Off the beaten track, visits of the most popular sites, highlights of Myanmar, culture and architecture, local life on Inle Lake.
In Myanmar, you will visit Yangon and its colonial architecture, Bagan and its mysterious forest of temples, Mandalay and its historical heritage, Sagain and its 600 pagodas and monasteries of ivory hill, the caves and the paper umbrella workshops of Pindaya, the villages to meet the ethnic minorities, the Pa-Oh Indein village and finally the Inle Lake and its unique local life.
What will you do during your trip?
During the trip, you will have the opportunity to taste local delicacies. You will visit many historical and cultural sites, mostly pagodas, temples and monasteries as well as natural sites such as caves and countryside. And you will walk from a village to another to discover the way of life of the inhabitants and ethnic minorities. You will enjoy to discover the local markets and the Inle Lake population who will share its culture. Eventually, you will get on board to a nice ship on the lake.
For you, we have chosen nice hotels downtown and an unforgettable night in a monastery. During the tour, you will experience the rickshaw, the carriage, the pirogue, a domestic flight, the coach, the small boats, train, walks and a cruise.
We provide an English speaking tour guide skilled in group management.
DAY 1 : YOUR CITY flight YANGON
Departure at your own expense from the airport of your choice; registration formalities for the flight to Yangon.
Dinner and night on board.
DAY 2 : YANGON
Mingalabar and welcome to Myanmar !
You will be warmly welcomed and transferred to your hotel before leaving to discover the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda and the Royal Lake.
From the shore, admire the Karaweik Palace, a replica of a royal ship, before joining the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most spiritual places in the country.
Meals at your expense. Night in Yangon.
DAY 3 : YANGON flight BAGAN
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan.
Discover the temple of Ananda before exploring the valley and its magnificent temples. A small private wooden boat will wait for you to enjoy a stroll and admire the sunset over the calm waters of the river, a unique view of Bagan.
Meals at your expense. Night in Bagan.
DAY 4 : BAGAN
After visiting the Nyaung Oo Market and the famous Shwezigon Pagoda, take the dusty roads and shady paths lined with temples and monasteries to discover the villages and their inhabitants. Walk in the site of Bagan to discover its multiple temples and enjoy the view.
Option: Hot air balloon tour over Bagan
The morning will start with a hot air balloon ride on the Bagan countryside to admire the sunrise over the Irrawaddy River and the various stupas. A spectacle unique in the world …!
Only in October / November to March. In case of last minute cancellation due to bad weather conditions, full payment will be refunded.
DAY 5 : BAGAN boat MANDALAY
Embark on the Irrawaddy River from Bagan to Mandalay, relax on the deck and enjoy the Burmese scenery along the river.
You will be able to observe the life of the Burmese, the farmers, the fishermen and their traditional techniques, the ships transporting various goods and the women washing the linen among the children who play in the water.
Lunch on the boat and dinner at your expense. Night in Mandalay.
DAY 6 : MANDALAY / AMARAPURA
Your day begins with a visit of Kyauktawgyi and Kuthodaw pagodas before you discover the Shwenandaw monastery, known as the “Golden Monastery” and the last vestige of the Royal Palace that survived during the 19th century. You will then have the opportunity to visit the most beautiful craft workshop of Burma producing wooden sculpture, Kalaga tapestries, making gold leaf …
Next step: Amarapura, the penultimate royal capital of Burma. Your visit will begin with the Mahagandayon monastery, home to more than a thousand young monks, then the legendary U Bein bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world built in 1782. Enjoy the special atmosphere at sunset…
Lunch and dinner at your convenience. Night in Mandalay.
DAY 7 : SAGAING / AVA
Start the day with a walk in the big market, close to the city centre, stroll, stop for a cup of burman milk tea in a stall. You will cross the bridge to discover Sagaing and its hill of 600 pagodas and monasteries of ivory.
