12 Days in Myanmar – Train Journerys – ASIA EZ TRAVELS

12 Days in Myanmar – Train Journerys

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Description

Yangon –Bagan – Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin – Heho – Kalaw – Inle Lake - Yangon

(12 Days/ 11 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, from the ancient city of Amarapura, the train journeys in Pyin Oo Lain and 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, 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 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 – MANDALAY – AMARAPURA (B /L / D)

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, we begin the tour of Mandalay.

The scared MAHAMUNI PAGODA, one of the famous and a giant glittering golden Buddha statue in Mandalay.

The SHWE INBIN MONASTERY, GOLDEN PALACE (SHWE NAN TAW MONASTERY) 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 houses 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 05. MANDALAY – PYIN OO LWIN (B /L / D)

After breakfast, we take a scenic drive (80 km – 2 hrs) to the former British hill station of PYIN OO LWIN (Maymyo). This is a town not only known for its charming colonial-style buildings, but also its rich and diverse collection of flora at National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens.

First, you will take a decorated horse drawn carriage and explore around the charming town. Then, proceeding to the National Kandawgyi Garden. This botanical garden is about 50 acre in size and contains more than 5,000 trees, 575 different floral species and various rare species of bird.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit the Peik Chin Myaung Cave, located behind a waterfall. As common with most famous caves of Myanmar, here you will also see a lot of Buddha statues and shrines inside the cave. We will proceed to Pwe Kauk Water Falls, known as Hampshire Falls during British times. It is 8 Km away from town and a favourite picnic spot of the local people.

Our next stop will be December Farms, famous for its strawberry fields and dairy. You will have the opportunity to walk through the grounds and try some of their homemade ice cream before retiring to your hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin.


DAY 6. PYIN OO LWIN – NAUNG PAIN (TRAIN JOURNEY) – MANDALAY (B / L / D )

After an early breakfast, leave from hotel about 08:00 am and transfer to the railway station for taking 4 hours’ train to Naung Pain. You will pass through Goke Hteik Viaduct Bridge which is hundred years old built by Pennsylvania steel company in 1901. Along the way, you will enjoy the beautiful landscape and also breathing view from your window crossing the bridge.

When you arrive at Naung Pain train station about 12:30 pm, your car is waiting you to bring back to Mandalay.

Lunch at a local restaurant en-route.

Upon arrival in Mandalay about 18:00/18:30 pm, transfer to the hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay in Mandalay.


DAY 7. MANDALAY – HEHO – KALAW (B /L / D)

After breakfast at hotel, you will transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival, drive (1 hr) takes you to Kalaw. Much like Pyin Oo Lwin, Kalaw is a former colonial British hill station, with local and colonial style houses. It enjoys a cool weather throughout the year.

This quiet town offers a few sightseeing spots: Nee Paya (Bamboo Strip Lacquer Buddha Image). Kalaw local market and some old colonial buildings, old Catholic Church and Kalaw railway station.

Lunch and Dinner will be served at a local restaurant and overnight stay in Kalaw.


DAY 8. KALAW – SHWE NAYUNG (TRAIN JOURNEY) – NYAUGN SHWE – INLE LAKE (B /L / D)

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be leisure at hotel in this morning.

Lunch at a local restaurant in Kalaw.

After lunch, transfer to the Kalaw train station and take 3 hrs to Shwe Nyaung. Along the way, you will meet with the local people on the train journeys and you have also opportunity to taking photographs for the living ways of villagers.

Upon arrival at Shwe Nyaung railway station, hop off and take by car to Nyaung Shwe city. Then, board by boat and transfer to hotel in Inle Lake and check in.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Inle Lake.


DAY 9. INLE LAKE (B /L / D)

After breakfast at hotel, transfer by boat to Inle Lake. 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 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 overnight stay at hotel in Inle Lake.


DAY 10. 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 Inpawkhone. The workshops in Inpawkhone 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. Walk along the villages and passing through rice fields to the reach the village 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 overnight stay at hotel in Inle Lake.


DAY 11. 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 12. 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
  • Train fares between Pyin Oo Lwin – Naung Pain, and Kalaw – Shwe Nyaung (Schedule train/Not charter)
  • 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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