ENCHANTING MYANMAR

Length

10 DAYS

Type of tour

CULTURE

Type of service

PRIVATE

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TRIP OVERVIEW

Enchanting Myanmar is the ideal journey to explore the charming Burma in 10 days, from the popular and sacred Shwedangon Pagoda, the most sacred monument of the country, to the wonderful temples of Bagan, the ancient Burmese capital. 

Hop on a private boat at Inle Lake to learn about the daily life of local fishermen, the floating artisan farms and the famous “one-legged rowers” and visit Kakku Pagoda Complex with 2400 stupas.

Explore Kalaw a former hill station during the British colonial period immersed in a suggestive natural landscape in contact with the ethnic minorities.

An itinerary where moderate pace, cultural and historical visits are balanced for fascinating and enjoyable travel experience.

This example itinerary can be customized according to actual travel needs and can be combined with other routes.

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Length : 10D 09N
From : YANGON
To :YANGON
Destinations : Yangon, Bagan, Kalaw, Lago Inle, Mandalay

ITINERARY

01. ARRIVE IN YANGON - CITY TOUR

Shwedagon Pagoda © Gabriele StoiaShwedagon Pagoda

Arrive in Yangon and transfer to the hotel.

Later we take a scenic walk amongst magnifecent colonial building and new skyscrapers symbol of recent economic progress.

We end the day at the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred in Myanmar. The massive bell of the stupa is gold-plated and the tip is embellished with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topazes. An unmissable show and the most suitable place to end your journey.

Included : Private pick up from them airport, tour guide, tickets, private transportation and hotel

02. YANGON CITY TOUR

Karaweik Barge © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelKaraweik Barge

After breakfast visit Botataung Pagoda where a thousand military officers were invested with the role of “honor guard” to guard the Buddha’s relics transported from India more than 2000 years ago.

We stop at the Strand Hotel opened in 1901 and continue to Bogyoke Aung San Market, or “Scott Market”, one of the largest bazaars in Yangon where over 2000 merchants sell clothes, precious stones, traditional crafts and souvenirs. 

We continue to Kandawgyi Park where we enjoy the beautiful view of the Karaweik barge, the sumptuous palace built in the 70s on a royal barge.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

03. BAGAN

Htilo-Minlo TempleHtilo Minlo – Bagan

In the early morning we catch the domestic flight to Bagan the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Pagan from IX to XIII, formerly known as the Arimaddanapura. Of the 10,000 temples 2,200 survived over 700 years of history. Bagan was for many decades the center of religious studies since the times of the Khmer Kingdom.

Upon arrival we visit the colorful and crowded local market: a unique opportunity to observe local folklore and learn about the Burmese daily lifestyle. We continue with a visit to Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of the stupas built subsequently in Myanmar, for an introduction to the rich history of the archaeological Bagan temple complex. 

Afterwards we visit Wetkyi-In Gu-Byauk-Gyi temple, known for the narrative murals of the Jataka (previous life of Buddha) and the two-storey temple Htilo-Minlo, known for the plaster sculptures.

After lunch we continue to Ananda temple, one of the greatest architectural masterpieces in Bagan, built in the early Mon-Myanmar style. We proceed to That-Byin-Nyu temple, built during 12th century, the highest in Bagan, to Dhamma Yangy temple, known for its singular brick construction , and to Gawdawpalin temple.

Enjoy the romantic sunset from Nyaung The het Hill.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

04. BAGAN

Lady at Minnanthu village © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelLady at Minnanthu village

After breakfast we continue the visits to the rural village Minnanthu, one of the places where you can see the collection and processing of cotton.

We proceed to Laymyathnar monastery complex, Phaya Thone Tzu temple and Nandamannya temple, the latter particularly known for the murals depicting “The Temptation of Mara” dating back to the 13th century. 

In the afternoon we visit Manuha Temple, Nan-Paya Temple and Gu-Byauk-Kyi (Myinkaba), known for its murals of Jataka narrative (previous lives of the Buddha). 

