Day 1 Yangon
Yangon arrival, at the end of the day many Yangonites leave work and on the way home they stop for some shopping, catch up with friends at a tea shop, visit a pagoda or go to a beer station. This is exactly what you are going to do. The highlight of the tour will be the evening visit to the illuminated Shwedagon Pagoda – a magic and mystical moment at a time that it’s not very busy on the main platform. After the pagoda visit there will be local snacks to be tasted as well as a local draft beer or a fresh lime juice. The tour includes drinks at the highest tower in Yangon, a walk over to the night market downtown, tea and snacks as well as a simple local dinner shared with some locals.
Day 2 A day exploring Yangon
Yangon is a sprawling city with a relatively small downtown area including several markets, colonial buildings, the Yangon River, and a very green area with tree-lined streets and several lakes. During this full day tour you will be shown the different faces of Yangon from the landmarks to the hidden markets that have only seen a few westerners. During the day you will visit the Sule Pagoda, colonial downtown, the harbor, Yangon Tea House, and one of the colorful local markets. The reclining Buddha will be visited just before taking a tasteful lunch of typical dishes from tribes from all over the country like Kachin, Shan, and Rakhine. A local market will lead you to a small station where you will take the famous circular train that will bring you right behind Bogyoke Aung San market before heading back to your hotel. The tour includes a drink at the Rangoon Yangon Tea House and lunch at a local restaurant.
Day 3 + 4 Enjoy Ancient Bagan
A full day tour by car, with an experienced guide through Bagan will show you the best known temples of the area. We start the day climbing a pagoda to get a first impressive view over the whole area. From here the guide plans his way to some of the other amazing temples that have been here for hundreds of years. Places like the Ananda, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani, and Thatbyinnyu will certainly impress you. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant and around 4:00 PM continue the tour by horse cart to Pyathagyi pagoda for sunset with some refreshing drinks served! Oh… we forgot to mention the best part of this tour; whenever you see a temple you like, just ask you guide to stop to have a look at it – simply pick your own favourite temple.
Next: Seeing the best of Bagan, almost exclusively for yourself with this early morning sunrise experience. Wake up early and leave with your guide to one of the quieter temples to see the sun coming up behind 15th century pagoda is certainly a special moment. Continue to another highlight and visit the magnificent Ananda temples, one of the best samples of Bagan architecture currently preserved with international help. Early morning this temples is very serene as your guide will try to make sure you are one of the first to enter this gem of Bagan. After a full tour and detailed explanation by your private guide it’s time to take you to a hidden place a bit more off the beaten track where you will be served a breakfast with a view! After a good breakfast it’s time to visit 2 more special temples and visit the lively market in Myinkaba village. You might see some monks doing their morning alms and stop to donate some food. Around 10:30 AM your guide will take you back to the hotel where you have time to relax during the hottest moment of the day.
Minnanthu is probably the most favorite temple area amongst frequent Bagan visitors and you know why? It’s quiet, it’s a beautiful area, and the temples here are often completely deserted. Your guide will bring you by car to this forgotten part of Bagan and will spread out a blanket and serve you a great picnic lunch in this historical setting before or after visiting 2 or 3 ancient temples ruins in this area.
Day 5 + 6 Inle Lake
Inle Lake in southern Shan State is a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan villages. On the lake itself the Intha people have been living for many centuries in village built entirely on stilts on the lake. Today you will take you by private motorboat around the lake to discover the natural beauty of the lake, visit the floating gardens, see some of the famous leg rowers and have some tea at a local family’s house. On and around the lake traditional markets are held in different villages according to a 5-day rotating schedule and today your guide will take you to visit a colourful market frequented by Shan and PaO people living nearby. You will certainly also visit a local cheroot factory (where the Burmese cigars are made), floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, an Intha house where a traditional Intha lunch is served and if wanted you will be able visit a weaving factory.
Day 7 Departure from Yangon
Fly from Inle Lake to Yangon, then transfer to international airport for departure flight.
Prices for Yangon Mandalay Bagan Inle Leke Tour
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Prices are quoted per person in US$ and valid throughout 2017 except during Christmas and Vietnam Lunar New Year