TOUR PROGRAM ( 3 )
13DAYS 12 NIGHTS TOURS
( YANGON – INLE – KAKKU – KALAW – PINDAYA – MANDALAY – BAGAN – YANGON )
Day 1 YANGON
Upon arrival at YANGON airport in the morning time. you will be welcomed by guide and transferred to your hotel. Lunch is to own account.
Pick up at your hotel and drive to the BOGYOKE ( SCOTTS ) MARKET with hundreds of food clothes handicrafts and gems stores. Start your walking tour down 31st STREET well known for second hand book shops as well as typical historical shop houses.Cross ANAWRA THA ROAD and continues to SHWE BONTHA STREET to discover the gold shops. Cross through the greens of MAHA BANDOOLA GARDEN from where you have the perfect view on SULE PAGODA CITY HALL AND HIGH COURT.Walk down to PANSODAN STREET famous for some of yangon’s mosst impressive colonial buildings. Board your coach and drive to PANSODAN JETTY to observe the busy life on yangon River. Complete your first day in Myanmar with an extended visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the SHWEDAGON PAGODA.
Walking time about 2 ½ hours in total, flat, mostly on pavement, partly broken.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Yangon.
Day 2 YANGON – HEHO – INLE LAKE
Breakfast at hotel.Transfer to the airport for domestic flight to HEHO by flight. Upon arrival drive (25 km – 1 hour) to NYAUNG SHWE and proceed by boat to your hotel Lunch at local restaurant Excursionby boat on Inle Lake will include sights of the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing village life and magnificent scenery. Visit of THEI LEI OO. Thei Lei Oo village is a beautiful rural forming village that lies on the eastern shore of Inle Lake. It is at the heart at one of one of the most important farming areas on the lake. The inhabitants of the village are Inn Tha and Pao ethnic minority groups. They are well known for their farming skills and use organic farming methods. The major crops farmed oar rice, sugar cane, potato, tomato,garlic and a variety of beans, as well as cucumber and flowers. During the winter season (November to February) the harvested sugar cane is sent to small on site molasses plants where the juice is extrocted made into molasses, then sent to the city for use in the production of Mandalay Rum.You will follow an agro trail that runs from the lake through the village and the surrounding organic farmland in a wide looping curve back to the lake .It afford an excellent window onto village life untouched as it is by modern development Return to hotel by boat.
Walking time about 11/1 hours in total on small paths, mostly flat.
Overnight stay at hotel over Inle Lake.
Day 3 INLE LAKE – INNTHEIN
After breakfast an excursion by boat to the Western Shore of Inle Lake will take you to the beginning of a stair path leading to the hidden and unknown INN THEIN PAGODA complex from Inn Thein your adventure continues by Canoe along a small and narrow creek with a stop on the way at a rice farm Depending on the water level you will have the chance to walk through the rice fields and unique plantations to observe the typical way of life of the Intha people that have lived on Inle Lake since the 7th century.
After lunch at a local restaurant on the lake itself, visits are made to Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the weaving village of Inpawkhon; some of the typical workshops including blacksmiths, boat makers and a cheroot factory and to one of the local markets in the Inle Lake region.
Walking time about 2 hours in total, mostly over small paths and tracks, farming fields and small bridges, mostly flat with a maximum elevation of 50 m.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel that built on stilts over Inle Lake.
Day 4 INLE LAKE – KAKKU – KALAW
After early breakfast, meet your Pa- O trekking guide and transfer by boat to you starting point on the Eastern shore of the lake. Hike approximately 3 ½ h uphill to HTI NE village. Visit the local monasteries and small Pa-O villages specialized in the production of traditional Shan music instruments, such a drums and gongs as well as crop fields and flower garden. Picnic lunch on the way.
Meet your driver for a bumpy off-road journey ( about 1 hour drive depending on road and weather conditions) to KAKKU . Visit the kakku pagoda complex of over 2000 stupas. Depart kakku for your overland joirmeu ( 110km- 3 ½ hour) to kalaw, a fresh and delightful hill station, on the rim of the Shan Plateau, which is a market center for ethnic minorities from surrounding regions. This is a long day with a strenuous hike and a long drive you will arrive in Kalaw at about 2000 hrs.
Walking time about 5 hours in total, mostly up hill, altitude difference about 600 m ( a good physical conditions needed for this trek which is the hardest of the entire journey).
Dinner and overnight stay in Kalaw.
Day 5 KALAW
Breakfast at hotel Your trekking guide will pick you up at your hotel for a walk to Palaung hill tribe villages. Walk up- and downhill through tea-and cheroot leaf plantation. The animist Palaung Tribe was amongst the earliest inhabitants in Myanmar and has kept to their tradition living with several families in long-houses cultivation cash crops and tanapet for Burmese cheroot cigars. Return to hotel. Late lunch at hotel.
