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.
Bagan, the richest archeological 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.
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 world largest bell in the ancient city of Mingun.
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 people 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.
The tour finishes at the beautiful Ngapali beach and leisurely stay in Burma by spending a few days on the pristine beaches of Ngapali, a beautiful resort in the Bay of Bengal.
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. Afterwards, start an orientation tour of downtown 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. Afterwards, you may proceed for lunch.
In the afternoon, visit some of the well known pagodas, including CHAUKHTATGYI Reclining Buddha, and enjoy a break at BOGYOKE (SCOTT) MARKET, a pleasant covered market containing crafts from all corners of Myanmar, gems, fabrics and more. (The market is closed on Mondays and public holidays). 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.
This morning we transfer to the airport to get the early morning flight to Bagan (06:15-07:35). Upon arrival ,start sightseeing around the Bagan Archaeological Zone World Heritage Area, Nyaung Oo local market; SHWEZIGON PAGODA, the prototype of later Myanmar stupas; KYANSITTHA UMIN; Wet-kyi-inn Gubyaukgyi Temple with exquisite mural painting of 13th century and Htilominlo Temple.
In the afternoon, after a visit to lacquer ware workshops; next visit Manuha Temple built by exile King Manuha; Nanphaya, said to have been the residence of King Manuha; Ananda Temple, architectural masterpiece and Oak-Kyaung monastery decorated with multi color mural paintings. Enjoy the breathtaking sunset from one of the temples of Bagan. Overnight in Bagan.
(optional) This morning, we will be watching sunrise Balloons over Bagan. (Available only from Oct to March)
Ordinarily an average of 45 mins of flight duration is expected. However, the entire experience will last about 2 1/2 hours. On landing, our fully trained Myanmar ground crew will pack the balloon whilst passengers enjoy a glass or two of celebratory champagne.
Balloons over Bagan is a private Myanmar company that is committed to the preservation of Bagan and its environment. A contribution from each flight will be donated to community programmes that directly benefit the local population.
After breakfast at hotel, we drive to Mt. Popa (48 km-1 and half hours) south east of Bagan. Mt. Popa, known as the abode of Nats (spirits) – a collection of 37 magical spirits both feared and honored by some Myanmar people and the Nat museum, which houses 37 life-size Nat statues sculpted from teak. It’s time to climb for 777 steps to the summit. Afterwards, Return to Bagan. 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.
In the late afternoon, transfer to jetty, board your local boat to enjoy sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River. Overnight in Bagan
Early morning breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport for a domestic flight to Mandalay (08:05-08:35). Upon arrival at airport, head 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. Then, proceed to two-century old U-Bein teak bridge on the Taungtaman Lake.
Take a leisurely walk over the bridge and enjoy the panoramic view of Taungthaman Lake and surrounding. Next visit weaving industries, a traditional silk & cotton weaving. Afterwards,visit MAHAMUNI PAYA and stop to observe the laborious process of GOLD-LEAF BEATING en route to Mandalay and check in at the hotel.
After refreshments, 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.
Breakfast at Hotel. This day tour begins with visit two former royal capitals, Inwa and Sagaing with its own unique atmosphere.
Breakfast at Hotel. Morning excursion to ancient capital 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. Afterwards, head 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 Umin Thoneze and Pone Nya Shin PAYA Afterwards, return to Mandalay.
In the afternoon, transfer to Mandalay jetty for upriver boat cruise to the ancient capital of MINGUN. It takes approx. one hour drive by boat. The interesting sites in Mingun are: the huge and unfinished Mingun pagoda and next visit nearby Mingun Bell (90 tons), the second largest bell in the world are the most prominent religious heritages; and then the Mya Thein Dan pagoda. On the way back to Mandalay, you can enjoy the sunset of Irrawaddy River on the cruise. Overnight in Mandalay.
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Yangon Airport to take a short domestic flight to HEHO (08:35-09:05). 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).
After refreshments at hotel boat trip on the 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. Overnight in Inle. (Lunch clients own account).
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.
Breakfast at hotel. This morning, transfer by boat and by road to Heho Airport for a domestic flight to Thandwe (09:40-10:45). If time permits, visit a colorful local market en route (on market day only). Upon arrival at the airport, the representative from your hotel will meet and transfer you to hotel. In the afternoon, at leisure at the beach, to enjoy sun, sand & sea. Overnight in Ngapali.
Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure at the beach. Overnight in Ngapali.
Breakfast at Hotel. Check out hotel in the late morning and transfer to Airport for a flight back to Yangon (11:05-12:00). Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to Hotel for check in.
This afternoon, the guide and car will be at your disposal for further sightseeing or shopping. As a free and easy tour for today, visit STRAND JETTY to witness the daily life of the local people and Yangon’s River,then visit CHINA TOWN: It is located west of the city center, still within the downtown area, where various stalls are set on the platform to later turn to the night market. There you can enjoy the bustling street markets, you can buy nearly everything and visit Kheng Hock Keong, the largest Chinese Temple in Yangon, which is over 100 years old. Overnight in Yangon.
Breakfast at hotel. You will be escorted to Yangon International Airport and assisted as required, for your morning international departure flight.
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