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Myanmar Discovery

Tour Facts

Tour Name : “Myanmar Discovery”
Tour Code : TDCL-03
Tour Type : Private Basic
Duration : 12 Days- 11 Nights (Yangon to Yangon)
Departure : Daily Departure from Yangon
Escort : English- Speaking local guide throughout journey
Tour Grade : Moderate to Adventurous
Tour Activities : Culture, History, Archeology, Arts & Crafts, Ethnic Observation,
  River Cruise, Sceneries, Trekking (Soft), Leisure, Shopping, & Daily life
Transport Mode : Flight, Coach with A/C, Horse Cart, Local Truck (Remote Area), River
  Cruise, Motorized Boats
Destination Covered : Yangon- Mandalay- Amarapura- Mingun- Innwa- Sagaing- Phowintaung
  (Monywa)- Bagan- Heho- Pindaya- Inle- Indein- Mine Thauk (trekking)
Tour Validity : Until 31 May 2008


“As the legendary river carries you to the less-known places such as Phowingtaung (Monywa), Pakokku, this tour is designed for those expecting authentic taste of intact areas where only non- mass tourism touched, on the other hand, classic destinations such as Bagan, Mandalay and Inle are also finely interlocked with it”


Yangon Arrival

Day 1: Arrival at Yangon International Airport, welcomed by tour guide, transfers to hotel. Full day city tour in Yangon starts with drive through the colonial style buildings downtown, the Chinatown area and the Indian quarter. Visit center's useful landmark, Sule Zedi with its golden octagonal pagoda. Continue to Temple of Chaukhtatgyi reclining Buddha. Stop alongside Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake to take photographs over the lake towards Shwedagon. Enjoy the sunset at Shwedagon pagoda

“Its stupa with gilded gold leaves is the heart of Buddhist Myanmar. The pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Myanmar people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon, and it's a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by”

Return to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Yangon- Mandalay

Day 2: Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to Yangon airport for flight to Mandalay. Drive from Mandalay airport to the ancient city of Amarapura, where you will visit Mahagandayon Monastery, home to more than 800 monks whom you can see having their morning meal. Continue to nearby U-Bein Bridge, which is over a kilometer long and made entirely of teak, and take a walk along the bridge. Check into hotel at late morning. In the afternoon, city tour is to enjoy a boat trip to Mingun, site of a brick pagoda towering 50 meters above the Ayeyarwady River, and home of the world's largest intact bell. The boat trip is interesting for all types of wooden boats and bamboo rafts, carrying goods up and down the river. Return to your hotel on the moment of panoramic sunset on the river. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)


Day 3: Breakfast at hotel. This morning, after crossing small canal, visit Ava (Innwa), located on an island between the Ayeyarwady and the Myitnge River. You will visit Ava by horse carts and pass through the ancient city walls to visit a brick and stucco monastery called Mahaaungmye Bonzan (also known as Ok Kyaung). Continue to Nanmyin Watch Tower- the climb to the top offers lovely views over the river. See also the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung. Time permitting, visit homes in the village to see local handicrafts, such as silk weaving, cane mats, and alms bowls. Return to Mandalay for continuous sightseeing with gold leaf making work, Mahamuni pagoda, home to Mandalay's holiest Buddha statue. Stop nearby to view stone carving. Then, visit Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carvings, which was once King Mindon's home. Continue to see "world's largest book", being the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs, at Kuthodaw pagoda. Visit Kyaukdawgyi pagoda at see a large Buddha statue carved out of a single block of local marble. Enjoy spectacular views at sunset from Mandalay Hill where there are interesting glass-studded temples. Return to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)

Mandalay- Monywa

Day 4: Breakfast at hotel. This morning, leave Mandalay and cross Ava Bridge, which was built by British engineers, and visit picturesque Sagaing hills, this is perhaps the living center of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today and hillsides are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Continue to Monywa, before arriving; visit Thanboddhe Temple, richly decorated central stupa has no less than 845 smaller stupas around it. Inside the Zedi, you will see thousands of Buddha images (reportedly over 55,000) decorating every wall, archway and niche. The building in the compound have interesting jataka relieves and there is a huge reclining Buddha nearly. Check into hotel at late morning. In the afternoon, take a local ferry across the Chindwin River and drive to visit a sandstone cave system in the Phowin Taung. These caves, numbering more than one hundred, are full of Buddhist statues and murals. Most exhibit the Innwa style but some may date from the 14th century. Nearby visit Shweba Taung which features unique pavilions cut from the surrounding sandstone and filled with Buddha images. Return to Monywa. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)

Monywa- Bagan

Day 5: Breakfast at hotel. This morning, leave Monywa; drive back towards Myinmu where to join river cruise, departing from Mandalay, at Myinmu's small jetty at bustling atmosphere. This cruise allows you to admire all daily life styles of people, living on the banks of Ayeyarwady. Relax on board and observe the nation's dry zone scenes with typical palm-trees and ground-nut fields. Estimated arrival time at Bagan around late afternoon when the spectacular sunset could be seen from the ancient archeological site as memorable moment. Check into hotel. Leisure at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)


