Discovery of Myanmar

Discovery of Myanmar

12 Days

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Yangon Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be met outside the baggage claim area by your guide who will escort you to a waiting vehicle for your transfer to downtown with a brief introduction en route. Your guide will be holding a welcome signboard with the ASIA TOUR ADVISOR LOGO & your name. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Yagon.

Located in the fertile delta region of central Burma (Myanmar), the former capital and waterfront city of Yangon with its crumbling British colonial mansions and ancient stupas, thriving restaurants and lively bars, is a melting pot of old and new. Home to over four million inhabitants, it's a sprawling city, the streets interspersed with parks and lakes, much of its allure stemming from the colourful street life. Marvel at the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, wander the cobblestone streets of Bogyoke Market or simply watch the rickshaw drivers in their striped longyis (sarongs) peddle lazily through the streets as you sip on a cup of tea at a roadside tea stall.

Yagon Tour

Accompanied by your guide explore the sights of Yangon. Begin with a visit to the octagonal Sule Pagoda. Originally an Indian structure but now Burmese, it is thought to be over 2,000 years old and said to enshrine a hair of the Buddha. Stroll through downtown Yangon with its faded colonial buildings and leafy boulevards and visit the beautiful colonial style Post Office. Watch the locals going about their daily business as you pass Mahabandoola Park, named after General Maha Bandula who fought against the British in the First Anglo-Burmese War. The park includes the Independence Monument, an obelisk which commemorates Burmese independence gained from the British in 1948. Next visit Chaukhtatgyi and the Reclining Buddha which measures 70 metres (230 feet) in length.

In the afternoon you visit the National Museum, the principle museum of Burmese art, history and culture. The museum was founded in 1952 and houses an extensive collection of ancient artefacts, ornaments, art works, inscriptions and historic memorabilia, related to history, culture and the civilisation of the Burmese people.

Next stop is Bogyoke Market, one of the oldest markets in Yangon, with colonial architecture and cobbled streets. It offers Burmese handicrafts and gemstones but also has traditional Burmese and Chinese food stalls. After the market, head to the Indian Quarter for a very different view of the city. Here you will find Hindu Temples and street stalls selling Indian food. End the day with a visit to the breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda, or Golden Pagoda, its stupa dominating the city’s skyline. This is one of the holiest places in Burma, and one reason why Burma is known as the "Land of Golden Pagodas". The pagoda itself is 99 metres (326 feet) high, studded with solid gold plates and decorated with diamonds and other precious jewels.

Yangon- Mandalay

Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to Yangon airport for flight to Mandalay. Drive from Mandalay airport to the ancient city of Amarapura, where you will visit Mahagandayon Monastery, home to more than 800 monks whom you can see having their morning meal. Continue to nearby U-Bein Bridge, which is over a kilometer long and made entirely of teak, and take a walk along the bridge. Check into hotel at late morning. In the afternoon, city tour is to enjoy a boat trip to Mingun, site of a brick pagoda towering 50 meters above the Ayeyarwady River, and home of the world's largest intact bell. The boat trip is interesting for all types of wooden boats and bamboo rafts, carrying goods up and down the river. Return to your hotel on the moment of panoramic sunset on the river.

The trishaw was invented in 1930 in Mandalay and became the most popular form of public transportation. Burmese trishaws are unique in that they have two passenger seats on one side of the paddler and are the ideal vehicle for travelling along the narrow laneways of Burmese towns.

Mandalay

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, after crossing small canal, visit Ava (Innwa), located on an island between the Ayeyarwady and the Myitnge River. You will visit Ava by horse carts and pass through the ancient city walls to visit a brick and stucco monastery called Mahaaungmye Bonzan (also known as Ok Kyaung). Continue to Nanmyin Watch Tower- the climb to the top offers lovely views over the river. See also the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung. Time permitting, visit homes in the village to see local handicrafts, such as silk weaving, cane mats, and alms bowls.

