Inspiring Myanmar 13 Nights/14 Days
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This Inspiring Myanmar tour lets you discover Myanmar. Myanmar is undoubtedly a beautiful place to be in and with all the traditional delights of Asia in one country; it is also one of mystifying and unexplored destinations. Once closed to the world, Myanmar is now a promising tourist destination in South East Asia and its tourism is based on culture. Myanmar is a perfect tourist destination with pleasant and distinctive natural environment of beautiful lakes, long rivers, lush tropical forests, unspoiled beaches and archipelago. Here one can find tall stupas, hill tribes, jungles. The beautiful cities have been made legendary by writers like Rudyard Kipling and George Orwell. Get prepared as this beautiful country with beautiful is sure to cast a spell.
Some of the places we will visit are:
Nyaungshwe is the town sometimes also called Yawnghwe. This town serves as the main entrance point to Inle Lake. Nyaungshwe has become a lively place with an enjoyably peaceful atmosphere.
Pyin Oo Lwin is an ideal and refreshing destination and was known by the name of May myo. At Pyin Oo Lwi, in mid-November, you can enjoy hot air balloon festival and also festival of Taunggyi. Pyin Oo Lwin is prominent for its fruit jams and fruit wines, woolen clothes and also its colonial style houses with huge compound and pine trees, and distinctive horse carriages in town.
Monywa which is one of many Burmese cities is Monywa which makes the perfect stop in between Mandalay and Bagan and is worth a visit. Though Monywa is not visited by the tourists, it does have many great places to explore in the surrounding countryside. Two of its special places are the Thanbodday Pagoda with its 500,000 Buddha images and Bodhi Tataung: two extremely large Buddhas: one 116-metre which is the standing Buddha and one 95 meters the reclining Buddha. There are also Hpo Win Daung caves situated 25km west of Monywa. The 947 caves that make up the complex were built between the 14th and 18th centuries where in November, the Hpo Win Daung Festival takes place and this is also Monywa’s biggest festival of the year. Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State. Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is also known as Golden Rock which is floating at 1,000m of altitude and the pagoda and the landscape are worth seeing. Legend has it that it is balanced on a strand of Buddha's hair. This is not only a popular tourist attraction but also a popular pilgrimage. There are thousands of pilgrims every day in high season so Temples and this town have built up around the Golden Rock on top of the mountain to serve them.
Other beautiful places like Mandalay, Bagan, Heho, Yangon and Inle Lake are waiting to be discovered.
Day 1: Yangon. (D).
Day 2: Yangon. (B, L).
Day 3: Yangon – Heho – Nyaung Shwe – Inle Lake. (B,L).
Day 4: Nyaung Shwe – Heho – Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin. (B).
Day 5: Pyin Oo Lwin. (B).
Day 6: Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay. (B, D).
Day 7: Mandalay. (B, D).
Day 8: Mandalay – Monywa. (B).
Day 9: Monywa – Bagan. (B, L).
Day 10: Bagan – Local Bus (Myanmar). (B, L).
Day 11: Yangon. (B).
Day 12: Yangon – Kyaikhto. (B, L).
Day 13: Kyaikhto – Yangon. (B, L).
Day 14: Depart Yangon.
Day 1: Yangon (D)
Yangon stretches out in the rich delta of southern Myanmar, on an extensive Yangon River. The city is full of tree-shaded paths, while gleaming stupas soar over the treetops. In 1885, when the British concluded the take-over of Upper Myanmar and Mandalay’s short phase as capital of the very last Burmese empire came to an end, the city had then turned into the capital.
Take in the highlights of Yangon’s imposing city center. On top of Sakura Tower, you can simply take pleasure in a coffee or snack.
Travel around Bogyoke Aung San Market, recognized also as Scott Market and includes more than 2000 stalls. It is the best place in Yangon to look around through the entire series of local handicrafts.
