Myanmar Cultural Highlights

Irrawaddy River, Myanmar (Burma)

Close  Kyaiktiyo (or Golden Rock) that is balanced precariously on the cliff edge.

Myanmar Cultural Highlights

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda or Golden Rock, is one of Myanmar’s most sacred sites. Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is a rock, 7.6 metres tall, with a gilded pagoda on its top, precariously balancing on the edge of the 1,100-metre high mountain. Locals believe, the Golden Rock is balancing on a strand of the Buddha's hair. This gavity defying manifestation, attracts, millions of visitors who travel there to worship and add gold leaf to its surface. The area provides panoramic 360 degree views of the surrounding Mon State Mountains.

This cultural tour of Myanmar begins in Yangon with an adventurous drive to Kyaiktiyo (the Golden Rock). On return, transfer to Bagan, and see temple ruins along the Ayeyarwady River. South and along the Ayeyarwady is Yokesone, the oldest surviving wooden monastery. Travel east to Mount Popa, a place of pilgrimage for over 700 years. In Inle Lake, visit traditional villages of Paukpar and of ethnic Pa-O and Intha inhabitants. At Inthar Heritage House, see the legendary Burmese cats.

And, experience off the beaten track destinations of Kyaiktiyo and Bago.

We Love
  • This 10-day tour can be customised for any travellers for adventure enthusiasts or romantics
  • The Governor’s Residence still evokes the days of the colonial heritage
  • Inle Princess Resort is a secluded retreat with its wooden chalets, built upon stilts along the shallow waters.
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. We can book your international and domestic flights.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday
  • The region around Kyaiktiyo is still undeveloped for most aspects of tourism and is not recommended during the monsoon between June and September.

Myanmar Cultural Highlights This tour focuses on Myanmar’s vibrant culture and visits off the beaten track destinations to include Kyaiktiyo and Bago.
Yangon, Kyaiktiyo, Bagan, Inle Lake
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive Myanmar
Yangon Meet and greet on arrival at the Yangon International Airport and after a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel. The rest of your day will be scheduled depending on your arrival time and how tired you feel. The Governor’s Residence (D)

Day 2 – Tour
Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock) With your private guide and driver, take a long drive to Kyaiktiyo (the Golden Rock), a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaves and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff and one of the most important Buddhist sites in Myanmar.
Golden Rock Hotel (B, L, D)

Important note: The region around Kyaikhtiyo is still undeveloped for most aspects of tourism. AwimAway and our local partners will endeavour to obtain the best available accommodation, transport and facilities for you, but would ask for your understanding for any practical aspects that do not come up to expectations and for delays or changes in the itinerary. Due to road conditions, travel in this region is not recommended during the monsoon season (June - September).

Day 3 – Tour
Yangon We return to Yangon via Bago, where we visit the Shwemawdaw, Burma's tallest pagoda and over a thousand years old. Later, visit the 55-meter-long reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha and a tree shrine dedicated to legendary animist spirits known as "Nats”.
Governor’s Residence (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Explore
Bagan Transfer to Yangon airport for your flight to the awe-inspiring Bagan. You will be received by your private guide and driver. After rest, explore thousands of pagodas and temples that stretch from the Ayeyarwady River out across miles of arid plains. Built between the 11th and 13th centuries, Bagan was a major Buddhist centre of Southeast Asia. Then take a horse-drawn carriage through villages of Bagan as the sun sets in the distance – a magical view.  
Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Explore
Bagan Today you have a full day to visit farming villages and temples around Bagan by horse-cart and explore monasteries like the Nat Htaung Kyaung, famous for a collection of ancient Buddha statues and lacquer boxes. Later explore local markets or take a boat on the Ayeyarwady River to enjoy the sunset.
Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary (B, L, D)

Optional: Balloons Over Bagan. Enjoy Bagan from a different perspective – take a balloon ride to get a magnificent birds-eye view of thousand year-old pagodas, temples and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. The champagne flights at sunrise last just under one hour and take off daily from October through March. The balloon is guided by gentle winds not exceeding 24 km/h. Eight passengers plus a pilot fit into the balloon’s basket.

