ITT 108 Nature & Culture Delight

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DAY 1 Arrival Yangon
DAY 2 Excursion to Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock)
DAY 3 Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) - En-route visit Bago - Yangon
DAY 4 Yangon-Nyaung U(Flt)/ Bagan full day sightseeing
DAY 5 Bagan full day sightseeing
DAY 6 Bagan/ Kalaw (Car) - En-route visit Mt.Popa
DAY 7 Kalaw - Pindaya - Inle
DAY 8 Full day Inle Lake sightseeing
DAY 9 Visit Indein and Heho-Mandalay (Flight)
Day 10 Mandalay - Amapura
Day 11 Mingun - Mandalay
Day 12 Daparture Mandalay

Program Code : ITT108
Program Type : Classical
Destinations :

Mandalay-Monywa-Bagan-Pindaya-Kalaw- Inle-Mandalay

Duration : 12 Days


Day 01 Arrival Yangon (by morning/ midday flight) ( - / - / - )

Arrive Yangon in morning / midday by flight. You will be welcome by your tour guide and transfer to the hotel. Have a rest at the hotel until the late afternoon sightseeing starts.

Late afternoon, we will visit the Chaukhtatgyi - the colossal reclining Buddha; the Shwedagon Pagoda – an inspiring golden stupa and view the sunset from there.

Overnight at Yangon.

Day 02 Excursion to Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) ( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the camp Kimpun (about 5 hours), from where the uphill motor road to hermit’s hill starts. Arrive Kimpun camp and take the uphill pick up truck to reach the hermit’s hill. A short trek, about an hour would take you to the top of the mountain where you can see the Golden Rock - a large boulder positioned well balanced on the cliff of that mountain - seems to be defying the force of gravity from the spur of the cliff. Enjoy sunset view over deep forested mountain.

Overnight at Kyaikhtiyo.

Day 03 Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock) – En-route visit Bago-Yangon ( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel and descend the mountain to reach back to start our return journey back to Yangon. En-route visit Bago and sightseeing highlights include gigantic “Kyaikpun” Buddha Images; Shwemawdaw Pagoda - towering 375 feet and taller than Shwedagon; Shwethalyaung reclining Buddha Image – originally built in 994 AD and is a masterpiece of Myanmar stucco and symmetry.

Overnight at Yangon.

Day 04 Yangon-Nyaung U(Flt)/Bagan full day sightseeing ( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport to fly to Bagan, one of the Asia’s most popular archaeological destinations and one out of two most pre-eminent religious old cities in South East Asia. Upon arrival at Bagan, the sightseeing starts with a visit to Nyaung Oo market – a typical local market; followed by visits to most distinctive pagodas such as Shwezigon Pagoda – the holiest one believed to be enshrined with Buddha tooth and hair; Gubyaukgyi Temple (Wetkyiinn village) – the 13th century ‘cave temple’ with fine frescoes of scenes from Jakatas; Anada Temple – one of the masterpieces surviving and remaining in Bagan and considered to be in the Mon architecture style. Afternoon, we will visit a lacquer ware factory followed by a visit to local village. Before the sundown, we would take a boat ride along the Ayeyarwaddy River to view the sunset and relax.

Overnight at Bagan.

Day 05 Bagan full day sightseeing ( B / - / -

Breakfast at the hotel. The second day sightseeing at Asia’s best kept archaeological destination includes a visit to Dhamayangyi Temple – the most massive and significant monument in Bagan with finest mortar-less brickwork; Sulamani Temple – close to the Dhamayangyi temple with more sophisticated style of later Bagan temple; another Gubyaukgyi Temple at Myinkaba village – believed to be built for Rajakumar on the death of his father, King Kyansitta, and famous nowadays for its well preserved wall paintings; Manuha Temple – built by detained Mon King Manuha; Ngagayon Temple – similar to the plan of Anada Temple and the main attraction is that the twice life size Buddha Image shelters under the hood of the naga or serpent inside the temple. We will view the sunset from the top of one of the temples.

Overnight at Bagan.

Day 06 Bagan/ Kalaw (Car) – En-route visit Mt. Popa ( B / - / - )

Early breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Kalaw, about 9 ~ 10 hours drive depending on the road condition and size of vehicle. Visit Mt. Popa en-route, an extinct volcano at 65km south east of Bagan in the plain region of middle Myanmar and as the one of National parks in Myanmar with preserved forest. It serves as a small oasis in the hot, dry plain of Myanmar. The popularity of Mt. Popa today lies in the interest of religious and mystical beliefs as an abode of spirits, “Nats”. Climb the Taungkalat – believed to be the part of the main volcano blown apart and plugged at the current location.

