The overland trip in Myanmar with various mode of transportation is the way to explore the country with deepest feeling. Local interactions, train ride, river cruises, horse cart riding and biking, all of that will give you a chance to be closer to the people and culture of Myanmar.
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Day 01: ARRIVE YANGON
Welcome to Myanmar! Meet up with your tour guide and driver. Transfer to hotel. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city with an impressive colonial and spiritual heritage. After freshening up, set off for a tour of the city’s highlights. First visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, which is home to a 70 metre long reclining Buddha. Continue through the city, stopping as you wish to take photos or relax with a drink at a local tea shop. From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 02: YANGON – BAGO – KYAIKHTIYO (B)
Depart Yangon this morning for the scenic drive to Bago, the capital of the 16th century Mon kingdom. Visit Shwethalyaung Temple which houses a beautiful 55-meter long reclining Buddha. Continue to the Mon-style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated in Myanmar and whose 114 meter spire is taller than the one at Shwedagon Pagoda. While in Bago we’ll also take time to visit the city’s local sites, including the town market and a Mon neighbourhood for a short stroll around a typical Bago village. This afternoon, arrive at Kyaikhtiyo base camp. Travel by local, open-air truck along a winding road (45 minutes) where you be dropped off at the junction camp to travel the final distance to Golden Rock on foot. The uphill trek is along a paved trekking path and offers great views of the surrounding area. For an easier alternative, four porters can carry you uphill in a specially-made sedan chair (extra cost not included). After about one hour of trekking, reach the Golden Rock. A huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff, Golden Rock is one of Myanmar’s main pilgrimage sites. The pagoda here is said to hold a hair of the Buddha and Buddhist from across the country come here to pay homage. Overnight near Golden Rock.
Day 03: KYAIKHTIYO – HPA AN (B)
See sunrise on Golden Rock. Return down to base camp by the same route on foot and by open-air truck. This afternoon, continue two hour drive by road to Hpa An, a small town surrounded by beautiful limestone rock formations and is the capital of the Karen state. En-route visit to Bayint Nyi Cave and Kaw Gun Cave. The former has a hot spring lake, from which you get a beautiful view of the temple complex and cave. Kaw Gun Cave is also fascinating, with over 2000 stone tablets with Mon inscriptions and hundreds of Buddha statues in the cave. Arrive in Hpa An and check in to your hotel. Overnight in Hpa An.
Day 04: HPA AN – MAWLAMYAING (B)
This morning, drive outskirt of Hpa An to see Zwe Kapin, one of many bizarre limestone formations in the area. Then continue to Kyauk Kalat Pagoda, a small stupa perched on top of a club-like rock formation on a small island in a lake. Continue the drive to Mawlamyaing , which is about one and half hours. En-route visit to Kawhnat-Kadoe, village of U Nar Ouk. Arrive this afternoon in the Mon State capital of Mawlamyaing, formerly known as Moulmein. Situated near the mouth of the Thanlwin River, this attractive town is surrounded by leafy, tropical areas and has a hilly ridge serving as a backdrop. The town was also the capital of British Burma between 1827 and 1852 and it retains some of the atmosphere of the colonial times. Check in and overnight in Mawlamyaing.
Day 05: MAWLAMYAING (B)
Spend today touring the sites of Mawlamyaing: Mawlamyaing central market, Mahamuni Pagoda, Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, Seindon Mibaya – a wooden monastery over 100 years old. Walk along the town’s Strand Road for a glimpse of the impressive Kaladan Mosque. This afternoon, board a private boat to visit Khaung Sae Kyun (Shampoo Island). Come back to Mawlamyaing Overnight in Mawlamyaing.
Day 06: MAWLAMYAING – YANGON (B)
After breakfast, depart Mawlamyaing for the drive to Yangon. The drive takes approximately seven hours and we will arrive in the city late this afternoon. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 07: YANGON – PYAY (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, continue your exploration of Yangon with a visit to the city centre with its faded colonial buildings and the gilded Sule Pagoda. Then stroll along the atmospheric streets toward the Yangon Jetty, a hub of activity and colourful market stalls. Loop back to Yangon’s colourful Chinatown, one of many diverse neighbourhoods in downtown, and visit a beautiful Chinese temple. Midday, stop for lunch at a restaurant of your choice. Around 13.30 transfer to Yangon Railways station for your trip to Pyay. You’ll be seated in reclining seats in an air conditioned cabin, with windows on either side of the carriage. Sit back and relax while crossing scenic landscapes and observing villages alongside the train tracks. The journey takes around 6.5 hours. Upon arrival in Pyay, transfer to hotel. The hotel has a restaurant or there are many local spots within walking distance. Overnight in Pyay.
