Myanmar Discovery Travel

9 Days in Myanmar with Highlights

9 days/ 8 nights

Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake

Classic tour

from 970 USD/ pax
Is it possible to properly appreciate the charm of Myanmar in less than 10 days?

If you are running on a tight time budget, our Myanmar in 9 days itinerary is a convenient pick that you can’t afford to forgo. Remarkably comprehensive yet expertly paced, this journey would render you bewitched with the unorthodox beauty of Myanmar’s famed ‘big-four’.

Wonder what awaits you in your coming Myanmar in 9 days?
  • Yangon City with the illuminating 2500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda
  • The beautiful temple-strewn plain of Bagan whose thousand religious monuments cast reflection on the legendary Irrawaddy River
  • The last royal capital of Mandalay; the vigorously throbbing cultural heart of Myanmar
  • Inle Lake, the little paradise on Shan Plateau

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.

Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, welcomed by our guide and transfer to the hotel. Day dedicated to the discovery of Bagan, the most impressive archaeological site in Asia, a unique architectural heritage in the world.
Enjoy the visit to main temples and pagodas by horse-cart and car: Ananda, one of the most remarkable and venerated temples throughout Myanmar with four standing Buddhas, Dhammayangyi, the largest structure of Bagan dating back to 19th century, Thatbyinnyu, the highest pagoda of the whole Bagan… Late aftrnoon, climb up to a tall temple to watch the sunset and enjoy a panoramic view of the pagodas plain. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

Embark on the morning by a visit to the colorful and lively market of Nyaung U, authentic with its wide variety of goods namely vegetables, meats, crafts and clothes. Back to Bagan, then transfer to Min Nan Thu village and Phwa Saw village, 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, board a wooden boat for a short cruise to the outskirts of Bagan where you will delve into the peculiar countryside atmosphere of Kyun Thiri, a small “island” village where time stands still! Take a break at a family house for a cup of tea before visiting the surroundings and the beautiful teak monastery by the riverside. Cruise back to Bagan after an excursion out of the time! Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

Greet the morning by boarding a boat tour to Pakokku along the Irrawaddy River (about 2h on boat), an amazing opportunity to experience life on the riverside with the local markets, gardens and traditional villages. Pakokku is well noted as the important commercial center of tobacco and thanaka. First visit a manufacturing factory of cheroot (Burmese handmade cigar) and the local market where sells thanaka (one type of cosmetic made from a local tree which is widely used by Burmese women and children). Afternoon, meet our driver and head up to Mandalay. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.

Day dedicated to explore the cultural capital of Burma. Founded in 1857 by King Mindon, Mandalay is known as the last royal capital of the country until the British arrived in 1885. Visit Royal Palace, a spectacular architecture by its dimensions. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, recognized as the world’s largest book with its 729 engraved marble steles and Shwenandaw Monastery with intricate carved teak panels, the most significant building in the history 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 (Me Nu Oak Kyaung), Bagaya Monastery and Nanmyint Watch Tower. Continue to Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’ for a walk along the 200 year-old teak bridge U Bein. Enjoy the fabulous views of surrounding farms and Taungthaman Lake showered in sunset. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho. On arrival, drive to Inle Lake, an enthralling watery world of Shan state. Contiune to a canoe tour to Indein, enjoy the riverside landscapes along the picturesque stream where water buffaloes are bathing with tranquil villages nearby. On arrival, climb up the hill where the ancient pagodas complex Indein has been located since 17th century. Explore the local craft of Inle Lake such as: the weaving village of
Inpawkhone, the Ywama Floating Village where goldsmith and silversmith are born. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, the monastery of jumping cats (as your wish). 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.
Ends of your 9 days in Myanmar!

Budget ideas

The price is determined based on twin/ double room (2-star). For single supplement, please contact us!

Number of people 2 pax 4 pax 6 pax
Price per person $1290 $1050 $970
What's included
  • Domestic flights Yangon/ Bagan, Mandalay/ Heho, Heho/ Yangon
  • 8 nights with breakfast in a double room in standard hotels. If you want to stay in superior hotels, please contact us
  • The company and service of an English-speaking guide at each region
  • 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
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips, drinks, and personal expense
  • Services and activities not included in the program

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6 most asked questions about myanmar

Absolutely, it is a safe place to visit. Most of the country is considered safe by Myanmar government.  Insurgency problems near the Indian and Thai borders are in areas far off the beaten track and will not affect a traveller’s journey through Myanmar in any way.

Roughly saying, the best time is about from October until March next year. For this period, you can enjoy mild weather, it’s sunny but not too hot (23 to 30 degree temperature). It doesn’t mean that from April to September you shouldn’t travel to Myanmar. During this time, the weather is quite hot or there is heavy rain, but not everywhere and every time. The whole country is green and beautiful enough for your Myanmar trip, and it is even more joyful while you may get sweet and amazing discounts.

