In this tour we present you the most essential of Myanmar, we will start by Yangon, visit its wonderful temples, the majestic Inle Lake, the historic city of Mandalay, and we will return to Yangon to say goodbye to this wonderful country, after these days you will have seen almost everything I’m sure you’ll want to repeat.
Upon arrival, you will be received by the guide who will accompany you and transfer you to your hotel.
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage make it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.
At night, visit Shwedagon Pagoda which is one of the wonders of the world. It was built 2,500 years ago and consecrated with Buddha hair relics. Enjoy stunning views of the golden stupa from this point of view.
Night in hotel in Yangon.
After breakfast, we will take a tour of the city center where we will find several historical and colonial buildings. First we will visit Sule Pagoda which is a 2200 year old temple surrounded by government buildings and commercial stores. Then we will visit the Mahabandoola Park where the Monument to Independence is located. Continue the tour through the City Hall building.
We continue to the Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott Market, where you can explore the wide selection of handicrafts from Myanmar and other goods (Note: closed on Mondays and holidays).
We will visit the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, where one of the Buddhas has a crown encrusted with diamonds and other precious stones. The feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gather to pay homage and pray.
In the evening, visit “Garden City of East” to take pictures at the tranquil Kandawgyi Lake and the Karaweik Hall – a real floating boat. Night in Yangon.
Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning, we will make a road trip to visit Kyaikhtiyo, the Golden Rock. In the path, we will stop in the municipality of Htaukkyan to visit the Allied War Cemetery. This beautiful and quiet zone is the final resting place for more than 27,000 allied soldiers who they perished during the Second World War in Myanmar.
Arrival at Kyaikhtiyo base camp (approximately 5 hours). After a few minutes on foot, arrival at the Golden Rock. A huge rock covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff, Golden Rock is one of the main places of pilgrimage in Myanmar. The pagoda here is said to have a Buddha hair and Buddhists from all over the country come here to pay homage.
Back to the hotel.
After breakfast, return to base camp by truck. We will start the trip back to Yangon. On the way, we will visit Bago, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Mon in the 15th century, you will visit the Reclining Buddha Shwethalyaung (55 meters long, it is the second largest Buddha in the world). Shwemawdaw Pagoda, often known as the Golden Temple of God …
The Kyaikpun Pagoda, the home of the Sitting Buddha’s Chapel. Pararemo for lunch at a local restaurant.
This afternoon, visit the Chinese Temple of Kwanyin and walk through the colorful Bago Market. On our interest, we can visit the palace of Kanbawzathardi and the famous palace of King Bayintnaung (1551-1581 A.D.).
We continue our trip back to Yangon. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel.
Night at the hotel in Yangon.
This morning, after breakfast, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Bagan (Nyaung Oo). Bagan, located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River (Irrawaddy), is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world of the 11th and 12th centuries .. Upon arrival, we will visit the Nyaung Market Oo where the villagers meet every day to buy and sell their products and other goods ..
Then we visit the Golden Shwezigon Pagoda, built in the Myanmar style in 1087. Then, visit Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple in Wetkyi-Inn Village that is well- known for its exquisite mural of jataka paintings and the elegant temple of Htilominlo , known for its fine plaster carvings and sandstone decorations.
This afternoon we will start with a visit to a traditional lacquer workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known crafts. Continuing towards the Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of the most beautiful temples of Bagan, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is seen.
From here, the tour that goes through Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, the massive temple of Dhammayangyi, highlighted by its remarkable brickwork, and the temple of Sulamani. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.
Night at the hotel in Bagan.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the town of Myinkaba and take a short walk to explore the temples of Manuha and Nan Paya. We will explore more temples in the area, visit craft shops and return to the hotel to rest from the midday heat. This afternoon, we continue to the rural town of Minnanthu, one of the least visited areas of Bagan. Here you can explore temples such as Payathonzu, Lemyentha and Nandamannya before heading to the dock by the river. From here, we will take a slow cruise along the Irrawaddy River. As the cruise progresses, we will observe the lifestyle of the fishermen and the inhabitants of the riverbank, as well as enjoy a unique perspective of the temples of Bagan.
Night at the hotel in Bagan.
Breakfast at the hotel. This early morning, we will depart to Mount Popa with our private driver and guide. Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with its golden sanctuaries. Located 50 km southeast of Bagan, this lonely peak shows the Popa Taungkalat sanctuary, the favorite home of the most powerful (local spirits) of Myanmar, whose statues can be found at its base. On the way, we will visit a local village to learn about the local culture and lifestyle. On the way back, visit a palm sugar workshop, where the nectar harvested from the trees is cooked in the sugar cubes we see in today’s teapots.
