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Asia-Planet  >  Myanmar  >  Myanmar Tours  >  13 days the best of Myanmar

13 days the best of Myanmar
Itinerary (Yangon - Mandalay - Amanapura - Sai Inwa (Ava ) - Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin - Mandalay - Bagan -Mount Popa - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon )

Get ready to skim over jade lakes, amble on horse carriage through golden plains, and hustle through city streets in a rickshaw as you delve into one of the most astonishing countries in all of Asia.

Our tour of Burma takes you on a journey by train and road from Irrawaddy villages to Buddhist shrines as you admire architectural marvels, discover different cultures, and learn the secrets behind local arts and crafts on a journey to see the very best Myanmar has to offer.

Private tour: Daily departure from Yangon.


Day  1
Arrive Yangon (-/-/-)
Upon arrival, you will be welcome by your guide and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you'll explore the fascinating history of Yangon
Yangon lies in the fertile delta of southern Myanmar, on the wide Yangon River. The city is filled with shaded boulevards, while shimmering stupas float above the treetops. The city became the capital only in 1885, when the British completed their conquest of Upper Myanmar and Mandalay's brief period as capital of the last Burmese kingdom ended.
Start the tour at the SULE PAGODA, a gleaming octagonal pagoda that stands squarely at the centerpoint of the city.
Afterwards, visit the NATIONAL MUSEUM (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) to gain an insight into Myanmar. See the eight meter high Sihasana Lion Throne, used by the last Burmese king, and other fascinating artifacts from Burmese history and culture.
Finally, continue to the SHWEDAGON PAGODA, the highlight of any visit to Yangon. Towering over the city, this pagoda is the most sacred spot in the country, built to house eight hair relics of the Buddha. The Shwedagon and surrounding shrines are at their most beautiful during the sunset hour, as the golden stupa reflects the changing colors of twilight.
Overnight in Yangon.

Day  2
Yangon - Mandalay (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast Sightseeing in Yangon
Visit BOTATAUNG PAGODA: this paya was named after the 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha brought from India over 2000 years ago. This ancient monument was completely destroyed during WWII. It was then rebuilt in a very similar style to its predecessor, but the zedi is hollow and one can walk through it.
Visit the reclining Buddha at CHAUKHTATGYI PAGODA in Yangon which is almost as large as the enormous figure of Shwethalyaung Buddha in Bago. It's housed in a large metal-roofed shed on Shwegondaing Lan, only short distance north-east beyond the Shwedagon Paya. Surprisingly, this huge figure is little known and hardly publicised at all- if you can't go to Bago to see the Shwethalyaung, then don't miss this colossal image.
Visit BOGYOKE AUNG SAN MARKET: also known as Scott Market, this building contains over 2000 stalls and is the best place in Yangon to browse through the complete range of local handicrafts.
Transfer to airport. Flight from Yangon to Mandalay. Arrive in Mandalay and transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Mandalay.

Day  3
Mandalay (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast, Sightseeing in Mandalay
The last capital of royal Burma, Mandalay is still one of the largest cities in Myanmar, and a cultural and spiritual center. Neighboring Sagaing is home to over sixty percent of the country's monks, while the artisans of Mandalay continue to turn out the finest crafts in Myanmar.
In the morning, head to MAHAMUNI PAYA. The Mahamuni image enshrined here is perhaps the most venerated image in Myanmar, covered in over 15 cm of gold leaf. Worshippers flock daily to the shrine at four in the morning to observe the unique face-washing ceremony. Enroute to the pagoda, stop to observe the laborious process of GOLD-LEAF BEATING, where gold is painstakingly hammered into tissue-thin squares.
Before breaking for lunch, visit a CRAFT WORKSHOP specializing in one of the arts for which the city is famous: bronze-casting, marble-carving, wood-carving, or puppetry.
The afternoon's tour includes some of the city's most interesting temples and palaces. Begin at SHWENANDAW KYAUNG, or the Golden Teak Monastery. Built entirely of golden teak, this intricately carved wooden monastery was once part of the Mandalay Palace, used as private apartments by King Mindon and his chief queen.
Continue to KYAUKTAWGYI PAYA, famous for its monumental seated Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. Continue to KUTHODAW PAYA, known also as "the world's biggest book". Around the central stupa are miniature pavilions, each housing a slab of marble Numbering altogether 729, these slabs are inscribed with the entire Tripitkata, or Buddhist scriptures. The final stop is at SHWE KYIN OLD MONASTERY, an old monastery at the base of Mandalay Hill which was built during the period of King Mindon.
Visit MANDALAY HILL at sunset : an easy climb up the sheltered steps bring one to a panoramic view over the palace, Mandalay and the paya-studded countryside. The famous hermit monk, U Khanti, is credited with inspiring the construction of many of the buildings on and around the hill in the years after the founding of the city.
Overnight in Mandalay.

