Route: Yangon– Inle Lake – Mandalay – Bagan– Ngapali Beach – Yangon
Start from: Yangon
End at: Yangon
- 12 days and 11 nights of full Myanmar exploration
- Discover the ancient and colonial past of Yangon
- Learn about the 70-meter reclining Buddha
- Explore the Kandawgyi Park
- Visit the famous Shwedagon Pagoda
- Visit the world’s biggest book in Mandaly
- Visit various pagodas at Mandalay
- Explore the wonderful sites surrounding Inle Lake
- Visit the ancient and present wonders of Bagan
- Enjoy a relaxing time at Ngapali Beach
Explore the wonderful sites of Yangon and other famous places of Myanmar in this 12-day trip across the country. You will have a unique experience of visiting ancient sites, amazing Buddha statues, and centuries-old monuments. You will also experience the best of what Myanmar can offer, plus a chance to relax in the amazing Ngapali Beach.
Day 1: Yangon Arrival & Sightseeing ( -, -, -)
After pick up from the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. After having a break in your hotel in the afternoon, the KandawGyilake together with the Karaweik Park, and then the reclining Buddha in mega size named ChaukHtatGyi, which is 256 feet (About 70 Meters) long. Around the precinct of reclining Buddha, there are monasteries, which you could visit at your own choice. Finally you will visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is the image of Myanmar or the guardian image of all people. Shwedagon is shining in its gold with the height of 326 feet about 100 meters high, the whole stupa is decorated with gold leaves and plates with a crown or umbrella decorated with thousands and thousands of jewelleries. Visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda during the sunset is a wonderful moment to enjoy the alteration of lustre and the tones of its gold colour according to the brightness of the sun could last in your forever lasting memory.
Overnight in Yangon
(Your hotel room is available from about 2.00pm available. Your luggage may already be parked in the hotel and is a former reference of rooms subject to availability on arrival.)
Day 2: Yangon – Heho – Inle Lake ( B, - ,- )
After breakfast, transfer to Airport for a flight to Heho where a scenic one-hour drive leads to NyaungShwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. Start with a visit to the NyaungShwe morning market where locals gather every morning to buy and sell fresh produce from the lake and its surroundings. Take a tour by local trishaw the bustling canal and watch the boats unload their produce for distribution to markets around the country. Visit the ‘tomato house’, a warehouse where produce is sorted and priced for sale. Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat for a river cruise past Intha villages built on stilts over the lake and floating garden. Also, observe the leg-rowing fishermen. Visit PhaungDawOo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, housing five sacred Buddha images covered too much in gold leaf and make the Buddha Images to disappear its, original shape and form instead become look like a big chunk of Golden Mushroom. Then return to land for your overnight stay.
Overnight in Inle Lake
Day 3: Inle Lake (B, - , - )
After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages so as to be accessible to lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day).Travel by boat to the Pa-oh Ethnic village of In Dein. Strolling around the village, visiting a local school and the beautiful AlaungSitthou area, Climb the covered to the top of a hill which is filled with ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below. Return to your boat continues along the lake for additional sightseeing before returning to your hotel this afternoon.
Overnight in Inle Lake
Day 4: Inle Lake – Heho – Mandalay (B, -, - )
After breakfast, you will transfer by boat to NyaungShwe and by road to Heho Airport for the flight to Mandalay.Upon your arrival, your guide will meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel for check in. After a short break, you will start your tour with a visit to the top of Mandalay Hill, rising 240 metres above the city. This is an excellent opportunity for a grand overview of Mandalay. At the base of the hill, stop to visit ShweNandawKyuang, noted for its intricate wood carvings and Kayuk Taw Gyi Pagoda, home to a huge marble Buddha. Finally, visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, considered ‘the world’s largest book’, housing a collection of more than 700 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. Dinner at Local restaurant or at Hotel, according to your preference.
Overnight in Mandalay
Day 5:Mandalay – Ancient Cities (B, -, -)
After breakfast, you start an excursion around Mandalay to explore the former capitals of Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura. This morning, you drive to Ava Jetty and take a boat across to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries, where a short ferry ride will take you across the river for a horse and carriage tour. Visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. There are many small villages located amid Ava’s ruins and as you travel by horse and cart you’ll get a glimpse of local life in the Burmese countryside. Then continue to Sagaing crossing a bridge over the Irrawaddy River, the religious center of Myanmar. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, it is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers. You will visit pagodas such as Swan OoPonNya Shin and U Min ThoneSae. You’ll also visit Sagaing’s market, for a range of items for sale including locally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts. Continue to Return toward the city and stop at Amarapura, the ‘City of Immortality’. Visit a silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products and Mahagandayon monastery, home to over one thousand monks. Then, continue on for a stroll across the 200 year old, teak U Bein Bridge. 1.2 kilometers in length, it is the world’s longest teak span.
