Take this suggested 15-day Myanmar tour to unlock the mythical beauty throughout the land of golden pagodas. From the entertainment hub of Yangon to the great city of culture in Mandalay, expect to be mesmerized by the heart-touching beauty of Bagan and Inle Lake. More than just charming pagodas and landscapes, we also deliver you a truly memorable moment with the friendly community of 135 ethnic minorities.

 

Duration: 15 days/14 nights
Start/End: Yangon/Yangon
Tour Route: Yangon –Golden Rock – Bago – Bagan – Popa – Mandalay – Mingun – Kakku – Pindaya – Inle Lake – Mandalay – Amarapura – Pyin Oo Lwin – Heho – Pindaya – Kalaw – Inle Lake – Indein – Yangon
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Tour Type: In depth-culture & history, Nature & Landscape Discovery, Sightseeing & Experience
Tour Category: Myanmar Classic Tours
Tour Highlights:

  • Hike up to the Kyaikhtio Pagoda perched on 1100 meters above the sea level, marvel at the massive Golden Rock and the incredible panoramic view to the scenic area.
  • Explore Bagan – the largest archaeological site in Myanmar with over 2000 old temples & pagodas
  • Check out the gorgeous architecture of Yangon
  • Enjoy a breathtaking boat trip around the poetic Inle Lake
  • Marvel at thousands of Buddha images in Pindaya cave

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Yangon Arrival
Day 2: Yangon – Golden Rock (B)
Day 3: Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon (B)
Day 4: Yangon – Bagan (B) (No guide for airport transfer in Yangon, only full day guide in Bagan)
Day 5: Bagan & Villages (B)
Day 6: Bagan – Popa – Bagan (B)
Day 7: Bagan – Mandalay (Alliance Myanmar Cruise) (B)
Day 8: Mandalay – Amarapura, Ava & Sagaing (B)
Day 9: Mandalay – Irrawaddy River – Mingun (B)
Day 10: Mandalay – Heho – Kakku (B) (No guide for airport transfer in Mandalay, only full day guide in Inle)
Day 11: Pindaya – Inle Lake (B)
Day 12: Inle Lake – Indein (B)
Day 13: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon (B) (No guide for airport transfer in Heho, only full day guide in Yangon)
Day 14: Yangon (B)
Day 15: Yangon – Departure (B)

 
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Day 1: Yangon Arrival

Mingalaba! Welcome to the gorgeous city of Yangon with lots of funs and amazing things to discover. You are welcome by our tour guide at the airport and then the driver will transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Enjoy your drive as you pass through the fabulous streets in the downtown city. Overnight in Yangon.

The street in Yangon

Day 2: Yangon – Golden Rock (B)

Be an early bird this morning to take a trip through the scenic route to reach Golden Rock Pagoda (194km – 5 hours). Upon arrival at Bago, transfer to Golden Rock base camp and then move to the transit junction where a small open truck is waiting to carry you to the pagoda. Once reaching the destination, you will be overwhelmed by the magnificent panoramic view of the large area. Overnight in Golden Rock.

The Golden Rock in Kyaikhtio Pagoda

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

This morning enjoy the sunrise moment by strolling around the hill sites before having breakfast in the hotel. Afterward, leave the base camp for a drive to Bago, the beautiful city which used to be the ancient capital of Mon kingdom. Visit the local market as you reach Bago to witness authentic local life. Next, head to the thousand years old Shwemawdaw Pagoda. From there you can proceed to Shwethalyaung Pagoda where you can behold the giant Buddha image with 55 meters long and 16 meters high. Take time to gaze out at the pagoda before returning to Yangon. Stop for sightseeing at Allied War Memorial Cemetery along the way back.

Shwemawdaw Pagoda in Bago

Day 4: Yangon – Bagan (B) (No guide for airport transfer in Yangon, only full day guide in Bagan)

This morning board a flight to Bagan – the paradise of the sun. Upon arrival, get a glimpse of the local life in the lively Nyaung U Market before spending the whole day discover the fantastic mix of the man-made masterpiece and nature’s creation in outstanding ruins and pagodas in the region. Nothing can compare to the moment of the late afternoon when you climb up to the top of the highest pagoda to wait for the majestic sun slowly hidden behind the cloud. Overnight in Bagan.

