myanmar4A great use of air, land and boat together to colourful places of Myanmar. Monywa and Pakokku are included where you will be driving down from Monywa to Pakokku to take a boat trip to Bagan. Recommend for the one who do not wish a long cruise tour and would like to see more places and destinations of Myanmar rather than just the major destinations.

Route: Yangon, Heho, Pindaya, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Amarapura, Mingun, Sagaing, Monywa, Pakkoku, Bagan, Mt Popa, Kyaikhtiyo and Bago

 

 

check16Inclusive:

• All transfer and transportation with air-con vehicle
• 12 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast
• Domestic flight airfares for Yangon-Heho-Mandalay and Bagan-Yangon
• Entrance fee as per itinerary
• Sightseeing with stationed English speaking guides
• Boat fare for Pakkoku-Bagan, sightseeing to Mingun & Inle Lake

stop16Exclusive:

• Tips and drinks
• Meals as per itinerary
• Personal expenses
• Travel insurance
• Yangon/Mandalay International departure airport tax

 

noteItinerary:

Day 1: Yangon Arrival (Dinner)

Arrive at Yangon International Airport. Meet and transfer to hotel to check-in. Start orientation tour of Yangon visiting the impressive sitting Buddha at Ngahtatgyi Paya and its equally impressive carved wooden backdrop; Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda - a colossal reclining Buddha; and Sule Pagoda, a beautiful octagonal golden stupa dating over 2,000 years; the British colonial buildings around Sule Pagoda; go to downtown Yangon to the Indian enclave filled with aromatic spices and scents of curries; and end of the tour at Shwedagon Paya - over 2500 years old the world famous stupa. Welcome dinner with cultural show at Karaweik "floating" restaurant built in the style of Myanmar's olden-day royal barge.
Overnight in the hotel, Yangon.

Day 2: Yangon - Heho - Pindaya - Inle (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. We leave Yangon for Heho by domestic flight. On arrival in Heho airport, be met by your guide to drive to Pindaya - a small quiet town, famous for it thousands of Buddha images deposited inside the caves centuries ago. Visit Pindaya caves, traditional Shan paper making, pottery and umbrella making villages. In the afternoon, proceed to Nyaung Shwe - a small town located at the entrance of Lake Inle . And then boat transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in hotel, Inle Lake.

Day 3: Inle (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, go on a boat trip in Inle Lake, the second biggest lake in Myanmar, famous for its unique leg-rowers. Tour highlights include a visit to a floating market (which is on a 5-day rotation among 5 villages of the lake); Ngaphechaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake and well-known for its jumping cats trained by resident monks; floating gardens in Kay La village; famous wish-fulfilling Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda; Inpawkhone village specialising in silk weaving; blacksmith shop at Se' Kaung village; and traditional cigar making (cheroot factory).
Overnight in hotel, Inle Lake.

Day 4: Inle - Heho - Mandalay (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, drive to Heho airport to board the flight to Mandalay, the center of Myanmar culture, arts & craft. Late in the afternoon, arrive at Mandalay airport and transfer to hotel. On the way, visit the most revered temple of Mahamuni where an ancient image of a bronze Buddha cast during the lifetime of Buddha himself has sat for 2500 years covered in a very thick layer of gold leaf.
Overnight in hotel, Mandalay.

Day 5: Mandalay-Amarapura-Mandalay (Breakfast)

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. Go on tour to Amarapura, an ancient capital built on the advice of astrologers. Visit the huge Mahagandaryone Monastery where one may observe the daily life of the monks studying Buddha's scriptures; and U Bein Bridge - a 1.2-km long over 200-year-old teak bridge heavily used by pedestrians and bicycles. See the handicraft work of making "kalaga" tapesstry unique to Mandalay; wood-carving and bronze casting workshops; marble carving workshop; and gold-leaf beating workshop. In the afternoon visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw monastery - noted for its exquisite wood carvings, Kyauktawgyi Paya housing a 900-ton marble Buddha carved from a single block of marble, Atumashi monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda - known as the world's biggest book containing the complete Tripitaka of 15 volumes each 400 pages in length in 729 slabs of marble housed in their own stupa; next door to it is the Sandamuni Paya memorial that King Mindon built to honour his slain brother Prince Kanaung featuring an iron image of the Buddha cast in 1802 by King Bodawpaya of the Konbaung dynasty and around this stupa are 1774 marble slabs inscribed with commentaries on the Buddhist canon, and lastly we go up Mandalay Hill to watch the sunset and the panoramic view of the city with the Ayeyarwaddy Riverr meandering below.
Overnight in hotel, Mandalay.

Day 6: Mandalay - Mingun - Sagaing (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we go by boat up the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun where the world's largest ringing bell exists. Sightseeing of the Pahtodawgyi unfinished Pagoda planned by King Bodawpaya to be 500 feet tall, the Mingun Bell, Myatheindan Pagoda, the Old Folks' Home and environs. Then sightseeing to Sagaing Hill dotted with hundreds of white-washed stupas, well-known as the center for meditation. Visit Kaungmudaw Pagoda, an enormous dome-shaped pagoda built in the 16th century; pottery and silversmith workshops. Watch the sunset and the see the panoramic view of the surrounding countryside from Sagaing Hill. And then drive back to Mandalay
Overnight in hotel, Mandalay.

