HIGHLIGHT OF MYANMAR (07 DAYS / 06 NIGHTS)
Mandalay – Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake – Yangon
Welcome at Mandalay International Airport. Meet with our guide and drive to Amarapura – an ancient capital of Myanmar, where we can observe the life of over 1000 monks at Mahagandaryon Monastery & silk weaving factory.
Then we cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar, explore pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae.
Continue to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries and visit by horse carts to Maenu Okkyaung Monastery – built by the chief queen in 1818, Nan Myint Tower – 27-meter high, Bargayar Monastery – well known for its wood carving with 267 teak pillars.
Return toward the city and stop at Amarapura, enjoy the sunset by crossing over U Bein bridge, 200-year-old teak bridge. After a long day visit, we will drive back to Mandalay. Check in at hotel and overnight in Mandalay.
After breakfast at hotel, meet with our guide at 08:00 to visit Mingun. Transfer to Jetty and embark on a boat trip up the Ayeyarwaddy River, enjoying the picturesque scenery of this river and the lifestyles of the local people who live and work on these waters.
Visit Mingun Bell which weighs of 90 tons and is more than 3.7 meters tall, the world largest un-cracked bell and unfinished Mingun Pagoda. Walking along the village, crafting traditional basketry and other artistic items and there is plenty of time to stop and interact with the craftsmen and friendly locals and then visit Hsinbyume Pagoda, a white-washed temple built to resemble Mount Meru, one of the main attractions of Mingun.
Then back to Mandalay and visit over to Mahamuni Buddha Temple - the most ancient Buddha image casted in bronze in Myanmar, visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’. Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace, grand teak building known for its exquisite woodcarving.
After that enjoying the sunset from the Mandalay Hill, enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River. Back to hotel and overnight Mandalay.
Early morning, transfer to the jetty for the river cruise to Bagan. Check in to the boat at 06:30 and boat will cast off at 07:00 am. Leisure and enjoy the marvelous landscapes during the cruise. The whole day cruising enjoying facilities onboard and the boat may stop in some villages to get the local passengers up and down. In the evening around 04:30, arrive to Bagan. Transfer to hotel and check in. Refreshment and rest of the day at leisure on you own. Overnight in Bagan.
After breakfast at hotel, visit colourful local market Nyaung Oo. Then visit to Shwezigon Pagoda – the glory of Bagan, Ananda Temple – the masterpiece of Bagan, proceed to Myingaba Gubyaukgyi Temple to observe the best mural paintings of 11th century, nearby visit to
Then visit to nearby Manuha Temple – Huge Buddha Image and Nan Paya Temple- nice Buddha statues and stone work.
After lunch, visit to Dhamayangyi Temple - the biggest temple in Bagan, Sulamani Temple - the 12th century temple the lacquerware workshop – the most Bagan’s famous product. Watch as the skilled craftsmen use techniques passed down through generations to create beautiful items. Then take a horse cart along the temples to the viewpoint to enjoy the sunset over the plains.
Afterwards, return back to hotel and overnight in Bagan.
After early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho. From Heho, drive to Nyaung Shwe for 01hour, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery - the wooden Shan Monastery with beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images.
Arrival to the jetty of Inle Lake, take a private motorboat and head out to Inle Lake by passing villages built over the lake, inhabited by local Intha people. Observe the famous leg-rowing fishermen and floating gardens, visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda which contains five sacred Buddha images and the lake’s main sanctuary.
After lunch, visit to Inpawkhone Village to see the hand weaving loom and a cheroot factory, where traditional Burmese cigars are made by hand. Then transfer to hotel, check in and leisure. Overnight in Inle lake.
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Heho airport and flight to Yangon [1:10hr]. On arrival, transfer to hotel and check in. Then visit COLONIAL AREA as the city featuring the faded colonial architecture of the old Post office, The Strand Road, Pansodan Street with Colonial architecture Building and walk up to the Pansodan Bridge to make good photos of colonial area and bustling street. Continue walk to High Court and Mahabandoola Garden including the Independence Monument along the way and Sule Pagoda, heart of City Center.
Afternoon visit to Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, a 70-meter-long reclining Buddha, the feet of the Buddha statue is curved with traditional symbols as its center piece to introduce Myanmar’s unique brand of Buddhism.
Then visit Kandawgyi Park and visit Local Tea Shop for a chance to experience a basic part of Burmese life: drinking tea! Enjoy a coffee or tea with variety of snacks while sitting amongst businessmen, friends and families who gather at the tea shop to socialize or conduct business.
Finally visit to Shwedagon Pagoda – one of the wonders of the world and the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. The local believe that it was built 2500 years ago. The 8-sided central stupa is 99-meters tall, gilded with gold leaf, and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas. Visit around the massive complex and learn why this temple is so revered among locals.
Then back to hotel and overnight in Yangon.
After breakfast at hotel, meet with our guide.
Transfer to Yangon Railway Station to take the local Circular Train journey to the outskirts of town (20-30 minutes ride), to observe the lively and colorful life of the rural Burmese people. Disembark to visit Kyi Myin Daing Market where a variety of street vendors sell colorful wares. Enjoy exploring the market and meeting friendly locals before returning by road to Yangon.
After that visit to Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott’s Market) – the major bazaar of Yangon. It is well known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets, dominated by antique, Burmese handicraft and jewellery shops, art galleries, and clothing stores. (Note: the market is closed on Mondays and public holidays).
Then transfer to International Airport for your departure flight. End of the trip.