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Myanmar Essential

A 7 Days tour program to cover the essential sites of Myanmar, the beauty of Bagan Temples and the majestic Inle Lake as well as Yangon, the economical center of Myanmar.



Arrival at Yangon International Airport; after the immigration control and collecting your luggage, you will meet with your guide at the arrival hall and transfer to your hotel.

Start an introduction tour to get familiar with Yangon. Former Capital till 2005, Yangon remains the most important economical centre of Myanmar. Despite the fast changes and new buildings under construction, Yangon and its diversity of population remains a vibrant and charming city. You will be fascinating by the diversity and the architecture, with many colonial buildings still remaining. The tour will bring you to Sule Pagoda at the heart of the city, Mahabandoola Park and its obelisk to celebrate the independence of the country in 1948. You will continue to China Town and the Indian quarters. Visit the famous Bogyoke Market or Scott market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays), in 1926 by Municipal Commissioner Gavin Scott. The complex houses hundreds of small stalls where local people use to buy jewelry, tailor made clothes, eat noodles. Stop at Kandawgyi Lake. You will enjoy a short walk on the wooden bridge to line up along the lake, giving you a stunning view on the Shwedagon pagoda, but also on the royal barge, standing at the side of the lake, Karaweik.

End the tour at Shwedagon Padoga, Yangon most famous religious monument, the biggest and most venerated Pagoda in the country with its 100 meters high Stupa. It will leave you a memorable experience.

Night in Yangon



Early transfer to Yangon Airport for your flight to Bagan; on arrival, start your tour visiting the market of Nyaung-Oo, typical and colorful, and then start your discovery of the main temples and pagodas of Bagan. Bagan is one of the most archeological and cultural sites in South East Asia with the temples complex of Angkor Wat, and probably the most important cultural site in Myanmar. You will be amazed by the view of the 2200 temples in an area of 40 square kilometers. Most of the temples were built during the 11th and 13th centuries initiated under King Anawratha when he ascended to the throne in 1044.

Along the multitude of Pagodas, your visit will bring you to some of them of a special note.

Ananda Temple
The Ananda Patho or Paya remains one of the finest and most beautiful of all Bagan’s architectural complex.The temple was completed during the reign of King Kyanzittha (1084-1113). The perfectly proportioned masterpiece contains 4 massive standing Buddha facing the 4 cardinal directions.

Htilominlo Temple
The Htilominlo Pahto was built by King Nandaungmya from 1211 to 1230 early in his reign to commemorate his selection on this spot as crown prince from among five sons of the king. Some of its exquisite finely detailed plaster still remains.

The Dhammayangyi (or Dhamma-yan-gyi) Pahto is Bagan’s most massive shrine. It probably was built by King Narathu between 1167 and 1170. The brickwork is finely craft, perhaps it is the finest in Bagan.

Upali Thein
Named after Upali, a well-known monk, this ordination hall was built in the mid-13th century. Most buildings of this type were made of wood and disappeared long time ago. Inside there are some brightly painted frescoes on the walls and ceilings from the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Mingalazedi marks both the highpoint and the end of major temple construction at Bagan. It was completed just ten years before the kingdom’s collapse at the hands of the Mongols in 1287. The temple is the first and only temple built with a full set of Jakata plaques since the Dhammayazika in 1196

In the afternoon, enjoy the sunset over one of Bagan’s temples.

Meals: breakfast at hotel
Night in Bagan


Day 3: BAGAN

This morning, explore Myinkaba village by horse cart; the tour will bring to several temples from the Mon Period, Gubyaukyi, Nanpaya, Manuha and Myazedi. Continue to explore some of the main temples from Bagan.

Shwezigon Pagoda
The Shwezigon Paya is one of the Bagan areas, and Myanmar’s, most significant religious structures. Located at the edge of the most important regional town of Nyaung Oo, it served as a prototype for many later stupas built throughout Myanmar. The Shwezigon is also a major national center of worship. Pilgrims come from many parts of Myanmar for its festival held during the Burmese month of Nadaw (November/December).

