Myanmar has been a refuge of a traditional lifestyle, where the wheel of time seems to have been turned back by a century. The people are friendly, characterized by deep spirituality and a Buddhism rooted in everyday life.
Arrive at Yangon, your guide will be welcoming you at the airport and bringing to the hotel. Check in time at 2:00pm in the high season.
Yangon lies in the fertile delta of southern Myanmar, on the wide Yangon River. The city is filled with tree-shaded boulevards, while shimmering stupas float above the treetops. The city became the capital only in 1885, when British completed the conquest of Upper Myanmar and Mandalay’s brief period as capital of the last Burmese Kingdom ended.
Today sightseeing starts from the downtown area around Sule Pagoda. Here you can get a reading from one of the many fortune tellers hanging around under the trees. We will take a quick photo break at the Sule Pagoda; after all, this is the landmark of the city center, which was built more than 2,000 years ago.
Look at the Independence Monument and the green Mahanbandola Garden. If you turn around you will come across the twice newly built town hall. Head west and cross the chaotic Little India district. Visit the gold shops on Shwe Bontha Street and admire the Moseh Yeshua Synagogue on 26th Street from the outside.
Finally, visit Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. The central stupa is over 90 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf- a breathtaking and colorful sight which dominates the city skyline and enjoy the sunset
Overnight in Yangon.
To get the ultimate rural life experience, we will bike in Dhala, which can be reached by ferry boat from a Jetty to see people coming and going for work from either side of Yangon River. From there we can study the ways of life through the local people by biking, peering at local markets and taking in the beauty of the landscape.
On the way to Twante, passing through rice paddy fields, ambling cows, and various farms. Head off-road on a rough track to villages buried deep in bamboo forests.
Upon arrival, you will see many local pottery crafts using traditional methods to craft earthenware, after passing the Snake Temple where local people believe that the snakes are the guards of the pagodas and Shwesandaw pagoda.
After an excursion by cycling around the local village, we will head back to Yangon.
Overnight in Yangon.
Breakfast at the hotel, today experience paddling or Sailing at Inya lake in Yangon. Depending on customer desire, you may either choose paddling or sailing.
After a short briefing on safety and basic techniques, we can set off to paddle or sail on the lake.
Inya Lake is the largest lake in Yangon, where you will see various kinds of birds and water ducks fishing from these waters. Depending on the season, you will see different birds in it.
The day is subject to change depending on availability.
Back to the hotel, free and leisure time for the rest of the day.
Overnight in Yangon.
Flight to Bagan, transfering from the hotel to the airport.
Bagan is a spectacular plain stretching far and wide from the Ayeyarwaddy River, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Although human habitation at Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian era, Bagan only entered its golden period with the conquest of Thaton in 1057 Ad.
After checking in at a hotel, sightseeing starts with the Thatbyinnyu Temple, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork. Proceed to the Shwesandaw Pagoda for a first circular view. Our other visits include some of the most important pagodas and temples, such as The Ananda Temple with its statues of Buddha standing in all four directions, and the Manuha Temple from 1059 AD.
Picnic lunch near the temple ruins service included. (depends on the weather, if raining we can’t arrange).
In the afternoon, sightseeing with e-bike wind your way to the local workshop – such as lacquerware workshop as Bagan has been the center of the production of varnish for more than 1000 years and another famous local workshop - Pon yay gyi or black bean curd paste, which is Burmese meals, cooked with pork and served over rice, or as part of a salad on the side.
Enjoy a sunset view from one of the most scenic spots overlooking the plains of Bagan before returning to your hotel in the early evening.
Overnight in Bagan.
Optional – Balloons Over Bagan early in the morning. Once in a lifetime experience.
Spend your morning learning how to cook some traditional Burmese dishes. You will be transferred to Nyaung U market, explore the stalls where fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and meats are for sale alongside chillies, pastes and other sauces used in local cuisine. Then head to the local restaurant where you will meet the head chef and ready for a private cooking class. With the guidance from the local chef, you'll prepare the ingredients and use traditional techniques to cook some Burmese favourites. Afterwards, savour the food that you had already cooked with the additional Myanmar dessert and tea or coffee.
