Enjoyable, memorable, and very suitable if you come to Myanmar the 1st time and love to experience all the best of the country.
|Day 1||Arrival in Yangon||(L or D)|
|Day 2||Visit Yangon||(B/L)|
|Day 3||Yangon – Bago – Golden Rock||(B/L)|
|Day 4||Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon – Flight to Mandalay||(B/L)|
|Day 5 + 6||Visit Mandalay||(B/L)|
|Day 7||Mandalay – (Flight) – Bagan||(B/L)|
|Day 9||Bagan – (Flight) – Heho – Inle Lake||(B/L)|
|Day 10||Inle Lake at Leisure||(B)|
|Day 11||Inle Lake – (Flight) – Yangon – Departure||(B)|
Yangon Shwedagon Pagoda Upon arrival in Yangon, we will be warmly welcomed by the tour guide and vehicle in Myanmar. Transfer to Yangon (more than half hour away) and check-in hotel. After a while for refreshment, we will proceed to visit the city.
Yangon, the Capital of Myanmar until 2006, is the largest city of the country, which welcome most of international flights, and the first attraction to everyone coming to Myanmar the 1st time. The city posses uncountable ancient and contemporary vestiges, with an exciting, authentic life of multiple ethnic group (biggest one is Burmese) in traditional costume. On every step of the tour, we can feel and see the kindness and hospitality, a great thing about Myanmar said by visitors from all over the world. This afternoon we will pay visit to Sule Pagoda, the 2,000-year-old yet not the oldest Buddhist pagoda of Myanmar, where legend said that its central stupa is enshrining a hair of Buddha.
The area near the pagoda is a typical fascinating zone of the city where we can research by eyes and chats – with the locals – about their normal life before going on to the Gem Museum – there are many legends of real gem and jade in Myanmar and we can learn about them before shopping at any market – and colourful Karaweik palace, located by Kandawgyi Lake. Evening will be continued with a traditional show at the Karaweik where we can enjoy watching stage art of Myanmar people. O/N Yangon.
Bogoyke MarketBreakfast at hotel. Today we will save mainly for visit, contemplation and meditation at Shwedagon pagoda. No one can spend less than two or three hours in this great site of the city, which, according to Buddhist records, is 2,600 years old and the celebration was just in May 2012. All the stupas of the pagoda, about a thousand, located surrounding the main one of 99m high, all are said to be gold-plated and remain incomparably magnificent after all destruction of wars and time. (Lunch at local restaurant between visits). Today we will also visit the Yangon Jetty where we can see how Myanmar people take very hard jobs to earn a living in between great tranquil landscape of the river and charming colonial quarter. Late afternoon we will visit Bogoyke Market (so called Scott market) for shopping, and visit other wellknown sites of Yangon if time available. O/N Yangon.
Please note! Scott market is closed on Monday and another market can be replacement.
Taukkyan War MemorialBreakfast at the hotel before transfer to the Golden Rock via Bago. We will stop en route at the Taukkyan War Memorial, dedicated to the British soldiers who died in Myanmar during WWII, to listen to our tourguide about an important time in contemporary history of Myanmar. Upon arrival at the base camp of the Golden Rock (locally named Kyaikhtiyo), we will change to a government’s truck to climb up the hill for about half an hour, then walk on foot uphill for about another hour to arrive at the Golden rock. At the end of the road, the sunset on of the Rock and the surrounding area will amaze us with their magnificent view – a quaint temple on the top of a nearly-but-never-fallen giant rock, which is covered day by day by real golden plates from pilgrims.
Check in hotel. O/N at Golden Rock.
Golden RockEarly morning our tourguide will wake up us to walk from hotel to the Golden Rock again for enjoying the Dawn hereby, when religious people arrive in very early morning to pray and show their respect to one of the most meaningful vestiges of Myanmar and of Asia. The visit should not be too rush-up so that we can really contemplate the morning beauty of the site and feel the ambience of the most Buddhist country near Indochina, with kind, warm-hearted and diligent people. Before midday we will be transferred back to the base camp at Kinpun again on foot then by truck and take our vehicle to drive back to Yangon. If time available, we will stopover in Bago on the way to visit graceful temples and villages.
Upon arrival in Yangon, take afternoon flight to Mandalay. Welcomed by the tourguide in Mandalay and transfer to the city (about 45 minutes) to check-in hotel. O/N Mandalay.
