Culinary Myanmar (9n/10d)

Mount Popa sits perched atop its plateau

Mount Popa sits perched atop its plateau

Day 1: Yangon arrival transfer (-/L/D)
Arrival Yangon International airport and transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing in Yangon highlights featuring Chaukhtatkyi; a colossal reclining Buddha, a scenic photo stops on beautiful Kandawgyi Lake and the Shwedagon Pagoda, arguably the world’s most impressive golden stupa. Overnight at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel (Superior room) Meals: Lunch and dinner at local restaurant.

Day 2: Yangon sightseeing, Yangon/ Nyaung U (flight) (B/L/D)
Morning breakfast and leisure at the hotel. Later this morning, you will be picked up for lunch at local restaurant. We are taking part together in private cooking demonstration to your content with Burmese dishes. Afternoon transfer to the airport to fly to Nyaung U (Bagan). Meet at the airport and transfer to the hote. Overnight at Thiripyitsaya Hotel (Superior room) Meals: Lunch at local restaurant and dinner at hotel.

Day 3: Bagan sightseeing     (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Go to the colorful Nyaung U market in the morning and with the assistance of your experienced tour guide, make a selection of delectable Myanmar vegetables and spices to create your own Myanmar dish to add to your lunch. You will be able to cook it (and enjoy it!) yourself at a nearby scenic Myanmar restaurant. The restaurant chef will provide instruction and supervision in the cooking. We may either leave on to the chef cooking and we are off on our sightseeing tour of this one of Asia’s most popular archeological destinations. Highlights include visits to many of Bagan’s distinctive pagodas such as Shwezigon, a prototype of later Myanmar stupas; Wetkyi-in- Gubyaukgyi, a 13th century ‘cave temple with interesting fine frescoes; Ananda Pagoda, one of the finest, largest and best preserved in Old Bagan; and next to it Ananda Ok Kyaung, one of the few surviving brick monastery buildings from the Early Bagan period. Our afternoon visit to a lacquerware factory or we will also visit Dhammayangyi Pahto, a massive later period temple with the finest brickwork in Bagan. Then as the sun goes down we will be at one of the ideal viewing sites selected by our tour guide. Overnight at Thiripyitsaya Hotel (Superior room) Meals: Lunch and dinner at local restaurant.

Day 4: Mt. Popa excursion and Bagan sightseeing (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive to Mt.Popa which rose from the ground in a massive earthquake in 442 BC. Mt. Popa is famous as the abode of the Nats (Spirit Gods) and for its panoramic view of the local tropical region. On the way back to Bagan we visit a toddy palm juice production plant. Our afternoon sightseeing includes visit more of Bagan’s impressive pagodas and temples. As the day wanes we will be at Bupaya, a Pyu-style stupa which is located right on the banks of the Ayeyawady river and from where we commence a scenic boat ride to the mid-river where we can see the Shwezigon, a prototype of later Myanmar stupas, then come back to Ayeyar jetty to disembark (or) we will be at the top of a pagoda to get the best view for sunset. Overnight at Thiripyitsaya Hotel (Superior room) Meals: Lunch at Popa Mountain Resort and dinner at local restaurant.

Day 5: Nyaung U/ Mandalay (Flight), Amarapura and Inwa sightseeing (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave for Nyaung U airport to take a flight to Mandalay. Travel to the former royal capital of Amarapura. The tour highlights include Mahagandayon monastery, which is a school for young monks, and the U Bein bridge. The bridge is more than two centuries old and at 1.2 km is the longest teakwood span in the world.Visit Inwa, which was founded in 1364 and lasted nearly 400 years as a royal capital. Highlights include the ‘leaning tower of Ava’, Maha Aungmye Bonzan, a brick-and-stucco monastery; and the elegant teakwood monastery Bagaya Kyaung. Overnight at Mandalay City Hotel (Superior room) Meals: Lunch and dinner at local restaurant.

Day 6: Mandalay sightseeing (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning sightseeing tour of Mandalay includes Mahamuni Pagoda, Kalaga tapestries making and Shwenandaw Monastery; noted for its exquisite wood carvings. Then we will go to a local restaurant for lunch participating in cooking or follow lectured by a chef. Afternoon visit Kuthodaw Pagoda; renowned as the world’s largest book because it has stone slabs of the entire Buddhist scriptures and Mandalay Hill. Overnight at Mandalay City Hotel (Superior room) Meals: Lunch and dinner at local restaurant.

Day 7: Mandalay/ Heho (flight), Inle sightseeing  (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave for Mandalay airport to take a flight to Heho. Arrive Heho, drive to unique and magical Inle Lake, located about 1000 meters above sea level and 22 km long by 11 km wide. Highlights include the fisherman rowing in the one-legged style that is characteristic of Inle Lake boatmen, and gardens of grass and earth floating on the surface of this shallow lake, floating strips of ‘land’ for growing vegetables. Another attraction besides the enjoyment of the scenery is a visit to the ‘jumping cats’ monastery, Phaungdaw U Pagoda and silk weaving. Overnight at Golden Island Cottages (Standard room) Meals: Lunch at local restaurant and dinner at hotel.

Day 8: Indain sightseeing (B/L/D)
Morning breakfast and leisure until the time for preparing our own lunch at the hotel. After lunch, we continue our Inle Lake sightseeing with a visit to Indain and its enchanting 17th century pagodas. To reach Indain and the nearby village we will take a boat ride up a small scenic creek that runs into Inle lake. Overnight at Golden Island Cottages (Standard room) Meals: Lunch and dinner at the hotel.

Day 9: Heho/ Yangon (flight), Yangon sightseeing (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave for Heho airport to take a flight to Yangon. Arrive Yangon and transfer to the hotel. We will visit Botataung Pagoda, which is hollow and through which you can walk and see many ancient relics and artifacts and also have a short visit in China town before going to famous Scott Market, a sprawling 75 year old complex noted for its variety of handicrafts and other items which provide an excellent opportunity for a shopping spree. Overnight at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel. (superior room) Meals: Lunch at local restaurant and farewell dinner at Le` Planteur Restaurant (or) at The Governor’s Residence Hotel.

Day 10: Departure transfer to airport  (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Yangon airport to take your departure flight home.

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