AUTHENTIC NATURE OF MYANMAR

Daily Tour 14 Days / 13 Nights
Cairns QLD, Australia ECO TOURISM SITES, MINDUT, Nat Ma Taung Vs Mt. Victoria, Myitkyina, Putao, Nay Pyi Taw, Pyay, Thandaung Gyi, Pha An, Mandalay, Amarapura, Inwa (Ava), Sagaing, Mingun, Monywa, Bagan, Yangon, INLE LAKE, BAGO, Mt.Popa, Salay Tour Guide: Festivals

TRIP HIGHLIGHT

Wonderful 14 days trip to learn about the history, culture and religion of Myanmar.  We begin the tour at the glorious Shwedagon Pagoda in the heart of Yangon.  We then visit the sacred pilgrimage site of Golden Rock near Bago . Next is Bagan with its scattered temples and rich history. We will mingle with the locals in small villages to experience the villagers’ daily routine.

One of the most interesting experiences in is to observe the daily lives of monks at the Mahargandaryon Monastery and to enjoy Mandalay the sunset at the famous teakwood U Bein Bridge. The historical monuments of the last dynasty of Myanmar’s kingdom will be another highlight.

We then journey to Shan State to visit an elephant camp to see the life of mahouts with their families taking care of these majestic animals. We will also hike in a forested area and then go on a boat trip on Inle Lake.

ITINERARY

Tour Tittle               : Authentic Nature of Myanmar

Tour Type                : Classic Tour

Tour Duration       : 14 Days / 13 Nights

Tour Coverage      : Yangon, Inle, Pindaya – Kalaw – Loikaw

Tour Departure    : Yangon

Tour End                : Yangon

Tour Code             : GO – 2002

Day 1 : Arrival and Explore Yangon (B/-/-)

We start our day of exploring downtown Yangon on foot by visiting the beautiful colonial buildings. First on our list is the Yangon City Hall which is centrally located in downtown Yangon and is considered a fine example of Burmese architecture, featuring a traditional roof. City Hall is close to several important landmarks such as Sule Pagoda, Maha-Bandula Park, the High Court, and the Main Post Office – all impressive colonial-style buildings. Our day will end at Shwedagon Pagoda, which is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar and surrounded by an array of temples, shrines, and pavilions. Afterwards, we return to the hotel to relax.

Day 2 : Yangon – Golden Rock (B/-/-)

Early in the morning ,heading drive to the famous Golden Rock ( four hour drive) . First stop our car at Kinpun Base Camp, the departure point to the top of the mountain to see the Golden Rock. ( Leave our car at Kinpun Base Camp ) .  Change to truck to take an exhilarating ride in an open-air truck up the mountain. You can choose to either sit in the back of the truck or if seats are available in the front. Enjoy the scenic view along the way – a trip you won’t easily forget! After experiencing the surreal atmosphere at this holy place, the Golden Rock (Kyaik Hti Yoe pagoda), and the unforgettable panoramas from the top of the mountain, Overnight at near Hotel by Golden Rock Pagoda.

Day 3 : Golden Rock -Bago (B/-/-)

After breakfast at hotel, enjoy the sunrise at Golden Rock . Return to the base camp by open air truck and journey to Yangon.

Along the way , stop excursion to ancient capital of Mon Kingdom, Bago (the Hansawaddy Dynasty) , visit include the Shwe-tha-lyaung, 55 meter long a huge reclining Buddha image , the four seated Buddhas at Kyaik-pun .

 Visit Shwe Pyi Resort ,is a great spot to rest for lunch at tropical resort with  a wood carving museum which are sure to provide hours of entertainment. (own account)

On the way back to Yangon ,stop at a World War 2 Cemetery and also an interesting hand-made pottery workshop for a demonstration of this traditional Burmese fine art.

Afterwards we drive back directly to Yangon .Overnight at Yangon.

Day 4 : Yangon - Bagan (B/-/-)

Today, our journey begins with a visit to the colorful local market where villagers gather every day to buy and sell their products and other goods. Learn about the daily lives of the people from your guide and explore the market. We then continue to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction to Bagan’s rich history. Let’s visit the nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi Temple with its exquisite Jataka mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. After lunch and a short rest at our hotel, we visit the Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of the most beautiful temples in Bagan. Built in the early Mon-Myanmar style, Ananda temple contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the images are viewed. Afterwards we visit Thatbyinnyu Temple, the highest temple in Bagan and the massive Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over Nyaung Lat Phet Hill before we return to our hotel.

Day 5 : Explore Near villages of Bagan sightseeing (B/-/-)

We will visit the rural village of Minnanthu, one of the places where you can see cotton weaving. We will use this place as a starting point to explore Bagan’s famous structures such as the Laymyathnar monastery complex, Phayathonsu, and Nandamannya with its unique mural paintings from the 13th century. After lunch at one of the local restaurants, we return to our hotel for a break of a few hours to hide away from the midday scorching heat. Later in the afternoon we visit Myinkabar Village where you can observe a traditional lacquerware workshop to observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicraft. Next is Manuha Temple with its massive Buddha images, the Nanpaya Temple built with sandstone, and Gubyauk Gyi (Myinkaba) Temple where you can see colorful mural paintings from the Bagan period. During the late afternoon we embark on a slow boat cruise down the Irrawaddy River to observe the lifestyle of the fishermen and riverside villagers. From the boat we will have beautiful views of the sun setting over Bagan’s temples. Memories that will last forever! Afterwards, we return to our hotel.

