Day 1: Yangon arrival
Arrive in Yangon where you will be welcomed by your local tour guide and transferred to your hotel to drop off your luggage. If you arrived by mid day flight, we may proceed for lunch. After lunch, a walk through “downtown” Yangon, a diverse mix of faded colonial architectures from the British times, and high-rises built by more recent investors; Sule Pagoda, built in the early 3rd century is a landmark in the city centre.
Late afternoon visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda of Rudyard Kipling fame and one of Myanmar’s most sacred places. The massive bell shaped stupa is plated with gold and the tip of the stupa is set with diamonds and rubies, sapphires and topaz – a stunning sight as the sun sets and a most fitting place to begin our trip in this “Golden Land”.
Day 2: Yangon – Bagan
This morning we head for the airport to get the early morning domestic flight to Bagan. Check into the hotel and depart for a sightseeing excursion around the Bagan Archaeological Zone World Heritage Area. A comprehensive exploration of Bagan includes Nyaung Oo market; Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of later Myanmar stupas; Kyansittha Umin; Wet-kyi-inn Gubyaukgyi Temple with exquisite mural painting of 13th century and Htilominlo Temple.
In the afternoon, after a visit to lacquer ware workshops; continue to Manuha Temple built by exile King Manuha; Nanphaya, said to have been the residence of King Manuha; Ananda Temple, architectural masterpiece and Oak-Kyaung monastery decorated with multi colour mural paintings. Enjoy the breathtaking sunset from one of the temple of Bagan.
Day 3: Bagan – Horse cart ride
Nyang U market is traditional activities remains at its origin for years. This is a really a place where you can capture the daily life of local people.
We will spend the rest of our day, discovering the way local people make lacquer ware. Enjoy the way to visit the temples in Bagan on Horse Cart Riding. Then close the day with river cruise to enjoy sunset over Irrawady giant river
Day 4: Bagan – Mt Popa – Bagan
Do not miss the amazing sunrise in Bagan then proceed to Mt Popa after your breakfast at hotel. Mt. Popa, known as the abode of Nats (spirits) – a collection of 37 magical spirits both feared and honoured by some Myanmar people and the nat museum, which houses 37 life-size nat statues sculpted from teak. It’s time to climb for 777 steps to the summit. Proceed to your resort (1 hour drive) for our lunch. The restaurant offers a great view to the Popa summit that stands straight from the central plain. After lunch, return drive back to Bagan. On the way back, en-route stop at village cottage industry to learn the regional product as well as to watch the collection of juice from the palm trees, and its conversion to brown sugar
Day 5: Bagan – Mandalay
This morning, we transfer to Nyaung U airport for flight to Mandalay. When you arrive at Mandalay airport, drive to ancient capital of Amarapura, the city of Immortality for a visit to Bagaya Monastery with a famous collection of Buddha images; weaving industries, two-century old U-Bein teak bridge on the Taungtaman Lake and observe the lunch process of thousand of monks who take their last meal of the day at 10:00 am in total silence. Proceed to Mandalay and check in at the hotel.
After refreshment, you will take a sightseeing tour of Mandalay which includes Mahanumi, a life like Buddha image. Mandalay is the last capital of Myanmar and that make her to be the best place to see all the traditional arts and crafts. Start visiting gold leaf making work-place and see how the gold leaf is being made by hand in a traditional way. Continue visit the Old Palace grounds; Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s largest book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Buddha’s Doctrine; Golden Palace Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings and enjoy the panoramic view of the city from Mandalay Hill.
Day 6: Mandalay – Mingun – Inwa(Ava) – Mandalay
After breakfast, you will be transferred for Jetty for a private boat across the river Ayeywarwaddy to visit Mingun. The dedications of King Bodawpaya such as the unfinished Pathodawgyi Pagoda a brick counterpart of pyramid in Egypt and the Mingun Bell, the second largest bell in the world are the most prominent religious heritages. Then visiting the Myatheintan Pagoda, the best representation of the Universe, will refresh your tiredness and fatigue. Return to Mandalay.
After your lunch time, drive to Ava, 30-minute to the south of Mandalay, was known in the west as the Kingdom of Ava. Stop by a tributary and cross it with a ferry. Travel by pony-cart around Ava to Nanmyint leaning tower which gives a birds’ eye view of the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River; Bagaya wooden monastery; Aungmyaybonza Monastery made of brick and stucco. Though the Royal Palace has gone, the Pagodas, Temples and Monasteries still remain. Return drive to Mandalay and see the silversmith work place on our way back to hotel.
Day 7: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake
Flying to Heho, get a pick up to Nyaung Shwe and take 30 minutes boat trio to your resort. Check in and enjoy a visit to the Nam Pan village where you can admire the floating vegetation, traditional work of silk weaving, cigar and boat makings. The most typical image of Inle lake is Intha fisher man with one leg rowers. We will follow their way of fishing and take that into your camera.
Day 8: Inle Lake boat excursion
Take a visit to the market which is a Inle five day rotation market most fascinating to watch the daily life of the minorities and their activities. Continue our excursion by motorized boat to Indein pagoda complex, in the south-west of the lake. The boat leaves the lake and enters a narrow canal with a beautiful natural environment to continue to a small Pa O tribe village. From the village, follow an old covered path to a 13th century monastery and the very impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas, some hidden in the vegetation. The main stupa-area on the top of the hill offers breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and down to the valley and the lake in the far distance
Day 9: Inle Lake – Ngapali beach
In the morning, discover some villages around to know about local traditional work such as making boat, black smith, silk weaving and enjoy the uniqueness of Jumping Cat pagoda. Free to relax till take a boat trip back to Nyang Shwe town and car transfer to airport for short flight to Ngapali beach. On arrive, our drive collect you to the resort next to the sea. Enjoy emeral water of the best beach of Bengal bay
Day 10 + 11: Ngapali beach free day
Free at your own to visit Ngapali fishing village, Thandwe town or immerse in scuba diving in the most pristine coves of Bengal Bay.
Day 12: Ngapali Beach – fly to Yangon
Take morning flight back to Yangon. Enjoy the rest of the day with some shopping at Scott market and drive a bit out of downtown for scared pagodas. Free time until your onward international flights.