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Welcome to Burma, ‘quite unlike any place you know about’. Arrive Yangon with included airport transfer to your hotel where later in the day a Welcome Meeting will be held.
This morning explore Yangon, taking in the old colonial-style city centre and the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years. Proceed to Bogyoke (Scott’s) Market with a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98m above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. Return to your hotel around 12:30 and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
Early morning transfer to Yangon Airport for a flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan, we head out to explore. We take in the busy local market and a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as the Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, Ku Byauk Gyi, and Ananda Temple. In the afternoon the tour continues with visits to Manuha Temple, (built in Mon style in 1059 Nanbaya Temple) Myingaba Gu Byauk Gyi Temple (under the protection of UNESCO). Conclude the day with an incredible sunset in the vicinity of Bagan's ancient monuments.
Enjoy a full day at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the locality. You may choose to hire a bicycle and explore some off-the-beaten track pagodas or alternatively, hire a horse cart for the morning to visit local markets and buy authentic handmade crafts.
This morning head off to explore the extinct volcano of Mount Popa. The mountain is believed to be the abode of legendary Nats (spirit gods) and at the summit are numerous monasteries, pagodas and shrines in various architectural styles. We then proceed to Kyaukpadaung, visiting a local market and stopping at a local village. In the afternoon, drive to Salay to visit Yokesone Monastery which is the oldest surviving wooden monastery. Then onto Payathonzu, a complex of three brick shrines with mural paintings from the Bagan period, and see Man Paya before driving back to Bagan via Chauk colorful markets.
This morning we fly to Mandalay, Burma’s last royal capital. After hotel check in we head to the jetty for a pleasant boat ride upriver to Mingun to visit the remains of what could have been the world’s largest pagoda. In the afternoon, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, home to Mandalay's holiest Buddha statue then on to Shwenandaw Monastery. After see the 'world’s largest book', being the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs, at Kuthodaw Pagoda before our last stop of the day which is Kyaukdawgyi Pagoda to see a large Buddha statue carved out of a single block of local marble. Conclude with a spectacular view at sunset from Mandalay Hill.
Enjoy a full day at leisure. You may wish to experience the daily alms giving to the Buddhist monks – this will involve an early rise.
This morning we take you to the airport for your flight to Heho. Arriving here, explore the impressive Shwe Indein Pa-O complex affording magnificent views over the lake and walk through bamboo forest where local villagers bathe along the riverside. We then proceed by boat to your floating hotel.
Today enjoy touring the lake by boat we witness the unique rowing techniques of the local fishermen and explore the markets before visiting the unusual Nga Pe Chaung monastery where Buddhist monks have taught cats to jump through hoops and Inle Lake’s largest pagoda, the Paungdaw Oo pagoda.
This morning by boat we head to Indaing at the western end of Inle, along the way passing the busy village of Yawama. After disembarking, walk through Indaing village to reach the 14-18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak; many pagodas here remain charmingly renovated. Then explore, Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather beaten zedi; the views from the top make it worth the ascent. Returning to the river jetty, take your long-tailed boat back along the canal to the Lake and your hotel.
After breakfast, leave your hotel by boat and then transfer to Heho Airport for a flight to Yangon then transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon drive to the famous Strand Road for a walking tour which covers, Chinatown, old Moseah Yeshua Synagogue, Indian Quarter, Shwe Bontha, Mahabandoola Garden, City hall the High court and more.
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.