As a hidden gem of Indochina, Myanmar bursting with magnificent monuments, glittering golden stupas, and enigmatic ruin. Within 15 days, we take you on the road to Myanmar to see the magic comes to life.
 

Duration: 15 days/14 nights
Tour Routine: Yangon – Bagan – Mt Popa – Mandalay – Mingun – Heho – Loikaw – Inle Lake – Yangon
Intended Travel Date: Available all the time
Start/End: Yangon/Yangon
Tour Type: Adventure & Discovery, Nature, Landscape, In-depth Cultural
Tour Highlights:

  • Explore Yangon – The former capital of Myanmar with parks, colonial buildings and the golden Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Unlock the magical Bagan – The home to over 3,000 temples and Myanmar’s greatest architectural site
  • Discover the cultural center of Myanmar – Mandalay which is home to the world’s longest teak bridge
  • Indulge in the natural paradise of Inle Lake which is famous for the people who live on and around it, known as the ‘Intha’
  • Sightseeing in Monywa – Located on the banks of the Chindwin River which serves as the main trade center between Myanmar and India

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Yangon Arrival
Day 2: Yangon City Tour
Day 3: Yangon – Sri Ksetra World Heritage Site
Day 4: Pyay – Yangon
Day 5: Yangon – Fly to Mandalay – Amarapura, Ava, Sagaing
Day 6: Mandalay City Tour
Day 7: Mandalay – Mingun Village
Day 8: Mandalay – Monywa
Day 9: Monywa – Pakokku – Bagan by Day Cruise
Day 10: Bagan – Temples Visit
Day 11: Bagan – Mt Popa
Day 12: Bagan – Fly to Heho – Kalaw
Day 13: Inle Lake Sightseeing
Day 14: Inle Lake – Indein Village – Fly back to Yangon
Day 15: Yangon Departure

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: Yangon Arrival

Mingalarbar! Welcome to Myanmar, the Golden Land of Asia.
Today, your local guide from Go Myanmar Tours will meet you at the airport in the Arrivals Hall. Together with other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer to your hotel and check-in.

Day 2: Yangon City Tour

After breakfast, you will start your Myanmar tour of Yangon at the Central Post Office, and then stroll down Strand Road and observe the locals going about their daily lives. Continue walking up Pansodan Street famous for some of Yangon’s most impressive colonial architecture dating from the mid-1800s before arriving at Mahabandoola Park where you can view the Sule Pagoda. Dating back to over 2500 years ago, the octagonal pagoda standing 44 meters tall is one of the prominent landmarks of the city.
Next visit City Hall and the High court. Later explore Mahabandoola Garden and the Bogyoke Market, a vast covered market place selling an array of handicrafts, food, jewelry, and clothing.
Visit the National Museum, home to priceless ancient artifacts and Karaweik Hall before watching the sunset at the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda located on top of Singuttara Hill, where many locals and Buddhists come to worship.

kandawgyi lake in the morning

Day 3: Yangon – Sri Ksetra World Heritage Site

This morning, take a 6-hour drive to Pyay which situated near the ancient capital of Sri Ksetra (Thayekhittaya). The town of Pyay flourished between the 5th and 9th centuries, more recently extensive archaeological excavations have taken place. After a visit to the local museum, travel by ox cart around the old city wall for approximately 2 hours. Visit Hmawzar village for around 30 minutes on foot to observe the life of the Burmese people and continue to the hotel.

Sri Ksetra

Day 4: Pyay – Yangon

Visit Pyay central market, home to several ethnic minority populations. Then continue your visit to Shwe San Taw Pagoda. Situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy river, the Shwe San Taw pagoda is Pyay’s most prominent landmark at 88 meters tall. Later, enjoy the great views of the town and river from the viewing platform of the pagoda. Drive back to Yangon stopping at a local restaurant for lunch.

Day 5: Yangon – Fly to Mandalay – Amarapura, Ava, Sagaing

Transfer to the airport for your 1 hour and 20-minute flight to Mandalay. On arrival, visit Amarapura, home to a working monastery dating back to 1783 and U Bein Bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in the world. Later travel to Sagaing, a former Shan capital in the 14th century with many impressive stupas scattered on its hill and on to the charming island of Inwa with highlights such as the ‘ leaning tower of Ava’, Maha Aungmye Bonzan, a beautiful brick-and-stucco monastery and the elegant teakwood monastery Bagaya Kyaung. Inwa is only accessible by a short ferry transfer and there are no cars on the island so you will travel around by pony cart. Return to Mandalay for your overnight stay.

