Magnificent Myanmar

Yangon - Golden Rock - Bago - Bagan - Mt. Popa - Mandalay - Mingun - AVA - Sagaing - Heho - Pindaya - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Yangon

12 Days - 11 Nights

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                                                Tour In Brief

 

This program is for our customers who can visit and enjoy the main tourist attraction destinations of Myanmar and the surrounding areas. Tour starts from the main gateway of Myanmar - Yangon and visits the interesting places around the city. Visit amazing Golden Rock Pagoda and the richest archaeological sites of Bago near Yangon. Visit the most world-famous place of Bagan (was just officially inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 6 July 2019) with thousands of pagodas. Explore and see the magnificent view over Mt. Popa. Also visit the last royal capital of Myanmar – Mandalay and surrounding ancient areas of Mingun, AVA & Sagaing. Visit the Pindaya region and Kalaw - a former British hill station, experience riding a long-tail boat in Inle Lake and relax and enjoy at Ngapali Beach. Finally, come back to Yangon and end our tour.

Day 1: Yangon Arrival & City Tour

Arrival at Yangon International airport and your guide will greet you at the arrivals hall. Then start the Yangon sightseeing tour with a visit of Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, featuring a huge reclining Buddha image. Next, drive along Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake and on the east side make a brief stop to take some great photos across the lake towards the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. Drive through the heart of downtown Yangon, and enjoy some of the best that colonial-style Yangon has to offer such as the High Court building and The Government Telegraph Office on Pansodan street; both were built in the 1920s & 1930s.

 

Afternoon, continue with a visit to Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and public holidays) to discover Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. No doubt you will find your preferred item to take back home as a remembrance of your trip to The Golden Land. Finally, continue to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of any visit to Yangon. Towering over the city, this pagoda is the most sacred spot in the country, built to house eight hair relics of the Buddha. The Shwedagon and surrounding shrines are at their most beautiful during the sunset hour, as the golden stupa reflects the changing colors of twilight. Return back to the hotel. Accommodation at your hotel in Yangon.

 

Meal includes: N/A

Day 2: Yangon – Golden Rock sightseeing

 

After breakfast, we will drive to visit Kyaik Htee Yoe Pagoda (Golden Rock). Drive through seemingly endless paddy fields. There are very nice and very traditional villages all around the area. You can see rural villages and areas.

 

Drive to the base camp of Kinpun. Continue and take a truck (join in the system) up a rather bumpy track half way up the mountain. From here, walk up the path which climbs steeply to the legendary` ’Golden Rock‘. Check into your hotel.

 

The incredible ’Golden Rock‘ sits precariously on top of the mountain and is said to balance thanks to a precisely placed hair of the lord Buddha. Weather permitting, sunset views from Mount Kyaik Htee Yoe are stunning.

 

Accommodation at your hotel in Kyaik Htee Yoe.

 

Pre-caution for Golden Rock Trip:

1) Golden Rock Trip is just the short trip and it is possible to bring only your portable shoulder bag/Side Sac for your important stuff and daily usage things without carrying the heavy luggage go up/down for Golden Rock.

2)  Golden Rock Shuttle Truck will go up till the Golden Rock Pagoda. With your accommodation it is at the Golden Rock Hotel and you will have to walk-up/down to your hotel at about 20mins approximately!

3) At the top of Golden Rock Mountain with the cold weather usually, you will need to bring a light sweater/jacket to resist the cold weather.

Meal includes: Breakfast

Day 3: Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon

 

After breakfast at your hotel, drive down to the Kinpun Base camp. Then drive to Bago. Just 80 km (50 miles) north of Yangon. Bago, one of the richest archaeological sites in Myanmar, which was founded the city about 825AD and in 13th Century AD.

 

Then visit Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda, Shwe Tha lyaung Reclining Buddha Image (the world’s most reclining Buddha) and continue to the huge 4 sitting Buddha’s of “KyaikPun“ (28 meters high huge Buddha Image). Continue drive back to Yangon. Accommodation at your Hotel in Yangon.

