Overview

This trip through the golden route of Myanmar is a lifetime experience where you will explore various pagodas, temples, monasteries, and archeological wonders of the golden land of Myanmar. You will also get insight into the lives and cultures of the Burmese, which are deeply guided by the principles of Buddhism.

The trip starts from the bustling city of Yangon. The city where you will see an interesting blend of scenes from the ancient era and the modern vibe of vibrant streets, serene temples, and impressive colonial edifices. From Yangon, we move to Bagan, which is the ancient capital and the true origin of the Myanmar culture. This city is also famous as the land with more than 2000 temples and pagodas. Then, we visit the famous volcanic mountain, Mt. Popa. This mountain is the abode of nats, the animist spirits, Salay, an important Buddhist center with many active monasteries. After visiting Bagan, we fly to Mandalay, the second capital of Myanmar. Here, we will visit many beautiful temples and pagodas, and head to a remote town, Mingun by boat. From Mandalay, we head to Kalaw, which was a famous British retreat during the British era. Here, you will see lots of colonial buildings and churches. The next destination is the Inle Lake, where we will cruise on a boat and visit some villages in the islands and lakeshore, and we can also learn about the different cultures of the villages on the waters. Then, the trip finally ends at the place where it began, Yangon.

This trip also takes you on a sunset cruise on Ayeyawaddy River, which is also known as Irrawaddy River, trek to villages and meet locals, observe rituals and prayers in monasteries. We will also see monks receiving offerings, visit gold leaf workshops, explore the local arts and textile workshops.

Join us to discover magical Myanmar with this s8day tour that perfectly captures the culture, scenery, and diversity of Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, and Yangon.

Best time to visit

There are three distinct seasons in Myanmar, that is, winter season, summer season, and rainy season. In Myanmar, winter season is between October and March, summer falls in March to May, and the rainy season is from May to October. The high season for traveling in Myanmar is winter, as the weather is warm and not too hot like other seasons. However, during this time, the streets are crowded, you have to struggle for accommodation, and the prices for everything are high.

If you can handle the temperature, you can travel even in summer. However, the temperature rises considerably, it will be stifling hot. The best part of this season is that you will easily get accommodation and everything is much cheaper in contrast to the peak season. You can also visit this country in the rainy season. Although not as hot as during summer, this season has its challenges like the wet streets and gloomy weather.

Trip highlights

What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Transportation

What's excluded?

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance

Itinerary Show all

Day One:

Yangon Arrival

Upon arrival at Mingaladon airport of Yangon, our representative will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. After relaxing a bit at the hotel, you head out to explore this gorgeous ancient capital city of Myanmar at your own pace. You can visit the gilded Sule pagoda, the imposing Kawaweik Hall that lies on the Royal Lake, the renowned Shwedagon Pagoda that dominates the vista of the city. This masterpiece houses intricate complex of smaller pagodas and Buddha images.

Day Two:

Yangon to Bagan

After breakfast, we head to Yangon airport to board the flight to Bagan. At Bagan airport, a local guide will meet you and drive you to the hotel. After checking into the hotel, you can explore the archeological marvels of Bagan. Bagan is a town that flourished from the 11th century through the 13th century, as thousands of majestic stupas and temples were built in this city. Most of these ancient temples and stupas remain in glory along the banks of the Irrawaddy River. here, we visit the buzzing market of Nyaung U, then head towards the archaeological zone where we will visit the temples and pagodas of Shwezigon, Gubyaukgyi, Htilominlo, Ananda, Thatbyinnyu Sulamani, Dhammyangyi, all of which boasts of their glorious past. This evening, you can visit the Myaukguni Temple and enjoy a breathtaking sunset view from the terrace of this temple.

Day Three:

Mt. Popa

In the morning, we move southeast to Mt. Popa that is in distance of 48km from Bagan. Mt. Popa is an inactive volcano with an elevation of 1518m. today, we will be climbing to the peak of this volcanic peak to enjoy some striking views of the surrounding countryside. Mt. Popa plays an essential role in Myanmar’s culture, religion, and history since the earliest times. There is a belief that Burmese animist spirits called Nats lies in this sacred mountain. We have to climb about 777steps to reach the peak of this mountain. Along the way, we will see lots of shrines dedicated to nats, where we can learn more about these spirits. Today, you will enjoy a traditional lunch in a local restaurant. Then, we head to Salay, which is a significant Buddhist center, and there still are many active monasteries. Salay contains a few unique style architecture of Bagan-era like the Yok Stone Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest in the area. If there is enough time after the trip, you can take a boat ride on the Ayeyarwady River to enjoy the mind-blowing view of the sunset.

