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Within 17 days, our Burma Luxury Tour will take you to any place in this beautiful country, in the world where unspoiled nature and incredible cultural heritages attracts your sense of travel with more than your enjoyment. Our Myanmar luxury tour will begin with the very first stop to explore Yangon’s rich history and culture. And experience the soul-altering beauty of Bagan and its thousands of ancient temples on the plains of Bagan. Admire the Shan State’s beauty, learn about the ethnic Intha people who live on Inle Lake. See historic & cultural sites of Mandalay ancient capitals. We - Asia Senses - are sure that you will have the most memorable experience with our Myanmar tour packages.
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Day 01: Yangon Arrival
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by our Asia Senses guide, then be transferred to your hotel for check in. Depend on your actual arrival time, some soft sightseeing for an orientation tour is suggested.
After a short break at your hotel, we will take a brief Yangon introduction by walking tour at old colonial style in city’s downtown. We will visit Sule Pagoda known in Burmese as the Kyaik Athok Zedi, is surrounded by busy streets, a market and colonial era buildings. After that, we walk around and take some photos of Yangon City Hall, Yangon Region Court, and Independence Monument which is located in Maha Bandula Park.
In the late afternoon, we will visit the famous Shwedagon Pagoda - Yangon’s most famous landmark. The massive 99 meter high gold plated pagoda with the diamond studded spire set on top of a small hill in downtown Yangon. Its massive bell-shaped golden spires are plated with 60 tons of gold, while the tip of the stupa is inset with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topaz. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.
This morning, our guide pick you up at your hotel and transfer to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock). It takes four hours to drive from Yangon to Golden Rock (about 200km). On the way, we will stop to visit Htauk Kyant War Memorial Cemetery in Taukkyan village. After that, continue our journey by road to Bago - a city and the capital of the Bago Region in Myanmar. It is located 91 kilometres north-east of Yangon. Have lunch at a local restaurant in Bago
After lunch, we drive to Kyaiktiyo. Arrive at Kyaiktiyo Base Camp in late afternoon. From the base camp (Kinpun Sakan), travel by local, open-air truck along a winding road (45 minutes) to the top of mountain. Note: you should take only light backpack and sandals to visit pagoda as only one night will be on the top of the mountain.
The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda also called the Golden Rock is one of Burma’s most sacred Buddhist sites. A massive boulder on the edge of a cliff with a pagoda on top of it enshrining a hair of the Buddha is an important pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists. From the balcony of hotel, enjoy the stunning sunset and panoramic view over the valley of Sittaung river, with lush forest and mountain ranges.
We will take a visit to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda complex today. Our guide will tell you the legend of the Golden Rock. The huge gold-leafed boulder balances precariously above you on the edge of a cliff.
After the visit, we come back hotel for check out. Then take a short five-minute walk to truck base and transfer the same route by open-air truck to climb down the mountain. Then drive to Bago, the former capital of the Mon Kingdom in 15 century formerly known as Pegu.
On arrival Bago, we will visit Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated pagodas in Myanmar. Shwemawdaw is a particularly good destination during Bago’s annual pagoda festival, in March/April. Our next sites are Hin Thar Gone Pagoda which is located directly behind the Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda on a hill, Shwe Tha Lyaung, one of most beautiful reclining Buddha in the west side of Bago and Kyaikpun Pagoda with its four giant Buddha 27 meter high images.
After the visit, we continue drive to Yangon and check in at your hotel.
After early breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Yangon airport for the domestic flight to Heho to visit eastern Shan state. On arrival at Heho airport, we will take a short transfer to Pindaya, a small quiet town perched on the bank of the placid Botoloke Lake where visit Pindaya caves, a Buddhist pilgrimage site and a tourist attraction located on a limestone ridge in the Myelat region. Then we will visit Sin Gaung monastery and a Parasol Handmade workingshop.
Afterwards, continue drive to Kalaw, a hill town in the Kalaw Township,Taunggyi District, Shan State of Burma. It was a very popular hill station during British colonial rule in Myanmar. It is located 1320m above sea level, with cool and pleasant climate. Overnight in Kalaw hotel.
This morning, take a soft trek around Kalaw and its morning market to get a great insight into daily life of local. After that, transfer to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar's most anticipated destinations and all the hype is justified. The lake is 22km long, and is densely inhabited by many different tribes in Taunggyi Dist of Shan State. On the way, we will stop to visit “Shwe Yan Pyay” monastery which is just a short walk north of the Nyaung Shwe town.
On arrival Nyaungshwe town, transfer by boat to the hotel on Inle Lake. Check in hotel and take a short break. Enjoy your lunch at hotel’s restaurant on the lake.
