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Myanmar Through The Lens

Tour code: 20180901-276

Start: 01-10-2018

Location starting: Myanmar

Time: 12 days - 11 nights


Day 1: Mandalay Arrival
Day 2: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Hill (B)
Day 3: Mandalay – Amarapura – Sagaing – Inwa (B)
Day 4: Mandalay – Boat trip to Bagan (B)
Day 5: Bagan Sightseeing (B)
Day 6: Bagan – Mt. Popa – Bagan (B)
Day 7: Bagan – Heho – NyuangShwe (B)
Day 8: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake (B)
Day 9: Inle Lake – Kakku – Yangon (B)
Day 10: Yangon – Golden Rock (B)
Day 11: Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon (B)
Day 12: Yangon City Tour – Departure

Day 1: Mandalay Arrival

Welcome upon arrival at Mandalay International Airport, we drive to our hotel in the city centre. Mandalay, a city founded in 1857 as the capital by King Mindon and is the principle center for Buddhism studies in Myanmar. After a short rest, we visit the Mandalay Palace which boasts finely built regal walls and a beautiful moat surrounding her fortress. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 2: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Hill (B)

Being famous as the Buddhism centre 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.
After breakfast at hotel, we driver to Mandalay pier and embarking on a private boat upstream to visit Mingun, famed for its huge and incomplete Pahtodawgyi Pagoda and Mingun Bell – the 90 ton ringing bell.
In the afternoon, we visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery – noted for its exquisite wood carvings, gold leaf beating workshop, Kuthodaw Pagoda – known as the world’s biggest book and finish the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill to watch the sun-set and the panoramic view of the city. Overnight accommodation will be in Mandalay.

Day 3: Mandalay – Amarapura – Sagaing – Inwa (B)

In the morning, we drive to Amarapura, which is famous for Mahagandaryone Monastery. Amarapura is the best place to experience the monk life in Mandalay. Every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up silently to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists.
Next, head to Sagaing, discover the monk education, visit Budda cave, Uminthonze pagoda and Sunooponnyashin pagoda. Behold the panoramic view of Mandalay. We then cross the river by ferry to Inwa (Ava), situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Once a royal capital, Inwa is now a quiet rural oasis. Enjoy a horse cart ride around the peaceful countryside, visiting BagayaKyaung, a beautiful teak wood monastery, MahaAungmyayBonzanKyaung, and Nan Myint tower.

End of the day, we 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. Enjoy great sunset view here. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 4: Mandalay – Boat trip to Bagan (B)

On this day tour, we will take a day boat (the boat is not the comfortable cruise but bring us good experience) to Bagan at 7.00AM. It is time for us to enjoy daily life of local people on the river. Upon arrival in Bagan, we will transfer to the hotel. We spend the night in Bagan.

Day 5: Bagan Sightseeing (B)

Today we have an early morning and direct flight to Bagan. Bagan is Myanmar’s archaeological wonderland, where over 3,000 ancient temples blossom from the countryside. On arrival, we will visit the Nyang U Market in Old Bagan and then explore the beautiful gold leaf Shwezigon Pagoda and discover Burmese Buddhist traditions. We continue our tour with a visit to Ananda Temple, stopping along the way on the Bagan plains to admire some of the surrounding temples.
In the afternoon, we will continue our day tour with an exotic horse cart ride to one of the biggest temples in Bagan: Nan Paya Pagoda and many other amazing attractions surrounded. The most highlighted of your fifth day trip is the panoramic sunset view from the second highest pagoda of Bagan, the ShweSandaw Pagoda. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 6: Bagan – Mt. Popa – Bagan (B)

After breakfast, we begin the drive to Mt Popa. It is time to join in pilgrims as they ascend Mt. Popa and admire the crazy statues that line the walkway, along with the monkeys that live on the mountain. Once at the peak, guests can relax and bask in the glorious views of Bagan. We then return to Bagan for a short cruise along the Irrawaddy River at sunset. We spend the night in Bagan.

