Amazing Myanmar - 17 Days



1 PAX: 2530
2 PAX: 1600
3-4 PAX: 1485
5-7 PAX: 1400
8-15 PAX: 1350

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Day 1

On arrival in Yangon airport, transfer to the hotel.

Evening Shwedagon & China Town visit – 3 hours tour

If your arrival flight is late afternoon or departure flight in the mid-night, you can join us with this tour. Awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda, many religious buildings under the electricity light and seeing ways of life of the Buddhist at the pagoda. Temperature is cooling down in the evening and breeze comes from ani direction makes you feel awesome and your guide will explain you the great history of Shwedagon. After the pagoda visit, continue to visit China town (famous as 19th Street in Yangon) a walk over the night market in downtown, have snacks and drinks at the shops sitting together with local people.

Grand Laurel Hotel, Superior

Day 2

Enjoy your breakfast.

Down town of Yangon visit

Tour will start with tasting a bowl of Burmese traditional breakfast at the famous shop in Yangon. Yangon downtown is unique with its vibrant and colourful streets, hectic open-air markets, some of the friendliest urbanites and much of its colonial-era architecture still standing. You find one of Asia’s most impressive collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century buildings. All these buildings are almost unique for today’s world. Your guide will walk you through the back streets in slow pace and explain you the history of each building. As well as seeing hidden markets, sidewalks shops, some art galleries, old books selling shops and ways of life of the people on the vibrant streets or sitting at local tea house. This walk along the streets of Yangon will at least architecturally take you a step back in time. Tour ends with sipping tea or having lime juice as one local restaurant.

Afternoon, shopping at Scott Market or additional visits in Yangon to the places such as Kandawgyi Park, a circular train ride, going to art galleries or Chuakhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Image.

Grand Laurel Hotel, Superior

Day 3

Fly to Lashio and upon arrival, our guide and car meet you at the airport to transfer to Hsipaw.

Hsipaw is a small and historic town in northern Shan state. Hill tribe treks near are “unspoilt” yet and one can see the beautiful scenery and Shan palace which happens to have one of the last remaining residences of a former Shan prince. Hsipaw is a good place for easy day hikes, a boat ride and a perfect spot of trekking lovers to explore picturesque landscapes and beautiful tribal people. Walking tour takes you to southern countryside to see farmer’s villages, panoramic scenery of paddy fields and mountains, seasonal crops, river and observe a village life style and home-made businesses like producing hand fan, basket weaving and cheroot rolling end etc. The guide will explain in detail about Shan life around Hsipaw and a spirit house built at the entrance of the village and make sure you will get to know these hidden stories of the local people in Northern Shan state. Of course, a popular trekking spot in Myanmar among travelers and we can go there either by car or by air.

Trekking to Southern Shan Villages – afternoon

Walk to farmer’s villages, enjoy the panoramic scenery of paddy, seasonal crops, mountain, river, observe living style of Shan villages and house wife home business (producing bamboo hand fan, basket weaving, cheroot rolling etc.) Evening we’ll be back to the hotel.

Overnight at Tai House, Superior

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel.

Hsipaw’s panoramic scenery of paddy fields, mountains and the stunning landscape is inviting you today for the relaxing boat ride and trek. Morning our guide will meet you at the hotel lobby. Afterward, we’ll start the tour by walking through the rice field in Shan countryside, swim at Nam Tok Fall, walk back to Farmer’s villages, enjoy the country panoramic scenery, learn living style of Shan villages. Have Shan Rice Noodle at tiny local village mall with the local guide. A simple Shan noodle lunch is included.

Afterwards, continue an hour by boat up streaming river, through nice scenery with the mountain, valley, plantations along the river, visit and sightseeing at river confluence at which swimming is available on the individual wish. On the way down-streaming by boat, visit to a SHAN village which has typical houses with a small charming garden and then return home by boat to Hsipaw. Guide will arrange to go and visit Shan Palace in Hsipaw in the rest of the day.

Overnight at Tai House, Superior

Day 5

An exotic Kyaukme city was built in 1902 by Sarsawcher and Mr. Twant. It’s located 850 meter above the sea level.

Tea, corn and rice are major products of the town and other vegetables are growing as well seasonally. The population is about 150,000 and Shan and Palaung are majority. Day return hiking trip is 12 miles away from downtown and it’s a bit tough as we’ll be hiking up to some mountains to get to the villages.

