Overview

  • Explore Myanmar’s various ancient cities.
  • From the vibrant Mandalay to the sacred site of Bagan. Both of which are jewels of the Irrawaddy River.
  • Indulge the natural beauty of the Inle Lake along with its unique floating flora.
  • Take a beach break at Ngapali to refresh yourself after days of Myanmar discovery.
  • Wrap up the trip with the former capital of Yangon. 
     
12 Day Myanmar with Beach Break
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Full Itinerary

Day 1

Mandalay Arrival

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Meals: N/A

Mingalabar, welcome to the wonderful country of Myanmar! Your 12 Days in Myanmar with Beach Break starts with Mandalay – the second largest city in the country. This former capital is famous for its well-preserved historical value, like a shimmering jewel on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Prepare for an amazing exploration of Mandalay’s history, arts, and traditions. 

As soon as you arrive, be moved to the hotel in Mandalay for check-in. The transfer should take about 1 hour. 

Lunch and dinner at your expense. Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay. Your first day with Asia Private Travels ends.

Your 12 Days in Myanmar with Beach Break starts with Mandalay – the second largest city in the country
Mandalay is a shimmering jewel on the banks of the Irrawaddy River
Lunch and dinner at your expense. Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay
Day 2

Mandalay Sightseeing

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Meals: Breakfast

The first stop of our Mandalay trip today is the Mandalay Palace Kyauktawgyi Pagoda which is home to a Buddha statue created from one gigantic marble rock. 

Then, immerse yourself in the most well-known landmarks of the city. Kuthodaw Pagoda is located at the foot of Mandalay Hill. The site comprises a gilded pagoda, hundreds of shrines housing inscribed marble slabs and several pavilions. Kuthodaw is also called the world’s largest book, named after the 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings.

Proceed to the Monastery of Shwenandaw, constructed in the 19th century, and contemplate its splendid carved woodworks. 

In the afternoon, follow our guide to the Mahamuni Pagoda. The pagoda is best-known for its sacred Buddha images coated with gold leaves that are applied everyday the devotees. 

If time permits, we should stop by some workshops where they make gold leaves, tapestries, wood carvings and marionettes via well-preserved traditional techniques.

Then be transferred to Amarapura which is the second last imperial capital of Myanmar. Pay a visit to the Monastery of Mahaganayon. The site plays the role of the shelter for more than a thousand young Buddhist monks and an institute for Buddhist study with monastic rules and restrictions. Take a short walk to in Taungthman Lake where it stands the world’s longest teakwood bridge – U Bein. This wooden landmark was built in the 18th century and possesses a length of 1.2 kilometres across the lake. Don’t miss the legendary sunset of Myanmar as the view is perfect from the bridge. 

Head back to the city of Mandalay afterward. 

Lunch and dinner are not provided. Overnight stay at the hotel in Mandalay.

Kuthodaw Pagoda is located at the foot of Mandalay Hill
Proceed to the Monastery of Shwenandaw, constructed in the 19th century, and contemplate its splendid carved woodworks
the afternoon, follow our guide to the Mahamuni Pagoda. The pagoda is best-known for its sacred Buddha images coated with gold leaves that are applied everyday the devotees
Day 3

Mandalay – Flight to Bagan

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Meals: Breakfast

Wake up early for your transfer to the airport to fly to the sanctuary of Bagan which is considered one of Asia’s largest religious sites. Bagan used to possess more than 13,000 red brick temples between the 11th and 13th centuries, most of which were destroyed by earthquakes, humans or times. However, with over 3000 temples left, Bagan is still a highlight of Myanmar and the world’s Buddhist community. Be immersed with its time-honored and magnificent stupas, pagodas and temples which still stands gloriously on the banks of the River of Irrawaddy. Let's explore this beautiful place with Asia Private Travels.

To capture the whole scenic view of the plains of Bagan whose size is about as large as the Manhattan Island, you will be taken to a cave temple.

