Myanmar Holiday Odyssey

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Tour Code : MTS-MHO-181
Tour Duration: 18 days / 17 nights
Route : Yangon – Heho – Inle Lake – Mandalay – Monywa – Bagan – Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo – Mawlamyine – Yangon
Vacation Type : Tours
 

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 Inle – the tranquil lake of the leg rowers, Kakku – hidden treasure of Shan State, 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, Monywa - famous for its caves- Po win Taung & Shwe Ba Taung, Bagan – the richest archeological sights in Asia, Bago – the ancient Mon Capital, Kyaikhtiyo - the golden rock balanced on the cliff, Mawlamyine - an important trading town on the south and also a capital of Mon State, Thanbyuzayat – famous for its Death Railway by the thousands of Allied POW and Asia co-allied . You will find the local peoples and landscape beyond your imagination.

The Village near Bagan is really interesting and where you can find an old noodle cottage, betel shops, barber shop (if you wish to, you can try it) and way of local people daily life. You will find the local peoples and landscape beyond your imagination.

Charter boat from Mandalay to Mingun and Pakokku – Bagan are made of wood and traditionally built. It is pleasant, interesting trip with plenty to see along the way – fishing villages, bullock carts, corn fields, market boats, people doing their washing.

The majority of overland in Myanmar is bumpy and not so good. However, our skillful drivers and experienced guides will take you along the way not to inconvenience and we may stop in several places for shooting the photos or knowing the people.

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-19Upon 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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Heho Inle

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inle-29After breakfast, transfer to the airport to leave for Heho. Arrive at Heho Airport and drive Nyaung Shwe and transfer to hotel by boat to Inle Lake. Being located at the 900 meters above sea level, Inle Lake is the second largest natural lake in Myanmar with hazy Blue Mountains as backdrop. After lunch, visit Indein Village, located at the western side of the lake. Passing Nyaung Ohak Monastery and follow a stair path lined up with many hundreds o wooden columns, you finally will reach the impressive Shwe Indein Pagoda Complex. From the hillside you have great view over the lake area. On the way back to the boat, walk through a romantic bamboo forest at the riverside, where you may observe local people having a bath. Overnight in Inle lake.

Day 03: Inle

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inle-30In the early morning, breakfast at hotel and visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the most famous pagoda of the Shan State. Ywa-Ma village, gold and sliver smiths’ workshop. After lunch, visit Jumping Cat Monastery and floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and the famous leg rowers. In the evening, enjoy the sunset while visiting the Inle Lake by boat. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 04: Inle

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Kakku

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Heho

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Mandalay (B)

kakku-01Breakfast at hotel. Drive To Taunggyi – the capital of the Shan State, 1500 meters above sea level. Proceed to Kakku pagoda - which were built over 2400 years ago, all together in the same. Back to Taunggyi and if time permit, visit buzzing local market. Transfer to Heho for domestic flight to Mandalay. Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

Day 05: Mandalay

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Mingun

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Mandalay (B)

mingun-08After early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the jetty to take a boat trip to Mingun. 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 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 06: Mandalay

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Amarapura

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Sagaing

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Mandalay (B)

sagaing-06After breakfast at the hotel, visit Mahamuni Buddha Image – one of the most sacred Buddha Image in Myanmar. Excursion to the ancient city of Amarapura. Visit to Mahagundayone Monastery to study the daily life of the monks observing Buddha scriptures, 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 return back to Amarapura for enjoy sunset by crossing U Bein Wooden Bridge (1.2km long) across Taung Tha Man Lake. Return to Mandalay and overnight at hotel. 

Day 07: Mandalay

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Monywa

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Powin Taung (B)

phowintaung-04After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to Monywa - located in the Valley of Chindwin River and a pleasant destination for the visitors. Sightseeing inclusive of Thanbode where a half million of Buddha images exits. Bode Tahtaung where a thousand of Bo trees or Banyan trees and a 300 foot long reclining Buddha image would be visited. In the afternoon, cross Chindwin River and drive to Hpo Win Taung and Shwe Ba Taung by local pick-up taxis. Return back to Monywa. Overnight stay at hotel in Monywa.

 

Day 08: Monywa

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Pakokku

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Bagan (B)

monywa-06Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Pakokku – famous for cotton blanket. Visit local market, weaving industry, peanut snacks making cottage. And then transfer to the jetty cruise by charter private to Bagan situated in Central Myanmar, on the east bank of the mighty Ayeyawaddy River. Arrive at Bagan in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel in Bagan.

Day 09: Bagan

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bagan-30Option: Balloon Over Bagan (BOB)
It is a unique opportunity to see the Bagan with ‘BALLOONS OVER BAGAN’. You get a magnificent birds-eye view of thousand year-old pagodas, temples and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River as it has never been seen before. The balloon is guided by gentle winds not exceeding 24 km/h. Eight/Six passengers plus a pilot fit into the balloon’s basket. The champagne flights at sunrise last just under an hour and take off daily from October through March. Price is US $ 250 / pax. Due to the limited capacity, advance bookings at an early stage are highly recommended.

