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From Yangon: Full Day Excursion to Golden Rock

1. From Yangon: Full Day Excursion to Golden Rock

Start the overland drive to the Kin Pun "base camp" of Golden Rock with a 5:30 AM hotel pick up in Yangon. Continue onward to Kyaiktiyo (the "Golden Rock"), a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaves and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. You will arrive at Kim Pun base camp at around noon. As soon as you arrive at Kim Pun Base Camp you will take an open truck to reach the mountain top pagoda. After arriving to the top of the mountain pagoda, you can visit the Golden Rock Pagoda and take photos around there. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant en-route. After lunch, leave from Kyaikhto and return back to Yangon via Bago. Your short visit in Bago includes seeing the great Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which is over a thousand years old. Its spire is even taller than that of Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda. You will also see the 55-meter-long reclining Shwe Thalyaung Buddha Image, one of the country's most revered objects. You will also make a brief stop at Kyaik Pun Pagoda, famous for its four giant Buddha figures. If time permits, you can visit the Allied War Cemetery in Htauk Kyant. You will arrive back at your hotel late evening. 

Yangon City: Full-Day Tour

2. Yangon City: Full-Day Tour

At 8:00 AM, you will be picked up from your hotel. Start your full day of sightseeing by driving through the colonial style downtown, as well as Chinatown and the Indian quarter. Stop to take a photo at the City Hall and the Sule Pagoda with its golden chedi. Then, take a walk along Yangon River to see the busy harbor area and discover the upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River. Visit Botathaung Pagoda, said to contain Buddha relics. If requested, you can make a short visit to the 100 year old Strand Hotel.   Lunch will be served at Lucky 7 Tea house where you can choose from a variety of Burmese, Indian and Chinese food. Visit Bogyoke Market, formally known as Scott Market, which gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. Explore the National Museum and discover the 8-meter-high golden Lion Throne and the Royal Regalia of Mandalay.  Then, proceed to the magnificent reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda. Take a photo at the Karaweik Hall, a golden floating barge on the Kandawgyi Lake. Conclude your day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monument, the Shwedagon Pagoda. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tonnes of pure gold. After enjoying the sunset from the pagoda, you will be transferred back to your hotel at 6:00 PM.   

From Yangon: Overnight Tour to Golden Rock and Bago

3. From Yangon: Overnight Tour to Golden Rock and Bago

After getting picked up from your hotel in Yangon, begin the drive to Bago. Your first stop will be Kyaik Kat Wine Monastery. Watch as the monks walk down a large walkway to be bestowed with donations of food from the locals. Later, see the highlights of Bago, including the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, the huge Reclining Buddha of Shwethelyaung, the four Giant Buddha images of Kyaikpun Pagoda and the excavation site and restoration work of Kanbawzathadi, the palace of famous King Bayinnaung. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing directly to Kim Pun Base Camp where you will spend the night at the Golden Rock Pagoda. The next morning, wake up early to see the sunrise over the magnificent golden rocks. After breakfast at the hotel, it's time to check out and head back to Kim Pun base camp. Later, drive back to Yangon, with a stop at Taukkyan War Cemetery. Here, see the graves of the Allied British soldiers who were killed in Burma. Get dropped off at your hotel in Yangon in the evening.

Bagan: Full-Day Temple Tour

4. Bagan: Full-Day Temple Tour

After hotel pick-up at 8:00 AM, drive to Nyaung Oo and stroll through the colorful local market. Visit the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, which is Bagan's most important reliquary shrine. Look out for images of the 37 nats (spirits) housed in a small hall. Continue to Gubyaukgyi, another cave temple with fine frescoes of the Jataka Tales. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Continue to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with well-preserved murals. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple. Enjoy various kinds of food from Myanmar at lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, watch craftsmen make Bagan handicrafts at a lacquerware factory. Continue to Damayangyi, a temple famous for its mortar-less brickwork. Next, visit Sulamani, one of Bagan’s great two-storied Bamar style temples. Then, visit Gubyaukgyi Temple admiring the fine decorative exterior. Stop at Myazedi stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages. Continue to Nanpaya Temple, with intricate stone carvings. See the four Buddha images in Manuha Pagoda. Transfer to jetty to board the local boat and enjoy a sunset boat trip on the Ayeyarwaddy River. Transfer back to your hotel.

