For all the recent changes, Myanmar remains at heart a rural nation of traditional values. Within 14 days, you will fully enjoy the solemnity of this country with our Myanmar Discovery Tour. Begin with the very first stop Yangon – the former capital of Myanmar – continue with explore one of the famous ethnic village in Lokaw – unforgettable experience in Inle lake – with thousands of temples, Mandalay – with many Buddhist temples then moving to Bagan – the real plain of stupas, and relax on beautiful beach – Ngapali.
Soaking up the hustle and bustle on colonial street of Yangon
Experiencing the circle train to see a local life of Yangon
Escaping the city over the river to touch local at Dala village
Exploring the Padaung people village in Loikaw
Feeling the fresh and peaceful life on boat trip to Inle lake
Discovering the historical of the last Myanmar’s royal land – Mandalay
Cycling through thousand ancient temples in Bagan
Learning to cook the traditional Burmese food with friendly local family
Relaxing on the beautiful Ngapali sandy beach
Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast
Other meals listed in the itinerary
Expert English-speaking local guide
Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
Boat cruises and rides while on tour
Domestic flight tickets
Service charges and government VAT tax
ITINERARY BY DAY
Day 1: Yangon arrival – sightseeing
Upon arrival, being picked up at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Refreshing at a moment, start to explore downtown Yangon with a walking tour through the colonial quarter. Later in the afternoon visit Scott Market, known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets, the market is a major tourist destination, dominated by antique, Burmese handicraft and jewelry shops, art galleries, and clothing stores. Then, stop at Kandawgyi Lake which is also called Royal Lake. This artificial lake, built by the British as a reservoir, is most attractive at sunset, when the glittering Shwedagon Paya is reflected in its calm waters. End of the day, visit Shwedagon Pagoda – the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, as it is believed to contain relics of the four previous Buddhas of the present kalpa.
Day 2: Yangon circle train – Dala village
After breakfast, our tourl guide will pick you up and head to the lively railway station for a true Burmese experience. Locate the correct train and set off, gazing out of the window as you pass the changing scenery and communities. When you arrive at the Insein township, disembark and make your way to the popular fresh market. Take advantage of the opportunity to try an exotic fruit, a savory snack, or pick up a colorful souvenir from one of the numerous vendors lining the streets. After exploring the area, we will drive back to downtown Yangon for lunch.
This afternoon take a short trip by local ferry across the Yangon River to Dala village. Although only a short distance from the city, life is vastly different here. Hop on a trishaw for a ride along the waterfront and back roads before taking the ferry back into the city.
Day 3: Yangon – fly to Loikaw
In the morning you are picked up at hotel, transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Loikaw. Upon arrival, our local tour guide is waiting for you at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon, spend the day with fun insights into local life and culture in Hta Nee La Leh, Kayah community. Experience an Ox Cart ride the Kayhtoebo site and Hunting Shrine, to learn about local beliefs and spiritual life. At the sunset time, visit to the Thirimingala Pagoda (Taung Kwe Zedi) which is in the centre of town there is an impressive rock on which stands. The climb up (over various steep steps) is worthwhile, for a great view over the city and the nearby hills.
Day 4: Loikaw – Padaung people village
In the morning, we drive about 45 minutes towards the Kayan (Padaung) villages of Pan Pet. Padaung women are known as ‘giraffe women’ or ‘long-necked women’, traditionally wear a great many brass rings around their necks and ankles, starting from the age of six or seven, and added each year. The original purpose was to repel prospective kidnappers. Today only elderly women still wear these rings, as the younger generation no longer follows the tradition.
Then, travel to Pemsong hamlet and enjoy a moderately challenging trek, through lush, shady, forest. After a short climb (30-40 minutes), enjoy over 3 hours of continual, great views. On route, local guides will show guests various edible plants and herbal medicines which are used by community members in their ‘jungle larder.’ A highlight of the trip is arriving at the original settlement of Pan Pet, perched on a mountain top, where evidence of past habitation is visible. This is considered one of the first Kayan settlements of Kayah state. The trek ends in Rang Ku hamlet, where you can meet the famous Kayan people (popularly known as Long Neck Karen), who are a symbol of Kayah state. You also have opportunity to learn a few words of Kayan language and interacting with these fun-loving and artistic people and buy local handicrafts.
