9 days Golden Land

Mandalay | 9 days | from $ 1258,-
Start in Mandalay, visit the fomer British hill station of Maymyo  and enjoy the highlights of Myanmar and local insights in Yangon.
  • Day 1: Mandalay - Ava - Sagaing - Amarapura - Mandalay
  • Day 2: Mandalay - Maymyo - Mandalay
  • Day 3: Mandalay - Bagan
  • Day 4: Bagan
  • Day 5: Bagan - Heho - Inle Lake
  • Day 6: Inle Lake
  • Day 7: Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon
  • Day 8: Yangon insight
  • Day 9: Yangon departure

Price (2 people)
$ 1501,- p.p.
Price (3 people)
$ 1442,- p.p.
Price (4 people)
$ 1442,- p.p.
Price (5 people)
$ 1258,- p.p.
daily from Mandalay
  • Private tour
  • Domestic airfaire
  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees 
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides
  • Boat trips as specified
  • Horse Carts in Bagan
  • Accommodation as mentioned

- International flights
- Myanmar visa fee
- Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, etc.
- Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme, drinks with meals
- Supplements for transfers for flight arrivals and departures between 22:00 hours and 06:00 hours
- Travel insurance 

Prices valid until 30 April 2019.


Day 1: Mandalay - Ava - Sagaing - Amarapura - Mandalay

Pick up from Mandalay airport and drive to Amarapura and take a stroll on the famous U Bein Bridge, which at over a kilometer 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. 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. 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: Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar (Deluxe room) or similar, Mandalay
Meals: breakfast, lunch at local Restaurant

Day 2: Mandalay - Maymyo - Mandalay

Drive up into the hills from Mandalay (80 Km, ± 2 h.) for a full day visit of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), a former British hill station. Visit the local market and drive through the charming town in a horse-drawn ‘stage coach’, giving you the chance to admire the red brick and half-timbered houses, complete with English-style gables, turrets and chimneys. In the afternoon, visit the tiny Forestry Museum (if open) and the National Botanical Kandawgyi Gardens, which were laid out by Sir Harcourt Butler, a former Governor of Burma – the flower beds are similar to those you would find in an English country garden! Proceed to Peik Chin Myaung Caves, since ancient times a Buddhist shrine. Return to Mandalay and your hotel in the early evening.
Accommodation: Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar (Deluxe room) or similar, Mandalay
Meals: breakfast, lunch at local Restaurant

Day 3: Mandalay - Bagan

Transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Scattered on a large plain beside the Ayeyarwady River are the magnificent red brick temples and pagodas that are the great legacy of the kings of Bagan. Built from 1057 to 1287 AD in honour of the royal Buddhist faith, the pagodas display impressive architecture and interiors of colourful murals and exquisite Buddha statues. From the top, the visitor can enjoy awesome views of the immense, temple-dotted plain.
Pick up from the airport from where you start your tour to the busy local market, continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples in Bagan. These include the Shwezigon Pagoda, a huge gilded temple built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century and Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-Inn), a 13th century temple with exquisite murals of the ‘Jataka Tales’ (scenes from the life of the Buddha).  Continue to the eminent Ananda Temple; one of the finest and largest pagodas, with a 51-metres shimmering gold tip plus four huge Standing-Buddha images and numerous seated figures arranged around the interior gallery.
Later, visit Moe Moe Lacquer ware factory where you’ll learn how this delicate art is made. Sightseeing continues with visits to Manuha Temple, built in Mon style in 1059; Nanpaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument that is said to have been the palace of King Manuha; and Gubyaukgyi (Myingaba) under the protection of UNESCO because of its ancient mural paintings. Observe a sunset in the vicinity of Bagan's ancient monuments.
Accommodation: Areindmar Hotel (Deluxe room) or similar, Bagan
Meals: breakfast, lunch at local Restaurant

