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14-Day Beautiful Golden Land Discovery, Myanmar

Created with Sketch. Yangon–Golden Rock–Mandalay–Innwa–Sagaing–Monywa–Bagan–Inle Lake
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Duration

14 Days 13 Night

Group Size

Max 20 People

Guide

English Speaking Station Guide

Arrival

Yangon Airport

Departure

Yangon Airport

Validity

All Year Round (private Tour – Daily Departure)

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Your Specific Requirements Can Be Mentoned In The Booking Form

Description

In this tour, you will visit the most important places in Yangon (Former Capital and the Commercial City) in South Myanmar, Bagan (The first Myanmar Royal Capital as well as the newly listed UNESCO heritage site), Mandalay (the last Royal Capital of Myanmar Kingdom) in Central Myanmar, and Inle Lake (the 2nd largest Lake above 880 m above sea level) in the Eastern Myanmar, Shan State.

Explore to Monywa, which lies on the banks of the Chindwin River and northwest of Mandalay. Marvel at the architecture of the amazing Thanbuddhay Pagoda and Cave Temple at Pho Win Taung.

Observe the pilgrims devout in prayer or applying gold leaf to the boulder and enjoy a spectacular view of the valley below. The visit up to the Golden Rock is particularly nice at sunset or sunrise.

A perfect opportunity to get an interesting insight of the most stunning and remarkable must-see sites in Myanmar.

You will be fully satisfied as your experienced guides will share not only the history but also the culture and religion of the city and its people.

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Highlights

  • Exploring the colonial heritage centre of Yangon with visit to its stunning religious sites
  • Visit Shwedagon, the most admired Pagoda in Myanmar. Enjoy sunset from the Pagoda and watch the tradition of people
  • Sightseeing in the stunning pagodas-filled Bagan with loads of ancient architectures and historical background
  • Enjoy the Horse cart ride and Sunset Boat tour in Bagan,
  • Sightseeing in the former royal capital Mandalay and the old cultural cities just beyond the outskirt area
  • Excursions to the cave temples of Pho Win Taung which is famous for their Buddha statues, mural paintings and woodcarvings.
  • Visit to Thanbuddhay Pagoda, another highly important attraction completed in 1951 after 12 years of construction with over 800 small Buddha Stupas on and around the pagoda. There are also reportedly 582, 357 Buddha statues on the ceiling, walls, archways and the niches in an on the temple compound.
  • There are also reportedly 582,357 Buddha statues on the ceiling, walls, archways and the niches in an on the temple compound.
  • Learn the traditional way of growing crops in the Floating Vegetable Garden in Inle Lake
  • Enchanting Inle Lake discovery with stops at the most important highlights on the lake
  • Get inspired by the appearance of Golden Rock and its beautiful sunset
  • Visit the religious sites in Bago

Hotels to be used (Subject to change if fully booked)
Notes : If the hotels we mentioned below are fully booked in the period you are staying, there may be some changes.

YangonJasmine Palace Hotel (Superior room) 3.5/4 * or similar
Golden RockMountain Top Hotel (Deluxe room) 3* or similar
MandalayHotel Sakura Princess (Superior room) 3* or similar
MonywaWin Unity Hotel (Standard room) 3* or similar
BaganRazagyo Hotel (Superior room) 3* or similar
Nyaung Shwe81 Central Hotel (Superior room) 3* or similar

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Yangon and Yangon sightseeing (By car)
Day 2Yangon – Syriam – Yangon (By car)
Day 3Yangon – Golden Rock (By car)
Day 4Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon (By car)
Day 5Yangon – Mandalay (By morning flight) & visit in Mandalay (By car)
Day 6Mandalay – Mingun – Amarapura (By car)
Day 7Mandalay – Innwa – Sagaing – Monywa (By car)
Day 8Monywa – Bagan (By car)
Day 9Visit in Bagan (By car)
Day 10Visit in Bagan (By car)
Day 11Bagan – Heho (By morning flight) & boat trip on Inle Lake (By boat)
Day 12Boat trip to Indein (By boat)
Day 13Heho – Yangon (By morning flight) & visit in Yangon (By car)
Day 14Departure Yangon

Know Before You Go (Additional Info)

  • As you will be visiting religious sites, please wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees, and remember to take off your shoes and socks when entering pagoda areas.
  • Please note the Bogyoke Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays.
  • This tour is not available during the Water Festival between 12 to 18 April. During this time, everything in town is closed: restaurants, shops, markets, Museum, etc. Driving through Yangon is extremely difficult if not impossible because people celebrate the famous water-festival.
  • You cannot avoid of getting very wet because everyone throws water at everybody. People drive through the city in open cars and there are stages along the street where people throw water. Everybody going up will get very wet.

