This 20 day Myanmar tour specially designed for tourists to discover the mysterious and undiscovered Myanmar with magnificent pagoda architecture, unspeakable beauty as well as a mesmerizing appeal. Take a trip deep to the amazing landscape to indulge in the rich cultural tradition, climb to the majestic mountain, lie on the pristine clean beaches, & delve into the history to unlock the Golden Land of vibrant heritages.

Tour Code: GMT20Essence of Myanmar – 20 Days map
Duration: 20 Days/19 Nights
Start/End: Yangon/ Yangon
Tour Route: Yangon – Bago – Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – Sagaing – Mingun – Heho – Pindaya – Inle Lake – Indein – Thandwe – Ngapali – Yangon
Tour Type: In depth-culture & history, Nature & Landscape Discovery, Sightseeing & Experience
Tour CategoryMyanmar classic tours

Experience this 20-day Myanmar Tour 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 & clean
  • Meals: meals are arranged at local restaurants so you can taste authentic Burmese cuisine
  • Accommodation: well-chosen accommodation. Besides, various types of 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: Arrival Yangon (D)
Day 2: Yangon City tour (B)
Day 3: Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) (B)
Day 4: Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) – Bago – Yangon (B)
Day 5: Yangon – Fly to Bagan (B)
Day 6: Bagan Full Day Visit (B)
Day 7: Bagan – Mt. Popa(B)
Day 8: Bagan – Fly to Mandalay (B)
Day 9: Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing (B, L)
Day 10: Mandalay – Mingun (B)
Day 11: Mandalay – Fly to Heho – Pindaya (B)
Day 12: Inle Lake (B)
Day 13: Inle Lake – Indein (B)
Day 14: Heho – Fly to Thandwe – Ngapali (B)
Day 15: Ngapali (B)
Day 16: Ngapali (B)
Day 17: Ngapali (B)
Day 18: Ngapali (B)
Day 19: Ngapali  Fly to Yangon (B)
Day 20: Departure Yangon (B)

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: Arrival Yangon (D)

Upon arrival at Yangon International airport, your local tour guide will welcome you at the arrival hall, then transfer to the hotel and enjoy our welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant. Overnight in Yangon.

Day 2: Yangon City Tour (B)

Yangon city is a must-see city for tourists who want to see a different Asia. It’s the largest city in Myanmar with a combination of nature and cultures and communities. This city was found in 1755 by King Alaungpaya and Yangon means “End of Strife”.
Taking a close look at the local life of this historical city today by vehicle and partly on foot, we visit the Sule pagoda in the center of the city. Walk around the Mahabandoola Park to see the colonial courthouse and the city hall. Then visit Bogyoke Aung San Market (former Scott’s Market), where shopper’s favorite place. (Note: the market is closed on Mondays and gazette holiday). Later today, fulfill our Yangon City tour by visiting the world-famous golden Shwedagon Pagoda, a breathtaking and colorful sight visited by Buddhists from all over Myanmar. Overnight in Yangon.

Shwedagon pagoda in a sunny day

Day 3: Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) (B)

The Golden Rock at Mt. Kyaikhtiyo is a great pilgrimage site in Myanmar. It is a huge boulder covered by gold leaf and resting on the edge of a cliff. There is a small stupa is perched atop of the boulder and it’s said that the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda contains one of the Buddha’s hairs. We start our day out today earlier than usual and drive to Kyaikthiyo where we take the open truck to the Golden Rock at the base camp of Kinpun. Then take light trekking on the summit through the bamboo forest. It’s tough to get there but well worth effort. Besides the rock, we may see thousands of pilgrims, hundreds of candles being lit up and a breath-taking view at sunset & overnight at Kyaikhtiyo.

Golden Rock pagoda myanmar

Day 4: Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) – Bago – Yangon (B)

Bago, formerly known as Pegu, is 80 km to the northwest of Yangon, was the capital of the Mon Kingdom of Lower Myanmar in the 15th century and is a rice bowl of Myanmar nowadays.

