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14-Day Amazing Myanmar
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Overview

This tasteful program starts and ends in Yangon with it’s different activities, two air travels, river and overland travels, and trekking.

Tour starts from YANGON, with its picturesque colonial architecture, atmospheric markets and glittering pagodas, follow by two days journey to the GOLDEN ROCK, one of the holiest sites in Myanmar, and BAGO, an ancient Mon capital.

Return back to YANGON for first flight to MANDALAY, Myanmar’s cultural capital.

Continuing overland tour from Mandalay to Bagan with one night stop en route, in MONYWA, a picturesque town on the Chindwin River and famous with her monuments and lime Stone Caves.

After 2½ hr boat trip, arrive to BAGAN and explore the incomparable thousands of stupas and pagodas.

Start overland trip to KALAW with the spectacular view of Mt.

Popa en route and explore the beauty of KALAW with its colorful tribes in surrounding along  overnight trekking leads to INLELAKE.

Discover the floating gardens and villages of INLE LAKE and back to YANGON, where your thrilling Myanmar travels will come to end.

Recommended travel period : Throughout the year. But trekking route from KALAW to INLE LAKE will be muddy from June to September.

 

Day 1

Arrive Yangon

Day 2

Yangon - Bago - Golden Rock

Day 3

Golden Rock - Yangon

Day 4

Yangon - Mandalay (By Am Flight)

Day 5

Mandalay/Mingun/Ava

Day 6

Mandalay - Sagaing - Monywa (By Car)

Day 7

Monywa - Pakokku (By Road) - Bagan (By Boat)

Day 8

Bagan

Day 9

Bagan

Day 10

Bagan - Mt.Popa - Kalaw (By Car)

Day 11

Kalaw Trekking (Day 1)
Day 12 Kalaw Trekking (Day 2), arrive Inle Lake
Day 13 Inle Lake   
Day 14 Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (By Am Flight) / Depart Yangon

Itinerary

Day 1         Arrive Yangon

shwedagon-pagodaUpon arrival at YANGON airport, welcomed by your Asian Tour guide and transferred to hotel.  After small refreshment, your journey begins with an afternoon tour through Yangon’s colonial-style city center.  Visit MAHA BANDOOLA PARK from where you have the perfect view on Colonial Buildings, CITY HALL and HIGH COURT. Visit and stroll through the BOGYOKE (SCOTTS) MARKET (closed on Monday and Gazette holidays), a compound of hundreds of food, garment, handicraft and gem stores. After a photo stop at the KARAWEIK HALL, a 'hamsa-bird-shaped' floating barge on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake, visit the magnificent reclining Buddha CHAUK HTAT GYI. Complete your first day in Myanmar with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the SHWEDAGON  PAGODA.

Overnight stay in Yangon.

 

Day 2         Yangon - Bago - Golden Rock (Kyaikhtiyo)

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After breakfast, drive to BAGO (84 km - 1½ hours). Sightseeing starts with the charming and characteristic monastery of Kya Khet Waii, an eminent teaching center for hundreds of monks from neighbouring regions to study Buddhism. You will have ample time to observe when the monks walk mindfully in procession for their last meal of the day. After seeing over a thousand years old SHWE MAWDAW PAGODA with its spire taller than the SHWE DAGON PAGODA, you will proceed to the KIN PUN 'base camp' (110 km - 3½ hours). Lunch will be served at a local restaurant en-route. The tour will continue to one of Myanmar's landmarks, famous for its precarious position and religious importance, KYAIKHTIYO the 'Golden Rock' is a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff.  To reach the pagoda from KINPUN base camp, the journey is made in open truck. If you wish, walk approximately 4 km (1 hour) from the middle camp and the walk is up a steep path ascending some 500m to the GOLDEN ROCK on top of the mountain range. On arrival you can enjoy great views over the surrounding jungle and a beautiful sunset.

Overnight stay in Golden Rock.

 

Day 3         Golden Rock - Yangon

After breakfast you will return to YANGON (194 km - 5 hours). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Bago and continue sightseeing with the 55-meter long reclining SHWE THALYAUNG Buddha, which is among one of the country's most impressive images as well as the four giant Buddha images at KYAIK PUN PAGODA. After visiting a 'Mon' weaving and handicraft village producing woven bamboo wares continue to Yangon. Stop en-route by an Allied War Graves cemetery near HTAUK KYAN and a "Nat" tree shrine.

