The tour begins & finishes in: Yangon

 Best of Myanmar 14 Days

 

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 / Yangon: Yangon Arrival – Pick up & Check in hotel – Tour (D)
Day 2 / Yangon: Yangon Tour – Circular Train Ride (B, L)
Day 3 / Bagan: Yangon – Fly to Bagan (a 1hr flight) – Tour (B, L)
Day 4 / Bagan: Morning Balloon Ride & Bagan – Popa by Car (B, L, D)
Day 5 / Paukan Cruise: Bagan – Paukan Cruise (River Cruising ) (B)
Day 6 / Paukan Cruise: Paukan Cruise (B)
Day 7 / Mandalay: RV Paukan – Mandalay Tour (B, L )
Day 8 / Inle Lake: Mandalay – Fly to Heho (a 1hr flight) – Inle Lake Boat Trip (B, L)
Day 9 / Inle Lake: Inle – Indein Boat Trip (B, L)
Day 10 / Nagapali Beach: Inle/Heho – Fly to Nagapali Beach (a 1hr flight) (B)
Day 11 / Nagapali Beach: Ngapali Beach Free (B)
Day 12 / Nagapali Beach: Ngapali Beach Free (B)
Day 13 / Yangon: Ngapali Beach/Sandoway – Fly back Yangon (a 1hr flight) (B)
Day 14 / Departure: Yangon: Departure (B)

 

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • All internal airfares (Yangon – Nyaung U, Mandalay – Heho, Heho – Thandwe, Thandwe – Yangon)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private A/C vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Meals as mentioned (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
  • Entrance fees
  • Water and tissues
  • Service charges and taxes

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1: Yangon Arrival – Pick up & Check in hotel – Tour

Highlights with Photos: Yangon, China Town
Fly to Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, where you will be met by your personal tour guide and transferred to your beautiful hotel “Kandawgyi Palace Hotel.” Take a short break before the afternoon walking tour of Yangon City. Meet your guide in the hotel lobby around 03:30 pm and you will be transferred to the starting point in the downtown area to enjoy a walk through Chinatown. Here you will find various displays illustrating Myanmar’s culture, language, religion, people, history, and glory. Then proceed to Sinohedan Harbor to get a taste of the reality of local people and ways of life while watching the sunset from the riverbank.

Overnight: Yangon

Meals: Dinner

 

Day 2: Yangon Tour – Circular Train Ride 

Highlights with Photos: Shwedagon Pagoda, Kalaywa Tawya MonasteryChaukhtatgyi PagodaYangon Central Railway Station
Today, after breakfast, meet your local English Speaking Guide in the hotel lobby at 07:30 for group orientation and a briefing on Myanmar excursions. We will begin exploring the highlights of Yangon at 08:00. First, we’ll see the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious structures, as well as the golden dome. Pagodas are great places to learn about local customs and beliefs. If you have time, you can visit the Kalaywa Tawya Monastery, where over 1000 monks and nuns study Buddhist scriptures as well as modern academic studies. After that, proceed to Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda (the 72-meter-long reclining Buddha Statue) and then have lunch at the local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we will take a city circular train ride to experience the reality of Yangon’s suburbs. You will first be transferred to Yangon Central Railway Station, which was built in 1954 using Burmese traditional architectural styles. Then take a one-hour train ride through Yangon’s outskirts. You are to disembark at Insein Train Station, meet your driver, and drive back to the hotel to get some rest before your early morning departure tomorrow.