Visit the Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin, U Min Thone Sae and Shin Nan Pin Gyaing pagodas before heading towards the Sagaing market.
On the way to Ava, stop in a village of potters, then crossing by ferry to reach a monastery famous for its wooden sculptures: Bagaya. Finally, discover the Nanmyint tower, the remains of the ancient palace and the palace of Maha Augmye Bonzan.
Lunch and dinner at your expense. Night in Mandalay.
DAY 8 : MANDALAY flight HEHO / PINDAYA
Transfer to Mandalay airport for your flight to Heho.
Drive to the caves of Pindaya before visiting the pagodas of Shwe U Min. You will also have the chance to discover a local workshop and its traditional techniques for making red paper umbrellas.
Meals at your charge. Night in Pindaya.
DAY 9 : PINDAYA / HTUT NI / SEE KYA INN / YAZAGYI / TAUNG MYINT GYI
Walk through spectacular tea plantations to the village of Htut Ni to meet members of the Danu ethnic group. On the way, stop at the village See Kya,located in a thick forest to be welcomed and lunch with a family. Stop at another village called Yazakyi for a warm encounter with members of the Palaung community.
Arrival at Taung Myint Gyi where you will spend an unforgettable night in the monastery.
Dinner and night at the monastery.
Notes: Common room with mattress on the floor, pillow and blanket. If necessary, mosquitos nets will be provided. Shared bathroom and shower with a bucket.
DAY 10 : TAUNG MYINT GYI / YA GYI / PWE PYAT
Walk to the village of Ya Gyi followed by a slight descent towards Pwe Pyat, you will be amazed by the beauty of the landscapes. Your trek will end at Pwe Pyat village before being transferred to Nyaung Shwe, gateway to Inle Lake (32 km – 1 hour drive).
Possibility to stop along the way to visit the traditional craft factories.
Visit the Shweyanpyay Teak Monastery. Boat trip to reach and visit the main sites of Inle Lake, on the way, you will pass through several villages along Intha Lake.
Breakfast at the monastery. Lunch and dinner at your own expense. Night on the lake.
DAY 11 : INLE LAKE
After breakfast, you will visit the lake’s market. Excursion on Lake Intha to observe their amazing floating gardens and the unique style of the Inle fishermen who row standing with only one leg.
Visit the Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery and its collection of Buddha statues, as well as the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. Discover the varied crafts of Inle, visit the village of Inpawkhone known for its weaving lotus fibers, its workshop of cheroots (Burmese cigars) and its workshop of silver.
Transfer to your hotel. Lunch and dinner at your own expense. Night on the lake.
DAY 12 : INDEIN
After breakfast, you will visit the lake’s market and then, a one-hour trip will take you to Pa-Oh Indein village. Stroll through the village before you begin your ascent to the top of the hill. The Indein Pagoda complex is one of the lake’s most impressive sites, consisting of a hundred stupas covered with moss and greenery.
During the return trip, you can stop at Inthar Heritage House a not-for-profit organisation that preserves the cultural and natural wealth of the Inle region.
Lunch and dinner at your convenience. Night at Inle Lake.
DAY 13 : HEHO flight YANGON
Transfer towards Heho airport for your flight towards Yangon.
Walk on the Mahanbandola Street and discover the city, where colonial buildings and charming alleys are mingled. You will go between food stalls and small used books shops to discover the Emmanuel Baptist Churchbuilt in 1830 or the Sule pagoda, where you can consult one of the many “fortune tellers” in the shade of the trees.
You will pass through the lively districts of Chinatown and Little India before stopping at the Sri Kali temple, the most colorful of Hindu temples in Yangon.
Lunch and dinner at your convenience. Night in Yangon.
DAY 14 : YANGON flight YOUR CITY
Transfer towards Yangon international airport without tour-guide. Check-in and boarding for your return flight.
DAY 15 : YOUR CITY
Breakfast on board. Arrival in your city.