Myanmar: A Tapestry of Wonders

13 Days - 12 Nights Bagan, Heho, Hsipaw, Indein, Inle Lake, Mandalay Division, Pyin Oo Lwin, Shan State, Yangon Division

Tour Overview

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Myanmar, a captivating destination that offers a blend of breathtaking scenery, rich cultural heritage, and unforgettable nature experiences. Enter on a journey through this enchanting land and witness the beauty of its diverse landscapes and the warmth of its people. Prepare for an exhilarating train ride from the charming city of Pyin Oo Lwin to the iconic Gokteik Viaduct, an adventure that promises to be the highlight of your railway expeditions in Myanmar. Venture off the beaten path in Hsipaw, where hidden trails await, offering a glimpse into untouched beauty. Trek through the picturesque Shan hills, adorned with vibrant greenery, flourishing crops, and serene paddies. And be prepared to be amazed by the mesmerising forest of ancient stupas in Shwe Indein, a remarkable site dating back to the 14th century, nestled within the breathtaking Inle Lake region. Myanmar welcomes you to uncover its magical treasures.

Travel itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive Yangon

    Arrival at Yangon International Airport marks the beginning of your adventure, where you’ll be greeted by an English-speaking guide. Get transferred to the hotel and, if time permits, embark on an orientation tour around the city before checking in. Take some time to settle in and relax, savouring the afternoon at your leisure.

    Later, prepare to explore the vibrant heart of Yangon, characterised by an enchanting blend of pagodas, monuments, and colonial buildings. Explore the city’s architectural gems, some of which hold a special place on the Yangon City Heritage List. Enjoy the bustling street life as you go by vendors selling mouth watering fruits, foods, and snacks. Along the journey, treat your taste buds to some local delicacies.

    For a delightful interlude, head to one of the local tea houses, immersing yourself in Myanmar’s tea culture and gaining insight into its historical connection with British colonial rule. As the day draws to a close, prepare to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Shwedagon Pagoda. Adorned in gold, this magnificent monument is believed to be over 2,600 years old, standing as one of Yangon’s top attractions. Its spire reaches a towering height of 326 feet, draws pilgrims from all corners of the globe. Marvel at the breathtaking sunset view against the backdrop of the Shwedagon Pagoda before returning to the hotel for an overnight stay in Yangon.

  • Day 2: Yangon-Bagan (B)

    After a nourishing breakfast at the hotel, catch a morning flight from Yangon to Nyaung U in Bagan (approximately 75 minutes). Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of the morning market, gaining a glimpse into the daily lives of the locals. Next, visit the revered Shwezigon Pagoda, an important shrine that holds great significance in Bagan’s history. Continue your exploration with a visit to Annada Temple, a well-preserved gem among the temples of Bagan.

    Following a delightful lunch, check in to your hotel and enjoy some leisure time to relax. Later in the afternoon, resume your journey by visiting the Manuha Temple, known for its collection of three seated Buddhas and a large reclining Buddha. Continue to discover the Nanpaya Temple, a site that experts believe may have originally been a Hindu temple.

    Bagan is renowned not only for its multitude of pagodas but also for its exquisite handicrafts, particularly the art of lacquerware. Visit a local lacquerware workshop to witness the intricate process of creating each piece, allowing you to appreciate the craftsmanship behind Bagan’s lacquerware tradition. Conclude the day’s adventures with a memorable horse cart ride to a nearby temple.

    As the sun begins to set, head to the riverside pier, where you’ll embark on a slow boat cruise down the Ayeyarwady River. Observe the lifestyle of fishermen and riverside villagers while relishing the unique perspective of Bagan’s temples from the water. At the end of the tour, return to the hotel for an overnight stay in Bagan.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 3: Bagan Village Sightseeing (B)

    Start your day with breakfast before embarking on a pleasant boat trip from Lawkananda Jetty across the Ayeyarwady River. After a scenic one-hour journey, arrive at Kyun Thiri village, where you’ll be warmly welcomed by local villagers. Hop on an ox-drawn cart and venture into the farming village, traversing the locals’ gardens filled with various seasonal vegetables such as cucumbers, red chilies, tomatoes, and more. Take a leisurely stroll along the village’s shaded streets.

    Continue your journey by visiting a remarkable wooden monastery that has stood for over 120 years in a quaint village. Immerse yourself in the local culture and gain insights into the spiritual beliefs cherished by the community. Discover the fascinating daily lives of the villagers and their unique agricultural practices, providing a captivating glimpse into their way of life. Afterward, cross the river and return to your hotel in Bagan.

