Tour downtown Yangon - the historic Post Office, Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument - and visit the famous Chauk Htat Gyi, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. Take photos of the picturesque Karaweik Hall royal floating barge and Shwedagon Pagoda, noted for its glittering gold stupa.
Take a domestic flight to Mandalay, a city of great cultural importance, where you will have a traditional tour by visiting Mahamuni Pagoda, local artisanal gold leaf making, wood carving and marble carving workshops, Golden Palace Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and a 200-year-old teak bridge, the most photographic site in Myanmar.
Enjoy a boat tour on Irrawaddy River to explore Mingun, home to the impressive Mingun Bell, the unfinished Mingun Paya, and the white-washed Hsinbyume Pagoda. Take a stroll through Mingun where local craftsmen craft traditional basketry and other artistic items. After returning to Mandalay, visit the ruins of the Royal Palace and enjoy a commanding view of the city from the Mandalay Hill. You will take a domestic flight back to Yangon and connect for homebound flight.
Day 1: Arrival in Yangon (No meal)
Yangon City Highlights
Upon arrival at Yangon airport, your tour guide will meet and welcome you. Start your downtown tour at the historic Post Office followed by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument. Visit the famous Chauk Htat Gyi, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha, whose feet are carved with traditional symbols. Take photos at the picturesque Karaweik Hall royal floating barge. End your day with an amazing sunset view at Shwedagon Pagoda, noted for its glittering gold stupa.
Day 2: Yangon – Mandalay – Amarapura – Mandalay (Breakfast)
Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Mandalay, a city of great cultural importance. Visit Mahamuni Pagoda and local artisanal gold leaf making, wood carving and marble carving workshops. Admire Golden Palace Monastery famous for its intricate wood carvings. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s largest book due to the Buddhist scripture carved on 729 marble slabs. End your day with a visit to a 200-year-old teak bridge, the most photographic site in Myanmar.
Day 3: Mandalay – Irrawaddy River – Mingun – Mandalay (Breakfast)
Glimpse of Irrawaddy
Take a boat trip up Irrawaddy River, Maynmar’s largest river, to Mingun. Visit the Mingun Bell, world’s largest intact bronze bell that weighs more than 87 tons. View the unfinished Mingun Paya, which was built with the intention of being the world’s biggest pagoda, and the Hsinbyume Pagoda, a white-washed temple built to resemble Mount Meru. Take a stroll through Mingun where local craftsmen craft traditional basketry and other artistic items. After returning to Mandalay, visit the ruins of the Royal Palace. Round off your day with a commanding view of the city from the Mandalay Hill.
Day 4: Mandalay – Departure from Yangon (Breakfast)
Back to Yangon
Morning domestic flight to Yangon airport and connect for homebound flight.
Most of Myanmar has a tropical monsoon climate. Yangon’s average annual temperature is 27.3 °C, while the average annual rainfall is 2378 mm.Mandalay’s average temperature is 27 °C, while the average rainfall is 812 mm. Mingun’s average temperature is 27.0 °C, while the average rainfall is 801 mm.
The seasons in Myanmar are as follow:
- Cool – November to February are the best months to visit because rain is unlikely and it is the least humid time of the year when air is warm and the clearest. Since this is the most comfortable time to visit, it is also the peak tourist season.
- Hot – March to May are months that most of the country is intensely hot. Rain is also unlikely. Most of Myanmar can be dusty and hazy, hindering scenic views.
- Rainy – June to October are monsoon months with high rainfall. Yangon and Irrawaddy Delta experience long and constant rainfall from June to August. Rain is less intense in September and October.