Places to Visit: Yangon - Bagan - Mindat – Mt. Vitoria - Chin Villages - Bagan - Mandalay - Amarapura-Sagaing - Mingun - Inle lake - Yangon
Day 1 Yangon / Arrival
Arrive at Yangon International Airport. Welcomed by our well experience 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 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 - Pakkoku - Mindat
After breakfast, drive to Mindat via Pakokku which takes about 7 hrs from Bagan. We will be taking the direct route from Pauk to Mindat, initially crossing the rain shadow plains of Ayeyarwaddy and through teak forested hills towards Mindat. Arrive Mindat and check in at a simple guest house available with very basic accommodation. Stay overnight at Mindat.
Day 4 Mindat
After breakfast, sightseeing around Mindat area. You’ll have a chance to see the chin women with Tatoo face, attractive amber necklaces, houses decorated with animal skull and their ways of life. Chin culture is renowned for its strong ethnic identity with a similar tattoo culture to that of Polynesian people. The people living in the town and its nearby villages still maintain the Chin culture and tradition. Unspoiled dense rain forests and tall pine trees surrounded the small town. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 5 Mindat - Kya Do village (car+trek)
There is no rush today, our car will drive us to Che Chaung and continue our journey by car towards Ayesakhan village. Then trek about 3 hours to Kya Do village with its strong Chin culture. Along the way there are colorful villages and great views towards. Mt Victoria. Enjoy the panoramic view from the top. After exploring the area, drive back to Mindat and overnight there.
Day 6 Mindat - Mt. Victoria - Kanpalet
After breakfast, drive to Kanpalet which is a small town with a population of a few thousands and situated about 1,370 meters above the sea level at the Southern Chin State. It is 80 kilometers away from Mindat and one of the two gateways to climb the Mt. Victoria. You can visit the women with tattoo on their faces in the town and explore the daily life of local people. The cool climatic condition on the hill will be lovely for you and enjoy the quiet night.
Day 7 Kanpalet - Chauk - Bagan
Morning after breakfast, say good-bye to all the staff in the resort and the beautiful Chin Hill. Drive down the hill leading to central Myanmar. View and landscape are completely changed. Getting warmer with sparse forest. Around Chauk & near Bagan, you will see many oil mines in the semi-desert flat plain dotted with acacia, cactus and low bushes. Arrive Bagan. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.
Day 8 Bagan - Mandalay - Amarapura - Sagaing - Mandalay
After breakfast drive to airport to take the flight to Mandalay (appr:20 minutes). Upon arrival, drive to Maha Gandayon Monastery in Amarapura to see hundreds of monks line up for daily meals at 10:15am and visit famous U Bein bridge which is 1.2 kilometers long and is the longest teakwood bridge in the world. Then drive to Sagaing, located on the bank of Ayeyarwady river, 20 km to the southwest of Mandalay. Continue to Sagaing Hill, where there are a lot of small pagodas and with many meditation centers and Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda. It is also known as a peaceful place for Buddhist studies. You can enjoy the magnificent views over Sagaing Hill and Ayeyarwaddy river. Drive back to Mandalay and stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 9 Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. After that, embark on 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.
Day 10 Mandalay - Heho - Inle Lake
After breakfast drive to Mandalay airport to take the flight to Heho (appr:20 minutes). Upon arrival, drive to Nyaung Shwe (appro:1hour) for hotel check-in. Then 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.
Day 11 Inle Lake - 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 12 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.
- 11-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