Essence of Myanmar
Essence of Myanmar (8Days / 7Nights)
It is designed to have a week tour in Myanmar discovering most highlight destinations such as Yangon, Mandalay ,Bagan and Inle lake and there should- see charming and rich culture surroundings together with direct and quick experience of deep culture , rich arts and crafts and diversity of different regions nature.
Yangon - Bagan – Popa – Mandalay – Innwa – Sagaing – Amarapura – Minguin – Mandalay – Inle
Day 1 Yangon (Arrival)
Arrive at Yangon International Airport.Upon arrival; you are welcomed by our Yangon guide. Up to your international airport arrival time, tour sightseeing will be drawn by our guide. Hotel disposal is always at 14:00 pm .Transfer to Hotel to relax. Then visit the Yangon City .Yangon is old capital of Myanmar and stand still as first economic city in Myanmar. Formerly known as Rangoon during British period and remand as Yangon during a few decades, Yangon has most colonial buildings in South East Asia and ever green parks and big natural lakes .It is always busy with dense population.
Visit colonial town on foot starting from ‘ Mahabandula’ Park ‘ , Sule Pagoda,land mark of down town city , to national Post Office walking along the Victoria Queen style Supreme court , Neo- Calassic Styles Banks and other admistraives offices .
Then , have lunch at one of the best restaurant .After Lunch , visit Bogyoke Market ,Reclingong Buddha of 60 meters long .Lastly , visit most prestigious Shwe Dagon Pagoda , built since Buddha era enshrining Buddha Hairs at sunset time . It is best time to see Buddhists rituals .Then Back to hotel and over night at hotel .
Day 2 Yangon – Bagan ( by flight )
You leave the hotel around 6 am to take domestic flight for Bagan . Flight time is an hour . Around 8 am , arrive at Bagan airport and you are welcomed by our guide . Bagan is old capital city of Myanmar first dynasty between 11 and 13 century and endowed with over 3000 old pagodas. It is also Myanmar first Buddhist Era Birth place and principle national patrimony .
Visit Local colorful local market first .Then see most highlight pagodas ,Shwe Zigone ,the holiest relic Stupa , Anada , the masterpiece temple in architecture ,
Htilominlo , remaining authentic temple of King Zayya Thenin Kha ,Then have lunch at a restaurant on the bank of Ayeyar waddy river .After lunch , break for an hour at your hotel to escape from afternoon heat. After visit Lacquer ware traditional hand craft family run factory because Bagan is main city of Lacquer wares in Myanmar.
In the afternoon, visit Dahamayangyi Temple, the biggest temple in 12 century , Sulamani temple . Just before the sun set time , walk in local horse cart among pagodas for one hour to enjoy real beauty of rural site filled with the charm of ancients monuments .Then stop at sun set view point and enjoy sun set . After sun set, you are brought back to Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 Bagan
After breakfast at the hotel , you guide will take you to Mount Popa ,the highest mountain in the Bagan area and used to be home for 37 Nats ,local guardians spirists ,as well as an oasis of dry zone.
Mount Popa ,meaning Mount of flowers is an extinct volcano and principle home of 36 Nats is situated at 60 km from Bagan .Drive time is about one hour .On the way ,you will see rural scenic view with today palm trees aligning along the border of regional crops fields such as peanuts , sesames ,millet and peas together with toddy palm sweet manufacturing huts .You stop at a hut to see the way see their production process . You can try Myanmar Toddy liquor and rice liquor there .Then proceed to Mount Popa . Arrive at Mount Popa and go to Popa Taung Kalatte , Shrine for 36 Nats and take the 777 steps to reach up the summit of Mount where there is Mount Top Stupa and you can have view over the plain and main Popa Mountain volcano. The accession will take only 25 minutes and dissension is just 15 minutes .After visit, have lunch at local restaurant.
Then back to Bagan . In the evening , you will take local sunset boat to enjoy cruising on the Ayeyarwaddy River .Over night at hotel.
Day 4 Bagan – Innwa – Sagaing – Amarapura – Mandalay (By Flight )
Domestice flight for Mandalay is in early morning and leave the hotel around 7am.Flight time is only 35 minutes without via . Arrive at the Mandalay Airport which is 50 km from the Mandalay city . You will be welcomed by our guide at the airport . Then you will head to Innwa village which was capital of Myanamar between 14 and 19 century and is situated on the small island between Ayewarwadday river and Myint Ngel river . Arrive at Innwa or Ava meaning “ Entrance “ , you cross the Myint Ngel river by local boat for 5 minutes and ride the local horse cart to visit ruined Innwa palace and its two magnificent monasteries’- Bagaya royal family teak Monastery built with 260 giants teak wood pillars with and Maha Aung Maye Bonsan monastery which was built by queen Meinu .On the way you can see the village and padday fields .
