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3 Week - Trails of Myanmar

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Tour Duration:   3 Weeks, 20 Nights / 21 Days

Where to visit:   Yangon, Bago, Golden Rock, Hsipaw, Goteik Viaduct, Mandalay, Bagan, Pindaya, Kalaw, Inle Lake & Ngapali Beach

Accommodation:   19 nights of accommodation

Transportation:   Flights, Bus, Train, Cruise and private air-conditioned vehicles

Meals:   Daily Breakfast , Lunch as mentioned in detail itinerary

Service with:   English speaking station guide (different guide in different location)

When to go:   Varies

Tour starts in:   Yangon (Myanmar)

Tour complete in:   Yangon (Myanmar)

Day 1 (Yangon Arrival)
Meal: None

Upon arrival to Yangon International Airport, our guide will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Check in the hotel and relax. In the evening, start your tour with some famous pagoda, firstly visit to the original hair relic of the Buddha, the reclining Buddha and at the end visit to the marvelous Shwe Dagon Pagoda – the golden pagoda of the capital. After that continue to the Chinatown and walk through the busy street market and enjoy the night life of Yangon with barbecue, Chinese foods and beer - seemed to be the best ending for the day. Transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight in Yangon

Day 2 (Yangon – Bago - Golden Rock)
Meal: B

After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to Bago, 50 miles north of Yangon. On the way, we will visit the Htaukkyant World War II Memorial and continue for another one hour to Bago and visit the huge four Buddha image and famous monastery to learn about our monastic life.After that, we will continue to Golden Rock for another 2 more hours and explore the unbelievable situated stone.

Overnight in Golden Rock

Day 3 (Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon)
Meal: B

After breakfast, head back to Bago and explore the remaining sight-seeing such as Shwemawdaw Pagoda (the tallest stupa in Myanmar), Kanbawzathadi Golden Palace (originally constructed in 16th century but burnt down and was rebuilt on the same site), the reclining buddha, snake pagoda etc. After the tour in Bago, we will transfer to the train station to get back Yangon by train, sharing with local people and enjoy the alternative sceneries and experience the train ride in Myanmar.  Upon arrival in Yangon, meet you car at the station and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Yangon

Day 4 (Yangon – Hsipaw) Overnight coach
Meal: B

Enjoy the breakfast at your hotel and spend your itinerary free day at leisure. Sightseeing is by your own arrangement, but your guide may suggest recommendations, such as a visit to the Bogyoke Market, National Museum, Sule Pagoda etc. In the evening, our driver (only) will pick you up at the hotel and transfer to the bus terminal. Take the overnight coach to Hsipaw. Note: Bus will stop after 3 hours drive from Yangon, that’s the only place where you can take the dinner. After that, the bus will drive directly and arrive to Hsipaw at 5am in the morning.

Overnight on Coach

Day 5 (Hsipaw)
Meal: None

Upon arrival, our guide will welcome you at the bus station in Hsipaw and transfer to your hotel. Relax and take a rest for couple of hours. In the afternoon, start your excursion with Tuk Tuk (three wheel motorbike) in Hsipaw . Visit to “Hor” (the governor house in Shan language), a small pagoda complex called Little Bagan where can see the old ancient pagodas and old monastery. And then enjoy the sunset on a hillock where can see the panoramic view over the town and river.

Overnight in Hsipaw

Day 6 (Hsipaw)
Meal: B, L

After breakfast at the hotel, take the full day tour around the Hsipaw. Walk through the rice fields, visit to Nam Tok Fall(Except in Dry Season), continue to Farmer’s village and enjoy the country panoramic scenery, learn living style of Shan villages. Enjoy the Shan Rice Noodle at tiny local village mall with the local guide. After the lunch break, continue an hour by boat up streaming river, through nice scenery with the mountain, valley, plantations along the river, visit and sightseeing at river confluence at which swimming is available on the individual wish. On the way down-streaming by boat, visit to a Shan village which has typical houses with a small charming gardens. Then return to hotel by boat.

