Upon arrival at the airport, meet with your localguide and transfer to your hotel. Your city tour today is to visit Sule – the heart of Yangon to see the city’s daily life amidst the fine old colonial architecture. Then go to colossal Chaukhtatkyi Reclining Buddha Image.Enjoy scenic photo stop on beautiful Kandawgyi Lake and Recreational Park around it. Later in the afternoon, we stroll around the awe-inspiring golden Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most beautiful pagoda complexes in all of Asia. End the day at Yangon’s China Town to observe the lively night market full of fresh fruits, flowers and local delicacies
After breakfast, embark on a journey to Kyaikhtiyo, the Golden Rock. Along the way, meet villagers and see village activities. After 1½ -hour drive from Yangon, make a moving stop at the Taukkyant War Cemetery, which commemorates 27,000 Allied soldiers who died in WWII. Continue the journey to the base camp of Kyaikthiyo mountain range and enjoy a light uphill trekking to Kyaikthiyo – Golden Rock. (Another option is to go up on a sedan chair carriedby four people, at supplementary cost). Witness the wonders of Golden Rock, whichis supposedly held in place by a delicately placed hair of the Buddha
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Morning – optional early rise to enjoy the sunrise on the Pagoda platform. Then enjoy 30 minutes downhill light trek (Or option to godown on a sedan chair carriedby four people with supplement) and takea pick up truck to the base camp. On the way back to Yangon, stop at a primary school for interaction, the excavated site of the famous King Bayinnaung, the Cheroot cigar handicraft cottage, the local monastery inBago andthe pottery making cottages along the way back. Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to the hotel.
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Morning, transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho airport to go to Inle Lake. Upon arrival in Heho airport, meet and transfer to Pinday for a 2-hour drive. Pinday is known for its extensive limestone caves filled with Buddha images. Along the way,you can enjoy beautiful scenery of Shan Plateau, the vegetation and the Tribal people at work, the Pao and Danu villages of Pwehla and endless fields of dry cultivated mountain rice and potato. Wind your way to the Natural Pindaya Cave with nearly 8,000 Buddha images inside over centuries. Extend your trip to the local handicraftand see how they make umbrella shades from the Mulberry tree bark. Enjoy walking around as you stretch your legs inthe cozy little town of Pindaya.
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Transfer back to the unique and magical Inle Lake, located about 1000 meters above sea level. After check-in, fascinating on an orientation tour by private motorboat featuring the boatmen with their unique ‘one-legged’ rowing style and visits to floating houses built on stilts. Continue on PhaungDawOo Pagoda, Floating villages and hill tribe villages, a textile Gallery and have a high tea together with thedesigner and listen to her presentation on her artwork. Head on to visit the ancient monastery (the ‘jumping cats’ monastery) and end the day at the narrow creek to visit the idyllic site of Indein with its 17th century pagodas in an ‘Indiana Jones’ type setting. Remainder of the late afternoon is to stroll around the lake.
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Make your way through the two places at the south of theInle Lake called Sangha and Thakong includesthe colourfultraditional 5-day-market. Encounter different tribal people in their colourful costume gathering and selling their indigenous agricultural product. Walk through Shan village where we see earthenware pottery works, and Handicraftcentres of monk robes weaved out offabrics of thousands of lotus plants. Also make a stop at the local distillery and brewery to observe how beverage traditionally madefromrice. Shuttle back to your hotel and Remainder of the afternoon is free to wander about.
Overnight inInle (B)
Free at leisure until transfer to the airport, and flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, meet and embark on the city tour including Mahamuni Temple, the Embroidery Gallery to have an overview of Myanmar art. Enable to seegold-leaf pounding process in the Mandalay Cottage Handicraft quarter.The Marble curving workplace is worth seeing to witness how life-size Buddha images and statue are formed from big pieces of Marble stones. End the day at Mandalay hill for watching sunset and the scenic panoramic view to all cardinal points from the very centre of the country.
