Myanmar exploration III

Itinerary 05


Myanmar exploration III


14 Days / 13 nights (For people who want to see all classic sites, some extensions and more land routes)

Day 1. Yangon – arrival
Day 2. Yangon – Mandalay (by flight and car)
Day 3. Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay (by boat and car)
Day 4. Mandalay – Sagaing – Monywa (by car)
Day.5 Monywa – Pakokku – Bagan (by car and boat)
Day 6. Bagan (by car)
Day 7. Bagan (by car)                            (“Balloons over Bagan” is possible at extra cost)
Day 8. Bagan – Mt. Popa – Kalaw (by car)
Day 9. Kalaw (hiking)
Day 10. Kalaw – Pindaya – Nyaung Shwe / Inle Lake (by car and boat)
Day 11. Inle Lake (by boat)
Day 12. Inle Lake – Sanghar (by boat)
Day 13. Inle Lake – Nyaung Shwe – Heho airport – Yangon (by car and flight)
Day 14. Yangon – International departure



Day 1. Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be welcomed by your FLT Tour guide and transferred to the hotel. Visit Yangon city center with many colonial style buildings, Sule pagoda, the reclining Buddha image of Chauk Htut Gyi, Karaweik Hall, a floating barge on Kandawgyi Lake and stroll around Scott (Bogyoke) Market with hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores. Your visit today will conclude with the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most awesome and spectacular monuments of Buddhists.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 2. Early breakfast at the hotel and transfer to your early morning flight to Mandalay.
Upon arrival, proceed to Amarapura (former capital) with Mahaghandayone Monastery, where thousands of monks are taking their meals in total silence as well as 200 years old U Bein bridge. You will walk over to the end of the bridge and come back by riding a small rowing boat OR alternatively visit U Bein bridge in the evening and use the boat to enjoy the Sunset at U Bein bridge.
You will also see the most revered Buddha Images of Mahamuni Pagoda. Your will visit also include a silk weaving factory, gold leave making and a tapestry workshop. Continue your journey to Mandalay town.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 3. After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to jetty and go on a private boat on Ayeyarwady river (11 km – 2 hours) to visit Mingun. See the unfinished pagoda, the 90-ton, ringing bell of Mingun and Myatheintan Pagoda. Return by private boat to Mandalay.
In the afternoon, you can visit Shwe In Bin Monastery with beautiful wood carvings.
In the evening, explore the Night market with many local food stalls and China made items being sold.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 4. After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Monywa (110 km – 3 hours). On the way you will visit the silversmith workshops in Ywa Htaung village. Proceed to Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda outside of Sagaing on the banks of Ayeyarwady river. Continue driving towards Monywa. On the way you can stop at Myin Mu village. There are plenty of street vendors selling fruits and local products.
Before Monywa you will visit Thanboddhay Pagoda, continue to Bodhitataung Pagoda in Monywa on the eastern bank of Chindwin river.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and over night stay in Monywa.

Day 5. After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Pakokku (130 km – 4 hours). At Pakokku, you will visit incense stick making and toy paper making workshops. Continue for 2 hours by private boat to Bagan.
Upon arrival, transfer from the Jetty to your hotel in Bagan. Car and guide are still available to get a first impression of Bagan until dinner time.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and over night stay in Bagan.

Day 6. After breakfast at the hotel, visit the most significant Pagodas and Temples of Bagan including Shwezigone Pagoda, built in the early 11thcentury, Ku Byauk Gyi, a temple with superb mural painting and Ananda Temple with four standing Buddha Images and a huge teak door.
After lunch, visit to one of the lacquer-ware workshop. Visit will follow to Manuha Temple, built in Mon style, Nanbayar Temple with a unique sand stone monument. Your visit will also include Myinkaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple, a temple known for its mural painting.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Bagan

Day 7. After breakfast at the hotel, visit the site of Tayoke Pyay Temple and some further Temples as you wish. The visit will also include Bagan Archaeological Museum where various styles of Buddha Images and hair knot styles are displayed.
If you wish, you can alternatively do some parts of the visit also by horse cart.
After lunch, continue to a farming village around Bagan to know life of local people and local rice-noodle making. Few tourists go to those villages, you have time to explore the village life. In the late afternoon, return to Bagan.
Remark: Rice-noodle making at Taung Bi farming village is from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. But guests should check with guide / driver first whether it is worth going there on the particular day.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Bagan.

If guests wish, they can see the panoramic view of Bagan in the early morning by taking “Balloons over Bagan” at additional cost. The journey with the balloon is around 45 minutes, provided that weather conditions permit the journey.

Day 8. After early breakfast at the hotel, proceed by car to Kalaw (320 km – 8 hours driving). After 45 km it is possible to visit Mt. Popa on the way, which is regarded as the abode of “Nat” (spirits) culture in Myanmar. Mt. Popa is an extinct volcano with spectacular views over the plains of Bagan region. You will have to climb up 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak to see the panoramic view (requires very good physical condition).
Continue your journey to Kalaw through the plains and later up in to mountains. Kalaw is situated nearly 1,500 Meter above sea level, a charming former hill station with pine forests.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Kalaw.

