Discover Myanmar from Highlights to Beach Relaxation 12 days
On this latest Myanmar tour, you will discover the best places in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake, while you also get to rest and relax on the best beach in Myanmar on the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean.
Myanmar (or Burma) is the sleeping dragon of Southeast Asia. Political and economic reforms will have created a new impetus to increase the tourism sector of the nation. Myanmar is the cool new place for savvy travelers who want to be the first to discover new destinations. Of course, Myanmar has attracted travelers for decades thanks to its abundant forests, rich wildlife, ancient cities and fascinating culture.
Myanmar is known as the Land of the Million Temples because the main destinations in Myanmar, Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan are home to thousands of golden temples and treasured pagodas.
Yangon is the capital of Myanmar, is located in the southern region and spread across three rivers. Mandalay is the cultural/historical heart of Myanmar and home to thousands of cultural memorials, including Buddhist monasteries and stunning palaces. Myanmar’s archaeological crown belongs to sparkling Bagan. Founded as a kingdom in 1044, Bagan is home to thousands of temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins, making it one of the richest archaeological sites in Southeast Asia
Heho is home to Inle Lake and a visit is like traveling back in time. Over 7,000 people from different ethnic groups live in small villages and towns bordering the lake. Their way of life has changed little over the years and fisherman still row boats with one leg while standing on the other. It is amazing! Although tourism has started to creep its way into village life, the lake still offers a serene escape from the hectic pace of life found elsewhere in Asia.
Ngapali’s beaches are a premier destination in Myanmar for holidaymakers who want to be the first to discover unspoiled white sands and coconut groves as far as the eye can see.
+ Private tour with English/French speaking guide
+ You choose your date of departure
+ Starting in Yangon and Ending in Yangon
+All transfer & transportation by private air-conditioned car
+Boat trip if any
+All in-tour flights (Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Inle Lake-Ngapali/ Ngapali-Yangon )
+Accommodation shared in twin rooms with daily breakfast
+English speaking guides in each city
+All entrance and zone fee as mentioned
+Two bottles drinking water and snow towels daily on coaches
+All government and services Taxes
+ International flights in / out
+ Yangon airport departure tax
+ Travel insurance
+ Camera fee
+ Myanma Visa stamp fee
+ Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
+ Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any
+ Other services not mentioned above
Day 1: Arrive Yangon (D)
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check in. After that, you will visit Sule, City Hall, and the High Court (noted for its British colonial architecture including its clock tower and its red-bricked exterior). You’ll then visit Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, which is famous for its huge image of a reclining Buddha and which was built in 1966 to replace the old image built in1907. You can also visit Botataung Pagoda, in which is enshrined with the sacred hair of the Lord Buddha. In the early evening, you’ll visit the famous Shwedagone Pagoda and see its massive bell-shaped golden spires, plated with 60 tons of gold and the stupa inset with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topaz. You will stay overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon (B, L,)
Day 3: Yangon – Bagan (B, L)
After breakfast, you will head to Bagan and upon arrival begin sightseeing at Nyaung Oo Market. Next will be Shwezigone Pagoda (in which the Frontlet Relic of Buddha was enshrined), Gubyaukgyi Temple (noted for its wall paintings), Htilominlo Pagoda (one of the largest temples of Bagan and noted for its fine plaster carvings), Ananda Okkyaung (a brick monastery with 18th Century mural paintings) and Dhammayangyi Pagoda (extending approximately 255 feet on each of its four sides)
After lunch, you will visit a local family workshop to watch the production process of lacquer ware, one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Then you will continue on to Thatbyinnyu Pagoda (Bagan's tallest temple at almost 217 ft) and Nanpaya temple (a unique sandstone monument). Then you’ll enjoy the breathtaking sunset from Shwesandaw Pagoda, the most popular sunset-viewing spot in Bagan. You will stay overnight in Bagan.
Day 4: Bagan full day sightseeing (B, L)
After breakfast, continue your visit to Nathan Kiang (the only remaining Hindu temple in Bagan), Myazedi Pagoda, Nagayon Pagoda (which was built at the end of the 11th Century and which resembles the Indian temples of the area of Orissa) and Abeyatanar Pagoda (famous for paintings that cover the inner walls). You will have lunch at local restaurant and then visit Nga-kywe-na-daung Pagoda, Manuha Temple (considered one of the earliest temples in Bagan) and Mingalarzedi Pagoda (noted for its fine proportions and for the many beautiful jataka tiles around its three square terraces). You will stay overnight in Bagan.
Day 5: Bagan - Mandalay – Amarapura (B, L)
After an early morning transfer to the airport, you will fly to Mandalay. Upon arrival, you will have an excursion to Amarapura, which means “City of Immortality” and which was founded in 1783 AD. You will also visit Mahaganthayon monastery, the largest teaching monastery in Myanmar where, daily at around 10:30 a.m., about 700 monks queue up for their last meal on this day. Then you will enjoy the great serenity of U Bein wooden Bridge, constructed in 1849. You will also visit Taung- ta-man Lake, before visiting the Mahar Myat Muni Buddha image, which is the most ancient bronze-cast Buddha in Myanmar. You will also see the reconstructed Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace and Kuthodaw Pagoda, often called the world's largest book because it is home to a set of 729 huge stone slabs on which the Buddhist scriptures are inscribed.
You will finish the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill, the natural watch-tower for visitors to watch the sunrise or sunset over the city plains. You will have an overnight stay in Mandalay.
Day 6: Mandalay - Sagaing – Mingun (B, L)
After breakfast, you will set out from Mandalay to visit Sagaing Hill, where over 600 monasteries for monks and nuns are located. You will also see Umin Thonze (or “Thirty Caves”) Pagoda (which has many Buddha images in a crescent shaped colonnade), Ywahtaung Village (where you can see silver workers producing bowls and other items by traditional methods) and the impressive Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda. After that, you will take a private boat to Mingun (which is famous for its huge and incomplete Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, built by King Bodaw Badon in 1791) and Mingun Bell, which is the biggest hanging bell in the world. Then head over to the handicraft workshops to see bronze sculpting, gold leaf beating and marble stone carving before and overnight stay in Mandalay.