Essential of Myanmar – 12 Days
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Price from: US$1,465 / person

Myanmar – a magical, deeply spiritual country boasts with spellbinding pagodas, awe-inspiring cultural & natural heritages and pristine white sand beaches. First and foremost this land is perfectly complemented by a most gracious and hospitable people.Take advantage of new direct flight from Bangkok to Mandalay, we created this 12 day trip give you the depth of the country, the trip start in Mandalay and end in Yangon or vice versa. Please contact our travel consultant for more details and the best offer.

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Departure City: Yangon
Visit Cities: Mandalay – Bagan – Inle Lake – Ngapali – Yangon
Duration:  12 Days 11 Nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request
Extendable with optional tours from Mandalay

  • PRIVATE TOUR COST: Prices are quoted in US dollars per person double occupancy.
    Group size 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons Single Supp
    Land Tour/person 1,700 1,410 1,255 565
    Flight/person 210 210 210
    Total/person 1,910 1,620 1,465


    • 2 Domestic flights: Bagan – Heho, Heho – Yangon.
    • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
    • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
    • Service of English speaking guides as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary


    • International flights
    • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
    • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
    • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
    • Tips for guides and drivers
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Myanmar Visa (more at


    • Above prices subject to availability and subject to change.
    • Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change.
    • Amounts payable to third parties not included.
    • International airfares not included unless otherwise specified.
    • Please check all prices, availability and other information with your Burma Travel consultant before booking.
    • Burma Travel general booking conditions apply.

