Yangon / Bagan / Mandalay / Inle Lake (Heho)

Myanmar is fascinated because of not only the poetic sceneries but also the simple beauty of the local residents. Despite the remaining underprivileged living condition, they are always happy and friendly. Myanmar classic tour includes not only sightseeing to beautiful landscapes, temples and pagodas but also learning about history, culture and cuisine of a typical ancient Asian country. This tour is designed with those purposes.

In spite of the empowerment to the new capital of Naypydaw, Yangon is still the largest city in Myanmar. Unlike other cities which are busy with high rise buildings and shopping malls, Yangon appears to be ancient with numerous temples, lakes and parks. There are no Mc Donalds or Coca Cola billboards and virtually no sign of imported influence. Instead, the city is awash with golden pagodas, stone-carved narrow townhouses and the faded relics of colonial times.

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.

Coming to Yangon, you should visit Schweagon 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.

Yangon fascinates visitors by its ancient beauty, the multiculturalism with many attractive destinations. If you once have visited this place, you will experience the wistfulness and will not want to leave it. In terms of architecture, the central city shows the greatest abundance of colonial-era architecture anywhere in Asia with numerous almost untouched constructions built for thousands of years. 

Botataung pagoda serves as one of the typical constructions in this city. Situated on the side of Yangon river, the name of the pagoda means “thousands generals”. The name also reveals the importance of it as a place where the Myanmar army leaders built for worshipping activities. This is the worshipping place of the Buddha’s hair.  The entrance is also special where visitors have to go around inside the tower through the small triangular rooms and then come back to the starting point to go out of the pagoda. All the inside roof and walls of the pagoda are gold plated, so it would be a little bit dazzle when you come into it.

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. 

From Yangon, you'll take a direct fly to Bagan and be transferred to a luxury hotel in the Old Bagan.

Serving as the ancient capital of Myanmar thousands years ago, Bangan 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 Bagan 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.

Among thousands of temples and pagodas, you can find many outstanding ones which are famous and typical for the architecture of temples and pagodas in Cambodia. Ananda Temple glimmers with detail, intimate carving stretching over a huge scale leading you inside to four giant golden Buddhas. Gawdawpalin is equally ornate, the facade fading away from white over the centuries. Schwegu Gyi suggests bulk and imposing presence while the Bupaya Pagoda sends soft shimmers above the Irrawaddy. There's historical wealth everywhere, and you quickly get lost in it.

Bagan used to be the capital of Myanmar during 230 years. At present, there are more than 2,000 temples in Bagan. These remaining relics can be compared to the two famous temple complexes in Cambodia and Java Island, Indonesia namely Angkor Wat and Borodur respectively.

Bagan stretches through the dry delta near by the beautiful river of Ayeyarwady in the central area of Myanmar. The weather here is said to be as hot as fire. The special thing is that the very large number of temples and pagodas in Bagan are gathered in the area of just 42 kilometers square.

Similar to Angkor Wat, visitors who come to Bagan are longing to see the works bearing the mark of time there. If you come here by a horse wagon or with a native tour guide, you will have a journey to all the most striking destinations in Bagan.  They will also ask for your hobbies and guide you to the suitable places. If you have enough time to discover this city, hiring a bike and bring along a map is really a great choice.

Each temple or pagoda in Bagan bears its own special things, so it is unfair to say that which one more is worthy to visit than the others. Let discover by yourself as we all have our own feelings.  

Among several unique transports in Cambodia including horse wagons, electric bike, you can choose to enjoy Bagan from the above by hiring a balloon which costs a bit more than others. There are 40 tickets every day for balloon traveling, so you need to consider early to have a great trip. A balloon can transport only a certain number of weight, so someone who weighs more than 100 kg need to buy two tickets. One balloon can carry about 8 to 10 people.

It would be amazing experience to admire the city from above with numerous temples and pagodas, that’s why Cambodia is said to be the nation of temples and pagodas.

The Irrawaddy River is a river that flows from north to south through Myanmar. It is the country's largest river and most important commercial waterway. 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; children splash in the shallows and vibrant clothes are washed along muddy banks. 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 before you cruise into Mandalay in the late afternoon. Your five-star hotel is situated in the heart of the city.

For the first destination of this day, we arrive in Mandalay – one of the most attractive cities in Myanmar. Most of tourists coming to Mandalay choose to finish their day of travelling by admiring sunset on the top of Mandalay Hill after a long day of visiting ancient temples, Schwenandaw wooden temple, Mandalay palace, or gold making village, stone carving village and so on.

All the residents as well as any tourist coming here have chances to admire sunset and new dawn from the hill as there is no high rise constriction covering the view. In hotels in Mandalay, there is timetable of sun rising and setting, so tourists can follow and have plan to enjoy the special landscapes which are said to be the specialties of Myanmar. Sutaungpyi Temple on the top with its walls plated by mirror bricks which reflect sunlight making the temple sparkling between the trees is also an attractive place to visit.

We then continue to Innwa built on an artificial island to ward off the invasion. The major of the relic have been destroyed by an earthquake, while the remains include the protective walls and the Royal Palace. You'll be travelling around these relics on horse wagon and cart which are the most popular means of transport in Innwa. You then return to Mandalay in the late afternoon and.

Inle or (Inlay) in Myanmar language means “the large lake”. This is one of the two largest fresh water lakes located in Shan state, which is around 600km from Bagan. The lake is 220km square in acreage with the deepest point of around 6m.

Inle Lake is about 889m from the sea level; surrounded by mountain and of 220 kilometers square acreage. The deepest area is around 6m. The water level here is seasonal changes with the gap between water-filled season (August) and dry season (May) of nearly 1,2m.

The special things about the Inle Lake lie in not only the charming beauty of mountains and sea but in the living style of an ethnic group in Myanmar called Inthar. For thousands years, Inle Lake has become the place where all the living activities of Inthar group take place. To arrive in this attraction, you'll fly from Mandalay to Heho, where it's a 45-minute road transfer to the lake shore.

Traditional craftsmen occupy some of these houses, expertly gilding silver or weaving blankets on 19th-century looms. Cruise through the villages, we will be arriving at a local market where villagers walk from miles around, coming through the hills to trade their goods in large bamboo structures. Products trading here are mainly homemade ones. There's a whole series of villages and craft houses that can be visited, combined with the elegant hours relaxing along the lakeshore.

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. Besides the immense beauty, Inle Lake impresses tourists by a special and unusual traditional fishing method of the locals called – 1 feet rowing. They use the other feet to keep a cage which is put up and down from water. The thin net around the cage prevent fish to come out. Some people tap the oar on water strongly to drive the fish cluster to get on the available net. This traditional fishing method is said to be safe for lake’s ecosystem.

From your hotel, it's a short transfer to Heho Airport for the domestic flight to Yangon. You then easily connect with your international departure.