One mysterious and undiscovered Myanmar with magnificent pagoda architecture, unspeakable beauty as well as a mesmerizing appeal. It has also a rich culture tradition and there are pristine rainforest, majestic mountains, pristine clean beaches, & more than two thousand years of vibrant heritage.
 

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: Myanmar classic tours
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

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 – Popa(B)
Day 8: Bagan – Fly to Mandalay (B)
Day 9: Mandaly – 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: 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)

 
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Day 1: Arrival Yangon (D)
Upon arrival Yangon International airport, we are greeted by local tour guide and the driver then transfer to 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 the combination between 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. Later today, we visit the world-famous golden Shwedagon Pagoda, a breathtaking and colorful sight visited by Buddhists from all over Myanmar. Overnight in Yangon.

Magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.

Magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.

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 a 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.

The main street in Kinpun, Myanmar.

The main street in Kinpun, 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). Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Shwethalyaung Pagoda, the world’s most beautiful reclining Buddha and Wood Carving Industry.Overnight in Yangon.

Shwethalyaung Buddha in Bago, Myanmar.

Shwethalyaung Buddha in 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 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 NyaungOo 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 the 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.

Golden stupa at Shwezigon Pagoda.

Golden stupa at Shwezigon Pagoda.

Day 6: Bagan Full Day Visit (B)
More relaxing day when we visit Myinkaba village, short walking tour to the temples of Manuha& Nan Paya as well as the famous Dhammayangyi Temple & Sula Mani Temples. Overnight in Bagan.

The entrance of Sula Mani Temple.

The entrance of Sula Mani Temple.

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

Mt. Popa

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 full day sightseeing with Mahamuni Pagoda, Kyauktawgyi Pagoda (a large Buddha image carved out of single block of marble), ShwenandawMonsastery (Golden Palace) noted for its exquisite wood carving, Sulamani Pagoda, Mandalay Palace. End of the day, we enjoy the sunset on Mandalay Hill and relax. Overnight in Mandalay.

The main Buddha statue in Mahamuni Pagoda.

The main Buddha statue in Mahamuni Pagoda.

Day 9: Mandalay – Amarapura-Ava-Sagaing(B, L)
After breakfast, we take our tour of the Irrawaddy River in Mingun (about an hour the way), known 90-tonne bell – the largest existing bell in the world. Mingun is a place where is also an unfinished Mingun-Pagoda, which began to build the King Bodopayya in 1790, but never finished, only took thirty years for the construction of the base. Descendants continued construction, and an earthquake destroyed several of her, but still, Mingun Pagoda, startling in its scope, even in an unfinished form! In the vicinity, we can see other ancient pagodas, as well as local villages.

Then we follow in Ava – one of the ancient capitals of Myanmar located 30-minute driving from Mandalay. The main attraction is a fine example of ancient temple architecture Chumbucket Chaung, a wooden monastery Budge (Bargayar Monastery) with 267 teak pillars and magnificent carved reliefs and ornaments. With the observation tower, we can admire the stunning views of the Irrawaddy and Sagain. Visit Sagain hill, covered with 600 white pagodas and monasteries. This hill is widely known as the religious center of Myanmar, which is home to 3000 monks, and on which there are 100 meditation centers and other pagodas and temples.
Overnight in Mandalay.

Bargayar Monastery, Myanmar.

Bargayar Monastery, Myanmar.

Day 10: Mandalay – Mingun (B)
After breakfast, we take a private boat along the Ayeyarawaddy River to Mingun village on the west bank where we visit the Settawya Pagoda, Mingun Pahtotawgyi, the world-renowned ringing Mingun Bell & Yatheintan Pagoda. Continue our visit at the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda whose distinctive style is meant to resemble the mythical Mount Meru. Then, see the Mingun Bell which weighs 90 tons and is considered the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell.
In the afternoon back to Mandalay and free at leisure. Overnight in Mandalay.

The monk ringing Migun Bell

The monk ringing Migun Bell

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 Pinaya 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.

Buddha images in Pindaya’s limestone cave.

Buddha images in Pindaya’s limestone 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. After that, we visit Nga Hpe 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 PhaungDawOo 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.

Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery in Inle Lake.

Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery in Inle Lake.

Day 13: Indein (B)
Visiting Indein village should be a must while traveling Inle Lake. This is a small village and located on the Inle Lake’s western bank. The ruin pagodas which hide in the bushes will give us back to 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 PhoundDawOo pagoda. The creek is narrow with many twist and turns. Boating along the lake, we also see both side paddy fields with farmers ploughing 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, Shan Cheroot making. Overnight in Inle Lake.

Stupas in Indein Temple Complex.

Stupas in 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.

Morning in Ngapali Beach, Myanmar.

Morning in Ngapali Beach, Myanmar.

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, Germs and Handicraft shops or at the Bogyok Aung San (Scott) market before transferring back to the hotel for our departure flight. Trip ends.

Scott Market.

Scott Market.

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INCLUSIONS
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:

Location

Hotels & Ratings (3* Standard)

Yangon Green Hill hotel
Kyaikhtiyo Mountain Top Hotel
Bagan Thazin Garden Hotel
Popa Popa Mountain Resort
Mandalay ShwePyiThar  hotel
Pindaya Inle Inn Pindaya hotel
Inle Lake Paradise NS hotel
Ngapali Cresent Cove Resort