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The Best of Myanmar and Ngapali Beach Tour extension will take you to any the most beautiful places of the country, where unspoiled nature and incredible cultural heritages attracts your sense of travel with more than your enjoyment. Beside top 4 iconic destinations most classic Myanmar Tours include, you have opportunities to visit Myaing - the community tourism project has sprung and supported local livelihood with more work opportunity and income for the locals; Golden Rock and Bago - the cultural hubs of Myanmar; Kalaw and Pindaya - the cool retreats in Shan State, before spending time for a relaxation in dazzling beach of Ngapali.
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DAY 01: YANGON ARRIVAL
Arrive in YANGON, you will be welcomed by our Asia Senses guide, then be transferred to your hotel for check in. Depend on your actual arrival time, some soft sightseeing for an orientation tour is suggested.
After a short break at your hotel, we will take a brief Yangon introduction by walking tour at old colonial style in city’s downtown. There’s also Sule Paya Pagoda, a 2000-year-old golden temple, and the Gems Museum, which houses some of the world’s largest sapphire, ruby and jade pieces.
In the late afternoon, visit the famous Shwedagon Pagoda - Yangon’s most famous landmark. The massive 99 meter high gold plated pagoda with the diamond studded spire set on top of a small hill in downtown Yangon. Its massive bell-shaped golden spires are plated with 60 tons of gold, while the tip of the stupa is inset with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topaz. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.
This morning, our guide pick you up at your hotel and transfer to GOLDEN ROCK (KYAIKHTIYO). It takes some four hours to drive from Yangon to Golden Rock base camp (about 200km). Have lunch at a local restaurant along the way.
After lunch, continue to Golden Rock and arrive at the base camp in early afternoon. From here, travel by local, open-air truck along a winding road (30 minutes) to the top of mountain. Alternatively, you can take a half way by truck to the middle point, then take a cable car to the top.
NOTE: You should take only light backpack and sandals to visit pagoda as only one night will be on the top of the mountain.
A huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff, Golden Rock is one of Myanmar's most important pilgrimage sites. The pagoda here is said to hold a hair of the Buddha, and Buddhists from across the country come here to pay homage.
After the Golden Rock Tour, check in your hotel then free at own leisure. From the balcony of hotel, enjoy the stunning sunset and panoramic view over the valley of Sittaung river, with lush forest and mountain ranges.
This morning there is the option to visit the Golden Rock again to see the rising sun casting its rays upon the rock. Starting before dawn, local pilgrims gather by the rock to make offerings in the solitude of the morning. It’s a unique and memorable experience that’s not to be missed.
After the visit, we come back hotel for check out. Return down to base camp by the same route on foot and by open-air truck. Then drive to BAGO, the former capital of the Mon Kingdom.
The visit in Bago begins at a local market for a short walk amongst the colourful stalls selling flowers, produce, and spices. Then visit Shwethalyaung Temple, which houses a beautiful 55-meter long reclining Buddha, and the Mon-style Shwemawdaw Pagoda. Shwemawdaw is one of the most venerated pagodas in Myanmar. At 114 meters tall, it’s even taller than Shwedagon Pagoda. Afterwards, visit a local Mon village nearby for a short walk through this quiet, typical rural village that was once famous for its silk weaving.
On the way back to Yangon, if your energy allows, stop at the Allied War Cemetery near Htaukkyan. This beautiful, peaceful cemetery is the final resting place for over 27,000 Allied soldiers.
Rise for a very early start today, for your morning flight to BAGAN (about one and a half hours). On arrival, transfer to the ancient city of Bagan (about 20 minutes). Bagan is an archaeological site where Theravada Buddhism was first introduced to the Kingdom. It was once the site of 10000 temples, pagodas and monasteries and still has over 2000 brick and gilded ruins.
We begin our sightseeing tour by visiting the golden Shwezigon Pagoda constructed in 1057 as a place of prayer and meditation by King Anawrahta, who is considered the founder of the Burmese nation.
After that, visit Ananda Temple, one of the most surviving masterpiece of the Mon architecture. Also known as the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. Then, move to visit Thatbyinnyu Temple - the tallest temples of all monuments in Bagan; 61m high overlooking the Bagan scene. Afterwards, take a break at the local coffee shop to have cold drink under the shade or return to hotel to relax.
In the afternoon, we will drive to Myingabar Village to visit a Lacquer Ware Workshop - one of Myanmar's most treasured handicrafts. Continue to visit Dhammayangyi Temple - one of massive temples in Bagan. It was built in 12th century by Narathu King. It is infamous for its mysterious, bricked-up inner passageways and cruel history. Visit Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with its unique architecture shows Indian influence.
