Myanmar is now a hot country on the Southeast Asia travel trail. As the country has opened its door to tourism just in the past decade, the country’s tradition, culture, and customs has remained untouched, which will make your travel even more beautiful. Burmese people are famous as the most genuine, friendly, warm-hearted, and very welcoming people. They are so fascinated by the presence of outsiders that even you will feel their excitement.
The great Myanmar Highlight Tour is the trip where you get to explore the major highlights of the country including the bustling city of Yangon, the culture city of Mandalay, the ancient town of Bagan, the hill town of Kalaw, the impressive cave in Pindaya and also enjoy a boat trip on the picturesque Inle Lake.
Best time to Visit
Myanmar typically has three distinct seasons; Dry/ winter season, Hot/ summer season, and Wet/ Rainy season. The winter season in Myanmar falls between October to March, summer between March and May, and the rainy season from May to October.
The best season to travel depends upon your travel preference. Winter in Myanmar is the peak season for tourism. During this season, the weather is warm but not hot, so lots of travelers visit during this season, causing crowded trails, limited accommodation, expensive accommodation, expensive airfare, and many more.
In the summer season, that is between March to May is when the temperature rises a lot, and there will be very few tourists. You will get rooms without any problem during this season. As it is off-season, the prices of accommodation and airfare are also low. However, it is very hot; you will always be sweating.
The rainy season also sees very few tourists. However, this time is not as hot as summer, and if you don’t mind being a little wet when traveling, you can get accommodation and travel fares at a low price, and you can travel in less crowded trails.
The internet is very limited in Myanmar. There are only a few internet cafés and places where you find wifi. But, even those have a very slow speed, or it won’t work at all.
Adore the outstanding golden pagodas such as Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Shwezigon Pagoda in
Bagan, & Sulamuni Pagoda in Mandalay
Learn the ways of traditional silk weaving in a local workshop in Mandalay
Learn the techniques to make traditional cheroot in a factory on Inle Lake
Visit the archaeological site of Bagan which contains over 2000 ancient temples and pagodas
Walk on U Bein Bridge, the longest and oldest teak bridge in the world
Get the view of mesmerizing sunset view on Inle lake
Get insight into the local life in Nyaung U Market of Bagan
- An experienced, knowledgeable, supportive, English speaking guide
- Accommodation in twin-sharing three-star category hotel in cities
- Accommodation in multi-share basis on homestay
- Three meals per day
- Domestic flights as mentioned in the itinerary
- Airport Pick up and Drop off
- Entry fees to the place listed in the itinerary
- All transportation during the trip
- International Airfare
- Travel Insurance
Welcome to the Golden Land of Myanmar. Today, our local tour guide and driver will pick you up at Yangon International Airport, then transfer you to the city center. Here, you can spend some time to get the first look at this beautiful city. Enjoy your picturesque drive through the city’s marvelous colonial buildings at the fabulous mix of Burmese and colonial architecture that has somehow faded but remains fascinating.
In the afternoon, we head to the renowned Shwedagon Pagoda, the pride of Yangon. Walk around the temple, and you can witness the golden dome light up the sunshine at sunset. You could also choose to pray like a local pilgrim by going down on your knees and feel your soul purifying with the light breeze and the sound of ringing bells on the top of the stupa. later, check into the hotel and Yangon for overnight stay.
Sightseeing tour of Yangon
On your trip to Myanmar, you should not miss Yangon as it gives a different vibe to Asia. Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar and is a blend of nature, culture, and communities. King Alaungpaya founded this city in 1755 and named in Yangon, which means the “End of Strife.” Today, we will pay a visit to LawkaChantharArbayarLaba Muni Buddha Image (Kyauktawgyi). From here, we move on to the Chauk Htat Gyi (Reclining Buddha) Pagoda, where you can see a massive reclining Buddha. Then, we head towards Karawik Hall Royal barge on the Royal lake, where you can take some stunning picture. Finally, your driver will take you on a scenic drive through the Strand Hotel, Post Office, and City Hall, leading you to the 2500year old Sule Pagoda at the city center. The rest of the day is free for you to rest or explore the city by yourself.
Yangon/ Fly to Mandalay
After breakfast at the hotel, we head out to the airport for an early morning flight to Mandalay, the royal capital. Here, we will spend a whole day on a guided tour. You will be visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the most significant religious sites in Myanmar that houses a highly worshipped Buddha images; Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, a large Buddha image carved out of a single block of marble. We will also visit the Golden Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery, which is famous for its luxurious wood carving and elaborate teakwood design, where you will get insight into the architecture of Burma. Also, you will pay a visit to the Mandalay Palace, the last palace built by the Burmese Royals. To conclude the day, you can enjoy the sunset view on Mandalay Hill while relaxing in nature.
