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Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Inle Lake - Yangon

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It's a new era for this extraordinary and complex land, where the landscape is scattered with gilded pagodas and the traditional ways of Asia endure. Benefit from different types of experience in only one trip through Myanmar - from visits to prominent religious sites to romantic boating on Inle Lake.

Highlights

  • Explore Yangon’s historic colonial buildings and glittering pagodas
  • Contemplate an unforgettable sunset panoramic view over the plains Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas
  • Observe the production of traditional craft with: a lacquer ware workshop, a silk weaving workshop, the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand.
  • Explore an ancient Ava with wonderful monasteries by plodding horse cart
  • Witness the famous one-legged rowers and dramatic scenery of Inle Lake, and long neck women in ethnic Padaung 

Itinerary

Upon arrival, you'll greet by your guide who will accompany and transfer you to your hotel. (Early check-in subjected to room availability)
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.  
On the way, we’ll visit Kaba Aye Pagoda (World Peace Pagoda) built for memorial of the 1954-56 sixth Buddhist Synod, is located on Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Mayangon Township. And then proceed to Mahapasana Guha: "Great Cave", built close to the Kaba Aye Pagoda. 
Here, end your day at Shwedagon Pagoda which is one of the wonders of the world. It was built 2500 years ago and enshrined with hair relics of Buddha and a place where to meet devoted Buddhists meditating and praying. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point. 
Overnight in Yangon.
Please note: Standard check-in time is 14:00
 

This morning, you'll transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan (NyaungOo).
Bagan, located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas, and ruins in the world with many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. 
On arrival, your journey begins with a visit an elevated temple from where you will have a panoramic view of the magnificent plains of Bagan.
Continue with a visit to the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, first and prototype monument, which was built in Myanmar style in 1087. Then, visit Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple @ Wetkyi-Inn Village which is well-known for its exquisite jataka mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. 
This afternoon begins with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples.  Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed.                                                                            
From here, you will visit Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple.
Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.
Overnight in Bagan. 
 

This morning fly north to Mandalay. Mandalay is Myanmar's cultural capital. The nature focus of the city is an abrupt hill, rising above a vast moated and walled square. 
On arrival, we’ll drive to Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’. First visit a silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products and then visit Mahagandayon monastery, when over one-thousand monks reside. 
In the afternoon, we'll first visit Mahamuni Pogada, 13ft-high seated Buddha image which is one of Myanmar's most famous. Continue your tour of Mandalay with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’. Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. This grand teak building is known for its exquisite woodcarving. 
Head to the top of Mandalay Hill to enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River. 
Overnight in Mandalay.
 

After breakfast, we'll  drive to Ava which is one of the ancient cities and a remarkably rural backwater of empty fields sparsely dotted with widely spaced ruins, monastic buildings and stupas. Explore Ava by plodding horse cart to visit BagayaKyaung (a wonderful teak monastery), MahaAungmyeBonzan monastery (built of stucco-covered brick, royal monastery temple) and Nanmyin (a leaning watchtower of Ava) 
Return to dry land by boat and take a drive to Sagaing by crossing a bridge over the Irrawaddy River. Uncountable white-and-gold stupas are highlights of Sagaing. Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar.  It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers and you will visit pagodas such as Swan OoPon Nya Shin and U Min ThoneSae. We’ll also visit Sagaing’s local market, a typical Burmese market that few tourists visit. Here you will find a range of items for sale including locally made pottery, silver, and other handicrafts. We will also stop at a small pottery village to see the process of making the ubiquitous water pots found throughout Myanmar.
After touring this tranquil site, continue to U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest and 200-year-old teak bridge. Enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams. 
Overnight in Mandalay.
 

After breakfast, transfer to Mandalay Airport for a flight to Heho. 
From Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which is an elegant ancient monastery with its oval-shaped windows. We will also stop in Nyaung Shwe for a short walk around town and visit to the colorful market if it is being held that day. 
Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, famous for the 800 years old Five Buddha statues which are covered in gold leaf.
Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand.
If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages. 
Overnight on Inle Lake. 
 

After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5-day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: the market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day). 
From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to Indein populated by ethnic Padaung (“long neck women”). You’ll walk on a covered alley lined on both sides with a thousand pagodas. Continue on foot by a long covered staircase to discover the magnificent complex of Alaung Sithu in the beautiful scenery of ancient stupas buried in vegetation with a panoramic view of the lake. 
This afternoon is your leisure at the hotel.
Overnight on Inle Lake.
 

