MYANMAR EXTENSION WITH COMMUNITY BASED TOUR
YANGON – MANDALAY – BAGAN – MT. POPA – HEHO – INLE LAKE – THANDWE – NGAPALI BEACH – YANGON
MYANMAR EXTENSION WITH COMMUNITY BASED TOUR – 10 DAYS
DAY (1) : ARRIVAL YANGON ( – / – / – )
Welcome at the airport and transfer to Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is still a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes Yangon one of the most fascinating and authentic capitals of South-East Asia.
Check in to hotel (International check-in time is 14:00PM) and day at leisure.
Accommodation at hotel, in Yangon.
DAY (2) : YANGON FULL DAY TOUR ( B / – / – )
Breakfast at hotel. This morning, drive to famous Strand Road and visit busy Yangon harbour where ferries comes from upcountry and delta region along Ayeyarwaddy River. There you can enjoy beautiful scenery with view of local ferries boat in Yangon River.
Afterward visit Sule Pagoda, dating over back over 2,000 years and colonial building in the city center, City Hall. The next visit to Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, where there is time to browse through the dozens of stalls and shops. This is Yangon’s best market for handicrafts and other goods. (Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays).
In the afternoon, explore to Chauktatkyi Pagoda to see 66 meters of huge reclining Buddha.
Next your guided tour goes to Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. Here you will see the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge, and take a photo with views of Shwedagon in the background.
From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend states that the original structure was built 2500 years ago then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 8-sided central stupa is 99 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas and your guide will show you around the massive complex, explaining why this temple is so revered. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point. Return to hotel.
Accommodation at hotel, in Yangon.
DAY (3) : YANGON – MANDALAY ( B / – / – )
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning transfer to Yangon airport and leave to Mandalay.
Begin a sightseeing tour of Mandalay with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda. This pagoda is home to one of the country’s most revered Buddha images which, over the years, has been covered with gold leaf giving it an almost ‘lumpy’ texture.
Next visit to Shwe-im-bin Monastery, a peaceful and beautiful wooden monastery over 100 years old which is known for its lovely carving teakwood exterior, tiered roof, and surrounding wooden deck.
Mandalay is well known for its skilled craftsmen and through traditional workshops, learn more about the city’s cottage industries. Observe the production of wood carvings, kalaga tapestries, and gold-leaf where the techniques remained unchanged from those used centuries ago to craft items for the Royal Court.
In the afternoon, continue the tour of Mandalay with a visit to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. This grand teak building is known for its exquisite woodcarving.
Then explore to Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’.
Afterward, visit Kyauktawgyi Pagoda – located near the southern entry to Mandalay Hill. The pagoda is carved out of a single block of local marble. Enjoy sunset at Mandalay Hill. Transfer to hotel.
Accommodation at hotel, in Mandalay.
DAY (4) : MANDALAY – SINGU – HSITHE – SINGU – MANDALAY (CBT TOUR) ( B / – / – )
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast, we will pick you up at 08.00 am by car. Our journey to Hsithe will take us north past Mandalay Hill. Passing through agricultural land, we drive through many villages, where you can see the daily life of rural Myanmar. The road passes to the east of the famous Marble Mountains, where the raw material for the marble carvers of Amarapura is quarried.
At 10.00 am we arrive at Singu, an attractive small town on the left bank of the Ayeyarwady River. Here you will be met by the village boat from Hsithe. The boat trip is a great opportunity to observe wildlife, particularly water birds such as Ruddy shelduck, Chinese spot-billed duck, Asian open bill and many Black kites , ospreys and Cormorants etc (most birds are migratory and the best time to see them is late November-late March). We arrive in Hsithe at 10.45, in time for light refreshment in the Visitor Centre. This attractive building is positioned on the east bank of the river with panoramic views. Often dolphins can be observed, feeding in the waters opposite. Now you will learn to be a fisherman/woman! The training lasts one hour but is great fun. First you will be shown how to cast a net and then it is your turn!! Using a light net, especially designed for the purpose, you will have two or three trial throws on ground adjacent to the centre. Then you go by fishing boat to shallow waters and practice your skills. Young or old, male and female, this is something you will enjoy and remember. Lunch is taken in the visitor centre.
After lunch, you will have time to look round the many information boards that explain about life in the village: the fishing, farming and the local wildlife, especially the Irrawaddy River dolphin. It is also an opportunity to buy locally-made handicrafts in the visitor centre shop. In the afternoon, you will go for a tour of the village, which will be led by one of the villagers. You can observe local village life in all its fascinating forms – the architecture, the people, the animals, the activities and the monasteries. It is a village of bullock carts, smiling children, and of communities going about their daily life – life which is little changed over the centuries. But sadly, it is now time for you to leave this timeless idyll. Once more you travel by boat. This time, you head upriver to Singu. The water birds look particularly beautiful in the afternoon light. You depart Singu at 16.15 pm and our delivered back to your hotel in Mandalay by about 18.30 latest.
