Destinations: Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Mingun – Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing – Heho – Kalaw – Inle – Indein
Day 01: Yangon Arrival (L)
Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel for check in. Your exploration of Yangon will begin in the afternoon 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. Free time for shopping at Bogoyke Aung san market, best known for its colonial architecture, inner cobblestone streets and wide selection of souvenirs. In the afternoon, you will 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, an ancient capital situated in Myanmar’s central plains. 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. Check in at hotel in the noon. After lunch, get to learn more about the local culture with a 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 – Mingun (B, L)
Transfer to airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, you will head straight to the jetty and board a one-hour private local boat for a trip up the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun. On arrival, 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 boat then transfer to hotel for check in. After lunch, we will take you to Mahamuni Pagoda one of Myanmar’s most revered Buddha images, 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 & workshops and get an insight into the craftsmanship of the Burmese. Continue 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. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 04: Mandalay – Amrapura – Ava – Sagaing (B, L)
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. Continue to drive and arrive at the small jetty near Mandalay side of Ava bridge where you will need to take a short 10-minute flatbed ferry boat ride cross Myintge River (Myintge canal) to Ava. Then you will travel by a native horse cart to the ancient sites surrounded by village life and visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery (the Me Nu Ok Kyaung), the ruined remains of the 90ft-high masonry watchtower Nanmyint, the brick-and-stucco monastery Maha Aung Mye Bonzan, the Royal Palace, old fort walls and several faded white pagodas. Afterward, return to jetty to take the ferry back to car. Continue on to Sagaing then visit the Sagaing Hills, “Buddhists studies and a meditation center of Myanmar”, with numerous pagodas and over 600 monasteries and nunneries dotted along the Hills. Visit the impressive 29.3m-high Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin pagoda and U-Min Thounzeh (30 Caves), which has 45 Buddha images in a crescent-shaped colonnade. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 05: Mandalay – Heho – Kalaw (B, L)
Transfer to airport for a flight to Heho, your gateway to the captivating Inle lake, followed by a scenic 1,5 hours drive through the countryside to the former British hill station of Kalaw. 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. Visit tea plantations and orange farms and walk up to the village with beautiful views and have tea with local tribal people. Then continue a two hour walk to Myin Ka Village (Danu Tribes) and visit an old Buddhist monastery in the middle of the village and get on to car and drive back to hotel. Overnight in Kalaw.
Day 06: Kalaw – Inle (B, L)
Transfer to the dock then take a boat to 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. 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 07: Inle – Indein (B, L)
Transfer to visit a bustling morning market on the lake which rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5-day scheme. At this market, you will see local hill tribes selling their wares in their colorful ethnic costumes. After visiting the market, 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 where is famous for its traditional Shan tofu – fried tofu crackers and folded, triangular tofu treats. If your visit coincides 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. You will also have a chance to visit the village monastery for a tea break and snacks. Overnight at hotel in Nyaungshwe or on the lake.
Day 08: Inle – Heho – Yangon (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival, head to Yangon airport for your own 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|
|Yangon||Central Hotel – www.centralhotelyangon.com||Superior|
|Bagan||Bagan Thande Hotel – www.baganthandehotel.net||Superior|
|Mandalay||Ayarwaddy River – www.ayarwaddyriverview-hotel.com||Deluxe City|
|Kalaw||Pine Hill Resort – www.myanmarpinehill.com||Superior|
|Inle||Hupin Khaung Daing – www.hupinhotelmyanmar.com||Superior|
|Yangon||Rose Garden Hotel – www.theroseyangon.com||Superior|
|Bagan||Myanmar Treasure – www.myanmartreasureresorts.com||Superior|
|Mandalay||Sedona Hotel – www.sedonahotels.com.sg||Superior|
|Kalaw||Hill Top Resort||Superior|
|Inle||Myanmar Treasure – www.myanmartreasureresorts.com||2nd Mt. View|
|Yangon||Park Royal Hotel – www.parkroyalhotels.com||Deluxe|
|Bagan||Aureum Palace Hotel – www.aureumpalacehotel.com||Deluxe|
|Mandalay||Mandalay Hill Resort – www.mandalayhillresorthotel.com||Superior|
|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.