Myanmar Highlights, Hills & Soft Trek - 14 Days

Tour Code: DF-14D13N-3

Travel to Myanmar and discover a country of mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the friendliest folk you’ll ever meet. This trip is to experience the South East Asia of twenty years ago, rarely seen sights and generations of stories just waiting to be told.

Start ~ Yangon, Myanmar
Finish ~ Yangon, Myanmar
Physical rating: 3 out of 5

The Itinerary

“Mingalabar” – “Welcome to Myanmar” at the airport by your tour guide and your EMH – Enjoy Myanmar Holiday’s transfer team.  We then transfer you to the hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Meal is not included on this day.

In the early morning, take a short flight to Bagan.  Once at Bagan, your tour guide will take you around its wonderful scenery and architecture.

Bagan is a truly mesmerizing destination, and a favourite of many travellers.  Renowned as the city of four million pagodas, this is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia.  Today there are more than 2,000 pagodas, temples and monasteries — most built during the Bagan Dynasty, founded by King Anawrahta in 1044.


  • We’ll go to lively Nyaung U Market. This Nyaung U Market provides a great photo opportunity, and also the chance for tourists to mingle with the local Myanmar people, and watch how they conduct their daily lives.

Next, we will start sightseeing as below:

  • Ananda Temple (the architectural masterpiece of a millennium)
  • Hti-Lo-Min-Lo Temple (a double-storied building with artistic stucco works)
  • Shwe-Zi-Gon Pagoda (considered a prototype of all future such temples)

If time allows, we will visit more places of this UNESCO world heritage site.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

Today is at your own leisure in Bagan

Suggestions for your free time => You can take a half day trip to Mt. Popa, the core of an extinct volcano, lasted active 25,000 years ago; also known as the ‘Mt Olympus’ of Myanmar, the abode of Myanmar’s most powerful Nats (Spiritual beings) and the most important Nat Worship Centre. On the way to Mount Popa, stop to see skilful toddy-palm climbers collecting the wine on top of the tree, toddy palm juice & palm sugar (jaggery) making cottage.

For your afternoon free time, you can rent an e-bike and ride around the town to explore more of Bagan’s temples and to witness the true local life. For the sunset time, you can hire a boat to enjoy sunset along the mighty Irrawaddy river.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, you will take a private car to go to Mandalay.  Along the way, you can witness the true local life of Myanmar.  The driving time is around 4 hours.  When you arrive in Mandalay city, you will have your own relaxing time at the hotel.

Before sunset, we will drive to the famous U Bein Bridge for a stunning sunset view.  This U Bein Bridge is 1.2-kilometre (0.75 mi) and built around 1850 and is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world.  Really nice to walk on the bridge under sunset.

On the way back, we will visit:

  • a “must visit in Mandalay” Mahamuni Buddha Temple, famous for its life like Buddha image

Finally, we will return to the hotel after dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, we will set off to the surrounding cities of Mandalay. Firstly, drive to Sagaing hills. The highlights of Sagaing are:

  • Saunders’ Weaving and Vocational Institute, where maintains and develops training weaving and techniques
  • U Min Thonze Pagoda, one of the more distinctive complexes.

Next stop is Inwa (Ava). There we need to take Horse & Cart to visit:

  • BaGaYa Monastery built with 276 teak pillars

After the horse and cart tour, we will drive to Amarapuara to visit:

  • Tatkyi village; where the economy of the whole village is based on making clay potteries such as teapots, tea cups, platters, flower vases and much more. You can learn, experience and partake in the process of potteries such as wheel throwing, handbuilding, trimming, decorating and more.

Finally, we will return to the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, start sightseeing. Immerse yourselves on a boat tour along Irrawaddy River to visit Mingun. Then continue the walking tour in Mingun. The main highlights are:

  • Mingun Bell, weighing 90 tons known as the world largest ringing bell;
  • HsinByuMe Paya also known as Mya Thein Tan Pagoda, a representation of the SulamaniPaya which stands atop Mt. Meru.

Then come back to Mandalay by boat. After lunch, spend your whole afternoon by visiting major sites in Mandalay. Sightseeing for Mandalay will include most of the city’s outstanding historical and cultural sites:

  • Mandalay Royal Palace, the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy
  • KuThoDaw Pagoda, known as the world’s biggest book;
  • ShweNanDaw Monastery (Golden Palace Monastery), famous for its wood carving;
  • Evening highlight is Mandalay Hill where you can enjoy 360 – degree view of Mandalay from the top.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, take a short flight to Heho. The flight time is around 30 minutes. On arrival at the Heho airport, we’ll take a scenic one-hour drive to Kalaw. Once we arrive at Kalaw, we’ll check-in the hotel.

Once a hill station for the British officers to escape the heat of the plains, Kalaw is surrounded by forested hills dotted with hill tribe villages. With a cultural mix of Indian, Nepalese and Burmese, the town itself is a laidback enclave of colourful markets, crumbling colonial buildings, and is an ideal base from which to explore the bewitching beauty of the Shan State. These days, the town is a resort for travelers, with clean air, beautiful scenery, and trekking trails.

