Be enchanted by the natural beauty, the diverse culture, and the warmth of the friendly Burmese people in this short trip to Myanmar. During 5 days, you will visit three of the most fascinating cities in the country including Yangon, Bagan, and Mandalay. Let your heart bewitched by the golden hue of thousand-year-old pagodas, impressive Buddha images, and get more knowledge about the Buddhist tradition – the most important religion in Myanmar. If Yangon gives you a taste of the great colonial architecture, Mandalay intrigues you with numerous white-washed pagodas dominating the sky, when it comes to Bagan, with thousands of ancient temples, each with its own story will be waiting to take your breath away.

Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Start/End: Yangon/Mandalay
Tour Route: Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing – Mandalay
Tour Date: Not fixed, up to your schedule
Tour Type: Sightseeing, Discovery, History, In-depth Cultural
Tour Category: Myanmar classic tours, Myanmar itinerary 5 days
Tour Highlights:

  • Learn about the history and culture of Myanmar
  • Visit three different kingdoms of Burma in the past: Mandalay, Bagan, Amarapura
  • Gain insight into the local life in the countryside of Myanmar
  • Best sunsets of a lifetime: over the Irrawaddy River, Sagaing Hill, and Shwedagon Pagoda

Experience a Brief Taste of Myanmar With:

  • Guides: hand-picked best tour guides with deep knowledge, humor, profession (English speaking guides, other languages upon request)
  • Drivers: polite,  friendly, responsible, reliable with many years of driving experience
  •  Vehicles: comfortable, spacious, air-conditioned, big window
  • Meals: meals are arranged at local restaurants so you can taste authentic Burmese cuisine
  • Accommodation: listed below or various types of equivalent accommodation are available, from 5-star hotels, 4-star hotels in the best location, good value 3-star hotels, to boutique hotels reflect the style of the region

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Yangon Arrival
Day 2: Yangon – Fly to Bagan – Sightseeing (B)
Day 3: Bagan & Village – Fly to Mandalay (B)
Day 4: Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing (B)
Day 5: Mandalay Departure (B)
A Brief Taste of Myamar - 5 days

Please note that every element of the tour below can be tailored. Tell us your specific interest and we will be happy to make adjustments for you. This inquiry is totally free and you are under no obligation!  

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Day 1: Yangon Arrival

Mingalabar! Welcome to Myanmar, the land of myths and magic! Today, arrival at Yangon International Airport and meet our local tour guide who will escort you to the hotel for check-in.

After a short break, we will spend the rest of the day sightseeing around the city. Take this chance to enjoy a scenic drive through the downtown city and witness the colonial architectural masterpiece which has been faded through the ups and downs of time but still remain its alluring. Passing by the lovely post office, Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden, and Independence Monument, make your first visit at Scott Market, the sprawling 75-year-old market, one of the most lively markets in Yangon. Spend your time to wander around the market area to observe a wide range of local specialties such as trinkets, gems, fabrics, and woodcarvings. (Note: the market is closed on Mondays).
Next, we head to Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, an important Buddhist pagoda in Bahan township of Yangon where is famous for its highly revered reclining Buddha image. Your guide then also takes you to the beautiful Kandawgyi Lake noted for its impressive golden Karaweik Hall, one of the most important landmarks in Yangon.

karawek palace on kandawgyi lake-beautiful photo stop in Yangon

Here comes the best time to visit Shwedagon Pagoda, perhaps the most impressive attraction in Yangon, if not Myanmar. The main glittering stupa located on the top of the hill which can be seen in any corners of Yangon will bring you a truly astonishing moment. Take your time to walk around the pagoda land and see local pilgrims as well as monks offering their devotion. Enjoy the gorgeous sunset view here and then return to the hotel in the evening.
Overnight in Yangon.

shwedagon pagoda-one of the most beautiful pagodas in Myanmar

Day 2: Yangon – Fly to Bagan – Sightseeing (B)

