Bagan (formerly known as Pagan) was the center of Buddhism in the Burmese empire from the 11th to 13th centuries, and is one of the spectacular sites for ancient temples in Southeast Asia. A similar vintage to Angkor Wat, Bagan’s larger temples inspire wonder, while the vast number of remaining temples (over 2,000) make it possible to veer off the beaten path and explore temples all by yourself. Don’t miss this top attraction in Myanmar!
Destinations include: Yangon, Bagan, and Mount Popa.
See itinerary below for more details.
Day 1 / Yangon Arrival
Meet on arrival at Yangon International Airport and you will be transferred to your hotel. Full day tour of Yangon includes colonial-style city center and bustling CHINA TOWN. Later, you will take a stroll through the BOGYOKE (SCOTTS) MARKET, a compound of hundreds of food, garment, handicrafts and gem stores. Continue to the magnificent reclining Buddha Image at CHAUK HTAT GYI TEMPLE; and after a photo stop at the KARAWEIK HALL, a ‘Hamsa-bird-shaped’ floating barge on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake, you will complete your day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the SHWEDAGON PAGODA. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Dinner is on your own account and overnight stay in Yangon.
Day 2 / Yangon – Bagan
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for a domestic flight to BAGAN. Upon arrival, start your day with visiting the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan: including SHWEZIGON PAGODA, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; WETKYI INN GUBYAUK GYI TEMPLE, noted for its panoramic view of the area’s numerous monuments and ANANDA TEMPLE, with four standing Buddha images. In the afternoon learn of manufacturing Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts and visit a lacquer ware craftsmen’s workshop in nearby MYINKABA village. Later continue to MANUHA TEMPLE, built in Mon style in 1059 and explore the MYINGABA GU BYAUKGYI TEMPLE, a temple known for its famous UNESCO protected mural paintings. Continue to NAT HTAUNG Monastery, an ancient wooden monastery from 18th Century with decorated columns and ceiling. Finish the day of sightseeing by watching sunset over Myanmar’s longest river, Ayarwaddy from the one of the more off the beaten track pagodas to climb on top and view the sunset over the plain of Bagan dotted with more than 2,000 temples. Lunch is taken at a local restaurant. Dinner is on your own account and overnight stay in Bagan.
Day 3 / Bagan – Mount Popa – Bagan
After breakfast, you will drive on a journey with varied agricultural landscapes and small villages to MOUNT POPA, an extinct volcano with a shrine dedicated to animist spirits known as “Nats”. There is time for the energetic to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the volcanic plug. Lunch is taken at Popa Mountain Resort with magnificent views across the ravine and lush trees. After lunch, return back to Bagan by overland via visiting one of the toddy palm orchards to witness the rural life of the region. In the evening, transfer to jetty for embarkation on a small private boat for sunset cruise on Ayarwaddy River including local snacks and a cocktail. Return back to your hotel. Dinner is on your own account and overnight stay in Bagan.
Day 4 / Bagan – Yangon
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to airport for a return flight to Yangon, or the destination of your choice.
- Twin sharing hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Tour and sightseeing with throughout English speaking guide
- All entrance and zone fees as mentioned
- All transfer and transportation
- Full board meals as mentioned
- All government and services taxes
- International flight in/out
- Camera fees
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses (laundry, soft drink, tips etc…)
*Itinerary is subject to changes depending on confirmed flights, road conditions and availability of rooms.