Myanmar formerly known as Burma, is one of the few truly original travel experiences remaining in this much-traveled world. Decades of isolation have preserved here many of the traditional features that have been lost in other Asian countries. Fascinating Myanmar is a carefully designed single-country program giving an in depth picture of the wealth of cultural and scenic attractions this country has to offer.
|Price (From)||:||US$ 2795|
|Includes international air|
Day 01: Arrive Yangon
On arrival, welcome by your tour guide at the Yangon Int’l airport and transfer to your hotel. Check in starts from 1500 hrs. Evening enjoy sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda.
Overnight: Summit Parkview Hotel, Yangon (2 nights)
Day 02: Yangon
Today’s tour includes Sule Pagoda, the National Museum, Scott Market (aka Bogyoke Aung San Market-closed on Monday), Chaukhtakyi Pagoda (Huge Reclining Buddha) & Mailamu Pagoda, which has a series of interesting images of the Buddha in his previous incarnations as well as a lovely reclining Buddha image, Nanthida Jetty and if time permits a walking city tour of Yangon. (B)
Day 03: Yangon/Bagan (Flight)
This morning transfer to the airport for a flight to Bagan; represents the spiritual heritage and heartland of old Burma. Arrive Bagan and visit the major temples and monuments of the town, the local Nyaung-U Market, monasteries and caves. And then visit a lacquer-ware making shop to learn about the fascinating technique of this art. Enjoy the beautiful sunset over Bagan from a temple.
Overnight: Bagan Hotel, Bagan (2 nights) (B)
Day 04: Bagan/Popa/Salay/Bagan
First stop during today’s tour will be a drive to Mt. Popa, an extinct volcano, which is the legendary home of the Nats (or Spirits). And then visit to Salay, famous as the historic home of Salay U Ponya, a Bagan Era writer/poet. Here we visit interesting sites including Payathonzu, an interconnected complex of three brick shrines; Thadanayaunggyi Kyaung, an ancient monastery in continuous use for several centuries, and Mogok Vipassan Yeiktha, a meditation center. We will also have the opportunity to see Nan Paya, home to a large lacquer Buddha dating back to the 13th century, and an old brick and stucco Buddhist scripture library. We finish the day with a visit to Youqson Kyaung, the oldest surviving wooden monastery hall in the Bagan area. (B)
Day 05: Bagan/Mandalay (Drive 200 kms/124 miles)
After breakfast at hotel we head for Mandalay-the last capital of Myanmar before the British took over. This city is of great cultural and historical importance and is the most “Burmese” of Myanmar’s large cities. Mandalay's Buddhist monasteries are the most important in the country - about 60% of all the monks in Myanmar reside in the Mandalay area.
Overnight: Sedona Hotel, Mandalay (3 nights) (B)
Day 06: Mandalay
Today’s visit includes Mahamuni Buddha (a bronze Buddha image), wood and stone carvings, gold leaf beating workshop, ShweKyaung (golden palace monastery), Kuthodaw Pagoda-which is famous as the World's Biggest Book. Finally go up Mandalay Hill for a beautiful sunset over the misty city. (B)
Day 07: Mandalay/Amarapura/Sagaing/Mandalay
This morning we first head out to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayon monastery, where we will see more than a thousand disciplined monks & novices as they line up to receive their daily offering of alms & food from faithful Buddhists and to see their last meal of the day in total silence. (if we are lucky, we can see food offering ceremony as well). Next stop is of U Bein's bridge, a picturesque teak wood bridge and then continue visit traditional hand loom factory. Drive to to Sagaing, a former royal capital and the spiritual center of Myanmar. Hundreds of stupas, monasteries temples and nunneries are to be found in Sagaing Hill. Thousands of monks and nuns retreat here for meditation and contemplation. Visit Kaungmudaw Pagoda (with its huge egg – shaped dome in Ceylonese style) and Soon U Ponnya Shin pagoda on the Sagaing Hill. Drive back to Mandalay. (B)
Day 08: Mandalay/Heho (Flight)/Pindaya/Kalaw (Drive)
Transfer to Mandalay Int’l Airport to catch a flight to Heho. On arrival drive to Pindaya (about 3 hrs), a small picturesque town of Shan State, and visit Pindaya Cave; these caves are ensconced in a limestone ridge overlooking the lake, inside the cave, there are more than 8000 Buddha images – made from alabaster, marble, brick, lacquer and cement. A visit to the traditional paper workshop and umbrella workshop will also be included before proceeding to Kalaw.
Overnight: Pine Hill Resort, Kalaw (1 night) (B)
Day 09: Kalaw/Inle Lake (Drive 100 kms/62 miles)
First we visit the lively local market where many ethnic minority people of the surround areas buy and trade their goods. Stroll in the steep and winding lanes of Kalaw, enjoying the crisp air, the picturesque old houses and the views of the surrounding hills. Then drive to Nyaung Shwe (about 3 hrs) the gateway to Inle Lake; where we take a boat ride on the lake to see Intha People's daily life, floating gardens and floating villages. Visits to PhaungDawOo Pagoda, Ngaphaechaun Monastery and local handicraft centers (silk weaving & black smith) will also be included before checking in our hotel.
Overnight: Inle Lake View Resort, Inle Lake (1 night) (B)
Day 10: Inle Lake/Heho (Drive)/Yangon (Flight)
Transfer to Heho Airport to catch a return flight back to Yangon. Arrive Yangon, we will be met and transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight: Summit Parkview Hotel, Yangon (1 night) (B)
Day 11: Depart Yangon
Today we bid farewell after what will have been an awe-inspiring journey to Burma. We are transferred to the airport for our departure flight with unforgettable memories of this extraordinary culture. Check out time is by 1100 hrs. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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