Destinations: Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Amrapura – Heho – Loikaw – Kalaw – Inle Lake – Indein

Day 01: Yangon Arrival (L)

Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel for check in. Your tour will start to visit 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, visit the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda which houses a 72-meter reclining Buddha statue and from here, continue to the famed 2500-year-old Shwedagone Pagoda before your Yangon experience ends. Watch the sun cast its rays over the temple at sunset. Overnight in Yangon.

Day 02: Yangon – Bagan (B, L)

Transfer to airport for flight to Bagan. On arrival, visit to the colorful Nyaung Oo Market where every day the locals come to buy and sell fresh produce 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. Continue to explore Ananda, an architectural master piece reflecting the early-style of Bagan temple construction and containing four 9.5m standing images. From Ananda, embark on a horse cart ride amongst the ancient stupa ruins giving you a chance to take in more of Bagan’s surroundings. Ride through heading to see the Thatbyinnyu pagoda, named for “omniscience”, Bagan’s highest temple, the massive walled, 12th-century Dhammayangyi Pagoda and finish the day’s sightseeing tour by a sunset shoot from Bagan’s most famous ‘Shwesandaw Pagoda’ and follow the steps up to one of the high terraces for a great view out over the plains. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 03: Bagan – Mandalay – Amarpura (B, L)

After breakfast, transfer to the Airport for a flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, head straight to see Mahamuni Pagoda, a 4-meter-high statue covered with a thick layer of gold leaf applied by generations of pilgrims seeking merit. Then, tour a workshop making gold leaf, where the craftsmen use ancient techniques handed down over generations. Immediately you will see various craft area in which gold leaf manufacturer, bronze casting, carpenter, weavers and stonemasons live and work. A stroll along the shops and workshops, get an insight into the craftsmanship of the Burmese. The confection of gold leaf is especially interesting, because technology has not changed for centuries. After lunch, visit the elegant Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings and Kuthodaw Pagoda, where Buddhist scripture are carved on 729 marble tablets, billed as the “biggest book” in the world. Excursion to Amarapura and visit the 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 then 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, Amarapura. You will see hundreds of villagers making their way back and forth across it and this visit gets you a sense of place and gives a good indication of the pace at which people live their lives here. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 04: Mandalay – Heho Loikaw (B, L)

After Breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for a flight to Heho in the Southern Shan State, your gateway to the captivating Inle lake. Upon arrival drive to Loikaw takes approx. 6 hrs drive. On the way to Loikaw, enjoy the breathing taking view of Shan Plateau, tea leaf plantations and stop at Aung Ban and Pin Lung. Arrive Loikaw in late afternoon. Overnight in Loikaw.

Day 05: Loikaw & Surrounding (B, L)

Visit in local market at Loikaw. Then expore more of Loikaw, first visit the San Mone Padaung tribal village and Htay Thama Dawsawbi village to see Kayah village to see most unual Kayah tribes ladies wearing brass rings around their extra ordinary long neck. In addition, you will visit Kayah traditional weaving industry and wonderful ritual flagstaffs of Nat (spirit) worshpiers. Then head to Taungkwe Zeti to enjoy panoramic and sunset view over Loikaw. Overnight in Loikaw.

Day 06: Loikaw – Hpe Kom – Pin Laung Kalaw (B, L)

After breakfast, set off Kalaw by car via Pinlaung – Aung Ban motor route. The drive is highlighted by the areas stunning natural beauty and panoramic scenery of the Shan mountain ranges.

En route sightseeing includes tea leaf plantations and scenic beauty of mountain region. Visit unique Myin Mahti natural cave in which houses ancient Buddha images. Finally you will reach Kalaw, former hill station. Overnight in Kalaw.

Day 07: Kalaw – Tar Yaw Village (B, L)

After breakfast, 2 hours walk through Shan mountains with overhead views and tea plantations and mountain rice plantation. Continue to walk down to the Palaung tribal Tar Yaw village with stunning view of shan mountains and visit village monastery and see the life of monks and also visit local primary school. Then a-45 minute walk up to the lunch point with stunning view and have lunch there with local green tea and Indian food and fruits. After lunch, 1,5 hours walk down hill to Kalaw on a relax walk through protected forest of Kalaw. Overnight in Kalaw.

Day 08: Inle (B, L)

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. One of the most fascinating was the lotus silk tread production. 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. Overnight in Inle.

Day 09: Inle – Indein (B, L)

You will cruise down along a narrow canal leading to the Pa-Oh village 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 and visit the famous “Padaung”. The women of the tribe wear brass rings around their necks and stretch these as the length. Continue to Khaung Daing village on the lake’s western shores. This village is famous for traditional Shan tofu – fried tofu crackers and folded, triangular tofu treats. If your visit coincide with Shan tofu production, you will be able to watch as they sift the soy beans, boil them, mash them into balls then form tofu cakes to dry in the sun. Then return back to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Nyaungshwe or on the lake.

Day 10: Inle – Heho – Yangon (B, L)

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  3224 1975 1817 1655 1537 1526 1517 1497 355
Deluxe Category 3606 2180 2022 1895 1752 1730 1721 1705 535
Luxury Category  4144 2452 2293 2130 2019 2002 1990 1969 765

Accommodation

Destination Hotel/Resort Room Type
Superior Category
Yangon Central Hotel –  www.centralhotelyangon.com Superior
Bagan Bagan Thande Hotel – www.baganthandehotel.net Superior
Mandalay Ayarwaddy River – www.ayarwaddyriverview-hotel.com Deluxe City
Loikaw Loikaw hotel – www.N/A 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
Bagan Myanmar Treasure – www.myanmartreasureresorts.com Superior
Mandalay Sedona Hotel – www.sedonahotels.com.sg Superior
Loikaw Loikaw hotel – www.N/A 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
Bagan Aureum Palace Hotel www.aureumpalacehotel.com Deluxe
Mandalay Mandalay Hill Resort – www.mandalayhillresorthotel.com Superior
Loikaw Loikaw hotel – www.N/A 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: Yangon – Bagan, Bagan – Mandalay, Mandalay – Heho, Heho – Yangon; Transport by private with AC; English speaking guide (Other languages on request); Boat trips; Horse cart in Bagan; 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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