14 days / 13 nights
Tour Guide: English speaking
Mandalay | Bagan | Inle Lake | Loikaw | Yangon | Bago | Golden Rock
Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Yangon
This 14 days in-depth journey throughout Myanmar will take you beyond the highlights and under the skin of this beguiling country. After visiting Mandalay, the wonderful array of stupas and dramatic scenery of Bagan and the idyllic waters of Inle Lake, we will head south to the forgotten village of Sagar and the interesting city of Loikaw, near of which live the Padaung women, also known as ‘long-necked women’. Get ready to be dazzled by two of the most important religious sites of the country: the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and the Golden Rock in Mon state.
- 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.
- 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.
- Loikaw, located in the Karen Hills, is the capital city of Kayah State. A 1-hour drive take us to the Padaung villages of Pan Pad. The Padaung women, sometimes known as ‘long-necked women’, traditionally wear many brass rings around their necks and ankles, starting from the age of six or seven and adding one each year.
- 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.
- Bago, once the glittering capital of lower Myanmar during Mon Dyansty, is about 80 km north of Yangon. Along the way to this town, it is possible to enjoy the charming and peaceful lifestyle of the local community. With the river crossing in the of the town, Bago has many capturing cultural sites to visit, including Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Shwethakyaung reclining Buddha, kalayani Sima Ordination Hall, a massive 28 meter tall Buddha Statue in Kyaikpun Pagoda, and the the Mon Kingdom’s Kanbawzathardi Palace.
- The Golden Rock is the proud of Mon State and one of the main pilgrimage destinations of the country. The shiny rock, atop of which there’s a 5.5 meters pagoda called Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, balances on the edge of a cliff, giving the impression that is constantly on the verge of plunging down the mountain. It comes as no surprise that the Golden Rock is considered a miracle by many Buddhist devotees.
Our service includes:
- Accommodation: Mandalay (3 nights), Bagan (3 nights), Inle Lake (2 nights), Loikaw (2 nights) and Yangon (2 nights) as per itinerary
- Domestic flights: Nyaung-U – Heho and Loikaw – Yangon as per itinerary
- Transportation with private air-con car (boat in Inle Lake)
- Truck fees at Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock)
- 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)