This wonderful journey will take you right into the heart of a friendly land, where exceptional hospitality is guaranteed. Our adventure begins in the charming colonial city of Yangon (Rangoon), British Colonial architecture but now, the main commercial city of Myanmar.
And then continues with a drive through the rural countryside to the magnificent Golden Rock, one of Myanmar’s most sacred pilgrimage sites. You will climb along a small path, enjoying views across the surrounding area before witnessing this huge rock covered with gold leaf.
And Inle Lake, one of the most spectacular lakes in Southeast Asia and which is probably most remembered for its Intha fishermen and their extraordinary one-legged boat rowing techniques. You will find the local peoples and landscape beyond your imagination. Inle Lake is the grand finale with its bustling local markets, handicrafts, stilted villages and breathtaking views. The village of Indein is a tourist destination for the ruins of ancient pagodas, and Nyaung Oak is one of them.
Mandalay, the last royal capital – the culture center and ancient capital of AMARAPURA, a royal capital founded before Mandalay, the collection of alms at Amarapura and the 600 painted pagodas and monasteries at Sagaing, After a short crossing the Myit Nge river is reached then Inwa and enjoy the view over the surrounding countryside with a horse-cart, visit the worlds largest bell in the ancient city of Mingun.
The tour concludes at the Bagan, the richest archaeological sights in Asia and savouring the sunrise from the upper terrace of the temple is an experience not soon forgotten. Continuing to Mount Popa, we visit this famous Nat shrine and join the local pilgrims on a walk to the top. From the top there are amazing views of the plains of Bagan and distant hills.
Upon arrival, Myanmar Damsel’s tour guide welcomes you at Yangon int’l airport and offers you any assistance needed before leaving the Arrivals terminal, you will be on your way to check into your hotel to drop off your luggage. In the afternoon, visit begins in the former Burmese Capital Yangon. You will drive through Yangon’s busy roads and take a glimpse of the hustle downtown, MAHABANDOOLA PARK, TOWN HALL. See the magnificent colonial buildings of Victorian & Edwardian era architecture. This introductory drive will end with a stop near SULE PAGODA – dating back over 2,000 years ago, for brief photo taking. Next, visit BOTATAUNG PAGODA, named after the 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha from India over 2000 years ago. Next, photo stop at Royal Lake with the background of the famous SHWEDAGON PAGODA. Finally visit sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, the finest of Yangon and perhaps the most stunning religious edifice in the world. Take your time to enjoy seeing this impressive feature and watching local people. Stroll on its platform surrounded by set of smaller temples, shrines and pavilions, and observe numerous shops along the stairways selling various colorful items, flowers and books. As the sun sets, the reddish golden rays of Shwedagon reflect on everything around and turning into a magical arena. Great photo time & a moment to take away with you. Overnight in Yangon.
After breakfast at your hotel, overland drive to Kyaikhto to go to the Golden Rock (121 miles, and approx. 4 hours drive). On the way, we visit to Htaukkyant War Cemetery. Then head to four seated Buddha images Kyaikpun Pagoda and Shwetharlyaung, built in 994 AD by King Mingadippa, It is 55 meters long and 16 meters high, one of the biggest reclining Buddha image in Myanmar. Then proceed to Shwemawdaw Pagoda. Afterwards continue drive to Kyaikhtiyoe which a small pagoda significant in size but unique for its position. The rock is completely covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of the cliff. Arrive at the base camp and proceed to the last vehicle station by open truck about an hour mountain drive. Take a light trekking up to the Golden Rock along the twisting footpath through bamboo forest. Arrive Golden rock slowly and take photo & video camera. Enjoy sunset beauty on hill top. Overnight in Kyaikhtiyoe (Golden Rock).
After breakfast at Hotel, return by truck to Kin Pun Base camp. Drive back to Yangon (approx: 4 hrs) .On the way to Yangon, by passing Bago and proceed to Yangon .Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Yangon Airport for a domestic flight to HEHO (08:00-09:10). Proceed by car to NYAUNG SHWE (25 km – 1 hour) – a gateway to Inle Lake, a freshwater lake in the heart of Shan Highlands. En route stop at the Monastery Shwe Yan Pyay built entirely of teak, and then continue to Red Mountain Vineyard for lunch and have a taste wines. Afterwards, boarding canoes and comfortable towards the lake and especially the lake side village of Kyay Sar Kone to get a first approach to beauty. And then transfer to your hotel by long tail private boat (approx. 30 mins). Overnight in Inle Lake.
After breakfast at Hotel, visit one of the 5 Days Rotation Market (only on market day), the market rotates its location on a 5 day basis and attracts vendors from around the lake and its surroundings. Afterwards, you will be taken to INDEIN at the western end of the Lake. The boat takes you through a long channel where you can watch the farms cultivate their produce and then leading to the hidden INDEIN temple complex. Located on the shore of the lake, this site consists of hundreds of small stupas overgrown by moss and greens. The population density in INDEIN is very little and the villagers earn their living with agriculture and you will see their traditional life style. Continue on foot past rice fields to the village of SAE MA, stopping to explore the village and the local school. In the afternoon meet the people in the villages on the lake and travel to one of the monasteries to observe the monastic activities. Return by boat to hotel. Overnight in Inle Lake.
