Essence of Mysterious Myanmar 8  days 7 nights

Tour code: MCY104 | Tour Style: Multi-Country Tours

Summary:

If you seek for a new and strange destination but so attractive and different from other famous and crowded tourist sites, don’t ignore the hidden gem of South East Asia – Myanmar. The 8-day Myanmar discovery tour is an ideal choice for you to understand deeply the beautiful country of Myanmar, the kingdom of Buddhist temples and pagodas with the sacred cultural and religious architecture. Moreover, the tour also brings you chance to admire the spectacular beauty of the famous Inle Lake, one of the must-see attractions in Myanmar. Surely, you will have unforgettable moments and feelings during your Myanmar tour.
 

Destination:

Myanmar

Activities: Walking, Sightseeing
  • Highlights:
    • Experiencing Yangon and visiting ShweDagon Pagoda, the pride of Myanmar people
    • Cruising on Inle Lake, a special eco-tourism area in Myanmar center, located at the height of about 2,900 feets
    • Visiting the holy land of Bagan stupa of the ancient Burmar Empire  
    • Exploring the cross-cultural communication and mixture of Buddhism, Hinduism and Mohammedanism
    • Tasting the special flavor of local cuisine, talking to the friendly and hospitable locals, of which 80% are Buddhists, who can devote all their treasures for pagodas 
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Day 1: Yangon Arrival (-/L/-)

Upon your arrival at Yangon Airport, our tour guide will welcome and assist you with the immigration procedures. We will then head to the hotel for check-in. After a short rest, lunch will be served with traditional Myanmar cuisine.
 
We will spend the afternoon exploring Yangon, one of the largest cities in the Asia. At first, we take a visit to the old colonial-style city center with the gilded Sule Pagoda Mahabandoola Park. Next, we drive along the strand road and head to Yangon jetty. The first day tour continues with a stop at Chaukhtat Gyi with 70m long reclining Buddha image followed by a photo stop made at Karaweik Hall, a royal floating barge. Finally, we reach one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments - Shwedagon Pagoda, in which the golden dome rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold.
 
Have dinner at leisure. Take rest and overnight at Yangon.  

Day 2: Yangon (B/-/-)

You will be set free on the second day tour to experience the daily life of locals in Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar.

Suggestions: Take opportunity to visit the local market and the ancient streets of Yangon. Spend your day walking or taking a trishaw ride to visit this colorful city of Yangon

Overnight in Yangon.  

Day 3: Yangon - Bagan (B/L/-)

Breakfast at your hotel in Yangon. We then leave for the airport to catch flight to Bagan.

Arrive in Bagan, we will start our sightseeing tour at the bustling local market of Nyaung Oo Market and continue to visit lots of important pagodas and temples including Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century; Ku Byauk Gyi, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes; Khay Min Ga Temple with the spectacular panoramic view of many monuments; and Ananda Temple famous for four huge standing Buddha images along with numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior.
 
In the afternoon, we will stop at a lacquer craftsmen’s workshop located nearby Myinkaba Village. Afterwards, we have chance to explore Manuha Temple, built in 1059; a unique sandstone monument of Nanbaya Temple which is said to be the palace of King Manuha and Myingaba Gu Byaukgi Temple famous for its ancient mural paintings. Don’t forget to admire the sunset in the vicinity of Bagan’s ancient monuments.
 
Spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Night-sleep in Bagan.

Day 4: Bagan (B/-/-)

You have the whole-forth day to relax and discover Bagan, the holy land of temples and stupas of power Empire Burma (Mien). Walking, riding a horse carriage or cycling are the best ways to appreciate Bangan’s history and culture.  

Suggestion: Don’t forget to admire the charming sunset in the highest temple in Bagan, Ku Byauk Gyi Temple.

Overnight at a hotel in Bagan. 

Day 5: Bagan - Heho - Inle Lake (B/L/-)

We will drive to Bagan Airport for domestic flight to Heho. Arrive in Heho, we will head toward Inle Lake, a beautiful highland lake which is 900 meters above sea level.
 
Taking a boat trip transferring to the hotel, you will have chance to eye-witness the sights of the famous led rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and local villagers’ daily life.
 
The afternoon is spent on visiting Phaungdaw OO Pagoda, Inpawkhon weaving village and the famous hand rolling Cigarette, etc.
 
Overnight at a cottage on Inle Lake.

Day 6: Inle Lake - Indein Village - Inle Lake (B/-/-)

Wake up early to enjoy the spectacular sunset on Inle Lake. Following the breakfast, we will move to Indein Village, one of the small villages located on the western bank of the lake. On the way transfer, we stop at the lake’s morning market which rotates location on a five-day basis. It is a colorful market for vendors form the villages around the lake to buy and sell their wares.
 
Enjoy a relaxing boat trip along a small canal to reach Indein Village of Pa-oh ethnic group. You will take a stroll around the village to visit a local village school as well as wander through the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area filled with picturesque ancient stupas. You can enjoy the beauty of its stupas and magnificent views of the lake below.  
 
Spend afternoon and evening at leisure.
 
Overnight in a comfortable twin-sharing cottage on Inle Lake.

Day 7 - Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel before transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon.
 
