You can explore Myanmar’s rich history and heritage with this six-day adventure. Starting from Yangon, home of the magical and ancient Shwedagon Pagoda, you will be taken north to the cultural heartlands of Bagan – famed for its incredible landscape of temples. Optional excursions include hot air ballooning, bike rides and trips to local communities before you are taken to the magical Inle Lake – home to stilted fishing villages that haven’t changed for centuries, (which is a good thing!!)
Destinations: Yangon – Bagan – Heho (Inle Lake) – Yangon
Day 1 Yangon arrival (no meal)
Day 2 Yangon – Bagan by morning flight (breakfast)
Day 3 Bagan (breakfast)
Day 4 Bagan – Heho by morning flight – Inle Lake (breakfast)
Day 5 Inle Lake – Indein – Heho – Yangon by evening flight (breakfast)
Day 6 Yangon departure (breakfast)
Duration: 6 days
Activities level: Moderate
Accommodation: Tourist class hotels or first class hotels
Transport: Private air-conditions vehicle, boat
Meals: 5 breakfasts
Day 1 Yangon Arrival (no meal)
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a local guide who will accompany you as you transfer to the hotel for check in and relax.
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.
Your journey begins with a visit the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. A visit to Kyaukhtatgyi provides a great overview of Buddhism with murals depicting the life of Buddha, the feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gathering to pay homage and pray.
Continue to a local tea shop for a chance to experience an integral part of Burmese life: drinking tea! Select from an array of snacks and enjoy an exquisite coffee or tea as you sit amid businessmen, friends and families who gather at the tea shop to socialize or conduct business.
Reach Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, where you can browse through the wide selection of Myanmar handicrafts and other goods.
From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend states that the original structure was built 2500 years ago then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 8-sided central stupa is 99 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas and your guide will show you around the massive complex, explaining why this temple is so revered. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.
Day 2 Yangon – Bagan (by morning flight) (breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Yangon airport for a flight to Bagan.
From the 11th to 13th centuries, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers constructed thousands of huge stupas and temples many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.
On arrival, your journey begins with a visit to an elevated temple from where you will have a breathtaking panoramic view of the magnificent plains of Bagan. Continue with a visit to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction into Bagan’s rich history. Then you will visit nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite Jataka mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.
This afternoon begins with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed.
From here, travel by horse cart for a tour passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple.
Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.
Overnight in Bagan
Day 3 Bagan (breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel
|OPTION: Start your morning with a hot-air balloon flight over the plains of Bagan. Enjoy the stunning views as the sun rises over the stupas and Irrawaddy River. This is truly an unforgettable and unique experience! (Note: available only from October to March)|
After breakfast, visit the colorful Nyaung Oo Market where villagers gather every day to buy and sell their produce and other goods. Continue to Myinkaba village and take a short walking tour to explore the temples of Manuha and Nan Paya.
Explore more temples in the area, visit more craft shops or return to your hotel for a break to relax from the mid-day heat.
This afternoon, continue to the rural village of Minnanthu, one of Bagan’s least visited areas. Here you will explore temples such as Payathonzu, Lemyentha, and Nandamannya before heading to the riverside pier. Board a local boat for a slow cruise down the Irrawaddy River. As you cruise the waters, observe the lifestyle of the fishermen and riverside villagers as well as enjoying the unique perspective of Bagan’s temples. Return to your hotel this evening.
Overnight in Bagan.
Day 4 Bagan – Heho (by flight) – Inle Lake (breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel
After breakfast, transfer to Bagan (Nyaung Oo) Airport for a flight to Heho.
From Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. We will also stop in Nyaung Shwe for a short walk around town and visit the colorful market, if open the given day.
Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaves.
Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand.
If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.
Overnight on Inle Lake.
Day 5 Inle Lake In Dien – Heho – Yangon (by flight) (breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel
After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5-day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: the market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day)
From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of In Dein. Explore the area on foot, strolling around the village, visiting a local school, and wander through the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area. Alaung Sitthou is filled with picturesque ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below.
After today’s tour, drive to the Heho Airport for the flight to Yangon and upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check in and for some well-deserved relaxing time.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 6 Yangon Departure (breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel Free for own activities till you leave for the airport. Transfer to Yangon airport to board the international flight.
