Destinations: Yangon – Mandalay – Mingun – Amarapura – Bagan – Kalaw – Inle – Indein

Day 01: Yangon Arrival

Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel for check in. In hen late afternoon, visit to the famed 2500-year-old Shwedagone Pagoda. This great golden dome rises 99 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. Watch the sun cast its rays over the temple at sunset. Overnight in Yangon.

Day 02: Yangon – Mandalay (B, L) (Overnight Bus 20:00-05:00)

Your exploration of Yangon will begin with a look at the the local life of this colonial style city centre with the glittering 2000-year-old Sule Pagoda and tranquil Mahabandoola Park with Independence Monument. You will have some free time shopping Bogoyke Aung san market, best known for its colonial architecture, inner cobblestone streets and wide selection of souvenirs. After lunch, you will visit the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda which houses a 72-meter reclining Buddha. By the end of the afternoon at around 6 PM, your driver will take you to Aung Mingalar Bus Station to take the comfortable air conditioned bus to Mandalay. You will leave at 8 PM sharp and stop again at 11 PM for a 30 mini dinner break.  There are plenty of restaurants and you may eat in Feel express which is a branch of Feel Myanmar, simple and efficient food with complimentary free wifi. The seats on bus can be folded backwards. You will arrive in Mandalay at 5.00 AM.

Day 03: Mandalay (B, L)

Early in the morning, around 05:00 AM you will arrive at the bus station in Mandalay, pick up and transfer to hotel for a short rest. Your then take tour to Mahamuni Pagoda, a 4-meter-high statue covered with a thick layer of gold leaf applied by generations of pilgrims seeking merit. Here you will see various craft area in which gold leaf manufacturer, bronze casting, Carpenter, weavers and stone masons live and work. Stroll along the shops and workshops and get an insight into the craftsmanship of the Burmese. Tour continues to the elegant wooden Shwe In Bin Kyaung dates from 1895, the Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings and the Kuthodaw Pagoda, where Buddhist scripture are carved on 729 marble tablets, billed as the “biggest book” in the world. End the day with enjoying the magnificent sunset view from the top of Mandalay Hill.

Day 04: Mandalay – Mingun – Amarapura (B, L)

Today, you will head straight to the jetty and board a one-hour private local boat for a trip up the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun. Visit to a huge, unfinished temple (i.e. Pahtodawgyi , the World’s largest pile of bricks), follow by visits to Mingun Bell, the world’s second largest un-cracked ringing bell of 90 tons of bronze standing 4m high and over 5m across at the lip and Hsinbuyme pagoda (Myantheindan) which is a breathtaking all white structure situated on the bank of Irrawaddy River. Return to Mandalay by a 40-minute boat ride for down river. Start heading 11km south from Mandalay towards your first stop “Amarapura”. Your journey into the kingdom’s regal history will take you to country’s largest monastery “Maha Ganyon Kyaung”, home to several thousand young monks, renowned as a centre for monastic study and strict religious discipline and explore a silk weaving workshop where colourful silks are woven. Finally, today itinerary concludes with a walk at sunset along the 1.2km long teak-pole U Bein pedestrian footbridge. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 05: Mandalay – Bagan (B) (Day Bus 08:00-14:00)

After breakfast, transfer to the bus station in Mandalay. You drive by express bus to Bagan with some short stops along the way. Mid-afternoon you will arrive at the bus station. Your car will be waiting for you and transfer to your hotel. The late afternoon, a sunset shoot from Bagan’s most famous ‘Shwesandaw Pagoda’ follow the steps up to one of the high terraces for a great view out over the plains. It is the perfect location to watch the sun set over Old Bagan and the Irrawaddy river to the west – a worthy ending to a sidestepping journey through time. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 06: Tour in Bagan (B, L)

Visit to the colorful Nyaung Oo Market where every day the locals come to buy and sell fresh product and other goods. Continue to Shwezigon Pagoda, its graceful bell shape became a prototype of later Myanmar stupa, Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi, a cave temple with exquisite Jatakas mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. After lunch, visit to workshop producing Bagan’s most famous products: lacquer ware and wood crafts. Watch as the skilled craftsmen use techniques passed down through generations to create beautiful items. Continue to explore Ananda, an architectural master piece reflecting the early-style of Bagan temple construction and containing four 9.5m standing images. Also visit Thatbyinnyu pagoda, named for “omniscience”, Bagan’s highest temple, the massive walled and 12th-century Dhammayangyi Pagoda. In addition, visit Manula Temple with gigantic Buddha images, named after the Mon King from Thanton and Nanpaya, an early-style temple with the Bagan’s finest stone carvings – sandstone block and Gubyaukgyi (Myingaba) under the protection of UNESCO because of its ancient mural paintings. Finally, enjoy sunset from North Guni pagoda or Pyatthatgyi pagoda. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 07: Bagan – Kalaw (B) (Day Bus 08:00-14:00)

Transfer to the bus station of Nyaung Oo. You drive by express bus (08:00-14:00) to Kalaw with several short stops along the way. You will reach the former British hill station of Kalaw around 02 PM. Then transfer to your hotel. If time permit, you will visit the Nee Paya which contains a 500-year-old, gold-lacquered bamboo Buddha and town market. You may take leisurely walks amongst the pine trees and rambling Tudor-bungalows. Overnight in Kalaw.

