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17 DAYS MYANMAR

Tour Route:YANGON – GOLDEN ROCK – BAGO – YANGON – BAGAN – MT. POPA – BAGAN – HEHO – INLE LAKE – MINE THAUK – KHAING DINE – INLE – INDEIN – INLE – HEHO – THANDWE – NGAPALI – THANDWE – YANGON
Tour Duration: 17 Days
Day 01
YANGON
Arrive at Yangon Airport. Welcome by our local guide and transfer to your hotel. Sightseeing of Yangon start with Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2000 years, and walk around the downtown area. Wide streets, orderly town planning and neglected public buildings revive visions of British rule, while busy streets scenes and shimmering pagodas, bursting through a leafy canopy, hint at the rich local culture. Skyscrapers and glaring neon billboards have yet to overtake the capital. Then drive to Mawtin Jetty and take a rickshaws for a short trip along the the Yangon River. Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda (a huge reclining Buddha), Karaweik Hall, a Royal floating barge on the Royal Lake for a photo stop. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 02
YANGON – GOLDEN ROCK ( KYAIKHTIYO)
Early morning drive to Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock) (appr. 5 hrs. drive). On the way, visit Sittaung Bridge, an area humming with riverside activity, with small markets at the water’s edge, and small riverboats, coming and going with passengers and cargo. Carts drawn by water buffalo amble along the highway are the common scenery. On arrival at Kinmon Base Camp, take an open truck to Hermit Hill (appr. 45 mins drive). From here, continue the journey up to Golden Rock Pagoda on foot. This trail is sometimes steep, but it is smooth, and there are covered shelters every 50-100 meters to rest, and to have a cold drink. Porters will be available to assist anyone who needs help, and “sedan chair” conveyance is available for those who do not wish to walk. Then visit Golden Rock Pagoda, a small stupa placed atop the Golden Rock, a massive granite boulder. Covered with gold leaf, and precariously balanced over the edge of the mountain, it is reported to be held in place, “balanced on hairs of the Buddha”. Watch hundreds of pilgrims lighting candles, incense, and worshipping at this sacred monument, and enjoy the sun setting behind it. Enjoy the early after dark activities at the shrine. Overnight in Kyaikhityo.
Day 03
GOLDEN ROCK – BAGO – YANGON
After breakfast walk part way down the mountain, and then continue the journey by car ( appro: 2 hrs)to the small village of Kyaikhto. On the way visit the cashew nut plantation and rubber trees plantation. In Bago visit to the interesting Bago Market with varieties of vegetables, flower and commodity goods, the Shwethalyaung Pagoda (Reclining Buddha), the Shwemawdaw Pagoda and walk from there to the Hintha Gon Pagoda, the place where Bago was founded. Late afternoon return to Yangon (appro: 2 hrs).On the way back to Yangon, pass by (or visit) the Allied War Cemetery near Htaukkyan, the final resting place for over 27,000 allied soldiers. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 04
YANGON – FREE & LEISURE ( without guide & car)
After breakfast, take your free time to meet with your friends in Yangon according to your own arrangement. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 05
YANGON – BAGAN
After breakfast, take a morning flight for Bagan. Arrive at Nyaung U airport. Proceed to hotel and start the sightseeing tour of Bagan with a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples, such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; the Gu Byauk Gyi Temple (Wetkyi-in), a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes; the Ananda Temple, with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior and the Shwe Gu Gyi Temple, noted for its fine stucco carvings and panoramic views of the area’s many monuments. In the afternoon visit to Mya Thitsa Workshop to see the various stages of the technique-s of lacquer production. It’s amazing to watch 50 artists using many processes and this tradition of producing lacquer ware is recorded 170 years ago… and continues sightseeing of Bagan including Manuha Temple built in Mon style from 1059; Nanphaya Temple, said to have once been the residence of King Manuha and Gu Byauk Gyi Temple (Myinkabar), which has very nice frescoes inside. Enjoy sunset over terraces of the Shwesandaw Pagoda. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 06
BAGAN – MT. POPA – BAGAN
After breakfast drive to drive to Mt.Popa (appr: 1 hrs) and visit the great extinct volcano. Rising out of the shimmering heat, the solitary volcanic crag of Mt. Popa is home to Myanmar’s most powerful “nats “. Visit the Nat Museum with its life-sized statues of the 37 Nat Gods. Walk up the steps to the stupas and shrines that top the hill above the museum, seeing many pilgrims along the way. In the afternoon, proceed to Mandalay (appr. 3:30 hrs). On the way visit some villages and watch the collection of juice from the palm trees, and its conversion into palm sugar. Arrive to Mandalay and overnight there
Day 07
BAGAN – KYAUKGU UMIN TEMPLE (boat excursion)– BAGAN ( excursion by horse cart)
Today enjoy a boat tour on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. The boat will take you Kyaukgu Umin Temple, one of the earliest temples in Bagan. The walls and the door jambs are decorated with beautiful stone carving ornaments. Relax and enjoy the sceneries along the river. Afternoon by horse cart to one unknown temple, the south part of Bagan’s pagodas region where you will visit the Sisanagyi Stupa which architecture is similar to those in Srilanka. You will find the square box “Hamica” between its umbrella and hemisphere shaped dome. Though this pagoda has the square based platform, which is decorated with 39 elephants figures. Enjoy sunset at DhamayarsakaPagoda. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 08
BAGAN – HEHO – INLE
After breakfast, take a morning flight for Inle. Arrive at Heho airport. Proceed to Nyaung Shwe jetty. Start full day excursion on Inle Lake (25 km) famous for its unique one-leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life and the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda housing five sacred and almost shapeless Buddha images, contorted because of the quantity of applied gold leaf, gifts from the believers. The Buddha images are purported to have come here in the 12th Century. In the afternoon, proceed to the silk weaving village of In Phaw Khon and visit Nga Phe Chaung (the biggest and oldest monastery around Inle Lake). Overnight in Inle.
