When we were in our initial planning stage of our trip to Myanmar we read many a horror story of travellers experiences of train travel in Myanmar and many strongly suggested taking overnight buses instead. But I have to disagree. Any traveller who wants to experience real Myanmar needs to take at least one train journey. It is a great opportunity to get a insight into remote village life, see some of the country’s most scenic views and it is a rare opportunity to mix with the local people.

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Travel route: Yangon – Mandalay – PyinOoLwin – Hsipaw – Mandalay – Yangon – Departure


  • Day 1: Yangon Arrival
  • Day 2: Yangon – Mandalay – PyinOoLwin (B)
  • Day 3: PyinOoLwin – Hsipaw – PyinOoLwin (B)
  • Day 4: PyinOoLwin – Mandalay – Yangon (B)
  • Day 5: Yangon Departure (B)


Day 1: Yangon Arrival

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, welcome by our local tour guide and transfer to your hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, begin your tour with Yangon’s colonial style city center. Visit Sule Pagoda, Bogyoke (Scott) Market and Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Image. Complete your day with Shwedagon Pagoda, landmark of Myanmar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Yangon – Mandalay – PyinOoLwin (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for the flight to Mandalay, the capital of last Myanmar Kingdom. Upon arrival, visit the revered Mahamuni Image, Shwenandaw Monastery, AtumashiMonastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda (known as World’s Biggest Book). In the late afternoon, visit some of the famous handicraft workshops such as wood carving, marble cutting and gold leaf making. And then drive to PyinOoLwin for 2hr 30min. PyinOoLwin is a former British hill station, 67km east of Mandalay. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: PyinOoLwin – Hsipaw – PyinOoLwin (B)

After breakfast, transfer to PyinOoLwin railway station to take your train to Hsipaw. On the way, you have to cross the Gokhteik Viaduct which is a magnificent steel bridge spanning a 300 meter deep river gorge. On behalf of the British, the Pennsylvania Steel Company built the Gohteik Bridge over 100 years ago. Upon arrival in Hsipaw visit Shan villages, Shan Palace, Hsipaw Market and Nat Shrine and Hot water spring (between Hsipaw&Kyauk Me). Late afternoon, drive back to PyinOoLwin (3hr 30min). Overnight at hotel.

Day 4: PyinOoLwin – Mandalay – Yangon (B)

After breakfast, drive back to Mandalay and transfer to the airport for the flight to Yangon. Upon arrival at Yangon, transfer to your hotel and check-in. And then visit Botahtaung Pagoda, Kabaaye Pagoda and AhbayaLarbamuni Buddha image. After strolling through China town, drive back to your hotel and overnight in Yangon.

Day 5: Yangon Departure (B)

Free at your own leisure till transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight.


  • Accommodation in twin or double sharing room with daily breakfast
  • 2 domestic flights : Yangon – Mandalay – Yangon (Economy class)
  • Transfer and transportation with private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for the sightseeing spots as per program
  • Experienced and fluent English throughout guide


  • International Airfares and Airport Departure Tax
  • Travel Insurances
  • Extra Tours not mentioned in the program
  • Visa fees
  • Early check in / Late Check out
  • Personal Expenses such as Drinks, Tips, Camera Fees, Laundry Service, Phone Charges, etc…