Day  4
Mandalay (Breakfast/-/-)
This day tour visits three former royal capitals, each with its own unique atmosphere. In the morning, drive to AMARAPURA, and visit MAHAGANDAYON MONASTERY; every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists.
Next, head to SAGAING, the spiritual center of Myanmar. Hundreds of stupas, monasteries, temples and nunneries are to be found in Sagaing Hill, sometimes known as a living Bagan. Thousands of monks and nuns retreat here for meditation and contemplation. Stop at some of the most famous temples, such as SUN U PONYA SHIN PAYA, U MIN THONSEI PAYA and KAUNG HMU DAW PAYA. Cross the river by ferry to INWA (AVA), situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Once a royal capital, Inwa (Ava) is now a quiet rural oasis.
Enjoy a leisurely HORSECART RIDE around the peaceful countryside, briefly visiting BAGAYA KYAUNG, a beautiful teak wood monastery, MAHA AUNGMYAY BONZAN KYAUNG, and NAN MYINT TOWER.
On the way, stop and observe how local artisans make the famous alms bowls out of iron.
Finally, return to AMARAPURA, to end the day at U BEIN'S BRIDGE, a picturesque teak bridge which extends over one kilometer across Taungthaman Lake. At dusk, the bridge teems with monks and local people as they stroll home or linger to enjoy the colors of the sunset.
Overnight in Mandalay.

Day  5
Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin - Mandalay (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast transfer to the train station. By train from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin. (Maymyo)
Sightseeing in Pyin Oo Lwin. Originally a Shan Danu village. A legacy of the influx of South Asians during the British colonial era is that Pyin Oo Lwin is home to around 5,000 Nepalis and 10,000 Indians. For many years it was a British hill station as due to the altitude, even at the height of the hot season, it is pleasantly cool and the air is fresh. BOTANICAL GARDEN: Colonel May used Turkish prisoners of war to develop this 237-acre botanical garden during WWII. The garden features wide expanses of manicured grass, large flower beds, natural forest, rose gardens and an orchid house. Enjoy the views of the town from the tower in Botanical Garden. PURCELL TOWER: this clock tower near the town entrance was a present from Queen Victoria, who offered an identical tower to Cape Town in South Africa.
CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: a 100-year-old church south of the central area which features a large brick sanctuary with a belltower and cruciform floor plan. The vaulted wooden ceilings and well appointed interior are impressive.
By vehicle from Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) to Mandalay
Overnight in Mandalay.

Day  6
Mandalay - Bagan (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast departs to Bagan. Arrive in Bagan and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Bagan.

Day  7
Bagan (Breakfast/-/-)
Bagan is a spectacular plain stretching away from the Ayeyarwaddy River, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Although human habitation at Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian era, Bagan only entered its golden period with the conquest of Thaton in 1057 AD.
SHWEZIGON PAYA: King Anawrahta started the construction of the Schwezigon Pagoda to enshrine some relicts of Buddha. The construction was finished by his successor, King Kyansittha between 1086 and1090. Originally the Shwezigon Pagoda marked the northern end of the city of Bagan. The stupa's graceful bell shape became a prototype for virtually all later stupas over Myanmar.
GUBYAUKHYI TEMPLE at Wetkyi-Inn: This Temple was built in the early 13th Century and repaired in 1468. The great colorful painting about the previous life of Buddha and the distinguished architecture make this temple an interesting site for a visit. This temple is not to be confounded with the Gubyaukgyi Temple in Myinkabe.
ANANDA PAHTO: one of the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. Thought to have been built around 1105 by King Kyanzittha, this perfectly proportioned temple heralds the stylistic end of the Early Bagan period and the beginning of the Middle period.
GUBYAUKGYI TEMPLE at Myinkaba: Built in 1113 by Kyanzittha son Rajakumar, this temple is famous for its well-preserved Stuccos from the 12th century on the outside walls. The magnificent paintings date from the original construction of the temple and are considered to be the oldest original paintings in Bagan.
MANUHA TEMPLE: The Manuha Temple was built in 1059 by King Manuha, the King of Thaton, who was brought captive to Bagan by King Anawrahta. It enshrines the unusual combination of 3 seated and one reclining image Buddha. It is said that this temple was built by Manuha to express his displeasure about his captivity in Bagan.
SHWESANDAW PAYA: In 1057 King Anawrahta built this Pagoda following his conquest of Thaton. This is the first monument in Bagan, which features stairways leading up from the square bottom terraces to the round base of the Stupa.
LACQUERWARE WORKSHOP: the villages around Bagan are known for producing the finest lacquerware in Myanmar. Stop by one of the workshops and learn about the painstaking process of laquerware making and decoration.
Enjoy a panoramic view of the sun setting over the plain of Bagan from one of the pagoda platforms.
Overnight in Bagan

Day  8
Bagan - Mount Popa (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast continue the sightseeing from the previous day in Bagan By vehicle from Bagan to Mount Popa
Sightseeing at MOUNT POPA: A curiously cylindrical hill rising sharply from the surrounding plain, Mount Popa is considered to be the home of Myanmar's most important nats (spirits). Visitors ascend up a winding covered staircase encircling the mountain, observed by the curious monkeys that populate the area. At the top is a monastery and temple complex, with shrines to the 37 nats and a spectacular view over the region.
Overnight in Mount Popa.

