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Hidden Secrets of Myanmar

10 days 9 nights

Code MCT133

Category Myanmar Classic Tours

  • Difficulty Level 2
  • Rating Popular
  • Highest Altitude 4,330ft
  • Trip Starts From Yangon
  • Trip Ends At Yangon
  • Accommodation Hotels
  • Type Classic Circuits
  • Destination Yangon Bagan Mandalay Amarapura Pindaya Inle Lake
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Myanmar is the country with the authentic Buddhist religion, culture and traditions, the friendliest people on earth and beautiful temples, monasteries, and nature.

This 10-day long journey begins from the garden city of Yangon where you can experience the combination of the bygone colonial era and the modern bustling streets. From Yangon, we travel to the vast plains of Bagan dotted with more than 2000 ancient temples! Bagan is the ancient capital, and during its heydays between 11th to 13th century, there were more than 10 thousand temples! We take horse carriage and explore the ancient temples with lavish murals and arts. We will also take an excursion to an extinct volcanic site of Mount Popa- the abode of the animistic spirits and Salay, an important Buddhist center with many active monasteries.

A brief flight whisks us to Mandalay- the second capital of Myanmar. We visit the local markets, watch the monks accepting alms, and appreciate the golden Buddha images in the temples. We also visit the ancient capitals of Sagaing, Inwa, and Amarapura. Now, we fly to Heho in Shan State and visit the Pindaya Caves with 9000 Buddha images! Our final destination for this trip is Inle Lake. Here we will cruise on boats to visit the villages with bamboo stilt houses in the islands and lakeshores and learn the vibrant lifestyle and culture on the waters!

In this trip, we will have plenty of opportunities to meet the ethnic people, experience the Buddhist monastic life, rituals in the temples and arts and craft workshops.

Trip Cost

Price is guaranteed with a minimum of 2 participants. Price includes land and airfares within Myanmar only. International airfare is not included.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrive in Yangon (Formerly Rangoon)

Upon arrival, clear the immigration and custom and meet your guide in the ground transportation area and transfer to the hotel.

Late afternoon, visit Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend states that the original structure was built 2500 years ago. It was then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 8-sided central stupa is 99 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf. Sixty-four smaller stupas also surround it, and your guide will show you around the massive complex, explaining why this temple is so revered. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.


Overnight: Jasmine Palace Hotel or similar
Day 02~Sightseeing of Yangon

Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel, and you’ll venture downtown to explore the attractions of Yangon. The streets are full of historical buildings, many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia. You’ll start at the post office – a lovely historic building- and walk to Sule Paya in the middle of downtown, passing by Strand Road after visiting Nantida Jetty.

We begin the tour visiting Botataung Pagoda first. This ancient pagoda is named after the 1000 military men who brought the relics of Buddha from India 2000 years old and enshrined it here. Entirely rebuilt after of Second World War, this temple is similar to the original one but is hollow, and you can walk through it.

Our next stop will be at Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, and the main attraction here is the large reclining image of Buddha. The image is enshrined under a sizeable metal-roofed shed, and we can see here rituals and worship performed by the devout locals.

We continue to the National Museum that preserves the several interesting exhibits. The main attraction here is the 8-meter high Sihasana Lion Throne, used by King Thibaw Min, the last Burmese king, and returned to Burma in 1908 by Lord Mountbatten. Other notable exhibits are the pieces of jewelry, old pictures of Mandalay Palace, royal artifacts, etc.

The final stop of the day will be at the vibrant market of Bogyoke, formerly known as Scott’s Market. We take time to browse through the dozens of stalls and shops. (Note: Market remains closed on Mondays and public holidays).

Overnight: Jasmine Palace Hotel or similar
Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Flight to Bagan

On arrival, visit the colorful Nyaung Oo Market where villagers congregate every day to buy and sell vegetables, fruits, and other groceries as well as traditional handicrafts.

Afterward, we will take an electric bike ride to Myinkaba Village and visit Gubyaukgyi Temple; The temple is admired for its gorgeous mural paintings on its inner walls and well-preserved plaster carvings on its exterior. Nearby is Manuha Temple and Nan Paya Temple, two smaller temples with exquisite Buddha statues and sculpture.

Next, we stop at a craft workshop where we learn about the typical local crafts of Bagan: lacquer ware and wood crafts. Watch as the skilled craftsmen use techniques passed down through generations to create beautiful items. You will get the opportunity to sit with the craftsmen and start producing your lacquerware, a unique moment where you may share great feelings with locals.

