Day 1 (-/L/D) City Tour in Yangon
Upon your arrival to Yangon International Airport, our friendly travel companion and driver shall pick you up and bring you for lunch. Lunch shall be served with the local cuisines. After lunch, we shall lead to Yangon old quarter where we can see the historical colonial buildings. We shall shop at the famous Bogyoke market where world best Jades, pearls, jewelleries and Burmese artifacts are being sold. We shall visit to U Thant House or Bogyoke Aung San’s Museum where you can witness the houses those famous national icon used to live and know the interesting history and stories. We shall go Kandawgyi park and enjoy the sunset at there with beautiful Kandawgyi lake and Karaweik floating palace (one of the beautiful landmark in Yangon) and rest in the hotel in Yangon for the night. After that, we shall visit to the most famous landmark of Myanmar, one of the world wonder, the most scared Buddhist religious site, Wonderful Shwedagon Pagoda. The Pagoda has the interesting legend with remarkable architecture where the whole stupa is covered in genuine gold plates. We shall bring you for dinner at the local restaurant and transfer you to Express Bus Station to take the overnight coach to hilly town Hsipaw. Overnight in Express Bus.
Day 2 (B/L/D) Cultural Sightseeing Tour in Hsipaw
Bus shall arrive to Hsipaw early in the morning. Our friendly driver and guide shall wait for you at the bus station and fetch you for the breakfast. After the breakfast, we shall explore the historically and culturally rich interesting places in Hsipaw. Firstly, we shall visit to Bawkyo Buddhist temple which was originally built since 2300 years ago. After that, we shall visit to Little Bagan where we can see the united ancient pagoda. It is an amazing photo spot for visitors. We shall visit to Hsipaw Market to see the local way of living of Shan people. We shall visit to Koe Myo Shin Nat Shrine to see the belief and culture of local Shan people and get to know the interesting legend of the guardian spirit. A Visit to Shan villages around Hsipaw shall be made to observe handicraft making and their traditional way of living. We can visit to “Hsipaw Palace” which was featured in famous “Twilight Over Burma” novel about the foreign Shan princess. (Kindly note that the tirp to “Hsipaw Palace” depends on availability of the place as it may not open daily.) After exploring the history, culture and interesting stories about and around Hsipaw, we shall visit to “Tein Taung”, highest mountain peak in Hsipaw to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the town, river and mountain. Dinner shall be served and we shall send you back to hotel and you can rest peacefully.
Day 3 (B/L/D) Adventurous Train Ride through Goteik Viaduct, an Engineering Achievement of 20th Century
Breakfast shall be served at hotel. Your friendly travel companion shall wait for you at hotel and private transport shall bring you to the Hsipaw Train station. We will assist you purchasing the train tickets to Pyin Oo Lwin. Once the train arrive, you will be able to board the train and enjoy the old time train ride in which you could feel the time travel back to few decades. There are many beautiful scenery along the journey and you can enjoy those. We shall pass the lunch with you to have in the train during the ride. (Tour guide shall be available upon request to accompany for the train ride, by default, tourists will not require a tour guide during the train ride and we will not provide unless guests request for guide.) Train shall pass through the wonderful Goteik Viaduct. The ride can be thrilling in a different way than a roller coaster. In early evening around 4 pm, you will arrive Pyin Oo Lwin and our station guide shall wait for you. Private transport shall pick you up from the train station and have a bit of city tour if we have time before dinner. After dinner, we shall transfer you to hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin and you can have a good rest there.
Day 4 (B/L/D) Trek to Waterfalls and Coffee Plantation in Pyin Oo Lwin
Breakfast shall be served at hotel and our local trekking guide shall pick you up at the hotel for the trekking trip. The untouched nature in the jungle around Pyin Oo Lwin can melt away all your urban stresses and bring out the freshness in you. You will have a chance to kanoe in the lake during your trek. Trekking will walk through some local villages where you will have a chance to discover the local’s way of simple life and the way they do farming. You will also have a chance to visit to monastery along the trek and have a chance to understand the Buddha’s teaching and local’s religious belief. Lunch will be served at a home in local village and you can taste healthy organic local food there. Few snack and tea breaks shall be served to keep you energetic and refreshed. You will pass through some waterfalls along the way. Once you arrive to coffee plantation, you can visit there and taste the coffee too. We shall arrive back Pyin Oo Lwin before dinner. We shall have dinner in Pyin Oo Lwin and transfer you to hotel for your rest.
