Discover Myanmar from Highlights to Beach Relaxation 12 days
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.
Myanmar (or Burma) is the sleeping dragon of Southeast Asia. Political and economic reforms will have created a new impetus to increase the tourism sector of the nation. Myanmar is the cool new place for savvy travelers who want to be the first to discover new destinations. Of course, Myanmar has attracted travelers for decades thanks to its abundant forests, rich wildlife, ancient cities and fascinating culture.
Myanmar is known as the Land of the Million Temples because the main destinations in Myanmar, Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan are home to thousands of golden temples and treasured pagodas.
Yangon is the capital of Myanmar, is located in the southern region and spread across three rivers. Mandalay is the cultural/historical heart of Myanmar and home to thousands of cultural memorials, including Buddhist monasteries and stunning palaces. Myanmar's archaeological crown belongs to sparkling Bagan. 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
Heho is home to Inle Lake and a visit is like traveling back in time. Over 7,000 people from different ethnic groups live in small villages and towns bordering the lake. Their way of life has changed little over the years and fisherman still row boats with one leg while standing on the other. It is amazing! Although tourism has started to creep its way into village life, the lake still offers a serene escape from the hectic pace of life found elsewhere in Asia.
Ngapali’s beaches are a premier destination in Myanmar for holidaymakers who want to be the first to discover unspoiled white sands and coconut groves as far as the eye can see.
Day 1: Arrive Yangon (D)Yangon 1D
Day 2: Yangon (B, L,)Yangon 1B, 1L
Day 3: Yangon – Bagan (B, L)Bagan 1B, 1L
Day 4: Bagan full day sightseeing (B, L)Bagan 1B, 1L
Day 5: Bagan - Mandalay – Amarapura (B, L)Mandalay 1B, 1L
Day 6: Mandalay - Sagaing – Mingun (B, L)Mandalay 1B, 1L
Day 7: Mandalay –Heho - Pindaya (B, L)Pindaya 1B, 1L
Day 8: Pindaya - Inle Lake full-day sightseeiPindaya 1B, 1L, 1D
Day 9: Inle lake – Heho – Ngapali Beach (B)Ngapali 1B
Day 10: Ngapali Beach (B)Ngapali 1B
Day 11: Ngapali Beach (B)Ngapali 1B
Day 12: Departure (B)1B
+ Private tour with English/French speaking guide
+ You choose your date of departure
+ Starting in Yangon and Ending in Yangon
+All transfer & transportation by private air-conditioned car
+Boat trip if any
+All in-tour flights (Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Inle Lake-Ngapali/ Ngapali-Yangon )
+Accommodation shared in twin rooms with daily breakfast
+English speaking guides in each city
+All entrance and zone fee as mentioned
+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
+ Myanma 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 (D)
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check in. After that, you will visit Sule, City Hall, and the High Court (noted for its British colonial architecture including its clock tower and its red-bricked exterior). You’ll then visit Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, which is famous for its huge image of a reclining Buddha and which was built in 1966 to replace the old image built in1907. You can also visit Botataung Pagoda, in which is enshrined with the sacred hair of the Lord Buddha. In the early evening, you’ll visit the famous Shwedagone Pagoda and see its massive bell-shaped golden spires, plated with 60 tons of gold and the stupa inset with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topaz. You will stay overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon (B, L,)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Lawka Chanthar, home to the world’s biggest marble Buddha and royal white elephant. On the way, you’ll stop at the Naga Cave monastic school, where you can learn about the Myanmar monastic education system .You will also have the option to visit Kandawgyi Lake and surrounding areas, which offer numerous photo opportunities. In the early evening, you will visit Strand jetty to witness the daily life of the local people and Yangon River, which offers a remarkable atmosphere with spectacular colors and photo opportunities. Next, you will go shopping at the Bogyoke market (formerly "Scott market") where you can get a wide range of Myanmar handicrafts, jewelry, fabrics and lacquer ware. 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.
Day 3: Yangon – Bagan (B, L)
After breakfast, you will head to Bagan and upon arrival begin sightseeing at Nyaung Oo Market. Next will be Shwezigone Pagoda (in which the Frontlet Relic of Buddha was enshrined), Gubyaukgyi Temple (noted for its wall paintings), Htilominlo Pagoda (one of the largest temples of Bagan and noted for its fine plaster carvings), Ananda Okkyaung (a brick monastery with 18th Century mural paintings) and Dhammayangyi Pagoda (extending approximately 255 feet on each of its four sides)
After lunch, you will visit a local family workshop to watch the production process of lacquer ware, one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Then you will continue on to Thatbyinnyu Pagoda (Bagan's tallest temple at almost 217 ft) and Nanpaya temple (a unique sandstone monument). Then you’ll enjoy the breathtaking sunset from Shwesandaw Pagoda, the most popular sunset-viewing spot in Bagan. You will stay overnight in Bagan.