Overnight stay in Yangon.

 

Day 4         Yangon - Mandalay (By Am Flight)

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for domestic flight to MANDALAY. Upon arrival to Mandalay airport, transfer to your hotel. After lunch, experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay including some of the most revered religious monuments in Myanmar, MAHAMUNI PAGODA; SHWE INBIN MONASTERY; GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY, a superb example of a traditional wood work and KUTHODAW PAGODA, the world’s largest book made of marble. Mandalay is also a major arts and crafts center. A visit to Kalaga tapestry craftsmen’s shop before proceeding to MANDALAY HILL for sunset viewing.

Overnight stay in Mandalay.

 

Day 5         Mandalay / Mingun / Ava

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After breakfast, an excursion by boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River to MINGUN, about 11 km (1 hour) upriver from Mandalay. Visit the unfinished MINGUN PAYA, which was meant to become the largest stupa in Myanmar constructed by King Bodaw Paya; one of the world’s largest bells and the 90 ton weighing MINGUN BELL and HSINBYUME PAYA. Return back to Mandalay.After lunch at a local restaurant, embark for a short boat ride over a river and start exploring the former Royal Capital INWA (AVA) by horse cart. Visit NAN MYINT WATCH TOWER, the remains of the ancient palace building, also know as “the leaning tower of Ava“; MAHA AUNG MYE BONZAN MONASTERY, built of brick and stucco; BAR GAYAR MONASTERY, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. Continue to 200-year-old U BEIN teak bridge, built in 1782 during the era when Amarapura was the Royal capital, for sunset viewing.

Overnight stay in Mandalay.

 

Day 6         Mandalay - Sagaing - Monywa (By Car)

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After breakfast, drive to MONYWA (150 km - 4 hours) including visit SAGAING KHAUNG MU DAW PAGODA and the villages en route. Arrive to Monywa and check-in at your hotel.Afternoon cross the CHINDWIN RIVER by ferry boat and proceed by pick-up (40 km - 1 hour) to PO WIN TAUNG, a network of impressive sandstone caves containing Buddha statues, wood carvings and fine mural paintings, some dating back to the 15th century. Dozens of large and small caves with about 450,000 images are hidden in the area of the Hpo Win Hills. Return back to Monywa. If time permit, visit Kyaukkar Village and Shweguni Pagoda. Take a photo stop at Htan Zalote Water Fall before returning to hotel.

Overnight stay in Monywa.

 

Day 7         Monywa - Pakokku (By Road) / Pakokku - Bagan (By Boat)

After breakfast, visit THAN BODDHAY PAGODA; where 845 small stupas surround and rise up to the richly decorated central stupa. The pagoda is built to remind of Mt Meru and has some similar characteristics to Borobudur of Java. Take a walk through the nearby banyan tree grove BODDHI-TATAUNG where thousand Buddha images rest at the feet of the trees. Enjoy the panoramic view from AUNG SETKAYA PAGODA, standing 130 meter high on the Po Khaung hills.Drive to PAKOKKU (110 km – 4 hours), a port city set south of the CHINDWIN confluence with en-route visit to MA-U VILLAGE. After visiting Pakokku, continue by boat on the AYEYARWADDY RIVER, to BAGAN. This down river trip takes approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival to Bagan, transfer to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Bagan.

 

Day 8         Bagan

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After breakfast at hotel, visit the colorful local market and continue the day with visits to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan: including SHWE ZI GON PAGODA, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; HTI LOMINLO TEMPLE, noted for its plaster carvings and KHAY MIN GA TEMPLE, noted for its panoramic view of the area’s numerous monuments. In the afternoon learn of manufacturing Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts and visit a lacquer ware craftsmen’s workshop in nearby MYIN KABA village.  Later continue to MANUHA TEMPLE, built in Mon style in 1059 and explore the MYIN GABA GUBYAUKGYI TEMPLE, a temple known for its famous UNESCO protected mural paintings. Finish the day of sightseeing by watching sunset over Myanmar’s longest river, Ayeyarwaddy from the SHWE SAN DAW PAGODA (if chance).

Overnight stay in Bagan.

