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Yangon - Bagan - Mt.Poppa - Sale - Mandalay - Amarapura - Mingun - Ava - Sagaing - Monywa - Pyin Oo Lwin - Heho - Kalaw - Pindaya - Inle Lake - Inle Lake - Taunggyi - Kakku - Heho - Yangon

(14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS)
Tour Code: MKS - 18

 

yangon-01Day 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.

bagan-12Day 02: Yangon – Bagan (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-13Day 03: Bagan full day 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.

popa-01Day 04: 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-12Day 05: Bagan - Mandalay   (by flight & car)
 

Morning breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for flight to Mandalay. Arrive Mandalay and 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-03Day 06: 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.

pyinoolwin-02 Day 07: Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin - Mandalay  (by car)
 

After breakfast at hotel, drive to Pyin Oo Lwin, formerly known as Maymyo through beautiful twisting and turning road winding through road side villages <approx 2 ½ hour>. Maymyo is home to many ethnic tribe, famous for its climate weather, a popular hill station of the British during colonial days in Myanmar, impresses with its many churches, colonial buildings with gables, turrets etc. Horse-drawn carriages still play major role in transport means. Visit enchanting Maymyo market with multicolored flowers and vegetables and botanical garden of 432 acres "laid out by Sir Harcourt Butler, former Governor of Burma" to observe the conservation of diverse botanical species around the world. The first place for sightseeing starts with the pleasant picnic spot Peik Chin Myaung Cave, near Wetwun Village. Following up is Pwe Kauk Waterfall(8 km from the town.) The another highlight is National Kandawgyi Garden(about 50 acre in size containing , 4048 trees mostly pine varieties, 575 different floral species and many exotic fruits and flowers and Chenese Temple. In the evening drive back to Mandalay. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.

monywa-01 Day 08: Mandalay – Monywa (by car)
 

After breakfast at hotel, excursion by coach to Monywa, 84 miles northwest of Mandalay. On the way, visit Mohnyin Than Buddhe Pagoda where more than 500,000 Buddha images are seated, Boditahtaung (a thousand Bo Trees) Pagoda and the largest reclining Buddha Image in Myanmar which measures 333 ft long and 90 ft high. Arrive Monywa and check in at Hotel. Evening to Kyaukka Lacquerware village and Shweguni Pagoda. Overnight at Hotel in Monywa.

 
monywa-02 Day 09: Monywa – Mt.Powin  - Mandalay (by car)
 

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to jetty so as to visit Mt.Powin which is situated on the western bank of the Chindwin River. Worth visiting places are of Mt.Powin and Mt. Shwe Ba where the rock mountain was carved into niches, Buddha statues and stair case. Arrive back to Monywa and contiune drive back to Mandalay and check in at hotel. Upon arrival in Mandalay, transfer to hotel and overnight.

 
pindaya-02 Day 10: Mandalay – Heho – Kalaw – Pindaya (by flight & car)
 

After breafast at hotel, transfer to airport for flight to Heho. Arrive Heho and proceed to Kalaw sightseeing; then proceed to Pindaya sightseeing, 48 km north of Kalaw, to visit Pindaya Lake and Pindaya cave, well-known for its countless Buddha images. Enjoy also the great scenic beauty of the countryside along the road to Pindaya through picturesque landscapes. Visit bamboo- umbrella domestic workshop as well. Overnight at hotel in Pindaya.

 
inle-12 Day 11: Pindaya – Inle Lake / Nyaung Shwe (by car & boat)
 

Afreakfast at hotel, 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 Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake.

kakku-01 Day 12: Inle Lake / Nyaung Shwe – Taunggyi – Kakku – Nyaung Shwe (by car)
 

After breakfast at hotel,  drive to Taunggyi. Capital of Shan State Taunggyi is a pine hill station. The weather is cool all year round and the winter months can be quite night. The Taunggyi Myoma Market (where will find colorful tirbes, traditional foodstuff, and varieties of fresh vegetable; beautiful flowers) is well known throughout Myanmar. And visit Sulamuni Pagoda and panoramic view from hill rock. It is situated on a high plateau surrounded by high mountain. And walk around the town and study about the way of local people. proceed to Kakku, a temple complex of more than 2000 stupas has lied hidden in the Pa-O heartland of Southern Shan State of centuries. Return back to Nyaung Shwe and overnight at hotel in Nyaung Shwe.

yangon-24 Day 13: Nyaung Shwe – Heho – Yangon (by flight & car)
  

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for flight back to Yangon. Arrive Yangon and check in to hotel. In the afternoon, Visit Botataung Pagoda and Nanthida Jetty and watch the traffic on the Yangon River; here luxury cruise liners come to berth at this jetty quite often. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

 
yangon-44 Day 14: Yangon sightseeing & Departure   (by car)
  

Afreakfast 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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