8 Days / 7 Nights
|Day 1: Yangon, arrival||Day 5: Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing – Mandalay|
|Day 2: Yangon – Bagan||Day 6: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake|
|Day 3: Bagan||Day 7: Indein – Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon|
|Day 4: Bagan – Mandalay||Day 8: Yangon, departure|
Upon arrival, receive a warm greeting from the guide;depend on arrival time: -transfer to the hotel or continue sightseeing.
Yangon, former capital of Myanmar and known as Rangoon, planned and built by the British after the second Anglo-Burmese war in mid-19 century. Therefore city is full of impressive colonial and different spiritual heritages make it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia. Today Yangon is still remaining as commercial city although the authority moved administration capital to Nay Pyi Taw in 2006.
Your tour begins with a venture downtown to explore the city centre for historical buildings and
city life of Yangonites. First photo stop in front of the city hall, Maha bandoola garden and Independence Monument, then walk to Sule Pagoda in the middle of the city which is believe to be zero point of Yangon, after ward continue your walking tour passing through many faded colonial and historic buildings. Then visit Little India and Chinatown, a colorful cacophony of restaurants, temples and markets. Finally end the walking tour at Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, the old locomotive factory until it was transformed into market in 1926.Variety of local products and imported goods are available at your choice.
(Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays).
After the market, Then stop at the Mahawizaya Temple, where the children have a chance to feed the temple fish. Great fun for kids to see giant fish swimming on the surface. For devout Buddhists, feeding the fish in the temple pond is a tranquil, meditative act in the pursuit of happiness.
Then,continue the tour to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Most Buddhist devotees believe that it was built in the time of Lord Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago, although the origin of the pagoda is unclear. The Pagoda has been renovated several times before taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 76.5 carets diamond on top, More than 80 thousand pieces of different gems studded spire and central stupa,more than three tons of gold leaf gilded,is about 100 metres tall;surrounded by 64 smaller stupas at the upper platform.
(Overnight in Yangon)
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for a flight to Bagan (Nyaung U).
Bagan was the capital of Myanmar from the 11th to 13th century. During this period, there were 11 kings reigned and;constructed thousands of huge stupas and temples, more than 2000 monuments are still standing today.
On arrival, the journey begins with the colourful Nyaung Oo Market where locals gather every day to buy and sell their products and other goods. Then, proceed to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda which is built of sand stone.Then, visit Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi- a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings; and end the morning tour with a huge elegant Htilominlo Temple- well-known for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.
Lunch and back to hotel for avoiding the heat of the day for a while.
In the afternoon, begin a tour to traditional lacquerware workshop, observe the skillful and quality production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. Next,continue to Thatbyinnyu- the highest temple in Bagan, Dhammayangyi-the biggest temple with its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple.
In the evening, explore the beautiful atmosphere by horse cart will makes your family tour in Bagan more alive. It will take s about one hour ride and enjoy the sunset.
Then, proceed to Nanda Restaurant for dinner with Puppet show.
(Overnight in Bagan.)
Distances and approximate journey time: Nyaung U Airport to Old Bagan (9 km): 20 mins
Nyaung U Airport to New Bagan (12 km): 20 mins
After breakfast,starts the tour with Myinkaba Village and take a short walking tour to explore the temples of Manuha and Nan Paya of the Mon king. Continue by car to Raja Kumar temple, the most well known for its wall painting, then continue to four in one Mya Cedi inscriptions. Next, to Naga Yone temple, observe its wooden mixed structure at the entrance and the main door.
Lunch and return to the hotel for a break to relax from the midday heat.
In the afternoon, continue to the rural village of Minnanthu where you may explore in the village on foot then to temples such as Payathonzu and Nandamannya before heading to the riverside pier. Board a local boat, enjoy and observe the lifestyle of fishermen and riverside villagers and take in the unique perspective of Bagan’s temples while cruising down the Ayeyarwady as the river goes by until the sun goes down.
Return to the hotel in the evening.
(Overnight in Bagan.)
After breakfast in the morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Mandalay.
Upon arrival, begin a sightseeing tour of Mandalay with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda. It is home to the second most revered Buddha image in the country, worship as a living Buddha. The image is being covered with gold by devotees that it has attained a unique and iconic ‘lumpy’ texture.
From there, continue the sightseeing of traditional workshops,observe the production of wood carvings, stone carving,tapestries, parasol paper making and gold-leaf making; where the techniques remained unchanged since the ancient time .
