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Day 01 : Yangon Arrival
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by our experienced guide then transferred to the hotel for check in. Free to relax at your hotel or discover Yangon by your own.
In the evening, you could stroll around Yangon Chinatown where you’ll find vendor after vendor of charcoal grills, cooking all sorts of meats, vegetables and marinades from shop house barbecue restaurants. Tasting the best street food of Myanmar cuisine.
Your Yangon tour today begins with a tour through Yangon’s colonial styled city centre. Visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda which is built in 1966 and houses a striking reclining Buddha image that measures an impressive 65 metres long and 16-metre high Sule Pagoda - known in Burmese as the Kyaik Athok Zedi, is surrounded by busy streets, a market and colonial era buildings.
After that, we walk around and take some photos of Yangon City Hall, Yangon Region Court, and Independence Monument located in Maha Bandula Park. After that, continue visit Saint Mary's Cathedral, a Catholic Cathedral. It’s also the largest cathedral in Myanmar.
Your lunch will be severed at local restaurant near Kandawgyi Lake. After lunch, stop for photos at the Kandawgyi Garden, which houses Karaweik Hall also known as Karaweik Palace, one of Yangon’s many landmarks. From a distance, the Karaweik Hall looks like a huge golden barge floating on Kandawgyi Lake, glittering in the sun.
Then proceed to Botataung Pagoda - Yangon’s oldest Chinese temple which is located at the riverside. In the late afternoon, we will 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.
Wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, temples, and Buddha images, and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe.
Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Best Western Chinatown Hotel
Day 03: Yangon – Fly to Bagan
Today, you will catch a domestic flight to Bagan. On arrival in Nyaung U airport, you will be welcomed by our local guide and transferred to the hotel for check in.
We begin our sightseeing tour by visiting Nyaung-Oo Morning Market which offers a colourful display of fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish and textiles. Morning time is the best time to visit market, you would see it at its liveliest and ways of life of local people.
After that, we visit pagodas and temples including Shwezigon Pagoda, served as a prototype for later stupas built throughout the country, Ananda Temple which is considered to be 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, we 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. We 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.
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.
Overnight in Bagan.
Shwe Pyint Hotel Bagan
Day 04: Bagan - Mt. Popa - Bagan
This morning, we will take a short transfer to Mount Popa, a volcano 1518 metres above sea level, and located in central Myanmar about 50 km southeast of Bagan in the Pegu Range. Mount Popa is known as the home of the “Nats” spirits among the locals. The Popa Taungkalat shrine is the favoured home of 37 Mahagiri Nats or aminist spirit entities. To reach the top, you need to remove shoes and socks and climb the 777 steps to the summit.
Along the way, we will stop to visit a village and watch the collection of juice from palm trees and its conversion into palm sugar. Then, we drive back to Bagan and take a relaxation at hotel to avoid the heat in Bagan.
In the afternoon, we will ride through villages which are located in outer Bagan. Stroll around villages to have a better understand of locals’ daily life. Then take a visit Nat Hlaung Kyaung Temple and enjoy the sunset at Bu Paya pagoda.
Overnight in Bagan.
Shwe Pyint Hotel Bagan
Day 05: Bagan – Fly to Mandalay
After early breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the to Nyaung U airport for flight to Mandalay, the second-largest city and former royal capital of Myanmar’s king in 1885.
Upon arrival at Mandalay International Airport, be welcomed by our Asia Senses guide and driver. Start our full day sightseeing tour of Mandalay with an excursion to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayon Monastery – home to several thousand young monks and one of the major destinations of Mandalay tour. Here, you will watch the whole monastery eating silently.
Afterward, we will take a stroll over a historic U Bein Bridge. This beautiful 1.2 kilometre-long structure built from teak planks. It was built in 1851 and cross over the Taungthaman Lake. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant.
Continue on a short transfer to Sagaing district by passing Ava Bridge. On arrival, we will visit Sagaing Hill where you can observe white and gold pagodas along the Irrawaddy River from top of hill. This hill has numerous pagodas, monasteries and meditation centers known as a peaceful place for Buddhist studies. It is a place one can enjoy the magnificent views over Sagaing Hill.
