Inle Lake Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 665

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Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 1: Bangkok - Yangon

This morning we have booked your flight to Yangon on the Thai Airways 08:50 AM flight so make your way to the airport in time for check in. Arriving into Yangon at 09:40, we explore the fascinating city beginning at the waterfront, the heart of the city and 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. Later this evening we visit the most revered Buddhist temple in Burma, the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, where locals gather to make offerings and prayers.

Day 2: Yangon - Bagan

This morning we transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. Nothing can quite prepare you for the spectacular sight of stupa-upon-stupa that fills the green, dusty plains of Bagan. Spend today exploring the temples of Bagan with our expert guide.

Day 3: Bagan

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 with interesting 12th century frescoes. We continue to the Manuha Temple to see the gigantic Buddhas housed inside and the sandstone carvings of 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 and the Mingalarzedi Pagoda, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th century. This evening a tranquil sunset boat ride on the Ayeyarwaddy River.

Day 4: Bagan - Inle Lake

This morning we head to Bagan airport for your flight to He Ho. Arriving here, 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.

Day 5: Inle Lake

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).

Day 6: Inle Lake

Today we transfer you to the airport to catch your flight to Bangkok via Yangon. Arriving into Bangkok our arrangements conclude.