This afternoon, continue the tour of Mandalay with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda-with 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’. Continue visit to grand teak wood building with exquisite woodcarving- Shwenandaw Monastery;the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace.
Then head up to top of Mandalay Hill, enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River from the highest vantage point in the area until sun set.
(Back to hotel and overnight in Mandalay.)
Distances and approximate journey time: Mandalay Airport to Mandalay city centre (41 km): 60 mins
After breakfast, the day tour begins in the morning to explore the former royal cities of Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura.
First, cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing town, then go up to Sagaing hill covered with 600 pagodas and monasteries, regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar. It is home to more than 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centres. Visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin, believe to have contained two relics of Buddha; the highest point to see panorama view of Ayeyarwaddy River, Sagaing town, Mandalay and its hill in far distance under clear sky. Then continue to U Min Thone Sae, which means 30 caves, however you will see 45 Buddhas sitting in a crescent-shaped colonnade and housed on the side of the hill. On the way back from the hill, visit a nunnery at the foot hill to observe their daily life.
Then, visit Sagaing’s local market- a range of items for sale including locally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts. Next, stop at a small pottery village to see the process of making the ubiquitous water pots found throughout Myanmar, then to silversmith.
Then continue the tour to Ava, the Burmese capital from the 14th to 18th centuries. At the jetty, take ferry boat to cross Myit Nge river, at the other bank transfer to horse cart to explore the old royal city.
First visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery passing through the village and farm with new experience of transportation. The Monastery itself is the part of the Royal Palace. Next passing small villages located amid Ava’s ruins and, while travelling by horse cart, get a glimpse of local life in the Burmese countryside. Climbed up on to the leaning tower of Ava, enjoy the surrounding panorama view, then continue to famous Me Nu Brick Monastery-recorded as the first brick monastery of Myanmar. Then we’ll stop for lunch in Ava before returning to our car.
Return toward royal city Amarapura, meaning ‘City of Immortality’of the last dynasty Konbaung Era. First visit a silk weaving workshop and some step of its process, which produces excellent handmade products. After that, continue the tour to U Bein Bridge for a walk along its 200 year-old and longest teak wood bridge of the world. The bridge was constructed of 984 teak wood posts over Taung Thaman Lake and 1.2 kilometre in length.
This place is one of the best photo opportunity of Asia. The vast panorama view of activities in the lake, the bridge itself, the movement of people over the bridge, under the golden ray of sunlight when the sun begins to dip behind the horizon. Afterwards, head back to the hotel in Mandalay.
(Overnight in Mandalay.)
Distances and approximate journey time: Mandalay-Amarapura (13 km): 30 mins / Mandalay-Sagaing (21 km): 50 mins
After breakfast, transfer to Mandalay Airport for a flight to Heh
From Heho airport, a scenic one-hour slightly downhill drive leads to Shwe Nyaung , then to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery of the 19th century ,which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. You may enter the monastery for observing monastics life.
Upon reaching the edges of canal of Inle Lake, board a private open motorboat to explore Inle Lake. The inhabitants in the lake are known Intha, one of the 135 peoples of Myanmar. Sail and pass through villages built on stilts over the lake, observe the famous leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud; anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s most holiest sanctuary, home to five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf.
Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone, where you may see also the lotus fibre weaving, blacksmith, silversmith and a cheroot factory where traditional Burmese cheroot and cigars are made by hand.
If time permits, stop and enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages. It best to end the tour before 5PM.
(Overnight on Inle Lake)
Distances and approximate journey time: Heho Airport to Nyaung Shwe (28 km): 45 mins
Nyaung Shwe Jetty to Hotel on Inle Lake (10 – 20 km): 30 – 60 mins
After breakfast, visit the lake’s 5day morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5-day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their products. (Note: market closed on dark-moon day and full-moon day).
From the five day market, continue down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of Indein. Explore the area on foot, strolling around the village and wandering through the beautiful ancient stupas and temples of Alaung Sitthu of Bagan Era. From here, magnificent views of the lake below are unforgettable.
After the tour in Indein, sail the same canal then pass through the main lake to Nyaung Shwe, then drive to the Heho Airport for the flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.
(Overnight in Yangon.)
Depending on flight time, there is an option to take a ride on Yangon’s Circle Train in the morning. Or visit and shoping at Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market before transferring to Yangon International Airport for the onward flight.
(Note: Market is closed on Mondays and on public holidays)