Columbus Travel, Myanmar’s Leading Tour Operator since 1993


Myanmar, the country itself and friendly local people provide marvelous photographic moments at every corner of the country.
Fabulous and varied landscapes, picturesque ruined cities and glorious temples, bustling street-life and a bewildering mix of ethnic groups make Myanmar a paradise for all photographers all around the world.

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DAY 01: Arrival Yangon by Afternoon flight
DAY 02: Yangon sightseeing
DAY 03: Yangon Bagan by Morning flight
DAY 04: Bagan Full Day Excursion
DAY 05: Bagan Mandalay by AM flight
DAY 06: Amarapura Ava
DAY 07: Mingun
DAY 08: Mandalay Heho Kalaw by Morning flight
DAY 09: Kalaw Inle by Private Car
DAY 10: Indein Excursion
DAY 11: Heho Yangon by PM flight
DAY 12: Departure by AM flight

Detail Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival Yangon by Afternoon flight

yangon-05Welcome to the Golden Myanmar.
Meet on arrival at Yangon International Airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Here, we would like to reserve enough time for you to take a good rest that you may need after a long tedious flight. Overnight at the hotel in Yangon.
Day 02 Yangon sightseeing

yangon-37After Breakfast, start Yangon Sightseeing like Sule Pagoda, City Hall, High Court and many colonial buildings and Maha Bandoola Park with Independence Monument, located at the heart of the city, have a stroll in downtown to see the busies Yangon city and make sure to capture it.

Then, visit Bogyoke market- a shopping market with more than 2000 shops selling all kinds of products but of special mention is the beautiful exotic “Shan Bag” velvet slippers, lacquer ware, Gems shops and all sorts of handicraft. In the evening, visit the 2,500 years old magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda sheathed in 11 tons of pure gold and 4,350 diamonds weighing 1800 carats! At sunset, the Shwedagon offers visitor a spectacular show of lights and shadows. Overnight at the hotel in Yangon, (B)

Photography Themes; busiest Yangon City, Colonial Buildings, Market, Street-life and Shwedagon Pagoda
Day 03 Yangon – Bagan by Morning flight

bagan-27Morning fly to Bagan (Breakfast box will be packed). Upon arrival at Nyaung Oo Airport, direct visit to Nyaung Oo colourful Market before check-in in order to take colorful local market, Shwezigon Pagoda; a prototype of later Myanmar stupa. Then, visit to Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi Temple with fine mural pain-tings of Jataka scenes. After that, transfer to hotel for check-in.

Afternoon sightseeing tour continues to a lacquer ware industry and study the way of making lacquerware. In Myanmar, the origins of the lacquer seems to come from Bagan about 12th - 13th century. And then, visit to Manuha Temple with gigantic Buddha images, a captive king's impression of life in prison, Nanpaya; an Early-style temple with the finest stone carvings, Ananda Temple; an architectural masterpiece resembling a Greek Cross and Shwesandaw Pagoda for the beautiful sunset. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan, (B)

Photography Themes; Local Market, Temples, ruined temples, Sunset
Day 04 Bagan Full Day Excursion

bagan-28Today, make an early start ahead of the crowds so as to get a great spot from which to view the spectacular sunrise over Old Bagan. And, you may also have a chance to capture a very beautiful morning Bagan that many Balloons are floating over the stunning pagodas.
Then, return to hotel for Breakfast and resume your trip again to explore more temples in Bagan.
Afternoon visiting begins with Minnan- Thu village to see the typical Myanmar style of village life. Then proceed to Lay Myathna and Phaya Thonezu Temple and have a stroll among the ruin temple. In the evening, take the sunset boat to enjoy the River life at dusk.
Overnight at the hotel in Bagan, (B)

Photography Themes; Sunrise, Overview Bagan, Village life, ruined temples, River life along the Ayarwaddy River

(In Bagan there are more than 2000 temples & stupas. Indeed it is difficult to cover all temples within limited time. Therefore we have carefully selected only some major temples for you in order to avoid hectic tourism. But if you want to see more temples, just let your guide or driver knows. They can show you as much temples as possible within your stay.)
Day 05 Bagan – Mandalay by AM flight

mandalay-24After Breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, visit to the famous Pagoda; Mahamuni Pagoda (Paya Gyi). Then continue your tour by visiting the handicraft workshops such as bronze sculpture, gold leaf beating and marble stone carving. There, will learn and take the process of sculpturing. And, move to the Bank of Ayarwaddy River to see the abundant life (ways of life of physical workers).
Then, transfer to the hotel for check-in.
In the Afternoon, visit to the Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings; Kuthodaw Pagoda, often called the world’s largest book. Finish your tour by visiting Mandalay Hill, the natural watch-tower for the visitors to watch sunrise or sunset over the city plains. And then, drive back to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay, (B)
Photography Themes; Landmark of Mandalay, ways of local life, architectures, ancient’s monastery
Day 06 Amarapura – Ava

