Walk the streets of old Yangon to see leafy lanes and by-ways filled with enormous timber mansions, decorated in unique Myanmar style, where British captains of industry once lived. Tour the Chauk-htat-gyi Buddha. A 230-foot long reclining Buddha statue. Other tours in Yangon include the Sule Pagoda, Ryoal Lake to Karaweik Hall, and the Shwe Dago Pagoda. After your journey through Yagon, travel to Bagan which is one of the richest archaeological and historical sites in Asia. Bagan was the origin of Buddhism, as still practiced at present and was the seat of religious learning of clergy and laity. Some of the most beautiful temples and pagodas can be seen here. This includes Shwezigon Paya, Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi Temple, Htinlominlo Pahto, Ananda Pahto, Ananda Ok Kyuang, Manuha Paya, Nanpaya, and Lacquerware. Travel through market places with an excision to Mount Popa. Through this excursion you can have a glimpse of the Burmese people.
- Shwedagon Pagoda – believed to be 2,500 years old.
- Shwezigon Paya – one of the oldest stupas in Bagan.
- Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi Temple – hundreds of frescoes illustrating the jataka-stories of the previous lives of Lord Buddha.
- Ananda Ok Kyaung – a brick monastery.
- Visit to a traditional lacquer ware manufacturer.
- Horse-cart ride at sunset.
Met on arrival at Yangon International Airport by our local English speaking representative and transferred to your Hotel for overnight stay. Depending on flight timings, a short city tour could be arranged.
This morning you will be taken on a visit around Yangon: the Chauk-htat-gyi Buddha – 230-foot long reclining Buddha statue and its monastic compounds. Drive around the Sule pagoda which is the landmark of downtown Yangon and then by the colonial style buildings. In the afternoon drive around scenic Royal Lake to Karaweik Hall, a ship-like construction built in the shape of the mythological bird Karaweik; have a look at the lake with world famous Shwe Dagon Pagoda in the background!
Yangon / Bagan (B)
Today, take a 80-minute morning flight to Bagan, the first and most beautiful capital of the Burmese, founded in the eleventh century by a great king. Along with Angkor in Cambodia, this is the most important temple and pagoda complex in Asia. An all-day visit is planned – where you will see the most beautiful temples and pagodas.
Shwezigon Paya: one of the oldest stupas in Bagan area built by the great two kings Anawrahta and Kyanzittha.
Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi Temple: a perfect Indian-style temple.
Htinlominlo Pahto: built by King Nantaungmya in 1218.
In the afternoon, tour Ananda Pahto, whose interior seems almost Gothic and is considered to be the most beautiful among all the temples of Bagan. Facing outward from the center of the cube are four 31-foot standing Buddhas.
Ananda Ok Kyaung: The interior of the building is lined with well-preserved murals which depict everyday scenes from the Bagan period.
Manuha Paya: erected over a huge Buddha-image, was named after the Mon King from Thaton, who was held captive in Bagan by Anawrahta.
Nanpaya: believed to be used as Manuha’s prison.
Lacquerware: visit a traditional manufacturer of unique Bagan lacquerware.
Enjoy the sunset by horse-cart ride among the ruins of temples and pagodas.
Overnight in your hotel.
To the Olympia of the Deities! Excursion to Mount Popa.
Stroll through the marketplace of Nyaung U and get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Burmese people. Later, drive through the sun-parched plain with Palmyra palms to the Mountain of Deities, Popa (2 hours). Climb the huge volcanic rock on a staircase to shrines for nats (celestial spirits of Burmese mythology) and small temples for Lord Buddha.
It takes about 20 minutes to reach the top of Mount Popa.
Just in time for sunset, you will be back in Bagan to enjoy the scenic beauty of Bagan plains with 1000-year old red brick temples and white-washed pagodas.
Overnight in your hotel.
Bagan / Yangon / Departure (B)
Back to the Golden City… take the morning flight to Yangon.
Today visit Yangon. Drive past the colonial style buildings downtown, the Chinatown area and the Indian quarter. Continue to Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Monday), where you have the last chance to buy souvenirs.
Later, transfer to Yangon International Airport to connect with your departure flight.
- Meet and greet on arrival at Airport.
- Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner).
- Entrance fees where applicable.
- Tours as indicated in the itinerary.
- Professional English-speaking guide/driver guide.
- Travel Protection is offered on all packages at an additional cost.