This trip brings you face-to-face with Myanmar’s top 3 attractions in 6 days and 5 nights, including vastly different geography, weather, and cuisine, enjoying the best of the bustling city, ancient pagodas, and village life on the lake. If you’ve only got a week to spend in Myanmar and want to see the biggest attractions, you’ll love the Discover! trip.
Destinations include: Yangon, Bagan, Mount Popa, and Inle Lake.
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 – Heho – Inle Lake
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to airport for a flight to HEHO. Upon arrival, you will proceed by road to NYAUNG SHWE and then by a boat to your hotel for check-in. Excursion by boat on Inle Lake will include the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and magnificent scenery. Visit the PHAUNGDAW OO PAGODA, one of the main principle shrines in Myanmar and dating back to the 18th century; the weaving village of INPAWKHON and one of the local markets in the Inle Lake region (on market days only). A visit is also made to INTHAR HERITAGE HOUSE, a sanctuary for the endemic specie of cats, known as Burmese cats. Continue to a weaving factory to witness how the lotus fabric is painstakingly created by hands. Lunch is taken at a local restaurant. Dinner is on your own account and overnight stay at Inle Lake.
Day 5 / Inle Lake
After breakfast, transfer by boat to MAING THAUK village located on the eastern shore of the lake. Walk through the village and continue up hill (walking time approximately 1 hour) under the shade of the trees to a stupa and the adjacent monastery which is also a meditation center. The moment you arrive you will feel a sense of serenity and peacefulness. If you wish a monk will introduce you into the world of meditation and give you a lecture on the way body and mind flows together as one. Descend back to the village with the possibility to visit an orphanage on the way. Total walking time: about 2 hours, partly up-hill (not steep), altitude difference less than 100 m. Continue by boat to a local restaurant built on stilts over the lake for lunch. In the afternoon travel by boat to the Western shore of Inle Lake, where you will find the beginning of a stair path leading to the hidden and unknown INN THEIN PAGODA complex. Dinner is on your own account and overnight stay at Inle Lake.
Day 6 / Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon
After breakfast, transfer by boat and road to Heho airport (25km – 1 hour) for return domestic flight to YANGON. Upon arrival, connect with departure international flight.
- 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.