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Yangon - Bago - Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) - Bagan - Mt.Poppa - Sale - Mandalay - Amarapura - Mingun - Sagaing -Ava - Heho - Inle Lake - Indein - Yangon

(12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS)
Tour Code: MKS - 17

 

yangon-30Day 01: Yangon arrival & sightseeing  (by car)
  

Arrive at Yangon International Airport and welcome by Minn Kyan Sitt Travels representative and our tour guide. Check in to hotel. Yangon sightseeing includes; . Chaukhtatgyi (Reclining Buddha) Pagoda a colossal reclining Buddha, Kandawgyi Lake which is closed to the city center and is a good place for a walk. This lake is most attractive at sunset when the glittering Shwedagon is reflected in its calm water. And visit colonial style buildings surrounding  Mahabandula Park. Then drive to stroll through a narrow street of ChinaTown including the short visit to TaoTemple. Then, shortly before sunset, the 107 meters high golden stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda will glitter in the soft light of the early evening. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

bago-08Day 02: Yangon – Bago - Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) (by car)
  

After breakfast at hotel, proceed to Kyaikhtiyo and on the way visit to Bago sightseeing. Firstly, visit the huge four sitting Buddha’s Kyaikpun (28 meters high huge Buddha Image) and visit Kyakhatwine Monastery, one may observe one may observe over 600 student monks having lunch under the way of Buddha's guidance.

Continue to Kyaikthiyo, one of Myanmar’s landmark, which is famous for its position and religious importance: Kyaikhtiyo the “Golden Rock “, huge boulder completely covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. To reach the pagoda from Kin Pun a steep 11km road leads to the upper staging point by truck. Take a light trekking on the summit through bamboo forest. Enjoy the sunset beauty on the hill top. Overnight at hotel in Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock).

kyaikhtiyo-05Day 03: Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) – Bago - Yangon   (by car)
  

After breakfast at hotel, take a half hour walk to small cave. Also stop at the roadside shops for rare product of jungle, Midmorning, drive down to the base camp and return to Yangon. On the way visit most important sights of this old capital of the Mon People. Visit in Bago sightseeingdrive back visit Shwethalyaung Pagoda (55 meters long and 16 meters high reclining Buddha). Continue to Shwemawdaw Pagoda which looks like Shwedagon in Yangon at glance and is the highest Pagoda in Myanmar. Hinthagon Pagoda, private-funded spirit workship ceremonies often take place and could enjoy panoramic view. Than proceed to Kanbawza Thardi Palace – the famous palace of King Bayinnaung (1551 – 1581 A.D) is being extensively excavated and some buildings are being rebuilt. After sightseeing, return to Yangon. On the way back, you can visit Allied War Cemetery near Htaukkyan, maintained by the common wealth War Craves Commission. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

bagan-18Day 04: Yangon - Bagan full day sightseeing (by flight & car)
  

Early morning breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for flight to Bagan. Arrive at Bagan and check in to hotel.From the 11th to 13th centuries, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers constructed thousands of huge stupas and temples many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River. Your journey begins with a visit an elevated temple from where you will have a panoramic view of the magnificent plains of Bagan. Continue visit Shwezigon Pagoda and its magnificent golden stupa, Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sand stone decoration, Wet Gyi Inn Gubyaukgyi Temple, with superb mural paintings of jataka scenes. In the afternoon begin with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar's best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple and architectural masterpiece of the early- style temple with four impressive standing Buddha images. Thabinnyu Temple, the highest temple in Bagan, Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork. Enjoy sunset over the site from the upper terrace of Shwesandaw Pagoda. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

bagan-11Day 05: Bagan fullday sightseeing   (by car)
  

After breakfast at hotel, visit the colorful Nyaung Oo Market where villagers from local hill tribes gathering every day to buy and sell their produce and other handmande goods. Continue to Myinkaba village and take a short walking tour to explore the examples of Manuha Temple and Nan Paya. Explore more temples in the area, visit more craft shops. On your next stop, you'll learn about the production of Bagan's most famous food, Pone Yay Gyi and also Pe Chaung (bean snack) at a local shop. This thick salty black paste is made from soy beans and is used commonly in Burmese cooking, especially with pork and as a salad. You'll get to see the secrets of how it's made at the shop, all the way from the raw soy beans through to the finished product. Drive on to a nearby village next where locals make a range of products using the juice of palm trees, including sweet molasses and wine. During your visit you're sure to see the expert farmers as they climb the trees effortlessly to collect the juice. In the afternoon you'll move to one of Bagan's lesser-known area, Minnanthu to the east of Bagan. An argricultural village, Minnanthu specializes in sesame and peanut oil production. You'll have time to look around the peaceful area, taking in the temples of Nandamannya, Lemyentha and Payathonzu. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

salay-01Day 06: Bagan – Mt.Popa – Sale - Bagan  (by car)
  

After breakfast at hotel, start excursion to Mt. Popa by car; a slight trip from Bagan experiencing amid lovely hill and forest sceneries and it is a steep-sided volcanic peak dedicated to the legendary "Nat" spirits of Myanmar and just 48 kilometers from Bagan. Visit proceeds to Kyauk Padaung and associated areas to see village life and continue to Sale, it is a small town about 55 km south of Bagan,down the Ayeyarwaddy River.Worth a visit is Yoke Sone Monastery with its exceptional woodcarvings on the outside of the building. Continue to a number of other old monasteries and splendid colonial style houses. Return back to Bagan.  Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

mandalay-16 Day 07: Bagan - Mandalay   (by car & Express Cruise)
  

