Tours
LAND OF MILLION PAGODAS

Trip name: LAND OF MILLION PAGODAS
Trip code: VLM-08
Trip duration: 12Days / 11 Nights
Trip Operates: October to March
Trip price: Available upon Request 
Trip route: Yangon-Pindaya-Inle lake-Madalay-Monywa-Bgan-Yangon
Starts/Ends trip: Yangon/Yangon
Trip type’: Natural, historical & cultural.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1. Yangon
Day 2. Yangon – Heho – Pindaya 
Day 3. Pindaya – Inle Lake boat excursion
Day 4. Inle Lake boat excursion
Day 5. Inle Lake – Heho – Mandalay 
Day 6. Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay
Day 7. Mandalay – Sagaing – Monywa 
Day 8. Monywa – Pokkaku – Bagan 
Day 9. Bagan sightseeing 
Day 10. Excursion to Mt. Popa
Day 11. Bagan – Yangon
Day 12. Yangon departure

Day 1: Yangon 

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 – Heho – Pindaya by flight & car.

After breakfast, depart the hotel for flight to Heho on the Shan plateau. (08.10/09.35) 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 – Inle Lake by car

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 and sampling the spectacular array of traditional handicrafts. You will see the unique method locals use to row their boats, fishermen with their own style of fishing, floating farms and gardens and a handloom weaving cottage with its own showroom. 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 4. Inle Lake boat excursion

After breakfast at the hotel, visit floating 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 5. Inle Lake – Heho – Mandalay (1155/1225 )

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 the Old Palace grounds; 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 6. Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay

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.
In the afternoon, you will be taken a sightseeing tour of Mandalay which includes Mahamuni, a life like Buddha image. Mandalay is the last capital of Myanmar and that make her to be the best place to see all the traditional arts and crafts. Start visiting gold leaf making work-place and see how the gold leaf is being made by hand in a traditional way. Drive along to the south and see more industries such as bronze casting artisans, wood carvers, tapestry making ladies, and stone carvers, etc. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 7. Mandalay – Sagaing – Monywa

After breakfast at hotel, drive to Sagaing Hill, a complete retreat from the hurly-burly life or a corner for peace and silence. The hill is actually a home for hundreds of monasteries. It contributes a significant role in Myanmar religious belief. After visiting Sagain Hill continue drive to Monywa. Arrive Monywa and check into your hotel.
After lunch, proceed by road to Shwe Ba Hill and Phowin Taung caves to see the seldom visited 15th Phowin Taung temple complex where more than 450,000 sandstone Buddha’s were carved in the hillsides in caves and tiny niches. Return to Monywa and overnight at the hotel.


Day 8. Monywa – Pokkaku – Bagan
After breakfast, before heading to Pokkaku, make a town tour of Monywa which includes Thanboddhay Paya (with 500,000 of Buddha images) and Boddhi Tahtaung (one thousand of bo tree). Heading south out of Monywa we take a seldom-driven road through a rice growing region along the Chindwind River to Pokkaku. Here we take a local ferry across the river and continue drive into Bagan for sunset on a pagoda. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.


Day 9. Bagan

After breakfast, depart for a sightseeing excursion around the Bagan Archaeological Zone World Heritage Area. A comprehensive exploration of Bagan includes Nyaung Oo market; Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of later Myanmar stupas; Kyansittha Umin; Wet-kyi-inn Gubyaukgyi Temple with exquisite mural painting of 13th century and Htilominlo Temple. In the afternoon, after a visit to lacquer ware workshops; continue to Manuha Temple built by exile King Manuha; Nanphaya, said to have been the residence of King Manuha; Ananda Temple, architectural masterpiece and Oak-Kyaung monastery decorated with multi colour mural paintings. Enjoy the breathtaking sunset from one of the temple of Bagan. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.

Day 10. Excursion to Mt. Popa
This morning, we will be watching sunrise over Bagan (optional) and back to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast at hotel, we head to Mt. Popa about 48 km south east of Bagan. Mt. Popa, known as the abode of Nats (spirits) - a collection of 37 magical spirits both feared and honoured by some Myanmar people and the nat museum, which houses 37 life-size nat statues sculpted from teak. It's time to climb for 777 steps to the summit. Proceed to Popa Mountain Resort ( 1hr drive ) for our lunch. The restaurant offer a great view to the Popa summit that stands straight from the central plain.
After lunch, return drive back to Bagan. On the way back, enroute stop at village cottage industry to learn the regional product as well as to watch the collection of juice from the palm trees, and its conversion to brown sugar. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.

Day 11. Bagan – Yangon by flight

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Nyaung U airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival check in to your hotel to drop off your luggage. We will continue by car to Karaweik, a royal barge for fantastic photo shot along the “pilgrims” causeway across the Royal Lake with stunning views of Schwedagon Pagoda and Chaukhtutgyi pagoda, a huge reclining Buddha image. After lunch, we plan to visit the Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) for souvenir shopping. Overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Day 12. Yangon departure

After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to Yangon International airport for your return international departure flight.
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Price Include:

Services of local drivers and private air-conditioned vehicles during all tours and transfers

Services of local English speaking guides during all tours and transfers (other language guides available on request with additional fee)

Twin/double share accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels. For the single traveler must add the single supplement price.

Admission fees for all sights visited

porter charges at airport and jetty

03 Domestic flights

Private boat from Pokkaku to Bagan

Private boat excursion to Mingun

Private boat excursions at Inle Lake.

Services charge & government taxes

Bonus:

Drink during the visit : 01 bottle 500mml/pax/day

Farwell present

Service 24/24 –English speaking of our consultant/tour operator

Price Excludes:

All airfares and airport taxes (USD 10 per person) to & from Myanmar

Myanmar Visa approval letter

Visa on arrival stamping fee for Myanmar (45USD/PP & 3 recently pictures /pay directly at Visa Department upon arrival )

Optional visits to sights not mentioned in the program

Early check in ( before 2PM) & late check out ( after 12:00)

Surcharge fees in peak season ,national holidays & weekend

Compulsory meal at hotels

Admission fees during free time

Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, etc

All alcoholic and drinks at mealtimes

Camera and video cameras fees if applicable

Compulsory Personal Travel Insurance (It should cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident of illness, client must buy before departure day)

Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels' porters

Meals other than those mentioned above( Dinners & lunch)

Other services not clearly indicated in the Inclusion Package above

Bank fees

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