Take a magical grand journey to explore the timeless and inviting beauty of Myanmar on 19 days. You will travel from Yangon to Kyaikhtiyo, from Inle Lake to northern part of the country, Putao, from ancient capital of Mandalay, Inwa and Mingun to the world's largest archaeological zone of Bagan. On this fantastic tour of Myanmar, you will have chances to connect to the friendly local Burmese, enjoy afternoon horse-cart ride, immerse in urban and rural daily life and sip a hot beverage at a popular tea shop. Capture stunning sunset pilgrimage over Shwedagon Pagoda, you’ll be whisked to Bagan where you’ll gaze at panoramic views of ancient temples and set foot in some of the most revered buildings in the nation. More you will travel to picturesque Putao, enjoy your trek at the foot of the mighty Himalayan Foothills. The trip has a lot to offer you. Do not miss it.
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Mingalabar Myanmar, Welcome to Yangon - the Garden City of the East.! You are met and welcomed by a local tour guide on arrival. Privately transferred to the downtown city hotel. Checking into your accommodation and refreshen for a while and then you will go out with our tour guide for a quick city orientation. You will visit Sule pagoda, an important religious site in Yangon city, Continue your day with a visit to the Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, a 213-foot-long statue with an expressive enamel face. Stop a local Tea House to experience what locals do when exploring the city and followed by a stroll through Scott Market amid shops filled with antiques, old coins, Burmese jade and handicrafts. Back to hotel to relax.
"Go there at night" is absolutely worth for visitors who want to see the best of Shwedagon Pagoda. When you get there, you will have a great opportunity to see Yangon's most famous and iconic temple as the sun sets and the golden spires of the temple glow. You will learn about the history, religious significance and daily prayers that the pagoda welcomes each day. You will have the opportunity to participate in candle lighting, with your guide there to explain the meaning behind this cultural tradition. A truly moving experience at one of Myanmar's most awe-inspiring temples! Back to hotel and the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and this morning is spent with an interesting market visit and hand-on cooking demonstration to learn Burmese way and culture. Before we get started in the kitchen, we'll walk to our local street market to give you an insight into how market life works in Yangon and see all the fresh ingredients. Through the lesson, you will learn how to make unique Myanmar salads, curries and traditional desserts. After we've all finished the cooking lesson we can sit down and enjoy eating the meal in our comfortable dinning room.
After your lunch, relax for a while with a hot cup of tea then we continue touring the city again. On a downtown walking tour you’ll pass the crumbling colonial buildings that line the city’s streets. Your private guide will take you to important attractions like the National Museum, and Botataung Pagoda. Back to hotel and remainder of the day will be spent relaxing. Overnight at hotel.
Rising early in the morning and after a hearty breakfast we will head out of the Yangon city for Kyaikthyio. First, visit the ancient capital of Bago which is away 80 km to the Northeast of Yangon. Along the way, wander the market for potters and agricultural hinterland scenes. Lunch at local restaurant. Next visit is the Shwemandaw pagoda which is told to be built 1,000 years ago. Continue driving to Kyaikthyio, the "Golden Rock", about 180 km from Yangon, (4 hours by road), The Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, also called the Golden Rock is one of Burma’s most sacred Buddhist sites. A massive boulder on the edge of a cliff with a pagoda on top of it enshrining a hair of the Buddha is an important pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists. After visiting the Golden Rock, find our way to the hotel where wyou will spend a night here. Dinner by your own account. Overnight at hotel
Breakfast at hotel and for early risers, you will go to capture the stunning panoramic sunrise over the Golden Rock. Return to Yangon, and straightly to the airport to take a scheduled flight to Heho. Met and welcomed by a local representative upon arrival. Privately transferred to the hotel in Inle Lake. Checking into your accommodation at very beautiful resort by the lake and you will spend your evening relaxing. Overnight at hotel
Breakfast at hotel and today you will explore the famous and intimate Inle Lake on the full day tour. The best way is to explore Inle Lake with a private boat. We'll take you to the ruins of Indein, the vast floating gardens and the awe-inspiring teak of the Nga Phe Chaung Monastery. We've mapped out the perfect day for you that'll include the best lunch on the lake. On the tour, you will visit the ruins of Indein on the south side of Inle Lake, exploring the broken temples with our guide. Cruise past the floating gardens of Inle Lake and witness the one-legged fishing. Enjoy lunch at the best restaurant on the lake. Cruise back to your hotel as the sunsets, casting a glorious glow over the lake. Your evening is free. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast and followed by a cruising journey to the villages in the central part of the lake. Visit the lovely hills of Inthein, in a secondary arm of the lake. Here lives the minority Pa-Oh, the second largest ethnic minority in Shan State. Walk in the village before venturing on a long avenue full of stalls, which leads to the top of a hill where the magnificent Buddhist complex in Inthein composed of hundreds of stupa covered with vegetation dating back to the thirteenth century, surrounding an ancient monastery. It returns to the dock through a forest of tall bamboo. In the afternoon you can see the famous crops of fruit and vegetables floating on water, visiting the monastery Nga Pha Kyaung, once famous for cats trained by monks, and the great pagoda Phaung Daw U Kyaung, the most important of the Shan State. Return for overnight stay at the hotel.
