TOUR PROGRAM ( 1 )
18 DAYS1 7 NIGHTS TOURS
( YANGON – MEIKHTILA- PINDAYA – INLE – MANDALAY – BAGAN – NEWESAUNG – YANGON )
Day 1 : Arrive at Yangon. Evening stroll from the hotel throng night time including a typical Myanmar style dinner.
Day 2 : After breakfast, transfer by historical Dodge bus to Yangon Central Railway Station where you will hop on the circular ‘commuter’ train for a 1 hour journey around Yangon ( please take note that the trains are very basic, often crowded and not quite reliable) to Insein Station. We walk through this typical Myanmar neighborhood to observe the way of life of yangon people and then drive downtown. Start your walking tour at Pansodan Street famous for some of Yangon’s most impressive colonial buildings. Continue to Mahabandoola Road from where you have the perfect view on Sule Padoda, City hall and High Court. Cross through the greens of Maha Bandoola Garden before discovering the gold shops of Shwe Bontha Street. Go further on to Kon Zay Dan Street and Shwedagon Pagoda Road before crossing through the animated Indian District of Anawrahta Road to reach the Hindu Temple. Continue to 31st Street well known for second hand book shops as well as typical historical shop houses and to the Bogyoke (Scotts) Market with hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores.
Walking time about 2 hours in total.
Lunch at local restaurant near Scotts Market.
Late afternoon, transfer by historical Dodge bus to the Shwedagon Pagoda for the visit of one of the world’s most spectacular monuments. Return to hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Yangon.
Day 3 : YANGON – THAZI – MEIKHTILA
In the early morning , you will be transferred to the Central Railway Station and board your day train to Tharzi. The train is slow, rather dirty and one misses international comfort, however, for guests seeking a more in-depth experience and the chance to meet Myanmar people it is a good introduction to train. Lunch is to your own account.
Upon arrival at Thazo, drive ( 21 KM – 30 minutes) to MEIKHTILA.
Dinner and overnight stay at Meikhtila .
Day 4 : MEIKHTILA – PINDAYA
After breakfast, drive up hill to Kalaw which during the former British colonial times was a retreat for the British officers. Walk around the market and see some of the colonial buildings. Shan lunch at Seven Sisters Restaurant. Continue by coach to Pindaya ( total journey from Thazi to Pindaya about 141 km – 6 hours).
Upon arrival in Pindaya visit the Pindaya Caves, a unique site housing thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over the centuries.
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Pindaya.
Day 5 : PINDAYA TREKKING
After breakfast, meet the local trekking guide and transfer by tractor to the small town of Pwe Hla located off the min road from pindaya to Aung Ban . From here commence your first trekking day walking in a south-eastern direction. The trek today is mainly up and down hill through several valleys dotted with pine forests and plantations farmed by the Danu and Taung Yo ethnic minorities.
The trekking route today will be ( name of village)
Pwe Hla to Wataya ( 1hours 30 minutes )
Wataya to Nangon ( 1hours 30 minutes )
Nangon to Nangon Daung ( 30 minutes)
Nangon Daung to Peyin Daung ( 2hours 30 minutes)
Walking time about 6 hours in total, up and down hill.
Lunch will be picnic style and dinner will be cooked by your trekking guide.
Overnight stay at Peyin Daung village either in the monastery or local village headman house.
Note: Guester need a good physical condition to complete this 3-day trek. Infrastructure during these 3 days is very simple and basic. The main luggage will be transferred from Pindaya to Nyaung Shwe and we recommend that guests only bring a small back-pack. Good walking shoes, sun hat, sun glasses, sun lotion and comfortable clothes are indispensable, and we also recommend guests to bring a sleeping bag and a towel. Nights between November to February can be very cold when temperatures drop to 5 degrees centigrade at night and warm clothes are a necessity. Overnights will be spent in local monasteries or in the house of local people on the floor on bamboo mats. Shower facilities will only be available in the form of buckets of cold water. Drinking water will be provided and each participant needs to carry his own supplies. Three meals a day will be provided and cooked by the trekking guides with the help of the local villagers and participants. We recommend guests to bring their own supply of snacks such as cookies, fruits and energy bars which they can buy in Yangon. The itinerary and trekking route is subject to changes depending on local circumstances.
