Yangon –Bagan (Bike Tour) – Mount Popa - Heho – Inle Lake – Thandwe – Ngapali - Yangon
(10 Days/ 9 Nights)
Starting from Yangon, this trip will take you to all the unique places Myanmar has to offer. You will discover a world unlike any other, from the land of thousand pagodas in Bagan, the floating villages of Inle Lake and the beautiful crystal sand beach of Ngapali and many more.
DAY 01. YANGON ARRIVAL ( – / L / D )
Upon arrival at the Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by Asia EZ Tour guide. You will be transfer to your hotel, for a chance to relax and refresh.
In the afternoon, visit first to the CHAUK HTET GYI Pagoda, famous for housing an enormous 65 meter long reclining Buddha statue.
From there, our tour through Yangon city with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments; the 2,600 years old SHWEDAGONE PAGODA.
Once sunset arrives, glittering in the dark skyline, SHWEDAGONE PAGODA is indeed a sight to behold.
Lunch and dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be stay overnight in Yangon.
DAY 2. YANGON – BAGAN FULL DAY CITY TOUR (B /L / D)
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Bagan. We begin the tour with visit to the famous SHWEZIGONE Pagoda, considered the most wonderful and shouldn’t miss pagoda in Bagan.
Nearby SHWEZIGONE, we will visit WETKYI INN GUPYAUKGYI, a cave temple with exquisite mural paintings and the elegant HTILOMINLO Temple, noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.
Continuing the tour of famous pagodas in Bagan, we arrive at ANANDA Temple, which is famous for an architectural masterpiece, and it has four standing giant Buddha Statues.
In the evening, we resume our journey on horse cart, THATBYINNYU, the highest temple in Bagan, DHAMMAYANGYI, the largest temple in Bagan, with our guide, we will explore and learn the history and cultural significance of each of these Big in Class Pagodas.
Finally, we will finish the evening with an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the one of the SUNSET HILL viewpoints.
Remark: The government strictly prohibited to climb all the temple in Bagan since February 2018.
Lunch and dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be stay overnight in Bagan.
DAY 3. BAGAN (HALF DAY VISIT TO MONASTERY + HALF DAY BIKE TOUR) (B /L / D)
After breakfast at your hotel, meet with your Asian EZ guide and transfer to one of the monasteries in Bagan. First, you will start introduction and chat with the monks and observe the religious side of monks. In here, you will also meet with the KAPIYA, who are monks’ attendant. See how the monks practice their daily routine, monks who are very reserved and religious in Myanmar traditions.
Enjoy special catered Lunch at Monastery.
In the late afternoon, your bike is ready to explore the nearby villages of Bagan. You will pass through the ancient temples along the way and en-route stops walking around the local villages. Then, meet with one of the local farmer’s house and his family. Your time will spend to discuss about their daily life with enjoy some traditional snacks with Burmese green tea.
Complete a day by cruising sunset over the majestic AYEYARWADDY River. Return to hotel.
Lunch and Dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be stay overnight in Bagan.
Balloon Experience Over Bagan – Experience the majestic landscape of Bagan with a soul-altering hot-air balloon ride over Bagan at sunrise -a thrill that promises to be a highlight of any trip to Myanmar. Dark and early in the morning, enjoy a snack of pastries, croissants, and coffee and watch as the balloons are filled -an experience itself. Then, after boarding the balloon, gently lift off above the temple-studded plains of Bagan just as the sun begins to rise above the horizon. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that won’t soon be forgotten.
(Note: available only from late- October to late-March; all flights weather permitting).
DAY 4. BAGAN – SAT SAT YO VILLAGE – MOUNT POPA (B /L / D)
After breakfast at hotel, you will visit SAT SAT YO Village which is a 45 mins drive from Bagan where village children wear an ancient hairstyle called “Sanyitwyne”. Before colonial times, all of the country’s boys and girls wore their hair in this manner. This village is the only place left in Myanmar where children still have their hair tied in this traditional style.
The journey takes you to MOUNT POPA. 75-90 minutes away from Bagan, Mt. POPA is a place of great importance to the Burmese. It is believed to be the home to 37 NATS, ancient Burmese spirits. The spirits predate the arrival of Buddhism in Myanmar. Climbing the 777 stairs will bring you to the top of Mt. POPA.
After the climb, we will be drive back to Bagan. Along the way, we stop at a local village to watch demonstrations of toddy and jaggery (palm wine and palm sugar) production. Free tastings are available but do hold on the palm wine as more is yet to come.
After around 30-40 minutes, we will stop at one of the famous the Palm production to enjoy the taste of the toddy juice (Sky Beer) with sunset over the plain of Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer back to hotel.
Lunch at Popa Mountain Resort.
Dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be stay overnight in Bagan.
DAY 5. BAGAN – HEHO –TAUNGGYI – AYE THARYAR WINERY (B /L / D)
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the Nyaung U airport for domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival, proceed to the beautiful SHAN Hills to TAUNGYI (52 km – 1½ h) and on the way, stops visiting to the driving up to visit the Ayetharyar Wine Estate, the sites of very first vinery in Myanmar.
