MM 05: YANGON – BAGAN – MANDALAY – INLE LAKE – YANGON (8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS)
Welcome by the representative on arrival Yangon international airport and transfer to the hotel. After a brief fresh up at hotel, begins the orientation tour of Yangon.
Explore the commercial capital city Yangon, the biggest city in Myanmar with a population of 5 million. Its tree lined wide avenues, its shady green parks, and the beautiful huge lakes give Yangon the reputation of one of the most charming and lively cities in Asia.
The orientation tour of Yangon includes Sule Pagoda (landmark in city center) – is unusual in that octagonal shape extends right up to the bell and inverted bowl, the City Hall and Colonial Buldings, Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda – which includes an enormous reclining Buddha, photo stop at Karaweik Hall and Royal Barge on the Kandawgyi Royal Lake.
At sunset, visit the marvelous Shwedagon Pagoda, the glistening golden stupa that towers over the capital and one of the wonders of the world, is the spiritual center of the country. Overnight in Yangon.
Early morning you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Bagan. Arrive Bagan, the Bagan Archeological site is one of the richest archeological sites in Asia and it is the main tourist attraction in Myanmar and considered as one of Asia’s holiest cities along with Varanasi and Jerusalem by archeologists, historians and photographers thanks to the greatest collection of Buddhist sculptures, lavishly decorated with mural paintings and plaster carvings from the 11th to 13th centuries. During its golden age in the 12th century, Bagan was known as “the city of four million pagodas”. While Kublai Khan and several massive earthquakes have reduced that inflated number drastically, what remains is quite incredible.
Over the next day’s we’ll visit several small villages, the museum and the principal pagodas, including: Shwezigon Pagoda, the first monument built in Myanmar Style, the prototype for later pagodas is one of the oldest an loveliest temples and remains an important place of devotion for the Burmese; Ananda Temple, the masterpiece of the early style temple, with delicate decorations in glazed tiles along its base and terraces; Gubyaukgyi Temple, displays a strong influence of Indian culture; Shwessandaw pagoda – displays a strong influence of Mon influence with a steep starway directed to the terraces for a superb view from the upper level.
Late this afternoon, climb on top of one of the tall temples and watch the sun drop into distant hills and experience peaceful, tranquil moment and indescribable magical power of Bagan. Overnight in Bagan.
This morning after breakfast, visit Nyaung Oo Market, then proceeded to Sulamani temple, Shwegugyi Temple, and Minanthu village.
Bagan is also famous as the center of Myanmar’s thriving lacquer-ware industry. In the afternoon, the tour includes a stop at a local lacquer – ware workshop to watch the skilled artisans at work on the various stages over a period of six months.
Then proceed to old Bagan for a pony cart tour among the temples; Tayokype, Htilominlo and Thatbyinnyu Temple before sunset. Evening enjoy Bagan’s most popular sunset at Bu Paya overlooking view to Ayeyarwaddy River. Enjoy the magical moments. Overnight in Bagan.
This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Nyaung Oo airport for the flight to Mandalay, the second largest city boasting its rich culture heritage, represents a Buddhist city of conservative culture and tradicional art. Mandalay was the last capital (1860 – 1885) of the last independent Burmese Kingdom before annexation by the British after the Third Anglo – Burmese War in 1885.
On the way to Mandalay city you may wander through Paleik an unspoiled side that’s home to hundreds of temples and pagodas. Famous Mahagandayon monastery at Amarapura, may be the largest Buddhist University in the country where you can witness thousands of monks studying together.
In the late afternoon, visit Golden Palace Monastery, the most well-known wooden monastery in the country, famous for its intricate carvings. It is the only original building from Mandalay Palace having miraculously survived the bombings WWII. Kuthodaw Pagoda known as the biggest book in the world with hundreds of marble slabs inscribed with the entire Buddhist Canon. Enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill and enjoy the panoramic view of the plain. Overnight in Mandalay.
The day begins with the colorful Zegyo market strolling around and experienced the daily life of the people. Visit Mahamuni Temple – the most revered pagoda in Mandalay, the Royal Palace, which houses a huge bronze Buddha image covered in thick layers of gold is one of the most three holiest places in Myanmar. It is always crowded with pious devotees from all over the country. Manadalay is the center of arts and crafts. Here you will visit the gold leaf making workshop, where 24K gold is transformed into super thin gold leaves using only precise hammer blows, a technique which even hi-tech equipment cannot match. Witness also the marble carving street, where thousands of Buddha images are made. This afternoon before the sunset, you may visit the traditional cotton and silk weavers whose ancestors used to weave beautiful robes for the royalties. The weaving of silk longyis is so intricate and colorful that they can only finish an inch a day and it is truly astounding. At sunset visit the most picturesque U Bein Bridge on Taungthaman Lake, a half mile long teak span also known as the longest teak bridge in the world. Overnight in Mandalay.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Heho, the gateway to the Southern Shan State. Upon arrival, transfer to the Inle Lake – the natural and unpolluted, famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg-rowing of the Inthas; the native lake dwellers, the world’s hidden spot of scenic beauty.
You have a full day exploration of the lake and environs today by longtail boat. View the traditional inhabitants of the area, the Intha, who are the best known for their unique-leg rowing technique and cultivation of floating gardens.
Other highlights today, in addition to the beautiful mountain scenery that surrounds you, will include visits to the venerable Phaung Daw U Kyaung. Of the places you visit in Myanmar, wander around the scenic lake by boat, witness the unique leg-rowing of the Inthas and their unique fishing method, floating gardens, the floating villages the friendly hill tribe people, ancient pagodas, and its colorful festivals will give you a life time memories. Overnight in Inle Lake.
This morning, spend full day aboard a boat exploring the breathtaking lake, which is surrounded on both sides by high hills. You will have an opportunity to visit the market, which is held once in every five years. It is the best opportunity to see hill tribes coming down to sell and buy their products.
Indein Temple is a complex which travelers express as Mini-Angkor. After a short distance walk through the bamboo forest, the exciting vie Indein Temple complex is situated in the western shore of the lake and most of the internal wall of the ruins of 1054 shrines make you say “WOW”.
In the afternoon, visit Impawkhone silk weaving village, a blacksmith, Cheroot making and surrounding villges. Return to the hotel in the evening. Overnight in Inle Lake.
Breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the beauty of the Lake until the time to transfer back Heho airport for your flight to Yangon. Before your departure flight, if the time permits, visit Bogyoke Auns San Market (Scott) which has an enormous array of consumer goods and has the largest collections of souvenirs from all over Myanmar. This will be a wonderful opportunity to pick up some handicraft. You will be transferred back to the airport in the time for your flight back home. Please note that you will be required to pay an international departure tax of 10$ USD person.
- Accommodation in twin share daily breakfast /Lunch/Dinner
- All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car.
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- 4 Round of domestic flights.
- All entrance fees for the places as mentioned, transfers and tours with private English (or as specified language) speaking guid.
- Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
- International air tickets to/from Yangon
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)
- Meals other than those specified in the itinerary
- Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry and etc.,