Within its spectacular natural opulence, Myanmar is still a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Embark on an 8-day introductory trip that travels across the country, from cosmopolitan Yangon to culturally-diverse Mandalay. The legendary temples in Bagan and the renowned floating life over Inle Lake are on this classic route that will leave any traveler spellbound.
- Yangon’s iconic Shwedagon Pagoda and discover the bustling colonial-era streets
- Admire the many ancient temples and pagodas that call this region home ,Ancient Bagan
- Dive into Myanmar’s history in Mandalay and see the oldest bridge in the world U Bein Bridge
- Enjoy the peacefulness and the serenity of Inle Lake
Day 01: Arrive Yangon
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, be warmly welcomed by our experienced guide. Orientation tour on the way to the hotel.
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon is a place where people from different parts of Myanmar gather. Yangon has a mix of cultural taste where you will see more British Colonial Buildings than anywhere in Southeast Asia, a beautiful mosque, Hindu temples, and a world-famous Shwedagon Pagoda. With so many different people living in Yangon with harmony is what makes this city special.
Transfer to the hotel and the rest of the day for leisure. OR select one of our unique collection tours that offer different experiences than others. (Additional charge will be applied). Here are some great options to glance at Yangon and its life.
Optional Excursion: Rural Life of Dala
Experience a taste of local village life in Yangon during this picturesque and interactive half-day excursion to Dala Village. There is a chance to stroll through a lively marketplace, take a trishaw ride and interact with the locals, all of which will offer you a genuine glimpse of times gone by. A visit to Dala is perfect for those who want to observe the Burmese’s suburban life which is different from the cosmopolitan city of Yangon.
Optional Excursion: Yangon by Circular Train
Venture outside the bustle of Yangon and board the local circle train. The loop around Yangon affords an intimate look at the different lives in Myanmar, from the busyness of the city to the suburbs and quiet rural outskirts.
Optional Excursion: Yangon Colonial Walk
Formerly the capital city of Myanmar, Yangon’s history includes shifts in power from Eastern to Western and its landscape reﬂects that diversity. British rule introduced and proliferated colonial architecture throughout the city and many of those stately buildings remain in use today. Walkthrough downtown and visit some of those buildings as well as a tea shop, market and boathouse.
Day 02: Yangon – Bagan (B)
Early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the domestic airport for a short flight to Bagan, Nyaung-U airport (Approx- 75 mins).
Bagan, one of Asia’s most popular archaeological destinations as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019.
Upon arrival, start the exploration of the visit with the vibrant morning market at Nyaung-U. Join the local residents pursuing a colorful array of fruits, vegetables, rice, handmade furnishings and clothing.
From here, visit Shwezigon Pagoda, one of Bagan’s most important religious sites. Built by King Anawrahta in 1044, the grand, golden edifice features four shrines, each with a 13 ft – 3.9 m bronze statue of Buddha. Continue to Ananda Temple, one of the finest and best-preserved of all Bagan’s Buddhist shrines. Built in 1091 during the reign of King Kyansittha, its shimmering gold hti (pinnacle ornament) tops a perfectly-proportioned landmark visible all around town.
Transfer to hotel for check in and leisure at hotel.
In the late afternoon, visit a lacquerware workshop to observe the skilled craftsman produce and decorate lacquer ware items. Bagan is one of the last remaining locations in the world where quality lacquer ware items are produced. Before sunset, the final temple for the day will be the Damayangyi Temple which is the most massive temple ever constructed in Bagan.
Enjoy the sunset at one of the hillocks over the Bagan plains and admire the light change on the pagodas as they exude antiquity and mystery. After enjoying the setting sun over the hillock of Bagan, return to the hotel.Breakfast included
Overnight in Bagan.
Day 03: Bagan (B)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and the journey begins with a visit to a little complex including Payathonzu, Lemyentha and Nandamannya Temples with spectacular views over the surrounding plains. This is the perfect introduction to the grandeur and scope of Bagan’s architecture. Walking tours around these beautiful Temples complex make for some excellent photo opportunities. Continue leisure drive to one of the local authentic villages to explore real Bagan typical villages.
Once at the village explore the daily life of the local inhabitants with a walking tour. After the visit, proceed to one of the local family business makings of toddy or palm sugar. Grab this opportunity to see how the palm sap is gathered in small pots hung high in the trees and then is heated in large pots to produce a smoky-tasting and sweet palm sugar.
Drive back to Bagan and enjoy the hotel atmosphere for this afternoon.
In the evening time, head to the riverside pier to board a local boat for a slow cruise down the Ayeyarwady River to observe the lifestyle of the fishermen and riverside villagers as well as enjoying the unique perspective of Bagan’s temples.