Following your breakfast with a domestic flight to Bagan, the temple town of Myanmar. Upon arrival, you will spend the whole day to explore the architectural masterpiece of the amazing town through numerous outstanding temples in the region. You might visit Ananda, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved temples in Bagan built in Mon style; Dhammayangyi, the largest and considered a haunted temple noted for many tragedies in the history of Bagan Kingdom; Htilominlo, the majestic 46-meters tall sanctuary, etc.

htilominlo temple in bagan

After that, gain more about the local culture with a visit to two workshops in Bagan which produce the most famous products in the region: lacquerware and woodcrafts. Here you can spend time to talk with the local artisan and watch them using their techniques to create their unique items.

bagan lacquerware workshops

In the late afternoon, highlight your sightseeing with a drive to the jetty to embark on a private wooden boat down the river. Enjoy your cruise which sails along the poetic landscape of Bagan where you might see local fishermen or people living sparsely on the riverside. If today is a sunny day, you will have a chance to see the gorgeous sunset over the river that is truly a wonderful moment for anyone who visits Bagan. Return to the hotel after the cruise.
Overnight in Bagan.

Day 3: Bagan & Village – Fly to Mandalay (B)

Power up your morning with an early visit to Nyaung U Market, the busiest market in the region where you will find an array of local staples such as vegetable, Takana tree (a kind of traditional make-up powder in Myanmar), flowers and so on.

the local woman selling tanakha in Nyaung U market

Then, the rest of the day will deliver you to an amazing discovery in the peaceful village of Bagan. Your guide will take you for a visit to some of the household in the nearby village to gain insight into the local lifestyle, culture, as well as the history of Bagan.
In the late afternoon, our guide will pick you to the airport to take a flight to Mandalay.
Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 4: Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing (B)

Being one of the two largest cities in Myanmar, Mandalay will bring you an essence of the great culture. After breakfast at the hotel, transfer for a 30-minute drive to Amarapura, an ancient capital of Burma founded by King Bidawpaya in 1783 and became the worship and academic center form Buddhism.

We will make our first visit of the day at Mahagandayon Monastery, the most prominent monastic college where you can learn about the monk’s life and education. Then we make our way to U Bein Bridge, the biggest draw to visitors in Amarapura, which is the longest and oldest teak bridge in the world. Continue to Bagaya Monastery to discover a superb collection of Buddha statues.

U bein bridge - a lovely sight to obsverse the local people

After lunch, travel on a short boat trip to Inwa (also called Ava), the former royal capital of Myanmar. Visit Nanmyint Watch Tower, one of the noticeable Myanmar architectural style of the early 19th century and Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, one of the most surviving examples of the 19th century in Myanmar. It’s impressive and intricated designed as a brick replica of typical wooden monasteries of the age. Spend your last visit to Bargayar Monastery to admire its magnificent teakwood design and impressive ornate wood carvings.

Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery

Fulfill your trip today with a final visit to Sagaing Hill, one of the most important religious sites in Myanmar where is home to 6000 monks. From the top of the hill provide you a panoramic view of the city scenery.
Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 5: Mandalay Departure (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, check-out and then transfer to the airport to take an international departure flight. Trip ends.
We hope that you would love the itinerary we design for a short Myanmar tour package. Thank you for traveling with us!

Price: Please contact us for your special price

What’s Included?

  • (4) Nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • 2 Domestic air tickets (Yangon– Bagan – Mandalay)
  • All transfer and sightseeing by private air-conditioned car as per the itinerary mentioned
  • All concerned entrance fee and zone fees
  • Experienced English speaking local tour guide in each city
  • Government tax & Service charges

What’s Excluded?

  • Visa to Myanmar
  • Meals & Drinks (Lunch & Dinner)
  • Other personal expenses.
  • Guide & driver tips

Recommended Hotel List:


3 * Hotels

4 * Hotels 

YangonMerchant Hotel (Art Concept) or SimilarTaw Win Garden Hotel (Deluxe) or Similar
MandalayVictoria Palace Hotel (Deluxe) or SimilarEastern Palace Hotel (Deluxe) or Similar
BaganShwe Yee Pwint Hotel (Bagan Room) or SimilarAmazing Bagan Resort (Deluxe) or Similar