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Yangon–Bagan-Popa-Mandalay-Amarapura- Sagaing-Mingun-Heho-Inle-Kyaikhtiyo-Bago-Ngapali   (14D / 13N)
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Tour Code: LMTT/ CGT
Destination: (Yangon–Bagan-Popa-Mandalay-Amarapura- Sagaing-Mingun-Heho-Inle-Kyaikhtiyo-Bago-Ngapali)
Duration: 14 days 13 nights


Day 1: Arrive Yangon, Myanmar
Our guide will welcome you and your group at the Mingaladon airport and take you to the hotel. On the way to the hotel, observe the Kabaye Pagoda, 11 km north of downtown, built in 1952 for the 1954-56 Sixth Buddhist Synod;. then continue to Tooth relic pagoda. Check in at the hotel. Take a short break and freshen up. Lunch.

Afternoon tour:
Start with the Sule pagoda, said to be built 2000 years ago, and observe the activities in the downtown area such as Sule park. Cruise around the downtown area and enjoy the view of the colonial building such as the Strand Hotel; Port Commissioner; and High Court etc. Then, visit the Chauk Htat Kyi pagoda, a colossal reclining Buddha.

Dinner at Karaweik – a replica of the Royal barge at the edge of the Kandawgyi (a Royal lake) while enjoying the traditional dance and traditional music played by a traditional music troupe. Overnight in Yangon.
(Meal: -/L/D)

Day 2: Yangon – Bago - Kyaikhtiyo
After early morning breakfast, leave the hotel by coach for Kyaikhtiyo pagoda in the Mon State. Kyaikhtiyo is one of the famous pagodas in Myanmar and the majority of the Myanmar has been there at least once in their life time. It’s about 20 km from Kyaikhto. The main attraction there is a massive, gold-leafed boulder (said to have the hair of Gautama Buddha enshrined in it) sitting precariously at the edge of the cliff.
On the way, visit the Kya Khat Waing monastery at Bago. Observe the students monks learning the Buddhist scriptures. Lunch. Continue with the journey. Arrive Kin Poon base camp. Take a ferry to Yathae Taung camp. Take a short hike till one reaches the hotel. Enjoy the sunset from the hotel or from the pagoda. Dinner. Overnight in Kyaikhtiyo.
(Meal: B/L/D)

Day 3: Kyaikhtiyo – Bago - Yangon
Enjoy the sunrise from the hotel. Take a breakfast. Then, check out from the hotel and walk down to Yathae Taung camp. Take a ferry to the Kin Poon base camp. Leave for Yangon. Arrive Bago. Visit Hin Thar Goan (said to be the one rising from the sea when the mythological bird, the Hintha, landed on it), Shwe Mawdaw (114 meters high and said to be built more than 1000 years old. Then lunch. After lunch visit Naung Daw Gyi pagoda (more bigger than Shwe Thar Lyaung), and Kyaik Pon (30 meters high, four Buddha statues sitting back to back and 3 km out of Bago on the Bago –Yangon highway road).
Leave Bago for Yangon. Dinner. Overnight in Yangon.
(Meal: B/L/D)

Day 4: Yangon - Bagan
Leave the hotel for the early morning flight to Nyaung Oo. Arrive at the Nyaung Oo airport.
Morning tour:
Morning tour starts right after leaving the Nyaung Oo airport. .Start with the Nyaung Oo market. Observe the vendors selling the local products and the local people shopping for the day. Followed with Shwezigon, the prototype of the bell shaped Pagoda, built by King Anawrahtar but finished by King Kyansit Thar. Continue with the Htilominlo temple which is one of the massive pagodas, built by King Nataungmya at about A.D 1211.

Proceed to Ananda temple (built in A.D 1091 by King Kyansit Thar) which is one of the finest pagodas (its building plan is a perfect Greek cross) and the most venerated temples in Bagan. Lunch after visiting the Ananda Oakkyaung. Check in at the hotel. Take a short rest and freshen up.

Afternoon tour
Visit U Ba Nyein lacquer ware workshop, at Bagan Myothit, in action. Then start the afternoon tour with the Nanpaya temple, said to be the residence of captive King Manuha. Move to the Manuha,temple, built in A.D 1059 by the captive King Manuha. That temple is an allegorical representation of the physical discomfort and mental distress the captive King had to endure.

