12-days Myanmar Travel Booking
For those wishing to travel through almost top attractions of Myanmar, this 12-day trip may be a great choice. The whole first day is spent in Yangon with notable visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, which enshrines strands of Buddha's hair and other holy relics. Located west of the Royal Lake on 114 -acre Singuttara Hill in Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site for the people of the Union of Myanmar. In the next three days, we are present in Mandalay and its surrounding areas, including Sagaing and the former capital of Ava. Sagaing with numerous Buddhist monasteries is an important religious and monastic center. The central pagoda, Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, is connected by a set of covered staircases that run up the 240 m hill. Ava is an ancient imperial capital of successive Burmese kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. Though only a few traces of its former grandeur remain today, the former capital is a popular day-trip tourist destination from Mandalay.
The trip also offers great chance to discover Bagan and admire the well-known Pindaya Cave. Bagan is without doubt most astonishing site of Myanmar, if it is all South East Asia. At edges of Irrawaddy river, renamed from now on Ayeryarwaddy, and on the area of 40 km2 straighten up some hundreds temples (2219 exactly). All of these remnants have been constructed of 11century au 13 century by the sovereigns’ successive qui made size of Bagan. Pindaya is especially famous for its natural caves in which ones were stored, with the passing of the centuries the donations of the pilgrims is more than 8000 statues of Buddha out of wood, alabaster, marble, cement. An occasion to discover the evolution that knew the representations of the Buddha through the time. Travelling further to the popular Inle Lake, we visit Inn Dein located on south-western bank of the principal lake. In Dein close it village one can say that it is the most picturesque part of the lake Inle. The brook which leads to the village is animated with various activities on its banks. In-Dein village is used as principal door to approach the western part of the lake and to discover the close villages situated on the hills. Many other attractions is await for you to discover during the trip... !
DAY 01 YANGON ARRIVAL (L/D)
Welcomed by our experienced guide and transfer to hotel and leisure. Green city, marked out lakes with the carefully landscaped banks, Yangon dissimulates under its peaceful airs a vibrating animation. Visit Chaukhtatgyi pagoda and of its great Buddha laying whose colossal stature is fortunately softened by the good-naturalness of its expression! Lunch at the local restaurant. After lunch, an extended visit to the Shwedagon pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments, will conclude the tour of this pictures garden city. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 02 - YANGON--MANDALAY--SAGAING-AMARAPURA-AVA-MANDALAY (B/L/D)
Breakfast. Transfer to Yangon airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival proceed to Sagaing, a retreat for Buddhist devotees, to enjoy a magnificent view over the surrounding area.
Then stop with the Pagoda Soon UPonnya Shin to benefit from the panorama. Lunch at the local restaurant .
After lunch, continue visit to the former royal capital of Ava, reached by a short boat trip. Visits by horse-drawn carriage to Nanmyint Watch Tower, the remains of the palace building nicknamed “leaning tower of Ava”, MahaAungmye beautiful monastery built of brick and stucco and Bagayar Monastery, famous for its impression ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. Return to Mandalay. Departure for Amarapura and continue to the 200- years –old U Bein Bridge, built in 1782 at the time of Amarapura was the royal capital ,entirely constructed by teakwood. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 03 – MANDALAY –-MINGUN –- MANDALAY (B/L/D)
Breakfast. An excursion by boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River will take you to Mingun (45min approximately). Visit one of the world largest bell, weighing 90 tons Mingun Bell, HsinbyumePaya and the unfinished Mingun Paya, built as one of the largest zedis by King Bodawpaya. Return by boat to Mandalay. Lunch on boat during visit. At the afternoon, visits with the Shwenandaw monastery (or Golden Palace monastery) a superb example of a tradition work, and Kuthodaw Pagoda. The world’s largest book, consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Proceed to Mandalay Hill for sunset viewing. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 04 – MONYWA -- PO WIN TAUNG –- MONYWA (B/L/D)
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Monywa (3h approximately) by coach.
Stop on route to visit the KaungMudaw Pagoda with its enormous white dome and its some 800 stone pillars located at the base. Visit multicolored Thanboddhay temple, built from the dream designs of a noted monk. Lunch at the local restaurant. After lunch, departure for the splendid temple-caves of PoWinTaung (1hr), a seldom-visited complex of cave temples and shrines (some dating back to the 15th century) that contain an abundance of Buddha images and some fine mural paintings. And then continue to discovery of the maze of temples Shwe BaTaung. Return to Monywa. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 05 – MONYWA –- PAKOKKU --CRUISING ON THE IRRAWADDY – BAGAN(B/L/D)
Breakfast. Drive to Pakokku (3h approximately) by coach. Then cruise to Bagan (2h30), the occasion to discover the life of the banks of the river with its market gardening’s and its traditional villages of another time. Lunch at the local restaurant. Arrival to Bagan at the beginning of afternoon.
