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Cultural Essence ( 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS)

Cultural Essence ( 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS)

Overview

It is designed to see Myanmar in short time .It would be most appropriate to travelers who could not spend many days in Myanmar Although short time, it covers the most essential cultural sites in Myanmar .

Destination

Yangon – Bagan – Inle – Mandalay

Day 1 Yangon
Day 2 Yangon-Bagan Flight
Day 3 Bagan-Inle Flight
Day 4 Inle-Mandalay Flight
Day 5 Min Guin-Mandalay-Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival at Yangon

Arrival at Yangon International Airport .You are warmly welcomed by local Myanmar smiling guide with your name .Then you will be brought to Yangon Down town . First hotel check in will be up to arrival time at the airport .Normally, rooms are ready to occupy after 12 pm. Firstly, Check- in the hotel  to refresh yourself after the long trip of flight .Then start the visit.

Yangon is the ancient capital of Myanmar from 1885 till 2010 when government officially inaugurated Nay Pyi Taw as a capital .Regarding to history, Yangon used to be a small fishing village of Mons and annexed by the Myanmar King in 1775 and  was named as Yangon meaning ‘The end of wars “   .In 1885, British government established their British Government capital in Yangon and it became Capital of Myanmar.

Actually it is bustling city with high density of population (5 million people) and always active. Yangon China colonial Town with majestic British Government administrative building still stands for the grandeur of Colonial Time.

Start the visit with colonial town first. Starting from “ Maha  Bandula “park which is situated at the center of Yangon  Down Town , you walk in the city passing through the Yangon City hall ,High court  , Banks , Myanmar Port Authority  , the First five star Strand hotel ,till the Post Office .That walk  allow you to be in touch with local people and admire the impressive colonial buildings in different architecture.

Then, you rejoin your private car to proceed to China Town. Chinese quarters are situated side by side with the Indians quarters. It is also interesting to discover Myanmar Chinese culture in that quarter .Visit Chinese Buddhist Temple, walk up to busy market area.

Then you continue to visit the Scott Market which is the biggest handy craft market in Myanmar and the best place to shop.

After market, lunch at local restaurant and head to Reclining Buddha called Chauk Htet Gyi . Then terminate your visit at the majestic and holiest Shwe Dagon Pagoda being considered as the most beautiful stupa in the world at sunset time exploring the Myanmar Buddhist rituals around the Pagoda .Night at Hotel.

Day 2 – Yangon – Bagan( Flight )

You have no time to have Breakfast at the hotel because flight check out is around 6 am in the morning .Depart from the hotel 30 minutes earlier than the check in time to domestic airport.

Flight time is one hour approximately. Your guide transfers you to the airport. Then take domestic flight alone yourself. Upon arrival to the Bagan domestic airport, you are welcomed by Bagan local guide and car. Then start the tour in Bagan with the local colorful market.

Bagan is the most beautiful archeological site in Myanmar with over 3000 temples .It was the capital of first Myanmar Dynasty and one of the biggest archeological site in Asia .Even though it is so famous with high rooted history and highly touristic city, it is actually a small country town with small number of population and less traffic than Yangon.

After the Market, you are headed to the holiest Shwezigone Pagoda with Buddha Tooth relic of 11 century.

Then, lunch Break at local restaurant.

After lunch, visit the Lacquer ware lacal factory.

Then see the other prominent pagodas in Bagan such as Htilomin lo Temple which is known for its beautiful stucco carving and smartest two floored temple building , Ananda temple which is the master piece in temple architecture , Dhammyan Gyi Temple ,the biggest temple in Bagan with the Pyramidal shape and a small Gyu Pyauk Gyi temple with ancient mural painting . After that , you take a local horse cart ride among the temple to explore the beauty of sites dotted with temples in different sizes . Terminate your visit at the sunset point to enjoy last sunrays falling over the temples of Bagan .

Night at hotel.

Day 3 Bagan –Inle (flight )

After Breakfast at the hotel, leave the hotel to head for the Bagan domestic airport fot the Heho airport. Flight time is approximately one hour. Then, you are transferred to Airport by your guide and car.

Upon arrival at the Heho airport, you are awaited by the Inle Lake local guide and car. Heho is situated in one hour drive from the Inle Lake. After taking the languages, proceed to Inle lake by car .You arrive at Inle lake around noon .Have lunch either at the Nyaung Shwe town beside the Inle lake jetty or at the local restaurant in the a village of Inle lake .

Inle Lake is the second biggest lake in Myanmar the biggest lake Inn daw gyi in Kachin State in the northern part of Myanmar. It is very well known not only to Myanmar but also to the world as the lake with unique way of life living on the water. People called Inthas have settled in the villages built on the long stilts since many centuries years ago living on the flotting agriculture on the man-made Islands, a kind of grass rafts.

Villages are at the center of the lake, Hence one hour in local boat to acess to villages of Iake . Start your visit with jumping cats monastery surrounded by flotting Tomatoe garden in the Nga Phe Chaung village.

Then expore the tomatos cultivation on the water by boat and see the village “ Kay Lar “ and people way of life on the water .

Then visit , Phaung Taw U pagoda build by king Alaung si Thu and its holy five Buddhas of this world curved in the scented  wood .This pagoda is one of the high pilgrimage sites in Myanmar and its festival is held annually in October .

In late afternoon , visit the very famous silk and lotus flower fabric weaving family , traditional Cheroot manufacturer , local boat carpenter , silver smith work shop and Karen family know as Long neck Karen women .

Night at the hotel .

Day 4 Inle – Mandalay (flight)

Leave the hotel very early morning to head for the Heho domestic airport to fly for Mandalay .flight hour is approximately 30 minutes. your  guide and car transfer you the the airport .Uupon arrival at Mandalay airport ,mandalay local guide will welcome you at the airport .Then head to Mandalay city .

Mandalay is the capital of Last Myanmar Dynastery before the British colonial period .The second largest city in Myanmar with one million population. It is situated at the center of Myanamr and main commercial point in the central Myanmar. Founded by King Mondon , there are some traditional handicrafts still remains in Mandalay and is standing the most cultural heart of Myanmar .

Airport is far from the city and one hour drive from Airport to Mandalay. Lunch at the local restaurant first before the visit .Then

Start the visit with Mahamuni Buddha, the holiest Buddha Face in Myanmar and well coated with devotees’ gold leaves whole body.

Then visit the Yadanbon period tapestry and ward of marble Buddha statue sculptors together eith gold leave traditional laocl factory . Tehn visit the Golden monastery called Shwe Kyaung and this building is the only original palace of King Mindon ,the foundor of Mandalay city . Tehn visit Kutho Daw pagoda which is encircled with 727 marble slabs with buddhist whole test known as Biggest biggest book in the world.

Terminate your visit at Mandalay Hill enjoying the sun set over Mandalay city.

Night at hotel .

Day 5 Min Guin village – Mandalay - Departure

After breakfast, head to the Mandalay port to take a local cruise up the Ayewarwaddy River to head for the Minguin village for one hour .During streaming up the river , you can enjoy life on the bank of River Ayerwadday ,villages , local ferries with motor , hazy horizon with rang of hills dotted with pagodas  with golden shinning tops .

Arrive at Minguin village and decend the baot and start to walk inth village . You can see the frst the unfinished the giant Pagoada of King Bo Daw  Phaya in 1790 in the ruin damaged by the earth quoke  .After ,proceed to Minguin bell dedicated to Giant pagoda and Mya Thein Dan white charming temple dedicated to the Lovely queen Shin Bo Mel ‘.During ,the visit ,you can see the local souvenir shops  and old age house . Walk back to your cruise to go back to mandalalay where you care wait for you to take you to Mandalay international airport.

International departure at the Mandalay International airport.

Tour ends.

Service Included
• Breakfasts
• Hotels for 4 nights
• Full Day Guide Service
• Full Day car Service
• Horse cart in Bagan
• Min Guin Cruise
• All Entrances fees of sites mentioned in the program(Shwe Dagon Pagoda , Bagan archeological site fee ,Mandalay site fee,Min Guin village site fee )
• mineral water bottle and fresh towers
Service not included
• Lunch /dinners
• Personal expenses
• Tips for Guides and car drivers
• Entrances fees for sites not mentioned in the itinerary

Cultural Essence ( 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS)

Overview

It is designed to see Myanmar in short time .It would be most appropriate to travelers who could not spend many days in Myanmar Although short time, it covers the most essential cultural sites in Myanmar .

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