DiSCOVERY OF MYANMAR

Daily Tour 5 day
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TRIP HIGHLIGHT

Explore 12 Days the amazing overland trip around Myanmar (Burma). This tour is mixed not only with cultures learning about ancient histories and archeological sites of Myanmar but also the recreation and community-based activities for travel and leisure balance. You can be amazed by the huge Shwedagon Pagoda along with numerous other stupas and learn about the British Colonial Buildings in downtown area in Yangon . Mandalay, seat of the last Myanmar Kingdom, is rich in culture the experience.  Explore the iconic temples , history and culture of Bagan, taking in the most famous monuments in temple zone to discover Bagan by land through traditional villages, beautiful landscapes and ancient customs.

Explore the iconic temples , history and culture of Bagan, taking in the most famous monuments in temple zone to discover Bagan by land through traditional villages, beautiful landscapes and ancient customs. Memorable visit to Inle Horse Club and Red Mountain Winery House before  Inle Lake and visit by boat  Inle Lake to learn about the floating garden of Innthar and their leg rower’s style. Trekking in Pa-O villages to touch authentic nature is unforgettable memorable for holidays in Myanmar.Relax in final destination , Ngapali is the one of the most beautiful beaches in Myanmar. Explore Ngapali in the sunshine, enjoying the gentle breezes while strolling along the silvery stretch of the beach.

ITINERARY

Tour Tittle : Discovery of Myanmar

Tour Type : Classic Tour

Tour Duration : 12 Days / 11 Nights

Tour Coverage : Yangon-Mandalay-Bagan-Inle

Tour Departure : Yangon

Tour End : Yangon

Tour Code : GO – 2005

Day 1: Arrival Yangon (-/-/-)

Upon your arrival at Yangon International Airport, our experienced guide  welcome you with a wealth of knowledge on Myanmar.

On your very first day in Myanmar, begin exploring in the heart of Yangon, Sule Pagoda, which is one of the landmarks of Yangon, very close to Yangon City Hall and Immanuel Baptist Church. Sule Pagoda is also surrounded by colonial style buildings where you can also observe the daily activities of local people coming to worship before their busy schedules. After an hour, take a 30 min drive to Shwedagon Pagoda, a wonder of the religious world, noted for its size, height, artistry and colourful history. No visit to Myanmar is complete without a visit to the 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, which enshrines strands of Buddha’s hair and other holy relics. Overnight stay at hotel in Yangon.

Day 2 : Yangon-Mandalay (B/-/-)

After breakfast at your hotel, our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and drive to Yangon Domestic Airport to fly to Mandalay (approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes).

On arrival, our guide from Mandalay will welcome you at Mandalay Airport which is 45 min drive from Mandalay City.

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. Overnight stay at hotel in Mandalay.

Day 3 : Sagaing - Boat trip to Mingun (B/-/-)

After breakfast at Hotel , transfer to Sagaing Hill

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 afternoon, got to a jetty to take a boat trip  to Mingun an ancient site northwest of Mandalay. The experience of crossing the Ayeyarwaddy River from Mandalay to Mingun by boat (approximately one hour each way),  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 ); two large earthquakes did considerable damage to it during the 1838 earthquake the heads of the giant Chinthes broke off and rolled into the Ayeyarwaddy River. Large cracks appeared in the Paya’s structure., the world’s third-largest Mingun Bell, which weighs more than 87 tons being the world’s largest intact bronze bell and Myatheindan Pagoda stands out from the rest with its stunning white hue and you may view the Interesting architecture and enjoy the view from the top .

Back to Mandalay by enjoy sunset on the Ayeyarwaddy River. Rest at the Hotel in Mandalay.

DAY 04 : Mandalay – Bagan (UNESCO World Heritage Site) by ROAD TRIP ( B/-/-)

After breakfast , check out of the hotel in the morning and private transfer by road to Bagan which is about 4 hours drive, witness the country side of Myanmar on the way .

Arrive by noon, Lunch at local restaurant (own account).check in and relax for a while and later explore the pagodas and temple of World Heritage Site – Bagan.

Start, the Shwezigon Pagoda , magnificent golden Stupa,for an introduction into rich history of Bagan. Continue to nearby Wetkyi-in Gubyakgyi, a cave temple with murals paintings and the elegant Htiominlo temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.

Continue to Ananda, one of the most beautiful temples in Bagan , an architectural masterpiece of the early Mon style temple with four impressive standing Buddha image whose expression seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed.

Then visit a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts.

Stop at an elevated temple or hill , climb atop to watch the sun set over the plains. Overnight stay at hotel in Bagan.

DAY 05 : Bagan - Mt Ppoa -Bagan (B/-/-)

{ OPTIONAL ACTIVITY : 300 USD Per Pax : Balloon Experience Over Bagan – Start the morning with an unforgettable hot-air balloon flight over Bagan’s temple-studded plains -widely considered to be one of the most iconic experiences in Asia. Pastries, croissants, coffee and tea are provided while the balloon is inflated.  Climb aboard before gently rising above thousands of gilded stupas and earthen temples all back-dropped by the impressive Irrawaddy River.  Be sure to bring a camera, as this will surely prove to be one of the best photo opportunities of the entire trip.  (Note: available only from late- October to late-March; all flights weather permitting.}

 

After breakfast, 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.

 

The next stop is Lawka Nandar, which is in New Bagan next to the Irrawaddy River. Lawka Nandar is a bulbous stupa with a cylindrical bell and three octagonal terraces as a base. The temple still functions as a place of everyday worship as it is home to a Buddha relic.

And continue the last temple of day,  Damayan Gyi  , the largest temple and most massive structure in Bagan .  In the evening, watch the sunset view at Nyaung Lett Phet view mount (or) Sulamani Kan View mount and you will no doubt be amazed by the beauty of Bagan while you watch the sun slowly set behind the ancient Pagodas.  We then transfer you to the hotel to enjoy your night in Bagan. Overnight stay at hotel in Bagan.

DAY 06 : Bagan -Heho – Inle HORSE CLUB – Red Mountain Wine Yard (B/-/-)

After breakfast at Hotel , transfer to Nyuang U airport to fly to Heho. Welcome at Heho airport and Transfer to Nyaung Shwe   .

Distance : Heho Airport to Nyaung Shwe city ( 90 minutes drive)

Proceed to Inle Horse Club  . Rest a moment . Have a  lunch (own arrangment)/ or some local food while the horse club trainers are preparing Horse .

When ready the Horse , try 30 minutes horse riding to the hill ( Trainers are stand by with you)  , overview of Inle Lake and Nyaung Shwe city.Take your memorable photos by riding Horse .Then ,will  drop at the Red Mountain wine yard , taste local wine and feel the breeze of windy . Our car is waiting at Red Mountain wine yard and back to Nyaung Shwe .

We will arrive hotel around 2PM . Hotel check in and relax for refreshment.

In the evening 3:30 PM , visit Inle Lake , continue across the lake, passing through villages with stilted houses and floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Along the way, see the famous leg-rowing fishermen who steer their boats with incredible balance. Proceed to the village of Inpawkhone to observe the traditional silk-weaving techniques of Inthar people. Inpawkhone is also known for weaving with the stems of lotus flowers, a time-consuming process that results in high quality materials famous throughout the country. On the way back to jetty, explore amid lovely floating garden with lovely sceneries.

Overnight stay in Inle Lake or Nyaung Shwe City.

DAY 07 : Day Return Trekking near by Inle Lake (B/L/-)

OPTION (1)

Nyaung Shwe – Lwe Khaw – Maingthauk (Trek Only)

*** Focus:           Culture, Sustainability, Adventure, Scenery,

*** Highlights:   Tuk Tuk ride, plantation walks, panorama view, Inle Lake, CBT project village, village lifestyle experience, traditional lunch, reforestation activity, Maingthauk bridge, boat ride.

 From Nyaung Shwe takes a Tuk Tuk to the trekking starting point near Kanne reservoir. Then, walk up through several plantations such as grape (Red Mountain Estate Vineyard & Winery), turmeric, corn, cheroot leave and avocado to Lwe Khaw village. On the way, take a rest at the top of the mountain to enjoy the panoramic view of overlooking Inle lake and its natural environment. A traditional lunch style will be served at Lwe Khaw community compound by the villagers. After lunch, make your sweet memory and educate the local people through re-planting activity around CBT village will be included. Then, walk around Lwe Khaw (CBT project village) to observe the way of Pa-O ethnic life after that descending along the trails (rocky at the beginning) to Maingthauk village, passing through sugar cane plantations. From Maingthauk bridge return to your hotel by boat.

Distance = 18 km                               Walking Hour = 5:30 hrs (approximate)

Trek Condition = 40% up, 45% down & 15% flat

 OPTION (2)

Inle (Maingthauk) – Inn Ne – Inle (Thale Oo) (Trek Only)

*** Focus: Culture, Sustainability, Adventure, Scenery

*** Highlights: Maingthauk bridge, Inle Lake, panorama view, mountain village, Tawya Forest monastery, plan-tation views, CBT project village, village lifestyle experience, traditional lunch, reforestation activity, boat ride.

Trekking starting point is at Maingthauk Bridge, on the eastern shore of the lake. The tour is a day-trek to the summit of the blue and hazy mountain range on the eastern bank of Inle Lake. Visit the traditional Pa-O village of Inn Ne (CBT project village). The village is located about 12 km from Inle Lake. On the way enjoy the beauty of nature, the Tawya (forest) monastery and seasonal terrace crop plantations. Lunch will be served with Pa-O food at Inn Ne community house by the villagers. After lunch, make your sweet memory and educate the local people through re-planting activity around CBT village will be included. And then, explore through Inn Ne village and study local life-style. Return back to Inle Lake by descending the slopes, passing through bamboo forests and paddy fields then proceed to Thale Oo village. Return back to your hotel by boat.

Distance = 23 km                                 Walking Hour = 6:30 hrs (approximate)

Trekking Condition : 30% Up ,25% Down ,45% Flat

Day 8: Tofu House -Khaung Daing – Heho – Ngapali Beach (B/-/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby. Today, you will have a wonderful experience of Tofu House by bike (3o minutes) which is located in Khaung Daing Village in Inle Lake. In Tofu house, you can learn how to make a Tofu (traditional food) which is one of the famous foods in Shan State. Then, explore Khaung Daing natural hot spring where you can enjoy a bath.

And transfer to Heho airport to fly Thandwe Airport  for your relaxation at Ngapali Beach.

Upon arrival at Thandwe airport, the hotel staff will pick you up. Have a great time at Ngapali Beach. Enjoy your night at a hotel at Ngapali Beach. Overnight stay at hotel in Ngapali.

Day 9: Ngaplai Beach (B/-/-)

Time to relax on Ngapali Beach. Enjoy your night at a hotel in Ngapali Beach. Overnight stay at hotel in Ngapali.

Day 10: Ngapali Beach (B/-/-)

Witness almost pristine conditions of Nagapali beach, with the azure sky and turquoise seawater meeting in the distant horizon. Relax under leafy palm fronds while relishing the refreshing taste of coconut milk and the soft coconut flesh.

Time to relax on Ngapali Beach. Enjoy your night at a hotel in Ngapali Beach. Overnight stay at hotel in Ngapali.

Day 11: Ngapali – Yangon (B/-/-)

After breakfast, the hotel will give you a ride to Thandwe airport and take a flight back to Yangon (approximately one hour). If time permits, visit Bogyoke market (except on Monday & public holidays), the finest place for shopping in Yangon due to is one-stop function for both locals and foreigners to get incredible bargains on myriad local products (Myanmar souvenirs, lacquer ware, tapestry, gems & jewelry among countless others.).  In the afternoon, you will proceed to Chinatown where you can try the taste of Myanmar Barbecue on 19th Street and nightlife of Chinatown and the atmosphere of Yangon. Enjoy your night at the hotel in Yangon.

Day 12: Yangon – Departure

After breakfast, our guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and drive you to the Yangon International airport for your departure flight to your home sweet home.

INFORMATION

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • Accommodation in Double/Twin sharing room with Daily Breakfast for 10 Nights
  • TDomestic flights for Yangon- Mandalay //  Bagan -Heho // Heho -Ngapali // Ngapali-Yangon
  • Private tours and transfers with air conditioned vehicle as specified in our itinerary
  • English speaking stationed guides (Different guide in each region)
  • All entrance fees, zone fees
  • Private Boat in Inle
  • Trekking fees in Inle Region with Lunch
  • Provide drinking water 2 bottles & 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.)
  • English guide in Ngapali Beach
  • 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 in 2PM / Check out :12 :00 AM /noon
  • Travel Insurance & Tips & Gratuities

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