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12-Day Pilgrimage Tour Of Myanmar Major Sites From Yangon
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Architecture, Archeology, History

  • Duration

    12 Days

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Language

    English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Description

Embark on a tour across Myanmar from Burma to explore the several sacred pagodas, including Kyauktawgyi, Shwedagon, Kuthodaw, Thanboddhay, and Shwe Guni along with the various idols of Lord Buddha. Also see the monasteries of Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung, Kan Gyi Kyaung, Yokesone and Shwenandaw. Also, relax and unwind at Ngapali beach and watch the sunset at U Bein Bridge.

Highlights
  • Marvel at the beautiful pagoda: Kyauktawgyi
  • Shop at the Scott Market and Platform Market
  • Admire the glittering gold stupa in the Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Enjoy a boat ride on Inle Lake
  • Visit Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung Kan Gyi Kyaung Monastery  
  • Marvel at the Mingun Bell, the world’s largest intact bronze bell
  • See Theravada Buddhist scriptures at Kuthodaw Pagoda
  • Stroll on U Bein Bridge and watch the sunset
  • Pay a visit to the Ananda Temple
  • Soak in the mural paintings at Myinkabar Gubyauk Gyi
  • Roam through the stupas decorated with Buddha images
  • Relax at the Ngapali beach
  • Explore the cave temples of Powin Taung and Shwe Ba Taung
  • See Thanboddhay Pagoda accommodating more than half a million Buddha idols  
  • Day 1: Yangon expand_more
    • Your Myanmar tour guide will pick you up from your Hotel.

    • Visit Sule Pagoda and downtown Yangon suitable for a walking tour, and continue visiting the Strand Hotel, the first Hotel in Myanmar.

    • See Botahtaung pagoda.

    • Proceed to Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Idol.

    • Late in the afternoon, see the most beautiful Pagoda in Myanmar, Kyauktawgyi Pagoda and white elephants.

    • Continue to visit Kabaraye Pagoda and Scott Market, a tourist shopping paradise.

    • Explore the Chinatown to see Platform Market.

    • Make a photo stop at the Karaweik Hall royal floating barge.

    • See the Shwedagon Pagoda, with its glittering gold Stupa. At the Pagoda, observe local pilgrims and monks offering their prayers and enjoy the fantastic sunset view.

    Overnight stay at the Hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

  • Day 2: Pindaya - Inle lake expand_more
    • Transfer to Yangon airport and then board a domestic flight to Heho. 

    • Upon arrival, the Indonesian station guide will pick you up you at the Airport. Then drive down into the valley to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake, and board your private local boat to take you to your hotel. 

    • In the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel and will travel by long-tailed boat across the lake to Indaing, on the western end of Inle, for one of the most scenic trips on the lake. 

    • Pass through the busy village of Ywama, the largest on the lake, with many channels and tall teak houses on stilts; Enter a long, often tree-lined canal, either side of which farmers cultivate their land against the backdrop of the Shan Hills. 

    • Disembark at the jetty and walk for 15 minutes through Indaing village to reach the ancient pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak. Many pagodas here remain charmingly unrenovated, with plants and even small trees growing out of them, making the area very mystical. 

    • Take the covered walkway, filled with souvenir stallholders, up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather-beaten 17th-18th century Zedi.

    • Return to the river you have the possibility of walking along a lovely shady path for 30 minutes to the village of Sema. 

    • From here, continue by boat downstream past Yethar village, watching local life on the banks and birds in the trees until rejoining the lake near Phaung Daw Oo Paya.  

    Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

  • Day 3: Inle Lake – Taunggyi – Kakky – Inle Lake expand_more
    • Travel by boat to Nyaung Shwe. 

    • Visit Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung (monastery) and Kan Gyi Kyaung Monastery in Myaung Shwe. 

    • From where you drive up through pine-clad hills to Taunggyi (about 1 hour, 31 km), the capital of southern Shan State and a former British hill station. 

    • Drive for around 2 hours to Taunggyi countryside inhabited by the Pa-O people. 

