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Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda & Leg Rower Festival Tour


tour myanmar Shwadagaon PagodaAs Rudyard Kipling has said "It will be unlike any land you know". From sightseeing in Yangon to spectacular views from the monastery and temple complex on top of Mount Popa. Take a tour of Myanmar and experience the Leg Rower festival.

International Flight Schedule | Tour Myanmar Itinerary | Quotation | Booking Information

International Flight Itinerary

Singapore Airlines

10 OCT (Thu) – DEP: LAX - SQ11 at 3:45pm – ARR: SINGAPORE at 2:55am +2 (12 Oct)
Stay at transit hotel (direct payment for 6 hours)
12 OCT (Sat) DEP: SINGAPORE on SQ998 at 7:55am – ARR in YANGON at 9:20am
23 OCT (Wed) DEP: YANGON on MI 517 at 4:40pm – ARR: SINGAPORE at 9:15pm
Overnight in Singapore (hotel/transfers)
24 OCT (Thu) DEP: SINGAPORE on SQ 12 AT 9:45am – ARR: LAX at 12:25pm

**All flight schedules are subject to change.

Land Tour Itinerary

Arrival in Yangon - Meeting assistance and Transfer

Rest of the time at leisure - Transfer to Restaurant for dinner

Overnight at Inya Lake Hotel (superior room)

Sightseeing in Yangon

Yangon lies in the fertile delta of southern Myanmar, on the wide Yangon River. The city is filled with tree-shaded boulevards, while shimmering stupas float above the treetops. The city became the capital only in 1885, when the British completed the conquest of Upper Myanmar and Mandalay's brief period as capital of the last Burmese kingdom ended.

tour myanmar sule pagodaStart the day at the SULE PAGODA, a gleaming octagonal pagoda that stands squarely at the center point of the city. Afterwards, visit the NATIONAL MUSEUM (closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Public Holidays) to gain an insight into Myanmar. See the eight meter high Sihasana Lion Throne, used by the last Burmese king, and other fascinating artifacts from Burmese history and culture.

Enjoy a break at BOGYOKE (SCOTT) MARKET, a pleasant covered market containing crafts from all corners of Myanmar, gems, fabrics and more. (The market is closed on Mondays and public holidays).

In the afternoon, visit some of the more well known pagodas, including BOTATAUNG PAGODA, named after the 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha from Inda over 2000 years ago.

tour myanmar CHAUKHTATGYI PAGODAVisit CHAUKHTATGYI PAGODA, the reclining Buddha in Yangon which is almost as large as the enormous figure of Shwethalyaung Buddha in Bago. It's housed in a large metal-roofed shed on Shwegondaing Lan, only short distance north-east beyond the Shwedagon Paya.

tour myanmar shwedagon pagodaFinally, continue to the SHWEDAGON PAGODA, the highlight of any visit to Yangon. Towering over the city, this pagoda is the most sacred spot in the country, built to house eight hair relics of the Buddha. The Shwedagon and surrounding shrines are at their most beautiful during the sunset hour, as the golden stupa reflects the changing colors of twilight.

NGADATKYI PAYA: there is a huge seated Buddha image at this paya and it is appropriately known as the five storey Buddha and is located in the Ashay Tawya monastery.

Transfer to/from restaurant.

Overnight in Yangon – Inya Lake Hotel (Superior room)

Day 3 - 14th Oct (Mon)        Yangon - Bagan (Breakfast at hotel / Dinner: Local Restaurant)
Transfer - Flight from Yangon to Bagan - Transfer

Time at leisure to explore on your own.

Transfer to/from Restaurant

Overnight in Bagan- Amazing Bagan Resort (Deluxe room)

Flight RGN-NYU on W9129 (1430-1710)

Day 4 - 15th Oct (Tue)        Bagan (Breakfast/Dinner: Irrawaddy Princess II River Cruise / Restaurant)

Excursion to Mount Popa
MOUNT POPA: A curiously cylindrical hill rising sharply from the surrounding plain, Mount Popa is considered to be the home of Myanmar’s most important nats (spirits). Visitors ascend up a winding covered staircase encircling the mountain, observed by the curious monkeys that populate the area. At the top is a monastery and temple complex, with shrines to the 37 nats and a spectacular view over the region.

Sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy river with dinner on boat
Enjoy cruising on the river on your private motor boat. Witness the golden sun setting beyond the mountains and the silvery moon rising on the horizon.

The remarkable views of pagodas, temples and ways of life which will take your breath away. With cooling breezes at one's back and perhaps a glass of cocktail in the hand, one can look up to the clear skies and locate constellations and even see shooting stars. Being out on the Irrawaddy River at night can make one reconfirm that this world we live in is indeed wondrous and beautiful.

