The Myanmar Highlights tour is an excellent introduction to this fascinating country Myanmar or also known as Burma. Myanmar has not developed yet as the surrounding neighbours like Thailand. This offers a unique opportunity to witness the old Asian culture and lifestyle. Bagan is the main touristic attraction of Myanmar with its many stupa’s and temples, but Myanmar has a lot more to offer. With this Myanmar Highlights Tour, we cover the main touristic attractions, but we also give the opportunity to visit the local villages and meet the friendly Myanmar locals.
This tour comes in 2 options. You can choose for a throughout guide to accompany you all the way during these 14 days or you can opt just to have local guides at each destination. As always we can customise this trip according to your wishes.
Day 1: Yangon
Upon arrival in Yangon, meeting service with your Myanmar representative & your English language guide. After a warm welcome, we take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, we will visit the house of Aung San Su Kyi where she stayed during her house arrest. From the home of Aung San SuKyi, we drive to Kandaw Gyi Lake and the Floating Karaweik of Yangon. You can take great scenic shots here and enjoy the fresh air of the Garden and lake. From the lake, we drive to the “Chaukhtatgyi”, the colossal reclining Buddha Image, in a glittering stupa. As the evening approaches, we arrive at Myanmar’s holiest monument, the Shwedagon Pagoda. The Shwedagon Pagoda is over 2,600 years old. We enjoy the sunset over a towering stupa covered with 60 tons of pure gold leaf. Tour ends at 6 pm.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon – Bago – Yangon
Today you will be enjoying a nice trip to Bago. Along the way, there are some beautiful Myanmar and Mon tribe villages and towns with paddy fields and plantations. Bago is near the Ancient Mon Capital: Han-sa-wa-di). We make a stop at the Ancient Mon Stupa Shwemawdaw Pagoda.Its spire is even taller than the great Shwedagon Pagoda where you can meet local friendly people and find some beautiful handicrafts shops. We will also visit a marvelous 55 meters long reclining Buddha in the Bago region and the close by village. We will have to return in time to Yangon to prepare for the night train to Mandalay. In the evening we bring you to the train station for the night train to Mandalay. Don’t forget to bring some water and food for your trip as there is no restaurant on the train. However, in every station, vendors will come and sell water bottles and local food.
Overnight on the train.
Day 3: Mandalay
You will arrive in the early morning in Mandalay, where you will be welcomed by your private car driver. Check -in at the Mandalay Hotel. Rest of the morning free to relax from the night train. In the afternoon, your Mandalay guide will take you to the Shwenandaw Monastery, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, and the Mandalay Hill.
Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 4: Ayeyarwaddy River Boat to Mingun Full day Sightseeing
After breakfast at the Mandalay Hotel, pick up from the hotel and drive to the jetty for a private Boat trip to Mingun across the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. Plenty of time for sightseeing Mingun Bell, for visiting the Patodawgyi, the Unfinished Pagoda, and the surrounding village. Tour ends at 6 pm.
Overnight at Mandalay.
Day 5: Boat to Bagan from Mandalay
Today we get up early to catch the boat to Bagan on time (6 AM). First, we enjoy our breakfast at the Mandalay Hotel before we drive to the Mandalay Boat station. From the Mandalay Boat station our trip to Bagan starts. After leaving the skirts of Mandalay, the river stretches out for 36-km (20-mile) through one of the most cultured places in the world. Modern civilization has largely bypassed this region. The spiritual wealth is felt in the Sagaing valleys, which have been preserved for centuries. Between Inwa and Sagaing, the river flows for a short while towards the west before turning south again. The Ava (Inwa) Bridge, which runs across the road and railway line to Myitkyina, was destroyed during World War II and rebuilt in 1954. At present, this bridge and one at Pyay are the only two bridges to cross the Ayeyarwady along its entire 2,170-km (1,350-mile) length. Shortly after sailing this part of the river’s treacherous shoals, the boats passes the confluence with the Mu river that drains from the Sagaing province. The ship sails to Yandabo, where the treaty that ceded Assam, Rakhaing, and Tanintharyi to the British was signed in 1825. Yandabo is only accessible by the river and is well known for its terracotta pottery, which is made with the yellow mud collected from the river bank. Further south is a shallow stretch along the confluence with the Chindwin and its many shifting sandbanks. If you’re travelling on a local slow-boat at low water, this is where the boat has the most chance of running aground. When this happens, you will have to wait for hours before the ship floats again. When we sail Southwards, the heartland of the Bamar people lies to the left. This land south of Mandalay, which took benefit from the irrigation for more than 2,000 years, was the breadbasket that fed the various Burmese kingdoms. Its surplus permitted the development of an advanced civilization that started with the First Burmese Empire in the 11th century. When passing Myin-Gyan during the dry season, one can feel the dust and heat that bakes this part of the country where rain is scarce. Finally, the boat reaches Pakokku – the gateway to the western Myanmar. Pakokku is worth visiting for its bustling market and workshops producing handwoven cloths and local cigars. From here you can reach Mount Victoria. With his summit of more than 3,000 metres (10,000ft), it’s the highest peak of the Rakhaing Yoma. Once past Pakokku, the jetty at Nyaung-U, the jump-off point for Bagan, is only a few kilometres away. Here, you will be picked upon arrival by our local guide who will take you to your hotel in Bagan (at about 5 pm). Tour ends at 6 pm. Evening free for leisure
Overnight at Bagan.
