Grand Myanmar Discovery – 20 Days

This customized itinerary takes you from Yangon and expands throughout the country for you to experience various facets of the charming country. From the most outstanding destinations of Inle Lake – Mandalay – Bagan, to the beautiful beach Ngapali and the off-beaten-track site Mrauk U

Start City : Yangon

Departure City: Yangon
Visit Cities: Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo – Kalaw – Pindaya – Inle Lake – Mandalay – Bagan – Ngapali Beach – Mrauk U
Duration: 20 Days 19 Nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request
Extendable with optional tours from Yangon

PRIVATE TOUR COST: Prices are quoted in US dollars per person double occupancy.
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Explore vibrant hub of colorful Colonial facades in Yangon
Learn the mystical legend of well–known Buddhist pilgrimage site Golden Rock
Visit authentic villages with chances to interact with local people of Shan state
Learn about Buddhism in Mandalay, known as the hub of Buddhism in Myanmar.
Visit the ancient city Bagan where there are thousands of pagodas and temples over green plain.
Explore the ancient, off-beaten-track Mrauk U with the unique village of Rakhine big-earing women
Escape at Ngapali, one of the most beautiful beaches in Myanmar.


Day 1: Yangon Arrival

Mingalabar! Upon arrival, driver and tour guide of Myanmar Travel will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to hotel in Yangon city. The highlight for this evening is the dinner in Karaweik Palace, overlooking to the Royal Lake and Shwedagon tower. The dinner is served with fine Burmese food and amazing cultural show.
Accommodations: Hotel in Yangon
Meals: N/A

Day 2: Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo

After breakfast in the hotel, we leave Yangon to enjoy a scenic journey to Kyaiktiyo,190km east. One of Myanmar’s great pilgrimage sites is the Golden Rock at Kyaiktiyo, a huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. The pagoda at the Golden Rock is said to hold a hair of the Buddha. Late morning, arrive at Kyaikhtiyo base camp and transfer to the transit junction with one of the small open trucks in a one-hour ride. After lunch, start an easy walk up to the Golden Rock and enjoy sunset from this unforgettable site.
Accommodation: Hotel in Kyaikhtiyo
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 3: Kyaikhtiyo – Bago – Yangon

After breakfast, return to the base-camp by open truck and head in the direction of Yangon for 110km to Bago, an ancient capital dating back to the 6th century. Sightseeing in Bago includes the beautiful fifty five meter long reclining Buddha called Shwethalyaung and the Mon style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated in Myanmar. Its spire stands 114m high and is taller even than the Shwedagon Pagoda. Also visit the old Palace of Kambozathadi and the huge four sitting Buddhas. Transfer back to Yangon.
Accommodations: Hotel in Yangon
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 4: Yangon – Fly to Heho – Kalaw

Have breakfast in the hotel. Leave Yangon for Heho where our driver awaits to transfer you to Kalaw Hill station. Relax with the mild weather.
Accommodation: Hotel in Kalaw
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Kalaw Trekking

After breakfast at hotel, drive to the northwest and stop at junction A. From here take foot path to the right. The road and trails goes through beautiful scenery. After approx 1 and half hour, you will reach PANE HNE PIN (Palaung Tribal Village). They make their living from farming and hunting. They live in long house and shared with 4-5 families. From PANE HNE PIN (After Lunch) you have to walk another half hour to the view point, the place where you will enjoy a panoramic view over Kalaw area. Then return to PANE HNE PIN village. From there you have to another half hour to reach Junction B, where the car is waiting for you to get back Kalaw (Over Night in Kalaw).
Accommodation: Hotel in Kalaw
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Klaw – Pindaya

Visit to Pindaya Cave, these caves are ensconced in a limestone ridge overlooking the lake. Inside the cavern there are more than 8000 Buddha images – made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement – and are arranged in such a way as to form a labyrinth throughout the various cave chambers. Shwe U Min Paya – this is a cluster of low stupas just below the ridge near the Pindaya Caves. In the afternoon, drive back Inle Lake.
Accommodations: Hotel in Pindaya
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Pindaya – Inle Lake

Leave Pindaya for Heho. Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar is located 900 meters above sea level and is home to a unique one-leg rowing technique of the Intha people.
Upon arrival, board a 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 the cotton and lotus weaving factory and cigar-making houses will impress you with a sense of traditional Intha life.
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 8: Inle Lake – Indein – Fly to Mandalay

This morning, you will visit the “Five Day Market” which is held each day in a different village surrounding 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 be relaxing to walk along the corridor and enjoy the giant columns which have been left to the nature for centuries.
Accommodations: Hotel in Inle Lake
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Hill

