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.

Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3YangonShwedagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, National Museum, Capital City ToursKandawgyi Palace (Yangon), Savoy Hotel (Yangon)
3 - 6Inle LakeBoat Ride, Floating Gardens, Fishing Villages, Colourful Traditional MarketsInle Resort & Spa, Inle Lake View
6 - 7PindayaPindaya Caves, Short Treks, Villages, Local MarketInle Inn (Pindaya)
7 - 9MandalayRoyal Palace, Mahamuni Buddha Pagoda, World’s Largest Book at The Kuthodaw PagodaYadanarpon Dynasty Hotel, Rupar Mandalar
9 - 11Mandalay / AyeyarwadyBamboo Rafts, Fishing Boats, LeisurePaukan Cruise (Mandalay), Paukan Cruise (Mandalay)
11 - 13BaganShwezigon Pagoda, Ananda Temple, Markets, MuseumTharabar Gate (Bagan), Bagan Lodge
13 - 16Ngapali BeachBeach, RelaxationBayview Resort (Ngapali Beach), Aureum Resort & Spa (Ngapali Beach)
16 - 16YangonShwedagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, National Museum, Capital City Tours

Ideal For

  • Beaches
  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Relaxation

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 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 $ 4,185 /person
  • Option 2 $ 4,625 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights

Price Includes

  • Accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) on the indicated meal plan for 15 nights.
  • Economy flights for all sectors : Yangon – Heho, Heho – Mandalay, Nyaung U – Thandwe, Thandwe – Yangon
  • All activities as listed :
    • Yangon: Ride on Yangon’s Circle Train
    • Yangon: Highlights of Yangon
    • Inle Lake: Highlights of Inle Lake
    • Inle Lake: Half Day Trip to Indein Village
    • Pindaya: Highlights of Pindaya
    • Mandalay: Highlights of Mandalay
    • Mandalay: Day Trip to Amarapura, Sagaing and Ava
    • Mandalay / Ayeyarwady: Ayeyarwady River Activities (Paukan Cruise)
    • Bagan: Highlights of Bagan
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with a safety-tested chauffeur for all activities specified in the itinerary
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Transfer from Yangon Airport to Hotel

Yangon

2 Days

Yangon is the erstwhile capital of Myanmar that still proudly lives on as the country’s commercial hub.

Included Activities

Ride on Yangon’s Circle Train
Journey into Yangon’s past and gain glimpses of local life aboard the Circle Train. The historical train ride lasts two to three hours as you loop around the city outskirts. Depart from the grand Yangon Central Train Station, which fuses Burmeses architecture with functional British colonial elements. Voyage through the changing urban to rural scenery. In the city you’ll see street food hawkers selling paan (betel nut) and sweet coconut-condensed milk buns, vendors balancing plastic barrels on their head, and children playing. The countryside offers a more tranquil scene with watercress fields, ponds, farms and stilted bamboo houses. Witness how local villagers live and work. Before returning downtown stop at Insein, the infamous prison that holds Burmese political dissidents and once housed Nobel Peace Prize winner and democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi.

Highlights of Yangon
Venture into the Garden City of the East, with its evergreen and cool tropical trees, shady parks and lovely lakes. Start your day in the colonial district at the heart of the city, where you can discover the 2,000 year old Sule Pagoda, which holds one of Buddha’s hairs. Explore the major cobblestoned bazaar of Bogyoke Aung San Market, where you can practice your bargaining skills. Witness Royal Family treasures, including the pure gold and intricately carved Royal Lion Throne, at the National Museum. The highlight of Yangon is the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda! Built over 2,500 years ago and towering over the city’s skyline, you can breathe in a most enchanting and spiritual sunset. Please note that shoes must be removed during your temple visits.

Hotel Options

Kandawgyi Palace (Yangon) – Opt 1
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Savoy Hotel (Yangon) – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 3 - 6

Transfer from Hotel to Yangon Airport

Flight from Yangon to Heho

Drive from Heho to Inle Lake (27 km, 1 hr)

Inle Lake

3 Days

Inle Lake is a stunning and calm freshwater lake that lies 900 meters above sea level.

Included Activities

Highlights of Inle Lake
Cruise out to the largest freshwater lake in Myanmar by boat or canoe. Marvel at the exquisite floating gardens and watch fishermen haul in the day’s catch at quaint fishing villages located on beautiful Inle Lake. Visit the imposing Phaung Daw U Pagoda to see the famous five gold-plated Buddha statues. Your tour of the lake also includes excursions to colorful traditional markets and workshops where you will find beautiful local handicrafts, and to villages where you can observe the daily life on the lake. Kindly note that the boats stop running at 5pm.

Half Day Trip to Indein Village
Venture to the unique village of Indein, located on the western bank of Inle Lake. Enter this small and charming destination through a narrow winding creek framed by dense jungle. Once there, you can explore a cluster of incredibly atmospheric pagoda ruins that overlook the lake, including Nyaung Ohak, which houses crumbling stupas with ornate stucco carvings, and Shwe Inn Thein Pagoda, a complex of 1054 weather-worn temples. The temples resemble the Khmer style and date back to the 17th and 18th century Shan period. Witness an enshrined Buddha image within a whitewashed stupa on a hill summit. Your rural experience is complete with scenes of farmers ploughing paddy fields with the aid of water buffaloes. To respect local customs, please dress conservatively. Kindly note that footwear is not permitted within the main temple.

