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Arrive at Mandalay International airport and warmly welcomed by our local tour guide. Transfer to hotel for refreshment and then observe the Myanmar's second holiest pilgrimage site: "Mahamuni" Pagoda which has been growing in size by every year bymore and more thick layers of gold. Then proceed to nearby traditional handicraft workshops such as marble works, wood carving, gold leaf and tapestry works. After that, visit ShweKyaung (Golden Palace) Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carving and the huge teak wooden pillars, Kuthodaw Pagoda, also known as “the World’s Largest Book of Buddhism” which refers to the 729 marble tablets of the Buddhist scriptures in pagoda compound and enjoy the sunset at the Mandalay Hill, a vantage point for a panoramic view of the city.
After breakfast at the hotel, have a 2-hour drive to PyinOoLwin, a former British hill station. Upon arrival in PyinOoLwin, drive to the PyinOoLwin market and then horse cart ride from the market. Then visit National Kandawgyi Garden (BotanicalGarden) an area of 437 acres which is stunned by its natural beauty and breathtaking scenery where you can see many collections of flora including foreign species, orchids of various species in the orchid garden, dahlia gardens, rose gardens, many exotic fruits, and shady trees.
Then continue to PweKauk Waterfall, also known as Hampshire Falls in British times, is located in a very nice place with different pathways and bridges to go around and enjoy the view from different angles. Then explore Peik Chin Myaung Cave Garden, an area of 437acres limestone stalactite cave with a natural stream flowing through, is filled with many Buddha images and pagodas in various sizes and positions at every corner and niche.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to railway station for your train journey to Hsipaw by crossing through world famous Gokteik viaduct which is second highest bridge in the world. On arrival Hsipaw, transfer to the hotel for check-in and the rest of the day is at your leisure walking around this charming & laid-back town.
After breakfast at the hotel, the trekking will start by walking through the rice fields to
Nam Tok Fall, which is an impressive tall waterfall with beautiful scenery in Hsipaw. Then walk back to the farmer villages, enjoy the country panoramic view, learn their ways of life of Shan people andhave Shan Rice Noodle at tiny local village mall with the local guide. Afterwards, continue an hour by boat up streaming river along the mountains, valley and plantations to the river confluence at which swimming is
available on the individual wish. On the way down-streaming by boat, visit a SHAN
village which has typical houses with small charming gardens and then return by boat.
After breakfast at the hotel, 5 hour drive from Hsipaw to Mandalay. On the way you can enjoy the simple beauty of country side and take some memorable photos with them. You will arrive in Mandalay in the evening and transfer to hotel for check in.
After breakfast at hotel, have about 1 hour boat excursion to Mingun, located 11 km upthe Ayeyarwady River on the west bank from Mandalay which is the country's vital river and most important commercial waterway. At the jetty, you can see the ways of Myanmar local life. Mingun has a monumental uncompleted stupa called Mingun PaHtoDawGyi Pagoda began by King Bodawpaya in 1790. King Bodawpaya also had agigantic bell cast to go with his huge stupa, the Mingun Bell weighting 90 tons and istoday one of the largest ringing bell in the world. Just a couple of hundred yards fromthe great stupa and bell lays the beautiful white MyaThein Dan Pagoda which is famous for its distinctive architectural style.
In the afternoon, proceed to Sagaing by car, located on the Ayeyarwady River, 20km tothe southwest of Mandalay on the opposite bank of the river. Sagaing with numerous Buddhist monasteries is an important religious and monastic center. The pagodas and monasteries crowd the numerous hills along the ridge running parallel to the river. Themust-see places of Sagaing are U-Min-Thone-Sel Pagoda with 45 Buddha imagesinside, and picturesque Saggaing Hill, a retreat for Buddhist devotees with numerousPagodas and monasteries. Afterward, continue to U Bein Wooden Bridge which is 1.2Km long and enjoy the beautiful sunset.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Gawwein Jetty to check in at 06:30AM for 10
hour boat ride from Mandalay to Bagan along the Ayeyarwaddy river. On the way you
will see the ways of life of local people, villages and fields. You will also have 45
minute excursion trip to Yandabo monument, where a peace treaty between the East
India Company and Myanmar was signed and to Yandabo pottery where you can see the
production of terracotta from the riverbank clay and the process of making pottery in various stages. You will arrive Bagan in the late evening around 05:00PM at the Nyaung Oo jetty. Please note that there is no daily boat schedules in off-season/green season (April to September). If your travel time falls within this period, we will arrange a car which will take 4 hour drive from Mandalay to reach Bagan in the afternoon.
