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Myanmar Overland Tour – 16 Days

Pyay City, Central Myanmar
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  • 01Pao ladies returning home from Inle Lake market
  • 01Rice harvest near Inle Lake
  • 01Friendly locals ready long train ride
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  • 01Novices at buddhist monastery
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  • 01Bucket showers during water festival
  • 01Bye bye
  • 01Grand pa smoking cheerot
  • 01Shy smiles in a village near Bagan
  • 01Hello Mr and Mrs
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Best way to experience the wonders of this magical country. Myanmar overland tour will undiscovered different aspects of this centuries old culture. Beautiful nature spots and mystical agent cities will guarantee that you will have unforgettable 16 days in Myanmar. Our dedicated guides will lead you to this great Myanmar overland tour and make sure that you will get all the interesting insights of its culture and history.

Our adventure begins from Yangon, the great capital of British Burma. This buzzing quickly developing metro pol is a fascinating starting point for this unforgettable experience. After Yangon our guides will lead you to Bago where you can witness the magic of agent Mon dynasty. Full of interesting stories and beautiful architecture.

After Bago our journey leads you to Golden Rock (Kyaikhtiyo) One of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists in the world. From here on we continue to Hpa An to see its breathtaking limestone caves.

At halfway of this great Myanmar overland tour we will lead you to Bagan, one of the most interesting archaeological sites in the world. Our guides will help you to unveil all its secrets and wonders.

You will also have great chance to explore the fascinating different tribes of Myanmar when we take journeys to several small villages at the hilly area of Chin state. From here on you will experience lots of different sites full of wonder and magic. Our journey will end at Mandalay, the last kingdom of Burma. Mandalay is also known as the cultural cradle of Myanmar. Full of agent culture and beautiful sites to explore.

If you want to see the country by close range with the most professional guides. When travelling overland you will have a chance to see and experience much more of the country and its fascinating people. Our dedicated team has constructed this great journey so that there will be interesting sights all along the way.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda.

DAY 1: YANGON HIGHLIGHTS [B/-/-]

Upon arrival to the Yangon international airport, you will be welcomed by your Discover DMC guide and transferred to your hotel. Our journey begins with an afternoon tour through the colonial-style city center of Yangon.

We start with one the great landmarks; Sule Paya stupa – built over 2,000 years ago. It is the focal point of numerous historical events in the city.  After we are of to Chauk That Gyi pagoda to view its magnificent reclining Buddha, and Karaweik Hall to marvel at the uniquely decorated “hamsa-bird-shaped” floating barge on Kandawgyi (Royal) lake. We visit to busy Bogyoke (Scotts) market, where hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, arts, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of color.

We 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
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Yangon

Bago

Bago

DAY 2: YANGON – BAGO – PHA AN [B/-/-]

After breakfast we drive from your hotel in Yangon about 1.5 hours/80 km to BAGO, one of richest archaeological sites in Myanmar and the ancient capital of Mon Kingdom. En route, we visit Htauk Kyan’s allied troops war cemetery honoring 6,000 war heroes, a nat tree shrine dedicated to famous nat spirit at the base of a grand tree, and a cottage industry that produces intricate woven bamboo crafts.

In Bago we take a stroll through a colorful Bago market and stop for a cup of tea or coffee to a local tea shop, just like locals. We drive to the quaint Karen State capital of Hpa-An, visiting en route Thaton, one of the ancient Mon kingdoms, and the Thamanya monastery the home of one of Myanmar’s most revered monks.

After lunch at local restaurant, we continue with visits to: the picturesque Kyauk Kalat, a standalone rock islet in the middle of a small lake; the Lumbini garden, a park housing one thousand Buddha images with the majestic Mount Zwekabin as its backdrop; and the Saddar cave, the most impressive limestone cave in the region, passing through an entire limestone mountain range and opening up to small lake and fields.

The cave also displays fascinating rock formations inside. We arrive Hpa An late afternoon. Time permitting, we enjoy the sunset at Shweyinmyaw Pagoda at the bank of Thanlwin.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Hpa An

Mawlamyine Buddhas

Mawlamyine Buddhas.

DAY 3: HPA-AN – MAWLAMYINE (MOULMEIN) [B/-/-]

After breakfast, we take a stroll through the Central market to get the feel for Hpa An local life, then we visit the Kayin cultural museum, which exhibits the social, literary, musical and cultural heritage of the Karen (Kayin) ethnic peoples.

Continuing on another 1 hour drive, we reach Mawlamyine (Moulmein), the 4th largest city of Myanmar as well as 1st capital of British Burma, boasting of intact colonial era buildings. In the afternoon, we make an excursion of 64 km south of the city to Thanbyuzayat, the westernmost terminus station of the infamous Burmese-Siam “Death Railway” built by prisoners of war during WWII.