 

Day 9         Bagan / Village Tour

After breakfast, visit to TA YOKE PYAY TEMPLE in Min Nan Thu Village; PHAYA THONE ZU and NAN DAMANYA TEMPLES noted for their exquisite murals of 13th century; KYAT KAN CAVE monastery, a famous meditation and DHAMMA YANGYI TEMPLE.Bagan is not only the site of thousand year old temples and pagodas, but also home to many villages scattered around the surrounding plains. Leave to TAUNG BI VILLAGE, and visit the noodle makers, a Myanmar-style movie theatre, the village hairdresser and a local tea shop. Proceed to visit traditional family business including blacksmiths, brick makers, dry snack workshops and bamboo roof producers.Visit ANANDA TEMPLE, with four standing Buddha images and horse-carriage will take you through some of the more off the beaten track temple sites.

Overnight stay in Bagan.

Optional: Experience the magic of Bagan and a thousand years of history from the enchanting platform of a hot air balloon, for the first time ever. Balloons in Bagan offer visitors exclusive sunrise champagne flights over the ancient pagodas of Bagan from late October to April.

 

Day 10         Bagan - Mt. Popa - Kalaw (By Car)

After early breakfast, a 300 km drive (8 hours) will take you to Kalaw. En-route visit MT. POPA, an extinct volcano with spectacular views.  Mt. Popa is a popular pilgrimage destination for Myanmar. The local people travel here from far away to worship various animist spirits known as “nats” 777 steps lead up to the shrine placed on top of the steep Popa peak. After lunch at a simple local restaurant en route, the journey continues on a narrow, winding and bumpy road through the Shan Hills. You will reach KALAW, a fresh and delightful hill station, situated on the rim of the Shan Plateau, early evening time. Kalaw is a lively market town where many ethnic minority people of the surrounding areas buy and trade their goods.    

Overnight stay in Kalaw.

 

Day 11         Kalaw Trekking (Day 1) : Baw Hnin Kone - Htee Tein

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After breakfast at hotel, explore the hill town with the local market, the tiny train station and the old catholic church (if open).  Drive to BAW HNIN KONE village.<Leave the baggage in the car and get back in Inle Lake in next day.>>From Baw Hinin Gone village you will walk 3 hours before arriving to Kone Hla village for lunch. The route offers fabulous views and passes through fields where farmers in the morning will be harvesting, planting or tending to their crops of wheat, potatoes, ginger or other vegetables.After simple lunch at village house, trek 2½ hours through PACK TU POUK village to HteeTein, your overnight stop.  The route is filled with the panoramic views of the Shan Mountain Range and surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty.In the late afternoon we’ll reach HTEE TEIN. Our overnight stay is in the village monastery or village house, a special place to spend the evening and although the accommodation is basic, it is comfortable. Dinner will be prepared on spot and served later this evening.

Overnight at village monastry or village house. 

Walking time and place may change subject to weather and unforeseen situation.The villages you will be passing through are very traditional. Conservative dress will be appreciated.Recommended things to be bring : light weight trekking shoes (jungle boot and rain coat for rainy season), mosquito repellent, long sleeves sweaters and pants, small flashlight.

 

Day 12         Kalaw Trekking (Day 2) : Htee Tein - Arrive Indein

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Depart from Htee Thein monastery after your breakfast around 07.00.  After a long (going down) walk, you will reach INDEIN village on the shore of Inle Lake.  On the way you may be pass the tour villages of Inthar and Pao races.  There are many plantation of cheroot leaf.  Arrive to Indein around at 12.00.In Indein village, you can see the ancient Pagodas from the XVI century and quiet places, take your time for visiting the village.  Your boat is waiting at Indein village and boat transfer to hotel.

Overnight stay in Inle Lake.

 

Day 13         Inle Lake

After breakfast, day excursion by boat on the Inle Lake will include sights of the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and magnificent scenery. Begin with Local Market (if possible according to market day schedule); the PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA, one of the most sacred shrines in Myanmar, dating back to the 18th century; SILVER SMITH, BLACK SMITH AND WEAVING WORK SHOPS in YWA-MA and INPAWKHON. And also visit the NGA PHE KYAUNG MONASTERY wonderfully carved wooden floating monastery in the lake.  

Overnight stay in Inle Lake.

 

Day 14         Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (By Am Flight) / Depart Yangon

After breakfast, transfer to HEHO airport (25km – 1 hour) for domestic flight to YANGON. Take refreshment in Yangon before international departure.

From Heho, you can take flight to Ngapali for beach break.

Itinerary is subject to changes depending on flights, road conditions and availability of rooms.

 

You can extend the program with Extended Tours .

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