Myanmar in Depth

This ultimate expedition showcase on the regional contrast of Myanmar, starting from the charming city of Yangon to the famous archealogical site of Mrauk U before giving you a chance to unwind by the finest, sandy beach of Ngapali.
For an in-depth experience, this tour is simply the best ! The itinerary packs all the must-see attractions with some outstanding off beaten track, mixing the activities from trekking to river cruise, lake excursion and elephant ride. Some of the highlights:

- Take in the historic Hispaw palace
- Impressive rail journey across the iconic Goteik Viaduct
- See Inthar fisherman demonstrate one-leg rowing technique
- Delve into the thousands of Bagan pagodas
- Learnt about Salay World Heritage Site
- Spot the hauntingly beautiful sunset in Mrauk U
Start :
Yangon
Finish :
Yangon
Style :
Culture Tours
Physical level :
Cultural Interaction :
Country :
Myanmar

Itinerary

Upon arrival in Yangon, meet our guide and head to your hotel.
You will find Yangon a very interesting city boasting the blend of East and West : faded colonial architect, green parks mixed with busy streets, developing townships. There is the influence of Chinese and Indian culture making it attractive to wander in every streets of Yangon.
The first day is left free for your leisure. We warm up the dinner with cultural show by Karaweik former palace.

Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon   / Meal: Breakfast
Rise up to soak up the sights and sounds of Yangon with an orientation walk from Sule pagoda, passing the lively wooden markets and numerous city`s key attractions such as the City Hall, Emmanuel Church, Strand Hotel. 
A break by a typical Yangon teashop will help you understand better the way Yangon people live.
This afternoon, visit the biggest reclining Buddha statue in Chautatkhgyi pagoda then embark a styled circular train back to Yangon center. 
Make the best of the day for Shwedagon, the most dominating pagoda which are built to enshrine Buddha`s relic. This is a wonderful place to spot pilgrimage and behold the most famous wonder of Myanmar.

Accommodation: hotel in Yangon  / Meal : Breakfast
Depart from Yangon this morning with a flight to the northern town of Lashio. Spend time for a glance of this exotic city then enjoy a car journey to Hsipaw. 
The remainder of the day is reserved for a depth exploration of Hsipaw : the grave of first Hsipaw prince, local nunnery and wooden monstery.
We will not miss the chance to observe the traditional work of cheroot cigar and bamboo weaving.

Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon  / Meal : Breakfast
The Dokthawaddy River offers breathtaking landscapes and by taking a cruise this morning, you will approach different hamlets on its banks. After that, continue your visit on foot to a 150 year old Shan monastery amidst in the forest. 
There is a time for swimming as well having cultural interaction with local villagers.

Accommodation : Hotel in Hsipaw  / Meal : Breakfast
Full day trekking for 5 hours with picnic lunch allows you to absorb in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Shan state, geting closed to Palaung hill tribes whose tradition and customs are quaint and unique. Return to your hotel for leisure.

Accommodation: hotel in Kyawkme   / Meals: breakfast, lunch
Breakfast at the hotel and be prepared for an impressive train journey across Shan mountains, traversing the famous Gokteik Viaduct which was constructed in 1901 by the Pennsylvania Steel company and was once the second highest railway bridge in the world. You will be taken in the rugged mountains on slow movement, passing fascinating villages and meet friendly food vendors.
Our driver will await and transfer you to Pyn OO Lwin town for leisure.

Accommodation: hotel in Pyn Oo Lwin  / Meal: breakfast, lunch
Descend from Pyn Oo Lwin to Mandalay, passing the biggest flower market in north Myanmar and commence your sightseeing to Sagaing, an ancient capital of Burma Kingdom. This is not only the place to photograph Buddhism cave but also a very impressive viewing point where you capture the birdeye view to Mandalay city and Irrawaddy River. 
Your day tour takes you to Ava, another ancient capital which boasts traditional villages and historical relics remained from 15th century. The best moment is to spot the sundowner by Ubein, the longest teakwodd bridge in the world.

