DAY 1. ARRIVAL YANGON
Welcome by our tour guide upon arrival at Yangon International Airport. Take a few hours for refreshment. Evening tour begins with the most magnificent and spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda before the sun set and enjoy the beauty of Stupa while it changes the shining of gold in different tones according to the radiant of the setting sun. Dine at local restaurant and overnight in Yangon.
DAY 2. YANGON – BAGAN BY TRAIN
After breakfast at hotel, Sightseeing tour begins to the city centre including City Hall, Sule Pagoda, MahaBandoola Park, and Independence Monument. Lunch at local restaurant. Proceed to Chaukhtatgyi huge reclining Buddha with eyes look natural. Transfer to the railway station and board an overnight train to Bagan. Overnight train travel in Myanmar is a real adventure. Trains are one of the safest travel options around the country, and you’ll get to experience travelling the way the locals do. Cabins are basic four-berth compartments with doors to a corridor. There are no showers but there is a toilet at the end of each carriage. While the trains aren’t air conditioned, there is usually a ceiling fan and plenty of airflow.
It will take 18 hours or 20 hours. Overnight in Train.
DAY 3. BAGAN
Arrive at Bagan after an overnight train ride, Check in hotel. After relax in hotel, enjoy the beauty of sunset in the Ayeyarwaddy river with the boat. Dine at local restaurant and overnight in Bagan.
DAY 4. BAGAN SIGHTSEEING
After breakfast at hotel, Sightseeing tour begins with Nyaung U Market before proceeding to Shwezigon Pagoda- the prototype for later Myanmar pagodas built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine. Lunch at local restaurant and Transfer to Hotel. Visit Hilominlo Temple, Ananda Temple, Thatbyinnyu Temple- a white stucco building, the highest temple in Bagan built by King AlaungSithu in mid-12 Century; Gawdawpalin. Transfer to Hotel. Evening tour begins with Dhammanyangyi Temple, the most massive structure in Bagan, built by King Narathu (1167-70), Manuha Temple and LawkanandaPagoda, enjoy the beauty of sunset over the majestic Ayeyarwaddy river with the backdrop of TantKyi Hill. Dine at local restaurant and overnight in Bagan.
DAY 5. BAGAN – MANDALAY BY BOAT
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Ayeyar Jetty to departure Mandalay. You’ll likely spend most of the day on deck watching riverside life go by, a wonderful way to experience Burmese local life. It will take 9 hours. Check in hotel in Mandalay.
DAY 6. MANDALAY – SAGAING – AVA – AMAYAPUYA
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Amayapuya, visit MAHAGANDAYON, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study Buddhism. And then proceed to Sagaing Hill. The Sagaing Hills are dotted with pagodas and there are over 500 monasteries, a retreat for some 6000 monks and nuns. Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, Kaung Hmudaw Pagoda ( a copy of the Mahaceti Pagoda in Sri Lanka), and Ywahtaung (home of the silversmiths’ guilds) are places worth visiting. Proceed to Ava ( Inwwa ), Visit Bagaya Monastery, Mai Nu Oak Kyaung or the Brick Monastery. Go back to the 200-year-old U BEIN teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the Royal Capital. Overnight in Mandalay.
DAY 7. MANDALAY – MINGUN – MANDALAY
Breakfast at hotel, you will discover the charms of old Burma as you take a journey through two of Myanmar’s ancient capitals. Drive to Kywezon jetty to watch the busy riverside activity and take a local riverboat to the ancient capital of Mingun (appr. 1 hour per way). Visit the Settawya Pagoda, with a footprint of the Buddha, walk to the huge Mingun Bell- the world’s largest ringing bell exists (It weighs 55555 viss), the nearby unfinished MingunPahtodawgyi- one of the famous buildings in the world., Myatheindan (Hsinbyume) Pagoda, built by King Bagyidaw in 1816, three years before he succeeded Bodawpaya as king, the pagoda was constructed in memory of his senior wife the Hsinbyume princess., a reproduction of the mythological Mt. Meru. Drive back to Mandalay. And lunch at local restaurant. Sightseeing begins MAHAMUNI PAGODA with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves and visit to the Gold Leaf Workshop and Tapestry Workshop. Then, to SHWE NAN DAW KYAUNG (GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY), a superb example of a traditional wooden building and KUTHODAW PAGODA, known as the world’s largest book, consisting of 729 marble slabs sculpted with the Three Baskets of Buddhist scriptures. Enjoy sunset on the Mandalay Hill. Dine at local restaurant and overnight in Mandalay.
DAY 8. MANDALAY – KALAW BY COACH
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Kalaw. It will take 5 hours. On the way visit Jade Pagoda. Check in hotel and take a relax. Then, sightseeing included Thein Thaung Paya and Hnee Paya. Overnight in Kalaw.
DAY 9. KALAW TREKKING
Breakfast at hotel, start the trekking from Kalaw. After first 2 hours, we will be in Lut Pyin village. After sightseeing in the village make another 2 hour trekking among the rocky hill and vegetable farms to Myin Mahtide village. On arrival at the village, make sightseeing follow by lunch stop at the village. After lunch, visit hiding Myin Ma Hti Cave for sightseeing. There are many different ancient Buddha statues and some stupas in the cave and it will be about one hour sightseeing. In the evening, back to Kalaw .On arrival at Kalaw, proceed to your hotel directly.
DAY 10. KALAW – PINDAYA – INLE BY COACH
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Pindaya. Arrival Pindaya, sightseeing to Pindaya Cave (Shwe Oo Min limestone caves, inside there are over 8000 Buddha images), Pindaya Lake and umbrella making industry. Then, proceed to Inle. Overnight in Inle.
DAY 11. INLE BOAT SIGHTSEEING
Breakfast at hotel, visit NgaHpeChaung Monastery, which houses dozens of Shan Buddha Images, but is more famous for its unique ‘jumping cats’ that jump through hoops in the air! Continue to PhaungDawOo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Innpawkhoneand a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. Take a boat trip to Indein village located at the south western bank of the Inlay Lake, popular for its ruined clusters of Pagodas dated back to the 16 centuries. Meeting with local people and study the traditions and culture of these people. Overnight in Inle.
DAY 12. INLE – YANGON BY FLIGHT
After early morning breakfast, transfer to Heho airport for departure flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, visit LawkaChantha Abaya Lahba Muni Buddha Image – sculpted from a huge marble stone. The Title means – Lord Buddha – blessing the whole Universe to be healthy, prosperous and free from danger. Then continue tour to the Sacred Tooth Relic Pagoda and the University of Theravada Buddhism, World Peace Pagoda and MahaPasana Cave where the Sixth Buddhist Synod and the World Buddhist Summit were held. Shopping at Bogyoke Market (Scott) Market with hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores and sightseeing to Royal Lake and Karaweik Royal Barge. Dine and overnight at hotel in Yangon.
DAY 13. YANGON DEPATURE
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to International airport for departure “HOME SWEET HOME”.