Then, we take an excursion by boat on Inle Lake will include seeing the famous leg-rowing fishermen, local methods of fishing and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. The highlights on the lake are Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf and Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, a wooden monastery built on stilts and the oldest & largest one in Inle Lake. Then we visit handicraft workshops such as blacksmiths, silversmiths, weaving looms, etc. Overnight a hotel on Inle lake.
This day, we will take a visit the lake’s five-day market for unique insight into the local cultures of the area. The market is called “five-day market” because the local people rotate between 5 different locations over a 5-day-period. Villagers from the surrounding hill tribes come to the market to sell and trade tomatoes, eggplants, scallions, peppers, betel, beans, garlic to cheroots. There are some people selling lacquerware, Buddha statues, carvings, longyis, Shan bags, textiles, ornamental objects and other hand-made goods for both local use and trading. (Note: the market is daily open except on dark moon day and full moon day).
From the market, we continue broad down a small canal leading to Indein village. On arrival village, we will visit Nyaung Ohak and Shwe Inn Thein, two groups of ancient pagodas. Explore the area on foot and wander through the beautiful pagodas. Then, climb up to the top of a hill which is covered with picturesque ancient stupas. Enjoy magnificent views of the lake below from this vantage point. After enjoying the visit to Indein, return to the boat. Continue along the lake for additional sightseeing before returning to the hotel in the afternoon.
Overnight on Inle lake hotel.
Inle Princess Resort
Day 07: Inle – Heho – Mandalay (By Flight)
This morning, you will be transferred back to Heho airport to take domestic flight to Mandalay, the second-largest city and former royal capital of Myanmar’s king in 1885. Upon arrival Mandalay, we will drive to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayon Monastery, home to some 800 monks and one of the major destinations of Mandalay tour. If we visit at 11:00AM, you can watch the whole monastery eating silently. Afterward, we will take a stroll over a historic U Bein Bridge. This beautiful 1.2 kilometre-long structure built from teak planks. It was built in 1851 and cross over the Taungthaman Lake. Then we head to your hotel for check in and take a short break. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we continue to visit Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung (or Golden Palace Monastery) to marvel at its carvings, particularly the interior gilded Jataka scenes (past-life stories of the Buddha) and Kuthodaw Pagoda (also known as the world’s largest book), named after the 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. In late afternoon, we climb up covered stairways to 240 meters high Mandalay Hill and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views during sunset -an amazing photo opportunity.
Start our sightseeing day with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Burma. You will watch Mahamuni Buddha Image which is covered with chunky layers of gold foils. Then we visit to a gold leaf making workshop and observe how to make hand-made gold leaves. Afterwards, head to visit Royal Palace, heart of Mandalay is the King Mindon’s Royal Palace. Situated just to the south of the Mandalay Hill, it is a magnificent palace complex inside the magnificent walled fortress city. You could climb the curious spiral, timber-walled watchtower for a good general view. Then a soft trek to Zey Gyo market .
In the afternoon, you will be transferred to pier to enjoy the boat trip to Mingun. Have your lunch at the riverside restaurant. Mingun is a town in Sagaing Region and located 11 km up the Ayeyarwady River on the west bank from Mandalay. Mingun will offers some great sites such as the elegant Hsinbyume Pagoda and incomplete monument stupa of Mingun Pahtodawgyi. We also visit the Mingun Bell which is stored at Pahtodawgyi pagoda. The weight of the bell in Burmese measurement, is 55,555 viss (90,718 kilograms or 199,999 pounds), handed down as a mnemonic "Min Hpyu Hman Hman Pyaw", with the consonants representing the number 5 in Burmese astronomy and numerology. Return to Mandalay in late afternoon.
Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
Rupar Mandalar Resort
Day 09: Mandalay – Sagaing – Ava – Mandalay
This day, our guide will pick up you then take a short transfer to Sagaing Dist by passing Ava Bridge. On arrival, we will visit Sagaing Hill where you can observe white and gold pagodas along the Irrawaddy River from top of hill. This hill has numerous pagodas, monasteries and meditation centers known as a peaceful place for Buddhist studies. It is a place one can enjoy the magnificent views over Sagaing hill. Then visit a Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda, U Min Thonze Caves which are located on the top of the Sagaing Hill.
After that, we will drive to “Ava”, an ancient city near Mandalay. It's well-known for religious structures left over from several reigns as the nation's capital, from the 14th to the 19th centuries. On the way from Sagaing to Ava, we will visit handmade silverware workshop. Your excursion to Ava can be made with a horse cart. We visit to Ava’s Leaning Tower called “Nan Myint”, Maha Aungmyae Bonzan monastery, located inside of Innwa Palace & it's one of remaining buildings from Innwa Dynasty and Bagayar monastery famous for its traditional architecture, with soaring tiered roofs and heavy teak doors carved in high relief of celestial figures bearing lotus buds.
