9Day Jewels of Myanmar

Yangon- Heho (Inle Lake) – Mandalay – Bagan- Mt. Popa- Yangon

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Yangon Arrival & Sightseeing
Day 02: Yangon – Heho (Inle Lake) by Flight
Day 03: Inle – Indein Boat Excursion
Day 04: Heho (Inle Lake) – Mandalay by Flight
Day 05: Mandalay – Mingun – Amarapura – Mandalay
Day 06: Mandalay – Bagan by Flight
Day 07: Bagan – Mt. Popa – Bagan
Day 08: Bagan Sightseeing – Yangon by Flight
Day 09: Yangon Sightseeing & Departure

  • 8nights accommodation on twin shared basic with daily breakfast
  • 4-domestic flights (Yangon-Heho// Heho-Mandalay//Mandalay-Bagan//Bagan-Yangon) including insurance surcharge and fuel surcharge
  • Domestic airport tax
  • Sightseeing with English speaking local tour guide
  • All transfers and sightseeing with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers
  • Private boat excursion at Inle Lake
  • Private Boat Excursion to Mingun
  • Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program
  • Drinking water and towel during excursion
Not Included
  • International air ticket
  • Camera fees
  • Meals (Lunch and dinner)
  • Visits not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Any other items not mentioned in the program
  • Tips and porters at the hotels, drivers and guides
Price Validity

All prices are quoted net in USD and valid as stated. The prices quoted are based on the current contracted rate of local suppliers and if price changes become necessary, prior notice will be given.

Day 1  Yangon Arrival & Sightseeing

Arrive at Yangon international airport where you will be welcomed by your English speaking local tour guide and transferred to your hotel. (If the room is not ready, proceed for Yangon sightseeing.) After refreshment at hotel, enjoy a walk through downtown Yangon where most of the colonial buildings such as city hall, Mahabandoola Park, high court and telegraphic office are holding an elegant beauty of Yangon.  Stopover at the Strand Hotel and feel the warmth and atmosphere of British era. Continue visit to Pansoedan jetty serving locals living across the Yangon River. This evening visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda of Rudyard Kipling fame and one of Myanmar’s most sacred places. The massive bell shaped stupa is plated with gold and the tip of the stupa is set with diamonds and rubies, sapphires and topaz – a stunning sight as the sun sets and a most fitting place to begin our trip in this “Golden Land”. After visiting Shwedagon pagoda, transfer to you hotel and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Meals included: None

Strand Hotel
Shwedagon Pagaoda
Mahabandoola Park
Telegraphic Office
Day 2 Yangon- Heho- Inle Lake by flight

After breakfast, depart the hotel for flight to Heho on the Shan plateau. Upon arrival, transfer by road to Inle lake. We have a leisurely morning to make our way down into the Inle basin and by “long-tail” boat out across the lake to our Hotel right on the Inle Lake. In the afternoon, we plan to spend the day visiting villages and sampling the spectacular array of traditional handicrafts. You will see the unique method locals use to row their boats, fishermen with their own style of fishing, floating farms and gardens and a handloom weaving cottage with its own showroom. You will visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda which houses the five most revered Buddha Images in the southern Shan State. Overnight at the hotel on Inle Lake.

Meals included: Breakfast

Inle Lake
Inle Lake
Phaungdaw Oo Pagaoda
Phaungdaw Oo Pagaoda
Day 3 Inle – Indein Boat Excursion

After breakfast at the hotel, visit floating market which is a 5day rotation market most fascinating to watch the daily life of the minorities and their activities. Continue our excursion by motorized boat to Indein pagoda complex, in the south-west of the lake. The boat leaves the lake and enters a narrow canal with a beautiful natural environment to continue to a small Pa O tribe village. From the village, follow an old covered path to a 13th century monastery and the very impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas, some hidden in the vegetation. The main stupa-area on the top of the hill offers breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and down to the valley and the lake in the far distance. Return boat ride to your at Inle Lake and overnight at the hotel.

Meals Include: Breakfast

Floating Market
Indein Pagaoda Complex
Day 4 Heho (Inle Lake) – Mandalay by Flight

After breakfast, we are heading back down country today to return to the airport at Heho for our flight to Mandalay. Check in at airport and fly to Mandalay. When you arrive at Mandalay airport, drive to Mandalay. Before checking in to your hotel, you will take a sightseeing tour of Mandalay which includes Mahanumi, a life like Buddha image. Mandalay is the last capital of Myanmar and that make her to be the best place to see all the traditional arts and crafts. Start visiting gold leaf making work-place and see how the gold leaf is being made by hand in a traditional way. Proceed to Mandalay and check in at hotel. This afternoon, visit the Old Palace grounds; Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s largest book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Buddha’s Doctrine; Golden Palace Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings and enjoy the panoramic view of the city from Mandalay Hill. Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.

