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Yangon - Inle Lake - Mandalay - Monywa - Pakokku - Bagan - Yangon

Day1 Arrival in Yangon (morning / evening)
Day2 Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) Pagoda (by private car, public truck and walking)
Day3 Kyaikhtiyo - Bago - Yangon (by walking, public truck and private car)
Day4 Yangon - Heho - Nyaung Shwe - Inle Lake (by morning flight, private car and boat)
Day5 Inle Lake - Indein (by private boat)
Day6 Inle Lake - Sanghar (by private boat)
Day7 Inle Lake - Nyaung Shwe - Heho -Mandalay (by private boat, car and afternoon flight)
Day8 Mandalay - Sagaing - Amarapura (by private car and sunset boat)
Day9 Mandalay - Mingun (by private car and local boat)
Day10 Mandalay - Monywa (by private car)
Day11 Monywa - Pakokku - Bagan (by private car and local boat)
Day12 Bagan (by private car and horse cart)
Day13 Bagan (by private car)
Day14 Bagan - Yangon (by private car and morning flight)
Day15 Yangon - International Departure (morning / evening)

 

Day 1. Arrival in Yangon

Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be greeted by Trails of Myanmar guide and transfer to your hotel. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, which is the colonial and spiritual heritage makes the city, one of the most fascinating and authentic capitals of Southeast Asia.
Sightseeing for the day includes many colonial style buildings, century old The Strand Hotel and the lively China town. Visit of the day also include the hexagonal shape Sule Pagoda and Chauk Htut Gyi Pagoda (70 m long reclining Buddha). You may also visit to Kandawgyi Park where you will see the Karaweik Hall (a floating barge with the mythical creature on Kandawgyi Lake) enjoy the greenery and nice silhouettes of Shwedagon Pagoda on the lake itself in the afternoon. Visit of the day will conclude with one of the most wonder of the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, where you could enjoy religious, cultural and social life of local people and enjoy the sunset there. Return back to your hotel.

Lunch and dinner on your own account’s and overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 2.Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) Pagoda (by private car, public truck and walking)

After breakfast at the hotel, depart from Yangon to the Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) Pagoda. You will go by car via Kyaiktho town to reach the base camp (around 3 to 4 hours drive). There you will have to leave your car and join a public, open truck for the ride up the mountain. Your guide will try to secure more comfortable seats in the front cabin for you, if available!Walk 20 minutes up the hill to the Golden Rock Pagoda, located at around 1,100 meters above sea level. (Those who wish can ask to be carried by sedan chair - additional charges apply).
A small stupa was built on a large boulder and partly hanging over the gorge.
Legend has it that the boulder keeps its balance due to a Buddha hair. You will observe pilgrims praying, lighting candles and putting thin gold leaves on the boulder.
Enjoy the sunset at the Pagoda and walk to your hotel near the Golden Rock or 45 Minutes below.

Lunch and dinner on your own account’s and overnight stay near Kyaiktiyo Pagoda.
Remarks:

  • You may carry light luggage for the 2 days only and leave your main luggage at the hotel in Yangon.
  • In the winter months you may need a pullover and maybe also a jacket!
  • Please bring a torch!
  • In not so busy times, it may take long until the public truck is full and ready to depart. If you want to avoid long waiting, you may CHARTER the whole truck, expenses for the charter are on your OWN account!

 

Day 3.Kyaikhtiyo - Bago - Yangon (by walking, public truck and private car)

After breakfast, take the public truck back to the base camp and return with your car to Yangon via Bago town.
Your visit to Bago includes the local market, Shwethalyaung a reclining Buddha image and Shwemawdaw Pagoda, a Mon style stupa.
Return to Yangon (80 km - 1.5 hours from Bago).

Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Yangon.







 

Day 4.Yangon - Heho - Nyaung Shwe - Inle Lake (by morning flight, private car and boat)

After breakfast at the hotel (or take away breakfast), transfer airport for your domestic flight. Continue from the Heho airport to Nyaung Shwe (30 km – 1 hours) which is situated at the entrance of the Inle Lake and transfer to your hotel. Stop on the way to visit to the Shwe Yan Pyae Monastery. Afternoon excursion on the Lake by private long-tail boat will include the weaving village of Inn Pawkhone and a cheroot rolling workshop as well as the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. You will also see floating gardens, leg rowers, local fishing methods and village life of Inle Lake. Visit will conclude with a 150 years old wooden monastery,Nga Phae Chaung Monastery filled with beautiful Buddha images in various styles. This place was famous as jumping cats Monastery, nowadays you may see the cats jumping occasionally only.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account’s and overnight stay at Inle Lake.

