Starting point at Yangon, make your way to the sacred Golden Rock then immerse yourselves in the beautiful Inle Lake before being amazed by Mandalay and the city of temples – Bagan.
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Day 01: ARRIVE YANGON
Welcome to Myanmar! You are picked up at airport by our local tour guide and driver to transfer to hotel. Yangon is a relatively quiet and charming city with its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage. Today you will explore the city centre and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia. Start at the post office – a historic building, walk to Sule Paya in the middle of downtown, passing by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument along the way. Then continue to Little India and Chinatown, a colorful cacophony of restaurants, temples and markets. Visit Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market. This is Yangon’s best market for handicrafts and other goods. (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays). Continue to a local tea shop a chance to experience an integral part of Burmese life, pick the snacks and enjoy the local coffee/ tea and mingle with the locals here. Next you will visit Kandawgyi Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. Here you will see the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge, and the vast lake with views of Shwedagon in the background. From here, continue to famous Shwedagon Pagoda – the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 02: YANGON – KYAIKHTIYO – GOLDEN ROCK (B)
Depart Yangon early this morning for a journey by road to Kyaikhtiyo and the Golden Rock. Late morning, arrive at Kyaikhtiyo base camp (approximately 5 hrs). Travel by local, open-air truck along a winding road (45 minutes) where you be dropped off at the junction camp to travel the final distance to Golden Rock on foot. The uphill trek is along a paved trekking path and offers great views of the surrounding area. For an easier alternative, four porters can carry you uphill in a specially-made sedan chair allowing you to enjoy the views without all of the hard work! (extra cost not included). After about one hour of trekking, reach the Golden Rock. A huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff, Golden Rock is one of Myanmar’s main pilgrimage sites. The pagoda here is said to hold a hair of the Buddha and Buddhist from across the country come here to pay homage. Overnight near Golden Rock.
Day 03: KYAIKHTIYO – BAGO – YANGON (B)
This morning, see the sunrise on the Golden Rock. Return down to base camp by the same route on foot and by open-air truck. Then drive to Bago, the former capital of the Mon kingdom. Visit local market in Bago and then to Shwethalyaung Temple. Stop at the local Mon village nearby for a short walk through this quiet, typical rural village. On the way back to Yangon, stop at the Allied War Cemetery near Htaukkyan. This beautiful, peaceful cemetery is the final resting place for over 27,000 Allied soldiers. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 04: YANGON – HEHO – INLE LAKE (B)
After early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho. From Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. Board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. Overnight on Inle Lake.
Day 05: INLE LAKE – IN DEIN – INLE LAKE (B)
After breakfast, join the streams of local people to the morning market. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day). Then, continue to the western banks of the lake and travel down a small canal to Indein – a Pa-Oh village which is known for its stupa-covered hill at Alaung Sitthou. Spend time exploring Indein on foot, strolling around the village, visiting a local school and making your way to the top of Alaung Sitthou where you can wander amid the weather-beaten stupas and enjoy magnificent views of the lake below. Back to your boat and have more sightseeing before returning to your hotel. Overnight Inle Lake.
Day 06: INLE LAKE – HEHO – MANDALAY (B)
Free for your own leisure until transfer to airport for flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, your car and guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel (approximately 1 hour drive). Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 07: MANDALAY – SAGAING – AVA – AMARAPURA – MANDALAY (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for an excursion around Mandalay to explore the former capitals of Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura. Cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing, covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar. It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers and you will visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae. Visit Sagaing’s local market, a typical Burmese market that few tourists visit. Then continue south of the city to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries, where a short ferry ride will take us across the river to where our horse and carriage are waiting. Visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. Return toward the city and stop at Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’. First visit a silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products and then visit Mahagandayon monastery, when over one-thousand monks reside. After touring this tranquil site, continue to U Bein Bridge for a walk along this 200 year-old teak bridge. The bridge was constructed of 984 teak posts that were once part of the deserted Inwa Palace and it is 1.2 kilometers in length making it the world’s longest teak span. Enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams. Return to Mandalay late this afternoon. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 08: MANDALAY – MINGUN – MANDALAY (B,L)
After breakfast, transfer to the Mandalay jetty and board a private local boat for a 1-hr cruise on the Irrawaddy River to Mingun. Visit the main sites of Mingun beginning with the famous Mingun Pahtodawqyi, the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda whose distinctive style is meant to resemble the mythical Mount Meru. Then, see the Mingun Bell which weighs 90 tons and is considered the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell. Return to Mandalay by boat, enjoying lunch on board as you make your way back to the city. Next visit Mahamuni Pagoda and a wood craving workshop. Continue your tour of Mandalay with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda – the ‘World’s Biggest Book’. The last stop is Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 09: MANDALAY -MONYWA (B)
This morning, depart Mandalay for a 3-hour drive to Monywa, a typical Burmese town on the banks of the ChindwinRiver. Arrive to Monywa at midday and check into the hotel. This afternoon begin with a visit to Thanboddhay Pagoda, a huge Buddhist temple covered with more than 500,000 Buddha images. Also stop at Boditahtaung Pagoda which houses the largest reclining Buddha image in Myanmar, at 100m long and 27m high. Nearby is the largest standing Buddha in the world, Laykyun Setkyar, at 423 feet in height. Return to your hotel this evening. Overnight in Monywa.
