15 DAYS FAMILY MYANMAR TOUR
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Places to visit: Yangon – Golden Rock – Bago – Kalaw – Pindaya – Nyaung Shwe – Inle Lake – Indein – Mandalay – Amarapura – Mingun – Sagaing – Ava – Mt.Popa – Bagan – Yangon (15 Days /14 Nights)
Itinerary Day by Day
Day 01: Arrival Yangon
Receive you from the Yangon International Airport according to the convenient time and transfer to hotel. After check-in at your hotel, discover the massive Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the wonders of the world for its religious significance, artistic beauty and its association with Myanmar culture. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 02: Pindaya Caves
Fly to Heho this morning to visit eastern Shan state. On arrival at Heho, transfer to Pindaya, a small quiet little town where visit Pindaya caves with Buddha images in many different positions. Visit Sin Gaung monastery and Parasol Handmake workshop. Then, drive to Kalaw, 70 kilometers west of Taunggyi, the capital of Southern Shan State. It was a very popular hill station during the British era. It is located 1320m above sea level, with cool and pleasant climate. Accommodation in Kalaw.
Day 03: Magwe Elephant Camp
After breakfast, elephant field trip called “Magwe” about 45 minutes. Upon arrival at the camp, the team will welcome and introduce on the project. After a 5-7 minute walk to the river where elephants bathe them and can join activities such as bathing elephants and give them meals. You can explore fauna of this area conserved. If time and health of the elephants permits, you will have a ride with them around the area. Lunch at the camp then join the team for regional forest plantation. Back to the countryside and enjoy the view through valleys. Return to Kalaw for the night.
Day 04: To Inle Lake
After breakfast, visit Kalaw and its market. After that, transfer to Inle Lake. On the way, visit Nyaung Shwe. Nyaung Shwe market and “Shwe Yan Pyay” monastery are among to visit. After that, transfer by boat to the hotel in Inle Lake. An excursion by boat on Inle Lake will include seeing the famous leg-rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life. Enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant on the lake. The highlights on the lake are Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, Nga Phe Chaung Monastery with a collection of ancient Shan-style Buddha images and other sites such as blacksmiths, silversmiths, weaving looms, etc. Overnight on the lake.
Day 05: Indein
After breakfast, visit around Inle Lake and Indein. Visit Indain old pagodas. Back to Inle Sø for lunch. Afterwards visit the Inn Inn Paw Khone village where you can experience the lifestyles of manual work, such as blacksmiths, silversmiths, local weavers. Back at the hotel and overnight.
Day 06: Amarapura and Mandalay Hill Surroundings
Fly to Mandalay, the last capital of Myanmar‘s king in 1885. Upon arrival, the driver will drive firstly to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayone Monastery, home to some 800 monks and one of the most prestigious monasteries in Myanmar. Afterward, you will take a stroll over a historic bridge, known as U Bein Bridge and originally built in 1851, spanning over the Taungthaman Lake. Proceed to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant (Shan Buffet). On this afternoon’s sightseeing, continue to Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung(or Golden Palace Monastery) to marvel at a superb traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda (also known as the world’s largest book), consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures and enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Accommodation in Mandalay.
Day 07: Mandalay & Mingun
After breakfast in the morning, visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay’s most fabled religious monument where you will have an awe inspiring view of a Buddha image covered with chunky layers of gold foils, and visit to a gold leaf making workshop and observe how to make hand-made gold leaves and the Royal Palace and visit local Zey Gyo market. In the afternoon, transfer to jetty to enjoy the boat trip to Mingun. Lunch at the river side restaurant. Mingun is situated about 11 km (one hour each way) upstream from Mandalay. Visit the unfinished Mingun Temple , originally built with the intention of being the world’s biggest pagoda, the Mingun Bell, weighing 87 tons and being the world’s largest intact bronze bell, the elegant Hsinbyume Pagoda, with its ornate 7 circular terraces. Return to Mandalay in the evening. Accommodation in Mandalay.
Day 08: Sagaing & Inwa
After breakfast, visit Sagaing Hill where you can see from the hill lots of white and gold pagodas along the Irrawaddy River. Visita Swan Oo Ponyashin Pagoda, U Min Thone Sae. Observe ways of life of nun monastery from Sagaing Hill. Alter that, drive to “Ava”. On the way from Sagaing to Ava, you can visit handmade silverware workshop. Excursión to the old royal capital of INWA (Ava), can be made with a ponny-trap riding. Visit to Ava’s Leaning Tower called “Nan Myint”, “Maha Aungmyae Bonzan” monastery made with stucco brick and Bagayar monastery famous for its impressive woodcarvings with teak woods. Return to Mandalay and overnight in Mandalay.
