Walking To The Green
Day : 1 Arrival Yangon
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, meet and welcomed by your tour guide and transfer to hotel with air conditioned private vehicle. Your guide will assist to settle into your hotel.
Explore Yangon starting from the city centre near Sule Pagoda to enjoy the bustling life of Yangon and its people. Then visit Bogyoke Aung San Market (former Scott’s Market), where shopper’s favorite place.
Then to Chaukhtathgyi Pagoda, 67 meters long the most elegant reclining Buddha.
This evening visit the dazzling Shwedagon Pagoda, a remarkable structure with a dazzling gold stupa that rises 98m above the city and is visible for miles around. Observe the lively activity of Buddhist at the various shrines around the vast compound to worship and make offerings.
Overnight in Yangon
Day : 2 Yangon - Heho - Kalaw
In the morning transfer to Airport for the flight to Heho.
From Heho, enjoy a scenic drive to Kalaw.
Kalaw stands high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. It is 70 km west of Taunggyi, about halfway along the Thazi-Taungyi road. This was a popular hill station in the British days and it is still a peaceful and quiet place. At an altitude of 1320 m it is also pleasantly cool and a good place for hiking amid gnarled pines, bamboo groves and rugged mountain scene.
A former colonial British hill station, this small-town offers cool temperatures (Kalaw sits at 1,300 meters elevation) and plenty of trekking opportunities. The population is a mix of Shan, Indian Muslims, Bamars and Nepalis (Gurkhas retired from British military service), many of whom are missionary educated. Traveling by car, it’s about two hours west of Nyaung Shwe on the western edge of the Shan hills.
Places of interest are Thein Taung Pagoda, Aung Chan Tha Pagoda, Su Taung Pyae Pagoda and the King Church.
Other things to do Shop around for a trek, walk toward temples & churches, meet tribes at the colorful every-5-days market, take the stairs to a temple with a good view of the village, walk up the hill for an even better panorama, a pleasant 1.5 hours trip, taste strawberry lassi, feed birds, breathe fresh air filled with pine trees smell, while on trek, visit coffee, tea or cigar leaves plantations or see elephants at work.
Overnight In Kalaw
Day : 3 Kalaw Trekking – 1st Day
The cool mountain air, pine forests, beautiful landscape and ethnic minority villages make Shan state the perfect area for trekking. Learn about the traditions of the different ethnic minorities from a local guide while porters take care of transporting the provisions. During this 3-day trekking you will encounter continuously changing scenery.
Transfer from hotel in Kalaw to meeting point by open pick-up truck. Start trekking about 1:30 to Lu Pin, a village inhabited by the Danu tribe. Continue for about 30 minutes to Shar Pin village and a further 25 minutes to Pann Lone Pagoda hill for a picnic lunch. After lunch continue trekking to Linn Pan Village, inhabited by the Pa O minority.
Take a rest at the Pa O village before continuing to Nant Thale, the village where you can visit a local school just before entering the village. In the evening, enjoy traditional dinner and overnight stay with the friendly monks in the monastery.
Day : 4 Kalaw Trekking – 2nd Day
After breakfast, resume trekking through the mountains of Shan State. In the morning walk for around an hour and a half passing several villages and old wooden monasteries, breaking for lunch at Htun Gone village. Continue trekking in the afternoon through a stunning area inhabited by farmers and hill tribes for around three and a half hours. Arrive at the end of the day in Htee Taing village for dinner and overnight at the beautiful wooden Htee Taing Monastery that is also used as a school for young novices.
Day : 5 Kalaw Trekking – Arrival Inle
After breakfast at Monastery continue trekking to Inle Lake. In the evening arrive to Inle Lake and board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. 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.
Overnight at Inle Lake
Day : 6 Inle
After breakfast at hotel,board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people.
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 NgaHpeChaung 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 InleLake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand.
If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.
Overnight on Inle Lake
Day : 7 Inle - Heho - Mandalay
Breakfast at hotel
Morning enjoy the beauty of Inle Lake at leisure.Transfer to Heho for flight to Mandalay.
Afternoon visit Mahamuni pagoda, one of the country’s most revered Buddha images which, over the years, has been covered with gold leaf for hundreds of layers.
Continue to Tapestry making home cottage, Marble carving workshop, Gold-leaf Beating workshop, Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and enjoy sunset at Mandalay Hill.
Day : 8 Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay
After breakfast, transfer to the jetty and board private chartered boat for a cruise over the Irrawaddy River towards the former capital of Mingun. After a 45-minute cruise, arrive in Mingun famous for its huge unfinished pagoda also home to the Mingun Bell, considered as the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell. Also visit the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda.
In the afternoon, visit city center: museum, paya Shwekyimyint, central market, paya Eindawya, paya Setkyathiha, and the night market –
Handicraft: traditionals puppets, embroidered tapestry, Shwe Pathein (shops of gold leaves, parasols in cotton and bamboo, portrait of lions and birds in peel. Soe Moe idem but cheaper! Jade market, sculptor’s workshops…Sandamuni
Overnight in Mandalay
Day : 9 Mandalay – Amarapura – Bagan
After breakfast at hotel, take a nice drive to Amarapura to have a nice view and short walk on 200 years old teak block wooden U Bein Bridge and visit Mahagandayon monastery to witness way of life as a monk and being devotee Buddhist. Visit also includes Silk weaving home cottages.
Proceed to Ava, the capital from 14th – 18th centuries. Explore by horse cart to Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and fort. In the afternoon, we’ll cross the bridge over the Irrawaddy River for Sagaing. The religious centre where hundreds of monasteries and nunneries for thousands of monks and nuns. Visit also to include a nunnery to observe life to as a nun.
Drive back to Mandalay and take your flight to Bagan.
On arrival, transfer to hotel and overnight in Bagan.
Day : 10 Bagan
After breakfast at the hotel, your journey begins with a visit to colorful Nyaung Oo Market where every day the locals come to buy and sell fresh produce and other goods before visiting the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan’s rich history.
This afternoon begin with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples.
From here, travel by horse cart for a tour passing along ancient temples. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.
Overnight in Bagan
Day : 11 Bagan – Salay – Popo – Bagan
Today, we will drive to Sale. Visit the Payathonezu, with its mural paintings; Nanpaya, the largest lacquer Buddha image in Myanmar; and the Yoke Sone Kyaung, the oldest wooden monastery in Bagan area.
After lunch, excursion to the enchanting Mt. Popa, a great extinct volcano situated about 67 km southeast of Bagan via Kyaukpadaung. Mt. Popa, standing out as a green-clad landmark in the Dry Zone, is a place of special importance in Myanmar culture, history and legends. Tour highlights: toddy palm groves and jaggery cottage industry; Kyaukpadaung Market; Popa Village; and the famous Popa Taungkalat, a tower-like volcanic plug lying on the south-western slope of Mt. Popa. Afternoon drive back to Bagan
Overnight in Bagan
Day : 12 Bagan - Yangon
After breakfast, visit to Myinkaba village and take a short walking tour to explore the temples of Manuha and Nan Paya and continue to famous Dhammayangyi Temple and Sula Mani Temples.
Return to your hotel this evening and check out to take your flight back to Yangon.
On arrival transfer to hotel and overnight in Yangon