Return to Mandalay for continuous sightseeing with gold leaf making work, Mahamuni pagoda, home to Mandalay's holiest Buddha statue. Stop nearby to view stone carving. Then, visit Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carvings, which was once King Mindon's home. Continue to see "world's largest book", being the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs, at Kuthodaw pagoda. Visit Kyaukdawgyi pagoda at see a large Buddha statue carved out of a single block of local marble. Enjoy spectacular views at sunset from Mandalay Hill where there are interesting glass-studded temples. Return to your hotel.

Mandalay- Monywa

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, leave Mandalay and cross Ava Bridge, which was built by British engineers, and visit picturesque Sagaing hills, this is perhaps the living center of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today and hillsides are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Continue to Monywa, before arriving; visit Thanboddhe Temple, richly decorated central stupa has no less than 845 smaller stupas around it. Inside the Zedi, you will see thousands of Buddha images (reportedly over 55,000) decorating every wall, archway and niche. The building in the compound have interesting jataka relieves and there is a huge reclining Buddha nearly. Check into hotel at late morning. In the afternoon, take a local ferry across the Chindwin River and drive to visit a sandstone cave system in the Phowin Taung. These caves, numbering more than one hundred, are full of Buddhist statues and murals. Most exhibit the Innwa style but some may date from the 14th century. Nearby visit Shweba Taung which features unique pavilions cut from the surrounding sandstone and filled with Buddha images.

Monywa- Bagan

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, leave Monywa; drive back towards Myinmu where to join river cruise, departing from Mandalay, at Myinmu's small jetty at bustling atmosphere. This cruise allows you to admire all daily life styles of people, living on the banks of Ayeyarwady. Relax on board and observe the nation's dry zone scenes with typical palm-trees and ground-nut fields. Estimated arrival time at Bagan around late afternoon when the spectacular sunset could be seen from the ancient archeological site as memorable moment. Check into hotel. Free time.

The ancient city of Bagan was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan from the 9th to 13th centuries and built over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries on the Bagan plains alone. Today around 2,200 of the original temples and pagodas remaining standing.

Bagan

Breakfast at hotel. Full day Bagan sightseeing tour. Golden stupa of Shwezigon pagoda, which is Pagan's most important reliquary shrine – look out for images of 37 "Nats" housed in a small hall. See 12th century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansitta "Cave" temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi, another "cave" temple with fine frescoes of "jataka tales". Next stoop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Pass through Tharabar Gateway into Old Bagan. In the afternoon, visit Ananda temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters – Thatbuinnyu known as ": temple of omniscience" and dating from 1091. Next, visit Dhamayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from end of 12th century which is famous for its interlocking mortar less brickwork. Continue to Mingalarzedi, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture”

Then, visit local lacquer workshop to watch craftsmen skillfully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts. Short ride by horse carts at the sunset time, and climb to the top of Shwesandaw stupa to enjoy, magnificent views over Pagan's temples and the Ayeyarwady River. Return to hotel after sunset.

Bagan

Breakfast at hotel. Second day visit comprises. Early morning visit to Nyaung-U local market, and then continue to Sulamani, one of Pagan's great two-storied Bamar style temples which have 4 seated Buddha images. And visit Lemethna temple, topped by an Indian-style spire similar to Ananda. Then, the three shrines of Payathonzu which are connected by passages adorned with Mahayanist or Tantric mural paintings. Visit Nandamanya temple with fine frescoes and an unexpectedly erotic mural. Take a break from temples and wander through the village of Minnanthu to see how the local people live.

In the afternoon, visit Abeyardanar, temple with frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the gods of Indian mythology. Continue to Nanpaya temple, built in the Mon style with intricate stone carvings, and said once to have been Manuha's residence. See the four Buddha images in Manuha's pagoda and then, stop at Myazedi stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages”

Bagan- Heho- Pindaya- Inle Lake

Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to Bagan airport to fly to Heho, upon arrival drive towards Pindaya, located on the mountain top of 1,300 meters above sea level. Upon arrival, visit the place's famous natural limestone caves with sacred Buddha images inside which are named as ShweOoMin pagoda. Visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper and parasols. Also walking around the lake, under the colossal Banyan trees dated over 300 years old. Proceed to Inle Lake through beautiful landscape of Shan state. Transfer to hotel, located on the Lake by motorized boat. Check-in at hotel.

At an altitude of 880 metres (2,900 feet) the freshwater lake of Inle is not only one of the highest lakes in the country but is one of the biggest. The lake is home to the Intha people who have lived, worked and survived off the lake for generations. They live in wooden and woven bamboo stilt houses surrounded by floating gardens. Inle’s constant source of moisture and its climate permits the Inthas to grow crops throughout the year. The most distinctive part of the Intha culture is the unique way they row their small wooden boats using their legs.

Inle Lake

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy the boat excursion on Inle Lake – “Photographer’s dream, its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic high hills provide the perfect backdrop”. See the lake's unique "leg rowers" –Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. Visit Phaung Daw Oo pagoda, the holiest religious site in Shan State. See traditional handicrafts-silk weaving on wooden handlooms and a blacksmith shop. Pass endless floating gardens, where fruits and vegetations are grown. Stop at Ngaphe Kyaung monastery which is famous for its "jumping cats". Return to hotel on the moment of beautiful sunset.

Inle Lake- Heho- Yangon

Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to Heho for fly back to Yangon. Check-in at hotel. Visit to Kaba Aye (World Peace) Pagoda and Mahapasana Guha Cave, where the Sixth Buddhist Council took place, and unique Glass Factory with skilled craftsmen hand-blowing glass and creating original glassware. Proceed to National Museum with an 8-meter-high Golden Lion Throne and Mandalay Royal Regalia. Continue to Yangon's oldest Chinese temple and the riverside Botataung Pagoda. Return to hotel.

Breakfast at your hotel. Free time for visiting city or shopping until pick you up and transfer you to airport for your departure flight.

Finish unforgettable Myanmar Tour with Asia Tour Advisor Co.,. Good bye & see you in the next time! AsiaTourAdvisor can arrange additional customized trips for you if the above itinerary does not match your expectations.

 Come discover Myanmar on this 12 day trip of a lifetime! You’ll see all the best sites while still taking time to meet locals and immerse yourself in the timeless culture of Burma. From stunning views to delicious foods, friendly people to priceless relics– let us show you all the amazing things worth discovering here in Myanmar. Explore the cobbled streets of old Yangon and see the ornate stupas that give Burma its nickname, “the land of the golden pagodas.” Lose yourself in the ancient kingdom cities of Mandalay, drift down the Ayeyarwady river on a day cruise and watch the sun go down over rice paddies and fishing villages, meet artisans and see them weave silk and mold pottery, wander through mysterious caves filled with Buddhist relics and priceless works of art. Let yourself be astounded by the world-renowned temples of Bagan, where thousands of stupas dot the horizon with mist-shrouded mystique. At Inle Lake find peace and tranquility as you drift the floating gardens and befriend the local fishermen rowing their boats with their feet. This Discovery of Myanmar tour will let you fully experience the wonders of Burma, so come with us to explore, play, relax, and make some incredible memories.

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The Magic of Myanmar
Reviewed On: Apr 12, 2023MarkAustralia

Our tour of Yangon, Mandalay, and Inle Lake was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our guide, Khin, was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, showing us the best sights and hidden gems of each location. From the breathtaking temples of Yangon to the serene beauty of Inle Lake, every moment of our trip was filled with wonder and amazement. We highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to discover the magic of Myanmar.
Mark Australia

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Exceptional
Reviewed On: Apr 12, 2023JohnUnited States

Our tour guide, Aung, was exceptional! He showed us the highlights of Yangon, Mandalay, and Inle Lake, and we were blown away by the beauty and richness of Myanmar’s culture and history. From the bustling streets of Yangon to the tranquil waters of Inle Lake, each destination was unique and memorable. Highly recommend.
John US

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Amazing trip
Reviewed On: Apr 12, 2023ChristopherAustralia

