Enjoy the famous sights of Myanmar, a land of ancient traditions, see many glittering stupas, Buddhist pagodas, stunning landscapes, and friendly people. Experience these beautiful attractions on our 14-day trip, conclude the tour on exotic land on the beautiful beaches of Ngapali that overlooks the clear waters of the Bay of Bengal. Start and end in Yangon! With this cultural tour Best of Myanmar & Beach - 14 Days, you will be moving through Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), and 12 other destinations in Myanmar (Burma). Best of Myanmar & Beach Tour of 14 Days includes accommodation, domestic flights, an expert guide, meals, transport, and more.
See the 70-meter long reclining Buddha at Chaukhtagyi Pagoda
Visit the fabulous Shwedagon Pagoda
Explore Mandalay’s many beautiful architectures
Relax at one of the most beautiful beaches of Myanmar
Cruise around the Inle Lake
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
Welcome to Yangon, the commercial and spiritual center of Myanmar. Upon arrival, our driver will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the hotel. There is no plan made for this day, so you can spend the rest of the time on your own. You can relax at your hotel. Or, you may perhaps explore the bustling streets of downtown Yangon. There will be a meeting in the evening to discuss further plans, so be sure to attend it.
Today, we begin our Yangon exploration tour after breakfast. Yangon, the former capital city of Myanmar, is no longer the administrative center of the country; however, it remains the country’s commercial and spiritual heart. This morning, we visit the city’s many religious architectures like the serene Sule Pagoda that lies in the center of the city, Botahtaung pagoda, which is a riverfront complex that contains a 40m high golden stupa built 2500 years ago at the center of the complex. Then, we roam around Maha Bandoola Park. This beautiful park has lots of colonial buildings and heritages sites surrounding it, including the Independence Monument, City Hall, and High Court. Today, we will have lunch at a teahouse in Yangon, where you can enjoy traditional tea with lots of delicious Burmese snacks. Then, we see many handicraft items in the Bogyoke Market. Next, we visit the huge 70meter long reclining Buddha of Chaukhtagui Paya at Chaukhtagyi Pagoda, which house a crown encrusted in diamonds and other precious stones. This evening, we visit the fabulous Shwedagon Pagoda, which is the most worshipped Buddhist temple in Myanmar. The central stupa of this pagoda is 90meters tall and covered in gold leaf; this stupa dominates the skyline of the city and is visible throughout the city. This stupa attracts thousands of visitors every year from well over the glove. As the sun sets, this glistening gold stupa turns a kaleidoscope of vivid yellows, oranges, and reds.
This morning, you will take a flight from Yangon to Mandalay, Myanmar’s last royal capital before the colonial era. Just south of Mandalay lies the Amarapura, the ancient capital of Myanmar. Here, we will visit Mahagandayon Monastery, the country’s largest teaching monastery. While in Mandalay, we visit the majestic royal palace, historic Shwenandaw Monastery, and observe the techniques in local handicraft workshops where you will see bronze sculpting, gold leaf marking, and wood carving. The afternoon is free for you to relax. Then in the evening, head out to see the Kuthodaw Pagoda, where you will see the largest book in the world. We conclude the day with a view of a breathtaking sunset from the top of Mandalay Hill, the natural viewpoint of the city. Look over the sky as the cloud passes away, and the sunsets mesmerizingly.
After breakfast, hop on a boat and cruise up the Irrawaddy River to Mingun. Mingun is the home to what was intended to be the world’s largest pagoda before the death of King Bodawpaya. The pagoda’s intended height was 152meters; however, it is now only 50meters. Nevertheless, it is an impressive sight with a huge crack snaking down in the middle due to the earthquake of 1838. Then we travel to the Sagaing Hills, where we can get stunning views over the river and the rolling hill studded with pagodas and stupas. On the hill, we visit the hilltop Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin pagoda, the unusual Thirty Caves Pagoda with thirty doorways, and the dome-shaped Kaungmhudaw Pagoda. This afternoon, we return to ancient Amarapura, where you will visit a cottage industry workshop to see the way of weaving traditional fabrics, followed by a visit to the renowned U Bein Bridge, the longest and oldest teak bridge in the world. Lying over Taungthaman Lake, we enjoy the view of this magnificent bridge at sunset. Then, we return to Mandalay. You can spend the evening at leisure.
After breakfast, we transfer to the jetty from where we board an Irrawaddy Riverboat and head south to Bagan. This scenic journey along the tranquil Irrawaddy river runs from the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean, passing villages of homes raised on stilts, bullock carts trundling along the roads, and the top spires of pagodas poking out from the tops of trees. The journey takes about nine hours. after arriving at Bagan, check into the hotel, and the rest of the time is free.
Please note that between April and July, the water level of the river is at its lowest, which prevents cruises from operating. This might differ depending upon rainfall and other weather conditions. If this happens, we will transfer you to Bagan via a flight.