Day 08: PYAY (B)
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, visit the Pyay jetty and the colourful market. Pyay, also known as Prome, served as the capital of the Pyu Kingdom from the 5th – 9th centuries. The city was circular with walls encircling it, stretching some 46 square kilometres, making it Asia’s largest walled city at the time. These days it is a sleepy riverside town with a unique charm. Visit Shwe Sandaw Pagoda, the ancient city of Sriketra – also known as Thayeikhittaya, the area was once the largest and most elaborate city in the area and spans 19 square kilometres. Overnight in Pyay.
Day 09: PYAY – MAGWAY (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, drive north to Magway (200 km/ 4 hour drive). The road passes through more beautiful rural scenery dotted with small towns. Along the way we will stop at Beikthano, another ancient city more than 2000 years old. From here continue on to Magway Division where, on arrival, we’ll stop to check in at the hotel. Magway is well known for its production of both groundnut and sesame oils. After lunch (on your own account), travel by horsecart to the famous Mya Tha Lun Pagoda. This revered temple is located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, a scenic place ideal for photos. Return by horsecart to the town centre. Overnight in Magway.
Day 10: MAGWAY – PWINT PHYU – MINBU – MAGWAY (B)
Spend a full day exploring the surrounding areas of Magway. After breakfast we’ll head to the north banks of the Irrawaddy River (20 kilometre drive) to reach Kyaung Taw Yar Pagoda, at the Pwint Phyu Township.On the return to Magway stop at Nagar Pwet Taung, an unusual pool of bubbling mud. This unusual geological phenomenon is believed, by the locals, to be caused by dragons (nagas) living deep inside the earth. We’ll also visit a nearby temple, which is the perfect spot to admire the panoramic views of the mighty Irrawaddy River and cool down with the breeze. Return to Magway in the early evening.Overnight in Magway.
Day 11: MAGWAY – BAGAN (B)
Continue the overland journey today after breakfast with a 5-hour drive to Bagan. The route passes many changes of landscape as you cross one of the most arid regions of Myanmar. View toddy palm fields and stop at a processing area to observe the production toddy juice. Upon arrival in Bagan, check in to your hotel and take some time to freshen up. Enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant (on your own account). Late this afternoon we’ll take a relaxing horse cart ride through the temple area, starting at the soaring Thetbyin Nyu and on to Sulamani, one of Bagan’s best decorated temples. Continue to the massive Dhammayangyi temple before finishing at North Guni Temple to watch the sun set over the plains. This is a fabulous introduction to Bagan and its 2000 pagodas. Return to your hotel after sunset for an evening at leisure. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 12: BAGAN (B)
Today’s excursion visits a range of sites, providing a great overview of Bagan’s history, culture and local lifestyles. The journey begins at Thagyar Pone Temple, a temple with spectacular views over the surrounding plains. This is the perfect introduction to the grandeur and scope of Bagan’s architecture. Next continue to Ananda Temple, one of the most revered temples in Bagan and which is quiet in the morning, before all the tour buses arrive.Afterwards we will go to Myinkaba Village and Gubyaukgyi Temple which is noted for its beautiful mural paintings on its inner walls and well-preserved plaster carvings on its exterior. Nearby is Manuha Temple and Nan Paya Temple, two smaller temples with nice Buddha statues and stone work. Then get to learn more about the local culture with a visit to two workshops producing Bagan’s most famous products: lacquer ware and wood crafts. Watch as the skilled craftsmen use techniques passed down through generations to create beautiful items. Take a break with lunch at a local restaurant (on your own account). Return to your hotel for a short rest, escaping the heat of the midday sun. Afternoon, board a private river boat and set off upriver toward Kyauk Gu U Min. Throughout your Irrawaddy river cruise you will be treated to fabulous scenes of life on the water: fishermen, local ferry boats, riverside villages and views of the Bagan temples. You’ll stop at Sae Lan village and go ashore for a short walk. Sae Lan is typical of the riverside villages along the Irrawaddy. Continue by boat to Kyauk Gu U Min on the eastern side of the river where a five to ten minute walk takes us to the temple. After your exploration of Kyauk Gu U Min, you’ll return to the boat for a relaxing cruise back to Bagan (around 1 hour). Transfer back to your hotel upon reaching Bagan. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 13: BAGAN (B)
OPTION: Start your morning with a hot-air balloon flight over the plains of Bagan. Enjoy the fabulous views as the sun rises over the stupas and Irrawaddy River. (Note: available only from October to March) After breakfast, transfer to Ngat Pyit Taung Monastery and explore the temple’s caves, learning about local traditions and spiritual beliefs of the Burmese. The remainder of this morning will be spent exploring more temples as you wish, based on your personal interests. This afternoon, continue to the rural village of Minnanthu, one of Bagan’s least visited areas. Here you will explore temples such as Payathonzu, with its unusual architecture and Tantric Buddhism influence, Lemyentha and Nandamannya. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 14: BAGAN – MT POPA – MEIKTILA (B)
This morning (around 07.00) depart by road for the drive to Mandalay. After around 45-60 minutes we’ll reach Popa laan village, a local village near the base of Mt Popa that is typical of many villages in the area. Take a short walk through this scenic village and visit with the friendly residents. Continue on to Mt Popa and Taung Kalat, a volcanic plug standing 1518 metres high. Mount Popa has played an important role in Myanmar culture, religion and history since earliest times. Its shrine, located at the top of Taung Kalat, is dedicated to the worship of the 37 Nats, the Burmese ancient animist spirits. Learn about nats and nat worship as you climb the stairs to the top with your local guide. The view over the Myingyan Plain from the top of the volcanic peak is impressive. Drive to Mandalay (lunch will either be at a local restaurant near Mt Popa or later in Meiktila depending on time). Reach Meiktila in the late afternoon and check in to your hotel. Overnight in Meiktila.