Early morning breakfast at hotel, transfer to jetty. A whole day boat trip to Mandalay, while you can riding the activities on the mightly Ayeyarwaddy River, you will arrive in Mandalay on late afternoon. Check in and overnight at hotel in Mandalay.

 
mandalay-11 Day 08: Mandalay - Amarapura  (by car)
  

After brerakfast at hotel, excursion to Amarapura; visit Mahaganyon Monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study and visit to U Bein Bridge. There you can take a walk over the world’s longest teakwood bridges. Continue drive to Mandalay visit to Maha Myat Muni Pagoda. The legendary pagoda is home to one of Myanmar's most revered Buddha Images which have been covered with so many layers of gold leaf over the years that they now have an almost lumpy surface. While in Mandalay you will have the opportunity to visit serveral workshops and learn about the city's traditional industries, such as Kalaga Tapestry production and wood carving which have remained unchanged of centuries. You'll also have the chance to make your own marionette (small puppet) at a local shop. You can choose the marionette's face, body and clothes to create your own unique souvenir.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, nicknamed the "World's Biggest Book" because of the 729 stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures, before heading to the Shwenandaw Monstery, the only building of the Royal Palace built in the 19th century still standing and it's famous for its exquisite wooden carvings. To round off your day of sightseeing you'll then take a 45 minute walk up the 900 stairs to the top of Mandalay Hill as the sun begins to set – a walk commonly made by locals who often make a pilgrimage to the peak. By the time you reach the summit the sun will be putting on a show as it dips down behind the city-Mother Nature giving you a breathtaking moment to savor forever. Once the sun has dipped down beyound the horizon. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.

mingun-02 Day 09: Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing – Ava (Innwa) (by car, boat & horse cart)
  

After breakfast at hotel, depart from Mandalay on a private boat along the Ayeyarwaddy River to visit Mingun, a village on the west bank of the river. Visit in Mingun Pathotawgyi, the world renowned ringing Mingun Bell,Myatheintan Pagoda and surrounding villages.

Proceed to capitals of Sagaing, Ava. Firstly you'll cross the Ayeyarwaddy River to Sagaing; known as the religious center of Myanmar in the northwest of the country bordering India. Sagaing is home to over 3000 monks and 600 pagodas and you'll have the opportunity to meet some of these monks as you visit eminent pagodas like U Min Thone Sae and Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin. While in Sagaing you'll have the chance to spend time at a typical Burmese market, selling a range of goods including local handicrafts. You'll also stop at a pottery village to see the process of water pots being hand-crafted by expert tradesmen. After Sagaing you'll continue by private vehicle on to Ava, a former capital of the Burmese Kingdom from 1364 to 1841. Your Backyard Travel guide will then take you on a leisurely tour of the quaint streets by local horse cart, allowing you to experience everyday life in the countryside as you visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. In the evening return to Mandalay and overnight at hotel in Mandalay.

inle-07 Day 10: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake  (by flight, car & boat)
  

Afreakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for flight to Heho. From Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monstery which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha Images. We will also stop in Nyaung Shwe for a short walk around town and visitto the colorful market if it is being held that day. proceed to Inle Lake you'll venture out to explore Inle Lake with your private motorboat, passing floating garden houses built on stilts inhabited by the local Intha People, and the famous "Leg-Rowing" fishermen who make their living from the lake's plentiful supply of fish. Along the way you can visit a floating tomoato garden – a unique site. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake's main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha Images covered in gold feaf. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. Continue to the famous Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, so called "jumping cat's monastery" famed for its collection of ancient Buddha effigies collected from the lake and surrounding regions. Photograph the long neck family on the way back (Padaung Women). Overnight at hotel in Inle Lake (or) Nyaung Shwe.

inle-08 Day 11: Inle Lake – Indein - Yangon  (by flight, car & boat)
  

After breakfast at hotel, your excursion will start at a morning market (the earlier your departure time, the better) that changes its location around the lake on a five-day basis. Here the commuities which inhabit the lake region, including local hill tribes such as the Pa-Oh, Intha and Shan people, all come to trade their handmade wares and farmed goods with each other. (Note: Market is daily open except on dark moon day and full moon day). board your boat to the western shore of the Lake where you will find the beginning of a stair path leading to the hidden and unknown Indein Pagoda complex. Visit one of the most amazing historical sights on the shore of the lake consisting of hundreds of small stupas overgrown by moss and greens. Continue on foot to a village nearby where several crops are grown in traditional ways. Walk in an easy pace along one of the many creeks passing through rice fields to the village of Sea Ma.  Visit the primary school of the village where you will have the possibility to meet the children and teachers to observe their way of learning and teaching. Walk across to the weaving village of Tha Lay where you meet the people in the villages on the lake and travel to one of the monasteries to observe the monastic activities. In the evening transfer to airport for flight back to Yangon. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

yangon-02 Day 12: Yangon sightseeing & Departure   (by car)
  

After breakfast at hotel, shopping at Bogyoke (or) Scott Market a famous shopping center to enjoy display of Myanmar handicraft (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and Public Holidays). And proceed to visit Kaba Aye (World peace) Pagoda, it was also known as the " World Peace Pagoda" and Mahapasana Cave, where the sixth Buddhist synod took place. On the way visit to Kyauktawgyi Pagoda also known as Lawka Chanthar Arbayar Labamuni Buddha Image at Minn Dhamma Hill, there is an Elephant house where the three white elephants are kept. And then transfer to Yangon International Airprot for Departure.

 

 

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