Day 08: Kalaw (Pein Ne Pin Village) – Inle (B, L)

After breakfast, head to a starting point for trek to a Palaung hill-tribe village called Pein Ne Pin village). Total hiking time is approx. 2 hours and is fairly easy with no steep hills. Pein Ne Bin lies at an altitude of 1300m. Visit tea plantations and orange farms and walk up to the village with beautiful views and have tea with local tribal people. After hike, your vehicle will pick you up at the starting point and drive to Inle. Overnight in Inle.

Day 09: Inle – Indein (B, L)

You will cruise down along a narrow canal leading to the Pa-Oh village of In Dein on the western bank of the lake and explore the area on foot, strolling around the village, passing by at a local school and Nyaung Ohak Monastery, and wonder through a stair path lined up with many hundreds of wooden columns, you finally will reach the impressive Shwe Indein Pa-O complex. After a nice stroll among the pagoda complex, walk back along the bamboo forest to the jetty to take the boat back to Inle Lake. After lunch, you will visit the most famous Paungdaw Oo Pagoda which houses five ancient Buddha images that have been transformed into amorphous blobs by the complete volume of gold leaf applied by devotees. From here, you venture into the Nampan floating villages that host a whole variety of local artisans from knife makers, weavers, cheroot rollers, parasol makers and market gardeners and also visit workshops of the boat carpenters. The tour takes in these local workshops and you get to see how these local products are made, in these small scale local operations. Tour continues to Inn Paw Khone weaving village and floating gardens of Hydroponics system. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake and where inside its large wooden meditation hall and are over 200 year old ancient Buddha statues. Returning back to the hotel the beauty of sunset over Inle Lake enchants all visitors. Overnight at hotel in Nyaungshwe or on the lake.

Day 10: Inle – Heho – Yangon (B)

After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival, head to Yangon airport for your departure flight.

Price per person (US$/Pax) & Validity until December 31, 2017

Number of Group 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Sing-Sup
Superior Category 2470 1471 1295 1207 1153 1145 1131 1118 340
Deluxe Category 2906 1700 1525 1437 1392 1374 1362 1347 545
Luxury Category 3477 2012 1836 1748 1694 1686 1672 1659 810

Accommodation

Destination Hotel/Resort Room Type
Superior Category
Yangon Central Hotel –  www.centralhotelyangon.com Superior
Mandalay Ayarwaddy River – www.ayarwaddyriverview-hotel.com C.Deluxe
Bagan Bagan Thande Hotel – www.baganthandehotel.net Superior
Kalaw Pine Hill Resort   – www.myanmarpinehill.com Superior
Inle Hupin Khaung Daing – www.hupinhotelmyanmar.com Superior
Deluxe Category
Yangon Rose Garden Hotel – www.theroseyangon.com Superior
Mandalay Sedona Hotel – www.sedonahotels.com.sg Superior
Bagan Myanmar Treasure – www.myanmartreasureresorts.com Superior
Kalaw Hill Top Resort Superior
Inle Myanmar Treasure – www.myanmartreasureresorts.com 2nd Mt. View
Luxury Category
Yangon Park Royal Hotel – www.parkroyalhotels.com Deluxe
Mandalay Mandalay Hill Resort – www.mandalayhillresorthotel.com Superior
Bagan Aureum Palace Hotel www.aureumpalacehotel.com Deluxe
Kalaw Amara Mountain Resort – www.amaragroup.net Deluxe
Inle Aureum Palace Resort – www.aureumpalacehotel.com 2nd Row Villa

Inclusions: Hotel accommodation as mentioned; Meals as mentioned in the itinerary: B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner; Domestic flights: Heho – Yangon; Express Bus: Yangon – Mandalay, Mandalay – Bagan, Bagan – Kalaw; Transport by private with AC; Boat trips; English speaking guide (Other languages on request); All entrance and sightseeing fees; Mineral water and wet towel; All taxes and service charges.

Exclusions: International flights to/from Myanmar; Visa fees; Early check-in & Late check-out at all hotels; Insurance; Personal expenses; Tipping/Gratuities; Other drinks; Surcharge on special days; Any other services not clearly mentioned above.

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