From Yangon: Private Bago Day Tour with Lunch

5. From Yangon: Private Bago Day Tour with Lunch

Get picked up by your guide at 8:00 am from your accommodation in Yangon. On your way to Bago, visit allied Taukkyan War Cemetery where thousands of British Allied soldiers who fought in the Second World War are buried. Then explore the lively outdoor market of Htauk Kyant and peruse the local wares on offer.  Arrive in Bago and begin your guided city tour by marveling at the four giant Buddha images in the Kyaik Pun Pagoda built by King Dhammaceti in AD 1475. Then pay a visit to the Kyat Khat Wine Monastery and observe the monks in training line up for lunch and eat at small round tables. Afterwards, enjoy lunch yourself at a local restaurant where you can try some of Myanmar's most popular cuisine. Continue on to the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated pagodas in Myanmar. Take in views of the impressive 375 foot high structure and learn about the excavation and restoration of Kanbawzathadi, the palace of the famous King Bayint Naung. Stroll through the Bumble Bee Throne Hall (probably used as the king’s sleeping quarters), the Royal Audience Hall, the Teak-post Museum, which displays teak-posts found from Kambawzathadi palace site excavation, and the unique, octagonal-shaped Hanthawaddy Archaeological Museum. Finally, see Shwethalyaung Reclining Pagoda and return to your hotel in Yangon.

From Mandalay: Full Day Excursion To Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

6. From Mandalay: Full Day Excursion To Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

In the morning you will have a 7:30 AM pickup from your hotel in Mandalay and drive up (80 km – 2 hours) on a scenic route to the cool hill station and a former British Hill Station of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo). Visit the lovely lake, waterfalls, botanical gardens and their colonial era-buildings. The road winds steeply through flower, fruit and vegetable gardens so you will enjoy the ride. Visit the local market. Drive through Maymyo on a horse drawn "stage coach", giving you the chance to admire the brick and timber houses, complete with English style gables, turrets and chimneys. Then visit the Water Fall and the National Kandawgyi Gardens, which were laid out by Sir Harcourt Butler, the former governor of Burma, the flower beds are similar to those found in an English country garden. The garden has recently been renovated and is now called “Kandawgyi National Botanical Garden”. Eat lunch at local restaurant. Then stop at a lovely coffee shop for a coffee break before returning by road to Mandalay. Arrive back Mandalay and transfer to your hotel.

Mandalay: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

7. Mandalay: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Your tour begins with pickup from your hotel in the morning or evening. From there, your half-day tour of Mandalay begins. As you travel, learn how this city is the last royal capital city of Myanmar. Visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, a fine-teak monastery-temple known for its carvings, particularly in its interior. From there, advance to the Atumashi Monastery and the Kuthodaw Pagoda. This gilded pagoda is comprised of hundreds of shrines, all housing inscribed marble slabs and several pavilions. Following that, visit the Sandarmuni Pagoda, and the Kyautkawgyi Pagoda. If your tour has been booked in the afternoon, drop by Mandalay Hill to observe the sunset. Mandalay Hill is renowned for providing a stunning spot for sunsets, and allows its visitors to take in panoramic views of the entire city. At the conclusion of your activity, your tour concludes with you heading back to your hotel.

Mandalay: Full-Day Mandalay Culture Tour

8. Mandalay: Full-Day Mandalay Culture Tour

Start with a pick-up from your hotel in Mandalay at 08:00 and drive to Amarapura 15 kilometers from Mandalay. Visit a 200-year-old U Bein Teak Bridge built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was a royal capital. Visit a traditional handwoven silk workshop. At 09:30, visit Maha-Gandayon Monastery, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study and watch the monks for their alms round at 10:00. Lunch will be served at one of local Myanmar restaurants. After lunch, visit one of the most revered religious monuments in the Mahamuni Pagoda. Since Mandalay is also a major crafts center, you will also be able to visit a kalaga tapestries craftsmen's shop. Visit the Shwe In Bin Monastery and Golden Palace Monastery (Shwe Nandaw / Shwe Kyaung), a superb example of a traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda, the world’s largest book made of marble. Drive to Mandalay Hill to enjoy the panoramic beauty of Mandalay at sunset. Time permitting, you will then pay a visit to Shwe Kyin Monastery to watch the evening prayers of the monks. Return to your hotel.

