Best of Myanmar Tour
Places visited: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake
7 Days / 6 Nights
This condensed trip makes for a whistlestop tour of some key Myanmar highlights including Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and Mandalay. Though time is limited, internal flights and a well-structured itinerary mean that you still see a great number of religious and cultural sights, as well as much of Myanmar’s natural splendour. We recommend booking a late flight out of Yangon on the last day to maximise your sightseeing opportunities.
Day 1: Yangon Arrival (D)
Welcomed by your local guide and driver and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Afternoon orientation walk around Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon, a key landmark in religious and political life. Visit the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda, towering 99m above Yangon and containing the relics of four past Buddhas.
Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (B, L)
After the breakfast at hotel, orientation continues to Bogyoke Aung San Market, formerly Scott’s Market, where you can browse through the wide selection of Myanmar handicrafts, jewelleries, souvenirs and various traditional items (Note: closed on Mondays and public holidays). Then head to Bagan with afternoon flight. Transfer to hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 3: Bagan (B, D)
Today is for a full day sightseeing in Bagan. You will be picked up by your local guide and proceed to Nyaung U market, a hive of activity featuring delicious local delicacies and handicrafts. Afternoon visit to the famed Bagan temples, one of which is Ananda Temple dating back to 1105 AD and often known as “Burma’s Westminster Abbey”. This evening ascend a nearby pagoda for a truly memorable sunset.
Day 4: Bagan – Mandalay (B, L) Morning flight to Mandalay, the hub of Buddhism in Myanmar and a realm of stupas, monasteries and glorious pagodas. Guided visit to Amarapura, crossing the U Bein teakwood bridge, possibly the oldest and longest of its kind. Continue to Mahamuni Buddha Image. Afternoon transfer to your hotel in Mandalay, then enjoy the Golden Palace monastery, the Kuthodaw pagoda, and the beautiful sunset seen from Mandalay Hill.
Day 5: Mandalay – Inle Lake (B, L)
Morning flight to Heho, gateway to Inle Lake. On meeting your local guide you’ll drive to Nyaung Shwe jetty, visiting an old monastery en-route. Followed by a visit to the Inn Paw Khone village to explore a cheroot workshop, and learn about the ancient crafts of lotus weaving and Shan papermaking practised by the long-neck women. See the Nga Phe Chaung monastery, an attractive wooden structure on stilts known for the many cats that make it their home.
Overnight: Nyaung Shwe
Day 6: Inle Lake (B, D)
Begin your day with a visit to the floating market, where many tribes come together to sell local produce, before taking a boat up a little creek to explore the intricately-carved Indein pagoda complex. This calm location is ideal for wandering around in the cool lakeside breeze, and watching the buffalo washing in the water. (*some hotels provide the bike rental either free or at a small fee, or shuttle service to and from the lake at scheduled times)
Overnight: Nyaung Shwe
Day 7: Inle Lake – Heho -Yangon (departure) (B)
Departing Inle and your flight back to Yangon will allow you plenty of time to connect with international departures (to book evening or late flight).
If you’d like to change the accommodation or even the itinerary for your specific interest and requirement, please speak to us. We can tailor the perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go and what you would like to see. We’ll help plan your dream holiday.
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