HONEYMOON IN MYANMAR

Length

12 DAYS

Type of tour

CULTURE/NATURE

Type of service

PRIVATE

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TRIP OVERVIEW

Honeymoon in Myanmar is an example of an ideal itinerary for a honeymoon.

The classic and unmissable visits are combined with a few days relax on Wa Ale Island, at Lampi National Park, the only national marine park in Myanmar, which includes 20 of the 800 islands of the Mergui Archipelago extending over 600 km in the Andaman Sea.

The park is home to a wide range of habitats including evergreen forests, mangroves, beaches, coral reefs, seaweed and a rich biodiversity of over 1000 species recorded, including 228 birds, 10 amphibians, 19 reptiles, 3 sea turtles, 19 of mammals including pangolin and dugong. 

The journey proceed to Shwedangon Pagoda in Yangon, the most sacred monument in Myanmar; to the wonderful temples of Bagan, the ancient Burmese capital; to Inle Lake to learn about the daily life of local fishermen, the floating artisan farms and the famous “one-legged rowers“; to the suggestive archaeological sites of Indein; to the cities of MandalayAmarapuraAva and Sagaing.

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

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Length : 12D 11N
From : YANGON
To :YANGON
Destinations : Yangon, Wa Ale Island, Bagan, Pindaya caves, Inle lake, Indein, Mandalay, Amarapura, Ava, Sagaing, Mingun

ITINERARY

01. ARRIVE IN YANGON - CITY TOUR

Shwedagon Pagoda © Gabriele StoiaShwedagon Pagoda

Arrive in Yangon and accommodation in Hotel.

We take a scenic walk amongst magnifecent colonial building and new skyscrapers symbol of recent economic progress. Visit the most important attractions such as Sule Pagoda, built in the third century and today part of the economy of the city, City Hall, High court, St. Immanuel Baptist Church, and Independence Monument in Mahabandoola Park

In the afternoon we continue to Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha Temple, known for the 72 meters reclining Buddha statue, among the largest in Burma. 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 : Private pick up from them airport, tour guide, tickets, private transportation and hotel

02. FLIGHT TO KAWTHAUNG - WA ALE ISLAND

Wa Ale IslandWa Ale Island

After breakfast transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Kawthaung, at the southern end of Myanmar. 

Upon arrival we transfer to the pier and embark on the speedboat to Wa Ale Island (about 2h) at Lampi Marine National Park, the only national marine park of Myanmar, which includes 20 of the 800 islands of the Mergui extended on 600 km of the Sea of Andaman.

The park is home to a wide range of habitats including evergreen forests, mangroves, beaches and dune forests, coral reefs, seaweed and a rich biodiversity of over 1000 species recorded.

Accommodation at Wa Ale Island Resort, located on Turtle Beach, a protected nesting ground for sea turtles lay eggs throughout the year. 

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

03. WA ALE ISLAND - FREE

Wa Ale IslandWa Ale Island

Free day on the island.

Wa Ale Island is ideal for snorkelling in the abundant coral reefs and caves of the archipelago, for kayaking and paddle board through the pristine river and mangrove forests, and to explore the exotic marine life.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, dinner 

04. WA ALE ISLAND - FREE

Wa Ale Lampi © Peter Steyn - Globerovers Moken village on Wa Ale Island

Free day on the island.

On Wa Ale Island you can enjoy a jungle trekking to explore the rich flora and fauna, and visit local Moken villages and observe the traditional methods of fishing and survival.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, dinner 

05. WA ALE ISLAND - FLIGHT TO YANGON

After breakfast, free time at your disposal on the island.

Transfer by speedboat to Kawthaung airport for the domestic flight  to Yangon.

Included : Hotel, breakfast

06. BAGAN

Htilo-Minlo TempleHtilo Minlo – 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.

Enjoy the romantic sunset from Nyaung The het Hill.

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

07. BAGAN

Lady at Minnanthu village © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelLady at Minnanthu village

After breakfast we continue the visits to the rural village Minnanthu, one of the places where you can see the collection and processing of cotton.

We proceed to Laymyathnar monastery complex, Phaya Thone Tzu temple and Nandamannya temple, the latter particularly known for the murals depicting “The Temptation of Mara” dating back to the 13th century. 

In the afternoon we visit Manuha Temple, Nan-Paya Temple and Gu-Byauk-Kyi (Myinkaba), known for its murals of Jataka narrative (previous lives of the Buddha). 

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 

08. PINDAYA CAVES - INLE LAKE

Pindaya Mountains © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelPindaya Mountains

After breakfast transfer to Heho by domestic flight. Upon arrival transfer to Pindaya (about 2h) by following a path through the beautiful scenery of Shan mountain range, where we will have opportunity to observe the daily life of rural residents.

In the afternoon we visit the impressive Pindaya Caves, known for the over 8,000 Buddha images of different sizes, made of teak, marble, alabaster and cement.

We continue to the district for the construction of traditional and characteristic colourful paper umbrellas and lake.

After we proceed to Nyaung Shwe on Inle Lake.

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

09. BOAT TRIP INLE LAKE - INDEIN

One leg rower © Lauda D'AddioOne leg rower – Inle Lake

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 rower”, farms, floating gardens and small islands. Visit Heya Ywana village and Phaung Daw OoPhaya village where we meet “long-neck women” of Padaung tribe

We continue to Phaung Daw Oo-Phaya Pagoda, the most sacred in the state Shan, to the weaving workshops in Inpawkhon and to 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 

10. AMARAPURA - AVA - SAGAING

U-Bein-bridge © Gabriele StoiaU Bein bridge

In the morning transfer to the airport for the domestic to Mandalay.

Upon arrival visit to the Mahar Gandar Yon Monastery to deepen understanding of the Buddhist religion and learn about the daily life of the monks.

We continue to Ava (Inwa) and visit the 27 mt high Inwa Watch Tower, Nan Myint, and Bagaya Monastery, built with 276 teak wood columns.

In the afternoon we visit Sagaing Hill and continue 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.

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.

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

11. MANDALAY - MINGUN

Boat trip to Mingun © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelBoat trip to Mingun

In the morning board on a private boat to Mingun, 12 km from Mandalay. Visit the Pon Daw Paya, Set Taw Ya Paya, the vaulted shrine containing a sacred footprint of the Buddha, the unfinished Mingun Pa Hto Taw Phaya Pagoda built in bricks, the famous Mingun Bell, which with 90 tons of weight is considered the second largest bell in the world, and Hsin Byu Me Phaya Pagoda. At the end we return to Mandalay.

In the afternoon visit Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the major pilgrimage sites, known for the revered images that express the representation of the life of the Buddha. Continue to Ku-Tho-Daw Pagoda – UNESCO World Heritage Site – considered the “largest book” in the world of the Buddha’s doctrine engraved on 729 marble slabs; Shwe Nandaw Monastery (Golden Monastry) known for its exquisite wood carvings; Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda known for the large statue of Buddha carved in a single block of marble.

The day ends with an exciting sunset from Mandalay Hill.

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

12. YANGON - DEPARTURE

Domestic flight to Yangon in time for your international flight.

Included : Breakfast, private transportation 

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