Early wake-up today and have your breakfast at the hotel. Catch your local bus toward Kyaukme at around 07:00 am in front of your hotel. Kyaukme is a beautiful countryside with lots of stunning views and most beautiful spot to do the trekking, our local guides know the perfect routing and will lead you today to many tribal villages, the tea plantations, green fields and to the steamy mountains. Local bus will drop off at morning market in Kyaukme, and we can look around for seasonal fruit to taste before we start our trekking toward mountains. Nearly 5-6 hours trekking tour, on the way, can see tea plantations, very green and beautiful scenery, farmers working in the fields, eat at local house with very simple foods and tasting season fruits whatever available on the way. Great to meet tribal people and learn their ways of life is very memorable of the day. This is a perfect active day trekking and being off the beaten tracks experience.

One Love Hotel, Double / twin room

Day 6

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Gokteik Viaduct train ride to Pyin Oo Lwin

Morning you will get some free time to explore Kyaukme and we can visit to a local market. Guide will arrange to pack a simple lunch box and some fresh fruits to eat on the way. Enjoy a wonderful train journey through the Shan mountains crossing the mighty Gokteik Viaduct built in 1901 by the Pennsylvania Steel company and was once the second highest railway bridge in the world. The train starts from Hsipaw at 09:30 am and will get to Kyaukme station at around 11:30 AM or later. You get on the train and around 1:30 PM will reach Gokteik Viadut. Through spectacular mountain scenery the train will slowly move forward over the old railway track passing small villages and towns where vendors will enter the train to sell drinks and local snacks. Expected arrival time in Naung Cho is around 14:00 and arrival time to Pyin Oo Lwin is approximately at 5:00PM or so. Please be warned in advance, there can be delays on an historic railway like this one and train is a bit slow and old too. Arrival Pyin Oo Lwin station, a horse drawn cart will take you to the hotel for check in.

Royal Parkview Hotel, Standard room

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, we’d suggest to visit former British Hill Station town by your own to see some colonial buildings, the Kandawgyi Botanical Garden with flora and fauna, old clock tower, some plantations and cottages. It’s wise to spend your morning in Pyin Oo Lwin before heading to Mandalay.

Enchanting Mandalay, full day tour

Morning pick up and start our sightseeing from Mahamuni Buddha, the 2nd most sacred Buddhist’s site in Myanmar. The whole image, except, the face is covered with thick layers of gold foils; a token of the devotees’ intense faith to Buddha. Continue to visit Golden Palace Monastery, a delicately carved wooden building where we will learn the excellent wood arts. King Mindon, father of the last Myanmar King Thibaw died at this place. Next is to go Kuthodaw Pagoda located very close to Mandalay Hill. The pagoda consists of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures and recorded in UNESCO world heritage lists. Later we’ll drive up to 230 meters high Mandalay Hill where we can see a scenic view of the city, Mandalay palace complex, the moat, the Shan Mountain range and the Ayeyarwaddy River. Lunch is served at local restaurant. Afternoon, visit to the gold-leaf workshop and one of the tapestry workshops; Aung Nan in Mandalay. We’ll then continue to Amarapura; a royal capital founded before Mandalay and Mahagandayon monastery which is one of the most prominent monasteries where nearly a thousand monks live and study. We can have a look at weaving cottages before going for U Bein Bridge which is originally built in 1851. Take a leisurely walk over the bridge and enjoy the panoramic view of Taungthaman Lake and the stunning sunset view over U Bein Bridge. Refreshment at the lakeside before heading back to the hotel.

Ayeyarwaddy River View Hotel, Superior

Day 8

Breakfast at the hotel.

