Grand Myanmar - 25 Days

Grand Myanmar

The overland trip to Myanmar with various modes of transportation is the way to explore the country with the deepest feeling. Local interactions, train ride, river cruises, horse & cart riding and biking, all of these activities will give you chances to be closer to the people and its culture. We are sure to making your Grand Myanmar tour be filled with great memories and exciting experiences.Myanmar

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Visit all highlights of Yangon including the most sacred and ancient Shwedagon

Touch to the Golden Rock, one of the pride of every Burmese that is on top of the mountain

Get to know the capital of Mon State Mawlamyaing once served as British Burmese capital amid 19thcentury

Admire the early ancient city of Magway with its traditional lifestyle to be preserved

Watching the beautiful sunrise over thousands of temples in the legendary Bagan

See the longest Ubein teak wood bridge and the world largest book Kuthodaw in the olden day Mandalay capital

Stay at the charming Hsipaw mountain town, also serve as the main region’s market

Witness the most surprising way of single leg oaring by local Intha fishermen

Day 1
YANGON

Welcome to Myanmar! You are warmly welcome with your friendly tour guide and driver and transfer to your hotel.

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city with an impressive colonial and spiritual heritage. After freshening up, it’s time to set off for an amazing tour of the city’s highlights. Firstly, we will visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, which is home to a 70 meters long reclining Buddha. Then we will continue our tour through the city, stopping as you wish to take photos or relax with a drink at a local tea shop. From here, we will come to visit Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar.

Have a nice sleep in Yangon.

Day 2
YANGON – BAGO – KYAIKHTIYO (B)

In the morning our driver will pick you up for the scenic drive to Bago, the capital of the 16th century Mon kingdom.

Next, we will visit the Shwethalyaung Temple which houses a beautiful 55-meter long reclining Buddha. Then visiting the Mon-style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated in Myanmar and whose 114-meter spire is taller than the one at Shwedagon Pagoda.

While in Bago we’ll also take time to visit the city’s local sites, including the town market and a Mon neighborhood for a short stroll around a typical Bago village.

In the afternoon, we will arrive at Kyaikhtiyo base camp. Travel by local, open-air truck along a winding road (45 minutes) where you be dropped off at the junction camp to travel the final distance to Golden Rock on foot. The uphill trek is along a paved trekking path and offers great views of the surrounding area. For an easier alternative, four porters will take you to the uphill in a specially-made sedan chair (extra cost not included).

After about one hour of trekking, you can reach the Golden Rock. A huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff, Golden Rock is one of Myanmar’s main pilgrimage sites. The pagoda here is said to hold a hair of the Buddha and Buddhist from across the country come here to pay homage.

You will have a great night near Golden Rock.

Day 3
KYAIKHTIYO – HPA AN (B)

Welcome a new day with a view of the beautiful sunrise on Golden Rock.

After having your delicious breakfast, we will return down to base camp by the same route on foot and by open-air truck.

In the afternoon, we will continue two-hour drive by road to Hpa An, a small town surrounded by beautiful limestone rock formations and is the capital of the Karen state.

Then, we will visit Bayint Nyi Cave and Kaw Gun Cave. The former has a hot spring lake, from which you could get a beautiful view of the temple complex and cave. Kaw Gun Cave is also fascinating with over 2000 stone tablets with Mon inscriptions and hundreds of Buddha statues in the cave.

In the evening we will arrive in Hpa An and check in to your hotel.

Overnight in Hpa An.

Day 4
HPA AN – MAWLAMYAING (B)

In the morning, our driver will take you outskirt of Hpa An to see Zwe Kapin, one of many bizarre limestone formations in the area. Then continue to visit Kyauk Kalat Pagoda, a small stupa perched on top of a club-like rock formation on a small island in a lake.

We will continue the drive to Mawlamyaing, which is about one and a half hours.

Additionally, we will take a visit to Kawhnat-Kadoe, the village of U Nar Ouk In the afternoon you will take to Mon State capital of Mawlamyaing, formerly known as Moulmein, which situated near the mouth of the Thanlwin River. This attractive town is surrounded by leafy, tropical areas and has a hilly ridge serving as a backdrop. The town was also the capital of British Burma between 1827 and 1852 and it retains some of the atmospheres of the colonial times.

Check-in and have a nice sleep in Mawlamyaing.

