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12-Day Myanmar Explorer with the Golden Rock

Tour route: Yangon - Bago - the Golden Rock - Yangon - Heho - Inle Lake - Heho - Manalay - Bagan - Yangon

  • Tour code: MOT-MM-006
  • Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: Arrival, Yangon Highlights Tour

Welcome to Yangon! Upon your arrival at Yangon International Airport, your guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. After a short break, you’ll start the journey at the holy Sule Pagoda where a hair of a Buddha is said to be enshrined. Located in the heart of downtown, it has become an excellent landmark of the city. Later, head to the 66-metre-long Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple and see its 108 lattices under the feet which represent 108 reincarnations of people. Next, you can enjoy a leisure time at Kandawgyi Lake by a royal floating barge.
After lunch, take a tour to the most sacred Shwedagon Pagoda, which enshrines legacies of four Buddhists, and view the fabulous sunset over the pagoda.

Overnight: Yangon

Day 2: Yangon - Bago - Kimpun Village, Pagoda Sightseeing

In the morning, take a ride to Bago (about 1.5 hours). Upon arrival, stroll around at a local market and then get to the reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha which is an imitation of the half-lying Sakyamuni Buddha according to local legend. Followed is an exploration to Kyaikpun Pagoda which is famous for four giant Buddha Statues sitting back to back against a huge pink pillar at the centre.
In the afternoon, you’ll head to Kimpun Village by car (about 3.5 hours’ drive) to visit the Kyaithiyo Pagoda (also named as the Golden Rock). It takes certain efforts to reach the top on foot (4-5km to walk), but it’s worthwhile to get an amazing sight of the precariously balanced rock on the edge of the cliff and enjoy a spectacular sunset.

Overnight: Accommodation near the Golden Rock
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: the Golden Rock - Yangon

In the morning, take some photos of the Golden Rock before backing to Yangon (about 5.5 hours’ drive). In the middle of the way, stop at the Taukkyan War Cemetery which was built to commemorate over 6,374 Allied soldiers who died in Burma during World War II. Upon arrival, you’re free at your own leisure. 

Overnight: Yangon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Yangon - Heho - Inle Lake

In the morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Heho and get to NyaungShwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat to see one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights.
You’ll first visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery where houses dozens of Shan Buddha Images. Continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf.
In the afternoon, explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at Inpawkhone Village and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. If time permits, you can enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.

Overnight: Inle Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Inle Lake - Indein - Inle Lake

In the morning, start the day at Indein Village for sightseeing. Take a boat traveling through a long channel where you can have a glimpse of floating villagers’ vivid life which is viewed as one of the most scenic boat tours on Inle Lake.
In the afternoon, visit a boat-making place, local blacksmiths workshops and fascinating floating gardens in the village. 

Overnight: Inle Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Inle Lake - Heho - Mandalay, Mandalay Hightlights

In the morning, get to Nyaung Shwe Jetty by a boat and transfer to Heho for the flight to Mandalay. Upon your arrival, your guide will greet you and escort you to the hotel.
In the afternoon, admire the Kuthodaw Pagoda, a large marble tablet complex inscribed with text from the Tipitaka, which is regarded as the world’s largest book. Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, one of the wonderful teak wooden buildings of the Mandalay Royal Palace. Lastly, enjoy the incredible sunset at Mandalay Hill.

Overnight: Mandalay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Mandalay, Monastery Sightseeing

In the morning, get to Amarapura, the ancient capital city of Myanmar in the 18th century, and join in the daily meal of over 1,000 monks at Mahagandayon Monastery.
After that, head to Ava, which was once the capital city from 14th to 18th centuries, and have a glimpse of the long-standing wooden Bagaya Monastery, the Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery and Htihlaing Shin Paya Pagoda.
In the afternoon, walk across the bridge over the Irrawaddy River to get to Sagaing Hill, over 600 pagodas and monasteries are scattered over the hill, and end your day with an incredible sunset view on the 200-year old U Bein Bridge.

Overnight: Mandalay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Mandalay Palace & Fort, Mandalay - Bagan

In the morning, admire the Mahamuni Buddha Temple, a major pilgrimage site covered with over 15 cm thicknesses of gold leaf, and watch the laborious process of gold leaf beating on the way.
In the afternoon, view the Mandalay Palace and Fort to have a look at the beauty of the golden era of the Mandalay Kingdom. Later, your guide will take you to the airport flying to Bagan. On arrival, your guide will welcome you and escort you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free time.