Accommodation: hotel in Mandalay   / Meal: breakfast
Another day on your car, seeing the changes of landscapes on every turn of your road from Mandalay to Monywa, once a famous trade town on the eastern bank of Chindwin river.
Your tour today starts from Thanboddhaypagoda, famed for over 500,000 Buddha images and the Ledi Kyaungteik monastery where Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 806 stone slabs and Kyauka Village for its own style of lacquerware.
The next attractions are Win Hill and Shwe Ba Hill. It is about a 20 minute walk up to the top of Pho Win Hill, where there are about 900 sandstone caves which contain many carved Buddha images and well preserved mural paintings, dated between the 14th and 18th centuries. Shwe Ba Hill is further on and has many caves and temples that are carved out from the surrounding volcanic rocks and filled with ancient Budhha Images. Mural paintings from as early as the 13th century can be seen in some of the caves inside walls.

Accommodation: hotel in Monywa  / Meal : Breakfast
 
For 4 hours drive this morning, you will arrive in Pakkoku, crossing the plantation of tobacco, cotton, rice, chilli, peanuts and seame. Visiting one of Pakokku’s bustling cheroot workshops and Thiho Shin Pagoda, constructed  800 years ago by King Alaungsithu during the Pagan dynasty.
Keep driving toward Bagan`s temple and relax for a sunset river cruise.

Accommodation: hotel in Bagan  / Meal: breakfast
Commence your sightseeing with a visit to Thagyar Pone Temple offering stunning view to the surrounding plains. You will not miss the most notable sites of Bagan including the most revered temple Ananda, Gubyaukgyi temple which boasts beautiful plaster carvings and moral paintings. 
You also have a chance to witness the artisan crafts the famous Bagan lacquer ware products
This afternoon, hop on a cruise on Irrawaddy River to approach Kyauk Gu U Min temple. En route, stop at Sae Lan village for a local life interaction then learn about this sacred temple with our guide. 
Return to Bagan for sunset.

Accommodation: hotel in Bagan   / Meal: breakfast
After breakfast, depart from Bagan for a road trip to Salay, home to the Yoke-Sone-Kyaung, a World Heritage Site. On the way, you will stop at some local villages to see local people distilling palm wine and making palm sugar. When you arrive at Popa national park, ascend the steps to reach Popa pagoda. This sacred pagoda treasures many Buddhism secret to Burma’s history and features the most famous pilgrimage site in the area. 
Spend your evening in Mt. Popa resort

Accommodation: Mt. Popa Resort  / Meals: breakfast, lunch
This full day road trip is compensated by the unspoilt nature of Mandalay Region and Shan state. You will encounter many fascinating villagers, taking chances to have a closer look at the local life.
Kalaw is a beautiful hill station in Shan state which has the magnificient signature of British era reflecting through tea plantation, the by-gone architect. 
Upon arrival in Kalaw, enjoy a leisure want to explore the keysite of the town including the colonial villas and train station. 

Accommodation: hotel in Kalaw  / Meal: breakfast
After breakfast, our driver will take you to Magway elephant camp. From here you embark on a guided walk to elephant village to  see the life of mahouts with their families.
The team of Green Hill Valley will lead you to the river where elephant bath and you can join for washing elephants like your owned pet. Elephant ride is upon request.
Rest for lunch and continue our program to explore around the forest area, opportunity to see butterflies, birds and orchids in our conservation area. 
Car transfer to Inle Lake. The remainder of the day is for your leisure.

Accommodation: hotel in Inle Lake  / Meals: breakfast, lunch
Rise up to capture the scene of local people heading to their floating farm by lake and after breakfast, our boat trip will take you in the most interesting attractions in Inle Lake including Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is a sacred pilgrimage site in the area which hosts a sacred golden Buddha image and Inpawkhone village, an introduction of many traditional workshops in Inle Lake including weaving, cheroot cigar making and wooden boat producing. 
Inle is a very scenic place with much uniqueness: floating garden, diverse ethnic minorities, distinguished workshop and rotating market. 
Your full day visit ends by your lakeside resort for your own leisure.