Day 6: Breakfast at hotel. Full day Bagan sightseeing tour -

“Golden stupa of Shwezigon pagoda, which is Pagan's most important reliquary shrine – look out for images of 37 "Nats" housed in a small hall. See 12th century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansitta "Cave" temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi, another "cave" temple with fine frescoes of "jataka tales". Next stoop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Pass through Tharabar Gateway into Old Bagan. In the afternoon, visit Ananda temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters – Thatbuinnyu known as ": temple of omniscience" and dating from 1091. Next, visit Dhamayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from end of 12th century which is famous for its interlocking mortar less brickwork. Continue to Mingalarzedi, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture”

Then, visit local lacquer workshop to watch craftsmen skillfully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts. Short ride by horse carts at the sunset time, and climb to the top of Shwesandaw stupa to enjoy, magnificent views over Pagan's temples and the Ayeyarwady River. Return to hotel after sunset. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)


Day 7: Breakfast at hotel. Second day visit comprises –

“Early morning visit to Nyaung-U local market, and then continue to Sulamani, one of Pagan's great two-storied Bamar style temples which have 4 seated Buddha images. And visit Lemethna temple, topped by an Indian-style spire similar to Ananda. Then, the three shrines of Payathonzu which are connected by passages adorned with Mahayanist or Tantric mural paintings. Visit Nandamanya temple with fine frescoes and an unexpectedly erotic mural. Take a break from temples and wander through the village of Minnanthu to see how the local people live. In the afternoon, visit Abeyardanar, temple with frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the gods of Indian mythology. Continue to Nanpaya temple, built in the Mon style with intricate stone carvings, and said once to have been Manuha's residence. See the four Buddha images in Manuha's pagoda and then, stop at Myazedi stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages”

Return to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)

Bagan- Heho- Pindaya- Inle Lake

Day 8: Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to Bagan airport to fly to Heho, upon arrival drive towards Pindaya, located on the mountain top of 1,300 meters above sea level. Upon arrival, visit the place's famous natural limestone caves with sacred Buddha images inside which are named as ShweOoMin pagoda. Visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper and parasols. Also walking around the lake, under the colossal Banyan trees dated over 300 years old. Proceed to Inle Lake through beautiful landscape of Shan state. Transfer to hotel, located on the Lake by motorized boat. Check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)

Inle Lake

Day 9: Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy the boat excursion on Inle Lake –

“Photographer’s dream, its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic high hills provide the perfect backdrop”

See the lake's unique "leg rowers" –Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. Visit Phaung Daw Oo pagoda, the holiest religious site in Shan State. See traditional handicrafts-silk weaving on wooden handlooms and a blacksmith shop. Pass endless floating gardens, where fruits and vegetations are grown. Stop at Ngaphe Kyaung monastery which is famous for its "jumping cats". Return to hotel on the moment of beautiful sunset. Overnight stay at hotel on the lake. (B)

Inle Lake

Day 10: Breakfast at hotel. Transfer by boat to the village of Mine Thauk on the Eastern Shore of Inle Lake. (If on market day - visit the market in Mine Thauk). Start trekking to Mine Thauk Monastery. Walk through this very scenic village. Magnificent overview on the Inle can be enjoyed. Continue by boat excursion to rarely- known site of Indein where certain hundreds of ancient brick stupas and pagodas dated back to 17 centaury. At the end of day sunset over the lake from hotel's terrace. Return to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)

Inle Lake- Heho- Yangon

Day 11: Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to Heho for fly back to Yangon. Check-in at hotel. Visit to Kaba Aye (World Peace) Pagoda and Mahapasana Guha Cave, where the Sixth Buddhist Council took place, and unique Glass Factory with skilled craftsmen hand-blowing glass and creating original glassware. Proceed to National Museum with an 8-meter-high Golden Lion Throne and Mandalay Royal Regalia. Continue to Yangon's oldest Chinese temple and the riverside Botataung Pagoda. Return to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)

Yangon Departure

Day 12: Breakfast at hotel. Visit Bogyoke (Scott) market to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. Leisure time in the afternoon till transfer to the international airport. (B)

* B – Breakfast only throughout the tour

Temples of Dynasty wish you an excellent journey through the Golden Land of Myanmar

Inclusive services

Accommodations stay at the hotel with daily breakfast as twin sharing basic.
All transfer, sight-seeing, and excursion with private air-conditioned coach including driver service and fuel, and boat excursion as per itineraries.
All round domestic flights.
Detailed itineraries as per program.
All entrance fees payable in US$ for the sites and monuments as per program.
English-speaking local guide throughout the journey from Yangon to Yangon.

Exclusive services

Myanmar visa fees.
Airport tax for international departure.
Meals except breakfast.
Personal expenses.

* Surcharge can be applied for foreign language-speaking guide, and for full board or half board meal plans.
* Above tour can be customized according to your own travel nature.

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