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15-Day Myanmar Overland
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Overview

This overland trip starts and ends in Yangon, and provides a great opportunity to observe local lifes in closer and get their real smiles .

Tour starts from YANGON, with its picturesque colonial architecture, atmospheric markets and glittering pagodas.

Start overland journey from YANGON to BAGAN, en route overnight in PYAY, an old capital flourished in 5th to 7th Century A.D. After explore the incomparable thousands of stupas and pagodas in BAGAN and Mt.

POPA, continuing overland trip to MANDALAY, Myanmar’s cultural capital.

Proceed to discover the floating gardens and villages of INLE LAKE and returning YANGON through the historical ancient cities, TAUNGOO and BAGO.  

Recommended travel period : From October to May.

Day 1

Arrive Yangon

Day 2

Yangon - Pyay (By Car)

Day 3

Pyay - Bagan (By Car)

Day 4

Bagan

Day 5

Bagan

Day 6

Bagan - Sale - Mt.Popa (By Car)

Day 7

Mt.Popa - Mandalay (By Car)

Day 8

Mandalay/Amarapura

Day 9

Mandalay/Mingun/Ava/Sagaing

Day 10

Mandalay - Inla Lake (By Car)

Day 11

Inle Lake
Day 12 Inle Lake - Pindaya (By Car)
Day 13 Pindaya - Taungoo (By Car)
Day 14 Taungoo - Bago - Yangon
Day 15 Depart Yangon

Itinerary

Day 1         Arrive Yangon

shwedagon-pagodaUpon arrival at YANGON airport, welcomed by your Asian Tour guide and transferred to hotel.  After small refreshment, your journey begins with an afternoon tour through Yangon’s colonial-style city center.  Visit MAHABANDOOLA PARK from where you have the perfect view on Colonial Buildings, CITY HALL and HIGH COURT. Visit and stroll through the BOGYOKE (SCOTTS) MARKET (closed on Monday and Gazette holidays), a compound of hundreds of food, garment, handicraft and gem stores. After a photo stop at the KARAWEIK HALL, a 'hamsa-bird-shaped' floating barge on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake, visit the magnificent reclining Buddha CHAUK HTAT GYI. Complete your first day in Myanmar with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the SHWEDAGON  PAGODA.

Overnight stay in Yangon.

 

Day 2        Yangon - Pyay (Prome) (By Car)

pyay-02After early breakfast, drive (280km/4-5 hours) to PYAY (Prome), situated near the ancient capital of SRI KSETRA (Thayekhittaya), which flourished between 5th and 9th century and where extensive archaeological excavations have taken place.

After lunch break at a local restaurant, drive to Htombo village and embark for a boat trip on the Ayerwaddy River passing ancient limestone cliffs with carvings. Visit the AKAUT TAUNG pagoda and a small monastery on top a cliff before returning to Htombo and Pyay city.

Overnight stay in Pyay.

 

Day 3        Pyay (Prome) - Bagan (By Car)

After breakfast, admire the ancient stupas of the Sri Ksetra kingdom, BO BO GYI PAGODA and visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM at the Hmawzar Village, before starting your 387 km (9 hours) overland trip to Bagan. Lunch break at a simple local restaurant en-route. Upon arrival to Bagan, transfer directly to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Bagan.

 

Day 4         Bagan

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After breakfast at hotel, visit the colorful local market and continue the day with visits to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan: including SHWEZIGON PAGODA, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; HTILOMINLO TEMPLE, noted for its plaster carvings and KHAY MIN GA TEMPLE, noted for its panoramic view of the area’s numerous monuments.

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. Finish the day of sightseeing by watching sunset over Myanmar’s longest river, Ayeyarwaddy from the SHWE SAN DAW PAGODA (if chance).

Overnight stay in Bagan.

 

Day 5        Bagan / Village Tour

bagan-09After breakfast, visit to TAYOKEPYAY TEMPLE in Min Nan Thu Village; PHAYA THONE ZU and NANDAMANYA TEMPLES noted for their exquisite murals of 13th century; KYAT KAN CAVE monastery, a famous meditation and DHAMMAYANGYI TEMPLE.

Bagan is not only the site of thousand year old temples and pagodas, but also home to many villages scattered around the surrounding plains. Leave to TAUNG BI VILLAGE, and visit the noodle makers, a Myanmar-style movie theatre, the village hairdresser and a local tea shop. Proceed to visit traditional family business including blacksmiths, brick makers, dry snack workshops and bamboo roof producers.

Visit ANANDA TEMPLE, with four standing Buddha images and horse-carriage will take you through some of the more off the beaten track temple sites.

Overnight stay in Bagan. 

Optional: Experience the magic of Bagan and a thousand years of history from the enchanting platform of a hot air balloon, for the first time ever. Balloons in Bagan offer visitors exclusive sunrise champagne flights over the ancient pagodas of Bagan from late October to April.

 

Day 6        Bagan - Sale - Mount Popa (By Car)

popa-02After early breakfast, drive to explore SALE, a town which developed during the late BAGAN era.

Worth a visit is the YOKE SONE MONASTERY with its exceptional woodcarvings on the outside of the building. Drive to MOUNT POPA.

