Grand Burma Tour is a ultimate journey that exposes the temptation of Burma (Myanmar) at its best. From charming smile of Burmese girl to the unique one-leg rower man, from interesting discovery to cozy cultural touches, Burma impress you with her beauty and hospitality that is unlike.
Tour Duration: 25 days / 24 nights
Tour Type: Cultural, Classic, Adventure
Cities: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Myitkyina, Lashio, Hispaw, Maymyo, Inle Lake, Pindaya, Bagan, Mount Popa
Activity Level: Regular itinerary
Day 1: Yangon Arrival
Arrive at Yangon International Airport by afternoon flight. You will be welcome by our Myanmar Tour and transfer to Hotel. After check in at hotel, in the evening, proceed to a good local Restaurant. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a good local restaurant in the city center.
Day 2: Yangon City Tour
This morning, we start Yangon visiting includes Botataung Pagoda at the bank of Yangon river, then city center where Sule Pagoda located to see the bustling life of Yangon and City Hall. Then visit BogyokeAung San Market (Scott’s Market), where one can buy many items in one place. Bogyoke Market was built in British colonial times and has a colonial shape. “Chaukhtathgyi Pagoda” it is the fourth largest colossal reclining image in Myanmar and 67m long. In the evening, visit the most magnificent and spectacular religious edifice, Shwedagon Pagoda before the sun set and enjoy the beauty Stupas while it changes the shining of gold in different tones according to the radiant of the setting sun. Stay overnight at a hotel in Yangon.
Day 3: Yangon – Mandalay (by flight)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, drive to Amarapura, visit to U Bein Bridge which belongs to 1782 recuperated from the waste of an abandoned palace totally in teak wood accredited to the achievement of the mayor U Bein. Then extend Mahagandayone, a monastery with high reputation consists of more than a thousand of monks can be seen at the same time while they have their first meal of the day. Tour continues to Mandalay Hill, a vantage point for a panoramic view of the city and a spectacular sunset view. It is worthy to have a stroll up the hill enjoying panoramic views from different location. Return can be made by car as there is also a car track by the base of elevator just before the platform. Then return to Mandalay.
Day 4: Mandalay Tour
After morning breakfast, Enjoy a boat excursion to Mingun along the Ayeyarwaddy River. During the river cruise, we may enjoy the fascinating landscapes of the river as well as the daily life of the people living along the Ayeyarwaddy. Proceed to Saging Hill, the place of over 700 monasteries, Kaungmudaw Pagoda-the magnificent dome remarkably seen from far away, silverware factory etc. Continue to Ava and visit by horse by horse carts to MaenuOkkyaung Monastery built by the chief queen in 1818 for the venerable chief monk is the unique brick type building of 19th century, Nan Myint Tower-27 meter masonry high is declined due to the earthquake in 1838, Bargayar Monastery well known for its wood carving with 267 teak pillars. Come back to Mandalay.
Day 5: Mandalay
Today, you will take a sightseeing tour of Mandalay which includes Mahanumi, a life like Buddha image. Mandalay is the last capital of Myanmar and that makes it to be the best place to see all the traditional arts and crafts. Start visiting gold leaf making work-place and see how the gold leaf is being made by hand in a traditional way. Continue visit the Old Palace grounds; Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s largest book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Buddha’s Doctrine; Golden Palace Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings.
Day 6: Mandalay – Myitkyina (by car)
This morning, Free till be transferred to the airport for the flight to Myitkyina by afternoon flight. Upon arrival to Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State; proceed to the Hotel and Check in at the Hotel. Enjoy free and easy at the Hotel.
Day 7: Myitkyina
Enjoy a full day to explore the scenic confluence of N’Mai and Malikha Rivers (Myitsone) for one and half hours drive (43 Km). Observe Ayeyarwaddy Confluence and head back to Myitkyina. Stay overnight at the Hotel.
Day 8: Myitkyina
After breakfast at the Hotel, visit to Jawlunchi Tower for Panoramic View, Karainnaw resort, Sutaungpyae Pagoda (Wish fulfilling) and Enjoy sun set at Balamindin Bridge. After all sightseeing spots, stay overnight at the Hotel in Myitkyina.
Day 9: Myaitkyina – Mandalay (by flight)
Take a free and easy at the Hotel until the transfer time to the airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, proceed to the Hotel and leisure time. Stay overnight at the Hotel in Mandalay.
Day 10: Mandalay – Lashio (by train)
Meet our tour guide at your hotel and transfer to the train station for the train to Lasio. Enjoy one of the most exciting ride passing through 100 years old Gokhteik bridge build over the gorge. Upon arrival to Lasio, proceed to the Hotel and stay overnight at the hotel in Lasio.
Day 11: Lashio – Hsipaw (by car)
This morning, you will be picking up for the trip to Hsipaw. Upon arrival to Hsipaw, strolling in the City in the evening. Enjoy dinner in a good local restaurant. Stay overnight at the Hotel in Hsibaw.
Day 12: Hsipaw trekking
Take a pleasurable up-stream boat trip on Doathtawaddy River for an hour, and trek to a Shan monastery operating as a monastic primary school, where about four monks and 12 novices live. Continue our trek along the vegetables fields and forest for an hour and half to experience a scenic trek in the paddy and some vegetable fields to a shady waterfall on our way back. Stay overnight at the hotel in Hsibaw.
