Ngwe Saung Beach in Myanmar
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Tour Overview

This 16-day Myanmar tour is an ideal choice for all tourists who want an in-depth exploration of Myanmar at a leisurely pace. A diverse country with gorgeous pagodas and temples, various ethnic groups, distinctive culture, and lifestyle, and breathtaking landscapes, Myanmar will surely offer your a holiday and experience beyond your expectation.

Follow our expert local guide, you'll be introduced to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, the world's largest unfinished pagoda in Mingun, the exotic Ava and floating gardens, and fishing life in Inle Lake. The adventure to hilly Kalaw and the leisure days in Ngwe Saung Beach will further improve your tour experience in the country.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Glimpse into colonial buildings on Pansodan Street in Yangon.
  • See some of the best ancient temple examples in Bagan.
  • Hop on a horse-cart through ancient temples and countryside fields in Ancient Ava.
  • Sail up the Ayeyarwaddy River to explore Kyauk Gu U Min
  • Try leisure hiking and experience authentic tribal life in hilly Kalaw village.
  • Look into fishing life, floating gardens, and a market in Inle Lake by both boat and bike.
  • Enjoy the white sand beach, sunbath, and exciting water activities at Ngwe Saung beach.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Yangon! Upon arrival at the airport, your guide and driver will be ready to welcome you and transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

    Relax in your hotel until your guide accompanies you to the Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset. Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, where you can enjoy the stunning sunset and peaceful people watching when locals doing their end-of-the-day prayers. It is standout for its 99 meters high golden dome that is plastered with 60 tons of pure gold.

    Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
    Shwedagon Pagoda

    After the visit, a welcome dinner is waiting for you.

    Meals: Dinner

    Accommodation: in Yangon

  2. Enjoy a full-day exploration of Yangon today. After breakfast, head to Pansodan Street, and have a glimpse into the charm of Yangon when you walk through many French colonial buildings and historical monuments from the 19th century.

    Colonial buildings on Pansodan Street in Yangon
    Colonial buildings on Pansodan Street

    Next up, follow your guide to visit Chaukhtatyi Paya to see the giant reclining Buddha image (70 meters long and 16 meters high). Then, head to the Bogyoke market (closed on Mondays & public holidays) to see various Burmese handicrafts and get close to local’s daily life.

    Bogyoke Market in Yangon
    Colorful cloth in Bogyoke Market

    In the late afternoon, head to the Kandawgyi Park and Royal (Karawik) Palace on the bank of Kandawgyi Lake for some great photo opportunities, and leisure walking on the wooden bridge. The floating Karawik Palace is also the only place in the city where traditional cultural shows take place.

    Kandawgyi Lake in Yangon
    Kandawgyi Lake and Royal (Karawik) Palace

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Yangon

  3. After your hotel breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Bagan. On arrival, your guide and driver will welcome you at the arrival hall and transfer you to Nyaung U Market to see local people buy and sell their daily food and how they bargain. Then visit Ananda Temple, one of the most beautiful temples in Bagan that is known for its four impressive standing Buddha images.

    Nyaung Oo Market in Bagan
    Nyaung Oo Market

    Next up, go to the greatest Shwezigon Pagoda, an ancient Burmese-style pagoda that is covered by over 30,000 copper plates. Then, you’ll pass through some ruined temples and monasteries and finally get to Myinkaba Village where you can learn how locals make traditional lacquerware (one of Myanmar's best-known handicrafts). Besides the lacquerware, another highlight of the village is the Gubyaukgyi temple whose towers are built in the Indian Shikhara style.

    Conclude today’s trip with a visit to Shwesandaw pagoda, enjoy the epic sunset view from the upper terrace of the pagoda.

    Shwesandaw pagoda in Bagan
    Shwesandaw Pagoda

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Bagan

  4. After breakfast, drive to Minnanthu Village to look into the real life and customs of local villagers. Get a chance to see their daily activities, like collecting sesame seeds, weaving cloth, and spinning cotton. Visit a local silversmith shop to see how locals make silver jewelry in their traditional way. Continue your trip by walking to the Lay Myat Hnar complex where you can get a glimpse at Bagan’s brick monastery compound and monastic life.

    Minnanthu Village in Bagan
    Minnanthu Village

    In the afternoon, sail up the Ayeyarwaddy River to explore Kyauk Gu U Min which is built into the side of a cliff. Pass through charming scenery and river villages until you reach this cave-like pagoda. The various exquisite sandstone carvings and Buddha images will introduce you to many religious figures and flowers.

