Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Inle – Yangon
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Upon arrival to Yangon, your guide welcomes with flowers by traditional costumed ladies and greet. You will be gifted traditional shoulder bag with Myanmar map inside. Asia Elephant Coach will be waiting for you at the airport entrance and transfer to the hotel.
Yangon, the largest city, is the main gateway to Myanmar. Ever green and cool with lush tropical trees, shady parks and beautiful lakes. The main attractions of Yangon are the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, believed to have been built more than 2500 year ago and ancient colonial buildings.
After lunch, visit Chaukhtetgyi Pagoda; 65 m long reclining Buddha. Visiting to Chaukhtetgyi Pagoda is a first step to introduce Myanmar’s Buddhism and learn about the previous life of Buddha that is described on the feet of the statue. On the walkway, fortune-tellers’ shops will be one of the interesting experiences.
Then you will be sightseeing to the heart of the city to study the hustle & bustle of Yangon, Colonial quarter with heritage buildings dating from 16-17 centuries such as High Court, City Hall, Myanmar Port Authority, etc…
Afternoon, visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the world famous glittering gold stupa. Sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda will be one of the unforgettable memories during the trip. The platform of pagoda is always lively with local pilgrims, monks and nuns, who come to pay the respects to Buddha, donate flowers and candles and pray. By walking around the pagoda’s platform, can discover not only the beliefs in Buddhism but also to admire the ancient Myanmar arts and crafts, the astrological interest, listen the sounds of chants and the tinkling of the bells.
Return to your hotel and overnight at hotel in Yangon
After breakfast at the hotel, an awaiting car will take you to the airport for your early morning flight to Bagan.
Bagan is the richest archaeological site in South East Asia and had been the capital of Myanmar for two & half centuries (1044-1286 A.D). Bagan lies on the left bank of Ayeyarwaddy river and 190 km southwest of Mandalay. There are more than 2000 red-brick temples and stupas in an area of 104 square kilometre.
Upon arrival, the guide make a full day sightseeing in the world heritage site of Bagan.
Start the morning visit with Shwezigon Pagoda; one of the oldest and impressive pagodas in Bagan built in 1057 by King Anawrahta and King Kyansittha, Wetgyi Inn Gupyaukgyi temple where you can discover ancient mural paintings on the ceiling and interior walls that depict scenes from the Jataka tales, the stories that tell about the previous lives of the Buddha. And then, explore Htilominlo Temple; known for its elaborate plaster moldings and Ananda Temple; the most beautiful temple in a cruciform with several terraces leading to a small pagoda and at the top covered by an umbrella, top ornament found in almost all pagodas in Myanmar built in 1105 AD.
Private Deluxe Lunch will be served under over 100 years trees in a typical monastery compound.
In the afternoon, visit Bagan by horse cart; Thatbyinnyu Temple; the highest temple in Bagan with over 60 m built in 12th century, Dhamanyangyi Temple; the most massive of all the temples in Bagan built in similar plan to that of Ananda Temple, Shwesandaw Pagoda with a series of five terraces built by King Anawrahta in 1057 AD.
End the day by enjoying sunset over thousands temples.
Overnight at hotel in Bagan
Early morning (~05h 00), you will be picked up to enjoy panoramic view of ancient Bagan under sunrise from Ballooning in Bagan. At ~08h 45, you will be transferred back to hotel.
After breakfast at your hotel, start to discover Bagan with Nyaung U Market where you can discover the local products, seasonal fruits, vegetables and flowers. The best time to visit market is 08:00 AM to 09:30 AM. Manuha Temple with three images of seating Buddhas and an image of Budhha entering Nirvana, Nanpaya Temple; a Hindu Temple with intricate carvings of Brahma and depictions of other Hindu gods. Afterwards, proceed to the workshop of Bagan’s famous product; lacquer ware where can learn totally handmade process of bamboo and lacquer.
Traditional lunch at a local restaurant, can try to taste pea powder paste “Poneyay” curry or salad.
After lunch, relax at your hotel to avoid the heat in Bagan.
Start evening visit at Minn Nan Thu village to observe the ways of life of local people, their home business and learn their tradition. After that, discover the pagodas surrounding this village; the unique Phayathonzu Temple which consists of three temples conjoined through narrow passages leading from the center one into the others, Nanda Mannya Temple with the interior walls decorated with fine frescoes and mural paintings. Sunset at Bupaya Pagoda “pagoda in a gourd shape’ that stands on the bank of Irrawaddy and is one of the best places to enjoy sunset.
Return to hotel and Overnight at hotel in Bagan
After breakfast at the hotel, an awaiting car will take you to the airport for your flight to Mandalay.
Mandalay is a former royal capital of Myanmar’s last dynasty. In these days, Mandalay is the center of Myanmar culture and traditional arts and crafts and also a religious center with hundreds of the country’s most important Buddhist monasteries located.
Upon arrival, drive to Sagaing by crossing a bridge over the Irrawaddy River. Sagaing is considered as the holiest site in the country because of a total of over 600 monasteries in and around Sagaing and it is also a home to more than 4,000 monks and 2,000 nuns. Visit U Min Thone Se and Soon Oo Pone Nya Shin Pagoda to enjoy breath-taking panoramas view.