U Bein bridge sunset

Day 6: Mandalay City Tour

Start the day with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, which enshrining the Mahamuni Buddha Monastery – a highly revered image in Burma. It is covered in thick layers of gold leaf applied by male devotes. As a result, this has started to distort its shape.
After that, visit the Shwe Inbin Monastery and the Golden Palace Monastery, which is a superb example of a traditional wooden building. Stop at Kuthodaw Pagoda, the world’s largest book consisting of 729 marble slabs on which the entire Buddhist Canon is inscribed. Visit a traditional handloom silk workshop as well as a Kalaga tapestries craftsmen’s shop and continue on to Mandalay Hill. Today will be a full day sightseeing predominantly on foot.

kuthodaw pagoda marble slabs where inscripted with Buddhist philosophy

Day 7: Mandalay – Mingun Village

Take a short drive to the nearby jetty and board your boat on the Irrawaddy River; cruise approximately 1 hour to Mingun where the worlds’ largest hanging bell is still on display. You will visit Mingun Pahtodawgyi – the largest unfinished pagoda in the world, Mingun Bell and Hsinbyume Temple. Return to Mandalay for an afternoon at leisure.

hsinbyume temple

Day 8: Mandalay – Monywa

Drive approximately 2 hours to Monywa stopping at the Thaboddhay Pagoda en route. This is a Buddhist temple home to 845 small stupas surrounding and rising up to the richly decorated central stupa. Take a stroll through the nearby banyan tree grove Bodhi Taung and marvel at the panoramic view from Aung Setkya Pagoda, standing 130m high on the Po Khaung hills. Continue to Monywa to check into your hotel.

thaboddhay pagoda - main attraction in monywa

Day 9: Monywa – Pakokku Bagan by Day Cruise

This morning cross the Chindwin River with a short boat ride, and drive to the fascinating Po Win Daung Caves, a large complex of small sandstone caves containing many Buddha images and with decorative wall paintings. Drive 3 hours to Pakokku, a port city set south of the Chindwin confluence, and visit a lively local market by traditional trishaw bicycle taxis. Continue approximately 2 hours by boat on the Irrawaddy River to Bagan arriving in time for sunset.

buddha images Po Win Daung Caves

Day 10: Bagan – Temples Visit

Start your sightseeing tour with a visit to the colorful Nyaung U Market before exploring the pagodas of Htilominlo, a pagoda built in 1218, marks the spot where King Nantaungmya was chosen to be the crown prince.

sovenirs in nyaung u market

After that, visit Shwezigon Pagoda – This beautiful pagoda was built by King Anawrahta in the 11th century to enshrine one of the four replicas of the Buddha’s tooth found in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Today it is considered Bagan’s main religious site rising from the earth in three separate terraces.
This afternoon explore some of the last of the remaining temples and visit a Lacquer workshop in the village of Myinkaba. Watch the sunset over this wondrous landscape from one of the many viewing points.

Shwezigon Pagoda

Day 11: Bagan – Mt Popa

Today drive 2 hours to Mt Popa. Formed by a volcano almost 250,000 years ago and a revered spiritual residence of the 37 ‘nats,’ worshipped in Burma in unison with Buddhism. There are a number of statues and shrines that represent these spirits. We will climb more than 750 steps to the nearby temple of Taung Kalat, set atop an extinct volcano and said to contain 37 spirits, also known as ‘nats’. Return to Bagan and take a horse cart, the local method of transport, to visit some villages, monasteries, and temples further afield.

mt popa in bagan is home to 37 nats of myanmar

Day 12: Bagan – Fly to Heho – Kalaw

Transfer to the airport for your 50-minute flight to Heho. On arrival, travel a further 2 hours by road to Pindaya and visit Shwe U Min Caves, a unique site housing thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over the centuries. After visiting a home-run umbrella and mulberry paper production business, continue to Kalaw – a scenic hill town for your overnight stay.

Shwe U Min Caves

Day 13: Kalaw – Inle Lake Sightseeing

This morning drive 1 and half hours to Inle Lake – water paradise which is inhabited by over 200 villages constructed on stilts. The lake is most famous for the extraordinary lives of the people who live on and around it, known as the ‘Intha’. Transfer by boat to your hotel to check-in. Begin your visit on the lake by long-tail boat, seeing the floating gardens and Intha fisherman.

phaung daw oo pagoda

Later visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, one of Burma’s most sacred shrines before admiring the collections of ancient Buddhas at Nga Phe Monastery. Witness a beautiful collection of Buddha images depicted in the Shan, Tibetan, Bagan, and Inwa styles are displayed inside the expansive wooden meditation hall. Finally, visit the weaving village of Inpawkhon to learn more about the lotus weaving.

the local artisan in lotus weaving village

Day 14: Inle Lake – Indein Village – Fly back to Yangon

Sightseeing today will be on the western shore of the lake at the Indein Pagoda complex. It is one of the amazing historical sites in Inle Lake, where hundreds of small stupas decorated in sculptures of mythological animals and beings lay overgrown by moss and vegetation. Take a leisurely walk along a creek, passing through rice fields to the village of Saema and visit the village primary school.

the magnificent ruins in Shwe indein temple

Day 15: Yangon Departure

Any time before your flight is free at your leisure today. You will be transferred from the hotel to Yangon Airport for your onward flight. Trip ends. Thank you for making your 15 day trip with Go Myanmar Tours!

What’s Included?

  • Domestic flights: Yangon – Mandalay, Bagan – Heho, Heho – Yangon
  • All accommodation & meals ( B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • All transportation and transfers
  • English-speaking guide (other languages upon requests)

What’s Excluded?

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Myanmar Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Personal and other expenses such as porterage, bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary.