Start and finish in Mandalay - the cultural hub of the country, this Myanmar trip takes you to the exotic landscape from the most gorgeous city of Burma where you can blend with thousands of temples to the glorious Mrauk U to get an insight into its turbulent history in the past. Don't miss your chance to capture the exquisite architecture of Yangon that you can find nowhere in Asia. Not just sightseeing, expect to be fulfilled with the rich culture, diverse customs and authentic Burmese cuisine in each destination you pass.
 

Duration: 15 days/14 nights
Start/End: Mandalay/Mandalay
Tour Route: Mandalay arrival – Amarapura – Bagan & Villages – Mt.Popa – Sat-Sat Yo Village – Heho – Kalaw – Inle Lake – Indein – Heho – Yangon PM Flight – Sittwe – Mrauk U – Chin Village Mrauk U – Sittwe – Yangon – Mrauk U – Sittwe – Yangon – Mandalay – Sagaing – Irrawaddy River – Mingun – Ava – Mandalay
Tour Type: In depth-culture & history, Nature & Landscape Discovery
Tour Category: Myanmar adventure tours
Tour Highlights:

  • Admire the most impressive religious sites of Myanmar including Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay, Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan, etc.
  • Get on an exotic pony carriage and travel through the old temples packed aside the snaking road of Bagan to capture the fascination of Bagan
  • Enjoy the full day sightseeing in Inle Lake with a stunning boat trip passing through the exceptional floating gardens and stilt houses.
  • Hike up to the Mt Popa, learn about the Nat of Burmese and behold the incredible panoramic view to the area
  • Get off the tourist trail to set foot on the picturesque landscape of Kalaw

Experience the Real of Myanmar 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, big window
  • Meals: meals are arranged at local restaurants so you can taste authentic Burmese cuisine
  • Accommodation: well-chosen hotel are listed below. Beside, various types of equivalent 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: Mandalay arrival – Amarapura
Day 2: Mandalay – Bagan  (B)
Day 3: Bagan & Villages  (B)
Day 4: Bagan – Mt. Popa – Sat-Sat Yo Village  (B)
Day 5: Bagan – Heho – Kalaw – Inle Lake  (B)
Day 6: Inle Lake – Indein  (B)
Day 7: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon PM Flight (B)
Day 8: Yangon – Sittwe – Mrauk U (B)
Day 9: Mrauk U sightseeing  (B)
Day 10: Chin Village – Mrauk U – Sittwe – Yangon – Hotel in Yangon  (B)
Day 11: Mrauk U – Sittwe – Yangon International departure  (B)
Day 12: Yangon sightseeing  (B)
Day 13: Yangon – Mandalay – Sagaing  (B)
Day 14: Mandalay – Irrawaddy River – Mingun – Ava  (B)
Day 15: Mandalay – Departure (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: Mandalay arrival – Amarapura (-)

Mingalaba! Welcome to Mandalay – a great cultural center of Myanmar!
Meet and pick up by our guide in the airport then ready for a full day sightseeing in Mandalay. Begin your morning in Mandalay with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda. Once described as the second holiest religious site in Myanmar next to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Mahamuni is where you can marvel a the impressive design and the massive Buddha image.
Next, head to the artisan’s workshops to see the gold leaf making, woodcarving, and marble carving. Continue your amazing day with a trip to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, where is widely known with the world’s largest Buddhism book carved on 729 marble slabs. Complete your first day trip with a visit to the U Bein Bridge before sunset time to walk on the longest teak bridge in the world.
Overnight in Mandalay.

Mahamuni-Temple

Day 2: Mandalay – Bagan (B)

Leave Mandalay this early morning to board a flight to Bagan – the wonderland of the sun and over 2000 old temples. Hit the Nyaung U Market to gaze out at the daily life of the locals as soon as you reach Bagan. Next, spend the whole day to explore the art and architecture of Bagan with a temple tour to the most outstanding pagodas in the region. Afterward, gain truly local experience with a visit to the local workshops to see the production of the famous lacquerware and wood crafts. Here spend your time to talk with the artisan and learn about the way they create their beautiful items. Highlights your afternoon with a drive to the sunset hill to behold the majestic sunset.
Overnight in Bagan.

