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9D 8N Yangon, Bagan, Salay, Mount Popa, Mandalay, Mingun, Inle Lake + Indein Tour  (Flicker Package)

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 the beautiful Bagan where you will tour a local market and the town’s most important pagodas and temples, and climb to the top of the temple for a magical sunset view.

Explore a morning market at Chauk, en route to Salay. Upon arrival at Salay, learn more about monastic life, Burmese Buddhism and Salay’s unique architectural style. Among the sights you will visit is Yoke Sone Kyaung monastery.

Be treated to remarkable views at Popa Mountain Resort. Learn about nats and nat worship as you climb the stairs to the top and finish your tour of Mount Popa with an impressive view over the Myingyan Plain from the volcanic peak.

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.

Takea boat trip up Irrawaddy River to Mingun, home to the impressive Mingun Bell and the unfinished Mingun Paya. Explore Ava and cross Ayeyawaddy River over Ava Bridge to visit Sagaing Hill where there are about six hundred monasteries. Stop by silverware and clay pot making village shops and a nunnery to learn the daily life of Buddhist nuns. Enjoy the sunset from the top of Sagaing Hill.

Take a domestic flight to Heho where you will proceed to Pindaya to visit a quaint village and Pindaya Caves. Continue to NyaungShwe where you will sample the local wine at Red Mountain Estate and tour the picturesque grounds and vines, complemented by the stunning backdrop of the Shan Mountains and Inle Lake.

Get to know Inle Lake by discovering Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the Shan and Intha villages on the river banks, the endless floating gardens, houses and monasteries built on stilts, and a local cheroot factory and canoe carving at Nampan village via a boat tour.

Take a domestic flight back to Yangon to visit Scott Market and observe the influences of other cultures through various religious sites such as St Mary's Cathedral, Sule Paya and Rangoon Synagogue, where you will meet with Trustee of the Synagogue to learn about the Jewish life in Myanmar. End your tour with a visit to Little India and Chinatown.

 

Itinerary Overview

 

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. 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 – Bagan (Breakfast)

Beautiful Bagan
Morning domestic flight to Bagan and start your tour of the town. Immerse in the bustling market atmosphere of a local market. Explore the town’s architectural masterpieces by visiting the most important pagodas and temples. Climb to the top of the temple for magical sunset views.

 

Day 3: Bagan – Salay – Mount Popa – Bagan (Breakfast)

Wondrous Mount Popa
Explore a colorful morning market at Chauk, en route to Salay. Upon arrival at Salay, learn more about monastic life, Burmese Buddhism and Salay’s unique architectural style. Among the sights you will visit is Yoke Sone Kyaung monastery, one of the oldest wooden halls in the area. Thereafter, head to Mount Popa, which is an extinct volcano standing 1518 meters high. Be treated to remarkable views as you have lunch at Popa Mountain Resort. Mount Popa’s shrine is dedicated to the worship of 37 Nats, the Burmese ancient animist spirits. Learn about nats and nat worship as you climb the stairs to the top and be rewarded with an impressive view over the Myingyan Plain from the volcanic peak.

 

Day 4: Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – Mandalay (Breakfast)

Traditional Mandalay
Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Mandalay. 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 5: Mandalay – Irrawaddy River – Mingun – Sagaing – Mandalay (Breakfast)

Glimpse of Irrawaddy
Take a boat trip up Irrawaddy River to Mingun, home to the impressive Mingun Bell and the unfinished Mingun Paya. Explore Ava and cross Ayeyawaddy River over Ava Bridge to visit Sagaing Hill where there are about six hundred monasteries. Stop by silverware and clay pot making village shops and a nunnery to learn the daily life of Buddhist nuns. Enjoy the sunset from the top of Sagaing Hill.

 

Day 6: Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya – Inle Lake (Breakfast)

Stunning Inle Lake
Take a morning domestic flight to Heho. Proceed to Pindaya, most famous for its limestone caves. Visit a quaint village where you will discover friendly locals as well as skilled craftsmen and women either weaving cotton, bamboo mats or making brooms. Take a trip to the west part of Pindaya to visit the famous caves. Proceed to NyaungShwe where you will sample the local wine at Red Mountain Estate, one of Myanmar’s top vineyards. Tour the picturesque grounds and vines, complemented by the stunning backdrop of the Shan Mountains and Inle Lake.

 

Day 7: Inle Lake (Breakfast)

Tranquil Inle Lake
Enjoy a private boat tour at Inle Lake. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Marvel at the local handicrafts, silk weaving, wooden handlooms and traditional blacksmith methods along the way. Discover the Shan and Intha villages on the river banks. Pass the endless floating gardens, houses and monasteries built on stilts. Proceed to Nampan village to visit a local cheroot factory (where Burmese cigars are made) and see canoe carving.

 

Day 8: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon (Breakfast)

Multi-cultural Yangon
Take a morning domestic flight to Yangon. Visit the sprawling Scott Market, where you will find interesting Burmese souvenirs, from lacquer ware to gems and jewelry. Drive through the city and observe the influences of other cultures through various religious sites such as St Mary's Cathedral, Sule Paya and Rangoon Synagogue, where you will meet with Trustee of the Synagogue to learn about the Jewish life in Myanmar. End your tour with a visit to Little India and Chinatown.

 

Day 9: Departure from Yangon (Breakfast)

Free and Easy
Free till departure transfer to Yangon airport for homebound flight.

 

Photo Gallery

 

Shwedagon Pagoda | 9D 8N Yangon, Bagan, Salay, Mount Popa, Mandalay, Mingun, Inle Lake + Indein Tour  (Flicker Package)

Shwedagon Pagoda

Bagan Sunset | 9D 8N Yangon, Bagan, Salay, Mount Popa, Mandalay, Mingun, Inle Lake + Indein Tour  (Flicker Package)

Bagan Sunset

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda | 9D 8N Yangon, Bagan, Salay, Mount Popa, Mandalay, Mingun, Inle Lake + Indein Tour  (Flicker Package)

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

Kuthodaw | 9D 8N Yangon, Bagan, Salay, Mount Popa, Mandalay, Mingun, Inle Lake + Indein Tour  (Flicker Package)

Kuthodaw

Additional Info

 

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.Bagan’s average temperature is 27.1 °C, while the average rainfall is 1438 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. Inle’s average temperature is 26.8 °C, while the average rainfall is 894 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.

 

 

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