You often hear of wonderful places, but more often than not, there is some wonder missing in them! In Myanmar though, you find plenty of that. Every golden pagoda gives the feeling of having being conjured out of thin air, and existing only to cast its spell on the onlookers before disappearing into thin air again! Monasteries dating back thousands of years tell a story of their own, while places like Lake Inle bear a close resemblance to paradise, if there ever exist one. It is to such a place of beauty, magic, wonder and splendor that the 6N/7D The wonder that is Myanmar Tour takes you to. Prepare to embark on a ride of absolutely thrill and delight, with surprise thrown in good measure. This promises to be the trip you have been waiting for.
After arriving at Yangon International Airport, get in touch with our representative followed by a transfer to the hotel. After some and rest and relaxation, start your sightseeing tour of Yangon. As part of your sightseeing tour, some of the places which you will visit are the colonial era buildings, enormous reclining Buddha at Kyauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, Kandawgyi Park, Karaweik Palace, which is built in the shape of a karaweik (mythological bird of Burma) and the 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda which contains strands of Buddha’s hair and other relics.
Stay overnight in Yangon.
Your day starts with a delicious breakfast, after which you will catch a flight to Bagan, one of the most ancient cities of Myanmar. It’s believed that this beautiful city once boasted more than 2,000 temples, of which only a few survive today. Some of the temples which the tour covers are Ananda, Htilominlo, Thatbyinnyu, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani, and Shwezigon Pagoda. Other places which you will visit are Nyaung U Market and the other traditional workshops. In the Nyaung U Market, which is also known as Mani Sithu market, you come across sections selling traditional clothing, handicrafts and antiques. It also provides a glimpse into the local lifestyle and culture. The traditional workshops let you see the painstaking work that goes into the making of lacquerware.
Overnight stay in Bagan.
The day begins with a departure from Bagan followed by a 4 hours drive to Mandalay, which is famous for being the last royal city of Myanmar kingdom. After arriving, make your way towards Amarapura, which is also known as the city of immortality. Built by King Mindon, it still retains that royal aura as if it were stuck in time. One of the first places which you will visit here is the Mahagandaryone Monastery. It is extremely popular amongst tourists because here they get to witness the daily lives of the Buddhist monks. The daily meal ritual, in particular, is a favorite with tourists.
From here, head towards the U Bein bridge to enjoy magnificent views of the sunset. The U Bein bridge is not only the longest teakwood bridge in the world but was also built from the remains of a royal palace. Your last stop for the day is the Mahamuni Pagoda, where you can see the image of Mahamuni Buddha. The image is covered with gold lead and is believed to have been consecrated by Buddha himself.
Overnight stay in Mandalay.
In the morning, set off for the jetty to enjoy a pleasurable upriver boat ride to Mingun. Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, it boasts several amazing structures of cultural and religious importance. After arriving, you will explore the ruins of the enormous Mingun Pahtodawgyi. Built in the end of 18th century, it was designed to be one of the largest pagodas in the country.
Continue your sightseeing tour by going to the beautiful Hsinbyume pagoda. The eye catcher of the pagoda is undoubtedly its base, which is shaped like circular terraces that represent the seven mountain ranges surrounding Mount Meru. From here, make your way towards the Mingun Bell, which is the world’s largest uncracked bronze bell standing at almost 13 ft. From here, sail back to Mandalay.
In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity of visiting some of the most famous tourist attractions of Mandalay like Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery (famous for the exquisite carvings both inside and outside the monastery), gold leaf beating workshop (where you get to observe the making of gold leaf) and Kuthodaw Pagoda (which is famously known as the world’s largest book because it contains 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings). The last stop of your tour is the Mandalay Hill (from its summit, you can enjoy the delightful views of the city below).
Overnight stay in Mandalay.
The morning starts with a flight to Heho Airport. After arriving, drive towards Inle Lake where you can enjoy an entire day of sightseeing. Located in the Shan Hills and surrounded by hills, its captivating beauty has led it to be known as “Venice of Asia”. There are many things to catch your attention here, from the stilted houses and floating gardens to the unique style of boat rowing by the boatmen and fishermen. Your sightseeing tour also includes visits to other attractions such as Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Kayan Long neck women and Nga Phe Chaung Monastery.
Stay overnight on Inle Lake.
Enjoy your breakfast and then set off for exploring the morning market around Inle Lake. Here, you can get a glimpse of the local lifestyle while getting acquainted with the local tribes inhabiting this region. The next stop is the Pa-Oh Village of Indein. Located on the western banks of the lake, it can be reached via a boat ride through small canals. The village is extremely popular among tourists for the hundreds of stupas that dot the landscape.
Built from the 14th to 18th centuries, they feature mythological creatures while being used as worship and meditation sites by locals. There are many ways of having a great time in this village, from enjoying a leisurely walk, visiting a local school to making your way to the top of the hill from where you can enjoy the amazing views of the lake below.
In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Heho Airport by road to catch your onward flight to Yangon. You can spend the rest of the day at your own leisure, as you will be provided with a car and guide for this purpose.
Stay overnight in Yangon.
You have the entire morning to yourself and can choose to spend it any way you like. Later, you will be transferred to Yangon Airport to catch your onward flight.