15 DAYS MYANMAR CULTURE TOUR
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Places to visit: Yangon – Pyay – Akauk Hill – Bagan – Mt.Popa – Mandalay – Amarapura – Mingun – Sagaing – Inwa – Heho – Inle Lake – Indein – Yangon (15Days /14Nights)
Itinerary Day by Day
Day 01: Arrive Yangon
Receive you from the Yangon International Airport according to the convenient time and transfer to hotel. After check-in at your hotel, walking tour at old colonial style city center, the gilded Sule Pagoda dated back over 2,000 years and continue to the Strand Hotel, also one of the buildings built by British. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 02: Discovery Yangon
Discover the golden beauty and history of the sacred Shwedagon Pagoda. Surprise yourself for this magnificent piece of golden architecture and one of the wonders of the world. Afterwards, continue by visiting National Museum so you can learn Burma literature and custom. Have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit the Karaweik garden to take beautiful photos with the background of green trees and idyllic lake. In the afternoon, walk through the Chinatown on 19 Street. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 03: Road to Pyay
Morning depart from Yangon to Pyay by car 260 km northwest of Yangon. Pyay is an important commercial center for trade between the Ayeyarwaddy Delta, central and upper Myanmar and Rakhine State. Lunch at a local restaurant. The ancient Sri Ksetra (Pyu ancient city in sanskrit) which flourished over 1000 years between 200BC and AD900 is located just 8 km southeast of modern Pyay. Recently Sri Ksetra was recognize by UN as a world heritage. Visit “Shwe Myet Man” Pagoda (which means Buda with golden spectacles), visit Hmawza (Sri Ksetra) museum. Overnight in Pyay.
Day 04: Akauk Hill
After brekafast, visit Pyay Shwe Sandaw Pagoda which is the most elegant pagoda in town. After that, drive to Akauk Hill (about 1 hour drive) which is located at the western bank of Ayeyarwaddy river. Driving along a bumpy road about 45 minutes passing through Htone Bo village, from there take a boat ride to Akauk Hill. The Buddha images are beautifully carved in different sizes and styles into the wall of the Ayeyarwaddy river bank. Drive back to Pyay and overnight in Pyay.
Day 05: Road to Bagan
Morning breakfast at the hotel, and excursion to Baw Baw Gyi Paya and cube-shaped Be Be Paya, is the oldest stupas in the area which are over 45 meter high. Lunch at a local restaurant. After that drive to Bagan (340 km – 6 hours). Arrive Bagan in the evening. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 06: Bagan Temples
After breakfast, stands out this morning on Ananda’s temple tour of Old Bagan, the most aesthetically beautiful monument in Bagan. Visit the Taung Phee village and visit the Nat Laung Kyang Monastery, enjoy the beautiful view at Bu Paya. Enjoy the lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Shwezigon Pagoda – the prototype of pagodas in Myanmar, Wetkyi In Gu Byauk Gyi, the temple with its fine tempera wall paintings depicting the Buddha’s life stories, and take advantage of the Shwesandaw Pagoda’s sunset a perfect spot to enjoy a magnificent sunset, will conclude the day.. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 07: Discover more in Bagan
After breakfast, take the trip to Chauk in 45 minutes to 1 hour and after that, take a boat trip up Tant Kyi hill, a scenic boat ride across the river. The Tant Kyi Pagoda is believed to consecrate four dental relics of Gautama Buddha. Then take the boat ride back and return to Bagan. Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the New Bagan such as Manuha Temple with its large image of Buddha seated in a relatively small shrine illustrating the melancholy of a confined king, Myingaba Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, a temple of Mon style renowned for its excellent frescoes preserved by UNESCO, also to discover the illustrated stone slab of four ancient Burmese languages. Visit the homemade workshops where local people make their living in the production of soybean paste, plum candy, cigars in Nyaung U, which is the main city of Bagan. Observe lifestyles of people living on local products. Sunset at night in Pya Thet Gyi Temple which is a double dug monument. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 08: Bagan – Mt.Popa – Mandalay (By Car) Sunset at Amarapura
After breakfast depart from Bagan to Mandalay (133km – 4 hours approx). On the way, visit Mount Popa (about 55km – 1hr approx. from Bagan), an extinct volcano and an oasis in the scorched plain Myingyan. Among local villages Mount Popa is known as the home of the “Nats” spirits. Learn the history and culture of 37 nats from Mt.Popa. Then, continues to Mandalay. Arrive at Mandalay in the evening and check into your hotel. Then transfer to Amarapura, to stroll along the historic bridge, known as U Bein bridge originally built in 1851, which extends over the lake Taungthaman and the world´s longest teakwood bridge. Return to Mandalay and overnight in Mandalay.