Cancellation

Cancellation charges are calculated from the day the written notification is received by the clients or agent as a percentage of the net total tour price as shown, plus any surcharges (e.g. ticketed air sectors and other penalties imposed by suppliers, such as hotels):

  • Within 31-22 days prior to arrival date: 30% of package price
  • Within 21-15 days prior to arrival date: 50% of package price
  • Within 14-8 days prior to arrival date: 75% of package price
  • Within 7 days prior to arrival date: 100% of package price

Remark

“Minimum days to book before departure : (10 Days)”

Child Policy:

The price for children under 2 years old will be advised upon request when sharing the existing bedding with parents. Supplements for extra bed or baby cot may apply.

Children between 02-11 years of age at the time of travelling are granted a discount rate when traveling with minimum 2 adults and sharing the existing bedding with parents. Supplements for extra bed or baby cot may apply.

When one adult is traveling with a child between 02-11 years old, the full charge of an adult price is applied.

Important Notes:

There may be changes to estimated prices depending on air fuel cost, domestic airfares, US$ exchange rates and festive season surcharges. All supplemental cost to be advised.

Hotels’ normal Check in time is 1400 hrs and Check out time is 1200 noon.

Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road and/or river conditions, flight schedules and room availability. No refund shall be made for any change during once you have started your tour in Myanmar.

Price per person based on two person tour (twin hotel room sharing basis). Larger groups will pay less per person, single person purchase will mean a higher price.

If you wish come to Myanmar during Water Festival between 12 to 18 April, tour price will change and we will let you know the extra charges.

Additional charges during Festive Season: Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.

Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.

All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking.

Nonrefundable deposits may be required.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Yangon + City Tour (-/-/-)

Arrival Yangon International Airport by morning flight. You will meet your tour guide after clearing immigration and customs control and transfer to hotel (Hotel’s check in is depending on availability). In the afternoon, visit to the National Museum (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) with an 8-meter-high Golden Lion Throne and Mandalay Royal Regalia. Then, proceed to the magnificent Reclining Buddha Image at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda. Take a photo stop at the Karaweik Hall, a ‘Hamsa-bird’ shaped floating barge on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake.
In the afternoon, driving through the colonial style building downtown, as well as Chinatown, the Indian quarter and photo stop at City Hall & the Sule Pagoda with its golden chedi – a useful landmark in downtown Yangon. Conclude your day with the most worthwhile visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monument, the Shwedagon Pagoda. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. After enjoying sunset from the pagoda, transfer back to your hotel at 18:00 P.M. Both Lunch and dinner by own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Yangon.

Day 2 Yangon – Syriam – Yangon (B/-/-)

At 0800 AM, pick up at your hotel and drive (about 1 hour) out to Syriam which is a sleepy village outside of the capital Yangon. Visit Ye Le Paya ("Mid-Stream-Pagoda"), set on a tiny island in the river. Explore two further pagodas and the riverside market. On the return way visit to National Tribe Village. Return back to Yangon.
In the afternoon, proceed half day sightseeing Then, take a walk along Yangon River to see the busy harbor area, from where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and for upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River and Botathaung Pagoda, said to contain Buddha relics. You can make a short visit to 100 years old Strand Hotel (if requested). Concludes your day with Visit Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts , transfer back to your hotel at 18:00 P.M. Both Lunch and dinner by own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Yangon.

Day 3 Yangon – Golden Rock (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, drive to Bago (84 km - 1½ hours). En route, visit a tree shrine dedicated to legendary animist spirits known as "Nats", a handicraft village that produces woven bamboo wares. Then, visit the Allied War Graves cemetery near Htauk Kyant. Continue to Kin Pun "base camp" (110 km - 3½ hours) and onward to Kyaiktiyo (the "Golden Rock"), a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaves and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff.
From Kin Pun, a steep and rough 11-km dirt road leads to the upper staging point, a journey made in open trucks, which can be very crowded. In the afternoon, take a local truck up a bumpy track about half way up the mountain. (Private trucks are available at extra costs – please ask your guide to arrange). From the "upper area", travelers must walk the final stage (about 4 kilometers – 45 minutes) up steep paths, which ascend some 500 meters to the Golden Rock. As an easier alternative to walking, visitors can be carried in sedan chairs by four porters, at an extra cost of approximately US$ 10 per person. On arrival, watch the beauty of a sunset at this important pilgrimage site. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel, near Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock).

