Temple, Wildlife and Beach

12 Days: Yangon / Mandalay / Bagan / Kalaw / Inle Lake / Heho / Nagapali Beach / Yangon

On this inspiring Burma tour, cruise down the Irrawaddy River from royal Mandalay to ancient temple city of Bagan, experience the river life, visit villages floating on the Inle lake, explore ancient pagodas and temples along with colonial architecture in Yangon.

Day 1- 2 Yangon

Your Burma holiday starts with a warm greeting at Yangon's airport. The next day starts with visiting St Mary Cathedral to see the colourful titled décor inside of the church, followed by a colonial walking tour to see many grand colonial buildings including the British Embassy, the General Post Office, the Supreme Court, the Strand Hotel, ends at the City Hall and Sule Pagoda, the landmarks of Yangon. Enjoy a city view from Sakura Tower while have a drink at Sky Bistra. In the afternoon, board on the “circular railway’ at the central train station. This local commuter train slowly weaves its way through the city’s various neighbourhoods, revealing the lively and colourful life of the inhabitants. Drive pass Aung San Suu Kyi’s residence, stop at Chaukhtatgyi Paya to see the largest reclining Buddha in Burma. Watch the sunset at the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, enjoy amazing atmosphere when the gold stupa glows under floodlights. Watch a cultural show buffet dinner at riverside Karaweik Royal Palace. (B/D)

Day 3 Yangon / Mandalay

After a short flight to Mandalay, drive to Amarapura, visit Mahagandayon Monastery to see thousands monks lining up for their lunch, stroll around the ground to understand monks life and Buddhism. Stop at a village to see traditional silk weaving. Mandalay is Myanmar's major arts and crafts cente. In the afternoon, Visit Gold-Pounders’ district to see the traditional way of Gold leaf making, visit wood carving and tapestry workshop, see the sunset at iconic teak wooden bridge – U Bein’s Bridge, watch hundreds of villagers and monks commute back and forth across it. (B)

Day 4 Mandalay

Morning take a boat cross Ayeyarady River to Mingun, visit Mingun Paya, which would have been the world’s biggest stupa had it been finished, continue to Mingun Bell, world’s largest uncracked bell, followed by a stop at Hsinbyume Paya, surrounded by seven wavy whitewashed terraces, a great site for a photograph. After returning to Mandalay, visit Mandalay Palace, the fortress walls enclosed a gigantic royal city. Admire lavished fine wood carvings at Shwenandaw Kyaung (also called as Golden Palace Monastery), visit world heritage listed site – Kuthodaw Pagoda to see the world’s largest marble book. Watch the beautiful sunset from Mandalay Hill with the view of dotted golden pagodas and Irrawaddy River. (B)

Day 5 Mandalay / Baga River Cruise

Early morning take a scenic boat Malikha 3, cruise along the Irrawaddy River, you will admire the natural beauty of the river and the life of its banks while relaxing on the sundeck. Arrive Bagan, one of the great sights of Asia. Thousands of pagodas rise up from the green delta plain, a great deserted royal city. (B)

Day 6 Bagan

Morning visit the local market to observe locals daily life, and then drive to Bagan Archaeological Zone to admire the incredible mural paintings of 12th century at Gubyaukgyi Temple, followed by Manuha Temple to see a huge reclining Buddha, visit Nan Paya for its interior sandstone works and Bagan’s finest detailed sculptures. visit a Lacquerware factory to learn how to make lacquer handcrafts. Experience the local transport , a horse cart to visit the finest and largest Ananda Pagoda – an outstanding example of Bagan temple architecture, visit Shwezigon Pagoda for its beautiful prototype golden stupa, late afternoon, go to the Bagan Nan Myint viewing tower to enjoy an amazing 360 degree view of Bagan and watch the beautiful sunset over thousands pagodas dotted plain. (B)

Day 7 Kalaw Hill Station & Elephant Camp

After a short flight to Heho, transfer to Kalaw. Enjoy a hike through the Hills to an elephant camp, where you have an opportunity to wash and feed these amazing animals before venturing through the forest. learn re-plantation project before returning to the hotel in Kalaw.(B)

Day 8 Inle Lake

Transfer to Nyaung-shwe town, enjoy a trishaw ride to the jetty, board on a long tailed wooden boat for a ride cross the Inle Lake to your hotel. Immerse yourself into the tranquil and beautiful atmospheres on the lake. See the fisherman rowing in the one-legged style characteristic of Inle Lake boatmen. Afternoon visit a village to see traditional handicrafts - lotus silk weaving on wooden handlooms and blacksmith shop. (B)

Day 9 Inle Lake

Explore Inle lake region by a boat, visit one of the local markets (on market days by days). Explore the western part of the lake by sailing through small twisting and turning creeks to the hidden and unknown Inn Dein Pagoda complex. the Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, one of he most sacred shrines dating back to the 18th century, visit the floating gardens. The tranquil peaceful ambience and the ruins overgrown with bushes will bring you centuries back. (B)

Day 10 - 11 Nagapali Beach

With its pristine white sands, the clear blue water and beautiful accommodation, Nagpali Beach is one of the best beaches in Asia. After a flight to Thandwe, transfer to your hotel at the beach for 2 nights. (B)

Day 12 Depart Yangon

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Yangon, connect to the international flight back home. (B)
Departures daily

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Trip Grading: Easy

Suitable for travelers with an average level of fitness and good mobility.

Pricing

Inclusions

private english speaking guides in each city
listed meals (B-Breakfast, L-lunch, D-Dinner)
8 nights selected hotels
2 internal flights
all private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle
sightseeing
associated entry fees

Exclusions

International flights
Travel insurance
Tips and Personal Expenses
Meals not listed
Burma visa (can be arranged)
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