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Heartbeats of Myanmar

10 Days / 9 Nights

 Day 1: Yangon, arrival  Day 6: Bagan
 Day 2: Yangon  Day 7: Bagan at Leisure
 Day 3: Yangon – Mandalay  Day 8: Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake – Nyaung Shwe
 Day 4: Mandalay at leisure  Day 9: Inle Lake – at leisure
 Day 5: Mandalay – Bagan  Day 10: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon, departure

Day 1: Arrive Yangon                                                                                                                                                               (-/-/-)

Upon arrival, you will be greeted and welcome warmly by your guide and driver who will accompany you  for check in the hotel.

Yangon, formerly capital of Myanmar and known as Rangoon, planned and built by the British after the second Anglo-Burmese war in mid19 century.  Therefore,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.

After lunch, visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda which is home to a 70-metre long reclining Buddha ;and surrounded by monasteries. Therefore, a visit to Chaukhtatgyi provides a great overview of Buddhism, with murals depicting the life of Buddha and the monastic’s life. The sole prints of the statue are carved with traditional symbolic figures, and locals can often be seen gathering here to pay homage and pray.

Continue to a local tea shop for a chance to experience an integral part of Burmese daily life: Enjoy drinking tea or coffee along with tasteful Myanmar snacks while sitting amongst businessmen, friends and families who gather at the tea shop to socialize or conduct business.

Next explore to Kandawgyi lake Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. The park itself has composed by 13 small islands connected each other by a walkway bridge. The lake is also believe to be half man made and half natural. Here, enjoy the glittering Karaweik Barge, a replica of the Royal Barge, with the vast lake and views of Shwedagon in the background. Depending on the day and time of visit, Kandawgyi may be busy with local families who come to relax in the fresh air and enjoy selection of food and beverages.

After the lake, continue the tour to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Most Buddhist devotees believe that it was built in the time of Lord Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago; although the origins of the pagoda is unclear. The Pagoda has been  renovated several times before taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 76.5 carat diamond on top;more than 80 thousand pieces of different Gems studded spire;more than three tons of gold leaf gilded central stupa-about 100 metres tall, surrounded by 64 smaller stupas at the upper platform.

(Overnight in Yangon.)

Distances and approximate journey time:

  • Yangon Airport to Yangon city centre (20 km): 30 – 60 mins

Day 2: Yangon                                                                                                                                                                         (B/-/-)

Today is your leisure day. Optional tours are available with extra charges.

(Overnight in Yangon)

Day 3: Yangon – Mandalay                                                                                                                                                    (B/-/-)

After breakfast in the morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Mandalay.

Upon arrival, begin a sightseeing tour of Mandalay –with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda. It is home to the  second most revered Buddha image in the country;worship as a living Buddha. The image is being covered with gold leaf over and over again for years by devotees so that it has attained a unique and iconic ‘lumpy’ texture.
From there, continue the sightseeing with well-known’skilled craftsmanship of traditional workshops,observe the production of wood carvings, stone carving,kalaga tapestries, parasol paper making and gold-leaf making, where the techniques remained unchanged since then the time of Kings.

This afternoon, continue the tour of Mandalay with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’. Continue visit to grand teak wood building with exquisite woodcarving, Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace.

Then head up to top of Mandalay Hill, enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River from the highest vantage point in the area until sunset.

(Back to hotel and overnight in Mandalay.)

Distances and approximate  journey time:

  • Mandalay Airport to Mandalay city centre (41 km): 60 mins

 Day 4: Mandalay at leisure                                                                                                                                                    (B/-/-)

Today is a leisure day. Optional tour are available with extra charges..

(Overnight in Mandalay)

Day 5: Mandalay – Bagan                                                                                                                                                       (B/-/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for a flight to Bagan (Nyaung U).

Bagan was the capital of Myanmar from the 11th to 13th century. During this period, there were 11 kings reigned and constructed thousands of huge stupas and temples,over 2000 monuments are still standing today.

On arrival, the journey begins with a visit to Nyaung Oo market. Then continue to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda which is built of sand stone of river Irrawaddy.Then, visit Kyansitta Umin , Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi-a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings;and end the morning tour with a huge elegant Htilominlo Temple;well-known for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.

Lunch and back to hotel for avoiding the heat of the day for a while.

In the afternoon, begin a tour to traditional lacquerware workshop, observe the skillful and quality production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. From here, experience horse cart and enjoy the tour passing through Thatbyinnyu-the highest temple in Bagan, Dhammayangyi-the biggest temple with its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple-where you  will enjoy 18th century painting on the inner wall.

End the joyful day with an unforgettable sunset over the holy archeology plains from the sunset hill, then back to the hotel for the evening.

(Overnight in Bagan.)

Distances and  approximate journey time:

  • Nyaung U Airport to Old Bagan (9 km): 20 mins
  • Nyaung U Airport to New Bagan (12 km): 20 mins

Day 6: Bagan                                                                                                                                                                           (B/-/-)

Today is another leisure day. Optional tour are available at your disposal. For example: Balloon over Bagan! E-bike tour.

(Overnight in Bagan)

Day 7: Bagan at Leisure                                                                                                                                                         (B/-/-)

Today is another day at leisure. Optional tours available at your disposal. For example: a visit to mount Popa or visit to Sale or Pakokku.

(Overnight in Bagan)

Day 8: Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake – Nyaung Shwe                                                                                                                (B/-/-)

After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung U Airport for a flight to Heho. From Heho airport, a scenic one-hour slightly downhill drive leads to Shwe Nyaung , then to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery of the 19th century which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. You may penetrate the monastery for observing monastics life. Continue the tour and stop in Nyaung Shwe for a short walk around town and visit to the colourful market if it is on the 5 day market rotation date.

Upon reaching the edges of canal of Inle Lake, board a private open motorboat to explore Inle Lake. The inhabitants in the lake are known Intha, one of the 135 peoples of Myanmar. Sail and pass through villages built on stilts over the lake, observe the famous leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main 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.

If time permits, stop and enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages. It is best to end the tour before 5PM.

(Overnight on Inle Lake)

Distances and approximate journey time:

  • Heho Airport to Nyaung Shwe (28 km): 45 mins
  • Nyaung Shwe Jetty to Hotel on Inle Lake (10 – 20 km): 30 – 60 mins

Day 9: Inle Lake – at leisure                                                                                                                                                    (B/-/-)

Today is a leisure day. Optional tours available at your disposal.(For example, visit to Saka village or Indein)

(Overnight in Inle Lake)

Day 10: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon – Departure                                                                                                                 (B/-/-)

After breakfast in the morning, transfer to Heho Airport for a flight to Yangon. From Domestic terminal transfer to international terminal to connect for  your onward international flight.

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