SPLENDID MYANMAR

10 DAY(S) TOP SELLING TOURS

Yangon - Golden Rock - Bago - Bagan - Mt. Popa - Salay - Heho - Inle Lake - Mandalay - Amarapura - Ava - Sagaing - Mandalay

A unforgettable journey through the wonder lands of Myanmar, combining between unspoiled nature and incredible cultural heritages

Highlights

  • Discovering the charming Yangon with its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage.
  • Heading to one of the most remarkable Buddhist sites in Southeast Asia, ‘Golden Rock’, with the gravity-defying golden marvel at its summit.
  • Exploring Bagan, the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world. Climbing up to the golden-spired monastery on the top of Mt. Popa.
  • Immersing in the picturesque Inle Lake, famous for its floating villages and gardens and the unique way of life of the local people.
  • Paying a visit to Mandalay, Myanmar's cultural capital, perhaps the most evocative of any destination in Myanmar.

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1 - Day 3
    Visit the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda and take an unforgettable journey to the remarkable Golden Rock
  • Day 4 - Day 5
    Contemplate the temples complex in Bagan and climb up to the top of Mt. Popa
  • Day 6 - Day 7
    Exlore Inle Lake, its floating villages, temples, gardens and the unique way of life of the local people
  • Day 8 - Day 10
    Discover Mandalay, Myanmar's cultural capital and its surrounding attractions including Amarapura, Sagaing, and Ava
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Inclusion

  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Land transportation by air-con vehicles
  • Accommodation based on Twin-shared room with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (no drinks)
  • Boat trips and admissions as mentioned in the program
  • Drinking water during the touring day (2 bottles/person/day)

Exclusion

  • Airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
  • Visa services (Visa stamp fee/ Visa fast track)
  • Early check-in/late check-out/ room upgrade surcharge
  • Other meals, Drinks, and personal expenses (phone call, laundry, tipping etc.)
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Optional Tours.

Upon arrival, pick up by our tour guide and transfer to the hotel in the city centre. 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. Standard check in time is 14h00, early check in upon availability.  
This afternoon, we transfer to visit Sule Pagoda, a 2200-year-old temple surrounded by government buildings and commercial shop. Walk from here to Mahabandoola Park and visit the Independent Monument. Continue our tour by car, passing City Hall, little india and little china, Strand road and Yangon Jetty. We then visit Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, browse through the wide selection of Myanmar handicrafts and other goods (Note: closed on Mondays and public holidays). End our tour today at Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the wonders of the world. It was built 2500 years ago and enshrined with hair relics of Buddha and a place where to meet devoted Buddhists meditating and praying. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point. Overnight in Yangon.

After breakfast and check out hotel, this morning your guide and car will pick up from your hotel and we’ll take a journey by road to Kyaikhtiyo, the Golden Rock. On the way, we’ll stop in Htaukkyan township to visit the Allied War Cemetery. This beautifully-landscaped, peaceful area is the final resting place for more than 27,000 Allied Soldiers who perished during the World War II campaign in Myanmar. Arrive at Kyaikhtiyo base camp (approximately 5hrs), travel by open-air truck along a winding road (1 hour). You be dropped off at bus station on the top of the hill. After a few minutes walking, we will reach the Golden Rock. A huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff, Golden Rock is one of Myanmar's main pilgrimage sites. The pagoda here is said to hold a hair of the Buddha and Buddhists from across the country come here to pay homage. Check in hotel near the Golden Rock and stay overnight.

After breakfast and check out hotel, return to the base camp by open-air truck and begin the return journey to Yangon. En route, stop to visit Bago. Bago, also known as Pegu, was the capital of the Mon Kingdom in the 15th century and is a town steeped in legend. We visit the 55-metre long reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha, the four seated Buddha at Kyaikpun and the old palace of Kambozathadi. The Mon-style Shwemawdaw Pagoda is the most outstanding religious monument in Bago. This golden temple stands at 114 meters tall, higher than Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, and can be seen from around 10 kilometers outside of the city. While in Bago we also take time to visit the city’s local sites, including the town market and a Mon neighborhood where the locals once produced woven textiles. After the visits, we return to Yangon. On arrival, check in the hotel and relax for the rest of the day. Overnight in Yangon.

After breakfast and check out hotel, we transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan. Bagan, located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world with many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. On arrival, pick up by our local guide at the airport and transfer to an elevated temple for a panoramic view of the magnificent plains of Bagan. Continue to visit the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, first and prototype monument, which was built in Myanmar style in 1087. We then visit to Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple at Wetkyi-Inn Village which is well-known for its exquisite jataka mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. Transfer to check in hotel and avoid the midday heat. This afternoon, we visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where we observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples.  Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed. From here, we visit to Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, and the massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple. End the day with an unforgettable sunset view over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples. Overnight in Bagan. 

