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Day 1, Yangon Arrival Day and Yangon Site-seeing
Upon arrival at airport, after luggage collection, you will be welcome by local tour guide. Depending on the arrival time, these visits can be included; Downtown Area with the Old City Hall and take a stroll along Colonial Buildings ending at the old Strand Hotel, the adjacent Australian Embassy, Her Majesty British Embassy, and Red-bricked General Post Office, Mawtin Jetty to enjoy the riverside activities, Kandawgyi Park to relax, Chaukhtetgyi Reclining Buddha image which is the biggest one in Yangon, and evening visit to the most significant pagoda, Shwedagon, which the global scholars describe as One of Wonders In The World. Shwedagon plays very important role in the Old Burmese History not only standing as the holiest structure for the Buddhist all over the world. Enjoy the sunset from nearly 26-century years old Most Glorious Buddhist Shrine.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2, Yangon-Bagan(by morning flight + boat for sunset in Bagan)
In the early morning, transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan(Picnic breakfast can be arranged from your hotel!). Hundreds of Ancient Stupas, Temples, Monestaries, Libraries and Buddhist Universities welcome you to the then Heart of Buddhism. On arrival, drive to a temple to have a glimpse of Birdâ€™s eye view tasting a bit of its marvel. Then you may visit Nyaung U morning market which is known as Market On The Floor with a variety of local vegetables and products such as typical snacks, food, Handicrafts, Thanakha the most adorned Burmese Make-up, and so on. Then, visit the most sacred stupa Shwe Zi Gon built in 11 Century by the most outstanding Buddhist King, Anawrahta, Gu Byauk Gyi Temple to see the mural from 12 Century, the massive red-colored Htilominlo Temple, and lastly before check-in at the hotel, visit most beautiful Ananda Temple built in late 11 Century housing giant Standing Buddhas which give the viewers illusion of Smiling-or-Serious facial expression of the Enlightened One.
In the afternoon, a visit to famous Lacquer Wares Workshop is worth enough to see its hand-made black products that come in a variety of household items from the smallest one of tea-cup to the Giant Sun Oak, the food container to be sent to the Buddhist monasteries in the yester years. Then, drive to the jetty of Mighty Ayeyawaddy river to enjoy sunset by boat.
Overnight in Bagan.
Day 3, Bagan(by horse-cart+Bicycle)
After breakfast, mount a bicycle touring around in the monument zone taking the snap-shots here and there among the ruined temples occasionally climbing some climbable pagodas to have the different panoramic views. Meet with local Sand Paintings sellers, Lacquered Items hawkers, etc and learn the local culture.
Afternoon visit by horse-cart to a small village of Taung Phi in which a dilapidated
teak-wood monastery awaits the visit of few lost tourists. The horse-cart will wind around more temples when the sun is sinking on the western horizon providing the century-old temples with its shade; the unforgettable memory of a visit to Ancient Bagan. Make some stops on the way to take your private National Geographic shots. Finally the horse will make an end at a temple for sunset. Enjoy peace and tranquility on the vast scope of temples scattered among the tropical palm trees, white-barked acacia, neems.
Overnight in Bagan.
Day 4, Bagan-Mount Popa-Bagan
After breakfast, drive (approx) one and a half hour to Mt. Popa, the extinguished million-year-old volcano. Also Popa is the abode of Myanmar Nats, the Spirits worshipped by some weak Buddhists. No wonder that the poor mind may seek the shelter under which one can feel certain of high-yield harvest, safe life. The name Popa represents the abundance of flowers and you can see seasonal flowers and fruits once you enter the small town at the foot of the extinct volcano. On the way to Mt. Popa, you may stop at a palm tree collection workshop to see the ways of living of AnyarThar people. Visit central Nat Shrine at the foothill of Mt. Popa. Going up 777 steps is optional but the view from the top makes tired-feet quite relaxing. Mount Popa houses not only Nats but also Asian monkeys along its steps uphill. Feeding the poor Gibson, Baboon costs not much money and you may gain some merits to add a step towards Nirvana. In the afternoon drive back to Bagan.
Overnight at Bagan.
Day 5, Bagan-Heho-Inle Lake
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho a small Shan town situated on the sea level of nearly 1300 meters. After luggage collection, drive to Nyaung Shwe, another Shan town bordering famous Inle Lake on the northern end. On the way, a visit to Shwe Yan Pyay monastery built mainly of teak wood in 1882 and itâ€™s pagoda with colorful mosaics decorated on the interior walls around the central pagoda constructed 2 years before its adjacent monastery.
Sightseeings on the Lake may include; Phaung Daw Oo pagoda which is the most sacred religious stupa housing 5 buddha images, Silk Weaving village (lotus fabrics weaving technique can also be seen unique only in here!), Blacksmith, Cheroot or Myanmar Cigar factory, the nature of Inthars, Lake Residents with their Floating Gardens and finally visit the Jumping Cat monastery which is the oldest one with antique Shan-style Buddhas and Buddhasâ€™ alters. Enjoy the cat show at the monastery.
Overnight in Inle Lake.
Day 6, Inle Lake- Morning Market- Indein-Yangon
After breakfast, visit a morning 5-day traditional market at a village on the lake or on the shore of the lake. Here at Inle Lake, the markets come on 5-day basis. Besides the Inthars, some tribal ladies such as Pa-O, Pa Laung can also be seen at the market selling their farm produce and afterwards they go back to their villages on the mountain with the purchase of what they need for the household, a photo opportunity! Then, drive by boat to Indein Ruined Pagoda Complex along a small river that sustains Inle Lake by flowing into it. Passing the Large green Myanmar Bamboo forests on the way, you will reach the Ruined Indein pagodas that stand on the hill slope providing a panoramic view to the lake. A small trekking can also be arranged from the pagodas. Then transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe, from there by car to Heho for the flight back to Yangon.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 7, Yangon (Departure Day)
After breakfast, depending on the departure flight time, visits in Yangon can be included; Scott Market which sells many Myanmar Traditional Handicrafts, namely, Pan Sai Myo, 10 kinds of flowers; Blacksmith, Goldsmith, Coppersmith, Stone Carvings, Wood Carvings, Lacquer Wares, and so on (Scott Market is off every Monday!). Visit the Colonial British Built Train Station and can enjoy the train ride on one of City Circling train(one-hour clockwise ride from the station to Insein Station is recommendable!)
Then transfer by car to Yangon International Airport for the flight back.
End of program Organized by Ayuda Myanmar Travel & Tour Agency! Have a nice trip!!
|Services Included||Services not Included|
|-Bed and breakfast in twin or double sharing room||-Myanmar visa|
|-Domestic flight by Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, or Asian Wing||-Early check-in and late check-out fees at the hotels|
|-Air-con cars for site visits and transfers in Yangon, Bagan and Popa(Car Usage Period from Morning Pick-up till 6:00 pm)||-Drinks & other meals|
|-Boat for Bagan Sunset and Site Visits in Inle Lake||-Other personal expenses|
|-Entrance fees for the mentioned places above..||-Entrance fee for extra site visits|
|-Porter fees||-Travel insurance|
|- Horse-cart fee, bicycle fee, sunset boat at Bagan||-International Flight Tickets from and to Yangon International Airport|
|-Meals mentioned in the program||-International airports tax of 10 USD per person|
|-English speaking guide||-Tipping/gratuities|
|-Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus|
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