(14D / 13N)
Tour Code: LMTT/ CGT
Duration: 14 days 13 nights
Day 1: Arrive Yangon, Myanmar
guide will welcome you and your group at the
Mingaladon airport and take you to the
hotel. On the way to the hotel, observe the
Kabaye Pagoda, 11 km north of downtown,
built in 1952 for the 1954-56 Sixth Buddhist
Synod;. then continue to Tooth relic pagoda.
Check in at the hotel. Take a short break
and freshen up. Lunch.
with the Sule pagoda, said to be built 2000
years ago, and observe the activities in the
downtown area such as Sule park. Cruise
around the downtown area and enjoy the view
of the colonial building such as the Strand
Hotel; Port Commissioner; and High Court
etc. Then, visit the Chauk Htat Kyi pagoda,
a colossal reclining Buddha.
Dinner at Karaweik – a replica of the Royal
barge at the edge of the Kandawgyi (a Royal
lake) while enjoying the traditional dance
and traditional music played by a
traditional music troupe. Overnight in
Day 2: Yangon – Bago - Kyaikhtiyo
early morning breakfast, leave the hotel by
coach for Kyaikhtiyo pagoda in the Mon
State. Kyaikhtiyo is one of the famous
pagodas in Myanmar and the majority of the
Myanmar has been there at least once in
their life time. It’s about 20 km from
Kyaikhto. The main attraction there is a
massive, gold-leafed boulder (said to have
the hair of Gautama Buddha enshrined in it)
sitting precariously at the edge of the
On the way, visit the Kya Khat Waing
monastery at Bago. Observe the students
monks learning the Buddhist scriptures.
Lunch. Continue with the journey. Arrive Kin
Poon base camp. Take a ferry to Yathae Taung
camp. Take a short hike till one reaches the
hotel. Enjoy the sunset from the hotel or
from the pagoda. Dinner. Overnight in Kyaikhtiyo.
Day 3: Kyaikhtiyo – Bago - Yangon
the sunrise from the hotel. Take a
breakfast. Then, check out from the hotel
and walk down to Yathae Taung camp. Take a
ferry to the Kin Poon base camp. Leave for
Yangon. Arrive Bago. Visit Hin Thar Goan
(said to be the one rising from the sea when
the mythological bird, the Hintha, landed on
it), Shwe Mawdaw (114 meters high and said
to be built more than 1000 years old. Then
lunch. After lunch visit Naung Daw Gyi
pagoda (more bigger than Shwe Thar Lyaung),
and Kyaik Pon (30 meters high, four Buddha
statues sitting back to back and 3 km out of
Bago on the Bago –Yangon highway road).
Leave Bago for Yangon. Dinner. Overnight in
Day 4: Yangon - Bagan
the hotel for the early morning flight to
Nyaung Oo. Arrive at the Nyaung Oo airport.
Morning tour starts right after leaving the
Nyaung Oo airport. .Start with the Nyaung Oo
market. Observe the vendors selling the
local products and the local people shopping
for the day. Followed with Shwezigon, the
prototype of the bell shaped Pagoda, built
by King Anawrahtar but finished by King
Kyansit Thar. Continue with the Htilominlo
temple which is one of the massive pagodas,
built by King Nataungmya at about A.D 1211.
to Ananda temple (built in A.D 1091 by King
Kyansit Thar) which is one of the finest
pagodas (its building plan is a perfect
Greek cross) and the most venerated temples
in Bagan. Lunch after visiting the Ananda
Oakkyaung. Check in at the hotel. Take a
short rest and freshen up.
Visit U Ba Nyein lacquer ware workshop, at
Bagan Myothit, in action. Then start the
afternoon tour with the Nanpaya temple, said
to be the residence of captive King Manuha.
Move to the Manuha,temple, built in A.D 1059
by the captive King Manuha. That temple is
an allegorical representation of the
physical discomfort and mental distress the
captive King had to endure.
to Gubyaukgyi (at Myin Kabar) built in A.D
1113 by Prince Raza Kumara, son of the King
Kyansit Thar. Observe the inscriptions (in
four languages: Pali; Pyu; Mon and Myanmar)
on the stone pillar which is incorrectly
known as “Myazedi stone inscriptions” due to
the proximity to the Myazedi temple.
Finally, enjoy the panoramic view of Bagan
and sunset from Shwe Sandaw pagoda built in
A.D 1057. Observe the cylindrical stupa with
five terraces, the first to be built by King
Anawrahtar after his conquest of Thaton.
Dinner. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 5: Bagan – Popa - Bagan
Get up early in the morning for a day trip
(by coach) to Mount Popa which takes about
one and a half hour (one way). Enjoy the
scenery on the way to Popa. Then, enjoy the
panoramic view of Popa and environ from the
Mountain resort hotel.
If interested, take the stairs up to the top
of the rocky crag where the monasteries and
shrines for the spirits are located Enjoy
the view of the vast Myingyan plain from the
top. Drive back to Bagan. Lunch.
Start with the Dhama Yangyi temple, built by
King Narathu (known as Kala Kya Min) but
could not finish it as he was assassinated
by the Kalas (could be the Sinhalese from
Sri Lanka). Observe the finest brickwork in
this temple and the enclosure wall. Temple
plan is similar to Ananda but only the outer
corridor is accessible.
Proceed to Thatbyin Nyu temple built by King
Alaung Sithu in the middle of 12th Century
A.D. Its general plan is not unlike Ananda
temple but the cross is not symmetrical.
Thatbyin Nyu is the tallest temple in Bagan.
Finally, observe Lawkananda pagoda at the
edge of Ayeyarwady river. It was built by
King Anawrahtar in A.D 1059. This pagoda is
the ancient landmark because all vessels
from Sri Lanka, Rakkhine and the Mon country
were anchored near that pagoda. Dinner.
Overnight in Bagan.
Day 6: Bagan – Amarapura – Sagaing -
Leave the hotel for a flight to Mandalay.
Arrive Tada Oo airport in Mandalay.
On the way to Mandalay, visit more than two
centuries old, 1.2 km long, U Bein
foot-bridge which is the longest teak span
in the world. Then, drop in at Mahar
Gandayone monastery and observe hundreds of
monks having the meal in utter silence.
Continue with Thein Nyo silk weaving
business where the silk cloth for
ceremonies, silk scarf, silk pasoes (for
males) and silk htamis (for females) are
Leave Amarapura for Sagaing, once an
independent Shan Kingdom, around A.D 1315,
that was on the western bank of Ayeyarwady
Kaung Hmudaw pagoda which is the
white-washed huge edifice, standing 46
meters tall, in the shape of a perfect
hemisphere, modeled after the Mahacedi in
Observe the silverware workshop in Sagaing.
Visit the U Min Thoneze pagoda and and Soon
U Pon Nya Shin pagoda on the Sagaing hills.
Enjoy the panoramic view of the Ayeyarwady
river flowing along at the foot of the
Sagaing hills. Go back to Mandalay. Check in
at the hotel. Take a rest before going out
to dinner. Leisure time. Dinner. Overnight
Day 7: Mandalay – Mingun - Mandalay
Ride a ferry boat from Mandalay to visit
Mingun, that is 11 km upriver from Mandalay,
on the opposite bank of the Ayeyarwady
river. Observe the Pahtodaw Gyi, the world’s
largest unfinished pagoda. Its building work
started in A.D 1790 and then halted in A.D
1819 when the builder, King Bodaw expired.
Also observe two large crumbling Chinthes
(mythical lion), guarding the unfinished
Pahtodaw Gyi pagoda.
Observe the world’s largest (90 tons), hung
uncracked, bell casted in A.D 1808. Also
observe Myathein Dan pagoda built by King
Bodaw, as a representation of the Sulamumini
pagoda which according to the plan of
Buddhist cosmos, stand atop the Mount Meru.
