Take a soft touch to Myanmar’s outstanding treasures through our recommended itinerary of 6 days in Myanmar. Within 6 days, you will have a chance to:
Day 01: Yangon arrival, city tour
Day 02: Flight Yangon/Bagan, temples visit by horse-cart
Day 03: Bagan – Mount Popa – Bagan, traditional villages
Day 04: Flight Bagan/Inle, boat tour around the lake
Day 05: Inle – Sagar, boat tour to ancient temples complex
Day 06: Flight Inle/Yangon, departure
|Day 01: Yangon arrival, city tour
You will start your 6 days in Myanmar at the captivating former capital of Yangon. Once arrival at Yangon International Airport, warmly welcomed by our driver and guide then you will begin to visit some of the most eminent sites, including: the giant Reclining Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, the National Museum – the country’s principal cultural museum, which houses an extensive collection of Burmese artifacts.
As the sun moves slowly westward, amble around Pansodan Street, which is studded with colonial-faded buildings, small shops and street vendors. End this day at Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world most spectacular religious monuments. The massive 99-meter high gilded stupa dominates Yangon’s skyline. Enjoy one of the most scared sunset in your life while listen to the murmuring prays of Burmese Buddhists. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
|Day 02: Flight Yangon/ Bagan, temples visit by horse-cart
After breakfast, transfer to airport for morning flight to Bagan. Day dedicated to discover the legendary beauty of Bagan. Thousands of temples, pagodas and ancient stupas form one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Asia.
Navigate through narrow paths leading to some main temples by horse-cart and car. Ananda, the most beautiful and well-preserved temple with mystic four standing Buddhas; Dhammayangyi, the massive temple infamous for secretive and cruel history; Thatbyinnyu, Bagan’s highest temple of 62-meter. Late afternoon, climb up to a high temple to contemplate the breathtaking perspective of the whole plain sunk into the sunset. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
|Day 03: Bagan – Mount Popa – Bagan, visit traditional villages
Refresh this day by a morning visit to lively Nyaung U market, a whirlwind of colours from fresh vegetables and fruits to locals handicrafts. Then transfer to Mount Popa (50 kilometres to south east of Bagan). This volcanic-top monastery is considered as the cradle of the Nats worship, a local animist spirit. Climb up 777 steps to the shrine, learn about nats and nats worship as you climb past many shrines and see local pilgrims. Enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding areas. On the way back to Bagan, stop at Shwe Hlaing village to observe the traditional production of palm toddy.
In the afternoon, visit villages of Min Nan Thu and Phwa Saw, where well-noted for the traditional crafts of oxcart wheel-making and lacquer ware. See skilful artisans make the famous products. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
|Day 04: Flight Bagan/ Inle, boat tour
Board a morning flight to Heho. Once arrival, take one-hour scenic drive to Inle Lake, the gem of Shan State. This astonishing watery world is home to the Intha who has the unique technique of one-leg rowing. Embark on a boat tour through floating gardens, floating villages, and handicraft workshops. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the main sanctuary of the lake and surroundings, where houses five Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Overnight at hotel in Inle Lake.
|Day 05: Inle – Sagar, boat to ancient temples complex
Set off from your hotel to Sagar, the far southern of Inle Lake. The most outstanding feature of this site is the ‘immersed’ stupas dating back from 16-17th century which are partially under the water. The tour to Sagar by motorboat offers gorgeous perspective when passing though river, lakeside villages of Shan, Pa-Oh and Intha. On arrival at Sagar, visit its 108 stupas, then visit the village monastery or climb up to the top of a hill for widely view of the lake and surrounding villages. Explore the distillation process of local rice-wine at the village of Thaya Gone and the manufacturing process of traditional pottery at the village of Khaung Sae. Return to Inle Lake in the late afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Inle.
|Day 06: Flight Inle/ Yangon – Departure
Welcome this day by a morning fly to Yangon. Free time before your guide escorts you to airport for departure flight. End the memorable 6 days in Myanmar!
