DAY 1: ARRIVE IN PYAY
Arrive in Yangon and travel to Pyay in Bago by a private taxi or public bus. Spend the day exploring the town of Pyay. You can visit the Shwesandaw Pagoda located in the town centre. The pagoda features a giant Buddha statue and an amazing view of the surroundings. You can also take a walk in the town’s night market and enjoy some delicious local food.
DAY 3: GO TO TAUNGDWINGYI
After breakfast, take a 4-hour drive from Pyay to Taungdwingyi town. You will be staying here for the night. The town is lovely and exudes an old-world charm. The Myoma Zay central market is located at the centre of the town. You can also visit the Aung Myin Zeya Rakhine Pagoda, the largest pagoda of the township. It’s beautiful!
DAY 4: EXPLORE BEIKTHANO ANCIENT CITY
Today, head to Beikthano, one of the Pyu Ancient Cities. As it is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, spending an entire day exploring the place will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Head back to the city and take an overnight bus/taxi to Bagan.
DAY 5: EXPLORE BAGAN
Today, arrive in Bagan in the morning and check into your hotel. Freshen up and head out for a day of exploring the historical temples. Visit Ananda Temple, Shwezigon Temple, Shwesandaw Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple and Thatbyinnyu Temple. It might be hot in Bagan, so carry enough water and pace your visit to not get too tired.
DAY 6: TRAVEL TO SHWEBO TOWN
In the morning, take a taxi and travel from Bagan to Shwebo town. The journey takes around 5 hours. If you want to travel by bus, you will have to take a bus from Bagan to Mandalay and then another one to Shwebo. Check into the hotel when you arrive and have a relaxing day.
DAY 7: VISIT HALIN ANCIENT CITY
Travel to Halin, another one of the Pyu Ancient Cities, and explore the old city the entire day. You can take a tuk-tuk or taxi to reach Halin. Drive back to Shwebo at night and rest.
DAY 8: EXPLORE MANDALAY
In the morning, travel to and explore the cultural capital of Myanmar. Visit Mandalay Palace, Mandalay Hill and the different pagodas of the city. Enjoy a walk in the city to take in the colourful sights. Take an evening flight to Yangon and then a connecting flight back home.