Discover a land of cultural richness and physical beauty. Travel from Yangon to Mandalay, Bagan to Inle Lake stopping to explore the hidden gems in between. Get a comprehensive look at Myanmar’s historic monuments, soak up stunning landscapes and be immersed in the rich culture.
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by a travels representative and transferred to your hotel. Start our sightseeing tour of some of Yangon’s highlights, including the Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi, still a popular place for Buddhist worshippers.
Then we will visit downtown Yangon’s bustling streets, visiting some of the British colonial-era architectural gems that remain and the boulevard-like Pansodan Street, which is famous for its architecture and its street-side bookstalls. And then we will visit to Kandawgyi Lake for a number of scenic photo opportunities on what is known in Myanmar as the ‘Royal Lake’, before visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most important religious structure in Myanmar and a point of pilgrimage for Buddhists across the globe.
Overnight in Yangon
After breakfast at the hotel we will drive to Mawlamyine, the tropical capital of Mon state and one-time administrative center of British Burma. This quiet city has many colonial buildings lining its streets and a magnificent pagoda with views of the surrounding area it was a short visit here that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write his famous poem.
In the evening, enjoy spending sunset views across the Bay of Martaban from Kyaik Than Lan Pagoda.
Overnight in Mawlamyine
In the morning, transfer to the jetty for a short boat trip to Bilu Island, which specializes in the making of crafts such as walking sticks, pipes and rubber bands.
Returning to Mawlamyine, we will spend the afternoon exploring the city, including Pa Auk Taw Ya Monastery, one of the largest meditation centres in Myanmar and the 100-year-old wooden monastery at Seindon Minbaya Kyaung. In the evening, enjoy spending sunset views across the Bay of Martaban from Kyaik Than Lan Pagoda.
Overnight in Mawlamyine
We drive to Mount Kyaiktiyo, home of the famous ‘Golden Rock’ pagoda, which hangs precariously off the edge of a scenic mountaintop. We travel most of the way to the top by truck before continuing for the final 45 minutes by foot. Enjoy spectacular views across Mon State from the top of the mountain.
Overnight in Golden Rock
Enjoy the beautiful morning sunrise at Kyaikhtiyo before descending the mountain for transport back to base camp and driving back to Yangon. On the way to Yangon, we can visit interesting monasteries and pagodas in Bago. Overnight in Yangon
After arrival at Heho airport we will transfer to Nyaung Shwe jetty and begin a sightseeing tour on a long-tail boat on Inle Lake, visiting silk weaving and lotus industries in Inn Paw Kone Village. And then continue our visit to the Phaung Daw Oo pagoda, which is the most highly revered monastery in the Inle Lake area. It houses five ancient images of the Buddha that are completely covered in golf leaf. Overnight in Inle.
The next day, we will visit the ancient lakeside stupas at Indein and see handicrafts in Nampan village. If the times permit, on the way see the floating gardens that are a photographer’s dream. And then we will visit to Red Mountain Winery. The representative from the vine yard will explain the process of wine making like harvesting, crushing, pounding, fermentation and finally how they store finished products in wine cellar. You also have a chance to taste their genuine Western Style Myanmar Wines. Overnight in Inle
In the morning, transfer to Heho Airport for your flight to Nyaung U, for the Bagan temples. We will enjoy a Bagan Archaeological Tour which takes in famous sites including Damayarzaka Pagoda, Shwegugyi and Thabyinnyu. Other highlights include the mural paintings at Gubyukggyi and Abeyadana Temple, which is famed for its mural paintings about Mahayana Buddhism. In the afternoon we visit a lacquer ware shop to learn about this unique art, which Bagan is famous for, is carried out before enjoying Bagan’s famous sunset at the best place, selected by your guide. Overnight in Bagan
After breakfast, head south east by minibus for a day trip to Mount Popa, where you will have the chance to ascend the 777 steps to the famous Popa Taunkalat Monastery. Located perilously on top of a volcanic plug on the slopes of the mountain and offers panoramic views of the region, the monastery is said to be home to 37 nats (ancient Burmese spirits that pre-date Buddhism, which are represented by statues at the base). On the way we will visit to Sinn Luu Village, and return to Bagan, stopping on the way to see the process of making htan ye (palm toddy), a mildly alcoholic drink fermented from the sap of the same palm trees used to make sugar. Overnight in Bagan
After breakfast, fly to Mandalay and visit the last royal palace of the Konbaung dynasty, recalling the days of Thibaw and his queen, Supayalat, before they were expelled to India by the British. Just to the south of Mandalay, take a stroll down the longest teak bridge in the world, the iconic U Bein Bridge in Amarapura. The town of Amarapura is full of textiles stores and small metal works factories, where you can watch master craftsmen cast Buddha statues in bronze or visit a weaving factory to see how fabrics are made. Overnight in Mandalay
We will go to Mandalay jetty where we take a short and pleasant ride upriver to Mingun, the site of what would have been the world's largest pagoda had not King Bodawpaya died in 1819 thus halting all further work. Later an earthquake in 1838 split the monument and reduced it to partial rubble. Nonetheless, the mammoth base of the unfinished pagoda is still a very impressive sight as we approach from the river. Nearby we can also visit the Mingun Bell, moved from the zedi after the earthquake and now hung in a new shrine building. It is said to be the largest hanging un-cracked bell in the world. In the afternoon, we visit Mandalay’s sights and explore the incredible choice of pagodas and monasteries in Myanmar’s cultural capital. Highlights in the town include the highly-revered Mahamuni Pagoda, the wood-carved Shwenandaw Monastery and the world’s largest book at Kuthodaw Pagoda. In the evening, enjoy yet another spectacular sunset from the top of Mandalay Hill.
Overnight in Mandalay
In the morning, we will visit to Sagaing, which was the capital of the Shan Kingdom in the 14th Century and briefly the capital in the 18th Century, as part of the Konbaung Dynasty. The town is located slightly downriver from Mandalay and has many interesting stupas scattered over Sagaing Hill. And then drive to Monywa, which is situated on the edge of the Chindwin River, and is a lively area for trading agricultural produce. Along the way, we will visit the colorful Thanbuddhay Pagoda and the standing Buddha. Overnight in Monywa
We will enjoy a trip along the Chindwin River, a tributary of the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River, visiting Po Win Daung Caves, Shwe Ba Daung and Kyaukka village, which is famed for its lacquer ware. Return to Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay
Transfer to Mandalay airport for departure from Myanmar.
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