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Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Inle Lake

Day1 Arrival in Yangon (morning / evening)
Day2 Bagan (by early morning flight and private car and horse cart)
Day3 Bagan (by private car)
Day4 Bagan – Mandalay (by chartered local Boat)
Day5 Mandalay arrival (inc. Visit to Mingun) (by charter Boat)
Day6 Mandalay (by private car)
Day7 Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya – Kalaw (by private car and morning flight)
Day8 Kalaw – Inle Lake (trekking)
Day9 Kalaw – Inle Lake (trekking)
Day10 Inle Lake – Sanghar (by private boat)
Day11 Inle Lake – Indein (by private boat)
Day12 Inle Lake – Kakku – Nyaung Shwe (by private boat and car)
Day13 Nyaung Shwe – Heho – Yangon (by private car and morning flight)
Day14 Yangon Departure

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1. Arrival in Yangon

Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be greeted by Trails of Myanmar guide and transfer to your hotel. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, which is the colonial and spiritual heritage makes the city, one of the most fascinating and authentic capitals of Southeast Asia.
Sightseeing for the day includes many colonial style buildings, century old The Strand Hotel and the lively China town. Visit of the day also include the hexagonal shape Sule Pagoda and Chauk Htut Gyi Pagoda (70 m long reclining Buddha). You may also visit to Kandawgyi Park where you will see the Karaweik Hall (a floating barge with the mythical creature on Kandawgyi Lake) enjoy the greenery and nice silhouettes of Shwedagon Pagoda on the lake itself in the afternoon. Visit of the day will conclude with one of the most wonder of the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, where you could enjoy religious, cultural and social life of local people and enjoy the sunset there. Return back to your hotel.

Lunch and dinner on your own account’s and overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 2. Yangon - Bagan (by early morning flight and private car and horse cart)

After a very early breakfast at the hotel (or take away breakfast), you will be transferred to the Yangon airport for your early morning flight to Bagan.
Bagan was royal capital from 11th to 13th century. Start the day with shooting at most significant Pagodas and Temples of Bagan including Shwezigone Pagoda, built in the early 11thcentury, Ku Byauk Gyi, a temple with superb mural paintings and Ananda temple with four standing Buddha Images and a huge teak door.
After lunch, visit the workshops to observe the handmade lacquer ware and wooden handicrafts. Also visit rural villages and observe the wheelwrights make the traditional bullock carts which is still using by farmers. Here take a horse cart to Manuha Temple, built in Mon style, Nanbayar Temple with a unique sand stone monument and Myinkaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple, a Temple known for its mural paintings however mural paintings in Bagan are not allowed to photograph. Then transfer to local jetty to take the sunset boat and enjoy the fruit cocktail at sand bank.

Breakfast, Lunch provided and Dinner on your own account.
Over night in Bagan.

Day 3. Bagan (by private car)

Wake up early morning for sunrise on a temple. Return to your Hotel for breakfast, and then visit the colourful market of Nyaung U where a variety of street vendors are selling their local goods. Continue to visit and shoot at the site of Tayoke Pyay Temple and some further Temples like Paya Thonesu and Nanda Manya and laymyetnar Paya. We also going to enjoy village life at Phwar Saw Village.
Afternoon shoot of the day includes Dhammayangyi Temple, Sulamuni Temple and Pyat Thadar Temple. You may also visit to the interesting process of “Poneyay” (Pea powder paste) and see how the local plum jam is made and packed. Lunch will be serving at local restaurant.
Enjoy sunset shoot at one of the temples. Dinner for today will be provided with one of the temples in Bagan privately with traditional entertainment. Return to your Hotel in the late evening.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided.
Overnight in Bagan

Day 4. Bagan – Mandalay (by chartered local Boat)

After breakfast, transfer to the jetty for the chartered boat to go upstream on Ayeyarwady River to Mandalay. The boat is chartered for you and your guide only. You may stop at any villages on the way for short excursions as you wish. Visit of the day include Yandapo village for excursion, a small rural village that is well known for a treaty signed here between the British and Burmese in 1826. Now the village is famous for its handmade terracotta pots produced in traditional ways.
Enjoy a relaxing day with the landscape passing by and observing the people’s life along the river.
The boat will anchor for the night; you can discuss with your guide and give recommendations at which place you would prefer. Enjoy very unspoiled nature along the way and sunset over local boat.
The boat will anchor for the night; you can discuss with your guide and give recommendations at which place you would prefer. Enjoy very unspoiled nature along the way and sunset over local boat.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided.
Overnight stay on board.
Notes on the boat : Please be aware that this is local boat and please do not expect 3 stars hotel’s standard and totally non air-conditioning. Accommodation is very basic however there is proper toilet and shower for sharing. Bed and mattresses are also very basic one and will switch off the generator at night for sleeping. All meals such as lunch and dinner will be organised by a local chef and you can also enjoy cooking together with him in Myanmar’s way.

Day 5. Mandalay arrival (inc. Visit to Mingun) (by charter Boat)

Enjoy the sunrise and breakfast on boat. Your journey will continue to Mingun with the Mingun Bell, weighing 90 tones and the biggest hanging undamaged bell in the world; Shin Phyume Pagoda, and the unfinished Mingun Pagoda, a colossal brick monument. Return to Mandalay.
In the late afternoon , proceed to the top of Mandalay Hill as the sun begins to set to enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River.

