Just Bagan ( 5 Days )
It is designed to visit the most essential place thoroughly in Myanmar in short time. Bagan is the heart of Myanmar, mother of history, culture and architecture to know who are Myanamar ,what they could do in the past ,how Myanmar civilization have been evolving during the different times .Just complete exploration of Bagan archeological site will meet these expectations .
Yangon – Bagan – Inle
Day 1 – Arrival at Yangon
Arrival at Yangon International Airport .You are warmly welcomed by local Myanmar smiling guide with your name .Then you will be brought to Yangon Down town . First hotel check in will be up to arrival time at the airport .Normally, rooms are ready to occupy after 12 pm. Firstly, Check- in the hotel to refresh yourself after the long trip of flight .Then start the visit.
Yangon is the ancient capital of Myanmar from 1885 till 2010 when government officially inaugurated Nay Pyi Taw as a capital .regarding to history, Yangon used to be a small fishing village of Mons and annexed by the Myanmar King in 1775 and named as Yangon meaning ‘The end of wars “ .In 1885, British government established their British Government capital in Yangon and it became Capital of Myanmar.
Actually it is bustling city with high density of population (5 million people) and always active. Yangon China colonial Town with majestic British Government administrative building still stand for the grandeur of Colonial Time.
Start the visit with colonial town first. Starting from “ Maha Bandula “park which is situated at the center of Yangon Down Town , you walk in the city passing through the Yangon City hall ,High court , Banks , Myanmar Port Authority , the First five star Strand hotel ,till the Post Office .That walk allow you to be in touch with local people and admire the impressive colonial buildings in different architecture.
Then, you remeet your private car to proceed to China Town. Chinese quarters are situated side by side with the Indians quarters. It is also interesting to discover Myanmar Chinese culture in that quarter .Visit Chinese Buddhist Temple walk up to busy market area.
Then you continue to visit the Scott Market which is the biggest handy craft market in Myanmar and the best place to shop.
After market, lunch at local restaurant and head to Reclining Buddha called Chauk Htet Gyi . Then terminate your visit at the majestic and holiest Shwe Dagon Pagoda being considered as the most beautiful stupa in the world at sunset time exploring the Myanmar Buddhist rituals around the Pagoda .Night at Hotel.
Day 2 – Yangon – Bagan( Flight )
You have no time to have Breakfast at the hotel because flight check is around 6 am in the morning .Depart from the hotel 30 minutes earlier than the check in time for travel time to domestic airport.
Flight time is one hour approximately. Your guide transfers you to the airport. Then take domestic flight alone yourself. Upon arrival to the Bagan domestic airport, you are welcomed by Bagan local guide and car. Then start the tour in Bagan with the local colorful market.
Bagan is the most beautiful archeological site in Myanmar with over 3000 temples .It was the capital of first Myanmar Dynasty and one of the biggest archeological site in Asia .Even though it is so famous with high rooted history and highly touristic city, it is actually a small country town with small number of population and less traffic than Yangon.
After the Market, you are headed to the holiest Shwezigone Pagoda with Buddha Tooth relic of 11 century.
Then, lunch Break at local restaurant.
After lunch, visit the Lacquer ware lacal factory.
Then see the other prominent pagodas in Bagan such as Htilomin lo Temple which is known for its beautiful stucco carving and smartest two floored temple building , Ananda temple which is the master piece in temple architecture , Dhammyan Gyi Temple ,the biggest temple in Bagan with the Pyramidal shape and a small Gyu Pyauk Gyi temple with ancient mural painting . After that , you take a local horse cart ride among the temple to explore the beauty of sites dotted with temples in different sizes.Then you enjoy the sun set time on the sun set boat on the Ayerwadday river .There you can enjoy the beauty and cold breeze passing through the fresh river seeing setting sun behind the western mountain ranges on the western bank of river and the landscape of Bagan over the eastern horizon .After sun set , you are back to hotel and Over night at hotel.