Day 6 : TREKKING
Hit the path again and continue your walk passing vast valleys and mountain farms. The Danu give way to ethnic minorities of Pao people who are mountaineers and fully self contained. The Pao can be seen throughout the Shan State wearing black clothes and colorful head dresses. Some of the villages that you will visit today have their own primary schools run by monks or village communities and you will have the possibility to visit them and take part in their daily activities. The trek today is through hilly terrain with mountain farms and green meadow land.
The trekking route today will be ( name of villages )
Peyin Daung to Tha Yet Pu ( 1hour )
Tha Yet Pu to Myet Set ( 1 hour )
Myet set to Onhminbauk ( 1 hour )
Onhminbauk to Wah Gyi Myaung ( 3 hour )
Walking time aabout 6 hours in total, up-and down hill.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be simple local food cooked by your trekking guide.
Overnight stay at Wah Gyi Myaung village, either in the monastery or with the local villages head man house.
Day 7 : TREKKING – INLE LAKE
Your last trekking day is a combination of walks through valleys and some dense forested area. This part of the Shan State is very green, dotted with mountain farms and villages, as well as offering beautiful sceneries and views over Inle Lake. You will reach the western shore of the lake near Than Taung village. The last part of the trek is a steep stretch down the valley towards the village.
The trekking route today will be 9name of the villages)
Wah Gyi Myaung to Ye U ( 1 hour 30 minutes )
Ye U to Nwadama ( 1 hour 30 minutes )
Nwadama to Min Gyaung ( 1 hours )
Min Gyaung to Than Taung ( 1 hour 3 minutes )
Arrive near Than Taung village mid afternoon and board a long trail boat for the one hour journey to Nyaung Shwe. Transfer to hotel by trishaws.
Lunch will be simple local food cooked by your trekking guide.
Dinner and overnight stay in Nyaung Shwe.
Day 8 : NYAUNG SHWE – INLE LAKE
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the pier by trishaws. Full-day excursion by boat on Inle lake will include sight of the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and magnificent scenery. We travel to the southern part of the lake to focus on village life of the Inn Thar people who have developed a unique way of life and keep to their centuries old traditions.
Lunch will be served in a typical Inn Thar house built on stilts over Inle Lake.
Return to Nyaung Shwe by boat and stop on the way at one of the hotels near the Eastern shore built on stilts over the lake. Enjoy a sundowner. Transfer from pier to hotel in Nyaung Shwe on foot ( about 15 minutes walk) through the lively early evening town.
Dinner and overnight stay in Nyaung Shwe.
Day 9 : INLE LAKE – INN THEIN
Pick-up at your hotel in Nyaung Shwe and board your boat to the Western shore of the lake where you will find the beginning of a stair path leading to the hidden and unknown Inn Thein pagoda complex. Visit one of the most amazing historical sights on the shore of the lake consisting of hundreds of small stupas overgrown by moss and greens. Continue on foot to a village nearby where several crops are grown in traditional ways. Walk in an easy pace along one of the many creeks passing through rice fields to the village of Sae Ma. Visit the primary school of the village and possibility to meet the children and teachers to observe their way of learning and teaching. Step in a wooden canoe for an exciting ride down a narrow creek until you reach the Paung Daw Oo Pagoda. Lunch at local restaurant. Return by boat to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay in Nyaung Shwe.
Day 10 : NYAUNG SHWE – MANDALAY
After breakfast, long bumpy journey over some bad and heavily potholed roads to Mandalay ( 348 km – 10 hours).
Dinner at local restaurant and overnight stay in Mandalay.
Day 11 : MANDALAY – AMARAPURE
After breakfast, excursion to Amarapura, 15 km from Mandalay where you have the possibility to see MAHAGANDAYON, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study. We will arrange especially for you to have a guided visit by an English speaking monk. Walk through Amarapura village to the
TAUNG THA MAN LAKE and cross the famous 200 –year old U BEIN TEAK BRIDGE, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapurawas Royal capital (total walking time about 1 hours). You will be picked up on the other side of the bridge and transferred back to Mandalay. Afternoon is at your leisure.
