Destinations: Yangon-Pindaya-Inle Lake-Mandalay
See the very best Myanmar has to offer: Yangon’s awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda; the devoted Buddhist monks and grand palaces of Mandalay, enjoy a incredible Trekking tour around Pindaya and Kalaw. tour at Inle Lake, a veritable waterworld of floating villages and distinctive Intha fisherman.
Day 1: Arrival in Yangon
Day 2: Yangon-Pindaya
Day 3: Pindaya-Myin Hmu
Day 4: Myin Hmu-Nawa Taung
Day 5: Nawa Taung - Kalaw
Day 6: Kalaw- Inle Lake
Day 7: Inle Lake ( Indein)
Day 8: Inle Lake - Mandalay
Day 9: Mandalay- Departure
Arrive in Yangon where you will be welcomed by your local tour guide and transferred to your hotel to drop off you luggage. If you arrived by mid day flight, we may proceed for lunch. After lunch, a walk through “downtown” Yangon, a diverse mix of faded colonial architecture from the British times, and high-rises built by more recent investors; Sule Pagoda, built in the early 3rd century is a landmark in the city centre. Late afternoon visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda of Rudyard Kipling fame and one of Myanmar’s most sacred places. The massive bell shaped stupa is plated with gold and the tip of the stupa is set with diamonds and rubies, sapphires and topaz – a stunning sight as the sun sets and a most fitting place to begin our trip in this “Golden Land”. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 2. Yangon-Pindaya
After breakfast, depart the hotel for flight to Heho on the Shan plateau. Upon arrival, transfer by road to Pindaya(60km) about 90 minutes drive. After check in at hotel, make an excursion to the caves which houses over 8,000 Buddha Images of various sizes, made from teak, lacquer, marble, alabaster and cement. In the afternoon, explore the district for it’s famous traditional paper & umbrella making home base cottage industry. Overnight at the hotel in Pindaya.
Day 3. Pindaya-Myin Hmu
We will pass through 6 villages of Danu & Taung Yoo Tribes on the way to Myin Hmu. The maximum walking time will be approximatly as follow: Pindaya to Kyay Twin Gone : 60 Minutes Kyay Twin Gone to Salei Inn: 30 Minutes Salei Inn To SHan Ywa: 30 minutes SHan Ywa to Kyauk Kya: 60 minutes Kyauk Kya to Myin Hmu: 2.5 hours We will break at Kyauk Kya village for one hour to have lunch. Night in a monastery in Myin Hmu
Day 4. Myin Hmu-Nawa Taung
After Breakfast, we will continue to go to Nawa Taung Monastery. On the way, we will passthrough 3 Danu villages. The maximum walking time will be approximatly as follow: Myin Hmu to Naung Ye : 30 minutes Naung Ye to Oo Min: 2.5 hours Oo Min to Zay DI Gone: 1 hour Zay Di Gone to Nawa Taung: 2.5 hours We will break at Oo Min for lunch and sleep in a monastery in Nawa Taung.
Day 5. Nawa Taung - Kalaw
We will start early morning to go to Myin Ka, it will takes around one hour. Then a car will wait for us to reach Kalaw, after lunch in Kalaw, walking through small ranges with tea-leaf and cheroot-leaf plantations, approach to Ywar Thit village to meet local villagers Danu people. Then proceed to Tar Yaw village of Palaung people. TarYaw village is reputed for its long houses of old style Palaung tribe. The long houses have six or eight Palaung families stay together. In the house, hand-made weaving can be seen. Proceed to view point with a small shop for picked lunch. Enjoy beautiful sceneries and panorama from view point.
Day 6. Kalaw- Inle Lake
After breakfast at hotel, we are transferring by road to Inle Lake. We have a leisurely morning to make our way down into the Inle basin and by “long-tail” boat out across the lake to our Hotel right on the Inle Lake. In the afternoon, we plan to spend the day visiting villages. You will see the unique method locals use to row their boats, fishermen with their own style of fishing, floating farms and gardens . You will visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda which houses the five most revered Buddha Images in the southern Shan State. Overnight at the hotel on Inle Lake.
Day 7. Inle Lake ( Indein)
After breakfast at the hotel, visit a local market which is a 5day rotation market most fascinating to watch the daily life of the minorities and their activities. Continue our excursion by motorized boat to Indein pagoda complex, in the south-west of the lake. The boat leaves the lake and enters a narrow canal with a beautiful natural environment to continue to a small Pa O tribe village. From the village, follow an old covered path to a 13th century monastery and the very impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas, some hidden in the vegetation. The main stupa-area on the top of the hill offers breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and down to the valley and the lake in the far distance. Return to your hotel and overnight at the hotel.
Day 8. Inle Lake - Mandalay
After breakfast, we are heading back down country today to return to the airport at Heho for our flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, proceed to Mandalay and check in at hotel. Afternoon, visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s largest book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Buddha’s Doctrine; Golden Palace Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings and enjoy the panoramic view of the city from Mandalay Hill. Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay
Day 9. Mandalay- Departure
After breakfast, you will be transferred for Jetty for a private boat across the river Ayeywarwaddy to visit Mingun. The dedications of King Bodawpaya such as the unfinished Pathodawgyi Pagoda a brick counterpart of pyramid in Egypt and the Mingun Bell, the second largest bell in the world are the most prominent religious heritages. Then visiting the Myatheintan Pagoda, the best representation of the Universe, will refresh your tiredness and fatigue. Return to Mandalay.
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