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Get ready to skim over jade lakes, amble on horse carriage through golden plains, and hustle through city streets in a rickshaw as you delve into one of the most astonishing countries in all of Asia.
Our Myanmar tour takes you on a 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.
Your voyage embarks from Yangon, where you'll wander among the city's diverse population as you gaze at golden pagodas and stately monuments. Venturing beyond Yangon's urban borders, you'll travel to the Golden Rock, one of the holiest sites in Myanmar, and Bago, an ancient Mon capital for your first taste of rural Burmese lifestyles.
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.
You'll then travel overland to Bagan, veering off the tourist trail and transferring by jeep and boat through Monywa and Pakokku. Along the way you'll see sites such as the Thanboddhay Pagoda and the labyrinthine-like sandstone caves of Po Win Taung. You'll discover the peaceful rhythm of Burmese village life as you continue south along the Irrawaddy River by boat, stopping at hidden temples on the way to Bagan.
Spend two full days in Bagan, where the country's history is reflected in the temple construction. Along with exploring the pagoda you're Myanmar tour includes ample opportunities to wander amid the villages and crafts workshops of this tranquil town.
Returning to Yangon, your Myanmar holiday concludes yet should you wish to delve deeper into the local culture and history we offer several excursions to suit your tastes.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your Exotissimo Guide who will accompany you as you transfer to the hotel.
Yangon, formerly known as
After lunch we’ll visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. A visit to Kyaukhtatgyi provides a great overview of Buddhism with murals depicting the life of Buddha, the feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gathering to pay homage and pray.
Continue to a local tea shop for a chance to experience an integral part of Burmese life: drinking tea! Select from an array of snacks and enjoy a coffee or tea as you sit amid businessmen, friends and families who gather at the tea shop to socialize or conduct business.
Next your guided tour goes to
From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in
Late morning, arrive at Kyaikhtiyo base camp (approximately 5 hrs). Travel by local, open-air truck along a winding road (45 minutes) where you be dropped off at the junction camp to travel the final distance to Golden Rock on foot. The uphill trek is along a paved trekking path and offers great views of the surrounding area. For an easier alternative, four porters can carry you uphill in a specially-made sedan chair allowing you to enjoy the views without all of the hard work! (extra cost not included)
After about one hour of trekking, reach the Golden Rock. A huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff, Golden Rock is one of
Overnight near Golden Rock.
This morning there is the option to visit the Golden Rock again to see the rising sun casting its rays upon the rock. Starting from the pre-dawn hour, local pilgrims gather by the rock to make offerings in the solitude of the morning.
Return down to base camp by the same route on foot and by open-air truck. Then drive to Bago, the former capital of the Mon kingdom.
Your visit in Bago begins at the local market for a short walk among the colorful stalls selling flowers, produce and spices. Then we visit
On the way back to
After early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho.
From Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to
Upon reaching the edges of
OPTION: Prepare your lunch with a local family! This cooking course is a fun and interesting way to learn about the traditional flavors and preparation techniques of Burmese Cuisine. Join a local Inthar family in their kitchen to cook local dishes then sit on the floor at a round table and dine in the local way. 40 USD Per Person
Explore the local crafts of
If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.
After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day).
From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh
After enjoying your visit to In Dein, return to your boat. Continue along the lake for additional sightseeing before returning to your hotel this afternoon.
Enjoy breakfast and a leisurely morning at your hotel.
OPTION: Biking and Wine Tasting- Bike from Nyaung Shwe to Red Mountain Estate, a winery tucked in the Shan Hills. The ride takes you along quiet, flat roads (around 5-10km depending on hotel location) past farms and villages. Reach the winery and enjoy a tour followed by an optional wine tasting. Return by bike to your hotel or meet your car for the airport transfer. (Note: Maximum 10 persons due to bike availability)
Around midday transfer to
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for an excursion around
This morning, cross a bridge over the
We’ll also visit Sagaing’s local market, a typical Burmese market that few tourists visit. Here you will find a range of items for sale including locally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts. We will also stop at a small pottery village to see the process of making the ubiquitous water pots found throughout
Then continue south of the city to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries, where a short ferry ride will take us across the river to where our horse and carriage are waiting. Visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the
Return toward the city and stop at Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of
After breakfast, transfer to the
Visit the main sites of Mingun beginning with the famous Mingun Pahtodawqyi. This huge brick structure was left unfinished after an astrologer predicted the King’s would die should the temple be completed. In the 1800s, an earthquake left several large cracks in the structure. Continue your visit at the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda whose distinctive style is meant to resemble the mythical
Return to Mandalay by boat, enjoying lunch on board as you make your way back to the city.
Next visit Mahamuni Pagoda. This pagoda is home to one of the country’s most revered Buddha images which, over the years, has been covered with gold leaf giving it an almost ‘lumpy’ texture.
