Enchanting Myanmar Yangon, Bagan, Pindaya, Inle, Taunggyi (Kekku) 9 Days / 8 Nights

Enchanting Myanmar features the most popular destinations in Myanmar for 9 Days / 8 Nights travel itinerary.

Begin from Yangon, the gateway to Myanmar. Continue to Bagan to observe and explore the ancient temples and great ruins of the 11th to 13th century. 

Enjoy sunset boat trip on the river Ayeyarwaddy for beautiful sunset over Bagan. Journey into southern Shan State also include the picturesque Lake Inle famous for its leg rowers, Pindaya for its limestone cave with thousands of Buddha images, and Taunggyi for Kekku Pagoda Complex of Pa-O people. Combination of domestic flights, all sightseeing tour and transfer by private air-conditioned car and local boat would be arranged for.

Day  1        Arrival Yangon                             

Arrive at Yangon International Airport. Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to the Hotel. Free at leisure in the evening. Overnight at a Hotel in Yangon.


Day 2         Yangon - Bagan                                     

Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Bagan. Arrive Bagan and check-in at the Hotel. Sightseeing around the great plains of Bagan includes the Anada temple of four huge standing Buddha images and numerous figures in niches around the galleried interior; the golden stupa of Shwezigone Pagoda built by King Anawrahta; the Thatbyinnyu known as ‘temple of omniscience’; and the Dhammayangyi, the most massive temple famous for its interlocking brickwork.Highlights of the day also include the famous  lacquerware  works  of  Bagan. Observe the sunset in the vicinity of one of Bagan's ancient monuments and experience the horse cart ride in the evening. Overnight at a Hotel in Bagan.


Day 3         Bagan                                   

Enjoy the beautiful sunrise of Bagan with an early morning start. Return to the Hotel for breakfast. Visit the Tayokepyay temple and Min Nan Thu village to observe the village life and the traditional methods of extracting ground-nut oil; Phaya Thonezu and Nanda-pyin-nya Temples noted for exquisite murals of the 13th century; and the colourful Nyaung Oo Market with varieties of local produce. A short break in the afternoon and continue to Myinkaba area. Highlights include Gubyaukgyi Temple with its fine stucco work; Nanpaya Temple, built in the Mon style with intricate stone carvings; Manuha temple with gigantic Buddha images, a captive king's impression of life in prison. Enjoy sunset boat trip on the river Ayeyarwaddy for beautiful sunset over Bagan. Overnight at a Hotel in Bagan.

 

Day 4         Bagan - Heho - Pindaya

Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Heho. Arrive Heho and continue by road to Pindaya, an interesting drive up into the hills and across the Shan Plateau through fields of mountain rice. Visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper, umbrellas of local design and other handicrafts. A stroll around Ponetaloke Lake, one of the popular attractions at Pindaya in the late afternoon. Overnight at a Hotel in Pindaya.         


Day 5         Pindaya - Inle

Breakfast at hotel. Visit magnificent Pindaya Caves, where thousands of different types of Buddha images are on display in the various cave chambers. Continue to Nyaung Shwe by car and proceed to Inle by boat. Observe the floating gardens and Inn Thar style, unique one legged method of fishing along the way. Overnight at a Hotel in Lake Inle.


Day 6         Inle

Breakfast at the Hotel. Explore one of the fifth day markets (on market day of every fifth day shifting in the area) where some ethnic tribes in the region gather to buy, sell or exchange their home grown produce. Highlights of excursion by boat on Inle Lake also includes Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most sacred shrine in the southern Shan States; the weaving village of Impawkhon; blacksmith, cheroot making and other traditional handicrafts workshops at Nan Pan village; the famous "Nge Phe Chaung" monastery with beautiful collection of antique Buddha statues. Overnight at a Hotel in Lake Inle. 

 

Day 7         Inle - Nyaung Shwe - Taunggyi (Kekku)

Breakfast at the Hotel. Proceed to Nyaung Shwe by boat and drive up through pine-clad hills to Taunggyi, the capital of Southern Shan State and a former British hill station. Discover the hidden treasure and long lost ruins of Kekku pagoda complex which was believed to be built on the site some 2,000 years ago. Visit a Pa O village nearby and a huge local monastery on the way back to Taunggyi. Overnight at a Hotel in Taunggyi.

 

Day 8         Taunggyi - Heho - Yangon          
          
Breakfast at the Hotel. Visit interesting Taunggyi market with colourful ethnic tribes in the morning. Proceed to Heho Airport for domestic flight to Yangon and stop by at Ayetharyar Vineyard, the production of one of the top-quality Myanmar wines in the Shan mountains. Arrive Yangon and transfer to the Hotel. Visit  Shwedagon  Pagoda  with  its  amazing  mix  of  pavilions,  stupas,  images  and  bells in the evening. Overnight at a Hotel in Yangon.



Day 9       Departure Yangon     
                             
Breakfast at the Hotel. Explore the colonial architecture of downtown Yangon; the  Karaweik  Royal  Barge  on  the  peaceful  Royal  Lake;  the enormous reclining Buddha of Chaukhtatgyi; and the sprawling Bogyoke Aung San Market (SCOTT Market) with its abundance of stalls selling gems & jewellery, lacquareware, wood carvings, silverware, paintings & other handicraft for some last minute shopping. Transfer to Yangon International Airport for international departure.