Myanmar Tourism begins to be interested in South East Asia by tourists, travelers in recent years due to transparency of politics, economy and democracy. Considering the richness in natural resources, historical heritage and amazing places to visit and lovely smile from Myanmar people. Golden country holds the pride to come visiting for the backpacker tourists who wish to adventure through the famous cities in Myanmar. We are now going to introduce our suggested 14 DAYS Itinerary at Upper Myanmar.
Day 1 : Day Trip to 3 Ancient Cities
Starting your day around 8:30 after having the breakfast served by our hostel. Firstly, go around Mahamuni Pagoda, then ; capturing the moment of monks and novices having their lunch. After, turn the visit to Sagaing Hill including two historical Pagodas and enjoy different views of Irrawaddy river and city view. Transverse to Ava (Inwa) by boat and find out theancient Burmese monastery such as Bagaya Monastery, Menu Okk Kyaung and Nan Myint Tower during Ava Era. Final destination will be at U Bein Bridge enjoying the sunset.
Day 2 : Day Trip to Amarapura and Mandalay Sightseein
On the 2nd Day, get up about 5 in the morning and rush to Amarapura for the experience of Sunrise at U Bein Bridge. You can take the walking exercise along the 1.2 km long Bridge. When 7 Am, Ace Star’s delicious Breakfast serves the best for you at the rooftop. For the second round, take a day tour at Mandalay. The Tour will bring you to several hearts of Mandalay. The first choice is at Shwe In Bin Monastery which displays fine arts of precious woodcarving. Jade Market and busy Zaycho Market stand as community-based tourist attraction. In the east part, impressive Royal Palace, Shwenandaw Kyaung and Atumashi Temple will make you amazed. Your adventure is about the discovery of royal attires, woodcarvings and Burmese architecture. Kuthodaw Pagoda (World’s Largest Book), Sandamuni Pagoda and Kyauktawgyi Pagoda are the must when you are at Mandalay Hill, where you enjoy the astonishing view of Sunset and scenic view of Mandalay City.
Day 3 : Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin Sightseeing
On the next day, our suggestion talks about the summer capital of Myanmar. May Town (Pyin Oo Lwin) which is famous for historical colonial buildings and beautiful waterfalls. The Day Trip begins at 8 o’clock. After traveling about 1 hour by car, Dat Taw Gyaint Waterfall wil reveal your inspiration of nature together with green and cold atmosphere. Pwe Kauk waterfall and Aung Htu Kan Tha Pagoda offer pleasant scenic view of Shan Hills. Before enjoying National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden where design with flowers, the aviary, orchid garden and fossil museum. We recommend the luxury of colonial houses such as Governor’s House and Candacraig Hotel. There is 5 $ in the garden and 2 $ in the Houses, respectively. The Tour will finish in the late evening.
Day 4 : Pyin Oo Lwin – Naung Pain Village
Traveling by train from Mandalay to northern part of Shan State also remains a very attractive journey for tourists. Here, for 4th Day, Take the early train to Naung Pain via Pyin Oo Lwin is our recommendation. The train gives you the original taste of Myanmar transportation, comfortable and nice. When you arrive May town Station, have a local breakfast and continue your trip to Naung Pain village by car. Naung pain village is famous for exploring the lifestyle of local people together with the beautiful market displayed by various tribes. Learning frankly the livelihood along the village is interesting and you can stay overnight at the village or Pyin Oo Lwin.
Day 5 : Naung Pain – Hsipaw
Main attraction you will feel on the 5th Day is passing through the Goak Hteik viaduct (the longest an deepest bridge built between deep valley. The journey is the main interest of traveling by train to Hsipaw. The astonishing scenery together with green carpet and silver cloud. We arrive at Hsipaw around 3 and the hotel offers the service to pick you up. In the next day you can organize the awesome trekking to Shan Hills and diverse villages. In the town, Shan Royal Palace which has an interesting history, you should find.The following itinerary are flexible according to your interest.
Day 6 : Mandalay – Monywa Sightseeing
This program reveals sightseeing of magnificent pagodas. You can start this tour after your trekking journey. We propose visiting by car to the glimmering of Boddhi Tataung (1000 Buddhas, standing Buddha and Reclining Buddha. Situating on the vast hillside, flat and pleasant area telling about the ritual of Burmese people. The standing Buddha (130m high) declares the world’s tallest and various storied-torso are filled with painted gallery. After a short minutes down to hillside, 95m high reclining Buddha is glittering with gold robe and a large terrace for shrine. Thanboddhay pagoda which is far 8km from 1000 Buddhas sets a central collection of several Buddha images (approximately 5,23630 stupas). Those are from middle 20th Century art.
Day 7 : Monywa – Pakokku
With the plan to continue to Pakokku, stay a night in Monywa then leave a morning drive about 1.5 hour there. A pretty nice town in central Burma belongs historical monasteries and temples. Morning tour is good for wondering the market and ancient side streets. Most prominent feature is about Pakhangyi Monastery, once a largest monastery in country, possessing 332 teak pillars from 19th century. browse the surrounding between Ayeyarwaddy and Kaladan rivers. In the evening, begins your Boat trip to Bagan from the jetty.