Day Four:

Bagan to Mandalay

This morning, we return to Bagan airport to take a flight to Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city. Our representative will meet you at the Bagan airport and transfer you to the hotel. After freshening up, we begin the tour to the wonders of Mandalay. We will visit the three former royal capitals; Amarapura, Sagaing, and Inwa. Each of these former capitals has its charm and atmosphere. We begin the trip from Amarapura’s Mahagandayon Monastery. Here, we will watch monks line up to receive their daily offerings and foods from Buddhist devotees. Then, we move to Sagaing, which is the spiritual heart of Myanmar, with hundreds of stupas, monasteries, temples, and nunneries. Afterward, we cross the river on ferry and head to the fantastic ancient capital of Inwa. Inwa lies on the shores of the Irrawaddy River, which at present is a serene rural oasis. here, you can enjoy a peaceful, leisurely horse carriage ride in this tranquil countryside and visit the renowned teak wood monastery. On the way, we will visit a workshop where locals make the renowned alms bowls using an iron. The day concludes with a visit to world-famous U BEin’s Bridge in Amarapura. This scenic bridge is the largest and oldest teak bridge in the world that extends to about two kilometers above Taunthaman Lake. At dusk, monks and locals swarm this bridge as they stroll home or wander around to enjoy the views of this scenic environment.

Day Five:

Mandalay/ Boat trip to Mingun

After breakfast, we head out on a further tour of Mandalay. Firstly, we visit the Mahamuni Paya that contains the Mahamuni image covered in more than six inches of gold leaf. This image is one of the most revered Buddhist images in Myanmar. A huge number of devotees come to the shrine at four in the morning to see the unique face-washing ceremony. Along the way, we will visit a handicraft workshop where you can observe the challenging process of making gold leaf. If we have enough time, we may also visit a craft shop. You may also visit the famous Golden Teak Monastery, which is built of golden teak with an intricate carving from top to bottom. Formerly a part of Mandalay Palace and used by King Mindon and his chief wife as their private chamber, now this is one of the major tourist attractions of Mandalay. Next, we will pay a visit to Kyaukawgyi Paya, which is famous for a seated Buddha, which is carved out of a single marble block. Then, to a vast walled temple complex called the Kuthodaw Paya, that lies at the base of the southeast stairway to Mandalay Hill. King Mindon built this walled temple complex around the same time as the Mandalay Royal Palace. In the afternoon, we take a ferry from Mandalay and head up the Irrawaddy River to a remote village of Mingun. Along the way, you get to enjoy the tranquil beauty of the river and also see a glimpse of the daily rituals of the people who live and work on these waters. We will reach Mingun within about an hour from Mandalay. Here, we will see the famous Mingun Bell with the height of 12foot and weighs 90ton, the world’s largest bell. Just south of the bel, you will visit the Mingun pagoda, which is a gigantic brick structure built in the 1700s. This structure never got completed due to the economic problems, but is still an imposing sight. Another major attraction of Mingun is a white-washed temple building that looks the same as the Mt. Meru, Hisnbyume Pagoda. Mingun has lots of small neighborhoods that crafts traditional basketry and other artistic items. If you like, you can visit this workshop and interact with artisans and other friendly locals. In the late afternoon, we take the ferry back, sailing through the river’s beautiful colors.

Day Six:

Mandalay to Kalaw

This morning, we depart from Mandalay and head towards Kalaw. This is a long drive that will take almost the whole day. We will move through small towns and villages and get glimpses of the rural life of Myanmar, away from the cities. Kalaw lay at an elevation of 4000feet on the western edge of the Shan Plateau and served as a renowned resort during British Era. The place is still a peaceful and serene destination with an atmosphere reminiscent of those colonial days. The small population here is a mix of Shan, Indian Muslim, Bamar, and Nepalese ethnicities.

Day Seven:

Kalaw/ Inle Lake

Today, we go for a tour of Kalaw. We begin the trip from Thein Taung Pay; a temple rested on the hill that overlooks the main road. You will see many western-style buildings still standing in Kalaw, like the Christ the King Church, founded by an Italian missionary. We will also go for a short trek to a nearby village of a hill tribe. The major inhabitants of this village cultivate the large leaves used to wrap Burmese cigars, and their economy largely depends on it. after visiting the village, we head to Inle Lake from where we board a ferry and ride to the hotel.

Day Eight :

Inle Lake/ Yangon

Inle Lake lies on the Shan State. Many fishing canoes and floating vegetation scatters throughout the calm waters of this beautiful lake. High hills with 17villages on lakeshore and islands surround this lake from all sides. The majority of the Intha ethnic people inhabits most of the village in this region. Our boating trips take us through gorgeous scenery; we will see lots of skilled fishers using their unique leg-rowing technique to propel themselves around the lake. We will also visit a few floating gardens, a floating market, and an Intha village. If we are traveling on full moon days, we cannot visit the floating markets as they are closed during these days. likewise, we will visit the Phaung Daw Pagoda and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery. Later this day, we take a ferry and ride back to the lakeshore where our driver awaits you. He will take you to the airport from where you will board a flight back to Yangon.

Day Nine:

Yangon

The trip ends today. Our representative will take you to the airport from where you can board a flight to your next destination. Or, if you are planning on staying longer, we will be happy to manage accommodations and further trips for you.

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