Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
This 14-day adventure and relaxation in Myanmar Itinerary takes you through the best Myanmar has to offer. Spend the first part of your trip exploring the rich culture and history of the country. Next, find a sense of peace in the natural landscape and ancient temples dotting the countryside. Finish your trip as you lounge seaside in Myanmar’s best beachtown, Ngapali. You don’t have to pick between adventure, culture or relaxation - with this itinerary, you can have it all.
After breakfast at your hotel, catch your flight to the age-old, historic city of Bagan. After checking into your hotel, take a tour of the city’s gem, the Ananda temple. Boasting four massive Buddha images and King Anawrahta’s famous golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda - the spiritual site is a must-see. Search for your own enlightenment as you visit the Temple of Omniscience known as Thatbyinnyu. While inside the Dhammayangyi Temple, scope out the detailed interlocking brickworks. Revel in the last few rays of sunshine as the sun plummets in the sky while you watch from Bagan’s ancient monuments. End the day by taking a quaint horse cart ride through the old town in the evening, before retiring to your hotel.
Rise early to catch a stunning sunrise. Learn about village life as you visit Min Nan Thu Village and the Tayoke Pyay Temple. Learn how to extract the popular, savory groundnut oil. Marvel at the intricate murals painting the walls of the Phaya Thonezu and Nandapyinnya Temples. Stock up on artisanal goods and snack on Burmese treats and ripe produce, as you peruse the lively Nyaung Oo Market. Gain new cultural insight as you continue to Myinkaba to visit the Gubyaukgyi Temple, noted for its intricate stucco detail Nanpaya Temple, Manuha temple and its grandiose Buddha images. Cruise down the Ayeyarwady River on a evening boat trip and watch the sunset from your ideal river view point.
First fly to Mandalay and then begin your excursion to Amarapura. Feel a sense of peace as you pay a visit to the Mahagandayon Monastery. Skip across the incredible teak bridge of U Being. Slide your hand across luscious silk at a local silk weaving factory. Return to Mandalay and enjoy a half day touring the city. Make sure to check out the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda, the revered Golden Palace Monastery and finish the day by watching the sunset from the Shwe Kyin Monastery.
Jet set on a private boat trip down the Ayeyarwaddy River to the ancient little town of Mingun. See the world’s largest functioning bronze bell along with what was intended to be the world’s largest pagoda - the yet to be completed Mingun Pahtodawgyi. After a short car trip, see the former capital of Burma, Inwa (Ava), that is settled on an island balancing between the Ayeyarwaddy River and the Myitnge Rivers. Delight in taking a horse-drawn cart to tour the Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery, the leaning Nanmin Watch Tower, and the awe-inspiring wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung.
Fly from Mandalay to Heho then continue on to Kalaw. Kalaw is a picturesque hill town favored by the British during colonial rule. Stroll through the local market and the quaint train station. Walk through the pine-forested hills until you reach Myinmahti village. The ancient Danu tribes inhabit this area. Observe their way of life as you walk through local farms and crops. The tribes use ox and buffalo to cultivate the crops, even today. Spend the night in the serene little village at a local hotel.
You’re just in time to explore one of the exotic fifth day markets. Indulge in home grown fresh produce and local souvenirs. Enjoy a boat excursion on Inle Lake. Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most revered shrine in the Shan states. Stop by the weaving village of Impawkhon. Watch traditional handicrafts being created in front of your eyes - notably the cheroot, a double open-ended cigar, that is especially popular among both locals and visitors.
Ferry down Inle Lake and the Indein Creek to reach Indein village. Explore the village’s ancient pagoda and complex filled with hundreds of 16th-century Shan style stupas. If you’re feeling active, take an hours’ trek to the stunning Peacock Hill and enjoy an incredible panoramic view.
Step aboard your ferry and journey through Nyaung Shwe, catching your last glimpses of the lake before transferring to Heho Airport to fly to Thandwe and onto Ngapali Beach. Lounge beachside that day and spend the night at a local hotel.
Spend a last leisurely morning before transferring to Thandwe Airport to fly to Yangon. Spend the afternoon visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda, marveling at the diverse array of pavilions, stupas, Buddhist images and bells. Spend the night at a hotel in Yangon.
Take one last stroll through the ancient city before spending the evening on a plane home. Snap a picture in front of the massive reclining Buddha, check out the Karaweik Royal Barge that sits on the Peaceful Royal Lake and soak in the gorgeous traditional colonial architecture. Squeeze in a last minute shop at the massive Bogyoke Aung San Market, stocking up on rare Myanmar souvenirs to bring home, as you begin your departure.