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On this Laos Myanmar India Border Crossing Tour - Asia Senses Travel will assist you to submit the permission for your Myanmar border crossing tour. Entering from Ban Xieng Kok/Kyaing Latt border, we will then pass through the verdant and beautiful towns of Shan state including Kengtung (Kyaing Tong), Namsang, Inle Lake, Taunggyi, before reaching the gorgeous Bagan.
The border crossing tour from Laos to India also stops in Monywa where you can see the giant Buddha statues, sleeping towns of Kalay and Pakkoku. After 7-day of travelling, we exit at Tamu border.
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DAY 01: XIENG KOK / KENG LAT BORDER – KENGTUNG
Our Asia Senses tour guide and driver will be awaiting for you at Ban Xieng Kok - Kyaing Lat border check-point to help you with necessary documents as well as represent you the border crossing formalities and procedures at check-point authority’s counters.
After a few minutes break, we will head to Kengtung, the largest town in eastern Shan State, and was once known as the capital of the Golden Triangle and today is one of the remotest parts of Myanmar (Burma) that tourists are permitted to visit.
On the way, we will drive through curvy, twisty mountain roads, enjoy the landscapes on the way. Arrive Kengtung in the late afternoon. In the evening, stroll through the town, enjoy your first dinner with Myanmar beer.
Today, we will drive from Kengtung to Namsang via the picturesque road. Along the way you will pass many farmers bringing their crops to the roadside by ox-cart; for collection by wholesalers from as far afield as Yangon or China. It takes around 8 hour drive to reach our today’s destination.
We will have lunch on the way. Arrive in Namsang at late afternoon. Free at leisure.
Overnight in Namsang.
Golden Fish Hotel Namsang
DAY 03: NAMSANG – INLE LAKE SIGHTSEEING
After breakfast, we head 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 Dist of Shan State. On the way, we will stop to visit “Shwe Yan Pyay” Monastery which is just a short walk north of the Nyaungshwe town.
We will arrive Nyaungshwe township at noon time. 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 filled with fruits and vegetables that provide an income to the lake dwellers.
The highlights including Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda the holiest religious site in Southern Shan State, which is famous for its five small gold-gilded Buddha images, now covered in so much gold leaf they are more like round balls and Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, better known as the Jumping Cat Monastery. Although the performing cats no longer remain, the monastery houses an impressive collection of Buddha images.
We also visit handicraft workshops such as blacksmiths, silversmiths, weaving looms, etc.
This day, we say “goodbye” to Inle Lake, jump on the motorbikes and ride to Bagan heritage sites. Along the way, we will stop to visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper and parasols.
Then continue to drive to Bagan, one of the most impressive sites in Burma. Formerly known as Pagan, is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world. Approximately 2,200 of the originally 4,400 temples that are spread across the plains of Bagan.
We also stop to visit a road-side village and watch the collection of juice from palm trees and its conversion into palm sugar. Upon arrival Bagan, check in hotel. The remain of day is free at leisute.
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.
Then, we move to visit Thatbyinnyu Temple - the tallest temples of all monuments in Bagan; 61m high overlooking the Bagan scene. 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. Afterwards, take a break then have lunch (at your own account) at the local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we will take a visit to Shwezigon Pagoda (golden sandbank), Bagan’s greatest reliquary, an ancient temple complex that set the style of Burmese pagodas for a thousand years.
After that, we head to 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 take a visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda, Nat Hlaung Kyaung Temple and Bu Pagoda. Enjoy the magnificent sunset view over the Ayeyarwaddy river on the river's bank.
We will start early today. It takes about nine hours (415km) to drive from Bagan to Kalaymyo via the picturesque Gangaw road.
If we have enought time, we will stop in Monywa to visit to the colourful Thanboddhay Pagoda which is home to more than 500,000 images of Buddha and the Hiaungdawmu Buddha, the second largest reclining Buddha in Burma.
We will have lunch on the way. Upon arrival Kalay, check in your hotel. Free at leisure.
Wrap up the Laos Myanmar India Border Crossing Tour today. After breakfast, our Asia Senses local guide and driver will escort you to Tamu border then help you with the necessary documents to leave Myanmar for India.
Private Tour (for 02 pax, cheaper if more)
Tour Price Includes
06 hotel night accommodation
Border custom clearances
Permit and relevant documents
Local English speaking guide
Meals as mentioned
Boat in Bagan
Temporary driving license in Myanmar
All sightseeing as specified and entrance fees included
Bottled drinking water per touring days
Tour Price Excludes
Travel and medical insurances
Visas if required
Carnet and IDP 1949
Other meals not mentioned in the program
Domestic and International flights
Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, souvenirs, etc...
Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary)
Any camera or video fees at any sites
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