Places to Visit: Yangon - Bagan -Yangon
Day 1 Arrive Yangon
Arrive at Yangon International Airport. Welcomed by our well-experienced tour guide. Yangon sightseeing starts with Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, the most well-known Buddhist temple in Yangon where a huge reclining Buddha image is housed. Then proceed to Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments and enjoy your visit to this gorgeous pagoda, which is believed to be 2,500 years old. The central stupa, glittering in the soft evening light, is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues and is considered to be the symbol of Yangon. After visiting, drive back to the hotel and stay overnight.
Day 2 Yangon - Bagan
After breakfast, transfer to airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check-in. Today, you will explore and enjoy Bagan, the first (and very beautiful) capital of the Burmese and founded in the 11th century. This is one of the richest archaeological sites in South-east Asia, situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. We'll wander local markets, historical pagodas, handicraft workshops and ancient temples. Sightseeing starts with the busy Nyaung Oo local market and continue your visit to a diverse selection of the most important Pagodas and temples, such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, Gubyaukkyi, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes, and Ananda Temple with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior. Then visit Htilominlo Pagoda, noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. You will continue wandering the lacquer workshop to explore about the fascinating technique of this art. Visit the famous Thatbyinnyu Pagoda constructed by King Alaungsithu and Shwegugyi Temple also known as "Nandaw Oo Paya" built by King Alaungsithu in 1140 A.D. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples. Stay overnight at Hotel in Bagan.
Day 3 Bagan -Yangon
After breakfast, sightseeing to Manuha Temple, built in Mon Style in 1095, Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument, said to have been the palace of King Manuha and Myinkaba Gubyaukkyi Temple, noted for its ancient mural paintings under the protection of UNESCO, Lawka Nandar Stupa, Sulamani Pagoda meaning "Crowning Jewel" built in 1181 by King Narapati Sithu. Proceed to the biggest Damayangyi Temple, one of the four most important monuments in Bagan and then transfer to airport to take your domestic flight to Yangon. Stay overnight at Hotel in Yangon.
Day 4 Depature
After breakfast, visit Bogyoke (Scotts) Market which is the most popular market and a great tourist destination in Yangon. You can shop souvenir, handicrafts, Jewelry, gems, clothing and foodstuffs. It is one of the precious colonial buildings you can find in Yangon. En route to the airport, stop at Mindhama elephant Camp for a view of White elephant which is a rare kind of elephant and in Myanmar, they have been revered symbols of power and good fortune, as well. Then transfer to airport for your departure from Myanmar. We hope you enjoyed your vacation with Myanmar Vision and we look forward to seeing you again for your next trip.
Balloon Over Bagan
Flying over the unique Bagan area, you will be astounded and amazed by the beauty and diversity of the temples and stupas below you. With the Irrawaddy River, a life-giving companion, to the west and mountains to the east, your flight of a lifetime will carry you over the temples and fields of this historic plain.
Early in the morning, before sunrise, you will be collected from your hotel and taken to one of our carefully selected launch sites, which will give you the very best views of the thousands of temples and stupas that litter the plains of Bagan.
One of our sites is situated on the river bank near Nyaung-Oo U town and the famous Shwezigon pagoda. As you arrive on the site, our dedicated team welcomes you with freshly brewed coffee or tea, croissants and pastries. You will be escorted to your balloon basket where your pilot gives you a thorough safety briefing before commencing to inflate the balloon.
Very soon it’s time to climb on board, rise gently into the morning skies, and greet the sunrise. Slowly and magnificently Bagan reveals its secrets. The breathtaking site of stupa after stupa, in their hundreds, appearing through the delicate mist is quite unforgettable.
Your pilot uses his skills and the ever-changing breezes to navigate close to the most interesting temples. You’ll hear tales such as that of the founder king of Bagan, Anawratha who built the first Buddhist temple, the golden Shwezigon, in 1057 and started the tradition of temple building by his successors, which continued for over 230 years. A balloon flight is the best way to appreciate the entirety of the temple complex and it has been said that on one balloon flight you see far more temples than you would in three whole days from the ground.
To the west take in the immensity of the mighty Irrawaddy River with Taungyi Taung perched on the hilltop above, and catch a glimpse of the volcanic Mt. Popa to the east. Local children wave excitedly as you pass overhead and the traditional lifestyle and housing of the friendly and hospitable Myanmar people is revealed.
As your flight comes to an end, the pilot guides his craft to a safe landing site, where our crew welcome you once again with helping hands. But the experience isn’t over yet and you are invited to celebrate, with your fellow passengers, as your pilot pops open a bottle of chilled sparkling wine and personally signs your flight certificates. Enjoy your drink with some fresh fruit and spend a few more moments with us, whilst the crew pack away the balloon, and savor this magical landscape before being whisked back to your hotel where you will arrive in good time to enjoy your hotel’s breakfast.
Every day is different when it comes to ballooning. The winds change daily and the weather is affected by the seasons. The sun rises later in December than in October or March. The following itinerary is an example of what you may experience with Oriental Ballooning, but times and locations will be confirmed the night before your flight. Please don’t make any time-critical decisions based on this itinerary, for example, trying to catch an early airplane or boat after your flight.
0530 – 0600: We’ll collect you from your hotel in a comfortable car or minibus
0600 – 0615: You’ll meet your pilot, and enjoy pre-flight tea, coffee and pastries. You’ll be given a safety briefing.
0615 – 0630: Watch as the balloons are prepared by the trained crew and inflated by the experienced British pilots
0630 – 0645: All aboard! Climb into the basket and prepare for takeoff!
0645 – 0730: Enjoy the amazing experience of floating over this amazing historical area with its temples, stupas and other beautiful sights.
0730 – 0800: Celebrate your safe return to earth with a drink of chilled sparkling wine, served with fruit. Receive your personal flight certificate, signed by your pilot
0800 – 0830: Return to your hotel in time for breakfast
- 3-night accommodation based on twin sharing room with daily breakfast
- Private transfer and transportation during tour as per itinerary
- Domestic flight tickets
- English speaking throughout/ station guide service
- All entrance & zone fees
- Porter charges at airport
- Entry Visa if needed
- Meals except where specified
- International airfare and tax (if any)
- Travel & Health Insurance
- Optional tours
- Any other expenses which are not specified in the package/ itinerary