Overnight: Mandalay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Bagan

In the morning, stroll around the lively NyaungOo Market and head to the Shwezigon Pagoda to know Bagan’s rich history. Next, have a glimpse of beautiful plaster carvings at Htilominlo Temple and visit Thatbyinnyu Temple, the highest temple in Bagon, where you can get a glorious view of the Bagan landscape. Continue to the Ananda Temple, which houses four standing Buddhists and each one of them facing four cardinal directions.
In the afternoon, go to a lacquer-ware workshop and then take a tour to Manuha Temple and Nanpaya Temple. After that, visit the GuByaukgyi Temple, an Indian-style temple, its interior walls and ceilings are decorated with ancient mural paintings that depict scenes of Jataka. Next, transfer to the pyramid-like Dhammayangyi Temple, enjoy the sunset and have a paranoiac view of thousands of temples at the Shwesandaw Pagoda

Overnight: Bagan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Bagan

Today is free for you to have a good rest after a series of travel these days or you can continue exploring the city if you’re still energetic.

Overnight: Bagan
Meal: Breakfast

Day 11: Bagan - Yangon, Minnanthu Village

Riding a hot air balloon to overlook the world-famous archaeological site in morning is an optional activity highly recommended for you (Seasonal activity available only from October to March).
Take a tour at Minnanthu Village, an agricultural village that specializes in the production of sesame and peanut oil. Later, you’ll respectively pass through Payathonzu Temple, Lemyentha Temple and Nandamannya Pahto Temple. After that, explore the Nandamannya Cave Grotto (Kyat Kan Monastery), which has the reputation from the mural “The temptation of Mura” in which a group of nude females vainly attempted to attract the Buddha’s attention. In the afternoon, you’ll fly back to Yangon.

Overnight: Yangon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Yangon, Departure

In the morning, before taking your return flight, you can wander around Bogyoke Aung San Market (formerly Scott’s Market) for a souvenir hunting, which has a whole of Myanmar handicrafts, local goods and clothing.  

Note: The market is closed on Mondays and public holidays.
Meal: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.

Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

 

Hotel Standards

3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Meals

Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

All tour guides of Indochina Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

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Clients: chris_f195

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Monica Mo
We have used Odyssey Tours before which is why we used them again for Myanmar. Their execution is faultless. The supplied guides spoke English at a high level and knew a great deal about their culture. Apart form Yangon, we went to Bagan, Inle Lake, Heho. Every place was well worth seeing and provided quite a contrast in some ways. The accommodation and included meals were al truly top rate. This is to be highly recommended
Rating: July 13th, 2017

Clients: Jaxter12186258

Travel Consultant:
Allison Chiang
Well this year it was Myanmar and our third trip organised by Allison at IOT, having previously been to Cambodia and Vietnam. It is a wonderful country slowly adapting to mass tourism. My recommendation - visit sooner rather than later whilst relatively unspoilt.

A super trip starting in Yangon with the Schewedagon temple, colonial buildings and walks around the local markets. We then went on to Bagan with the many ancient temples and stupas. Best seen from a balloon ride at sunrise and the trip organised with Oriental Ballooning did not disappoint. T the end of the day there were super sunsets in the peace and quiet of the plains. Our final stop was Mandalay which included a lovely river trip and a visit to Mingun. 

The accommodation was first class with a special mention to the Belmond Governor’s Residence at Yangon which was excellent. Aureum Palace at Bagan with a lakeside villa came a close second.

All our guides had excellent knowledge which they were keen to share and all spoke excellent english. It was nice to have a couple of lady guides for a change. The local drivers were excellent. 

Food during the day was varied and dietary requirements easily accommodated. 

We can not speak highly enough of Allison and her organisational skills and desire to help and adapt situations to meet our needs and make this another memorable holiday. Thank you and to all those behind the scene at IOT. 

Would I recommend IOT to organise a holiday? Yes, yes, yes.

Rating: April 15th, 2017

Clients: jemanz

Travel Consultant:
Nikki Xia
This was part of a 2 week tour we did with Odyssey. Our guide (Maw Hein) and driver were great. Having a local who knew all the tips and info made such a difference to our experience. There is so much we would have missed without his expertise. Thank-you Nikki from Odyssey for putting together such a great tour for us.

Rating: April 12th, 2017

Clients: Karabak

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Joan Qin
These guys are professionals. You couldn't do better. We travelled with Indochina Odyssey Tours over 3 weeks in Myanmar and they didn't miss a beat. Very personable guides, punctual, polite - would definitely use them again

Rating: March 29th, 2017
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