After breakfast, we have a short walk to a small cave and stop at some roadside shops for rare products of the jungle. Then we drive down to the base camp to take our vehicle back to Yangon. On the way back, we stop at Bago town, local market, KanbawzaThardi Palace built by King Bayinnaung, KalayaniSima (Ordination Hall). Next, visit Shwemawdaw Pagoda and Shwethalyaung Pagoda, the world’s most beautiful reclining Buddha and Wood Carving Industry. Overnight in Yangon.

Shwethalyaung Buddha Bago Myanmar

Day 5: Yangon – Fly to Bagan (B)

Bagan is a city where visitors can visit all year around. With more than 2,000 Pagodas & Temples dating back more than 1500 years of history, Bagan is one of the most fascinating places for visitors when traveling to this country. This is also an ideal place for beautiful local Art, such as Lacquerware, bamboo works & wonderful local made cloth.

Today we take early scheduled flights to Bagan where a local tour guide waiting and welcome at the airport. Taking a fresh air and meeting new friendly local people at the colorful Nyaung Oo Market, then we visit the Golden Stupa at Shwezigon Pagoda where we will know more about Bagan’s rich history. Later afternoon, we continue to visit the Ananda Temple, one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples with its architectural masterpiece. From here, we enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples. Overnight in Bagan.

shwezigon pagoda baganshwezigon pagoda bagan

Day 6: Bagan Full Day Visit (B)

The more relaxing day when we visit Myinkaba village, a short walking tour to the temples of Manuha & Nan Paya as well as the famous Dhammayangyi Temple & Sulamani Temple. Overnight in Bagan.

Dhammayangyi Temple bagan

Day 7: Bagan – Popa(B)

A little bit challenge today for up climbing more than 700 hundred steps to visit Mt. Popa. The view from the top of Mt. Popa is spectacular. It’s a worthy place to visit and someone says it’s a bit like the monastery in Meteora in Greece, where they are built on the top of a rock with no apparent natural way up. On the way, we can stop at a toddy palm juice production plant. Overnight in Popa.

mt popa bagan

Day 8: Bagan – Fly to Mandalay (B)

Mandalay is the richest historical landmark and only is a 30-minute flight from Bagan. This is the historical old capital of all Myanmar culture, Buddhist Sasana, traditional arts, and crafts…
After breakfast at the hotel, we take our morning flight to Mandalay where we spend a full day sightseeing with Mahamuni Pagoda, Kyauktawgyi Pagoda (a large Buddha image carved out of a single block of marble), Shwenandaw Monastery (Golden Palace) noted for its exquisite wood carving, Mandalay Royal Palace. End of the day, we enjoy the sunset on Mandalay Hill and relax. Overnight in Mandalay.

mandalay royal palace

Day 9: Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing (B, L)

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel then drive 30 minutes to Amarapura (15 km from Mandalay). View the famous Buddhist monastery of Mahagandayon, where more than a thousand monks live and study; before continue to see the U Bein bridge (it is 200 years old and it is the longest teak-wood bridge in the world).
The bridge was built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was Royal capital. Then visit Bagaya Monastery, with a superb collection of Buddha statues. After lunch at a local restaurant, travel by a short boat trip to the former Royal Capital of Inwa (also called Ava).

u bein bridge

Explore by horse-drawn carriage to visit Nanmyint Watch Tower, the remains of the palace building name “the leaning tower of Ava” Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, built of brick and stucco and Bargayar Monastery, this place is famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. Continue to Sagaing Hill, a retreat for Buddhist devotees for sunset.
Overnight in Mandalay.

sagaing hill

Day 10: Mandalay – Mingun (B)

Morning picks up at your hotel by our tour guide and you’ll board a private local boat for a trip up the Irrawaddy to Mingun (45 min each way). Visit the Mingun Bell which weighs more than 87 tons and is the world’s largest intact bronze bell, the unfinished Mingun Paya (built with the intention of being the world’s biggest pagoda). Mingun’s other highlight is the Hsinbyume Pagoda, a white-washed temple built to resemble Mount Meru. Throughout Mingun there are small neighborhoods crafting traditional basketry and other artistic items and there is plenty of time to stop and interact with the craftsmen and friendly locals. This evening, enjoy a commanding overview of the city from Mandalay Hill. Then, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Mandalay.

