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Highlights of Myanmar

Code MYSIC002E_A
Destination Yangon
Duration 9 days 8 nights
Depart time 16:15
 Highlights of Myanmar   Yangon – Mandalay - Popa – Bagan – Inle Lake - Yangon   Duration: 9 days / 8 nights Tour Type: Join in tour Tour Start: Departure on Every Sunday 1...

 Highlights of Myanmar


Yangon – Mandalay - Popa – Bagan – Inle Lake - Yangon


Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

Tour Type: Join in tour

Tour Start: Departure on Every Sunday 1st & 3rd Weeks of each month



Myanmar is recognized by many as the Golden Land for good reason. Burma, as it is still more commonly known in the west, is a country of magnificent, ancient Buddhist temples, broad flowing rivers, lush mountain forests, interesting cities and vastly contrasting countryside.

It is a fascinating country and a real treat for travelers. It is not only a voyage into a different geographic region, but also into another time, another world. Everywhere a stranger travels, he or she will be welcomed with kindness, helpfulness and gentleness..

Highlights in Burma include Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, Pyay, and Mandalay, with its beautiful temples Bagan and Paga. Myanmar is often called the land of festivals (see events) and the land of Pagodas.

Each destination within the country offers a compelling and diverse look at the history and development of the country from its hill tribes that live as people did hundreds of years ago to the vibrant capital of Yangon. All Sightseeing opportunities abound and there is a lot to see and do in this colourful country where time seems to have stood still.

Myanmar’s terrain includes white-sand beaches in the west and a fertile delta in the south, dry plains in the centre and long rivers. In the north there are ice-capped mountains seldom ascended, virgin forests hiding precious orchids, and white-water rivers where intrepid adventurers can test out their rafting skills. The very essence of nature is found in several wildlife parks and thick jungles where rare birds and butterflies find refuge. These parks, cris-crossed with animal trails to entice the determined trekker, provide sanctuary for endangered species such as leopards, tigers, crab-eating mongooses, the Asiatic black bear, and the beautiful red panda with its bandit mask, thick red fur and striped fluffy tail.

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Day 1: Yangon – Arrival


• Upon arrival in Yangon International Airport, transfer to your hotel

Meet & greet by your dedicated tour guide and transfer to your hotel for check-in

(Early Check-in depends on Official Check-in Time and Room Availability)

• Overnight in Yangon

Arrival should be in the morning

Day 2: Yangon – Mandalay – Mingun - Mandalay


• Breakfast at hotel

• Early morning transfer to Yangon domestic airport for departure flight to Mandalay.

• Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in

• Drive to the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy river and board your private local boat to visit Mingun, 11 km. north-west of Mandalay.

→ The boat trip is most pleasant and interesting because you can witness local life on the river itself and on its banks.

• First, visit Settawya Pagoda, built by King Bodawpaya in 1811. It contains a footprint of the lord Buddha.

• Then, walk over to nearby Mingun Pagoda, whose construction was also commissioned by King Bodawpaya in 1790, but ongoing works stopped in 1819 when he died. Then, in 1838 the unfinished pagoda was struck by an earthquake.

→ Important note! After the recent earthquake in the Shwebo / Mandalay area, on the directive of the local authorities, it is until further notice prohibited climbing up the Mingun (unachieved) Pagoda for safety reasons!

• After that, visit nearby Mingun Bell, the world's largest intact hanging bronze bell.

• Finally, stop at Hsinbyume Pagoda, built by King Bagyidaw in 1816. The pagoda is a representation of the cosmological design of Mt. Meru. The pagoda was seriously damaged in the earthquake of 1838.

• Return by boat to Mandalay.

• Afternoon, drive to Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carvings, once the home of King Mindon. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, the 'world’s largest book', a collection of 729 white-washed small stupas housing the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs.

• Finally, watch the sun set from the top of Mandalay Hill with sweeping views of Mandalay and its surroundings.

• Transfer back to your hotel

• Overnight in Mandalay 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 3: Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava - Sagaing


• Breakfast at hotel

• After breakfast, transfer to the ancient capital of Amarapura, “City of Immortality”, 11 km. south of Mandalay. En route, stop and enjoy sunset at U-Bein bridge, over one km. long and almost entirely made of teak, and spanning the Taungthaman Lake.

• After that, stop at Mahagandayon monastery, residence to approx. 1,000 monks. Around 10.15 – 10.30 they have their last meal of the day, as after 12 noon monks fast till the next morning. First, cross the Ayeyarwaddy river and take a very local ferry to visit Innwa (Ava). A fitting way to visit Innwa is by taking a horse-cart ride.

