Myanmar Scenic Splendor

Description

Design for the traveler who explore the main sites as well as off the beaten track towns. Visiting through the countryside by plane, car and boat will offer the great opportunities to discover the majestic Ayeyarwaddy River, the beautiful scenery along the way and local ways of life.

Duration: 12 Days/ 11 Nights
Destination: Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Kalaw – Pindaya – Inle

Overview

  • DAY 01: Arrival
  • DAY 02: Yangon – Mandalay
  • DAY 03: Mandalay – Amarapura – Inwa
  • DAY 04: Mandalay – Bagan
  • DAY 05: Bagan
  • DAY 06: Bagan – Popa – Klaw
  • DAY 07: Kalaw (Trekking) – Pindaya
  • DAY 08: Pindaya – Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake)
  • DAY 09: Inle Lake
  • DAY 10: Inle – Yangon
  • DAY 11: Yangon
  • DAY 12: Departure

Day 01 : Arrival

Arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by our guide and transfer to your hotel.  After short refreshment at hotel, evening visit to the over 2600 year old magnificent Shwedagone Pagoda, the stupa type covered by 60 tons of pure gold leaf. Enjoy the sunset at Shwedagone Pagoda.

Day 02: Yangon – Mandalay (By Flight)

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for flight to Mandalay. When you arrive at Mandalay airport, you will take a sightseeing tour of Mandalay which includes Mahanumi (a life like Buddha image), gold leaf making work-place seeing how the gold leaf is being made by hand in a traditional way. Then check in at hotel. After short refreshment, continue visit the Old Palace grounds, Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s largest book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Buddha’s Doctrine; Golden Palace Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings and enjoy the panoramic view of the city from Mandalay Hill.

Day 03: Mingun – Inwa – Amarapura

The day begins with a visit to the Mandalay morning market where, if you wish, you may purchase donations for a monastery or nunnery. Proceed to the Irrawaddy River jetty and take a boat to Mingun, a village filled with historic buildings including the massive brick Mingun Paya and the whitewashed Hsinbyume Pagoda. Continue by boat and car to Ava, also known as Inwa, where a horse and cart takes you along leafy roads to the remains of the former royal capital. Before the day comes to a close, travel to Amarapura, another former royal capital, to see the sun set over U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge.

Day 04: Mandalay – Bagan (By Express Boat)

After the breakfast at hotel, transfer to jetty to board your boat to Bagan. The journey on Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) River lets you have a memorable experience. The river provides you an opportunity to see one of the most interesting areas in Myanmar onboard. You will see many riverside villages along the journey and we will stop by at one of the typical river village for a short excursion. Disembark evening in Bagan and transfer to hotel.

Day 05 : Bagan

This morning we head for the airport to get the early morning flight to Bagan. Upon arrival meet and transfer for hotel check-in or start sight visit to Shwezigon pagoda (the prototype of Burmese stupas), Ananda Temple (masterpieces of architecture and design), KubyaukGyi temple (mural paintings), Htilominlo pagoda (great motifs & plaster curving), Manuha temple (the huge Buddha image), Nanbaya temple (sand stone curved) and Damanyangyi temple (the biggest structure in Bagan). There will also be a Lacquer workshop visit. Enjoy the sunset at Pythadargyi Temple.

Day 06: Bagan – Mt Popa – Kalaw

This morning, we will be watching sunrise over Bagan and back to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast at hotel, we head to Mt. Popa about 48 km south east of Bagan. Mt. Popa, known as the abode of Nats (spirits). It’s time to climb for 777 steps to the summit. Proceed to Popa Mountain Resort for lunch (own account). The restaurant offer a great view to the Popa summit that stands straight from the central plain. After lunch, 5 hrs drive to Kalaw and enjoy the panoramic view of Shan Plateau.

Day 07: Kalaw Trekking – Pindaya

After the breakfast at hotel, visit to Kalaw Market where villagers from the surrounding hills come to sell their produce. Kalaw is an old hill station with a laid back atmosphere, refreshing climate and scenic views and famous trekking place. Enjoy 2 to 3 hrs trekking around Kalaw. Then continue to Pindaya, a small town surrounded by rolling hills dotted with farms and tea plantations. The two-hour drive from Kalaw is beautiful and there is ample opportunity to stop for photos. Overnight at Pindaya.

Day 08: Pindaya – Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake)

After the breakfast at the hotel, visit to the market in this small town where is home to the Danu people, one of Myanmar’s many ethnic groups. Continue to Pindaya Cave where is a huge cavern where hundreds and thousands of Buddha images in various size and shape are installed since the 11th century. Then proceed a visit to traditional umbrella making and paper making home cottages industries. At evening drive to Nyaung Shwe.

Day 09 : Inle Lake

After breakfast, we have a leisurely morning to make our excursion by “long-tail” boat out across the lake. We plan to spend the day visiting villages and sampling the spectacular array of traditional handicrafts. You will see the unique method locals use to row their boats, fishermen with their own style of fishing, floating farms and gardens and a handloom weaving cottage with its own showroom. You will visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda which houses the five most revered Buddha Images in the southern Shan State and Nga Phe Chaung Monastery.

Day 10 : Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon

After breakfast at the hotel, start our excursion by motorized boat to Indein pagoda complex, in the south-west of the lake. The boat leaves the lake and enters a narrow canal with a beautiful natural environment to continue to a small Pa O tribe village. From the village, follow an old covered path to a 13th century monastery and the very impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas, some hidden in the vegetation. The main stupa-area on the top of the hill offers breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and down to the valley and the lake in the far distance. Return boat ride to jetty and proceed to airport for your return flight to Yangon. Check in at airport and fly back to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Day 11: Inle – Yangnon (By Flight)

After breakfast at hotel, enjoy a walk through downtown Yangon where most of the colonial buildings such as city hall, Mahabandoola park, high court and telegraphic office. Continue to visit Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) market  that is one of the major bazaars in Yangon and built in 1926 by the British. It has the largest selection of Myanmar souvenirs you can find under one roof. You can buy a variety of interesting Myanmar lacquerware, gems and jewellery at this market. After that, visit to National Museum that is an extensive collection of Burmese artifacts and is the country’s principal cultural museum. Evening visit to China Town and enjoy the leisure.

Day 12: Departure

After breakfast, you will be picked up by your guide and transferred to Yangon International airport for your return international departure flight. (OR free morning until your departure time.)

Service Includes

  • Accommodation with breakfast (Twin / Double sharing basis)
  • Domestic airfares
  • Transfer and Sightseeing with private air condition vehicle
  • Entrance fees for visit mentioned in the program
  • English Speaking local guide (one area one guide)
  • Mandalay-Bagan express boat fee
  • Private boat excursion at Inle
  • Drinking water and towels during excursion

Service Excludes

  • International air tickets
  • Visa fee
  • Meals (lunch and dinner)
  • Beverages
  • Drinks and personal expanses
  • Tips and porters at the airport, hotel and guide
  • Camera fees
  • Any other items not mentioned in the program