Have a traditional tour of Mandalay where you will visit Mahamuni Pagoda, local artisanal gold leaf making, wood carving and marble carving workshops, Golden Palace Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and a 200-year-old teak bridge, the most photographic site in Myanmar.
Enjoy a boat tour on Irrawaddy River to explore Mingun, home to the impressive Mingun Bell, the unfinished Mingun Paya, and the white-washed Hsinbyume Pagoda. Take a stroll through Mingun where local craftsmen craft traditional basketry and other artistic items. After returning to Mandalay, visit the ruins of the Royal Palace and enjoy a commanding view of the city from the Mandalay Hill.
Take a domestic flight to Heho which is the gateway to Inle Lake. Get to know Inle Lake by discovering Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the Shan and Intha villages on the river banks, the endless floating gardens, houses and monasteries built on stilts, a local cheroot factory and canoe carving at Nampan village, the local market and Indein village via boat tours. You will take a domestic flight back to Mandalay and connect for homebound flight.
Day 1: Arrival in Mandalay (No meal)
Upon arrival at Mandalay airport, your tour guide will meet and welcome you. Proceed to visit Mahamuni Pagoda and local artisanal gold leaf making, wood carving and marble carving workshops. Admire Golden Palace Monastery famous for its intricate wood carvings. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s largest book due to the Buddhist scripture carved on 729 marble slabs. Round off your day with a visit to a 200-year-old teak bridge, the most photographic site in Myanmar.
Day 2: Mandalay – Irrawaddy River – Mingun – Mandalay (Breakfast)
Glimpse of Irrawaddy
Enjoy a boat trip up Irrawaddy River to Mingun. Visit the Mingun Bell, world’s largest intact bronze bell that weighs more than 87 tons. View the unfinished Mingun Paya, which was built with the intention of being the world’s biggest pagoda, and the Hsinbyume Pagoda, a white-washed temple built to resemble Mount Meru. Take a stroll through Mingun where local craftsmen craft traditional basketry and other artistic items. After returning to Mandalay, visit the ruins of the Royal Palace. End your day with a commanding view of the city from the Mandalay Hill.
Day 3: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake (Breakfast)
Tranquil Inle Lake
Take a domestic flight to Heho, gateway to Inle Lake. Proceed to NyaungShwe for a transfer to the hotel. Enjoy a private boat tour at Inle Lake. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Marvel at the local handicrafts, silk weaving, wooden handlooms and traditional blacksmith methods along the way. Discover the Shan and Intha villages on the river banks. Pass the endless floating gardens, houses and monasteries built on stilts. Proceed to Nampan village to visit a local cheroot factory (where Burmese cigars are made) and see canoe carving.
Day 4: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake (Breakfast)
Cultural Inle Lake
Visit the market where hill tribe people dress in colorful, traditional outfits as they barter. Continue sightseeing in Inle Lake by boat. Visit Indein village and walk though exotic colonnades of stairways and shop stalls. Visit the “long neck” tribal women and weaving and craft villages perched on stilts. See the lake’s unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar.
Day 5: Inle Lake – Heho – Departure from Mandalay (Breakfast)
Back to Mandalay
Morning domestic flight to Mandalay airport and connect for homebound flight.
Inle Lake One-leg Rower
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
Most of Myanmar has a tropical monsoon climate. Mandalay’s average annual temperature is 27 °C, while the average annual rainfall is 812 mm. Mingun’s average temperature is 27.0 °C, while the average rainfall is 801 mm. Inle’s average temperature is 26.8 °C, while the average rainfall is 894 mm.
The seasons in Myanmar are as follow:
- Cool – November to February are the best months to visit because rain is unlikely and it is the least humid time of the year when air is warm and the clearest. Since this is the most comfortable time to visit, it is also the peak tourist season.
- Hot – March to May are months that most of the country is intensely hot. Rain is also unlikely. Most of Myanmar can be dusty and hazy, hindering scenic views.
- Rainy – June to October are monsoon months with high rainfall. Yangon and Irrawaddy Delta experience long and constant rainfall from June to August. Rain is less intense in September and October.