    * Warm notice: from October to March, a hot-air balloon ride is available in Bagan for you to overlook the thousands of pagodas.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Bagan

  5. Have an early breakfast in the early morning, then a leisurely walk along the Irrawaddy River to immerse yourself in the scenery and life on the river bank. For deeper insights into local life, your guide will also escort you to a fresh market full of locals and various local products.

    Get back to your hotel and drive about 5 hours to Mandalay. On the way, take a short excursion to Ava, the ancient capital of central Myanmar from 1364 to 1555. Located on the left bank of the Irrawaddy River, Ava will offer you a fascinating trip back in time when you hop on a horse-cart through ancient temples and countryside fields.

    Local market in Vang Vieng
    Local market in Vang Vieng

    Ancient Pagodas in Ava

    Arrive in Mandalay in the late afternoon, and admire the stunning sunset over the Irrawaddy river before getting to your hotel for check-in.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Mandalay

  6. After breakfast, drive to Sagaing region and visit Sagaing Hill which is home to over 550 monasteries. Here your guide will lead you to U Min Thonze Cave Temple, a temple complex that stands out for the 45 golden Buddha images on its crescent-shaped colonnade. Followed by a trip to Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda for a panoramic view of the Irrawaddy River.

    In the afternoon, move to Amarapura. Once the royal capital of Myanmar during Konbaung Dynasty, it is now the worship and academic center for Buddhism in Burma. Walk into a silk weaving workshop to see local artisans’ daily work. Then, head to Maha Muni Pagoda, listen to your guide narrate its legend and story and catch the daily closing ceremony at 4:00 pm.

    Mahamuni Buddha Temple in Mandalay
    Mahamuni Buddha Temple in Mandalay

    Around sunset time, find your way to the U Bein bridge, the oldest wooden bridge in the world and the biggest highlight in the ancient town. Get your camera ready as we will hop on a small boat to catch the stunning sunset scenery over the water.

    U Bein Bridge in Mandalay
    U Bein Bridge sunset

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Mandalay

  7. After breakfast, get to GawWein jetty for a boat trip to Mingun, an ancient village in the Sagaing region. Your first stop is Mingun Pahtodawgyi, the ruins of the world’s largest unfinished construction project that can trace back to 1790.

    Mingun Pahtodawgyi in Mandalay
    Mingun Pahtodawgyi

    After the pagoda, walk to the Mingun Bell & Myatheintan Pagoda. The white-washed pagoda was built in 1816, attracting many visitors with its beautiful waves that symbolize Mount Meru in Buddhist texts and seven terraces of mountains towards heaven. Walking on the terraces is a can’t-miss experience while visiting the temple.

    Mingun Bell
    Mingun Bell

    Leave the town, and take the boat back to Mandalay. Drive to Kuthodaw Pagoda to admire the world’s largest book which is composed of 729 marble slabs. After that, enter Shwenandaw Monastery, part of the former royal palace. Once survived the earthquake and bombing during World War II, the monastery now is a place to gain insight into a large number of local wood carvings, offering some great photo opportunities.

    Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay
    Kuthodaw Pagoda

    In the late afternoon, drive to Yankin Hill where you can enjoy an awe-inspiring panoramic view and stunning sunset from the temple on the summit. If you like, you can climb slowly for about 30 minutes along the stairway to savor the scenery along the way up the mountain.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Mandalay

  8. Say goodbye to Mandalay in the morning, and get to the airport for your flight to Heho airport. Upon arrival, meet your guide and driver at the arrival hall and transfer to Kalaw.

    On the way to Kalaw, we’ll stop at a family-run workshop to learn how locals handmade Shan paper and parasols. Continue driving for 2 more hours, we’ll finally reach Kalaw, a hill town with leisure-paced life, a refreshing atmosphere, breathtaking natural beauty, and different plantations.

    Idyllic scenery in Kalaw, Myanmar
    Idyllic scenery in Kalaw

    After hotel check-in, the rest of the day is free for you to relax or feel the refreshing ambiance in the hill area.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kalaw

  9. After breakfast, your guide will accompany you to hike along the hilly routes with thriving plantations of different vegetables, fruits, flowers, and teas. During the scenic hike, you can expect to meet and greet friendly villagers from different tribes and ethnic groups.

    Hilltribes in Kalaw, Myanmar
    Hilltribes in Kalaw

    After reaching the guest house on the hilltop, it’s time to take a break and enjoy a cup of tea and your lunch. If you like, you can visit a local family to gain more insights into their lives and daily activities.

    Next up, hike down the hill through another scenic path, then take a car back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for your to relax or explore.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: in Kalaw

  10. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kalaw train station for your train ride to Shwenyaung train station (about 3 hours ride) which is the nearest station to Inle Lake.

