Essentials of Myanmar

12 Days $3595.00

Flexible Start Date

Includes Private Guides and Drivers

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Bangkok

Yangon

Bagan

Mandalay

Inle Lake

Highlights

  • Boat excursions on Ayeyarwaddy River and Inle Lake
  • Pagodas, markets, ethnic minority villages, monasteries, Mt. Popa, Sagaing Hill and much, much more

Day 1

Depart from North America today on an overnight connecting flight to Thailand.

Day 2

Bangkok

Welcome to Bangkok arriving late evening or early on day three. Upon arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport, you will transfer to Don Muang Airport for your next morning flight to Myanmar.

Day 3

Yangon

Depart Bangkok for your flight to Yangon International Airport. Welcome to Myanmar! After you clear customs and immigration your guide will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel for check in.
You will start your sightseeing tour this afternoon with a drive through the Colonial Style Buildings downtown. Next is a visit to Botathaung Pagoda close to the Yangon Wharves and Chauk Htat Kyi reclining Buddha.
Enjoy sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and is always full with many people praying and making offerings, especially on full moon and religious days.
Best Western Green Hill Hotel

Day 4

Yangon - Bagan

After breakfast you will take an early morning flight to Bagan. After check in at the hotel you will visit the colorful morning market. You will see the glory of Bagan. the golden stupa at Shwezigon Pagoda. Next is Gubyaukgyi Temple which has the best mural paintings of 11th century and Htilominlo Temple, noted for its pilaster carving. Next is Nathtaukkyaung Monastery, an ancient wooden monastery, Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece resembling a Greek cross, Manuha Temple with gigantic Buddha images and finally Nan Payar, the best stone carving and lacquer ware workshop in Bagan. In the late afternoon is a visit to Pwar Saw village to observe the village life.
Ariendmar Hotel
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Day 5

Bagan

Today you will go to Mt. Popa, an extinct volcano which is known as "Home of the Spirits". You will observe the life of the rural area and the cottage industries such as producing palm sweets. You will stop at several places taking photos and observing the countryside. Climb up 777 steps to reach the top of Mt. Popa cliff temple to enjoy the landscapes and the panoramic view of the extinct volcano and plains to Bagan. This evening, you will take a boat ride on mighty Ayeyarwaddy River to observe the sunset.
Ariendmar Hotel
(B)

Day 6

Bagan - Mandalay

Today you will fly to Mandalay. Upon arrival enjoy an excursion to Amarapura , an ancient capital of Myanmar, where you can observe the life of over 1000 monks at Mahagandaryon Monastery & silk weaving factory. Next is a drive to Sagaing, where you can observe the fascinating landscapes of the Ayeyarwaddy River from serene Sagaing Hill.
Continuing to Ava you be taken by horse cart to Maenu Okkyaung Monastery. This was built by the chief queen in 1818. You will see Nan Myint Tower, 27 meters high and Bargayar Monastery, well known for its wood carving with 267 teak pillars. You will return via Amarpaura and enjoy the sunset as you cross over U Bein bridge.
Mandalay Hill Resort (Superior)
(B)

Day 7

Mandalay

Enjoy a boat excursion to Mingun (1 hour) along the Ayeyarwaddy River, this morning. During the river cruise, you will observe the fascinating landscapes of the river as well as the daily life of the people living along the Ayeyarwaddy. You will visit the unfinished Mingun pagoda which houses the largest ringing bell at 90 tons and the unusual Myatheindan pagoda.
After lunch you head back to Mandalay to visit traditional handicraft workshops such as gold leaf beating. You will see Kuthodaw Pagoda and the world biggest book and Shwenandaw (Golden Palace) Monastery. Finally enjoy the sunset on top of Mandalay Hill where you can admire the beauty of Mandalay City and Shan Plateau.
Mandalay Hill Resort (Superior)
(B)

Day 8

Mandalay - Inle Lake

(Flight to Heho. Drive to Pindaya, 63km, 2 hours. Proceed to Inle, 97km, 3 hours.) After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for a flight to Heho. Upon arrival at Heho airport, drive to Pindaya enjoying the marvellous landscapes of the hill region with vegetable plantations and terrace landing cultivation. You will visit Pindaya Caves which houses countless Buddha images and visit an umbrella workshop at the village. After arrival in Inle Lake you will transfer to the hotel for check in.
Inle Palace Hotel
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Day 9

Inle Lake

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a boat excursion on the lake and a visit to the local tribe market at Inn Dein village. You will see Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda the most revered pagoda on the lake and Ng a Phe Chaung monastery, the floating garden and a floating farm.
Inle Palace Hotel
(B)

Day 10

Inle Lake - Yangon

This morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon. In the afternoon visit Bogyoke market and wander around China town and area.
Best Western Green Hill Hotel
(B)

Day 11

Enjoy some leisure time on your own. Today you will transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight to Bangkok. Upon Arrival at Don Muong Airport you will transfer to Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
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Day 12

Depart early morning from Bangkok for your overnight flight to North America.