Overview

This 12-day adventure is packed with the most stunning destinations in Burma as well as fascinating activities designed just only for Indian travelers. Besides, there are a lot of chances for you to relax and learn more about the culture, history and local life of Burmese people. For more options for your Myanmar trips from India, please check out Seniworld.in

 

Highlights

  • Visit outstanding attractions in Yangon
  • Set foot in the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Discover the unique Golden Rock Temple in Mon State
  • Explore impressive pagodas in Bago: Shwemawdaw Pagoda & Kanbawzathardi Palace
  • Sightsee around the idyllic land of Bagan
  • Go shopping at Nyaung Oo Market
  • Take a walk on the famous U Bein Bridge in Mandalay
  • Visit local villages in Heho
  • Enjoy a scenic boat trip on Inle Lake
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Trip Code: SWIN1179

Trip Duration: 11 Days

Starting: Yangon, Myanmar

Finishing: Inle, Myanmar

Destination: Myanmar

Type of trip: Classic

Theme: Adventure, Culture, Nature

Ages: All ages

Group Size: Less than 20 pax

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Upon arrival, you'll greet by your guide who will accompany and transfer you to your hotel for check-in and relax. Room is at your disposal from 2PM. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Useful Information

  • Accommodation: Hotel Esta Yangon
  • Meal: None
  • Tour guide: English speaking guide
  • Transportation: Private car
  • Distance: From the airport to the hotel: 16km

You’ll be taken downtown and start your tour on Drive to the chaotic Indian quarter, Shri Satyanarayan Temple. Visit the Shwe Bon Tha Street with other Hindu temples, also known as the center of Indian activity in Yangon. You can see the daily lives of the Hindu community here. 

Visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda to see a 70 meter long reclining Buddha statue around the size of a blue whale. Afterward, you continue uptown in order to make a quick stop by the Royal Lake located in Kandawgyi Park which is very popular with local residents, especially in the early morning and around sunset. Catch a view of Karaweik Hall, a reproduction of a royal barge and enjoy a spectacular view of the Golden Shwedagon Pagoda. No Myanmar expedition can be considered truly great if it’s lacking a visit to the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda. Ready for an amazing experience? The visual delights present there alone, are worth the trip. The best time to visit Shwedagon Pagoda is at sunset when its gilded stupa is bathed in the fading rays of the sun and takes on a magical glow. Ascend the eastern stairway to find a row of shops at the base of the temple selling various religious items. Here you will find monks robes, alms bowls, offerings, incense, and other unique Buddhist objects. As you browse the stalls your guide will explain the use and rituals of Myanmar’s Buddhist people. Then reach the platform which forms the base of the majestic temple. As the sun begins to dip low in the sky, witness the colors transform on the 100-meter chedi which is literally enclosed in over 40 tons of gold leaf. Shwedagon is largely considered to be the most important religious site for the Burmese; most visitors report that the trip is extremely memorable and still etched into their minds.

Back to your hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Useful Information

  • Accommodation: Hotel Esta Yangon
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Tour guide: English speaking guide
  • Transportation: Private car
  • Distance: 
    • From the Indian quarter to Shwedagon Pagoda: 3.1km
    • From Shwedagon Pagoda to the hotel: 4.9km
 

This morning, after breakfast at your hotel, we will take a 5-hour journey to the well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State – Golden Rock. It is built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. 

En route visit Kyakhat Wine Monastery where many monks live while studying Buddha's literature. This is a great chance for you to learn more about monastic life of young monks.

When reaching the base camp, we travel by local open-air truck to the junction camp and then to Golden Rock or and spend 45 minutes walking to the Golden Rock. If you would love to use sedan chair, you should pay by your own account. 

Back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Important Notes for visits to Golden Rock

What to pack

  • Sturdy shoes as the way up to Golden Rock is very steep.
  • A pullover, lightweight jacket and/or scarf as it gets quite cold in the evening.
  • Backpack: Leave your main luggage in Yangon and just bring a backpack or small overnight back.