After breakfast, drive to the Heho Airport for the flight to Yangon and upon arrival, we'll take a tour around the city center which is filled various historical and colonial buildings partly by car or partly on foot. We’ll first visit Sule Pagoda which is a 2200-year-old temple surrounded by government buildings and commercial shop. Then, you'll pass along the way to Mahabandoola Park where Independent Monument exists. Continue your tour by passing City Hall, a little India, and a little china.
Continue to Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, where you can browse through the wide selection of Myanmar handicrafts and other goods (Note: closed on Mondays and public holidays). 
We'll visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, one of Myanmar's more beautiful reclining buddhas which is topped by a crown encrusted with diamonds and other precious stones. The feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gathering to pay homage and pray. 
In the evening, visit “Garden City of East” is to take your pictures at tranquil Kandawgyi Lake and the Karaweik Hall – a royal floating barge.
Overnight in Yangon.
 

Today is your leisure at the hotel before transfer to airport for your departure flight. End of services! 
Please note: Hotel check-out time is around 12.00.
 

Inclusion

  • 6 Nights Accommodation in the category chosen or similar (subject to availability). 
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program. 
  • Transportation by vehicle with A/C
  • Local English speaking guide(s).
  • Waters during tour day
     

Exclusion

  • Visa & Travel insurance
  • International and Domestic Flights (Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Heho – Yangon)
  • Meals as mentioned in the program. L: Lunch, D: Dinner. 
  • Early check-in and late check-out
  • Hotel/Room upgrade
  • Festivity surcharge & festivity compulsory service by hotel(s) if any
  • Tip, drinks, personal expenses and others
  •  Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
     
 

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Main attraction

Jack Lawer

I have been multiple times; day and night. I prefer evening when the sun is setting and night time since it is more iconic. The guide will tell you some interesting part of the temple. About the Buddha's relics, the gem stone at the top of the Pagoda and the history. You can negotiate a good deal Shorts are not allowed. If in shorts you will be given a traditional wear. Also footwear is not allowed, you will have to leave shoes outside

Awesome place to visit

Ashiley Roberts

I and my mate Ifti visited this awesome place during our Myanmar leg of our tour of five South-East Asian countries. This place from start to finish is just mind-blowing. There are many Pagodas and shrines which are very richly and intricately decorated as well as many statues of Buddha and other holy men. Statues and the shrines are almost all covered with pure gold leaves which seem glowing in bright sunshine. Although this place is teaming with visitors all the time it still has a calm and serene atmosphere all around it. We enjoyed our visit a lot here so will recommend the visitors of this city to come and pay a visit to this magnificent place at least once.

Amazing Pagoda!

Ashley and Cameron

This is my first time, visiting a pagoda that has an elevator inside. The pagoda has a lots of people on the day i visited but it was not so noisy at all. Everyone paid attention to their tour guides or praying. We also had an interesting experience by standing at our birthday corner and prayed. We both felt so peaceful when we were here!

One of the mesmerising places to visit in the South East Asian Region

Pedro Teler De Brito

Bagan is one of the must visit places in Myanmar. Its situated 8 hours away from Yangon. You can travel by bus or flight to the place. You can explore the place full place for a budget around 100-200 USD. And Its 100% safe to travel solo to this place.

Amazing view

Christian

Visiting the temples of bagan was such an amazing experience. We hired a guide for our first day which was very helpful since there isn't much info on the temple grounds. If you compare it to for example the temples of angkor, this is a very different experience and well worth going to Myanmar for!

A must!!

Miguel Rocha and Grancisca

Selecting among all the temples is as hard as you can easily get templed out. some are really amazing, make sure you have a great guide. we had Yelay (look for yethutun) also a driver and great photographer. He showed us small unique frescoed pagodas as well as the most famous.

Beautiful teak wood monastery!

Jane Callaghan

We visited several teak wood monasteries during our 2 week stay in Myanmar and each one was both spectacular and unique in its own way. But I think this one was my favorite with the golden paint seeming to glow in the sunlight. I got some fantastic photos at this monastery and would suggest that this NOT be missed during your stay in the area! I would say an hour to explore is enough time.

Cool and unique monastery

Sangecta

This monastery is made completely out of teak. It is beautifully carved and currently undergoing renovations of the outer walkway. It is included in the 10000K entrance fee for the Royal Palace.

Wonderful wooden monastery

Monpreet Saheta

Incredible work of wood covered by gold art ,peaceful and with a special atmosphere ...former part of the royal palace. Lord buddha was surrounded by lots of golden wooden columns.... Different from all other temples....

Excellent!

George Levine

Staff was very prompt and hard working. Room is excellent. Tourguide is very infomative.

 
 

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