A holiday to Burma in 12 days will takes you to explore prominent religious sites as well as the golden land’s most well-known tourist attractions.
Day 01 : Arrival in Yangon
Day 02 : Yangon, tour around the city
Day 03 : Flight from Yangon to Mandalay, tour around the city
Day 04 : Mandalay & its surroundings
Day 05 : Mandalay – Monywa
Day 06 : Monywa – Pakokku – Bagan
Day 07 : Bagan, discovery of the temples
Day 08 : Bagan, visit of traditional villages
Day 09 : Bagan – Popa – Bagan
Day 10 : Flight Bagan / Heho – Inle Lake, bike ride round the lake
Day 11 : Inle Lake, sightseeing cruise
Day 12 : Inle Lake – flight from Heho to Yangon – Departure
|Day 01 : Arrival in Yangon
Your 12-day holiday to Burma starts in Yangon – the former capital city.
Based on your arrival time, have a city tour to explore top attractions in Yangon. Specifically, you visit the Shwedagon Pagoda which is the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site in Myanmar, one of wonders of religious world. Then you have chance to admire 70-meter long Reclining Buddha, one of world’s largest Buddhist image in Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda. National Museum is another stop. After this museum tour, you are expected to gain greater knowledge and understanding of Burmese art, history and culture. By the end of the day, you stroll through the city center to admire its precious colonial buildings.
Overnight in Yangon.
|Day 02 : Yangon, tour around the city
Greet the morning by wandering through Bogyoke market with over 200 shops and largest selection of Myanmar handicrafts and souvenirs. You then marvel at great exhibits of precious Burmese gemstones at Gems Museum. Also, get a chance of mingling with the vibrant and colorful life of locals in Yangon by taking a circular train. In the afternoon, get on a boat across Yangon river to the small village Dalah. Here enjoy exciting experiences riding in rickshaws and visiting a candle factory. Back to the downtown in late afternoon, walk along the beautiful park of Kandawgyi lake, stop on the wooden bridge over the South of lake edge. Indulge in authentic cultural show when having dinner at Karaweik palace on the eastern shore of the lake (dinner at your own expense). Overnight in Yangon.
|Day 03 : Flight Yangon/Mandalay – city tour
You are transferred to the airport for morning flight to Mandalay. Mandalay is not only home to Burmese typical temples and monasteries but also considered the city of royalty. You will experience Royal Palace, the last palace built by Burmese Royals, exploring impressive structures of buildings here, particularly, Watch tower, Tooth relic tower, Supreme Court building, Great Audience hall, Lion Throne room and Glass palace. Sightsee Shwenandaw monastery nearby that is considered the most sophisticated architecture in teak wood before you discover Kuthodaw pagoda, the world’s largest book with 729 carved marble headstones. Drop by Mahamuni Pagoda well known with the revered 4m high gilded Buddha image. The rest of the day is free. Overnight in Mandalay.
|Day 04 : Mandalay & its surroundings
Brighten your morning by touring Mandalay Jade Market that sells and polishes jades of different sizes and colors and a gold-leaf hammering workshop before boating to Mingun. Here you visit the Mingun Bell – the largest bell in the world, Hsinbyume Paya and the unfinished Mingun Paya. Relax and transfer to Sagaing. Climb to the highest hill where U Ponya pagoda, one of most significant pagodas of the region, is located. From above, you have a bird’s eye view of hundreds of pagodas and monasteries perched on the hills bordering Irrawaddy. Late afternoon, you are transferred to Amarapura, walking on U Bein bridge. This is the oldest and longest teak footbridge in the planet, and one of best places to watch magnificent sunsets in Myanmar.
Overnight in Mandalay.
|Day 05 : Mandalay – Monywa
This day you move to the Northwest of Mandalay and visit Monywa, the bustling city with imposing Buddhist architectures. You will dedicate the day to discover religious sites here. Specifically, visit Thanbuddhay pagoda that contains over 500,000 sculptures, relics and other sacred objects; Bodi Tataung where the gigantic lying Buddha and standing Buddha are located. Then you boat to fascinating caves of Po Win Taung that were likely inhabited from the beginning of human appearance in Myanmar. Some of these caves today are filled with paintings and antique Buddhas. By the end of the day, you take a rickshaw ride round the city center.
