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MYANMAR EXPLORATION ON THE ROAD (14D-13N)

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MYANMAR EXPLORATION ON THE ROAD (14D-13N)

This tour will offer the greatest spiritual experience you’ve ever had. It is not only the chance to explore The Golden Land which is rich of land and wealth of minerals and agriculture. It is also enriched with significant cultural tradition, great natural beauty and an amazingly eventful history more than 2,500 years of Buddhist civilization.

DAY 1

Arrive in Yangon – city visit

Upon arrival, you'll greet by your guide who will accompany and transfer you to your hotel. (Official check-in time is 14:00PM and early check-in is subjected to room availability) This afternoon, we’ll visit Kandawgyi Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. Here you will see the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge, and the vast lake with views of Shwedagon in the background. Depending on the day of your visit Kandawgyi may be busy with local families who come here on the weekend to relax in the fresh air. From Here, end your day at Shwedagon Pagoda which is one of the wonders of the world. It was built 2500 years ago and enshrined with hair relics of Buddha and a place where to meet devoted Buddhists meditating and praying. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point. Overnight in Yangon. Read more

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DAY 2

Yangon – city tour & shopping– overnight

After breakfast, we'll visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, one of Myanmar's more beautiful reclining buddhas which is topped by a crown encrusted with diamonds and other precious stones. The feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gathering to pay homage and pray. Continue to Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, where you can browse through the wide selection of Myanmar handicrafts and other goods (Note: closed on Mondays and public holidays). Afterwards, we'll take a tour around the city center which is filled various historical and colonial buildings partly by car or partly on foot. We’ll first visit to Sule Pagoda which is a 2200-year-old temple surrounded by government buildings and commercial shop. Then, you'll pass along the way to Mahabandoola Park where Independent Monument exists. Continue your tour by passing City Hall, High Court, a little india and walk along Strand Road to admire British old colonial buildings. Depending on the time, you will transfer to Aung Mingalar Bus station to take the overnight express bus to Bagan. ( Departure time = 20:00 PM, Arrival time = 05:30 AM). Stay overnight on express bus. Read more

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DAY 3

Arrival Bagan – temples visit

On arrival, our guide will wait at Bagan Shwe Pyi High Way Bus station. Then, you will drive one of the temples to watch the beautiful and memorable sunrise of Bagan. After sunrise, you will transfer to the local restaurant for your breakfast. After that, your journey begins with a visit an elevated temple from where you will have a panoramic view of the magnificent plains of Bagan. Continue with a visit to the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, first and prototype monument, which was built in Myanmar style in 1087. Then, visit to Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple @ Wetkyi-Inn Village which is well-known for its exquisite jataka mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. This afternoon begins with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed. From here, you will visit to Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples. Overnight in Bagan. Read more

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DAY 4

Bagan – boat trip to Mandalay

This morning, you’ll transfer to Nyaung U jetty for your cruise to Mandalay. This river journey can give you a chance to see the local life of villagers and fisherman who live along the bank of Ayerwaddy River. You can also feel about the scenery of beautiful Ayerwaddy River. We’ll serve lunch on boat. Arrive Mandalay in this evening and you’ll transfer to your hotel for check-in. Stay overnight at hotel in Mandalay. Read more

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DAY 5

Mandalay – city tour – Amarapura

Mandalay is Myanmar's cultural capital. The nature focus of the city is an abrupt hill, rising above a vast moated and walled square. After breakfast, we’ll drive to Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’. First visit a silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products and then visit Mahagandayon monastery, when over one-thousand monks reside. In the afternoon, we'll visit to Mahamuni Pogada, 13ft-high sated Buddha image which is one of Myanmar's most famous. Continue your tour of Mandalay with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’. Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. This grand teak building is known for its exquisite woodcarving. Head to the top of Mandalay Hill to enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River. Overnight in Mandalay. Read more