This elevated site should be a perfect viewpoint to contemplate the pristine Irrawaddy River and the captivating temples of Bagan. This trip to Bagan is not only to feast your eyes on the exotic architecture of religious buildings but to understand the cultural values of the Burmese as well. 

From the cave temples, we proceed to another gilded jewel of Bagan, the Ananda temple. Enjoy this tranquil temple before moving on to some others around the plains of Bagan. Inhale the rural life of this living museum will surely be a memorable experience in Myanmar. 

In the afternoon, return to the hotel in Bagan. 

No lunch or dinner provided. Overnight in Bagan.

From the cave temples, we proceed to another gilded jewel of Bagan, the Ananda temple
However, with over 3000 temples left, Bagan is still a highlight of Myanmar and the world’s Buddhist community
Visit some local markets in Bagan to get closer to the locals
Day 4

Bagan

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Meals: Breakfast

From October to March, we offer a hot air balloon ride over Bagan. This is optional with an added expense, as described below: 

Golden Eagle: standard service USD 280 per pax // Premium services USD 360 per pax (Extra USD20 /pax for the period from 18 Dec to 10 Jan)
Balloon Over Bagan: standard service USD 295 per pax // Premium services USD 385 per pax (Extra USD20 /pax for the period from 18 Dec to 10 Jan)

Oriental Ballooning: USD 285 per pax (Extra USD20 /pax for period from 18 Dec to 10 Jan)
We highly suggest you do not miss this opportunity to contemplate Bagan as the sun ascends from the Irrawaddy River and coats the entire area with its heavenly light. This is not a scene you can see every day. 

In the morning, we shall pay a visit to Nyaung Oo Market to blend in the countryside life of the Bagan locals. You may find some lovely souvenirs for your loved ones here. Then set your feet on the ground of the Shwezigon Pagoda, built under the reign of King Anawrahta in the 11th century.

Discover some other small religious sites and villages in Bagan and dive into the peaceful atmosphere of this area before heading for other highlights of today’s trip. There are more lesser-known villages and religious sites around Bagan for you to discover. We can arrange a short walk through the areas to visit these other landmarks upon your demands. 

Get on horse-carts to head to to the highest temple in Bagan – Thatbyinnyu built in the 11th century. The next stop is the massive Temple of Dhammayangyi with renowned brickwork. Last but not least, the enthralling Sulamani Temple.

Wrap up the day with a glorious sunset view of Bagan. Then return to the hotel. 

No lunch or dinner provided. Overnight in Bagan.

From October to March, we offer a hot air balloon ride over Bagan
In the morning, we shall pay a visit to Nyaung Oo Market
Get on horse-carts to head to to the highest temple in Bagan – Thatbyinnyu built in the 11th century
Day 5

Bagan – Fly to Heho – Inle Lake

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Meals: Breakfast

From the captivating Bagan, be transferred to the airport to fly to Heho. Then we travel to the incredible Inle Lake. Stop en route to visit the village of Nyaung Shwe before arriving at Inle Lake. The driving should take about one hour, enjoy the landscapes of Myanmar nature on the way. 

Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar embellished with floating gardens and splendid mountainous scene. The beauty of the lake is not completed without the features of living humans as you can find wooden fishing boats and unique local stilted houses around the lake. Therefore, this place should not be missed in your itinerary with Asia Private Travels.

On the way, our dearest tourists can enjoy the calm images of fishermen rowing their boats with just one leg and original stilted houses of the local people of Intha. The fascinating floating flower beds of the lake are made of a totally natural mixture of Hyacinth plants, soil and bamboo poles.

The next stop of the day is the Monastery of Nga Hpe Chaung which is home to numerous Shan Buddha Images. The monastery was once famous for the “jumping cats”. What a pity that the images of the feline have faded into history. Then we head for Phaung Daw Oo Stupa to see five scared statues of Buddha coated with gold leaves. 

If time permits, we shall stop en route at some villages to observe the way local people handmake exotic products like lotus silk, cigar, blacksmiths, silversmiths and wooden boats (only available in certain time of the year).

