Discover the culture and history of Myanmar in this snapshot tour of the country. Wander through downtown Yangon where you’ll hop between tea shops and temples, enjoying the colonial architecture of the city before exploring the glittering stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered temple in Myanmar. Fly north to Bagan and you’ll float along the Irrawaddy River, experiencing life on the river where fishermen cast their nets and small ferries shuttle locals between the markets.
Tour the temple studded plains of Bagan, where iconic buildings are scattered across the lush landscape. Head south to discover the people of Inle Lake, where stilt villages and markets sit above the water and locals tend their floating gardens made of water hyacinths. Finish your trip with a final stroll around the golden city of Yangon.
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
The charming city of Yangon is relatively quiet but has an impressive colonial heritage that makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia. You’ll take a guided tour around the city, soaking in the pretty architecture of the Post Office and the Strand Hotel before enjoying a cup of tea at one of the iconic local tea shops. Next explore the green space of Kandawgyi Park where you’ll see the glittering Karaweik barge, with views of Shwedagon in the background. After seeing it from afar you’ll tour this golden temple, one of the most revered in Myanmar where its impressive 99 metre tall stupa is famous.
Overnight in Yangon
After an early breakfast you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bagan.
On arrival you’ll begin a tour of the area, taking in Bagan’s history, culture and local lifestyles. Explore the Thagyar Pone Temple and Ananda Temple with stunning views over the surrounding plains, early in the morning before any tour groups arrive.
Later you’ll visit 2 workshops introducing you to two of Bagan’s most famous products, lacquerware and wood crafts. Watch the skilled craftsmen make these beautiful pieces before boarding a private river boat for a cruise upstream to enjoy scenes of life on the water – fishermen, ferry boats and riverside villages.
Overnight in Bagan
This morning you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Heho. On arrival you’ll be driven to Inle Lake, around a one hour drive through the scenic countryside. Along the way you’ll stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which has beautiful carvings and Buddha images. Take a trishaw ride around the town of Nyaung Shwe (the gateway to Inle Lake) and visit a tomato house to taste the freshly picked produce before it is distributed through the country.
When you reach Lake Inle you’ll take a motorboat out onto the water where you’ll pass stilt villages and leg-rowing fishermen with their famous conical nets. You’ll walk around the lakes main sanctuary which contains five sacred Buddha images made with gold leaf and learn about the local crafts of the area in the weaving village of Inpawkhone and at a cheroot factory, where Burmese cigars are made by hand.
Overnight at Lake Inle
After breakfast you’ll visit the market on the lake – the location rotates between the five main villages and is visited by hill tribes from far and wide to sell their wares. You’ll be taken to a small Pa-oh village called Indein, well known for its stupa-covered hill at Alaung Sitthou. Enjoy magnificent views of the lake below before transferring to the airport for your flight back to Yangon.
On arrival in Yangon you’ll be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Yangon
Today is your final day in Yangon – depending on your flight time you can add in a tour of the city, whether you fancy tasting some delicious Burmese street food or a tour of the art galleries through the capital, just ask your travel consultant and we can add this in for you.
You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your onwards flight.
Myanmar (Burma) is South East Asia’s second largest country. Decades of military dictatorship has left Myanmar as one of the least developed and probably least known countries in the region. November to February is a great time to visit. Between February and May temperatures soar, and the monsoon runs from late May to November.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.
4 nights in 3* standard accommodation:
Grand Laural Hotel
Hotel Sincere Smile
Royal Inlay Hotel