Myanmar Highlights combines the most beautiful attractions of Myanmar with a perfect touch to country`s highlight covering the landscapes, culture and local hospitality. Our trip starts from the city of Yangon where the culture of Burmese, Indian and Chinese are blending in the most colorful way. You will be invited to relax by the lake of Inle, home to many ethnic minorities and Intha one leg rower. After visit Mandalay with its ancient captials, you will have chance to admire the temples of Bagan, the biggest Unesco site in Burma.
* BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 01 : Arrival to Yangon (D)
Day 02 : Yangon City Tour ( B, L)
Day 03 : Yangon Sightseeing Tours – Fly to Bagan ( B, L)
Day 04 : Bagan Sightseeing Tours ( B, L)
Day 05 : Bagan Culture Tours – Fly to Mandalay ( B, L)
Day 06 : Mandalay Sightseeing Tour to Amarapura – Sagaing ( B, L)
Day 07 : Mandalay – Fly to Heho – Kalaw ( B, L)
Day 08 : Kalaw – Inle Lake Sightseeing Tours ( B, L)
Day 09 : Inle Lake Boat Trip ( B, L)
Day 10 : Inle Lake Cruising Tours – Heho – Fly back to Yangon( B, L)
Day 11 : Yangon – Departure ( B, L)
DAY 01 – MYANMAR TOUR WITH HIGHLIGHTS – 11 DAYS: ARRIVAL TO YANGON (D)
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 – MYANMAR TOUR WITH HIGHLIGHTS – 11 DAYS: YANGON CITY TOUR ( B, L)
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is still a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes Yangon one of the most fascinating and authentic capitals of South-East Asia. Visit Shwe Taw Myat Zedi (Buddha’s Replica Tooth Relic Pagoda), Kaba Aye Pagoda (World Peace Pagoda) built for memorial of the 1954-56 sixth Buddhist Synod, is located on Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Mayangon Township. And then proceed to Mahapasana Guha : “Great Cave”, built close to the Kaba Aye Pagoda, a replica of the Satta Panni cave, located in India, where the first Buddhist Synod was convened. The six entrances of The Maha Pasana Cave symbolize the Sixth Great Synod. Lunch at restaurant. 230 ft (70 m) long in the pose of rest, the original image was built in 1907 and Shwedagon Pagoda: world famous glistening gold stupa towering over the city with spearing to height of 326 fees.
Overnight in Yangon.
DAY 03 – MYANMAR TOUR WITH HIGHLIGHTS – 11 DAYS: YANGON SIGHTSEEING TOURS – FLY TO BAGAN( B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan, transfer to hotel and proceed on a sightseeing tour, starting with the busy local market and continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century. See 13th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha ‘Cave’ Temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi In village), another ‘cave’ temple with fine frescoes of the ‘Jataka Tales’. Next stop is Htilominlo Pagoda, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Visit the Taungphi village to see old monasteries, which have beautiful Khone Baung dynasty frescoes. Lunch at Restaurant. In the afternoon, visit continue to Annada Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters – Thatbinnyu Temple known as ‘temple of omniscience’ and dating from 1144. Continue to Mingalazedi Pagoda, the last of the large Pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Enjoy sunset at one of the monuments along Ayeyarwady River.
Overnight in Bagan.
DAY 04 – MYANMAR TOUR WITH HIGHLIGHTS – 11 DAYS: BAGAN SIGHTSEEING TOURS ( B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we have time to explore the Myinkaba village area either by bicycle or by horse cart. First we visit Gubyaukgyi Temple admiring the fine stuccowork. We continue to Nanbaya Temple, built in the Mon style with intricate stone carvings, and said once to have been Manuha’s residence. See the four Buddha images in Manuha Pagoda and later stop at Myazedi stupa to see Myanmar’s “Rosetta Stone”, bearing inscriptions written in four languages. Lunch at the Restaurant. In the afternoon, visit to Lacquer ware factory to watch craftsmen skill fully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts. After that visit to Abeyadana Temple with frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the gods of Indian mythology. Continue to Damayangyi Temple, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170 that is famous for its interlocking mortar less brickwork. Next, visit Sulamani Pagoda, one of Bagan’s great two-storied Bamar style temples, which has 4-seated Buddha images. Observe a sunset in the vicinity of Bagan’s ancient monuments.
Overnight in Bagan.
DAY 05 – MYANMAR TOUR WITH HIGHLIGHTS – 11 DAYS: BAGAN CULTURE TOURS – FLY TO MANDALAY ( B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Bagan Airport for a flight to Mandalay. Morning visit gold-leaf making; the venerable Mahamuni Pagoda, Myanmar traditional handicraft workshops, marble works, wood carvings and continue to Mahagandayon Monastery (Buddhistic University) one of the largest teaching monasteries in Myanmar. It is usually one of the destinations of tour itineraries to Mandalay. If you are travelling independently, just ask your driver to take you to the monastery. In the Buddhist Lent Festival, thousands of monks converge on this monastery, contributing to the religious atmosphere of Amarapura and silk & cotton weaving workshops. Enjoy lunch at restaurant. Afternoon sightseeing Shwenandaw Monastery (Golden Palace), noted for its exquisite wood carvings; Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the word’s biggest book for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures, Kyauktawgyi Pagoda; a large Buddha image carved out of single block of marble and Mandalay Hill, a vantage point for panoramic view of the city. Come back to hotel and leisure.
