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Tour Code    :  BTT20-19VSR
Tour Name    :  Vibrating Scenery of Rakhine
Duration      :  20 Days - 19 Nights
Destination :  Yangon - Bagan - Popa - Heho - *Pindaya*- Kalaw - Inle - Thandwe - Ngapali -Taunggok - Sittwe -
Mrauk U - Chin Village - Sittwe - Yangon
This is just a sample tour itinerary and it can be adjusted into a custom made program. It is designed for those who wish to travel in the country in a leisurely pace. It involves some light trekking as well so don’t forget to bring your gear!
In a word, this tour program is really exiting because you can enjoy the different ethnic people and witness their different ways of life, also experience religion, culture, archaeology, and the beauty of the coastal area, namely the beautiful Ngapali Beach!


Day 1. Yangon Arrival by TG303 at 08:45 am

You will be met and welcome on arrival. Transfer to the hotel for check-in. Sightseeing includes the Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha Image, Beikthano Art Gallery, the National Museum, Bogyoke Aung San Market and the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most wonders of the world.
Accommodation: Panorama Hotel or similar

Bogyoke Aung San Market

Day 2. Yangon Sightseeing by car (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing includes the Botahtaung Pagoda, the hundred-year old colonial buildings, Pansodan Jetty, the Sule Pagoda and environs, O.K. Jewellery Shop, the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, White Elephant Camp, the Kaba Aye Pagoda, Maha Pasana Cave, Defence Museum and also explore Chinatown, to see the lifestyle of overseas Chinese.
Accommodation: Panorama Hotel or similar

Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda

Day 3. Yangon - Bagan by Yangon Airways YH-917 (B)

Early morning at 04:45 am, transfer to airport for your flight to Bagan. On arrival, proceed to Nyaung Oo Market to explore the lifestyle of local people. Afterward, visit the Shwezigone Pagoda, the Wet Kyi Inn Gubyaukgyi Temple, the Htilominlo Temple, the Khay Min Gha Temple and the Tharabar Gate. Enjoy your lunch at Sarabha Restaurant. Then check in at the hotel. After a break at the hotel, you will visit Pidakat Daik (Library), the Shwegugyi Pagoda, the Ananda Temple, Ananda Okkyaung, the Thatbyinnyu Temple, and enjoy the sunset at the Bu Paya. Enjoy your dinner with marionette show at Sithu Restaurant.
Accommodation: Pagoda City Hotel or similar

Shwezigon Pagoda

Day 4. Bagan - Popa - Bagan by car (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Set out for Mt. Popa, 50 km from Bagan, has been described as Mount Olympus of Myanmar. En route you can visit the Dhamma Yazaka Zedi and observe the lifestyle of local people. On arrival at Mt. Popa, you will note the Mahagiri shrine where displays 37-mannequin-like nat (spirit) figures, which is one of the major attractions. Then climb 777 steps up to the top of the mountain. You can appreciate the superb panorama atop the mountain. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then return to Bagan. Afternoon sightseeing: visit the Paya Thone Zu Group, Tayoke Pyi Paya, the Sula Mani Temple, the Dhammayangyi Pahto and enjoy the splendid sunset at the Shwesandaw Pagoda. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Pagoda City Hotel or similar  

Mount Popa


Day 5. Balloon Ride Over Bagan (B)

The Balloon Over Bagan Sales Desk at Thiripyitsaya Santuary , Bagan opens at 08:00AM – 11:00AM and 05:00AM – 08:00PM. Tel: 061-60058
You will take a hot air balloon ride this morning at about 06:20. The agent will come to pick up you between 05:30 and 06:00. The balloon ride will last 45 minutes more or less depending on that day’s temperature and direction of the wind. After the balloon ride, the agent will send you back to the hotel between 08:30 and 09:00 or continue your sightseeing.
You will visit the Maha Bodhi Pagoda, the Gawdaw Palin, the Bagan Archaeological Museum, Nat Hlaung Kyaung and the Lawka Oak Shaung Pagoda. Enjoy your lunch at Sunset Garden Restaurant. After your lunch, visit U Ba Nyein lacquer ware workshop, the Lawka Nanda Pagoda, Nan Paya, the Manuha Temple, the Mya Zedi, the Minkaba Gubyaukgyi and enjoy the splendid sunset at the Mingala Zedi. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Pagoda City Hotel or similar 

Balloon Ride Over Bagan

Day 6. Bagan – Heho – Pindaya - Kalaw by YH 917 via Mandalay (B)