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DAY 6

Mandalay– Sagaing– Inwa (Ava)– Mandalay

After morning breakfast, your journey begins with Ava which is one of the ancient cities and a remarkably rural backwater of empty fields sparsely dotted with widely spaced ruins, monastic buildings and stupas. Explore Ava by plodding horse cart to visit BagayaKyaung (a wonderful teak monastery), MahaAungmyeBonzan monastery (built of stucco-covered brick, royal monastery temple) and Nanmyin (a leaning watchtower of Ava) Then, towards a local restaurant in a city center to have lunch. (own account) Then, you will take a drive to Sagaing by crossing a bridge over the Irrawaddy River. Uncountable white-and-gold stupas are highlights of Sagaing. Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar. It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers and you will visit pagodas such as Swan OoPon Nya Shin and U Min ThoneSae. We’ll also visit Sagaing’s local market, a typical Burmese market that few tourists visit. Here you will find a range of items for sale including locally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts. We will also stop at a small pottery village to see the process of making the ubiquitous water pots found throughout Myanmar. After touring this tranquil site, continue to U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest and 200 year-old teak bridge. Enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams. Stay overnight at hotel in Mandalay. Read more

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DAY 7

Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay.

This morning, leave Mandalay for a scenic two-hour drive to the former British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin (also known as Maymyo) located on a plateau 1,000m above sea level. Many reminders of the colonial era are still present in Pyin Oo Lwin, including brick and timber houses. Pyin Oo Lwin is home for many ethnic tribes as well as a considerable numbers of Nepalese and Hindu who migrated during the British occupation, famous for its climate weather. Enjoy a traditional horse cart and carriage ride through town. Stop at the Botanical Gardens, 432 acres of leafy gardens home to a diverse mix of botanical species from around the world. The Gardens were established by Sir Harcourt Butler, former Governor of Burma. Continue to the local market to see the multicolor flowers and vegetables on sale. Then, you will drive back to Mandalay and continue to Kywel Sel Kan Bus station. Then, you will take the overnight express bus to Taunggyi. (Depart time = 22:00 PM, Arrival time = 06:30 AM). Stay overnight on express bus. Read more

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DAY 8

Arrival Taunggyi – Pindaya – Kalaw

You will arrive at Taunggyi bus station and continue to the hotel for check in and relax (Early check in is depending on the room availability). After breakfast at local restaurant, you will drive to visit aunggyi Myoma Market (where will find colorful tirbes, traditional foodstuff, and varieties of fresh vegetable; beautiful flowers) is well known throughout Myanmar. And visit Sulamuni Pagoda and panoramic view from hill rock. It is situated on a high plateau surrounded by high mountain. Then, you will we'll take drive to Pindaya. Along the way, you'll pass patchwork of fields and hedges, buffalo carts and group of toiling farmers in black Danu tunics and checked Pa-O headcarves. When in Pindaya, we'll first visit to famous Shwe Oo Min Natural Cave Pagoda, a massive limestone cavern filled with thousands of gilded Buddha statues. Afterwards, we'll head to the north to visit Kan Tau monastery, a fine teak monastery, with a large collection of antique Buddha images on ornate plinths. Then, continue your tour with a visit to workshop which produce umbrellas and souvenirs made with Shan recycle papers. Lunch at a local restaurant in Pindaya. (own account) After lunch, we'll continue our drive to Kalaw, a hill station where the atmosphere is cool and the streets are filled with green leaves. Kalaw is a charming city surrounded with hills which offer some of the best trekking in Myanmar. Check-in to your hotel and take relaxation or explore the town on foot. Overnight in Kalaw. Read more

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DAY 9

Kalaw Day Return Trekking

This morning, we'll visit Kalaw's morning market where you can see several stalls sell dried fruits and local liqueurs. Every five days, the market is swelled by traders from hill-tribe villages around Kalaw. After visiting market, you'll drop at trekking started point and begin your trekking walk through pine forest. Along the way, we'll meet with local people who are working hard in the fields of garlic and rice harvest. You can also see tea plantation and mountain rice plantation by walking through Shan mountains. Visit Ywar Thit village where you have a chance to see the life of Palaung tribes. We can learn about their interesting culture and traditions. Our next stop will be at Tar Yaw village where we'll visit monastery and local school. En-route, lunch will be served at a local family home and have tea together. After today's trekking, you'll transfer back to your hotel. Read more

