Kingdoms of Myanmar and Ngapali Beach

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  • Duration: 14 days
  • Price: From USD 2,275

On this guided tour, you will get to discover Myanmar’s famous sights and sounds. The tour starts in Yangon, the city capital of Myanmar, which was constructed by the British administration. From there, you will then get to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda – a famous landmark, which is decorated in gemstones and covered in gold plate.

You will also go through Yangon’s old quarter and enjoy the scenic sights before heading northbound to Shan State and the Inle Lake region that is inhabited by minority people. Here, you will sample local vineyard harvests, visit floating gardens, markets and cultural highlights in and around the lake. Our journey continues from Shan State to Mandalay and its Ancient Capitals.

From Mandalay, you will then move to Bagan – one of Myanmar’s greatest archaeological treasures, with more than 4,000 pagodas and temple ruins scattered along the Bagan plains, along the Irrawaddy River. From Bagan, you will fly to the Rakhine coast and Mrauk U, which are mysteriously lost kingdoms of Burma. At the end of the tour, you will get to relax and enjoy the unspoiled stretch of beaches of Ngapali.

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Tour Overview

Day 1: Arrival to Yangon

Day 2: Yangon - Bagan

Day 3: Mandalay City Impressions

Day 4: Royal Kingdoms Ava (Inwa) - Sagaing - Amarapura & Ubein Bridge

Day 5: Inle Lake and Red Mountain Estate Vineyard

Day 6: Inle Lake & Inn Thein

Day 7: Inle Lake - Yangon

Day 8: Yangon – Sittwe - Mrauk U

Day 9: Mrauk U

Day 10: Mrauk U - Sittwe

Day 11: Sittwe - Ngapali Beach

Day 12: Ngapali Beach

Day 13: Ngapali Beach

Day 14: Ngapali Beach - Yangon

General Inclusions

Private tours and transfers with air conditioned vehicles as specified in our itinerary

All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary

Domestic air fares

Private transfers & tours with English speaking guides.

2 bottles of water and 2 refreshing towels per person on full day excursions

Lodging with breakfast as specified in the itinerary

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Day 1

Arrival to Yangon

When you arrive in Yangon, our representative will meet you at the airport for your transfer to your hotel.

The adventure starts with an afternoon tour through Yangon’s colonial-style city center and a visit to the golden Sule Paya stupa. It was the focal point of various historical events in the city and constructed over 2,000 years ago.

You will also get to visit the Chauk That Gyi pagoda for its magnificent reclining Buddha, and Karaweik Hall near the Kandawgyi Lake to see the ‘hamsa-bird-shaped’ floating barge. At Bogyoke Market we’ll get lost in a maze of colour made up of hundreds of stalls selling gemstones, handicrafts, art, clothes and food.

We will wrap up day-1 with a visit to an iconic symbol of Myanmar, the Shwedagon Pagoda -- one of the world’s most spectacular monuments that legend would have us believe enshrines the sacred hairs of Buddha.


Overnight stay: Hotel in Yangon • Entrances • Yangon Tour • English Speaking Guide • Airport Transfer

Day 2

Yangon - Bagan

We will transfer back to Yangon airport after breakfast, for a short one-hour flight to Nyang U for the exploration of the Ancient Kingdoms of Bagan. We will make our first stop at the Dhamayazeka Zedi to take in panoramic views of Bagan’s plains dotted with temple ruins.

At the Swezigon Stupa, where purportedly Buddha’s tooth is housed, we’ll find the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple. It’s home to the plain’s best preserved mural painting of Buddha’s Jataka reincarnations.

Next, we head to Myingaba Village to learn how Bagan’s famous lacquer ware crafts are produced, and then learn about Burmese sand paintings at the Htilominlo Temple.

Our day ends with a visit to Ananda Temple, which is beautifully symmetric and majestic with its four Buddha images that gaze at the viewers with fixed serenity from any angle.


Overnight stay: Hotel in Bagan • Airport Transfers • Flight Ticket Yangon - Bagan • Tour Bagan •



Day 3

Mandalay City Impressions

It’s an early rise today as we’re off to the airport for a short flight from Bagan to Mandalay and then a one-hour road trip to Zegyo Market. It’s the heart of the city, beating with authentic local life.

