|Tour Code||: MT10D9N|
|Tour Destination||: Myanmar|
|Tour Duration||: 6-12 Days|
Mandalay – Bagan - Mount Popa – Heho – Pindaya - Naungshwe - Inle - Indain - Heho - Yangon - Dhala
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our local guide and transferred to the hotel. And free stay at the hotel.
The day will begin with U Bein bridge, the longest teak bridge of the world in Amarapura. Take a walk on the bridge and feel the breeze of Taungthaman lake. Then continue to the one of the biggest monasteries with more than 1000 monks and see the ritual lunch of the monks. Then visit the Silk weaving workshop and you will see the most magnificent design, Lun Yar Kyaw Cheik which goes zigzag pattern and weave it with more than 100 bobbins for weft. And it takes one month to complete one longyi. Then keep going to Ava and take the pony and trap to explore Ava, the ancient capital. Here, visit Bagaya monastery which was the university of the Ava dynasty which is amazing teak monastery with the 267 giant teak pillars. Then proceed to Leaning tower of Ava which was the watch tower of royal palace. Then a visit to Ava will end with Maha Aung Myay Bon San, brick monastery. Then you will go back to the car and drive to Sagaing, the capital of Sagaing division and go up to the Sagaing Hill and visit Swan Oo Pone Nya Shin pagoda takes the overwhelming hilltop. You will enjoy the panorama. Then back to the hotel in Mandalay.
After breakfast, go to the Mayangyan jetty and take a private boat to Mingun village. Although Mina gun had never been as a capital, it is well known because of it’s Mingun Paya and Mingun Bell and Mya Thein Tan Pagoda. Mingun Paya is unfinished stupa due to the mysterious believes of its donor. Afterwards keep going to the Mingun Bell weighing about 90 metric tons which is believed to be biggest rigging bell of the world. Then proceed to the Myathein Tan aka Sinbyume, alabaster stupa which represents to the Sulamani Stupa of Mt. Meru according to the Buddhist cosmology. After that, go back to the boat and back to Mandalay.
Afternoon will begin with the Mahamuni Temple, the bronze Buddha statue with the more than 200 kilos of the gold on the statue. And visit the handicraft workshops such as wood carving, tapestries, marionette and gold leave beating. Then to the Golden Palace monastery which is the original remain of the Mandalay royal palace. And keep visiting the Kuthodaw pagoda which is renowned as the world’s biggest book because of its 729 stone slabs. And end the day with the sunset from the top of Mandalay Hill.
Overnight in Mandalay.
In the morning fly to Bagan and visit the local market a place where you can observe various staffs used for Burmese kitchen, seasonal fruits and fresh vegetables to bamboo baskets, Thanaka wood and souvenirs . Then, commence your great exploration of Bagan archaeological zone by visiting Shwezigon pagoda, prototype of 11th century built by the King Anawrahta who was the founder of the first Myanmar Emperor, a must for everyone visiting Bagan. Afterwards go to Wat Gyi Inn Gu Byauk Gyi temple which is the copy of Mahabawdhi Temple from India and see the most impressive mural painting. And keep visiting Htilominlo Temple where you can learn about the brick laying system of Bagan dynasty. Then visit Arnanda Temple the finest architecture with four standing Buddha images. And lacquer ware workshop Mya Thit Sar, of course it is the typical product of Bagan and see how the people make the lacquer wares. And the day will end with the sunset and enjoy bird’s eye view of Bagan from Shwesandaw stupa.
After breakfast, drive to Mt. Popa(approx) one and a half hour, the dormant volcano and the oasis of tropical zone. Also Popa is the abode of Myanmar Nats, the Spirits worshipped by some weak Buddhists. No wonder that the poor mind may seek the shelter under which one can feel certain of high-yield harvest, safe life. The name Popa represents the abundance of flowers and you can see seasonal flowers and fruits once you enter the small town at the foot of the extinct volcano. Visit central Nat Shrine at the foothill of Mt. Popa. Going up 777 steps is optional but the view from the top makes tired-feet quite relaxing. Mount Popa houses not only Nats but also Asian monkeys along its steps uphill. Then back to Bagan and on the way, you may stop at a palm tree collection workshop to see the ways of living of AnyarThar people. And visit the historic village Minnanthu village and see the ways of life of the people and make conversation with the villagers. And end the day with the lacquer ware workshop as it is the typical product of Bagan.
Overnight in Bagan.
This morning you will fly to Heho airport and go to Pindaya. It would be about two hour drive. It is a small town of Danu, Taungyoe and Bamar. The road to Pindaya is renowned for its scenic beauties, the landscape, colorful vegetations, and tribes working in the farms, whole lots of village life on the way. Here, you will see a 200-million years old natural limestone caves, filled with over 8000 of ancient Buddha images in different style. Then take a visit to one of parasol industries in Pindaya. Then, transfer to Naungshwe(approx; 3 hours) another Shan town bordering famous Inle Lake on the northern end. On the way, you can visit Shwe Yan Pyay monastery built mainly of teak wood in 1882 and it’s pagoda with colorful mosaics decorated on the interior walls around the central pagoda constructed 2 years before its adjacent monastery. Then continue to Nyaung Shwe where you embark on the long boat to reach your hotel at Inle Lake.
Overnight at Inle lake.
Today will be full day tour on the outrageously beautiful lake by private boat to see a colorful 5-day market where the hill tribes come to exchange their goods with the lake people. While on the boat tour, you will also observe the unique lifestyle of Inn Thar people… the leg rowers, floating gardens, fishermen with strange fishing gears etc. Visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda one of the main principle shrines in Myanmar and dating back to the 18th century; continue to Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake and where inside its large wooden meditation hall and are over 200 year old ancient Buddha statues. Then take a boat ride to Innpawkhone, weaving village to see the only one lotus thread producing and weaving of the world. And ride the boat down a small canal will take you to the Pa-Oh village of Indain, positioned on the western shores of Inle lake. Take a leisurely stroll around the village before ascending to the top of a hill. Once you have arrived at the summit, you will be greeted by an iconic Buddha image which sits enshrined among hundreds of stupa ruins and overgrown shrubbery. Then ride back to your hotel by enjoying sunset on the lake.
Overnight at Inle.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Heho airport to go to Yangon and after arriving visit the downtown Area with the Old City Hall and take a stroll along Colonial Buildings ending at the old Strand Hotel. In the afternoon visit Kandawgyi Park to take a stroll in the relaxation zone, Chaukhtetgyi Reclining Buddha image which is the biggest one in Yangon, and then drive to the most significant pagoda, Shwedagon, which the global scholars describe as One of Wonders in The World. Shwedagon plays very important role in the Old Burmese History not only standing as the holiest structure for the Buddhist all over the world. Afterwards, check in the hotel.
Overnight in Yangon.
In the morning you will go to the Pan So Dann Jetty to take a two-floor ferry boat to cross Yangon River as there is no bridge connecting to Dhala and the ferry is the main mode of transport, the area around the pier and the boat itself is an extremely dynamic area where many people come to trade it, sell snacks and other items passengers from the ferry. After disembarking you will take a experience of riding rickshaw and explore the city and see the differences between Yangon and Dhala just after across the Yangon river. Then go back to Yangon and visit the British colonial train station and take a ride of circular train for one hour and see the way of life of the commuters of Yangonites. Then go back to hotel. Overnight in Yangon.
Today you will be transferred to the International airport and fly back home.