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Highlights of Myanmar 12 Days / 11 Nights

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Highlights of Myanmar 12 Days / 11 Nights

Discover the mysterious Burma throughout its highlights with some extraordinary activities such as a trek in Kalaw, a train ride towards Inle,

DAY 1

YANGON ARRIVAL

On arrival, you will be warmly welcomed by your guide and then transferred to the city. Your exploration begins with the visit of the Kyaukhtatgyi pagoda that holds a reclining Buddha of 70 meters. Then towards the Royal Lake located in Kandawgyi Park, popular among locals, especially early in the morning and during sunset From the shore you can admire the Karaweik Palace, a replica of a royal boat, before visiting one of the holiest sites of the country: the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda.. Lunch and dinner at leisure. Night in Yangon Read more

Yangon
DAY 2

YANGON - BAGAN

Transfer to the airport and flight to Bagan. Welcome to Bagan, known to be one of the greatest architectural sites in Asia. When Bagan was the center of Myanmar from the 11th to 13th century, monarchs have built numerous stupas and pagodas, most of them are still present on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. The splendor of Bagan with over 2000 temples in red brick that rise from a desert plain, representing size of Manhattan Island, will be one of the highlights of any trip to Myanmar. Head to a high point overlooking the plain of Bagan. From here, you can discover the Ananda Temple, one of the highest in Bagan. We will ensure that you arrive there before the majority of visitors, allowing you to enjoy in peace the splendor of the temple. You will continue your trip among temples scattered across the plain and you will confront to various architectural styles of the region. Between the temples, you will see that life does not have end in this museum where families and farmers still working. Continue to the village of Myinkaba where you will have the opportunity to meet local craftmen. The chance to discover two small temples Manuha and Nan Paya - both known for their Buddha statues. Then you will have the opportunity to learn more about the local culture by visiting two workshops that produce the most famous products of Bagan: lacquer and wood crafts. You will see that the craftsmen still use traditional techniques passed down from generation to generation, to create masterpieces. During this excursion, you will visit a temple that houses beautiful mural paintings before discovering two of the oldest in the area, built in the 11th century by the Mon King Manuha. Pursuit your expedition on the mystical plain to discover a magnificent temple housing inscriptions dating from the 12th century, written both in Burmese, Pyu, Mon and Pali, hence its nickname "Local Rosetta Stone." Lunch and dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel Read more

Bagan
DAY 3

BAGAN

After breakfast, visit Nyaung Oo a lively market where locals come every day to exchange fresh produce and other goods. Then, begin your discovery with a visit to the famous Shwezigon pagoda built in 11th century by King Anawrahta. Then departure to a small village via dusty roads and shady paths lined with temples and monasteries. Explore the village to discover the lifestyle of the Bagan’s people. You will continue to discover less known monuments and protected from mass of tourists,. At the end of the afternoon, horse pulled carriage ride through the temples of Bagan, including Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in the region, Dhammayangyi with its impressive brick patchwork and Sulamani. From a high point overlooking the plain, enjoy the sunset over the pagodas of Bagan. Lunch and dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel Option: Hot air baloon over Bagan The morning will begin with a hot air balloon ride over the countryside of Bagan. You will observe the sun rise on the Irrawaddy River and the various stupas of the region. You are not ready to find this kind of show on Earth (Note : Only available from October / November to March. In case of last minute cancelation due to bad weather conditions the full payment of this activity will be refunded)) Read more

Bagan
DAY 4

BAGAN – PAKOKKU - MONYWA

You will leave Bagan directly after breakfast along a peaceful river. This itinerary is rarely used by tourists. You will discover authentic villages where you will be able to see farmers climbing palm trees to extract the juice needed for making palm sugar. Pursuit of your trip to Kyauk Gu U Min on the eastern banks of the river. You will go to the temple entrance with beautiful stone carvings descripting religious figures and flowers. This edifice, built into the side of a cliff, provides access to a quiet cave containing several niches: a place of meditation! After, you will drive to Monywa on the Chindwin River, romantic atmosphere. Lunch and dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel Read more