Full Day Excursion to Monywa from Mandalay

9. Full Day Excursion to Monywa from Mandalay

In the early morning at 07:00 AM, your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Mandalay, and then drive you to Monywa (150 kilometers, about 2 hours). Arrive in Monywa and continue to visit a sandstone cave system in the Pho Win Hills, named after a famous 'zawgyi' (alchemist) who once lived here. The Caves of Pho Win Taung, numbering more than one hundred, are full of Buddhist statues and murals. Most exhibit the Innwa style but some may date all the way back to the 14th century. Nearby, visit Shwe Ba Taung which features unique pavilions cut from the surrounding sandstone and filled with Buddha images. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Then visit Moenyin Thanboddhay Pagoda, which is about 20 kilometers from Monywa. The richly decorated central stupa has no less than 845 smaller stupas around it. Inside the patio, you will see thousands of Buddha images (reportedly over 500.000) decorating every wall, archway, and niche. The buildings in the compound have interesting jataka relieves and there is a huge Reclining Buddha (Shwe Thar Lyaung Pagoda) nearby. You will also visit Aungset Kya Pagoda, Bodhitahtaung Pagoda, where you will see 1000 Bo trees with sitting Buddha images and Laykyun Sakkya Yattawmu Pagoda, famous for the world’s tallest standing Buddha image. After that enjoy the ride back to your hotel in Mandalay.

From Mandalay: Full Day Trip to Sagaing, Inwa, Amarapura

10. From Mandalay: Full Day Trip to Sagaing, Inwa, Amarapura

Enjoy a guided full day tour of Myanmar’s three ancient capitals and learn about Buddhist life and architecture. Relax in comfort with convenient hotel pickup and drop-off in Mandalay included. Depart from your hotel and visit picturesque Sagaing Hill, considered the center of Buddhist life in Myanmar today. Take in Sun U Ponnyashin Pagoda, the most famous shrine in the area. Visit Umin Thonze Pagoda, a crescent-shaped temple which houses 45 sitting Buddhas. Stop by one of the monasteries to learn about the daily life of the Buddhist monks, then visit Ywatung silversmith. Discover local cuisine with lunch at a local restaurant in Sagaing, then drive to Inwa. Take a local ferry to the royal capital, located on an island between the Irrawaddy and Myitnge Rivers. Enjoy a horse and carriage ride through the ancient city, and visit the brick and stucco Maha Aungmye Bonzan monastery. See Nanmyint Tower and the wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung. If time permits, visit local craft workshops producing silk, cane mats and alms bowls. Stroll over to the salvaged teak U Bein Bridge at Amarapura, then watch the sun set from the Ava Bridge. Finally, sit back and relax on the ride back to your hotel in Mandalay.

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What people are saying about Myanmar

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Really enjoyed this trip, started at a local street food market, then on to a typical noodle shop + quite a few others and finally the infamous 19th Street. My guide was Matthew - he was really lovely, his English was very good and he was interesting to talk to - I would recommend taking this tour. It was nice and relaxed, never felt rushed. In hindsight I would have had a late breakfast or brunch to leave more room for all the food you get to eat, I was stuffed by the end!

I had an amazing day provided by Royal Gold Myanmar. My guide picked me at my hotel in Mandalay and took me to all the main attractions. Along the way he could explain a bit more of Myanmar habits and culture. WE

the guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and the food was outrageously good. he took us to authentic local places we would not have been able to find or navigate on our own.

My tour guide Yen Lay was very helpful. He is knowledgeable and caring. I enjoy this tour very much as I managed to see so many things in one day. Highly recommended!!

Absolutely great experience! Our guide YinYin is very knowledgable about the local culture and we got to know very many interesting facts. Highly recommended!