Departure for the visit of site BAGAN of the 11th century. Visit stops at one of the pagoda where you can sit for the beautiful sunset. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 06 – BAGAN (B/L/D)
Breakfast. Day devoted to discovered of Bagan “the mystic” extraordinary archaeological site that do not have anything to envy that of Angkor with its 3000 temples and pilot pink brick stupas of the apogee of the Buddhist architecture of Myanmar. starting a sightseeing tour with a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, and discovered temples Shwegugyi, Gawdawpalin and colored market located at Old Bagan. Afterwards, lunch at the local restaurant. After lunch visit Ananda Temple, with its four huge standing-Buddha images and numerous seated figures that are arranged around the interior gallery and GuByaukGyiTample ( under the protection of UNESCO), noted for its ancient mural paintings. Observe a sunset near Bagan’s ancient monuments. Dinner at the local restaurant and overnight at hotel.
DAY 07- BAGAN--MOUNT POPA—BAGAN(B/L/D)
Breakfast. Continue the visits of Bagan with the discovery of the ruins of the Royal Palace; door of Tharaba, temple of TayokPye. Visit of a lacquer craftsmen’s workshop in nearby Myinkaba village. Lunch at the local restaurant. Then, a 45 km drive (1 ½ hour) will take you Mount Popa. An extinct volcano with spectacular views. Its shrine is dedicated to animist spirits knows as “Nats” and you will have time to climb nearly 800 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak. Return to Bagan. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 08 – BAGAN –- HEHO – PINDAYA (B/L/D)
Breakfast. Transfer to Nyaung U airport for domestic flight to Heho. Departure by the road (2h30 approximately) for the caves of Pindaya, an interesting long way up into the hills and across the Shan Plateau, through fields of mountain rice.
Pindaya is especially famous for its natural caves in which ones were stored, with the passing of the centuries the donations of the pilgrims is more than 8000 statues of Buddha out of wood, alabaster, marble, cement. An occasion to discover the evolution that knew the representations of the Buddha through the time.
Lunch at the local restaurant. Visit magnificent Pindaya cave set in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake, where thousands of different types of Buddha images are a display in the various cave chambers. Continue visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper and parasols. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 09 – PINDAYA –- TAUNGGYI –- KAKKU - -INLE LAKE (B/L/D)
Breakfast. Departure by the road for Taunggyi, capital of the Shan state and former British hill station. Visit the local market where minority people sell their products. Continuation by the road (1h 30) for Kakku. KakKu pagoda is very unusual and little-known about its origins. Dozens of small stupas surround the main pagoda in a huge circle. Stops in way to visit some small villages Pao, principal ethic group of the area. Lunch at the local restaurant. Departure by road (2h 30), for NyaungShwe, at the edge of the lake Inlé. Visit monastery out of wooden of Shwe Yan Pyay. Visit of NyaungShwe. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 10 – INLE LAKE –- INDEIN (B/L/D)
Breakfast. Drive by road to Inle Lake(90 km-2 ½ hours). Idyllic framework, blotted around the mountains, the Inle Lake is a punctuated blue oasis of villages on pile, temples and monasteries.
You can discover the life of the lake: it’s surprising floating vegetable gardens, fixed on the bottom of the lake by large poles of bamboo; its fishermen Inthas, principal ethnic of the lake, which ancestral mode of fishing, with a bow net and while rowing with a leg, is the unique in the world.
You can walk in the village and visit the old pagodas which were built in 12th century.
Inn Dein, located on south-western bank of the principal lake, In Dein close it village one can say that it is the most picturesque part of the lake Inle. The brook which leads to the village is animated with various activities on its banks. In-Dein village is used as principal door to approach the western part of the lake and to discover the close villages situated on the hills.
Lunch at the local restaurant. After lunch, visit monastery NgaPhe, also called “monastery of the jumping cats” since its monks drew up cats to be jumped inside rings. This monastery out of wooden, built on pile, and contains an astonishing collection of statues of Buddha. Visit Pagoda PhaungDawOo, one of the most scared shrines in Myanmar, dating back to the 18th century, and visits some of its many artisanal factories of weaving of silk, cigars. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 11 - INLE LAKE –- HEHO –- YANGON (B/L/D)
Breakfast. Transfer by the road for Heho airport (1h) and for flight back to Yangon. Continuation of the visits Sule Pagoda. Then, walk through China Town that houses along the facades are decrepit colonial buildings, an abundance of small shops, street vendors and canteens street. Lunch at the local restaurant. A stop at Bogyoke (Scott) Market gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar’s wide range of handicrafts. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 12- YANGON DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast. Leisure time until the transfer to the airport. End of service.