Our guide will transfer you to the Yangon Railway Station. Take a ride on Yangon’s Circle Train which loops through the outskirts of the city. The 45-minute-traveling time on train offers a unique chance for you to the colorful life of rural Myanmar. Disembark at Insein market where vendors sell a wide range of items, including food and dry goods. You have time to explore the market and talk to friendly and hospitable locals before coming back to Yangon by road.
 
Next, you will discover the colorful countryside surrounding the busy city of Yangon. Travel by ferry across the Yangon River to reach Dhala. You will ride on a trishaw to experience the natural beauty and local customs of this rural town. Stop at the local monastery to learn about the cultural and spiritual beliefs of the Burmese. Return to Yangon at midday. 
 
Rest of the seventh-day is at leisure.
 
Overnight in Yangon.

Day 8 - Yangon Departure (B)

After breakfast, you will have free time for sightseeing and shopping before transferring to the airport for your onward flight. End of your travel in Myanmar.
 
Suggestions: For those who have more time, we recommend participating one of our exclusive day trips to further explore the wonders of Yangon, for example, the big Scoot Market where you can buy some Myanmar’s Sovernir and MK Gems Co., Ltd. (Jewelry Center & Jade Factory) – the biggest jewelry shop in Myanmar where you can buy Myanmar’s sapphire and ruby.
Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
Meals as mentioned in the program (B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner)
English-speaking station guides (1 guide in each location)
Private motorized boat in Inle Lake excursions + hotel transfers on Inle Lake
Sunset Cruise in Bagan
All transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles
Porter fees at airports & hotels
Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program
International ticket to/from Yangon
Domestic Flights (please refer to the airfare table)
Visa for Myanmar
Meals other than mentioned
Visits not mentioned in the program
Drinks and personal expenses
International airport departure tax Yangon (USD 10/pax at present)
Any other items not mentioned
Credit card fees (4%) or bank transfer fees for non-cash payments
Guide speaking other languages is subject to availability.
This trip includes temples and pagoda, please DO NOT wear shorts or mini-skirts to show your respect.
Tour program is subject to change due to weather and operating conditions.
Tour Price: Exchange rate: 1 USD = 23,250 VND (23, Mar 2019)
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Related Venues
  • 1 Yangon
    Myanmar

    Yangon city has long become a tourist attraction in Myanmar thanks to its unique charm from old colonial buildings to tree-lined streets, bustling local markets and tranquil lakes. For many travelers, the city is a perfect gateway to Myanmar.

  • 2 Sule Pagoda
    Yangon City, Myanmar

    An excellent landmark of Sule Pagoda is located in the center of downtown Yangon. With the age of more than 2,500 years old, Sule Pagoda is said to be older than ShweDagon Pagoda. For the Yangon people, Sule Pagoda is a symbol for their religion and society. It is also a can-not-be-missed in almost tour itineraries.

  • 3 ShweDagon Pagoda
    Yangon city, Myanmar

    Located west of the Royal Lake in Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site in Myanmar. Being covered with hundreds of gold plates and diamonds together with its attractive architecture, sculpture and arts, the Shwedagon Pagoda is really one of the wonders of the religious world.

  • 4 Old Bagan
    Bagan city, Myanmar

    Old Bagan is one part of Bagan city, which is famous for thousands of ancient temples, pagodas and stupas built during the 11th-13th Century. Different from New Bagan, Old Bagan has few either affordable eating options or accommodations. It comprises the majority of temples, pagodas and beautiful handicraft shops.

  • 5 New Bagan
    Bagan City, Myanmar

    New Bagan is one part of Bagan city, which is famous for thousands of ancient temples, pagodas and stupas built during the 11th-13th Century. Established in the 1990's, New Bagan is the new place for residents of Old Bagan move to for settling. It is a busy and dusty town with a variety of sleeping and eating options.

  • 6 Shwezigon Pagoda
    Bagan City, Myanmar

    Located in the northeast of the ancient city of Bagan, the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, which is one among the most significant religious buildings in Myanmar, is served as a prototype for later stupas built throughout the country. It is also marked an important development in the relationship between traditional Burmese religion and Theravada Buddhism.

  • 7 Nyaung Oo Market
    Nyaung Oo Village, Myanmar

    Located not far from the famous Shwezigon Temple is Nyaung Oo Market is a local market where you can explore the dose of local life and culture. Not only providing with great photo opportunity, but the Nyaung Oo Market creates chance for visitors to experience the local daily life of Myanmar people as well.

  • 8 Heho Town
    Kalaw Township of Taunggyi District, Myanmar

    A small town of Heho is the primary gateway to the famous Inle Lake - the must-visit place in Heho where you can see the unique leg-rowers. In addition, Heho Town is best place for you to visit in the festival season when the locals held the Shin Pyu Festival.

  • 9 Inle Lake
    Heho, Myanmar

    A fresh-water Inle Lake is the second largest lake on Myanmar with a surface area of nearly 116km and one of the highest lakes at an altitude of about 900 meters above sea level. The lake attracts a huge number of tourists thanks to its scenic and unpolluted natural beauty, floating villages, colorful daily floating market and Inle Spa.

  • 10 Indein Village
    Heho, Myanmar

    Indein Village is lying on the western bank of the Inle Lake in Myanmar. The village is famous for many of incredible atmospheric ruined pagodas, among which the two most famous are Nyaung Ohak Pagoda and Shwe Inn Thein Pagoda. Besides, Indein Village is also one of the largest and liveliest markets in the area.