Excited vacation in Myanmar 16 days | 15 nights

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Start : Yangon
Finish : Yangon
Destinations: Yangon – Heho – Kalaw - Inle – Mandalay - Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing - Monywa – Pakokku - Bagan – Popa - Thandwe – Ngapali - Yangon


Day 01: Yangon Arrival

  • Welcome on your arrival at Yangon International Airport, your local guide will take you to your hotel.
  • Overnight in Yangon.

Day 02: Yangon city (B)

  • After your breakfast at the hotel you will be picked up to start your trip in Yangon with the Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda (a huge reclining Buddha).
  • Then you will enjoy the bustling life of Yangon and its people at Bogyoke Aung San Market (also known as Scott’s Market).
  • In the late afternoon, you have the chance to admire the Shwedagon Pagoda with its nearly 100 meters, described by Somerset Maugham: "The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city." Take a walk through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, Temples, and Buddha imageslike so many visitors from all over the globe. Shwedagon has truly become the symbol of Myanmar. In the late afternoon you can enjoy the sunset over the Pagoda.
  • Meals at your own.
  • Overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Day 03: Yangon – Fly to Heho – Kalaw (B, L, D)

  • In the morning, after your breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to airport for a flight to Heho.
  • On your arrival, transfer to Kalaw. After a short break, an open pick-up truckbrings you to the meeting point, where you start a light 3 days 2 nights trek to the Inle Lake.Set offat about 1:30 to Lu Pin, a village inhabited by the Danu tribe.All the cool and mountain air, pine forests, amazing landscapes and ethnic minorities make the Shan state anideal trekking route. Take the chance to learn about the traditions of different ethnic. During your trekking trip you will contemplate diverse scenery, each with its own beauty.
  • Continue your tripwith 30 minutes to the Shar Pin village and further 25 minutes to Pann Lone Pagoda hill, where you will be served with a picnic lunch. After lunch and some rest, make your way to the Linn Pan Village, home of the Pa O minority. Take your time to discoverthis village before you head to Nant Thale,the place where you can visit a local school to learn more about Burmese education and talk to the young students. 
  • For the night, stay with the friendly monks in the monastery, and enjoy a traditional dinner which is an unique experience.

Day 04: Kalaw Trekking (B, L, D)

  • After your breakfast, continue your trek through the mountains of Shan State. For the morning, you will take a walk withinaroundtwo hours passing several villages and ancient wooden monasteries, and rest for lunch at Htun Gone village. In the afternoon, your trip brings you through a stunning area inhabited by farmers and hill. At the end of the day you reach Htee Taing village.
  • Overnight at the wonderful wooden Htee Taing Monastery, also a school for young novices.

Day 05: Kalaw Trekking – Inle (B,L)

  • After your breakfast, you set off for the last trekking part to Inle Lake. This part takes you through diverse panoramic views over the lake and different Pa O villages.
  • After around three hours you rest at Than Taung village for lunch in a monastery. Then you continue for another hour to Inle Lake where you will be transferred to your hotel.
  • Overnight at Inle Lake.

Day 06: Inle (B)

  • After breakfast at your hotel, you start your day by observing the fishermen rowing with their leg and the floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud, anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Pay a visit to the Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which preserves dozens of Shan Buddha Images. However, it is much more famous for its unique, well-trained by the monks ‘jumping cats’ that jump through hoops in the air! Head to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, main sanctuary of this area, which is home to five sacred in gold leaf covered Buddha images.
  • Discover the local crafts of Inle Lake by a stop at the cheroot factoryto witness the production of typical Burmese cigars by hand.
  • You also have the option of a local silk weaving workshop on the lake and where old style hand looms is still used.
  • Meals at your own.
  • Overnight in Inle.

Day 07: Inle – Heho – Fly to Mandalay (B)

  • After breakfast at your hotel, transfer for to Heho airport for your flight to Mandalay.
  • On your arrival, visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, to admire the perhaps most venerated image in Myanmar, which is covered in over 15 cm thick gold leaves. Every day at 4:00 AM, many worshippers come here to observe the unique face-washing ceremony. On your way, make a stop to contemplate the laborious process of Gold-Leaf Beating, where gold is painstakingly hammered into tissue-thin squares.
  • After lunch and a short rest, you continue your trip to the Mandalay Palace & Fort, which contains thebest portrays of the old golden days of Mandalay Kingdom.
  • In this afternoon, your excursion in Mandalay brings you to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures received the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’. Your next destination will be the Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the Royal Palace of the 19th century, known for its exquisite woodcarving.
  • Meals on your own.
  • Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 08: Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing (B)

