Tours in Myanmar

Heart of Myanmar

Destination: Yangon –Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – Mingun – Sagaing – Yangon
Tour Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Tour Code: SS - 20

This Heart of Myanmar Tour takes you to see more extensively the historical relics, discover the country’s warm and cultural and little-known treasure of Myanmar.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Yangon arrival & sightseeing (by car)

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Upon arrival at Yangon Interantional Airport, welcome by Shooting Star Travel’s local guide by holding placard which the name on it. Then transfer to hotel for check in.

After check in, visit Chaukhtatgyi (Reclining Buddha) to see see 70-meters long colossal reclining Buddha, visit Kandawgyi Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. Here you will see the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge and the vast lake with views of Shwedagon in the background. From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar and one of the wonders of the world. It is belived to have been built more than 2500 years ago. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point for sunset. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (by flight & car)

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After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for flight to Bagan. Arrive Bagan and check in to hotel. After check in, your journey begins with a visit an elevated temple form where you will have a panoramic view of the magnificent plains of Bagan.

Continue with a visit to the golden stupa Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan’s rich history. Then, visit to nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgiy, a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carving and glazed sandstone decorations.

This afternoon begin with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and on of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the status is viewed. From here, visit Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork and Sulamani Temple.

Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

Day 3: Bagan – Mt.Popa – Bagan (by car)

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If you want to enjoy the fresh feeling of the early morning, you may take part the sunrise view for it. After breakfast at hotel, visit the colorful Nyaung Oo Market where villagers gather every day to buy and sell their produce and other goods. Continue to Mt.Popa, is considered the early font of power for the mystical world of the nats. Climb up Mt.Popa, a perfect place for Eco-tourism, and view the surrounding area.

At the afternoon, we will drive back to Bagan. On the way, we will visit the palm sugar making area to learn how they make palm sugar and toddy juice , the people call “sky beer”. Return back to Bagan and overnight at hotel in Bagan.

(Optional: Can take the amazing and excellent Balloon over Bagan by seeing over the ancient Bagan Temples or you can watch the sunrise for amazing Shwe gugyi Pagoda)

Day 4: Bagan - Mandalay (by express cruise & car)

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Early morning wake up,  this journey on the Ayeyarwaddy River is an attraction in itself and from Bagan to Mandalay by boat (11 hours) taking 2 hours longer travelling upriver. The boat leaves Bagan at 05.30am and it should arrive in Mandalay at roughly 16.30pm.

We start from the Bagan pier area at 4.45am as advised, arriving to the boat in pitch-black. On-board we are quickly served breakfast; a snack box filled with croissant, banana, boiled egg, jam pastry and coffee. Not the best of breakfasts but we didn’t expect much.

The journey begins from Bagan to Mandalay by boat. The benefit of travelling early is to relax on deck as the sun rises on Irrawaddy River. Few scenes are so authentic and beautiful. The journey is well underway by sunrise roughly 30 minutes into the journey and we’re passing little more than small fishing settlements on the riverside.

Every passenger could fit at the back of the boat in outdoor deck chairs although the odd few stay sheltered / sleeping up front. In the evening, arrive at Mandalay and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.

Day 5: Mandalay – Amarapura (by car)

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After breakfast at hotel, start for Amarapura excursion, firstly Mahagandayon Monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study and then U Bein Bridge. There, you can take a walk over the world’s longest teakwood bridges. Continue drive to Mandalay visit in Maha Myat Muni Pagoda.

The legendary pagoda is home to one of Myanmar’s most revered Buddha images which have been covered with so many layers of gold leaf over the years that they now have an almost lumpy surface. While in Mandalay you will have the opportunity to visit several workshops and learn about the city’s traditional industries, such as Kalaga Tapestry production and wood carving which have remained unchanged for centuries.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, nicknamed the “World’s Biggest Book” because of the 729 stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures, before heading to the Shwenandaw Monastery, the only building of the Royal Palace built in the 19th century still standing and it’s famous for its exquisite wooden carvings. To round off your day of sightseeing you’ll then take a 45 – minute walk up the 900 stairs to the top of Mandalay Hill as the sun begins to set – a walk commonly made by locals who often make a pilgrimage to the peak. By the time you reach the summit the sun will be putting on a show as it dips down behind the city- Mother Nature giving you a breathtaking moment to savor forever. Once the sun has dipped down beyond the horizon. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.

Day 6: Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing – Ava - Mandalay –Yangon (by boat, car & flight)

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After breakfast at hotel, depart from Mandalay on a private boat along the Ayeyarwaddy River to visit Mingun, a village on the west bank of the river. Visit in Mingun Pathotawgyi, the world renowned ringing Mingun Bell, Myatheintan Pagoda and surrounding villages.

And then, cross a bridge over the Ayeyarwaddy River to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar. Continue visiting pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae. We’ll also visit Sagaing’s local market, a typical Burmese market that few tourists visit. Here you will find a range of items for sale including locally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts. We will also stop at a small pottery village to see the process of making the ubiquitous water pots found throughout Myanmar.

Then continue south of the city to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries, where a short ferry ride will take us across the river to where our hourse and carriage are waiting. Visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. There are many small villages located amid Ava’s ruins and as you travel by horse and cart you’ll get a glimpse of local life in the Burmese countryside. In the evening, come back to Mandalay and transfer to airport for flight back to Yangon. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Day 7: Yangon sightseeing & Departure (by car)

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After breakfast at hotel, shopping in the Bogyoke Market formerly “Scott Market”, where you can get a wide range of Myanmar handicraft, jewelries, fabrics, lacquer wares and so on. (Note : Market is closed on Mondays and Public Holidays)

Depanding on your flight time, visit Kaba Aye (World peace) Pagoda, it was also known as the “World Peace Pagoda” and Mahapsana Guha Cave, where the sixth Buddhist synod took place. Proceed to Kalaywa Tawya Monastery to see the daily life of the monks.

Transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure. If time permit, on the way visit to Kyauktawgyi Pagoda also known as Lawka Chanther Arbayar Laba Muni Buddha Image at Minn Dhamma Hill, there is an Elephant house where the three white elephants are kept.

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