Arriving in Myanmar, it’s time for you to immerse yourself in the humble city without any noise and rush of large cities. The trip shall be the chance to experience the best peaceful atmosphere lingering behind the bustling world as well as the best of Buddhism architecture and culture among ancient beautiful temples, pagodas and monasteries.
Arriving in the city’s airport, you shall be taken to the hotel located along the harbor. Your guide is available and can tailor a day of experiences dependent on your interests, from relaxing in plush colonial-era cafes to wandering the crowded streets. You then have free time for the rest of the day enjoying things in the hotel. Later, have a good night at Green Hill Hotel in Yangon.
Coming to Yangon, you should visit Shweagon Pagoda, which is located in a sacred area of a peaceful hill. Standing inside the pagoda, you will have the feeling of getting lost into the Penglai where presents about 1000 Buddha statues with kindly faces. Admiring sunset from this pagoda shall be one of the most interesting experiences in Myanmar. If time permits, take time to visit Kalaywa Tawya Monastery to see more than 1000 monks and nuns there before leaving for Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda. You have a great lunch at a local Authentic Restaurant where you can get to know more about local dishes. We are then back to hotel for relaxing and getting ready for a wonderful afternoon.
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In the afternoon, you have free time to discover the city of Yangon with colonial constructions built in late 19th century. A walking tour shall take you through the narrow streets, along past the tea-shops to the corner where the General Post Office stands in its pomp, the Indian Quarter, the China town, Kandawgyi Park and so on. Arriving at Botahtaung Pagoda to admire sunset is also an interesting experience before returning to hotel and have a goodnight at Green Hill Hotel in Yangon.
The next destination shall be the city of Mandalay which can be reaches by a domestic flight from Yangon. You have a full day immersing in the pristine beauty of Mandalay with lots of beauty landscapes and ancient temples. We spent 1 morning in Mandalay climbing to Mandalay Hill – the “should not be ignored” destination there. We then visit the “must see places” of the city like Shwe Nam Daw monastery, Sanda Muni and the outskirt areas. The old city of Amarapura and Mahagandayon Monastery are some addresses that worth visiting.
We then move to Pyin Oo Lwin – the town with heavy influence of British in the architecture of local houses, typically the Candacraig Hotel. From Pyin Oo Lwin, you are taken to Pwe Kauk village by car to admire the beautiful Hampshire Waterfall. You can also take a tour through several villages of Shan, Danu and Burman ethnic groups and see their technique of growing rice, carrot, damson, orange, strawberry, coffee, mustard, macadamia nut and so on. The monastery of Myaing Gyi shall be our last destination for this day before returning to Pyin Oo Lwin for relaxing and overnight.
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After having lunch at hotel, we move to Pyin Oo Lwin railway station for a joyful train to Kyame. On the way, you have chance to admire wonderful landscapes viewed from the train including countryside natural scenes as well as rural village image with hills, mountains temples, pagodas and local people working on their farms. You have some stops to relax and have a closer view to the local life. On the train, you also have chance to admire the dramatic Gokteik Railway Viaduct Bridge which used to be the second highest bridge in the world. The next stop is Kyauk Me town of the Shan, Chinese and Indian traders where you can get some experience about their trading activities.
At lunch time, we stop at a roadside tea house to have meal with local dishes. After s short relax, we have the afternoon visiting local families to see their daily activities. We also visit a local workshop producing Noe-chauk - a specialty of Kyauk Me. In the late afternoon, we get back to Pyin Oo Lwin and have a good night at Kandawgyi Lodge Resort.
Our first destination today is the market in the town which can be reached after breakfast. We then drive to Mandalay - the last Royal Capital of Burma with its population of over one million. Mandalay is the city famous for its density of temple and pagodas. Specifically, this cultural center featuring over 700 pagodas, temples, palaces and monasteries with showing the typical Burmese architecture and faith. We will pay a visit to one of the famous pagodas called Mahamuni Pagoda to see the holiest Buddha statue before checking in Sedona Hotel in Mandalay to have lunch and relax.
In the afternoon, enjoy a trip to the Golden Palace Monastery of Shwe Nandaw Kyaung then leave for the world's largest Book called Kuthodaw Pagoda with 729 stone tables with the inscription Buddhist Scripture on. Next, we get to Mandalay Hill to admire the stunning view of the sunset and then back to hotel and have a goodnight at Ayeyarwaddy River View Hotel, Mandalay.
After breakfast, we shall visit the outside area of Mandalay called Amarapura which used to be the royal capital of Burma with its fantastic U Bein Teak Bridge crossing Taungthaman Lake. It’s time for you to admire one of the most spectacular views in Amarapura. Our next destination is Shan Kalay Kyun Village, where you can enjoy a walking tour around the local houses, witnessing the making process of many different local traditional handicrafts including sewing of tapestry and puppet costumes, carving on wooden panels, doors and windows.
Lunch is then served in the village with local dishes before we pay a visit to the next destination of Sagaing – one of the most important religious centers of Mandalay. We then trek to Sagaing Hills to please your eyes with stunning view over the surrounding area. Umin Thounzeh temple with 45 sitting Buddhas in vibrantly colored colonnade is a place that should not be missed. In the evening, we get back to Mandalay and have lunch and a good night at hotel.