Monywa
DAY 5

MONYWA - MANDALAY

This morning you will leave Monywa to join Mandalay via a captivating road. This representative city of Myanmar is located on the east bank of the Chindwin River. On the way to Monywa, you will make a stop at the Thanboddhay pagoda, a huge Buddhist temple that houses more than 500,000 Buddha images. Stop at the Boditahtaung pagoda where there is the highest Buddha statue of Myanmar, 100 meters long and 27 meters high. In the afternoon, you will get to Po Win Taung. This incredible structure composed of 947 sandstone caves dug into the surrounding hills which has the most amazing set of Buddhist frescoes and statues of Southeast Asia. You will be then driven to Ba Shwe Taung where temples and monasteries are literally carved into the cliffs, fascinating site. Road to Mandalay where you will reach your hotel for a relaxing evening Lunch and dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel Read more

Mandalay
DAY 6

SAGAING – AVA - AMARAPURA

This morning you will cross the bridge over Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. With 600 pagodas and ivory monasteries, Sagaing Hill is considered like the spiritual center of Myanmar and claims to be the residence of nearly 3000 monks. You will visit pagodas Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin, U Min Swe Thone Sae and Taung Oo Maw. You will continue through the Sagaing market, a rarely visited site. Then direction a small village of potters to see craftsmen produce their work using traditional methods. Your next destination is Ava, which was the capital of the country from the 14th to 18th century. Cross the river by local ferry and reach your carriage to go to the wooden Bagaya monastery famous for its wood carvings. You will see the Nanmyint Tour - also known as "leaning tower of Ava" - one of the remains of the former palace and Maha Aungmye Bonzan monastery. Direction Amarapura, the penultimate royal capital of Myanmar. You will start by Mahagandayon Monastery, which houses more than a thousand young monks. From here, the legendary U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world, built in 1782. Enjoy the very special atmosphere at the time of sunset. This completes a wonderful day! Lunch and dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel Read more

Amarapura
DAY 7

MANDALAY – YANKIN HILL

Visit of the Mahamuni Pagoda with its highly revered Buddha, entirely covered in gold leaf filed by devotees over the centuries. Followed by the visit of a craft workshops in Mandalay, which is known to be the finest in the country: wood sculpture, Kalaga tapestries, gold leaf manufacture. Then visit of the Kuthodaw Pagoda, often called "greatest book in the world" for its 729 collection of marble slabs in which are engraved the teachings of Buddha. Road towards the impressive Shwenandaw monastery ("golden monastery"), the last structure of the Royal Palace to have survived from the 19th century, famous for its wood carvings In the afternoon road towards Yankin hill, east of the city. Along the way stop in one of the numerous monasteries where most of the 350 monks study English but are rarely able to practice it with foreigners. Time to chat with those monks, warm and unforgettable encounters. From there you will take the stairs towards the top of the hill to appreciate a panoramic view over the city and a beautiful sunset. On the way down you will be just in time for the daily psalmody of the monks, a real spiritual experience. Road back towards the city. Meals included: breakfast. Lunch and dinner to your leisure. Night at the hotel Read more

Yankin Hill in a monastery
DAY 8

MANDALAY – PINDAYA - KALAW

This morning, transfer to Mandalay airport for your flight to Heho, in the heart of the Shan state. Upon arrival at Heho airport, you will take the road to Pindaya (59 km - 2 hours), a town near the Lake Botoloke. Pursuit your tour by visiting the famous caves of Pindaya, an old site 200 million years, which houses within it thousands of golden Buddha statues. To visit these caves you must go through the pagodas of Shwe U Min - the white giant stupas overlooking the town. Visit to a family to discover the process of preparing the tea leaf salad before tasting the snacks accompanied by a cup of green tea and biscuits. After lunch, you will continue your road to Kalaw (48 km - 1.5 hours), one climatic resort. Today, this village is a resort where you relax with its pure air, pleasant atmosphere, its green trees and lovely hiking trails. You will reach Kalaw in the afternoon and will have time at leisure to explore this small city. Meals included: breakfast. Lunch and dinner to your leisure. Night at the hotel Read more