At sunset, visit Shwedagon Pagoda which is the best part of any trip to Yangon. This extravagant Shwedagon Pagoda dates back to about 2500 years and it was put up to preserve eight sanctified hairs of the Buddha. The bell-shaped super structure is rested on a terraced base and is sheltered in about 60 tons of gold-leaf, which is being replaced regularly.Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon (B, L)
Start the day’s tour at the colorful Hledan market which is constantly busy in an early hours of the morning. From there, board on Yangon’s spherical train where the train entwines through Yangon’s main townships and districts in an uneven circle; this train serves as the support for many of the working classes and also offers a unique understanding into the lives of the Burmese. You can watch the students and workers in their daily travel and the vendors and hawkers carrying out their work. Take a 3 long hour’s tour on foot which will cover up about 3 miles in the central districts of the city center. Many of the buildings visited are on Yangon City Heritage List; a list of 188 structures made by man largely involves spiritual attractions and royally period buildings. Tourist attractions consist of city hall, the old railway station and the former Minister’s office where General Aung San was assassinated. There are different religious sites combined in the guided walk such as the St Mary’s Cathedral, built in 1899, and the Buddhist attractions of Sule Paya and Botataung Pagoda. You’ll also have an opportunity to eyewitness the lifestyles of the locals from the busy bus and boat stations to the tea shops and hidden street markets while walking through the streets. And also you will have plenty of moment to interrelate with the inhabitants from Yangon and discover more about the Burmese culture. Next, you can stop is for a cup of tea or coffee at Lat Ywae Sin which is a favorite tea shop among the locals. This shop is busy from the dawn to dark and roasts its own coffee. You can see the exclusive wood carvings on its wall. If you are feeling hungry, you can try some semolina cake which they are famous for and they also offer some great noodle dishes (drinks only and no food included).Overnight in Yangon.
Day 3: Yangon – Heho – Nyaung Shwe – Inle Lake (B, L)
Take a flight from Yangon to Heho and then to Nyaung Shweby by vehicle. Visit Shwe Yan Pyay Kyaung Monastery: it is a monastery dating back to 18th or 19th century attributing an admired wooden sanctification hall that has an exceptional oval shaped windows.A boat ride on Inle Lake can be enjoyed while observing the tranquil, static waters and colorful brush strokes of floating plants and unhurriedly moving fishing canoes. All sides of the lake are held close by rolling high hills, as the lake’s shore and islands hordes with 17 villages on stilts whose inhabitants are chiefly Intha people. The stupendous surroundings can be enjoyed and meditate on the one of a kind skillfulness of the local fishermen who uses their legs in an exceptional paddling system to move easily themselves elegantly around the lake. The enchanting floating gardens, a heaving market and an Intha village around the lake can be visited. A visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Paw Khon Village (famous for Lotus and silk weaving villages) and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery are also in to-do list.
Visit Inthar Heritage House where you can discover more about Burmese cats. Part of one of the oldest customs in the country, Burmese cats was supposed to be royal cats of the palaces and executed as custodian for the many temples and holy places.
Transport to Nyaung Shwe, get on a bike and cycle to Red Mountain Winery (around a 45 minutes of ride). An instructive part of your visit as well as a tour is wine-tasting through the vineyard and both of these schedules are carried out by experts in their field. Next, carry on cycling to Maing Thauk by bike (approx. 45 minutes).Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.
Day 4: Nyaung Shwe – Heho – Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin (B)
Travel from Nyaung Shwe to Heho for onwards flight to Mandalay. From there, start to Pyin Oo Lwin and in this culturally varied village, you can simply enjoy visiting the attractions. Initially, Pyin Oo Lwin was a Shan Danu village but in the British period, after the arrival of Asians, it is currently home to 5,000 Nepalese and 10,000 Indians approximately. It used to be a British hill station for many years because of an elevation. It is pleasingly cool and fresh air surrounds despite at the height of the hot season.
Visiting Botanical Garden is worth featuring extensive area of neatly trimmed grass, great flowerbeds, natural forest, rose gardens and an orchid house. There is a tower in Botanical Garden where you can take pleasure in the sights of the city from. Turkish prisoners of war were used to build up this 237-acre botanical garden by Colonel May during World War II. See the Purcell Tower, located close to the entry to the town which was a gifted by Queen Victoria, who presented the same tower to Cape Town in South Africa.
There is the Church Of The Immaculate Conception in south of the central area featuring a large brick sanctuary with a bell tower and cruciform floor plan. The arched wooden ceilings and well-appointed interior are remarkable.
Subsequently at the Golden Triangle coffee shop, you can take a break with a nice cup of coffee Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.
Day 5: Pyin Oo Lwin (B)
You can have an experience of a local train ride from Pyin Oo Lain to Naung Paing (approx. 3.5 or 4 hours) via the famous Gokteik Viaduct, the highest bridge in Myanmar and when it was completed, the largest railway trestle in the world. In 1899, the rail line was built as a way for the British Empire to inflate their authority in the province.The rest of the afternoon can be enjoyed relaxing.Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.
