Journey to the West of Burma

Off the Beaten Track Myanmar in 15 Days


Highlights of the two-week excursion towards the Burma’s Western areas : 

  • jouney-to-the-westMandalay, the heart of ancient culture archive in Burma with typical Burmese architectures.
  • Bagan, the most imposing archaeological plain of temples and pagodas throughout the country.
  • Ngapali, the pristine beach with long sandy coast and palms tree around, the best site for an escape from modern life.
  • Mrauk U, the ancient kingdom of Rakhine dynasty offering an awe-inspiring sight other than anywhere in Burma.

Brief itinerary : 

Day 01 : Arrive Mandalay, city tour
Day 02 : Mandalay and imperial capitals around
Day 03 : Flight Mandalay/ Bagan, temple plain discovery
Day 04 : Bagan, traditional life
Day 05 : Flight Bagan/ Inle, boat tour to explore the lake
Day 06 : Inle –  Indein, sightsee the ancient temples complex
Day 07 : Flight Inle/ Ngapali
Day 08 + 09 : Ngapali, free days to relax
Day 10 : Flight Ngapali/Sittwe, transfer to Mrauk U
Day 11 : Mrauk U, visit temples plain and ruins
Day 12: Mrauk U, Chin villages with tradition of face tattooed.
Day 13 : Mrauk U – Sittwe, city tour
Day 14 : Flight Sittwe/Yangon, city tour
Day 15 : Yangon, departure.

Itinerary day by day :

