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Grand Myanmar Discovery – 20 Days

Tour code: 20180813-165

Start: 01-09-2018

Location starting: Myanmar

Time: 20 days


Day 1: Yangon Arrival (D)
Day 2: Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo (B)
Day 3: Kyaikhtiyo – Bago – Yangon (B)
Day 4: Yangon – Fly to Heho – Kalaw (B)
Day 5: Kalaw Trekking (B)
Day 6: Klaw – Pindaya (B)
Day 7: Pindaya – Inle Lake (B)
Day 8: Inle Lake – Indein – Fly to Mandalay (B)
Day 9: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Hill (B)
Day 10: Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura – Fly to Bagan (B)
Day 11: Bagan Discovery (B)
Day 12: Bagan Sightseeing (B)
Day 13: Bagan – Fly to Thandwe – Ngapali Beach (B)
Day 14: Ngapali Beach Free Time (B)
Day 15: Ngapali Beach Free Time (B)
Day 16: Ngapali Beach – Thandwe – Fly to Sittwe – Mrauk U (B)
Day 17: Mrauk U Sightseeing (B)
Day 18: Mrauk U Sightseeing (B)
Day 19: Mrauk U – Sittwe – Fly to Yangon (B)
Day 20: Yangon Half Day Tour – Departure (B)

Day 1: Yangon Arrival (D)

Welcome up on arrival at Yangon International Airport, we will transfer to hotel in Yangon. This evening, we will enjoy a Welcome dinner in Karaweik Palace, overlooking to the Royal Lake and Shwedagon tower with fine Burmese food and an amazing cultural show. Overnight in Yangon.

Day 2: Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo (B)                      

After breakfast, we leave Yangon to enjoy a scenic journey to Kyaiktiyo, which is 190km to the east. One of Myanmar’s great pilgrimage sites is the Golden Rock at Kyaiktiyo, a huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. The pagoda at the Golden Rock is said to hold a hair of the Buddha.

In the late morning, we will arrive at Kyaikhtiyo base camp and transfer to the transit junction with one of the small open trucks in a one-hour ride. After lunch time, we will start an easy walk up to the Golden Rock and enjoy sunset from this unforgettable site. Overnight in Kyaikhtiyo.

Day 3: Kyaikhtiyo – Bago – Yangon (B)

After breakfast, we will return to the base-camp by open truck and head in the direction of Yangon for 110km to Bago, an ancient capital dating back to the 6th century. Sightseeing in Bago includes the beautiful fifty five meter long reclining Buddha called Shwethalyaung and the Mon style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated in Myanmar. Its spire stands 114m high and is taller even than the Shwedagon Pagoda. Also visit the old Palace of Kambozathadi and the huge four sitting Buddhas. We then transfer back to Yangon for overnight accommodation.

Day 4: Yangon – Fly to Heho – Kalaw (B)

After breakfast in the hotel, we will drive to the airport to board a noon flight to Heho. On arrival, we will be welcomed and transfer to Kalaw Hill station. The rest of the day will be free to relax with the mild weather. Overnight in Kalaw.

Day 5: Kalaw Trekking (B)

In the morning, we drive to the northwest and stop at junction A. From here take foot path to the right. The road and trails goes through beautiful scenery. After approximately one and a half hour, we will reach PANE HNE PIN (Palaung Tribal Village). They make their living from farming and hunting. They live in long house and shared with 4-5 families.
After lunch, we walk another half-hour to the view point, the place where we will enjoy a panoramic view over Kalaw area. Then return to PANE HNE PIN village. From there we walk another half-an-hour to reach Junction B, where the car is waiting for us to get back Kalaw for overnight accommodation.

Day 6: Klaw – Pindaya (B)

Today, we visit the Pindaya Caves. These caves are ensconced in a limestone ridge overlooking the lake. Inside the cavern there are more than 8000 Buddha images – made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement – and are arranged in such a way as to form a labyrinth throughout the various cave chambers. Shwe U Min Paya – this is a cluster of low stupas just below the ridge near the Pindaya Caves. Overnight in a hotel in Pindaya.

Day 7: Pindaya – Inle Lake (B)

Today, we will leave Pindaya behind for Heho. Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar is located 900 meters above sea level and also home of Intha people, who are very famous for their one-leg rowing technique.
Upon arrival, we board a motorboat for a sightseeing tour to Phaungdawoo Pagoda, famed for its richly gilded five small Buddha images, also is believed the holiest in Inle Lake. Our next visit on this day tour is “Jumping Cat Pagoda” Ngaphechaung Monastery. As we travel further to Nam Pan village the cotton and lotus weaving factory and cigar-making houses will impress us with a sense of traditional Intha life. Overnight in a hotel in Inle Lake.

Day 8: Inle Lake – Indein – Fly to Mandalay (B)

Today, we will visit the “Five Day Market” which is held each day in a different village surrounding the lake. This is absolutely a magnificent place to enjoy the scene of local tribes in their colorful clothes and experience the exotic market atmosphere.
After lunch time, the boat will take us to beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking the lake. It will be definitely be relaxing to walk along the corridor and enjoy the giant columns which have been left to the nature for centuries. We will then take a late afternoon flight to Mandalay where we spend the night.

Day 9: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Hill (B)

Being famous as the Buddhism center in Myanmar, Mandalay is a realm of stupas, monks and monastery. The most fascinating visit will be the time to behold the monks doing their worship and having meals.
In the morning, we drive to Mandalay pier, embarking on a private boat upstream to visit Mingun, famed for its huge and incomplete Pahtodawgyi Pagoda and Mingun Bell, known as the 90 tons ringing bell.