Take a break with lunch (pay on your own) at a local restaurant and then return to the hotel for a short rest and escape the extreme heat of the midday sun.

Next, continue to Ananda Temple, one of the most revered temples in Bagan. Now, we enjoy the horse cart ride and the serene panoramic view of the sunset over Bagan horizon from one of the pagodas that you can climb, or at the unknown clay pot mountain.

Maybe you want to know: Bagan is different at night. Pagodas under dim light give a different perspective view, and the atmosphere is peaceful, charming, and you feel relaxed to walk escaping from intensive day heat.

Overnight: Bawga Theiddhi Hotel, Bagan
Meals : Breakfast
Day 04~Excursion of Mount Popa.

This morning, head southeast 48 km (30 miles) to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with a height of 1518 m (4,979 ft.). We climb to the top of the volcano ridge and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding. Mount Popa has played an important role in Myanmar culture, religion and history since earliest times as it’s believed to be the abode of the “Nats,” ancient Burmese animist spirits. As we climb the stairs to the top, we will get to learn about the Nats and Nat rituals.

We will have a lunch break in a local restaurant (pay on your own), and then we will retrace our drive to Bagan. We will continue on the sightseeing for the previous day.

Overnight: Bawga Theiddhi Hotel, Bagan
Meals : Breakfast
Day 05~Flight to Mandalay. Visit the attractions of Mandalay

After breakfast, transfer to the airport in time for a flight to Mandalay. The flight is only 30 minutes. Meet your local transport and then move to the hotel in Mandalay city. After wash up and change, we proceed for sightseeing.

We begin from Mahamuni Paya of the 18th century. The centerpiece of the temple is the highly revered Mahamuni Buddha image. It is believed to have been cast during the lifetime of Buddha and that he breathed upon the image!

We continue to the Golden Teak Monastery, built entirely of golden teak with an intricate carving. The monastery was once the part of Mandalay Palace, used by King Mindon and his chief wife as their private chamber.

Next, we will visit Kyaukawgyi Paya- known for a seated Buddha, carved out of a single marble block. The Kuthodaw Paya- a massive walled temple complex at the base of the southeast stairway to Mandalay Hill. King Mindon built Kuthodaw Paya at about the same time as the Mandalay Royal Palace.

During the sunset time, we visit the Mandalay Hill and take a leisurely climb up the sheltered steps to see panoramic views over the palace, Mandalay and the paya-studded countryside.

Overnight: Amazing Hotel Mandalay
Meals : Breakfast
Day 06~Excursion of former Royal Capitals of Amarapura, Sagaing and Ava

Today we visit the three former royal capitals, Amarapura, Sagaing, and Ava, each with its charm and atmosphere. We begin from Amarapura and visit Mahagandayon Monastery where we watch monks and novices lining up to receive their daily alms and food from faithful Buddhists. We continue to Sagaing, the spiritual center of Myanmar, abundant with hundreds of stupas, monasteries, temples, and nunneries.

We cross the river by ferry to the ancient capital of Inwa- situated on the shores of the Irrawaddy River, which is now a quiet rural oasis. We enjoy a leisurely horse carriage ride in the peaceful countryside and visit the beautiful teak wood monastery. On the way, we stop at a workshop where locals make the famous alms bowls out of iron.

We conclude the day at U Bein‘s Bridge in Amarapura. U Bein’s Bridge is a picturesque teak bridge which extends over one kilometer across Taungthaman Lake. At dusk, the bridge is swarmed by monks and local people as they stroll home or linger to enjoy the colors of the sunset.

Overnight: Amazing Hotel Mandalay
Meals : Breakfast
Day 07~Flight to Heho and transfer to Pindaya

Following an early morning breakfast, your driver will transfer you to the airport for flight to Heho in the northern San state of Myanmar. The flight is short, 30 minutes only.

Upon arrival, meet your local guide and driver and proceed on a scenic 1 hour 30 minutes long drive through picturesque villages and terraced farmlands. Pindaya is a charming town with a quiet lake in the middle of green land, surrounded by hills.