Go back to Mandalay. Lunch.
Visit the Aung Nan handicraft workshop.
Proceed to Mahamuni Pagoda, which is the
most famous pagoda in Mandalay. It was built
by King Bodaw in 1784. Observe the highly
venerated Mahamuni image which was brought
to Myanmar from Mrauk U in Rakkhine in A.D
Observe also six bronze Khmer figures
brought from Rakkhine along with the
Visit the marble workshops quite close to
the Mahamuni pagoda. If time permits,
observe the gold foil beating workshop in
Myet Par Yat.
to visit Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung, a fine example
of a traditional Myanmar wooden monastery.
At one time that monastery was part of the
palace complex. Observe the Kuthodaw pagoda
that is dubbed as “the world’s biggest book”
for the 729 marble slabs - on which the
entire Buddhist canon, Tripitakat are
inscribed - standing around the central
stupa. Enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill.
Dinner. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 8: Mandalay - Heho( Inle)
a morning flight to Heho. From Heho, take a
coach (28 km) to Inle. Arrive Nyaung Shwe
that lies at the edge of Inle lake. Place
the baggage at the front of the boats
covered with the tarpaulin cloth.
is the only place in the world where people
row the boat with a leg. Morning tour starts
with the oldest monastery in the region
(more than 250 years old), Nga Phe Chaung
monastery which is known as the Jumping cat
monastery due to the trained cats which leap
through the loop. In fact, this monastery
was built four years before the Mandalay
palace was built and contains centuries old
pedestals. Continue to the Phaungdaw Oo
Pagoda which is the most venerated pagoda in
the Southern Shan State. At the center of
the pagoda stand five rather unremarkable
statues of the Buddha, effectively distorted
into rather amorphous lumps of gold. Lunch.
Impaw Khone village. Study the traditional
weaving workshops producing Shan style
shoulder bags. Oberve Zin Mai (Chiang Mai)
silk lungyis on wooden handlooms. Also
observe the weavers making thread from the
sticky fluid of the lotus stem. On the way,
observe the local people fishing using a
cone shaped fishing net. Go back to the
hotel. Dinnner. Overnight in Inle.
Day 9: Inle
early breakfast, leave the hotel to observe
the morning market. Depending on the day, it
could be a floating market or maybe a market
day (i.e. five day market in Shan State) at
one of the villages within the Inle lake
area not far from the hotel you stay). Take
a boat trip to Inn Dein (Highlight: Nice
scenery along the way from the boat ramp to
the Inn Dein pagodas). Enjoy the scenery
while strolling, alongside the stream, to
the Inn Dein pagodas.
On the way back from Inn Dein, observe the
silver smiths and cheroot (Myanmar
equivalent of the cigar) making process at
Ywama village. Lunch. Observe the floating
gardens on the way back to the hotel.
Leisure time. Dinner. Overnight in Inle.
Day 10: Heho(Inle) – Thandwe’ (Ngapali)
the hotel for the Heho airport to fly to
Thandwe. On arrival, transfer to hotel in
Ngapali. Leisure time. Overnight in Ngapali.
Day 11: Ngapali
Whole day at leisure. Overnight in Ngapali.
Day 12: Ngapali
Whole day at leisure. Overnight in Ngapali.
Day 13: Ngapali – Thandwe’ – Yangon
at leisure till the time to check out from
the hotel. Leave for the airport. Arrive
Yangon. Lunch. Leisure time.
Visit Shwe Dagon Pagoda, the most famous
pagoda in Myanmar. It is said to be
More than 2500 years old and rises 98 meters
above its base. Archeologists are really
in suggesting that the original stupa was
built by the Mon sometimes between the 6th
and 10th century. Enjoy the sunset from the
Shwe Dagon Pagoda. Dinner. Overnight in
Day 14: Leave Yangon
After breakfast, visit the Bogyoke (Scott)
Market. Lunch. Go back to the hotel and do
Leave for the airport. Leave Myanmar.