The tour was well-organized. The scenes were the impressive. Our guide, Win, was amazing! He took us on a journey through Myanmar’s history and culture, showing us the hidden gems of Yangon, Mandalay, and Inle Lake. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to discover the fascinating places of Myanmar.
Christopher Australia

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Myanmar Adventure
Reviewed On: Apr 06, 2023JoshuaNew Zealand

We were in awe of the stunning pagodas and temples, and the serene beauty of Inle Lake was simply unforgettable. Our tour guide, Hla, was fantastic! He shared his vast knowledge of Myanmar’s rich history and culture, taking us to the most beautiful and unique places in Yangon, Mandalay, and Inle Lake. This tour was the perfect way to experience Myanmar’s hidden gems, and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for an adventure.
Joshua New Zealand

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Fantastic
Reviewed On: Apr 06, 2023OliviaUnited Kingdom

We were led on a journey through the heart of Myanmar, showing us the best sights in Yangon, Mandalay, and Inle Lake. The ancient temples and pagodas were breathtaking, and the natural beauty of Inle Lake was unforgettable. This tour was the perfect way to experience the wonders of Myanmar.
Olivia UK

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“Amazing trip with AsiaTourAdvisor”
Reviewed On: Jan 11, 2023Kim EbnerSouth Africa

I’d been having some trouble trying to book and organise a trip to Bagan, I currently live in Yangon with no bank card and a very dodgy internet connection! I was recommended AsiaTourAsvisor by a friend.. what an amazing discovery it was!
I arranged the booking by email and went to their office in Yangon to make the payment. I was greeted by some very pleasant staff and seated in a lovely room and given a cold bottle of water, exactly what I needed..! I had some special requirements as I was making the booking for a surprise birthday trip for my boyfriend, the requirements were noted with a smile and no problems at all. When I arrived in Bagan, the airport transfer was waiting, a very modern mini van and a nice guy with a big smile holding a big sign saying happy birthday and my boyfriends name, he loved it! The hotel I had also booked through AsiaTourAdvisor had been notified by them that it was a special birthday. We had a big birthday cake left in our amazing room, every single hotel staff member said happy birthday to my boyfriend and we were treated like royalty throughout.

After so much stress of trying to arrange a birthday surprise trip, this was more than I could have hoped for thanks to AsiaTourAdvisor, I will definitely be using them for my next trip

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Memorable Myanmar with Asia Tour Advisor
Reviewed On: Oct 04, 2019KarolCanada

Mr. Tran was the one who organized everything for me, and it was 100% satisfying and enjoyable. I have nothing to complain about. The driver and guides are always on time. Even the hotels were comfortable and convenient. Every destination I visited was fabulous. I love the country and its legend. This trip is something that I will remember for the year to come. Definitely suggest Mr. Tran and Asia Tour Advisor to all our family and friends.
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Very satisfied!
Reviewed On: Dec 03, 2018WillieUnited States

A fabulous trip to a friendly country, with delightful people, wonderful food and many, many temples! There were so many wonderful days. The golden Shwedagon Pagoda, the boat on the Irrawaddy, finally seeing the iconic U Bein’s Bridge, Inle Lake and trekking in Kalaw were all amazing. Just seeing the local people going about their business and spending time interacting with them was interesting. Don’t forget to make the most of the bikes or horse & carts in Bagan, they’re both a great way of getting around on your own to see beautiful landscapes.
Willie

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Excellent trip
Reviewed On: Nov 21, 2018LeonAustralia

An excellent trip including the amazing Bagan temples and Shan Stupas with the added variety of a couple of day long boat trips and even some cycling. The towns and cities were inviting from bustling Yangon to laid-back Nyaungshwe. The Buddhas came in all shapes and sizes and there were thousands of them. Food quality was good. Highly recommend to those who love Asia.

Leon

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Impeccable
Reviewed On: Jun 20, 2018GunnarBelize

Tham was always very positive and fun and informative. Timings were impeccable – we set off on time. We spent the right amount of time everywhere and squeezed so much into the trip without it seeming too much. Excellent all round.
Gunnar

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