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14-Day Myanmar Exploration Including Golden Rock and Trekking

Created with Sketch. Yangon–Golden Rock–Bagan–Mandalay–Pindaya–Kalaw–Inle Lake–Taunggyi–Kakku
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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)

Tour Customize

Your Specific Requirements Can Be Mentoned In The Booking Form

Description

In this tour, you will visit the most important sites in Yangon (The Commercial City) in South Myanmar, Bagan (The first Capital of the Myanmar Kingdom as well as the World’s Heritage site), Mandalay (the last Capital of Myanmar Kingdom) in Central Myanmar, Kalaw, the pine city, Pindaya famous for its cave, and Inle Lake (the 2nd largest Lake above 880 m above sea level) in the Eastern Myanmar in Shan State.

Experience the hiking in the villages and picnic dinner on the hill overlooking stunning view of Kalaw. The country side in the Shan State offers the most stunning pictures.

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
  • Visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper and parasols in Pindaya and its Sandstone Cave with thousand of ancient Buddha Images,
  • Experience of exciting hiking adventure on the colourful Shan plateau around
  • Observing the abundant cultures, traditions and tribal ways of life throughout your journey
  • 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
BaganRazagyo Hotel (Superior room) 3* or similar
MandalayHotel Sakura Princess (Superior room) 3* or similar
KalawHill Top Villa Resort (Superior room) 2* or similar
Nyaung Shwe81 Central Hotel (Superior room) 3* or similar

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Yangon and Yangon sightseeing (By car)
Day 2Yangon – Golden Rock (By car) & visit
Day 3Golden Rock – Bago-Yangon (By car)
Day 4Yangon – Bagan (By morning flight) & Bagan sightseeing (By car)
Day 5Bagan sightseeing (By car)
Day 6Bagan – Mandalay (By morning flight) & visit Amarapura & Mandalay (By car)
Day 7Visit Mingun & Innwa (Ava)
Day 8Mandalay – Heho (By morning flight) & visit Pindaya – Kalaw (By car)
Day 9Full day trekking in Kalaw
Day 10Kalaw visit & drive to Nyaung Shwe (By car). Boat trip Inle Lake
Day 11Full Day Boat Tour on Inle Lake & Inndein
Day 12Visit to Taunggyi – Kakku (By car)
Day 13Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon (By morning flight). Sightseeing Yangon
Day 14Departure from 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 Yangon arrival

Arrival at Yangon International Airport in the morning, and you will be welcomed by our guide and proceed the tour through Yangon. Visit the magnificent reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi, take for a photo stop at the Karaweik Hall, a ‘hamsa-bird-shaped’ floating barge on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake. Drive through the colonial style buildings downtown, the Chinatown area and the Indian quarter. Photo stops at the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years and makes a useful landmark in downtown Yangon. Complete your first day tour in Myanmar with an extended visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base, is covered with 60 tons of pure gold and is the very heart and soul of Buddhist Myanmar. Make sure to spend time here watching the Burmese come to pray and make offerings; it is an unforgettable experience. Both lunch and dinner to your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Yangon.

Day 2 Yangon – Golden Rock (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, drive to Kyaikhto (194 km – 5 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" and onward to Kyaiktiyo (the "Golden Rock"), a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaves and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. En route, stop for lunch at local restaurant (by own account).
From Kin Pun, a steep and rough 15-km dirt road leads to the upper staging point, a journey made in open trucks, which can be very crowded. From the "upper area", travelers must walk the final stage p steep paths, which ascend some 100 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 3 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 reveredobjects. 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 to your own account. Accommodation at Hotel, in Yangon.

Day 4 Yangon – Bagan (B/-/-)

After breakfast, transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan (0630/0750 – direct). From the airport, drive to visit the colorful local market in Nyaung Oo to learn the local people ways of trading. Then proceed sightseeing to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, which is Bagan's most important reliquary shrine – look out for images of the 37 'nats' housed in a small hall. See 13th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha 'Cave' Temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi In village), another 'cave' temple with fine frescoes of the 'Jataka Tales'. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Then, pass through Tharaba Gateway where in the niches on the eastern side you will see two statues representing Nat shrines before entering into Old Bagan. Check into your hotel late morning.
In the afternoon continue to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals.
Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters - Thatbyinnyu known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144. Take a break from temples and wander through the village of Minnanthu to see how the local people live. Enjoy sunset at one of the hills of Bagan. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Bagan.

