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10-DAY MYANMAR FACINATING TOUR
|CITY HIGHLIGHT||:||YANGON, BAGAN, MANDALAY & INLE LAKE|
|TOUR NAME||:||10-DAY MYANMAR FACINATING TOUR|
|TOUR ROUTE||:||YANGON-MANDALAY-CRUISING-BAGAN-SALAY-MOUNT POPA-KALAW-PINDAYA-INLELAKE-YANGON|
Upon arrival at Yangon airport by morning or mid-day flight, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. After lunch at a local restaurant, your journey in Myanmar begins with an afternoon tour through Yangon’s colonial–style city. Firstly, visit SULE PAGODA; dating back over 2,000 years ago. After a photo stop at the KARAWEIK HALL; a ‘hamsa-bird-shaped’ floating barge on Kandawgyi royal lake, continue visit to the NATIONAL MUSEUM to see the 8-meter high Golden Lion Throne and Mandalay Royal Regalia and the magnificent reclining Buddha at CHAUK HTAT GYI PAGODA. Complete your first day in Myanmar with an extended visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments; the SHWEDAGON PAGODA. Dinner is served at a local restaurant. Transfer to hotel and overnight.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for early morning domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, proceed excursion to AMARAPURA; 11km from Mandalay to visit MAHAGANDAYON MONASTERY where more than a thousand monks live and study. If time still permits, you will have the opportunity to observe the monks having their last meal of the day in total silence. Continue to 200years old U BEIN TEAK BRIDGE, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was Royal capital. The BAGAYA MONASTERY will delight you an interesting collection of Buddha statues before returning to Mandalay. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will also experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay including one of the most revered religious monuments in Myanmar, the MAHAMUNI PAGODA; covered with thick layers of gold leaves. Continue to TAPESTRY WORKSHOP, MARBLE CARVING and BRONZE CARVING WORKSHOPS and the SHWENANDAW KYAUNGor the GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY; a superb traditional wooden building, KUTHODAW PAGODA; known as the world's biggest book with the collection of 729 stone stabs on which are inscribed the whole of the Buddhist scriptures. Visit a traditional gold-leaf workshop before proceeding to MANDALAY HILL for sunset. Dinner is served at a local restaurant and overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
After early breakfast at hotel (breakfast box is recommended), transfer to Jetty for a whole day cruising on the majestic Ayeyarwaddy. Sail downstream from MANDALAY to BAGAN. Enjoy the extraordinary scenic and interesting sights and the ways of life along the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River on board. Lunch is on own account on board. Arrive at BAGAN Jetty in the evening and transfer to hotel. Dinner is served at a local restaurant and overnight.
After breakfast at hotel, visit through the colorfulNYAUNG U MARKET and continues visits to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan including SHWEZIGON PAGODA; built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine,and ANANDA TEMPLE; with four standing Buddha’s images. After lunch at a local restaurant, further visits are to MANUHA TEMPLE; built in the Mon style in 1059, NANPAYA TEMPLE; a unique sandstone monument and MYINGABA GU BYAUKGYI TEMPLE; a temple noteworthy for its mural paintings under the protection of UNESCO. End your day by watching the sunset overlooking through the famous SHWESANDAW PAGODA. Dinner with traditional cultural puppet show is served at Nandar restaurant. Transfer to hotel and overnight.
Breakfast athotel. Excursion toSALAY where you visit YOKE SONE KYAUNG, wooden Monastery containing 100 years old sculptures and an antique lacquer ware Buddha Image of 13th century. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue drive (50 km – 1½ hours) to MOUNT POPA, an extinct volcano and an oasis of this dry central plain. Visit the TAUNG KALAT, a 737-metre volcanic peak with shrines dedicated to “NATS”, the animist spirit still worshiped by many locals. It is said that the mountain is their abode. The energetic, after climbing 777 steps, will be rewarded with a greatly refreshing panorama. A BUDDHIST MONASTERY on the summit can also be visited.Check in and overnight at Popa Mountain Resort, Mt. Popa.
After breakfast,overland drive (270km – 7 hours) to KALAW via MEIKHTILA. Lunch is served at a local restaurant en-route. The road is bumpy. However, you will definitely enjoy natural sceneries alongside the way. Arrive Kalaw and check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kalaw.
After breakfast, morning time is to explore KALAW; a charming hill station that is a marketing center for hill-tribe folk from surrounding regions. Then, transfer by road to PINDAYA(50km- 1 ½ hours) and visit PINDAYA CAVES; a unique site housing thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over the centuries. Drive proceeds to NYAUNG SHWE (95km –2 ½ hours) and have dinner at a local restaurant. Transfer to your hotel and overnight.
After breakfast at hotel, start excursion to one of the LOCAL MARKETS by boat in the Inle Lake region (on market days only) and the weaving village of INPAWKHON. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Continue afternoon visits to PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA, sight of the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing village life and magnificent sceneries. After dinner at a local restaurant, return to hotel and overnight.
After breakfast, transfer to airport for morning domestic flight to YANGON. Arrive Yangon and visit to KABA AYE (WORLD PEACE) PAGODA and MAHA PASANA GUHA CAVES where the Sixth Buddhist Council took place. Then, we transfer you to the GEMS MUSEUMwith a wide display of Myanmar’s precious stones including jades, rubies, sapphires and natural pearls. After lunch at a local restaurant, stroll through the BOGYOKE (SCOTTS) MARKET(closed on Public Holidays) where Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts are available for more shopping. Then, complete the visit in Myanmar by a drive through CHINATOWN area, to see Yangon’s oldest CHINESE TEMPLE and to take a glimpse of Yangon’s RIVERFRONT LIFE. After dinner at a local restaurant, transfer to hotel and overnight.
After breakfast, transfer to airport for morning international flight. Or the morning is at leisure until transfer to airport if the departure international flight is in the afternoon or evening.
Reference : B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner
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(Itinerary is subject to change depending on your arrival and departure flights, road conditions, availability of seats on domestic flights and rooms at hotels)