    • Visit the ‘lost’ ruins of Kakku, a pagoda encircled by dozens of small stupas. Little is known about the origins of this unusual place – the Pa-O believe that the original pagoda dates back some 2,000 years. Wander through the stupas, decorated with fine stucco work and Buddha images – some in good repair, others not. 

    • Head to Pa-O village and a large monastery on the way back to Taunggyi. 

    • Continue from here to Nyaung Shwe, where you board a boat and return to your hotel. 

    Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

  • Day 4: Mandalay – Ava – Sagain – Amarapura expand_more
    • In the morning, drive to the former royal capital of Innwa, Ava, located on an island between the Ayeyarwady and the Myitnge Rivers. 

    • Catch a local ferry to the island where your horse cart and driver await you – no cars are allowed here. 

    • Pass through the ancient city walls to visit the brick and stucco monastery of Maha Aungmye Bonzan (also known as Ok Kyaung) before continuing to the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung.

    • In the afternoon, visit picturesque Sagaing, known as the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. The hills here are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries.

    • Cross the Ayeyarwady River to the third former capital, Amarapura, via the Ava Bridge, built by British engineers.

    • Take a sunset stroll on U Bein Bridge, which is believed to be the longest teak bridge in the world at over a kilometre.

    • Return to your hotel in Mandalay.

    Accommodation: Mandalay.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

  • Day 5: Mingun expand_more
    • Transfer to the jetty. En route, stop at the Zeycho vegetable market. 

    • Board your boat and travel upstream on the Ayeyarwady River from Mandalay to Mingun (11 km, about one hour). The river is always busy – small long tail boats, bamboo rafts and ferries carry goods up and down the river. 

    • Visit the Mingun Bell, which at 87 tons is the world’s largest intact bronze bell. 

    • Continue to the beautiful Hsinbyume (Mya thein Tan) Paya and the unfinished, mighty Mingun Pagoda (built to be the world’s most significant) before returning downriver to Mandalay.

    • In the afternoon, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, home to a spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves. 

    • Stop at local workshops to see Kalaga tapestries being made, gold leaf being beaten into paper-thin pieces. 

    • From here, we go to Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the Theravada Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 729 marble slabs, giving rise to its nickname ‘the world’s largest book’. Next, visit the beautiful teak-carved Shwenandaw Monastery, the only Royal Palace building to survive the World War II bombing. 

    • Atop Mandalay Hill lie glittering glass-studded temple walls, which reflect the evening glow as you watch the sunset.

    Accommodation: Hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

  • Day 6: Monywa expand_more
    • After breakfast, drive to Monywa in a coach. 

    • On the way, visit Mohnyin Thanboddhay Pagoda which is said to accommodate 582,357 small Buddha idols:

      • Bodi Tahtaung Pagoda

      • 90 meters long Reclining Buddha Idol

      • The highest standing Buddha idol (129 meters) in the world

    • Arrive in Monywa and check in at the hotel. 

    • After lunch, visit Kyaukka lacquerware village and Shwe Guni Pagoda.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Monywa.                                        

    Meals included: Breakfast. 

  • Day 7: Pakokku - Bagan expand_more
    • Check-out from the hotel and drive to Powin Taung, located on the western banks of the Chindwin River. 

    • Drive across the Chindwin Bridge to see Powin Taung and Shwe Ba Taung Pagoda cave complex, about 16 miles (26km) west of Monywa. These complexes of 492 cave temples are packed with 2588 Buddhas, and there are beautiful 16th-century wall paintings in some caves.

    • Drive to Pakokku, a flourishing trading town on the western banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River. 

    • On the way, stop at one of the many tobacco plantations & cottage industries.

    • Cross Pakokku over the bridge to Bagan. 

    • Arrive in Bagan and check in at the hotel. (If there is time, visit one of the convenient places or pagodas to see the sunset). 

    Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

  • Day 8: Bagan expand_more
    • In the morning, visit a selection of the most important monuments, such as Shwezigon Pagoda, which is the first and most crucial architectural pagoda. 