• Pass through the ancient city walls to visit Maha Aungmye Bonzan Kyaung, a brick and stucco monastery, also known as Me Nu Oke Kyaung). Continue to Nanmyin Watch Tower, Myanmar’s miniature version of the Pisa tower.

• Finally, visit Bagaya Kyaung, the impressive wooden monastery entirely built of teak, and supported by 267 teak posts.

• Visit Bagaya monastery which holds a collection of manuscripts written on palm leaves (pe-sa).

• Then, across Sagaing bridge and enjoy picturesque Sagaing Hill, still the beating heart of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. Numerous monasteries and pagodas dot the hillsides.

• Visit Soon U Ponya Shin Paya, which offers magnificent sweeping views of its surroundings, and U Min Thounzeh Pagoda, containing 45 Buddha images lined up in a half-moon shape.

• And enjoy the sunset time at Sagaing Hill panoramic view

• Return back to Mandalay and transfer to your hotel for check-in

• Overnight in Mandalay

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: Mandalay – Mt. Popa - Bagan


• Breakfast at hotel

After breakfast, leave Mandalay to reach Popa

Upon arrival, there visit Taungkalat

Mount Popa itself is 1,518 m. high, but our visit focuses on Popa Taungkalat, 737 m. high, its cone-shaped form actually being the core of an extinct volcano. It is also the home of Myanmar’s 37 most important nats (spirits), housed in a shrine at the foot of Taungkalat.

There is no better vantage point to enjoy lunch than the terrace of Popa Mountain Resort, whence you can enjoy the most prestigious views of Popa, and mainly of Taungkalat itself.

Continue to reach Bagan late afternoon. En route, there will be possibilities for some short photo stops and one or other brief village visit along the main road.

En route, shortly after passing Nyaung-U, stop for an interesting visit at “Paing” roadside shop. Here, you can observe how locals climb up toddy trees to harvest the toddy juice. Depending on the time of day, the taste is sweet or rather more bitter. This juice is sometimes popularly called “sky beer”. The juice is also used to make toddy candy, popularly called “jaggery”. Another product is palm oil, and even the leaves are used to weave baskets. In addition, you could witness how in a very local style they use the same to make local alcohol, for drinking or for house medication.

Late afternoon, upon arrival in downtown Bagan, transfer to your hotel for check-in

• Overnight in Bagan 


Meals : Breakfast
Day 8: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon - Highlights


• Breakfast at hotel

• After breakfast transfer first by boat and then by road to Heho airport for departure flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in.

• Then, first visit Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and public holidays) to discover Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. No doubt you will find your preferred item to take back home as a remembrance of your trip to The Golden Land.

• Then, drive to the heart of downtown Yangon, and during a one-hour leisurely walk enjoy some of the best that colonial-style Yangon has to offer such as the High Court building and the Government Telegraph Office on Pansodan street; both were built in the 1920s & 1930s.

• Also visit Sule Pagoda with its golden chedi, a famous landmark in downtown Yangon. Witness the glory and style of a bygone era.

• Visit and enjoy the sunset at the unforgettable Shwedagon Pagoda, world-famous; its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Myanmar people praying and making offerings at the Shwedagon, and it's a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by…

• Return to your hotel late afternoon

• Overnight in Yangon

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: Yangon – Departure


• Breakfast at hotel

After breakfast, time at leisure until transfer to Yangon international airport for departure flight

(Remark: Airport Transfer arrangement for Group Tour is only for morning same departure flight only by TG 304, 09:50. Beyond the same departure/very earlier morning departure, the clients need to book Separated Airport Transfer, without Guide.

Late Check-out depends on Official Check-out Time and Room Availability!)

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5: Bagan - Discover Bagan


• Breakfast at hotel

• Full-day Bagan sightseeing tour with a visit to Taung Phi local market in Old Bagan

• Continue to see the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda. Pass through Tharaba Gateway into Old Bagan. Continue to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 m. - Thatbyinnyu known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144.

• In the afternoon, first stop at Mingalazedi, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th Century. Continue to the Myinkaba area and Gubyaukgyi Temple with its fine stuccowork. Then, visit Dhammayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170 which is famous for its interlocking mortarless brickwork.

• Stop at a popular lacquer ware workshops producing this most famous of Bagan handicrafts.

• Late afternoon, bring you to the Pyathada Pagoda, featuring Bagan’s largest terrace, from which you can enjoy magnificent views over Bagan's vast temple area and the Ayeyarwaddy river around sunset time.

• Overnight in Bagan 



Meals : Breakfast
Day 6: Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake – Explore Inle Lake


• Breakfast at hotel

• After breakfast transfer to Nyaung U airport for departure to Heho

• Transfer from Heho airport to Nyaung Shwe, the small town at the entrance to Inle Lake. Transfer by long-tail boat to your hotel on the lake for check-in.

