MYANMAR CULTURE TOUR

15 DAYS MYANMAR CULTURE TOUR

Places to visit: Yangon –  Pyay – Akauk Hill – Bagan  – Mt.Popa – Mandalay – Amarapura – Mingun – Sagaing – Inwa – Heho – Inle Lake – Sankar – Kakku – Taunggyi – Nyaung Shwe – Yangon (15Days /14Nights)

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.

Yangon International Airport

Day 02: Yangon – Visits

bagan photo

After breafkast, visit Yangon (the third Myanmar Emperor in 1759 built by King Alaung Paya). Visit Bogyoke Market (formerly known as Scott Market) where you can find Myanmar famous gems and jewelry sales centers, Myanmar traditional products such as slippers, longyi’s etc. visit to Chauk Htat Gyi reclining image which was the third largest reclining image in Myanmar. After lunch at local restaurant, photos stops 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 03: Yangon – Pyay (By Car)

Morning depart from Yangon to Pyay by car 260 km northwest of Yangon. Pyay is an important commercial center for trade between the Ayeyarwaddy Delta, central and upper Myanmar and Rakhine State. Lunch at a local restaurant. The ancient Sri Ksetra (Pyu ancient city in Sanskrit) which flourished over 1000 years between 200BC and AD900 is located just 8 km southeast of modern Pyay. Recently Sri Ksetra was recognize by UN as a world heritage. Visit “Shwe Myet Man” Pagoda (which means Buda with golden spectacles), visit Hmawza (Sri Ksetra) museum. Overnight in Pyay.

Shwe Myet Man Photo

Day 04: Pyay – Akauk Hill (By Car)

Akauk Hill

After brekafast, visit Pyay Shwe Sandaw Pagoda which is the most elegant pagoda in town. After that, drive to Akauk Hill (about 1 hour drive) which is located at the western bank of Ayeyarwaddy River. Driving along a bumpy road about 45 minutes passing through Htone Bo village, from there take a boat ride to Akauk Hill. The Buddha images are beautifully carved in different sizes and styles into the wall of the Ayeyarwaddy river bank. Drive back to Pyay and overnight in Pyay.

Day 05: Pyay – Bagan (By Car)

Morning breakfast at the hotel, and excursion to Baw Baw Gyi Paya and cube-shaped Be Be Paya, is the oldest stupas in the area which are over 45 meter high. Lunch at a local restaurant. After that drive to Bagan (340 km – 6 hours). Arrive Bagan in the evening. Overnight in Bagan.

Baw Baw Gyi Paya

Day 06: Bagan – Visits

Bagan Photo 1

After breakfast, highlights on this morning’s tour include Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of pagodas in Myanmar, Wetkyi-in Gu Byauk Gyi Temple with fine tempera mural paintings depicting the life stories of Buddha, and Ananda Temple, the most aesthetically beautiful monument in Bagan. Enjoy a lunch at a riverside restaurant. In the afternoon, visit a lacquer craftsman’s workshop to discover the intricate process of making lacquer wares. Continue to Manuha Temple with a large seated Buddha Image, enshrined in a relatively small sanctum, illustrating the melancholy of a confined king, and Nanbaya Temple with noted perforated windows and friezes, a unique sandstone monument that is said to have been the residence of King Manuha. Next, to 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. Enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Bagan.

Day 07: 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.

Bagan Photo 2

Day 08: Bagan – Mt.Popa – Mandalay (By Car) Sunset at Amarapura

Mount Popa

After breakfast depart from Bagan to Mandalay (133km – 4 hours approx). On the way, visit Mount Popa (about 55km – 1hr approx. from Bagan), an extinct volcano and an oasis in the scorched plain Myingyan. Among local villages Mount Popa is known as the home of the “Nats” spirits. Learn the history and culture of 37 nats from Mt.Popa. Then, continues to Mandalay. Arrive at Mandalay in the evening and check into your hotel. Then transfer to Amarapura, to stroll along the historic bridge, known as U Bein Bridge originally built in 1851, which extends over the Taungthaman Lake and the world´s longest teakwood bridge. Return to Mandalay and overnight in Mandalay.

Day 09: 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, a visit to a gold leaf making workshop and observe how to make hand-made gold leaves and visit the Royal Palace and 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.

Mandalay Photo 1

Day 10: Mandalay – Sagaing – Inwa – Mandalay

Swan Oo Ponyashin Pagoda

After breakfast, visit Sagaing Hill where you can see from the hill lots of white and gold pagodas along the Irrawaddy River. Visita Swan Oo Ponyashin Pagoda, U Min Thone Sae. Observe ways of life of nun monastery from Sagaing Hill. After that, drive to “Ava”. On the way from Sagaing to Ava, you can visit handmade silverware workshop. Excursion 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 bricks and Bagayar monastery famous for its impressive woodcarvings with teak woods. Return to Mandalay and overnight in Mandalay.

Day 11: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake (By Flight)

Fly to Heho this morning to visit eastern Shan state. On arrival at Heho, transfer to 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 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 or in Nyaung Shwe.

Inle Lake

Day 12: Inle Lake – Sankar

Kyauk Daing village

After breakfast at hotel, visit to Sankar (2hrs approx) by boat. Visit 5 days market at Kyauk Daing village (Shan), mostly live on earthernware pottery works. By walking through in Sankar village, you can observe local rice mill factory, making bullock cart wheels. Pristine culture and traditional life-style o the ethnic groups of Pa-O and Intha inhabited around Sankar and Hmawbi area. Then excursion down from lake, beautiful landscaping, flowering trees and settlements of dotted on both side of the canal can be seen. Lunch and dinner at local restaurants and overnight in Inle Lake or Nyaung Shwe.