Useful Information

  • Accommodation: Kyaik Hto hotel
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Tour guide: English speaking guide
  • Transportation: Private car, open-air truck
  • Distance: From Yangon to Kyaiktiyo: 201km

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and head back to Yangon. We move to the base camp by open truck, then drive to Yangon. On the way, don’t miss the chance to make a stop at Bago (or Pegu) to explore Shwemawdaw pagoda - the tallest pagoda in Myanmar. It always amazes anyone with its stunning architecture and great scale. Take time to visit Kanbawzathardi palace-a reconstruction of the original Royal Palace from the second half of the 16th century and Shwethalyaung- one of the largest Buddha images in Burma; and Kyaik Pun pagoda which is known for its four towering images of the Buddha visible from far away; as well as the town market and a Mon neighborhood where the locals once produced woven textiles

Before reaching Yangon, spend some time to visit World War 2 Cemetery and a workshop producing hand-made pots. Back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Useful Information

  • Accommodation: Hotel Esta Yangon
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Tour guide: English speaking guide
  • Transportation: Private car
  • Distance: 
    • From Kyaiktiyo to Bago: 119km
    • From Bago to Yangon: 67.8km
 

After enjoying your breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to Bagan. Welcome to Bagan, known to be one of the greatest architectural sites in Asia. When Bagan was the center of Myanmar from the 11th to 13th centuries the monarchs built multitudes of massive stupas and pagodas, scores of which are still present on the shores of the Irrawaddy River. The majesty of Bagan with more than 4000 red brick temples on a plain of the size of Manhattan Island is one of the highlights of a Myanmar holiday that will soothe the eye of every traveler.

Discover the best of Bagan today! Not simply a chance to see the splendid Bagan temples, this excursion also introduces you to the Burmese culture, allows you to see traditional craftsmen at work and takes you up the mighty Irrawaddy River to a decidedly unusual ‘cave’ temple! Your first port of call is the Ananda Temple – one of the most exalted of Bagan’s temples. We will ensure that our tour reaches this point before the majority of tourist arrivals, enabling you to enjoy the splendor of the temple in relative tranquility. Continue to various other temples dotted around the temple plains to experience a variety of architectural styles in the area as well as the artistic wonder of the 9-14th centuries. Traveling amid the temples you will get a taste of rural Bagan life in this ‘living museum’ setting where farmers and families work amongst the monuments.

Next on the agenda is your chance to learn more about the local culture with a visit to two workshops producing Bagan’s most famous products - lacquerware and wood crafts. Watch in amazement as the skilled craftsmen use traditional techniques passed down through generations to create beautiful items. Back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Useful Information

  • Accommodation: Bawga Theiddhi Hotel
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Tour guide: English speaking guide
  • Transportation: Private car, plane
  • Distance: From Yangon to Bagan: 629km (1h 15m)

After breakfast at your hotel, your guide and driver will pick you up to start your Bagan excursion. It’s off to the vibrant Nyaung Oo Market, where the locals come to trade fresh produce and other goods daily. From here you will have a look around the Old Bagan starting with a visit of the renowned Shwezigon Pagoda, constructed by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious memorial. Travel over dusty lanes and tree-shaded roads past temples and monasteries to a small village. At one of the monasteries, you will participate in a special traditional Buddhist ceremony. 

From here you will journey on by horse cart for an excursion that passes Thatbyinnyu, the tallest temple in Bagan, gigantic Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork. Back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Useful Information

  • Accommodation: Bawga Theiddhi Hotel
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Tour guide: English speaking guide
  • Transportation: Private car, horse cart
  • Distance: 
    • From NyaungOo Market to Shwezigon Pagoda: 1.8km
    • From Shwezigon Pagoda to Dhammayangyi Temple: 5.5km
 

This morning we take a short flight to Mandalay. 

Arrive Mandalay and drive to Amarapura, Myanmar’s penultimate royal capital. Amarapura means “City of Immortality”, though its period as capital was relatively brief. You will start Mahagandayon monastery, home to more than a thousand young monks and renowned as a center for monastic study and strict religious discipline. 

After that, we visit Mahamuni Pagoda. This pagoda houses one of the country’s most honored Buddha images, completely covered in gold leaves that are every day applied to the statue by male devotees. Then Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, known as the pagoda of the Great Marble Image. Admire the huge Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. It’s said that the colossal marble block took 10,000 men almost two weeks to transport it from the riverside to its current location. Proceed to Kuthodaw Pagoda, frequently dubbed as “The World’s Biggest Book” for its collection of 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. Then it’s off to the Shwenandaw Monastery, the Golden Monastery which is the only enduring structure from the Royal Palace of the 19th century. This impressive structure is celebrated for its remarkable woodcarvings.