Mingun village, Sagaing hills and Ava city, full day tour

Mandalay is considered the seat of Myanmar culture! Mandalay is the last Myanmar King’s capital. It’s nice to visit a few days in Mandalay including all significant temples and pagodas as well as some cultural sights. A day escape from hectic and humid Mandalay is recommended to go to Mandalay neighbor cities such as Mingun, Sagaing and Ava. First of all, we’ll take a relaxing boat trip to Mingun which is a home for unique pagodas and a popular riverside village can be reached by boat over the Ayeyarwaddy River. We’ll see world biggest ringing bell, the Mingun Pathodawgyi built in 1790 during King Bodawpaya’s time who died in 1819, Hsinbyume Pagoda and two vast brick lions across the road. A village walk is cool under the shade and one can learn some art galleries in Mingun village. Around lunch time we’ll be back to the boat and down-stream in the direction of Sagaing. Enjoy the floating lunch on the boat and also the stunning view of Sagaing Hills studded with white and gold washed pagodas. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and also world’s best picturesque view once commented by our guest. Finally, our boat disembarks at the small river in Ava; the ancient King City. Explore the city by plodding horse cart is a great charm and three places we will not miss to see are Bagaya Kyaung; 1834 teak monastery supported on 267 teak posts, Nanmyin ‘leaning tower of Inwa’ and Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery built in 1822 which is a rare survivor from the Ava era. End of the day take a small ferry ride back to Mandalay side and transfer to hotel.

Ayeyarwaddy River View Hotel, Superior

Day 9

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Bus tickets Mandalay – Bagan by us (07:00 – 14:00), free and easy or suggest to do e-biking around Bagan. Bikes will be arranged by us (e-bike or mountain bike?)

WE Stay Bagan Lotus Hotel, Deluxe

Day 10

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Amazing Bagan – full day

What an amazing site! Over 2000 Pagodas, or temples, are stretching out across the plain, as far as the eye could see. No holidays to Myanmar would be complete without a visit to Bagan. This full day tour will be taking you through Bagan’s areas to visit the best-known temples with remarkable architectural designs. Our visit starts from any temples but we’ll definitely take you to Ananda, an architectural masterpiece of the early – style temple with four impressive standing Buddha images, Dhammayangyi which is famous for very strong foundation, Ananda Okkyaung, one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period and Thatbyinnyu the highest temple in Bagan rising to 81 meters. A brief stop is made for photo at Tharabar Gate, visit to lacquerware workshop to experience the processes of making and the colorful Nayung Oo Market. Lunch is served at local restaurant. Stop at Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jatakas murals paintings and the elegant Htilominlo temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. End the day at one of the temples with soft drinks and enjoy sunset in Bagan.

WE Stay Bagan Lotus Hotel, Deluxe

Day 11

Optional: Ballooning over Bagan – early morning tour (+350 USD / PAX)

The best way to truly appreciate Bagan is from the hot-air-balloon. This is one of the main highlights and a spectacular moment when visiting Bagan. No holidays to Myanmar would be complete without Bagan. No better way than in a hot-air balloon as the light begins to food across the plain. Every day is different when it comes to ballooning. The winds change daily and the weather is affected by the seasons. The sun rises later in December than in October or March. A pick-up car from balloon company will be at your hotel lobby in the early morning before sunrise and driven to the launching site for a spectacular hot air balloon ride. Balloon companies are operating under highest safety standards and their pilots have high safety records. Enjoy this amazing and a life time experience of floating over picturesque scenes of Bagan. After floating in the air about 45 minutes or 1 hour, you will land safely in the fields. At around 07:30 am or so celebrate your safe return to earth with a drink of chilled sparkling wine, served with fruit. Receive your personal flight certificate, signed by your pilot and back to the hotel.

Explore Bagan villages by 4×4 wheel car – full day

After seeing Bagan’s famous ancient temples, explore to the Bagan rural villages which most tourists never see, is going to be an exciting day escape away from temples. Guide will connect with the locals and discover a real sense of community spirit as you witness what everyday life is like in these traditional villages in dry zone Bagan. Follow the road winding through scenic farmlands where locals tend to peanut, sesame and soya bean crops, and stop at villages unknown to tourists along the way. Observe how wooden slippers, which are used for showering or working in the fields, are produced. Also see the region’s well-known soya paste, pong yay gyi, which is an essential side dish for typical Burmese meals. In the next village we can see pottery. A brief stop at Bo Cho’s statue and the lake side where Bo Cho was killed by British. Guide will share you the biography of Bo Cho and colonial invasion in Myanmar. King Anawawrahta’s Buddha Image, and Shin Arahan’s ordination hall we’ll discover in Thein Village. Lunch is served at Thein Village monastery after we offer alms to monks. After lunch, we will drive toward Sat Sat Yo village which is famous of yaung pay soo; ancient Myanmar kid’s hairstyle, nowadays quite rare to find in the rest of the country. Interaction with the children, motivation and encouragement to deaf children there and give some gifts to them. End of the day back to hotel in Bagan.

