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.
Check in at hotel.
The Mahabandoola Garden, Independence Monument, the Secretarial office as well as the Scott market (Bogyoke), is located in the beautiful colonial architecture of the city.
Later this afternoon, continue your visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon's crowning glory.
Then, transfer to Kandawgyi park for elegant dinner at Keraweik Royal Mountains followed by cultural performance (idea only).
Today, travel towards outskirts of Yangon.
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.Take a small wooden boat to Yele pagoda set in the middle of islet.Explore the pagoda, admiring Burmese Buddha relics, paintings and sculptures. Witness the local pilgrimage and offering fish feeding.
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.
Fly from Yangon to Mandalay.
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.
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.
Visit Mandalay and nearby.
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. A local ferry carries you. Take pony cart by passing 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. Return to Mandalay
Set off a drive towards 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 more than 845 smaller stupas around it. [Nbsp] Inside the pagoda compound images 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.
A visit to nearby sandstone caves
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 and Anyint village Enjoy scenery on the way to the village. Visit hidden treasures of ruined pagodas, old monasteries and brick monuments and mural paints in the village.
Then, on onwards Pakokku (2 hours), at unspoiled small town famous for its tobacco trade and weaving workshops to see how characteristic Myanmar checked cotton blankets are made. [Nbsp] A great chance to explore a small Thanaka market (traditional makeup and sunscreen for Myanmar people)
Continue to Bagan by crossing the new bridge. Arrive at Bagan in time for sunset.
A ride on E-bike!
Bagan bike adventure will lead you through ancient temples among the beautiful rice fields, numerous sacred temples, peaceful and scenic countryside landscapes.
Continue your e-bike tour in the afternoon to a local lacquer ware workshop where you will learn about the incredibly labour-intensive process used to create this beautiful traditional handicraft.The tour concludes by enjoying a sunset cruise among the beauty of mighty Irrawaddy River
Sunrise Balloon tour & a night stop at Mount Popa
Enjoy spectacular views of the ancient Kingdom of Bagan in your hot air balloon about one hour![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 the Taung Kalet monastery and a beautiful sunset view from the hotel Viewpoint. You want to feel relaxing atmosphere.
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 towards Inle Lake
A day touring around beautiful Inle Lake by local boat.
A fascinating insight into life on the waterways of Inle Lake, passing fishermen famous for their curious ‘leg-rowing’ technique and lush ‘floating gardens’.Visit the region’s morning market,the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary and some villages known for their local crafts.
Cruise along foliage cloaked canals to the lakeside village of In Dein in the afternoon. 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.
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.
Flight journey from Inle Lake to Ngapali Beach
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.
Enjoy tranquil beach and the sleepy villages in the surrounding area
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.