To finish our today’s tour, experience by local horse–cart way to Shwesandaw Pagoda, a perfect spot to enjoy a magnificent sunset. Enjoy sunset from the temple then transfer back to the hotel.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Wake up early this morning for a 45-minute Hot Air Balloon ride to watch the stunning sunrise over the temples of Bagan. Floating on a hot-air balloon over Bagan is one of the iconic images of Myanmar.
Our sightseeing begins in the bustling river town of Nyaung-U to see the lively market in action. The market offers a colourful display of fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish and textiles.
After that, enjoy a day trip to the village of Salay and Mount Popa today. Salay is home to many active monasteries including the impressive Yoke-son Monastery and its famous wood carvings. Mystical Mount Popa, is an extinct volcano which is believed to be the abode of spirits. 777 winding steps are carved into the side of the mountain, taking pilgrims up to the striking Popa Taungkalat monastery which sits atop the mountain.
Return to Bagan then spend time at the hotel to avoid the midday heat. As the day comes to an end, embark on a sunset motorized cruise along Irrawaddy River, to enjoy magnificent views of the temples and riverside villages as the sun begins to set.
In the morning, you'll leave Bagan and get transferred to MYAING where community tourism project has sprung and supported local livelihood with more work opportunity and income for the locals.
On arrival, head out on a bicycle half-day ride today and ride around the nearby villages. Stop at the first village and enjoy a presentation about the project from a local member of the community (your guide will translate). The activities and meals are shared among four nearby villages so that they all benefit from the project. It's also a great opportunity to practice your Burmese. Visit a thanaka farm and try out the genuine product that you'll see on the faces of many Burmese, then ride to a second village and learn about the local farming and seasonal crops.
Tonight you will be staying at a local basic lodge, where you’ll help out with a tree-planting project, then enjoy dinner in the evening cooked by some of the local villagers. Perhaps take this opportunity to interact and share your own culture with the locals.
NOTE: If you’d prefer not to cycle, alternative transport (tuk-tuk) can be arranged when requested before the cycling activity. During the warmer summer months the cycling activities may be amended to avoid cycling during the intense heat of the day.
Overnight in Myaing.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Local Basic Lodge in Myaing
DAY 07: MYAING – MANDALAY
Wake up early this morning and cycle to the small, 170-year-old wooden monastery nearby. A couple more minutes on the bike and you’ll stop at a village for a simple local breakfast prepared by the residents. This is another great chance to strike up a conversation and practice your language skills.
After breakfast you’ll cycle to another village and visit a women’s cooperative to learn about their weaving, sewing and craft. Pedal back to the lodge mid-morning and bid farewell to the community.
Continue on private bus towards MANDALAY with a lunch stop en route. Along the way, you’ll visit the beautiful Sagaing Temples, a collection of gilded stupas on the nearby hills. Travelling on to Sagaing Hill we take in the wonderful views over the river and the rolling hills, which are studded with pagodas and stupas. On the hill we visit the ancient hill top Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda, the striking Thirty Caves Pagoda which has its thirty doorways, and the dome shaped Kaungmudaw Pagoda. Total driving time from the community lodge to Mandalay is about six hours.
This morning your guide will take you on a walking tour of Mandalay.
After seeing the town close up, you’ll take a boat down the famous Ayeyarwady River to Mingun. Here you’ll see the Mingun Pahtodawgyi, an enormous stupa which was intended to be the world’s largest pagoda before the death of King Bodawpaya. You’ll also see the world’s largest ringing bell and the beautiful white Hsinbyumae Pagoda which sits nearby.
After the excursion to Mingun, return to Mandalay where you’ll have some free time to refresh. Perhaps find some quiet moments at the ancient Shwe In Bin Teak Monastery, or try your hand at gold leaf making in the Gold Pounders District.
There’s also the Mahamuni Buddha Temple, an important pilgrimage site complete with giant golden Buddha. First up is the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda, which holds one of the most significant Buddha statues found in Myanmar, and is encased in several tons of gold leaf. Close to Mahamuni are the Golden Palace Monastery, the only surviving Royal Palace building in Mandalay, here you'll see the original style and architecture of the Myanmar Royals.
As the day comes to an end, visit Mandalay Hill, which is where Lord Buddha is said to have left a footprint. Stay here for sunset and to enjoy views over the glittering stupas and vibrant mosaics of the city at this magical time of day.
Today will be a long day of driving towards Kalaw. Along the way, you’ll visit the U Bein Bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in the world. You then head onto the Great Road of China, a new superhighway built by the Chinese. Finally, make your way into the mountains of Shan state and pass through the lush surroundings of the Shan Plateau.
