11-Day Best of Myanmar

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 11 Days

tour highlights

  • An introductory half-day tour of Yangon
  • Overland drive to Golden Rock and experience how to be like a local
  • Explore the ancient temples and pagodas in Bagan
  • Discover how the locals live as you explore Myingaba village by bicycle
  • Mandalay sightseeing and discover the ancient cities of Mingun, Amarapura and Saging
  • Inle Lake and Indaing sightseeing by a long tailed boat
  • Visit the colourful Bogyoke market in Yangon

tour details

You’ll begin with a half-day orientation, encompassing Yangon’s historical centre, Karaweik Hall and the Sule Pagoda. Next you’ll proceed to Bogyoke Market & the Shwedagon Pagoda before continuing to Bago. Here you’ll visit the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Shwe Thalyaung Buddha, Maha Kalayani Sima and Mahazedi. In Bagan you’ll visit the Shwezigon Pagoda and the Kyansittha & Gubyaukgyi cave temples. Next you’ll stop at Htilominlo to explore Taungphi village, the Ananda Temple and Thatbyinnyu. In Mandalay you’ll explore Amarapura, the Ayeyarwady River and Mandalay Hill. In Heho you’ll see Inle Lake, the Indaing & Ywama villages and the ruins of Nyaung Ohak. You’ll also visit Shwe Inn Thein Paya, the Intha village of Sema, the 5-day rotating market & the amazing ‘leg rowers’ before returning to Yangon.

Meet on arrival at Yangon International Airport and transfer to hotel (check in time is 14:00 hours). Lunch at House of Memories Restaurant.
In the afternoon, start your introductory half-day tour which takes visitors to the colonial-historical centre of Yangon, a photo stop to the Karaweik Hall royal floating barge; and the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years. Proceed to Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) followed by an extended visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world's most spectacular religious monuments. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 metres above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. Return to hotel.
Accommodation at IBIS Styles Yangon Stadium Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Yangon.
The Golden Rock of Kyaikhtiyo is one of the most revered pilgrimage sites for Myanmar Buddhists. The gold leaf-covered boulder is said to maintain its balance thanks to a single hair of the Buddha being enshrined inside the pagoda. To reach the top of the mountain, one can either walk and climb 13 Km from the valley floor (which will take around 7 hours or more), board open trucks that drive passengers up a steep and winding mountain road to a point where visitors continue uphill on foot for the remaining 4 Km (500 metres in elevation) or take trucks all the way to the top. Those who do not wish to drive or climb the last section can be carried in sedan chairs by porters for a small additional charge. From the pagoda one can observe the devout in prayer or applying gold leaf to the boulder, and enjoy a spectacular view of the valley below. The whole site has a magical charisma.

