Myanmar Trekking Programme (15n/16d)

Atop Mandalay Hill

Atop Mandalay Hill

Day 01: Arrival Yangon Sightseeing
Meet at the airport upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing in Yangon highlight includes featuring Chaukhtatkyi; a colossal reclining Buddha, the National Museum; filled with artifact and cultural exhibits of Myanmar, 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)

Day 02: Twante Excursion
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning transfer to Yangon jetty to take a colorful local ferryboat (7:00/9:00) to the pottery making village of Twante. At Twante, visit to Shwesandaw pagoda, and see pottery being hand made at the village. Return to Yangon by car to Dala jetty (45 minutes), and then cross the Yangon river by ferryboat to reach Yangon. In the afternoon, you may be at leisure at the hotel (or) explore 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 before a visit in China town. We will also visit Botataung Pagoda; which is hollow and through which you can walk and see many ancient relics and artifacts. Overnight at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel (Superior room)

Day 03: Yangon/ Mandalay (Flight), Maymyo
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to fly to Mandalay. Drive straight to Maymyo which is 42 miles away from Mandalay (about a one and a half hours drive) and was a former British Hill Station. The town was renamed Maymyo after British Colonel May who established the towns beautiful botanical garderns. Now officially renamed Pin U Lwin, it is on the way to Lashio and to the Chinese border town of Muse.The sightseeing highlights in Pin U Lwin include Purcell Tower, which was a present from Queen Victoria; the morning vegetable market; the Church of the Immaculate Conception; the Botanical Garden; Naung Kan Gyi Paya where you can see the panorama of the town; B.E waterfall and of course the many charming horse drawn carriages used as local ‘taxis’. Overnight at Kandawgyi Hill Resort (Deluxe room)

Day 04: Mandalay to Lashio (by train)
You will be picked up and transferred to the station in the early morning and crossing the Goitek Viaduct over a deep valley as we go to Lashio. Overnight at Mao Star Hotel (Standard room)

Day 05: Lashio sightseeing
Highlights include city sightseeing of the local markets, a Chinese temple and trekking to nearby villages and Hot springs. Overnight at Mao Star Hotel (Standard room)

Day 06: Lashio to Mandalay (Car)
An early morning drive back to Mandalay. Afternoon visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery and Mandalay Hill. Overnight at Mandalay City Hotel (Superior room)

Day 07: Amarapura and Inwa
Travel to the former royal capital of Amarapura. The tour highlights Mahagandayon monastery which is a school for young monks, and we will visit the U Bein bridge as well. It is more than two centuries old and at 1.2 km is the longest teakwood span in the world. We may visit textile and weaving factory. Then 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)

Day 08: Mandalay/ Heho (Flight)
Transfer to the airport and fly to Heho. Drive to Pindaya and visit to Shwe U Min Cave; noted for its extensive limestone caves filled with Buddha images. Inside the caves are nearly 8,000 Buddha images that have been placed there over the centuries as a form of merit making. Made of various materials and of different sizes, the statues are situated in every nook and cranny throughout the many cave chambers. Overnight at Inle Inn Pindaya (Superior room)

Day 09: Yasakyi Trekking
After breakfast at the hotel, trekking will start at 8:00 to Si-kya-inn village inhabited by the hill tribe Danu and end at 10:00 after treading over 7km for 2 hours. Take rest for a while and have snack and green tea. Then continue to trek to Yasakyi where hill tribe Palaung resides. Upon arrival, around 12 noon, lunch and rest in a monastery. Then stroll in the village and chat with the natives. Dinner will be served to you, accompanied by the hilltribe’s cultural dance. Overnight at a monastery, Yasakyi Village

Day 10: Yasakyi Trekking
Early morning after breakfast you will mount the Mt. Yasakyi about 7000ft above se level, the spot that offers you panoramic views. Then climb down and continue to trek to Mene Taung, Pinsein Pin, Htin-shugon and overnight at Kanhla Kone. Overnight at a monastery, Kanhla Kone Village

Day 11: Yasakyi – Pindaya – Inle
Trek down and driving 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)

Day 12: Maing Thauk Trek
Visit Maing Tauk village, a local orphanage and take a short trek up the hillside which gives excellent views of the lake and also passing through a monastery. Overnight at Golden Island Cottages (Standard room)

Day 13: Inle to Aung Bagan, Heho/ Nyaung U (Flight)
Early morning travel by boat to Naung Shwe and then by car to the train station at Shwe Nyaung. Take a morning ride through the Shan hills to the market station of Aungban. Here we will see many colorful sights as the merchants load their goods on the train and many passengers prepare to embark. Enroute visit villages and transfer to the airport to take afternoon flight to Nyaung U (Bagan). Overnight at Thiripyitsaya Sakura Hotel (Superior room)

Day 14: Bagan
After breakfast at the hotel we are off on our sightseeing tour of one of Asia’s most popular archeological destinations. Highlights include visits to Nyaung Oo Market; and 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. We return to the hotel for a rest before our afternoon visit to a lacquerware factory. 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 Thazin Garden Hotel (Superior room)

Day 14: Salay and Popa
In the morning enjoy a private boat ride downriver to the quiet town of Salay, home to several interesting temples and monasteries and formerly an important religious site as it grew as an extension of Bagan. Continue on by car for our short ride to Mt Popa where we can climb the volcanic plug to see the temple on top and enjoy the view over the panoramic plains. We can also take a nature hike around the trails of Mt Popa led by a naturalist from Popa Mt. Resort. Overnight Popa Mountain Resort.

Day 15: Nyaung U/ Yangon (Flight)
Enjoy Popa Mt. Resort until check out and return transfer to Bagan. On the way back to Bagan we visit a toddy palm juice production plant. Take afternoon flight to Yangon and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Summit Park View Hotel (Superior room)

Day 16: Departure transfer
Free at leisure and departure transfer to the airport.

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