Late afternoon, we move to the legendary U Bein Bridge, which was built in 1782 when Amarapura was the Royal center of attention. It spans 1.2 km across the shallow Taungthaman Lake and is said to be the longest teakwood bridge worldwide. Enjoy this very special atmosphere as the late afternoon sun casts long shadows and illuminates the local people heading home. Sunset in U Bein Bridge. Back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Useful Information

  • Accommodation: Hotel Yadanarbon Mandalay 
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Tour guide: English speaking guide
  • Transportation: Private car, plane
  • Distance: From Bagan to Mandalay: 179km (30m)

Head off to Mandalay jetty and embark on a private boat for a relaxed 1-hour journey on the Irrawaddy River to Mingun. Experience the sights and sounds of Mingun, starting with the celebrated MingunPaya, which would have been the world’s largest (if King Bodawpaya hadn’t died before it was finished). The construction of this enormous brick building was halted after a fortune-teller predicted the King’s death upon completion. An earthquake that hit in the 1800s, split the monument and reduced it to partial rubble – it’s possibly the world’s largest pile of bricks. From the flat top, you have a fine view of the HsinbyumePaya, Mingun village, and the river. Carry on to the gorgeous alabaster Hsinbyume Pagoda, an unusual stupa with a couple of stories behind it. It’s supposedly a representation of the SulamaniPaya which according to the Buddhist plan of the cosmos, stands atop Mount Meru (the mountain that stands at the center of the universe). Afterward, hop on over to the Mingun Bell that weighs 90 tons and is claimed to be the world’s largest hung, uncracked bell still capable of ringing. Before returning to Mandalay by boat there’ll be enough time to explore the small neighborhoods throughout Mingun crafting traditional basketry and mingle with the friendly craftsmen and vendors.

Next, you will across the Irrawaddy River into Sagaing. With 600 ivory colored pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is generally seen as the spiritual hub of Myanmar and claims residence to around 3,000 monks and nearly 100 meditation shrines. You’ll visit pagodas such as Swan Oo PonNya Shin, U Min ThoneSae and Shin Pin Nan Gyaing. Continue to Sagaing’s local market, a less visited tourist site. We’ll head over to a small pottery village which is recognized for manufacturing ubiquitous water pots to observe the tradesmen here applying their traditional methods for producing their goods. Back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Useful Information

  • Accommodation: Hotel Yadanarbon Mandalay 
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Tour guide: English speaking guide
  • Transportation: Private car, plane, private boat
  • Distance: 
    • From Mandalay to Mingun: 39.6km
    • From Mingun Bell to Sagaing Hill: 20.7km
 

This morning return to the Mandalay airport for the flight to Heho, in the heart of the Shan State. Upon arrival at the Heho airport, you will proceed to Nyaung Shwe village. Along the way, you will have an opportunity to visit rural workshops that specialize in traditional Shan paper and unique handcrafted umbrellas. Also, be sure to stop in at the teak monastery of Shweyanpyay to witness the intricate wood carving artwork and craftsmanship of the monks there.

Then you will board a private motorboat and begin heading out onto Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular and breathtaking sights. Its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic hills provide the perfect backdrop. Along the way, you will pass several villages that are built on stilts over the lake, which are inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the daily activities of the local leg-rowing fishermen and see their ‘floating gardens’, which are built up from strips of water hyacinth, earth and anchored to the bottom of the lake with bamboo poles. 

