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8D 7N Yangon, Bagan, Salay, Mount Popa, Mandalay, Inle Lake + Indein Tour  (Dazzle Package)

Tour downtown Yangon - the historic Post Office, Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument - and visit the famous Chauk Htat Gyi, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. Take photos of the picturesque Karaweik Hall royal floating barge and Shwedagon Pagoda, noted for its glittering gold stupa.

Take a domestic flight to the beautiful Bagan where you will tour a local market and the town’s most important pagodas and temples, and climb to the top of the temple for a magical sunset view.

You will also see most Myanmar people’s real way of life by visiting villages near Bagan. Explore the area with a pony cart which can get to areas that cars are unable to enter. Transfer to a private wooden river boat to enjoy fabulous views as you cruise down the Irrawaddy River to Shwezigon Pagoda.

Explore a colorful morning market at Chauk, en route to Salay. Upon arrival at Salay, learn more about monastic life, Burmese Buddhism and Salay’s unique architectural style. Among the sights you will visit is Yoke Sone Kyaung monastery.

Be treated to remarkable views at Popa Mountain Resort. Learn about nats and nat worship as you climb the stairs to the top and finish your tour of Mount Popa with an impressive view over the Myingyan Plain from the volcanic peak.

Take a domestic flight to Mandalay, a city of great cultural importance, where you will have a traditional tour by visiting 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.

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 Yangon and if time permits, visit the sprawling Scott Market.

 

Itinerary Overview

 

Day 1: Arrival in Yangon (No meal)

Yangon City Highlights
Upon arrival at Yangon airport, your tour guide will meet and welcome you. Start your downtown tour at the historic Post Office followed by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument. Visit the famous Chauk Htat Gyi, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. Take photos at the picturesque Karaweik Hall royal floating barge. End your day with an amazing sunset view at Shwedagon Pagoda, noted for its glittering gold stupa.

 

Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (Breakfast)

Beautiful Bagan
Morning domestic flight to Bagan and start your tour of the town. Immerse in the bustling market atmosphere of a local market. Explore the town’s architectural masterpieces by visiting the most important pagodas and temples. Climb to the top of the temple for magical sunset views.

 

Day 3: Bagan – Irrawaddy River – Bagan (Breakfast)

Scenic Irrawaddy
See most Myanmar people’s real way of life by visiting villages near Bagan. Explore Bagan from a different perspective as you explore the area with a pony cart, which can explore areas that cars are unable to enter. Transfer to jetty where a private wooden river boat is waiting. Enjoy fabulous views as you cruise down the Irrawaddy River to Shwezigon Pagoda. Catch the spectacular sunset from the boat to end off your day.

 

Day 4: Bagan – Salay – Mount Popa – Bagan (Breakfast)

Wondrous Mount Popa
Explore a colorful morning market at Chauk, en route to Salay. Upon arrival at Salay, learn more about monastic life, Burmese Buddhism and Salay’s unique architectural style. Among the sights you will visit is Yoke Sone Kyaung monastery, one of the oldest wooden halls in the area. Thereafter, head to Mount Popa, which is an extinct volcano standing 1518 meters high. Be treated to remarkable views as you have lunch at Popa Mountain Resort. Mount Popa’s shrine is dedicated to the worship of 37 Nats, the Burmese ancient animist spirits. Learn about nats and nat worship as you climb the stairs to the top and finish your day tour with an impressive view over the Myingyan Plain from the volcanic peak.

 

Day 5: Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – Mandalay (Breakfast)

Traditional Mandalay
Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Mandalay. 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. End your day with a visit to a 200-year-old teak bridge, the most photographic site in Myanmar.

 

Day 6: 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 7: Inle Lake – Indein – Yangon (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. Transfer to the airport for your late afternoon domestic flight to Yangon.

 

Day 8: Departure from Yangon (Breakfast)

Yangon Market Shopping
After breakfast, if time permits, enjoy a visit to the sprawling Scott Market, where you will find interesting Burmese souvenirs, from lacquer ware to gems and jewelry. Take departure transfer to Yangon airport for homebound flight.

 

Photo Gallery

 

Shwedagon Pagoda | 8D 7N Yangon, Bagan, Salay, Mount Popa, Mandalay, Inle Lake + Indein Tour  (Dazzle Package)

Shwedagon Pagoda

Bagan Sunset | 8D 7N Yangon, Bagan, Salay, Mount Popa, Mandalay, Inle Lake + Indein Tour  (Dazzle Package)

Bagan Sunset

Shwezigon Pagoda | 8D 7N Yangon, Bagan, Salay, Mount Popa, Mandalay, Inle Lake + Indein Tour  (Dazzle Package)

Shwezigon Pagoda

Kuthodaw | 8D 7N Yangon, Bagan, Salay, Mount Popa, Mandalay, Inle Lake + Indein Tour  (Dazzle Package)

Kuthodaw

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda | 8D 7N Yangon, Bagan, Salay, Mount Popa, Mandalay, Inle Lake + Indein Tour  (Dazzle Package)

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

Inle Lake One-leg Rower | 8D 7N Yangon, Bagan, Salay, Mount Popa, Mandalay, Inle Lake + Indein Tour  (Dazzle Package)

Inle Lake One-leg Rower

Additional Info

 

Most of Myanmar has a tropical monsoon climate. Yangon’s average annual temperature is 27.3 °C, while the average annual rainfall is 2378 mm.Bagan’s average temperature is 27.1 °C, while the average rainfall is 1438 mm. Mandalay’s average temperature is 27 °C, while the average rainfall is 812 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.

 

 

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