Day 09: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay
Tourism this morning to visit 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 panoramic view from Mandalay Hill. After lunch at a riverside restaurant, transfer to jetty to enjoy the boat trip to Mingun. 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 Myatheindan Pagoda with its ornate 7 circular terraces. Return to Mandalay by boat. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 10: Mandalay – Sagaing – Inwa – Mandalay
After breakfast, visit the Sagaing hill where you can see from the hill lots of white and gold pagodas seeking tranquility along the Irrawaddy River. Learn the monastic life of nuns on the hill. Visit Swan Oo Ponyashin Pagoda, U Min Thone Sae, After that, transfer to the ancient city Inwa which is an ancient imperial capital of successive Burmese kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. Excursion to the ancient royal capital of Inwa (Ava) in horse carriage (Ponny-trap) include visiting the Clock Tower Nanmyint also known as “The Leaning Tower of Ava”, visit Maha Aungmyae Bonzan monastery, built by bricks and stuccos and Bagayar monastery, famous for its impressive ornate teakwood carvings. Return to Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 11: Evening Flight to Inle Lake
After breakfast, 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. Visit Kyauk Zit Tan is very interesting to walk around and discover intricate marble craftsman where they make the images. A visit to a gold leaf making factory and observe how to make hand-made gold leaves. After that, visit Royal Palace of King Mindom (1857 – 1859) and which was the last palace of Myanmars´king sovereignty. It was rebuilt as a replica in 1990 by the government, then to the local market Zey Gyo completes your last visit in Mandalay. In the afternoon, fly to Heho, then transfer to Nyaung Shwe. Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.
Day 12: Excursion 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 sights such as blacksmiths, silversmiths, weaving looms, etc. Overnight on the lake or in Nyaung Shwe.
Day 13: Indein & Cooking Class
After breakfast, before beginning the visit to Indein, go to pick up the menu what you are interested to cook together with the family of restaurant. Then visit the ancient Indein Pagodas. Return to the restaurant and learn how to cook typical Shan meals and enjoy the delicious lunch with the family. Then you can visit the Inn Paw Khone village where you can discover the way of life with your handiwork such as blacksmiths, silversmiths, local weavers. Return to the hotel and spend the night.
Day 14: Evening flight to Yangon
In the morning after breakfast from your hotel, transfer by boat to the pier to visit the city Nyaung Shwe. Visit the local market and Shwe Yan Pyae Monastery. Lunch at Nyaung Shwe before transfer to Heho airport to take flight to Yangon. Our Yangon driver will wait for you and drive you to visit Chauk Htat Gyi. the third largest resting buddha image in Myanmar. 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.
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Day 16: Yangon – Sittwe– Mrauk U (By Flight/ Public Boat)
Fly to Sittwe. Arrive at Sittwe transfer to Sittwe Jetty where you board the public boat (5 hours) to MRAUK OO, Rakhine’s capital in 15th century, when it enjoyed great wealth and was an important commercial port. The journey on the Kaladan River, through changing scenery, upriver towards the hill surrounding Mrauk U. The town has great charm with is many local markets, solid wooden house and Bamboo houses, canals, hills and friendly people. Some of the ancient pagodas and ruins can be visited by foot or a, horse cart, bullock cart or vehicle from the town. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel. Overnight in Mrauk U.
Day 17: Mrauk U – Excursion
After breakfast, visit most famous is SHITTAUNG PAGODA, perhaps the best preserved Pagoda, and home to some 80,000 holy Buddha images. 33 smaller ones, rising from platform to platform, similar in style to Indonesia’s Borobudur, flank the large central stupa. Inside the Pagoda is like a maze and it’s fascinating to wander through the interior passages, admiring reliefs and Buddha images in niches. Visit ANDAW PAGODA, an eight sided monument which is smaller than Shittaung but with a similar linear layout. Opposite Shittaung, visit DUKKANTHEIN “ordination hall”, a construction of laterite and sandstone bricks that resembles a huge bunker from the outside. Enjoy sunset at HARRE TAUND PAGODA HILL. Overnight in Mrauk U.
Day 18: Mrauk U – Chin Village
After breakfast at the hotel, visit Mrauk U’s local market and KOE THAUNG TEMPLE. Continue to Lay Myo river bank. And then proceed by boat to Chin Tattoo area, where trail to three Chin TATTOO VILLAGES by boat and walk to the hill tribe’s people. Visit to waving project at the chin village. The villagers are very basic life style. Some Tattoo ladies are very proud of their tattoo designed on their faces and waving designed. You will see how the villagers will warmly welcome and friendly. Packed lunch is included. Return back to Mrauk U for dinner at a local restaurant or hotel. Accommodation at Mrauk U.
Day 19: Mrauk U – Sittwe – Yangon (By Flight/ Boat)
Early morning, check-out at hotel and take a drive to jetty and return to Sittwe by public boat. On arrival transfer to Sittwe airport for departure flight to Yangon.
- 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
- Boat to Akauk hiill
- Public boat in Mrauk U
- Private boat to Chin Villages
- 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