Essential Myanmar ( 8D / 7N )

Tour code : BFF002

Day 1Yangon Arrival

Mingalar-bar! Upon your arrival to Yangon International airport, you will be welcomed by BFF Travel guide and transfer to your hotel.

After the hotel check-in, we start a day tour in Yangon, a commercial capital of Myanmar and it’s the famous with historical Pagodas and the colonial-style buildings. Firstly we visit to Sule Pagoda , it built over 2,000 years ago and then the beautiful Maha Bandula Park with the Independence Monument. Then, we take a walk through the colonial buildings and visit the historic Post office . After that, we visit to the heritage Strand Hotel , where you will have a chance to taste Burmese High Tea (as own account). After that, we visit to Bogyoke (Scotts) Market , a major bazaar where you can find and buy hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and local food stores. (Please note that the market is closed on Mondays and on public holidays.)

We end our day with a visit to the 2,500 years old magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda shealthed in 11 tons of pure gold and 4,350 diamonds weighing 1,800 carats! Overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 2Yangon - Bagan, By Flight

After your breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to the airport for morning flight to Bagan. Bagan is an ancient city on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River and one of the richest archaeological sites in South-east Asia. Lunch at local restaurant.

In the morning we visit to Shwezigon Paya , a prototype of the Burma style of stupas and Gubyaukhyi Temple at Wetkyi-Inn , with the great colourful mural paintings of Buddha tales. Next we visit to the refined Htilominlo temple well known for its old mural, fine plaster carving and glazed sandstone decoration. Continue your visit at Ananda temple , the Buddhist temple houses four standing Buddhas, each one facing the cardinal direction of East, North, West and South. Proceed to the towering Thatbyinnyu Temple is the tallest in the complex, measuring 61m and take in Dhamayangyi Temple , the largest of all Bagan’s many temples. Overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 3Bagan - Mandalay, By Flight

Breakfast at the hotel. We take a flight to Mandalay – the last capital of royal Burma and it’s still one of the largest cities with a cultural and spiritual center in Myanmar.

After hotel’s check-in, we visit to the famous Mahamuni Paya which houses one of Myanmar’s most sacred Buddha images covered with thick layers of gold leaf. Next we visit to Shwenandaw Monastery , noted for its exquisite wood carvings which are mostly done on teak wood and the renovated Atumashi Monastery which is referred as incomparable monastery and billed as the world’s largest book. We continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda houses the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs. We complete the day with a visit to Mandalay Hill – a vantage point for panoramic views of the city and spectacular sunset. Lunch and Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 4Mandalay - Ava - Sagaing - Amarapura - Mandalay

After your breakfast, we start journey to Inwa (Ava) – an ancient city on the banks of the Irrawaddy River near Mandalay. Sightseeing by a native horse cart to the remarkable wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung and Maha Aung Mye Bonzan – a historic Buddhist monastery. Next we climb up to the top of Nanmyin Watch tower and look the pleasant views over the river and Yadanarsimi Pagoda.

We next drive to picturesque Sagaing Hills , 21 km south-east of Mandalay and west bank of Ayeyarwaddy river. Sagaing Hills is a retreat for Buddhist devotees with numerous pagodas and monasteries. We proceed to Amarapura – a former royal capital and famous for its weaving and textile industries. We first visit a cottage industry workshop where we learn how Myanmar longyis and traditional fabrics are woven. Then we visit Ubein Bridge – the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world and built around 1850. Enjoy the pleasant sunset view over Taungtaman Lake on the bridge. After that, we drive back to Mandalay. Overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 5Mandalay - Heho - Inle Lake, By Flight

Breakfast at the hotel. We transfer to the airport for flight to Heho – a domestic airport and it’s gateway to the beautiful hills of Shan State. After arriving and drive to Inle Lake. Enroute to Inle Lake , we stop at a local family work shop where you will have to learn how Shan umbrellas and paper are made by traditional methods using the fibres of the mulberry tree. Then, we take a drive to Inle Lake a famous picturesque Lake with its floating villages, gardens and the way of life of the local Intha people. Arrive to Nyaung Shwe and transfer to Inle Lake by private boat for hotel check-in.

We journey out by boat in Inle Lake with a visit to well-known Nga Pe Chaung monastery and Silver Smith factory. Proceed to Cheroot making factory, Boat making carpentry workshop, Silk weaving factory. We complete a day with a visit to the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda . Overnight stay in Inle Lake.

Day 6Inle Lake Sightseeing

After breakfast, we explore Indein village, a small village located on the western bank of the Inle Lake. After a short boat trip, we arrived to the village and then visit to Shwe Indein Pa-O complex . From the hillside you have great view over the lake area.

On the way back to the boat, walk through a romantic bamboo forest at the riverside, where you may observe local people having a bath. On the way you can visit Myaynigone village and Lotus fiber weaving factory (Ann's). Overnight stay in Inle Lake.

Day 7Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon, By Flight

Breakfast at the hotel. We fly back to Yangon and transfer to the hotel for check-in. In the afternoon we visit to Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda which houses a 70m long Reclining Buddha image. We continue to the green Kandawgyi Park and its highlighted Karaweik barge- a replica of the royal barge. Next we drive to city center and visit China Town where the Chinese community built their residences, clan associations, temples, offices and shops. Enjoy your nightlife with BBQ in China Town. Lunch at local restaurant and dinner at local restaurant. Overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 8Yangon Departure.

Breakfast at the hotel. We transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure.