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The unassuming nature of the locals captures the hearts of travellers, with plenty to entertain their hunger for adventure. Starting in the former capital, Yangon, this journey encompasses star attractions such as cities, unique activities, meeting locals, witnessing and experiencing a centuries-old culture. This tour offers a visit to the Golden Rock, village markets, local handlooms, an excursion to Mt Popa, and the ancient capital of Amrapura, cruise down the Ayeyarwaddy where you can visit the artist village of Mingun, Indein village and of course Asia’s best preserved archaeological and UNESCO World Heritage site, Bagan, together with the tranquil scenery that surrounds Inle Lake.
On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager in the arrival lounge who will assist you in transferring to the hotel. Stay two nights in Yangon.
After brief introduction of the tour we commence our city sightseeing tour with a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Later visit the city centre followed by a short walk
to the Strand Hotel, a relic of the colonial-era legacy which was opened in 1901 by the famed Sakies brothers; and a photo stop at Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake. Afternoon explore the famous Bogyoke Markets before a sunset viewing at Botahtaung Pagoda and Jetty. If time permits, we will take a walk through Chinatown, the bustling point of Yangon.
Today travel to Kyaikhtiyo; en-route stop in Htaukkyan to visit the final resting place for more than 27,000 Allied Soldiers who perished during World War II. Arrive late afternoon at the base camp where we board local transport, followed by a short walk up the stairs which lead us to the top of the mountain. Visit Golden Rock, one of Myanmar’s main pilgrimage sites; a huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on a cliff edge. Overnight stay at Kyaikhtiyo.
Travel back to Yangon, en-route stop in Bago the ancient capital of the Mon Kingdom in the 15th century, and a town steeped in legend. Before continuing our travel, we also visit town markets and a Mon neighbourhood where the locals once produced woven textiles. Arrive late evening and stay overnight at Yangon.
Morning we board the flight to Bagan, one of Asia’s most popular archaeological destinations and one of two most pre-eminent religious old cities in South East Asia. Later visit Nyaung Oo local markets, Wetkyiinn village to witness the 13th century ‘cave temple’ with its fine frescoes, and Anada Temple which has surviving masterpieces remaining in Bagan. Afternoon visit a lacquer ware factory followed by a visit to a local village. Before sundown, we can take a boat ride along the Ayeyarwaddy River to relax and view the sunset. Stay three nights in Bagan.
Today after breakfast we enjoy city sightseeing of Asia’s best preserved archaeological destination. Explore the significant pagodas and temples dating back more than 1500 years. Some of the major attractions are Dhamayangyi Temple, Ngagayon Temple and Ngagayon Temple. After lunch we explore the local markets and
the villages to understand local life. In the afternoon we climb up to one of the temples to experience the sunset over Bagan.
After breakfast travel to Mt Popa, an extinct volcano located in the midst of a preserved forest. It’s also home to Myanmar’s most powerful “nats”. While returning we stop at villages to watch them collecting juice from palm trees, and its conversion into palm sugar. Lunch at a local restaurant and rest of the afternoon is free to explore the archaeological sites of Bagan.
Today we fly to Heho the gateway to Inle. We travel to Pindaya to visit caves – natural limestone caves with not only numerous stalactites and stalagmites but also filled with about 8000 various sizes of Buddha images believed to have been there since the 11th century. Later travel to Inle and en-route stop to visit the traditional Shan umbrella workshop. On arrival we enjoy a boat ride across the lake to reach our hotel.
Stay two nights in Inle Lake.
Explore the beautiful Inle lake surrounded by Shan Plateau and the life of Inthar tribes. We will visit and explore the regional markets which are held on a 5-day rotation basis in different areas of the lake. Later visit famous floating gardens used as vegetable plantations, silk and cotton weaving cottages, and a black smith. While on tour you can
observe the unique leg-rowing style and fishing methods of the Inthar tribal people
Morning we will embark on our boat to Indein village – a small village located at the south western bank of the lake, famous for its ruined clusters of pagodas. We visit the local villages with an opportunity to talk to the villagers during sightseeing. Lunch at a local restaurant, and by evening board the flight to Mandalay. Stay three nights in Mandalay.
Today explore the last capital of the Myanmar Kingdom with a visit to Mahamuni Buddha image – believed to be cast in bronze in front of Buddha himself and nowadays gilded with thick gold leaf. We visit the workshops of gold leaf hammering, tapestry making, marble and wood carving and bronze casting. After Lunch drive to Amarapura,
former Royal capital of Myanmar but now a suburb of Mandalay. We will visit the Mahargandaryone Monastery, a typical monastic school, and the silk weaving factory. Conclude our day with a visit to U Bein bridge, the world’s longest teak wood bridge across Taungthaman Lake, an ideal place to enjoy the sunset.
Take a short boat ride to Mingun. You can observe the local life along the river as you cruise through Ayeyarwaddy river. See the incomplete pagoda Pathodawgyi on arrival, and visit Mingun Bell, the world’s biggest uncracked ringing bell. After lunch we visit Mandalay Royal Palace – a well-planned palace located at the heart of today’s Mandalay city, and Kuthodaw Pagota to see the world largest book. Conclude the day with a visit to Mandalay Hill, regarded as a
natural watch-tower in the plains region of Mandalay, to view the sunset.
After a leisurely breakfast, tour finishes with a direct transfer to Mandalay international airport where you board your onward flight.