Intriguing Myanmar City Tour (10D9N)

 

Suitable Months:

Mid Oct – Mar

 

 

Trip Type:

This is a sightseeing trip Sightseeing

 

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Myanmar, the Golden Land of Southeast Asia, has been closed to the outside world for the longest time one can remember.

Access to Myanmar used to be restricted but this has since changed since 2010. Even though this shy beauty has been out of the tourism radar for ages, its centuries-old temples and pagodas and retro towns that seem stuck in a time warp, have propelled Myanmar to be the current darling of the travel set.

Everybody wants to have a glimpse of the grandeur of this Golden Land and there are so much more to offer.

Join us in this city tour to see for yourself the marvels of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle, the usual tourist circuit that still impress us with its off the beaten track’s experiences.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Yangon

Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be met by your tour guide and transfer to the hotel. After a short break in the hotel, visit Botahtaung Pagoda, Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha, Kandawgyi Park, Bogyoke Market, China town and Shwedagon Pagoda. Botahtaung Pagoda, literally means “1000 military officers” is built around the same time as the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. It is said to house the sacred hair of Gautama Buddha. Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha has one of the biggest and most graceful reclining Buddha statues in Southeast Asia and its sheer size and presence is definitely mesmerizing. Bogyoke Market is a popular market which sells antique, Burmese handicraft and jewellery and clothing. It was renamed after Bogyoke (General) Aung San, the father of famous Burmese political figure, Aung San Suu Kyi. Shwedagon Pagoda, needless to say, is the most famous landmark of Yangon. It is said to be of more than 2,600 years old and is the oldest and most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar. All of these are the highlights of Yangon and can easily impress you for your first day in Myanmar. Overnight in Yangon.

Meals provided: -

 

Day 2: Yangon – Golden Rock (car)

Wake up fresh and good and proceed to Golden Rock Pagoda by car via Bago. Golden Rock Pagoda, one of the most interesting and sacred pagoda in Myanmar, is located on the 1,100 m high mountain range and is 161 km from Yangon. Upon arrival at the base of the mountain, proceed directly to the second Base Camp by truck. After which, slowly climb for about 50 minutes to reach the top of Kyaikhtiyo Mountain where the pagoda is. Visit Golden Rock Pagoda and enjoy the magnificent sunset from there. Overnight in Golden Rock itself!

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Day 3: Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon (car)

After breakfast, return to Yangon with a stopover in the old Mon city of Bago. This small city is really bustling and is also dotted with many remarkable religious monuments. After lunch, visit Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha which is the second largest reclining Buddha in the world. Be awed by its size before we move on to visit Shwemawdaw Pagoda which is a famous Mon pagoda. Lastly, we will visit Kyaikpun Pagoda which comprises of four huge images of different Buddha facing the cardinal directions. They represent Gautama Buddha (facing north), Konagamana (south), Kakusandha (east) and Kassapa (west). After a spiritual day visiting all the pagodas, we are back to Yangon in the evening. Overnight in Yangon.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Day 4: Yangon – Bagan (flight)

Today we will fly to Bagan, the ancient capital of Myanmar. It is now one of the biggest archaeological sites in Asia, with over 2,000 ancient temples and stupas dotted in the plain land. Visit Nyaung Oo market followed by Shwezigon Pagoda where the relic of Buddha is enshrined as well as visit Kyansit Umin and Gupyauk Gyi Temples to see the remaining 12 century mural painting. After which, we will proceed to Htilominlo Temple which is a 3-storey temple beautifully decorated with stucco. Enjoy Bagan’s panoramic view from the temple, followed by a visit to the famous Ananda Temple which is a highly revered temple of Bagan.

After lunch, visit the traditional Lacquer-ware workshop to observe how they make good quality Lacquer products. We will also be visiting Manuhar Temple, where three huge seated Buddha and a reclining Buddha are placed. Next, we will move on to Shwe-gu-gyi Pagoda to catch the best panoramic view of Bagan.

Lastly, we will take a horse cart to Pya-that–gyi Pagoda for beautiful sunset’s view. Overnight in Bagan.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Day 5: Bagan – Mt Popa (car)

Today we will have a day trip to Mt Popa where the journey will take about 1½ hours. Mt Popa is a volcano of 1,518m above sea level. It is famous for its nearby stunningly picturesque Popa Taung Kalat monastery atop an outcrop. Along the way, we will stop by the local palm sugar workshop to see the process of making palm sugar. We will also drive past Popa village where plenty of trees, medicine plants and flowers are grown due to the fertile soil from the volcanic ash. Upon reaching Popa Taung Kalat monastery, take 777 steps to the top and enjoy the panoramic view of the Popa region. We can stop for tea time or lunch at Popa mountain resort with the pleasant panoramic view of Mt Popa in our face.