After breakfast and check out hotel, we transfer to visit the fabulous morning market at Chauk, filled with locals buying and selling their goods. Continue on to the village of Salay, an important Buddhist centre, and visit its famed wooden monastery with intricate carvings. (Note: Salay monastery museum closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays). We then drive to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano standing 1518 metres high. Mount Popa has played an important role in Myanmar culture, religion and history since earliest times. Its shrine is dedicated to the worship of the 37 Nats, the Burmese ancient animist spirits. Return to the hotel after the tour. Overnight in Bagan.

After breakfast and check out hotel, we transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho. On arrival, pick up by our guide then from Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads us to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which is an elegant ancient monastery with its oval-shaped windows. We will also stop in Nyaung Shwe for a short walk around town and visit to the colorful market if it is being held that day. Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, famous for the 800 years old Five Buddha statues which are covered in gold leaf. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages. Overnight at a hotel on Inle Lake. 

After breakfast, we visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5-day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day). From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to Indein populated by ethnic Padaung (“long neck women”). You’ll walk on a covered alley lined on both sides with a thousand pagodas. Continue on foot by a long-covered staircase to discover the magnificent complex of Alaung Sithu in a beautiful scenery of ancient stupas buried in vegetation with a panoramic view of the lake. Return to the hotel after the tour then the rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at a hotel on Inle Lake.

After breakfast and check out hotel, we transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay. Mandalay is Myanmar's cultural capital. The nature focus of the city is an abrupt hill, rising above a vast moated and walled square. On arrival, pick up by our local tour guide and transfer to check in hotel. This afternoon, we visit to Mahamuni Pogada, 13ft-high sated Buddha image which is one of Myanmar's most famous. We then visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’. Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. This grand teak building is known for its exquisite woodcarving. Head to the top of Mandalay Hill to enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River. Overnight in Mandalay.

After breakfast, we visit to Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’. First visit Mahagandayon monastery, when over one-thousand monks reside and proceed to visit ne-thousand monks reside and visit a silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products. Continue our drive to Ava, which is one of the ancient cities and a remarkably rural backwater of empty fields sparsely dotted with widely spaced ruins, monastic buildings and stupas. Explore Ava by plodding horse cart to visit BagayaKyaung (a wonderful teak monastery), MahaAungmyeBonzan monastery (built of stucco-covered brick, royal monastery temple) and Nanmyin (a leaning watchtower of Ava). This afternoon, we drive to Sagaing by crossing a bridge over the Irrawaddy River. Uncountable white-and-gold stupas are highlights of Sagaing. Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar. It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers and you will visit pagodas such as Swan OoPon Nya Shin and U Min ThoneSae. Continue visit Sagaing’s local market, a typical Burmese market that few tourists visit. Here we find a range of items for sale includinglocally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts. We also stop at a small pottery village to see the process of making the ubiquitous water pots found throughout Myanmar. After touring this tranquil site, we return to Mandalay with stop at U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest and 200 year-old teak bridge. Enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams at sunset. Drive back to Mandalay and relax for the rest of the day. Overnight in Mandalay.

After breakfast, at leisure until check out hotel and transfer to the airport for the departure flight. Standard hotel check-out time is 12h00 (late check out upon availability). 

# Destination Standard Superior/First Class Deluxe
1 Bagan - Bagan Umbra Hotel
- The Floral Breeze
- Bagan Umbra
- Bagan Thande Hotel
- Bagan Thande
- Aye Yar River View Resort
- Aureum Palace Bagan Hotel
- Aureum Palace Bagan
2 Golden Rock - Mountain Top
3 Inle Lake - Paramount Inle Resort
- Golden Island Cottage
- Novotel Inne Lake
- Amata Garden Resort
4 Mandalay - Mandalay City Hotel
- Triumph Hotel Mandalay
- The Lake Garden Nay Pyi Taw - MGallery by Sofitel
- Hotel Hazel
- Eastern Palace Hotel
- Mandalay Hill Resort
- Amara River Cruise
5 Yangon - Best Western Chinatown
- Hotel Grand United (Ahlone Branch)
- Hotel Grand United (Ahlone Branch)
- Jasmine Palace
- Taw Win Garden
- Sule Shangri-la
- Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake

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