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Duration: 13 Days / 12Nights
Route: Tamu – Kalay – Monywa – Mandalay – Bagan – Pindaya – Inle Lake – Yangon – Hpa An - Myawaddy
Start from: Tamu
End at: Myawaddy
 

Tour Highlight:

  • Fill your sights with more than 500,000 Buddha images at Monywa
  • Visit the 947 sandstone caves of Po Win Taung
  • Get into the heart of culture and religious spirituality at Mandalay
  • Learn more about the ancient royal capital of Amarapura
  • Explore thousands of ancient structures in Bagan
  • Famous Pindaya caves filled with hundreds of Buddha Images
  • Explore the various sites at Inle Lake
  • Learn about the lifestyle and culture of the Pa Oh tribe
  • Explore Administrative Capital Nay Pyi Taw
  • Explore and discover the sights of Yangon
  • Know more about the Caves of the Ten Thousand Buddhas in Hpa An

Itinerary

Day 1: Tamu – Kalaymyo

From the Tamu border, head out to Kalaymyo for an overnight.

Day 2: Kalaymyo – Monywa (B)

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Today you will be going to Monywa. Visit to a sandstone cave Po Win Daung, named after a famous “Zawgyi” (alchemist) who once lived here. The Caves of Po Win Daung, numbering more than one hundred, are full of Buddhist statues and murals. Most exhibit the AVA style but some may date from the 14th Century. Nearby, visit Shwe Ba Daung which features unique pavilions cut from the surrounding sandstone and filled with Buddha images.

Overnight at hotel in Monywa.

Day 3: Monywa – Mandalay (B)

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After breakfast at hotel, we will go for Mandalay today. We would stop at Thanbodday Pagoda – an unusual Buddhist temple with over 500,000 Buddha images. Visit one thousand Bodhi trees complex where you will see the elegant standing, reclining and lying Buddha statues are being built. An overlooking view from a temple looks nice.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 4: Mandalay (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 5: Mandalay – Bagan (B)

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After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to airport to take a flight to Bagan. On arrival, check in at the hotel for a rest. Then out for sightseeing. Firstly visit the Shwezigon Pagoda which was built in the 11th century, the Kubyaukgyi temple with its famous mural paintings and the Htilomino temple which reaches a height of 46 meters. In the afternoon continue to the well knownAnanda temple which once set the architectural benchmark in Asia. Enjoy the romantic sunset at one of the many pagodas.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 6: Bagan (B)

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After breakfast, visit the colorful NyaungOo Market where villagers gather every day to buy and sell their produce and other goods. 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 this evening.

Overnight in Bagan

Day 7: Bagan (B)

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After breakfast you drive to the near NgatPyitTaung monastery and visit the temple caves. Continue to the Monastic Elementary School and see kids playing, learning and talk to them with the help of your guide. Bring some gifts for them (school books you can buy in Nyaung U or somewhere in Myanmar). For lunch you come to a local restaurant, before driving to Nyaung U and nearby villages. See how people live there and how to make Poneyay or plum marmalade. Further you go to some local handicraft shops of lacquerware and see how to build a traditional ox cart.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 8: Bagan – Pindaya – Inle Lake (B)

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After breakfast at the hotel, take a flight to Heho in order to visit Pindaya, Southern Shan State. Upon your arrival to Heho, from here you will transfer to Pindaya for a 2 hours drive.

En route to Pindaya, stop in the junction town of Aung Ban where you will visit the ‘wholesale’ market. Here, you will find piles and piles of regional produce such as ginger, onions, chilies, potatoes, cabbage and other seasonal vegetables. Then turn off the main road and head north toward Pindaya. This is a very scenic road and there will be stops made to take photos of the landscapes if you wish. Depending on arrival time in Pindaya, go for lunch at a local restaurant.

This afternoon visit the town’s famous Pindaya Caves. Nestled on a hillside, the cave consists of many chambers filled with hundreds of Buddha statues. Then transfer to NyaungShwe, jetty town of Inle Lake. It will take you around 2.30 hrs to get to NyaungShwe. On arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Inlelake (or) hotel at NyaungShwe and check-in.

Overnight at Inle

Day 9: Inle Lake (B)

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After breakfast at the hotel, board a private boat on Inle Lake to start your full day exploration around the lake. As you cross the lake, you will discover the stilted houses and observe the leg-rowing fishermen. Marvel at the floating gardens and visit PhaungDawOo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Continue to NgaHpeChaung Monastery, which houses dozens of Shan Buddha Images. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and visit a cheroot factory to see Burmese cigars are rolled by hand.

Return to NyaungShwe or hotel in Inlelake and take a rest.

Overnight at Inle

Day 10: Inle Lake (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 Inle

Day 11: Inle Lake – Yangon (B)

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After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival Yangon and check in at the hotel. Start the tour after taking a rest for a moment. Firstly, you will visit to Scott Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) which has the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts. Afterward, drive to the very centre of downtown Yangon to see Sule Pagoda. In the evening, visit and enjoy the sunset at the Shwedagon Pagoda, world-famous; its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist in Myanmar, located in midtown Yangon between the People’s Park and the Kandawgyi Lake. The pagoda is believed to be 2,600 years old and the stupa is surrounded by intricately decorated buildings and statue.

Overnight in Yangon

Day 12: Yangon – Hpaan (B)

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Having breakfast at the hotel and leave Yangon for Hpa-An. Arriving Hpa-An and you will visit Shwe Yin Hyaw Pagoda &KyaukKalap. Then check in at the hotel. Afterwards visiting Lubani Garden & Mount Zwekabin and Kawgone Cave.

Overnight in Hpa-An

 

Day 13: Hpaan - Myawaddy border

In the last day of your journey, drive to Myawaddy border for a departure trip. End of tour.

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