Day 4 Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. Early Risers: A great opportunity to see the sunrise! Return to Yangon via Bago. Continue with sightseeing in Bago including Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which is over a thousand years old. Its spire is even taller than that of Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda, the 55-meter-long reclining Shwe Thalyaung Buddha image, one of the country's most revered objects. Visit Maha Kalayani Sima ordination hall and Mahazedi ("Great Stupa"), offering panoramic views.
Then, continue drive to Yangon, with a brief stop at Kyaik Pun Pagoda, famous for its four giant Buddha figures. Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to your hotel. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel, in Yangon.

Day 5 Yangon – Mandalay (By Flight) (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Airport for domestic flight to Mandalay (approx. 0715/0845 – direct). Arrive Mandalay Airport, start full day sightseeing with the visit the Mahamuni Pagoda. Proceed various workshops such as, marble sculpture, Gold Leaf making and a traditional hand –woven silk workshop as well as Kalaga tapestries craftsmen’s shop and about the noon, check in your hotel.
In the afternoon, visit to the Golden Palace Monastery (Shwe Nandaw), a superb example of a traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda the world largest book, made of marbles. Proceed to Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, it is also known as Maha Thetkya Marazain Pagoda built with 1 marble stone by King Mindon stands at the foot of Mandalay Hill. Proceed to Mandalay Hill for sunset and enjoy the panoramic view of the scenic city and its vicinity. Both lunch and dinner to your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Mandalay.

Day 6 Mandalay – Mingun – Amarapura (B/-/-)

After breakfast, excursion by boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun about 11 km (1 hour) upriver from Mandalay. Visit will start with the Mingun Bell, a magnificent sight of world's largest un-cracked bell weighing 90 tons of bronze. Visit Settawya Pagoda and will continue with Hsinbyume Pagoda as well as the unfinished Mingun Paya, built as one of the world's largest chedis by King Bodawphaya. Return back to Mandalay. Lunch at local restaurant (by own account).
In the afternoon, excursion to Amarapura 15 km from Mandalay visit Bagaya Monastery will delight you with an interesting collection of Buddha statues and observe the beautiful sunset at the 200-year-old U Bein teak bridge in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was Royal capital before returning to Mandalay. Since then it is noted for silk and cotton weaving. Visit a traditional hand-woven silk workshop. Both lunch and dinner to your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Mandalay.

Day 7 Mandalay – Ava – Sagaing – Monywa (B/-/-)

After Breakfast at hotel, 08:00 A.M. drive to jetty, take an excursion to the former royal capital of Innwa (Ava), reached by a short boat trip. Visits by Horse Cart include Nanmyint Watch Tower, the remains of a palace building nicknamed the "leaning tower of Ava", Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery (Mae Nu Oak Kyaung built of brick and stucco) and Bargayar Monastery, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. Lunch at local restaurant (by own account).
Then, drive up to Sagaing Hill to enjoy the panoramic beauty of Mandalay and Irrawaddy River. Continue by road to Monywa and if time permit en-route visit Thanboddhay Pagoda, which is about 20 kilometers from Monywa. The richly decorated central stupa has no less than 845 smaller stupas around it. Inside the patio, you will see thousands of Buddha images (reportedly over 500,000) decorating every wall, archway and niche. The buildings in the compound have interesting jataka relieves and there is a huge Reclining Buddha nearby. Arrival Monywa, check into your hotel. Dinner by own account an accommodation at Hotel in Monywa.

Day 8 Monywa – Bagan (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, drive to visit a sandstone cave system in the Po Win Hills, named after a famous 'zawgyi' (alchemist) who once lived here. The Caves of Po Win Daung, numbering more than one hundred, are full of Buddhist statues and murals. Most exhibit the Innwa style but some may date from the 14th Century. Continue drive to Bagan (via Pakkoku). Lunch at local restaurant by own account.
Dinner by own account and accommodation at Hotel in Bagan.

Day 9 Bagan (B/-/-)

Optional morning program (operate from October to March):
Early this morning, enjoy a balloon flight over the Bagan temples. Around 0530 hours the Balloon over Bagan shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel. You will drive to the departure ground of the Balloons. While the team makes the Balloon ready to go, you enjoy some refreshments, but you can also take great pictures of this event. Then, depending on the wind, you will over fly Bagan for about one hour, and enjoy spectacular views of the ancient Kingdom of Bagan in your hot air balloon! The tour ends…..where ever the wind has brought you. A glass of sparkling wine ends this fantastic event….and the shuttle bus then brings you back to your hotel.

