10 Days in Myanmar – Pilgrimage Tour – ASIA EZ TRAVELS

10 Days in Myanmar – Pilgrimage Tour

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Description

Yangon – Bago - Kyaikhtiyo – Yangon - Bagan –Heho – Pindaya - Yangon

(10 Days/ 9 Nights)

 

Overview:

Starting from Yangon, this trip will take you to all the unique places Myanmar has to offer. You will discover a world unlike any other, such as majestic tours to Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock), from the land of thousand pagodas in Bagan, the floating villages of Inle Lake and many more.

Itinerary Details

 

DAY 01. YANGON ARRIVAL ( – / L / D )

Upon arrival at the Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by Asia EZ Tour guide. You will be transfer to your hotel, for a chance to relax and refresh.

In the afternoon, visit first to the CHAUK HTET GYI Pagoda, famous for housing an enormous 65 meter long reclining Buddha statue.

From there, our tour through Yangon city with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments; the 2,600 years old SHWEDAGONE PAGODA. Once sunset arrives, glittering in the dark skyline, SHWEDAGONE PAGODA is indeed a sight to behold.

Lunch and dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be stay overnight in Yangon.


DAY 02.YANGON – KYAIKHTIYO (B /L / D)

After breakfast at your hotel, we head to KYAIKHTIYO Pagoda in MON state. On the way, you will visit the Allied War Cemetery near HTAUKKYANT. It is a beautiful, well maintained peaceful cemetery and the final resting place for over 27,000 Allied soldiers.

Proceed visiting to Kyaikhtiyo, located 160 KM from Yangon, and ‘Golden Rock’ is a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. Our first stop would be at KIN PUN base camp.

From there, you will go up a steep 11 km road in, typically crowded open air trucks take you to reach the upper place of Pagoda. The exciting heart pounding journey is expected to be about 45 minutes. The final ascend to the Golden Rock will be on foot (20 minutes of hiking).

Should you decide for a longer hiking journey, you can top to stop at the middle camp, Hermit Hill. From here it, will be 60 minutes of hiking. You have 2 options for accommodations (Mountain Top Hotel at the top of the hill, or Golden Rock Hotel in the middle camp or another at base camp, Kimpun).
From the mountain top, you will enjoy great views of the surrounding hills and a beautiful sunset. Then we will stroll around to the local restaurants and herbs stalls near the pagoda.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant en-route.

Dinner will be served and you will stay overnight in KYAIKHTIYO.

Lunch and dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be stay overnight in Bagan.


DAY 03. KYAIKHTIYO (GOLDEN ROCK) – BAGO – YANGON (B/ L/ D )

Before dawn, local pilgrims would gather at the Golden Rock to make offerings in the solitude of the morning.

To experience this, and a great photo opportunity, after an early breakfast at your hotel, you will have the option to visit the Golden Rock again to see the golden sun rise, casting it rays upon the rock.

After that, we will return back to Yangon. Then, continue visiting Bago on the way. Previously Bago was a capital of the Mon Kingdom and built by King BAYAINTNAUNG in the mid-16th century. On the way back, stops visiting to the one of the monastery in Bago (Kyat Khat Wine or Tharmanay Monastery). You will study the daily life of monks’ activities.

We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Bago when we arrived and continue sightseeing to the 55-meter long reclining SHWE THA HLYAUNG Buddha. Sightseeing will continue to the thousand-year old SHWEMAWDAW PAGODA. Built with Mon architecture SHWEMAWDAW PAGODA is one of the most venerated pagodas in Myanmar and at 114 meters tall with its spire, it stands taller than the SHWEDAGON PAGODA.

Before heading back to Yangon, we will make a stop to visit the four giant Buddha images at KYAIK PUN PAGODA and upon arrival in Yangon, we will transfer back to your hotel.

Dinner will be served at local restaurant and overnight stay in Yangon.

