From Royal Mandalay to Charming Hsipaw

  • 8 Days/ 7 Nights
  • Tour Code:
  • ODY - 017

This program is suitable for the visitors who want to enter Golden Land from Royal Mandalay. This is the religious hub of the country, home of key traditional arts and crafts like gold embroidery, hand weaving of silk and cotton, stone and wood carving, bronze castling ,silver wares and many more. Spend a day for Ava, Sagaing Hill, Amarapura and the other day for Mingun. From Mandalay, continue the journey to Palaung hill tribe village and tea plantation. Head to Pyin Oo Lwin by train ride via Gokhteik Viaduct. Enjoying the sightseeing of the town of flowers such as waterfall, peaceful national garden, cave and so on and back to Mandalay with full of joyfulness.

Tour package start from: USD 875 /per person (based on 2 travelers)

(Valid from 1st May, 2016 to 30th Sep, 2016, minimum 2 pax per booking)

Day 1: Mandalay Arrival & Sightseeing

  • Afternoon arrival in Mandalay. (Itinerary will be adjusted based on your flight time.)
  • Meet and greet by your station guide at the airport. Drive to hotel for check in.
  • After freshen up, starts your sightseeing with Atumashi Monastery – a huge grandiose structure surrounded by five graduated rectangular terraces. It was considered one of Southeast Asia’s most magnificent building
  • Then, visit to Myanmar traditional handicraft workshops – art of gold leaves making and tapestry making.
  • Transfer back to your hotel and overnight in Mandalay.

  • Golden Palace Monastery or Shwe Kyaung

    Golden Palace Monastery or Shwe Kyaung – a historic Buddhist monastery located near Mandalay Hill. Wonderful teak wood and details in their original form. The king Mindon old palace and when he died his son, the last king Thibaw move to out of palace and donation to the chief Monk.

  • Mandalay Hill

    Mandalay Hill – the best place to enjoy the sunrise or sunset over the city plains here because of the stunning views. Then, visit to Myanmar traditional handicraft workshops – art of gold leaves making.

Day 2: Mandalay - Ava - Sagaing Hill - Amarapura - Mandalay

  • After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will pick you up.
  • Then, visit to Mahamyatmuni Pagoda – the holiest pagoda in Mandalay. The early morning ritual of washing the face of Buddha image draws a large crowd daily.
  • Observe the art of stone sculpting, wood curving and bronze casting nearby the pagoda.
  • Then, you will start exploring this city of ancient kings. Drive to Ava, visit the old wooden Bargayar Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. There are many small villages located amid Ava’s ruins and as you travel, you’ll get a glimpse of local life in the Myanmar countryside.
  • Return toward the city and continue to Sagaing Hill. Discover the numerous Buddhist monasteries; Uminthonze Pagoda and Sunooponnyashin Pagoda. Behold the panoramic view of Mandalay city.
  • Head to Amarapura to visit U Bein Bridge (200 year old world’s longest teak bridge. Stroll along and learn about the local way of living. Fishermen in the still waters, monks streaming crimson from one end to other, locals biking from shore to shore on their way home from work, etc). Appreciate the most beautiful sunset.
  • Then, visit silk-weaving workshops to observe how this piece of traditional fabric is made.
  • Back Mandalay in the evening and transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 3: Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay - Hsipaw

  • Check out, after breakfast at the hotel, your guide will pick you up. Then, proceed to Gawwein jetty for a short boat ride up river to reach Mingun which is located at the other side of the Ayeyarwaddy River.
  • Along the way, we will be able to observe the beautiful scenery and local way of living.
  • Sightseeing will be covered going to Pathodawgyi – one of the famous monuments in the world. This world’s largest unfinished pagoda in central Myanmar was built by King Bodawpaya around the place. The building of Mingun Pahtodawgyi started in 1791 which was intentionally left unfinished by the King. If the construction had been completed, it would have been the largest in the world at 150 meters.
  • Next, visit Mingun Bell (Said to be one of the world’s largest ringing bells dated A.D 2000). After that, we will head back to Mandalay.
  • Upon arrival, drive to express bus terminal to catch the bus to Hsipaw leaving at 2pm.
  • Arrival (ETA: 8pm) in Hsipaw. Your driver will pick you up and take you to the hotel for check-in and overnight in Hsipaw.

  • Mya Theindan Pagoda

    Mya Theindan Pagoda- built by King Bagyidaw in 1816 . It is also know as Hsinbyume Pagoda. It is built as a representation of the Sulamani Pagoda and in accordance to the Buddhist cosmology, the Pagoda stands atop Mount Meru. The seven terraces around the pagoda represent the seven mountain ranges around Mount Meru.

