The Golden Land - 3

Day : 1 Arrival Yangon (-/-/-)

Arrive Yangon International Airport by afternoon flight, you will meet your tour guide after clearing immigration and customs control at Airport. Transfer to the hotel for check in.
Late in the afternoon, visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda described by Somerset Maugham: The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold. Enjoy sunset at Pagoda.
Stay overnight at Yangon

Day : 2 Yangon - Bagan (-/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to airport for flight to Bagan, on the dry plain of central Myanmar by the banks of the Irrawaddy River stands Bagan, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia. The 230 years, from 11th to 13th century, in Bagan thousands of stupas and temples many of which are still standing today.
You begin your excursion with a visit to Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan’s important golden stupas where we can look for the spirit house with 37 ‘nats’. Continue to visit a diverse selection of pagodas and temples such as Kyansittha cave temple, 12th century frescoes along the corridors and Ku Byauk Gyi temple with murals of jataka scenes and Htilominlo, one of the biggest temples with murals and friezes. Then, Ananda Temple with four huge standing-Buddha images and a lot of seated figures were decorated around the wall of the interior corridors.
Back to hotel and stay overnight in Bagan

Day : 3 Bagan (-/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel
Today you begin with a visit to Nyaung Oo Market, after which you spend some time to explore Phaw Saw village on foot. Then, continue to a complex of Laymyetnar temple and Payathonezu, there you can see beautiful frescos left from 1ate 13th century. A stop will be made at one of the local family workshops specializing lacquer ware, where we will be able to see the skillful craftsmen making famous handicrafts of Bagan.
Proceed to the Nanpaya Temple. The masonry work is outstanding, as well as its interior design. It reflects the strong Brahman influence that affected the Teravadin Mon kings. Also, do take note of the relief of the god Brahma. There are three faces that can be discerned, all of which have the typical facial features of Mon. These are said to be representations of King Manuha. It is sometimes called the Ganesh or Mahapeine Temple, named after the elephant-headed Hindu god whose image once stood at the corners of its five successively diminishing rectangular terrace.
Board a local sunset boat for a slow cruise down the Irrawaddy River in the evening. As you cruise the waters, observe the lifestyle of the fishermen and riverside villagers as well as enjoying the unique perspective of Bagan’s temples.
Back to hotel and stay overnight in Bagan

Day : 4 Bagan - Mandalay (-/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to the airport for flight to Mandalay.
Mandalay is the last capital of Myanmar Kingdom before the annexation of British in 1885. The period of kingdom was very short, but the name Mandalay becomes well known by “Rudyard Kipling”. The royal palace wall surrounded by the moat is one of the great things to see and it has been re-created after 1945, by 2nd War World.
Visit Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the country’s most revered Buddha images which over the years has been covered with gold leaf for hundred of layers. Continue to Tapestry making home cottage. And then visit to Marble carving workshop and Gold- Leaf beating workshop. In the afternoon visit Shwe Nan Daw Monastery, Ku Tho Daw Pagoda and enjoy the sunset at Mandalay hill.
Overnight in Mandalay

Day : 5 Amarapura - Ava - Sagaing (-/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel and depart for full day trip to the former capitals of Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing.
The day begins with a visit to the 18th century capital, Amarapura. Attend the daily meal of over thousand monks at the country’s largest monastery; Mahagandayon. Visit a silk weaving workshop, the craft specialty of Amarapura.
Proceed to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries and visit by horse and carriage the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and fort, and the Maha Aungmye Bonzan and Htihlaing Shin Paya. In the afternoon cross the bridge over the Irrawaddy River and continue to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar and is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers.
Arrival and transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Mandalay

Day : 6 Mandalay - Heho - Inle (-/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to the airport for flight to Heho. Upon arrival drive to Inle
Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which houses dozens of Shan Buddha Images, but is more famous for its unique ‘jumping cats’ that jump through hoops in the air! Continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf.
Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand.
We can also visit a local silk weaving ‘factory’ which sits on stilts on the lake and where they still use old style hand looms.
If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.
Overnight in Inle Lake

Day : 7 Indain (-/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel
Continue Inle Lake sightseeing today with a memorable visit to Indein village with its idyllic 17th century pagodas.

Indein is one of the small villages of the Inle Lake located on the western bank of Inle Lake. A Buddha image has enshrined at a whitewashed stupa, which is on the summit of a hill. Below the stupa around the hill are cluster of hundred of ancient stupa most are ruins overgrown with bushes. The pagoda hill is quiet and clam. One could feel the pleasant cool breeze with the sweet ring of the bell hanging at the umbrella of the stupa.
Mesmerizing view from the pagoda hill releases the fatigue and refreshes everybody who ascends to the peak. This mysterious place is at the end of the marvellous Indain creek, which connected with Inle Lake just after the Phaund Daw Oo pagoda. The creek is narrow with many twist and turns. Since the both side are paddy fields you can see the farmer ploughing and harrowing by water buffaloes.
At many places in the creek the farmers dam up the water by bamboo barriers to irrigate the paddy fields. Indein water is not useful for irrigation also for bathing and washing clothes. It is compulsory to see Novice Monk, buffalo’s boys and village girls wash and swim in the creek. Enjoy the sightseeing of Indain.

Overnight Inle Lake

Day : 8 Inle – Heho – Thandwe - Ngapali (-/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to the airport for flight to Thandwe
Upon arrival transfer to hotel
Overnight in Ngapali Beach

Day : 9 Ngapali

Breakfast at the hotel; enjoy wonderful unspoiled beach full day.
Overnight in Ngapali Beach

Day : 10 Ngapali

Breakfast at the hotel; enjoy the beach full day.
Overnight in Ngapali Beach

Day : 11 Ngapali - Yangon

Breakfast at the hotel;
Enjoy the beach before we proceed to airport for flight back to Yangon.
Upon arrival transfer to hotel and overnight in Yangon

Day : 12 Yangon Departure

Breakfast at hotel
In the morning, visit to Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda (a huge reclining Buddha).
And then visit Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2000 years Pagoda to enjoy the bustling life of Yangon and its people. After that we’ll visit Bogyoke Aung San Market (former Scott’s Market), where shopper’s favorite place.
Then we’ll proceed to Yangon International airport for your flight back to …..