Insight Myanmar Experience

9 Days / 8 Nights

Day 1

Arrival in Yangon

Welcome at Yangon (Rangoon) international airport by representative and transfer to your hotel.  The city of Yangon is home to a vast collection of cultural sites. Start your day with a visit to Sule Pagoda, the golden stupa, standing in the middle of a roundabout at the heart of Yangon.  Then stroll through downtown Yangon along its streets lined with impressive colonial buildings – City Hall, High Court, General Post Office, Customs House and colonial landmark Strand Hotel while passing religious pagodas and well maintained parks. Then continue to a visit to colossal reclining Buddha Chaukhtatkyi. After lunch, visit National Museum (closed on Monday, Tuesday and public holidays), which is home to priceless ancient artifacts, monument and art-works. Visit the Bogyoke Market then head to the Indian quarter for a different view of the city.  In the late afternoon, visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, the country’s holiest Buddhist shrine that is perhaps the most beautiful pagoda complex in all of Asia. Overnight in Yangon.

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Day 2

Yangon – lifestyle tour combined with Myanmar Culture

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and transfer afterwards to the Nanthida jetty. Board a ferry to cross the Yangon River to Dala. As you board the ferry, enjoy the hustle and bustle going on at the street market close to the port. After a quick 15-minute ride, disembark the ferry and continue by trishaw through town. On your way be greeted by friendly people and visit the traditional market. Explore the monastery and get a better understanding of what monastic life is all about. Return to Yangon by boat, experiencing the authentic local lifestyle along the river.

In the afternoon, enjoy a private Puppet show in the home of Htwe Oo, a prominent  puppet master from Myanmar. Learn the methods of controlling the dolls from the puppeteers and take photos with the performers at the end of the show.  Enjoy your evening at leisure. Overnight in Yangon

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Day 3

Bagan City Tour

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and transfer afterwards to the Nanthida jetty. Board a ferry to cross the Yangon River to Dala. As you board the ferry, enjoy the hustle and bustle going on at the street market close to the port. After a quick 15-minute ride, disembark the ferry and continue by trishaw through town. On your way be greeted by friendly people and visit the traditional market. Explore the monastery and get a better understanding of what monastic life is all about. Return to Yangon by boat, experiencing the authentic local lifestyle along the river.

In the afternoon, enjoy a private Puppet show in the home of Htwe Oo, a prominent  puppet master from Myanmar. Learn the methods of controlling the dolls from the puppeteers and take photos with the performers at the end of the show.  Enjoy your evening at leisure. Overnight in Yangon.

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Day 4

Bagan City Tour

After breakfast at hotel, start your day with a visit to the colorful Nyaung U market. Then proceed to Myinkaba Village to visit Gubyaukgyi Temple which is noted for its beautiful mural paintings on its inner walls and well-preserved plaster carvings on its exterior. Mingabar is a serene village, green and shady under huge lots of bamboo trees, well noted for its traditional lacquarware home industry, one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts.  The craftsmen at lacquarware workshop welcome you to watch their production process. Photostop at a family run workshop and have friendly chat with the local artisans creating beautiful items. You will be tempted to buy at least one piece because of an absolute beauty of the items sold. Continue to a bamboo mapping workshop where villagers of Myikaba weave the plaited matting, which is widely used as the walls of houses all over Myanmar. The process of mapping is an intricate process: first splitting the bamboo into strands, and then neatly weave it into large squares.  While strolling through the village lanes, you may see women and girls with earthen pots on their heads, carrying drinking water from communal well and water ponds, some in their wet longyi (sarong) wrapped around their beautiful body from the breast down, washing and bathing at the well. What a delight to see a traditional customs of a Burmese countryside! You can see interesting temples with fine mural paintings are nearby this village.  Climb to the summit of one of the more serene temples at sunset to enjoy a panoramic scene of glorious Bagan and see the sun drop into the distant hills.  Return to hotel.  Overnight in Bagan.