    As the evening approaches, set off on an extraordinary adventure to explore the ancient wonders of Bagan. Choose between a delightful horse cart ride or an exhilarating E-bike excursion through the Archaeological zone. Marvel at the majestic temples that grace the landscape, each one holding stories of the past. As you journey towards the sunset spot, witness the mesmerising transformation of light upon the pagodas, emanating an aura of antiquity and mystery. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the ethereal beauty of the Bagan plains as you bask in the glory of the setting sun. Conclude the day’s adventures with a transfer to your hotel in Bagan, where you can enjoy a restful overnight stay.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 4: Bagan-Mandalay-Pyin Oo Lwin (B)

    After breakfast at the hotel, begin an exciting journey. Start with a drive to Nyaung U airport, where you’ll catch a 30-minute flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, embark on a picturesque two-hour drive to Pyin Oo Lwin, a former British hill station nestled 69 kilometres away from Mandalay. This charming town is famous for its colonial-style houses, refreshing weather, natural parks, cascading waterfalls, and mysterious caves. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the local market and take a leisurely horse-drawn stagecoach ride through the town, capturing glimpses of its enchanting beauty.

    Next, venture to the National Botanical Kandawgyi Gardens, a breathtaking expanse of 432 acres filled with colourful flora and fauna. These meticulously maintained gardens were established by Sir Harcourt Butler, a former Governor of Burma, and continue to enchant visitors with their serene ambiance. After a day filled with exploration and discovery, transfer to your hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin for an overnight stay.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 5: Pyin Oo Lwin – Gokteik Viaduct – Hsipaw (B)

    Rise and shine to a delightful breakfast and get ready for an unforgettable adventure. Start your day by transferring to Pyin Oo Lwin railway station, where an extraordinary train ride awaits you. Engage in a mesmerising four-hour journey aboard the Mandalay-Lashio train, renowned for its historical connections to black market trade with China. This scenic train ride commences at Pyin Oo Lwin station and takes you to Naung Pein station, crossing the iconic Gokteik Viaduct. Marvel at the impressive height of the viaduct, with a staggering 300 metres separating the train tracks from the valley floor, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Disembark at Naung Pein Station and take an hour-long drive to the picturesque town of Hsipaw.

    Upon arrival in Hsipaw, transfer to your hotel and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay, immersing yourself in the town’s serene ambiance.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 6: Hsipaw (B)

    Start your day with breakfast at the hotel, fueling up for an exciting day of exploration. In the morning, venture into the surrounding countryside on a soft trek, meandering through small villages, lush paddies, and fields of seasonal crops. Take a well-deserved break and savour a delicious bowl of Shan Noodles at a charming village mall.

    Afterward, embark on a scenic boat journey along the Dokhtawaddy River. Cruise upstream for approximately 30 minutes until you reach a fruit plantation. Disembark from the boat and take a leisurely walk through the plantation and the village, eventually making your way to a 150-year-old monastery. Explore the monastery, soaking in its rich history and cultural significance. Return to the boat and continue your journey to the confluence of the Dokhtawaddy River, where you can capture stunning photos of the picturesque setting.

    As the day draws to a close, head back along the river and make your way to Thein Taung hill, offering a mesmerising vantage point to admire the enchanting sunset. Witness the sky ablaze with vibrant hues as you soak in the breathtaking views. Afterward, return to your hotel in Hsipaw for a relaxing overnight stay, cherishing the memories of the day’s adventures.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 07: Pyin Oo Lwin – Gokteik Viaduct – Hsipaw (B)

    Indulge in a leisurely breakfast before making your way to Pyin Oo Lwin railway station for an unforgettable train ride. Set out on a captivating four-hour journey aboard the Mandalay-Lashio train, which holds a rich history intertwined with the intriguing black market trade with China. As you sit back and relax, marvel at the scenic views unfolding outside your window, with charming villages and bustling railway bazaars passing by. Prepare to be amazed as the train traverses the iconic Gokteik Viaduct, an engineering marvel constructed by the Pennsylvania steel company during the 1890s when Burma was still a part of India. Admire the viaduct’s impressive height, with a staggering 300 metres separating the train tracks from the valley floor, offering awe-inspiring vistas. Disembark at the next station, Naung Pein Station, and embark on a pleasant one-hour drive to the picturesque town of Hsipaw.

    Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will enjoy a comfortable overnight stay. Enjoy the tranquillity of Hsipaw and immerse yourself in its scenic beauty.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 08: Hsipaw Trekking (B/L)

    Begin your day by indulging in a satisfying breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, set off on a gentle trek through the surrounding countryside, traversing small villages, verdant paddies, and seasonal crop fields. Immerse yourself in the rural charm and experience the local way of life. Take a delightful break at a quaint village mall and savour the flavours of Shan Noodles.

    Later, embark on a scenic boat journey along the Dokhtawaddy River. Cruise upstream for approximately 30 minutes until you reach a fruit plantation. Disembark and take a leisurely walk through the plantation and village, eventually arriving at a magnificent 150-year-old monastery after a 40-minute stroll. Explore the monastery and soak in its historical significance. Return to the boat and continue the river journey, reaching the confluence of the Dokhtawaddy River. Take a picturesque break for photos and capture the beauty of the surroundings. Finally, make your way back along the river to your hotel.

