Start city: Mandalay
End city: Yangon
Duration: 12 Days - 11 Nights
Departure: Private Tour. Daily, upon your request.
Cities to visit: Mandalay – Bagan – Inle lake – Kyaiktiyo – Bago - Yangon
- Extendable with optional tours from Mandalay and from Yangon.
Note: This private tour requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate
- Capture beautiful sunset over the world’s longest teak bridge Ubein
- Experience the exiting horse cart ride through thousands of temples in Bagan
- Witness the sun set over beautiful, ancient temples in Bagan
- Discover authentic locals’ life and various handicraft workshops on scenic Inle Lake
- Pay respect to the holy Golden Rock perched at its summit
- Explore vibrant hub of colorful Colonial facades in Yangon
- Admire the most sacred pagoda in Myanmar, Golden Shwedagon Paya.
Upon arrival to Mandalay International Airport, our guide and driver will be waiting for you outside the baggage area to transfer you to the hotel in the city center. Mandalay, a city founded in 1857 as the capital by King Mindon. The Mandalay Palace boasts finely built regal walls and a beautiful moat surrounding her fortress. Mandalay is the principle center for Buddhism studies in Myanmar.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
Day 2: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Hill
Known as the hub of Buddhism in Myanmar, Mandalay is a realm of stupas, monks and monastery. The most fascinating visit will be the time to behold the monks doing their worship and having meals. Driver to Mandalay pier, embarking on a private boat upstream to visit Mingun, famed for its huge and incomplete Pahtodawgyi Pagoda and Mingun Bell the 90 tons ringing bell.
In the afternoon, visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery – noted for its exquisite wood carvings, gold leaf beating workshop, Kuthodaw Pagoda – known as the world’s biggest book and finish the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill to watch the sun-set and the panoramic view of the city.
Accommodations: Hotel in Mandalay
Day 3: Mandalay – Amarapura – Sagaing – Inwa
In the morning, drive to Amarapura. Being famous for Mahagandaryone Monastery Amarapura is the best place to experience the monk life in Mandalay. Every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up silently to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists.
Next, head to Sagaing, discover the monk education, visit Budda cave, Uminthonze pagoda and Sunooponnyashin pagoda. Behold the panoramic view of Mandalay.
We then cross the river by ferry to Inwa (Ava), situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Once a royal capital, Inwa is now a quiet rural oasis. Enjoy a horse cart ride around the peaceful countryside, visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak wood monastery, Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung, and Nan Myint tower.
End of the day, take boat tour to enjoy and have great shoots of sunset view of Ubein Wooden Bridge, the longest teakwood
Accommodations: Hotel in Mandalay
Day 4: Mandalay – day cruise down Irrawaddy River to Bagan
Take the day cruise downstream the Ayeyarwaddy River which offers the variations of the scenes of villages, the towers of pagodas here & there and local people making their livings…
The cruise is scheduled for 12 hours but sometimes can take longer due to water flow.
Upon arrival in Bagan, our driver & tour guide are await to pick you up to transfer to your hotel. Rest of the time is at leisure.
Accommodations: Hotel in Bagan
Day 5: Bagan - temple exploration
Bagan is Myanmar’s archaeological wonderland, where over 3,000 ancient temples blossom from the countryside. Start your tour with a trip to the bustling Nyang U Market in Old Bagan then explore the beautiful, gold leaf Shwezigon Pagoda and learn about Burmese Buddhist traditions. We continue our tour with a visit to Ananda Temple, stopping along the way on the Bagan plains to admire some of the surrounding temples.
In the afternoon, start with an exotic horse cart ride to one of the biggest temples in Bagan: Nan Paya Pagoda and many other interesting sites nearby. The highlight of today is the panoramic sunset view from the second highest pagoda of Bagan, the ShweSandaw Pagoda.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Day 6: Bagan – Mt. Popa – Bagan
Leaving the Bagan temples behind, we begin the drive to Mt Popa. Join the pilgrims as they ascend Mt. Popa and admire the crazy statues that line the walkway, along with the monkeys that live on the mountain. Once at the peak, guests can relax and bask in the glorious views of Bagan. We then return to Bagan for more temple exploration and sunset from one of the remarkable temple.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Day 7: Bagan – Heho – Nyuang Shwe
Arrive Heho airport and drive to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake, stopping on the way to visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery.
Upon arrival, board a motorboat for a sightseeing tour to Phaungdawoo Pagoda, famed for its richly gilded five small Buddha images and believed to be the holiest pagoda in Inle Lake. Our next stop is Ngaphechaung Monastery, known as “Jumping Cat Pagoda”. As you travel closer to Nam Pan Village, have a look at cotton and lotus weaving factories and cigar making houses. These sites will give you a true sense of traditional Intha life.
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake
Day 8: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake
This morning, visit the “5 Day Market” which is held in different villages surrounding the lake. This is definitely a fascinating place to enjoy the scene of local tribes in their colorful clothes and exotic market atmosphere.
After lunch, the boat will take you to the beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking the lake. It is relaxing to walk along the corridors and enjoy the giant columns that have been left to the nature for centuries.
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake
Day 9: Inle Lake – Kakku – Yangon
After breakfast at your hotel, leave for Kakku. A short boat ride to Naung Shwe before getting on our private car for 2 hour drive to Kakku. Stop at Taung Gyi for a short visit en-route then head into the rolling hills toward the east of the lake. The drive is spectacular, crossing over the railway line and through small villages inhabited to the Pa-Oh people. This area was closed to visitors for many years and even now only a few intrepid tourists make their way through here.
The first view of Kakku is breathtaking: there are more than 5200 individual stupas, some of which are 20 metres high, and several Buddha images scattered throughout. There are no clear facts about the history of the stupas but most date back to the 11th-13th century, the same period when Bagan was thriving. Wander throughout the temples, taking your time to enjoy the wonder and awe of this site and discover the intricate carvings and details on the structures.
Late afternoon, drive to Heho for flight to Yangon
Accommodations: Hotel in Yangon
Day 10: Yangon – Golden Rock
After breakfast in your hotel, our private car and driver will pick you and take you on the nice drive to Kyaik Hto to go to the Golden Rock (driving hour about 4 hours). One the way, we visit to Htaukkyant War Cemetery. Then proceed to overland driving to Golden Rock. Arrive at pilgrim-village is a starting point to the famous Golden Rock. From our hotel in Kyaikhtiyo we first take a truck and then enjoy the trekking to Golden Rock, it will take about 1 hour up the hill to enjoy the sunset at the Golden Rock. The famous ‘Golden Rock’ is a sacred, massive gold-leafed boulder delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff near the top of Mt. Kyaikhtiyo and it is one of the most revered Buddhist shrines.
Note: The road up hill is very steep, we share the truck with local to get almost to the top of this mountains for an hour. It will be an adventure plus the 45 minutes trekking up hill. There is the ride by local at the additional charge about 5$/per person. see photos for illustration
Please consider the health condition before you decide to take this trip.
Accommodation: Hotel in Kyaikhtiyo.
Day 11: Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon
Enjoy the morning breakfast and coffee at the hotel restaurant and enjoy great panorama view over the top of this mountains. We will check out and take the short trekking down the hill and share the local truck with local down to the foot of mountains where our private car is await for you, Then, drive back to Yangon. On the way, visit to Bago, Located only 80 km, was an ancient capital of Mon Kingdom in 15th century and enjoy the Bago sightseeing including Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha (55 metres long), Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Myo Ma Local Market, 28 meter high huge Buddha Image of Kyaikpun Pagoda, Chinese Kwanyin Temple and upon your interest, you can visit the Kanbawzathardi Palace of King Bayinnaung. Lunch at local good restaurant. Then drive back to Yangon city.
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Day 12: Circle train - Yangon City tour & Departure
Get up early, enjoy sunrise at Shwedagon pagoda – the most prominent monument in Yangon which dominates the sky with golden flash, giant spires and holy relics.
Immerse yourself in the everyday life of Myanmar’s largest city by taking a short local train ride. Board the local ‘circle train’ which runs from Yangon’s main railway station in a circle around various neighborhoods in town and on the outskirts of town. The slowly traveling train gives you unique opportunity to enjoy observing the lively and colorful life of the rural Burmese people.
Disembark after 45 minutes – 1 hour in Insein township. One of the city’s best fresh markets is here, filled with vendors and piles of colorful items for sale. Spend time walking amid the stalls examining the fruits, produce and meats on sale as well as chatting with the friendly locals.
Transfer by car back to the city centre of Yangon. Take a short walking tour through Chinatown and Little India, two fabulously diverse and vibrant neighborhoods of Yangon. You will see street markets, snack vendors and many places of worship as you walk along the street.
Enjoy some shopping in bustling Scott market before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.
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