In the afternoon, depending on the fitness of the customers or customer’s desire, taking ebike or horst cart or bullock cart to Min Nan Thu Village, a typical Burmese village where you can observe the daily activities of the local such as: how they carry the water from the nearby well, how they collect the crops and how they crash the peanuts, make the cooking oil. Etc.
Mount Popa - it is assume that Mt Popa high 4,980 feet (1,518 m) above sea level. Sometimes, in weather, Mount Popa can be seen all the way from the Irrawaddy River.
Early morning, drive to Mt Popa, after car parking, start your journey to Popa Mountain by foot. Hiking enthusiasts are interested in visiting this oasis where can enjoy the forest journey along with the beautiful scenery. It takes about 4 -5hrs hiking depend on hiker fitness. We highly recommended that hiking boots or good walking shoes and you might want to avoid jeans and choose sportwear, T-shirt and hoodie instead. Remember that it does get cool.
On the way, you will see Taung Kalat, U Nu building which caught fire and is now rebuilt as a rest house and the helipad. Finally, before arrive at Mt Popa, you will arrive Zagar Pone mountain where you can see the broadcasting station and telephone communication tower.
Rest for a while at there, back to foot of the hill and return to your hotel in Bagan.
The best time to travel from Oct – Mar.
Overnight in Bagan.
After having breakfast at the hotel, flight to Heho.
Distance information: Approximately Heho-Pindaya 67km=2hours
Transport from Heho to Pindaya. Our journey takes us up into the hills and past a network of paddy fields as we make our way into the heartland of the Taung Yoe people. Our destination is the magnificent complex of limestone caves that occupy the ridge overlooking Pindaya Lake.
The Pindaya Caves are home to thousands of Buddhist images, made from alabaster, teak, marble, lacquer and even cement, which have been placed here over the centuries to create a labyrinth through the hills. We will have a chance to explore something of this fascinating setting, even taking the time to visit some local houses to watch traditional Shan paper making. Then, drive to Inle lake.
Overnight in Nyaung Shwe or Inle.
After breakfast, board the motorboats again and cruise along one of the many canals through a landscape of tall grasses and small water holes to the Pa-Oh village of Indein on the western shore of Inle Lake. The first visit to the morning market (depend on 5day market schedule) and proceed to Indein village, is a small village west of Inle Lake, known for its market and two groups of ancient pagodas. An ascent to “bemooster” stairs leads to the top of the hill, from where you have a magnificent view over the surrounding countryside.
The Indein Temple Complex is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sights around the lake. The Bagan and Shan-style pagoda ruins hidden in the bushes seem to grow almost out of the ground, literally taking you back to the 12th-13th centuries. If time permission, visit to Local workshop – Silk weaving workshop, Ciger workshop, making local snacks such as soybean crackers and tofu crackers at village.
In the afternoon, sunset canoe trip to Mine Thauk Village. This lovely sunset excursion provides a memorable and atmospheric view of the lake and ends at Mine Thauk Bridge. The trip lasts around 1.5 hours.
Overnight in Inle.
A leisurely walk lets us experience the life of the farmers up close. You walk through villages and along rice fields and sugarcane plantations. On the way back you will see the floating gardens up close - the local tomatoes will be sold to all the major cities of Myanmar.
Afternoon cycling start take a bike from Nyaung Shwe to Khaung Daing village (10 km – 1 ½ hours) and on the road along the shore of the lake. Partly tarred winding road with potholes in many places, partly narrow pathways. Light traffic. (Difficult to cycle during monsoon months from May to September). Observe the unique life of the Intha people’s life on the Shore of Inle Lake and admire the scenery. As soon as you arrive in KhaungDaing, and board a boat to the Nyaung Shwe.
Overnight at the hotel in Nyaung Shwe or Inle.
Fly back to Yangon, transfer to international airport deparature loudge for your return flight.