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, visitShwedagon Pagoda (landmark of Myanmar) and China town. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Yangon airport for the domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival at Heho airport, drive to Nyaungshwe(80 min) and proceed by boat to your hotel for check-in. After lunch, your excursion on Inle Lake will include its unique one-leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and PhaungDawOo Pagoda. Overmight at hotel.
Visit NgaPheKyaung monastery (famous for its jumping cats trained by monks and the weaving village of Inpawkhon). Return by boat to NyaungShwe and drive to Kalaw (2hr 30min) which is a hill station on the rim of Shan Plateau. Continue to drive through a bumpy road (90min) to Pindaya and check- in at hotel. Overnight in Pindaya.
Visit Pindaya caves where thousands of Buddha images have been placed by devotees throughout the centuries. Drive to Hehoairport(2hr 30 min) for domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and overnight in Mandalay.
After breakfast, drive to Amarapura and visit Mahagandayone Monastery where more than one thousands of monks line and study. Visit U Bein Bridge across Taungthaman Lake, over 150 years old and which is still in use. In the afternoon, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery (noted for its exquisite wood carving), Atumashi Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda (known as the world’s Biggest Book). Enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, take a short boat ride and excursion to the former Royal Capital Inwa (Ava) by horse-cart. Visit Nanmyint Watch Tower (also known as “the leaning tower of Ava”), MahaAungmyeBonzan Monastery built of brick and stucco and BargayarMonastery famous for its impressive woodcarvings and teak pillars. Drive to Sagaing hills which is a retreat for Buddhist devotees, for sunset viewing.Overnight at hotel.
After early breakfast, transfer to the jetty and take a scenic boat trip to Bagan. The trip takes about 9 hours. Lunch will be served onboard.Upon arrival to Bagan, transfer to your hotel and overnight stay in Bagan.
After breakfast, your Bagan sightseeing will include colourful local market, Shwezigon Pagoda, Wetkyi –in 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 Shwesandaw Pagoda and overnight at hotel.
After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to Mt.Popa, an extinct volcano over 1500 m high, which is about 48km south east of Bagan. Excursion of stupas, monasteries and Nat worship shrines. In the afternoon, proceed to Salay, an old town with ancient ruins from the Bagan era. Interesting places in Salay are Youpson wooden monastery, Payathonzu complex and Man Paya- the largest lacquer Buddha image in Myanmar. Come back to Bagan and overnight at hotel.
In the morning, transfer to the airport for the flight to Yangon. On arrival, transfer to hotel and check-in. In the afternoon, visit Botahtaung Pagoda, Karaweik Royal Barge (for photo), Kabaaye Pagoda and AhbayaLarbamuni Buddha Image. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Bago (90min). Bago is the ancient capital of former MonKingdom (6th century). Visit Shwemawdaw Pagoda with its spire (114m high) taller than Shwedagon Pagoda, Shwethalyaung(impressive 55 meter long reclining Buddha) and Kyaik Pun Pagoda(four giant sitting Buddha images). Enjoy a scenic journey by road to Kyaikhtiyo the ‘Golden Rock” which is a huge golden-leafed boulder balanced precariously on the edge of a cliff. After arrival at Kyaikhtiyo base camp, transfer to an open truck and drive for 1hr to the upper staging point. Continue for one hour of hiking to the summit. Overnight at Kyaikhtiyo.
After breakfast, drive back to Yangon (5hr). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Bago and visit a Mon weaving and handicraft village producing woven bamboo wares and continue to Yangon. On the way, stop by the Allied War Graves cemetery near Htaukkyan and a Nat tree shrine. Overnight in Yangon.
Free at your own leisure till transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight.
|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|
|3* category||Sky Lake||Inle Lake||Deluxe|
|4* category||Inle Princess Resort||Inle Lake||Private Lake V Chalet|
|4* category||Conqueror||Pindaya||Deluxe Bungalow|
|3* category||Mountain Top||Golden Rock||Deluxe|
|4* category||Kyaikhto||Golden Rock||Deluxe|
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