Start in Mandalay, this Myanmar classic tour takes you around the most outstanding destinations of the country such as Bagan, Yangon, and Inle Lake etc… Behold the legend Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon which is made from 60 tons of gold. Take a horse cart ride and pass through the scenic route over dramatic ancient temples and pagodas. Indulge in the vibrant atmosphere in the local market. Myanmar is where the myths reveal to you.
 

Duration: 11 days/10 nights
Start/End: Mandalay/Yangon
Tour Route: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Hill – Mandalay – Amarapura – Sagaing – Inwa – Mandalay – Bagan – Heho – Kalaw – Pindaya – Inle Lake – Indein – Yangon
Tour Highlights:

  • Check out the lively markets including Nyaung U Market in Bagan and Scott Market in Yangon
  • Walk on the U Bein Bridge – the longest teak bridge in the world
  • Admire the fabulous beauty of Shwedagon Pagoda – the legendary religious site in Yangon
  • Drop in a breathtaking boat trip explore the exceptional floating gardens, houses, and monasteries on Inle Lake
  • Join in a fantastic Kalaw – Inle Lake trekking route

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Mandalay Arrival
Day 2: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Hill (B)
Day 3: Mandalay – Amarapura – Sagaing – Inwa (B)
Day 4: Mandalay – Bagan (B)
Day 5: Bagan & Villages Sightseeing (B)
Day 6: Bagan – Heho – Kalaw (B)
Day 7: Kalaw – Pindaya – Inle Lake (B)
Day 8: Inle Lake – Indein (B)
Day 9: Heho – Yangon (B)
Day 10: Yangon (B)
Day 11: Yangon – Departure (B)

 
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Day 1: Mandalay Arrival

Mingalaba! Welcome to Mandalay – where you will start your adventure in Myanmar. As you arrive at Mandalay International Airport, our guide and driver will meet and transfer you to the hotel in the city center for check-in. Take a short break before visiting Mandalay Palace – one of the main attractions of Mandalay that was the primary royal residence of the last two Kings of the country: King Mindon and King Thibaw. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 2: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Hill (B)

After breakfast, start the journey northward to the little town of Mingun. Head to Pahtodawgyi Pagoda and Mingun Bell as you arrive. Highlight your afternoon with a visit to Shwenandaw Monastery where you can capture the exquisite wood carving and gold leaf beating workshop. Next, drive to Kuthodaw Pagoda – a white Buddhist stupa where is home to the world’s largest book made of 729 marble slabs. Later, reward yourself after a full exciting day as you visit Mandalay Hill to relax and behold the majestic sunset over the region.

Shwenadaw Monastery

Day 3: Mandalay – Amarapura – Sagaing – Inwa (B)

Today is a full day let you explore the attractions around Mandalay. Following your breakfast in the morning with a scenic drive to Amarapura to observe the monk life in Mandalay. Stop at Mahagandaryone Monastery as you arrive. Here you can witness the pure life of the monk living in one of the largest monasteries in Myanmar. Afterward, drive toward the north to reach Sagaing to learn about the monk education. Upon here, gaze out at Buddha cave, U Min Thonze Pagoda, and Sunooponnyashin Pagoda before embarking on a breathtaking ferry trip to Inwa (Ava) to discover the city built on an artificial island on the bank of Irrawaddy River. Get on a horse cart ride and slowly enjoy the tranquil rural area. Stop for a visit at BagayKyaung to get a glimpse of an impressive teak wood monastery, historic Buddhist Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung Monastery, and Nan Myin Tower. There is not more eye-opening than a visit to the U Bein Bridge in the late afternoon to capture the peaceful as well as a fantastic view on the world longest teak bridge and save the best photos.
Later, transfer to the hotel for an overnight.

Monks at Mahagandaryone Monastery

Day 4: Mandalay – Bagan (B)

Leave Mandalay this morning to board a flight to Bagan – where is widely known as the paradise of the sun. Hit the road to the lively Nyaung U Market to gaze out at the daily life of the locals as you arrive at Bagan. Next, ready for an amazing temple tour around Bagan to admire the most outstanding ancient pagodas and temples among over 2000 relics in the region to get a glimpse at the architecture masterpiece packed around nature’s creation. Afterward, visit the local workshop which is famous for producing lacquerware and wood crafts. Here you will have a chance to have an interesting talk with the artisans and learn about the way they create beautiful products. Fulfill your first day in Bagan with a trip to a hill in the region to behold the magical sunset over the fascinating rural area. Overnight in Bagan.

