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Amazing Myanmar Tour – 13 Days

Mrauk U, Western Myanmar
  • 01Shwedagon Pagoda
  • 01Mount Popa
  • 01Mrauk-U
  • 01Mrauk-U—river-trip
  • 01Mrauk-U—piping
  • 01Mrauk-U—friends
  • 01Ngapali-treasures
  • 01Ngapali-island
  • 01Ngapali-football
  • 01Ngapali-beach-resorts
  • 01inle
  • 01Hot air balloon flight in Bagan.
  • 01Old City Hall in Yangon
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Amazing Myanmar tour is a a perfect combination of culture and relaxation.Your journey begins in Yangon, the former capital and thriving business center of the nation. Where you will get to explore heritage quarters architecture and lively street markets on a walking tour. Yangon is also home to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda one of the most amazing feats of mankind, 99m tall gold covered stupa decorated with diamonds and rubies.

Next be charmed by the scenic Inle Lake in Shan state known for its floating gardens, leg rowers and colorful markets with minority peoples. At Inle touring will be by boat with plenty of great photo opportunities.

Short flight away rests your next destination Bagan, one of the greatest kingdoms of its time (800-1200). Your guide will share the legends and history of this magical site and our favorite lesser known highlights. From Bagan we have arranged excursion for you to Mount Popa an extinct volcano and popular ‘Nat’ spirits worship center and Salay to visit its beautiful teakwood monastery.

This lesser known gem of a destination rivals Bagan and is a must see. Mrauk U, is bit off the beaten trails and best combined with a visit the Ngapali Beach as a stop over.

Mrauk U was once a thriving and powerful trade port with international connections. Mrauk U has lots of interesting archaeological sites with its history dating back to 15th century.

There could be no better way to end Amazing Myanmar Tour than by the beautiful Ngapali Beach. The white sand beach is 10 km long. Over here you will enjoy pure relaxation at quality accommodations and there will not be disturbance of jet skis, discos or noisy bars.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda.

DAY 1: YANGON HIGHLIGHTS [B/L/D]

Arrival to Yangon International Airport. Mingalabar, warm welcome to Myanmar and by Discovery DMC team and to your hotel. This afternoon guided walk through colonial-style city center of Yangon visiting city highlights.

Stop at the Bogyoke Aung San (Scott’s) Market, where hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of color and complete the day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda, a gleaming bell dome structure that dominates the city’s skyline. Legends state that the sacred hairs of the Buddha are enshrined here. The Shwedagon is an iconic symbol of the country, a sight not to be missed.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Yangon

Inn Thar Inle Lake

Inn Thar minority leg rower at Inle Lake.

DAY 2: YANGON – INLE LAKE [B/L/D]

Morning flight to Heho in the beautiful hills of Shan State. After a short to drive to the lake you will spend the day exploring the lake by boat.  Delight in the picturesque sights of fishermen who balance and row with one leg, floating gardens and villages built on stilts. 

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch in Nyaung Shwe, dinner at hotel
  • Overnight stay: in a hotel built on stilts over the lake or on the shore

Inle Lake Inn-Thein

Inle Lake, Inn Thein.

DAY 3: INLE LAKE & INN THEIN [B/L/D]

Today you will journey out by boat, following the currents of a small river to reach the Inn Thein Pagoda complex, a site of bamboo groves and crumbling ancient pagodas constructed over 1,000 years ago.

Boat back to Inle Lake and where you can visit Ywa, Innphawkone and Nampan villages by the lake where generations old weaving, boat building, and silver smith traditions are continued.

Your beautiful day will end with a sunset canoe ride propelled by Inn Thar leg rowers.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch on the lake, dinner at hotel
  • Overnight stay: in a hotel built on stilts over the lake or on the shore

Bagan

Bagan.

DAY 4: BAGAN TEMPLES & BULLOCK CART RIDE [B/L/D]

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Heho airport for a connecting flight to Bagan and begin our journey into the Ancient Kingdoms of Bagan. The Dhamayazeka Zedi is our first visit, providing panoramic views of the temple studded plains of Bagan. We continue to the Archeological Museum and the gold gilded Swezigon Stupa, purported to contain a holy tooth relic of the Buddha.

