PRIVATE TRAVEL IDEAS
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Myanmar Independent Travel Ideas
MYANMAR IN DEPTH
Day 1. Arrive Yangon.
Upon arrival into Yangon, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Day 2. Yangon.
Today begins with a Yangon city tour which will take you to the diplomatic area, highlighting some of the rich colonial architecture dating back from the British occupation to the downtown area. Stops will be made at famous landmarks including the Sule Pagoda, which is over 2500 years old and occupies the centre of the city. This is an important space in contemporary Burmese politics, ideology and geography. Continue onto the beautiful Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, famous for it Reclining Buddha. After lunch, visit the General Aung San House Museum which is a museum dedicated to General Aung San, considered to be the Father of modern-day Burma. Established in 1962, the two-story museum was Aung San's last residence before his assassination in July 1947. It is a colonial-era villa, built in 1921, where his daughter Aung San Suu Kyi grew up as a child. His place in history as the Architect of Burmese Independence and a national hero is assured both from his own legacy and due to the activities of his daughter. For many years, the museum was opened only for three hours each year. The museum formally reopened on 24 March 2012. There will be time for a photo stop at Kandawgyi Royal Barge. Before sunset, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most famous landmark in Yangon and the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese. It is 99 metres and dominates the skyline of the city. Enjoy dinner at local restaurant before returning back to your hotel. (BLD)
Day 3. Yangon/Bagan.
Begin with an early morning flight to the ancient city of Bagan. Bagan was once the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, from the 9th-13th centuries. During the kingdom's height, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed. Today over 2200 temples and pagodas remain in the Bagan plains. Visit the Nyaung-Oo local Market where you can interact with locals selling their goods. Then begin exploring the many temples in Bagan including the Shwezigon Pagoda and Gubyaukgyi Pagoda, a 13th Century temple noted for its wall paintings depicting scenes from the previous lives of Buddha. Also see the Buddhidt Htilominlo Pagoda and the highly revered Ananda Temple, known as one of the finest, largest, and best preserved of the Bagan temples. Have lunch and head to a lacquer ware shop. Bagan is famous for its artistic handicrafts and you can observe the process of how each piece is made. At the end of the day relax on a pony cart ride where you can watch the sun go down with a panoramic view of the magnificent ruins. Dinner will be at a local restaurant in Bagan. (BLD)
Day 4. Bagan-Popa-Bagan.
Begin with a morning drive to Mount Popa, the once volcanic mountain which can be seen from the Irrawaddy River as far away as 60 KM in clear weather. En route stop at a palm plantation to see how a locals extract sugar. Arrive at Mount Popa, and climb up the top of the mountain (777 steps in total). Have lunch at Popa mountain Restaurant and spend some time at leisure. Afternoon, drive back to Bagan. In the early evening enjoy a private cruise along the Irrawaddy River to see Bagan as the sun goes down with a panoramic view of the magnificent ruins. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at your hotel in Bagan. (BLD)
Day 5. Bagan/Mandalay-Amarapura.
Today starts with a short early morning flight to Mandalay, the second-largest city in Myanmar and the last royal capital. It is located on the banks of the Irrawaddy, considered the centre of Burmese culture. On arrival transfer to Amarapura, 11 km south of Mandalay and one of the capitals of the third Myanmar Empire. It is now a township of Mandalay. Visit the U Bein Bridge (the longest teak bridge in the world) and explore traditional silk weaving factories in Amarapura for which the township is known for. Then drive to Mandalay and transfer to your hotel for check-in. After lunch, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, a sacred icon. The image is considered to be the greatest in Myanmar next to the Shwedagon. Also visit the historical Golden Palace Monastery (Shwenandaw Monastery) and Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the world's largest book. Drive to the top of Mandalay hill for a beautiful view of the sunset over Mandalay. Have dinner and transfer to your hotel in Mandalay. (BLD)
Day 6. Mandalay/Heho-Pindaya-Kalaw.
Today you will be transferred to airport for your flight Heho. On arrival into Heho, proceed overland to Pindaya (about a two hour drive) which is famous for its limestone caves. Have lunch at local restaurant and continue on to see Pindaya Cave, a Buddhist pilgrimage site. The interior of the cave contains over 8,000 images of Buddha. Later you will have a chance to learn about traditional paper and umbrella making and then you are transferred back to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a leisurely stroll around the beautiful city with dinner and overnight at your hotel in Pindaya. (BLD)
Day 7. Kalaw-Inle Lake.
Drive to Nyaung Shwe (approximately 2 hours), which is the gateway to Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar located in the middle of Myanmar. This freshwater lake is 22 KM in length and inhabited by many different tribes. The first stop will be the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda located on Inle Lake. It houses five small gilded images of Buddha, which are covered in a gold-leaf application. Continue onto NgaHpe Kyaung Pagoda, famous for its collection of antique Buddha images and statues. Lunch will be at local restaurant. Proceed to Nampan Village where locals make cigars and boats and also the silk weaving village, Inn Paw Khone to see how the intricate silk products are produced. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in the Inle Lake Area. (BLD)
Day 8. Inle Lake-Inndein.
This morning visit the village where the five day market is held. You can oobserve the local colourful tribes. Continue onto the Inndein Temples Complex. Here you will see wooden stupas which have been overtaken by banyan trees. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and visit the floating gardens and houses on a traditional canoe ride. Evening at leisure at your hotel. Dinner and overnight in the Inle Lake Area. (BLD)
Day 9. Inle Lake-Heho/Yangon.
This morning transfer to Nyaung Shwe and continue the drive to Heho for your short flight back to Yangon. On arrival, visit the National museum famous for the Lion Throne. Have lunch and afterwards you have time to shop in the 70 year old Scott market (also known as the Bogyoke Aung San Market) where you can buy antique Burmese handicrafts, jewellery, art and other traditional goods. It is a major bazaar with inner cobblestone streets and colonial architecture. Also visit the flower and fruit market in China town. Tonight have dinner and overnight at your hotel in Yangon. (BLD)
Day 10. Yangon /Departure
Today transfer to the Yangon airport for your departure flight. (B)
Domestic air flights in Myanmar, 9 nights accommodation, meals as specified by BLD, all transfers, and sightseeing by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver, and English speaking guide.
PRICE Does Not include:
Myanmar Visa and any personal expenses or any services not mentioned above.
City: 4+ STARS CATEGORY (A)
4 STARS CATEGORY (B) 3 STAR CATEGORY (C)
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Aureum Palace Hotel
Kumudara Hotel(Superior) or similar
Mandalay Hill Resort (Superior) or similar
Mandalay Swan Hotel (Superior) or similar
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Pindaya Inle Inn
Pindaya Inle Inn
Pindaya Inle Inn
Aureum Palace Hotel
Inle Princess Resort
Myanmar Treasure Resort