Nyaung U Market in Bagan

Day 5: Bagan & Villages Sightseeing (B)

Step aside from the majestic pagodas, your trip to Bagan also bring you to the beautiful villages around Bagan let you explore the local life and talk with the friendly villagers. Afterward, behold the hidden treasure of Bagan as you get on a pony cart and slowly pass through the dusty rugged paths. Take time to enjoy your scenic drive before moving to the jetty where a stunning boat trip is waiting to bring you along the idyllic Irrawaddy River. Sit on the sundeck and enjoy the gorgeous view on the riverside and wait for the sunset time when the spectacular sun is slowly going down behind the horizon.

The dramatic beauty of Bagan Temples

Day 6: Bagan – Heho – Kalaw (B)

Following your breakfast this morning with a flight to Heho airport – the gateway to the second largest lake in Myanmar: Inle Lake where you will get amazing experiences. Head to Kalaw as you reach Heho to visit a former British colonial town. Stroll through the central market to gaze out at the hectic local life before visiting Hnee Pagoda to behold a 500-year-old bamboo Buddha and Shwe U Min Pagoda to see a cave will full of golden Buddhas. Along your way, you will find it amazing with the images reminding you about the British colonial times such as cottages and religious monuments including Christ the King Church that provides you a great example of active Christian worship in Myanmar.

Hnee Pagoda in Kalaw

 

Day 7: Kalaw – Pindaya – Inle Lake (B)

This morning drive to Pindaya where is famous for impressive limestone caves, beautiful lakes. Passing through the scenic route, your driver will drop you at the spectacular Pindaya cave situated in the limestone ridge provides you a view of the beautiful lake. Spend time to marvel at the Buddha images inside the cave and then visit some local houses to learn about the production of Shan paper and parasols. Later, embark on a boat trip to transfer to Nyaungshwe for an overnight.

Pindaya Cave

Day 8: Inle lake – Indein (B)

An amazing day allows you to get on a breathtaking boat trip to explore the life around the picturesque Inle Lake where you will capture the local handicrafts, silk weaving, and traditional blacksmith along your boat trip. Stop at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda for a visit to the most revered religious sites in southern Shan State. Next, head to the village of the Shan and Intha people to learn more about the life of the inhabitants living hundred years on the lake. Passing through the exceptional floating gardens and houses to reach Nga Phe Chaung Monastery for a short visit. From there proceed to Nampan village to see the local cheroot factory and canoe carving. Continue rowing through the scenic channel you will reach the fascinating Indein village where you can marvel at the excellent stupa complex. Take time to wander around the exotic colonnades of stairways and shop stalls before moving to the nearby village to meet the long neck tribal women perched on the stilt. Later, return to the lake where you will see the leg-rowing fishermen using their unique rowing method using one leg to stand on the boat and another leg to keep an oar. Remember to bring your camera to save the best photos.

Nga Phe Chaung Monastery in Inle Lake

Day 9: Heho – Yangon (B)

Be an early bird this morning to board a flight back to Yangon. Soak into the hustle and bustle Bogyoke Aungsan Market as you arrive at the city. The market is well-known for its souvenirs such as gems, jewelry, and traditional handicrafts. Continue your sightseeing tour around Yangon street to observe the fabulous mix of Burma and British colonial architecture. Gaze out at the lovely building of St Mary’s Cathedral and the Buddhist landmark Sule Pagoda situated at the roundabout of the city where you will have an opportunity to learn about the Jewish life in the Pagoda Land. Later, gaze out at Little India and Chinatown, stop at some vendors as you stroll through the street and let the sellers introduce you about their interesting products.

Yangon Bogyoke Aungsan MarketYangon Bogyoke Aungsan Market

Day 10: Yangon (B)

A memorable day exploring the charming Yangon as you proceed from the Post Office to capture the fascinating architecture of Burma combine with the British colonial. Passing through Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola, and Independence Monument to reach the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda where enshrine the massive reclining Buddha image with 66 meters long. From there drive to Karaweik Hall – an impressive floating barge on the Kandawgyi Lake. Fulfill your final meaningful day in Yangon by a visit to the marvelous Shwedagon Pagoda to observe the sacred pagoda where according to the legend that enshrines the Buddha’s hair. Take time to enjoy the sunset in the pagoda before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.

the reclining Buddha image in Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda

Day 11: Yangon – Departure (B)

Time is free after your breakfast in the morning until the driver picks you up to transfer to the airport to take a flight to your departure.

What’s Included?

  • 10-Night accommodation with breakfast
  • All transfer and sightseeing by private air-conditioned car
  • 3 Domestic air tickets (Mandalay – Bagan – Inle Lake – Yangon)
  • Private boat ride in Inle Lake & Mingun
  • All entrance fees & all zone fees
  • Experienced English speaking local tour guide in each city
  • Government tax & Service charges

What’s Excluded?

  • Meals & Drinks (Lunch & Dinner)
  • 10 US$ for international airport tax
  • Other personal expenses
  • Visa arrangement and services

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.