After breakfast, your driver will transfer you to the airport at 06:00 am for your flight to Heho. On arrival at Heho Airport at about 09:30, proceed to Pindaya by car. En-route, stop at Aung Ban, which is a transport junction for cargos and passengers where you will find a lot of hill- tribes selling fruits, vegetables and other produces from the nearby villages. Then continue to Pindaya, which is about 12 miles north of Aung Ban. You will sight-see the beautiful Boutaloke Lake. Depending on the time of arrival, you can enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit to Pindaya Cave where 8000 Buddha images are enshrined in the limestone caves. After that you will experience the Shan paper and parasol makers and traditional soy bean curd (Tofu) makers. Then head for Kalaw, which was a popular hill station in the Brithsh times. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Sightseeing includes: the Shwe Umin Cave, Kalaw downtown, the American Methodist School, Kalaw Market, Kalaw Railway Station (built in 1918), the colonial buildings on East Circular Road, Christ the King Church (started building in 1929 and finished in 1931), a brick Catholic church under the supervision of Myanmar Father Paul and until recently. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Pine Hill Resort, Kalaw



Day 7. Kalaw Trekking – Nyaung Shwe – Inle Lake (B)

After breakfast, set out for a half-day trekking to Tar Yaw Village via Ywar Thit village or under the arrangement of the guide depending on the condition, where you can experience the lifestyle of the Palaung tribe. Then proceed to the View Point Enjoy your lunch at View Point. Return to Kalaw from the Kalaw Reservoir which provides the water to the whole Kalaw City. On your way back, you can visit Nee Paya, woven with the bamboo strips and covered with cloth dipped in lacquer and Thein Daung Monastery, overlooking the town. Afterward, check out the hotel and transfer to Nyaung Shwe. En route, visit the Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery with oval-shaped windows. On arrival at Nyaung Shwe, you will continue to Inle Lake by boat. Check in at the hotel.
Accommodation: Hu Pin Hotel, Khaung Daing Village Resort (Inle)

Inle Lake

Inle Lake

Day 8. Inle Lake Sightseeing by boat (B)

After breakfast, take a boat trip around Inle Lake, which is 22km by 11km and 875 meters above sea level. Visit to Maing Thauk Floating Market, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, experience the unique leg-rowers and the fishing method, which are different from other regions; Shan weaving and silverware at Inpaw Khone, the ironsmith, cheroot making workshop and the rest of sites.
Accommodation: Hupin Hotel, Khaung Daing Village Resort (Inle) 

Day 9. Free at your leisure (B)

Accommodation: Hu Pin Hotel, Khaung Daing Village Resort (Inle)


Day 10. Khaung Daing - Inn Taing – Khaung Daing by boat (B)

There is a 5-day market scheme around Inle region. You will enjoy a colorful 5-day market day during your travel to Inle region.
After breakfast, you will take a boat trip to Inn Taing Village, located at the west coast of the lake. Visit the Shwe Inn Taing Pagoda, where you can see a lot of ancient pagodas. Afterwards, walk across the beautiful bamboo forest and a small dam. On your way back, visit Ywama Village, where you will find the Shan shoulder bag and Chieng Mai longyi (sarong) workshop; Khaung Daing Village to see some handicraft workshops; and Khaung Daing hot spring. Enjoy your dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: Hu Pin Hotel, Khaung Daing Village Resort (Inle)

Inle floatingmarket

Ngapali Beach


Day 11. Nyaung Shwe – Heho – Thandwe – Ngapali Beach by flight/ car (B)

After breakfast, check out the hotel and transfer to the airport. You will fly to Thandwe by Air Bagan at 09:00. On arrival at Thandwe at about 10:00, transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Accommodation: Lin Thar Oo Lodge or similar
Day 12. Free your leisure at Ngapali Beach(B)

Accommodation: Lin Thar Oo Lodge or similar

Day 13. Free your leisure at Ngapali Beach (B)

Accommodation: Lin Thar Oo Lodge or similar

Ngapali Beach


Day 14. Ngapali – Taunggok by car (3 hours) (B)

(When there is no flight schedule from Thandwe to Sittwe, we will arrange you to take a boat trip for which you will be transferred by car from Ngapali to Taunggok. You will stay overnight at Taunggok. Then take a boat trip from Taunggok to Sittwe next morning. The boat trip takes about 6-7 hours. So, please let us know your thoughts if you really intend to spend lots of time on the boat. The schedule for the boat trip from Taunggok to Sittwe is on Wednesday & Saturday and from Sittwe to Taunggok is on Monday & Thursday. Mostly, the flight schedule is from Yangon-Sittwe-Yangon.)
After breakfast at the hotel, check out at 09:00 and drive to Taunggok. It is about 44 miles north of Thandwe, and will take about 3 hours to reach Taunggok.
Accommodation: Nandaw Oo Guesthouse at Taunggok

Ngapali Beach

Day 15. Taunggok – Sitwwe by Malikha boat (6-7 hours) (B)

