Our most recommended things to do in Myanmar
1. Bagan: Temple, Market & Lacquerware Workshop Tour with Lunch
Start your day-tour from the convenience of your accomodation where you driver will be to meet you. First stop on your Bagan adventure - the local markets. Once you arrive at the markets feel free to peruse the stores and watch the locals as they go about their daily shopping. With your guide you will visit some of the most significant pagodas and temples in Bagan. Here you will be able to admire the architecture and learn a bit about the history of some of these spiritually important buildings. Visit places like Shwezigone Pagoda, Wetkyi Inn Gubyaukgyi Temple with it's murals of Jataka scenes, Ananda and Htilominlo. Take a break during your exciting schedule to stop for a bite to eat at a local restaurant. Try your hand at some of the local delicacies that make the food in this area so unique. After lunch, visit a lacquerware workshop where you will have the experience to learn the c...
2. Yangon: Tradition and Culture Tour
Meet your English speaking guide, jump in the van and head to Chaukhtetkyi Pagoda, home to a reclining Buddha that's one of the most honored in the country and one of the largest in all of Myanmar. After a short visit inside the museum, continue your tour with a walk through a local residential area until you reach Kandawgyi Park, which offers views of Shwedagon Pagoda across Kandawgyi Lake. Along the way, your guide will share local stories and anecdotes, as well as answer any questions your small group poses about local life in Yangon. Then stop at a teahouse for a tea break and some people watching before heading to Shwedagon Pagoda. Inside the eastern entrance to the pagoda, your guide will point out a very different type of local market, which demonstrates how significant Buddhism is in the daily life of Myanmar. After exploring the market a bit, you’ll climb a long, stair-filled c...
3. Mandalay: Private Half-Day Excursion to Amarapura
Your tour will begin from your hotel in Mandalay, from where you will drive 15 kilometers to Amarapura. After having arrived, you will then visit the famous Buddhist monastery of Mahagandayon, where typically more than a thousand monks live and study. Following this, you will then head to the longest teak bridge, which was built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Since then it has been noted for both silk and cotton weaving. Finally, you will visit a traditional hand-woven silk workshop, before continuing on to see the Bagaya Monastery, complete with a superb collection of Buddhist statues. At the conclusion of your tour, you will return to Mandalay where you will be dropped off back at your point of origin.
4. Inle Lake: Private Full-Day Excursion to Kakku
Situated in the heart of the Shan Plateau and sitting 900 meters above sea level, Inle Lake is a stunning highland lake. The lake is 22-kilometers long and 10-kilometers wide, and its shores and hinterland are home to many diverse ethnic groupings. After being collected from your hotel, you will travel 1 hour by road to Taunggyi, at which point you will continue for about 1 more hour to Kakku. Once there, you will visit the Kakku Pagoda complex which consists of over 2000 stupas. You will then be able to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, before continuing on to visit the Htan-Pha-Ya village and cave. Unknown Shan Buddha images of various sizes are kept on the wall of the small shallow Htan-Pha-Ya cave, which you will be able to observe on your visit. Finally, you will visit a typical Pao village, including its plantations, on the way back to Taunggyi. At the conclusion of your day, yo...
5. Day Trip to Sagaing Ava and Amarapura from Mandalay
Your driver will pick you up from your hotel lobby in Mandalay around 8:30 am and head to the world's largest teak bridge, U Bein Bridge built in 1782. Then, visit Mahagadayon Monastery, a famous Buddhist Monastery where more than a thousand monks live and study. Next, move to Ava (Inwa) by a ferry ride from Myitnge River. Upon arrival, hop on a horse-cart offers you the opportunity to discover the picturesque ruins and surrounding countryside at a relaxed and more tranquil pace. Visit the teak monastery of Bagaya Kyaung (famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts) and the former royal monastery temple known as Maha Aungmye Bonzan, completely built of brick and stucco. The final stop of the day is at Sagaing. Sagaing is considered to be the living center of Buddhism in Myanmar and the hundreds of monasteries and temples reverberate with the echoes of cymbals, gongs, an...
