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.
Today you’ll embark on a journey to a less explored part of Myanmar i.e.
The west of the country. So you will be transferred to the Yangon domestic airport for your flight to Sittwe, the capital of the Rakhine State which is the gateway to ancient Mrauk U.
Once there you’ll enjoy an impressive boat trip (72 km) for about 5-6 hours on the Kaladan river to the last royal capital of the Rakhine Kingdom, Mrauk-U.
Traditional lunch will be replaced with an exotic picnic on the boat surrounded by river life and an amazing sunset.
After breakfast you’ll take a morning walk to see some famous pagodas: Sek Kya Manaung, Pesi (with its 5 stone Buddha images), Koethaung dating from the 16th Century and known as the 90000 Buddha images temple, Min Khaung Shwegu and Paraoak pagoda.
Built in 1535 and decorated with sandstone the Shithaung temple looks like a fortress with interior tunnels creating a maze-like structure.
You can also visit Andaw Thein and Htukan Thein Temple, Lay Myat Nyar, Longbempyak and Pitakataik.
Not only monuments are famous in Myanmar but also its people so you have the chance to visit a local tribe whose members wear enormous earrings.
A long and exciting journey awaits you today: from Poe Phyu Kyun Village you’ll go to the jetty and then take a boat that will take you along Lay Myo river to Krit Chaung Chin Village.
Here you’ll be impressed by the beautiful Chin women with tattooed faces and by their way of living.
Enjoy a picnic lunch at the river side and admire the river view.
After spending your night in Mrauk-U in the morning you’ll return to Sittwe.
Here you can make a short visit to the fish market where you can find all sorts of fish brought from the Bay of Bengal.
However, your stay will not be long as you’ll have to catch the flight back to Yangon.
You’ll arrive by an early flight to Bagan, so you can spend the morning visiting the Nyaung Oo market to see how rural people live.
Then you’ll discover one of the most impressive religious monuments in Myanmar i.e.
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 domestic airport for your flight to Mandalay. Our Mandalay day tour begins after hotel check in 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.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Mandalay airport for your flight to Heho to continue the Myanmar tour.
A pleasant surprise awaits you here because the elevation of the Shan plateau is roughly 1000 meters above sea level and thus the weather is a bit cooler.
We begin our Inle Lake tour in Heho, from where we start our drive through the stunning Shan landscape to the town of Pindaya. The scenery in this region is amongst the most incredible to be found in the country, with rolling hills, traditional farms and villages displaying a truly spectacular array of colours. Life in the Shan state has remained largely unchanged for decades, and the local population still use traditional methods to cultivate their fertile lands, providing us with a wonderful insight into this untouched corner of Myanmar. One of our first stops is to explore the magnificent limestone caves of Pindaya, which are home to over 8,094 Buddha images and overlook a stunning lake.
Continuing our drive, we visit a traditional Shan paper and parasol factory, where goods are still made by hand using traditional methods. Further along our route, we have the opportunity to taste some delicious locally produced Honey at the Plan Bee Beekeeping Centre. A short drive from here takes us to the former British hill station of Kalaw, one of the areas fascinating colonial towns where we will enjoy a magnificent sunset view from amongst the historic bungalows that dot the landscape. In the evening arrive on Inle Lake an enjoy a quiet evening.
After breakfast, 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.
As 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.
After breakfast, 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! Back to your hotel for the rest of the day at your disposal.
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.
Your Tour to Myanmar has come to an end. We hope you enjoyed your Myanmar Tour!