Day  9
Mount Popa - Kalaw (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast by vehicle from Mount Popa to Kalaw
Overnight in Kalaw.

Day 10
Kalaw - Inle Lake (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast visit local market
By train from Kalaw to Shwe Nyaung, continuing by vehicle to Inle Lake
Transfer by boat to your hotel.
Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 11
Inle Lake (Breakfast/-/-)
Excursion by boat on INLE LAKE: Inle Lake, located in Shan State, is beautiful, with very calm waters dotted with patches of floating vegetation and fishing canoes. High hills rim the lake on all sides. The lake's shore and islands bear 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people.
Enjoy the spectacular scenery and observe the skilled fisherman using their leg-rowing technique to propel themselves around the lake. Visit the floating gardens, a market and a Intha village around the lake. The day sightseeing also includes a visit to the PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA, INN PAW KHON VILLAGE (Lotus and silk weaving) and the NGA PHE KYAUNG MONASTERY.
Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 12
Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast Transfer by boat from your hotel. By vehicle from Inle Lake to Heho
Flight from Heho to Yangon. Arrive in Yangoon and transfer at your hotel.
Overnight in Yangon.

Day 13
Yangoon (Breakfast/-/-)
Breakfast and free at leisure until your transfer to airport.


PRIVATE TOUR (Number of persons. Prices per person sharing twin / double room)

Standard / First - - - - -
Superior - - - - -
Deluxe - - - - -
Validity : Our package tour rates are valid from January 1st 2016 to October 31st 2016 Contact us about this tour Book now !
- 12 nights accommodation with daily breakfast
- English-speaking guide ( others language on request )
- 2 domestic flights ( Yangon - Mandalay ) ( Heho - Yangoon )
- Train tickets ( Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin ) ( Kalaw to Shwe Nyaung )
- All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers or boat when mentionnned
- Horse cart tour in Ava
- Excurion by private local boat in Lake Inle

- Entrance fees for the visits
International ticket to/from Yangon
Meals other than mentioned,
Visa arrangements for Myanmar,
Visits not mentioned in the program
Drinks and personal expenses,
Tips and porters at the hotels,
International departure Airport Tax Yangon
Any other items not mentioned
Personal traael insurance
Note : Reduction for 3rd person in triple room Standard $123; Superior B:$134; deluxe:$415.
Child reduction (sharing bed of parents): under 2 years Free Of Charge; under 12 years -30%
Note :
Hotels used in the package tour :
Yangon :
Hotel 7 Mile ( Standard ) (No Extra Bed)
Central Hotel Yangon ( Superior ) East Hotel Dining Art & Craft ( Deluxe ) (No Extra Bed)
Ayarwaddy River View Hotel ( Superior )
Hotel Yadanarbon ( Superior )
Sky Palace Hotel Bagan ( Superior )
Kaytumadi Dynasty ( Standard )
Mount Popa
Popa Mountain Resort ( Superior )
Green Heaven Hotel ( Superior )
Dream Villa Hotel ( Superior )
Lake Inle
Paradise Inle Resort ( Superior )
Hupin Hotel Inle Khaung Daing ( Superior ) (No Extra Bed)

Yangon :
Avenue 64 Hotel ( Superior )
Summit Parkview Hotel ( Superior )
Inya Lake Hotel ( Superior )
Smart Hotel ( Standard Room )
Mandalay City Hotel ( Superior Room )
Ayarwaddy River View Hotel ( Deluxe City View )
Shwe Taung Tarn Hotel ( Superior )
Bagan Thande Hotel ( Superior )
Thazin Garden Hotel ( Deluxe )
Mount Popa
Popa Mountain Resort ( Superior )
Pine Hill Resort ( Superior )
Lake Inle
Golden Island Cottages I ( Standard Bungalow )
Inle Resort ( Deluxe villa )

Yangon :
Sedona Hotel Yangon ( Superior )
Kandawgyi Palace Hotel ( Deluxe )
Chatrium Hotel Yangon ( Deluxe ROH )
Mandalay Hill Resort ( Superior Palace View )
Blue Bird Hotel, Bagan ( Deluxe Room )
Amazing Bagan Resort ( Deluxe )
Mount Popa
Popa Mountain Resort ( Superior )
Pine Hill Resort ( Superior )
Lake Inle
Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort ( Deluxe )
Pristine Lotus Spa Resort Inle ( Inle Lotus Villa )

For bookings of roundtrip or module packages, we will confirm one of the hotels mentioned above according to the selected category. Please note that compulsory gala dinners and peak season surcharges may apply during peak periods surrounding the public holidays of Christmas and New Year and Water Festival - these surcharges will be confirmed at the time of booking.
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