Transfer to/from restaurant

Overnight in Bagan - Amazing Bagan Resort (Deluxe room)

Day 5 - 16th Oct (Wed)           Bagan - Mandalay (Breakfast / Dinner: Local Restaurant)

Transfer - Flight from Bagan to Mandalay - Transfer

Excursion to Sagaing and Inwa (Ava)

Cross the river to SAGAING, a former royal capital and the spiritual center of Myanmar. Hundreds of stupas, monasteries, temples and nunneries are to be found in Sagaing Hill, sometimes known as a living Bagan. Thousands of monks and nuns retreat here for meditation and contemplation. Stop at some of the most famous temples, such as TUPAYON PAYA and HSINMYASHIN PAYA (the Pagoda of Many Elephants).

Continue to INWA (AVA), another formal royal capital, now a quiet rural oasis situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

Enjoy a leisurely HORSECART RIDE around the peaceful countryside, briefly visiting BAGAYA KYAUNG, a beautiful teak wood monastery, MAHA AUNGMYAY BONZAN KYAUNG, and NAN MYINT TOWER.

On the way, stop and observe how local artisans make the famous alms bowls out of iron.

Transfer to/from Restaurant

Overnight in Mandalay –Ayarwaddy River View Hotel (sup)

Flight NYU-MDL on W9143 (0835-0905)

Day 6 - 17th Oct (Thu)           Mandalay (Breakfast / Dinner: Local Restaurant)

Sightseeing in Amarapura and Mandalay
tour myanmar mandalayThe last capital of royal Burma, Mandalay is still one of the largest cities in Myanmar, and a cultural and spiritual center. Neighboring Sagaing is home to over sixty percent of the country's monks, while the artisans of Mandalay continue to turn out the finest crafts in Myanmar.
In the morning, head to AMARAPURA, also a former royal capital, and visit MAHAGANDAYON MONASTERY; in the morning, monks and novices line up to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists.

tour myanmar ubein bridgePause to enjoy the atmosphere of U BEIN'S BRIDGE, a picturesque teak bridge which extends over one kilometer across Taungthaman Lake, and the highlight of any visit to Amarapura. From Amarapura, turn back to Mandalay itself, stopping first at MAHAMUNI PAYA. The Mahamuni image enshrined here is perhaps the most venerated image in Myanmar, covered in over 15 cm of gold leaf. Worshippers flock daily to the shrine at four in the morning to observe the unique face-washing ceremony.

En route to the pagoda, stop to observe the laborious process of GOLD-LEAF BEATING, where gold is painstakingly hammered out into tissue-thin squares. Continue to SHWENANDAW KYAUNG, or the Golden Teak Monastery. Built entirely of golden teak, this intricately carved wooden monastery was once part of the Mandalay Palace, used as private apartments by King Mindon and his chief queen. Afterwards visit KYAUKTAWGYI PAYA, famous for its monumental seated Buddha, carved from a single block of marble.

Continue to KUTHODAW PAYA, known also as "the world's biggest book". Around the central stupa are miniature pavilions, each housing a slab of marble Numbering altogether 729, these slabs are inscribed with the entire Tripitkata, or Buddhist scriptures.

The final stop is at SHWE KYIN OLD MONASTERY, an old monastery at the base of Mandalay Hill which was built during the period of King Mindon.

Transfer to/from restaurant

Overnight in Mandalay Ayarwaddy River View Hotel (sup)

Transfer Flight from Mandalay to Heho.

By vehicle from Heho to Kalaw with sightseeing at Pindaya
PINDAYA CAVES: these caves are ensconced in a limestone ridge overlooking the lake. Inside the cavern there are more than 8000 Buddha images - made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement - and are arranged in such a way as to form a labyrinth throughout the various cave chambers.

Overnight in Kalaw – Pine Hill Resort (superior)

Special Remark : Tentative flight MDL-HEH on W9201 (0910-0940)

Day 8 - 19th Oct (Sat)          Kalaw (Breakfast / Dinner: Pine Hill Resort/Restaurant)

Sightseeing in Kalaw
Popular hill station in the British days, Kalaw sits high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. It is still a peaceful and quiet place with an atmosphere reminiscent of the colonial era. The small population is a mix of Shan, Indian Muslim, Bamar and Nepali.

THEIN TAUNG PAYA: temple perched on the hill overlooking the Thazi-Taunggyi Road.

AUNG CHANG THA ZEDI: glittering stupa (Buddhist religious monument) covered in gold-colored mosaics.

DHAMMA YON: a two-storey temple which from upstairs has fair views of the town, Dhamma Yanthi Paya and the ruins of the Hsu Taung Pye Paya.

HSU TAUNG PYE PAYA: ruins and now a field of crumbling stupas behind the Dhamma Yon towards the Kalaw Hotel.

NEE PAYA: located west of the town, it features a gold lacquered bamboo Buddha.

CHRIST THE KING CHURCH: a brick Catholic church under the supervision of the Burmese Father Paul, and the Italian Father Angelo Di Meo, who have been in Myanmar since 1931. The Christ figure over the altar came from Italy, and Father Angelo painted the mural background.

