temple surrounded by government buildings and commercial shop. Then, you’ll pass along the way to Mahabandoola Park where Independent Monument exists. Continue your tour by passing City Hall, a little India and a little china.
From Here, end your day at Shwedagon Pagoda which is one of the wonders of the world. It was built 2500 years ago and enshrined with hair relics of Buddha and a place where to meet devoted Buddhists meditating and praying. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.
Stay overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Day2: Yangon –Bagan (B,-,-)
This morning, you’ll transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan (NyaungOo).
Bagan, located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world with many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries.
On arrival, your journey begins with a visit an elevated temple from where you will have a panoramic view of the magnificent plains of Bagan.
Continue with a visit to the golden Shwezigon Pagoda,first and prototype monument, which was built in Myanmar style in 1087. Then, we will visit Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple @ Wetkyi-Inn Village which is well-known for its exquisite jataka mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.
This afternoon begins with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed.
From here, travel by horse cart for a tour passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple.
Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.
Overnight in Bagan.
Day3: Bagan Sightseeing (B,-,-)
After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll visit Nyaung Oo Market where villagers gather every day to buy and sell their produce and other goods. Continue to Myinkaba village and take a short walking tour to explore the temples of Manuha and Nan Paya.
Explore more temples in the area, visit more craft shops or return to your hotel for a break to relax from the midday heat.
This afternoon, continue to the rural village of Minnanthu, one of Bagan’s least visited areas. Here you will explore temples such as Payathonzu, Lemyentha and Nandamannya before heading to the riverside pier. Board a local boat for a slow cruise down the Irrawaddy River. As you cruise the waters, observe the lifestyle of the fishermen and riverside villagers as well as enjoying the unique perspective of Bagan’s temples.
Return to your hotel this evening. Overnight in Bagan.
Day4: Bagan– Mandalay (B,-,-)
This morning fly north to Mandalay. Mandalay is Myanmar’s cultural capital. The nature focus of the city is an abrupt hill, rising above a vast moated and walled square.
En-route to the city center, we’ll first stop at Ava which is one of the ancient cities and a remarkably rural backwater of empty fields sparsely dotted with widely spaced ruins, monastic buildings and stupas. Explore Ava by horse cart, visit BagayaKyaung (a wonderful teak monastery), MahaAungmyeBonzan monastery (built of stucco-covered brick, royal monastery temple) and Nanmyin (a leaning watchtower of Ava)
Then, towards a local restaurant in a city center to have lunch. (own account)
This afternoon, we’ll visit MahamuniPogada, 13ft-high seated Buddha image which is one of Myanmar’s most famous. Continue your tour of Mandalay with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’. Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. This grand teak building is known for its exquisite woodcarving.
Head to the top of Mandalay Hill as the sun begins to set to enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River.
Overnight in Mandalay.
Day5: Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing – Amarapura – Mandalay (B,-,-)
Today we’ll explore the historic sites around Mandalay. Visiting iconic attractions include Mingun’s gigantic stupa stub, Sagaing’s temple-studded hills and U Bein’s Bridge in Amarapura.
This morning we’ll take a short river journey to visit Mingun Pagoda. Then, continue your visit to the world’s largest uncracked bell called Mingun Bell. Across the road, you can visit a Buddhist nursing home for family-less elderly folk which is always glad of donations. (donation is own account)
Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. (own account)
Return to dry land by boat and take a drive to Sagaing by crossing a bridge over the Irrawaddy River. Uncountable white-and-gold stupas are highlights of Sagaing. Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar. It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers and you will visit pagodas such as Swan OoPon Nya Shin and U Min ThoneSae. We’ll also visit Sagaing’s local market, a typical Burmese market that few tourists visit. Here you will find a range of items for sale including locally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts. We will also stop at a small pottery village to see the process of making the ubiquitous water pots found throughout Myanmar.
Return toward the city and stop at Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’. First visit a silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products and then visit Mahagandayon monastery, when over one thousand monks reside. After touring this tranquil site, continue to U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest and 200-year-old teak bridge. Enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams.
Overnight in Mandalay.
Day6: Mandalay – Heho – Nyaung Shwe – Inle Lake (B,-,-)
After breakfast, transfer to Mandalay Airport for a flight to Heho.
From Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which is an elegant ancient monastery with its oval-shaped windows. We will also stop in Nyaung Shwe for a short walk around town and visit the colorful market if it is being held that day.
Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, famous for the 800 years old Five Buddha statues which are covered in gold leaf.
Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand.
If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.
Overnight on Inle Lake.
Day7: Inle Lake – In Dein – Inle Lake (B,-,-)
After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5-day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day).
From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to Indein populated by ethnic Padaung (“long neck women”). You’ll walk on a covered alley lined on both sides with a thousand pagodas. Continue on foot by a long covered staircase to discover the magnificent complex of Alaung Sithu in a beautiful scenery of ancient stupas buried in vegetation with a panoramic view of the lake.
This afternoon is your leisure at your hotel.
Overnight on Inle Lake.
Day8: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon (B,-,-)
After breakfast, drive to the Heho Airport for the flight to Yangon and upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. (Early check-in subjected to room availability)
Today is a free visit day in Yangon where your car and guide will be at your hands for any additional sightseeing or shopping that you may wish to do. Then, you will continue to Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, where you can browse through the wide selection of Myanmar handicrafts and other goods (Note: closed on Mondays and public holidays).
Overnight in Yangon.
Day9: Depart Yangon (B, -, -)
Today is your leisure at the hotel before transfer to airport for your departure flight.
• 8 Nights accommodation with sharing Twin/Double basic
• All the transfers and excursion with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers
• English speaking station guide (different guide in different city)
• Domestic flights (Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Inle Lake – Yangon)
• Private motorized boat for Inle excursion, sunset cruise in Bagan and Mingun visit
• Horse cart & ferry boat in Ava visit
• Entrance fees for visiting places in the program
• Water and refreshing towel in touring days
• Services mentioned in the program
• International flight in/out
• Porter charges at airports and jetties
• Meals mentioned in the program (L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• Supplement cost for Christmas and New Year Eve Dinners
• Drinks, tips and personal expenses
• Visa and Insurance fees
• Any other items and services not mentioned in the program
• Separate Transfer from/to airport
• Fuel surcharge for flights