Day 4: Bagan

This morning visit Minnanthu village by horse cart. Visit Tayoke Pyay, Payathonzu and Nandamanya Temples (noted for exquisite 13th century murals) and Kyat Kan Cave Monastery, a famous meditation centre in Bagan. You will also see farming houses around Bagan. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to the beautiful Nat Htaung Kyaung, a monastery famous for wood carvings, built in 1781 by a group of monks. Admire the monastery's collection of ancient Buddha statues and lacquer boxes.
Accommodation: Areindmar Hotel (Deluxe room) or similar, Bagan
Meals: breakfast, lunch at local Restaurant

Day 5: Bagan - Heho - Inle Lake

Transfer to Bagan Airport for an early domestic flight to Heho. Transfer from Heho airport down into the valley to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake. You go on board of a local boat to take you to your hotel (you room might not be ready for check-in). Continue from your hotel 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. You pass through the busy village of Ywama, the largest on the Lake, with many channels and tall teak houses on stilts. Here you 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 min. 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. Returning to the river you have the possibility of walking along a lovely shady path for 30 min. to the Intha village of Sema. From here continue by boat downstream past Yethar village, watching local life on the banks and birds in the trees until rejoining the Lake near Phaung Daw Oo Paya.
Accommodation: Novotel Inle Lake (Junior suite room) or similar, Inle Lake.
Meals: breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Restaurant

Day 6: 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. 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 200 y old Buddha statues.  Return to your hotel by boat as the sun lowers and the light softens over the lake.
Accommodation: Novotel Inle Lake (Junior suite room) or similar, Inle Lake.
Meals: breakfast at hotel, lunch at local Restaurant.

Day 7: Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon

Transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe and then proceed to Heho Airport (25 km - 1 h.). Return domestic flight to Yangon and transfer to hotel. Start your sightseeing with a drive to the famous Strand Road and visit the bustling Yangon harbour, where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River. Continue to Botathaung Pagoda, close to Yangon River and said to contain Buddha relics. You then drive through the colonial-historical district, Chinatown, and the Indian quarter.  Make a photo stop at the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years, and a landmark in central Yangon.
In the afternoon, reach the Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays), which gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts and souvenirs. Stop alongside Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake to take photographs over the lake towards Karaweik Hall and the Shwedagon. Enjoy the sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, famous worldwide - its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. It is always full of people praying and making offerings, and is a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by. Return to your hotel.
Accommodation: Rose Garden hotel (Superior room) or similar, Yangon
Meals: breakfast, lunch at local Restaurant

Day 8: Yangon insight

Transfer from your hotel to the jetty and cross the Yangon River by local ferry (10 min.). Upon arrival on the other side, trishaw drivers will take you on country roads through local villages to an orphanage. Here you can meet the children and talk to the teachers (with help of your guide).  The staff do all they can with very limited funds to create a good life for the children, and if you care to make a donation while you are here it will be welcomed for the purchase of school books, blankets, rice, clothing etc.  The children are delighted to meet foreigners, and these encounters can be very rewarding for visitors.  On your way back to the ferry enjoy the views of real local rural life – nothing like the busy streets of Yangon on other side of the river. Cross the river and transfer back to your hotel.
In the afternoon, transfer to Yangon Railway Station.  Take a train ride on the Circle Line. Opened in 1961, the train carries an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people a day in a loop around the city.  Be prepared to be thrown into the midst of local life, chat to curious travellers and maybe stand for some of the 3-hour journey, with priority given to sacks of vegetables heading to local markets. As the journey passes from station to station you have a great opportunity to observe the life of Yangon suburbanites. This is life the way the locals live it – a unique, fun and authentic experience. Return to hotel.
Accommodation: Rose Garden hotel (Superior room) or similar, Yangon
Meals: breakfast, lunch at local restaurant

Day 9: Yangon departure

Time at leisure until transfer to the airport for your international flight.
Meal: breakfast
Rose Garden hotel (Superior room) or similar
Bagan: Areindmar Hotel (Deluxe room) or similar
Mandalay: Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar (Deluxe Room) or similar
Inle Lake: Novotel Inle Lake (Junior suite room) or similar

note: Hotels offered depending on availability. If not available we will do our best to find a hotel in a similar category. Costs may be slightly different.