Nara Thihapatae Hpaya Temple in Bagan

Day 3: Bagan & Villages (B)

Today continue your amazing trip in Bagan as you start your exploration with a visit to the tranquil village nearby Bagan. More than just sightseeing, day 3 delivers you a chance to gain an insight into the culture, history, as well as the local lifestyle in each household you visit. Even more, get on a pony-carriage and experience your sightseeing tour in Bagan as a local. In the afternoon, transfer to the jetty to bark on a cruise trip down the Irrawaddy River to Shwezigon Pagoda. Take time to sit on the sun deck and slowly enjoy the gorgeous sunset, listen to the swaying light breeze and watch the laid-back life along the river.
Overnight in Bagan.

women take water to their home in bagan village

 

Day 4: Bagan – Mt Popa – Sat Sat Yo village (B)

There are two options for you this morning: you can choose to continue taking a temple tour or start an excursion to the Mt. Popa. After a 45-minute drive, you will have to hike up to 777 steps to reach the top of the mountain where you will have a chance to learn about the Nat of Burmese and marvel at the panoramic view to the large area. In the mid-afternoon, return to Bagan and take a horse cart ride to experience Bagan from a different perspective. Next, visit Three Pagodas to gaze out at the mural painting before transferring to Kan Monastery. Ultimately, fulfill your last day sightseeing in Bagan as you hit Sat-Sat Yo Village where you can explore the forgotten topknot style of Burmese children.

Mt Popa In Bagan

Day 5: Bagan – Heho – Kalaw – Inle Lake (B)

This morning says goodbye to Bagan to take a domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival, our driver will carry you to Kalaw – a picturesque town dating back from the time of British colonial. Get a glimpse at the local life with a visit to the market. From there proceed to the Hnee Pagoda to marvel at the 500-year-old bamboo Buddha image and the Shwe U Min Pagoda to admire the massive golden Buddhas.
Passing through the scenic landscape of Kalaw, you will capture the unique images reminds you to the British colonial time with restored cottages and religious monument. If you wish, it is available to stop at Christ the King Church to see the excellent example of active Christian worship in Burma. Later, get on a drive to Nyaung Shwe to take a boat trip to your hotel in Inle Lake.

Shwe U Min Natural Cave Pagoda

Day 6: Inle Lake – Indein (B)

This exciting day 6 gives you a full day to enjoy the peaceful Inle Lake on a boat trip. Your first stop today is Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda where is renowned as the most sacred religious site in southern Shan State. Continue your sightseeing in Inle Lake with a visit to the villages where you can explore the local handicrafts, traditional silk weaving, wooden handlooms, and blacksmiths.
Passing through the endless floating gardens, you will reach Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery. Spend some time to gaze out at the monastery then proceed to Nampan Village to see the local cheroot factory and canoe carving.

cheroot factory in Nampan villageHighlight your stunning boat trip to the gorgeous village of Indein to marvel at the fabulous complex of ancient stupas and shrines. Take time to stroll through exotic colonnades of stairways and shop stalls.
Then head to the nearby village to meet the “long neck” women. Here you can have an interesting talk with them to learn more about their daily life and the story of the big rings around their neck.
Later, return to the Inle Lake. Along your way back, you will capture the most iconic beauty of leg-rowing Intha fishermen with a special leg-rowing method using one leg to keep an oar and another leg to stand on the boat. Don’t forget to take a camera to save this best moment.
Overnight in Inle Lake.

longneck women in Inle Lake

Day 7: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon PM Flight (B)

Following your breakfast in this morning with a visit to Maing Thauk Village to admire the beauty of the village built on both land and water with unique stilt style. Next, transfer to your hotel and enjoy your free time until the driver picks you up to transfer to the airport to board a flight to Yangon.
Overnight in Yangon.

Day 8: Yangon – Sittwe – Mrauk U (B)

This morning transfer to the jetty to take a boat trip along the Kaladan River to Mrauk U. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Day 9: Mrauk U Sightseeing (B)

Begin your amazing day 9 with a visit to the market to approach the real life of the local. Next, sightseeing at Pharaouk Pagoda, Mong-Khong- Shwe Du Stupa, Pesi Paya, especially marvel at the shrine of 9000 Buddha images in Koe Thaung Temple before seeking for the Latt-Say Lake – An artificial lake lies next to the city wall and a gate. Then visit Mahabandola Monastery before return to the hotel for the lunchtime.
Following your afternoon sightseeing with a visit to the Shit-Thaung Temple to admire the massive temple with 80000 Buddha images and reliefs. Continue your sightseeing to Htaukkhan-Thein Temple – a gorgeous relic resemble the fortress, Andaw Temple, Ratanabon Stupa.
Witness the Laungbanprauk Pagoda where is known as Plate Pagoda. Get a glimpse at a small library of Pitakataik before driving to Harritaung hill to enjoy the majestic sunset over the area. Later, transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Koe Thaung Temple in Mraulk U

Day 10: Mrauk U – Chin Village – Sittwe (B)

After breakfast, start your exciting day as with a drive to Ngagya Jetty to embark on a scenic boat trip to Chin Village. Passing through the creek and bamboo forest, you will reach the village where a great be number of houses are made from bamboo. Here you will meet the women take tattooed on their face. Take time to stroll through the peaceful village and enjoy the fresh ambiance surrounding.

