What can be more tempting than letting yourself immerse in one of Asia's 'forbidden fruit'? Explore the very best of Myanmar through this short but abundant itinerary. With 9 days in Myanmar, we invite you to visit the 'big four' destinations of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake. From glittering religious structures to idyllic natural settings, from vibrant colonial street to authentic local lifestyle, you will explore a place like nowhere else in the world.
Day 01: Yangon, arrival
Day 02: Yangon circular train and city tour
Day 03: Flight Yangon/ Bagan, temples excursion by horse-cart
Day 04: Bagan, visit traditional villages and Kyun Thiri island
Day 05: Bagan, boat to Pakokku - Mandalay
Day 06: Mandalay, city tour - Inwa - Amarapura
Day 07: Flight Mandalay/ Heho - Indein, boat tour to temple complex and handicraft village
Day 08: Inle ebike tour to Red Mount Estate, flight Heho/ Yangon
Day 09: Yangon, departure
Day 01: Yangon arrival
Arrival in Yangon, welcomed by our driver and transfer to hotel in the downtown. Free time for your own discovery of the city to discover the daily life of local residents. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Day 02: Yangon circular train and city tour
Start your city tour with the center of Yangon to be immersed into the charming colonial city:
- Board the local "circular train" that goes around the city to observe the vibrant and colorful life of Yangonnais.
- Visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda and its great Reclining Buddha whose colossal stature
- Continue with the National Museum, the country’s principal cultural museum, which houses an extensive collection of Burmese artifacts.
- When the sun moves slowly westward, stroll along China Town housing decrepit colonial buildings, an abundance of small shops and street vendors .
- End the day with an extended visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments, rises up to 99 meters. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Day 03: Flight Yangon/Bagan, temples excursion by horse-cart
Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, welcomed by our guide and transfer to the hotel. Day dedicated to the discovery of Bagan, the most impressive archaeological site in Asia, a unique architectural heritage in the world.
Enjoy the visit to main temples and pagodas by horse-cart and car: Ananda, one of the most remarkable and venerated temples throughout Myanmar with four standing Buddhas, Dhammayangyi, the largest structure of Bagan dating back to 19th century, Thatbyinnyu, the highest pagoda of the whole Bagan... Late aftrnoon, climb up to a tall temple to watch the sunset and enjoy a panoramic view of the pagodas plain. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Day 04: Bagan traditional villages and Kyun Thiri island
Embark on the morning by a visit to the colorful and lively market of Nyaung U, authentic with its wide variety of goods namely vegetables, meats, crafts and clothes. Back to Bagan, then transfer to Min Nan Thu village and Phwa Saw village, well-noted for the traditional craft of oxcart wheel-making and lacquer ware, two of the best-known handicraft of Myanmar. Stop at a family lacquer ware workshop to watch their producing process.
In the afternoon, board a wooden boat for a short cruise to the outskirts of Bagan where you will delve into the peculiar countryside atmosphere of Kyun Thiri, a small “island” village where time stands still! Take a break at a family house for a cup of tea before visiting the surroundings and the beautiful teak monastery by the riverside. Cruise back to Bagan after an excursion out of the time! Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Day 05: Bagan, boat tour to Pakokku - Mandalay
Greet the morning by boarding a boat tour to Pakokku along the Irrawaddy River (about 2h on boat), an amazing opportunity to experience life on the riverside with the local markets, gardens and traditional villages. Pakokku is well noted as the important commercial center of tobacco and thanaka. First visit a manufacturing factory of cheroot (Burmese handmade cigar) and the local market where sells thanaka (one type of cosmetic made from a local tree which is widely used by Burmese women and children). Afternoon, meet our driver and head up to Mandalay. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
Day 06: Mandalay city tour - Inwa - Amarapura
Day dedicated to explore the cultural capital of Burma. Founded in 1857 by King Mindon, Mandalay is known as the last royal capital of the country until the British arrived in 1885. Visit Royal Palace, a spectacular architecture by its dimensions. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, recognized as the world's largest book with its 729 engraved marble steles and Shwenandaw Monastery with intricate carved teak panels, the most significant building in the history of Mandalay.
Move on the route to Inwa , one out of four ancient capital cities around Mandalay. Take a horse-cart tour around the ruins of Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery (Me Nu Oak Kyaung), Bagaya Monastery and Nanmyint Watch Tower. Continue to Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’ for a walk along the 200 year-old teak bridge U Bein. Enjoy the fabulous views of surrounding farms and Taungthaman Lake showered in sunset. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
Day 07: Flight Mandalay/Heho - Indein, boat tour to temples complex and handicraft villages
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho. On arrival, drive to Inle Lake, an enthralling watery world of Shan state. Contiune to a canoe tour to Indein, enjoy the riverside landscapes along the picturesque stream where water buffaloes are bathing with tranquil villages nearby. On arrival, climb up the hill where the ancient pagodas complex Indein has been located since 17th century. Explore the local craft of Inle Lake such as: the weaving village of
Inpawkhone, the Ywama Floating Village where goldsmith and silversmith are born. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, the monastery of jumping cats (as your wish). Overnight at hotel in Inle.
Day 08: Inle e-bike tour to Red Mountain Estate, flight Heho/Yangon
Morning join a bike tour along the lakeside of Inle to explore the modest and peaceful life of the residents. On the way, stop at Red Mountain Estate Vineyard and Winery to visit the grapes plantation and enjoy some local wine. It must be a very memorable experience for you to be immersed in the romantic atmosphere of sunset tie (budget on your own). Afternoon transfer to the airport for the flight back to Yangon. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Day 09: Yangon departure
Free time before the transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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