Truly Myanmar - 13 Days

    Truly Myanmar – 13 Days
    Starts
    Yangon
    Destinations
    + 3
    Ends
    Yangon
    Yangon → Mandalay → Bagan → Inle Lake

    Highlights

    • Enjoy fine dining with Burmese food and amazing cultural show
    • Admire the most sacred pagoda in Myanmar, Golden Shwedagon Paya
    • Capture beautiful sunset in one of the pagoda in Bagan and over the teak bridge Ubein
    • Experience the exiting horse cart ride through thousands of temples in Bagan
    • Discover authentic locals’ life and amazing ruins of Indein Pagdoa and Samkar Village
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    3 / 4 / 5
    Transportation

    This 13 day trip gives you the depth of the country with many chance to interact with locals. Beside the normal sightseeing to the musts, the experience on the historical Irrawaddy River, unique train ride from Kalaw to Shwe Nyaung will make the trip unforgettable.

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    Itinerary

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    1. Day 1: Yangon Arrival. Brief city tour

      Mingalabar! Up on arrival at Yangon International airport, our guide and driver will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
      After refreshment, enjoy guided city tour to discovery the most highlights of busting formal capital Yangon.
      Start with the visit to Sule Pagoda which is believed to enshrine a strand of hair of the Buddha & the nearby City Hall & Mahabandoola Park with Independent Monument
      From Sule Pagoda, we embark on an orientation walk to Chinese Town, covering exotic streets of Yangon downtown and British Colonial building as Emmanuel Church, Inland Water Buildings.
      Late afternoon, visit Shwedagon pagoda – the most prominent monument in Yangon which dominates the sky with golden flash, giant spires and holy relics.
      Enjoy welcome dinner at Karaweik Palace, overlooking to the Royal Lake. The dinner is served with fine Burmese food and amazing cultural show.
      Meals: Welcome Dinner.
      Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

    2. Day 2: Yangon – fly to Mandalay. Amarapura - Sagaing – Inwa

      Known as the hub of Buddhism in Myanmar, Mandalay is a realm of stupas, monks and monastery. The most fascinating visit will be the time to behold the monks doing their worship and having meals.
      Take the morning flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, meet our tour guide and head to Sagaing, Here, you will discover the monk education, visit Budda Cave, Uminthonze Pagoda, Sunooponnyashin Pagoda and enjoy the panoramic view of Mandalay.
      We then cross the river by ferry to Inwa (Ava), situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Once a royal capital, Inwa is now a quiet rural oasis. Enjoy a horse cart ride around the peaceful countryside, visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak wood monastery, Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung, and Nan Myint tower.
      End of the day, walk over Ubein Wooden Bridge, the longest teakwood of its type & enjoy great sunset view here.
      Meal: Breakfast
      Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

    3. Day 3: Mingun – Mandalay City

      Drive to Mandalay pier, embarking on a private boat upstream to visit Mingun, famed for its huge and incomplete Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, Mingun Bell the 90 tons ringing bell and the white temple Hsinbyume.
      In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw Monastery – noted for its exquisite wood carvings, Kuthodaw Pagoda – known as the world’s biggest book and some handicraft workshops of gold leaf beating & silk weaving.
      Late afternoon, drive to Mandalay Hill to watch the sun-set and the panoramic view of the city.
      Meal: Breakfast
      Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

    4. Day 4: Mandalay - Bagan by boat

      Take the day cruise downstream the Ayeyarwaddy River which offers the variations of the scenes of villages, the towers of pagodas here & there and local people making their livings…
      The cruise is scheduled for 10 – 11 hours but sometimes can take up to 12 hours due to water flow.
      Upon arrival in Bagan, our driver & tour guide are await to pick you up to transfer to your hotel. Rest of the time is at leisure.
      Meal: Breakfast
      Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

    5. Day 5: Bagan sightseeing

      Spend the whole day exploring Bagan where over 3,000 ancient temples blossom from the countryside.
      Start our sightseeing today with the visit to lively & colorful market of Naung U. Our first temple visit is to Shwezigon Pagoda, which is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha. Continue to Htilominlo Temple, Ananda Temple, housing four standing Buddha and then to Sulamani Temple.
      This afternoon, enjoy the exotic horse cart to one of the biggest temple in Bagan: Nan Paya pagoda and many other interesting sites nearby. The highlight of today is the panoramic sunset view over Bagan.
      Meal: Breakfast
      Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