Day 15: MEIKTILA – KYAUK SE – MANDALAY (B)
2 hour drive, we’ll reach the town of Kyauk Se, most famous for its yearly Elephant Festival in October or November. We’ll visit the town center then continue to Shin Pin Tamoke Shwegu, an incredible excavation site with ruins dating back to the 11th century and immaculate carvings. A further one hour drive takes us to Mandalay. After dropping off our bags we’ll take a short introductory tour of the city with a visit to Mandalay Hill, which rises 240 metres above the city. Enjoy great views of the surrounding countryside, Irrawaddy River and city centre. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 16: MANDALAY – SIGHTSEEING (B)
OPTION: Wake up early this morning (around 0400) and catch a local taxi to Mahamuni Pagoda. Every morning before dawn, the monks wash the face of the ‘lumpy’ Buddha image with special fragrant water and brush its teeth. The ritual takes around one hour and is a unique insight into Buddhism. Return to your hotel around 0730 for breakfast. After breakfast at the hotel, depart for an excursion around Mandalay to explore the former capitals of Sagaing, Ava and Amarapura. Cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. Visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae. Return toward the city and continue south of the city to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries, where a short ferry ride will take us across the river to where our horse and carriage are waiting. Visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. There are many small villages located amid Ava’s ruins and as you travel by horse cart you’ll get a glimpse of local life in the Burmese countryside. Stop for lunch (own account) in Ava before returning to our car. Afternoon visit Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’ with Mahagandayon monastery, when over one-thousand monks reside. Continue to U Bein Bridge for a walk along this 200 year-old teak bridge. Back to your hotel. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 17: MANDALAY – PYIN OO LWIN (B)
This morning depart from Mandalay on a scenic two-hour drive to the former British hill station of Maymyo, now officially called Pyin Oo Lwin. The town is located on a plateau 1000m above sea level and renowned for its cooler temperatures and lush foliage. The afternoon is free at your leisure to explore on your own. Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.
Day 18: PYIN OO LWIN – KYAUK ME (B,L)
Start around 0800 and transfer to the Pyin Oo Lwin train station where we’ll board the local train to Naung Pain Village. The journey takes around 5 hours passing through stunning scenery including the Gokhtiek Viaduct. A lunch box will be prepared and served along the way. Upon arrival in Kyauk Me we’ll check in to our guesthouse and walk around this charming town. Kyauk Me is a trading town nestled amid the Shan hills and is small enough that you can walk the whole town in one hour. Overnight in Kyauk Me.
Day 19: KYAUK ME – HSIPAW (B)
After breakfast, depart from Kyauk Me by car to Hsipaw (approximately 2 hours). Hsipaw, also known as Thibaw, is a charming mountain town and serves as the region’s main market town. This afternoon is free to relax or take a stroll around town. Overnight in Hsipaw.
