|Tour Name||:||Balloon Over Pagan|
|Program||:||6 Nights/ 7 Days|
Yangon/ Bagan – Mt. Popa/ Inle Lake
|Special Considerations||:||Balloon Over Bagan operates 01 October through 31 March on Sunset and Sunrise. This tour is dedicated for the guests who would like to see unique beauty of Bagan.|
Day 1: Arrive to Yangon
Arrival at Yangon International Airport where you will be welcomed by Tamarind’s tour guide and transfer to hotel.
- Walking tour in the heart of Yangon, where we will observe various architecture, and have opportunities to take photographs of Burma’s Capital.
- Visit to Chauk Htut Gyi Reclining Buddha Image where we can observe 108 Noble signs of Buddha’s foot print which are shown only on the enlighten one.
- Evening visit to Shwedagon Pagoda the world famous golden stupa.
Enjoy dinner at Karaweik Palace restaurant where you will enjoy a delightful dinner while you absorb an evening of traditional Myanmar dance entertains with Myanmar Saing (a circle of drums).
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2 : Yangon/ Bagan by morning flight – Mt.Popa
A 70 min early morning flight to Bagan; the first and most beautiful capital of Myanmar. Bagan is one of the Asia’s most amazing and richest archaeological sites. Situated on the eastern bank of the Ayarwaddy River in the dry zone of Central Myanmar, covering an area of 42 sq. km.
- After arrival to Nyaung Oo Airport, we will visit to Nyaung Oo Typical Market: the morning market is lively with local products trading of variety of beans, sesame, vegetables, flowers, bamboo wares and colorful emotions of vendors which is really attractive.
- We will observe the agrarian lifestyle of this regional farmers extracting palm juice from palm trees and making a local favorite candy with the same palm juice called jaggery.
- Then, we proceed to Mt. Popa (4981 feet), an extinct volcano, with temperate weather and lush green landscape. At the base of Mt. Popa rests the stunning Taung Ka Lat (2417 feet) where the Popa Temple sits atop. There is an iron staircase that ascends to the Popa temple where you will encounter shops of flowers, refreshment sellers, local goods as well as some local wildlife along the way.
(Please kindly be aware that there are many monkeys playing on the stairs way – if you would like not being teased by monkey, please skip it and better not to go up to the temple)
- The scenery from the apex is truly fascinating where you can view the stunning Mount Popa and the enormous flat plains that lead to Bagan.
- Afternoon, we will visit the villages around the area and observation to the plantation of medicated plants.Enjoy leisure evening with Mountain View from hotel balcony.
Overnight in Popa.
Day 3: Mt. Popa – Bagan
En route to Bagan, enjoy the scenery of palm forest.
Bagan is still well preserved with its ancient pagodas and temples of 11th to 13th century A.D. Tradition said, 4446 stupas and temples were built during the great dynasty. According to the record in 1968 by Archeological Department, it was 2217.
Among the numerous monuments, we will visit to the most remarkable temples and stupas.
- We will visit to Shwezigon Pagoda; originally name “Land of Victory”. In Bagan, most of the monuments were built of brick but Shwezigon Pagoda was built of sandstone carried from the quarry at Turintaung Ranges seven miles away from Shwezigon by using a chain of people.
- Wetgyi-in Gyubyaukgyi Temple: it was built in early 13th century by a son of King Kyansittha. There is large shrine room attached to a smaller antechamber. This temple is known for its well preserved colorful wall paintings depicting scenes from the 550 jatak life stories of Buddha. Many of the scenes, however, were stolen in 1899.
- Next visit to Anada Temple: It is one of the most impressive and exquisite monuments of Bagan. It is built by King Kyansittha in 1091 A.D. Ananda is the best preserved example of Bagan architecture. Both on the exterior and interior, find carved stones, plaster and wood bear witness to the superb craft of the masters of Bagan.
- Dhamayangyi Temple: It is the biggest temple in Bagan built by King Narathu.
- After lunch we will proceed to the work place of handmade lacquerware, and observe the detailed process of the making of Myanmar lacquerware & its products. (if our guests would like not visit this spot, please kindly skip it).
We will check-in at hotel and take a rest in the afternoon.
- Htilominlo Temple: It was named after its builder, King Nadaungmya. According to the chronicles, the king built this temple on the spot where he was chosen as the crown prince out of five sons of King Narapatisithu.
- Thabyinnyu Temple: Thabyinyu was built in 1144 AD by King Alaungsithu, the noted sea-traveler of the dynasty. It is about 201 feet (61 meters) high and the tallest in Bagan. Thanyinnyu Temple was one of the good points to watch sunset of Bagan Plain. Due to preservation reason, it is prohibited to climb to top storey since a few years ago.