Spend your whole day at leisure. Optional cultural tour to visit villages or a cooking class shall be arranged upon your request.
Breakfast and followed by a private transfer to the airport to fly to Putao. Met and welcomed upon arrival. Checking into your bugalow at a very unique Malikha Lodge. The Malikha Lodge is situated on the mountainside above the Nam Lang River, overlooking forested slopes and lush rice terraces, the Lodge is superbly private. Its bungalows are scattered through exotic gardens, while cosily intimate shared spaces let you relax by the fireside after a satisfying day of trekking, biking, rafting or kayaking through the surrounding landscape.
A full day of hiking through the different tribal villages in the area awaits you after you have your breakfast. You will get to meet the tribes Lisu, Rawang, and Shan. Amongst the scenery and other things, hiking is a unique way of meeting local people and getting an insight on their daily lives. Along the way you may meet a hunter who would let you play with his crossbow, a Christian church may invite you inside for tea, and even meet an old war veteran and admire is 1942 medals. Across the plains from the villages, stupas, and a Shan monastery, by a duck filled pond under the shade of bamboo groves, your lunch will be served. The hike then continues across suspension bridges to Machanbaw where Malikha Lodge’s jeep awaits with a trunk of cool beer and beverages for your drive back to the lodge. Dinner will take place at the Lodge.
Breakfast at the lodge. Today you will have the opportunity to experience and learn about life in Mulashidi village and the Putao Valley and view some of the cottage industries. For early birds there is also the chance to visit the Putao market, to try a steaming bowl of Shan noodle soup for breakfast and to practice your haggling skills over spectacular Rawang village headman woven hats, colourful longhis and fine baskets. Lunch at Malikha Lodge.
In the afternoon, we have many bike and trek routes to follow with our guides from the Lodge – we discuss and arrange these upon our guests’ arrival dependent on their level of fitness and special interests. Returning to the Lodge in the evening to a huge, hot bath in our fabulous teak bathtubs and/or a massage from our own spa staff in Bungalow is a very welcome treat. The last evening we invite our guests to a hosted group dinner in the Main Lodge. Overnight at the Malikha Lodge
After a final leisurely breakfast at Malikha Lodge, check out and transfer to Putao Airport to connect with your onwards flight in the direction of Mandalay. Pick up and privately transferred to check in your hotel in Mandalay. Drive to Amarapura, was once known as 'The City of Immortals'. Today, the leisurely 'clack-clack' from the looms of the cotton and silk weavers has replaced the noisy bustle of this former capital. Visit the U Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset. This long teak bridge snakes across the Taungthaman Lake. After sunset, return to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Pyin Oo Lwin, formerly called Maymyo, a former hill station established just after the British annexation, is about 68 km east of Mandalay (about two hours drive). Sightseeing highlights include National Kandawgyi Garden. Visit Pwekauk fall – a unique place for relaxing and having a picnic; Chinese Temple and local market.Taking the horse cart along the streets of the town to view the old colonial buildings is another unique experience. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning transfer to the train station to take a local train on a scenic ride over the famous Goitek Viaduct which crosses a deep gorge. We will disembark the train at Naung Pain Village and continue drive to Hsipaw. Enjoy afternoon sightseeing in the town, Bawgyo Pagoda and watch the panorama from the top of Theintaung hill. Overnight in Hsipaw
Breakfast at hotel. Walk to farmer’s villages, enjoy the panoramic scenery of paddy, seasonal crops, mountain, river, and observe living style of Shan villages and house wife home business (Producing the bamboo hand fan, basket weaving, cheroot rolling etc). In the afternoon we will drive back to Mandalay. Enjoy your evening relaxing.