Not far from the stupa, the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple is a sight to behold, housing Bagan’s best preserved mural paintings of the Buddha’s Jataka reincarnations. Next, we learn how Bagan’s famous lacquer ware crafts are produced in Myingaba village, and then visit Htilominlo Temple to learn how Burmese sand paintings are created.

The day’s temple tour ends with a visit to the beautifully symmetric and majestic Ananda Temple with its four standing Buddha images that seem to gaze at the viewer with fixed serenity wherever the viewer stands. For sunset, a bullock or horse cart ride around the temples offers unparalleled photo opportunities of one of the richest archaeological treasures in Southeast Asia as the sun dips behind the temple ruins (weather permitting).

  • Meals included: Breakfast at hotel, riverside lunch, dinner with marionette show.
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Bagan

Manuha temple bagan

Manuha Temple In Bagan.

DAY 5: BAGAN BIKING & SUNSET CRUISE [B/L/D]

Today exploration will be with electric bikes that allow us to travel small back streets and lanes and visit some remote corners in Bagan and local villages. The following are some activities that we can do on this day. Visit the Manuha Temple, built by the Mon king in the 1300s to represent his time in captivity under the Bagan king.

Continuing to the Thanaka Museum and a cigar work shop, we learn respectively about the traditional uses of the fragrant thanaka paste and how Burmese make the local cheroot cigars. A visit to the Nyaung U market, the largest market in the Bagan region, gives us a glimpse into local life. We also see how cottage industries like brick making is carried out with traditional methods.

During a visit to a monastic school that provides disadvantaged children with free primary level education, we have the opportunity to interact with the school children. In the late afternoon, we transfer to the Ayeryarwaddy (Irrawaddy) River for a private sunset cruise where views of the temple silhouettes and bustling shore can be accompanied by cocktails on board.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of you choice in Bagan

OPTIONAL TOUR: Hot air balloon flight over Bagan
Imagine . . . floating over thousand year old pagodas and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River, as the sun sinks slowly behind distant mountains. The magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for centuries. One of the most remarkable sights in Asia, ancient temples dot the landscape as far as the eye can see. Now, Balloons over Bagan affords visitors a unique opportunity to see this ancient kingdom, as it never has been seen before. The sunrise and sunset champagne flights take off daily from October through to the end of March.

Mount Popa

Mount Popa.

DAY 6: BAGAN – SALEY – MT POPA [B/L/D]

After breakfast, we begin a full day’s excursion outside of Bagan with a 35 miles/1,5 hours drive to the Teak wood monastery in Saley village. The monastery both houses the largest lacquer ware Buddha image in country and is one of best preserved teak wood monasteries in the country with intricate carvings adorning its walls and doors.

Next, a 1,5 hours drive takes us to Mount Popa, the Burmese spiritual epicenter for those who worship the pantheon of nat spirits and martyrs. After paying respects to the Nat shrine at the foot of Mount Popa, we climb nearly 800 steps to the pagoda perched at the top of the mountain to admire the views of the surrounding plains and farm lands.

In the afternoon, we drive back to Bagan and stop en route at a family-run toddy shop to observe the process of making the rich and caramel-like toddy candies from the sap of the toddy palms. Transfer to Bagan airport for late afternoon flight to Yangon.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Yangon

Sittwe fish market

Sittwe fish market.

DAY 7: YANGON – SITTWE [B/L/D]

After breakfast transfer to Yangon airport for morning flight to Sittwe, a former seaside capital of colonial Burma where the Rivers Kaledan and Lemro meet the grand Bay of Bengal. After enjoying a late lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the following town highlights: the cultural museum, with an impressive wealth of cultural artifacts representing the Rakhine civilization that dates as far back as 3000 BC; the Buddhist nunnery, a stately building hailing from by gone times; and the fascinating Local fish market, at times with thousands of fish on display from the deep Bay of Bengal. We continue to mouth of the River Kaledan where it kisses the Bay of Bengal, and stroll on the black sand beaches amidst a beautiful setting sun.

  • Meals included: lunch, dinner
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Sittwe

Mrauk U

Mrauk U

DAY 8: SITTWE – MRAUK U [B/L/D]

Early breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Sittwe jetty for the boat journey to Mrauk U. The 70 km cruise upstream the Kaledan River travels though farming region and small riverside communities. The travel time varies between 4-7 hours depending on boat size and river conditions.