WE Stay Bagan Lotus Hotel, Deluxe

Day 12

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast, bus tickets to Kalaw (08:00 – 15:00). On arrival, go to the hotel. Our local guide will meet you at the hotel, visit Kalaw central market and walk around the town and taste some local foods.

Dream Villa Hotel, Superior

Day 13

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

From Kalaw, your guide and car will pick you up from your hotel and transfer to Pindaya and explore the lime stone cave where over 8000 Buddha images have been placed from different centuries. Also visit local handicraft shops where parasol and mulberry paper are being made by local families, visit pickled tea and shan pe-pot (soya bean snack) making facilities, pottery, and umbrella workshops. Lunch is served at lake side restaurant in Pindaya. After lunch, we’ll drive toward a hidden Pa-O village for a visit. Friendly people, see their daily lifestyles and locally produced products such as tea leaf, honey and vegetables. At the end of the day transfer back to Inle Lake. (One can do hiking to Maenal Mountain if interested).

Amazing Nyaung Shwe Hotel, Deluxe

Day 14

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

A beautiful day on the Lake, Full day

Inle Lake is well known for its unique leg rowers and scenic beauty with wonderful floating gardens, tomato and flowers plantations, many cottages and the stunning views of the water lies between the steamy mountain ranges. Your exploration of a day on the lake will include local five days market held by around the Inle Lake, find different tribes from the mountains and the lake, fisher men, leg-rowers and colorful vegetables at the market. During the visit, the boat trip will pass through the floating gardens and stilt houses near Khaung Daing, In Gyauk and See Sone villages. We’ll stop at one Intha house to have a local tea and have conversations with host family and learn their family business. Continue to visit famous pagoda Paung Daw Oo, Burmese Cats breathing areas, teak boat factory or Cigar making from local women in and out around fishermen villages and Lotus Weaving where you can see only in Inle Lake. Traditional Inthar’s foods for lunch will be served.

Amazing Nyaung Shwe Hotel, Deluxe

Day 15

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

East and west of Inle Lake by bike and boat – full day

Biking is quite suitable as the area is flat and easy to do biking, and you can see the beauty of Inle Lake in different ways, not just by the boat. Eastern part of the lake is definitely an active and exciting trip by bike. We start visiting from Shwe Yan Pyae monastery with oval windows, glass mosaic and learn there about monastic education as you will see young monks are studying there. Also stop to visit Shan Museum, old palace of Shan Prince (the first president of Myanmar-1948). On the way, we’ll be biking through Inle Heritage School, villages, resorts and we’ll end up at Mine Thauk village where will stop for fresh drinks and lunch on the stilt house (Inle Palace restaurant). Afterward transfer by boat to Indein to explore ancient temple ruins. From Indein, we’ll pass Thann Taung, then ride on off-road to Kyae Sar Kone until Khaung Daing village to see how the villagers produce Tohu, soy-bean and birds’ foods make from the flour. Continue walk through Bamboo forest and en route see the ways of life of Intha busy with the boat, planting and with their household things. At the end we’ll return back to hotel by boat or 11 km more of biking trips. (Total biking distances will be nearly 30 km including Khaung Daing to Nyaung Shwe.)

Amazing Nyaung Shwe Hotel, Deluxe

Day 16

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

AM is free and easy at the hotel in Nyaung Shwe.

Afternoon, transfer to Heho Airport and fly back to Yangon, upon arrival car and guide available for additional visit or shopping in Yangon.

Grand Laurel Hotel, Deluxe

Day 17

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to airport for international departure flight.

Amazing Myanmar 17 Days

  • All transfers and transport as per the program with a private A/C car
  • All domestic flight tickets including airport taxes
  • All accommodations as per program (based on a double / twin room sharing)
  • All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All entrance fees on tour
  • Service English speaking stationed guides
  • Water & snow towel
  • Boat rental
  • Train tickets from Kyaukme – Pyin Oo Lwin
  • Horse cart transfer
  • Bus tickets
  • Bike rental

Amazing Myanmar 17 Days

  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Balloon over Bagan
  • All drinks
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips
  • Other expenses that not mentioned on the itinerary