Dynamic Myanmar

8 Days / 7 Nights

  Yangon - Bagan - Inle Lake

8 Days / 7 Nights

Dynamic Myanmar

  Yangon - Bagan - Inle Lake

Discover the highlights of Myanmar in Yangon, Bagan and Inle and delve deep into the local culture in the country’s charming villages. Gaze upon temples centuries old in Inle and Bagan and stupas gleaming gold in the bustling heart of Yangon. Head out into the countryside to the visit market towns and villages, meeting local artisans and families along the way. In just 8 days learn the secrets of Myanmar’s natural beauty, spiritual energy and cultural identity.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exploring the bustling streets of downtown Yangon and trying out the famous BBQ street
  • Spending time among the thousands of temples of Bagan and enjoying sunset with panoramic views
  • Getting off the beaten track in Pakokku, a thriving market town outside of Bagan that is famous for velvet slippers and cheroot cigars
  • Learning about lake life in Inle and admire the unique one-legged rowing style of the fishermen
  • Taking a picnic beside the stunning stupa forest of Indein, one of Inle’s most important religious sites
  • Sipping locally made Burmese wine as you watch the sun set behind the mountains of Inle

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast
  • Other meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Boat cruises and rides while on tour
  • Flights to tour destinations (Economy Class)
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrive to Yangon – Yangon city tour

DAY 1 - Arrive to Yangon – Yangon city tour

Arrive in Yangon and meet your guide at the airport to transfer to your hotel. Freshen up and relax at the hotel or take a stroll in the nearby streets of this historic city.

Although Yangon is no longer the official capital of the country it is still one of the most dynamic, and busiest, areas of the country. On your first day explore the many cultural and historical highlights that can be found among the hustle and bustle. Downtown Yangon is the perfect place for a photo walk around the Town Hall and along old streets lined with colonial buildings. See the colossal reclining Buddha of Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda and take a stroll in the park surrounding Kandawgyi Lake. In the afternoon, grab a bargain at Scott Market (closed on Mondays and public holidays). Then, in the evening take in the spectacular view of Shwedagon Pagoda all lit up against the night sky. This is the most important Buddhist site in the country and is said to hold strands of Buddha’s hair and other relics. The spire reaches up to 110m and is encrusted with diamonds and covered by gold plate, so that it glistens in the light.

DAY 2

DAY 2 - Yangon – Flight to Bagan – Bagan temple tour and sunset cycling

Meet your guide at your hotel for your transfer to the airport. Hop on a short flight to Bagan, where the landscape is a sea of stupas and temples. This ancient city and important archaeological site once held more that 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries. With the ravages of time only 2,200 temples survive, but exploring the remaining temples today is still awe-inspiring.

After checking into your hotel take your choice of regular or electric bicycle for a day among the temples with your guide. Cycle out from downtown Bagan to the viewing tower, passing temple after magnificent temple along the way. Take the time to admire the details up close as your final view will take it all in from up high. From the outdoor roof top of the viewing tower, marvel at the 360 degree panoramic views of the temples and out as far as the Irrawaddy River in the distance. Watch the sun setting over the plains of Bagan while enjoying a beer or soft drink with your guide. Cycle back to the hotel before the sky darkens and the stars light up the city.

DAY 3

DAY 3 - Pakokku full day tour

Enjoy scenes of life on the river on the 1 hour drive to Pakokku on the Western Bank of the Ayeyarwady River. Pakokku is a bustling market town that is famous for making the best velvet sandals, or slippers, in the country. Wander through the town where you can also see local artisans making cheroot cigars, weaving and selling Thanaka. The Thanaka here has a distinct yellow tinge compared to the paler versions throughout the rest of the country which you can see on the faces of the locals. Drive on to Shwe Ku pagoda and admire the Buddha seated on a beautiful carved wooden throne. Before making your way back to Bagan, enjoy a picnic lunch with a lovely view of rural Myanmar.

DAY 4

DAY 4 - Bagan – Flight to Inle Lake

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight. Upon arrival, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Take a boat ride across the lake and admire the unique one-legged rowing style as you pass by floating gardens filled with fruits and vegetables that provide an income to the lake dwellers. Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, famed for its five small gold-gilded Buddha images, now covered in so much gold leaf they are more like round balls! See traditional handicrafts villages and Nga Pe Kyaung Monastery, better known as the Jumping Cat Monastery. Although the performing cats no longer remain, the monastery houses an impressive collection of Buddha images.

DAY 5

DAY 5 - Indein exploration tour

Meet your guide at your hotel and then take a boat ride across the lake towards Indein. Admire the floating gardens filled with fruits and vegetables that provide an income to the lake dwellers. After you dock wander up a long and beautiful path through the forest towards the magnificent stupas of Indein. Many of these 16th century stupas have been untouched for centuries, left to the overgrown jungle. Others have been restored and gleam brightly next to their crumbling neighbours. Have a gourmet picnic overlooking the stupa forest before heading back in the boat towards your hotel.

DAY 6

DAY 6 - Inle Lake trekking and cycle to red mountain

Start the day with a boat trip across the lake to Thale U Alemyaung Village, observing the fisherman and floating sellers on the way. Begin the trek to Intha Village, passing sugar cane, garlic and onion plantations and remote homesteads. Stop by a local family for a refreshing tea and a chat before heading on to a forest monastery. Situated at the top of a hill with stunning views of the lake, take a break here and enjoy the serene atmosphere before heading back to your hotel.

Cycle along the banks of Inle Lake and up into the hills to reach Red mountain winery. The vineyard is perched on a hill overlooking the lake and the perfect place for sunset. Located 1,000 meters above sea level, Inle Lake is also the perfect place for winemaking in tropical Mynamar with locally grown grapes, sourced from Italy, France, Spain and Israel. Take a stroll through the grounds and in the factory, observing the production of Cabernets and Sauvignon and then sit down to take a try. Enjoy 4 different wines, with a light snack, as you watch the sun glisten on the calm waters of Inle.

DAY 7

DAY 7 - Flight to Yangon – Chinatown foodie evening tour

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight. After a quick spin through the streets of Yangon from your hotel, begin your evening exploration of the city at Sule Pagoda. This glistening landmark is the heart of the city and the perfect starting point for a stroll along the orderly streets of downtown Yangon. As we approach our destination, 19th street in Chinatown, the smell of BBQ grows stronger and the clink of beer glasses increases.

Peruse stall after stall piled high with ready to grill skewers of all varieties and enjoy the lively atmosphere. Sit down at our vendor of choice and refresh with a cold beer or soft drink. Let your knowledgeable guide pick out the best BBQ choices and make some suggestions of your own from the wide variety of meats and vegetable pairings on offer. The whole fish is especially delicious! When your food arrives at your little plastic table, BBQ-ed to perfection, take the time to savour every bite while chatting about local life with your guide. End the evening with a short stroll to the fruit vendors for dessert.

DAY 8

DAY 8 - Depart Yangon

Your guide will meet you at your hotel for your final transfer to the airport for your flight out of Myanmar.

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