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A Brief Taste of Myanmar

Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing – Mandalay



A Brief Taste of Myanmar – 5 days 4 nights
Be enchanted by the natural beauty, the diverse culture, and the warmth of the friendly Burmese people in this short trip to Myanmar. During 5 days, you will visit three of the most fascinating cities in the country including Yangon, Bagan, and Mandalay. Let your heart bewitched by the golden hue of thousand-year-old pagodas, impressive Buddha images, and get more knowledge about the Buddhist tradition – the most important religion in Myanmar. If Yangon gives you a taste of the great colonial architecture, Mandalay intrigues you with numerous white-washed pagodas dominating the sky, when it comes to Bagan, with thousands of ancient temples, each with its own story will be waiting to take your breath away.


  • Learn about the history and culture of Myanmar.
  • Visit three different kingdoms of Burma in the past: Mandalay, Bagan, Amarapura.
  • Gain insight into the local life in the countryside of Myanmar.
  • Best sunsets of a lifetime: over the Irrawaddy River, Sagaing Hill, and Shwedagon Pagoda.

Tour Itinerary

Mingalabar! Welcome to Myanmar, the land of myths and magic! Today, arrive at Yangon International Airport and meet our local tour guide who will escort you to the hotel for check-in.
After a short break, we will spend the rest of the day sightseeing around the city. Take this chance to enjoy a scenic drive through the downtown city and witness the colonial architectural masterpiece which has faded through the ups and downs of time but still retains its alluring. Passing by the lovely post office, Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden, and Independence Monument, make your first visit to Scott Market, the sprawling 75-year-old market, one of the most lively markets in Yangon. Spend your time wandering around the market area to observe a wide range of local specialties such as trinkets, gems, fabrics, and woodcarvings. (Note: the market is closed on Mondays).

Next, we head to Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, an important Buddhist pagoda in the Bahan township of Yangon which is famous for its highly revered reclining Buddha image. Your guide then also takes you to the beautiful Kandawgyi Lake noted for its impressive golden Karaweik Hall, one of the most important landmarks in Yangon.

Here comes the best time to visit Shwedagon Pagoda, perhaps the most impressive attraction in Yangon, if not Myanmar. The main glittering stupa located on the top of the hill which can be seen in any corner of Yangon will bring you a truly astonishing moment. Take your time to walk around the pagoda land and see local pilgrims as well as monks offering their devotion. Enjoy the gorgeous sunset view here and then return to the hotel in the evening. Overnight in Yangon.

Note*: The hotel room will be available at 2:00pm, and in case that you would like to secure an early-check in, an additional charge will be applied.

Meal: n/a

Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Following your breakfast with a domestic flight to Bagan, the temple town of Myanmar. Upon arrival, you will spend the whole day exploring the architectural masterpiece of the amazing town through numerous outstanding temples in the region. You might visit Ananda, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved temples in Bagan built in Mon style; Dhammayangyi, the largest and considered a haunted temple noted for many tragedies in the history of Bagan Kingdom; Htilominlo, the majestic 46-meter tall sanctuary, etc.

After that, gain more about the local culture with a visit to two workshops in Bagan which produce the most famous products in the region: lacquerware and woodcraft. Here you can spend time talking with the local artisan and watch them using their techniques to create their unique items.

In the late afternoon, highlight your sightseeing with a drive to the jetty to embark on a private wooden boat down the river. Enjoy your cruise which sails along the poetic landscape of Bagan where you might see local fishermen or people living sparsely on the riverside. If today is a sunny day, you will have a chance to see the gorgeous sunset over the river which is truly a wonderful moment for anyone who visits Bagan. Return to the hotel after the cruise. Overnight in Bagan.
Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

Power up your morning with an early visit to Nyaung U Market, the busiest market in the region where you will find an array of local staples such as vegetables, Takana tree (a kind of traditional make-up powder in Myanmar), flowers, and so on.

Then, the rest of the day will deliver you to an amazing discovery in the peaceful village of Bagan. Your guide will take you on a visit to some of the households in the nearby village to gain insight into the local lifestyle, culture, as well as history of Bagan. In the late afternoon, our guide will pick you to the airport to take a flight to Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

Being one of the two largest cities in Myanmar, Mandalay will bring you the essence of the great culture. After breakfast at the hotel, transfer for a 30-minute drive to Amarapura, an ancient capital of Burma founded by King Bidawpaya in 1783 and became the worship and academic center of Buddhism. We will make our first visit of the day at Mahagandayon Monastery, the most prominent monastic college where you can learn about the monk’s life and education. Then we make our way to U Bein Bridge, the biggest draw to visitors in Amarapura, which is the longest and oldest teak bridge in the world. Continue to Bagaya Monastery to discover a superb collection of Buddha statues.

After lunch, travel on a short boat trip to Inwa (also called Ava), the former royal capital of Myanmar. Visit Nanmyint Watch Tower, one of the noticeable Myanmar architectural styles of the early 19th century, and Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, one of the most surviving examples of the 19th century in Myanmar. It’s impressive and intricately designed as a brick replica of typical wooden monasteries of the age. Spend your last visit to Bargayar Monastery admiring its magnificent teakwood design and impressive ornate wood carvings.

Fulfill your trip today with a final visit to Sagaing Hill, one of the most important religious sites in Myanmar which is home to 6000 monks. The top of the hill provide you with a panoramic view of the city scenery. Overnight in Mandalay.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

After breakfast at the hotel, check-out and then transfer to the airport to take an international departure flight. Trip ends.
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Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: n/a

Important Note*

  • The itinerary can be customized basing on your interests (you can extend your stay at each location, add/remove activities)

Price & Inclusion

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  • The price would vary depending on the group size, grade of hotel. Please contact us or book the tour for price in details.
  • Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request

Booking Policy

Price Includes

  • 4 Nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • 2 Domestic air tickets (Yangon– Bagan – Mandalay).
  • All transfer and sightseeing by private air-conditioned car as per the itinerary mentioned
  • All concerned entrance fee and zone fees
  • Experienced English speaking local tour guide in each city.
  • Government tax & Service charges

Price excludes

  • Visa to Myanmar
  • Meals & Drinks (Lunch & Dinner)
  • Other personal expenses.
  • Guide & driver tips

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation received 60 days or more before arrival date: 25% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 30 days to 59 days prior arrival date: 35% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 29 days prior arrival date: 75% of total rate
  • Cancellation received less than 14 days prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate

Children Policy

  • For infant (<02 years old): FOC
  • 02 – 10 years old without bed: 35% adult rate
  • 02 – 10 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 02 – 10 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate
  • from 11 years old: 100% adult rate

Note*: The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double room with two adults

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  • Depending on your budget, you can choose a suitable hotel category.

  • Early checking/late checkout are not included and you can change the to any other hotels  and room type if required. Additional charge/discount will be made accordingly.

  • The list of hotels are used for our all tour itineraries in Myanmar.

  • Different hotels might be selected depending on your request.

  • Our tour price includes the ROH room at the hotel. If any special request, please let us know in advance. Surcharge is applied for higher room type.

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