Day 6: Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay (B, D)
From Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) to Mandalay you can drive by vehicle for a full day sight seeing. The very last capital of royal Burma, Mandalay still is one of the prevalent cities in Myanmar and also a cultural and religious centre. Adjoining Sagaing is home to more than sixty percent of the country’s monks, while the craftsmen of Mandalay persist to turn out the most excellent crafts in Myanmar. Head to Mahamuni Paya in the morning, possibly the most adored and recognized image in Myanmar is enshrined here. It is enclosed in more than 15 cm of gold leaf. At four in the morning, people attending to worship are seen gathering every day to the shrine to witness the exceptional ceremony of face-washing. On the way to the pagoda, halt and watch the strenuous method of Gold-Leaf Beating where gold is hammered carefully into very thin squares. Then visit a Craft Workshop prior to lunch. This workshop focuses in one of the arts for which the city is renowned: bronze-casting, marble-carving, wood-carving or puppetry.You can begin the afternoon at Shwenandaw Kyaung or Golden Teak Monastery which is completely constructed of golden teak, this elaborately carved wooden monastery once was a part of the Mandalay Palace and used as private apartments by King Mindon and his chief queen. Continue to Kyauktawgyi Paya, well-known for its huge seated Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. Carry on to Kuthodaw Paya, also famous as “the world’s biggest book”. There are diminutive pavilions and each having a slab of marble. Comprising 729 in total, these slabs are inscribed with the entire Tripitkata or Buddhist scriptures around the central stupa. The last destination is at Shwe Kyin Old Monastery, an old monastery located at the bottom of Mandalay Hill which was constructed in the period of King Mindon.Continue to Mandalay Hill with an easy climb up sheltered steps to enjoy scenic sights over the palace, Mandalay and the paya-studded surrounding at sunset. U Khanti, who was the prominent hermit monk is attributed with an inspiration to the construction of many of the buildings on and around the hill in the years after the beginning of the city. In the evening, you can travel around the city’s full of life night markets which spring up around the connection of 84th and 27th Streets.Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 7: Mandalay (B, D)
At 4am, head off from your hotel for breakfast at Mahagandayon monastery. Then sightseeing will begin to take you around to three former royal capital, Amarapura, Sagaing and Inwa. Firstly drive to Amarapura and visit Mahagandayon Monastery where each day at mid-morning, monks and novices are lined up to accept their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists. Subsequently, pay a visit to Sagaing, the religious centre of Myanmar. In Sagaing Hill, there are hundreds of stupas, monasteries, temples and nunneries, sometimes known as a living Bagan. There are thousands of monks and nuns who retreat here for meditation and learning. Sun U Ponya Shin Paya, U Min Thonsei Paya and Kaung Hmu Daw Paya are some of the most famous temples here where you can stop and visit around. Cross the river by ferry to Inwa (Ava), located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Inwa (Ava) once was a royal capital but at present, just a calm countryside retreat. You can enjoy a relaxed horse cart trip around the serene countryside, briefly visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak wood monastery, Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung and Nan Myint Tower. On the way, stop and observe how local craftsman make their prominent alms bowls out of iron. And to end with, come back to Amarapura to conclude the day at U Bein’s Bridge, a striking teak bridge which widens more than one kilometer across Taungthaman Lake. At sunset, the bridge can be seen crowded with the monks and local people as they leisurely walk home or stay behind to take pleasure in the beautiful colors of the sunset. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 8: Mandalay – Monywa (B)
Drive to Monywa from Mandalay by car to travel around this town which is located on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River. Visit the colorful Thanboddhay Kat Kyaw Paya where the interior and exterior is enclosed with almost 600,000 thousand small Buddha images. And visit Boddhi Tataung as well, an orchard of banyan trees with a Buddha image at the bottom of each one.After that you will cross Chindwin River by local ferryboat and go on westwards towards the Pow Win Daung caves by an open jeep. Pow Win Daung Mountainis is home to a chains of caves located in the hillside along a path and include Buddha images and well-preserved murals dating back from the 14th-16th centuries. Visit Shwe Ba Taung Paya with shrines carved into the hillside adorned with sophisticated mosaics and Buddha images. Statuettes are lined in the path and walls as well as a giant frog floating by the road and an elephant carved to shape an entrance in the temple.Overnight in Monywa.
