Day 01: Welcome to Yangon, Myanmar
We’ll be met at Yangon International Airport and transferred to hotel. Time allowing, we take an orientation tour and a chance to acclimatize ourselves.
Day 02: Yangon (B)
Our tour today starts from the very centre of Yangon, taking in the Sule pagoda, the Mahabandoola Park, the colonial courthouse and the city hall. We then explore the Chinese quarter and the Indian quarter with stops to visit the beautiful Chinese temple Kheng Hock Keong and enjoy Burmese high tea. Continue along the famous Strand Road and visit the bustling Yangon harbor. In the afternoon, we’ll visit Chauk Htat Gyi pagoda to see the huge reclining Buddha image, and then the Shwedagon Pagoda with its glistening stupas covered with 60 tons of pure gold. The pagoda is regarded as the holiest monument of Myanmar and a wonder of the world. There’ll be time for us to saunter the Scott Market for better knowledge of local life and shopping opportunities.
Day 03: Yangon – Bagan (B)
Transfer to Yangon airport for a morning flight to the ancient city of Bagan in upper Myanmar. We’ll tour a the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon, Ku Byauk Gyi, Khay Min Ga, Ananda, the Mon-styled Manuha, Nanbaya, Gu Byaukgyi, the city’s central market and a lacquer ware village in Myinkaba. Later this afternoon, we have another chance to see the amazing ruins of Bagan and the villages around the ruins, travelling by horse and cart. Finish the day at Bupaya Pagoda or Mingala Zedi Stupa to watch the incredible sight of sunset over the plains of Bagan before returning to the hotel.
Day 04: Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – Mandalay (B)
This morning we fly to Mandalay and continue overland to Amarapura. Visit the 200-year-old U Bein Teak Bridge, Bagaya Monastery with a superb collection of Buddha statues, and Mahagandayon monastery that houses over one thousand monks. Later, drive a short distance to Mandalay and check into the hotel. Afternoon we contemplate the spectacular Buddha image covered in thick layers of gold leaves at the Mahamuni pagoda, Shwe Inbin monastery, Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung as the Golden Palace Monastery, a superb example of a traditional wooden building. Tour Kuthodaw pagoda, known for the huge book of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Conclude the day watching the magnificent sunset from the Mandalay hill.
Day 05: Mandalay -Heho – Inle Lake (B)
We depart Mandalay and fly to Heho. On arrival, meet our local guide and continue by road to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s best-known sights and our base for the next few days. This region is home to Intha people, a tribe of Mon descent. After checking into the hotel we’ll be taken on an enjoyable boa trip to see the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and the magnificent scenery. We will also visit the Phaungdaw U Pagoda, one of the main shrines in Myanmar which date back to the 18th century; the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, the weaving village of Inpawkhon.
Day 06: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon (B)
Transfer to Heho Airport and catch a morning flight back to Yangon. We’ll have ample time to further explore the former capital city of Myanmar.
NOTE: There may be a chance to visit a colorful local market in the Inle Lake region
Day 07: Yangon-Departure (B)
Free till transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure.