10-day Ancient Bagan an Picturesque Inle Lake

10 Days, from AU $2,707

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Dive into the former capital and waterfront city of Yangon with its crumbling British colonial mansions and ancient stupas, thriving restaurants and lively bars. Witness the daily life of the locals in the Mahabandoola Park, take a stroll through one of the oldest Bogyoke markets with colonial architecture and cobbled streets and visit the breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda of which its stupa is dominating the city’s skyline. Visit the small town of Pindaya for the limestone caves featuring over 8000 Buddha images, observe the famous Shan paper and beautiful Burmese umbrellas in the umbrella factory and stroll throught he Kalaw Market where locals are trading their products. Take a boat trip on the Inle Lake to witness the lively riverbanks and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Explore the ruins of Indein, the Mount Popa area considered to be the sacred home of the spirits and Bagan, a city dotted with thousands of ancient stupas and temples.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Yangon

You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Yangon (Rangoon), answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the first day.

Located in the fertile delta region of central Burma (Myanmar), the former capital and waterfront city of Yangon with its crumbling British colonial mansions and ancient stupas, thriving restaurants and lively bars, is a melting pot of old and new. Home to over four million inhabitants, it's a sprawling city, the streets interspersed with parks and lakes, much of its allure stemming from the colourful street life. Marvel at the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, wander the cobblestone streets of Bogyoke Market or simply watch the rickshaw drivers in their striped longyis (sarongs) peddle lazily through the streets as you sip on a cup of tea at a roadside tea stall.

Yangon has a good choice of restaurants serving both authentic Burmese cuisine and international choices. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.

Itinerary Option: If you’re arriving to Yangon in the morning, discuss additional day 1 activities with our staff.

Day 2: Yangon – Heho – Pindaya – Kalaw

This morning fly from Yangon to Heho where you'll meet your guide and travel by road to Pindaya for sightseeing. Pindaya, a small lovely town famous for limestone caves featured over 8000 Buddha images which were consecrated for worship over the centuries. Once you are in Pindaya it is worth to take a visit to the umbrella factory to observed the famous Shan paper and beautiful Burmese umbrellas. After Pindaya visits, proceed with car to Kalaw sitting on the western rim of the Shan Plateau at an altitude of 1,320 metres (4,330 feet) above sea level. The old British colonial hill station with beautiful and charming atmosphere. Accommodation will be at the town resort and we suggest having your typical dinner at Nepali restaurant prepared with local fruits and vegetables of Kalaw.

Day 3: Kalaw – Inle Lake

This morning visit to Kalaw Market where locals busy for their daily lives. See people selling local garden products of Tea, homemade noodles, flowers, sorts of fruits many if local produce items. Then accompanied by your guide, by overland reach to the jetty in Nyaung Shwe. Take to the water on a boat trip on Inle Lake to look at the beautiful scenery and observe the local way of life. See the large floating gardens where the Intha grow their fruit and vegetables.

The floating garden beds are made from lake-bottom weeds which are formed into garden beds and anchored by bamboo poles. There are also floating markets where fruit, vegetables and handmade products are sold from small boats. Lunch is taken on the shores of the lake. Visit PHAUNGDAW OO PAGODA, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains most five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf by devout pilgrimages.

Visit to the weaving village of INPAWKHON, famous for traditional silk-weaving, Se Gaung Village, famous for the blacksmith work. End the day on the lake with a pleasant sunset surrounded by mountains. Visit Nan Pan Village where to observe how Burmese cigars, or “cheroots,” are traditionally packed and rolled by hand. Return to your hotel around noon time and enjoy free leisure at the lake resort.

Day 4: Inle Lake

Rise early to visit the rural but bustling traditional five-day-market, named due to its location changing every five days and alternating between villages. The local people and the minority hill tribe people from the surrounding area congregate at the market to trade their goods. The atmosphere is vibrant and the market is alive with activity. The hill tribe people wear their colourful traditional costumes, uniquely woven and decorated with artistically designed jewellery.

In the afternoon visit the Indein Pagoda Complex. Located on the western bank of the lake. Following a small covered path from the Pa O tribal village brings you out at a monastery and the impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas, some hidden under vegetation and dense foliage. Built during the 17th and 18th centuries, there are nearly one thousand stupas and pagodas in the area. The main stupa area on top of the hill offers breathtaking views over the surrounding area and into the valley, with the lake in the far distance.

Day 5: Inle Lake – Nyaung Shwe – Popa

Breakfast will be served at the hotel

With touring van together with guide set off an overland journey from Shan plateau toward central plain of Burma. Drove to Mount Popa area, a volcano rising 1,518 metres (4,980 feet) from the plains of Bagan in the Pegu Range, and considered to be the sacred home of the spirits. Continue to Mount Popa and the picturesque Taung Kalat Monastery which sits on top of an outcrop and holds a significant place in Burma’s history and religion. The Taung Kalat Shrine is home to thirty seven Mahagiri Nats, or spirits of Myanmar. Statues depicting the nats are displayed at the base of the shrine. The views from the top are spectacular, and on a clear day stretch back as far as Bagan and the Irrawaddy River. Short visit to the monastery of Popa mountain area and enjoy free time; dip yourself in nice pool of mountain resort and enjoy relaxation.