After breakfast at the hotel, sightseeing to Shwezigon Pagoda, this graceful bell-shapedstupa is architecturally important because it became the prototype for many laterBurmese stupas, KyanSittha U Min, a tunnel with interesting paintings and GubyaukkyiTemple; situated near Wetkyi-in village which has fine frescoes of Jataka scenes.
In the afternoon, visit Htilominlo Temple; noted for its elaborate plaster moldings andpainted stucco walls, lacquer workshops, Manuha Temple. The legend says that if a pin could penetrate in between the bricks, thenthe slaves were killed assumed as they were lack of efficient work. Then visit spectacular Ananda Temple; an architectural masterpiece with Mon style and NorthIndian influence, and Ananda Okkyaung. Then enjoy the sunset at Nan MyintWatching Tower for panoramic view of thousand temples spreading across the vastplain.
The whole day is at leisure with your own arrangement. There will be no guideand no driver to accompany you for the whole day. You can take a bike and ride aroundthis ancient city of Bagan all by yourself.
After breakfast at the hotel, go to the trekking starting point for 2 days 1 night trekking
to Inle Lake. Along the trekking route, enjoy the beautiful nature with mountains ranges,
plantation fields and small villages. Have an overnight stay at monastery.
You have to trek about 4 hours from monastery to arrive in Inle Lake. Your trekking willend in Inndein Village. The village of Inndein (also spelt Inn Thein, and meaning "shallow lake") is the most famous for its crumbling and atmospheric groups of ancientpagodas, some of which are now being restored (sometimes in rather too pristine fashion). These include Nyaung Oak, immediately behind the village, with its carvings ofmythical creatures, and Shwe Inn Thein Paya, which can be found at the top of a long andatmospheric covered walkway leading up the hill; the pagoda area features many hundreds of densely packed stupas to be explored. From Shwe In the in Paya you can also see some wonderful views across the lake. Indein village also has a vibrant market nearthe jetty. After that, transfer to the Inle Lake and check in at the hotel.
After having breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the jetty fora visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most holy place on the lake which is home to five statues of Buddha whichare re-coated daily with fresh gold leaf and Proceed to nearby Thar Lay Village toexplore the village life style and their traditional weaving workshops. Continueto NgaPheChaung Monastery, the biggest and oldest monastery on the Inle Lake whichis known for a collection of old Myanmar's Buddha images from different areas that isworth-visiting for historical purposes and architecture as well as its cats.In the afternoon, proceed to Inn Paw Khon village to see the traditional handicraft workshops of silk weaving and lotus root weaving.
Afterwards, continue to nearbyworkshops for seeing cigar (cheroot) making process in traditional way and blacksmithwhich produces knives and farming tools. Then head over to Ywama Village, the largestvillage in Inle Lake where you can observe the silversmith workshops, the sculpture andumbrella industries.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for flight back to Yangon. On arrival Yangon, transfer to the hotel for check and then walk on a heritage line of Yangon's bustling city center, observing the Yangon’s surprisingly leafy, grid-like networks of streets with well-preserved old British colonial buildings. Downtown Yangon is fascinating because there can be a church, a mosque, a synagogue and a temple all within walking distance of each other. In the evening, visit the sacred Shwedagon Pagoda, the iconic symbol of the city, gleaming in Gold and decorated with diamonds, is a spectacular work of architecture and proportional beauty.
In the morning, experience the authentic Circular Train ride for approximately 1½-hour starting at Yangon Central Railway Station which will pass through "Insein Station", where you will be able to discover green fields, small wooden houses and some handicraft shops. Then leave the train and visit the lively Danyingone Local Market, which is also known as the "Railway Market" where you will see the ways of life of local people who are on the way to the market sellers and street vendors who carry large quantities of vegetables to sell in the local markets.
Continue to Botataung Pagoda, (which means 1,000 military warriors, who escorted the delivery of the hair relic in 6th century B.C.), a famous landmark on Yangon’s waterfront, is the first temple in the world with the sacred hair relic of Buddha. Then explore a harbor area around the Pagoda where the boats leave for the nearby villages and take a short ferry ride across the Yangon River to enjoy the trishaw ride and to find out the local community on the other side of the river in the small shanty town "Dhala" and its amazing workshop called “Chu Chu” which is full of handicrafts such wallets, cardholders, belts, pencil holders, bottle holders and bags- all from materials that were once trash.
After that, walk around in China Town which comes alive in the late evening with vendors of all kinds, selling all sorts ofedible foods, ranging from Chinese to local Myanmar dishes.
Before your departure and if time permits, you can visit visit Kyauktawgyi Buddha. Image which is on the way to airport and is known for curving out from a single marble stone and white elephant. Then proceed to the Yangon international airport for flight back to your country. I hope you had a great time in Myanmar with the loads of unforgettable memories. Have a safe flight!
The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.