mandalay-04At dawn, drive to Amarapura to see the beautiful sunrise from U Bein Wooden Bridge and capture it. And, you will also have a chance seeing monks and locals carrying their goods on the Bridge. So, make sure to take the lively morning of Amarapura. Then, visit to Mahagandaryone monastery the largest teaching monastery in Myanmar. Daily at around 10:30 a.m, about 700 monks queue up for their last meal ( lunch ) of the day.
After that, drive to Inwa (Ava); a historical capital founded by King Thado Minbya in 1364. You can visit Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery by donkey cart .This monastery is a fine example of Myanmar masonry art and architecture, as well as it was called Mainu Brick Monastery and old watch tower. Finally, return to hotel and free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Photography Themes; Sunrise at U Bein Bridge, Mahagandaryone Monastery, Ancient City Ava, village life.
Day 07 Mingun

mingun-03After Breakfast, transfer to Mayanchan jetty to take the private chartered boat to Mingun. Worth visit pleases at Mingun are Mingun Pagoda: the biggest brick pile or the biggest unfinished pagoda, Mingun bell: the biggest ringing bell in the world and outstanding shape Mya Thein Tan pagoda : The Taj Mahal of Myanmar.
Then return by boat to Mandalay. In the late afternoon, visit the night market of Mandalay and enjoy Myanmar cuisine. Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay, (B)
Photography Themes; Mingun, River Life, Night Life
Day 08 Mandalay – Heho – Kalaw by Morning flight
kalaw-04After Breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho. Upon arrival, proceed to Kalaw; a beautiful hill station and it is pleasant the whole year around.
Enjoy the scenic drive by passing the plantations, fields etc along the way. It is a great opportunity to capture and save the picturesque landscapes of Shan State. Hotel check-in upon arrival and stay free at leisure for a while.

In the evening, have a stroll to Thein Taung Pagoda (The View Point of Kalaw) for enjoying the overview of Kalaw. Overnight at the hotel in Kalaw, (B)
Photography Themes; Picturesque Landscapes, View Point, Kalaw City
Day 09 Kalaw – Inle by Private Car

inle-21After Breakfast, explore Kalaw City. Visit its colorful local market and Hnee Buddha Image. Finally, proceed to Nyaung Shwe: where Inle lake is situated. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Then, visit the Inle Lake by boat.

Sightseeing will be like unique leg-rowers and scenic beauty, fishing canoes using special methods for fishing and collecting seaweed, lakebed mud etc to make floating gardens. The Beautiful Inle Lake with the dark green mountain ranges behind it is the best model for your shooting. Then you will visit well known Nga Pe Chaung (Jumping Cat) monastery and Silver smith factory.

Finally, return to hotel and free at leisure for the rest of the day. Overnight at the hotel in Inle, (B)

Photography Themes; Local Market, Inle Lake, Mountain Ranges
Day 10 Indein Excursion
inle-06After Breakfast, visit to the Floating Market; which is a 5 days rotation system Market where the tribes from surrounding villages come to buy and sell their goods. As it is a rare opportunity to see, please be sure to capture that activity.

Then, visit Indein village; the hidden treasure of Inle Lake. It is Shwe Indaing pagoda complex that is newly open to International travelers where one will be totally amaze of ruined stup as from 13” century. On the way, you will enjoy the nature beauty on the way like vegetable gardens, child and young monks (novices) enjoying their morning bath in the clear stream, water buffaloes and people among the paddy fields etc. It is a photographic highlight for today.

After a nice stroll among the ruined pagoda, return to hotel. On the way, visit the most famous Paungdaw Oo Pagoda. Overnight at the hotel in Inle, (B)
Photography Themes; Floating Market, Indein – Hidden treasure – Floating Gardens – Way of local life
Day 11 Heho – Yangon  by PM flight

yangon-26After Breakfast, overland tour in Nyaung Shwe; visit Local Market. Next visit to Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery; a fascinating wooden monastery built in early 19th Century.

After that, visit to Red Mountain Resort for tasting wines and you will have a chance to learn the grapes plantations. Enjoy the beautiful country side from there.

Finally, transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon. Arrive Yangon, hotel check-in and Overnight at the hotel in Yangon, (B)
Day 12 Departure by AM flight

departure-01After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight, (B)

End of our services!!!


Service Includes
  • accommodate with Breakfast (DBL sharing)
  • Airport Transfer & Sightseeing with A/C car
  • Domestic flight fares with private airlines.
  • Boat fees in Inle Lake
  • Entrance fees
  • English Station Guide
  • Purify drinking water and Snow tower along the trip (except in restaurant)
Service Excludes
  • Visa Fees
  • International flight fare and airport tax
  • Personal expenses and Insurance.




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