Overnight in Hsipaw

Day 7 (Hsipaw – Goteik Viaduct – Mandalay)
Meal: B

Today your day will be finished on the local train going along the mountainside and passing through the famous Gokhtiek Viaduct. You are advised to buy some snacks or fruits to eat all the way. Local foods on the train are not recommended for the travelers.
After breakfast, transfer to the railway station where we will take the train to PyinOoLwin. On the way through, you can enjoy the scenery of mountainous, vegetation on the mountainside. Experience the local train with hand carrying seller with full basket of local snacks, water and some regional products. The train will pass over the famous Gokteik viaduct which was constructed in 1899 crossing over 300 feet viaduct with half mile length. It was the third highest in the world and also the high-tech at that time.  Around 5pm, the train will arrive to PyinOoLwin station where your Mandalay guide will meet you and transfer to your hotel in Mandalay.

Overnight in Mandalay

Day 8 (Mandalay – Mingun)
Meal: B,L

After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will take you to the jetty for one hour boat trip to Mingun. Visit to the PaHtoTawGyi-the biggest unfinished pagoda and the second largest ringing bronze bell in the world and so on. After exploring in Mingun, back to Mandalay and enjoy the typical lunch on boat and continue the Mandalay sightseeing such as the last palace of Myanmar, Shwe Kyaung-the elegant wooden monastery with very fine wood carving, KuThoDaw Pagoda where have the world biggest book etc, and at the end enjoy the sunset over the city from the great Mandalay Hill.

Overnight in Mandalay

Day 9 (Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing)
Meal: B

After the breakfast, start the sightseeing with MaHaMuNi bronze Buddha image-the most important pilgrimage site for local, if it cannot attract you, continue to the street back of the temple where is full of marble stone buddha image curving workshops are sure to impress. Then, continue to the biggest monastery where you can learn more about the monastic life in Myanmar.
Then head to Sagaing, the other side of Irrawaddy River where is full of monasteries, housing nearly 6000 monks, nuns and lay meditates. Visit to the famous pagodas where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Mandalay from the other side of the river. Then take a short boat trip to Ava- the capital of Myanmar in 18th century and explore by horse cart.  In the evening, enjoy the sunset at the famous wooden U Bein Bridge.

Overnight in Mandalay

Day 10 (Mandalay – Bagan)
Meal: B

Today, relax and take leisure the whole day on the cruise to Bagan.
Transfer to jetty early morning and start the trip in the sunrise. On the way enjoy the beautiful scenery and ways of life along the mythical Irrawaddy River. The cruise will arrive to Bagan in the evening and your Bagan guide will meet you at the jetty and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Bagan

Day 11 (Bagan)
Meal: B

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the full day sightseeing in Bagan, including most high-lighted temple and starting with a local busy morning market and explore the most high-lighted temple and pagodas such as  GuPaukGyi temple-famous for mural paintings, DamayanGyi-the most massive one, Arnanda Temple-famous for artistic skills, Shwe Zi Gon Pagoda, Thetbyinnyu temple-the highest one, PayaToneZu, Pyatthada temple etc are sure to impress and if you see a temple that interests you, just ask your guide to stop for a look. In the evening, take a horse cart ride in the pagoda forest and stop at a temple to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the pagoda sea to complete your day.

Overnight in Bagan

Day 12 (Bagan – Mount. Popa)
Meal: B

Wake up early morning and take the balloon ride before the sunrise. It will definitely be impressed to you. Enjoy the view of pagoda sea during sunrise from high angle and make the wonderful photos with your love one.
After ballooning, come back to hotel and take the breakfast. After refreshments, start the tour to home of spirits-Mount Popa, a dead volcano simply like an oasis in the desert. On the way back, visit to a real Burmese village and visit to the toddy firm. Come back and explore more in Bagan during the rest of the day or leisure at your own.

Overnight in Bagan

Day 13 (Bagan – Pindaya – Kalaw)
Meal: B

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to airport and fly to Heho. Meet your guide at the Heho airport and drive to Pindaya for about 2 hrs. Some tourist say, on the way to Pindaya is look like Europe country side sceneries. Moreover, there are different tribes along the way and their agriculture businesses make the mountains more colorful. Upon arrival, visit to the famous Pindaya cave where over 8000 buddha images are enshrined. After exploring in Pindaya cave, drive back to Kalaw.

