Day 1: Yangon Arrival & Sightseeing
- Yangon arrival in the afternoon. (Itinerary can be adjusted base on your flight time.)
- Meet and greet by your station guide at the airport and then transfer to hotel for check-in.
- After freshen up, visit Bogyoke Aung San market (Scott market) – this popular market in downtown area offers a good selection of gem stones, traditional fabric & costumes, handicrafts, arts & paintings, souvenirs, etc. Bargain …bargain…bargain before buying anything. (This market is closed on Mondays & Gazette Holidays. In the event when tour dates coincide with the market holidays, we will arrange a suitable activity.)
- Then, drive to hotel for check-in. After freshen up, head to Botataung pagoda – situated on the bank of Yangon River. The Pagoda overlooks the pleasant water front of the river. The 40 meter high golden pagoda enshrines a sacred hair relic of Buddha. You will also be able to observe the locals at the many small shops lining up around the pagoda selling Buddhist trinkets, books, souvenirs, flowers, candles, incense, etc. If you like, you can also feed the pigeons by the jetty just next to the pagoda.
- Chaukhtatkyi Reclining Buddha – this 72m long Buddha image is one of Myanmar’s more revered reclining Buddha.
- Next, take a short tour to feel the other side of town Yangon. “Colonial Charm”! The crowded city you see today was once ruled by the British Empire and many Victorian-style buildings have survived the ravages of time and retained their glory. Colonial architecture is visible in large numbers of religious buildings, administrative offices, cinemas and residential properties in Yangon, especially close to the downtown area.
- Lastly, drive to the great Shwedagon Pagoda for sunset appreciation in the evening. This 98-meter gilded stupa is Myanmar’s Holiest Buddhist Shrine that contains relics of the past four Buddhas. The stupa was rebuilt many times until it reached its current height of 98 meters in the 18th century. It is believed that if a person wants to avoid bad luck and misfortune, he must pour water at one’s planetary post and he will be ensure of peace of mind and all anxieties will end.
- Transfer back to hotel and overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon – Bagan
Bagan: As the capital of the first Myanmar Empire, Bagan is home to many archaeological sites. Filled with mass of 2,500 pagodas and stupas built between the 11th and 13th centuries, and surrounded by the Irrawaddy River, peanut and sesame fields, Bagan is one of the most best Buddhist archaeological sites in the world.
- Check out and head to Yangon domestic terminal to catch your morning flight to Nyaung U (Bagan).
- Upon arrival, visit to Nyaung U market – some tourists find the morning market is more fun than the popular Scott market in Yangon. Majority of the market area is occupied by vendors selling local’s fresh produces, souvenirs and antiques shops. You can find bronze statues of the ancient ladies of Bagan, old lacquer ware, paintings copied from the original frescoes in the Bagan temple and hand-woven clothes among others. (You’ll see local lifestyles and experience)
- Next, your sightseeing starts with some of the most historic temples & pagodas. (You may fresh up at hotel and rest up for a while at hotel lobby areas. Early room check-in is subject to availability. The standard check-in time is at 2pm.)
- Manuha pagoda – built by the captive Mon King Manuha in 1067 & one of the oldest temples in Bagan. Inside, there are 3 seated Buddha statues face the front of the building, & in the back there’s a huge reclining Buddha. All seem too huge for their enclosures, & their cramped, uncomfortable positions are said to represent the stress & lack of comfort the ‘captive king’ had to endure.
- Thatbaynyu temple – built by King Alaung Sithu in A. D. 1144 & is the tallest structure in Bagan. There is a rhyme traditionally sung by the people of Bagan, which runs: “Massiveness that is Dhammayan Gyi, Loftiness that is Thatbyinnyu, Grace that is Ananda.”
- Ananda pagoda – one of the best-preserved & largest temples built by King Kyansittha in 1105 AD. It is the masterpiece of early style temple architecture.
- After freshen up, out again to visit Myinkaba village to observe local lacquerware workshops and learn how this traditional piece of art is made. After that, enjoy horse cart ride among the villages.
- Sunset appreciation over Sunset watching hill. Back to the hotel and rest up for the night.
- Drive back to your hotel in the evening. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 3: Bagan – Popa – Bagan
- After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Mount. Popa and will arrive around noon.
