The Beauty of Bagan 6 days
This tour, focusing on the awe-inspiring temple complex of Bagan, suits travelers with limited time in Myanmar. Founded as a kingdom in 1044, Bagan is home to thousands of temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins, making it one of the richest archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. The extraordinary temples at Bagan (all 2,230 of them) are a sight to rival Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, but are far less visited.
You begin your trip in the capital, Yangon (Rangoon). The former capital city of Myanmar still maintains its colonial charm with wide tree lined avenues, tranquil lakes, and gracious turn of the century architecture. The magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda dominates the city skyline, while at street level Yangon is a paradise for hunting for variety of exotic arts and crafts. Of particular interest in the many shops of Scott Market, and of world renown, are Myanmar 's precious stones, including rubies, sapphires and jade. At night time, Chinatown comes alive with its pungent aromas and delicious street food.
Day 1: Arrive in Yangon (L, D)Yangon 1L, 1D
Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (B, L, D)Bagan 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 3: Bagan full day sightseeing (B, L, D)Bagan 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 4: Bagan –Mt Popa – Yangon (B, L, D)Yangon 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 5: Yangon (B, L, D)Yangon 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 6: Yangon Departure (B)Yangon 1B
+ Private tour with English/German/French speaking guide
+ Date of departure is at your discretion
+ All transfers & transportation by private air-conditioned car
+ Boat trip if any
+ All in-tour flights (Yangon-Bagan- Yangon )
+ Shared accommodations in twin rooms with daily breakfast
+ English, German or French speaking guide
+ All entrance and zone fees as mentioned
+ Full-board meals
+ Porter charges
+ Two bottles of drinking water and towels on coaches daily
+ All government and services taxes
+ International flights in and out
+ Yangon airport departure tax
+ Travel insurance
+ Personal expenses such as camera fee, soft drinks, etc.
+ Visa Fee
+ Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
+ Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any
+ Other services not mentioned above
Day 1: Arrive in Yangon (L, D)
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check in. You will visit Sule Pagoda (located on a roundabout in downtown Yangon), Yangon City Hall (featuring classic Myanmar architectural design), the High Court (noted for its British colonial architecture, including its clock tower and its red-bricked exterior). Next, you’ll visit Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, built in 1966 and famous for its huge image of the Reclining Buddha, which replaced the older image built in1907.
In the early evening, you will visit the famous Shwedagone Pagoda. Its massive bell-shaped golden spires are plated with 60 tons of gold, while the tip of the stupa is inset with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topaz. You’ll have a restful overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for flight to Bagan .Upon arrival, you will go for a sightseeing drive to Nyaung Oo Market, Shwezigone Pagoda (home to the Frontlet Relic of Buddha), Gubyaukgyi Temple (noted for its wall paintings), Htilominlo Pagoda (one of the largest temples of Bagan and noted for its fine plaster carvings) and Ananda Temple (the finest, largest and best preserved of all the Bagan temples). You will also get to explore Ananda Okkyaung (a brick monastery with 18th Century mural paintings) and Dhammayangyi Pagoda (extending approximately 255 feet on each of its four sides, making it Bagan's most massive shrine). After lunch, you will visit a local family workshop to watch and learn about the production process of lacquer ware, one of Myanmar's best-known handicrafts.
You will then continue on to visit Thatbyinnyu Pagoda (Bagan's tallest temple at almost 217 feet high) and Nanpaya temple (a unique sandstone monument). Then you will enjoy the breathtaking sunset from Shwesandaw Pagoda, the most popular sunset-viewing spot in Bagan before retiring for the evening in Bagan.
Day 3: Bagan full day sightseeing (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will continue your visit with a trip to Nathlaung Kyaung, the only remaining Hindu temple in Bagan. Next, you’ll visit Myazedi Pagoda (well known for its stone inscription which was engraved in the 4 language of Myanmar) and Nagayon Pagoda, which was built at the end of the 11th Century and which resembles the Indian temples of the area of Orissa. Your next destination will be Abeyatanar Pagoda (famous for paintings that cover the inner walls) and then lunch at a local restaurant.
Your journey will continue to Nga-kywe-na-daung Pagoda (with early Pyu type brick masonry stupa), Manual Temple (one of the oldest temples in Bagan), Mingalarzedi (noted for its fine proportions and many beautiful jataka tiles around its three square terraces). You will surely be ready for your relaxing overnight stay in Bagan.
Day 4: Bagan –Mt Popa – Yangon (B, L, D)
Following breakfast, you will drive to Mt Popa, which is 50km away from Bagan and believed to be the abode of many "Nats" (spirits of ancient ancestors). In the days of old, it also used to be referred to as the "Mountain of Spirits". The evidence of these beliefs is evident as there are an abundance of nat shrines, rituals, ceremonial offerings, annual representative festivals, and the never ending stream of pilgrims and believers in mysticism. The Mount Popa area has also been designated as a national park, a perfect place for eco-tourism.