You will also visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which houses loads of early Shan Buddha Images. In the past this temple was known for its ‘jumping cats’ but these days there are only a few felines roaming around and none are jumping anymore. Yet the Buddha images are still worth the visit. Proceed to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main haven, which contains five sacred images of Buddha decorated in gold leaf. There are also many traditional crafts originating on Inle Lake and, should you wish, we can stop for a visit to one making incredible woven items from lotus silk, boat builders (depending on the time of year), a cigar making workshop, blacksmiths or even silversmiths. The day will come to a close with a return trip by boat back to your hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Useful Information

  • Accommodation: Hu Pin Hotel Inle Khaung Daing
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Tour guide: English speaking guide
  • Transportation: Private car, plane, private motorboat
  • Distance: 
    • From Mandalay to Heho: 225km (1h 25m)
    • From Heho to NyaungShwe village: 27.4km
    • FromNyaungShwe village to Inle Lake: 9.8km
 

After breakfast, you’ll pay a visit to the lake’s morning market (the market is open every day apart from the dark moon and full moon calendar days). The market’s location rotates between the lake’s villages in a 5-day schedule and is also visited daily by the lake’s inhabitants as well as the surrounding natives who also come to sell and trade their wares. A 1-hour boat ride down a small canal will take you to the Pa-Oh village of Indein, positioned on the western shores of Inle Lake.

Take a leisurely stroll around the village before ascending the moss-covered stairway to the top of a hill. Once you’ve arrived at the summit, you will be greeted to buy an iconic Buddha image which sits enshrined among hundreds of stupa ruins and overgrown shrubbery. Here, from the peak, you will also be rewarded with mesmerizing views of the placid surroundings. The Indein Pagoda complex is undoubtedly one of the most amazing sites around the shore of the lake and it consists of hundreds of small stupas which are overrun by moss and greenery. Back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Useful Information

  • Accommodation: Hu Pin Hotel Inle Khaung Daing
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Tour guide: English speaking guide
  • Transportation: Private car, boat
  • Distance:  From Inle to Indein Pagoda: 2km

This morning is your free time until check out hotel and transfers to Heho Airport to take the flight back Yangon. Arrive Yangon and transfer to hotel for check-in and relax. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 

Useful Information

  • Accommodation: Hotel Esta Yangon
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Tour guide: None
  • Transportation: Private car
  • Distance:  
    • From Inle Lake to Heho: 37.7km
    • From Heho to Yangon: 611km (1h 10m)
 

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in double/twin share with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private tours and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private transportation with air-conditioning
  • 04 Domestic flights in Economy class: Yangon – Bagan, Bagan – Mandalay, Mandalay – Inle, Inle - Yangon
  • Local station English speaking guides 
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Private boat to visit Mingun and Inle
  • Local ferry boat and Horse cart for Ava visit
  • Open Truck from Base camp to Top of the Hill (shared with local people) in Golden Rock
  • Water and cold towel on sightseeing

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Other meals which do not mention
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, camera fee, etc.)
  • Tipping for guides and drivers
  • Compulsory personal travel insurance
  • Myanmar Visa fees (https://evisa.moip.gov.mm )
  • Sedan chair Ks.20000 per person, or cable car (USD5 pp) in Kyaikhtiyo (Hermit  Camp  to near the platform of Golden Rock)
  • Others not mentioned

Meals

  • Breakfast: 11

Transport

  • Plane
  • Private car
  • Local ferry boat
  • Private motorboat
  • Horse cart
  • Open-air truck

Included Activities

  • Yangon sightseeing
  • Golden Rock exploration
  • Exploring Bago
  • Bagan discovery
  • Ancient royal capitals tour
  • Boat trip on Inle Lake

Accommodations

Best price, strategic locations, carefully-checked.

Destination 3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
Inle

Hu Pin Hotel Inle Khaung Daing

Mandalay

Hotel Yadanarbon

Bagan

Bawga Theiddhi Hotel

Kyaikto

Kyaik Hto hotel

Yangon

Hotel Esta

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Based on 4 reviews. See some of the reviews here.

Maneck

Guest Country: India

Travel Dates: October 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam - Cambodia

Local specialist: Will Nguyen

"Hello, We did a group tour in Oct Nov 2019, (8 people) with Seni World, and had a wonderful experience. Our consultant Mr. Will did a superb job in planning with the tour, internal travel, and hotel booking. LOVELY experience"

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Hiten Shaw

Guest Country: Mumbai, India

Travel Dates: June, 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

Local specialist: Trung Hoang

We 8 friends just returned from Vietnam. we visited Halong Bay and Danang... Our travel consultant was Trung Hoang. We had the best trip and best planning with Seni World.

