Essential Myanmar 6 days
On this Essentials Myanmar tour, travelers will discover the best places in Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Inle Lake in a very short time.
Myanmar 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 to Mandalay and the placid waters of Inle Lake, Myanmar has a wealth of treasures that exceed the expectations of those who visit.
Day 1: Arrive in Yangon (L, D)Yangon 1L, 1D
Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (B, L, D)Bagan 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 3: Bagan – Mandalay - Amarapura (B, L, D)Mandalay 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 4: Mandalay – Heho- Inle Lake (B, L, D)Inle Lake 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 5: Inle – Yangon (B, L, D)Inle Lake 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
+ Shared accommodations in twin rooms with daily breakfast
+ English speaking guide
+ All entrance and zone fees as mentioned
+ Full-board meals
+ Porter charges
+ Two bottles of drinking water and towels daily on coaches
+ All government and services taxes
+ International flights in/out
+ Yangon airport departure tax
+ Travel insurance
+ Camera fee
+ 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 met and welcomed by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel. Your sightseeing begins by visiting the colossal Kyaukhtatgyi Buddha, one of the world’s largest reclining Buddha’s.
You will then make photo stops in the heart of Yangon, at such locations as City Hall, the High Court and many colonial style buildings. You will then continue to the National Museum, with an unmatched display of Myanmar's history, culture, literature and national races. Before lunch, you will enjoy a quick visit to Saint Mary's Cathedral, which is the biggest in Myanmar.
In the early evening, you will visit the Strand jetty to witness the daily life of the local people and where you will see Yangon's River, which offers a remarkable atmosphere with spectacular colors and photo opportunities. You will then embark upon an evening visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda (a true landmark and one of Myanmar’s greatest wonders). Next, you will have a world class buffet dinner at Karaweik Hall, a luxury modern restaurant which is in the form of a huge Myanmar mythical bird and sits at the water’s edge. You will then stay overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport and fly to Bagan. Located in the Ayeyarwaddy Basin of central Myanmar, Bagan has about 2,000 pagodas and temples representing Myanmar cultural heritage from the 11th-13th Century AD.
Highlights for this morning will be a visit to the stunning Shwezigone Pagoda (a prototype for later Myanmar pagodas), Ananda Temple (considered by many to be the most beautiful of Bagan temples), Kyansittha Umin (a small tunnel with 13th Century mural paintings), Gubyaukgyi Temple (built by Prince Rajakuma, son of King Kyansittha). During your one hour lunch break at the river facing restaurant, you can observe daily life on the Ayryarwaddy River.
After lunch, you will visit lacquer ware makers and see how to produce quality lacquer ware, and industry which is thought to have begun in Myanmar (specifically around Bagan) around the 12th or 13th Century. You will continue your tour by visiting Bagan's most massive shrine, the Damayangyi Temple (extending approximately 255 feet on each of its four sides) and Thatbyinnyut Pagoda (the tallest in Bagan, standing almost 200 feet high).
You will also have a chance to take an optional pony cart ride among the ancient pagodas and temples. You will this section of the tour at the terrace of the Shwesandaw Pagoda (a great spot to view the sunset over Bagan). You will then be thrilled to have a special dinner, during which you can watch a traditional puppet show at Nanda restaurant before an overnight stay in Bagan.
Day 3: Bagan – Mandalay - Amarapura (B, L, D)
There will be an early morning transfer to Bagan Airport for a flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, you will take an excursion to Amarapura, which means “City of Immortality” and which was founded in 1783 AD. You’ll then visit Mahaganthayon Monastery, the largest teaching monastery in Myanmar.
Next, you will enjoy the serenity of the U Bein wooden bridge (constructed in 1849 and measuring about three quarters of a mile long) and Taung-Ta-Man Lak (which always enchants visitors). After your hotel check in, you will continue your tour by visiting visit Mahar Myat Muni Buddha Image (the most ancient bronze cast Buddha image in Myanmar) and the reconstructed Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace.
This golden palace represents Myanmar’s sovereignty and independence, which arouses national patriotic spirit among Myanmar people. Then you will be on your way to the handicraft workshops, where you will witness tings such as bronze sculpting, gold leaf beating and marble stone carving. In the afternoon, you will visit Cathode Pagoda, which is often called the world's largest book because it is home to a set of 729 huge stone slabs, on which the Buddhist scriptures are inscribed.
You will finish the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill, a natural watchtower where visitors can watch the sunrise or sunset over the city plains. You’ll then have an overnight in Mandalay.
Day 4: Mandalay – Heho- Inle Lake (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport and fly to Heho. Upon arrival, you will take a scenic journey to Nyaung Shwe Jetty, traveling through the hilly and winding road over the Shan Plateau. After hotel check in, you will enjoy a boat ride on Inle Lake for the whole day.
Your sightseeing will start with a visit to the Phaungdawoo Pagoda, which houses five small Buddha images. The temple is also home to an annual festival, usually held during the month of October and which is the biggest occasion held in the Inle Lake area.
The next must see stop is Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, an attractive wooden monastery built on stilts over the lake at the end of the 1850s and where you can see the popular jumping cats leap through hoops. You will also have the option to see “Padaung” or the “Long-neck Karen” hill tribe.
Your tour will conclude with a visit to local silverware, silk, lotus and iron workshops. If time permits, you can ask your guide to go and see the Shan paper makers, before and overnight stay at your hotel on the lake.
Day 5: Inle – Yangon (B, L, D)
You will take a boat transfer to the jetty and a car transfer to Heho airport for a flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival, you will continue your Yangon city tour with a visit to Lawka Chanthar, the world’s biggest marble Buddha and royal white elephant.
On the way, you may stop at the Naga Cave Monastic School, where you can learn the Myanmar monastic education system. You also have the option to visit Kandawgyi Lake and surrounding areas, which offer 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)
There are no activities planned for today, so you can enjoy your free time until being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
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