Simple packed lunches are provided on the boat. On arrival to the Mrauk U Pier half a mile south of the town’s central market, we transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, we embark on a journey to the ruins of Lost Arakan kingdom of Mrauk U, a seaport at the crossroads of ancient trading routes between the East and West.

Mrauk U has inherited a rich cultural legacy, particularly the 700 enchanting temple ruins scattered over misty hills. We visit the fortress-like Shite Thaung Temple, a solid structure with thick heavy walls housing some 84,000 Buddhas and reputed to be modeled after Indonesia’s Borobudur. We continue to adjacent Andaw Thein ordination Temple, which houses a Stupa believed to contain the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha brought from Sri Lanka by the Burmese King Mindon.

Nearby on a hill is Htukkan Thein Fortress Temple, with only one entrance, three inner chambers and small windows designed to let the rays of the dawning sun shine directly onto the central Buddha statue in the main vault.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mrauk U

Mrauk-U

Mrauk U.

DAY 9: MRAUK U – WETHALI [B/L/D]

After breakfast, we visit the central Mrauk U market to see the typical Rakhine foods and products sold, then drive 30 min/14 km to the ruins of the Wethali. The Ancient city of Wethali (Vesali) was a thriving dynasty from the 4th to 9th centuries, though little but overgrown bushes remain.

At the Great Wethali Payagyi, we admire the 17ft-high seated Buddha crafted from a single slab of sandstone, set amidst a panoramic view of quaint villages and farmland. We return to Mrauk U for lunch and later in the afternoon, visit the serene Pharaouk Temple, built in late 1500s and with a solid stupa featuring 29 life-sized Buddha’s seated radially in its wall.

Continuing to Kothaung Temple, we visit the most colossal temple of Mrauk U, named for the 90,000 statues it originally housed. If weather permits, we climb to the Shwegudaung Paya, the highest pagoda of Mrauk U to enjoy the captivating views of temples winking under the setting sun.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mrauk U

Ngapali-beach-resorts

Ngapali beach

DAY 10: MRAUK U – SITTWE – NGAPALI BEACH [B/L/-]

Early breakfast at the hotel followed by a boat ride to Sittwe. If time permits, we visit en route a Mro Ethnic minority village, known for intricate designs of the Khami traditional dress hand woven by the local tappet back strap loom. Lunch is served on board the boat. Upon arrival to Sittwe, we transfer to the airport for the afternoon flight to Thandwe (8km from Ngapali Beach). Upon arrival to Thandwe airport, you will be welcomed by your hotel transfer rep and transferred to your hotel.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch
  • Overnight stay: Beach resort of your choice in Ngapali

Ngapali_Sandoway_beachfront

Ngapali beach.

DAYS 11-12: NGAPALI BEACH [B/-/-]

Breakfast at your hotel, Rest of the day is for enjoying pristine beaches of Ngapali, relaxing in the shade of palm trees by the sea. Active visitors can choose from visiting the colorful local market in Thandwe (Sandoway), biking along the coast to surrounding villages, or hiring a boat to go fishing or sailing against the coastal backdrop of the Rakhine hills.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Beach resort of your choice in Ngapali

Yangon

Colonial heritage Yangon.

DAY 13: NGAPALI BEACH – YANGON [B/-/-]

Breakfast at your hotel. Free at leisure until transfer to Thandwe airport for your flight to Yangon. Discovery DMC guide will welcome you at Yangon domestic airport and transfer to your hotel in Yangon or for your connecting flight departing from new international airport.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay:

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WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR COSTING

  • Private transfers & tours with English speaking guides (language guides with supplement). In Ngapali Beach all transfers are handled by hotels.
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guides (other language guides available with additional cost)
  • Lodging with breakfast as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • 2 bottles of water and 2 refreshing towels per person per day
  • Luggage handling fees at airports

NOT INCLUDED

  • Visa to Myanmar
  • International air fares or domestic air fares (always mentioned separately)
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Early check-in, late check-out. Normal check out time from hotels in Myanmar is 11am or 12 o’clock noon
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks during meals, laundry and phone bills and personal spending
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips & gratuities