  • After breakfast at your hotel, you will set off for a full day trip to the former capital Amarapura, with a visit of Ava and Sagaing.
  • Start with the capital of the 18th century, Amarapura. Participate in the daily meal of over thousand monks inMahagandayon,the country’s largest monastery. In Amarapura, a visit to a silk weaving workshop, its craft speciality, should be a must.
  • Continue to Ava, Myanmar’s capital during thecenturies 14 and 18. Then, on a horse cart, you discover the old wooden Bagaya Monastery, the remains of the Royal Palace and fort, Maha Aungmye Bonzan and Htihlaing Shin Paya.
  • Later in the afternoon, you will cross the bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. As a placecovered with 600 white pagodas and monasteries andhome of 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centres,Sagaing Hill is widely celebrated as the religious center of Myanmar. Round off your day with a walk at sunset over the 200 year-old U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge of te world.
  • Meals at your own.
  • Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 09: Mandalay – Monywa (B)

  • After breakfast at your hotel, you take a three and half hour drive to Monywa, a traditional Burmese town on the banks of the Chindwin River. En route, you have the opportunity to visit the Thanboddhay Pagoda, where every wall and archway is covered bythousands of Buddha images.
  • Your next destinations will be Botahtaung along withthe nearby Banyan or Bo tree andits thousand Buddha images on the tree foot.Take the fascinating view from the Aung Setkaya Pagoda, on the altitude of 130 meter on the Po Khaung hills.
  • Then you cross the Chindwin River by a ferry boat and further by a jeep to Hpo Win Daung, a collection of amazing sandstone caves with about 450,000 images together with Buddha statues, wood carvings and fine mural paintings mainly in Innwa-style, some even dating back to 15th century. 
  • Meals at your own.
  • Overnight in Monywa.

Day 10: Monywa – Pakokku – Bagan (B)

  • Morning departure by road to Pakkoku (about 3 hours).
  • Stop en route to the site of Ma Oo, away from the tourist to discover a peaceful village and its craft activities (basketry, incense sticks ...). Visit the amazing "graveyard" stupas. Among the wastelands, many retain some beautiful sculptures.
  • Market Tour at Pakkoku, then crossing the Irrawaddy River (2h) by boat to reach Bagan. This cruise will allow you to contemplate the life of the inhabitants of the banks of the Irrawaddy.
  • Arrive Bagan in the course of the afternoon and check into the hotel.
  • Meals at your own.
  • Overnight in Bagan

Day 11: Bagan (B)

  • After breakfast at your hotel, you start your city tour with the Nyaung Oo Market, followed by a walk to the Phaw Saw villagewith a visit to a lacquer ware workshop.
  • Continue to the Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan’s important golden stupas. Then you will discover otheramazing pagodas and temples like Kyansittha cave temple, Ku ByaukGyi temple with murals of jataka scenes and Htilominlo, among the biggest temples with murals and friezes. Do not leave out Ananda Temple with its four huge standing-Buddha images and a lot of seated figures on the walls of the interior corridor. Round off your day by enjoying the sunset from atop one of the pagodas in Bagan.
  • Meals at your own.
  • Overnight in Bagan.

Day 12: Bagan – Popa – Bagan (B)

  • After breakfast at your hotel, you drive to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano over 1,500m high, round55km south east of Bagan. Mount Popa has been a significant partof Myanmar’s culture, religion and history since the earliest times. Its shrine is dedicated to the 37 Nats, the Burmese ancient animist spirits. Take the breathtaking viewof the Myingyan Plain from the top of the Popa-Taung Kalat volcanic peak.
  • On tyour way back to Bagan, you will make a stop at a local village where you can observe the productionof wine and molassesfrom fruits of palm trees. Do not miss out the chance to try the palm juice. 
  • Meals at your own.
  • Overnight in Bagan

Day 13: Bagan – Thandwe – Ngapali (B)

  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ngapali.
  • Free time to relax and enjoy the amazing beach.
  • Meals at your own.
  • Overnight in Ngapali Beach.

Day 14: Ngapali (B)

  • Free time to relax and enjoy the amazing beach.
  • Meals at your own. Overnight in Ngapali Beach.

Day 15: Ngapali – Thandwe – Yangon (B)

  • In the afternoon today, transfer to the airport for a flight back to Yangon. Welcome back and transfer to hotel for the check in.
  • Meals at your own. Overnight in Yangon

Day 16: Yangon Departure (B)

  • After breakfast at your hotel you have free time until the transfer to the airport for a flight back to Yangon International Airport, where you take your departure flight.
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Price include

Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
Internal airfares in economy class (Yangon-Heho; Heho-Mandalay; Bagan-Ngapali; Ngapali-Yangon)
Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
Private boat tripPakokku - Bagan
Local English speaking guide
Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
Entrance fees
 

Price exclude

International flight tickets
Myanmar E-visa
Other meals than mentioned
Other services than mentioned
Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
Travel insurance