YANGON BAGAN MANDALAY TOUR
6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS – A GLIMPSE OF MYANMAR
(YANGON – BAGAN – MANDALAY – AMARAPURA – HEHO – INLE LAKE – INDEIN – YANGON)
DAY 1: YANGON / Arrival
Mingalabar, translates to welcome in Yangon! Your guide awaits you at the airport.
On the way to the hotel you have a stopover at the Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda (a huge reclining Buddha), Karaweik Hall, a Royal floating barge on the Royal Lake for a photo stop. Then arrive at your hotel for check in. Have your lunch time and then continue your Yangon day:
Ask your guide to drive you to the Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda – surely as good as zero tourists there. It is covered in mirrors with jade green interspersed. One can walk into the interior of the pagoda, kind of a rotunda style hall with Buddha Images of all shapes and sizes. This pagoda is also known as the “Diamond Reflections Pagoda”, it is one of Myanmar’s more majestic religious temples and just a stone’s throw from the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is next on your plan.
The Shwedagon Pagoda described by Somerset Maugham: “The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city.” This massive bell-shaped stupa rises nearly 100 meters above its hill-top surroundings. Wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, Temples, and Buddha images, and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe. Shwedagon has become the symbol of Myanmar. Enjoy the sunset over the Pagoda.
If you have time left, explore with guide China town.
DAY 2: YANGON – BAGAN – its Temples & villages
Morning flight to Bagan. Before you drop of your luggage at the hotel, visit the colourful morning market in Nyaung Oo. Then only drive to your hotel.
If you need a coffee or to rejuvenate than follow your guide to one of the typical Burmese tea shops, sip your coffee on little stools and why not having a Burmese breakfast and enjoy the atmosphere around you. Refreshed? Start your temple tour. Bagan has over 2,000 temples and pagodas of various sizes in varying states of repair and spread across the plain. You will visit
- The Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine,
- The Gubyaukgyi, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes,
- and Ananda Temple with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures and niches around the galleried interior.
Leave the main archeological zone to discover a different side of Bagan. Visit two of the 19 villages of Bagan. You will have the opportunity to interact with villagers and observe how cart wrights make traditional bullock carts. These carts are still used by farmers throughout the country. Explore Min Na Thu village, Kyaw-Sawe village OR whatever your guide recommends you, and watch how people here weave bamboo and horsehair cups… an amazing process. This is far more interesting than a quick shopping tour at a “lacquer ware shop” located along the main road in town. Sunset? Ask your guide where it’s best!
DAY 3: BAGAN – MANDALAY & AMARAPURA
After breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay.
Upon arrival drive into Mandalay city and visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, with its spectacular Buddha image covered in thick layers of gold leaf. From here proceed to a little workshop which produces the famous gold leaves this ‘MUST SEE’ is one of the still ancient gold leaf producer (yes the leaves which are now decorating the Mahamuni Buddha). Time surely stood still here. Half-naked men in over 20 gold leaf workshops in Mandalay pound 12 gram gold pieces into the thinnest flat gold sheet ever: 0.75 inch wide and 5 feet long which then divided into 200 pieces. A coconut timer counts each time for 3 minutes and few seconds to sink completely into water… Follow the whole procedure! Then visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings, Atumashi Monastery, the “Incomparable Monastery”, and the Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s Biggest Book for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures. Finally drive up to Mandalay Hill, a vantage-point for panoramic view of the city. One famous song in Myanmar said “if you want to live long, you have to go Mandalay Hill.
In the afternoon proceed to Amarapura the “City of Immortals”. Amarapura was the capital of upper Burma until 1850. As was the custom, most of the important wooden palaces and monasteries were taken down and transported to the new capital in Mandalay. Visit to a house of hand weaving looms, where, they produce silk and cotton textiles. Amarapura’s silk has a very unique pattern, sometimes; some patterns even take 3 months to finish a longyi. Then have a leisure walk at U Bein teak wood bridge, which is over 150 years old. Atmosphere during sunset is sometimes spectacular!
DAY 4: MANDALY – HEHO – NYUANGSHWE/INLE LAKE
After breakfast morning flight to Heho. Upon arrival drive to Nyaungshwe, a town at the north of Inle Lake. Take your own private Inthar Style sampa for your excursion on Inle Lake (25 km) famous for its unique one-leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life. Today you only have time to visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda housing five sacred and almost shapeless Buddha images, contorted because of the quantity of applied gold leaf, gifts from the believers. Time left? Ask your guides what more to do! (Sightseeing depends on arrival time in Nyaungshwe)
DAY 5: NYAUNGSHWE – INDEIN – HEHO – YANGON
This morning at 8 am after breakfast you will head to the jetty and enjoy a 1 ½ hour boat tour to Indein, see the ancient Bagan + Shan style pagodas, built during Bagan period, passing the beautiful scenery with tall grasses and little water steps. The ruin pagodas, hidden in the bushes will give you an impression that you were back to the 12th century… You will have a pm transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight to Yangon. Transfer to your hotel hotel and overnight in Yangon.
Explore China Town on your own!
DAY 6: YANGON/DPT DAY
After breakfast check out. Your guide picks you up for a local train ride within Yangon. Drive to the old Railway station and board the circular train. The slowly traveling train gives you the unique opportunity to enjoy observing the lively and colorful life of the rural Burmese people. Disembark after 45 minutes – 1 hour in Insein township. One of the city’s best fresh markets is here, filled with vendors and piles of colorful items for sale. Spend time walking amid the stalls examining the fruits, produce and meats on sale as well as chatting with the friendly locals. Transfer by car back to the city and have your lunch time at the Monsoon Restaurant (colonial house), which offers Asian cuisine for affordable price in a very nice ambiance. Next is you visit the Bogyoket market (Mondays closed), the best ‘shopping place’ in Yangon if not in Myanmar… for the foreign travelers popular as a ‘souvenir market’, however this is the main market for Yangoners offering them more than 2000 shops. Majority of people are still locals. Transfer to intl. airport.
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PLEASE ASK FOR SUMMER SPECIALS FROM MAY 1 – SEPTEMBER 30
Tour Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Tour Operates: Year Round / On Demand / Christmas – New Year price might increase
Tour Price for more than 2 Persons: Available upon Request
A.m. prices are a guide line only. Please kindly contact us to get the best price as due to the fluctuation of the exchange rate as well as hotels might be already fully booked on your requested date (we then have to switch to a similar hotel category) the rates vary. Best is to get your travel period and your specific travel requirements.
Also during Christmas and New Year time some hotels charge compulsory Christmas and New Year Eve Dinners. Some hotels only announce these shortly before the Christmas holidays. Please contact us for further information.
Bed and breakfast in double sharing room, domestic flights by Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, Asian Wings, Yangon Air or Air Kanbawza, boat on Inle Lake, air-con car/van/bus throughout the tour, English/ German/ Spanish/Italian/French or Russian speaking guide throughout the tour, entrance fees as indicated in our itinerary, porter fees at the airport and jetties.
International flight to/from Yangon, visa fees, early check-in and late check-out, porter fees at the hotels, tips, beverages, bank handling fees, Balloon over Bagan, etc.