Then visit a Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda, U Min Thonze Caves which are located on the top of the Sagaing Hill. After that, drive to your hotel for check in and free at the leisure.
Early checkout at your hotel and being transferred to Mandalay airport for a short flight to Heho airport.
Upon arrival at Heho airport, you will be welcomed by our guide and driver then take a short transfer to Pindaya through lush forest and mountain landscape. Pindaya a small quiet town perched on the bank of the placid Botoloke Lake. Visit magnificent Pindaya Caves - a Buddhist pilgrimage site and a tourist attraction located on a limestone ridge in the Myelat region. Afterwards, we visit some local houses and observe how traditional Shan paper and parasols are produced by locals.
Then we take another one and half hours transfer to Kalaw, a hill town. It was a very popular hill station during British colonial rule in Myanmar. It is located 1320m above sea level, with cool and pleasant climate. Enjoy cozy scenes along the way. On arrival in Kalaw, check in to your hotel and free at leisure.
This morning, take a soft trek around Kalaw morning market to get a great insight into daily life of local. After that, we take a visit Christ the King Church, an attractive, historic church that dates back to the colonial era. Then visit Hnee Paya - home to a 500-year-old, gold-lacquered bamboo Buddha.
After that, transfer to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar's most anticipated destinations and all the hype is justified. The lake is 22km long, and is densely inhabited by many different tribes in Taunggyi district of Shan State. On the way, we will stop to visit “Shwe Yan Pyay” Monastery which is just a short walk north of the Nyaung Shwe town.
On arrival in Nyaung Shwe town, transfer by local boat to the hotel in Inle Lake. Check in hotel and take a short break. Then, we take an excursion by boat on Inle Lake will include seeing the famous leg-rowing fishermen, local methods of fishing and see their floating villages & gardens where fruit and vegetables are grown.
The highlights including Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda the holiest religious site in Southern Shan State, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf and Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, a wooden monastery built on stilts and the oldest & largest one in Inle Lake. We also visit handicraft workshops such as blacksmiths, silversmiths, weaving looms, etc...
Take a visit to 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. Villagers from the surrounding hill tribes come to the market to sell and trade tomatoes, eggplants, scallions, peppers, betel, beans, garlic to cheroots. There are some people selling lacquerware, Buddha statues, carvings, longyis, Shan bags, textiles, ornamental objects and other hand-made goods for both local use and trading.
***Note: The market is daily open except on dark moon day and full moon day.
From the market, we continue broad down a small canal leading to Indein Village. On arrival at village, we will visit Nyaung Ohak and Shwe Inn Thein, two groups of ancient pagodas. Explore the area on foot and wander through the beautiful pagodas. Then, climb up to the top of a hill which is covered with picturesque ancient stupas. Enjoy magnificent views of the lake below from this vantage point.
After enjoying the visit to Indein, return to the boat. Continue along the lake for additional sightseeing before returning to the hotel in the afternoon.
Overnight in Inle Lake.
Inle Apex Hotel
Day 09: Inle Lake - Heho - Fly back to Yangon
This morning, you will be transferred to Heho airport for your flight back Yangon. Upon arrival, the guide will pick up and transfer you to the hotel in Yangon’s downtown.
On the way, we will stop to visit, Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda which is located on top of Mindhama Hill near Yangon airport, known for its enormous Buddha image (37 feet tall) made out of a single piece of white marble.
Visit Mahapasana Cave - “Great cave” is a large man made “cave” that contains a meeting hall where the Sixth Buddhist Synod was held in 1956 and Kabar Aye Pagoda “World Peace Pagoda”.
Check in hotel and take a short break. In the afternoon, we will visit Bogyoke Market (formerly known as Scott Market), where you can find largest selection of Myanmar handicrafts and souvenirs from lacquerware and Shan shoulder bags to puppets and jewellery, slippers, longyi etc.
Then take a soft trek to Yangon Chinatown & fruit market where you’ll find vendor after vendor of charcoal grills, cooking all sorts of meats, veg and marinades from shop house, barbecue restaurants. Watch the evening life of Yangon. Then transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Best Western Chinatown Hotel
Day 10: Yangon Departure
Free at leisure until our guide transfer to Yangon International Airport for your onward flight.
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