Breakfast and Lunch provided on board, Dinner on your own account.
Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 6. Mandalay

After breakfast at the hotel, depart to visit Amarapura (former capital) with Mahaghandayone Monastery, where thousands of monks are taking their meals in total silence.
Then cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. Shoot of the day include a pagoda covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar. It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers and you will visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin, U Min Thone Sae, and Shin Pin Nan Gyaing.
We’ll also visit Sagaing’s local market, a typical Burmese market that few tourists visit. Here you will find a range of items for sale including locally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts. We will also stop at a small pottery village to see the process of making the ubiquitous water pots found throughout Myanmar. Lunch will be serving at local restaurant.
Return toward the city and stop at Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’. First visit a silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products. Sunset shoot is over U Bein Bridge with small boat Sampan. U Bein Bridge which is 200 year-old teak bridge was constructed of 984 teak posts that were once part of the deserted Inwa Palace and it is 1.2 kilometres in length making it the world’s longest teak span. You can also enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams.

Breakfast, Lunch provided and Dinner on your own account.
Overnight in Mandalay.

 

Day 7. Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya – Kalaw

After breakfast, transfer to Mandalay Airport for a flight to Heho.

Upon arrival to Heho drive by car to Pindaya (60 km - 2 hours) passing through beautiful scenery of Shan State. Visit a local village on the way.

In Pindaya visit Pindaya cave, 160 m deep inside, enshrining 8,000 Buddha images. Your visit will also include traditional Shan Paper making industry.
In the afternoon drive to Kalaw (52 Km - 1.5 hours), which is situated nearly 1,500 Meter above sea level, a charming former hill station with pine forests.

Breakfast, Lunch provided and Dinner on your own account.
Overnight in Kalaw.



Day 8. Kalaw – Inle Lake (trekking)

After early breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Thet Yet Pu village by car (40 minutes driving) for your trekking. Start walking to start walking to Kan Par Ni village (1 ½ hours – a pottery village making pot in traditional ancient method). Visit the different families of the village and see the pottery and black smith workshops. Lunch will be served at the monastery of the village. After lunch proceed to Waa Gyi Myaung village (located on the highest mountain of Inle lake region, 3 hours) through different villages of Taung Yoe, Danu and Pa O ethnic minorities. Total walking hours today is about 5.5 hours and you will have to make elevation difference of 400 metres today.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided. Evening bon fire with local people and enjoy their traditional life with them.
Over night at village house or one of the monasteries.
Important remarks: The trekking is strenuous if one is not experienced. It is however not so much climb. The landscape is very attractive; you walk through areas that have not seen mass-tourism. We will transfer your main luggage by car to the Lake, so you need to carry light luggage for the 2 days only. Please bring warm clothes as it might be very cold during the night (minimum temperature can be 3 degrees Celsius in January, and 6-10 degrees Celsius in February but during the day it is warm with intense sun) Proper and clean bed sheets, towels and mosquito nets (but during the cold season not really needed) are provided on request. There is no electricity! All meals during the tour are included. Please expect simple home cooking style, prepared by your trekking guide.

The porter(s) will be carry the bottled drinking water and provisions. Very basic overnight stay at local houses or Monasteries is available to you; only providing mats on the floor and blankets to cover yourself. There is no comfort at all. Myanmar style "bathrooms" and "toilets" can be used. No hot shower available, please bring your own towels if you have special needs, but we will provide basic towels on request. The accommodation is not even at the level of a guesthouse.

Day 9. Kalaw – Inle Lake (trekking)

After having very simple breakfast (prepared by your trekking guide) take the descending foot path to Kyauk Ngek village (1 ½ hours).Continue walking down hill to Khaung Daing village (located on the western shore of the Lake) through the forested valley (2 hours). Upon arrival to Kaung Daing you will be transferred to your hotel by boat.

Breakfast, Lunch provided and Dinner on your own account’s.
Over night at Inle Lake.




Day 10. Inle Lake – Sanghar

After breakfast at the hotel, starts your private long-tail boat trip to Sanghar village (preferably guests should stay at Golden Island Cottages - from there it is (30 km - 2 hours per way from Golden Island Cottages)).
Sanghar was in the 18th century one of the larger cities in Shan State (30 km - 2 hours per way). The highlights of this site are the remote village, stupas that sometimes get flooded in the rainy season and water lilies growing in mass. Have lunch at Thar Kaung village and visit a basic local rice liquor distillery and return to your hotel. The trip leads you through very interesting landscape, the lake becomes a creek to widen to a lake again before Sanghar.
An additional, mandatory Pa-O guide will accompany you in addition to your tour guide.

Breakfast, Lunch provided and Dinner on your own account’s.
Over night at Inle Lake.

Day 11. Inle Lake – Indein

Wake up early this morning to see the fishermen working on the lake. Then visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day). Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of In Dein. Explore the area on foot, strolling around the village, visiting a local school, and wander through the beautiful picturesque ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below.
Return to your Hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch provided and Dinner on your own account.
Over night at Inle Lake.

Day 12. Inle Lake – Kakku – Nyaung Shwe

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Kakku Pagoda complex in the territory of the Pa-O ethnic group (70 km from Nyaung Shwe - 2.5 hours; if your hotel is on the Lake, you will need to go by boat to Nyaung Shwe). The highlight of this site is the 2,500 temples and stupas aligned in rows, in a 1 sq-km area. Huge and shady Banyan trees and charming Pa-O villages surround it. A Pa-O guide will also assist you in addition to your tour guide. In the afternoon, drive back via Taunggyi to Nyaung Shwe. On the way you could visit Aye Thar Yar Vineyard.

Breakfast, Lunch provided and Dinner on your own account.
Overnight stay in Nyaung Shwe.

Day 13. Nyaung Shwe – Heho – Yangon

After breakfast transfer to Nyaung Shwe by boat and by car to Heho airport to morning flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to the hotel. Lunch will be provided at local restaurant.
Evening you can revisit again at magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.
Today we will provide farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided.
Overnight in Yangon.

Day 14. Yangon Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your international flight.

 

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