If you have a free time, visit Aung Myae Oo Monastic Education School that is to provide education for all children who cannot afford to go to school not only from villages but aslo form remote area.
Tour continues south of Mandalay to Inwa (Ava), an ancient imperial capital from 14th to 19th centuries. Take a short ferry ride to the station on the opposite side of the river where horse carts will be waiting. Firstly visit Bagaya Monastery that is a fine example of Myanmar masonry art and architecture, Mai Nu Brick Monastery, one of the finest specimens of Myanmar architecture in 19th centuries with multiple roofs and a prayer hall of seven-tiered superstructure. Then, proceed to Old Watch Tower, a 30m solitary masonry building in 1821. If the time permits, explore to the village to interact with local people and enjoy their ways of life.
The last visit is at Amarapura, a former capital named as Immortal City. Visit the world’s largest and oldest wooden bridge with 1,086 teak posts that were reclaimed from the former royal palace in Ava; U Bein bridge. Promenade by Cocktail boat under U Bein Bridge to enjoy a beautiful sunset and incredible views of surrounding area.
Return to Mandalay in the late afternoon.
Overnight at hotel in Mandalay
After breakfast, a boat trip along Ayeyarwaddy River (~ 1 hr) to visit Mingun village which is 11 km north of Mandalay. Visit sites are: Pahtodawgyi, a giant brick stupa is constructed in 1970, Mingun Bell (90 tons), one of the world’s largest hanging bells was cast in 1808; Mya Theindan Pagoda (1817) has unique architecture style which symbolized the Seven Seas of Buddhist cosmology.
Then back to Mandalay and visit to the revered Mahamuni Bouddha Image, as well as visit the workshop where gold leaf is produced. An afternoon tour begins with Shwenandaw Monastery noted for its exquisite wood carvings, followed by Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is known as the World’s Biggest Book because of its stone slabs consisting of Buddhist scriptures. To end the day with panoramic views of the city and a spectacular sunset at Mandalay Hill.
Overnight at hotel in Mandalay
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho.
Upon arrival, drive to Nyaung Shwe (-28 km), an ancient capital of Shan state located at the entrance of Inle Lake. Firstly, visit The Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, just outside Nyaung Shwe, a fascinating wooden monastery built in the early 19th Century which is a very interesting red painted teak wood building with oval windows, and richly decorated with mosaics and golden ornaments.
Then, transfer to the hotel. After check-in, sightseeing to explore the exquisite sights of Inle Lake by InDevi Luxury Boat; the multiple ethnic floating villages scattered along the water, the unique leg rowers and their fishing methods, and the breathtaking beauty of the lake itself with floating farms. This will be followed by a visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda; the main sanctuary of Inle Lake which houses five ancient images of the Buddha that are completely covered in golf leaf and Nga phe Chaung monastery; the biggest and oldest monastery with a collection of old Myanmar’s Buddha images from different areas that are worth seeing collection of old Myanmar’s Buddha images from different areas that are worth seeing.
Experience an amazing visit to silk and lotus weaving workshop which is most fascinating to watch the whole process of silk and lotus production in the weaving sheds. The rhythmic and harmonious clacking of the looms will make you to recall the ancient days. The last visit will stop at cheroot making workshop where local women are made Burmese traditional cigars by hand.
Ephemeral Lunch on boat will be served in the middle of Inle Lake.
Afternoon, drive back to your hotel by boat. Along the way, you will meet with fisherman who are leg rowers and study their unique technic of fishing method. The day will end by watching the sunset on boat and enjoy the unforgettable scenic beauty of Inle Lake.
Overnight at hotel in Inle
Visit Inle Lake by boat. Ephemeral Lunch on the Lake.
Pa-Oh ladies, InleAfter breakfast, visit to the five days five day market which due once on five days at each village to see multi hill tribes come down from nearby villages. Then, visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the Bazaar and Ngaphe Chaung monastery.
Ephemeral Lunch on boat will be served in the middle of Inle Lake.
Overnight at hotel in Inle Lake (or) Nyaung Shwe.
Visit Indein – Inle by boat. Shan Picnic Lunch at Bamboo Forest in Indein.
After breakfast at the hotel, boat drives to Indein, the ruined ancient Pa-O pagoda complex in a beautiful picturesque corner. On the way back, stop to visit at silversmith workshop, blacksmith workshop, cheroot making cottageand boat fabrication.
Enjoy Shan Picnic Lunch at Bamboo Forest in Indein.
Overnight at hotel in Inle Lake (or) Nyaung Shwe
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for your domestic flight to Yangon.
Visit the colorful market: Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market (closed on every Monday & public holidays) where you will discover a wealth of unique craftsmanship and high quality of its variety.
In the evening, visit around China Town to get an experience the busy Yangon with local teashops, restaurants, sellers, vendors and bizarre food stalls, such as crickets, grubs, worms, etc…
Farewell Dinner at the best French Restaurant (Le Planteur).
Overnight at hotel in Yangon
In the morning, your guide will accompany you to the airport for your international flight and bid you farewell!
HAVE A NICE TRIP!