Embark on an unforgettable journey through Myanmar, where hidden wonders await at every turn. Traverse rugged mountain trails, meander along serene waterways, and immerse yourself in the warmth of Myanmar’s charming people.Set out on an exhilarating trek through the majestic Shan plateau, conquering breathtaking passes and discovering lesser-explored tribal villages. Drift across the tranquil waters of Inle Lake, marveling at floating villages and exploring the mystical Pindaya limestone cave adorned with countless pagodas. Experience the enchantment of the Ayeyarwady River, witnessing mesmerizing sunsets over the temple-studded landscape of Bagan.Immerse yourself in vibrant local culture, capturing picture-perfect moments amidst breathtaking mountain scenery. Prepare to be captivated by fascinating culture, awe-inspiring landscapes, and genuine warmth. Embark on a truly worthwhile adventure, creating cherished memories that last a lifetime.
- Immerse yourself in the wonders of Myanmar
- Embark on a thrilling trek through the majestic Shan hills
- Indulge in the captivating cruise on the mighty Irrawaddy River
- Venture off the beaten path to uncover its most awe-inspiring treasures
Day 01: Arrival in Yangon
Get ready for an exciting adventure as you arrive at Yangon International Airport. Our guide will welcome you and escort you to your hotel before visiting Yangon, a city where pragmatic and generous people reside, and it boasts one of the most complete ensembles of colonial architecture in the world.
Begin with a captivating colonial walking tour of Yangon, where you’ll encounter a fascinating blend of colonial buildings, churches, mosques, and Buddhist monasteries. The city’s beautiful architecture is a reflection of its diverse religious influences. As part of the tour, you’ll also visit the Karaweik Royal Barge, a magnificent floating royal barge on a serene lake, providing the perfect backdrop for breathtaking photos.
Prepare to be amazed by the grandeur of the Shwedagon Pagoda, the largest pagoda in the world, standing proudly atop a hill and dating back over 2,600 years. This sacred site, often referred to as the “heart of Myanmar,” holds immense significance in Buddhist culture and is considered one of the most important pilgrimage destinations. As the sun begins to set, immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of the candlelight ceremony, joined by hundreds of devoted individuals. Witnessing this magical spectacle promises to be an unforgettable experience.
Enjoy an overnight stay in Yangon, anticipating the adventures that lie ahead.Overnight
Day 02: Yangon – Mandalay
After breakfast, transfer to Yangon Airport for a short flight to Mandalay, which will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Upon landing, visit Amarapura, a former Royal Capital, where history comes alive.
Your first stop is the awe-inspiring U Bein Bridge, an impressive teak wood bridge stretching 1.2 kilometers long. Built in 1782 during the time of Amarapura’s reign, this architectural marvel will leave you in awe.
Next, visit the renowned Mahagandayon Monastery, home to more than a thousand monks who live and study there. If the timing is right, you can witness a silent spectacle as the monks partake in their last meal of the day. Following this, you’ll have the opportunity to explore a traditional hand-woven silk workshop, immersing yourself in the artistry and craftsmanship of Mandalay.
Continuing your journey into Mandalay city, head to your hotel to freshen up. Later, you’ll have the chance to visit the exquisite Shwenandaw Monastery, renowned for its intricate wooden structures.
Your exploration will then lead to the remnants of the Mandalay Royal Palace, the last original wooden structures of the once-majestic palace complex. Finally, tour the great Kuthodaw Pagoda, also known as MahaLawkamarazein Pagoda, famous for being the world’s largest book. Composed of numerous stone slabs, each inscribed with Buddhist literature, this marvel will leave you captivated.
Enjoy an overnight stay in Mandalay, reflecting on the wonders you’ve experienced so far.Overnight
Day 03: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay (B)
After breakfast, get ready to witness spectacular views of Mandalay from the summit of Mandalay Hill. As you overlook the city, the enchanting panorama will leave an indelible mark on your memory.
Your next destination is the revered Mahamuni Pagoda, home to one of Myanmar’s most cherished religious images. Learn the fascinating story behind this statue while observing devotees delicately applying gold leaf to the sacred figure.
