DAY 1: YANGON (B/-/-)
Once arrive to the Yangon International Airport you will be warmly welcomed by our local guide for your transfer to your hotel in the city. Yangon the colonial city otherwise known as South East Asia Garden City is dizzying combination of old and new: modern business buildings, historical and cultural heritage of centaury old golden shimmering pagodas, its impressive age old colonial mansions sit side-by-side bustling restaurant and bars.Check in to your hotel. Then you will start your excursion to Sule Pagoda the excellent landmark of Yangon and leisurely walk along the streets lined with the British Colonial era buildings passing through the Mahabandoola Park. From here set off to Bogyoke Aung San Market, this sprawling over 80 years old market has the largest selection of Myanmar traditional handicrafts, cotton, silk, jewellery and all kind of souvenirs you will find under several roofs.You will also take a short visit to 70 metre-long Chaukhtetgyi Reclining Buddha worth for a great insight into Buddhism. End your day with a visit to the 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of any trip to Myanmar perhaps one of the most beautiful pagoda complex in Asia. From there you will be escorted back to your hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 2:YANGON – MANDALAY – ANCIENT CITITES (B/-/-)
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be brought to airport for flight to Mandalay. Once arrival you will be greeted by our local guide and depart for full day sightseeing around the city. Set off full day excursion to the ancient capitals of Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing around Mandalay. First visit Mahagandayon Monastery in Amarapura, a typical place to witness over thousand monks attending the daily meal at the country's largest monastery. After touring this site you will continue to visit a silk weaving workshop. Observe the fascinating weaving process of colourful silk by skilful weavers work on old looms in the traditional way.Continue your visit to Ava, the capital between the 14th and 18th centuries, where a short ferry ride will take visitors across the river to an awaiting horse and carriage. Explore the centuries old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort.In the afternoon, cross the bridge over the Irrawaddy River and continue to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hills is widely regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar and is home to 3,000 Monks and 100 Meditation Centres which forms the hilly landscape. Visit Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, Umin Thonezeh Pagoda and the 17th century old Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda.End of the day you will be driven back to Amarapura to enjoy sunset over the 200 year-old U Bein Bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in the world. Your overnight stay will be spent in Mandalay.
DAY 3: MANDALAY – MINGUN – MANDALAY (B/-/-)
Today cross the Irrawaddy River by a ferry boat to visit Mingun, home to one of the largest intact bells in existence. Upon arrival, take a walk to explore Mingun area with a tour to Pondaw Paya. It gives a clear picture of what the paya would have looked like if completed.Next explore the unfinished pagoda, Mingun Paya. If the work had been finished, Mingun might now have the world’s largest Zedi. From the top there is a fantastic view of the Irrawaddy River towards Mandalay and then visit Mingun Bell; it is supposedly the largest uncracked bell in the world. A few minutes walk from here, we will also have chance to visit Hsinbyume Paya; a white, round shaped zedi with one nicely decorated stairway guiding up to the top terrace.Cruise back to Mandalay and continue the tour to Mandalay City. Visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the most revered Buddha Images in the country. This four meter high image is cast in bronze, but over the years it has been covered with a thick layer of gold leafs. From here continue to explore the traditional crafts workshops in the city such as marble carving, wood carving, tapestry embracement and gold leaf making.Proceed to Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung; this Golden Palace Monastery is a fragile reminder of the old Mandalay Fort which is decorated with exquisite wood carvings and the interior walls are gilded past-life stories of Buddha. You will then visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, the 729 marble slabs surrounding this pagoda are inscribed with the entire Tripitaka, earning this pagoda the moniker of “the world’s biggest book”.A nice ending of the hot day, you are going to spend a few hours at Mandalay Hill to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and surroundings in the final hours of its sunset. Your overnight will be spent in Mandalay.
DAY 4: MANDALAY – BAGAN (BY BOAT) (B/-/-)
In the morning we will bring you to the jetty in Mandalay for the embarkation of the boat to Bagan. You cruise downwards the famous Irrawaddy River. On the way you will observe charming rural villages which are examples of the typical river community. You will also pass the confluence of the Irrawaddy and the Chindwin River. You will reach Bagan probably in the early evening. Upon arrival in Bagan you will be greeted by our local guide and escorted to your hotel for check in. Stay overnight in Bagan.