Thatbyinnyu Temple
It is the tallest building in Pagan raising 61 meters. It was built by King Alaungsithu in the middle 12th century and its monumental scale helps it to stand out from older temples.

Gawdawpalin Temple
The Gawdawpalin Temple was built by King Narapatisithu after building the Sulamani Temple at the 11th century. But the king did not complete the construction.

Sulamani was built in 1181 by Narapatisithu (1174-1211). This temple was known as “crowing jewel”, a more sophisticated temple than the Htilominlo and Gawdawpalin.

Tharabar Gate
Tharabar Gate is the main gate of the east wall and the only structure left of the old city built by King Pyinbya in 849. The western and northern parts of the city wall were washed away by the river. There were originally twelve gates. Tharabar is derived from the Pali term “Sarabhanga” meaning “shielded against arrows”.

By late afternoon, enjoy the sunset over the temples with a small boat ride on the Irrawaddy.

Meals: breakfast at hotel
Night in Bagan



This morning, transfer to Bagan Airport for your flight to Bagan Airport. Continue by road to Nyaung Shwe, the small provincial town to access Inle Lake; the transfer takes around 1 hour. At arrival in Nyaung Shwe, visit the fascinating wooden monastery of Shwe Yan Pyay Kyaung built in early 19th century. The architecture has traditional motifs such oval windows and the interior conserves glass mosaic work and panels gilded with gold leaf.
In the afternoon, discover the fascinating atmosphere of Inya Lake which is the second largest lake in Myanmar, 22 kilometers long and 11 kilometer wide located in the Shan State. Intha people to mean “sons of the lake” are estimated to 100 00 people. Their way of leaving is very adapted to the environment. The fisher men have made themselves very famous with their particular way to row, one leg on the stern and the other leg to row. One of the singular interests is the fisher men, a form of aquaculture.
Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. This pagoda is the most famous one on the lake with 5 statues of the Buddha covers by layers of gold. The layer is so thick that they look more like balls than images of Buddha. Continue your boat trip to Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery also called “Jumping Cat Monastery”. The monastery is a kind of refuge for cats. Monks pay particular care of those cats and have trained cats to jump through rings which the monks high hold up high.

Meals: breakfast at hotel
Night at Inle Lake or Nyaung Shwe



Today discover the lake under a more traditional look, first after forty minutes by boat to the western part of the lake, join the village of Myinigone to continue with a short walk of about 30 minutes to Myinigone Monastery; the walk is pleasant on a flat surface along a stream, you pass along traditional houses. The small monastery Myinigone dates from the mid nineteenth century, with its yellow painted shutters and garden plants, the monastery hosts young monks who receive Buddhist teaching.
Then you leave by boat to the village of Pauk Pan where you stop for a first visit to some traditional bamboo houses. Then, a small boat ride takes you through the houses for a closer look to the villager’s life whose main activities are Pauk Pan and carpentry. The village is made up of about 200 houses and a population of 900 people.
After lunch, visit the village of Nampan , and the workshops where are built the boats used for navigation on the lake ;
Then, reach the village of Alay Myaung for a short walk of about an hour in the village near the lake to return later on the shore of the lake to the village of Thalee Oo. The houses of villagers are hidden in the charming vegetation of the lake, but you can also see many vegetable crops such as sugar cane, tomatoes or even garlic fields, a gentle walking experience under the shade of the bamboos to discover the daily life of Intha villages.

Meals: breakfast at hotel
Night at Inle Lake or Nyaung Shwe



Your excursion will then bring you to Indein complex. On the way, you will visit a local market or 5 days rotating market. The 5 Days market as its name suggest takes place every 5 days making a round in different villages. This is not to be missed providing the chance to see different ethnic communities to sell their products such as Danu,Pa O and Palang. Continue your visit to the complex of Indein temples. The site features around 1000 pagodas from the 17th century decorated with fine figured. Many are in very bad conditions and some have been badly restored with concrete.

