Mandalay Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 376

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Day 1: Yangon

Welcome to Burma and the start of your holiday! Arrive Yangon Airport and after a warm welcome, we transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2: Yangon - Bagan

Fly to Bagan to explore its astounding temple filled plain. En route to your hotel visit the beautiful golden Shwezigon Pagoda and the 13th century Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi Temple with its lovely frescoes. Afternoon sightseeing includes key temples and a Burmese lacquerware factory before an evening excursion to Ananda, Bagan’s finest and most revered temple.

Day 3: Bagan

Enjoy a day trip to the village of Salay and Mount Popa today. A stop will be made enroute to visit Toddy's Farm, where we learn about wine making and making hand oils. We then visit Man payar and explore the ruined old monastery. Mystical Mount Popa, is an extinct volcano which is believed to be the abode of spirits. 777 winding steps are carved into the side of the mountain, taking pilgrims up to the striking Popa Taungkalat monastery which sits atop the mountain.

Day 4: Bagan - Mandalay

Fly to Mandalay, former capital of the Burmese Empire and spend the day exploring the city sights including the incredible golden Buddha of Mahamuni Paya. Then enjoy spectacular sunset views of the city from Mandalay Hill.

Day 5: Mandalay - Inle Lake

After a flight to Heho, transfer to picturesque Pindaya, located on the shores of Lake Pindaya to explore its remarkable caves which contain over 9000 Buddha statues before driving on to Nyaung Shwe.

Day 6: Inle Lake

Today we discover the delights of beautiful Lake Inle on a boat trip. See the stilted houses and various cottage industries of the Intha people and visit the famous Paungdaw Oo Pagoda. Overnight - Shwe Inn Floating Resort

Day 7: Inle Lake - Yangon

This morning visit Indein Pagoda, an incredible collection of weathered stupas dating back to the 13th century before flying to Yangon. Overnight - Shwe Inn Floating Resort

Day 8: Yangon

Today your Burmese adventure comes to an end after a final morning of sightseeing in Yangon including the Gaba Aye (World Peace) pagoda and Mahapasana Cave, a replica of the Satta Panni cave in India where the first Buddhist Synod (council) took place. The cave is 139 metres long and 110 metres wide. Later onward transfer to the airport.