Highlights of Yangon, Bagan & Mandalay

8 Days, from AU $3,051

Karaweik palace, Yangon, Myanmar

Hope of Bagan Novice monk standing watch old pagoda in morning time in Bagan Mandalay Myanmar

View of the Golden Kuthodaw Pagoda with blue sky, Mandalay, Myanmar

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Start your journey in Yangon, wander in the cobblestone streets of Bogyoke Market with a good choice of restaurants were you can enjoy the Burmese cuisine. you will explore the sights of this city with a vistit to the octagonal Sule Pagoda, Watch the locals going about their daily business as you pass Mahabandoola Park. On your thirth day you will fly to Bagan wich is situated in central Burma on the plains adjacent to the Irrawaddy River, the city is dotted with thousands of ancient stupas and temples from various eras making it one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the world. After visiting the stunishing highlights of Bagan you will start with an amazing river cruise to Mandalay, starting with an welcome cocktail. You'll spend your last days in the cultural heart of Burma, Mandalay. This is the former royal capital of the Buremese Kingdom and last home of the kings is now Burma's second largest city. You will end your journey with free leisure time after a visit to one of the most famous temples in Burma.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Yangon

You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Yangon (Rangoon), answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day.

Enjoy free time for the remainder of the first day.

Located in the fertile delta region of central Burma (Myanmar), the former capital and waterfront city of Yangon with its crumbling British colonial mansions and ancient stupas, thriving restaurants and lively bars, is a melting pot of old and new. Home to over four million inhabitants, it's a sprawling city, the streets interspersed with parks and lakes, much of its allure stemming from the colourful street life. Marvel at the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, wander the cobblestone streets of Bogyoke Market or simply watch the rickshaw drivers in their striped longyis (sarongs) peddle lazily through the streets as you sip on a cup of tea at a roadside tea stall.

Yangon has a good choice of restaurants serving both authentic Burmese cuisine and international choices. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.

Itinerary Option: If you’re arriving to Yangon in the morning, discuss additional day 1 activities with our staff.

Day 2: Yangon Sightseeing

Accompanied by your guide explore the sights of Yangon. Begin with a visit to the octagonal Sule Pagoda. Originally an Indian structure but now Burmese, it is thought to be over 2,000 years old and said to enshrine a hair of the Buddha. Stroll through downtown Yangon with its faded colonial buildings and leafy boulevards and visit the beautiful colonial style Post Office. Watch the locals going about their daily business as you pass Mahabandoola Park, named after General Maha Bandula who fought against the British in the First Anglo-Burmese War. The park includes the Independence Monument, an obelisk which commemorates Burmese independence gained from the British in 1948. Take stroll Yangon’s one of the oldest Bogyoke Market with colonial architecture and cobbled streets. It’s famous for beautiful gems stones and sorts of hand-crafts collections, but also there are many of typical Burmese food stalls as well as Chinese. Next visit will be to Chaukhtatkyi the Reclining Buddha which measures 70 metres (230 feet) in length. Return to your hotel in noon time to avoid the heat of Yangon and enjoy refreshments of the hotel.

In the evening we will visit to the breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda, or Golden Pagoda, its stupa dominating the city’s skyline. This is one of the holiest places in Burma, and one reason why Burma is known as the "Land of Golden Pagodas". The pagoda itself is 99 metres (326 feet) high, studded with solid gold plates and decorated with diamonds and other precious jewels. Then we will proceed to Karaweik Palace Hall to enjoy your buffet dinner selections of Burmese foods and European foods while enjoying the traditional dance show.

Day 3: Yangon – flight to Bagan

This morning fly from Yangon to Bagan where you meet your guide on arrival. Situated in central Burma on the plains adjacent to the Irrawaddy River, the city is dotted with thousands of ancient stupas and temples from various eras making it one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the world. The ancient city of Bagan was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan from the 9th to 13th centuries and built over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries on the Bagan plains alone. Today around 2,200 of the original temples and pagodas remaining standing.

Head from the airport to start your tour with a visit to the Dhammayangyi Pagoda, Bagan’s largest temple. The temple is a square, single storey, pyramidal temple with six monumental ascending exterior terraces. The brickwork is perhaps the finest that can be found around Bagan. Continue to the Mingalazedi Pagoda, which is one of the few temples in Bagan with a full set of glazed terracotta tiles. The pagoda was built in brick and contains several terraces leading to large pot-shaped stupa at its centre, topped by a jewelled umbrella. Then visit the Htilominlo Pagoda, famed for its original fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations which are remarkably well preserved. The temple was the last Myanmar style temple built in Bagan and stands 46 metres (150 feet) high. The temple houses four Buddha statues on the lower and upper floors with traces of murals barely visible.

