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Highlights

Yangon
Golden Rock
Shwedagon Pagoda
Kyaikhtiyo
Shwmadaw Pagoda
Kyaik Pun Pagoda
ShwethaHlyaung (Reclining Buddha Image)
Kanbawzathadi Palace
Inle Lake
The Pindaya cave
Floating Gardens
Ananda temple
Kakku Pagodas
Leg Rowers
Mount Popa
Ebike riding
Nanphaya Temple
Gubyaukgyi Temple
Sulamani Temple
Htilominlo Temple
Dhammayangyi Temple
Burmese town
Chindwin River
Thanboddhay Pagoda
U Bein’s Bridge
Kyauktawgyi Pagoda

Includes

Share twin accommodation with daily breakfast in a selected hotel
Two Night in Yangon
One Night in Kyaikhtiyo
One Night in Pindaya
Two Night in Inle
Two Night in Bagan
One Night in Monywa
Two Night in Mandalay
Internal Flights (Yangon – Heho – Bagan)
Boat cruise in Mingun
Sightseeing with A/C car
English Speaking Station Guide
Entrance Fees Per itineraries
Water & wet tower during sightseeing

Excludes

International Airfares, Visa, Insurance, Meals ( Lunch & Dinner), Tips for Guide & Driver, Personal & other services not mentioned in the inclusions above

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN YANGON

Located in the fertile delta of Southern Myanmar, Yangon has an abundance of lush parks, peaceful lakes and historic architecture. Even though it is no longer the nation’s official capital, Yangon remains Myanmar’s largest and most commercially important city. Its downtown skyline is dominated by the world renowned Shwedagon Paya, a dazzling Buddhist temple that attracts pilgrims from all over the world.

Upon arrival in Yangon, meet your tour representative and transfer to your selected hotel. You are at leisure to relax or explore on your own till late afternoon. Pick up and depart by private car for your sunset visit to the world renowned Shwedagon Pagoda. The vibrant heart of Buddhist Myanmar, the huge golden stupa of Shwedagon Paya is located a few kilometres northwest of the downtown area and is visible throughout much of the city. Legends claim that a shrine was first built here during the lifetime of the Buddha to house eight of his hairs which were brought back by two merchants, but the current structure was rebuilt most recently in 1775 following an earthquake.

The huge, solid main stupa may dominate the 14-acre platform at the top, but there’s a whole host of smaller shrines, stupas and Buddha images surrounding it. For many locals, a visit to the pagoda is a social event as well as a religious one, a chance to catch up with friends and family or network with business contacts. The pagoda is particularly atmospheric in the evenings, which is also when novice monks visit in the hope of practicing their English with foreigners. As at all Buddhist holy places, you should walk clockwise around Shwedagon. The first thing many Buddhists do is visit the appropriate shrine for the day of their birth, offering flowers, lighting a candle and pouring water on the image. Next they will visit each of the four large Buddhas, one facing each entry point. Look out also for a Buddha on the south side which was carved from a single piece of jade, and the damaged Singu Min Bell on the west side – the British looted it in 1825 only to have their ship sink when they got it to the river. Return to your hotel at the end of the tour. Overnight in Yangon.

Meals: None Accommodation: Standard share twin at your selected hotel

DAY 2: YANGON – KYAIKHTIYO (GOLDEN ROCK)

Check out after breakfast and drive to Kyaikhtiyo situated some 180 kilometres away passing the World War II War Cemetery, dedicated to the 2700 Commonwealth forces who died in Myanmar. One of the holiest Buddhist sites in the country, Kyaiktiyo Paya draws large numbers of non-believers among its throngs of pilgrims, primarily thanks to its spectacular location. The small pagoda was built atop the Golden Rock, a boulder 15m in circumference, coated in gold leaf, which is itself perched on a larger rock; it’s a pretty precarious-looking setup. The name Kyaiktiyo means “pagoda on a hermit’s head”, as it’s supposedly kept in place by one of the Buddha’s hairs, brought here by a hermit in the eleventh century who insisted it be enshrined in a stupa on a rock resembling his own head.