After exploring the area, you will transfer back to airport and fly to Yangon. Upon arrival, you will have dinner and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay in Yangon.
Day 5: Yangon (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will continue your Yangon city tour with a visit to the Lawka Chanthar, the world’s biggest marble Buddha and royal white elephant. On the way, you will stop at the Naga Cave Monastic School, where you can learn the Myanmar monastic educational system.
You also have the option to visit Kandawgyi Lake and surrounding area, which offers numerous photo opportunities .After lunch, you can go shopping in the Bogyoke market (formerly "Scott market") where you can get a wide range of Myanmar handicrafts, jewelry, fabrics, lacquer ware and so on. You can also visit China town markets selling fresh fruits, flowers and local delicacies.
Time permitting, your guide will bring you to the famous MK gems shop, where high quality gems are displayed in eight different decorated show rooms. This is just one example of why Myanmar is the world number one producer of precious stones. In the late evening, you will visit the International Business Centre (IBC) building, on the bank of Inya Lake, before an overnight stay in Yangon.
Day 6: Yangon Departure (B)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for departure.
Abbreviation Key: P = Person, B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Sgl Sup = Single room supplement (if required)
This trip has been carefully designed to provide a unique experience in the destination, promote cultural understanding and exchange, flow smoothly from place to place, allow time for relaxation and exploration on your own, provide maximum value, and very importantly to be enjoyable. The itinerary can be modified to suit your tastes, timeframe, budget, and special interests- Pham Ha, CEO and Founder of Luxury Travel, Ltd.
Myanmar’s appeal to luxury travelers lies in the way it has been unaffected by modern developments. The country attracts an increasing number of high-end visitors with its colonial properties such as the Orient Express’ Governor’s Residence in Yangon and growing number of boutique hotels across the country. The deeply Buddhist “Land of the Golden Pagoda” resonates with a strong sense of place, undiluted by mass tourism and warmed by genuine hospitality. You will find atmospheric hotels and a network of well-maintained regional jets serving the main sites. On this latest Myanmar tour, you will discover the best places in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake, while you also get to rest and relax on the best beach in Myanmar on the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean. Ask luxury travel advisor team for visa and keep in mind that the Burmese economy remains largely cash-based.” - Pham Ha – Founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Group Ltd.
Myanmar (Burma) offers a fascinating journey of discovery through one of South East Asia’s least visited, but most rewarding countries with its ancient temples, golden beaches and smiling faces. From the unforgettable temples in Bagan and Mandalay’s fabled history, to largely undiscovered white sand beaches at Ngapali and the placid waters of Inle Lake, Myanmar has a wealth of treasures that exceed the expectations of those who visit- Richard Parks, Luxury Travel UK .
Myanmar is like no other country in the world on the scale of interest and beauty. Local people are helpful and polite. Stephen and I fully enjoy the entire trip. I recommend Myanmar to all my friends who are planning future travels to unusual places. - Paul Tsou & Stephen Tsou
Very pleased with the organization of the tour- everything worked very well from hotels, bookings, access etc. Very pleased with our guides, only the guide and chauffeur in Mandalay seemed less than interested in the various sites and places, we visited. He did not seem particularly passionate about Mandalay and what the town had to offer visitors of different perspectives compared to other destinations in Myanmar. Special mention to Joyce at Inle lake and Min Min in Bagan for their knowledge, sense of humor and genuine interest in visitors. Very pleased with meeting different guides and people in the different locations. That gave a unique possibility to hear different views and speak with people genuinely passionate about their locations/towns and people. - Charlotte Christensen
We have returned home safely. Thank you for planning our luxury vacation to Myanmar. We were very happy with the arrangements you made. The hotels we stayed in were luxurious and we always had the best rooms. When possible, our guide made sure our rooms were the best the hotel had to offer. The vehicles were comfortable and well maintained. The drivers were very good and safe. Our daily schedule was flexible and the guides were there on time and would take us where ever we wanted to go. I would recommend Trader's hotel and Mt Popo as my two favorite. Our room at INLE lake was the best although there was a large tour there at the same time so very noisy. We enjoyed our guide Myo Aung Htet. He spoke English well and had a good sense of humor. I think he is a very good guide for Americans! Thank you for the lovely farewell dinner - What a beautiful pagoda restaurant. We will recommend you to our friends that would like to visit Myanmar. And of course if you want to visit Hawaii, please let us know. - Aloha, Paula and Tony Sussex
This was my favorite trip we have ever taken and Ha Pham's company has planned four of our trips to SE Asia for us, each with private guides and driver and staying at the all-time best hotels. We spent a couple of days in Singapore first to catch up with friends (like the Four Seasons there....breakfast is amazing and good location off of Orchard Rd and near Botanical Garden which is spectacular there. And flew Singapore Air through Frankfurt and Silk Air to Yangon. Suzanne Schaefer, New York, USA