Hotel Options

Inle Resort & Spa – Opt 1
RoomInle-Royal Villa Private Lake View
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Inle Lake View – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 6 - 7

Drive from Inle Lake to Pindaya (91 km, 2 hrs)

Pindaya

1 Day

The small town of Pindaya is well-known for its picturesque surroundings, but it’s more famous for its limestone caves.

Included Activities

Highlights of Pindaya
Unearth the fascinating and somewhat ethereal 300 year old caves of Pindaya, that contain an extraordinary number of Buddha images – 8,000 to be precise! It’s here that you can observe the pagoda of Shwe U Min (Golden Cave), which is thought to date back to the 4th century and repaired in the 12th century. You can enjoy short treks of the surrounding villages of Danu, Pa-O, Palaung and Taung-Yo, where you can breathe in the local culture. If you’re lucky, you can visit on a market day where all the locals get together to buy and sell their colorful wares. This unique off-the-beaten path destination awaits!

Hotel Options

Inle Inn (Pindaya) – Opt 1
RoomChalet
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
Day 7 - 9

Drive from Pindaya to Heho (64 km, 2 hrs)

Flight from Heho to Mandalay

Transfer from Mandalay Airport to Hotel

Mandalay

2 Days

Mandalay is Myanmar’s royal capital and lies in the northern heart of the country, on the eastern bank of Irawaddy River.

Included Activities

Highlights of Mandalay
Embark on a regal adventure as you explore Mya Nan San Kyaw, the Royal Palace. Crafted from majestic teak wood and situated in the center of a large citadel (fort), this is the last palace built by Burmese Royals. Expect epic tales when you visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, a Buddhist stupa that contains the world’s largest book. Find tranquility at Shwenandaw Monastery, a traditional 19th century wooden Buddhist monastery and historical retreat. Discover Myanmar’s most revered image of Buddha at Mahamuni Buddha Pagoda, a temple and important pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists. At sunset, embrace the scenic views from the calming peak of Mandalay Hill.

Day Trip to Amarapura, Sagaing and Ava
Explore the royal cities of Amarapura, Sagaing and Ava on this fabulous day excursion from Mandalay. Within Amarapura, known as the City of Immortality, you can immerse yourself in Buddhist culture alongside the monks of Mahagandhayon monastery. In Sagaing, you’ll get a deeper sense of daily spiritual life with visits to more Buddhist monasteries. Enjoy dusk back in Amarapura where you can take a picturesque walk along the U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teakwood bridge. Set amidst a beautiful backdrop, the sunsets here make for an enchanting end to the day.

Hotel Options

Yadanarpon Dynasty Hotel – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Rupar Mandalar – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 9 - 11

Transfer to Boat Jetty

Mandalay / Ayeyarwady

2 Days

The Ayeyarwady has been and still remains the lifeline of Myanmar.

Included Activities

Ayeyarwady River Activities (Paukan Cruise)
Take a 2N Paukan Cruise ‘Downriver’ from royal Mandalay to ancient Bagan to discover life along the mighty Irrawaddy River. Board the Paukan in Mandalay at Gawein Jetty; check in; sip cocktails in the Saloon. Sail upstream to Minguin; visit the Minguin Pagoda complex; moor overnight at a sandbank mid-stream; dine, see a dance-drama. Next day cruise downstream to Sagaing; see the river’s natural beauty, local life. See the sun rise over Sagaing Hill; alight to visit here; cruise further downstream to Yandabo Pottery village – where the First Anglo-Burmese war peace treaty was signed. Cruise the rest of the day; moor overnight near Shwe Nann Tint river village. Next day sail downriver to Bagan. Time permitting, visit another river village. Disembark near Wetkyi-Inn Village (north of Old Bagan); drive to your hotel.

Hotel Options

Paukan Cruise (Mandalay) – Opt 1
RoomMain Deck (Double)
MealsFull Board and Activities
StyleCruise
Paukan Cruise (Mandalay) – Opt 2
RoomUpper Deck Cabin (Double)
MealsFull Board and Activities
StyleCruise
Day 11 - 13

Transfer from Jetty to Hotel

Bagan

2 Days

Bagan is an ancient royal city brimming with history that dates back to the 2nd century.

Included Activities

Highlights of Bagan
Visit the largest temple complex in Southeast Asia! Bagan is an architectural delight with its numerous pagodas and beautiful temples, including the famous Buddhist Ananda Temple that was built in 1105 AD. Stroll through the unique and colorful Nyaung U market and visit the imposing Shwezigon Pagoda surrounded by numerous shrines. Witness the stunning wall paintings inside the Kupyaukyi Temple and discover an astounding collection of artifacts inside the Bagan Museum.

Hotel Options

Tharabar Gate (Bagan) – Opt 1
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Bagan Lodge – Opt 2
RoomVilla
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 13 - 16

Transfer to Nyuang U Airport

Flight from Bagan to Ngapali

Transfer from Thandwe Airport to Ngapali Beach Hotel

Ngapali Beach

3 Days

Ngapali Beach is considered one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful beaches.

Hotel Options

Bayview Resort (Ngapali Beach) – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Garden View
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
Aureum Resort & Spa (Ngapali Beach) – Opt 2
RoomGarden View Cottage
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
Day 16 - 16

Transfer from Hotel to Airport

Flight from Ngapali to Yangon

Yangon

0 Days

Yangon is the erstwhile capital of Myanmar that still proudly lives on as the country’s commercial hub.

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We really enjoyed the country of Myanmar, its beautiful landscape, and people.

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