Day 5
MAWLAMYAING (B

We will start your new day with an interesting visit to the sites of Mawlamyaing: Mawlamyaing central market, Mahamuni Pagoda, Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, and Seindon Mibaya – a wooden monastery over 100 years old.

You can take a walk along the town’s Strand Road for a glimpse of the impressive Kaladan Mosque. In the afternoon, we will take a private boat to visit Khaung Sae Kyun (Shampoo Island).

Come back to Mawlamyaing and have a nice night in Mawlamyaing.

Day 6
MAWLAMYAING – YANGON (B)

After having your great breakfast, we will depart Mawlamyaing for the drive to Yangon. It will take approximately seven hours and we will arrive in the city late this afternoon.

Have a nice sleep in Yangon.

Day 7
YANGON – PYAY (B)

After having your tasty breakfast at the hotel, we will continue your exploration of Yangon with a visit to the city center with its faded colonial buildings and the gilded Sule Pagoda.

Then stroll along the atmospheric streets toward the Yangon Jetty, a hub of activity and colorful market stalls. Loop back to Yangon’s colorful Chinatown, one of many diverse neighborhoods downtown, and visit a beautiful Chinese temple.

In the afternoon, we will have lunch at a restaurant of your choice.

Around 13.30 PM we will transfer to Yangon Railways station for your trip to Pyay.

You’ll be seated in reclining seats in an air-conditioned cabin, with windows on either side of the carriage.

Let’s relax while crossing scenic landscapes and observing villages alongside the train tracks. The journey will take around 6.5 hours. Upon arrival in Pyay, you will be warmly transferred to your hotel. The hotel has a restaurant and many local spots within walking distance.

Have a sweet night in Pyay.

Day 8
PYAY (B)

After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, we will visit the Pyay jetty and the colorful market.

Pyay, also known as Prime, served as the capital of the Pyu Kingdom from the 5th – 9th centuries. The city was circular with walls encircling it, stretching some 46 square kilometers, making it Asia’s largest walled city at the time. These days it is a sleepy riverside town with a unique charm.

Then we will visit Shwe Sandaw Pagoda, the ancient city of Sriketra – also known as Thayeikhittaya, the area was once the largest and most elaborate city in the area and spans 19 square kilometers.

Overnight in Pyay.

Day 9
PYAY – MAGWAY (B)

After having your delicious breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to the North Magway (200 km/ 4 – hour drive). The road passes through more beautiful rural scenery dotted with small towns.

Along the way, we will stop at Beikthano, another ancient city more than 2000 years old. From here continue on to Magway Division where, on arrival, we’ll stop to check in to your hotel. Magway is well known for its production of both groundnut and sesame oils.

After having your lunch (on your own account), you will have a chance to travel by horse cart to the famous Mya Tha Lun Pagoda. This revered temple is located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, a scenic place ideal for photos.

Then we will return by horse cart to the town center.

Overnight in Magway.

Day 10
MAGWAY – PWINT PHYU – MINBU – MAGWAY (B)

We will spend a full day exploring the surrounding areas of Magway. After a delicious breakfast, we’ll head to the north banks of the Irrawaddy River (20 kilometers drive) to reach Kyaung Taw Yar Pagoda, at the Pwint Phyu Township.

When returning to Magway we will stop at Nagar Pwet Taung, an unusual pool of bubbling mud. This unusual geological phenomenon is believed, by the locals to be caused by dragons (nagas) living deep inside the earth.

We’ll also visit a nearby temple, which is the perfect spot to admire the panoramic views of the mighty Irrawaddy River and cool down with the breeze.

Then return to Magway in the early evening.

Have a good night in Magway.

Day 11
MAGWAY – BAGAN (B)

We will continue the overland journey today after having breakfast with a 5-hour drive to Bagan.

The route passes many changes of landscape as you cross one of the aridest regions of Myanmar. Don’t forget to take photos with a view of toddy palm fields and stop at a processing area to observe the production of toddy juice. Upon arrival in Bagan, check in to your hotel and take some time to freshen up. Enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant (on your own account).

In the afternoon we’ll take a relaxing horse cart ride through the temple area, starting at the soaring Thetbyin Nyu and on to Sulamani, one of Bagan’s best-decorated temples. Continue to the massive Dhammayangyi temple before finishing at North Guni Temple to watch the beautiful sunset over the plains. This is a fabulous introduction to Bagan and its 2000 pagodas.

