Taste of Myanmar
10 Days / 9 Nights
Yangon - Bagan - Popa - Mandalay - Ava - Sagaing - Amarapura - Heho - Inle Lake - Yangon
Soak up Yangon's atmosphere, then head to Bagan, the most amazing arcaeological wonder of Asia. Spend more time here exploring, and take a side trip to Mt. Popa before continuing to Mandalay and the surrounding ancient kingdoms of Mayanmar. 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 the airport for your domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, we start with a visit to Nyaung U market, the largest market in the Bagan region, to get a glimpse of local life. Then drive along dusty lanes and tree shaded roads past temples and monasteries to Taung Bi village. Visit the noodle makers, a Myanmar-style movie theatre, the village hairdresser where you can get a haircut if you want and a local tea shop. Along the Ayeyarwaddy River we also visit some traditional family businesses including blacksmiths, brick makers, dry snack ‘factories’ and bamboo roof producers, where the skills and trade have been passed on for generations. Visit some of the famous temples in Bagan, the Shwezigon Stupa, Gubyaukgyi, Htilominlo Temple, Ananda Temple, Dhamayangyi Temple, etc. In the evening, we will take you to one of the best spots to view the sunset.
Day 3. Bagan (B/-/-)
Optional: Start the day early morning with a hot balloon ride to view the sunrise over the Bagan plain.
After breakfast, visit the Dhamayazeka Zedi, providing panoramic views of the temple studded plains of Bagan. It is worth a look around for bamboo and wooden houses built long ago. Visit Laymyetnat Temple and Payathonzu with Minnanthu village, which are from a later period than those in Central Bagan. Payathonzu, which means “Three Temples” is a complex of three temples joined together by narrow, vaulted passages. The temples are of the same form. Two of the temples contain wall paintings but the western temple's walls are entirely bare, suggesting that the Payathonzu was left unfinished. Nanda Man Nya Temple is a single-chambered temple which has very fine frescoes and a ruined, seated Buddha image. Tayok Pye Paya is a large temple, built by Narathihapate (1256-1287) who is known as the king who fled from the Mongolian invasion. For sunset, an ox-cart or horse-cart ride around the temples offers unparalleled photo opportunities of one of the richest archaeological treasures in Southeast Asia as the sun dips behind the temple ruins.
Day 4. Bagan - Popa - Bagan (B/-/-)
After breakfast, a 1,5 hrs drive takes us to Mount Popa. Along the way we’ll stop at a small village where the locals make a variety of treats from the juice of the palm tree. Watch farmers climb the tall Toddy trees and tap the fruit, returning to land to boil the liquid into wine and sweet molasses. Kids can also help grind rice and corn, guiding the oxen as they pull the stone grinder. We continue to Mt. Popa, an extinct volcano, which dominates the area. For centuries kings of central Burma made pilgrimages here to confer with the sacred statues about the future of their reigns and it is the Burmese spiritual epicenter for those who worship the pantheon of Nat spirits and martyrs. After paying respects to the Nat shrine at the foot of Mount Popa, we climb nearly 800 steps to the pagoda perched on top of the mountain to admire the views of the surrounding plains and farmlands. Later we drive back to Bagan.
Day 5. Bagan - Mandalay (B/-/-)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, visit the jade market where people from all over Mandalay come every morning to trade jade. Artisan Quarters, where some of the oldest craftsmanship is showcased dating back to the last kingdom of Myanmar. We observe the process of pounding gold leaf, detailing teak wood carvings and embroidering Myanmar tapestry. Visit the Golden Palace Monastery, the sole surviving Royal Palace building in Mandalay, offering a glimpse of the original style and architecture of the Myanmar royals; and lastly, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, a compound housing Buddha’s teachings carved in the sacred Pali script on stone tablets and regarded as the world’s largest book in terms of surface area. We end our day with panoramic sunset views over the city skyline on Mandalay Hill, the highest point of the city.
Day 6. Mandalay - Ava - Sagaing - Amarapura (B/-/-)
After breakfast at the hotel, we embark on a journey to the ancient kingdoms of Myanmar near Mandalay. We drive 15 kms to Ava (Inwa), the ancient capital of Shan and Burmese kingdoms for over four centuries. Crossing the Myit Nge River by ferry, the small roads of Ava are explored by horse-drawn carts. We visit the Bagaya Teak Monastery, over three hundred years old yet well preserved and still in use by local monks; the Nanmyin Watch Tower, the last standing structure of the Ava dynasty palace compound also known as the “Leaning Tower of Ava”; and the Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, a 300-year old architectural wonder with graceful archways. We continue to the Ancient Kingdom of Sagaing, located across the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. From the Sagaing Hills, we enjoy views of the hillside dotted with countless pagodas and pay a special visit to a monastery to learn about the life of Buddhist devotees. We continue to another beautiful ancient capital, Amarapura, famous for its textile industries. There, we visit a cottage industry workshop to learn how Myanmar longyis and traditional fabrics are woven. Continuing to the U Bein Teak Bridge, a simple yet remarkable teak structure that spans 1,2 km over Taungtaman Lake, we have the option to be rowed onto the calm waters. U Bein Bridge, silhouetted by the setting sun, is a magical experience and a photographer’s paradise.
Day 7. Mandalay - Heho - Inle Lake (B/-/-)
After breakfast, transfer to Mandalay airport for the domestic flight to Heho, a quiet transit town in the beautiful hills of Shan State, northeast of Yangon. Visit the bustling Heho market, a meeting point for different ethnic groups of the surrounding areas to trade handmade goods and locally grown produce, especially on market days. En route to Inle Lake, we stop at a local family workshop to learn how Shan umbrellas and paper are made by traditional methods using fibers of mulberry trees. Next, we take a 1-hour drive to Inle Lake that descends through the valley with views of the Shan mountains and rice paddy fields. After checking into the hotel, visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the home of some of the country’s most sacred Buddha statues covered in gold leaf. We also make a visit to the Inpawkhon weaving village to learn how local silks, linens and lotus fabrics are handmade and crafted.
Day 8. Inle Lake - Indein (B/-/-)
After breakfast, 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 9. Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (B/-/-)
After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung Shwe by boat and continue to Heho airport for the domestic flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, visit the quaint Yangon old Quarters, built during the British colonial era. Many charming historical buildings can still be found here. Proceed to Yangon Railway station to take the local circular train to the outskirts of town (20-30 mins' ride). The slow train gives you a unique opportunity to observe the lively and colorful life of the rural Burmese people. We continue to one of Asia’s architectural landmarks, the elegant Strand Hotel built by the Sarkies Brothers. Inside, visit the River Art Gallery, where the works of some of the most famous and skilled Burmese artists are on display. In the evening, take a stroll in Chinatown, which is lively and busy, filled with cafes, bars and restaurants as well as vendors selling street food and fruits. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 10. 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.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS FROM £1,900 pp
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Twin sharing Accommodation in a double/twin room in the following deluxe hotels:
Yangon: Chatrium Hotel **** or similar
Bagan: Bagan Lodge **** or similar
Mandalay: Mandalay Hill Resort **** or similar
Inle Lake: Pristine Lotus Resort **** 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.
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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