Day 8 : Bagan Sightseeing
Starting a boat trip to Bagan will be the most magical view. The first thing you should do is to take your time, get your rest and try to make every sunrise and sunset. For your transportation, E Bike and horse card will be perfect your visit. E Bike is the best suggestion for getting around. Nyaung Oo Market is the most colorful Market in Bagan. Continue your day tour by Visiting the most significant pagodas and temples, inculding Shwezigon, build by King Anawyahta. Gu Byauk Gyi , a temple with superb murals of jakata sences, it will be full with great architecture. And it would not be complete without an evening watching the sunset, also will give you unforgettable views. After enjoying the perfect sunset, return to our hostel. You can also enjoy the night time from your hostel.
Day 9 : Bagan – Heho (by flight) Kalaw transfer
After wandering the remarkably finest sights in Bagan, it is time to turn to green Land. Do not waste your time, so get a direct flight to Heho. Your destination however will be at Kalaw (Pine land) for trekking adventure. On that day, grab the chance to visit the beautiful scenery of colonial town on Thein Taung Monastery, located on the north side of Union Highway. Roaming along the Kalaw’s Market and tasting the local ethnic food will create the true day trip. Some notable features enclose Hnee pagoda, Christ The King Church, Coffee farm, Myin Ma Hti Cave. Join the Kalaw Trekking tour with group among the green pine trees and fascinating hills. You never miss the nature’s precious opportunity. Before initiate, return your hotel and save your energy for tomorrow.
Day 10 : Kalaw – Hti Thein Trekking (ethnic village)
For the superb trekking, we recommend you to have a morning breakfast served by hotel or at the market. Then, the knowledgeable guide leads to the staring point. Trekking will design discovering the peaceful and awesome nature of Southern Shan Hills and learning about the local minority ethnic groups. So, the first is towards to Ywa Thit village. Then, transverse the enjoyable plantation and cultivation such as tea leaf, seasonal fruits, vegetables and crops. Absolutely quiet except the melody of birds! The lunch time will be at View Point where expose off the beaten scenery. Real astonishing! To proceed, now it’s hiking to the villages Myin Daik and Hintha Gone which are tribes of Taung Yoe and Danu respectively. In the evening, the journey will be stop at Yaw Pu village where we sleep overnight stay. For this Day, will take about 6 hours. In the next Day, proceed towards and overnight stay in Hti Thein village. Because of the home-stay, find out the truly lifestyle of those ethnic.
Day 11 : Hti Thein – Inle Trekking
Being the last day, the track is formed by picturesque views and forested atmosphere. The following route start climbing down gradually when nearer to the hillside. Beyond the surrounding hills, you will enjoy the gorgeous landscape of Inle Lake. There is also Inn Thein village with many pagodas from 18th to 20th Centuries. After your memorial trekking, return hotel in advance and enjoy your evening.
Day 12 : Inle Lake Sightseeing
Off the Beaten Lake in Myanmar and natural, cultural and religious hub together with Inle Wild Bird Sanctuary. Recommended the hotel in Nyaung Shwe village and a boat trip around the Lake. It’s a different feeling to see the hill-tribes who live on water. A great number of ethnic villages can be found around the lake. Start your trip to remarkable pagoda Phaung Daw Oo, a sacred religious campus. The Pagoda festival celebrating in late September or early October is amazing and convivial. The motorboat visiting moment is enjoyable under the sunlight and windy mood. Secondly, Nga Hpe Monastery, on the western part of the Lake, makes you pleasing. Several Burmese cats show the jumping talent and an old hall for meditation to see there. Ywama, a lively village for displaying incomparable souvenirs and popular floating market. The village holds once every 5 days market, crowded and animated. Other highlights to wander feature those villages of In Phaw Khone and Nampan where have cheroot and weaving workshops.
Day 13 : Taunggyi – Pindaya Sightseeing
In the late evening of Inle Lake tour, you can proceed directly to Taunggyi. The city Taunggyi is the region capital of Shan State for administation. A center accompaning by busy roads and colorful market. Sulamuni Pagoda, city’s consecrated Paya, is a famous one having the shape of Ananda Pagoda in Bagan. Then, Shan State Cultural Museum and Library becomes another hub for collection of musical instruments, ornaments, traditional weapons and costumes of all tribes in State. In the afternoon, you can turn the visit to Pindaya. The small town is superb home for natural limestone caves decorating with over 6,000 Buddha images. Next, a traditional umbrella workshop is an interesting place, too.
Day 14 : Kalaw – Loikaw Trip
After arrival to Kalaw on that night, keep driving to Loikaw, capital of Kayah. There are many untouched scenery, and on the way (about 8 hours) enjoy your time on seeing the plantations of corps, seasonal fruits and flowers. And pretty moment to spend at Taungkwe Zedi, landmark of Loikaw and watch the unforgettable Sunset between the sommet. You are allowed to stay more days in order to see the lovely Kayah ethnic women who wears the brass rings along their neck. Absolutely impressive!! Find out more about their lifestyle, ritual and weaving. We can see those in the peaceful villages near Ngwe Daung Dam for learnig the Padaung culture.
PS: It is evident that all the suggestions are flexible and negotiable according to time, trip plan and transport access.