Keep that camera handy, because the scenery is awesome and there will be stops for photos. Your social followers will be loving you for this, or maybe not loving you, just wishing they were here.
Arrive in KALAW late afternoon, with time to stretch your legs and get a feel for this beautiful spot, a former British hill station. There is much to do in this colonial town including visiting Thein Taung Pay pagoda for great views over the market area. If there’s time in the evening, you might like to visit some of the other lovely pagodas around town as well as a local market.
This morning, embark on a light trek through the Palaung Hills. This easy trek route takes us through beautiful Burmese countryside, past plantations of tea-leaf and cheroot-leaf and rice paddies. This is a land of many communities, including the Palaung, Danu and Pa-O, as well as Indians and Nepalese who moved here during the British rule. Stop and chat with locals along the way and have lunch at one of the small settlements. This experience will take you off the beaten track and away from the tourist throng.
After lunch, check out then head out to PINDAYA, a small quiet town perched on the bank of the placid Botoloke Lake. Here we'll visit the Shwe Oo Min Cave with its thousands of gilded Buddhas, see local artisans at work and soak up the spectacular views of the countryside below.
Then, continue drive to NYAUNGSHWE which will be our base for the next few days as we explore Inle Lake. En route, stop to visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery located just a short walk north of the Nyaung Shwe town. Pay a visit to the Red Mountain Estate Vineyard that has amazing views over the lake. Whilst Myanmar is not traditionally known as a wine growing country, however, this estate started in 2002 and produced it's first wine in 2008. You'll have a chance to taste some of the wines they've produced and to explore the grounds.
Start the day by heading out in a motorised boat. Pay a visit the lake’s five-day market for unique insight into the local cultures of the area. The market is called “five-day market” because the local people rotate between 5 different locations over a 5-day-period. Here you can buy traditional wares produced by the locals.
NOTE: The market is daily open except on dark moon day and full moon day.
You’ll see local life on the lake, including fisherman who use a distinctive leg-rowing technique on their boats, floating tomato plantations and cottage industries such as silversmiths, weavers and cigar makers. We will also visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest site in Shan state.
This afternoon a boat trip takes you to the western end of the lake and to Indein. En route you'll pass through the busy village of Ywama. After a journey through a tree lined canal, disembark and visit the numerous pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak, dating from the 14th to 18th century. The pagodas have been left un-renovated giving the area an captivating atmosphere. Later travel back across the lake to your accommodation in Nyaungshwe.
Enjoy some time to chill today. You might like to visit the Mingala Morning Market, or maybe Nyuangshwe's oldest Buddhist monastery, Yadana Man Aung Pagoda. Later, continue to the Heho Airport for your flight THANDWE, the gateway to Ngapali Beach.
On arrival, you will be transferred for check in at our hotel in Ngapali where you will spend the next two nights. The beauty of Ngapali is dazzling, the untouched beauty beaches, crystal clear waters and swaying palm trees making the perfect place to relax after a culture rich adventure. Enjoy a massage on the beach, organise a boat trip with stops for snorkeling and eat some of the freshest seafood.
Relax in one of the best beaches in Asia with its pristine, palm-tree-fringed white sand, the clear waters of the Bay of Bengal. Enjoy a full day relaxing on the beach, or take an excursion to one of the nearby islands or snorkeling spots.
This morning we fly from Ngapali to Yangon. Arrival to Yangon airport you will be met then transferred to your hotel in Yangon. On the way from the airport to the downtown area, stop en route to visit the Gaba Aye (World Peace) Pagoda and Mahapasana Cave, a replica of the Satta Panni cave in India where the first Buddhist Synod (council) took place. The cave is 139 metres long and 110 metres wide.
Then you'll explore the Bogyoke (Scott) Market, a maze of colour, home to various stores selling wares ranging from art to gemstones. The final stop this afternoon is the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda which houses a 70 metre long reclining Buddha. This Buddha is topped by a diamond encrusted crown.
NOTE: Market is closed on Mondays and on public holidays.
Depending on flight time, there is an option to take a ride on Yangon’s Circle Train in the morning. This unique ride passes through the outskirts of town (20-30 minutes ride), and gives unique insight into the lively, colourful lifestyles of local people in Yangon’s rural areas. Disembark at the Kyi Myin Daing Market and peruse various stalls and interact with friendly vendors before transferring back to Yangon.
Enjoy your free time until being transferred to the airport for your onward flight. End the tour! See you again in your next Myanmar (Burma) Tours with Asia Senses Travel & Tours, one of best tour companies in Myanmar as well as Asia.