Tour Of the Year ( Yangon Arrival)
Yangon-Mandalay -Hsithe village- Monywa - Pakkoku – Bagan- Mt.Popa - Kalaw- Elephant Camp - Inle Lake - Yangon
WHY this program:
The characteristic of this program is based on all scenic parts, cultural core, historical regions and updated popular places of Myanmar for those who has an interest in history, who loves to interact with local people and who wants to explore the most beautiful parts of Myanmar. So, this program is suitable for all clients who wants to know completely about Myanmar in a round trip.
HOW this program
As it is 14 days intensive tour around Myanmar, our update product soft trekking around Maymyo and sightseeing in Myanmar’s heart beats Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle lake encrusted with new and current updates. We assure that clients can experience every aspect Myanmar in this round trip and this undefinable 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 of the best program to visit Myanmar if we measure with our experiences because the tour of the year program is out of ordinary classic program which focus only on usual sightseeing places in big 4 places. We assure that our Tour of the Year program brings you unforgettable experiences.
|Day 1: Arrive Yangon||Day 9: Bagan|
|Day 2: Yangon||Day 10: Bagan|
|Day 3: Yangon-Mandalay ( Sagaing, Amarapura)||Day 11: Bagan- Mt.Popa- Kalaw|
|Day 4: Mandalay- Mingun- Mandalay||Day 12: Kalaw- Elephant Camp- Nyaung Shwe|
|Day 5: Mandalay – Singu- Hsithe Village||Day 13: Inle- Indein|
|Day 6: Hsithe- Singu- Mandalay||Day 14: Life style tour around Nyaung Shwe - Yangon|
|Day 7: Mandalay - Monywa||Day 15: Departure|
|Day 8: Monywa- Pakokku- Bagan|
Day 1: Arrive Yangon Arrive Yangon and transfer to Hotel
Day 2: Yangon (B) City sightseeing begin with experiencing half an hour circle train ride, visit authentic local street market and a walk along the Indian town and city center and historic post office. In the afternoon we experience the mystical atmosphere in the Shwedagon Pagoda until the sunset as a worthy end to our journey.
DAY 3 : Yangon- Mandalay ( Sagaing, Amarapura) (B) Early morning flight to Mandalay, upon arrival at airport drive on the way to Sagaing , famous religious place for the Buddhist and a unique ensemble of temples and stupas. Then drive to Mandalay, last capital of Myanmar Kingdom. Check in at Hotel. Afternoon, visit Kuthodaw Pagoda known as "biggest book in the world". The golden palace Monestry then drive back to Amarapura and enjoy at U Bein bridge by the sunset.
Day 4: Mandalay – Mingun - Mandalay Early morning ferry ride to Mingun, one-hour cruise on the Irrawaddy Stream: The enomous ruin Mingun Pagoda, the largest ringing bell in the world, the white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Return back to Mandaay by boat and visit in Mandalay include Mahamuni Pagoda and gold leaf making, wood curving, stone curving and so on. Evening visit Mandalay Hill.
Day 5: Mandalay-Singu-Hsithe Village (-/-/D) Our journey to Hsithe will take us north past Mandalay Hill. Passing through agricultural land, you drivethrough many villages, where you can see the daily life of rural Myanmar. The road passes to the east of the famous Marble Mountains, where the raw material for the marble carvers of Amarapura is quarried. At 14:00 PM we arrive at Singu, an attractive small town on the left bank of the Ayeyarwady River. Here you will be met by the village boat from Hsithe ( 30 minute downstream). The boat trip is a greatopportunity to observe wildlife, particularly water birds such as Ruddy shelduck, Chinese spot- billedduck, Asian open bill and many Black kites , ospreys and Cormorants etc (most birds are migratory and the best time to see them is late November-late March).
We arrive in Hsithe around sunset, in time forlight refreshment in the Visitor Centre and watch the sun goes down behind the mountain ranges in the west. The view is superb, the mighty Ayeyarwady River in the foreground and the sky turning fromgolden to crimson and purple and finally black. The Visitor's centre and the Eco Lodge are bothattractive buildings positioned on the east bank of the river with panoramic views. Oftendolphins can be observed, feeding in the waters opposite. Dinner is served and enjoy a leisurelyevening looking up at the twinkling stars above in the clear sky.