We had an excellent tour guide, Mr Myo, that we arranged through Mekong cruises tours . This was a very full day, but so interesting. He was able to fit in some extra things like a market visit to a tea shop where we could buy the best Myanmar tea, a noodle factory, a school, a walk through a village where furniture was made and a Nunnery. This was all besides the main Saigaing pagodas, the horse cart ride through Ava and the U Bein Bridge at sunset. He also recommended other things that made our stay in Mandalay most pleasant.Highly recommended this tour to anyone visit myanmar
6. From Nyaungshwe Area: Kakku Pagoda Day-Trip with Short Trek
You will be picked up from your Inle Lake or Nyaung Shwe accommodation and begin the journey to Kakku by car. Stop off along the way to visit a local market, before continuing to Narbaung. From Narbaung, walk for about 1 hour to Htampaya as you admire the stunning scenery. Pass through several farms and visit an ancient cave. At the end of this short trek, a car will be waiting to proceed to Kakku. Stop to enter the ancient Phyu Nge monastery before Kakku, then enjoy lunch at the Hlaing Koon Restaurant. After lunch, discover the beautiful Kakku Pagoda Complex. Explore the ancient Buddhist stupas aligned in parallel rows, covering a distance of almost one square kilometer. In the evening, depart from Kakku and return to your accommodation in the Nyaungshwe or Inle Lake area.
7. Mandalay: Private Excursion to Maymyo
Your tour begins in the morning, as you are collected from your accommodation in Mandalay. You will then drive on a scenic road for 2 hours to the former British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo). Maymyo is a delightful small town consisting of colonial-style buildings, markets, and a botanical garden. Once there, you can feel the historical atmosphere by traveling through town in a traditional horse-drawn carriage. You can then visit the botanical garden and the local market, which will provide you with an insight into local life. Following lunch at a local restaurant, you will then venture out to visit the Peik Khyin Myaung Caves, which are almost as old as the land itself. You will then proceed to the Pwe Kyauk Falls, a favorite picnic spot for local people, before returning to Mandalay.
8. Mandalay: Private 3-Day Mandelay and Bagan Tour
Day 1: Yangon Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will drive to the Mawtin Jetty where you will take a rickshaw for a short trip along the Yangon River. Next, you will visit the Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda (a huge reclining Buddha), Karaweik Hall, and a royal floating barge on the royal lake for a photo stop. Late in the afternoon, you will visit the Shwedagon Pagoda. This massive bell-shaped stupa rises nearly 100 meters above its hill-top surroundings. You can wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, temples, and Buddha images, and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe. At the conclusion of your day, you can enjoy the sunset over the Pagoda, before spending the night in Yangon. Day 2: Yangon, Mandalay an...
9. Yangon Full Day Tour with Circular Train Ride
Meet your guide at your hotel and firstly drive to Kyeet Myin Dine railway station. From here, take a 15-minute train ride on the Yangon Circular Train. Stop at Yangon railway station and drive to visit Bogyoke Aung Sann Market (Scott Market – closed on Mondays), where you may find various Myanmar handicrafts, jade, jewelry, clothing, and beautiful longyi. Next, go on a walking tour, setting off from Sule Pagoda in central downtown Yangon. On the way, you can see Yangon City Hall, Independence Monument, Mahabandoola Park, and many former colonial buildings. The next stop is the 70-meter long Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda giant reclining Buddha, which is equal to the height of a six-story building. In the late afternoon, you will visit Kandawgyi Park which has a great view of a beautiful lake and Shwedagon Pagoda in the background. You can also see Karaweik royal floating barge, which was built i...
10. From Bagan: Mount Popa Day-Tour
Start your tour from the convenience of your hotel room in Bagan. Your driver will be there to meet you at 8:00am and after a short meet and greet, you will set-off to your destination. Hop in your air-conditioned vehicle with your personal driver and take a 48km drive south east of Bagan. Along the way you will have the opportunity to take in the picturesque scenery en route to your destination. Once you arrive at your destination, Mt. Popa, you will start your ascent to the top of the extinct volcanic mountain. The hike up the mountain allows for beautiful sightseeing, not to mention animal spotting as the area is inhabited by monkeys. Whilst also on your ascent you will witness old monasteries built into the mountain, shrines and places of worship. Once you have hit the top you will have beautiful views of Popa Oasis. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Popa Mountain Resort whilst taking i...
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