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Yangon - Bagan - Popa - Mandalay - Amarapura -  Mingun - Pindaya - Inie Lake-Kyaing Tong - Yangon

Day 1 Yangon / Arrival

Arrive at Yangon International Airport. Welcomed by our well experience tour guide. Yangon sightseeing starts with Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, the most well-known Buddhist temple in Yangon where a huge reclining Buddha image is housed. Then proceed to Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments and enjoy your visit to this gorgeous pagoda, which is believed to be 2,500 years old. The central stupa, glittering in the soft evening light, is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues and is considered to be the symbol of Yangon. After visiting, drive back to hotel and stay overnight.

Day 2 Yangon - Bagan

After breakfast, transfer to airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check-in. Today, you will explore and enjoy Bagan, the first (and very beautiful) capital of the Burmese and founded in the 11th century. This is one of the richest archaeological sites in South-east Asia, situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. We'll wander local markets, historical pagodas, handicraft workshops and ancient temples. Sightseeing starts with the busy Nyaung Oo local market and continue your visit to a diverse selection of the most important Pagodas and temples, such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, Gubyaukkyi, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes, and Ananda Temple with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior. Then visit Htilominlo Pagoda, noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. You will continue wandering the lacquer workshop to explore about the fascinating technique of this art. Visit the famous Thatbyinnyu Pagoda constructed by King Alaungsithu and Shwegugyi Temple also known as "Nandaw Oo Paya" built by King Alaungsithu in 1140 A.D. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.  Stay overnight at Hotel in Bagan.

 

Day 3 Bagan - Mt.Popa - Bagan

After breakfast, drive to Mt. Popa which is about 50km away from Bagan. Mt. Popa is an extinct volcano that is estimated to have erupted for the final time, over three hundred and twenty thousand years ago. There are many religious and mystical interests which are still prevalent. Popa is popularly recognized as an abode of 37 Nats or Spirits. Upon arrival, you will visit the shrine of 37 Nats.  From here, you may climb up the 777 steps to reach the hill top to enjoy the beautiful panoramic view. On the way back to Bagan, visit the outskirt of the town where there is a village in the middle of a toddy palm farm. Watch and explore the daily life of the local people how they harvest the juice of the palm tree.Then proceed to the biggest Damayangyi Temple, one of the four most important monuments in Bagan and enjoy the stunning sunset from the upper terrace of one of the temples. Stay overnight at Hotel in Bagan.

Day 4 Bagan - Mandalay - Amarapura - Mandalay

After breakfast, transfer to airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. Arrive Mandalay, visit Amarapura where the most famous Mahagandayone Monastery is and more than a thousand of monks can be seen at the same time while they are having their 2nd or the last meal of the day, the monastery is reputed according to the Buddha teaching. After that proceed to a bridge called U Bein which was recuperated from the abandoned palace totally in teak wood across the lake of Taung Tha Man. Amarapura is a village well known for its silk products most of the Longyi (Sarong) for men and women are made there from simple pure cotton to high quality silk. On the way back to Mandalay, there is a chance to visit wood carving and stone marble carving if the time permits. In the afternoon, visit Mahamuni Buddha Image with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves, Gold-leaf beating workshop, Shwe Nandaw Kyaung or Golden Palace Monastery -  a superb example of a traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world's biggest book, consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Among the historical buildings, craftsmen’s workshop like Bronze casting, Marble stone carving, Kalaga tapestries, should be seen. Sunset and panoramic view from Mandalay Hill. Stay overnight at Hotel in Mandalay.

 

Day 5 Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. After that, embark on a boat trip up the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to the riverside village of Mingun, enjoying the picturesque scenery of this river and the lifestyles of the local people who live and work on these waters. Upon arrival, visit the Mingun Bell, which weight more than 87 tons and is more than 3.7m (12 ft) tall. It's the world's largest uncracked bell and it's in good ringing condition. Then continue to the Pathodawgyi Paya, built as one of the world’s largest pagodas by King Bodaw Paya and Myatheindan Zedi. Then back to Hotel in Mandalay. In the afternoon, transfer to airport and fly back to Yangon. Transfer to hotel and stay overnight.