Accommodation in Bagan.
This morning after breakfast, we will fly north to Mandalay. Mandalay is the cultural capital of Myanmar. The focus of the nature of the city is a steep hill, which rises above a large square.
We will first visit Amarapura, an ancient capital whose name means City of Immortality; First visit to U Bein Bridge, the longest in the world and 200 years old. Enjoy a walk on the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams. Then we will visit the monastery of Mahagandayon, where more than a thousand monks reside …
In the afternoon, we will visit Mahamuni Pogada for the first time, a 13-foot tall Buddha image that is one of the most famous in Myanmar. We continue the visit to Mandalay with a visit to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned the title of the world’s largest Book. Continue to the monastery of Shwenandaw, the only remaining building of the Royal Palace of the nineteenth century. This large teak building is known for its exquisite wood sculpture. We will climb to the top of Mandalay Hill to enjoy magnificent views of the city and the Irrawaddy River.
Night at the hotel in Mandalay.
After breakfast, we will go to Ava, which is one of the ancient cities and a rural backwater of empty fields sparsely dotted with ruins, monastic buildings and stupas. We will explore BagayaKyaung (a wonderful teak monastery), the monastery of MahaAungmyeBonzan (built of covered stucco brick, royal monastery temple) and Nanmyin (a leaning watchtower of Ava)
We visit Sagaing Hill, which is considered the religious center of Myanmar. It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers and we will visit the Swan OoPon Nya Shin and U Min ThoneSae pagodas. We also visit the local market of Sagaing, a typical Burmese market that few tourists visit. Here you will find a wide range of items for sale including local pottery, silver and other crafts. We will also stop at a small pottery village to see the process of making the pots of water found throughout Myanmar. After touring this quiet place, we continue the journey towards the U Bein bridge, the teak bridge with more than 200 years. Enjoy a walk on the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams.
Night at the hotel in Mandalay.
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the pier and take a boat about 45 minutes to Mingun, which is famous for its huge and incomplete Pahtodawgyi Pagoda built by King Bodaw Badon in 1791. We will also see Mingun Bell, the largest hanging bell in the world, with a weight of 90 tons. Then we visit the Mingun Pagoda, built by King Bodawpaya in 1790. We continue the journey to the Hsinbyume Pagoda (known as Myatheindan Pagoda), built in 1816 by King Bagyidaw.
Transfer to hotel and overnight in Mandalay
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take a flight to Heho. Then we will go to Pindaya, where we visit for the first time the famous Pagoda Shwe Oo Min Natural Cave, a huge limestone cavern full of thousands of golden Buddha statues. Then we will head north to visit the monastery of Kan Tau, a fine teak monastery, with a large collection of old Buddha images on ornate plinths. Then, we continue the tour with a visit to the workshop that produces umbrellas and souvenirs made with recycled Shan paper. After lunch, we continue our trip to Nyaung Shwe, the entrance village to Inle Lake. On the way, stop at the wooden monastery Shwe Yan Pyay which is an elegant old monastery with its oval-shaped windows. Then transfer to the hotel.
Night at the hotel in Inle Lake.
After breakfast, we will board a private boat to go to Inle Lake, one of the most spectacular places in Myanmar. We pass through villages built on stilts in the lake. Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, famous for Buddha statues over 800 years old and covered with gold leaf. We also visit the ancient monastery of Nge Phe Chaung. Then, we will explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone.
Accommodation in the Inle Lake.
After breakfast, visit to the morning market of the lake. The market has its location around the different towns of the lake and is visited by the inhabitants of the lake and the tribes of the surrounding hills that come to sell and trade their wares. From the center of the lake, we continue through a small canal that leads to Indein, and to the Padaung ethnic village (women with long necks). We continue on foot along a long staircase to discover the magnificent Alaung Sithu complex in a beautiful landscape of anti stupas buried in vegetation with a panoramic view of the lake.
Night in hotel in Inle Lake.
After breakfast, we will take a boat to Nyaung Shwe Jetty and from here the car to go to Heho airport to catch the flight back to Yangon. Arrival in Yangon and transfer to the hotel.
Night at the hotel in Yangon.
After breakfast, you will have free time before the transfer to the airport to catch the flight out.