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Cruise on the Irrawaddy River to the ancient city Mingun. Set out on a trip to different Mingun villages, stopping at the Mingun Bell – the world biggesthanging uncrackedringing bell. Transfer back Mandalay in the afternoon, and continued the sightseeing to the highlight of Mandalay including Mandalay Palace and enjoy the stories ofroyal families those days.After that, go on foot up to Mandalay Hill and visit Golden Palace teakwood monastery towitness the typical wooden monastic architecture
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Wind your way to Amarapura, a former royal capital to visit the Mahagandayone Monastery, a school for young monks to enjoy daily life of a monk, and then go to nearby U Bein’s Bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in the world. Moving toSagaing, once a Shan capital and now primarily a Buddhist teaching centre and visit Buddhist University and enjoy a brief lecture by one of theprofessor monk on basic principal and concept on Buddhism Next, stop at a local nunnery to see a little bit of the Buddhist nuns lifestyle. the historically important former royal capital Inwa (also know as Ava) and travel by pony cart down tree lined paths to see the remains of this ancient city. Visit Inwa, which lasted nearly 400 years as a royal capital from its foundation in 1364. Highlights include the ‘leaning tower of Ava’, Maha Aungmye Bonzan, a brick-and-stucco monastery; and the elegant teakwood monastery Bagaya Kyaung. In the afternoon, scenic drive to Monywa, 135 km northwest of Mandalay, which ssituated on the east bank of Chindwin River. It is a major centre of trade for agricultural products mainly to and from India. Fascinatingseeing the scenery of typical Myanmar village scene along the way
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After breakfast, glide to the local pilgrimage sites across the Chindwin River to visit the fascinating Po Win Daung Caves and Shwe Ba Daung Hills to witness how the believes andcustomsHinduism and Buddhism blend and it is interesting to observe how the localadapt both concepts. It is indeed an ideal location for meditation.After that, transfer back toMonywa to go to the jetty to take the privatemotorboatto Bagan. This would be a truly relaxing day on the Chindwin and the mighty Irrawaddy river withbeautiful scenerywith several interestingvillage stops on the river. We arrive in Baganlate afternoon to enjoy the sunset and the reflection of the Irrawaddy River. Upon arriving in Bagan, transfer to hotel and check-in.
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Enjoy a half-day excursion to Mt. Popa, an extinct volcano and the legendary homefor (animism) spirit worship.The hillock Mt. Popa rose from the ground in a massive earthquake in 442 BC.You would also enjoy visiting toddy-palm villages on the way and observe the way of life of the farmers and the techniques used in making the delicious toddy palm sugar and wine.Thevisit to Mt.Popa will be enhanced with detailed explanations of the spirit belief (Nats), and how it blends in with traditional Buddhism. Walk up to the hillock of Mt. Popa for a panoramic view of green vegetation in the very dry zone of the Bagan plain.Transfer back to Bagan and visit a local workshop that makescartwheels (for the oxcarts) and then visit a weaving shop where they make the traditional Burmese ‘jean’ on handlooms and enjoy walking in the village
Overnightin Bagan (B)
After breakfast, set out on a full day sightseeing in Bagan including Nyaung Oo’s morning market to observe the local crafts and vegetables used for medicinal purposes. Next visit the Swezigon Pagoda, supposedly built to enshrine one of the four replicas of the Buddha tooth. Then on to the Gupyaukgyi Temple which contains the oldest mural paintings of Bagan. Our final morning stop is the Alotawpye Temple where we learn more about the rituals of Buddhism.
Afternoon, continue our archaeological study of ancient Bagan with a visit to Htilominlo Temple, built in the early 13th century; Ananda Temple, the best preserved temple. Then enjoy an interesting horse cart ride to Sulamuni Temple to enjoy wall paintings by Buddhist monks. End the day at Shwesandaw Pagoda which offers splendid panoramic view of Bagan’s temples over the Ayeyarwady River under the sunset
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