If feeling that Indochina tour packages are too public or too general to excite your vacation, let’s draw your attention to Myanmar Itinerary 2 weeks that is special and unparalleled. The 2-week package is distinctive with hill-tribe village trekking to the hidden spots, the must-see highlights of Nature, and the Myanmar temple sightseeing that establish the brand of Myanmar tourism. Destinations addressed in this logical itinerary include Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Kyaing Tong, Heho, and Inle Lake.
Myanmar Temples Sightseeing: Yangon, Bagan, and Mandalay
Known for the gold-encrusted and revered religious monuments, Myanmar is full of the temples and pagodas for sightseeing throughout the country. On Day 1 in Yangon, you will enjoy an orientation tour towards the 2.000-year-old Sule Pagoda (of which the stupa enshrined Buddha’s hair), the British-built City Hall and High Court, and the vibrant Bogyoke Aung San market. When it comes to sunset, you are expected to reach the well-known glittering Shwedagon Pagoda that is around 2.500 years old, 100m high, gold-encrusted, and enshrined Buddha’s hair relics. You are likely to meet many Burmese and tourists gathering in Shwedagon for sightseeing, meditating, and praying.
Day 2 will be about the full-day temple sightseeing in Bagan – “City of Four Million Pagodas.” A huge scale of the century-old monuments in the city will surprise you all, and even the simple contemplation will bring you joy, which ensures the amazing inner exploration. Top sites to be discovered should be Nyaung-U town, Shwezigon Paya, Ananda Temple, Irrawaddy River, local floating villages, etc.
As the largest temple city in the world, Bagan ensures you to have more temples to see. In the next morning (Day 3) will be full of excitement in Shwe Sandaw Pagoda – the best place for taking panoramic photos of the ancient city, and the impressive Mt. Popa from which you can climb 777 steps to the peak and visit the holy Mahagiri Shrine. In the afternoon, Bagan’s iconic attractions namely Myinkabar Gubyaukgyi Temple, Myinkabar Village, Dhammayangyi Temple, Khayminga Temple, and some other minor stupas around the corners, will welcome your exploration.
On Day 4, let’s take a flight to Mandalay – the last royal capital of the Burmese kingdom. Ancient, charming, and interesting, Mandalay welcomes guests to marvel at its highlights namely Mahamuni Paya, Jade Market, Shwenandawkyaung (Golden Palace Monastery), Kuthodaw Paya (the world’s largest book with 729 marble slabs carved the complete Tripitaka), and the 230m-high Mandalay Hill.
In the 2 weeks Myanmar Tour, Day 5 will be arranged for a boat trip from Mandalay to Mingun. The attractive names include Mingun Paya and Myatheindan Pagoda. Around 45 minutes, the voyage is very pleasant to watch how the Burmese people are living along the Ayeyarwaddy River. On the drive back, take a stop at Mahagandaryon Monastery. Then, U-Bein Bridge – the world’s longest teak footbridge, is a must to see for sightseeing and photography in Mandalay.
Hill-Tribe Villages Trekking: Kyaing Tong
In the morning (Day 6), take a flight to Kyaing Tong, a perfect destination for trekking across the hill-tribe villages. The expedition will let you discover the local hills, villages, Maha Myat Muni Pagoda, Khun Shan Monastery, and Shan-lacquerware workshop. The real trekking adventure will begin on Day 7 when you come to see Akha village and houses of the Akha and Lahu ethnic minorities. Take a pleasant picnic stop at Pin Tauk waterfall. After hours of trekking, let’s drive back to Kyaing Tong town. On the route, you can visit Li-Shan village of Wan Kwan, and watch how the mountain tribes enjoy their rice wine.
This package offers more time (Day 8) to mingle with nature in Kyaing Tong via the off-the-beaten-track trekking in the small hill station, around 33km away from the town. Highlights of the forest, lake, terraced rice field, ethnic village, ancient Catholic Church, British-built buildings, etc., can fulfill your eco-trek tours. On the return route, trek down the hill for 3-5 hours to reach the Akha villages and observe their living traditions.
Myanmar Itinerary 2 weeks : Must-see Natural Inle Lake
Today, we’ll fly to Heho, and then take a drive to Nyaung Shwe village. Of course, Inle Lake will be our target, and the way to the lake is very spectacular. You’re likely to meet the Pa-O and Danu women dressing their colorful costumes. Also, spend time exploring Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery that is recognizable for its ancient look and oval-shaped windows. Thereafter, the long-expected motorboat trip on Inle Lake begins, which will let you see the unique leg-rowing style of the Intha fishermen, the picturesque riverscape, floating gardens, peaceful birdlife, attractive village, etc. It will cheer you up with cool wind, warm sun, and seagulls flying overhead.
Then, Day 10 will be about more Inle Lake sightseeing that the boat trip will offer a deeper exploration of the lake. You’ll be able to interact with the leg-rowing fishermen, watch the local waterway traffic, take more incredible photos, and more. Don’t forget to visit the sacred Nga Hpe Kyaung that enshrines many Buddha statues. Other to-see sites include the tomato floating garden, the stilted houses in Nampan village, the silk-weaving Paw Khone village, and the 800-year-old Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. The excitement will go on to the weaving workshop where you will meet the long-neck lady tribe of Padaung. After the nice meeting with the long-neck ladies, take another stop at the wooden Mine Thauk Bridge to watch the majestic sunset, meet the locals, and take amazing photos.
On the following time (Day 11), the plan is to fly from Heho to Yangon for more city exploration of Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, Kandawgyi Park, and Botahtaung Pagoda. Each religious monument enshrines the sacred Buddha relics and special architecture to contemplate and pay respect. At the end of the day, there will be the relaxing time in the waterfront of Nathida Jetty from which you can chat with Burmese people and get to know their life activities. On the next day, pack for your departure flight from Yangon, which marks the conclusion of this Myanmar Itinerary whithin 2 weeks filled with the perfect temple sightseeing and amazing hill-tribe village trekking.
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