  • Day 1: Mandalay Arrival – Mingun – Mandalay Hill
    Arrival at Mandalay airport and meet your guide and driver.
    Known as the hub of Buddhism in Myanmar, Mandalay is a realm of stupas, monks and monastery. The most fascinating visit will be the time to behold the monks doing their worship and having meals.
    Drive to Mandalay pier, embarking on a private boat upstream to visit Mingun, famed for its huge and incomplete Pahtodawgyi Pagoda and Mingun Bell the 90 tons ringing bell.
    In the afternoon, visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery – noted for its exquisite wood carvings, gold leaf beating workshop, Kuthodaw Pagoda – known as the world biggest book and finish the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill to watch the sun-set and the panoramic view of the city.
    Meals: N/A.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
    Day 2: Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
    Depart this morning from Mandalay on a scenic two-hour drive to the former British hill station of Maymyo, now officially called Pyin Oo Lwin.  The town is located on a plateau 1000m above sea level and renowned for its cooler temperatures and lush foliage. Many reminders of the colonial era are still present in Pyin Oo Lwin, including brick and timber houses with British names and the Botanical Gardens to the south of town. Visit the local market in the center of the town near the clock tower where colorful array of items are for sale including locally-produced jams and fruit wines.
    This afternoon, enjoy a traditional horse and carriage ride through the town to see the historical houses including Candacraig, built in 1905.  Your horse and carriage will drop you off at the 175-hectare Botanical Gardens where you can take a relaxing walk through the beautifully-landscaped gardens.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin
    Day 3: Pyin Oo Lwin – Train to Gokteik – Kyaukme
    Today we will take the 8:34am morning train to Nawngpeng through Gokteik. This train used to be an infamous black-market train transporting goods to and from China. As you travel past pretty hills and scenery the train will also cross the famous 700 meter long Gokteik Viaduct, built in 1900 by the American Pennsylvania Steel Co. The impressive height from the bridge to the bottom of the valley is nearly 300 meters. After crossing the bridge the train will stop at a small station and you will get the chance to have a better look at the bridge. Please take note that you may be not permitted to photograph/video as the Burmese consider the bridge to be of strategic importance. Arrival at Kyauk Me around 13:20 PM & take a stroll around this charming trading town amid the Shan Hills.
    Late afternoon, transfer back to your hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin
    Day 4: Pyin Oo Lwin – Amarapura – Sagaing – U Bein Bridge
    After breakfast, drive all the way back to Mandalay. Upon arrival, drive a short way more to Amarapura. Being famous for Mahagandaryone Monastery, Amarapura is the best place to experience the monk life in Mandalay. Every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up silently to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists.
    Next, head to Sagaing, discover the monk education, visit Budda cave, Uminthonze pagoda and Sunooponnyashin pagoda. Behold the panoramic view of Mandalay.
    We then cross the river by ferry to Inwa (Ava), situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Once a royal capital, Inwa is now a quiet rural oasis. Enjoy a horse cart ride around the peaceful countryside, visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak wood monastery, Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung, and Nan Myint tower.
    End of the day, walk over Ubein Wooden Bridge, the longest teakwood of its type to Mahamuni Image – a bronze Buddha image castled during the lifetime of Buddha himself. Enjoy great sunset view here.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
    Day 5: Mandalay – Monywa
    Leave Mandalay for a 3 hour drive to Monywa, a typical Burmese town on the banks of the Chindwin River. On the way, visit Thanboddhay Pagoda, where more than 500,000 Buddha images cover every wall and archway of this huge Buddhist temple. Also visit Bodihtataung Pagoda and the largest reclining Buddha image in Myanmar, 100m long and 27m high.
    Cross the Chindwin River by ferry and proceed to Po Win Daung by local open jeep. This extraordinary complex consists of 947 sandstone caves dug out of the hills and contains what is considered by archaeologists to be the richest collection of mural paintings and Buddhist statues in South-East Asia. Recently opened to foreigners, Po Win Daung with its unique, precious frescoes, some dating from the early 17th century, is a must to see for anyone with an interest in Buddhist Arts. A few hundred metres from the caves is Shwe Ba Daung, another very interesting site where monasteries and temples are carved out of narrow cliffs.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Monywa.
    Day 6: Monywa – Pakkoku – Bagan
    After breakfast at the hotel, leave Monywa along the rarely visited east bank of the river passing traditional villages where farmers climb the palm trees to extract the juice from which they produce palm tree sugar. Stop in Pakkangyi to visit one of the oldest surviving wooden monasteries in Myanmar. Continue 20km south to Pakokku, a lively, typical Burmese city with a strong craft work tradition producing colorful woven blankets, papier-mâché toys and traditional sandals.
    Drive to your hotel in Bagan, crossing the newly built bridge. Check in hotel upon arrival.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
    Day 7: Bagan Discovery
    Today, start Bagan temple exploration with a visit to Shwezigone pagoda, which is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha to Ananda, Sulamani Temple.
    More sightseeing to Minkaba Gubyaukyi Temple, experience the architectural difference in MyaZedi pagoda before heading to Manuha Temple.
    This afternoon, enjoy the exotic horse cart to one of the biggest temple in Bagan: Nan Paya pagoda and many other interesting sites nearby. The highlight of today is the panoramic sunset view from the second highest pagoda of Bagan the ShweSandaw pagoda.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
    Day 8: Bagan – Mt. Popa – Bagan
    After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive to Mt. Popa, known as the most sacred site for meditation in Myanmar. Our guide will lead you to Popa Kalat Monastery where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Popa national park.
    On the way back to Bagan,we will experience the traditional palm work, cigar maker and peanut oil distillation.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
    Day 9: Bagan – Fly to Heho – Inle Lake Discovery
    Leave Bagan for flight to Heho to visit Inle Lake.
    Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar, located 900m above sea level and is home to unique one leg rower Intha people.
    Upon arrival, board on motorboat for a sightseeing tour to Phaungdawoo Pagoda, famed for its richly gilded five small Buddha images, also is believed the holiest in Inle Lake. Our next visit is Ngaphechaung monastery, known as jumping cat pagoda. As you travel further to Nam Pan village; cotton and lotus weaving factory, cigar making houses will impress you with a sense of traditional Intha life.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake
    Day 10    : Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake
    In this morning, you will visit the 5 days market which is hold in different villages surround the lake. This is definitely a fascinating place to enjoy the scene of local tribes in their colorful clothes and exotic market atmosphere.
    After lunch, the boat will take you to beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking the lake. It will be definitely relaxing to walk along the corridor and enjoy the giant columns which have been left to the nature for centuries.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake
    Day 11    : Inle Lake – Pindaya – Heho – Fly to Yangon
    Have breakfast at hotel, then we leave by boat to the northern bank of the lake where the car and driver is await for you. We take a nice drive to Pindaya through the picturesque countryside of Shan State. Visit Pindaya limestone cave with its maze of chambers displaying more than 8,000 Buddha statues and local handicraft workshops producing Shan paper made from mulberry bark and traditional umbrellas made from the same paper that are used by monks all around the country. Then transfer to Heho airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in the city center. Rest of the day is at your leisure.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon.
    Day 12    : Yangon City Tour – Departure
    After breakfast, enjoy a guided city tour exploring Yangon and its highlights from Sule pagoda, the heart of Yangon city. Next, we will visit Chaukhtayi Pagoda and enjoy your shopping time in Scott market before getting transferred to the airport for departure flight. Trip ends.
    Have a good journey and see you again.
    Meal: Breakfast
    Accommodation: N/A


    Please be aware that flight time, hotels and all others logistics, services and days of travel are subject to availability. Where flights are cancelled or delayed Burma Travel will endeavor to secure alternative arrangements of similar value as noted in our booking conditions.

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