Day 5: Loikaw – Sagar – Inle lake
Leave Loikaw in the morning and we get Phekhone . Board on traditional long tailed boat and head for Sagar village. You will be encompassed by breathtaking and refreshing landscape along the Bilu Creek. On the way we also may observe ways of life of Shan, Pa O and Intha tribes. Arrive in the hotel in Inle lake in the afternoon. The rest of day is free at leisure.
Day 6: Five day market – Inle lake boat tour
This morning, we will visit the “Five day market” where is good opportunity to meet many different local tribes. Then, sailing on the lake to discover the fascinating habits of local residents. Visit the small village of Indein, with pagodas dating back to the sixteenth century, and the village in which he lives Htanpai ethnicity Pao. Lunch. Continue to the monastery of Ywamagyi and the fishing village of Kyaesarkone, then continue to the pagoda and monastery Phaungdaw Nga Phe kyaung the “jumping cat monastery.”
Day 7: Inle lake – Heho – fly to Mandalay – city tour
Take morning flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, we head to the hotel for refresh. In the afternoon, start your city tour to Mahumani Pagoda gilded in gold leaf, and Shwenandaw Monastery before seeing the largest book in the world at Kuthodaw Pagoda, where Buddhist scriptures are etched into the 729 marble slabs.
Day 8: Mandalay – Sagaing – Ava – Amarapura Ubein Bridge
This morning, starting with Sagaing, this former royal city is known as the centre of Buddhism in Myanmar. Visit one of the many monasteries perched on a hill top for impressive views across the Irrawaddy River. Then it’s a short boat ride to Inwa, a capital that lasted almost 400 years, where the remaining palace watchtower leans precariously. Travel by horse cart to see the sights, including one of the oldest teak monasteries Bagaya Kyaung. Next, it is Amarapura for a stroll along the legendary U Bein Bridge that stretches 1.2km over Lake Tuangtaman.
Day 9: Mandalay – Bagan – sightseeing by cycling
This morning, take the flight to Bagan where the temples are a sight to behold with more than 2,000 dotted around the plains. As the former royal kingdom grew in size and its rulers in wealth, a massive building phase began. Over a two hundred year period, some 10,000 stupas, pagodas and monasteries were constructed. We will get a bike to see the best of Bagan’s distinctive temples including Shwezigon that dazzles in gold, the delicate painted ceilings of Wetkyi-in-Gubyaukgyi and Ananda, the most revered of all, with its four standing Buddha’s.
Day 10: Bagan cooking class at Pennywort – boat tour
After breakfast, being transfer to a local village. Upon arrival, you are welcomed with green tea. Your chef will show our kitchen and explain what we will buy at the Market for today. After that , we will go to the “ Nyaung U market “ together and buy vegetables and fish or meat . Back to kitchen, our chef will show how we cook our foods. The foods of our cooking class is really typical Burmese style and amazing taste. After all foods are cooked, you will enjoy the foods.
In the afternoon, transfer to the Bagan boat jetty. Board a private river boat and set off upriver toward Kyauk Gu U Min. Throughout your Irrawaddy river cruise you will be treated to fabulous scenes of life on the water: fishermen, local ferry boats, riverside villages and views of the Bagan temples. After your exploration of Kyauk Gu U Min, you’ll return to the boat for a relaxing and enjoy sunset when back to Bagan.
Day 11: Bagan – fly to Thandwe – Ngapali beach
Free until time to transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Thandwe. Upon arrival in Thandwe, our driver will transfer you to the hotel/resort. The rest of day is free at leisure.
Day 12 – Day 13: Free on beach
You are free at leisure to relax on beach or enjoy variety beach activities on your own.
Day 14: Ngapali – fly to Yangon – departure
Free until time to transfer the airport for your flight back to Yangon for connecting flight to the next destination.