10 days tour Myanmar: The areas of Sittwe & Mrauk U are still undeveloped and this effects tourism as well. We are endeavoring to obtain the best available accommodation and transport facilities for the guest but tourists should understand the situation and prepare themselves for unexpected delays or schedule changes. Travelling there is not recommend […]
10 days tour Myanmar: The areas of Sittwe & Mrauk U are still undeveloped and this effects tourism as well. We are endeavoring to obtain the best available accommodation and transport facilities for the guest but tourists should understand the situation and prepare themselves for unexpected delays or schedule changes. Travelling there is not recommend during the rainy season (June & July) as it rains heavy and it may be windy.
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 the Mahabandoola Park with its famous Independence Monument. The perfect end for your first day in Myanmar is a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, Shwedagon Pagoda, which is at its best at sunset when its gold reflections create an unforgettable moment. Enjoy traditional Burmese dinner at a local restaurant.
Today you’ll embark on a journey to a less explored part of Myanmar i.e. The west of the country. So you will be transferred to the Yangon domestic airport for your flight to Sittwe, the capital of the Rakhine State which is the gateway to ancient Mrauk U. Once there you’ll enjoy an impressive boat trip (72 km) for about 5-6 hours on the Kaladan river to the last royal capital of the Rakhine Kingdom, Mrauk-U. Traditional lunch will be replaced with an exotic picnic on the boat surrounded by river life and an amazing sunset.
After breakfast you’ll take a morning walk to see some famous pagodas: Sek Kya Manaung, Pesi (with its 5 stone Buddha images), Koethaung dating from the 16th Century and known as the 90000 Buddha images temple, Min Khaung Shwegu and Paraoak pagoda. Built in 1535 and decorated with sandstone the Shithaung temple looks like a fortress with interior tunnels creating a maze-like structure. You can also visit Andaw Thein and Htukan Thein Temple, Lay Myat Nyar, Longbempyak and Pitakataik. Not only monuments are famous in Myanmar but also its people so you have the chance to visit a local tribe whose members wear enormous earrings.
A long and exciting journey awaits you today: from Poe Phyu Kyun Village you’ll go to the jetty and then take a boat that will take you along Lay Myo river to Krit Chaung Chin Village. Here you’ll be impressed by the beautiful Chin women with tattooed faces and by their way of living. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the river side and admire the river view
After spending your night in Mrauk-U in the morning you’ll return to Sittwe. Here you can make a short visit to the fish market where you can find all sorts of fish brought from the Bay of Bengal. However, your stay will not be long as you’ll have to catch the flight back to Yangon.
You’ll arrive by an early flight to Bagan, so you can spend the morning visiting the Nyaung Oo market to see how rural people live. Then you’ll discover one of the most impressive religious monuments in Myanmar i.e. Shwezigon pagoda which is the prototype of later Myanmar stupas since the 11th Century and admire Wetgyi Inn Gubyaukgyi with its fine mural painting and Sulamuni temple with its beautiful plaster carving. After refreshing at your hotel you’ll visit Nanphaya temple famous for its sand stones, Manuha temple and Myingaba Gubyaukgyi temple where you’ll admire its mural painting preserved from the 12th Century and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Mandalay. From the Mandalay airport you’ll make a short stop at Mahagandayon – a famous Buddhist monastery situated in the former royal capital Amarapura. Since its early days the city has been renowned for its silk and cotton weaving techniques so it’s mandatory to visit a traditional handwoven silk workshop before proceeding to Bagaya Monastery – a compound with a superb collection of Buddha statues. After a short stop at a major arts and crafts center and at Kalaga tapestry craftsman’s shop and marble stone carving you will admire the most revered religious monument in Myanmar, the Mahamuni Buddha Image. After so many new impressions you’ll find it useful to refresh yourself in your hotel room and then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Golden Palace Monastery – a superb example of traditional wood work and Kuthodaw pagoda known as the world’s largest book. There’s no better way to end the day than reaching Mandalay hill for a panoramic view of the city at sunset. This day of the 10 days tour Myanmar comes to and end.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Mandalay airport for your flight to Heho to continue the 10 days tour Myanmar. A pleasant surprise awaits you here because the elevation of the Shan plateau is roughly 1000 meters above sea level and thus the weather is a bit cooler. So you’ll have enough energy for the drive to the Inle Lake which takes about 1 hour and takes you through the lush green Shan Hill and fascinating landscapes along the road. You will enjoy a stop at the family that owns the famous paper umbrella workshop and learn the secrets of this craftsmanship. On the way we’ll stop at the Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, which is a remarkable building made of teak of food. 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, Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda – the most venerable pagoda on the lake – everything’s there for your wonder.
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 you’ll cross the lake along the canal to Shwe Inn Dain while experiencing some montagne russe sensations on the way. Shwe Inn Dain is a historical treasure with more than one thousand pagodas on the small hill lock. You are now ready to enjoy lunch at a restaurant on the lake. You won’t leave this magical landscape without learning the secrets of lotus fabric and silk weaving.
The 10 days tour Myanmar comes to an end today. You won’t be so willing to collect all your luggage early in the morning, but you’ll have to get ready for the transfer to Nyaung Shwe jetty by boat and then for the drive to the Heho airport to catch the Yangon flight. Back in Yangon you’ll have to think of souvenirs and what better place to buy them than at Bogyoke Market. This market will make your head spin with all the offers and temptations. In the afternoon you will feel once again the colonial atmosphere of the Strand Hotel, built in 1896 (known as Raffels Hotel in Singapore and Oriental in Bangkok) while sipping a tea, having a coffee or drinking a Dagon draught beer.
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.