Meal includes: Breakfast

Day 4: Yangon – Bagan Full-day Excursion

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to Yangon domestic airport for the flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, start your Bagan full day tour with Nyaung U local market. Continue to see the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda. Continue to Ananda Temple, a Whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61m – Thatbyinnyu Temple known as the temple of omniscience“ and dating from 1144.

 

Transfer to your hotel for check-in.

 

In the afternoon, first, stop at Myinkaba area and Gubyaukgyi Temple with its fine stuccowork. Then, visit Dhammayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170 which is famous for its interlocking mortarless brickwork. Stop at a popular lacquerware workshop producing this most famous of Bagan handicrafts.

 

Late afternoon, horse-cart brings you to half an hour to a sunset place, from which you can enjoy the magnificent view over Bagan’s temples area and Ayeyarwaddy River around Sunset time.

 

Accommodation at your hotel in Bagan.

Meal includes: Breakfast

Day 5: Bagan – Mt.Popa - Bagan (B)

 

Breakfast at the hotel. In the Morning, leave Bagan behind and drive ahead to Popa and upon arrival at Mt. Popa, take a rest in short time to relax. Mount Popa itself is 1,518 m. high, but our visit focuses on Popa Taungkalat, 737 m. high, its cone-shaped form actually being the core of an extinct volcano. It is also the home of Myanmar’s 37 most important nats (spirits), housed in a shrine at the foot of Taungkalat.

 

After that, drive back to Nyaung-U, en route, stop for an interesting visit at “Paing” roadside shop. Here, you can observe how locals climb up toddy trees to harvest the toddy juice. Depending on the time of day, the taste is sweet or rather more bitter. This juice is sometimes popularly called “sky beer”.

 

Then transfer back to hotel and accommodation at your hotel in Bagan.

Meal includes: Breakfast

Day 6: Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura full day tour (B)

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to Nyaung U airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, start your full-day excursion with the ancient capital of Amarapura, “City of Immortality”, and 11 km. south of Mandalay. First, visit to U-Bein Bridge, over one km. long and almost entirely made of teak, and spanning the Taungthaman Lake.

 

Since Amarapura is famous for its fine textiles, there is some time to visit a silk weaving shop.

 

After that, drive to the hotel to check-in.

 

In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carvings, which was once King Mindon's home. Continue to see the “world’s largest book”, being the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs, at Kuthodaw Pagoda. Enjoy spectacular views around sunset time from Mandalay Hill, covered with glass-studded temples.

Accommodation at your hotel in Mandalay.

Meal includes: Breakfast

Day 7: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay

After breakfast, drive to the bank of the Ayeyarwady River and board your private local boat to visit Mingun, 11 km. north-west of Mandalay. Mingun is the site of the unfinished Mingun Pagoda, a brick monument towering 50 m. above the Ayeyarwady River.

The boat trip is most pleasant and interesting because you can witness local life on the river itself and on its banks, always a colorful experience in Southeast Asia. The river is quite busy with various craft sailing up and down with all sorts of products and commodities.

Visit Pahtodawgyi: The construction of the pagoda was commissioned by King Bodawpaya in 1790, but ongoing works stopped in 1819 when King Bodawpaya died. Then, in 1838 the unfinished pagoda was struck by an earthquake.

After that, visit nearby Mingun Bell, the world's largest intact hanging bronze bell. Return to Mandalay.

Finally, stop at Hsinbyume Pagoda, built by King Bagyidaw in 1816. The pagoda is a representation of the cosmological design of Mt. Meru. The pagoda was seriously damaged in the earthquake of 1838. Then back to Mandalay. Accommodation at your hotel in Mandalay.

Meal includes: Breakfast

Day 8: Mandalay – AVA – Sagaing sightseeing

 

After breakfast, today we will transfer and visit AVA. First, cross the Ayeyarwaddy river and take a very local ferry to visit Innwa (AVA). A fitting way to visit Innwa is by taking a horse-cart ride. Pass through the ancient city walls to visit Maha AungmyeBonzen Kyaung, a brick, and stucco monastery, also known as Me Nu Oke Kyaung.

 

Visit Bagaya Kyaung, the impressive wooden monastery entirely built with Teak, and supported by 267 teak posts, which hold a collection of manuscripts written on palm leaves (pe-sa). Then, across Sagaing bridge and enjoy picturesque Sagaing Hill, still the beating heart of the Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. Numerous monasteries and pagodas dot the hillsides.

