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YANGON – BAGAN – POPA – PAKOKKU – MONYWA – MANDALAY – PINDAYA – KALAW – INLE LAKE – YANGON

14 DAYS – 13 NIGHTS (BIKING TOUR PROGRAM)

 

DAY (1)                              ARRIVAL YANGON & YANGON SIGHTSEEING                                            

Upon arrival in Yangon, we will be warmly welcomed by the tourguide and driver at the airport.

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.

Lunch will be served at local restaurant.

Transfer to Hotel for check in. (Check in time is 14:00pm)

Take a few hours for refreshment; we’ll visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, one of Myanmar’s more beautiful reclining buddhas which is topped by a crown encrusted with diamonds and other precious stones. The feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gathering to pay homage and pray.

From Here, end your day at Shwedagon Pagoda which is one of the wonders of the world. It was built 2500 years ago and enshrined with hair relics of Buddha and a place where to meet devoted Buddhists meditating and praying. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.

Stay overnight in Yangon.

Note: Biking in Yangon City Area is very difficult and dangerous (Nowadays we are facing terrible traffic Jam). So we are not guaranteed to arrange biking in Yangon. Now we arrange to visit Yangon sightseeing by Car.

 

DAY (2)                              YANGON – BAGAN & BAGAN – MT.POPA EXCURSION(BIKE)        

 Have After breakfast at hotel or take our Breakfast Box prepared by the hotel, transferred to the airport for our early morning flight to Bagan. Our local tour guide will welcome us at Nyang-U airport at Bagan and transfer us by vehicle to Mountain Popa, 1520m elevation. Let’s have our 1st exercise in Myanmar by climbing up about 45-50 minutes to the top of the mountain, visit Mahagiri Shrine which dedicated to the “Nats” (spirits) at the top where there is a wonderful panoramic view. After our visit, cycle into surrounding villages – with our guide escorted – to explore more on our own, talk to the locals about their life and traditions. Lunch at a local restaurant between visits.

O/N Mt. Popa.

DAY (3)                              MT.POPA – BAGAN VISIT (BIKE)                                                                  

After breakfast at hotel, we will cycle back to Bagan, a perfect way to explore the temples, stupas and shrines here. On the way we will visit Toddy Field and see how people make jaggery or liquor here. In the afternoon we cycle around Nyang-U, visit Nyang-U market, the town and Shwezigon pagoda before heading to Old Bagan to climb up a tower here to enjoy the fabulous sunset over Bagan. Our guide will recommend a good place to enjoy the sunset as the temples and towers are closed randomly for maintenance. Back to hotel late afternoon.

O/N at Bagan.

DAY (4)                              BAGAN CITY TOUR (BY BIKE)                                                                   

Wake up in the very early morning to head to Old Bagan for the sunrise, a great scene that no visitors to Bagan could miss. (Breakfast box will be provided by hotel). Today we will have a very flexible program on our bikes, or even leave them home and take horsecarts to visit the huge collection of ancient vestiges at Bagan, to name a few, Kyansittha Umin, a tunnel with interesting paintings; Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi Temple with fine mural paintings of Jataka Scenes;  Htilominlo Temple, noted for its plaster carvings, Tharabar Gate and Shwegugyi Temple, which has transitional style between the Early and Late Bagan Periods. We should not miss the Bupaya Pagoda on the bank of the majestic Irrawaddy River too. (Lunch at local restaurant between visits.)

O/N Bagan.

DAY (5)                              BAGAN – PAKOKKU – PAKHANGYI – MONYWA                               

After breakfast at hotel, afterward we will be transferred to Bagan Jetty for boat excursion on Irrawaddy River to Pakokku, an un-spoiled small town renowned for tobacco trading and weaving shops. Go biking toward Yazagyou where we will visit the wooden Pakhangyi Monastery, built in 1886. Drive to Monywa. Lunch at local restaurant between visits.

O/N Monywa.

DAY (6)                              MONYWA – MYIT MU – MANDALAY (BIKE)                                                

After breakfast we will drive to Mandalay (about 3 hours away), stopping en route at Myint Mu to visit MohnyinThanBuddhay Pagoda, where more than 500,000 Buddha images are seated, and Boditahtaung Pagoda which houses one of the largest reclining Buddha images in the world. Lunch at a simple local restaurant. After arriving in Mandalay, we will cycle around the city and visit Mahamuni temple.

O/N Mandalay.

DAY (7)                              MANDALAY – MINGUN – SAGAING – AMARAPURA                                     

After breakfast at hotel we will pick-up our bikes and ride to the Jetty of Mandalay, taking boat upstream Irrawaddy River to Mingun (11km away, about one hour). The river life on the Irrawaddy will be very exciting to witness until we reach Mingun and cycle and walk to visit Mingun Bell, weighting 87tons  and at present being the world’s largest intact bronze bell; continue to beautiful HsinbyumePaya and the unfinished MingunPaya, built in the intention of the king then to be the world’s biggest pagoda.) Lunch at local restaurant; proceed by our supporting vehicle from Mingun to Sagaing, where the hillsides are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. This is perhaps the living centre of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. Return to Amarapura via the Ava Bridge, built by British engineers, then go on continue to the 150-year-old U-Bein teak Bridge, built in 1851 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Walk over U-Bein Bridge, which is over a kilometer long and enjoy spectacular view at the sunset. Return to Mandalay by vehicle.

O/N at Mandalay.

Please note! The biking program can be changed flexibly depending on your health and road conditions.