Mount Popa – 1518m above sea level and is the extinct volcano. Also known as the oasis of the central Myanmar dry zone and a perfect place for eco tourism. Home to many “Nats’ or Spirits makes Mount Popa in Myanmar the prime spot for spirit worship for those who believe in supernatural beings. Being covered in dense vegetation, it is also a paradise for bird watchers and botanists.
- On the way, stopover at typical local village and observe how locals climb up toddy trees to harvest the toddy juice.
- Drive back to Bagan in the afternoon. Visit one of the must-sees pagodas in Bagan – Shwezigon.
- Shwezigon Pagoda – Shwezigon is considered as Bagan’s most significant shrine, 160 feet high and 160 feet wide at the base. It is said that the structure was built to enshrine one of the four replicas of the Buddha’s tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This pagoda inspires faith even today, bringing joy to the hearts of monks and laymen alike as they behold its brilliant golden color. The construction was started by King Anawrahta, but the project was not completed until the rule of King Kyanzittha.
- Shwegugyi Temple – Shwegugyi means “the Golden Cave” in Myanmar language. It is located in front of the royal palace and therefore also known as the “Nandaw Oo Paya” meaning the “Pagoda in front of the palace”. Built by King Alaungsithu in 1311A.D, this cave temple showcases a transition in architectural style from the dark and cloistered to the airy and light. The temple is also famous for its fine stucco and carved wooden doors in the interior.
- Transfer back to hotel in the evening.
Day 4: Bagan – Mandalay (Cruise, approximately 12hrs on up river trip)
- Early morning check out from Bagan hotel and off to the Bagan jetty for the joyous voyage to Mandalay. Breakfast will be served on the cruise.
- You will experience the river life and take a glimpse of villages along the way for an unforgettable journey. At the same time, enjoy the breathtaking view of Ayeyarwaddy River. Lunch is available on the cruise on a chargeable basis.
- Arrive Mandalay in the evening. The station guide will take you to the hotel for check in.
- Overnight in Mandalay
Day 5: Mandalay – Ava – Sagaing – Amarapura – Mandalay
- Your guide will pick you up at the hotel.
- Then, you will start exploring this city of ancient kings. Drive to Ava, visit the old wooden Bagayar Monastery, Me Nu Oak Kyaung and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. There are many small villages located amid Ava’s ruins and as you travel by horse cart, you’ll get a glimpse of local life in the Myanmar countryside.
- Return toward the city and continue to Sagaing Hill. Discover the numerous Buddhist monasteries; Uminthonze Pagoda -45 Buddha images sit in a crescent-shaped colonnade within the pagoda and Sunooponnyashin Pagoda. Behold the panoramic view of Mandalay city.
- Head to Amarapura to visit U Bein Bridge (200 year old world’s longest teak bridge. Stroll along and learn about the local way of living. Fishermen in the still waters, monks streaming crimson from one end to the other, locals biking from shore to shore on their way home from work, etc). Appreciate the most beautiful sunset. Then, visit silk-weaving workshops to observe how this piece of traditional fabric is made.
- Back in Mandalay in the evening. Transfer back to your hotel and overnight in Mandalay.
Day 6: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay
- Your guide will pick you up at the hotel. Then, proceed to Gawwein jetty for a short boat ride up river to reach Mingun which is located at the other side of the Ayeyarwaddy River.
- Along the way, we will be able to observe the beautiful scenery and local way of living.
- Sightseeing will be covered going to Pathodawgyi – one of the famous monuments in the world. This world’s largest unfinished pagoda in central Myanmar was built by King Bodawpaya around the place. The building of Mingun Pahtodawgyi started in 1791 which was intentionally left unfinished by the King. If the construction had been completed, it would have been the largest in the world at 150 meters.
- Mya Theindan Pagoda – built by King Bagyidaw in 1816 . It is also know as Hsinbyume Pagoda. It is built as a representation of the Sulamani Pagoda and in accordance to the Buddhist cosmology, the Pagoda stands atop Mount Meru. The seven terraces around the pagoda represent the seven mountain ranges around Mount Meru.
- Next, visit Mingun Bell (Said to be one of the world’s largest ringing bells dated A.D 2000.). After that, we will head back to Mandalay.
- Kuthodaw – the world’s largest book built by the stones, each ‘leaf’ is actually a marble slab, inscribed on both sides & was built during the reign of King Mindon.