Return to your hotel after sunset for an evening at leisure.

Have a nice sleep in Bagan.

Day 12
BAGAN (B)

Welcome your new day with a visit to a range of sites, providing a great overview of Bagan’s history, culture and local lifestyles.

The journey begins at Thagyar Pone Temple, a temple with spectacular views over the surrounding plains. This is the perfect introduction to the grandeur and scope of Bagan’s architecture. Next continue to Ananda Temple, one of the most revered temples in Bagan and which is quiet in the morning, before all the tour buses arrive.

Afterward, we will go to Myinkaba Village and Gubyaukgyi Temple which is noted for its beautiful mural paintings on its inner walls and well-preserved plaster carvings on its exterior. Nearby is Manuha Temple and Nan Paya Temple, two smaller temples with nice Buddha statues and stonework.

Then you will have a chance to learn more about the local culture with a visit to two workshops producing Bagan’s most famous products: lacquer ware and wood crafts. Watch as the skilled craftsmen use techniques passed down through generations to create beautiful items.

In the afternoon, let’s take a break with lunch at a local restaurant (on your own account). Then return to your hotel for a short rest, escaping the heat of the midday sun. We will take a private riverboat and set off upriver toward Kyauk Gu U Min. Throughout your Irrawaddy river cruise, you will be treated to fabulous scenes of life on the water such as fishermen, local ferry boats, riverside villages and views of the Bagan temples.

You’ll stop at the beautiful Sae Lan village and go ashore for a short walk in there. Sae Lan is typical of the riverside villages along the Irrawaddy. Continue by boat to visit Kyauk Gu U Min on the eastern side of the river where a five to ten-minute walk will take us to the mystery temple. After your exploration of Kyauk Gu U Min, you’ll return to the boat for a relaxing cruise back to Bagan (around 1 hour).

We will transfer back to your hotel upon reaching Bagan.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 13
BAGAN (B)

Start your wonderful morning with a hot-air balloon flight over the plains of Bagan.

It’s time for you to enjoy the fabulous views as the sun rises over the stupas and Irrawaddy River.

(Note: available only from October to March)

After having your tasty breakfast, we will transfer to Ngat Pyit Taung Monastery and explore the temple’s caves, and learn about local traditions and spiritual beliefs of the Burmese.

Besides, you can visit more temples as you wish, based on your personal interests.

In the afternoon, we will continue to visit the rural village of Minnanthu, one of Bagan’s least visited areas.

In here you will have an opportunity to explore temples such as Payathonzu, with its unusual architecture and Tantric Buddhism influence, Lemyentha and Nandamannya. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 14
BAGAN – MOUNTAIN POPA – MEIKTILA (B

At 7.00 AM we will depart by roading for the drive to Mandalay.

After around 45-60 minutes we’ll reach Popa laan village, a local village near the base of Mt Popa that is typical of many villages in the area.

You can take a short walk through this scenic village and visit with the friendly residents. Then continue on to Mt Popa and Taung Kalat, a volcanic plug standing 1518 metres high. Mount Popa has played an important role in Myanmar culture, religion and history since earliest times. Its shrine, located at the top of Taung Kalat, is dedicated to the worship of the 37 Nats, the Burmese ancient animist spirits.

You will have a chance to learn about nats and nat worship as you climb the stairs to the top with your local guide. The view over the Myingyan Plain from the top of the volcanic peak is impressive. After that, we will drive to Mandalay (lunch will either be at a local restaurant near Mt Popa or later in Meiktila depending on time). Reach Meiktila in the late afternoon and check in to your hotel.

Have a wonderful night in Meiktila.

Day 15
MEIKTILA – KYAUK SE – MANDALAY (B)

After having a 2-hour drive, we’ll reach the town of Kyauk Se, most famous for its yearly Elephant Festival in October or November.

We’ll visit the town center then continue to Shin Pin Tamoke Shwegu, an incredible excavation site with ruins dating back to the 11th century and immaculate carvings. A further one hour the driver will take us to Mandalay. After dropping off our bags we’ll take a short introductory tour of the city with a visit to Mandalay Hill, which rises 240 metres above the city. Don’t forget to enjoy great views of the surrounding countryside, the Irrawaddy River and the city centre.

You will have a nice sleep in Mandalay.

