The Best of Myanmar

The Best of Myanmar

14 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.

Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo - Golden Rock

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.

Kyaikhtiyo - Bago – Yangon

After breakfast, head back toward Yangon. Along the way, stop at Bago, the 6th century capital of the Mon kingdom where you'll visit gilded Mon style pagodas and a graceful reclining Buddha. Return to Yangon in the evening after a stop at the Allied War Cemetery.
Accommodation: Hotel in Golden Rock
Includes: English speaking guide – Car transfer – 01 lunch – entrance fees

Yangon - Heho - Inle Lake

After a flight from Yangon to Heho, you'll be driven to Nyaung Shwe, your gateway to the captivating Inle Lake. You'll pass among the leg-rowing fisherman as your private motorboat takes you to lakeside monasteries and pagodas. Your visit will also include a special tour of the Inpawkhone weaving village, and a factory were the local cheroot cigars are rolled.

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

This morning you'll browse among stalls at the lake market, where residents of the region's Shan hill tribes come to shop and show their wares. Afterward, you'll visit the village of In Dein, where you'll be guided to see ancient stupas at Alaung Sitthou.

Inle Lake - Heho – Mandalay

The morning is yours to enjoy the pastoral pace of the lake or opt for a cycling excursion to a nearby vineyard. After a flight to Mandalay in the afternoon, you'll be transferred to your hotel. Explore the town at leisure, and enjoy the view of the sun fading over the countryside from on top of Mandalay Hill.

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 - Amarapura - Ava - Sagaing - Mandalay

Set out from Mandalay to discover three of Myanmar's ancient capitals: Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing. Your journey into the kingdom's regal history will take you to the country's largest monastery, a workshop where colorful silks are woven, and the ruined remains of the Royal Palace. Crossing the Irrawaddy in the afternoon, you'll be transported to Sagaing, a city with more than 600 ivory-hued pagodas, before ending the day at the U Bein teak bridge.

Mandalay - Mingun – Mandalay

After breakfast you'll board a private local boat for a trip up the Irrawaddy to Mingun, site of the beautiful Hsinbyume Pagoda. After returning to Mandalay in the afternoon, you'll be taken to Mahamuni Pagoda, where you can gaze at the venerated statue of Buddha covered in delicate gold leaf. Before ending the day, you'll also visit the Shwenandaw Manastery and Kuthodaw and Kyaiktawgyi Pagodas.

Mandalay –Monywa

A drive from Mandalay will carry you to Monywa, a charming Burmese town set on the Chindwin River. Visit Thanboddhay Pagoda, a huge temple that houses over 500,000 Buddha images. Also stop at Boditahtaung Pagoda which houses the largest reclining Buddha image in Myanmar and witness the largest standing Buddha nearby. Head to the river banks to enjoy the sunset and the calming conclusion to the day.

Monywa - Powintaung - Pakkoku - Bagan

Head to Powintaung, home to 947 sandstone caves, believed to hold some of Southeast Asia's richest collection of mural paintings and Buddha statues. Nearby is Shwe Ba Taung, where monasteries and temples are carved out rocky narrow cliffs. Travel through the countryside for a stop at Kyet Su Kin village, with time to experience the lifestyle and culture of rural Burma. Next up is Pakokku, known for its traditional Burmese leather slipper making. Proceed to the jetty and board a private local boat in Pakkoku for a leisurely, two hour cruise downriver to 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

The thousands of pagodas and temples you'll encounter in Bagan will make it one of the most unforgettable cities in Asia. Your time in this magnificent town will take you from the glittering golden stupa of the Shwezigon Pagon, to the murals of the Wetkyi-Gubyaukgyi cave shrine, to the elegant plaster carvings of Htilominto Temple. This afternoon, catch a horse carriage from under the shadow of graceful Ananada Temple for a ride among the beautiful ruins of the town.

Bagan

Today you have a choice of excursions in the Bagan area. Follow in the steps of a famous legend by jeep and boat, explore the unusual nat worshipping culture with a trip to Mt Popa and Salay or bike through temples and rural villages for a different perspective of Bagan life.

Bagan - Yangon

Return to Yangon this morning by plane. Spend an afternoon walking among the faded pastel shutters of colonial buildings in downtown Yangon as your guide shows you the hidden corners and main sites of the atmospheric city centre.

Depart Yangon

Today is at your leisure to explore on your own or for those with a bit more time, we encourage you to take one of our insider tours. Then pick you up and transfer you to the 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.