Overnight: Yangon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 3: Yangon – Fly Bagan (a 1hr flight) – Tour 

Highlights with Photos: BaganNyaung Oo MarketShwezigon  pagodaHtilominlo templeAnanda templePahtothamya templeThatbyinnyu TempleDhammanyangySulamani Temple
We’ll start the day early with a transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. This city has the most temples, pagodas, stupas, and ruins of any city in the world. Bagan is one of Myanmar’s most culturally significant cities, as well as its main Buddhist center. We will begin our tour of the city upon arrival at Nyaung U International Airport. To begin, we will go to the Nyaung Oo Market to witness the wonderful moments of daily life and interactions between people. Following that, a visit to Shwezigon pagoda, a 1,000-year-old Buddhist stupa whose gleaming golden bell-shaped dome served as a model for pagodas throughout Burma, then proceed to Htilominlo Temple, a large majestic structure towering 46 meters high, a brick structure that was originally plastered with white stucco, some of which is still in place. Visit Ananda temple, one of Bagan’s best-known and most beautiful and symmetrical structures with the layout of a Greek cross, before taking a lunch break at a good local restaurant and checking in at the hotel for a refreshing and relaxing afternoon sightseeing.

Afternoon sightseeing begins around 15:30 and includes a horse-drawn carriage ride through ancient religious monuments such as Pahtothamya Temple, one of Bagan’s oldest temples built at the end of the 10th century, and Thabyinnyu Temple. With a height of just over 60 meters, the Thatbyinnyu Temple is one of Bagan’s highest monuments. Next, visit Dhammanyangy, the largest temple on Bagan’s plains. From a distance, it resembles Egypt’s early step pyramids. Then visit the Sulamani Temple, a large, very elegant multi-story structure from the late Bagan period, before watching the sunset from Pyathatgyi, one of the few remaining “double cave” monasteries.

Overnight: Bagan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 4: Morning Balloon Ride & Bagan – Popa by Car 

Highlights with Photos: Mt. Popa, Dry Zone
We are to be ready early in the morning, well before dawn, to be picked up by a representative from Balloon Over Bagan and fly over Myanmar’s Archeological Treasure “Glorious Bagan.” Of course, this is a grand indulgence, but Bagan is one of the world’s seven wonders, along with Angkor in Cambodia and Borobodur in Indonesia. And Bagan is simply massive, covering nearly 70 square kilometers, and if the weather cooperates, there is simply no better way to photograph its mind-boggling scale or capture its dreamlike mood. then returned to the hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, an excursion to the enchanting Mt. Popa, a great extinct volcano situated about 67 km, takes one hour drive from southeast of Bagan via Kyaukpadaung. Mt. Popa, standing out as a green-clad landmark in the Dry Zone, is situated at 15,00 meter-high and is an extinct volcano. Tour highlights: toddy palm groves and jaggery cottage industry;  and the famous Popa Taungkalat, a tower-like volcanic plug lying on the south-western slope of Mt. Popa. Then enjoy the scenic view of its surrounding from Popa Mountain Resort. Check-in at the hotel/resort.

Overnight: Bagan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: Bagan – Paukan Cruise ( River Cruising ) 

Highlights with Photos: RV Pandaw river cruiser

After breakfast and check out of the hotel and depart Bagan around noon on the beautiful RV Pandaw river cruiser, a replica of a colonial river steamer with all the comforts and service associated with this bygone era. Enjoy watching the river slip by as you lunch in the elegant dining room and then relax on deck as you cruise the river pulling into the bank for the night on board.Overnight at RV Paukan – Main Deck

Overnight on: Paukan Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: Paukan Cruise (B)

Highlights with Photos: Ayeyarwaddy River

Continue on up the Ayeyarwaddy River stopping to explore the villages of Thein Gone in the morning and Yandapo in the afternoon. Overnight at RV Paukan – Main Deck

Overnight on: Paukan Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7: RV Paukan Cruise – Mandalay Tour

Highlights with Photos: MandalayOld PalaceKuthodaw PagodaAtumashi MonasteryKyauktawgyi Pagoda

This morning enjoy breakfast on board and Arrive at Mandalay around 10 am. This morning you will take a sightseeing tour of Mandalay which includes Mahanumi, a life-like Buddha image, visit a gold leaf making center to see the gold leaf still being made by hand; marble sculpture and tapestry workshops then take a lunch break and check in the hotel to have a rest before afternoon sightseeing.