Day 6 – 7: Bagan Sightseeing among temples by e-bikes
After breakfast at your Bagan hotel, our guide takes you on a full day tour with e-bikes. You will see some of most magnificent stupas and temples from the 11th & 13th centuries. As there are more than 2217 of them, it’s impossible to visit them all. Tour ends at 6 pm.
Overnight in Bagan
Day 8: Relaxing free day at Bagan and Night bus to Kalaw
In the morning you will visit the local market of Nyung U where you can find some see interesting Myanmar products and the culture of local people. From the market, we will visit downtown Nyaung U with its typical snack and tea shop. In the late afternoon, we check out from the Hotel, and transport you to the Bagan bus station for your trip to Kalaw (about 6 -7 hours drive). At Kalaw, you will be picked up (at about 1-2 am) by your private car driver, who will escort you to the Kalaw Hotel.
Overnight at Kalaw.
Day 9: Kalaw walking tour
In the morning, time to relax. After lunch, your Kalaw guide takes you for a walking tour in this beautiful hill station town of Shan State. Tour ends at 5 pm.
Overnight at Kalaw
Day 10: Kalaw to Inle trekking
In the morning we drive to a small village which is the starting point of the trekking (about 30min drive). We will be walking the whole day untile we reach the village where we will overnight. You will pass 5 villages in total. On the way, we enjoy our lunch provided in lunch boxes. After a warm welcome in the village, a traditional home cooked dinner will be served. You will spend the night in a very traditional village tribal house.
Day 11: Inle
Today, we walk 4 more hours to west bank of Inle Lake. A private boat will take you around for 1 hour and a half to reach Nyaung Shwe town, where we check in the Hotel. After lunch, your Nyaung Shwe guide will take you on a beautiful boat trip on the Inle lake. The boat crosses the outrageously beautiful lake to see the (Nga Phe Kyaung) monastery. Nga Phe Kyaung monastery is an ancient monastery famous for its Shan Buddha images and the region’s most revered Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. At the Inn Paw Khon Village, you can see the traditional silk weaving looms, Burmese cats at the Inthar Heritage restaurant, the silversmith workshop. The highlights of this boat tour enable you to witness the unique lifestyle of thenInn Thar people… the leg rowers, floating gardens, fishermen with strange fishing gears, etc.Tour ends at 6 pm.
Overnight at Inle.
Day 12: Inle Lake sightseeing
In the morning, you will visit the 5-day market to explore the daily life of local people and their traditional products. From the market, we will visit the Indein Village(a small Pa-O Tribe Village) through a narrow canal with a beautiful natural landscape to see the Ancient Stupas which were donated by the Bagan King Alaung Si Thu( Grandson of King Kyan Sit Tha). The main stupa-area on the top of the hill offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, the valley and the lake at the horizon.
Overnight at Inle Lake.
Day 13: Inle Lake to Yangon via Heho
As we reach the end of our tour, we fly back to Yangon today. But before we leave we take a short walk to the Nyaung Shwe Market. Your driver will take you to the Heho airport in the afternoon for the flight to Yangon. Pick up in Yangon airport who will bring you to your hotel. Evening free for leisure.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 14: Yangon
Today you will be enjoying a walking tour in Yangon Downtown starting with a visit to the local market in the morning before we’re heading downtown to witness the enchanting everyday life in Yangon. We will visit “Sule” Pagoda, colonial style buildings of Yangon, the City Hall, and the beautiful church. A local tea shop will engage you with many local people of Myanmar while enjoying the Myanmar tea which is quite similar to the tea with sweetened milk in India.After lunch, we take you the jetty of Yangon where you can see the workers from the other side of the city coming to the town with the water ferry. If you’re interested, you can cross the river with the ferry across and enjoy the breeze on the Yangon River with the seagulls flying over.In the afternoon your private car will bring you to the Yangon International Airport if you have an international flight to catch, or you can continue your journey from the hotel to your next destination. Here ends our Myanmar Highlights tour.
Map of the tour
Hotels (3 stars) and village homestays with breakfasts
Domestic Airfares as per program (Heho to Yangon)
Transfer with private cars
Sightseeing with private vehicles when mentioned,
E-bike in Bagan
Boat fees in Inle
Boat trip from Mandalay to Bagan,
Night Bus from Bagan to Kalaw,
Train from Yangon to Mandalay,
Private trekking package fees (Kalaw to Inle trek)
Local Station English Speaking Guides’ fees. (option 2)
Throughout English Speaking Guide (option 1)
Insurance: we firmly advise taking a travel insurance
Visa fee for Myanmar
International airport departure tax & International flights
Meals (Lunch and Dinner)
Entrance fees as mentioned above
Any extra stops and costs due to strike and natural disaster
Anything not specified in the inclusive list
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