Day 09: Pyin Oo Lwin
Morning drive to Pyin Oo Lwin (60 km – 1 hour). On the way enjoy scenic views over green farmland with traditional plantations and lush trees growing on mountain slopes. Arrive at Pyin Oo Lwin, sightseeing includes: strolling around “Purcel Tower”, visit Botanical garden where various kinds of trees and multi coloured flowers are in abundance, offering magnificent views, Pwe Kaung waterfall, and Maha Ann Htoo Kanthar Pagoada. Return to Mandalay and overnight in Mandalay.
Day 10: Cruise to Bagan
After breakfast at your hotel, depart from Mandalay by boat at 07.00 for the river trip to Bagan (10 hours approx.). The trip on the River Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) allows you to have a memorable experience. Arrival at Bagan in the afternoon and overnight in Bagan.
Day 11: Bagan Temples
After breakfast, highlights on this morning’s tour include Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of pagodas in Myanmar, Wetkyi-in Gu Byauk Gyi Temple with fine tempera mural paintings depicting the life stories of Buddha, and Ananda Temple, the most aesthetically beautiful monument in Bagan. Enjoy a lunch at a riverside restaurant. In the afternoon, visit a lacquer craftsman’s workshop to discover the intricate process of making lacquer wares. Continue to Manuha Temple with a large seated Buddha Image, enshrined in a relatively small sanctum, illustrating the melancholy of a confined king, and Nanbaya Temple with noted perforated windows and friezes, a unique sandstone monument that is said to have been the residence of King Manuha. Next, to Myingaba Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, a Mon-style temple renowned for its fine frescoes, preserved by UNESCO. A visit to Shwesandaw pagoda, a perfect spot to enjoy a magnificent sunset, will conclude the day. Enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Bagan.
Day 12: Ebikes in Bagan
After breakfast around 8:00 a 3 hours electric bicycles tour will be started from the hotel to Old Bagan visiting Shwegugyi, Dhammayangyi and Thetbyinyu temples via the ox cart track to get a different travel experience through the Bagan monuments. Take a break at the local coffee shop to have cold drink under the shade or return to hotel to relax.
In the evening take the horsecart ride through Taung Phee village and visit Nat Laung Kyang and enjoy the sunset at Bu Paya. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 13: Mt.Popa & Late Flight to Yangon
This morning after breakfast, visiting a scenic route (50 km – 1 ½ hours) to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano and an oasis on the scortched plain Myingyan. It is, among the local people, Mount Popa is known as the home of the “Nats” spirits. On the way, you will visit local villages. For sport enthusiasts, there is time to climb the 777 steps to the top of the volcanic plug. Lunch at the mountain Popa, with the magnificent through the ravine and mature trees and return to Bagan to go directo to the Nyaung U Airport for your late flight to Yangon. Our driver will meet you and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 14: Yangon Excursion
We start this morning with a walking tour including the old colonial style city centre, the gilded Sule Pagoda dating back over 2,000 years and continue to the famous Strand Hotel, a fine example of British colonial architecture. Visit Bogyoke Market (formerly known as Scott Market), where you can find famous jades and jewelries where you can find Myanmar famous gems and jewellery sales centers, Myanmar traditional products such as slippers, longyi’s etc. Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit to Chauk Htat Gyi reclining image which was the third largest reclining image in Myanmar. Stop for photos at the Kandawgyi Garden, where Karaweik Hall, and a floating royal barge with backdrop of lashed trees and an idyllic lake. In the evening, walking in China Town. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 15: Yangon Departure
A free day to catch up on some last minute shopping at the Bogyoke Market or enjoy the panoramic view from the Sakura Tower. Transfer to Yangon International Airport.
- Described Tours
- language guide or English speaking guides (depend on your option from budget)
- Entrance fees (if you go with tour guide/s)
- Transports with private car as per itinerary
- Boat in Inle Lake, in Mingun
- Electric bikes & Horsecart in Bagan
- Elephant activities and lunch in Kalaw
- Short trip by boat and horsecart in Inwa (if you go with tour guide/s)
- Transports from airport to hotel and vice versa
- Hotel accommodations with daily breakfast
- Internal flights
- Two purified drinking water bottles and two refreshment towels per person per day
- Meals & Beverages
- language guide or English speaking guides (depend on your option from budget)
- Entrance fees (if you go without tour guide/s)
- Short trip by boat and horse cart in Inwa (if you go without tour guide/s)
- International Flights
- Personal expenses such as tipping, camera tax, etc