Mandalay Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 484

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Day 1: Yangon

Arrive Yangon Airport and after a warm welcome transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight: Green Hill Hotel - 3 star hotel

Day 2: Yangon - Bagan

Fly to Bagan to explore its astounding temple filled plain. En route to your hotel visit Nyaung Oo a colourful Market, the beautiful golden Shwezigon Pagoda and the 13th century Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi Temple with its lovely frescoes. Afternoon sightseeing includes Manuha Temple with gigantic Buddha images, a Burmese lacquerware factory, an excursion to Ananda, Bagan’s finest and most revered temple and Shwesandaw Pagoda for a beautiful sunset. Overnight: Bagan Thande Hotel - 3 star hotel

Day 3: Bagan

Enjoy a day trip to the village of Salay and Mount Popa today. Salay is home to many active monasteries. 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. Overnight: Bagan Thande Hotel - 3 star hotel

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 and Mahagandaryone monastery the largest teaching monastery in Myanmar. Then enjoy spectacular sunset views of the city from Mandalay Hill. Overnight: Ayeyarwaddy River View Hotel - 2 1/2 star hotel

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 carved out of limestone before driving on to Nyaung Shwe. Overnight: Hupin Khaung Daing Hotel - 2 1/2 star hotel

Day 6: Inle Lake

Today discover the delights of beautiful Lake Inle on a boat trip - leg-rowers are the most famous attraction in the region. See the stilted houses and various cottage industries of the Intha people and visit the famous Paungdaw Oo Pagoda. Overnight: Hupin Khaung Daing Hotel - 2 1/2 star hotel

Day 7: Inle Lake - Yangon

This morning visit Indein village, located on the western side of the lake. Passing Nyaung Ohak Monastery, follow a stair path lined with hundreds of wooden columns, where you will reach the impressive Shwe Indein Pa-O complex. From the hillside you have amazing view over the lake area. Transfer back to Heho for your flight to Yangon. This evening visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, the landmark of Myanmar and one of the greatest wonders of the world. Overnight: Green Hill Hotel - 3 star hotel

Day 8: Yangon

Sadly 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.