→ Get into your private long-tail boat to explore the charm of Inle Lake. Over 20 km. long and more than 10 km. wide, and at 875 m. above sea level, the calm waters of the lake contrast sharp with the surrounding high hills as a backdrop.

→ Apart from offering amateur photographers an exceptional chance to take plenty of great shots, economically Inle lake has over the years become the vegetable and fruit garden for most of the country!

→ See the lake's unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar, thus they are able to free their hands for fishing and tending to their gardens. The lake’s waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes.

• Next, visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Its five uniquely shaped, gilded, but relatively small images are carried around the lake by boat during the annual Inle Boat Procession (usually in the period September / October).

• Afternoon, stop at several workshops on and around the lake such as a cheroot (Burmese cigar)-making workshop and a boatbuilding workshop.

• Finally, stop at Inn Paw Khon village and visit one of the many silk & lotus weaving workshops which produce on wooden hand looms high-quality and colorful textiles, sought after by many, even as far as Yangon and Mandalay.

• Transfer back by boat to your hotel.

(Please note that due to safety reasons night transfers by boat on the lake are not allowed by company policy. Thank you for your understanding!)

• Overnight in Inle Lake 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7: Inle Lake – Hidden Inndein - Inle Lake


• Breakfast at hotel

• After breakfast, tour Ywama village, one of Inle’s most attractive villages. Watch plenty of floating gardens, where fruit, flowers and mainly vegetables are grown.

• Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung, primarily of interest for its extensive collection of Buddha images made of different materials, and in various styles and sizes.

• Early afternoon, travel by long-tail boat to the western shore of the lake.

• Disembark at Inndein jetty and visit the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area (Inndein Temple Complex). Located on the very shore of the lake, this site consists of dozens of small ancient stupas overgrown by moss and greens in a jungle-like setting. This gives Inndein a special feel and a very particular ambience.

• Take time to explore the stupa complex itself. It’s also a great opportunity to take some exquisite photos of this unusual place. Return to your hotel late afternoon.

(Please note that due to safety reasons night transfers by boat on the lake are not allowed by company policy. Thank you for your understanding!)

• Overnight in Inle Lake 

Meals : Breakfast
Hotel List:
Deluxe Class

Hotel: Reno Hotel

Room Type: Deluxe

1 Deluxe Yangon Reno Hotel

Premium Class

Hotel: Sedona Hotel Yangon

Room Type: Premium

1 Premium Yangon Sedona Hotel

Deluxe Class

Hotel: Hotel Yadanarbon

Room Type: Deluxe

2 Deluxe Mandalay Hotel Yadanarbon Mandalay

Premium Class

Hotel: Sedona Hotel Mandalay

Room Type: Premium

2 Premium Mandalay Sedona Hotel

Deluxe Class

Hotel: Bawga Theiddhi Hotel

Room Type: Deluxe

3 Deluxe Bagan Bawga Theiddhi Hotel

Premium Class

Hotel: The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate

Room Type: Premium

3 Premium Bagan The Hotel at Tharabar Gate 2

Deluxe Class

Hotel: Amata Garden Resort Inle

Room Type: Deluxe

4 Deluxe Inle Lake Amata Garden Resort 1

Premium Class

Hotel: Pristine Lotus Spa Resort

Room Type: Premium

4 Premium Inle Lake Pristine Lotus Spa Resort 1

• Rates given are based on sharing Twin or Double and per person.
• Please add Single Supplement for any odd number of pax or pax requesting SGL rooms (except 1 pax)

• Accommodation in hotels is subject to availability. If the listed hotel is fully booked, alternate accommodation will be booked within the same hotel category without surcharge/reduction.

• If no hotel in same category available, we preserve the right to apply a surcharge for any higher category or a reduction for any lower category.

• All hotel ratings are according to the local accreditation authority. Compulsory surcharges and meal options apply during peak holiday period such as Christmas, Mai 1st, New Years and Chinese New Year.

• These will be advised at the time of booking or at any time should the hotel apply on an ad hoc basis.

• Please note that this is an offer only and no reservations will be processed until we receive a written booking order.


Service included:

• All described sightseeing as in program above
• Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle
• Accommodation in hotels with daily breakfast
• French-speaking local guides
• Admission fees to indicated sights
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
• Domestic government tax and service charge
• Domestic flights HAN-HUI and DAD-SGN

Service does NOT include:

• International air tickets
• Flights not mentioned
• Visa fee
• Travel Insurance in all kinds
• Meals: if not mentioned in itinerary
• Drinks during Meals
• Drinks, personal expenses and others not stated
• Early Check In and Late Check Out

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