Firstly, we take a short walk (45 minutes) through Htut Ni village. In this village, we will have the opportunity to take a close look at the life of Danu People-one of the ethnic minorities of Myanmar- who are mainly tea farmers. Now, we proceed to 'See Kya Inn' village located in the forested mountain (1 ½ hrs.) passing through tea leaf plantations. We will enjoy a traditional home-cooked lunch at one of the local family houses.

Now, we start walking back via Taung Paw Gyi villages (2 ½ hrs.). Located northeast of Pindaya, the village has peaceful surroundings, and people here are very welcoming and friendly. The villagers here grow tea, coffee bean, Indian leek, and many different vegetables.

If time permits, we will visit famous ‘Shwe U Min Caves’, a fantastic cave with more than 9000 Buddha images of various sizes and materials, sponsored by Buddhist devotees from all over the world. They are enshrined in such a way as to form a labyrinth throughout the multiple cave chambers. We spend the right amount of time exploring and appreciating the beauty of the cave.

If time is not available, we can visit the cave the next day morning before we head to Inle Lake.

Overnight: Conqueror Hotel
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 08~Nyaung Shwe Village and Inle Lake

From Pindaya, a scenic two-hour drive across the Shan Mountains leads us to Nyaung Shwe- the gateway town to Inle Lake. We first check in our lodge that requires crossing a canal. After wash up and change, we spend some time exploring the quaint town; we travel through local houses, small nunneries, and monasteries. We will stop at the ‘tomato house,’ which is where the lake’s produce is collected, sorted, and distributed throughout the country.

Our next stop will be at Red Mountain Vineyard- a cool place to put your feet up and enjoy a glass of local wine with views of the lake!

Afterward, continue to Maing Thauk Jetty and switch to a private motorboat that takes us to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular site. We pass lakeshore villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by local Intha people. The Leg-rowing fishermen and floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud are unique sights of Inle Lake. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf.

We will also stop at the weavers' village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory- where typical Burmese cigars are handmade.

If time permits, there may be some time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages

Overnight: Thanakha Inle Resort, 4 star
Meals : Breakfast
Day 09~Inle Lake: Excursion of Sagar Village

After breakfast at your hotel, we visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a five-day rhythm. And it is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: the market is daily open except on dark moon day and full moon day).

Now, we take a relaxing boat trip to a charming and rustic village of Sagar. On the way, we stop at Inthar village for tea-break and for the opportunity to witness the local life.

Once a thriving town of Sawbwa (the heredity prince), much of Sagar is still unexplored and unspoiled. A two or three hours of a boat ride through floating vegetation, leg-rowing fishermen's boats and flocks of aquatic birds with the backdrop of hazy blue mountains brings us to Sagar.  

Here you are welcomed by the Pa-O people with blushing faces. Pa-O women wrap their heads in distinctive towel-like scarves. The village is dotted with ancient pagodas & monasteries. We will have some quality time exploring the village and chit-chatting with the villagers.

Enjoy your lunch in a local restaurant, and we take a boat trip back to our hotel- another opportunity to see the busy life locals and the poetic beauty of the lake.

Overnight: Thanakha Inle Resort, 4 star
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10~Depart

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport in Heho for flight to Yangon. The flight is usually in the morning. It's one hour 10 minutes long flight and arrives in Yangon generally between 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Upon arrival in Yangon, you are met and assisted for transfer to the international terminal. 

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Arrival transfer.
  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis unless requested a private single room on an additional cost.
  • Daily breakfast at your hotel.
  • English-speaking local guides. 
  • Porter fees at airports.
  • All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Private motorized boat in Inle Lake and sunset boat in Bagan.
  • Horse cart tours in Ava.
  • Entrance fees for the visits as mentioned in the program.
  • Water and refreshing towels.
  • In-tour airfare within Myanmar.

The trip does not include

  • Return international airfare to Myanmar.
  • Lunch and dinner.
  • Visa arrangements for Myanmar.
  • Visits not mentioned in the program.
  • Drinks and personal expenses.
  • Tips and porters at the hotels.
  • Early check-in and late check out for hotels.
  • Departure transfer. You can book at an additional cost.

Myanmar Visa

You need a Myanmar visa beforehand. You can apply for a visa at the nearest Myanmar embassy. Since September 2014, you can also apply eVisa online. You will receive your eVisa by email within five working days. Myanmar eVisa Online


The tour includes daily breakfast at your hotel, and they usually serve in buffet style. Lunch and dinner are not included except the farewell dinner on the last night of the trip. Please budget $10-15 per meal for lunch and dinner. Most hotels have on-site restaurants, and they serve Burmese, Chinese, Thai, and western-style cuisines.


