Route: Myawaddy – Golden Rock – Yangon – Bagan, Mt. Popa – Mandalay – Pindaya – Inle Lake – Keng Tong - Tachileik
Start from: Myawaddy
End at: Tachileik
- Enjoy breathtaking beauty of Hpa An
- Amazing Golden Rock
- Get into the heart of culture and religious spirituality at Mandalay
- Explore thousands of ancient structures in Bagan
- Climb the 777 stairs to the temple at Mt. Popa
- Explore the various sites at Inle Lake
- Learn the life style of Hill tribes in border region
Day 1: Myawaddy - Golden Rock
Upon arrival at Myawaddy - Mae Sot border check-point, your guide will meet and help you with necessary documents. After a short break, head out to Hpaan – a small city with beautiful landscapes. Take a short sightseeing tour around the city with a visit of Kyaikalatt – a small rock hill, Lombumni Garden and Kyauk Talon.
Then, continue onto Golden Rock. Along the way, make a stop at Kawgun caves to explore the ancient wall carvings. Upon arrival in Golden Rock, go up to the rock by walking on a footpath through a bamboo forest or travelling by a small open truck. Take your time to admire the breathtaking Golden Rock- one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in Burma.
Overnight at Hotel on the Mountain
Day 2: Golden Rock - Bago – Yangon (B)
Try to get up early this morning to walk around the hill and take in the tranquil atmosphere of the Golden Rock and then turn back to your hotel for breakfast. Afterwards, transfer to the base camp and continue driving back to Yangon. En- route, stop at Bago and enjoy a sightseeing tour with a visit to some highlights including Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Myo Ma Local Market, Kyaikpun Pagoda, Chinese Kwanyin Temple, Kanbawzathardi Palace of King Bayinnaung and Allied War Memorial Cemetery. Then proceed to your hotel in Yangon.
Overnight in Yangon
Day 3: Yangon Sightseeing (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, first you will visit the Bothahtaung Jetty and Bothahtaung pagoda, which is an ancient arrival port of entry to Yangon. Then proceed to the Pansodan Jetty passing by the central post office. 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. Then you continue walking around the historical buildings, which bring back the image of colonial era. Walking along the Pansodan road, where colonial buildings line up on your both sides, till you get 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. 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. After having a break in your hotel in the afternoon, visit the KandawGyi Lake together with the Karaweik Park. 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 luster and the tones of its gold colour according to the brightness of the sun could last in your forever lasting memory.
Overnight in Yangon
Day 4: Yangon – Bagan (B)
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. On arrival, check in at the hotel and take a rest for a moment. On arrival, transfer to the hotel and take a rest for a moment. Your journey begins with a visit an elevated temple from where you will have a panoramic view of the magnificent plains of Bagan. Continue with a visit to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan’s rich history. Then, visit to nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. Afterward, visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts.
From here, travel by horse cart for a tour passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple.
Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.
Overnight in Bagan
Day 5: Bagan Sightseeing (B)
After breakfast, visit the colorful NyaungOo Market where villagers gather every day to buy and sell their produce and other goods. Continue to Myinkaba village and take a short walking tour to explore the temples of Manuha and Nan Paya. Explore more temples in the area, visit more craft shops or return to your hotel for a break to relax from the midday heat.
This afternoon, continue to the rural village of Minnanthu, one of Bagan’s least visited areas. Here you will explore temples such as Payathonzu, Lemyentha and Nandamannya before heading to the riverside pier. Board a local boat for a slow cruise down the Irrawaddy River. As you cruise the waters, observe the lifestyle of the fishermen and riverside villagers as well as enjoying the unique perspective of Bagan’s temples. Return to your hotel this evening.
Overnight in Bagan.
Day 6: Bagan - Mount Popa – Mandalay (B)
After breakfast, drive to Manday by car. En route, you will stop to visit the great Mount Popa which reaches a height of 700 meters, The extinct volcano is home of the Nat ghosts. Fit and healthy persons climb up 777 stairs to the temple which is on top of the Crag of Mt Popa. You are rewarded with a fantastic view over the landscape. Later you arrive Mandalay.