Day 4: Bagan full day sightseeing (B, L)
After breakfast, continue your visit to Nathan Kiang (the only remaining Hindu temple in Bagan), Myazedi Pagoda, Nagayon Pagoda (which was built at the end of the 11th Century and which resembles the Indian temples of the area of Orissa) and Abeyatanar Pagoda (famous for paintings that cover the inner walls). You will have lunch at local restaurant and then visit Nga-kywe-na-daung Pagoda, Manuha Temple (considered one of the earliest temples in Bagan) and Mingalarzedi Pagoda (noted for its fine proportions and for the many beautiful jataka tiles around its three square terraces). You will stay overnight in Bagan.
Day 5: Bagan - Mandalay – Amarapura (B, L)
After an early morning transfer to the airport, you will fly to Mandalay. Upon arrival, you will have an excursion to Amarapura, which means “City of Immortality” and which was founded in 1783 AD. You will also visit Mahaganthayon monastery, the largest teaching monastery in Myanmar where, daily at around 10:30 a.m., about 700 monks queue up for their last meal on this day. Then you will enjoy the great serenity of U Bein wooden Bridge, constructed in 1849. You will also visit Taung- ta-man Lake, before visiting the Mahar Myat Muni Buddha image, which is the most ancient bronze-cast Buddha in Myanmar. You will also see the reconstructed Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace and Kuthodaw Pagoda, 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, the natural watch-tower for visitors to watch the sunrise or sunset over the city plains. You will have an overnight stay in Mandalay.
Day 6: Mandalay - Sagaing – Mingun (B, L)
After breakfast, you will set out from Mandalay to visit Sagaing Hill, where over 600 monasteries for monks and nuns are located. You will also see Umin 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 items by traditional methods) and the impressive Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda. 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 Mingun Bell, which is the biggest hanging bell in the world. Then head over to the handicraft workshops to see bronze sculpting, gold leaf beating and marble stone carving before and overnight stay in Mandalay.
Day 7: Mandalay –Heho - Pindaya (B, L)
After breakfast, you will fly to Heho and then drive to Pindaya. You will visit Pindaya Cave, which is a huge cavern where thousands of Buddha images in various sizes and shapes have been placed since the 11th Century. You will have dinner and an overnight stay at your hotel in Pindaya.
Day 8: 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 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 Inlet 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 the hoops .You also have an the option to see the Padaung or “Copper Neck” hill tribe. Your tour will continue with a visit to local shops, specializing in silk, lotus, and traditional iron work. Time permitting, you can visit a Shan paper making facility, before an overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 9: Inle lake – Heho – Ngapali Beach (B)
You will have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for a short flight to Ngapali Beach for 3 night stay. The area contains many small islands that can be visited on day trips. This unspoiled beach, stretching over 3 km with blue sea, has white sand and swaying palm trees, and is only a 35 minute flight from Yangon or 1 hour from Heho. The best time to experience the beaches in Myanmar is from Oct to May.
Day 10: Ngapali Beach (B)
After breakfast at your resort, you are free to enjoy beach. Among the beaches, Ngapali Beach is the most well-known destination in Myanmar for holidaymakers who want to be the first to discover a remarkably pristine environment.
Day 11: Ngapali Beach (B)
Enjoy your holiday with a late breakfast and a free day in Ngapali. During your leisure time, you might want to try a round at the 18-hole golf course which is about 15 minutes from the beach. You may also cycle to villages, swim/snorkel/scuba dive, sail, kayak, and feast on lobster and prawn by candle light as the sun sinks lazily into the Bay of Bengal on the Indian Ocean.
Day 12: Departure (B)
There are no activities planned for today. You 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 .
From the seductive capital Yangon (where noise-polluting scooters and horn-honking are banned) and the mist-cloaked forests of the Irrawaddy, to the beguiling Inle Lake and stupa-studded Bagan (best viewed from a hot-air balloon at dawn), to enjoy empty beach in Ngapali and not forgetting the grins and handshakes here, there and everywhere, Burma is Asia as it once was, it’s the authenticity- Charlotte Ham, Marketing Senior Executive, Luxury Travel Ltd.
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