Highlights of Myanmar ( 10 D / 9 N)

Tour code : BFF003

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.

Your journey begins with a tour through the colonial-style city center of Yangon. At first, we visit to Sule Paya stupa – built over 2,000 years ago and then the beautiful Maha Bandula Park with the Independence Monument. 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 complete the day with a visit to the 2,500 years old magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda sheathed in 11 tons of pure gold and 4,350 diamonds weighing 1800 carats! At sunset, the Shwedagon offers visitor a spectacular show of lights and shadows. Overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 2Yangon - Heho - Pindaya - Inle Lake, By Flight

Breakfast at the hotel. We transfer to the airport for flight to Heho, a quiet transit town with one of the few airport links in the beautiful hills of Shan State. After arriving and 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 first visit to 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. We continue 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 take a drive to Inle Lake that descends through the valley with views of the Shan mountains and rice paddy fields. Arrive to Nyaung Shwe and transfer to Inle Lake by private boat for hotel check-in. Overnight stay in Inle Lake.

Day 3Inle Lake Sightseeing

After your breakfast, we embark on morning exploration of Inle Lake visiting the following places like unique leg-rowers and scenic beauty, fishing canoes using special methods for fishing and collecting seaweed, lakebed mud etc. to make floating gardens. 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. We end our day with magnificent sunset canoe ride with boatmen who gracefully navigate and row perched on one leg. Overnight stay in Inle Lake.

Day 4Inle Lake - Heho - 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. Overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 5Mandalay - Ava - Sagaing - Amarapura - Mandalay

After your breakfast, we start journey to Inwa (Ava) – a historical capital founded by King Thado Moinbya in 1364. Sightseeing by a native horse cart to the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung formerly the “monastic college” for the royals and Maha Aung Mye Bonzan – a unique brick and stucco monastery. Next we climb up to the top of Nanmyin Watch tower to take in some lovely 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 continue to Amarapura – a former royal capital and famous for its textile industries. We end the day in Ubein Bridge – a simple yet remarkable teak structure that spans 1.2km over Taungtaman Lake and silhouetted by the setting sun, is a magical experience and a photographer’s dream. Overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 6Mandalay - Mt. Popa - Bagan, By Car

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we journey to Bagan by private car (approx... 5 hours’ drive from Mandalay). During driving, enjoying the great scenic beauty of the countryside along the road to Bagan. Enroute, we stop at Mount Popa, the Burmese spiritual epicenter for those who worship the pantheon of Nat spirits and martyrs. After paying respects to the Nat spirits shrine at the foot of Mount Popa, we climb the 700 and some steps leading to a pagoda on top of a volcanic plug mountain rising above the surrounding farming lands. We continue drive to Bagan with a stop at local palm sugar makers hut. Arrive to Bagan and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 7Bagan Sightseeing

Bagan is a spectacular plain stretching away from the Ayeyarwaddy River, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Although human habitation at Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian era, Bagan only entered its golden period with the conquest of Thaton in 1057 AD.

After your breakfast at the hotel, we start our journey to Ancient Kingdoms of Bagan with a visit to Shwezigon Paya, a prototype of the Burma style of stupas and Gubyaukhyi Temple at Wetkyi-Inn which was built in the early 13th Century and repaired in 1468. The great colourful painting about the previous lives of the Buddha and the distinguished architecture make this temple an interesting site for a visit. 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, a masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas and an adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. 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. Enjoy sunset viewing on one of the most magnificent temple terrace. Overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 8Bagan Sightseeing

Breakfast at the hotel. We continue visit to the Manuha Temple, built by the Mon king in the 1300s to represent his time in captivity under the Bagan King. Next we visit to the Thanaka Museum and a Cigar Work Shop where we learn respectively about the traditional uses of the fragrant thanaka paste and how Burmese make the local cheroot cigars. Then, 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. Lacquer ware is one of the best possible souvenirs of Myanmar. A pleasant stroll will take you through a village. Explore local cheroot making by using maize leaf, cooking oil production in local method, cotton waving and more… Overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 9Bagan - Yangon, By Flight

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 bustling Bogyoke (Scotts) Market – one of famous markets where hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of color. (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.

Day 10Yangon Departure.

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