Essence of Myanmar Culture

Essence of Myanmar Culture

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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.

Yagon – Heho – Inle Lake

After breakfast, depart the hotel for flight to Heho on the Shan plateau. Transfer by road to Inle Lake and transfer to our hotel by long tail boat across the lake. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. In the afternoon, we plan to spend the day visiting villages and sampling the spectacular array of traditional handicrafts. You will see the unique method locals use to row their boats, fishermen with their own style of fishing, floating farms and gardens and a handloom weaving cottage with its own showroom. You will visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda which houses the five most revered Buddha Images in the southern Shan State.

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.


After breakfast at hotel, visit the Indein Pagoda is located near the Indein creek; it is narrow and has many twist and turns. Paddy fields around the creek receive water from the creek. Here our beat start venturing into a small canal and pass through the beautiful scenery on the way to Pa O Hill tribe village. After visiting the local market, we enjoy walk to the very impressive ruins containing hundred ancient pagodas, some of which are hidden in the lush vegetation and overnight at hotel in Inle.

Inle Lake – Heho - Mandalay

After breakfast, we are heading back down country today to return to the airport at Heho for our flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, proceed to Mandalay and check in at hotel. Afternoon, visit the Old Palace grounds; Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world's largest book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Buddha's Doctrine; Golden Palace Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings and enjoy the panoramic view of the city from Mandalay Hill. Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.

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 - Mingun

After breakfast, you will be transferred for Jetty for a private boat across the river Ayeywarwaddy to visit Mingun. The dedications of King Bodawpaya such as the unfinished Pathodawgyi Pagoda a brick counterpart of pyramid in Egypt and the Mingun Bell, the second largest bell in the world are the most prominent religious heritages. Then visiting the Myatheintan Pagoda, the best representation of the Universe, will refresh your tiredness and fatigue. Return to Mandalay. In the afternoon, you will be taken a sightseeing tour of Mandalay which includes Mahamuni, a life like Buddha image. Mandalay is the last capital of Myanmar and that make her to be the best place to see all the traditional arts and crafts. Start visiting gold leaf making work-place and see how the gold leaf is being made by hand in a traditional way. Drive along to the south and see more industries such as bronze casting artisans, wood carvers, tapestry making ladies, and stone carvers, etc.

Mandalay – Bagan

After breakfast, we will check out from the hotel and continue to airport for your flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, check in to hotel and depart for a sightseeing excursion around the Bagan Archaeological Zone World Heritage Area. A comprehensive exploration of Bagan includes Nyaung Oo market; Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of later Myanmar stupas; Kyansittha Umin; Wet-kyi-inn Gubyaukgyi Temple with exquisite mural painting of 13th century and Htilominlo Temple. In the afternoon, after a visit to lacquer ware workshops; continue to Manuha Temple built by exile King Manuha; Nanphaya, said to have been the residence of King Manuha; Ananda Temple, architectural masterpiece and Oak-Kyaung monastery decorated with multi colour mural paintings. Enjoy the breathtaking sunset from one of the temple of Bagan.

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 – Yagon

This morning, we will be watching sunrise over Bagan (optional) and back to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast at hotel, we head to Mt. Popa about 48 km south east of Bagan. Mt. Popa, known as the abode of Nats (spirits) - a collection of 37 magical spirits both feared and honoured by some Myanmar people and the nat museum, which houses 37 life-size nat statues sculpted from teak. It's time to climb for 777 steps to the summit. Proceed to Popa Mountain Resort ( 1hr drive ) for our lunch. The restaurant offer a great view to the Popa summit that stands straight from the central plain. After lunch, return drive back to Bagan. On the way back, enroute stop at village cottage industry to learn the regional product as well as to watch the collection of juice from the palm trees, and its conversion to brown sugar. Check in at at Nyaung U airport and fly back to Yangon. Arrive Yangon and transfer to your hotel.

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.

Yangon Departure

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 Essence of 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.

Myanmar tour Packages: Our Essence of Myanmar Culture tour takes you on a 9-day journey from Irrawaddy villages to Buddhist shrines, with diversions away from the main sites and into the heart of the country. Admire architectural marvels, discover different cultures, and learn the secrets behind local arts and crafts on a journey to see the very best Myanmar has to offer. Flying north, touch down at Inle Lake, where you’ll stroll among weaving workshops and hilltribe markets. Witness the incredible leg-rowing Inthar fishermen, one of many ‘uniquely Burmese’ things you will see on your Myanmar tour. From there, you’ll head to Mandalay, a regal Burmese city and the gateway to the evocative former royal capitals. Spend two full days in Bagan, where the country’s history is reflected in the world-famous, mist-shrouded temples. Along with exploring the pagodas your Myanmar tour includes ample opportunities to wander amid the villages and crafts workshops of this tranquil town. Come immerse yourself in the beautiful and unique cultures of Burma, experience new ways of life, taste exotic delicacies, and soak up the Essence of Myanmar


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A Journey Through Myanmar’s Fascinating Culture
Reviewed On: Apr 13, 2023SamuelUnited Kingdom

