Discover the highlights of Myanmar, the former Burma, which is probably the most untouched and authentic country of the whole Southeast Asia. After years of isolation, this spiritual country right now is starting to create the proper environment to open itself up to the rest of the world, but it’s still off the beaten track. With this tour you will visit the three most recognizable enclaves in this magical country: Yangon, Bagan and the Inle Lake
Day 1: Arrive Yangon, Myanmar (Lunch, Dinner)
After a small rest to fresh up at your hotel, we will continue exploring this enchanting colonial-style city. The next stop will be the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, with one of the biggest reclining Buddha statues, and Sule Pagoda, with its iconic golden chedi located at the heart of downtown Yangon. Our last stop will be Mahabandoola Park and then we will take a break having lunch at a local restaurant at the city center.
Myanmar is a very religious country, and therefore we strongly recommend you to pay and show respect to their traditions and relgion. Please dress in a respectful way, covering your shoulders and your knees in case you’re wearing a skirt. When entering a pagoda or temple, always take off your shoes. In addition to that, keep in mind that the head is considered a holy part of your body, so please don’t touch anybody’s head, and make your apologies if you accidentally do it.
This evening enjoy a special visit to the massive Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, which was built more than 1000 years ago. according to archeologists, and 2500 years ago according to the myths. Attracting pilgrims from all around the world, its central stupa in surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. The pagoda is encrusted with nearly 8,000 diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and topazes, and set with a 76-carat diamond at the tip. Our tour ends today with a traditional dinner buffet and a cultural show.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon to Bagan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Your tour here begins by visiting the Shwezigon Pagoda. Built by King Anawrahta in the early XI century, this is one of the most significant religious structures in Myanmar, serving as a model for the stupas (temples) that was about tto come in the upcoming centuries.
After check-in at your hotel, your sightseeing tour will continue with a visit to Ananda Temple, the first fo the grand temples in Bagan, built in XII century as one of the masterpieces of Mon architecture always keeping in mind its southern Indian influences. There you will find four huge standing Buddhas, facing the four cardinal directions, and a collection of well-preserved murals and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior.
After having lunch at a local restaurant we will visit Thatbyinnyu Temple, the tallest temple in Bagan (more than 60 meters tall) that dates from 1144. The next temple to see will be the Htilominlo Temple, this large temple was built in 1218 and it’s noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. Admire the fine brickwork at the Dhamannyangyi Temple, then relax as you watch sunset along Ayeyarwaddy River.
This evening, be entertained during dinner with a pleasing puppet show at Nanda.
Overnight in Bagan.
Day 3: Bagan & Mt. Popa (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After lunch at Popa Mountain Resort we will drive back to Bagan with some village stops en route to see how the local lifestyle is. Visit the pintoresque Minanthu Village and its toddy palm farms where they make palm sugar, roofing materials, twine, sieves, folk art objects and toys.
We will enjoy sunset at Mingalarzedi. Built in the XIII century, this is the newest large pagoda in Bagan, and it’s considered the masterpiece of Bamar pagoda architecture. Our last stop today will be having dinner at a traditional local restaurant.
Overnight in Bagan.
Day 4: Bagan to Heho & Inle Lake (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Check in at your hotel and then we will have a boat excursion to Phaung Daw Oo Paya, a holy religious site in the northern part of the lake and an amazing floating pagoda.
After having lunch at a local restaurant we will visit the beautiful floating gardens, lush with vegetables and flowers, and view the pile dwellings along the shore. Here villages are built on stilts over the lake, and boats are the sole means of transport. Meet the Inthars, the leg rowers who row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar, and learn about their culture and environment. After that we will visit some traditional workshops, including a silversmith, a blacksmith and a boat builder.
During the evening we will visit the Nge Phe Chaung, a beautiful wooden monastery built on stilts around 200 years ago over the Inle Lake, and we will view the sunset from a boat ride on the lake.
Overnight at Inle Lake.
Day 5: Inle Lake & Heho to Yangon (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before going to Heho to take a flight back to Yangon.
Right after arriving to Yangon, you will have some time to relax before we go to have dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 6: Yangon & Depart (Breakfast, Lunch)
After having lunch at a local restaurant you will be transferred to the airport for your departing flight.