- Explore the other bank of Yangon River by public ferry
- Experience the interesting local village with unique traditional hairstyle of children
- Learn how to cook delicious Burmese curries in Inle Lake
- Taste the Burmese sweet tea in local teashops
- Discover the picturesque Inle by boat
Discover amazing Myanmar with your family beyond the 10-day trip in the Golden land. In Yangon, you can try different tastes of local foods and experience local life. Be amazed by the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda with its long and colourful history. Experience thousands of ancient monuments in Bagan, once a great empire. Also learn the simple lifestyle of local villages and participate in some activities with them. Mandalay, the last Dynasty of Myanmar King, is the best place to experience the Burmese Culture and enjoy the amazing sunset from, U Bein, the world’s longest teakwood bridge and Mandalay Hills. Inle Lake, the only place in the world to witness the styles leg-rowing Inn Thars and their floating Gardens.
Day 1: Yangon Arrival and Sightseeing
Upon arrival at Yangon international airport, you will be welcomed by our experienced guide with a wealth of knowledge on Myanmar and explore its fabulous mix of architecture and historical buildings along the strand road which have a faded colonial charm that you cannot see elsewhere in Asia. First, you will see the post office –a lovely historic building, passing by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument along the way. After an hour, visit famous Chauk Htat Kyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha and lunch at local restaurant. The feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gather to pay homage and pray. And then transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Yangon.
Day 2: Across the Yangon river and excursion to Dala
After breakfast at hotel, our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and head for Pansoedan Nanthida jetty to take public ferry boat to Dala which is a township on the outskirts of Yangon, lying to the south of the Yangon River. We cross the river from Pansoedan Jetty, the area attached to the jetty terminal also functions like most markets in Yangon, serving the hundreds of locals who commute from Dala to Yangon each day (during the day the ferry leaves every 20 minutes). During 15 minutes on the ferry boat, you can enjoy the scenes of buildings of Yangon through the river. Upon arrival in Dala, you will start the tour on a Trishaw to observe the local people’s daily activities. The tour includes Shwe Sayan Pagoda, Fishing Village and Bamboo Village. You will also visit a candle making workshop to observe the making of candles and Chu Chu which is a community-based, artisan workshop that creates handmade, earth-friendly products for you to use at home and on the road. Before the excursion wraps up for the day, stop at a local tea shop to taste a cup of Myanmar sweet tea. Afterwards, you will take a ferry back to Yangon and then transfer back to hotel. Enjoy your night in Yangon.
Day 3: Yangon – Nyaung U (Flight), Bagan sightseeing
After breakfast, our guide will meet you in hotel lobby and transfer to Yangon domestic airport to fly to Bagan (approximately 1 hour 20 minute). As soon as we reach Bagan, our station guide in Bagan will welcome and take you on a guided tour around the ancient Bagan with the highlights of historic Pagodas and temples; Shwezegon the prototype for later Myanmar pagodas built by King Anawyethta, Ananda temple - a master piece of King Kyansittha, Thatbyinnyu temple - the highest building in the Bagan plain, Dhamma Yangyi temple – an absolutely massive temple. After lunch, you will learn more about the local culture with a visit to two workshops producing Bagan's most famous products: lacquerware and wood crafts. Watch as the skilled craftsmen use techniques passed down through generations to create beautiful items. In the evening, watch the sunset view at Nyaung Lett Phet view mount (or) Sulamani Kan View mount and you will definitely be amazed by the beauty of Bagan while you watch the sun slowly set behind the ancient Pagodas. We then transfer to hotel and enjoy your night at hotel in Bagan.
Day 4: Exploring to Sel, Kan Tain and Set Set Yo Village
After breakfast, our guide will meet you in hotel lobby and take you on a community tour to learn about the livelihoods of Myanmar villagers. Be entertained by beautiful sceneries along the way where such seasonal crops as peanuts, sesame and soya beans line the road on both sides. After an hour drive, Sel village is the first stop. Enjoy a walk through this quiet place. Handmade wooden slippers are produced to use for such diverse purposes as showering or working in the fields. A famous product is Soya Paste, which is black bean paste, a traditional food, tasty and beloved throughout Myanmar. Walk through the second village Kan Tain Village, and discover its people and their ways of life. If possible, you may learn about traditional home-made pots in homestead potteries. An hour drive away, we will come to Set Set Yo Village, which is famous for the children’s hairstyle and called Yaung Pae Sue hairstyle (top hair is not cut but kept in a knot) in Myanmar. Children up to the age of adolescents keep this style under the supervision of the head monk of the village. Walk through this village and talk to the head master of the school and learn about village life in general. Picnic lunch box brought on the trip will provide lunch in this village. The monastery offers a chance to rest your tired limbs and treats you to a light snack. Then drive back to Bagan (approximate 2 hours). On the way, stop at a local shop to visit one of the local families who make toddy palm juice for sale from the toddy palms. Transfer to hotel for an overnight stay in Bagan.
Day 5: Bagan – Mandalay (Private Vehicle)
After breakfast at the hotel, our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and then drive to Mandalay (approximately 4 hours). On the way, you will certainly see Burmese star tortoise at Minsontaung wildlife Sanctuary, starting with 12 star tortoises which have grown to a population of 4000 tortoises and nearly 1000 have been released in a natural sanctuary. After nurturing them very carefully, they are released into their natural habitats at the age of three to five years old. After watching Burmese star tortoise, continue to Mandalay. Overnight stay in Mandalay.
