11 Days in Myanmar – Overland Trip – ASIA EZ TRAVELS

11 Days in Myanmar – Overland Trip

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Description

Yangon – Bagan – Mt. Popa - Mandalay – Kalaw – Inle Lake - Yangon

(11 Days/ 10 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, the land of thousand pagodas in Bagan, the extinct volcano Mount Popa, from the ancient city of Amarapura, the colonial charming town of Kalaw, 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.

Visit first to the magnificent reclining Buddha Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda.

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, Shwedagon Pagoda is indeed a sight to behold.

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


DAY 2. 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 Shwezngone Pagoda, considered the most wonderful and shouldn’t miss pagoda in Bagan. Nearby Shwezigone, we will visit Wetkyi Inn Gupyauk Gyi, 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 overnight stay in Bagan.


DAY 3. 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 4. BAGAN – MT. POPA – MANDALAY (BY OVERLAND) (B /L / D)

After breakfast, drive (4 hrs) takes you to Mandalay. On the way, stop visiting at Mount Popa, which is 1 ½ hrs aways from Bagan. Mt. Popa is home of 37 Nats, ancient Burmese spirits. After climbing the 777 stairs, you will be reaching at the Peak of Popa Mountain. From there, you will see the Buddhist monastery and enjoy panoramic view of ancient city Bagan as well as majestic Ayeyarwaddy River.

After sightseeing, continue driving up to Mandalay. As the last city of the Myanmar Kingdom, Mandalay is steeped in Myanmar culture. Below are some of the sites we will be visiting on our trip in Mandalay.

Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check in.

Lunch and Dinner will be served at local restaurant. Overnight stay in Mandalay.


DAY 5. MANDALAY – AMARAPURA (B /L / D)

After breakfast, visit to the scared Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the famous and a giant glittering golden Buddha statue in Mandalay.

The Shwe Inbin Monastery, Golden Palace (Shwe Kyaung) is the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. This grand teak wood building is known for its exquisite woodcarving and is a superb example of a traditional Myanmar wooden structure.

Kuthodaw Pagoda which is the house of the world’s largest book, make up of 729 marble slabs onto which Buddha’s teachings are carved in ancient Pali scripts.

Mandalay is famous for its skilled craftsmen, who were historically commissioned by the royal families. We will visit a selection of these shops, wood carving, gold leaf making and kalaga tapestry sewing.

We will end our day with heading to U Bein Bridge. This 200 year old teak bridge was built in 1782 when Amarapura was the Royal Capital. From there, you will see the panoramic sunset view on the Taung Tha Man Lake.

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


DAY 6. MINGUN – AVA – SAGAING (B /L / D)

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the jetty to start an excursion by boat to Mingun which located on the Ayerwaddy River. It takes about 11 km (1 hour) up river from Mandalay. Upon arrival, start visiting to the Unfinished Pagoda, also called as Mingun Pahtodawgyi built by King Bodawpaya in 1790. Proceed to visit the Hsinbyume Pagoda (known as Myatheindan Pagoda), the white coloring style built by King Bagyidawin 1816. From there, continue to see the Mingun bell, weighing 90 tons and the third world’s largest bell in the earth.

After lunch, proceeding to visit Ava (Inwa), an ancient capital of Myanmar from the 14th to 18th centuries. Board by small boat to cross over the Myint Nge River. Then, start exploring to narrow bumpy roads by horse cart. Sightseeing such as the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort and from there, head to the Bargayar Teak Monastery, famous for its impressive woodcarvings and teak over three hundred years old. Continue to see the standing architecture of Nan Myint Watch Tower, Maha Aung Myae Bon Zan Monastery (Mae Nu Oak Kyaung) which was built by Queen Mae Nu.

Afterward, we head to Sagaing, over 600 white painted pagodas, monasteries, and nunnery. Enjoy watching sunset over the Sagaing Hill.

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


DAY 7. MANDALAY –KALAW (BY OVERLAND TRIP) (B /L / D)

After breakfast, drive (7 hrs) takes you to Kalaw, a town amongst the pine trees. Along the way, passing through the green fields and you can observe the ways of local people life.

Much like Pyin Oo Lwin, Kalaw is a former colonial British hill station, with local and colonial style houses. This quiet town offers a few sightseeing spots: Nee Pagoda (Bamboo Strip Lacquer Buddha Image), Old Catholic Church, Standing watch tower, Railways station and some colonial old buildings.

Lunch will be served at local restaurant.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kalaw.


DAY 8. KALAW – NYAUNG SHWE – INLE LAKE (B /L / D)

After breakfast at your hotel, drive (60 km – 1 ½ hrs) takes you to Nyaung Shwe city. Then, transfer by boat to Inle Lake and across the lake, we will pass through villages with stilted houses, floating gardens and 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 Chaung 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 a local restaurant on Inle Lake.

Dinner and you will be stay overnight hotel in Inle Lake.


DAY 9. 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 surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade 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 Inpawkhone. The workshops 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 a local restaurant on Inle Lake.

Dinner and you will be stay overnight hotel in Inle Lake.


DAY 10. HEHO – YAGNON (B /L / D)

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Heho airport for domestic flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, we spend the day visiting Yangon. Visit to the Sule Pagoda, which is located at the heart of Yangon down town area.

Proceed stroll through 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.

In the early evening, stop taking photographs at the Karaweik Hall, a unique golden barge on Kandawgyi (Royal Lake) for taking photos. It is a place of perfect view of Shwedagon Pagoda.

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


DAY 11. YAGNON – DEPARTURE (B /- / -)

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the Yangon airport for international flight departure.


*** End of this Tour ***


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)
  • Entrance fees or zone fees for visits mentioned in the program
  • 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
  • Boat fares on Inle Lake
  • Horse cart in Bagan and Ava
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling at the hotel transfers

 

NOT INCLUDED ARE:

  • Domestic airfares (Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – 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
  • 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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