Accommodation at hotel, in Mandalay
DAY (5) : MANDALAY – BAGAN ( B / – / – )
Breakfast at hotel. This morning, transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight to Bagan.
Between the 11th and 13th centuries, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers constructed thousands of huge stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.
Upon arrival in Bagan, proceed on a sightseeing tour, starting with local market. We continue visit to the Shwezigon Pagoda and its magnificent golden stupa. Stop at Bulethi Pagoda where you will get an opportunity to observe the panoramic view that is at once spectacular and unforgettable. Followed by Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jatakas murals paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.
In the afternoon, visit Ananda Pagoda, an architectural masterpiece of the early-style temple and Ananda Okkyaung is one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period. Make a photo stop at the highest Thatbyinnyu Temple in Bagan. Continue to the massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork and Sulamani Temple one of Bagan’s most attractively constructed temples famous for its ornamental work and interior frescoes. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples. Return to your hotel.
Accommodation at hotel, in Bagan.
DAY (6) : BAGAN – MT. POPA – BAGAN ( B / – / – )
After breakfast at the hotel, visit to Mt. Popa. Which is the most important nat worship centre in the country, is said to be the core of an extinct volcano last active 250,000 years ago. Now, we can find Mt. Popa as the Oasis of dry zone. Go back to Bagan.
In the afternoon, visit to the countryside village of Minnanthu, the least visited area in Bagan with temples such as Payathonzu, with its unusual architecture and Tantric Buddhism influence. Return to hotel.
Accommodation at hotel, in Bagan.
DAY (7) : BAGAN – HEHO – INLE LAKE ( B / – / – )
Breakfast at hotel. This morning transfer to Bagan Airport for your domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival to Heho airport transfer to Nyaung Shwe Jetty and take a boat to Inle Lake. Check in at Hotel. Today we start boat excursion on the Inle Lake. Enjoy a full day boat trip on Inle Lake – a photographer’s dream. Visit to Floating gardens, which is Intha farmers grow flowers and vegetable on the floating land. Afterward, visit to Floating villages, Lotus-petal robe weaving looms.
In the afternoon, continue visit to Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda the most venerable pagoda on the lake, which houses five images of Buddha completely gilded and which donated by King Alaung Sithu. Then, we explore to In Paw Khon Village to observe the silk weaving and next visit to Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery which located in Ywama Village. It is the biggest and oldest wooden monastery on the lake. Return to hotel.
Accommodation at hotel, on the lake.
DAY (8) : INLE LAKE – HEHO – THANDWE – NGAPALI BEACH ( B / – / – )
After morning breakfast, take your boat to Nyaung Shwe and transfer to Heho Airport for domestic flight to Thandwe. Upon arrival Thandwe, transfer to hotel (provided by hotel). Day at leisure.
Accommodation at hotel, in Ngapali
DAY (9) : NGAPALI BEACH ( B / – / – )
Breakfast at hotel. Your full day at leisure at beach.
Accommodation at hotel, in Ngapali
DAY (10) : NGAPALI – THANDWE – YANGON – DEPARTURE ( B / – / – )
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Thandwe Airport for domestic flight to Yangon. Upon arrival Yangon, transfer to International Airport for your departure flight.
OUR SERVICES INCLUDED:
- 9 Nights accommodation in shared twin or double room with daily breakfast
- All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles for all destination
- English speaking station guide service at each destination (except Ngapali Beach)
- Domestic flight ticket (Yangon / Mandalay / Bagan / Heho / Thandwe / Yangon)
- Boat trip as specified in the itinerary
- Community Based Tour to Hsithe Village around Mandalay
- Entrance Fees –
Yangon: Shwedagon Pagoda, Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake
Bagan: Zone Fees
Mandalay: Entrance Fees
Inle Lake: Zone Fees
- Water and refreshing towels
- Service charges and room tax
OUR SERVICES EXCLUDED:
- International ticket to/from Yangon
- Meals where specified in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Visa arrangements for Myanmar
- Visits not mentioned in the program
- Compulsory Christmas & New Year Eve Dinner at hotel
- Supplement of peak season surcharge for vehicle ad hotel between 20 Dec 2017 to 10 Jan 2018 & 10 – 20 Apr 2018
- Early check-in and late check-out at hotel
- Drinks and personal expenses
- Tips and porters at the hotels
- Any other items not mentioned