Day 7: Mandalay - Monywa (Breakfastr)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast we drive to Monywa, a busy trading city of Upper Myanmar and a commercial center of Chindwin Valley, about (150km - 4 hours' drive) to the west of Mandalay . Monywa places of interest are: Thanbokde Pagoda – 8465 small stupas with a richly decorated central stupa that reminds us a little of the great Buddhist monument of Borobudur in Java. It has a dome with over 500,000 Buddhas images; Bodhitahtaung (one thousand sacred trees) with a thousand Buddha images sitting at the foot of each tree and enjoy the view from Aung Setkaya Pagoda, standing 130 meters high on the Pa Khaung Hills Ledi Kyaungtaik, a teaching monastery where Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 806 stone slabs; and Kyaukka village known for its own distinctive kind of lacquerware. Overnight in hotel, Monywa.

Day 8: Monywa - Pakkoku - Bagan (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast we drive to Pakkoku. Visit Phoe Win Hill and Shwe Ba Hill, the caves named after U Hpo Win famous alchemist who once lived there. It features beautiful and fine murals, and Buddha images, some of them dating as far back as the 14th century. Many of the 200,000 large and small caves exhibit the Inwa (Ava) style of architecture from the 17th and 18th century. Right next to Phoe Win Hill, the temple-cave of Shwe Ba Hill has very colorful entrances cut into the sandstone face. Amazing are the log stairways constructed of high walls leading down to the complex. After lunch, drive to Pakkoku. Visit Pakkhangyi Kyaung Monastery and Pakokku market. Then take a boat trip to Bagan crossing the wide Ayeyarwaddy River . In the evening arrive at Bagan.
Overnight in hotel, Bagan.

Day 9: Bagan (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, full-day sightseeing to Nyaung Oo Market, Shwezigon Pagoda - built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; Wetkyi-In Gubyaukkyi, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes; Htilominlo Temple - the largest temples of Bagan and Ananda Temple - King Kyansittha's masterpiece and the crowning achievement of the early style temple of architecture. We visit Dhamanyangyi Temple that was built by King Narathu in 1167but not finished. It builders achieved the finest brickwork in Bagan; Manuha Temple - built by King Manuha of Thaton, and Nanphaya.
Overnight in hotel, Bagan.

Day 10: Bagan - Mt Popa - Yangon (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart this morning to visit Mount Popa, the abode of nat (spirits), situated 40 miles southeast of Bagan. Sightseeing of Mount Popa and environs. From the top of the low hill where the nat shrine sits, one can see a panoramic view of the surroundings. You can see the locals climb palmyra trees by the roadside to get the flower-bud juice for making toddy and jaggery. Drive back to Bagan and transfer to the airport for flight back to Yangon. Arrive in Yangon, meet and transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel, Yangon.

Day 11: Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, a long excursion by road, 190km drive east of Yangon to Kyaikhtiyo. On the way visit Htaukkyant World War II cemetery. On arrival in Bago - an ancient capital of the Mons as well as the Myanmar Second Dynasty - situated about 80km northeast of Yangon, visit Kyahkatwine Teaching Monastery where one can witness the hundreds of student monks having their lunch under the Buddha discipline. Proceed to Golden Rock, a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. Pilgrims walk the twisting l0km footpath through bamboo forests or go by local open trucks. It is an 11km uphill hike from base camp to Yathe Taung Base camp, which is located half-way to the top and is a drive of 45 minutes.
Overnight in hotel, Kyaikhtiyo.
(Remark: Our tourist cars and vans can only reach the base camp named Kimpun camp. From Kimpun camp to Yathetaung middle camp, all visitors have to take the local trucks for safety purpose. Our price for small groups from 1 to 15 people is calculated based on the normal joining cost with other passengers. If you need a private transport truck, we will arrange it and a high additional charge is applied.)

Day 12: Kyaikhtiyo - Bago - Yangon (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, drive back to Bago. Arrvie in Bago and visit Shwemawdaw Pagoda - the highest pagoda in Myanmar . Then visit Kanbawzathadi Palace of King Bayinnaung who was the founder of the Myanmar Second Dynasty; Shwethalyaung Pagoda - a 55-meter long reclining Buddha; Mon weaving village; Kyaikpon Paya (the Four gigantic Buddha images standing back to back on four sides). Drive back to Yangon and experience a local tea house patronised by locals who sit on low stools at a low table drinking tea and eating Burmese snacks. Overnight in hotel, Yangon .

Day 13: Yangon - Departure (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. A last look at Yangon city life with a visit to Strand Jetty to see people crossing and recrossing the Yangon River; the Mahapasana Cave where the Buddhist Synods are held; and Bogyoke market used to be called Scott market in colonial times, the largest market in Yangon for you to browse among the hundreds of stalls for souvenirs and local handicraft. Then transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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