Day 20: HSIPAW – RIVER TRIP – HSIPAW (B,L)
Wake up early this morning and walk through the ‘candlelight market’. This busy morning market is filled with people from the nearby villages- including Shan and Palaung hilltribes- who gather in the predawn hours to trade their wares and produce. The market usually lasts from 3.30 until around 6 AM. If you wish, try a bowl of local Shan noodles here before returning to the hotel. After freshening up at the hotel and having breakfast, we’ll set off for a boat journey along the Dokehtawaddy River. It’s a 15 minute walk to the river jetty where our private longtail boat is waiting. Cruise upstream for around 30 minutes to a fruit plantation where we’ll disembark for a walk through the plantation, village and then up to a 150-year old monastery (40 minutes walking). Returnt o boat and cruise to the confluence of the Dokehtawaddy River where we’ll stop for a swimming break and to take photos of the beautiful setting. Continue to a hill tribe village where lunch will be served. Take a stroll around the village to meet with the locals and learn more about their culture, traditions and lifestyles. Then return by boat to Hsipaw and walk to your hotel. The whole journey takes around 5 hours. Overnight in Hsipaw.
Day 21: HSIPAW – MANDALAY (B)
This morning after breakfast at the hotel, depart for the drive back to Mandalay. The drive takes around 6-7 hours and is along a sealed road in good condition. A stop will be made along the way for lunch. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 22: MANDALAY – PINDAYA (B)
Drive to the Shan State through flat plains and then into rolling hills. Many stops will be made en route for photos or village visits. After around 5-6 hours, reach Pindaya. Take a break at the hotel to freshen up and then head to the town’s famous Pindaya Caves. Nestled on a hillside, the cave consists of many chambers filled with hundreds of Buddha statues. On the return to the hotel stop to visit a local workshop making umbrellas and paper from local materials. Overnight in Pindaya.
Day 23: PINDAYA – NYAUNG SHWE – INLE (B)
Continue your exploration of the Shan State this morning with a drive to Nyaung Shwe, a small town on the northern tip of Inle Lake. Upon arrival drop your bags at the hotel and head to the jetty where a private, long-tail boat is waiting for a half-day of sightseeing. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. Return to Nyaung Shwe late this afternoon. Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.
Day 24: INLE- INDEIN – HEHO – YANGON (B)
Visit to the morning market, which rotates locations on a 5-day basis. (note: there are no markets on full moon or dark moon days) This daily market attracts people from all over the lake’s shores who gather to buy and sell their wares- if you are lucky you may see Pa-Oh, Inthar and Shan people in their traditional outfits. Wander amid the stalls where your guide will explain the local produce and goods for sale. Continue to Indein, on the southwestern shores of the lake. The boat will travel down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of Indein. Explore the area on foot, strolling around the village and wander through the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area. Alaung Sitthou is filled with picturesque stupas and has magnificent views of the lake. Then return to land and transfer to the Heho airport for the flight back to Yangon. Upon reaching Yangon, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 25: YANGON DEPARTURE (B)
Today is free at your leisure until transferring to the airport for your international flight.
– Accommodation in twin/double sharing with breakfast
– Private transfer with air-conditioner van
– Bottle of water daily
– Regional English speaking guide
– Boat cruise
– Meals as indicated (without beverage)
– All entrance and sightseeing fees
– Taxes and service charges
– Travel insurances
– Laos visa
– Beverages and meals not mention in Inclusive column
– Tips and gratuities
– Personal expenses & laundry
– International flight tickets
– Bank service fees
– Peak season surcharges by hotels/ Compulsory dinner if there is any
Check in time: 02.00pm – Check out time: 12.00pm
|Categories||Price valid from 1st October 2017 till 31st March, 2018
(per person in USD)
|2 Pax||3-5 Pax||6-9 Pax||Single Supplement|
LIST OF ACCOMMODATION
|Yangon||Summit Park View Hotel||Inya Lake Hotel||Sule Shangrila Yangon|
|Kyaikhtiyo||Mountain Top||Mountain Top||Mountain Top|
|Hpa An||Zwekabin Hotel||Zwekabin Hotel||Zwekabin Hotel|
|Mawlamyaing||Attran Hotel||Attran Hotel||Attran Hotel|
|Pyay||Mingalar Garden Resort||Mingalar Garden Resort||Mingalar Garden Resort|
|Magway||Nan Htike Thu||Nan Htike Thu||Nan Htike Thu|
|Bagan||Bagan Thande Hotel||Aye Yar River View||Aureum Bagan|
|Meiktila||Win Zin Hotel||Win Zin Hotel||Win Zin Hotel|
|Mandalay||Bagan King||Triumph Hotel||Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel|
|Pyin Oo Lwin||Kandawgyi Hill Resort||Kandawgyi Hill Resort||Kandawgyi Hill Resort|
|Kyauk Me||Guest House||Guest House||Guest House|
|Hsipaw||Mr Charles Hotel||Mr Charles Hotel||Mr Charles Hotel|
|Pindaya||Conqueror Hotel||Conqueror Hotel||Pindaya Inle Inn|
|Inle Lake||Golden Island Cottage||Amata Garden Resort||Aureum Inle Resort|