21 DAYS ADVENTURE MYANMAR TOUR
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Places to visit: Yangon – (Southern Myanmar or Western Myanmar in option) – Mandalay – Amarapura – Mingun – Sagaing – Ava – (Northern Shan State or Eastern Shan State in option) Inle Lake – Sankar – Kakku – Pindaya – Kalaw – Bagan – MT.Popa – Yangon (21Days /20Nights)
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.
PART I – OPTION (1) Explore distinctive Southern part of Myanmar
Day 02: Yangon – Hpa An (by car)
Today early morning, pick you up from your hotel and drive to Hpa An (some 291km – 5 hours), the capital of Kayin State, homeland of the Karen people, Hpa-An is an energetic, friendly town on the banks of the Thanlwin River. The main attractions though are scattered around the beautiful surrounding countryside, making this is an ideal area for relaxed touring. Along the way, sightseeing the authentic life of local people and natural beauties of the forest and farm. Lunch at local restaurant and visit the Bayin Nyi cave with its hot spring water and the Kawkon cave, a natural lime stone cave. The surface of the rock is profusely decorated with different types of clay buddha images and votive tablets. Arrival to Hpa An and visit to Kyaungkalap; the column or rock, standing sheer out of a lake makes this monastery, pagoda and Nat shrine one of the most photographed spots in all Kayin State. This is a popular pilgrimage site close to Hpa-An town, In the evening, you can walk along the Thanlwin river sites. Overnight in Hpa An.
Day 03: Hpa An – Mawlamyine (by car)
After breakfast, visit to Mt. Zwekabin: the tallest of a chain of limestone-mountains, 2372 feet (723 meter) is crowned by a stupa, said to contain a hair of the Buddha. It’s a long walk to the top so we recommend an early start. If you arrive by 11 am you can witness the feeding of the mountain’s monkeys. The mountain boasts fantastic views over the Kayin country-side. Visit Lompini Park which is at the base of the mountain including Bodhi Tahtaung Pagoda, Kyauktalone Monastery. After that, drive to Mawlamyine – Mon state (60km – about 1 and a half hour). Stop in Thaton, former capital of the Mon kingdom which is between Hpa An and Thaton (capital of Mon State). Arrive Mawlamyine in the evening. Overnight in Mawlamyine.
Day 04: Mawlamyine – Kyaikhtio (by car)
Sightseeing highlights this morning to Mawlamyine market, and enjoy panoramic view of the city and Kyaik Thanlan Paogda and Win SeinTawya, the world biggest reclining Buddha image. After that, drive to Kyaikhtio (167 km – 2:30 hours). Upon arrival to the base-camp, ride up 45 minutes by open truck to the top of the mountain. The Kyaikhtio Pagoda (golden rock) stands on a gold gilded boulder precariously perched on the edge of the hill, which is 1102 meters above the sea-level. You should take only light backpack and shoes to climb up the mountain as only one night will be on the top of the mountain. Enjoy the sunset over the hill lock with panoramic view over the Valley of Sittaung River, with green forest and mountain rangs. Overnight in Kyaikhtio.
Day 05: Kyaikhtio – Bago – Yangon (by car)
Early morning, get up to enjoy the sun-rise. After breakfast, climb down by open truck to the base camp to continue to Bago, an ancient capital of the Mon Kingdom in 15th Century (117 km – 2 hours). Visit Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated pagodas in Myanmar. Have lunch at a local Restaurant and after lunch, visit 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.
PART I – OPTION (2) Explore hidden kingdom Mrauk U
Day 02: Yangon – Sittwe – Mrauk U (By flight/public boat)
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 03 : 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.
Day 04: Mrauk U – Chin Village
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 05: Mrauk U – Sittwe – Yangon (by flight/ boat)
Early morning, check-out at hotel and take a drive to jetty and return to Sittwe by boat. On arrival transfer to Sittwe airport for departure flight to Yangon.
Day 06: Yangon – Mandalay (By night bus)
After breakfast, visit the massive Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the wonders of the world for its religious significance, artistic beauty and its association with Myanmar culture 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 lashed trees and an idyllic lake After lunch at a local restaurant, visit to Bogyoke Market (formerly known as Scott Market), where you can find famous jades and jewelries where you can find Myanmar famous gems and jewelry sales centers, Myanmar traditional products such as slippers, longyi’s etc. And walking tour at old colonial style city center, the gilded Sule Pagoda dated back over 2,000 years and continue to the Strand Hotel, also one of the buildings built by British. After that, transfer to the bus station for the trip to Mandalay by night bus.
HOTEL: IN BUS
Day 07: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay
After breakfast, transfer to jetty to enjoy the boat trip to Mingun. 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 by boat. In the evening, 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 – Sagaing – Amarapura – 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 workshop and observe how to make hand-made gold leaves and the Jade Market of Mandalay. After that, visit Sagaing Hill where you can see from the hill lots of white and gold pagodas along the Irrawaddy River. Visit Swan Oo Ponyashin Pagoda, U Min Thone Sae. Return back to Mandalay. On the way, stop at Amarapura to take a stroll over a historic bridge, known as U Bein Bridge and originally built in 1851, spanning over the Taungthaman Lake. Overnight in Mandalay.
PART II – OPTION (1) Enjoy the most beautiful train trip in Myanmar
Day 09: Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin (by car)
Morning drive to Pyin Oo Lwin (60 km – 1 hour). On the way enjoy scenic views over green farmland with traditional plantations and lush trees growing on mountain slopes. Arrive at Pyin Oo Lwin, sightseeing includes: strolling around “Purcel Tower”, visit Botanical garden where various kinds of trees and multi coloured flowers are in abundance, offering magnificent views, Pwe Kaung waterfall, and Maha Ann Htoo Kanthar Pagoada. Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.
