Nice Trips in Myanmar & Beach relax - 12 Days | 11 Nights

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Start : Mandalay
Finish : Yangon
Destinations: Mandalay - Mingun – Sagaing – Ava - Bagan – Mont Popa – Salay - Heho - Inle Lake - Indein - Heho – Thandwe – Ngapali beach - Yangon


Day 1 - Arrive in Mandalay

  • Welcome to Mandalay! Mandalay, the second largest city of Myanmar and one of the ancient royal capitals is often perceived and described in literature as Asia at its most traditional, timeless and alluring but those who go meet a booming and vibrant city located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. However, despite the energy and thriving business it's where the cultural heart of Myanmar lies and tradition of music, dance and drama are still alive. 
  • In the afternoon, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, and Kuthodaw Pagoda (known as the world’s Biggest Book). Visit U Bein Bridge across Taungthaman Lake, over150 years old and which is still in use, from where you enjoy the sunset. Overnight at hotel.
  • Lunch and Dinner on own account.
  • Overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 2: Mandalay - Mingun – Sagaing – Ava - Mandalay (B)

  • An excursion by boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun, 11km upriver from Mandalay. Visit unfinished MingunPaya, MingunBell(90 tons) and HsinbyumePaya. Come back to Mandalay. In the afternoon, drive to Sagaing and visit Kaung Mu Daw Pagoda. Take a short boat ride to Ava (the former Royal Capital). Your excursion will include Nanmyint Watch Tower, MahaAungmyeBonzan Monastery, Bargaya Monastery famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts and U BeinBridge(1.2km) built of teak. 
  • Lunch and Dinner on own account.
  • Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 3: Mandalay – Bagan (B)

  • In the morning, you will take a flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, start your trip with a visit to Nyang U Market which is a typical market which remained in Myanmar for centuries.
  • Next, head to Shwezigon pagoda, which is one of the most significant religious buildings in Myanmar, for it served as a prototype for later stupas built throughout the country and marked an important development in the relationship between traditional Burmese religion and Theravada Buddhism. Continue on to Khay Min Ga Temple to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of numerous surrounding monuments. Next up is Ananda Temple. A masterpiece in the incorporation of Myanmar and India architectural styles, the temple houses four standing Buddhas, each facing a distinct direction. 
  • After lunch (lunch on your own), visit a local lacquer ware workshop. Here, you will have chance to learn more about traditional techniques of craftsmen and admire unique and beautiful products.
  • In the afternoon, visit other famous temples in Bagan such as Dhammayangyi Temple, Htilominlo Temple.
  • The highlight of today is the breathtaking sunset beauty from the Shwesandaw Pagoda. Back to your hotel in the late afternoon.
  • Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 4: Bagan – Mont Popa – Salay – Bagan (B)

  • Your trip to Mt Popa and Salay begins after breakfast, when you are picked up at your hotel.
  • On the way to Salay, you drive south, parallel to the Irrawaddy River. After about one hour you stop at Chauk where a colorful morning market is waiting for you to be explored. Only few tourists come to this market, making it the ideal destination for local interaction and photos.
  • Continue further 30 minutes to Salay, an important Buddhism center of Myanmar with many monasteries. Many years ago, Salay created its own unique architecture style of Bagan-era. With your visit here you will get the chance to learn more about the monastic life, Burmese Buddhism and this unique architectural style at several sights like Yoke SoneKyaung monastery, one of the most antique wooden halls in the area.
  • Then you head to east toward Mt Popa, an 1518 meter high extinct volcano. You will reach this place at noon, where you will be served with lunch in a local restaurant with fabulous views over the surrounding area.
  • Mt Popa was an important part in Myanmar’s culture, religion and history since earliest times. Its shrine is dedicated to worship the 37 Nats, an old Burmese animist spirit. As you climb the stairs to the top with your local guide, you will gain very interesting knowledge about nats and nat worship.  From the top of the peak you can have an amazing view over the Myingyan Plain (note that the climb is optional).
  • Transfer back to Bagan in the late afternoon. 