We’ll journey onwards to the Artisan Quarters where craftsmanship dating back to the last kingdom of Myanmar is on display. We’ll observe gold leaf pounding, detailed carvings of teak wood and Myanmar tapestry embroidering. We also gain insight into the carving, casting and melting process of bronze and marble Buddha statues.

Next on the itinerary is one of Mandalay’s highlights, the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda, home to the most significant Buddha images in Myanmar. It’s covered in tons of gold leaf, a once sought after prize amongst Myanmar’s warring kingdoms. We continue to the only royal palace building surviving in Mandalay, the Golden Palace Monastery that showcases Myanmar’s original royal style and architecture.

Lastly, we will visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to Buddha’s teachings carved in sacred Pali script on stone slabs, regarded as the largest book in the world based on surface area. Our day draws to a close at sunset with views of Mandalay’s panoramic city skyline from the highest point in the city.


Overnight stay: Hotel in Mandalay • Airport Transfers • Flight Ticket Bagan - Mandalay • Tour Mandalay • English Speaking Guide



Day 4

Royal Kingdoms Ava (Inwa) - Sagaing - Amarapura & Ubein Bridge

It’s a beautiful morning in Mandalay! Following breakfast, our exploration of Myanmar’s Ancient Kingdoms continues.

A short journey to ancient capital of the Shan and Burmese Kingdoms, Ava (Inwa) brings us to the Myint Nge River, which we’ll cross by ferry.

On the other side we’ll explore Ava’s small roads by horse cart and visit Bagaya Teak Monastery, which is more than three centuries old, yet perfectly preserved and still in use by local monks.

We will also visit the last standing structure of the Ava dynasty palace compound known as the Leaning Tower of Ava, Nanmyin Watch Tower, and Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery with its graceful archways.

Next, we move on to the Ancient Kingdom of Sagaing across the mighty Irrawaddy River. We will soak up beautiful views from Sagaing Hills from where we can see countless pagodas. At a monastery in Sagaing we gain insight into the life of Buddhist devotees before visiting the nearby Silversmith Village.

Our next stop is at Amarapura, another beautiful ancient capital city, famous for weaving and textile industries. At this cottage industry workshop, we will learn about longyis and Myanmar’s other traditional fabrics.

Lastly, we journey on to Ubein Bridge a simple yet solid teak wood structure spanning a distance of 1.2 kilometers over the Taungtaman Lake. One of Myanmar’s magical experiences and a photographer’s dream, the bridge transforms in the light of the setting sun, a sight to behold.


Overnight stay: Hotel in Mandalay • Tour • English Speaking Guide



Day 5

Inle Lake and Red Mountain Estate Vineyard

Another day, another flight. This morning we’re off to the quiet transit town of Heho, nestled in the hills of Shan State.

On market day, the Heho Market is a bustling meeting point for different ethnic minority groups to trade their good and produce. We’ll visit the market on the way to Inle Lake, and also stop at a local family workshop to learn about Shan umbrellas and the traditional methods of making paper, using mulberry tree fibers.

Our one-hour drive to Inle Lake takes us through mountainous valleys and rice paddy fields. Near Inle Lake, we will visit the Red Mountain Wine Estate, a lush vineyard on the side of the mountain.

We’ll sample Myanmar’s premier wines and observe some of the wine making process. We then check into our hotel before exploring Inle Lake, which is full of floating islands made of naturally tangled roots of water hyacinth plants and reeds.

Marvel at the picturesque sights of fishermen who balance and row with one leg, a unique technique only used here on Inle Lake by the indigenous Inn Thar minority people.


Overnight stay: Hotel on shore on on Inle Lake • Flight Ticket Mandalay - Heho • Tour • English Speaking Guide



Day 6

Inle Lake & Inn Thein

Following breakfast, our mode of transportation this morning is by boat. We’ll follow a small river to the Inn Thein Pagoda Complex, a site that will make us feel as if we’ve stepped back in time.

To reach the complex we’ll walk through bamboo groves that open up to reveal a field covered with 1,000-year-old pagodas.

