Myanmar  Classic Experience

12 Days / 11 Nights

Day 1

Arrival in Yangon

Welcome at Yangon (Rangoon) international airport by our guide and transfer to your hotel. Start your day with a visit to colossal reclining Buddha Chaukhtatkyi. After lunch, visit National Museum (closed on Monday, Tuesday and public holidays), which is home to priceless ancient artifacts.

Visit the Bogyoke Market then head to the Indian quarter for a different view of the city.  End the day with a visit to the magnificent Shwedagon pagoda, the country’s holiest Buddhist shrine where many local and Buddhists come to worship, before returning to your hotel. Overnight in Yangon.

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Day 2

Yangon – Kyaikhityo “The Golden Rock”

After breakfast, depart this morning for Kyaiktiyo Mountain, home of the famous and religiously important Golden Rock Pagoda. Along the way to Bago, stop briefly at Htauk-kyant town to have a look at the beautifully-landscaped Allied War Cemetery, the final resting place of over 27,000 allied soldiers who perished during the World War II campaign in Myanmar.   Then, arrive in  Bago, also known as Pegu, and allow some time to explore the 16th century capital of the Mon Kingdom – Visit the visit the 55-metre long reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha, the second largest Buddha in the country, built in 994 A.D. and the weaving workshop in the nearby Mon village.

After lunch, drive to Golden Rock past Kyaikho town. Upon arrival at the foot of Kyaikhtiyo Mountain, transfer to the local form of transport (an open roof truck) for a journey half way up the mountain on a curvy road. Then, from mid-way, enjoy a walk up hill to reach the top where you will be rewarded with excellent views of the giant Golden Rock and its surrounding valley. At sunset, witness the wonders of the Golden Rock, said to be held in place by a delicately placed hair of the Buddha.  Overnight in Kyaithtiyo

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Day 3

Kyaikhityo – Yangon

Rise early to enjoy a serene sunrise on the Pagoda platform. Later, walk back down part of the mountain the way we came. The trucks take us to the bottom where our car awaits to drive us back to Yangon, again via Bago (the only way).

On this trip through Bago, we stop to see some other interesting remnants of this city’s historical past. Pay a visit Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which is often regarded to as the Golden God Temple. Similar to Shwedagon in Yangon, the Shwemawdaw is a bit taller with some unique features. Stop in a handicraft cottage producing traditional cheroots.  After lunch, Visit the excavated site of Kambozathadi royal palace of the famous King Bayinnaung, who reigned over the Toungoo Dynasty for 30 years and a pottery making village. Drop by to visit the Mon style Kyaik Pun Pagoda. Stop briefly to visit a pottery village in the outskirt of the town on your return drive to Yangon.  Overnight in Yangon.

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Day 4

Bagan

Transfer to airport to take your flight to Bagan. Meet your guide to transfer from Nyaung Oo domestic Airport and sightseeing  in Bagan, one of Asia’s most popular archeological destination. Start your tour with the vibrant Nyaung Oo Market, and then proceed to visit some of the distinctive pagodas in Bagan – Shwezigon, a prototype of later Myanmar stupas; Wetkyi-in- Gubyaukgyi, a 13th century ‘cave temple with interesting fine frescoes; Ananda Temple, one of the finest, largest and best persevered in Old Bagan; and next to it, Ananda Ok Kyaung, one of the few surviving brick monastery buildings from the Early Bagan period and Htilominlo Temple, built in  the last Myanmar Style temple built in this ancient city.

After lunch, visit to a lacquerware workshop and proceed to Dhammayangyi Pahto, a massive later period temple with the finest brickwork in Bagan.  Enjoy the beautiful sunset while riding horse cart between the temples before returning to the hotel.  Overnight in Bagan

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Day 5

Bagan – Excursion to Pakkoku

Transfer to airport to take your flight to Bagan. Meet your guide to transfer from Nyaung Oo domestic Airport and sightseeing  in Bagan, one of Asia’s most popular archeological destination. Start your tour with the vibrant Nyaung Oo Market, and then proceed to visit some of the distinctive pagodas in Bagan – Shwezigon, a prototype of later Myanmar stupas; Wetkyi-in- Gubyaukgyi, a 13th century ‘cave temple with interesting fine frescoes; Ananda Temple, one of the finest, largest and best persevered in Old Bagan; and next to it, Ananda Ok Kyaung, one of the few surviving brick monastery buildings from the Early Bagan period and Htilominlo Temple, built in  the last Myanmar Style temple built in this ancient city.

After lunch, visit to a lacquerware workshop and proceed to Dhammayangyi Pahto, a massive later period temple with the finest brickwork in Bagan.  Enjoy the beautiful sunset while riding horse cart between the temples before returning to the hotel.  Overnight in Bagan

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Day 6

Bagan – Mandalay

After breakfast, transfer to airport and take your flight Mandalay.  You are welcomed by your guide at Mandalay airport and drive to the ancient royal capital of Amarapura where you will visit Mahagandayon monastery, a After breakfast, transfer to airport and take your flight Mandalay.  You are welcomed by your guide at Mandalay airport and drive to the 18th century capital of Amarapura to  visit Mahagandayon monastery, where more than a thousand monks and novices live and study the doctrine of Buddha. Visit the nearby U Bein bridge, the longest teakwood span in the world that is more than two centuries old and at 1.2 km long, built with teakwood pillars salvaged from the deserted Inwa Palace.

