TRAILS OF MYANAMAR
15 Days - Highlights
We personally design our own unique Trails of Myamar to the travelers who desire the stress-free and who also like their comforts. Our trip is insightful, fun, and casual. Our aim is to enable our guests not simply to see a destination but to experience it and appreciate it.
Trip includes cultural and history tours, sunrise balloon, nature trips, boat trip, beach and more. Special emphasis is given to fine accommodations as well as the excellent guides for daily tour.
The Real Myanmar welcomes all curious, open-minded travelers.
Yangon – Mandalay – Monywa - Bagan - Inle Lake – Ngapali Beach - Yangon
Duration : 15 Days
Arrival at Yangon. On arrival, you will be welcome and transfer to downtown with a brief introduction enroute.
Check in at hotel.
Start your exploration of Yangon with a walking tour taking in some of the best examples of the city’s wonderful colonial architecture, the lovely Mahabandoola Garden ,Independence Monument , the Secretarial office as well as Scott market (Bogyoke).
Later this afternoon, continue visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon’s crowning glory.
Then, transfer to Kandawgyi park for elegant dinner at Keraweik Royal Berge followed by cultural performance (idea only) .
Overnight in Yangon – 2 nights
Accommodation: Savoy Hotel, Deluxe room
Founded in 1995 and since then in private ownership, the Savoy Hotel is a four star colonial boutique hotel. All 30 deluxe rooms including six suites express the charm of "the old days" with traditional Myanmar antiques, teak furniture and spacious bathrooms. Nicely overshadowed by tall old trees, the pool with its lounge area makes the Savoy Hotel a silent oasis in the middle of the guzzling city.
Today, travel towards outskirts of Yangon, to Syriam, once an old Portuguese settlement and a major port, but now a sleepy village, located across Bago river from the city of Yangon.
Leisurely drive to Syriam by passing 1 Kilo meter long Thanlyn bridge and enjoying local daily life along one-hour journey.
On arrival at Kyauktan, take a small wooden boat to Yele pagoda set in the middle of islet. Disembark and explore the pagoda, admiring Burmese Buddha relics, paintings and sculptures. Witness the local pilgrimage and offering fish feeding before getting back to the shore where your vehicle is awaiting.
On the way back , a stop at National Races Village at Tharkayta to learn about the different tribes and culture of Myanmar National Races. This large outdoor museum shows examples of daily life in all Myanmar states.
Transfer to hotel for a relax.
Return to the city later in the afternoon to enjoy a great evening scene of busy harbor area and sunset over the Yangon river.
On arrival at Mandalay, travel straight to Amarapura to take a stroll on U Bein Bridge, which at over a kilometre is believed to be the longest teak bridge in the world.
Transfer to hotel & check in.
Afternoon Mandalay city tour continues Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the Theravada Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 729 marble slabs, giving rise to its nickname 'the world’s largest book, beautiful teak-carved Shwenandaw Monastery, the only Royal Palace building to survive World War II bombing and atop Mandalay Hill lie glittering glass-studded temple walls which reflect the evening glow as you watch the sunset.
Overnight in Mandalay – 2 nights
Accommodation: Hotel By The Red Canal, Shan room
Continue Mandalay sightseeing in the morning to Mahamuni Pagoda, home to a spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves. Stop at local workshops to see Kalaga tapestries being made, gold leaf being beaten into paper-thin pieces.
Drive towards the former royal capital of Innwa (Ava) in the afternoon located on an island between the Ayeyarwady and the Myitnge Rivers. A local ferry carries you to the island where your pony cart and driver await you – no cars are allowed here. Pass through the ancient city walls to visit the brick and stucco monastery of Maha Aungmye Bonzan (also known as Ok Kyaung) before continuing to the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung. Continue to visit some village homes to see local handicrafts such as silk weaving, cane mats and alms bowls.
Liesurely drive back to Mandalay.
Set off a drive to Monywa (150 Km,about 4 hours). Visit picturesque Sagaing Hill , dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Enjoy a magnificent view over the surrounding area. Continue to Monywa.
On arrival at Monywa, visit Thanboddhay Pagoda, the richly decorated central stupa has no less than 845 smaller stupas around it. Inside the pagoda compound are thousands of Buddha images (reportedly over 500,000) decorating every wall, archway and niche. Also see beautiful wooden carvings of the ‘Jataka Tales’ (stories from the Buddha’s life) and a huge Reclining Buddha nearby.
Overnight in Monywa – 2 nights
Accommodation : Shwe Taung Tan Lake View Hotel, Deluxe room
This morning, take a driver by passing over the bridge on the Chindwin river to visit a sandstone cave system in the Po Win Hills and Shwe Ba Taung, which features unique pavilions cut from the surrounding sandstone and filled with Buddha images. Spend time exploring this interesting site where monasteries and temples are carved out rocky narrow cliffs. Enjoy overview from the top of the mountain.
Balance of the day at leisure to walk nearby hotel.
Depart Monywa today .