Afternoon at leisure

Overnight in Kalaw Pine Hill Resort (superior)

Day 9 - 20th Oct (Sun)          Kalaw - Inle Lake (Breakfast / Dinner: Golden Island Cottages I (Nampan))

By vehicle from Kalaw to Inle Lake with sightseeing at Taunggyi
Taunggyi is a pine-clad hill station which provides a cool break from the heat of the plains.

tour myanmar inle lake shopsCENTRAL MARKET: located in the centre of town, it is a good place to see colourful hill tribe people and the popular local handicraft of basket making. FLYING TIGER MA SHWE WAH (CHEROOT FACTORY): the hand rolling technique is impressive, and cheroot bundlers are able to bunch 50 cheroots in bundles without counting the individual cigars-they judge simply by feel.

Transfer by boat

Overnight-Inle Lake-Golden Island Cottages-standard bungalow

Day 10 - 21st Oct (Mon)           Inle Lake (Breakfast / Dinner: Golden Island Cottages I (Nampan))

Excursion by boat on Inle Lake to Indein and Sae Ma Village

Travel by boat to the western shore of the lake to a stairway leading and walk approx. 10 minutes to the hidden INDEIN temple complex. Located on the shore of the lake, this site consists of hundreds of small stupas overgrown by moss and greens.

From Indein to Sae Ma Village takes approx. 45 minutes. Pass foot past rice fields to the village of SAE MA, stopping to explore the village and the local school. In the afternoon meet the people in the villages on the lake and travel to one of the monasteries taking approx. 45 minutes from Sae Ma Village to observe the monastic activities.

Overnight in Inle Lake - Golden Island Cottages-standard

Day 11  - 22nd Oct (Tue)        Inle Lake (Breakfast / Dinner: Golden Island Cottages I (Nampan))

Excursion by boat on Inle Lake

tour myanmar inle lakeINLE LAKE: Inle Lake, located in Shan State, is beautiful, with very calm waters dotted with patches of floating vegetation and fishing canoes. High hills rim the lake on all sides. The lake's shore and islands bear 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and observe the skilled fisherman using their leg-rowing technique to propel themselves around the lake. Visit the floating gardens, a market and a Intha village around the lake. The day sightseeing also includes a visit to the PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA, INN PAW KHON VILLAGE (Lotus and silk weaving) and the NGA PHE KYAUNG MONASTERY.

Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Festival

PHAUNG DAW OO FESTIVAL: Four Buddha images are ceremoniously tugged clockwise around the lake on the royal barge by leg-rowing boats. They return home on the third waning day. Leg rowing competitions are held throughout the event.

Overnight in Inle - Lake -Golden Island Cottages-standard bungalow

Day 12  - 23rd Oct (Wed)        Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (Breakfast )/Singapore

Transfer by boat - By vehicle from Inle Lake to Heho

Flight from Heho to Yangon and connect with flight to Singapore on Silk Air flight MI517 leaving at 4.40pm arriving in Singapore At 9.15pm.

Group transfer to Singapore hotel for overnight stay.

Transfer to airport for your flight home, or next destination.

SQ 12 departs at 9.20am, arriving LAX at 12.50pm (same day)

* All flight schedules are subject to change. Itinerary may be revised in the event of such changes or any circumstance beyond our control.

Quotation Per Itinerary 

Land & Internal Airfare - Minimum 4 persons
12 Nights - 13 Days

1) Land tour cost, per person, sharing twin (min of 4) $2,750
2) Single Supplement                 $695                    

3) Int’l airfare Singapore Airlines- LAX-Yangon r/t

$1,345 *
Total per traveler $4,790

*Includes airport taxes which are subject to change.

  • English-speaking guides
  • Meals according to itinerary
  • Flight ticket(s) as mentioned in the itinerary. (Economy class)
    • Flight from Yangon to Bagan
    • Flight from Bagan to Mandalay
    • Flight from Mandalay to Heho
    • Flight from Heho to Yangon
  • Boat tickets according to itinerary
  • Transfers and Tours in private Air-conditioned vehicles
  • Complimentary cold towels & drinking water in vehicle
  • Sightseeing including admissions fees according to itinerary
  • Accommodation in hotels* as mentioned above or equivalent. *superior
  • International Airfare and domestic airport taxes & fuel surcharges (shown separately) 
  • Lay over costs in Singapore en route (Transit hotel for 6 hrs – approx. $45 per person)
  • Myanmar Visa fees (Visa fees & Processing charges is $45)
  • Personal expenses, such as tipping / laundry / room service / telephone etc.
  • Balloons Over Bagan - $300 per person with transfers/Champagne breakfast
  • Any items not specifically mentioned

Currency Notice - Please bring ample cash in US dollars to cover all personal expenses for your entire trip, as kyat and US dollars are the only currencies accepted in Myanmar. Credit cards, ATM cards and travelers checks may not be used in Myanmar, and there are no other ways to wire money into the country.

Booking Details 

  • Signed copy of reservation & bookings form (below)
  • Deposit of $500 per person to hold space on the tour
  • Trip Protection Insurance is recommended (or waiver required)
  • Clear copy of your passport (photo page)

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We offer low cost add-on airfares from your home city. Call 714-964-6896 / 800-423-9566 for more details.

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