Kalaw
DAY 9

KALAW - INLE

Transfer towards the train station. Boarding on a train to Shwe Nyaung surrounded by spectacular mountain sceneries. Note: the train takes about 3.5 hours. Thanks to note that train delays are quite common in Myanmar. After, you will traverse the last kilometers by car to Nyaung Shwe. You will have time to make a stop for visiting a traditional paper workshop Shan and teak monastery Shweyanpyay. On arrival at Nyaung Shwe you will board a canoe and explore the lake, its beautiful lakeside villages and their amazing Intha floating gardens, but also the unique style of Inle fishermen who row standing with one leg. Visit the monastery Nga Chaung Hpe and its collection of ancient Buddha statues. Direction to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the main sanctuary of the lake that houses five sacred Buddha covered with gold leaf. Meals included: breakfast, picnic lunch in the train. Dinner to your leisure. Night at the hotel. Read more

Inle
DAY 10

INLE - INDEIN

After breakfast you will visit the Lake market (closed the days of new moon and full moon). Every day, the inhabitants of the lake and members of the surrounding tribes attend the market exchange goods. Boat trip to reach and visit the main sites of Inle Lake. You will discover the varied crafts of Inle, visiting the village of Inpawkhone known for its weaving lotus fiber, and a factory cheroots (Burmese cigars). In the afternoon, you go up a small river (1 hour navigation) to Indein town of Pa-Oh. Stroll through the village before taking a long covered walkway that leads to the top of a hill. Indein is a beautiful complex with hundreds of stupas overgrown. Vous rejoindrez votre hôtel en pirogue en fin d’après-midi. On the way back, if time allows, you will stop at Inthar Heritage House, a Native-inspired home built in the traditional architecture of the region. You will be at your hotel late afternoon. Meals included: breakfast. Lunch and dinner at your leisure. Night at the hotel. Read more

Indein
DAY 11

INLE -HEHO - YANGON

You will take a morning flight to Yangon from Heho Airport (45 minutes drive). On arrival in Yangon, you'll be taken to the hotel. Free Day. Meet at Bogyoke Market, better known as "Scott Market" to stroll through the stalls filled with handicrafts and make your last purchases. (Note: the market is closed on Mondays and public holidays). Note: car is available for the trip from the airport to the hotel only. Meals included: breakfast. Lunch and dinner to your leisure. Night at the hotel. Read more

Yangon
DAY 12

YANGON DEPARTURE

Unfortunately it is time to say goodbye to one of the most fascinating countries on earth. Transfer towards Yangon international airport without tour-guide. Meals included: breakfast. Lunch and dinner to your leisure.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Yangon
Hotel Reno Hotel
Day 2
Location Bagan
Day 4
Location Moniwa
Day 5
Location Mandalay
Day 8
Location Kalaw
Day 9
Location Inle Lake
Hotel Paramount
Day 11
Location Yangon
Hotel Reno Hotel
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Yangon
Day 2
Location Bagan
Hotel AREINDMAR
Day 4
Location Moniwa
Day 5
Location Mandalay
Hotel SHWE PYI TAR
Day 8
Location Kalaw
Day 9
Location Inle Lake
Day 11
Location Yangon

