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Myanmar secrets, 7 nights

The 7 nights Secrets of Myanmar tour is especially designed for those who do not have much time in Myanmar and want to enjoy this amazing experience to the fullest.

Starting with Yangon and its pagodas, this exciting trip to Myanmar continues all the way to Bagán to visit its wonderful archaeological site, as well as nearby Mount Popa.

After visiting these emblematic places, the trip continues with the visit of Mandalay and the ancient cities of Amarapura, Ava and Mingún, before going to relax with the beautiful landscape of Inle Lake, famous for the special fishing style of its “rowers of foot“.

Finally, the circle closes by returning to Yangon where we will visit the famous market of the Scots (closed on Mondays and holidays) where you will have the opportunity to make any last purchases among hundreds of craft shops, precious stones and clothing.

This trip to Myanmar of 7 nights is all thought out so you can mix with its people and get to know their traditions: you will also have the opportunity to visit artisan workshops where they are still using millenary techniques, local markets, even horseback tours that are typical of this area, along with excursions by boat and many more unique experiences are also available.

Visits and activities included: Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda and its reclining Buddha, Shwedagon Pagoda complex, Bagan archaeological site: Shwezigon Pagoda, Dhamayangyi Temple and Ananda Temple, traditional lacquered workshop, horse carriage ride through the archaeological site of Bagán, local market of Nyaung-U, Mount Popa, Kalat Taunk Temple, palm plantation where we will learn about the process of making sugar and palm marc, walk along the Ayeyarwaddy River, teak bridge U-Bein, Ava visit by horse carriage, Bargayar Monastery, Maenu Okkyaung Monastery, Mandalay – Mingun Boat by the Ayeyarwaddy River, Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, Myatheindan Pagoda, Mahamuni Temple, Shwenadaw Wood Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda, sunset on Mandalay Hill, boat tour by Inle Lake, Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, local market on Inle Lake, Indei pagoda and stupa complex, silk factory and Bogyoke market.

 

The trip includes:

 

traslados Meeting and welcome by our guide and transfers to the hotel.

alojamiento Accommodation regime in Half Board.

traslados Private vehicle with private driver/guide throughout the Tour.

tour All entrance tickets to the places of visit are included.

tasas Government fees, fuel and management expenses have also been taken care of.

seguro Cancellation insurance and travel insurance, with health care coverage worldwide from the departure date to the arrival date are also included.

 

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Yangon
Llegada al aeropuerto internacional de Yangón, antigua capital de Myanmar. Encuentro y bienvenida por parte de nuestro guía y traslado al hotel. Arrival to  Yangon International Airport by International flight. Meet and welcomed by our experienced English Speaking guide and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon visit to Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda to see a huge reclining Buddha image, and Complete your first day in Myanmar with an extended visit to one of the world's most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda: its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Myanmar. The pagoda is believed 2,600 years old and the central stupa in surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Myanmar people praying and making offering at Pagoda. Drive back to hotel and leisure. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 2
Yangon - Bagan (Dhamayangyi Temple)
Breakfast in the hotel. Departure in the morning to take the flight to the Nyaung-U airport, which serves Bagan (1h 20 min). Once in Bagan, we will begin the visit going up to a temple from which we will obtain a panoramic view of the whole archaeological zone. Next, we will visit the most important temples and pagodas: the Shwezigon Pagoda, completed in the 11th century; the mammoth temple Dhamayangyi, built with reddish brick, solid and pyramidal and the Temple of Ananda, considered the masterpiece of Mon architecture of the eighteenth century. At the end of the visit to the temples we will stop at a traditional lacquer workshop, typical of the Bagan area, where we can learn about this curious process. In the afternoon, horse carriage ride that will lead us through the ruins of the temples until we reach sunset hillock where we will climb up to witness the fabulous view and watch the sunset. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 3
Bagan - Mount Popa - Bagan (Nyaung-U local market)
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning we will visit the colorful and interesting local market of Nyaung-U, where we will feel closely the local life of the people of Myanmar. At the end, we will leave by road in the direction of Mount Popa (1 hour and a half approx.), An ancient extinct volcano on whose summit is the Kalat Taunk Temple dedicated to the animist spirits. We will see the activity of the Burmese people who visit the sanctuary (the climb is optional, since its 777 steps not very clean and full of monkeys make it very hard and uncomfortable, especially in the rainy season). Return to Bagan. On the way back to Bagan, we will stop at a palm plantation where we will learn about the process of making sugar and palm marc. Finally, we will go to the jetty to get on a small boat that will give us a walk along the Ayeyarwaddy River, from where we will see the sunset. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 4
Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava – Mandalay
Breakfast in the hotel. Departure in the early morning to take flight to Mandalay (35 min approx.), Last capital of the Kingdom of Burma. We will start visiting the Teak bridge U-Bein, with more than 200 years old and located in the ancient capital of Amarapura. Next, we will go to the Mahagandayon Monastery, where we will have the opportunity to experience the thrilling experience of witnessing the daily food of the more than 1,000 monks who inhabit the complex. Next, we will head to another ancient capital of Myanmar, Ava, which we will reach after crossing the river by boat. We will visit the horse carriage, which will take us to the recondite Bargayar Monastery, famous for its wood engravings, and even the Maenu Okkyaung Monastery (also known as Maha Aungmye Bozan), built with brick and stucco. Return to Mandalay and transfer to the hotel.
Day 5
Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the port to take a boat that will take us to the town of Mingún by the Ayeyarwaddy River, allowing us to observe the local life on its shores. Upon arrival we can visit the majestic and unfinished Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, as well as its huge bell over 90 tons, and the curious Pagoda Myatheindan, which represents Mount Meru (mythical and sacred mountain for Buddhists). Return to Mandalay. In the afternoon, visit the Mahamuni Temple, center of the religious life of the city. Next, we will see the beautiful Shwenadaw wood monastery and the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which houses the world's largest book, carved in marble. Back to the hotel. Finally we will enjoy the spectacular views and the sunset on the Mandalay Hill. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 6
Mandalay – Heho – Nyaung Shwe Jetty – Inle Lake
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Mandalay airport to take a flight to Heho (30 minutes). Transfer to Nyaung Shwe (1 hour), township located on the shores of Inle Lake, famous for its unique rowers with the foot. On the way, visit the Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery in the city of Nyaung Shwe. After reaching the dock, we will take a boat trip on the Inle Lake, discovering the typical floating gardens, the local fishing methods and the life of the floating villages. In the afternoon, visits will be to the Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the lake's main sanctuary containing five sacred Buddha images covered with gold leaf, and the Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, with a collection of ancient Shan-style Buddha images. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 7
Inle Lake - Indein - Inle Lake
Breakfast in the hotel. Departure by boat to visit one of the local markets (they rotate every day of the week). There we will see the people of the tribes who come down from the hills to meet and sell their products. From there we will go to the town of Indein, located on the west bank of the lake. In their houses the typical bread of the state of Shan is made, and it is an ideal place to see the life of the villages of the lake. We will also visit the surprising and little frequented complex of pagodas and stupas, which sits on top of a small hill. Finally, we will visit a silk factory where we will see its manufacturing process and women weaving on traditional looms. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 8
Inle Lake – Nyaung Shwe Jetty – Heho – Yangon – Airport
Breacfast in the hotel.

In the morning, transfer to Heho airport to take the flight to Yangon (1h 20min). We continue with the last visit of the trip to the Bogyoke market (also known as the Scottish market), with hundreds of food stores, clothing, crafts and precious stones.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.


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