Day 5: - Bagan - Heho - Inle Lake (B)

  • After enjoying your breakfast you will be transferred to the airport (1 hour) for your domestic flight to Heho. From Heho, you will experience a lovely scenic one-hour drive (32km – 1 hour) which leads to NyaungShwe, gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, you will have an opportunity to visit rural workshops that specialize in traditional Shan paper and unique handcrafted umbrellas. Upon reaching the edge of the lake, take a short orientation tour of NyaungShwe, a small town of narrow streets dotted with temples, monasteries, tea shops and local houses.
  • Then you will board a private motorboat and begin heading out onto Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular and breathtaking sights. Its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic hills provide the perfect backdrop. Along the way you will pass several villages that are built on stilts over the lake, which are inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the daily activities of the local leg-rowing fishermen and see their ‘floating gardens’, which are built up from strips of water hyacinth, earth and anchored to the bottom of the lake with bamboo poles. You will also visit NgaHpeChaung Monastery, which houses loads of early Shan Buddha Images. In the past this temple was known for its ‘jumping cats’ but these days there are only a few felines roaming around and none are jumping any more. Yet the Buddha images are still worth the visit.
  • Proceed to the PhaungDawOo Pagoda, the lake’s main haven, which contains five sacred images of Buddha decorated in gold leaf. There are also many traditional crafts originating on Inle Lake and , should you wish, we can stop for a visit to one making incredible woven items from lotus silk, boat builders (depending on the time of year), a cigar making workshop, blacksmiths or even silver smiths. The day will come to a close with a return trip by boat back to your hotel.
  • Lunch and Dinner on own account.
  • Overnight stay in Inle Lake

Day 6: - Inle Lake - Indein (B)

  • After breakfast you’ll pay a visit to the lake’s morning market (the market is open every day apart from dark moon and full moon calendar days). The market’s location rotates between the lake’s villages in a 5 day schedule and is also visited daily by the lake’s inhabitants as well as the surrounding natives who also come to sell and trade their wares.
  • A 1-hour boat ride down a small canal will take you to the Pa-Oh village of Indein, positioned on the western shores of Inle Lake. Take a leisurely stroll around the village before ascending a rural road to the top of a hill. Once you’ve arrived at the summit, you will be greeted buy an iconic Buddha image which sits enshrined among hundreds of stupa ruins and overgrown shrubbery. Here, from the peak, you will also be rewarded with mesmerizing views of the placid surroundings.
  • The Indein Pagoda complex is undoubtedly one of the most amazing sites around the shore of the lake and it consists of hundreds of small stupas which are overrun by moss and greenery. On your boat ride back, should time allow and if you wish, you'll stop at the Inthar Heritage House to learn more about the history and culture of the lake's indigenous people and enjoy a delicious coffee and cake (snack break not included).
  • Lunch and dinner on own account.
  • Overnight stay in Inle Lake.

Day 7: Heho – Thandwe – Ngapali beach (B)

  • Transfer to airport for your flight to Ngapali. Leisure at Ngapali Beach.
  • Overnight in Ngapali.

Day 8: Ngapali Beach free & easy (B)

  • Leisure at Ngapali Beach. 
  • Overnight in Ngapali.

Day 9: Ngapali Beach free & easy (B)

  • Leisure at Ngapali Beach.
  • Overnight in Ngapali.

Day 10: Ngapali - Thandwe - Yangon (B)

  • Transfer to airport for your flight to Yangon. Check-in at hotel. Free time for relax.

Day 11: Yangon City tour (B)

  • After breakfast you visit the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda to see a 70 meter long reclining Buddha statue around the size of a blue whale. Afterwards, you continue uptown in order to make a quick stop by the Royal Lake located in Kandawgyi Park which is very popular with local residents, especially in the early morning and around sunset. Catch a view inthe Pansodan Gallery and enjoy a spectacular view of the Golden Shwedagon Pagoda. No Myanmar expedition can be considered truly great if it’s lacking a visit to the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda. Ready for an amazing experience? The visual delights present there alone, are worth the trip. Witness the colors transform on the 100-meter chedi which is literally enclosed in over 40 tons of gold leaf.
  • You will start at the eastern staircase where you will find a row of shops at the base of the temple selling various religious items. Here you will find monks robes, alms bowls, offerings, incense and other unique Buddhist objects. As your browse the stalls your guide will explain the use and rituals of Myanmar’s Buddhist people.
  • Shwedagon is largely considered to be the most important religious site for the Burmese; most visitors report that the trip is extremely memorable and still etched into their minds.
  • After sunset head on to Chinatown for a change of scenery and check out the dragons and incense of the colorful Khen Hock Keong Chinese temple. Explore the vibrant street stalls where vendors sell all kinds of fruit, vegetable and other goods or simply just walk around and soak in the atmosphere of this little China in Yangon.
  • Lunch and Dinner on own account.
  • Overnight stay in Yangon

Day 12: Yangon Departure (B)

  • Free at your own leisure till transfer to airport for your departure flight.
End of Trip !

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Price include

Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
Internal airfare in economy class (Mandalay - Nyaung U (Bagan); Nyaung U (Bagan) - Heho, Heho – Ngapali; Ngapali - Yangon)
Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary 
National French speaking guide
Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
Entrance fees
Taxes.

Price exclude

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