Myanmar, a Buddhist country will leave you a mixed feeling deep inside. Travel from the mainland Yangon, the former royal capital where a lot of Buddhist pagodas are located to tribe village, you can really feel Burmese hospitality, warm welcome and unique traditional custom. Inle Lake is a distinctive natural beauty on Myanmar, a must stop to go.
 

Tour Code:
Duration: 10 days/9 nights
Day: Available all the time
Start/End: Yangon/Loikaw
Tour type: Myanmar adventure tours
Tour Routine: Yangon – Bagan – Mt Popa – Mandalay – Mingun – Inle Lake – Loikaw – Inle Lake – Yangon
Highlights: Shwedagon Pagoda, Migun Bell, Kayan Tribe, local workshop, Inle Lake, etc.
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

Brief Itinerary
DAY 1: Arrival & Sightseeing around Yangon
DAY 2: Yangon-Bagan
DAY 3: Bagan – Mt Popa – Bagan
DAY 4: Bagan- Mandalay
DAY 5: Mandalay & Mingun
DAY 6: Mandalay-Heho/ drive to Loikaw
DAY 7: Loikaw – Kayan Tribe Villages
DAY 8: Loikaw – Sagar Village – Inle Lake
DAY 9: Inle lake – Yangon
DAY 10: Yangon Departure

 
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Day 1: Arrival & Sightseeing around Yangon (D)
Welcome to Myanmar “Mingalar Bar”, you will be picked up by our friendly guide at the airport and quickly transfer to hotel within 1 hour.
Our tour will start in the afternoon with a visit to Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda where you can see the giant reclining Buddha. The next destination is Kandawgyi Park, one of the greenest spot in Yangon. On the way, follow the agenda, we will stop at Karaweil Palace, a royal floating barge with impressing detail and structure. Surely, you can take a lot of beautiful pictures here.

Chaukhtatgyi PagodaFor the evening, you will have a chance to visit the famous golden stupa, Shwedagon Pagoda which is 98 meter high. The most interesting feature about this pagoda is that Shwedagon Pagoda itself incredibly contains 60 tons of pure gold. At the pagoda, you can observe local religious custom and offering and gain some understanding about Buddhism. From the view point of Shwedagon Pagoda, you are able to enjoy the stunning sunset over golden decorative layer in every corner.
Overnight stay in Yangon.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (B,L)
Depart from Yangon in the early morning, we will be in the flight heading to Bagan. The popularity of Bagan comes from over 2,000 temples locating here with historical importance. All the sacred pagodas and nice temples together generate the ancient atmosphere, which increases the beauty of surrounding scenery more than ever.

Nyang U MarketAfter 1 hour on the airplane, we first head to Nyaung U market to witness the daily life of locals and visit Shwezigon Pagoda which are believe to house Buddha’s bones and tooth. In order to get a panoramic view over Bagan and really feel Bagan, we will move to a higher temple in a few minutes.
Then we arrive at hotel for check-in and continue visiting many other impressive temples such as Ananda, Htilominlo, Thatbyinnyu, Dhammayangyi and Sulamani and also can’t leave out other beauty-hidden temples.

Shwezigon PagodaIn the evening, to get some insight about Myanmar traditional souvenir, we will go to a traditional lacquerware-making workshop.
Stay overnight in Bagan.

Day 3: Bagan – Mt Popa – Bagan (B, L)
From Bagan, today we will reach out for Mount Popa, an inactive volcano with an amazing view and where is believed to be the birth place of Myanmar Nats (Spirits). At the bottom of the mountain, there are Nat Shrines with 37 different figures and this place is also the main pilgrimage destination for locals.

Mount PopaAfter visiting Mount Popa, on the way back, our car is going to pay a quick visit at a local palm tree plantation and a local village where tourists can observe daily life and understand Myanmar’s culture. Then, in late afternoon, Irrawaddy River is waiting for you to explore by a pleasure cruise passing riverside village and temples. Sunset in Bagan is now so attractive and stunning more than ever.
Beside, you can choose to take part in some optional activities such as: sunrise hot balloon flight, horse cart tour,etc.
Stay overnight in Bagan.

Myanmar Nats - Spirits worshiping in Mount PopaDay 4: Bagan – Mandalay (B, L)
Our destination today will be Mandalay, the last former capital of Myanmar Kingdom. The first thing we will do is visit Amarapura, City of Immortality. Inside City of Immorality, Mahagandayon Monastery is where you can see the daily life of monks. Next, we will walk through U Bein Bridge which is the longest teak wood bridge in the world. The trip won’t be completed without a visit to Sagaing, the most religious area in the southwest of Mandalay.