The Chin Village of Mrauk U

Day 11: Mrauk U – Sittwe – Yangon (B)

Be an early bird this morning to check-out at the hotel and drive to the jetty to transfer to Sittwe by boat. Upon arrival, continue driving to Sittwe airport to board a flight to Yangon.

Day 12: Yangon Sightseeing (B)

Get up early this morning. You are staying in the largest and most interesting city in Myanmar! Let’s spend the whole day to check out the hustle and bustle city as you proceed from the post office. Passing by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden, and Independence Monument, you will reach the far-famed heritage site of Yangon where you are able to marvel at the massive reclining Buddha image and learn more about the special symbol on the feet of the statue.
Continue your sightseeing with a photo destination at Karaweik Hall – a floating barge situated on the beautiful Kandawgyi Lake. Feast your eyes with a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda in the sunset time to admire the most glittering pagoda in the country where the legend said that is home to the Buddha relics.

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Day 13: Yangon – Mandalay – Sagaing (B)

Leave Yangon this morning to board a flight back to Mandalay. Hit Sagaing via Irrawaddy River as you reach the city. Possessing 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing is home to 3000 monks and 100 meditation center where is renowned as the religious center of Myanmar. Spend time here to visit Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae Pagoda two most outstanding pagodas in Sagaing.
Next, check out the local market to observe the daily life of Burmese people and numerous beautiful products. Visit the small pottery village to see the traditional production of water pots.
Overnight in Mandalay.

The beautiful Sagaing Hill overlooking Irrawaddy River

Day 14: Mandalay – Irrawaddy River – Mingun – Ava (B)

Join your amazing boat trip head further up the Irrawaddy to Mingun – the great town of archaeological site offering you plenty of activities to experience. Hit to the Mingun Bell to marvel at the world’s second largest intact bronze bell.
Then visit the unfinished Mingun Paya – a religious site that was built intend to be the largest pagoda in the world. It has gone through a long time that was damaged by the earthquake and leads to abandoning.
Highlight your sightseeing in Mingun with a visit to the massive white-washed Hsinbyme Temple which is constructed as the shape of the Mount Meru. Maybe stroll through the nearby village to meet the skillful artisans and learn about the traditional basketry and beautiful handicrafts.
Afterward, drive to Ava – along with Mandalay is the famous ancient capital of Burma. Get on a horse carriage and explore the city your way. Passing through the idyllic village to observe the local life in the rural area. In the afternoon, return to Mandalay for a visit to the ruin remain of the Royal Palace. Ultimately, fulfill your meaningful day with a drive to Mandalay Hill to enjoy the commanding overview of the city.

The unfinished Mingun Paya

Day 15: Mandalay – Departure (B)

Today is at leisure until the driver picks you up to transfer to the airport to take a flight to your departure. Trip ends. We hope you love the trip and the service we offer.
Thank you for traveling with Go Myanmar Tours!

What’s Included?

  • 14-Night accommodation with breakfast (B – Breakfast, L- Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • All transfer and sightseeing by private air-conditioned car
  • All transfer and sightseeing by private boat ride in Inle lake & Mingum
  • 6 Domestic air tickets (Mandalay – Bagan – Heho – Yangon – Sittwe – Yangon –
    Mandalay)
  • All entrance fees & all zone fees
  • Boat trip in Sittwe – Mrauk U – Sittwe
  •  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
  • 24th Dec/ 31st Dec compulsory gala dinner at the hotel

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.

Locations3-star hotelRoom category
YangonReno Hotel or Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel or SimilarDeluxe
BaganBagan View Hotel or Razagyo Hotel or SimilarSuperior
MandalayHotel Yadanarbon or Hotel Magic Mandalay or SimilarSuperior
Inle Lake81 Hotel or Royal Inle or SimilarSuperior
KalawDream Villa Hotel or Pine Woods Hotel or SimilarSuperior
Mrauk UMrauk U Palace Hotel or Shwe Thazin Hotel or SimilarSuperior