Burma, now called Myanmar, is a nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand, making it a great tour destination while travelling through South East Asia. This nine day adventure begins and ends in Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country's largest city, which is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, golden Shwedagon Pagoda, containing Buddhist relics and dating back to the 6th century.
On arrival at Yangon International Airport you are met by one of our experienced tour representatives who will take you in a private vehicle to your hotel for check-in. Relax after the journey then the rest of the day and evening is free for you to go out and explore on your own, seeing some of the sights and meeting the friendly people. Tonight you may want to sample some of the local cuisine at one of the many nearby restaurants.
Yangon, Mandalay and Mingun
Today you catch an early morning flight to Mandalay and on arrival boat down the Ayeyarwaddy river to Mingun and visit Settawya Pagoda, built in 1811. Explore the flower market here and buy some flowers to donate in a special offering ceremony. Later visit Mingun Bell, Hsinbyume Pagoda, and Shwenandaw Monastery, once the home of King Mindon. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, the ‘world’s largest book’ before watching the sun set from the top of Mandalay Hill with sweeping views of the city.
Mandalay, Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing
Today you see bronze casting workshops at Tampa Waddy between Mandalay and the ancient capital Amarapura. Visit iconic U-Bein bridge spanning the Taungthaman Lake, and Magandayon monastery, home to 1,000 monks. Cross the Ayeyarwaddy river and take a ferry to visit Ava by horse-cart. Here you stop at some famous monasteries before crossing Sagaing bridge to Sagaing Hill and continue to Soon U Ponya Shin Paya and U Min Tounzeh. Later watch the spectacular sunset from Sagaing Hill.
Mandalay to Bagan
Before you leave Mandalay, enjoy a walking tour to Tu Ye Zay, a colourful one-of-a-kind local produce market located on the train tracks. Then leave the city behind and drive to the terrace of Popa Mountain Resort, a perfect vantage point to enjoy views of Mt. Popa, and of Taungkalat itself. In the afternoon continue to Bagan, visiting villages along the way. Shortly after passing Nyaung-U, stop for an interesting visit at “Paing” roadside shop. Then enjoy a free evening in Bagan.
This morning after breakfast at your hotel begin a day's walking tour which starts with a visit to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan. Stop at a popular lacquerware workshop producing this most famous of Bagan handicrafts. In the late afternoon board a tuk tuk for a ride to a place where you can enjoy magnifcent views over Bagan’s vast temple area as the sun begins to set - a timeless image that will stay with you forever.
Bagan, Heho and Inle Lake
Today you say farewell to the amazing city of Bagan and travel to Nyaung U airport for your flight to Heho, where you are met and taken to your hotel for check-in. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and in the afternoon, stop at several workshops on and around the lake such as a cheroot (Burmese cigar)-making workshop and a boat building workshop. Finally, stop at Inn Paw Khon village and visit one of the many silk and lotus weaving workshops.
Inle Lake and Hidden Indein
Glide through narrow channels in a canoe and tour Kaylar village in the middle part of Inle Lake, famous for its floating gardens where villagers mainly live on fishing and farming. Then ride in a long-tail boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung, a monastery famous for its extensive collection of Buddha images made of different materials, and in various styles and sizes. In the afternoon, hop on another long-tail boat to the western shore of the lake to Indein jetty and visit the beautiful Alaung Sitthou Temple Complex.
Heho to Yangon
After breakfast, transfer to Heho airport for your flight back to Yangon and then to your hotel for check-in. Visit Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market in the heart of downtown and enjoy a leisurely walk through the best of the colonial part of the city ending up in bustling Chinatown with its many shops and stalls.Then one of the highlights of the tour when you visit the unforgettable Shwedagon Pagoda with its golden stupas, monks, and local worshipers. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Today your wonderful tour around Burma comes to an end. After breakfast you may have time for some more sightseeing or last minute shopping for souvenirs in Yangon before being picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport for your onward journey or to catch your flight back home. This nine day tour is perfect for first time visitors to the country or people who have travelled there before and want to see more of it's colourful and fascinating culture .