Continue to Gubyaukgyi (at Myin Kabar) built in A.D 1113 by Prince Raza Kumara, son of the King Kyansit Thar. Observe the inscriptions (in four languages: Pali; Pyu; Mon and Myanmar) on the stone pillar which is incorrectly known as “Myazedi stone inscriptions” due to the proximity to the Myazedi temple.

Finally, enjoy the panoramic view of Bagan and sunset from Shwe Sandaw pagoda built in A.D 1057. Observe the cylindrical stupa with five terraces, the first to be built by King Anawrahtar after his conquest of Thaton. Dinner. Overnight in Bagan.
(Meal: B/L/D)

Day 5: Bagan – Popa - Bagan
Morning tour:
Get up early in the morning for a day trip (by coach) to Mount Popa which takes about one and a half hour (one way). Enjoy the scenery on the way to Popa. Then, enjoy the panoramic view of Popa and environ from the Mountain resort hotel.
If interested, take the stairs up to the top of the rocky crag where the monasteries and shrines for the spirits are located Enjoy the view of the vast Myingyan plain from the top. Drive back to Bagan. Lunch.

Afternoon tour
Start with the Dhama Yangyi temple, built by King Narathu (known as Kala Kya Min) but could not finish it as he was assassinated by the Kalas (could be the Sinhalese from Sri Lanka). Observe the finest brickwork in this temple and the enclosure wall. Temple plan is similar to Ananda but only the outer corridor is accessible.

Proceed to Thatbyin Nyu temple built by King Alaung Sithu in the middle of 12th Century A.D. Its general plan is not unlike Ananda temple but the cross is not symmetrical. Thatbyin Nyu is the tallest temple in Bagan.

Finally, observe Lawkananda pagoda at the edge of Ayeyarwady river. It was built by King Anawrahtar in A.D 1059. This pagoda is the ancient landmark because all vessels from Sri Lanka, Rakkhine and the Mon country were anchored near that pagoda. Dinner. Overnight in Bagan.
(Meal: B/L/D)

Day 6: Bagan – Amarapura – Sagaing - Mandalay
Leave the hotel for a flight to Mandalay. Arrive Tada Oo airport in Mandalay.

Morning tour:
On the way to Mandalay, visit more than two centuries old, 1.2 km long, U Bein foot-bridge which is the longest teak span in the world. Then, drop in at Mahar Gandayone monastery and observe hundreds of monks having the meal in utter silence.

Continue with Thein Nyo silk weaving business where the silk cloth for ceremonies, silk scarf, silk pasoes (for males) and silk htamis (for females) are weaved.

Leave Amarapura for Sagaing, once an independent Shan Kingdom, around A.D 1315, that was on the western bank of Ayeyarwady river. Lunch.

Afternoon tour
Observe Kaung Hmudaw pagoda which is the white-washed huge edifice, standing 46 meters tall, in the shape of a perfect hemisphere, modeled after the Mahacedi in Sri Lanka,

Observe the silverware workshop in Sagaing. Visit the U Min Thoneze pagoda and and Soon U Pon Nya Shin pagoda on the Sagaing hills. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Ayeyarwady river flowing along at the foot of the Sagaing hills. Go back to Mandalay. Check in at the hotel. Take a rest before going out to dinner. Leisure time. Dinner. Overnight in Mandalay.
(Meal: B/L/D)

Day 7: Mandalay – Mingun - Mandalay
Morning tour:
Ride a ferry boat from Mandalay to visit Mingun, that is 11 km upriver from Mandalay, on the opposite bank of the Ayeyarwady river. Observe the Pahtodaw Gyi, the world’s largest unfinished pagoda. Its building work started in A.D 1790 and then halted in A.D 1819 when the builder, King Bodaw expired. Also observe two large crumbling Chinthes (mythical lion), guarding the unfinished Pahtodaw Gyi pagoda.

Observe the world’s largest (90 tons), hung uncracked, bell casted in A.D 1808. Also observe Myathein Dan pagoda built by King Bodaw, as a representation of the Sulamumini pagoda which according to the plan of Buddhist cosmos, stand atop the Mount Meru. Go back to Mandalay. Lunch.