Day 5 (B/L/D) Cultural Tour in Mandalay
After breakfast at the hotel, private transport shall pick you up to Mandalay. Upon arrival of Mandalay, our friendly station guide shall pick you up and accompany for the amazing culture tour in Mandalay. We shall visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is famous as World’s Biggest Book (by UNESCO) is existed in the pagoda compound. After that we shall visit to Sandamani pagoda nearby. After that, we will visit to Atumashi Monastery, the original structure was one of the greatest monuments constructed by King Min Tone. We shall continue our tour to “Shwenandaw Monastery”, a must visit in Mandalay to be wowed by the Burmese authentic wood carved teak building. The building is craved all over with motifs and mythical creatures.
After lunch, we shall visit to Burmese traditional arts & crafts workshops of Stone Craving and Wood Craving to touch the Burmese culture. We will also visit to Maha Myat Muni Pagoda, one of the greatest religious sites in whole Myanmar. Maha Myat Muni Buddha Image is decorated with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and variety of jewels. We shall visit to Mandalay Hill at the late evening to feel the evening breeze and enjoy the beautiful sunset. The hill view offers the panoramic view of Mandalay City and a nice place to chill after whole day of tour. (Optional: at night, we shall visit to Mandalay Night Market to experience interesting local market place.) Our driver shall send you back to hotel at the end of the tour. Overnight at Mandalay.
Day 6 (B/L/D) Cruising to Ancient Capitals Mingun & Ava
Breakfast shall be served at Hotel. Our friendly driver shall pick you up at hotel and drive to jetty. We shall take the cruise to cross Ayeyawaddy River to Mingun, an ancient Burma capital before Mandalay. While cruising, you can spot Ayeyawaddy Dolphins if you are lucky. In Mingun, we shall visit to Mya Thein Dan Pagoda, a very wonderful and significant architecture, a symbolic place and a paradise for photography enthusiastic. We shall also visit to Mingun Pahtodawgyi, a gigantic monument with interesting history. We shall also visit to Mingun Bell, the world’s largest un-cracked and ringing bell.
On the second half of the day, we shall visit to Ava or Inwa, another ancient capital of Burma with remains of ancient cultural Burmese architectural buildings and monuments worth for the visit. Teak built Bagayar Monastery will bring you back in time and let you wonder the high Burmese wood craving skill and artistic work of Ava Era. Visit to Ava is not complete without visiting to Mal Nu Oak Kyaung, a brick structure Buddhist monastery, constructed and donated by Queen Mal Nu and it is considered as one of the finest specimens of Myanmar architecture during the Konbaung Period (19th century). It also has rich history and interesting stories. We shall also visit to other fascinating ancient city’s structure like watch tower and city wall of Ava. In the late evening, shall return to Mandalay to visit to U Bein Bridge, the longest man built wooden bridge spanning across Taungthamen Lake. It is one of the landmarks of Amarapura, Mandalay. It offers the stunning sunset over the lake and another photo hot spot. We shall transfer you back to hotel and you can rest soundly.
Day 7 (B/L/D) Bagan Cultural Tour
After breakfast at hotel, our transport shall transfer you to the airport to take the domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival to Bagan early in the morning, our regional tour guide shall wait for you at the airport and lead the memorable cultural tour in Bagan. Bagan tour shall include Shwe Zi Gone Pagoda, the most interesting buddhist temple in Bagan, Kyansittha Umin, where you can see original frescoes and some painted by Bagan’s Tartar invaders. Tour shall continue to Gubyaukgyi – Gubyauknge at Wetkyi Inn where you can find some excellent fine frescoes of scenes from the jatakas at Gubyaukgyi and stucco carvings on the outside walls at Gubyauknge. Ananda Temple is famous as the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. Thatbyinyu Temple, one of the earliest double-storeyed temples and the highest temple in Bagan. Htilominlo with its interesting legend and fragments of the original fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations outside the temple. Tharabar Gate, the ancient wall of Bagan city, is only remaining gate among original 12 gates. Gawdawpalin ,a double-storeyed temple in the late style, is one of the largest shrines of Bagan with intersting story behind. You will enjoy the sunset at Buu Paya at the Bank of Ayeayawaddy (Irrawaddy) River. Dinner will be served after and you will be sent back to hotel for good night sleep. Overnight at Bagan.
