16 days / 15 nights
Tour Guide: English speaking
Yangon | Golden Rock | Bago | Inle Lake | Mandalay | Mt. Popa | Bagan | Mrauk U
Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Yangon
An in-depth journey throughout Myanmar that will take you beyond the highlights and under the skin of this beguiling country. Beginning in Yangon, the trip continues going to the dramatic Golden Rock, before heading to Inle Lake’s shimmering waters and Mandalay, where local crafts, ancient cities and the world’s largest book are on the itinerary. Travel to Mount Popa and then the dazzling array of stupas and dramatic scenery at the ancient Burmese capital of Bagan. Finally, explore the archaeological site and former royal capital at Mrauk U and Sittwe before it’s time to head back to Yangon and take the last look at this fabulous country.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mrauk U was the last capital of the Rakhine Kingdom, which at its peak was part of a trading network that spanned from Europe through Southeast Asia. It is blessed with a number of stunning temples to explore and admire, from which Shitthaung Pagoda is the most famous one, including 80,000 Buddha images ensconced within.