Tour code : BFF004
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).
Next we drive 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. 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.
After your breakfast, we take 6 hours’ drive to Kyaikhtiyo well known as Golden Rock –a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaves and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. The rock and the pagoda are at the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo. It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Burma after the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Mahamuni Pagoda.
Firstly we arrive to the base camp “Kin Pun” of Kyaikhtiyo and our vehicle has been stopped at the base camp. Thus, we will take a truck car to be continue to the summit where the Golden Rock located. Overnight stay in Kyaikhtiyo.
Enjoy the beautiful Sunrise on the hill top and breakfast at the hotel. After that, we drive to Bago , ancient capital of Mon and its famous pagodas. A visit to Shwemawdaw Pagoda , built by the Mon people around the 10th century. At 114 metres (374 ft) in height, the Shwemawdaw holds the record for the tallest pagoda in Myanmar. Next we visit to the four huge Buddha images of Kyaikpun Pagoda and the 55m long reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha . After sightseeing, we continue drive to Yangon. En route stop, visit the cemetery of allies and war graves around Htuk Kyan . Arrive to Yangon and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Yangon.
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.
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.
BBreakfast at the hotel. In the morning we take 1 hour drive to the small quiet town Pindaya . During driving, enjoying the great scenic beauty of the countryside along the road to Pindaya
Arrive to Pindaya and we visit to Pindaya Caves well known for its Buddha statues carved out of limestone and then Shwe U Min Cave well known for its countless Buddha images. We proceed to over 250 years old Banyan tree . After that, we continue drive to Kalaw - a former British colonial hill station where ambassadors would spend the summers enjoying the crisp mountain air and sipping on gin tonics. Arrive to Kalaw and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight stay in Kalaw.
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we take a walk to Kalaw Market where ethnic minority groups gather for trading. We continue visit Myin Ma Hti Limestone Cave which houses various holy shrines and Buddha images. Then we start drive to Mandalay and enjoy the great scenic beauty of the countryside along the road. Arrive to Mandalay in the late afternoon and transfer to the hotel for check-in. stay in Mandalay.
After breakfast at the hotel, 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 . We continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda (World’s largest book) houses the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs. Then we visit to Mandalay Hill – a vantage point for panoramic views of the city.
In the afternoon we continue 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.
After your breakfast, we embark on morning exploration of Mingun by private boat on Ayeyarwaddy River, 11km upriver from Mandalay where we visit Mingun Bell which weighs 90 tons and is one of the world’s largest bells. And continue to Hsinbyume Paya well known as Myatheintan Pagoda, was modeled after the mythical Mount Meru. Next we visit to Mingun Paya , intended to be the world’s biggest pagoda, is an overwhelmingly massive structure even though it remains unfinished. If we have time permits, we visit some local handicraft workshops of silk weaving, mats and alms bowls. After that, we return back to Mandalay.
In the afternoon we 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. Overnight stay in Mandalay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we journey a 3 hours’ drive to Monywa on the banks of the Chindwin River. After arriving to Monywa, we visit to Thanboddhay Pagoda – a huge Buddhist temple covered with more than 500,000 Buddha images and Boditahtaung Pagoda which houses the largest reclining Buddha image in Myanmar at 333 ft. long and 90 ft. high, and nearby is the world’s largest standing Buddha. We complete the day with enjoy the great scenic sunset view on the calm riverbanks. Overnight stay in Monywa.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. We continue visit to Powintaung, home to 947 sandstone caves which hold one of Southeast Asia’s richest collections of mural paintings and Buddha statues and Shwe Ba Taung which monasteries and temples are carved out of rocky narrow cliffs. Travel through the countryside to stop at Kyet Su Kin village with time to experience the lifestyle and culture of rural Burma.
In the afternoon we journey out by boat on Ayeyarwaddy River to Ancient Kingdom of Bagan from Pakokku . Arrive to Bagan in the late afternoon and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight stay in Bagan.
Breakfast at the hotel. Bagan is an ancient city on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River and one of the richest archaeological sites in South-east Asia. It named as UNESCO World Heritage site of Myanmar in 2019.
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.
Breakfast at the hotel. We visit to Nyaung U Market – the largest market in the Bagan region, gives us a glimpse into local life. Next, we visit to Minnanthu Village where we learn how Bagan’s famous lacquer ware crafts are produced and other Products like cotton clothing, cigars, peanuts etc… After that, we visit to a Cigar Work Shop where we learn how they make the local cheroot cigars and then visit to Thanaka Museum . We end our day with a visit to Manuha Temple , a Buddhist temple built by the Mon King in the 1067. Overnight stay in Bagan.
Breakfast at the hotel. We fly back to Yangon and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Today we have a chance to journey by circular train through Yangon city to experience local travel lifestyle. A ride on the Circular train will give you a unique perspective on daily life in the city and the area around it. And you can also see the scenery change from city to rural, and pass by ponds, villages and scenes of farm life.
After arriving to the Railway station, we take a walk 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 proceed to China Town where the Chinese community built their residences, clan associations, temples, offices and shops. Enjoy your nightlife with BBQ in China Town. Overnight stay in Yangon.