Day 14: Hsipaw – Pyin Oo Lwin (by car)
After breakfast at the Guest house, drive to Pyinoolwin. Today, we drive across the Gokteik River Gorge, a stunning 7 mile descent followed by a steep 5-mile climb. A 100 year old railways bridge which our group already took a train ride is a fantastic view crossing the gorge. Upon arrival to Pyinoolwin, check in at the Hotel and relax.
Day 15: Pyinoolwin – Mandalay
Today, we start the exploring trip in (Pyin Oo Lwin) May Myo by air-conditioned car. You can visit sightseeing included Peik Chin Myaung Cave which is about 12 milees of PyinOoLwin, near the Wetwun Village. This natural limestone cave features some dramatic cascades of stalactites and stalagmites with numerous Buddha Images carved by devotees. And MahaAhntHtooKanTha Buddha Image (Pyae Chit Paya), PwayKauk fall, The Chinese Temple, The Botanical Garden and the Market. After all, return to Mandalay and stay overnight at the Hotel.
Day 16: Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya (by flight)
After morning breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Heho. Upon arrived at Heho, drive to Pindaya Caves which is one the way drive to Inle, these caves are ensconced in a limestone ridge overlooking the lake. Inside the cavern there are more than 8000 Buddha Images-made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement and are arrange in such a way as to from a labyrinth throughout the various cave chambers. Then proceed to Shwe U Min Paya. This is a cluster of low stupas just below the ridge near the Pindaya Caves. Then transfer to the Hotel and Stay overnight at the Hotel in Pindaya.
Day 17: Pindaya – Inle
After breakfast, arrive in Heho airport and proceed to NyaungShwe jetty by car. Then, start exploring in Inle Lake ( by boat ) to PhaungdawOo Pagoda, the most venerable pagoda on the lake, which houses 05 images of Buddha completely gilded, In Paw Khon village to observes the silk weaving, handicrafts, and Ywama Village with long neck people(Pataung People) etc. And precede sightseeing to Jumping Cat Monastery. And stay overnight at the Hotel in Inle Lake.
Stilt Houses and local man on Inle Lake, Burma
Day 18: Inle Lake – Indein
This morning, discover the Indein villages where enjoy the green firms, and proceed to Htanpai village where Pao people live there. And proceed to Bamboo villages that you can see the streams and 1050 pagodas which were built 17th Century ago and other tourist sites. And proceed to Ywamagyi Monestry, Kyaesarkone village which is fishing village and Floating Garden. After all, come back to the hotel for relaxing.
Day 19: Inle Lake – Sagar
After breakfast at the Hotel, start boat excursion to Sagar Village which is situated at south part of Inle Lake. It’s the resident of Pao Ethnic and Shan Ethanic and one can observe the Ancient Pagodas Site. In your Sagar Boat trip, you can visit ThaKaung Pagoda Site a series of more than 236 stupas, worthy for a fabulous photo stop. And proceed to Lacquer Ware Factory where one can study the fermented rice wine making. And proceed to Taung Toe Village where one can observe Kyar Thin Gan Making and the culture of the villagers. After all sightseeing, if you have time, you can also visit to KyaukTaing Village, famous for its Pottery Making. One can observe the crafting of oil and water pots as well as the natural, underground kilns used by the villagers. And drive back to Inle Lake.
Day 20: Inle Lake – Bagan (by flight)
Free till meeting our tour guide for a boat trip back to the Nyangshwe town. Take a flight from Heho airport and to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and depending on the flight time, we will be enjoying the sunset over one of the Bagan temple. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.
Day 21: Bagan sightseeing
Enjoy a full day tour in this temple area. A complete exploration of Bagan includes busy NyaungOo market, the Shwezigon Pagoda and its magnificent golden-plated Shwezigon Stupa, Kyansitthar Umin temple, Wetkyi-inn Gubyaukgyi Temple, a cave temple with murals paintings. Then, proceed full day sightseeing including Htilominlo Temple and Ananda Pagoda, which are masterpieces of architecture, motifs and design. After all those sightseeing, visit to Bupaya pagoda to enjoy the sunset view over Ayeyarwady River.
Day 22: Bagan discovery
Explore full day sightseeing to Arts and Crafts Markets to enjoy Myanmar Culture Arts and Craftsmanship, Nan Da Min Nya Pagoda, Min Nan Thu Monastery, Dha Ma Yan Gyi Pagoda, Sulamuni Pogoda, Myin Ka Bar Village to observe the Lacquer Ware and Puppet Tapestry, Manuha Phaya temple – which was built by King Manuha – and other some famous temples. At the end of the day, enjoy the sunset view at Shwesandaw Pagoda. Proceed to enjoy dinner at a good local restaurant in your own account.
Day 23: Bagan – Mt. Popa – Bagan (by car)
Enjoy your breakfast at hotel. And ready for the excursion to Mt. Popa by car; a slight trip from Bagan experiencing amid Lovely Hill and Forest Sceneries and it is a steep-sided volcanic peak dedicated to the legendary “Nat” spirits of Myanmar and just 48 kilometers from Bagan. On the way back to Bagan, enjoy the village life of associated areas. Arrive at Bagan, proceeds sightseeing to DhamaYarZaKaZedi and Law Ka Nanda Pagoda to enjoy the sunset view of Ancient Bagan City.
Day 24: Bagan – Yangon (by flight)
Take a morning flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. This afternoon, we plan to visit Scott Market for souvenir shopping among the hundreds of stalls. In the evening, walk around Yangon’s China town for it’s lively market with seasonal fresh fruits and local delicacies.
Day 25: Yangon Departure
After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to Yangon International airport for your return international departure flight.
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