After breakfast, check out at 07:00AM, take a boat trip to Sittwe. Lunch at Kyaukpyu. You will arrive at Sittwe at about 04:00 pm. Transfer to the hotel for check-in. Sightseeing includes U Ray Kyaw Thu (Ye Kyaw Thu) Monastery, Pyi Lone Chantha Image and Sunset sightseeing at View Point.
Accommodation: Noble Hotel, Sittwe

Mrauk Oo

Day 16. Sittwe -Mrauk U Sightseeing by boat/car (B)

Sittwe is the capital and port city of the Rakhine State, formerly known as Akyab. Most of the people are the Rakhine, who are the Burmese with the Indian blood.
After breakfast, sightsee Sittwe Market and then transfer to Mrauk Oo by boat. It takes about 5 hours to reach Mrauk U. Enjoy your lunch on the boat. Check in at the hotel on arrival. Sightseeing includes visit to the Koethaung Temple, the Sakya Manaung Pagoda, Lat Say Kan and the Zina Manaung Pagoda. You can enjoy the sunset from the Ratanabon Hill.
Accommodation: Nawarat Hotel, Mrauk U

Koethaung Temple

Day 17 Mrauk U - Chin Tatooed Villages - Mrauk U by boat (B)

After breakfast, transfer for the sightseeing trip to Chin Tattooed-Village by boat.
Then return to Mrauk U in the evening.
Accommodation: Nawarat Hotel, Mrauk U

Dukenthein Temple

Day 18. Mrauk U Sightseeing by car(B)

After breakfast, visit Shittaung Pagoda, the Andaw Thein Temple, the Ratanabon Pagoda, the Dukenthein Temple, the Laymyathna Pagoda, the Laung Bwon Pagoda, the Annawmar Image and Pitaket Tike Library, the city wall, city gate, Shwe Gu Taung, Lakkauk Zee Monastery, archeological museum and enjoy the splendid sunset at Hari Taung or Shwetaung Hill.
Accommodation: Nawarat Hotel, Mrauk U


Day 19. Mrauk U - Sittwe - Yangon by W9-310 at 14:30 (B)

After breakfast, check out the hotel at about 08:00. Take a boat trip from Mrauk U to Sittwe. Transfer to the airport for flight to Yangon. You will arrive at Yangon at about 16:15. On arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in. Free at leisure.
Accommodation: Panorama Hotel or similar


Day 20. Yangon Departure by TG306 at 19:40 (B)

After breakfast, enjoy your leisure at the hotel. Transfer to the airport at about 17:00 for your departure.

Testimony for the above tour program taken by Peter and Judy
Testimony from Peter and Judy, January 09, 2010 for publishing on your webpage. You can use also some of the pictures attached if you wish.

“We feel having experienced a Myanmar with its diverse countryside and culture still untouched and felt instantly integrated by its friendly people. Tony has been a thorough organizer with a warm hospitality. We always felt very well taken care of and have been amazed about the smooth process. Everything on our entire journey which lasted 19 days including four domestic flights and one speed boat ride was perfectly organized and Tony was always available on the phone, when we had a question. We liked especially that Tony set up our itinerary according our individual wishes. Thus, we took a balloon ride over the pagodas from Bagan, did a hike in the mountains of Kalaw, went to the beautiful Inle Lake watching its fisher men, spent X-Mas at Ngapli beach and finally went to the original remote Mrauk via the wasser streets from Sittwe. All together, it has been an unforgettable adventure. Many thanks to Tony and his team!”

In German: “Wir haben ein Myanmar erlebt, dessen vielseitige Landschaft und Kulture noch unberueht ist und dessen Einwohner einen auf freundlichster Art und Weise integrieren. Tony war ein ueberaus verlaesslicher und sorgfaeltiger Reiseorganisator mit einer warmen Gastfreundschaft. Wir haben einen reibungslosen Reiseablauf erlebt. Unsere Myanmarreise ging 19 Tage und beinhaltete vier Inlandsfluege und eine Schnellbootsfahrt. Sie war sehr gut organisiert und Tony war bei Fragen immer telefonisch erreichbar. Wir habe insbesondere wertgeschaetzt, dass Tony unsere individuellen Reisewuensche in unsere Agenda eingearbeitet hat. So genossen wir eine Ballonfahrt ueber die Pagoden von Bagan, waren wandern in den Bergen von Kalaw, haven am See von Inle die einheimischen Fischer beobachtet, waren Weihnachten am Stand von Ngapli und schliesslich sind zum urtypischen Mrauk ueber die Wasserstrasse von Sittwe gefahren. Alles in allem eine unvergessliche Reise. Vielen Dank an Tony und sein Team.”

Kind regards

Peter and Judy