Hsinbyume Pagoda

Day 11: Mandalay – Fly to Heho – Pindaya (B)

Today we take a morning flight to Heho then we continue by car and enjoy a scenic drive to Pindaya through the picturesque countryside of Shan State. We then, visit Pindaya’s limestone cave with its maze of chambers displaying more than 8,000 Buddha statues; local handicraft workshops producing Shan Paper made from mulberry bark as well as traditional umbrellas made from the same paper that is used by monks all around the country.
Overnight in Pindaya.

pyindaya cave

Day 12: Inle Lake (B)

Whether traveling Myanmar, tourists never skip the opportunity to admire the beauty and captivating of the Inle Lake – one of the most famous scenic lakes in Myanmar. Inle Lake has ever been selected as one of the five new destinations that tourists should not miss in Asia by the prestigious magazine of Condé Nast Traveler World.
After breakfast, we travel 2,5-hour driving to NyaungShwe where we observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles.

Inle Lake fishermen

After that, we visit Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, which houses dozens of Shan Buddha Images, but is more famous for its unique ‘jumping cats’ who jump through hoops in the air! Continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.
Overnight on Inle Lake.

phaung daw oo pagoda

Day 13: Inle Lake – Indein (B)

Visiting Indein village should be a must while traveling Inle Lake. This is a small village and located on Inle Lake’s western bank. The ruin pagodas which hide in the bushes will give us back to the 12th – 13th centuries, very quiet and mesmerized. This mysterious place is at the end of the marvelousIndein creek, which connected with Inle Lake just after the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. The creek is narrow with many twists and turns. Boating along the lake, we also see both side paddy fields with farmers plowing and harrowing by water buffalos or the buffalos enjoying themselves in the creeks at the relax time. Indein water is not only useful for irrigation, but also for bathing and washing clothes. It is compulsory to see Novice Monk, buffalo boys and village girls wash and swim in the creek.
Today we take a boat trip on Inle Lake by boat to visit Indein ancient pagoda and Shan Cheroot making. Overnight in Inle Lake.

indein temple complex

Day 14: Heho – Fly to Thandwe – Ngapali (B)

We take a morning flight to Thandwe then transfer 20-minute driving to Ngapali Beach. Ngapali Beach is lined with a quiet 3- kilometer long white sand beach with coconut trees. The warm, clear water is perfect for water sports such as snorkeling and there are several small islands where can be reached by boat. Overnight in Ngapali.

ngapali beach

Day 15: Ngapali (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and a full day at leisure to enjoy the beach. Overnight in Ngapali

Day 16: Ngapali (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and a full day at leisure to enjoy the beach. Overnight in Ngapali

Day 17: Ngapali (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and a full day at leisure to enjoy the beach. Overnight in Ngapali

Day 18: Ngapali (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and a full day at leisure to enjoy the beach. Overnight in Ngapali

Day 19: Ngapali – Fly to Yangon (B)

Today we take a flight back to Yangon. Greetings and transferring back to the hotel by private vehicle.
Overnight in Yangon.

Day 20: Departure Yangon (B)

We spend our last minutes shopping at Treasure, Gems and Handicraft shops or at the Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) market before transferring back to the hotel for our departure flight. Trip ends. Thank you for making your Myanmar vacation with Go Myanmar Tours!

scott market myanmar

Price: Please contact us for your special price.

What’s included?

  • English speaking guide (other languages up on request)
  • All private ground transfers and transportation
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • All entrance fees
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (B-Breakfast; L – Lunch, D- Dinner)
  • Flight tickets: Yangon – Bagan; Bagan – Mandalay; Mandalay – Heho; Heho – Thandwe; Thandwe – Yangon
  • Boat excursions
  • Water during the trip

What’s excluded? 

  • International flight
  • Visa fee
  • Airport Tax (USD 10 per person)
  • Entrance fees according to itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expense (phone call, laundry, beverages)


Recommended Hotel List:


Hotels & Ratings (3* Standard)

YangonGreen Hill hotel
KyaikhtiyoMountain Top Hotel
BaganThazin Garden Hotel
PopaPopa Mountain Resort
MandalayShwePyiThar  hotel
PindayaInle Inn Pindaya hotel
Inle LakeParadise NS hotel
NgapaliCresent Cove Resort