Day 13: Kakku – Taunggyi – Nyaung Shwe

After breakfast, discover the “Lost Time” Kakku’s ruins Pagodas, which are at the “Pa O”tribe’s village area. It is situated at the Shan’s beautiful hill. The Kakku Pagoda is very unusual and only few knows about its origin. The Pa O people believed that the original was built in some 2.000 years ago. Thousands of small stupas are surrounding to the main pagoda in a great circuit form. You can pass around the stupas which are decorated by stuccos and Buda images. Unfortunately, Kakku is in need of restoration, but the old form is a part of its charming. Return back to Nyaung Shwe. On the way back, you can visit Taunggyi’s winery “Aye Tharyar”. Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.

Kakku’s ruins Pagodas

Day 14: Nyaung Shwe – Heho – Yangon (By Flight)

Yangon Photo

Time this morning to transfer by road to Heho Airport (25m -1 hour) to fly back to Yangon. Upon your arrival, transfer to hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free to pursue individual interests. Overnight in Yangon.

Day 15: 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.

Bogyoke Market

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Day 16: Yangon – Sittwe– Mrauk U (By Flight/ Public Boat)

Bagan Photo 1

Fly to Sittwe. Arrive at Sittwe transfer to Sittwe Jetty where you board the public boat (5 hours) to MRAUK OO, Rakhine’s capital in 15th century, when it enjoyed great wealth and was an important commercial port. The journey on the Kaladan River, through changing scenery, upriver towards the hill surrounding Mrauk U. The town has great charm with is many local markets, solid wooden house and Bamboo houses, canals, hills and friendly people. Some of the ancient pagodas and ruins can be visited by foot or a, horse cart, bullock cart or vehicle from the town. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel. Overnight in Mrauk U.

Day 17: Mrauk U – Excursion

After breakfast, visit most famous is SHITTAUNG PAGODA, perhaps the best preserved Pagoda, and home to some 80,000 holy Buddha images. 33 smaller ones, rising from platform to platform, similar in style to Indonesia’s Borobudur, flank the large central stupa. Inside the Pagoda is like a maze and it’s fascinating to wander through the interior passages, admiring reliefs and Buddha images in niches. Visit ANDAW PAGODA, an eight sided monument which is smaller than Shittaung but with a similar linear layout. Opposite Shittaung, visit DUKKANTHEIN “ordination hall”, a construction of laterite and sandstone bricks that resembles a huge bunker from the outside. Enjoy sunset at HARRE TAUND PAGODA HILL. Overnight in Mrauk U.

SHITTAUNG PAGODA

Day 18: Mrauk U – Chin Village

Chin TATTOO VILLAGES

After breakfast at the hotel, visit Mrauk U’s local market and KOE THAUNG TEMPLE. Continue to Lay Myo river bank. And then proceed by boat to Chin Tattoo area, where trail to three Chin TATTOO VILLAGES by boat and walk to the hill tribe’s people. Visit to waving project at the chin village. The villagers are very basic life style. Some Tattoo ladies are very proud of their tattoo designed on their faces and waving designed. You will see how the villagers will warmly welcome and friendly. Packed lunch is included. Return back to Mrauk U for dinner at a local restaurant or hotel. Accommodation at Mrauk U.

Day 19: Mrauk U – Sittwe – Yangon (By Flight/ Boat)

Early morning, check-out at hotel and take a drive to jetty and return to Sittwe by public boat. On arrival transfer to Sittwe airport for departure flight to Yangon.

Yangon International Airpot

15 Days Myanmar Culture Tour

CATEGORIES PRICE IN  U$/ PER PERSON
2* hotels without guide without entrance fees 1195
3* hotels without guide without entrance fees 1415
4* hotels without guide without entrance fees 1895
5* hotels without guide without entrance fees 2140
With german speaking guide along the trip with entrance fees + 930
With English speaking guides in different cities with entrance fees + 470

PRICE BASED IN TWIN/DOUBLE SHARING ROOM

Map Photo

EXTENTION TO HIDDEN KINDOM MRUAK U

CATEGORIES PRICE IN  U$/ PER PERSON
2* hotels without guide without entrance fees 610
3* hotels without guide without entrance fees 625
4* hotels without guide without entrance fees 890
5* hotels without guide without entrance fees 925
With german speaking guide along the trip with entrance fees + 225
With English speaking guides in different cities with entrance fees + 115

PRICE BASED IN TWIN/DOUBLE SHARING ROOM

Services Includes:

  • 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
  • Boat to Akauk hiill
  • Public boat in Mrauk U
  • Private boat to Chin Villages
  • Short trip by boat and horsecart in Inwa (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

Services Excludes:

  • 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)
  • International Flights
  • Personal expenses such as tipping, camera tax, etc

HOTEL OPTIONS – Please request our selected hotels by the budget category

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Highlights

  • Boating on Inle Lake
  • Mt Popa
  • Indein
  • Bagan Bicycle or E-bike rides

Guides

Location Guides will drive and assist you in each location of the tour. They do not travel with you for the entire tour. Tour Guides are an optional extra and travel with you for the entire tour.

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No. 955, Aine Dar (12) Street, Near Mahar Kyane Big Buda
North Okkalapa Township
Yangon, Myanmar.
Call Us: +95 09420713246, +95 0949284743
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email: khin@batontours.com

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