Morning ceremony of the monks in Mahagandayon MonasterySagaing has over 600 Buddhist monasteries which are Buddhism schools. Beside monasteries, we will also go to pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae. On the way, we will stop at the local market, Silverware Cottage Industry, Clay pot making and Nunnery. We will discovery more about the daily life of Buddhist nuns. Finally, our car will return to Mandalay for you to be amazed at Mahamuni Buddha Image, a bronze Buddha which is stated to be built during the lifetime of Buddha.
Overnight stay in Mandalay.

Mahamuni Buddha ImageDay 5: Mandalay & Migun (B, L)
A brand new day has come! And today just enjoy yourself in a pleasant boat ride up in river to Mingun for 1 hour. Once arrived in, visitor will be impressed by the ruins of vast Mingun Pagoda, the wonderful Hsinbyume Paya and Mingun Bell. Especially, Mingun Bell is 87 tons in weight and is regarded as the largest intact bronze bell in the world.

Mandalay PalaceCome back to Mandalay on boat. Afternoon is time for Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery which is famous for its exclusive woodcarvings and gold leaf workshop. Moreover, there is also time for Kuthodaw Pagoda where contain the world’s largest book. The day will end with sunset in Mandalay Hill to get a panoramic view pf the city.
Overnight stay in Mandalay.

Shwenandaw MonasteryDAY 6: Mandalay-Heho/ drive to Loikaw (B, L)
Today we will leave Mandalay early in the morning to Heho. On arrival, it takes us 8 hours to reach the capital of Kayah State by car. On 225km road, you will encounter so many paddy fields, which reflect a local sense here.
Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant in Pin Luang Village and continue moving to Loikaw until the late afternoon.
Stay overnight in Loikaw.

Loikaw, MyanmarDAY 7: Loikaw – Kayan tribe Villages (B, L)
The first thing we will do in Loikaw is visiting colorful local market where you can see peoples from different tribes with their traditional clothes. Then drive to Pan Pet Village, visitors will be impressed by Kayan tribe ladies’s brass rings covering their extraordinary long necks. Explore the village and the surrounding by a short trek following our local tour guides. Our guide will take you to Kayhtobo site and Hunting Shrine in order to give you a common sense about local beliefs and spiritual life.

Hill tribal lady with long neck after field time in LoikawFor afternoon, it’s time for you to experience the local life of Kayah: visit a local musician house, Kayah traditional house, try on Kayah dress. You can also find some really good local handicrafts by the way.
Transfer back to Loikaw and enjoy the sunset view over Loikaw from Taungwe Zedi hill.
Stay overnight in Loikaw.

DAY 8: Loikaw – Sagar Village – Inle Lake (B, L)
This morning will start with a visit to Pohperyone, Buddhist teaching monastery. Nowadays, there are about 500 monks are studying here. Next, move to Phekhone Town and transfer to boat in Phekhone Lake where you will be blown away by the breathtaking landspace along Bilu Creek.
Spend a few minutes at Sagar Village and explore 108 “sunken” stupas of Sagar. These stupas have existed from 16th – 17th century although they are partially underwater for a few months of the year. Immerse yourself in minority culture and traditional lifestyle of ethnic group in the village. At a moment, you realize yourself so small among the untouched nature. Enjoy yourself on boat to Inle Lake and transfer back to hotel in the evening.
Stay overnight in Loikaw.

Stupas of SagarDAY 9: Inle lake – Yangon (B, L)
With an early start, we will head to the morning market around Inle Lake to see the diversity of local tribes. Morning market is opened every day except for dark moon day and full moon day. Inle Lake is one of the most favorite destinations for tourists all around the world with stilt-housed villages, island-bound Buddhist temples and floating garden.

Phaung Daw Oo PagodaThe local life is presented right in front of your eyes and surely you will be amazed by fishermen’s led-rowing technique on their boats, cottage industries like silversmiths, weavers and cigar makers. By the way, we will visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Nga Phe Chaung Monastery which contains a collection of ancient Shan style Buddha images. In the evening transfer to the Heho Airport for your flight to Yangon.
Stay overnight in Yangon.

Nga Phe Chaung MonasteryDAY 10: Departure (B)
Leisurely spend your time to explore the city by yourself in the morning with our car and guide. Then transfer to Yagon Airport. Tour ends.

What’s Included?

  • 09 night hotel accommodation (twin/double share)
  • 9 Breakfast, 8 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Private transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • 04 domestic flights
  • Local English (or) other language-speaking Station guides
  • Drinking water and refreshing towels on touring days
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in program
  • Boat fee in Mingun, Bagan and Inle Lake

What’s Excluded?

  • International flights to/from Yangon
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa stamp fees
  • Early check-in & late check-out surcharge
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals & Drinks not mentioned
  • Tips & gratuities for guide and driver
  • Bank transfer fees for non-cash payments
  • Tour Options (quoted separately)