Places to Visit: Yangon - Hpa An - Mawlamyine - Kyaikhtiyo - Bagan - Inle - Mandalay - Sagaing Yangon
Day 1: Arrive Yangon
Arrive at Yangon International Airport. Welcomed by our well experience tour guide. Yangon sightseeing starts with 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 hotel and stay overnight.
Day 2: Yangon
After breakfast, visit to 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. Ride the local Circular Train to experience the authentic nature of local people. Then proceed to Botahtaung Pagoda at the bank of Yangon river, then city center where Sule Pagoda located to see the bustling life of Yangon and City Hall. After visiting, drive back to hotel and stay overnight.
Day 3: Yangon – Mawlamyine
In the morning after breakfast, you will start the day tour to Mawlamyine. On the way, enjoy the scenic scenery on both side of the road. Upon arrival, you will drive to hotel for check-in. And you will proceed to Kyaikthanlan pagoda which was built in 875 A.D and enshrines the Tripitaka Buddhist manuscripts as well as a hair relic from the Buddha. This pagoda is the highest one in Mawlamyine and stands 150 feet tall on the ridge overlooking the town center. It can be seen for miles especially at night where its lighted brilliance dominates the skyline. From the top of the pagoda, enjoy the excellent 360 panoramic view. Then back to hotel and stay overnight.
Day 4: Mawlamyine
After breakfast, we drive to Thanbyuzayat to see the Death Railway. The ‘Death Railway’, the 424-kilometer-long line was constructed using forced labor in hellish conditions in order to secure Japanese supply lines. An estimated 13,000 allied prisoners of war died during the construction of the Burma Railway, of which just under 3,000 are buried at the cemetery in Thanbyuzayat. The bodies of Americans were repatriated, but the graves of soldiers from a number of other countries,including Australia,UK,Netherlands,, India and a number of Commonwealth countries can be found here.
Then drive back to Win Sein Taw Ya which is the place of the largest reclining Buddha image in the world. The reclining Buddha has 180 meters in length, and 30 meters in height. Inside there are numerous rooms with dioramas of the teachings of Buddhism. Then we proceed to Pa Ouk Taw Ya monastery. Back to hotel and stay overnight in Mawlamyine.
Day 5: Mawlamyine - Hpa An – Kyaik Htiyoo
After breakfast, we drive to Hpa An which is the administrative capital of Kayin State and about 400 kilometres (250 miles) southeast of Yangon. Firstly, we visit to Kawgun Cave. The 7th-century artwork of the Kawgun Cave consists of thousands of tiny clay buddhas and carvings plastered all over the walls and roof of this open craven. Just over a mile away is the Yathaypyan Cave, which contains several pagodas as well as a few more clay wall carvings. If you have a torch you can traverse Yathaypyan Cave, which takes about 10 minutes, after which you’ll emerge at a viewpoint. Then we will proceed to Mt. Zwegabin which stands 800 meters above sea level and Kyauk Ka Lat, a really amazing free-standing outcrop rock in the middle of a lake with the backdrop of Mt Zwegabin and surrounding countryside.
Continue to Kyaikhtiyo, the Golden Rock, a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaves and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff that make the trip truly worth-while and unbelievable. Pilgrimage is at its peak during the Full Moon day of Tabaung in March, when 90,000 candles are lit at the site and the golden boulder shines in the night sky. Enjoy the stunning sunset and beautiful panoramic view from top of the hill. Stay overnight @ Hotel in Kyaikhtiyo.
Day 6: Kyaik Htiyoo – Mt Popa - Bagan
After breakfast, drive to Bagan. On the way, we will visit Mt Popa which is about 50km away from Bagan and it is an extinct volcano that is estimated to have erupted for the final time, over three hundred and twenty thousand years ago. There are many religious and mystical interests which are still prevalent. Popa is popularly recognized as an abode of 37 Nats or Spirits. Upon arrival, you will visit the shrine of 37 Nats. From here, you may climb up the 777 steps to reach the hill top to enjoy the beautiful panoramic view. On the way to Bagan, visit the outskirt of the town where there is a village in the middle of a toddy palm farm. Watch and explore the daily life of the local people how they harvest the juice of the palm tree. Drive to hotel and stay overnight in Bagan.
Day 7: Bagan
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 8: Bagan – Inle
After breakfast, drive to Inle Lake, sitting at about 900 metres above sea level. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 9: Inle
After breakfast, take a boat and experience the diverse and vibrant local life of Inle Lake, where inhabitants maintain centuries old traditions. Drift by the floating villages, temples and gardens, as you ride along this immense lake. See the traditional blacksmiths, learn how to roll a cheroot cigar, one of the local delicacies of Burma. Rolled with a cheroot leaf and tobacco, these cigars also contain a variety of local herbs and spices and are an aromatic experience. Even non-smokers will be affixed watching women systematically roll hundreds with ease. Further visits are made to the great Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda with its five holy Buddha images, the weaving village of Inpawkhon and other interesting sights. The beauty of sunset over the Inle Lake enchants all visitors. Stay overnight at hotel in Inle.
Day 10: Inle – Mandalay
After breakfast, drive to Mandalay. Upon arrival, you will visit Mahamuni Buddha Image with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves. And proceed to hotel and stay overnight in Mandalay.
Day 11: Mandalay - Sagaing
After breakfast, visit Aung Myay Oo Monastic Education Center in Sagaing. Then drive to Mandalay. In the afternoon, we will visit Shwe Nandaw Kyaung or Golden Palace Monastery - a superb example of a traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world's biggest book, consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Among the historical buildings, craftsmen’s workshop like Bronze casting, Marble stone carving, Kalaga tapestries, should be seen. Sunset and panoramic view from Mandalay Hill. Stay overnight at Hotel in Mandalay.
Day 12: Mandalay – Yangon
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Then drive back to Yangon. Transfer to hotel and stay overnight.
Day 13: Yangon (Depature)
Enjoy breakfast at Hotel and free at leisure till it is time to transfer to the airport for your departure flight. We hope you enjoyed your vacation with Myanmar Vision and we look forward to seeing you again for your next trip.
- 12-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