Local Life Intinerary(10 Days/ 09 Night)
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Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Mingun - U Bein Bridge - Sagaing - Ava - Inle Lake - Yangon

10Days/09 Nights Local Life Itinerary

 

DAY  ITINERARY 
1 Yangon Arrival and Evening: visit Shwedagon Pagoda if time permit
2 Yangon – Dala – Yangon Full day sightseeing and Yangon – Bagan (by Express night bus/ETD: 19:00 PM – 05:00 AM)
3 Pick up from Bagan bus station and Bagan full day sightseeing
4 Bagan – Mt. Popa – Set Set Yo Village – Bagan (by private car)
5 Bagan – Mandalay (by Express bus/ETD: 08:00 AM – 15:00 PM) and transfer to hotel
6 Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Sightseeing (by private boat & car)
7

Mandalay – Amarapura – Sagaing Sightseeing and Mandalay – Inle Lake (by Express night bus/ETD 19:00 PM – 05:00 AM)

8 Pick up from Inle Lake bus station and Inle Lake full day sightseeing
9 Inle Lake – Indein – Inle lake Sightseeing and Inle Lake – Yangon (by Express night bus/ETD 19:00 PM – 05:00 AM)
10

Pick up from Yangon bus station and sightseeing Evening: depart from Yangon with international flight

 

DAY(01) YANGON ARRIVAL AND EVENING: VISIT SHWEDAGON PAGODA IF TIME PERMIT

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Arrival Yangon by international flight. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Evening visit Shwedagon Pagoda rises 326ft (99.3m) above its base. Erected more than 2500 years ago and enshrining eight hairs of Buddha placed in a treasure chamber deep under its base. It is the highest symbol of the people's devotion to Buddha. Enjoy dinner at Karaweik Restaurant with Myanmar Culture Show. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Meals: Dinner

DAY(02) YANGON – DALA – YANGON FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING /EVENING: YANGON – BAGAN (BY EXPRESS BUS)

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This morning, start for highlight sightseeing in Yangon. Drive through the Colonial Style Buildings downtown, the Chinatown area and the Indian quarter. Enjoy your photo stop at Sule Pagoda and City Hall. Continue visit to Botathaung Pagoda close to the Yangon Wharves. There is a sort of mirrored maze inside the stupa, with glass showcases containing many of the ancient relics. Afternoon, visit to Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on every Mondays & Public Holidays) and it has the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts. Continue to the reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, is almost as large as the enormous figure in Bago Shwethalyaung. Walk on the busy streets of downtown. In the evening the pavement turns into a night-market with a variety of goods on display. It is the opportunity to see “the real Yangon”. Overnight on the bus.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY(03) PICK UP AT BAGAN BUS STATION AND BAGAN FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING  (BY PRIVATE CAR)

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This morning, our guide will pick up at bus station and transfer to one of the famous pagoda in order to enjoy for Sunrise. Then, transfer to the hotels. A few minutes later, start for highlight sightseeing in Bagan, which is on the banks of the Ayerwaddy River is home to the largest area of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world, many dating to the 11th and 12th century. The shape and construction of each building is highly significant in Buddhism with each component part taking on spiritual meaning. Start for highlight sightseeing in Bagan. Visit Shwezigon Pagoda, prototype of later Myanmar stupa & of the famous pagoda of Myanmar. Kyansithar Umin, long dimly lit corridors decorated with frescoes. Htilominlo Temple, 150ft high temple with fine plaster carvings, glazed sandstone decorations in the base. Ananda Temple, one of the most beautiful temples in Bagan built by King Kyansitthar. Visit Thatbyinnyu Temple, tallest in Bagan, Myinkaba Gu Byauk Gyi Temple with mural paintings, then to Manuha Temple which houses four immense Buddha images, Myinkaba lacquerware village to see the manufacturing stages. View the sunset from Shwesandaw Pagoda. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY(04) MANDALAY – SET SET YO VILLAGE – BAGAN SIGHTSEEING (BY PRIVATE CAR)

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Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast, start for trip to Mt. Popa about 30 miles (50km) from Bagan. Popa Taung Kalut is 2417ft (737m) standing apart from higher forested mountain, looks like a tower. The mountain was shaped out of a volcano that may have erupted some 250000 years ago. The 25 minutes climb steep and stiff. It gets cooler as you get higher and views are fantastic. In the afternoon, Set Set Yo village. You can see the children with the knot hair on the head.  Walk around the village & see the ways of Myanmar village life, visit the monastery and exchange social & cultural of the locals with the venerable monk & village headman. By chance, you can see making oil from peanut and sesame seeds by rotating the cows to mortar and pestle in traditional way. Return to Bagan, you are going to see jaggery (palm sugar) production huts. Drive back to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY(05) BAGAN – MANDALAY (BY EXPRESS DAY CRUISE/APPROX: 08 HRS)

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Breakfast at hotel. Our guide will pick up at hotel at transfer to bus station in order to leave for Mandalay (ETD: 08:00 AM – ETA:  15:00 PM).  Mandalay is the second largest city and the last royal capital of Burma. When you arrive at Mandalay, transfer to the hotel and check in. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.

