Experience the most famous sights of Myanmar with the Myanmar Highlights tour package. Your trip starts from the British administration constructed capital city, Yangon (Rangoon); where we visit the magnificent gold plate and gemstone decorated Shwedagon pagoda; take a stroll through quaint old quarter of Yangon enjoying sights and sounds of this bustling city.
From here, we will continue northbound to the Ancient Kingdom of Bagan — the greatest archaeological treasure of Myanmar, with over 4,000 pagodas and temples ruins located on the plains Bagan by Irrawaddy river (Irrawaddy). From Bagan we continue to rural Shan State and beautiful Inle Lake region inhabited by minority peoples. By Inle we visit markets, floating gardens and cultural highlights on the lake and vicinity.
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN YANGON - City Tour
Day 2: TEMPLES & ARTS OF BAGAN
Day 3: BAGAN MARKETS, VILLAGES & SUNSET CRUISE ON AYEYARWADDY RIVER
Day 4: HEHO MARKET & BOAT EXCURSION ON INLE LAKE
Day 5: INLE LAKE SACRED SITES, COTTAGE INDUSTRY & CANOE RIDE
Day 6: INLE LAKE – YANGON
Day 7: DEPARTURE YANGON
Upon arrival at theYangon airport, we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. After checking in, our journey begins with a tour through the colonial-style city center of Yangon.
Here, we will visit the golden Sule Paya stupa – built over 2,000 years ago and the focal point of numerous historical events in the city – Chauk That Gyi pagoda to view its magnificent reclining Buddha and Karaweik Hall to marvel at the uniquely decorated hamsa bird-shaped floating barge on the Kandawgyi (royal) Lake.
We will also visit the Bogyoke (scotts) market, where hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of colour.
We will conclude the day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagodas -- a gleaming bell dome structure that dominates the city’s skyline. Legend has it that the sacred hairs of the Buddha are enshrined here. The Shwedagon is an iconic symbol of the country and a sight not to be missed.
Hotel in Yangon • Airport transfer • City Tour
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the Yangon domestic airport for a one-hour flight to Bagan.
Upon arrival, we will start our journey to the Ancient Kingdom of Bagan, with a visit to Dhamayazeka Zedi for a panoramic view of the temple studded plains of Bagan.
Next, we will make our way to the Archeological Museum and magnificent gold gilded Swezigon Stupa, which is said to contain a holy tooth relic of the Buddha. We will get to enjoy the sight the most well-preserved mural paintings in Bagan at Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple and learn how Bagan’s famous sand paintings and lacquer ware crafts are produced during our visits to Htilominlo temple and Myingaba Village.
We will conclude the day’s sightseeing activities with a visit to the beautifully symmetric Ananda Temple with its four standing Buddha images inside and continue by horse or bullock cart to witness a magical sunset behind the temples (weather permitting).
Air ticket Yangon - Bagan • Hotel Bagan • Bagan Tour
We continue the exploration of Bagan with visits to the Manuha Temple with its Mon architectural lines built by the captive Mon king in the 14th century.
We will proceed to the Thanaka Museum to learn more about the traditional uses of the fragrant sandalwood paste and visit the Cigar Work Shop to see how Burmese make local ‘cheroots’ (cigar). This is followed by a visit to the Nyaung U Market, the largest market in the Bagan region. We’ll then take a stroll through a local village and learn how bricks are manufactured using traditional methods.
We will also get the opportunity to learn more about the national educational system at our visit to a Monastic School where disadvantaged children are provided free primary education.
In the late afternoon, we will transfer to the Irrawaddy River for a Private Sunset Cruise where local cocktails can be enjoyed on board along with views of the temple silhouettes and bustling shore.
OPTIONAL TOUR: HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT OVER BAGAN
Imagine . . . floating over thousand year old pagodas and the mighty Irrawaddy River as the sun sets slowly behind distant mountains. The magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for centuries. One of the most remarkable sights in Asia, ancient temples dot the landscape as far as the eye can see. Now, Balloons over Bagan affords visitors a unique opportunity to see this ancient kingdom, as it never has been seen before. The sunrise and sunset champagne flights take off daily from October through to the end of March.
Bagan Tour • River Cruise • Hotel in Bagan
You will enjoy breakfast and then get transferred to the Bagan airport for the flight to Heho -- a quiet transit town with one of the few airport links in the beautiful hills of Shan State.
Here, we will visit the bustling main Heho market, the meeting point for different ethnic minority groups of the surrounding areas to trade handmade goods and locally grown produce (available on market days only).
En route to Inle Lake, we will make a pit stop at a local family workshop to learn how Shan umbrellas and paper are made by traditional methods using the fibers of the mulberry tree. Next, we take a one-hour drive to Inle Lake that descends through the valley, with views of the Shan mountains and rice paddy fields.
After checking into the hotel, we embark on afternoon explorations of Inle Lake, which is populated by floating islands and gardens made from the naturally tangled roots of water hyacinth plants and reeds.
Delight in the picturesque sights of fishermen who balance and row with one leg, a technique indigenous to the Inn Thar minority group who do this only on Inle Lake.
Stay in a hotel built on stilts over the lake or on the shore • Tours
After breakfast, we will journey out by boat following the currents of a small river to reach the Inn Thein Pagoda Complex, a site that makes us feel as if we’ve stepped through a forgotten portal in time.
To access the complex, we will walk through verdant bamboo groves that open up to a field covered with the ancient pagodas constructed over 1,000 years ago.
After that, we will take the boat back to the lake and visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the home of some of the country’s most sacred Buddha statues, which is covered in gold leaf by devout followers.
We will also pay a visit to the Inpawkhon Weaving Village to learn how local silks, linens and lotus fabrics are handmade and crafted.
As an extra treat, we will stop at a house for Burmese Cats built over the lake, where we see the preservation efforts and reintroduction of this rare pure breed of felines to Myanmar.
At Nampan Village, local craftsmen will show us how Burmese cigars (cheroots) are traditionally packed and rolled. We will end our day with a magnificent sunset canoe ride with boatmen who gracefully navigate and row the boat, whilst perched on one leg.
Inle Lake markets
The colorful and bustling morning market is one of the highlights of Inle Lake. Local ethnic minority groups come near and far to trade their goods, and this presents an opportunity to observe people in traditional costumes in an authentic market atmosphere. The market rotates five days a week, each day making its base in a different village (though closed on national holidays). Market visits can be included in any tour program if the market location falls within proximity of our travel itinerary.
Stay in a hotel built on stilts over the lake or on the shore • Tours
You will have free time to explore the Inle lake in the morning.
After lunch in Nyaung Shwe, we will take an hour’s drive to the Heho airport for the afternoon flight to Yangon. Upon arrival to Yangon, we will be transferred to our hotel and the rest of the evening is free at your own leisure.
Hotel in Yangon • Transfer to Heho Airport
You will have breakfast at your hotel and free time until transfer to Yangon airport for your onward flight home or to another destination.
Please contact us if you like to customize your tour or extend your tour. It is recommended to extend with a nice beach holiday in Myanmar or Thailand.
Please contact us if you would like to customize or extend your tour. It is very also recommended to extend your trip with a nice beach holiday in Myanmar or Thailand.
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.