Breakfast at hotel. This morning drive to Nyaung Oo and stroll through the colorful local market where you can see the trading of local people. Then sightseeing includes: Shwezigon Pagoda – the prototype for later Myanmar pagodas built by King Anawrahta, Ananda Temple – King Kyansittha’s masterpiece and the crowning achievement of the early style temple of architecture. Htilominlo Temple – the largest temples. After lunch (by own account), check in to the hotel.
In the afternoon, visit to Lacquer-ware making home cottage, Visit to Nanphaya, the temple made with sand-stone is which was built in early 12th century and decorated with beautiful sand-stone carvings. Afterwards proceed to Manuha temple which from 11th century. That temple is very different structure from others. It was built by “Mon captive king, Manuha. Sightseeing continues with visits to (Myin Ka Bar) Gubyaukgyi Temple – known for its wall paintings depicting scenes from the Jataka and Dhamanyangyi Temple. In the evening, you can enjoy the magnificent sun-set view of Bagan from one of the mounds of Bagan. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Bagan.

Day 10 Bagan (B/-/-)

After the breakfast, visits to Tayokepyay Temple in Min Nan Thu Village; Phaya Thone Zu and Nandamanya Temples noted for their exquisite murals of 13th century and sightseeing the breaking temple around bagan. In the afternoon, an excursion to farming villages around Bagan will give you an insight to the rural life of the local people. Then, the horse-cart will take you through some of the more off the beaten track temple sites. Experience the traditional way of travelling and transportation still commonly used by the rural people of Myanmar.
In the afternoon, an excursion by boat to the nostalgic Nat Htaung Kyaung, a monastery famous for woodcarvings, built in 1781 by a group of monks. Admire the monastery's collection of ancient Buddha statues and lacquer boxes. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Bagan.

Day 11 Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake (By flight) (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Bagan Airport for domestic flight to Heho. Transfer from Heho Airport down into the valley to Nyaung Shwe on the edge of Inle Lake and board your own local boat to take you to your hotel.
In the afternoon, enjoy a boat trip on Inle Lake – a photographer's dream, its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic high hills provide the perfect backdrop. See the lake's unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. See traditional handicrafts - silk weaving on wooden handlooms and a blacksmith shop. Pass endless floating gardens, where fruit and vegetables are grown. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake. One can see ancient Buddha statues which are more than 200 years old. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel, in Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake.

Day 12 Inle Lake – Maing Thauk (Trekking) – Indaing (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. Explore one of the 5-day markets (on market day only). By visiting 5-day markets, clients will get insight into the life-style of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha inhabitants who came to these markets to sell their goods. Arrive at the village of Maing Thauk on the edge of Inle Lake by boat. Walk up a dirt track through the village and continue up the hill to a stupa which has fantastic views out over the lake and surrounding hills. The walk takes around 2 hours round trip and, although uphill, the route is not steep.
In the afternoon, we enjoy another boat tour to Indaing, at the western end of the Lake. The boat takes you through a long channel where you watch the farmers cultivate their produce. This ride is one of the most scenic boat tours on Lake Inle. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel, in Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake.

Day 13 Nyaung Shwe – Heho – Yangon (By Flight) (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning transfer to Heho Airport for domestic flight to Yangon. Arrive Yangon Airport transfer to your hotel and check in. Free time at leisure to pursue your individual interest. Both Lunch and Dinner by own account. Accommodation at hotel in Yangon.

Day 14 Yangon Departure (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Yangon Airport for your International departure flight.

End of our services:

Include

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary,
  • Accommodation with breakfast at hotels as specified,
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program,
  • All domestic airfares (Yangon-Mandalay, Bagan-Heho-Yangon) with Air KBZ, Mann Yadanarpon Airline, Golden Myanmar and/or Yangon Airways,
  • Transfers and tours with English speaking stationed guides (you will meet with different guides at different destinations) (OR) English or language speaking throughout guide with a supplement
  • Up/ Down Truck ticket from Kimpun Base Camp to Golden Rock Pagoda
  • Insurance surcharge on Domestic Airlines in Myanmar,
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling

Exclude

  • Services not mentioned in our itinerary,
  • Balloons Over Bagan flight
  • Meals not specified (lunch & dinner),
  • Visa fee for Myanmar,
  • International airport departure tax,
  • International flight tickets to/from Yangon,
  • Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry, etc.
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

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