In the afternoon, transfer to the jetty for a serene boat journey to Mingun. Prepare to be mesmerized by the grandeur of the unfinished Pagoda, a colossal structure that serves as a testament to Myanmar’s rich architectural heritage. Adjacent to it, you’ll find the Mingun Bell, one of the world’s largest hanging bronze bells, exuding an air of ancient mystique.
Continuing your exploration, visit the striking Hsinbyume (MyaTheinTan) Pagoda, an immaculate white-washed temple designed to resemble Mount Meru, a sacred mountain in Buddhist cosmology.
As you sail back to Mandalay, transfer to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay, filled with unforgettable memories.Breakfast included
Day 04: Mandalay – Bagan by local day boat (B)
Prepare for an exciting day as you embark on a local day boat journey along the Ayeyarwady River, heading from Mandalay to Bagan. Indulge in a delightful breakfast and savor a delicious lunch onboard as you marvel at the scenic landscapes.
The journey will include a stop at Yandabo village, an opportunity for an excursion and a glimpse into the local life of Myanmar. Notably, this village is where the historic Treaty of Yandabo, which ended the First Anglo-Burmese War, was signed in 1826.
Arriving at Bagan Jetty in the evening around 6:00 PM, transfer you to your hotel, where you can relax and unwind, ready to explore the wonders of Bagan the next day.Breakfast included
Day 05: Bagan (B)
After breakfast, immerse yourself in the colorful and vibrant atmosphere of Nyaung-U, a local market that offers a unique glimpse into the daily lives of Myanmar’s people.
Prepare for an awe-inspiring temple exploration as we visit some of the most significant temples and pagodas in Bagan. Marvel at the architectural masterpiece of the Temple of Ananda, showcasing the brilliance of 11th-century Mon architecture. Next, explore the Htilominlo temple, renowned for its exquisite stucco work.
Continuing your journey, visit the monumental Dhammayangyi Temple, a pyramid-shaped structure that will leave you in awe of Bagan’s rich cultural heritage. As the daytime temperature rises, retreat to your hotel and enjoy a relaxing swim in the pool, savoring the tranquil ambiance.
Later in the afternoon, hop aboard a traditional horse carriage and embark on a captivating ride through the ancient ruins of Bagan’s temples.
Conclude the day with a visit to the splendid Shwezigon Pagoda, where the golden hues of sunset create a mesmerizing atmosphere. As the day comes to an end, transfer back to your hotel and enjoy a peaceful overnight stay in Bagan.
Note: The itinerary can be customized according to your preferences and any additional attractions or activities can be added to enhance your experience further.Breakfast included
Day 06: Bagan (B)
After breakfast at the hotel before starting on an enriching exploration of the nearby village, where you’ll get an authentic glimpse into the typical life of Myanmar’s people.
Afterward, take a leisurely stroll through the Payathonzu Temples, immersing yourself in the captivating atmosphere of these ancient structures. Then, visit a traditional lacquer workshop, where you can observe the intricate craftsmanship behind one of Myanmar’s most popular crafts.
Next, off to Myinkaba and marvel at the Gubyaukgyi Temple, also known as the “cave temple.” This magnificent structure is renowned for its exquisite jataka paintings and well-preserved bas-reliefs. Adjacent to it, you’ll find the Manuha Temple and the Nan Paya, two temples adorned with stunning Buddha statues. Take some leisure time to relax and unwind at the hotel, savoring the peaceful ambiance.
As the sun begins to set, head to the pier and embark on a breathtaking boat ride along the river. Indulge in an unforgettable sundowner experience as you cruise along, soaking in the magical beauty of the surroundings. Overnight in Bagan.Breakfast included
Day 07: Bagan – Heho – Pindaya – Kalaw (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung U Airport for a short flight to Heho, taking approximately 30 minutes. Upon arrival, drive to Pindaya to explore the magnificent Pindaya Caves. These caves, nestled in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake, house thousands of unique Buddha images, providing a captivating sight to behold.
