Myanmar Great Legends

Myanmar Great Legends

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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.

Then start visit city tour in Yangon, with drive through the colonial style buildings downtown, the Chinatown area and the Indian quarter. Visit center's useful landmark, Sule Zedi with its golden octagonal pagoda. Continue to Temple of Chaukhtatgyi reclining Buddha. Stop alongside Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake to take photographs over the lake towards Shwedagon. Enjoy the sunset at Shwedagon pagoda

Yangon- Golden Rock Pagoda

Breakfast at hotel. Morning drive for 4 hours, through seemingly endless paddy fields to the small town of Kyaikto and on to the "base camp" of Kinpun, where take a truck up a bumpy track about half way up the mountain. Check into hotel. From here, walk up the path which climbs to the legendary "Golden Rock". (The climb takes around 1 hour and those unwilling, or not fit enough, to walk can hire four porters to carry them in a sedan chair). The climb offers magnificent views over the surrounding countryside and the opportunity to make friends with many local people who make the pilgrimage to Kyaikhtiyo. The incredible "Golden Rock" sits precariously on top of the mountain, and is said to balance thanks to a precisely placed hair relics of Buddha. Weather permitting, sunset views from Mount Kyaikhtiyo are amazing.

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is also known as Golden Rock is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Myanmar. It is a small pagoda (7.3 metres (24 ft)) built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha's hair. The balancing rock seems to defy gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill. The rock and the pagoda are at the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo. It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Burma after the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Mahamuni Pagoda. A glimpse of the "gravity defying" Golden Rock is believed to be enough of an inspiration for any person to turn to Buddhism.

Golden Rock Pagoda- Bago- Yangon

Breakfast at hotel. Walk down the mountain and return by truck to your car. Drive back to Yangon via Bago, bustling commercial town located nearest from Yangon (80 km) where visit Shwemawdaw pagoda which has a stupa inlaid with diamonds and is Bago's golden landmark. See Shwetharlyaung Buddha, which dates from 994 and is revered throughout Myanmar as the most beautiful Reclining Buddha. An optional tour is included on the way back to Yangon at the British War Cemetery near Htauk Kyan. Check into hotel.

Yangon- Bagan

Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to airport for flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and then visit
“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.

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.


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 - Mandalay

Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to Mandalay airport for flight to Heho. Upon arrival, drive journey towards Pindaya, visit Shwe Umin Cave pagoda and Shan umbrella making cottage. And then journey towards Inle Lake through hilly landscape. Arrival at hotel in the late afternoon.

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 – Heho – Pindaya - Inle

Breakfast at hotel. Full day excursion to the environs of Mandalay- the former capital of Amarapura and Mandalay's famous places for handicrafts such as gold-leaf making, tapestries and marionette making. In the afternoon, cross the small river by ferry boat to make joyful excursion by horse cart at Ava (Innwa); it was one of ancient Myanmar capitals before British annexation in 1885. Remarkable old brick monument of Menue & uniquely located wooden monastery of Bagaya and more than 600 monastic complexes on the hills at Sagaing are tour highlights. Return back for sunset over U Bein Bridge.

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. Morning transfer to Mandalay airport for flight to Heho. Upon arrival, drive journey towards Pindaya, visit Shwe Umin Cave pagoda and Shan umbrella making cottage. And then journey towards Inle Lake through hilly landscape. Arrival at hotel in the late afternoon.

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

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer by boat to the village of Mine Thauk on the Eastern Shore of Inle Lake. (If on market day - visit the market in Mine Thauk). Start trekking to Mine Thauk Monastery. Walk through this very scenic village. Magnificent overview on the Inle can be enjoyed. Continue by boat excursion to rarely- known site of Indein where certain hundreds of ancient brick stupas and pagodas dated back to 17 centaury. At the end of day sunset over the lake from hotel's terrace.

Inle Lake- Heho- Yangon Tour

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 hotel. Visit Bogyoke (Scott) market to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. Leisure time in the afternoon till transfer to the international airport.

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

Come with us for a romantic 12 day holiday around one of Asia’s most mysterious countries on theMyanmar Great Legendstour. For an experience that blends authentic and untouched Burma with the classic destinations of Bagan, Mandalay, and Inle, let us show you the legendary past and vibrant present of beautiful Myanmar. You’ll wander the colonial streets of bustling Yagan and see the holy golden pagodas of Shwedagon and Kyaikhtiyo. In Bagan you’ll experience the wonder of the thousand mist-draped stupas and the stunning sunsets from the Ayeyarwady riverbank, watch expert craftsmen create works of art from steel and silk, and explore the halls of shrines covered in mythological and tantric frescoes. In Mandalay you’ll be immersed in the ancient kingdoms of the Burmese empire. At Inle Lake you’ll find the peace of an earlier time while you watch purple sunsets over tranquil waters, fishermen rowing their boats, locals living in bamboo homes on stilts, and endless gardens that drift on the rippling surface of the lake. This tour will show you all the romance and wonder of Myanmar. Go with a loved one, explore this mysterious corner of the world, and make memories of the Myanmar Great Legends to last a


