There can be no more exotic destinations as contained in this tour. Rudyard Kipling wrote: "This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about". Passing by a 2.500 civilization that only recently opened up to the world. A colonial city vocative of Indochina and a temple city reborn from the dense jungle. Many of the places here listed in the “1000 Places to See before You Die” were declared.The glories of this ancient land (now known as Myanmar) are revealed to travelers in this comprehensive landmark journey.
Day (01) Arrive Yangon ()
Let's start with Yangon, a city crowned by the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. Our experienced guide will meet and welcome you at the Airport. We will bring you Downtown areas; City Hall, Independent Monument at the MaharBandula Park near Sule Pagoda, the Court Office and the Customs House, located along the Strand Road where most colonial buildings stand today as colonial heritage sites. Enjoy shopping at Bogyoke market and China town area and World famous Shwedagon Pagoda (2600 years old). Overnight at hotel.
Day (02) Yangon- Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) by car (B)
The Golden Rock : The Golden Rock : After breakfast drive to Kyaikhtiyo ( the mystical pagoda stands on a gold gilded boulder), (over 3615 feet above sea level ) for 184 km. on the way passing the World War II War Cemetery, dedicated to the 2700 Commonwealth forces who died in Myanmar. Afternoon arrive Kimpun Base Camp and the truck will take you to the top of the hill (Golden Rock Pagoda). Sunset at Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock Pagoda), enjoy the panoramic view from top of the mountain. Overnight at hotel.
Day (03) Kyaikhtiyo-Bago-Yangon By Car (B)
Mon Kingdom: Breakfast at hotel. Sunrise at Kyaikhtoyo Pagoda. Drive back to Yangon, on the way visit to Bago. Visit Shwmadaw Pagoda, Kyaik Pun Pagoda, ShwethaHlyaung (Reclining Buddha Image), Kanbawzathadi Palace. Afternoon drive back to Yangon. Overnight at hotel
Day (04) Yangon –Heho-Pindaya-Red Mountain (Wine Yard) -Inle By Flight (B)
Today, we will fly to Heho, Arrive Heho airport and drive to Pindaya for 1 hour drive, Observe the numerous Buddha statues in Pindaya cave and also have a taste to Shan's traditional prickle green tea salad and dried bean paste, Shan Paper and Traditional Umbrella Marking home factory, Then, drive to Red Mountain Wine Yard located on the side of the famous Inle Lake, in the southern Shan state. Red Mountain Estate produces the best wines of the country. Since the binging, the wines are produced with locally grown grapes, all of the 400,000 plants have been imported from France and Spain, and the variety chosen after experimentations. You will have chance to get wine test if you wish (this will be your own expense). Then Nyaung Shwe small town (Inle jetty) Transfer to your hotel.
Day (05) Inle sightseeing (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Inle lake (nestled amidst hazy blue mountains is the beautiful Inle Lake 900 meter above sea level) where you can study Inthar tribes’ and their ways of life. Boat trip to Inle Lake sightseeing including: Boat trip to Inle Lake sightseeing including: PhaungDawOo Pagoda (Holly 5 Buddha Images) Floating Gardens & Plantation, Cheroot Making, Silversmith, Cotton & Silk Hand Weaving, Padaung family house (Long Neck tribes), NgaPheChaung Monastery. Overnight at hotel.
Day (06): Inle – Kakku- Inle By car (B)
Breakfast at Hotel. Drive to Kakku via Taunggyi (the capital of Shan State). Kakku Pagodas are only two hours drive away. This magnificent collection of 2478 stupas is set on a plateau overlooking beautiful countrysides. Afternoon drive back to inle. Overnight at Hotel.
Day (07) Inle-Heho-Bagan By Flight (B)
No holiday to Myanmar would be complete without a visit to the temple-studded plains of Bagan. The sheer number of ancient structures is at once baffling and awe-inspiring. Our guide will explain the contours of history surrounding each temple, framing the significance of their existence. At each temple, you must remove your shoes and socks before entering.