On the way, a stop at Amyint & Anyint village Enjoy scenery beauty of villages, local people, agriculture farming, animals, lining trees along the way to the village. Visit hidden treasures of ruined pagodas, old monasteries and brick monuments and mural paints in the village.
Then, continue onwards Pakokku (2 hours), an unspoilt small town famous for its tobacco trade and weaving workshops to see how characteristic Myanmar checked cotton blankets are made. A great chance to explore a cheroot maker’s where skilled young women can make hundreds of cheroots in a day, a small Thanaka market (traditional makeup and sunscreen for Myanmar people) , a workshop where traditional slippers and incredible wood carvings .
Continue to Bagan by crossing the new bridge.
Arrive at Bagan in time for sunset.
Overnight in Bagan – 2 nights
Today, begins your e-bike adventure to the Shwezigon pagoda,which will show you how Myanmar’s Stupas were built. Then, continue biking on New Bagan’s main road towards towards Tharaba gate to enter the archaeological zone. Visit Gubyaukgyi temple in Myinkaba village, where Jataka scenes and stories from the Buddha cover the walls , and Dhammayangyi Temple, the largest in Bagan and built in the 12th century by King narathu. Then, venture to Manuha Temple, 11th century temple with the huge buddha images and Nan Phaya,12th century stone temple.
At around noon, take a break to avoid the midday heat of Bagan and return to hotel for a relax.
Return to the city in the afternoon to continue your e-bike tour to a local lacquer ware workshop where you will learn about the incredibly labour-intensive process used to create this beautiful traditional handicraft.
Your e-bike tour concludes with a ride to terrace behind the Sulamani temple to enjoy sunset view over the temples before relaxing bike to hotel.
Enjoy spectacular views of the ancient Kingdom of Bagan in your hot air balloon about one hour!
Around 0530 hours the Balloon over Bagan shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel. You will drive to the departure ground of the Balloons. While the team makes the Balloon ready to go, you enjoy some refreshments, but you can also take great pictures of this event.
The tour ends…..where ever the wind has brought you. A glass of sparkling wine ends this fantastic event….and the shuttle bus then brings you back to your hotel. [Available from Oct to end of Mar]
Leisurely breakfast at hotel. Then, depart Bagan to Mount Popa for a night stop at Popa Mountain Resort.
Admire a wonderful view of Taung Kallet monastery and a beautiful sunset view from the hotel View point. You will feel relaxing atmosphere.
Overnight in Popa – 1 night
Accommodation : Popa Mountain Resort, Deluxe bungalow
This morning, start the day with a drive towards the Shan Hill (approx.7 hours) The scenery is interesting – endless in the morning and rolling hill in the afternoon. On arrival at Nyaung Shwe, a stop at Red mountain Vine yard. Enjoy the view from the mountain and experience the wine tasting.
Continue to Inle Lake, transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Inle Lake – 3 nights
Accommodation : Villa Inle Spa & Resort, Lake Front Bungalow
A day touring around beautiful Inle Lake by local boat.
0800 am : The boat man will meet you up at hotel for taking a walk to the jetty about 5 mins. Board to Inle Lake. Along the way you will gain a fascinating insight into life on the waterways of Inle Lake, passing fishermen famous for their curious ‘leg-rowing’ technique and lush ‘floating gardens’ where local fa
Your first stop will be the region’s morning market, which rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5-day rhythm and which is a chance to meet some of the people who gather here from the surrounding hilltribe villages.
See the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, then visit some villages known for their local crafts including those which specialize in the production of handmade ‘cheroot’ (typical Burmese cigars)
Cruise along foliage cloaked canals to the lakeside village of In Dein in the afternoon. Here you will explore the ancient stupas of Nyaung Ohak and Shwe Inn Thein Paya. The structures date from the 17th and 18th centuries and while some have been restored.
You will also have time to take a stroll around this enchanting village before cruising back to the shore.
Free at leisure today.
There are array of activities to do by your own around the lake such as a wheel to Mine Thauk Bridge or Khaung Daing village, take a stroll around the town, cooking class etc.
Day 13 Inle Lake to Ngapali beach by flight
Transfer to Yangon airport for your flight to Thandwe. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel by traditional style shuttle bus by passing the lining coconut trees and villages.
Overnight in Ngapali beach – 2 night
Accommodation: Bayview Beach Resort , Deluxe Bungalow
Spend free time to enjoy palm-fringed Ngapali Beach, a three kilometre stretch of golden sand on the turquoise waters on the Bay of Bengal. Ngapali's allure is its tranquil beach and the sleepy villages in the surrounding area - this really is a place for those looking to truly get away from it all. Your hotel will be able to offer an array of relaxing spa treatments and a modest range of water sports and activities including boat trips, bicycle hire and day tours. Make sure you try some of the local cuisine, as the fresh seafood caught and served here is some of the best in Burma. As well as the dining options offered by your hotel, there is a small selection of good local restaurants nearby as well as the restaurants and bars of neighbouring hotels and resorts.
Transfer to Thandwe for your flight to Yangon, where your trip ends on arrival at Yangon Airport.