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.
Driver 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.
Accommodations: Hotel in Mandalay
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 10: Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura – Fly to Bagan

We will transfer from the city to Sagaing Hill, discover the monk education, visit Budda Cave, Uminthonze Pagoda and Sunooponnyashin Pagoda. Behold the panoramic view of Mandalay.
After that, come to Amarapura. Being famous for Mahagandaryone Monastery Amarapura is the best place to experience the monk life in Mandalay. 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. Leave Mandalay for Bagan.
Accommodations: Hotel in Bagan
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 11: Bagan Discovery

Today you will start your first Burmese experience with a visit to Shwezigone Pagoda, which is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha, followed by Ananda, Sulamani Temple. In the afternoon, visit Bagan’s archaeological museum and discover the traditional way the local people make Bagna’s famous lacquer wares.
We offer a beautiful sunset cruise on Ayeyarwaddy River to end your afternoon.
Accommodations: Hotel in Bagan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Bagan – Sightseeing

After breakfast, we start with an exotic horse cart ride to one of the biggest temples in Bagan, Nan Paya and many other interesting sites nearby. Continue sightseeing to Minkaba Gubyaukyi Temple taking note of the architectural differences between MyaZedi Temple and Manuha Temple. The highlight of today is the panoramic sunset view from the second highest temple of Bagan, the stunning ShweSandaw Pagoda.
Accommodations: Hotel in Bagan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Bagan – Fly to Thandwe – Ngapali Beach

After breakfast, you will catch a flight from Nyaung U to Thandwe. It is time to immerse in the pristine waters of Ngapali Beach and the beautiful green coconut groves. It’s your time to relax and enjoy.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ngapali
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 14: Ngapali Beach Free Time

Today you are free to relax on the sandy beach of Ngapali.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ngapali
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 15: Ngapali Beach Free Time

Today you are free to relax on the sandy beach of Ngapali.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ngapali
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 16: Ngapali Beach – Thandwe – Fly to Sittwe – Mrauk U

On arrival at Sittwe air-port transfer to jetty for private boat trip along the Kaladan River to Mrauk-u about 5 to 7 hours upstream by enjoying river life. Check in at hotel and overnight in Mrauk-u.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mrauk U
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 17: Mrauk U Sightseeing

After breakfast, start sight-seeing in Mrauk-u, the ancient capital city of Rakhine Kingdom (15th century).First, visit to city market to see the ways of life of local people. Then, followed by visit to Pharaouk Pagoda, Mong-Khong- Shwe Du Stupa, Pesi Paya, Koe Thaung Temple (a shrine of 90000 Buddha images), Latt-Say Lake(artificial lake with city wall and a gate) and Mahabandola Monastery like a museum and back to hotel for lunch and break for a rest.
In the afternoon, visit to the massive Shit-Thaung Temple, a curiously remarkable temple with 80000 Buddha images and reliefs, Htaukkhan-Thein Temple likes the fortress, Andaw temple, Ratanabon Stupa, Laymyathnar temple (four sided temple), Laungbanprauk Pagoda locally known as “Plate Pagoda”,Pitakataik(a small library) and drive to Harritaung hill for Sun-set and back to hotel and overnight.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mrauk U
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 18: Mrauk U Sightseeing

Morning breakfast at hotel and visit Sakyamanaung Pagoda, Ratanamanaung pagoda.”Thet” village to see the women wearing the big ear-rings and different ethinic group of Rakhine and their different life-style, Nann-Oo Buddha image and Mingalamanaung pagoda. Then back to hotel for lunch and rest. Afternoon, visit archaeological museum attached with the palace site, Latkaukzee monastery, Lawkananaung pagoda, Parabaw Buddha image and drive to Shwe-taung hill for Sun-set. Back to hotel and overnight.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mrauk U
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 19 : Mrauk U – Sittwe – Fly to Yangon

Early morning, check-out at hotel and take a drive to jetty and return to Sittwe by boat. On arrival transfer to Sittwe airport for departure flight to Yangon.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mrauk U
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 20: Yangon Half Day Tour – Departure

Visit the famous Sule Pagoda, in the heart of Yangon, Chaukhtayi Pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake. Discover the most outstanding pagoda in Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda. This golden pagoda is really a must see while you are in Myanmar. Finally, finish up your day by enjoying some last minute shopping at Scott Market before heading to the airport for your flight home.
Accommodations: N/A
Meals: Breakfast
Have a safe and sound flight!


6 domestic flights: Yangon – Heho – Mandalay – Bagan – Ngapali – Sittwe – 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 in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary


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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.)
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