Afternoon tour:
Visit the Aung Nan handicraft workshop. Proceed to Mahamuni Pagoda, which is the most famous pagoda in Mandalay. It was built by King Bodaw in 1784. Observe the highly venerated Mahamuni image which was brought to Myanmar from Mrauk U in Rakkhine in A.D 1784.

Observe also six bronze Khmer figures brought from Rakkhine along with the Mahamuni image.
Visit the marble workshops quite close to the Mahamuni pagoda. If time permits, observe the gold foil beating workshop in Myet Par Yat.

Continue to visit Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung, a fine example of a traditional Myanmar wooden monastery. At one time that monastery was part of the palace complex. Observe the Kuthodaw pagoda that is dubbed as “the world’s biggest book” for the 729 marble slabs - on which the entire Buddhist canon, Tripitakat are inscribed - standing around the central stupa. Enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Dinner. Overnight in Mandalay.
(Meal: B/L/D)

Day 8: Mandalay - Heho( Inle)
Take a morning flight to Heho. From Heho, take a coach (28 km) to Inle. Arrive Nyaung Shwe that lies at the edge of Inle lake. Place the baggage at the front of the boats covered with the tarpaulin cloth.

Morning tour
Inle is the only place in the world where people row the boat with a leg. Morning tour starts with the oldest monastery in the region (more than 250 years old), Nga Phe Chaung monastery which is known as the Jumping cat monastery due to the trained cats which leap through the loop. In fact, this monastery was built four years before the Mandalay palace was built and contains centuries old pedestals. Continue to the Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda which is the most venerated pagoda in the Southern Shan State. At the center of the pagoda stand five rather unremarkable statues of the Buddha, effectively distorted into rather amorphous lumps of gold. Lunch.

Afternoon tour
Visit Impaw Khone village. Study the traditional weaving workshops producing Shan style shoulder bags. Oberve Zin Mai (Chiang Mai) silk lungyis on wooden handlooms. Also observe the weavers making thread from the sticky fluid of the lotus stem. On the way, observe the local people fishing using a cone shaped fishing net. Go back to the hotel. Dinnner. Overnight in Inle.
(Meal: B/L/D)

Day 9: Inle
Morning tour:
After early breakfast, leave the hotel to observe the morning market. Depending on the day, it could be a floating market or maybe a market day (i.e. five day market in Shan State) at one of the villages within the Inle lake area not far from the hotel you stay). Take a boat trip to Inn Dein (Highlight: Nice scenery along the way from the boat ramp to the Inn Dein pagodas). Enjoy the scenery while strolling, alongside the stream, to the Inn Dein pagodas.

On the way back from Inn Dein, observe the silver smiths and cheroot (Myanmar equivalent of the cigar) making process at Ywama village. Lunch. Observe the floating gardens on the way back to the hotel. Leisure time. Dinner. Overnight in Inle.
(Meal: B/L/D)

Day 10: Heho(Inle) – Thandwe’ (Ngapali)
Leave the hotel for the Heho airport to fly to Thandwe. On arrival, transfer to hotel in Ngapali. Leisure time. Overnight in Ngapali.
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Day 11: Ngapali
Whole day at leisure. Overnight in Ngapali.
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Day 12: Ngapali
Whole day at leisure. Overnight in Ngapali.
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Day 13: Ngapali – Thandwe’ – Yangon
Morning at leisure till the time to check out from the hotel. Leave for the airport. Arrive Yangon. Lunch. Leisure time.
Afternoon tour:
Visit Shwe Dagon Pagoda, the most famous pagoda in Myanmar. It is said to be
More than 2500 years old and rises 98 meters above its base. Archeologists are really unanimous
in suggesting that the original stupa was built by the Mon sometimes between the 6th and 10th century. Enjoy the sunset from the Shwe Dagon Pagoda. Dinner. Overnight in Yangon.
(Meal: B/L/D)

Day 14: Leave Yangon
After breakfast, visit the Bogyoke (Scott) Market. Lunch. Go back to the hotel and do the packing.
Leave for the airport. Leave Myanmar.
(Meal: B/L/-)











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