Burmese Days

Myanmar is an amazing country with much to offer. However if you only have 5 days, then the absolute highlights must surely be Bagan and InleLake.

Day 1, Arrive Yangon

Arrive in Yangon. Meet your guide and transfer to hotel. Yangon has been the capital of Myanmar since the middle of the 19th century when the British transformed it into their administrative center of Further India. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes Yangon one of the most fascinating capitals of Southeast Asia. After lunch a city tour includes the NationalMuseum, Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda's 70m long reclining Buddha, downtown Yangon with its faded colonial atmosphere, Sule Pagoda, Mahabandoola Park, India town Chinatown. Overnight in Yangon.

Day 2, Yangon-Bagan

going-to-school-bagan-m-ryanAfter breakfast at the hotel transfer to Yangon's MingaladonAirport for the flight to Nyaung Oo near Bagan. On the dry plain of central Myanmar by the banks of the IrrawaddyRiver stands Bagan, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia. The 230 years, from 11th to 13th centuries, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, were marked by a religious fervor and building frenzy resulting in the thousands of stupas and temples many of which are still standing today. On arrival, morning sightseeing features the colorful Nyaung Oo Market, the Shwezigon Pagoda and its magnificent golden stupa, Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jatakas murals paintings and the elegant HtilominloTemple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. In the afternoon observe the process of traditional lacquer ware, one of the best-known Myanmar handicrafts and a specialty of Bagan. Visit Ananda, an architectural masterpiece of the early-style temple with four impressive standing Buddha images, Ananda Okkyaung, one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period and Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan rising to 61 meters. End your day with a traditional horse cart tour among the temples passing by the traditional village of Taungbi, SulamaniTemple and the massive DhammayangyiTemple noted for its remarkable brickwork. Enjoy sunset over the site from the upper terrace of MyaukGuniTemple. Overnight in Bagan. (Breakfast)

Day 3, Bagan-Heho-Pindaya-InleLake

floating-gardens-inle-lake-m-ryanAfter breakfast at the hotel transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport for the flight to Heho. From Heho, enjoy a scenic drive to Pindaya through the picturesque countryside of ShanState. After lunch, visit Pindaya's limestone cave with its maze of chambers displaying more than 8,000 Buddha statues. Continue the trip to InleLake, one of Myanmar's best-known sights. The Intha people, a tribe of Mon descent, mostly inhabit the lakeshores and floating villages. On arrival at NyaungShweVillage, check in at hotel. (For hotel in lake location, transfer by boat). Overnight in InleLake. (Breakfast)

Day 4, Inle Lake-Heho-Yangon

After breakfast, a morning sightseeing tour of InleLake by boat includes a chance to see the leg-rowing fishermen and the floating gardens, built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. There are also floating villages like Ywama, the lake's downtown, where a floating market is held every 5 days. The tour also includes a visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the weaving village of Inpawkhon. After lunch in a local restaurant, transfer to HehoAirport for the flight back to Yangon. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight in Yangon. (Breakfast)

Day 5, Depart Yangon

After breakfast at the hotel, visit to Myanmar's holiest monument, the Shwedagon Pagoda with its golden stupa covered with 60 tons of pure gold leaf. After lunch, free time for shopping at Bogyoke Market, formerly Scotts Market before transfer to MingaladonAirport for onward flight. (Breakfast)