Morning flight to Bagan, ancient city of over 4000 temples. We start visit with top temples; Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi Temple (Wetkyiinn). Htilominlo Temple, Ananda temple which is almost a thousand years old and done in an entirely different style.
Afternoon observation to Lacquerware workshop. In the evening, we will visit to Myin Kabar Bagan Cultural Village, Horse card ride around the temples, Sunset at Shwesandaw Pagoda; follow the steps up to one of the high terraces for a great view out over the plains. It is the perfect location to watch the sun set over Old Bagan and the Irrawaddy River to the west – a worthy ending to a sidestepping journey through time. Overnight at hotel.
Day (08) Bagan-Mt.Popa-Bagan By Car (B)
Start your day with breakfast at your hotel and drive to Mount Popa and the nearby volcanic plug of Taung Kalat. Mount Popa is an ancient volcano reaching a mile into the sky from the flat plains of central Burma. Which is known as "Home of the Spirits" and observe the life of rural area on the way such as producing the palm sweets. We may stop several places for making the photos and knowing the countryside. Gangs of monkeys occupy the 777 steps that slither to the top. Afternoon back to Bagan. Evening time will be Free and Leisure Time at your own.
Tips before you go Bagan
- Better wear a pair of slippers as you enter temples, and be sure to always leave your shoes or sandals at the entrance.
- You will meet several kind locals, many of which speak English.
- Near dusk, climb to a peaceful vantage point on a tall pagoda and watch the sun set beyond the ethereal plains.
- Hotels in Bagan, even 3 stars mostly have their swimming pool. A night swim is a great way to end a day on the dusty plains.
- In Mount Popa, cautious to monkey gang & take care of your cell phone & camera from Monkey Business
Day (09): Bagan – Monywa via Pokkoku (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, Drive to Jetty and continue by boat and cross the river to reach Pakkoku, a lively, typical Burmese city with a strong craftwork tradition producing colourful woven blankets, papier-mâché toys and the traditional sandals. Continue to Monywa along the rarely visited east bank of the river passing traditional villages where farmers climb the palm trees to extract the juice from which they produce palm tree sugar. Across the Chindwin river by ferry boat and proceed by car to Hpo Win Daung, a system of impressive sandstone caves containing Buddha statues, wood carvings and fine mural paintings mainly in Innwa-style, some dating back to 15th century. Overnight at Hotel in Monywa.
Day (10): Monywa- Sagaing – Amarapura- Mandalay (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to Sagaing. On the way, visit Thanboddhay Pagoda, where thousands of Buddha images cover every wall and archway of this huge Buddhist temple. Visit KaungHmuDaw Pagoda, Sagaing Hill, Umin Thonese. Then, drive to Amarapura, visit traditional weaving factory for local product shopping. Sunset at U Bein's Bridge, Wooden Bridge of 200 years old). Evening arrive to Mandalay. Overnight at Hotel.
Day (11): Mandalay - Mingun by Boat (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Early morning visit to Mahaghandayon monastery which is the biggest Monastery in Myanmar over 1000 monks, back to Mandalay. Excursion to Mingun by Boat, visit Pa Hto Daw Gyi (Unfinished Magnificent Temple); Mingun Bell (World Biggest Ringing Bell about 90 ton); World Biggest Lions Ancient Ruined); MyaThein Tan Pagoda and then, back to Mandalay. Visit to Mahamuni Buddha Image (Exalted Saint Buddha Image heavily gilded with gold leaf brought over from Arakan State in 1784), Afternoon visit Kuthodaw Pagoda (the world biggest book), ShweKyaung (Golden Monastery), and sunset at Mandalay Hill. Overnight at hotel.
Day (12) Mandalay Departure (B)
- Breakfast at hotel.
- Transfer to airport for Departure.