Project Description

Myanmar, the Golden Land

10 Days / 9 Nights

Yangon • Mandalay • Mingun • Bagan • Heho • Inle Lake



Tel: 1-800-387-0387




DAY 1 Arrive Yangon

Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: 4★ Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon or similar (2 nights)

DAY 2 Yangon                                          B, L, D

Your full-day sightseeing highlights an exploration of downtown Yangon. Visit the Sule Pagoda, famous landmark of the city; the Kalaywa Monastery, home to 1000 monks and observe the morning meal procession; continue to Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha and en route stops at Kandawgyi Park and Karaweik Royal Barge. Proceed to the Mahasi Meditation Center for a session with the monk. Visit the historic Shwedagon pagoda at sunset. Dinner is at Le Planteur; the finest French Indochine restaurant in Myanmar.

DAY 3 Yangon Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura – Mandalay             B, L, D

Fly to Myanmar’s cultural center Mandalay.Visit the Shwe Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) and the Kuthodaw Pagoda known as the World’s Biggest Book with the Buddhist scripture carved on 729 marble slabs. Drive to Sagaing Hills, a retreat for Buddhist devotees. Visit the monasteries and observe monks and nuns ways of life. Spend the afternoon touring Sagaing Village on a cyclo ride and get a real taste of local Burmese life. Embark on a tour of Amarapura, known as “City of Immortals” and enjoy sunset from U Bein Bridge, Myanmar’s longest teak bridge. Return to Mandalay for your overnight stay.

Hotel: 4★ Rupar Mandalar Resort or similar (2 nights)

DAY 4 Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay                                B, L, D

Take a boat along the Ayeyarwaddy River to visit Mingun, a village on the west bank of the river. Visit the ground of whitewashed Set Taw Yar Pagoda to see the footprint of Buddha made of marble. Continue your tour to the unfinished Mingy Paya which was built in 1790; Mingun Bell, the heaviest functioning bell in the world and Mya Thein Tan pagoda. Return to Mandalay and visit Mahamuni Pagoda, the second most sacred image in Myanmar.

DAY 5 Mandalay  – RV Paukan                                                 B, L, D

Transfer to your jetty and join the RV Paukan Cruise to Bagan (cruise operates Oct–Apr). The Irrawaddy Flotilla recreated the RV Paukan which was built in 2007. The RV Paukan has the ability to dock anywhere along the journey enabling you to explore villages well off the beaten track. Enjoy full-day exploration on River Irrawaddy with lunch and dinner on board. (For travel May–Sep, you will fly to Bagan and overnight in Bagan.)

Overnight: RV Paukan (1 night)

DAY 6 RV Paukan – Bagan                                                 B, L, D

After your relaxing cruise, arrive in Bagan by mid-morning and disembark from Pandaw. Visit the most culturally significant and best preserved Pagodas, the Shwezigon Pagoda, a prototype of real Myanmar stupa, built in 1087, Ku Byauk Gyi Temple for its exquisite murals, Khay Min Ga Temple, Htilo Minlo and the amazing Ananda Temple with its four standing Buddha Images. Enjoy a panoramic sunset view of the temples from the top of a Pagoda.

Hotel: 4★+ Aureum Palace Hotel or similar (2 nights)

DAY 7 Bagan                                 B, L, D

Early morning visits to the colorful Nyaung Oo Market followed by Phwar Saw Village to observe daily home cooking style in one of the local homes. Visit the monuments around the Myinkaba Village including Nanbeya Temple, Manuha Pagoda, and Myingaba Gu Byauk Gyi, a UNESCO Heritage Site noted for its ancient mural paintings. Discover Bagan’s temples on a Pony cart. This evening enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise along the Irrawaddy River.

DAY 8 Bagan Heho – Inle Lake                         B, L, D

Fly to Heho and enjoy a scenic drive to Nyaung Shwe, a quaint town on the shores of Inle Lake. The lake (22 km long and 11 km wide) is famous for its unique one-leg rowers, typical floating gardens and village life. Visit the five shapeless Buddha images of Phaung Daw U Pagoda. Experience a homestyle Burmese cuisine with a cooking class followed by visits to the colorful local market at Nampan Village for silk weavings and local cigar making demonstration.

Hotel: 4★+ Myanmar Treasure Resort or similar (2 nights)

DAY 9 Inle Lake – Inndein – Inle Lake       B, L, D

This morning visit the 5-Day Market held at one of the villages and observe local colourful tribes dressed in their traditional costumes engaging in trade. Visit the beautiful temples of Inndein and a floating farm to see how the farmers plant their produce in the middle of the Lake. Enjoy an evening canoe ride to the floating villages.

DAY 10 Inle Lake – Heho Yangon Departure     B

Transfer to Heho for flight to Yangon.


Day 2 Karaweik Royal Barge Yangon


Day 7  Bagan


Day 8 Inle Lake one leg rowers

Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) Extension

From Yangon 2 Days / 1 Night

DAY 1 Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo                               L, D

Travel by road to Kyaikhtiyo, a huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. Upon arrival at the base camp, transfer to Yethetaung on an open truck and trek up to the Golden Rock from the “upper area” (approximately 4 kms) up steep paths, to the Golden Rock.

Hotel: 3H+ Mountain Top Hotel or similar (1 night)

DAY 2 Kyaikhtiyo – Yangon                                   B, L

After breakfast, transfer on an open truck back to the base camp. Head back to Yangon with en route stop at the 13th century capital of Bago for a visit to the 55 meter reclining Buddha and a Mon style pagoda.


Golden Rock, Kyaikhtiyo

Pindaya Extension

From Inle Lake  2 Days / 1 Night

DAY 1 Inle Lake – Nyaung Shwe – Pindaya                            L, D

Transfer to Nyaung Shwe and drive to Pindaya, a small quiet town perched on the bank of the placid Botoloke Lake.

Hotel: 3H+ Conqueror Hotel (1 night)

DAY 2 Pindaya – Heho                                                             B, L

Visit the Pindaya Caves located on a limestone ridge overlooking the lake. Late afternoon, drive to Heho and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.


Pindaya cave