Classic Tour Program (3)
10 DAYS 9 NIGHTS TOUR
Yangon – Mandalay – Bagan – Inle – Yangon
Day 1: Yangon, the Capital of Myanmar
Fly from Bangkok to Yangon by Thai Airways or any other airline. Your English- speaking guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. He will accompany with you during the whole trip. Later you can have a sightseeing tour of Yangon which includes the Sule Pagoda in the center of the city, the old colonial buildings in the downtown area, the Botataung Pagoda on the waterfront and the Strand Hotel for tea (if time permits). In the evening, visit the world-famous Shwedagon Pagoda to enjoy the sunset.
Day 2: YANGON – MANDALAY
Mandalay, the Last Imperial City
Fly to Mandalay by Air Bagan/Air Mandalay/Yangon Air. The flight will take approx. 2 hours. From Mandalay Airport, it takes about one hour by car to your hotel. After lunch, sightseeing starts with Zay Cho market and, if time permits, the Einedawyar Pagoda. From there on to the Kuthodaw Pagoda with its 729 marble slabs which are also known as the World’s Biggest Book, then to the Golden Palace Monastery with its fine wood carving, which was a part of King Mindon’s Palace. We will watch the sun set over the city from the terraces of Mandalay Hill.
Day 3: MANDALAY – AMARAPURA – SAGAING – MANDALAY
Other Former Imperial Cities near Mandalay
After breakfast, visit the famous Mahamuni Pagoda with its huge golden Buddha image, and then visit the traditional arts and crafts of Mandalay: the carvings in marble and wood, the bronze foundries, and the production of gold leaf.
Then we will drive you to royal city of Amarapura with its Mahagandayone Monastery where you observe the lives and the education of monks. Then proceed to the royal city of Sagaing in order to enjoy the panoramic view of Mandalay and the Ayeyarwady River from the Sagaing Hills, which are studded with temples and monasteries. Finally you can return to Amarapura to visit the world’s longest wooden bridge, U Bein Bridge, and watch the sun set over its lake. Then return to Mandalay for dinner.
Day 4: MANDALAY – BAGAN (BY EXPRESS BOAT)
A Day on the Mighty Ayeyarwady River
Early morning transfer to the jetty for Shwekeinnayi Express boat to Bagan. The cruise will take approximately 10hours. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Day 5: Bagan
After breakfast, we will start our sightseeing by car which includes a colorful open market, Gubyaukgyi (Watkyi Inn), the impressive Shwezigon Pagoda, the beautiful Ananda Temple, the tall Thabyinnyu Temple, the massive Damayangyi Temple, and the white Bu Pagoda on the Ayeyarwady River for a sunset view.
Day 6: Bagan – Mt. Popa – Bagan
In the morning, drive to Mt. Popa. On the way to Mt. Popa, stop for a glance at the life of the palm climbers. In the evening, we will take a boat up to Kyaukgu Umin Temple for looking a cave temple made of sand stone and on the way back, we will see the sun set over the Ayeyarwady River.
Day 7: Bagan – Heho – Lake Inle
Lake Inle in Southern Shan State; for some Relaxing Days on one of the Most Beautiful Lakes of the World
In the morning, fly to Heho (the airport for the lake). Then take a car from there to Nyaungshwe, the main town and starting point to the lake. And transfer to your hotel by boat.
Sightseeing tour of Lake Inle starts with a visit of the spectacular floating gardens and aquatic life of the lake. Visit the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the Ngaphechaung (jumping cats) Monastery, a cheroot factory and some fishermen villages. Late in the afternoon return to your hotel.
Day 8: Lake Inle Region – Indein Village
After breakfast, sightseeing by boat to a colorful local market then by boat up the narrow and scenic Nam Pilu River to the village of Indein to visit some ancient stupas in Pa-O territory. The Pa-O tribe is the largest minority in Shan State. After lunch, visit by boat to one of the local villages on stilts.
Day 9: HEHO – YANGON
In the morning, drive to Heho Airport for your return to Yangon. After you have checked into your hotel, you could visit the Reclining Buddha, and the Bogyoke Aung San Market for handicraft and souvenirs. In the evening, you may want to stroll through lively China Town.
Day 10: Yangon – Bangkok
Transfer to the airport.