Return back to the hotel and overnight in Bagan.Breakfast included
Day 04: Bagan – Mandalay (B)
Morning breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Nyaung-U airport depart for Mandalay by morning flight (Approx: 30 mins).
Upon arrival, drive to Amarapura , the old capital and site of the first British embassy in Myanmar in 1795
Head to a 200-year old U Bein teak bridge, built-in 1782 and reputed to be the world’s longest teak footbridge. Enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams.
It’s time to explore visiting one of the monasteries which is home to many monks. Upon time permitting, to observe Lunch offering time at the monastery their last meal in a day.
After the visit, the journey continues to Mandalay (12km) by passing Mandalay’s various agricultural landscapes and villages.
Carry on and explore Mandalay’s impressive marble carving and handicrafts workshops followed by a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda which was named after the holy Maha Muni image housed therein. This is the second most sacred image in Myanmar after the Shwedagon Pagoda.
Transfer to the hotel for check-in and escape the midday heat.
Early evening visit to Shwe Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) – an excellent example of a traditional wooden building. Continue to visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to ‘the world’s largest book’, a collection of more than 700 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings.Breakfast included
Overnight night in Mandalay.
Day 05: Mandalay – Heho – Nyaung Shwe jetty – Inle Lake (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Mandalay Airport for a short flight to Heho by morning flight (Approx. 40mins). Once arrived, drive to Nyaung Shwe jetty at the gateway of the Inle Lake famous for its unique leg rower (1 hr drive).
En route, the stop will be at a local family-run workshop to observe paper making for the production of traditional Shan parasols. Then, the visit “Shwe Yan Pyay” is a beautiful red-painted teak building dated back to the 19th century.
Arrive in Nyaung Shwe and start a local boat trip on Inle Lake which is a photographer’s dream because of its natural beauty and landscapes. Its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes to which picturesque hills provide the perfect backdrop.
Explore the lake’s only ‘leg rowers’, Intha fishermen who stand up with one leg around a single paddle, leaving their hands free to manipulate the conical fishing net. Marvel at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State.
Afterward, visit a traditional boat building workshop, and the longboats used to traverse Inle Lake take four weeks to build and are made of local teak. Stop to see traditional handicrafts silk weaving on wooden handlooms and fabrics with the fibers of the lotus flower.
Pass endless floating gardens where Intha lake dwellers grow fruit and vegetables on the way to the hotel.
After a day of exploring, transfer to the hotel and overnight in Inle.Breakfast included
Day 06: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake (B)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, morning visit to the local market; it rotates its location around the lake villages in a 5 days rhythm. The typical market offers an insight into the life of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu, and Intha people who come to these markets to sell and buy goods.
Long-tailed boat across the lake to Indein at the western end of Inle for one of the most scenic trips on the Lake. Disembark at the jetty and walk for a few minutes through Indein village to reach the 14th – 18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Oak. A covered walkway popular with souvenir stall holders leads up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather-beaten 17th – 18th century zedi; some newly reconstructed.
Return to Inle Lake and continue to visit Cheroot –maker’s workshop where typical Burmese cigars are made by hand and pass by a traditional blacksmith’s forge.
Once back to the hotel, time at leisure for the rest of the evening. It’s time to watch the sunset over postcard views of the lake. Overnight in Inle.Breakfast included
Day 07: Inle – Nyaung Shwe Jetty – Heho – Yangon (B)
Start the day with a delicious breakfast and transfer to Heho airport to take the flight back to Yangon (Approx. 75 mins).
Arrive in Yangon and start to explore the city tour, first visit Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda and it is a huge reclining Buddha 217 feet long and is one of the largest in Myanmar.
Head to downtown for a walking experience tour, Yangon is known for the highest number of colonial period buildings in Southeast Asia. A walk around the city tour will offer many photo opportunities of locals enjoying at local tea shops as well as a chance to view some of the historic buildings in the area and the impressive British-Colonial City Hall a fine example of syncretism Burmese architecture.
Next, visit the famous Bogyoke Market (Scott Market), with hundreds of shops for food, clothing, crafts, and precious stones.
In the evening, the trip to Myanmar is completed with a visit to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda known to be the largest pagoda in the world, it stands on top of a hill, overhanging the city and is believed to be over 2,600 years old. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the sunset with the background of Shwedagon Pagoda. Transfer to hotel and overnight in Yangon.
Important Notice: The Bogyoke Market (Scott Market) will be closed every Monday and public holidays.Breakfast included
Day 08: Depart Yangon (B)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Free and leisure until the departure time. Then, transfer to Yangon International airport and depart for onward flight.Breakfast included