Day 6 – Tour
Bagan We drive to Mount Popa, a place of pilgrimage for over 700 years that is believed to be the home of Myanmar’s powerful ‘Nats’, or Burmese spirits associated with natural features. We will also visit the Yokesone Monastery, the oldest surviving wooden monastery in Myanmar, built on 154 teak posts with beautiful wood carvings decorating the outer walls. Then continue to Payathonzu, a complex of three brick shrines with mural paintings from the Bagan period, and see Man Paya - a large lacquer Buddha image, said to date from the 13th century.
Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary (B)

Day 7 – Transfer
Inle Lake Take a private transfer to Bagan Airport to Heho and on arrival transfer to your hotel. After lunch, with your expert guide, enjoy a boat tour to Indaing, at the western end of the Lake. The boat takes you through a long channel where you watch the farmers cultivate their produce. Visit the oldest monastery on the lake, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State and ancient Buddha statues. This ride is one of the most scenic boat tours on Lake Inle.

Inle Lake is simply magical; located at 1000 meters, its calm waters are dotted with Intha stilt house villages, floating vegetable gardens and fishing canoes against the back drop of the beautiful Shan hills. Motorized boats are the means of transport across the lake although the Intha people get around in traditional flat bottomed boats using a unique and skilful form of leg rowing
Inle Princess – Lake Front View Chalet (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Explore
Inle Lake The boat trip on Inle Lake is a photographer's dream, its calm waters are dotted with floating gardens of fruit and vegetables and fishing canoes, to which scenic high hills provide the perfect backdrop.  See the lake's unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. We will visit the local market but the highlight is often visiting the traditional village of Paukpar, with its neat rows of bamboo houses and where we may stop and visit a family for Shan tea.

Lunch at the Inthar Heritage House where you can see the legendary Burmese cats. Later, we will visit some of the ancient Pagodas, monasteries including the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery (known for Jumping cats). It is one of the oldest monasteries on the lake and where inside its large wooden meditation hall and are over 200 year old ancient Buddha statues.
Inle Princess – Lake Front View Chalet (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Explore
Inle Lake Today we travel by boat to Sagar and Thakong, a rarely visited area south of Inle Lake where we explore the daily market and visit local houses who manufacture items like earthenware pottery, Phongyi fabric from thousands of lotus stems and even a high degree alcohol fermented and extracted from bran rice. You will meet the locals and get an insight into the unspoiled culture and traditional life-style of the ethnic Pa-O and Intha inhabitants. And we you will enjoy the beautiful landscape, flowering trees and small settlements dotted along the way.

Optional: Drive to a selection of Art Galleries, Interior Design and Antiques shops. There is a surprisingly high amount of very talented painters and artists in Myanmar. Some of them are known internationally. Their accomplishments can be admired and also bought in numerous Art Galleries and showrooms.
Inle Princess – Lake Front View Chalet (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Depart
Yangon Transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe and then proceed to Heho Airport (1 hour) for your flight to Yangon. Meet our representative who will escort you to your hotel. Lunch at hotel.
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey
Meals: B

Myanmar Cultural Highlights Irrawaddy River, Myanmar (Burma)

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There Myanmar has two international airports: In the capital Yangon and at Mandalay. Due to the lack of travel services in Myanmar most airlines fly to Yangon via Bangkok, Kaula Lumpur or Singapore.  Also, there are flights connecting Chiang Mai (in Thailand) to Yangon and Mandalay. It is best to check prices for flights to Bangkok and from there to Yangon return as buying two tickets can be cheaper. We suggest that you book in advance to get the best rates for flights.

When to go The best time to visit Myanmar is between October and April when the weather is dry and not so hot. At this time the warm and sunny days are ideal for sightseeing throughout the country. The temperatures start to rise in March and May to September is best avoided as this is the rainy season when sightseeing can become difficult.