Explore the fantastic temples in Bagan

Day 5: Bagan & Villages (B)

Day 5 provides you a full day to explore the simple life of the locals in the villages. Step aside from the scenic beauty along your sightseeing route, you will have a great opportunity to learn about the people lifestyle, culture as well as the history of the region. Even more, get on a stunning Pony cart and ride along the rugged paths to reach your destination making your trip unlike any normal trip that you may experience before, then take time to behold the charming of this wonderland before embark on a breathtaking cruise trip this afternoon to cruise along the Irrawaddy River down to the Shwezigon Pagoda. Sitting on the sundeck and enjoy the light breeze swaying into the air.

Get on a horse carriage and explore the hidden charm of Bagan

Day 6: Bagan – Popa – Bagan (B)

Following your breakfast in the afternoon by a drive to Mount Popa – an extinct volcano well-known for its spectacular view above 1518 meters high. In order to reach the top of the mountain, you have to hike up to 777 steps. But it is truly an amazing route cause you will capture many monkeys that you can even play with them. Your private guide will introduce you about the important role of the mountain to Myanmar culture as well as its religions and history in every step. Up to the pagoda on the top of the mountain, you will have an opportunity to learn about nats and nats worship. Spend time to sightseeing around the pagoda and return to Bagan in the afternoon.

Mount Popa

Day 7: Bagan – Mandalay (Alliance Myanmar Cruise) (B)

This morning transfer to Alliance Myanmar Cruise to move to Mandalay. Your local guide will wait for you at the jetty to pick you up to the hotel as you arrive.

Day 8: Mandalay – Amarapura, Ava & Sagaing (B)

This morning transfer you to Amarapura after a 30-minute-drive to visit Mahagandayon Monastery where you will approach the famous monastery of more than a thousand monks is living and studying. Continue your trip with a visit to U Bein Bridge – the longest teak bridge in the world to marvel at the spectacular view over the river and encounter the locals. Next, head to Bagaya Monastery to visit the oldest religious monastery of Mandalay which is widely known as the teak wood monastery possessing intricated designs. After lunchtime, take a short boat trip to reach the former Royal Capital of Inwa. Here you can explore the region on a horse-drawn carriage. Stop at Namyint Watch Tower to witness the architecture of Myanmar in the 19th century. From there stroll through the Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery – an impressive brick monastery built in 1818. Proceed to Bargaya Monastery to see the fabulous ornate woodcarvings and teak posts before driving to Sagaing Hill to watch the sunset and gain a panoramic view of the area.

sunset over U Bein Bridge

Day 9: Mandalay – Irrawaddy River – Mingun (B)

Following your breakfast by a local boat trip up the Irrawaddy to the ancient Mingun. After 45 minutes you will reach the charming town and then head to the Mingun bell to marvel at the biggest intact bronze bell in the world. Next, visit the unfinished Mingun Paya which is intended to be built as the largest religious pagoda in the world. Highlight your trip with a visit to the fantastic white-washed Hsinbyume Pagoda to take awesome photos. Then stroll through the neighbor village to see the traditional basketry and have an interesting talk with the artisans. Your afternoon sightseeing continues with a visit to the charming Royal Palace where you can marvel at the majestic architecture. Later, transfer to the Mandalay Hill in the evening for a commanding overview of the city. Overnight in Mandalay.

The Unfinished Mingun Paya

Day 10: Mandalay – Heho – Kakku (B) (No guide for airport transfer in Mandalay, only full day guide in Inle)

This morning take a flight to Heho. Upon arrival, continue traveling by road to Taunggyi and more one hour to Kakku. Gaze out at the great complex of over 2000 stupas as you head to Kakku Pagoda. Continue your sightseeing after lunch with a stop at Htan-Ph-Ya village and cave. Here you can witness many unknown Shan Buddha images kept on the wall of the cave. Fulfill your trip through the picturesque landscape of Kakku by a visit to Pao village – home to one of the nine ethnic groups in Shan State before returning to your hotel.

