Welcome to The Best of Myanmar Program
Day (1) Arrival of Myanmar (D)
After landing at the Yangon airport, you will be welcomed by local expert and transfer to your hotel. No activities are scheduled for this day, allowing for relaxation for the week’s activities. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel in Yangon.
Day (2) Yangon lives & Shwe Dagon Pagoda (B/L)
Breakfast will be served at the hotel, followed by an introduction about Myanmar lead by your local expert. The presentation will discuss cultural norms, customs, history and more. Following the introduction, you are transported to downtown Yangon to partake in its busy street life, make friends with local merchants, visit markets and take in all of the new sights and sounds. After working up an appetite you will have lunch at a local restaurant then head back to your hotel for an afternoon break to freshen up.
In the evening you will be visiting one of the wonders of the world, the Shwe Dagon Pagoda. This pagoda was built during Lord Buddha’s life and is the earliest pagoda ever built. Today the Shwe Dagone Pagoda is admired for its outstanding ancient artwork and its religious role which attracts locals and foreign visitors alike. Explore this grande and magical site, followed by dinner.
Overnight: Hotel in Yangon
Day (3) Taking Circular Train ( B/L )
The breakfast served at the hotel, will then you will be heading to Yangon Train station to catch up city circular train to explore deeper of inhabitants in Yangon. Advantage of riding on this train is to see the grassroots lives where they use the train for their daily transportation. Enjoin your train ride, meet thousands of local getting on and off at every stop stations. After riding of a half-way, you will be reaching at Danyi Kone train station, jumping off your train to see the biggest veg market in Yangon where local come to sell and buy tons of their fresh veggies at this market from every part of districts in the region. Explore around in the market, have lunch nearby and then heading back to your hotel to take a break.
In early afternoon you will be flying to Heho (Inle) the gate way of the Southern Shan State. Once you land at Heho airport, drive to Inle for 45 minutes, check into your hotel, refresh up for a while. And then you will be visiting a local winery by bicycle. Taste some of the best Wine in Asia. Drive back to your hotel and get sleep early tonight to reinforce yourself as you will have a full day tour on the Inle Lake tomorrow.
Overnight: Hotel in Inle
Day (4) Full-day tour on the Lake ( B/L )
Today is the big day. Leave the hotel early in the morning to take part in a colorful market where multi-ethnic tribes sell and buy farm products. It’s unlike other markets because of the diversity of the ethnic tribes. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the bright colors of the clothing and capture the variety of food offerings.
After this market visit, drive through the ‘Floating Gardens’ and villages to see local products of Inle such as sliver workshops, blacksmiths, lotus plant weaving and fabrics used by local dressmakers.
Once you have met the tribes, tasted the foods, examined the art and craft work, be ready to drive, via boat, through the floating gardens and villages to see how people live on the water. You will also have time to purchase Inle local products at the silver workshops, blacksmith, lotus weaving, silk weaving and much more. You will have fun deciding which is more beautiful or unique from item to item.
After your full morning of activities, lunch will take place followed by a visit to the important temple Phaung Daw U Pagoda. Here you will view five Buddha images that have been heavily gilded in gold by multiple pilgrimages. There is a local saying which states, ‘A trip to Inle Lake is not complete unless you visit the Phaung Daw U Pagoda’ and this is true.
Following the pagoda, you will re-embark to your boat which will recap the activities you had earlier in the day. But you will have a new stop: the Nga Phe Kyaung Wooden Monastery also known as Jumping Cat Monastery. This is where you will see the most impressive Buddha images from the 11th and 18th centuries. As you disembark your boat into the monastery you will quickly learn how the monastery acquired its name. Once done, you will then proceed to your hotel and have a relaxing dinner at your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel in Inle Lake, Myanmar
Day (5) Visit local Market & Fly to Bagan (B/L )
Easy morning, check out the hotel and walk to Nyaung Shwe town market to see how the market looks like and have a typical meal for your breakfast ( Shan Noodle). then you will be heading to the airport fly to Nyaung U (Bagan ) Bagan is the most magical and impressive point in Myanmar. Here you will visit the most impressive temples (not all 3000 temples) which were built in the 10th to late 13th centuries. All of the temples sit within 16 sq km and is known as the Bagan Archaeological Area.
After landing in Bagan’s Nyaung Oo Airport you will be have local lunch, afterwards we will drive to your hotel to drop off your bags and take a break. In the early afternoon you will be heading out to tour temples. Afterward you will be watching for the sunset with a backdrop of 3000 temples on a hill.
