A journey to Myanmar means exploring an incredibl scenic and cultural diversity; Myanmar’s rich landscapes are home to fabulous archaeological ruins and smiling, friendly people, some of the most breathtaking temple architecture in Asia, the Last Myanmar Kingdom, Mandalay and the fascinating lakeside communities on Lake Inle, whose floating gardens and ageless traditions recall a time long past.
7 Days Tour Myanmar: A journey to Myanmar means exploring an incredible scenic and cultural diversity; Myanmar’s rich landscapes are home to fabulous archaeological ruins and smiling, friendly people, some of the most breathtaking temple architecture in Asia, the Last Myanmar Kingdom, Mandalay and the fascinating lakeside communities on Lake Inle, whose floating gardens and ageless traditions recall a time long past.
You are warmly welcomed to Myanmar, the Golden Land! Upon arrival at the Yangon International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. On the way you will notice how quickly our country is changing.
Yangon is still the Green Garden City and the biggest commercial center and city in Myanmar. After check in at your hotel and a brief freshening up we will begin our tour of the city.
In the afternoon you’ll enjoy a walk in the colonial part of the city that will lead you to the Sule pagoda with Mon architecture adjacent to Yangon City Hall and the Independence Monument while having a glimpse of the Myanmar culture, traditions and people.
After this downtown tour we will continue with the highlights of the city. We will start by visiting the Chaukhtetgyi 72-meter long reclining Buddha image.
Next you will encounter the Shwedagon Pagoda which will leave you in wonder for a few moments just to impress you even more at sunset when its gold reflections create an unforgettable moment. When you get down to earth you will be ready to enjoy a traditional dinner at a local restaurant.
The next morning you will be transferred to the Yangon domestic airport for your flight to Bagan where you’ll discover the richest archaeological site in Southeast Asia with over two thousands pagodas, temples and other religious monuments that make this place a center for Buddhist studies.
In order to submerge gradually into a long gone world, you’ll start your first day in Bagan with a visit to the local market to see true rural life. As there are so many pagodas and temples in Bagan, it is impossible to see all of them so you’ll be guided to the most outstanding and important temples which are Shwezigon pagoda dating from the 11th century and being the prototype of Myanmar later stupas, Wetgyi Inn Gubyaukgyi with fine mural painting and Sulamuni temple for the beautiful plaster carving.
Your guide will inform you of all the different aspects, architectural styles and history of each temple you visit. In the late afternoon, you’ll visit Nanphaya temple famous for its sand stone, Manuha temple and Myingaba Gubyaukgyi temple with preserved early 12th century mural painting included in the UNESCO World Heritage.
For a perfect end of the day enjoy the sunset from these ancient pagodas.
Optional: Experience the magic of Bagan and a thousand years of history from the enchanting platform of a hot air balloon; for the first time ever, “Balloons Over Bagan” and “Oriental Ballooning” offers visitors exclusive sunrise champagne flights over the ancient pagodas of Bagan from October to March (requires pre-booking).
Reaching the Dhammarazaka pagoda is definitely the place to be for a panoramic view of old Bagan from where you can admire all the different pagodas & temples.
The best way to understand the world of Gods is to explore the world of their followers and that’s why you’ll have the chance to visit the local villages to see how common people live and work and to chat with them and take part in their daily life.
You will also learn how traditional lacquerware is made which is the main regional product of Bagan. In the afternoon you will be amazed by the Ananda temple – an architectural masterpiece with four standing Buddha images in the central core.
If you want to have a different perspective of the ancient sites and to get a real feel of the desert landscape then a horse carriage that will take you on narrow dirt roads is the best option.
In the evening you can enjoy a river cruise on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River at sunset. Enjoy the dinner at a local restaurant with Puppet Show entertainment!
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Mandalay. From the Mandalay airport you’ll make a short stop at Mahagandayon – a famous Buddhist monastery where more than a thousand monks live and study.
Since its early days the city has been renowned for its silk and cotton weaving techniques so it’s mandatory to visit a traditional hand-woven silk workshop before proceeding to Bagaya Monastery – a compound with a superb collection of Buddha statues.
After a short stop at a major arts and crafts center and at Kalaga tapestry craftsmen’s shop and marble stone carving you will admire the most revered religious monument in Myanmar, the Mahamuni Buddha Image.
After so many new impressions you’ll find it useful to refresh yourself in your hotel room and then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Golden Palace Monastery – a superb example of traditional wood work and Kuthodaw pagoda known as the world’s largest book.
There’s no better way to end the day than reaching Mandalay hill for a panoramic view of the city at sunset.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Mandalay airport for your flight to Heho.
A pleasant surprise awaits you here because the elevation of the Shan plateau is roughly 1000 meter above sea level and thus the weather is a bit cooler.
So you’ll have enough energy for the drive to the Inle Lake which takes about 1 hour and takes you through the lush green Shan Hill and fascinating landscapes along the road.
Start your morning at the 5-day market and watch the Hill Tribes who come there to sell their products and buy what they need.
Then you’ll cross the lake along the canal to Shwe Inn Dain while experiencing some montagne russe sensations on the way.
Shwe Inn Dain is a historical treasure with more than one thousand pagodas on the small hill lock. You are now ready to enjoy lunch at a restaurant on the lake.
You won’t leave this magic landscape without learning the secrets of lotus fabric and silk weaving.
You won’t be so willing to collect all your luggage early in the morning but you’ll have to get ready for the transfer to Nyaung Shwe jetty by boat and then for the drive to the Heho airport to catch the Yangon flight.
Back in Yangon you’ll have to think of souvenirs and what better place to buy them than at Bogyoke Market. This market will make your head spin with all the offers and temptations.
In the afternoon you will feel once again the colonial atmosphere of the Strand Hotel built in 1896 (known as Rafele Hotel in Singapore and Oriental in Bangkok) while sipping a tea, having a coffee or drinking a Dagon draught beer.
Imagine floating over thousand-year old pagodas and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy river, watching the sun rise slowly from the distant mountains. This wonder lasts about one hour and takes off daily from October through to end of March. There are no age restrictions about who is allowed on board. Passengers should be fit enough to climb in and out of the platform and be able to stand for about an hour. Young children, disabled persons and pregnant women may be limited to very calm weather conditions.