TOURS PROGRAMS | 26 MAY 16Tour Code PMT/LU – 002 Duration 9 Days/ 8 Nights Destinations Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Inle – Yangon Recommended Season November to March
Trip overview: This trip is perfect for the first time visitor to Burma, providing a well-paced tour of Burma’s main highlights. The itinerary starts in the former capital of Rangoon with its crumbling colonial architecture and the shimmering Shwe Dagon Pagoda before flying upcountry to view the magnificent temples of Bagan. After Bagan visit Inle Lake with its serene stilted villages and interesting tribal markets, before arriving in Mandalay with its vestiges of ancient cities
Day 1: Arrive in Yangon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Connect with onward flight to Yangon (1 hour 15 minutes), arriving in the former capital later this morning. You will be met for a transfer to the Chatrium Hotel, or similar, for a two night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Yangon at your own pace.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Yangon.
Morning visit to Sule Pagoda which dates back over 2,000 years and take a walking tour through the markets of Rangoon’s old colonial and Chinese quarters. A stop will also be made at Kandawgyi Lake. After lunch at a local restaurant there will be some free time before a late afternoon visit to sacred site of the dominating gilded Shwe Dagon Pagoda, reputed to contain more gold than is held in the vaults of the Bank of England. The atmosphere of this ancient site at sunset never fails to enchant as the gilded stupa is bathed in the fading rays of the sun and takes on a magical glow
Day 3: Fly to Bagan
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan, on arrival transfer to the Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort, or similar, for two nights. The afternoon is at your own leisure to explore this incredible temple landscape.
Day 4: Full day’s sightseeing of Bagan and its fabulous archaeological ruins
Full day’s sightseeing of Bagan and its fabulous archaeological ruins. Comparable with the great Temples of Angkor, there are more than 2,000 pagodas and at least the same number again of ancient temple ruins. Sightseeing begins with the Nyaung U local market before visiting some of the key temples and pagodas. Ananda Temple is one of the best preserved whilst Dhammayan-gyi is noted for its remarkable brickwork. Shwezigon was built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine. In the afternoon visit Myin-kaba village to the interesting process of making traditional lacquer ware, one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Near the village are some more interesting temples with some fine mural paintings. At sunset climb to the summit of one of the more serene temples to enjoy a panoramic scene of glorious Bagan and see the sun drop into the distant hills.
Day 5: Fly to Inle Lake
Morning flight to Heho in the Shan States (1 hour 15 minutes) and continue by road (30km/approximately 1 hour) through scenery of outstanding beauty to Nyaung Shwe. Continue by a short boat ride (25 minutes) to the Inle Princess Resort, or similar, for two nights. You have the afternoon at leisure to relax on the shores of Inle Lake.
Day 6: Spend a full day exploring Inle Lake and surrounds by longtail boat.
Spend a full day exploring Inle Lake and surrounds by longtail boat. In the morning visit one of the five-day markets (so called as the markets rotate between 5 different locations over a 5 day period) where a variety of produce from around the lake is sold and is crowded with ethnic minorities in their traditional dresses. In the afternoon continue to the village of Indein, a 16th century temple site quite unlike those in Bagan, which has only recently been discovered.
Day 7: Travel to Mandalay and enjoy an afternoon’s sightseeing.
After an early breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Mandalay (1 hour 30 minutes), capital of Upper Burma. Enjoy a lunch, before transferring to the Mandalay Hill Resort, or similar, for two nights. In the afternoon visit Mahamyatmuni Pagoda, to see the most revered Buddha image in Mandalay. A stop will be made to observe the laborious process of gold-leaf beating where gold is painstakingly hammered out into tissue-thin squares. Later visit the Shwenandaw Kyuang or Golden Teak Monastery known for its exquisite wood carvings and Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the ‘world’s biggest book’.
Day 8: Visit Amarapura and the Waso Monastery.
You have a morning visit to the ancient city of Amarapura, a former capital of the Burmese Kingdom. Your first stop will be at Waso Monastery, where over 300 monks live. The most interesting structure there is a teak monastery, which is over 300 years old. The monastery is surrounded by a small housing compound, where you can observe simple life of the people and some wood carving. Upon arrival to Amarapura, walk around the village and take a look at the famous U-Bein Bridge – the world’s longest teakwood bridge. Take a boat across Taungthaman Lake to the village of that name. You are likely to see a duck farm, peanuts plantations, rice paddies, and fishermen at work. In the village you can see a Kyaw Taw Gyi Pagoda with a bell, a marble seating Buddha image, and mirror paintings from XIX century. The boat will take you back to Amarapura. On arrival back to Mandalay you have the afternoon at leisure before this evening you will visit Sagaing Hill for sunset.
Day 10: Travel direct from Mandalay to Bangkok .
Transfer to Mandalay Airport for your Thai Smile flight to Bangkok..