THE BEST DESTINATIONS OF MYANMAR VACATION
15 Days 14 Nights
Myanmar never disappoints any far-land travellers, whose quests are to experience the differences in a peaceful and spiritual life of the Myanmar people. Founding their beliefs in Buddhism, all generations of Myanmar has constructed endless collections of pagodas, temples and shrines in every piece of their land as a way to celebrate their passage to enlightenment. Visitors will enjoy themselves meeting with these locals, who are very friendly, engaging, and are more than happy to make the best out of the tourists’ time here.
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
Immerse in the cultural Bagan temple tour
Relax in the peaceful beaches of Ngapali
Enjoy special Burmese dishes
After the long travel, the city of Yangon brings out many excitements from the first sight. Finish your check in custom and dive right into the daily life of the locals. There is a lot to experience. A nice talk with the Myanmar people will open up your vocabulary to some greeting phrases. You already connect to the life here. Better yet, your journey has just begun.
Nonetheless, as a way to appreciate our new guests, we will serve you dinner accompanied by a traditional Myanmar dance.
After breakfast, you will visit Sule Pagoda, the heart and the soul of the city. Located at the centre of the city, Sule Pagoda can be viewed from the various angles, thus creating a wonderful city’s landmark. Chaukhtatgyi temple, on another hand, brings you to the marvellous image of the biggest reclining Buddha statue, which stretches 66 meters along the temple’s size. The morning journey also takes you to other spectacular locations such as Karaweik Hall, Scott Market, Kaba Aye Pagoda, and finally Mahapasana Cave. This is your stop for lunch.
In the afternoon, your tour will continue with these locations: Botataung Pagoda, Golden Lion Throne, National Museum, Shwedagon Pagoda. Immerse yourself at the overwhelming monumental Shwedagon Pagoda. The sacred shrine is covered with a massive 27 metric tons of gold leaf that brings out a great orange tone under the sunlight. A precious moment to capture with your camera as well as in your memory.
Take a flight to Heho, and be transported by car to Kalaw. Located on the high altitude, Kalaw town was built during the British colonial era as a mean to escape the heat of the land. This is a great change of atmosphere for you to kick back and relax. Do not forget to trek your way around the town to meet the lovely locals as well.
The day starts with travelling by car to Pindaya Caves. Pay attention to the mixture of land fields and hedges as you travel through the largest agriculture land in Myanmar. It makes a wonderful journey to Pindaya Caves, a massive treasure of Buddha legacies. Hidden inside these limestone caverns are the preserves of more than 8000 different Buddha statues. It might take a while to soak up all the extraordinary works from the Myanmarese master sculptors.
Drive back for lunch at Nyaung Shwe and finally reach Inle Lake for dinner. A casual walk around the lake at night is a wonderful idea to end the day.
The morning starts with travelling by car to Nyaung Shwe Jetty and transporting with the boat trip along the banks of Inle Lake. You will not be disappointed for the long-waiting hype. Seize your moment with the vastness of a 20-kilometre long and 11-kilometer wide watery scene. Your famous lake navigator is no one else than the Intha fisherman, who is known for their unique one-leg-row technique to make their ways through the river. They will transport you through many famous spots such as the charming and romantic floating garden, various Buddhist temples as well as Indein, the village where they live.
Lunch is ready at the restaurant on the river. Imagine having a delicious meal from the best of local cuisine and the atmospheric spot by the river. What a way to enjoy the moment. Resume visiting Phaung Daw Oo pagoda – the favourite spot for the local festival if you are here at the right time. If you always fascinate about picturesque photos, get your camera ready on the trip back to the hotel, as you will cruise under the magical beauty of the sunset.
Travel by car to Heho then fly to Mandalay. You will check in and enjoy lunch here.
The heavyweight champion of today’s visit is Mahamuni Buddha Temple, the enshrined location for the faithful devouts and prayers. Immerse in the construction of the 2000 year-old and monumental behemoth, which was believed to be the first home of the Buddha image. Inside this spiritual temple is the shining gilded Buddha statue, sculptured after the impression of the Buddha allegedly visit in 554 BC.
Other locations included in this trip are the Shweinbin Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda. Another sparkle of the tour is the incursion of the popular silk weaving business in Mandalay. Get to know the creativity of the locals, who work hard to preserve their culture through clothing product.
