Around Myanmar for Experience (12 Days / 11 Nights)

Yangon – Hmaw Yaw Gyi Elephant Rehabilitation Center – Naypyitaw – Mandalay –Bagan – Inle – Yangon

Welcome at Yangon International Airport. Meet with our guide, head to hotel for check in and refreshment. [official check in time 14:00].

Yangon, formerly Rangoon - the Garden city of the east, quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage make it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.

Afternoon visit to Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, a 70-meter-long reclining Buddha, the feet of the Buddha statue is curved with traditional symbols as its center piece to introduce Myanmar’s unique brand of Buddhism.

Then visit Kandawgyi Park and visit Local Tea Shop for a chance to experience a basic part of Burmese life: drinking tea! Enjoy a coffee or tea with variety of snacks while sitting amongst businessmen, friends and families who gather at the tea shop to socialize or conduct business.

Finally visit to Shwedagon Pagoda – one of the wonders of the world and the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. The local believe that it was built 2500 years ago. The 8-sided central stupa is 99-meters tall, gilded with gold leaf, and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas. Visit around the massive complex and learn why this temple is so revered among locals.

Then back to hotel and overnight in Yangon.

BMorning drive to Hmaw Yaw Gyi Elephant camp, about 3 hours’ drive from Yangon. Enjoying Elephant Bathing (we need to arrive there not later than 8:00am and we should leave Yangon around 5am.), bathing and washing young elephants, old elephants, mother elephants and the calves.

Bringing up of the young elephants, natural breast feeding (if we have chance to see it). And feeding to elephants by buffet style (Putting sugarcane, watermelon, pumpkin, banana etc., and feeding elephants) is also impressive and enjoyable. Elephant show- also enjoy elephant playing football, elephant dance and riding elephant as a mahouts, etc..

We can study natural forest plants including different species of hardwood, large forests teak wood (nursery), other valuable forest plants different life span (middle age – young age) bamboos, etc. We can also observe how to communicate, between mahouts and elephants how instincts, how to train. Then proceed to Naypyidaw, check in at hotel and overnight.

After breakfast at hotel, visit around Naypyidaw including Uppatasanti Pagoda, Water Fountain Garden, Myoma Market and Gem Museum. Then proceed to Mandalay. Upon arrival, check in at hotel and leisure. Overnight in Mandalay.

After breakfast, meet with our guide at 08:00 to visit Mingun. Transfer to Jetty and embark on a boat trip up the Ayeyarwaddy River, enjoying the picturesque scenery of this river and the lifestyles of the local people who live and work on these waters.

Visit Mingun Bell which weighs of 90 tons and is more than 3.7 metres tall, the world largest un-cracked bell and unfinished Mingun Pagoda. Walking along the village, crafting traditional basketry and other artistic items and there is plenty of time to stop and interact with the craftsmen and friendly locals and then visit Hsinbyume Pagoda, a white-washed temple built to resemble Mount Meru, one of the main attractions of Mingun.

Then boat back to Mandalay, visit to the marble workshop, Shwe Nandaw Kyaung- or Golden Palace Monastery- which is noted for its intricate wood carvings and Kyauktawgyi Pagoda to view the huge marble Buddha. Enjoy the sunset on top of Mandalay Hill and enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River. Back to hotel and overnight Mandalay.

Meet the guide at 8:00 and depart for an excursion around Mandalay to explore the former capitals of Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura. We cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar, explore pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae.

Continue to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries and visit by horse carts to Maenu Okkyaung Monastery – built by the chief queen in 1818, Nan Myint Tower – 27-meter high, Bargayar Monastery – well known for its wood carving with 267 teak pillars.

Return toward the city and stop at Amarapura, another former capital. Enjoy the sunset by crossing over U Bein bridge, 200-year-old teak bridge. Back to hotel and leisure. Overnight in Mandalay.

Early morning, transfer to the jetty for the river cruise to Bagan. Leisure and enjoy the marvelous landscapes during the cruise. The boat may stop in some villages to get the local passengers up and down. Arrive to Bagan and transfer to hotel and refreshment. Overnight in Bagan.

Breakfast at hotel. We start our journey begins at an elevated viewpoint with spectacular views over the surrounding plains. This is the perfect introduction of Bagan with grandeur and scope of Bagan’s architecture.

Next visit to Shwezigon Pagoda, the glorious golden stupa, Ananda Temple – the masterpiece of Bagan, proceed to Myingaba Gubyaukgyi Temple to observe the best mural paintings of 11th century, nearby visit to Manuha Temple – Huge Buddha Image and Nan Paya Temple- nice Buddha statues and stone work.

After lunch, visit to Dhamayangyi Temple - the biggest temple in Bagan, Sulamani Temple - the 12th century temple the lacquerware workshop – the most Bagan’s famous product. Watch as the skilled craftsmen use techniques passed down through generations to create beautiful items. Then take a horse cart along the temples to the viewpoint to enjoy the sunset over the plains. Afterwards, return back to hotel and overnight in Bagan.

Take early breakfast, start at 7.30 am, ride on street for 2 km to be warm up. Afterwards, biking on the small field path along water supply canal which is using to send the water from Ayeyarwaddy river to the land and start the biking place for adventure and Bagan's outskirts to explore beauty of dry zone with land of endless fields, today palm farms, paddy fields, etc.

By riding through Nwar Kyo village, Kann Poat village, Tuwin Tain village, Monastery in colonial style, stop at tamarind tree Let Wel village for relax, one can explore villages life and their daily activities.

Enjoy picnic lunch and snacks under the shadow during the trip while relaxing in the tranquil countryside. Visit home of the family in village to enjoy tea and snacks and chatting with them for exchanging social and cultural. Back to Bagan and leisure.

Transfer to the airport and flight to Heho. Upon arrival Heho airport, drive to Pindaya by enjoying the marvellous landscapes of hilly region with vegetables plantation, terrace landing cultivation, etc.

En route to Pindaya, stop in the junction town of Aung Ban and visit the ‘Wholesale Market.’ – selling the regional produce such as ginger, onions, chilies, potatoes, cabbage and other seasonal vegetables piled high into giant mounds and watch as locals buzz about trading goods.

Upon arrival, visit to the Pindaya Market, a typical rural market selling an array of food and dry goods. After that, visit to Pindaya Caves to explore this incredible complex, houses of 8094 Buddha Images. Then, transfer to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway to Inle Lake, and on to the hotel for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake

After breakfast, we will star our tour around 08:00 am. Visit the bustling morning five-day market (the market rotates its location every day in 5-day cycles, daily except on full moon and dark moon days) to explore the local cultural. Villagers from surrounding village tribes come to the market to sell and trade and so, you can see the various tribes in one place.

Then we will forward to the Indein along a small canal. Walking along to explore through the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area. Claim the stairway to the top of the hill to visit picturesque ancient stupas, magnificent views of the lake below from this vantage point.

After enjoying the visit to Indein, back to the boat and continue visit floating gardens, floating villages, Lotus-petal robe and silk weaving looms at Inn Paw Khone village, Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda – the most venerable pagoda on the lake, jumping cats’ monastery, etc.

Then back to hotel and leisure. Overnight at Inle Lake.

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport and fly back to Yangon. On arrival, transfer to Yangon Railway Station to take the local Circular Train journey to the outskirts of town (20-30 minutes ride), to observe the lively and colorful life of the rural Burmese people. Disembark to visit Kyi Myin Daing Market where a variety of street vendors sell colorful wares. Enjoy exploring the market and meeting friendly locals before returning by road to Yangon.

After that visit to Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott’s Market) – the major bazaar of Yangon. It is well known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets, dominated by antique, Burmese handicraft and jewellery shops, art galleries, and clothing stores.

(Note: the market is closed on Mondays and public holidays). Back to hotel and leisure. Overnight in Yangon.

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to International airport for departure. END OF THE SERVICE.

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