SIC (Effective Tour Around Myanmar)
Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle
WHY this program:
The characteristic of this program is based on four major interesting places of Myanmar. Anyone who wants to explore the pulse of Myanmar in limited time, this program is the best and effective one.
HOW this program
It is 10 days effective tour around Myanmar. Our sightseeing places in Myanmar’s heart beats Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle regions will become alive by intensive commentary of our tour guides.
We assure that clients can experience aspect of Myanmar in this round trip and this effective program makes our clients to fall in love with interesting history, diverse culture, life style, friendly people and mesmerizing landscape of wonder.
WHAT this program
This is the best short classic program which focus only on important sightseeing places in big 4 places of Myanmar. We assure that this SIC program brings you wonderful experiences.
WHO are the Guides
Our well experienced English language Speaking Guides in different places will welcome and assist you.
|Day 1: Arrive Yangon||Day 6: Bagan|
|Day 2: Yangon- Mandalay ( by Bus )||Day 7: Bagan- Inle lake ( by car )|
|Day 3: Mandalay||Day 8: Inle- Indein|
|Day 4: Mandalay( Innwa-Saggaing- Amarfapura)||Day 9: Inle- Yangon- Departure|
|Day 5: Mandalay- Bagan ( by boat)|
Day 1: Yangon
Arrive Yangon and Free day
Day 2: Yangon- Mandalay
Yangon, formerly capital of Myanmar and known as Rangoon, planned and built by the British after the second Anglo-Burmese war in mid-19 century. Therefore, the city is full of impressive colonial and different spiritual heritages making it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia. Today Yangon is still remaining as commercial city although the authority moved administration capital to Nay Pyi Taw in 2005.
Continue your tour venture downtown to explore the city centre for historical buildings and city life of Yangonites. First photo stop in front of the city hall, Maha bandoola garden and Independence Monument, then walk to Sule paya in the middle of the city which is believe to be zero point of Yangon. Afterwards, continue your walking tour passing through many faded colonial and historical buildings. Then visit Little India and Chinatown, a colourful cacophony of restaurants, temples and markets. Finally end the walking tour at Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, the old locomotive factory as well until 1926.Variety of local products and imported goods are available at your choice. (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays).
After the market, continue the tour to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar and the globe as well. Most Buddhist devotees believe that it was built in the time of Lord Gotama Buddha, more than 2500 years ago; although the origin of the pagoda is unclear. The Pagoda has been renovated several times before taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 76.5 carets diamond on top, More than 80 thousand pieces of different Gems studded and offered at the spire, more than three tons of gold leaf gilded over central stupa; is about 100 metres tall, surrounded by 64 smaller stupas at the upper platform.
Continue to Highway Bus station and proceed to Mandalay by night Bus.
Day 3: Mandalay
Upon arrival at Mandalay, local breakfast at Tea Shop.
visit the second holiest of Myanmar, Mahamuni Pagoda. This Buddha image is considered and pay homage as a living Buddha;as washing the face every morning by monk. The worshippers are covering the image with so much gold leaf over and over again for years,so that it has taken on a distinct ‘lumpy’ texture. Continue observing the others activities and displays in the holy compound for extending your own enjoyment.
After Mahamuni Pagoda, tour some of the city’s traditional workshops, stone carving, wood carving,tapestry, parasol paper making and gold-leaf beating;using techniques that have remained unchanged for centuries.
Continue the tour to Kuthodaw Pagoda, where 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures standing as the ‘World’s Biggest Book’. Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. This grand teak wood building is known for its exquisite woodcarving, especially depicting the past ten lives of Buddha;display at the prayer hall.
Afterwards, drive to the top of Mandalay Hill, the highest point in the city. From this vantage point, get amazing views of the city below as the sun sets. Return back to your Hotel.
Day 4: Mandalay ( Amarapura, Ava, Saggaing )
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for an excursion to the outskirts of Mandalay to explore the former capitals of Ava, Sagaing, and Amarapura.