You are picked up at your Yangon hotel and driven to Bago (84 km, 1'bd hours). En route visit a tree shrine dedicated to legendary animist spirits known as 'nats'. Then visit the impressive and moving Allied War Graves cemetery near Htauk Kyant, the last resting place of over 6300 Allied soldiers and home to a memorial to 27,000 more. A stop is made in the handicraft village that produces woven bamboo wares. Lunch at Khaing Khaing Kyaw Myanmar Restaurant.
Continue to Kin Pun (110 km, 3'bd hours) where you start in the trucks and on foot for Kyaiktiyo (the 'Golden Rock'). On arrival, watch the beauty of a sunset at this important pilgrimage site.
Accommodation at Mountain Top Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, near Kyaiktiyo.
After breakfast, walk or go by sedan chair 4 Km downhill where you continue in an open truck to Kin Pun, and re-join your car and driver. Drive to Bago. Here you visit the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which is over a thousand years old, and whose tip is even taller than that of Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda. Lunch at Royal Taste Restaurant.
Continue to the 55-metre-long reclining Shwe Thalyaung Buddha image, one of the country's most revered objects. Visit the Maha Kalayani Sima (ordination hall) and Mahazedi (Great Stupa), offering panoramic views. Lastly, continue to Yangon, with a brief stop at Kyaik Pun Pagoda, famous for its four giant Buddha figures. Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation at IBIS Styles Yangon Stadium Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Yangon.
Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan, proceed on a sightseeing tour, starting with the busy local market and continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century. See 13th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha 'Cave' Temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi In village), 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. Visit the Taungphi village to see old monasteries, which have beautiful Khone Baung dynasty frescoes. Lunch at Sunset Garden Restaurant.
In the afternoon, continue visit to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters - Thatbyinnyu known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144. Continue to Mingalazedi, the last of the large Pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Enjoy sunset at one of the monuments along Ayeyarwady River.
Accommodation at Shwe Yee Pwint Hotel (Bagan Room) or similar, Bagan.
This morning we have time to explore the Myinkaba village area either by bicycle or by horse cart. First we visit Gubyaukgyi Temple admiring the fine stuccowork. We continue to Nanpaya temple, built in the Mon style with intricate stone carvings, and said once to have been Manuha's residence. See the four Buddha images in Manuha Pagoda and later stop at Myazedi stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages. Lunch at Ayeyarwaddy River Terrace Restaurant.
Afternoon at leisure to enjoy own activities or relax at hotel and enjoy the SPA.
Accommodation at Shwe Yee Pwint Hotel (Bagan Room) or similar, Bagan.
Transfer to Bagan Airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. From the airport drive to Amarapura and take a stroll on U Bein Bridge, which at over a kilometre is believed to be the longest teak bridge in the world. From here, visit picturesque Sagaing, perhaps the living centre of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. The hills here are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Lunch at Min Wun Valley Restaurant.
In the afternoon, drive along the busy Ayeyarwady River where you see many boats loading goods as well as women washing laundry. The visit Mahamuni Pagoda, home to a spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves. Stop at local workshops to see Kalaga tapestries being made, gold leaf being beaten into paper-thin pieces, stone carving and bronze casting. From here, we go to Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the Theravada Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 729 marble slabs, giving rise to its nickname 'the world's largest book'. Next visit beautiful teak-carved Shwenandaw Monastery, the only Royal Palace building to survive World War II bombing. Atop Mandalay Hill lie glittering glass-studded temple walls which reflect the evening glow as you watch the sunset.
Accommodation at Shwe Inngyin Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Mandalay.
Transfer to jetty, on the way stop at the vegetable market near Zeycho. Take a boat trip on the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun about 11 km upriver (1 hour) from Mandalay. The boat trip is interesting because you see all types of wooden boats and bamboo rafts, carrying goods up and down the river. Visit the Mingun Bell, weighing 87 tons and being the world's largest intact bronze bell, the beautiful Hsinbyume Paya (also known as Myatheintan Pagoda) and the unfinished Mingun Paya (built with the intention of being the world's biggest pagoda). Sail back to Mandalay. Lunch at Green Restaurant.
Afternoon at leisure for own activities.
Accommodation at Shwe Inngyin Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Mandalay.
Transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight to Heho. Transfer from Heho airport down into the valley to Nyaung Shwe on the edge of Inle Lake and board your own local boat to take you to the lake. Lunch at Golden Kite Restaurant.
Continue after lunch and travel by long-tailed boat across the lake to Indaing, at the western end of Inle, for one of the most scenic trips on the Lake. Passing through the busy village of Ywama, the largest on the Lake, with many channels and tall teak houses on stilts; enter a long, often tree-lined canal, either side of which farmers cultivate their land against the backdrop of the Shan Hills. Disembark at the jetty and walk for 15 minutes through Indaing village to reach the 14th - 18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak. Many pagodas here remain charmingly unrenovated, with plants and even small trees growing out of them, making the area very atmospheric. A covered walkway popular with souvenir stallholders leads up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather-beaten 17th - 18th century zedi; some newly reconstructed. Afterwards, continue by boat downstream past Yethar village, watching local life on the banks and birds in the trees until re-joining the Lake near Phaung Daw Oo Paya.
Accommodation at Golden Island Cottage, Nampan (Superior Room) or similar, Inle Lake.
Explore a 5-day rotating market (if your visit coincides with the schedule) which offers an insight into the life of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha people who come to these markets to sell and buy goods. Enjoy a full day boat trip on Inle Lake - a photographer's dream. Its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic hills provide the perfect backdrop. See the lake's unique 'leg rowers' - Intha fishermen who row standing up with one leg wrapped around a single oar, leaving their hands free to manipulate the conical fishing net. Stop at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Lunch at Green Chilli Restaurant.
Visit a traditional silk-weaving workshop which uses wooden handlooms, and a blacksmith's forge. Pass endless floating gardens, where Intha lake dwellers grow fruit and vegetables. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest on the lake, where you can see exquisite Buddha statues which are more than 200 years old. Return to your hotel by boat for the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Accommodation at Golden Island Cottage, Nampan (Superior Room) or similar, Inle Lake.
Transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe and then proceed to Heho Airport (25 km - 1 hour). Return domestic flight to Yangon and transfer for lunch. Lunch at Pansuriya Restaurant.
In the afternoon, the visit to Bogyoke Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. Later, walk along Yangon River to see the busy harbor area, from where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and for upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River.
Accommodation at IBIS Styles Yangon Stadium Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Yangon.
Transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight.