Day 5. Inle Lake - Indein (by private boat)

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the five day's market at nearby village (if coinciding with market day schedule). Continue your journey to the Western bank of Inle Lake upstream on a creek to get to Indein Pagoda where thousands of Shan style stupas exist. You will also get a chance to stroll around bamboo forest and visit local villages to experience village life of tribal people. After sightseeing in Indein, take a private canoe to go downstream on Indein creek passing through some rice fields and bamboo forests.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Inle Lake.

Day 6. Inle Lake - Sanghar (by private boat)

After breakfast, start your private long-tail boat trip to Sanghar village. Sanghar was in the 18th century one of the larger cities in Shan State (40 km - 3 hours per way). The highlights of this site are the remote village, stupas that sometimes get flooded in the rainy season and water lilies growing in mass. Visit also include a basic local rice liquor distillery and a local pottery village. The trip leads you through very interesting landscape, the lake becomes a creek to widen to a lake again before Sanghar. An additional, mandatory Pa-O guide will accompany you in addition to your tour guide.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Inle Lake.

Day 7. Inle Lake - Heho – Mandalay (by private boat, car and afternoon flight)

After breakfast, visit a local five days market (if it coincides with five day’s market) and a local village for the village life. You can also visit to Alae Myaung local village situated on the eastern bank of Inle Lake to see native and migrating birds and local farming methods before transfer to Nyaung Shwe by boat and by car to Heho airport to fly to Mandalay.
Upon arrival to Mandalay, transfer to your hotel. After fresh up at the hotel, proceed to Mandalay Hill and enjoy unforgettable sunset over the Hill.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account’s and overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 8.Mandalay - Sagaing - Amarapura (by private car and sunset boat)

After breakfast at the hotel, depart to visit Amarapura (former capital) with Mahaghandayone Monastery, where thousands of monks are taking their meals in total silence.
Then cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. Visit include a pagoda covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar. It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers and you will visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin, U Min Thone Sae, and Shin Pin Nan Gyaing.
We’ll also visit Sagaing’s local market, a typical Burmese market that few tourists visit. Here you will find a range of items for sale including locally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts. We will also stop at a small pottery village to see the process of making the ubiquitous water pots found throughout Myanmar.
Return toward the city and stop at Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’. First visit a silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products. Sunset over U Bein Bridge with small boat Sampan. U Bein Bridge which is 200 year-old teak bridge was constructed of 984 teak posts that were once part of the deserted Inwa Palace and it is 1.2 kilometres in length making it the world’s longest teak span. You can also enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account’s and overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 9. Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay (by private local boat and car)

After breakfast, transfer to jetty and take a private boat on Ayeyarwady river (11 km - 2 hours) to visit Mingun. Highlight of the sights are the unfinished pagoda which is huge one, the 90-ton ringing bell of Mingun and Myatheintan Pagoda. Return by boat to Mandalay.
In the afternoon, visit to Mahamuni Pagoda and Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’ Shwe Kyaung Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace which is known for its exquisite woodcarving and Mandalay Hill for panoramic view of the ancient capital. Return to your Hotel.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 10.Mandalay - Monywa (by private car)

After breakfast, drive to Monywa (110 km - 3 hours). On the way you will visit the silversmith workshops in Ywa Htaung village. Proceed to Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda outside of Sagaing on the banks of Ayeyarwady River. Continue driving towards Monywa. On the way you can stop at Myin Mu village. There are plenty of street vendors selling fruits and local products.
After you visit Moe Nyin Sanbokeday (Thanboddhay) Pagoda, continue driving to the Hpo Win Daung Caves situated in the western part of Chindwin River. The place is not a touristic area and it is also not much visited by the local people. There are some Buddha images enshrined from the late Kong Baung era. There are some nasty monkeys at the Hpo Win Daung caves.
Contine to visit Shwe Ba Tuang.
Return to Monywa in the afternoon.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account’s and overnight stay in in Monywa.

Day 11.Monywa - Pakokku - Bagan (by private car and local boat)

After breakfast, drive by car to Pakokku (130 km - 4 hours). At Pakokku, you will visit incense stick making and toy paper making workshops. Continue for 2 hours by private boat to Bagan which used to be a royal capital from 11th to 13th century.
Upon arrival, transfer from Nyaung Oo Jetty to your hotel in Bagan.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account’s and overnight stay in Bagan.