Day 5 Bagan (B/-/-)

(Optional early morning Tour Balloon Flight – by Balloon Over Bagan)
We offer a unique opportunity to see the ancient city of Bagan from a different perspective. With ‘Balloons Over Bagan’ you get a magnificent birds-eye view of thousand year-old pagodas, temples and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. The champagne flights at sunrise last just under one hour and take off daily from October through March. The balloon is guided by gentle winds not exceeding 24 km/h.

Around 0530 hours the Ballooning shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel (your guide will tell you the exact pick up time). 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. Then the shuttle bus will transfer you back to your hotel or any point you request within the city area.

Breakfast at hotel. This morning explore the Myinkaba village area by horse cart. First we visit Gubyaukgyi Temple admiring the fine stuccowork. We continue to Nanpaya temple, built in the Mon style with intricate stone carvings, and said once to have been Manuha's residence. See the four Buddha images in Manuha Pagoda and later, visit Pyatsashwegu, built in 11th century showing frescoes with ancient Mon captions on the interior walls. Stop at Myazedi stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages. In the afternoon, visit to one of the Lacquer ware factories to watch craftsmen skilfully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts. After that visit to Abeyadana Temple with frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the gods of Indian mythology. Continue to Damayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170 that is famous for its interlocking mortar less brickwork. Next, visit Sulamani, one of Bagan’s great two-storied Bamar style temples, which has 4-seated Buddha images. Late afternoon, transfer to jetty to board the local boat and enjoy the Sunset Boat trip on the legendary Ayeyarwaddy River. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Bagan.

Remark: For those who don’t want to ride the horse cart can take the Bicycle ride about 1 - 2 hours in the morning or evening around old or new Bagan.

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

After breakfast, transfer to Bagan Airport for domestic flight to Mandalay (approx: 0805/0840 – direct). Upon arrival, transfer directly to Amarapura, 15 km from Mandalay to visit Maha-Gandayon, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study; continue to 200-year-old U Bein Teak Bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was Royal capital. Since then it is noted for silk and cotton weaving. Visit a traditional hand-woven silk workshop. Check in to the hotel in the afternoon.
In the afternoon, experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay including the Shwe Inbin Monastery; the Golden Palace Monastery, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda the world’s largest book made of marble. Visits also one of the most revered religious monuments in the Mahamuni Pagoda. Since Mandalay is also a major crafts center, you can also visit a Kalaga tapestries craftsmen’s shop before proceeding to Mandalay Hill for sunset. Both lunch and dinner to your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Mandalay.

Day 7 Mandalay – Mingun – Innwa (Ava) (B/-/-)

After Breakfast at hotel, 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 the world’s largest un-cracked bell weighing 90 tons, and will continue with Hsinbyume Paya as well as the unfinished Mingun Paya, built as one of the world’s largest chedis by King Bodaw Paya. Take the boat back to Mandalay.
In the afternoon, excursion to the former Royal Capital of Inwa (AVA), 20 km from Mandalay, drive to Inwa small jetty, and a short boat trip. Visit by horse drawn carriage include Bargayar Monastery, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts; Nanmyint Watch Tower, the remains of the palace building nick-named “the leaning tower of Ava”; Mae Nu Oak Kyaung. Return to Mandalay. Both lunch and dinner to your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Mandalay.

Day 8 Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya – Kalaw (B/-/-)

After the breakfast, transfer to Airport for the domestic flight to Heho (approx. 0955/1030 – direct). Upon arrival in Heho, proceed by road to Pindaya (65 km - 1½ hours).
Upon arrival, visit magnificent Pindaya Caves, set in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake, where thousands of different types of Buddha images are on display in the various cave chambers. Visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper and parasols. After lunch time, And then, drive to Kalaw which was formerly a British Hill Station town. Arrive in Kalaw. Both lunch and dinner to your own account. Accommodation at Hotel, in Kalaw.

