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Tour Name : Historical Burma
Program : 6 Nights/ 7 Days
Destinations : Yangon/ Bagan – Mt. Popa/ Mandalay – Amarapura – Mingun – Saggaing
Tamarind Code : 02

Day 1: Arrive to Yangon

You will be welcomed at Yangon International Airport, transfer to hotel.

  • Yangon city tour starts with Walking tour in the heart of downtown where you can see interesting colonial building and history of Rangoon … Indian quarter, Sule pagoda, City Hall (built 1925 – 1940), The Rowe & Co. (built 1908 – 1910), Independent monument, Immuel Baptist Church, High Court (built 1905 – 1911), colonial building along Pansodan Street walk along Kanar street, The classic Strand Hotel, Australian Embassy, British Embassy, General Post Office.

City Hall (built 1925 – 1940)

High Court (built 1905 - 1911)

  • Visiting to Botataung Pagoda locates on the Yangon Water Front seeing the interesting believe of locals, 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.
  • After lunch, visit to National Museum where we can observe historical background of Myanmar, royal regalia, cultural objects, Lion Throne, the main exhibit of the National Museum which was used by our last Myanmar King. It was taken to Kolkata Museum by Colonial officials and was returned to Myanmar as the gift of Independence in 1948. This is the only original throne left as the other 8 were destroyed during WWII.
  • Bogyoke market where local merchants offer Myanmar traditional silks, cottons, paintings, tapestries, handicraft, national dress, ethnic fashion, gems and jewelry.

  • Evening visit to Shwedagon Pagoda the world famous golden stupa.

Depitching about Mara. The Evil one, persuading the Prince Siddahta’s great renounciation

Depitching about the sence of Prince Siddahta hold of his top-knot and throw on air – say If I am to become a Buddha, let it stay in the sky

Depitching Gotama Buddha giving His eight hair strands to two merchant brothers Tautha and Balika

Queen Shin Saw Pu Shrine Her father was a King, brother was a King, Son was a King, Nephew was a King, Herself was Queen, who raised the height of the Shwedagon Pagoda to a 326 ft. Among Queen shin Saw Pu’s offerings was a gold statue of her likeness in her own weigh 90 pound. This petite woman is one of the most colorful and overpowering personalities in our history.

Mahaganta (Great Sound) Bell presented by King Singu in 1778

Maha Tisadda Ghanta (three-toned) Bell donated by King Tharrawaddy in 1841

Precious jewellery offered at the sacred umbrella of Shwedagon Pagoda.

We may think back the scence of Shwedagon in AD 1885+.

Observation to currently Shwedagon Pagoda platform

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 2: Yangon to Bagan by an hour flight

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.

You will be welcomed by your tour guide at Bagan Airport with your name sign.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 3: Visit Bagan to Mt Popa – a day return trip

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.

Typical host with pickled tea leaf salad and jaggary

Typical host with pickled tea leaf salad and jaggary

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.

Mount Popa

We will be back to Bagan and visit lacqureware work place and afternoon leisure. An hour boat excursion along the Ayarwaddy River at Sunset. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 4: Bagan to Mandalay by a 30 min flight

After arrival to Mandalay International Airport, an hour drive to Amarapura; an 18th Century capital of Myanmar.

  • We will visit Maha Gandayon Monastery to observe the daily meal of over a thousand monks at the country’s largest Monastery. And we will see Silk weaving; the craft specialty of Amarapura, which design silk are especially wear for special occasion for Burmese such as a wedding ceremony or graduation or social events. We will check-in at hotel.
  • Afternoon visit in Mandalay includes: Maha Muni Image; the most sacred Pagoda in Upper Myanmar, Gold leaf workshop that we can see only in Mandalay.

Gold Leaf workmanship @ only in royal Mandalay

  • Shwenandaw Monastery; which can see a master piece of wood carving remain from the era of the last Burmese King, Kuthodaw Pagoda with its 729 stone slabs of Buddha’s scriptures (known as the world’s biggest book) and Mandalay Old Palace.

Shwenandaw Monastery

Shwe Nan Daw Monastery interior

Exquisite wood carving at Shwenandaw Monastery

Mandalay Old Palace Moat

Then, we will drive to Mandalay Hill; enjoy the magnificent landscape over the city from this vantage point.

Mandalay Hill

It is said to be that the orgress was a former life of King Mondon

The figure of Sanda Mukhi Orgress at Mandalay Hill

King Mindon (AD 1808 - 1878)

King Mindon who was the most famous king in Myanmar. He was born in 8th July 1808 and died 01 Oct 1878 at his 70 years old. He took the power of King on 1853 from his royal father King Bagan.

He found Mandalay city in 1857. He donated the 729 white marble stone slap with Buddha’s canon inscription. During King Mindon period, he sent many scholars to France, Italy, USA, UK to learn Industrial revolution. Many many adventurous things he had done for Burma. He tried to defense upper Burma from the British. He was a super King in Burmese History.

Another his famous record was he had 55 queens included 1 chief queen + 3 main queens. He had over 200 children and many grand children.

He made a great donation to Shwedagon Pagoda. Our great King after King Anawyahta in Bagan. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 5: Mandalay – visit to Mingun, Saggaing

After breakfast we will take an hour boat excursion to Mingun village. Mingun stands on the bank of Ayarwaddy River and is 11 km away from Mandalay.

  • Sightseeing includes: Pa Hto Daw Gyi Pagoda; built in AD1790 for 20 years long though, the construction was stopped, remained unfinished; 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, Mingun Bell; weighs 90 tons and is considered the world’s largest ringing bell that was cast in 1805 A.D.

Pahtodawgyi massive stupa

Mya Theintan Stupa

The world largest ringing Bell

The record of Mingun Bell

After tour to Saggaing for a 45 min drive from Mandalay jetty.

  • Visit Saggaing Hill which offers panorama view of Ayarwaddy River background on Mountain, a home for nuns and their life. En route to Mandalay, we cross over the AVA Bridge that was built in 1927 during the period of British Colonials and partly damaged during WWII, renovated in 1954.

AVA Bridge

  • We will once drive to U Bein Bridge; a 165 year old, the longest teak bridge in the world, take a walk along on 1.2 kilometer long bridge at sunset.

U Bein Bridge

Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 6: Mandalay to / Yangon by an hour flight

Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.

  • Visit to General Aung San Museum established in 1962. It was a colonial era villa, built in 1921. It was General Aung San’s residence till he was being assassinated in July 1947, the house where Noble Prize Winner Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi grown up as a child.

General Museum

The vehicle

The record of the vehicle General Aung San used

The house general aung san stayed

General Aung San's house

The terrance in front of the house

  • We will then drive to the strand road, enjoy seeing the Yangon jetty at sunset.

Yangon division court built circa 1900

Nanthida Jetty

  • You may like to spend your evening at the classic Strand Hotel with a sip of Singapore Sling.

The classic Stand Hotel (built in 1901)
Day 7: Yangon – Departure

Transfer to Yangon International Airport to departure flight.