myanmar9A brief introduction to three or four major tourist destinations in Myanmar: those are Yangon - the capital of Myanmar, Bagan - the city of 4 millions pagodas from 8th to 13th century, Mandalay - the center of Myanmar arts & crafts and see the floating garden and a floating market in Inle Lake and fly back to Yangon.

Route: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay Heho and Inle Lake

 

check16Inclusive:

• 6 nights in stated hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
• All transfers and transportation with private air-con minivan.
• All entrance fees for sightseeing as stated in the itinerary.
• 4 lunches and 5 dinners (two with cultural shows).
• Boat fare for sightseeing around Inle Lake.
• Services of an English speaking guide.

stop16Exclusive:

• International flights to and from Yangon.
• All domestic flights and tax for Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Heho-Yangon.
• Myanmar visa fee.
• Drinks at meals other than what is served at table.
• Personal expenses and travel insurance.
• Yangon international airport departure tax of US$10.
• Tips to guides and drivers.

 

noteItinerary:

DAY 1: Yangon Arrival – City Tour (Dinner)

Arrive at Yangon airport by flight. Welcome by our local tour guide and transfer to hotel for check-in. Afternoon sightseeing of Yangon to include the Sule Paya, the 2000-year-old golden chedi octagonal in structure right in the heart of the city and from which all distances in Myanmar are measured. See the Botataung Pagoda at the riverfront, Chaukhtatgyi Paya - a colossal reclining Buddha image and well known for its fortune-tellers offering astrological and palm readings. Visit downtown Yangon (Indian and Chinese quarters) and the British colonial buildings. Learn more about Myanmar's historical past with some time spent in the National Museum where the original Lion Throne of the last Burmese king, Thibaw, is carefully kept. The highlight of this city tour is the Shwedagon Pagoda - world famous golden stupa rising 98 meters above its base and covered with 60 tons of pure gold. Welcome dinner with cultural show at Karaweik "floating restaurant" built in the style of a royal barge used by former Myanmar kings. Return to your hotel after this dinner-show and be at leisure.
Overnight at Summit Parkview (3-star) or Trader's Hotel (4-star), Yangon.

DAY 2: Yangon – Bagan (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)

Breakfast at the hotel. At 5am transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan by YH917 (Yangon Airways), dep.0630/arr.0750. Upon arrival, meet by your Bagan guide and transfer to tour the Bagan ruins – Shwezigon Paya built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; Ananda Pahto, King Kyansittha's masterpiece and the crowning achievement of the early style of temple architecture; Thatbyinnyu Temple - the highest building on the Bagan plain; Htilominlo Pahto, Kyanzittha Umin, Gubaukgyi, Mingalazedi, Sulamani Kyaung, and other interesting temples of ancient Bagan that we have time for. Lunch of local food at Silver House restaurant in New Bagan. In the afternoon, visit a lacquerware home cottage industry, a handicraft that Bagan is well known for; see the Manuha Temple built by the captive Mon king in the late 11th century; Myinkabar Gubyaukgyi Temple, known for its wall painting depicting scenes from the Jataka; and Dhamanyangyi Temple. Lastly, we visit the recently built Archaeological Museum to see a large collection of artifacts. Watch the sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River from Buphaya or Mingalachedi Pagoda. Dinner with puppet show in Nanda restaurant.
Overnight at Bagan Hotel (3-star) or Tharabar Gate Hotel (4-star), Old Bagan.

DAY 3: Bagan - Mandalay (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)

Breakfast at the hotel. (Pick up time is 6:30 am / check in time is 7 am.) Transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay, the last royal capital of Myanmar, by YH917, dep.0805/arr.0835. Upon arrival at Mandalay airport, meet by your guide and transfer to tour Amarapura and surroundings, to include the U Bein Bridge, "the world's longest teak bridge creaking under the footfalls of commuting monks and fishermen". See the lunchtime ritual of thousands of young monks at about 11am at the Maha Ganayon Kyaung, a renowned centre for monastic study and strict religious discipline. Lunch in a restaurant. Cross the British-built Ava Bridge to go to Mandalay city and on the way see marble carving, gold-leaf beating and other handicraft centre. See the grand Maha Muni Paya before entering the city to check into the hotel. Dinner at Green Elephant restaurant.
Overnight at Mandalay City Hotel (3-star) or Mandalay Hill Resort (4-star), Mandalay.

DAY 4: Mandalay City Tour (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning pick up at 8.30am for a tour of Mandalay city to include the Kuthodaw (famed as the longest book in the world) where King Mindon had the entire Buddhist scripture carved on 729 marble slabs housed in little white stupas; Atumashi Kyaung, a once beautiful and important temple built in 1857 by King Mindon and burnt down in 1890; Shwenandaw Kyaung, the former palace of King Mindon which King Thibaw moved out of the palace ground for his meditation retreats; Mandalay Palace & Fort; and Mandalay Hill.
Overnight at Mandalay City Hotel or Mandalay Hill Resort, Mandalay.

DAY 5: Mandalay – Inle Lake (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. (Pick up time is 7am / check-in time is 7:30am.)
Morning transfer at 7am to Mandalay airport for the flight to Heho by YH918, dep.0850/arr.0920 to tour Inle Lake. Meet at Heho airport and transfer by minivan to Nyaungshwe to board a boat to tour the lake, visiting Phaung Daw Oo Paya in Ywama, the most revered of Inle temples; Ywama floating market (could be at Kaung Daing, Maing Thauk, Nam Pan, Indein and Thandaung as the 5-day market rotation takes place); Nga Hpe Kyaung (the monastery of the "Jumping Cats") well known also for its collection of Buddha images in Shan, Tibetan, Bagan and Ava styles. Lunch at Golden Island Cottages 2 restaurant (in Thale U, not Golden Island Cottages 1 in Nam Pan). Visit a long-neck Karen household weaving cotton cloths to make into garments and watch the weaving looms of the Intha people at work. Fibre from the lotus stems are spun into threads and woven into garments. (Special robes for monks use this lotus threads.) In the Shan souvenir shops are locally made shoulder bags, embroidered cotton shirts and longyi (sarong), tapestries, pottery, swords & knives. See the Intha people's floating gardens and fishing activities as your boat passes them on the lake.
Overnight at Golden Island Cottages (3-star) or Inle Princess Resort (4-star), Inle Lake.

DAY 6: Inle Lake – Free Day (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Free day. (Optional tour to Kakku, an ancient site dating back to the 3rd century BC with about 2,000 stupas of Pa-O, Shan and Bamar styles most of which are 4 metres high all laid out in neat rows. It is only recently open to tourists.)
Overnight at Golden Island Cottages or Inle Princess Resort, Inle Lake.

DAY 7: Inle Lake - Yangon -Departure (Breakfast)

After breakfast, be transferred by boat and car to Heho airport for the flight to Yangon. On arrival in Yangon airport meet and transfer to city. If you are interested in good quality Burmese jade and rubies we can go to the Gem Market, and for handicraft to the Bogyoke (Scott) Market. Or shop for souvenirs at Bogyoke (Scott) Market until time to transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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