- Atumashi Monastery – a huge grandiose structure surrounded by five graduated rectangular terraces. It was considered one of Southeast Asia’s most magnificent building.
- Golden Palace Monastery or Shwe Kyaung – a historic Buddhist monastery located near Mandalay Hill. Wonderful teak wood and details in their original form. The king Mindon old palace and when he died his son, the last king Thi Baw move to out of palace and donation to the chief Monk.
- After that, transfer back to your hotel and overnight in Mandalay.
Day 7: Mandalay – Heho – Loikaw
Loikaw – capital of Kayah state and still remains untouched that you can observe Kayah traditional way of life, and enjoy the beauty of natural landscape and mountains at their best.
- Check out after breakfast at the hotel. Then, transfer to Mandalay domestic airport to catch your early morning flight to Heho. Your station guide will meet you at the airport then starts your road trip to Loikaw (5 hrs). On the way, enjoy the breathtaking view of Shan Plateau, tea leaf plantations.
- Upon arrival in Loikaw, drive to hotel for check-in. After freshen up, visit Belu Chaung. This scenic beauty is the icon of Kayah State or in another word, the homeland of the brass-coin-wearing women.
- After that, transfer back to hotel and overnight in Loikaw.
Day 8: Loikaw (Full Day Sightseeing)
- After breakfast at hotel, we will visit the local market where locals sell their goods. You will get to meet Kayan Padaung Tribe – on the verge of extinction and the most unusual Kayah tribe ladies wearing brass rings around their long necks. Kayah ladies are known for their skill of weaving. So we will do drop by to visit Kayah traditional weaving workshops.
- Next, head to visit Catholic Church. Due to arrival of Italian Catholic missions in the 19th Century, the area has a strong Christian influence and more than 300 villages are Roman Catholic to this day.
- After that, we will move to Kyet Cave – locals believe that this 1700 foot-deep cave used to host evil spirits and ghosts that are able to bestow miracles as well as evil spells. Lastly, enjoy beautiful sunset from Taungkwe Zeti hill that sits on a twin-peaked mountain that enables visitors to take in the most beautiful panoramic view of the city.
- Transfer back to your hotel and overnight in Loikaw.
Day 9: Loikaw – Phekon – Sakar – Inle
- Check out after breakfast at the hotel, then drive to Phekon (1.5 hrs) where you will take a boat trip to Inle (5 hrs) to appreciate the green scenery along the water way.
- We will drop by Sakar – a village on the south bank of Lake Inle. Discover the impressive ruins of Sakar pagodas located on the other side of the village, which were built using different artistic styles.
- Visit Tar Kaung pagoda – a series of more than 200 stupas.
- Continue to visit nearby village, Thaya Gone – home to Pa-Oh, Intha and Taungyoe tribes to peep into their daily life and also to have a sip of local rice wine.
- Lastly, stop by at Sae Khaung pottery village to observe the unique process of producing handmade pots.
- Then, continue our boat trip to Inle. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Inle (or) Nyaung Shwe jetty.
- At your own leisure for the rest of the evening and overnight in Inle.
Day 10: Inle – Pindaya – Inle
- After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will pick you up at hotel.
- Then, drive straight to Pindaya Cave (1.5 hr) – a huge extensive limestone cave 8000 of Buddha images in all sizes and shapes can be found. This nature limestone cave is beautifully decorated with stalagmites and is one of the most interesting destinations in Inle region.
- Umbrella & Shan paper making art – Pindaya is the place where local style umbrellas and Shan-paper are made. Workshop visit is available in appreciation of Shan traditional works of handmade art.
- Ta Lote Lake – 3880 feet above sea level. While visit Pindaya Cave, you can also appreciate the beauty of that lake from above. Be taken in by the hundred years old huge Banyan trees nearby that enhance the beauty of the landscape surrounded by Shan Plateau.
- After that, we will visit Or Yaw Village – a quarter of Pindaya and the key business of the native people here is agriculture. Pottery is a well-known art in Or Yaw village and the locals produce water pot, flower vases and toys for children.
- Workshops visits to observe bamboo hat making as well as pottery art. Drive back from Pindaya to Inle in the evening and transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Inle.
