Overland Myanmar Adventure - 16 Days
- Visit colonial buildings and the most beautiful pagoda of Myanmar in Yangon, former
- Experience daily life of local people by a boat trip in Inle Lake.
- Learn about Buddhism in Mandalay, known as the hub of Buddhism in Myanmar.
- Visit the ancient city Bagan where there are thousands of pagodas and temples over green plain.
- Explore Pyu Ancient cities, the only world heritage site which is recognized by Unesco
- Age range
- 3 / 4 / 5
A trip of life time traveling 16 days through Myanmar. The trip includes lots of outdoor activities and where you could immerse yourself in the warm and mysterious culture of Myanmar (Burma). From the Golden Shwedagon to Golden Rock – well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site and a scenic mountainous trekking in Inle Lake. Continue with Royal Mandalay to the magnificent archaeological area of Bagan. Explore Pyu Ancient cities, the only world heritage site which is recognized by UNESCO. The trip is also ideal for photo hunters with astounding beauty and charm.
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Day 1: Arrival in Yangon
Mingalabar! Upon arrival, a driver and tour guide of Myanmar Tour will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Yangon city center.
The highlight for this evening is a dinner in Karaweik Palace overlooking to the Royal Lake and Shwedagon Tower. You will be served a dinner of fine Burmese food followed by an amazing cultural show.
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2: Yangon city tour
Spend a few hours on circle train to visit Yangon city. Seeing markets, filled with vendors and some colorful items for sale. Spend time walking amid the stalls examining the fruits, produce and meats on sale as well as chatting with the friendly locals.
Transfer by car back to the city centre of Yangon. Take a short walking tour through Chinatown and Little India, two fabulously diverse and vibrant neighborhoods of Yangon. You'll see street markets, snack vendors and many places of worship as you walk along the street.
In the afternoon, continue to Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, to browse through the dozens of stalls and shops. This is Yangon’s best market for handicrafts and other goods. (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays).
From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.
Accommodations: Hotel in Yangon.
Day 3: Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo
After breakfast in your hotel, our private car and driver will pick you and take you on the nice drive to Kyaik Hto to visit Golden Rock (driving hour is about 3.5 hours). One the way, we visit to Taukkyan War Cemetery. When we arrive in pilgrim-village at base camp, we first take a truck and then enjoy the trekking to Golden Rock. The trek will take about 1 hour up the hill to enjoy the sunset at the Golden Rock. The famous 'Golden Rock' is a sacred, massive gold-leafed boulder delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff near the top of Mt. Kyaikhtiyo and it is one of the most revered Buddhist shrines.
Note: The road up hill is very steep, we share the truck with local to get almost to the top of this mountains for an hour. It will be an adventure plus the 45 minutes trekking up hill. There is the ride by local at the additional charge about 5$/per person (on your account).
Accommodation: Hotel in Kyaikhtiyo
Day 4: Kyaikhtiyo – Bago – Taungoo
After breakfast, treking down and return to the base-camp by open truck, then head to Bago, an ancient capital dating back to the 6th century. Sightseeing in Bago includes the beautiful fifty-five-meter-long reclining Buddha called Shwethalyaung and the Mon style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated in Myanmar. Its spire stands 114m high and is taller even than the Shwedagon Pagoda. Also visit the old Palace of Kambozathadi and the huge four sitting Buddhas. Head to Taungoo in the afternoon
Accommodation: Hotel in Taungoo
Day 5: Taungoo – Kalaw
Breakfast at hotel and drive to Kalaw <approx 8 hour> through the mainland observing the dry zone of Myanmar as well as twisting and turning hilly drive through Shan plateau. Kalaw is former British hills station town with cool, spring-like weather, pine forests, tea plantations and colorfully clad hill tribes. They make this town to a natural magnet.
Accommodations: Hotel in Kalaw
Day 6: Kalaw – Inle Lake – Sightseeing
Leave Kalaw for Inle Lake this morning. Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar is located 900 meters above sea level and is home to a unique one-leg rowing technique of the Intha people.
Upon arrival, board a motorboat for a sightseeing tour to Phaungdawoo Pagoda, famed for its richly gilded five small Buddha images, also is believed the holiest in Inle Lake. Our next visit is Ngaphechaung. As you travel further to Nam Pan village the cotton and lotus weaving factory and cigar-making houses will impress you with a sense of traditional Intha life.
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake
Day 7: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake
This morning, you will visit the “Five Day Market” which is held each day in a different village surrounding the lake. This is definitely a fascinating place to enjoy the scene of local tribes in their colorful clothes and exotic market atmosphere.
After lunch, the boat will take you to beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking the lake. It will be definitely relaxing to walk along the corridor and enjoy the giant columns which have been left to the nature for centuries.
