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17 Days Myanmar
(Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo - Bago - Yangon - Heho - Kalaw - Pindaya - Inle Lake - Heho - Khengtung - Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay - Sagaing - Monywa - Bagan - Mt. Popa - Sale - Bagan - Yangon)
DAY 1: YANGON
The beginning of an exiting 17 days tour in the land of golden pagodas and golden dreams starts with a tour in the amazingly green city of Yangon.
DAY 2: YANGON - KYAIKHTIYO
Make your own pilgrimage up to he mystical Golden Rock - precariously perched high on the edge of the hill will make you believe in the unbelievable!
DAY 3: KYAIKHTIYO - BAGO - YANGON
Travelling back to Yangon and crossing the Sittaung Bridge you will reach Bago. Dream of the world's highest "Shoemadoo" (Shwemadaw Pagoda), but the massive Shwetalayaung Buddha might show you the way to Nirvana.
DAY 4: YANGON - HEHO - KALAW
Yangon Air will take you to Shan State, some call it "Switzerland of Myanmar" (?)… One and a half hours drive from Heho is formers British hills station town, Kalaw. Cool, spring-like weather, pine forests, tea plantations and colourfully-clad hill tribes make this town, a natural magnet for tourists.
DAY 5: KALAW - PINDAYA - NYAUNG SHWE
A visit of the Pindaya caves, hosting more than 8,000 Buddhas will compensate you for the one and a half hours ride on a bumpy road! Late afternoon you will arrive by car to sleepy village of Nyaung Shwe. The old Shan Palace of the last Shan Prince who was Myanmar's first President will bring you back to the times of the old Burman.
DAY 6: INLE LAKE
Don't forget your sun lotion! A whole day excursion in a long-tailed sampa on the Inle Lake, rimmed by blue mountains, will show you that life here still follows ancient, traditional patterns. Floating gardens, one leg rowers, villages on stilts, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, wonderful monasteries, and the reflection of the cotton wool clouds - that's magic!
DAY 7: INLE LAKE - HEHO - KHENGTUNG
Today you fly to the area of the Golden Triangle and stay at the charming little town of Khengtung.
DAYS 8 & 9: KHENGTUNG
Ask for our exciting hiking programme! Our local guide will introduce you to the different ethnical minorities - it's out of this world!
DAY 10: KHENGTUNG - MANDALAY
Early morning visit the lively market offering a mixture of local products, handicraft wares of the tribal folk and merchandise from Thailand and China. If time permitted, you can also visit to one Akhu village. Afternoon flight will take you to Mandalay the city of Myanmar Kings.
DAY 11: MANDALAY - MINGUN - MANDALAY
"Men may come and men may go, but I flow on forever"... the Ayeyarwaddy is humming. Don't ask why the king didn't finish the biggest temple in the world, the Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, just be happy to see the world's largest ringing bell! In the afternoon don't miss the revered Mahamuni Buddha image and the 729 stone slabs of the Kuthodaw Pagoda with the entire Buddhist scriptures. The climb upwards the 1,729 steps to Mandalay Hill will reward you with a firm and sound sleep.
DAY 12: MANDALAY - SAGAING - MONYWA
Today you will learn a lot about the daily life of monks and nuns. Neither need to get up as early as them nor to stay for years in one of the 400 monasteries in the Sagaing Hills, the heart of the Buddhist religion. Continue travelling to the center of Chindwin Valley, which is worth a visit. Attributes start here with more, most, bigger, largest...500,000 Buddha images, 806 stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures, 1,000 Banyan trees and the largest Reclining Buddha...
DAY 13: MONYWA - PAKOKKU - BAGAN
Have a lovely day driving along the country roads. En route stop at villages and everywhere people delighted to have their pictures taken! A visit to Pakangyi - said to be the place of skillful quibblers in Myanmar - to see the huge monasteries, supported by the hundreds of teak pillars, is in order. Here in Pakokku you will see an ornamental backdrop of a throne of a Buddha image - the most amazing, marvelous, wonderful, excellent, perfect and splendid wood carving you have ever seen.
DAY 14: BAGAN
Enjoy the whole day at the most extensive archaeological site in Asia. Among the 2,000 temples you will see Ananda, Shwezigon, Thatbinnyu, and, and, and... Some you can walk to, others are best visited by bicycle or pony cart. Walking, bicycle or pony cart riding - finally now you will know that you must go barefooted in all pagodas.
DAY 15: BAGAN - MT. POPA - BAGAN
En route to Mt. Popa you will visit some villages and watch the collection of juice from palm trees and its conversion into palm sugar. Rising out of the shimmering heat, the solitary volcanic crag of Mt. Popa is home to Myanmar's most powerful "nats".
DAY 16: BAGAN - YANGON
Today Yangon Air will bring you back to the modern city of Yangon, leaving the tranquillity behind you. Busy street scenes dominate the city. Botataung and Sule pagodas in the center of the city, the sprawling Bogyoke Market, Chinatown,... - but at sunset you will find your rest at the Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of your wonderful journey.
DAY 17: YANGON - Departure day
A visit to the outstanding National Museum with its ornate treasures will give you the impression that you haven’t seen enough. Well - always welcome again.
Just contact us and don't forget to ask for our detailed itinerary!
Tour Duration: 17 Days / 16 Nights
Tour Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Tour Price: Available upon Request
Please kindly contact us to get the best price as
due to the not daily flights to Khengtung, the fluctuation of the exchange
rate, as well as hotels especially in Shan State area which might be already
fully booked on your requested date, the rates vary. We have another very
interesting option instead of Khengtung! Best is to get your travel period
and your specific travel requirements.
Also, during Christmas and New Year time
some hotels charge compulsory Christmas and New Year Eve Dinners. Some hotels only
announce these shortly before the Christmas holidays. Please
contact us for further
Bed & breakfast in double sharing room,domestic flights by Air Bagan, Air
Mandalay, Asian Wings, Yangon Air or Air Kanbawza, boat to Mingun and on Inle Lake,
air-con car/van/ bus throughout the tour, English / German / Spanish /
Italian / French or Russian speaking guide throughout the tour, entrance
fees as indicated in our itinerary, porter fees at the airport and
International flight to/from Yangon, visa fees,
early check-in and
late check-out, porter fees at the hotels, tips, beverages, bank
handling fees, Balloon over Bagan ride, etc.
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