CULTURE AND RELAX IN MYANMAR

Length

20 DAYS

Type of tour

CULTURE/NATURE

Type of service

PRIVATE

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TRIP OVERVIEW

A complete tour in Myanmar to discover the culture, the ancient traditions and the beautiful nature.

Explore Shwedangon Pagoda in Yangon, the most sacred monument in Myanmar, and Bagan, the legendary capital of the Kingdom of Burma. 

Board a 3 days 2 night cruise on Irrawaddy river and glide past rural town to learn about the local lifestyle. In Pyin Oo Lwin hop on the train on the Goteik viaduct, the highest in Myanmar, between steep hills and breathtaking gorges.

Hike through local villages of Shan State and meet the locals to experience the authentic Burmese lifestyle. On Inle Lake explore by boat the daily life of local fishermen, floating artisan farms, the fascinating Indein temple site and the Kakku pagoda complex.

Treat yourself to a relaxing holiday on the magnificent beaches of Ngapali Beach.

This example itinerary can be customized according to actual travel needs and can be combined with other routes.

culture and relax in Myanmar © In Asia Travel

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Length : 20G 19N
From : YANGON
To :YANGON
Destinations  : Yangon, Bagan, Mount Popa, Yandabo, Mandalay, Amarapura, Ava, Sagaing, Pyin Oo Lwin, Hsipaw, Lashio, Heho, Kakku, Taunggyi, Inle Lake, Indein, Ngapali Beach, Golden Rock

ITINERARY

01. ARRIVE IN YANGON

Arrive in Yangon and accommodation in Hotel.

Included : Private pick up from them airport, private transportation and hotel

02. YANGON CITY TOUR

Nukus_Art_Museum © ChanOJ / CC BY-SAShwedagon Pagoda

After breakfast we begin the tour in Myanmar with the most important attractions in Yangon. Visit Kaba Aye Pagoda also known as “World Peace Pagoda” built in 1952 on the occasion of the sixth Buddhist Council. We then proceed to the Kalaywa Monastery to observe the daily life of Buddhist monks.

In the afternoon we continue to Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha Temple, known for the 72 meters reclining Buddha statue, among the largest in Burma. Explore Bogyoke Aung San Market, or “Scott Market”, one of the largest bazaars in Yangon where over 2000 merchants sell clothes, precious stones, traditional crafts and souvenirs. We proceed to Kandawgyi Park to admire the Karaweik Barge and Karawaik Hall.  

We end the day at the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred pagoda in Myanmar. The massive bell of the stupa is gold-plated and the tip is embellished with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topazes. An unmissable show and the most suitable place to start your journey.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

03. BAGAN

Ananda Temple © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelAnanda Temple – Bagan

In the early morning we catch the domestic flight to Bagan the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Pagan from IX to XIII, formerly known as the Arimaddanapura. Of the 10,000 temples 2,200 survived over 700 years of history. Bagan was for many decades the center of religious studies since the times of the Khmer Kingdom.

Upon arrival we visit the colorful and crowded local market: a unique opportunity to observe local folklore and learn about the Burmese daily lifestyle. We continue with a visit to Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of the stupas built subsequently in Myanmar, for an introduction to the rich history of the archaeological Bagan temple complex. 

Afterwards we visit Wetkyi-In Gu-Byauk-Gyi temple, known for the narrative murals of the Jataka (previous life of Buddha) and the two-storey temple Htilo-Minlo, known for the plaster sculptures.

After lunch we continue to Ananda temple, one of the greatest architectural masterpieces in Bagan, built in the early Mon-Myanmar style. We proceed to That-Byin-Nyu temple, built during 12th century, the highest in Bagan, to Dhamma Yangy temple, known for its singular brick construction , and to Gawdawpalin temple.

We end the day with a slow cruise on Irrawady river to enjoy the romantic sunset by observing the unique perspective of Bagan temples, fishing villages and villages on the shore.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

04. MOUNT POPA

Mount Popa © Laura D'AddioMount Popa

Transfer by car to the notorious Mount Popa, about 50 km southeast of Bagan (1h), the core of an extinct volcano, active about 25,000 years ago.

Is known for the popular belief that the animist recognizes as the abode of Nats: 37 magical spirits both feared and honored by the majority of the Burmese people. The mountain reaches an altitude of 1520 mt. To reach the top it takes about 45 minutes.

Visit the Mahagiri Sanctuary, Mahagiri Shrine, dedicated to the Nats. From the top you can enjoy a spectacular view of the valley.

At the end return to the hotel in Bagan.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

05. 1˚part BAGAN - MANDALAY CRUISE

After breakfast, transfer to the pier of Bagan Aye Yar and boarding at 11:30 am.

– Welcome cocktail and brifieng introduction to cruising.
– Navigation Start
– In the late afternoon stop at the typical local villages along the river bank.

 

Included : Cruise cabin, breakfast, lunch, dinner, cruise 

06. 2˚PART BAGAN - MANDALAY CRUISE

Navigation proceeds for the entire day with stops along the route, following the program of the shipping company considered.

In the morning, stop in Yandabo, typical river village specializing in the production of cookware, where February 24, 1826 was signed the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese War. Visit the workshops and the monastery.

For overnight stays we moor near a village (Ywar Thit Gyi or Pauk Myaing Pauk Taw).

