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Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 318

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Day 1: Yangon

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, welcome and meet with English station guide. Then transfer to Hotel. Your sightseeing begin by visiting Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda, houses the fourth largest colossal reclining Buddha, 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 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. In the evening, visit to the magnificent Shwedagon pagoda, landmark of Myanmar and one of the greatest wonders of the world.

Day 2: Yangon - Bagan

Today you fly to Bagan. Full day Bagan sightseeing tour with a visit to Nyaung-U local market and Shwezigon pagoda. Continue to Gubyaukgyi, another "cave" temple with fine frescoes of "jataka tales". Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. In the afternoon, visit Manuha Temple with gigantic Buddha images; Nanpaya, an Early-style temple with the finest stone carvings, Ananda temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Next, visit Dhamayangyi. Continue to Mingalarzedi, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture.

Day 3: 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, 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. On the way back to Bagan.

Day 4: Bagan - Mandalay

Today transfer to airport for flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival you will meet by local guide then direct visit to an ancient city of Amarapura. Visit Mahagandaryone monastery the largest teaching monastery in Myanmar. Then enjoy the great serenity of U Bein wooden Bridge is about three quarter of a mile with 1086 posts and Taung- ta-man lake that will give you an enchanting experience, then visit Mahar Myat Muni Buddha Image the most ancient Buddha image castled in bronze in Myanmar. Then hotel check in. After lunch, visit Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace. Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda, often called the world’s largest book (a set of 729 huge stone slabs on which the Buddhist scriptures are inscribed).

Day 5: Mandalay - Inle Lake

After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Heho. Upon arrival, welcomed again by local English speaking stationed guide 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 6: Inle Lake

Morning visit 5day market if we coincide. You will see hill tribes trading their farm products of vegetables, fruits, sun dried tea leaves, art, works of wooden sculpture with their unique style in a bustling atmosphere. Then 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. Today enjoy new year gala dinner at the hotel

Day 7: Inle Lake - Yangon

This morning visit 5 day market if we coincide. Then 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). In the afternoon transfer to Heho airport for flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival at Yangon, transfer to hotel and check in at hotel

Day 8: Yangon

Morning visit Kandawgyi Lake and surrounding area which offer numerous photo opportunities, Botahtaung pagoda, located close to Yangon River and said to contain Buddha relics, shopping in the Bogyoke market formerly "Scott market", where you can get a wide range of Myanmar handicraft, jewelries, fabrics, lacquer wares etc. Then transfer to Yangon International airport for your departure flight

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