(16 Days / 15 Nights)
Upon arrival, begin your nice walking near the
biggest market of the country where thousands of people come and trade except
on Buddhist Sabbath Days. Visit Mahamuni temple; most revered Buddha images by
car and walk through the marble carving lane of Mandalay and observe how they
curve the huge marble stones to become elephants, Buddha, and many other
according to the order.
Walk in Tanpawaddi Bronze casting lane where many artisans still craft their bronze in the way their great great grand fathers did. Mandalay is, in fact, well known for its skilled craftsmen and as you tour traditional workshops. There is a chance to observe Mandalay’s treasured wood carvings, kalaga tapestries, and gold-leaf crafting.
In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw Monastery, the last surviving building from the last kingdom’s Royal Palace and witness the best wood carvings in the world. Then walk to Kuthodaw Pagoda, famous as the world’s biggest book with 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scripture. After that a hike up to the top of Mandalay.
After breakfast, catch the flight to Bhamo, a delightful old colonial town. Upon arrival, visit the colorful local market where Lisu, Kachin and Shan people meet to trade. Roam around the beautiful town sitting back in a trishaw (bicycle taxi) and pass lovely wooden colonial buildings until you arrive at a large bamboo bridge and Shwe Kyina Pagoda. Walk in the small lanes of Bhamo and observe local industries.
Transfer to the bustling jetty to
board a local wooden boat for the cruise to Mandalay. Soon as you leave the
jetty, the first eye catching sites are the gold prospectors who do the
traditional panning on the river bank. See the SECOND DEFILE, of the 3 AYEYARWADDY
GORGES, dramatic and lush scenery with steep rock faces. Visit SINKAN, a lovely
village and important transit point for teak during the British colonial era.
Take a walk past the old teak monastery and some old temple ruins overgrown by grass, moss and trees. Continue your journey to KATHA. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay on board. Dock near Kathar. Lunch and Dinner included and overnight stay on board.
After breakfast on board, visit
KATHA, a beautiful town with an interesting market and friendly people. Katha
is well-known from the book ‘Burmese Days’ written by George Orwell. Sit back
in a deckchair and observe the diverse river life. Teakwood and bamboo rafts,
gold prospectors, cargo boats dating from the colonial times, the government
ferry and faster private passenger boats.
Visit TAGAUNG, one of the oldest capitals of Myanmar. The origins of Burma can be found here according to some legends. The remnants of the former palace walls of the ancient Pyu kingdom are still visible today. The kingdom was later relocated to Sri Ksetra near current PYAY city. Take a walk through the rather poor town with its unusual Nat shrine and a small market. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay on board. Dock near TAGAUNG.
After breakfast on board, sit back in
a deckchair as the ship heads through the THIRD DEFILE of the Ayeyarwaddy
Gorges. Shortly after lunch, THABEIKKYIN, a small town on the eastern shore of
the river which seems to be built on a small cliff overlooking the Ayeyarwaddy
River comes into view. The scenery is beautiful, the river though wider and the
hills not as dramatic. Stop at the famous pottery village New Nyein near
Go ashore to learn all about the production of big earthen ceramic pots and jars. Nwenyine is the main pottery village of the country where thousands of large ceramic pots are traditionally crafted by masters and baked in huge kilns. This village is a fascinating place to see different types of cottage industry and is full of life and curiosities. If luck be on your side, you may spot the infamous Ayerwaddy River Dolphin, one of the endangered species in the world. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay on board. Dock near KYAUKMYAUNG.
After breakfast on board, a faous
highlight of Mandalay, Mingun will come into view. A delightful stroll in
Mingun village will be rewarding with its largest un-cracked bell in the world,
weighing 90 tons, which was dedicated to the grandiose unfinished Mingun
Visit and observe the beauty of Mya Thein Tan Zedi which best described
the Hindu cosmologic beliefs of Mount “Meru” that was later integrated into
Buddhism. Mingun village is also famous for its country’s renowned artists.
Board your boat for your final leg to MANDALAY which you will reach within an
hour. Lunch on board. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Have a long nice
Overnight stay in Mandalay. Important Note: The level of the boat can
be adjusted. You can either have the boat with shower and proper room or local
wooden boat with no shower facilities, and common toilet. Either case, it will
be your private boat. However, our normal adventurous trips our rates are
calculated with a local wooden river boat.
There are no cabins on board. On the
lower deck which is semi open there is a ‘kitchen’ at the back as well as a
toilet with cold water (no shower facilities on board). In the big open space
we will set up a dining area as well as beds with cotton mattresses, pillows
and mosquito nets.
Every guest receives a comfort pack containing a cotton sheet sleeping bag and a towel. On the upper deck, an open sundeck, partly covered by sunshade with comfortable rattan chairs to relax and enjoy the passing scenery.
After breakfast, start your journey on a scenic road to the former British hill station of Maymyo, now officially renamed Pyin Oo Lwin. A delightful small town of colonial-style buildings, flower plantations, vegetable plantations, markets, and a botanical garden. Venture out to visit the PEIK KHYIN MYAUNG CAVE and proceed to PWE KYAUK FALLS, a favorite picnic spot for local people before returning to Pyin Oo Lwin. Overnight stay in Pyin Oo Lwin.
After breakfast, transfer to Mandalay airport and catch the flight to Heho. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Inle lake and rest for the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Inle Lake.