Day 11: Inle & Indein sightseeing
- After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will take you on a boat trip to visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda – one of the famous principal shrines and the important religious site in the Shan State. The pagoda houses five small golden Buddha images but they have been covered with so many gold leaves that it is impossible to see their original structure.
- Then, head to Indein (est 4hrs return boat ride) – a Pa-Oh tribe village located on the western banks of the lake and travel down a small canal covered in hundreds of ancient stupas & enjoy the mesmerizing view of the lake. Visit Pa-Oh villages to get to know and interact with the simple & friendly Pa-Oh tribes. You can leisurely go around for sightseeing around the ancient pagodas.
- Shwe Indein pagoda – ancient and crumbling, ornate with stucco carvings of mythical animals.
- After that, take a boat ride back and head to Ywama village, largest village on the lake – home to the skilled silversmiths & ceremonial silverwares. After lunch at a local restaurant on the lake, visit lotus & silk weaving villages & traditional handicraft workshops at Inpawkhon village as well as Shan cheroot making workshop at Nam Pan
- We will continue our sightseeing – floating gardens (observe how Inle locals grow vegetables & fruit in large gardens that float on the surface of the lake).
- Transfer back to your hotel and overnight in Inle.
Day 12: Yangon – Golden Rock
- Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Heho airport to catch your morning flight to Yangon.
- You station guide will pick up at the airport and drive to Golden Rock.
- Golden Rock– a truly extraordinary natural feature with its great weight balanced so precariously on the cliff edge. Legend has it that it is kept in place by a single hair of the Buddha. It is one of the most religious sites in Myanmar.
- Arrive at Kinpun base camp /Golden Rock. 11km uphill climb begins or 45 minutes drive up hill. Get up close with nature and friendly locals along the way.
- Again, another 20 minutes trek to reach the Golden Rock.
- Check-in at the hotel. Appreciate the amazing sunset and uncover the wonders of Golden Rock.
- Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Golden Rock-Bago – Yangon
- Feel and see the other side of the Golden Rock – Sunrise!
- After breakfast, check-out from the hotel.
- Drive back to Yangon and visit Bago on the way back.
- Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda– this pagoda is said to be over 1000 years old and was originally build by the Mon King and it is the tallest pagoda in Burma. It is 15 meters taller than the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. It is one of Burma’s most sacred sites, because it enshrines several relics of the Buddha.
- ShweThaLyaung Reclining Buddha– built in 994 by the Mon King Mingadeipka & is one of the largest reclining Buddha images in Burma. After the image had fallen into disrepair, it was renovated by King Dhammazedi in the 15th The reclining Buddha image is housed in an iron pavilion called tazaung with Italian marble on the floor. On the walls are murals depicting scenes from the Jataka tales, the stories that tell about the previous lives of the Buddha. It was rediscovered by chance in the colonial era when the British built a railway between Yangon and Bago in 1881.
- Kanbawzathadi Palace– built by King Bayinnaung (1551-1581 A.D.) the founder of the second Myanmar Empire. The original palace consisted of 76 apartments and halls according to the old drawing record. It was burned down in 1599. Several buildings of the palace have been rebuilt. The Great Audience Hall was the largest building in the palace where the King received his ministers and officials. The hall is also known as the Royal Lion Throne Hall, because it contained the Thihathana Throne or Lion Throne. Other buildings contained the chambers of members of the Royal family.
- KyaikPon four huge sitting Buddhas– built in 1476 by King Dhammazedi, a devout Buddhist and King of the Mon Kingdom of Hanthawaddy (Pegu), this pagoda is known for its four towering images of the Buddha visible from far away. According to local legend, four Mon sisters were involved in the building of the Kyaik Pun Paya. Among them they pledged never to get married as long as they lived. If one of them was to get married, one of the Buddha statues would collapse. According to the legend one of the women broke her promise and got married, resulting in the collapse of one of the images, the Kassapa Buddha.
- Htauk Kyaunt War Cemetery – 32 km from Yangon and was built in 1951 in commemoration of the Allied soldiers who died in the Myanmar Campaign during World War II. It is the largest of the three war cemeteries in Myanmar.
- Drive back to Yangon in the evening and overnight in Yangon.
Day 14: Yangon – International Departure
- Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
- After that drive to Yangon International airport for your international departure flight.
- End of tour and we hope to see you back.
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