9 days tour Myanmar: This trip is perfect for discovering Myanmar – the Golden Land – providing a well-paced tour of Myanmar’s main highlights. The itinerary starts in the former capital of Yangon (Rangoon) with its crumbling colonial architecture and the shimmering ShweDagon Pagoda. Then you’ll head upcountry to the fascinating landscape of the High […]
9 days tour Myanmar: This trip is perfect for discovering Myanmar – the Golden Land – providing a well-paced tour of Myanmar’s main highlights. The itinerary starts in the former capital of Yangon (Rangoon) with its crumbling colonial architecture and the shimmering ShweDagon Pagoda. Then you’ll head upcountry to the fascinating landscape of the High lands, the Pindaya cave with over 8000 Buddha images and Kalaw – a former British Hill Station. Experience the local bumping train to ShweNyaung and the wonderful Inle Lake with its floating villages and tribal markets before arriving in Mandalay with its vestiges of ancient cities. Then you are about to see the magnificent temples of Bagan with over 2000 Pagodas & Temples.
Yangon is a charming city with a blend of the oriental East and British colonial times. Take a walk on the narrow, bustling streets with dilapidated colonial buildings, small businesses and shops and a fascinating mix of Burmese, Chinese, Indians, Bengals and Arabs and widen your perspective on the crosscut boulevards fringed by stately public buildings dating from the Victorian era. Even though Yangon traffic is a mess due to those 500.000 motor cars crowding the streets you won’t need a car to explore the city center so you can enjoy your stroll undisturbed. Upon arrival at the Yangon International airport you will be welcomed by our guide and your journey begins with a tour through Yangon’s colonial-style city center. You’ll get your first glimpse of the people’s way of life, visit the 2.000-year old Sule Pagoda, the City Hall and relax for a while in
After breakfast we’ll visit the Chaukhtetgyi 72-meterlong reclining Buddha image and after a photo stop at the Karawik hall, a’hamsa-bird-shaped’ floating bargeon Kandawgyi(Royal)Lake,you will be transferred to the Yangon domestic airport for the flight to Heho. A pleasant surprise awaits you here because the elevation of the Shan plateau is roughly1000 meter above sea level and thus the weather is a bit cooler.
So you’ll have enough energy for the 2-hour drive to Pindaya that will take you through the scenic countryside of the Shan Hills. Pindayais a small beautiful town in theSouthern Shan State and is home to the Danu, Taungyo, Palaung and Shan people. The city is rich in banyan trees and beautiful lakes but the most valuable treasure is its friendly people.
The most fascinating destination is the limestone cave of Pindaya where you will find over 8000 Buddhai mages of alls izes, made from various materials such as: alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquerand cement. This trip to the caves will offer you a better understanding of the power of the Buddhist culture. After this we’ll make a visit to a local umbrella and paper making workshop then proceed to Kalaw, a former British Hill Station, where you’ll also spend the night.
In the morning we’ll visit the colorful Kalawmarket which is the main market of the town and where you’ll see the Palaung people, Indians and other ethnic groups. From the local train station the slowly moving train will take you along a bumping rail through amazing landscapes and green fields, passing a bridge that was built in British time until you reach ShweNyaung where you’ll get off and drive to Nyaung Shwe which is the gate way to Inle lake.
On the way we’ll stop at the ShweYan Pyay Monastery which is a remarkable building made of teak wood. Then you’ll board on your long-tail boat trip on the lake. You’ll be surprised both by the scenery and by the unusual one-legged rowing style. Blue sky mountains, floating gardens and villages, the Nga Phe Chaung monastery – everything’s there for your delight.
Start your morning at the 5-day market and watch the Hill Tribes who come there to sell their products and buy what they need. Then we’ll sail through narrow channels to the Indain villagef rom wherey ou’ll cross the lake along the canal to ShweInn Dain while experiencing some montagne russe sensations on the way.
Here are a large number of pagodas (some of them dating back to the 17-18 century) built in the unique very slim Shan Style. ShweInn Dain is a historical treasure with more than onet housand pagodas on the small hill lock, including Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda-the most venerable pagoda on the lake.You are now ready to enjoy lunch at a restaurant on the lake. You won’t leave this magic landscape without learning the secrets of lotus fabric and silk weaving as well as cheroot cigar making.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Nyaung Shwe boat station and then to the Heho airport for the flight to Mandalay. Mandalay is Myanmar‟s second largest city and its cultural and religious center. The city was Burms’s capital for a short period until the British occupied the country and forced King Thibaw and Queen Supayalatt into exile in India. For more than a thousand years, Buddha’s disciples considered Mandalay as a holy place and everyone was contented when King Mindon moved the capital there from nearby Amarapura in 1859.
Your journey here will start with a tour of the most revered religious monument in Myanmar, Mahamuni Buddha image, then you’ll get an insight into the fascinating gold leaves making industry and visit the Golden Palace Monastery, a superb example of traditional wood work. At the foot of the hill you will discover the “Buddhists Bible” or as many know it the world’s biggest book. Kuthodaw Pagoda has over 700 marble slabs inscribed with the words of Buddha and each slab has its own white Stupa. There’s no better way to end the day than reaching Mandalay hill (246 m) for a panoramic view of the city at sunset, including the magnificent Mandalay Fort.
After breakfast you’ll enjoy a boat trip on the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun about 11 km (1 hour) upriver from Mandalay. Here you’ll visit some superlative buildings: the unfinished Mingun Paya, constructed by King Bodaw Paya, which was meant to become the largest stupa in Myanmar, the 90-ton weighing Mingun Bell and the Hsinbyume Paya. We all know that a little walk after lunch is highly recommended so you’ll have more than just an ordinary walk across the world famous U Bein teak wood bridge about 1.2 km long built in 1782 during the era when Amarapura was the Royal capital. Back to modern times you’ll be transfered to Mandalay International Airport for your flight to Bagan where you’ll relax in your hotel room and have dinner at a nice restaurant.
Bagan hosts one of the greatest collections of Buddhist sculptures and murals and it is one of South East Asia‟s holiest cities which can be compared to Varanasi and Jerusalem. The religious importance of Bagan has made it the melting pot of Buddhist studies, attracting monks and lavishly decorations of the mural paintings and by the indescribable magical sunset. Let your imagination take you 1000 years back while admiring the panoramic view unfolding in front of you.
Bagan is located on the banks of the grand Irrawaddy River. In the past it was known as the “city of the four million pagodas” and still to this day Bagan boasts with the largest area of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world. There are over two thousand monuments surviving to this day. Whether you are an archaeologist, historian, photographer or just a recreational traveler Bagan will make a big impression on everyone. Today you’ll have the chance to explore Dhammamyangyi known as the Pyramid of Bagan, Myingabar Gupyaukgyi with its incredible painting, Manuha and Nann Phaya temples. You will also learn how traditional metropola via your flight from the Naung U airport.
Optional: pagodas of Bagan from October to March (requires pre-booking).
Imagine floating over thousand-year old pagodas and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy river, watching the sun rise slowly from the distant mountains. This wonder lasts about one hour and takes off daily from October through to end of March. There are no age restrictions about who is allowed on board. Passengers should be fit enough to climb in and out of the platform and be able to stand for about an hour. Young children, disabled persons and pregnant women may be limited to very calm weather conditions.