Overnight in Mandalay
Day 7: Mandalay Sightseeing (B)
Today we start with a visit to Sagaing. Boasting over 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is considered to be the religious centre of Myanmar. As such, it is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers. Immerse yourself in this spiritual heritage visiting pagodas such as Swan OoPonNya Shin and U Min ThoneSae. You will visit Sagaing’s local market and discover locally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts. Next, stop at a small pottery village for a demonstration of creating the water pots found throughout Myanmar.
Next, drive along the Irrawaddy River to Mingun to the unfinished MingunPahtodawqyi, left as such after an astrologer predicted the King’s would die should the temple be completed. Then, see the 90 ton Mingun Bell, considered the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell.Continue your visit at the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda resembling the mythical Mount Meru. Enjoy lunch on your return boat ride.
Your next stop will lead you to Amarapura, the ‘City of Immortality’. Visit a silk weaving workshop producing exquisite handmade products, then visit Mahagandayon monastery, home to over one thousand monks. Take a stroll along the 200 year old teak U Bein Bridge. The bridge was constructed of 984 teak posts that were once part of the deserted Inwa Palace and it is 1.2 kilometers in length making it the world’s longest teak span. Enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams. Return to Mandalay late this afternoon.
Overnight in Mandalay
Day 8: Mandalay – Heho, Drive to Inle Lake via Pindaya (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, take a flight to Heho in order to visit Pindaya, Southern Shan State. Upon your arrival to Heho, from here you will transfer to Pindaya for a 2 hours drive.
En route to Pindaya, stop in the junction town of Aung Ban where you will visit the ‘wholesale’ market. Here, you will find piles and piles of regional produce such as ginger, onions, chilies, potatoes, cabbage and other seasonal vegetables. Then turn off the main road and head north toward Pindaya. This is a very scenic road and there will be stops made to take photos of the landscapes if you wish. Depending on arrival time in Pindaya, go for lunch at a local restaurant or to your hotel for check in (early check in subject to room availability)
This afternoon visit the town’s famous Pindaya Caves. Nestled on a hillside, the cave consists of many chambers filled with hundreds of Buddha statues. Before returning to the hotel, stop to visit a local workshop making umbrellas and paper from local materials.Then, transfer to NyaungShwe, jetty town of Inle Lake. It will take you around 2.30 hrs to get to NyaungShwe. On arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Inlelake (or) hotel at NyaungShwe and check-in.
Overnight at the hotel
Day 9: Inle Lake Sightseeing (B)
This morning after breakfast, board a private boat on Inle Lake to explore the sites around. As you cross the lake, you will discover the stilted houses and observe the leg-rowing fishermen. Marvel at the floating gardens and visit PhaungDawOo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Continue to NgaHpeChaung Monastery, which houses dozens of Shan Buddha Images. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and visit a cheroot factory to see Burmese cigars are rolled by hand.
Return to NyaungShwe or hotel in Inlelake and take a rest.
Overnight at the hotel
Day 10: Inle Lake - Drive to Keng Tung (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Heho airport for your flight to Keng Tong, Eastern Shan State. Take a short orientation tour of the town if time allows, discovering the tea shops, and the central lake.
Overnight in Keng Tung
Day 11: Keng Tung Sightseeing (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, start sightseeing in Keng Tung. Take a city tour around Keng Tung and its colonial buildings and temples. Walking on the streets, you can see many people of different religions, from Buddhism, Christian and Animism with colorful clothing. Spend whole morning visiting the most prominent sites of Keng Tung including Mahamyatmuni Buddha image, the most impressive Wat Jong Kham Pagoda and its gilded Buddha. Complete the day in the sunset of Shan monasteries in the downtown and R.C.M church.
Overnight in Keng Tung
Day 12: Ho Kyin Village (B)
In the second day at Keng Tung, you will visit the central market to immerse in the bustling atmosphere of vendors with various kinds of goods. Leaving the market, take an excursion to Ho Kyin village to explore the local life of Akha and Lahu hill tribes.
Afterwards, head back to Keng Tung to visit a local lacquerware factory and enjoy sunset.
Overnight in Keng Tung
Day 13: Keng Tung – Tachileik (B)
Today, drive to Tachileik and cross the border to Thailand.
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