Myanmar Highlights Tour - 10 Days
A Private Tour visiting Yangon, Bagan, Salay, Mt. Popa, Bagan, Mandalay, Heho, Pindaya, Inle Lake & Yangon
Day 1 - Yangon
Your Guide will meet you on arrival at Yangon International Airport to accompany you to your hotel. This afternoon, an orientation drive acquaints you to the Historic Buildings of Colonial-Days and the Sule Pagoda, in the heart of Yangon.
Take a short walking tour of the downtown and browse the hundred stalls of Bo Gyoke Aung San Market (also known as Scott’s Market). Afterwards, you will head for Chauk Htat Gyi Temple; there is time to marvel at a gigantic reclining Buddha image. Stop for photos at the Kandawgyi Gardens beholding the Karaweik Hall, a royal floating barge, and a backdrop of lush trees and an idyllic lake.
The day ends at Swedagon Pagoda, one of the fairest place and most spectacular religious monuments in the world, surrounded by an array of temples, shrines and pavilions. Take your time to be at this truly spectacular and remarkable highlight.
Enjoy the dinner and overnight in Yangon.
Day 2 - Yangon - Bagan
Rise before daybreak and you will be assisted to the airport for your flight to Bagan.
Upon arrival in Bagan, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Highlights on this morning's tour include Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of pagodas in Myanmar, Wetkyi-in Gu Byauk Gyi Temple with fine tempera mural paintings depicting the life stories of Buddha, and Ananda Temple, the most aesthetically beautiful monument in Bagan. Enjoy a lunch at a riverside restaurant.
In the afternoon, you may take a siesta or visit a lacquer craftsman’s workshop to discover the intricate process of making lacquer wares.
Continue to Manuha Temple with a large seated Buddha Image, enshrined in a relatively small sanctum, illustrating the melancholy of a confined king, and Nanbaya Temple with noted perforated windows and friezes, a unique sandstone monument that is said to have been the residence of King Manuha.
Next, you will proceed to Myingaba Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, a Mon-style temple renowned for its fine frescoes, preserved by UNESCO.
A visit to Bupaya on the bank of Ayeyarwaddy River, a perfect spot to enjoy a magnificent sunset, will conclude the day.
Enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Bagan.
Day 3 - Bagan - Chauk - Salay - Chauk - Bagan
After an early breakfast at your hotel, drive to Salay for approximately 2½ hours via Chauk, one of the original oil fields of Burmah Oil Company (BOC), with "nodding donkeys" (oil-well pumps) still extracting oils nowadays. If time permits, visit the local market in Chauk.
Upon arrival in Salay, you will drive directly to Yoke Sone Kyaung Monastery, a fine teak building of late 19th century and embellished with the 45 stylish wood carvings, exhibiting the theme on curbing of sexual desire in order to live a better life.
Afterward, you will take a stroll to another wooden monastery and a large seated Buddha image, made of lacquer.
A picnic lunch will be served. Experience rural life on a tour to Magyigan (Tamarind Lake) Village where you will experience an intimate look at the culture of these residents and their way of life.
Return to Bagan.
Enjoy a dinner at your hotel and overnight in Bagan.
Day 4 - Bagan - Mount Popa - Bagan
Optional tour: For an once-in-a-lifetime experience, take a balloon ride to have a bird-eyes view over the pagoda-studded plain of Bagan. Before the daybreak, you will be picked up from your hotel. The balloon flight takes approximately 30 - 45 minutes depending on the prevailing weather condition and wind speed. A glass of champagne is served during the flight. You will be back at your hotel for the breakfast.
An early booking is highly recommended due to the limited capacity of the flight.This morning travel on a scenic route to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano and an oasis in the scorched Myingyan Plain. It is, among Myanmar people, widely known as the abode of “Nats”, animist spirits. For the energetic, there is time to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the volcanic plug.
Enjoy a lunch at the Popa Mountain Resort with magnificent views across the ravine and lush trees. Return to Bagan. Sightseeing continues after lunch at local restaurant with an excursion by boat to the Kyauk Gu Umin Cave Temple.
Return to Bagan and there is time to take a delight in the sunset on the Ayeyarwaddy River.
Enjoy a dinner at local restaurant with a folklore show and overnight in Bagan.
Day 5 - Bagan - Amarapura - Sagaing - Mandalay
You will be assisted to the airport for your flight to Mandalay.
Upon arrival at Mandalay (Tada Oo) Airport, you will drive directly to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayone Monastery, home to some 800 monks and one of the most prestigious monasteries in Myanmar.
Afterward, you will take a stroll over a historic bridge, known as U Bein Bridge and originally built in 1851, spanning over the Taungthaman Lake. Proceed to Sagaing Hill, a retreat for Buddhist devotees, and stop for a splendid scenery of the river and surroundings.
Enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant. Drive to your hotel in Mandalay for check-in. On this afternoon's sightseeing, a visit is firstly made to Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay's most fabled religious monument where you will have an awe inspiring view of a Buddha image covered with chunky layers of gold foils.
Continue to Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung (or Golden Palace Monastery) to marvel at a superb traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda (also known as the world’s largest book), consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Later, visit a craftsman’s workshop to see Kalaga tapestries being created.
Enjoy a dinner at your hotel and overnight in Mandalay.
Day 6 - Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay
This morning, take a boat trip on the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun, situated about 11 km (one hour each way) upstream from Mandalay.
Visit the unfinished Mingun Temple, originally built with the intention of being the world's biggest pagoda, the Mingun Bell, weighing 87 tons and being the world's largest intact bronze bell, the elegant Hsinbyume Pagoda, and Myatheindan Pagoda with its ornate 7 circular terraces. Return to Mandalay for a lunch at riverside restaurant.
On this afternoon's sightseeing, a visit is firstly made to Gold-leaf pouding workshop, Mandalay's where you will witness how filmsy gold leaves are painstakingly pounded and intricately produced by manual labor. Be sure to watch the sunset from Mandalay Hill.
Enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Mandalay.
Day 7 - Mandalay - Heho - Pindaya - Inle Lake
Transfer to Mandalay Airport for your flight to Heho.
Upon arrival in Heho, travel on a scenic route to Pindaya via Aung Ban. Visit the Pindaya Caves, home of some six thousands Buddha images and stalagmites as well. Observe how the paper parasols are being made at a small workshop at the foot of Shwe Oo Min Hill.
After lunch at a local restaurant, proceed by road to Inle Lake (90 km - 2½ hours) and by boat to the hotel on the lake.
Enjoy a dinner at your hotel and overnight on the lake.
Day 8 - Inle Lake
Visit a colorful local market in the Inle Lake region. Afterward, take an excursion by boat to the Indein Pagoda Complex. Follow a stair path lined up with magnificent columns to the top.
A lunch at a local restaurant on the lake is followed by the continuation of excursion seeing the famous leg-rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life. The highlights on the lake are Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, Nga Phe Chaung Monastery with a collection of ancient Shan-style Buddha images and other sights such as blacksmiths, silversmiths, weaving looms, etc.
Enjoy a dinner at your hotel and overnight on the lake.
Day 9 - Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon
Time this morning to relax in your hotel before the transfer by boat and road to Heho Airport. If time permits, you will make a brief stop at a monastery en route.
Enjoy a lunch at a simple local restaurant.
Relax during the flight with distinctive and varied aerial views over the mountain ranges with lush trees, the fertile plain, the rivers and the paddy fields of delta region.
Upon arrival, you will be assisted to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure to pursue your individual interests.
Enjoy a dinner at your hotel and overnight in Yangon.
DAY 10 - Yangon - Departure
The tour ends this morning after breakfast. Transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure.