ESCAPE TO MYANMAR (13D12N)
DAY 1: YANGON ARRIVAL
Welcome to Yangon.
The first thing you will notice greenery pictogram once you touched down Yangon. Our helpful local associate will assist you to start your journey begin. On the way from Airport, will pass by The Lady Aung San Suu Kyi’s resident front gate; adored how difficult her democracy journey. There will be placed an up-to-date news journal inside the car and you will be explained about the gracious community and amazing pagodas along the way. Once you are checked in at Hotel, we will arrange a first visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, which is over 2500 years old, and learn why this glittering pagoda is the landmark of Yangon. Depend on your International Flight arrival time; tour schedule will be adjusted accordingly. Dinner will be served with Famous Roasted Golden Duck. Enjoy your first night.
DAY 2: GOLDEN ROCK – MAWLAMYING
After breakfast, we will climb down from Kyaik Hti Yoe Hill if you choose to live at the hotel on submit. Numerous local teashops and souvenir shops offering traditional signified stuffs. You will have a chance to taste out all local fruit Jams; it’s a heaven for sweet lover. Afternoon will drive to Mawlamying via Tha Thone – once upon a time it was Mon Kingdom. You will realize how the stories are connected. Once we arrived Mawlamyaing, we will firstly visit Kyaik Than Lan Pagoda once known as Kipling Pagoda; famous for photogenic sight and history. Evening enjoy the Than Lwin River scene.
DAY 3: MAWLAMYAING
After breakfast at hotel, will drive directly to Kyaik Kha Me Yay Lel Pagoda – situated on the sea; you will witness the miracle of the tide and pagoda compound. Picnic lunch will enjoy at Setse Beach. After that, drive to Thanphyuzayet, where you will have a chance to see War Cemetery of WW2 prisoners and some part of Death Railway Line. If time allow, we will visit Mudon City during the day. Evening, we will go to U Nar Auk’s village to see hidden treasures from centuries.
DAY 4: MAWLAMYAING – HPA AN
Morning visit Sein Tone Mibaya Kyaung, where you would astonish the art, which are over hundreds years ago. Then takes a river way between Mawlamyaing and Hpa-An, one of the best boat trips in Myanmar; you will enjoy the scenic way along the Than Lwin River. The closer to Hpa-An, the landscape and serenity will be prettier than ever. Hpa-An is the leading area of Kayin State located south east of Yangon. Wide mountain ranges, big lakes and natural caves are wonders for travelers.
DAY 5: HPA AN
Full day excursion with entire nature and truly tradition; today highlight Zwekabin Mountain, Bayint Nyi Cave, Kyaik KaLatt Pagoda, Kaw Koon and Sadan Cave. All these places are interesting and fascinating natural sights with extraordinary shapes and surrounding. Most caves walls are adorned with carved different sizes and disparate resources, almost thousand if counted.
DAY 6: HPA AN – YANGON
Morning visit Shwe Yin Myaw Pagoda – a riverside place, where you would love to sit a while and then drive back to Yangon. Estimate six to seven hour drive and we will take a rest on the way where you would relax with natural air under shady tree. Back to Yangon and relax for a couple of hour. Evening enjoy Myanmar Beer with BBQ at China town after visit Chinese Temple.
DAY 7: YANGON – HEHO – PINDAYA – NYAUNG SHWE/INLE LAKE (BY CAR)
Take an earliest flight available to Heho, then will drive to Pindaya, where famous for its early narration as well as the spider landmark. Will visit Shwe Oo Min Natural Cave, which was filled with over eight thousands Buddha statues, the most impressive cave in the area. Danu style lunch will serve at local restaurant with the lake view panorama. Then drive to Nyaung Shwe – a small town where is the one and only gateway of Lake Inle. You will perceive the flawless flora and fauna in this tranquil horizon lake above 900m from sea level, which is surrounded by blue and misty mountain ranges. Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.
DAY 8: INLE LAKE (SIGHTSEEING WITH BOAT)
Being one of the prominent destinations in Myanmar, Inle Lake offer something unique for every traveler. Tribal people, Inn Thar, living in the floating villages, special style farming on the floating gardens can be found widely. Full day excursion by boat to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Nga Hpe Kyaung Monastery, Ywama Village or Inthein Village based on 5 days market agenda. Textile raw from lotus flower and lots of local crafts will astonish you definitely. One of the focuses of the day is taste the fresh and healthy, yet tasteful and distinctive cuisine of Inle Lake. Spend the day by fascinating with all possibility of natural beauty and tribal influence.
DAY 9: NYAUNG SHWE – HEHO – BAGAN
Soak in the serenity and natural beauty to get the most experiences in the Lake. After breakfast, we will visit Nyaung Shwe Market where the most crowded place in the morning with local venders, everything is fresh, flash and focus. Then proceed to the Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, the essential spot of Nyaung Shwe, to enjoy the oval shape windows in the antique teak ceremony hall. If time permit, we will visit Grape Farm & have local wine expedition. Take flight to Bagan, a city scattered with thousands of pagodas – most of them are over 800 years old. On arrival you will be taken to the prominent Tharabar Gate where most of the historic stories are connected. Drive to Law Ka Nandar Sedi to enjoy the evening. Overnight in Ancient Kingdom Bagan.
DAY 10: BAGAN & BEYOND
Morning, firstly will visit to Ananda Pagoda to enhance more about ancient legendary & realize about masterpiece of architecture. Just a quick direction to west, you will witness Thatbyinnyu – the highest temple in this plane of Bagan area. Then stopover to an only one hindu religion multiplying temple remaining in Bagan, Nat Lyaung Kyaung, where you can see Vishnu figure. Enjoy lunch with chicken rice (Burmese style) at the restaurant near Bupaya. Then transfer to hotel for check in and to avoid the heat. Afternoon, start the tour again with plausible Myinkaba Village for its lacquer ware workshops, wonderful stories on the way; Manuha Temple – a strange alter Buddha image build by a Mon King to reflect the stress and anxiety of his captive by King Anawrahta. Nearby Temples Gubyaukgyi and Nan Paya will be visited. Magnificent sunset can enjoy at Shwesandaw Pagoda if not too much crowded. Overnight in Bagan.
DAY 11: BAGAN – MT.POPA – BAGAN
A full day excursion will be through today to Mt. Popa; extinct volcano which over four thousands nine hundred feet from sea level. This is the holy religion place for Buddhism with amazing panoramic surrounding. It’s really OASIS for the central Myanmar and palm-lined plantation compose to be the flawless portrait. The day will be fulfilling with exciting moment, amazing landscape and surprising historic legend of Mt. Popa and learn how the place with connect with Bagan Kingdom.
DAY 12: BAGAN – YANGON
Since Bagan is the one of the most significant places in Myanmar, a colorful Nyaung Oo market is also a must sight in Bagan, this will make you realize the livelihood of local people daily chore. Recall all temple visited in Bagan and fine-tune sightsee agenda to get the most of Bagan. Will fly back to Yangon in the afternoon, check in hotel, then will visit to Chauk Htet Gyi Buddha – a reclining Buddha image, you will realize surprisingly the huge figure how delightfully. Rice Vermicelli Noodle Soup will be served for your dinner to fulfill Yangon’s familiarity.
DAY 13: YANGON DEPARTURE
Start your day with the morning jetty visit and taste of Myanmar rice cakes for remembrance. After visit to the city center Sule Pagoda, visit downtown Yangon; walking tour for colonial era building and will show you the true lives of Burmese people – the look beyond the faded colonial shop fronts. You will enjoy shopping and witnessing Bogyoke Aung San Market. You will get the best view of Yangon while having your lunch. Afternoon will transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight from Myanmar. End of Escape to Myanmar.
(Author: Huyen Nguyen)