Tour Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport welcome by our localguide and transfer to your Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing starts withChaukhtatkyi Pagoda (a huge reclining Buddha), Karaweik Hall, aRoyal floating barge on the Royal Lake for a photo stop and late inthe afternoon, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda described by SomersetMaugham: “The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold,like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mysticswrite, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city.” Thismassive bell-shaped stupa rises nearly 100 meters above its hill-top surroundings. Wanderthrough this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, Temples, and Buddhaimages, and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe. Shwedagon hasbecome the symbol of Myanmar. Enjoy the sunset over the Pagoda. Overnight in Yangon.
YANGON – BAGAN
Early morning flight to Bagan. Full day sightseeing tour of Baganwith a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples,such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early11th century as a religious shrine; the Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, atemple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes; the Ananda Temple,with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figuresin niches around the galleried interior and the Shwe Gu Gyi Temple,noted for its fine stucco carvings and panoramic views of the area’smany monuments. In the afternoon visit Myinkaba, two km south of Bagan. This village is wellknown for its lacquerware workshops and has also a number of interesting temples, as NanphayaTemple, said to have once been the residence of King Manuha and Gu Byauk Gyi Temple,which has very nice frescoes inside. Overnight in Bagan.
BAGAN – HEHO – NYAUNG SHWE – INLE LAKE
Morning flight to Heho in Shan State. Upon arrival drive to NyaungShwe (appr. 1 hour), a small town at the northern end of Inle Lake.From here take a boat for the excursion on Inle Lake (25 km) famousfor its unique one-leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methodsof fishing and village life and the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda housingfive sacred and almost shapeless Buddha images, contorted because of the quantity of applied gold leaf, gifts from the believers. TheBuddha 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 at Inle Lake.
INLE LAKE – HEHO – YANGON
Morning excursion to Indein (appr. 1 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, hide in the bushes will give you an impression of you were in the 12th – 13th Centuries ago. In the afternoon transfer to Heho airport for the flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for check-in and overnight.
After breakfast continue sightseeing of Yangon: Sule Pagoda , dating back over 2000 years, the Mahabandoola Park with it’s Independence Monument and walk around the downtown area and the sprawling Bogyoke Market. 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. Afternoon free at your own leisure, till transfer to Yangon International Airport.
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