It located at on the way up to Ayetharyar Golf Resort in Taunggyi, Shan State. You will learn about wine, grape harvesting and taste the differences of grape varieties. Also enjoying the beautiful scenery from the upper place of vine yard. Then drive back to Nyaung Shwe and transfer by boat to Inle Lake.
Lunch will be served at Ayetharyar Wine Yard with wine tasting.
Dinner and you will be stay overnight hotel in Inle Lake.
DAY 6. INLE LAKE (B /L / D)
After breakfast at your hotel, today we attend a COOKING CLASS in Nyaung Shwe. This half day activity is run by friendly locals in their simple SHAN style kitchen. You will be picked up from your hotel at 9am and brought to a local market where you will buy ingredients for the food you will prepare in the class. After shopping, head to kitchen and prepare a delicious local style lunch with the guidance of your cooking mentor. You can choose to cook a couple of dishes from a list of many. You will embark on this culinary journey with fellow travellers like yourself.
At 1:00 pm, after a delicious lunch which you cooked, we make an excursion by boat on Inle Lake to capture the magnificent scenery one last time before we send you to NYAUNG SHWE JETTY. Moving across the lake, we will pass through villages with stilted houses, floating gardens built up from strips of land and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Be on the lookout for fishermen uses unique leg-rowing technique to propel their boats while casting their nets.
PHAUNG DAW OO Pagoda, one of our stops, is the main sanctuary of INLE Lake and it has five glittering small Buddha statues which covered with gold.
Other stops include NGA PHE KYAUNG MONASTERY, a traditional Shan Style monastery with its famous for ancient Buddha images and proceed visiting to the NAM PAN VILLAGE to observe the cheroot making factory and wooden boat making.
Finally, we head to the hotel in time to catch a beautiful sunset.
Dinner and you will be stay overnight hotel in Inle Lake.
DAY 7. INLE LAKE – HEHO – THANDWE – NGAPALI (B /L / D)
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the HEHO airport for domestic flight to Thandwe. Upon arrival, provided share airport transfer by hotel in Ngapali.
Ngapali, which is a fantastic and most beautiful beach in Myanmar. It has crystal clear water with blue colouring with white sands, the fresh breeze air makes you to be healthy. It has many small nearer islands such as Pearl Island, Maung Shwe lay, Kyauk Kalat Islands that you can visit by boat in day trip.
Day is leisure.
Lunch and Dinner at hotel.
Overnight stay in Ngapali.
DAY 8. NGAPALI (B /L / D)
Breakfast at hotel.
Free at leisure on the beach.
Lunch and Dinner at hotel.
Overnight stay in Ngapali.
DAY 9. THANDWE – YANGON (CIRCULAR TRAIN) (B /L / D)
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to THANDWE airport for domestic flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, we spend the day visiting Yangon. Visit to the SULE PAGODA, which is located at the heart of Yangon down town area.
Proceed stroll through to the BOGYOKE AUNG SAN MARKET known as Scott Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays). A must visit for tourist, here you can see rows of stalls selling hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores.
You are heading to the central train station of PANSODAN, you will take a circular commuter train ride (about 45 mins), around Yangon city. Please note that train in Myanmar are very basic and simple, and their schedule are not reliable (sometime it can occur delay). You will drop off and transfer back to your hotel.
In the evening, we stop by KARAWEIK HALL, a unique golden barge on KANDAWGYI (Royal Lake) for taking photos. It is a perfect place for watching Shwedagon Pagoda.
Lunch and dinner will be served at local restaurant and overnight stay in Yangon.
Day 10. DEPARTURE YANGON (B/ – / -)
After breakfast, you can enjoy some free and easy time until the time of your departure for the Yangon International Airport. Your Asia EZ guide and car will remain at your disposal until such time.
Lunch will be on your own account.
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OUR PACKAGE TOUR RATES ARE INCLUSIVE OF:
- Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
- All meals as specified in the program on table basis as (B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Tours with English speaking throughout guide (from Yangon – Yangon) or English stationed guides as per program (other languages guide can be provided with additional charges)
- Maximum one Tour leader is free of charge in single room as of 15 full paying pax
- All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles
- Boat fares on Inle Lake
- Entrance fees or zone fees for visits mentioned in the program
- Service charges, room tax and baggage handling at the hotel transfers
NOT INCLUDED ARE:
- Domestic Air fares (Yangon – Bagan –Heho – Thandwe-Yangon)
- Nearby Island visit in Ngapali by boat (day boat)
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee for Myanmar (note that pre-arranged visa is required for any tourists)
- International Airfare
- Early check-in, late check-out. Normal check out time from hotels in Myanmar is 12 o’clock noon
- Balloons Over Bagan
- Entrance fees for the sites not mentioned in the program
- Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry etc.
- Christmas and New Year’s dinner supplement (will be advised at time of booking)
- Services which are not mentioned above