ESSENTIAL BURMA TOUR
12 Days 11 Nights
Burma amazes the travelers with the vast amount of scattered pagodas and temples across the plains of the country. More than thousands of spiritual shrines have been built since the first of Burmese kingdom as the country preserves its religious belief in Buddhism. Visitors will be dazzled not only by many stunning monuments and shining golden pagodas but also by the peaceful lifestyle of friendly Burmese people and monks, who live their lives to prolong their cultural faiths.
Explore the mighty caves of 8,000 different statues in Pindaya Caves
Immerse in the culture capital of Mandalay
Visit outstanding natural scenes at the Inle Lake
Enjoy special Burmese dishes with our set menus for lunch and dinner
The first impression of a crowded and Buddhist influenced city marks the beginning of your meaningful journey. You might already pick up a few local words and phrases on your way to the hotel. A relaxing walk around the hotel’s surroundings is a good stretch after a long flight. There are many friendly locals to talk to, and they will be more than happy to show you the way around. As a one of a kind way to welcome our new guests, dinner is presented with Burma traditional and mysterious dance.
Immerse in the golden light of the city – Sule Pagoda – the first stop in the morning. Every streets and road lead back to Sule Pagoda as it is the heart and the soul. If culture and religion research is your mindset, then you have come to the right place. You will visit plenty of other monumental and stunning heritages such as Chauk Htat Gyi, Karaweik Hall, Scott Market, Kaba Aye Pagoda, and Maha Pasana Guha Cave.
After lunch, your tour will continue with these locations: Botataung Pagoda, Golden Lion Throne, National Museum, Shwedagon Pagoda. Each location stands for a uniform yet distinctive feature in Burmese’s genuine belief. You have a whole horizon of prestigious religion and respectful customs of Yangon to captivate and absorb in your memory. Take many pictures to your heart’s content.
Take a flight to Heho, and be transported by car to Kalaw. Walk around the town and fit right in with the locals. There are plenty of local food shops and clothing products to choose from. A traditional Burmese dress will look spectacular on you.
The day starts with traveling by car to Pindaya Caves. As if you travel into the new world of religious treasures, the jaw-dropping moment will strike you within the first very first step in Pindaya Caves. Located in a limestone ridge in the Myelat region, inside the main cave are the well-known reserves of Buddha images, counting to 8000 different statues and Buddhist legacies. You must have wondered yourself about the long-established belief of the Burmese people in their religion.
Then you take a car ride to Nyaung Shwe for lunch and finally come to our stop at the beautiful Inle Lake, where you spend the rest of the night. For dinner, the restaurant would like to offer you spectacular tastes from the local cuisine in this region. If you do not want to call it a day yet, take a casual walk around the lake at night. How romantic!
The morning starts with traveling by car to Nyaung Shwe Jetty and transporting with the boat trip along the banks of Inle Lake. Guiding you through the watery scene of Inle Lake is the famous fisherman, known for rowing the canoes with the one-leg technique. Nonetheless, your keen eyes will not be able to resist the charming beauty of the floating gardens, as well as the marvelous Shwe Indein Pagoda, which resides on top of a peaceful hill.
While enjoying lunch at the restaurant on the river, your spirit will find its true moment partaking in the delight of a pleasant experience, provided by the combination of the breezing atmosphere and the brilliant meal. You will continue to visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and travel back to the hotel after that.
Travel with car to Heho then fly to Mandalay. You will check in and enjoy lunch here. Mandalay has been held as the royal throne of the old Burmese kingdom for no less than four times. You immediately understand why this place receives the honored name of the cultural capital.
There is absolutely no way that you will miss out on visiting Mahamuni Buddha Temple, the primary pilgrimage site in Burma and the worshiped image that is believed to be 2000 years old. Inside this place is the almighty Buddha statue that has been covered with so many gold-leafs over the years it might appear too shinning for the naked eyes.
Other locations included in this trip are the Shweinbin Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda. Want a little bit of something different? Visit the traditional workshop that produces handloom silk to witness the limitless bounds of creativity out of the Burmese locals.
Welcome to the boat trip on the Ayeyarwaddy River, the largest in the country, which establishes the country’s most important commercial waterway. You have heard plenty of bell sounds from other pagodas before. Do not be surprised yet, because you will be shadowed by the monumental Mingun Bell, one of the top ten heaviest ringing bells in all over the world.
After our final visit at Hsinbyume Paya Stupa, Mandalay is the stop location for lunch. At the foot of the Mandalay Hill locates the Kuthodaw Pagoda, built as a foundation for the new royal city’s religious library. Be admiring of the world’s largest scriptures that contain the royal merits here. As the sun traveling closer to the horizon, the trip will be complete with the view of the beautiful sunset on top of Mandalay Hill with Ayeyarwaddy River set in the background.
Traveling by car to Amarapura, the morning adventure takes us to the Mahaganday on Buddhist Monastery, housing 2000 monks of all ages. Experience the varied aspects of lifestyle and living conditions in a monk’s daily life. The wonders do not stop there. U Bein Bridge, the next location, brings out the most surprising element. It is believed to be the oldest teakwood bridge in the world. The bridge connects to Gaya Monastery, the final stop before lunch.
In the afternoon, you will travel by boat to Ava – the royal capital of Inwa. As an extraordinary change in our pace, a horse-drawn vehicle will lead the way to Nan Myint Watchtower. After that, the trip continues throughout Sagaing Hills, Chindwin Valley, Monywa by car and return to your hotel for dinner.
Before reaching Pakokku, you will stop at Pakangyi to visit the local monasteries. Residents of this friendly town are known for the tobacco product. During the dry season, both sides of the road reveal far-stretching farmland of tomato props and peanuts. Get to know how the locals spend their hard working day in agriculture struggle.
The boat will be ready to pick you up for the trip to Bagan, where dinner is ready at the hotel’s location.
Today, Bagan is the of main tourist destination in the country’s tourism industry. Give a sense of wonderment to Shwezigon Pagoda and Ananda Temple, which is said to contain some of the earliest wall paintings. Listen to the stories of these ancient constructions as they pave the way for the growth of Bagan’s enriched history. Who has a keen eye will also pay attention to Nyaung Oo market, where most of the local trades take place.
Your lunch will be at the Myinkaba village. From there, the tour proceeds to Manuha Temple, one of the oldest temple in Bagan. As the sun shines its last strands of the day on Bupaya Pagoda, immerse yourself in this excellent piece of work by the early King of Bagan. Head back to the hotel for the rest of the night.
Travel by car to visit Salay town, located by the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwady River. Continue excursion to Yoke Sone Monastery, the most notable visit in this area.
After lunch, your trip reaches all the way to the top of Mount Popa for the most religious shrine of Buddha, who grants tranquility to those who come to visit. Bagan is the final location to spend the night.
Depart at Nyaung U Airport. There is time to scour back all the photos throughout the trip. Pick out your favorite one. You already want to share it with your friends. Behind every picture is a beautiful story and the memory will carry out forever.
Daily breakfast and meals as mentioned in the program
Transfer by vehicle with A/C
All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program
Local English speaking guide
All local taxes and service charges
Visa approved letter if needed
Not mentioned international, regional and domestic flights
Personal Travel insurance (Highly recommended)
Tips for tour guide and driver
Optional tours and extra services
Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
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