Accommodations: Hotel in Inle Lake
Day 8: Inle Lake – Pindaya
Have breakfast at the hotel then leave by boat to the northern bank of the lake where the car and driver awaits you. Take a nice drive to Pindaya through the picturesque countryside of the Shan State. Visit Pindaya’s limestone cave with its maze of chambers displaying more than 8,000 Buddha statues and local handicraft workshops producing Shan paper made from mulberry bark. They also make traditional umbrellas made from the same paper that are used by monks all around the country.
After that, check in hotel and relax
Accommodation: Hotel in Pindaya
Day 9: Pindaya – Mandalay – Sightseeing
After breakfast, start driving head to Mandalay. Known as the hub of Buddhism in Myanmar, Mandalay is a realm of stupas, monks and monastery. The most fascinating visit will be the time to behold the monks doing their worship and having meals.
In the afternoon, visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery – noted for its exquisite wood carvings, gold leaf beating workshop, Kuthodaw Pagoda – known as the world biggest book and finish the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill to watch the sun-set and the panoramic view of the city.
Accommodations: Hotel in Mandalay
Day 10: Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura
After breakfast, drive to Amarapura. Being famous for Mahagandaryone Monastery Amarapura is the best place to experience the monk life in Mandalay. Every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up silently to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists.
Next, head to Sagaing, discover the monk education, visit Budda cave, Uminthonze pagoda and Sunooponnyashin pagoda. Behold the panoramic view of Mandalay.
We then cross the river by ferry to Inwa (Ava), situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Once a royal capital, Inwa is now a quiet rural oasis. Enjoy a horse cart ride around the peaceful countryside, visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak wood monastery, Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung, and Nan Myint tower.
End of the day, walk over Ubein Wooden Bridge, the longest teakwood in the world – a bronze Buddha image castled during the lifetime of Buddha himself. Enjoy great sunset view here.
Accommodations: Hotel in Mandalay
Day 11: Mandalay – Mt. Popa – Bagan
This morning, travel to Mt. Popa. When you arrive, join the pilgrims as they ascend Mt. Popa and admire the crazy statues that line the walkway, along with the monkeys that live on the mountain. Once at the peak, guests can relax and bask in the glorious views of Bagan.
We then head to Bagan for a short cruise along the Irrawaddy River at sunset.
Accommodations: Hotel in Bagan
Day 12: Bagan sightseeing
Start your tour with a trip to the bustling Nyaung U Market in Old Bagan then explore the beautiful, gold leaf Shwezigon Pagoda and learn about Burmese Buddhist traditions. We continue our tour with a visit to Ananda Temple, stopping along the way on the Bagan plains to admire some of the surrounding temples.
In the afternoon, enjoy an exotic horse cart ride to one of the biggest temples in Bagan: Nan Paya Pagoda and many other interesting sites nearby. The highlight of today is the panoramic sunset view over Bagan
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Day 13: Bagan – Drive to Pyay
Today, take a drive to Pyay. The drive takes around 8 hours. When you arrive, check in hotel and relax.
Accommodation: Hotel in Pyay
Day 14: Pyay – Sri Ksetra
After breakfast, we head to the ancient ruins of Sri Ksetra. There are a number of tombs, palaces, pagodas and other religious sites to explore – including the huge, cylindrical, brick-built Baw Baw Gyi Pagoda, said to be the oldest Buddhist monument in Myanmar; the Rahanta Cave Pagoda; the Lay Myet Hna monument; and the royal cemetery.
Return Pyay in the afternoon and continue sightseeing to Shwesandaw Pagoda, one of Myanmar’s biggest pilgrimage sites and offers panoramic views of the river and lush surroundings
Accommodations: Hotel in Pyay
Day 15: Pyay – Yangon
Leave Pyay for Yangon today. Stop on the way to visit Akauk Taung, located about 19 miles downstream from Pyay. There are dozens of Buddha images at Akauk taung. The mountain is named for the crafty foll-takers from the mid-19th century, who spent the hours between taxing boats by carving reclining and meditating Buddhas into the steep cliff.
Upon arrival, you check in hotel and relax
Accommodations: Hotel in Yangon
Day 16: Yangon Departure
After breakfast, you are free until your departure time. Our driver will take you to Yangon International Airport for your flight home.
AccommodationRated Excellent by past passengers
All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
GuideRated Excellent by past passengers
English Speaking Tour Guide (other language on request)
MealsRated Excellent by past passengers
Daily breakfast at the hotels
TransportRated Excellent by past passengers
Private transportation with A/C
Inle Lake boat trip
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Please note that airfares are subject to availability and to change without notice
• Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
• Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
• Service of English speaking guides in every location
• All entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
• International & Domestic flights
• Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
• Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
• Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
• Tips for guides and drivers
• Personal travel insurance
• Myanmar Visa fees (contact us for further information)