From serene temples to bustling markets, city sightseeing to beautiful landscapes, this five-day trip showcases the diversity of Myanmar. Start in intriguing Yangon, travel to temple-filled Bagan, then touch down in tranquil Inle Lake.

Highlights

  • Tour ancient temples in Bagan
  • Hike through the famed limestone caves of Pindaya
  • Cruise around Lake Inle on a boat
  • Visit a traditional farming village

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Yangon: International Arrival Yangon
Day 2 Fly to Bagan; Explore Ancient Temples Bagan
Day 3 Fly to Heho; Discover Pindaya en route to Inle Lake Inle Lake
Day 4 Inle lake: Full day by boat Nyaung Shwe
Day 5 Fly to Yangon; International Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Yangon: International Arrival

Shwedagon Pagoda from afar
Shwedagon Pagoda from afar

Welcome to Myanmar! Your holiday begins in Yangon, the country’s former capital and largest city. A guide will greet you at the arrivals terminal and transfer you to town to check in to your hotel.

There are no planned activities today, giving you time to recover from your international flight.

Day 2: Fly to Bagan; Explore Ancient Temples

Photo taken by Tack S
Ancient temples in Myanmar are particularly lovely to view at sunset

Wake up early and transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, your local guide will be waiting to greet you.  

Spend a full day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bagan. With more than 2000 temples and other religious monuments to discover, today is sure to be one of the highlights of your journey through Myanmar.

The day's visits can be done by car or electric bike (small scooters that allow you to access some of the smaller lanes that cross the temple plains). Your visits will be tailored to your personal interest: they might include stops at the most famous monuments as well as some lesser-known sites.  If you wish, there is also time to stop in a lacquerware workshop to see this labor-intensive craft being made by hand.

Day 3: Fly to Heho; Discover Pindaya en route to Inle Lake

Beautiful landscapes around Pindaya
Beautiful landscapes around Pindaya

A morning flight takes you to Heho, the main airport in Myanmar's lush Shan State. Upon exiting the airport, your local guide will be waiting to greet you.

Then you'll take a one-hour drive through the rolling hills to Pindaya, a small town inhabited by the Danu and Paoh people. Stop as often as you wish on the scenic drive to take photos of the farms, which grow crops ranging from cauliflower and corn to sunflowers and sesame. Upon reaching town, discover Pindaya's famous caves, a limestone labyrinth filled with thousands of Buddha images.

After lunch at a local restaurant, continue by road to Inle Lake: a two-hour drive surrounded by beautiful scenery. Arrive at Inle Lake and check in to your hotel.

Day 4: Inle lake: Full day by boat

A fisherman on Inle Lake

Take a short ride or walk to the Nyaung Shwe jetty where you'll board a private, wooden motorboat for a full day excursion on Inle Lake. 

Explore villages built on stilts and floating gardens, getting a chance to learn about the life and culture of the lake’s residents. Stop into workshops where craftspeople make incredible hand-woven silks and fabrics with the fibers of the lotus flower, then visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda where you can join local devotees as they come to pay homage to the sacred site. Alternatively, you can go ashore for a walk through a farming village—or simply cruise across the waters all day.

Day 5: Fly to Yangon; International Departure

The morning is at your leisure until it's time to depart. Your driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to Heho Airport. Once landing in Yangon, connect to your international departure and bid farewell to Myanmar.