OPTION: Make your own marionette! Join the local craftsmen at their workshop and create your own, unique puppet. A hands-on way to learn about the local culture and create a memorable, personalized souvenir! 18 USD per person
Continue your tour of
If you wish, head to the top of Mandalay Hill to watch the sunset.
This morning, depart
We’ll reach Monywa at midday and check into the hotel. Take time to freshen up before starting your sightseeing around Monywa. (lunch will be at the hotel or in town) (client’s account)
This afternoon begin with a visit to Thanboddhay Pagoda, a huge Buddhist temple covered with more than 500,000 Buddha images. Also stop at Boditahtaung Pagoda which houses the largest reclining Buddha image in
Having explored the sites and sceneries of Monywa we then head to the banks of the river to watch the sun set.
Return to your hotel this evening.
Overnight in Monywa.
Depart Monywa after breakfast proceed to Po Win Taung (approximately 1 hour drive). This extraordinary complex consists of 947 sandstone caves dug out of the hills and contains what is considered by archaeologists to be the richest collection of mural paintings and Buddhist statues in
After visiting Po Win Taung, continue a few hundred meters away to Shwe Ba Taung. Spend time exploring this interesting site where monasteries and temples are carved out rocky narrow cliffs.
We then continue down the ‘road less traveled’ for another 90 minutes, passing traditional villages where you may see farmers climbing palm trees to extract juice from which they will produce palm tree sugar. Stop at Kyet Su Kin village for an opportunity to learn more about the lifestyle and culture of the countryside residents.
Then, resume your journey to Pakokku (1 hour), arriving in time for lunch at a local restaurant (client’s account).
Proceed to the jetty and board a private local boat in Pakkoku for a leisurely, two hour cruise downriver to Bagan. Upon reaching the shores of Bagan, transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Bagan.
Today’s excursion visits a range of sites, providing a great overview of Bagan’s history, culture and lifestyles.
The journey begins at an elevated temple with spectacular views over the surrounding plains. This is the perfect introduction to the grandeur and scope of Bagan’s architecture. Next continue to
Afterwards we will go to
Then get to learn more about the local culture with a visit to two workshops producing Bagan’s most famous products: lacquer ware and wood crafts. Watch as the skilled craftsmen use techniques passed down through generations to create beautiful items.
Take a break for lunch and return to your hotel for a short rest, escaping the extreme heat of the midday sun.
Late this afternoon we’ll take a relaxing horsecart ride through the temple area, passing many monuments, fields and houses. Stop at an elevated temple and climb atop to watch the sun set over the plains. Return to your hotel.
Overnight in Bagan.
Today we offer three excursions from which to choose depending on your interest.
Swe Daw La Su Legendary Tour: Discover one of Bagan’s most famous legends as you follow in the tracks of King Anawrahta and his precious white elephant. By boat, car and jeep visit four auspicious sites and travel amid rural villages bringing the legend to reality while getting a chance to see Burmese local life.
Biking + Community Tour: Experience rural
Overnight in Bagan.
This morning transfer to the
After freshening up, venture downtown to explore the city centre and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in
Today is at your leisure until transferring to the airport for your onward flight. If you have time, we suggest joining one of our optional tours.
Circle Train: You will transfer to Yangon Railway station to take local circular train journey to the outskirts of town (20-30 minutes ride). The slowly traveling train gives you a unique opportunity to observe the lively and colorful life of the rural Burmese people. Disembark to visit Kyi Myin Daing market where a variety of street vendors sell colorful wares. Enjoy exploring the market and meeting the friendly locals before returning by road to
Blessings Trail: Discover the rich mixture of cultures and religions in
Yangon for Foodies: Get a taste for Burmese food and culture with our half day guided ‘
Pilgrimage Tour: Trace the path of a
Art Gallery Tour: Explore traditional and modern Burmese art with a guided tour of
Ms. Thiri Zaw
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The Very Best of Myanmar tour is an excellent program for first time visitors to the country.
You will experience all the main sights and sounds of the country and leave with nothing but the fondest memories of Myanmar.
This tour has it all whether it would be trekking, colorful culture, and exploration of the country through different modes of transportation (car, airplane and boat). Whether you are in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake or Heho, Myanmar will captivate the senses!
If you have never been to Myanmar, then you should take this tour. It is a great introduction to the country and you will be surprised as to how fast the time will fly when you are taking this trip. Each destination offers a unique atmosphere, feel and even weather which shows the variety and diversity of the country.
My next travel plan is to go to Putao. This is probably the only place in Myanmar that I haven’t been to yet. Putao is a remote area in the country and I am sure I will have wonderful memories of the place. I can’t wait to trek to the villages, try the local food and visit the markets there!
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All the touring itineraries on this website have been carefully crafted by our in-country management teams and represent a series of experiences we can certainly recommend. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveler. Our consultants are waiting to hear from you so that we can tailor or custom design a Myanmar tour to your individual specifications.
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