DAY (8)                              MANDALAY – YWARNGAN – PINDAYA                                                   

After breakfast at hotel, we will be transferred toward Pindaya, then start cycling from YwarNgan through a patchwork of fields and proceed to Pindaya(75km). If time available we will visit the villages surrounding Pindaya. Lunch at restaurant between visits. The trip today is not to focus on a particular landmark or sightseeing point but to give you a chance to mingle with the local and study about the rural life in the Central Myanmar.

O/N at Pindaya.

DAY (9)                              PINDAYA SIGHTSEEING (BIKE)                                                                 

Today is our quite leisure day to recover and explore the small town of Pindaya.

After breakfast at hotel, we will explore the small town of Pindaya, then go cycling to visit Pindaya Caves en route to Heho with more than 8,000 Buddha Images made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement, all are arranged in such a way as to from a labyrinth throughout various cave chambers. Proceed to Shwe U Min Paya, a cluster of low stupas just below the ridge near the Pindaya Caves. Go for a light trek around Pa O Village. Lunch at restaurant between visits. O/N Pindaya.

DAY (10)                           PINDAYA – AUNG BAN – KALAW                                                        

After breakfast at hotel, we will cycle thru a beautiful rural landscape toward Aunt Ban, then climb up to the former colonial hill station of Kalaw, enjoying biking thru Kalaw, visiting local market, the small train station, pagodas at Kalaw, or walking up the hill to visit an old Catholic Church. Formerly a British Hill Station, Kalaw is unexpectedly charming with flowers and green fresh vegetable at every corner, an evidence of the pleasant hill weather here. Lunch at local restaurant between visits.

O/N at Kalaw.

DAY (11)                           KALAW – INLE LAKE SIGHTSEEING                                                            

After breakfast at hotel, we will cycle downhill toward the famous Inle Lake (64km away). This massive lake is Myanmar’s second largest one. The Intha residents have lived here for years in stilted villages upon the lake, and make their livelihood by fishing and growing vegetables in unique floating gardens. Lunch at local restaurant between visits. During the boat trip on the Lake this afternoon we will visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State, stop at workshops to observe traditional handicrafts-making progress here, from silk weaving, blacksmith workshop, tobacco workshops to endless floating gardens, where tomato, melon, cucumber, beans and fruit are grown. Continue by boat to NgaPheKyaung Monastery, one of the oldest Monasteries on the lake with ancient Buddha statue of more than 200 years old.

O/N Inle Lake (resort located on the lake).

DAY (12)                           INLE LAKE – INDEIN – INLE LAKE                                             

After breakfast at hotel, we will explore by boat one of the very early morning 5-day markets, enjoying our boat trip on Inle Lake. We will have a rare chance to get insight the lifestyle of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha inhabitants here, who come to the market for selling and purchasing their goods and also for meeting as a cultural hub. Enjoy our boat trip on Inle Lake, a photographers’ dream, its calm water is dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic high hills provide the perfect backdrop.  On the way we will see the lake’s unique “leg rowers”, when the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. Lunch at restaurant, located in the middle of lake. Afternoon we will continue our excursion by motorized boat to Indein at the western end of the Lake. The boat takes us thru a long channel where we can watch the farmers cultivate their products. This ride is one of the most scenic boat tours on the Lake, passing multiple bamboo and wooden boats linking stilt houses on the water. Later we will catch the sunset over the lake, whose beauty may enchant any visitor.

O/N Inle Lake.

Please note! On the days the markets are not hold, we will visit the lake by taking our boats coming into floating gardens and travel further than normal routes to explore life on the lake more deeply.

DAY (13)                           INLE LAKE – HEHO – YANGON                                                                             

After breakfast at hotel, we will be transferred by boat to Nyaung Shwe to proceed to Heho Airport. Take our domestic flight to Yangon, where our vehicle and guide are waiting.

Transfer to Yangon. We’ll take a tour around the city center which is filled various historical and colonial buildings partly by car or partly on foot. We’ll first visit to Sule Pagoda which is a 2200-year-old temple surrounded by government buildings and commercial shop. Then, you’ll pass along the way to Mahabandoola Park where Independent Monument exists. Continue your tour by passing City Hall, a little india and a little china.

 

Continue to Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, where you can browse through the wide selection of Myanmar handicrafts and other goods (Note: closed on Mondays and public holidays).

 

Walk along Yangon River to see the busy harbor area, from where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and for upcountry towns along the Irrawaddy River.

O/N in Yangon.

Note: Biking in Yangon City Area is very difficult and dangerous (Nowadays we are facing terrible traffic Jam). So we are not guaranteed to arrange biking in Yangon. Now we arrange to visit Yangon sightseeing by Car.

 

DAY (14)                           YANGON INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE                                

After breakfast at hotel, we will be at leisure until transfer by vehicle to Yangon Airport for our flight back home.

 

 

    *End of Services*

Included Services;

  • 13 nights accommodation in hotels based on Twin/Double basic with daily breakfast at hotels
  • English speaking throughout guide
  • Biking Tours
  • Meals mentioned in the program (13 Lunches, 1 Dinner)
  • Domestic flights (Yangon –Bagan, Heho – Yangon)
  • Zone and entrance fees for visiting places in the program
  • Private motorized boat for Inle excursion
  • Water and refreshing towels on touring days
  • Snacks and seasonal fruits on biking days
  • Services mentioned in the program

Excluded Services;

  • International flights
  • Early check-in/Late check-out
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Porter charges at airport
  • Compulsory Christmas and New Year Eve Dinner at hotels
  • Visa and Insurance fees
  • Drinks, tips and personal expense
  • Camera fees
  • Porter charges at hotels
  • Fuel surcharge for domestic flights
  • Individual separate transfer from/to airport
  • Any other items not mentioned

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