Check in to your hotel and rest of your day will be free leisure day in Bagan; (you will be provided an e-bike for going around Bagan in afternoon on your own)

Day 4: Bagan – join the River Cruise (RV Paukan 2012)

Breakfast will be served at the hotel

Enjoy your free time at leisure in Bagan until transfer to jetty in Bagan for your cruise. (Boarding time at Paukan cruise will be at 11:00AM)

(TUESDAY / FRIDAY)

RV Paukan 2012 - BAGAN – CRUISING TO MANDALAY (RIVER VILLAGE STOP)

Cast off from Ayar jetty at 12:00 - Welcome Cocktail and briefing about the cruise trip and safety protocol. Enjoy your lunch in the saloon or sundeck where great food provides from typical Burmese cuisines to international meals. In the late afternoon the cruise will stop in a typical river village and see river side lives!

Day 5: Cruise (RV Paukan 2012)

(WEDNESDAY / SATURDAY)

CRUISING TO MANDALAY (VISIT YANDABO VILLAGE)

Enjoy leisure cruising experience along the river Ayeyarwaddy in the morning. When we reach to Yandabo village, proceed off shore and sightseeing to this typical village where local people specializing in producing famous Burmese clay pot. Accommodation will be on board on cruise nearby a village (Ywar Thit Gyi or Pauk Myaing Pauk Taw) few miles away from Ava Bridge.

Day 6: Cruise – arrive Sagaing jetty – Mandalay

(THURSDAY / SUNDAY)

Breakfast will be on board on cruise - disembarkation will be at Sagaing Jetty or Gawein jetty in morning about 9:30. Car with driver and the guide will be ready at Mandalay jetty for your excursion in Mandalay region.

With its numerous monasteries and pagodas and its rich history, Mandalay is the cultural and religious heart of Burma. Built on the shores of the Irrawaddy River at the foot of Mandalay Hill, this former royal capital of the Burmese Kingdom and last home of the kings is now Burma’s second largest city. Its name was made famous by Rudyard Kipling’s book "The Road to Mandalay" and evokes images of a bygone era and the city’s former royal glory.

Just before we head to Mandalay, take a short visit the picturesque Sagaing Hill and enjoy the view from above. Sagaing hills houses hundreds of white-washed pagodas and monasteries, and is widely regarded as the religious centre of Burma. It is also home to over 3,000 monks and nuns and one hundred meditation centres.

With your guide, head by trishaw to visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, also known as the Golden Palace Monastery. This traditional Burmese monastery was built using part of the old Mandalay Palace. The teak structure in which King Mindon died was moved out of the Palace in 1880 and converted into the Shwenandaw Monastery. It is the only major building from the original wooden Royal Palace to have survived the bombings of World War II, and is the only authentic part of the Royal Palace which can still be seen today.

Check in to your hotel and enjoy refreshments; attend a short Burmese marionette show. The ancient art form of puppetry which once had a special place in Burmese culture is now struggling to survive and is fast becoming a dying art. The beautifully crafted puppets tell the stories of Burmese myths and folk tales. The performance presents Myanmar literature, history, religion, local life styles and customs through puppetry, music and dance.

Day 7: Mandalay

Breakfast will be served at the hotel

The day begins with Amarapura or City of Immortality, the former royal city and ancient capital prior to Mandalay. Although its royal palace, great temples and fortifications are now in ruins, many of the pagodas, temples and monasteries still remain. Visit the 150 year old Mahagandayon Monastery to witness the daily life of the one thousand Buddhist monks that live here.

Then walk along the famous U Bein Wooden Bridge, built in 1782 and the world’s longest teak bridge. The footbridge was constructed from teak columns salvaged from the old palace and spans 1.2 kilometres across the Taungthaman Lake.

The trishaw was invented in 1930 in Mandalay and became the most popular form of public transportation. Burmese trishaws are unique in that they have two passenger seats on one side of the paddler and are the ideal vehicle for travelling along the narrow laneways of Burmese towns. With guide we will experience trishaw (locally know as side-car) ride while we visit to the famous Mahamuni Buddha Image in Mahamuni Pagoda, the most ancient and revered of all Buddha images and the holiest pilgrimage site in Mandalay. The temple, one of the most famous in Burma, was built in 1784 and exhibits influences from both Hindu and Khmer (Cambodia) styles. Enjoy your free leisure time in afternoon in Mandalay.

Day 8: Mandalay – connect to international flight departs from Mandalay

Breakfast will be served at the hotel

Enjoy your free leisure time in Mandalay until transfer to airport for your flight departs from Mandalay.

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Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.

Inclusions:
  • English speaking station guides for the tour / sightseeing

  • Accommodation at hotel including breakfast as mentioned

  • Transfers as indicated on the itinerary

  • Domestic airfares – (Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay)

  • Admission fees & entrance fees

  • Walking tour in colonial downtown of Yangon and the golden pagoda visit

  • Sightseeing in Bagan

  • Rv Paukan Cruise trip

  • Sightseeing in Mandalay region

  • Purified bottled waters and refreshment-towels

 

Exclusions

  • Personal Expenses & Tips

  • Meals not mentioned on itinerary (lunches or dinner except programmed)

  • VISA & Airport taxes

  • Travel Insurance

  • Services not indicated in above itinerary

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