Lunch and dinner on your own expenses. Overnight on Inle Lake or Nyaung Shwe.

From the captivating Bagan, be transferred to the airport to fly to Heho
If time permits, we shall stop en route at some villages to observe the way local people handmake exotic products like lotus silk
observe the way local people handmake exotic products like lotus silk, cigar, blacksmiths, silversmiths
Day 6

Inle Lake – Indein

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Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, pay a visit to the traditional morning market on the lake, which is closed on every full-moon and dark-moon day. The market is a major trading site on the lake whose location changes every five days.

Then, hop on the boat for one hour to ride through a canal to reach the Pa-Oh village of Indein located on the western shores of the lake. Spend a while in the peaceful village before taking the old stairway to climb a hill there, on top of which sits a gigantic Buddha statue. Feast your eyes on various ancient stupas as well. Then go trekking to Sae Ma village for about 45 minutes. Indulge the pristine beauty of the area while going under the shade of bamboo trees. After the trek to the village, be escorted back to the hotel to rest.

No lunch or dinner included. Overnight stay on Inle Lake of Nyaung Shwe village. 

In the morning, pay a visit to the traditional morning market on Inle Lake, which is closed on every full-moon and dark-moon day
Then, hop on the boat for one hour to ride through a canal to reach the Pa-Oh village of Indein located on the western shores of the lake
Spend a while in the peaceful village before taking the old stairway to climb a hill there
Day 7

Heho – Flight to Thandwe (No Guide)

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast

Today, be moved to Heho Airport for your flight to Thandwe. As soon as you arrive in Thandwe, you will be greeted by the hotel staff and be transferred to Ngapali Beach. Let's start your beach break tour now! Check-in at the hotel in Ngapali. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Enjoy your beach break of the trip in Ngapali.

No meals provided. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Today, be moved to Heho Airport for your flight to Thandwe
you will be greeted by the hotel staff and be transferred to Ngapali Beach
Enjoy your beach break of the trip in Ngapali
Day 8

Ngapali Free – No Guide

Transfer: N/A

Meals: Breakfast

Be free to explore the vibrant Ngapali for there comes no guide today. Relax on the beach and enjoy its crystal-clear water or take a bike trip to a nearby neighbourhood to blend in the life of the locals. Feel free to participate in fishermen’s daily routine.

No meals provided. Overnight in Ngapali.

Be free to explore the vibrant Ngapali for there comes no guide today
Ngapali is famous for the white sand beaches and friendly locals
Relax on the beach and enjoy its crystal-clear water or take a bike trip to a nearby neighbourhood to blend in the life of the locals
Day 9

Ngapali Free – No Guide

Transfer: N/A

Meals: Breakfast

Another day in Ngapali awaits you. Snorkeling or a boat trip should be a great idea to discover the blue sea of Ngapali. Ẹnoy the beach break.
Please note that these activities are suggestions only. If you wish to book in advance, there might involve surcharges. 

No meals provided. Overnight in Ngapali.

Snorkeling or a boat trip should be a great idea to discover the blue sea of Ngapali
If you wish to book snorkeling, kayaking in advance, contact Asia Private Travels
If you wish to book snorkeling, kayaking in advance, there might involve surcharges. 
Day 10

Thandwe – Fly to Yangon

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Meals: Breakfast

Say goodbye to Ngapali as you are escorted to Thandwe Airport to fly to the former capital of Yangon. Then be transferred to the hotel for check-in and take a short rest until we start our Yangon exploration later today.

The first destination of the day is the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda which is located in the very center of Yangon.

The site is home to the massive lounging Buddha statue with a length of 70 meters. Proceed to Chinatown for a Chinese-style temple of Khen Hock Keong. Images of Eastern Asian Dragons can be found here. Stroll around the Chinatown for an exotic atmosphere in the middle of vibrant Yangon. 