Today the sightseeing begin with a cross over old Ava bridge, then head up to Sagaing hill;stop at Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae. Then back from the hill and continue for the market, stop and observe skillfull craft work of pottery,silver smith and other handicraft centres.
Then,continue to Ava, Myanmar’s capital from 14th to 18th centuries. First cross over Myitnge river, boarded on a waiting horse cart for a visit to the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. The Bagaya Monestery is constructed with 267 teak posts and embellished with ornate carvings in wood. From here continue by horse cart for leaning watch tower, then to first brick monstery with stucco carvings known as Nanmadaw Me Nu Ok Kyaung.
On the way back to Mandalay, stop at Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’. First visit a silk weaving workshop then to U Bein Bridge. The bridge was constructed from 984 teak posts that were once part of the disassembled Ava Palace and is 1.2 kilometers in length;making it the world’s longest teak wood construction. Enjoy sunset and transfer to your hotel.
(Optional- Enjoy sunset on boat over the lake and back to Mandalay.)
(Overnight in Mandalay)
Distances and journey time:
Mandalay-Amarapura (13 km): 45mins
Mandalay-Sagaing (21 km): 60 mins
Day 5: Mandalay – Bagan by Boat
After early breakfast in the hotel, transfer to Mandalay jetty. You will embark for a boat to cruise down along Ayeyarwaddy River until you disaembark at Bagan jetty. Enjoy and relax on boat. Upon arrival at Bagan jetty, transfer to your hotel.(Approximate time:8-9 hrs)
The rest of the evening is your own leisure.
Bagan was the capital of Myanmar from the 11th to 13th century. During this period, there are 11 kings reigned and constructed thousands of huge stupas and temples, over 2000 monuments are still standing today.
(Overnight in Bagan)
Day 6: Bagan
Bagan was the capital of Myanmar from the 11th to 13th century. During this period, there are 11 kings reigned and constructed thousands of huge stupas and temples, among them over 2000 of monuments are still standing today.
After breakfast in the hotel, today’s sightseeing begins with Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples, then pass through highest temple Thatbyinnyu for photo stop.
Afterwards, head to Myinkaba Village and Gubyaukgyi Temple, well-known for it’s inner wall mural and well-preserved plaster carvings on its exterior. Walk to nearby Mya Cedi compound to see the four in one stone inscription, known as rosetta stone of Myanmar. Next, continue to Manuha Temple and Nan Paya Temple,built by the exile Mon king and his descendents.
From here, continue to learn more about the local culture with a visit to lacquer ware and wood crafts workshop. Observe the skillfull craftsmanship of the local people using traditional techniques passed down through generations to create beautiful items till today.
Take a break for lunch and return to the hotel for a break.
Late in the afternoon, take a relaxing horse cart ride through the temple area, passing many monuments, farms and traditional houses along the way, Finally, a visit to sunset hill from where you will have a panoramic view of the magnificent plains of Bagan. Afterwards, return back to the hotel.
(Overnight in Bagan)
Day 7: Bagan – Inle Lake
Morning drive to Inle lake by car. Evening arrive at Inle lake.
Day 8: Inle- Indein
After breakfast, visit the lake’s 5day 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 products.
(Note: market closed on dark-moon day and full-moon day).
From the market, continue down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of Indein. Explore the area on foot, strolling around the village and wandering through the beautiful ancient stupas and temples of Alaung Sitthu of Bagan era. From there, magnificent views of the lake below are unforgettable.
After the tour in Indein, sail the same canal then pass through the main lake to Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main most holiest sanctuary, home to five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf.
Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone, where you may see also the lotus fibre weaving, blacksmith, silversmith and a cheroot factory, where traditional Burmese cheroot and cigars are made by hand.
Depending on the time permit, stop the boat and enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside village and enjoy sunset from your hotel.
(Overnight Inle Lake)
Day 9: Inle- Yangon
Leave Hotel to airport and fly back to Yangon for your international departure Flight.