While the rock itself is impressive, getting up to it is a large part of the experience. The starting point is the town of Kinpun and the full 11km hike takes at least four hours. Most people shorten the walk by cramming into the back of an open truck; these leave Kinpun when full and take 45min to reach the Yathetaung terminal. The trucks cannot progress any further, and it takes around an hour to walk up to the top, a winding route that takes you past innumerable teahouses and souvenir stalls. It’s even possible to be carried up by sedan chair (from K4000 each way). Enjoy panoramic views from the summit at sunset. Transfer to your selected hotel in Kyaikhtiyo. Check in on arrival for your overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Standard share twin at your selected hotel

DAY 3: KYAIKHTIYO – BAGO – YANGON

Breakfast at your hotel after a sunrise visit to the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda. Drive back to Yangon, visiting Bago enroute.

If it wasn’t for its abundance of religious sites and the remains of its former palace, it would be hard to tell that this scrappy town some 90 kilometres northeast of Yangon on the old highway to Mandalay was once capital of Southern Myanmar. Fortunately, the completion of the new Hanthawady International Airport, due for completion in 2018, is set to revive Bago’s fortunes. A plethora of pagodas, outsized Buddha statues and monasteries attest to the historical importance of Bago, which was at the height of its influence following the decline of Bagan’s empire in the thirteenth century. The great density of blissed-out Buddhas and treasure-filled temples makes Bago an appealing and simple day trip from Yangon or the ideal first stop when you leave the city behind. Many of Bago’s monuments are actually centuries old, but don’t look it due to extensive restoration works.

This is an excellent place to explore by bicycle, as most attractions are near each other. Spend your day touring the religious gems of Bago, including Myanmar’s tallest pagoda, Shwemawdaw Paya and Shwethalyaung Pagoda, home to the world’s second largest Buddha and the Kanbawzathadi Palace. Along the way, you’ll discover an untouched country side filled with mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and gracious villagers. Drive back to Yangon in the late afternoon and check in on arrival at your selected hotel for your overnight stay. Evening at leisure, overnight at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Standard share twin at your selected hotel

DAY 4: FLY YANGON – HEHO – PINDAYA

Transfer to Yangon airport after breakfast and catch the morning flight to Heho. Upon arrival, meet your tour representative and transfer to Pindaya by private car. The small town of Pindaya is located in the heart of one of the most important agricultural regions in the country. The drive itself is a good reason to make the trip, as the patchwork of red soil, green crops and many hued flowers is simply stunning.

Set high on a limestone ridge above Pone Taloke Lake is the Shwe Oo Min Natural Cave Pagoda. This winding complex of natural caves and tunnels is filled with Buddha images in an astonishing variety of shapes, sizes and materials. At the latest count, the caves contained more than 9,000 statues, some left centuries ago by local pilgrims and others newly installed by Buddhist organizations from as far afield as Singapore, the Netherlands and the USA. Between the images are also a number of small pagodas as well as stalagmites and stalactites. The collection of alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement images is still growing – pilgrims arrive in a slow but steady stream, installing new images and meditating in tiny, naturally occurring meditation chambers in the cave walls. Observe the numerous Buddha statues and sample Shan state’s traditional pickled green tea salad and dried bean paste. Transfer to your selected hotel and check in on arrival. Evening at leisure, overnight at your hotel in Pindaya.

Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Standard share twin at your selected hotel

DAY 5: PINDAYA – INLE LAKE

After breakfast, check out from your hotel and enjoy to a scenic drive to Myanmar’s second largest lake. Inle is an iconic destination with a surface area of seventy square kilometres. Nestled amidst hazy blue mountains and located at an altitude of 900 metres, this beautiful lake is also one of the highest in the country, with a cool climate and exceptional flora and fauna.
Despite hosting large numbers of tourists, the lake’s rural charms remain authentic and alluring. Intha fisherman row flat-ended canoes with one leg while using both hands to fish; floating gardens burst with tomatoes, beans and other fresh produce; and oxcarts packed with the day’s harvest create the only traffic jam you will find. Wooden homes perch above the water on rickety stilts in villages that sustain generations-old cottage industries.

