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Myanmar is Indochina's hidden gem, a destination bursting with magnificent monuments, glittering golden stupas and enigmatic ruins. Myanmar cannot help but invoke images of mysterious wonder.
Explore the spiritual and Buddhist architecture of Myanmar's largest city
Cruise on this idyllic river which runs north to south through Myanmar
Venture through the city known as Myanmar's colonial capital
See the Intha People fishing on this magnificent lake
Our Hidden Treasures of Myanmar itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to the vibrant city of Yangon for a two-night stay.
Head downtown to the Central Post Office from where we will begin our tour. Encompassing the colonial highlights and more traditional architecture, stroll Strand Road and Pansodan Street. Visit the National Museum before exploring the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda whose huge golden stupa dominates the city’s skyline. The apex of the stupa is studded with hundreds of priceless gems that glint in the sunshine. This is Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist site and is purported to have four relics of former Buddhas enshrined within.
Drive to the lively port town of Pyay and transfer to the ancient city of Sri Ksetra. Explore the spectacular ruins of the Pyu Kingdom’s former capital. Later, visit Hmawzar village to get a glimpse of local life.
Visit Pyay’s colourful central market where you’ll be able to see members of several of Myanmar’s ethnic minorities. Continue to the dazzling Shwe San Taw Pagoda and admire the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside before returning to Yangon.
Fly to Mandalay and transfer to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayon Temple, a place of monastic study and home to several thousand young monks. Continue to the U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak wood bridge, and make your way across it, walking with the locals. Head to Sagaing, and explore the hills around the town, which are dotted with temples and pagodas. Continue to Inwa to explore the Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery.
Mandalay is considered the epicentre of Myanmar’s culture and so there is much to explore. Visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwe Inbin Monastery, the Golden Palace Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the world’s largest book – each page is inscribed in marble. Visit a traditional handloom silk workshop before finishing the day on Mandalay Hill.
Set sail up the Irrawaddy River to Mingun to visit one of the world’s largest bells, the Mingun Bell, and the Mingun Pagoda – had it been completed it would have been Myanmar’s largest. Though incomplete, it is still a monumental structure – 50 metres-tall, 72 metres-wide and constructed entirely of brick. Return to Mandalay and spend the afternoon at leisure.
Leave Mandalay for the Thanboddhay Pagoda, said to contain over half a million colourful images of Buddha. Continue to the Bodhi Taung where a thousand Buddha images rest at the feet of beautiful Banyan trees. In the afternoon see the Aung Setkya Pagoda and enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside, as you travel to Monywa.
Take a boat trip across the Chindwin River to visit Pho Win Taung, a network of sandstone caves full of statues, carvings and murals of Buddha. Drive on to the port city of Pakokku. Visit the lively local market by traditional trishaw and observe the production process of cotton blankets. Continue by boat down the Irrawaddy to Bagan, arriving in time to catch the sunset.
Visit Nyaung U Market, Ananda Temple and Shwezigon Pagoda, the most important pagoda in Bagan. You’ll also visit Htilominlo Pagoda. This afternoon, head to a lacquer workshop in the village of Myinkaba before enjoying a spectacular sunset over Bagan’s temple strewn plains.
Travel to Mt Popa and visit the temple that sits on top of a unique ‘plug’. Return to Bagan and discover more of its wonderful temples and pagodas. In the evening, travel to temples that are further afield as you continue your explorations of this area.
Fly to Heho and transfer to Pindaya to visit the Shwe U Min limestone caves. The caves are a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site. Continue to a local workshop that manufactures umbrellas from mulberry paper. Arrive in Kalaw.
Drive to Nyaung Shwe and take a boat trip to Inle Lake. The lake is best known for the extraordinary Intha people, who live on and around the water, and their unique rowing technique. Visit a local market and see the floating gardens, village life and magnificent scenery. See Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, Nga Phe Chaung Monastery and the weaving village of Inpawkhon.
Cruise on Inle Lake to the crumbling Shwe Indein Pagodas. Built in the 17th century, it is home to nearly one thousand stupas and pagodas. Walk through the rice paddies to Sae Ma village.
Fly to Yangon. Upon arrival, browse the famous Bogyoke market, perfect for souvenir shopping. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before a late afternoon visit to Botataung Pagoda. This evening, stroll around Chinatown to visit a temple as you go.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to Myanmar. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888.
Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288.
You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate. We advise tipping amounts in your final documentation.
Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual.
Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. In remote areas, we suggest embracing local specialities. Lunch and dinner consists of shared dishes.
Drinks are at your own expense.
Please ensure you specify any dietary requirements at the time of booking. We suggest also mentioning it to the National Escort on arrival. They will do their utmost to cater to any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or foods to avoid in the case of allergies.
Wendy Wu Tours inspects all hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service, which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town. Hotels are also chosen for ease of navigation around tourist sights. View Hotels Here
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