Mandalay Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 208

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Day 1: Yangon

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, welcome and meet by local guide then transfer to hotel for check in. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Day 2: Yangon

Today sightseeing begins by visiting Kabar Aye Pagoda, which is significant for its Sixth Synod which was held in its large compound in 1954, Mahapasana Cave, located in the same compound, Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda, houses the fourth largest colossal reclining Buddha and then photo stop at the heart of Yangon such as Sule Pagoda, Maha Bandoola Park with Independence Monument, City Hall, High Court and many colonial style buildings and Botahtaung Pagoda, a famous landmark on Yangon’s waterfront where one can see Buddha's hair relic. Evening visit to the magnificent Shwedagon pagoda, landmark of Myanmar and one of the greatest wonders of the world.

Day 3: Yangon - Bagan

After breakfast, fly to Bagan. Bagan is located in the Ayeyarwaddy basin of central Myanmar. Bagan with its 2000 pagodas and temples represent Myanmar cultural heritage of the 11th-13th century AD. Visit many pagodas and temples including the stunning Shwezigone pagoda ,a prototype for later Myanmar pagodas. In Myanmar, the origins of the lacquer seems to come from Bagan about 12th-13th century. Continue your tour by visiting Bagan’s most massive shrine, Damayangyi temple extending approximately 255 feet on each of its four sides and Thatbyinnyut pagoda, the tallest in Bagan at almost 200ft. End your tour at the terrace of the Shwesandaw pagoda.

Day 4: Bagan

After breakfast, you will be driving down to Salay and a short stop on the way will be made to study Toddy farmer's life like collecting toddy wine, making molasses, and making hand made oil. Your Salay visit will include Yoke-son Monastery decorated with wood-carvings depicting scenes for moral lessons. Then a short walk through the ruined old monastery to Laquerware Buddha Image and the ancient monastery. Then tour continue to Mount Popa (by coach ), an extinct volcano, which is the abode of Nats (Spirits ). On top of the mountain, there are monasteries, pagodas and shrines in different style. Return by car to Bagan.

Day 5: Bagan - Mandalay

After breakfast fly to Mandalay. On arrival to Tada-Oo International Airport. Proceed to Amarapura, meaning City of Immortality founded in 1783 AD. Visit Mahagandaryone monastery the largest teaching monastery in Myanmar. Daily at around 10:30 a.m. about 700 monks queue up for their last meal on this day. Then enjoy the great serenity of U Bein wooden Bridge constructed in 1849 is about three quarter of a mile with 1086 posts and Taung- ta-man lake that will give you an enchanting experience, Mahar Myat Muni Buddha Image the most ancient Buddha image castled in bronze in Myanmar and head your way to the handicraft workshops such as bronze sculpture, gold leaf beating and marble stone carving. Visit Sagaing, Ywahtaung village, Kaungmudaw Pagoda, and Sagaing Hill, a retreat for Buddhist devotees with numerous pagodas and monasteries.

Day 6: Mandalay - Inle Lake

After breakfast, fly to Heho. Then drive about one hour to the small quiet town Pindaya enjoying the great scenic beauty of the countryside along the road to Pindaya. Visit Pindaya Caves, well known for its Buddha statues carved out of limestone. Then a short stop at over 250 years old Banyan trees. Mulberry papermaking factory, Bamboo hat making factory. Thereafter, drive to Nyaung Shwe then transfer to hotel by boat for hotel check in.

Day 7: Inle Lake

Today tour excursion on the lake: leg-rowers are the most famous attraction in the region, floating gardens, Phaungdawoo Pagoda, Ngaphaechaung Monastery (Jumping Cats'), blacksmith, silk and cotton weaving factories, silver smith, cheroot Industry and boat making factory etc

Day 8: Inle Lake - Yangon

After having breakfast, morning visit Indein village, located at the western side of the lake. Passing Nyaung Ohak Monastery and follow a stair path lined up with many hundreds of wooden columns, you finally will reach the impressive Shwe Indein Pa-O complex. From the hillside you have great view over the lake area. On the way back to the boat, walk through a romantic bamboo forest at the riverside, where you may observe local people having a bath. On the way you can visit Myaynigone village and Lotus fiber weaving factory (Ann's). Then transfer to Heho airport for return flight to Yangon. Upon arrival Yangon, transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight at Hotel in Yangon

Day 9: Yangon

After breakfast, morning drive to Kyaikhtiyo (also well known Golden Rock) about 160 km from Yangon, stands on a gilded boulder precariously perched on the edge of a hill. On the way visit the Allied War Cemetery at Htaukkyant. Our car has to stop at Kinpun Base camp. From there we have to use a local open truck which is normally used for hilly track up to the hermit “Yathae Hill”. On arrival at the hermit “Yathae Hill”, they will have to trek about one hour up hill and can proceed by palanquin (at your own account). It can also reach by trekking from the base camp. Arrive at Golden Rock, enjoy the beauty sunset or dawn at this pilgrimage site. Overnight in Kyaikhtiyo.

Day 10: - Yangon

After breakfast at hotel, take a half hour walk to a small cave. Also stop at the roadside shops for rare product of jungle. Midmorning, drive down to the base camp and return to Yangon via Bago. Make a short visit of Bago town tour including Bago Local Market, Kanbawza Thardi Palace built by King Bayinnaung, Kalayani Sima (Ordination Hall), Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Shwethalyaung Pagoda, the world’s most beautiful reclining Buddha and Wood Carving Industry and Chinese (Quan Yin) temple. On the way back to Yangon, visit Allied War Cemetery at Htaukkyant. Drive back to Yangon.

Day 11: Yangon

After breakfast, drive to Thanlyin (Syriam). The city used to be the Portuguese colonial during the 16th century and famous sea port in the region. En route, you will get to see lotus covered lakes and small wooden houses in traditional village style. Observe the Kyauk Tan Yele pagoda, situated in the middle of the river. You can enjoy feeding the huge catfish around the pagoda. Return to Yangon. Then shopping in the Bogyoke market formerly "Scott market", where you can get a wide range of Myanmar handicraft, jewelries, fabrics and lacquer wares. In the evening visit Nanthida Jetty to witness the daily life of the local people and Yangon's River that offers a remarkable atmosphere with spectacular colors and photo opportunities. Stroll around in China town an evening market selling various kind of food, fruits and products.

Day 12: Yangon

Morning transfer to Int’l airport for your return or onward flight