5 Days Classic Myanmar – Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay
This timeless journey that brings you to the very places that endeared countless travellers to Myanmar – the last royal capital Mandalay, sunset panorama over thousands of temples in Bagan and colonial Yangon.
Day 1 | D
Upon your arrival at Yangon Airport, your guide will meet you and transfer to hotel.
In the afternoon, enjoy the water front of busy Yangon River brief public ferry ride and after a stroll at the Maha Bandoola Park to see colonial-style high court and city hall, head to the lively Indian Town and Chinatown. Explore Bogyoke (Scott) Market to see Myanmar’s wide range of handicrafts and exotic souvenirs.
In the evening, enjoy the sunset to the Great Shwedagone Pagoda built the most prominent monument in Yangon which dominates the sky with golden flash, giant spires and holy relics. Enjoy a Burmese meal for your Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 | B, L, D
Yangon—Bagan (By Flight)
Today, we leave from hotel about 4.30am for flight to Bagan. Bagan (Nyaung U) is the seat of the 1st Myanmar Empire founded by King Anawrahta in mid 11 century A.D. Although legends say that there were supposed to be more than four hundred thousand pagodas at Bagan there are now approximately 2000 pagodas situated in an area about 16 miles square and under the care of the Archaeological Department. Many of the pagodas are in ruins but inside these structures beautiful wall paintings are still very much fresh as if painted only yesterday.
Visit Nyaung U Farmer Market and a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples, such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; the Wetkyiin Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, as well as the elegant Htilominlo temple, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes; the Ananda Temple, with four huge standing Buddha images and Ananda Okkyaung, a small red brick monastery, one of the few received plants is next door from the time of the early Bagan. At the inner walls are designs from that 18. Continue to famous Dhammayangyi Temple, largest of all the temples and the widest temple in Bagan.
After lunch, short take a rest at hotel and in the afternoon visit Myinkaba, two km south of Bagan. This village is well known for its lacquerware workshops and has also a number of interesting temples, as Nanphaya Temple, said to have once been the residence of King Manuha and Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, which has very nice frescoes inside. Enjoy your soothing sunset at Shwesandaw Pagoda.
Day 3 | B, L, D
Bagan — Mandalay (By Flight)
Mandalay can always give Myanmar tours’ fans a hint of how the imperial era was like back to the 19th century. In the morning we will fly over Myanmar’s golden land to Mandalay.
Visit Mandalay’s major attractions of Mahamuni Pagoda, inside of which the bronze Buddha statue is all yet monks and pilgrims are still applying gold layers everyday. Continue our trip to Gold leaf beating, stone carving, bonze casting and Kalaga tapestries factory.
After lunch, continue our trip to the world-known Kuthodaw Pagoda, holding the world’s largest book carved Buddhism scriptures on 729 marble slabs. Later, we will visit Shwenandaw Kyaung, a traditional modern monastery with carved panels telling the past-life stories of the Buddha.
Our last stop will be the Mandalay Hill. Atop the hill, Buddha once prophesied that a grand city, that is Mandalay of present day, would rise in the 2400th year of his faith. Taking in a panoramic view of the whole city, you might find yes sometimes prophecy does come true.
Day 4 | B, L, D
Mandalay—Yangon (By Flight)
After breakfast, morning excursion to Amarapura;11km from Mandalay to visit Mahagandayon Monastery where more than a thousand monks live and study the Buddha scripture. If time permits, you will have the opportunity to observe the monks having their last meal of the day in total silence. And enjoy walk along and around the world’s longest teak bridge at U Bein Bridge.
Then visit Silk weaving Factory that product is very famous in Myanmar and men and women are wearing at Royal Ceremony and Wedding ceremony.
In the afternoon continue to 11km up-river from Mandalay. Cross Ayeyarwaddy River by boat nearly one hour. Visit around Mingun especially for well-known Mingun Bell; 90 tons in weight, the largest ringing bell in the world, unfinished huge Mingun Pagoda, Settawya Pagoda it is part of the Mingun Stupa complex and Hsinbyume Pagoda also known as Myatheindan Pagoda is a large pagoda in Mingun. The pagoda is painted white and is modeled on the physical description of the Buddhist mythological mountain.
After that, transfer to Mandalay for flight to Yangon. Upon arrival Yangon, transfer to hotel.
Day 5 | B
After breakfast, transfer to airport for departure.
- All accommodation with breakfast as per itinerary
- All meals as per itinerary
- All activities and sightseeing expenses
- Private vehicle with driver
- Domestic flights as per itinerary
- English speaking guide
- International airfare with taxes and fuel charges
- All beverages
- All personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
- Tips for guide & driver