Meals included: Breakfast.

Mahamuni Buddha
U Bein Bridge
Kuthodaw Pagaoda
Day 5 Mandalay- Mingun- Amarapura- Mandalay

After breakfast, you will be transferred for Jetty for a private boat across the river Ayeywarwaddy to visit Mingun. The dedications of King Bodawpaya such as the unfinished Pathodawgyi Pagoda a brick counterpart of pyramid in Egypt and the Mingun Bell, the second largest bell in the world are the most prominent religious heritages. Then visiting the Myatheintan Pagoda, the best representation of the Universe, will refresh your tiredness and fatigue. Return to Mandalay. This afternoon, drive to ancient capital of Amarapura, the city of Immortality for a visit to Bagaya Monastery with a famous collection of Buddha images; weaving industries and visit Mahagandayone monastery, the largest teaching monastery in Myanmar where you can learn about the monastic life of the monks. The evening, enjoy a walk through 200 years old U Being Wooden Bridge and fantastic sunset over the bridge. Return drive to Mandalay and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.

Meals included: Breakfast.

Pahtodawgyi Pagoda
Mingun Bell
Myatheintan Pagoda
Aungmye Bonzan Monastery
Day 6 Mandalay- Bagan by Flight

This morning we head for the airport to get the early morning flight to Bagan. Check into the hotel and depart for a sightseeing excursion around the Bagan Archaeological Zone World Heritage Area. A comprehensive exploration of Bagan includes NyaungOo market; Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of later Myanmar stupas; KyansitthaUmin; Wet-kyi-inn Gubyaukgyi Temple with exquisite mural painting of 13th century and Htilominlo Temple. In the afternoon, after a visit to lacquer ware workshops; continue to Manuha Temple built by exile King Manuha; Nanphaya, said to have been the residence of King Manuha; Ananda Temple, architectural masterpiece and Oak-Kyaung monastery decorated with multi-color mural paintings. Enjoy the breathtaking sunset from one of the temple of Bagan. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.

Meals included: Breakfast.

Shwezigon Pagoda
Manuha Temple
Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi Temple
Htilominlo Temple
Day 7 Bagan- Mt. Popa- Bagan

After breakfast at hotel, we head to Mt. Popa about 48 km south east of Bagan. Mt. Popa, known as the abode of Nats (spirits) – a collection of 37 magical spirits both feared and honored by some Myanmar people and the Nat museum, which houses 37 life-size Nat statues sculpted from teak. It’s time to climb for 777 steps to the summit. Proceed to Popa Mountain Resort (1hr drive) for lunch (own account). The restaurant offer a great view to the Popa summit that stands straight from the central plain. After lunch, return drive back to Bagan. On the way back, en route stop at village cottage industry to learn the regional product as well as to watch the collection of juice from the palm trees, and its conversion to brown sugar. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.

Meals included: Breakfast

Mt. Popa
Mt. Popa
Day 8 Bagan Sightseeing – Yangon by Flight

This morning, experience the unrivalled majesty of thousands of ancient temples drifting below you in style, comfort and safety by “Balloons Over Bagan” (optional at USD 300$ per person) and return to your hotel for breakfast. There are over 2000 religious monuments in Bagan.  Obviously, one can’t finish seeing all. Places selected are suggested ones and can adjust to your preference.  You may see more/less temples at your own pace.  Feel free to adjust with your guide/driver as today is reserved all for you. You may wish to relax by the pool at the hotel or visit more famous temples among the lot. This afternoon, we will visit Phwarsaw village to learn the simple life style of people. There you will see traditional ways of hand loom weaving and daily life of the people. This evening, transfer to Nyaung U airport and fly back to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Meals included: Breakfast

Balloons Over Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
Phwarsaw Village
Day 9 Yangon Sightseeing & Departure

After breakfast at hotel, visit by car to Karaweik, a royal barge for fantastic photo shot along the “pilgrims” causeway across the Royal Lake with stunning views of Shwedagon Pagoda and proceed to visit Chaukhtutgyi Reclining Buddha Image and there you see the sparse pilgrims in silence. Also we will stop by at nearby monastery to learn about the life of Buddhist monk in Myanmar. Continue to National Museum where much of collections are displayed showcasing the culture, the people and glorious history of Myanmar including the Lion Throne. This afternoon, Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) market famous for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets.  It is one of the major bazaars in Yangon and built in 1926 by the British.  You can buy from a simple Myanmar slipper to a jewelry crown there.  This evening, you will be transferred to Yangon International airport for your return international departure flight. (OR free morning until your departure time.)

Meals included: Breakfast

Shwedagone Pagoda
Chaukhtutgyi Reclining Buddha
Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market
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