Mandalay- Amarapura- Boat to Mingun
After breakfast, we make our way to Amarapura, where we will visit the Mahagandayon Monastery. Mahagandayon Monastery is the largest Buddhist teaching monastery in Myanmar that hosts more than 2000 monks. Here, you get to learn about the lifestyle of Burmese monks in the monastery, which is a fascinating experience to have. Then, we head to U Bein Bridge that has the age of more than 200year old. This beautiful bridge gentry crosses Taungthaman Lake, and it is also the longest and oldest teak in the world with a length of 1200 meters. You may choose to go on a boat trip to sail around the tranquil Taungthaman Lake while enjoying the marvel of this charming lake and observe the locals live their daily life. From here, we visit a local Traditional Hand-Woven silk workshop, which is quite popular for its handwoven fabric and traditional Burmese clothing. This afternoon, we hop on a boat and sail to Mingun village that lies on the western bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River, where we will visit the Settawya Pagoda, a white temple that houses a marble carving of Buddha footprint. Then, also visit the Mingun Pahtotawgyi, which is a magnificent relic that was intently built as the world’s largest Buddhist image but then got destroyed by an earthquake. Stroll through the famous Mingun Bella and Myatheintan Pagoda, the impressive white temple built like the shape of Mt. Meru, the famous mountain considered to be the center of the universe in Buddhist cosmology. It feels refreshing to walk on the terraces of the temple, so do not forget to have this experience. On the way back to Mandalay, we see the mesmerizing sun setting on the horizon.
Mandalay – Boat to Bagan
Today, we make a trip to Bagan ono a boat. We sail along the Ayeyarwaddy River and reach Bagan around the early evening. Upon arrival, we check into the hotel and then relax at the hotel.
Bagan attracts thousands of visitors all year round from all over the globe. The place contains more than 2000 temples and pagodas that dates back to thousands of years. Bagan is one of the fascinating places in Myanmar and is a must-visit for every visitor of this country. you will also see lots of beautiful local art, such as Lacquerware, bamboo works & wonderful local made cloth in Bagan. After breakfast, we visit the Shwezigon Pagoda and its impressive golden stupa, where you can understand more about Buddhist teaching. From here, we head to the Htilominlo Temple, an elegant temple that has survived many earthquakes and is famous for its gorgeous plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decoration. Afterward, we visit Myinkaba village, where we can see the process of the traditional Lacquerware Industry, which is one of the most popular handicraft industries in Myanmar. This afternoon, we will visit the Ananda Temple. this architectural masterpiece is an early-style temple and has four imposing standing Buddha images. Then, we make our way to Thabinyu temple, the highest temple in Bagan and Dhammayangyi Temple, one of the largest temples in Myanmar and is built in a dramatic pyramid shape. In the late afternoon, we move to the sunset hill from where you can admire the majestic sunset over magnificent temples in the region.
Bagan – Fly to Heho- Inle Lake
Today, we take an early morning flight to Heho. After reaching Heho, we drive to Inle Lake from where we board on a boat to visit Phaungdawoo pagoda. Phaungdawoo pagoda is the most sacred site in Shan State, where it preserves five 800-year-old images of Buddha. On your boat trip, you will get to watch the floating gardens, see unique leg-rowers, observe traditional fishing methods, silk weaving, and see Stilt house villages on the lake. The stunning boat trip then continues to Ngahechaung Monastery. This beautiful teakwood monastery built on stilts over 200years ago was formerly known as the Jumping Cat Monastery. However, you can no longer watch it. nevertheless, the monastery still offers nice views of the enchanting floating garden surrounding to its visitors.
Day Eight :
Inle Lake – Indein Full Day by Boat
This morning, we board a boat and go on a trip on Inle Lake to visit indein. Indein is a small village that lies on the western side of Inle Lake. At Indein, you will visit the Shwe Indein Pagoda, which is a complex of more than 1600 ancient stupas with different shapes and size that dates back to the 16th century. Among these pagodas, some are conserved in gold, some have been dominated by nature over time. you could also spend the time here by walking through the arcade and see the stalls selling lots of fascinating Burmese products. Then, witness the Shan cheroot making in the village before heading back to the lake.
Inle – Heho – Fly to Yangon
After bidding goodbye to Heho, we take a morning flight from Heho to Yangon. Upon arrival, your guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel to freshen up. After freshening up, we begin the further sightseeing tour of the city. We will visit Bogyoke Aungsan Market. This market sells a wide variety of products like gems, foods, tea, and clothes; this is a shopper’s paradise. Please remember that the market does not open on Mondays and gazette holidays. After that, we drive to the gorgeous St. Mary’s Cathedral, where you will get a glimpse of the pleasant red Catholic church, which is quite famous for its gorgeous bridge design and dome architecture. Later, we head to Sule Pagoda. According to the legend, this landmark of Yangon was built over 2500 years ago. From here, we visit bustling Little India and the Chinatown, where you can marvel at the dramatic mosques, Hindu temples, colonial buildings, and street food vendors.
Your trip to Myanmar ends today. After breakfast, you can depart from the hotel at any time. however, if you want to stay longer and make more trips to Myanmar, we will be happy to manage accommodation and a further trip for you.
After bidding goodbye, our driver will drive you to the airport from where you can depart to your next destination.