Highlights of Myanmar Tour

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Tour Code : MTS-HMT-081
Tour Duration : 08 days / 07 nights
Route : Yangon – Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin – Hsibaw – Mandalay - Yangon
Vacation Type : Tour
 

This program is brought to you for your visit around Myanmar for its main tourist destination. Explore from Yangon – the garden city and the main gate way to Myanmar to Mandalay – the culture canter and its environ, Amarapura – city of Immortality, Sagaing – the Place of Meditation and Mingun - home of the world biggest ringing bell. And Pyin Oo Lwin – the city of flowers stands on a plateau, 1000 meters up in the Shan hill and Hsibaw – the fascinating journey with twisting and turning hilly trek by train. On the way you have to cross over the famous Gote Hteik viaduct and enjoy the most spectaculars scenic views of the Shan plateau traveling one way by winding road with elbow crossing hilly drive. You will find the local peoples and landscape beyond your imagination.

The Gote Hteik Viaduct was built in 1901 by an American company the Pennsylvania and Maryland Bridge Construction and completed in 1913. It is a structure of steel trestle construction for railway line to Lashio and it was 2260 feet long and was built 320 feet high above a deep valley connected with two edges. The both side of the cliffs are 550 feet high above the small river that flows under the rock. Although the viaduct was bombed in the WWII, Myanmar railway repaired the bridge. Due to its technical and natural condition it was considered as a magnificent of the world standard. Mr. Paul Theroux said his book "The Great Railway Bizarre" called the viaduct" a monster of silver geometry in all the ragged rock and jungle…its presence was bizarre". It is the most important viaduct in Mandalay Lashio rail-road section and the second highest viaduct in the world.

Local trains are operated by Government – owned Myanmar Railways. The experience of journey by train around Myanmar will be unique. Even though it is not so comfortable, the trip is so interesting and it has many opportunities to explore untouched places.
Transportation between each destination by domestic flight on Air Mandalay or Yangon Airways or Air Bagan (F-100 or ATR-72/42) can be done throughout the year.

Detailed Tour Program

Day 01: Arrival Yangon

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yangon-06Upon arrival at Yangon international airport, our tour guide would welcome you and transfer to the hotel for check in. After that sightseeing start in Yangon, including Sule Pagoda in the heart of the city, Chauktatgyi Pagoda, one of the biggest colossal reclining Buddha image in Myanmar. Special evening visit to the massive Shwedagon Pagoda – famous worldwide – its golden stupa is the ‘ Heart ’ of Buddhism Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa in surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Myanmar People praying and making offerings. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.   

Day 02: Yangon

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Mandalay

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Amarapura

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Ava

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Sagaing

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Mandalay (B)

sagaing-01After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Yangon International airport for flight to Mandalay (domestic schedule flight, ~ 1/12 hour flying) the commercial centre and cultural tourism site, was established in 1857 by King Mindon, Arrive at Tada Oo International airport and direct sightseeing to the ancient city of Amarapura. Visit to Mahagundayone Monastery to study the daily life of the monks observing Buddha scriptures, U Bein Wooden Bridge (1.2km long) across Taung Tha Man Lake. Proceed to Ava (Inwa). Sightseeing inclusive of Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery , the hand-made workshop industry producing lacquer alms for Monk. and then drive to .Sagaing and visit Kaung Mu Daw Pagoda which is the copy of Mahaceti Pagoda in Siri Lanka and Sagaing Hill the center of Meditation. Then drive to Mandalay and check in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 03:Mandalay

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Mingun

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Mandalay (B)

mingun-02After early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the jetty to take a boat trip to Mingun (up river, ~ 45 minute crusing). Visit Mingun Unfinished Pagoda, Mingun Bell, one of the world largest hanging bronze bells and Myatheindan Pagoda. After sightseeing in Mingun, sail back to Mandalay. Afternoon visit Mahamuni Buddha Image, Zegyo Market and some of Mandalay’s cottage industries, such as weaving and tapestry making, Burmese candy making, Bamboo fan making near Eindaw Yar Pagoda, Atumahsi Monastery and Shwenandaw Monastery (Golden Palace Monastery), Kuthodaw (Maha Lawkamarazein Pagoda) which is famous as the world largest book of many stone slabs on which is inscribed the whole Buddhist Literature. In the evening, enjoy the panoramic view of the city from Mandalay Hill. Overnight stay at hotel in Mandalay.

Day 04: Mandalay

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Pyin Oo Lwin

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Hsibaw (B)

pyinoolwin-01After having breakfast at the hotel, drive to the hills from Mandalay for a visit of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), (~ 67 km, 2 hour drive) a former British Hill Station. The road winds steeply through flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. Arrive at Pyin Oo Lwin and transfer to the railway station to take local train to Hsibaw by first class. On the way, you can see the beautiful scenery and Gote Hteik Via-duct. Arrive Hsibaw, transfer to the Guest House. Visit Haw Nan (Old Palace of Shan Prince). Overnight at hotel.

Day 05:   Hsibaw Trekking (B/ L)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the jetty and take a boat trip along Doatdhawaddy river for 1 ½ hours and continue trekking to Palaung Hill Tribal Villages. You can observe Orange plantation, Tea plantation and Pineapple Plantation on the way. Enjoy picnic lunch at a village. Return to Hsibaw. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06:  Hsibaw

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Pyin Oo Lwin (B)

pyinoolwin-02Breakfast at hotel. Drive back to Pyin Oo Lwin. On the way visit Bawgyo Pagoda – famous of Hsibaw. Check in at the hotel. Visit the National Kandawgyi Gardens, which were laid out by Sir Harcourt Butler, the former governor of Burma - flowerbeds are similar to those you would find in an English country garden! The garden is recently renovated and the name has changed to "Kandawgyi National Botanical Garden". Overnight stay at the hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin.

 

Day 07:   Pyin Oo Lwin

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Mandalay

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Yangon (B)

pyinoolwin-03Then drive through Maymyo on a “pony coach", giving you the chance to admire the brick and timber houses, complete with English style gables, turrets and chimneys. Then drive back to Mandalay and direct transfer to the airport for flight back to Yangon. Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

Day 08:  Departure Yangon

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bogyoke-market-02After breakfast, stroll along the China Town and study the ways of living of Yangon citizens (which can observe the tradition and modern costume) and shopping at Bogyoke Market (Scott’s Market) of hundreds of shops where you can find local products such as Gems & Jewelry , slippers, cloth, and so on. Leisure at hotel till the flight time. Then transfer to the airport for the departure flight.


 
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