Day 10: MONYWA – PO WIN TAUNG – PAKKOKU – BAGAN (B)
Depart to Po Win Taung (approximately 1 hour drive). This extraordinary complex consists of 947 sandstone caves dug out of the hills and contains what is considered by archaeologists to be the richest collection of mural paintings and Buddhist statues in South East Asia. After visiting Po Win Taung, continue a few hundred meters away to Shwe Ba Taung. Spend time exploring this interesting site where monasteries and temples are carved out rocky narrow cliffs. We then continue down the ‘road less traveled’ for another 90 minutes, passing traditional villages where you may see farmers climbing palm trees to extract juice from which they will produce palm tree sugar. Stop at Kyet Su Kin village for an opportunity to learn more about the lifestyle and culture of the countryside residents. Then, resume your journey to Pakokku (1 hour). Lunch on your own account. Afternoon board a private boat from Pakkoku to Bagan (2 hours). Overnight in Bagan.
Day 11: BAGAN (B)
In Bagan, your trip will cover:
– Thagyar Pone Temple, a temple with spectacular views over the surrounding plains
– Ananda Temple, one of the most revered temples in Bagan.
– Myinkaba Village and Gubyaukgyi Temple which is noted for its beautiful mural paintings on its inner walls and well-preserved plaster carvings on its exterior.
– Manuha Temple and Nan Paya Temple, two smaller temples with nice Buddha statues and stone work.
– Visit lacquer ware and wood crafts workshop to get to know about the local culture.
Take a break with lunch (pay on your own) and then return to your hotel for a short rest, escaping the extreme heat of the midday sun.
This afternoon, continue to visit: the rural village of Minnanthu, one of Bagan’s least visited areas. Here you will explore temples such as Payathonzu, Lemyentha and Nandamannya before heading to the riverside pier. Board a local boat for a slow cruise down the Irrawaddy River. As you cruise the waters, observe the lifestyle of the fishermen and riverside villagers as well as enjoying the unique perspective of Bagan’s temples. Return to your hotel this evening. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 12: BAGAN – MT. POPA & SALAY (B)
Optional tour: Hot-air balloon ride flying over the plains of Bagan. Enjoy the fabulous views as the sun rises over the stupas and Irrawaddy River. This is truly an unforgettable and unique experience! (Note: available only from October to March).Please contact us for pricing. Start with a drive to Chauk to visit the fabulous morning market, filled with locals buying and selling their goods. Continue on to the village of Salay, an important Buddhist centre, and visit its famed wooden monastery with intricate carvings. Turn east and head through the countryside to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano which is believed to be home to the ‘nats’, ancient Burmese animist spirits. Climb to the top for stunning views of the surrounding countryside before descending down to Bagan. (Note: Salay monastery museum closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays). Overnight in Bagan.
Day 13: BAGAN – YANGON (B)
This morning transfer to the Nyaung U Airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival your driver will greet you and transfer to your hotel for check in. The rest of the day is free for your own leisure. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 14: DEPART YANGON (B)
Today is at your leisure until transferring to the airport for your onward flight.
– Accommodation in twin/double sharing with breakfast
– Private transfer with air-conditioner van (except open truck in Kyaikhtiyo)
– Domestic flight Yangon – Heho – Mandalay – Bagan – Yagon
– Bottle of water on tour days
– Regional English speaking guide
– Private local boat for Mingun excursion, from Pakkoku to Bagan and for Inle Lake excursions
– Horse cart tour in Ava & Bagan
– Meals as indicated (without beverage)
– All entrance and sightseeing fees
– Taxes and service charges
– Optional tours (quote separatedly)
– Travel insurance
– Myanmar visa
– Beverages and meals not mention in Inclusive column
– Tips and gratuities
– Personal expenses & laundry
– International flight tickets to/from Yangon
– International departure airport tax Yangon
– Early check in & late check-out at all hotel
– Bank service fees, bank transfer fees for non-cash payments
– Peak season surcharges by hotels/ Compulsory dinner if there is any
Check in time: 02.00pm – Check out time: 12.00pm
|Hotel category||Price is in USD per person
Valid from 1 May 2015 to 30 Sep 2015
|Price is in USD per person
Valid from 1 Oct 2015 to 31 Mar 2016
|2 people||3-5 people||6-9 people||Single Room Use||2 people||3-5 people||6-9 people||Single Room Use|
LIST OF ACCOMMODATION
|Yangon||Summit Park View Hotel||Kandawgyi Palace Hotel||Sule Shangrila Yangon|
|Kyaikhtiyo||Mountain Top||Mountain Top||Mountain Top|
|Inle Lake||Golden Island Cottage||Amata Garden Resort||Aureum Inle Resort|
|Mandalay||Bagan King||Triumph Hotel||Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel|
|Monywa||Monywa Hotel||Win Unity||Win Unity|
|Bagan||Bagan Thande Hotel||Aye Yar River View||Aureum Bagan|