Essential of Myanmar – 12 Days

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.

Start City : Mandalay

Departure City: Yangon
Visit Cities: Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) – Kyaukme – Monywa Pakokku – Bagan – Inle Lake – Yangon
Duration: 12 Days 11 Nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request
Extendable with optional tours from Mandalay

Prices are quoted in US dollars per person double occupancy.
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Learn about Buddhism in Mandalay, known as the hub of Buddhism in Myanmar.
Visit the scenic hill town with beautiful garden and pleasant weather.
Have the unique experiences via the Gokteik Bridge
Explore the off-beaten-track and ancient Monywa, Pakkoku
Relax and unwind at Inle lake, one of the most photogenic place of Myanmar
Visit colonial buildings and the most beautiful pagoda of Myanmar in Yangon, former capital of Myanmar.


Day 1: Mandalay Arrival – Mingun – Mandalay Palace – Mandalay Hill

Mingalabar! Arrive at Mandalay International Airport, Burma Travel guide and driver will welcome you. Now we head to Mandalay pier, embarking on a private boat upstream to Mingun. Now we visit the incomplete Pahtodawgyi Pagoda. Head to Mingun Bell, 90-ton bell which is the world 2nd largest one and still in good condition. Don’t forget to ring it. In the afternoon, we head to Mandalay Palace – the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy and Shwenandaw Monastery, the single remaining major original structure of the original Royal Palace today. Proceed to Kuthodaw Pagoda, a Buddhist stupa that contains the world's largest book. If time permits, we have a visit to the gold leaf beating workshop. Finish the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill to watch the sunset and panoramic view of the city.
Meal: N/A.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay  

Day 2: Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

This morning we take 2 hour scenic drive uphill to Pyin Oo Lwin, formerly Maymyo – a British Hill Station located on a plateau 1,070m above sea level. Visit the colorful local market near the Purcell Clock Tower. Take a horse drawn carriage through the streets to see the unique brick and timber British colonial houses. In the afternoon, visit the National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens – 177 hectares with flower galore, forest land, and a lake. Take a relax walk through the gardens and enjoy the beauty of nature. Visit the Candacraig Hotel, built in the style of an English country house in 1905. There’s time for an optional coffee or tea break and opportunity to take photos of this classical place.
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. Crossing the bridge, the train stops 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 in the afternoon & 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. The Mahagandaryone Monastery of Amarapura is one of the most famous monasteries throughout the country. Here you can experience the monks’ life. We continue the trip to Sagaing Hill with its highlights from Budda Cave, Uminthonze Pagoda, Sunooponnyashin Pagoda. 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. Afterward, we come back to Amarapura for the nearby U Bein Wooden Bridge. In the sunset, we walk over the longest teakwood of its type to Mahamuni Image – a bronze Buddha image castled during the lifetime of Buddha himself.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

Day 5: Mandalay – Monywa

After an early breakfast, make the 4-hour drive to Monywa, along the banks of the Chindwin River. First visit the Thanbodday Zedi temple complex and the Boditataung Pagoda, both known for their extensive Buddha statuary, and the Shwe Thar Lyaung Reclining Buddha Image on Pho Khaung Hill, the largest reclining Buddha image in Burma. After lunch, cross the Chindwin and make the 45-minute drive to Powin Taung stopping along the way to admire the stone-cut pavilions of Shwe Ba Taung. Known as the “Hill of the Alchemists”, Powin Taung Hill boasts several Buddhist cave sites from as early as the 16th century. Numerous Buddha images were carved along the stone walls of these caves, creating a gallery of different images. Throughout the centuries, mural paintings were added, which creates the richest mural painting collection in Southeast Asia. Overnight in Monywa.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Monywa.

Day 6: Monywa – Pakkoku – Bagan

After an early start, depart for Pakkoku, one of the more famous towns in Central Myanmar. En route, visit Mau Ale Village, a fascinating ruined pagoda built in the 17th century. You can also observe the workshops of local incense makers and bamboo scale producers. After arriving in Pakkoku, visit the workshops of local blanket weavers (hand-woven!) and a marketplace specializing in thanakha (a traditional Burmese cosmetic made from tree bark). Afterwards, head to Bagan. Check-in at your hotel and enjoy your time at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

Day 7: Bagan Discovery

After breakfast, we start the day at Nyaung U Market where you have great chance to meet and talk with the friendly locals. Now we explore the beautiful Shwezigon Pagoda with the interesting knowledge of Burmese Buddhism.  Follow up is a visit to Ananda Temple (one of the finest, largest and best preserved in Old Bagan). On this day, we also enjoy the unique experience of a horse-cart ride, continue to your day to the famous Nan Paya Pagoda. The last stop today is a local lacquer ware workshop and learn how this traditional piece of art is made.
Meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

Day 8: Bagan – Mt. Popa – Bagan

Breakfast at hotel. Today we visit Mount Popa, an extinct volcano standing 1518 metres high. The site is believed to be home to the ancient Burmese animist spirits. After 777 steps with bare feet to Popa Kalat Monastery at the top, we enjoy the panoramic view of Popa National Park. In the afternoon, we come back Bagan. Along the way we come to some local workshops of traditional palm, cigar maker and peanut oil distillation.
Meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

Day 9: Bagan – Fly to Heho – Inle Lake Discovery

Leave Bagan for your flight to Heho. 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, we take the boat trip at Phaungdawoo Pagoda, which is believed as the holiest pagoda of Inle Lake. Now we go to Ngaphechaung monastery – an impressive wooden monastery over the lake. The monastery is also called “jumping cat pagoda” as in the past, the cats were trained to jump through the hoops. The next stop is Nam Pan village where we visit the cotton and lotus weaving factory, cigar making houses…; the sites will provide you with the interesting time interacting with the Intha people.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake

Day 10: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake

Enjoy breakfast at hotel before setting out for your full day tour on the lake. You start the excursion to 5-day market. On each day, the market is held in one of 5 different places around the lake. At the market, you will see the local people trade local and traditional products, also the great chance to meet the tribes from the surroundings with their colorful clothing. Relax with the boat ride to beautiful temple of Indein on the western side of the Inle Lake. Enjoy your stroll among the hundreds of ruined pagodas in many shapes and sizes.
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 the drive to Pindaya. Along the way we enjoy the picturesque countryside of Shan State. This mountainous area is famous for its cave which is full of more than 8,000 Buddha images. Along the way, we visit the local handicraft workshops producing Shan mulberry paper and traditional umbrellas. Then transfer to Heho airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, our guide and driver will take you 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

Spend a half-day exploring Yangon and its highlights from Sule Pagoda, an important Yangon landmark centrally at the bustling area. The next stop is Shwedagon pagoda, the most sacred Buddhism place in Yangon and also the oldest pagoda in the world. The pagoda cannot be missed in your city tour. If time permits, we have the shopping time at the Bogyoke Market (formerly Scott’s market), one of the biggest markets in Yangon. (Be advised that the market is closed on Monday and public holidays). At the end, we transfer to the airport for departure flight.
Have a good journey and see you again.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A


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
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