In the morning, start your boat trip
up on the immense lake to INN THEIN PAGODA complex. Enjoy walking up the
covered stair way up to the top. INN THEIN PAGODA complex is composed of
hundreds of typical Shan style stupas and amazingly beautiful.
Walk through the small red lanes to the villages on the way back to the lake and see the farms, rice fields until to Saema Village. Continue on foot to a village nearby where several crops are grown in traditional ways. Walk in Visit the Shan traditional houses and the typical primary school. Boat back or (for more typically adventurous) canoe back on the lake through the small creek to the main area of the lake and visit PAUNG DAW OO PAGODA. There is also a chance to join the local family for lunch. Overnight stay in Inle Lake.
In the morning, transfer back to Heho
airport and catch the flight to Bagan. Visit very famous PON YAE GYI, bean
paste industry of Bagan and walk to the colorful local market nearby.
Appreciate the beauty of SHWEZIGON PAGODA, a proto type religious shrine built
by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century; GU BYAUK GYI, a temple noted for
superb murals of Jataka scenes; KHAY MIN GA TEMPLE, famous for its panoramic
view of the area’s numerous monuments and ANANDA TEMPLE, an architectural
masterpiece of Bagan with four standing Buddha images.
Excursion will be made to one of the most treasured local cottage industry, a lacquer ware craftsmen’s workshop in nearby MYINKABA village and observe the amazing hand woven, painting, crafting techniques. Resume observation of architectural wonders by a visit to MANUHA TEMPLE, Mon style temple built in 1059 and NANBAYA TEMPLE, a unique expressionist sandstone monument of King Manuha. Continue to SHWESANDAW and prepare to be mesmerized by the decent spell of sunset over the majestic Bagan scenery. Overnight stay in Bagan.
After breakfast, visit the site of
TAYOKEPYAY TEMPLE in Min Nan Thu village; PHAYA THONE ZU and NANDAMANYA TEMPLE
noted for their exquisite murals of 13th century and KYAT KAN CAVE monastery, a
famous meditation retreat in Bagan. After lunch, cross the river by a short
boat ride and have a delightful walk through villages to Mt. Tant Kyi.
Once you get to the base, for energetic, there is a chance to hike up for one and half hours or otherwise drive up the hill by a jeep. On the top spectacular view awaits looking over Ayerwaddy and temples of Bagan in the distance. Walk around the temples and observe famous meditation center of Myanmar. There are also some caves with old Buddha statues inside. Then drive back to boat. It is time to relax and enjoy your sunset over Ayearwaddy. Overnight stay in Bagan.
In the morning, say good bye to Bagan
and FLY to Yangon. The marking point for nice walking is on the strand road,
near STRAND HOTEL and CENTRAL POST. Go on walking to PANSODAN JETTY and see how
people load and unload things for trading by the famous river port. Walk pass
many local shops of the busy city and Yangon’s somehow Dickensian colonial
buildings. Some are yellow and green with age and mosses but still impressive.
Discover gold shops in Shwe Bon Tha Street and observe how people love gold in order to save money in Myanmar. There are important administrative buildings such as HIGH COURT and CITY HALL. Visit SULE PADOGA, dating back over 2000 years. Walk up to BOGYOKE (SCOTTS) MARKET where you will find hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores (closed on Mondays and on public holidays). Until the late afternoon time is at your disposal, then set out for SHWEDAGON PAGODA complete your Myanmar impressions with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments. Overnight stay in Yangon.
After breakfast, drive to KYAIK HTI
YOE (110 km – 3 ½ hours). Kyaikhtiyo or the Golden Rock, the most famous
pilgrimage site in Myanmar, is perhaps also the most revered and mysterious
pagoda in Myanmar. It is, in fact, a huge boulder completely covered by gold
leaves and precariously and delicately balancing on the edge of a cliff.
arrival to KIN PUN base camp continues your journey up the hill on an open
truck. The reason is that the road is so steep and rocky from KIN PUN base camp
and private cars are not allowed to go beyond that point for the safety
travels. Remark: This journey is made in open trucks, which are very crowded.
The upper area must be travelled by foot and the walk is approximately 4 km up a steep path which ascends some 500 m to the GOLDEN ROCK.( If you wish to take a more comfortable approach, you can sit back and be carried in sedan chair by four porters) On arrival you can enjoy the beautiful sunset. Overnight stay in Kyaik Hti Yoe.
In the early morning, head down to
the base camp and another nice driving day to MAWLAMYAING where Rudyard Kipling
compose his famous poem ‘On the road to Mandalay’. Kipling commented ‘Only the
fact of the steamer starting next noon prevented me from staying at Moulmein
Go up to Kyaikthanlan pagoda where he ‘deeply and irrevocably’ fallen in love with a Burmese girl and take your time to see the spectacular view looking over the sea, river and beautiful city. Walk inside the lanes where British names are still known to oldies in town and appreciate the much more relaxed lifestyle of local people. Visit also to Mahamuni temple, the most beautiful temple in the region and Mon cultural museum.
Visit very colorful morning market of Mawlamyaing. Then head back to Yangon (approx 6.5 hrs) by car. Visit typical villages on the way. Upon arrival in Yangon, check in your hotels and rest for the day. Overnight stay in Yangon.
In the morning, transfer to the airport for international flight.
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