Discover Myanmar on this journey exploring rural villages, old hill stations, ancient temples, and serene Inle Lake. Visit the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and take some time to wander the many stalls of the Bogyoke Aung San Market. Travel to Mt. Popa and explore the monasteries, pagodas and shrines, and then take in the remarkable temples of Bagan, including a sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River. Travel to fabled Mandalay, visit the monastery in Amarapura, and see the picturesque U Bein Bridge before heading through Pindaya to Kalaw. Stay in this former British hill station, feed elephants at an Elephant Sanctuary and then head to Inle Lake. Take boat rides, visit rural villages, marvel at artisan workshops, and relax at your Inle resort before flying back to Yangon to conclude your tour.
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Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be met by your local guide holding a name-board in the arrivals area. After a brief introduction, you will be transferred to your hotel for assistance with check-in.
Enjoy a guided excursion to visit the Sule Pagoda, a 48 metre high golden dome used by the British as the nucleus of their grid development plan for the city when it was rebuilt in the 1880s, and then take local ferries and trishaws to the authentic towns of Dala and Twante, across the river for a look at life in small Burmese villages. Take a trishaw or a short walk to explore and then return by ferry back to the city and have the balance of the day free for rest or independent discovery.
Today, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bagan. On arrival at Bagan’s Nyaung Oo Airport, meet your guide depart for a tour of Bagan including the colourful Nyaung Oo Local Market, the Shwezigon Pagoda, and the cave temple of Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi. Afterwards, drive with your guide to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano, which is known as the abode of Nats (Spirits). The steps and path climb steeply up Mount Popa - an energetic climb rewarded by fabulous views from the top. To reach the top, you need to climb the 777 steps to the summit. Afterwards, check-in and have the evening at your leisure. Stay one night at Mount Popa.
Admire the morning views of Mt. Popa and then depart back to Bagan en route stopping to see local villages. On arrival in Bagan, check-in to your hotel and then begin your guided tour to see some of the key temples and sites in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The day is capped off with a sunset view from one of Bagan’s notable temples.
Depart your hotel after breakfast and visit Myinkaba village to observe the process of traditional lacquer-ware, one of the best-known Myanmar handicrafts and a specialty of Bagan, and then visit Myinkaba Gubyaukkyi, an early period Pyu-style temple of Hindu influence. Next, stop at the Manuha and Nanpaya temples, and in the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to the countryside village of Minnanthu. A visit to some of the most interesting temples such as Payathonzu, Lemyethnar, Sinbyushin, Nandaminnya and Minnanthu monastery are included during your full day tour. This evening, enjoy a horse cart ride to explore the nearby villages and interact with the locals.
This morning, you’ll fly to Mandalay where you’ll meet up with your local guide. Highlights for today’s excursion include Sagaing, said to be the spiritual center of Myanmar, and then Amarapura, U Bein Bridge, Shwenandaw Kyaung Monastery, and more. Later, enjoy a panoramic view of Mandalay from Mandalay Hill.
Head to the jetty this morning and travel by boat up the Ayeyarwady River to Mingun. Today’s tour highlights include Pahto-taw-gyi, the unfinished Mingun Pagoda, Mingun Bell, considered the largest ringing bell in the world, the unusual architecture of Myantheintan Pagoda and the delightful views of the Ayeyarwady River and its environs. In the afternoon, visit the Shwe Inn Bin monastery and the Mahamuni Paya, and take in the bustle of Mandalay’s markets. Listen to monks chanting evening prayers and then head to a local restaurant for a delicious BBQ dinner. Professional artists reviving the dying art of Burmese puppetry will entertain us with incredibly life-like wooden puppets.
In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho in Shan State. On arrival, meet and continue by car enjoying a scenic drive to the small quiet town of Pindaya, 48 km north of Kalaw, to visit Pindaya Lake, and the Pindaya Cave, well-known for its thousands of Buddha images. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the countryside along the road to Pindaya through picturesque landscapes. Afterwards, drive to Kalaw, a hill town, once popular during the British colonial rule, where you will check-in to your hotel.
Meet your guide and drive to the Green Hill Valley elephant camp. On arrival at the camp, you will be welcomed by the camp team and given an introduction to the project. Take a walk to the river and help the elephants bathe, and take some time to feed them before further exploration of the forested area. You will have the opportunity to see butterflies, birds and orchids around the conservation area. Lunch will be served at the main camp. Guests are also welcome to help with planting regional trees from the camp’s nursery to participate in forest recovery efforts. Return to the main camp and then drive to Inle Lake where you will check-in to your hotel.
Take a full day tour of Inle Lake by private boat to see villages, the unique leg-rowers fishermen and the floating gardens, built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud, and then anchored with bamboo poles. Thousands of mysterious temples and stupas await at the end of a boat ride along a narrow creek cloaked in foliage. The Indein complex is a collection of over 1,000 densely packed Shan-style stupas in varying states of decay. Part of its charm is that it has escaped restoration and the air of neglect just adds to the ethereal atmosphere. Today's highlights include a boat ride to Indein to visit the Ywar Ma village (Padaung Long Neck Women), the largest village on Inle Lake, and visit gold and silversmith workshops, silk weaving cottage industries, and observe the sculpture and umbrella industries. Also today, stop to see the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, and then return to the hotel for some time at your leisure.
This morning, transfer to the Nyaung Shwe jetty by private boat and enjoy a scenic drive to Heho Airport for your flight to Yangon. On arrival, meet and visit the Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market), and the reclining Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda. The evening is free for rest or independent activities.
Meet at the hotel at the appointed time and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Explore the temple-scape of Bagan.
Marvel at Myanmar's many stupa's, temples and ancient traditions.
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