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Type: Discovery and Culture | Duration: 7 days and 6 nights | Starting point: from Yangon | Itinerary: Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake.
The quintessence of Myanmar – Yangon, Bagan, Inle – wraps up neatly in one week.
This itinerary presents the most selective and highly sought-after Myanmar charms. Whilst the heavily ornate contour of Shwedagon Pagoda pronounces the first amazement of your excursion in the Golden Land, the stupa-studded plain of Bagan brings enchantment to the next level and the tranquil blue of Inle Lake punches a soothing stop. Don't miss the religious cradle of Myanmar: Mountain Popa has its flowers endeared by the royalties, its Nats worshiped by generations of devotees and its mountaintop Taung Kalat designated among the most revered Buddhist institutions of the holy country.
The bits of treasures, stitched together craftily, represents the essence of Myanmar: vigorous, captivating, vivid and jubilant.
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Type: Discovery and Culture | Duration: 7 days and 6 nights | Starting point: from Yangon | Itinerary: Mandalay, Pakokku, Bagan, Yangon.
Explore the cultural and historical depth of Myanmar highlights – Mandalay, Bagan and Yangon as its three ex-capitals.
The wheel of history cannot be reversed. Once the mighty powerhouses, the ex-capitals had slipped from their aura to become outdated and nostalgic citadels. The reconstructed pavilions of Mandalay, albeit achieving its original mission to become the nation's cultural heart, still yearn for the long gone time when it was showered with royal patronage. Bagan, the first capital of a united Burma, as as almighty as ever, keeps lamenting the glory that is washed away with the tides and ebbs of the passing-by Irrawaddy River. Yangon, where the Burmese and Western values begrudgingly coexisted for nearly a century, goes on to struggle to reconcile its contrasting identities to created the most culturally amalgamated city of Southeast Asia.
The capital status is no more, but the pulse keeps beating and the power - economic, historic and cultural - keeps calling. This 1 week in Myanmar is designed to take that pulse.
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Type: Discovery and Culture | Duration: 8 days and 7 nights | Starting point: from Yangon | Itinerary: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake.
A basic procedure for any first appreciator of Myanmar: Yangon with its undying affinity with extravagance, Bagan overwhelming with ombre hues, Mandalay seeking to impress with excessive smoothness and lavish expanse and Inle Lake cooling with its emerald and sapphire-shaded settings. Myanmar is best known for its precious gem stones of top-notch caliber, but the true gem stone - a priceless one - is one with lives bequeathed beneath it. The country itself, teemed with vivacity of its many colorful ethnics, is the genuine jewel in the eyes of lusting explorers.
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A classic destination, Mandalay (and Yangon alike) suffers from a paradox of development when the more developed city is often not the more attractive in the eyes of international visitors. The second largest city of Myanmar and the largest and most prominent city of Upper Burma, Mandalay is the entrance to access the untamed beauty of the north.
Mandalay has its own attractions of no mean repute. There goes the Royal Palace, reconstructed after the original royal residence had been razed to the ground by bombing. The massive complex, uninhabited and somehow hollow, covers the exact era within the huge moat with replica buildings and artifacts giving out an impression of Burmese royal life at the end of the 19th century. The construction of Mandalay Royal Palace was so costly that the leftover timber was sufficient to erect a monumental crossover - known to our present mortal as the Ubein Bridge. Crossing the moat but not yet leaving the vicinity of the Palace, one may encounter the Shwenandaw Monastery. Built entirely of teak, the monastery's architecture marks the zenith of traditional Myanmar carpentry with tenacious dedication to details. The monastery's history was checkered: it was moved twice during the past and is rumored to house the ghost of the penultimate Burmese sovereign King Mindon. Next stop is the largest book of the world - the Kuthodaw Pagoda. It is a labor of love - a meticulous copy of Tripitaka. The 729 pages - a divine number since it is nine powered by 3 - were sculpted on marble white stone slabs. Last but not least - and never least, the prized possession of Mahamuni Temple marks Mandalay's status as the country's cultural center. Reputed to bear the similarity to the Buddha himself, the logically 3000-year-old image is supremely revered with its impact second only to Shwedagon Pagoda.