After lunch break break at local restaurant, continue to visit MOUNT POPA, an extinct volcano with spectacular views. Mount Popa is a popular pilgrimage destination for Myanmar’s. The local people travel here from far away to worship various animist spirits known as “nats”. 777 steps lead up to the shrine placed on top of the steep Popa peak. Transfer to the Popa Mountain Resort and rest of the day at leisure for relaxing by the pool or strolls through the surrounding forest.
Overnight stay in Mt.Popa. 

Optional: Experience a boat down river (approx. 3 hours) to Sale

 

Day 7        Mount Popa - Mandalay (By Car)

After breakfast, the journey continues 255 km by road (6 hours) to MANDALAY through varied agricultural landscapes and villages. Lunch break in a local restaurant en-route. Upon arrival in Mandalay, transfer to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Mandalay.

 

Day 8        Mandalay / Amarapura

After breakfast, excursion to AMARAPURA, 15 km from Mandalay to visit MAHAGANDAYON MONASTERY where more than a thousand monks live and study. Time permitting you will have the opportunity to observe the monks having their last meal of the day in total silence. Then, visit also one of the most revered religious monuments of Myanmar, the MAHAMUNI PAGODA. Mandalay is also a major arts and crafts center. Visit a Kalaga tapestry craftsmen’s shop before proceeding to hotel for check-in.

In the afternoon, experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay including the SHWE INBIN MONASTERY; the GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and KUTHODAW PAGODA the world’s largest book made of marble. Then proceed to MANDALAY HILL for sunset. 

Overnight stay in Mandalay.

 

Day 9        Mandalay / Mingun / Sagaing / Ava

mingun-01After breakfast, an excursion by boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River to MINGUN, about 11 km (1 hour) upriver from Mandalay. Visit the unfinished MINGUN PAYA, which was meant to become the largest stupa in Myanmar constructed by King Bodaw Paya one of the world’s largest bells; the 90 ton weighing MINGUN BELL and HSINBYUME PAYA. Return back to Mandalay.

In the afternoon, drive to SAGAING and visit KHAUNGMUDAW PAGODA. Then embark for a short boat ride over a river and explore the former Royal Capital INWA (AVA) by horse cart. Visit NANMYINT WATCHTOWER, the remains of the ancient palace building, also known as “the leaning tower of Ava“; MAHA AUNGMYE BONZAN MONASTERY, built of brick and stucco; BARGAYAR MONASTERY, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. 

Continue to 200-year-old U BEIN TEAK BRIDGE, built in 1782 during the era when Amarapura was the Royal capital.

Overnight stay in Mandalay.

 

Day 10        Mandalay - Inle Lake (By Car)

After breakfast, the journey continues by road (310 km, 10 hours) to INLE LAKE. The journey continues on a narrow, winding and bumpy road through the Shan Hills. Lunch break in a local restaurant en-route. In the late afternoon you will reach Nyaung Shwe, boat transfer to your hotel in Inle Lake.

Overnight stay in Inle Lake.

 

Day 11         Inle Lake

inle-07After breakfast, day excursion by boat on the Inle Lake will include sights of the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and magnificent scenery. Begin with Local Market (if possible according to market day schedule); the PHAUNGDAW OO PAGODA, one of the most sacred shrines in Myanmar, dating back to the 18th century; SILVER SMITH, BLACK SMITH AND WEAVING WORKSHOPS in YWA-MA and INPAWKHON. And also visit the NGA PHE KYAUNG MONASTERY wonderfully carved wooden floating monastery in the lake.

Overnight stay in Inle Lake.

 

Day 12        Inle Lake - Pindaya (By Car)

pindayaAfter breakfast, drive to PINDAYA (97 Km, 3 hours) through the Shan Hills and enjoy the scenery on the way. Visit to PINDAYA CAVE, a unique site housing thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims and devotees over the centuries. Continue to visit the Traditional Umbrella and bamboo paper workshop before returning to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Pindaya.

 

Day 13        Pindaya - Taungoo (By Car)

After breakfast, drive to Taungoo (380 Km, 9 hours), enjoying the countryside scenery along the road. Arrive Taungoo in the evening. The centre of a powerful kingdom in the 15th Century, Taungoo is now best known for timber trading and its areca palms, which produce betel nuts.

Overnight stay in Taungoo.

 

Day 14        Taungoo - Bago - Yangon (By Car)

bago-01After breakfast, explore the town. The main industry of the region is forestry products, with teak and other hardwoods extracted from the mountains. A walk will be taken to a quaint village located along the Kha Baung Stream. Here, visitors may observe the daily life of the villagers, and also visit a local family who produce Cheeroot, a handrolled cigar.

Following this, visit to Taungoo’s local market and the Shwesandaw Pagoda, the main religious landmark of Taungoo.

Journey to YANGON (280 km - 6 hours). Enjoy lunch break at a local restaurant in Bago and sightseeing with a thousand years old SHWEMAWDAW PAGODA with its spire taller than the SHWEDAGON PAGODA; the 55-meter long reclining SHWE THA LYAUNG and MYA THA LYAUNG Buddha, which is among one of the country's most impressive images as well as the four giant Buddha images at KYAIK PUN PAGODA. Continue to, and visits a 'Mon' weaving and handicraft village producing woven bamboo wares continue to Yangon. Stop en-route by an Allied War Graves cemetery near HTAUK KYAN and a "Nat" tree shrine.

Overnight stay in Yangon.

 

Day 15         Depart Yangon

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for your departure flight.

Itinerary is subject to changes depending on flights, road conditions and availability of rooms.

You can extend the program with Extended Tours .

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