Myanmar Discovery Travel

Myths of the Golden Land

12 days/ 11 nights

Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Kalaw, Inle

Classic tour

from 1090 USD/ pax

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. It is an itinerary into the core of Myanmar’s shrouded religious realm.

Wonder what awaits you in your coming Myanmar in 12 days?
  • Yangon City with majestic Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Bagan, the world’s greatest archaeological site with thousands of temples
  • The former capital Mandalay with citadels and charming royal cities
  • The wonderful excursion to the Inle Lake, the little paradise on Shan plateau
  • The mythical Mount Popa

itinerary

Arrival in Yangon, welcomed by our driver and transfer to hotel in the downtown. Free time for your own discovery of the city to discover the daily life of local residents. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Start your city tour with the center of Yangon to be immersed into the charming colonial city:
– Board the local “circular train” that goes around the city to observe the vibrant and colorful life of Yangonnais.
– Visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda and its great Reclining Buddha whose colossal stature
– Continue with the National Museum, the country’s principal cultural museum, which houses an extensive collection of Burmese artifacts.
– When the sun moves slowly westward, stroll along China Town housing decrepit colonial buildings, an abundance of small shops and street vendors .
– End the day with an extended visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments, rises up to 99 meters. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay. Welcomed by our guide and transfer to the hotel. Have a rest then start to explore the cultural capital of Burma:
– Visit Royal Palace, built by King Mindon in 1897, this palace is a spectacular architecture by its dimensions.
– Kuthodaw Pagoda, recognized as the world’s largest book with its 729 engraved marble steles
– Shwenandaw Monastery with intricate carved teak panels, the most significant building in the history of Mandalay.
– Mahamuni Pagoda which houses 4-meter high Buddha image, one of the most famous Buddha statues throughout Myanmar. For centuries, thousands of Buddhist pilgrims have covered the Buddha body with a layer of gold leaf. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.

Day dedicated to explore the imperial ruins around Mandalay. Morning transfer to the Buddha land of Sagaing. This religion hub presents the education for monks with different levels. Visit Buddha cave and U Min Thonze Pagoda, Soon U Pon Nya Shin Pagoda, Tupayon Temple where you can enjoy the great view of Mandalay. Move on the route to Inwa, one out of four ancient capital cities around Mandalay. Take a horse-cart tour around the ruins of Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, Bagaya Monastery and Nanmyint Watch Tower. End this day at Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’. Walk on the world’s longest and oldest teak bridge and contemplate the splendid sunset. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.

Morning transfer to the jetty to join the cruise trip from Mandalay to Bagan to enjoy the idyllic riverside landscapes along legendary Irrawaddy River with the local markets, gardens and traditional villages. Originating from Himalaya, the river crosses the country from north to south for about 2000 km, ending in delta before joining the Indian Ocean. Called “Mother River” by the Burmese, this legendary river is the “royal road” of a secret Burma with mines of jade and rubies, plantations and forests. Lunch and beverage are served on board. You will have the chance to view the magnificent sunset on the river.
On arrival in Bagan, welcomed by our driver and head up to the hotel. Overnight in Bagan.

Embark on the morning by a visit to the colorful and lively Nyaung U market, a whirlwind colors of fresh fruits and vegetables to local handicrafts. Back to Bagan, then transfer to Min Nan Thu and Phwa Saw village which are well-noted for the traditional craft of oxcart wheel-making and lacquer ware, two of the best-known handicraft of Myanmar. Stop at a family lacquer ware workshop to watch their producing process.
In the afternoon, enjoy the visit to some main temples and pagodas by horse-cart and car: Ananda, one of the most remarkable and venerated temples with four standing Buddhas; Dhammayangyi, the largest structure of Bagan dating back to 19th century; Thatbyinnyu, the highest pagoda of the whole Bagan (if time permits). Late afternoon, climb up to a tall temple to watch the sunset and enjoy panoramic view of the pagodas plain. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

Departure for Mt Popa by car, about 50 km southeast of Bagan crossing a beautiful valley covered with sugar palm plantations. On the way, stop at a garden of toddy palms where you will discover the manufacture of sweets and alcoholic beverages from fruit. On arrival, climb the 777 steps to reach the top of the volcanic cone Taung Kalat where a golden Buddhist temple located, offering fantastic view over the plain of Myingyan. According to locals, Mt Popa is the residence of 37 major Nats (the revered local spirits). Move on the route to Kalaw, a former resort of the British. Located at 1300 m altitude on the Shan plateau, Kalaw is a small quiet town with cool climate and refreshing atmosphere. Overnight at hotel in Kalaw.

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to the village Tha Yet Pu of Pa-O tribe to reach your trek starting point. Take one-hour walk through plantations of various crops like ginger, rice, wheat, potatoes to reach the village Kan Par Ni of the tribe Danu. The Danu minority who speak the archaic Burmese are often recognizable by their black outfit studded with colored sequins. On arrival, walk around the village; meet locals to discover their work and daily life. After that, continue walking for another hour on flat ground to Su Pan Inn. This charming village with lovely surroundings is an ideal place for a lunch stop and a meal will be served in a family house or monastery. Take a rest and continue the trek passing different lush gardens. Along the way you will catch farmers with their buffaloes are working on the fields. Dinner and overnight at homestay or in a monastery.

This morning, take a soft trek to the main road and picked up by the driver to Inle. Move on the day tour by boarding a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake. Idyllic framework, blotted around the mountains, it is a punctuated blue oasis of villages on pile, temples and monasteries. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the Intha people. See floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottpm with bamboo poles. Contemplate the unique image of Intha fishermen operate their boat by one-leg rowing technique. Explore local crafts such as the weaving village of Inpawkhone, the Ywama Village where goldsmith and silversmith are born. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains 5 sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, the monastery of jumping cats. Overnight at hotel in Inle.

Spend the day to discover Sagar, the ancient royal city of Shan ethnic group. Located to the south of Inle Lake, this less well-known archaeological site has been flooded since the middle of the 20th century. Stop at the village of Taung Toe which is the home of many pagodas built in the 16th century. On arrival at Sagar, visit the village and its “hollow” stupas with 108 stupas from 16-17th centuries which are partially in the water for a few months every year. It is optional to visit the village monastery or go to the top of a small hill for great views over the lake and the surrounding villages. Explore the distilation process of local rice-wine at the village of Thaya Gone and the manufacturing process of traditional pottery at the village of Khaung Sae. Back to Inle Lake in the late afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Inle.

Morning join a bike tour along the lakeside of Inle to explore the modest and peaceful life of the residents. On the way, stop at Red Mountain Estate Vineyard and Winery to visit the grapes plantation and enjoy some local wine. It must be a very memorable experience for you to be immersed in the romantic atmosphere of sunset tie (budget on your own). Afternoon transfer to the airport for the flight back to Yangon. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Free time before the transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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The price is determined based on twin/ double room (2-star). For single supplement, please contact us!

Number of people2 pax4 pax6 pax
Price per person$1510$1190$1090
What's included
  • The company and service of an English-speaking guide at each region
  • Meals mentioned in the program
  • Private transfers with driver; 2 bottles of water/person every day
  • All excursions and visits mentioned (entry fees included)
What's not included
  • International flight tickets from/to your country
  • Visa-on-arrival to Myanmar
  • Tips, personal expenses and other services not mentioned
  • Other not mentioned in the tour

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