Vegetarian food was well-taken care of.. every trip was timely and vehicle and guide and drivers were up to mark.

Trung Hoang was very helpful in designing the trip and selecting destinations. I strongly suggest traveling through Seni World's consultants

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Rajesh & Anindita

Guest Country: India

Travel Dates: September 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam and Cambodia

Local specialist: Trung Hoang

A wonderful trip to Cambodia and Vietnam for 10 ni / 11 days with my wife was made possible by Vietnamtour.in. They planned and customised the trip as per our specific requirements and made it a memorable life long experience. We started from Siem Reap - Cambodia, followed by Ho Chi Minh city, Danang- Hoian, Hanoi, Halong Bay in Vietnam. Visa on arrival at both the country was simple process as initial documentations were already done by Vietnamtour. At each of these places, we were received by the tour guide and driver with excellent SUV carrying a name playcard giving a feeling of grandiose. Our accommodation was in 5 star Hotels - Angkor Miracle Resort in Siem Reap, Novotel Saigon in HCM city, Sunrise Premium Resorts & Spa in Hoian, Movenpick in Hanoi and La Regina Legend Cruise in Halong Bay. Trips to the monuments, tourist attractions or shopping requirements were meticulously planned and taken care of by them. The memories and experiences of the Mekong River boat cruise and the cruise on Halong Bay will be treasured by us all our lives. We got a taste of the authentic, traditional local cuisine in both the countries when we were taken for lunch to local houses . Its worth experiencing the simplicity, great hospitality and family values of common inhabitants. Our entire experience of 11 days was made possible by the sincerity, dedication, hard work and meticulous planning by an individual... Mr Trung Hoang, our Travel Consultant. He was always available to us on mob / W/A from the time of planning till we returned home. It gave us a sense of security in a foreign country without knowing the local language for any unforeseen situation. We are extremely thankful to him . Lovely Experience, Wonderful People, Great Hospitality is what we shall always remember. THANK YOU Vietnam Tours, our friends in those two unknown country Mr Trung Vũ Hoàng and the Wonderful people of Cambodia and Vietnam.

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Mr. Sujit

Guest Country: Kolkata, India

Travel Dates: October 2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

Had a very pleasant and satisfying trip with excellent cooperation from vietnamtour.in staff. The English speaking guides seem quite knowledgeable and organizers always care for comfort. Although we personally take all types of meat under the sun the organizer always serves us Hindu meal. Definitely worth the expenses and we would strongly recommend people particularly from Kolkata to participate.

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Q&A’s

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A Response from Seni World 05/11/2018

Yes, you can. But you will need to add the single supplement to have a single room throughout your trip.

A Response from Seni World 02/09/2017

Yes, you can. Most hotels have triple room but it is often arranged by higher category as the room will be larger. Depending on your requirement and hotel situation, we will choose the suitable category for triple room.

A Response from Seni World 01/02/2018

We always recommend packing as light as possible however the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling.

Our Travel consultant will advise you about the climate of each destination before your travel so you can pack accordingly. You can also read our post below to get more information.

>> 7 Things South African Tourists Should Remember Before Going to Vietnam

A Response from Seni World 22/12/2018

There are two available methods for passport holders from South Africa to choose to apply for a visa to Vietnam. You can either apply for your visa at the local embassy or obtain a visa on arrival with a visa letter.

You need to have a passport which is effective for at least 6 months beyond arrival date, 2 photos 4x6 and 2 blank pages on it for visa stamp (which costs 25$) and a visa letter. When you book tours with vietnamtour.co.za, we will offer a visa letter for free. 

A Response from Seni World 11/10/2017

Officially, no vaccination is compulsory for traveling in these 5 countries, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand or Myanmar. However, visitors are recommended to be updated with major vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, and typhoid fever.

As no anti-malaria vaccination exists nowadays, your doctor will often recommend a course of tablets for travelers visiting mountains and remote places. Please note some medications are required to be commenced up to 3 weeks prior to departure. We always recommend you check this with your local GP/Doctor. However, keeping in mind that Malaria treatment is a heavy treatment, in lieu of such treatment, we recommend you to dress with long shirt and trousers, apply anti-mosquito repellent during the whole day (day and night).

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