Day 6: Popa – Bagan

Breakfast at the hotel and enjoy your free leisure time until transfer to Bagan. On the way, stop at a palm village to learn how palm sugar (jaggery) is produced. Situated in central Burma on the plains adjacent to the Irrawaddy River, the city is dotted with thousands of ancient stupas and temples from various eras making it one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the world

Head from the airport to start your tour with a visit to the Dhammayangyi Pagoda, Bagan’s largest temple. The temple is a square, single storey, pyramidal temple with six monumental ascending exterior terraces. Continue to the Mingalazedi Pagoda, which is one of the few temples in Bagan with a full set of glazed terracotta tiles. In the afternoon proceed to the Htilominlo Pagoda, famed for its original fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations which are remarkably well preserved. The temple was the last Myanmar style temple built in Bagan and stands 46 metres (150 feet) high. End the day with a sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy River. Witness local life as you sail past small villages on the river banks. Local fishermen, small boats and the many riverside temples taking on provide fantastic photo opportunities with the beautiful evening hues. After the cruise your guide will accompany you to check-in to your hotel. Bagan has a good choice of restaurants serving Burmese, Chinese and Western meals. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.

Itinerary Option: For the adventurous cycle around the temples. Discuss this option with our staff.

Day 7: Bagan

In the morning the guide will take you to Nyaung Oo to visit a local colourful market where you will see local people selling a lot of goods and souvenirs. Continuously we will visit to Shwe Zi Gon Phayar, a graceful bell shaped prototype of Myanmar's pagodas was start built by the King Anawratha and completed by King Kyanzittha (1084-1113), we will also visit to the lesser known temple of Kyauk Gu U Min cave and explain you the whole history.

Back to your hotel and enjoy your free leisure time at the resort.

In the evening driver will be ready to transfer you to Nanda Restaurant, enjoy choice of Myanmar foods while entertained by traditional puppet show!

Day 8: Bagan – Yangon

Breakfast will be served at the hotel

Transfer to airport and return to Yangon where you're transferred to your hotel for check in, enjoy free time at leisure in Yangon until evening.

In the evening visit to the breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda, or Golden Pagoda, its stupa dominating the city’s skyline. This is one of the holiest places in Burma, and one reason why Burma is known as the "Land of Golden Pagodas". The pagoda itself is 99 metres (326 feet) high, studded with solid gold plates and decorated with diamonds and other precious jewels. After the pagoda short visit to the night fruit market and local barbeque area to have the taste of typical foods and try some local drinks (beer or fruit juice). Return to hotel and for accommodation.

Day 9: Yangon

Accompanied by your guide explore the sights of Yangon. Begin with a visit to the octagonal Sule Pagoda. Stroll through downtown Yangon with its faded colonial buildings and leafy boulevards and visit the beautiful colonial style Post Office. Watch the locals going about their daily business as you pass Mahabandoola Park, named after General Maha Bandula who fought against the British in the First Anglo-Burmese War. Take stroll Yangon’s one of the oldest Bogyoke Market with colonial architecture and cobbled streets. It’s famous for beautiful gems stones and sorts of hand-crafts collections, but also there are many of typical Burmese food stalls as well as Chinese. Next visit will be to Chaukhtatkyi the Reclining Buddha which measures 70 metres (230 feet) in length. Return to your hotel in noon time to avoid the heat of Yangon and enjoy refreshments of the hotel.

Day 10: Departure Yangon

Breakfast will be served at the hotel and free time at leisure until transfer service for your connection flight departs from Myanmar.

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Standard:from AU $2,707
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Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us.

Inclusions:
  • English speaking station guides for the tour / sightseeing
  • Accommodation at hotel including breakfast as mentioned
  • Transfers as indicated on the itinerary
  • Domestic airfares – (Yangon – Heho // Bagan – Yangon)
  • Admission fees & entrance fees
  • Overland drive journey to Popa
  • Private local boat for sightseeing at Inle Lake
  • Visit to Pindaya and Kalaw
  • Sightseeing in Bagan & sunset local-boat trip on the river
  • Sightseeing in Bagan and Popa
  • Buffet dinner with traditional puppet show 
  • Sunset boat on the river in Bagan
  • Walking tour in Yangon
  • Purified bottled waters and refreshment-towels

Info Exclusions:

  • Personal Expenses & Tips
  • Meals not mentioned on itinerary (lunches or dinner except programmed)
  • VISA & Airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Services not indicated in above itinerary
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Availability of accommodation and season.

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