Discovering Myanmar - 13 days & 12 nights

Myanmar (Burma) is a melting pot that has assimilated populations from India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Since the opening to democracy in 2010, Burma has lost nothing of its magical atmosphere and of the hospitality of its inhabitants. Discover this fascinating country: from the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon to the royal cities of Mandalay area, from the lake villages of Inle Lake to the thousands pagodas and Buddhist temples of Bagan. An unforgettable trip.

Luang Prabang Travel Exclusive offers only tailored tours for individuals.
At each request we make a personalized proposal and a quotation depending on:
your interests, the duration and the period of the trip, the number of participants and the category of hotels.
The circuit below is given only as an example.

Your guide will greet you at Mandalay airport.
You will go straight to Sagaing. This is a sacred hill where stand 600 stupas and monasteries.
Continue by the market of Sagaing then you will visit a small village of potters.
Next stop Amarapura, the penultimate royal capital of Myanmar and the monastery of Mahagandayon.
The legendary U Bein Bridge, the longest teak deck in the world, will be joined at sunset.
Departure to visit craft workshops of Mandalay, which are reputed to be the finest in the country: wood carving, Kalaga tapestries, gold leaf stamping. Then head for the Kuthodaw pagodas (729 engraved steles) of Kyauktawgyi (gigantic Buddha, carved in a single block of marble).
Departure for Shwenandaw, the last structure of the Royal Palace, famous for its remarkable woodcarvings.
From Mandalay, you will embark on a private boat for a 1-hour trip on the Irrawaddy river to discover the unfinished Pagoda of Mingun and the superb white pagoda of Hsinbyume which was built according to the Buddhist cosmology.
Before returning to Mandalay by boat, you can explore the small quarters of Mingun where the traditional craftsmanship is very dynamic.
Ava was the capital of the country from the 14th to the 18th century. You will cross the river by local ferry to go by horse cart to Bagaya Monastery, famous for its woodcarvings, and to Nanmyint Tower, a remnant of the ancient palace.

In the afternoon you will visit the peaceful hill of Yankin ; you will climb the stairs to the top to enjoy a panoramic view over Mandalay.
Return to the city center in the evening.
Early in the morning, you will take the boat to Bagan on the Irrawaddy River.
The urban landscapes of Mandalay gradually fade to give way to the scenes of Burmese rural life. You will have the opportunity to discover the traditional methods of fishing and to cross boats carrying goods. On the banks of the Irrawaddy you will see farms and villages. At the water's edge the women do the daily laundry while the children refresh themselves in the waters of the river.
In the late afternoon Bagan and its 2000 pagodas appear on the horizon.
First you will enjoy the panoramic view over the plains of Bagan from the top of a high temple. You will get a taste of the impressive number of temples and their different styles. From here you can discover the Ananda Temple, one of the highest in Bagan. We will ensure that you get there before the majority of tourists, allowing you to enjoy the splendor of the temple in complete tranquility.
Then visit the village of Myinkaba and the Temple of Gubyaukgyi as well as the two small temples Manuha and Nan Paya.
Finally, you will visit traditional lacquer and wood craftwork workshops.
Visit of Nyaung Oo�s market where locals come each day to exchange fresh produce and other goods. Then you will begin your discovery of Old Bagan by visiting the famous Shwezigon Pagoda built in the early 11th century by King Anawrahta. Then departure to a small village on dusty shaded paths, lined with temples and monasteries. A walking tour of the village will allow the discovering the lifestyle of Bagan inhabitants. You will continue by visiting less known monuments away from tourist groups.
In the late afternoon continue your tour of the temples of Bagan and you will witness the beautiful sunset from the top of one of these temples.
Visit of Bagan at your leasure. Your guide and your car are at your disposal.
Or, if you wish, you can make an excursion to Mount Popa, a few kilometers from Bagan.
Transfer to the airport. Flight to Heho.
Direct departure to Kalaw.
Stroll around the surrounding villages to enjoy the local atmosphere.
You will take the local train to Shwe Nyaung for a 4-hour trip through the beautiful scenery of the Shan State. Then transfer by car to Nyaungshwe.
Along the way, you will have the opportunity to stop in a workshop of paper and bamboo made umbrellas and to visit the Shweyanpyay teak monastery.
Walk in the small village of Nyaungshwe before boarding a privatized boat to reach your hotel by Inle Lake .
After breakfast you will visit a local market where the inhabitants of the lake and the members of the surrounding tribes meet together in order to sell or exchange goods. Continuation of the private pirogue trip to the discovery of lake villages with their amazing floating gardens, but also the unique style of Inle fishermen who oar standing with one leg.
Then head for Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the main sanctuary of the lake, which houses five sacred statues of Buddha, covered with gold leaves. You will also discover the varied craftsmanship of Inle, such as the weaving of lotus fibers. In the afternoon you will sail up stream on a small river to Indein. Stroll through the village before taking a long covered track that leads to the top of a hill to discover the magnificent complex of Indein with its hundreds of stupas overgrown with vegetation.
After a 2-hour drive you will arrive to the archaeological site of Kakku, in Shan State. This site has more than 2000 beautifully decorated stupas whose origin remains mysterious. After lunch, you will discover the Htan-Pha-Ya village of the Pa-Oh ethnic group and its cave adorned with Buddha statues. On the way back, a stop is planned at the Aythaya vineyard: visit of the estate and wine tasting.
Transfer to Heho airport and flight to Yangon. Start your walk in the bustling center of Yangon: the impressive colonial heritage, Indian effervescence, the serenity of the Buddhist temples and the exuberant markets will mark your stroll that lasts about two and a half hours to the temple of Sri Kali.

Then you will visit the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda with its famous stupa 100 meters high, covered with tons of gold. The mystical atmosphere and religious rituals will make you vibrate in the fervor of the place, a memorable experience.
Free day until transfer to Yangon airport.