In the afternoon, we will visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery – noted for its exquisite wood carvings, gold leaf beating workshop, Kuthodaw Pagoda – known as the world biggest book and furthermore, we will finish up the day tour by visiting Mandalay Hill to watch the sun-set and the panoramic view of the city. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 10: Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura – Fly to Bagan (B)

After breakfast, we will transfer from the city to Sagaing Hill, discover the monk education, visit Budda Cave, Uminthonze Pagoda and Sunooponnyashin Pagoda. Behold the panoramic view of Mandalay. After that, we will come to Amarapura. Being famous for Mahagandaryone Monastery Amarapura is the best place to experience the monk life in Mandalay. Walk over Ubein Wooden Bridge, the longest teakwood of its type to Mahamuni Image – a bronze Buddha image castled during the lifetime of Buddha himself.
In the late afternoon, we drive to the airport to board the flight from Mandalay for Bagan. Welcome up on arrival and transfer to hotel where we spend the night.

Day 11: Bagan Discovery (B)

Today, we will visit the Shwezigon Pagoda, which is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha, followed by Ananda, Sulamani Temple. In the afternoon, we visit Bagan’s archaeological museum and discover the traditional way the local people make Bagan’s famous lacquer wares. In the afternoon, we will have a beautiful sunset cruise on Ayeyarwaddy River. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 12: Bagan Sightseeing (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, we start our tour by an exotic horse cart ride to one of the biggest temples in Bagan, Nan Paya and many other amazing attractions surrounded. Continue sightseeing to Minkaba Gubyaukyi Temple taking note of the architectural differences between MyaZedi Temple and Manuha Temple. The most highlighted experience of today is the panoramic sunset view from the second highest temple of Bagan, the stunning ShweSandaw Pagoda. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 13: Bagan – Fly to Thandwe – Ngapali Beach (B)

After breakfast, we will catch a flight from Nyaung U to Thandwe. It is time to immerse in the pristine waters of Ngapali Beach and the beautiful green coconut groves. Overnight will be in Ngapali.

Day 14: Ngapali Beach Free Time (B)

Time will be free to relax on the sandy beach of Ngapali. Overnight in Ngapali.

Day 15: Ngapali Beach Free Time (B)

Time will be free to relax on the sandy beach of Ngapali. Overnight in Ngapali.

Day 16: Ngapali Beach – Thandwe – Fly to Sittwe – Mrauk U (B)

After breakfast at hotel, we drive to Thandwe to board our noon flight to Sittwe. On arrival at Sittwe airport, we transfer to jetty for private boat trip along the Kaladan River to Mrauk-u with 5 to 7 hours upstream and enjoy the daily life of local people along the riverbanks. We spend the night in a hotel in Mrauk U.

Day 17: Mrauk U Sightseeing (B)

After breakfast, we will visit the ancient capital city of Rakhine Kingdom (15th century). First, we visit to a city market to see the ways of life of local people. Then, we visit to Pharaouk Pagoda, Mong-Khong- Shwe Du Stupa, Pesi Paya, Koe Thaung Temple (a shrine of 90000 Buddha images), Latt-Say Lake (artificial lake with city wall and a gate) and Mahabandola Monastery like a museum and back to hotel for lunch and break for a rest.

In the afternoon, we visit to the massive Shit-Thaung Temple, a curiously remarkable temple with 80000 Buddha images and reliefs, Htaukkhan-Thein Temple likes the fortress, Andaw temple, Ratanabon Stupa, Laymyathnar temple (four sided temple), Laungbanprauk Pagoda locally known as “Plate Pagoda”,Pitakataik(a small library) and drive to Harritaung hill for Sun-set and back to hotel and overnight. Overnight in Mrauk U.

Day 18: Mrauk U Sightseeing (B)

Today, we will visit Sakyamanaung Pagoda, Ratanamanaung pagoda and ”Thet” village to see the women wearing the big ear-rings and different ethnic group of Rakhine and their different life-style, Nann-Oo Buddha image and Mingalamanaung pagoda.
In the afternoon, we will visit archaeological museum attached with the palace site, Latkaukzee monastery, Lawkananaung pagoda, Parabaw Buddha image and drive to Shwe-taung hill for Sun-set. Back to hotel and overnight. Overnight in a hotel in Mrauk U.

Day 19: Mrauk U – Sittwe – Fly to Yangon (B)

In the early morning, we check-out at hotel and take a drive to jetty and return to Sittwe by boat. On arrival, we transfer to Sittwe airport for departure flight to Yangon. Overnight in Yangon.

Day 20: Yangon Half Day Tour – Departure (B)

After breakfast at hotel, we will visit famous Sule Pagoda, in the heart of former capital Yangon, Chaukhtayi Pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake. Discover the most outstanding pagoda in Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda. This golden pagoda is really a must see while you are in Myanmar. Finally, finish up our day by enjoying some last minute shopping at Scott Market before heading to the airport for our flight back home. Tour ends.

What’s Included:

  • 6 domestic flights: Yangon – Heho – Mandalay – Bagan – Ngapali – Sittwe – Yangon

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels

  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary

  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles

  • Service of English speaking guides in every location

  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited

  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B-Breakfast; L – Lunch, D- Dinner)

What’s Excluded:

  • International flights

  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary

  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.

  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)

  • Tips for guides and drivers

  • Personal travel insurance

  • Myanmar Visa fees


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