Tours
Phaungdawoo Pagoda festival

Trip code: VLM-03
Trip duration: 8Days / 7 Nights
Trip Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Trip price: Festival date (time in the middle Sep. early Oct. each year-contact us to know exactly )
Trip route: Yangon-Heho-Inle lake –Madalay-Bagan-Yangon
Starts/Ends trip: Yangon/Yangon
Trip type’: Natural, historical & cultural.

• The Best Sight Seeing will be on 15.10.10 at 7:00 A.M
• Boat Race will be held on 15.10.10 at 10.00 A.M, Nyaung Shwe.
• The Longest distance Procession will be on 23.10.10 from Khyine Kham to Mine Phyoe.
• Boat Race will held on 26.10.10 at 10:00 A.M, Phaung Daw oo Monestry.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1. Yangon arrival and sightseeing
Day 2. Fly to Heho. Drive to Inle Lake and boat excursion on Inle Lake.
Day 3. Boat race and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival
Day 4. Fly to Mandalay and sightseeing
Day 5. Boat excursion to Mingun
Day 6. Fly to Bagan and sightseeing
Day 7. Fly back to Yangon.
Day 8. Yangon departure.

Day 1. Yangon arrival and sightseeing
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 – Inle Lake ( by flight + car )
After breakfast, depart the hotel for flight to Heho on the Shan plateau. Transfer by road to Inle Lake and transfer to our hotel by long tail boat across the lake. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. 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 3. Phaung Daw Oo pagoda festival and boat race
Today is the special highlight of the trip. Phaung Daw Oo pagoda festival - Four Buddha Images out of five from Phaung-daw-oo Pagoda are carried on royal barge and conveyed around 14 villages on the Lake. The barge is towed by the boats of leg -rowers and hundreds of boats follow the procession. Among the dance shows and fun-fairs, the most interesting event of the festival, especially for foreigners, is their boat race - due to their unique leg rowing. It is the one and only place in the world that one can see such marvelous act. Continue rest of the day by exploring the Inle Lake area by boat. Overnight at the hotel on Inle Lake.

Day 4. Inle Lake – Heho – Mandalayby flight
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 5. 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 6. Mandalay – Bagan by flight
After breakfast, we will check out from the hotel and continue to airport for your flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, check in to hotel and 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 7. Bagan – Yangon by flight
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. Check in at at Nyaung U airport and fly back to Yangon. Arrive Yangon and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Day 8. Yangon departure
After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to Yangon International airport for your return international departure flight.

Price Include:

Our Phaung Daw Oo pagoda festival Tour includes:
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
04 Domestic flights
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:

Our Phaung Daw Oo pagoda festival Tour excludes:
All airfares and airport taxes (USD 10 per person) to & from Myanmar
Myanmar Visa approval letter
Visa on arrival stamping fee for Myanmar (20USD/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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