After having breakfast, you start your tour to Bagan from Mandalay on cruise. The Ayeyarwaddy River is a river that connects Mandalay and Bagan. For this tour, you are going to be sitting on boat, flowing along the river, admiring peaceful and gorgeous landscapes on the two shores, especially the gentle villages with their unique daily life activities; pagodas rise above forests; immense paddy fields; water buffalo wallowing in the mud, golden pagoda spires, fishermen, villagers bathing in the river. Your river cruise provides the easy journey through it all; just sit back and watch the journey unfold. Lunch and drinks are served on the luxury craft. The boat finally arrive in Bagan at time the sun setting over temples. Tourists are then transferred to hotel for dinner and a good night.
Serving as the ancient capital of Myanmar thousands years ago, Bagan is a peaceful place with sunshine covering all the 4,000 temples. This is an ideal place for tourists to drop their souls into the nature or leisurely cycling on the quiet roads in the sunny afternoon. You’d better have a journey by balloon to enjoy the whole imposing scenery of Bangan at its new dawn from the sky. The temples and pagodas here are all dating from the 9th to 13th centuries. These temples aren't hiding around a city or a town. The landscape is flat and open, each of the relics standing unopposed on dust-marked plains.
Each temple or pagoda in Bagan bears its own special things, so it is unfair to say that which one is more worth to visit than the others. Let’s immerse yourself in the peaceful and sacred atmosphere as much as you like before coming back your hotel in Bagan.
Our day shall be started by a morning walking tour around the ancient city of Bagan to explore all the corners of this magnificent city. The starting point shall be the ruined city walls of Old Bagan at Tharabar gate. Here you will have chance to admire the very fine architecture among temples and pagodas complex. We then see Pitaka Taik before crossing Thatbyinnyu temple, and the nearby Nat Hlaung Kyaung, Nga Kywe Nadaung and Pahto Tha Myar temples. In these temples, you can find out the very valuable cultural heritage of Myanmar which have been well preserved until now.
We then pay a visit to Myinkaba Village to explore their technique of lacquer. A short break takes place refreshing you before reaching to a new destination of the Manuha Paya temple and Nan Paya temple. We are then transferred to our hotel for lunch and relax. The walking tour finishes.
In the afternoon, we spend time visiting Nat Htaung Kyaung monastery with its famous craft of woodcarvings, dating back to 1781. At this site, you will admire a collection of ancient Buddha statues and lacquer boxes. An interesting experience here is taking a horse-cart to travel through the plains in the sunset. Finally, we return our hotel in Bagan for dinner and a good night.
After breakfast at hotel, we take a flight to Heho. On arriving at Heho Airport, tourists are transferred to a former British Hill Station called Kalaw where enjoyable lunch is served before checking in hotel for relaxing to be ready for the amazing afternoon trip.
Our afternoon tour starts as we explore the surrounding countryside from the Ni Paya Monastery, crossing terraced fields of ginger, garlic, tomatoes, beans, cabbages and orange groves. On the way, you have chance to be close with the peaceful nature here and also a direct view to the local daily life. We then arrive at our destination of Nangthe Village which is home to Danu people. Relax at Nepali teashop and enjoy the delicious typical tea in the local. After a short discovery in the village, we turn back to Kalaw and have a good night at our resort.
Breakfast served, check out the hotel and your luggage is loaded in the car. Then you will take a walking tour around Ywa-pu, Lutpyin and Taung-gyi-chai villages, enjoying the very natural sight of potatoes, rice, tomatoes, beans and other vegetable fields along the trip, meet with local Danu people and Myin Ma Ti’s villagers and see how they earn their living. Next up, you will leave for the pagoda in Myin Ma Ti before driving back to Kalaw and having lunch.
In the afternoon, you drive to Nyaung Shwe on the edge of Inle Lake. This is a bustling hub of activity for locals and tourists as well, then you will take a motor longboats and start a cruise along the lake to reach the hotel at Inle Resort and have a good night.
In the morning, after breakfast, you will visit Thalee Oo Village by boat and start your walking tour discovering the village. Behind the flower platforms is a farming thatched hut which contributes to a peaceful and romantic picture. In addition to farming, the people here are also living on the fishery resources caught in the lake. In the new dawn, some fishermen scattered on the lake hit the net to catch fish. We then climb uphill to hit the Pa O village of Ywa Thit famed for its weaving of bamboo baskets before enjoying the wonderful sight over Inle Lake and Shan Hills. Later, you walk along on a flat path to the Alae Myaung village and have lunch and a short break at hotel.
You shall have the whole afternoon walking around the lace to admire picturesque sights including typical floating gardens, stilt houses, floating temples and pagodas complex. We also pay a visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda which is said to be the holiest place of the lake. Some other suggested destinations to visit include the hand-rolled cigar factory, Black Smith Factory and Traditional Weaving Factories. In the evening, we return our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This day, you can choose to walk through the trails above Nyaung Shwe or take way of a village on the Western shore such as Tone La or Than Taung to reach the hills which are home to the Pa-O people to meet with them and experience their daily life.
In the afternoon, you board to the Inthein village through a long channel from the main lake. It is your chance to witness a very rural sight of farmers cooling off their oxen, ox or buffalo. In the site, there are also partly ruined pagoda complex of Shwe Inn Thein Paya. Do not miss the chance to capture the good views from the top before getting back to the village and have a good night at Inle Resort.
After the breakfast, we have a cruise through the Inle Lake to get back to Nyaung Shwe where our shuttle bus is waiting to pick you up and drive to the Heho Airport for the flight back to Yangon. Lunch is served at a restaurant before we move to the hotel for relaxation. You have the free afternoon to visit Bogyoke (Scott) Market for shopping souvenirs and enjoy the rest of the day at your hotel in Yangon.