YANGON - GOLDEN ROCK - BAGO - BAGAN - MANDALAY - BAGAN - INLE LAKE
10 DAYS | 9 NIGHTS
Travel to Burma and discover a country of mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the friendliest folk you’ll ever meet. From glittering spires of Shwedagon Pagoda and the magical temples of Bagan to the tranquility of Inle Lake and the lively atmosphere of Mandalay, Burma will excite, impress and intrigue you. Experience the South-East Asia of twenty years ago – full of rarely seen sights and generations of stories just waiting to be told. Come and discover a little bit of Burma magic with us.
Upon arrival at airport, met our guide and transferred to hotel for check-in. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is still a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes Yangon one of the most fascinating and authentic capitals of South-East Asia. On the way visit Shwe Taw Myat Zedi (Buddha’s Replica Tooth Relic Pagoda, Kaba Aye Pagoda (World Peace Pagoda) built for memorial of the 1954-56 sixth Buddhist Synod, is located on Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Mayangon Township. And then proceed to Mahapasana Guha: “Great Cave “, built close to the Kaba Aye Pagoda. After check in the hotel, take some relax for a while.
Afternoon sightseeing Chaukhtatkyi Reclining Buddha Image: 230 ft (70 m) long in the pose of rest, the original image was built in 1907 and Shwedagon Pagoda: world famous glistening gold stupa towering over the city with spearing to height of 326 fees.
Overnight at Hotel in Yangon
After breakfast, overland drive about 4 hours to the Golden Rock. One the way, we visit to Htaukkyant War Cemetery. Then proceed to overland driving to Golden Rock. Arrive at pilgrim-village is a starting point to the famous Golden Rock. From our hotel in Kyaikhtiyo we first take a truck and then enjoy the trekking to Golden Rock, it will take about 1 hour up the hill to enjoy the sunset at the Golden Rock. The famous 'Golden Rock' is a sacred, massive gold-leafed boulder delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff near the top of Mt. Kyaikhtiyo and it is one of the most revered Buddhist shrines.
Overnight at Hotel in Mt.Kyaikhtiyo
After breakfast, check out hotel. Then, drive back to Yangon by coach. On the way, visit to Bago, located only 80 km, was an ancient capital of Mon Kingdom in 15th century and enjoy the Bago sightseeing including Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha (55 meters long), Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Myo Ma Local Market, 28 meter high huge Buddha Image of Kyaikpun Pagoda, Chinese Kwanyin Temple.
Overnight stay at hotel in Yangon
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan, transfer to hotel and proceed on a sightseeing tour, starting with the busy local market and continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezi Gon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century. See 13th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha 'Cave' Temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi In village), another 'cave' temple with fine frescoes of the 'Jataka Tales'. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Visit the Taungphi village to see old monasteries, which have beautiful Khone Baung dynasty frescoes. In the afternoon, visit continue to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters - Thatbyinnyu known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144. Continue to Mingalazedi, the last of the large Pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Enjoy sunset at one of the monuments along Ayeyarwady River.
Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
After breakfast at hotel, we have time to explore the Myinkaba village area either by bicycle or by horse cart. First we visit Gubyaukgyi Temple admiring the fine stuccowork. We continue to Nanpaya temple, built in the Mon style with intricate stone carvings, and said once to have been Manuha's residence. See the four Buddha images in Manuha Pagoda and later stop at Myazedi stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages.
In the afternoon, visit to Lacquer ware shop to watch craftsmen skill fully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts. After visiting to Abeyadana Temple with frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the gods of Indian Mythology, continue to Dhammayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170 that is famous for its interlocking mortar less brickwork. Next, visit Sulamani, one of Bagan’s great two-storied Bamar style temples, which has 4-seated Buddha images. Observe a sunset in the vicinity of Bagan’s ancient monuments.
Accommodation at Hotel in Bagan
Early morning arrive at Mandalay Station. Morning enjoy the sunrise on top of Mandalay Hill where we can admire the beauty of Mandalay City. And then visit gold-leaf making; the venerable Mahamuni Pagoda, Myanmar traditional handicraft workshops, marble works, wood carvings and continue to Mahagandayon Monastery (Buddhistic University) and silk & cotton weaving workshops.
And then proceed to Amarapura, an ancient capital of Myanmar, where we can observe the life of over 1000 monks at Mahagandayon. Visit Bagaya Kyaung and Enjoy the beautiful sunset at 1.2 km-long U Bein Wooden Bridge, which the shallow Taungthman Lake is crossed by a long and rickety teak bridge, curved to withstand the wind and waves. During the dry season, the bridge crosses mostly dry land.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Mandalay
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Sagaing, cross the Inwa Bridge, you see the hilltops, each crested with a pagoda, the banners proclaiming the Buddha's teaching, the refuge from all ills and tribulations where over 600 monasteries for monks and nuns are located for Buddhist studies and meditation. Visit to Sagaing Hill, Padamyazedi, U min Thonze or thirty caves pagoda has many Buddha images in a crescent shaped colonnade. Mural paintings can be seen in the Tilawkaguru cave temple, which was built around 1672. Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda nearby was constructed in 1312. The view of Sagaing from Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin and its approach is marvelous. After that drive back to Mandalay, one the way, visit to Ava; an ancient city of Burma King in 1783.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Mandalay
Breakfast at hotel, less up hill and more downhill for the last day
Start walk up hill a little bit and down to the shore of the lake with nice scenery. The path is sandy and rocky. Lunch at a MONASTERY.
Our boat will take to the hotel and trek finishes.
Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. See traditional handicrafts - silk weaving on wooden handlooms and a blacksmith shop. Pass endless floating gardens, where fruit and vegetables are grown. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake. One can see ancient Buddha statues which are more than 200 years old.
Overnight at Hotel in Inle
After breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to Heho Airport for flight to Yangon. Arrive Yangon, start sightseeing: Sule Pagoda at first. You will see many watch-repairers and photo-shop and Astrologer Palmist Shop around the Pagoda. And then you shouldn’t fail to enjoy the attraction of City Hall and other colonial buildings. And then proceed to China Town: you can see a variety of restaurants, cyber café, clothing shops and street vendors. During the Chinese New Year holiday is most crowded in this part. Chinatown can give one an amazing experience.
Overnight at Hotel in Yangon
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning boat excursion to Indaing, at the western end of the Lake. The boat takes you through a long channel where you watch the farmers cultivate their produce. This ride is one of the most scenic boat tours on Lake Inle.
Afternoon transfer to Heho Airport for flight to Yangon. Arrive in Yangon, transfer to hotel for check in.
Overnight at Hotel in Yangon
Breakfast at the hotel, Then transfer to Airport for departure flight.
Accommodation based on twin/double sharing room with daily breakfast
Transfers and ground transport by private air-conditioned vehicles
Open truck fee for Mt. Kyaikhtiyo trip
All domestic airfares with airport tax (Yangon-Nyaung Oo, Nyaung Oo - Mandalay, Mandalay-Heho and Heho-Yangon)
Private boat for sightseeing on Inle Laka
All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary
Trek car fees for Mandalay Hill & Sagaing Hill
Horse car fees and boat fee in AVA
English speaking guide throughout the itinerary
Government tax 10%
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