There can be no more exotic destinations as contained in this tour. Rudyard Kipling wrote: "This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about". Passing by a 2.500 civilization that only recently opened up to the world. A colonial city vocative of Indochina and a temple city reborn from the dense jungle. Many of the places here listed in the “1000 Places to See before You Die” were declared.The glories of this ancient land (now known as Myanmar) are revealed to travelers in this comprehensive landmark journey.
Day (01) Arrive Yangon (-)
Let's start with Yangon, a city crowned by the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. Our experienced guide will meet and welcome you at the Airport. Transfer to your hotel.
Day (02) Yangon (B)
Breakfast at hotel. We will bring you Downtown areas; City Hall, Independent Monument at the MaharBandula Park near Sule Pagoda, the Court Office and the Customs House, located along the Strand Road where most colonial buildings stand today as colonial heritage sites. Enjoy shopping at Bogyoke market and China town area and World famous Shwedagon Pagoda (2600 years old). Overnight at hotel.
Day (03) Yangon – Heho - Pindaya - Red Mountain(Wine Yard) - Inle By Flight (B)
Today, we will fly to Heho, Arrive Heho airport and drive to Pindaya for 1 hour drive, Observe the numerous Buddha statues in Pindaya cave and also have a taste to Shan's traditional prickle green tea salad and dried bean paste, Shan Paper and Traditional Umbrella Marking home factory, Then, drive to Red Mountain Wine Yard located on the side of the famous Inle Lake, in the southern Shan state. Red Mountain Estate produces the best wines of the country. Since the binging, the wines are produced with locally grown grapes, all of the 400,000 plants have been imported from France and Spain, and the variety chosen after experimentations. You will have chance to get wine test if you wish (this will be your own expense). Then Nyaung Shwe small town (Inle jetty) Transfer to your hotel.
Day (04) Inle sightseeing (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Inle lake (nestled amidst hazy blue mountains is the beautiful Inle Lake 900 meter above sea level) where you can study Inthar tribes’ and their ways of life. Boat trip to Inle Lake sightseeing including: Indein Pagodas, PhaungDawOo Pagoda (Holly 5 Buddha Images) Floating Gardens & Plantation, Cheroot Making, Silversmith, Cotton & Silk Hand Weaving, Padaung family house (Long Neck tribes), NgaPheChaung Monastery. Overnight at hotel
Day (05) Heho - Kyaing Tong By Flight (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Kyaing Tong. Arrive Kyaing Tong, transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing starts with Maha Myat Muni Pagoda, housing Mandalay Style Buddha image. Proceed to Shan Lacquerware. Tourists who are fond of lacquer ware can purchase desirable lacquer ware of high quality. Then visit Standing Buddha image, (the place where Kyaing Tong was founded about one thousand years ago), Hot spa, Akha centre village and R.C.M church. Sunset on the One tree Hill where alone, 245 years old Kanyin- byu (Diptero carpus Spp) tree stands. The tree was planted by Alaungmintaya, the founder of Third Myanmar Empire. And then come back to the pottery village "Yan Gone" to observe the handicraft earthen pots of Shan tribe. Overnight in Kyaing Tong.
Day (06) Kyaing Tong Trekking (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit to the central market. Then take a car about 50 minutes and trek about 11/2 hours to arrive "Ho Kyin" villages, typical Akha tribe villages. From here continue for another 30 minutes to Na Phi Phank village, where Lahu and Akha tribes living together. From there walk to Phata Akha village and to "Pang Ma Phai" Akha tribe village to learn more about their daily life. Come back to the car to go Mong Zine (Khun Village) to see traditional Lahu Knives made by Lahu black smith. On the way back to the hotel visit Jooe Phyu "Wa Village". Overnight in Kyaing Tong.
Day (07) Kyaing Tong – Mong La - Kyaing Tong (B)
After breakfast drive in the direction of Mong La. Visit wooden monastery, which is thought to be more than 300 years old. Then back to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day (08) Kyaing Tong - Mandalay – Amarapure By Flight/car (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport and fly to Mandalay. Arrive and check in at your hotel. Sunset at Mandalay Hill.
Day (09) Mandalay-Amarapura-Mandalay (B)
After breakfast, visit to Mahaghandayon monastery which is the biggest Monastery in Myanmar over 1000 monks, continue to Mandalay, visit traditional weaving factory for local product shopping. Visit to Mahamuni Buddha Image (Exalted Saint Buddha Image heavily gilded with gold leaf brought over from Arakan State in 1784), Check in at your hotel. Afternoon visit Kuthodaw Pagoda (the world biggest book), ShweKyaung (Golden Monastery), Kyauktawgyi Pagoda (huge Buddha image) and sunset at U Bein's Bridge, Wooden Bridge of 200 years old).
Day (10) Bagan - Mandalay Boat (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Jetty for Boat trip to Bagan (Ancient city of Myanmar by 11th century) along the Ayeyarwaddy River. Enjoy the Scenic beauty & ways of life along the river Ayeyarwaddy. Arrive Bagan. Check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day (11) Bagan Sightseeing (B)
No holiday to Myanmar would be complete without a visit to the temple-studded plains of Bagan. The sheer number of ancient structures is at once baffling and awe-inspiring. Our guide will explain the contours of history surrounding each temple, framing the significance of their existence. At each temple, you must remove your shoes and socks before entering.
Morning flight to Bagan, ancient city of over 4000 temples. We start visit with top temples; Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi Temple (Wetkyiinn). Htilominlo Temple, Ananda temple which is almost a thousand years old and done in an entirely different style.
Afternoon observation to Lacquerware workshop. In the evening, we will visit to Myin Kabar Bagan Cultural Village, Horse card ride around the temples, Sunset at Shwesandaw Pagoda; follow the steps up to one of the high terraces for a great view out over the plains. It is the perfect location to watch the sun set over Old Bagan and the Irrawaddy River to the west – a worthy ending to a sidestepping journey through time. Overnight at hotel.
Day (12) Bagan - Mt.Popa-Bagan By Car (B)
Start your day with breakfast at your hotel and drive to Mount Popa and the nearby volcanic plug of Taung Kalat. Mount Popa is an ancient volcano reaching a mile into the sky from the flat plains of central Burma. Which is known as “Home of the Spirits” and observe the life of rural area on the way such as producing the palm sweets. We may stop several places for making the photos and knowing the countryside. Gangs of monkeys occupy the 777 steps that slither to the top. Afternoon back to Bagan. Evening time will be Free and Leisure Time at your own.
Tips before you go Bagan
- Better wear a pair of slippers as you enter temples, and be sure to always leave your shoes or sandals at the entrance.
- You will meet several kind locals, many of which speak English.
- Near dusk, climb to a peaceful vantage point on a tall pagoda and watch the sun set beyond the ethereal plains.
- Hotels in Bagan, even 3 stars mostly have their swimming pool. A night swim is a great way to end a day on the dusty plains.
- In Mount Popa, cautious to monkey gang & take care of your cell phone & camera from Monkey Business
Day (13) Bagan – Yangon-Departure By Flight (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free & Leisure at the Hotel till departure to Yangon. Transfer to airport and fly to Yangon. Connecting to International departure.