14 Days In Myanmar

Yangon–kyaikhtiyo – Bago- Bagan – Mt.popa-mandalay-amarapura-sagaing-mingun-pindaya – Kalaw – Loikaw - Lago Inle – Indein - Yangon 

DAY 01 YANGON / ARRIVAL

karaweikArrive at Yangon Airport. Welcome by our local guide and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, sightseeing of Yangon start with Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda (a huge reclining Buddha), Karaweik Hall, a Royal floating barge on the Royal Lake for a photo stop. Late in the afternoon, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda described by Somerset Maugham: "The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city." This massive bell-shaped stupa rises nearly 100 meters above its hill-top surroundings. Wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, Temples, and Buddha images, and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe. Shwedagon has become the symbol of Myanmar. Overnight in Yangon.

DAY 02: YANGON – KYAIKTIYO

ktyEarly morning drive to Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock) (appr. 5 hrs. drive). On the way, visit Sittaung Bridge, an area humming with riverside activity, with small markets at the water’s edge, and small riverboats, coming and going with passengers and cargo. Carts drawn by water buffalo amble along the highway are the common scenery. On arrival at Kinmon Base Camp, take an open truck to Hermit Hill (appr. 45 mins drive). From here, continue the journey up to Golden Rock Pagoda on foot. This trail is sometimes steep, but it is smooth, and there are covered shelters every 50-100 meters to rest, and to have a cold drink. Porters will be available to assist anyone who needs help, and "sedan chair" conveyance is available for those who do not wish to walk. Then visit Golden Rock Pagoda, a small stupa placed atop the Golden Rock, a massive granite boulder. Covered with gold leaf, and precariously balanced over the edge of the mountain, it is reported to be held in place, "balanced on hairs of the Buddha". Watch hundreds of pilgrims lighting candles, incense, and worshipping at this sacred monument, and enjoy the sun setting behind it. Enjoy the early after dark activities at the shrine. Overnight in Kyaikhityo.

DAY 03: KYAIKTIYO – BAGO – YANGON

bago-pagodaAfter breakfast walk part way down the mountain, and then continue the journey by car to the small village of Kyaikhto. On the way visit the cashew nut plantation and rubber trees plantation. In Bago visit to the interesting Bago Market with varieties of vegetables, flower and commodity goods, the Shwethalyaung Pagoda (Reclining Buddha), the Shwemawdaw Pagoda and walk from there to the Hintha Gon Pagoda, the place where Bago was founded. Late afternoon return to Yangon. Overnight in Yangon.

 

DAY 04: YANGON – BAGAN

bagan-balloonAfter breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan. Upon arrival Full day sightseeing tour of Bagan with a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples, such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; the Gu Byauk Gyi Temple (Wetkyi-in), a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes; the Ananda Temple, with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior and the Shwe Gu Gyi Temple, noted for its fine stucco carvings and panoramic views of the area’s many monuments... and continue sightseeing of Bagan including Manuha Temple built in Mon style from 1059; Nanphaya Temple, said to have once been the residence of King Manuha and Gu Byauk Gyi Temple (Myinkabar), which has very nice frescoes inside. Enjoy sunset over terraces of the Shwesandaw Pagoda. Overnight in Bagan.

DAY 05: BAGAN – MT.POPA – BAGAN

popaAfter Breakfast visit Nyaung Oo market to see people ways of life and than drive to Mt. Popa and visit the great extinct volcano. Rising out of the shimmering heat, the solitary volcanic crag of Mt. Popa is home to Myanmar's most powerful "nats". Visit the Nat Museum with its life-sized statues of the 37 Nat Gods. Walk up the steps to the stupas and shrines that top the hill above the museum, seeing many pilgrims along the way. In the afternoon, drive back to Bagan (appr. 1:30 hr). On the way visit some villages and watch the collection of juice from the palm trees, and its conversion into palm sugar. Overnight in Bagan

 

DAY 06: BAGAN – MANDALAY – AMARAPURA – SAGAING – MANDALAY

amarapuraAfter breakfast, transfer to Bagan Nyaung U airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, drive to AMARAPURA (1783-1823, 1841-1857), king Bodawpaya moved the capital from Inwa to Amarapura. Visit at the Taungthaman Lake MAHAGANDAYON, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study. Continue to the 220 years old U BEIN TEAK BRIDGE, built in 1782 at the time when AMARAPURA was the royal capital. Afternoon proceed to Sagaing, a place for Buddhist devotees, 21 km Southwest of Mandalay Visit monasteries and nunneries on the hillside and  visit the Sagaing Hills with Pagodas such as UMIN THOUNZEH cave, containing 45 Buddha images and SOON U PONYA SHIN Pagoda build in 1312 and enjoy the beautiful sunset on the Saging Hill. And return back to Mandalay by car. Stay overnight at Mandalay.