Overnight in Monywa.
|Day 06 : Monywa – Pakokku – Bagan
Saying goodbye to Monywa, you depart for Pakokku, a little town to the south by the shore of Irrawaddy river. This is an important commercial center of tobacco and Thanaka, in Magway region. In Pakokku, you visit a cheroot factory and a local market that sells Thanaka – secret skincare treatment and sunblock that is most popular for Burmese women and children. Relax and communicate with the friendly locals here to understand more deeply their daily life and culture. From Pakkoku, move down to Irrawaddy river by boat to Bagan, the remarkable archeological plain in Asia with thousand of temples and pagodas in red brick. Upon arrival, you transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Bagan.
|Day 07 : Bagan, discovery of temples
Bagan is another definitely worth-visiting place for your Burma tour. This is most impressive archeological site in Asia. About 40km from the left bank of legendary Irrawaddy river, over 2000 temples, pagodas and stupas of all sizes and many forms and styles emerge here and there. Visit Ananda temple, the most ancient one dating back to 12th century, Thatbyinnyu temple whose height is over 60 meters dominates the rest of temples in Bagan and some other outstanding temples by horse-cart. Late afternoon, you go watch sunset from the huge and impressive Pyathada pagoda to enjoy the magnificent view over the vast pagoda-complex.
Overnight in Bagan.
|Day 08 : Bagan, visit of traditional villages
In addtion to impressive temples and pagodas, the village life is one of top attractions in Bagan. You will start the day by discovering Nyaung Oo market. This is a colorful, lively and still very authentic market with various goods like food, vegetables, handicrafts and dried fruit. Move on the excursion with the authentic villages of Min Nan Thu and Phwa Saw, learning about lacquer making industry, how to make quality lacquer paintings art and you even can try yourself. At the end of the day, boat tour to see sunset.
Overnight in Bagan.
|Day 09 : Bagan – Popa – Bagan
The next interesting stop of the trip to Burma is Mount Popa. After breakfast, you are transferred to Mount Popa 50 km to the Southeast of Bagan. This is one of the most pilgrimage sites in the country which is known as the abode of Nats (spirits worshiped in Burma). Upon arrival, climb 777 steps to the summit of extinct volcano where Taung Kalat monastery is sited which offers a fantastic view over the plain of Myingyan. Back to Bagan, on the way you stop at a farm of toddy palms to discover how sweets and alcoholic beverages are manufactured from the palm’s extracts.
Overnight in Bagan.
|Day 10 : Flight Bagan / Heho – Inle Lake, bike ride round the lake
Morning flight to Heho and have perfect two days in Inle lake. You will be met by our guide then transferred to the hotel and relax before taking a bike ride to explore the surroundings in the afternoon. Follow a small path with traditional houses, plantations and hills, you will pass paddy fields with farmers working in the growing season or schoolchildren frolicking in the yards at break time. Let’s feel free and enjoy the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere while pedaling the bicycle through roads with green lush trees along the way. Back to the village at the end of day.
Overnight at the hotel in Inle.
|Day 11 : Inle Lake, sightseeing cruise
Day dedicated to explore Inle lake, the turquoise of Shan highland by boat. 20 km long, this lake whose name means “lake of 4 villages” is home to Inthas people that built villages with houses on stilts on the water. You will take part in a boat trip through charming traditional villages and lush floating farms, soak up the atmosphere as well as explore the authentic life activities of the local including unique way of rowing and techniques of growing early crops (eg. tomatoes, lettuces, pumpkins).
Overnight at the hotel in Inle.
|Day 12 : Inle Lake – flight Heho/Yangon – departure
You have free morning to relax.
Later, you arrive at Heho airport for the flight back to Yangon and your departure flight.
You have reached the end of our 12-day Myanmar itinerary.
Indicative prices for a group of 2 – 4 – 6 – 8 people: From 1750 – 1390 – 1290 US$/ person.
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