DAY 5: BAGAN (B/-/-)
This deserted ancient city alongside the Irrawaddy River was once the capital of Myanmar from 11th to 13th centuries. Home to over 2,000 temples and pagodas, and by far its largest attraction, is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia and represents the spiritual heritage of ancient Burma.After your satisfying breakfast at hotel, begin your journey with a visit to colourful Nyaung U Market where every day the locals come to buy and sell fresh produce and other goods.Â From here you will visit the most famous pagoda in Bagan the Shwezigone. The stupa is a graceful bell shape became the prototype for Myanmar's pagodas. Today excursion also includes the significant sights of this ancient city such as Kyanzittha Umin with unique wall paintings of 13th century of Mongolian, Gu-Byauk-Gyi Temple that features amazingly fine frescos showing scenes of Buddha`s life.Explore the Htilo-Minlo Temple which is famous for its traces of old murals, original fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. Morning visit concludes with Ananda Temple, one of the finest, largest and best preserved temple and Thatbyinnyu Temple, the highest building in Bagan.After lunch break, the return to your hotel for some refreshment and relaxation. Resume afternoon visit to Dhammayangyi Pahto and Sulamuni Pahto. The former one is famous for its massive-walled temple and the later one is known for the last finest architecture of 12 century temple styles. Evening visit also includes traditional lacquer-ware workshops in Myinkaba village as for Myanmar’s contemporary arts and crafts. End of the day enjoy sunset at Pyatthatgyi Paya or one atop of Bagan's temple. With a transfer back to your hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 6: BAGAN – POPA – BAGAN (B/-/-)
Optional Activity: Ballooning Over Bagan A truly unique and unforgettable experience of a breath-taking ride in a hot-air-balloon over the ancient city of Bagan during sunrise! You will be astounded and amazed by the beauty and diversity of the temples and stupas below you. From a hot air balloon drifting over the ancient temples and pagodas you will be amazed by the most beautiful sunrise. As the ride is optional, don’t forget to book it the previous day.Further sightseeing of Bagan, you will drive off together to Mount Popa, the flower mountain. A little oasis, Mount Popa is the home of the most powerful Nats (sacred spirits) and offers an entrancing view across the plains of upper Myanmar. 777 steep stairs lead up to high peak of its extinct volcanic vent (Taungkalat) with pagodas and small temples perched at the summit (the climb is optional!).After sightseeing around Popa, you will head back to Bagan plain with beautiful sceneries. En route visit Shwe Hlaing Village, located just outside of Bagan on the way to or from Mount Popa, this rural village makes its living by producing various items from the toddy palm trees. You will have some time to walk around the village and observe how to make Myanmar's Candy and liquor at toddy climber's hut. It is then back to your Bagan hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 7: BAGAN – KALAW (B/-/-)
Enjoy breakfast at hotel then it is time check out from hotel and transfer to airport for your flight to Heho. On arrival you will be driven to Kalaw, a former British hill station and one the most popular town to go trekking on the western edge of the Shan plateau. It is a quiet town, 1,320 meter above sea level with an atmosphere reminiscent of the colonial era.Visit the Kalaw Myo Ma Market, a good place for watching hill tribe people and the other varied inhabitants of Kalaw Nepali, Indians, Gurkhas, Bamar and Shan. It also features a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and then takes a short walk of the town centre.Today excursion also includes Shwe Oo Min Paya a natural cave dripping with Buddha Statues. Next explore the Nee Paya, this pagoda holds a gold lacquered bamboo Buddha and is reached in only 20 minutes by car from downtown. You will then take a short walk, part trek, to Pain Ne Pin village where you can explore the unique culture and daily life of the Palaung in this peaceful village. If time permits you may visit Christ the King Church founded at 1931 by the Italian Priest. Transfer to for your overnight stay in Kalaw.