Overnight in Mandalay
Day 6: Mandalay -Bagan (B , - , -)
Depending on your departure time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and brought to your hotel for check in and a short rest. Your tour today begins with a visit to Thagyar Pone Temple, a temple with spectacular Next continue to Ananda Temple, one of the most revered temples in Bagan. Afterwards travel to Myinkaba Village to see the lifestyleof locals and visit Gubyaukgyi Temple which is noted for its beautiful mural paintings on the interior walls and well-preserved plaster carvings on the exterior. Nearby is Manuha Temple donated by the KingManuha whowas the owner of Buddhist Scripture for which he was declared to the war and finally captured by the founderofBagan King Anawrahta and the prison for the king Manuha called Nan Paya Temple, two smaller temples with Buddha statues and stone work. Take a break for lunch (own account) and return to your hotel for a short rest, escaping the extreme heat of the midday sun. This afternoon, visit a monastery to receive a special blessing by the local monks. Visit a lacquer ware shop and watch as local craftsmen make beautiful house wares using centuries old techniques.
Overnight in Bagan
Day 7: Bagan( B, -, -)
Today visit the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan’s rich history. Along with Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple exists with exquisite jataka mural paintings. Using flashlights, explore KyanSitthar Cave temple- walking through the tunnel-like corridors and viewing the fading paintings on the ceiling. A customized program, based on your interests, will be developed by your guide for the remainder of the day.An exclusive dinner this evening is sure to be a highlight of your holiday in Myanmar. Transfer to the riverbank and continue by boat to a sandbank in the middle of the Irrwaddy River where a table with traditional Burmese decor and romantic lighting is set up. Relax with a cocktail and then feast on freshly prepared, delicious cuisine on your private sandbank.
Overnight in Bagan
Day 8: Bagan – Thandwe – Ngapali Beach (B, - , - )
This morning is at your leisure until transferring to the Nyaung U Airport for your flight to ThandweAirport.Upon arriving at Thandwe Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to Ngapali Beach, a 20 minute drive. Ngapali Beach is a quiet 3-kilometer stretch of white sands lined by coconut palms. The warm, clear waters are perfect for water sports such as snorkeling and there are several small islands around which can be reached by boat.
Overnight in Ngapali.
Day 9: Ngapali Beach (B,- , - )
Enjoy full days at leisure in Ngapali. Daily breakfast is served and there are options for snorkeling, boat trips or bike rides.
Overnight in Ngapali
Day 10: Ngapali Beach (B, - ,- )
Enjoy leisure at the beach.
Overnight in Ngapali
Day 11: Ngapali Beach – Thandwe – Yangon (B, - ,-)
Spend the morning on the beach before departing to Thandwe airport for your afternoon flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to check in your hotel and rest for a while, then you will visit the historical "Scott Market", where you can see the life of people and local products like woven materials, wood and stone carvings, jewellery and gems. Then proceed to walk through the Indian district, where you can see their daily life by selling all kinds of old and junks for electrical appliances, those seems to be worthless but eventually not for some particular customers. Afterwards, you continue to Sule Pagoda, the spot that represents the Centre of Yangon, where you will be surrounded by the High Court, Immanuel Church, Islamic Moresque and Sule Pagoda. You will see the city hall as well as the independence monument. From there, you will enjoy Walking along the Pansodan road, where colonial buildings line up on your both sides, which bring back the image of colonial era. On the way, you can also visit the historical hotel named "Strand Hotel", which was built since 1901 and is on the list of the hotel is list of the Yangon City Heritage. If you like, you can have a cup coffee or tea (at your own account) in the cafe of the legendary Strand Hotel. Then proceed to the Pansodan Jetty passing by the central post office. And finish your day with a visit to Botahtaung Jetty and Bothahtaung pagoda, which is an ancient arrival port of entry to Yangon.
Overnight in Yangon
Day 12: Yangon Departure (B, -, - )
Today is free at leisure until being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
(Your hotel room is available until 12:00. If you are departing later, you can ask the hotel to keep the luggages. A late check-out is possible upon availability with some charge.)
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