5 Days 4 Nights
This Temples & Nature Beauty tour will take you to some of Myanmar’s historic, cultural and scenic highlights, perhaps most perfectly embodied in a uniquely beautiful Bagan sunset.
You will also get to see the lives of tribal fishermen on the water of Inle Lake in the cool Shan hills, and then back for a bit of sightseeing on the colonial-era streets of Yangon.
Hours arrive at Yangon airport in the morning. Meet with your guide at Yangon international Arrival Hall after clearing immigration and custom formalities. He or she will welcome you or your group with welcome signboard. Then transfer to your hotel for check-in (if early check-in is available). If early check-in is not available then drive through the Colonial Style Buildings downtown, the Chinatown area and the Indian quarter. Enjoy your photo stop at Sule Pagoda and City Hall. In the afternoon, drive around the Kandawgyi Park and pass through the Karaweik Royal Barge. Then visit to the reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, is almost as large as the enormous figure in Bago Shwethalyaung. Enjoy sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and there are always full with many people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon and especially on Full Mon days and religious days. Accommodation at hotel, Yangon.
Breakfast at hotel. This morning transfer to Yangon Airport for your domestic flight from Yangon to Bagan. From the airport, start your full-day Bagan sightseeing tour with a visit to Nyaung Local Market. Then visit to see the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, where the 37 pre-Buddhist 'nets' were first officially endorsed by the Barmar monarchy. The 12th Century originals were spirited away by a collector and are now reportedly somewhere in Italy. Then visit to Gubyaukgyi Temple, Wetgyi-Inn Village between Bagan and Nyaung-U. It was built in early 13th century, on the model of Maha Bodhi Zedi. Next stop is Htilominlo situated close to the road between Nyaung U and Bagan, built by king Nantaungmya in 1218 and traces of old murals are also still visible. Take photo around the temples and visit to Lacquer Ware Factory to watch craftsmen skilfully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts. Check-In to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery with beautiful, well-preserved 18th century murals. Then visit Nanpaya Temple, built in the Mon style with intricate stone carvings, and said once to have been Manuha's residence. See the four Buddha images in Manuha Pagoda. Then stop at Myazedi Stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages. Continue to the Myinkaba area and visit Gubyaukgyi Temple, this temple was built in 1113 by Kyansittha's son Rajakumar, on his father's death. The fine stuccowork on it exterior walls is in particularly good condition. Enjoy Sunset at Shwe Sandaw Pagoda (or) Buu Pagoda. Accommodation at hotel, Bagan.
Breakfast at hotel. This morning, transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport for your domestic flight from Bagan to Heho. Transfer from Heho airport to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake and board your own local boat to take you to your hotel.
In the afternoon, enjoy your Inle Lake Boat Trip and you will see the lake's unique “Leg Rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. Visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in the southern Sahan State. Five images, for of which are ferried around the lake during Phaung Daw U Festival (late September/early October – please check with us for exact festival date). Then stalls on the ground floor of the shrine and nearby sell brightly coloured cotton Shan shoulder bags, other local crafts and 'antiques'. Silk and cotton fabrics are a local speciality, there are over 200 handloom. Continue visit to Nga Phe Kyaung (Jumping Cat Monastery), wooden monastery on stilts over the lake. Accommodation at hotel, Inle Lake.
Breakfast at hotel. This morning, leave your hotel by boat and then drive to Heho Airport for your domestic fight back to Yangon. Arrive at Yangon Airport and drive to visit Kaba Aye Pagoda (World Peace Pagoda), is hollow and inside are some nice Buddhist sculptures. Then continue visit to Mahar Parsana Cave, has six huge concrete pillars and six entrances to mark the Sixth Great Synod. The assembly hall inside is 220 feet in length and 140 feet in width. Then check-into your hotel.
In the afternoon, visit to Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays & Public Holidays) and it has the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts. Then visit to Botathaung Pagoda close to the Yangon Wharves. Before enjoy dinner visit to China Town, where you can fine a lot of gold shops and food stalls where local people enjoy their evening. Accommodation at Hotel, Yangon.
Breakfast at hotel. This morning, transfer to Yangon Airport for your departure flight.