DAY(06) MANDALAY – MINGUN – MANDALAY FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING (BY PRIVATE CAR)

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This morning, our guide will pick you up at hotel and start for highlight sightseeing in which is the second largest city and the last royal capital of Burma. Transfer to jetty and take a boat trip about 1 hr to Mingune, located on the western bank of the Ayeyarwady River. Arrive Mingune, visit huge unfinished Mingun Pagoda built between 1790 and 1797 which was split by earthquake in 1838. It is possibly the world's largest pile of bricks.  World’s largest working bell of 87 tons cast in 1808 by Bodawpaya.  Mya Thein Tan pagoda an image of Sulamani Pagoda at the peak of Mount Meru in Tavatimsa plane of nats.  Back to Mandalay by boat. Visit Mahamuni Golden Buddha Image, bronze casting and marble stone cutting craftsmen quarters and gold leaf beaters.  Visit Ku Tho Daw Pagoda also known as world's largest book, surrounded by 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist scriptures. It was built by King Mindon in 1857, modeled on the Shwezigon Pagoda at Nyaung U. Proceed to Golden Palace Monastery, which was once part of the palace complex where King Mindon lived. Evening view the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Overnight at Hotel in Mandalay.

DAY(07) MANDALAY – AMARAPURA – U BEIN BRIDGE – SAGAING SIGHTSEEING

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This morning, drive to Amarapura, capital before Mandalay for visiting silk weaving industry cottages. Morning visit Amarapura Mahagandayone monastery where over thousands of monks are dwelling. Proceed to U Bein Bridge, 1.6km long wooden bridge said to be the longest teak bridge in the world, built over 150 years. The bridge links Amarapura with an island in the middle of Lake Taungthaman, an intermittent body of water which dries up during winter. Drive straight to Sagaing a town at the foot of Sagaing Hills, dotted with hundreds of pagodas, monasteries and nunneries quarters. In Sagaing visit Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda, perched on the highest hill which offers panoramic views of the valleys and wide Ayeyarwady River. After visit to U Min Thonze (Hall of thirty Buddhas). If desired visit silver smith workshops in Yahtaung village. In the evening: transfer to Mandalay bus station in order to leave for Inle Lake (ETA: 19:00 PM – 05:00 AM). Overnight on the bus.

DAY(08) PICK UP FROM INLE BUS STATION AND INLE FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING (BY PRIVATE BOAT)

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This morning, our guide will pick up at Bus station and transfer to the hotel. A few minutes later, start highlight sightseeing in Inle Lake. Take a short boat trip on Inle Lake to reach the hotel. Sightseeing by boat on the beautiful Inle Lake home to Inthar national race, many of whom live in stilted houses built over the water. Inle Lake is second largest lake in Myanmar, stretches 11 miles (17.7 km). On the boat trip you will visit the market places, floating villages and floating gardens, silk & lotus stem weaving. You can also see Inthar technique of leg-rowing where one leg is wrapped around the paddle to drive the boat and also their traditional way of fishing. Afternoon: visit the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Nga Phe Kyaung  Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake to see ancient Buddha images. Overnight at Hotel in Inle Lake.

DAY(09) INLE LAKE – INDEIN – INLE LAKE SIGHTSEEING/EVENING: INLE LAKE – YANGON (BY EXPRESS BUS)

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This morning, explore one of the local 5-day markets, as we easily called, are well-known visit around the lake.  The markets are rotating among the villages in regular order - one village becomes the host of the market every 5th day.  By visiting 5-day markets, you will get insight into the life-style of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha inhabitants who came to these markets to sell their goods.  The visit to such markets is thus subject to market day calendar and the location of the host village. Take enjoyable boat ride through irrigation canals to Indein pagoda complex- an archaeological site worthy to visit where hundreds of Shan style ruined pagodas stand on slop of a hill. Some of the pagodas dated back to 17th and 18th centuries. After that, you will be transferred to Inle Lake bus station in order to leave for Yangon by Express bus (ETD: 19:00 PM – 05:00 AM). Overnight on the bus.

DAY(10) PICK UP FROM YANGON BUS STATION AND YANGON SIGHTSEEING/ EVENING: DEPART YANGON WITH NTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

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This morning, pick up from Yangon bus station and start for highlight sightseeing in Yangon. Transfer to Yangon Railways station to take local circular train for a journey to the outskirts of town (45 minutes ride). The slowly traveling train gives you a unique opportunity to observe the lively and colorful life of the rural Burmese people. Disembark to visit Insein market where a variety of street vendors sell colorful wares.  Enjoy exploring the market and meeting the friendly locals.  Visit to National Museum (Close on every & Tuesday) and you can find several interesting exhibits, especially the 8m-high Sihasana Palin (Lion Throne), which belonged to King Thibaw Min, the last Burmese king. Late afternoon, transfer to the airport for your international flight.

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