Taking 21-day Myanmar holiday 2018 - 2019 to capture the essence of Myanmar, explore the sensational landscape and gain insights into the culture in Myanmar. Even better, get a first-hand experience of Balloons Over Bagan will captivate you during the trip.
 

Duration: 21 Days/20 Nights
Start/End: Mandalay/Yangon
Tour route: Mandalay-Pyin Oo Lwin – Hsipaw – Mindat – Kanpalat – Bagan – Kalaw – Pindaya – Inle Lake – Yangon
Tour type: Myanma Adventure Tours
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Mandalay Arrival & Pyin Oo Lwin Sightseeing (B)
Day 2: Pyin Oo Lwin – Hsipaw by train (B)
Day 3: Hsipaw Sightseeing (B)
Day 4: Hsipaw boat trip & Village Sightseeing (B, L)
Day 5: Hsipaw – Mandalay by Bus (B)
Day 6: Mandalay Sightseeing by Bike (B)
Day 7: Mandalay –Pakokku –Bagan
Day 8: Bagan Sightseeing by Horse Cart & Biike (B)
Day 9: Bagan – Mindat by car (B)
Day 10: Mindat – Kanpalat (B)
Day 11: Kanpalat – Mt. Victoria (B)
Day 12: Kanpatlet – Bagan (B)
Day 13: Bagan-Kalaw by Bus (B)
Day 14: Kalaw-Pindaya by Car (B)
Day 15: Pindaya Overnight Trekking (B, L, D)
Day 16: Trekking-Pindaya (B)
Day 17: Pindaya-Inle Lake by car & Kanoo boat (B)
Day 18: Inle Lake Sightseeing (B)
Day 19: Inle – Heho – Yangon by Flight & Sightseeing (B)
Day 20: Yangon Sightseeing (B)
Day 21: Yangon Departure (B)

 
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Day 1: Mandalay Arrival & Pyin Oo Lwin Sightseeing (B)

Upon arrival Mandalay by international flight, meeting, and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Later, a drive delivers you to Pyin Oo Lwin, the cool hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin at over 1,000 meters above sea-level, and pleasant weather all year around. The flower city famed for its colonial era-buildings, eucalyptus, pine trees, and silver-oak abounding in town. Next, discover National Land Mark and Chinese Temple with ornate stucco dragons, rock gardens, and landscape ponds. Then, head to Pwe Kauk Waterfall and the countryside. Pyin Oo Lwin horse cart

Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.

Day 2: Pyin Oo Lwin – Hsipaw by Train (B)

After breakfast in the hotel, you will leave to train station to go Hsipaw, where once “The Sawbwas” the Shan Chiefs had their own palace here. The old Shan Palace a huge house, an architectural design reminds tourists of the British country home in Hsipaw.
Mandalay to Hsipaw Train

Day 3: Hsipaw Sightseeing (B)

Start the day with a visit to highlights in Hsipaw with the local market before heading to Shan shoulder bag factory. Overnight in Hsipaw.
Hsipaw local market

Day 4: Hsipaw Boat trip & Village Sightseeing (B, L)

In the morning, take 1-hour boat ride upstream river for exploring the valley, mountain, fruit plantations along the river. Then, hope on the boat to take short climbing up the hill through fruit plantation for 45 minutes to discover old Tai (SHAN) monastery which is 150 years old, sitting alone in the forest. Afterward, pass through the plantations of pineapple, papaya, orange which are widely grown along the way to the monastery. Then, explore the monastery before embarking on a boat ride to the river confluence at which swimming is available on the individual wish. On the way back of boat ride, head to a SHAN village to gaze out at typical houses with a small verdant garden. Leisure at the hotel.
Hsipaw Myanmar

Day 5: Hsipaw – Mandalay by Bus (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Mandalay. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.

