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AT#14 Ygn-Bgn–Mdy–Mingun–AVA–Sagaing–Inle Lake–Loikaw–Ygn(12D-11N)

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Day 1

Yangon Arrival

Mingalarbar & Warmest Welcome from Yangon International Air-port. Then transfer to your hotel for check-in, tour will start from Yangon city center with many colonial style buildings; The Chinatown area & India Quarter, Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years and makes a useful landmark in down town Yangon and Mahabandula Park (Independent Monument), City Hall, High Court, Strand road, Post Office, British Council for Enjoy your photo taking Stop. Lunch at local restaurant. Then visit to Botataung Pagoda (well known for Buddha Hair Relics chamber). In the Afternoon, drive around the Kandawgyi Park and pass through the Karaweik Royal Barge for refreshment and take photo view. Then visit to the reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, is almost as large as the enormous figure in Bago Shwethalyaung. In the evening, visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda and enjoy sunset, one of the wonders of the greatest Pagoda and the heart of Buddhist in Myanmar. It was believed to have been built over 2500 years ago, since Buddha alive time. Dinner at Karaweike Palace Restaurant watching Myanmar Traditional Dancing Show & Puppetry Show. Overnight at Yangon.

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Day 2

Yangon – Bagan

Breakfast at Hotel. After that transfer to Yangon Airport for your domestic flight from Yangon to Bagan. After arrived in Nyaung U Airport at Bagan, start visit to your full day sightseeing tour eith a visit to Nyaung U Local Market. Then visit to see the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, where the 37 pre-Buddhist “nets” were first officially endorsed by the Barmar monarchy. The 12th Century originals were spirited away by a collector and are now reportedly somewhere in Italy. Then visit to Gubyaukgyi Temple, Wetgyi Inn Village between Bagan and Nyaung-U. It was built in early 13th century, on the model of Maha Bodhi Zedi. Next stop id Htilominlo situated close to the road between Nyaung-U and Bagan, built by King Nantaungmya in 1218 and tracese of old murals are also still visible. Take Photo around the temples and visit to Lacquer Ware Factory to Watch craftsmen Skillfully making this most famous of Bagan Handicrafts. Check in your hotel. In the Afternoon, visit to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpieces of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery with beautiful, well-preserved 18th century Murals. Then visit Nanpaya Temple, built in the Mon Style with intricate stone carvings and said once to have been Manuha’s residence. See the four Buddha images in Manuha Pagoda. Then stop at Myanzedi Stupa to see Myanmar’s Rosetta Stone, bearing inscriptions written in four languages. Continue to the Myinkaba area and visit Gubyaukgyi Temple, this Temple was built in 1113 by Kyansittha’s son Rajakumar, on his father’s death. The fine stuccowork on it exterior walls is in particularly good condition. Enjoy Sunset at Shwe Sandaw Pagoda (or) Buu Pagoda. Overnight in Bagan.

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Day 3

Bagan – Mandalay

Breakfast at Hotel. This morning, transfer to Airport for your domestic flight from Bagan to Mandalay. From the air-port, Drive to Amarapura and visit U-Bein Bridge, which is 1.2Km long leak bridge over the Taung Taman Lake. Then visit to Mahagandayon Monastery, known as the Biggest learning Center in Mandalay to learn the daily life of monks. Visit to the Silk Weaving workshops. Continue visit Mahamuni Pagoda, built by king Bodawpaya in 1784, the centerpiece of the shirn is the highly venerated Mahamuni Buddha image, which was transported to Mandalay from Mrauk-U (Rakhine) in 1784. Continue visit to Marble Curving workshops and Gold leaf Beating workshops. Then check-in to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw monastery (Golden Palace Monastery) as a museum, an ancient wooden monastery. The building is covered inside and out with carved panels and which was apartment of King Mindon. Then visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda (also known as the Maha Lawka Marazein Pagoda), the pagoda complex has been dubbed the world’s biggest book, for standing around the central stupa are 729 marble slabs on which are inscribed the entire Tripitaka. Each slab is housed in its own individual small stupa. Continue to Kyaukdawgyi Pagoda, it is chiefly interesting for the hug seated Buddha image carved from a single block of marble. Enjoy Sunset at Mandalay Hill. Overnight at Mandalay.

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Day 4

Mandalay – Mingun – Ava – Sagaing – Mandalay

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, transfer to Mandalay jetty and enjoy boat trip (approx 45 minutes) to Mingun. If you’re lucky you may even spot a pod of rare Irrawaddy dolphins along the river. Arrive Mingun and sightseeing by Bullock-carts. Visit Mingun Bell, weighing 55,555 viss (90) tonnes and the largest hung uncracked bell in the world. Then Visit to Mingun Pagoda, built in 1790 by Bodawpaya with thousands of slaves and prisoners of war laboured. Then continue to Hsinbyume Pagoda (Also known as Myatheindan Pagoda), built by King Bagyidaw in 1816 and this stupa was construed in memory of his senior wife, the Hsinpyume Princess. Later return to Mandalay. In the afternoon, transfer to jetty and take the local ferry to visit Innwa (Ava)and sightseeing around Ava by horse-cart. First visit to Maha Aungmye Bonzn Monastery (Also known as the Ok Kyaung), brick-and-stucco monastery built by Meh Nu, the chief queen of Bagyidaw, for her royal abbot U Po (Nyaunggan Sayadaw) in 1818. Then visit to Nanmyin Watch Tower, 27m high masonry watchtower and climb to the top to enjoy views over the river. Then continue to Bagaya Kyaung, which dates from 1834 and built of teak and supported by 267 teak posts. Continue to Sagaing and sunset at Sagaing Hill and the hill itself has a number or stupas and monasteries. Overnight at Mandalay.