Welcome to a full day boat trip on the Ayeyarwaddy River. Served as the largest and crucial commercial waterway of the country, the river is always busy with passing by small boats and ferries. Travel with the flow to reach Minigun Bell, once held the title of the heaviest intact bronze bells in the world.
After the final visit at Hsinbyume Paya Stupa, travel by boat back to Mandalay at noon for lunch. In the afternoon, ready for the Kuthodaw Pagoda, known to the world as the ‘biggest book’. This is the royal library that contains more than 700 stone slabs with various Buddhist scriptures and royal merits.
As the sun setting down in the sky, climb on top of the Mandalay Hills under the warm orange-tinted atmosphere. It is a spectacular time to take a picture of the romantic scene from the top of the hill, surrounded by the Ayeyarwaddy River.
Travelling by car to Amarapura, the morning adventure takes us to the Mahagandayon Buddhist Monastery. Experience the authentic and ritual passage of a monk on the path of Buddhism. This is the training school with the most religious and strict discipline, where more than 2000 monks are currently living. This is the lifetime learning experience for you to see all the aspects of the daily life of a monk.
After that, visit U Bein Bridge, the oldest wooden construction that spans over 1200 meters and is uniquely supported by over thousands of teakwood pillars. Overseeing the Taungthaman Lake, it is not surprising that this bridge is voted as the popular tourist’s choice for panorama pictures. U Bein Bridge connects your journey to Bgaya Monastery, the pagoda that is also built on the very same black teakwood material.
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.
On the way to Pakokku, visit the Pakangyi local monasteries before reaching the Pakokku town. This town has become the favourite stop before heading to Bagan thanks to its new and connecting infrastructure support. Find your way around the tobacco-trading centre, the backbone business of the town, as well as other weaving workshops.
The boat will be ready to pick you up for the trip to Bagan, where dinner is prepared at the hotel’s location.
Visit the world’s most magnificent archaeological location and the most abundant collection of Buddhist temples, pagodas, and shrines. Drown in the overwhelming amazement, as you witness the gold-plated Shwezigon Pagoda shining its brilliant light under the sun. Continue to Ananda Temple, one of the four well-preserved temples in the Bagan region. Curious eyes will also lead you to Nyang Oo Market, the patchwork of colourful shops and vendors that offer plentiful products ranging from groceries, textiles, to unique souvenirs.
Your lunch will be at the Myinkaba village. From there, the tour proceeds to Manuha Temple and catch on to Bupaya Pagoda for the sunset’s view. The Bupaya Pagoda looks out to the open Ayeyarwady River as a beautiful landmark. There will never be enough sunset pictures for this tour, so do not forget to seize the moment and take many photos to your heart’s content.
Return to the hotel for the rest of the night.
Drive with a car to Salay then visit Yoke Sone Monastery. This is one of the most amazing constructs as it is covered with teakwood carvings from inside to outside. Trek around the local market before stopping for lunch.
After lunch, hike all the way to the top of Mount Popa to admire the Buddhist Shrine. Enjoy a peaceful view from the shrine towards Myingyan Plain and far beyond the eyesight. Bagan is the final location to spend the night.
Take a flight to Thandwe and travel by car to Ngapali. You have the whole day on your own to discover the area. The beach must have been calling you already. This is the great change of atmosphere for you. Jump right in the natural and well-preserved beaches if you already have enough of the heat.
Decide everything you want on your independent adventures. The beaches of Ngapali is considered one of the loveliest places in Myanmar. The stretch of soft sand underneath the cooling shade of coconut palm make this area a paradise on earth. If you want a peaceful beach where you can just lie down and relax throughout the day, then this is the perfect heaven for you.
Another independent day to spend. There can never be enough vacation on the beach. So spend your moment enjoying the clear blue skies. Do not forget to check out the local fisherman on the shore, who will come very often in the early morning with the just-out-of-the-net fresh seafood. Rent a bike to tour around the area also is a splendid way to find the peace of mind and serenity among the beautiful scenery around the beach.
Travel by car to Thandwe then fly to Yangon, where your departure flight takes place. Spend the extra time before the flight to write the best postcard for your friends and family. Maybe jot a few extra lines down into your travel journal as you relive your moment throughout this tour. Do not forget to return in the future. Farewell.
Daily breakfast and meals as mentioned in the program
All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program
Transfer by vehicle with A/C
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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