After breakfast at Hotel, an excursion by boat on INLE LAKE will include admiring the sight of famous leg-rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and magnificent scenery, and next the weaving village Inpawkhon, the Jumping cats Monastery. Finally visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Return to Hotel. Check out from hotel and transfer to Airport (30 km, 1 hr) to take a short flight to Mandalay (16:20 – 17:05). Upon arrival, transfer to Hotel for check in. Overnight in Mandalay.
Breakfast at Hotel. Morning excursion to ancient capital of AMARAPURA, a royal capital founded before Mandalay. Firstly, we take you to MAHAGANDAYON MONASTERY; every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists. (Buddhist University); then proceed to U Bein wooden Bridge on the Taungtaman Lake, over 150 years long wooden bridge. Take a leisurely walk over the bridge and enjoy the panoramic view of Taungthaman Lake and surrounding and silk weaving industry. Then proceed to Ava (Inwa), once a royal capital for four times which is visited by horse cart, to visit Bagaya Monastery, Nanmyint Watch Tower and Maha Aungmye Bonzan brick monastery.
After refreshments, afternoon tour begins at MAHAMUNI PAYA. The most revered Buddha statue in entire Myanmar. The whole image, except, the face is covered with thick layers of gold foils; a token of the devotees’ intense faith to Buddha. Worshipers flock daily to the shrine at four in the morning to observe the unique face-washing ceremony. En route to the pagoda, stop to observe the laborious process of GOLD-LEAF BEATING, where gold is painstakingly hammered into tissue-thin squares. Before breaking for lunch, visit a CRAFT WORKSHOP specializing in one of the arts for which the city is famous: bronze-casting, marble-carving, wood-carving, or puppetry.
Continue to SHWENANDAW KYAUNG (Golden Palace Monastery), a delicately carved wooden building and KUTHODAW PAGODA (the world’s largest book), consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Finally, visit MANDALAY HILL at Sunset. Up on the hill, you find a scenic view of the city, the plains surrounding it, the Shan Mountain, as well as the Ayeyarwaddy River, especially great at sunset. Overnight in Mandalay.
After breakfast at Hotel, the journey to SAGAING, the spiritual center of Myanmar. Hundreds of stupas, monasteries, temples and nunneries are to be found in Sagaing Hill, sometimes known as a living Bagan. Thousands of monks and nuns retreat here for meditation and contemplation. Stop at some of the most famous temples, such as TUPAYON PAYA and HSINMYASHIN PAYA (the Pagoda of Many Elephants). Afterwards, proceed to MONYWA pass through varied agricultural landscapes and villages. Arrive Monywa and check in hotel. After brief refreshment at Hotel, transfer to the jetty and cross the Chindwin River by local boat and drive to visit a sandstone cave system in the Phowin Hills. Return to Monywa. Overnight in Monywa.
Breakfast at Hotel, visit THANBODDHAY PAGODA, about 12km back toward Mandalay on the main high way, is a magnificent repository of more than half a million Buddhist images. The original pagoda is built in the year 1303 but its present form dates only from 1939. And, next visit BODHITATAUNG (1000 Banyan trees) Pagoda. A huge reclining Buddha statue, completed only in 1995, crowns the low hill behind the temple. Afterwards, head to on the western shore of the Ayeyarwaddy not far north of Bagan lies the tobacco trading center of PAKOKKU (2 hr drive) and arrive PAKOKKU and visit local market to see people ways of life. Proceed to the north of Pakokku (20km), the remains of Pakhangyi, 19th century town with old city walls. Transfer to the jetty and will take local ferry boat trip to Bagan (Approx: 3 hrs cruising: depends on the tide and weather). You will arrive to Bagan before sunset. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast at Hotel, begins the tours at colorful Nyaung U Market, Shwezigon Pagoda and its magnificent golden stupa, Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sand stone decoration, Gubyaukgyi Temple, with superb mural paintings of jataka scenes. In the afternoon, visit to Myinkaba Village and observe the process of Traditional Lacquer ware Industry one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece of the early-style temple with four impressive standing Buddha images. Thatbinnyu Temple, the highest temple in Bagan, Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork. Overnight in Bagan.
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Salay, a town which develops during the late Bagan era. Worth a visit is the Yoke Sone monastery with its exceptional wood carving on the outside of the building. Afterwards continue and visit to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with its shrines dedicated to animist spirits known as “Nats”. For the energetic, time to climb up the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the volcanic plug. Return back to Bagan (48 km-1 and half hours) in the afternoon. En route stop at village cottage industry to learn the regional product as well as to watch the collection of juice from the palm trees, and its conversion to brown sugar. Overnight in Bagan.
After early morning breakfast at Hotel, transfer to Airport for a flight to Yangon (07:00-08:20), upon arrival, visit to Bogyoke Market (Scott’s Market) where you can find local products such as Gems & Jewellery, slippers, cloth, and so on. Then transfer to the Yangon International Airport for the departure flight to conclude this unique experience.
Mr Miroslaw (5th MAR 19)
MR. PAUL METCALFE (14 JAN 18 – 25 JAN 18)
MR. PASCAL THIERY & PARTY (14 JAN 18 – 30 JAN 18)
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