Journey into the Land of the Golden Pagodas on a 12-day adventure in Myanmar (Burma). Cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River to the ancient city of Bagan, home to over 2,200 temples and pagodas. Drift to the floating villages on serene Inle Lake. Visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery to meet a Buddhist monk, and climb Mandalay Hill for lovely views of the surrounding countryside. With its warm people and mystical culture, find enchantment in Myanmar.

Trip highlights

Burmese Cooking Demonstration, Step into the home of a local chef and learn the basics of Burmese cooking. After the demonstration, kick back and relax at this charming spot on Inle Lake before enjoying the delicious meal you learned to prepare.

Kyan Sithar Umin Monastery Visit, You’re invited to the Kyan Sithar Umin monastery to discuss Buddhism and daily life with one of the resident monks. You’ll come away feeling at peace and in a new frame of mind.

Itinerary - 12 Days

Day 1 Yangon

Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned. You are free to relax and explore the city.

Additional Notes:
Please note that most nationalities requires a visa to enter Myanmar (Burma); please double check this with your travel agent or local Myanmar Embassy prior to your arrival.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Arrival transfer included.
Private Vehicle

Day 2 Yangon/Mandalay (1B)

Fly to Mandalay and explore this ancient city, including the Golden Palace Monastery, Kuyuk Taw Gyi Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, and Mahamuni Temple. Climb Mandalay Hill for magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

Included Activities:
Mandalay Hill Climb
Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) Visit
Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda Visit
Kuthodaw Pagoda Visit
Mahamuni Pagoda (Buddha Temple) Visit

Transport:
Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle

Day 3 Mandalay (1B)

Embark on a boat trip up the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to the riverside village of Mingun, enjoying the picturesque scenery of this river and the lifestyles of the local people who live and work on these waters. We continue by road to Sagaing. After lunch we visit Amarapura, a former capital whose name means "city of immortality."

Included Activities:
Mingun Village Boat Trip and Visit
Sagaing Hill Visit
Amarapura Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle

Day 4 Mandalay (1B)


Day 5 Mandalay/Bagan (1B)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the jetty for the boat to Bagan (Nyaung Oo). The journey takes 7-11 hours depending on the time of year and water level. On board there is a small café selling drinks and light meals (sandwiches, snacks and instant noodles usually).

Additional Notes:
When water levels are insufficient for the boat, we will use the bus for that part of the journey. Boat cancellations typically happen between April and September.

Included Activities:
Ayeyarwady River Cruise

Transport:
Private Vehicle

Day 6 Bagan (1B)

Enjoy two days exploring Bagan, the first (and very beautiful) capital of the Burmese and founded in the 11th century. This is one the most important temples and pagoda complexes in Asia. We'll wander local markets, historical pagodas, a handicraft workshop, a local monastery, and ancient temples.

Included Activities:
Bagan Guided Tour
Kyan Sithar Umin Monastery Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle

Day 7 Bagan (1B)

You have the option to take a hot-air balloon flight over the plains of Bagan.

Included Activities:
Toddy Palm Farm Visit
Taungkalat Monastery and Mount Popa Area Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle

Day 8 Bagan/Inle Lake (1B)

This morning, fly from Bagan to Heho and then travel by road to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. Also visit around Nyaung Shwe by cycle rickshaw, passing the many monasteries and cruising along quiet residential streets.

We then board a boat and set off down the canal toward the main part of the lake, passing villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people.

Included Activities:
Nyaung Shwe Visit

Transport:
Plane (1.75 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Board a boat and set off down the canal toward the main part of Inle lake. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles.
Boat (1.00 hour(s))

Day 9 Inle Lake (1B, 1L)

Depending on its location, we start with a visit to the morning market, which rotates locations on a five-day basis. (Note: there are no markets on full-moon or dark-moon days.)

Our boat then takes us down a winding river to Inthien, with its one thousand stupas dotting the hillside. Back out onto the lake we visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main pagoda and monastery, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. Mid-day, we are welcomed into a local chef's home and enjoy a home cooked meal of traditional Burmese dishes. This is a memorable demonstration and meal and a chance to learn more about family life and traditions in Myanmar.

Included Activities:
Morning Market Visit
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Visit
Nga Phe Chaung Monastery Visit
Cheroot Factory Visit
Burmese Cooking Demonstration

Transport:
Boat

Day 10 Inle Lake/Kalaw (1B)

Travel by boat and bus to the cooler air of this former British hill station. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon.

Transport:
Boat (1.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)

Day 11 Kalaw/Yangon (1B, 1D)

Fly back to Yangon and visit the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, then take some free time to explore and shop in the old capital. Tonight, enjoy a lecture and farewell dinner at a G Adventures for Good-supported project — LinkAge Restaurant. This social enterprise trains local youth for careers in the hospitality industry.

Included Activities:
Shwedagon Pagoda Visit
LinkAge Restaurant
Yangon Talk and Dinner

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Transfer to hotel.
Private Vehicle

Day 12 Yangon (1B)

Depart any time today.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

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