HIGHLIGHTS OF MYANMAR – 9 DAYS - 9 Days

Myanmar main attraction places such as Yangon, Golden Rock, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake are covered in this highlights of Myanmar 9 days trip. Perfect trip for the visitors coming to Myanmar as first time and seeing important tourists’ attraction sites.

Price person in USD with a twin / double sharing room:

1 Pax: 2000
2 Pax: 1430
3-4 Pax: 1335
5-7 Pax: 1245
8-15 Pax: 1150

For booking, email to greenseasontravel@gmail.com

Day 1
Yangon Arrival (L)

Arrival at Yangon International airport, meet our guide and car, we’ll then start Yangon City tour.

Yangon city tour – full day

Yangon, once the capital city, is the main gateway to Myanmar. In November 2005, quite unexpectedly, the government announced that newly constructed city of Nay Pyi Taw in central Myanmar was to be the nation’s capital. Despite the government upping sticks for the new capital, Yangon remains the commercial and diplomatic capital and by far the largest city. It was founded by King Alaungpaya when he conquered Lower Myanmar in 1755. He built a new city on the site of formerly known as Dagon. He named it as Yangon which means “End of Strife”. The king hoped that his struggles would be over. Yangon became an important seaport after the destruction of Thanlyin in 1756. Yangon was occupied by the British after the second Anglo-Myanmar War in 1852 and it was Anglicised to Rangoon. The city was modelled and constructed by lieutenant Fraser, a British officer of the Engineering Corporation. The city was laid out on a chessboard pattern with wide roads running North to South and East to West. The present-day Yangon covers 350 km and has a population of over 7 million. The luminous Shwedagon Pagoda where the relics of four Buddhas were enshrined is the landmark visible from miles around. A visit to Yangon is incomplete without a visit to Shwedagon. Yangon guide will discuss with you to choose the timing to go either in the morning before 10am or evening around 5pm after we’ve seen other highlights in Yangon. Other places of interest are Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Image, Bogyoke Market, Kandawgyi Lake, Botahtaung Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, downtown Yangon with colonial era buildings, China town and a night life of Yangon. Lunch is included.

Grand Laurel Hotel, Deluxe http://www.grandlaurelhotel.com/

Day 2
Yangon – Golden Rock day return (B, L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Pick-up from the hotel in Yangon at around 07:00 am and drive to Bago (84 km – 1,5 hours). On the way, we can visit Allied War Graves cemetery near Htauk Kyant. We’ll then drive toward Golden Rock via Yangon – Naypyitaw Highway road, and enjoy scenic ride and Myanmar countryside scenery on the ride. After 3.5 hours drive, we’ll arrive to Kyaikhto town and the Kimpun base camp where we’ll take an open truck (45-mins up hill) to Golden Rock.

Golden Rock (Kayiktiyo) is one the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists in Myanmar and maybe one of the strangest sites (miracle) for foreign visitors. A rock (gold gilded) with a small stupa (15th feet) built on top of it, is balancing on the edge of a mountain and looks as if it could tumble down into the ravine below at any moment. Buddhist believe due to some hairs of Buddha brought by a hermit enshrined into that hermit’s head shape rock prevented the rock from falling. People who want to get a hiking can do there and the site can be reached after a short walk (1.5 hours from Hermit Hill base camp or a long walk (about 6-7 hours from the first base camp. Surrounding the Golden Rock are many local souvenirs shops, pagoda accessories selling shops and some selling Burmese traditional medicinal products made off indigenous animals’ horns and skins from the nearby jungle.

It’s great to be at Golden Rock and environ for a couple of hours to enjoy the stunning views of the mountain, to see Buddhist’s people ways of life, the serenity of the pagoda and one can learn meditation or about Buddhism from our accompanied guide. Later, take our downhill truck ride and go for Lunch. Afternoon, we’ll be going back to Yangon, on the way, can visit some highlights of Bago; Shwetharlyaung Reclining Buddha, Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Kyaikpun (Four Buddha Images) and 15th Century King Bayint Naung’s Palace and etc. Our day trip ends in Yangon.