Let us show you the very best of Myanmar on this 14 day tour. Your journey will take you from the former capital of Yangon to Inle Lake with its stilt-houses and floating gardens and on to the mist-shrouded temples of Bagan. You will experience the fast-paced urban centers as well as the peaceful country-side, you will see Burma’s most famous sites and along with its traditional cultural heritage. Yangon is home to diversity and vibrant urban life, where you can explore the bustling Bogyoke marketplace and the Shwedagon Pagoda. From there you’ll travel to see the gravity-defying Golden Rock, considered a holy pilgrimage for devout Buddhists, and on to the ancient Mon capital for a taste of rural Burma. Then you’re headed to Inle Lake to wander floating markets and immerse yourself in hilltribe culture, where fishermen row their boats with their legs and the pace of life is slower, simpler. In Mandalay you’ll find the ancient remains of a regal kingdom, with ivory pagodas and flowing silks. As you make your way towards Bagan you’ll get the chance to break away from the tourist trails and find Monywa and Pakokku, where traditional Burmese village life still carries on at a steady rhythm. Wander the labyrinth sandstone halls of Po Win Taung and listen to the monks chant in their hidden temples as you drift down the Irrawaddy River by boat. When you arrive in Bagan you will know it; the thousands of stupas that glitter under the sun make this one of the most impressively beautiful places in all of Asia. Sunrises and sunsets over the misty temples will leave you breathless but give you memories to last a lifetime. Come with us to explore the Best of Myanmar. Wander and relax in this ancient world, taste and see the flavors and colors of this vibrant culture, immerse yourself in the adventures of exploring the very best of Myanmar.

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A once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Reviewed On: Apr 12, 2023DavidNew Zealand

The highlight for us was definitely the sunrise at Kyaikhtiyo Golden Rock. Inle Lake and Mandalay were also breathtakingly beautiful. Yangon was a perfect introduction to Myanmar and we loved strolling around the city and seeing the incredible architecture. Our guide, Kyaw, was fantastic and shared so much information about the history and culture of each destination. Don’t miss out on this incredible tour!
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Incredible
Reviewed On: Apr 06, 2023RyanAustralia

The Best of Myanmar tour was an incredible experience that we will never forget! Our guide, Phyo, was fantastic and made sure we got the most out of each destination. The Kyaikhtiyo Golden Rock was breathtaking and Inle Lake was so peaceful and beautiful. We loved exploring the ancient temples and learning about the history of Mandalay. Yangon was a great starting point and we enjoyed the delicious local cuisine. We highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to experience the best of Myanmar!
Ryan Australia

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Amazing tour that showcased the best of Myanmar
Reviewed On: Apr 05, 2023TaylorUnited States

Our tour guide, Aung, was knowledgeable and made sure we didn’t miss anything. We were awed by the majestic Kyaikhtiyo Golden Rock, enjoyed a peaceful boat ride on Inle Lake, and explored the ancient city of Mandalay. Yangon was a great starting point to experience the vibrant culture and delicious food of Myanmar. Highly recommended!”
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This tour was truly the best of Myanmar
Reviewed On: Apr 05, 2023OliviaUnited States

The Kyaikhtiyo Golden Rock was a sight to behold and Inle Lake was so peaceful and serene. Mandalay was a treat for history buffs, and the bustling streets of Yangon were so much fun to explore. The food was a highlight of the tour, with so many delicious local dishes to try. Our guide, San, was so friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to experience the best of Myanmar!
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Amazing time
Reviewed On: Apr 05, 2023ConnorUnited Kingdom

We loved seeing the sunrise at Kyaikhtiyo Golden Rock and experiencing the beautiful scenery of Inle Lake. Mandalay was a highlight for us, with its rich history and beautiful temples. Yangon was also a great starting point and we enjoyed exploring the city and trying the delicious food. This tour exceeded our expectations and we highly recommend it!
Connor UK

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Delightful
Reviewed On: Oct 24, 2019Chan ZhicongSingapore

The ‘Best of Myanmar’ was an excellent introduction to the unexpected delights that Myanmar has to offer. Our guide Tommy was an exceptional leader, truly passionate and knowledgeable about his country. It was a privilege to travel with him and experience all the beauty of Myanmar. Loved it! Chan Zhicong-Singapore

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Good 14 days tour
Reviewed On: Oct 03, 2019Alison MaryUnited Kingdom

After a lot of research we decided to book ATA and we must say that there was no regret at all. Everything on the trip went well, all cars and guides on time and all guides spoke good English. The sites seen were well chosen and explained plus the hotels were nice. Highly recommended.
Alison Mary-UK

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Perfect everything
Reviewed On: Sep 21, 2018JakeArmenia

Just got back from an amazing 2 weeks tour. Recommendations from Asian Tour Advisor were well thought out. Their itinerary was perfect. We enjoy so much. Highly recommended.
Jake

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Absolutely amazing
Reviewed On: Sep 20, 2018CharlieAustralia

An amazing trip, Myanmar is a thrilling adventure full of the most generous and warm hearted people I’ve met in South East Asia. This trip will take you to all the main sights but also into the countryside and small interesting stops along the way. It’s full on and fast paced but very well organised. Highlights were Bagan and Kalaw hike, plus the 1000’s of pagodas of course. The rest is also stunning.
Charlie

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Fantastic Myanmar
Reviewed On: May 15, 2018ThomasUnited Kingdom

Absolutely fantastic trip! With such a excellent guide, I feel I saw Myanmar inside-out! What a beautiful country and heart-warming people. Thank you!

Thomas

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• Meals as mentioned in the program (B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
• English-speaking guide throughout the trip (except for 1-passenger basis which will be a different station guide in each destination)
• All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers
• Horse cart tour in Ava & Bagan
• Private local boat for Mingun excursion, from Pakkoku to Bagan and for Inle Lake excursions
• Choice of excursions on day 12
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