Day 10: Pyin Oo Lwin – Naung Peng (By train) – Sibaw (by car)
This early morning transfer to train station for your train trip to northern Shan State. Going to Naung Peng by local train. The train leaves at 0800 am and the trip is just nice with different experience passing through “Goktiek Viaduct – a monster of silver geometry”, which was built in 1901 with the high of 102 m, the largest railway in the world. Upon arrive Naung Peng by train, continue by car to Thibaw (Sibaw), former a residential city of Shan leader, known as Sawbwa. On the way, visit local school and Shan villages. Arrive Hsibaw in the evening. Overnight in Hsibaw.
Day 11: Sibaw – trekking
This morning, take soft trekking for couple of hours through seasonal vegetable crop and rice paddy, Tai (Shan) village. Get on boat from one of the river side village instead of walking back all the way to town, to enjoy beautiful sightseeing of the Dotthawaddy River.
Day 12: Sibaw – Mandalay (by car)
After breakfast, drive back to Mandalay. En route visit Bawgyo Sibaw pagoda, one of the largest and oldest and most revered in northern Shan State. Then proceed to Mandalay you have the opportunity to see the famous “Gokhteik Viaduct” in a distance which was erected in 1901 by the American says the world bridge second largest steel. It is considered the viaduct world’s largest railroad at the time due to its technical and transportation problems. Arrive at Mandalay in the evening. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 13: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake (by boat)
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.
PART II – OPTION (2) trekking in eastern Shan state
Day 09: Mandalay – Kyaing Tong (by flight)
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Kyaing Tong, the former Shan capital. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Sightseeing in Kyaing Tong starts with Maha Myat Muni Pagoda, housing Mandalay style Buddha image and near by a monastery where the monks learn “Khun” language, which is very similar to that used in the Northern Thailand. Overnight in Kyaing Tong.
Day 10 : Kyaing Tong – Pin Thauk Trekking
After breakfast your local station guide will meet you at the hotel for a hiking tour into the Pin Tauk area (Lahu, Akha, An tribes). It takes one hour drive by car to north direction passing through rice fields and Shan villages. Lush mixed monsoon forest with a view to the plain rice fields looking like a huge, green patchwork blanket shimmering in the water of the flooded paddy fields. Your local guide will introduce you to the villagers of Aka and An tribes. Some are baptized, some tribes still animists. The walk is not difficult, and can be done slowly. Three hour round trek visit silver head dresses “Akha tribes” and black teeth “Ann tribes”. The An people, known to be the kindest tribe, as there is no case up to nowadays where an An member has ever been violent. Visit the villages, including visits of the houses. Late afternoon come back to Kyaing Tong for overnight.
Day 11: Kyaing Tong – Kong Pack trekking
After breakfast at the hotel, 1 hour drive through golden rice fields. Three hours trek up hill to “Kong Pack” to visit “Lahu Shee” villages which are over 1500 meter above sea level with beautiful landscape. 2 and half hour downhill to Wan Naung Sar “silver Palaung village” and back to hotel in the evening.
Day 12: Kyaing Tong – Loi Mwe trekking
After breakfast drive to Loimwe (appr. 2 hours’ drive), an old colonial town with different colorful tribes. The main attraction along the way is the scenery on the ascent to Loimwe, which passes through forests, terraced rice fields and a lake. On the way to Loimwe, lunch on the way, you will have several stops to visit different villages. Wan Lun Shan village, walk and explore the native village life; the Ho Lup Akha village where you can see the traditional Akha Tribes with their colorful dresses; the Naung Cho Wa tribe, in former times headhunters – nowadays living from pears and other fruits and Pan Wai Lahu tribe villages on the left and right side of the road. Late afternoon come back to Kyaing Tong for overnight.
Day 13: Kyaing Tong – Heho – Inle Lake (by boat)
Early morning visit the lively market offering a mixture of local products, handicraft wares of the tribal folk and merchandise from Thailand and China. Visit famous local Naung Tone Lake, then transfer to Kyaing Tong airport for your flight 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.
Day 14: Inle Lake – Sankar
After breakfast at hotel, visit to Sankar (2hrs approx) by boat. Visit 5 days market at Kyauk Daing village (Shan), mostly live on earthenware 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 15: Inle – Kakku – Taunggyi – Nyaung Shwe
Alter 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.
Day 16 : Inle – Pindaya – Kalaw
After breakfast, 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 workshop. 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 17: Kalaw – Heho – Bagan (by flight)
Time this morning to transfer by road to Heho Airport (25m -1 hour) to fly to Bagan. Highlights on this morning’s tour include Nyaung U market, 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 18: 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 19: 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 plains scortched Myingyan. It is, among the local people, Mount Popa is known as the home of the “Nats” spirits. 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. Dinner at hotel. Accomodation in Bagan.
Day 20: Bagan – Yangon (by flight)
This morning, transfer to airport to fly back to Yangon. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel. The rest of the day will be free to pursue your individual interests. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 21: Yangon Departure
After breakfast, according to the schedule flight, you will have the day free for last minute shopping in Bogyoke Market or enjoying the panoramic views of the city 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
- Open trucks in Golden Rock (if you choose option with guide/s)
- Public boat in Mrauk U
- Private boat to Chin Villages
- Train to Naung Peng
- Local trekking guide in Sibaw, in Kyaing Tong
- 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 & beveragest
- International flights
- language guide or English speaking guides (depend on your option from budget)
- Open trucks in Golden Rock (if you choose option with guide/s)
- Entrance fees (if you go with tour guide/s)