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DAY 10

Kalaw – Inle Lake visit

Stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which is an elegant ancient monastery with its oval-shaped windows. Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, famous for the 800 years old Five Buddha statues which are covered in gold leaf. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages. Overnight on Inle Lake. Read more

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DAY 11

Inle Lake – Indein visit

After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day). From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to Indein populated by ethnic Padaung (“long neck women”). You’ll walk on a covered alley lined on both sides with a thousand pagodas. Continue on foot by a long covered staircase to discover the magnificent complex of Alaung Sithu in a beautiful scenery of ancient stupas buried in vegetation with a panoramic view of the lake. This afternoon is your leisure at hotel. Overnight on Inle Lake. Read more

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DAY 12

Inle Lake– Heho– overnight bus to Yangon

After morning breakfast, you will be free and leisure for the whole day. Depending on the time, you will transfer to the bus station and take the overnight express bus to Yangon. (Departure time = 17:00 PM, Arrival time = 05:30 AM). Stay overnight on express bus.

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DAY 13

Arrival Yangon – Thanlyin – Yangon

Early this morning, you’ll arrive Yangon bus station. Your guide will pick up your at your Bus station and breakfast at local restaurant. Today we’ll visit rural town of Thanlyin and Kyauktan, just across the river from Yangon. Thanlyin is a relaxing place, with shaded streets and a busy market to stroll through, but there is little of the ancient city to be seen. Our first stop is at Kyaik-khauk Pagoda which is a scale-down Shwedagon with stupendous views from its hilltop location. Next, we'll visit Thanlyin's market where you can see local vendors and lives of rural Burmese people. Afterwards, we'll continue our visit to the remains of the Portuguese-build church, which was constructed in 1750. Lunch at a local restaurant. (own account) After lunch, continue our way to southeast of Thanlyin to visit Yele Pagoda which is a sparkling floating temple adrift on a river. Catch one of the local ferry boats to reach the islet. If you wish, you can feed the massive catfish splashing about at the temple complex's edge. After exploring the Yele Pagoda, we'll return back to Yangon and head to your hotel where remainder of the day is your leisure. Overnight in Yangon. Read more

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DAY 14

Yangon – departure

Today is your leisure at hotel before transfer to airport for your departure flight

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ACCOMMODATIONS

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Day 3
Location Bagan
Day 4
Location Mandalay
Day 8
Location Kalaw
Day 10
Location Inle Lake
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Hotel
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Location Yangon
Day 3
Location Bagan
Day 4
Location Mandalay
Day 8
Location Kalaw
Day 10
Location Inle Lake
Day 13
Location Yangon
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Location Yangon
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Location Bagan
Day 4
Location Mandalay
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Location Kalaw
Day 10
Location Inle Lake
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TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • - Accommodation in the category chosen or similar (subject to availability).
  • - Overnight JJ Express Bus (Yangon – Bagan, Mandalay – Taunggyi & Nyaung Shwe – Yangon)
  • - Day cruise from Bagan – Mandalay with lunch
  • - Horse cart & ferry boat in Ava visit
  • - Horse cart in Pyin Oo Lwin visit
  • - Private boat for Inle Lake excursion
  • - Kalaw trekking services
  • - All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program.
  • - Transportation by vehicle with A/C
  • - Waters during tour day
  • - Local English speaking guide(s).

Package excludes

  • - Meals as mentioned in the program. L: Lunch, D: Dinner.
  • - Any flight does not mentioned and international tax
  • - Early check-in and late check-out
  • - Hotel/Room upgrade
  • - Festivity surcharge & festivity compulsory service by hotel(s) if any
  • - Detour(s)
  • - Tip, drinks, personal expenses and others
  • - Any service not clearly mentioned in the program

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