Portrait of Burma

Portrait of Burma 12 days, you will fully enjoy the solemnity of Burma ( Myanmar ) – the country of Buddhist temple and Buddha images. Begin with the very first stop Yangon – the former capital of Myanmar – with many Buddhist temples before moving to Mandalay, the Burma’s city of culture, Bagan – the real plain of stupas – with thousands of temples, Inle Lake – Shan State’s amazing destination, dotted with Pindaya and Monywa cities.

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Tour duration: 12 days 11 nights
Start: Yangon – Finish: Yangon
Tour type: Photo, Cultural
Tour operates: Year round/Upon request
Activity level: Moderate
Tour Route: Yangon – Mandalay – Monywa – Pakokku – Bagan – Heho – Pindaya – Inle lake
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Day 01 : Yangon Arrival

Upon your arrival in Yangon, you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. Visit Chauk Htat Gyi famed with its giant Reclining Buddha Image, Sule Pagoda, the Mahabandoola Independent Monument. We also spend time studying the normal life of local people, followed by a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered pagoda in throughout Burma – well-known by its golden stupa, dominating skyline of Yangon.
Accommodation in Yangon
Meal: Welcomed dinner

Day 02: Yangon – Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava

Fly to Mandalay – the cultural and the commercial hub of the northern Burma. Visit Mahagundayone Monastery to know more about the daily life of the monks, then UBein Wooden Bridge across Taung Tha Man Lake. Proceed to Ava (Inwa) to do some sightseeing including Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, the hand-made workshop industry producing lacquer alms for Monk. The next destination is Sagaing with Kaung Mu Daw Pagoda (which is the copy of Mahaceti Pagoda in Siri Lanka) and Sagaing Hill. Then drive to Mandalay and check in at the hotel.
Accommodation in Mandalay
Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Mingun – Mandalay Royal Palace

Board an upstream boat to Mingun. Visit Patohdawgyi Unfinished Pagoda, Mingun Bell, the world’s second largest hanging bronze bells and Myatheindan (Hsinbyume) Pagoda. Sail back to Mandalay to visit Mahamuni Image, Zegyo Market.
After lunchtime, we explore the Royal Palace and its nearby attractions, covering Atumahsi Monastery, Shwenandaw Monastery and Kuthodaw which is considerred as the world’s largest book of many stone slabs on which is inscribed the whole Buddhist Literature. Admire the panoramic view of the city from Mandalay Hill.
Accommodation in Mandalay
Meal: Breakfast

Day 04: Mandalay – Monywa

Drive to Monywa in the morning. En route we stop in Monywee Kayemon village to visit a blacksmith and a local cottage industry to explore the tactics they make slippers. Visit the cave chambers of Pho Win Daung and Shwe Ba Daung. The Po Win Hills houses a system of nearly 500 sandstone caves, with some 450,000 paintings, statues and carvings.
Accommodation in Monywa
Meal: Breakfast

Day 05: Monywa – Pakokku – Bagan

This morning, we visit the colourful Thanbuddhyi Pagoda which is home to more than 500,000 images of Buddha and the Hiaungdawmu Buddha, the second largest reclining Buddha in Burma. In the afternoon, we enjoy a scenic boat ride along the Irrawaddy River to Bagan, via Pakkoku, the Burma’s bustling tobacco trading centre. Arrive at Bagan in the evening.
Accommodation in Bagan
Meal: Breakfast

Day 06: Bagan Heritages

Bagan is no doubt one of the most impressive sites anywhere in Asia. Begin to visit the vibrant Nyaung Oo Market, the economic center of Bagan. Local people gather at this bustling market daily, to buy and sell a variety of goods, from fruit and vegetables to clothing, china, and lacquerware. Continue to the gold-plated Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan’s greatest reliquary, built to house relics of the Buddha brought from abroad. From here, drive to the small village of Wetkyi-in to see the wonderful Kubyaukgyi Temple, renowned for its ancient murals then Ananda temple, one of the most reserved monuments in the entire Bagan. Your morning excursion also includes the Htilominlo Temple, which houses four Buddha figures on the ground floor and four more on the first floor. After lunch, continue your exploration of the city’s treasure trove of Buddhist art and architecture.
Accommodation in Bagan
Meal: Breakfast

Day 07: Bagan Local Life

We spend the second day in Bagan mingle into the normal life of the local as well as exploring the other temples of Bagan which consists of more than 2500 temples and pagodas. This archaeological site brings us to the scared history of ancient Bagan capital with the development of Buddhism including Mahabodhi, Dhammagangyi, Sulamani, Nandamannya, Thatbyinnuy. Enjoy sunset on a cruise along Irrawaddy river.
Accommodation in Bagan
Meal: Breakfast

Day 08: Bagan – Heho – Pindaya

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Heho. Drive to Pindaya through the Shan Plateau, through fields of mountain rice. Visit magnificent Pindaya caves set in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake where thousands ofdifferent types of Buddha images are a display in the various cave chambers, then Shwe U Min Pagoda. Continue visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper and parasols. Overnight in Pindaya.
Accommodation in Pindaya
Meal: Breakfast

Day 09: Pindaya – Phaung Daw Oo pagoda

Drive to Inle Lake after breakfast. Continue on by road to Inle Lake. Skimming along the waterways in a long-tail boat, catch a first glimpse of floating gardens, stilt houses, and fishermen propelling their skiffs with one leg wrapped around an oar. Visit the infamous Phaung Daw U Pagoda, which enshrines five Buddha images believed to have been carried to this area by the widely-traveled 12thcentury King Alaungsithu then Nga Phe Chaung Monastery or Jumping Cat Monastery in other words.
Accommodation in Inle Lake
Meal: Breakfast

Day 10: Indein ruined temples

Boating to western part of the lake where we will be encountered by the ruined Indein, situated on the southwestern corner of the lake. Here you can wander through a typical lakeside village and observe local people in their daily activities. From the top of old Shwe Inn Dein, an impressive collection of ancient and unrestored Shan style stupas, enjoy a stunning view out across the lake and beyond.
We then ride our boat to the Nampan and Innpawkhone villages. Here we get an ideal chance to see some traditional cigar making and silk weaving, and hopefully some local fishermen practicing their uniquely distinctive rowing technique.
Accommodation in Inle Lake
Meal: Breakfast

Day 11: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon

Fly back to Yangon in the morning. On the way to hotel, you can pay a visit to Mahapasana Cave (if situation permits) where Sixth Buddhist Synod was held, then Kaba Aye Pagoda (World Peace Pagoda) and Karaweik Royal Barge. Free at leisure. Inthe afternoon, we will visit the Sule Pagoda, Chinatown and the downtown area before passing by the Bogyoke Market (Scotts market ) with hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems store.
Accommodation in Yangon
Meal: Breakfast

Day 12: Yangon departure

Free and leisure until transfer to the airport for the departure flight.
Accommodation: Not available
Meal: Breakfast

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