Places to Visit: Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo - Bago -Yangon - Mt.Popa - Bagan - Mandalay - Minngun - Sagaing - Mandalay - Monywa - Maymyo - Lashio - Sibaw - Mandalay - Pindaya - Inle Lake - Yangon - Chaung Tha Beach - Yangon
Day 1: Arrive Yangon
Arrive at Yangon International Airport. Welcomed by our tour guide. Transfer to Hotel. Yangon sightseeing includes 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. Then proceed to “Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda” it is the fourth largest colossal reclining image in Myanmar and 67m long. In the evening, visit the most magnificent and spectacular religious edifice, Shwedagon Pagoda before the sun set and enjoy the beauty stupa while it changes the shining of gold in different tones according to the radiant of the setting sun. Stay overnight @ Hotel in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo
After an early breakfast, drive to Kin Pun “base camp” approximately 194km and takes about 5 hours. Upon reaching Kinpun Base Camp after 2-hour drive, you will be transferred into open trucks for a spectacular ride up the Hermit Hill Base Camp. 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 3: Kyaikhtiyo - Bago -Yangon
After breakfast, back to Yangon, via Bago [110 km/8 hours]. Bago sightseeing includes “Kanbawzathardi Palace” the famous palace of King Bayinnaung (1551-1581 A.D.) is being extensively excavated and some buildings are being rebuilt. “Shwemawdaw Pagoda” was originally built by the Mon to a height to 23 meters in the 8th century and was rebuilt higher several times until it finally reached its present 114-meter stature in 1954, the highest pagoda in Myanmar. “Shwethalyaung Pagoda” Built in 994 A.D by King Mingadippa, It is 55 meters long and 16 meters high, another biggest reclining Buddha image in Myanmar built during 9th century. “Kyaik Pun Pagoda” It was built by King Dhamma Zedi in 1476 A.D, four gigantic Buddha images all in sitting posture facing the four cardinal points of the compass. After sightseeing, proceed to Yangon. Arrive Yangon and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at Yangon.
Day 4: Yangon - Bagan
After breakfast, transf er 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 5: Bagan - Popa - Bagan
After breakfast, drive to Mt. Popa which is about 50km away from Bagan. Mt. Popa 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 back 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. Then proceed to the biggest Damayangyi Temple, one of the four most important monuments in Bagan and enjoy the stunning sunset from the upper terrace of one of the temples. Stay overnight at Hotel in Bagan.
Day 6: Bagan - Mandalay - Mingun
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Airport for domestic to Mandalay. Drive to hotel for check-in. Then we will embark for a boat trip up the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to the riverside village of Mingun, enjoying the picturesque scenery of this river and the lifestyles of the local people who live and work on these waters. Upon arrival, visit the Mingun Bell, which weight more than 87 tons and is more than 3.7m (12 ft) tall. It's the world's largest uncracked bell and it's in good ringing condition. Then continue to the Pathodawgyi Paya, built as one of the world’s largest pagodas by King Bodaw Paya and Myatheindan Zedi. Then back to Hotel in Mandalay and stay overnight.
Day 7: Mandalay - Sagaing - Monywa
Leave by coach for Monywa, a commercial center of Chindwin Valley. On the way, visit to Mahagandaryone Monastery, situated in Amarapura near the famous U Bein Bridge. Mahar Ganadayon religious institute is one of the largest teaching monasteries in Myanmar. The monastery has more than 3,000 monks in different ages including some very young novices. The monastery was founded around 1914 and came to be known as a centre for monastic study and strict religious discipline. The main purpose to visit here is to watch the monks lined up along the road at 11:00am and have their main daily meal. The place is always crowded with tourists and local visitors, U Bein Bridge which is about 1.2km in length of wooden bridge. It is the longest teak bridge in the world and is about two centuries old. Sightseeing on the way to Sagaing by passing Ava Bridge. Visit Khaungmhudaw Pagodas, the enormous dome rises 46 m (151 feet) in the shape of a perfect hemisphere and was modeled after the Mahaceti Pagoda in Ceylon & Sagaing Hill, once you cross the Ava Bridge, you see the hilltops each crested with a pagoda. It is known as a peaceful place for Buddhist studies and also a place one can enjoy the magnificent views over Sagaing. Then proceed to Monywa and drive to Kyaukkar Village which is about 20 miles east of Monywa to explore the Lacquerware home industries, Shweguni, a Pagoda dating back to the 14th century and famous for its magnificent architecture. Stay overnight at Hotel in Monywa.