Day 16
MANDALAY – SIGHTSEEING (B)

OPTION: It’s a great idea for you to wake up early in the morning (around 4:00 AM) and catch a local taxi to visit Mahamuni Pagoda. Every morning before dawn, the monks wash the face of the ‘lumpy’ Buddha image with special fragrant water and brush it’s teeth. The ritual takes around one hour and is a unique insight into Buddhism. Then return to your hotel around 7:30 AM for breakfast.

After your delicious breakfast at the hotel, depart for an excursion around Mandalay to explore the former capitals of Sagaing, Ava and Amarapura. We will cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. Then we will take a visit to Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae.

Our driver will take you to return toward the city and continue south of the city to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries, where a short ferry ride will take us across the river to where our horse and carriage are waiting. Visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. There are many small villages located amid Ava’s ruins and as you travel by horse cart you’ll get a glimpse of local life in the Burmese countryside.

You will have some time to have lunch (own account) in Ava before returning to our car. In the afternoon we will visit Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’ with Mahagandayon monastery when over one-thousand monks reside. Then we will visit U Bein Bridge for a walk along this 200-year-old teak bridge.

Have a great night in Mandalay.

NOTE: No tour guide

Day 17
MANDALAY – PYIN OO LWIN (B)

In the morning we will depart from Mandalay on a scenic two-hour drive to the former British hill station of Maymyo, now officially called Pyin Oo Lwin. The town is located on a plateau 1000m above sea level and renowned for its cooler temperatures and lush foliage. The afternoon is free at your leisure to explore on your own.

Have a wonderful night in Pyin Oo Lwin.

NOTE: No tour guide

Day 18
PYIN OO LWIN – KYAUK ME (B, L)

We will start our new day at about 8:00 AM and transfer to the Pyin Oo Lwin train station where we’ll board the local train to Naung Pain Village. The journey takes around 5 hours passing through stunning scenery including the Gokhtiek Viaduct.

A lunch box will be prepared and served along the way. Upon arrival in Kyauk Me we’ll check in to our guesthouse and walk around this charming town. Kyauk Me is a trading town nestled amid the Shan hills and is small enough that you can walk the whole town in one hour.

Have a good night in Kyauk Me.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour guide: None

Day 19
KYAUK ME – HSIPAW (B, L)

After having your delicious local breakfast, we will depart from Kyauk Me by car to Hsipaw (approximately 2 hours). Hsipaw, also known as Thibaw, is a charming mountain town and serves as the region’s main market town.

In the afternoon is free to relax or take a stroll around town.

Have a nice sleep in Hsipaw.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour guide: None

Day 20
HSIPAW – RIVER TRIP – HSIPAW (B, L)

A great idea for you to wake up early this morning and walk through the ‘candlelight market’. This busy morning market is filled with people from the nearby villages- including Shan and Palaung hill tribes- who gather in the predawn hours to trade their wares and produce. The market usually lasts from 3.30 AM until around 6 AM. If you wish, try a bowl of local Shan noodles here before returning to the hotel. After freshening up at the hotel and having breakfast, we’ll set off for a boat journey along the Dokehtawaddy River. It takes a 15 – minute walk to river jetty where our private long-tail boat is waiting. Cruise upstream for around 30 minutes to a fruit plantation where we’ll disembark for a walk through the plantation, village and then up to a 150-year old monastery (40 minutes walking). Then return to your boat and cruise to the confluence of the Dokehtawaddy River where we’ll stop for a swimming break and to take photos of the beautiful setting. We will continue our tour to visit a hill tribe village where your tasty lunch will be served. Take a stroll around the village to meet with the locals and learn more about their culture, traditions and lifestyles.

Then return by boat to Hsipaw and walk to your hotel. The whole journey will take around 5 hours.

Overnight in Hsipaw.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour guide: None

Day 21
HSIPAW – MANDALAY

After having your breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for the drive back to Mandalay. The drive takes around 6-7 hours and is along a sealed road in good condition.

A stop will be made along the way for a local lunch.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour guide: None

Day 22
MANDALAY – PINDAYA (B)

Our driver will take you to the Shan State through flat plains and then into rolling hills. You can stop to take photos or visit villages. After around 5-6 hours, reach Pindaya.

Take a break at the hotel to freshen up and then head to the town’s famous Pindaya Caves. You can nestle on a hillside, the cave consists of many chambers filled with hundreds of Buddha statues. On the return to the hotel you can stop to visit a local workshop making umbrellas and paper from local materials.