We will be using local guides for small groups. That means guide changes when you fly from one city to the other. But if the group size exceeds ten persons or more, we will provide one accompanying guide throughout the tour. Our guide will be a local college graduate, fluent in English and certified by local authorities. Your guide will bring the necessary vouchers and air ticket copies. They will help you check in the flight and coordinate with the driver and porters.


Depending on group size, we will use Sedan Car (for two persons), Japanese Toyota Hiace minivan for 3-8 persons and Toyota Coaster or luxury coach for group 9 persons and above. Vehicles are air-conditioned all the time.


Please note that traveler checks cannot be used in Myanmar yet, a credit card is acceptable at some upscale restaurants and some hotels with a certain surcharge of 3-8%. ATM is also available at major cities like Yangon & Mandalay and can withdraw the cash local currency Kyats (Not USD). Master logo card (like Metro Master Card, Cirrus Master Card) can withdraw from CB Bank’s ATM. And Visa & Master Card can withdraw from KBZ Bank’s ATM. 24 hrs. Service, service charges Kyat 5000/ transaction, maximum Kyat 300,000/ transaction, maximum Kyat 1,000,000 within 24 hours.

We still recommend visitors bring sufficient cash (best in US Dollars. But Euros also increasingly accepted) to exchange to local currency (kyat) and make any purchases or additional payments as Internet Connection can be poor at sometimes.  Please bring new US Dollar bills (featuring "big heads" instead of "small heads") that are uncreased, untorn and not marked. In Myanmar, they do not accept the serial numbers starting with CB due to rumors these series are counterfeit. Note that larger notes get a better exchange rate, but smaller notes are useful for some purchases.

Booking Deposit and Payment Schedule

You are requested to deposit US$ 300 along with the completed trip registration. Usually, balance payment is due 90 days before departure, but we may also ask you second payment if need be. Payment by credit card except the initial deposit will attract an additional 3.5% fee. We reserve the right to refuse a certain form of payment.

Cancellation and refund

We must receive a notice of cancellation and refund request in written form.

Cancellation charges
•    One hundred eighty days before departure: No penalty unless stated as non-refundable.
•    Ninety days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
•    Sixty-Eighty-nine day's prior departure: US$ 300 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
•    Forty-five days to Fifty-nine days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
•    Thirty days to Forty-four days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
•    Less than thirty days: 100%.

Cancellation and refund of air tickets cost will be as per rules and regulations of the concerned airlines plus a service charge of US$ 25 per segment will be levied. Cancellation terms and conditions of certain services may vary, which we will inform per case to case basis.

No refund or adjustment to other services will be made for any unused land or air services for any reason whatsoever, once the tour begins. We highly recommend that all travelers purchase trip cancellation insurance.

We reserve the right to cancel any trip before departure for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient signup or logistical problems that may impede trip operations. We also reserve the right to refuse your participation in the tour with or without any reason. So, please do not purchase your international airfare until we confirm your participation on tour.

Final trip dossier

We will send you a comprehensive trip dossier about two months before the trip date. The trip dossier includes the final itinerary, list of confirmed hotels and flights and service details. The document will also cover travel notes, including weather, packing suggestions, currency information, etc.

Travel Insurance

While we plan and do our best that your trip goes as planned, but there are always chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather conditions, and flight cancellation or missed connection or loss of baggage, etc. It may cause interruption or delay or total cancellation of your trip, putting your hard-earned travel investment in jeopardy. It's also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation, or medical transportation when you get ill or involve in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. Far & High's tour cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses. We strongly recommend that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions.


The hotels we use in this itinerary are mix of first class and deluxe properties with adequate amenities and we pick the best available where choices are limited. You will have private bathroom with running hot and cold water. Most hotels provide toiletries such as shampoo, body wash and its advisable that you bring your own toiletry supplies as well. Hair dryer and iron are available on request. Hotels are staffed with friendly locals.

Jasmine Palace Yangon
Jasmine Palace Hotel, Yangon
Amazing Hotel Mandalay
Amazing Hotel, Mandalay
heritage bagan
Heritage Hotel , Bagan
thanaka inle hotel
Thanaka Inle Lake
conquer resort pindaya
Conquer Hotel Pindaya



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