Highlights of Myanmar 9 days
Luxury Myanmar Travel in a county that is a traveler's dream. A dramatic country that has been in the center of attention among the Indochina holiday makers. This is a land where holy men clad in traditional longyi are revered, thousands of ancient, religious stupas rise out of flat plains and floating-village life ebbs and flows upon Inle Lake.
For a glimpse of old Indochina, there isn't a more eye-opening destination than traveling to Myanmar, a mysterious country, which only began allowing Western travelers into its borders in recent years.
Yangon , the country's capital, is a beguiling mix of British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences, from its timeworn colonial architecture to its unique cuisine. In this deeply Buddhist country, pagodas pockmark the land, and some of the most impressive ones can be found in Yangon, including the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Sule Pagoda.
In Mandalay, Myanmar's major commercial center, explore sites such as the monastery-studded Mandalay Hill, a pilgrimage site for Buddhists for nearly two centuries. Perhaps the best way to experience both the romance of the colonial era and see the Burmese people's day-to-day realities is by cruising on the Ayeyarwady River all the way to Bagan, disembarking at temples and viewing life along the river.
If Yangon and Mandalay are Myanmar's capitals of culture and commerce, then Bagan is the country's spiritual center. Over 2,000 pagodas, stupas and temples dot the golden plains of Bagan, a once-in-a-lifetime sight to behold, best seen from above by private hot air balloon, which can be arranged by Luxury Myanmar Travel. Other highlights include the Ananda Temple, the best-preserved in the city, and Mount Popa, a stunning volcano that doubles as an ancient Buddhist pilgrimage site.
Day 1: Arrive 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 - Mandalay - Amarapura (B, L, D)Mandalay 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 5: Mandalay - Sagaing - Mingun ( B, L, D)Mandalay 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 6: Mandalay -Heho - Pindaya (B, L, D)Pindaya 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 7: Pindaya - Inle Lake full-day sightseeiInle Lake 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 8: Inle Lake - Yangon (B, L, D)Yangon 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 9: Departure (B)Yangon 1B
+ Private tour with English/German/French speaking guide
+ Date of departure is at your discretion
+ All transfer & Transportation by private air-conditioned car
+ Boat trip if any
+ All In-tour flights (Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Inle Lake-Yangon )
+ Accommodation shared in twin rooms with daily breakfast
+ English speaking guides in each city
+ All entrance and zone fee as mentioned
+ Full-board Meals
+ Porter charges
+ Two bottles drinking water and snow towels daily on coaches
+ All government and services Taxes
+ International flights in / out
+ Yangon airport departure tax
+ Travel insurance
+ Camera fee
+ Myanmar Visa stamp 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 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), and 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 in 1907 .
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 a 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 four languages 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), and 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 - 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 Mahar Myat Muni Buddha Image (the most ancient bronze cast Buddha image in Myanmar) and the reconstructed Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace.
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 5: Mandalay - Sagaing - Mingun ( B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will set out forSagaing Hill, which has over 600 Buddhist monasteries where monks and nuns study and meditate. You'll also visit U Min Thonze (or "Thirty Caves Pagoda", which has many Buddha images in a crescent shaped colonnade), Ywahtaung Village (where you can see silver workers producing bowls and other silver items by traditional methods) and the impressive Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda nearby.
After that, you will take a private boat to Mingun, which is famous for its huge and incomplete Pahtodawgyi Pagoda built by King Bodaw Badon in 1791 and the Mingun Bell, which is the biggest hanging bell in the world. Then you will head to the handicraft workshops and witness bronze sculpting, gold leaf beating and marble stone carving, before an overnight stay in Mandalay.
Day 6: Mandalay -Heho - Pindaya (B, L, D)
After breakfast you will transfer to the airport to fly to Heho.Upon arrival, you will drive to Pindaya. Travelling by car along the hilly and winding road over the Shan Plateau, though taking a few hours, is interesting and well worth it. You'll visit Pindaya cave, a huge cavern where thousands of Buddha images in various size and shape have been installed since the 11th century. You will dinner and stay overnight at the hotel in Pindaya.
Day 7: Pindaya - Inle Lake full-day sightseei
After breakfast, you will drive to Inle Lake and enjoy a boat ride for the whole day. Your sightseeing will start with a visit 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 it is the biggest event held at the lake.The next must see stop is Nag Phi 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 also have an option to see "Padaung" or the "Long-neck Karen hill tribe". Your tour would be completed with a visit to a local silverware workshop, silk and lotus workshops and a place of traditional iron work. If time allows, ask your guide to go and see the Shan paper making process. You will stay overnight at a hotel on the lake.
Day 8: Inle Lake - Yangon (B, L, D)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to the airport and fly back to Yangon. Upon arrival, you'll continue your Yangon city tour with a visit to Lawka Chanthar, the world's biggest marble Buddha and see the royal white elephant.
On the way, you will 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. In the early evening, you'll visit the Strand jetty to witness the daily life of the local people and Yangon's river that offers a remarkable atmosphere with spectacular colors and photo opportunities. Then, you can shopping in the Bogyoke market (formerly "Scott market"), where you can get a wide range of Myanmar handicrafts, jewelry, fabrics and lacquer ware.If you stay have time,go to famous MK gems shop where the quality gems are displayed separately in eight different decorated show rooms. This is no surprise as Myanmar is the world's number one producer of precious stones.
Day 9: 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.
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 .
Dear Hung, First of all we are very impressed by the service offered by yourself and the flexibility you displayed in setting up the last minute changes/ and the tour. Thank you for that- it certainly will not be the last time we have been using Luxurytravel for travelling in the region and we have already started the recommendations to anyone heading that way- just you wait….On the specific Myanmar tour we were generally: 1. Very pleased with the organization of the tour- everything worked very well from hotels, bookings, access etc.. 2. 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. 3. 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. 4. Very pleased with the accommodations, especially should be mentioned the hotel in Inle lake, which adds a personal touch to the service offered, which is outstanding. The hotel as such is no better than the others on the trip, but the personal touches stays in the mind long after leaving the location. ……………………… Sincerely much appreciated so until next time, Best regards, Charlotte Christensen West Side Village
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