Price, based on 3-6 persons travelling together
Tourist class hotels:
3-4 persons: CNY 7850 per double occupancy
5-6 persons: CNY 6850 per double occupancy
CNY 1810 single supplement
First class hotels:
3-4 persons: CNY 9660 per double occupancy
5-6 persons: CNY 8680 per double occupancy
CNY 3450 single supplement
Tour package includes:
-5 Nights’ accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
-Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B = breakfast)
-English-speaking station guides (different station guide in each destination)
-All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers
-Private motorized boat in Inle Lake
-Sunset cruise in Bagan
-Horse cart tours in Bagan
-Porter fees at airports
-Entrance fees for the visits as mentioned in the program
-Water and refreshing towels
Tour package does not include;
– Meals (Lunch & Dinner)
– Water & Towel
– Visa fee for Myanmar (PLEASE ASK OUR FURTHER ASSISTANT)
– International flight ticket from / to Yangon
– International airport departure tax (currently 10$)
– Other personal expenses
– Early Check In & Late Check Out at hotels
– Prices can increase depending upon fuel price.
– Passport must be valid 6 months after leaving Myanmar.
– Credit cards are not acceptable.
– Please be warned that partially torn, dirty and stained US Dollar notes will not be able to accept.
– Make sure to bring fresh bank notes without defects.
– Confirmation of room & price are subject to space availability at the time of booking only
– All rates are subject to change without prior notices.
– All above itinerary is flexible, depending on arrival or departure flights of passengers.
– Ground operator reserved the right to amend or adjust itinerary to match with real situation.
Hotels & Resorts
Tourist Class Hotels
Hotel Name: East Hotel Yangon (Deluxe room)
Information: New concept boutique hotel with all rooms designed carefully to appreciate local design and craft. The hotel have 45 guest rooms and 3 service apartments, where most of the rooms have Pagoda views and service provided by warm and friendly staff.
Location: Situated in the heart of Yangon downtown area, within walking distance and easily accessible to main shopping area and commercial centers.
Hotel Name: Shwe Yee Pwint Hotel Bagan (Superior room)
Information: All rooms have individually controlled air conditioning, IDD Telephone line, Satellite TV, Free internet and Wifi is available in the room, private bathroom with hot and cold shower, Safety Deposit Box and Mini Bar. Every rooms are designed in fusion of contemporary and local charm.
Location: located in New Bagan.
City: Heho (Inle Lake)
Hotel Name: Paradise Inle Resort Inle Lake (Deluxe room)
Information: Paradise Inle Resort offers relaxing holidays with its spa and wellness centre. The property has an on-site restaurant serving Asian food throughout the day. Free Wi-Fi access is offered in all areas. Boasting lake and mountain view from all units, Guests enjoy sun bathing on a sun terrace.
Location: Located in Nyaung Shwe, Paradise Inle Resort is a 25-minute boat-ride to Nyaung Shwe Jetty and a 45-minute boat-ride to Paung Daw Oo Pagoda. Heho Airport is a 30-minute drive from the property.
First Class Hotels
Hotel Name: Kandawgyi Palace Hotel Yangon (Deluxe room)
Information: The Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Yangon situated in its privileged position on the shores of the tranquil Kandawgyi Lake Retaining the traditions of Myanmar architecture using local golden teak and modern conveniences blend with the beautiful environs of the lake, gardens and original old rainforest make our Hotel the preferred destination in Yangon,
Location: Is situated on the Royal Lake in the centre of Yangon, Yangon,approximately 5 to 10 minutes walk Pagoda.
Hotel Name: Myanmar Treasure Resort Bagan (Superior room)
Information: Myanmar Treasure Resort, Bagan is situated inside the Bagan Archaeological Preservation zone. Surrounded by swaying palms and landscaped gardens, the hotel complex is a graceful blend of traditionalism and contemporary elegance. provide a majestic style restaurant, terrace bar and swimming pool.
Location: Located just five minutes away from the ancient monuments and pagodas
City: Heho (Inle Lake)
Hotel Name: Inle Resort & Spa (Royal Villa Lake Front)
Information: All Villas or cottages have every comfort to ensure that your stay at the Lake will be relaxing and enjoyable. offering an inspired range of dishes with many European, Indian, Thai, Chinese influences and a selection of Myanmar and Ethnic favorite’s delicacies. A cozy indoor air-conditioned bar and a outdoor lake bar.
Location: located on the shores of the Inlay Lake