In the afternoon walk through the colonial town, see the typical houses built at the time when Burma was a British colony and visit the railway station. Dinner at Seven Sisters Restaurant.
Overnight stay at hotel in Kalaw.
Walking time about 4-5 hours in total, up and down hill, altitude difference about 250-300 m
Day 6 KALAW – PINDAYA
After breakfast, visit Kalaw market and drive (48 km- 1 ½ hours) to PINDAYA Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, walk up to the PINDAYA CAVES, a unique site housing of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over the centuries. Visit also the umbrella workshop and as well as the paper maker family. A walk around the small lake rounds of this leisurely day.
Dinner and overnight stay at Pindaya Inn in Pindaya.
Day 7 PINDAYA
After breakfast start your trekking day with various stops at Da-nu and Pa-O villages to see their traditional way of life. Both the Da-nu and Pa-O are mountain farmers andsell their crop at the famous 5-day markets in the Inle Lake area. You will have the chance to visit their village and plantations. The surroundings are hilly and you will walk up and down, in and out of several valleys. Picnic lunch on the way. Walk back to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay at Pindaya Inn in Pindaya.
Walking time about 6-7 hours in total, up and down hill, altitude difference about 350-400 m
Day 8 PINDAYA – HEHO – MANDALAY – AVA – AMARAPURA
After breakfast drive (60 kim- 2 hours) to Heho airport for domestic flight to MANDALAY by flight. Upun arrival, proceed to the former Royal Capital of INWA (AVA) reached by a short boat trip Cooked outdoor lunch in Ava. Visits by horse-down carriage to NANMYINT WATCH TOWER the remains of the palace building nicknamed “the leaning tower of Ava” MAHA AUNGMYE BONZAN MONASTERY, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts.
On the way to Mandalay stop in AMARAPURA at the 200-year –old U BEIN teakbridge, built in 1782 at the time.When Manrapura wasRoyal capital and observe the sunset. Upon arrival in Mandalay, transfer to your hotel
Dinner to own account.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Mandalay.
Day 9 MINGUN – SAGAING – BAGAN
After breakfast transfer to the jetty and board a private boot on the mighty AYEYARWADDY RIVER and travel up river (about 1hour) to MINGUN. Visits will start with the MINGUN BELL, a magnificent sight of the world’s largest un-cracked bell weighing 90 tons, and will continue with HSINBYUME PAYA as well as the unfinished MINGUN PAYA, built as one of the world’s largest chedis by King Bodaw Paya. Continue on your boat down river (about 2 hours) enjoying your catered lunch. You will then reach SAGAING HILLS, a retreat for Buddhist devotees Your coach will wait for you in Sagaing and transfer you directly to the airport for late afternoon flight to BAGAN by flight. Upon arrival in Bagan, transfer to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Bagan.
Day 10 BAGAN
After breakfast, drive to the village of Nyaung Oo and visit the colorful local market. Venture on foot into Bagan’s desert plain and visit some of the most important temples of Bagan SHWEZIGON PAGODA , built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine. KU BHYANIUK GYI, a temple with superb murals of Jataka scenes; and the famous ANANDA TEMPLE, with four standing Buddha images. Lunch at a local restaurant.
As it gets very hot in Bagan at noontime we recommend returning to your hotel for a rest., but the choice is entirely up to guests’ preferences.
Late afternoon walk through some remote temple area where ox-carts will take too temple off the beaten tourist track. Go on top of the temple to watch the sunset over the famous temples and the Ayeyarwaddy River .
Dinner at a riverside local restaurant and overnight stay at Hotel in Bagan.
Walking time about 3-4 hours in total, mostly flat, partly tarred roads,partly dusty paths.
Day 11 PAGAN – MOUNT POPA
After breakfast, 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 takeyou over dusty roads and small paths through one thousand years of history.
After lunch at a local restaurant , drive (45 km – 1 ½ hours) to MOUNT POPA, an extinct volcano with spectacular views and the birth place of the Myanmar nats’ or spirits. Its shrine is dedicated to animist spirits known as nats and you will have time to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak. Transfer to Popa Mountain.
Resort for check-in Dinner and overnight stay at Popa Mountain Resort.
Distance covered in horse cart 20 to 25 km
Day 12 MOUNT POPA – BAGAN – YANGON
After breakfast walk through lush tropical forests up and downhill passing by the largest extinct volcanic crater of the country. The vegetation is lush and there is a variety of plants and birds that cannot be seen in other part of Myanmar.
Lunch at Popa Mountain Resort. Transfer to the airport for return flight to Yangon by flight. Upon arrival. Transfer to hotel. Int e evening transfer to the best restaurant in Myanmar the colonical style Restaurant for farewell dinner. Return to your hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Yangon.
Walking time about 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours, up and downhill, altitude difference about 450m.
Day 13 YANGON – DEPARTURE
Breakfast at hotel. Full day at your leisure for relaxing until transfer to the airport for your departure with international flight .