Our tour prices are included of:

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Join-in transfer on open truck from the base camp to the upper camp and return
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Boat fees as specified in the program
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation at hotels as mentioned or similar
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


Not included are:

  • Domestic airfare (Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Heho-Yangon)
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Optional Balloons flight at sunrise in Bagan
  • The use of a sedan chair to go up or down the mountain
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • The use of a sedan chair to go up or down the mountain
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Peak season in general is between 15 December to 15 January and 13-17 April
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)



  • Hotel prices for packages are quoted bases on hotels as mentioned or similar. Higher or lower categories can be requested and the price will be adjusted. The hotels featured in the package tour are subject to availabilities at the time of booking.
  • Meals at respective hotels are also included in the hotel prices if the itineraries mention lunch or dinner at hotel.
  • Additional charges during Festive Season: Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.
  • Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.
  • All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking. Nonrefundable deposits may be required.
  • Domestic airfares are quoted separately and subject to change in case of increases imposed by the airlines (ie. taxes, fuel costs, etc.).
  • There are 8 different airlines operating on the domestic route in Myanmar. Each company has slight different airfares and this pricelist is based on average airfare. Diethelm Travel will book the most convenient and direct routing. The final price can be confirmed once the tickets are booked and issued depending on available booking class and seat availability.

    Important Notes for Golden Rock:

  • The road from the base camp up to the Golden Rock has to be done by special dedicated trucks. You are not allowed to drive up there with your own vehicle. These open trucks are equipped with narrow benches on the back.
  • During the raining season, the platform around the Pagoda can be slippery due to rain or mist.
  • It is advisable to carry a torch light as there are frequent power cuts.
  • You are advised to only carry a light duffle bag or hand carry as your big luggage will stay in the car/bus at the base camp.
  • The Golden Rock Pagoda does regular gilding in a three year cycle. During this time, the rock will be covered in bamboo scaffolding. Prior notice is not given and exact schedule for the work are not really available.
  • Accommodation: The Mountain Top Hotel is located on the top of the mountain, whereas the Golden Rock Hotel is located near the upper camp (5 minutes' walk from the truck stop). More hotels are located near the base camp on in/near the village of Kyaiktiyo. Depending on where you stay, the program will need to be adjusted in terms of driving up and down the hill.
  • Sunsets and sunrises on the platform can only be seen if you stay at the Mountain Top Hotel.
  • A footpath goes up from the Golden Rock hotel to the top. The walk uphill takes around 45 minutes whereas downhill will take around 30 minutes. This path during the rainy season can be slippery.

Tour code: MMR11MHL

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