Day 6 : Mt.Popa OR Salay excursion (B/-/-)

After breakfast at Hotel. Explore the busy and colorful Nyaung Oo market  where every day, the locals come to buy and sell fresh produce and other goods. Take a walk here to the local village where you will see the production of Pone-Yeh-Gyi  (soya bean paste) .

And then , start excursion to Mt. Popa by car ( one and half hour drive from Bagan , far 48 KM from Bagan ) , a slight trip from Bagan experiencing amid lovely hill and forest sceneries . Mt Popa is a place of great importance to the Burmese as they believe it is the home of 37 Nats, ancient Burmese animist spirits. Taking over 800 stairs to the top, rewarded with a fantastic view over the landscape is quite impressive.

After returning to the base of the shrine, begin the drive back to Bagan. After around 20-30 minutes, stop in “Shwe Hlaing” or “Pine” toddy palm tree shop .  The people here make their living producing various items from toddy palm trees. Observe traditional production of toddy palm from the collecting of the liquid to the creating of the drinks and sugars. Then enjoy lunch or tea leaf salads and snacks under the shade of the toddy palm trees tent.

OR  Salay Excursion

In the morning , start excursion  Salay, an old religious center, on way to Salay , stop at Chauk to enjoy the colorful local market which is rarely visited by tourists but is really nice to enjoy and just flow with the locals while taking photos. In Salay we will learn more about monastic life ccompanied by the local guide.  We will be walking 2hours  in the old city of

Salay, visit some old houses,  Maha Zaydikyi Pagoda with 2 giant lions at the entrance facing to the Ayeyarwaddy River, U Pho Kyi’s House and  150 years old wooden Thanana Yaung Kyi monastery for a short conversation with a friendly monk.  He will be eagerly showing us all Buddhist treasures collected during last 50 years.  After that visit the biggest bamboo Buddha in Myanmar from Bagan Period.  And walking to Yote Sone Manastery for the best wood carvings from 19th Century.  After sightseeing, enjoy the Myanmar Traditional Tea at local tea shop among Myanmar people. And back to Bagan.

Day 7 : Bagan - Mandalay -Amarapura (B/-/-)

After breakfast , transfer to Nyaung U Airport to fly to Mandalay and drive to Amarapura, one of the ancient cities near Mandalay. We start by visiting the Mahargandayone Monastery, one of the most important houses of Buddhism in Myanmar. Time for a romantic sunset at Amarapura’s famous U Bein Bridge, made of teak logs and planks over 200 years ago by Mayor U Bein. Make sure you walk on the bridge with your loved one because there is an old saying in Myanmar that you will be together forever with the one whom you walk over the U Bein Bridge. Think about all the memories you created today as we drive back to our hotel.

Here we will see how the Buddish monks live their daily lives and practice Buddhism. We then drive to Mandalay where our adventure starts at the golden Mahanumi Pagoda, one of the most famous landmarks of the city.  Our next stop will be the old Royal Palace, the last place of Myanmar’s royalty and the Kuthodaw Pagoda, the world’s “biggest book” and recognized as a UNESCO ‘s heritage site. We end the day at Mandalay Hill for sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River and then return to our hotel.

Day 8 : Innwa (AVA) -Sagaing and Mingun (B/-/-)

In the morning , drive to Ava (Innwa) to see the 27-meter-high masonry watchtower of Nan Myint (known as the ”Leaning Tower of Innwa”), and the Bagaya Monastery built with 276 teak pillars. Here we can observe a traditional alms bowls workshop­­­­­. Another highlight of today will be the local style horse-cart rides around the ancient ruins. Our next adventure will be visiting Sagaing Hill, one of the holy places of Myanmar where there are lots of Buddhist practices and beautiful scenery.

In the evening , we take a boat to Mingun, an ancient site northwest of Mandalay. The experience of crossing the Ayeyarwaddy River from Mandalay to Mingun by boat is exciting and relaxing. We will witness the daily routine of the locals at the jetty and along the river which will create lots of memorable experiences. On arrival in Mingun we will visit the massive unfinished Mingun Pahtodawgyi, the world’s third-largest Mingun Bell, and Myatheintan Pagoda, one of the most picturesque sites in the Mandalay area.

Day 9 : Drive to Pindaya and Pindaya - Kalaw (B/-/-)

We will use the old road to Kalaw to see the many beautiful places along the way and choosing by car for this trip. It will take 7 hours to drive from Mandalay to Pindaya where we will stop at a few places for breathtaking views and lunch. Pindaya is a small charming town of the Danu ethnic group with their unique culture and history. In Pindaya we will explore Pindaya Cave, decorated with over a thousand Buddha’s statues. Here is also an umbrella-making cottage to learn more about how the Danu people make hand-made umbrellas. Along the way to Kalaw we pass by farms of cabbage, peanuts, and seasonal fruits. We stay for the night in Kalaw.

Day 10 : Visit Elephant Camp and drive to Inle Lake (B/-/-)

We start the day at the Kalaw Elephant Camp, one of the most recommended camps in Myanmar since elephants are being treated very well. On arrival, we will receive information about the camp by English speaking staff and then walk (5-7 minutes) to the elephant village to see the life of the elephant trainers (mahouts) and their families. Lunch will be served at the camp. We may also explore the nearby forest to see butterflies, birds, and orchids if you want to spend more time in nature. We then drive back to Kalaw and proceed to Inle Lake where we overnight.

Day 11 : Inle Lake and Indein village excursion (B/-/-)

Congratulations, you are now at the most beautiful natural lake in Myanmar. Lake Inle is one of the most popular destinations in Myanmar, famous for its people, their lifestyle, and the beautiful nature. Today our sightseeing will include the floating islands, Heya Ywama Village, Phaung Daw Oo Phaya, and the unique leg-rowers and their traditional fishing style. We will also visit small cottages of silversmiths and weaving by Kayan women. Today we also visit the ruins of Indein, an ancient “pagoda forest” which is partly covered by vegetation. We will walk for about an hour to enjoy a fantastic view over the lake and to visit a school in Tha Ley Village. We return to our hotel where you can enjoy the swimming pool with a cocktail as the sun sets.

Day 12 : Biking around Nyaung Shwe and fly to Yangon (B/-/-)

More adventure around Inle Lake is waiting for you. Lake Inle is 7 miles wide from east to west and 14 miles long from north to south. There are so much to see around the lake. Today drive to the town of Nyaung Shwe, the gateway to Lake Inle. Your camera should be ready to capture photos of fisherman you may see along the way. Then, our biking starts by visiting Nyaung Shwe Market, then to the famous ancient Shwe Yan Pay Monastery.  After lunch at the local restaurant, we continue our adventure to the eastern part of the lake to explore more villages and the Red Mountain Winery. Wine tasting is available and we will enjoy one of the finest wines in Myanmar. Afterwards, we drive to Heho airport to fly back to Yangon by evening flight. Overnight at Yangon.

Day 13 : Yangon sightseeing (B/-/-)

We’re back in Yangon again so we can continue exploring this interesting city by going to the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda which has a 65 meter long reclining Buddha image, the third largest one in Myanmar. After lunch, we walk around Kandawgyi Park and take pictures of Karaweik Hall, and the grand Shwedagon Pagoda. We will also visit the house of U Thant, who was the Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1961 to 1971. His Yangon home is now a museum which offers interesting displays of his lifetime and the history of the cold war. We then visit Botahtaung Pagoda, located in downtown near the Yangon River. The pagoda is hollow inside and houses what is believed to be a scared hair of Buddha. Afterwards, we visit more temples such as the Shri Kali Hindu Temple and the Guanyin Chinese Temple in Chinatown.  We overnight in Yangon.

Day 14 : Yangon departure (B/-/-)

Have a great breakfast at the hotel and then our driver will transfer you to the Yangon International Airport. Sit back and think about your incredible trip to Myanmar!

INFORMATION

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • Accommodation in Double/Twin sharing room with Daily Breakfast for 13Nights
  • 3Ways Domestic flight (Yangon-Bagan // Bagan -Mandalay // Hehp-Yangon)
  • Private tours and transfers with air conditioned vehicle as specified in our itinerary
  • Domestic Flight tickets Three Ways RGN -NYU // NYU -MDL // HEH -RGN
  • Mandalay -Pindaya-Nyaung Shwe -Inle by Private Transfer
  • All Entrance fees, zone fees
  • English speaking stationed guides (Different guide in each region)
  • Truck Up and Trick Down at Golden Rock
  • Horse Cart Fees in Ava(Innwa)
  • Private Boat to Mingun
  • Private Car for Mandalay -Pindaya
  • Private Boat in Inle
  • Trekking Fees and Elephant Camp-Kalaw
  • Bike Rent fees around Nyaung Shwe
  • Provide drinking water 2Bottles & Ice towel daily
  • Government Taxes + Services Charges
  • Luggage handling fees at airports

EXCLUDED SERVICES

  • International flight In/Out
  • Any kind of Visa ( Visa Fees :50 USD ) https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/
  • Personal expenses (soft drinks, beer, alcoholic drinks, camera fees, tips, etc.)
  • Meals (Lunch and Dinner ), Drinks during meals , hotel extras and personal spending
  • Extra Tour services not mentioned in the Program & Invoice
  • Early Check in, late check out. Normal check out time from Hotels in Myanmar is 11 am or 12 O’ clock noon
  • Travel Insurance & Tips & Gratuities

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