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GBS Tour 12: Classic Myanmar Tour
Yangon – Bagan – Mt. Popa – Mandalay – Amarapura – Sagaing – Mingun – Pindaya - Inle – Yangon – Sittwe – Mrauk U – Ngapali Beach - Yangon (18 days /17 nights)
This program leads you to the ancient Rakhine Dynasty.
Sittwe is the capital of Rakhine State. It is situated at
south West of Myanmar at Rakhine Coast. It has a long
coasting bordering on the Bay of Bengal. It is a town
originally built by the British in 1826. There is a view
point to be enjoyed along the coast. Culture and traditional
heritage and colourful Rakhine races are filled in Sittwe.
The town’s popular sites are Payagyi Pagoda, the Buddhist
Museum, and Payamya Monastery. It is also the gate way to
Mauk U, an ancient city of Rakhine Kings.
Day - 1: Arrival Yangon
Arrive at Yangon International Airport. Meet and greet our
experienced guide. Transfer to hotel. After refreshment,
sightseeing begins from Sule Pagoda – in the heart of the
city. We'll explore the downtown area, where the ghost of
the British Colonial influence still prevails From there we
will visit the (64m)long massive reclining Buddha at Chaukhtagyi Paya. We've scheduled a late afternoon visit to
most revered and most famous landmark, one of the World's
wonder "Shwedagon Pagoda" at dusk, as the Sun begins to fall
over the City. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Day – 2: Yangon – Bagan by flight
After breakfast, transfer to the Yangon Airport for the
domestic flight to Bagan (schedule flight, 1 hr 20 min
flying). Arrive Bagan and transfer to the hotel. After
refreshment, start whole day sightseeing of Bagan’s most
important temples and pagodas ranging from the temples with
the earliest wall paintings to the prototype pagoda the
influenced the designs of later Buddhist monuments. Starting
Bagan full day sightseeing with Nyaung Oo Local market where
you can observe ways of life among the colorful fresh
vegetables. Then pay a visit to the golden Shwezigon Pagoda
- built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a
religious shrine. And visit Thatbyinnyu Temple – the highest
building on the Bagan plain. The next object of interest
will be Kyansittha Umin ''Cave Temple''. Then we will
proceed to Htilo Minlo Pagoda - the largest temple of Bagan
– noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone
decorations. From there to Lacquer ware cottage to see how
the local craft men skillfully working stage by stage. After
lunch we will pay a visit to the most famous Ananda Temple -
King Kyansittha’s masterpiece and the crowning achievement
of the early style temple of architecture. Just before
sunset we will visit Shwesandaw Pagoda to enjoy the most
magnificent views over the plain with hundreds of Bagan's
temple. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Day – 3: Bagan _ Mt. Popa – Bagan by coach
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Mt. Popa – the oasis in
the dry zone and the home of spirits. Climb up Mt. Popa and
enjoy your view. (Popa is Sanskrit for flower) 737m from the
flat. It was created from a violent volcanic eruption way
back in 442 BC to become the dwelling place of the Spirits.
Return back to Bagan. And enjoy the sunset while taking
unforgettable boat trip along the Ayeyarwaddy River.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day – 4: Bagan – Mandalay by flight – Amarapura – Sagaing
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport for the
domestic flight to Mandalay (schedule flight, 1 hr 30 min
flying from Yangon, 30 min from Nyaung U) . The City of
Mandalay took it name from the Mandalay Hill, which is
situated at the north east corner of the town. Founded and
built by King Mindon in ( AD 1856- 57 ). Arrive Tada U
Airport and direct excursion to Amarapura – the ancient
capital of Myanmar Kingdom. Visit Maha Gandha Yone, where
there are ( 700 to 800 ) monks residing permanently. They're
taught Dama, Buddhist Philosophy and U Bein Teak Bridge –
1.2 km long. Then drive to Sagaing and visit silver smith
cottage, Rattan Work – shop, Kaungmudaw or the Pumkin Pagoda
and Sagaing Hill. Drive to Mandalay and visit Maha Muni
Pagoda (the great Pagoda). Overnight at hotel.
Day – 5: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the jetty to take a boat
trip about 45minute up from Mandalay to Mingun. Visit Mingun
unfinished pagoda, Mingun Bell weighing ( 90.52 ) tons, Mya
Thein Dan Pagoda and the home for the aged. Return back to
Mandalay. Afternoon visit stone carving and wood carving, Kuthodaw Pagoda and
Shwenandaw Monastery (Golden palace).
Then watch lovely sunset from Mandalay Hill with Ayeyarwaddy
background view. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
Day 6: Mandalay – Heho by flight – Pindaya by coach
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport for the
domestic flight to Heho (schedule flight, 30 min
flying). Then drive to Pindaya (± 1 ½ hour driving).
