Discover the enchantment of Myanmar – still often called Burma – with this tour program designed to make you discover the landmarks of the country. You will walk through the streets of Rangoon with its outdated colonial architecture and admire the hundreds of Buddhist stupas in Bagan. You will observe rowing boats with a leg in Inle Lake and cross the U-Bein Bridge. You will also discover the historical cities of Amarapura and Mandalay, and explore the pretty botanical gardens of Pyin Oo Lwin. Your trip will end with a few days of beach in Ngapali, on the Bay of Bengal.
Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Ngapali
Arrival in the Rangoon where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You will rest there or take a walk in the neighboring streets to start to know this historic city.
Although Rangoon is no longer the official capital of the country, it remains one of its most dynamic and lively metropolises. You will explore many cultural and historical sites that are at the heart of its constant turmoil. Admire the colossal lying Buddha from Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda and take a stroll through Kandawgyi Lake Park. From Botataung Pagoda, you will walk through old streets lined with colonial buildings and try to make a deal at the Scott Market. In the evening, you will walk around the beautifully illuminated Shwedagon Pagoda, the most important Buddhist site in the country.
You will make a short flight by plane in the morning, direction Bagan and its ocean of temples and stupas. This ancient city, now an important archaeological site, once counted more than 10,000 temples, pagodas and Buddhist monasteries. With the ravages of time, only 2,200 of its buildings have survived, and you will visit some of them this afternoon. Watch the sunset over this wonderful landscape from the top of the Shwesandaw Pagoda!
In the morning cool, you will take a quick drive to a pier to sail to the Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda. It is perched on a hill on the west bank of the Irrawaddy River, and is said to contain a dental relic of Buddha given by a Sri Lankan king! Continue the tour with the Manuha temple, a small square building that is steeped in legends and then you will reach the village of Myinkaba. Visit its antique pagoda decorated with well preserved paintings, and also enter a local craft store, where expert hands make lacquered objects.
You will take a river cruise to Mandalay aboard a boat, from where you will watch the Burmese countryside scroll. The slow pace of this trip will be an opportunity to observe a traditional way of life that has changed little over time. You will relax by following the quiet river movement and arrive at your destination later in the afternoon.
Mandalay is the last of the royal cities, and its periphery is dotted with other smaller capitals. You will visit Amarapura in the morning, with its monastery still in function dating from 1783, then walk on U Bein Bridge, the longest teak wood in the world. Then you will travel to Sagaing, an ancient Shan capital of the 14th century with many impressive stupas scattered on its hill. You will also go to Inwa to see his “leaning tower of Ava” and the elegant monastery Bagaya Kyaung, also teak.
You will be driven for about an hour to Pyin Oo Lwin, a former mountain colonial resort previously named Maymyo, in honor of the British general who founded it. It is renowned for its beautiful botanical gardens, built by Turkish prisoners during the First World War. Do not miss the Purcell Tower, the morning vegetable market or the Naung Kan Gyi Paya Pagoda. It is located at the top of a hill from where you can enjoy a beautiful view over the whole city. After this day spent in the picturesque Pyin Oo Lwin, you will take the direction of Mandalay in order to arrive there in the late afternoon.
You will fly to Heho, the gateway to Inle Lake, and take the road for about an hour before reaching it. There you will go on a boat trip and admire a unique way to row with one leg. You will pass through many floating gardens filled with fruits and vegetables, sources of income for the locals. In the afternoon, you will relax by the water or take a walk to discover the lakeside life by yourself, keeping an eye on the many species of native waterfowl.
You will sail in a small boat to reach Indein, a village nestled on the shores of the lake. It is famous for its stunning jungle of 16th century stupas as well as for its craftsmen. You will see it in full work, building wooden boats or creating images of Buddha from dried flower powder. You can also watch Burmese cigar rollers!
You will return to Heho to take a direct flight to Ngapali. You will reach this peaceful seaside town of the Bay of Bengal after a short drive from the airport. On site, you will do as much or as little as you want during the whole stay.
Relax on the beach or rent a bike to visit the surrounding villages and discover their ancient traditions that are perpetuated.
Prepare a picnic lunch and rent a boat to one of the islands scattered offshore. You can practice scuba diving or snorkelling in ideal conditions, or venture into the countryside and meet the locals.
You will enjoy your last hours on the Gulf of Bengal to sunbathe or swing in a hammock under a tree.
You will bid farewell to Myanmar after a flight to Rangoon, taking the next flight.