Myanmar tours don’t get much better than this! Experience a leisurely visit of this less-frequented country, and discover beautiful pagodas, spiritual caves, and traditional markets. You can even enjoy the odd boat or bamboo raft ride! End up with a few days of bliss relaxing on Myanmar’s pure white sands.
Yangon is the erstwhile capital of Myanmar that still proudly lives on as the country’s commercial hub.
City Highlights of Yangon Yangon, formerly Rangoon, was once the capital of Burma from 1948 to 2006 – Naypyidaw being the present capital of Myanmar since 2008. Evergreen and cool with verdant tropical trees, shady parks and lovely lakes, Yangon has been named the ‘Garden City of the East’. Start the day with a trip to the old colonial district of Yangon – visit the over 2,000yr-old Sule Pagoda, right in the center of Yangon, enshrining a hair of Buddha; explore Bogyoke Aung San Market, a major bazaar known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets, where you can practice your bargaining skills. Marvel at the Royal Lion Throne and other Royal Family treasures housed in the National Museum. Inspect the historic Shwedagon Pagoda – one of the wonders of the world, towering almost 100m above the city-scape, believed to have been built over 2500yrs ago; feel its enchanted spiritual atmosphere at sunset.
Mandalay is Myanmar’s royal capital and lies in the northern heart of the country, on the eastern bank of Irawaddy River.
City Highlights of Mandalay Mandalay is the 2nd largest city and last royal capital of Burma, 445m north of Yangon on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River. Explore the Royal Palace (Mya Nan San Kyaw), the last Palace built by Burmese Royals, completely built from teak wood and in the center of a large citadel/fort. Visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, a Buddhist stupa containing the world’s largest book; see Shwenandaw Monastery, a traditional 19th century wooden monastery building and historic Buddhist monastic retreat; visit the Mahamuni Buddha Temple/Pagoda, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, housing the Mahamuni Buddha image, the most highly revered Buddha image in the country. Enjoy scenic views from Mandalay Hill at sunset.
Excursion to Amarapura, Sagaing and Ava from Mandalay From Mandalay, enjoy day excursions to the surrounding royal cities of Amarapura, Sagaing and Ava. Visit Amarapura, the ‘City of Immortality’ and be engrossed by the daily lives of Buddhist monks in the Mahagandhayon Monastery. In Sagaing, experience Buddhist spiritual life and see numerous Buddhist monasteries. Venture on a horse drawn carriage through the remnants of the former royal city of Ava or Inwa, an ancient imperial capital of successive Burmese kingdoms between 14th-19th centuries – little remains at the site except for a monastery. Back in Amarapura, enjoy an evening walk across the longest teak wood bridge in the world, the ‘U Bein Bridge’, set amidst the picturesque backdrop of the waning sun’s light.
The Ayeyarwady has been and still remains the lifeline of Myanmar.
Included activities at Paukan Cruise 2 Day (Mandalay-Bagan) Embark on a 1 night cruise ‘Down River’ on the Irrawaddy Princess II River Cruise…a traditional Myanmar riverboat traveling along the Irrawaddy River between Mandalay and Bagan. Embark on your cruise downriver around 0900hrs at Shwe Kyat Yet jetty. Sip a ‘Welcome Cocktail’ in the Saloon; after cruising a while, stop at Yandabo village specializing in Pottery making, and where the First Anglo-Burmese war peace treaty was signed in 1826. Cruise leisurely the rest of the day; moor overnight near a typical river village or sandbank; overnight on the Irrawaddy Princess II. Early next morning, proceed downriver back to Bagan.
Bagan is an ancient royal city brimming with history that dates back to the 2nd century.
Bagan-City Highlights Visit the largest temple complex in Southeast Asia, with its numerous pagodas and temples, including the famous Ananda Temple. Take a stroll through the unique and one-of-its-kind market of Nyaung U, and the view the imposing Shwezigon Pagoda. Appreciate the wall paintings in the Kupyaukyi Temple, and admire collection of artifacts in the Bagan Museum.
Cycling Through the Ruins of Bagan A charming way to explore ancient Bagan’s some 2,000 temples and pagodas..one of SE Asia’s most spectacular archaeological sites, is to lose yourself biking (regular or electric bike). Located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River, Bagan houses the world’s largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins. While the Angkor ruins are comparable to a Chinese Lauriat banquet tucked away beneath dense forests, the ruins of ancient Bagan are akin to a Spanish Tapas style feast..smaller and visible. Cycle to the astonishing temples of ancient Bagan via villages and fields..to centuries old temples, including the beautiful Ananda temple; cycle dusty tracks to magnificent temples and towering pagodas with beautifully painted old murals; visit a traditional lacquer-ware workshop, observe the process. Pedal betwixt iconic temples and pagodas; soak up sights and sounds; experience phenomenonal moments and unforeseen discoveries.
The small town of Pindaya is well-known for its picturesque surroundings, but it’s more famous for its limestone caves.
City Highlights of Pindaya Visit and explore the 300 year old Pindaya caves containing over 8,000 Buddha images. Take short treks to the surrounding Danu, Pa-O, Palaung and Taung-Yo villages; explore the myriad offerings at local markets on market days.
Inle Lake is a stunning and calm freshwater lake that lies 900 meters above sea level.
City Highlights of Inle Lake Enjoy boat and canoe rides on the Inle Lake. Marvel at the floating gardens, fishing villages and daily activities…all on water. Visit the imposing PhaungDaw U Pagoda with its 5 gold covered Buddha statues. Enjoy interesting excursions to colorful traditional markets, villages and work-shops in the surrounding areas.
Half Day Trip to Indein Village Set out on a half day trip to Indein..one of the small villages in the west of Ywama Village of Inle Lake area on its western bank..entered via a narrow, foliage-mantled winding creek where the jungle grows increasingly dense. Visit a cluster of incredibly atmospheric-ruined pagodas overlooking Inle Lake..namely Nyaung Ohak, housing crumbling stupas with ornate stucco carvings, and Shwe Inn Thein Pagoda, a complex of 1054 weather-worn pagodas. See the Buddha image enshrined in a whitewashed stupa on a hill summit. These temples resemble the Khmer style, and date back to 17th and 18th century Shan period. On either side of the creek are paddy fields..see farmers plough and harrow with water buffaloes.