After marveling at the beautiful sights and scenery, we will head back to the lake to visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda -- home to some of Myanmar’s most sacred Buddha statues, which devout followers have covered in gold leaf.

Stopping by Inpawkhon Weaving Village, we will learn about locally crafted silks, linens and lotus fabrics, and as an extra treat we stop at a Burmese Cat house built over the lake to observe efforts to preserve and reintroduce this rare, pure breed feline endemic to Myanmar.

Next, at Nampan Village, local craftsmen will demonstrate the packing and rolling of ‘cheroots’, which are local Burmese cigars. We take to canoes with local boatmen who gracefully navigate the lake on one leg, while we relax and enjoy the sun setting on the end of our day.

Optional Extra: Inle Lake markets
One of Inle Lake’s highlights is the colourful, bustling morning markets. Ethnic minority groups come from far and wide to trade, creating the opportunity to observe people in traditional wear in an authentic market atmosphere. The market rotates locations five days a week (except when it’s closed on public holidays), each day using a different village as based. We can include market visits in any tour program if the market falls within proximity of our itinerary.


Overnight stay: Hotel on shore of on Inle Lake • Tour • English Speaking Guide



Day 7

Inle Lake - Yangon

Wake up and start your day at leisure and use the free morning to explore or sight see on the lake. We can arrange leisurely strolls to neighboring villages or a visit to Nyaung Shwe town for exploration and handicraft shopping. In the afternoon we’ll transfer back to the Heho Airport for the flight to Yangon, where the rest of your day will be at leisure.


Overnight stay: Hotel in Yangon • Airport Transfers • Flight Ticket Heho - Yangon • English Speaking Guide



Day 8

Yangon – Sittwe - Mrauk U

Rise and shine, a morning pickup from our Yangon hotel takes us to the airport once more and subsequently, by flight to Sittwe.

From there, we will transfer to the jetty for a private boat cruise along the Kaladan River to Mrauk U. Depending on river condition, the journey will take approximately 4-7 hours, leaving you to enjoy the river cruise before we checking in at your hotel in Mrauk U.


Overnight stay: Hotel in Mrauk U • Flight Ticket Yangon - Sittwe • Boat Cruise • English Speaking Guide



Day 9

Mrauk U

After fuelling up on breakfast for the day, we will start our sightseeing at Mrauk U, the capital city of the 15th century Rakhine Kingdom. We will have a busy morning darting off to the city market for a taste of local city life before we visit Pharaouk Pagoda, Mong-Khong-Shwe Du Stupa, Pess Paya, Koe Thaung Temple’s 90,000 Buddha images, the artificial lake at Latt-Say Lae and the museum-like Sandamuni Monastery. We then head back to the hotel for a rest.

In the afternoon, we will visit the huge Chit-Thaung Temple and their 80,000 images and reliefs of Buddha, the four-sized Htaukkhan-Thein Temple, the locally named Plate Pagoda at Laungbanprauk Pagoda, a small library at Pitakataik and finally a tranquil sunset from Harritaung Hill with which to wrap up our day.


Overnight stay: Hotel in Mrauk U • Tour • English Speaking Guide



Day 10

Mrauk U - Sittwe

After a scrumptious breakfast we hit the pagoda trail once more, visiting Sakyamanaung Pagoda, Ratanamanaung Pagoda, Mingalamanaung Pagoda and the Nann-Oo Buddha image.

We then head back to our hotel to check out and transfer to the jetty to take the boat back to Sittwe, enjoying lunch on the boat while enjoying river views. Upon our arrival in Sittwe, we’ll transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay.


Overnight stay: Hotel near Sittwe • Tour • English Speaking Guide



Day 11

Sittwe - Ngapali Beach

After breakfast, our first stop for the day is a visit to the fish market of Sittwe. We then head to Payagyi Temple with its golden faced Buddha image. After that, we will also visit the Mahakuthala Monastery, Lawkarnadar Pagoda and the Sakyamuni Buddha Image before we transfer to the airport for a flight to Thandwe. We’ll then transfer to a resort hotel on Ngapali Beach where we’ll spend the night.


