Treks and Places of Myanmar in Short Time – 8 Days
Tour Code: DF-8D7N-2
Travel on this ‘Trek and Places of Myanmar in Short Time – 8 Days’ tour and discover a country of mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. From golden-gilded pagodas in Yangon and the magical temples of Bagan (where you’ll pedal for a Bagan countryside biking tour) to the tranquillity of Inle Lake with a trekking journey to enjoy a uniquely local experience at the homestay, Myanmar will excite, impress and intrigue you.
Start ~ Yangon, Myanmar
Finish ~ Yangon, Myanmar
Physical rating: 3 out of 5
“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. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
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.
Today is free at leisure in Bagan.
Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Alternatively, you can take the opportunity to join the optional tours with extra costs.
Optional Activity 1: Hot Air Balloon Experience over Bagan (Please contact us for the price and the itinerary.)
Optional Activity 2: Bagan Countryside Bike Tour (Please contact us for the price and more details.)
After breakfast at the hotel, it’s time to start pedaling for a full day Bagan countryside biking tour. Warm up your legs with a 2 kilometer ride on sealed roads before turning westwards into the countryside. During the morning’s ride you will continue along this path to explore the local villages, like Nwar Kyo, Kan Poat and Tuwin Taung. Aside from the fabulous views of rice paddies, toddy palms and distant temple spires you’ll also pass by a unique colonial-style monastery and ancient trees, like the shady tamarind tree in Let Wel village. Around midday we will reach the base of the hills and bike parallel to them, affording great views of Shwe Pon Taung Pagoda and Bu Kin Pagoda. During the journey we will stop for a picnic lunch in a shady spot while relaxing in the tranquil countryside. There will also be plenty of stops for water and photos. Back to your hotel at around 16.00pm Distance: 25-35 kilometres (distance varies depends on number of villages visited; 90% dirt/sand track, 10% sealed road)
After breakfast at the hotel, take a short flight to Heho. Once at Heho, we’ll drive to the start point for the trek. Please note, your luggage will be transferred to your hotel in InLe Lake by our driver and the car. We’ll carry the small backpacks that have daily essentials for these 2-days trek.
During the day you will trek past a number of minority villages, home to the Pa-O minority whose cheroot-smoking tribesmen wear black clothes and vivid headscarves. In the morning you will walk for about 2 hours through picturesque undulating green countryside punctuated with fields of corn, potatoes and ginger: agriculture is the main form of income in this region.
Enjoy lunch and a rest at “Kone Hla” village before continuing your trek for a further 2.5 hours taking in the surrounding views of the Shan Mountain Range.
In the late afternoon you will arrive at “Pattu” village where we’ll stay overnight at a village home. You can walk around in the village to see how people use bamboo to make baskets.
Distance: 18 km and 300m elevation/6 hours walk
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, embark on the last leg of your trek to Inle Lake, passing through Pa-O minority villages and farmland where you may see the local villagers at work plowing the fields or harvesting crops. After an hour or so of treking, views of Inle Lake, your final destination, will appear in the distance.
After a steep downhill section of track, enjoy a break for lunch in “Tone Li” village where there is a small restaurant in bamboo forest which is a good place to sit and rest at the end of the trek.
After lunch, walk to the jetty where your boat will be waiting to take you onto Inle Lake. The narrow channels widen as you approach the lake proper, and you’ll soon be crossing the broad & (usually) tranquil waters, with hills and mountains surrounding you in every direction. The panorama is simply breathtaking, a mood only enhanced as you pass the fishermen deploying their unique foot-rowing technique.
The region is home to at least eight different tribes, who live both on and beside the lake. Inhabitants of this region rely on the lake in a variety of ways, be it for transport, food or income. Upon arrival at your hotel, the remainder of your day is at leisure.
Distance: 15 km/5 hours walk
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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 Trip Day 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 (INNPAW 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, so you can enjoy:
- Unique One Leg rowing fisherman, Lotus 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. Then, we’ll return to the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to take 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, we’ll set off to explore Yangon city. The highlights are:
- 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.
- Explore BoGyoke Market (aka) Scott Market, which is the best place for shopping in the country
- KaRaWeik Hall & Royal Lake for Photo Stop
- Enjoy Sunset at ShweDaGon Pagoda, one of the spectacular monuments of Myanmar
Breakfast and free time until time to go to the airport for departure flight. Then, transfer you to the Yangon International Airport three hours prior according to your flight departure time.
~ 6 nights accommodation at hotels
~ 1 night homestay at the village
~ enjoy daily breakfast at hotels, 2 lunches and 1 dinner as described
~ 3 internal flights
~ professional English speaking tour guides
~ air-conditioned private vehicles for land sightseeing tours
~ private boat to explore the Inle Lake
~ return airport transfers; and all transfers and transports as mentioned in the itinerary
~ enjoy exploring Myanmar as per itinerary
Don’t forget you can modify this tour. Whether you enjoy travelling as a part of a small group with other like-minded travellers, or perhaps you are looking for your very own private journey, we have the right option for you. Click on talk to us button to send us your enquiry.