 

 

Day 6 Mandalay - Heho - Pindaya - Inle Lake

After breakfast, transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight to Heho and proceed to Pindaya to see Pindaya Cave, containing over 8,000 depictions of the Buddha dating back as far as 1750, the Pindaya Cave is a constantly growing gallery of peaceful statuary. Then drive to Inle Lake, sitting at about 900 metres above sea level. Stay overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 7 Inle Lake

After breakfast, take a boat and experience the diverse and vibrant local life of Inle Lake, where inhabitants maintain centuries old traditions. Drift by the floating villages, temples and gardens, as you ride along this immense lake. See the traditional blacksmiths working silver all, learn how to roll a cheroot cigar, one of the local delicacies of Burma. Rolled with a cheroot leaf and tobacco, these cigars also contain a variety of local herbs and spices and are an aromatic experience. Even non-smokers will be affixed watching women systematically roll hundreds with ease. Further visits are made to the great Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda with its five holy Buddha images, the weaving village of Inpawkhon and other interesting sights. The beauty of sunset over the Inle Lake enchants all visitors. Stay overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 8 Inle Lake - Kyaing Tong

After breakfast, take a flight to Kyaing Tong which is set against a picturesque mountain backdrop. Drive to the hotel for check-in. Sightseeing includes the standing Buddha located near the picturesque Naung Tong lake on the west side of Kyaing Tong and One Tree Hill (Thit Ta Bin Taung in Burmese), where you will find a huge, solitary 250-year old tree and great views of the area – which are particularly attractive at sunset. Overnight @ Hotel in Kyaing Tong.

Day 9 Kyaing Tong - Mong La - Kyaing Tong

You will completely immerse into rural Myanmar Shan life this morning as you drive to the small village of Mong La. The drive follows a winding road with gorgeous views of mountains dotted with tribal villages and plantations. After around 2 hours’ drive (40 km), we'll arrive at the trailhead.The first hour of the trek features rolling, hilly terrain but mostly 20 to 30-degree slope. Along the way, we will stop at a 300-year-old wooden monastery with original carvings and paintings on both the interior and exterior walls. Inside the Buddha room, there are paintings of Jataka stories, ancient Buddha images and other impressive religious figures and furniture.Continue to a short way to Wan Nyat, a unique long house village of the Loi People. The long houses of the Loi are typically the home of multiple generations of multiple families. The long houses are of beautifully poignant representation of the role of community and family to this rarely visited people.You will continue hiking for one more hour as your trail begins to flatten out along a bamboo forest until you reach a village named Wang Seng. The largest monastery in the area is located in this remote village and you will stop for relaxing lunch. After your visits, return to the vehicle and transfer back to Kyaing. Overnight at Hotel in Kyaing Tong.

 

Day 10 Kyaing Tong – Pin Tauk (Akha & Ann Tribe) – Kyaing Tong

After breakfast, start hiking tour into t he Pin Tauk area. Lush mixed monsoon forest with a view to the plain rice fields looking like a huge, green patchwork blanket shimmering in the water of the flooded paddy fields. Your local guide will introduce you to the villagers of Aka and Ann tribes. Akha tribe, especially women are famou s for their beautiful, elaborate and distinctive traditional costumes. Some are baptized, some tribes are still animists. Ann people, known to be the kindest tribe, as there is no case up to nowadays where an Ann member has ever been violent. It will take about 6 hours to visit the villages, including visit to the houses. Late afternoon come back to Kyaing Tong and stay overnight at hotel.

 

 

Day 11 Kyaing Tong – Yangon

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to nearby Palaung village (Wan Pauk). The Palaung tribes are known locally as "Silver" Palaung. A branch of the same tribe, locally called "Gold" Palaung, lives in Northern Shan State. Then you will be transferred to the airport to fly back to Yangon. Stay overnight at Hotel in Yangon.

 

 

Day 12 Yangon / departure

After breakfast, visit to Bogyoke (Scotts) Market which is the most popular market and a great tourist destination in Yangon. You can shop souvenir, handicrafts, Jewelry,gems, clothing and foodstuffs. It is one of the precious colonial buildings you can find in Yangon. En route to airport, stop at Mindhama elephant Camp for a view of White elephant which is a rare kind of elephant and in Myanmar, they have been revered symbols of power and good fortune, as well. Then transfer to airport for your departure from Myanmar.

Package includes:

  1. 11-night accommodation based on twin sharing room with daily breakfast
  2. Private transfer and transportation during tour as per itinerary
  3. Domestic flight tickets
  4. English speaking throughout/ station guide service
  5. All entrance & zone fees
  6. Porter charges at airport

Package excludes:

  1. Entry Visa if needed
  2. Meals except where specified
  3. International airfare and tax (if any)
  4. Travel & Health Insurance
  5. Optional tours
  6. Any other expenses which are not specified in the package/ itinerary