Day 1: Yangon-arrival
(Based on morning international arrival flight)
Arrival Yangon International Airport you will be welcomed by your guide and start your sightseeing; Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda; White Elephants; Sule Pagoda; the colonial downtown area where you can see the over 100 year old Strand Hotel, the beautiful post office and the British Embassy. It is also the place where you can experience the local life of Myanmar people. Then, we will drive to Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, experience the local life of Myanmar people. And then drive to the colonial Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market). End of the day with you can visit to the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda for breath taking sunset. Stay overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon - Bagan
Very early in the morning, transfer to the airport. Depart Yangon for Bagan, the ancient city with over 4400 temples. Upon arrival, we will drive to the colorful and the bustling NyaungOo local market that gives you a glimpse of the local life as well as the numerous tourist-oriented wares on offer, ranging from t-shirts and woodcarvings to lacquer ware and paintings. The tour extended to the Shwezigon pagoda, one of the four most significant buildings in Bagan. Continue to visit the Htilominlo pagoda, famed for its original fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations which are remarkably well preserved before the visit to the Ananda Pagoda, one of the finest, largest and best persevered in Old Bagan. During your visit in Bagan, you will also have a chance to see a lacquer ware workshop whose birthplace is in Bagan .Finally, visit the Dhammayangyi pagoda, Bagan’s largest temple. Enjoy sunset from one of the most scenic spots in town and return to the hotel. Stay overnight in Bagan.
Day 3: Bagan– Mt. Popa - Bagan excursion
Rising 1,518metres from the plains of the surroundings of Bagan, Mt. Popa is considered the sacred home of the spirits and is about a 1.5 hour drive from Bagan. Visit a palm village along the way; you can learn how to do palm sugar is produced. Continue to Mt. Popa and visit TaungKalat, the temple which sits atop like a plug in the volcano and holds significance in Myanmar’s history and religion. The monastery is home to the 37 nats (spirits) of Myanmar, which are displayed at the base of the temple. Mt. Popa is also known as the Oasis of Central Myanmar. Stay overnight in Bagan.
Optional: Balloons over Bagan in Early Morning
Day 4: Bagan - Mandalay
After breakfast, transfer to the NyaungOo Airport. Depart Bagan for Mandalay. Mandalay was briefly the Burmese capital in the second half on the 19th century. It is home to about one million people and remains the economic, cultural and religious heart of upper Myanmar. Upon arrival, drive straightly to Amarapura, the 18th century capital where the country’s largest monastery is located, it is MahaGhandayon monastery. The ancient city of Amarapura is famous for its silk weaving industry. Sightseeing also includes the magnificent teak bridge of U Bein, which is over 200 years old and 1.2 km long. It is the longest teak bridge in the world. After lunch visit to Royal Capital Inwa (AVA) by horse cart. Visit Nanmyint Watch Tower, the remains of the ancient palace building, also known as “the leaning tower of Ava,” Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, built of brick and stucco: Bargayar Monastery, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. Stay overnight in Mandalay.
Day 5: Mandalay
After breakfast, an excursion by boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River will take you to Mingun, about 11km (1 hour) upriver from Mandalay. Visit the unfinished Mingun Paya, which was meant to become the largest stupa in Myanmar, constructed by King Bodaw Paya one of the world’s largest bells; the 90 ton Mingun Bell and Hsinbyume Paya. Return back to Mandalay. Afternoon sightseeing in Mandalay includes the Golden Palace Monastery, located close to Mandalay Hill, being famous for its teak carvings of Buddhist myths. Also at the foot of Mandalay Hill lies Kuthodaw pagoda, which was built in 1857 and is home to the world’s largest book. Visit the Maha Muni pagoda later in the day, which is regarded to as the holiest site in Mandalay and is not to be missed. You can also explore a stone curving workshop near by. If time permits, drive to Mandalay Hill where you can enjoy the scenic beauty of Mandalay over the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. Stay overnight in Mandalay.
Day 6: Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho. Heho airport to Pindaya about 90 minutes drive. After check in at hotel, visit to the Pindaya Caves which houses thousand of Buddha Images of various sizes placed there by pilgrims over the centuries and you can explore the district for famous traditional paper and its umbrella making home base cottage industry. Stay overnight in Pindaya.
Day 7: Pindaya – Inle
After breakfast, we are transferring by road to Inle Lake and transfer to our hotel by long tail boat acrossthe lake. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. In the afternoon take long tail boat to discover the Inle lake including floating gardens, Nanpan where you can see the traditional boat making, cheroot making factory and lotus and silk weaving industry at Inn paw khone Village. Next visit to Ngaphae Kyaung (former known as Jumping cats monastery) where Burmese cats are well trained to demonstrate the visitors. If time permits, visit the famous Phaungdaw-U Pagoda, famed for its richly gilded five small Buddha images. Stay overnight in Inle.
Day 8: Inle-Yangon / Yangon Departure
(Based on evening international departure flight)
After breakfast at your hotel, we transfer to the Heho airport to take a flight back to Yangon where our tour guide will be welcomed you again and transfer to enjoy your lunch. Free and leisure until transfer back to Yangon International Airport to take your International Departure Flight back to your home.
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