Enjoy a boat trip on the lake and observe the beautiful surroundings visiting Phaung DawOo Pagoda (Holy 5 Buddha Images), Floating Gardens & Plantation, Cheroot Making, Silversmith, Cotton & Silk Hand Weaving and Nga Phe Chaung Monastery (Jumping Cats). Evening at leisure, overnight at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Standard share twin at your selected hotel

DAY 6: INLE – KAKKU – INLE

After breakfast, take a two hour drive to the Kakku Pagodas via Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State. This magnificent collection of 2478 stupas is set on a plateau overlooking beautiful countrysides. Arranged in neat rows sprawling over the hillside these stupas are one of the most remarkable sights in Shan State. According to local legend, the stupa garden was founded by the Buddhist missionaries of the Indian emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. As such, the stupas at Kakku span a bewildering variety of styles, marking the prevailing architectural trends when they were constructed. Some are simple and unadorned while others are covered in a riot of stucco deities and mythical beasts. Among the tall Shan-style stupas are a number of small square ‘monastery style’ stupas that are unique to this region.

Like most ancient sites across the country, Kakku been extensively restored and modernized using donations from pilgrims. The annual Kakku Paya Pwe, held on the full-moon day of the lunar month of Tabaung (March), attracts Pa-O pilgrims from across Shan State. Kakku is surrounded by Pa-O villages and the site can be visited only with a Pa-O guide. Thus far there isn’t any accommodation at Kakku, but you can get a meal at the Hlaing Konn Restaurant overlooking the site. Drive back to Inle. Evening at leisure overnight at your hotel

Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Standard share twin at your selected hotel

DAY 7: INLE – HEHO – BAGAN

After breakfast, check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport in Heho. Catch the morning flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, meet your tour representative and depart on your guided tour of Bagan.

No holiday to Myanmar would be complete without a visit to the temple-studded plains of Bagan. With over 4000 temples, the sheer number of ancient structures is at once baffling and awe-inspiring. Travel by car with a local guide through Bagan, and discover some of the most renowned temples in the area. Climb to a hilltop pagoda for an impressive panoramic view before making your way to some of the other amazing temples that have existed in Bagan for hundreds of years. Temples such as – Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi Temple, Ananda Temple and Oakkyaung are sure to impress, and may even become your favorites. Your guide will explain the history surrounding the temples visited and the significance of their existence. Afternoon visit to a lacquerware workshop then on to the Myinkaba Cultural Village in the early evening where you can see the traditional looming and handcrafting. Drive to your selected hotel at the end of the tour and check in on arrival. Overnight in Bagan.

Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Standard share twin at your selected hotel

DAY 8: BAGAN – MOUNT POPA – BAGAN

Depart for Mount Popa after breakfast. Rising 1,518 metres from the plains of Central Burma, Mount Popa is considered the sacred home of the spirits and is about a two hour drive from Bagan. Visit a palm village along the way to gain an insight into how palm sugar is produced. Continue to Mount Popa and visit Taung Kalat, the temple which sits atop like a plug in the volcano and holds significance in Myanmar’s history and religion. The monastery is home to the 37 nats (spirits) of Myanmar, which are displayed at the base of the temple. The views from atop are incredible and may reach as far as Bagan on a clear day. Continue to the colourful old religious centre of Salay – home to a large number of monasteries and colonial buildings. Visit Yoke-Sone-Kyaung, which was built in 1882 and is nowadays a cultural heritage site. Situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River, the monastery is famous for its spectacular wood carvings.

Return to Bagan in the late afternoon. Evening sightseeing with E-bike riding includes Gubyaukgyi Temple (Myinkaba), Nanphaya Temple. The massive Dhammayangyi Temple the largest structure in Bagan, Sulamani Temple, Htilominlo Temple. Finally, we stop at Shwe Sandaw 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 Ayeyarwaddy River to the west – a worthy ending to an intriguing journey through time.

Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Standard share twin at your selected hotel

DAY 9: BAGAN – POKKOKU – MONYWA

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the jetty and continue by boat and cross the river to reach Pakkoku a quiet and traditional country town on the banks of the Irrawaddy, located 25 kilometres north of Bagan and now connected by a new road and rail bridge across the river. Best known for tobacco trading, colourful woven blankets, papier-mâché toys and the traditional sandals. The Thiho Shin Pagoda Festival takes place in Pakokku at the end of May or the beginning of June and features a large country fair and traditional plays.

If Monywa is on tourist itineraries at all, then it’s generally because it makes a useful stopping-off point on the route between Bagan and Mandalay. The town itself has few specific sights other than its market and a few sizeable pagodas, but there are enough attractions close by to keep you busy for a day or two; it is also a hub for trips on the Chindwin River. Only a handful of foreigners travel each year on the Chindwin River north of Monywa, but it offers the chance to see some beautiful scenery and meet people who have had little or no contact with tourists. Several of the villages along the river are, in theory at least, open to foreigners.

Continue to Hpo Win Daung, a system of impressive sandstone caves containing Buddha statues, wood carvings and fine mural paintings, some dating back to 15th century. Dozens of large and small caves with about 450,000 images are hidden in the area of the Hpo Win Hills. Proceed to Boditahtaung and take a walk through the nearby banyan or Bo tree together with the thousand Buddha images sitting at the foot of each tree and enjoy the view from Aung Setkaya Pagoda on the Po Khaung hills. Overnight at your selected hotel in Monywa.

Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Standard share twin at your selected hotel

DAY 10: MONYWA – SAGAING – AMARAPURA – MANDALAY

Sagaing and Amarapura are former capitals of the Old Kingdom of Myanmar. After breakfast drive to picturesque Sagaing Hill that houses an incredible number of pagodas and monasteries, all painted white; regarded as a religious centre in Myanmar and home to over 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centres. Visit Kaung Hmu Da, Umin Thonese and Thanboddhay Pagoda, where thousands of Buddha images cover every wall and archway.

Continue to Amarapura, the 18th century capital where the country’s largest monastery, Maha Ghandayon, is located before arriving at the magnificent teak bridge of U Bein, which is over 200 years old and the longest teak bridge in the world. Check in at your selected hotel on arrival in Mandalay. Overnight at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Standard share twin at your selected hotel

DAY 11: MANDALAY – MINGUN – MANDALAY

Mandalay, the former royal capital in northern Myanmar (Burma) on the Ayeyarwaddy River is home to some 1.3 million people and remains the economic, cultural and religious heart of upper Myanmar. In its centre is the restored Mandalay Palace from the Konbaung Dynasty, surrounded by a moat. Mandalay Hill provides views of the city from its summit, which is reached by covered stairway.

Morning visit to Mahaghandayon Monastery which is the biggest in Myanmar with over 1000 monks before sailing upstream to Mingun on a half-day cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River. After arriving in Mingun, visit the local temple where King Bodawpaya began construction of a stupa in 1790 that, if it had been completed, would have been one of the tallest in the world. Gaze in wonder at visible cracks in the structure left from the 1839 earthquake, and see the enormous Mingun Bell that weighs roughly 90 tons, ancient ruins of the world’s largest lion statues; Mya Thein Tan Pagoda.

Return to Mandalay and visit the Exalted Saint Buddha Image heavily gilded with gold leaf brought over from Arakan State in 1784. Afternoon visit Kuthodaw Pagoda that houses hundreds of Buddhist-scripture-inscribed marble slabs, Shwe Kyaung (Golden Monastery), Kyauktawgyi Pagoda (Huge Buddha image) and enjoy panoramic sunset views at Mandalay Hill. Overnight in Mandalay.

Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Standard share twin at your selected hotel

DAY 12: DEPART FROM MANDALAY

Transfer to Mandalay Airport after breakfast for your onward flight. Itinerary ends. End of services.

Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: None

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