AT#16 Ygn–Bgn–Mindat–Mount Victoria–Kampelet–Bgn–Mdy–Inle –Ygn(11D-10N)
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.
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.
Bagan – Chauk – Sepiu – Mindat
Early in the morning, we get ready for our expedition to Mount Victoria. First, we drive to Chauk with our bus and here before we cross the bridge, we change to the 4wheel drive vehicles. Then, we cross the bridge and from here onwards, we only have dirt roads for the coming days. Pick-nick on the way. This drive will take about 7 – 8 hours and towards the evening we will reach the district town of Mindat (20’000 inhabitants). Mindat is located on 4860 feet above sea level. Dinner and accommodation at Irrigation bungalow or similar. Ovenight at Mindat.
Mindat (4 hours trekking)
Breakfast. This morning we walk to the village of Pang Oo located on a steep slope outside Mindat. We will visit the first Chins and get acquainted with their tradition. In this village, an elder man is specialized in reading the future in a particular way. He heats up bamboo sticks and holds them on emptied eggs and through the appearing cracks he reads the future. Very interesting. Return for lunch to Mindat. In the afternoon, visit another nice and very photogenic village, Ng’Nam Thai. Accommodation at Irrigation bungalow or similar. Overnight Mindat.
Trekking (4 hours) Up to summit of Mount Victoria from 5700 to 10200 feet
Breakfast. In the morning drive to the upper base from where we start to the summit of the Mount Victoria through the National park. The footpath is a little steep but the reward is the fantastic view once you come out of the forest and reach the altitude where the Rhododendrons are in full bloom. Pick nick on the way. In the afternoon, return to upper camp and continue to drive down to old town of Kampelet. During the British occupancy the village of Kampelet was located here whereas later the villagers moved to lower levels because of the temperature. Dinner and overnight in the Forest Bungalow.
Kampelet (about 3 hours trek)
Breakfast. Today, we visit some smaller Chin Villages around the town of Kampelet. We will find tribes such as: Ngara, Yin Du, Dai, Okpu, Magan, Mwyn. All these groups speak different dialects and have different costumes. The women, mostly elderly ones, also we spotted a few young girls, have tattooed faces, with very different patterns. We count about 5 different ways of putting the tattoos on: dots, spider, lines, curls, almost black. Walks to each village take about 1 to 1 ½ hours. The Chins are mostly Christians with a variety of all beliefs from Methodists to Catholics. In every village one will see houses decorated with buffalo corns. These are from animals called Mithan a cross between a domestic cow and a wild Gaur. Each time such an animal is slaughtered a kind of wooden pillar decorated with all sort of ornaments is erected in front of the house. In addition a stone table, which is also used as cover for urns is placed nearby. Some of the houses have up to 10 such pillars and in some villages the stone tables are all gathered together (like a cemetery) whereas in others they are near each home. Pick nick on the way. Dinner and accommodation at the Bungalow.
Kampelet – Bagan
Breakfast. Full day drive back to Bagan via Saw. On the way, we stop for pick nick. The scenery today is interesting, however as we do not cross villages, a little bit monotonous. We will cross two elephant camps and depending on the season of the year, we might be lucky to watch them working. We will arrive Bagan in the late afternoon.
Remarks : : This tour is cannot operate during summer period from May to September due to raining and trekking ways are muddy.
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.
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.
Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon
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 to collect luggage, transfer to airport. Afternoon flight to Yangon. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at Yangon.
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!”