Day 8: Monywa - Mandalay
Transfer to Jetty and cross the Chindwin River by boat. Drive to Pho Win Hill, located on the west bank of Chindwin river and 25 kilometers west of Monywa. There are about 900 sandstone caves which contains many carved Buddha images and well preserved mural paintings. There are wonderful mural paintings in vivid colour representing Burmese life and Jataka stories. This hill is thought to be South East Asia's richest collection of Buddhist mural paintings and images. Shwe Ba Taung, just beyond the Pho Win Hill. It is well-known for its wood and stone sculptures and mural paintings. Then proceed to Thanbuddhe Temple, one of the major tourist attractions in Monywa, built in M.E 1301 (AD 1940) by Mohnyin Sayadaw. It was dedicated to the 512028 Buddhas who became enlightened during Gotama Buddha births in the cycle of Samsara, Boddhitataung Pagoda where there are one thousand Bodhi Trees and each tree has a large Buddha Image underneath. Drive back to Mandalay. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Mandalay - Maymyo
Drive to Maymyo, a popular hill station about 69km away from Mandalay. It is well known for its colonial style houses with large compound, pine trees, eucalyptus and silver-oak abound in town. Delightfully cool and pleasant the whole year round. Visit Botanical Garden, founded in 1915 and maintained 435-acre botanical garden features more than 480 species of flowers, butterfly museum and hundreds of wild orchids from different parts of the country were collected and displayed in the Orchid Green House. The garden thus became one of the world class botanical gardens. Then proceed to Purcell Tower which stands in the heart of the town. The clock at the tower was one of the few made in 1934 by Gillete and Johnson Co. of England in commemoration of the Silver Jubilee of the reign of King George V of Britain. We will also visit to British colonial houses and Christian churches in Maymyo which are worthwhile to view. Stay overnight at the hotel in Maymyo.
Day 10 Maymyo - Lashio
Enjoy the breakfast at hotel. Then you will be transferred to Railway Station to take an unforgettable train ride to Lashio. The highlight about this trip is the most spectaculars scenic views of the Shan plateau and you will get you a thrilled experience while crossing the world famous Gokteik Viaduct, 100-years old bridge built by British Bombay Burma Company. Upon arrival to Lashio, visit around the town to see the daily life of local people. Then transfer to hotel and stay overnight.
Day 11 Lashio - Sibaw - Maymyo
Drive to Maymyo. En-route visit Sibaw, which is a self-sufficient village deep in Myanmar’s Shan State, Hsipaw offers a taste of real Burmese village life. And visit famous Bawgyo Pagoda, a Shan-style pagoda from the 12th century. It is ancient monument reputed to be more than 2000 years old. Then Proceed to Maymyo and overnight at hotel.
Day 12 Maymyo - Mandalay
After breakfast, depart for Mandalay. Sightseeing starts with Mandalay Royal Palace, located in the heart of Mandalay city. The artistic workmanship and handicrafts depicting the glory of the golden age of the days gone by is still amazing, awe inspiring and the beholder will be spelt bound with wonder. There is also a moat surrounding the palace and it serves as a good protection from enemy assault of those days. Then visit Mahamuni Buddha Image with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves, Gold-leaf beating workshop, 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 13 Mandalay - Heho - Pindaya - Inle
After breakfast, transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight to Heho and proceed to Pindaya to see Pindaya Cave, containing over 8,000 depictions of the Buddha dating back as far as 1750, the Pindaya Cave is a constantly growing gallery of peaceful statuary. Then drive to Inle Lake, sitting at about 900 metres above sea level. Stay overnight at Hotel
Day 14 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 working silver all, 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.
Day 15 Inle - Heho -Yangon
After breakfast, transfer to Heho Airport for Domestic flight to Yangon. En route to hotel, 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 proceed 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. Transfer to Hotel and overnight there.
Day 16 Yangon - Chaungtha Beach
After breakfast, drive to Chaungtha which is a small village and beach resort and is about 5 hours’ drive from Yangon. Check in at the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. The beach is popular with locals but increasing tourists nowadays. There are classic beach activities aplenty in Chaung Tha, including horse riding, bicycle and quad bike hire and inflatable rings. For the more adventurous, the beach has several offshore islands that can be visited nearby, explore and snorkel around, and it also offers various delicious fresh seafood.
Day 17 Chaungtha Beach
Enjoy a free day of leisure for relaxing and swimming.
Day 18 Chaungtha Beach - Yangon
Breakfast at Hotel. Then return to Yangon, and check in to the hotel. Afternoon free at leisure on your own for sightseeing and shopping. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Day 19 Yangon Departure
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.
- 18-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