Our classic Yangon city tour starts after breakfast with a visit to the stunning Sule Pagoda, which is thought to date back some 2,600 years to the time of Buddha. From here, we begin our walking tour of downtown Yangon, taking in key the key sights such as the beautiful Armenian Church, St Mary’s Church and the grand Secretariat building, as well as a number of other charming colonial buildings.
After a delicious local lunch, we proceed to the sprawling Bogyoke Market, known affectionately as Scotts Market, where you will have the chance to browse a fascinating selection of traditional handicrafts, jewellery and artwork at leisure. Our next stop is Yangon’s majestic Reclining Buddha proceeding the Royal Kandawgyi Lake. Situated on the southeast corner of the lake, the gold-clad Karaweik Palace is designed to resemble the Pyigyimon royal barge and is one of the city’s most famous landmarks.
Having enjoyed a tour of this magnificent palace, we proceed to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda for sunset. Standing a full 99 meters tall and clad with a staggering array of gold and diamonds, a visit to this sacred Buddhist shrine is a highlight of their visit to Myanmar. Having witnessed the magical sunset from this fantastic viewpoint, we return to your accommodation where our Yangon city tour will conclude.
In the second day transfer to Yangon Airport in the morning for the domestic flight to Bagan . Arrive in Bagan will be welcome by the local station English speaking guide to discover the riches archaeological site in Southeast with two thousands over pagodas and temples and other religious monuments as main hub for Buddhist studies. Upon arrival at Bagan you will let you acknowledge why we let you visit Bagan to the 11st century.
Bagan is one of Asia’s most celebrated archaeological sites, boasting over 2000 unique pagodas, temples and monuments and is, without doubt, a highlight if many people’s Myanmar tour. We start our day with a visit to Bagan’s thriving morning markets for a fascinating insight into daily life in Myanmar. From there, we proceed to our first monument of the day, the magnificent 900-year-old Shwe Zi Gon stupa.
Having explored this marvellous gold-clad monument, we make the short journey to the famous Htilominlo temple. Constructed entirely of red brick and standing at over 150 feet tall, the Htilominlo temple is one of the most recognisable landmarks on the Bagan horizon, and is home to a number of spectacular plaster mouldings. From here, our next stop is the Shwesandaw Pagoda, consisting of five layered terraces and crowned with an intricately decorated stupa.
After a break for lunch, we visit a local workshop to experience first-hand some of Bagan’s famous lacquerware being produced by hand. Returning to the archaeological zone, we next visit the stunning Manuhar temple. One of the oldest temples in Bagan, main attraction of the Manuhar temple is the numerous enormous Buddhas to be found inside, including a unique reclining Buddha. The final stop of our Bagan day tour is at the Hindu temple of Nan Phaya where we can experience intricate carvings depicting the Hindu god Brahma, before experiencing a phenomenal sunset over Bagan from the pagoda.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival to Mandalay airport drive to Mahagandayon, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study.
Our classic Mandalay day tour begins after breakfast with a visit to a traditional Gold Leaf factory where we observe the fine art of creating sheets of gold just a fraction of a millimetre thick. From here, we pay a visit to the giant seated Buddha at the Mahamuni pagoda, before visiting a famous stone carving street to witness local craftsmen at work. After a short stop at a local Jade market, we visit the monks of the grand Shwe In Bin monastery before enjoying a delicious lunch at a traditional restaurant.
In the afternoon, our guided tour of Mandalay continues with a trip to the Shwenandaw monastery. Dating back to 1878, the monastery is famed for its incredible teak carvings of Buddhist myths which line the walls and ceilings. Our next stop is the magnificent Khuthodaw Pagoda, home not only to a beautiful golden stupa but also to the world’s largest book. A short journey up Mandalay Hill takes us to our final stop of the day, from where we can enjoy magnificent views across the city and Ayeyarwady River before returning to your accommodation.
Early morning you are transferred to Mandalay airport after breakfast in your hotel for the flight to Heho. Upon arrival you are greeted with the fair weather because the elevation of Shan plateau is roughly 1000 meter above sea level and drive to Inle lake which takes about 1 hour to reach to the Inle lake where it will take you through the lush green Shan Hill and fascinating landscapes along the road. And then board on your long tail boat excursion on the lake by passing the canal.
After hotel check in, we continue our Inle Lake boat tour, we visit a number of other local industries including a boat making workshop and a traditional Cheroot factory, where this unique style of cigar is still hand rolled using tobacco and tamarind. The Jumping Cat Pagoda and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery are our next stops, before proceeding to the sensational Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. A highlight if many people’s visit to Inle Lake, the pagoda houses 5 gold carvings of Buddha, upon which pilgrims apply small squares of gold leaf as a form of blessing.
The return part of our trip takes us through Inle Lake’s largest floating village at Ywama where we will explore the floating garden and learn more about the Inthar way of life. We then return to our accommodation, where our Inle Lake boat tour will end.
We begin our Inle lake boat tour with a visit to the ‘5 Day Market’ for a fascinating insight into traditional life on Myanmar’s second largest lake. From there, we continue by boat to a traditional silversmith, where we can see intricate items of jewellery being made by hand using traditional methods. The village of Paw Khon is our next stop and is famous locally for its fine silk weaving industry which we will experience first-hand.
After lunch, we enjoy some fresh air with a relaxing boat trip along the river as far as Indein, passing small settlements and numerous fishermen on the way. A small and peaceful village, Indein is known for its exceptional local market and magnificent array of pagodas, many of which date back as far as the 16th century. Such is the number and array of the pagodas that some have even compared them to a forest!
In the morning after breakfast at your hotel in Yangon, transfer to the Yangon International Airport for your onward flight home.
The tour Myanmar has ended of your experience trip to Myanmar and see you off to Yangon International Airport.
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