Colors of Myanmar (15D14N)
Thousands of golden temples and pagodas all around with history and traditional culture carefully preserved are what makes Myanmar a place of unique and mysterious beauty. Certainly, this beauty will amaze you to your trip to Myanmar!
DAY 1: YANGON ARRIVAL (NO)
Arrival in Myanmar, transfer to hotel. Sightseeing tour that includes the old colonial-style city center with the gilded Sule Pagoda Mahabandoola Park. Then visit to strand road by car and Yangon Jetty. The tour continues to Chauk Htat Gyi 70m long reclining Buddha.
Afternoon, visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments, will conclude today's sightseeing tour of this picturesque Garden City. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. Overnight in Yangon.
DAY 2: YANGON – BAGAN (B)
Transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan, transfer to hotel and proceed for sightseeing starting with the busy local market and continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, Ku Byauk Gyi, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes, Ananda Temple with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior. Afternoon, visit a lacquer craftsmen’s workshop in nearby Myinkaba village and sightseeing to Manuha Temple, built in mon style in 1059, Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument, said to have been the palace of King Manuha and Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple, noted for its ancient mural paintings. Overnight in Bagan.
DAY 3: BAGAN – MOUNT POPA – BAGAN (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed on a scenic overland journey to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with its shrine dedicated to animist sprits, known as "Nats". For the energetic, there is time to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the volcanic plug. Return to Bagan overnight in Bagan.
DAY 4: BAGAN – MANDALAY – AMARAPURA (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Fly to Mandalay, on arrival transfer to hotel for check in. Proceed to directly to Amarapura. Visit Mahagandayon, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study; continue to the 200-year-old U Bein teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Visit of Bagaya Monastery, with a superb collection of Buddha statues. En route stop at a traditional hand-weaving silk workshop. Afternoon sightseeing tour including Mahamuni Pagoda with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves, visit to Gold Leaf Making Workshop and one of the most outstanding monasteries in the country, Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung or Golden Palace Monastery, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s largest book, consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Sunset on the Mandalay Hill and overnight in Mandalay.
DAY 5: MANDALAY – MINGUN – AVA – SAGAING – MANDALAY (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Boat trip on the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun about 11 km (1 hour) upriver from Mandalay with visits to the Mingun Bell, weighing 90 tons and being the largest uncracked bell in the world, to Hsinbyume Paya and the unfinished Mingun Paya, built as one of the world’s largest chedis by King Bodaw Paya. Excursion to the former royal capital of Inwa (Ava), reached by a short boat trip. Visits by horse-drawn carriage to Nanmyint Watch Tower, the remains of the palace building nicknamed "leaningtowerofAva", Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, built of brick and stucco and Bargayar Monastery, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. Continue to Sagaing Hills, a retreat for Buddhist devotees, for sunset. Overnight in Mandalay.
DAY 6: MANDALAY – HEHO – PINDAYA – LAKE (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival in Heho, overland drive to Pindaya (90 km - 2 ½ hours). Visit of the unique Pindaya Caves with thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over many centuries. Overnight in Pindaya.
DAY 7: PINDAYA – INLE LAKE (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive by road to Inle Lake (120km-3 hours). Transfer by boat to Hotel. An excursion by boat onInleLakewill include sights of the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life. In the afternoon, further visits are made to Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the weaving village of Inpawkhon and other sights. Overnight on the lake.
DAY 8: INN DEIN (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion by boat to the western shore of Inle Lake to visit the Inn Dein Pagoda complex, found after following a stair path lined up with magnificent columns. Overnight on Inle Lake.
DAY 9: HEHO – THANDWE (NGAPALI BEACH) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by Car and by boat to Heho Airport for domestic flight (or) Visa flight from Yangon to Thandwe (Ngapali Beach). Upon arrival Thandwe, transfer to NgapaliBeach. Overnight in Ngapali Beach.
DAY 10,11,12,13, &14: NGAPALI BEACH (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Time at leisure. Overnight in Ngapali Beach.
DAY 15: NGAPALI BEACH – YANGON – DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Afternoon, domestic flight to Yangon and transfer to hotel. Balance of the day at leisure to pursue individual interests. Transfer to Yango International airport for your departure.
END OF TOUR
- English speaking local guide.
- All transfers by private air-conditined car.
- Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
- Sightseeing tickets and excursion by boat as mentioned in the program.
- Domestic flight with airport tax (Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Inle Lake-Ngapali Beach-Yangon)
- Personal expenses and drinks during meals.
- All meals (Lunch & Dinner)
- Visa fee for Myanmar-Visa on arrival
- International air tickets to/from Yangon
- Travel insurance.