If you’re looking for a tour that will take you on a journey through Myanmar’s fascinating culture, the Essence of Myanmar Culture Tour is definitely for you. From the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon to the serene Inle Lake and the ancient temples of Mandalay, I was blown away by the beauty and diversity of Myanmar’s cultural heritage. Our guide was fantastic and provided us with so much insight into the local customs and traditions. This tour is a must-do for anyone interested in immersing themselves in Myanmar’s rich culture.
Samuel UK

Get Immersed in Myanmar’s Unique Culture
Reviewed On: Apr 13, 2023BrownUnited States

The Essence of Myanmar Culture Tour was an unforgettable experience that allowed me to get fully immersed in Myanmar’s unique culture. From visiting the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon to exploring the floating villages of Inle Lake and the ancient temples of Mandalay, every stop on this tour was a new adventure. Our guide was fantastic and provided us with so much insight into the local customs and traditions. This tour is a great way to discover the many facets of Myanmar’s rich and fascinating culture.
Brown US

A Fascinating Cultural Journey
Reviewed On: Apr 06, 2023OliviaNew Zealand

It was an incredible journey that took me on a fascinating cultural adventure through Myanmar. From the bustling city streets of Yangon to the tranquil waters of Inle Lake and the ancient temples of Mandalay, every stop on this tour was a delight. Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate, and I learned so much about the country’s unique customs and traditions. I highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in experiencing Myanmar’s rich cultural heritage.
Olivia New Zealand

Experience Myanmar’s Rich Culture
Reviewed On: Apr 05, 2023BriannaUnited States

I had an amazing time on the Essence of Myanmar Culture Tour! From exploring the stunning pagodas in Yangon to the peaceful Inle Lake and bustling Mandalay, I felt like I got a true taste of Myanmar’s rich culture. The local guides were incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, and I loved learning about the history and traditions of each place we visited. Highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to immerse themselves in Myanmar’s vibrant culture!
Brianna US

Discover the Best of Myanmar’s Culture on This Tour
Reviewed On: Apr 05, 2023KaitlynAustralia

I recently went on the Essence of Myanmar Culture Tour and it was absolutely fantastic. From exploring the bustling streets of Yangon to the serene beauty of Inle Lake and the ancient city of Mandalay, this tour had it all. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about Myanmar’s culture and history, and it was such a pleasure learning from him. If you’re interested in discovering the best of Myanmar’s culture, I highly recommend this tour.
Kaitlyn Australia

Fabulous trip
Reviewed On: Oct 17, 2019Loet FredericusGermany

My Myanmar trip was fabulous, the tour encompasses some of the safest and friendliest places in Asia. The people are a delight, always smiling and happy, willing to say hello and never a problem if you want that special photo opportunity. The big tip is to try to learn a few basic words or phrases before you go and the welcome mat will always be extended.
Loet Fredericus-Dutch

The best way to travel to Myanmar
Reviewed On: Oct 03, 2019DominikGermany

“I traveled with ATA with my family and we were very satisfied with them for many reasons. ATA gave an answer quickly. The staff works efficiently. I had a super experience touring Myanmar in 9 days and it wasn’t made possible without the help of my travel consultant Mr. Hong. He was all the time with me if I had any questions and problems. Also, their cost is very affordable and the services are outstanding.
During our 5 days in Myanmar, they introduced us interesting knowledge about beautiful sites in Yangon and Bagan. I really wish I had more time during my stay because I really wanted to do another tour with them. I will return with ATA next time for sure! Highly recommend to everyone!
Dominik -German”

9D8N Private Tour of Yangon-Mandalay-Bagan
Reviewed On: Nov 02, 2018Kota KinabaluAustralia

Our group of 6 just returned from a 5 Days 4 Nights private tour of Myanmar covering 3 cities; Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan.
Overall the whole trip went without a hitch and was organized very well by Ms Nguyen Xoa. The three tour guides spoke excellent English as well as very well versed in the historical background of the various historical sites that we visited.
Everything went smoothly; from the 2 internal flights to the 4-hour drive from Mandalay to Bagan. The drivers were safe and responsible drivers, the cars were clean and comfortable. The 3 hotels we stayed in were safe with adequate amenities and attentive staff.
The tour agent in Yangon, Ms Myint, even gave each of us a present which we appreciate very much.
We plan to return again to Bagan, Myanmar for the hot air balloon ride because ours was cancelled due to adverse wind conditions (nothing at all to do with the tour just bad weather). Refunds of the rides were given promptly. And we will surely appoint Asia Tour Advisor again to arrange for our next trip.
We highly recommend Asia Tour Advisor and rest assured that the service given will surely be 5-star! Thank you to everyone who made my and my friends’ trip so enjoyable.
Kota Kinabalu

Friendly country
Reviewed On: Sep 19, 2018HarperBelgium

An excellent trip. The Bagan temples were awe inspiring, especially seeing them at sunset. People are friendly and open. Xoa was a knowledgeable, friendly and extremely helpful tour guide. I would recommend you visit now otherwise Myanmar will soon become crownded.

Great experience
Reviewed On: Jul 04, 2018JessieUnited States

Great country, great experience. Trip was a very good balance between interesting agenda and downtime. The trip ran extremely smoothly and effortlessly. The trip leader was always available, full of knowledge and genuinely was pleased to share his country with the travel group. I would recommend this trip for anyone who wants adventure but also some downtime on the holiday.

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