Day 12.Bagan (private car and horse cart)

After breakfast, Start your visit of the day with Tayoke Pyay Temple site from the late 13 th Century era pagodas. Start to get the exposure of Bagan plain from the top of Tayoke Pyay Temple and enjoy the panoramic view there. Visit of the site will include Payathone Zu pagoda (superb mural painting), Nandamanya temple (artistic and protected mural painting), Laymyetnar Temple and Dhamarazika Stupa. Continue your visit to Phwar Saw Village, enjoy strolling around in the village and observe local life there.
After lunch, visit one local workshop to observe the handmade lacquer ware and wooden handicrafts. Here take a horse cart to Manuha Temple, built in Mon style, Nanbayar Temple with a unique sand stone monument and Myinkaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple, a Temple known for its mural paintings. Enjoy the unforgettable sunset over one of the temples.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account’s and overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 13. Bagan (by private car)

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the colorful market of Nyaung U where a variety of street vendors are selling their local goods. Start the day with visits to the local Nyaung U market where you can see several local people from the surrounding regions trading and bartering their local products such as vegetables, beans and other household utensils etc. Continue visit to pagodas such as including Shwezigone Pagoda, built in the early 11thcentury, Ku Byauk Gyi, a temple with superb mural paintings, Htilominlo temple, unique fresco works of all temples and Ananda temple with four standing Buddha Images and a huge teak door.
Afternoon visit may also include Dhammayangyi Temple, Sulamuni Temple and Pyat Thadar Temple. You may also visit to the interesting process of “Poneyay” (Pea powder paste) and see how the local plum jam is made and packed.
Return to your Hotel.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account’s and overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 14.Bagan - Yangon (by private car and morning flight)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Nyaung Oo airport for your domestic flight back to Yangon.
Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be transferred to your Hotel.
On the way from the airport, you may visit Kalaywatawya scriptural learning monastery thousand of monks and novices are studying.
You may go also to Kyauktawgyi Pagoda near the airport and see the white elephants there. Rest of the day will be free is at your leisure or may do further sightseeing as you wish.

Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 15. Yangon - International Departure (morning / evening)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the railways station to experience the local circular train rides. The train ride would not be too spectacular but nice. But one can see the town from different angles. In the middle of the journey, it is getting quite rural. One could see the ordinary local people on their local lives. Drop off at Insein (approximately 45 minutes) and visit the Insein market where you can see the colorful vendors and shopkeepers.
Your can also stroll around the Scott (Bogyoke) Market with hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores before transfer to the airport for your international flight. [Scott (Bogyoke) Market will be closed on Monday and public holidays].

Hotel

HotelRoom TypeSectorWeb Address
Jasmine Palace Hotel or similar Superior Yangon www.jasminepalacehotel.com
Mountain Top Hotel or Golden Rock Hotel Deluxe Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) -
Golden Island Cottages or similar Superior Inle Lake http://www.gicmyanmar.com
Mandalay City Hotel or similar Superior Mandalay www.ayarwaddyriverviewhotel.comm
Win Unity Hotel Superior (Garden View) Monywa -
Thazin Garden Hotel or similar Deluxe Bagan www.shwethazinhotel.com

 

PRICES

Validity: Prices are valid during the high season from 01 October 2017 until 30 April 2018 (there might be surcharges during peak season times, e.g. Christmas and New Year and depending on the hotels chosen - please inquiry with us for your travel date). Please ask for discounted rates for the low season (May to September).

All prices are in USD per Person

Days Tour Code for 1 person for 2 persons for 3-4 persons for 5-6 persons for 7-10 persons
15 TOM 05 (stay in twin share room)
4,290.-- 2,550.-- 2,155.-- 1,895.-- 1,860.--
Single supplement for TOM 05 per single rooms required 699.-- 699.-- 699.-- 699.--

Tour guides speaking other languages can be arranged - please check with us.

 

Included:

  • Accommodation (twin shared room) at 3 stars hotels
  • Breakfast at hotels
  • English speaking local “Through out” tour guide (Yangon to Yangon) including all miscellaneous cost for the guide
  • Entrance fees and camera fees when guide is present.
  • Transport (domestic flights as advised / car-, boat-, local train- and cart transport as mentioned in the tour program / all airport- and jetty transfers as mentioned.
  • Luggage handling included while tour guide is present.
  • Bottled drinking water & refreshing towels in normal quantities
  • Passengers service charges at domestic airport

Excluded:

  • Personal expenses such as beverages, drinks, laundry and souvenirs and tips
  • Meals (Lunch / Dinner)
  • Any Extra charges (e.g. for additionally needed cars) to fly via Tachileik, if flights to and from Kyaing Tong would be cancelled later by airline.
  • Personal insurance
  • Visa fees for Myanmar
  • International flights
  • Excess Baggage (domestic flights allow up to 20 kg per person only)
  • If guests wish to alter the itinerary, extra charges may apply.
  • Fuel surcharge for domestic flights and cars if applicable
  • Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers and boatmen

Our itinerary is subject to change depending on domestic flight schedules, condition of roads and availability of rooms.