14 DAYS MYANMAR HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
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Places to visit: Yangon – Bagan – Mt.Popa – Pakokku – Monywa – Mandalay – Amarapura – Mingun – Sagaing – Ava – Pindaya – Kalaw – Inle Lake – Indein – Yangon (14Days /13Nights)
Itinerary Day by Day
Day 01: Arrive Yangon
On arrival at Yangon International Airport you will be met by our driver and transferred to your Hotel.
Then a walking tour including the old colonial style city centre, the gilded Sule Pagoda dating back over 2,000 years and continue to the famous Strand Hotel, a fine example of British colonial architecture.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 02: Bagan
Early morning flight to Bagan and transfer to your hotel (if the room is available).
Highlights on this morning’s tour include Shwezigon Pagoda – the prototype of Pagodas in Myanmar, Wetkyi in Gu Byauk Gyi Temple with its fine tempera mural paintings depicting the life stories of Buddha, and Ananda Temple the most aesthetically beautiful monument in Bagan. Enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant.
In the afternoon visit a lacquer workshop to discover the intricate process of making lacquer ware. Continue to Manuha Temple with its large seated Buddha image enshrined in a relatively small sanctum, illustrating the melancholy of a confined king. Nanbaya Temple with its noted perforated windows and friezes is a unique sandstone monument, said to have been the residence of King Manuha. Next is the Myingaba Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, a Mon style temple renowned for its fine frescoes preserved by UNESCO. A visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda a perfect spot to enjoy a magnificent sunset will conclude the day.
Overnight in Bagan.
Day 03: Bagan (by Ebikes)
After breakfast around 8:00 a 3 hours electric bicycles tour will be started from the hotel to Old Bagan visiting Shwegugyi, Dhammayangyi and Thetbyinyu temples via the ox cart track to get a different travel experience through the Bagan monuments. Take a break at the local coffee shop to have cold drink under the shade or return to hotel to relax.
In the evening take the horsecart ride through Taung Phee village and visit Nat Laung Kyang and enjoy the sunset at Bu Paya. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 04: Bagan – Mt.Popa
This morning after breakfast, visiting a scenic route (50 km – 1 ½ hours) to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano and an oasis on the scortched plain Myingyan. It is, among the local people, Mount Popa is known as the home of the “Nats” spirits. On the way, you will visit local villages. For sport enthusiasts, there is time to climb the 777 steps to the top of the volcanic plug. Lunch at the mountain Popa, with the magnificent through the ravine and mature trees and return to Bagan. Free and easy in the evening. Accomodation in Bagan.
Day 05: Bagan – Pakokku – Monywa
After breakfast, depart from Bagan (135km, 3 hours by car to Monywa). On the way, stop at Pakokku, the flourishing commercial city at the western side of Irrawaddy River. From Pakokku, we will continue to Monywa. Visit Mohnyin Than Buddhe pagoda where there are more than 500.000 Buddha images inside the temple, Bodhi Tahtaung, Shwe Tha Lyaung reclining image. Arrive Monywa in the evening. Check-in at hotel. Accommodation in Monywa.
Day 06: Monywa – Sagaing – Mandalay
After breakfast, the driver will drop you the jetty by his car and then we will take the ferry to cross the other side of the Chindwin River (only around 10 minutes). After that take the local jeep to continue (45km) to visit Po Win Taung y Shwe Ba Taung Caves, where this complex is situated (26 km) west of Monywa. The caves contain 492 temples decorated with 2588 Buddha images and some have beautiful mural painings from 16th century. After that, return back to other side of jetty to continue to Mandalay. On the way, visit Sagaing Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda. Arrive Mandalay in the evening. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 07: Mandalay – Amarapura – Mandalay
After breafkast, the driver will drive firstly to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayone Monastery, home to some 800 monks and one of the most prestigious monasteries in Myanmar. Afterward, you will take a stroll over a historic bridge, known as U Bein Bridge and originally built in 1851, spanning over the Taungthaman Lake. Proceed to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant (Shan Buffet). On this afternoon’s sightseeing, continue to Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung (or Golden Palace Monastery) to marvel at a superb traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda (also known as the world’s largest book), consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures and enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Accommodation in Mandalay.