Overnight: Hotel in Bagan, Myanmar
Day (6) Full-day touring of Bagan ( B/L )
After having breakfast along the Irrawaddy River, you will be heading out to explore some of the most massive and significant temples by biking. This little adventure might be the most pleasant and fascinating morning activity as you will be going through amount the thousands of religious monuments and fields on the sandy paths. As you are biking slowly go through this beautiful landscapes, you will be stopping at a village to see some of their local products, such as Lacquerware, cigars and sand paintings. Wander around in the village for while to learn and understand how they make the process of local stuff. And then continue to a restaurant by the river banks where you will stop for the lunch. Afterward coming back to your hotel for a relaxing until evening to avoid afternoon heat.
Once the energy gets back, heading out again to see some of the important temples that you haven’t seen this morning, then drive to a boat jetty to jump onto your private boat to watch the sunset on the Irrawaddy River. Cold drinks is served on the boat, will then you will have dinner along with local puppet show.
This morning before biking tour. We highly suggest you to have a Hot Air Balloon Ride, which you have to pay for it separately as we don’t include this cost in the program. We bet this riding would be unforgettable and a lifetime experience with overseeing of 3000 temples while only you have a chance since you are already in Bagan.
Overnight: Hotel in Bagan. Myanmar
Day (7) Bagan – Mandalay by boat ( B/L )
Leave the hotel around 6 am in the morning to catch a boat on the powerful Irrawaddy River to reach the city of Mandalay. The boat ride will take approximately 6.5 hours and promises to be one of your most memorable activities while in Myanmar. During this trip, you will see how the mighty river influences the daily lives of many people who fish, wash their clothes on the rocks along the river bed, bath, gather water and depend on the river to sustain their farms. Hundred of water buffalos, cows other animals and will stop as you drift by, lifting their heads slowly to watch you. In addition, the scenery along the river will help you imagine the history of Myanmar, it’s political strife, commerce and everyday livelihoods of villagers. Lunch and coffee will be serviced on the boat.
Expect to reach Mandalay in the early evening. Once we arrive in Mandalay you will check into your hotel, freshen up, go swimming or enjoy a relaxing dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel in Mandalay, Myanmar
Day (8) Jade market – Visit a country village(B/L)
Breakfast is served at your hotel, will then you will proceed to the jade market, which is a unique and not often visited place for visitors. It is the largest jade market in the country for upper and central Myanmar. Another photographer’s haven, as there are so many interesting scenes to be captured. Learn how local jade dealers determine the quality of a stone, watch the art of cutting jade, polishing and create beautiful items from the jade. This is not a market for tourists to buy, although you can, this is a behind the scenes look at the jade trade.
Afterward continue to a countryside village. Once you reach the village, a friend of Immersive Golden Land Travels will cook lunch for you, then you will have a chance to intimately explore the village by visiting village homes, meet with village chief to learn about his people and how life is in the country, then you will be taken to ride on a typical Burmese mode of transportation, an Ox-cart to visit the village farmland. Following this you will be heading back to you hotel. Take a rest and have dinner at your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel in Mandalay
Day (9)Explore Amarapura & half-day off (B/L)
Leave the hotel after having breakfast. Mandalay is home to 75% of Buddhist monks who live in the country, therefore its place you must be seen before leaving Mandalay. The Mahagandayon Buddhist is the Teaching monastery where it has 1300 monks live. Explore and learn more about the Buddhist religion and what is involved in becoming a monk. You will experience a place of quiet and tranquility.
After observing this peaceful monastery, drive to the World Longest wooden bridge it called “ U Bein
“ walk through this bridge for a 1.2 km. Once you get at the end, you will be taking a canon boat to head back, have lunch nearby and driving back to your hotel to take a rest. You will be free until dinner time ( Outside dinner is optional ) tonight is your last night in Myanmar so either you want to go out or have an easy farewell dinner at the hotel to spend some time and talk with your travel mates.
Overnight: Hotel in Mandalay
Day (10) Fly back home ( B )
There is a saying: All good things come to an end. And so we at Immersive Golden Land Travels must say ‘Tar Tar’ which is goodbye in Burmese.
After breakfast, you will be driven to the Mandalay International Airport. At the airport, we will assist you with documents and ensure you all is set for a relaxing flight.
If anyone on the program would like to remain on your own or would like to travel to other countries in Southeast Asia we are happy to help and/or advise you with any questions or needs you might have.