Gain a truly local experience with our 12-day Myanmar tour. From the cultural center in Mandalay to the stunning landscape of Bagan, head to the most beautiful Inle Lake to Ngapali – one of the most beautiful beaches in Southeast Asia. Soak into the breathtaking scenery, join in exciting activities and taste the amazing fresh seafood. Myanmar is going to blow your heart away!
- Enjoy a relaxing vacation on the pristine Ngapali Beach, lay on the white-sand beach, immerse in the turquoise water, and see the life of the friendly locals
- Take a breathtaking boat trip around the picturesque Inle Lake to discover the life above the water
- Observe the traditional canoe making, silk weaving, and other beautiful handicrafts of the Intha people
- Get a glimpse at the authentic local markets including Nyung U Market in Bagan, Central Market in Kalaw, and 5-day rotating market in Indein
- Marvel at the surreal beauty of Bagan as you take a horse carriage and ride through thousands of temples
Day 1: Mandalay – Irrawaddy River – Mingun
Day 2: Mandalay – Bagan River Cruise
Day 3: Bagan Discovery
Day 4: Bagan & Villages
Day 5: Bagan – Heho – Kalaw
Day 6: Kalaw – Pindaya
Day 7: Pindaya – Inle Lake
Day 8: Inle Lake – Indein
Day 9: Inle Lake – Maing Tauk Village
Day 10: Inle Lake – Ngapali
Day 11: Ngapali
Day 12: Ngapali – Yangon
This morning board a local boat trip to cruise up the Irrawaddy to Mingun. After reaching the peaceful town, gaze out at the Mingun Bell. With more than 87 tons making itself become the world’s second-largest intact bronze bell. Next, head to the unfinished Mingun Paya where was intentionally constructed to be the largest religious site of Myanmar. Also, take time to visit the white-washed beautiful Hsibyume Pagoda, Unfortunately, it was damaged by two large earthquakes and lead to the abandonment of the pagoda. From here transfer to the neighbor traditional village to interact with the local craftsmen and learn about the production of artistic items.
Your afternoon sightseeing continues after you return to Mandalay. Head to the Royal Palace to admire the residence of the last royal dynasty in Myanmar. Later, relax in the Mandalay Hill to behold the commanding overview of the city.
Start your second day in Myanmar with a beautiful sunrise from the upper deck of RV PANORAMA with a well-served breakfast. Here enjoy the light breeze under the warm sunlight before cruising to Bagan. The scenic landscape of Irrawaddy riverside ensures to give you an unforgettable moment. Relax on the sundeck and enjoy a scrumptious Burmese cuisine later. Perhaps the most interesting experience today is to wear the traditional longyi and put on Thanakha makeup as our included service. Later, enjoy the majestic sunset time till you reach Bagan.
Start your exciting day 3 exploration with a visit to the local Nyaung U Market to gain an insight into the daily life of the community. Your sightseeing day then proceeds to the pagodas and temples in the region to explore the art and architecture of Bagan. Possessing over 2000 temples and pagodas, Bagan is truly a dizzy daydream that will never fail to impress you.
Next, head to the local lacquerware workshops and wood crafts to witness how the artisans create their unique products from generation to generation. In the afternoon, follow your lunch by a drive to a hill for the sunset view. From there you can gain a panoramic view of the area under the magical sunset.
Be an early bird today to head for a full day discovering the hidden beauty as well as its history, culture, and local lifestyles of Bagan and its villages. Get on a Pony cart and slowly enjoy the charming of the landscape from a different perspective. Perhaps the most expected moment of today is heading to the jetty in the afternoon for a private boat trip where you can relax on the open deck and gain the fabulous views as you cruise along the Irrawaddy River to the Shwezigon Pagoda. Take time to enjoy the tranquil ambiance and listen to the swaying light breeze in the air.
Say goodbye to Bagan this morning to board a flight to Heho, the gateway to Inle Lake. Upon arrival, meet your private driver and guide and quickly transfer to Kalaw – a former British colonial town. Take a stroll through the central market to reach Hnee Pagoda where you will find a 500-year-old bamboo Buddha image. From there you can walk across the Shwe U Min Pagoda (or Shwe Oo Min Paya) to witness the cave with golden Buddhas. Along the route, you will find it impressive with the images remind you of British colonial time such as restored cottages and Christ the King Church – a religious monument where reveals the active Christian worship in Myanmar. Overnight in Kalaw.
This morning head to Pindaya as you pass through the Shan Plateau where you will capture the poetic mountain rice. Start your visit with the first stop in Pindaya caves situated in a limestone ridge offers you a magnificent view with thousands of Buddha images displaying in different chambers. Afterward, walk to some local houses nearby to explore the production of Shan paper and parasols.
Start your 7th day with a drive to Nyaung Shwe where you will embark on a boat trip and transfer to the hotel in Inle Lake. The rest of the day provides you the breathtaking time on your private boat. trip. First, stop at the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda where is the most sacred religious site in southern Shan State. Your wonderful boat trip will take you to explore the local lotus weaving, handicrafts, and wooden handlooms. Here you will not just have an opportunity to behold the beautiful scenery but also gain an insight into the life of the Intha people who have inhabited the lake for a hundred years. After passing through the exceptional floating gardens, houses, and monasteries, stop at the 200-yeard-old Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery to get a glimpse at the oldest wooden monastery in Inle Lake. From here proceed to Nampan village to witness the local cheroot factory and canoe carving.
Continue your exploration in Inle Lake with an early trip in the morning to the 5-day rotate market where you will see the mix of colorful dresses, products, and people. Next, get on a boat trip and cruise along the scenic channel to reach Indein to gaze out at the complex of ancient stupas. Take a stroll through the exotic relics to reach the “long neck” tribal women and listen to their story of the origin of the big rings around their neck. Gaze out at their daily life with traditional weaving and handicraft before returning. Along the way back, you will see the highlight of the lake with the iconic leg-rowing fishermen who always stand by one leg and use another leg to wrap an oar. Remember to bring your camera to save this best moment.
Enjoy your breakfast then prepare for a full day discovery beyond your poetic Inle Lake. Begin with a walk to the morning market in Nyaung Shwe to indulge in the mix of colorful fruits, vegetables, goods, clothing, and more. After that reach the village of Pa-Oh and Intha people as you pass the eastern shore where you may see many Buddhist nuns and monks go back from their morning alms. Spend your time to wander around the village to behold the scenery and talk with the friendly local people.
Next up, hike up to the Red Mountain Estate Vineyards & Winery to learn about the wine production in the factory. If you wish, it is available to taste 4 types of wine (including account) while sitting in the Red Mountain restaurant and wait for the magnificent sunset moment.
Say goodbye to the picturesque lake this morning to board a flight to Ngapali beach – the most attractive beach in Myanmar. The day at leisure lets you explore the beauty of the beach.
Today is a full day for you to explore the beautiful Ngapali Beach, you can rent a bike from your hotel and cycling along the seashore to power up a delightful morning. Then if you want to discover the local lifestyle, head to the fishing village near the beach to meet the people and see their way of life. Also, do not miss your chance to immerse into the turquoise water of Ngapali
Your time is free until your private driver comes to pick you up to transfer to the airport to fly to Yangon where your holiday ends. Hope you have had a meaningful vacation in Myanmar.
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