Essential Myanmar ( 7Days / 6Nights)

Day 1 :Arrive Yangon and Transfer

Meals: Non

Welcome by the representative from SOC Travel on arrival at Yangon International airport.

Yangon is a soft gentle city with much to recommend for those who like cities with ambiance. Known as “the garden city of the East”, Yangon has the reputation of lush green parks, picturesque lakes, charming and smiling people of the east.

Transfer to your hotel, check in and reminder of the day at your leisure.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 2: Yangon full day sightseeing

Meals: B,L,D

Meet with your guide after breakfast and head out to explore the commercial capital Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar with a population of about 6 million.

The orientation tour of Yangon includes the photo stop at Sule Pagoda, quite unusual in that its octagonal shape extends right up to the bell and inverted bowl, the City Hall and a walk in downtown area which is one of the oldest sections in town. And one can enjoy the contrast between remains of colonial architecture and contemporary style. Continue on to KalaywaTawya monastery, one of the largest monastic education centers for less fortunate kids from all over the country. Staying at the monastery as young monks and nuns, studying both religious and secular education, these young kids surly have a high ambition of benefiting their society back home. Experience their life at monastery and nunnery especially at lunch time when around 1000 young monks, novices and nuns line up to have their lunch.

Later proceed to ChaukHtatGyi, known as one of the largest and lifelike reclining Buddhas. It is 70 meters long. One particular interest is the feet of the Buddha which are described with the 108 sacred symbols of an enlightened Buddha.

At sunset, visit magnificentShwedagon Pagoda which is over 2600 years old,whose golden dome glistens from dawn to dusk. There are special places in the world where architecture, setting, scale and ambiance all come together. Shwedagon Pagoda is one of these unique experiences. You will be amazed by entering the walkway as the sun gets down. Every moment will be prized and gaining a great stunning experience in one’s life time.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 3 : Yangon/Bagan ( Morning Flight)

Meals: B,L,D

This morning, take early flight to Bagan; One of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. No other capital of Myanmar, either before or after has approached the magnificence of Bagan in the days of its greatness. Its ruins are still the most impressive, scattered in the plains of 16 square miles on the bank of Ayeyarwady River.

Bagan is a place where there is so much to see as the massive sights of thousands of different stupas and temples built between 11th -13th century.  There are too many to explore all but we will select the most astounding ones such as Shwezigon pagoda( mid 11th century),  the 13th century  GubyaukgyiTemple with mural paintings, Htilominlo temple with different architectural style, Anandatemple, the master piece of Bagan architecture.

At the end of the day, you can climb one of the stupas or temples to enjoy superb view of the landscape and the memorable sunset.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 4 :Baganfull day sightseeing

Meals: B,L,D

This morning, head towards Bagan’s hustle and bustle morning market to experience local ways of life.

Then continue to explore more of Bagan’s monuments. Each of them varies due to one’s aspiration and period. Each and every pagoda tells wonderful stories of its own and you will never tired of listening to all those.

This afternoon, visit Lacquer ware factory which is 1000 years old cottage industry still thriving today. Every process is done by hand. It is labor intensive and time consuming as it takes minimum 6 months to finish one piece. Bagan lacquer ware is known for intricate and exquisite workmanship.

Make a visit to one of the typical villages near Bagan before sunset. Feel the hospitality of friendly villagers as you walk through their village.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 5 :Bagan/Mandalay-Amarapura (Morning Flight)

Meals: B,L,D

This morning, transfer to airport for your flight to Mandalay, the former royal capital founded in 1857 until British occupation in 1886. It is cultural and religious heart of Myanmar. It is also known as the city of many characters, quaint and romantic place of the glorious past as in Kipling’s Road to Mandalay poem and busy trading center of modern time as it is a flourishing trading center for upper Myanmar and border trade with China and India.

On arrival, visit Amarapura which is also referred as the southern city. The former capital before King Mindon moved the capital to Mandalay.

Take a stroll ona remarkable wooden U Bein bridge which has over 1000 post built in 1783 and known as the longest teak span in the world.

Head towardsMahagandayonmonastery, one of the largest in the country, in time to witness over 1000 monks line up to have their last meal of the day.

Stop by at silk and cotton weaving place where hand woven intricate designs of fabrics are made. You will be amazed by the skills of weavers who can only finish 1 inch per day for 2 meter piece of longyi in a month.

Visit Mahamuni pagoda, the most venerated pagoda in upper Myanmar. The image is 12 feet 7 inches high and it is cast of alloy but the body has been lavishly gilded by pilgrims. Take a glimpse of six bronze statues originally from Cambodia; locals believe these figures have a power to heal their ailment by rubbing the corresponding part of the statue.

Continue to ShwenandawMonastery , the only apartment of the King which is survived from Second World War. It is renowned for fine carvings and scenes from the 10 great Jataka.

Next Kuthodaw pagoda, Known as the world’s largest book or heaviest book, made of 729 marble slabs, each of them is shaped like pages of book both front and back. Buddhist scriptures are recorded on the white marble slab.

End the day at Mandalay Hill. The holy hill, where the King founded the last golden city under the shadow of it, is the focal point of the city also. It is 954 feet high with over 1700 steps to the peak if one chooses to walk up. The view from the top is well worth.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 6 :Mingun excursion

Meals: B,L,D

This morning take a boat to Mingun for about 1.5 hr. Enjoy the pleasant boat ride while seeing ways of life along the river and if lucky enough fresh water dolphin can be seen near Mingun.

On arrival at Mingun, start with Huge, unfinished, PaHtodawgyipagoda. It would have been the largest in the world if it ever finished. Earth quake in 1838 struck part of the building collapsed leaving the pagoda as the biggest brick pile in the world.

Next 90 tonsMingun Bell, the biggest uncracked hanging bell in the world.

Continue toSinphuy me pagoda, memorial of the beloved wife princess by a crown prince which is Myanmar version of TajMahah.

Take the boat back to MandalayOn arrival of Mandalay, visit Gold leave workshops which can be seen only in Mandalay. Pure 24 carat gold is beaten into thin sheets by hand with heavy hammer for several hours. At the final stage the gold is so thin that one ounce of gold can be beaten to cover an area of 100 square feet. End the day with a visit to Royal Palace which dominates the city with huge walls and the moat. It was built in 1857 by King Mindon, square in plan with over 1 mile on each side. It was conquered by the Brits and devastated during World War II. Exquisite teak buildings inside the palace were bombed and destroyed but the city wall and some bricks buildings remained. It was restored and rebuilt in its original plan in 1996.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day7 :Mandalay/Yangon departure

Meals: B,L

Drive to Mandalay international airport to catch the flight back to Yangon. On arrival continue onto BogyokeAung San market which is large and airy colonial building was constructed in 1926. It is also known as Scott market. Please do not miss out local BogyokeAung San market to do final purchase of some souvenir for your loved one at home.  The Market which has over 1000 stalls selling from clothing, cosmetics , jewelry , arts and crafts either old or new from all over Myanmar.(closes on Mondays and public holidays). Later of the day, transfer to Yangon International airport for your return flight.