Then back to the car taking same local boat .Then proceed to Sagaing Hill , home of over 200 monasteries and nunneries . Once arrive, have lunch at local restaurant .After lunch, visit the Hill. Start the visit with monastic school for young novices and nuns. Visit Swan U Pone Nya Shin pagoda on the top of the hill together with U Min Tone Sae temple with 54 statues of Buddhas .You will see very beautiful scene of the hill with thousand of pagodas and Ayeyarwadday river.
After hill visit , we will drive to Amarapura .Immortal city , which was also the former city before Mandalay . Amarapura is main city of ceremonial silk fabrics known as ‘Lonyarkyaw Chaik ‘ .visit one of the weaving family .After that enjoy sunset at U Bein Bridge built of 836 teak pillars running across the Aung Pinlae Lake .Then continue to Mandalay and over night at hotel.
Day 5 Mandalay – Minguin
After break fast , your guide will pick you at hotel to take you to see interesting sites in Mandalay . Start the visit with Mandalay Hill .From the hill you can see the view of city together withlast Mandalay palace .Then visit Kuthodaw pagoda which was built by King Mindon and house 729 white temples enshrining whole Buddhist text of over 80000 pages . After that , visit Shwenandaw Monastery ,the original palace of King Mindon ,the founder of Mandalay capital . After that , visit
Gold leaf factory ,and Maha Muni holy Buddha.
After that ,head to Minguin village wich is situated on the west bank of Ayeyarwaddy river . You will take local two floor boat and have lunch on the boat .It will take about one hour crusing up to Minguin village from Mandalay jetty . After embarking at Minguin , visit Unfiinished Minguin PhaHtodaw Gyi in the form of square block of brick damaged by eathequake .Then mMinguin bell dedicated to Minguin unfinished pagoda which is the biggest bell in Myanmar and second biggest bell in world level . after that walk along the souvenir shops till Myathein Dan Pagoda . Back to Boat and back to Mandalay .Enjoy the sun set from the boat .Arrive at Htoel and over night at hotel.
Day 6 Mandalay – Inle
Leave hotel in early morning to head to Mandalay domestic airport to take flight for Inle . Flight time is only 30 minutes without via. You will arrive at Heho airport .Then you head to Inle from Heho .It take one hour to arrive to Inle lake.
Inle is situated in the Shan State and rise about 900 meteres high above sea level.
It is big lake surround by high mountains .in the middle of lake ,there are over 50 villages living on the long stilts Bamboo and teak wood houses .Tehir way of life is spectacularly famous with farming on water building floating islands for tomatoes and other vegetables ,moreover people called inthas meaing sons of Lake row their home boat with legs.
After an hour drive down from heho to Inle lake , stop at the Shwe Yang Pyay Shan Monastery whch is worth to have an eye on ,and beautifully gilth with gold leaf all inside and glimpse on way of life of Shan novices.
Arrive at the Inle ,take the local boat to visit lake . Visit the Tomatoes flotting gardens and old wood monastery called jumping cat monstery in the Nga Phae Chaung village .After that, visit thalae U village and Phaung TawU pagoda.
Then have lunch at local restaurant .After that, visit lotus and silk weaving loom, Boat and cigars fabrication .Then visit sliver smith and Karen ladies house .After visit ,over night.
Day 7 Inle – Indein – Yangon
After Breakfast , check out from the hotel to lead for the Indain Pagoda Visit in the western bank of the Inle lake .First , visit every five day rotating local market which is very typical of mountain population and also have the deep –in- touch different tribes such as Shans ,Pa O ,Inthas ,and in traditional costumes and an occasion to shop their traditional products as souvenirs .Then Proceed to Indain Pagoda.
Indain Pagoda is situated on the bank of the Inle lake and on the hill between the Pa O villages and green mountain stream bordered by giant bamboo forests . It date back to Indian King A Soka of 3th centuray and composed with over 2054 sided stupas of later period.
After Pagoda visit , Lunch at local restaurant in Inle Lake .Then proceed to local boat jetty to join our car to leave for the Heho airport to go to Yangon.
Arrive late at Yagon.Over night at Hotel.
Day 8 Yangon
Morning visit in Yangon . we will take you to China Town , Bothahtaung Paogoda enshring Buddha ‘holy hairs and one of the scared pagoda in Yangon .Together we will sho you Myananwe , Lady Spirit called Woman Nat in Myanmar .She is so famous and widely venerated and her shrin is always full with offerings and followers . Then walk to Yangon river and discover the Yangon port dotted with Ships and local boat locally called Sampan .After that , visit the Bokyoke Market which is the biggest handy craft Market in Myanmar for your last shopping . Lunch at local restaurant and head to international airport for departure.