Set off this morning from your lakeside hotel for Sagar, the far southern region of Inle Lake and one of the most beautiful places in the Shan State, with the mountains forming a backdrop for the small villages and fishermen on the water. The area was only recently opened to tourists in 2003.

The boat journey takes 2.5-3 hours but is full of fabulous views and home to many unique species of birds, both indigenous and migratory. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

Upon arriving in Sagar area there are several stops that will be made (the order will depend on the time, other tourist boats and activity in the villages) The main highlight for many travelers are the ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar- 108 stupas from the 16-17th centuries that are partially underwater for a few months a year. There is also a local monastery and village that can be visited here.

Continue to the village of Thaya Gone, home to Pa-Oh, Shan and Inthar people and known for its production of local rice wine. Watch the process of distillation and then sample some of the local brew if you wish. In Thaya Gone there is also the chance to climb to the top of a small hill which there are great views of the lake and surrounding villages.

Another stop will be made in Sae Khaung Pottery Village to see the crafting of oil and water pots as well as the natural, underground kilns used by the villagers. On the western shores of the Sagar area is Tar Kaung, a series of more than 200 stupas which also make a fabulous photo stop.

Lunch will be arranged along the way (either picnic lunch or local lunch at a small restaurant)

Around 2.30 the boat will begin its journey back to the main section of Inle Lake. Traveling back in the afternoon the light has shifted and the route looks much different on the return, with different activities occurring on the water and in the villages. Rice noodles can be seen drying in the sun, spun cotton is hung out to dry and kids are returning from school at this time of day.

You’ll reach your hotel early this evening in time to freshen up and watch the sunset.

Our services include:

  1. English-speaking guide
  2. Private local boat
  3. 1 picnic lunch
  4. Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program
  5. Water and refreshing towel

Pick-up from hotel and drive to a town of Chauk approx. 40 minutes drives from Bagan. After driving about half an hour, one get into an area with many crude oil rigs and gas wells on either side of the roads. You are going to cross over big sand dunes, usually seen in central Myanmar dry arid zone. Burma Oil Company established in 1886 by David Sime Cargill investing 1.5 million Sterling pounds, and later added up to 18 million pounds and crude oil production in Chauk more than a century ago. Arrival Salay and visit “Yoke-Sone-Kyaung”, museum of Myanmar famous writer U Pone Nya and lacquer ware “Man” pagoda built in AD 1300.

Afternoon return to Bagan. On the way visit the local villages and observe about how Cartwrights make a traditional bullock carts, learn the interesting process of creating “Poneyay” (pea powder paste) and see how local plum jam is made and packed. Transfer back to hotel.

Princes Include:

  1. Lunch at local restaurant with standard menu
  2. Sightseeing with English speaking local tour guide
  3. Sightseeing by private air-con vehicle with drivers, as mentioned in program
  4. Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program
  5. Drinking water and towel during excursion

Pick up from your hotel and drive to Thanlyin. Only 45 minutes’ drive across the Bago River from Yangon lies Thanlyin (Syriam). It was an important trading center in the 17th Century under the Portuguese Adventurer De Brito. Today, Than-lyin is noted for its Deep Sea Port Projects in Thilawa. Tour highlights; Ruins of the old Portuguese Churches in the center of town, the ruins of a Catholic church built by an Italian Barnabite missionary can still be seen, Kyaik-Khauk Pagoda; it perches on the hillock of the town, an imposing golden stupa similar to the Shwedagon with a history dated back over 2,000 years. The two tombs in front of the pagoda are Myanmar writers Natshinnaung and Padethayaza who wrote about ordinary people in Ava period and were captured by Mon. Later, proceeds to Kyauk-Tan Pagoda (a Pagoda on a small island on a tributary of Yangon’s river), on the way, stop at Bada-Gyi village, to see 41 feet high, 100 years old, huge Seated Buddha Image. Lunch at a local restaurant. Late afternoon, drive back to Yangon and transfer back to your hotel.

Our tour prices include the following service:

  • Lunch at local restaurant with standard menu
  • English speaking local guide
  • Transfer and sightseeing by private air-con vehicle with drivers, as mentioned in program
  • Entrance fees and zone fees for the visits mentioned
  • Ferry Boat fee

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Enjoy a full day tour of the city center, taking in some of the highlights such as the National Museum, BogyokeAung San Museum, Chaukhtatgyi (a colossal reclining Buddha), and Karaweik Hall on Kandawgyi Lake. You will also get the chance to explore the famous Bogyoke (Scott) Market, home to hundreds of stalls selling local souvenirs.

No visit to Yangon would be complete without spending some time at the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, one the most venerable places of worship in Myanmar. Take in the array of gold and gems which light up around the giant golden dome as the sun slowly sets around you. Watch as the locals come here to make offerings before they return home for the day. Return to your hotel in the early evening.

Our tour prices include the following service:

  • Lunch at local restaurant with standard menu
  • English speaking local guide
  • Sightseeing by private air-con vehicle with drivers, as mentioned in program
  • Entrance fees and zone fees for the visits mentioned