Day 1: Yangon Arrival – Sightseeing
- Arrive in Yangon in the afternoon. (Itinerary can be adjusted base on your flight time.)
- Pick up by our guide at the airport.
- Head to 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. Lunch at a local restaurant. Before you transfer to Bogyoke Market, you can take some times to do shopping before going home. Bargain …bargain…bargain before buying anything. (This market is closed on Mondays & Gazetted Holidays. In the event when tour dates coincide with the market holidays, we will arrange a suitable activity.)
- And if you wish, can also visit Chinatown (in central Yangon) where you can find a colorful cacophony of restaurants, temples and markets.
- Continue to a local tea shop to experience a local’s life and tea culture! Select from an array of snacks and enjoy a cup of tea as you sit amid friendly locals.
- Drive to the great Shwedagon Pagoda for sunset appreciation in the evening.
- Shwedagon Pagoda – this 98-meter gilded stupa is Myanmar’s Holiest Buddhist Shrine that contains relics of the past four Buddhas. It used to be only 18 meters tall. From 1453 to 1472 it was raised to 40 meters. 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 the 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 after breakfast at your hotel and take the morning flight from Yangon to Bagan.
- Your guide will pick you up at the airport and visit to Nyaung U local market – some tourists find the morning market is more colorful and fun than the popular Scott market in Yangon. Majority of the market area is occupied by 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, hand woven clothes and many more. (You’ll experience local lifestyles and the buzz of a marketplace)
- Continue the sightseeing 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. If unavailable, check-in time will be 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 AlaungSithu 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 DhammayanGyi, 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.
- Dammayangyi temple – built by King Narathu (1167-70), who was also known as Kalagya Min, who murdered his own king father to take over the throne and he built this massive structure. King Narathu oversaw the construction but he never completed the construction because he was assassinated before the completion.
- In the evening, off to Myinkaba village to observe local lacquer ware workshops and learn how this traditional piece of art is made.
- Visit Minnathu village where villagers process the crops, feed the animals as well as weave fabrics. More into the daily lives of the local people. (If time permits)
- Drive back to your hotel in the evening. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 3: Bagan Sightseeing
- After breakfast, we will hit the main temples & pagoda highlights. Shwezigon pagoda, Gawdawpalin Temple, Htilominlo pagoda, Sulamuni temple, Bu Pagoda (Bu Paya), Shwegugyi Temple and Pyathatgyi temple.
- Sulamani Temple – built in 1183A.D by King Narapatisithu. The entrance of this massive cave pagoda was decorated superb architectural works of art. There are also wall ink writings of later Innwa and Konbaung periods. Legend had it that the King spotted the place exuding ruby-like brilliance and was inspired to build a pagoda there but it happened to be a gorge so he had it filled with earth despite his mentor monk’s entreaties. The monk was about to leave the kingdom when the king begged for forgiveness and sought advice to build the pagoda.
- Htilominlo Temple – was built in 1211 A.D by King Nadaungmya (Htilominlo), the youngest of the five sons of King Narapatisithu. The king put the royal umbrella at the centre of the five sons positioned in circle and took an oath for the umbrella to bend towards the one who should be King. The umbrella bent towards Zeya Thinkha. Thus he was known as Hitilominlo, meaning favoured by the Royal Umbrella as well as the king. When the prince became king; he built the pagoda at the venue of the Royal Umbrella. It was among the last-built of the great pagodas and temples of Bagan.
- Gawdawpalin Temple – Gawdawpalin Temple was built in 1175 by King Narapatisithu. Legend has it that the King has committed a terrible crime against his ancestors and as punishment went blind. Brahmen astrologers advised the King to make amends by making idols of his ancestors and placing them on thrones. The King worshiped these idols and begged for forgiveness. Miraculously he eventually regained his sight.
- Bu Pagoda (Bu Paya) – The name of this Bagan attraction already gives a perfect description of the place: Bu Paya means ‘a gourd-shaped pagoda.’ According to legend, Pyusawhti rid the area of ‘bu,’ which was a gourd-like climbing plant that infested the riverbanks. As a reward, he became the heir to the throne of Bagan and its third king.
- 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 “NandawOoPaya” meaning the “Pagoda in front of the palace”. Built by King Alaungsithu in 1311 A.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. Pyathatgyi temple – the last great construction of Bagan Dynasty. This double-cave type monument has Indian influence. The place to end your day touring the temples and take in the incredible sunset. Drive back to Bagan. Dinner and overnight in Bagan hotel.
- Pyathatgyi temple – the last great construction of Bagan Dynasty. This double-cave type monument has Indian influence.
- Drive back to the hotel and overnight.
Day 4: Bagan – Mandalay – Ava – Sagaing Hill – Amarapura
- Check out from hotel and take morning flight from Bagan to Mandalay. Your guide will pick you up at the airport.
- Then, you will start exploring this city of ancient kings. Drive to Ava, visit the old wooden Bargayar Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. There are many small villages located amid Ava’s ruins and as you travel, 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 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 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 Mandalay in the evening and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 5: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay
- After breakfast at hotel, 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 villages.
- 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. The construction was started in 1791 and 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 known 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.
- After that, continue to visit Mahamuni Pagoda (The holiest pagoda in Mandalay. The early morning ritual of washing the face of Buddha image draws a large crowd every day. Observe the art of stone sculpting nearby the pagoda.
- Transfer back to your hotel and overnight in Mandalay.
Day 6: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake
- Fly from Mandalay to Heho by morning flight. Upon arrival, your station guide will meet you and drive you to Nyaung Shwe. From Nyaung Shwe jetty, take a boat trip for Inle Lake
- First, visit PhaungDawOo 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.
- Floating gardens (observe how Inle locals grow vegetables & fruit in large gardens that float on the surface of the lake)
- Visit lotus & silk weaving villages & traditional handicraft workshops at Inpawkhon village as well as Shan cheroot making workshop at Nam Pan village.
- Next, head to Ywama village, largest village on the lake – home to the skilled silversmiths & ceremonial silverware
- Back to hotel. Overnight in Inle.
Day 7: Indein Sightseeing
- After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will take you to visit Indeinthrough a boat trip.
- Visit Intha Tribe / Pa-Oh villageand observe their daily life.
- Indein– a Pa-Oh 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 and visit Pa-Oh villages to get to know and interact with the simple & friendly Pa-Oh tribes.
- Through a small trek, you will reach ShweIndein pagoda, ancient and crumbling, ornate stucco carvings of mythical animals.
- Take a boat ride back to your hotel in Inle Lake and rest up for the night.
Day 8: Inle Lake – Yangon – International Departure
- Check out from the hotel and head to airport to fly back to Yangon via morning flight.
- Upon arrival at Yangon domestic airport, claim your luggage and transfer to Yangon international terminal to take your international departure flight.
- End of the tour and we hope to see you again.
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