Classic Myanmar Adventure

Classic, Yangon to Yangon

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

As a relative newcomer to adventure travel, exploring the mysterious nation of Myanmar (also known as Burma) often feels like setting foot on a foreign, untouched planet. With few other travellers to contend with, the natural and man-made wonders of this underexplored part of Southeast Asia often feel like they’ve been placed here just for you. And what wonders they are: Inle Lake’s unique floating gardens, the staggering imperial ruins of ancient Bagan, the incomparable palaces of Mandalay, and enveloping forests throughout. Unknown pleasures await — come find them.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: LinkAge Training Restaurant, Yangon
  • Shwedagon Pagoda visit (Yangon)
  • Mandalay combo entry ticket (includes most sights in Mandalay)
  • Golden Rock visit
  • Amarapura visit
  • Sagaing visit
  • Bagan Archaeological Zone guided tour
  • Irrawaddy River boat trip
  • Inle Lake boat tour including floating villages (half-day)
  • Shwemawdaw Stupa visit
  • Mingun boat trip
  • Local slow train
  • U Bein Bridge visit
  • Mahagandayong Monastery visit
  • Sagaing Hills Meditation Centre visit
  • Mt Popa visit
  • Hilltribe hike (half-day)
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore intriguing yangon
  • Visit the shwedagon pagoda
  • Stroll mandalay's temples
  • Float down the irrawaddy river
  • Experience the ancient ruins of bagan
  • Relax at inle lake

