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Charming Myanmar (13 Days)
YANGON-MANDALAY-PYIN OO LWIN-BAGAN-KALAW-INLE LAKE-YANGON
Day 01: Arrival Yangon – Welcome – City tour (Car)
Upon arrival in Yangon International Airport by morning flight our guide will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. After hotel check-in and refreshment, start of the city tour in Yangon including Sule Pagoda (Land Mark in city center). It is said that it is 2,000 years old and the central stupa enshrines a hair of Buddha. At every corner around Sule Pagoda you will discover the unique charm of Yangon with its old colonial architectural buildings such as City Hall, High Court, etc. In the evening, you will be a great sunset at the marvelous Shwedagon Pagoda and its pagoda bazaar. The massive and magnificent gold-encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda (100 meter high) 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.
Stay overnight in Yangon.
Day 02: Yangon – Mandalay – City tour (Flight/Car)
After breakfast at the hotel in the morning, you will transfer to the airport for a flight to Mandalay, which was founded in 1857-1860 as the capital by King Mindon and remained the capital of the Konboung, Myanmar’s last dynasty. Upon arrival in Mandalay we start our city tour: Mahamuni Buddha Image, the most revered Buddha image in Mandalay and 4 meters high seated image is casted in bronze; Craftsmen’s quarters observing brasses molding works, stone and marble carvers, gold leaf pressing, tapestry workshop, cotton and silk textile weaving, silver smith workshop; Shwenandawkyaung or Golden Palace Monastery, a very magnificent building beautifully carved in wood, dating back to the 19 th century. It is of great interest, not only as a fine example of a traditional Burmese wooden monastery, but also as a fragile reminder of the old Mandalay Palace; KuthodawPaya, the world’s largest book of 729 marble slabs inscribed the entire Tripitaka.
Stay overnight in Mandalay.
Day 03: Mandalay-PyinOoLwin – Nature outing (Car)
After your breakfast transfer to scenic PyinOoLwin (Maymyo), a former British Hill Station. The road winds steeply through flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. Arriving at PyinOoLwin we visit PweKauk waterfall and enjoy the countryside. You can also go around the village by a horse drawn “stage coach bus” giving you the chance to admire the brick and timber houses, complete with English style gables, turrets and chimneys. In the afternoon we take on Peik Chin Myaung Waterfall and Caves filled with Buddha images. The road from Maymyo is very bumpy. This is a popular attraction for Myanmar tourists. Furthermore we’ll visit the National Kandawgyi Gardens, which were laid out by Sir Harcourt Butler, the former governor of Burma. Flowerbeds are similar to those you will find in an English country garden! The garden is recently renovated and the name has changed to “Kandawgyi National Botanical Garden”.
Stay overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.
Day 04: PyinOoLwin -Mandalay (Car)
In the morning, last stroll on the markets and visit a vineyard on the way back to Mandalay. Arrival in Mandalay and transfer to the hotel. Relax and enjoy your stay at the hotel.
Stay overnight in Mandalay.
Day 05: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay – Boat excursion (Car/Boat)
In the morning transfer to the jetty for a boat trip to Mingun which is 11 km upriver from Mandalay on the western bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. Mingun’s boat excursion: MingunPaya, a huge unfinished pagoda; Myatheindan Pagoda; Mingun Bell, a gigantic 90-ton bell, the largest uncracked ringing bell in the world. The 45-minute boat trip to Mingun is a very pleasant way to see the rural life along the Ayeyarwaddy River. Returning back to Mandalay and in the evening you will be taken to Mandalay Hill, 230 meters in elevation. It is the natural landmark of Mandalay, a vantage-point for a full panoramic sunset view of the city.
Stay overnight in Mandalay.
Day 06: Mandalay – Amarapura – Sagaing – Sightseeing (Car)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning transfer to the 18th century Amarapura, situated about 11 km south of Mandalay and a 15 minute’s drive. Visit to MahaGandayonKyaung, one of Amarapura’s treasures. It is a famous Buddhist monastery where more than thousand monks live and study. The morning meals procession of these monks is very interesting. Amarapura is also known as a weaving city where silk dresses are woven and silk and cotton weaving workshops can be seen. We will walk on the famous 200 years old U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest wooden bridge crossing the Thaungthaman lake and is 1208 meters long. Followed by a visit to Sagaing. More precisely Kaungmudaw Pagoda: An enormous solid dome-shaped Pagoda and sunset at picturesque Sagaing Hills, a religious centre for Buddhist devotees and a retreat centre for Buddhist devotees with numerous pagodas and monasteries.
Stay overnight in Mandalay.
Day 07: Mandalay – Bagan – Cruise (Boat)
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the jetty for a boat trip to Bagan. As it sails southwards, the riverboat passes many villages offering a glimpse into the way of life along the Irrawaddy River. You will arrive in Bagan late in the evening. On the dry plain of central Myanmar by the banks of the Irrawaddy River stands Bagan, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia. The 230 years, from the 11th to the 13th centuries, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, were marked by a religious fervor building frenzy resulting in the thousands of stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today.