DAY 8: KALAW – INLE LAKE (B/-/-)
After breakfast at hotel you will be taken a scenic drive to Nyaung Shwe at the Inle Lake. On the way visit red-painted wooden monastery Shwe Yan Pyay; was built in early 19th century. Interesting architectural features are the oval windows, mosaics and the golden ornaments artwork. A great place for taking pictures!On board to private boat and be ferried around the lake for full day sightseeing of Myanmar's most spectacular sights. The lake is surrounded by high plateaus and overlooked by the misty Shan mountains you will have chance to observe unique one-leg rowing of Intha People who have adapted their environment by building bamboo stilt houses on the shallow waters.First you are going to visit the holy Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. This complex is the holiest religious site in the southern area of the Shan State. It hosts five gold-leaf-covered statues; the gold leaf on the figures has become so thick that the images have become almost unrecognizable. There are also varieties of traditional workshops dotted around Inle Lake among them you will also be invited to explore gold and silver smithing at Ywama village, silk, cotton weaving workshop at In Paw Khone village, boat making workshop and Burmese cheroot making factory at Nam Pan village.After then, you will be transferred to hotel with lovely sunset upon the Lake. Your overnight stay will be spent in Inle Lake.
DAY 9: INDEIN – KAUNG DAING (B/-/-)
After breakfast, you will sail off to enjoy the morning Five-Day-Market in the lake. These bustling markets around Inle Lake are mostly of interest for the variety of different products offered, mainly grown on the floating gardens. The market rotates between different villages over five days.Next stop, you will be ferried from the middle of the lake; continue down a small canal leading to the village of Indein. Indein is located half way along the western side of the lake and is very interesting due to its 1,094 stupas surrounding the main pagoda, the Indein Pagoda. This pagoda is the original home of the five famous Buddha images of Inle Lake. Explore the area on foot, strolling around the village, visiting a local school, and wander through ancient pagodas.Next on the list, you are going to visit Kaung Daing village which is famous for its natural hot springs and traditional home made snacks of rice and tofu. After walking around the village of lake side you will head back to Inle Lake the rest of the day is for your relaxation.
DAY 10: INLE LAKE – PINDAYA – YANGON (B/-/-)
After breakfast at hotel it's time to check out from hotel for your next visit to Pindaya. The scenic drive will take you through deeply farmed areas and groups of toiling farmers in their traditional dress along the way. Start your first visit to Pindaya Caves. These sacred cave complex features over 8,000 Buddha images made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement. The caves burrow into a limestone ridge overlooking Pindaya and surrounding areas.Explore Shan paper and umbrella making workshop, a chance a detailed look at the making of the famous Shan paper and beautiful Burmese umbrellas. Then take a short walk around the picturesque Pone Ta Loke Lake. From here you will drive directly to airport for your flight back to the garden city Yangon. Your overnight stay will be spent in Yangon.
DAY 11: YANGON – SITTWE (B/-/-)
Day eleven begins with hotel collection and a transfer to Yangon domestic airport for a comfortable flight to Sittwe. Upon arrival you will be warmly welcomed by a local guide and escorted to your hotel. Sittwe is a port city on the Bay of Bengal and the capital of the Rakhine State. It has a transit route to Mrauk U, access to memorable local attractions as well as spectacular views of untouched beaches and islands ripe for discovery.After some refreshment, start sightseeing to Bhaddanta Wannita Museum, which features lots of interesting old artefacts from Mrauk U. Visit to Sittwe Market where we can see locals people selling goods, vegetable and fishery products.Then you may continue to visit Sittwe View Point, is one of the famous recreation place among local people during sunset we can enjoy nice scenery at the confluence of the Kisapanadi (Kaladan) River and the Bay of Bengal.Â After you have visited the above attractions your trusted guide will take you back to your hotel for an overnight stay in Sittwe.
DAY 12: SITTWE – MRAUK U (B/-/-)
After a satisfying breakfast your guide will collect you for the four hour scenic drive to Mrauk U. Along the way you will be able to observe Ponna Kyun and Kyauk Taw as well as many beautiful landscapes, rivers and small towns.On the way to Mrauk U, visit to Kyauk Taw Taung Pagoda. Take a few minute walk up to the mountain where you can enjoy the most panoramic view of the Kisapanadi (Kaladan) River and surroundings. Continue our journey and we may also stop at Mahamuni Temple. This holy temple is located in the north-eastern part of ancient Dhanyawady City and is a huge bronze image which Rakhine Kings believed provided supernatural protection to their successive kingdoms and also one of famous pilgrimage site among local people.The drive continues onto Mrauk U for a refreshing lunch break, hotel check in and an afternoon of leisure. Mrauk U is the old capital of the powerful Rakhine kingdom with a 3,000 years old history. In the 16th century Mrauk U was a large and important free port. Today it is an archaeological complex with several extremely interesting buildings and temples built by sand stones and a good place to explore ancient architecture of Rakhine people.In this afternoon, you will start sightseeing around this ancient city. Visit to Shit-Thaung Temple, an ancient temple.Shit-Thaungâ€ means 80,000 Buddha's images and reliefs which were built by one of the most powerful kings of the Mrauk U Dynasty.Next visit to Andaw-Thein Temple. While Shittaung features three square passages inside the temple Andaw-Thein has two passages around an eight side pillar, which supports the roof. Then explore Htaukkhan-Thein Temple, a very impressive temple with a spiral passage, which leads to an egg-shaped Buddha chamber. The tall entranceway on the east side admits light into this chamber. From outside it really looks like a huge bunker and would have easily provided a good refugee.At the end of the day you can enjoy the sunset view from a hill nearby Htaukkhan-Thein Temple before returning to your hotel to an overnight stay.