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee
  • Domestic Flights

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

REVIEWS

4 Reviews

Marie Lampreia, France

Les plus : Le voyage c'est aussi ceux qui vous permettent de comprendre le pays et les gens avec lesquels vous êtes. De ce point de vue notre guide et notre chauffeur ont été parfaits. Nous avons aimé les grandes 'balades' dans la nature, les rencontres avec les habitants dans les villages, les superbes paysages. La ville de Sapa, comme hors du temps, entre Annecy et Shangri Là. La balade sur le lac Thac Ba a été un vrai bonheur. Fruit d'un barrage hydraulique, le lac est d'une grande beauté avec ses ilots plantés et ses pêcheurs. Dépêchez vous d'y aller avant qu'il ne devienne aussi fréquenté d'Halong ! La baie d'Halong terrestre est également un beau souvenir, plus calme que la baie maritime et très impressionnante aussi. Villages sympa. Les moins : Les distances ne sont pas très grandes dans le nord, mais le temps pour les parcourir est très grand : 5 heures pour 130 km ! Des routes très difficiles et pas mal de fatigue. Heureusement voiture climatisée ;-) La baie d'Halong restera un souvenir un peu mitigé : que des bateaux touristiques, aucune jonque et peu de pêcheurs. Heureusement nous avons eu un très beau temps et un beau coucher (et lever) de soleil. La navigation au petit matin est plus belle que celle du soir. Elle est moins encombrée. Nous avions emmené des petits cadeaux pour les populations rencontrées mais nous ne nous sommes pas sentis heureux de distribuer ainsi. Nous ne sommes pas certains que cela soit agréable pour les gens. Commentaire : 15 jours au départ d'Hanoi vers les montagnes et Sapa et retour par la baie d'Halong maritime puis la terrestre. Nous avons aimé les grandes 'balades' dans la nature, les rencontres avec les habitants dans les villages, les superbes paysages. Nous avons eu la chance de participer à une fête dans un village. Nous avons dansé autour du feu et sauté en rythme au dessus des bambous. C'était gai et bon enfant. La balade sur le lac Thac Ba a été un vrai bonheur. Fruit d'un barrage hydraulique, le lac est d'une grande beauté avec ses ilots plantés et ses pêcheurs. Dépêchez vous d'y aller avant qu'il ne devienne aussi fréquenté d'Halong ! Les distances ne sont pas très grandes dans le nord, mais le temps pour les parcourir est très grand : 5 heures pour 130 km ! Des routes très difficiles et pas mal de fatigue. Heureusement voiture climatisée ;-) . La baie d'Halong restera un souvenir un peu mitigé : que des bateaux touristiques, aucune jonque et peu de pêcheurs. Heureusement nous avons eu un très beau temps et un beau coucher (et lever) de soleil. La navigation au petit matin est plus belle que celle du soir. Elle est moins encombrée. La baie d'Halong terrestre est également un beau souvenir, plus calme que la baie maritime et très impressionnante aussi. Ici les villages sont moins austères. Nous avons pris le temps de comprendre l'histoire, d'écouter et d'aimer ce pays. Read more

Faustine Auclain, France

Les plus : Le voyage a été conforme à mon attente, varié,authentique,proche des habitants qui sont très accueillants,les guides et les chauffeurs étaient de vrais professionnels. Les moins : Rien Commentaire : Tout s'est très bien passé, tout le monde était disponible,gentil,ponctuel. J'ai particulièrement apprécié la diversité du voyage,la cuisine vietnamienne,la qualité des hébergements en hôtel et chez l'habitant. Mes coups de cœur sont Angkor,Hoï An, le Nord et ses paysages,la baie d'Halong en jonque privée. Read more

Jean Marinier, France

Les plus : Ce que nous avons le plus aimé sont les paysages magnifiques et variés, la gentillesses des habitants, Les moins : Le moins serait peut-être la chaleur et la sur-fréquentation de la baie d'Halong. Commentaire : Pour nous il s'est agi d'un dépaysement total et s'est ce que nous en attendions. Nous avons été conquis par ce pays où les paysages sont grandioses, les habitants d'une gentillesse naturelle. Même si la vie est complètement différente de ce que l'on connaît en France, on s'y sent tout de suite très bien et sans aucun sentiment d'insécurité, bien au contraire. Quant à l'organisation, tout a été parfait et le programme établi a été respecté à la lettre, il faut dire que notre interlocuteur sur place, Quynh Anh, est extraordinaire, d'ailleurs nous avons souhaité la rencontrer en personne pour la remercier. Read more

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