Overnight stay: Resort in Ngapali Beach • Tour • Transfers • Flight Ticket Sittwe - Thandwe



Day 12

Ngapali Beach

Breakfast is served, but today you are free to enjoy at your own leisure on the pristine beaches of Ngapali. Relax in the shades of palm trees by the beach, or if you’re feeling energetic, you can visit the colourful market at Thandswe (Sandoway). You can also bike through coastal villages or hire a boat to fish or sail, overlooking the stunning Rakhine Hills in the backdrop.


Overnight stay: Resort in Ngapali Beach



Day 13

Ngapali Beach

Today is free and easy. Relax and enjoy your last full day in Myanmar. The stretch of sparkling white beach is perfect for long romantic walks!


Overnight stay: Resort in Ngapali Beach



Day 14

Ngapali Beach - Yangon

After your last hotel breakfast in Myanmar, the morning is free at your own leisure until we transfer you back to the airport for your flight back to Yangon. Here, we will either transfer you back to your hotel in Yangon or to the new international airport terminal for your departure flight from Myanmar.


Airport Transfer Ngapali • Flight Thandwe - Yangon



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01. Flexibility:

We have especially tailor-made our tours to suit the independent travelers who are not inclined to follow big groups – you are free to select the starting date of your tour based on your preference. We are also able to customize your tour packages and accommodate your special requests accordingly.

02. Child Policy:

– The child is 2-11 years old. If another age applies to your booking, we will let you know before confirmation of booking.

– A 1st child with extra bed/mattress/day bed. The 2nd child will share a bed with parents. In other configuration, we will let you know before booking is confirmed.

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– Additional High Season Surcharge might apply during special events and festive seasons.

– Many resorts and hotels have compulsive Christmas & New Year’s dinners, which are not included. Often the price and details are only available 1 months before the event.

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– For certain transfers and modes of transport e.g. boats, flights etc. private transfers will not be available (even if a private transfer is mentioned).

– Maximum occupancy for standard rooms is normally 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children.

– Prices are based on minimum 2 adults traveling and sharing a room.

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1 Apr - 30 Sep 2018


Accommodation Yangon
Accommodation Bagan
Accommodation Mandalay
Accommodation Inle
Accommodation Mrauk U
Accommodation Sittwe
Accommodation Ngapali
Private Transfers
Private Tours

Luxury Package

Per Person
Accommodation Yangon : Chatrium Hotel - Deluxe Room
Accommodation Bagan : Bagan Lodge Hotel - Deluxe Room
Accommodation Mandalay : Mandalay Hill Resort - Deluxe Room
Accommodation Inle : Pristine Lotus Resort - Lotus Villa
Accommodation Mrauk U : Mrauk U Princess Resort - Village House
Accommodation Sittwe : Shwe Thazin Hotel - Deluxe Room
Accommodation Ngapali : Sandoway Resort - Village Cottage
Private Transfers
Private Tours
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Superior Package

Per Person
Accommodation Yangon : Rose Garden Hotel - Bamboo Deluxe
Accommodation Bagan : Hotel Umbra - Grand Deluxe
Accommodation Mandalay : Bagan King Hotel - Deluxe Room
Accommodation Inle : Amata Inle Resort - Deluxe Room
Accommodation Mrauk U : Shwe Thazin Hotel - Deluxe Room
Accommodation Sittwe : Shwe Thazin Hotel - Deluxe Room
Accommodation Ngapali : Bayview Resort - Garden View Bungalow
Private Transfers
Private Tours

Standard Package

Per Person
Accommodation Yangon : Millennium Hotel - Deluxe Room
Accommodation Bagan : Bawga Theiddhi Hotel - Superior
Accommodation Mandalay : Hotel Yadanarpon - Superior Room
Accommodation Inle : 81 Hotel Nyaung Shwe - Superior
Accommodation Mrauk U : Shwe Thazin Hotel - Superior Room
Accommodation Sittwe : Shwe Thazin Hotel - Superior Room
Accommodation Ngapali : Pleasant View Resort - Beach Front Sea View Story
Private Transfers
Private Tours

This tour can be extended or changed according to your preferences – Valid until 31 March 2019

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