We will stop at Meikhtila for refreshments and continue the drive to Kalaw with photo stops at your desired places along the way. Arrive Kalaw around late afternoon.

Overnight at Kalaw.

Day 07Kalaw – Pindaya - Inle ( B / - / - )

Early breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the Nee Paya (Bamboo strip lacquer Buddha image) and Kalaw market. Drive about one hour to Pindaya. Pindaya is a historic town situated about three hours drive from Inle Lake. The sightseeing highlights include: Pindaya caves – natural lime stone caves not only with numerous stalactites and stalagmites but also filled with about 8000 various sizes of Buddha images believed to be there since 11th century; and famous Botoloke Lake. Ethnic groups like Shan, PaO and Danu are living environs of Pindaya. The place nowadays is also famous for traditional Shan paper making and Shan umbrella making. After sightseeing in Pindaya drive about 3hrs to the Inle Lake.

Overnight at Inle.

Day 08 Full day Inle Lake sightseeing ( B / - / - )

Inle Lake, one of the magical lakes in Myanmar located 900 meters above sea level surrounded by beautiful mountains of Shan plateau, is the home land of the Inthar tribe. If by chance today coincides with the market day, we will visit the regional market which is held on a 5 days rotation basis in different areas of the Lake. We will visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda – famous for its richly gilded five small Buddha images; Ngaphechaung monastery (also known as jumping cat monastery) was built more than one and a half century ago and features a number of interesting old Buddha Images. Other attractions include: unique leg-rowing style and fishing method of the Inthar, floating gardens used as vegetable plantations, silk and cotton weaving cottages and black smith.

Overnight at Inle.

Day 09 Visit Indein and Heho-Mandalay (Flight)( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel. Taking the boat to the down south and into a small twist and turn creek running into the lake, we would reach the Indein village – a small village located at the south western bank of the lake and famous for its ruined clusters of pagodas dated back to 16th century. The tranquility, peaceful ambience and ruins overgrown with bushes would bring you to centuries back. One can also have the chance to chat with villagers during the sightseeing time. In the evening, transfer to airport for Heho-Mandalay flight. Upon arrival at Mandalay, transfer to hotel.

Overnight Mandalay.

Day 10 Mandalay-Amarapura ( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing at Mandalay, the last capital of Myanmar kingdom, includes Mahamuni Buddha Image – believed to be cast in bronze in front of Buddha himself and nowadays gilded with thick gold leaf; gold leaf hammering, tapestry making, marble and wood carving and bronze casting.

After lunch drive to Amarapura, former Royal capital of Myanmar but the suburb of Mandalay nowadays. Highlights include silk weaving factory, Mahargandaryone monastery, a typical monastic school; U Bein bridge, the world’s longest teak wood bridge across the Taungthaman lake, an ideal place to enjoy the sunset. Return to Mandalay.

Overnight at Mandalay.

Day 11 Mingun-Mandalay ( B / - /- )

Breakfast at the hotel. From the Mandalay Gawwein jetty, we will take a short boat ride up river to reach Mingun, located at the other side of the Ayeyarwaddy River and north of Mandalay. The boat ride is always pleasant as one can learn the ways of local life along the river. Sightseeing highlights includes Pathodawgyi, believed to be one of the largest brick base in the world and it would be one of the wonders of the world in case if it was completed; Mingun bell, said to be world’s biggest un-cracked ringing bell and Myatheindan pagoda, represents for Buddhist cosmology. Return to Mandalay.

Afternoon sightseeing includes Mandalay Royal Palace – a well planned palace located at the heart of today’s Mandalay city; Atumashi monastery, originally believed to be the best teak wood monastery in architecture and art works until it was burnt down and nowadays a new building of similar prototype exists there; Shwenandaw monastery, still existing masterpiece of last Myanmar kingdom’s architecture in teak and wood carving; Kuthodaw Pagoda, renowned as the world’s largest book; and Mandalay Hill, regarded a natural watch tower in the plain region of Mandalay, to view the sunset.

Overnight at Mandalay.

Day 12 Departure Mandalay ( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for the flight back to BKK.

sagaing01 Inle Lake
sagaing02 Mingun Bell
mdy06Thanboddhay, Monywa

Price Condition:

Price Includes –

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast based on twin sharing basis
  • Ground transfers with air conditioned vehicles
  • Sightseeing tours with entry fee as per itinerary
  • Domestic flight tickets as per itinerary
  • Domestic boat fare (if applicable in itinerary)
  • Service of an English speaking guide throughout the trip

Price excludes –

  • International air fare
  • Airport taxes
  • Insurance
  • Myanmar Visa fee
  • Visa processing service
  • Seasonal Supplements
  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratitude
  • Any other not mentioned in the “Price Includes” section

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