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 mysterious lost kingdoms of Burma. At the end of the tour, you will get to relax and enjoy the unspoiled stretch of beaches of Ngapali.
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
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
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 •
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This tour can be extended or changed according to your preferences – Valid until 31 March 2017
We have especially tailor-made our tours to suit the independent travellers 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.
– Child is 2-11 years old. If other age applies to your booking, we will let you know before confirmation of booking.
– 1st child with extra bed/mattress/day bed. 2nd child will share bed with parents. If other configuration, we will let you know before booking is confirmed.
Additional Charges and fees
– 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.
– Flight tickets are not included. Please advise if you like us to quote and include flight tickets.
– Visas and other fees and taxes related to your air ticket and border clearance.
– Camera fees at attractions.
– Items not mentioned
Booking Terms & Conditions
– For certain transfers and modes of transport e.g. boats, flights etc. private transfers will not be available (even if private transfer is mentioned).
– Maximum occupancy for standard rooms are normally 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children.
– Prices are based on minimum 2 adults travelling and sharing room.
– If you are 6 people or more we can quote you a special group price
– Program changes can happen during festive seasons or due to weather conditions
– All room requests e.g. connecting doors, bed configuration etc. is based on request only and cannot be guarantied
– Prices can change without prior notice
– Subject to availability at the time of booking
You will find our general Terms & Conditions here
Now is the right time to visit extraordinary Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Tourism in this country is still developing, but without a doubt, it has a great tourist potential. Myanmar takes you to a traditional setting, with some men in longyi or Burmese cloth, women in traditional make-up or grandmothers chewing betel. Locals are still riding trishaws, carts and horses, telling visitors to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Travel in Myanmar is best enjoyed by drifting down the Irrawaddy River or Inle Lake, splashing through the waters of Bay of Bengal or trekking through Shan Hills. The gentle and warm locals will be the ones to make the trip extra special for they are willing to be part of your journey to their land; you’ll be surprised with the instant connection.
Myanmar is a country in Southeast Asia. Its culture is a result of Indian influences mixed with local and Chinese heritage. It has six regions inhabited by around 51.5 million people. The best way to get into the country is by air, via its international airports, the Mandalay, Yangon, Naypyidaw and Hanthawaddy International Airports located in different regions. Myanmar’s capital is Naypyidaw and people mostly speak Burmese and several regional languages.
Myanmar offers religious destinations and a variety of natural attractions, from beaches to lakes and nature trails. The larger cities of Yangon and Mandalay are top tourist destinations, but visitors also flock to the natural beauty of Inle Lake, ancient cities like Mrauk-U and Bagan or religious sites in Pindaya, Mon State, Bago and Hpa-An.
Bagan is a top tourist drawer, being a renowned archeological site in Asia. Also known as a Temple town, it is found in Ayeyarwady River banks. It has the biggest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas and ancient ruins that date back from the 11th century.
Mandalay Palace is another interesting site, being the last palace of the final Burmese monarchy. In addition, a heritage structure is Shwedagon Pagoda or Golden Pagoda, a stupa in Yangon believed to be over 2,000 years old.
Nature lovers would be delighted to see Inle, a lake in Shan State with surrounding mountains home to about 30 tribes. It is unbelievably stunning, and can be reached through Heho Airport. The best beaches of Myanmar include Ngapali Beach and Nabule Beach. Ngapali is the ideal place to escape the noise of a crowded city. It has palm-lined walkways, powdery white sand and clear blue waters. It offers classy accommodations and a charming fishing village for a perfectly relaxing stay.
For a religious retreat, Mandalay Hill is a must-visit. It is called a holy mount and features a breathtaking view of the city and countryside. The site is also known for its abundance of monasteries and pagodas, making it a significant pilgrimage spot for Buddhists.
Dive sites in Myanmar are also worth visiting. The Smiling Seahorse in Ranong offers diving cruises for tourists. While in the country, why not try its traditional Burmese foot spa best delivered by Sapel, located in Lanmadaw, Yangon. Do not forget to buy lacquer ware and some precious stones, some of Myanmar’s specialty products.