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Discover Myanmar (14D/13N) with Soft Trekking

Name of Program: Discover Myanmar (14D/13N) with Soft Trekking
Destinations: Yangon – Heho – Inle – Kalaw- ShweNaung – Aung Ban (by train) – Kalaw – Mandalay – Amarapura – Inwa – Mingun–Mandalay (By boat )–Bagan –Popa -Yangon
Recommended Season: Year Round

(Day 01) Yangon Arrival and Sightseeing

Arrival by Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by Go Myanmar’s representative and transfer to your Hotel.

Depend on arrival time, afternoon visit to Bogoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) and evening China Town Market with a long queue of local/ Chinese food vendors.

Complete your trip by visiting Shwedagon Pagoda (one of the wonders of the world).

Overnight at Hotel in Yangon.

(Day 02) Yangon Full Day Sightseeing

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Morning visits to Dala by ferry boat from Nanthida’s Jetty to see local people coming and going for work from either side of Yangon River.

There we can explore the simple ways of live of the people by trishaw and visit to the Orphanage, local markets as well as ship-yard on the busy Yangon River.

Return to Yangon in the afternoon and take a stepped in to the old beautiful Strand Hotel (built in 1901, this upscale all-suite hotel in an English Colonial style) for an afternoon refreshment and chose some soft drinks.

Sightseeing continues with city orientation tour Yangon downtown area, Sule Pagoda (the landmark of Yangon City Centre) and from there we walk along the Pansodan Street which has many large Colonial buildings (British colonial heritage) which are still in use.

And then we continue beautiful sightseeing stops at Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda Image (Six-Storied Pagoda) (a huge reclining Buddha), 70 meter long and one of Myanmar’s largest and you can also get your fortune told by the fortune tellers who have shops nearby.

Today sightseeing end up with visiting to beautiful Kandawgyi Lake with Shwedagon Pagoda poking its golden head into view not only makes it a picturesque spot for filming and photos but also one of the great things to do in Yangon because it’s such a change of cozy and calm in the usually buzzing downtown.

While visiting in the park shouldn’t miss to see Karaweik Palace (Replica of Burmese Royal Barge) has an impressive architecture and is fully painted in gold.

Overnight at Hotel in Yangon.

(Day 03) Yangon – Heho (Inle Lake Transfer)

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After breakfast, check out the hotel and drive to the airport to take morning flight to Heho.

Arrive Heho airport and drive to unique and magical Inle Lake, located about 900 meters above sea level and 22 km long by 11 km wide (About one hour drive). Arrive Nyaung Shwe jetty and check in at the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel in Nyaung Shwe (Inle).

(Day04) Inle Lake Sightseeing

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Enjoy breakfast at hotel.

Today we start our sightseeing by long tailed boat.

Sightseeing highlight includes- 5-day rotating market – we’ll start with a visit to the morning market, which rotates locations on a 5-day basis. This daily market attracts people from all over the lake’s shores who gather to buy and sell their wares- if you are lucky you may see Pa-Oh, Inthar and Shan people in their traditional outfits.

Fishermen & Floating gardens –as you travel around the lake you will see many floating gardens made of grass and seaweed which are used for growing vegetables and also fisherman who row with a unique one-legged style.

Visit to local villages on stilts – enjoy a peaceful trip down the smaller waterways of the lake to see the ways of life of the lake villages on stilts.

NgaphaeChaung monastery – the biggest and oldest monastery around Inle Lake.

Continue visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda housing five sacred and almost shapeless Buddha images, contorted because of the quantity of applied gold leaf, gifts from the believers. The Buddha images are purported to have come here in the 12th Century.

In the afternoon, proceed to the silk weaving village of Innphawkhone and visit NgaPheChaung (the biggest and oldest monastery around Inle Lake).

Overnight at Hotel in Nyaung Shwe (Inle)

(Day 05) Excursion to Indein

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After breakfast at the hotel, continue our Inle Lake sightseeing to Indein pagoda.

Visit along to Indein might be very pleasurable experience as you travel by your boat up a small scenic creek for about 25 minutes to reach the Village of Indain.

The Ancient Indein ruins near Inle Lake, whose pagodas and stupas were built in the 8th century. Even though these structures may be crumbling, the intricate details of the structures can still be seen.

In some parts, the elaborate stucco carvings of celestial beings and mythical animals are still apparent.

Following our visit here we enjoy a sumptuous private lunch in a bamboo forest nearby.

Overnight at Hotel in Nyaung Shwe (Inle).

(Day 06) InleLake transfer – ShweNaung– Aung Ban (Train) –Kalaw (Myinmathi Natural Cave)

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After breakfast at the hotel, today we will transfer to Shwe Nyaung (ShweNyaung – Aung Banrailway station) to take a local train to Aung Ban.

Our car will follow to pick up at the station and continue drive to Kalaw. Kalaw sits high on the Western Edge of the Shan Plateau and was a popular hill station in the British times. It is still a peaceful and quiet place with an atmosphere remnant of colonial era.