Included : Cruise cabin, breakfast, lunch, dinner, cruise 

07. AMARAPURA – SAGAING – PYIN Oo LWIN

U-Bein-bridge © Gabriele StoiaU Bein bridge

We begin the last part of the cruise with the beautiful sunrise from the deck. After breakfast on board landed in Sagaing.

Transfer to Amarapura, the “city of immortality” twice capital of Myanmar in the 18th and 19th centuries, known today for the precious silk and cotton processing.

Visit Mahar Gandar YonMonastery to deepen understanding of the Buddhist religion and learn about the daily life of the monks. Afterwards we proceed to the famous U-Bein teak bridge on Lake Taungtaman, built in 1850, 1.2 Km long and considered the longest wooden bridge in the world.

In the afternoon visit to the monuments on the Sagaing Hill and continue to Pyin Oo Lwin.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

08. TRAIN HSIPAW – TREKKING LOCAL VILLAGES

Goteik Viaduct © Laura D'AddioGoteik Viaduct

In the morning we reach the railway station of Pyin Oo Lwin in time for the excursion by train to Hsipaw (approximately 4h) passing over the Goteik viaduct between steep hills and breathtaking gorges.

The bridge, the highest in Myanmar, was built in 1899 during the British colony with the initial purpose of transporting goods in Shan State, an important ally british after the conquest of Burma. It is considered an extraordinary feat of engineering. Measuring 689 meters and includes 15 towers.

Upon arrival at the station Nwang Pang continue with our private vehicle to Hsipaw.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

09. TREKKING HSIPAW

In the morning we hike through the Shan villages to observe the way of life of minorities and to know the culture and local customs. Later we board on a local boat on the river immersed in a scenery of mountains, valleys, fruit plantations along the shore.

Stop for a short 45-minute trek through the orchards to the ancient Tai Monastery, built about 150 years ago. 

In the afternoon we return to the boat and continue the excursion. If desired you can take a swim in the river. Last stop of the day to a Shan village with traditional homesteads.

At the end of the day transfer to the hotel in Hsipaw.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

10. LASHIO - HEHO - INLE LAKE

After breakfast transfer to Lashio airport and catch the domestic flight to Heho.

Transfer to the hotel on Inle Lake and accommodation.

The afternoon is free at your disposal to explore the area.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

11. KAKKU COMPLEX

Kakku ComplexKakku Complex

After breakfast we continue the trip to Taunggyi (about 2.5h) to visit the archaeological site of Kakku, among the largest complex of pagodas in Asia with 2400 stupa dating back several centuries ago.

The legend has it that the site was built during the reign of King Alaungsithu, in the 12th century, while some researchers, despite the absence of written artefacts, have placed the primary buildings from the 16th to the 18th century. However, some facilities are without a doubt much older.

During the transfer, visit to Htan Pya Ya Village and Aye Tharyar Vinery

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

12. INLE LAKE - INDEIN COMPLEX

Indein Complex © Gabriele StoiaIndein Complex

In the morning we board a private boat to explore Inle Lake and discover ethnic and craft villages: an exciting opportunity to closely observe the famous method the Burmese unique style of fishing “one leg row”, farms, floating gardens and small islands.

Visit Phaung Daw Oo-Phaya Pagoda, the holiest in Shan State.

We continue with a visit to the weaving workshops at Inpawkhon and one of the markets on Inle Lake (vary by day of week).

In the afternoon we continue the boat trip to the south of Lake Inle through the lush vegetation to Indein, the village known for the amazing archaeological site that houses hundreds of ancient Buddhist pagodas dated XIV-XVIII century, hidden by vegetation.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

13. HEHO - THANDWE - NGAPALI BEACH

Ngapali BeachNgapali Beach

After breakfast, transfer to Heho airport for the domestic toThandwe.

Upon arrival transfer to Ngapali Beach and hotel accommodation.

Free day at your disposal.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, shared transportation

14. NGAPALI BEACH

Ngapali BeachNgapali Beach

Free day at sea.

Included : Hotel, breakfast

15. NGAPALI BEACH

Ngapali BeachNgapali Beach

Free day at sea.

Included : Hotel, breakfast

16. NGAPALI BEACH

Ngapali BeachNgapali Beach

Free day at sea.

Included : Hotel, breakfast

17. NGAPALI BEACH

Ngapali BeachNgapali Beach

Free day at sea.

Included : Hotel, breakfast

18. NGAPALI BEACH

Ngapali BeachNgapali Beach

Free day at sea.

Included : Hotel, breakfast

19. NGAPALI BEACH - THANDWE - YANGON

Transfer to Thandwe airport for domestic flight Thandwe – Yangon.

Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, shared transportations

20. GOLDEN ROCK - DEPARTURE

Golden RockGolden Rock

We conclude our journey in Myanmar with the excursion to the famous Golden Rock at about 1100 meters above sea level.

Upon arrival at the “base camp” Yatetaung we hop on a truck equipped for the transport of visitors to get to top of the mountain.

Visit the Golden Rock, or Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, among the most sacred places in Myanmar, a fundamental pilgrimage destination for Buddhist faithful after the Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and the Mahamuni temple in Mandalay.

The most striking visitor is undoubtedly the huge granite boulder covered with thin gold leaves that seems to be in evident precarious balance. On it stands the small Buddhist pagoda which is only 7 meters high. From this point you can enjoy an extraordinary panorama and enchanting sunsets.

Transfer to international airport in time for your departure flight.

Included : Breakfast, tour guide, private transportation to airport

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