Within 12 days, our Essential Myanmar Tour will take you to anyplace in this country, in the world where unspoilt natures and incredible cultural heritages attracts your sense of travel with more than your enjoyment. Begin with the very first stop, Yangon and passing many other attractive sites of the country like Bagan - the plain of temples and stupas, Inle Lake - the most famous lake of Myanmar, and numerous Buddhist temple and unique Buddha images, you will have the most memorable.
* BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 01: Yangon Arrival – Yangon Sightseeing Tours
Day 02: Yangon Package Tours – Fly to Heho – Kalaw Travel Package Tours (B, L )
Day 03: Kalaw Sightseeing Tours – Pindaya – Nyaung Shwe – Inle lake (B, L )
Day 04: Inle Lake Sightseeing Tours (B, L )
Day 05: Nyaung Shwe – Heho – Mandalay Sightseeing Tours (B, L )
Day 06: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay (B, L )
Day 07: Mandalay – Sagaing – Monywa (B, L )
Day 08: Monywa – Pakokku – Bagan (B, L )
Day 09: Bagan Sightseeing Tours (B, L )
Day 10: Bagan Culture Tours to Mt. Popa (B, L )
Day 11: Bagan – Yangon (B, L )
Day 12: Yangon departure (B )
DAY 01 – ESSENTIAL MYANMAR TOUR: ARRIVAL TO YANGON – YANGON SIGHTSEEING TOURS
Upon arrival at airport, pick up and transfer to your hotel. Relaxing. Dinner will be served in Karaweik Palace Restaurant watching Myanmar Traditional Dances.
Overnight in Yangon.
DAY 02 ESSENTIAL MYANMAR TOUR: YANGON SIGHTSEEING TOURS – FLY TO HEHO – KALAW TRAVEL PACKAGE TOURS (B, L)
Yangon Air will take you to Shan State which gets its name from the Shan people, one of several ethnic groups that inhabit the area. Shan State is largely rural, with only three cities of significant size: Lashio, Kengtung, and the capital, Taunggyi., some call it "Switzerland of Myanmar" One and a half hours drive from Heho is formers British hills station town, Kalaw. Cool, spring-like weather, pine forests, tea plantations and colorfully clad hill tribes make this town to a natural magnet for tourists.
Overnight in Kalaw.
DAY 03 – ESSENTIAL MYANMAR TOUR: KALAW SIGHTSEEING TOURS – PINDAYA – NYAUNG SHWE – INLE LAKE TRAVEL PACKAGE TOUR (B, L)
A visit of the Pindaya Caves, hosting more than 8,000 Buddha’s images, will compensate you for the one and a half hours ride on a bumpy road! In late afternoon you will arrive by car at the sleepy village of Nyaung Shwe – Located in the Southern Shan State near the marvelous Inle Lake. Inle Lake is situated in Nyaung Shwe Township, one has to take a flight from Yangon to Heho and then travel by car or bus. Or one can travel by highway buses from Yangon to Taunggyi, then pass Shwe Nyaung and reach Nyaung Shwe. The old palace of the last Shan prince, who was Myanmar's first president, will bring you back to the times of the old Burman.
Overnight in Inle Lake.
DAY 04 – ESSENTIAL MYANMAR TOUR: INLE LAKE SIGHTSEEING TOURS (B, L)
Don't forget your sun lotion! A whole day excursion in a long-tailed sampa on the Inle Lake, rimmed by blue mountains, will show you that life here still follows ancient, traditional patterns. Floating gardens, one leg rowers, villages on stilts, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. Inle Lake the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival is one of the largest Buddhist festivals in Burma. The festival is held from the first day of the waxing moon to the third day after the full moon of Thadingyut: September and October in our western calendar – wonderful monasteries, and the reflection of the cotton wool clouds – that's magic!
A morning flight will take you to the city of Myanmar's kings. A visit to the Mahamuni Buddha image will make you realize, why Myanmar is known to be the "Golden Land". Excursions to the handicrafts centers with wood carving, marble carving, tapestry work, gold leaf making and bronze casting… You are back to the centuries before the industrial revolution.
Overnight in Mandalay.
DAY 06 – ESSENTIAL MYANMAR TOUR: MANDALAY TRAVEL PACKAGE TOUR TO MINGUN – MANDALAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR (B, L)
"Men may come and men may go, but I flow on forever"… the Ayeyarwaddy is humming. Don't ask why the king didn't finish the biggest temple in the world, the Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, just be happy to see the world's largest ringing bell! In the afternoon don't miss the 729 stone slabs of the Kuthodaw Pagoda with the entire Buddhist scriptures. The climb upwards the 1,729 steps to Mandalay Hill will reward you with a firm and sound sleep.
Overnight in Mandalay.
DAY 07 – ESSENTIAL MYANMAR TOUR: MANDALAY TRAVEL PACKAGE TO SAGAING – MONYWA (B, L)
Today you will learn a lot about the daily life of monks and nuns. Neither need to get up as early as them nor to stay for years in one of the 400 monasteries in the Sagaing Hills, the heart of the Buddhist religion. Continue travelling to the center of Chindwin Valley, which is worth a visit. Attributes start here with more, most, bigger, largest…500,000 Buddha images, 806 stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures, 1,000 Banyan trees and the largest Reclining Buddha…
Have a lovely day driving along the country roads. En route stop at villages and everywhere people delighted to have their pictures taken! A visit to Pakangyi – said to be the place of skillful quibblers in Myanmar – to see the huge monasteries, supported by the hundreds of teak pillars, is in order. Here in Pakokku you will see an ornamental backdrop of a throne of a Buddha image – the most amazing, marvelous, wonderful, excellent, perfect and splendid wood carving you have ever seen.
Enjoy the whole day at the most extensive archaeological site in Asia. Among the 2,000 temples you will see Ananda, Shwezigon, Thatbinnyu, and thousand of Pagoda. Some you can walk to, others are best visited by bicycle or pony cart. Walking, bicycle or pony cart riding – finally now you will know that you must go barefooted in all pagodas.
Overnight in Bagan.
DAY 10 – ESSENTIAL MYANMAR TOUR: BAGAN CULTURE TOURS TO MT. POPA (B, L)
En route to Mt. Popa, you will visit some villages and watch the collection of juice from palm trees and its conversion into palm sugar. Rising out of the shimmering heat, the solitary volcanic crag of Mt. Popa is home to Myanmar's most powerful "nats".
Overnight in Bagan.
Day 11 – ESSENTIAL MYANMAR TOUR: BAGAN TRAVEL PACKAGE TOUR TO YANGON (B, L)
A flight will bring you back to the modern city of Yangon, leaving the tranquility behind you. Busy street scenes dominate the city. Botataung and Sule pagodas in the center of the city, the sprawling Bogyoke Market, Chinatown, – but at sunset you will find your rest at the Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of your wonderful journey.
Overnight in Yangon.
DAY 12: YANGON – DEPARTURE (B)
A visit to the outstanding National Museum with its ornate treasures will give you the impression that you haven’t seen enough. Proceed your onward destination at Yangon International Airport and Myanmar will warmly welcome again!!
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– Accommodation based on twin sharing All kinds of internal transportation as above mentioned itinerary