- Shwesandaw Pagoda: This pagoda is the first architecturally developed Bagan stupa. Popularly believed to have been by King Anawrahta to enshrined the “Sacred hair Relic” brought back to Bagan after the raid on Thaton, which had been presented to him by the king of Pegu. The Shwesandaw is not only a giant reliquary, built to hold a prize, but a monument to a successfully completed military campaign and symbols of Bagan’s transition from the parochial to the imperial.
The Shwesandaw is the first stupa in Burma, pyramidally-shaped, with tall and steep terraces, that have medial stairways.
- After observing Thabyinnyu, we will take a horse cart to the Shwesandaw Pagoda affording unequaled views of Bagan’s landscape. We will climb up to the brick-stairs way and enjoy the sunset view offers our guests unforgettable memory.
Overnight in Bagan.
Day 4: Bagan – Balloon Over Bagan at Sunrise
0545AM – We will transfer to the place of Balloon Over Bagan. We will take a morning balloon at sunrise for 45 min to 60 min depends of the wind of the morning.
The flight of Balloon is operated by Cameron Balloons Limited in UK, the world largest manufacturer of hot air balloons. The pilots and technician are European Nationals qualified and registered in the UK. The flight flies with a basket capacity of 8 passengers.
We will have an exciting moments when over flying the wonderful Bagan in the morning.
When flight time completed, will land to the ground and celebrate together Champaign cheers for the success of flying the Balloon. We will go back to hotel by 830 – 0900AM, enjoy breakfast, Leisure a few moment.
- Explore to Visit to Myinkaba village, observation to Manuha Temple. The name Manuha was given after its founder, the captive King Manuha of Thahton. Anawratha of Bagan defeated him in a struggle for the Buddhist Scriptures. Manuha built the guphaya in 1059 AD while in exile and in captivity. He also built a reclineing Buddha in very narrow housing to represent to his tense suffering as an exiled king.
- After lunch, we will drive to Minanthu Village where we can see rural life of tropical village people. It locates 15-20 min drive away from Bagan old town.
After lunch, we will drive back to hotel, take leisure a few moments.
- In the late afternoon, visiting to Pya That Gyi Temple affords inspiring views of the brick-hued pagodas and temples of sunset.
Overnight in Bagan.
Day 5: Bagan/ Heho by W9 141 0820/ 0900 – Inle Lake
Transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport, take a 30 minute flight to Heho.
After arrival to Heho Airport, an hour drive to Nyaung Shwe, we will board a boat that will take us to a stunning hotel that has a great vantage point for some of the best sunsets in the region.
Inle Lake is 22×10 km, with an average depth of 6 meters. There are 64 villages and their inhabitants who reside on the lake in their homes that rest high above the water.
- We will observe the lifestyle of these inhabitants who support their families by farming and fishing.
- Sightseeing to Ywama village – floating gardens, a traditional weaving mill for Intha-textiles, silk weaving workshops; excellent work of shawls and robes with natural fibers produced from lotus flowers stems in natural color.
Lunch at Local restaurant, enjoy Shan food.
- We proceed our visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and its 5 holy Buddha images. Every full moon day of September or October, the Pagoda Festival is celebrated there for 15 days and homage is paid to 19 villages at Inle Lake. The pagoda festival date is set by locals according to Myanmar calendar.
- Then, visiting Nga Phe Chaung Monastery; well-known for its 250 year old wooden architectural work among 100 monasteries on the lake.
OR go back to hotel earlier at guest’s advice.
Overnight in Inle Lake.
Day 6: Inle Lake – 5 Days Market
We will start from Hotel by 800AM, morning visit to Market Day where every 5 day market where will be held at one of the villages on the lake.
En route, we will observe the lifestyle of these inhabitants who support their families by farming and fishing.
- Next visit to Indein village where thousands of pagodas are clustered in the same complex, supposed built by one of the kings from the Bagan era.
Afternoon sightseeing includes;
- Nampan village – we will observe how Burmese Cheroots are produced primarily by young ladies using traditional methods. We will also visit a work place of Shan paper that is made from mulberry bark and transformed into Shan umbrellas and other beautiful products.
Overnight in Inle Lake.
Day 7: Inle Lake – Heho/ Yangon by W9 009 0925 – 1020
Transfer to Heho airport for an hour flight to Yangon. After arrival, transfer to hotel.
Visit to Bogyoke Market where local merchants offer Myanmar traditional silks, cotton, paintings, tapestries, handicrafts, silverware, lacquerware, national dress & ethnic fashions, gems & jewelry.
For your information, Tamarind does not work shopping tour. Our itineraries include visiting to markets, workshops that intend to have an observation of local trading trends, the process of art & craft, the ways how locals survive for their family living. If our guests are not interested in visiting those spots, please kindly skip the venues.
After that, drive to Nanthida Jetty, observing the lively people who goes and comes by ferry boat to attend their work.
Depart from Yangon to Home.
Transfer to Yangon International airport.