We also visit the Mon State cultural museum with its displays of bronze, silverware, ceramics and sculptures; the Thanbyuzayat war memorial that honors the Allied Troops of British, American, Australian and Dutch from the war; and a death railway museum with a small locomotive of bygone days to commemorate the starting point of the tragic railway.

If time permits, we learn about hand woven textiles at a weaving workshop on the way back to Mawlamyine.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mawlamyine

Kyaikhtiyo golden rock

Kyaikhtiyo The Golden Rock

DAY 4: MAWLAMYAING – GOLDEN ROCK [B/-/-]

Morning we drive from Mawlamyaing to Golden Rock. Kin Pun base camp to change our mode of transport to an open truck. The ride is shared with local pilgrimage makers for the next 11km to Yathetaung base camp, located 500 m below the summit ridge.

A further 1 hour hike up partly on a steep road and paved trail leads us to the summit. The Golden rock, or Kyaiktiyo as the Burmese call it, is a fascinating sacred boulder covered in gold leaf and balanced precariously on the edge of a cliff. This is one of the most sacred sites for Buddhist in the world.

Crowning the boulder is a small shrine believed to contain Buddha’s hair relics, the source of the gravity defying magic.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: In Hotel near by Golden Rock

Pyay monks

Pyay monks.

DAY 5: GOLDEN ROCK – PYAY (PROME) [B/-/-]

Wake up early for lovely sunrise views and a quiet morning stroll. You will receive a breakfast at the hotel before descending back to the Kin Pun base camp. After base camp, we will continues our journey to Pyay, with driving distance of about 6hrs/256km.

Pyay region was home to some of the early Sri Ksetra kingdoms of the Burmese. Some pagodas, old city and palace walls and moat ruins remain still today. The early Pyu cities were situated along the Ayeyarwaddy River.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Pyay

Bagan

Bagan.

DAY 6: PYAY – BAGAN [B/-/-]

After breakfast at your hotel, we will visit the busy central market and a cheroot making factory of the town. Following are some of Pyay’s highlights that we can visit should you wish: Shwesandaw Pagoda believed to contain Buddha’s hair relics; Sehtatgyi Paya a gigantic ten storey high Buddha. After sightseeing in Pyay, we continue our drive to Bagan 8hrs/320km and arrive to Bagan late afternoon.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Bagan

Bagan

Bagan

DAY 7: BAGAN SIGHTSEEING [B/-/-]

After breakfast, we 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 Archaeological Museum and the gold gilded Shwezigon 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 ox 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
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Bagan

Standing Buddha in Bagan

Standing Buddha in Bagan

DAY 8: BAGAN – KANPETLET [B/L/D]

After breakfast we head off to Kanpetlet driving 8 hrs/140km. On mostly unpaved and often bumpy roads. En route we make stop at a local Market in Chauk and enjoy lunch in Kazunma or Saw village. During our drive we travel through dry Magwe division.

If you are travelling between Feb-May the vegetation dries up and leaves fall. During the late summer rainy season the vegetation revives again. Little bit after Saw the topography gets more hilly and rivers provide water to farming.

Winding road climbs up to the mountain range leading to Kanpetlet town located on eastern slopes of the range. Arrival to Kanpetlet will be late afternoon.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Overnight stay: In Hotel in Kanpetlet

Trek to Mount Victoria Victoria

Mount Victoria

DAY 9: KANPETLET – MINDAT [B/L/D]

After breakfast we drive up steep mountain road approx. 15 km to altitude nearing 3000 m.  From here we take leisurely 1hr hike to the summit of Mt. Victoria/ Nat Ma Taung following summit ridge. Enjoy fabulous view and fresh mountain air and spot birds and wild orchids on the way and if lucky, you might also see some deer and monkeys.

After snack break on the top we return to car and continue drive to Mindat on seasonal mountain road. If the road is impassable we might need to drive down from the range and do a detour to Mindat.  Arrival to Mindat will be late afternoon. You will be treated with Chin cultural show in the evening after dinner.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mindat

Chinwoman

Chinwoman

DAY 10: MINDAT AND VISIT NEARBY VILLAGE [B/L/D]

After breakfast at the hotel and sightseeing to the chin villages around Mindat area. You’ll have chance to meet some chin women with facial tattoos and observe their traditional ways of life. Here we will have packed lunch or eat at local restaurant in Mindat. Dinner at local restaurant or at our lodge.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Overnight stay: In Hotel in Mindat

Bagan

Bagan

DAY 11: MINDAT – BAGAN (via Pauk) [B/L/D]

After breakfast we embark on a journey back to Bagan via different route. We will make several photo stops and observations en-route. Arrival to Bagan will be in the evening.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Bagan

Monywa

Monywa

DAY 12: BAGAN – MONYWA [B/-/-]

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive 150km/3hrs to Monywa, a journey that takes us across the Ayeyarwaddy River and through peaceful country side. En route to Monywa, we visit the Bodhitataung  “Buddha Park,” the site of world’s tallest Buddha statue reaching to 128m height.