Day 6: Mingun and Mandalay Sightseeing
After breakfast at your hotel and your guide will meet you in hotel lobby and we will go on a 1-hr boat ride to explore Mingun, which has Mingun Bell, a landmark. The bell weighs more than 87 tons and is the world’s largest intact bronze bell and we will take one min walk to Mingun Pagoda (Mingun Pathodawgyi); two large earthquakes did considerable damage to it during the 1838 earthquake with the heads of the giant lions statue (Chinthes) becoming and rolling into the Ayeyarwaddy River. Large cracks appeared in the Paya’s structure. Then, we will proceed to Myatheindan Pagoda; a stunning white-washed structure standing out from the rest. Observe the Interesting architecture and enjoy the view from the top. Return to Mandalay by boat. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. Then, we will proceed to Shwenandaw monastery, formerly known as ‘Shwe Kyaung’ where you can observe the rich culture of teak wood architecture in mid- 19th century. Then, we will enjoy cultural dish for lunch at local restaurant. Then, we proceed to Kyauktawgyi pagoda, built by King Mindon in 1853 taking inspiration from Anada Teample in Bagan and the Buddha image was sculpted from one single stone block of Marble. Then, get to a gold leaf workshop to learn the traditional of gold leaf making and followed by a trip to Mahamuni Pagoda. The Pagoda is one of the important religious sites in Myanmar and the temple was built in 1785 by King Bodawpaya of the Konebaung dynasty. The Buddha image was captured from the Arakan Kingdom. Return to your hotel around 17:00 and enjoy your night in Mandalay.
Day 7: Mandalay – Heho (Flight), Nyaung Shwe – Inle Lake
After breakfast at hotel, your guide will meet you in hotel lobby and transfer to the airport for a flight to Heho (approximately 30 min). Upon arrival in Heho, our station guide from Nyaung Shwe will meet you at the airport and drive to Nyaung Shwe (approximately 1 hour). On the way, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which is conspicuous for its red-painted teak building built in the 19th century. Inside it is covered with carved wooden bas-reliefs decorated with colorful glass mosaics and gold paint. We then visit Red Mountain Winery for enjoying the enchanting sunset view. Afterwards, transfer to hotel and enjoy your night on Inle Lake.
Day 8: Join the cooking class and take a long tail boat for sightseeing in Inle Lake
After breakfast at hotel, our guide will meet you in hotel lobby and transfer to local market for shopping with local chef for cooking class in family-style (starts: 9 am, ends: at 1 pm). During this class, you will learn how to cook Inthar dishes following step by step demonstration of the chef. Then you will enjoy the lunch you just cooked yourself. In the afternoon, an excursion by boat on Inle Lake will include sights of the famous Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, , where the pagoda festival is held every year in Oct. In the pagoda festival, people place the four Buddha Images on the duplicate of Barge (catamaran???) designed in the form of Hintha, a mythical bird. The images are then taken on a tour around Inle Lake to be revered by the faithful for several days. One image always has to remain at the Pagoda. In 1960s, when all five Buddha Images were placed on the Barge to be taken on a tour around Inle Lake, violent squalls arose kicking up enormous waves around the lake. The Barge overturned and the images dropped into the lake. The legend had it that only four images were accounted for after a dive and search mission. Miraculously though, when they went back to the pagoda, the lost fifth image was sitting at its place. So, for future processions taking images on a tour around the lake, the fifth image was left at the pagoda.
After witnessing the mysterious images of Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, we will proceed to the weaving village of Inpaw Khon, famous for its weaving workshops and products of multi-colored fabrics on looms made from bamboo poles lashed together with rope, Nampan village- famous for cheroot factories and Se-khong village where traditional blacksmith workshops produce knives and farming tools. After these places of interest, transfer to hotel and enjoy your night on Inle Lake. Dinner at a local restaurant follows.
Day 9: Heho – Yangon (Flight), Yangon Sightseeing
After breakfast at hotel, our guide will meet you in hotel lobby and return to Nyaung Shwe marina and transfer to airport for a flight back to Yangon (approximately 1 hour and 10 min). On arrival, be welcomed by our tour guide at the airport and visit to Bogyoke (Scotts) Market (closed every Monday and on public holiday), with hundreds of stores and a gem shops. Thereafter visit Karaweik Hall, a royal floating barge for photo stops. In the evening, visit Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments. The golden stupa rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. We then transfer to hotel and enjoy your night at hotel in Yangon.
Day 10: Yangon Departure
After breakfast at hotel, our guide will meet you in hotel lobby and transfer to Yangon international airport for your departure flight.
What is included in the tour
- All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car as detailed in our itinerary
- Accommodation with breakfast at 3* hotels as specified
- Domestic flight tickets and airport taxes
- Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally stationed guides
- All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
- Boat trip Mingun and Inle Lake
- Cooking class on day 8
- Dala ferry boat ticket fees
- Sightseeing in Dala with trishaw
- Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
- If there are 16 people and above we will grant 1 FOC for tour leader in single room.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Services not mentioned in our itinerary
- Lunch and dinners for the whole trip
- Myanmar Visa fees
- International flight tickets to and from Yangon
- Expenditure of a personal nature (Such as: uses of mini-bar and refrigerator, laundry service, telephone call and etc...)
- Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)