Then contemplate the tranquil beauty of the Royal Lake of Kandawgyi Park in the uptown part of the capital which is a favourite location of the locals to watch sunrise and sunset. Learn an interesting lesson about Buddha and the religion of Myanmar when climbing the stairway to the well-known Shwedagon Pagoda. Look for some exotic Buddhist merchandise like monk robes, alms bowls, offerings and incense en route.

The Pagoda of Shwedagon is a gilded site to the Burmese and the pride of Yangon. The stunning images of the site’s 100-metre gold-covered chedi should definitely linger in your mind for a long time.

The first destination of the day is the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda which is located in the very center of Yangon
Then contemplate the tranquil beauty of the Royal Lake of Kandawgyi Park
an interesting lesson about Buddha and the religion of Myanmar when climbing the stairway to the well-known Shwedagon Pagoda
Day 11

Yangon Free

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Meals: Breakfast

Feel free to discover this wonderful ancient capital of Myanmar in your own ways. 

Lunch and dinner are not included so why don’t you try some local food when in Yangon. Overnight stay in the hotel in Yangon.

Feel free to discover this wonderful ancient capital of Myanmar in your own ways
Explore exotic fruits such as durian sold on the car on Yangon streets
Enjoy cuisin in Yangon as lunch and dinner are not included
Day 12

Yangon Departure

Meals: N/A

We hope you have had an amazing journey in Myanmar. Now comes the time to say farewell to the country. 

Be transferred to Yangon International Airport for your flight home. 

No meals included. End of the tour with Asia Private Travels!
 

Enjoy your time in Yangon as you have a free day before departure flight
Walk around the golden pagodas and learn more about the religion
Meet friendly locals in Yangon and spend the last moments in here

Inclusions

Exclusions

Trip Notes

► Best Time to Visit:  from November to February (Dry season in Myanmar)

► Visa Requirements: 

  • Myanmar: Myanmar visa on arrival is available at Yangon, Naypyidaw and Mandalay International Airport for the passport holders from Italy, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Russia and China (Validity: 1 month, Visa fee: $50USD). The country also has an effective e - visa system with straightforward and easy steps which is one of the best ways to get your visa for Myanmar.

► Car Procedure:

Group Types of Car
1 -2 pax 4 - seater car
3 pax 7 - seater car
4 pax 9 - seater car
5 - 6 pax 14 - seater car
7 -10 pax 24 - seater car
11 - 14 pax 30 - seater car

Rooms are available from 14.00 on arrival day until 12.00 on departure day. Special request for early/late check in/out will come with a surchage.

Airfares (if any) may change without prior notice to e-ticket issuance.

► Child Policy

  • 0 - 2 years old: Free of charge (Maximum 1 child under 2 years old travels with 2 adults; from the second child, 50% of the regular fare will be applied) .
  • 2 - 5 years old: 50% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • 5 - 11 years old: 75% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • From 12 years and older: 100% of the regular fare will be applied.

► During Peak Season and Special Occasions, Surcharges may be Added to the Price:

  • Christmas and New Year’s Eve: Compulsory meals would be added during these times of the years, depends on hotels or resorts you stay.
  • Myanmar New Year (Thingyan water festival): Extra fee required.

Reviews us on Tripadvisor

12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour
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Rating: 5 / 5

Sheng Xi Ling

Singapore

"Oh my gosh, the 12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour was absolutely incredible! Myanmar is a hidden paradise, and this tour allowed me to experience its magic. From the golden pagodas of Yangon to the white sandy beaches of Ngapali, it was like stepping into a postcard. The local guides were so laid-back and made the trip even more enjoyable."

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Rating: 5 / 5

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United States

"Hey, peeps! I recently went on the 12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour, and it was absolutely epic. Myanmar is a country full of surprises, and this tour took us on an adventure of a lifetime. Exploring the floating gardens of Inle Lake and chilling on the stunning beaches of Ngapali were some of the highlights."