Breakfast and at leisure until you are privately transfer to the Gawein jetty to board the Irrawaddey river cruise RV Pauka or similar. Embark at 12:00 at noon and you are heartedly welcomed by the crew with a cocktail or fruit drinks. Biefing in the Saloon or Sundeck followed by lunch. After cruising upstream for two hours we arrive at the Mingun Pagoda Complex. Our English speaking manager (or your private guide) will accompany the guests during the visit.Moor Overnight at a sandbank mid-stream. After dinner guests can enjoy a Dance and Drama performance by the Mandalay Arts School on the sundeck (if available). Overnight aboard the cruise.
Early in the morning cruise downstream. During the two hours journey the passengers can admire the natural beauty of the river and the life of its banks while relaxing on the sundeck or just sitting outside their own cabin. Enjoy the sunrise over Sagaing Hill. After breakfast passengers wishing to visit Sagaing can go ashore with the assistance of our Ship Manager or their own guide. We resume our downriver voyage at 10.30 hrs and we will sail all day long.In the late afternoon we stop at Yandabo, a village specializing in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826. We visit the Pot workshops and the monastery. Moor overnight near the village of Shwe Nann Tint.
Cast off early in the morning for the last leg of our journey. Enjoy the sunrise near Bagan. Passengers will disembark at Koe Lone Ye Kin Jetty around 9:30 hrs. Met by a local tour guide and you will be privately transferred to hotel. You will be at leisure for the remainder of morning. This afternoon is spent with a comprehensive cultural tour to see Bagan's historic temples and highlights. The excursion begins with a visit to Tayoke Pyay Temple. You will be taken to visit temples around Minthu village including Thamanpaya, Thambula and Payathonzu.Next, visit the most beautiful temple in the region, the Ananda Temple. It is the largest, best preserved and most revered of all the temples in Bagan and it is believed that the temple was built around 1105 by King Kyanzittha. You will continue the exploration with a visit temples and pagodas nearby Ananda Temple. End the day viewing the sunset over the plains and temples of Pagan from one of the smaller temples to avoid crowds. Back to the hotel and you will spend your evening relaxing. Overnight at hotel.
OPTIONAL: For a more intimate and luxurious experience, The morning Balloon Over Bagan premium service provides a lasting memory with your friends, family or your lovers. Drifting serenely in a balloon over Pagan (Bagan) as the sun rises and seeing its myriad pagodas and temples dotted in the plains below is one of the most memorable experiences on your journey through Myanmar.
Early wake up and you will be picked up from your hotel between 5:30 am and 6:00 am, and taken to the launch site where tea and coffee is served while the crew prepare the balloons. Watching the inflation of the balloon and experiencing lift-off is spectacular. The balloon ride starts at dawn and lasts for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. On landing, you will be served a light champagne breakfast before transferring back to the hotel at approximately 8:30 am. Warm clothing is recommended, as it can be quite chilly. Back to hotel to relax for a while.
Tour of Bagan continues with another excursion begins with a visit to Nyaung U market, before continuing to Shwezigon Pagoda, which was built as the most important religious shrine. You will then visit Hnget Pyit Taung, a hillock on which a pagoda built by King Pyusawhti stands. The tour ends at Lawkananda Pagoda which is located close to New Pagan Township. Lawkananda pagoda was built by King Anawrahta during his reign in 1059 on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. It is believed the Buddha's tooth relic is enshrined inside the pagoda and it is still used as an everyday place of worship. Return to your hotel and you will spend your evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast and followed by a airport transfer to Yangon where you will catch your outbound flight to next destination.