Day 9. After early breakfast, walk up to Taung Ni Village (9 km – nearly 3 hours per way) where the animist Palaung ethnic group is living. You will pass tea- and orange plantations and other crops. On half way, you will reach to Peinnebin Village. There is a long house, where 5 – 6 families live together in 1 big (long) building.
Continue your trekking trip up to Taung Ni Village with beautiful landscape on the way going to this village.
After seeing the village life you will have a very basic lunch which is arranged by your trekking guide at the village.
An additional local trekking guide will accompany you today in addition to your tour guide.
Afterwards walk back to Kalaw.
Lunch provided, Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Kalaw.

Day 10. After breakfast at the hotel, drive by car to Pindaya (52 km – 1.5 hours) passing through beautiful scenery of Shan State. Visit a local village on the way.
In Pindaya visit Pindaya cave, 160 m deep inside, enshrining 8,000 Buddha images. Your visit will also include traditional Shan Paper making industry. In the early afternoon continue by car to Inle Lake (90 km – 3 hours) and transfer to your hotel (1 hour by boat before dawn if your hotel is located on the Lake)
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Inle Lake.

Day 11. After breakfast at the hotel, the excursion on the lake by private long-tail boat will include a visit to the local markets (if it coincides with five day’s market), the weaving village of Inn Pawkhone and a cheroot rolling workshop as well as the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. You will also see floating gardens, leg rowers, local fishing methods and village life of Inle Lake. Visit will conclude with a 150 years old wooden monastery, Nga Phae Chaung Monastery filled with beautiful Buddha images in various styles. This place was famous as jumping cats Monastery, nowadays you may see the cats jumping occasionally only.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Inle Lake.

Day 12. After breakfast at the hotel, start your private long-tail boat trip to Sanghar village (preferably guests should stay at Golden Island Cottages – (30 km – 2 hours from Golden Island Cottages)). Sanghar was in the 18th century one of the larger cities in Shan State (30 km – 2 hours). The highlights of this site are the remote village, stupas that sometimes get flooded in the rainy season and water lilies growing in mass. Have lunch at Thar Kaung village and visit a basic local rice liquor distillery and return to your hotel. The trip leads you through very interesting landscapes, the lake becomes a creek to widen to a lake again before Sanghar.
An additional, mandatory Pa-O guide accompanies you today.
Lunch provided, Dinner on your own account and overnight stay at Inle Lake.

Day 13. After early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Heho airport (30 km – 1 hour) for your domestic flight to Yangon.
Upon arrival, car and guide are at your disposal for the whole day for some further sightseeing as you wish.
Lunch and Dinner on your own account and overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 14. Yangon – International departure
After breakfast, day at your leisure for relaxing, shopping or sightseeing until transfer to airport for departure. Tour Guide and car will be at your disposal.

(Guests arriving to Myanmar by morning or mid-day flight will follow the above-mentioned program. But if you arrive only in the afternoon, you will be directly transferred to your hotel and Yangon sightseeing will be provided on the last day.)


Hotels Yangon Mandalay Monywa  Bagan Kalaw  Inle Lake
Standard East Hotel Shwe Taung Tarn HotelAyarwaddy River View HotelMandalay City Hotel Win Unity Resort Bagan Umbra Hotel Dream Villa Motel Golden Empress Hotel
Middle Sedona Hotel (Yangon)Traders Hotel /  Kandawgyi Palace Hotel Shwe Taung Tarn HotelAyarwaddy River View HotelMandalay City Hotel Win Unity Resort  Bagan Thande HotelBagan Hotel River View Hill Top Villa Shwe Inn Tha Floating ResortInle Resort
Deluxe Savoy Hotel The Governor’s Residence Rupar Mandalar ResortMandalay Hill Resort Tharabar Gate Hotel Amara Resort Pristine Lotus Spa ResortInle Princess Resort




  • Accommodation (twin shared room)

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • English speaking local “through out” guide including all miscellaneous cost for the guide

  • Additional local trekking guide in Kalaw, additional mandatory local guide in Sanghar.

  • Lunch during Kalaw trekking.

  • Entrance fees and camera fees

  • Domestic airport tax

  • “Balloons over Bagan” if booked.

  • Transport (domestic flights as advised / car-, boat- and cart transport as mentioned in the itinerary / all airport- and jetty transfers as mentioned)

  • Luggage handling

  • Bottled drinking water & refreshing towels in normal quantities


  • International airport tax (it is included in your ticket price)

  • Personal expenses such as beverages, laundry and souvenirs and tips

  • Meals (Lunch / Dinner)

  • Personal insurance

  • Visa fees for Myanmar

  • International flights

  • Excess Baggage (domestic flights allow up to 20 kg per person only)

  • Any official fees introduced or increased after our offer.

  • Fuel surcharge for domestic flights if applicable

  • If guests wish to alter the itinerary, extra charges may apply.


• Kindly keep in mind that our itineraries might need to be amended on short notice depending on changes to flight- and boat schedules, condition of roads etc.