Overview

If you are an adventurous person, Myanmar is a wonderful destination to explore and contemplate the ancient beauty of thousands of pagodas and temples. The country is known as the land of golden Buddhist edifices. Moreover, you will have a chance to discover the unique culture and customs of the ethnic minorities as well as their daily life.

Contemplate the fantastic beauty in the country and relax by watching the sunset. That is the most memorable experience on your trip.

Highlights of Myanmar

Itinerary

Day 1

Yangon Arrival (D)

Meals: Dinner

Activities: Yangon Arrival, dinner with Burmese traditional food, and enjoy a cultural show of music and dancing.

Arrive at Yangon Airport, welcome on arrival, and transfer to hotel for check-in. The room is at your disposal from 14.00 onwards. Had dinner with the traditional Burmese food after enjoying a beautiful cultural show of music and dancing.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

Yangon – Fly to Bagan (B)

Meals: Breakfast

Activities: Fly to Bagan; visit Nyang U Market, gold leaf Shwezigon Pagoda, Ananda Temple, sightseeing in Bagan plains, and visit a local lacquerware workshop.

We depart early from the hotel to take a flight to Bagan. Bagan is known as a wonderland of over ancient 2000 temples where no visitor can ignore to discover the Burmese’s history and religious beliefs. We will first visit Nyang U Market, a typical market that remained in Myanmar for centuries.

Then we will pay a visit to Shwezigon pagoda, the olden golden pagoda in Bagan located in Nyang U town, as well as explore Ananda Temple as further travel into the Bagan plains and the surrounding temples. Here you will have an exhaustive look at Burmese Buddhist traditions.

In the afternoon, continue the trip to visit a local lacquer ware workshop and have an insightful understanding of the lacquer painting technique.

Meals on your own and overnight in Bagan.

Day 3

Bagan Sightseeing (B)

Meals: Breakfast

Activities: Enjoy a horse cart ride to visit Nan Paya Pagoda, Minkaba Gubyaukyi Temple, MyaZedi Pagoda, Manuha Temple, and Shwesandaw Pagoda.

After having breakfast, colonize your Bagan experience with a visit by a horse cart to Nan Paya Pagoda- one of four Bagan monuments built of sandstones and other wonderful sightseeing nearby. Then Minkaba Gubyaukyi Temple is a place we cannot miss on the tour, distinctive architecture and sculpture of MyaZedi Pagoda, Manuha Temple will attract your sense of curiosity with a profound impression. One of the best highlights in Bagan is the magical sunset on the top of the ShweSandaw Pagoda.

Meals on your own. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 4

Bagan – Fly to Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura (B)

Meals: Breakfast

Activities: Fly to Mandalay, arrive in Sagaing Hill to learn about a monk’s schooling, visit Budda Cave, U Min Thonze Pagoda, and Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda, drive to Amarapura to visit Monastery and walk over U Bein Wooden Bridge.

A short flight from Bagan will take you to Mandalay, the 2nd largest city in Myanmar, and then depart to Sagaing Hill to comprehend monk’s schooling, discover Budda Cave, U Min Thonze Pagoda, and Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda as well as contemplate the impressive landscapes of Mandalay.

Continue the trip to Amarapura- the “city of immortality” by car to visit Mahagandaryone Monastery. It is one of Amarapura’s main sights with more than 3000 monks living and studying here. Enjoy a walk over U Bein Wooden Bridge - a beautiful 1.2-kilometer structure built from teak planks and said to be the longest of its type in the world.

Meals on your own. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 5

Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Hill (B)

Meals: Breakfast

Activities: Visit the monks and enjoy their daily meal, explore Mingun by boat, visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery, and Kuthodaw Pagoda and contemplate the sunset

Spend a full day exploring Mandalay with numerous stupas, monks, and monasteries. Watch the monks during worship time and enjoy a nice meal of vegetarian dishes in the monasteries which is a fascinating part of the tour.

Continue the trip by driving to Mandalay Pier; we will take a boat to Mingun, which is famous for its massive unfinished Pahtodawgyi pagoda, built at the end of the 18th century, and Mingun bell - the largest bell in the world.

Explore Mandalay Royal Palace which is covered by beautiful canals and visit Shwenandaw Monastery, which is famous for Buddhist carvings. Continue the visit to Kuthodaw pagoda you will have a chance to contemplate the World's Largest Book, which included 729 Marble Stone Slabs of Buddhist Scriptures and each stone slab hold on the small shrine. At the end of the tour, let’s stop at Mandalay Hill, in order to watch the beautiful sunset. Surely, you will have a compelling moment to relax and see the whole of the city.

Meals on your own, overnight in Mandalay.

Day 6

Mandalay – Fly to Inle Lake (B)

Meals: Breakfast

Activities: Fly to Inle Lake; visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, and Nam Pan Village.

Airplane landing at the Heho airport and then we will transfer to Inle lake. It is known as the second largest lake in Myanmar, however, it is considered the most beautiful place in the land of golden pagodas.

Take a boat to contemplate the rich beauty of floating gardens full of various plants and vegetables as well as explore the daily life of locals. Surely, you will be attracted by the unique image of boatmen. They row by one leg while the other stands on the boat to fix and catch fish by hand with their traditional tools. That is the particular trait of the Intha people.

Continue the trip to visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. There are many pagodas around the lake; however, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is the most grandiose and monumental one. It is known as the symbol of five small golden Buddha images.

Then we will pay a visit to Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, made of wooden and floating on the lake. You will feel interested in the cats that were trained to jump through hoops as well as the impressive golden Buddha images. Finally, we will transfer to Nam Pan Village to explore the local life at the cotton and lotus weaving factories and cigar-making houses.

Meals on your own. Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 7

Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake (B)

Meals: Breakfast

Activities: Visit the 5-Day Market, the temple of Indein.

The morning brings with it the sunshine as you are met and taken to the “5 Day Market”, in Inle Lake. You will have a chance to see the bustling life of locals and contemplate their unique costumes.

Enjoy your lunch before we will pay a visit to the ancient temple of Indein and enjoy the beauty of its architecture as well as the tranquil space for relaxation.

Meals on your own. Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 8

Inle Lake – Fly to Yangon – City Tour (B)

Meals: Breakfast

Activities: Fly to Yangon and discover the city, visit Shwedagon Pagoda, and shop in Scott market.

Start a new day by flying to Yangon and have a day to explore Yangon, which has many ancient pagodas such as Sule Pagoda, located in the center of the city, Chaukhtayi Pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake.

Enjoy your lunch before we will pay a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda. Here you will immerse in the shimmering landscape of Shwedagon pagoda which is a magnificent golden pagoda on the top of Singuttara hill. It is said that this pagoda dated back 2500 years ago and stored the hair relics of the Buddha. That is one of the most spectacular religious architecture in the world as well as a proud of Myanmar.

Go shopping in Scott market which helps you feel the pace of life in the city and relax.

Meals on your own. Overnight in Yangon.

Day 9

Yangon Departure (B)

Meals: Breakfast

Activities: Yangon departure

After enjoying a nice breakfast, free time at your leisure until we will transfer to the Yangon International Airport for your departure flight to come back home.

End of the tour!

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