WHY SHOULD I GO TO MYANMAR ?
Heavily romanticized and, now, highly publicized, mysterious Myanmar (formerly Burma) has been thrust into the international spotlight for democracy-pushing politicians, aspiring capitalist, and trailblazing travelers alike. As the country rapidly emerges from the grip of a half-century of harsh military rule into a promising path to democracy. Myanmar’s political, economic, and tourism landscapes are changing at a breakneck speed. It is little wonder that tourism are taking off, what with spectacular monuments, stuck-in-time villages, vibrant culture, and remarkably hospitable people. The long-shuttered gates are officially open; Freshly back from the two weeks tours, herewith fiver reasons to get to Myanmar now, before the masses – and McDonald’s – do.
The devoutly Buddhist Burmese boast an innate sense of hospitality and an genuine curiosity and openness toward visitors. We regularly encountered endearing village children, who followed us around with wide eyes and cheeky grins, wanting nothing more from us than to satiate their curiosity. Gracious villager invited us into their simple homes and workshop, while cheery monks happily engaged our questions. For the most part, the nature of the Burmese people has not been adversely affected by capitalism or mas tourism – that is, for now.
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, welcome by our local guide and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, visit Sule Pagoda dating over 2600 years ago, Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Image and National Museum. In the evening, visit Shwedagon Pagoda (landmark of Myanmar) and China town. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel.Morning flight to Bagan (1.5hr). Upon arrival at Nyaung U airport, first visit to Nyaung U morning market. Full day sightseeing tour of Bagan including Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukkyi Temple with exquisite murals, Ananda Temple with four huge standing Buddha images and ShweGuGyi Temple, noted for its fine stucco carvings. Afternoon excursion and shopping at lacquerware Home Industry. Visit Manuha, Nan Phaya Temples and Abeyadana Temple. Sunset at ShwesandawPagoda.Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to NyaungOo Airport for the flight to Mandalay, the last capital of Myanmar Kingdom. On arrival, drive to Amarapura and visit Mahagandayone Monastery where more than one thousands of monks live and study. Visit U Bein Bridge across Taungthaman Lake, over150 years old and which is still in use. In the afternoon, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery (noted for its exquisite wood carvings), Atumashi Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda (known as the world’s Biggest Book). Enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Overnight at hotel.
An excursion by boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun, 11km upriver from Mandalay. Visit unfinished MingunPaya, MingunBell(90 tons) and HsinbyumePaya. Come back to Mandalay. In the afternoon, drive to Sagaing and visit Kaung Mu Daw Pagoda. Take a short boat ride to Ava (the former Royal Capital). Your excursion will include Nanmyint Watch Tower, MahaAungmyeBonzan Monastery, Bargaya Monastery famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts and U BeinBridge(1.2km) built of teak. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Yangon. Continue city sightseeing and visit Bogyoke market and shopping.Afternoon free at your own leisure till transfer to Yangon International Airport.
|Hotel Class||Hotel Name||Location||Room Type|
|4* category||Inya Lake||Yangon||Superior|
|3* category||Shwe Ingyinn||Mandalay||Superior|
|4* category||Rupar Mandalar||Mandalay||Deluxe|
|3* category||Thazin Garden||Bagan||Deluxe|
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