 


DAY 4. YANGON – BAGAN (B /L / D)

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Bagan. We begin the tour with visit to the famous SHWEZIGONE Pagoda, considered the most wonderful and shouldn’t miss pagoda in Bagan. Nearby SHWEZIGONE, we will visit WETKYI INN GUPYAUKGYI, a cave temple with exquisite mural paintings and the elegant HTILOMINLO Temple, noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.

Continuing the tour of famous pagodas in Bagan, we arrive at ANANDA Temple, which is famous for an architectural masterpiece, and it has four standing giant Buddha Statues.

In the evening, we resume our journey on horse cart, THATBYINNYU, the highest temple in Bagan, DHAMMAYANGYI, the largest temple in Bagan.

Finally, we will finish the evening with an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the one of the SUNSET HILL viewpoints.

Remark: The government strictly prohibited to climb all the temple in Bagan since February 2018.

Lunch and dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be stay overnight in Bagan.


DAY 5. BAGAN (B /L / D)

After breakfast at your hotel, we start the day at the colorful Nyaung Oo Market, where locals come to buy and sell fresh product and other goods every day.

Afterwards, we head to MYINKABA Village and visit GUBYAUKGYI Temple, to admire the beautiful mural paintings and well-preserved plaster carvings. Nearby are MANUHA Temple and NAN PAYA Temple, two smaller temples known for its Buddha statues and stone work.

Lacquer ware and woodcrafts are two of Myanmar’s famous handicrafts. You will observe how these are made as we visit two workshops in Bagan.
After the lunch break, we will return to the hotel to seek refuge from the hot sun.

Embark on a private river cruise toward KYAUK GU U MIN. Watch the peaceful village life as you cruise up the river, with the views of the Bagan temples set in the background.

Upon arrival in KYAUK GU U MIN, a five to ten minute walk takes us to temple a beautiful temple, with stone carving depicting religious figures. This temple was built against the side of cliff, giving you an entrance into a cave. Legend states that the cave was built during the 13th century for the locals to hide from the invading Mongols. Now it is used as a secluded place for meditation. After exploring KYAUK GU U MIN, we return to the boat for a relaxing sun set cruise back to Bagan down the AYERWADDY River.

Lunch and dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be stay overnight in Bagan.

Optional Tour

Balloon Experience Over Bagan – Experience the majestic landscape of Bagan with a soul-altering hot-air balloon ride over Bagan at sunrise -a thrill that promises to be a highlight of any trip to Myanmar. Dark and early in the morning, enjoy a snack of pastries, croissants, and coffee and watch as the balloons are filled -an experience itself. Then, after boarding the balloon, gently lift off above the temple-studded plains of Bagan just as the sun begins to rise above the horizon. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that won’t soon be forgotten.

(Note: available only from late- October to late-March; all flights weather permitting).


DAY 6. BAGAN – HEHO – PINDAYA – NYAUNG SHWE (RED MOUNTAIN) – INLE LAKE (B /L / D)

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Nyaung U airport for a flight to HEHO. HEHO is a quiet transit hill town and the only airport link to the beautiful hills of Shan State.
Then, proceed driving up (59km – 2 hrs) to PINDAYA is a scenic one with many photo opportunities. Depending on arrival time in Pindaya, we can visit the great SHWE UMIN CAVE, a unique site housing thousands of Buddha statues, placed there by pilgrims over the centuries. From there, you will observe at a local family work shop to learn how to make SHAN traditional umbrellas and paper from the fibres of the mulberry tree.
From PINDAYA, continue to visit the Red Mountains Wine Estate, a French maker wine in Nyaung Shwe to learn how to produce various kinds of wine in the hill. You will also test the amazing wine for your digestion. Enjoy the breath-taking view from the upper estate of the vine yards.

After that, transfer to the Nyaung Shwe jetty and board by boat to check in at hotel.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant at Pindaya.
Dinner and you will be stay overnight hotel in Inle Lake.


DAY 7. INLE LAKE (B /L / D)

After early breakfast at your hotel, our Asia EZ guide will give you an introduction of the Inle Lake on a boat. Moving across the lake, we will pass through villages with stilted houses, floating gardens built up from strips of land and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Be on the lookout for fishermen uses unique leg-rowing technique to propel their boats while casting their nets.

