Embracing the Raw Beauty of Myanmar

13 Days - 12 Nights Bagan, Chin State, Heho, Indein, Inle Lake, Kanpetlet, Mandalay Division, Mindat, Mingun, Mount Victoria (Nat Ma Taung), Sagaing Division, Shan State

Tour Overview

Get ready to awaken your senses and unveil the captivating colors of this enchanting country. Brace yourself for an immersive experience that combines iconic landmarks with an extraordinary hiking adventure to the awe-inspiring Mt. Victoria in Chin State. Begin your odyssey at the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, where golden splendor casts a mesmerizing aura. Traverse the sprawling collection of ancient monuments in Bagan, immersing yourself in a bygone era and witnessing the grandeur of Myanmar’s illustrious history. Drift along the meandering Irrawaddy River, passing quaint riverine villages that offer a delightful glimpse into the authentic lives of the locals. Marvel at the remarkable Chin women, who proudly uphold their unique traditions, their adorned faces a testament to a cultural heritage that remains vibrant to this day. Prepare to be spellbound by the floating life of Inle Lake. Witness the extraordinary balance between nature and humanity as you navigate the serene waters, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. With each step of this extraordinary journey, your heart will be filled with indescribable beauty, and your mind will be enriched by the tapestry of experiences. 

Travel itinerary

  • Day 01: Yangon Arrival

    Experience the warm embrace of Myanmar as you arrive at Yangon International Airport. yOur knowledgeable English-speaking guide will be there to greet you and ensure a smooth transfer to your hotel. Before checking in, take some time to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Yangon, the former capital city of Myanmar. Yangon is renowned for its captivating fusion of beautiful colonial architecture, charming parks, serene lakes, and verdant tropical foliage adorning its vibrant streets, earning it the well-deserved moniker of the “Garden City of the East.”

    To kick off your adventure in Myanmar, you’ll visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. This golden-clad monument, believed to be over 2,600 years old, stands tall at a staggering height of 326 feet. As one of Yangon’s premier attractions, the pagoda attracts pilgrims from all corners of the globe. Witness the breathtaking sight of the sunset against the backdrop of the Shwedagon Pagoda before returning to your hotel for an overnight stay in Yangon.

  • Day 02: Yangon – Heho – Inle Lake (B)

    After breakfast, check-out from the hotel, delve into the rich history of Yangon. Explore the city’s fascinating past, which has witnessed shifts in power between Eastern and Western influences, leaving behind a diverse and captivating landscape.

    Your journey begins with a photo stop at the Karaweik Royal Barge, an impressive replica of a regal boat situated on the eastern edge of a tranquil lake. Next, visit the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, home to a massive reclining Buddha statue that spans an impressive 217 feet, making it one of the largest in Myanmar.

    Thereafter, venture into the heart of the city center, where a harmonious mix of pagodas, monuments, and colonial buildings awaits. Stroll through Yangon’s streets, marveling at the architectural wonders that have earned their place on the prestigious Yangon City Heritage List. Admire the exquisite design of City Hall with its tiered turrets, pass by St. Mary’s Church, and witness the grandeur of the Secretariat Building, also known as the Ministers’ Building.

    Continuing your exploration, visit the famous Bogyoke Market, also known as Scott Market, a vibrant hub bustling with hundreds of shops offering a wide array of food, clothing, crafts, and precious stones.

    Afterward, you’ll be transferred to the domestic airport for a scheduled flight to Heho, the gateway to Inle Lake (approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes). Upon arrival at Heho airport, head directly to your hotel for an overnight stay in the enchanting surroundings of Inle Lake.

    Notice: Bogyoke Market (Scott Market) is closed every Monday and on public holidays.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 03: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake (B)

    Begin your day with breakfast and prepare for an exciting exploration of Inle Lake. Start by visiting the local market, which changes its location every five days, rotating through the lake’s various villages. This bustling market provides a glimpse into the vibrant life of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu, and Intha people, who gather here to buy and sell a diverse range of goods.

    Embark on a captivating long-tailed boat ride across the picturesque lake, heading towards Indein, situated at the western end of Inle. Enjoy one of the most scenic journeys on the lake as you disembark at the jetty and take a short walk through the charming Indein village. Here, you’ll discover the ancient pagoda ruins of Nyaung Oak, dating back to the 14th to 18th centuries. A covered walkway, adorned with souvenir stalls, leads you to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather-beaten zed (stupas) from the 17th and 18th centuries, some of which have been meticulously reconstructed.

    Return to Inle Lake and continue your exploration by visiting a Cheroot-maker’s workshop, where traditional Burmese cigars are skillfully crafted by hand. Pass by a traditional blacksmith’s forge, experiencing the authentic craftsmanship of local artisans.

    Marvel at the awe-inspiring Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, a revered religious site in southern Shan State. Make a stop to witness the traditional art of silk weaving on wooden handlooms and discover the unique fabrics created from the fibers of the lotus flower.

