PROGRAM IN DETAILS:
Day 01 : Arrival – Yangon
Arrival and welcome at the airport by our local guide who will follow you throughout the trip. Transfer to the hotel.
At the beginning of afternoon, visit Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda, an immense reclining Buddha. At the end of the afternoon visits famous Shwedagon Pagoda, famous for its gold covered almost 100 m height which shelter 8 hairs of the Buddha. Overnight at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel.
Day 02: Yangon– Heho- Pindaya – Taunggyi
Breakfast. Departure by the road (2h30 approximately) for the caves of Pindaya, an interesting long way up into the hills and across the Shan Plateau, through fields of mountain rice.
Pindaya is especially famous for its natural caves in which ones were stored, with the passing of the centuries the donations of the pilgrims is more than 8000 statues of Buddha out of wood, alabaster, marble, cement. An occasion to discover the evolution that knew the representations of the Buddha through the time.
Visit magnificent Pindaya cave set in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake, where thousands of different types of Buddha images are a display in the various cave chambers. Continue visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper and parasols. Then, departure for Taunggyi, the capital of Shan state. Visit the beautiful Taunggyi market. Initially, continue by road) to Nyaung Shwe (2h 3) on Lake Inle. Visit the monastery wooden Shwe Yan Pyay of Nyaung Shwe. Overnight at Aye Thar Yar Golf Resort.
Day 03: Taunggyi – Kakku – Taunggyi – Nyaung Shwe – Lac Inle
Breakfast. Visit the beautiful Taunggyi market. Departure by road (1h 30) for Kakku. Stops along the way to visit some small villages Pao, the largest ethnic group in the region. This site is home, they say, more than 2,000 stupas of brick and laterite, 3 to 4 meters high, all carefully aligned. A real curiosity! Initially, always by road (2h 3), Nyaung Shwe, on Lake Inle. Visit the monastery wooden Shwe Yan Pyay. Overnight at the hotel Inle Lakeview.
Day 04 : Inle Lake – Indein - Inle
Breakfast. Idyllic framework, blotted around the mountains, the Inle Lake is a punctuated blue oasis of villages on pile, temples and monasteries. You can discover the life of the lake: it’s surprising floating vegetable gardens, fixed on the bottom of the lake by large poles of bamboo; its fishermen inthas, principal ethnic of the lake, which ancestral mode of fishing, with a bow net and while rowing with a leg, is the unique in the world. You can walk in the village and visit the old pagodas which were built in 12th century.
Inn Dein, located on south-western bank of the principal lake, Inn Dein, one can say that it is the most picturesque part of the lake Inle. The brook which leads to the village is animated with various activities on its banks. Inn-Dein village is used as principal door to approach the western part of the lake and to discover the close villages situated on the hills. Overnight at hotel, Inle Lakeview.
Day 05: Inle-Heho – Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura – Ava – Mandalay
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Heho airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival proceed to Sagaing, a retreat for Buddhist devotees, to enjoy a magnificent view over the surrounding area. Then stop with the Pagoda Soon U Ponnya Shin to benefit from the panorama.
After lunch, continue visit to the former royal capital of Ava, reached by a short boat trip. Visits by horse-drawn carriage to Nanmyint Watch Tower, the remains of the palace building nicknamed “leaning tower of Ava”, Maha Aungmye beautiful monastery built of brick and stucco and Bagayar Monastery, famous for its impression ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. Return to Mandalay. Departure for Amarapura and continue to the 200- years –old U Bein Bridge, built in 1782 at the time of Amarapura was the royal capital ,entirely constructed by teakwood. Overnight at Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel.
Day 06: Mandalay - Mingun – Mandalay
Breakfast at hotel. An excursion by boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River will take you to Mingun (45min approximately). Visit one of the world largest bell, weighing 90 tons Mingun Bell, Hsinbyume Paya and the unfinished Mingun Paya, built as one of the largest zedis by King Bodawpaya. Return by boat to Mandalay. At the afternoon, visits with the Shwenandaw monastery (or Golden Palace monastery) a superb example of a tradition work and Kuthodaw Pagoda, the world’s largest book, consisting of 729 marble slab engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Proceed to Mandalay Hill for sunset viewing. Overnight at Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel.
Day 07: Mandalay – Maymyo-Mandalay
Breakfast. Early morning, drive to Phyin Oo lwin, former name Maymyo for about two hours drive.
Horse curt ride in old colonial city. Visit Pwe Kauk cascade, Aung Htu Kan Tha Temple and botanical garden. Back to Mandalay in late evening. Overnight at Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel.
Day 08: Mandalay - Monywa - Po Win Taung – Monywa
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Monywa (3h approximately) by coach. Stop on route to visit the KaungMudaw Pagoda with its enormous white dome and its some 800 stone pillars located at the base. Visit multicolored Thanboddhay temple, built from the dream designs of a noted monk. After lunch, departure for the splendid temple-caves of PoWinTaung (1hr), a seldom-visited complex of cave temples and shrines (some dating back to the 15th century) that contain an abundance of Buddha images and some fine mural paintings. And then continue to discovery of the maze of temples Shwe Ba Taung. Return to Monywa. Overnight at Win Unity Hotel.
Day 09: Monywa – Pakkoku - Bagan (Cruising On The Irrawaddy)
Breakfast. Drive to Pakkoku (3h approximately) by coach. Then cruise to Bagan (2h 30), the occasion to discover the life of the banks of the river with its market gardening’s and its traditional villages of another time. Arrival to Bagan at the beginning of afternoon.
Bagan is without doubt most astonishing site of Myanmar, if it is all South East Asia. At edges of Irrawaddy river, renamed from now on Ayeryarwaddy, and on the area of 40 km2 straighten up some hundreds temples (2219 exactly). All of these remnants have been constructed of 11century au 13 century by the sovereigns’ successive qui made size of Bagan (Anawratha, Kyanzittha, Alaungsitthu and Narapatissithu,…). This unbelievable concentration made of Bagan strong moment of your stay in Myanmar and the sunset of the site reminds an unforgettable moment.
Departure for the visit of site Bagan of the 11th century. Visit stops at one of the pagoda where you can sit for the beautiful sunset. Overnight at Bagan Hotel.
Day 10 : Bagan Dsicvovery
Breakfast at hotel. Day dedicated to the discovery of Bagan "mysticism" extraordinary archaeological site that is comparable to that of Angkor with its 3,000 temples and stupas of pink bricks witnessed the pinnacle of Buddhist architecture in Myanmar. Departure to visit the main pagoda of the site include: The pagoda where pilgrims come Shwezigon Buddha and the Nats 37. Discovery Shwegugyi temples, Gawdawpalin and colorful market located in Old Bagan. After lunch, visit the Temple of Ananda, with her shiny golden stupa in the sun, its colossal statues, and his monastery (whose festival in January is one of the most significant events of the festive calendar Burmese). Discovery of wall paintings, dating the 13th century, the pagoda Gubyaukgyi. Contemplation of the sunset from the top of a pagoda site is the highlight of the day within a few minutes under the effect of oblique light of checking the whole site seems flare up, painting the pagodas around a beautiful orange color. Carriage rides around the archaeological site before attending the sunset from the top of a pagoda on the site. Overnight at Bagan Hotel.
Day 11: Bagan
Breakfast. Sightseeing of Bagan with the discovery of the temple Myiunkaba Gubyaukgyi, Manuhar the temple, stupa Nanpaya and Lawkanada. Continuation of visiting the stupa Damayazeka, the only five-sided in the Buddhist world. Then exploration of the eastern plain and the village of Minnanthu, one of the least visited parts of Bagan. Discovery of this sleepy village and its temples and unsung Payathonzu and Nandamannya. Crossing on foot from the small village of Pharsaw where there are houses with bamboo matting. Overnight at Bagan Hotel.
Day 12: Bagan - Engyin Forest - Mount Popa
Breakfast. Continuation of the visits of Engyin Forest with the discovery of the sal trees (Shorea-robusta) and the fossils of over 1000 aged Tamarind Tree. Then, a 45 km drive (1 ½ hour) will take you to the big market at KyaukPadaung City which is the biggest market of central Myanmar. Then, continue your trip to Mount Popa. An extinct volcano with spectacular views. Its shrine is dedicated to animist spirits knows as “Nats” and you will have time to climb nearly 800 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak. Overnight at Popa Mountain Resort Hotel.
Jour 13: Popa – Bagan – Yangon
Breakfast at hotel. Return back to Began and continue visits to Bagan with the discovery of the ruins of Royal Palace, the gate of the Tharaba disregarded temple Tayok Pye. Tour of the lacquer village Myinkaba whose manufacture has become over the years, a specialty of the region and Nyaung U Market. In the evening, transfer to the Nyaung U airport for flight back to Yangon. Overnight at Kandawgyi Palace.
Day 14: Yangon – Departure
Breakfast at hotel. Continuation of the visits Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years ago and the Botataung Pagoda. Then, walk through China Town that houses along the facades are decrepit colonial buildings, an abundance of small shops, street vendors and Canteens Street. A stop at Bogyoke (Scott) Market gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar’s wide range of handicrafts.
Leisure time until the transfer to the airport. Transfer to the international airport, assistance with the formalities of recording and take-off bound for Bangkok or other destination. End of our services !
The price included:
ü Transfers and visits mentioned in the program
ü Accommodation with double room including breakfast (described in the program)
ü Entrance fees & cameras for the visits mentioned in the program
ü Experienced English-speaking guide throughout the tour
ü Internal flights of Yangon-Heho/Heho-Mandalay /Bagan-Yangon
ü Cruising for Mandalay-Mingun-Mandalay / Pakkoku –Bagan
ü Internal airport tax
The price not included:
ü The airport tax 10 USD
ü The personal drinks and other expenses
ü Tips for guides and drivers (estimate of 2$ per day per person)
ü Visa stamping fees
ü Travel insurances
ü Meals as not indicated