    In the evening, ascend Thein Taung hill and be enchanted by the breathtaking sunset views it offers. Witness the sky ablaze with vibrant hues as the sun bids farewell to the day. Overnight in Hsipaw, cherishing the memorable experiences of the day.

    Launch included
  • Day 9: Hsipaw – Mandalay (B)

    Distance: Hsipaw to Mandalay – 205 km (approximately 5 hours by car)

    After a fulfilling breakfast at the hotel, enter into the return journey to Mandalay, savouring the captivating landscapes along the way. Take advantage of several stops to stretch your legs and capture the scenic beauty through photographs. Arrive in Mandalay during the afternoon and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, indulging in personal explorations or relaxation. Overnight in Mandalay, reflecting on the remarkable adventures of your journey.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 10: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake (B)

    Embark on an enchanting adventure after enjoying a delightful breakfast. Begin with a scheduled flight from Mandalay to Heho, the gateway to the mesmerising Inle Lake (approx. 30 mins). Upon arrival, embark on a picturesque one-hour drive to the Nyaung Shwe valley, located at the edge of Inle Lake. Along the way, make a stop at a local family-run workshop to witness the traditional art of papermaking used for crafting Shan parasols.

    Next, visit the captivating “Shwe Yan Pyay” monastery, a striking red-painted teak building dating back to the 19th century. Unlike other renowned monasteries and pagodas in Myanmar, Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery exhibits a distinct architectural style.

    Proceed to the jetty and board a local boat for a fascinating exploration of the lake. Witness the unique “leg rowers” of Inle Lake—Intha fishermen who skillfully row their boats standing up with one leg wrapped around a single oar, leaving their hands free to handle their conical fishing nets.

    Be amazed by the profound spiritual importance of Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, which stands as the most sacred religious destination in the southern Shan State. Explore the art of silk weaving on traditional handlooms and admire fabrics made from lotus flower fibres. Traverse endless floating gardens, where Intha lake dwellers cultivate fruits and vegetables, as you make your way to the hotel.

    At the end of the day’s adventures, transfer to the hotel and enjoy an overnight stay in the captivating surroundings of Inle Lake.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 11: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake (B)

    Start your day with breakfast and set out to explore the vibrant 5-day rotating market (subject to schedule), offering a fascinating glimpse into the lives of ethnic Pa-O, Danu, and Intha people who gather here to trade goods.

    Embark on a mesmerising long-tailed boat journey across the lake to Indein, located at the western end of Inle Lake. Disembark at the jetty and take a short walk through Indein village to reach the ancient pagoda ruins of Nyaung Oak, dating from the 14th to 18th centuries. Follow a covered walkway, lined with charming souvenir stalls, leading up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya—a complex of weather-beaten zedis (small pagodas) from the 17th and 18th centuries, some of which have been newly reconstructed.

    As you cruise back on your local boat, immerse yourself in the stunning scenery, passing floating villages and gardens. Visit a cheroot maker’s workshop, where traditional Burmese cigars are skillfully handcrafted, and catch a glimpse of a traditional blacksmith’s forge.

    Return to the hotel and enjoy leisure time for the rest of the evening. Experience the magical sunset over breathtaking views of the lake—an unforgettable moment.

    Overnight at Inle Lake, cherishing the serene beauty that surrounds you.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 12: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon (B)

    Savour a fresh breakfast at the hotel before transferring to Nyaung Shwe Jetty. From there, take a drive to Heho airport for a flight back to Yangon (approx. 75 mins).

    As you arrive in Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, you’ll be captivated by its diverse history and rich cultural heritage. Begin your exploration with a visit to Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, home to a colossal reclining Buddha that stretches an impressive 217 feet—among the largest in Myanmar.

    Continue to the renowned Bogyoke Market (Scott Market), a bustling hub with hundreds of shops offering a wide range of food, clothing, crafts, and precious stones.

    Conclude your final day in Myanmar with a visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. This revered monument, adorned in gold, is believed to be 2,600 years old and stands as one of Yangon’s premier attractions. Marvel at the pagoda’s soaring spire, reaching a staggering height of 326 feet, and soak in the spiritual ambiance as pilgrims from around the world gather here.

    Transfer to the hotel and enjoy an overnight stay in Yangon, reflecting on the awe-inspiring experiences of your journey.

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

    Breakfast included
  • Day 13: Depart Yangon (B)

    Indulge in your hotel’s breakfast before bidding farewell to Myanmar. Transfer to Yangon International Airport for your onward journey, carrying cherished memories of your time spent exploring this captivating country.

    Breakfast included

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