After taking a short relaxing time at the hotel, we’ll set off for a gentle trek to explore the hill villages around Kalaw. Head to Myinka village which is a home to Danu and Taung Yoe people to meet the friendly villagers and discover the fascinating agriculture of the area. Continue our trek for another two hours, through the beautiful Shan countryside and seasonal plantations until Painnebin village. In Painnebin, we’ll meet with the Palaung villagers who still live with very traditional lives in this scenic outpost. Then, we will stop for lunch at a village where there will be lots of opportunities for interaction. After exploring the village and a simple lunch, take a different road back to Kalaw. We’ll be back to the hotel before evening. 

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Morning is at your own leisure. You can enjoy your free time by strolling on foot to the Kalaw market. This market is a hub of activity in the morning when villagers from the surrounding hills come to sell their wares. You can also stop at Shan souvenirs and local snacks.

In the afternoon, your tour guide will meet you at the hotel to drive to the train station. Once both luggage and passengers are safely on board it is time to begin the 50km, around 3.5 hours, adventure through the countryside. Myanmar has the longest rail network in Southeast Asia and the train is a fascinating way to travel from Kalaw to Inle Lake because the gentle pace allows time to really appreciate the scenery. The open windows in the upper class carriage provide the best in natural air conditioning and the train gives you an interesting insight into the lives of local people in the Shan hills. There are a few stops along the way to stretch the legs and buy a drink or snacks.

The rail adventure will end Shwe Nyaung station. Then we’ll drive to the hotel in Nyaung Shwe town, approximately 20 mins by car. On arrival, we’ll check in the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

Looking down over the lake from the Taunggyi road, Inle lies in an enormous carpet of greenery. Dotted around the lake are the stilt-house villages and floating gardens of the Intha tribe. The Intha technique of leg rowing – where one leg is wrapped around the paddle to drive the blade through the water in a snake-like motion – is unique.

With our Inle Lake boat tour, you will experience a unique way of life that has lived on through generations, whilst exploring the culturally significant surrounds that form part of this beautiful region of Myanmar.  You will be provided with a life jacket and easy seat for each person on the boat.

Inle lake sightseeing will be filled with visit to:

  • Phaung-Daw-Oo Pagoda, the most important symbol of religion of Shan State
  • Nga-Phe-Chaung Monastery, attractive wooden monastery
  • floating villages (inn paw khone, pouk par, ywa ma, khar taw)

A visit to these sights provides deep insight into how the people on the lake make their livings, you can enjoy Unique One Leg rowing fisherman, Loctus and silk weaving, boat making and cheroot making.

After lunch proceed to Indein. And take a short trek to Indein Pagoda. On the way, you can enjoy the serene atmosphere as you wander through artfully scattered 8th century Pagodas in ruins covered by trees and bushes.

Then observe Intha tribes Village lives and enjoy the local market along the shore. Finally, we will return to the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

Today is your own day at leisure in InLe Lake.

Suggestions for your free time => Inle Lake has everything you could want – long bike rides in the countryside, the perfect place to chill out or get active. Hire bicycles and ride through the villages and winery gardens. You will pass by buffalo in the water, farmers working in the fields, children playing and trucks full of young monks. It’s a beautiful place with lots to do. You can also take a day trip to Kakku.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to take a flight to Yangon (1 hour and 20 minutes). On arrival, we’ll drive to the hotel to check in. After taking a short refreshment at the hotel,

  • start sightseeing by walking around the city centre to enjoy the city being busy with the sellers on the street and also the pedestrians and Colonial Style buildings.

The whole day is the brief tour to famous Landmarks,

  • KaRaWeik Hall & Royal Lake for Photo stop
  • Explore BoGyoke Market (aka) Scott Market, which is the best place for shopping in our country.
  • Enjoy sunset at ShweDaGon Pagoda, one of the spectacular monuments of Myanmar

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, start the drive to the KinPun ‘base camp’ for around 4 hours. This afternoon you will visit one of Myanmar’s landmarks, Kyaiktiyo, also known as the Golden Rock, which is famous for its precarious position and religious importance. The ‘Golden Rock’ is a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff.

To reach the pagoda from KinPun, a steep 6-miles road leads to the top of the mountain. The journey is made in open trucks, which can be crowded but once you reach the top, you will be amazed by the breathtaking views, pilgrims chant, light candles and meditate. Return back to KinPun base camp around 6 pm in the evening.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, set off to Yangon. En-route stop in Bago, an ancient “Mon” capital city, to visit the charming monastery of Thamanay, a renowned teaching centre for monks from neighbouring regions who wish to study Buddhism. The tour continues to the thousand year-old Shwemawdaw Pagoda which has a spire taller than that of the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Then extend the visit to Kanbawzathadi, Palace of King Bayinnaung. From there, head back to Yangon.

On the way, we will visit the reclusive World War II memorial site near Yangon, Htaukkyan. The Allied War Cemetery is the final resting place for over 27,000 Allied soldiers. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Yangon.

Accommodation: Hotel / Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast and free time until time to go to the airport for departure flight.  Then, transfer you to the Yangon International Airport according to your flight departure time.

Meals: Breakfast

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