Myanmar, once known as Burma, evokes a myriad of emotions with every visit. Its history, which dates back thousands of years, has witnessed the rule of glorious kings and kingdoms. The pagodas, statues and other religious structures built during their reigns are a testament to their brilliant sense of aesthetics and deep devotion. This country is also blessed by nature’s bounty, which further enhances its charm and appeal to visitors. When viewed aerially, its skyline is dominated by hundreds of pagodas jutting out from its dense forests, with the mountains in the distance watching them! The 4N/5D Delightful Myanmar Tour takes you to the most exciting places in the country, both natural and religious. This well-crafted itinerary ensures that not only do you have a good time, but you do so in the most delightful way. This trip promises to be a ride of happiness!
After arriving at the Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative followed by an assisted transfer to the hotel. Your sightseeing tour begins in the afternoon. The first place which you will visit is the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda. Located north of Kandawgyi Lake, it is famous for its massive reclining statue of Buddha which is 65m long and 16m high. After admiring this architectural masterpiece, set off towards Kandawgyi Park. The park, which surrounds the Kandawgyi Lake, is a great place to enjoy a walk, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the views greeting your eyes. After spending some time here, make your way towards the Karaweik Palace, which is also known as the floating golden palace because it is situated in the middle of the lake. You can enjoy photography here.
Come evening, and your first stop will be Shwedagon Pagoda, a religious structure that captivates onlookers with its grandiose proportions and outstanding architecture. Not only is the pagoda 2,500 years old, it is also adorned with hundreds of gold plates, while its top is glitters with 4,531 diamonds. When illuminated, its beauty is magnified several times over. You can also observe the devotees and monks engaged in various kinds of rituals. Splendid views of the sunset can also be enjoyed from the pagoda.
Overnight stay in Yangon.
On this day, you will drive towards Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Myanmar. Make a halt at Bago, which once served as the ancient capital of Mon kingdom and is one of the richest archaeological sites in the country. Visit the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, an incredible piece of architecture touching the skies at a height of almost 114m. This pagoda, unsurprisingly, is also visible from a great distance.
The next stop is Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, which is also known as Golden Rock Pagoda and is counted amongst the most sacred Buddhist sites in Myanmar. Although the pagoda measures almost 7.5m high, it is the boulder on which it stands that is the main attraction. Covered with gold leaves by Buddhist devotees, the boulder is believed to stand on a strand of Buddha’s hair. The rock appears to have defeated gravity, judging by the way it stands precariously on the hill. In the afternoon, arrive at Kinmon Base Camp and get transferred to a local truck. The truck will take you to the terminal located in close proximity to the Golden Rock Pagoda.
In the evening, you will visit the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, which is counted amongst the most revered places of worship in Myanmar. It is believed that this place has served as a place of worship for almost 2,600 years. This is also a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset. Later, you will also have the opportunity of exploring the local shops in the area.
Overnight stay in Kyaiktiyo.
Give a beautiful start to your morning by heading to Golden Rock and watching the fabulous sunrise. After a delicious breakfast, start walking for about 30 minutes before you reach Kyee Kan Pa Sat, also known as Crow’s Mouth Cave. The cave is so called because its shaped like the open beak of a crow. For locals, this is an important devotional spot. On the way towards the cave, you will pass a lane dotted with souvenir and traditional medicine shops. Around mid morning, return back to Yangon via Bago while enjoying the views of rice fields and the small towns at regular intervals. After reaching Bago, visit the Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha. Measuring almost 55m long, it is the largest of its kind in the country and was built almost 1,000 years back by a Mon king. Along with the reclining Buddha, you will also visit the four seated Buddhas. All this amazing sightseeing is followed by a visit to the local market. The day comes to an end with a drive back to Yangon.
Stay overnight in Yangon.
This day begins with a drive to Thanlyin, also known as Syriam. It is one of the most important port cities in Myanmar and boasts a rich and illustrious history. Enjoy a 45 minutes ride across Yangon River via Thanlyin Bridge before arriving at Thanlyin. The first place which you will visit is the Kyaik Khauk Paya pagoda. Built more than 2,000 years back, it bears a similarity to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. After admiring its aesthetics and brilliant architecture, head towards Kyauk Tan with the Island Pagoda as your next stop. Also known as Kyaik Hmaw Wun Pagoda, it was built more than 2,000 years back and contains a golden statue of Buddha. You will also have the exciting opportunity of feeding catfish here.
After enjoying sightseeing and exploration at this incredible place, return to Yangon to visit the Botahtaung Pagoda. Built almost 2,500 years back, it contains the main stupa surrounded by a number of smaller stupas. The main stupa is hollow from within and preserves a strand of Buddha’s hair. Located just left to it is the Bo Bo Gayi, a guardian spirit who is believed to be the protector of Buddha’s hair and other relics. It is believed that touching the forefinger of the guardian’s spirit with your forefinger grants you any wish you may have.
Enjoy a delicious lunch and then make your way to the Bogyoke Market, also known as Scott Market. The market consists of several stalls which sell art, antique, handicrafts and jewellery along with traditional clothing like lungi. However, it should be noted that this market is closed on all mondays and public holidays.
Dinner is followed by overnight stay in Yangon.
In the morning, get transferred to Yangon International Airport to catch your flight and resume your onward journey. What a splendid time you have had! These are memories which will stay with you till you decide to visit Myanmar again.