Traveling the whole Myanmar may cost a lot of time. For regular travellers, there are four places that you should take into account (we consider them as the “big-four”):
– Yangon: the former capital city, and usually the first destination of most trips to Myanmar, home to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda
– Bagan: the largest archaeological site with thousands of temples scattered over 40 km square
– Inle Lake: the emerald lake nested among high mountains in Shan plateau, the true heaven for nature lovers
– Mandalay: the cultural hub and ancient city with royal relics

Besides these four, the extension would be Golden Rock, Kalaw, Pindaya, Ngapali Beach, and more.

Absolutely, it is a safe place to visit. Most of the country is considered safe by Myanmar government.  Insurgency problems near the Indian and Thai borders are in areas far off the beaten track and will not affect a traveller’s journey through Myanmar in any way.

Roughly saying, the best time is about from October until March next year. For this period, you can enjoy mild weather, it’s sunny but not too hot (23 to 30 degree temperature). It doesn’t mean that from April to September you shouldn’t travel to Myanmar. During this time, the weather is quite hot or there is heavy rain, but not everywhere and every time. The whole country is green and beautiful enough for your Myanmar trip, and it is even more joyful while you may get sweet and amazing discounts.

Traveling the whole Myanmar may cost a lot of time. For regular travellers, there are four places that you should take into account (we consider them as the “big-four”):
– Yangon: the former capital city, and usually the first destination of most trips to Myanmar, home to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda
– Bagan: the largest archaeological site with thousands of temples scattered over 40 km square
– Inle Lake: the emerald lake nested among high mountains in Shan plateau, the true êaven for nature lovers
– Mandalay: the cultural hub and ancient city with royal relics

Besides these four, the extension would be Golden Rock, Kalaw, Pindaya, Ngapali Beach, and more.

Mostly recommended Myanmar tours  are running from 12-14 days. This is quite enough time for you to explore the best highlights of the country while still have time to take insight discovery of each stop. We can customize it longer and shorter depending on your requests. If you have tight time budget, 7-9 days is enough to give you a taste of the country. If you have more time, spend 15-18 days to cover all the highlights plus relaxing time at beaches or an inspiring visit to some well-hidden destinations.

There are many benefits to using an agent to plan your trip.
– Save your time and your money: You don’t need to spend hours upon hours searching the Internet for sample itineraries, hotel reviews… simply tell us your travel plan, our travel consultants will do all the work for you. As a local agency, we’ve built strong relationship with local hotels, airlines, car rental companies.., we are given the rates and upgrades that you don’t have access to.
– Receive personalized attention: We have experts understanding of your interests and insight to specific destinations. They can make recommendations tailored to what you want.
– Get 24/ 7 support: Our agency is available day and night, before, during and after your trip to answer any questions you have or any concern that come up.

Yes, we’re. Myanmar Discovery is highly recommended on Tripadvisor. You can also find our customers’ reviews at our Testimonials section.

For further information, you can contact our correspondents, they are happy to offer you advice and assurance:
– Mrs. Louisa FELLS  from the UK (email: louisafells@hotmail.co.uk)
– Mrs. Catherine GOTTIGNES from Belgium (email: cathy.gottignies@gmail.com)
– Mr. Francois LAPOINTE from Canada (email: francoislapointe@me.com)

Mostly recommended Myanmar tours  are running from 12-14 days. This is quite enough time for you to explore the best highlights of the country while still have time to take insight discovery of each stop. We can customize it longer and shorter depending on your requests. If you have tight time budget, 7-9 days is enough to give you a taste of the country. If you have more time, spend 15-18 days to cover all the highlights plus relaxing time at beaches or an inspiring visit to some well-hidden destinations.

There are many benefits to using an agent to plan your trip.
– Save your time and your money: You don’t need to spend hours upon hours searching the Internet for sample itineraries, hotel reviews… simply tell us your travel plan, our travel consultants will do all the work for you. As a local agency, we’ve built strong relationship with local hotels, airlines, car rental companies.., we are given the rates and upgrades that you don’t have access to.
– Receive personalized attention: We have experts understanding of your interests and insight to specific destinations. They can make recommendations tailored to what you want.
– Get 24/ 7 support: Our agency is available day and night, before, during and after your trip to answer any questions you have or any concern that come up.

Yes, we’re. Myanmar Discovery is highly recommended on Tripadvisor. You can also find our customers’ reviews at our Testimonials section.

For further information, you can contact our correspondents, they are happy to offer you advice and assurance:
– Mrs. Louisa FELLS  from the UK (email: louisafells@hotmail.co.uk)
– Mrs. Catherine GOTTIGNES from Belgium (email: cathy.gottignies@gmail.com)
– Mr. Francois LAPOINTE from Canada (email: francoislapointe@me.com)

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