myanmar10This tour starts in Yangon and ends in Mandalay with a direct flight to Bangkok – for those who are extending their tour in Thailand and beyond, or departing for home from Bangkok. The "great four" are covered – Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and Mandalay with a couple of interesting side trips to Mt Popa the abode of Myanmar's ancient nat and Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) the salubrious summer retreat of the British colonials when they ruled Burma.

Route: Yangon, Bagan, Mt Popa, Heho, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Amarapura, Mingun and Pyin Oo Lwin

 

check16Inclusive:

• 9 nights in stated hotel with daily breakfast
• Al transfers & tours stated in the itinerary
• All entrance fees to sights
• 2 lunches & 2 dinners with show
• Boat to Mingun and on Inle Lake
• Services of English-speaking guide.

stop16Exclusive:

• Airfares and airport taxes
• Visa & fee
• Drinks at meals other than what is served at table
• Travel insurance
• Use of hotel minibar, laundry and phone-calls
• Tips to guide & driver

 

noteItinerary:

Day 1: Yangon Arrival (Dinner)

Arrive at Yangon International Airport, meet and transfer to hotel and check-in. Start orientation tour of Yangon visiting Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda - a colossal reclining Buddha, Shwedagon Pagoda - over 2500 years old the world famous stupa; Sule Pagoda, a beautiful octagonal golden stupa dating over 2,000 years and from which all distances in Myanmar are measured; visit Botataung Pagoda and then Strand Jetty to see the daily life of the people along the Yangon River. Visit Bogyoke Market (used to be called Scott Market), the largest market in Yangon with time to browse among the hundreds of stalls. In the late afternoon visit the world famous Shwedagon Paya whose massive dome is covered with layers of gold.
Welcome dinner with cultural show at Karaweik Palace "floating" restaurant, built in the style of Myanmar's olden days royal barge. After this dinner-show return to hotel.
Overnight at East Hotel, in downtown Yangon.

Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (Breakfast/Dinner)

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Yangon airport for the early morning flight to Bagan by K7 222, dep.0630/arr.0750, Burma's ancient city and living treasure house of Buddhist architectural styles. Full day sightseeing to Nyaung Oo Market, Shwezigon Pagoda - built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; Htilominlo Temple - the largest temples of Bagan and Ananda Temple - King Kyansittha's masterpiece and the crowning achievement of the early style temple architecture. Continue to Dhamanyangyi Temple built by King Narathu in 1167 and not finished but displaying the finest brickwork in Bagan; Manuha Temple - built by the captive King Manuha of Thaton; Nanphaya and Myinkabar Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi Temple - known for its exquisite wall paintings depicting scenes from the Jataka (stories of the Buddha's previous lives). Dinner with puppet show in a good restaurant in Bagan.
Overnight at Bagan Hotel (in old Bagan beside the Ayeyarwaddy River), Bagan.

Day 3: Bagan – Mt Popa (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning excursion to Mt Popa, abode of ancient Myanmar's 38 nats. Spirit worship goes on side by side with Buddhism among the Burmese people since ancient times. Climb the long staircase to the summit keeping an eye on the naughty monkeys from where you see a panoramic view of the Bagan plain below. On the way back, drop in at a village and see the locals scale the palmyra trees to obtain the juice for making jaggery and toddy. Return to Bagan and be at leisure.
Overnight at Bagan Hotel, in Old Bagan.

Day 4: Bagan – Heho for Inle Lake (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho by K7 222 dep.0805/arr.0945. On arrival in Heho, go by road to Pindaya - a small quiet town, famous for its thousands of Buddha statues deposited inside the caves centuries ago. Visit Pindaya caves, a traditional Shan paper-making house, pottery and umbrella making villages. Lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, proceed to Nyaung Shwe - a small town located at the entrance of Lake Inle.
Overnight at Amazing Nyaung Shwe Hotel, Inle.

Day 5: Inle Lake (Breakfast/ Lunch)

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, boat trip on Inle Lake, the second biggest lake in Myanmar, famous for its unique leg rowers. Tour highlight is a visit to the Floating Market (can be seen on the market days which is on a five-day rotation among five villages); 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; the famous wish-fulfilling Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda; Inpawkhone Village - famous for its silk weaving handlooms; blacksmith shop at Se' Kaung village; and traditional cigar making. Lunch in a local restaurant is included. Overnight at Amazing Naung Shwe Hotel, Inle.

Day 6: Heho – Mandalay (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Heho airport for the flight to Mandalay by K7 823 dep.1745/arr.1910. Upon arrival in Mandalay airport, meet and transfer to hotel for check-in.
Overnight at Great Wall Hotel, Mandalay.

Day 7: Mandalay – Amarapura & City Tour (Breakfast/ Lunch)

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Amarapura, an ancient capital built by the advice of astrologers and U Bein Bridge – a 1.2km long over 200-year-old all-teak bridge still in daily use; Mahagandaryone Monastery (a large monastic school), where one may observe the daily life of the monks in their classroom and their lunchtime. Lunch in a local restaurant; and proceed to see the weaving of Mandalay's unique tapestry handicraft and other handicraft like marble carving and gold-leaf beating into very thin wafers used for gilding Buddha images. Visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery - noted for its exquisite wood carvings, Atumashi Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda - known as the world's biggest book. Climb up Mandalay Hill for a great sunset experience.
Overnight at Great Wall Hotel, Mandalay.

Day 8: Mandalay – Mingun - Pyin Oo Lwin (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out of hotel and take a boat up the Ayeyarwaddy River to visit Mingun where the world's largest ringing bell exists. Sightseeing of the Pahtodawgyi unfinished Pagoda, Myatheindan Pagoda, and the home for the aged. Then proceed to the mountain resort of Pyin Oo Lwin called Maymyo during colonial times. See the beautiful gardens and herbal plants, fruits in season and coffee plantations. Enjoying visiting the many sights in the town in a horse-carriage. Overnight at Royal Reward Resort, Pyin Oo Lwin.

Day 9: Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) – Mandalay (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure in this charming town. In the afternoon descend to the plains and check into hotel. Overnight at Great Wall Hotel, Mandalay.

Day 10: Mandalay- Departure to Bangkok (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel.
10AM pick up to transfer to the airport for the MDL-BKK flight by FD2761, dep.1250 / arr.1555.

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