Day 7: Bagan – Heho – NyuangShwe (B)

On this day tour, we leave our ancient Bagan temples behind and take a flight to Heho. Arrive Heho airport and drive to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake, stopping on the way to visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery.
Upon arrival, board a motorboat for a sightseeing tour to Phaungdawoo Pagoda, famed for its richly gilded five small Buddha images and believed to be the holiest pagoda in Inle Lake. Our next stop is “Jumping Cat Pagoda” Ngaphechaung Monastery. As we travel closer to Nam Pan Village, have a look at cotton and lotus weaving factories and cigar making houses. These sites will give us a true sense of traditional Intha life. We spend the night in Inle Lake.

Day 8: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake (B)

This morning, we visit the unique “5 Day Market” which is held in different villages surrounding the lake. This is absolutely a magnificent place to enjoy the scene of local tribes in their colorful clothes and experience exotic market atmosphere.
After lunch, the boat will take us to the beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking the lake. Now, it’s time to enjoy our relaxing time while walking along the corridors and enjoy the giant columns that have been left to the nature for centuries. Overnight in a hotel in Inle Lake.

Day 9: Inle Lake – Kakku – Yangon (B)

After breakfast, we leave for Kakku and take a short boat ride to Naung Shwe before getting on our private car for 2 hour drive to Kakku. Stop at Taung Gyi for a short visit en-route then head into the rolling hills toward the east of the lake. The drive is spectacular, crossing over the railway line and through small villages inhabited to the Pa-Oh people.
The view of Kakku is breathtaking: there are more than 5200 individual stupas, some of which are 20 metres high, and several Buddha images scattered throughout. There are no clear facts about the history of the stupas but most date back to the 11th-13th century, the same period when Bagan was thriving. Wander throughout the temples, taking our time to enjoy the wonder and awe of this site and discover the intricate carvings and details on the structures. In the late afternoon, we will drive to Heho for flight to Yangon. Overnight accommodation will be in Yangon.

Day 10: Yangon – Golden Rock (B)

After breakfast, we will take a 4-hour drive to Kyaik Hto to visit the Golden Rock. One the way, we visit to Htaukkyant War Cemetery then proceed to overland driving to Golden Rock. Arrive at pilgrim-village is a starting point to the famous Golden Rock. From our hotel in Kyaikhtiyo we first take a truck and then enjoy the trekking to Golden Rock, it will take about 1 hour up the hill to enjoy the sunset at the Golden Rock. The famous ‘Golden Rock’ is a sacred, massive gold-leafed boulder delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff near the top of Mt. Kyaikhtiyo and it is one of the most revered Buddhist shrines.

Note: The road up hill is very steep; we share the truck with local to get almost to the top of this mountain for an hour. It will be an adventure plus the 45 minutes trekking up hill. There is the ride by local at the additional charge about 5$/per person. Overnight in a hotel in Kyaikhtiyo.

Day 11: Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon (B)

After enjoy the morning breakfast and coffee at the hotel restaurant and enjoy great panorama view over the top of this mountain, we will check out and take the short trekking down the hill and share the local truck with local down to the foot of mountains where our private car is await for us.

Then, we drive back to Yangon. On the way, we visit Bago, located only 80 km, was an ancient capital of Mon Kingdom in 15th century and enjoy the Bago sightseeing including Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha (55 metres long), Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Myo Ma Local Market, 28 meter high huge Buddha Image of Kyaikpun Pagoda, Chinese Kwanyin Temple and upon if you wish, we can visit the Kanbawzathardi Palace of King Bayinnaung. After lunch at local good restaurant, we drive back to Yangon city for overnight accommodation.

Day 12: Yangon City Tour – Departure

In the morning, we spend a half day exploring the most outstanding pagoda in Yangon: Shwedagon Pagoda. The “Golden Pagoda” is really a must see while we are in Myanmar. Enjoy the last minute shopping in bustling Scott market before driving to the airport to catch our departure flight home. Tour ends.

Price: Please contact us for your special price.

What’s Included:

Domestic flight: Bagan – Heho – Yangon

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels

Bikes and Mechanic

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

Services of a private driver and air-conditioned support van

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 and airport tax (US$ 10.00 per person)

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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