Unbein BridgeBreakfast at hotel. Different from other tranquil towns of Myanmar, Mandalay is much more hectic, business-minded, yet the city maintains very well great vestiges that cannot be missed like Amarapura, Sagaing hill and U-Bein Bridge that we will visit today. We will go to the monastery in Amarapura before 10am, where the brunch, the only meal of the day, of thousands of monks is held every day at 10am, a very respectful and traditional ritual yet open to visitors to contemplate and discuss with the Buddhist people and monks to understand more about religious life and traditions of Buddhism in Myanmar. (Lunch between visits at a local restaurant.) Go on to Sagaing hill to enjoy a great view of multiple pagodas and temples dotted the hillside, making a unique panorama for Mandalay, and visit famous Mahamuni temple before enjoying the sunset over U-Bein bridge, the longest and most captivating teakwood bridge in the world.
Back to the hotel later afternoon. O/N Mandalay.
Mingun TempleAfter breakfast we will be transferred to the jetty to take our boat trip to Mingun by local ferry. After about 11km upstream watching all types of wooden boats and bamboo rafts, carrying goods up and down the river we will reach the place and visit Mingun Bell, weighting 87 tons and being the world’s largest intact bronze bell. Continue to the beautiful HsinbyumePaya and the unfinished MingunPaya (built with the intention of being the world’s biggest pagoda). Beside the incomparable view of vestiges, Mingun gives us a chance to get close to the life of countryside people either we can witness their hard-working on the river or at the villages near Mingun.
Lunch at local restaurant between visits. Back to Mandalay by ferry at the end of the trip and transfer back to hotel for your free discovery at Mandalay on foot. O/N Mandalay.
BaganOur Breakfast box will be prepared by the hotel in Mandalay if we need to catch very early flight to Bagan today. Transfer to the airport. Welcomed by the guide in Bagan (Nyang-U airport) and transfer to the hotel which located very close by the airport. If staying in Myanmar for several days ever makes you feel Myanmar is a country from the old time Asia, Bagan may even strengthen that feelings more than anywhere else in the country. Tranquility, charm, miracle, and breathtaking view everywhere are what you will always see in every corner of Bagan, where thousands of ancient temples and stupas emerge from a plain land along Irrawaddy River. This afternoon we will stroll around by horse cart to visit temples and stupas in Bagan until catching it marvelous sunset behind the towers. Lunch at local restaurant between visits. O/N Bagan. Please note! The cost to the newly built highest Tower in Bagan for the sunset or panorama view is extra (USD 10 per person).
Bagan SunsetBreakfast box will be prepared by our hotel again for our very early trip at 4.30 or 5.00 to catch the sunrise in Bagan. This visit should not be missed and you can deep yourselves into the best view of the country in absolute tranquility, isolation and genuineness. As Bagan posses thousands of stupas, temples, pagoda, our tourguide will keep the program flexible and introduce you to the best of them, including Ananda Temple – one of the finest in architecture and most revered temples with its four standing Bagan style Buddha images and huge carved teak doors, Ananda Oakkyaung – simply a Monastery built with red bricks, located within the precincts of the Ananda Temple. It was built in 1137 AD and paintings of the 18th century are seen in the walls of the monastery, Thatbyinnyu Temple – 201ft tall, the tallest in Bagan and it is shaped like a cross, but is not symmetrical.
The temple has two primary storeys, with the seated Buddha image located on the second storey. Dhammayangyi Temple – the widest temple in Bagan, and is built in a plan similar to that of Ananda Temple. Or Shwezigon Pagoda – built by King Anawrahta, a prototype of later Myanmar stupas, Htilominlo Temple well-known for its old mural, fine plaster carving and glazed sandstone decoration. The Shwezigon can be saved until we are back to Nyang-U as it offers great view in the dusk. O/N Bagan.
Inle lakeBreakfast at hotel before transfer to the airport with our guide for flight to Heho in Shan State. Welcomed by the guide in Heho. It will take us one hour from Heho by car/coach to Nwang shwe, and another one hour by boat to our hotel on the lake. Yet, the boat trip heading to the hotel may offer you a great chance to contemplate the one-leg rowing skill of the fishermen living in the lake, the eauty of green floating gardens, and many kinds of birds living and being protected surrounding the lake. Check in hotel and have lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon visit floating gardens and handicraft villages in the lake, where the locals produce weaving stuff from silk and lotus fiber, making cute “Myanmar tobacco”, blacksmith and silverware goods, a great chance to buy gifts for your family and friends. The boat trip itself will give us better conception about the life of people at Shan state and Myanmar too. If time available, visit the Jumping Cat monastery. Back to the hotel late afternoon. O/N Inle Lake
Breakfast at hotel. At leisure the whole day. No services provided.
After Breakfast at hotel we will be transferred by boat to the Jetty, picked-up by car and transferred to Heho to take our flight back to Yangon. This is time to say good bye to Myanmar and you will take your onward flight back home from here.