12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour
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Rating: 5 / 5

Georgia Martin

Canada

"Guys, the 12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour was absolutely wicked! Myanmar is such a cool place to explore, and this tour took us on an unforgettable journey. From exploring ancient temples to lounging on pristine beaches, it was the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. The local guides were super chill and shared their insider tips. This tour gets a solid 10/10 from me!"

12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour
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Rating: 5 / 5

Austin Mitchell

Australia

"I just had the most epic time on the 12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour! Myanmar is an incredible country, and this tour allowed me to soak up all its awesomeness. The hot air balloon ride over Bagan was mind-blowing, and the beach break in Ngapali was pure relaxation. The whole trip was like a roller coaster of amazing experiences."

12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour
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Rating: 5 / 5

Sofia Wright

Australia

"Oh, man! The 12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour was a total blast! Myanmar is a hidden treasure, and this tour was the ultimate adventure. Exploring the ancient city of Bagan and witnessing the sunset from Mandalay Hill were surreal experiences. And don't even get me started on the beach break in Ngapali Beach – it was like a dream come true."

12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour
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Rating: 5 / 5

Joshua King

Canada

"Hey, guys! I recently went on the 12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour, and it was absolutely amazing. From the jaw-dropping pagodas in Yangon to the tranquil beaches of Ngapali, every moment was pure awesomeness. The local guides were so friendly and shared cool stories about the places we visited."

12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour
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Rating: 5 / 5

Eloise James

United States

"I just got back from the 12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour, and let me tell you, it was lit! Myanmar is a hidden gem, and this tour allowed us to explore its beauty from top to bottom. The sunrise over Bagan was magical, and chilling on the white sandy beaches in Ngapali was pure bliss."

12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour
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Rating: 5 / 5

Evie Campbell

United Kingdom

"Okay, so the 12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour was seriously awesome! Myanmar is a hidden paradise, and this tour was the key to unlocking it. The ancient temples in Bagan were mind-blowing, and the beach break in Ngapali was pure relaxation. The local guides were so chill and showed us all the cool spots."

12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour
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Rating: 5 / 5

Ezra Lee

Australia

"Yo, the 12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour was fire! This trip had it all – cultural immersion, breathtaking landscapes, and beach vibes. Exploring Mandalay and cruising along the Irrawaddy River were some of the highlights. And let me tell you, the beach break in Ngapali was the perfect way to unwind and soak up the sun."

12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour
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Rating: 5 / 5

Austin Mitchell

Australia

"Dude, the 12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour was off the charts! Myanmar is a hidden gem, and this tour made sure we experienced the best of it. The ancient temples of Bagan blew my mind, and chilling on the pristine beaches was pure bliss. The accommodations were top-notch, and the food was to die for. "

12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour
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Rating: 5 / 5

Sofia Wright

United States

"OMG, the 12 Day Myanmar With Beach Break tour was absolutely epic! I had the time of my life exploring this beautiful country. From the bustling streets of Yangon to the serene beaches of Ngapali, every moment was filled with adventure and relaxation. The local guides were super cool and showed us all the hidden gems."

Outstanding service within multiples tours and activities done with the Myanmar private holidays agency
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
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Rating: 5 / 5

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Iceland

"We used the services of the agency for numerous day tours in Yangon, Inle, Mandalay and Bagan in addition to flights and other transportation and cruise bookings over three weeks. Ms Kay Khine Win, our primary contact was beyond perfection ! Responsive 24/7 within minutes , extremely helpful, efficient and kind, much beyond the call of duty! All the organised services were excellent with competent and most friendly staff. Our journey, exploration and vacation was a delight and we can only highly recommend and hope to use Myanmar private holidays again also in other countries they cover!"

Myanmar Exploaration package
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Rating: 5 / 5

Camper662492

Hungary

"We chose Myanmar Exploration package for 2 people, paired with Ngapali beach in 2019. february. All of the programs were organized well, the tour guides were very friendly and prepared. I can only say good things about Asia Private Travels travel agency, it was the perfect choice and perfect holiday. Agnes and Tunde from Hungary"

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