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bagan 03

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Route: Muse – Mandalay – Inle  Lake – Bagan – Monywa - Tamu
Start from: Muse
End at: Tamu
 

Highlight

  • Experience passing in & out of Myanmar from the two big countries China and India
  • Get into the heart of culture and religious spirituality at Mandalay
  • Explore thousands of ancient structures in Bagan
  • Explore the various sites at Inle Lake
  • Fill your sights with more than 500,000 Buddha images at Monywa
  • Visit the 947 sandstone caves of Po Win Taung
  • Learn the life style of Hill tribes in border region

Itinerary

Day 1: Ruili - Muse – Mandalay

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From the check – point at Muse border, our guide will meet and help you with necessary documents. (Passing into Myanmar from this border needs special permission in advance). After a short break, you will be taken to Mandalay via Lashio.

Overnight in Mandalay

 

Day 2: Mandalay Sightseeing (B)

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Today we start with a visit to Sagaing. Boasting over 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is considered to be the religious centre of Myanmar. As such, it is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers. Immerse yourself in this spiritual heritage visiting pagodas such as Swan OoPonNya Shin and U Min ThoneSae.You will visit Sagaing’s local market and discover locally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts. Next, stop at a small pottery village for a demonstration of creating the water pots found throughout Myanmar.

Next, drive along the Irrawaddy River to Mingun to the unfinished MingunPahtodawqyi, left as such after an astrologer predicted the King’s would die should the temple be completed. Then, see the 90 ton Mingun Bell, considered the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell.Continue your visit at the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda resembling the mythical Mount Meru. Enjoy lunch on your return boat ride.

Your next stop will lead you to Amarapura, the ‘City of Immortality’. Visit a silk weaving workshop producing exquisite handmade products, then visit Mahagandayon monastery, home to over one thousand monks. Take a stroll along the 200 year old teak U Bein Bridge. The bridge was constructed of 984 teak posts that were once part of the deserted Inwa Palace and it is 1.2 kilometers in length making it the world’s longest teak span. Enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams.
Return to Mandalay late this afternoon.

Overnight in Mandalay

Day 3: Mandalay – Inle Lake (B)

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After an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for a flight to Heho. Upon arrival in Heho, take a scenic one-hour drive leads to NyaungShwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. Start with a visit to the NyaungShwe morning market where locals gather every morning to buy and sell fresh produce from the lake and its surroundings. Continue by local trishaw down to the bustling canal which is a hive of activity in the morning as boats from the lake come in to unload tomatoes and other vegetables for distribution to the markets around the country. Watch as baskets laden with produce are transferred from boats to trucks and bikes. Hop back on the trishaw and wind through quiet streets. Make a stop at the ‘tomato house’, a warehouse-like structure where tomatoes are sorted and priced for sale. Lunch at local restaurant in NyaungShwe (Own Account). Then continue past some of the many monasteries and nunneries in the town, stopping for photos as you go.

From here, turn north up the lakes eastern shores for around 10 kilometres to Red Mountain Estate. The ride is gorgeous, passing many local farms and villages as you pedal along quiet roads. Take a break to visit Red Mountain Winery, a collaboration between the Pa-Oh people and a French wine expert.

Overnight in NyaungShwe or on Inle Lake

Day 4: Inle Lake Sightseeing (B)

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After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages so as to be accessible to lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day).

Travel by boat to the Pa-oh Ethnic village of In Dein. Strolling around the village, visiting a local school and the beautiful AlaungSitthou area, Climb the covered to the top of a hill which is filled with ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below. Return to your boat continues along the lake for additional sightseeing before returning to your hotel this afternoon.

Overnight in NyaungShwe or on Inle Lake

Day 5: Inle Lake – Bagan (B)

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After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, you will drive to Hotel in Bagan for check in and for a short rest. Continue to Myinkaba village and take a short walking tour to explore the temples of Manuha and Nan Paya.

Explore more temples in the area, visit more craft shops or return to your hotel for a break to relax from the midday heat.

This afternoon, continue to the rural village of Minnanthu, one of Bagan’s least visited areas. Here you will explore temples such as Payathonzu, Lemyentha and Nandamannya before heading to the riverside pier. Board a local boat for a slow cruise down the Irrawaddy River. As you cruise the waters, observe the lifestyle of the fishermen and riverside villagers as well as enjoying the unique perspective of Bagan’s temples. Return to your hotel in the evening.

Overnight in Bagan

Day 6: Bagan Sightseeing (B)

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Today, your day start with a visit to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan’s rich history. Then, visit to nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.

This afternoon begin with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed.

From here, travel by horse cart for a tour passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple.
Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.

Overnight in Bagan

Day 7: Bagan – Monywa (B)

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After breakfast at the hotel, start heading to Monywa. Along the way, visit “ThanboddhayPaya& Po Win Daung caves”. Finally proceed to Monywa and check in at the hotel.

Overnight in Monywa

 

Day 8: Monywa - Tamu border (B)

Today, you will be transferred to the Tamu – Moreh border check – point. End of tour.

Note: Opening of Border check points may depend on the situation of the region and it is suggested to inquire information and arrange ahead.

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