Kakku Pagoda

Day 11: Pindaya – Inle Lake (B)

Your wonderful morning starts with a drive to Pindaya Cave where you can marvel at thousands of Buddha images inside. Next visit the 200-year-old wooden Sin Khaung Monastery built in traditional Shan style. Here you can witness the impressive bamboo weaving Buddha images and bronze statues. Complete your meaningful day with a visit to the traditional village to learn more about their bamboo hat making, pottery, umbrella, shan paper as well as other beautiful handicrafts. From there transfer to the hotel in Nyaung Shwe for check-in.

Golden Buddha Image in Pindaya Cave

Day 12: Inle Lake – Indein (B)

Awake your morning of day 12 with a visit to the 5-day rotating market to soak up into the vibrant atmosphere with the locals wearing colorful traditional dress sitting in front of their vendors with full of product. Next, embark on a breathtaking boat trip to explore the scenic beauty of Inle Lake. After rowing through the channels you will reach the charming Indein village where you can marvel at the majestic complex of ancient stupas. Spend time to wander along the colonnades of stairways through shop stalls and then head to the nearby village to visit the long neck tribal women and gaze out at their daily life on the stilts with the traditional weaving. Later return to Inle Lake where you will see the most expected image of Intha leg-rowing fishermen with their unique rowing method using one leg to keep an oar and another leg to stand on the boat.

the ancient temple in Indein

Day 13: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon (B) (No guide for airport transfer in Heho, only full day guide in Yangon)

Say goodbye to Inle Lake this morning to take a flight to Yangon. As you arrive, head to Bogyoke Aungsan Market (Scott Market) to indulge in the most hustle and bustle market in Yangon. Here you can find myriads of interesting Burma souvenirs from jewelry to lacquerware. If you want to purchase, this is a great chance for you to show off your bargaining ability. Next, continue your trip in Yangon with a stop at St Mary’s Cathedral, a fantastic red-brick building constructed in 1899. Visit Sule Pagoda at the roundabout of the city and Mashiah Yeshua Synagogue where is one of 188 sites in the list of Yangon Heritage Buildings. Spend time here to meet the Trusty and learn about the life of Jewish in the Pagoda Land. Afterward, visit Little India and amazing Chinatown. Stop at one of the vendors and have an exciting talk with the seller and listen to them about their ware. It is really interesting!

Bogyoke Aung San market in Yangon

Day 14: Yangon (B)

Today continue exploring the charming Yangon with a drive through the street to capture the fabulous mix of Burmese and British colonial architecture that you can find nowhere in Asia. From the Post office drive-through Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden, and Independence Monument to reach Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda – home to the giant reclining Buddha image with 66 meters long and intricate design in the feet featuring Burma art. Next, you will have time for stunning photos at the Karaweik Hall – the royal floating barge on the poetic Kandawgyi Lake. Remark your afternoon sightseeing in Yangon with a final visit to Shwedagon Pagoda to marvel at the legend construction with 5448 diamonds and 2873 rubies tipped on the crown. Enjoy the fantastic sunset view before going back to the hotel.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Day 15: Yangon – Departure (B)

The day is at leisure until the driver comes to transfer you to the airport to fly to your departure. Trip ends. We hope to be your companion in the next time.

What’s Included?

  • 14-Night accommodation with breakfast
  • 3 Domestic Flight Tickets (Yangon- Bagan/ Mandalay-Inle-Yangon)
  • Cruise from Bagan to Mandalay
  • All transfer and sightseeing by private air-conditioned car with airport transfer
  • All entrance fees & all zone fees
  • Experienced English speaking local tour guide in each city as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Government tax & Service charges

What’s Excluded?

  • Tour guide for airport transfer on Day 4, 10 and 13 as mentioned
  • Meals & Drinks not mentioned (Lunch & Dinner)
  • 10 US$ for international airport tax
  • Visa arrangement and services
  • Other personal expenses.

Notes:
Please be aware that hotels and all other logistics, services and days of travel are subject to availability. Where flights are canceled or delayed Go Myanmar Tour will endeavor to secure alternative arrangements of similar value as noted in our booking conditions.
The traveling times mentioned within this dossier are approximations only. These times will vary according to weather, road, traffic or any other prevailing conditions.
This itinerary and supplementary information has been compiled in good faith and was accurate at the time of writing. However, it DOES NOT form part of a contract between the client and Go Myanmar Tours.