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Discovering Myanmar’s Legends
Reviewed On: Apr 12, 2023EmmaNew Zealand

My trip with Myanmar Great Legends Tour was an unforgettable experience. Our tour guide, Aung, was fantastic and took us to the most incredible sights in Kyaikhtiyo, Mandalay, and Inle Lake. The Golden Rock was an incredible sight to behold, and the tranquil Inle Lake was simply breathtaking. The tour was well-organized, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to explore Myanmar’s rich history and culture.
Emma New Zealand

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Reviewed On: Apr 12, 2023BenjaminAustralia

My trip with Myanmar Great Legends Tour was a fantastic adventure! Our tour guide, Su, was friendly and informative. Kyaikhtiyo’s Golden Rock was an incredible sight to behold, and the temples of Mandalay were breathtaking. Inle Lake’s peaceful atmosphere was also a highlight. This tour was well-organized and exceeded all my expectations. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to experience the legends and myths of Myanmar.
Benjamin Australia

An Amazing Adventure
Reviewed On: Apr 11, 2023BrandonUnited States

My recent trip with Myanmar Great Legends Tour was a breathtaking experience. Our tour guide, Thet, was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The highlight of our trip was Kyaikhtiyo, where we witnessed the stunning Golden Rock perched on the edge of a cliff. Mandalay’s ancient temples and the serene Inle Lake were also unforgettable. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to discover the fascinating legends and myths of Myanmar.
Brandon US

Unforgettable Memories
Reviewed On: Apr 05, 2023VictoriaAustralia

Myanmar Great Legends Tour exceeded all my expectations! The tour guide, Zaw, was friendly and knowledgeable about the history and culture of Myanmar. The Golden Rock in Kyaikhtiyo was the most impressive sight I’ve ever seen, and the sunset at Mandalay’s ancient temples was simply breathtaking. The peaceful atmosphere of Inle Lake was also a highlight. This tour is a must-do for anyone who wants to experience the rich legends of Myanmar.
Victoria Australia

Amazing Legends and Landscapes
Reviewed On: Apr 05, 2023MichaelUnited Kingdom

Myanmar Great Legends Tour was an amazing experience from start to finish. Our tour guide, Win, was knowledgeable and friendly. The Golden Rock in Kyaikhtiyo was awe-inspiring, and the ancient temples in Mandalay were breathtaking. The peaceful atmosphere of Inle Lake was also a highlight of the tour. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to discover the fascinating legends and landscapes of Myanmar.
Michael UK

Amazing adventure
Reviewed On: Oct 22, 2019Lim MeiwenSingapore

My adventure in Myanmar was one of the best travel experiences I have ever had! My tour guide Tommy went above and beyond to ensure that our group had an amazing adventure. The variety of activities and the opportunities to interact with local community members were what made this tour incredibly rich. I learned so much about the history, culture and development needs of Myanmar. This tour is a wonderful overview of Myanmar! I strongly recommend this tour to any one wanting an adventure of a lifetime!
Lim Meiwen-Singapore

Fantastic tour
Reviewed On: Oct 03, 2019Alan BrianCanada

I liked everything about this 12 days tour! Tam, the booking agent was always very responsive, professional, friendly and helpful. I liked the itinerary of five beautiful cities – lots to see there and was easier to get around. I also liked the variety of activities – temples, markets, nightlife, etc. The accommodations were very good. The guides were fantastic! So were the drivers. They all were very knowledgeable and so kind and helpful. I recommend ATA highly.
Alan Brian -Canadian

Lovely Myanmar
Reviewed On: Aug 22, 2018ArthurAustralia

Lovely country, friendly people. Amazing sights from temples to rivers to countryside. Nothing but a peaceful place. The wonderful trips on the river and lake – the involvement in local village life experienced whilst cycling on very bumpy roads. Hotels were very good, clean and well equipped. The food was excellent and very varied. Overall the trip was good value for money, well organised and with a variety of places to visit. We had a great trip. Everything exceeded our expectations.

Reviewed On: Aug 09, 2018CaydenBelgium

Amazing experience with a great group of people and a fun and organised tour leader. Our tour guide, was very friendly and a great host – lovely inside and out and very patient with us! He always recommended alternative activities on our “free time” days and accompanied us when asked, which was all the time! Over all I would strongly recommend this tour.


Wise choice
Reviewed On: Aug 08, 2018JoshuaAngola

This trip was very good! I usually travel independent, but this time I decided to do it with other people. To go with a professional guide, I could see and learn so much more about the country than on my own. Our guide really knows his country very well and explained us a lot about history and culture. The tour was packed with a lot of nice optional activities and was never boring. I thoroughly enjoyed, cycling around the temples in Bagan, trekking the hills around Kalaw, visiting local markets and seeing the fishermen at Inle Lake. It was fantastic.

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