We end the day with a slow cruise on Irrawady river to enjoy the romantic sunset by observing the unique perspective of Bagan temples, fishing villages and villages on the shore.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

05. FLIGHT TO HEHO - KALAW

Kalaw landscapeKalaw

After breakfast transfer to Heho by domestic flight and continue to Kalaw (about 45 min), the popular hill station during the British colonial period, at 1320 meters above sea level, a place of peace and tranquility.

Visita ancient and revered Pingamon Monastery and the famous Hnee Paya Bamboo Images Buddha, a Buddha statue made about 500 years ago in lacquered bamboo.

Then continue to the Christ the King Church which opened in 1928 and for several decades has operated the missionary Father Angelo Meo.

Optional : Hiking up the hill to Thein Taung Monastery for an excellent panoramic view.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

06. RED MOUNTAIN - INLE LAKE

Inle Lake © Gabriele StoiaInle Lake

In the morning transfer to Red Mountain vinery to enjoy the amazing view and, for those who wish, a taste of the local wine.

Later we continue to Nyaung Shwe and board on a private boat to explore Inle Lake and discover ethnic and craft villages: an exciting opportunity to closely observe the famous method the Burmese unique style of fishing “one leg rower“, farms, floating gardens and small islands.

Visit to Phaungdawoo Pagoda which houses the five most revered Buddha images in Shan state.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

07. INLE LAKE - INDEIN PAGODA COMPLEX

Indei Pagoda Complex © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelIndein Pagoda Complex

In the morning we continue the visit to the southern part of Inle Lake.

The boat leaves the lake and enters a narrow canal surrounded by a beautiful natural environment and then continue to a small village inhabited by Pa O tribe.

From the village continue along an old covered path to a 13th century monastery and the impressive ruins of Indein Pagoda Complex : hundreds of ancient pagodas half hidden by vegetation. The main stupa on the top of the hill offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

08. MANDALAY - AMARAPURA

U-Bein-bridge © Gabriele StoiaU Bein bridge

After breakfast transfer by domestic flight to Mandalay the former capital of Myanmar, the best place in the country where you can appreciate Burmese art and traditions.

Continue to Amarapura, the “city of immortality”, twice capital of Myanmar in the 18th and 19th centuries, known today for the precious silk and cotton processing. Visit Bagaya Monastery, built with 276 teak wood columns, to see the famous collection of Buddha images.

Afterwards we proceed to the famous U-Bein teak bridge on Lake Taungtaman, built in 1850, 1.2 Km long and considered the longest wooden bridge in the world.

In the afternoon we continue to Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the major pilgrimage sites, known for the revered images that express the representation of the life of the Buddha. Visit a local workshops to learn about the traditional hand made production of gold leaf commonly offered by the faithful to the Buddha statue. Visit Ku-Tho-Daw Pagoda – UNESCO World Heritage Site – considered the “largest book” in the world of the Buddha’s doctrine engraved on 729 marble slabs, and Shwe Nandaw Monastery (Golden Monastry) known for its exquisite wood carvings. The day ends with an exciting sunset from Mandalay Hill.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

09. MINGUN - SAGAING - YANGON

Boat trip to Mingun © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelBoat trip to Mingun

In the morning board on a private boat to Mingun, 12 km from Mandalay. Visit the Pon Daw Paya, Set Taw Ya Paya, the vaulted shrine containing a sacred footprint of the Buddha, the unfinished Mingun Pa Hto Taw Phaya Pagoda built in bricks, the famous Mingun Bell, which with 90 tons of weight is considered the second largest bell in the world, and Hsin Byu Me Phaya Pagoda. At the end we return to Mandalay.

In the afternoon visit to Myatheintan Pagoda, the best representation of the Universe. We proceed to Sagaing Hill, home to over 700 monasteries, and to Kaungmudaw Pagoda.

In the late afternoon catch the domestic flight to Yangon.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

10. YANGON - DEPARTURE

Transfer to airport for departure flight.

Included : Hotel, breakfast and private transfer to the airport

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