Sightseeing inclusive of Pindaya Cave with thousands
of Buddha Images placed there by pilgrims over many
centuries and Umbrella workshop which is made from
pulp, stroll underneath the old Banyan trees which are said
over 200 years. Take fresh breath and photos. Overnight at
Day – 7: Pindaya – Inle by coach
After breakfast at hotel. Visit local market where you can
see colorful tribes sell local products. Then drive to
Nyaung Shwe where Inle Lake is located. Proceed to the hotel
by boat. After refreshment, your full day excursion on lake
proper. Highlights include. Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. Silk
weaving, cheroot factory, Black smith cottage. Canoe work –
shop, Silver Smith workshop and Floating Gardens. Photo stop
at Padaung Women-known as 'long – neck women '. Overnight at
hotel on the lake.
Day – 8: Inle – Indein – Inle by boat
Breakfast at hotel. Visit floating market which is held on
every fifth day in this region alternatively. Visit Indein
Village, located at the western side of the lake. Passing
Nyaung Ohak Monastery and follow a stair path lined up with
many hundreds o wooden columns, you finally will reach the
impressive Shwe Indein Pagoda Complex. From the hillside you
have great view over the lake area. On the way back to the
boat, walk through a romantic bamboo forest at the
riverside, where you may observe local people having a bath.
Day – 9: Inle – Heho by car – Yangon by domestic flight
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the Heho Airport for
the flight back to Yangon (Domestic schedule flight,1 hr 20
min flying). Arrive at Yangon Airport. On the way to the
hotel, visit the Lawka Chantha Abayalabha Muni Image carved
out of (500) tons Marble Rock. Then check in to the hotel.
The afternoon is devoted exclusively to shopping in the vast
and sprawling Scott Market, today known as Bogyoke Aung San
Market. The market is fill with Myanmar Souvenirs, from
lacquer ware to gems and jewelry ( which are available at
extremely discounted prices ). Stroll along the China Town
area and experience first hand its rustic market. Overnight
at hotel in Yangon.
Day – 10: Yangon – Sittwe by flight – Mrauk U by boat
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for the flight
to Sittwe (domestic schedule flight, 1 hour 15 minute
flying). Arrive Sittwe and transfer to jetty to embark on a
private boat to go to Mrauk-U. Arrive Mrauk-U in the evening
and check-in at hotel. (Boat trip is about 5 or 6 hours
depending on tide). Overnight at hotel.
Day – 11: Mrauk U
After breakfast, full day excursion in Mrauk-U. Highlights
include Shit Thoung Temple, built by King MinBar Gyi in
AD1535.The next object of interest will be Htokekant Theim
Temple, built by King Min Phalong in 1571 AD. Then to Antaw-
Theim Temple, built by King Min Bar gyi. Afternoon
sightseeing will begin from Koe-Thoung Phato Taw Gyi, built
by King Min Teik Khar in AD1553. After that a visit to Mrauk-U
archaeological Museum. The Museum consists of five main
exhibition rooms, such as stone inscription, Buddha images,
art objects, glazed ware and ceramic exhibition and model of Mrauk-U ancient city exhibition room. Overnight athotel.
Day – 12: Mrauk U
Day – 13: Mrauk U – Sittwe by boat
After breakfast, transfer to jetty, embark on a private boat
to Sail back to Sittwe. Picnic lunch on the boat. Arrive
Sittwe in the afternoon, transfer to hotel. Afternoon, light
excursion around Sittwe City. A visit to view Point.
Overnight at one of the hotel in Sittwe.
Day – 14: Sittwe – Ngapali by flight
After breakfast, drive to the main market to mingle with the
locals and to see what the locals are produces in Sittwe.
Then drive back to hotel, pack your belongings, take shower
and drive to Sittwe Airport for your afternoon flight to
Thandwe (domestic flight, 40 minute flying). Arrive Mazin
Airport and transfer to the hotel by shuttle bus. Ngapali is
said to have been named after the Naples of Italy by a
homesick Italian. It is famous for its natural and unspotted
beauty, stretches about 3 km long with soft white sand
fringed by coconut palms. Fresh breeze through the blue sea
while taking sun bath on the white sand invites you to
release your stresses. Overnight at hotel.
Day – 15 & Day - 16: Ngapali
Enjoy your stay at Ngapali Beach. You also can visit the
near by fishing villages, where you can find the fishermen
begin setting and drawing drift nets before dawn and
continue into the late morning, when they load their catches
in baskets. Overnight at Hotel.
Day – 17: Ngapali – Thandwe – Yangon by flight
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight back to Yangon (domestic schedule flight, 1 hour flying). Transfer to the hotel and ocvernight.
Day – 18: Departure Yangon
Breakfast at hotel and leisure till the flight time. Then transfer to the airport for the departure flight to conclude this happy trip.
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