In the afternoon visit the Old Palace grounds; Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s largest book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Buddha’s Doctrine; Golden Palace Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings; Atumashi Monastery; and Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, where a huge image is carved out of a single block of marble. At sunset enjoy the panoramic view of the city from Mandalay Hill. drive back to the hotel and overnight at Mandalay Sedona Hotel.

Overnight on: Mandalay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 8: Mandalay – Fly to Heho (a 1hr flight) – Inle Lake Boat Trip 

Highlights with PhotosHehoNyaung ShweInle lakeShwe Yan Pyay Wooden MonasteryInpawkhoneCherrot factoryPahang Daw Oo PagodaNga Hpe Chaung Monastery

Following breakfast at your Mandalay hotel, you will be transferred to Mandalay International Airport for your flight to Heho. Upon arrival at Heho airport, a scenic one-hour drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the major gateway to Inle Lake. On the way to Nyaung Shwe, you are to visit Shwe Yan Pyay Wooden Monastery, which dates back more than 140 years. Then, transfer directly to a boat stand in Nyaung Shawe and board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights, passing villages built on stilts over the lake and inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the unusual leg-rowing fishermen and their floating gardens made of water hyacinth, bottomed lake weed, marsh, and mud and anchored to the lake’s bottom with a bamboo pole. Take a break for lunch at a restaurant in Inle Lake.

Afternoon excursions will include a visit to the weaving village of Inpawkhone and the Cherrot factory, where traditional Burmese hand-rolled cigars are made. Then proceed to Pahang Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf, followed by a visit to Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which houses dozens of Shan Buddha images but is also popularly known as the “Jumping Cats” monastery. After that, take a boat ride around the floating garden areas of Inle Lake, where seasonal vegetables are grown. Then transfer to hotel for overnight.

Overnight on: Inle Lake

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 9: Inle – Indein Boat Trip 

Highlights with Photos: Inn Dein villageShwe Inn Dein pagodaIndein

After breakfast, excursion to Inn Dein village by driving along the narrow creek and which might take approximately 45 minutes from your hotel jetty then embark and walk to the Shwe Inn Dein pagoda complex through the bamboo groove. There, you will see the ruined Shan-style stupas which were abandoned and forgotten for decades, and those relics and images were stolen, ruined, or destroyed. Lunch break at Indein. After lunch, return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of your day at your hotel. Overnight stay at Inle lake View Resort.

Overnight on: Inle Lake

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 10: Inle/Heho – Fly to Nagapali Beach (a 1hr flight) 

Highlights with Photos: Nagapali Beach

After nine days of sightseeing, it is time to relax! This morning fly to Sandoway ( Thandwe ) the city of Nagapali Beach and transfer to your hotel. Once you are checked into your room time is your own. Relax on the pristine, white sand beach, cool off in crystal clear water, or enjoy the luxury of a massage. In the evening dinner is served on the beach for a perfect end to your day! Overnight stay at Amata Resort, Ngapali Beach.

Overnight on: Nagapali Beach

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 11: Ngapali Beach Free 

Enjoy a day of sun, sand, and luxury! Overnight stay at Amata Resort Ngapali Beach.

Overnight on: Nagapali Beach

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 12: Ngapali Beach Free 

Enjoy a day of sun, sand, and luxury! Overnight stay at Amata Resort Ngapali Beach.

Overnight on: Nagapali Beach

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Ngapali Beach/Sandoway – Fly to Yangon

Today check out from the hotel and fly back to Yangon or your next destination. Upon arrival at Yangon Domestic Airport, transfer to hotel for check-in.

Overnight on: Yangon

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 14: Yangon: Departure – Yangon (B)

Your driver will meet you at your hotel for your private transfer to the airport, where you will arrive in time for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast