SECRER TREASURE OF MYANMAR

Special Tour 15 Days / 14 Nights 
Orlando, FL, USA ECO TOURISM SITES, NAPALI, Ngwe Saung beach, Chaungtha beach, Kayah, CHIN STATE, KANPALAT, MINDUT, Nat Ma Taung Vs Mt. Victoria, Myitkyina, Putao, Myeik ( Mergui Archipelago ), Kakku, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Hsipaw (Thipaw), Monywa, Bagan, Yangon, INLE LAKE, BAGO, Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), Mt.Popa, Salay, Kalaw Tour Guide: Travel Informations

TRIP HIGHLIGHT

Explore 16 Days the secret treasure of Myanmar overland trip around Myanmar (Burma) mainly focus on Kayah State ,Loikaw , combine beautiful scenery, traditional culture , visit long neck woman village and listen traditional music . Firstly explore the colonial buildings in Downtown Yangon and amazing golden Pagoda Shwedagon . Approaching Sagaing and Mingun by boat and enjoy sunset on the Ayeyarwaddy River and experience the last Dynasty of Myanmar Kings, Mandalay. Heading to thousands of ancient monuments in Old Bagan (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) . Proceed , Inle Lake in Shan State to explore the floating garden and witness the amazing leg rower’s style of Innthar villagers. Trekking Maing Thauk village near by Inle Lake make you unforgettable trip.  Final and main focus destination Loikaw,Kayah as firstly introduced.

ITINERARY

Tour Tittle : SECRER TREASURE OF MYANMAR

Tour Type : Classic Tour

Tour Duration : 16 Days / 15 Nights

Tour Coverage : Yangon-Mandalay-PyinOoLwin-Bagan-Salay-Inle-Mine Thauk-Trekking-Kalaw-Loikaw-Yangon

Tour Departure : Yangon

Tour End : Yangon

Tour Code : GO – 2009

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

Upon your arrival at Yangon International Airport, our experienced guide welcome you with a wealth of knowledge on Myanmar. Transfer to your hotel for check in. (Normal check in :2PM ) . Refreshment of daytime at hotel for your tired long flight.

In the evening , visit Shwedagon Pagoda first before dinner , 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 (B/-/-)

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.

In the afternoon ,visit Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott’s Market), where one can buy many items in one place. Bogyoke Market was built in colonial times and has a colonial shape. Visit “Chaukhtathgyi Pagoda” it is the fourth largest colossal reclining image in Myanmar and 67m long. And walk along the China town to touch busy Yangon local life in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel in Yangon.

Day 3 : 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.

Day 4: 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 5: Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin -Mandalay (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.

After breakfast at Hotel , transfer from Mandalay ( around 8AM ) by two -hour drive to “Pyin Oo Lwin”.This town is located on above 1000 M sea level and called British hill station of Maymyo ,feel cooler on the hill town . Almost of buildings in Pyin Oo Lwin built brick and teak wood , and see may old buildings ,built in 1900 .

Visit colorful flower market on the way to Pyin Oo Lwin , this market sells flowers that grow around Pyin Oo Lwin area . Firstly, taste a Pyi Oo Lwin local coffee and enjoy Paik Chin Myaing Water fall . Visit the centre of the town near the clock tower, colorful locally produced jams and fruits wines displayed at many shops. And proceed Governor Residence , old colonial buildings and Botanical Garden where you can take a relaxing walk through the beautifully-landscaped gardens. Than transfer back to Mandalay. Overnight stay hotel in Mandalay.

DAY 06 : 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. And continue the last temple of day , Damayan Gyi , the largest temple and most massive structure in Bagan .

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. 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.

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 in Bagan.

DAY 07 : Bagan - Salay -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.}

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. Overnight stay at hotel in Bagan.

DAY 08 : Bagan -Heho – Inle HORSE CLUB – Red Mountain Wine Yard (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.}

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

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 account) / 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 .

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 in Inle Lake or Nyaung Shwe City.

DAY 09 : Day Return Trekking near by Inle Lake (B/L/-)

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 10: Tofu House -Khaung Daing – KALAW ( By Road ) (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 then transfer to Kalaw by Road. Visit colorful local Kalaw Market . Overnight stay at hotel in Kalaw.

Day 11: Kalaw -Loikaw (B/-/-)

After breakfast at Hotel , visit Kalaw train station , one of the icon of small hill town Kalaw .And proceed to Loikaw by car (4-5 Hrs) drive , stop to take photos at Pin Laung and Phae Khone towns , touch simple local people daily life and local products. Will arrive Loikaw in the evening and rest at Hotel.

Day 12: Loikaw -Aike San -Htee Sae Khar -Loikaw (B/-/-)

After breakfast at hotel ,visit loikaw market. Proceed driving one hours to jump off 2 hours trekking(Back and Forth) to Lisu(Lishaw )village .On the way observe water springs around the region.At village,visit traditional house, and understand some different cultures of Lisu tribe.

After that trek back to Paine Chit village to see pieces of ruined ancient pagoda .Then drive to Htee Sae Khar water fall and have leisure time.Then drive back to Loikaw,on the way visit beautiful Aung Tha Pyae Cave . Afterwards, proceed to Chikae village to study wonderful field of Takon Dhaing(Flagpole of Nat(spirit) known as Kay Htoe Poe in local ,then proceed to Thiri Mingalar Taung Kwe Zedi , the landmark of the Kayah state ,to enjoy panoramic view of Loikaw ,its surroundings and as well as sunset. Overnight stay at hotel in Loikaw.

Day 13: Loikaw Panpat - Loikaw (B/-/-)

After early breakfast,visit one of morning markets and drive about an hour ,On the way ,stop at Ngwe Taung Dam to enjoy scenic view of the dam and around. Afterwards, proceed driving to jump off our three hours soft trekking to visit panpet. Panpat village.the origin place of the Kayan(Padaung )tirbe, trek in the midst of beautiful and breathtaking wide range of mountains.Visit Panpet Village.Afterwards drive back to 7 lakes or at home to have lunch.After lunch , visit Taneelar lae village of kayah tribe (Red Karen)to meet local people ,observe traditional musician and listen songs,then visit beautiful 7 lake.Drive back to Loikaw

Overnight stay at hotel in Loikaw.

Day 14: Loikaw -Htay Kho -Tattabalu - Loikaw (B/-/-)

After early breakfast at hotel,drive about two and half hour (4 WD)in the middle of beautiful scenery and mountain to get to Htay Kho village of Kayaw tribe .At village ,visit some local house,listen traditional music and learn their culture by using CBT services in Htay Kho village .Drive back to Dee maw Soe and have lunch at local restaurant(own account). Visit Ngwe Taung Dam and drive back to Loikaw.

We’ll head to a jetty just on the outskirts of the city. Your private motorboat cruises on the Bilu River which meanders its way through the heart of Loikaw and out into the countryside. We’ll pass under the city’s many bridges, witness locals washing clothes and bathing in the river and finish the 45-minute journey at Thatta Bilu village where our vehicle will be waiting to take us back into town.

Day 15: Loikaw – Yangon -Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Loikaw airport to fly Yangon and connect with your international flight.

INFORMATION

 INCLUDED SERVICES

  • Accommodation in Double/Twin sharing room with Daily Breakfast for 15 Nights
  • Three Domestic flights for Yangon-Mandalay // Bagan -Inle // Loikaw – Yangon
  • By Road trip Mandalay-Pyin Oo Lwin -Mandalay
  • By Road trip Mandalay – Bagan
  • By Road trip Inle – Loikaw
  • Private tours and transfers with air conditioned vehicle as specified in our itinerary
  • English speaking stationed guides (Different guide in each region)
  • Horse Ride experience
  • Wine tasting
  • Trekking to Maing Thauk
  • Kayah,Loikaw Community Based Tourism village visit
  • Private boat in Inle Lake
  • All entrance fees, zone fees
  • 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.)
  • 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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