After breakfast, start whole day sightseeing of Bagan’s most important temples and pagodas ranging from the temples with the earliest wall paintings to the prototype pagoda the influenced the designs of later Buddhist monuments. Tour highlights include colorful Nyaung Oo Market, and Shwezigon Pagoda – built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine, then go to Ananda Temple – King Kyansittha’s masterpiece and the crowning achievement of the early style temple of architecture, next is Thatbyinnyu Temple – the highest building on the Bagan plain, after that visit to Htilominlo Temple – the largest temple of Bagan – noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. In the afternoon observe the process of traditional lacquer ware, one of Myanmar’s best known handicrafts and a specialty of Bagan. Then visit Manuha Temple, Myingabar Gubyaugyi Temple – an early period Pyu-style temple of Hindu influence with some of the oldest mutual paintings in Bagan and Dhamanyangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork. Lastly watch sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River from Buphaya or Shwesandaw Pagoda. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

Day 10: Bagan

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bagan-31After breakfast, visit tropical village to visit an old Noodle Cottage and observe the daily life the people in Taung Bi Village. Afternoon visit Kyaugu Umin Temple, which is an interesting rock cave tunnel, and Nagayon, an elegant and well preserved temple containing many Buddha images, the main one which is twice life size and shelters under the hood of a huge serpent. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 11: Bagan

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Mt. Popa

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Bagan

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Yangon (B)

poppa-03After breakfast, drive to Mt. Popa where a house for Myanmar spirits. On the way you can observe toddy farm and ways of making Toddy Candy. Return to Bagan. Transfer to the airport for sunset flight to Yangon. Transfer to the hotel and overnight at hotel. 

Day 12: Yangon

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Kyaikhtiyo (B)

kyaikhityo-03Breakfast at hotel. Drive to the Golden Rock. On the way visit Bago – (the Hansawaddy Dynasty), 80 km to the north west of Yangon. Visit Shwemawdaw and Kanbawza Tha Di Palace built by King Bayintnaung in 15th Century, is a great archaeological site. Then proceed to Kyaikhtiyo - 80 km from Bago situated 1100 km above sea level. Arrive at Kinpun Base Camp and leave the coach. From there to “Yahae Hill” , open trucks are used for hilly track up. At the Yathae Hlll, one has to trek for about one hour up hill. It can also be reached by Sedan Chairs which are easily available (US $ 20 / pax as extra). Check in at the hotel. Visit Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda and its environs filled with many legends about the pagoda and its spirit God ( Nats ). Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kyaikhtiyo.

Day 13: Kyaikhtiyo

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Mawlamyine (B)

mawlamyaing-03Departure from Kyaikhtiyo for Mawlamyine (Moulmein) (115 km - 6 hours). En route, stop in Thaton, former capital of the Mon Kingdom. Between Thaton and Hpa-An stop for a visit at the Bayinnyi Caves. Continue, passing the bridge across the Thanlwin River, to Hpa-An, the capital of Kayin State. Brief stop in Hpa-An before proceeding on the last stretch (about 1 hour) to Mawlamyine. Arrival in Mawlamyine, the capital of Mon State, late in the afternoon. Dinner at hotel and overnight in Mawlamyine.


Day 14: Mawlamyine (B)

mawlamyaing-04Full day of sightseeing in and around Mawlamyine. Visit the local Zegyi market in the morning before leaving Mawlamyine for a visit to the small town of Mudon (20 km - 1 hour). The area between Mawlamyine and Mudon is very fertile and well known for its rubber plantations and the numerous seasonal fruits grown here. A newly built huge reclining Buddha can be seen en route. Stop at Kyauktalone, a Buddhist Stupa and a Hindu temple facing each other. Return to Mawlamyine. Afternoon visit the Mon State National Museum where traditional music instruments, clothes and old Mon language scripts are displayed. Sightseeing continues with the Mahamuni Pagoda, Kyaikthanlan Pagoda (known as the Kipling Pagoda) and Seindone Mibaya Kyaung, where King Mindon's wife sought refuge. These religious buildings are all situated on a mountain range from where beautiful sunsets can be observed. Overnight at hotel in Mawlamyine. 

Day 15: Mawlamyine

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Thanbyuzayat

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Mawlamyine (B)

thanphyuzayut-02After Breakfast, drive to Thanbyuzayat, 34 km from Mawlamyine. Start visit to Death Railway by the thousands of Allied POW and Asia co-allied who were forced by the Japanese military to build it. And then visit to Death Railway Museum, World War II Cemetery of allied 3771 graves of Allied POW soldiers and Thanbyuzayat Market. Then drive back to Mawlamyine. Overnight at hotel in Mawlamyine.

 

Day 16: Mawlamyine

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Hpa-An (B)

phaan-02After early breakfast, drive to HPA-AN (60 km - 1½ hours). Visit the site of the Khayonegu Caves with numerous Buddha images, stalactites and stalagmites. Stroll through a small Karen village situated at the significant Mount Zwekabin , National Museum of Kayin, Kanthayar Lake for photo stop and the local market. Proceed to Shawyinhmaw Pagoda located at the banks of Thanlwin River. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 17: Hpa-An

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Yangon (B)

phaan-03After breakfast, early morning drive back to Yangon. If time permit, visit Bago for its highlights Shwethalyaung (a huge reclining Buddha image) and Kyaikpun: the four sided huge Buddha images.Check in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Yangon. 

 

 

Day 18: Departure Yangon

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airport-01Breakfast at hotel. Leisure till the flight time. Transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight to conclude this unique experience.

 

 

 

 
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