Day 08: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay
After breakfast in the morning, visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay’s most fabled religious monument where you will have an awe inspiring view of a Buddha image covered with chunky layers of gold foils, and visit to a gold leaf making factory and observe how to make hand-made gold leaves and the Royal Palace and visit local Zey Gyo market. In the afternoon, transfer to jetty to enjoy the boat trip to Mingun. Lunch at the river side restaurant. Mingun is situated about 11 km (one hour each way) upstream from Mandalay. Visit the unfinished Mingun Temple, originally built with the intention of being the world’s biggest pagoda, the Mingun Bell, weighing 87 tons and being the world’s largest intact bronze bell, the elegant Hsinbyume Pagoda, with its ornate 7 circular terraces. Return to Mandalay in the evening. Accommodation in Mandalay.
Day 09: Mandalay – Sagaing – Ava – Mandalay
After breakfast, visit Sagaing Hill where you can see from the hill lots of white and gold pagodas along the Irrawaddy River. Visit a Swan Oo Ponyashin Pagoda, U Min Thone Sae. Observe ways of life of nun monastery from Sagaing Hill. Alter that, drive to “Ava“. On the way from Sagaing to Ava, you can visit handmade silverware workshop. Excursión to the old royal capital of INWA (Ava), can be made with a ponny-trap riding. Visit to Ava’s Leaning Tower called “Nan Myint”, “Maha Aungmyae Bonzan” monastery made with stucco brick and Bagayar monastery famous for its impressive woodcarvings with teak woods. Return to Mandalay and overnight in Mandalay.
Day 10: Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya – Kalaw (By Flight)
Fly to Heho this morning to visit eastern Shan state.
On arrival at Heho, transfer to Pindaya, a small quiet little town where visit Pindaya caves with Buddha images in many different positions. Visit Sin Gaung monastery and Parasol Handmake working. Then, drive to Kalaw, 70 kilometers west of Taunggyi, the capital of Southern Shan State. It was a very popular hill station during the British era. It is located 1320m above sea level, with cool and pleasant climate. Accommodation in Kalaw.
Day 11: Kalaw – Inle Lake
After breakfast, visit Kalaw and its market. After that, transfer to Inle Lake. On the way, visit Nyaung Shwe. Nyaung Shwe market and “Shwe Yan Pyay” monastery are among to visit. After that, transfer by boat to the hotel in Inle Lake. An excursion by boat on Inle Lake will include seeing the famous leg-rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life. Enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant on the lake. The highlights on the lake are Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, Nga Phe Chaung Monastery with a collection of ancient Shan-style Buddha images and other sites such as blacksmiths, silversmiths, weaving looms, etc. Overnight on the lake.
Day 12: Inle – Indein
After breakfast, visit around Inle Lake and Indein. Visit Indain old pagodas and back to hotel in the evening.
Day 13: Inle – Heho – Yangon
After breakfast, transfer to airport to fly back to Yangon. Upon arrival, visit Bogyoke Market (formerly known as Scott Market), where you can find famous jades and jewelries where you can find Myanmar famous gems and jewellery sales centers, Myanmar traditional products such as slippers, longyi’s etc.. After lunch at local restaurant, visit to Chauk Htat Gyi reclining image which was the third largest reclining image in Myanmar. Stop for photos at the Kandawgyi Garden, where Karaweik Hall, and a floating royal barge with backdrop of lushed trees and an idyllic lake and followed by the massive Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the wonders of the world for its religious significance, artistic beauty and its association with Myanmar culture.
Day 14: Yangon Departure
A free day to catch up on some last minute shopping at the Bogyoke Market or enjoy the panoramic view from the Sakura Tower. Transfer to Yangon International Airport.
- Described Tours
- language guide or English speaking guides (depend on your option from budget)
- Entrance fees (if you go with tour guide/s)
- Transports with private car as per itinerary
- Boat in Inle Lake, in Mingun
- Electric bikes & Horsecart in Bagan
- Short trip by boat and horsecart in Inwa (if you go with tour guide/s)
- Boat and Jeep for the visit Phoewin Cave In Monywa (if you go with tour guide/s)
- Transports from airport to hotel and vice versa
- Hotel accommodations with daily breakfast
- Internal flights
- Two purified drinking water bottles and two refreshment towels per person per day
- Meals & Beverages
- language guide or English speaking guides (depend on your option from budget)
- Entrance fees (if you go without tour guide/s)
- Short trip by boat and horse cart in Inwa (if you go without tour guide/s)
- Boat and Jeep for the visit Phoewin Cave In Monywa (if you go without tour guide/s)
- International Flights
- Personal expenses such as tipping, camera tax, etc