    • Proceed to the Ananda Temple, which is a masterpiece of 11th-century architecture. Most of the artifacts are still original and preserved in the temple, and Myinkabar Gubyauk Gyi is the best mural painting temple in Bagan.

    • See several other monuments.

    • Enjoy the sunset at one of the monuments.

    Accommodation: Hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

  • Day 9: Salay – Mt.Popa expand_more
    • In the company of your tour guide, spend the whole day exploring the countryside around Bagan. 

    • Drive to Mount Popa  (46 km, about 1hour), home to Myanmar’s intriguing ‘Nats’ (spirits). The 777 steps to the top of Mount Popa provide an energetic climb rewarded by fabulous views from the top. 

    • In the afternoon, drive to the town of Kyaukpadaung and visit the local market before continuing to Salay. 

    • Visit Yokesone Monastery, built on 154 teak posts and known for its 130-year-old beautiful wooden carvings of the ‘Jataka Tales’ (stories from the Buddha’s life), which decorate the outer walls. (The monastery is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays). 

    • Continue to Payathonzu, a complex of three brick shrines with mural paintings from the Bagan period, and see Man Paya – a Large Lacquer Buddha image, said to date from the 13th century. 

    • Return to Bagan through Chauk (53km, about 1hour), where you will see old Burma Oil installations ‘nodding donkeys’ and the banks of the Ayeyarwady River. 

    • Arrive in Bagan and transfer to hotel. 

    Overnight at Hotel in Bagan/Mt Popa (Popa View Hotel).

    Meals included: Breakfast.

  • Day 10: Thandwe expand_more
    • Take the flight from Bagan to Thandwe. 

    • Transfer from Thandwe Airport to Ngapali Beach (20 minutes away). 

    • Here, in the Bay of Bengal, is the beautiful beach of Ngapali with its charming fishing village and coconut trees. Enjoy two full days of leisure in Ngapali. You can relax on the beach, swim in the sea or take a biking excursion to nearby villages to meet local fishers and observe their daily life. 

    • If you seek a more adventurous experience, take a boat trip to swim, snorkel or dive around the Islands. 

    Accommodation: Hotel in Ngapali.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

  • Day 11: Thandwe expand_more
    • Spend the day at your leisure.

  • Day 12: Yangon - Departure expand_more
    • Transfer to Yangon International Airport to catch your flight back home. 

What's Included
  • 11 Night Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast (Twin sharing basic) 

  • 4-way domestic flight ticket (Ygn – Inle – Mdy – Thandwe) 

  • Transportation with fully air con vehicle car according to the itinerary 

  • Boat according to the itinerary 

  • Meals Accommodation as per your choice category   

  • Entrance/ Zone Fees according to the itinerary 

  • Purified drinking water & cool towel on touring day 

  • English speaking Myanmar tour guide & station guide  

  • Complimentary present local handmade souvenir 

What's Excluded
  • International Air Ticket from/to Yangon  

  • Airport departure tax at Yangon International Airport at 10$ per person. 

  • Visa Fees + Travel Insurance  

  • Tipping and personal expense  

  • Personal expenses such as camera and Video fees, etc

  • Bank handling fees

  • Early check-in and late checkout have to pay 50 % of room rate 

  • Any other services not mentioned in the program  

  • Room surcharge will be added in Christmas, New Year & Festival Period 

Know before you go
  • NMM -006 (12Days / 11Nights) Yangon – Pindaya – Inle Lake – Mandalay – Ava –  Sagaing – Mingun – Monywa - Bagan – Salay – Mt. Popa – Ngapali Beach - Yangon 

  • Inle Lake: Inle Lake is simply magical. At 1000 metres elevation, the temperatures are pleasant. The calm waters are dotted with Intha stilt house villages, floating vegetable gardens and fishing canoes, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Shan hills. Motorised boats are the means of transport across the lake, although the Intha people get around in traditional flat bottomed boats using a unique and skilful form of leg rowing. 

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
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1 To 4 USD 2010 Per Person

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