    Upon arrival, your guide and driver will transfer you to Nyaung Shwe jetty, from here, hop on a private boat while you sightsee the Inle Lake leisure. Sailing along the serene Inle Lake, you will observe local people fishing with traditional leg-rowing techniques, meet local unique floating gardens, look into simple village life, and immerse yourself in the surrounding sceneries.

    The leg rowing fishermen on Inle Lake
    The leg-rowing fishermen on Inle Lake

    Sailing further, you will get to Ngaphechaung Monastery, the oldest and largest monastery around Inle Lake that is standout for its unique structure and various impressive Buddha images. Followed by a visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most revered temple in the Inle Lake area, housing five golden images of the Buddha.

    Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda in Inle Lake
    Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

    On the way back to your hotel, make a stop at Inpawkhon village to see the traditional lotus weaving technique, and visit a family-run textiles workshop. If time permits, we will also enter a local Blacksmith workshop and a Cheroot workshop to experience traditional Blacksmith and cheroot making.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Inle Lake

  11. This morning, we’ll visit Indein village on a boat trip. A small village on the west of Inle Lake, Indein is home to the Shwe Indein Pagoda which houses over 1600 ancient stupas of the 16th century.

    On the way, indulge yourself in the lively market where you can meet local hill tribe people in colorful dresses bartering for goods and products and see local monks collecting their morning alms. The market rotates every five days around five different villages in this area.

    Inle Lake Market
    Inle Lake Market

    After the market, sail for 1 more hour until you get to a bamboo forest, from there, walk 30 minutes along the walkway to reach the hilltop Shwe Indein Pagoda which houses over 1600 ancient stupas of the 16th century.

    Panoramic view of Shwe Indein Pagoda in Indein Village
    Panoramic view of Shwe Indein Pagoda

    Get a panoramic view of Indein Village from the hilltop before you walk to the Sae Ma Village to experience the local’s slow-paced life. On the way back to your hotel, visit Inthar Heritage House, a famous restaurant and a cat Sanctuary in Inle Lake, showcasing brilliant historical and cultural values. Then, have a rare chance to catch the beautiful sunset view over the sparkling lake.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Inle Lake

  12. After breakfast, enjoy your time cycling around the Inle Lake area. You will cycle at your pace, and ride through paddy fields, Shan mountains, idyllic villages, and Khaung Daing Natural hot spring. Along the off-the-beaten-track route, you can make a stop whenever you want to absorb local’s activities or capture great photos.

    After a picnic lunch and a break at a local tea shop, continue riding back to Nyaung Shwe. From here, move to Red Mountain Estate which produces the best wine in Myanmar, you can learn about the process of making wine, and sip a cup of their great products. Before getting back to your hotel, don’t miss the stunning sunset from the mountain.

    Red Mountain Estate in Inle Lake
    Red Mountain Estate

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Inle Lake

  13. After breakfast, board your flight to Yangon airport. Be welcomed by your guide and driver and then transfer to Ngwe Saung Beach.

    You’ll arrive at Ngwe Saung Beach at noon time. After hotel check-in, enjoy your free time to relax or explore the beach. Don’t miss the romantic sunset in the late afternoon.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Ngwe Saung Beach

  14. Your leisure beach holiday is waving. After breakfast, enjoy your relaxing time at Ngwe Saung beach. Many interesting and enjoyable activities are available to delight you in Pathein, including rowing a boat, riding a bike, elephant camp, etc.

    Ngwe Saung beach sunset view
    Ngwe Saung beach sunset view

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Ngwe Saung beach

  15. Enjoy another leisurely day on Ngwe Saung beach. Entertain yourself with sunbath, local seafood, unspoiled natural beauty, and all kinds of fun activities.

    Ngwe Saung beach in Myanmar
    Ngwe Saung beach

    Note: October to April is considered the best time to visit Ngwe Saung beach to travel weather-wise.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Ngwe Saung beach

  16. Enjoy the last morning in Ngwe Saung Beach and check out your hotel. After lunch, your driver will pick you up and transfer you back to Yangon. Upon arrival at Yangon, transfer to the airport for your departure flight. End of your 16 days Myanmar trip.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • 3 domestic flights: Yangon - Bagan, Mandalay - Heho, Heho - Yangon;
  • 15 nights’ accommodation;
  • Entrance fees, boat trips & excursions as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Local expert driver and English-speaking guide;
  • Land transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles;
  • 15 Breakfasts in the hotel, 1 welcome dinner, 1 lunch;
  • Water on the coach.

Price Excludes

  • International flights;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Visa fee;
  • Any personal expenses not included in the itinerary;
  • Airport tax;
  • Meals not mentioned;
  • Drinks not mentioned;
  • Tips & gratuities for guides and drivers.

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