“Asia Getaway performed a marvelous job supporting us on our tour of Myanmar. The accommodations were superb. The guides were knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to oblige any spontaneous deviation from our itinerary. We had nothing to fear in Myanmar with Asia Getaway behind us. Asia Getaway is my first choice for educational travel in Asia. ” ~ Group Leader, Michael M.
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10-Day Mysterious Myanmar offers the best way to discover the beauty of Myanmar. Hidden behind the dark veil of dictatorship since 1962, Burma, also known as Myanmar, has recently opened its doors to democracy and the world traveler. Be among the first to behold its ancient beauty and experience its modern renewal! Reveal Myanmar’s history and fascinating cultures. Glimpse into its beautiful landscape: rolling mountains, rustic villages, countless temples and calm water. Meet the friendly local people at the colorful Scott Market in Yangon; experience the life of the monks in Mandalay and admire the charming floating gardens in Inle Lake.
Welcome to Yangon, the former capital city of Myanmar. Meet your local guide and transfer to hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Start the morning from colonial-style city center where you’ll see the landmarks in Yangon including Sule Paya Stupa —built over 2,000 years ago, Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha Temple of the 65 meter long Reclining Buddha image and Karaweik Hall, a bird-shaped golden royal palace on Kandawgyi Lake. We complete the day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda, a gold covered bell dome structure that dominates the city’s skyline. Legend has it that strands of sacred Buddha’s hair are enshrined here.
Fly to Bagan. Wander through Nyaung U Market, the largest market in the Bagan region where you can experience the local life. Glimpse into Myauk Gunitemple, an archaeological zone to view many Bagan temples. End the day at the majestic Ananda Temple with its four standing Buddha images that seems to gaze at the viewer with fixed serenity wherever the viewer stands.
Morning, visit Bupaya, one of the oldest pagoda and the Royal Palace site. Learn how Bagan’s famous lacquer ware crafts are produced in Myingaba Village. Evening, enjoy a private sunset cruise on Ayeyarwaddy River along with views of the temple silhouettes and bustling shore.
Full day enjoy your free time at leisure or join an optional Mount Popa excursion, where kings of central Burma made pilgrimages to confer with the sacred statues about the future of their reigns and the Burmese spiritual epicenter for those who worship the pantheon of nat spirits and martyrs.
Fly to Mandalay. The highlights of Mandalay: the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda, housing one of the most significant Buddha images in the country, covered in several tons of gold leaf and the crown prize in long past wars between competing Myanmar kingdoms; the Golden Palace Monastery, the sole surviving Royal Palace building in Mandalay, offering a glimpse of the original style. Then visit Yaykyi Village where you can see home industries. In the afternoon, we observe the process of pounding gold leaf, detailing teakwood carvings and embroidering Myanmar tapestry. And we end our day with sunset panoramic views over city skyline on Mandalay Hill, the highest point of the city.
Excursion to Amarapura, a former capital of Myanmar; visit Mahagandayon Monastery where more than a thousand monks live and study. Time permitting you will have the opportunity to observe the monks having their last meal of the day in total silence. There, we visit a cottage industry workshop to learn how Myanmar longyis and traditional fabrics are woven. Continuing to the U-Bein Bridge, a simple yet remarkable teak structure that spans over Taungtaman Lake. Ubein Bridge, silhouetted by the setting sun, is a magical experience and a photographer’s dream. Explore the Kuthodaw Pagoda, a compound housing Buddha’s teachings carved in the sacred Pali script on stone slabs and regarded as the world’s largest book in terms of surface area.
Fly to Inle Lake, a beautiful highland lake, 2,952 feet above sea level. The lake is inhabited by many different ethnic nationals of the area. The Intha people are the Lake dwellers who are unique for their leg rowing. Leg rowed traditional boats are the main ceremonial attractions of the Inle Lake. Explore Nampan Village, which is built on silts over the water. Take a boat trip through the friendly community and view the oldest pagoda Alodaw Pauk Pagoda from afar. Navigate among the floating gardens and see the colorful lifestyles. Relax at your hotel for the rest of the day.
Early morning, wander through the lively Ywama Floating Market in Ywama Village. Visit the famous Nga Hpe Kyaung, also known as Jumping Cat Monastery. After lunch, return to hotel. Enjoy the rest of today free at leisure.
Fly to Yangon and connect your flight to home.