Mount Popa, in Burma known as the home of the Nats is an extinct volcano with a monastery on top, named the Popa Taungkalat. It is the most important site in Burma for Nat pilgrimage.
Mount Popa, which means flower mountain rises about 1,500 meters above sea level. The mountain is located in Mount Popa National Park. Although the region is very dry, the mountain and surrounding area are green and look like an oasis in the desert.
As the volcanic soil is fertile and there are many streams in the area the mountain and National Park contain many beautiful flowers and other vegetation.
Getting to Mount Popa means a drive through the country side of Burma and a chance to see every day Burmese life in the small villages. Reaching the monastery on top of the mountain requires a climb of a stairway of 777 steps. The stairway to the top is covered, along the way to the top are shops selling various items including wooden handicrafts and local flowers. Along the stairway and in the monastery itself are monkeys everywhere that are always on the lookout for food.
On top of the stairs are two giant golden colored Chinthes, a lion like creature that guards the entrance to most temples in Burma. Once arrived in the monastery area, please take off shoes and socks as is usual in Burmese temples. In the temple area you will find a golden spiraled pagoda surrounded by many smaller pagodas.
From the top of the mountain you will have great views of the surrounding area. If the weather is clear, you might be able to see as far as Bagan and the Irrawaddy river.
One of the Asia's largest and most spectacular ancient monuments is a wonderful Pagoda named Kakku. It contains over 2.000 stupas with origins dating back many centuries. Its exists not only as an outstanding example of tradition art and architecture but also as a testament to the religious devotion of one of Myanmar's many ethnic minorities. the Pa-Oh. For many centuries. the Pa-Oh has lived in peace. cultivating their land and devoting much of their energy and limited wealth to creating monasteries and pagodas.
Kakku is about 33 miles from Taunggyi. It will take about 3 hours drive by car. Kakku is located in the Shan State. Kakku is in the territory of Pa-Oh people. There are over 2000 stupas packed closely together in ranks and covering an area perhaps a square kilometer. The main stupa is around 40 meters high. the mass of the spire surrounding it uniformly. But each one is an individual masterpiece. The particular remarkable about the whole site is its good state of preservation. Originally each one must have been topped by a gilded metal hti. the multi tiered umbrella-like feature. which is typical of Myanmar Pagodas. Many of these are tilted on fallen. External rendering of mortar and stucco has crumbled away on others. exposing the brick core while trees have established themselves in a few. threatening to split them apart. But so much of the originals still exist that this site must be free of the destructive force of earthquakes. which have periodically ravaged many of the Myanmar's other monuments.
External decoration on many of the stupas is simple. almost sparse. the builders. having concentrated on pure grace and form for effect. but other features elaborate decoration. Traditional motifs weave intricate patterns of arabesques and stems. to create a delicate tracery of the highest artistic merit.
Even more fascinating are the many figures. carved in stucco and apparently originally brightly painted. which adorn corner or pay silent homage beside the niches in the base. many of which still contain antique Buddha images. Angels. musicians. dancers- all created with consummate skill. The remoteness of the site and reluctance of the local people allow visitors has helped to preserve its sculptures and artistic treasures to a degree. unknown in other ancient monuments in Myanmar. Kakku is a priceless piece of mankind heritage. a truly splendid example of the creative talent of remarkable people. It will take about 3 hours drive by car.
The legend says that the first stupas were created by King Alaungsithu. the 12th century King of Bagan. The decorative sculptures and figures are 17th or 18th century but some of the structures are clearly much older.