8 Days / 7 Nights
Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay - Mingun - Amarapura - Heho – Pindaya – Inle Lake – Yangon
Soak up Yangon's atmosphere, then head to Bagan, the most amazing arcaeological wonder of Asia. Explore Mandalay and the surrounding ancient kingdoms of Mayanmar. Visit the Pindaya caves, finally relax in your boat on Inle Lake while experiencing this surreal waterworld.
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Day 1. Arrive Yangon (-/-/-)
Upon arrival at Yangon airport, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel.
Freshen up and start your sightseeing in the colonial-style city center. Visit Sule Paya – built over 2,000 years ago, the Bogyoke (Scotts) Market, where hundreds of gemstones, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of colour. We visit the focal point of numerous historical events in the city, the Chauk Htat Gyi pagoda to view its magnificent reclining Buddha, and Karaweik Hall to marvel at the uniquely decorated “hamsa-bird-shaped” building on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake. We complete the day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda, a gold covered bell dome structure that dominates the city’s skyline. Legend has it that strands of sacred Buddha’s hair are enshrined here. The Shwedagon is an iconic symbol of the country, a sight not to be missed. View the sunset from here then return to your hotel.
Day 2. Yangon Bagan (B/-/-)
After breakfast, transfer to Yangon airport for the domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, we begin our journey into the Ancient Kingdom of Bagan. We start with a visit to the Nyaung U Market, the largest market in the Bagan region, to get a glimpse of local life. We also see how cottage industries such as brick making are carried out with traditional methods. We continue to the gilded Shwezigon Stupa, purported to contain a holy tooth relic of the Buddha. Continue to Kyansitha Umin, a cave temple, the long dimly lit corridors are decorated with frescoes, some believed to have been painted by Tatar invaders during the Mongol occupation after 1287. Next, we visit Gubyaukgyi, this 13th-century ‘cave temple’ has an Indian-style spire like the Mahabodhi Paya in Bagan. It is interesting for the fine frescoes of scenes from the Jatakas. Continue to Htilominlo Temple to learn how Burmese sand paintings are created. The day’s temple tour continues with a visit to the beautifully symmetric and majestic Ananda Temple with its four standing Buddha images that seem to gaze at the viewer with fixed serenity wherever the viewer stands. Then visit Dhamayangyi Temple, the largest temple in Bagan with the thickest walls and the Sulamani Temple. Finally, proceed to Bupaya or Shwesandaw Pagoda to watch the sunset over the famous Ayeyarwaddy River.
Day 3. Bagan - Mandalay - Mingun (B/-/-)
After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung U airport for the domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, we embark on a journey to the seats of ancient Myanmar kingdoms near Mandalay. The day starts with a 1-hour cruise across the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River (Irrawaddy) to the quaint village of Mingun, known for a massive unfinished pagoda dramatically cracked in half by an earthquake in the 1800s; another attraction is Mingun’s bronze bell, believed to be largest un-cracked one in the world. Returning to Mandalay by boat, visit the architecture of Myanmar royals; and lastly, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, a compound housing Buddha’s teachings carved in the sacred Pali script on stone slabs and regarded as the world’s largest book in terms of surface area.
In the late afternoon, we observe the process of pounding gold leaf, detailing teak wood carvings and embroidering Myanmar tapestry. We end our day watching the sun set over the city skyline from Mandalay Hill,
the highest point of the city.
Day 4. Mandalay - Amarapura (B/-/-)
After breakfast, excursion to Amarapura, 15 km from Mandalay to visit Mahagandayon Monastery where more than a thousand monks live and study. Time permitting you will have the opportunity to observe the monks having their last meal of the day in total silence. Continue to the 200-year-old U Bein teak bridge, built in 1782 during the era when Amarapura was the royal capital. Already from the early days the city was known for its silk and cotton weaving. Visit a traditional hand-woven silk workshop before proceeding to Bagaya Monastery, a compound with a superb collection of Buddha statues.
Day 5. Mandalay - Heho - Pindaya - Inle Lake (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport for your flight to Heho in the Inle Lake region. After arrival, transfer to Pindaya (59 km - 2 hours) visiting the caves where you can see thousands of Buddha images. Then, transfer to Nyanung Shwe (90 km - 2 hours) and board a boat heading to the hotel for check in.
Day 6. Inle Lake - Indein (B/-/-)
After breakfast we journey out by boat, following the currents of a small river to reach the Indein Pagoda complex, a site that makes us feel as if we’ve stepped through a forgotten portal in time. To access the complex, we walk through verdant bamboo groves that open up to a field covered with the ancient pagodas constructed over 1,000 years ago. We boat back to Inle lake and visit Nampan Village, where local craftsmen show us how
Burmese cigars, or “cheroots,” are traditionally packed and rolled.
Day 7. Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (B/-/-)
After breakfast and we visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the home of some of the country’s most sacred Buddha statues covered in gold leaf by devout followers. We also make a visit to the Inpawkhon weaving village to learn how local silks, linens and lotus fabrics are handmade and crafted. In the afternoon, transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe and from there to the airport for your domestic flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Day 8. Departure (B/-/-)
After breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on circumstances.
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS FROM £1,245 pp
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Twin sharing Accommodation in a double/twin room in the following standard hotels:
Yangon: Reno Hotel *** or similar
Bagan: Umbra Hotel *** or similar
Mandalay: Noble Mingalar Hotel *** or similar
Nyaung Shwe: 81 Hotel *** or similar
Quality private air-con vehicles & experienced drivers for all transfers and sightseeing.
Experienced English-speaking local guides throughout the tour.
Domestic flights Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Heho-Yangon.
Private boat at Inle sightseeing and in Mingun.
Entrance fees for all listed attractions.
Meals as stated in the itinerary (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Myanmar. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above.
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.
Visa fee for Myanmar.
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
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