Accommodation: resort in Inle Lake   / Meal: breakfast
 
The morning flight will take you Thandwe, a coastal airport where you wait for your next flight to Sittwe in the afternoon. Benefit your break with a glance of Ngapali beach and enjoy some drink by Amazing Ngapali Resort.
Sittwe, the destination of the day, a busy seaside township boasting the influence of Indian and Burmese architecture is a very nice place to stroll from strand road to see the dockside and life by the river. Photograph the beautiful sunset by the Bay of Bengal

Accommodation: hotel in Sittwe  / Meal: breakfast
Rise up early to absorb in the lively Sittwe morning fish market. You will then travel on Kaladan River for 6 hours by a private boat, passing some of the very picturesque landscapes of Rakhin State.
Mruk U is one of three biggest archeological site in Southeast Asia, once the capital of Burma Kingdom in 15th century. The afternoon tour will focus on the most important shrines covering Koethaung Temple, the Pitakataik Library; Laungbanpyauk,Sakaya Mannaung  and Yadana Mannaung pagodas. 

Accommodation: hotel in Mrauk U  / Meal : breakfast
The mystical sunset of Mrauk is the big draw for any photographer and if you feel like capture such a marvel, our guide will arrange the early morning transfer for you to Mrauk U hill.
Breakfast at your hotel then explore Royal Palace then learnt more about the glory of Mrauk through the artifacts at the Archeological Museum.
Make your best memory of Mrauk U on a visit to Shitthaung Temple. The temple was built in 1535  and contains an amazing collection of Arakanese Buddhist reliefs and images. Keep exploring the unique stone carvings and spires of the Andawthein Ordination Hall.
Conclude your visit at Laymyethna, the first ever pagoda of Mrauk U.

Accommodation:  hotel in Mrauk U  / Meal: breakfast
Return to Sittwe by boat and take the flight to Ngapali Beach.
The rest of the day is for your own leisure by the sandy beach of Ngapali.

Accommodation: hotel in Ngapali  / Meal: breakfast
Another day by Ngapali Beach, relaxing and free to explore Thandwe town as well the surrounding areas.

Accommodation: hotel in Ngapali  / Meal: Breakfast
The day is yours to enjoy the beach and the resort`s facilities.

Accommodation: hotel in Ngapali  / Meal: breakfast
Today we leave directly from Ngapali to Yangon international airport. Depends on your departure flight, we will arrange a city visit or some nice treat before you leave Myanmar.

Accommodation: not included  / Meal: breakfast

Includes

  • Myanmar Visa Arrangement
  • Private English speaking guide 
    ( other languages are available/ request)
  • Private car transfer with A/C
  • Hotel rooms mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance and zone fees
  • Travel permit in special area
  • Sightseeing and excursions
  • Boat trips where applied
  • Horse Cart in Bagan

Excludes

  • Myanmar Visa Fee
  • International Flight 
    ( please let us know if you need support )
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips and Gratuties

Price Guide

This sample price is quoted in US dollar and base on the twin/ double hotel room occupancy
 
  Group Size 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 person
  Land Tour/ person 1320 1180 1000 900
  4 Domestic Flights 400 400 400 400
  Total / person        

For group tour, please feel free to contact us for best price offer

Essential information

Myanmar Visa
Please note that a Myanmar Visa is compulsory for your travel to our country. There are certain countries in Southeast Asia are listed for visa exemption. Most of travelers from America, Europe and Africa need to obtain Visa before entering the country.
For more details of visa, please check : Myanmar Visa Information
Money Issue
ATMs are now available in Myanmar but the withdrawing fee is rather high. We highly recommend you to bring cash/ USD notes to cover your spend.
Credit cards are accepted in high-end hotels but not everywhere.
Communication
It is easy to buy Myanmar Sim Card at Yangon/ Mandalay international airports.

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