Meals: breakfast
Night at Inle Lake



This morning, reach back Nyaung Shwe and Heho airport for your return flight to Yangon;
Guide and car at disposal until transfer to Mingaladorn International Yangon airport for your onward flight to Singapore/Bangkok/Kuala Lumpur

Meals: breakfast at hotel







Hotel Bahosi (Superior Room) Alamanda Inn (Superior Room) Sule Shangri-La (Superior Room)


 Sky Palace Hotel (Superior Room) Arthawka Hotel (Deluxe Room) Tharabargate Hotel(Deluxe Room)


Maine Li Nyaung Shwe (Deluxe Room) Paradise Nyaung Shwe (Deluxe Room) Novotel Inle Resort (Junior Suite)


Our prices are valid from the 1st May 2017 till the 30th April 2018, quoted per person in USD subject to immediate change in case of increases in airfares, airfare fuel surcharge, ground transportation costs, entrance fees, etc…


Price per Person / STANDARD (Till 30 Sept 2017) 2 persons 3 to 5 6 to 9
Package STANDARD / English Speaking Guides 1259 1155 980
Package STANDARD /  Same Throughout Language Speaking Guide 1520 1332 1068
Single Supplement 122 122 122


Price per Person / COMFORT (Till 30 Sept 2017) 2 persons 3 to 5 6 to 9
Package COMFORT / English Speaking Guides 1326 1222 1050
Package COMFORT / Same Throughout Language Speaking Guide 1653 1486 1248
Single Supplement 180 180 180


Price per Person / SUPERIOR (Till 30 September 2017) 2 persons 3 to 5 6 to 9
Package SUPERIOR / English Speaking Guides 1510 1375 1210
Package SUPERIOR / Same Throughout Language Speaking Guide 1744 1532 1290
Single Supplement 400 400 400

OCTOBER 2017 – APRIL 2018

Price per Person / STANDARD (1 Oct.’17 – 30 April’18) 2 persons 3 to 5 6 to 9
Package STANDARD / English Speaking Guides 1272 1205 1040
Package STANDARD / Same Throughout Language Speaking Guide 1580 1400 1134
Single Supplement 150 150 150


Price per Person / COMFORT (1 Oct.’17 – 30 April’18) 2 persons 3 to 5 6 to 9
Package COMFORT / English Speaking Guides 1377 1273 1097
Package COMFORT / Same Throughout Language Speaking Guide 1704 1537 1299
Single Supplement 241 241 241


Price per Person / SUPERIOR (1 Oct.’17 – 30 April’18) 2 persons 3 to 5 6 to 9
Package SUPERIOR / English Speaking Guides 1706 1573 1409
Package SUPERIOR / Same Throughout Language Speaking Guide 1942 1730 1488
Single Supplement 600 600 600


  • - Accommodation with breakfast at hotels as per mentioned in the itinerary,
  • - Sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as specified,
  • - Domestic airfares, Yangon-Bagan, Bagan-Heho and Heho-Yangon,
  • - Entrance fees for the places mentioned in the program,
  • - Transfers and tours accompanied with different English speaking local guides or a Language throughout speaking local guide.
  • - Boat, horse cart trips as specified,
  • - Insurance and fuel surcharge on Domestic Airlines in Myanmar.


  • - Services not specified in the itinerary,
  • - Lunches and dinners,
  • - Surcharge applied by hotels (mostly beach resorts) during end of the year festive season,
  • - Supplements for compulsory Christmas dinner and New Year Eve dinner applied by some hotels during the Festive Period,
  • - Transport supplement applied during the Myanmar New Year (12 to 17 April 2018)
  • - Visa,
  • - International flight tickets to/from Yangon,
  • - Personal expenditure such as tips, drinks, souvenirs, laundry, etc…,
  • - Travel insurance (to cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, repatriation in the event of accident or serious illness).

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