Day 9: Monywa – Bagan (B, L)
Take a trip to Bagan for a full day of sightseeing. Visit Shwezigon Pagoda – its elegant bell shape became a first of its kind for nearly all afterward stupas in all-over Myanmar and the pagoda initially marked the northern end of the city of Bagan. Then halt by the Nyaung U Market and experience this dynamic and colorful market. Every morning people from all around town gather here to buy and sell vegetables, crafts, spices, meat and other goods. Stroll around the market to watch the daily activities of local people.Tour Bagan’s ancient temples by riding on an electric bike. Begin with Dhammayangyi Temple – this temple is said to level as one of the finest in Bagan. It was constructed back in the 12th century, though it is not precisely clear which King really initiated the construction. According to some source, it was King Narathu while others say it was built a little earlier, in the sovereignty of King Alaungsithu. Carry on to Ananda Pahto, one of the finest, largest, best conserved and most valued of the Bagan temples. Considered to have been constructed around 1105 by King Kyanzittha, this perfectly balanced temple sign the stylistic end of the Early Bagan period and the beginning of the Middle period.End the day by enjoying a scenic view of the sun setting over the plain of Bagan from one of the pagoda platform.Overnight in Bagan.
Day 10: Bagan – Local Bus (Myanmar) (B, L)
Drive to Mount Popa from Bagan by vehicle while on the way halt to see Taung Ba Village Project.Carry on to Popa Mountain Resort for lunch where the restaurant also offers stunning views of Mount Popa and its surrounds.We go on with to a view point restaurant to have an impressive view onto Mount Popa – a cylindrical hill that ascends stridently from the adjoining plain and is believed to be the home of Myanmar’s most significant nats (spirits). Enjoy both - the delicious food and atmosphere at the Panorama View Restaurant with the pleasing views onto the stupa and the surrounds of Bagan.Visit a family business in Shwe Hlaing Village that offers local tea leaf salad and tea shop. Stop to explore how locals climb Palm trees and make products such as palm sugar and liquor. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and then get on a luxury bus for the overnight journey to Yangon.Overnight aboard luxury bus.
Day 11: Yangon (B)
Enjoy a whole day at leisure.Overnight in Yangon.
Day 12: Yangon – Kyaikhto (B, L)
On the outskirts of Yangon, visit Htauk Kyan Allied War Cemetery. Discover the main market and a distinctive local monastery in Bago to watch the daily lives of the monks and then move on to the extremely adored Shwemawdaw Paya which has preserved hair relics of the Buddha for well in excess of 1000 years.Continue to Shwethalyaung Buddha, a huge lying down Buddha with a sign on the platform in front of the image giving the dimensions of every body parts. It is presumed to be one of the most realistic of all lying down Buddha. According to the Burmese, the image signifies the Buddha resting after achieving Nirvana/Salvation.
Subsequently for sunset view, you’ll visit Kyaikhtiyo (the Golden Rock). Kyaikhityo is the location of the unbelievable balancing rock stupa. The small stupa is on top of the Gold Rock, an enormous, gold leafed rock carefully balanced on the border of a cliff at the top of Mt. Kyaikto. In Myanmar, Kyaiktiyo is one of the most sanctified Buddhist sites.Overnight in Kyaikhto.
Day 13: Kyaikhto – Yangon (B, L)
From Kyaikhto to Yangon, travel by vehicle and take pleasure in sightseeing in Bago. Visit the Hintha Gon Paya. This holy place has pleasant views over Bago from the covered platform on the hilltop. According to legend, this was the one point rising from the sea when the Hintha (a mythological bird) landed here. Carry on to Kyaik Pun Paya that was constructed in 1476 by King Dhammazedi. It consists of four sitting Buddhas, 30m tall, placed back-to-back around a huge, square pillar and Mahazedi Paya, constructed initially in 1560 AD by King Bayinnaung. It was damaged in the 1757 sacking of Bago and only in 1982, the reconstruction was completed. Stairs go ahead up the outside of the stupa and from the top, there are excellent views over the adjoining area.
Day 14: Depart Yangon.
- Accommodation on double occupancy basis.
- Daily breakfast.
- All transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle.
- Sightseeing admission fees.
- Internal airfare within Myanmar.
- English speaking licensed guide.
- Drinks, tip and expenses of personal nature.
- Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
- Travel Insurance.
- International airfare.
- Myanmar visa.