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Welcome to Burma, ‘quite unlike any place you know about’. Arrive Yangon and our friendly local team await to transfer to your hotel where later in the day a Welcome Meeting will be held. (OVERNIGHT SAVOY HOTEL -- Deluxe Room)
Today we explore the fascinating city of Yangon and its famous religious monuments. We begin at the waterfront, home to many impressive traditional and colonial buildings including the Sule Pagoda, Maha Bandoola Park with Independence Monument, the City Hall and the High Court. We also visit the gold, hollow Botahtaung Pagoda, originally built over 2500 years ago, and the giant 70 metre-long reclining Buddha of Chaukhtagyi Paya. Later this evening we visit the most revered Buddhist temple in Burma, the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. (OVERNIGHT SAVOY HOTEL -- Deluxe Room)
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. We also visit the huge Mingun Bell and the beautiful white Myatheindan pagoda nearby. Returning by boat to Mandalay the afternoon is spent exploring the Royal Palace, the teak carvings of the historic Shwenandaw Monastery and the world’s largest book at the Kuthodaw Pagoda. Our day concludes with Mandalay Hill and depending on the time, a spectacular sunset with vistas across the city. (OVERNIGHT -- The Hotel Red Canal)
This morning we visit the largest teaching monastery in the country, the Mahagandayon Monastery. We also visit the longest teak bridge in the world, the U Bein Bridge set over the enchanting Taungthaman Lake, and the Mahamuni Temple, home to an ancient bronze Buddha image. The afternoon is spent at the historical city of Inwa where a horse-drawn carriage brings us to the stone Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, a fine example of Burmese masonry, the Mainu brick monastery and the old watchtower. (OVERNIGHT -- The Hotel Red Canal)
Transferring to the jetty this morning we board a boat for a scenic cruise on the Ayeyarwaddy River taking us to Bagan. Sit back and relax as the vessel plies its course past rolling fields of green. Arriving into Bagan later this evening we transfer to our hotel.
Our sightseeing today begins with a visit to the town of Nyaung-U to see the local market and Bagan’s most important reliquary shrine, the Shwezigon Pagoda, and the simple Kyansittha Cave Temple. We continue to the Manuha Temple the nearby Nanpaya Temple, and on to the Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing gold-leaf Buddhas. We stop for a photo opportunity at the towering Thatbyinnyu Temple before visiting the Dhammayangyi Temple. Then Mingalarzedi Pagoda, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th century, representing the pinnacle of Bagan’s architectural skills. This evening a tranquil sunset boat ride on the Ayeyarwaddy River.
Today we travel to the popular hill station of Kalaw with a stop en route at 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. Arriving into Kalaw late afternoon we visit Thein Taung Pay pagoda.
An early morning start allows us to enjoy trekking in the Palaung Hills through small ranges of rice paddies and tea plantations bringing us to Painaebin village, home to the indigenous Danu people. Walking back to Kalaw we drive to the quiet town of Pindaya set amidst beautiful countryside and famous for its extensive cave network. Highlights of our sightseeing tour today include the carved Buddha images of the Pindaya caves, the ancient Banyan tree and small local factories producing Mulberry paper and bamboo hats.
After breakfast we drive to the wonderful watery world of Inle Lake home to floating gardens, stilted villages and crumbling stupas. Touring the lake by boat we witness the unique rowing techniques of the local fishermen 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.
Today is free for you to enjoy at leisure. You could take advantage of the lush surrounding countryside and partake in canoeing or cycling, or alternatively you could opt for an excursion to Indein village on the western side of Inle Lake. You’ll visit 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 (bookable and payable locally).
After breakfast we leave the lake and transfer to the Heho airport say farewell to your friends and catch the flight to Thandwe. Arriving here, our local driver will take you to your hotel on Ngapali Beach. (OVERNIGHT Thande Beach Hotel - Deluxe garden view Single room)
Enjoy today and tomorrow at your leisure to relax and enjoy the beach. (OVERNIGHTS Thande Beach Hotel - Deluxe garden view Single room)
Today we will transfer you to Thandwe Airport for your flight to Yangon Airport, arriving here our local driver brings you to the hotel. (Overnight Kandawgyi Hotel)
Sadly your exclusive adventure with on the go tours has come to an end, we will transfer you to Yangon Airport in time for your flight home.