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 tour guide and transfer to your hotel for check in. In the afternoon, begin your tour with Yangon’s colonial style city center. Visit Sule Pagoda, Bogyoke (Scott) Market and Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Image. Complete your day with Shwedagon Pagoda, landmark of Myanmar. 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 Inlelake will include its uniqueone- leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and PhaungDawOo Pagoda. Overnight at hotel.
Boat trip back to Nyaungshwe and proceed by road to Pindaya(4 hr) through Shan Hills. Visit Pindaya caves where thousands of Buddha images have been placed by devotees throughout the centuries. Drive to Heho airport for the domestic flight to Mandalay. Overnight at hotel.
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, ShwenandawMonastery(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. Your excursion of Ava will include Nanmyint Watch Tower, MahaAungmyeBonzan Monastery, Bargaya Monastery famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
After breakfast, proceed to Monywa (4 hr). On the way, you can visit ThanboddhayPogoda which is built to remind of Mt. Meru and has some similar characteristics to Borobudur (Java, Indonesia). Upon arrival, check in at hotel. In the afternoon, proceed to Pho Win Taung by car(1hr). A network of impressive sandstone caves containing Buddha statues, wood carvings and fine mural paintings covered in the area of Hpo win Hills. Overnight at hotel in Monywa.
Drive to Pakokku(4hr). On the way, you can visit one of the oldest monasteries with decorative wood carvings in Pakhangyi. You can also observe weaving process of typical Myanmar cotton blankets. Proceed to Bagan by boat on the AyeyarwaddyRiver. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
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 MingalarZedi and overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to NyaungOo Airport for the flight to Yangon. On arrival, transfer to hotel and check in. Visit Botahtaung Pagoda, Karaweik Royal Barge(for photo), Kabaaye Pagoda and AhbayaLarbamuni Buddha Image. Stroll through China town and overnight at hotel.
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||Win Unity||Monywar||Deluxe|
|4* category||Win Unity||Monywar||Deluxe Lake View|
|3* category||Sky Lake||Inle Lake||Deluxe|
|4* category||Inle Princess Resort||Inle Lake||Private Lake V Chalet|
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