Itinerary

Day 1 Yangon Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Yangon/Kyaiktiyo (1B) Start the day with a visit to the famous golden stupa of the Shwedagon Pagoda, the "heart" of Buddhist Myanmar. Later, travel through the delta and over the Sittang River to Kyaikhtiyo. From Kinpun, the pilgrimage road runs 10km to the 1200m high pagoda on the famous Golden Rock. Take a typical Myanma passenger truck to a camp. Walk about one hour from here to the Golden Rock. At the summit, a simple but well located hotel awaits. Additional Notes: Overnight on Golden Rock. Included Activities: Shwedagon Pagoda Visit Golden Rock Hike Ascent Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 180km) Hop in the this typically Myanma truck from the base camp village to the starting point of the hike. Passenger truck (0.75 hour(s), 11km)
Day 3 Kyaiktiyo/Yangon (1B) Start the descent from Golden Rock in the early morning to retrace your steps back to Yangon before travelling to Bago. Included Activities: Golden Rock Hike Descent Reclining Buddha Visit Transport: Passenger truck (0.75 hour(s), 11km) Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 180km)
Day 4 Yangon/Mandalay (1B) Fly to Mandalay and visit the famous Golden Monastery (Shwenandaw), the only building still standing from the one hundred plus that once stood on the palace grounds. From here, visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda and look at its 729 marble slabs displaying the entire Buddhist canon. After lunch, explore the Mahamuni Temple which houses the country´s holiest Buddha image, the 3.5m tall Arakan Buddha, made of bronze and gold leaf. Later, visit the workshops of gold leaf and marble carvers. Opt to climb to the top of Mandalay Hill for a bird´s eye view and a visit to the Shwe Kyin Monastery for sunset. Included Activities: Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) Visit Kuthodaw Pagoda Visit Mahamuni Pagoda (Buddha Temple) Visit Shwe Kyin Monastery Visit Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 5 Mandalay (1B) Head out in the morning to visit the former capital of Amarapura (Sanskrit for "Beautiful Town"). Walk over the world´s longest teak bridge, U Bein, and visit Sagaing Hill for fascinating views over the pagodas and monasteries dotting the landscape down to the Ayeyarwady River. In the afternoon travel by boat along the mighty Ayeyarwady River, enjoying sights of washerwomen, buffalo carts, and daily life along the riverbank. Visit the village of Mingun before returning to Mandalay for the evening. Included Activities: U Bein Bridge Walk Sagaing Hill Visit Transport: Hop the boat to Mingun village for the 1 hr ride across. After, take the same route back to Mandalay (2 hrs roundtrip). Boat (1.00 hour(s), 10km)
Day 6 Mandalay/Bagan (1B) Enjoy a slower pace as you travel by local public boat along the Ayeyarwady River, Myanmar's 'Super Highway'. Sightsee from the boat before arriving in Bagan. Additional Notes: When water levels are insufficient for the boat, we will use a bus for this part of the journey. Boat cancellations typically happen between April and September. Included Activities: Ayeyarwady River Cruise Transport: Riverboat (11.00-13.00 hours) Private Vehicle (0.50-1.00 hours)
Day 7 Bagan (1B) In the morning, wander through the marketplace of Nyaung Oo and get a glimpse of the lifestyle of the Myanma people. Next, visit Shwezigon Pagoda, the only golden pagoda in the Bagan area. Continue to the caves of Kyanzittha Umin. In Gubyaukgyi, a perfect Indian-style temple, view hundreds of frescoes illustrating stories of the Buddha. Finally, visit the huge Htilominlo Temple. In the afternoon, explore Manuha Temple before checking out the elaborate stone engravings at Nanpaya Temple. Head south to witness the beautiful Abeyadama Temple and finally the Lawkananda Pagoda, a landmark of Ayeyarwady fishermen. Visit traditional manufacturers of unique Bagan lacquerware and relax at one of the pagodas as the sun sets over Bagan. Included Activities: Nyaung Oo Marketplace Shwezigon Pagoda Htilominlo Temple Visit Manuha Temple Visit Nanpaya Temple Lawkananda Pagoda Bagan Lacquerware Manufacturers Visit
Day 8 Bagan (1B) If you plan to take a hot air balloon ride in Bagan, this is the best day to do it. Keep in mind this should be reserved in advance and the ballooning season is from Oct 1 to March 31 every year.
Day 9 Bagan/Kalaw (1B) Leave early to reach Kalaw. Journey through sun-parched plains sprinkled with Palmyra palms to the 'Mountain of Deities', Popa. Climb a staircase (about 20 mins) up the huge volcanic rock to see shrines for Nats (celestial spirits of Myanma mythology) and small temples dedicated to the Buddha. On the climb up, pass many food stalls and shops selling herbal remedies. Continue to Kalaw for the evening. Included Activities: Toddy Palm Farm Visit Mount Popa Visit Transport: After two hours, stop for a visit to Mt Popa. Continue on for another six to reach Kalaw. Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 260km)
Day 10 Kalaw (1B, 1L) Explore the countryside whilst enjoying the cooler air at 1320m above sea level. Pass through tea plantations, citrus groves and tribal villages. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore Kalaw. Included Activities: Kalaw Hike
Day 11 Kalaw/Inle Lake (1B) Enjoy a free morning to explore Kalaw's vibrant market or visit Aung Chan Tha Zedi, with its sparkling gold and silver glass mosaics, or the Hnee Pagoda with its 500-year-old bamboo Buddha. After lunch, jump on board the local train to Lake Inle for an immersive journey through rural stations, stunning mountain scenery, and village life. Transport: Take the slow train for a scenic trip through Myanmar's rural stations with views of the stunning mountains and village life. Local train (3.00-3.50 hours) Arrive to Nyuanshwe, the largest village in the Inle Lake area. Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours)
Day 12 Inle Lake (1B) Travel through a small creek by longtail boat to enjoy one of the most scenic boat tours in Inle Lake. The boat tour will go to Indein, at the western end of the Lake, where farmers can be observed cultivating their produce. Visit some of the intriguing floating villages and investigate the great Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda with its five holy Buddha images. Included Activities: Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Visit Boat Tour
Day 13 Inle Lake/Yangon (1B, 1D) After breakfast, board a flight back Yangon. The afternoon is free to explore the markets and sights of Yangon with plenty of time for some last minute shopping before dinner together at a G Adventures-supported project. Included Activities: LinkAge Training Restaurant Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 30km) Plane (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
Day 14 Yangon (1B) Depart any time.
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