In the afternoon, drive to Sagaing, once a Shan capital and now primarily a Buddhist teaching centre. Visit the Sagaing Hills, considered to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Burma and silver and silversmiths who still work in much the same way as their ancestors did.  Proceed to the historically important former royal capital Inwa (also known as Ava). Ride a pony cart down tree-lined paths to see the remains of this ancient city. Drive back to Mandalay afterwards and check into the hotel upon arrival.   Overnight in Mandalay

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Day 7

Bagan – Excursion to Mangun

After breakfast, board a riverboat and cruise over the Ayeyarwaddy River to the ancient town of Mingun, home to the world’s largest ringing bell, which weighs over 87 tons. Visit the site of the bell and the pretty Hsinbyume Pagoda . Then continue to the unfinished Mingun Mantara pagoda, which was built between in the late 18th century by King Bodawpaya.  Return to Mandalay by boat.
In the afternoon, visit the Golden Palace Monastery, locally as Shwenandaw, that was built in the early 19th century, being famous for its teak carvings of Buddhist myths.  Also at the foot of the hill lies Kuthodaw pagoda, which was built in 1857 and is home to the world’s largest book.   End the day with a visit to Mandalay Hill, which is home to many religious sites, and enjoy the magnificent views from the 230m high summit. Return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. Overnight in Mandalay

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Day 8

Bagan – Heho – Pindaya

After breakfast, board a riverboat and cruise over the Ayeyarwaddy River to the ancient town of Mingun, home to the world’s largest ringing bell, which weighs over 87 tons. Visit the site of the bell and the pretty Hsinbyume Pagoda . Then continue to the unfinished Mingun Mantara pagoda, which was built between in the late 18th century by King Bodawpaya.  Return to Mandalay by boat.
In the afternoon, visit the Golden Palace Monastery, locally as Shwenandaw, that was built in the early 19th century, being famous for its teak carvings of Buddhist myths.  Also at the foot of the hill lies Kuthodaw pagoda, which was built in 1857 and is home to the world’s largest book.   End the day with a visit to Mandalay Hill, which is home to many religious sites, and enjoy the magnificent views from the 230m high summit. Return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. Overnight in Mandalay

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Day 9

Bagan – Pindaya – Heho

After breakfast, drive to Kalaw, a former British hill station, located at an altitude of 1,320 metres above sea level.  Visit local market and wander through the Kalaw, a calm and quiet hill town with beautiful churches and chapel, which is home to a mix of Myanmar hill tribal minorities of Pa-O, Palaung, Intha and Shan as well as  the descendents of Indian and Nepalese soldiers who followed the British here.  Visit t he colonial Catholic King church and Bamboo strip lacquer Buddhan Image. Then transfer by road to Nyaung Shwe, a small town on the eastern shore of Inle Lake.

Upon arrival, enjoy a boat trip on the Inle lake, one of the highest lakes in the country located at 880m above sea level. With a cool climate and exceptional flora and fauna, this beautiful lake is famous for its unique leg-rowers. This unusual style of rowing requires remarkable balance and definitely takes some practice.  Visit the weaving village of Inpawkon and onwards to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. Witness the unique rowing style of fishermen at Inle, who stand stern on one leg and wrap the other around the oar. Observe the beautiful surroundings en route to floating gardens before returning to your hotel for overnight. Overnight in Inle Lake

 

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Day 10

Inle Lake – Excursion to Sagar Village

After breakfast at hotel, depart for an exciting day taking in the rural scenery and local ways of life surroundings Inle Lake.  Head for Sagar village, also called Samkar, a rarely visited area so far south of Inle lake, past the sugarcane plantations, Bamboo forests. Enjoy scenic views on the lake with frolicking pigs and buffaloes along the journey. Upon arrival in Sagar, stroll through the village and explore the unspoiled culture and traditional life-styles of the ethnic groups of Pa-O and Intha inhabited around Sagar. Learn more about the earthenware pots production and handicraft centres where monk robes are woven from lotus plants. You will also see rice mill, bullock cart wheels making workshop in the village.  Stop in the village nursery to greet children, very shy and curious to meet the visitors and greet the patient and grateful ethnic teachers teaching and caring their pupils kind-heartedly.  Then, visit the Sagar’s ancient temple site and enjoy the vista of the numerous pagodas, Welcomed by the friendly locals and invited to hot Shan tea and snacks.  The beautiful landscaping, flowering trees and settlements dotted on both sides of the canal could be a delight on your return to Inle.  Overnight in Inle.

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Day 11

Inle Lake

This morning, visit the rural but bustling so called five-day market ( Note:  the location of this special market changes every five days, your guide will inform you of the exact location ) Observe the vibrant atmosphere with local people in colorful costumes trading farm products such as vegetables, fruits, dried tea leaves as well as livestock.

Enjoy a leisurely morning, later transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe, Visit the nearby Red Mountain Estate Vineyard located at an elevation of 1300m. Stroll through the vineyard conducted by the winemakers, and then enjoy a tasting of several types of wine along with some snacks.  Learn how they make the product from the growing only noble grape varieties such as: SHIRAZ (Syrah) and CABERNET SAUVIGNON grapes from France or red MOSCATO grape from Italy. Truly an east meets west experience! Then transfer by road to Heho for your  flight to Yangon. You are welcome back by your guide in Yangon and transfer to your hotel.  Overnight in Yangon

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Day 12

Departure Transfer

Transfer to airport – End of Service

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