Essence of Mysterious Myanmar
About the Tour
The tour will give you a journey to famous tourist attractions in Myanmar, symbols and prouds of Myanmar – a mysterious and undiscovered country with magnificent pagoda architecture, mesmerizing appeal and unspeakable beauty. During 8 days of the tour, you will have a chance to visit Yangoon (the old capital of Myanma – Burmar), contemplate the legendary Bagan – the holy land of Burmese, see the Inle Lake – the second biggest lake in Myanmar, etc.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.