Experience travel by boat, train, local bus, horse cart and so much more on this cost-effective exploration of Myanmar.
Myanmar Explorer 16 days
Day 1 – Arrive Yangon
On arrival at Yangon International airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. If time permits, take an afternoon or evening guided walking tour of the downtown area. See the Town Hall, built in colonial style with a Burmese touch, and other interesting buildings around beautiful Sule Pagoda near Mahabandola Park.
Stay two nights at the East Hotel (deluxe room or similar).
Day 2 – Yangon
On a tour today see Kandawgyi Lake and the National Museum (closed on Mondays and public holidays). Visit bustling Wahdan jetty, walk through Botataung Pagoda to see ancient relics and continue to the colossal reclining Buddha Chaukhtatgyi. Finish the tour with a visit to the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda which towers over all of Yangon. (B)
Day 3 – Depart Yangon
Your guide will walk with you to Scott Market (closed on Mondays and public holidays), a sprawling complex built in 1926 and noted for its variety of handicrafts and other items. After time to browse there is time at leisure until a transfer to the train station to board the overnight train to Mandalay departing at 15:00 hours.
Accommodation is in Sleeper Class on the overnight train. (B)
Day 4 – Arrive Mandalay
Arrive Mandalay at 08:00 and transfer to your hotel for breakfast. There’s time to refresh before a tour of downtown Mandalay. Visit the highly revered Mahamuni Pagoda, a gold leaf hammering craft shop, Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings, and Kuthodaw Pagoda containing the world’s largest book – 729 stone slabs engraved with the entire Buddhist scriptures. See views over the city and Ayeyarwaddy River from Mandalay Hill.
Stay two nights at the Shwe Inginn Hotel (deluxe room or similar). Early check-in is included. (B)
Day 5 – Amarapura excursion
Travel to the ancient royal capital of Amarapura to visit a school for young monks and the U Bein Bridge. At more than two centuries old and 1.2 km long it is the longest teakwood span in the world. Return to Mandalay in time to see monks at evening prayer. (B)
Day 6 – Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin
Take a short drive to Pyin Oo Lwin, a former British Hill Station. Visit the lovely Botanical Gardens and the Purcell Tower, a gift from Queen Victoria. See the morning vegetable market, a waterfall and Maha Ent-Htoo Kanthar, a wish fulfilling pagoda.
Stay one night at the Kandawgyi Hill Resort (deluxe room or similar). (B)
Day 7 – Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay
Take a local train this morning on a scenic ride over the Goitek Viaduct which crosses a deep gorge. Disembark at Naung Pain village and take a leisurely drive back to Mandalay.
Stay one night at the Shwe Inginn Hotel (deluxe room or similar). (B)
Day 8 – Mandalay – Bagan
Depart early this morning from Mandalay port to spend the whole day on the fabled Ayeyarwady River travelling by ferry boat to Bagan. Enjoy the sights and sounds of river life as you relax onboard. Arrive Bagan and transfer to the hotel.
Stay three nights at the Thazin Garden Hotel (deluxe room or similar). (B)
Day 9 – Bagan
Tour Bagan Plain by bicycle viewing up-close many of the notable pagodas and temples that grace the plain. As the sun goes down, your guide will take you to take you to an ideal site for a panoramic sunset view. (B)
Day 10 – Kyun Thiri Excursion
Return to the Ayeyarwady River for a short boat ride to Kyun Thiri Island. Visit a typical farming village, interacting with the villagers and observing their way of life. Take tea with some monks then return to Bagan late morning. After a few hours at leisure, visit a lacquerware workshop then travel by horse cart through some of Bagan’s temple areas, monasteries and villages, once again enjoying sunset views over the plain. (B)
Day 11 – Bagan – Taunggyi
An early transfer to the bus station for the local bus journey to Taunggyi, arriving mid-afternoon. Situated on a high plateau surrounded by mountains, Taunggya has a moderately cool climate.
Stay one night at the Aye Tharyar Golf Resort (deluxe room or similar). (B)
Day 12 – Taunggyi – Nyaung Shwe
Visit the local market where you will find colourful tribes, flowers and traditional foodstuffs. See ancient pagodas and panoramic views before transferring to Nyaung Shwe on the eastern side of magical Inle Lake.
Stay three nights at the Amata Garden Resort (deluxe room or similar). (B)
Day 13 – Inle Lake
Explore Inle Lake by long tailed boat. Visit village lotus and silk weaving industries, traditional boat makers, and see cheroot (Burmese cigar) making. Visit Phaungdaw U Pagoda, Ngaphae Chaung Monastery and the amazing floating gardens. (B)
Day 14 – Nyaung Shwe
Take a guided walking tour of Nyaung Shwe in the morning, then in the afternoon drive to Red Mountain Winery to view the wine production and sample some local wines. (B)
Day 15 – Heho – Yangon
Transfer to Heho airport for the flight back to Yangon. On arrival at Yangon, transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)
Stay one night at the East Hotel (deluxe room or similar). (B)
Day 16 – Depart Yangon
Transfer to the airport for exit flight. (B)
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- Tour Prices
Tour prices valid to 30 September, 2017.
Hotels Twin Share Single Room Sole Traveller Oct 2015 – Sep 2016 $3822 $5188 $6970 Oct 2016 – Sep 2017 $4032 $5466 $7355
Prices are per person, in Australian dollars. Please confirm prices when booking.
- Price Includes:
- 14 nights tourist class hotels
- 1 night overnight train, sleeper class cabin
- 15 breakfasts
- Private vehicle airport transfers and sightseeing tours as listed with English speaking guide, inclusive of entrance fees
- Economy class flights in Myanmar, including taxes and fuel surcharges
Sole traveller prices apply for one person travelling on their own and staying in a single room. The Single room price applies when two or more people travel together and a single room is required. Surcharges may apply during local festivals and Christmas/New Year. Check for the current price when booking.
- The majestic Shwedagon Pagoda, towering over the city of Yangon
- U Bien teakwood bridge – an amazing 1.2 kms long
- Travelling with the locals on trains and buses
- Sunset views over Bagan Plain