Discover the highlights of Myanmar, former Burma, which is probably the most untouched and authentic country of the whole Southeast Asia. After years of isolation, this spiritual country now starts to open itself to the rest of the world, but 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 freshen 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 to have lunch at a local restaurant in the city center.
As Myanmar is a very religious country, tourists are strongly recommended to pay and show respect to their traditions and religion. 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, 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. The was built more than 1000 years ago. according to archeologists. However, according to the myths, it was built from 2500 years ago. Attracting pilgrims from all around the world, its central stupa is 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 to 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. 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 yourself to watch the 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 observe the local lifestyle. Visit the picturesque Minanthu Village with toddy palm farms where they make palm sugar, roofing materials, twine, sieves, folk art objects, and toys.
We will enjoy the sunset at Mingalarzedi. Built in the XIII century, this is the latest large pagoda in Bagan, and it’s considered the masterpiece of Bamar pagoda architecture. Our last stop today will be at a traditional local restaurant for having dinner.
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 the holy floating pagoda Phaung Daw Oo Paya in the north of the lake.
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 watch the sunset while boating.
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.
After arriving at Yangon, you will have rest 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.