Day 9 Kalaw (Full day Trekking) (B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast, visit to the colorful local market to buy the necessary items for trekking and then drive to trekking point and trek to the Palaung Villages (10 km - about 4 hours) of Ywa Thit, west of Kalaw and on the rim of the mountain. Enjoy visiting their long huts. Primitive way of living, their mountain plantations and the scenic surrounding. Packed lunch is included. And then you can visit the PaO Village. Proceed to View Point, which overlooking the whole mountain ranges for the simple picnic lunch and drive back to Kalaw to overnight. Both lunch and dinner to your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Kalaw.

Day 10 Kalaw – Nyaung Shwe – Inle Lake (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning visit a quaint train station and drive pass the colonial style houses to absorb the atmosphere of a bygone era. Visit Shwe Oo Min Pagoda and Nhee Paya Monastery. Then, drive to Nyaung Shwe on the bank of Inle Lake (by car).
Enjoy a half day 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. See traditional handicrafts - silk weaving on wooden handlooms and a blacksmith shop in Inpawkon Village. Both lunch and dinner to your own account. Accommodation at Hotel, in Nyaung Shwe.

Day 11 Inle Lake – Indein (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, 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. Today enjoy full day boat trip on Inle Lake. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. 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.
In the afternoon, enjoy another boat tour to the western shore of Inle Lake, where you will find the beginning of a stair path leading to the well hidden Indein Pagoda complex. 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. Returning back to the hotel the beauty of sunset over Inle Lake enchants all visitors. Both lunch and dinner to your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Nyaung Shwe.

Day 12 Nyaung Shwe – Taunggyi – Kakku – Nyaung Shwe (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, drive up through the hills to Taunggyi, capital of Southern Shan State and a former British hill station. On the way visit Aye Thar Yar vineyard and winery, produces the best wines of the country. You arrive at the vineyard and sat down for wine tasting with light food. The small outdoor tasting room provides a commanding view over the terraced vineyard as well as a wonderful breeze. Beyond the rolling green hills you can also enjoy the surrounding mountain landscape.
Just a couple of hours from Taunggyi on tarred road, discover the "long lost" ruins of Kak Ku in countryside inhabited by the Pa O people. Situated in the rolling Shan Hills, Kak Ku pagoda is very unusual and little is known about its origins. The Pa O people believe that the original pagoda was built on the site some 2,000 years ago. Dozens of small stupas surround the main pagoda in a huge circle. You can wander around the stupas, which are decorated with fine stuccowork and Buddha images. Visit one of the many Pa O villages near Kak Ku and see a huge monastery on the way back to Taunggyi. Drive back to Nyaung Shwe. Both lunch and dinner to your own account. Accommodation at Hotel, in Nyaung Shwe.

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

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Heho Airport for domestic flight back to Yangon (approx. 0945/1110 – direct). Arrive Yangon Airport and ttransfer to your hotel. Full day car & guide at disposal in Yangon. In the afternoon, visit Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Monday and Public Holidays) to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. Both lunch and dinner by own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Yangon.

Day 14 Departure Yangon (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,
  • Packed lunch on day 9 (trekking in Kalaw),
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program,
  • Truck ticket from Kimpun base camp to Golden Rock Pagoda,
  • Porter charges in Kalaw Trekking and Golden Rock,
  • All domestic airfares 4 sectors (Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Heho-Yangon) with Air KBZ, Mann Yadanarpon Airline, Asian Wings Airways and/or Yangon Airways,
  • Transfers and tours with English speaking STATIONED guides (you will meet with different guides at different destinations)
  • Insurance surcharge on Domestic Airlines in Myanmar,
  • Boat trip on the lake
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling

Exclude

  • Services not mentioned in our itinerary,
  • 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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