Day 1: Bangkok/ Yangon
Day 2: Yangon
- In the morning, we will take a walking tour in the heart of Yangon, where we will observe various architecture, and have opportunities to take photographs of Burma’s Capital.
- A short drive to Botataung Pagoda on the bank of Yangon river where you can observe the belief of locals.
- Chauk Htut Gyi Reclining Buddha Image & monasteries near by.
- General Aung San Museum.
- Visit to Bogyoke Market where local merchants offer Myanmar traditional silks, cotton, paintings, tapestries, handicrafts, silverware, lacquerware, national dress & ethnic fashions, gems & jewelry.
- Visit to Kandawgyi Park.
- Evening visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda the world famous stupa.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 3: Yangon/ Yangon/ Bagan by morning flight – Bagan Visit
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, visit to Nyaung Oo typical market which is morning market, lively with local products trading of variety of beans, sesame, vegetables, flowers, bamboo wares, various kinds of Thanakar and many vendors are interesting to see.
- Next visit to Shwezigon Pagoda that is considered to be prototypical of Burmese Architecture, Htilominlo Temple which was built in AD 1211, which can be seen the fine plaster carving still remain on the arch of pediments, Anada Temple which is one of the most impressive and exquisite monuments of Bagan, built by King Kyansittha in 1091 AD. After lunch, we will check in at hotel and take a leisure.
- Afternoon tour to Myinkabar village to see Gukyaukgyi Temple (Myinkabar), was built in AD 1113 by the Rjakuma, son of King Kyansittha. The temple is well-known for very rare mural painting. Next agenda to Manuha Temple and Nanphaya Temple which was built by the grandson of King Manuha in about 11th century in commemoration of his grandfather King Manuha.
- When the sun becomes softer, afternoon visit to Dhamayangyi Temple; the biggest temple in Bagan, the craftsmanship of this temple can be regarded one of the best brick works of Bagan Era.
- Afternoon visit to lacqure ware workplace.
- Evening visit starts with Thabyinnyu Temple; was built in 1144 AD, is about 201 feet (61 meters) high and the tallest in Bagan. After observing Thabyinnyu, we will take a horse cart to the Shwesandaw Pagoda affording unequaled views of Bagan’s landscape.
Day 4: Bagan – Mt. Popa – Bagan
Today, you will start leisurely and drive to palm forest to 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. Transfer to the jetty for an hour boat excursion to Mingun village. Mingun stands on the bank of Ayarwaddy River and is 11 km away from Mandalay.
Will drive to the palm forest, 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.
We will proceed Mt. Popa (4981 feet), an extinct volcano, with temperate weather and lush green landscape. Climb to Popa Temple by iron stairways (if you like), enjoy the landscape of Bagan plain. We will be back to Bagan and afternoon leisure. An hour boat excursion along the Ayarwaddy River at Sunset. Overnight in Bagan. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 5: Bagan/ Mandalay by morning flight
After arrival in Mandalay we will visit Amarapura, an 18th century capital of Myanmar.
- Maha Gandayon Monastery and observe the daily meal of over a thousand monks at the country’s largest Monastery. (Tamarind notes that though it is interesting to observe the monk’s prior to their daily meal-it is just as remarkable to watch the locals prepare the food and cook it in large vessels that sit atop fires stirred by oar sized spoons.)
- Amarapura is also known for its fine silk weaving, and after crossing the U Bein Bridge, we will have the opportunity to view a silk weaving work place; the craft specialty of Amarapura. It is not unusual to find the silk woven in Amarapura donned during many of Myanmar’s special occasions, such as a wedding ceremony or graduation.
- Maha Muni Imagethe most sacred Pagoda in Upper Myanmar, with its venerated legend known. After viewing Maha Muni Image.
- Gold leaf workplace.
- Zay Cho Market and see Mandalay’s special design textiles, foodstuff, gems & jewelry, Myanmar trading trends.
- Tapestry workshop where the finest tapestries in Myanmar are laboriously handmade with excellent attention to detail.
- Shwenandaw Monastery that was constructed by the last Myanmar King Thibaw, for the memorial of his late father King Mindon. This building is only one remain from Royal Palace which was relocated with same architecture style to commemorate the father king’s gratitude before British Annexation.
- Kuthodaw Pagoda with its 729 stone slabs of Buddha’s scriptures (known as the world’s biggest book.)