Also of interest is the 114m long reclining Buddha and the tens of thousands smaller Buddhas donated to the site by devout Burmese pilgrims. We continue the drive to the peculiar yet colorful Thanboudday Pagoda, regarded by some people as the “little Burmese Borobudur”: Its galleries are filled with over 582,000 Buddha images in all sizes, lending the hall a meditative atmosphere. The remainder of the day is open for guests to relax and unwind.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of you choice in Monywa

Monywa

Monywa

DAY 13: MONYWA – HPO WIN TAUNG – MANDALAY [B/-/-]

After early breakfast at the hotel, we cross the Chindwin River and drive 25 km/1 hour to Hpo Win Taung sandstone mountain containing hundreds of cave temples with mural paintings that date back to the 14-18th centuries. Enroute to Hpo Win Taung, a stop is made at local cottage industry workshop to learn how copper is extracted from the local soil and processed into copper billions.

We transfer 3hrs to Mandalay, on the way, we visit to the Ancient Kingdom of Sagaing, located across the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. From the Sagaing hills, we enjoy magnificent views overlooking the river and hill side covered with countless pagodas.

We visit a monastery in Sagaing to learn about the life of Buddhist devotees and continue to well-known Silversmith village near Sagaing and check in at your hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mandalay

Mandalay

Mandalay

DAY 14: MANDALAY HIGHLIGHTS [B/-/-]

After breakfast at the hotel, we enjoy a morning stroll through the lively Zegyo market in the heart of the city to experience more authentic local life in Mandalay. We continue to the Artisan quarters, where some of the oldest craftsmanship is showcased dating back to last kingdom of Myanmar.

We observe the process of pounding gold leaf, detailing teak wood carvings and embroidering Myanmar tapestry. We also see how bronze and marble Buddha statues are carved, cast and molded.

Next, we proceed to the highlights of Mandalay: the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda, housing one of the most significant Buddha images in the country, covered in several tons of gold leaf and the crown prize in long past wars between competing Myanmar kingdoms; the Golden palace Monastery, the only surviving Royal Palace building in Mandalay, offering a glimpse of the original style and architecture of the Myanmar royals; and lastly, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, a compound housing Buddha’s teachings carved in the sacred Pali script on stone slabs and regarded as the world’s largest book in terms of surface area.

We end our day with sunset panoramic views over city skyline on Mandalay Hill, the highest point of the city.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mandalay

Ubein Bridge at sunrise, Mandalay, Myanmar

Ubein Bridge at sunrise, Mandalay, Myanmar

DAY 15:  MINGUN – INNWA – AMARAPURA & UBEIN BRIDGE [B/-/-]

After breakfast at the hotel, we embark on a journey to Ancient Kingdoms of Myanmar near Mandalay. Our day starts with a 1-hour cruise across the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River (Irrawaddy) to the quaint village of Mingdon. Mingdon is known for a massive unfinished pagoda that was dramatically cracked in half by an earthquake in the 1800 s; another interesting site is its bronze bell, believed to be largest unbroken bronze bell in the world.

We return to Mandalay by boat and transfer 15 km to AVA (Inwa), the ancient capital of the Shan and Burmese Kingdoms for over four centuries. We cross over the Myint Nge River by ferry and explore the small roads of Ava by horse cart.

We visit the Bagaya teak Monastery, over three hundred years old yet well preserved and still in use by local monks; the Nanmyin watch tower, the last standing structure of the Ava dynastic palace compound also known as the “Leaning Tower of Ava”;  the Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery building with its graceful curves and archways.

We continue to another beautiful ancient capital city, Amarapura, famous for its weaving and textile industries. There, we visit a cottage industry workshop to learn how Myanmar longyis and traditional fabrics are constructed.

We continue to the Ubein bridge, a simple yet strong teak structure that spans 1,2km over Taungtaman Lake. The bridge silhouetted by the setting sun is one of the most magical experiences in Myanmar and a photographer’s dream.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of you choice in Mandalay

Mandalay

Mandalay

DAY 16: MANDALAY DEPARTURE [B/-/-]

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Then, We will transfer you to Mandalay International Airport for your flight departure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Contact Discovery DMC reservations department for prices!

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR COSTING

  • Private tours and transfers with air conditioned vehicles as specified in our itinerary.
  • 2 bottles of water & 2 refreshing towels per passenger per day
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guides in each destination
  • Lodging with breakfast as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner on Day 08, 09, 10 & 11) as specified in the itinerary

NOT INCLUDED IN TRIP COSTING

  • Visa to Myanmar (Please note that there is NO Visa On Arrival for tourist visas in Myanmar.  Clients need to apply in advance from the nearest Myanmar Embassy)
  • International air fares or domestic air fares
  • 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
  • Luggage handling fees at airports
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips & gratuities