Day 4: Hsipaw Trekking(Day 1, trek to Palaung hill tribe village and tea plantation)

  • After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will pick you up at 8:30 am.
  • Start walking from the hotel and first stop on our way outside of town is local rice noodle factory.
  • Continue walking about 1 hour to reach foot hill village. You will pass through TAI (Shan) villages and seasonal vegetable crops, rice paddy fields along natural spring.
  • Trek uphill for several hours through hillside cultivation fields and another 2 more villages. Appreciate the green countryside before reaching Palaung (ethnic minority) village.
  • Enjoy lunch the local style and rest up for a while.
  • Set off your afternoon walk through tea plantation and more hillside cultivation.
  • You will have a chance to interact with ethnic tribes in with their traditional costume and through your local guide, learn more on how they make ends meet in everyday life.
  • Dinner and overnight at local family’s home in the village. (Total walking hour for the day : about 5 hours)

Day 5: Hsipaw Trekking(Day 2, trek to palaung hill tribe village and tea plantation)

  • After breakfast at the local home, start walking through little forest. After several hours, take a break for lunch at a local home.
  • After lunch, walk back to your hotel as you pass by more local villages on your way. (Total walking hour of the day : about 5 hours)
  • Back to your hotel in the late afternoon.
  • At your own leisure for the rest of the evening and overnight in Hsipaw.

Day 6: Hsipaw - Pyin Oo Lwin (Train ride via Gokhteik Viaduct)

  • Check out after breakfast at the hotel. Then, transfer to train station to embark on a scenic rail journey towards Pyin Oo Lwin. (ETD: about 9:30am)
  • Through the dense forest, you will see the highlight of your rail journey – Gokteik Viaduct. Built bythe colonial British, this spectacular bridge stands 100m above the ground and nearly 700m long. Bridge your thoughts to the past and soak up in the atmosphere of bygone colonial days.
  • Evening arrival in Pyin Oo Lwin and transfer to your hotel for check-in.
  • At your own leisure for the rest of the evening and overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.

Day 7: Pyin Oo Lwin Sightseeing - Mandalay

  • Pyin Oo Lwin

    Pyin Oo Lwin – Former hill station Pyin Oo Lwin is still the perfect getaway to escape from the heat of Mandalay. Cool yourself off at the beautiful Anisakan Falls and let the natural phenomenon of waterfalls permeate your mind. Locally produced Pyin Oo Lwin wine and honey are also available for you to savour the local flavor.

  • Check out after breakfast at the hotel and your guide will pick you up.
  • Starts our sightseeing with National Kandawgyi Garden – the garden features more than 480 species of flowers, trees and shrubs.
  • After lunch, head to Pwe Kauk Waterfall (BE waterfall) – less significant compared to Dattawgyaik, but a very pleasant picnic spot loved by many local families and known as Hampshire fall in British times.
  • Drive back to Mandalay in the evening and transfer to your hotel for check-in.
  • Rest up for the night and overnight in Mandalay.

  • Mahar Ant Htoo Kan Thar Pagoda

    Mahar Ant Htoo Kan Thar Pagoda – it’s located on the way to the cave and BE waterfall. Appreciate the scenic views towards Lashio from its terraces.

  • Peik Chin Myaung Cave

    Peik Chin Myaung Cave – also known as Maha Nandamu Cave and is filled with so many Buddha images and pagodas in various sizes and position at every corners and niches.

  • Chinese Temple

    Chinese Temple – Pyin Oo Lwin is also home to many large and colorful Chinese temple built by the many Yunnan’s immigrants to the town.

  • Hnee Paya

    Hnee Pagoda – is also known as Bamboo Image and it is made in an old, almost forgotten technique.

  • Pyin Oo Lwin Market

    Pyin Oo Lwin Market – time for shopping! You can get all products from wines, strawberry jam and coffee to various kinds of woolen clothes; one of the most famous product of Pyin Oo Lwin.

Day 8: Mandalay - International Departure



  • Check out from the hotel and head to Mandalay international terminal to take your international departure flight.
  • End of the tour and we hope to see you again.

Service Include

  • Hotel accommodations on twin sharing basis with daily breakfast
  • Home stay accommodation at the village on Day 4
  • Transfers and pickups throughout the trip
  • Sightseeing by private car (driver inclusive) except Day 4 & 5
  • Lunch & dinner at the village on Day 4
  • Breakfast & lunch on Day 5
  • 1 sector bus ticket ( Mandalay – Hsipaw)
  • 1 sector train ticket ( Hsipaw – Pyin Oo Lwin)
  • Horse cart ride in Ava
  • Boat fee in Mingun
  • Entrance fees & Zone fees for the attractions mentioned in the itinerary
  • English-speaking station guide (One city one guide) except Day 4 & 5
  • Trekking guide in Hsipaw for Day 4 & 5
  • Government Tax

Service Exclude

  • Meals / Drinks
  • International Flights
  • Visa fees (contact us for further information)
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, laundry services, tips
  • Insurances (personal, health, travel, etc.)
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Airport tax when applicable
  • Surcharge for VISA & MasterCard payments
  • The places that are not mentioned in the program