Grand Laurel Hotel, Deluxe http://www.grandlaurelhotel.com/

Day 3
Yangon – Mandalay (B, L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Yangon airport and fly to Mandalay (K7-244, 0700-0825) upon arrival, meet our guide and car to join Enchanting Mandalay tour.

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 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. We’ll serve a fresh drink at the lakeside before heading back to the hotel.

Ayeyarwaddy River View Hotel, Superior http://ayarwaddyriverviewhotel.net/

Day 4
Mandalay (B, L)

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 http://ayarwaddyriverviewhotel.net/

Day 5
Mandalay – Bagan (B, L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Mandalay airport and fly to Nyaung U (K7-244, 0840-0910) upon arrival, meet our guide and car, start Amazing Bagan tour.

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 6
Bagan (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Bagan by E-bike – morning half day tour

This is a fabulous introduction to Bagan, its people and its history. You will feel so freedom and easy e-biking tour through small trails amid the temples. Your expert biking guide will be avoiding the main road as much as possible. Stop at several lesser known, and often un-named, monuments as well as some major ones including Shwesandaw, Htilominlo, Old Palace sites, Bu Phaya and Ayerywaddy river front. The stunning landscape of ancient temple ruins spread around in Bagan area and one can go inside any of the temples where you’re interested to see. Also being in touch with locals at some cottages where we can learn ways of life the people. This is truly a great tour for soft adventurers, photographers and anyone interested in active outdoor activities. Seeing Bagan in different ways and several stops among the temple and take photos. Day time we can rest at the hotel to avoid heat if wanted. Continue visit in the afternoon at a busy market to watch where locals busy with their daily trades.

Bagan sunset over the Ayeyarwady River – evening tour

A wonderful experience and unique view of Bagan is from the Ayeyarwady River. This evening river sightseeing trip offers an opportunity to see spectacular views of Bagan temples and beautiful sunset over the sandbanks of the mighty Ayeyarwady River. It starts from Ayeyar jetty and feel the great time on the boat or we’ll sit down in the middle of the river on the sandbanks when the water level is lower. This private sunset boat tour on the river will offer you a fantastic sunset experience and a very relaxing moment. Your guide will be serving drinks and snacks at the same time, enjoy and feel the best moment of your visit in Bagan!

Overnight at WE Stay Bagan Lotus Hotel, Deluxe

Day 7
Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake (B, L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Airport and fly to Heho (K7-245, 0925-1005), upon arrival transfer to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway to beautiful Inle Lake.

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 mountains 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 http://www.hotelamazingnyaungshwe.com/

Day 8
Inle Lake – Indein Temples – Yangon (B, L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

5 days rotation market and Indein temples ruins – half day

We’ll start the tour by visiting one of the 5 DAYS ROTATION MARKET (only on market day). Continue to south coast of Inle Lake to see people are more origin, and their typical style stilt-house villages and the beautiful nature. Afterward, a fantastic boat trip to Indein Village which is located west of Ywarma. After walking up a covered stairway climbs the hill, we’ll see crumbling stupas of Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of nearly 1054 weather-beaten zedi, most constructed in 17th& 18th centuries. There are great views across the lake and valley from the pagoda, enjoy the scenic view! Indein is one of the biggest and liveliest market area when there is five-day market held. We can stay here a few hours and be exploring the various ruins, and see beautiful bamboo forest and small dam. Lunch at Bamboo Forest before heading back to Nayung Shwe.

Transfer to Heho airport and fly back to Yangon (K7-829 1620-1730).

Car and guide will be available in Yangon for additional visit, shopping around or to go out for nightlife in Yangon and dinner.

Clover Hotel, Deluxe https://www.cloverhotelsgroup.com/

Day 9
Yangon – Departure (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning or afternoon transfer to Yangon International Airport for the departure flight.

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Highlights of Myanmar

  • All transfers and transport as per the program with a private A/C car
  • All accommodation including breakfast
  • All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Service English speaking stationed guides
  • All domestic flight tickets including airport taxes
  • All entrance fees in the whole program
  • Water & cold towel
  • Bike
  • Boat

Highlights of Myanmar

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