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Day 5

Bagan – Mandalay

After breakfast, transfer to airport and take your flight to Mandalay.  You are welcomed by your guide at Mandalay airport and drive to the ancient royal capital of Amarapura where you will visit Mahagandayon monastery, a school for young monks, and the nearby U Bein bridge, longest teakwood span in the world that is more than two centuries old and at 1.2 km long  Drive to Transfer form airport. Then check in to your hotel in Mandalay, Burmese capital in the second half on the 19th century, that is now home to about one million people and remains the economic, cultural and religious heart of upper Myanmar.

In the afternoon, visit the Golden Palace Monastery, locally as Shwenandaw, that was built in the early 19th century, being famous for its teak carvings of Buddhist myths.  Also at the foot of the hill lies Kuthodaw pagoda, which was built in 1857 and is home to the world’s largest book.  End the day with a visit to Mandalay Hill, which is home to many religious sites, and enjoy the magnificent views from the 230m high summit. Return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. Overnight in Mandalay

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Day 6

Mandalay – Excursion to Sagaing and Innwa

In the morning, visit Aye Yeik Nunnery, to visit the orphanage school founded in 1956 which is home to 110 orphans following a formal education that ranges from primary to university level. Be guided by the principle’s assistant who can tell you more about the institute. Meet some of the local students and listen to their stories of their past, their studies presently and their ambitions.

The drive to drive to Sagaing, once a Shan capital and now primarily a Buddhist teaching centre. Visit the Sagaing Hills, considered to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Burma. Sagaing is famous for silver and silversmiths who still work in much the same way as their ancestors did.  Proceed to the historically important former royal capital Inwa (also known as Ava). Ride a pony cart down tree-lined paths to see the remains of this ancient city. Drive back to Mandalay afterwards and check into the hotel upon arrival.   Overnight in Mandalay

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Day 7

Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to airport for domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival, enjoy a scenic one-hour drive to Nyaung Shwe where Inle Lake, Myanmar’s second largest lake, Inle, which measure 70km², is situated.  Located at 880m above sea level, Inle Lake is also one of the highest lakes in the country with a cool climate and exceptional flora and fauna. The lake is famous for its unique leg-rowers. This unusual style of rowing requires remarkable balance and definitely takes some practice.

On the way to Nyaung Shwe, a brief stop at Shan Yan Pay Paya and monastery to take a look at the red-painted Shan monastery, a 19th-century style teak building with unique oval-shape windows. Transfer by boat from Nyaung Shwe and enjoy a boat trip on the lake. First, visit the silk and lotus weaving village of Inpawkon and cheroot rolling workshops nearby, then onwards to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, that houses five gold-leaf covered small Buddha images.  Witness the unique rowing style of fishermen at Inle, who stand stern on one leg and wrap the other around the oar, travelling across the lake. Overnight in Inle Lake

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Day 8

Inle Lake

This morning, depart for the southwest of the lake where the Indein pagoda complex is situated. Along the way to Indein, pass by the villages with beautiful houses built on stilts and study authentic ways of life of the Inthar people. Upon arrival at Indein, take the small covered path from the Pa O tribe village to a monastery and the very impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas.  Enjoy breathtaking views from the main stupa area on the top of the hill over the surroundings and into the valley with the lake in the far distance. Observe the beautiful surroundings en route to the floating market and floating gardens until transfer to your hotel for overnight. On return from Indein, drop at Ywa-ma village to visit more cottage industries such as blacksmiths and silversmiths. Visit Innthar heritage house, a beautiful old traditional home with a café upstairs and a home for Burmese cats downstairs.  Sit at the lovely wooden table with benches upstairs, overlooking the lake and canal with breathtaking views of pagodas, mountains, and the village before returning to your hotel by boat.   Return by boat to Nyaung Shwe and transfer to Heho airport to take your flight back to Yangon.  You are welcome back by your guide in Yangon and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Yangon.

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Day 9

Depart Transfer

Transfer to airport – Bid farewell to your guide and depart Yangon – End of Program

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