Stay overnight in Bagan.
Day 08: Bagan – Mystical Pagoda tour (Car)
Breakfast at the hotel. Bagan’s pagoda tour: Bagan Archaeological Museum; Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta, a prototype of the later Myanmar stupas; Htilominlo Temple, well known for its old mural, fine plaster carving and glazed sandstone decoration; Anada Temple, one of the finest in architecture and most revered temples with its four standing Bagan styled Buddha images and huge carved teak doors; AnandaOakkyaung, a simple monastery built with red bricks located within the precincts of the Ananda Temple. It was built in 1137 AD and paintings of the 18th century is seen on the walls of the monastery; Thatbyinnyu Temple, 201 ft tall, the tallest in Bagan and it is shaped like a cross, but is not symmetrical. The temple has two primaries floors with the seated Buddha image located on the second floor; Dhammayangyi Temple, the widest temple in Bagan, and is built in a plan similar to that of Anada Temple.
In the evening a horse-cart ride will take you among magnificent temples for about 2 hours. At the end you enjoy the memorable sunset over the world famous archaeological complex from the upper terrace of one of the Bagan Temple.
Stay overnight in Bagan.
Day 09: Bagan – Kalaw Sightseeing (Car)
After breakfast at the hotel in the morning, you will drive from Bagan to Kalaw overland (nearly 7 hours), a charming hill station that is a center for hill tribes from the surrounding regions. Enjoy the many scenic landscapes today. In the late afternoon, you will arrive in Kalaw and transfer to the hotel.
Stay overnight in Kalaw.
Day 10: Kalaw Trekking – HteeTein Village (2 DAYS/1 NIGHT)
Breakfast at the hotel. Early this morning transfer by car to the starting point of the trek and ending up in HteeTein village. The total trek time for today will be around 4½ hours with lunch en route. Difficulty: light to medium. Dinner in HteeTein village’s monastery with pure, local food. The accommodation is basic and simple. The trek offers you many aspects of the local rural life of farmers, great nature with unpolluted, fresh air, and rolling hills in a landscape of unspoiled natural beauty.
Overnight at the monastery in HteeTein village.
Day 11: HteeTein Village – Inle Lake (Boat)
Breakfast at the hotel. Second part of the trekking is from the monastery to In Dein or Than Daung near the Inle Lake. It’s a 4 hours trek today over the same kind of roads as yesterday. Difficulty: light to medium. After a while you will have fabulous views with the lake in the distance. In this trip we will see several tribes like Pa-O, Danu, TaungYoe and Inthar. Lunch around 12 o’clock before our final walk of 30 minutes to the boat station on the Inle Lake. It’s a picturesque freshwater lake, 900 meters above sea level, 22 km long and 10 km wide. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Myanmar. Transfer to the hotel by private boat from In Dein or Then Taung boat station and check-in at the hotel.
Overnight on Inle Lake.
Day 12: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon – Boat excursion (Flight/Car/Boat)
Breakfast at the hotel. Inle lake offers an unforgettable and unique experience for its scenic beauty, the unique one-leg rowers, floating gardens, attractive, floating villages, colorful markets and prolific birdlife. Boat excursion includes: PhaungDawOo Pagoda, famous for its 800 years old Five Buddha statues which are enshrined in the center of the building; Ngaphekyaung Monastery, famous for its “Jumping Cats”; In Paw Khone village, well known for its silk weaving workshops, the technique and creation of the fascinating designs of the silk products. In the afternoon transfer to Heho airport for a flight back to Yangon.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 13: Yangon – Departure (Flight/Car)
Breakfast at the hotel. Your last day in Yangon starts with ChaukHtatGyi, a huge reclining Buddha image – housed in a large metal – roofed shed. The feet of Buddha wear a very readable with the 108 sacred marks. Definitely do not miss this colossal image. Then you can go shopping to BogyokeAung San market (formerly Scott Market), where you can find a wide range of souvenirs, handicraft shops, gems and jewelry, famous for their qualities. In the late afternoon transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight with many unforgettable impressions.
- 12 Nights accommodation with sharing Twin/Double basic
- Domestic flights (Yangon-Mandalay & Heho-Yangon)
- All the transfers and excursion with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers
- English Speaking Guide (Different guide in each place)
- Bagan to Kalaw private car transportation
- Local ferry boat for Ava visit
- Private motorized boat for Inle excursion, and Mingun visit
- Horse cart in Ava visit, Pyin Oo Lwin excursion and Bagan sunset
- 2 Days – 1 Night (Kalaw to Inle Lake Trekking)
- Entrance fees for visiting places in the program
- Water and refreshing towel in touring days
- Services mentioned in the program
- International flight in/out
- Mandalay to Bagan River Cruise include lunch
- Porter charges at airports and jetties
- Meals mentioned in the program (L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Supplement cost for Christmas and New Year Eve Dinners
- Drinks, tips and personal expenses
- Visa and Insurance fees
- Any other items and services not mentioned in the program
- Separate Transfer from/to airport
- Fuel surcharge for flights