Travel to Myanmar now to discover a place with untouched charm! This tour takes you throughout the country, where you will find a unique culture steeped in history and native wisdom. Relax in a fishing village, at a hill station renowned for treks and on a glittering beach!
Yangon is the erstwhile capital of Myanmar that still proudly lives on as the country’s commercial hub.
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.
Hpa-An, also known as Pa An, is a charming town and capital of the Kayin state, located north of Mawlamyine and near to the Thai border.
Highlights of Hpa An Hpa-An is famous for caves, hillside Pagodas and colorful markets. Noteworthy places to explore are the Kyauktan Ye Le Pagoda with its impressive collection of artwork; the historic natural limestone Kaw Goon Cave; and the Lumbini Garden that boast 1,000 Buddha images. See also the Kyauk Kalap Monastery; the Bayin Nyi Cave, perched atop a hill having a large entrance chamber filled with many statues; and the Shwe-yin Myaw World Peace Pagoda at the bank of Thanlwin River.
The sacred rock of Kyaiktiyo is situated in the midst of densely wooded mountains.
Highlights of Kyaiktiyo Trek uphill to admire the amazing and almost gravity-defying Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, or Golden Rock of Kyaiktiyo. A renowned Buddhist pilgrimage site, this temple was built on top of a massive granite boulder that has been painted in gold leaf and shimmers beautifully throughout the day. There are many legends to the pagoda and some believers say it is precariously perched on a strand of Buddha’s hair, which was given to a traveling hermit who passed it to a king who constructed the pagoda with his supernatural powers. En route to Yangon, you can also visit the ancient Royal City of Bago (Pegu), which boasts the old palace, a giant Buddha statue and one of Myanmar’s highest pagodas.
The beautiful town of Loikaw is located at the northernmost tip of the Kayah State in Myanmar.
Highlights of Loikaw Loikaw is brimming with culture. On Wednesdays and Saturdays you can experience the colorful Demawso Market, where different ethnic groups come together in traditional outfits and sell their wares. Explore Sam Boon village, inhabited by the Padaung people who adorn copper neck rings. Venture to a weaving center for an insight into making the native Kayar dresses. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Discover the Shwe Let War Pagoda (Golden Palm Pagoda) with its scenic views across the valley, and the animist worship place of Tha Khon Tai, tucked amidst banyan trees. Thiri Mingalarpon monastery, the former palace of the Shan feudal chief is also well worth a visit as are, of course, the Thiri Mingala (Taungkwe) Pagodas.
Surrounded all over by pine forests the small hill station of Kalaw is an ideal destination for nature lovers and hikers.
Full Day Village Trek in Kalaw Post breakfast, embark on a 3hr trek to Ywarthit Village via aromatic pine trees, grazing livestock and see tribal agricultural activities like tea planting, sesame crops, etc. Enjoy a local village lunch and trek about 30min to Taryaw Palaung Village. See Sebastian leaf plantations used in cheroot making and also tea leaf making process. Visit a monastery. primary school and Palaung traditional long house where dozens of families live together. On return, see the bamboo Buddha Image.
Mandalay is Myanmar’s royal capital and lies in the northern heart of the country, on the eastern bank of Irawaddy River.
Half Day Excursion to Mingun Discover the road to Mandalay! Enjoy an hour’s private ferry boat ride before disembarking on the western banks of Ayeyarwaddy to see Buddhist shrines and meditation centers. Discover Mingun Pahtodawgyi, the world’s largest incomplete pagoda that would easily rival the Great Pyramid of Giza if it had been completed. Observe Mingun Bell, the world’s largest uncracked bronze ringing bell, cased in 1808 AD, and Mya Theindan Pagoda built in memory of King Bagyidaw’s favorite wife. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride to Nan Myint Watch Tower, the Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery, and Babaya Kyaung Monastery. Your final stop is the Mingun Home for the Aged, founded in 1915 by Daw Oo Zun. The return boat to Mandalay is downriver, taking just 40 minutes. To respect local customs, please dress conservatively and be sure to bring sun lotion and sunglasses with you. Kindly note that footwear is not permitted within the main temples.
Full Day Trip to Mingun: Shwe Bo – Kyauk Myaung (Mandalay ~ Mingun – Kyauk Myaung – Mandalay) Enjoy a full day trip to Mingun, Schwebo and Kyauk Myaung. You will be fetched from your hotel around 0700 hrs and transferred to the jetty for a morning excursion by private boat. The one hour boat ride takes you 11 kms upriver from Mandalay to the western banks of the Ayeyarwady river where you can observe abundant river life. See Mingun Paya (Mingun Pahtodawgyi), a huge unfinished pagoda; the 90 ton Mingun Bell, until 2000 AD, the world’s largest un-cracked bell; Mya Theindan Pagoda or Hsinbyume Pagoda, built 1816, highlighted by its unusual, striking architecture. Visit the Home for the Aged, the first of its kind established in Myanmar by Daw Oo Zun. Continue driving about 3.5 hours to Kyauk Myaung, stopping en route for a simple lunch at Shwebo. Kyauk Myaung, a riverside town on the Ayeyarwady, is famous for glazed pottery works – toys, cups, letters, bowls, pots, and huge water jars tied in hundreds and floated downriver as rafts. Visit a pottery workshop, heading to the Irrawaddy riverbank to see how the pots are transported downriver. Drive back to Mandalay (about three hours), reaching around 1800 hrs.