 

Visit Soon U Ponya Shin Paya, which offers magnificent sweeping views of its surroundings, and U Min Thounzeh Pagoda, containing 45 Buddha images lined up in a half-moon shape. And enjoy the sunset time at Sagaing Hill panoramic view. Drive back to your hotel. Accommodation at your hotel in Mandalay.

Meal includes: Breakfast

Day 9: Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya – Kalaw

 

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Mandalay airport for the flight to Heho. Upon arrival, drive to Pindaya, an interesting and often picturesque drive up into the hills and across the Shan Plateau, through fields of mountain rice and other agricultural crops.

 

Visit magnificent Pindaya Caves, set in a limestone ridge overlooking a small central lake, where thousands of different types of Buddha images are on display in the various cave chambers.  Visit some local workshops where families produce Shan paper and parasols.

 

In the afternoon, transfer to Kalaw, a former British hill station, also home to a variety of ethnic minorities including Shan, Pa-O, Danu, Palaung, and others. Transfer to your hotel for check-in. A short tour of downtown Kalaw will immediately transport you back into the laid-back ambiance of a provincial town, with here and there some reminders of bygone British colonial splendor. Nowadays, the sympathetic little hill town is a mixture, not only of various ethnicities but also of different religions. Testimony to that is the mosques, pagodas, and churches often standing peacefully next to each other. Accommodation at your hotel in Kalaw.

Meal includes: Breakfast

Day 10: Kalaw – Inle Lake with Samkar Village sightseeing

 

Breakfast at the hotel. After that, drive to Nyaung Shwe, the small town at the entrance to Inle Lake. Transfer by longtail boat to your hotel on the lake for check-in. Then start exploring the charm of Inle Lake proper. Over 20 km. long and more than 10 km. wide, and at 875 m. above sea level, the calm waters of the lake contrast sharply with the surrounding high hills as a backdrop. Apart from offering amateur photographers an exceptional chance to take plenty of great shots, economically Inle lake has over the years become the vegetable and fruit garden for most of the country! See the lake's unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar, thus they are able to free their hands for fishing and tending to their gardens.

 

Then visit Sankar, a rarely visited area south of Inle Lake. You will get insight into the unspoiled culture and traditional lifestyle of the ethnic Pa-O and Intha inhabitants around Sagar. Enjoy the beautiful landscape, flowering trees and numerous settlements dotted on both sides of the canal. Transfer back by boat to your hotel. Accommodation at your hotel in Inle Lake.

 

(Please note that due to safety reasons night transfers by boat on the lake are not allowed by company policy. Thank you for your understanding!)

Meal includes: Breakfast

Day 11: Leisure days in Inle Lake

 

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will be free and leisure at your hotel.

 Accommodation at your hotel in Inle Lake.

 

(Please note that due to safety reasons night transfers by boat on the lake are not allowed by company policy. Thank you for your understanding!)

Meal includes: Breakfast

Day 12: Heho – Yangon Departure Day

 

After breakfast, transfer to Heho airport for the flight to Yangon. Upon arrival at Yangon, balance your time and transfer to Yangon International Airport for your international departure flight.

Meal includes: Breakfast

Services Included in our prices:     

  • Accommodation (bed + breakfast) in mentioned hotels or similar, based on Twin/ Double room sharing occupancy

  • Transport by road in private air-conditioned vehicles

  • Domestic flights and domestic airport tax as per program

  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

  • Meals as per itinerary: daily breakfast only

  • English Speaking Station Guide

  • Daily refreshment tissues and bottled mineral water on transfers and visits

  • Porterage at all Myanmar airports, international and domestic, and at river jetties

  • Current fuel surcharges are included, but those are subject to change without notice prior to tour start date

               

Services excluded in our prices:

  • Camera fees at everywhere

  • Any ground or other services not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Visa fees to entry Myanmar

  • International flights to/from Myanmar

  • Personal insurance cover of any type

  • Any meals not mentioned in the tour program

  • The expense of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, souvenirs, beverage, tips & gratuities, etc.

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