    As you journey back to your hotel, admire the endless floating gardens, where the resourceful Intha Lake dwellers cultivate an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Enjoy an overnight stay in the serene surroundings of Inle Lake.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 04: Inle Lake – Kakku – Heho – Mandalay (B)

    Distance from Inle Lake to Kakku: 88.3 km (Approximately 2 hours of driving)

    Start your day with a hearty breakfast before setting off on an unforgettable adventure. Drive to Kakku, a journey of approximately two hours, and discover the mesmerizing Kakku Pagoda complex, boasting over 2,000 stupas. Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere as you explore this awe-inspiring site. Along the way, visit a typical Pa-O village, where you can witness their vibrant plantations and experience their unique way of life.

    Afterward, embark on a drive to Heho airport, where you’ll catch a scheduled flight to Mandalay (approximately 30 minutes). Arrive in Mandalay, a city that once served as Burma’s final royal capital before being annexed by the British Empire in 1885.

    Transfer to your hotel and settle in for an overnight stay in the captivating city of Mandalay, where ancient traditions and cultural treasures await your exploration.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 05: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay (B)

    Begin your day with a delightful breakfast before embarking on a journey up Mandalay Hill, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the picturesque countryside and the enchanting city of Mandalay. Immerse yourself in the captivating atmosphere of Mandalay as you explore its wonders, including the revered Mahamuni Pagoda, home to awe-inspiring gold leaf-covered statues.

    Continue your exploration with a visit to the Shwenandaw Monastery, a precious and intricately carved wooden structure that was once part of the Mandalay Royal Palace. Witness the magnificence of the Kuthodaw Pagoda, renowned as the world’s largest book, adorned with hundreds of stone slabs inscribed with the sacred texts of Buddhism.

    In the afternoon, retreat to your hotel for check-in and some personal time to relax and rejuvenate. Later, embark on a private boat trip from the jetty, setting sail to Mingun. As you cruise along the river, be captivated by the charming scenes of local life, with small longtail boats, bamboo rafts, and bustling ferries carrying goods along the river.

    Arriving in Mingun, marvel at the grandeur of the Mingun Bell, an enormous uncracked bell weighing over 87 tons and standing more than 3.7 meters tall. Explore the striking Hsinbyume Pagoda, a breathtaking white-washed temple and the mighty Mingun Pagoda, which was intended to be the world’s largest pagoda but remains unfinished. Conclude your day with a scenic boat ride back to Mandalay, where you can relish the mesmerizing sunset views over the Ayeyarwady River.

    Retreat to your hotel in Mandalay for a restful overnight stay.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 06: Mandalay – Sagaing – Bagan (B)

    Indulge in your morning breakfast at the hotel and embark on an unforgettable journey to the ancient Kingdom of Sagaing. Known as an important religious and monastic center, Sagaing is home to an impressive array of 554 monasteries and a vibrant community of 6,000 monks and nuns. Cross the Ayeyarwady River via a bridge and discover Sagaing Hill, adorned with shimmering white, silver, and gold pagodas and monasteries along its riverside.

    Ascend to the summit of Sagaing Hill to witness sweeping panoramic views that showcase the remarkable Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, originally constructed in 1312. From this vantage point, you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas of hills adorned with pagodas, with the Ayeyarwady River flowing gracefully beyond.

    Continue your exploration with a visit to Umin Thonze Pagoda, also known as the 30 Caves Pagoda, which houses 45 beautiful gilded Buddha images in various sizes. The golden statues, set within a mosaic-tiled hall, create a truly impressive sight. Take in the stunning view of the lush green valley and the surrounding multitude of stupas.

    Afterward, enjoy some time to immerse yourself in the local surroundings before visiting one of the monasteries, where you can witness the devout lifestyle of the resident monks. In Myanmar, it is customary for men to spend a portion of their lives as monks to learn the teachings of Buddhism.

    Conclude your tour with a transfer to Mandalay Airport for your flight to the magnificent city of Bagan, approximately a 30-minute journey. Upon arrival in Bagan, settle into your hotel and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 07: Bagan (B)

    Start your day with breakfast at the hotel, then venture to the vibrant morning market at Nyaung-U. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as you explore the colorful array of fruits, vegetables, rice, and locally crafted furnishings and clothing. This authentic experience will truly enrich your trip.

    Embark on a visit to the splendid Shwezigon Pagoda, an architectural masterpiece constructed by King Anawrahta in the 11th century. This bell-shaped, gilded pagoda became the archetype for countless pagodas that followed in Myanmar. It holds immense significance as a sacred shrine and serves as a major pilgrimage site in Bagan. Take a moment to appreciate its golden radiance and serene aura.

    Continue your journey to Htilominlo, the last temple built in the Bamar style in Bagan, adorned with ancient murals. Marvel at the grandeur of Damayangyi Pagoda, an imposing temple with a layout similar to the Ananda Temple but on a much larger scale. King Narathu commissioned its construction in 1160. As you explore these architectural marvels, don’t miss the opportunity to capture stunning photos of the panoramic view of Bagan’s temple-filled landscape.