Overnight in Pindaya.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour guide: None

Day 23
PINDAYA – NYAUNG SHWE – INLE (B)

We will continue your exploration of the Shan State in the morning with a drive to Nyaung Shwe, a small beautiful town on the northern tip of Inle Lake. Upon arrival drop your bags at the hotel and head to the jetty where a private, long-tail boat is waiting for a half-day of sightseeing. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf.

Then you will have a chance to explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. We will return to Nyaung Shwe late this afternoon.

Have a nice sleep in Nyaung Shwe.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour guide: None

Day 24
INLE- INDEIN – HEHO – YANGON (B)

In the morning we will visit a local market, which rotates locations on a 5-day basis. (note: there are no markets on full moon or dark moon days).This daily market attracts people from all over the lake’s shores who gather to buy and sell their wares- if you are lucky you may see Pa-Oh, Inthar and Shan people in their traditional outfits. You can wander amid the stalls where your guide will explain the local produce and goods for sale. Continue your tour with a visit to Indein, on the southwestern shores of the lake. The boat will travel down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of Indein. You can explore the area on foot, strolling around the village and wander through the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area. Alaung Sitthou is filled with picturesque stupas and has magnificent views of the lake. Then return to land and transfer to the Heho airport for the flight back to Yangon. Upon reaching Yangon, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Have a great night in Yangon.

Day 25
YANGON DEPARTURE (B)

It’s your leisure day until our driver will take you to the airport for your international flight.

We hope you will have unforgottable memories during this interesting tour.

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Note:

* Check in time: 02.00pm – Check out time: 12.00pm

* Special offer in Low Season from May 1st – Sept 30th is applied. Please contact us for more details.

* Price is based on minimum 2 people sharing 1 double/ twin room. Single supplement is surcharged when one person occupies one room.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in twin/double sharing with breakfast
  • Private transfer with air-conditioner van
  • Train tickets Yangon – Pyay upper class (reclining chair), Pyin Oo Lwin – Hsipaw (normal class)
  • Bottle of water on tour days
  • Regional English speaking guide (no guide in Ngapali)
  • Private local boat for Bagan, Inle Lake, Mawlamyaing & Hspipaw
  • Horse cart tour in Bagan, Ava and Magway
  • Meals as indicated (without beverage)
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees

Exclusions

  • Optional tours (quote separately)
  • Travel insurance
  • Myanmar visa
  • Beverages and meals not mention in Inclusive column
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses & laundry
  • International flight tickets to/from Yangon
  • International departure airport tax Yangon
  • Early check-in & late check-out at all hotel
  • Bank service fees, bank transfer fees for non-cash payments
  • Peak season surcharges by hotels/ Compulsory dinner if there is any
  • VAT
  • Note:
  • Check in time: 02.00pm – Check out time: 12.00pm

Categories

Price valid till March, 2019 (per person in US dollar)

2 people

3-5 people6-9 people

Single Supplement

Superior

$3,748

$3,294$2,606$1,080

Deluxe

$4,007

$3,552$2,864

$1,320

Luxury$4,271$3,817$3,130

$1,572

ACCOMMODATION:

City

Hotel Category

Superior

Deluxe

Luxury

Yangon

Summit Park View HotelInya Lake HotelSule Shangrila Yangon
KyaikhtiyoMountain TopMountain TopMountain Top
Hpa AnZwekabin HotelZwekabin HotelZwekabin Hotel
MawlamyaingAttran HotelAttran HotelAttran Hotel
PyayMingalar Garden ResortMingalar Garden ResortMingalar Garden Resort
MagwayNan Htike ThuNan Htike ThuNan Htike Thu
BaganBagan Thande HotelAye Yar River ViewAureum Bagan
MeiktilaWin Zin HotelWin Zin HotelWin Zin Hotel
Mandalay Bagan KingTriumph HotelMandalay Hill Resort Hotel
Pyin Oo LwinKandawgyi Hill ResortKandawgyi Hill ResortKandawgyi Hill Resort
Kyauk MeGuest HouseGuest HouseGuest House
HsipawMr. Charles HotelMr. Charles HotelMr. Charles Hotel
PindayaConqueror HotelConqueror HotelPindaya Inle Inn
Inle LakeGolden Island CottageAmata Garden ResortAureum Inle Resort

Price From USD $ 1,048/person
1048
Total $ 1,048 USD

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