- Mandalay Hill; enjoy the magnificent landscape over the city from this vantage point.
Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 6: Mandalay – Mingun – Saggaing
Transfer to the jetty for an hour boat excursion to Mingun village. Mingun stands on the bank of Ayarwaddy River and is 11 km away from Mandalay.
This trip will have a leisure moment as we will treat guests to a picnic with various food & drinks while enjoying a relaxing view along the Ayarwaddy River. We will observe bamboo rafts, birds, farms, locals fishing on small boats, and see how the people earn a living to support their families, and how they also enjoy their lifestyle.
- In Mingun we will disembark and proceed to the Mya Thein Dan Zedi that was built by the King of Saggaing, as memorial for his beloved wife (and late queen) who passed away one week after giving birth to their son. The views from atop this temple are refreshing and among the best in the region. (Tamarind notes that Mya Thein Dan Zedi is attractive to visitors with its structural combinations.)
- Mingun Bell. This bell weighs 90 tons and is considered the world’s largest ringing bell that was cast in 1805 A.D.
- Saggaing hill that is regarded as the religious center of Myanmar. Here is where learned teachers and novices take refuge in the Sacred Scriptures, the essence of Buddha’s teachings. Here they also practice what they preach, meditate, and lead a simple & peaceful life.
From this hill you can observe the pleasant panorama of the city and river.
- Next we will journey to the base of Saggaing and see a home for nuns and their life where we will seek permission from the chief nun to observe the daily work of these religious women.
- Then we will be back to Mandalay by car crossing the Bridge of Saggaing that was built over the Ayarwaddy River during the period of British Colonials.
- Enjoy sunset at U Bein Bridge.
Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 7: Mandalay/ Heho by morning flight – Inle Lake
After arrival Heho,
- we will drive to Kakku via Taunggyi that is the capital of southern Shan State. En route, we will visit to a Pa-O village and observe their lifestyle.
- Kakku that was recently opened to foreigners-has an amazing 2548 pagodas built on very small area, and is rich in architectural value.
- Proceed to Nyaung Shwe (approximately 2 hour drive). Upon arrival in 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.
Overnight at Inle Lake.
Day 8: Inle Lake
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. It is not uncommon to see curious family members greet you with a wave of their hand and a smile as you pass by.
Inle is also called the “Venice of East” by visiting tourists. We will observe floating gardens at Inle as well as the lifestyle of these inhabitants who support their families by farming and fishing. If you observe carefully you will see the skilled boatmen paddle their craft with an oar by using their foot. We recommend you to participate in the colorful five day market-you will see hill tribes trading their farm products of vegetables, fruits, sun dried tea leaves, art, works of wooden sculpture with their unique style in a bustling atmosphere.
- 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.
- 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.
- Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and its 5 holy Buddha images. Every full moon day of October, the Pagoda Festival is celebrated here for 15 days and homage is paid to 19 villages at Inle Lake.
- Nga Phe Chaung Monastery; well-known for its 250 year old wooden architectural work of the among 100 monasteries on the lake. This Nga Phe Chaung Monastery is the most celebrated with its 150 to 200 pillars elaborated with wooden carving. This Monastery is also known as the “jumping cat monastery” where visitors are treated to a show that involves well trained felines.
Overnight at Inle Lake.
Day 9: Inle Lake – Heho/ Thandwe – Ngapali Beach
Transfer to airport to Thandwe flight. Ngapali Beach is the most pristine of Myanmar’s coastlines and offers stunning sunsets, water activities, and delectable seafood. By now you will be “pagoded and templed out” so a few days relaxing on Ngapali Beach is the best way to unwind at the end of your trip. Overnight at Ngapali Beach.
Day 10: Ngapali Beach
A boat excursion to Private Island and enjoy BBQ lunch. Snorkeling can be arranged. Arrive back to Ngapali Beach by 3 PM. Relaxing on the beach in the afternoon. Overnight in Ngapali Beach.
Day 11: Ngapali Beach Morning walk to Fishing village where is 20 min walking distance from hotel. To observe about local living ways. Riding Tri-shaw. Relaxing on the beach, swimming, or bike riding. Overnight in Ngapali Beach.
Day 12: Thandwe/ YangonTransfer to Thandwe airport. After arrival in Yangon, transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 13: Depart from YangonTransfer to Yangon International Airport.