PHAUNG DAW OO Pagoda, one of our stops, is the main sanctuary of INLE Lake and it has five glittering small Buddha statues which covered with gold.

Other stops include NGA PHE KYAUNG MONASTERY, a traditional Shan Style monastery with its famous for ancient Buddha images and proceed visiting to the NAM PAN VILLAGE to observe the cheroot making factory and wooden boat making.

Finally, we head to the hotel in time to catch a beautiful sunset.
Lunch will be served at local restaurant.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Inle Lake.


DAY 8. INLE LAKE (INDEIN) (B /L / D)

After breakfast at your hotel, embark your boat and visit to the lake’s morning lively market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5-day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares by boat. (Note: market is daily except on dark-moon day and full-moon day and the market days depend on the market calendar).

Continue to visit the weaving village of INPAWKHON. The workshops in INPAWKHON produce some fine shawls, scarves and longyi in silk, cotton and threads drawn from the stems of lotus plants.

Then we proceed leading to the western shore of INDEIN PAGODA complex, where you can see the ancient Shan style pagodas enshrined white color stupas. Inle Lake which has many hidden ancient pagodas in everywhere. We continue on foot to a village nearby where several crops are grown in traditional ways. Walk in an easy pace along one of the many creeks passing through rice fields to the villages of SAE MA.

In the late afternoon, continue visiting to one of the monasteries, and on the way back, en-route stop visiting at the Padaung women (long neck ladies) in Ywa Ma village. Transfer back to hotel.

Lunch will be served at local restaurant.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Inle Lake.


DAY 9. HEHO – YANGON FULLDAY SIGHTSEEING (B /L / D)

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer back to Heho airport and take the domestic flight to Yangon.

We spend the day visiting Yangon. The last leg of this odyssey includes BOTATHAUNG PAGODA, COLONIAL BUILDINGS along the Strand Road, SULE PAGODA, proceed visiting to the BOGYOKE AUNG SAN MARKET known as Scott Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays). A must visit for tourist, here you can see rows of stalls selling hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores.

Lunch will be served at local restaurant.

We stop by KARAWEIK HALL, a unique golden barge on KANDAWGYI (Royal Lake) for taking photos. It is a place of perfect view of Shwedagon Pagoda.

In evening you will attend a traditional Myanmar cultural show dinner at Karaweik Barge Hall Restaurant. A show can include Myanmar traditional songs and dances displayed by Myanmar Orchestra during the dinner. Return to hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel in Yangon.


Day 10. DEPARTURE YANGON (B/ – / -)

After breakfast, you can enjoy some free and easy time until the time of your departure for the Yangon International Airport. Your Asia EZ guide and car will remain at your disposal until such time.

Lunch will be on your own account.


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OUR PACKAGE TOUR RATES ARE INCLUSIVE OF:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • All meals as specified in the program on table basis as (B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Tours with English speaking throughout guide (from Yangon – Yangon) or English stationed guides as per program (other languages guide can be provided with additional charges)
  • Maximum one Tour leader is free of charge in single room as of 15 full paying pax
  • All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Open air truck rental in Kyaikhtiyo
  • Ox cart in Bagan
  • Boat fares to Kyauk Gu U Min cave and Inle Lake
  • Entrance fees or zone fees for visits mentioned in the program
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling at the hotel transfers

 

NOT INCLUDED ARE:

  • Domestic airfare (Yangon- Bagan –Heho Yangon)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee for Myanmar (note that pre-arranged visa is required for any tourists)
  • International Airfare
  • Early check-in, late check-out. Normal check out time from hotels in Myanmar is 12 o’clock noon
  • Balloons Over Bagan
  • Entrance fees for the sites not mentioned in the program
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry etc.
  • Christmas and New Year’s dinner supplement (will be advised at time of booking)
  • Services which are not mentioned above

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