Day 8 (B/L/D) Heho-Indein Sightseeing
After breakfast at hotel, our driver shall send you back to the airport to fly to Heho. Upon arrival to Heho Airport, our private driver and station tour guide shall pick you at the airport. Nyaungshwe and board your private long-tail boat for the journey to Inle Lake. Take a scenic trip across the lake to Indein passing through the busy village of Ywama, the largest on the lake, with its many channels and tall Teak houses on stilts. Disembark at the jetty and walk through Indein village to reach the 14th-18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak. A covered walkway popular with handicraft sellers leads up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather-beaten 17th-18th century Buddhist Temples, some of which have been newly reconstructed. Later travel by boat downstream to your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay. Night shall be spent at Hotel in Inle Lake.
Day 9 (B/L/D) Wonderful Inle Lake Sightseeing
After having breakfastat hotel, our local guide shall pick you up. This morning make an early start to visit a local market which offers a Cultural Insight into the life of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha people who visit the market to sell and buy goods. Travel by boat across the lake, its calm waters dotted with floating vegetation and fishing boats, to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in the area. See the lake’s unique leg rowers, Intha fishermen, who row standing up with one leg wrapped around a single oar, leaving their hands free to manipulate the conical fishing net.
The afternoon, we will visit to Inle Heritage to see the cultural insight of Inle. You can see the fishing museum, Inle Architecutre and floating garden. You can also visit to Burmese Cat Village, a rare breed of highly intelligent cat originated in Burma, Myanmar. After that, you can take the Inle Canoe Lady, a local tourism product nominated for innovative tourism product award. If you are interested in Horse riding, there is a horse riding club in Nyaung Shwe, Inle and we will bring you there for horse riding (own expense based on different riding hour). Stay overnight at hotel in Inle Lake.
Day 10 (B/-/-) Chill at Tranquil Ngapali Beach
After having breakfastat hotel, our driver shall pick you up at the hotel and transfer to airport to fly to Thandwe. Upon arrival to Thandwe Airport, friendly hotel staffs shall pick you up at the airport (shared the transport with other hotel guests) and transferred to hotel for check in. Hotel shall welcome you with fresh welcome drinks. You can chill and relax at the beautiful Ngapali Beach. Ngapali is a small quite beach town where Ngapali beach is tranquil beach with white sand and clear water. The beach is facing to the west and therefore, a perfect place for the sunset. Overnight at Ngapali beach hotel.
Day 11 (B/L/-) Fisherman life and Boat Trip
After having breakfastat hotel, our driver shall pick you up at the hotel sent to jetty. You shall take the boat trip to the sea with local professional guide and fishermen. You will be provided necessary equipment for fishing. You shall be served with freshly grilled fish and drinks on board. You can experience the life as the fisherman in Ngapali and witness their daily fishing life. Boat shall also send you to beautiful places of Ngapali and hidden gems, the places you could arrive only with the boat tirp. Boat shall arrive back to jetty in early eveing. You can enjoy the sunset at the Ngapali beach. Stay overnight at Ngapali Beach hotel.
Day 12 (B/-/-) Ngapali Departure
Breakfast shall be served at hotel. You can chill and relax at the beach until noon and check out from hotel. Then, the hotel staffs will send you back to the airport (shared transport with other guests). You shall take a flight back to Yangon. End of the trip.
- Hotel Accommodation as mentioned in the program
- All domestic flights mentioned in the tour
- Meals as per mentioned in the Tour Itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- All transports and airport transfer during the tour
- All Entrance Fees mentioned in the program
- Cruise Trip, Boat Trip and Canoe Trip, Trekking and Train Trip as in the program
- English Speaking Station Licensed Guide
- International Flight Tickets
- Entry Visa (if required)
- Drinks and Food not mentioned in the program
- Personal expenses
- Other than mentioned in the program