    6. Day 6: Bagan – Salay – Bagan. Sunset boat trip

      After breakfast, set out for a scenic drive Southward, parallel to the Irrawaddy River to Salay. After first hour drive, we make a stop in Chauk which has a colorful morning market to explore. Few tourists visit this market and it is a great place for local interaction and photos.
      Another half an hour, we reach Sale (Sa-lay), a sleepy town where various colonial buildings, monasteries and pagodas can be seen.
      Amongst, we will visit Yoke-Sone-Kyaung Monastery which is a cultural heritage site in Salay, situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. It is famous for its beautiful artistic woodcarvings.
      Return to Bagan to visit lacquerware workshop, discovering the traditional way that local people make the lacquer wares which features a part the Bagan fame.
      We offer an hour beautiful sunset boat ride on Irrawaddy River.
      Meals: Breakfast
      Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

    7. Day 7: Bagan – Mt. Popa – Kalaw

      After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive to Mt. Popa, known as the most sacred site for meditation in Myanmar. Our guide will lead you to Popa Kalat Monastery where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Popa national park.
      Continue our driver of about 5 hour to Kalaw. Located on the mild highland of Shan state, Kalaw exposes a green natural beauty, combining the exotic life of ethnic minorities and pine plantations.
      Check in your hotel upon arrival and rest of the time is at leisure.
      Meals: Breakfast
      Accommodations: Hotel in Kalaw

    8. Day 8: Kalaw trekking

      Spend the morning trekking to the habitat of Pa-O tribes. You are offered to know about their unique lifestyles and join local for their farm works.
      As you walk through valleys and plantations, you will see local people work hard with their planting or harvesting wheat, ginger and a variety of other crops.
      Meal: Breakfast
      Accommodation: Hotel in Kalaw

    9. Day 9: Kalaw – Pindaya – Aungban. Train to Shwe Naung – Inle Lake

      After breakfast, drive to Pindaya through the picturesque countryside of Shan State. Visit Pindaya’s limestone cave with its maze of chambers displaying more than 8,000 Buddha statues and local handicraft workshops producing Shan paper made from mulberry bark and traditional umbrellas made from the same paper that are used by monks all around the country
      Early afternoon, take a scenic train ride from Aungban to Shwe Nyaung. The journey is about 2,5 hours. Get picked up on arrival and drive to Naung Shwe Jetty and transferred to your hotel. Check in upon arrival and rest of the time is at leisure.
      Meal: Breakfast
      Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake

    10. Day 10: Inle Lake discovery

      This morning, you will visit the 5 days market which is hold in different villages surround the lake. This is definitely a fascinating place to enjoy the scene of local tribes in their colorful clothes and exotic market atmosphere.
      The boat will then take you to beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking the lake. It will be definitely relaxing to walk along the corridor and enjoy the giant columns which have been left to the nature for centuries.
      Continue our sightseeing tour to Phaungdawoo Pagoda, famed for its richly gilded five small Buddha images, also is believed the holiest in Inle Lake. As you travel further to Nam Pan village; cotton and lotus weaving factory, cigar making houses will impress you with a sense of traditional Intha life.
      Meals: Breakfast.
      Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake

    11. Day 11: Inle Lake – Samkar (Sagar) – Inle Lake

      Today, we venture to Sagar, located in the Deep South. The boat journey takes 2.5-3 hours but is full of fabulous views and home to many unique species of birds, both indigenous and migratory. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!
      The area is so far protected and administered by PNO (Pa O National Organization). You may be granted to visit the village of Pa o, Shan and Intha people, to interact with the locals and discover its culture.
      The main highlight for many travelers are the ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar- 108 stupas from the 16-17th centuries
      Another stop will be made in Sae Khaung Pottery Village to see the crafting of oil and water pots as well as the natural, underground kilns used by the villagers. On the western shores of the Sagar area is Tar Kaung, a series of more than 200 stupas which also make a fabulous photo stop.
      Late afternoon, enjoy the beautiful sunset while cruising along the stilt villages back to your resort.
      Meals: Breakfast.
      Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake

    12. Day 12: Inle Lake – Heho. Fly to Yangon

      You are transferred to Heho Airport for the morning flight back to Yangon.
      Enjoy a walking tour covering historic sites in the former commercial and administrative core. Start at City Hall & Mahabandoola Park with Independent Monument and through Yangon downtown for British Colonial building as Emmanuel Church, Inland Water Buildings and art gallery.
      Spend last minute shopping at Bogyoke Market. Formerly named Scott’s Market, it is now the main tourist destination where you can find antique, Burmese handicrafts & jewelry shops, art galleries & clothing stores.
      Meals: Breakfast.
      Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

    13. Day 13: Yangon departure

      You are free at leisure until getting transferred to the airport for departure flight. Trip ends. Have a good journey and see you again.
      Meal: Breakfast
      Accommodation: N/A

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        All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
      1. Guide

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        English Speaking Tour Guide (other language on request)

      2. Meals

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        Daily breakfast at the hotels

      3. Transport

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        Car: Private transportation with A/C
        Boat: Inle Lake boat trip

      • Flights

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