Lunch and dinner (to your own account) and overnight stay in Mandalay.
Day 12 : MANDALAY – BAGAN
After early breakfast, a 300 km drive (8 hours) by road through varied agricultural landscapes will take you to BAGAN. Lunch at local restaurant on the way. Upon arrival in Gagan, transfer to your hotel.
Dinner at local restaurant and overnight stay in Bagan.
Day 13 : BAGAN
After breakfast, travel to Nyaung Oo and stroll through the colorful local market.
Continue the day with visits to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan including SHWEZIGON PAGODA, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; KU BYANUK GYI, a temple with superb murals of Jataka scenes; KHAY MIN GA TEMPLE, noted for its panoramic view of the area’s numerous monuments and ANANDA TEMPLE, with four standing Buddha images. Return to hotel. Afternoon at leisure.
3.00 pm pick up at your hotel by horse cart and venture out to some of the more off-the beaten track temples and pagodas. We don’t follow the trotted trails but take you over dusty roads and small paths through one thousand years of history. After sunset from the top of one of the Pagodas return to your hotel.
Lunch and dinner (to your own account). Overnight stay in Bagan.
Day 14 : BAGAN
After breakfast, full day at leisure.
Optional: Early morning balloon-flight in Bagan.
Experience the magic of Bagan and a thousand years of history from the enchanting platform of a hot air balloon, for the first time ever. Balloons over Bagan offers visitors exclusive sunrise champagne flights over the ancient pagodas of Bagan
From late October to April. (Details seeattachement ‘Balloons over Bagan’)
Optional half-day morning bike excursion:
Bagan is not only the site of thousand year old temples andpagodas, butr also of many villages scattered throughout the temple plain. Leave from your hotel and bike over dusty lanes and tree shaded roads past temples and monasteries to TAUNG BI village. Visit the noodle makers, a Myanmar-style movie theatre, the village hairdresser and the local tea shop. Bike to the Irrawaddy River and along the way pay a visit to some of the family businesses including blacksmiths, brick maker, dry smack ‘factories’ and bamboo roof producers. They pursue their trade since generations in the same traditional way. Return to your hotel by bike.
Distance from New bagan – 25 to 30 km
Cycling hours – 2 to 2 h
Overnight stay in Bagan.
Day 15 BAGAN – YANGON – DOHA
Atter breakfast, transfer to airport for domestic flight to YANGON and connect to your international departure flight.
Day 16 BAGAN – YANGON – NEWE SAUNG
Upon arrival at Yangon airport transfer by tour coach (no guide) over a bumpy countryside road to Ngwe Saung (5 – 6 hours) via a stop in Pathein. Lunch is to your own account.
Dinner and overnight stay at Treasure Beach Resort on Ngwe Saung Beach.
Day 17 NGWE SAUNG BEACH
After breakfast , full day is at your leisure. The un-spoilt 15 km of white powdery sand beach invites travelers to relax under lush tropical coconut palm trees. Besides beach activities such as swimming,windsurfing and snorkeling Ngwe Saung Beach is the ideal retreat for guest seeking a peaceful and quiet atmosphere, Lunch is to your own account.
Optional boat excursion ( under the arrangement of Treasure Beach Resort) :
Hotel staff will accompany you for the 15 minutes drive off-road to Thazin jetty and departure to Sinma village by boat. Strike anchor 30 meter off Sinma Village. Stroll along the road and witness a day’s of activities of native fishermen (possibly upon return form the sea wityh loads of fish and prawns of various catches and the primitive way of preserving the day’s catch…). Cross a little creek in a local boat, walk up to a hill top pagoda to enjoy the breathtaking sceney. Picnic lunch is served at midday.
Treasure Beach Resort. The responsibility of the operation of this excursion is with the hotel and prices are subject to changes without prior notice.
Dinner and overnight stay at Treasure Beach Resort (Superior) on Ngwe Saung Beach.
Day 18 : NGWE SAUNG – PATHEIN – YANGON – DEPATURE Breakfast at hotel. Transfer by tour coach ( no guide) over a bumpy country side roach (5-6 hrs) to YANGON airport.
Lunch is to your own account.
International departure flight .