9 Days / 10 Nights
Destinaiton: Yangon - Mandalay - Amarapura - Inwa - Bagan - Popa - Kalaw - Pindaya - Inle - Yangon
Day 1 International flight-Yangon
On arrival at Yangon International Airport, the guide will escort on your transfer to your hotel in town which is a thirty-minute drive. After lunch your guide will conduct the city tour which includes the high lights as the Chaukhtakkyi or reclining Buddha, the largest reclining Buddha as well as the most life-like Buddha statue in Yangon, the Shwedagon Pagoda which is the icon of Myanmar, the wonder of the world and the world oldest Buddhist monument. Bogyoke Market with every item you would like to buy has everything under the same roof. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Yangon.
Day 2 Yangon
After breakfast, explore the downtown of Yangon by visiting the Sule Pagoda, and its surrounding. Take a short walking tour along Pansodan street which is in the area with the most concentrated British colonial buildings in Southeast Asia. Walk around the block to the Strand Hotel, over hundred year old colonial building; later, turned into hotel by Saki brothers, contemporary to Raffle Hotel in Singapore. A fifteen-minute drive to the outskirts of Yangon and visit Kandawgyi Park with Kandawgyi Lake.
Transfer to the Airport for the flight to Mandalay. Local guide will accompany you in checking in at the airline’s counter. The flying time will be only an hour twenty minutes. Your local guide will welcome you at Mandalay International Airport. From the airport to Mahaganda Yone Monastery, Amarapura is a half an hour drive and visit the lunch procession at the monastery. Continue the visit to Inwa; twenty minutes from Amarapura to Inwa jetty. Cross the small Myitnge River by ferry for only five minutes, and pony ride to visit the high lights of Inwa: Bagaya Wooden Monastery, Leaning Tower of Inwa, Mae Nu Brick Monastery. On your way to Mandalay from Inwa, visit U Bein Bridge for the famous sunset over Taungthaman Lake. Check in to the hotel in Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay.
Transfer to the Mandalay jetty for the one-hour revering trip to Mingun in the morning. The boat trip to Mingun provides you the beautiful scenery and commercial activities. You can also see the life style of the village people who live along the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River. At Mingun, visit first the unfinished temple of Mingun. Visit the biggest ringing bell in the world known as Mingun bell. Visit Myatheindan Pagoda which is known as the Taj Maha of Myanmar. You can get access to the upper part of the Pagoda for the surrounding view including the view of the Ayeyarwaddy River. Back in Mandalay, visit the Mahamuni temple that houses the most revered bronze statue of Buddha covered with eight centimeter thickness of gold. Visit Mandalay Palace which was destroyed in WWII, but today there is the replica of the Mandalay palace’s complex to see where the old one once stood. Visit Kuthodaw pagoda known as the largest book in the world for its 796 marble tablets bearing the Buddhist doctrines. The sightseeing ends up at the top of Mandalay hill for the sunset and the panoramic view of Mandalay.
Day 5 Mandalay-Bagan by boat
Early morning, transfer to the Mandalay Gawweinsake jetty from the hotel. Breakfast boxes are from the hotel and eat on the boat. The boat has three decks, reclining seats on the floor deck; the upper deck has the restaurant and the sun deck for view and sun shine. The boat leaves at 6:00 a.m. and cruises along the Ayeyarwaddy River and stops at two small towns on the way, and arrives in Bagan after 3:00 p.m. On arrival in Bagan, the local guide will welcome you and take you to your car and visit the Shwesandaw Pagoda for the beautiful sunset and the panoramic view of Bagan. Check in to your hotel and overnight at Bagan.
Day 6 Bagan
After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Bagan. The morning sightseeing includes Nyaung Oo local market of vegetables, meat and fish, household equipment, clothes, and handicraft. Visit the Shwezigon Pagoda from the 11th century, the prototype of Myanmar stupa with other temples around within the same compound. Visit the Gubyaukkyi temple for its 13th centuary mural paintings. Visit the Htilominlo temple. Lunch at local restaurant, and in the afternoon, visit the largest lacquer ware factory located in new Bagan village. Take a break in the hotel. In the evening, visit the Ananda temple for the most beautiful architecture and the colossal images of Buddha, after that, watch the panoramic view and the famous sunset of Bagan from the terrace of Shwesandaw Pagoda belongs to the 11th century A.D. After sunset, go to dinner at the local restaurant with traditional marionette show. Stay overnight in Bagan.
Day 7 Bagan-Popa-Kalaw
The trip to Mt. Popa begin right after breakfast at hotel. It is an hour drive to Mt. Popa. The scenery on the way is relaxing and green. The first stop is at toddy palm sugar hut situated halfway to Mt. Popa. We will take a climb to the top of Taungkalat which stands to the elevation of 700 meters at the foot of Mt. Popa. Mt. Popa is a volcano in dormant state. The last eruption took place 700,000 years ago. The volcano plug was shot out of the mouth but landed upright at its foot. The volcanic plug standing on the ground known is as Taungkalat. Taungkalat is the most important spot for pilgrimage made by spirit worshipers. It also provides the breathtaking views. Before climbing Taungkalat at the foot of the hill, visit the temple for the 37 nat pantheon. The alternative for the views is from the terrace of the dinning hall from Popa Resort. Drive to Kalaw, stop at some villages on your highway for stretching your legs and observe the country life. The trip to kalaw takes eight hours. Kalaw is located 1440m above sea level and it is an old British hill station. The British administers took the vacations to Kalaw and spend the whole summer with the family. There is very interesting local market thronged with different hill tribes the air is fresh and the atmosphere is invigorating. Overnight in Kalaw.
Day 8 Kalaw-Pindaya-Inle
After early Breakfast in the hotel, go to Pindaya by car. After half an hour drive, arrive at Aung Ban, the commercial town and also a highway truck stop. It is an interesting stop to see the local making stop there too. The rest of the trip to Pindaya takes a good one and a half hour time. It provides the most scenic route in Shan State that is known as the Switzerland of Myanmar. Lunch at local restaurant upon arrival at Pindaya. After lunch, visit bamboo umbrella and Shan paper factory. Drive uphill to the gate of the Pindaya Cave, climb upstairs for a hundred steps to the cave’s entrance. The cave is consecrated by, there, the presence of 8000 statues of Buddha in different sizes. In the afternoon, depart Pindaya Village for Nyaung Shwe town by Inle Lake. The trip takes three and a half hour by car. Short boat ride from Nyaung Shwe jetty to hotel. Night stop in Inle.
Day 9 Inle
After breakfast at hotel, start the sightseeing on the lake by boat. Visit five-day-rotating market, silk weaving, iron smith, cheroot factory, and silver smith. Lunch at local restaurant on the lake; visit Paungdaw Oo Pagoda with five gold statues of Buddha, more like five lumps of gold to all appearance. Dinner at hotel and overnight in Inle Lake.
Yangon-International flightYour leisure time depends on the international flight of yours. Transfer accompanied by guide from hotel to Yangon International Airport.