Day 09
INLE – MINE THAUK – KHAUNG DINE – INLE
Today we visit one of the rotating market days (Taung Tho) in this area. Sightseeing at Kaung Dine, at the north-western shore of Inle Lake. This Intha village is well known for the production of soybean Cakes and noodles. If you wish to see how to produce fried tamarind seed and also fried dry rice industries at Kaung Dine. Wander around and observe these cottage industries and visit also hot spring at the nothern part of the Kaung Dine village (approx: 30 mins) by foot. Then visit one of the Monastery at Mine Thauk which is one of the beautiful villages to walk around it and visit Ophanage School. Back to hotel for overnight.
Day 10
INLE – INDEIN – INLE
After breakfast, start sightseeing your journey by motorized sampa to Indein (appr. 1 ½ hour drive) to see the ancient Bagan + Shan style pagodas, built during Bagan Period, passing the beautiful scenery with tall grasses and little water steps. The ruin pagodas, hidden in the bushes will give you an impression being back to the 12th century. One the way, visit some villages to see the way of life of tribe people. Back to hotel and take a leisure. Overnight at Inle Lake.
Day 11
INLE – HEHO – THANDWE – NGAPALI
After breakfast, take a boat to Nyaung Shwe jetty. Proceed to Heho airport to take thandwe flight. Upon the arrival, transfer to Ngapali beach. The lush tropical coconut palm trees and ground adjacent to the beach create a peaceful, luxurious and exotic atmosphere. Overnight at Ngapali Beach.
Day 12
NGAPALI
Enjoy your stay at Ngapali Beach. Backed by swaying palms and casuarinas the Ngapali area is a good place to relax. The beach reaches 3 kilometers. You also can visit the near by fishing villages, where you can find the fishermen begin setting and drawing drift nets before dawn and continue into the late morning, when they load their catches in baskets. Women carry the baskets of fish on foot, then return with lunch for the men. Overnight at Ngapali Beach.
Day 13
NGAPALI
Relax! Relax! Relax!. Overnight at Ngapali Beach.
Day 14
NGAPALI
Relax! Relax! Relax!. Overnight at Ngapali Beach.
Day 15
NGAPALI – THANDWE – YANGON
Recovered? Days of leisure are over. In the afternoon transfer to the airport for the flight toYangon. Upon arrival start the sightseeing one the way from Airport to the hotel. The highlight sure is today the Shwedagon Pagoda described by Somerset Maugham: “The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city.” This massive bell-shaped stupa rises nearly 100 meters above its hill-top surroundings. Wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, Temples, and Buddha images, and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe. Shwedagon has become the symbol of Myanmar. Enjoy the sunset over the Pagoda. Overnight at in Yangon
Day 16
YANGON – FREE & LEISURE ( without guide & car)
After breakfast, take your free time to meet with your friends in Yangon according to your own arrangement. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 17
YANGON – Departure
After breakfast continue sightseeing of Yangon: the splendid National Museum, including the gem-studded royal regalia and the Lion Throne of King Mindon and King Thibaw, the last kings of the Myanmar Kingdom. In the afternoon you have enough time to wander around the sprawling Bogyoke Market through fascinating local neighborhoods. Transfer to the Yangon International Airport for the departure flight.

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