17 DAYS MYANMAR HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
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Places to visit: Yangon – Kyaikhtio – Bago – Bagan – Mt.Popa – Pakokku – Monywa – Sagaing – Mandalay – Amarapura – Mingun – Ava – Pindaya – Lago Inle – Indein – Kakku – Taunggyi – Nyaung Shwe – Yangon (17Days /16Nights)
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: Yangon – Golden Rock (Kyaikhtio) (By Car)
This morning, pick you up from your hotel and drive to Kyaikhtiyo (some 200km – 3 hours). On the way, visit World War II Memorail Cemetary y Nga Thein Chaung village. Lunch at a local restaurant in Bago (on your own account). Arrive Kyaikhtio in the evening. From the base camp (Kinpun Sakan), it takes 45 minutes by open truck to the top of the mountain. You should take only light backpack and shoes to climp up the mountain as only one night will be on the top of the mountain. The Kyaikhtio Pagoda was built on the big rock that is resting on the edge of the huge steep rock. Enjoy the sunset over the hill lock with panoramic view over the valley of Sittaung river, with green forest and mountain ranges. Overnight in Kyaikhtio.
Day 03: Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon (By Car)
After morning visit to Kyaikhtio Pagoda, cimb down by open truck to the base of the mountain to continue to Bago, which was the Mon capital in 15 century formerly known as Pegu. Visit Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated pagodas in Myanmar., Shwe Tha Lyaung, most beautiful reclining Buda image in Myanmar, Hin Thargone Pagoda with its legendary
Hamsa male and female birds, snake pagoda, Kyaikpun Pagoda with its four giant Budha images. Return back to Yangon and check-in at your hotel.
Day 04: Yangon – Bagan (By Flight)
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 05: 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 06: 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 07: 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 08: 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 16 th 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 09: 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 10: 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 11: 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. Visita 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: Inle – Indein
After breakfast, visit around Inle Lake and Indein. Visit Indain old pagodas and back to hotel in the evening.
Day 15: 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 inusual and only few knows about it’s origin. The Pa O people believed that the original was built in some 2.000 years ago. Thousand 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 it’s charming. Return back to Nyaung Shwe. On the way back, you can visit Taunggyi’s winery “Aye Tharyar”. Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.
Day 16: Nyaung Shwe – Heho – Yangon (By Flight)
Transfer to the Heho airport for your flight to Yangon. Our driver will meet you and transfer to your hotel. Visit the Bogyoke Market where you can find Yangon’s famous jade and jewelry sales centers as well as Myanmar’s traditional products such as slippers longyis etc. After lunch at local restaurant visit to Chauk Htat Gyi reclining image, the third largest reclining image in Myanmar. Stop for photos at the Kandawgyi Garden, featuring Karaweik Hall, a floating royal barge with its backdrop of lush trees and an idyllic lake. Then to the massive Shwedagon Pagoda, a one of the wonders of the world, noted for its religious significance, artistic beauty and its association with Myanmar culture. In the evening a walking tour in China Town. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 17: Yangon Departure
After breakfast, according to your departure flight, free time for Bogyoke Market, also to enjoy a cup of coffee at Sakura Tower with panoramic view of Yangon. After that transfer to Yangon International Airport for your flight to destination country.
- 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)
- Open trucks in Golden Rock (if you choose option with 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)
- Open trucks in Golden Rock (if you choose option without guide/s)
- International Flights
- Personal expenses such as tipping, camera tax, etc