mandalay-citadelle1 Day 01: Mandalay, city tour
On arrival in Mandalay, the second biggest center of culture in Myanmar, meet the guide and check in the hotel.  In the afternoon, sightsee the city dotted with stunning architecture of Buddhist. Start from the center of the city, you could discover Royal palace, a symbol of the formerly prosperous dynasty under the reign of the last two kings, Maha Muni Pagoda, the second most revered pagoda of Burma with the famous Buddha image, Kuthodaw Pagoda – the largest book in the world comprising a total of 729 marble slabs. Never miss the Shwenandaw monastery – one of the best religious buildings in teak wood. Overnight in Mandalay.
mandalay_mingun3 Day 02 : Mandalay and imperial capitals around
Spend the whole day to discover famous royal ruins around Mandalay to have a deeper view of the historic values of ancient Burmese dynasties. First, visit Jade market and then board a boat to Mingun to sightsee the Pahtodawgyi ruins, the world largest bells and Hsinbyume Pagoda. Continue to Sagaing to explore the Buddha cave and the Mount on the highest hill where the Soon Oo Ponya Shin pagoda is located. From above enjoy a panoramic view over hundreds of pagodas and monasteries perched on the hills bordering the Irrawaddy. After that, transfer to Amarapura to contemplate Mahagandayon monastery and walk on the U Bein Bridge to enjoy sunset. Overnight in Mandalay.
bagan2 Day 03 : Flight Mandalay/Bagan, temple plain discovery
Take a flight to Bagan. Relax and be immersed in the most impressive archaeological site in Asia, a must – see destination when you take a Myanmar trip by horse cart for most of the day time. Over 2000 temples, pagodas and stupas of various sizes and shapes emerge here and there, out of sight. Different from the Buddhist pagodas gilded with a huge of gold, Bagan religious structures are mainly built of brick.  Visit Ananda temple, one of the most venerated temples throughout Myanmar, Dhammayangyi pagoda, the largest structure of Bagan dating back to nineteenth century and some other typical pagodas of the complex. At the end of the day, climb up Htilominlo pagoda with the stunning view from faraway. Overnight in Bagan.
min-nan-thu-village Day 04 : Bagan, traditional life
Greet the dawn with the refreshing air and enjoy the view over the immense place of temples. A hot air balloon ride in the early morning is highly recommended giving you the unforgettable experiences if you like. Today we begin the exploration with the colorful and lively Nyaung Oo market which remains very authentic with a wide variety of local goods. Rest for a while before transferring to visit Min Nan Thu villages and Phwa Saw village, specializing in making traditional crafts of ox-cart wheels and lacquer ware, here you can try yourself creating some products as unique souvenirs. At the end of the day, boat  tour to see sunset. Overnight in Bagan.
ywama-inle Day 05 : Flight Bagan/Inle, boat tour to explore the lake
Morning flight to Inle Lake, “the turquoise of Shan highland” with unique characteristics. On arrival, let’s enjoy the refreshing air with gentle breeze rustling the immense water surface and magnificent mountain ranges faraway. Take a boat trip to discover the lake with the floating stilt houses and floating gardens along the lake where original techniques of early crops namely tomatoes and lettuce is lively presented. Twenty km in length, the lake is populated by Inthas who are very famous as “one leg rowers” with the unique rowing technique. Visit the Monastery of jumping cats and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the main sanctuary of the lake if you are interested in. Overnight in Inle.
lac_inle_indein_birmanie1 Day 06 : Inle –  Indein, sightsee the ancient temples complex
After breakfast, depart for the tour of a floating market (if the day coincides with market days) which is held every 5 days on the water, gathering people from the villages and towns in the region are held either on the lake or on the mainland. Discover the authentic life of the locals. Continue to a canoe tour to Indein, enjoy the riverside landscapes along the picturesque stream where water buffaloes are bathing with tranquil villages nearby. Climb up the hill where the ancient pagodas complex Indein has been located since 17th century. Some pagodas are being restored, but most of them are still in the abandoned condition like ‘Indiana Jones’. Overnight at the hotel in Inle.
ngapali-beach Day 07 : Flight Inle/ Ngapali
Get on the flight to Thandwe airport then transfer to the hotel on Ngapali beach. Enjoy the beach which is seen the most appealing one with an idyllic stretch of white sand and palm tree – lined coast.  Gasp at the sight of rock nestling under the crystal clear water which meets the sky at an infinite point. As the sun retires and the light display is tinged with red lights, a BBQ by the seaside seems a good idea for you and your friends. Listen to the wind shushing through the palm trees and the waves whispering their eternal songs. Overnight at the hotel in Ngapali.
Ngapali-vie_locale1 Day 08 + 09 : Ngapali, free days to relax
(*) Some recommendations for sea activities:
– Take part in some outdoor sea sports like kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving to discover the underwater world
–  Go cycling to explore the local life including small fishing village named Jate Taw and Thandwe town where there are colorful markets, dried fish shops and beautiful shells
–  Board a boat tour to visit some islands along the beach
–  Take a hot air balloon tour over the beach to enjoy mesmerizing scenery.
boat-to-mrauk-u Day 10 : Flight Ngapali/ Sittwe, transfer to Mrauk U
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Sittwe, a port city to the west of the country. Welcome by our guide and get on the car to the jetty and travel to Mrauk U by cruise along Kaladan river. Mrauk U is the former capital of Rakhine Kingdom with unique temples, monasteries, ancient palaces and ruined city walls from over 350 years ago. It will take you around 5 hours to get to the site. During the time, enjoy the refreshing riverside landscapes. On arrival, transfer to the hotel in the town. The rest of the day is free. Overnight in Mrauk U.
Mrauk_u_Birmanie1 Day 11 : Mrauk U, visit temples plain and ruins
Spend the whole day to explore Mrauk U. Start the day tour by sightseeing the imposing Koe Thaung Temple, the biggest temples among the complex with 90,000 Buddha images. Of the oval-shaped city boundary that remains, we just see only part of the moat and the walls among the green paddy fields. Then visit the famous Dukkanthein Pagoda and Shitthaung Temple, stop at some souvenir shops outside the temple. Continue the excursion to some local villages around to explore the traditional handicrafts. End the tour with the sunset-watching on the Harri Taung Hill with the panoramic view over the old Rakhine kingdom. Overnight in Mrauk U.
chin-village Day 12 : Mrauk U, boat tour to discover Chin villages with tradition of face tattooed
Take a three – hour boat tour to explore the Chin village with pure local life and the unique culture of residents whose faces are tattooed since they were very young. There is much rumor concerning the origin of this tattooed face tradition, but nothing has been revealed.  On the way, you pass through small creeks, charming betel nut plantation and authentic villages on the trip along the river. Time for you to rest, communicate with the residents and take some best photos with them. Back to the hotel in the late afternoon. Overnight in Mrauk U.
fishing-sittwe Day 13 : Mrauk U – Sittwe, city tour
After breakfast, head up to visit a local market around Mrauk U to explore the real life of Rakhine ethnic, then transfer back to Sittwe to prepare for the tour around the city. There are some famous tourist sites inside the seaside city that should be considered for your trip. They are Mahakuthala Buddha Museum where a variety of Rakhine style collections from Mrauk U and other ancient kingdoms are displayed, Thetkyamuni Pagoda with the unique 45 cm Sitting Buddha image, the Fishing port is bustling with activities in the evening as boats from the open seas return from fishing trip and the View Point, the charming spot with panoramic view of sunset over the Bay of Bengal. Free night. Overnigh in Sittwe.
pagode_shewdagon5 Day 14 : Flight Sittwe/ Yangon, city tour
Greet the morning with the colorful market in Sittwe where various seafood and handicrafts are widely sold. Prepare for the flight to Yangon, the biggest city of Myanmar. Depending on the time of arrival, city tour to discover the former Burmese capital (1862-2005). Start your excursion by visiting the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda with the largest reclining Buddhist image (70 m), Shwedagon pagoda, the most splendid and revered pagoda in Myanmar covered with 60 tons of gold leaf. Stroll around the Kandawgyi Lake nearby, stop on the wooden bridge over the south of the lake’s edge to watch mesmerizing sunset. Street food tour is highly recommended. Overnight in Yangon.
Departure flight Day 15 : Yangon, departure.
Free morning to recharge your energy and go shopping for souvenir for your family and friends.
Then transfer to the airport for flight back to your country.
End the tour in Myanmar

BUDGET IDEA 

Indicative prices for a group of 2 – 4 – 6 – 8 people: 2698 – 2270 – 2130 – 2120 US$/ person.

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The price includes : 

  • Domestic flights Mandalay / Bagan, Heho / Yangon.
  • 14 nights with breakfast in a double room in standard hotels. If you want to stay in superior hotels, please contact us.
  • All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver; 2 bottles of water / person every day
  • All excursions and visits mentioned (entry fees included).
  • The services of an English speaking guide for each region.
  • Possibility to have a French speaking guide (with additional charge) throughout the tour, please contact us.
  • Permanent assistance throughout the journey.

The price does not include :

  • International flights from home
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips for guides, carriers and drivers
  • Services and activities not included in the program

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