On the way, visit Myinmahti natural cave about 13 km form Aung Ban in which houses has a lot of Buddha images and small stupas awaits you too.

Overnight at Hotel in Kalaw.

(Day 07) Soft Trekking Painebin Village (Kalaw)

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After early breakfast, takes a drive to junction of the trekking point, 2 hours climb up to Painnebin village. On the way we can see tea, cheroot life, and orange and vegetables garden.

The village is situated at 1500 meter height above sea level. In the village, observe local life of Palaung tribes. They are in their traditional costume, Red longyi, colorful jacket and lacquered waist-bands. We can also study Palaung scripture and monastic regulation, traditional law and culture.

After visiting the village, picnic lunch at monastery and late afternoon return back to the car as the same way.

Overnight at Hotel in Kalaw.

(Day 08) Kalaw- Mandalay (By car)

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Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Mandalay with several photo stops on the way.

The trip may take all day long driving for 160 miles.

Overnight at Hotel in Mandalay.

(Day 09) Mingun – Mandalay Sightseeing

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Morning transfer to Mandalay jetty where we take a short and pleasant ride upriver to Mingun, the site of what would have been the world’s largest pagoda had not King Bodawpaya died in 1819 thus halting all further work.

Irrawaddy River (Ayarwaddy River) – The ride by boat on the river to reach the pagoda is about one hour and provides a colorful glimpse of harbor and river life around Mandalay.

Mingun Pagoda – this 90 ton bell was meant to hang on the pagoda and it is the largest un-cracked hanging bell in the world.
Cottage Industries – visit the craft shops to see the skilled workers making gold leaf, ornate tapestry and wood carving.

World Largest Book – contained the entire Buddhist scriptures on 729 marble slabs, World Largest Book situated in Kuthodaw Pagoda’s complex.

Shwenandaw Monastery (Golden Palace Monastery) – since 1879, the wooden monastery built with teak from former Royal Palace of Mandalay.

Overnight at Hotel in Mandalay.

(Day 10) Amarapura – Inwa Sightseeing

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This morning we travel to ancient capital of Amarapura, the royal capital from 1783 to 1863.

U Bein Bridge – This Bridge, 1.2km is the longest teakwood structure in the world and still using today. A stroll upon it gives us a view out over Taungtaman Lake.

Cotton and silk weaving crafts works – visit these cottage industries to see traditional hand weaving in a different style of Inle Lake. If time allow, we will visit Bronze making craft shops.

After the lunch break, we continue to visit another ancient capital of Inwa – the capital for nearly 400 years in 15th – 19th centuries.

Sightseeing including in Inwa are-
Manu Ok Kaung – A yellow stucco monastery which was the only stucco monastery built in Inwa time (early 18th to 19th century) and is beautifully designed.

Bagaya Kyaung Monastery – a small but beautiful wooden monastery still in use for teaching young monks and famous for the enormous teakwood pillars of the foundation.

The Learning Tower of Inwa – a small watch tower which leans to the side and can be climbed up for a nice view.

Drive back to Mandalay.

Overnight at Hotel in Mandalay.

(Day 11) Mandalay – Bagan (By Boat)

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Early morning departure is from Mandalay’s Port for a beautiful journey on board the local Mandalay-Bagan express boat service.

You will travel for a whole day along the fabled Irrawaddy River enjoying the sights and sounds of the river life and just relaxing.

Lunch will be very simple lunch box. Arrive at Bagan in evening and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel in Bagan.

(Day 12) Bagan sightseeing

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In the morning visit Phya Saw Village – enjoy a walkabout in a village where you can see the traditional ways of life still carried on such as weaving cotton by hand, grinding peanut oil with oxen, the care of various farm animals etc.

Visit some local homes and observe local people life by chatting with them.

And then enjoy sightseeing tour of one of the Asia’s most popular archeological destinations. Highlights included a few of Bagan’s distinctive pagodas such as Shwezegon, Wetkyi-in-gubyaukgyi,  AnandaPogoda and Ananda Ok Kaung.

In the late afternoon, enjoy horse drawn carriage ride among the temples and at sunset go to the upper terraces of one of the memorable view over the temples and pagoda.

Overnight at Hotel in Bagan.

(Day 13) Bagansightseeing

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In the morning we are off for panoramic sun rise view over – all Bagan form Minnanthu temple, Shwesandaw temple, or Damayasaska temple according to your locations and guides.

Morning sightseeing continue to Manuha Temple built by King Manuha to represent his displeasure of captivity, Nanpaya behind the Manuha and which is also Bagan’s finest “gu-style” (cave) shrine and next to visit Gubaukgyi Temple, in the old Bagan village of Myinkaba, is an early period temple with well-preserved paintings inside.

In the afternoon, free time at leisure at your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel in Bagan

(Day 14) Bagan – Yangon (Departure International flight)

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After the breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to take your flight back to Yangon.

Afternoon is free at your own leisure, till transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight.

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