At the end of day, we return to Mandalay and overnight in Mandalay hotel.
Rupar Mandalar Resort
Day 10: Mandalay – Mt.Popa – Bagan
This morning, we depart to Bagan from Mandalay. It takes 4 hours (133km) for us to reach Bagan. On the way, stop to visit Mount Popa a volcano 1518 metres above sea level, and located in central Myanmar about 50 km southeast of Bagan in the Pegu Range. Mount Popa is known as the home of the “Nats” spirits among the locals. The Popa Taungkalat shrine is the favoured home of 37 Mahagiri Nats or aminist spirit entities. To reach the top, you need to remove shoes and socks and climb the 777 steps to the summit.
Then, continue drive to Bagan. We will arrive Bagan in the afternoon. Check in at your hotel and take a short relaxation. Then we will board a local boat along Ayeyarwaddy River. Enjoy the sunset by boat. Overnight in Bagan hotel.
Our highlights on this morning’s tour include Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th as a religious shrine, Wetkyi-in Gu Byauk Gyi Temple with fine tempera mural paintings depicting the life stories of Buddha, and Ananda Temple which is considered to be one of the most surviving masterpiece of the Mon architecture. Also known as the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. Enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we will visit a Lacquer Craft Workshop to discover the intricate process of making lacquer wares. Then continue to explore Manuha Temple, which built in the Mon style in 1059 and follow on to Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument said to have been the palace of King Manuha. Next, we drive to Myinkaba village and visit Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, a Mon-style temple renowned for well-preserved frescoes on its interior walls, the oldest original paintings to be found in Bagan. In late afternoon, take a visit to Shwesandaw pagoda, a perfect spot to enjoy a magnificent sunset, will conclude the day.
Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort
Day 12: Bagan Sightseeing (by Ebikes)
Today, we will visit Bagan by electric bicycles. Our tour will start from the hotel to Old Bagan. On the way, we will visit “the golden cave” Shwegugyi temple, Dhammayangyi temple - the most massive structure in Bagan. Then take a visit to Thatbyinnyu temple - the tallest temples of all monuments in Bagan; 61m high overlooking the Bagan scene. Afterwards, take a break at the local coffee shop to have cold drink under the shade or return to hotel to relax.
In the afternoon, we will ride through villages which are located in Bagan. Stroll around villages to have a better understand of locals’ daily life. Then take a visit Nat Hlaung Kyaung temple and enjoy the sunset at Bu Paya pagoda. Overnight in Bagan hotel.
Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort
Day 13: Bagan – Ngapali Beach
Free at leisure until our guide come to pick up and transfer you to Nyaung U airport for your domestic flight to Thandwe. Upon arrival, the staff from hotel will welcome at airport then transfer you to hotel for check in. Relax on the beach. Overnight at Ngapali seaside resort.
Relax in one of the best beaches in Asia with its pristine, palm-tree-fringed white sand, the clear waters of the Bay of Bengal. The warm, clear waters are perfect for water sports such as snorkeling and there are several small offshore islands which can be reached by boat. Enjoy a full day relaxing on the beach, or take an excursion to one of the nearby islands or snorkeling spots.
Overnight in Ngapali hotel.
Ngapali Bay Villas and Spa
Day 16: Ngapali Beach – Thandwe – Yangon
After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport to fly back to Yangon. Upon arrival, visit Bogyoke Market (formerly known as Scott Market), where you can find largest selection of Myanmar handicrafts and souvenirs from lacquerware and Shan shoulder bags to puppets and jewellery, slippers, longyi etc. After lunch at local restaurant, continue to visit Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda which is built in 1966 and houses a striking reclining Buddha image that measures an impressive 65 metres long and 16 metres high.
Stop for photos at the Kandawgyi Garden, where Karaweik Hall also known as Karaweik Palace is one of Yangon’s many landmarks. From a distance the Karaweik Hall looks like a huge golden barge floating on Kandawgyi Lake, glittering in the sun. In the evening, we will take a soft trek to Yangon Chinatown where you’ll find vendor after vendor of charcoal grills, cooking all sorts of meats, veg and marinades from shop house, barbecue restaurants.
Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
The Strand Hotel Yangon
Day 17: Yangon Departure
A free day to catch up on some last minute shopping at the Bogyoke Market, enjoy the panoramic view from the Sakura Tower or enjoy your free time until being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
End the tour! See you again in your next Myanmar (Burma) Tours with Asia Senses Travel & Tours, one of best tour companies in Myanmar as well as Asia.