Day 3 –Bagan by E-bike or By car
Bagan is a city with romantic architecture and authentic typical culture .With a small population and few urban features such as traffic Jam , air pollution .it is worth to take half day trip in E-Bike among the temples .
This is optional and it is up to you whether to take E-Bike or to visit by car .Our car stands by for any time. Walk the plain in E- Bike in the archeological site being full with thousands of Pagodas in the morning .You just stop sometimes for the photo shoots.
Then after 11 pm,go back to Htoel and take the car to continue to your visit in Bagan . After short break at the hotel,then you are brought to local restaurant .
In the afternoon .visit the Minanthu Village and its environment .There you can see the true village life living on agriculture and ancients lake dig over a thousand year ago still stands as Village vital water resource.
You can explore the Phaya Thone Su, Tha Yoke Pyay Temple and Lay Myat Hna temple .Then you can enjoy the sun set from smoem where from the site .That moment will touch your heart with the fabulous beauty of hidden ,less crowded temples corner of Bagan .
Back to hotel after sun set. Over night at hotel.
Day 4 –Bagan –Popa -Salay
After breakfast at the hotel, you leave from the hotel with your languages to visit Mt Popa, the highest mount on the plain of Bagan and head for the Inle Lake by evening flight.
Popa is an extinct volcano in the plain of Myanmar with the almost 1500 meters elevation above the sea level. It is holy place and principle abode of Myanmar Spirists locally called ‘Nats “ , ancients reginal guardians . They are still slive in the heart of the people and ritually celebrate their festivals in all parts of Myanmar.
Hence Popa is highly venerated and visited by Nats’ devotees every December .Occasionally they celebrate some of their venerable Nats ‘festivals at Mount Popa with the help of Spirits Mediums to master the events.
It is situated at 30 miles ( 60 kilometers ) to the east of Bagan .Driving time is approximately one hour . On the half way , you stop at today palm sweet manufacturing farmer family .Today palm tree is vital to the local population in that region not only to get sweet but also to have raw material to build their house .They also make palm liquor and distillery of rice alcohol .
After that , head towards Mount Popa for 35 minutes by car . You can visit the Nats’shrine at the foof of the Mount Popa and if you are enough sportive ,you can ascend the Mount by taking 777 covered steps for two way trip up and down .
Lunch at Pop Resort hotel with nice view (expensive, but it is worth to pay for it for the splendid view) or local restaurant in the Popa Town .
After lunch , you proceed to Salay town . Salay is not touristic city .It is situated about 45 miles from Bagan .There is very famous “ Yoke Sone “ Wooden monastery of 19 century meaning complete set of wood figures . As the name says, this monastery is decorated with beautiful wood sculptures depicting Buddha time Famous stories .Now it is well preserved by the Archeological department and become museum .After museum visit .you can walk in the monastic complex to see other old 19 century around it together with Bamboo Buddha Pagoda .
After visit .you go back to Bagan .Over night at hotel.
Day 5 – Bagan –Yangon
After your breakfast at the hotel, check out the hotel and head to Bagan airport to take morning flight for the Yangon. Flight time is one hour approximately .Your guide and car transfer you to the airport .Upon arrival to Yangon airport; you are welcomed by Yangon local guide and car. Then visit the Yangon National Museum (closed ,every Monday )or Kandaw Gyi Lake , Gems Shop ,Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda and white holy white elephants .
Lunch at local restaurant. Then Depart to International Airport for International Departure.
Our service ends here.
All the Best.
• Hotels for 4 nights
• Full Day Guide Service
• Full Day car Service
• Horse cart in Bagan
• Min Guin Cruise
• All Entrances fees of sites mentioned in the program(Shwe Dagon Pagoda , Bagan archeological site fee ,Salay Museum fee) ,National Museum Fee )
• mineral water bottle and fresh towers
• Lunch /dinners
• Personal expenses
• Tips for Guides and car drivers
• Entrances fees for sites not mentioned in the itinerary