    After a fulfilling morning, enjoy a leisurely afternoon break at your hotel. Bagan is renowned for its exquisite handicrafts, particularly lacquerware. Visit the local village of Myinkaba, known for its longstanding tradition of crafting intricate lacquerware. Witness the meticulous process involved in creating these beautiful works of art.

    Take a horse cart ride through the Archaeological Zone of old Bagan, allowing you to explore ancient temples and pagodas while savoring the nostalgic charm of this unique mode of transportation. Conclude your day by ascending to a sunset hillock, where you can witness a spectacular sunset casting a golden glow over the majestic temples and pagodas.

    Return to your hotel and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in Bagan.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 08: Bagan – Village Sightseeing (B)

    After breakfast at the hotel, begin a journey to a fascinating temple complex comprising Payathonzu, Lemyentha, and Nandamannya Temples. Admire the breathtaking views of the surrounding plains, offering a glimpse into the grandeur and scale of Bagan’s architectural wonders. Take leisurely walks around these beautiful temple complexes, capturing stunning photographs that will serve as cherished memories of your journey.

    Continue your leisurely drive to an authentic local village, where you can immerse yourself in the genuine Bagan way of life. Explore the daily routines and customs of the local inhabitants through an engaging walking tour.

    In the afternoon, take a tranquil break at your hotel, allowing yourself time to relax and reflect on the wonders you have experienced.

    In the evening, head to the riverside pier and board a local boat for a leisurely cruise down the Ayeyarwady River. Observe the traditional lifestyle of fishermen and riverside villagers while enjoying a unique perspective of Bagan’s temples. This serene river journey offers a delightful way to unwind and appreciate the beauty of your surroundings.

    Return to your hotel and enjoy a peaceful overnight stay in Bagan.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 09: Bagan – Mindat (B)

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will begin your journey from Bagan to Mindat, a distance of approximately 184.3 km. The drive will take around 4 hours, and you can expect some rocky and bumpy terrain along the way. As you travel, you will have the opportunity to witness the local countryside, including cattle running through crops and meadows. Feel free to take photos and interact with the friendly villagers you encounter.

    Upon arrival in Mindat, situated at an elevation of 4,860 feet above sea level, you will check-in to your accommodation and spend the night in Mindat.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 10: Mindat – Kanpetlet (B)

    In the morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel before visiting the market of a Chin village near Mindat. This visit will provide you with a unique opportunity to observe the Chin women, known for their traditional facial tattoos, and gain insight into their way of life and agricultural practices, such as tea or coffee plantations.

    The Chin women still wear traditional costumes, and some of the older women have intricately tattooed faces and smoke tobacco pipes. After exploring the village and the market, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

    Next, continue your sightseeing in the city center of Mindat and visit the local market. Later, drive to Kanpetlet, which will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Upon arrival, check-in to your accommodation in Kanpetlet and spend the night there.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 11: Kanpetlet – Mt. Victoria – Kanpetlet (B/L)

    After a satisfying breakfast, get ready for an exhilarating adventure from Kanpetlet to the majestic Mt. Victoria. The drive to the base camp will whisk you away for about an hour, setting the stage for an unforgettable hiking experience. Lace up your boots and embark on a thrilling 2-hour and 30-minute trek to conquer the summit of Mt. Victoria, proudly standing at an impressive height of 3,109 meters.

    As you ascend, be enchanted by the captivating wonders of Natmataung National Park, home to a rich tapestry of flora and fauna that will leave you awe-inspired. Let the beauty of nature envelop you as you immerse yourself in this extraordinary hiking experience.

    Reaching the peak, be prepared to be swept away by the breathtaking panoramic views that unfold before your eyes. The sheer magnificence of the landscape will leave you speechless, and it’s the perfect moment to indulge in a delectable packed lunch, savoring each bite as you take in the awe-inspiring surroundings.

    When the time comes to bid farewell to the summit, make your descent back to the awaiting car, where the thrill of the journey continues. Drive back to Kanpetlet for an overnight stay.

    Launch included
  • Day 12: Kanpetlet – Bagan – Yangon (B)

    After breakfast, begin your return journey from Kanpetlet to Bagan. The drive will take approximately 5 hours. Along the way, you will pass local villages, offering insights into the lives of the residents and the local farming practices.

    Before transferring to the airport, you will have the opportunity to visit a local family business that produces toddy or palm sugar. Witness the process of collecting palm sap from small pots hung high in the trees, followed by its heating in large pots to produce palm sugar with a unique smoky and sweet flavor.

    Afterward, transfer to Nyaung-U Airport in Bagan for a domestic flight back to Yangon, which takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight accommodation.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 13: Depart Yangon (B)

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure until your departure time. When it’s time to leave, you will be transferred to Yangon International Airport for your onward journey.

    Breakfast included

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