10 days / 9 nights
Tour Guide: English speaking
Yangon | Mandalay | Monywa | Bagan | Inle Lake
Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Yangon
Explore Myanmar during this 10 day voyage of discovery for a real feel for the magic of the country and its people, beginning in the shimmering city of Yangon, and then onto Mandalay, where local crafts, ancient cities and the world’s largest book await you. The extraordinary caves near Monywa are a sight to behold, bettered only by the dazzling array of stupas and dramatic scenery at the ancient Burmese capital of Bagan. The unique leg rowers and floating gardens of Inle Lake will delight you before returning to Yangon with a bagful of memories.
- Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, may not longer be the Burmese capital, but it continues to be the hub of economic activity, a hive of intellectual debate and the main gateway for international visitors. The stunning Shwedagon Pagoda is the centrepiece of the city, a gleaming golden stupa visible from all over town. Closer to the waterfront, downtown Yangon is a warren of historic streets concealing some of the best British colonial-era architecture in the region. This is the real deal, and a walk along the Strand or Pansodan Street is like a stroll back in time. One surprise on arrival here is the complete lack of motorbikes, as they are banned from the streets of Yangon. Vibrant and dynamic, sweaty and steamy Yangon is reaching for the future while trapped in the past.
- Mandalay still evokes images of a romantic bygone era. The royal palace and its impressive moat sit at the foot of the imposing Mandalay Hill. Positioned on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River, Mandalay is the principal cultural and economic city of Upper Myanmar. It lies within easy striking distance of former colonial hill stations, ancient cities and other cultural attractions.
- Monywa is an important trading point in Upper Myanmar, situated on the eastern bank of Chindwin River. Its impressive Thanboday pagoda, the only one in Myanmar with its unique shape and structure, features 582,257 images of Buddha. The region’s magical mountain, Phoe Win Taung, is home to impressive white caves. Other highlights of the town include Bodhi Tataung, with a thousand Bo Trees and Shwe Ba Taung with its impressive sandstones caves.
- Bagan, one of the most remarkable sights in South East Asia, has inspired visitors to Myanmar for nearly 1,000 years. The kingdom of Bagan has exited since the 8th century, but only rose to glory as capital of the First Kingdom of Myanmar in the early 11th century. Ancient chronicles state that there were once 4,446 temples over its wide plains but today only 2,230 remain, as recorded by UNESCO in 1998.
- Inle Lake is a magical watery world of floating gardens, stilted villages and crumbling stupas, and one of Myanmar’s most alluring attractions. Mountains tumble down towards the lakeshore, blurring the distinction between heaven and earth. For many visitors, Inle is heaven on earth, a place to while away the days canoeing, cycling and walking through the lush countryside. The Intha people are famous for their leg rowing.
Our service includes:
- Accommodation: Yangon (2 nights), Mandalay (2 nights), Monywa (1 night), Bagan (2 nights) and Inle Lake (2 nights) as per itinerary.
- Domestic flights: Yangon – Mandalay, Nyaung-U – Heho and Heho – Yangon as per itinerary
- Transportation with private air-con car (boat in Inle Lake)
- Boat fees for all boats included in the itinerary
- Meals: Daily breakfast at hotel plus any other booked meals
- Guide service: Experienced and fluent English speaking guide
- Other services: Entrance fees, porterages and horse-cart rides (if included in the itinerary)