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Day 5

Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake

After breakfast, Morning flight to Heho. Transfer from Heho Airport to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake and visit at Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery and free time in Nyang Shwe for early lunch. Then enjoy your Inle Lake Boat trip and you will see the lake’s unique “Leg Rowers” – The Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. Visit to Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery (Jumping Cat Monastery), wooden monastery on stilts over the lake . Continue visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in the southern Shan State. Five images, which are ferried around the lake during Phaung Daw U Festival (Late September/early October – please check with us for exact festival Date) and the lake’s main sanctuary; contains five sacred Buddha images whose shapes have been distorted by the amount of gold leaf applied to them by devotees. Then stalls on the ground floor of the shrine and nearby sell brightly coloured cotton Shan shoulder bags, other local crafts and antiques. Silk and cotton fabrics are a local speciality, there are over 200 handloom. And also visit a cheroot ‘factory’, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. Boat trip ends at hotel. Overnight in Inle.

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Day 6

Inle Lake

After breakfast, Full day tour around the lake by boat. Start with a visit to the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm and is visited by all kinds of people from surrounding villages/hill tribes. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day). Continue to Pa-oh village of Inn Dein. Explore the area on foot: main attraction is beautiful ruined ancient stupas of Alaung Sitthu on hillside (good views from main platform where stupas have been restored). Also stroll around village and perhaps visit a local school. Return to hotel and relax. Overnight in Inle.

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Day 7

Inle Lake – Loikaw

After breakfast in hotel, after that leave your hotel by boat to Nyaung Shwe and overland to Loikaw (225 Km- 8 hours drive approximately. Loikaw is the capital of Kayah state, located in southern Shan State of Myanmar and on the Bilu River, a tributary of the Thanlwin (Salween) River. Enjoy your drive with endless paddy files and enjoy your lunch at local restaurant in Pin Laung Village. After lunch continue your drive to loikaw and arrive in the late afternoon. Dinner at local restaurant and Overnight in Loikaw.

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Day 8

Loikaw

Enjoy your breakfast. After that visit to Demawso Market which only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You will have spectacular opportunity to see the ethnic groups wearing colorful traditional costumes and trading their wares. On the return drive, we’ll explore more of Loikaw as we stop to visit Ngwe Taung Dam and San Mone Padaung Villages. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Kayah State Museum gain insight in to the unique culture and tradition of ethnic groups in this region. Then, visit a field near the village containing spiritual posts, locally known as Kaehtobo which are used during the Kayah New Year celebrations in Apirl. At that time, the local people offer to the guardian spirits at this location. Continue with a visit to a tradition weaving shop. Enjoy the sunset and panoramic view of loikaw the hill of Taungwe Taung Zedi. Dinner at local restaurant and Overnight in Loikaw.

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Day 9

Loikaw – Phekhone – Inle Lake (By Car & Boat)

Enjoy your breakfast. This Morning visit to Pohperyone teaching monastery where about 500monks are studying . Then drive to Phekhone town and proceed by boat through Phekhone Lake encompassed by breathtaking and refreshing landscape along the Bilu Creek. On the way visit Thar Khaung Pagoda, other ancient religious monuments and ways of life of Shan, Pa-O and Intha national races in Sagar Village. Lunch box is included. Continue by boat to Inle Lake and check inyour hotel.

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Day 10

Maing Thauk – Indein

Breakfast at hotel. This morning visit to village of Maing Thauk on the edge of Inle Lake by boat. Walk up a dirt track through the village and continue up the hill to a stupa. The walk takes around 2 hours round trip and the route is not steep. In the afternoon, we enjoy another boat tour to Indein, at the western end of the Lake. The boat takes you through a long and this ride is one of the most scenic boat tours on Lake Inle. Accommodation at hotel, Inle Lake.

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Day 11

Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, leave your hotel by boat and then drive to Heho Airport for your domestic fight back to Yangon. Arrive at Yangon Airport and drive to visit Kaba Aye Pagoda (World Peace Pagoda), is hollow and inside are some nice Buddhist sculptures. Then continue visit to Mahar Parsana Cave, has six huge concrete pillars and six entrances to mark the Sixth Great Synod. The assembly hall inside is 220 feet in length and 140 feet in width. Then check-into your hotel.
In the afternoon, visit to Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays & Public Holidays) and it has the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts. Then visit to Botathaung Pagoda close to the Yangon Wharves. Before enjoy dinner visit to China Town, where you can fine a lot of gold shops and food stalls where local people enjoy their evening. Accommodation at Hotel, Yangon.

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Day 12

Yangon – Departure

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and relaxation and leisure at hotel. Then enjoy shopping at Bogyoke Market (Formerly named Scott Merket). And transfer to Yangon International Air-port and on the way visit to Kabaraye Pagoda (World Peace Pagoda) and Hnee Phaya, Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda then continue to Airport. And Say – “Good Bye!”

Additional information

Duration

12 Days

Location

AVA, Bagan, Inle Lake, Loikaw, Mandalay, Mingun Bell, Sagaing, Yangon

Physicality

9/10

Tour Type

Inbound Tour

Destination

Yangon