Day 6: Mandalay Sightseeing by Bike (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, discover Mandalay – the second largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar. Visit Mahamuni Golden Buddha Image, bronze casting, and marble stone cutting craftsmen quarters and gold leaf beaters.
Mahamuni Golden Buddha Pagoda

Afternoon, Visit Ku Tho Daw Pagoda is also known as the world’s largest book, surrounded by 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist scriptures. Afterward, head to Golden Palace Monastery – part of the palace complex where King Mindon resided. In the evening, marvel at panorama view from Mandalay Hill.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 7: Mandalay –Pakokku –Bagan

In the morning, a drive delivers you to Pakkoku, a lively small town famed for a tobacco trading center and for its weaving shops. Then, enjoy a stroll on the quiet village through the main street. In the afternoon, take a Private Boat on the Ayeyarwady River down to Bagan hopefully in time to observe the sunset over the many pagodas.

Pakkoku weaver

Overnight at hotel Bagan

Day 8: Bagan Sightseeing by Horse Cart & Bike (B)

Optional: Balloons Over Bagan

Floating over thousand-year-old pagodas and the Ayeyarwady River, gaze over at an idyllic bird’s-eye view. Around 05:30, the Balloon over Bagan shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel (your guide will tell you the exact pickup time). A drive delivers you to the departure ground of the balloons. While the team makes the Balloon ready to go, you feast on some refreshments, and also take fantastic pictures of this event. Afterward, depending on the wind, you will overfly Bagan for about one hour, and enjoy sensational views of the ancient Kingdom of Bagan in your hot air balloon! The trip ends wherever the wind has brought you. Ends this fantastic event with rewarding yourself with a glass of sparkling wine ….and the shuttle bus then brings you back to your hotel.

balloon over bagan

Option 1: After breakfast, start with Bagan – on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River is the largest area of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ramparts in the world, many dating from 12th century. The shape and the construction of each building have spiritual meaning will never stop amazing you.

Ayerwaddy River in bagan

Option 2: Start with discovering Nyaung Oo Local Market in Bagan. What a great way to get the most interesting ones of 2800 pagodas and temples in Bagan. Then, enjoy a truly magical experience by going to one of the larger temples to enjoy the magnificent sunset view of the entire area.

Nyaung Oo Local Market

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 9: Bagan – Mindat by car (B)

Your tour starts with visiting Phontaung Ponnya situated in the forest on the Western Ranges. You will be taken there from Bagan after having breakfast, firstly drive half an hour to Pakukku bridge which joins Bagan and Pakukku towns across the Ayeyarwady river. It is the longest bridge in Myanmar. Cross the bridge and set out on your journey by Jeep. Lunch at Pontaung Ponnya, a famous cultural site. Then continue to Mindat which is a lovely hill station located 4860 feet above the sea level (7 hours). You will observe, feel and appreciate the pleasant forest decorated with natural trees, wild birds and butterflies while passing through the ranges.

mindat myanmar

Overnight in Mindat.

Day 10: Mindat – Kanpalat (B)

Start your day with a drive to Mindat, where you can explore Chin Villages (Tattooed Women) by car and take a relaxing walk. Then, witness different patterns of the tattoo on the face attractive amber necklaces. Afterward, look around the villages, chat with the local community and gain insight into their culture, lifestyles, customs, and traditions.

Tattooed-women-and-children-in-Chin-Village

Overnight in Mindat.

Day 11: Kanpalat – Mt. Victoria (B)

In the morning, a drive delivers you to Mt. Victoria – highest peak in Chin Hills, which is one of the best nature-based tourism destination in Myanmar, which has a wide range of flora & faunas. Then, get a first- hand look at Myanmar endemic plant Rhododendron & Myanmar endemic bird White-browed Nuthatch. Afterward, gaze over at trek jungle in the fantastic landscapes of Chin hilly region and the villages of the Chin hill tribes in the ecological forests.

Myanmar-endemic-bird-White-browed-Nuthatch

Overnight in Kapalat.

Day 12: Kanpatlet – Bagan (B)

Continue your tour to Bagan, drive along the road which meanders down to the lower land before you enter into Yaw Region. Pass by “Saw”, “Seik -Phyu” and Chauk towns, finally back to Bagan. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 13: Bagan – Kalaw by Bus (B)

After breakfast, drive to Kalaw. Arrive Kalaw to check in hotel. Overnight in Kalaw.