Overnight in Mandalay.
DAY 06 –MYANMAR TOUR WITH HIGHLIGHTS – 11 DAYS: MANDALAY SIGHTSEEING TOURS TO AMARAPURA – SAGAING (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to Amarapura, an ancient capital of Myanmar, where we can observe the life of over 1000 monks at Mahagandayon. Visit Bagaya Kyaung and famous U Bein’s teak bridge. After that, drive to Sagaing, cross the Inwa Bridge, you see the hilltops, each crested with a pagoda, the banners proclaiming the Buddha’s teaching, the refuge from all ills and tribulations where over 600 monasteries for monks and nuns are located for Buddhist studies and meditation. Visit to Sagaing Hill, Padamyazedi, U min Thonze or thirty caves pagoda has many Buddha images in a crescent shaped colonnade. Mural paintings can be seen in the Tilawkaguru cave temple, which was built around 1672. Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda nearby was constructed in 1312. The view of Sagaing from Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin and its approach is marvelous. After that drive back to Mandalay, one the way, visit to Ava; an ancient city of Burma King in 1783.
Overnight in Mandalay.
DAY 07 – MYANMAR TOUR WITH HIGHLIGHTS – 11 DAYS: MANDALAY – FLY TO HEHO – KALAW (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Mandalay Airport for a flight to Heho. Upon arrival in Heho, transfer to Kalaw (50 km – 1½ hours), an interesting drive up into the hills and across the Shan Plateau, through fields of mountain rice. Kalaw, which was formerly a British Hill Station. Enjoy walking through Kalaw, visiting the local market, the tiny train station and perhaps walking up the hill to see the old catholic church (if open). Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, take a walk through the hills and start walking to Myin Ma Hti village 31/2 hours. The ethnic groups are Danu, first walk through the pine forest and after 1 hour walking you will see potatoes, mountain rice and huge vegetables plantation field. They all worked with ox and buffalo, no machine no tractor. Unbelievable to see people working a huge field with man power and animal. Enjoy the nature beauty, on the way you’ll see little boys and girls helping their parents. The Myin Ma Hti’s villager are farmers 100% earn their living on agriculture. Myin Ma Hti known for his lime cave 200meters long. Return to your hotel.
Dinner and overight in Kalaw.
DAY 08 – MYANMAR TOUR WITH HIGHLIGHTS – 11 DAYS: KALAW – INLE LAKE SIGHTSEEING TOURS (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning scenic drive (64 km – 2 hours) across the Shan Plateau to Nyaungshwe where we board our own boat to go to our hotel in Inle Lake. (OR) Then drive to Nyaung Shwe – the tourist hub for visiting Inle Lake. It consists of one main thoroughfare with numerous side streets and a few parallel roads. The main street has numerous shops, several restaurants, a few stupas, travel agencies and a market (located behind the storefronts). Near the end of this road, a bridge crosses the river channel near an impressive mirror-tiled stupa and then check in at hotel. Lunch at Restaurant. In the afternoon, we enjoy another boat tour to Indaing, at the western end of the Lake. The boat takes you through a long channel where you watch the farmers cultivate their produce. This ride is one of the most scenic boat tours on Lake Inle. The beauty of sunset over Inle Lake enchants all visitors.
Dinner and overnight in Inle Lake.
DAY 09 – MYANMAR TOUR WITH HIGHLIGHTS – 11 DAYS: INLE LAKE BOAT TRIP (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, explore one of the 5-day markets (on market day only). By visiting 5-day markets, clients will get insight into the life-style of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha inhabitants who came to these markets to sell their goods. Enjoy boat trip on Inle Lake – a photographer’s dream, its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic high hills provide the perfect backdrop. See the lake’s unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. Lunch at local Restaurant, located in the middle of lake. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. See traditional handicrafts – silk weaving on wooden handlooms and a blacksmith shop. Pass endless floating gardens, where fruit and vegetables are grown. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake. One can see ancient Buddha statues which are more than 200 years old.
Dinner and overnigh in Inle Lake.
DAY 10 – MYANMAR TOUR WITH HIGHLIGHTS – 11 DAYS: INLE LAKE CRUISING TOURS – HEHO FLY BACK TO YANGON (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe and then proceed to Heho Airport. Return domestic flight to Yangon and transfer to hotel. Lunch at Restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Bogyoke Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar’s wide range of handicrafts. Walk along Yangon River to see the busy harbor area, from where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and for upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River.
Overnight in Yangon.
DAY 11 – MYANMAR TOUR WITH HIGHLIGHTS – 11 DAYS: YANGON – DEPARTURE (B, L)
Free until transfer to the airport for the onwards flight.
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– Accommodation based on twin sharing
– All kinds of internal transportation as above mentioned itinerary
– Domestic Flight tickets for (Yangon – Nyaung Oo, Nyaung Oo – Mandalay and Mandalay – Heho, Heho – Yangon)
– Meals as listed in the itinerary: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
– Sightseeing on Inle Lake by private boat
– English Language guide
– Entrance Fees & Zone Fees as per mentioned program
– Good local car experienced car driver
– Government Tax
– Service Tax
– International Ticket Fare with insurance surcharge and Fuel surcharge
– Visa Fees & Travels insurance
– Personal Expense such as beverages, telephone calls, laundry services, Minibar, etc….
– Drinks at meals and purify drinking water and snow Towel along in program