In the afternoon, we will return to Bagan and visit some beautiful temples such as Su-lar-ma-ni and Dha-ma-yan-gyi in the evening and stay there till sunset. Overnight in Bagan.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Day 6: Bagan – Mandalay (flight)

We will fly to Mandalay today, the cultural and trade centre of Myanmar. Upon arrival, en route to Ava for sightseeing. Ava is situated on the other side of a small river. We will cross the river by local boat and sightsee around Ava on horse cart. Along the way we will visit Mel Nu monastery and Lay-Htet-Gyi Pagoda which is built in 1818. Lay-Htet-Gyi Pagoda is a 14 century pagoda in square shape. Also included in the sightseeing route are the Old Watchtower of ancient palace and the impressive Ba-ga-yar monastery which is supported by 267 teak posts.

After Ava, we will continue to Sagaing to roam around the area. We will get to visit Umin Thonse Pagoda which is situated on Sagaing Hills. Umin Thonse means 30 Caves Pagoda and is built by a venerable monk. Next we will also visit one of the monasteries of Buddhist nuns to observe their daily activities as well as a silver workshop in Sagaing.

To wrap up the day, we will enjoy the famous sunset at U Bein Bridge which is the longest teak bridge in the world before we adjourn to Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Day 7: Mandalay

Enroute to Amarapura, one of the ancient cities around Mandalay, to visit the famous U Bein teak bridge in the day, a silk weaving workshop and Mahar Gandaryon monastery, where over 1,000 monks reside. We will observe the tranquil Buddhist monk life here and marvel at the magnificent structure. After which, we will return to Mandalay and visit Mahamuni Buddha Temple. The Mahamuni Image is highly venerated in Burma and central to many people’s lives, as it is seen as an expression of representing the Buddha’s life.

After lunch, continue our sightseeing to Mandalay Royal Palace, Shwe Nan Daw monastery which is part of the original palace and Kutho Taw Pagoda where the world’s biggest book is, as well as, Sanda Muni Pagoda where photographic opportunities abound.

Following which, we will drive up to Mandalay Hill to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and sunset. Trigger happy here and we will stay overnight in Mandalay today.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Day 8: Mandalay – Inle (flight)

We will fly to Heho today and before we enter the gateway town of Inle Lake, stop at Shweyanpyay monastery which is an impressive Shan monastery with unique oval-shape windows and glass mosaics. After which, proceed to Inle Lake and explore the floating gardens, fishing technique, stilted-house villages and local small workshops such as cheroot making, black smith, weaving and etc. on the Lake. We will also visit Phaung-daw-oo Pagoda which is the most venerated pagoda in the Inle region.

Next we will visit Ngaphe-chaung Monastery where the beautiful ancient Shan inspired Buddha shrines are kept. Overnight in Inle Lake itself.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Day 9: Indein – Heho – Yangon (flight)

This morning we will take a boat ride to Indein through the floating gardens, rice fields, bamboo forest and monasteries. Upon arrival at the Indein Pagoda Complex, be welcomed by the 1,094 small temples around the main temple. Stroll through these impressive centuries-old temples and admire what you see as this complex is the most scenic part of Inle Lake.

After visiting Indein, return to the Lake for lunch before we transfer to the airport for the flight back to Yangon.
Check in the hotel and overnight in Yangon.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Day 10: Departure

Time flies and we will end the tour today. We will visit downtown of Yangon and Scott Market for some last minute shopping before our guide sends us off at the Yangon International Airport for our flight back home. The memories of Myanmar will linger on for long for sure.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price

Please contact us for pricing.

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details)

Highlights

  • Visit the oldest and most sacred Buddhist pagoda of Myanmar, Shwedagon Pagoda, in Yangon
  • Be surrounded by over 2,000 ancient temples and stupas in Bagan and enjoy an amazing panoramic view of Bagan at Shwe-gu-gyi Pagoda
  • Be mesmerised by the famous sunset of U Bein Bridge in Mandalay
  • Watch the incredible leg-rowers row their boats by in Inle Lake

Package Inclusions

  • English speaking local tour guide
  • All airport transfers by private car
  • All domestic flights
  • Transportation for excursions in private air-conditioned car, motor boat, horse cart
  • All accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with daily breakfast at 2-3 star hotels
  • Porter fee at the airports and boat stand
  • Camera fee
  • Government tax
  • A bottle of water per day
  • Meals as mentioned in above itinerary
  • Entrance fees to indicated sights

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore – Yangon – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Visa fees (SGD95.00; pre-approved visa is recommended)
  • Travel insurance
  • Video Camera Fee
  • Personal expenses (e.g. Drinks, laundry, shopping and etc.)
  • Additional meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Tipping or gratitudes for driver/guide
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Singapore to Kuala Lumpur:

Malaysia Airlines (MH 602) 0645hrs – 0745hrs

 

Kuala Lumpur to Yangon:

Malaysia Airlines (MH 740): 1005hrs – 1115hrs

 

 

Yangon to Kuala Lumpur:

Malaysia Airlines (MH 743): 1655hrs – 2110hrs

 

Kuala Lumpur to Singapore:

Malaysia Airlines (MH 609): 2250hrs – 2345hrs

 

 

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