DAY 07: MANDALAY- MINGUN – MANDALAY

mingunAfter breakfast, drive to Mayan jetty to watch the busy riverside activity and take a local riverboat to the ancient capital of Mingun (appr. 1 hour per way). Visit the Settawya Pagoda, with a footprint of the Buddha, walk to the huge Mingun Bell, see the nearby unfinished Mingun Pagoda, built to be the world’s biggest pagoda and visit the Hsinbyume Pagoda, a reproduction of the mythological Mt. Meru. Then come back to Mandalay. In the afternoon, proceed to Mahamuni Pagoda, with its spectacular Buddha image covered in thick layers of gold leaf and  visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings, Atumashi Monastery, the "Incomparable Monastery", and the Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world's Biggest Book for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures. And then drive up to Mandalay Hill, a vantage-point for panoramic view of the city One famous song in Myanmar said “if you want to live long, you have to go Mandalay Hill”. Overnight in Mandalay.

 

DAY 08 MANDALAY – HEHO – PINDAYA – KALAW

kalawAfter breakfast, transfer to Heho airport for domestic flight to  Heho then drive to Pindaya (appr. 1½ hours drive), a charming village with its paper umbrella cottage industry. Visit the Pindaya cave, famous for its thousands of Buddha images and the paper umbrella cottage industry. In the evening proceed to the Kalaw ), a beautiful pine-clad hill station. Overnight in Kalaw.

DAY 09: KALAW – LOIKAW ( Kayar State)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer  to Loikaw by car (app:  5 hours) through colourful and beautiful landscaping , mountains , peddle fields and people ways of life. On the way to Loikaw visit Minmahti Natural cave where there are thousands of Buddha images . Upon arrival check in the Hotel and contitues to visit Thiri Mingalar Taung Kwae pagoda perched high up on a limestone mountain where you can see great views of city and surrounding mountain ranges, than enjoy sunset on the mountain. Overnight at the Hotel. 

DAY 10: LOIKAW ( Panpat Village)

padaungAfter breakfast visit local colourful market in the city and drive to "Panpat village" (approx. one hour). Upon arrival at the village, enjoy walking through the village. You will get insight into the unspoiled culture and traditional life-style of around thirty Padaung People. Ladies dressed in their richly decorated attire with the brass rings round their necks. In the afternoon come back to Loikaw and continues to visit “ Hor Nan’’ monastery which is over 100 year old and proceed to the National Museum. Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 11 LOIKAW – SAKAR – INLE LAKE

inlelake-mmAfter breakfast ,  transfer to the Phakhone city to take the boat to Inle lake and visit Inle Lake (25 km) famous for its unique one-leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life and the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda housing five sacred and almost shapeless Buddha images, contorted because of the quantity of applied gold leaf, gifts from the believers. The Buddha images are purported to have come here in the 12th Century. In the afternoon, proceed to the silk weaving village of In Phaw Khon and visit Nga Phe Chaung (the biggest and oldest monastery around Inle Lake). Overnight in Inle  Lake.

DAY 12: INLE – INDEIN – INLE LAKE

After breakfast ,visit  local market then continue your journey by motorized sampa to Indein (appr. 1 ½ hour drive) to see the ancient Bagan + Shan style pagodas, built during Bagan Period, passing the beautiful scenery with tall grasses and little water steps. The ruin pagodas, hidden in the bushes will give you an impression being back to the 12th century... Overnight in Inle Lake.

 

DAY 13: INLE – HEHO – YANGON

After breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight to Yangon.  Sightseeing of Yangon start with Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2000 years, the Mahabandoola Park with it’s Independence Monument and walk around the downtown area. Wide streets, orderly town planning and neglected public buildings revive visions of British rule; while busy streets scenes and shimmering pagodas, bursting through a leafy canopy, hint at the rich local culture. Skyscrapers and glaring neon billboards have yet to overtake the capital.  Overnight in Yangon.

DAY 14: YANGON / DEPARTURE

shwedagonAfter breakfast transfer to the Yangon International Airport for the departure flight.

DAY 14: YANGON / DEPARTURE

SERVICE INCLUDED:

  • Bed and breakfast in double sharing room,
  • English or Italian guide throughout the tour,
  • Domestic flights by Air Bagan, Asian Wings, Yangon Air or Air Kanbawza,
  • air-con car/van/bus throughout the tour,
  • Entrance fees as indicated in our itinerary,
  • Boat to Mingun, and boat at Inle Lake ,
  • Open truck to Kyaiktiyo,
  • porter fees at the airports and jettiess. 

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flight to/from Yangon,
  • Visa fees,
  • Early check-in and late check-out,
  • Porter fees at the hotels,Tips, beverages,
  • Bank handling fees,
  • Balloon over Bagan, etc.