ITT 105 Myanmar Exploration

 

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As the major commercial city and former capital, the landmarks like massive Shwedagon pagoda, the beautiful lakes and parks will be visited on the first day. On second day early morning flight to Bagan, the ancient archaeological site to be explored the ancient pagodas, stupas and ruined monuments. Then, we will take all day long river cruise by RV Shwe Keinnery along Ayeyarwaddy up to Mandalay. Relax onboard and enjoy villages along the river, and daily life. Arrival Mandalay, will take a visit to Amarapura and Inwa, the last capital of the Kongbaung Dynasty that ended when the king Thibaw was exiled to India in 1885 by the British. Also we will visit Sagaing. Numerous white washed pagodas on every top of Sagaing hills, enormous Kaungmudaw pagoda are worth seeing. After tour among cultural sights, flight will lead to Shan State. Then, you explore the picturesque Inle Lake, stilt houses, floating vegetation, fishing technique and many more.

DAY 1

Arrival Yangon/Yangon city tour

DAY 2

Yangon/Bagan (AM Flight ETD 06:30) / full day city tour Bagan

DAY 3

Full day Bagan City Tour

DAY 4

Bagan/Mandalay by RV Shwe Keinnery (Dep 05:00/ETA late evening)

DAY 5

Mandalay and Amarapura sightseeing

DAY 6

Visit Inwa(Ava) and Sagaing vicinity.

DAY 7

Mandalay/Heho by flight ETD 08:30/ Full day sightseeing at Inle Lake

DAY 8

Inle sightseeing/Heho/Yangon PM flight

DAY 9

Departure Yangon

 


Program Code : ITT105
Program Type : Classical
Destinations : Yangon, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Inle Lakegan
Duration : 9 Days

ITT - 105 - MYANMAR EXPLORATION (9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS)

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 Yangon - Bagan (flight) - Bagan full day sightseeing ( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel. Fly to Bagan. Arrive Bagan and check in at the hotel. 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. 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 03 Bagan 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 04 Bagan / Mandalay (Boat – RV Shwekeinnery) ( B / - / - )

Early breakfast at the hotel or pack your breakfast. Early transfer to the jetty to embark the RV Shwekeinnery (ETD 05:00) – the well maintained and renovated river vessel running vice versa between Mandalay and Bagan daily – would bring a relax trip on you on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy river to reach Mandalay. Depending on nautical condition, the trip takes 10 – 12 hours. Arrive Mandalay in the late evening and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Mandalay.

Remark: If in case the RV Shwekeinnery is not operating, we have to choose other alternative means of transport. All the extra cost has to be paid by the clients.

Day 05 Mandalay and Amarapura sightseeing ( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel. First to view the city from Mandalay Hill – regarded a natural watch tower, Mandalay Palace – a well planned palace located at the heart of today’s Mandalay city. Afternoon lead to Mahamuni Buddha Image – believed to be cast in bronze in front of Buddha himself and nowadays gilded with thick gold leaf; gold leaf hammering, U Bein bridge – the world’s longest teak wood bridge across the Taungthaman lake – an ideal place to view the sunset also; and silk weaving factory.

Overnight at Mandalay.

Day 06 Inwa and Sagaing vicinity ( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Inwa, formerly known as AVA, a former Royal capital of Myanmar located at the confluence of the Ayeyarwaddy River and Myitnge River. After crossing the Myitnge River by small boat, taking a horse cart along the bumpy road to visit the ruins of the old royal capital includes the watch tower, the 27 meter tall leaning tower of old royal palace; Mahaaungmyebonzan monastery, the impressive brick and stucco monastery; Bargaya monastery, a splendid teak wood monastery with wood curving.

Visit Sagaing, a former capital of Shan Kingdom and Myanmar Kingdom. Sagaing nowadays is renowned as the religious center of Myanmar because of over 400 monasteries spreading throughout the hillocks. After crossing the Inwa bridge (also called Sagaing Bridge), one can visit the Sagaing hill by trucks. The highlights include Soonooponyashin Pagoda, Uminthonese Pagoda, a thirty man made caves pagoda. Other highlights include silver smith and Kaunghmudaw pagoda – the gigantic stupa represent paddy heap. Drive back to Mandalay.

Overnight at Mandalay.

Day 07 Mandalay / Heho (flight) - Inle full day sightseeing ( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel. Airport transfer for the flight to Heho. Arrive Heho, drive to Inle Lake for checking-in hotel. 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 Lake.

Day 08 Visit Indein / Heho - Yangon (Flight) ( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel. We explore the southern part of the Lake by boat sailing through small twisting and turning creeks to reach Indein village. This small village located on the southwestern bank of the lake is famous for its ruined clusters of pagodas dated back to 16th century. The tranquil peaceful ambience and the ruins overgrown with bushes will bring you centuries back.

Afternoon, airport transfer for the flight to Yangon. Arrival transfer and check-in hotel.

Overnight at Yangon.

Day 09 Depart Yangon ( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for the international flight to another destination. Depart Yangon.

sagaing01 Uminthonese Pagoda, Sagaing
sagaing02 Kaunghmudaw pagoda, Sagaing
mdy06 U Bein bridge, Amarapura

 

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 with domestic airport tax 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 tax
  • Insurance
  • Myanmar Visa fee
  • Seasonal Supplements
  • Visa processing service
  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratitude
  • Any other not mentioned in the “Price Includes” section

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