DAY 13: MRAUK U (B/-/-)
After breakfast at the hotel your sightseeing exhibition will continue. First stop is the Koe-Thaung Temple. Koe-Thaung means 90,000 and refers to the number of Buddha images it contains. You will also visit other interesting temples surrounding Koe-Thaung, for example the semi-destroyed Pisie Paya which is located east of Phra-ouk Pagoda and offers a nice hilltop view of Koe-Thaung Temple.Mong-khong Shwegu Pagoda which was donated by Queen Nat Shun May in the 16th century and Sakya Mar-aung Pagoda. This pagoda reveals distinct Bamar and Shan architectural influences. The lower half of this 280 feet high pagoda is octagonal whereas the higher portion is circular with a decorative â€˜htiâ€™ or umbrella on top.After an essential lunch break you will continue your tour to Latt-Saykan Gate. This is an artificial lake with city wall and a gate and was once one of the main gates into the city. Little remains of the outer walls, but what is still standing is particularly interesting and the Latt-Say Lake on the other side of the gate has a picturesque stretch of water that was once Mrauk Us main reservoir.You may also visit Mahabandoola Monastery. This sprawling monastery straddles several hills, and is said to hold a Buddha tooth relic. Artefacts that can be found in the monastery are various rooms. This afternoon excursion also includes Sanda Muni Buddha Image and Ratna Mar-aung Pagoda.At the end of the day you will watch the sunset from Shwegu Taung and enjoy the remarkable views over Mrauk U city. Afterwards you will return to your hotel for an overnight stay in Mrauk U.
DAY 14: MRAUK U – SITTWE – YANGON (B/-/-)
After Breakfast you will be driven to the jetty for a dazzling boat ride to Sittwe. The ferry ride takes about five hours and provides plenty of time to enjoy the views and sunrise along the Kaladan River. Once in Sittwe you will be picked up at the jetty and transferred to the airport for your flight back to Yangon for your final night in the South East Asian Garden City.
DAY 15: YANGON DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
This may be the end of your beautiful journey but you will still have time to explore the garden city on your own. It time to say goodbye and you will be then transferred to the airport for your departure flight to home.
Our service includes:
- Accommodation at the hotels in double/ twin or single room occupancy including breakfast
- English-speaking station guide service
- Transportation for excursion and sightseeing by a private air-condition car with driver
- Boat excursion from Nyaung Shwe to Hpe Kone via Sagar Village
- Meals mentioned in program (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Admission fees and zone fees for the visits mentioned in above program
- Mineral water and refreshment
Our Service does not include:
- International travel insurance
- International flight ticket arrangement
- Visa arrangements for Myanmar
- Drinks, personal expenses and tips at hotel, etc.
- Meals other than mentioned in program (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Any other services not mentioned in inclusions
- There is a hotel surcharge and some extra compulsory services for reservations in special times (New Year, Christmas, etc.).Any change of the itinerary or number of participants is subject to price change.
- For any modification of date or itinerary the prices can be revised.
- Usually room available only from 14:00 on the arrival date to 12:00 on the departure date. Depending on the hotels policy, the supplement will be added for early check-in or late check-out.
- The cost of the air tickets are subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
- The schedules of domestic flights in Myanmar are provided as an indication only. Once a booking is confirmed we can provide more precise timings, but these remain nevertheless subject to change without notice by the airlines until travelling date. It might therefore in some cases be necessary to amend your program and itinerary due to such schedule changes. We thank you for your understanding.