Continuing your journey, visit local houses where Shan paper and umbrellas are skillfully produced. Immerse yourself in the artistry and craftsmanship of these traditional crafts.
Afterward, enjoy a delightful lunch before driving to Kalaw, a charming hill town located on the pine-clad hills of the Shan Plateau, offering a perfect setting for trekking adventures.
Enjoy an overnight stay in Kalaw, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of nature.Breakfast included
Day 08: Kalaw – Nanawe – Konehla – PattuPauk (B, L, D)
Head off to an exciting morning drive to the drop-off point near Lamine village, which will take approximately 30 minutes.
From there, begin your trek by walking for around 15 minutes to Lamine village, where the ToungYoe people reside. Immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions before proceeding to Nanawe village, inhabited by the Danu people. The trek from Lamine to Nanawe will take approximately 1 hour and treat you to picturesque landscapes.
Pass through a charming Pa-O village as you continue your trek towards Konehla, where you’ll take a break for a well-deserved lunch. While enjoying your meal, take in the breathtaking views of the valleys and mountains in the background.
After lunch, continue your trek for around 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach PattuPauk village, home to the hospitable Pa-O people. Experience the warm hospitality of the locals as you spend the night in a local homestay, immersing yourself in their culture and way of life.Breakfast included
Day 09: PattuPauk – HtiThein – Tonele – Inle Lake (B, L)
After breakfast, bid farewell to PattuPauk village and embark on a scenic 30-minute journey to HtiThein. From there, continue your trek to Kyauk Su village, enjoying a leisurely walk lasting approximately 45 minutes. Then, proceed to Nan Yoke village, immersing yourself in the picturesque surroundings during another 45-minute walk.
Next, continue the trek to Tonele village, inhabited by the Inntha people, located near the tranquil Inle Lake. Indulge in a delicious lunch at a local restaurant and soak in the serene atmosphere.
In the afternoon, head to the jetty and board a traditional long canoe boat, which will transfer you to your hotel, providing a unique perspective of the beautiful Inle Lake.
The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your own leisure, savoring the tranquility and natural beauty of the surroundings.Breakfast included
Day 10: Inle Lake (B)
After breakfast, take a captivating boat ride across the pristine waters of Inle Lake. Marvel at the unique floating gardens and witness the extraordinary leg rowers, skilled fishermen who navigate the waters with remarkable agility. Immerse yourself in the vibrant village life and be mesmerized by the magnificent scenery that unfolds before your eyes.
Explore one of the local markets in the Inle Lake region to meet the diverse ethnic groups that call this area home, including the Pa-O and Intha people. Traverse the lake’s intricate network of channels, passing through stilt villages and enchanting floating gardens, as you embark on a scenic journey filled with breathtaking views.
Make your way to Indein village, an ancient hillside destination adorned with hundreds of pagodas, each telling its own story and adding to the mystical ambiance of the place.
Continue your exploration with a visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the main sanctuary of the lake, housing five sacred images of Buddha adorned with exquisite gold leaf. En route, stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone, where you can witness the intricate art of traditional hand-weaving, and visit a cheroot factory to learn about the fascinating process of crafting Burmese cigars.
As the day draws to a close, transfer by boat to your hotel to relax and unwind, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of Inle Lake.Breakfast included
Day 11: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon (B)
In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Yangon.
Upon arrival in Yangon, begin a captivating journey of exploration, starting with a visit to the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, home to a colossal Reclining Buddha image that leaves visitors in awe of its grandeur.
In the afternoon, delve into the vibrant atmosphere of the Bogyoke Market, also known as Scotts Market. Lose yourself amidst the hundreds of shops offering a diverse array of local food, clothing, crafts, and precious stones, immersing yourself in the lively ambiance of this bustling marketplace.
Later, check in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure, savoring the final moments of your Myanmar adventure. Overnight in Yangon.
Notes: Please take note that the Scott Market is closed on every Monday and Gazetted Holidays.Breakfast included
Day 12: Departure Yangon
As per your international flight departure time, you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport.
As you conclude your journey in Myanmar and return home, take along the memories of your trip, which is filled with incredible experiences and cherished memories.