Day 14: Kalaw – Pindaya by Car (B)

Start your day with arriving at Kalaw, which was formerly a British Hill Station. In the afternoon, explore the Local Market and climb to the hill to see the Old Catholic Church, Kalaw Railway Station (built in 1918), the colonial buildings on East Circular Road, Nee Paya, woven with the bamboo strips and covered with the cloth dipped in lacquer.
Pindaya Trekking

Then, drive to Pindaya followed by discovering Pindaya Cave, where is full of more than 8000 Buddha Images of all sizes, and caved in stone, wood, marble and covered by bronze.
Continue on to Shan papers production cottages where handmade papers are made from the pulp of mulberry bark dried in the sun.

Overnight in Pindaya.

Day 15: Pindaya Overnight Trekking (B, L, D)

We start early by taking a relaxing walk to the village (Htut Ni, Danu) and see how they produce the tea. Next, explore Hsee Kya Inn Monastery, which is located at one of the Danu Village 6 km away from the Pindaya. Lunch at Hsee Kya Monastery or in the village. After lunch, head to Yazakyi typical Palung villages. Then, continue on to the monastery for dinner and overnight.
Danu VillageDay 16: Trekking – Pindaya (B)

After breakfast at Monastery, trekking to Pindaya in a different route. Then, stroll through the Maene Taung, Pa-O village where you can get a first-hand look how cheroor leaves are cultivated. Continue on to Hti Shuu Gone and Danu Village, walks down the hill by enjoying breathtaking scenery on the way.
Pa-O Village

Afterward, visit Taung Paw Gyi Village, a big village where people make their living from growing tea and coffee before walking along the way back to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel in Pindaya.

Day 17: Pindaya – Inle Lake by car & Kanoo boat (B)

In the morning, a drive delivers us to Inle Lake. Then, drive down into the valley to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake, where is photo stop of Shwe Yan Pyay ancient wooden monastery, pagoda. In the evening, get entertained by Kanoo Boat ride in Inle Lake. Overnight at the hotel in Nyaung Shwe.
Boat trip in InleDay 18: Inle Lake Sightseeing (B)

Today, sightseeing by boat on the Inle Lake – the second largest lake in Myanmar, the home to residents live in stilted houses built over the water, called “floating villages”, witness floating gardens and lotus stems weaving. Continue on to see Inthar technique of leg-rowing where one leg is wrapped around the paddle to drive the boat and traditional way of fishing. Then, visit the majestic Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda before taking an enjoyable boat ride through canals to Indein pagoda complex – the must-visit archaeological landmark with hundreds of Shan style ruined pagodas dotted along a slope of the hill. Some of them dated back from the 18th century. Overnight at Hotel in Inle Lake.
Phaung Daw Oo PagodaDay 19: Inle – Heho – Yangon by Flight & Sightseeing (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart for Yangon by scheduled flight before check-in hotel. In the evening, head to Shwedagon Pagoda height 326ft (99.3m), where enshrined 8 hairs of Buddha placed in the underground treasure chamber and is also the highest symbol of the people’s devotion to Buddha. Then, back to hotel and overnight in Yangon.
Shwedagon PagodaDay 20: Yangon Sightseeing (B)

In the early morning, stroll through Strand Road Yangon River to see the exuberant harbor area, from where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and for upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River.
Chaukhtatkyi Reclining Buddha Image

Photo stop around old colonial buildings district and City Centre. Stop at Chaukhtatkyi Reclining Buddha Image, Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) closed on Every Monday and gazette holidays. Then, wander around the lively streets of downtown. In the evening, witness “the real Yangon”, where the pavement turns into a night-market with many kinds of goods on display.

Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Day 21: Yangon Departure (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, it is free for you to relax until departure. Transfer to Yangon airport to board the international flight. Trip ends

What’s Included?

·         19-Night accommodation with breakfast

·         2 VIP express Tickets (Hsibaw – Mandalay)

·         1 Flight Ticket (Yangon – Heho)

·         Private Boat ride in Inle

·         Mountain Bike in Mandalay and Bagan

·         All transfer and sightseeing by private air-conditioned car

·         Experienced  English speaking local tour guide

·         Government tax & Service charges

·         Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B-Breakfast; L – Lunch, D- Dinner)

What’s Excluded?

·         International flights

·         Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary

·         Early check-in and late check-out at hotels

·         Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)

·         Tips for guides and drivers