Overnight in Kalaw

Day 14 (Kalaw – trekking in direction of Inle Lake)
Meal: B, L, D

After breakfast at your hotel, pick you up at your hotel and start your journey to Inle Lake. Total walking time today is around 6 hours. Note: Luggage will be delivered to your hotel in Inle Lake.
We start trekking today and learn from our guide a bit more about local life in the country side surrounding Kalaw where hill tribes like the Pa O and the Palaung have been living for centuries. A simple lunch is taken in a local house on the way and we continue in the afternoon our walk.

Overnight at the local monastery/home – sleeping bag provided

Day 15 (Indein - Inle)
Meal: B

Enjoy the breakfast prepared by your guide and continue walking towards the Inle Lake – today the total walking distance is about 6 hours again –arrive to Indein Pagoda forest and explore the 16th century complex with its main pagoda and and more than 1,000 weathered stupas covered in vines and take in the serene atmosphere off the beaten path. Walk with your guide for an hour to enjoy the fantastic views over the lake. After exploration in Indein, start the boat trip to Inle Lake for 30minutes and vegetation on the floating garden will make your day more beautiful. Then, transfer to your hotel by boat. (OPTION: Choose the hotel where you want to stay, “on the lake”, “on the shore” or “Nyaung Shwe” (gateway township to Inle Lake).    

Overnight in Inle

Day 16 (Inle – Vineyard)
Meal: B,L

After breakfast at the hotel, today our sightseeing will start with the colorful 5-days rotating market where you can learn more about their life styles. Then start exploring the life of Intha, the people who live on the lake, see and feel their beautiful culture including unique leg rolling fisherman, visiting their earning home factories like silk and lotus weaving, silver smith, black smith, cheroot making and canoeing around the fishermen village will understand you more about their ways of lives. Enjoy the delicious Shan traditional lunch in local home. In addition, visiting to the vineyard and testing the wine will make your day perfect.

Overnight in Nyaung Shwe

Day 17 (Inle – Ngapali Beach)
Meal: B

Transfer to airport and fly to Thandwe airport and transfer to hotel in Ngapali Beach. Leisure your time as you please.
Overnight in Ngapali Beach

Day 18 (Ngapali Beach)
Meal: B
Free & leisure day
Overnight in Ngapali Beach

Day 19 (Ngapali Beach)
Meal: B
Free & leisure day
Overnight in Ngapali Beach

Day 20 (Ngapali Beach – Yangon)
Meal: B

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to airport and fly to Yangon.  Our driver will meet you at the Yangon domestic airport and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day as you please.

Overnight in Yangon

Day 21 (Departure)
Meal: B

After breakfast at your hotel, our driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer to Yangon International Airport for your international departure.

End of  Our Service.

Please Note:  This is a suggestion and all of the arrangements suggested by Image Of Myanmar-Exclusive Travel, can be tweaked and tailored to your heart’s content. If would like to create your own Myanmar itinerary, feel free to make enquiry now to discuss pricing.

Services Include:

  • Domestic flight ticket, Bagan - Heho – Ngapali – Yangon
  • 20 Nights accommodation with daily breakfast
  • All transfer & sightseeing by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • English Speaking station guide
  • All entrance fees on tour
  • Meal as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bus Ticket, Yangon – Hsipaw
  • Train Ticket, Hsipaw – Pyin Oo Lwin
  • Cruise Ticket, Mandalay – Bagan
  • Balloon Ticket in Bagan
  • Private cruise to Mingun
  • Horse cart rides in Innwa and Bagan
  • Hiking from Kalaw to Inle Lake
  • Private boat excursion in Inle Lake
  • Wine tasting
  • Mineral water & towels

Services Exclude:

  • Tips & Personal Expenses
  • Meals & Drinks, unless specified
  • Insurances
  • International flight ticket
  • Others that not mentioned in the itinerary