Yangon, Yangon Region, Myanmar (Burma)

Itinerary

Upon arrival, welcome and transfer to your hotel. Then set out on a Yangon city tour featuring many interesting sights and sounds including a visit to Sule – the heart of Yangon to see the city’s daily life amidst the fine old colonial architecture. Later in the afternoon, go tothe most important sight of Yangon, the awe-inspiring golden Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most beautiful pagoda complexes in all of Asia
Overnight in Yangon
Morning enjoy a flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, visit 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
Overnight in Bagan (B)
In the morning drive to Mt.Popa, an extinct volcano which is the legendary home of the Nats (or Spirits). Stop en route at a local toddy palm farmer’s hut and observe the techniques used in collecting and making the delicious toddy palm sugar and drink. Then at the foot of Mt. Popa we stop at a local market to enjoy the local daily life. Onward to the tomb of the late Popa Sayadaw, an important monk in Mt. Popa history. Our visit to be enhanced by detailed explanations of the spirit beliefs (Nats) and how it blends in with traditional Buddhism. Afternoon, visit Thanbula Temple that has faded frescoes on the walls. Minnanthu Village is an interesting stop, where wevisit a local workshops makingcartwheels (for the oxcarts) and then visit a weaving shop where they make the traditional Burmese ‘jean’ on handlooms. Our final stop of the day will be at Pyat That Kyi Pagoda where we enjoy the sunset while enjoying green tea, Burmese style.
Overnight in Bagan (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, be transferred to airport for the flight to Heho.Upon arrival in Heho, welcome and transfer to your hotel on Inle Lake (one-hour drive). Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Shan Mountains, its vegetation and the tribal people at work in the farms. A private boat on Inle lake featuring the visits to floating gardens, local handicraft cottages and meeting the hill tribe and leg rowers with unique way of life. Remainder of the day is free to stroll around the lake
Overnight in Heho (B)
After breakfast, embark on a boat cruise to the traditional Five-day-market, where you can see almost hill-tribes of the region in their colourful costume gathering at the floatingmarket. Optional embark on a light trekking to a near by tribal village, opportunity to interact with the local people. Remainder of the afternoon to explore the city on your own.
Overnight in Heho (B)
Morning, transfer to the airport for flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, meet with your guide and begin sightseeing at Mahagandayone Monastery, a school for young monks to understand their daily life activities. Then on to U Bein’s Bridge, constructed of teakwood pillars salvaged from the deserted Inwa Palace and is the longest teakwood bridge in the world. Afternoon, visit the Fine Arts School in Mandalay to observe the daily process of class, traditional dancing, painting, etc. On to the Buddha Image Museum which has 500 Buddha images and 5000 sets of palm leaf manuscripts collected from throughout Myanmar. Enjoy sunset over Mandalay and the Ayeyarwady River from the top of Mandalay Hill.
Overnight in Mandalay (B)
Start your morning visit to the former Royal capital Inwa (also know as Ava) and travel by pony cart down tree lined paths to see the remains of this ancient capital. Then on to nearby Sagaing, once a Shan capital and now primarily a Buddhist teaching center. Then we visit a local nunnery to understand a bit about the Buddhist nuns’ lifestyle. Afternoon, visit Shwekyaung Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery), a fine example of a traditional Burmese monastery. Then visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, the world’s largest book, so called because it contains the complete Buddhist writings on 729 marble slabs. Next we go to the bank of the Ayeyarwady River where we take a private boat upriver to visit the massive ruins of the Mingun Pagoda and the Mingun Bell, the world’s largest hanging un-cracked bell. The relaxing trip to and from Mingun provides a great opportunity to see life on the river
Overnight in Mandalay (B)
Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon and connect onward flight
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Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 8 days
Maximum number of people: 30
Location: Myanmar
Rate:
Adults:
Children (Age 7-10):
(charge 70% )
Children (Age 3-6):
(charge 50% )

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