In the early morning, you can get a chance to ride a hot air balloon and float over Bagan if you book additional Ballooning over Bagan package. You can see the spectacular sight of stupas filling the dusty plains of Bagan. More than 2000temples and pagodas that dates back to more than 800years creates the most impressive skyline. We begin our sightseeing trip in the bustling river town of Nyaung-U, where we will see the bustling market in action and then visit the glittering Shwezigon Pagoda, Manuha Temple which houses gigantic Buddha’s, and the Kyansittha Cave Temple. Then, we visit the nearby temple called Nanpaya Temple. the captive Thaton Kingdom King Makuta built this temple. we will also visit the Ananda Temple, a magnificent Mon architecture with four gold-leaf Buddha. Likewise, we visit the Thatbyinnyu Temple, where you will get to capture some superb photos before moving to Dhammayangyi Temple, which is a huge temple that is visible throughout Bagan. This is also the best-preserved temple in Bagan and hides various inner passageways with a dramatic history of death and murder. The last site we will be visiting today is the magnificent Mingalazedi pagoda, the pinnacle of Burmese pagoda architecture with its bell-like dome and intricate Jataka tiled terrace. This pagoda is a wonderful example of Bagan’s architectural skills.
Today, we make our way to Kala while making a stops at Mt. Popa along the way. Mt. Popa is an extinct volcano that lies in the center of Myanmar and has not erupted in more than a quarter of a million years. this volcanic mountain is famous for being home to 37 Burmese spirits called nats that the statues at the foot of the volcanic outcrop represent. Here, we will visit the Popa Taungkalat Monastery. This site perched at the top of a rocky outcrop is a renowned pilgrimage site for Burmese people. to reach the site, you have to climb 777steps, but the stunning panoramic views of the city and over the surrounding lush forest is worth the climb. On the way to the top, you will see many temples and shrines where you can rest and marvel at their structure. From here, we drive to Kalaw, where we will reach around the afternoon. This colonial town has a lot to offer to its visitors like the Thein Taung Pay pagoda from where you will get great views over the market area.
Day Eight :
We begin the day early for a light trek through the Palaung Hills. This trek route takes us through stunning Burmese countryside, past fields of tea, cheroot, and rice paddies. Then, we arrive at Painaebin in the small village of ethnic Danu people. After exploring this small village, we return to Kalae from where we drive to the serene town of Pindawa while enjoying splendid views of the scenery along the way. Pindaya is famous for its wide range of caves in a limestone hill and filled with thousands of Buddha images from different eras that date back to the early 18th century Konbaung dynasty era through to the present day. The trip ends with a visit to a 250year od Banyan tree and small local factories that produce Mulberry paper and bamboo hats.
This morning, we drive to the stunning Inle Lake, a huge freshwater lake fringed with marshes and dotted with stilt-house villages, floating gardens, timeworn stupas, and Buddhist monasteries. We take a wooden boat to see around the lake and observe the daily life of people of the area. We may see the fisherman who use their unique one-legged paddling technique to balance the front of the boat and elegantly use another leg to push themselves forward while catching fish with conical nets – a skillful exercise and spellbinding to watch. We also cruise past many floating gardens that produce fruits and vegetables that Intha farmers harvest while paddling up and down the mats of vegetation and tend to their rows of crops. Here, we also visit the Nga Pe Chaung monastery. also renowned as the jumping cat monastery due to the cats who jump through hoops to pass the time in-between scripture recitals. This floating pagoda hosts a collection of ancient Buddha images held inside a wide wooden meditation hall. We also visit the silversmith and silk weaving factories where you will see lots of beautiful ornaments and pieces of jewelry, and you can also observe the process of making them. After visiting the factories, we head towards Paungdaw Oo, where our lake exploration trip concludes. The Paungdaw Oo contains five Buddha and has become a bit more rotund over the years due to the huge amount of gold leaf kept by devotees.
This whole day is free for leisure. You can spend the day exploring more of Inle Lake. You can go cycling or canoeing and roam around the verdant surrounding countryside. You could also choose to go to an Indein village where you can learn about the ethnic tribes of the region. There is also a choice to visit the Kakku valley that contains thousands of stupas with elaborate ancient carvings. Also, there are various options like visiting Taunggyi, the capital of the Southern Shan State and former British hill station, or to Sagar where you will get to witness stupas that lies underwater for certain times of year with local village visits along the way. You can do all these activities with a guide or by yourself as you can pay locally for all these activities.
Day Eleven to Thirteen:
After breakfast, we depart from the Inle Lake region and head to the airport in Heho to board the flight to Thandwe. Upon arrival, our driver will be waiting for you who will transfer you to the hotel in Ngapali, where you will spend three days. Ngapali is a gorgeous place with untapped beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and swaying palm trees, which makes it an excellent place to relax after a long cultural adventure. You may choose to pamper yourself with a massage on the beach. Also, you can go for a boat trip, snorkeling, and try some of the delicious, freshest seafood.
This morning, we fly to Yangon. The trip ends with the arrival at the Yangon airport. from here, you can take the flight to your further destination. Or, if you are planning on staying longer, we will gladly manage further trips and accommodations for you.