Day 6 : Hsithe Village-Singu-Mandalay (B/L/-) Next morning, wake up to the sound of the wooden drum from the village monastery. Have breakfast at the Visitor's centre. If you are early, you will see the village monks do their morning alms round, going around the village and the villagers come out to offer their offerings, like they have been doing for centuries. Later learn to be a fisherman/woman! The training lasts one hour but is great fun. First you will be shown how to cast a net and then it is your turn!! Using a light net, especially designed for the purpose, you will have two or three trial throws on ground adjacent to the centre. Then you go by fishing boat to shallow waters and practice your skills. Young or old, male and female, this is something you will enjoy and remember. Lunch is taken in the visitor centre.
After lunch, you will have time to look round the many information boards that explain about life in the village: the fishing, farming and the local wildlife, especially the Irrawaddy River dolphin. It is also an opportunity to buy locally made handicrafts in the visitor centre shop. In the afternoon, you will go for a tour of the village, which will be led by one of the villagers. You can observe local village life in all its fascinating forms – the architecture, the people, the animals, the activities and the monasteries. It is a village of bullock carts, smiling children, and of communities going about their daily life - life which is little changed over the centuries. But sadly, it is now time for you to leave this timeless idyll. After lunch and free time for you to discover the rural life of the village on your own travel by boat upriver to Singu. The water birds look particularly beautiful in the evening twilight. It would be a great photo opportunity for both non-birders and birders alike as the birds come home to roost in the tall trees way beyond the blue mountains in the East. You depart Singu at 16.15 pm and our delivered back to your hotel in Mandalay by about 18.30 latest.
Day 7: Mandalay- Monywa 5 hoursdrive to Monywa, an old trading town on the northwestern shore of the Chindwin River. Afternoon excursion to Pho Win Daung Caves, 25 km away from Monywa with thousands of Buddha statues and murals, dating back to the 14th to 16th centuries.
Day 8: Monywa- Bagan (B) Sightseeing in Monywa: Thanbodday pagoda and Bodhi Tataung forest. Continue Overland trip to Pakokku, from where we go by boat on the Irrawaddy to Bagan. On the way visit the Ma-U-Ahle-village. Experiencing authentic Local Lunch at Village House. In the evening arrive at Bagan UNESCO world heritage.
Day 9: Bagan An optional sunrise balloon flight over Bagan can book in advance for today. Full day sightseeing in Bagan include Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi Temple, Ananda Patho Temple, Hti lo Min Lo temple, Ananda temple. Visit of a workshop for traditional lacquerware workshop.
Day 10: Bagan Sightseeing in Bagan: Mahabodhi Temple, Dhamayangyi Temple, Sulamani Temple, Thatbyinnyu Temple. Explore around the temple by horse cart for one hour( two person/ hose cart) before sunset.
Day 11: Bagan- Popa- Kalaw (B) Morning drive to Mt.Popa through the Myingyan Plain, 50 km away from Bagan. Mt. Popa, the mountain of the gods Myanmars, one of the most important sanctuaries in the country. Climb up Mount Popa Taung Kalat (777 steps). Afternoon, drive through the most scenic part of the Shan Plateau to Kalaw.
Day 12: Kalaw- Pindaya- Wine tasting- Nyaung Shwe (B/L/D) Morning drive to Green Valley Elephant Camp. Afternoon, drive through the most scenic part of the Shan Plateau to Nyaung Shwe and visit Winery on the eastern bank Inle Lake and overnight in Nyaungshwe.
Day 13: Inle -Indein (B) Boat trip on the Inle Lake including a visit to an Intha village, Phaung Da U Pagoda and the monastery Nga Phe Kyaung, traditional Longyi weaving cottage production and a cheroot cigar making . Excursion to Indein west of the lake to visit pagoda and stupa field from the 17th century.
Day 14: Nyaung Shwe- Yangon (B) Life style tour in Nyaung Shwe starts on 6:45 am with city center and wait for the group of monks for food donation and local breakfast tea shop, then proceed to tomato markets and back to the hotel for refreshment. Afternoon drive to airport for flight to Yangon.
Day 15: Yangon (B) Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to airport for departure flight.